Those of you who attend the church or walk past it regularly will have realised that the knitted poppies have been removed. I want you to know that we carefully took them down and have stored them away for future events. The ones that were in the churchyard have been washed and have cleaned up beautifully, even the ones from the gate under the lime trees which were in a pretty poor state. It was very moving to look at every one, all hand made by people in the village or with some connection to it. All were slightly different, but done with remembrance in mind. I counted them. There were 342 and that excludes the small ones that were sold for people to wear with the proceeds going to the British Legion and the fund to add the missing name to the memorial plaque in the church.
The plan is to use them again to decorate the church, or other parts of the village if that is wanted, to commemorate the centenary of other key dates from the Great War during the next 4 years, culminating in Remembrance Sunday 2018. These long winter evenings are ideal for knitting, so if you want to carry on knitting poppies, we would be very pleased to have them. If you would like to start, but need some help or encouragement then contact me 868291 or Helen McGarrigle 812804. There were 888,246 poppies at the Tower of London.... Jackie Gauntley
Greetham Bowls Club
Our village Bowls Club is in very real need of new members. We have a fine green and pavilion for outdoor bowling right through the summer months and have two indoor mats in the Community Centre hall which permits a decent length for winter bowling.
It is likely that the winter ‘competition season’ will start after Christmas, but for now we are encouraging new members to come and ‘have a go’ on Tuesday evenings at 6.30 pm onwards. We are able to provide instruction in the art of the game and are playing practice contests as numbers permit on the Tuesday evenings. We can pro- vide woods (balls) and help as necessary.
This is a fine, social, sport with Ladies and Gentlemen on a truly equal competitive footing and is open to all ages from teenagers upwards. We are happy to welcome members of other clubs who perhaps do not have indoor facilities.
Please come and join us and receive a warm welcome.
John Hall (treasurer)
The Annual General Meeting of Greetham WI was held after the usual monthly meeting on Monday November 10th in the Community Centre. Twenty three mem- bers and one guest were present and five members sent their apologies. Before the AGM, members were told about plans for the Christmas Dinner, Carol Concert and the popular Soup and Sweets lunch, to be held on February 18th. Carol Fairbairn gave a report on the recent Horseshoe Group meeting in Whissendine and Lorraine Pearce told us about her recent visit to Denman College as the recipient of our An- nual Bursary. She was sporting evidence of her newly learned flower making skills, in the form of a large poppy. President, Helen McGarrigle, spoke about the Rutland Water Centenary Walk and the recent cinema trip to see Effie Gray at Melton cine- ma. As Helen has recently celebrated a “special” posy she was presented with a card and a posy. This part of the meeting concluded with refreshments by Carol Fairbairn, Peggie Butcher, Lorraine Pearce and Pat Evans.
The Business part of the evening then followed. Most of the committee are willing to
stand again. One vacancy remained, so Lorraine Pearce volunteered. The new
committee therefore will be;
Helen McGarrigle President
Estelle Allen Treasurer
Carol Fairbairn, Gill Hodson, Lorraine Pearce Judith Roberts and Peggie Butcher. Reports were given by the President, Secretary and Treasurer and Carol Fairbairn outlined the planned programme for next year.
Under Any Other Business, discussion took place about the Denman Bursary, The WI County Quiz, Horseshoe Group funds and Federation Activities..
Hazel Hinch thanked the committee for the efforts in making a 2014 successful year. The meeting concluded at 10 pm.
The next meeting will be our Christmas Meal, with entertainment by the Greetham Hand Bell Ringers.
We are delighted to announce that with lottery money from Awards For All, we have been able to purchase staging for the Community Centre. The suppliers were Unistage of Blackburn, who delivered the staging to us on the 27th October.
The staging is extremely versatile and can be used for anything from a Big Band performance to a Cat Walk for fashion shows.
We had a great Halloween Night for the children on the 31st. The hall was deco- rated with ghosts and skeletons and Jacob did a super disco with flashing lights. There was a craft table for the children to make their own ghosts etc. and they enjoyed a supper of hot dogs, cakes and a special punch. All the children dressed up and some of the adult too - a great night.
A week later we had the Firework Party. With the generosity of local sponsors we enjoyed a superb firework display. Luckily the rain held off so everyone was able to be outside to enjoy them. Supper was available in the form of Hot Dogs, Soup and Jacket Potatoes and toffee apples were also on sale. Donation buck- ets were being passed round and with the sale of the food we raised over £500.00 which will go towards future family events and the refurbishing of the Club Room.
Thank you to everyone who helped with these two events.
The first Community Centre event in December is Andy and Ruth's Christmas lunch on the 7th December. This is to raise funds for the Community Centre. If you haven't already booked your tickets, please ring Ruth/Andy on 01572 812868. Don't dilly dally otherwise you may miss out.
AND then on the 20th December we have the Children's Christmas Party (see separate advert). Please bring your children/grandchildren along for games, soft play and again Jacob with his disco. A party tea will be served and then, hopeful- ly, Santa will appear. There is no cost involved, just a present (about £4.00) for your own child (please label clearly) to put in Santa's sack. If you wish to reserve a place please ring Maureen on 01572 813061. I have quite few names already so don't miss out.
Greetham Engineering SocietyLast month (October 2014) we had an excellent trip to the Shutleworth Air Museum and evening flying display. The aircraft - mainly dating back to the First World War are in mint condition and we were treated to a superb display. The finale was a modern stunt plane doing aerobatics at close quarters with a quarter scale model doing a synchronised display along side. How anyone can operate a radio controlled model with such precision is totally beyond me!
The Engineering Society is open to all - including non engineers. I find it worth while as I go on visits that I would not otherwise think of and see interesting things.
There is no charge to join and we meet once a month for a brief meeting at The Plough to plan visits.