The Beacon is the village newsletter. It keeps everyone up to date with village news, events and other happenings.
What an amazing Spring we are having compared to last year! Endless days of sunshine and clear skies. The banks are decked with primroses and the sheer beauty of the landscape is breathtaking. The village has been busy with the Supper club, Burns night, Coffee mornings, Egg rolling and many other events but behind the scenes there has been feverish activity raising money to improve the village hall.
Revamp of hall to start soon as fund raising target nearly reached!
The last 4 weeks have seen the hard work of the last 3 years paying off with 3 major grants awards. As a result we can plan to start work on the rebuild this summer.
The big grants are £66,000 from Veolia, £140,000 from Viridor and most recently, £25,000 from Garfield Weston. To date, we have raised just over £300,000 and need just £34,000 more.
Community fundraising will continue to assemble the final amounts we need. This is mainly for the all-important fixtures and fittings that will make the hall a great space to do all kinds of activities: exercise classes; cooking; singing; films; concerts etc. A simple brochure is being printed to attract some local sponsorship. To help with fundraising please contact Mary-Clare Rodwell 830375 or Anthony Ffooks 812994
Thanks to all for getting this far!
Thanks to all of you who responded to last year’s questionnaire and have supported all the events and fundraising. Despite being a tiny village, funders have been very impressed by what we do already and the quality of our plans for the future.
Special mention is due to two volunteers who have done an immense amount of work on the Hall Improvement Team (HIT). These are Keith Moore and Romy Smallwood. Keith volunteered to write funding bids and has done a great job. Romy has done all the liaison and detailed work, coordinating the building plans.
There will be opportunities to discuss all aspects of the project and other ways of helping over the next few months. The village hall committee will give notice of when the hall is closed.
VE Day celebrations: a reminder -8th May VE Day 70th year celebration.
5pm – 5.30pm A short service of commemoration in Lamyatt Church
6pm – 8pm Celebration Party in the village hall. Bring a dish to share, if you like. Cider cup, beer and soft drinks are provided, but if you prefer wine, bring a bottle. There will also be skittles and live music.
9.30pm The Beacon will be lit on Creech Hill.
Reluctantly we had to accept Nick’s resignation from the PCC at the last AGM, he will be sorely missed. We are now a PCC of only four, and Freda has said that after more than 50 years, this is her last year too. We really wonder what the future holds for the church in Lamyatt. While we are very grateful for all those who regularly clean the church and arrange flowers, and indeed for all those who come to celebrate Christmas, Easter and Harvest Festival with us, without more support, the church could well close entirely. Of course this won’t happen for a couple of years, and there are lengthy consultation processes to go through first. EVERYONE in the village would be consulted, but it is a distinct possibility. It would be sad to see a building that has served the community of Lamyatt for hundreds of years, closed forever, but the building does not look after itself. If you could help at all, being on the PCC isn’t too onerous, four meetings a year by law, but many hands make light work. It really would be good to keep the church open for future generations to come.
On a happier note, we are having a churchyard clear up on the afternoon of 26th July. Many of you have family graves, and tend those regularly, but there are many much older graves, with nobody left to care for them, and that require weeding from time to time. There will be a Songs of Praise service in the evening, with a picnic supper to follow – hopefully in the beautifully tidy churchyard! See you all there!
With luck, and good weather, all will be immaculate for the Piers Mantell wedding in August.
Dates for your diary
Shakespeare comes to Lamyatt 5.45pm Saturday 4th July ‘As you like it.’
Tickets on sale from 18th May
Churchyard clear up Time to be confirmed: Sunday 26th July
Packhorse fair Monday 25th May, BrutonEaster 2014