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The Glaston Gazette

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Glaston Gazette December 2019 Issue

  Published: Sunday,1st Dec, 2019


The final VH meeting in 2019 was on Monday 2nd December. It was a cold night so thank you to those who ventured out. Thanks also to those who made their apologies and, of course, to everyone who has supported the Village Hall Committee throughout 2019. We are extremely grateful for the support which is received for the various events etc that take place throughout the year. Of course, we are entering the Festive Season and there is always lots going on but it is nice to reflect on what has been a successful year: the highlight being the wonderful Summer Fete and Dog Show. As mentioned below, the Village Meeting is taking a month’s break but we look forward to 2020 and are always grateful for new ideas and input.

By way of update, there is so far no news re the Digital Rutland Scheme. However, as and when this Scheme is progressed we will pass on information.

The treasurer is still awaiting the VH insurance renewal documents but these are expected soon. There have been some recent events which have swelled the coffers, i.e. the jumble sale which raised a final sum of £277.80, and the Thanksgiving Lunch (described below). Happily, following the jumble sale, the Air Ambulance came and took away all of the surplus jumble which was a good outcome.

Next village meeting

The next village meeting will be on Monday, 3rd February at 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along. Please note that no Village Meeting will take place in January (and therefore no gazette).


Christmas Social – 14th December

The Glaston Christmas Social  will be held at Sheila and Robbie Rudge’s house (Little Barn on Spring Lane) on Saturday, 14th December between 7pm and 9pm.

The ticket price for the Social is £10 which includes a drink on arrival. A family ticket of £25 will be available on request. We would appreciate donations of food, a mixture of savoury and sweet items.  And finally, any help with decorations etc will be gratefully received.

The Glaston Christmas Raffle

The raffle tickets have been distributed. If anyone needs further tickets to sell to friends, family, work colleagues, etc. then please contact Di Morgan who does still have some tickets available. There are some great prizes on offer. If you could let Di have any monies from raffle tickets together with any unsold tickets that would be great.

For those who are kindly contributing raffle prizes, it would be most helpful if you could get these round to Sheila and Robbie on either the afternoon of Friday, 13th or the morning of Saturday, 14th. If that is difficult then please arrange with Robbie/Sheila (contact details above) a more convenient time.

It will be a GREAT PARTY!!


This year’s Glaston Carol Singing event will be held in the Old Pheasant on Friday, 20th December from 6.30pm. We will need a small group of people to help lead the carol singing so please contact Steph if you are able to do this. The idea is to sing carols for about 30 to 40 minutes and then just have an enjoyable evening in the pub (see below from Sue and David Lee)! The money raised from the carol singing will be donated to the local Salvation Army centre for their Christmas Appeal to help those who are homeless or need their help at this time of the year.

Additionally, is anyone interested in staying after the Carol Singing to share a meal at the Old Pheasant?  Sue & Dave are going to do so and think it would be lovely to sit round a table with others from the village.  Families welcome. It will be Fish & Chip Night (£9) or the Christmas Fayre menu is on offer (£17 for 2 courses/£20 for 3 courses). We don’t HAVE to book but obviously it will be busy before Christmas so if you are interested, leave Sue & Dave a message on 823576 and they will let Steven know how many to expect.





There will be an informal Christmas Morning service of favourite carols and readings at 11am at St. Andrew’s. Festive refreshments will be served afterwards and everyone is welcome to come along. The annual Carol Service will be on Sunday, 22nd December, 6pm at Bisbrooke Church.

As for festive decorations, Jill Hole would be very grateful to hear from anyone who can help with decorating the church and/or can provide some decorations to use. Decorations can be left in the church at any time over the next week or so ready for the church to be transformed ready for Christmas.





Unfortunately Alex has had little response from the request in last month’s gazette about whether a Burns Night evening should be planned. However, he has been in touch with the piper and he is free on Saturday, 1st February. So the piper has been booked and Burns Night Supper will take place on that evening. The fun starts at 6.30pm and the cost of a ticket, which covers a three-course meal, will be £12.50. The price of a family ticket will be available on request. It would be preferable to have an early indication of who will be coming to the evening so please contact Alex to book your place.





Around 45 people sat down to a marvellous Thanksgiving Lunch on Sunday, 24th November. Huge thanks go to David and Sue Lee (and family), Alex and Nipsy, Steph Fitzpatrick and everyone else involved in the preparation and serving of the wonderful lunch. David also gave us a really informative introduction to Thanksgiving – Southern States Style – which was matched by the fantastic food.

