New Year’s Eve. Again we held a DIY New Year Party. The problem being, as mentioned above, the author not being very communicative and the invitations only went out by e-
The carol service was held in St Mary’s Church on 22nd December in the afternoon. Due to our vicar having a nasty bout of ‘flu and not being able to attend the service, it was led by Pat Hancock and Di Cosgrove. There were the usual carols and readings with The Mudlarks and Barry’s Ensemble ing two of them; the children did the readings beautifully and Wayne kindly played the organ for us. There was sherry and mince pies and another chance to natter afterwards.
Mention should also be made of the lovely village sign being lit up now when events are held after dark in the Village Hall. It not only shows off the beautiful sign, but shows people where the hall is -
Mid December, the Village hosted the annual Christmas Party. Di and Christine organised everyone to do their bit, they bought food so no-
Flicks: The second Sunday in December the film was Anna Karenina, shown in the afternoon to allow for weather and dark evenings. This romantic drama adapted from a novel by Leo Tolstoy had a small audience, most of whom enjoyed the film very much. Back in November, the first of three epics about the Hobbit was shown, this too only had a small audience; possibly not the right sort of film for the residents of Chapel Lawn? I enjoyed it very much, but didn’t get to see it in the Village Hall.
The second week of October is usually a reasonably safe time to hold a Harvest Service and Supper. Most of the farmers had finished harvest I believe, with the exception, perhaps of James (due to broken wrist mentioned in Air gun report below). The Church was decorated with the usual array of harvest produce for the service. The five offerings of Soil & Water, Bread & Seeds, Fruit & Vegetables, Eggs & Milk and Cake where presented to Rev. Diana Hoare by Hannah and Haydn Lewis and Carl Price. An amusing summary of farming life in the valley was described by Bob James. Our thanks to everyone who contributed by decorating the church and providing the Supper afterwards.
The quiz night on 11th October brought in 44 visitors to our hall for the monthly South Shropshire villages event. It was our turn to host this time and thanks to our excellent team of helpers; Di, Patrick, Ian, Karen, Jim and Christine, we will probably be asked to host again by the quiz organisers. Ian ran the bar and sold out of bottles of red wine!
Many halls are not willing to host because of lack of helpers and the amount of organisation it needs; Chapel lawn never has this problem!
The annual Hodre Pond Sunny Picnic and Pond Clearing happened on 13 October this year (why? Nobody knows). Despite ominous clouds and mizzle, there was a good turnout of 8, plus James’s son and tractor which, thankfully did most of the work – leaving us just the edges and less accessible bits. Surprisingly pleasant chatting & working, job soon done, newts free to frolic in there come Spring. Next year it will be on 17 August.
(contributions from Beryl Palmer, Pat Hancock and Liz Campbell)
Early on in September, we had the Chapel Lawn Ramble and Lunch. This is such an established event now, people from all around keep asking when it is and do they have to walk! 120 people came to sample the simple cold meat and salad lunch, the weather held until mid afternoon and we raised £887 which will go towards our Church Restoration Fund.
The Redlake Valley Artists Exhibition was the second event of it’s kind and was equally well attended as the first time the RVA exhibited. Beautiful pictures and art from skilled artists, both professional and amateur adorned the walls and floors of our village hall, which was turned into a thriving gallery for the weekend. Read more in the next edition of the Redlake.
The end of September saw the start of the Air Gun Shooting season. Our little club with its ten or so members has started the 2013/14 season with hosting the first match against Churchstoke. Unfortunately our captain, James Middleton, has broken his wrist and couldn’t shoot, so how he expected us mortals to beat Churchstoke (serious Air Gun enthusiasts), I am not sure! We’ve not done a lot better since…
Also at the end of the month was the annual McMillan Nurses coffee evening with a produce and cake stall, book stall and a raffle. We raised £250 for Macmillan Cancer Care.
The first Flicks of the new season was The Quartet. It was very well attended and if you like Billy Connelly and gentle British humour, it’s a good film. I loved the way they used real retired musicians and actors playing themselves -
St Mary’s Church Restoration Fund
Two successful events during June have raised over £4,000 for the fund.
A Flower Festival was held on one of the first sunny weekends of the month. This was a real community event with many people helping before and throughout the weekend and local visitors flocking in from out of the area, including former Chapel Lawn residents. Fifty five ‘Farmers’ Breakfasts’ were served on Saturday morning, and 550 plastic ducks swam down the River Redlake in the afternoon for the duck race. On Sunday afternoon over seventy people enjoyed the “Voices of the Valley Concert”, followed by a delicious tea in the village hall. Throughout the weekend the church was open for visitors. It looked and smelled wonderful with varied flower arrangements, artwork, and enormous papier-
At the end of June the Auction was held. Over seventy people and local firms had donated promises and items. The items varied from loads of firewood, to furniture to a free skip. The auction was conducted by a veteran auctioneer from Clun, Tim Wood. Great fun was had by all and as the beer flowed, the bids went higher. The astonishing sum of £2,430 was raised.
Many thanks to everyone who helped, supported and contributed to these events.
Di Cosgrove 12.7.13
Work on the new lighting scheme for the Village Hall car park begins on Monday 3rd June. This will bring much needed winter lighting to the car park in a subtle and non-
News this month is that there is a new website. Please bear with me while hiccups are sorted out and please let me know if any links, buttons or picture galleries do not work properly.
The last of our Flicks in the Sticks of the season was ‘Bel Ami’, a costume drama set in France in the 1890’s. The costumes and sets were fantastic, but the story dull, the characters boring and the lead man, Robert Pattinson, not very likeable (maybe he wasn’t supposed to be?).
Lambing is now in full swing on the farms in the valley and the weather is not good; too wet and cold -
9th March the Village Hall showed 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' as part of the Borderlines Film Festival, which introduces more unusual and interesting films to the countryside. 'Beasts...' was a lovely film about a little girl called Hushpuppy living in a place called Bathtub in the swampland of Luisiana. Hushpuppy was played by a fantastic young actor, who really made the film special.
Later in March we showed ‘Prometheus’ a prequel to ‘Aliens’, without Sigourney Weaver! If you like sci-
A new version of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' was shown towards the end of February; though needing a lot of concentration it was a good classic production of an old favourite. Unfortunately, not that many people came to see it.
New Year 2013
January's film was a 'Food and Flicks' special. Like last year we went for a Scottish Ealing comedy set in the Highlands, called 'The Maggie'. It was preceded by haggis, tatties and neeps and served with whisky and beer. Considering the weather was snow and frost, we did have quite a good turnout, though some people had to cancel.
We had a meeting in the Village Hall early in January to discuss how best to operate the heating. It was agreed to have the boiler on low for a longer period and when hirers needed the heat, to turn up the wall thermostat. There are always going to be some folk who don't remember to turnt he heating down again, but if 90% of hirers do the right thing, we will not be far wrong. If there are problems with the heating, please contact James Middleton on 01547 530530 in the first instance.