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AI has reached Stinchcombe eNews!

Imagine my surprise

When adding todays content onto the website, imagine my surprise to be offered a new button on my program called AI assistant. OOoo err! I thought. what happens if I press it!

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The Village Hall Committee will shortly have a vacancy for a Treasurer, following many years of loyal service by Sarah Tweed. Sarah is sadly stepping down due to other commitments and the desire to spend more time travelling. The vacancy will start at the AGM in November; however, we hope to get someone sooner to ‘learn the ropes’ before Sarah departs. Without belittling Sarah or understating the responsibility, the position is mainly keeping management accounts, online Banking and paying suppliers. Working alongside the Bookings officer and producing a summarised Cash flow report monthly. Qualifications are less important but an active role in account management is essential.

AI told to Summarise

The Village Hall Committee is in need of a new Treasurer as Sarah Tweed, who has been serving the position for many years, will be stepping down. Sarah’s decision to resign is due to her other commitments and her desire to spend more time traveling. The vacancy will officially begin at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. However, it is preferable to find a replacement as soon as possible to allow for a smooth transition. The primary responsibilities of the Treasurer include managing the organization’s accounts, online banking, and paying suppliers. The Treasurer will also work closely with the Bookings Officer and produce a monthly cash flow report. While qualifications are not the main focus, having experience in account management is essential for this role.

AI told to sound Optimistic!

The Village Hall Committee will soon have an exciting opportunity for a Treasurer! After many years of dedicated service from Sarah Tweed, who is sadly stepping down due to other commitments and a desire to explore new adventures, we are looking for someone to fill her shoes. Although the official vacancy will start at the AGM in November, we are eager to find someone sooner to provide a smooth transition. While we fully acknowledge Sarah’s invaluable contributions and the weight of responsibility, the primary duties of the position involve managing accounts, online banking, and ensuring timely payments to suppliers. The Treasurer will work closely with the Bookings Officer and be responsible for generating monthly and concise cash flow reports. While formal qualifications are not our primary focus, active involvement in account management is a must. This is a wonderful opportunity to join our team and contribute to the community’s success!

AI told to sound Humorous

The Village Hall Committee is about to have a fabulous opportunity for a Treasurer, courtesy of Sarah Tweed’s retirement after years of dedicated service. Sarah, with a heavy heart, has decided to step down to pursue her dreams of globe-trotting and explore the world. The vacancy will officially open its doors at the AGM in November, but we’re hoping to find someone beforehand to learn the ropes from Sarah. Now, let’s not undermine the tremendous work Sarah has done or downplay the responsibility, but the role primarily involves managing accounts, handling online banking, and keeping those sneaky suppliers paid. You’ll be working closely with the Bookings officer and preparing a monthly Cash flow report that’s concise and to the point. While qualifications matter less, having an affinity for account management is an absolute must. Get ready to embrace this exciting position!

And finally my favourite…Sceptical

The Village Hall Committee surprisingly has a vacancy for a Treasurer, following Sarah Tweed’s alleged years of loyal service. Sarah is apparently stepping down due to “other commitments” and a sudden urge to travel. The vacancy will supposedly start at the AGM in November, but they seem strangely eager to find someone before Sarah leaves to “learn the ropes.” Apparently, the position primarily involves managing accounts, online banking, and making payments to suppliers, but let’s not downplay Sarah’s role or the responsibility involved. The Treasurer will conveniently work alongside the Bookings officer and conveniently produce a summarised cash flow report on a monthly basis. They claim that qualifications are less important, but they insist on an “active role” in account management.

I predict that by the end of this year I will be digitalized completely!

The Lump

The Lump

From the Stinchcombe WhatsApp group, an innocuous post:

Whilst digging the small trench for the new planter at the beginning of the Avenue, I struck this lump of metal. It is very heavy metal (not radioactive – at least I hope not…). Trudy is trying to discover what it is, or was. Any guesses? It measures 110 x 80 x 35mm.

So far…

  • Early lead weight hand food grinder
  • Medieval Shoe horn ?!
  • An Iron Man’s lost Tooth
  • The remnant of a former Stinchcombe sign? 🤔
  • A lump of iron that you heat and put in a smoothing iron…
  • Part of a Lorry coupling?

If you know what it is, or have one just like it, please put it in the comments below.

The Stinchcombe Wassail

The Stinchcombe Wassail 22

Village Wassail

Following on from our first apple day last autumn, and with high demand from several villagers (Jess, Jayne and Steve for a start) AND the kind offer of the use of the orchard at Eaves Barn by Lynn and John, there will be an informal village wassail THIS SATURDAY 15th Jan 3pm-6pm.

What is a wassail?

What’s a wassail?  Firstly it’s a chance to get together and toast one another’s good health (Waes Hael in the anglosaxon… to which the reply is Drinc Hael), secondly it is a chance to thank and bless our trees for their bounteous crops last year, and WAKE THEM UP so they give us a good crop this year! It’s noisy and it’s fun.  There will be mulled cider and apple juice to warm us up. And you may just get crowned Lord or Lady of Misrule!  Dress warmly and bring something noisy for the part in the ceremony when we wake up the trees and bring a mug to share the wassail bowl.

