Tuesday 13th September we have our monthly coffee morning in the Village Hall 10am to 11’ish….tea and coffee, biscuits or cake, raffle and a chat. No doubt we will be discussing the very successful Honingham History Day last Sunday 😊☕️🍰🍪
Just a summary of yesterdays events from my perspective.
After much hard work from a great team of volunteers, some strong support from the Parish Council and Honingham residents, Our Honingham Bowls Day attracted an impressive steady flow of visitors throughout the day. We had some very pleasing, genuine interest in a fresh approach to the use of the Bowls area.
Our contacts sheet is well populated and has given us some interested residents that we can include in the communication of all future events. It was very encouraging to hear that so many people were interested in just playing bowls. We also encouraged a few willing extra volunteers.
All of the activities were well attended and the sight of our Wonderful Bowling Green busy with people enjoying themselves was extremely pleasing.
The fund raising activities and some generous donations resulted in a grand total of £198.50.
We had prize winners for all three Target Bowls categories and yes, somebody did get the `Bowl in the Box’ Which meant that I had to honour my promise to dine in the Buck, in a very pretty dress!
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of the team that made this such a success and to every single person that visited us.
I was very pleased to see that the event at the Village Hall was equally well attended and it was great to see the village vibrant and `alive’.
Well done and thank you to all.
I propose to get together at the Bowls pavilion on Thursday 8th Sept at 7pm to discuss how best to move forward and to listen to any comments offered. All are welcome.
we have 2 events in Honingham this Sunday (4th)…12 noon until 5pm for bowls, and 2pm to 5pm for the Hall.
Honingham Bowls have a go day, at the old Bowling Club, nothing formal just roll up and have a go! Also target bowls to win a small prize, and crazy golf or croquet for the children. Do have a go at “bowl in a box”…..prize is seeing Craig Matless eat his Next Sunday lunch in the pub – wearing a dress 😂 This just has to be won…..photos will be obligatory Craig!
From 2pm the Village Hall is holding Honingham History Day…..a wonderful archive of stories, events and photo’s, see which families first lived in your house, read about life in the Village School (closed for a week to get the black currant harvest in, or a measles epidemic), the murder at Honingham Hall, the Honingham Hoard, the Americans stationed here during the war, and lots more. Teas, soft drinks and cakes will be available, plus a raffle in aid of the Village Hall. Any offers of help, raffle prizes or cakes gratefully received on the day or contact Linda on 01603 880089.
It has taken a lot of time and effort but I am very pleased to announce that The Honingham Defibrillator is up and running and going live this morning with the ambulance service.
The Defibrillator is situated as you drive into the Honingham Buck Car Park, on the wall on the right hand side in the entrance of the over spill car park on John Smiths office. A big yellow box, you can’t miss it.
Several Honingham residents have been trained to use this and administer CPR – however, don’t wait to contact one of these should you suspect someone is having a heart attack, just dial 999. Tell the operator you are in Honingham and know where the defibrillator is, the operator will give you a code to access the defibrillator. The defibrillator is so easy to use it talks you through what to do!
Further guidance to follow.
The Bowling Green – an update
Since the devastating news that the Honingham Bowls Club has folded, the Parish Council has been considering the options of what to do with the Green. No obvious choice was becoming apparent, so a survey of Village opinion was sought – a form was delivered to every house in the village.
At the recent Parish Council meeting on 26th July the results of the survey were discussed. 27% of the forms had been returned, but analysis of the results did not seem to give the Council any reasonable mandate for spending large sums of funds or effort on any of the options.
One new idea was put forward by Craig Mattless at the meeting why not keep it as a bowling green? Not a serious club to enter leagues, but just an “Open to all” facility for friendly, social bowls activities. This seemed a popular idea, which would cost a minimum of effort and cash to get going. After some discussion Craig agreed to head up an effort to get things moving. But time was of the essence if something was to be done in 2016.
So on 2nd August Craig got a few people together at the green to look around and see what would need to be done – the PC Chairman, Terry Sapey (who is cutting the green), Ted Perrett (The Ex Bowls Club Chairman) and a couple of others who had agreed to help get things moving. After a look around it was decided that the idea could take off with a minimum of expense. Some work and equipment was needed. The need for publicity and an inaugural event was discussed, and it was thought that perhaps coinciding the event with the upcoming “History Day” would be mutually beneficial to both events.
Funding and equipment is now being sought, and a further meeting is to be held, at the clubhouse, at 7pm on Tuesday 16th August so that decisions can be made in readiness for a report to the next PC Meeting on 23rd August.
All interested parties are of course welcome to attend the meeting, when such things as the details of the inaugural event will be discussed. Offers of disused bowls and other equipment will be very welcome.
It is hoped that despite a few problems the idea can be tried out. It will cost very little, and by the end of the year we will have some idea as to the potential success as we go into the 2017 season.
Sorry haven’t received Minutes yet from last PC Meeting……however, when we discussed the Survey results from Villagers it was clear there was not a lot of support for any of the projects that were suggested. Craig Mattless asked the meeting if a “social” bowls club would be acceptable rather than the previous club which was heavily into etiquette and competitions – a show of hands at the meeting was very much in favour of having a “go” at bowls in this way.
A meeting convened yesterday came up with the following:
Last evening we held at the Bowls Club a get together on how we could re-launch the bowls game in the village.
Present was Craig Mattless, John Skipper, Ryan Harvey, Ted Perret, David Bishop, Mr and Mrs Terry Sapey.
Craig was elected as the Chairperson.
Craig read out a document he had written on the way we could go forward Which was discussed.
John had also prepared a document and we also discussed this.
David said he would contact the BDC in the morning to try get some funding.
We agreed that the aim was to have a Bowls Day on Sunday 4th September the same day as the History Day.
Another meeting will be held before the next council meeting Craig will arrange a date.
Anyone who wants to join in with the bowls please come along and have your say.
Both Craig’s and Johns documents are available for anyone to read.
A gentle reminder…..the weather has been lovely lately and many of us have taken advantage of it by having our windows open and hanging washing outside. Please be a good neighbour – if you need to have bonfire (especially a thick black smokey one) would you leave it until the evening? And, if you notice neighbours windows open, let them know that you intend to have a bonfire!
Thank you 😊