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.

Midsummer Madness at St Michaels

Dear Ros and Pat, Just a quick email to say thank you for a lovely night all your hard work certainly paid off. Midsummer Madness at St Michaels.

As we parked and got out of the car we were greeted by the sound of Tom Wards fantastic Saxophone playing and a view of the lake with the swans doing what swans do! As we turned the corner it looked like a scene from country living magazine everyone looking very smart with glasses of bubbly and the sound of laughter and chatter. Stuart then appeared and reminded me of Leonard Sachs from the Good Old Days when he used to tell people what was about to occur, and we should obey or else!! He was desperately trying to gain some control and order to the festivities by telling everyone to enter the dining room or else! The dining room looked inviting with beautifully decorated tables adorned with flowers and candles which really helped with the ambiance of the evening, a lovely touch. The bar coped well with the influx of people not bothering to order glasses of wine!! just numerous bottles. The white wine being served in ice buckets, something that was greatly needed on such a balmy night. The food arrived promptly and efficiently with everyone getting their correct orders!! The salmon was beautifully moist, cooked to perfection by Pat and her crew and of course the desserts were also fab supplied by the cooks of St Michaels and beyond. The band played the right sort of music for us all to have a dance and/or jig around!! and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. I am sure if the weather had not been so warm more people would have been dancing but who could not take advantage of being outside on a beautiful summer evening with a gentle breeze coming off the lake. It really was a lovely night. So well done to the village hall committee and helpers for laying on a superb evening and, of course, to the very lively guests for attending.

See you all soon Love Jenny xxx

Thank you to all those who help create the Ball

Thank you to all those who helped create the Ball for June 23rd 2018

It is with great appreciation and gratitude to many people that such unique event took place this year in the village calendar. It is a tradition that the summer Ball takes place every two years which is a lovely is but does take quite a lot of organisation and orchestration. However, when Pat and Ros first ventured down to Cadmore Lodge on February 14th to begin plans, I think you’ll agree with me they carried through some excellent organisation and gave us a brilliant night to remember!

The group of men, Robin, Peter, Eddie, Mike Weston, Stuart, Geoff and Mark worked hard moving chairs, tables, cutlery, crockery etc back forth to set up at Cadmore, Friday and Sunday. The kitchen ladies and setting up ladies, Pat, Ros, Elaine, Ros, Janet, Janet, Polly, Chris, Jane and Cherry just worked tirelessly on food prep, laying tables and of course clearing up. We were grateful to Jess and James Harrison for their help in the kitchen and advise, they couldn’t have been more obliging, to the pudding club ladies, to our lovely group of waitresses from Tenbury High school, Muriel for selling raffle tickets, the generous donations raffle prizes, our saxophonist and ObScUrE our brilliant band! We were especially grateful to yourselves for coming along and being part of the evening, we hope you have fond memories of a special evening in June in 2018!

Stuart Plested

BBQ and Games evening

We were treated to a splendid B.B.Q and games evening, on Saturday 14th July. This was by kind permission of Ros and Paul Bayliss at the Old Vicarage Garden, a lovely venue for a fun & games and enough shade to enjoy a cool bar and well worked B.B.Q supper.

A very happy crowd attended and a great time had by all. Thank you all for supporting.

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.

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.