More information on wassailing can be found on the village website

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United Nations Climate Change Conference

It’s all about the title

This post started as a question. What does COP26 stand for? And why 26? Well, it started back in 1975 in Berlin with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the only thing I can find about that was, they agreed to meet up the following year in Switzerland. In Switzerland they rejected “harmonized policies” in favour of “flexibility”. This was the general pattern of what was to follow….

In 1997 it was off again, this time to Kyoto where the famous Kyoto Protocol was born and most countries agreed to legally binding reductions in greenhouse gasses to below 1990 levels by 2012. How did that go? Anyone?

Then it was off on the never-ending world tour, 98 Argentina, 99 Germany, 2000 Netherlands, 2001 back to Germany. These guys racked up the Air miles! To prove it they had a second meeting in 2001 in Morocco to get the winter sun. They did agree here on international emissions trading which goes something like, “to cut my emissions, I pay you to plant a tree. Whether you actually plant it or just cut it down later is not up to me…”

They it was back on the exhausting circuit, 2002 India, 2003 Italy in time for Christmas Shopping, 2004 back to Argentina and so forth, Kenya, Bali, Poland, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, Qatar, Poland, Peru, Paris, Morocco, Germany, Poland, Spain and now finally SCOTLAND!! And in NOVEMBER!!

So, WHAT is COP? COP stands for “Conference of Parties”! Yes, I would never have guessed that either. Apparently, the man who writes the nametags couldn’t be bothered with “The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” so he just called it C.O.P.1, C.O.P.2 etc. I think he meant that to this lot life is one long party.

The BBC reporter Richard Black once called the delegates “climate tourists” . The 25,000 delegates and hangers-on certainly have done a lot of travelling in 26 years!

Certain countries still do not attend and even the Queen does not know who is coming to this one!

COP has never travelled to the USA, Russia, or China. Researching for this article I find no real agreements reached, no real targets met, and nothing yet politically binding.

So don’t think for a moment that COP 26 will be any different. Just words. Or as someone said Blah, Blah, Blah

I would love to hear your comments below on this “tongue in cheek” post and your thoughts on COP26.

Why is it important? What will be decided? What is YOUR view?

This must be a subject we all have an opinion on.


Stinchcombe Christmas Party

Saturday 11th December – 6pm-9pm at the Village Hall

These last two years have been like no other. During this time Stinchcombe residents, both old and new, have shown great community spirit. Residents have shown concern for one another and involvement with neighbours.

So now, this Christmas, it’s time to CELEBRATE, to come together and enjoy ourselves as a United Village. – Stinchcombe.

It is proposed that we have a Community Christmas Party in the Village Hall to enable all people to come and mix, enjoy each other’s company, make merry and have a nibble and drink.


There is always a but! BUT, First I need you to answer some questions….

  1. Is this a good idea?
  2. Can you bring a plate of nibbles to share.?. (And maybe a drink)?
  3. Can you help?

To make this Community Christmas Party happen you need to answer with three Yes’s to the three questions above.


To make the Community Christmas Party work help will be needed. Not a great amount, but help will be needed on all sorts of things…it will be a case of more hands, less work.

To Obtain Your Replies

To obtain your answers a special form has been designed for you to fill in. So PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER by clicking on the button below or the link above.

P.S. The form will require to capture your email so that we know who is answering…so the last bit is a bit fiddly, especially on a phone…but I did it… so I’m sure you can too.


Comedy Wildlife

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards published on 1st September the images shortlisted for its 2021 competition and opens voting for the People’s Choice Award – offering the public the chance to vote for their favourite funny photo.

This year’s final shortlist of photographs showcases the biggest mix of animals seen in the competition to date. The final 42 images, plus the Portfolio and Video category entries from around the world include a laughing vine snake from India, a trio of strutting Gentoo penguins on the beaches of the Falkland Islands and a Kangaroo performing a picture-perfect Pavarotti impersonation in Australia.

Wildlife Conservation

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards was co-founded in 2015 by professional photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam who wanted to create a competition that focused on the lighter side of wildlife photography and help promote wildlife conservation through humour. This year, the competition is supporting Save Wild Orangutans by donating 10% of its total net revenue to the charity. The initiative safeguards wild orangutans in and around Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo.

You can vote as well

Voting is also open for members of the public to choose the animal snap that made them laugh the loudest in the Affinity Photo People’s Choice Award. Sponsored by Affinity Photo, the People Choice Award’s previous winners include a singing ground squirrel and a bemused Alaskan otter. The public can cast their vote at until 10 October 2021 and be in with the chance of winning a brand-new iPad.

Note we only had a few photos here, many more are on the WildlifePhoto website.

Just Checking
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 / Larry Petterborg
Monday Morning Mood
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 / Andrew Mayes
Laughing Snake
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 / Aditya Kshirsagar
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 / Aditya Kshirsagar
Quarantine Life
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 / Kevin Biskaborn
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