When ? 2 pm – 5.30 pm on Sunday, 20th June
Tickets available from Luckington Church on the day
Refreshments served at the Old Royal Ship pub
When ? 2 pm – 5.30 pm on Sunday, 20th June
In spite of all the optimism of covid vaccinations we remain in lockdown and we long to meet friends and family. We need all the support and companionship we can get. So look no further than Malmesbury and District u3a. If you are retired or semi retired and enjoy meeting people while learning something new then there are around 40 different interest groups to tempt you. Even though at the moment groups cannot meet in person some groups do meet online.
What there is for all 400 members to enjoy are talks on Zoom now planned right through to April. These have regularly brought the community together allowing members to have a brief chat before the talks, cup of coffee in hand, in their own homes.
At u3a we maintain a sense of togetherness and community when ordinary social actvity is so stringently curtailed.
Contact the membership secretary, Elaine Sharpe 01666 823568, become a member and enjoy the general talks. Then explore all the opportunities and get involved as soon as the present covid restrictions allow. In normal times u3a meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at Malmesbury town hall from 10 – 11.45 for tea/coffee a chat and to listen to a monthly speaker. You can find more information on our website www.malmesburyu3a.org.uk.
February 25th. Ritual and Belief during the time of Stonehenge
March 11th. The Cleveland Connection: revisiting the Intriguing Story of Malmesbury’s Oilmen
March 25th. Poetry, Feminism and Creativity
Lesley Saunders (in conversation with Sue Hammond)
April 8th. Malmesbury in the news from the 1830s
April 22nd. The Work of Marie Curie
This autumn, Malmesbury-based Tracklements, the award-winning condiment-maker, is appealing for locals to donate their unwanted medlar fruit which may otherwise go to waste – give yourself a buzzy boost and give British bees a helping hand in the process!
Tracklements will transform all medlar fruit donated into scrumptious Aromatic Medlar Jelly (sensational with roast meats or a good, strong Cheddar!). Available nationwide, 25p from the sale of every jar is dedicated to purchasing bee-friendly medlar trees which are not only noted for their beautiful blossom but their ability to attract the nation’s much-loved buzzing insects. Another 25p from each jar will be donated Friends of the Earth, an International environmental charity who help protect the planet and are currently campaigning to save the bee.
If you have any medlars you won’t be using and you would like to donate them to help save the bees, all you need to do is drop them off at Tracklements (SN16 0RD) from now until 21st November. For full details on the project and on how to win a tree, visit www.tracklements.co.uk.
Due to the current circumstances we are putting off
the event until later in the year……
HAVE YOU EVER………………?
Danced in the Village Hall……….?
Seen a play or concert in the Village Hall……….?
Attended a meeting in the Village Hall……….?
Taken your children to a party or Craft Club or Guides in the Village Hall……….?
Joined in an exercise class in the Village Hall……….?
Played badminton, bowls or whist in the Village Hall……….?
Please come to The Village Hall on April 4th to support “The Butterfly Fund “– set up to raise money to improve Our very much loved and utilised meeting place, right in the heart of Our Vibrant Village of Sherston.
For donations Bank details are – Lloyds Bank 30 12 04 01406463
Over the course of the last year, Craig Henry has lost the ability to walk, been addicted to opiate pain killers, had spinal surgery, suffered depression and spent 34 nights living inside a hospital. Craig, who is from Sherston, has experienced a journey through public and private healthcare systems and has noted it all down in a new book.
What started as a twinge in his leg, turned into paralysing him and confining Henry to a hospital bed. The world inside the plain walls of healthcare institutions are a bizarre one, from patients smoking inside the ward to people being told they have days left to live in an amplified fishbowl of pain, confusion and fear. The Cared For gives an insight into the NHS and private healthcare systems from the perspective of the hospital bed and through a patient’s vision.
Whilst recovering from his spinal operation Craig began writing his book at home in Sherston. Having witnessed the mounting pressure on the NHS, he wanted the story to do something positive. In this, he chose to donate 50% of proceeds of the book to the hospital ward that took such excellent care of him in a hope that the money can help future patient care in that hospital.
‘The Cared For is a tale of hope in an all hating world.’
The book is available to buy from Amazon, Link Below.
Looking for a fun festive day out?
On Saturday 7th December we’re throwing open our doors and inviting you to come and look at how we turn the best, natural ingredients into award-winning condiments. Open from 9.30am – 1pm, there’s no need to book and it’s free of charge. As well as factory tours, there’s also festive nibbles and the chance to start (finish?!) your Christmas shopping!
Visit the website www.tracklements.co.uk for our address. We look forward to seeing you there!
