Oct 06

Mongol Rally – Sat 13 Oct 7:30pm

Mongol Rally: 55 days, 21 countries,
3 students, 2 charities, 1 Nissan Micra!
Saturday 13th October
7pm for 7:30pm
Tickets: £7
Ashford Carbonel Village Hall

Rob Treasure is doing a talk on his crazy adventure this summer that saw him travel 12,000 miles (almost?!) all the way from the UK to Ulan-Ude Russia in aid of charity. He passed through fascinating countries including sleeping one night no more than 50m from the Afghanistan border! Rob will talk about the countries he visited and the adventures he had (including the highs and the lows) with all money raised on the night going to Maggie’s Centre- a very worthy charity that looks to support those with cancer.
Tickets from Chris Parry or Rob Treasure

Oct 06

The Trevors’ Big Adventure

On an overcast day in early autumn, the Trevors and Trevorettes set forth on their biggest adventure to date. There was much celebration in the street by Donkey Lane as, first the Trevorettes and then the Trevors were waived off on their arduous journey to Aberdovey, turning their backs on comfort and heading off into the wilds of Wales. The first day was a test of endurance, a day of prolonged pedalling via twisty rural roads all the way to Rhayader, some 50 miles in all. The prospect was so daunting that an early stop for coffee at the Aardvark Bookshop was a definite necessity to bolster determination. It was also the first rendezvous with our excellent support vehicle, piloted by Sue Phipers and David Parry. Refreshed, the next stage to lunch at the George & Dragon in Knighton seemed a mere nothing, probably something to do with the lack of intervening hills. Not so the afternoon. From Knucklas there was plenty of up and down, over the top via Llanbister Road to join the A44 and thence to Rhayader. Unfortunately, the cyclists arrived too late to take advantage of the selected tea stop at Crossgates. The Trevors very kindly waited for us outside the firmly closed tea room door in order to let us know that they had had a very good cup of tea but that the shop was now closed. Very thoughtful. Our nights lodging, pleasant apart from some plumbing difficulties, was very welcome and our host set us up with a good breakfast for ….
Day 2. Although shorter than Day 1 (at about 40 miles), Day 2 represented a real challenge as most of it was up hill. Our total ‘ascent’ that day was about 3,500 feet; a long way up for senior cyclists! Even the mopeds had difficulty with the steepest sections (perhaps unsurprising). Luckily, it was a fresh, invigorating and sunny day. The first part was relatively gentle, following the Wye valley from Rhayader to Llangurig, along a very minor but very beautiful gated road that tested the Trevors’ ability to do two things at once – open a gate while preventing your moped from falling over. Coffee in LLangurig was welcome if a little mentally challenging because of the large number of safety signs all over the shop – “For your own safety don’t ….” touch the display in the window; lean on the mirrors; break anything; choke on your Welsh cake etc etc……. And then came the difficult bit: over an unnecessarily high hill towards LLanidloes, up the upper reaches of the Severn (almost to its source), through the Hafren Forest to Staylittle and then on up to Dylife – lunch. The cyclists were getting increasingly worried that they might be too late for lunch (like yesterday’s tea) due to slow uphill progress but fortunately the Star Inn still served us although we arrived after 2pm. There was also compensation for the uphill exertion because all the cyclists were treated to a sighting of a young Osprey in Hafren Forest, and a Jelly Baby from a passing kindly motorist! Two more miles of ‘up’ after lunch and then, joy of joys, eight miles of downhill to Machynlleth. The view from the top was stunning (including a glimpse of the top of Snowdon). No wonder it was a favourite spot of Wynford Vaughan-Thomas. By the time the breathless cyclists had reached the summit, the Trevors had befriended two ‘bikers’ (750cc BMWs) who were showing an unnatural interest in our 50cc super-machines. As it turned out, they were staying in the same hotel as us in Machynlleth and, pint in hand, greeted our arrival when we finally reached our night’s accommodation. Later, we met them in the bar, still pint in hand, when they decided to change to G&Ts. After supper in a neighbouring restaurant, we returned to the hotel to find the bikers just finishing theirs and an empty bottle of red wine on the table. They were clearly enjoying themselves. The hotel had an air and charm of aging provincial splendour – and more importantly, every room had a bath (soaking of sore derrieres for the use of)!
Day 3 dawned inclement. Luckily, we only had 15 miles to go to reach Aberdovey and so could have a very leisurely start – just in time to catch the worst of the rain. Our chosen route was via Happy Valley which, given the conditions, was not an apt name. It also included a severe ‘up’ near the start. Undaunted, the intrepid travellers reached Aberdovey on the dot of 12 noon and there, in the carpark on the sea front, were Mike and Amanda with their stock trailer – so our tired and overused transportation could have a lift home. While bicycles and mopeds, snuggled up in the trailer, caught up on the excitement of the journey, their riders decamped to a nearby sandwich bar for lunch. The hospitality of the lady in charge was quite overwhelming. She managed to fit eleven of us plus three dogs into a space approximately 9 feet square and fed us copious coffee and excellent sandwiches while we quietly steamed. About ten doors up was Seabreeze, our overnight accommodation and venue for our celebratory feast – an extremely good fishy treat. Much to everyone’s surprise we had reached our destination – and without any breakdowns, not even a puncture! (Merely a certain smokiness, blue in colour, emanating from T1’s exhaust).
Thank you to all our helpers, supporters and sponsors for making this ridiculous escapade so successful.
Matthew Brundrett

