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 interest talks where speakers from the village who have a specialist skill / interest/ experience share their knowledge.

Speakers and topics will include Peter Williams talking about a year in a Seaton Ross garden, Dave Raffaelli looking at climate change and rewilding.

On 12th November 2019, Sharon Croskin will speak on TRAUMA – the body keeps the score. How trauma is stored in the body and how the body remembers and reminds us.

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.

Village Hall ‘Sponsor a chair’ appeal – winners

The 100 square fundraiser for the village hall chairs was won by Erica Kirk and Gill Reid.

Congratulations and “Thank you” to everyone who took part!

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The new chairs arrived on the 24th October 2019.  

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a chair so far.  Chairs are still available to sponsor

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The fundraising activities were launched at the August Social Saturday and we’ve already raised £780.00.

Thank you to all those who gave so generously.

We still need to raise about £2,000.00 to be able to purchase 60 matching chairs.

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The next phase of the Village Hall refurbishment is the replacement of our increasingly wobbly chairs.

Village Hall – ‘Sponsor a chair’ appeal.

To do this we need to raise serious funds.  We have received a grant of £500.00 from the Parish Council, but we need to buy at least 60 chairs at £45 each.

The Village Hall has recently purchased a small number of toddle size chairs and a low table useful for children’s arts and craft work.

We’ll be holding fundraisers, but also asking village organisations, businesses and individuals if they will support us by sponsoring a chair, part of a chair, or even more than one chair.

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.  If you would like to join please contact Anna Sheldon.

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.