VILLAGE GRAPEVINE 2000

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Village news

Remembrance day events

On Saturday, November 11, following last year's successful occasion the two minutes' silence was held at 11 am at St Mary's Church lychgate War Memorial. Flags of the local branch of the British Legion were paraded and the Last Post and Reveille was played by a local trumpeter. This ceremony was followed by the planting of two trees - a Millennium yew, propagated from a 2,000 year old yew and presented to the parish at a special service in Lichfield Cathedral, was planted in the churchyard, and a Millennium oak, a seedling of an oak tree planted by Sir Oswald Mosley in Rolleston Hall Grounds in 1900, was planted on the Croft. After the tree plantings everyone was invited to cross Burnside to Rolleston club to conclude the morning's events. In the evening Rolleston Choral Society presented a concert in two parts, the first being Faure's Requiem, while the second  consisted of a medley of wartime songs. This concert took place in St Mary's Church at 7 pm. <News>

The floods

In early November a large part of the country saw the worst flooding in 50 years with Burton's flood defences nearly being breached. Rolleston, was no exception, with flooding in several parts of the village. <News>

Coffee morning

On September 29 2000 Brenda Herriman held a coffee morning at her home in Rolleston. The event was part of the Macmillan Cancer Relief 10th anniversary World's Biggest Coffee Morning, and was a huge success, raising 530 for the charity. The charity hopes that, thanks to people like Mrs Herriman, the final ammount raised this year will be more than 2.5 million! <News>

Gardens Sunday

Held on 23 July. There were new gardens to visit, as well as the perennial favourites, and, growing weather permitting, the Allotment Society were hoping to have a "Gardeners Market" of fresh produce. <News>

Scout Carnival 2000

14 May - Six floats paraded from The Lawns to the Scouts HQ. The floats were decked out on the theme of 'into the future'. The Guides and the Brownies walked alongside. The second Rolleston Brownies took first prize for their float based on the theme 'peace', gaining 10 and a winning rosette. The girls decorated their own T-shirts and helped design the float. <News>

WI Cookery Book Launch

Cookery Book LaunchMrs Zena Skinner officially launched the Rolleston-on-Dove WI Millennium Recipe Book on Monday 10th April 2000 at the de Ferrers High School, Trent Campus. The book which costs 4 contains over 125 recipes, mainly by WI members and is on sale at Starbuck News or directly from the WI. The picture shows Verity Conner, left, holding the new book produced by Parker & Son (Printers) and President June Bush, with a celebration cake made by Janet Neal. <News>

Rare Bird Sighted

Young night heronBrookhollows in Rolleston has become the centre of a major debate following the appearance, at the end of March, perched in a tree just a few metres away from the road, of one of the area's rarest bird visitors for many a year, . The bird, a young brown and white patterned (black-crowned) night heron, carries the status of 'very rare vagrant' in the annals of the West Midland Bird Club, with only odd records of the species occurring and then only in the months of May, June and July. <News>

Pancake Races 2000

Pancake Races 2000Saturday 11 March saw a bumper turn-out for the pancake races in Brookside. Although only three adult teams, including the church choir, had entered there were 16 junior and four infant teams. The Civic Trust swept the board, to produce winners in all three classes. A collection among the onlookers and together with money raised by the very hard working Pre-School parents was added to church funds.

The picture shows some of the competitors and a 'smiling' Rector. <News>

 

Millennium Mugs

Millennium Mug Competition WinnersTalented sisters Sophie and Lauren Marshall can toast their success in a village Millennium competition with a mug of their own design. Sophie, 7, and Lauren, 9, of Rolleston, beat other youngsters from John of Rolleston Primary School and Rolleston Pre-school to win the once-in-a-lifetime contest. Their stylistic picture, incorporating St Mary's Church, the Alderbrook and the Spread Eagle bridge as well as a balloon and a rocket, caught the judges' eye. The design features on a mug which has been donated by Rolleston Parish Council to all children up to the age of 11 who live in the village. Further mugs will be up for sale at village Millennium events which include a talk by weatherman John Kettley, the launch of a WI cookery book and an exhibition tracing the history of the village. <News>

Burton Synfonia

Burton SynfoniaA group of young musicians held a fund raising concert at St Mary's Church in Rolleston on 4 February 2000. Proceeds were split between the church and funds for a  Burton Synfonia trip to Holland later this year. Pictured are (l-r) Lorna Nichols, 16, Tilley Hinchley, 17, Sal Thompson, 16 and Dan Peirce, 16. <News>

Environmental Award

In May 1999, Rolleston was invited, via Staffordshire County Council, to make a submission for a Millennium Environmental Heritage Award. These awards, made by the Green Organisation, are an extension of their Green Apple Awards, given for what they consider to be examples of environmental best practice. The Millennium Award is intended to provide recognition of communities which have managed to preserve the best of the past while successfully embracing the inevitability of change and innovation.

Rolleston's submission consisted of a set of photographs which had been taken by a resident, John Underhill, during three hours of' an early summer morning. These illustrated the historic and picturesque core of Rolleston and its surroundings, together with the sympathetic and sometimes attractive integration of new development within and around it. A copy of the recently completed Village Design Statement, which was commended by the Countryside Commission as a model statement, was also included. Just before the New Year, the village had the pleasure and satisfaction of receiving a Silver Award from the Green Organisation. <News>


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