Our monthly village newsletter
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The first VH meeting following the summer break took place on Monday 2nd September and thanks to everyone who came along.
There are a few maintenance issues for the hall that need to be dealt with. Geoff and Alex will be liaising to fix the kitchen window. Unfortunately, there has been some damage to the lead flashing on the roof of the hall (where the main hall and the small room at the back are fixed together). It was originally suspected that this may have been attempted theft and had been reported to the appropriate authorities. Another explanation could have been the high winds that occurred during August. Whatever the reason, the repair will be undertaken, together with a faulty drainpipe at the back of the hall that needs to repaired.
Di Morgan gave a short treasurer’s report, most of which detailed the results from the fete. The total sum raised was £2943, minus expenses of £238, which meant that a profit of £2660 was split equally between the church roof appeal fund and the village hall funds (£1330 each). A full breakdown of the takings from the various events/stalls has been circulated by e-mail but if there is anyone who does not receive e-mails who would like a copy of this please contact either Di Morgan or Stephanie Talbot. Suffice to say, at the meeting it was recorded that the fete was a great success. There were a few ideas of things that might be changed for Glaston’s next fete in 2021 (of course, next year’s fete will be in Bisbrooke) and any other ideas will be most welcome.
There are plenty of forthcoming events coming up in the next few weeks and months and all will be advertised/reported in the gazette but things to watch out for include events to celebrate Harvest, Thanksgiving, and Christmas together with the usual Glaston Quiz nights, a pre-Christmas jumble sale, another fundraising concert to help with “raising the church roof” and, of course, events at the pub. Please see below for further information on some of the above.
Next village meeting
The next village meeting will be on Monday, 7th October at 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along.
A BUSY WEEKEND
The weekend of 11-13 October is going to be a busy one.
Friday, 11th October at 7.30pm
The next major fundraising event for the church roof appeal fund will be taking place at Stamford Methodist Church on the date and time above. As previously advertised, this will be a concert entitled Impressionism – A Journey in Words & Music. Stephanie Allman (using her professional name), David Lee and friends will be repeating and extending a concert of songs and readings around the theme of impressionism. You will have received with the gazette a flyer giving you all the information about the concert, including the details of Stamford Arts Centre Box Office from where tickets can be bought. The link to the website for the concert is https: //www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/impressionism-a-journey-in-words-and-music/11437
The organisers are hugely grateful to Robbie Rudge for designing the absolutely fantastic flyer for the event. Both Stephanie and Sue Lee have copies of the flyer and would be very grateful if there is anyone who could kindly distribute some of these flyers in and around the local area (shops, hotels, pubs, churches, etc.) and are grateful for everyone who has taken flyers for distribution already.
We are aiming to keep the costs of putting on this concert to a minimum so that as much of the profit as possible goes toward the church roof fund so if anyone feels able to make a donation/sponsor the concert Steph or Sue would be very pleased to hear from them (and thanks to those who have already come forward with assistance – this is much appreciated). Specifically it would be good to get assistance with the cost of hiring the church and printing the flyers and programmes. And a final request is that if anyone could help by making some nibbles to be served during the interval that would be much appreciated.
Saturday, 12th October
As some of you may already know, Patrick Boyle and Rosie Plumridge, are marrying at Glaston on Oct 12th. Rosie is going to be in the church cleaning up after all our leaks etc on the weekend of Oct 5th/6th and then again on Wednesday, 9th. She would really appreciate some help on one of those days. Sue Lee will put you in touch if you can offer to do some sorting out. The church will no doubt look beautiful for the day so do go and have a look afterwards.
Sunday, 13th October at 12.30pm for 1pm start
There will be a Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall. This will follow the Harvest Communion Service at 11am. Lunch will be 12.30pm for a 1pm start and will be 2 courses for £10. Under 13's will be £5. So that we have an ideas of numbers for catering purposes, please book by Oct 6th . As the church will still have the wedding decorations in place, it has been suggested by Sue Lee that people might like to bring produce, etc., to decorate the hall. Then, after the lunch, these decorations could be taken in return for donations to the J Arthur Rank Centre (this is a charity which assists rural communities and churches).
Harvest Praise – Sunday, 22nd September at 6pm
There will be a joint Harvest Praise service for Glaston and Bisbrooke which will take place at Bisbrooke Church on the above date. Everyone is welcome.
Church roof update
Sue Lee was able to give a short update with respect to the church roof during the VH meeting. Bats have been discovered in the roof and so this means that any work to the roof will have to be stood over until next year. There are some repairs to be done to the present covering (which Robert Boyle is dealing with prior to the wedding). This means there is now time to look at the obtaining of grants and the processes for doing that. In the meantime, fundraising has been going well. The recent Jazz & Soul concert raised an amazing £1,100 and there has also been a recent generous donation of £1,000 (with gift aid £1,250 actually received) which has been given by someone who is associated with a former resident of the village. So the appeal fund currently stands at £6,500 which is extremely helpful in demonstrating our commitment to getting the new roof when starting the process of applying for grants from various bodies.
