This week I had the pleasure of visiting our school on the occasion of their open day, and I must say that I am continuing to be very impressed with the way that the school is coming along these days. I received a warm welcome from Mrs McCarthy Patmore who was a charming host and she very kindly gave me a guided tour of the school. I was trying to take in all the changes that have been made to the building since my own kids went to the school (quite a few years ago!) and it really is amazing. The addition of the classroom and general layout of the school has improved very much, and the comfort of the children and staff have been very much taken into account.
I arrived during the early afternoon and the children were having free play, and learning through this and on a sunny afternoon had free access to outdoor areas of the school, which I thought was great. The whole atmosphere was so friendly, and the range of subjects and activities were just amazing. It was also good to see that the Christian Ethos display was prominent in the school, and in a place where people could pass by and reflect. I also went into the hall where a gentleman who came all the way from Finland was enjoying teaching music and dancing, a wonderful way to reach out to the youngsters. Thank you to everyone in the school for making me so welcome.
Good news! The running of the school pool has now officially been handed over to the Parish Council, just in time to enjoy the summertime! Peter Javes is on holiday at the moment but Tim Abrahall will be available to hand out keys and membership to everone who would like them. He lives at The Store in Jubilee Street, and suggests that if you are coming from any sort of distance that you give him a ring first on 01548-559144. Membership/keys are £40 pounds per family and just a reminder that the key holder must attend a resuscitation course at the hall, look out for posters in the village for the next ones available.
Not such good news now. On Tuesday June 16th at Timbers car park a white transit which had been left parked unlocked was entered and a black stanley toolbox was taken. The box contained tools suitable for gasfitting and electrical type tools. Police are asking people to be vigilant and ensure that vehicles are locked and secure before they are left. If anyone has any information, please phone the Police on 101 quoting crime no 41984/15 .
St Andrews Church has a lay led Songs of Praise taking place on July 19th at 11.0 am. This is a chance to choose which hymns are sung on the day, so if you have a favourite hymn that you wish to be sung feel free to contact me, or there is a form at the back of Church that you can use to enter your choice. This is a popular service and is very informal, so why not come along and join the congregation, and there will be refreshments served afterwards.The Church fete is on July 11th this year, and if you would like any tickets for the Grand Draw there are some available from the shop or the pub, or of course from St Andrews.
Looking forward to W.I night on July 9th the ladies will welcome Marilyn Bishop to talk about renowned local artist Beryl Cook, and would be delighted to welcome any guests that would like to attend this fascinating talk on a well known artist. The evening will start at 7.30 pm after the usual club business.