Note from Editor:
Fingers crossed for the weather over our three Bank Holidays this month! We are really hoping as many of you as possible can join in the Street Party/Picnic on Sunday 7th. Alderton is a growing village and will only thrive if we all come together to support each other. Whether your family have been here for generations or this is your first time living in a village you are ALL valuable members of the community.
Thanks to an incredibly generous village resident I have been donated a new printer. I shouldn’t have any more problems creating the paper copies for the shop and the church, but please get your entries for the newsletter before the deadline.
Alderton businesses: please send me a logo and brief description of you and what you offer…this will be added FREE at the end of the digital edition.
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1. PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
KEITH PAGE – After 40 years of service, many of which have been as Chair, Keith Page is standing down from the Parish Council. He has devoted countless hours of voluntary service including practical work which otherwise would have incurred a considerable bill for the Parish. He was a leading figure in the building of the village hall, in the expansion of the allotments and the development of the Playing Field and Children’s Playground. We hope that Keith will maintain his links with the Council but in a less demanding capacity.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT- Land South of Dibden Lane [ 26 affordable houses]
There is still time to comment. How to make your comments:
WEBSITE – www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/planning click “new planning applications” then “search for and comment on planning applications” and to add your comments you will need to register first and then search for the application using ref 23/00204/FUL
OR EMAIL - You can email your letter/comments to email@example.com
Please ensure you add ref 23/00204/FUL to the subject line.
You’ll need to include your name and address (These are not published).
OR IN WRITING including ref 22/00204/FUL
Planning Department Tewkesbury Borough Council
Gloucester Road Tewkesbury GLOS GL20 5TT
Each Individual member rather than just households can express a view and non-residents can also comment. Please comment as soon as possible.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land East of St Margaret’s Drive [was 55 houses, now 48 houses]
The Public Inquiry was held from 4 to 6 April and 12 to 14 April with a site visit on 18 April and closing speeches on 24 April. !5 villagers gave personal statements to the Inquiry. The Parish Council played a full role as a Rule 6 Party. We now await the outcome.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land West of Willow Bank Road [56 houses]
No further news at this time. Still waiting to go to Tewkesbury Planning Committee.
PROPOSED NEW DEVELOPMENT – Land South of Beckford Road [35 houses]
No application has been seen, as yet.
PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS – Four existing councillors and two villagers put their names forward for election. As this is less than the seven available seats all nominations were accepted without election.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: This will be on Wednesday 24 May in the Village hall and refreshments will be available. It is an opportunity to hear about developments in the village over the past year and speak to Councillors. It is also an opportunity to thank Keith for his 40 years of service.
DATE OF NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 16 May at 7pm in the Village Hall.
2. ALDERTON AND GREAT WASHBOURNE NEWS
ALDERTON CORONATION STREET PARTY, CHURCH ROAD ON SUNDAY MAY 7TH, FROM 12PM
Bring your own lunch and join our community picnic along pretty Church Road, Alderton. You'll be accompanied by super-talented local singer-songwriter Daisy Kane. Throughout the afternoon performer, Nula Hula will be wow'ing us with a hula display and we'll have traditional entertainments like hook-a-duck and tin can alley. For our younger residents, there are circus skills workshops, face painting, and loads of crafting. There's no need to book and all of this is completely free of charge.
There'll be plenty of refreshments with a cake stall, ice cream stand and well-stocked bar, all of which you'll need to pay for (sorry!).
All Alderton residents are welcome!
This is an open invitation for everyone in our community, villagers new or old, to come together. If you're new to the village or haven't been to one of our community events we'd love you to come. To help us all get to know each other we'll ask everyone to wear a name sticker.
If you'd like to come but haven't got anyone to picnic with message Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07973 963539 us and we'll do some picnic matchmaking.
Tombola prizes to Mary Merheim at The Cottage, 2 Church Road please.
You're also welcome to get involved and help on the day.
ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING, Wednesday May 24th at 7pm in the Village Hall.
All welcome. As in previous years, all Alderton organisations are invited to submit a brief report that will be included in a booklet to be handed out that evening. This will also be published on the village website and added to the next newsletter.
