Village News: Balsham

By Margaret Johnson

FAMILY SERVICE On Sunday, February 3, the first Sunday of the month, there will be a Family Service beginning at 10.45am at Holy Trinity Church, with refreshments after the service. Everyone is welcome.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY The next meeting will be held in the Meadow School on Tuesday,February 5 at 7.45pm in the school hall. There is the promise of an interesting talk on Cambridge colleges and their gardens. As always, guests are welcome for a small fee. It would be timely for all members who haven’t yet done so to pay their annual subscription, which is just £6. The subscription becomes due on October 1 of each year and includes six meetings, the opportunity to buy seeds and other garden sundries at reduced prices plus the opportunity to take part in at least two outings during the year at an additional reasonable cost – not bad value for money. The last meeting, in December, was the Christmas Party and the introduction was an illustrated talk by Peter Walker entitled Winter Wonders and December Delights – the talk was just that – a potpourri of reminders of the season that is now well and truly behind us and expectations of what winter might bring, the worst of which we are now experiencing. Thanks go to those who prepared the supper and the hall, to Harold Gawthorp for the table quiz, to Doreen Maule for the festive raffle and to those who provided mince pies, goods for he bring-and-buy etc. As always there wasn’t a meeting in January as the first Tuesday of the month is usually part of the New Year holiday.

POPPY APPEAL In her role as the Area Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser, Margaret Johnson, thanked everyone for their help with the Annual Appeal first of all on behalf of the Royal British Legion for

helping them continue their work but also on a personal level. She said she wouldn’t be able to find the energy to organise the appeal without the amazing support from all the collectors and those who help with

counting, as well as her husband who does much of the fetching and carrying. She offered her grateful thanks to them all as well as to all those who generously put their money in the various tins.

In her reports in the local village magazines she went on to say that although the week before Poppy fortnight is really busy and hard work, opening parcels, unpacking stock, preparing poppy boxes and tins, delivering poppies, badges, wrist bands, posters and wreathes, it has never failed to be rewarded. Whilst she and her husband, Tim, then take a breather, all the willing collectors get cracking going door-to-door and the shops and pubs put up their posters and collect generous donations from the visiting public.

Without all the money that is raised during Poppy fortnight, the life changing help that the Royal British Legion is able to give to Service families, veterans and ex-Service men and women coming to terms with injuries that have changed their lives, would not happen. Balsham raised £1465.45. The area would not be celebrating an overall increase in the amount collected in the area which includes West Wratting, West Wickham, Weston Colville and Balsham without the help of forty collectors.

West Wickham