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NEWS FROM LEA CHURCH Sub-Editor: Angela Kirton Detail on PDF copy on home page Hello everyone and hope this finds you all looking forward (hopefully) to a good summer. We at Lea Church take our summer break too, from fundraising events, until our Quiz Night and Steam-Up in September. Watch for more details on the noticeboards. We had a churchyard clear up in May, with help from the Geocaching group. Thank you all who helped out. Thank you too to everyone who has complied with the church regulations on artificial flowers and plants. It makes such a difference. Open the Book, which goes into Lea School, also takes a break until September, when school resumes. If you would like to join the Open the Book team - we go into the school on a fortnightly basis throughout the terms on a Thursday morning at 10am - please ring me, Marion, Detail on PDF copy on home page. We act out short stories from the bible to the school children. All of us at Lea Church would like to send our best wishes to all the school leavers from Lea School as they continue their educational journey in their senior schools. Well, all that remains for me to do is wish you all a very happy summer break and fingers crossed for good weather! God Bless all, Marion Martin, Church warden


NEWS FROM LEA PRIMARY SCHOOL The Year 6s at Lea Primary School have recently returned from an exciting trip to London! They visited some of London's biggest attractions, including the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. They also enjoyed watching Mrs Doubtfire on stage and were even lucky enough to see King Charles himself, who waved to them as he drove past! We are now looking forward to a super busy, fun-filled half term filled with sports days, a beach trip and a whole school planetarium visit! If you are interested in finding out about what Lea Primary School is like, or indeed our onsite Nursery in a dedicated Log cabin, please do not hesitate to contact the school office on Detail on PDF copy on home page 


SUMMER PLAY DATES at RUDHALL VIEW PARK Save the dates! We have two play dates in the summer holidays! Everyday Play will be providing fun sessions for children. They are both on Fridays at 1pm to 3pm and are on 9th and 23rd August. These sessions are FREE to residents and have been paid for by the Nourse Charity and Lea Parish Council. So come to Rudhall View Park and be prepared for fun and messy outdoor play! For any queries contact: Sylvia Nicholls Detail on PDF copy on home page


LEA VILLAGE HALL We are happy to welcome back to the village hall our old friends The Rain or Shine Theatre Company. It is an outdoor performance, on the hall field, of The Importance of Being Earnest on Sunday July 14th. The field opens at 3.00pm and the show starts at 4.00pm. You are welcome to bring your own picnic. The proceeds will go towards the hall funds, so please come along to support us and enjoy what always proves to be a great performance and get together. Please call me on Detail on PDF copy on home page to reserve your tickets. See the poster for more details. Jacky Hopkins


LEA VILLAGE HALL 100 CLUB Draw for May: 1st - Maria Coleman 2nd - Linda Neilens 3rd - R Fowler


LEA LUNCH CLUB The lunch club is having a summer break during July and August but will reconvene in September. They look forward to seeing everyone again on the last Wednesday of that month. It is worth booking your place for this very popular event. Contact Nicky Keef  Detail on PDF copy on home page


LEA CAFE ANNUAL COACH TRIP - 5TH JUNE The Lea Café crowd and friends took to the road on a cool but thankfully dry and sunny morning, heading for The Royal Mint in Llantrisant. Gill stimulated our enthusiasm for the coming day with a quiz about the Mint and Cardiff, which I for one found tricky but informative! On our guided tour of The Royal Mint we saw coins being struck on the factory floor and learned lots of interesting facts, including how The Mint is adapting its business model to the pandemic accelerated fall in the use of cash in this digital age. Will coins eventually become obsolete in the UK? After viewing the many interesting artefacts on display, and checking out the shop and café, we rejoined our coach for the short journey to Cardiff city centre, where we scattered into the shops, restaurants and other delights of the capital city. A slightly weary crowd was relieved to sit back and enjoy the journey home, being kept alert by Gill’s Bingo calling and the singing of ‘He’s a jolly good fellow’ for Andy our coach driver. Both Gill and Nigel did an excellent job of organising this most enjoyable day out and I will certainly be signing up for next year’s trip! The next Lea café will be on Wednesday 3rd July 10 – 11.30am in the village hall. Any queries contact Gill Davis Detail on PDF copy on home page


LEA GARDEN ALLOTMENT ASSOCIATION Would you like to grow some of your own produce? At the Allotment site in Lea we have a part plot available, empty and ready to use, come and join our small group of local gardeners and be eating your own produce by later in the year. Please contact Dawn or Graham Detail on PDF copy on home page


LEA PLAY AND CHAT Play and Chat have been exploring fruit this half term using our senses, along with all the other activities, even managing to use the outdoor space a few times for water and sand play. We had a very musical session with Katherine from Tots in Tune, with instruments and parachute songs. We will hopefully (weather permitting) hold our Picnic in the Park again this year at Weston under Penyard playing field on Thursday 25th July 11.00am - 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome come along and meet Ross community police, Rob and his Tractor and Rachel, a face painting artist (very small charge). Also do come along to Picnic and Walk the Gruffalo Trail at Beechenhurst park in the Forest of Dean, meeting at 11.00am (Pay and Display) on Thursday 29th August. Both activities are FREE

.Saturday 28th September 11.00am – 2.00pm at Lea Village Hall we are holding a Table Sale of pre-loved children's clothes, toys and equipment. we need your support. donations of items are welcome - book your table £10.00 - Contact Carolyn Detail on PDF copy on home page


LEA FRIDAY PAINTERS Meet each Friday, 9.00am– 12.00pm in the village hall. All abilities welcome. Contact Di Brice Detail on PDF copy on home page


Up to date information is normally available on our website at www. but, until a new Clerk is brought on board and settled into the task, the information will not be all that it should be, unfortunately. You can continue to make contact with the ccouncil via Now that it has been decided to hold parish council meetings every other month there will not be a regular meeting until the end of June, but regardless there is good news to be passed over to you: The Lea Parish Council is actively supporting Herefordshire Council to use funds that have been made available to provide ‘traffic calming’ in the village. A full package of ‘soft’ village traffic calming measures including village gateways and planters at 3 locations, buff carriageway patches with limit roundels, removal of the centreline and cats’ eyes, and the introduction of 150mm edge lining are all under consideration. The Lea Parish Council looks forward to working with Herefordshire Council to deliver these improvements for Lea within the coming months. The Lea Parish Council asked Herefordshire Council to consider introducing 30mph speed restriction along all roads within the village not already subject to this limit, and below is an extract from the reply which indicates that, at least in most cases, no action will be taken. “While we understand the perceived risk to vulnerable road users (i.e. pedestrians) on these roads due to the lack of footways or verges, this is only one element when considering a reduction to a 30mph speed limit. Given the lack of roadside development, the history of collisions, and a road geometry that naturally discourages motorists from driving at the designated speed limit (similar to many country lanes in Herefordshire), it would not be appropriate to progress this request further. As we currently don’t have access to any existing speed data on these roads, once our in-house survey equipment is operational, we can deploy this equipment on these various roads to determine the mean traffic speeds.” Lea Parish Council will continue to urge action towards provision of speed control along Mill Lane at least. Finally, please note that whilst Lea Parish Council supports The Chimes it does not respond to posts that appear on Facebook and other social media from time to time

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