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Wereham News - November

October 2016

Wereham Heritage group

invite you to

Come and have a ‘mardle’ about Wereham past and present. Saturday 12th November 2-4pm Wereham village Hall Refreshments provided Come and see an array of old photos, documents and items relating to Wereham’s history. For more information please contact Eleanor Smith (501224) or Ian Rye (502083)


Well done Wereham! How lovely to see the Village Hall full of supporters of Macmillan. We were served countless teas and coffees together with scrumptious sweet and savoury cakes and pastries. There were cakes for sale, a bumper array of raffle prizes all kindly donated, crafts, a bring and buy stall together with books. Stina kindly displayed her beautiful art work and all purchases she gave to Macmillan. Pammie and her customers from the George and Dragon took part in a ‘coffee bean competition, this helped boost our grand total to £694.00. Well done and thank your to all. Lots of people commented on what a lovely friendly atmosphere there was in the hall which helped turn a drab, rainy Saturday morning into a very bright spot indeed. Angela

Wereham Parish Council

Meeting Dates Tuesday 8 November 2016, 7 pm, Wereham Village hall Tuesday 10 January 2017, 7 pm, Wereham Village hall Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7 pm, Wereham Village hall Tuesday 9 May 2017 (AGM and Annual Parish Meeting), time TBC

Agenda items must be received before the end of month before each meeting. Please send to the Parish Clerk at werehampc@gmail.com. The Agendas for meetings are always published on the Wereham Village Notice Board three clear days before the meeting, on the Wereham Parish Council Facebook Page and on the website www.werehamparishcouncil.co.uk You will also find minutes of all meetings here too. Wereham mummers play

I have long been interested in the history of drama. l taught drama for over 30 years in a tough school in North Warwickshire. I developed a passion for all forms of theatre especially that aimed at children and the "non-arty"

I also have a long-standing ambition to direct a mummers play and the foundation of Wereham Heritage group has given me the opportunity to do this. This is the year! I have assembled a cast of promising actors and last evening we had our first meeting. I was in full flow about my vision when I was stopped by one of the actors who said

"What is a mummers play?"

"What is the plot so strange?"

He summed it up as "like Monty Python on speed"

This was followed by murmurs of agreement from the other actors .Thinking that the audience might be similarly bemused I thought it would be a good idea to provide some information about mumming.

Mummers plays were folk plays performed since the middle ages by troops of amateur actors usually in rural locations. The all-male cast would visit house and pubs to perform, passing the hat round afterwards. Mummers plays are meant to be funny with some elements of pantomime (you should see our Dame!!)They often feature St George and the Dragon along with a manic doctor or quack who has the power to revive the dead and a Turkish knight. They ended with a Morris dance.

We will be sharing our evening with the talented Fincham chorus who will be performing Christmas music

Come along and experience a genuine English folk tradition with lots of laughs and festive fun. Bells will be tinkled, hankies will be waved. Gasp at the doctors power .Thrill to St George's swordplay .Quake at the ferocious dragon, but most of all, enjoy yourself. Wereham Mummers and Fincham chorus concert Saint Margarets Wereham 9th December

Saint Martin's Fincham 10th of December

Debbie Rye

Wereham Messy Church.

Messy Advent Thursday November 24th 4pm -5.30pm Starts in the church followed by activities and a free meal in the Village Hall The next Messy church is on November 24th. The theme is Advent. It will again be informal, fun, and enjoyable. It will include stories, singing, activities, and FOOD. Don't miss it. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Children attending will receive an advent calendar

Please also put this date in your diary Sunday 18th December 4pm Nativity service

For further information please ask Debbie or Ian Rye telephone 502083 or call in at The Old Chapel by the pond.

Wereham Crafty Women.. We are currently making Christmas decorations etc ready for the Christmas bazaar on November 26th when we will once again have our stall out. We very much look forward to seeing lots of you on that occasion. There will also be the usual bags, aprons oven gloves, soft toys and knitted items ready for the cold weather, memo boards, and cushions, all suitable for Christmas gifts. See you then. Rosemary. Tel 01366 501330 or e-mail: rosemary.pease@btinternet.com.

