THE NEW VILLAGE HALL PROJECT UPDATE
In recent months the Committee has made good progress with our project.
- We have agreed to buy a plot of land next to the Playing Field on which to build the new hall. However should we be refused Planning Permission the purchase does not have to proceed.
- Warwickshire Rural Community Council has provided valuable advice on applying for a substantial grant from the National Lottery/Reaching Communities.
- Architects are drawing up an initial plan to discuss with Stratford District Council with a view to refine the details before submitting a planning application. This will cost us money so we want to be sure there will be no objections from SDC.
- A public meeting will be arranged in the Spring to discuss and agree the proposed plans.
- The New Village Hall Fund is in excess of £34,000 after the first two years of fund raising.
Fund Raising Round Up
December ‘Double Bubble’ – Ennis Webster £240, Susan Parker £120, John Davenport £80
January – Myrtle Heald £120, Julie Forrest £60, Sally Clubley £40.
The December Travellers Tales with Steve the Dentist was a fascinating insight to life along the Amazon but proved how badly we need a new hall! It was uncomfortable and freezing! Erica declared that the 20 or so brave souls that braved the conditions deserved medals.
Spring will see their return with a Toy Library for Zimbabwe, a trip to Brazil with a group of sixth formers to meet ‘street children’, and India in a Rolls Royce!
The last Coffee Shop of 2010 was the day the snow came, Angela, Alf and Jenny did a brilliant job with lots of bacon sandwiches and hot drinks in the face of extreme cold and frozen pipework! The children sang Christmas songs and carols, Harry sold a large quantity of kindling and Jane’s beautifully decorated themed Muffins were snapped up for Christmas treats and gifts! By the end of the morning there was almost nothing left of the last few items of the Christmas Gift Stall. This was the fourth appearance including a trip to the Shipston Victorian Evening, these generously produced chutneys, shortbreads, gifts and decorations raised over £350.
In the face of yet more ice and snow Ann H raised a team of willing supporters who cheered as many households as they could manage with festive carol singing and kind donations raised £156 which was shared between the Village Hall and the Salvation Army.
Events for 2011
Tuesday 8 March – Pancakes and Coffee Morning at The Patch, Cherington – 11.30 am to 1.30 pm, everyone welcome.
Saturday 12 March – first Coffee Shop and Car Wash
Friday 18 March – Traveller’s Tales – Hope in Zimbabwe with Elisabeth Ashworth, 7.30 for 8.00pm in the Village Hall. Tickets in advance or on the door £8 includes a glass of wine or soft drink and light refreshments.
Saturday 9 April – The Village Bash with The Dassett Hounds, 8- midnight in the Village Hall.
Sunday 22 May – Water Colour Workshop 10-4 – £25 including Morning Coffee and Lunch – Colin and Jenny Beckett 686381, please book in advance.
Saturday 4 June Summer Jazz in the Garden – details to follow.
Community Spirit – Odd Jobs and Helping Hands
One of the merits of the cold weather is the way people helped and supported each other and there were certainly some instances of remarkable assistance and kindness in that period. There are a number of residents who willingly regularly and happily help out their friends and neighbours with small tasks and DIY jobs. In one such instance the person doing refused any payment but the recipient who wished to give something chose to make a donation to the Village Hall Fund. Maybe individuals or small groups could do an hour or two of work/ help/advice that others might appreciate in return for a donation to the Village Hall Fund. An evening of baby sitting, a couple of hours of gardening, cleaning, shopping, painting, dog walking, making a dessert, personal birthday cards, decorating a cake ………… What you could offer or would like help with – let me know (Annie 686523, email@example.com) – it would be great to have a list of choices and requests for the next Brick!
Sally Clubley makes very beautiful delicate Christening Shawls of the kind which retail expensively in certain shops. She is willing to make them for people here for just the cost of materials plus a suitable donation to the Village Hall Fund – 685190!
Busy lives mean that sometimes people would like to support but are short of time. A simple way of helping would be to sponsor the Tea and Coffee or the Car Wash Materials – if you could help then please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) 686523.
Do you use E-Bay? Go via easyfundraising.com, nominate Cherington, Stourton and Sutton under Brailes Village Hall Fund, they will donate to us – easy.
Coffee Shop and Car Wash
The Coffee Shop and Car Wash have proved a great service and meeting point. They will again be up and running from Saturday 12 March 10-12.
Thank you Jane and Iain for managing the Car Wash Rota for the last two years. They have handed over to Chris Titchmarsh 686641 who will much appreciate a call from those who are kind enough to regularly take a turn at doing the washing.
Saturday Morning Coffee Shop – Annie 686523, email@example.com
Saturday Morning Car Wash – Chris 686641
Other Village Community Activities
Call to get involved, a friendly voice will help or put you in touch with the best contact, you will be welcome:
Seniors Meetings, Outings, Tea and Talk – Alan Wright 686480
Garden Group – Harry Upson 686323
Knitting/Craft Group – Pauline Horley 686860, Sue Levitch 686353, Chris Thompson 686861
Church Cleaning – Janet Owen 686547
Church Flower Border /Churchyard Maintenance Harry Upson 686323, Paul Marriott 686317
Bell Ringing – Paul Marriott 686317
Mother and Toddler – Kim Davies 684090
Youth Club – Angela Fox 686387
Village Hall Cleaning – Brenda Cowen 686314
Cherington Players – Anthony Granville 686242
Cherington Stourton, Sutton under Brailes Flower Show – Jim Walton 685082
Children’s Flower Power – ‘Teens and Tinies’ – the Church Flower Arrangers are inviting the younger generation to get involved with activities and Church decoration on special occasions and festivals, starting with the Royal Wedding – Tavia Lewis 686523, Jane Upson 686323.
Mobile Library visits the villages every three weeks or so on Friday mornings, the 2011 timetable is not currently available online but can be obtained by telephone 01926 851031
Fresh Fish every Tuesday 2.00pm at the Car Park of the Cherington Arms
The Village Bash!
‘The Dassett Hounds’
Saturday 9th April 8-12 midnight
A fundraising event for the proposed new Cherington, Stourton and Sutton Village Hall
At the Village Hall Tickets are £10 each Bring your own drinks and glasses
Simple food will be provided but those with special diets should bring their own
Some 15 years ago, six friends from the Avon Dassett area formed a band – The Dassett Hounds’ – playing 60’s and 70’s music. They’ve played regularly ever since and never fail to improve any ‘Bash’. One of the members, Martin Craddock and his partner Jayne, moved into Cherington Mill a few years ago. They both love the village and now want to do whatever they can to help with the fundraising.
This is an invitation to our friends in all the surrounding villages to come and let your hair down (if you still have any!), dance the night away, have an evening to remember and stagger home around midnight. You’re all welcome!
Why not make your first port of call the Cherington Arms for a little early hospitality before wandering up to the Village Hall.
We are restricted to 100 tickets on a first come first served basis so don’t miss out book early!
Book your tickets by contacting Harry Upson 686323, Annie Lewis 686523, or Martin and Jayne 685870.
We look forward to seeing you!