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.
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