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Wonderful Villages Photo Competitionon



Whether you ae a keen photographer or just a Smart Phone Snapper, there are prizes to be won in a competiton to help provide funds for cash-strapped rural community halls. The competition, sponsored by Allied Westminster Insurance Services, is designed to champion and emphasise the vital role that halls play in strengthening rural communities. The top prize is £1,000 to the winner's own village hall and £500 to the photographer. So worth entering.

To alert village communities and their halls, Allied Westminster have teamed up with various charity organisations (ACRE, Plunkett Foundation, and 30+ Regional Community Councils) to spread word to parishes, villages and halls which don’t have a social media presence and are not in regular communication with other organisations. 


Here are the key points about the ‘Wonderful Villages’ Photo Competition:

-       Top prize is £1,000 to the community hall and £500 to the photographer.

-       Theme: ‘Village Life - a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’. (This is not about ‘pretty villages’ or professional photography, but rather capturing the essence of ‘community’ in a village.)

-       It’s open to all rural halls. No fee to enter. Halls can enter as many photos as they wish.

-       Entrants can nominate any rural hall they wish. It doesn’t have to be one that is local to them.

-       Closing date is 15/3/20 

-        Details and rules are available from

-        Over a hundred entries have been received already, with some very touching photos showing great community bonds. Please encourage villagers to vote for the best photos from other communities in order to help the judges.


If anyone chooses to enter, why not submit your entry for use on our website too.  New pictures are always welcome.



Minal Suppers are Back with a New Look!



Minal's newly launched "Meet and Eat" (an updated version of the very popular Minal Suppers) got off to a flying start on Saturday 18 January.   Everyone had a very enjoyable evening of delicious food and great conversation, with a mixture of familiar and new faces.  Mary and David Fishlock were wonderful hosts - and even kept up their Christmas decorations for the evening.
The next "Meet and Eat" is on Friday 13 March at Rob and Val Bailey's at Wansdyke on Church Lane.  If you would like to go, please contact Deirdre Watson on 512729 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you would like any more information about "Meet and Eat", want to be added to the contact list, or wish to host a future evening, please contact Deirdre (details above).  New people to the village are especially welcome, as it's a great way to get to know your neighbours and other villagers.  We are always keen to hear from possible hosts. You don't have to offer a sit down meal needing lots of space; you can chose a summer date and go in the garden, or have a stand up buffet - anything goes!


Music and the Mind

Music and Movement for the Mind meets in the village hall in Minal every Tuesday from 10.30am to 12noon.


It is for people living with dementia and a family carer to enjoy together and the group alternates each week between singing and gentle exercise sessions.


Both are led by experienced trained leaders supported by volunteers. It’s a very friendly group and everyone does as much as they feel comfortable doing, so there is no need for prior experience or expertise.


To find out more or to come along please call Alzheimer’s Support on 01380 7399055 or go


Bell Ringers Wanted

Bell-RingersThe sound of our church bells is something perhaps we take for granted. Imagine no bells for Sunday services or weddings and Christmas.  But our stalwart team of bell ringers are is need of new recruits. Already a banner has been put up on the top of Church Lane as the team urgently need to increase their numbers to ensure that the bells of St John the Baptist's church continue to ring in the village.

According to a long term bell ringer, Tom Otley, "No previous experience is needed and you do not even have to be a churchgoer.  However, you will be fully trained. Also, ringing is fun and a sociable experience as well as providing a much needed service to the village.

"We are a very friendly band so if you might be interested, please get in touch - without any commitment."

Tom Otley: 01672 516506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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