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Karen Ayling

The White House, Dixter Road

Spring Show: What a fantastic display! The Village Hall was a sight for sore eyes on Saturday, with a range of daffodils and camellias, a few brave tulips and some more interesting and attractive flowers and shrubs. Once again, we could only marvel at the talent in this village on display, starting (of course) with gardening, but also wood-turning, painting, photography, knitting, needlecraft, cookery, and the one which always impresses me most – the flower arranging.

The children played a major part this time, with a stunning Easter display from Messy Church, photographs from Frewen College and paintings from the Primary School amongst other creations.

The trophy winners were - the Lt Col Bagnall Perpetual Challenge Cup and the Norman Lamford Perpetual Challenge Cup - Len Chapman, the Frewen Perpetual Challenge Cup - Lynne & Tony Pomfret, the Society’s Perpetual Challenge Bowl - Joy Taylor, the Margaret Williams Memorial Salver - Karen Ayling, and the Elsie Prior Perpetual Challenge Cup - Tony Green.

I can only say that if you didn’t join in, you missed some great fun! Don’t be shy, the committee are really helpful and supportive, so it’s like the Big Allotment Challenge without the scary bits!

Tongswood Choir: It was a full weekend for the village, rounded off with a visit from the Tongswood Choir with music for Passiontide. A packed church and some fabulous music raised an impressive sum for St Michael’s Hospice, so we look forward to seeing them again – I believe they will return in July if we ask them nicely!

Easter Services: St Mary’s will be celebrating Easter with a special Messy Church on Good Friday at 10.30am, An Hour at the Cross at 2pm, and Holy Communion on Easter Sunday at 8am and 10.30am. Visitors and worshippers from other denominations are always very welcome to St Mary’s services.

Over 60s: Continuing the Easter theme, the Over 60s will be having an Easter Egg competition and a quiz at their meeting on Tuesday, at 2pm in the Village Hall.

Coffee Stop: Meet up with familiar faces at Coffee Stop each Wednesday in the Church Centre between 10am and 12 noon.

Lace Group: The Lace Group meets in the Jenkins Room on Wednesday at 2pm.

Parish Meeting: The annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th April at 7pm – always a good time to catch up with village news. There will be a Planning meeting about Donsmead on 16th.

Showtimers: Food Glorious Food – Showtimers will be presenting a Musical Comedy Supper Show in the Village Hall on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April at a cost of £12. Tickets are from ticketsource, or 01797 252918. We are promised over an hour of song, dance and comedy in Showtimers’ inimitable style, along with a ploughmans and dessert. It sounds a great evening out.

Golf Day: A nine hole Golf Morning will be held at London Beach Golf Club on Saturday 25th April. The day will start with a bacon roll and coffee before the tee-off at 10am. Lunch will follow the golf. The cost is £25, with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Church. If you are interested in joining in, please contact Jonathan King – 07702 777892.

Chitiwiri: In May, there will be another collection to raise money for the projects that we support in Chitiwiri, Malawi. If you have any unwanted clothes, pairs of shoes, curtains, bed linen, bags, belts or perfume and would like to help Sally and Richard Bickersteth raise money for the community of Chitiwiri, please put them in tied bin liners or call at Forge House for green bags.

Hospice Coffee Morning: One of the problems with having such a busy village is that sometimes events overlap. So please could you make a note that the Coffee Morning and Bric-a-brac Sale in aid of St Michael’s Hospice with be on Saturday 16th May, and not as advertised.

St Mary’s Services: Good Friday: 10.30am Messy Church, 2pm An Hour at the Cross. Easter Day: 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion