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Nor­man­ton on Soar Heather Her­ring­ton 01509 646240 heather.her­ring­[email protected]

CHRIST­MAS CON­CERT. The can­dlelit Christ­mas Con­cert will be held at St James Church on Satur­day 8 De­cem­ber at 7.30pm.

Artistes will in­clude The Bridge Singers, Vi­ola Calthrop- Owen [flute], Neil and Jane Mil­len­sted [pi­ano], Eric Brook [bari­tone], Anna Caves and Si­mon Bar­ring­ton [read­ings], Amelia Cal­la­dine [flute and Nom­r­na­ton on Soar Vil­lage Choir.

Tick­ets can be ob­tained from Nor­man­ton on Soar Com­mu­nity Shop and Sut­ton Bon­ing­ton Post Of­fice - £7 to in­clude com­pli­men­tary wine and minced pie served at 7pm. Ac­com­pa­nied school-age chil­dren are free. ST JAMES’ CHURCH There will be a ser­vice of Holy Com­mu­nion on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, start­ing at 9.30am. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to the ser­vice. HEAR­ING AID CLIN­ICS There will be a free drop-in hear­ing aid clinic on Tues­day 11 De­cem­ber be­tween 2-3pm at Nor­man­ton vil­lage hall. No ap­point­ment nec­es­sary.

MEN’S AS­SO­CI­A­TION On the evening of Wed­nes­day 12 Decm­ber we will be cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of Nor­man­ton on Soar Men’s As­so­ci­a­tion with a party at the vil­lage hall.

Mem­bers with their part­ners, past mem­bers, wid­ows of de­ceased mem­bers and res­i­dents of Nor­man­ton on Soar are cor­dially in­vited, at no charge, to join us.

The evening be­gins at 7pm for 7.30pm with a wel­come drink.

There will then be the op­por­tu­nity to join us in look­ing back at some of the things that have hap­pened in the vil­lage over the past half cen­tury.

At 8.30pm we ex­pect to be as­tounded by a ma­gi­cian, fol­lowed by cut­ting of the cel­e­bra­tion cake and a FREE raf­fle.

The evening will be rounded off with danc­ing and the op­por­tu­nity to join in a sing song.

The bar will be open all night.

There will be no charge for en­try thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port we have re­ceived from lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tion.

We shall be pro­vid­ing nib­bles, but guests are wel­come tto bring more sub­stan­tial food if they wish.


ST PETER’S PARISH CHURCH. All are warmly in­vited on the morn­ing of Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, ( The Sec­ond Sun­day in Ad­vent) to the Parish Church of St Peter (Mar­ket Place) Mountsor­rel (LE12 7BA) for a tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tion of Ad­vent Parish Com­mu­nion (with Hymns) at 9.30am.

The cel­e­brant will be the As­sis­tant-Cu­rate, Fr Dar­ren and re­fresh­ments will fol­low the Holy Eucharist in the An­till Vestry.

TREE FES­TI­VAL. Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val, Christ Church, Rothley Road (top of The Green), Mountsor­rel. Come and visit the Christ­mas Tree Fes­ti­val; the church will be packed with trees and open to view Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, from 10am to 5pm and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 from 1pm to 5pm. No charge for en­try but dona­tions are in­vited to sup­port Sor­rel Youth Cafe.

Ladies Carol Ser­vice at Christ Church Mountsor­rel on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 10, start­ing at 7pm. Come en­joy singing car­ols amongst the Christ­mas Trees.

Wil­loughby on the Wolds

CHRIST­MAS FAIR. It’s fes­tive time in Wil­loughby on the Wolds on Satur­day this week­end when the parish church hold their an­nual Christ­mas Fair in church.

There will be the usual stalls and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able.

WIL­LOUGHBY WOOD VOL­UN­TEERS. The friends group who look af­ter the well-be­ing of the vil­lage wood say it is be­gin­ning to re­cover from the warm­est and dri­est sum­mer since the trees were planted there in 2000.

