The Cared For – A Book raising money for the NHS by Craig Henry.

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.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cared-Craig-
Henry/dp/1089490674/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BLPL0UZKPUQD&keywords=the+cared+for+by+craig+henry
&qid=1573820330&sprefix=the+cared+for%2Caps%2C136&sr=8-1

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Tracklement – Open day 7th of December

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!

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SHERSTON VILLAGE HALL – THE REVAMP CONTINUES………..

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

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A new Pre-school for Sherston…..coming soon!

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:

Contact:         sherstonpreschool@gmail.com

facebook page: “New Sherston Preschool”

www.facebook.com/people/New-Sherston-Preschool/100014274258655

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

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What’s on updated for 2019

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.

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Sopworth Classic Car Show – Sunday July 21st

Come along to this one day event and enjoy looking at a stunning display of classic cars, tractors and motorbikes, and chat with their owners.  

As well as classic vehicles, there will be something for the whole family with attractions including bar, cake stand, local produce and children’s entertainment.

Admission:£5, children under 12: free.

Ample parking available.   11am-4pm  Sopworth Show Ground (SN14 6PR)  

Queries:  Paul Atwell: 0796  6248468 paul.atwell@veritasmanagement.co.uk

                   Larry Sargent: 07768 532070  larryts120@gmail.com

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BJ Big Band Presents….

Saturday, March 30th, 8PM, at the Kings Arms Hotel, Malmesbury

The BJ Big Band Presents an exciting evening of big band music. We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style.

Tickets, £7.50, are available from The Wild Food Company, 22 High Street, Malmesbury or online at www.bj-bigband.org.uk

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