A plants and crafts sale in a small Blaby village raised hundreds of pounds for a community centre in Hinckley.
Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association (EVFA) hosted it`s annual sale day in Elmesthorpe Village Hall to generate £250 for Westfield Community Centre in Hinckley. The centre off Rosemary Way in the town, which has been reliant solely on public donations since Leicestershire County Council funding was pulled a couple of years ago, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
It is used as a meeting place for community groups serving people from pre-school age to post-retirement and is also the base of several community sports clubs.
EVFA spokesman Derrick Lawton said: "We had great support from the many visitors who took advantage of the many bargains that were to be had at the plant sale and the indoor craft market plus lots of home-made cakes, plants, jewelery, cards, fresh produce and flower arrangements."
Earl Shilton Scouts lent a hand by helping to carry plants to people`s cars.
Hinckley Times 21 June 2017
It`s not every day a naval captain turns up on your doorstep - least of all with a message from Vladimir Putin.
Elmesthorpe Villagers & Friends Association committee member John Bligh said it was "a big surprise" when he was given a medal and letter sent by the Russian president for his service in World War 2.
The 91 - year old, from Elmesthorpe was an armourer in the Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Navy`s aircraft division, and helped provide aerial cover for the Arctic convoy.
He served on the aircraft carrier HMS Indefatigable which protected supplies from the UK, Iceland and North America, to the Soviet Union, supporting their war efforts against Nazi Germany.
Mr Bligh said "We were sent out east to patrol over the ships. When they went up the coast of Norway, there was a chance they`d be attacked by German bombers. Fortunately that never happened while I was covering them".
John worked with the convoy for nine months, starting in 1943 and also served in the war against Japan in Burma.
The convoys operated 78 times from August 1941, shortly after the German invasion of the Soviet Union, to May 1945, when Germany surrendered to the Allies.
They would take the supplies up the coast of occupied Norway to north Russian ports, mostly to Arkhangelsk and Murmansk. Some 1,400 merchant ships were involved, and 16 of the protecting warships were sunk during the missions. More than 3,000 Allied seamen lost their lives during the convoy.
After the war, John worked as a postman for the rest of his professional life, eventually becoming a supervisor. He is originally from Lowestoft, and has lived and worked in Nottingham and Rugby.
The Russian embassy has been handing out medals to veterans from the convoy over the past couple of years, with individual envoys being sent out to find the remaining unsung heroes.
Last year an exhibition centre was set up by the Russian Arctic Convoy Project near the wartime anchorage of Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands.
Hinckley Times June 14 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.
Last summer the boys and girls of The Earl Shilton Scout Group, based in Alexander Avenue, were up to their woggles in grass following the demise of their faithful old lawn mower.
To ensure that this did not happen again this summer the sympathetic people of Elmesthorpe Villagers and Friends Association stepped in and provided them with a brand new motor mower and wheelbarrow. The equipment was funded from proceeds of the Village Hall's Annual Plant Sale, at which these same scouts assisted admirably. Their conduct and helpfulness was praised by the committee who organised the event and by those attending and the boys and girls are eager to repeat similar help again.
In the photo, Joan Wilson, Chairman of EVFA is seen presenting the gift to the Scout group
This liaison between community groups is intended to continue as Earl Shilton Scout Group embarks on it's greatest project to date and for that they need help from the surrounding community and beyond.
THIS PROJECT IS:
TO PROVIDE A PURPOSE BUILT COMMUNITY BUILDING ON THE EXISTING SITE FOR CURRENT USERS AND TO ENCOURAGE NEW, AND DIFFERENT USER GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS WITHIN THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING LOCAL POPULATION AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
The aim is to provide a user friendly building for young people and adults to develop new skills and gain new experiences. Activities could include Archery, Climbing Wall, Parkour etc . The building would also serve as a local venue for everyone and could be hired out at reasonable rates thus maximising it's use and providing a service for the exploding local population.
A small group of local people are currently working through the process of obtaining permissions, plans, quotes and funding necessary for this mighty project. The group is appealing for others to share their enthusiasm, skills and knowledge to make this dream come true. Already Elmesthorpe WI has displayed it's support by "adopting" the group and has started off the funds with a contribution. Great thanks go to them and to request that YOU OR ANY CONTACTS YOU MAY HAVE whether individual, corporate, groups, committees etc would be willing to "ADOPT" the cause by helping in any way, with practical skills, sponsorship, donations, funding events etc etc then please contact any of the Scout Leaders from the Earl Shilton Scouts website or Email firstname.lastname@example.org. who can put you in touch with committee members
REMEMBER EARL SHILTON SCOUT GROUP URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR HELP PLEASE. THANK YOU
SO REMEMBER: URGENT: EARL SHILTON SCOUT GROUP NEEDS YOUR HELP.
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