Category Archives: Organisations

Gotham Nature Reserve Trust

The Lease was signed after 5 ½ months of planning on Thursday 1st November 2012. Saint Gobain / British Gypsum have leased the ‘Sandbanks’ site to the Gotham Nature Reserve Trust in a 99 year lease. The Trustees will be inviting everyone to another Public Meeting when details will be explained about the restoration work that has to be done on the site, and how the working parties will be organised. As before, it will be an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions about what is now ‘a piece of real estate that belongs to us — the community’ So why not become a member of this worthwhile organisation?  It’s free, no subscription, but you’ll be kept in touch with what’s happening.

Our first fund raising effort was a ‘gardens open day’ on Sunday 24th June 2012 with tea and cakes in the Church Hall. It was well organised by Karen Steed and enjoyed by all who attended.

Many thanks to Andrew Vickers who led us on a well attended ‘Heritage Walk’ around the village, surrounding hills and paths, on Saturday 8th September 2012, explaining fascinating little-known facts, and history of our village which was all very interesting and well presented.

Scouts’ Sunday Lunch Fundraiser

Considering the weather we had through the summer you may have thought us crazy to organise an outdoor fundraising activity! But the chance of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of many people for one of Mary Howick’s Sunday lunches and their faith was justified.

On Sunday 9th September 2012 over 100 people congregated in Mary and Arthur’s back garden to enjoy a fabulous meal. We started with a variety of Mary’s wonderful homemade soups, followed by a choice of lamb dishes or poached salmon with asparagus sauce. There was a truly amazing selection of desserts and we finished with cheese and biscuits.

What’s more, the sun shone throughout so that we had to open the sides on the marquee and the chocolate mints melted before we ate them (with a teaspoon!). It was a lovely event, enjoyed by all — and as an added bonus it raised a magnificent sum for the Scout Hut purchase fund.

Many thanks go to Mary and Arthur for hosting the lunch, our excellent young waiters and waitresses and the many helpers behind the scenes. But mainly of course to Mary for the wonderful meal.

Helen Lomas

Playgroup’s new home

Following the organised chaos that was the transition of the playgroup (30 children, play equipment, 20 chairs, and 5 tables) to our village school – lots of hard graft, cuppas and chocolate biscuits – we are finally in and have now settled brilliantly at our new venue. The staff at the school have made us feel very welcome and we are truly grateful for all the effort they have put in to make the area safe for our under 4’s to play happily together (especially the head teacher’s husband, Nick and Mick Litchfield for the excellent fencing).On behalf of the Playgroup, I would like to thank the Trustees of the Village Hall for allowing us to use the venue for over many years. Whilst we were happy at the Village Hall and are sad to have left a venue, we are positive that the move will benefit all. The children have coped with the change very well and it’s good for them to see part of ‘big school’ life in preparation for their personal challenge of starting Primary School when they leave us. It’s also a joy for us to be able to see them progress on to school and still be able to see them around from time to time. Being on one campus allows better continuity of care between playgroup staff/parents/teachers, as that child progresses through the educational system and should have the added benefit of making the school run simpler for parents!

All in all, the move has worked out well for all those involved and now we can get down to the serious business of learning through play and developing every child that attends our playgroup, giving them the confidence to progress with ease.

Debs Bexon