Sheldon Jottings – Summer 2019

It’s early June as we write these Jottings and we have had the joy of listening to many different garden birds. But for the last 3 to 4 weeks a pair of garden warblers, who will be visiting for the summer, have been singing loudly on and off all day around the middle of the village. These are quite secretive little birds but their song is a strong, well-sustained sweet, even warble of notes.

Sadly, a pair of visiting redstarts crashed into a window (even though there were window stickers) a few weeks ago and one died as a result. The other was very stunned but after a brief spell recovering on the ground, it eventually flew off.

The song thrushes know that there is much food to be had in our gardens judging by the number of empty large snail shells around. Keep up the good work thrushes!

If you want to encourage bees into your garden then get a shrub called Cotoneaster Horizontalis which is flowering at the moment. At present ours, which grow up against the sides of walls, are covered in bees, all working so hard, and there are so many different types of them – some huge, some very small. In the autumn this shrub is covered in berries which the birds love, especially the blackbirds.

Our meadows and flowery verges (which are mainly cow parsley and red campion), are looking gorgeous now and the may blossom and elder blossom are creating a wonderful display. The ash trees are almost out as these are usually one of the last trees to make their glorious show of lovely new green leaves.

The wild flower meadows are alive with insects on the tall yellow meadow buttercups, the red of the sorrel, the brown/black of the plantain and the white of the pignut, amongst others. But the all-important flower is the yellow rattle which helps to keep down the grass as it feeds off grass roots and thus enables more flowers to gain a space to grow.

Our 3rd Cream Tea Day in the village hall was on Sunday 26th May (the Bank Holiday weekend). Although the weather was not too warm there was still a good number of people scoffing the scones and we now have a steady clientele of followers who visit us regardless of the weather as our cream teas are such good value. A very good sum of £200 was raised and this all helps to keep our village hall going.

The Lucky Dip for the children also needs smallish items worth around 50p. This is a popular little ‘stall’ and was sold out quickly last year. As they all need to be wrapped please can you deliver to Bron, if possible a few days before! Here’s hoping for a beautiful day….

The last Cream Tea day will be on Sunday 25th August so go and indulge and enjoy for the last time this year!!

The £50 winner of the Church Draw for this month was Alistair Warren with number 40. Congratulations!

These Jottings are for July and August as is usual, so we wish you all a lovely summer and September will hopefully be the next issue.

DIARY DATES

Sunday 25th August – Cream Teas in the village hall 1pm – 5pm

Sheldon Jottings for June 2018

Spring is well on its way in Sheldon. It really started with a wonderful Easter weekend – the lovely weather brought out all the flowers and by the next week Deep Dale had the most spectacular display of cowslips. The lambs and the cattle livened up all the fields  and our resident blackbird woke us each morning with its beautiful song, surely one of the best in the bird world.

April saw the inaugural meeting of the Book Club, hosted by Julia at Manor Farm and was a great success. Everyone had a most enjoyable evening and the weather allowed most of the meeting to take place outside, until a chill in the air drove everyone inside. The group agreed to read ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd ready for the next meeting which will take place at Amanda’s house at 7.30pm on Tuesday 5th June. You are most welcome to come along and join this friendly and jolly group – no pun intended!!

We have two Cream Tea Sundays in May – our first was a pleasant day at Spring Bank Holiday, encouraging people to sit out in the village hall garden to enjoy their scrumptious tea. The blossom on the flowering cherry, which was planted to commemorate the Silver Jubilee in May 1977, was just beginning to come out, and two days later it was beginning its magnificent display – one of the beautiful sights of Sheldon. Walkers passing through the village were taking numerous photographs of it and of the small display put on by the sedum growing on top of the wall just below it. The event made over £200 for the Village Hall Funds – well done everyone!

The playing field came alive on Bank Holiday Saturday as a football match was played between the Cock and Pullet Pool Team and a team from the New Inn at Flash. After a hard fought and thoroughly entertaining match,  which was much enjoyed by all the spectators, (except for the children who were having fun on the swings and the slide!), the New Inn team won by two goals to one. The match raised the princely sum of £330 for the Air Ambulance Fund. Congratulations to all those involved.

The last meeting of the Sheldon History Group this year takes place on Wednesday June 20th in the village hall.  At this meeting there will be an illustrated talk about the Romano – British site at Horsborough at the bottom of Deep Dale. There are so many interesting aspects of Deep Dale,  so no doubt the talk will stray into these as well. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about the beautiful environment in which we live. There will be no History Group during July or August, so the next meeting of the Group will be in September – look in Sheldon Jottings for details.

As we now have a new Chair – Wendy and Secretary – Joe, running our Parish Meetings please note there is a meeting on Monday 11th June, so do come to support them and your village.

We still need to fill the position of Treasurer!!

