This year’s Remembrance Event certainly did evoke a good response from all the local community both as contributors or visitors. It was also a pleasure to be able to involve the local schools in a community event and it is hoped that we can build upon this response in the near future.

May 4th 2019 Rocester Village Hall has been booked for a vintage stationary engine show and plans are starting to be made to invite other local organisations to participate in making it a vintage themed village show.

Regular bookings and one-off events are increasing at the Village Hall and the Indoor Car Boot event last Sunday was well attended. Another one is planned for Feb 24th so plenty of time to have a sort-out.

The next community event is the switching on of Rocester’s Christmas lights on Sat Dec 1st, firstly outside the Red Lion at 5pm and then down at the Village Hall at 5.30 where there will be and refreshments available afterwards.

Rocester Local History Group

Inns and Taverns was the title of the last title of the last History group meeting, though it might have been more correct to call it Inns and Alehouses. We identified six establishments that called themselves Inns but two of these had started out as Alehouses. In the early 1500’s the Abbot from Rocester Abbey complained that the monks spent too long in the alehouses after divine service.

There is now only the one pub in the village, The Red Lion, but this had once been a coaching inn, providing not only refreshments for the travellers but also for the horses, while the others only served liquid refreshment. The former Queen’s Arms was previously known as the Cock Inn and was also a working farm. It was also speculated that the Cross Keys, which had stood opposite the Red Lion, might have been so called because of a link to the Abbey, as the Abbey provided is recorded  as providing hospitality to travellers.

Dec 11th will be finishing off from the last meeting and starting to look at our resources for the Vintage Show in May.

Breakaways

This is being written just before the November meeting and the December meeting will be the Christmas meal. In January there will be the usual and much enjoyed Quiz evening and shared supper.

Rocester and District Camera Club

Again, this month the November competition meeting takes place just after the copy deadline for this article. The Dec 4th meeting is a talk / demonstration on the Lightroom Essentials computer programme followed on Dec 18th by the members Christmas party. The New Year starts on Jan 15th with discussing feedback from the competition.

Kate Yorke

Written by Rocester Parish Council