Did you know that there is an excellent meeting place for businesses right in the heart of Our Village?
After the successful kitchen makeover, The Village Small Hall has been decorated and now has new flooring –
It can accommodate 40 seated comfortably.
With the benefit of the kitchen and cloakroom facilities next door it is the perfect venue to hold meetings or seminars, with an hourly
rate of only £8.
Contact Tony Weedon on 01666 841 377 for more details
We are excited to announce that planning has now been submitted for the new Sherston Pre-school.
You will be aware of the North Legacy announced in June 2016. Some of this has already been apportioned to the already completed playground scheme (See Cliffhanger April 2018). Following a bid process including a presentation at an open meeting of the parish council, we have been lucky enough to have been awarded £140K. We have been fundraising for the remaining projected costs and are excited to say, that whilst our fundraising is still ongoing, we are at a point where we can now proceed with this project.
The building will be owned by the Parish Council and we are excited to announce that it will be run by Pumpkins nursery, who have a track record of outstanding Ofsted ratings and a wealth of experience from their 3 existing provisions in Badminton and Tormarton and Acton Turville.
The Pre-school is expected to offer the village:
- A purpose built facility offering early years education for children of Pre-school age, from 2-5 years. Hours flexible from 8am-6pm to accommodate the working parent.
- Wrap-around care service for school aged children from Sherston C of E Primary School, including breakfast and after school care
- A Pre-school feeder provision for Sherston C of E primary school
- An additional space for the various Scout organisations to utilise when the provision is not in use, such as the evenings.
A vast amount of research has been completed on the possible locations for the Pre-school since we started working on the project nearly 3 years ago. Both existing buildings and possible land for a build around the village were considered. In conjunction with the Parish Council and the Scout Association, the group identified the location next to the Scout Hut on the recreation ground. We feel excited about what this location has to offer – proximity to the school, green space, and the heart of the village.
There will be no change to the new play equipment, but it is likely that we will need to re-locate the older rope climbing frame if planning permission is achieved – the cost of this is included in our budget. We are including provision for fencing to secure the hardstanding area outside the Pre-school from the green itself as a safety precaution due to the potential for cars to be turning in this space.
From a shortlist of three, we have awarded the design and build to a specialist company – TG Escapes. This company has a wealth of experience in educational buildings, and through them we have now submitted a planning application for a wooden, eco-style build with an enclosed play area. It will tap into existing services from the Scout hut, which will keep build costs down.
We are hoping to be up and running ready for an opening date of September 2019.
If you have further questions about this project, would like to pledge support or even make a donation to this project we would love to hear from you:
facebook page: “New Sherston Preschool”
For Pre-school or wrap-around care based queries please contact Amanda Wallis at Pumpkins: www.pumpkinsnursery.co.uk
Planning Reference number: 19/01692/FUL
What’s on has been updated for Jan 2019!
Some highlights are:
- 1016 Pancake Eating Competition
- Sue’s Strolls
- Art Exhibition at Shear Class Salon
- Beaufort team chase
For more details see What’s on section.
The Sopworth village plant table may be small but it features a surprisingly diverse range of seasonal plants which are being regularly changed. It is now in its sixth year. Plants are donated, and the money raised from the sale of them is given 50% to Sopworth church and 50% to Sopworth village hall. It is open 24/7 during the summer months, and payment is made into the money box on a pro-bono trust basis.
Valerie Edwards started it 5 years ago and has run it most capably and successfully. Ann Buxton and Jinny Rawlings have this year now taken over the running of it, ably assisted by Isla Casey when back from school. It is now positioned on the main street of Sopworth at the Didmarton end of the village between Bull Park Barn and Hollybush Barn.
We sincerely thank all those who have supported and continue to support the Sopworth plant table. Gifts of plants and of course purchases of plants are always greatly welcomed.
We regret to announce that the 2020 Sherston Boules Festival is cancelled.
The committee delayed making this decision for as long as possible but, with the Government continuing to emphasise the “long-haul” nature of the Covid-19 public health restrictions and the recent cancellation of numerous other national and regional summer events, we have reached the conclusion that cancelling this year’s festival was in the best interests of the people of Sherston. All competition entry fees will be automatically refunded.
We will continue to monitor the situation in the hope, however slight, that social distancing/gathering restrictions will be lifted enough to enable us to safely provide the village with some form of a celebratory event on July 11th albeit on a much-reduced scale.
We will keep you informed of any updates via www.sherstonboules.organd the Sherston Boules Facebook page.
With very best wishes on behalf of all the committee.
Gary Muchmore (Chair)