Open Gardens – Thank you

OPEN GARDENS 2019

Thank you to everyone who supported the event, by opening their gardens, helping in the village hall, baking cakes and so much more.

We raised an amazing £1313.

We were lucky with the weather – a sunny day between two very wet days so we had lots of visitors.

Congratulations to the winners of the Bugs, Bees and Butterflies Trail:

  • Clair for her witty snail’s race
  • June & Gina for the beautiful flower butterflies
  • Yvonne for Charlotte the Spider.

Village Hall Talks

During the autumn/ winter the Village Hall plans to hold a series of talks in which speakers from the village who have a specialist skill/interest/experience, share their knowledge. There will be no charge for entry.
Our thanks to Dr Sharon Croskin who began the series with a stimulating and very interesting talk on TRAUMA – the body keeps the score.
Our thanks also to Simon Thompson, dog handler and canine first aid trainer, who gave a talk on DOG FIRST AID, which was very informative and thoroughly enjoyed.
On Tuesday 21st January at 7.30pm, Dr Peter Williams will tell us about A YEAR IN A WOODLAND GARDEN.
– Peter & Julie Williams’ large woodland garden has acid loving plants including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and other interesting shrubs. Spring bulbs including trilliums, flowering trees and shade tolerant herbaceous perennials. The well-stocked glasshouse and large polytunnel have a wide range of plants propagated from seeds, cuttings and grafting. The meadow area and woodland is home to owls, goldcrests and sparrow hawks.
– No charge. Drink and biscuits available for a donation.
Also look out for:
COMMUNITY CHOIR WORKSHOP  –  Buffy Breakwell – February 18th at 7.30pm
A chance to discover the benefits and joys of singing. For those who say: ‘Can’t sing, won’t sing.’ Come along, join in, have fun and prove yourself wrong!
THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY  –  David Raffaelli – March 18th at 7.30pm
A look at the new and developing evidence on climate change and the potential ways to lessen its effects, including imaginative engineering schemes, tree planting and wilding the landscape.
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.

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

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.
The first draw will be on 27 April 2019.