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Newsletter 145 - February 2016

 NL.145                                                                                                                                               12th February 2016
                                                               BIRCHOVER NEWS


The village was sad to hear the news of Katie (Kay) Gladwin’s death at the age of 87 years.  Katie had lived in Birchover around 56 years and was a devout member of the Wesleyan Reform Chapel until its closure.  She and her late husband, Charles Henry Gladwin had no children but had many relatives living in the village and was very close to her nephew, Roy.  Katie was a member of Stanton in Peak Darby and Joan Club and often went on holiday with the Club.  She was a great bird lover and fed them daily.  She was also fond of sewing and gardening and always opened her garden for the annual Open Garden weekends, often displaying a scarecrow which she had made.  Katie was a very generous lady and we send our deepest sympathy to her relatives and friends at this sad time.

Parish Council Chairman:

As most of you will be aware the Chairman of the Parish Council, Bill Elliott, has been “out of action” for a few months after having a knee replacement removed.  Bill has been confined to the house during this time but has recently heard that the operation to put in a new knee joint will take place on 1st March.  We wish Bill good luck with the operation and a speedy recovery.

Mary Prince writes:

Apologies for the absence of a newsletter during January – but wishing a very belated happy and prosperous 2016 to all who read it.  Thank you to all those people who contributed to a donation for me at the Great Birchover Baking Competition when I was a little under the weather around Christmas time.  A huge bunch of flowers arrived at my door and later a gift voucher to the value of £25 with which I duly purchased an outside clock to be positioned once the weather has improved.  Once again – thank you very much for your kindness.

Victorian Afternoon Tea in the Reading Room:
Sunday 21st February : 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm:

Come and join us in a Victorian afternoon tea party in the Reading Room on Sunday 21st February.  Admission is £1, children under 11 years free, which includes entry to a Victorian picture quiz.  Tea, coffee, home baked cakes and a choice of sandwiches will be available to buy and all reasonably priced.  There will be a decorated Victoria sponge competition and the Birchover Junior Demonstration Team will give a demonstration of baking and decorating home made biscuits.  Please bring your cake for the competition to the Reading Room between 1 pm and 2.30 pm,  judging will take place at 3 pm.  £2 sponge cake entry fee includes entry to the event.  There will be musical interludes throughout the afternoon performed by local players. All monies raised are in aid of Birchover Tea in the Big Tent on 12th June.

Tuesday Club:

The recently revived Tuesday Club which held its first event in September with a bingo session proved an enjoyable and amusing evening.  Thanks to Sarah Wild and Alison Stefan for its organisation.  The October meeting was substituted for the Harvest Supper organised by Sarah and Alison and was a huge success and Dr. Ben Milton gave an interesting talk with a question and answer session at the November meeting.  Chris Holt’s evening during December was a demonstration of Christmas decoration making with people having a go at making their own and during January Sally Smith gave an interesting talk on the mysteries and myths of organic gardening.  January also saw yet another “Winter Warmer” evening with a pie and pea supper and
a huge variety of puddings donated by those attending.  Thank you to Sarah and Alison yet again and to all those who helped serve and were involved in yet another successful evening.  Chris Holt organised a village walk and quiz during December and also a soup kitchen

It has been decided that until June all monies raised will go towards the Big Tea in the Tent to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.  Chris Holt and Sally Smith were responsible for arranging production and sale of the calendar and postcards and Brian Bunce for producing “A Dog’s Dinner” (about his years at the Druid Inn)  copies of which are still available from Brian at a cost of £4 (£5 by post.   Thank you to everyone involved so far in raising money for the Tea in the Tent Party and a huge thank you to the generous donations so far received.  Up to date £1740 has been raised.

