Rev. Julia Hook will open our traditional SummerFete and Gift Day in the churchyard at 2pm. Come and meet her and enjoy a cream tea, buy plants, flowers, gifts, cakes, cards and jewellery from our stalls, have a go on the tombola, wheel of fortune, raffles and coconut shy and admire the display of vintage vehicles at the Old Rectory.
For children, there are games, face painting and a fancy-dress parade starting at 1.30pm outside the Village Hall.
Entry forms from Oak Hill School, Acorns Pre-School or Alderton Shop.
Our Gift Day is also an opportunity to celebrate our community and the role of the church in it. Please help keep St Margaret’s in good order and open for everyone by donating in the envelope provided. This can be handed in at the fete or at the Alderton Village Shop.
The show schedule is being finalised and will be distributed in early July.
Classes to include Fruit and Vegetables, Eggs, Flower Arranging, Cut Flowers and Pot Plants, Crafts, Baking and Preserves, Limerick writing and a Junior section. It's all for fun so why not see if you can grow the longest bean or the most misshapen root vegetable. If you would like any more information, contact Sian on 620906
Reg Moule from BBC Radio Gloucestershire
It has just been confirmed that we have been able to book Reg Moule, Radio Gloucestershire's gardening expert as our first guest speaker on Thursday 12 April, 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Details to follow in next month's newsletter
In 1972, he went to work at Mythe Nurseries, Tewkesbury, intending only to stay for a short time. He was promoted to manager and remained in that post for 25 years, until his move to Hurrans Garden Centres.
Reg has been BBC Radio Gloucestershire's gardening guru since the station opened in 1988. He has been the Royal Horticultural Society's Local Radio Gardening Expert of the Year and has won the Gardeners' Writers Guild Gardening Radio Award several times.
At one time, he appeared weekly on three BBC local radio stations after reputation of his broadcasting skills spread. Now he heads our panel of experts in BBC Radio Gloucestershire's popular series Gardeners' Questions.
He has helped to sort out listeners' gardening problems on BBC Radio 2, and worked on a television series called Gardeners' Diary, giving hands-on tips and advice.
Reg says: "I feel that one of the reasons why listeners enjoy my programmes is because I try to make things entertaining, as well as giving people the information they need to get more enjoyment from their gardens."
A Family Fun Quiz will be held in St Mary's Church on Saturday 19th May from 6.30pm to 10pm, in aid of local church funds.
This is suitable for all ages and you can come as a team of 4-5 or join one on the night. Tickets cost £10 adult (£5 kids) to include a hot 2-course supper and are available on the door, though good to let us know so we can book a table for you!
There will be a pay bar and raffle.
More details from Jane Kent (01242 620291) or Karen Cox (01242 620633)
Fed up of dull winter days? Join us for a friendly welcome and homemade cream teas in the Village Hall on
Bank Holiday Monday 2 April between 2.30-4.30pm.
Bring your friends and family and beat the winter blues! Waitress service comes at £5 per head for homemade scones, cream and Kay's best raspberry jam, not to mention a regular top up of tea or coffee.
Stalls include spring flower baskets, gifts, jewellery, preserves, cakes, children's bran tub and raffle.
Entry free but do have a go at winning the Easter Cake as you come in. All proceeds go to St Margaret's Church.
Mini treatments £8 each. Massage, Manicures, Pedicures, Hair Glittering, Indian Head Massage, Facials.
To book, contact Sian on 07790 342157 or email email@example.com
Alderton Charity Football 2017 - Single Men v Married Men - from 10.30am, 11am kickoff, Saturday 30th Dec - Playing Field
Celebrate summer with the Happenstance Morris dancers, and enjoy coffee and cake, raffle and tombola, craft and produce stalls, outdoor games and activities at Alderton’s annual church fete.
Stalls also available in the church and a display of vintage cars in the Old Rectory garden.
Book for a delicious lunch in the Village Hall from 12.30 to 2pm. Please see menu for details. Ring Helen West with your choice on 620587 or hand in into the shop or at Junipers, Blacksmiths Road.
Come along to St Margaret's Church Food and Fizz evening in Alderton Churchyard on Saturday June 11th starting at 6pm. Karen Cox's woodwind group will be playing background music and there will be an exhibition of royal memorabilia in the Church to celebrate the Queen's birthday. Tickets are £5 and include canapes. There will be a pay bar.
Tickets from Helen West on firstname.lastname@example.org or Ros Smith 620560/ email@example.com. All proceeds to church running costs.
Rain or Shine Theatre Company is back on the road this summer, with a tour of Shakespeare’s magical play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, being performed at outdoor venues across the county.
Arriving at Dumbleton Hall for an alfresco performance on Thursday 23 June 2016, this mysterious masterpiece will transport audiences to an intoxicating dream world filled with magic and mischief.
When love and illusion collide, two pairs of lovers become entangled in fairy mischief on the eve of a royal wedding, in this timeless, funny and beautifully lyrical play.
Widely performed around the world and thought to be one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is bursting with colour, romance and chaos, in a show sure to delight.
Blessing of the crib and children’s carols, 3.30pm
Midnight Mass, 11.30pm
Holy Communion, 10.30am
Nine lessons and carols, 10.30am
The Alderton Charity Christmas Fair brings a choice of cards and “postable” gifts close to home. Charities taking part include the National Trust, Cobalt, Guide Dogs, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Glos Arthritis, RDA, LINC, Maggie’s Centre and the RNLI and RSPB. New this year is Winston's Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children.
Charities are working hard to make life better for all of us, so please give them your support.
Entry £1: children free. Coffee, cake and a super raffle provide entertainment and refreshment. All proceeds from sales from the stalls go direct to the charities – no middle men involved! Proceeds from refreshments go to the Village Hall Fund.
Rain or Shine Theatre present A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dumbleton Hall, Thurs 23rd June 2015, 7.30pm
Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ as “one of the best companies touring open air theatre" are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of The Bard’s magical and mysterious masterpiece.
Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a tale that encompasses comic capers, romantic encounters, villainous plots and a host of apparitions and spirits, where a fantastic web of intrigue is woven.
Washed up on an unknown isle after a tempestuous storm at sea, survivors of a shipwreck are amazed to find themselves alive, without injury and wearing clothes that are dry and clean! For this is no ordinary isle. It is one ruled by a sorcerer who can control the elements, control minds and conjure up spirits at will. Welcome to Prospero's island, a place where much is not as it seems and long held secrets will be revealed...
Join the acclaimed Rain or Shine Theatre Company for another gripping stage production. Suitable for family audiences from 6 to 96 this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities.
The tour includes a performance at Dumbleton Hall nr Evesham on Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm.
TicketsThe tour includes a performance at Dumbleton Hall nr Evesham on Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Alderton Village Shop or by calling 01242 620567. 30% of all ticket proceeds bought from the shop go to the Friends of Oak Hill School.
Tickets can also be purchased from each venue, or by ringing 0330 660 0541 or via www.rainorshine.co.uk .
Audiences are invited to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances. The company travel across the UK from Alderney to Northumberland, and Wales to Norfolk, visiting some of the country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens imaginable.
I am MWJ. Self appointed purveyor of Alderton village events.