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Bonfire Night 1999

Competition winning Guy FawkesScouts staged their annual Bonfire Night celebrations at the Scouts HQ in the village on 5 November, raising 850 towards a 30,000 project to improve the HQ. Despite the wet weather over 1000 people enjoyed the spectacular display.

Chris Mills, 8, left and Sam Gopsill, 8, are seen pictured with their Rolleston Scouts competition winning Guy Fawkes. <News>

Institution of new Rector

Institution of new RectorFormer engineer Ian Whitehead has been installed as the new Rector of Rolleston and vicar of Anslow. Ian, 36, who is married with two young children, replaces the Rev Malcolm Birt, who moved to Cumbria with his wife, Beryl, after his retirement in April.

The Institution service held on 12 October 1999 at St Mary's Church, was conducted by the Venerable Alan Smith, Archdeacon of Stoke, and the Right Rev Keith Sutton, Bishop of Lichfield. Pictured left to right are the Venerable Alan Smith, the Right Rev Keith Sutton and the Rev Ian Whitehead. <News>

Green award

Green award presentationPupils from John of Rolleston Primary School have scored top marks from judges with their entries for a Staffordshire wide environment award. Teachers from the Chapel Lane school submitted a folder of children's green projects to the Community Council for Staffordshire which organised the competition and was open to all Staffordshire schools with pupils aged between five and eleven. The school was presented with its 250 prize at a ceremony in Stafford on 7 October.

Pictured (l-r) are Jacob Boast, Chris Mills and Louise Brain being presented with their awards by Roger Wright, president of Staffordshire Community Council, with Trevor Bates, from sponsor Tarmac, and Andrew Halden, chief executive of the Community Council.<News>

An awful lot of coffee

An event held as part of the World's Biggest Coffee Morning has raised 601.25 for Macmillan Cancer Relief. It was held at the home of Brenda Herriman in Alderbrook Close on 1 October, and was attended by 54 people. <News>

Images of England Project

Geoff HoodGeoffrey Hood of Twentylands, has volunteered to photograph local listed buildings as part of a national project (backed by a 3.09m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund) designed to protect the country's heritage. The English Heritage Scheme will record all the country's 360,000 listed buildings for the dawn of the millennium. The photographs will be put on the Images of England web site by August 2000. Look out for those in Rolleston! <News>

East Staffs in Bloom Competition

Phil GouldGardener Philip Gould, of Marston Lane, is celebrating after coming up trumps in the East Staffordshire in Bloom competition for his Cricket World Cup themed garden.

He won the best garden using organic methods and best overall front garden.

He received the Webb Corbett award from the mayor at a special reception at the Town Hall. <News>

Rolleston 2000

A village resident, John Parker of' Twentylands, who is an experienced amateur video maker and prize winner at national competition level, has offered to produce a video which will reflect the history, landscape, buildings, people and activities of the village, as part of the Millennium celebrations.

He is working to cover the full village calendar; and all the seasons of' the year. The committee would be very grateful for residents' support in informing him of events, houses or other features of' interest which might form part of this valuable record of the last year of this Millennium.

Ann and Arnold Burston, also of Twentylands, are organising a Local History Exhibition, to be held in St Mary's Church Room on May 19-22, 2000. They would like to appeal to any readers who have items they would be prepared to loan for display. They can be contacted on 813457. <News>

Dove Clinic Summer Fayre

The Dove Clinic, in Brookside, will be holding its Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 10 from 1.30 to 5pm. There will be over 30 stalls, offering a wide variety of goods. The entrance fee is 50p for adults (children and concessions 20p). The Clinic generously donated the proceeds to Rolleston's millennium charity "Water Aid". The Fayre raised over 350 and the Water Aid stall took a further 60. <News>

Almshouse Trustees

The pump in front of' the almshouses has been refurbished and is now looking its very best, enhancing the view from Burnside. The sincere thanks of' the trustees go to Ted Killick for organising the work and repairing and treating damaged timbers, to Howard Richardson for making and donating the metal plinth and straps for the pump, and to John Haywood for help in lifting and transporting the pump to and from Ted's workshop. <News>

Scout Group

ON Saturday, June 26 Rolleston Scout Group will be celebrating the first 10 years in the new headquarters, which were officially opened by the Princess Royal in 1989. There will he a barbecue on the Scout field and musical entertainment in the evening, so do come along and enjoy yourselves.

