Sheldon Jottings for December 2012

Happy and peaceful Christmas to you all.

Julia was telling us about the timetable for the winter: the milk cows stay in at night and go up to the top yard for silage in the day. They don’t seem to mind! But all the other animals are still sleeping under the stars. The tup has been put to the ewes, so that there will be Easter lambs, due on April 1st. All part of the wonderful rural timetable of Sheldon.

Congratulations to John, top marks overall in his final police exams, 98%, after 10 weeks of hard training. At the passing out parade ceremony on November 9th the student police officers took their ‘oath of attestation’ and received their warrant cards and certificates. The evening finished with tea/coffee and cakes and lots of photographs! John started his shifts as a fully-qualified police officer on Friday 16th November, based at Buxton for the first two years.

Nigel and Mickey’s daughter, Jenny had a son earlier than expected. All is well. Welcome, Oscar to our world! We look forward to seeing him in the village soon. Needless to say Mickey and Nigel are over the moon.

The village bonfire and fireworks evening on November 3rd started with a huge fire at the far end of the playing field before Ian and Andrew’s fantastic pyrotechnics display! More than sixty people then went on up to the hall where Lindsey, Pat and Wendy were prepared with fabulous pies and peas. We were lucky with the weather, even fairly mild at Sheldon heights, although Bron and Tony commented that, being used to Sheldon’s weather, even climbing mountains in the rarefied Himalayan air on their holiday this year had not posed a challenge. It was great to see villagers old and new filling up the hall again, and we missed those that couldn’t make it. Many thanks to everyone.

Welcome to Angie and Andy who have now moved into Lower Farm (at last!). They have been  hard working members of the village community for many months, but only now have they moved finally in after all the renovations. Great to have you with us.

There was a moving and well attended Remembrance Day Service on November 11th in which Brian read one of the readings and Marlene placed a wreath under the memorial in the church for the service men from our village who gave their lives: John Brocklehurst, Thomas Brocklehurst, Anthony Gyte, Alfred Wildgoose and John Sherwin.

The Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon Broadband Project committee have decided upon the next steps for taking this work forward.  The committee has expanded, with more representatives from each village now involved, including Andrew Joly and Andy Ford from Sheldon (in addition to John and Georgina).

Some important dates:

Sunday 23rd December, 4pm at Church – the  Sheldon Carol Service returns.
The next vicar’s coffee morning is on Tuesday 5th February 2013 in the pub (none in December and January)
Sunday 9th December at 9am Holy Communion
Christmas Day at 9am Holy Communion

Sheldon Jottings for November 2012

“He’s bootiful…”

October….harvest time. The farmers have been busy, the gardeners can relax and lay up their treasures for the winter. The cows are happy, and Bernard’s happy! Bernard is the turkey at Top Farm and very proud of himself, particularly as he was originally to be Top Farm’s Christmas lunch last year, but no-one could bear to do the necessaries. So now he struts round in all his finery, with his two turkey lady friends. They are very productive, and as such…Sheldon’s latest delicacy…turkey eggs. Now I’m very fond of poached eggs, and have been known to stretch to the occasional duck egg, but I’m still thinking that turkey poached eggs could just be a mouthful too far. Anyway Harold tells me they are delicious, and he knows about these things.

Harvest festival is always very special in a farming community. Again this year it was a beautiful service in our church, conducted by our new Curate. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and abundant produce and the pews gleamed. The loaf of bread and the grapes on the altar echoed those in the lovely stained-glass window behind, through which the sun shone. This year it was decided to give the produce offerings directly to a local charity, instead of the usual auction in the village pub.

Congratulations to John. He is now half way through his fast track police training and came out with top marks in the halfway exams. The pressure continues as final exams loom. John will then be attached to Buxton Police Station and continue his training with a mentor.

To celebrate Bonfire Night this year and say a big thank you to Sheldon Day helpers, we are having another bonfire and firework display on the playing field at 7.00pm (Saturday November 3rd) followed by a pea and pie supper in the Village Hall. All are welcome to the fireworks and bonfire, BUT we are limiting the meal to village residents, their families and those who helped this year on Sheldon Day. If you haven’t replied and can come, please contact Andrew Joly (07768 892865) or drop a note into Lindsey at Townend Cottage as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Big celebrations at the Dome in Buxton on Monday October 15th. Ken received his award from the County Council, nominated by me on behalf of the village, for the way he has helped make our village better over such a long time. Ralph Lord also received another award, nominated by Councillor Judith Twigg. Congratulations to both!

