News – Page 9

Woodborough
Community Association

Bridlington coach trip – May 16th

This was a new destination for 2018 and well received by all who attended! A lovely seaside resort with something for everyone including a train ride along the promenade for some, a funfair and of course fish and chips for lunch!

Best Kept Village 2018

Please continue with your efforts to keep Woodborough looking beautiful, even though the “Open Gardens” event is over for another 2 years. The judging has begun and we are waiting to hear if we have made it through the first round. We are keen to defend our title! The judging includes public areas too.

Dates for your diary

Feast Sports – 7th July

Please come along and support this popular family event with games, refreshments ,ice cream, raffle, and infamous tug-o-war. It takes place on Woodborough playing fields at 2.30pm

Street Market – 21st July

A great annual family event with various craft stalls, refreshments, bouncy castle, skittles, entertainment and a Grand prize draw. Located on the Governors Field and Four Bells car park area from 1.00pm – 4.00pm. It’s not too late to book a stall – please check out the Community Association website for details and booking forms.

Autumn coach trip – September 19th will be visiting Lincoln.

Monthly Bingo- Fancy a change on a Friday night?

This takes place at the Institute on the third Friday in the month – the next game will be Friday 20th July at 7.30 pm.

Monthly committee meetings

These are scheduled for the first Tuesday each month and also take place at the Institute on Roe Lane at 7.30pm. New faces are always welcome as we are a charity and here to support the residents of Woodborough.

Email – woodboroughcommunityassociation@hotmail.co.uk

Phone – 0115 9654158

Website – www.woodborough.org.uk   Facebook – WCA

IMPORTANT – see “Late News” page for last minute change of starting time to avoid other sporting events.

Visitor from Belarus

During the first week of August, Claire and I will be hosting 9 year old Aleksey who is visiting the UK for 3 weeks along with 14 other children from his school. Aleksey lives in Belarus, his home village is Molotkovichi, located in the South West of Belarus close to the border with Ukraine. This area of Belarus is still suffering the after effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Consequently, jobs in the area are scarce and earning potential is limited.

The area still has high levels of radiation present, produce is grown in contaminated soil and life expectancy low. Just 3 weeks of ‘clean air’ in the UK has shown to improve the life expectancy of those fortunate enough to get the opportunity. Standard of living in this area is much lower than we’re used to, it is common place for flats with 2 bedrooms to be home upwards of 3 generations from the same family.

The visit is co-ordinated by volunteers from the charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Link. The Children are carefully selected for a visit to the UK by the link Chair and Co-Chair. Only those who will benefit in general health by spending 3 weeks in the UK being eligible for a visit.

This is a trip of a lifetime for these children, getting to see and enjoy things they otherwise could only dream of, things we take for granted: a visit to the seaside; seeing animals in the zoo; playing in the park…

If anyone would like to learn more about what we do, the Newark and Sherwood link has its own website www.ccllnewark.org.uk, where you will find more detail about the area of Molotkovichi, the work and purpose of the charity as well as some pictures of last year’s visit. You can use the website to submit a query to the charity if you would be interested in getting involved.

Claire and I first got involved with the charity last year when we hosted a 9 year old girl called Arina. The experience was incredibly rewarding (and hard work!!), the health benefits to Arina were visible in just the 3 weeks she spent with us.

The children arrive in the UK with a suitcase containing very few clothes or personal possessions, if anyone does have any clothes suitable for children aged 8-10 they would be gratefully received and used to benefit any one of the visiting boys and girls. If any donations made aren’t suitable for this years visiting children I will pass them on to the Link’s charity shop located in Clowne. They will be sold to cover the cost of children to visit in future years, it costs the charity approx. £1,000 per child for these visits, the majority of this is raised through the shop.

If you do have any clothes you’d like to donate, please give me a call on 07870270497 and I can come and collect or feel free to drop off at 12 Holme Close if you’re passing by.

Simon, Claire and George