News – Page 8

Woodborough in Bloom

The summer planting is now completed , we just need some sunshine to enjoy the beautiful colourful flowers. Thank you to all who helped and especially to Rob Dixon who once  again hung the hanging baskets around the village for us.
The bowser is now out and will be seen around the village ,please be considerate when parking near to planters so the volunteers can get access to water. Thank you to Paul Reed for organising the rota and the volunteer helpers.
The judging is now underway for The Best Kept Village competition.

Jan, Elizabeth and Jane

Woodborough WI Walk in May around the village and through the woods

Woodborough WI

The WI Walk will be on Monday, 1st July and all those taking part should meet in the Village Hall car park, with cars for sharing transport, at 10.00 am.

Our Friendship Group will meet on Tuesday, 2nd July at 2.00pm at the Institute Hall.

The next WI Meeting will be held on Monday, 15th July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Members, New Members and Visitors are welcome to join us at any or all of the above.
The next meeting of the Committee will be held at Catherine’s house on Thursday, 11th July at 2.00pm.

Finally, a reminder that our WI Ladies will be providing their ever popular cake stall as part of the Woodborough Street Market on Saturday, 20th July.

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

Our church bells are the voice of St Swithun’s. They have been heard for the last 460 years announcing Sunday services. They are part of the fabric of the community. Their sound carries more than the audible music, conveying emotions of hope for the future, particularly in the shadow of bleak events, remembrance of the past, and celebration of the present.

The centenary ringing for the dead of the Great War has been a feature of the last four years in many villages across the United Kingdom. Ringers everywhere have contributed to these acts of remembrance in greater numbers and over a longer period than has been seen at any time before. The final centenary has now passed with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28th June 1919. The treaty brought into existence the League of Nations but also demanded substantial reparations from Germany, which some would argue contributed to the conflict which started only 20 years later.

It is estimated that there are about 30,000 bell ringers in the country. Many people ring because of their connection to the church: others do so as generations of their family have done: probably all do it for the great sense of satisfaction derived from making music together. The exercise requires mental and physical skills, both of which can be learnt, and a willingness to work with and fit in with others. When the co-operation and mutual support come together and create a truly good performance there is a great feeling of fulfilment and satisfaction to be had.

We enjoyed ringing for two happy weddings in June with the assistance of our friends from Oxton. However, service ringing was curtailed by holidays and will be for the rest of the summer holiday period.

For St Swithun’s to have regular ringing of all its bells, we need more ringers. We are a friendly band and would happily welcome anybody interested in taking up bell ringing. It’s much more fun with six people rather than four: we can ring all the bells at once. Why not get in touch and discover what ringing is really about. Take up your phone and call or send me an email.

We meet on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8pm and ring on Sundays at 9 or 9.30am. You will be most welcome to come and see what we do at these times. Please do get in touch; we need you.

Lastly a note on the church clock, which is still misbehaving. We did have a visit from our clock maintenance firm in early June; but the engineer was unable to pinpoint precisely what was causing the strike to be incorrect. We do know what happens but not exactly why. Further investigations are continuing.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   Thurs 6.45pm for 7.00pm start.

An active club with a balance of experienced players willing to share their knowledge and intermediate  and less experienced  players keen to improve, you might want to come along and give it a go.

If you are a potential bridge player and possibly interested in joining a club, why not come along and give us a try?

We meet in Woodborough Village Hall on Thursday evenings at 6.45pm.

For more information get in touch or see our website (details below).

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or