Now that Spring has come and the flowers have started appear, our memories of the wettest and windiest winter ever, can fade. We shall not dwell on the past but look forward with anticipation to a sunny drier future.
Caryl Joyce’s organisation of Burns Night was a triumph. She would like to thank all those who helped make the evening such a success across so many age groups. In fact, someone commented what a wonderful sight it was to “see all those little field mice dancing with those handsome giants”. The admirable sum of £251 was raised towards the new hall.
Thank you to everyone who gave money towards the flooding relief at our first church service in March. We now have a cheque for £212.50 to send off.
There is a Quiet Morning for Lent to which everyone is welcome, at the Old School, Batcombe on Saturday, 22nd March from 10am-1pm (coffee at 9.45, optional lunch at 1pm). Entitled “Strike the Rock”, it is a time for quiet, prayer and exploration. To reserve a place, please add your name to the list in the church, phone Revd Rosey (830322) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Tuesday, 25th March at 6.30 pm in the village hall. Everyone is welcome so please come along and have your say about what you want for the future of your church here in Lamyatt. All ideas and opinions are vitally important.
Our Mothering Sunday service is at 11am on Sunday, 30th March. Please come along and help us celebrate. There will be posies for children to give their mothers. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Our Easter Communion will be at 9.30am on Sunday, 20th April. All welcome. There will be a spring clean in the church on Saturday, 5th April at 10am. Please come armed with dusters to clear the cobwebs!
Castle Cary Street Market
Castle Cary are proud to open their refurbished Market House last month. They will now hold a market in the Shambles and Undercroft of the Market House every week on a Tuesday from 18th March 2014. Stalls will include children’s clothes, plants, craft materials, meat, fish, greengrocery, cheese, pickles and bread and jams. Workshops and demonstrations are also planned. The space is also available for private hire, events etc., please see the Tourist Office in Castle Cary.
Lamyatt Village is also taking advantage of this splendid new venue and plan to hold a Coffee Morning there on Tuesday 15th July to take the place of the one we had to cancel in December. Please be thinking ahead as to what you can make, contribute or sell then.
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 20th March: Supper Club, ‘Enchanted April.’
Easter Sunday 20th April: Easter Service 9.30am
Easter Monday: Egg Rolling time to be confirmed
Saturday 12th April: Lamyatt coffee morning in Village Hall
Saturday 3rd May: Lamyatt coffee morning in Village Hall
Tuesday 27th May: Pack Horse Fair, Bruton
Sunday 15th June: Summer Fete
Saturday 5th July: Shakespeare in the Garden, ‘A Comedy of Errors.’
Tuesday 15th July: Lamyatt coffee morning in Castle Cary
A Curious Tale
Caryl and I were quietly walking up the village chatting (with our beautifully behaved dogs demurely on leads) when to our horror we saw my Highland pony ‘The Widget’ charging round the field, bucking and swinging a cock pheasant, held by its head in her mouth; Highlands have strong teeth! She was flinging it around as if maddened by it, Willow dancing round her in excitement, until the bird’s body went flying whereupon Widget calmed down and started to graze.
We went to see if she was alright. The two horses were contentedly licking bloody grass around the remains of a head, leaving the body for Jack. Poor Jack… I took it. Willie skinned it. And now it’s in the pot. Jack gets the heart & liver. Sylvia Anderson
!Caution! A white van with black and red markings has been coming through the village in the early morning at a breakneck speed. Last Monday a dog was hit and left in the road for dead. Luckily, the little fella has recovered. Please be careful and if you can get the registration, please let the Joyces know.
28th February 2014
Village Hall News
Hall improvements move a step closer – Planning Approval Secured
The fantastic news this week is that, at long last, Mendip District Council has approved our planning application to extend & improve the current hall. The Village Hall Trustees would like to thank everybody who wrote in support of the application and to Ern & Jen for generously granting to the Village Hall the use of some land to enable better access and additional parking.
We are grateful to so many of you who have already “purchased” funding apples for the Giving Tree. Together we have raised over £20,000 through local effort towards our fundraising target and more is pledged. If you have a good idea for fundraising, please alert Sylvia on 01749 813306, who has the paper version of the tree which shows the remaining available apples.
We plan to start renovations and improvements at the end of this year. In March Trustees will be contacting all households in the village to check what facilities and activities you want to see and would support at the improved hall. We have a list from the last survey, but that was 2 years ago. There are some new families in the village and your needs and wishes may have changed as well, so we want to bring this right up to date. Soon our architects will start to do the detailed plans so that we can get prices for the work.
You will see the statutory notices at the hall and in this Beacon about our premises licence. This is one of a number of licences that we have to hold and renew in order to cover the current range of events we hold in the village hall. It is routine and not about doing anything new.
Those who attended the Supper Club film, “The Story of the Weeping Camel”, will know how crowded the hall is with 32 people sitting down to supper. Our thanks to Victoria, Dana and friends for doing the organisation and cooking – a first for them – producing a memorable Mongolian supper to go with the film on Friday 21 February. The last film in the winter series is on Thursday 20th March – Enchanted April. This is being organised by Susan and Neil (01749 813971). Members should look out for tickets which will be on sale in the near future.
(An Easter edition of the Beacon will be out soon)