UNICORN FOLK CLUB: The Unicorn Folk Club can be found in the upstairs function room at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank, Wheaton Aston, next to the A5, every Friday. Tomorrow Pete Kelly will be performing. He sings his own songs as well as other favourites and like everyone to sing along. For further details, please telephone Vicky Evans on 01785 841274 or visit the website www.unicornfolkclub.co.uk.
PIGEON RACING RESULTS: For the seventh race of the season, one hundred and thirty racing pigeons from the Bell Flying Club took part in a race from Exeter. They were released at 11.15am into a north north-westerly wind. The first bird home was to the loft of Dave Harris, taking 3 hours 23 minutes and 52 seconds to fly just over 155 miles.
Results (in yards per minute) for the first six places: Dave Harris 1342.24; John Whittingham 1333.23, 1301.24; Dave Harris 1300.25; R. Lutner and Company 1289.93, 1284.48.
WHEATON ASTON WIVES’ GROUP: Today the Wives Group is going on an outing. For further details please telephone Jean Roberts on 01785 840556.
MOTTEY MEADOWS HAY FESTIVAL: Next Saturday (June 21), the hay festival is being run by the Friends of Mottey Meadows, from 12.00 noon – 5.00pm on Weates Meadow which is part of the Mottey Meadows fields owned by Natural England in Wheaton Aston. Come and enjoy displays, rural crafts, guided walks, and children’s activities. Refreshments will be available. Parking will be available at St Mary’s school and transport to the festival site which is down at the end of Broadholes Lane will be provided from the school via tractor rides. Entry is free. For further details, please contact Mel Brown on 01952 812111.
WHEATON ASTON FIRST RESPONDERS: More members are needed for the Wheaton Aston First Responders. If you are interested in helping fellow residents and would like to become a First Responder, please contact Sue Whittingham on 01785 841038. Full training will be provided.
WESTON PARK: On Sunday, ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ tours are being given around the servants’ quarters and some of the twenty eight bedrooms in the House. These will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will talk about the family history, how the House has evolved through the years, and the work carried out by the Weston Park Foundation today. This year marks the centenary of the start of World War One and the guide will talk about the impact of the conflict on the country house, the Bradford family and the tragic tale of R.O.B Bridgeman who died in the conflict. The tours start at 12 noon and 2.00pm.
The International Model Air Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday. This annual event brings together some of the top model pilots in action as well as a model boat regatta, slot car racing and a fun fair for children. There will be the Battle of Britain pyrotechnic display and the Swift Glider display team will perform their amazing mid-air acrobatics. There are free model building workshops for children, a mega swap meet and trade stands.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, head chef, Guy Day, will be hosting another cooking demonstration accompanied by a question and answer session from 11.00am – 12.00pm noon, where he will be giving hints and tips and demonstrating how to make the most of al fresco food. He will focus on fresh and light Mediterranean flavours that can be brought together to create dishes that offer variety and are perfect for sharing. The session starts with coffee and there will be tastings and recipe packs to take home. This is followed by a two-course lunch in the Granary Grill and Restaurant.
For further information, please telephone 01952 852100.
ZION CHAPEL: On Sunday, there will be a service starting at 6.15pm when the preacher will be the Rev. Linda Beech from Blymhill. A warm welcome to you all.
SERVICES: On Sunday 9.00am Holy Communion All Saints’; 10.30am service for all, St Mary’s. On Tuesday, the internet cafe drop-in session runs from 10.00am – 12.00 noon in St Mary’s church. On Wednesday, there is a prayer meeting from 8.00am – 8.30am in St Mary’s; the weekly drop-in takes place in St Mary’s church from 10.30am – 12.00 noon (and internet facilities will also be available); the J Team will meet at St Mary’s First School at 3.15pm; 7.30pm service of healing and wholeness St Mary’s.
FILM NIGHT: Tonight, the film 12 Years A Slave will be shown in the village hall, starting at 7.30pm. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life. Tickets cost £4.00 and the bar will be open. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact Di Dabbs on 07407680206.
MIDSUMMER MADNESS: On Saturday, starting at 8.00pm, the Midsummer Madness celebration event featuring live music from the Copicats who are a cover band, is being held in the village hall. Bring your friends and dress to impress. Tickets cost £10.00 which includes a cocktail on arrival, are available on the door or by ringing 07407 680206.
PARISH COUNCIL: The May meeting of Dunston and Coppenhall Parish Council was a combined Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Parish Council meeting. Present were Parish Councillors Mrs G Digget, Mrs H Jones, Mr J Bagnall, Mr P Thompson, Mr I Collard, Mr G Pliva and Mr J Richardson. District Councillor present was Mr L Bates and County Councillor Mr M Sutton also attended. No member of the public was present. Issues that were discussed were the Dunston Business Village, road safety in Coppenhall, provision of a defibrillator in Dunston Village Hall, first aid courses and forensic marking kits. The accounts were presented to the council and agreed. Also agreed was a donation of £100 towards the purchase of new bunting for the village fete. A full text of the minutes can be found on the website www.dunstonpc.co.uk . The next meeting will be on Thursday August 14 at the village hall.
BOWLS CLUB: The Club has now changed its meetings from Wednesday evenings to Monday afternoons 2pm to 4pm in the Community Centre. New members welcome.
ST JAMES’S CHURCH: A combined ‘messy church’ event with All Saints Church parishioners is being held on Sunday at the community centre 3.30pm to 5.30pm. A family afternoon of craft, songs, celebration and shared food.