Holcot Village Hall Association : Annual General Meeting

The Holcot Village Hall Association holds its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 30 November at 7:45pm in the Village Hall.

Please go along and have your say about the running of our village hall, or see how you can help.

Here is the agenda

White Swan : Loads of live music coming up

There is a lot of live music coming up at the White Swan.

This Sunday at  4pm it is the return of JOHN DUNMORE and his

On Wednesday 29 November DAVE JOHNSONS JAZZ BAND are playing at 9pm.

Then on Sunday 3 December at 4pm is the return of the OPEN MIC with House Band – THE ARTFROBS.

And finally for now, on Sunday 10 December at 4pm is PHOENIX – something for after the Christmas Fayre in the village hall.

Remembrance 2017 : Our wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres

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Our postman, Paul Chapman, asked the Parish Council whether we would like him to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres on behalf of the Parish to mark 100 years since the battles of 1917. People named on our war memorial were among the casualties. When Paul is not a postman, he is a battlefield guide and author. Here is his report and photographs.

Had a wonderful time ‘over there’: Very hectic, but wouldn’t have missed a single moment of it.

Three days guiding; fully booked for five days with a Canadian group next November, and a few firsts – invited to speak at a school in Poperinge, invited to the Fire Station, Poperinge (regularly attended Ypres) by the Chief Fire Officer, interviewed live by Irish Radio: And, for the second year running, was afforded the honour of delivering the exhortation ‘They shall grow not old …’ before the crowd assembled at Last Post ceremony, Menin Gate.
The following account – although thoughts of remembrance lie with all wherever they may have originated – relates to one casualty recorded on Holcot War Memorial. I‘m sure young Frederick would have been well-acquainted / familiar with the surrounding villages.

During the first few days of June, 1917, immediately prior to the Battle of Messines – when the detonating of nineteen mines beneath the ridge extending from Messines in the south to Hill 60 in the north would successfully wrest the advantage of high ground surrounding the Belgian town of Ypres from the enemy after almost four years of stalemate – 32nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers were ‘in rest’ at ‘Middle Camp W.,’ a short distance from the village of Reninghelst. The weather was warm, clear and sunny, but ‘rest’ was something of a misnomer; the men were continually called upon to perform various fatigues and exercises around the camp, as well as providing nightly working parties to the front-line. One party, having completed its tasks under heavy enemy fire, was commended for its steadfast behaviour.

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Junior Church : Christmas sessions

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The next Junior Church sessions will be held on Mondays –  27 November, 4 and 11 December.

There will be doing all sorts of activities, crafts, baking, colouring, story telling etc from 4:15 to 5:15 in the Church Room.

All children of Primary School age are invited to join us.

Church : Survey

On Friday the Church are delivering a simple survey to gather Parishioners thoughts on the Church and how they see it.

Please return your survey before Christmas. Full details are on the sheet.

Download a PDF here, or a Word version hereChurch Survey

WI : Winter programme

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The WI meets monthly in the Church Room. They are a happy and friendly group, and each month they have talks, workshops and suchlike, as well a trips and visits.

Their next meeting is on November 9 at 7:45 – “The Alpaca Experience” with Sue Watkins. There will be a Christmas party in December.

If you would like to come along to a meeting call Kim Mabbutt on 781936 or Janet Wadley on 781943.