‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman

Our book for August was ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman, her first novel. At thirty year old Eleanor Oliphant is completely alone in the world, bought p in foster care she has never been touched or loved, she has no friends, is awkward and lacks social skills.

Eleanor has worked in the same office for nine years, she is fin, she knows no different until she meets Raymond. Raymond is a co-worker, he and Eleanor become friendly after rescuing an elderly gentleman, This event is significant in Eleanor’s life and she slowly experiences a metamorphosis, one that make you smile, laugh and cry.

There’s a bot of a twist at the end. A thought provoking and moving story enjoyed by all the members of the book club particularly me who read it twice!!

Elaine

Village Fete Review

Whether the weather be good
whether the weather be bad
whether the weather, whatever the weather
whether it be good or bad!
And we did until it cam down in gentle stair rods!!

It was a different idea to hold the fete in the autumn and perhaps not a bad idea as we can all remember about 3 years ago when the wind and train travelled through the stalls taking them down one after another – and that was in June!

However we are of course most appreciative of Jane and Jonathan for their kindness in hosting the Autumn Fete and such a lovely touch in providing colourful apples for all the help themselves to and damsons to start the pies and gin off with!

Thank you to all the stall holders for their hard work in preparing their stalls and wares, collecting goods and produce and working hard afterwards clearing up.

We ere very appreciative of Tenbury Town Band, they provided such a lovely atmosphere playing some wonderful familiar tunes. The Scottish dancers for an excellent performance just before the rain. We know they put in extra time to rehearse for the day. We welcomed the Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue who ran the dog show, there were some very well behaved and much loved dogs arriving down the drive and we believe most went home with a ‘rosette’ to cherish. We were grateful for all who cam for the fete and hope most were able to stay for the spectacular performance of Miss St Michaels – what a team and such hidden beauty – can’t think where they have all been hiding!

Most thanks go to all who helped arrange and organise the fete, produce posters, moved chairs and tables, crockery, man stalls, put up and down gazebos, marquees, signs and bunting and generally spent a lot of time, effort and energy. Well done. The fete made a profit of approx. £900 which helps the hall to run. Thank you all.

First Aid Course

On Monday 24th September we had a most up to date delivery of a first aid course in the village hall provided by Dee Little from Cheshire. 13 villagers attended and had opportunities to review yet again CPR practices on adult, infant and child dummies together with updating the expected practices on infection, falls, burns, cuts and day to day first aid.

Thank you to all who supported and took part, we all need regular reminders of first aid practices we can manage and hope we can repeat this in the near future.

Macmillan Biggest Cup of Coffee Morning

A highly cheerful buzz was found in the village hall at the Macmillan coffee morning on 21st September. The monthly coffee morning is always a friendly event but this one always seems to attract a varied group of locals and visitors and friends. There aren’t many people who are not touched in some way by this disease and so Macmillan charity together with their research and support are to be encouraged.

We are pleased to welcome Sue Perry, our Mayor and Therese, our local policewoman, who ran an excellent raffle and tombola. There were delicious cakes and coffee, games, books and bric a brac.

We were thrilled to raise £370 with your kind purchases and donations. Thank you for your kindness.

Julie’s Weekly Update

Hello All,

We’re definitely into autumn now ….. but still lots to entertain and do.

H-art at the church is still in full swing so if you haven’t been then please do over the next couple of days as we close the doors on it at 5pm on Sunday. So open 10am – 5pm today, Sat and Sun.

It has transformed the church and is bringing in lots of people to explore the art works and they are amazed by the church at the same time.

On Sunday we have our new service at 11am of Morning Prayer, this week led by John and Naomi, and Samuel of course. As last week, the service will be held at the high altar so that H-art can continue. So come along and see what it’s about!

Also on Sunday of course is the annual village hall fete, held at Sunnycroft opposite the church with thanks to Jonathan and Jane. All the fun of the fair, and a few surprises as well between 2pm and 5pm. Why not combine it with a visit to H-art as well! Donations of cakes, plants, produce and teddies will still be appreciated. Don’t forget to bring your dog along as well for the fun dog show.

Next Saturday, as part of the Autumn in Malvern Festival, at 3pm, Roger Judd will be giving a talk, ‘St Michaels Choir School: Sir Frederick Gore Ouseley, A Forgotten Legacy?’ The talk includes musical interludes played on the organ and describes the important influence that the college had on English cathedral music. Should be very interesting. Tickets £8, box office 01684 892277

Coming soon:
next Friday 21st Macmillan Coffee Morning in the hall 10am – 12noon. Please come along to support this very worthy cause. Donations of cakes and bring and buy goodies will be very welcome

Monday 24th 6-9pm a First Aid course in the hall – see Sword for details

Saturday 6th Oct, 7.30pm, our 3rd Music Nouveau in the church. Lots of great musicians, young and old, variety of genres including folk and folk rock. In the amazing church acoustics it sounds fantastic. Entry by donation.

Sunday 7th Oct, 11am Harvest Festival service followed by bring and share lunch in the church. Just bring along a plate of savoury or sweet finger food. During the service please bring along foodstuffs, either fresh or non perishable, and it will be taken to St Pauls Hospice for the Homeless in Worcester where it is welcomed. The collection will go as usual to Farm Community Network to help farmers in times of stress.

That’s all for the moment ….. so until next week

Julie