A very entertaining night with about 70 people attending. It was great to see the young girls join in. Many thanks to McGoo, who as always were superb.
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.