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.
Click on this link for Newspaper article
Greetham New Year's Eve Party 2016
A great time was had by all at the village's family friendly New Year's Party at the Community Centre! In time honoured tradition it was a caba- ret style variety show, with a packed programme of great local acts who all readily volunteered their time and talents for the evening. The acts included three great live bands (The Manky Beds, The Super-group, and WYSIWYG); a Maori-style Hakka sketch by the Three Greetham Geor- dies; stand-up comedy from 'Greetham's So-called Funny-man' - Tom De Vries; a 70s disco dance show by The Love Trains; smooth Sinatra-style tunes from hosts Ruth and Roly, with Bernie Gamble on the keyboard; Monty Python-esque sketches from 'The Wapscallions'; a mysterious
package in 'The Box'; and pounding musical vibes from DJ Paolo's Disco Shack. The Children's Play Area Group ran a quality raffle. All proceeds went to local fundraising efforts including the Roger Begy Memorial Trust to support educational needs in Rutland, the Greetham Original Drama Pro- ject, and the Children's Play Area Project. Many thanks to everyone in- volved in this successful and fun night that heralded 2017 in true Greetham style! Best wishes, from the Committee (Roly and Debbie Easson, and Paul Bland).