Our monthly village newsletter
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The first VH meeting of 2020 took place on Monday 3rd February after a month’s break.
A short summary of recent (pre- and post-Christmas) events is below but thank you to everyone for your support which is much appreciated. We would really like to try and encourage more village footfall for events for 2020 and any ideas of how to do this would be gratefully received. One idea suggested at the meeting was to offer lifts to more elderly or infirm residents to village events. It would be useful to know whether this sort of service might be welcome so if you would like to have assistance in getting to specific events (or even the monthly meeting) then please contact one of the committee members (listed below).
At the meeting Di Morgan distributed a receipts and payments account sheet for 2019. It is not expected that the details will alter in the final accounts report (which will be available for the AGM in April) but Di thought it might be useful to circulate this now. In summary, the balance at the beginning of Jan 2019 was £1495.17; receipts from various sources were £6,051.34 (a good chunk of this amount came from the fete and the two raffles). Payments were around £5,251.83. This means the closing balance at the end of the year was £2294.68 which was felt to be a good outcome.
Next village meeting
The next village meeting will be on Monday, 2nd March at 8pm and everyone is welcome to come along.
The Christmas Social, hosted by Robbie and Sheila Rudge, was a very enjoyable social evening and everyone who came had a wonderful time. Huge thanks to Robbie and Sheila for opening their home. Also, Dave Lee for his star turn as the perfect sommelier! There were also many scrumptious goodies to eat provided by so many people. And, as mentioned above, the Raffle was extremely well supported by everyone – from donations of wonderful prizes through to selling tickets and the fantastic sum of over £800 was raised on the raffle alone.
There were some other festive events to mention: the carol singing at the Old Pheasant was well supported and a cheque for £135 (made of £75 raised at the social and £60 donated for the singing) was sent to a local Salvation Army centre for their work with the homeless over the period. After the singing some of also enjoyed a great fish & chip supper.
The Old Pheasant was then host to their own Christmas Party which went with a real swing!
Finally, the living nativity at the Christmas morning service at St. Andrew’s was very well attended and much enjoyed. Also, Jill Hole would like to thank everyone who contributed the lovely flowers and decorations for the church.
And so to 2020!
The first event was, as is tradition, the Burns Night Supper which took place on Sat, 1st February. A great (if loud) night was had by all who came along. There were a few people from Glaston but the numbers were swelled by Bisbrooke and others. A small profit of £140 was raised which was split between the church and village hall. So thanks to Alex, Nipsy and the crew for organising this and getting the piper along. Also thanks to Imogen and Rosie who, again, did sterling work washing up and tidying up.
EVENTS/IDEAS FOR 2020
At the meeting there were some ideas put forward for events that could be pursued for 2020.
Jumble Sale – Saturday 4th April
Di Morgan has suggested that this might be a good date for the next jumble sale. It is the Saturday before Easter and so there could be some Easter-themed additions to the usual sale attractions. For example, we could have an Easter Egg Hunt (this would hopefully encourage people to bring their children). If anyone would be willing to take this on then could they please let either Di Morgan or Steph know. Also, donations of Easter Eggs to raffle would be welcome and obviously Easter cakes for the cake stall etc. However, before we confirm this we need to make sure that there are enough willing volunteers to be available on the day to assist with the running of the sale. Again, please contact Di Morgan and let her know if you can help on the day. If confirmed, further details will follow.
Other ideas for social events
We are thinking of ideas to fill the hole of the monthly VH quizzes. Some suggestions include games nights, a pudding club, a curry night, ad hoc BBQs (possibly in the playpark), resurrecting the carpet bowls equipment. Other specific events might be a safari supper. These have been very successful in the past and now that there are some new faces in the village it is a good way of getting to know more people. One format that we have previously used is to have starters and puddings in the hall and then have a few “hosts” for main course around the village. If some people would like to pursue that particular idea then please do contact either Alex, Di or Steph.
We are still hoping to have a fundraiser for the Air Ambulance (and we might even manage to tempt Hugh out of his recent retirement!). Alex has also been in touch with [ ] who is happy to come along and give a short talk about the work of the Air Ambulance. Further details will follow in forthcoming gazettes.
We are thinking of holding a “party in the playpark” on the VE Day Bank Holiday which is Friday, 8th May. This will be an “ad hoc” BBQ event similar to the ones we have had before but it would seem the perfect day to do this (fingers crossed for good weather) so save the date!
Another date to “save” is that the Bisbrooke fete will be held on Sunday, 4th July.
