Our monthly village newsletter
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The VH meeting for March took place on Monday, 2nd. Unfortunately, a few regular attendees were not able to come through illness but we thank those who were able to come.
Now that daylight is getting longer Alex will check the position re the flashing on the roof and also plans to tidy up the buddleias behind the kitchen. Also Hugh will hope to start strimming around the hall in the not too distant future.
We are also grateful to Alex for kindly moving the accumulated hedge cuttings from the playpark to Sue Lee’s so that it could be disposed of. This was a great help.
There was no treasurer’s report as such as Di Morgan was not well but she was able to confirm via e-mail that she has renewed the VH green bin and also the gaming licence which allows the raffles and bonus ball to be done.
We all hope that any events, village meetings etc., will continue but if, due to the current situation, anything has to be cancelled or postponed we will, of course, endeavour to inform everyone concerned.
The next village meeting will be the Annual General Meeting and this will take place at 7.30pm on Monday, 6th April in the hall. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME. We are starting earlier so that the next fete planning meeting can take place immediately after the AGM. We would welcome a good attendance at the AGM to support the VH Committee and everyone who gives their time to support the village. Alex Cross, Di Morgan and Steph Talbot have all indicated that they are willing to stand again in their present respective roles of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. Of, course, if anyone would like to put themselves forward for one of these offices (or as a general member of the committee) then please could they communicate this to the present committee before the meeting on the 6th April.
The role of playpark administrator is still vacant and, at the moment, this seems to be falling on Steph’s shoulders. At the VH meeting Steph indicated that whilst she is happy to continue in doing the present admin jobs (preparing agenda, minutes for the VH meeting, writing gazette and arranging distribution, getting information out to the village either by way of e-mail or distribution of flyers, etc., and managing the bonus ball scheme) she is not able to take on the playpark admin. If no-one comes forward then there may have to be a discussion about what happens for the playpark in the forthcoming AGM.
Having said that, we still have three regular mowers (and mowing will begin again shortly). Hugh is happy to continue with strimming and tidying but any other volunteers to help with either mowing or general maintenance would be most welcome.
Unfortunately, it is likely that the window of opportunity has now passed for the moment with regard to giving the cartwash a tidy up. This will be revisited in September/October when the flora and fauna are no longer nesting and growing and we can get a working party together before the winter sets in and it proves too cold.
EASTER JUMBLE SALE
Jumble Sale – Saturday 4th April – 2pm to 4pm
The next Glaston Jumble Sale will be on Saturday, 4th April. As mentioned, in the previous gazette, it is the Saturday before Easter and it would be good to have some Easter-themed additions to the usual sale attractions. If there is anyone who could organise an Easter Egg Hunt that might be a really good way of getting people to come to the sale. Please call Di Morgan if you can help with this. Also, donations of Easter Eggs to raffle/use as prizes for the hunt would be welcome and obviously Easter cakes for the cake stall etc. If you have any jumble then please save it for the sale. If you need any help in getting the jumble to the hall prior to the sale then please contact one of the committee members below and we shall endeavour to arrange assistance. The usual format for our jumble sales will be followed: setting up on the morning from 10am and then the sale itself will begin at 2pm and run until 4pm. We would be most grateful for volunteers for setting up and the sale itself. Again, please kindly get in touch with Di Morgan on the contact details above.
April 12th Easter Day Morning
Sue & Dave Lee are offering a ‘Little New York Breakfast’ (as opposed to Big British) at the Grange on Easter Day. This is mainly for those early risers who come to the Easter dawn service at 7pm and/or join an Easter walk afterwards(see church news) but later risers are welcome between 8am & 9am. There will be hot cross buns, lemon curd, smoked salmon & bagels, tea, coffee, O.J. and bubbly. No charge but donations to the Roof Fund appreciated.
The invitation is open to all Gazette readers but requires an RSVP by April 7th so food (and drink) doesn’t run out.
Trivial Pursuit Quiz Nights
We were hoping to get our first “Trivial Pursuit Quiz Nights” off the ground in early March but unfortunately quite a few of the previously regular quizzers were not around so plans were shelved. However, the idea is to do some sort of “quiz evening” using Trivial Pursuit as the basis. Caroline Mattock is happy to take on the role of “gamesmaster” but is just a question of getting an idea of whether people would be interested in such a thing.
Safari Supper idea
We have had some very successful “Safari Suppers” in the past and, as mentioned, this might be a really good way of meeting some of the new faces in the village. 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 there is someone who could spare some time to co-ordinate a safari supper event then that would be of great assistance. Again, please contact one of the committee members below or – better still – come along to next month’s AGM and volunteer!
Race Night idea
We are also looking at this as a fundraising and hope to speak to someone who is organising this sort of event for another village. Again, further news will follow on this in due course.
