Civic Trust News 2003

Winter 2003


All villagers are invited to join us in the following calendar of events.

Friday 12th December - Annual Dinner (Ticket Event)**
Yew Tree Inn, Ednaston

Wednesday 21st January - National Memorial Arboretum*
(Speaker to be announced)

Sunday 25th January - Mulled Wine Morning (Ticket Event)**
At “Apple Acres” by kind permission of Simon and Helen Richardson.

Wednesday 18th February - South Derbyshire Sanitary Ware*
Janet Spavold

Wednesday 17th March - Beekeeping*
Richard Matkin. To be followed by ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

*Wednesday meetings to be held in the Spread Eagle at 8.00pm
**Tickets for special events available from all Committee Members.

Autumn 2003

Rolleston Civic Trust aims to enhance, promote and protect the village environment by a variety of means. These include:

In order to carry out these functions civic Trust needs resources – members and their subscriptions. 

To join (annual family membership only £3;single membership £2) please contact any of the committee members: Peter Barnett, John Carlton, Tessa Dunleavy, Peter Galloway, Roger Gawthorpe, Di Miller, Clare Norman, Shiela Redgrave, Helen Richardson, Janet Sanderson, Heather Taylor, Marek Trelinski and Vanessa Winstone.

The Civic Trust also produces an annual programme of events that are open to all village residents. Most are free of charge!

Clare Norman

Civic Trust Autumn Programme

Wed 17th Sept, Spread Eagle 8pm
Mr Dudley Fowkes

Wed 15th Oct, Spread Eagle, 8pm
Mr Basil Stephenson

Wed 19th Nov, Spread Eagle 8pm
Mr Lawrence Oates

Fri 5th December 
ANNUAL DINNER – ticket event

Summer 2003

The AGM in March saw the resignation of 4 long-standing members of the committee - Tom Martin - Chairman, Trevor Bottrill - Vice-Chairman, Barbara Bowyer and Margaret Cargill. All had given many years of commitment to the Civic Trust and this was acknowledged at the AGM.

Tom Martin gave notice of his intention to resign last summer, and in the ensuing months committee members had opportunities to absorb and to reallocate the numerous roles which Tom had assumed as chairperson. The new committee is now ‘up and running’ and we are delighted to welcome 5 members who have decided (with minimal arm-twisting) to boost the committee up to a total of 14! Tom, Trevor, Barbara and Maggie will obviously be missed, but it is reassuring to see the committee moving on with interest and enthusiasm. (I am most appreciative of the Civic Trust’s presentation to me of an engraved glass bowl following my second period as Chairman. I have assured the new committee of my continuing support from the back-benches! – Tom Martin)

Pancake Races

As a result of police reservations on the use of Brookside this year, the races were transferred to The Croft. This proved to be a popular choice and provided weather and ground conditions allow we shall probably seek Parish Council approval to do the same next year. We were grateful to the Pre-School parents for organizing post-race pancakes and refreshments again. Pancake sales and the cash collection generated over £120 for St Mary’s Fabric Fund.

Civic Trust Programme

Wed 21st May, 8pm Spread Eagle
Aspects of St Mary’s Church
Mr Arnold Burston

Sat 21st June, 7.30pm Cheese and Wine Evening
Apple Acres, Knowles Hill, by kind permission of Simon and Helen Richardson.
Tickets £7.50, for sale from committee members.

Wed 9th July Evening guided tour of Abbots Bromley and pub supper.
Own transport, tickets available from committee members, on a strictly limited basis.

All Rollestonians are welcome at our monthly meetings and we are grateful to The Spread Eagle for the continued use of their facilities for our meetings.

Spring 2003

Civic Trust Award

Each year the Civic Trust makes an award for a “project or scheme that has enhanced significantly the village environment, or a communal activity”. This year, the Civic Trust is pleased to announce that the award has been made to Mr & Mrs John and Debra Hayes for the refurbishments that they have carried out on the Post Office and Topiary Cottage. These have made a significant improvement to the appearance of the Spread Eagle junction.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held following the usual monthly meeting at the Spread Eagle, on Wednesday 19th March. Tom Martin will be retiring as Chairman as well as long serving committee members Margaret Cargill and Barbara Bowyer. If you feel that you can help on the committee we would be delighted to hear from you (instead of being bullied into it!).

Membership & Subscriptions

The modest annual subscription (£2 for an individual & £3 for a family) helps us fund Rollestonian, and maintenance work in Brookhollows, maintenance of the church floodlights, and other village projects. If you support our aims we would welcome your subscription, even as a sleeping member! Contact our membership secretary, Mrs Heather Taylor, The Old Hall, Hall Grounds or any other committee member.

Civic Trust Spring Programme

Wed 19th March, 8.00pm Spread Eagle
Literary Associations of some NT Properties 
Mrs Sylvia Martin Followed by AGM

Wed 16th April, 8.00pm Spread Eagle
History of Burton & its Brewing Industry
Mr John Bonnett

Wed 21st May, 8.00pm Spread Eagle
Aspects of St Mary’s Church
Mr Arnold Burston

Sat 21st June, Ticket Event
Cheese & Wine Evening at Appleacres, by kind permission of Helen & Simon Richardson

Wed 9th July
Evening guided tour of Uttoxeter or Abbots Bromley & Pub Supper. Own transport, details later.

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