Civic Trust News 2018

Spring 2018

Looking Forward to 2018

When looking back at my opening reports for the past New Years, especially 2016 and 2017, the outlook for Rolleston appeared gloomy with our plans and wishes being thwarted at every turn. Rolleston would do as it was told and accept the responsibilities and consequences of being a Strategic Village. I can now report that the Village has taken a deep breath, and got on with it.

We must all now look forward to 2018 and hope that things can only get better.

On the positive side we can look forward to the many varied and entertaining events arranged throughout the year by our wealth of village organisations, The Parish Council, St Mary’s Church, RODSEC, Rolleston Club, our Women’s Institutes, The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides, TREATS, The British Legion, The Cricket and Football Clubs and The Civic Trust to name but a few (apologies if I have not included you all). How do we find the time to fit it all in?

Rolleston’s Neighbourhood Plan is progressing nicely and it is hoped that this will be in place by the end of the year. We can still hope that Localism will apply in Rolleston, but I still have reservations.

The effort to secure the Heritage Lottery Grant to fund The Central Rivers Initiative for transforming The Trent Valley is well underway and Projects for Rolleston feature well in The Lower Dove Valley portion of this project. Again we should know what the project holds for Rolleston by the end of this year.

The Civic Trust will continue to assist The Parish Council to keep the heart of our village looking its best and we hope to add more features during the year.

Our programme of speakers for our monthly meetings at The Cricket Club is as varied and interesting as always and all are welcome to come and join us. Our fees for membership remain at £5.00 per household, what value for money.

We continue to fund and produce The Rollestonian and hope that through our efforts we continue to add to the wonderful community spirit that exists in our village despite all that has gone before.

Now is really the time to look forward.

Civic Trust speakers

At our November meeting we welcomed back Malcolm Goode, who this time told us about ‘Burton at War in 1917’. He’s already booked for November 2018 for the final chapter on World War One. Our new year began in January with Richard Stone telling us about ‘Folk Tales and Festivities’, followed in February by Janet Spavold taking as her subject this time ‘The Sanitary Potteries of South Derbyshire’. In March we welcome back Shirley Horton whose subject will be ‘Street Names’ and in April we will be entertained by Brian Morris ‘The Magic Lantern Man’.

Our monthly meetings are held at Rolleston Cricket Club, 7.30pm for an 8pm start, and all are welcome.

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Last updated: 21 February 2018