Community Group Newsletter Summer 2015

We are pleased to be able to update members about some of Bolsterstone Community Group’s (BCG’s) recent activities and to remind you of some of our future events.
 
Since the last newsletter in December 2014, we have held Bolsterstone Community Group’s annual Wreath Making Evening. This was a resounding success thanks to the record turnout from local residents, and other participants who live near the village. They ensured that there was a convivial and Christmassy atmosphere in the Village Hall (even before the mulled wine and mince pies were served!) and they produced some wonderfully creative Christmas wreaths. We are especially grateful to the Village Hall Trust (VHT) for hiring out Bolsterstone’s Village Hall for this and for so many other local events, and for continually upgrading the Hall. We would like to thank the dedicated VHT trustees who maintain the Hall and consistently keep it in such good order.
 
Members will be aware that The Castle Inn is not only open but thriving. We are grateful to the new tenants who have supported the Community Group in many ways – including involvement with BCG’s committee and providing their upstairs room for our meetings. The hanging baskets and planters outside the Castle really enhance the village as a whole and we must thank those involved with the improvements which they have made all round.
 
Bolsterstone Community Group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held, as usual, in March. We were again grateful to the VHT for allowing us to use the Hall as soon as their renovation/insulation work was finished. Over 40 people attended and we hope that those of you who were unable to be there have already received the minutes, either by email or post. It was a lively AGM. Overwhelming support for BCG, its activities and its committee was expressed by the wide range of members who made comments. All the existing committee members agreed to continue on the committee and others have volunteered to join it. They were all nominated and agreed by members at the meeting. We welcome the new residents who have also joined the Community Group.
 
We recognise that Bolsterstone Community Group is merely one of the many groups involved in supporting Bolsterstone’s residents and helping to maintain the village. We are keen to work with as many of these different groups as possible as part of the original aim of BCG i.e: “To promote the well-being of the people of Bolsterstone and adjoining areas by the advancement of education and information and the conservation of the environment”. To help us make mutually beneficial links with other local groups and organisations we are grateful that we have committee members and associate committee members from St Mary’s Church, Bolsterstone Archaeology and Heritage Group, (BAHG), The Village Hall Trust (VHT), The Castle Inn, Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir (BMVC), Walkers are Welcome (WaW), our own “In Bloom Forum” and Stocksbridge Town Council (STC). We would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Jagger MBE (former STC Councillor for our area who retired in May this year). He was co-opted from STC on to BCG’s committee as their representative three years ago and has attended our BCG committee meetings over that period. He always seemed to have a “soft spot” for Bolsterstone village – going that “extra mile” for the BCG itself and for the well-being of the residents of the village as a whole. The considered advice and good sense, which he has expressed at our committee meeting discussions will be sorely missed.
 
You can see the BCG committee meetings and AGM minutes, newsletters, events’ list and much more, by visiting Bolsterstone Community Group’s website, which is regularly updated (www.bolsterstone.info). You can also follow the “links” to Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome, with their fantastic range of local walks and to BAHG with its newsletters and events’ lists. Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir will be making two special appearances shortly. On Saturday 27 June at 7.30pm in The Victoria Hall and on Friday 3 July at 8.30pm at the Golf Club. You can contact the BMVC Secretary on telephone 07535648964. The VHT’s Cream Teas in the Village Hall are fast becoming a regular and widely acclaimed treat not to be missed. The VHT’s “Ladies Pampering Evening” will also be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 16 June. Telephone 0114 2882230 for more details.
 
As usual in summer, our “In Bloom” volunteers have been busy strimming, brushing, planting and weeding areas around the village. The hanging baskets, pots and troughs have been planted with bedding plants thanks to local volunteers, to a grant from The Bridge Shop and to Green’s who have supplied the plants which we bought for the village. We are aware that various members have been willing to do their bit to tidy and improve the village on an ad hoc basis and we are grateful to them all. However, more volunteers are welcome, so if you have a spare hour or so to help paint a bench or tidy a bit of public village space, let us know via mail@bolsterstone.info and we’ll supply the materials needed to keep the village looking spic and span. St Mary’s Church traditional Summer Fayre is on Saturday 4 July and the Saturday before this is a good time for a tidy up so we hope to be about on the Saturday (27 June) in the morning to help show off the village at its best to all the visitors who will be coming to St Mary’s Summer Fayre. Let’s hope the weather for the Fayre is as good as last year. But whatever the weather, the Church members’ preparation ensures that it is Bolsterstone’s event of the year, not be missed.
 
Bolsterstone Community Group’s allotment garden is well worth a visit. Plots have been re-allocated and the whole garden has become a hive of activity. New frames and cloches have been erected and the seeds in the new trays are already optimistically sprouting. Paths have been cleared, beds have been weeded. Leeks, onions, cabbages, potatoes, green beans, cauliflowers, courgettes, runner beans, herbs and fruit trees are in abundance. A boundary wall and the gate posts have been repaired and the green house is full of tomatoes and other produce waiting to be harvested later in the year.
 
Whilst BCG’s focus has been and always will be the village of Bolsterstone itself and we seek grants to support this. We have also supported members concerns about other local matters such as the closure of Deepcar dental clinic and the caravan site proposed for the entrance to the village on Stone Moor Road. We support an HLF bid for a local heritage project and have been asked to contribute to the district’s Neighbourhood Plan.
 
Although Saturday 21 November 2015 (10am to 3pm) seems a long time away, it is the date for Bolsterstone Community Group’s Christmas Fayre. We hope you will make an early note of it in your diary. Stall holders have already made bookings, and local school children will perform in the Church. (BCG would like to take this opportunity to thank St Mary’s Church for allowing us to use the church to support our various activities over the year.) We will be grateful if members making their usual mince pies, cakes and buns for the cake/refreshment stalls can deliver them to the Village Hall from 3pm on Friday before the fayre, or before the Fayre begins on the Saturday morning. Please contact 2830781 if you can spare an hour or two to help with the Christmas Fayre on Sat 21 Nov and/or if you are willing to supply a prize for the raffle. Another date for your diary is Tuesday 8 December at 7pm in the village hall for BCG’s Wreath Making Evening. Details to follow.
 
Finally, the BCG Committee thanks you all for your support and we hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, whether you are away or at home simply enjoying Bolsterstone.