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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] googlemail.com
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.