Oct 06

Trevors do Aberdovery

A ‘Thank-you’ from the Trevors
A huge THANK-YOU to those who sponsored us on our cycle ride from the village to Aberdovey. To date we have raised £1,205 for The Severn Hospice.
Thank you also to Sue Phipers who drove our support vehicle – fortunately we didn’t require the support!
Thank you also to Mike and Amanda Thompson who loaded up the cycles in their trailer and transported them and a few of us back from Aberdovey afterwards.
Trevorette 1
A few photos of the trip……

Oct 06

Autumn Coffee Morning – Sat 10 Nov 10:00

Autumn Coffee Morning
In aid of St. Mary Magdalene Church
Saturday 10th November
10am – 12 noon
Ashford Carbonel Village Hall
Crafts & Gifts Cakes & Preserves
Tombola Raffle
Traidcraft Refreshments
Come and browse our stalls
whilst catching up with neighbours
over a cup of tea or coffee.
Offers of help to serve refreshments or man a stall as well as offers of cakes or preserves would be gratefully received!
Please contact Julia Hall on 877675.

Oct 06

News from St. Andrew’s, Ashford Bowdler – Oct

The first ever (we believe) coffee morning to be held in St. Andrew’s church took place on Saturday, 8th September. Despite the rain, it was judged to be a successful experiment which we will probably repeat in the future. Rupert and Alison Coggon had bought a tea urn for church use and, since the church has no water supply, they also carried 20 litres of water from their home to fill it! Jean Allen and Anne Sinclair served coffee and tea in the church, with cakes provided by various generous donors, while Rupert laid on hot bacon baps under a gazebo in the churchyard and Ann Lansdell ran a raffle and bring-and-buy under another one. The event raised a useful £180, after expenses, for church funds and we thank all those who donated items for the refreshments and the raffle and to those who helped and supported us on the day.
On the same day, Susannah Hall rode for us in the annual ‘Ride and Stride’ event in aid of the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust. She visited 20 churches again this year and her sponsorship raised £367.00 which, as usual, will be divided equally between the Trust and our fabric fund. Well done, Susannah and very many thanks.
As mentioned in the September magazine, our Harvest Festival evensong this year will be on Sunday 14th October, starting at 6.30pm. The collection will, as usual, go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the service will be followed by refreshments at Church House, to which everyone will be very welcome. Please see the back cover for details of our other services in October.

