Saturday 28th November 2009- Coffee Morning & Sale
This event was well supported, and raised £840 for church funds.
Saturday 5th September 2009- Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe and Shearsby Open Show
The Open Show, held this year in Shearsby Village Hall, was well attended.
Monica Dowson won the Shield for the best vegetables
Jenny Lees won the cookery cup
Sheila Meredith won the floral Art Trophy
Sally Timms won the porringer for the handicraft section
Rachel Sawyer won the best in show trophy with her beautiful handmade felt picture.
Saturday August 8th 2009- Live on the Green
We were fortunate in this long damp summer to have picked the one dry weekend for over a month in which to party on the green.
The Zoot Suits kicked off proceedings with two enthusiastic sets of bluesy pop and soul, followed by well known local band Friday Street who started with their re-working of some classic Stax tracks, including the Wilson Pickett number ‘In the Midnight Hour’.
This soon got many of the crowd down to the front of the stage and dancing, and as the light faded and the church illuminations came on the green became alive with flickering candles round many a table.
On a somewhat more downbeat note I should like to draw everyone’s attention to the inescapable fact that this event as it currently happens simply cannot go on much longer.
The work involved in organising, stage erection and clear up falls upon the same generous people year after year, whilst many others in the village do little or nothing to help.
The money raised (over £40,000 since inception) has gone towards the purchase of the green, the village hall, the equipment in the hall, lights outside the church, repairs to the church, sunshine presents, Christmas parties for the village children, dinners for senior citizens, outings to the theatre, the grasscutter’s pub do, the upkeep of the play equipment, new seats on the green, bulbs to brighten up the verges, new football strips, etc etc..
We all benefit in some way, and it doesn’t just happen by magic.
We need more than just your purchase of tickets – we need help.
Please consider giving a couple of hours of your time next year or don’t be surprised if the 15th Live on the Green event is the last.
Sorry for the moan but it had to be said.
The facts – this year we sold 450 tickets and raised over £3,500 for the village.
All those who did help – a really big THANK YOU – none of the above would have happened without your time and effort.
May 4th 2009 - Braybrooke Morris Dancers
Mick Jelley writes:-
On a cold May Monday evening, the Braybrooke Morris dancers performed outside the Chandlers Arms.
Even though the weather was normal Bank Holiday standard, a number of villagers turned up to support the dancers, and warmed up afterwards in the Chandlers Arms.
Click here for photos»» - courtesy of Bob Spree.
23rd April 2009 - Retirement of PCC Members
At the AGM of Shearsby PCC on 23rd April Margaret Godsmark retired as Churchwarden a post she had held for 12 years though she has been on the PCC for over 40 years.
Pat Cox has been a member of the PCC since coming to the village fifteen years ago and she retired 'to make way for younger people'
Both were thanked by David Durran and presented with bouquets of flowers.
Sunday 19th April 2009 - Senior Citizen's Dinner
Shearsby’s Senior Citizens sat down to a splendid Sunday Lunch on April 19th, served by younger members of the Community Association.
Everyone was greeted with a glass (or two or three) of sparkling aperitif, and then soup and melon were followed by roast pork and chicken, with a vast range of puddings, pies and trifles to tempt the palate before the cheese and biscuits. Wine flowed freely throughout the meal, as the over-60s enjoyed the first-class service provided by the under-50s.
This annual event has been a feature of Shearsby life for over 30 years, and remains one of the most popular occasions in the village calendar.
Help for Heroes Fundraising Event - 21st February 2009
On Saturday 21st Feb a charity night was held in Shearsby Village Hall for “Help for Heroes” the charity that helps injured servicemen and women.
The theme was Second World War and villagers were asked to dress accordingly.
A packed house sat down to a three course meal with a war time menu of vegetable soup followed by a selection of corned beef hash, various hotpots and cheese pie using recipes of the period.
Puddings consisted of old war time favourites such as treacle sponge, spotted dick, apple pie and jam rolypoly.
A good old fashioned sing song of war time songs only interrupted by bombing raids and excerpts from Churchill`s speeches followed by a performance from Shearsby`s own Flannigan and Allen tribute band ensured the night went with a real swing thanks to our DJ (and Photographer) for the evening - Bob Spree.
A “Black Market” raffle was held with prizes such as a tin of Spam, Izal toilet rolls, Ladies Nylons, A bag of sugar, and suchlike.
A full raffle was also held and the organisers would like to thank Asda, The Chandlers Arms, The Bath Hotel, Joseph Morris and Little India for their generosity in donating such fantastic prizes.
An auction of a Rugby Ball signed by the Leicester Tigers Team was held and the winning bid came from 'Group Captain' David Bramwell.
Total raised on the night was £1145.
Our thanks must go to Ann Charles who did such a splendid job in organising such a wonderful night.S
Click here for photos of this event.