We have a new litter bin near Church Lane to replace the old small one. It now matches the posh one at the top of the village. Thanks to DDDC who responded quickly to our request for a new larger bin.

Kath has reminded us that this month a new Church Draw will begin, so if you wish to continue or you would like to have a number on the new ‘100’ ball Draw starting in June, please see Kath or Michelle.

The Church Draw winner for this month was Michelle with number 93. Congratulations!

Sheldon Jottings for October 2016

Mick saw two red kites circling over the fields at the top of the village the other week – a sight not seen in Sheldon for many a year!  Summer is disappearing  (if it ever fully arrived depends in your viewpoint!)  and autumn is on the way. The swallows and house martins have left us and the weather is turning cooler. In the gardens the flowers are having a last fling, the asters still have some colour but others like the rudbeckia and dahlias are  fading. Soon it is time to plant the spring show of wallflowers and daffodils.  Now we can look forward to those beautiful displays of autumn colour provided by the leaves and berries on the trees and shrubs.

The last Cream Tea of the year on August Bank Holiday Sunday was another success for that band of helpers who put in so much work during the summer months to raise much needed funds for the village hall. A wonderful £265 was the total for August. Thank you to all local people who come to aid the cause and love scoffing our delicious, mighty big jam and cream scones!!

The population of our village has varied over the years in both numbers and composition. Using the Census details from 1841 to 1911 the History Group Meeting on Wednesday 19th of October will be looking at these changes.  From the influx of the Cornish miners who came to build the Engine House and its chimney in the early part of this period,  to the fluctuating farming community of the latter years, the details are interesting   For such a small village Sheldon has a wealth of history hidden within it. Come and find out more of the background to the place in which we live. There is certain to be a warm welcome and a cup of tea or coffee plus a slice of Julia’s famous Victoria sponge cake to enjoy.

Now we must say belated birthday wishes to Rosemary. Hope you had a happy 80th birthday on the 29th September Rosemary surrounded by your family and friends. BIG birthdays to come – Happy 80th Birthday to Ralph on the 11th October and a Happy Birthday to Sam who will be 90 on 24th October. Our very good wishes are sent to you all.

Doesn’t time fly?  Little Harriet has now started school at Taddington and little George has started school at Longstone.  It doesn’t seem five minutes since we announced their birthdays!  Also baby  Max was 1 on 15th September and little Alice was 2 on 22nd September.  We hope you both had fun birthdays!

A big thank you to Stephen Melland (Joe) for supplying and fixing our new Church Notice Board. Please read about the Church Harvest events and take note that the Harvest Festival will NOT be on the first Sunday this year, it will be on the 9th October.  Everyone is welcome at the Harvest Supper on the 10th at 7.30 at the Cock and Pullet.

The lucky 100 Ball winner of £25 for September was no 47. Congratulations Michelle!

Don’t forget that if you wish to give your point of view regarding the closure of Newholme Hospital and all its services,  the 5th October is the last date. Go online www.joinedupcare.org.uk  or fill in the questionnaire at the back of the booklet (strangely entitled for us in this rural area) ‘Better care, Closer to Home’

Please remember that Sheldon Jottings is a free way of advertising an event or of letting the village know of something of interest. We have missed 1 or 2 events because we did not know they were taking place!  If Bron or Brian are not informed they cannot include it.  Can we remind everyone that we MUST submit copy of Sheldon Jottings on the 12th of the month to appear in the Parish Magazine distributed at the end of the month ie.12th October to appear in November’s edition.

Dates for the Diary

Sunday 9th October 3pm – Church Harvest Festival

Monday 10th October 7.30pm – Harvest Supper at the Cock and Pullet

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm – Parish Meeting in village Hall

Wednesday 19th October 7.30pm – History Group Meeting  ‘Unravelling the census’ in village hall

Sunday 23rd  October 9.00am – Church Holy Communion

Sheldon Jottings for March 2016

A walk in ‘our patch’ in mid-February showed the effects of the unusually mild winter continuing as the days begin to draw out. Patches of hawthorn were beginning to turn the lovely fresh green which we will see to full effect in spring. In sheltered spots, favoured by the sun to warm them, were the occasional primrose and cowslip daring to show us a splash of their wonderful pale yellow – one of the most beautiful colours of spring.  ‘Our’ spring/summer resident song thrush was back almost to the day, singing in the tops of the trees. We are told he probably goes down to Shacklow Wood to spend the winter where conditions are not so harsh. We also saw a bullfinch resplendent with its red breast, bright and shiny ready for courting – easily rivalling that of the robin on a nearby tree. Even the blackcaps at the feeder were clothed in the brighter colours of spring. All this at least a month earlier than expected. But what lies in store?  Will this weather hold? Will everything be checked before the full beauty of Spring arrives in our spectacular part of the world?

