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Jayne Wassaling

Jayne has gone Global

From the Vigo Presses Facebook page

It looks like the video of Jayne wassailing her apple tree in Stinchcombe has gone global! Well, nearly..

Read more about The Stinchcombe Wassail and download the words that she uses.

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Posted by Vigo Presses on Friday, 15 January 2021

Vigo Presses

opens in a new windowVirgo Presses story begins in Hungary in 1981 with a quick glimpse of a little fruit press in a shop window. Alex Hill, then a fresh-faced graduate seeking a break from motorcycle-messengering in London, had cycled from London to Budapest. This glimpse was enough to entice him to despatch the little press back to London and try his hand at home wine and cider making. Back at home the press became an attraction amongst his friends, who put in requests for their own, and it was from this small beginning that the seed was sown to start a mail order business selling fruit presses.

In true entrepreneurial spirit, he bought a small number of presses, borrowed a car and drove around London offering the presses to enthusiastic Home Brew shop owners, before taking the plunge and ordering a lorry load. The presses were stored under the railway arches in Battersea, London, and advertisements placed in the Saturday newspapers.

In 1987 he and his wife moved down to the very heart of “cider making country” – the West Country – where they continued to encourage those with a fruit garden or orchard to share their passion of making fruit juice and cider. Demand for products rose and, alongside selling presses to home users, they took on employees and began selling equipment for commercial apple juice and cider makers, vineyards and wineries.

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Christmas 2020 Photos

Below are some of the Photos that have been taken by Stinchcombe Villagers over Christmas 2020. Enjoy!

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Stinchcombe Christmas 2020

Happy Christmas from Stinchcombe

The Old Phone Box Transformed

The Old Phone box in the Street has been transformed this year into our own Stinchcombe grotto. All we need is a Santa!

Well done to those involved in the creation of this bit of happiness. Lets us hope it’s the start of something better in 2021.

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Fighter Plane

It must be true

It must be true…Russ told me!

I have received the following story in from Russ about a previous Speed Watch group. He swears it is true…

Back in 2003, (the time of the Iraq war and terrorist high alert) when we last ran a speed watch in the Village, I was part of the organising committee and responsible for the radar guns we were issued with.

A Highway’s chap delivered the radar guns and gave me instructions, one of which was to ensure that no one pointed a gun at any military aircraft.

At that time we did have regular flights of Hercules transports out of Lyneham practising low level flights round the edge of the escarpment. Apparently a few weeks before at a site in the middle of Wales near where fighter pilots were trained, an elderly and probably bored, speed watch volunteer casually aimed his radar gun at a fighter plane.

Military aircraft are immediately aware if they have radar locked on to them as it usually precedes a missile attack! The pilot in this case took evasive action and wheeled round to strafe the presumed terrorist.

Fortunately as he approached the location he realised that the radar source was an elderly man in a yellow jacket!

Fact Checking

Having tried to check the facts on this story I have found references about it

I leave it to you, but I believe you Russ!

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CBeebies

Poppy’s Day

Poppy’s Day by Jayne Kirkham

I have just listened to Poppy’s Day on BBC Cbeebies read by Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston. Written by our own Jayne Kirkham it is a special story all about remembering for the young at heart!

Poppy finds out about why we wear poppies and watches a remembrance parade. The story introduces little listeners to the importance of remembering not just things, but people too.

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Windows swap

Window Swap

Different Views from world windows during pandemic

My sister sent me an email with different views on the world which was a bit of fun. So I sent her back a picture looking out of my window describing all I could see. However just doing a bit of research on the internet and I came up with this site…

This is where all the photos came from, but the site itself is fascinating. Each window is a “live” view from someone’s house, somewhere in the world. I love it! Try it….

You can also follow on Instagram but I prefer the site. It’s the background noises when people forget….

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Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020

Halloween in Stinchcombe

In Stinchcombe things were very, very, scary and eerie this Halloween. All along the Street, little figures flitted from doorstep to doorstep. These costumed waifs quickly moved like vampire bats after blood or wolves after sheep. Scared adults could only stay safe behind closed doors and hang offerings to these pagan elves at the end of their drives.

Halloween in Stinchcombe 2020

Stinchcombe Village Spirit

On the gloomy evening when the UK Government announced a second National Lockdown, (as predicted here on 28th) the Stinchcombe Village Spirit shone through as people joined in the Halloween spirit and merriment. Enjoying the night together on the Village WhatsApp Group.

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