Elmesthorpe Parish Council have awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup to local residents Simon and Katie Rusch.
The cup is awarded to recognise people who have "contributed to the life and wellbeing of Elmesthorpe village".
The Rusch family were one of the original land settlement people in Elmesthorpe village and are the producers of the now famous Elmesthorpe Tomatoes.
Simon and Katie supply the many varied plants for the annual charity plant sale organised by Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association held in the village hall and car park. Their support of this event has helped raise funds for many charities over the years.
The Silver Jubilee Cup was presented to Simon & Katie by Tony Greenwood, Chairman of the Parish Council.
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A plant and craft sale at Elmesthorpe Village Hall helped create awareness and raised funds for The Father`s Heart Youth Ranch.
The Father`s Heart Youth Ranch based in Sheepy Magna aims to bring fresh hope and love to the lives of disadvantaged and hurting children through the use of horses. The Ranch welcomes all children from any background, no matter how difficult.
The organisers of the Plant & Craft Sale, Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association donated £250 to this worthy charity.
Members of The Earl Shilton Scout Group were in attendance and helped visitors by carrying their plants and other purchases to their vehicles.
More details about Father`s Heart Youth Ranch can be found on their website www.fhyr.org.uk
A new Sunday morning fitness class has started at the village hall. Fitness Bootcamp run by KMBODYFIT has classes every Sunday morning at 9.00am & 10.00am.
All abilities are welcome and there are no pre-requisites when it comes to fitness. Booking is required so please text 07800881147. Class cost is £3 per person, pay as you go.
This class is designed to aid in weight loss and uses various techniques, including bodyweight and resistance training
A packed programme of charity money-making events has been drawn up by Elmesthorpe Villagers and Friends Association for the year ahead.
During 2018 there will be fundraising events every month except August at the community venue.
Organisers aim to raise £250 for a nominated cause from each fundraiser.
Events begin with a quiz night on January 20th.
Into the spring plant and craft sale will take place in May and a barn dance with hog roast is planned in July.
Musical entertainment will range from an Elvis tribute act to Irish band Kelly`s Heroes and The Wigston Band.
Auctioneer and TV`s Bargain Hunt presenter Charles Hanson will be checking out people`s antiques in November and there will be an old time music hall night in October.
Causes working in and around the area are nominated each month to benefit from event proceeds.
The first two charities nominated to receive donations from January`s and February`s events are the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) whose volunteer members are on call to give help at emergency incidents and the Children`s Air Ambulance service.
During 2017, beneficiaries included the Royal British Legion, Abbies Hideaway, Westfield Community Association, Barwell Methodist Church Youth Cafe, Stoney Stanton War Memorial Playing Fields Association, Harley Staples Cancer Trust, Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation, Newlife and Headway.
(Hinckley Times November 29th 2017)
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)
A plant sale and craft fair hosted by Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association (EVFA) was so well attended that organisers were able to help not one but four good causes with the proceeds.
The event at the village venue allowed donations of £250 to be made to both Earl Shilton in Bloom and Hinckley Salvation Army and donations of £200 to be made to both Earl Shilton Scouts and Earl Shilton Mencap.
An EVFA spokesman said: "The turnout and support from villagers was the best ever for this annual event."
Thanks to Hinckley Times June 22nd 2016
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