Villages

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Abthorpe

John Riches, 01327 857703

marathon: Tommy Gladdle from Abthorpe is running in the London Marathon. He is aged 22 and in his final year at Leeds University where he is studying Politics and East Asian Studies. Tommy has a very special reason for running – to remember Sophie Watson, the elder sister of his school friend at Stowe School.

Back in 1997, 14-year-old Sophie was being treated for cancer at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. During her extended treatment and many courses of chemotherapy Sophie felt that the children’s ward needed to be improved in order to make it a more cheerful and less traumatic environment. She wrote to many people to tell them of her idea and set up a charity called Sophie’s Campaign for the Children’s Ward for Interesting Things to Do or SCCWID for short. Sadly Sophie died in January 2000, but shortly after her death it was announced that a new purpose built children’s hospital would be constructed at the John Radcliffe site. That wonderful amazingly modern looking hospital was opened in 2007 and the charity co-ordinators there asked that SCCWID’s efforts should be directed to raising funds for the quality of life element in the teenagers’ areas of the hospital. To date Sophie’s charity has raised more than £4million, providing the extras that the NHS cannot afford such as computers, games, kitchen equipment and even summer arts courses. Tommy and his friend Patrick Tillard are aiming to raise £5,000 each to help continue Sophie’s work and have been in serious training for many months. We wish them every success in their truly wonderful endeavour.

Adstock

Marian Mason, 01296 713457

village hall: The outside works around the Village Hall have now been completed and what an amazing difference it has made. The whole area has been raised to conform with regulations concerning access for the disabled. Stone paving has been laid thereby enhancing the whole area and making it a much more usable space. Rates for the booking of the hall are £10 per hour, from Alison Walker on 01296 713397.

royal wedding: Due to the practical difficulties encountered in closing a road for a traditional street party the venue for the Adstock celebrations has been changed. Due to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Salver of The Old Rectory who have kindly offered their lovely garden and the party will take place there from 3pm to 6pm. The tables will be set up as normal, laden with party food. There will be a children’s entertainer and Punch and Judy show and children’s prizes given for the best King and Queen’s crown. The Village Hall committee has donated funds for this event.

Akeley

Sherri Holland, 0794700321

play in the parishes: On Tuesday, April 19 from 2pm to 4.30pm on the recreation field or in the village hall if wet. Activities will include arts, crafts and games.

Parents/childminders must accompany their children and please bring refreshments. No need to book, just turn up.

village bingo: This takes place on Monday, April 18 at 7.30pm in the village hall with your host John Cowley – everyone welcome.

village teas: Village teas take place on Wednesday, April 20 from 2.30pm to 4pm at the village hall.

Akeley through the years: A journey in photographs from c.1900 to the present day by Stanley Bennett, is published this week – to obtain your copy please contact Stan on 860640.

Art exhibition: This exhibition of original watercolours at the village hall on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 10am to 5pm. John Tibbetts and Angela Hawker have been exhibiting for 15 years and have decided that this year’s will be their last.

John’s book Akeley in Pictures, containing black and white drawings, will also be on sale.

Deanshanger

Jennie Dott, 01908 564725

stop the drop: On April 2, Deanshanger Village Heritage Society organised a village wide litter pick, prompted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Stop the Drop campaign. A large number of village organisations were invited to take part and whilst only 18 people turned up for the main event, a number of others arranged smaller events. These included the Colts Football Club, the Community Centre Committee and the Primary School.

At the main event on April 2 around 50 bags of rubbish were collected from around the village. These were collected by SNC who also loaned a number of litter picking tools for the event. There was a good cross section of people amongst the litter pickers including a young lad doing his Duke of Edinburgh award and others who were keen to make the village look better.

The event was just a starting point. The aim was not just to pick up litter but to raise people’s awareness of the need to dispose of litter correctly and, as the event slogan says, to Drop Dropping Litter. To this end the posters advertising the event had a separate strip at the bottom, which is now being displayed around the village to encourage people to ‘stop the drop and drop dropping litter’.

Gawcott

Susanne Winterbottom

church spring clean: From 10am to noon on Saturday, April 16 we are having a church spring clean. Helping hands urgently needed. Cleaning materials, coffee and hot cross buns provided.

church services: At Holy Trinity Church in April:

Sunday 17: 9:30am – Palm Sunday service

Sunday 24: 10am – Easter Sunday service

Gawcott Methodist Chapel:

There are also services held at 6pm on Sundays in the Methodist Chapel.

These are led by different ministers.