The Glaston

 Bakers rose to the occasion with some lovely puddings (American-themed and otherwise) and these were enjoyed by everyone.

Thanks to Frankie Fitzpatrick who was very a very effective raffle ticket seller – who could not buy a ticket!

And, finally, special thanks go to Imogen Turvey and her friend Rosie, who did a most splendid job of tidying away, washing up and generally helping with the smooth running of the lunch – this was very much appreciated by everyone!

The most amazing sum of £520 was raised and this will be split between VH funds and the Church Roof Appeal.




The new Glaston Website is now live and the address is It is still a work in progress, as you will see, but Richard Garton is continuing with his work and he is now being assisted by James Bussey (and his sister Kate who is hoping to take some photos to be uploaded to the site). The calendar page has been updated with the events listed here in the gazette. However, Richard would still love to have some feedback so if you have any comments or would like something added to the site then please contact Richard on the dedicated e-mail address for the website which is Richard, James and Kate are giving their time to get this project up and running and would be great for them to know that the website is being visited by villagers.




So the final quiz of the year – and for our quizmaster – took place on Friday, 6th December. Unfortunately, due to the Questionmaster’s wife having an argument between a train door and her foot which required them both to be at A&E for a little while, Hugh only managed to preside over the last three rounds of the quiz. Huge thanks from Steph and Hugh go to Caroline Mattock who stepped into the breach for the first couple of rounds. A warming supper of bangers and mash was supplied by Alex and Nipsy and thanks should go to them for feeding the quizzers over the years. The winners of the last quiz were “And Then There Were Three” who romped away. The highlight of the evening, though, was the fact that the questionmaster won the “flashing tankard” in the raffle! At the end of the evening (just before the final question) a presentation of cards and gifts were made to Hugh to say thank you for his contribution to the monthly quizzes over the last eight years (56 quizzes and approx. 7,000 questions – and not least, about £3,700 raised toward the Village Hall funds).

Hugh would like to say thank you to everyone who has come along to the quizzes in the time he has been questionmaster and to say that he has enjoyed every minute of it. We may still see him back for the occasional special (i.e. to raise money for Air Ambulance etc).





We are still happy to receive ideas for other social events that could be put in in place of the quizzes. Current ideas include games nights (whist, cribbage, rummy – though not all at once!), carpet bowls evenings but if you have any other ideas that can be followed up then please contact one of the committee members (contact details at the bottom of the gazette).





Hopefully everyone will have received the Christmas and New Year leaflet for what is going on in the Old Pheasant over the Festive Season. As well as all that, there are some further seasonal treat!

First up, the Rutland Morris Men are performing at The Old Pheasant on Wednesday, 18th Dec at 7:30pm. Then, of course, the pub is kindly hosting the Carol Singers on Friday, 20th December (see above). And, on the following evening, Saturday, 21st December, at 7pm it will be the Old Pheasant Christmas Party. For all you need to know about this look at the accompanying flyer delivered along with your gazette. And, as a special extra, a version of the Twelve Days of Christmas but featuring Gin!

And if that wasn’t enough, one lucky winner can have the chance of winning a Meal for 2 on New Year’s Eve worth £60. A raffle grid sheet is £2 and these are available in the pub. So don’t forget to go in and pick up your chance to win!

And finally, not only all of the above but, of course, there is the regular Friday Fish & Chip Nights (£18 for two) and the monthly Sunday Quiz Nights (with Andrew Wallace as quizmaster). The next one will be on Sunday, 19th January at 6.30pm. The cost is £8 for a team of 4. So come along and test your little grey cells!





The bonus ball winners for November are: 2nd November – No winner; 9th November – Margaret Crowden; 16th November – Sheila Rudge; 23rd November – Margaret Crowden (another lucky girl!); 30th November – Andrew and Anna Bussey.





Saturday, 14th December at 7pm - Christmas Social at the home of the Rudges, Little Barn, Spring Lane.

Friday, 20th December at 6.30pm – Carol Singing in the Old Pheasant – followed by dinner for those that wish

Sunday, 22nd December at 6pm – Glaston/Bisbrooke Carol Service in Bisbrooke Church

Wednesday, 25th December at 11am – Christmas Day informal service at St. Andrew’s, Glaston

Sunday, 19th January at 6.30pm – Quiz Night at the Old Pheasant

Saturday, 1st February at 6.30pm – Burns Night Supper at the Village Hall

Monday, 3rd February at 8pm – Glaston Village Meeting at the Village Hall




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