Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 25th November

The humanitarian crisis that afflicts Syria is still ongoing and will be for some time to come. There is a container heading for the stricken refugees and donations can be left at the village shop where a basket has been left  to contain  them. All manor of foods are required (it would be nice if donations were bought from the shop) but baby foods and clothing are needed to add to the shipment of items. Pippa Unwin is co-ordinating the relief effort and will also pick up items, and you can reach her on 07811489230 for more details.

With Christmas fast approaching, gift ideas can be hard to come by, but the new village calendar for 2017 is now available from the shop. There are some lovely shots of  some favourite local places and the proceeds will go to helping the maintenance of the shop building, not a bad gift idea and only £6.50 each. There is still time to put in an order for Christmas goodies at the shop; everything from, turkeys,ducks and geese, Christmas puds and cakes, and some lovely wines. Brochures and order forms are available from the shop.

With this weeks somewhat inclement weather an old problem has surfaced in Jubilee St  once again, with yet another sewerage spill. The drains once again overflowed with foul waste and SWW had to come and attend the scene. The  area was brushed but not disinfected, so caution when walking in the area is advised.

Next weekend will see the start of the village’s Christmas celebrations. On Saturday December 3rd, there will be  a parade through the village starting at the village hall at 6pm, wending its way through Fore St, stopping at various points to sing carols. The Christmas lights will be officially turned on, and afterwards there will be mince pies and mulled wine at the Fisherman’s Rest. There will also be Festive Entertainment, in the lower bar at the pub by the Taverners Drama Group. There will also  be a competition to produce a festive window display; the competition will be open to more areas in the village, with the judges going to Fore St, Pulleys Close , Glebeland and Icy Park, and the windows will be judged the week before Christmas. Maggie Skeates will have the details and she can be reached on 550153.

St Andrews has a Family Communion service this Sunday which starts at 11am, and also an evening service next Wednesday 30th November to celebrate St Andrews Day. This will be a candle-lit service which will start at 7pm – everyone is invited to join in and there will be refreshments after the service.

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