VILLAGE DRAW WINNERS

If you want a number in the Village Draw, please contact Pam Rowell on 01727 869277. It is a monthly draw held every 3rd Monday night at Bingo. Total prize money paid out is £1,460 a year, i.e. £50 and £30 every month plus £150 and £100 in January and July. Any surplus money raised is used for Village events, e.g. the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch.

Why don’t you try your luck?

March 2017 £50 No. 31 B Wood
£30 No. 194 C Nethercott

ST. GILES’ C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATE 60 GLORIOUS YEARS

Saturday 13th May was a very memorable date for St Giles C of E Primary School, the day we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our village school on its current site.
The weather was varied – sunshine, breezy, clouds – typically English ! But it didn’t stop our community, Governors, Head teachers, teachers, staff, pupils, parents and friends of our school, both past and present attending the party!
Many ex-teachers and staff came along to see old friends and pupils. They were amazed at how ‘their’ children had grown! Ex-pupils met up with old classmates and didn’t stop talking.
We were delighted to welcome Councillors Peter Rutledge and Jane West to our celebration. We were also delighted to welcome Carol Cole, the very first pupil to walk through the doors of the new school building in 1957, with the Headteacher at the time, Miss Dorothy Philpott.
Miss Philpott was a teacher at the school for 43 years until she sadly died at the age of 64. She is buried in St Giles church graveyard and is remembered every year by our Year 6 pupils who place flowers on her grave on their way to the Leavers service in church at the end of the school year.
Everyone was treated to a variety of arena displays, stalls, a display of archive pictures and newspaper cuttings, a Talent Show by the children of the school, delicious food and drink and wonderful musical performances from our singing group, ex-pupils and local bands!
The team that put the whole event together did a a fantastic job, working very hard to ensure it all ran smoothly.
We would like to thank everyone who came to support the event including Jennie, who travelled all the way from Devon to help Wendy and Yvonne on the BBQ, Brookmans Park Rotary Club members who tirelessly helped to run the beer and prosecco tent and the ladies from St. Giles. church who provided a wonderful selection of scrumptious cakes.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time, services and gifts. It was very much appreciated. The atmosphere was amazing, everyone had fun and the Friends of St Giles raised much needed funds for the school.
Thank you to everyone who supported us on this

FATHERS’ DAY

The two Churches are having a special service to celebrate Father’s Day. All children and Mothers are welcome to bring Fathers along for a short informal service at 9.15 am at St. Margaret’s and 11.00 am at St. Giles, with refreshments and a special gift for Fathers. Do come and join in!

ST. GILES PATRONAL FESTIVAL

We are planning a special service on July 16th at 11.00 am, followed by a cold buffet lunch, hopefully outside in the churchyard, if it’s fine (if not, inside the church). The church used to celebrate its Patronal Festival in July, because St. Giles Day falls on 1st of September, when many people are away. A celebration in mid-summer should be more convenient. Do come along, and join together in giving thanks for this special building, which has played a central part in village life over so many hundreds of years.

ST. GILES SCHOOL SINGING CLUB

St. Giles School Singing Club performed songs from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the present day, at the 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday 13th May.

I must congratulate the children taking part, Ellie J, Ellie L, Evie, Milly, Gracie, Mathilda, Lily and Phoebe who sang (to backing tracts which is not easy) with great confidence and gusto which was enjoyed by everyone there.

I would also like to thank their teacher, Gayle McCarthy, who put in some extremely hard work over just three weeks, which is very little time to teach all the words and the songs and also Pam Seaman who was a great help with the music and on the day.

A big thanks to you all.

Jackie Baylis