GLASTON FETE 2020
As those of you who receive e-mails have seen, there will be an informal get together in the Old Pheasant at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday, 13th February with regard to planning for another Glaston fete. Iain Turvey has kindly agreed to co-ordinate the fete and he is very keen that we should hold one this year (to keep the momentum going) as well as Bisbrooke having their fete. So if you are interested in taking this forward please come along to the Old Pheasant TONIGHT!!
The storm did not help matters. Many thanks to those who answered the urgent request and brought buckets and floor covers. They started to arrive within minutes.
The process of grant applications has begun and the next decision is whether to replace the lead or cover the roof with terne coated steel. Replacement with steel is now being looked on more sympathetically than in the past but it is not a cheap option. The pros and cons of these two main options are outlined below - what do you think? Your feedback would be very welcome.
1 - Replace the lead that was stolen from the northern pitch of the Nave and the Aisle.
a) Likely to be the cheapest option
b) Provide the most traditionally authentic solution
c) Church faculty (planning permission) already in place
d) No need for further consents
a) Substantial amount of lead still at risk of being stolen again. This would mean the future of the Church becoming more uncertain.
b) Higher costs of insurance and level of security (provision of a sophisticated roof alarm required with annual maintenance costs requiring 10% annual increase in church income).
c) Likelihood of reduced support from grant providers. (Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust would not give a grant and others might feel the same.)
2 - Remove the remaining lead on the south and cover all the roof with terne coated steel
a) The most secure option (steel difficult to steal - not attractive to thieves)
b) Support from grant providers more likely
c) Likely to be the best long term solution, with some financial savings in terms of insurance premiums and provision of security
a) A less traditionally authentic solution
b) The most expensive option - lead has to be removed, more scaffolding and more time
d) A further Church Faculty needed
e) Need for further planning consents
PLAYPARK & CARTWASH
Both of the above village facilities are in need of a little bit of attention and TLC.
With regard to the cartwash we are in the process of organising a working party to help with clearing out the weeds etc from the cartwash and generally tidying up. This will kindly be managed for us by Russell Ford Robertson. It would be helpful if anyone who would be willing to join such a working party could be in touch as soon as possible and then we will circulate further details/dates.
A few of us have been discussing the playpark in recent weeks. Both the ground and equipment need some attention and we are looking into various options. We are awaiting a report from Steve Frazer who has kindly undertaken the inspection and when we have that we will know what areas we need to focus on. However, what would be really useful to know would be if there is anyone in the village who might be able to volunteer some time to help with keeping the playpark up to a good standard. This does not need to be on a regular rota like our existing strimmers but just when you have some time to spare. The current proposal is to possibly find a company/individual who could come in and clear the ground, cut back the hedges, clear the bank of weeds/nettles etc. Following that, it would be great to have an indication of whether there is anyone out there who could help maintain the area. Ideas for improvement also include possibly creating a paved BBQ area so that the space can be better used in good weather – see above re party in the playpark suggestion.
OLD PHEASANT NEWS
Life at the Old Pheasant is getting busy. The quiz in January was a very raucous affair with some eleven teams battling it out for the top prize. February’s quiz will be taking place on Sunday, 23rd February at 6.30pm. The cost is £8 for a team of 4. There will be a quiz for March but the date has not yet been fixed.
Of course, Mothering Sunday Lunch on 22nd March is always a very busy Sunday, so if you want to treat your Mum then give the team at the Old Pheasant a call to book your table. Finally, Fish and Chip Night is still going strong, every Friday night, and as always, there are lots of freshly cooked specials changing daily.
The bonus ball winners for December 2019 and January 2020 are: 7th December – June & Felix Downs; 14th December – No winner; 21st December – No winner; 28th December – Stuart Makings; 4th January – Di Payne; 11th January – Jill and Russell Hole; 18th January – Di Payne; 25th January – Jo Hinman.
Thursday, 13th February at 6.30pm for 7pm – Informal meeting at the Old Pheasant to chat about Glaston Fete 2020
Sunday, 23rd February at 6.30pm – Pub Quiz at the Old Pheasant
Monday, 2nd March at 8pm – Glaston Village Meeting at the Village Hall
Sunday, 22nd March – Mothering Sunday Lunch available at the Old Pheasant (booking essential)
Saturday, 4th April (TBC) – Jumble Sale at the Village Hall
Friday, 8th May – Possible “party in the playpark to celebrate 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
If anyone has any comments or further information then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.