As big plans are afoot across our parishes to celebrate our great nation over the Platinum Jubilee Weekend in June,  I am heartened to read about the ongoing activities taking place to show our support for another nation - Ukraine, whether it be knitting “Volodymyr” teddies or planning live music events to raise money for DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (p5).  
Another great charity event that will soon be upon us is the Linton Festival (see centre pages for further details).  Having postponed the event for two years, the festival is back to celebrate its 20 year anniversary with music from international artists! A 10% discount for local residents applies to tickets bought directly from The Alma Inn in Linton.  And as the festival is run on an entirely volunteer basis, if you would like to volunteer your time to help, you will receive a complementary ticket! 
There are several other opportunities to volunteer advertised in this May edition  Here at The Chimes, we are still looking for volunteers to help produce this magazine.  If you can help in any way, we would love to hear from you.  
This is the last edition I am editing myself: Steve David, who recently moved to Gorsley, will be taking over from me.  We welcome Steve to the team!  And we say a huge “Thank You” to Bob and Carole Smallwood for continuing to stay on and help with The Chimes, despite moving to Lancashire! We couldn’t do it without you!