Village Notices

Village Notices for 17 November 2022

In Today’s Notices:

  • Saturday 19 November – Terry Douris, Dacorum & Herts County Councillor at the Bridgewater Arms, 10am to 10.30am
  • Thursday 24 November Gaddesden Society Talk, Village Hall 8.15pm: “Truly the Greatest Raid of WWII -The Raid on St Nazaire – 27/28 March 1942” – Nick Beattie
  • Saturday 3 December – Village Produce Market 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • Saturday 3 December – LG School Christmas Fair 12.30pm
  • Volunteers Urgently Needed for VPA Committee
  • Got Something to be Included in Village Notices?

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Saturday 19th November – Councillor Terry Douris at Bridgewater Arms, 10.00am to 10.30am

Terry Douris, Dacorum and Hertfordshire County Councillor, will be at the Bridgewater Arms from 10.00am to 10.30am should you have any local issues you wish to discuss with him.

Thursday 24 November Gaddesden Society Talk, Village Hall 8.15pm

The Raid on St Nazaire – 27/28 March 1942 – Nick Beattie

This suicidal mission took place at a very low point in the 2nd WW. The almost incredible aim was to destroy a dry dock situated six miles into the River Loire at the very heavily fortified military port of St Nazaire. This extraordinary story is told by Nick Beattie, President of the St Nazaire Society, whose father was one of the participants of the raid. Known as “The Greatest Raid of All” – an account not to be missed.

Everyone welcome – £1 entry fee includes wine and cheese

Saturday 3 December – Village Produce Market, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Village Hall

Lots of lovely varied local produce, crafts, gifts, bric a brac, plants, candles, and not forgetting the bargain breakfast baps with a cuppa for just £3.50.

Free entry ….. and a very warm welcome

Village Markets in 2023 will run from March to December from 9.00am to midday.

Saturday 3 December – Little Gaddesden Village School Christmas Fair, 12.30pm

Lots of festive fun at Little Gaddesden School, Church Road. Everyone welcome.

LG School Christmas Fair Poster

Volunteers Urgently Needed for VPA Committee

New Store Manager and New Treasurer Sought

The VPA Committee write:

“After three years looking after the Store our manager Lin Underwood is now stepping down. Her last time in the store will be 11 December 2022. We are very grateful to Lin for her guidance and enthusiasm in managing and developing the business.

Also, Stuart Buchanan-Barrow has decided to step down from the Treasurer duties he commenced over six years ago. Just as Lin has done with the store, Stuart has with books and accounts, keeping the records in excellent order and steering us forward, with a good watchful eye on incoming and outgoing money requirements which has been essential.

Consequently we are in urgent need of volunteers to fill those shoes.

To keep the Store running we need someone to manage the ordering of stock, store opening, either by being present personally, or by ensuring a rota of volunteers is covering Sunday mornings between 10 am and 12 noon (the current opening times of the store).

Our sales, which cover all things to make gardening successful, plus the very popular bird food selection, continue to deliver profits to the VPA funds and we have a turnover of c.£5,000pa.

In order that we have a smooth handover we need someone to step up straightaway for both of these roles.

Please contact any committee member to discuss what is required.  If we do not receive any interest in helping with these requirements the store will not be able to function and will close for good on December 11th.

The Store, which is situated next to the Village Hall, is the heart of the VPA and alongside that we run events like the May Plant Sale, the Winter and Summer Shows and the always popular Harvest Supper and Quiz night.

We have continually flagged up the need for volunteers and thankfully we have been able to run with a very small Committee in recent years.  However, the need to have someone(s) undertake the organisation of the Store is a critical one.

The remaining Sunday opening days are: 20/11, 27/11, 04/12 and 11/12/2022.

Are there some entrepreneurial young people out there that could get involved and learn about stock ordering, pricing and selling on a small scale which would enhance a CV?  You do not need to have a knowledge of gardening but need to be prepared to learn the basics to keep the Store viable.

If anyone has any ideas or can contribute to mapping out a possible strategy for the Store to continue we are all ears and very much wish to hear from you, now.”

The original version of this post appeared on the VPA News page.

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