GORSLEY NEWS 

"BUNDLES OF LOVE!"

The Gorsley TLC fairies are on a mission for Christmas 2021 in our village and surrounding local area! We are creating "Bundles of Love" to give to local members of our community as Christmas gifts. The gift will be a beautiful home-made crocheted, knitted or quilted lap blanket and a small gift inside too, to be delivered to all the lucky recipients! We have the blankets and now we just need the volunteers and any donations you might like to give!
Bundle One - for the elderly members of our community! Will include blanket, hot chocolate sachet and a small chocolate gift. Bundle Two - for the younger members of our community! Baby, toddler, young child - pram or push chair blanket and a small chocolate gift inside! Bundle Three - for our fluffy pet members of our community! Furry friend cat/dog blanket with a mini pet treat inside too! Please let me know if you would like to request a delivery of a "bundle of love" for a neighbour, friend, relative, baby, young child or furry pet! Call, message or email me with your request. I need the name, address and which type of bundle you would like. Please leave your own contact details too in case of query.as well as those of the recipient. First come first served basis until we run out! I am also looking for anyone willing to donate items we need to go with the blankets I already have. The village is always so generous and willing to help and give - thank you and let's see those donations coming in! Please drop them to Windy Bottom, Gorsley Ross on Wye HR9 7SF. Leave under my wishing well on the driveway in a bag if I am not home!

 

  • chocolate treats for adults:10p - £1.00 treats, such as chocolate bars/box of chocs/multi pack £1 treat items I can split etc

  • cat and dog treats: 10p - £1.00 treats, such as - chew sticks, munchies, small pet food items, toys and packs that I can split 

  • baby/ child chocolate or savoury treats ( 6months - 4 years): chocolate, treats etc - packs I can split or individual

  • wrapping paper donation, ribbons, curling ribbon, labels, gift bags etc, Sellotape


I am also looking for willing volunteers to gift wrap the bundles (all supplied) and to deliver the bundles during December.
Please contact Sarah O'Neill click here to contact


VILLAGE HALL
Friday 3rd December:  Quiz - tables of up to five, ploughman’s supper included in ticket price of £5.00 per head, raffle, BYO drinks. Book with Margaret. Many of the regular activities are resuming at the Village Hall, and we are taking bookings for hiring it out for parties, business meetings etc etc.  Contact Margaret click here to contact for more details. Don’t forget the Salvation Army Clothes Bank container is there to take all those lockdown clothes you don’t want or can’t fit into anymore. We hope to be able to announce a new fast-food offering, probably on the first Thursday of the month, as well as the Fish and Chip van (Pinky) on the third Thursday – watch this space for more details!


GORSLEY GARDEN CLUB
Our next talk is on Monday 15th November, 7.30pm at Gorsley Village Hall. Marion Stainton will be joining us in the main hall to talk about the winter garden, landscapes, plants and tasks. Marion's talk is from 7.30-8.30 pm, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits. If you enjoy gardening and think you might be interested in finding out more about the group, please come along. Enquiries to Catherine click here to contact


PILATES

On Wednesdays, 5.45-6.45 and 7.00-8.00 pm. Contact Alex at click here to contact for more details.

YOGA
On Thursdays, mat yoga 9.30-10.30 and chair yoga 10.45-11.30 am. Contact Jeni at click here to contact for more details and to book a place.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS 
Thursday 11th (a week earlier than normal) ‘Summerland’.  Full details on Combined Villages page.


PROBUS

The men meet on the second and fourth Tuesday morning, 10.00 for coffee before starting the meeting at 10.30.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE

Kilcot & Gorsley WI meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the creche at Gorsley Baptist Church.  Our Annual Meeting for members is on 17th November. Visitors welcome.  For more details, please call Daphne Toner or Anne Course click here to contact

CHRIST CHURCH GORSLEY
Our services continue through into the autumn and, as always, we extend a very warm welcome to everyone. Services will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month at 4pm in a Covid secure environment. These services will usually be available via a Zoom link. Our church is also open for private prayer and reflection on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. (Except the day before a Sunday service).For more information please contact us on gorsleychurch@btinternet.com Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your families during this time of Covid and hopefully as we continue into autumn we will all be safely able to enjoy a little more freedom. 


