Whatlington village voice

Monday 4th June between 12 noon until 5pm is the Whatlington Street party and should be a great event for Whatlington residents.

The Whatlington Road will be closed from the A21 to Riccards Lane from 10am until 9pm to hold this event. The theme is the 1950,s. Please refer to the Whatlington news letter through your doors and further info below regarding the event as I am sure help will be needed with the organisation of this event.

A big thank you must go to Hilda Aplin for being the village voice for Whatlington for the last few years. Hilda has decided to finish writing the article.Andrew Ratcliffe will start doing the voice from the 1st June for Whatlington so please feel free to send any information to A.Ratcliffe@btinternet.com you would like in the article and I will add it in where possible.

Mountfield & Whatlington school held a special Diamond Jubilee street party in the grounds of the school on Monday 28th May where parents were invited with hand made invitations from the children in special Union flag designs. The weather was very hot but the children were full of energy as normal. The food was fantastic supplied by parents and the school catering team. I am sure the children had full stomachs at the end of the celebration. Jousting competitions and a very special visit by a certain Diamond Jubilee lady made the whole afternoon very special !

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church service for Sunday 3rd June is Holy Communion at 8.30am and in addition there will be a special service at 5.00pm to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This will be an informal “ Songs of Praise “ worship and all are very welcome. Please come along and support the church.If the weather is fine please bring chairs as the service will be held in the churchyard If it is wet or cold it will be held in the village hall.There will be light refreshments available following the service.

Whatlington Film Club organiser Steve Turner sent an update for the fantastic film club we have at the Royal Oak.

“We continue our Meryl Streep mini-season this Friday, June 1, with The Iron Lady in which Margaret Thatcher looks back over her life, from childhood to becoming the British PM. Ms Streep won the best actress award at both the Oscars and the Baftas for her role as the elderly and somewhat frail Maggie.

“On Jubilee Bank Holiday Tuesday at 3pm the Film Club throws open its doors to the entire village for a special showing of the 1952 family classic Hans Christian Andersen, in which Danny Kaye takes on the role of the legendary children’s storyteller in a movie that features favourite songs including the title track, Thumbelina, Ugly Duckling and Wonderful Copenhagen.

“Then on June 22 we are taking a diversion from the big screen to the box in the corner with two hours of the best of British sitcom to include Hancock, Dad’s Army and Blackadder.”

What a great weekend we had at The Royal Oak! In addition to sitting out in the garden in the fabulous weather, we enjoyed a super Irish Music Night last Friday followed by the evening of Palmistry in The Barn at The Royal Oak on Saturday with expert Robin Lown which was an absolute sell-out and a fantastic evening full of insight and very accurate readings! Due to the high demand, Robin has confirmed another date to perform at The Royal Oak, and he will also be joined by a medium on Saturday 4th August. Tickets are likely to sell-out fast again, so if you would like to reserve your place, please call Alex on 01424 870492. More details to follow in this column in the next few weeks.

A huge thank-you to Steve Palmer and Mike Tapsfield for creating our new Boules piste at The Royal Oak - they worked tirelessly in the heat to clear the area, cut back the hedge and level off the ground in preparation for our first league match at home against The Black Horse, Telham last week. With a lot of local support, newly acquired skill and quite a bit of luck, we had a really good evening and won two of our singles games (well done Thelma and Tamsin!). Despite losing the team game, we finished the evening in high spirits and very much looking forward to our next match! If you would like to be involved either to play or just support, you’d be very welcome on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm, for details of match venues, contact Alex on 01424 870492.

It is Film Club night tonight at The Royal Oak (Fri 1st)! We will be watching the award winning Meryl Streep play the role of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” at 8pm in The Barn. If you would like to join the Film Club, please contact Steve on steve.messages@virgin.net. If you plan to come along to the film this evening, please email Steve or let Alex know on 01424 870492, so that we can ensure there are enough chairs, and if you would like to come and eat first, it might be wise to book a table as last Film Club night we were full quite quickly!

If you’d like to taste some unusual wines in good company please book tickets for our wine tasting at The Royal Oak on Saturday 9th June at 9pm. Hazel is a local wine enthusiast and will be taking us through at least 5 different white wines from around the world. If you would like a ticket - just £5 per person, please call Alex on 01424 870492.

“The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins is the book up for review by The Royal Oak Readers when they meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th June. If you would like to join them, you’d be very welcome, please call Alex on 01424 870492 for more details.

A plea for all Whatlington residents PLEASE read your Whatlington Newsletter for all the details of the Street Party on Monday! We are looking forward to fantastic day full of 50s themed music, food, games and fun! Such a wonderful opportunity for the whole village to come together and celebrate. The A21 end of Whatlington Road from Riccards Lane will be closed from 11am until 9pm and everyone is invited to come along in 50s fancy dress - bring enough food (50s themed) for yourself and guests and maybe a bring a chair. Don’t forget the cake competition and Queen’s Head competition, PLUS if you would like to be involved in the “guess the baby photo” competition, please supply a recent photo of yourself, plus one of you as a baby or child to Alex at the pub and she will put a board together to display on the day! For any other details, please call Angie on 01424 870087.

The Village Hall Jumble Sale last Saturday was very busy and a great success, raising over £100 for the hall funds, which will go towards the next maintenance project, likely to be the refurbishment of the toilets. The Village Hall is an important community facility that will only survive if it is supported and used by all of us whenever we can. Hire rates are very competitive, starting from just £6 per hour, please call Ken on 01424 772997 for further details.

Hilda Aplin, Lismoyne, Oakhurst Road