Julie’s Weekly Update

Hello All,

Sorry emails a bit intermittent from Australia in winter – just pleasant sunshine temperatures here!

Ros P says: the village BBQ is at The Old Vicarage next Saturday 14th, not at the village hall that I put in The Sword! Fun for all from 6.30pm.

Sunday service is 11.30am Family Communion with Chris sidesman and reader, David serve and chalice. With many thanks to both – David is being very busy while I’m away!

Mary J says: don’t forget the tea towel competition drawings need to be with her by 29th July (details in Sword). Drop in at Green Meal or tel Mary on 07974 745450

Also don’t forget ‘Knit and Natter’ at Green Meal every Thursday 2-4pm.

Pat M says: Anyone have photos of the Ball which they would be happy to share? Some would be selected to go on the Village Web Site. Please send to Pat at patmutton@hotmail.co.uk

Ros B says: Registered charity No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) is bidding for a much-needed cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

One of the three community projects selected to appear in Tesco’s Tenbury Wells store in July and August, NILS supports people facing financial hardship across Worcestershire, Shropshire and Herefordshire by providing zero interest loans for essential items purchased from local businesses.

Throughout July and August shoppers in Tesco’s Tenbury Wells store can vote for the NILS outreach project, which would see a mobile unit out in the community to give those people unable to travel to its offices access to zero interest loans for items such as washing machines, school uniforms and medical equipment. Reliant entirely on donations, NILS does not give direct cash loans, but purchases items on behalf of clients who repay only the amount borrowed, with no interest or arrangement fees. For more information: www.nils.org.uk

Keep cool!

until next time…

Julie

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon

Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon is a delightful 1930s country house murder mystery with a “closedcircle” of murder suspects. As with others of this style of writing Farjeons plot is convoluted but nevertheless intriguing and led to an extremely lively sand enjoyable discussion by the group.

Thirteen Guests earns its place in The British Library’s Crime Classics series and if you enjoy Agatha Christie, P.D. James etc., you will enjoy one or more of this authors works.

Spring Lunch

Approximately 75 friends and neighbours sat down to an excellent Spring Sunday lunch on 29th April which was well organised and cooked for us by Janet and Tony, Janet and Ken. Thankyou so much! Such hard work. A bar was at the ready – provided and looked after by Stuart and Geoff and an excellent team of committee and friends rallied well before and after in planning searing, tables and clearing away. It was lovely to welcome visitors and a welcome surprise to sing happy birthday to Gwen who had come along with daughter Lucy and son John who were a little in the know!

Thank you also to Muriel for help with the raffle again, this boosted profits from the lunch in the region of £800. Well done to all. Spring went out like a lion because the following weekend we were rushing into the summer wardrobes and suffering from heat!

Skittles Evening

On the eve of the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan the village hall was filled with a buzz and sparkle on this lovely May evening. The weather has been its best this year, what a difference this makes to a gathering and the company was good fun.

Thank you to all who worked hard in setting the room up. Vernon and Geoff looked after the skittles and led us in a team game together with the excitement and climax of ‘Killer’.

We ere thrilled Margaret’s team won because they opened and shared the chocolates! At half time we enjoyed a delicious (luxury) ploughmans with thanks to Pat and Ros, and a good bar was run and provided for by Stuart.

Thank you to all for joining another good evening in the village hall, so good to see everyone wherever you are in the community.

Coffee Mornings

Since the beginning of the year we have held monthly coffee mornings on the third Friday of the month welcoming the community and friends from 10 to 12noon. They have been most successful especially as we have been able to offer the Guide Dogs for the Blind approximately £300 (this was collected over the first three months of the year) to train and take on three lovely puppy dogs; their names and information are on the entrance notice board to the village hall and they are lovely.

This is thanks to Carolyn, Ros B, Pam O, Pam T Clair and Margaret for running the coffee mornings in January, February and March. In April Stuart and Ken Proudly presented us with £47.50 to give to Tenbury Scouts and Guides. And in May Pat M and Elain were able to send £80 to the Macular Society.

Thank you to all for supporting and attending the coffee mornings, to Kyrebrook Day Centre for visiting us also each time and the enjoyment and buzz of this important village monthly hub!

We look forward to June when Chris, Annie and Cherry are going to start us off raising funds for our WWI exhibition. This of course is in November and we shall need some materials and help in funding such a special occasion.

Thank you to you all

Ros Plested

1984 by George Orwell

1984 is a dystopian novella by George Orwell which follows the life of Winston Smith, a low ranking member of ‘The Party’ who is frustrated by the ever present surveillance of every aspect of his life and the threat of its ominous ruler, Big Brother.

In this book, Orwell effectively and frightening notion of 1984 is that the complete control of an entire nation under a totalitarian state is perfectly possible. Sadly, our group was able to find comparisons with present day regimes and to a lesser degree recognise the role of mass media in the manipulation of news and information on our own society

Take care BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

Proposed upgrade of existing village hall facilities for the benefit of the community

We wish to inform you all that the committee are proposing to extend the entrance of the village hall at St. Michaels.

Our remit is to improve and replace the toilet facilities including disabled and changing facilities, cloakroom area, a wider entrance for disabled people and young mothers with double and single buggies and a larger, lighter more usable entrance area which could also double up as a meeting space, information and exhibition area.

We are beginning planning procedures and applications for grants so
its very much collecting information at this stage.

We would appreciate any correspondence from anyone who can put forward in writing support for such a project. As you are aware the hall is widely used for a number of activities on a regular user basis as well as individual private functions.

We look forward to hearing and receiving any thoughts from you in
particular to support our grant and planning applications.

Stuart Plested