The swallows are here! The plants in the garden are growing strongly and the chore of cutting the grass begins. Sam’s pretty plant corner is awash with plants for sale including some vegetables and herbs. All the lambs are born and are enjoying being alive, entertaining us in the fields. On a sad note, however, Elaine’s oldest sheep has died at the ripe old age of 23 – has anyone heard of one older than this?
The Sheldonians were gravely concerned to learn that a sheep was killed in Sheldon on Bank Holiday Sunday. It was being worried by a dog with its owners vainly calling to it. By the time the farmer reached the field the dog and its owners were nowhere to be seen – when will people learn to keep dogs on leads in fields with farm animals. The poor sheep was from a long line that was selected for breeding purposes, so she was very valuable and not just in monetary terms. If anybody has any information as to who might have been responsible, please contact us by email in strict confidence.
Our first Cream Tea was held on May Bank holiday Sunday, a great success. Cream teas were sold out and at one time the queue stretched out of the door! The lovely weather must have tempted people to visit our beautiful part of the world. A produce table did a brisk trade and an exhibition of paintings from the art group who meet regularly in the Village Hall added to the occasion. A grand total of £200+ was raised which goes to support the village – well done everyone who was involved – a superb effort. The next Cream Tea was on Spring Bank holiday, Sunday 26th May, but there are further opportunities to enjoy one of our famous cream teas on both Sheldon Day and August Bank Holiday.
The Lambing Service was held in May and was as lively as it was enjoyable. With 31 participants, Andrew Herbert on the organ, lambs from Top Farm, Rev. Tony led the service. It focused on making the connection between the teachings of the church and everyday life in our small community. It was an unforgettable occasion, made more memorable for seeing the Rev. on his hands and knees attempting to get that prize winning photo of the children giving bottles of milk to the lambs!
We are reminded that Noel and Adrienne celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on 5th June – our very best wishes and congratulations go to them both.
We heard of success for William and Alec J. At the Buxton Festival of Music, William gained 2 first places and 1 second place for his piano playing and Alec, who has not been playing the piano for long, achieved a third place. Well done to both!
Welcome to Sue F. who has recently moved to Sheldon. She is living in South View Cottage near the top of the village. We hope she enjoys her time with us.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
The next History Group meeting is Weds 19th June. We will be strolling around the Lime Kilns and other features in the fields around our village. Meet with us at the village hall at 7.00pm (no charge), and learn about some of the lost and largely forgotten aspects of Sheldon’s past.
Vicar’s Coffee Morning in the pub on 11th June at 10.00 am with the meeting in church afterwards.
The Parish Meeting is Weds 12th June at 7.30 pm