Sunday 17 – Rev Stephen Fisher

Sunday 24 – Rev Paul Howes

Great Horwood

Patricia Rudkin, 01296 712930

winslow community bus: New trips are available so book early. The service has taken several interesting journeys out and about this year and to give you a bit of advance notice, detailed below are the next ones available. Book early as numbers are limited.

Please do not delay if you want to be sure of a place. Great Horwood and other village pick-ups offered where possible.

Everyone is eligible to come on the bus, we pick up near to your house,

Please phone Sue to book a seat on the regular shopping runs as well as trips.

Thursday, April 21: The regular Westcroft Shopping Bus.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 26 and 28: The popular Bluebell Run will visit Ivinghoe and Ashridge Woods and stop for a pub lunch. Book your seat for just £6, not including lunch.

Tuesday, May 3: Regular shopping bus to Buckingham with an hour in Buckingham followed by an hour in Tesco’s. All welcome. £2 flat fare, free with bus pass.

Thursday, May 5: Westcroft Shopping Bus.

Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12: Annual trip to the Cotswolds with a pub lunch. £6, not including lunch.

Saturday, May 14: Coffee morning at the Bowls Club in Elmfields Gate, 10am to 12noon.

Tuesday, May 24: Saville Gardens – one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Costs £13.50 including entrance.

Thursday, May 26: Another shopping trip to Banbury Shopping.Costs £5,

For more information on all the trips call Sue on 01296 715786.

easter eggstravaganza: The Buzz Club out of school play and care:

April 11-21: Now open at 7:30am for pre-booked breakfasts. Otherwise open from 8am until 6pm.

Cookery, crafts, sumo, Xbox Kinect, karaoke, park trips for all children aged three years to 11 plus.

Come and have fun in the Extended Care Building Winslow School.

Only £3,25 per hour until 4.30pm or £27 for a full day, with a cooked tea.

For more details email ruthbuzzclub@yahoo.co

lunch club: The Pub Lunch Club is still going strong, with about 30 diners eating at the Swan where popular licensee Kate Rowledge is mine host.

The Lunch Club serves a two course meal for just £4.95 to club members. It costs nothing to join. All you need to do is book at least a week in advance through the club secretary.

To book for future lunches please contact Ian Lamberton on 01296 715968 or Monica Gilbey on 01296 711915, they will of course give further information if needed.

Please note to avoid confusion over numbers bookings should not be made directly with the pub. The last Tuesday in the month is Lunch Club. So April 26 is this month’s Pub lunch day.

aylesbury vale district council: Just moved here? Find out about your local council services – call 01296 585026 for a free welcome pack. Includes details of refuse and recycling collections, council tax, health services and much more.

play around the parishes: Thanks to money from the Big Lottery Fun, AVDC is delighted to offer extra sessions to villages in the Vale, during Easter and June half term holiday and the summer holidays.

AVDC will be working with SureStart Children’s Centres to provide a wide range of free play activities for one to 11-year-olds.

Play Around the Villages will be held next on Thursday, April 21 from 10am until 12.30pm.

great horwood church fete 2011: This year it is later than 2010, so make a note now, it is on Saturday, July 2 and it will take place on Great Horwood Village Green.

This is always the biggest annual fund raising event for St James Church and the money raised helps towards church finances for the forthcoming year. Just about everything you have to spare is needed, stalls can be provided for as many items they receive to sell – produce, plants, unwanted Christmas gifts, anything that might sell is urgently required.

village hall: Great Horwood Village Hall is available for hire. It is perfect for parties, christenings, celebrations, mMeetings, charity nights, children’s parties, club events, auctions, rehearsals and sport practices and community events.

For more information contact Jeannie Marshall on 01296 713727.

exhibition of original watercolours at the village hall on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 10am to 5pm. John Tibbetts and Angela Hawker have been exhibiting for 15 years and have decided that this year’s will be their last.

John’s book Akeley in Pictures, containing black and white drawings, will also be on sale.

Deanshanger

Jennie Dott, 01908 564725

stop the drop: On April 2, Deanshanger Village Heritage Society organised a village wide litter pick, prompted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Stop the Drop campaign. A large number of village organisations were invited to take part and whilst only 18 people turned up for the main event, a number of others arranged smaller events. These included the Colts Football Club, the Community Centre Committee and the Primary School.

At the main event on April 2 around 50 bags of rubbish were collected from around the village. These were collected by SNC who also loaned a number of litter picking tools for the event. There was a good cross section of people amongst the litter pickers including a young lad doing his Duke of Edinburgh award and others who were keen to make the village look better.

