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Winter newsletter

We’re putting together the winter newsletter. Please send all submissions to the editor at by 23rd November at the latest, but before would be appreciated.

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Pub night – tonight!

Our next pub night will be tonight, 18th November from 6:30pm.

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We’ve sold out of food pretty quickly at the last few so get there early to make sure you don’t go hungry! All welcome, there will be the usual drinks offering, games and friendly chat.

Forró Fest Report

Forró Fest UK hosted its 6th annual event at Bellingdon Village Hall, with workshops throughout the day and live music in the evenings, the event attracted over 200 keen dancers to enjoy the Brazilian style atmosphere created over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Despite the short bursts of rain, the event was a huge success with lots of positive feedback not only from guests from afar but also from the village too.

Workshops included Capoeira, Samba, Gafieira, Tango, Acro-yoga, Singing and much more and there were special beginners levels classes especially welcoming for locals too. Lots of fun and a great weekend had by all. Many thanks to the Hall for hosting this unusual festival: we are looking forward to next year!

By Julia Samel, Forró Fest organiser

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Bellingdon & Asheridge Village Hall AGM

The Bellingdon and Asheridge Village Hall (BAVH) Charity AGM was held in the hall in late July. Many thanks to all those who attended.

The committee reported that money taken from the booking and hire of the hall is at a good level, the upgraded hall buildings, grounds and playground will be contributing to this.

Community and interest groups such as the Ladies’ club and Short-mat Bowls continue to thrive, while considerable investment has been made to improve the pitch areas for continued use by local football clubs and others.

New committee members are always welcome. We have some fantastic plans for the coming year so if you’re interested in being part of this valuable community organisation please do get in touch.

Village Fete and Fun Dog Show

What a day! Huge thanks to everyone who supported our fete – from the committee, to the volunteers on the day and everyone who came along to the dog show and to enjoy the traditional fete entertainments.

The weather was kind, despite some fairly dire predictions, and the heavens only opened as we were packing up. We’re off for a well-earned rest before we have to start thinking about the next one!

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Bellingdon and Asheridge Village Fete 2016

Vacancy: parish councillor for Bellingdon

Chartridge Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor to represent the Bellingdon ward.  If you live in Bellingdon, have a genuine interest in the local community and how it is serviced, and can dedicate one evening each month to meet plus a small amount of your spare time to considering a range of issues (planning, highway maintenance, footpaths and bridleways, county and district council consultations to name but a few) please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance.

A Royal Visit

princess annd 4The Princess Royal, Princess Anne visited Bellingdon on 14th July 2015 to see the new affordable housing in the village.

Chairman of Chartridge Parish Council Peter Brown welcomed The Princess Royal and showed her around some of the properties before planting a tree to commemorate the event.

Photo: Carmel Botwright

Bellingdon Bikers

BikersNow that the weather is improving why not get out your bike and pump up the tyres and join a group of like minded people and go on some beautiful bike rides around the area. So much more of our beautiful countryside can be seen from your bike and it is good for you too. All rides end at a suitable hostelry! Click here for more information. or email here.