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 COMBINED VILLAGE NEWS 

FLICKS IN THE STICKS AT GORSLEY VILLAGE HALL

Thursday 16th April 7.30 p.m. – ‘Sorry We Missed You’ (cert. 15)
Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It's hard work, and his wife's job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point. From Ken Loach, the the director of 'I, Daniel Blake', comes another searingly excellent film, this time exposing the ultimate price of the gig economy. 
The running time of this film is 1 41 mins, so there will be no interval.  Admission (at the door): Adults £5.00, Children (under 18) £3.00.Discounted tickets (Adults £4.50, Children £2.50) can be purchased in advance from Gorsley Community Shop or from Tony Beckwith See online magazine for contact details
As usual, tea, coffee and biscuits will be available and you are welcome to bring your own drinks (glasses provided). Fish and chips will also be available from the van in the car park. The doors will be open from 7.00 for those that would like to meet up with friends for a drink and a chat before the film.Coronavirus: should it be deemed necessary to cancel the film I will attempt to notify as many people as possible via email, posters and the Community Shop. All tickets will be credited for any future film. 

THE LATE COLIN LEES
Lea Residents’ Association and local community were saddened to hear that Colin Lees died on Friday 28th February, after a short illness, at age 83. Colin will be remembered for his great contribution to the life of our villages including holding the post of Treasurer of Lea Residents’ Association which he took on in 1971 and resigned from at the AGM just 4 days before his death. It was fitting that Colin’s 49-year role as treasurer was acknowledged at the Lea Bingo Evening on Thursday 20th February, at which he was present, assisting with his wife Barbara, with the finances. He will be remembered by many, taking up position in his caravan at The Lea Show on August Bank Holiday Mondays for over 40 years, diligently counting the proceeds of the day.
Working for Rank Xerox at Mitcheldean brought Colin and his young family to Aston Crews in the 1960’s.  He became involved in a great deal of Aston Ingham Scouting activities and in the late 1970’s, along with the late John Leighton and the late Pete Watson, he took the Abbey de Cormeilles Venture Scouts from Aston Ingham on cycling trips to Europe.
Colin will also be remembered by young people in the locality as the producer of the Aston Crews District Gang Show; no mean feat to organise groups of  leaders and children from Scouting and Guiding packs in the area, culminating in a 3-night packed show at John Kyrle High School, during February half-terms.
The people of Lea and district are indebted to a hard-working and loyal man.  We send our condolences to Colin’s widow Barbara and the rest of his family at this sad time.

CHRISTIAN AID
At a recent meeting of the Ross and District Christian Aid Committee, the treasurer and secretary relinquished duties that they had held for ten years. Unfortunately no members came forward to takeover these duties hence collections will cease in Aston Ingham, Linton and Upton Bishop for the foreseeable future. Well done and thank you to all donors, collectors and treasurers who have supported Christian Aid and raised over thirty thousand pounds in twenty years. Sue Harding