A View from Everleigh

A VIEW FROM EVERLEIGH (taken from The Courier Magazine) – October 2013

Sally Matton, Chair of Everleigh Parish Council (CD 850480 or sally@matton.biz) writes:

Damp and grey is the view as I write this! It hasn’t been the warmest or driest September but we were all very lucky on 14th September as the weather vaguely behaved itself for our Village Show. You will no doubt be able to read
about it elsewhere in this edition but I just want to say to all those who organised and helped, and those who came along and enjoyed it, a very big well done. It is a great afternoon out and the Show raises a lot of money for local groups, charities and St Andrew’s Church. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to pull something together like that and then keep it going year after year. Those of us in Everleigh who all helped by donating time and tents and cakes etc, well done again, as we did a fantastic job of flying the Everleigh flag. Each year that goes by the relationships and friendships that are forged in the making of the Show grow stronger and the two villages seem to grow more socially together.

Many of you may have noticed that the bus shelter roof has been in need of an overhaul for some time now. Due to the hard work of Councillor Bottomley, we have obtained a grant from the Tidworth Area Board to start this work and it is anticipated it will be done at the beginning of October. We are also trying to organise a Community Day in conjunction with Wiltshire Council Streetscene team, which will hopefully see lots of maintenance work in our Village and along our roadsides. More detail of this to come once days have been finalised. If you fancy lending a hand with the bus shelter please call me and I can let you know more details.

The next event on the social side will probably be the annual ‘Halloween Trick or Treat’ up and down The Street. This is mainly an event for the infant and junior school children who like to get dressed up and parade their costumes. If you are willing to participate in the giving away of goodies to the children please leave a lantern (pumpkin if possible) alight in a front window or in your front porch that is easily seen, and then expect a knock on the door come the 31st!

The Parish Council are holding their annual Bonfire and Firework event 2nd November at 6.30 pm. If you have any wood you don’t need then you will see a woodpile appearing up there nearer the time – please feel free to add to it. For all you pyromaniacs out there, come along to the bonfire building session at 2 pm on the day. Please turn up and help if you can.

Posters with full details are in this edition and a reminder flyer will be put through the door later on in the month. Please do your best to come, and encourage your friends and family too – we will be selling hot food and novelties; mulled wine will available too. We had a fantastic bonfire and fabulous fireworks last year and this year will be no exception.

In December we will holding the Everleigh Christmas Party which starts off with a Christmas Carol Service on 14th December at 11 am in St Peter’s Church followed by our now well-loved Christmas Curry Lunch at the Goa Balti at 12.30 pm. More details in the next edition.

Our next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 4th November in Collingbourne Ducis School – everyone is welcome. Our last meeting was on the second of September and the details of what was discussed can be read in the minutes, which are displayed on the Parish Notice Board in The Street.

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