Alderton Village Newsletter - October 2023
Note from Editor:
Firstly, welcome back Yari. Not only did we miss him as a person, but with both Alderton and Winchcombe Post Offices being closed I, for one, realised what an asset it is to the village. Thank you to the Allotment Association and the allotment holders for the ‘Sharing Bench’. Times are hard and I know it has helped villagers who are struggling to make ends meet.
Finally, please support the village New Year’s Eve Party in the Village Hall. It will bring us all together and save a lot on taxi fares!
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1. PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT- Land South of Dibden Lane [ 26 affordable houses]
Consideration of the application by Tewkesbury’s Planning Committee remains delayed. There is now a report from Gloucestershire Highways raising a number of issues with the proposal.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land East of St Margaret’s Drive [was 55, now 48 houses]
The Parish Council now awaits details of the full Planning application.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land West of Willow Bank Road [Now 48 houses]
The proposal has been revised and the number of houses reduced from 56 to 48. The Parish Council have already indicated to Tewkesbury Planning that this does not remove their concerns about the application and have submitted a further objection to confirm this. The proposal may go to the October Planning Committee.
Revised tenancy agreements were agreed for issue in the next few weeks.
On the whole, following earlier discussion with football teams using the Playing Field, parking for football matches and training has been reasonable. However there have been two recent incidents where concerns have been rightly expressed about poor parking. These issues have been raised with the two teams involved and the Parish Council will continue to pursue these matters and monitor the response.
The posts that were put in and then removed along Willow Bank Road were associated with protecting a culvert that runs underground. The final position is not yet clear.
All enquiries/correspondence to the Parish Council should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING at 7pm, 17 October 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. ‘Alderton residents’ is for time sensitive information and answers to questions that locals know,’ ‘For Sale/Free’ is our group for selling and exchanging and we have a chat group. To join these message Mark on 07973 963539 or email email@example.com.
VILLAGE HALL NEWS
CANINE COFFEE MORNING - SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 10AM - 12 NOON.
Come along to our hugely popular coffee morning and bring your four legged friends! Delicious, homemade cakes, pots of tea and cafetiere coffee on sale plus home-baked treats for your pooches. Dogs on leads please.
Joining us then will be Ruth McDonagh, from A Calmer Canine, Winchcombe who is offering your dog a free assessment for silent pain and tension. Ruth is a Practitioner of Whole Energy Body Balance, a massage therapy that helps relieve emotional and physical tension in dogs of all ages. It can help anxious, stressed, reactive, elderly/frail, and/or arthritic dogs to lead healthier, happier lives.
VILLAGE HALL AGM - TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL.
Come along to meet your Village Hall Committee and find out what we've been doing throughout the year for the Village Hall. It's the perfect opportunity to find out how you can get involved in village events, offer much-needed support and hire the hall for your own activities/clubs.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, VILLAGE HALL
ALDERTON 5K RUN
As ever, a huge thank you to Alderton for supporting our 5k run. Whether you ran, supported, volunteered, or just kept off the road thank you. We’re very conscious it’s a little disruptive and wouldn’t happen without the support of our community. We had 226 runners and raised £2,400, 100% of which goes to Alderton Acorns thanks to your generous sponsorship,
GARDENING CLUB NEWS Phil Kitson/Tom Cullimore
Our star guest Chris Beardshaw arrived last Thursday and delivered an evening's entertainment that will live long in the memory. He spoke non-stop to our sell-out audience for 150 minutes and was with us in total for almost 4 hours! After beginning his day in Penzance!
With the hall full, Chris delivered part one of his talk, the history of Furzey gardens in the New Forest. Famed for its informal woodland planted landscape with ultra-rare plants and trees, its forty fairy doors and its thatched tearooms it’s run by the Minstead Trust who support more than 200 people with learning difficulties throughout Hampshire to build skills that help them find employment and to live more independent and fulfilled lives.
The talk detailed the trials and tribulations of getting a garden accepted by the RHS for the show and how resources for this particular one were begged, "acquired" or borrowed for the project. Chris has done this process many times over for many charities and at this year's Chelsea he won another gold medal for his garden designed for Myeloma UK. Myeloma is a form of blood cancer.
The second part of the talk was about his book "100 Plants that Almost Changed the World". This contains a collection of concise reflections on the relationships has had with his plants. Pointing out the chemical components that makes each plant attractive and tells how each plant earned its name and the part it played in history. From ships made of carrot, 'Popeye’s' spinach to the hallucinogenic effects of lettuce! to the story of roman nettles around Cirencester, Chris wove together all the facts and stories using the projected sets of slide pictures.