Thank you to everyone for all your good wishes after my recent short stay in hospital. I escaped, commando style as Sheila put it, as quickly as I could, and am now resting at home. I was therefore unable to attend the Parish Meeting. However, Georgina chaired it in my place, and did so excellently with Sheila’s help and support.

Vicar’s coffee morning: Tuesday November 6th

Sheldon Jottings for October 2012

As I’m writing this month’s jottings (mid September) I’m looking out at the swallows swooping round, flying low, enjoying the weather and the insects. There were 29 of them perched on our aerial the other day, with another ten or so swooping round, waiting for their turn! This village is very much a swallow village; it should be our village emblem!

Congratulations to Ken Brocklehurst! We nominated him for a Derbyshire County Council Excellence in the Community award, and he’s been successful. No-one deserves it more than Ken. Part of  the nomination statement said “Over the years, he has been a stalwart of the village community but especially helpful to the Parish Meeting. He allows the Parish meeting to use his outbuildings to store material, chairs, and anything necessary. His view is that he is helping in his own way to improve the life of his beloved Sheldon for everyone. In the past, also for Sheldon Day, he has offered the use of his outbuildings for various shows, poultry, pets and the like. Ken is always there to offer his help with donations towards all our events, especially the cream teas and regular flower donations for the church.” He’ll receive his award on Monday, October 15th at the Dome in Buxton. Well done Ken!

On the village website there is now a special Nature Watch page about the wildlife in and around  Sheldon, with some lovely photos, written by village resident Mark Witherall. Mark is an ecologist and has a deep interest in all things natural.  He’s worked hard on producing this page and it’s getting loads of hits.

Georgina says she appears to have found herself representing Sheldon on the Monyash, Flagg and Sheldon broadband project committee, whilst John is out of action undergoing police training (I hear he’s finding it pretty demanding but is doing well). Georgina will be great doing this job for our village!  The new date of the community meeting about the project is Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm in Monyash Village Hall.  We really need to encourage as many people as we possibly can to go to the meeting.  This is our chance  to ask about how improved broadband could be put in place and how the service would operate.  We’ll need to make decisions on how we move the project forward too.

Ann reminds us that the Church is looking for someone to take over cleaning the church. At the moment it is being done very efficiently by those whose turn it is to do the flowers. This seems to be a good solution rather than the burden falling on one only. It certainly spreads the load. So if there are others who would like to take their turn doing the flowers with cleaning of the church as well, as part of a wider and extended rota, please let Ann or Julia or Michelle know.

Parish Meeting: October 10th
Vicar’s coffee morning: 10am October 2nd

Sheldon Jottings for September 2012

Our farming families have been out hay making, dodging the bad weather in between and our Swallows are on the move, soon to leave the village until next April. I always think our Sheldon year really begins and ends with the swallows…but they were still here swooping around on August 25 for Jenna (Colin & Lindsey’s daughter) and Richard on their wedding day in our Church. We all enjoyed hearing the banns read over the past weeks, and 3.45 was the magic time on 25th August. Lindsey and Colin invited the whole village to join them in the Church and for champagne at Townend Cottage afterwards. Always a wonderful occasion. St Michael and All Angels the best place to be married and who better than the Guardian angels to watch over them for their future life together! No place better. Congratulations and all the best for a long life together, Jenna and Richard.

August was also a celebration for Julia and Mick Lester, their 25th wedding anniversary. It only seems like yesterday that I remember them on their wedding day at Sheldon Church….Hassop Hall afterwards then…and Hassop Hall now for their 25th as well! Congratulations and best wishes for the next 25.

Brilliant news about John, who, amongst many other things, is the webmaster and developer of this excellent Sheldon website. He has successfully passed all the assessment hurdles to become a police officer. He starts his training on Sept 3rd. When he told me he said: ”I think I’m still in shock to be honest!” Happy shock, but shock nonetheless. It is a most demanding process getting into the Police Force, and he deserves every possible pat on the back for being successful. Another success for Sheldon, again punching above its weight, as the Chief Executive of the National Park remarked several times when he visited the village recently and attended the start of our last Parish Meeting.

