GREETHAM CHURCH FETE 2015
Beautiful, sunny weather made for a magnificent fete this year! It drew in the crowds who enjoyed
sitting outside with their teas watching adults trying their luck on the slow bike ride and kids racing
down the rollercoaster. This year the fete was opened by Diane and John Creasey – Diane is a
Reader with the church. The surprise activity of the day was the maze which was a triumph of
engineering construction! We held the inaugural Young Harry cake baking award in memory of Harry
Weston. The winner, Jessica Douglas (age 7), was presented with a trophy sponsored by The
Wheatsheaf. Our visitors included Exton and Greetham School together with a crew from Oakham
Fire Station and the Police Community Support team. Their vehicles were a big draw for boys of all
ages! Animal lovers enjoyed Sally’s dog show, Lynne and Sarah’s ponies and Anne’s owl. The stalls,
cakes, tombola and raffle all sold out in record time and once again we guessed where the sheep
pooed! It was fantastic to see so many families from the village with young children having a brilliant
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 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.
In particular I’d like to thank our local businesses – The Plough, The Wheatsheaf, The Black Horse,
the campsite, Estelle (reflexologist), Pippa (hairdresser), the village shop and Snapdragon (shop in
Oakham) – for their raffle donations and help. Please support them, more information on
www.greethamrutland.com. Also, thanks to Stef Douglas for arranging the fire engine, the Bothwell
family for providing sheep and hay bales, and to the Hinch family for more hay bales and toilets.
We are especially grateful to the help from the de Vries family this year – Maaike presented a lovely
posy to Diane; Thomas who did his paper round, helped all day from early morning (did you spot him
under the Brucie mask) then went to his third job at The Plough; and Elke who, as part of her Duke
of Edinburgh award, helped with the publicity of the fete, made bunting and ran the rollercoaster
(did you see her amazing shop window display?). Their mum and dad, Steph and Harro, also helped
extensively and are probably wondering how this all happened!!
Thanks from the Church Fete Committee.
Press release: For immediate Use Date: 14 July 2015
Choir for the blind and visually impaired calls for new members across Rutland
A choir for the blind and visually impaired is appealing for new members across Rutland.
There are 224 people with visual impairment or sight loss across Rutland and the Visionary Vocals Choir would like those with an interest in singing to join them.
The choir was set up and continues to be supported by Oakham based opticians Simmons Optometrists. This means all the singing sessions are free to join.
Simmons Optometrists also prints the song sheets at a range of print sizes to enable the members to follow the lyrics.
The group meets for two hours every Thursday between 11am and 1pm at the Railway Inn in Oakham. Wheelchairs, guide dogs and carers are also welcome!
Members of the choir choose popular songs to sing at each session which range from the 1980s classics to the present day top 40 hits. One of the group’s favourites is the Katrina and the Waves classic, ‘I’m walking on Sunshine.’
The group currently has up to 18 members, depending on the week, but they are looking to expand with the long term view of performing to audiences to raise funds for charity.
Owner of Simmons Optometrists, James Alexander, said:
“Here at Simmons we are passionate about the health of our clients and this includes their wellbeing. The benefits of singing are well known and we want to encourage as many people as possible to join.
“People with sight loss and their carers are a group in society which can easily become isolated. The aim of the Visionary Vocals Choir is to provide an inspirational and fun activity, which is not about what people can’t do but centres on what they can do. There are no auditions for the choir, just come along and join in.”
Visionary Vocals Choir leader Diana De Wet said the camaraderie between choir members is magical.
She added: “Singing is better and cheaper than any medicine and every voice has a place in our choir. Our aim is to have some great fun. It’s not just the choir; it’s also a social event. After the sing-song we all have lunch together and enjoy each other’s company.”
If you would like any further information or you would like to arrange a to take a photo of the choir please contact Sarah Newall the number below.
A thought provoking series of short stories at the Community Centre on Sunday was the latest theatre experience to be offered to the village. It was imaginatively presented and the audience clearly enjoyed it.
Last year's duck race
THE GREETHAM DUCK RACE
Preparations for the annual Greetham Duck Race started early and the weather was perfect if you happened to be a duck! Tents were erected at the start and finish lines to keep the many spectators dry, and the village scene was set.
At 11 am the rain stopped and we were ready for the start of the first of four heats each with 50 ducks .Steve the starter CradDUCK and his helper Jessica Easson released the ducks which set off at great pace due to the high level of the stream. The course marshalls Toby, James and Thomas (the comedian Defrees) could hardly keep up. Each race seemed to get faster, with the top 3 of each race going through to the final. The gathered crowd could hardly contain themselves!
The 12 ducks in the final were, 17 Andrew Collin, 49 Sarah J Harding, 14 Oliver Wight, 95 Bill Harding, 76 Paul Simpson, 59 Ann Gould, 113 Rees Richards, 146 Janice Walters, 124 Deb Easson, 154 Tom De Vries 167 Harry Arkle and 155 Bilson, and some of the excited owners were present to witness the spectacle, it was very exciting to see the top ducks set of neck and neck or beak and beak! James was that excited he fell in the stream which wasn't at all funny! (The annual ‘I think he's quacking up joke’ was murmured)
The results of the close fought final were 1st 76 Paul Simpson £15, 2nd 124 Deb Easson £10 and 3rd 95 Bill Harding £5, and thanks to all podium winners who donated their winnings back to our chosen charity .The booby last place was 154 Tom De Vries who won a giant inflatable duck!
After the race we all adjourned to the Plough where we drew the well supported raffle, all in all we raised £505 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Brain Tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and young adults under 40, All funds raised will go towards vital research.
Many thanks to all who helped on the day and for all who attended and for your generous support.
Roly & Debbie Easson