Note from Editor:
Where has this year gone?! December promises to be a busy and joyful month in the village. Starting with the church fair on Saturday 2nd and ending with the New Year’s Eve Party on 31st!
A villager has asked me to politely remind everyone that the Highway Code for passing horses is at 10mph. I’ve been told most people are very courteous, but we don’t want any horses or riders injured.
1. ALDERTON PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
www.aldertonparishcouncil.org.uk / firstname.lastname@example.org
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land West of Willow Bank Road [Now 48 houses]
This proposal went to the November Planning Committee. The Parish Council, a local resident and one of our Councillors spoke in opposition. There followed considerable debate in which we received support from our local Councillors but on a split vote the proposal was eventually agreed. Those who voted for the proposal, in general, accepted that Alderton should not have any further development of this magnitude but believed that a case could not be won at Appeal in light of a series of recent decisions by Planning Inspectors. The agreed proposal provides for full planning permission.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT - Land South of Dibden Lane [ 26 affordable houses]
Consideration of the application by Tewkesbury’s Planning Committee remains delayed. The Parish Council is arguing rejection on a number of grounds.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land East of St Margaret’s Drive [was 55 houses, now 48 houses]
The Parish Council still awaits details of the full Planning application.
23/00953/OUT – erection of up to 3 bungalows [ this is in Gretton Fields].
The Parish Council received a report from the Village Hall Committee on work to identify repairs/ improvements.
New tenancy agreements have now been issued. The Parish Council is looking into the repair of the wooden old village shop, which is on the allotments site, as a potential Community asset. Community Right to Buy – the Parish Council see the school playing field as an asset of community value and agreed a nomination form to have this endorsed by Tewkesbury Borough Council. If approved, this would give the Parish Council the
option to bid for the land should it be put up for sale.
All enquiries/ correspondence to the Parish Council should be sent to email@example.com. Documents relating to the Parish Council can be viewed on www.aldertonparishcouncil.org.uk.
DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING at 7pm 19 December 2023 in the Village Hall.
2. ALDERTON & GREAT WASHBOURNE NEWS
Welcome to new residents, wherever you live in the village. This newsletter is published monthly and tells you what’s going on. The village website is at www.aldertonvillage.co.uk and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aldertonglos
We also have WhatsApp groups:
To join the first two message Mark on 07973 963539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To join the Alderton chatter group message Mary on 07826 019476
VILLAGE HALL NEWS
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 2023, VILLAGE HALL
CHRISTMAS CAFÉ, SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 10AM TO 12PM.
A morning of fun with community carol singing led by the choir, as well as The Alderton Belles in their very first performance. The Alderton Belles are a newly reformed group playing Alderton‘s very own handbells
There will be the usual homemade cakes, teas and coffee, Christmas Raffle and lots of Christmas cheer.
There will be No coffee morning on the first Saturday in January. The helpers will all be resting after the New Year’s Eve Party in the Village Hall. All tickets have been sold and we are looking forward to a very busy and exciting night of entertainment and fun to welcome the New Year.
We are always looking for volunteers to join either the social side of the Village Hall to help out at events or the main committee.
Contact us on email@example.com
or come and speak to us at one of our events.
GARDENING CLUB NEWS
Phil Kitson/Tom Cullimore
November's guest speaker at the gardening club, Sally Nex, travelled from Somerset. A former radio journalist with the BBC who then did a complete about turn with her career and became a gardener!
Sally was unfortunately delayed by over an hour due to problems on the M5, and didn't enter the Village Hall until gone 8 p.m. Tom, bravely, held the fort with topical gardening jobs and tips for November! Sally got underway at 8.10pm and spoke for just over an hour. Her talk was “Gardening the Low Carbon way". Much of the talk was centred around her own garden and allotment.
Our gardens are a real refuge for the natural world. Sally talked about plants, shrubs and trees that most efficiently sequester carbon. She is a great recycler with most of her garden waste being composted or piled up to promote habitat for insects and wildlife. She hardly ever mows her grass and leaves it for wildflowers to grow. Sally is a great believer in 'no dig' allotment gardening and is virtually self-sufficient in vegetable growing. She advocates using organic fertilisers and makes her own liquid feeds from comfrey and nettles. She has switched to battery powered equipment due to the dangerous emission levels from petrol powered mowers.
