Gathering donates £2200 to local Air Ambulance
On Wednesday November 8th, some of the Greetham Gathering’s Commit-tee and helpers met Jo Payne from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rut-land Air Ambulance Service (DLRAA) at the Air Ambulance base at East Midlands Airport to present a cheque in support of the DRLAA. In 2014, the first year of the Greetham Gatherings, the committee were able to present a cheque to the DRLAA for £450. In 2015 the donation was £1500. In 2016 the donation was £2000. In 2017 we hoped to exceed the previous year’s amount, but this has proven to be much more challenging. We had some great sunny days where record attendances were recorded, but in Septem-ber we had dreadful weather and that, understandably, put a dent in our fund raising hopes. However we still had our most successful year yet for the Gatherings, and with all the extra support from the public, the committee were delighted to present a cheque for £2200 to the DLRAA.
The picture (front page) shows Martin Fairbairn, Treasurer for the Greetham Gatherings, with Roly Easson, Lorine Mohamed and Gilbert Thomas pre-senting a cheque for £2200 to the DLRAA, who had the on-duty pilot, para-medic and 2 doctors to accept it.
Greetham Team Raises over £900 for Rutland Churches
A team of seven cycle riders from Greetham participating in the Ride and Stride sponsored event has raised over £900 for the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust.
Calling themselves the Mud, Sweat and Gears team they cycled around Rutland visiting (44) of the (64) churches in the county. The money from their sponsors goes to the Trust for the preservation of the many beautiful and ancient church buildings in Rutland. Greetham parish church will get half of the funds raised for the church roof fund.
Team leader Sylvia Bland said ‘ We split into three groups in order to visit as many churches as possible. The riding was tough during several heavy rain showers but this was more than compensated for by the warm welcome at every church where drinks and snacks were generously provided. A most enjoyable adventure for a very worthy cause’.
PS Congratulations to The Magnificent Seven-a splendid effort - also to those kind people who sat in church recording the cyclists and walkers, those who baked such wonderful cakes and provided drinks. Grandson Paul and I also cycled from Greetham and had a great day out, only be-ing rained on once. We heard from others taking part that the refresh-ments at Greetham were the best – though Paul thought Edith Weston’s fruit cake, chocolate rolls etc. first rate. We visited twenty churches .
As a trustee with responsibility for seven churches including Greetham, I am delighted that we have already allocated a grant of £2000 towards the roof repairs. Our function is to give grants and loans to places of worship within the county in order to keep them in good condition - and open.
Peter Hitchcox Trustee-Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Fund
GREETHAM CHURCH FETE REVIEW 2017
What a great day! It was lovely to share it with the scarecrows giving a fantastic atmosphere around the village. The fete was opened by Kit and Judy Swinfen, long standing church goers though relatively new to the village. Judy was given a posy of flowers by Ellie Arkle.
The Church would like to give massive thanks to all those who contributed to the fete. We are ever grateful for your support and generosity in making this event a success. Thank you for your donations to the stalls, raffle and tombola, for sourcing materials for the games, providing the roller coaster, for cake baking, for providing lots and lots of help on the day and for turning up to enjoy yourselves. The winners of the Men’s Cake Baking was a previous year’s winner, Harro DeVries with his gin and tonic cake!
I’d like to say special thanks to our Duke of Edinburgh award volunteer, Maaike DeVries, who did an amazing job with the jam jar tombola, treasure hunt and shop window display.
We raised in excess of £2,400 which will go towards our funds for repairing the church roof. To see photos of the day, please go to the Greetham Church Fete facebook page.
Thanks from the Church Fete Committee
Achieving the impossible? - A Master Class in Action Groups
Greetham has an excellent reputation for community action, but we
can learn from other villages, particularly those that have achieved
seemingly impossible goals.
Steve Bertussi and I paid a visit to Sharnford in Leicestershire to find out how their traffic action group has persuaded their County Council to install average speed cameras in their village.
Sharnford has very similar traffic problems to Greetham. It has a B road running through the village with a high volume of heavy goods vehicles. It has narrow streets and pavements such that pedestrians are put at risk.
For years, the village has been trying to get speed cameras. Their County Council would not entertain the idea, quoting national policy that there have to be three fatalities at a location before speed camer- as will be installed.
So, short of sacrificing three villagers to the cause, how did they
achieve their goal?
Firstly they were fortunate in having people with the right skills who were prepared to spend significant time and effort on the cause. They set out with clear objectives.
They raised money to fund the project.
They collected data and photos to support their cause.
They relentlessly used the media – press, radio and TV – to embarrass officials.
They were ruthless in promoting their cause.
Finally, after ten years, national policy miraculously changed, the County Council found the money and they and five other villages have been promised the cameras this year.
Not just a single fixed camera, but average speed cameras covering the whole village. In future, if you do more than 30mph through Sharn- ford, you will get a speeding ticket. (Incidentally Rutland County Coun- cil have been claiming that the cost of such an installation would be £1,000,000. The true cost is nearer £80,000).
We have a full information pack, kindly prepared by Sharnford on their action group’s activities.
Sharnford’s next objective is to get a bypass. We have a suspicion that they will get it.
Alan and Margaret Winterton are leaving Greetham!
Alan has lived and worked in Greetham for 57 years and Margaret for the last 36 years. Alan worked for many years at Greetham Garage then at Colin Eas- son's for around 10-15 years, after that he started his own Gardening busi- ness which he built up and did until he was unable to, due to illness. He grew up in Greetham at 40 Great Lane with Fred & Freda and went to Greetham School before going on to Casterton. He and Margaret spent a brief period living in Oakham before moving to 14 Stretton Road in 1981. Margaret has worked at all three pubs in the village, as well as Greetham Valley as a chef. She also worked for Bear, Bear and Bear. She worked at Greetham Garden Centre for many years in the cafe until David Penny sold it. She has since worked at Greetham Village Shop while also building up her wonderful cake business. They have two children Hayley, who was born in 1983 and Matt in 1988. They also have two grandchildren. Their family no longer live in Greeth- am and now it feels like the right time and opportunity for Margaret and Alan to leave Greetham and move to a bungalow in Uppingham nearer their daughter and family.
Having done so much in this village for the businesses and the people who live here, we at Greetham Village Shop are holding a collection for them. There are cards to sign and a tin for everyone to put into available in the shop now. They are a truly amazing couple and are going to be missed dearly by so many. We would love to give them something fantastic to remember us all by and to thank them from the whole village for everything they have done and given of themselves to this village. So please give generously.
We also intend to make them a memories book so any contributions or pho- tos you would like to send to the shop (via any media) of your memories and stories for, and of Margaret and Alan, they would be gratefully appreciated.