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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
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.
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.
Here are some photos from the wonderful Jenny Goodall and Steve Templeton! Do please feel free to add your photos of the day to our Facebook page
After a slightly-soggy-underfoot-but-very-successful event last year, British Dalmatian Welfare will once again be holding their annual Fun Day at the Village Hall and playing field on Sunday 25th June from 10.45 to around 3pm.
Everyone is welcome with or without their dogs (spots are optional). There is a Fun Dog show with a fancy dress class for dogs and humans plus egg-and-spoon races. There is also a chance to try out agility equipment or to enter the test for Kennel Club “Good Citizens” qualification at Bronze level.
For both adults and children there is a chance to meet LOTS of Dalmatians although there is no guarantee there will be 101…
Entry is free although we hope you enjoy lunch or tea and cake, buy raffle tickets or home baked dog biscuits and dog cakes. For more information see www.dalmatianwelfare.co.uk or follow British Dalmatian Welfare on Facebook or @britdalwelfare on Twitter.
That’s all, folks!
Once again, we have managed a spectacular village fete. The sun shone, the rain stayed away, our canine friends almost behaved themselves and the tug of wars (tugs of war?) were a fantastic contest, as always.
The fete could not happen without the assistance of so many people – from the committee who have been working on this since the dark days of winter, to everyone who donated items to sell, to those who bought raffle tickets, baked cakes or helped on stalls, and finally to everyone who attended the fete and enjoyed our traditional country spectacle. We thank you all!
Official photos will follow as soon as we have them, in the meantime please feel free to post your own on our facebook page – we’d love to see them.
As always we have some lovely stalls at our fete – mostly small, local businesses and causes. Do please support them if you can.
Currently confirmed we have:
We have a fantastic range of businesses based in Bellingdon and Asheridge and further afield locally. Many of them are kind enough to support our fete by advertising in our programme. Our thanks go to:
A small band of volunteers will be knocking on doors in Bellingdon & Asheridge this evening between 6-9pm and in some cases between now and the weekend.
We are looking for donations of good quality toys, plants, bric-a-brac, wine etc. Unfortunately we are unable to accept second hand electrical goods for safety reasons.
If you’re out, or prefer to donate in your own time, we’ll leave details of how to contact us. Flyers will be dropping into your letterbox shortly.
We will also be selling raffle tickets as we go round, and you can find out more about the prizes available here:
Now in its third year, our children’s fancy dress competition (no charge to enter) continues to grow in popularity. Judging will be at 3pm (approx) in Ring 2.
This year the competition is once again kindly sponsored and judged by The Village Nursery, Bellingdon. Karen and her team will also be having a stall so please do pop along and see them.