News – Page 8

A Christmas Message from Woodborough Shop & Post Office

Firstly, thank you to the residents of Woodborough village and the surrounding areas for the great support you have given us. The year has been tough for us as a family, and we are hanging in there with the help of our caring customers, some of whom  just pop in to say hello – it really means a lot!

We are looking at looking at the possibility doing something to help our more vulnerable customers, and would like to hear your views. We are thinking along the lines of starting a service for anyone over 60 who is unable to make it to the shop due to adverse weather or disability. We would deliver the them (at no extra charge), even if it’s just a loaf of bread or bottle of milk.

Currently, we’re thinking of deliveries on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or if we already deliver their paper, we could deliver at the same time – what do you think?

As the festive season is fast approaching, we’ll be holding a “Make a Christmas Decoration” competition for children. We will display every entry in the shop, and the winner will receive a giant chocolate Santa. Call into the shop for details.

You can also pre-order your Chambers’ Christmas turkey from us – if you would like to do this, please pop into the shop and see us – but don’t leave it too long!

Woodborough WI

Our next W.I. meeting is on Monday 17th December. “The Great Adamos” – magician, will be doing many strange and wonderful magic feats at our Christmas meeting.

Our walk will be on Monday, December 3rd, meeting at the Village Hall at 10am. It will be a local walk.

There will  be no  Friendship Group in December as we will be having a Christmas Lunch at Tom Brown’s on 4th December.

The next committee meeting will be at 10 am at Jenny’s house on Tuesday, December 11th.

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   6.45pm for 7.00pm start.


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

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

The ringers were very pleased to receive several expressions of thanks and appreciation for our ringing on Remembrance Sunday and on the three previous occasions in October. It is really encouraging to have this feedback from the village. Thank you so much.

The Sunday ringing was also special as we knew we were joining in a national event to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. St Swithun’s was packed out for the service. Indeed, I cannot remember when we had that number attending, even when we had a full contingent of Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies on parade.

The evening event on Governors’ Field also linked into the national Battle’s Over celebrations, with the lighting of beacons across the country and the ringing of many church bells. Included in the celebrations were the hundreds of new ringers that responded to the Ringing Remembers call to honour those ringers who died during WW1.

This month we not only have the normal Sunday services but also the extra events leading up to Christmas, which this year include two weddings on Sat 15th and Fri 21st. I am sure all the band will endeavour to meet these commitments; but we shall still need help from other churches to ensure we have all our bells ringing. Of course, we also intend to ring before all the various Christmas events in church.

The ringers wish everyone a very happy Christmas.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390


The Searchers are heading into retirement next year and it’s no surprise that their concert in Lowdham on December 14th has long since sold out.

In recent years, Warthog Promotions has put on a Christmas concert in St Mary’s Church which always has a lovely festive feel to it. This year the concert will be given by Emily Smith and her band. From humble beginnings in a rural farm shop in 2012 Emily has honed a unique, family friendly Christmas night out. In 2016 she released the accompanying album from which her song ‘Find Hope’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2. Her material has also been featured on BBC Songs of Praise Christmas special. Sing along with traditional carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring.

Emily will be joined by her band Jamie McClennan (guitar, fiddle & vocals), Anna Massie on (guitar, fiddle & vocals) and Ross Hamilton (bass & vocals).

Following the re-opening of the Old Ship Inn, an extra concert has been added to the December programme. When Fairport Convention were with us in May, a ‘gentle enquiry’ was made of Ric Sanders as to whether he would be willing to play a special concert in the event of the Old Ship Inn springing back into life. He expressed interest and, accompanied by guitarist Vo Fletcher, Ric will be playing in the run-up to Christmas to celebrate the return to the pub of ‘Warthogs on Wednesdays’.

Since 1985 Ric Sanders has been the fiddle player in Fairport Convention. Ric’s association with guitarist and vocalist Vo Fletcher goes back a very long way – they played together when still teenagers. Vo has played with artists as diverse as Rik Mayall and Nigel Kennedy (just to keep Ric on his toes!).

For more information on the forthcoming programme, visit

Tickets from Mike & Jacky Hoare T/N 0115 9663596