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.
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 John Hammond
March 11th. The Cleveland Connection: revisiting the Intriguing Story of Malmesbury’s Oilmen Sue Poolman
March 25th. Poetry, Feminism and Creativity Lesley Saunders (in conversation with Sue Hammond)
April 8th. Malmesbury in the news from the 1830s Susan Mockler
April 22nd. The Work of Marie Curie Riona Houghton
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.
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.
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