Hon­orary War­den Mr Dick Mer­ri­man says gap­ing cracks in the soil are now clos­ing, although many of the paths are still hard and com­pacted un­der­foot.

“How­ever, the trees gen­er­ally show lit­tle signs of dis­tress, and the progress of ash die- back dis­ease seems to have slowed down.”

Mr Mer­ri­man, who can be con­tacted on 01509 889146, says the sum­mer warmth had pro­duced a bumper crop of sweet ap­ples on trees that have rarely pro­duced any fruit in the past years.

Af­ter the grass on the paths was cut in late Au­gust, main­te­nance work by Wil­loughby Wood Vol­un­teers was fo­cussed on cut­ting back the ram­pant growth of bram­bles along­side the paths.

The next work for the WWV, says the War­den, will be dig­ging out some drainage chan­nels for the paths, once the ground has soft­ened.

Mr Mer­ri­man says if any­one would like to join the WWV please con­tact him by phone or e-mail at r.j.mer­ri­[email protected] google­

West Leake

CON­CERT. Christ­mas comes to West Leake this week when at St He­lena’s Church on Fri­day night the pop­u­lar Hath­ern Brass Band presents a Fes­tive Con­cert

The evening will start at 8pm will of­fer car­ols. mulled wine and re­fresh­ments. Tick­ets will be £5 on the door, or by tele­phone on 01509 856025

AD­VENT SER­VICE. The East Leake churches Benefice Ad­vent ser­vice is tak­ing place at 6pm tonight, ( Wed­nes­day De­cem­ber 5) and this year will be at St. He­lena’s church at West Leake.

This spe­cial ser­vice, led by Rev­erend Mary, will be a dif­fer­ent for­mat to pre­vi­ous years and prom­ises to make a great start to the Ad­vent Sea­son.

All are wel­come and re­fresh­ments will fol­low the ser­vice.

Oaks in Charn­wood

CHRIST­MAS CON­CERT. The Charn­wood Sym­phonic Wind Or­ches­tra are pre­sent­ing a Christ­mas Con­cert in St.James the Greater Church, Oaks Road, LE12 9YD on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, at 7.30 pm.

Tick­ets are £10 which in­cludes tea, cof­fee and a mince pie, avail­able from San­dra 01530 837059 or 0787 1474792, or Jayne 0770 3203467. Pro­ceeds in aid of the Oaks PCC. CHRISTINGLE SER­VICE. A warm wel­come awaits all the fam­ily on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 at 4pm at St. James the Greater Church, Oaks Road, at our an­nual Christingle Ser­vice.

All chil­dren at­tend­ing, will re­ceive a Christingle orange. This is a mag­i­cal ser­vice not to be missed. CAR­OLS WITH COM­MU­NION. Come and join us on Christ­mas Eve Mon­day, De­cem­ber 24, at 8.30pm with Rev John Bird at St.James the Greater Church Oaks Road, LE12 9YD.


COF­FEE MORN­ING. A pre-Christ­mas Cof­fee Morn­ing was held in the vil­lage hall at Co­s­tock and was well sup­ported.

Dur­ing the morn­ing there was a raf­fle, as well as the usual va­ri­ety of stalls that were of­fer­ing goods and pro­duce in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties to come in the next few weeks. Home­made cakes and pas­tries were be on sale along with teas and cof­fee.

PLANS. Rush­cliffe Bor­ough Coun­cil have re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of sta­bles with as­so­ci­ated park­ing and ac­cess at The Elms Farm, on Leake Road at Co­s­tock.

They said the pro­posed sta­bles, by virtue of their lo­ca­tion, dis­tance from the ex­ist­ing equine fa­cil­i­ties and lack of pro­posed land­scap­ing would be detri­men­tal to the open char­ac­ter of the area.

Scene’s from this year’s Bar­row Christ­mas Lights switch-on. Pic­tures by Peter Fryer.

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