We recently said farewell to a dear friend of the WCA and a pillar of the community.
Brian Harris, who was always ready to lend a hand, died of a heart attack in 2020 and we’ve created a tribute page for him.
The WCA had great plans to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in May 2020, then Covid-19 forced the whole country into lockdown.
When we asked if anyone would be interested in taking part in forming a virtual village choir whilst we were all socially distancing little did we know we’d get over 90 replies. 10 audio tracks, 40 video layers and 10 hours of editing later here is the result – Woodborough’s very own rendition of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again. A huge thank you to everyone that took part.
Pancake Day Races
We hold pancake races on Roe Hill every Shrove Tuesday. Children from the Woodborough Woods CofE School join us for a tremendous morning with prizes given to the winners and lots of of cheering from the sidelines by parents, villagers and classmates.
Over 65s New Year Party:
We host an annual Over 65s New Year Party during January at the village hall.
We have a good laugh, a drink, some delicious food and a quiz. Thanks to all the many volunteers who make this event happen. And thank you as well to everyone who attends and make it a fabulous evening. Let’s do it again next year: You must be over 65 and a Woodborough resident!!
Light Switch-On and Carols – First Sunday in Dec at 5pm at the Governor’s Field
This family event, arranged in conjunction with the Parish Council, is a firm favourite. We are entertained with some lovely carols by our very own Woodborough Community Choir ‘Just Sing’ and the wonderful Children’s Choir of Woodborough Woods School. Dress for the cold and grab yourself a complementary mince pies, mulled wine and soft drinks. And of course if we are good we may be lucky enough to get a very busy Santa to make a brief appearance.
Another evening of explosive entertainment is held at the Governor’s Field on Bonfire Night – November 5th. Our firework display is the envy of many surrounding villages. Each year at the event we hold a cash collection to pay for the fireworks for the following year and thanks to your generosity it gets bigger every year. Thanks to our partners for the evening – the Four Bells.
We frequently host live music events at the Woodborough Village Hall. As well as live music a full bar and snacks are available.
We typically show two films per year in the Village Hall – one in spring and one in autumn. Our last film was Fishermen’s Friends. Stay tuned for our next presentation.
Again typically twice per year we organise a coach trip. Our last one headed to the lovely historic city of Worcester. We were blessed with a fine sunny day. The 40-odd passengers enjoyed the sights of the city including the fine cathedral. If you want to find out more about the trip and see some photos look here.
One of our biggest days of the year the fair features a dog show, live music, Fire Engine displays along with a host of stalls, food and drink and more at Governor’s Field on the third Saturday in July. Here is some more information on our Village fair page.
Poppies in Woodborough: As part of the nation-wide Battles Over event to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, the WCA helped coordinate activities in the village. After a massive effort by villagers, a banner and a series of decorations featuring poppies has been erected at Governor’s Field. Another display is at the Penfold on Main Street. Well done to everyone involved. There was also a special commemoration event on Nov 11th at the Governor’s Field at 7pm with a beacon lighting, church bells and tributes to the fallen. Click here to see more photos from the installation.
Brian Leafe Tribute: A lovely evening was organised at the Nag’s Head on Saturday May 5th to honour WCA former president Brian Leafe, who passed away last September. A hog roast was held in his honour with his son Tim taking charge of the roasting. His wife Mavis and children Jenny, Nigel and Val also attended as did many of his friends and colleagues from the village and farther afield. A bench was unveiled at the pub by the WCA trustees with a plaque to honour all his hard work and dedication to the community. It will be installed at the cricket ground behind the village hall in due course. Thanks to everyone who helped organise the hog roast and the bench dedication. It was an excellent evening! More photos here!
Facebook: We now have a Facebook page so if you want to keep up-t0-date or comment on any of our events or activities, have a look at our page. It’s free!
Emergency Plan: Here is a link to the rcently updated Woodborough Emergency Plan prepared by the parish council. Please read and if you have any questions there are contact numbers in the document.
WCA Bingo: Join us on the third Friday of every month for our monthly bingo at the Institute.
Village Events: A good web resource is Woodborough Web where you’ll find events and news about the village.
About us: The WCA is a registered charity that works to improve the social life of the people of Woodborough. Anyone who is a resident of the village is a member of the association and you are welcome to join us for our monthly committee meetings.
Meetings: On the first Tuesday of every month, we have a meeting to discuss issues and manage upcoming events. Come and join us if you have a chance at the Institute (on Roe Hill). Everyone is welcome. We start at 7.30pm.
Officers: Linda Taylor (chair) Elizabeth Nicholas (vice chair) Treasurer (vacant) (secretary – vacant post), Roz Holdsworth (recording secretary) Stewart Nicholas (web)