Elmesthorpe Villagers and Friends recently promoted a folk concert in the village hall to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK.
The nationally acclaimed folk group, The Houghton Weavers entertained villagers and friends with great music and good old Yorkshire humour. Founder member of the group Tony Berry passed away in June of this year after a long illness which prompted the EVFA to donate the money raised to Cancer Research UK.
The Houghton Weavers moto "Keep Folk Smiling" was certainly true that night.
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A Red Hot Concert on Saturday 21st September helped raise £250 for Sapcote Cricket Club.
The Red Hot Ukulele duo comprising Anthony Mason and Lynda Styan entertained villagers and friends with some great songs from the 1920`s 30`s and 40`s
Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends had a wonderful evening on Saturday 15th June when they were entertained by the UK`s leading Cliff Richard tribute act, Jimmy Jemain. The concert was a fund raising event for the charity "Revitalise"
TV antiques celebrity Charles Hanson appeared recently at Elmesthorpe Village Hall. Charles gave a very light hearted talk about his life in the antiques world and then evaluated and discussed each individual antique/ collector`s item that had been brought in by members of the audience. Many of them were pleasantly surprised by his evaluation.
£250 was donated to St Mary`s Church Elmesthorpe to help purchase a new Christmas tree and lights.
The members of the Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association have been awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup by Elmesthorpe Parish Council. The cup is awarded to people who have "contributed to the life and wellbeing of Elmesthorpe Village".
The EVFA help to ensure the continued use and upkeep of the village hall and organise monthly events and concerts at the hall and raise funds for local and national charities.
(Parish Council Chairman Tony Greenwood is seen in the photograph presenting the award)
Community events held in Elmesthorpe Village Hall have generated hundreds of pounds for good causes.
A 1940`s song and dance night in March 2016 saw £250 donated to Hinckley & District Museum while a `60s/70s gig in April led to £250 being donated to the Riding for the Disabled Association.
The next money making event to be organised by Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association (EVFA) will be a plant sale and crafts fair at the hall on Saturday May 21st. Running from 9.30am until 12.30pm it will offer bedding plants, pot plants and hanging baskets plus jewellery, cards, hats, table decorations, cakes and asparagus.
Proceeds will be donated to a charity to be chosen by the EVFA.
Thanks to Hinckley Times May 4th 2016
In Summer 2012, the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Council ran it's annual competition where villages were invited to write bids covering one of three project categories. The Elmesthorpe group selected “Community Halls – showing the work done to improve provision for the Community”.
These bids were then short listed and RCC judges paid a half day visit to experience the reality of each competitor. The Elmesthorpe group were delighted that they had been chosen to take part in the “final”.
Much enjoyment and anticipation fed the experience of putting together presentations of improvements, events and benefactors, not to mention hospitality, and a real working group in action for that particular day.
The excitement mounted when a few weeks later, the invitation to the annual presentations arrived and in September at the Hodson Hall, Loughborough, Lady Jennifer Gretton presented awards to the winners of the three categories. Elmesthorpe became the proud winner of the Colonel John Heggs “Best Community Hall Award” with a prize of £250 and a framed certificate hangs proudly in the foyer of the Hall.
The aim of the Villagers and Friends Association in partnership with the Parish Council has been to recreate and provide all our visitors, including YOU with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, comfortable and well resourced surroundings with ample parking and above all, an enjoyable experience to which you will return.
Check out the weekly classes and meetings that take place in the village hall.
To date over 80 charities have benefited from the fund raising activities of EVFA