Terrific news – Melanie and Oliver have become engaged to be married.  Needless to say all at Top Farm are delighted. Congratulations from us all.

Two horse chestnut trees have been planted in the far corner of the playing field. The dream is that in years to come village children will collect the fruit and be able to play the time honoured game of ‘conkers’ as they did in the past.

Small piles of grit have appeared down the Dale.  We must thank Joel for getting the grit and for distributing it.  Anyone who has lived in Sheldon for a few years is aware of the dangers of snow and ice on the hill, so we are all grateful to Joel for this service.

The History Group had a super meeting last month with Tony telling us the background to the redevelopment of Hope Cottage which is one of the oldest houses in the village. Amanda told us of the history of Barleycorn Croft, which could well have been built by a mining company, and of the succession of people who have lived there.

In March, we look forward to The Annual Exhibition put on by the History Group in the village hall. This will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March from 10.00 – 4.00pm on each day. Not only will this include a photographic display but also a range of artifacts ranging from stone-age flints to 20th century household and farming implements. If you have anything relevant to the historic record of Sheldon and its people and you think others may like to see, please bring it/them along. This is a popular event, entry is free and there is always a cup of tea plus cake and biscuits to welcome you!  There is something to interest everyone and we look forward to seeing you there.

At the Parish Meeting held on February 10th we learnt that the defibrillator has been delivered to the village and will shortly be installed on an outside wall of the village hall. A training session will be held so that we all know what it looks like and how easy it is to use it in order to help someone in need.

It is that time again when Lindsey will be asking for volunteers to help with cream teas this summer at the village hall. These raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the hall which is so vital as a centre for our village activities. Thanks to Lindsey for organising these.

The lucky Church Draw winner for February was number 28 –  Mary Barber from Monyash.

Finally and sadly, we end by saying that Alistair is stepping down from the position of Parish Chair at our next AGM.  He says he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience but feels other pressures mean he must relinquish the post.  We have all felt that during his office the village has been in safe hands and that he has done an excellent job. We must now elect a successor at the Parish Meeting  AGM on April 13th. So, can we all ask, cajole or arm – twist any one of the many suitable people who live in our village to continue the good work??

Sheldon Jottings for November 2015

Autumn is truly with us heralding the start of winter, with short days, long nights and cooler weather, we have already had the first frost here in Sheldon. The cows are coming along the road and back to the farm for milking at dawn with the lights of the Landrover shining brightly and at night they are going back in the darkness too. The calm weather for harvest allowed the farmers to bring in the crops and the gardeners to prepare for winter by getting their autumnal jobs completed.

A joyous event on the 15th September – the birth of Max, weighing in at 7lbs 6oz – a son for Melanie and Oliver. A welcome addition to the increasing numbers of young people in the village. We send the adoring couple and the very proud family our congratulations.

The Harvest Festival  Service in Church, always held on the first Sunday in October and led by Canon Tony, was well attended. The church was decorated with offerings brought by parishioners and a wonderful floral display by Julia and Mick. Many thanks to them and to all who celebrated this special time of year in our lovely church.The produce which was donated to decorate the church was gifted to Blythe House.

For the first time, courtesy of Kath, a Pie and Pea Supper and Quiz Evening was held on the following Monday at the Cock and Pullet, to help raise badly needed funds for the Church. The pub was full, good food and great companionship helped to make the evening a resounding success, although some found the quiz questions a bit tricky!  We have heard many calls in the village for this to be an annual event. It raised a staggering £415. A big thank you to Claire and Michelle for all their hard work supplying the supper and thank you to Helen for doing the quiz. Postman Pat’s Team were the winners and they kindly donated their prize money back to the church – a big thank you. The raffle prizes were won by Michael Holdsworth, Amanda and Andrew J and Philip G.  Thank you to everyone for supporting the event.

As winter approaches we hear yet again that we will not be receiving a regular gritting lorry through the village. Also, this year we have been asked to pay for any piles of grit which are usually placed free by the Council in the Dale and on Hunterside. Yet another in an ever lengthening list of cuts to services reducing our quality of life due to government cutbacks in funding to councils. As a result of the necessity to pay for our rock salt/grit, and to cover other costs, the Parish Meeting on the 14th October agreed, on the recommendation of the Finance Committee, that we would need to increase the precept to £1500 – an increase of £250.

The Parish Meeting also discussed the division of the money raised on Sheldon Day which was £4627 after expenses – a record amount. The Sheldon Day Group would retain £827 to act as a float for next year’s Sheldon Day and  £200  will pay for the Christmas Party for the older residents. The remainder would be divided equally between the Church, the Village Hall and the Playing Field,  giving them £1200 each.

The winner of the 100 Club Draw for October was Mark Elwis of Wardlow who won £25.