LEA VILLAGE HALL 100 CLUB
The winners of the Village Hall’s first 100 Club draw of this year were £25 Nicola Yeomans, £10 - B Jones and £5 - C & R Rivers
There are still a few numbers available so please join us and support the village hall - simply contact Gill Walker – click here to contact.
It has been lovely to be back at the church for the services. The first back was the Children's Church and as it was good weather it was held outside, which meant hymns could be sung! Everyone joined in with gusto and had a great time whacking the piñatas' made by Alice Basey and hung from the trees!
Thanks go to the children and their parents who helped to create the lovely Easter Garden in the porch.
As Easter Sunday was kind weather-wise, again the service was held outside. We had a good congregation for this service, and it was lovely to see so many people there. An after-service Easter Egg hunt around the churchyard was enjoyed by all who took part - and not just the children! We have had a good clean-up in the church ready to welcome everyone back and hopefully it won't be too long before we can start singing again. Thanks to all who helped give the building a good wash and brush-up!
The APCM was also held in April with all current PCC members retaining their positions and continuing the hard work to keep our beautiful church open for everyone. Restrictions permitting we hope to start fund raising again soon, so do keep an eye out for future events and lend us your support. If you have any questions or queries regarding the services or the church, please contact me on click here to contact
God Bless everyone.
Marion Martin, Churchwarden
REWARD YOUR DOG AND THE CHURCH ALL IN ONE!
A reminder for all dog owners and especially those new to the village – thanks to a kind and hugely generous donation from their customer to Lea engineering company Alan Keef Ltd, the Church is able to offer a fantastic deal on dog chews! Widely stocked in pet stores, the chews are available in a range of sizes depending on your dog and a bag of chews is just £5.00 which is a fraction of the price you’d pay in shops and all proceeds go directly to our village Church. For those that remember the original promotion with the school, these are the same fantastic chews that reward your dog and help to keep its teeth clean at the same time. For more information and to order your chews please contact Alice via email at click here to contact
THERE’S BEEN A RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE AT LEA PRIMARY SCHOOL!
This term Willow Class (5-7 Year Olds) are learning about the rainforest. We had an exciting first day back after Easter really trying to immerse ourselves in all things linked to the rainforest. We have already learned about where we find them and about all the different layers. We have also been finding out all about the different animals and plants that live and grow there as well as what the weather is like. Did you know that it can take 10 seconds for a raindrop to fall from the canopy layer to the forest floor and that the Amazon rainforest has over 3 million different species of plants and animals in it?
Over the term we are also going to compose some music with rainforest sounds and paint rainforest pictures in the style of Henri Rousseau. We have lots of other activities to do too, so it’s going to be a very busy term for Willow Class.
KEEPING IN TOUCH IN LOCKDOWN
By the time you read this we will be able to meet up as families once again and will hopefully be just a few weeks away from further lifting of the restrictions that have shaped our lives for so long now. Throughout the lockdown, families have found their own, sometimes very imaginative, way to stay in touch with one another and the value of this cannot be underestimated in how it helped to maintain strong family bonds. John and Janet from The Brambles have a grandchild, Eloise, who took the time to draw and send pictures during this time and they kindly sent it on to us.
We hope lockdown restrictions will become no more than a bad memory, not to be repeated, but thank you to everyone that took the time to keep in touch with friends, family and neighbours – a kind word has often gone a long way to helping many through.
A RETURN TO MEETINGS FOR LEA FRIDAY PAINTERS
Hi just a short piece to remind readers that we are back! So by the time you read this, we will hopefully have had our first meeting since Covid on 21st May. It will be good to be back and to look forward to holding our Covid postponed Art Exhibition a little later in the year.
We welcome new members at any time, come and meet us any Friday morning at Lea Village Hall. Contact Di Brice on: click here to contact
NEWS FROM SUMMER PICNIC & THEATRE RETURNS TO THE VILLAGE HALL
Jacky Hopkins writes –
Hello everyone I hope you are all well and looking forward to our new found freedom. The hall is slowly beginning to re-open. The brownies started back after half term and by the time you read this edition the Art Group will have had several of their Friday morning meetings. The Lea Short Mat Indoor Bowlers have still to finalise their strategy for safe sessions but I hope that they will soon be able to join us again.
We have had several requests for outside bookings too which is very promising. Just to remind you of our new booking secretary, Martin Neicho click here to contact. He will be happy to take your enquiries.
Although we have had problems with dog fouling, I do hope that this will now improve and I must say that during the whole of lockdown it has been lovely to see so many of you enjoying the green space at the hall. It is a lovely area, and we are so lucky to have this great asset.
The big opening event we have planned is the visit of the Rain or Shine Theatre Company on Sunday July 18th for the outdoor production of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’. Tickets are available now if you would like to contact me on click here to contact
The Rain or Shine company have become friends of ours over the years and with the whole performing arts industry having had such a tough time during lockdown, I feel we should do our best to support them and welcome them back to Lea.
To quote them, “So pack your picnic, rugs and chairs and sit back in the summer sunshine, while we whisk you away to the time of the big wigs, and even bigger dresses, where fops and foolery abounds!“
I think that is all for now, but let’s just hope we can do this slowly and safely and see each other very soon.
LANDLADY OF THE CROWN INN RETIRES
After 40 years in the business and running 3 pubs in the area, Di Franklyn has retired due to ill health. The pub will be continuing in good hands with plans for the introduction of lots of new ideas, so watch out for details.
On behalf of local residents and Chimes readers we wish Di all the very best for a long and happy retirement.
LEA PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
AGENDA: Available on Parish Council Notice Board and the website.
The Parish Council would like to remind all dog walkers to be extra careful when walking their dogs in public area to ensure they are kept under proper control at all times and especially so if you come across other dog walkers. This is also important when walking your pet along public footpaths through fields containing livestock. Follow advice from Ramblers Association:
● Stop, look and listen on entering a field. Look out for any animals and watch how they are behaving, particularly bulls or cows with calves.
● Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves.
● Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you.
● Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd.
● Keep your dog close, on a short lead, and under effective control.
● Remember to close gates behind you when walking through fields containing livestock.
● Report any frightening incidents or attacks to the landowner, the highway authority, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and also the police if it's of a serious nature.
● Don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle - let it go as the cattle will chase the dog and not you.
● Don’t put yourself at risk by walking close to cattle.
● Don’t panic or run – most cattle will stop before they reach you; if they follow just walk on quietly.
Cattle on your path: So what do you do when cattle are obstructing the path? Find another way, by going around the cattle. If cattle are blocking a path through a field, you’re well within your rights to find a safe way, away from the path to avoid them. You should then re-join the footpath as soon as possible – and when you consider it safe to do so.
Thank you to Bell Homes who’ve kindly agreed to donate a gate to replace the old cast iron stile by the traffic lights.