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Keep Fit in Alstonefield Village Hall

It seems some of you are wondering about Keep Fit on a Tuesday evening at 7:30pm, but were concerned that it was aimed at the over 50s. Well you are absolutely right. If you feel that keeping up with us lot that climb Kilimanjaro and think a 26 mile walk is fun then we quite understand that you would be worried about joining us. And of course we quite understand that those of you who work would find it too much after a hard day. There is also the expense…..£1.50 for an hour.

Village Yard Sale

As you will read on the home/news page, this Sunday morning there is a Village yard sale in aid of the Water Appeal. There are four main sites around the village, selling everything from books and music to children’s toys and furniture. Each pitch will have a large poster clearly stating that all proceeds will be in aid of the church water appeal.
We have received enquiries from people planning to use their yards, and keeping their own profits. As we originally negotiated this with Brian Allen as a charity event, the PCC would ask, if this is your plan, would you kindly give your pitch fee to the car boot as it is their advertising that is bringing people into the village.
Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.
St Peter’s PCC

Fundraising ideas for Lead Appeal

We have had offers of a disco, an out-door film night, a Ceilidh, a gourmet evening…… If you could help with any of these ideas, as a village group or as individuals, please let a PCC member know. There are many other events planned on this forum. Please take time to read them and contribute.

Village Yard Sale – September

Same sunday as the first Car Boot in September we’re planning a yard sale in aid of the Lead Appeal. Clear out your lofts, garages and cellars. Get together with your neighbours to sell things in front of your houses. Let the PCC know. Brian Allen will publicise it with the Car Boot Sales.

Sunday 29th August

Weather permitting, Paul Binfield will be donning his best pinny to BBQ beefburgers and sausages (burnt ones for Muriel) There will also be cakes and tea. Proceeds in aid of the Lead Appeal.
Offers to help to Paul tel: 310146 email PaulBinfield@tiscali.co.uk
Who can forget the smokin’ time we had in the churchyard in 2000!

Any Old Iron

In August there will be a collection of scrap metal in aid of the Lead Appeal. No fridges please! Contact Richard Allen for more details tel: 310037 or email UnderTheAldersTree@hotmail.com

Manifold Show Cake Stall

The PCC are having a cake stall at the Manifold Show in aid of the Lead Appeal. Bake your best cakes please. If you’re away, bake and freeze. Peter and Hilda have offered space in their freezer.
All offers of baking and/or help to Ann Colclough please.

Unsung Heroes

It’s the early hours. As one particular village machine is causing a sleepless problem, I resort to another machine and review the village website and notably the forum. I don’t have Eileen’s erudition, nor the wit to conjure up phantom airships, and the first day of school sadly belongs to a bygone era. We hold our hands up, and wonder why on earth we felt it was OK to drive onto a pavement to post a letter. And yet some posts have left good people feeling unfairly criticised.

Written words have a perculiar power that can make or break depending on how they are read. Take an innocent invitation – one popped through my door makes me feel warm and fuzzy and yet one displayed on someonelse’s mantlepiece taunts me. Am I the only person in the village not invited? What’s wrong with me? I wail. Daft isn’t it! We can’t invite everybody to everything. Then I remember how I swanned on my sofa for a month after an operation while my lovely new neighbours cleaned, washed, ironed and made cakes…good job too as I had so many visitors to feed. Then Brian was so ill and even our lawn was tenderly cared for. Every newsletter carries invites and thanks from one caring set of neighbours to another.

We live is a very special place, but that takes many good people to volunteer for jobs the rest of us would not want to do. Sleep will probably elude them too. So to all you unsung heroes – and heroines ‘Thank You’.
G’night all.