Monthly Archives: November 2016

Cat on a Cold Tile Roof

November 20, 2016

Kip the cat was first heard pathetically meowing early one morning and we think he may have been chased up a very steep roof of a house at the top end of Dibleys and been up there all night.

Poor Kip, very small and very young, was being swooped on by magpies and kites and was obviously terrified and very hungry – but even a dish of tuna could not persuade him to attempt the climb down.

Just after 4pm, the Fire Brigade took pity and turned up and with the aid of several ladders, a kindly fireman climbed up onto the ridge of the roof and tempted Kip into a special bag and carried him down to safety and his plate of tuna. The firemen were wonderful and the whole exercise was watched by a very appreciative crowd who gave a huge cheer and round of applause for the Fire crew.

A group of small children were then allowed to have a closer look at the fire engine so the story has a very happy ending.

Pat Mattimore

Photo: Bernard Mattimore

Honouring the Fallen

November 22, 2016

The Remembrance Day service took place at St Michaels at 10.45am on Sunday the 13th November 2016, led by the Reverend Louise Butler.

Afterwards the congregation walked to the memorial stone at the junction of London Road and Nottingham Fee. Members of the Royal British Legion were in attendance and musicians from the Blewbury Brass Band played both at the church and at the memorial stone. Following the Last Post, attendees observed the traditional two-minute silence.

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Thanks to Jim Gooding for the photographs.

Downland Dance – Tribute to the Late Tracey Harris

November 21, 2016

Earlier this year two students from Elmhurst School for Dance performed a ‘pas de deux’ from The Nutcracker in Sobell House for patients, staff, volunteers and visitors. The initiative came from Jim, Tracey’s husband, who is on the Board of Governors at the school.

Elmhurst has an outreach programme whereby their dancers visit hospices around the UK and give brief performances. Jim felt he wanted to make this available to Sobell House as a way of repaying the love and kindness shown to Tracey when she was on the ward.
This particular performance was choreographed by Errol Pickford, a teacher at Elmhurst and former Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. The photograph shows Jim, flanked by the two soloists. Anita Rendel

Community Orchard – News from the Coggers

After months of planning and consulting, we are almost ready to start planting!

The first 20 or so trees have been ordered, stakes, labels, tree guards and posts have all been specified and planting will take place in December. It will take a few years for the trees to become established and to bear fruit, but you should then be able to pick a Warwickshire Drooper for your breakfast (it’s a plum) or a Reverend Wilks for your supper (it’s a cooking apple).

A number of people have kindly volunteered to help with the planting. If you would like to add your name to the list then please contact John Ogden (jogden@blewbury.net). For those who can help it would be very useful if they could bring along a spade and perhaps a large board or groundsheet – and a wheelbarrow could be useful to help with mulching around the trees. The weekend of the 3rd December is one possible start date but we will be in email contact with all volunteer COGGERS before then.  John Ogden