The PCC are still in need of a treasurer/accountant. If you are able to assist, then please contact either Dave Lee or Rev. Jane Baxter as soon as possible.
Rutland Ride & Stride - Saturday, September 14th 2019
No riders or striders from Glaston have come forward but we will be recording visitors to Glaston church from 10am to 6pm on 14th Sept. Can anyone spare an hour? Perhaps you could sponsor us? We’ve set a target of £80 which is only £10 an hour – many small donations should make light work of that! Again contact Sue or make a donation to Rutland Historic Churches Fund on David & Sue’s Just Giving Page - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-lee80.
OTHER AUTUMN EVENTS
The Glaston Village Quiz kicked off on Friday, 6th September. The small but happy band of quizzers enjoyed a fun evening (even the question master succumbed to giggles at one point). Unfortunately a few regular members were absent so it would be great to get some new recruits as it would be a shame for this long-running village event to fizzle out. The next quizzes are scheduled for 4th October, 1st November and, possibly, 6th December. The evenings kick off at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start and an entrance fee of £4 is charged which includes a light supper. We look forward to seeing you there.
Pre-Christmas Jumble Sale
This is planned for Saturday, 9th November so please put the date in your diary and, of course, put aside any jumble you may have acquired. The other usual stalls will be there, i.e. homemade cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, books and refreshments. Further information will appear in next month’s gazette.
Thanksgiving Lunch – Sunday, 24th November
A thanksgiving meal will be held on Sunday, 24th November at 12.30pm for 1pm start. Again, further details will follow but this is always a really popular event so put the date in your diaries.
THIS LEADS US TO THE “C” WORD
The Glaston Christmas Social is always a highlight in the life of the village. We are looking for volunteers to host the evening for this year. The event is usually held on the second Saturday of December but the final date will, of course, be subject to the input of anyone who could kindly host the event. If you are able to do this please contact either Alex, Di or Steph (contact numbers are seen at the bottom of the first page of the gazette); they would be delighted to hear from you.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Alex and Nipsy will be holding a MacMillan Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale on Saturday, 28th September from 10am until 12pm. This will be at their home, 6, The Inhams, Bisbrooke.
They look forward to seeing friends there to help raise money for such a very worthy cause.
OLD PHEASANT NEWS
Congratulations to Steve, Gene, George, Karl and all the team at the Pheasant for the recent review in September’s edition of “In and Around Uppingham”. It is good to see the pub continuing to thrive under their care. There was a recent BBQ (on Bank Holiday Saturday) where everyone enjoyed good food, great live music and – amazingly – hot weather! And, following on from the quiz night held in July, another chance to pit your wits against the quizmaster is only a few days’ away as the next quiz will be held on Sunday, 15th September at 6.00pm. The entry fee is £8 for a team of 4 and this includes nibbles.
SCOOP THE POOP
Please can we remind all those who walk their dogs around our village to please bag up your dog waste and deposit it in the dog waste bins which are situated in the village. There is one in the churchyard and one by the entrance to the playpark. A specific complaint has been received by a member of the VH Committee where a resident has discovered a carrier bag appearing to contain dog poo placed in their black bin. If you are unable to put your poop in the designated bins for whatever reason then please could you ensure that you take the waste home and dispose of it there. Your co-operation would be very much appreciated.
Note: the VH committee are happy to print items in the gazette but can only do so if a name is provided
The bonus ball winners for July/August are: 6th July – Stuart Makings; 13th July – No winner; 20th July – Sally and Ronnie Mackay; 27th July – Sheila Makings; 3rd August – Margaret Crowden; 10th August – Geoff Willson and Lynn Burdett; 17th August – No winner; 24th August – No Winner; 31st August – No winner.
The current bonus ball period runs out on the last weekend of September. You will find with this gazette a letter setting out the dates for the next period and the numbers available if anyone wishes to join.
Sunday, 15th September at 6pm – Quiz night at the Old Pheasant
Sunday, 22nd September at 6pm – Joint Harvest Praise at Bisbrooke Church
Saturday, 28th September at 10am – Macmillan Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy Sale at home of Alex and Nipsy Cross in Bisbrooke
Friday, 4th October at 7.30pm for 7.45pm in the Village Hall – Glaston Quiz Night
Monday, 7th October at 8pm in the Village Hall – Village Hall meeting, everyone welcome
Friday, 11th October at 7.30pm at Stamford Methodist Church – Impressionism – A Journey Through Words and Music – concert in aid of Church Roof Appeal Fund
Sunday, 13th October at 12.30pm for 1pm – Harvest Lunch (following Harvest Communion)
Saturday, 9th November – Glaston Pre-Christmas Jumble Sale – details TBC
Sunday, 24th November at 12.30pm for 1pm – Thanksgiving Lunch
If anyone has any comments or further information then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.