Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 10th October

It’s hard to believe that another week has flown by already, and that we are now well into October. The weather has certainly got into the spirit of Autumn this week with storms, gale-force winds and rain. This has caused a momentary headache for the Flood Resilience group with some villagers performing impromptu drain clearing whilst dog walking on Monday morning, very public spirited and wet work, well done to those involved.

Dinah now has pumpkins in the shop ready for the Halloween season, and there are all different sizes including one monster size pumpkin. We are invited to guess the weight of this huge fruit, in order to raise money for the new shop storage space. On that front there is some good news and some not so good news. The original storage shed that was investigated has been found not to be waterproof or rodent resistant so a new plan has been forthcoming, to buy a metal container to store at the back of the shop. This, unfortunately, will cost more money, and more funds will have to be raised. The shop will also need a new freezer in the near future as the old one has serious issues, and to cap it all, during Monday’s storm the shop did lose a couple of slates. All in all not too good a week for our Dinah and the shop staff, so please support them as much as possible to raise these vital funds. The “Guess the Weight” competition winner will be announced in the shop on Monday 27th October – plenty of time to have a go.

The Project Group have recently had a very successful evening in Malborough, talking about bygone times, with David Balkwill and his little dog making the trip over to Malborough with Delia Elliot and other Project Group members. The evening was very pleasant and the team managed to sell 10 copies of David’s book on early farming life in A.G. Copies of this fascinating book are still available in the shop and in St Andrews Church.

During November, St Andrews will be hosting a display from the Project Group’s extensive archive in commemoration of the start of WW1. The display will include photo’s and text from people involved during both World Wars, and has particular interest to us here in A.G. We have  had some additional photos added during the summer that provide new informtion and detail to an already impressive array. The Church is open during dayight hours all year round.

The annual plant sale in aid of the church will take place on October 25th in the village hall and will start at 2.30 pm with all the usual stalls and there will be refreshments available.

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