GARDENING CLUB NEWS Phil Kitson
Alderton Gardening Club celebrated its 5th Anniversary on the 13th of April, with Prosecco, superb cakes and a talk by Ingrid and John Millington of Hill View Hardy Plants. Ingrid spoke about the different types of primula and the difference between polyanthus and primulas was also explained. We also saw the denticulata "drumstick" types. We also learned about the different countries where they grow. Then onto the auriculas. There are 8 different types and Ingrid described each one in depth and what growing conditions they require.
John filled us in on the preferred growing medium mix for these plants and also talked about control of slugs, snails, root aphids and vine weevils; some of their main pests. A short video showed how to split up a mature plant to make new plants. They then both took a few questions, all in all a very comprehensive talk on these plants.
The nine prize raffle was then drawn by John and a vote of thanks was then proposed to our speakers with a round of applause.
Hillview brought a choice selection of plants to buy, and a brisk trade ensued. 80 tickets for our special evening with Chris Beardshaw on September the 14th have now been sold. A few spare seats for our trip to RHS Wisley on June 17th are still available. Also 2 are up for grabs from Bill & Sophie Treen, they are double booked that day so email email@example.com if you would like tickets for either event.
Next month we welcome Mark from Gotherington Nurseries who will be coming to give a "build your own hanging basket" demonstration. There will be yet more plants to buy on the night again! Thursday May 11th, Alderton Village Hall, doors open at 7p.m. See you there!
ALDERTON ACORNS NEWS firstname.lastname@example.org
What a wonderful return to Preschool our little and big Acorns have had. With smiles on our faces, we’ve enjoyed spending lots of time in the Preschool Garden, enjoying all the British Springtime has to offer, particularly the beautiful flowers which have sprung up and are filling the garden with colour. We’ve also enjoyed discovering lots of exciting creatures making homes for themselves around the garden. We’ve also had a fantastic return to our wonderful Forest Sessions, making mud faces and playing hide and seek …. always so much more fun in the forest.
We’ve welcomed some new little Acorns to our group and had fun exploring our wonderful new resources and furniture bought with the results of our fundraising efforts. We can’t wait to see what other adventures and excitement we will have during the rest of our summer term.
If you would like to join our group please get in touch. Phone Ellie on 07842 161159 (term time only) or email email@example.com
Acorns Coronation Crown Hunt. 30th April - 7th May
Pick up your Crown Hunt Map from the village shop, Oakhill Primary School or Acorns Preschool and toddler group for a donation of £1. Use the map to find the preschool children's uniquely decorated royal crowns dotted around the village. Each crown has a secret letter, find and unscramble to reveal the hidden words.
Bring your completed map to the soft toy tombola at the Coronation Street Party (7th May) to receive your prize. Good luck!
VILLAGE HALL NEWS Judith Humphreys and Sarah Hughes
We are in the process of updating the VH website and details will follow shortly.
Sausage Sizzle, 5pm, Saturday 13 May - the annual Sausage Sizzle will take place on the allotments on Sat 13th May, weather permitting! If you are a budding allotmenteer or would just like to know more about what it entails, why not come and join us? It's a bring your own beer, bun and sausage event. We will supply the cooking facility.
If you'd like to know more but can't make that date, please drop Lyn a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get 20% off takeaways on Fridays
20% off drinks on Saturday for ‘Happy Night’
Lovingly made Sunday lunches
The Gardeners Arms will be showing the Coronation on their TVs and serving afternoon teas.
ALDERTON VILLAGE STORE - 01242 620201
This time last year, when a friend of mine asked me how long I was going to work and keep the shop, (yes, I got one!) I told him not for a few years yet. Little did I know that few weeks later my body had a different idea.
As many of you know, for health reason I had to close the shop few times and for days each month. Which resulted in, unhappy residents, and for me, losing lots of my customers & income. I am back now and feeling well to carry on, although at my age who knows how long?? So, I like to thank you all for your moral support and specially those of you who still support the shop. I do my best to give you a better service this year (my health permitting).
During my illness I realised, it is time to think about my retirement & I think the business needs fresh blood too. So as many of you are aware I would like to sell the business (See Alderton Facebook). The sale of the Post Office is a bit more complicated than the shop itself. Therefore it may take longer for the buyer to get the license from Post Office.
