Forró Fest 2017 | Bank Holiday Weekend

After its spectacular success last year, the Brazilian dancing extravaganza that is Forró Fest is back at Bellingdon & Asheridge Village Hall and grounds over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Organiser Julia Samel was delighted with the welcome they received last year and would like to invite villagers to get involved once again: “This year we can offer a special Sunday afternoon free to all locals, from 12pm – 9pm:

Beginners Forró at 12pm, followed by Coco Afro class 2pm – 3pm, which is a very fun style of Brazilian community dance, plus they can stay on site until 9pm as we have plenty of outdoor fun for free including African dance and French folk music – Mazurka.

If they would like to stay for any evening with live music and dancing until late, the price would be £15 on the door.”

Anyone with questions is asked to contact Hugh Griffiths by email or phone on 07712 397122.

Community pub night | 18th August 6:30-10:30

Come and enjoy some home cooked food, a selection of drinks, traditional pub games (table tennis, pool, darts etc) and the opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours in an informal setting.

Bring the kids and take advantage of the light evenings as they can play in the playground.

Everyone is welcome, as always, as are offers of help on the evening either setting up, doing a shift on the bar or clearing up at the end.

Also, we’re on the lookout for someone to organise the pub night in September as Don will be away. Full training provided! Please email
donbaker@rocketmail.com if you can help.

Recycling centre removal

We’ve received notification from the Joint Waste Team of Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe councils that they will be removing the household recycling centre from the village hall car park on 17th August.

As a wide range of recyclables are now collected at the kerb, the team are reducing the number of standalone facilities.

The nearest recycling facilities will be at Water Meadow car park or Cameron Road in Chesham or the main household waste centre on Waterside.

Once the recycling facilities are removed, we would ask residents to please either take advantage of the kerbside service or take their waste to one of the above facilities.

The clothing bank will remain, for the time being until the committee makes a decision about its future.

YOUR Village Hall AGM – 20th July 7:30pm

You know that hall and recreation ground in the middle of the village that is always there when you need it? For birthday parties, dog walks, the playground, the community pub night and our wonderful recent fete?

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Well, did you know that its run by a very small committee of volunteer trustees who handle all the maintenance, bookings, fundraising and development projects? For the good of the community. Pssst: if you’re reading this, that means you!

The trustees believe that it is an invaluable community asset that should be passed on to future generations, especially in such a rural community where there are so few opportunities or places to meet others without driving several miles. However, we’re struggling to keep it going without several of the trustees spending frankly unreasonable amounts of their own time looking after the building and grounds. How would you feel if the hall and grounds weren’t there any more because no-one wanted to run them?

We know its not that exciting as charities go (we really do!) but most of the voluntary trustees have been in post for in excess of five years (others can’t remember when they started it was that long ago) and we could really do with some new people and ideas. We’re also on the lookout for people to participate on a project by project basis (ie no requirement to come to every meeting, just take on a specific project and run with it). 

Our forthcoming AGM is an excellent opportunity to come and find out what its all about, what we’ve been up to and volunteer your services (or not, its entirely up to you). We’d be delighted to speak with any potential trustees or anyone interested in project-based help (we’re currently hoping to look into an electronic entry system, for example).

If there is something you’d like to put on the agenda, or if you’d like more information, please contact the Secretary, Jules Eyles on 757150 or jules.eyles@tesco.net in advance.

Craft exhibition at St John’s

UPDATE: What a lovely event, well supported with a real community feel. Many thanks to everyone who attended and all those who exhibited, as well as the amazing organisers.

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Details of this weekend’s craft exhibition this weekend at St John’s Church in Bellingdon.

Various people in the village and from St. John’s will be exhibiting including:

  • some pictures from our local art group run by Berry Gidman
  • quilts made by local residents including Lynne Priest.
  • pictures and sculptures by Alan Eeles
  • music by a wind trio on Saturday afternoon
  • Marjorie Brown is going to do a small felting “make and take”on Sunday afternoon
  • coffee, ploughman’s lunches and teas.

The craft exhibition will be open on Saturday from 10.30 to 4.30 and on Sunday from 2 to 4.30. There will be a Songs of Praise service in the church on Sunday morning at 10.00.