October Update from Wereham Village Hall Committee

We held our AGM on Monday 26th September 2016 during which our 2015/16 accounts and Chairs Report were presented, followed by the re-appointment of all of the current elected members.

Whilst I don’t like to mention it, Christmas is now not so very far away and so the Friends of Wereham Village Hall have turned their attention towards a raft of festive fundraisers. First is the Xmas Bazaar on Saturday 26th November. As always, a great place for some Christmas shopping as well as the opportunity to share your Christmas wish-list with Santa. This year we are also expecting a special visit from Peppa Pig. Our Christmas family prize bingo is on Wednesday 7th December and we’d be very grateful for any donations of prizes to support the evening. Finally, Christmas carols by the pond will be held on 18th December this year – for more details see the December edition of G4 or contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Wereham Village Hall Group, we are always looking for new volunteers and, now really is the time that we need as much help as possible. There are jobs for everyone so contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Update from the New Build Project Team

Since we received the news of our success from the lottery, we’ve been busy submitting other grant applications to cover the rest of the project cost. To date we have applied to another 10 potential funders. In addition, community fundraising is a vital part of our fundraising strategy and you will find that a leaflet explaining the launch of our ‘Buy-a-brick’ campaign landed on your doormat along with this edition of G4. The lottery require us to have 100% funding in place before they will release their funds and this must be achieved within 6 months of the award date. That means we need the total project budget in place by the end of February 2017. Please, please do take a moment to read the leaflet and if you can make a donation, visit our online donation portal which is accessed via our webpage http://www.werehamvillagehall.co.uk. Every donation, however big or small, will push us closer to delivering exciting new activities for you, your family and your community in a new eco community hub - in 2017!!!

We have also submitted a grant application to the Aviva Community Fund. For a chance to reach the finals, we need to be one of the highest scorers in a public vote. Please help us by registering on the Aviva Community Fund website and voting for us before 18th November. Victoria, John E, John M & Rachel.

Wereham Village Hall Bonus Ball Club

The lucky winners of £60 each in September were Tony Meers and Jean Carter – congratulations to you both! Helen Richardson, Secretary.

Events list

Bingo - Wereham Village Hall "Cash Prize" Bingo every Wednesday, doors open 6.45, eyes down 7.30pm. Teas/coffees available with complimentary biscuits. For enquiries contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Pop up Café – first Tuesday of the month, 10.30-1pm. Next dates Tuesday 1st November and Tuesday 6th December. Join us for a slice of homemade cake, a hot drink, a natter and a read of the daily papers all for just £1.50. Light lunches also available – look out for our monthly specials! Cake donations/queries to Doreen on 01366 500218.

Indoor/Outdoor Car Boot – last Sunday of the month, 9am-1pm (café opens at 8am). Final car boot of 2016 on Sunday 27th November. Café serving bacon butties, hot dogs and hot drinks. £5 per pitch or, if you have earned time credits, there are two pitches/tables available at a cost of 4 time credits each. To book call Colin on 07961130251/01366 502281.

Xmas Bazaar– Saturday 26th November. Loads of stalls, Santa’s grotto, raffle, tombola, cake stall. Donations of prizes and cakes gratefully received. Contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

Christmas Family Prize Bingo – Wednesday 7th December. Everyone welcome. Doors open 6.45, eyes down 7.30pm. For further details call 01366 500218 or 01366 500798.

Christmas Carols by the Pond – Sunday 18th December. See December G4 for full details or contact Doreen on 01366 500218.

For all the pictures and feedback from our events, log onto www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall. By clicking on the ‘Like’ option, you will be kept up to date on events, pictures and the progress towards a new village hall.

If you have any queries with regards to the plans for funding a new village hall, or anything we’re doing, please contact Victoria Gray, Chair, Wereham Village Hall Committee Home: 501277 Mobile: 07725513583 Email: darren.gray@tesco.net or via www.facebook.com/werehamvillagehall

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