Community Spirit Making A Difference

In May 2012, a team headed by Martin Godfrey, including Rev. Lynda Farrington, Gill Grundy, Anthea Blower, Maureen Allaker and Lesley Purden, decided on a plan of action to raise awareness for the need to support St Nicholas Church.

Aware that the weekly cost, circa £800, is a large mouth to feed, the team set about trying to “make a difference”. Local events were thought through, to invite the community as a whole to join in, have fun, socialise and to get out of the house for the day/evening.

The first event was quickly put to bed, advertised and what a success!! The Bagot Arms hosted a BBQ evening, attended by more than 100 people and £1060 raised.

We were now up and running and the secret was out – we had a fund raising social event agenda! October came and went with a fund raising Gift Aid Weekend. Another success for the team!

We have raised £2663 to date, and we know we can look forward to a healthy tax return in 2013 which should boost the total by another £500 approx. In November we held a Fun Quiz Night, hosted by the Coach & Horses, again supported by some 100 people and £700 raised.

The Crown supported with a Penny Jar collection and Cash Stores sold second hand books to help boost the overall total. Another £200 (ish) for the cause. We look forward to a full agenda of perhaps 6 events in 2013 and to full support from the community and others to help us “make a difference”.

Details of events to follow………

Martin Godfrey

Abbots Bromley Village Post Boxes

The small boxes that we now have are often full and do not take any mail larger than A5.

The Parish Council is still working to try to resolve this situation but if you feel strongly about this and have a bit of free time then we feel it may help if as many people as possible write to Royal Mail to express their concerns.

If you wish to do this then please contact the Parish Clerk and she will pass on the contact details for Royal Mail.

In the meantime the Parish Council will continue to request that a large box is installed.

(Item from Bromley Bulletin 49 – November 2012)

Best Kept Village Competition 2012

The final judgement was finely balanced between ourselves and Yoxall. We lost the trophy and first place because in May there was DOG MESS and cigarette ends on the village green. It seems the old problem has reared its head again!
The judges were delighted with the children’s posters all laminated and displayed round the village “a credit to the schools”.

Special praise was given for the areas around the Village Hall, Scout Hut, Buttercross and children’s playgrounds. The War Memorial was deemed immaculate with beautiful planters and no litter or weeds. The cricket pitch was in  excellent condition and the Millennium Playground had the “best and most varied equipment seen for many years”. The pubs were also in excellent shape, particularly The Bagot Arms, and the bus shelters were deemed well maintained.

The Parish Council would like to congratulate everyone who cleaned and spruced their properties for this years effort it is much appreciated. A big thank you to all who worked so hard.

See you next year!

Thank you, Roger Mills

(Item from Bromley Bulletin 49 – November 2012)

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