Pancake Day Races: Please come along to Roe Hill on Shrove Tuesday (March 5th) for our annual Pancake Day Races. Children from the Woodborough Woods CofE School will attend and there are some very fast runners every year. Prizes for the winners and lots of cheering from the sidelines by parents, villagers and classmates. A fun event, so please come down at 11am to join us.
Annual General Meeting: Our annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 5th from 7.30pm at the Institute on Roe Lane. Everyone is welcome and there will be tea or coffee served with a biscuit if you join us. We will discuss the past year’s events, table the annual accounts and have a look at our future plans.
Over 65s New Year Party: We once again had a fantastic turn-out and a fun-filled evening at our annual Over 65s New Year Party.
We always have a good laugh, a drink, some delicious food and a quiz – and this year was one of the best! Thanks to all the many volunteers who made this event happen. We couldn’t imagine doing it without you. If anyone has comments or feedback from the evening, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revival at the Village Hall: The delightful sounds of Revival — with songs from the 60s and 70s — rang through the village hall in Woodborough again this year. Dancing and singing the night away – on Saturday December 1st. We loved them so much we’ve booked them again for next year!
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.
Street Market: We had a lovely day for our annual Woodborough Street Market on Saturday July 21st. Sullivan’s Sword dancers performed several enthralling shows and there was our annual village fun dog show on the Governor’s Field. Visitors also enjoyed craft stalls, skittles, bouncy castle and food as part of the fun.
Woodborough Commemorates Battles Over: Calling all villagers. We would like to create a wall of poppies woven around the fencing on Governor’s Field, to add to the village’s commemoration of the 100 years since the end of World War One. We are inviting everyone in the village to knit, crochet or sew poppies. They will be used to create banners to stretch around the railings. You are welcome to make your own banner or individual flowers. You can use this pattern from BBC that was used in 2014. Any questions or comments please get in touch with Linda Taylor on 07703326913 or Linda Hancock at 9 Ploughman’s Avenue.
Lincoln trip cancelled: Our autumn coach trip to Lincoln planned for Wednesday 19th September has been cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. We do apologise for this turn of events but with only a handful of seats sold we decided it was the best decision. We’ll announce our spring destination soon.
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!
Over 65’s Party: We are happy to have hosted our annual New Year party for the Over 65s at the Village Hall on 13 January. There was a lovely meal, a quiz and some presentations to the Leafe family. Margaret Briggs and her team of helpers were busy preparing, cooking, serving and clearing all day on Saturday. We would also like to thank the Samuel Eden Trust for supporting us again this year.
A tribute to Brian Leafe: We will all miss our past president who spent so many years helping build the community spirit in Woodborough. Here is a tribute to Brian from the members of the WCA.
Last year in Review: 2017
Carols Round the Beacon and Christmas lights switch-on:
Mavis Leafe, former parish councillor and WCA member, switched on the Christmas lights at the Governor’s Field on Friday December 1st at 6.30pm.
This event was run jointly for the first time by Woodborough’s Parish Council and Community Association.
There were Carols and Christmas Songs led by JUST SING! – the Woodborough Community Choir, AND free mulled wine and mince pies.
What a lovely experience for the village and a great way to start the christmas season.
REVIVAL In CONCERT: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
December 2nd was a great night at the Woodborough Village Hall. A night of 60s and 70s classics with the local band Revival was a big hit. The band always provides a great night of singing, dancing and enjoyment.
Thank you to everyone involved and we certainly plan to do it all again next year. We will keep you informed of the time and ticket details when we have got them. Thanks again to all!
Our annual fireworks extravaganza went off with – you guessed it – a bang on Sunday November 5th this year at the Four Bells/ Governor’s Field at 7pm. The show was universally described as “the best ever” and was accompanied by oohs, ayes and lots of applause. We raised a good amount by passing the donation bucket around the crowd .. and we promise to put on another good show next year!
Coach Trip to Beverley: Another excellent day out was held on September 20th with the coach heading to the market town of Beverley in Yorkshire. This trip follows hot on the heels of our spring journey to Ludlow. Here to see some photos from the trip – to get a flavour of the day. If you want to join our next excursion in the spring, tickets will be on sale for £12 each. Contact us or call Carol Tansley on 965-2721.
Best Kept Village: We’ve been to the official ceremony to collect the plaque on behalf of the village. We once again won our category in the Best Kept Village competition sponsored by the Campaign for Rural England . This year we organised two clean-up and clear-up events to spruce up the roadsides and make us look bright and welcoming. Let’s do it again next year and win the top prize!
Street Market: Once again we had a lovely time at our annual Street Market – held this year on Saturday July 15th. The highlights included our dog show, tombolas, skittles, bouncy castle and food stalls but we also had a visit from Woodborough’s own alpacas! Such a pleasure to see these unusual and lovely animals. Maybe they will come back for another visit next year.
ALL YEAR ROUND:
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.
Speedwatch: An initiative to slow down the traffic in our village is under way – it is led by the parish council and supported by the WCA. We need more volunteers and you can “read all about it” in the latest Speedwatch report.
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. We do have fun, believe me! Come and join us if you have a chance at the Methodist School Room (just across from the Four Bells). Everyone is welcome. We start at 7.30pm.
Officers: Linda Taylor (chair) Elizabeth Nicholas (vice chair) Arthur Hancock (treasurer) (secretary – vacant post), Roz Holdsworth (recording secretary) Eric Simpson (web)