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

Miss You by Kate Eberlen

This romantic novel is the story of Tess, who is in Florence for a final idyllic holiday before university and whose life it about to change for ever, and Gus who is also on holiday in Florence with his parents. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to dutiful son but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. Tess and Gus meet and part as complete strangers during the holiday.

The book follows the separate lives of Tess and Gus in alternate chapters, in each of which their lives criss-cross over the course of the next sixteen years when live and love offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance the two of them finally end up together, again in Florence.

Although one or two readers did not like the book, the general consensus was that it was well written and enjoyable, a good, light holiday read.

Jane Yardley

Whist Drive

What a very enjoyable social gathering! Having not played Whist for many years, and with only a hazy memory of the basic rules, there was a slight degree of hesitation beading up to the village hall. But there was no cause for concern. The emphasis was most certainly on playing for fun. And fund we had. A big ‘Thank You’ must go to Disk Fox for running the evening and to Janet Penn and Jane Yardley for providing the delicious half time refreshments.

Pat Mutton

Finding Nana

It’s not every day you get to experience a live theatre production just up the road from where you live. So, it was decided we’d have a ‘Girl’s Night Out’, 3 generations; Nanna, Mum, me and sister.

I can honestly say Finding Nana was the most captivating theatre production I’ve seen. I laughed; sometimes loudly, sometimes quietly to myself. I cried, lots. What made Finding Nana particularly enthralling was the fact that it was an autobiographical production (I’m a sucker for a true story) told by a single actress using an extremely simple set – a bed. From the very beginning I was immersed in the story unfolding in front of me.

Jane and her Nana would holiday together every year on the Isle of Wight., As Jane grew up, Nana became increasingly forgetful and confused, developing dementia and eventually ending up in palliative care before her death. Jane is desperate to remember her Nana at her best but she’s plagued by the worst memories as they intermingle with the happy times. So Jane embarks on a memory tour of the Isle of Wight in an attempt to banish the memories she’s plagued by whiles also trying, heartbreakingly, to be closer to her Nana.

We all thoroughly enjoyed this theatre production. If you get the chance to see it, you really must; just remember to take a tissue (or two) with you.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit or “There and Back Again” was written by JRR Tolkien in 1937 as a children’s fantasy. As Many of you may have read this book as a youngster or in later years, you realise you are reading a classic in our time. You may also have been following the visual production of The Hobbit on the TV recently. It is interesting to see if the visual sometimes when reading a book enhances or confirms our imagination? A tale of dwarfs on a continued adventure seeking gold. Our main character, Bilbo Baggins, someone we all know in real life enjoys comfort to the extreme, but is also an accomplished burglar and full of good fellowship!

Tolkien’s life was most interesting. He had a rocky childhood, living in Switzerland, Oxford and Birmingham. His marriage eventually to Edith Bratt in 1916 brought forth 4 children. Also in 1916 he was sent to the Somme and out in the trenches he suffered trench fever which recurred over the next two years. He was a lieutenant until the Armistice. He then worked on the New English Dictionary at Oxford, worked at Leeds University and back to Oxford. His works were well known as The Hobbit in 1937, Lord of the Rings in 1955. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Beowulf.

His inspiration for The Hobbit cam particularly when as a child he lived in Birmingham – Moseley Bog, Sarehole Mill, Lickey Hill and Bilberry Hill.

Ros Pleasted