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Celebrating 100yrs of our Village Hall.

This year of 2013 we are celebrating the Centenary of The Village Hall.

 Saturday, June 22nd ….

While the weather looked threatening with showers and blustery wind…we had to ditch our attempts to put up the marquees as they were literally blown away! Nevertheless we crowded into our wonderful Village Hall and enjoyed the brass band and refreshments…and thankfully the rain stopped and the sun came out! 

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During the morning, we tried to put up tents in the field behind the Village Hall, but the wind was so fierce that we had to admit defeat and move the activities we had planned for them into the Village Hall. A big “Thank You” to Jeremy Spurr, Debbie Fenlon, Jess and Diana McNally for their valiant efforts, both in loaning the tents and trying to put them up and to the others who tried as well.

There was also a lovely Flower Festival in the Church which was very much admired and enjoyed and which made the Church look so beautiful for the Service of Thanksgiving the following day.

What a fantastic weekend of celebration for this special occasion and one we will all remember.

 DSC03850 Barry Pritchard was our Master of Ceremonies at the party on Saturday 22 June,which began with a wonderful performance by the Salisbury Concert B Band under their conductor, Chris Holmes.

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May we say a big Thank You to Barbara Lowe, a member of the band, who organised it for us and to Chris and the band for coming to play for us!

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This was followed by an entertaining demonstration on a summer theme by Jeff the Chef.

His masterly skills produced some wonderful dishes using salmon, lamb and a selection of vegetables whilst amusing us with humorous comments and jokes which had us all laughing. A big Thank You to Jeff for taking part in our celebrations and preparing such delicious food.

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Classic cars and vehicles gave the men an added interest…!

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Suzuki Bike.

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 Classic…Talbot.

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John Truman and his Classic Bentley.

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Classic Volvo.

 

 

 

 

 

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Terry Shrapnell’s classic Electician’s Van.

 

 

 

 

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“Bungee Bears” proved popular…

(it was to have been a coconut shy,

but as they were out of season,

we used soft toys instead)

 

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Children enjoying the “Skittles… competing for the the Junior prize!

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“Guess the weight of the Lamb”….

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The afternoon saw various activities in full swing including a Bar, Refreshments, Tombola, Cream teas, various Competitions such as “How many Sweets in the Jar”, “Reverse Code Guide”, “Testing Tourist Guide, “Shopping List Code”, “Guess the Name of the Doll”, “Treasure Island” and “Bobbing Ducks!”.

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The human fruit machine – the ringing of this game’s bell proved more popular than the game itself ….!!

 

 

 

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As you can see from this photo ….. we had wind and stomy skies, but everyone enjoyed the popular “Tug of War”…!

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Tug of War.

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 Juliet Jervis had made a beautiful and delicious Centenary Celebration Cake which was cut by Janice Ford and distributed to all.

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100yrs – Celebration Cake.

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The competition winners were:

How many sweets in the jar – Don Holyoakes; testing tourist guide – Robert Pennington; reverse code guide – Geoff Page; shopping list code – Malik Dem; name the doll – Amy Lawson; treasure island – Gill Edwards; weight of the lamb –Ann Davis; skittles:- adult ladies – Anna Pritchard, adult men – Alan Impey, under 14 (boys) – Joe Essigman, under 14 (girls) – Imogen.

The Prizes were awarded by Janice Ford .

May we say a big Thank You to the following:

Allan and Prue Castle for loan of the lamb; Lin and Terry Shrapnell – classic cars and vehicles; David Lowe and David Anderson – skittles; Graham Paramor – soft toy shy; Peter Green and Nigel Parry – tug of war; Juliet Jervis – celebration cake; Liz Bayford and her flower arrangers – flower festival in the Church; Lorna Kingdon and Carol Hastings – tombola; Treena Gillo and Gina Brewster – bar; Barry Pritchard – Master of Ceremonies; Ivy Spicer and Pompi Parry – refreshments; all the ladies who made scones for the cream teas; Amy and Georgia Lawson and friends – competitions; Marissa Wingfield, Stella Weir and Katie Weir – human fruit machine; Ruth Black and Sarah Anderson – bobbing ducks; Alderbury and West Grimstead School – loan of the bell, bunting, bobbing ducks and pennants; Graham Read – use of the field behind the Village Hall; Mark and Barbs Atwill – PA system and arrangement of the field; Peter Ford – photographs; Malcolm Read – loan of hay bales for the skittles and hurdles for the lamb; Gwynneth Doran – organising the competitions, and the Trustees and Committee of Alderbury Village Hall who sent us a lovely congratulatory card.

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 Flower Festival in St John’s Church.

 

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Sunday 23rd June.

 

Sunday 23rd June …… saw the Service of Thanksgiving at St John’s Church for 100 Years of our Village Hall organised by the Parochial Church Council.

Rev Jane Dunlop officiated and Philip Lawson played the organ. During the Service we said prayers, including the Opening Prayer for the Village Hall and those involved with it, we sang the hymns Lord for the years, How great Thou art, All people that on earth do dwell, Onward Christian soldiers, and Thy hand O God has guided.

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Janice Ford read from 2 Chronicles, chapter 2, verses 1-10 about the preparations for the building of the Temple. Barry Pritchard read a history of the Village Hall written by Sharon Finmore-Wooldridge, followed by Graham Paramor who read an account from the PCC Minute Book for 1913 about the building of the Village Hall.

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Malcolm Read spoke about the Village Hall’s use from wartime to 1955 which included many of his own recollections. After the Lord’s Prayer, we shared The Peace and the Service ended with the Blessing and Dismissal. A big Thank you to the PCC for organising the Service, to Rev Jane for officiating, to Philip for playing the organ for us, to Janice, Barry, Graham and Malcolm for their readings and to everyone who attended.

It was a wonderful Service which everyone enjoyed.

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It was an amazing weekend when our village came together to celebrate this remarkable achievement. Like many rural communities, over the years we have lost most of our amenities, but we still have our Village Hall and it is still used it as it was intended to be when it was built in 1913. Long may it continue to do so.

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A huge thank you to Liz Bayford and her valued Flower Arrangers for the Flower Festival

in the Church.

 Sunday 23rd June …… saw the Service of Thanksgiving at St John’s Church for 100 Years of our Village Hall organised by the Parochial Church Council.

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ory of the Village Hall written by Sharon Finmore-Wooldridge followed by Graham Paramor who read an account from the PCC Minute Book for 1913 about the building of the Village Hall. ……………………..