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Stop Press!! Tea at Three at Great Wymondley cancelled for July and August

The tea at three at Great Wymondley Village Hall has unfortunately had to be cancelled for the next two months.

If you are desperate remember that St Ippolyts have their Community lunch in St Ippolyts Parish Hall on the same day. Why not come along at 12:45 on 1st July and the first Wednesday in August and enjoy a brilliant lunch and even more brilliant company!!

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Danger Man at Work!!

IMG 2641 c Gordon Mowing St Ippolyts 30th June 2015Gordon Hewer just could not let the grass grow even though it was the hottest day of the year! His mowing partners prefered to sit down and have a beer!

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Kestrels Fledge 4 young in Church tower

IMG 2624 Imm Kestrels St Ippolyts 30th June 20154 superb baby Kestrels have now fledged from St Ippolyts Church Tower. There were originally 5 eggs but in the end it is believed only four hatched. Well done to the parents for rearing four youngsters.

Other wildlife news for the churchyard includes eveidence of foxes visiting us and a group of 4 common toads have also taken up residence. Frogs are becoming increasing common especially in the area at the south end of the churchyard where the grass has been left unmown. Wrens reared a family of youngsters in the roof of the toilet block as well as Blue and great tits rearing young in the nestboxes put up in the churchyard. In addition on 27th June a family of goldcrests were in the yew trees. 


Watch out for more wildlife news in future bulletins.

IMG 2629 Imm Kestrels St Ippolyts 30th June 2015

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"Plea for old Keys" from Revd Ann

At Great Wymondley fete Revd Ann is hoping to have a stall where people choose a key to try an open a door, behind which is a prize of £5, does anybody have any old keys that she could have, as currently there are not enough to make the stall viable!  At least 20 or so keys are needed for to make the stall interesting, they need to be the old fashioned type ( ie not yale). If you have any old fashioned type keys can you let Revd Ann have them.



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Open Gardens, a brilliant day!!

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What a wonderful day. The Church fund raising committee led by Barbara Thomas organised a splendid day of open gardens in the Parish and several hundred visitors enjoyed some truly spectacular gardens. A special thank you to all those who volunteered to show us their lovely horticultural creations, without their willingness to open up their gardens we would not have had such a special day. The weather, in spite of a rainy forecast , was very kind to us.


Early in the morning an army of volunteers were erecting signs (well Andrew Russell was!), preparing a bar b que, preparing the Parish hall, making sandwiches, delivering home made cakes, setting up stalls  to sell tickets, stalls to sell plants (Lynda Garner), stalls to sell handmade greetings cards (Jo Cooper together with Pauline and Alan Hinks), or generally preparing themselves to help out wherever needed. A very big thank you all those who mucked in and  gave a hand.

Before noon, opening time for the gardens, there were eager visitors parking their cars and buying tickets. All through the afternoon there was a stream of people wandering through our community seeking out the gardens. Many called into the Parish Hall for tea and cake or a sandwich. There were still visitors enjoying their afternoon at 6 o'clock in the evening as all the helpers started to close up and pack things away.

Throughout the day raffle tickets were sold. This raffle had been organised by Carolyn Marsh and we had prizes from very generous people and businesses within our community, thank you to all of them. At quarter past five Revd Ann drew the lucky tickets.

If you enjoyed this wonderful day look out for our flower festival next year!!

To see photographs of the event have a look in the photo gallery of this web site.

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