Village Hall Social Saturdays

Village Hall Social Saturdays

Our first Social Saturday since ‘Lockdown’ will be held on:
31st October 2020 from 10.00am to 1.00pm !!

All very welcome, but please book by 26th October so that we can ensure the social distancing required by government guidelines.

Email: davinajaneraffaelli@live.co.uk or phone: 01759 318411

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served safely  to your table.

There will also be a bring and buy plant and pumpkin sale in the Village Hall Car Park – booking not necessary for this.

The event will raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice.

Please use the link above should you wish to donate, but are unable to come to the event. Thank you.

Village Hall Talks

There is a series of talks being held at the Village Hall in which speakers from the village who have a specialist skill/interest/experience, share their knowledge. There is no charge for entry.

Our thanks to the first 4 speakers:

–  Dr Sharon Croskin who began the series with a stimulating and very interesting talk on TRAUMA – the body keeps the score.
– Simon Thompson, dog handler and canine first aid trainer, who gave a talk on DOG FIRST AID, which was very informative and thoroughly enjoyed.
– Dr Peter Williams, who shared the depth and width of his knowledge and experience on  growing plants throughout A YEAR IN A WOODLAND GARDEN. Very impressive slides Peter!
– Buffy Breakwell for the COMMUNITY CHOIR WORKSHOP, which was great fun and which got us all singing confidently as promised!

Unfortunately the next talk, which was to be on the subject of
THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY, and which was due to be held on
Tuesday 24th March,
has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus.

It will be re-arranged as soon as possible. Watch this space!

If you would like to give a talk or can recommend a topic or speaker please contact Jane Henley on 01759 318411.

Are you an IT expert?

Are you an IT expert?

Would you be willing to hold a one off training session in the Village Hall for senior citizens on how to use/make best use of their tablets and smart phones?

If “YES” – then please use the Contact Form to let us know.  Select the General Enquiries option when completing the form please.

Church Services

For a full list of church services which are regularly updated please click here.

We are delighted that we have been left another bequest and St Edmund’s Church now has comfortable pew cushions as well as central heating.

The Church is always looking for new members for the Parochial Church Council and helpers for the flower and cleaning rota. If you are interested please contact Jane Henley on 01759 318411.

Parish Plot

PARISH PLOT

Our thanks to Roger Brook for maintaining this little oasis, which is situated on Church Lane near the crossroads with Breckstreet Lane and Mill Lane. Please feel free to visit and enjoy.

The plot is owned by the Parish Council for the use of villagers and has gradually been reclaimed since 2005. Once the site of charitable homes for older village residents, the old fruit trees remain but only the foundations of the houses.

Peter writes an interesting blog called: nodiggardener.

Annual Litter pick – 15th March 2020

ANNUAL LITTER PICK – SUNDAY 15 MARCH

MEET AT THE VILLAGE HALL @1.30PM

Thank you to all those who keep the village tidy but there’s lots of litter being left on our grass verges coming into the village from all directions, which makes them very unsightly and often dangerous for animals. So please join us at the village hall @1.30pm. Bags, gloves high viz jackets and litter grabbers will be provided

Phone Box

Thank you to the Art Group and children from Melbourne school for the recent display of pictures.

If you have any ideas for future displays, Davina would be pleased to hear from you. Get in touch with her on: 01759 318970. Thank you.

150 Club

150 CLUB April 2020 to March 2021 

The current lock down  because of Corona Virus has halted the collection of money for this year’s  draws.  We have completed collection for Church End  and for about half of South End/Mains Lane.  It is no longer possible to do North End/ West End (collector Anna Sheldon), Mill Lane (Hazel Rhodes), and the  rest of South End/Mains Lane (Margaret Hunt).

As a result of this we have decided to run a ‘virtual  150 Club’ until we can complete the collection.  It will be as follows:

  • we will assume everyone wishes to re-join, unless we have positive information they are leaving
  • Draws will begin on the last Saturday in April as usual, results published on notice boards but prize money will not be paid until we have been able to complete the collection
  • anyone wishing to pay cash or cheque now may do so by posting it through their collector’s door. (Please remember to say who it is from!)
  • anyone wishing to pay by bank transfer please email their collector who will email send an invoice with instructions on how to pay, contact Anna Sheldon  aa.sheldon@hotmail.co.uk  318602, or 07757797633 (signal permitting), Hazel Rhodes hazel.rhodes25@gmail.com, or use the contact form on this website.

Thank you very much

The 150 CLUB

The 150 Club is an important fund raiser for the Village Hall. It means that anyone can support this important village facility even if they don’t immediately need it, plus having at least 48 chances of winning a prize over a year. Much better odds than the national lottery, and for the benefit of the whole village as anyone can hire the village hall.
There are 11 monthly draws of 4 PRIZES- 1 of £25, 1 of £20 and 2 of £10. There is a bonus draw in November with a 1st prize of £100, 2nd £50, and 2 at £20 plus other prizes, so that the prizes for the whole year equal half the funds collected by the 150 Club, which is the legal requirement.  The annual cost for one ticket is only £12, two tickets double your chances of winning.
Joining is simple. The 150 Club starts in April each year. Contact Anna Sheldon on 01759 318602, by email aa.sheldon@hotmail.co.uk, or use our contact form for new tickets. For existing tickets to be renewed the volunteer collector for your road will visit before the end of April.
The volunteer collector for your road will call to answer any questions and collect subs from the end of February.  If you wish to pay by electronic bank transfer instead of cash or cheque please request bank details and the reference needed from your collector or contact Anna.