Sally also took several questions from the audience, and afterwards Tom read out some village and club notices. The raffle, which is always so well organised by our committee member Beverly Lewis, followed. Tom proposed a vote of thanks and wished Sally a less taxing journey home than she had travelling up! Copies of her two books were on sale and members of the audience were keen to snap these up.
Next month we will meet on the 14th of December for our annual Christmas gathering. Reg Moule will be with us, for a gardener’s question time.
Christmas food and drink will be provided alongside a bumper Christmas raffle with one prize being a year's membership of the club! There will be details of the speakers for 2024. Included in this will be the name of our star guest for the Summer. A nationally known and highly regarded horticulturist.
Doors will open earlier with the evening kicking off at 7p.m. Free to members, non-members £6
OAK HILL CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
www.oakhill.glous.sch.uk. / firstname.lastname@example.org
At Oak Hill C of E School, we are enjoying the season’s changing colours, now Autumn is in full flow. We have focused on Remembrance, with a Remembrance Worship in school and KS2 went to the Memorial to pay their respects, laying a wreath to remember the residents and potential ex-pupils of Alderton who had given their lives in the past. Children have weeded and tidied the gardening areas, enjoying the cooler outside air for positive wellbeing and preparing for the spring planting.
Our Reception children are now all settled well into Rowan class. With Year 1 and 2 they are now
starting the Nativity play preparations and developing social and singing skills – and looking forward to a trip to Cotswold Farm Park to meet the man in Red!
Year 3 and 4 are learning about animal nutrition and the skeletal system and one of the parents
visited to share his sport’s medicine knowledge, from his experiences as the Ukraine National Judo Team sports doctor. The children got to listen to their heartbeats and learn about the importance of all health and wellbeing.
Perhaps you could offer an insight to the children in your field of expertise? We would be pleased to hear from you.
The Year 5 and 6 class were away on their Devon residential trip at the end of the last term and
came back having had a wonderful time – even the weather was good for them. They developed
their skills in rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, surfing and canoeing to name a few. What a fun week for them all. Our staff, parents and governors continue to support our school and thank you for your support of our school community.
THE GARDENERS ARMS
LADIES NIGHT every Thursday. Buy two glasses of wine and get the rest of the bottle FREE!
BREAKFAST CLUB every Friday from 10am – 2:30pm. FREE tea & coffee! Menu attached.
KIDS EAT FREE every Saturday! Buy an adult main and get a kids main for free!
Buy a bottle of wine and get 25% off a 2nd bottle (same wine) EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
GET A DESSERT FOR £5 when you buy an adult main – EVERY SUNDAY.
We invite you to join us for Christmas Day or for your own Christmas party in 2023! Indulge in our full menu, bursting with a delightful array of seasonal treats that will make your taste buds dance with delight. Our locally sourced ingredients ensure every bite is a taste of perfection. Our talented chefs have also crafted a special vegan menu that will leave even the most discerning taste buds enchanted.
To request more information or to reserve your spot, please don't hesitate to contact us on 01242 620257.
May your Christmas be filled with warmth, love, and the joy of good food and great company!
The Gardeners Arms
ST MARGARET’S CHURCH
THE CHURCH’S CHRISTMAS FAIR IS SATURDAY DECEMBER 2ND FROM 2 – 4PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
People have been very generous with Raffle prizes and items for Sandy’s Gift Stall. It would be great to have some of your excellent cooking on the Cake and Savoury Delicatessen Stall which can be brought up on the day and if you have any plants to spare for Joy Edward’s stall. There are some excellent Raffle prizes so make sure you have bought some tickets. Father Christmas has said he was coming along and there will be Children’s Games. Cakes and refreshments will be available and there will be the usual selection of stalls and some interesting craft stalls. Most of the stalls will need cash (don’t forget this is available from the Post Office) and there will be a limited facility of a debit card machine.
OUR CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE TOGETHER WITH THE CHRISTINGLE AND BLESSING OF THE CRIB IS ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 10TH AT 4PM IN CHURCH.
The money collected will go to the Children’s Society. The Church will be decorated with flowers so do come and see them.