The Scouts and older Cubs are taking part in the Chief Scout's 24 Hours Challenge, in which they have to complete four tasks within the 24-hours. Scout leaders are also planning summer camp for the boys. Congratulations go to Rolleston Cubs, who have won both the league and the cup in the Burton and District Cub Football League. <News>

Open Gardens

Dave and Pam CawserJune 20, 1999 will be Rolleston-on-Dove's ninth Open Gardens Sunday, held as usual to raise funds for St Mary's Parish Church. Over the last nine years a pattern has been established of alternate June and July openings to give a variety in the types of flowers to be seen in the gardens. This year's June opening should be ideal for the earlier herbaceous plants.

Last year Rolleston was again the winner of the Borough in Bloom Burtotex Cup for the village with the six best gardens some of which will be open, come and see them and some of the others.

As always we aim to provide a good variety of garden types and this year include two gardens that have not been involved with the occasion before. One, a well established garden containing shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants, and the other a "garden in the making" - a garden which is being extended containing pond, wildlife area borders, vegetables etc. We are also pleased to welcome a garden that has not been seen for a number of years containing a delightful water feature as well as lovely borders, Other attractions include a variety of goats at the smallholding, the garden belonging to the winner of last year's Rolleston Civic Trust Award for the best Spring Garden and Rolleston Allotments. All well worth a visit to say nothing of the tea, cake and plant stalls. Artists from the Rolleston Gallery will be displaying some of their work and there will be music in the church during the afternoon.

Dave and Pam Cawser's garden, with a Monet bridge is one of the gardens well worth a visit.

The event runs from 1-6pm and programmes (1.50) giving entrance to all tbe gardens will be available in advance from local shops or from the church lychgate on the day.

(This year's Garden Sunday was the most successful ever, raising over 2500!!) <News>

The Staffordshire Federation of WI Banner

Mrs Bush with 'The Banner'On Sunday 13 June Rolleston-on-Dove WI President June Bush was driven in style (wearing best wedding hat) by Mrs Ruth Parker in her red MG to Hanbury. They had a small convoy of cars for their pleasant journey in bright sunshine to Hanbury Church, where a number of Hanbury WI ladies were waiting to greet them and receive The Banner. <News>

Community Day

The Friends of John of Rolleston Primary School (FOJORPS) have organised this year's Community Day for Saturday 12 June. This is the biggest family event in the village calendar and attracts people from far and wide.

All the regular attractions will be there this year, including the adventure cave, bouncy castle, coconut shy, ducking stool, pole bashing, pottery painting and pottery smashing, rollercoaster, football game and also (new this year), rollerball and balloon popping.

There will be a repeat visit from last year's very popular salsa band, with even more musicians for an even bigger sound, and the children will be entertained by the Pinxton Puppets. Refreshments will be on sale all day, both in the school hall and from the barbecue on the field.

A large number of local organisations will be represented, including, the Playgroup, Rolleston WI, Scouts, Parish Council, St Mary's Church, Myasthenia Gravis, Civic Trust and RSPB. The prize draw will have some really fantastic tickets - British Midland air tickets, Derby County FC tickets, golf at the Craythorne, a Nestle hamper and Tutbury Crystal.

STOP PRESS - Congratulations to Eddie Chapman (your local tv/video repair man) and his wife who won those air tickets in the raffle - the lucky ......... <News>

Norman Conquest

Painting (Monet)NORMANDY has been invaded again! Thirty-six members and friends of' Rolleston WI enjoyed a long weekend in Rouen, organised by Mrs Joan Price and Mrs Verity Conner. They had a wonderful visit to Monet's garden which certainly lived up to expectations. The flower borders were a mass of colour, the water-lilies were coming into flower, and they were able to walk over THE bridge.

The trip to Honfleur was most interesting. The wooden church, the old buildings and the harbour were all lovely, and we were able to stroll around in the sunshine and watch the world go by.

Deauville is a very pretty seaside town with a wooden walkway called the "plancher" all along the beach and, although the sea breeze was bracing, we had a good walk and enjoyed looking out for celebrities. Walking beside the sea is not, after all, something that we are often able to do. The weather was really kind to us: we had warm sunshine for all our excursions during the time we spent in Rouen, it rained only during the night or while we were traveling.

Sitting in the sunshine, drinking beer and eating galettes has a lot to recommend it, and we are looking forward to our next holiday abroad. Paris has been suggested. Join the WI and have fun! <News>

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