The Comedy Night team are ecstatic to announce that our night of laugh-
ter on 25th March raised over £1,300 for our much-needed new play-
ground and much-loved Community Centre.
Thank you to all that helped bring the night together and thank you to all the support we received. A great night was had by all! See you again next year!
Would you like to adopt a tree that gives you a unique opportunity to make a difference in Greetham to last for years?
The newly planted trees going up Great Lane have been purchased & planted through a grant which was applied for from Cory Environmental.
You can adopt a tree to celebrate any occasion, birth, marriage, anniversary, retirement, special birthday or to remember someone special. The cost per tree will be £20 with all money raised going towards Greetham Village playground fund.
There are a variety of species and each tree can only be adopted once so will remain special to you. All we ask is for you to water it within the first year.
Your tree adoption will be recorded for posterity & you will receive a tree adoption certificate along with a map showing the location of your adopted tree.
All trees will be numbered with tags on the support stake. Red numbers mean the tree has already been adopted and a green number means the tree is available for adoption.
Please contact Vicky Peers 812893 for further details to adopt your tree and for an up to date availability list.
News from 1st Cottesmore Brownies
This year, 2017, Leicestershire Guiding is celebrating its Centenary and as part of the celebrations it has been decided to support the Charity Smalls for All.
Smalls for All is a charity based in Scotland which collects, in association with Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Kenya Chil-dren’s Home UK, bras and pants for girls and young women in Africa. So our Brownie Unit would like to collect as many gently worn or new bras and new underwear. These will then be collected and transported, through a long road trip up to Scotland and then off to Africa. Once they have travelled hundreds of miles to Africa they will be gratefully received by the girls and young women. We take having underwear for granted and wouldn’t dream of going out without wearing any underwear so why should women and children in Africa go to school without underwear? We have an amazing opportunity in 2017 to allow these women and children to gain some dignity, self-worth and ac-cess education.
Did you know, young girls can miss the opportunity for education because they do not have any underwear? Think of the difference you could make by donating today!
On 2 March we held our Annual Pancake Challenge and asked for dona-tions to help us buy underwear to send to the charity; we have purchased 60 pairs of pants to send along with the other generous donations we have re-ceived.
If you would like to support our Unit by making a donation then please bring along to the Community Centre on a Thursday evening between 6 and 7.30pm (term time only) or contact Bernie Wallace (Unit Leader) 01572812956/07858484918. Our grateful thanks to the kind person who left a bag of ‘gently worn’ bras for us last week. A much appreciated donation.
Many thanks, Bernie, Keara, Rachel and all the Brownies at 1st Cottesmore
Greetham WI February 2017
Two new members (Janet Bianchi and Ellie Barker) joined us this month. Our speaker was Dr Colin Ashpole from Clipsham, who spoke about his experience of being a racehorse owner. His talk was very amusing and enlightening to those of us that know nothing of the Racing world. He was brought up in a farming family with working horses, but was always keen on racing, being influenced by Lester Piggott, the most celebrated jockey of the time. His ambition was to visit every racecourse in the coun-try (there are sixty). He relocated to Rutland in 1973 to work at well-known manufacturer of pet foods, and eventually reached a sufficiently senior level to allow him to indulge his hobby. A period living in Italy (and going to the races there) convinced him of the superiority of British Rac-ing, which always puts the horses first. His first horse (Cicerone) never won a race, sustaining a fractured hip just before his first race, having been trained by Jimmy Harris at Waltham on the Wolds. There was bet-ter luck with his second horse, Sudest, who had several wins. There was much excitement when we were shown a video of his first win at South-well, when he raced through the field from the back. He won twice more at Leicester and Ripon but sadly severed a tendon racing at Kemptom and never raced again. Dr Ashwell’s talk gave us a real flavour of the thrill of the racecourse, as well as the eye watering expense involved in being an owner. Several ladies had questions and we all felt we had learnt a lot about the sport.
During the business part of the meeting it was announced that our team have reached the final of the Skittles competition, to be played at Syston. Several members will attend the Annual Council Meeting of Leics & Rut-land WI in April. It was reported that the Soup and Sweets lunch was a great success- the raffle proceeds of £152 were presented to Pat Evans to go towards the refurbishment of the Community Centre kitchen. It is hoped that a group of members will visit Curve in Leicester in March to see “What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton.”
The meeting closed with an informal quiz reviewing events of 2016 pro-vided by Helen McGarrigle. Next month’s meeting will be held on Monday 13th and will feature a talk on the life and works of Agatha Christie
A survey of reptiles in Leicestershire and Rutland is in progress.
Why Do We Need To Know About Reptiles?
They are one of the most fascinating groups of animals, but unfortunately also one of the most threatened. Reptile numbers have declined tremendously in recent years, due to loss or neglect of their habitats and to persecution, so now all our reptiles are given legal protection. The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Biodiversity Action Plan recognised that we need to know more about our reptiles – are they really rare, or are they just elusive? This survey aims to fill some of the gaps in our knowledge.
Reptiles start to come out of hibernation in March/April.
To fill in the survey, download the survey - Click on this link and post it off to the address on the form.