VE Bank holiday celebration
Another thing discussed at the VH meeting was how the 75th Anniversary of VE Day can be marked in the village. It may be that villagers have family plans for the actual day (Friday, 8th May) but one idea is to have hold a “Breakfast” – 1940s style (apart from the powdered egg!) on Sunday, 10th May. It would be good to know if anyone would be interested in this. Alternatively, an ad hoc BBQ in either the playpark or the hall might be contemplated.
AIR AMBULANCE FUNDRAISER
At the VH meeting it was decided to go ahead with an Air Ambulance fundraiser evening and the proposed date of this is Friday, 15th May. Hugh is happy to come out of “retirement” for the evening to be questionmaster. It is also proposed to have a short talk by an Air Ambulance representative on the work that is done and why the funds raised are so important. Further details will follow shortly but please “save the date”.
GLASTON BERRY FETE
This year’s Glaston Berry Fete has been fixed for Saturday, 27th June and will run from 12pm to 5pm. As most of you know, Iain Turvey is kindly co-ordinating the fete. There was a recent fete meeting and now that the date is confirmed planning will begin in earnest. There have already been offers of help for which Iain is very grateful. The plan is to ensure that volunteers are able to move about to also enjoy the day, so George is planning a rota to assist with this aspect.
There will be two porta loos available for the men's facilities and Smithers Purslow are kindly allowing access to a loo in their building which will be used for the ladies facilities.
A fun dog show is planned along with the usual fete events, including a bouncy castle for the children.
Donations so far for the raffle prizes are as follows:
Fortnum & Masons Hamper; 2 tickets to Leicester v Derbyshire cricket match in the T20 blast on 04/07/20, with David Gower corporate hospitality; 1 bottle of gin; 1 bottle of whisky; a Nordic walking voucher; Welland Vale Garden Centre voucher. Thanks to those who have already donated these great prizes. The raffle tickets will need to be printed by the end of April so please contact Iain as soon as you can. Many thanks.
The next fete planning meeting will be held immediately after the VH AGM on 6th April. The AGM will start at 7.30pm and the fete meeting will run on from the AGM.
Many thanks again for all buckets and the plastic sheets. At the moment they are still in use but hopefully some new covering will be in place soon so you can all have them back. Thank you also too to those responded on the subject of lead v steel. The responses received directly by Sue and Neil were 100% for steel, the same message was passed on from the village meeting. The PCC had the good news that the cost will not be substantially more (as they had expected to be) so have made the decision to go ahead using steel subject to the relevant planning permissions being forthcoming. Thankfully the problems with the bank have been sorted, they have accepted the change of treasurer and the PCC will soon know the state of the finances and fund-raising.
Gathered Church for Mothering Sunday - March 22nd
Before you go out for lunch, how about joining together to celebrate at Bisbrooke Church? We are going to make as many flower posies as we can. These will be distributed to friends, neighbours, those lunching at the Old Pheasant and anywhere else anyone likes to suggest. Join us for drinks, cake and posy-making about 10am or get up a little earlier and come to a very short service, led by Sue Lee, at 9.30am. It would be lovely to have some Glastonians there (plenty of parking!). Sue would also welcome contributions of flowers and foliage which can be left in Glaston Church on Saturday 21st.
7am Dawn Service - everyone welcome, dogs included; 7.20am approx Easter Walk - around the Burrows for the keen, a shorter stroll for those not-so-keen.
Possible roof fundraising event later in the year.
William Wordsworth’s great nephew was Rector of Glaston and as this is 250th centenary of poet’s birth we are planning a fund-raising event for the roof - probably October, probably Lyddington. If it goes ahead Sue will be asking for help.
OLD PHEASANT NEWS
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. And don’t forget that the next Quiz Night will be on Sunday, 29th March at 6.30pm. £8 per team of four and nibbles will be provided.
The bonus ball winners for February are: 1st February – Malcolm and Jane Baker; 8th February – Jo Hinman; 22nd February – Sheila Rudge; 29th February – Stuart Makings.
The current bonus ball period will end on Saturday, 28th March. Bonus ball letters will be circulated over the next couple of weeks for the next six-month period beginning on Saturday 4th April.
Sunday, 22nd March – Mothering Sunday Lunch available at the Old Pheasant (booking essential)
Saturday, 4th April at 2pm – Easter Jumble Sale at the Village Hall
Monday, 6th April at 8pm Village Hall AGM. All are welcome.
Sunday, 12th April 7am at St. Andrew’s Glaston – Easter Dawn service followed by walk and breakfast
Sunday, 10th May – Possible VE 1940s “Breakfast” – TBC
Friday, 15th May at 7.30pm for 7.45pm at the Village Hall – Air Ambulance fundraiser – TBC
Saturday, 27th June between 12pm and 5pm – Glaston Berry Village Fete at Smithers Purslow
Sunday, 5th July – Bisbrooke Village Fete
If anyone has any comments or further information then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.