Next month we welcome Sally Oats to talk about ‘Adapting to Climate Change’.
Thursday October 12th - 7pm for a 7.30pm start in Alderton Village Hall. All welcome!
ALDERTON CHARITY FOOTBALL 2023 - MARRIED V SINGLES – FRI 29TH DEC 2023
Once again the brave, big hearted Married Men of Alderton will take to the field of play against the lonely, miserable Single Men of Alderton, this time on Friday December 29th. The quality of the football isn't great but the fundraising is - over the years the matches have raised over £20,000 for local and national charities. The match kicks-off at 11am.
This year we’re fundraising for the Vale Wildlife Hospital, who treat over 7,500 wildlife casualties every year. You could win 4 x Manchester United v Fulham tickets on Sat 24th Feb in our raffle. More details soon on how to buy a ticket.
Amazing football skills aren’t required and both male and female players are welcome. If you’d like to play and are over 16 let Rupert know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAK HILL CE PRIMARY SCHOOL email@example.com
We have had a wonderful start to the new academic year at Oak Hill CE Primary School. We have welcomed 10 pupils into our Reception Class who have settled really well. They are getting to know each other and finding their way around the school.
Our children are full of enthusiasm and came back ready to learn. Our wonderful staff have put so much effort into lesson planning, organising sports coaching and trips. There is a lot to look forward to this term!
The tennis and cricket sessions have been popular, and everyone is taking part in a special tennis session at Beckford Tennis Club in October. Year 3 and 4 are going to Conygree Farm later this month and the whole school are going to the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October. Friends of Oak Hill School, our PTA, have kindly funded the trip to the Literature Festival.
It is lovely to hear the children playing, see them learning in this happy, nurturing environment and enjoying all we offer at our village school. The wellbeing and mental health of our children and staff is so important to us. Our Thrive Practitioners provide group sessions and individual support to our children. The Thrive therapeutic gardening sessions have been really beneficial.
We are fortunate to be supported by brilliant parents and governors who bring so much to our school community. If you would like to visit us, please contact the office. We have had plenty of interest for next academic year already.
FRIENDS OF OAK HILL SCHOOL
The FOOHS committee are excited to have a busy term of fundraising ahead and we're asking for the help and support of the village and extended community to make each of them a success! This year we're supporting the school by paying for all children to visit Cheltenham Literature Festival and hoping to raise enough funds to buy a trim trail for the playground and some additional IT equipment.
HALLOWEEN THEMED SILENT DISCO!
On Saturday 14th October we're hosting a Halloween themed SILENT DISCO! 6-9pm Alderton Village Hall - Tickets £7 (which include a hot dog and use of a disco headset) are available by cash or card from Rebecca at school pick up and drop off or by messaging Kate Starkey on 07975 749141. There will also be a tuck shop and a cash/card bar. The event is for everyone - adults don't need to be accompanied by children but children do need to be accompanied by adults! Fancy dress encouraged and there will be a prize for the best dressed!
NORTH COTSWOLD HUNT FIREWORKS
Saturday 4th November sees the return of the North Cotswold Hunt Fireworks at Spring Hill where we held a brilliantly supported cake and sweet stall last year. We'll be doing the same again this year and anyone able to help out by donating cakes or toffee apples in the days prior please contact Kate on the number above.
FORAGED WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS
Finally we're bringing back our foraged wreath making workshops. Tickets £20 including festive refreshments. Tickets available by messaging Kate. Dates are Thursday the 30th November 7-9pm and Saturday the 2nd December 10-12pm.
Thanks in advance for supporting us in any way you can!
Join our friendly toddler and baby group
Every Friday between 10:00 to 11:30 a friendly parent/toddler/baby group meets in Alderton Village Hall. We provide children's snacks, coffee and home-made cake for parents and grandparents and stacks of play activities for children, all in a great space for young explorers. Follow us on Facebook and come to try it out on Fridays in term time. Trial session at half price.
ALDERTON ACORNS GENERAL MEETING, VILLAGE HALL, 8PM TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER.
This meeting is to determine the future of our lovely little village preschool. As you may know, Alderton Acorns is a non-profit run charity supported by community fundraising efforts to keep it running. Whilst our excellent staff are paid it is also run by a team of dedicated trustees who make up the voluntary committee. Some of our current committee have supported Acorns for many years and have decided that it is time for them to step down, we thank them for their support and work. We must have at least 5 committee members. Within this committee there are various roles which must be allocated.