OUTDOOR CAROL SINGING
Outdoor Carol Singing will be on Wednesday 20th December at 4pm in the Churchyard and mulled wine and hotdogs will be served again.
There will be a late Communion Service at 10pm on Christmas Eve and a Family Communion Service on Christmas Day at 10.30am.
It was great to see over 100 people at this to remember all the servicemen and women who have fought to defend us. And once again we appreciated Rev’d Michael Hand for taking the service, Dan Chandler there to add to the occasion by playing his bugle and Tom Cullimore who read out the names of people from Alderton who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
There is a new Book Club starting at The Gardeners Arms on Tuesday 5th December at 7pm. Meeting every two months. All welcome.
ALDERTON CHARITY FOOTBALL
MARRIEDS V SINGLES FOOTBALL, FRI DEC 29th 2023 - ALDERTON PLAYING FIELD & THE GARDNERS ARMS - 11AM KICK OFF
Once again the brave, big-hearted Married People of Alderton will take to the field of play against the lonely, miserable Single People of Alderton. This year we’re fundraising for Vale Wildlife Hospital in Beckford, who treat over 7,500 wildlife casualties every year. The match kicks off at 11am, with hot drinks & cakes available.
PRIZE DRAW: In our fantastic prize draw you could win 4 x Manchester United v Fulham tickets on Sat 24th Feb 2024. Tickets are £20 each and there's a maximum of 100 of them.
PUB SOCIALISING: Please join us in the Gardeners Arms after the match for player awards, socialising and the prize draw.
HOW TO PLAY: Male and female players over 16 are welcome.
If you’d like to buy a prize draw ticket or play in the match contact Rupert Kinder at email@example.com or 07747 614815.
THE BECKFORD COLLECTIVE
Instagram - @thebeckfordcollective
The Beckford Collective is a delightful shop of handmade gifts, art, cards and even furniture that can be found in the courtyard behind The Old Post Office Coffee Shop in Beckford.
There will be a Christmas Market on 9th December from 11am until 4pm. Father Christmas will be joining us (more details on that very soon). We'll have market stalls, turkey baps and mulled wine & cider. A perfect family outing.
The rest of the run up to Christmas, we're open Thursday to Monday, 10am until 3pm each week.
Please support the local arts collective and remember where we are for those gifts and cards that you just won’t find anywhere else.
You can find us in the pretty courtyard behind the @oldpostofficecoffeeshop on Main Street, Beckford, GL20 7AD.
This will be in The Gardeners Arms on Saturday 9th December 10-12noon. A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and cake!
Just turn up or contact Mary Merheim on firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian and Pam Lucas
To All friends and neighbours.
Firstly we wish you all a Merry Christmas…again this year we won't be sending Christmas cards instead we will be donating to St Margarets Church and St Richards Hospice where our son Simon spent his last few days. To thank them for his great care, Pam, his brother Rob and partner Sally will be running a Half Marathon on his birthday in January.
If anyone would like to donate to St Richards you can via the link: https://gofund.me/dbd43d1c
or via the go fund me website (The Legend Simon Lucas)
All monies raised go to the charity…. Thank you
Ivona wishes all her friends and neighbours in the village a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Donation in lieu of cards to the production of the Village Newsletter.
5. WHAT’S ON?
17th Nov – 1st Jan Cheltenham Ice Rink
24th Nov - 30th Dec Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle
25th Nov – 23rd Dec Santa Express with GWSR
2nd Dec Handel (Messiah part 1) and Haydn (Little Organ Mass) Tewkesbury Abbey 7.30pm
8th – 9th Winchcombe Christmas Festival (Fri 5pm – 8pm, Sat 10am – 5pm)
9th An Octavo Christmas, 7pm Christ Church Gretton £12 Sue Fleck 07976 295710
15th /16th The Christmas Meeting, Cheltenham Races
16th Joyful Sounds of Christmas, Cheltenham Town Hall
1st Jan New Year’s Day Cheltenham Races
Alderton Newsletter has a new email address for you to send your contributions. It is email@example.com
If you want your village based business featured in the business directory
please email an image and a bio
There WILL be a January Newsletter:
Next newsletter deadline 29/12/ 23