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The final Gathering of 2016 took place on September 15th. This was the earliest date in September that it could take place on (i.e. the 3rd Thursday of the month) and at this time of year dusk occurs around 7:30pm. That, you would think, would be a reason not to turn up at the Gathering – especially if you have travelled a fair distance. However, the weather on the day was just perfect; warm, dry and mainly sunny, and it’s the weather that has the biggest impact on our turnout.
Whilst not the best attended yet, it certainly was the best “last” Gathering of the 3 years we’ve been running it with more than double the numbers from our September 2014 Gathering and at least 50%
more than last year.
That’s brilliant, and we thank all of you who have come and supported us, and, we hope, enjoyed the experience.
Again, we remain surprised at how many vehicles turn up that have not been before. In the car paddock we had about 100 classics. These in- cluded Jaguars, Citroens, Austins, Rovers, Fiats, Porches, Audis, Tri- umphs, Morris, Aston Martin, Mini, Mercedes, Maserati, TVR, Alpha Ro- meo and others. Also in attendance was a monster wheel Chevrolet truck, a replica Isetta-BMW bubble car (with 4 cylinder Honda 250cc bike engine in it!), our growing collection of VW Camper vans, a Ford Dexta tractor and our local London Routemaster bus!
In the bike paddock we had about 18 classics in the 50 bikes that made an appearance. Included there were a trio of Velocette singles, various BSA twins, a rare (rescued from a shed) Honda C70 cub, a beautiful Yamaha FS1E 50cc moped (these used to be everywhere when kids were learners on mopeds), a Suzuki, Morini, Guzzi, several Hondas (including a rare 1000cc 6 cylinder CBX), an AJS 33CSR (with Norton Atlas engine and cycle parts) and a beautiful early 1960’s Triumph Thun- derbird.
Thanks as always must go to all who attended, whether showing a vehi- cle or not. Also to Andy and crew for the fine food he prepares; to Anne and team for the bar (which did a great job); to Maureen and Carol for the cakes and coffee, to Julie for selling raffle tickets, to Debbie, Sue and Pippa on the gate, to Brian for helping marshalling and to all the support- ers who lend a hand as and when. Also, thanks to Beanie at the Plough for donating a raffle prize, and belated thanks to Scott at the Wheatsheaf and Sandy Begy for each also donating a prize at the previous Gathering (Sorry – I didn’t know until too late last month).
Pictures from this Gathering will be posted on the Gathering website (www.GreethamGathering.co.uk) in the coming days. We shall only post the rarer ones this time as we may soon run out of web space. We plan to hold the Gatherings again in 2017 on the 3rd Thursdays of May to Septem- ber, but will keep you all informed of any changes or news. We shall also be making our annual donation to the local Air Ambulance in the coming months (once we have done our sums) and we will keep you posted on that.
CHURCH FETE 2016
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GREETHAM CHURCH FETE REVIEW 2016
What a great day, and the rain held off! The fete was opened by our Rev Marcus Purnell and his wife Jane who was given a posy of flowers by Evie Hines.
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, 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 caking baking was returning victor, Robert Macleod-Smith; the Young Harry Weston cake baker was Tiffer Purnell with a close second by Jessica Douglas who also won the vegetable figure competition with a delightful sheep!
If you are doing your Duke of Edinburgh award next year and would like to help with the fete as part of your volunteering activity then please contact Sylvia on 812925. We have helped someone with both their bronze and silver awards in the last couple of years.
We raised in excess of £2,200 which will go towards our funds for repairing the church roof.
Thanks from the Church Fete Committee
First Greetham Cafe event
We had over 40 people there and a good time was had by all. This will happen every Thursday from 10 am to 12. Good coffee, good cake, good company! See you next week!
From our own correspondent, Anne Yates aged 9 +
This was my second Soup and Sweets. It was a cold day and the snow was just melting. So I opted for the thick tomato soup to start with. It was delicious and warmed me up. Next followed minestrone soup. It tasted great. After a short interval I got stuck into the roulade and meringue. Pops had the same with cream and whipped cream too!
My sister won the last prize in the raffle. 120 best Yorkshire tea bags!. Fortunately Granny agreed to buy them off her so she was well happy. £175.70 was raised for flood victims by the raffle.
Thank you very much to all those who did such a splendid job making and serving the food.
Excellent evening last night at the Community Centre. Don organised a Ceilidh to raise money for the Syrian refuges. McGoo did their stuff and Billie and Colin provided hot dogs - all very much appreciated.