The event was just a starting point. The aim was not just to pick up litter but to raise people’s awareness of the need to dispose of litter correctly and, as the event slogan says, to Drop Dropping Litter. To this end the posters advertising the event had a separate strip at the bottom, which is now being displayed around the village to encourage people to ‘stop the drop and drop dropping litter’.

Gawcott

Susanne Winterbottom

church spring clean: From 10am to noon on Saturday, April 16 we are having a church spring clean. Helping hands urgently needed. Cleaning materials, coffee and hot cross buns provided.

church services: At Holy Trinity Church in April:

Sunday 17: 9:30am – Palm Sunday service

Sunday 24: 10am – Easter Sunday service

Gawcott Methodist Chapel:

There are also services held at 6pm on Sundays in the Methodist Chapel.

These are led by different ministers.

Sunday 17 – Rev Stephen Fisher

Sunday 24 – Rev Paul Howes

Great Horwood

Patricia Rudkin, 01296 712930

winslow community bus: New trips are available so book early. The service has taken several interesting journeys out and about this year and to give you a bit of advance notice, detailed below are the next ones available. Book early as numbers are limited.

Please do not delay if you want to be sure of a place. Great Horwood and other village pick-ups offered where possible.

Everyone is eligible to come on the bus, we pick up near to your house,

Please phone Sue to book a seat on the regular shopping runs as well as trips.

Thursday, April 21: The regular Westcroft Shopping Bus.

Tuesday and Thursday, April 26 and 28: The popular Bluebell Run will visit Ivinghoe and Ashridge Woods and stop for a pub lunch. Book your seat for just £6, not including lunch.

Tuesday, May 3: Regular shopping bus to Buckingham with an hour in Buckingham followed by an hour in Tesco’s. All welcome. £2 flat fare, free with bus pass.

Thursday, May 5: Westcroft Shopping Bus.

Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12: Annual trip to the Cotswolds with a pub lunch. £6, not including lunch.

Saturday, May 14: Coffee morning at the Bowls Club in Elmfields Gate, 10am to 12noon.

Tuesday, May 24: Saville Gardens – one of Britain’s greatest ornamental gardens. Costs £13.50 including entrance.

Thursday, May 26: Another shopping trip to Banbury Shopping.Costs £5,

For more information on all the trips call Sue on 01296 715786.

easter eggstravaganza: The Buzz Club out of school play and care:

April 11-21: Now open at 7:30am for pre-booked breakfasts. Otherwise open from 8am until 6pm.

Cookery, crafts, sumo, Xbox Kinect, karaoke, park trips for all children aged three years to 11 plus.

Come and have fun in the Extended Care Building Winslow School.

Only £3,25 per hour until 4.30pm or £27 for a full day, with a cooked tea.

For more details email ruthbuzzclub@yahoo.co

lunch club: The Pub Lunch Club is still going strong, with about 30 diners eating at the Swan where popular licensee Kate Rowledge is mine host.

The Lunch Club serves a two course meal for just £4.95 to club members. It costs nothing to join. All you need to do is book at least a week in advance through the club secretary.

To book for future lunches please contact Ian Lamberton on 01296 715968 or Monica Gilbey on 01296 711915, they will of course give further information if needed.

Please note to avoid confusion over numbers bookings should not be made directly with the pub. The last Tuesday in the month is Lunch Club. So April 26 is this month’s Pub lunch day.

aylesbury vale district council: Just moved here? Find out about your local council services – call 01296 585026 for a free welcome pack. Includes details of refuse and recycling collections, council tax, health services and much more.

play around the parishes: Thanks to money from the Big Lottery Fun, AVDC is delighted to offer extra sessions to villages in the Vale, during Easter and June half term holiday and the summer holidays.

AVDC will be working with SureStart Children’s Centres to provide a wide range of free play activities for one to 11-year-olds.

Play Around the Villages will be held next on Thursday, April 21 from 10am until 12.30pm.

great horwood church fete 2011: This year it is later than 2010, so make a note now, it is on Saturday, July 2 and it will take place on Great Horwood Village Green.

This is always the biggest annual fund raising event for St James Church and the money raised helps towards church finances for the forthcoming year. Just about everything you have to spare is needed, stalls can be provided for as many items they receive to sell – produce, plants, unwanted Christmas gifts, anything that might sell is urgently required.

village hall: Great Horwood Village Hall is available for hire. It is perfect for parties, christenings, celebrations, mMeetings, charity nights, children’s parties, club events, auctions, rehearsals and sport practices and community events.

For more information contact Jeannie Marshall on 01296 713727.