A very successful Snooker Competition took place during the first two weeks of December. Organised by Karen Gillingham, the event raised approximately £150 for the hall, and attracted new and experienced players for a series of entertaining play-offs. The overall winner was John Wyatt, who receives three months free use of the snooker room as well as a trophy. Please call Karen Gillingham on 01435 831563 to enquire about booking the snooker room.
It’s National Village Halls Week – described as “an annual celebration of rural community spaces and the people whose time and dedication keep them going” (https://acre.org.uk/our-work/village-halls-week.php). Across the country, village halls are putting on special events and publicising their work on local radio and social media.
To coincide with Village Halls Week, Dallington Old School has produced its second annual newsletter to let residents know what’s been happening and what we offer. You can download it from this link. Old School News January 2020. Print copies are also available in the hall, and we hope to distribute more around the village.
We would also like to encourage you to come along to our Annual General Meeting next Monday 27th January at 4-5pm (straight after the Library Cafe so the hall will still be nice and warm! ). This is a chance to hear reports and plans from the trustees, to share your ideas for using the hall and to elect next year’s committee.
REMINDER: the monthly Saturday Library Cafe takes place tomorrow 4th January 10-12, and the weekly library cafe restarts this Monday 6th January 2-4pm
We now have a printer and some laptops and can offer computer support whenever the library is open; you can also print or copy for 5p a page.
Church Services in January:
Sunday 5th 10.30am. Holy Communion with Reverend Stuart Baker
Sunday 12th 6.30pm. Evensong
Sunday 19th. 11am. Holy Communion
Sunday 26th. 9.30am. Holy Communion
Old School Village Hall. Forthcoming events:
Library Cafe – see above
The AGM is to be held on Monday January 27th at 4pm. Please do come along and hear the plans for the year ahead.
Quiz on February 21st. 7 for 7.30pm. There will be refreshments, please bring your own drinks and glasses.
On April 24th, in the evening, the film of the Dallington Millennium Pageant will be shown. More details later.
The newly-formed Dallington Village Group will take place every month on the 3rd Thursday 2-4 pm in the winter and evenings in summer months. The annual subscription will be £20.
The first meeting takes place on January 16th 2 – 4pm in the hall – you are asked to bring 6 quiz questions, on any subject. There will be refreshments.
Poetry and Prose group. This group is scheduled to take place in the village hall on the 3rd Monday of each month, from 4-5pm, (as the hall will still be warm after the library/cafe). The first meeting of 2020 will be on January 20th.
Sadly, the Christmas Party in December was the last meeting of the WI, and it has now been suspended. Perhaps in the future some energetic, younger women might decide to start it up again. We very much hope so.
Dallington Art Club members have produced a range of Christmas Cards for sale in aid of the Old School Village Hall (registered charity 289652).
On sale at the Old School Library Cafe every Monday from 2-4, the cards cost £2.50 per pack of 5 x A6 cards and envelopes, in single designs (see image) or as mixed packs. If we are low on stock, additional packs can be printed to order.
If you are unable to come in during the library cafe opening hours, please email p.ridley@brighton if you would like to order your choice of cards and support a vital village asset.
We are delighted to announce that Pam Fuller has agreed to run a Christmas Wreath Workshop in the Old School Village Hall on Tuesday 26th November from 10-12 for just £5 per head including refreshments .
Pam will provide some materials such as wreath wire and ribbon, but asks everyone to bring the following items:
3 x 14″ lengths of cupressus (cypress) or other evergreen
Ball of green string
Things to decorate your wreath with, eg holly, baubles etc
Quiz night. Friday 18th October 7 pm for 7.30 pm start at Dallington Old School Village Hall.
Do come along to this ever popular event – especially as we’ve been promised that this time there’ll be fewer fiendish questions than usual!
You can either make up your own team in advance (maximum 6 members) or just turn up and join with others to make up a team on the night. Finger buffet provided; please bring your own drinks. Entry £7.50 per person – all profits go to maintain the village hall for the benefit of the community
Our August meeting was in the form of a garden visit and cream tea. We chose Merriments because of its proximity and the number of flat paths on which less able members could walk easily. The weather was perfect, the garden looked beautiful and the tea was delicious.A very happy afternoon.
At our September meeting Brian Freeland will be talking about ‘Women of The Raj’. Visitors are always very welcome, Thursday September 19th, at 2pm in the Old School Village Hall.
Old School Village Hall.
The usual Saturday morning opening of the library/ cafe was somewhat interrupted by a power cut. The power had gone off in phases, starting with the first houses at 8pm on Friday, and everywhere was blacked out by 11pm. It was not restored until Saturday afternoon. Cakes which were in the oven in preparation for the cafe were ruined, so biscuits and cold drinks were on the menu. The Monday and Saturday sessions have been enhanced by the sale of produce and flowers from the school garden, so the lack of hot coffee was more than compensated for by the lovely bunches of sweet-peas.
Also in the village hall: Art Club – every Monday 10-12
The churchyard has been looking very beautiful. Whilst keeping the grass cut in the main areas Douglas and David have left the wildflowers to the left of the path and there has been a wonderful show of ox-eye daisies and other lovely flowers.We are very grateful to our two willing volunteers, it is a delight to walk through both of the resting places.
Charlotte and Nick have kindly offered to host an Opera and Supper Evening in aid of church funds. This will take place on Sunday, August 18th. More details from Charlotte.
In July the children will have had their Leavers’ Service in the church. We wish them all a happy holiday and send our good wishes to those who are going on to new schools. We hope they remember their times in St. Giles and the words they heard there.
The Old School Village Hall
The wine tasting evening was great fun and now the committee are taking a summer break from fundraising, the next event is planned for September. More about that when dates etc. have been confirmed.
The August meeting of Dallington W.I. will be a garden tea here at Staces. This will be to plan the year ahead. Visitors would be welcome. Thursday August 15th, 2pm at Staces , The Street.