Alex Goodman
The Royal Oak

It’s the Whatlington Village Fete tomorrow - Saturday 15th June!! Fingers crossed for decent weather for our traditional village fete. There will be all sorts of games and attractions for the whole family, from the coconut shy, crockery smashing and tractor rides to the plant stall, beer tent and vintage car display. Incidentally if you have a vintage, classic or unusual vehicle, it’s not too late for you to have yours included at the fete, just call Hugh Apthorp on 01424 772790. The highly competitive (!) stoolball match will take place in the afternoon and if you would like to have a go and be on the team, call Steve on 01424 772968 - no experience necessary just a desire to have some fun! Also if you have any plants for the plant stall, bric-a-brac or raffle prizes, please bring them on the day, and if you would like to help out, the “working party” will be setting up the field from 9.30am on Saturday morning.

If Australian wine is your tipple (or even if it’s not) you’ll be pleased to know that Hazel’s next wine tasting at The Royal Oak is on Saturday 22nd June at 9pm. Tickets are just £5 to taste 5 very different Oz wines, if you would like to reserve a place then please call 01424 870492.

The Quiz at The Royal Oak has become a very popular evening, last week “Harmony” won the jackpot which was a triple rollover, and they kindly donated £100 to St Michael’s Hospice from their winnings - well done to them! There is always room for more teams to challenge the winner’s spot, so if you would like to join in, we start at 8pm every Thursday. Not only is Wednesday cards night at The Royal Oak, but you can now get a curry and a pint for just £7, please call us on 01424 870492 if you would like to book.

Live music this month falls on Friday 28th June when our regular Irish Music session will kick off at 8.30pm. This is always a busy night, so if you would like to book a table, please call 01424 870492.

News from Jeffrey:

Whatlington Church has a major fund raising event coming up on Friday 28th June, 7pm at Leeford Place Hotel, Whatlington. Charles Moore the authorized biographer of Lady Thatcher will be giving a talk about his biography, with an insight into the subject and the opportunity to ask questions etc. it should be a good evening. Copies of the book, signed by Charles will also be available to purchase on the night. Tickets are £17.50 each, to include tea/coffee & biscuits, plus a bar will be available. The tickets may be purchased directly from The Royal Oak pub, on the A21 at Whatlington, alternatively e-mail churchwarden Jeffrey Bridges at: j.bridges815@btinternet.com to reserve for collection on the night or telephone 01424-772535/772997.

Work in the church continues to progress, heating pipes are laid for the under floor heating and the electricians are currently working on site. The congregation have just had a demonstration of the new digital organ we plan to purchase, everyone was very impressed with this and it spurs us on towards getting back inside the building for services.

Your Whatlington News was delivered this week and has lots of information regarding local events and facilities in addition to news from the Parish Council and the PCC, so don’t forget to read it!! Steve works hard to produce such a professional publication and Ken and his team give up their time to deliver the newsletter to every household in the village. If you have anything you would like to contribute to the newsletter contact Steve on 01424 870041 and help to deliver the publication is always welcome, contact Ken on 01424 772997.