The purpose of this meeting on the 10th will be to ask new volunteers to step forward to join the committee. If this is something you would be interested I'd be happy to talk further with you or please do come along to the meeting on Tuesday.
This is an invitation to all fellow plot holders and residents from the village to come and help themselves to our surplus fruit and vegetables which are displayed on the Produce Bench. The bench is located in the orchard area next to the planted flower barrow. (Left hand side of main track from the gate just before the first parking area). Surplus produce will be displayed for the next few weeks starting this Friday afternoon, 1st September.
Obviously, and hopefully it goes without saying, please don’t take any other produce from the allotments. ENJOY
ST MARGARET’S CHURCH
HARVEST SONGS OF PRAISE
We had a very enjoyable Harvest Songs of Praise, singing all the lovely harvest hymns and doing so in the Church, beautifully decorated with flowers of all shades of colours and a basket of different types of grain – a reminder of how lucky we are to have such a range of food and nature. Thank you to all who provided and created the arrangements. Oak Hill School came to Church for their harvest service and the children brought a very generous amount of tins and dried food, which together with Sunday’s donations, will go to North Gloucestershire’s food bank.
Will be on Sunday November 12th, starting at the War Memorial.
Will be in the afternoon of Saturday 2nd December in the Village Hall.
Alderton Golf has four events a year, one for each season and we take turns in helping to organise. Our society is for Alderton (and nearby) golfers of any gender and ability.
Although prizes are awarded, the real aim is social and sporting fun.
To play in the next event or to keep informed of future outings contact:
Brian Spence Brianlspence@hotmail.com 07769182307
Mansel Healy firstname.lastname@example.org
Nigel Roe 07762735165
ALDERTON RUNNERS IN GREAT NORTH RUN
I am pleased to say, we both completed The Great North Run's 13.1 miles on a day that turned out to be a very warm 23 degrees with 87% humidity. Karen was pleased to finish in 2hours 55 mins, despite her knee being strapped. She was feeling a little wobbly at the finish line, but with a couple of salt tablets and a protein bar to replace what she had lost, she felt better fairly quickly.
I completed the run in 2 hours 5 mins which I was happy with and, just to be there at the finish. It was a well organized event with water stations every 2 miles, although I was shocked to see fit looking runners from mile 4 onwards being attended to by the army of St Johns Ambulance staff. They were posted in tents at every single mile, with their colleagues on bikes going back & forth, between every mile marker patrolling the 60,000 runners.
Seeing all this I decided to slow right down and will confess to walking / running every mile taking advantage of the massive crowds supporting us with orange segments, sweets, water, frozen pop-sickles and even hose pipe to cool us down. The people of the North East were so generous and friendly.
A big thankyou goes out to each and everyone of you who donated online, gave cash, and cheques that helped us to raise just over £800 so far, for the Sue Ryder Hospice. Karen and myself met up with the Sue Ryder fundraising team Matt Reay (01242 230199) and Laura Jeffries to hand over your donations. They were so very grateful for your generosity.
Anyone who would still like to donate Online please use "Steve Bowles Great North run" on Enthuse.com or you can just drop an envelope in our box at 13, Beckford road, Alderton and we will add you to our sponsor sheet and ensure it gets to the Hospice charity, thankyou so much, very best wishes, Karen and Steve Bowles.
Alderton has a lovely tradition of supporting Halloween. If you’d like some spooky visitors then place a pumpkin or light on your doorstep or in your window. You shouldn’t get any visitors if you don’t have a pumpkin or lights out.
All month Autumn Family Trail at Westonbirt
6th – 31st Cotswold Farm Park Pumpkin Patch
6th – 15th The Times and Sunday Times Literature Festival, Cheltenham
Fri 6th – Sun 8th Dog swim at Cheltenham Lido
Thurs 5th Evesham Mop Fair
Fri 6th/Sat 7th Winchcombe Mop Fair
Sat 7th Apple Rock, Gretton
Mon 9th /Tues 10th Tewkesbury Mop Fair
Fri 13th/Sat 14th Winchcombe Mop Fair (again)
19th – 28th Light Eternal at Gloucester Cathedral
21st Starlight Hike, Cheltenham for Sue Ryder
28th – 5th Nov Halloween Week at Sudeley Castle
Tues 31st Free Halloween Party at The Roses, Tewkesbury (11am – 12.30pm)
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Next newsletter deadline 25th October