RIDE & STRIDE
The annual Ride & Stride sponsored cycling, horse riding and walking event took place on the 14th September 2019. The money raised goes to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust which then gives grants to Dorset churches. St Nicholas has benefited enormously from this Trust over the years. David and Diana Masters, Mike & Michela Metcalf and Peter Williams participated this year and raised a total of £1,160. This was topped up by £750 raised at the Salisbury Cathedral Choir evening making a grand total of £1,910 to go to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Half of this sum will be sent back to our PCC. DHCT are very appreciative of our efforts and a huge thank you goes to all those generous people who sponsored the Ride & Stride or supported the concert.
THE A TEAM AT WORK!!
The Village A Team gathered on 20 April to help Paul Nugent cut his hedge. The pictures show the before and after with Paul in front of his hedge and the A Team mustered at the end of the work session. The team comprises from left to right: Robert Harris, Tom Harris, Dominic Flintan, Paul Nugent, Geoff Hacker, Lohn Rice, Richard Bingham, Chris Woodhouse, Charlie Harris and Keith Harris.
Refreshments were provided by Sue and Ellie Harris and also by Paul and Heather Nugent.
COMMONWEALTH DAY 2019
We raised the Commonwealth Flag on Monday 11 March to commemorate Commonwealth Day once again. It was a cloudless day, bright but chilly, and some 25 people from both the village and the church attended. The ceremony had specific significance this year because it marks the 70th anniversary of the 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth as we know it today, an association numbering more than 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population. This year the Commonwealth Affirmation was read by the Rev Tim Heaton one of the clergy from our new benefice, and the flag was raised once again by Geoff Hacker. After the ceremony we all trooped into the church for a warming mug of coffee and “bubbles”.
HM The Queen’s Message to all members of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, when nations of the Commonwealth agreed to move forward together as free and equal members. The vision and sense of connection that inspired the signatories has stood the test of time, and the Commonwealth continues to grow, adapting to address contemporary needs.
Today, many millions of people around the world are drawn together because of the collective values shared by the Commonwealth. In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people.
We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of cooperation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw. With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.
We experience this as people of all backgrounds continue to find new ways of expressing through action the value of belonging in a connected Commonwealth. I hope and trust that many more will commit to doing so this Commonwealth Day.
PICTURES OF THE DAY
THE BATTLE’S OVER – 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Village Beacon Lighting Ceremony
Keith builds the beacon
Chris announces the winner of the beacon lighting competition –
Lily lights the fuse!
Tom plays the Last Post
TEA AT THE SILTON RITZ
Friday 3rd August 2018 in the Village Hall. A tea party for everyone!
VILLAGE BARBEQUE AUGUST 2018
DOWNTON ABBEY LUNCH IN THE VILLAGE HALL
Photos to follow
COMMONWEALTH FLAG RAISING CEREMONY