Then there was Sheldon Day. We took £4330.48 and made a clear profit of £3251.36. When you realise that we made over one thousand pounds AN HOUR, it puts it into proper perspective! It was my pleasure and honour to present the best of the best produce cup to Julia for her fantastic Victoria Sponge….this was the first time we had such a prize and the cup, a cup cake complete with cherry on top made out of wood on a beautifully made stand was all made by people from the village, and it will be presented every year. Julia also got a certificate to keep…the cup comes back to us! I also was honoured to present the Best of the Best shield in the dog show as well. The dog show was its usual noisy and most enjoyable success…39 entries this year, and as I said on the day, they all deserved to be winners! Walking from the car parking (what would we have done without Ken Brocklehurst’s kind offer of the use of his fields for the afternoon) where our busy car park attendants (thanks guys) were working out where to put the enormous number of cars down the village past the cake stall (where the cakes and goodies just fly off the shelves), past the queues waiting for their cream tea in the village hall, past all the stalls and games, the band, the dog show, and all the stalls on the playing field, it was an afternoon that will stay with me and everyone in the village for a long time. I always like to visit the Church to see the flower display and this year I dropped in several times during the day. They were magnificent, the flowers, the way they were arranged and the theme and the quiet music. The beauty of the place and the peace felt by all those who came to see our Church and its display gave an atmosphere that was truly spiritual and thoughtful and uplifting. Wonderful, always, I feel the centre of our Day, our Church. Then of course there was the Fell Race the Thursday evening before, again, a huge success, and thanks to Phil and the team for that…better than the Olympics. And then on Sunday at our Communion service Canon Tony spoke movingly of the relationship between Sheldon day and our intensely committed small local community and the community of the Church. Exactly right. The flowers were all still in the Church with the theme display, so the small congregation that morning all had to sit at the front…it took flowers and Sheldon day to get everyone to sit at the front, he said with a grin.

Meanwhile Sheldon life goes on. Andrew Lester has now finished college at Buxton, did very well in his exams and spent a happy Summer holidays working on the farm and fixing body work on cars! He’s currently thinking about options for the future, but one thing is for certain, it will involve cars in one form or another!

Ann Lomas and the whole family are back from a great week’s holiday together in Anglesey . We are all wondering if she managed to see Kate and William in their favourite supermarket; but Ann tells me she is sure she saw William fly over in his helicopter. If anyone could arrange it, Ann could! And she says she’s off back there again soon for another break. I was telling Ann about our recent short break in Llandudno…guess what, Ann has been to Llandudno every year for the last 60 years…can’t beat that. But good to see her out and about. Good health, Ann.

There was good Sheldon presence at the Olympics. Marlene and Brian are still in the clouds after a day’s trip to the Olympics for the first day of the Athletics. They reported a wonderful atmosphere and the organisation was excellent. Before that they also had a day at Wimbledon. Andrew Joly and the family went to the Fencing finals and had an excellent time. William is now keen to take it up! So won’t be long before we have a Sheldon Fencing Champion.

Vicar’s coffee morning: Tuesday Sept 4th in the village hall at 10am.

Sheldon Jottings for August 2012

No formal Jottings this month, they resume in September…but just a couple of things to report.

The most exciting is that John, who amongst many other things is the webmaster and developer of this excellent Sheldon website, has successfully passed all the assessment hurdles to become a Police Officer. He starts his training in September. When he told me he said: ”I think I’m still in shock to be honest!” Happy shock, but shock nonetheless. He handed in his notice to the National Park Authority the day he found out where he was a very valued member of staff (what will they do without him? It is a most demanding process getting into the Police Force, and he deserves every possible pat on the back for being successful. Another success for Sheldon, again punching above its weight, as the Chief Executive of the National Park remarked several times when he visited the village recently and attended the start of our last Parish Meeting.

The other success was Sheldon Day. You will already have read about it here, with the thanks to everyone by the Sheldon Day team. But I too want to express my deepest thanks to everyone, the whole village, for making it such an extraordinary success. When you realise that we made over one thousand pounds AN HOUR, it puts it into proper perspective the achievement of the day. As I walked around during the afternoon, speaking to visitors and everyone on the stalls, what impressed me so much was the happy, contented sense of joy in the day itself; that’s what Sheldon Day is really all about! It is terrific to have the money of course, and we will decide as we always do how to distribute it at our August Parish Meeting. But much more important than mere money is the incredible community effort, and the community involvement that Sheldon Day provides, and the community spirit and togetherness that results.

Walking from the car parking (what would we have done without Ken Brocklehurst’s kind offer of the use of his fields for the afternoon) where our busy car park attendants (thanks guys) were working out where to put the enormous number of cars down the village past the queues waiting for their cream tea in the village hall, past all the stalls and games, the band, the dog show, and all the stalls on the playing field, it was an afternoon that will stay with me and everyone in the village for a long time. I always like to visit the Church to see the flower display and this year I dropped in several times during the day. It was magnificent, the flowers, the way they were arranged and the theme. Wonderful, always, I feel the centre of our Day, our Church. I have never seen such crowds, all enjoying themselves. A wonderful achievement.

Enjoy the rest of the August holiday period, more Jottings next month