Chairman’s Report – December
Under planning, we had received notice that detailed planning for the Ashbourne Road Housing Development…
Thanks should go to:-
those in the Allotment Society who created the splendid Christmas tableau; those who organised the Christmas Lights, refreshments and raffle; and to the ‘Church team’ who provided a joyous start to Christmas with the Nativity walk through the village.
As we have only a small number of members who regularly come to meetings it only takes a few to be incapacitated with winter bugs or for there to be icy conditions to cause a meeting to be postponed, and this was the case in December. We did manage to meet in January and continued with Rocester’s Characters. Hopefully in February we will be looking at some characters who had links to the Rocester community but who may have lived for some time in the outlying neighbourhoods.
Rocester and District Camera Club
The last meeting in December was a talk and demonstrate on Getting off Auto led by Stuart Boyd. There was no meeting at the beginning of January but a group of members had a successful promotional event at Tesco’s on Sat 13th. The first club night of the New Year was a presentation by Simon Watkinson using local and Far Eastern landscape images to illustrate how these can be achieved in the camera without digital manipulation.
On Feb 6th there will be a members Show and Tell and on Feb 20th a talk ’Seeing is Believing’ by Warren Alani as preparation for the next Club competition.
The Breakaways enjoyed their Christmas meal at Riversholme and in January held had their now traditional New Year quiz followed by an ample shared supper. In February the speaker will be a representative from the Derby Soup Kitchen Project. Members have been asked to bring as a donation an item of consumable dried goods such as tea, coffee, biscuits etc that can be used for the project.
The Village Hall is the new venue for the JCB Pensioners Club and I include Roy Burnett’s, as Treasurer / Secretary, report of the first meeting.
‘With the closure of JCB Lakeside Club, the JCB Pensioners’ Club had to find a new venue for their monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month. It was decided to use Rocester Village Hall and the first meeting of the New Year was held on 11th Jan between 2- 4pm
The Hall was well received by the membership, which was said to be warm, clean and with a user friendly kitchen. Having to lay out the tables and chairs, together with certain other tasks for the meeting to convene, it was though a new sense of belonging had descended on the Pensioners’ Club. Everyone was eager to give a helping hand, both in setting out the room and clearing away at the end of the day.
So well done Nigel Green, the Community Centre management, and staff. It was well worth a mention, hopefully to encourage others to book the venue. We have booked the hall for our monthly meetings for the foreseeable future.’