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Wonderful Villages Photo Competitionon

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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 fromhttps://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition

-        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. https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition/photo-gallery

 

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

 

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Minal Suppers are Back with a New Look!

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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!

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Music and the Mind

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

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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 towww.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk/movement-for-the-mind

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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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VE Day Celebrations

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Friday 8th May will be a Bank Holiday next year as villages and towns across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory Europe day. 
 
There will be fun and games for the whole family on the sports field followed by live music with old favourite singalongs. More details to follow later.
 
We need a PIPER, BUGLER, or TRUMPETER to open the event. Please contact Clive Scholefield atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you know anyone. We need to book fast! 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Village Book Drop

 

 Don't forget our landmark telephone box "book drop" and library.  Pop in to either pick up any of the wide choice of books that other villagers have donated.  Or, if you have any books that you have possibly finished with, then donations to the library are also welcome.

 

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The red telephone box,  designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United KingdomMaltaBermuda and Gibraltar.

Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, including our own on the Greenways and Leaze junction.

From 1926 onwards, the fascias of the kiosks were emblazoned with a prominentcrown, representing the British government. The red phone box is often seen as aBritish cultural iconthroughout the world. In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons, which included theMini,Supermarine Spitfire,London tube map,World Wide Web,Concordeand theAEC Routemasterbus.Although production of the traditional boxes ended with the advent of theKX seriesin 1985. 

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Minal Book Club

 

The Minal Book Club meets in The Horseshoe at 8pm on the last Tuesday in the month.  We take turns to choose books, and have read a wide variety in the past year - including Dodie Smith, Margaret Drabble and Elizabeth Strout-, and covering settings (often crime scenes) ranging from scorching Australia to freezing Iceland!  New members are welcome.  Please contact: Deirdre Watson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or tel 512729.
 
January's book (on Tuesday 28th) is In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende:
 
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In the Midst of Winter is Allende’s 23rd book, and it brings together a trio of characters deeply marked by their pasts. Richard Bowmaster is a university professor in his sixties whose anxious, monkish life and strictly controlled vegan diet conceal a tragic personal history, a triple loss that he holds himself partly responsible for. Evelyn Ortega is an undocumented refugee from Guatemala who has survived gang violence and is attempting to negotiate the perils and challenges of her new life in Brooklyn. Lucia Maraz, Richard’s neighbour and tenant, almost 62, has stared down her demons from the politically turbulent Chile of the 1970s and, despite missing “sex, romance and love”, has her own ways of surviving the loneliness of a stable American life.
 
February's book (on Tuesday 25th) is The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte:

 

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The novel is framed as a series of letters from Gilbert Markham to his friend about the events connected with his meeting a mysterious young widow, calling herself Helen Graham, who arrives at Wildfell Hall, which has been empty for many years, with her young son and a servant. Contrary to the early 19th century norms, Helen pursues an artist's career and makes an income by selling her pictures. Mrs Graham's strict seclusion soon gives rise to gossip in the neighbouring village and she becomes a social outcast. Refusing to believe anything scandalous about her, Gilbert befriends Mrs Graham and discovers her past. In the diary she gives Gilbert, Helen chronicles her husband's physical and moral decline through alcohol and debauchery in the dissipated aristocratic society. Ultimately Helen flees with her son, whom she desperately wishes to save from his father's influence.

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