Oct 06

Armistice Day November 11th 2018

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
This year, it coincides with Remembrance Sunday and there will be the usual service in St Mary Magdalene at 9.30am, and then the service at the War Memorial at 10.45am.
Our Vicar Lyn has asked that anyone in the village or surroundings who has either a family member currently serving in the forces, or one who died in either World War, and who would like them to be remembered, to contact her and she will read all the names out during the service. You can contact Lyn on 831203.

Oct 06

Shropshire Historic Ride and Stride 2018

This event seems rather along time ago …I am very thankful that the weather was not as it has been for the past couple of days …I did however get very wet twice !
All is nearly gathered in and I am SO grateful of all those who supported me for this annual event and when all is collected I hope to hand over nearly £400.00.
As usual I set out at 10:00am and pedalled to as many churches as I could during the next 8 hours …mainly in Shropshire but veering in and out of the borders around the Tenbury area. In all I visited 21 churches, travelling 63 miles, with no after effects, as next morning as I cycled to Church !!
As you know half of the money raised will stay here for our Church of St. Mary Magdalene and half will go to the trust to support other churches. Our church was manned all day to welcome other cyclists with a drink and a biscuit, and my thanks go to them for sitting there for so long.
Editors comment: On behalf of the whole village, I’m sure, may I say congratulations to Susannah for all her hard work. Cycling 63 miles around these lanes and hills deserves a medal.

Aug 20

Shopping in Tesco? Then you can help

Grant funding scheme.

Caynham Village Hall is in the customer vote for a “Bags of Help” grant from Tesco.  It’s a scheme which awards three community projects like ours grants of up to £4,000 – all raised from the sale of carrier bags in Tesco stores.

The public will vote in store during September and October to choose the order in which the three projects should receive the awards.

Please support us in our local store!

Our community project is Caynham Village Hall Improvement, and we asked for £2,537 for new centrally-controlled heaters and replacements for all the old wooden windows in the kitchen and along the back wall.

YOU CAN HELP US WIN … by visiting the Ludlow store, making a purchase, and voting for Caynham Village Hall with the token you’ll be given.

You can vote every time you make a purchase during September and October.  Please also tell your friends and ask them to vote for us.

If we are voted first, we will get the full £2,537 we asked for.  We’ll get £2,000 if we come second. The minimum we will receive is £1,000, if we are voted third.

This is great news, because whatever we receive will take us nearer to completing the full refurbishment of the Hall, to help preserve it and make it warm and comfortable (and much more environmentally friendly) for everyone to use for many years in the future.

Our thanks in advance for your support,

Aug 02

July 2018

Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm, Wednesday 7.00pm.
All welcome. No equipment needed. Please wear flat soft shoes.
Mick Carson 831507

Aug 02

Village Hall Update May 2018

We had a well-attended AGM on 21st May, followed by the first committee meeting of the new year to appoint officers. Those elected at the AGM and their new roles are as follows:
Chairperson Wendy Griffiths
Vice Chair Janie Jones
Treasurer Jackie Brundrett
Secretary Matthew Brundrett
Bookings Sec & )
Asst Treasurer ) Carole Froggatt
Other elected members are: David Brundrett, Liz Kelly, David Parry, Penny Parry, Katy Rose & Ishbel Yellowley (Honorary President). Maureen Round represents the PCC and Mike Thompson the Parish Council.
Planning permission for the committee / meeting room, to be built onto the bar end of the Hall, has been received and we are now focusing on grant applications to fund the project. As you will know, the northern half of the Sports Field has been purchased by the Village Hall, thanks to the amazing generosity of villagers. A celebration to mark this milestone is to be held on 21st July – please see the notice elsewhere in the magazine for details. There will also be the welcome return of the annual Car Boot Sale on 2nd September. For the hungry, please note Pizza Night on Friday 24th August.
Best wishes
Village Hall Committee

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