There are some rumours going around that the shop is sold. THIS IS NOT TRUE. This type of rumours are not very helpful for my business & could put customers off coming to the shop. So if you need to know, ask me please. Remember, a busy shop sells better than empty shop. If you don’t support your local shop, it may have to be sold as an empty property. that means you will lose your post office and the shop altogether.
Thank you all for being so patient with me. Please carry on supporting your local shop.
ST MARGARET’S CHURCH NEWS
Coronation: There will be a special service to mark the Coronation of King Charles 3rd on Sunday May 7th at 10.30am in Dumbleton.
Art Exhibition and Sale in the Village Hall and Flower Festival in Church on Saturday July 29th. We hope for sunshine to be able to serve a wide range of refreshments in the Churchyard.
Easter Afternoon Tea - many thanks to everyone who came and supported this event. There was a lovely atmosphere and people seemed to enjoy the range of food we served. Thank you to Kim Greaves for very kindly providing the macarons which were much appreciated and to all who provided food and help on the day. The event raised £590 which will be very helpful towards the Church running costs.
A Right Royal Pot Pourri - A Coronation-themed choral concert of music through the ages, Saturday May 13th, St Margaret’s Church:
This will be with the choral group the Severn’s Eight and has been organised by Matthew Clayton from Alderton, one of the singers. The concert itself will last around an hour.
There will be a paying bar and Canapés will be served after the singing. The tickets will be £7 in advance and £8.50 on the door and are available from Helen West 07941 373030 or Sarah Hughes 07989 048123.
Severn’s Eight have kindly performed 3 times before in our Church and although are amateurs, are very professional singers. Do please come and support them and enjoy their singing in our lovely historic Church building, for which the money raised will be given.
CHURCH BELLS Paul Smith, Tower Captain
Alderton church bells will be rung by our local bell ringers on Coronation morning between 10am and 10.30am to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. Also a Quarter Peal lasting about 1 hour will be rung on Bank Holiday Monday from 11am. This will involve members of the Gloucester and Bristol Guild of Church Bell Ringers.
GREAT WASHBOURNE NEWS Karen Cox
Family quiz - many thanks to all who came to support the quiz; we all had a great evening and raised about £800; special thanks go to Jane Kent our quizmaster extraordinaire and to those who prepared the delicious supper and provided raffle prizes.
Great Washbourne Summer supper - Friday 23rd June, 6.30pm. More details to follow in June newsletter but please put in your diaries for now!
NORTH COTSWOLD FOODBANK
Donations to the North Cotswold Foodbank can be left in Yari’s shop or Great Washbourne church.
3. CLUBS & CLASSES
ALDERTON WANDERERS CRICKET CLUB
Alderton has a prospering cricket club. We are a Wanderers team playing all away games in the local area. Our matches are in the 20/20 format and take place on a Wednesday from May-July with an occasional game in Aug/Sept), add on a few socials and even the odd tour.
Just to clarify, we always play to win but we also consider ourselves a social team where ability/capability/skill/talent take 2nd place to the enjoyment of getting involved. If it was any other way most of the current squad would never get selected!!!!
Anyone interested just email me: email@example.com
Mixed ability Pilates/Conditioning class. 6-7pm Fridays. Alderton Village Hall. Contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org 07376051863
4. AROUND THE AREA
OVERBURY CRICKET CLUB Rob Hayden
Overbury Cricket Club are looking for new senior and junior players of all abilities. Indoor pre-season nets start soon at Winchcombe. Sundays 1pm to 3pm for juniors. Tuesdays 8pm to 9.30pm. First session free for new players. wen, Women, boys and girls are all welcome.
We run a league Saturday team, a midweek and Sunday friendly team. We also have a thriving junior section, with U11, U13 and U15 teams.
For more information call or text Rob Hayden on 07527 340320. Or email email@example.com
Classes available in Winchcombe and surrounding areas. New beginners group on Tuesdays. For full details see cheltenhamgloucestertaichi.com or contact Olly on 0750 8686315
ALDERTON PRODUCE AND CRAFT SHOW Sian Tryner
A date for your diary. This year’s annual village Produce and Craft show will take place on Saturday September 9th so time to get sowing, growing, crafting, painting and creating. More details later in the year.
Alderton Newsletter has a new email address for you to send your contributions. It is firstname.lastname@example.org
Next newsletter deadline 24th May