The Goldhanger Gossip

September 2017

Jackie Raises Money for Arthritis Research

Another big thank you to Goldhanger.

Over the gala weekend I had a sale in my front garden in memory of my dear husband Andrew. I set about to sell classic car bits and pieces amongst many other things to raise money for Arthritis Research UK. Total raised £473.03.

Thank you to everyone who came along and especially to Ken and Keith who helped with sorting and pricing. I hadn't got a clue. Also big thanks to Ivy and Maureen who helped me all day on the Saturday plus Geoff who helped with setting up.

Also grateful thanks to Vicki and Goldhanger Classic Car Club for spreading the news and being so kind in dedicating a memorial trophy in Andrew’s memory. This is really special to myself and my children.


Goldhanger Sailing Club News

Paper Boat Race

We have had two major social events since our last news, firstly the paper boat race which was held on August 20th.

What an amazing turnout in the sunshine. Boats of all shapes and sizes took to the creek to the delight of the huge watching crowd.

Our winner, Charlie Willis, had made his craft from an Alpen cereal box. I have to say Charlie, it didn't appear to have had the love and attention spent on it that some of the other boats had.

The only youngster’s boat to make it all the way across the creek was Finty Willis. Congratulations to them both. All competitors received a certificate to mark their participation. Charlie was presented with the winner’s cup and a bottle of wine and Finty with a model boat ornament.

We finished the afternoon with a barbecue, tea and cakes. The profits of £60 will be sent to the Essex Air Ambulance.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event and enabled us to make our contribution. We hope to see more of you next year.

Picnic & Prosecco Evening

Our second event was a Picnic and Prosecco evening. The food was plentiful, as is usual at our events. We all braved a chilly, dry evening to eat our picnics on blankets, but retired to the club to continue our evening with wine and good company in the cosy warmth of the clubhouse.

Summer BBQ Success!

What a lovely afternoon we had at the Summer BBQ on Sunday 6th August. The sun shone and the villagers came, probably around 200 of you which is a fabulous turn out. It was great to see so many faces old & new! The BBQ chefs did a wonderful job feeding everybody and unsurprisingly the Pimm’s Bar was particularly popular, so much so we had to send out for reinforcements. Thanks go to the many cake makers who made the Cake & Ice Cream Parlour look & taste wonderful and to St Peter’s for providing the church marquees.

Games and activities kept young and old entertained. The ‘Goldhanger Scene’ tent was buzzing with information from the many clubs, organisations and interest groups run within our village: The Art Society; Kazen Kai Karate Club; willow weaving; The Sailing Club; History Group; WEA (Workers Educational Association), the Bell Ringers who put on a brilliant display with their demonstration bells for all to have a go and the Classic Car Club who turned out with a bevy of beautiful motors.

A special thanks go to the musicians who created a wonderful atmosphere with their sunny afternoon music to chill to - Kathryn & Geoff Coombs of Chodompa Music (our own Goldhanger residents) and The Four Blokes.

This was very much about enjoying a social village occasion above fund raising but despite this a fabulous £500 was made in aid of Village Hall funds, which can be put towards the much needed Village Hall Improvement Project. Thank you all who came along and contributed to make it a very special day.

We’ve had several requests to repeat it next year. This would be great but we’d welcome extra volunteers to help on the day. If anyone would like to get involved please let me or one of the committee members know (email Jill).

Thank you from The Village Hall Management Committee.

Click here for some photos from the BBQ.

Coffees and Teas Raise Money for St. Peter's

The Tuesday coffee mornings at the church between January and July raised £331. Many thanks to Pam, her helpers and all who gave their support. The coffee mornings have now restarted after the summer break.

The Sunday afternoon teas at the church this summer raised £739. Many thanks to Kim and Betty, their helpers and cake  makers and all those who gave their support.

Al Fresco’ Bellringing for Village BBQ

In order to show what happens when the bells are being rung by the bellringers every Wednesday and Sunday, Caron arranged that we could borrow a mini bellringing tower to provide demonstrations for the village BBQ. (Kindly loaned to us by the tower ringers at All Saints Church, Hollesley, Suffolk).

It was like a team building exercise following the instructions to erect it for a trial run in the village hall! Several of the ringing band on hand to complete the build. Then, we needed to learn how to ring on such small bells - which was a challenge! Much less effort and a slightly different technique was needed to ring them.

On the day of the BBQ, the whole mini tower rig was dismantled and rebuilt in the village hall field, taking pride of place in the centre of things. Many of the ringers were on hand to put on a couple of basic demonstrations to show what happens when the bells in the church tower are rung. Being able to see the bells as well as hear them is great for explaining what change bell ringing is.

In between demonstrations, anyone was welcome to have a go at learning to ring the bells to see for themselves it isn’t as easy as it looks! Also, the opportunity for people to meet some of the ringers and see what an eclectic bunch we are. It was wonderful to see so many people having a go, both children and adults.

There was also the chance for people to have a go at ringing hand bells, which was a real hit with some of the younger members of the village. Throughout the day, several renditions of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, and ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’ were rung on the hand bells.

Overall, it was a great moment to join in with all the other clubs and societies within the village on the BBQ day, welcoming new members to see what goes on in Goldhanger.

More photos here.


New Hire Rates for Village Hall

Goldhanger Village Management Committee have reviewed the charges made to hire the village hall.

Click the image above to see the new hire charges effective from 1st August 2017.

These rates of hire are per hour. Therefore, the cost to hire the hall by a local Goldhanger person during the day in the week for two hours would be £16.

Please contact Steve Clarke on 01621 788246 or email Steve Clarke if you would like any clarification regarding these new rates.

Goldhanger Classic Car Club – Gala Weekend

Our yearly static car show , which is an integral part of the village Gala weekend proved to be a success again this year!

Yet again the weather held off for us, prompting members from near & far to bring their prized cars to show.

I know we had visitors from both Dymchurch & Ipswich, that came to join in the fun and see the cars on display - and with over 45 cars they weren't disappointed.

Keith (The Car Carer) Flynn very kindly produced & donated 4 trophies for us this year. One of which was the special Andrew Christy cup - an award given to the most original car still in everyday / frequent use - in memory of long time Car Club member Andrew. Andrew’s wife Jackie, and son Eddie, presented the award to winning recipient Keith Wilkins (above) in his 1960 TR3A.

The other main award for best in show went to a visiting Trabant (1986) car belonging to Mick Elsey that was in astounding condition.

Runners up were Mike & Patricia Batt in their 1936 Austin Heavy taxi, and Les & Ros Peeks in their 1955 Oldsmobile. It’s all done for fun, and to put smiles on the faces of the winners.

We also succeeded in topping up our charity pot for the club’s donations at the end of the year.

Thank you to all those who came along - both exhibitors & spectators.

More photos here.

On behalf of Goldhanger Classic Car Club

The Goldhanger Jubilee Choir

Just a short note to let everyone know that it's time to exercise your voices for the next performance. At the moment we are in the planning stages of the next concert so no actual date is set as yet. However, the preparation and format will follow the same general plan as in previous years.

Once details concerning practice times have been finalised I will circulate information via email etc. If anyone would like to join this group please email Steve Clarke or put a note through the door, 26 Fish St. Please note absolutely no previous ability or even inclination to join a singing group is necessary.

I am sure if you ask the many villagers who have taken part in the previous concerts they will indicate what a lot of fun we have had over recent years.

See What's On page for rehearsal dates.

Regards. Steve Clarke

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