GORSLEY BAPTIST CHURCH
Operation Christmas Child – the shoeboxes people – are running their scheme again this year, and the Post Office and the Coffee Shop are drop-off points for filled boxes. Leaflets are available in the shop and Coffee Shop that detail what and what not to put in shoeboxes – it seems to change every year!  There are also pre-printed shoeboxes available at a minimal cost if you don’t have any shoeboxes lying around. Drop off is during the week 15-22 November, so please don’t bring them in before that as we won’t have anywhere to put them. As we gradually get back to what might be the new ‘normal’, morning services without pre-booking have resumed, as have many of the other activities, but please be aware that some people might be uncomfortable if you are not wearing a face covering and practice social distancing where possible.

SHOP NATTERS

Look away now if information on Christmas is too early for you! The Post Office will have lovely Christmas stamps available to purchase from 2nd November. The last posting dates for the UK are - 18th December 2nd class, 21st December 1st Class and 23rd December special Delivery, we will of course remind you again of this next month.  Did you know that Germany sent more postcards than any other nation in 2021 they sent a massive 9,864,245, compared to the UK who send a mere 1,271,763 - who were they sending them to?!  We have a lot of new and exciting Christmas items due in during October, so you will be able to purchase. We will be offering hampers again this year, further info to follow or ask in shop. 
As Christmas stock has to be ordered months in advance, we won’t be able to get additional items. “When it’s gone it’s gone” but our cheery volunteers are full of great ideas and suggestions on alternatives.  Talking about Volunteers we have some old and new faces back in the shop but to keep things running smoothly we always need more help, if you think you could spare a few hours occasionally then please inquire at the shop for more info.
 

JO NEWTON’S LONDON MARATHON OPEN GARDENS AND VIRTUAL GRAND RAFFLE

Jo raised £2,289 for her charity Round Table Children’s Wishes (for children with life-limiting illnesses) and would like to thank her friends and family for their support and the many individuals and organisations from whom she received donations.

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ROSS COMMUNITY LARDER 
All are welcome to pop in for Tea and Toast in St Marys Church Hall, a free service provided by the committee to our clients and the wider community. We have reverted to pre-covid hours but with a slight time change: from November, the Larder will be open from 9am till 11am on a Tuesday morning. 
Many thanks to everyone for your ongoing support. 

COBALT UNIT APPEAL FUND
Once again I am hoping you will support the Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund by buying their Christmas Cards.  As usual Christmas cards and all Greetings cards are available from Aston Ingham and Upton
Bishop W.Is, in Linton church, as well as Burton Farm, Linton.
Jane Vines click here to contact

POST OFFICE OUTREACH VAN 

 We visit Lea on Wednesday 13.45-14.45 and Friday 14.00-15.15. The van parks at the rear of Lea Village Stores and can be accessed through the shop.
We visit Linton on Friday 12.30-13.30. The van parks outside St Mary’s church. 

SPEEDING- A HEARTFELT PLEA!

If you live in any of the villages in the Chimes area, then I am sure you will have noticed speeding traffic. For Aston Ingham where I live, we have statistics collected over several years now to show how bad the problem is, I won't bore you with numbers, but a high percentage of car drivers chose to ignore the limits. This is not a minor issue, it blights the lives of people who live along the road trying to get out from drives and side roads, it increases traffic noise, it is very dangerous for pedestrians walking in many cases without pavements, there are blind bends and narrowing of roads, all situations where drivers need to take extra care. Traffic calming initiatives may have been put in; SIDs and signs and white lines, but this all takes time, effort and money and even then, many drivers ignore these initiatives. The biggest change needed is in people's attitude when they are driving and as this magazine goes to everyone in our area, this is a heartfelt plea to all of you to check your speed as you enter villages and roads with speed limits, and even on those with the national limit, going faster than 30 or 40 may not be appropriate. It is so easy to forget to slow down at the change of speed limit. If we, the locals support each other and our communities and stick to the limits it would be a great move in the right direction, increase road safety for all users and have the added bonus of slowing down other traffic behind us. Travelling half a mile through a village at 30mph takes 1 minute and at 40mph it takes 45 seconds. Is it worth saving 15 seconds of time for all of the impacts mentioned? For all our sakes, let's please slow down and enjoy the views. And if you never speed, then a big Thank You! It is appreciated.  Julia Askew