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