Chris Holt writes:
Calendars and Cards:

Thanks to everyone who supported this fund raising project by purchasing Birchover calendars and cards prior to Christmas.  We would like to thank Sally Smith for formatting the calendar and providing most of the photographs.  Also Steve Dawes for two of the photos produced for the Christmas cards.  We made a grand total of £412 profit towards the Big Marquee Party next June.  We could have sold even more and will order a bigger print run next time.  We have already had requests for another calendar for 2017.  Others have offered to submit photographs.  It would be nice to include even more photographers from the residents of the village.  We hope to produce the next calendar by July so that it can be sold to campers during the summer season.  Gilbert Heathcote has kindly agreed to sell it in Barn Farm shop.  With this in mind photos, new and old, which cover a range of seasonal views or events in the village can be sent via e-mail to Sally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    If you do not have this technology bring the photos to me and we will try the best way to reproduce them.  

Puzzle Walk - 28th December:

Only a few groups were able to advantage our village walks with quiz questions along the way.   We held a prize draw from all the correct puzzle sheets.  A prize of two adult tickets for Bakewell Agricultural Show 2016 were won by the Pawley family.  Thanks to Janet Bailey for the kind donation of tickets.  Thanks to everyone who took part and all the volunteers who manned the Hall selling quiz maps and serving refreshments during the day.  We made just £50 profit - but every little helps.  However, we plan to run this event again around Easter time and offer a wider range of refreshments to walkers.  Suggestions as to the best day and offers of help will be most welcome.

Samantha Pawley writes:
Birchover Bonus Ball:

We are running a Birchover Bonus Ball.  Participants choose a number between 1 and 59 and if this matches the bonus ball number drawn on the Saturday national lottery draw they win £25. The cost of entry is £1 per draw with a minimum purchase of 10 draws for £10. The numbers for the first 10 weeks are already taken but if anybody is interested in taking part in future draws please contact Samantha Pawley on 650191 as some numbers may become available.

Birchover Race Night - joint fundraiser between Tea in the Tent
and new equipment for the Rec:

A Race Night will be held in Birchover Reading Room on Saturday 19th March at 7:30pm. This will involve the screening of 8 horse races. Tickets for the event cost £8 each, this will include a main meal and dessert.  Drinks, alcoholic and otherwise, will be available for purchase on the night. Before the night we need to sell the horses for the first 7 races. Each race has 8 horses. To buy a horse costs £3 and if you're the lucky owner of the winning horse you will receive £10.  On the night race-goers may bet on any horse to win. The final race of the evening, race 8, will be different in that the horses will be auctioned to the highest bidder. The winning owner will receive their money back and also a percentage of the bets placed on that race.  We are also seeking sponsors for each race. In return for their sponsorship their names will be printed on all race guides for all to see.  Anyone interested in coming to the event, buying a horse or sponsoring a race should contact Samantha Pawley on 650191.

Barton Hill Housing Development:

Some properties on Barton Hill housing development are now being advertised for sale in the press by Saxton Mee.  The following is a copy of their advertisement -

PRICES FROM £142,500
MATLOCK (01629) 828250
BAKEWELL (01629) 815307

Annual Rainfall:

The annual rainfall recorded at Haresfield House, Birchover on behalf of the Environment Agency for the year 2015 is shown below.  Year 2014 is also shown for comparison.

Shown in millimetres    25.3 mm = 1 inch

Year           Jan       Feb       Mar       Apr       May       June       July       Aug       Sept       Oct       Nov       Dec
2014         210.3   150.3     62.2       44.8     132.9       45.1      61.9    112.2       10.5     109.0    128.9      111.8
2015           85.7     56.7     91.0       27.4     122.9       59.3      46.7      60.9       31.3      73.9     137.2      141.9

To summarise -     In 2014 there was 1179.9 millimetres (46.6 inches) of rain
                            In 2015 there was 934.9 millimetres (36.8 inches) of rain


Sponsors are now urgently required to sponsor the newsletter.  £10 covers one issue.  If you have yet to sponsor a newsletter and feel able to do so please let Mary Prince have the money (cash or cheque made payable to Birchover Reading Room).

This newsletter has been sponsored by
Glyn and Chris Holt of Sunny Dene, Main Street

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