Planning ahead for Stinchcombe Village Calendar 2022
There is little doubt that 2020 has been a year of unanticipated surprises for most of us which have not always been entirely welcome!
Probably best not to dwell on the negative elements, but better to remember the positive and look forward with optimism to 2021 and beyond, especially with the prospect of enjoying the benefits of having a vaccine for coronavirus and learning from experience. There is also something about a new year that encourages a new look at the familiar.
So here is your chance to join in and contribute to the 2022 Stinchcombe Village Calendar.
The PCC has proposed this initiative as a fundraiser for St Cyr’s Church. We hope it will give pleasure throughout the year, provide opportunities for your creative skills and raise some much needed funds to keep the church active in our community.
To be ready to sell our calendars for 2022 however, requires organisation a year in advance.
This article is to launch the Stinchcombe Village Calendar initiative 2022
To invite you to consider submitting a possible photograph, painting or drawing relating to Stinchcombe for a particular month, which could be selected for the 2022 calendar.
There is no age limit for entries. We encourage all age groups to join in. Entries do not have to come only from local residents, although local knowledge is important.
Entries should be submitted by the beginning of September 2021, ready for the panel of experts to make their selection. We will consider all pictures submitted but the judges’ decision will be final. The calendar will then be prepared for printing.
Guidelines for calendar submissions are as follows:
Anyone of any age with an interest and knowledge of Stinchcombe and its surroundings is encouraged to submit an entry.
There is no entrance charge, but if your work is selected we would expect to be able to print it in the calendar and sell the calendar on behalf of the PCC, royalty free.
There should be a title that identifies the aspect of Stinchcombe in the picture
Each entry should be clearly marked with the month to be represented
There would be some link between the month chosen and the subject of the picture
So help make 2022 a special year that captures some of the best memories of our lovely village during its different seasons, activities and events.
(Any questions should be directed to Pippa Leggate on behalf of the PCC)
This Christmas we want to make the Nativity Scene more of a focal point in the church as it is made up of beautiful hand-painted pottery figures. We are looking for someone with carpentry skills and creativity. The font is ideally placed as it is opposite the entrance. A circular wooden base about 71cm/28” would need to be fixed onto the top of the font and a stable to house the figures placed and secured on top. The tallest figure is about 38cm/15”.
If anybody is interested, please could they contact me on 01453 545355. We can discuss the project in more detail.
This year as 55 people of village gathered around the Stinchcombe war memorial to partake in an act of remembrance it was like no other before. Everyone was careful to maintain their “Social Distance” and most were also “Masked”. As requested by the vicar. As we all stood apart in the rain, it somehow added to the somber occasion. Even the Bugler blowing the “Last Post” for the two minutes silence from the graveyard somehow added to the mood.
Obviously November’s TGIF is cancelled and as things stand we think it is advisable to cancel December and wait to review the situation in the New Year.
The results of the questionnaire
Thank you to all those who completed the questionnaire for us- we had 35 replies which (with some sent as a couple) represented more than 40 people .
It is encouraging to know that practically all of you are strongly in favour of the concept of our get togethers and we received many appreciative comments.
About half, of you, quite understandably, do not wish to attend indoors under COVID restrictions.
22 people stated that they were likely to continue under the conditions which had prevailed until this week
Half would like food to be available.
However, we cannot assume that 22 would be present each week and a more realistic figure would probably be up to 16, possibly not enough to proceed. Therefore we will look at the situation in January and hope for better times ahead when we can all get together safely.
With best wishes to you all,stay safe and be thankful that we live in such a wonderful community in a truly beautiful setting.
Following the appeal in the e-news we have raised over £600. People’s generosity has touched me and it is greatly appreciated. If anyone would like to add to our total that would be fabulous. Because of the Pandemic, our usual community gatherings for fundraising and connection with the village has been very limited this year. This looks like continuing through to the end of 2020.
We are hoping to bring some Christmas Cheer with our Christmas flowers and hopefully a service of word and music in December.
In this next Lockdown the church will remain open for individuals to find solace in a beautiful sacred space but no physical services until Dec 6th. Do join us on Zoom or via Facebook or YouTube. Thank you once again. What a wonderful village to be a part of. If I can be there for you please do get in touch.
How to give
Read more about the funding of St Cyrs on the churches website
Donate a single one-off amount at Give a Little .(gift aid can be added during payment)
Set up a Standing order or making a BACS payment to
The Rugby Club kindly agreed to open their bar to the village on certain Fridays, as the village doesn’t have a pub where everyone can meet and socialise. There were only 10 of us at the recent TGIF. Whilst it was pleasant enough for us, it is now uneconomical for the staff.
We need to decide on the future and the format of the event. Therefore, we would appreciate if as many villagers as possible could kindly complete the questionnaire by the end of the month.