GORSLEY NEWS 

AUTUMN FESTIVAL
The village did a brilliant job of taking part in a "walk and drive by" Autumn festival of colour over the half term week. The idea was to flood our village with colour in one way or another - flowers, fruits, veg, leaves, pumpkins, lights and anything else Autumnal! Children and families were then invited to walk around the village and see what they could discover, join in the activities that were displayed for them on pathways, driveways and in windows as they walked by. The village was a hive of activities all week and helped to make the half term break an enjoyable one. Thank you to everyone that took part. Check out our FB page to see all the entries and join our support group. FB page Gorsley COVID Community Support Group.


VILLAGE SUPPORT
If you are in need of support, help and guidance over the coming weeks of Winter during this difficult time, then there are lots of us in the village willing and able to do our bit to help you. We have a FB page and a lively Whatsapp group you can be a part of. If you need help but do not use social media, then contact the local community shop and leave a letter or note for the attention of Sarah O'Neill or deliver to Windy Bottom, Gorsley, and we will do our best to help you or contact 07814 624417. FB page Gorsley Community Group.
Hamper Parcels for the half term holiday - support for families
This half term holiday saw the launch of a new project taking place that has been set up to support local families over the coming weeks and months to help provide essential food hampers for families in need. The Fairies and Elves of Gorsley is a new group of volunteers that have come forward to help local families that might need an extra helping hand to feed their families over the coming months during the period that Covid is most hard hitting. This half term, the project distributed 15 hampers locally and they anticipate the need will grow over the coming weeks. The group will be running this service again during the two-week Christmas holiday - here is how you can get involved.
Gorsley School Families Christmas Hampers – FREE!


The Elves and Fairies of Gorsley are busy getting ready for the Christmas rush and are filling hampers with goodies as we speak! Are you a family in need of some extra help this Christmas? It has been a hard year for many of us and the residents of Gorsley village would like to help where we can once again if you are in need, by offering families FREE FOOD Hampers.

We have 20 family hampers to give away to families who need it – all for FREE. If you know you are going to struggle during the holiday time keeping those tummies full then help is at hand – just let us know and we will discreetly, and confidentially make sure you get a hamper to help you and your family.There are two types of hampers available:
Food Hamper - This hamper will contain essential food items to cover the two-week holiday period with meal items and things a family needs. Fruit, veg, pasta, etc
Treats Hamper - This is a smaller hamper of treats and goodies (mince pies, Christmas pud, choccy treats for the kids, crackers etc) to help your Christmas feel a little bit more special. If you need help with these extra Christmas bits to make your day more festive then we can help if you really need it.


PLEASE FEEL THAT YOU CAN ASK FOR HELP - Christmas should be fun and enjoyable for everyone with as few worries as possible. The only criterion is that you must have a child at GGS, one hamper per family and that hampers go to those that need the help. Please say your preferred option of hamper when booking. Please private message Sarah O’Neill click here to contact and she will let the Christmas team of Fairies and Elves know! Confidential, without judgement and discreet.Pre-order your hamper by Friday 11th December at the latest – the earlier you order the better! Your hamper will be ready for collection at a time and day agreed privately with Sarah from the weekend commencing Friday 18h December onwards until 23rd December.


NOMINATE a fellow Community member for a special TREAT HAMPER!
Would you like someone you know in our village of Gorsley to receive a special TLC hamper this Christmas? Maybe you know someone who is alone, shielding, or currently in isolation? Maybe you know someone who has lost someone this year or needs some Christmas sparkle? Maybe we need to thank someone special in our community for all the things they do for us and let them know we care... then let the Fairies and Elves know! Please nominate your chosen person and complete the details below. Post in the box in the community shop OR post to Sarah O'Neill, Windy Bottom, Gorsley HR97SF and your wish will be granted (entries by 11th December please!) These hampers will be delivered by our team of Elf and Fairy helpers as a surprise on the week beginning Dec 21st. You can message Sarah click here to contact


GORSLEY VILLAGE FOOTBALL CLUB
New season, New Pitch, New Normal
Football is back for Gorsley Village FC, with new Covid guidelines we are able to provide fun and safe football outdoors. We have started the season with four teams running (first time in club history!). We have a new u7s team thanks to Adam Davis coming on board to coach the team. Fantastic enthusiasm by the players and coaches making for an exciting future! Our under 8s got their 2nd season off to an entertaining, high-scoring start following 6-5 and 9-8 wins. Our under 9s started their 1st 7-a-side season in style winning three matches in a row, including a brilliant 6-2 win. Our under 12s started their 9-a-side season with a 3-1 win and 0-0 draw. With the big pitch and offside rule, it is sure to make it an interesting season. They also have also reached the club first cup final that is to be rescheduled against Ashleworth later in the season. Exciting news! Thanks to Gorsley Baptist Chapel, we have managed to secure a new pitch for our under-9s and under-8s teams. Lots of hard work from club chairman Ashley Gooch and club groundman Dave Bickers has left us with a fantastic pitch for the season. The ground has been rolled and reseeded, digging up the previous bonfire patch to create a safe playing surface. The club is looking forward to a fantastic "new normal" 2020/2021 season.

For more information please contact:

Callam Marshall click here to contact

Ashley Gooch click here to contact

Follow us on Facebook for Updates! @GorsleyvillageFC


Gorsley Community Shop - Online Community Meeting, Thurs 28th Jan, 7.30pm

We are conscious that the shop has not been able to update the community on how the shop is doing during the Covid pandemic.  With being unable to meet in person, the shop is planning to hold an online meeting on Thursday 28th January, 7.30pm.  The meeting will include a financial update and also the election of new community directors for the shop.  We appreciate an online meeting is not ideal for everyone but hope you understand this is the best option at this time. Those wishing to attend, please send an email to info@gorsleycommunityshop.co.uk and we will send you a separate invitation to the meeting.
 

Copy deadline for December edition - Saturday 7th November