Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

A good thriller, very gripping and slowly terrifying!

Christine has a very rare amnesia— every time she closes her eyes to sleep, her memory had been wiped out! Her name, identity, past,even the people she loved, all forgotten over night! IMAGINE!!

I think most of us found it a “good read” but possibly a disappointing ending? or conclusion?

It was one of those stories, alike some gripping series you watch on T.V. at present— wondering who is actually telling the truth!

Interestingly enough the author is a male , not as you “feel “it to be a female. He is local, S.J. Watson- from Stourport in Worcestsershire. Other stories he has written are “Second Life” and “Final Cut”. I wonder?

R.E.Plested

V.E. Day celebrations

To All those who gave so much THANK YOU

8th May 2020 — 75 years on from Victory in Europe!!

In Great Britain  we remembered and celebrated the V.E. day in our small and isolated corners. The bunting and flags went out and we decorated our houses with red, white and blue to acknowledge a truly special day when Winston Churchill announced our small empire had won the second world war with Germany.

Our parents and Grandparents had gone through such restrictions for us and our new world! Food rations, transport difficulties, little work, joining up with the forces, putting lives in everyday danger overseas, abroad and at home, evacuation! Endless and many thousands of stories, some we still haven’t heard!

So our meek recognition yesterday,75 years on was the best we could do.!
Thank goodness for our televised broadcasts, our Royal family and history! Our Queen, such a stalwart, stoic lady did us proud! God save the Queen!!

Our extremely tiny lane in St. Michaels (the lane without a name) held forth with bunting, flags and our amazing soldiers (used for World War 1 commemorations)

The lane looked wonderful and even though we are self isolating, the invitation to walk up and down rang true. At 6pm for just 50 mins, then rain stopped play! there was a delightful gentle flow of locals ambling up and down with a smile on their faces. Music emphasised we ‘ll meet again and many more well known sing alongs. A glass in hand, cake and sausage rolls on the wall and an atmosphere of cheerful hope! There was a great representation of all ages present from a new birth to late 80’s
A rendition of “leaning on the lamppost” by Bryan on the ukulele added to the atmosphere, just before the heavens opened.

25 years ago, we lived on the edge of Birmingham near the Lickey Hills and I remember helping Stuart organise a street party for many! there were all day games, trails sing alongs and long tables down the road with delicious sandwiches, cakes and scones and jelly.Everyone helped decorate, the music blared out and we had a fun day, dancing to” in the mood” till dusk.But it was a cold bank holiday monday and the bluebells weren’t even thinking of coming out!

We at present are blessed by nature.It just surrounds us with glory and has been our saving grace! We live as our forefathers did in expectation, what will be will be, we question constantly the circles the world moves in and we can only do our best! Were we having things too good? We have all learnt a lot in this extremely sad virus filled world and in both war times and virus times and other tragedies, the loss of loved ones is the worst.

At the end of the day on the 8th of may 2020 there was a beautiful rainbow just before dusk, after the heavy rain. LETS HOPE! And from the song AND the dreams that you dreamt of, Dreams really do come true!

Open Gardens 2020

As with many events this year we had to cancel the Open Gardens. We hope to run this event again in June 2021. Here are a few photos from the gardens:

Here are some photos from last years Open Gardens:

St. Michaels ‘KITE’, Keeping in touch with everyone.

3 Years on!! Our aim, as was 3 years ago when we began is still to support the community of St. Michaels whatever their age and need as best we can.

We have a good group of volunteers and during these sad times of coronavirus another 7 volunteers have come forward (we already had a list of 12 volunteers).

No one knows what a client may need, whether some shopping, or an errand, postal services, prescription and chemist services, visits to hospital, doctor, optician, chiropody appointments and many more. Sometimes a friendly contact, visit or call can relieve isolation and loneliness.

Whatever, someone is looking out for us and in regular contact.

Ros

Village Hall Extension

It is with great joy I wish to announce to you all that we have been offered a grant from the national lottery fund towards the refurbishment of our village hall at St Michael’s. We are returning the contract soon in agreement to this wonderful offer and hope building will begin as soon as the builder is able.

My many thanks go to Eric Hudson, Pat Mutton and Stuart Plested for the hard work, many meetings and determination in getting the applications prepared. This didn’t happen overnight, almost 3 years!

Thanks go to you all for your supporting events and activities which have helped raise funds along with a brilliant committee, who have all helped to match fund our final sum required. Well done to all, a little uplifting news in these very sad and worrying times.

Ros Plested, chair.

The Roebuck Inn and Shop

The Roebuck Shop

Fresh Bread, Milk, Meats, Fruit and Veg, Newspapers and magazines. Are ALL delivered to the shop fresh daily.

Orders to be made via 01584 711 127.

Home delivery available for those Elderly or in isolation

The Roebuck Inn – Takeaway Menu All £8.00

  • All-day breakfast
  • Sausage, Chips and beans/peas
  • Fish, Chips and beans/peas
  • Scampi, Chips and beans/peas
  • Lasagne and Chips
  • Jacket Potato and chilli con carne
  • Fishcakes , Chips and peas
  • Burger and Chips

All subject to availability. To order, please call either 01581 711 827, 07980 275 020 or 07483 361 896

Beatlefest 12th July

50 years on from Abbey Road and the boys are still very much with us! Well they will be this year at St Michaels village hall on 12th July at our Beatlefest. There will be many performing for you singing sons and tunes you will remember!

If you would like to perform a Beatles song or know of any others who would like to please let us know!

We would also like to hear from you if you have any posters, photos, memorabilia you are willing to lend us for an exhibition in the village hall.

The Beatlefest will start at 12 midday and will continue till late. There will be several food kiosks, bar, music performed throughout the day and other attractions. Look out for further information!

Open Gardens 6th/7th June

Open gardens will take place again in St. Michaels with some beautiful and interesting gardens for you to visit! Some familiar and some new to view.

Please put these dates in your diary and start collecting some bric-a-brac, tombola prizes and garden paraphernalia you may no longer need!

Flower Workshop

On Saturday morning 25th April there will be a flower making workshop with recycled plastic bottles. We plan to make these large flowers for the Open Gardens weekend. If you would like to join this workshop 10am – 12pm please let Anne Wallace know.

You need to bring your own scissors and you will be expected to use spray paint and a glue gun.

Please can you start collecting large and small plastic bottles.

Thank you for your support.