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Our church conservation architect, George Chedburn RIBA  provided a masterly illustrated talk on his work restoring and conserving ancient buildings. Around 250 churches in Somerset alone have gained new life and increased purpose through his expertise. His talk gave an overview of some of these and centred on the history of St Mary Magdalene Church and its potential for thriving through the provision of new facilities and an expansion of its important role as a community resource.

Ros and Lynn in particular, thank George for freely devoting his time, Anand for baking fresh rolls, Judy and Jim for facilitating, and the sixty people who shared in the event.  Cash donations of over £319 were raised in support of the church.

Tim Cox
We were saddened by the sudden death Tim Cox. The funeral held at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday, 27th February was led by Fr Clive Fairclough, and the church was packed with nigh on 200 people. Moving tributes were read by Charlie and Vicky Cox. Following the service, a wake was held at Foxy’s Den, Hapford.  

The future of Great Elm church is at risk.
A summary of the meeting held 25th November  – Click here

For announcements of recent deaths in the village – please Click here

Warning! Someone thinks your household waste is interesting!
A warning to check  that you are vigilant over household waste items. Make sure that there is nothing you have put into a black plastic bin liner and into your waste bin, which someone else could find of interest.  Someone is visiting household waste bins, removing filled black plastic waste bags from inside them, and replacing them with someone else’s waste bag so you perhaps don’t notice the switch.  This has been found to be happening in Great Elm, involving a bin hidden from view in a garden shed – not even on the roadside where it might seem to be less secure from prying fingers. You will know the difference between sharing your bin with a neighbour  and  the oddly missing black bag which you know you have binned!  From a villager

Flower Festival; 21 -22 September
Folk really went to town decorating the church; themes were “Harvest based” inline with the festival involving all five parishes “Celebrating Harvest with flowers, music, crafts and more…”.
We shouldn’t mention names as bound to miss out someone, although exceptions are Ros Seegobin who masterminded the event and showed tremendous enthusiasm throughout; also for Liz Anderson “The Floral Cellist”, who gave two recitals of cello playing.
A special Sunday service started with the arrival and blessing of the Harvest Torch by Clive Fairclough (which went round all the 5 parishes) and continued with songs, poems and readings led by Anthea Kemp.
Also thanks to Annah McKinlay-Fox who held a taster workshop for future art courses in the village hall.

Here are a few images of exhibits etc (thanks to Lynn & Roger)

Of course, the “cow” was evident to all. Many folk and children had a hand in painting.

The proud cock wanted a good vantage point!
Willow balls
Trout sculpture
Bee stuff
Pulpit steps
Honey frames with flowers
A window of preserves
Wood display
Chard in a jar
The Harvest Torch
Birds of prey – all from papier-mache.
Altar with Allotment
The Bread
Mice hanging about all over the place.
Harvest film
Annah in her workshop
Results from the Workshop

Summer BBQ – Sunday, 30th June

A great event with 58 folk turning up and indulging in BBQ fare ably cooked by Anand and friends. Sitting around on the village green chatting with other villagers was a great way to spend a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. It was also an opportunity for newcomers to meet their neighbours. The village hall committee would like to thank all those who helped out, either bringing those marvellous salads and puddings or helping clear things away afterwards.

Photo thanks to Vera

Coffee, Cakes & Plants – Saturday 25th May

Judy’s Coffee, Cakes and Plants event at the Village Hall was a great success, helped by weather conducive for sitting outside and chatting. Many thanks for all those who contributed cakes and help; and all those who came to enjoy. We raised the grand sum of £250, which will go towards church maintenance.

Spoilt for choice!
That was a welcome break!

Village Green tidied up

Bryan Eley’s cleanup has now become an annual event. Armed with strimmers, mowers, rakes and forks he descends on the triangular green (near the road) and attacks daffodil debris and cow parsley and what’s more removes it all on his trailer.

Library in the Village Hall porch

New books added on the 4th May – library always open (useful for all insomniacs ).

Litter Pickers

An intrepid team of litter pickers spent an hour on Saturday (13th April) and collected a haul of rubbish from kerbsides through the village. Not many fag packets this year; mainly plastic bottles and metal cans.
Left to right – Jim, Judy, Sandie, Brian and Ricardo
(sorry Veronica for not being in photo; you set off picking down Elm Lane never to be seen again)

Church yard cleanup

A couple of hours on Sat, 6th April. That’s all it took for a gang of willing hands to give the church yard a spring clean. Many thanks to Sally, Ian, Judy, Ricardo, Roger and Christiane, and Jim (who took photo).

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