Christmas 2011 - (last updated 15/12/2011)


Editor.. Hazel Cooper 890982



Sunday 18 December 3pm, Christmas Carols and Readings with festive refreshments to follow......
Buckworth’s favourite service.

CHRISTMAS EVE Midnight Service is in Buckworth this year.......STARTS AT 11.30PM.
Christmas Day Services are spread around the other 4 parishes (see notice board for details).

THE TOWER/SPIRE…work has started on the holding repairs, installation of some louvres to help keep the rain out and bird netting. The Architect has stressed that these are only holding repairs; at least a further £35-50,000 needs to be spent on top of the £30.000 already raised for the current works.
The stall at the Cricket Club Christmas Fayre raised £70 for the Restoration Fund....thanks to all who made cakes. The raffle at the Christmas dinner raised a further £73.
Overall it has been a very successful fund raising year the Concert, Garden Party and Harvest Supper exceeded our expectation and the events themselves were very enjoyable.
You will have read in the Pump about the Buckworth Bikers; £333.65 sponsorship has come back to Church funds the other £333.65 and gift aid going to Cambs Historic Churches Fund many thanks to those who cycled round all those churches and to their sponsors for providing the money. The Church, Parish Council and Cricket Club work very well together and the community spirit as a whole is much envied by other villages. Our new Vicar Mary Jepp is a welcome addition to our happy band and we hope to carry on working well together.

Are you signed up for Gift Aid? Any donation you make to the Church can be increased by 25% if you sign up and are a UK tax payer. Buckworth Church desperately needs your donations, trying to keep the building standing becomes more difficult each year.
Geoff Greed’s inspiring memorial raised almost £1000 which Carole gift-aided to the Church..a staggering £250 extra!

Parish Council the next meeting will be held on Monday 30 January 2012. Thanks were expressed to Stuart Martin for his time as Cllr and Chairman. John Davison has been co-opted in his place and has become Responsible Financial Officer. Phil Cooper is the Chairman and Peter Waterhouse vice chairman. Fiona Morrison remains acting Clerk. The grass cutting contract has been renewed and plans to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee formulated; the precept set at £2508 for the year 2012-2013 (2011-2012 £2563).
Agendas and minutes for all council meetings can be found on To contact the Council email or ring the Chairman on 890982 or Fiona Morrison the acting clerk on 890885 or any Council Member. -------------------------------------------------------------------

Ladies Group meets next on Tuesday 7 February 2012 at 7.30pm in the Cricket Club. 2011 has been a good year for the ladies, finishing with an excellent Christmas Buffet in the Cricket Club.. Many thanks to Yvonne and Paula for their hard work. Lots of events planned for the New Year. For further details contact Yvonne on 890058, Paula 890306

BUCKWORTH BROWSERS The next meetings of the Book Club will be held on Weds 21 Dec., Jan 11, 8 Feb, 7 March, 4 April 7.30pm in the Cricket Club. Book currently being read is Trespass. The second year of the Book Club has proved very successful, Warwick Davis came to tell us about his life in films and TV. He also brought along copies of his book. We look forward to more light hearted meetings and interesting speakers in 2012. Meetings are fun with lively discussions on literature including the “odd” favourite poem; also book and magazine swaps. We have a variety of book types over the coming months (everyone reads at their own speed, there is no pressure to finish a book by a certain date). If you would like further information about the club contact me on 890982 or just come along to the meeting. The library van now only comes once a month on the first Thursday in the month at 2.40pm.

BUCKWORTH SOWERS & GROWERS The next meetings of the Gardening Club 25 Jan, 22 Feb, 21 March, 18 Apr. all at 7.30pm in the Cricket Club. Meetings in 2011 have been well attended and very interesting, with lots of information and advice. Seeds and plants have been swapped. We visited Anglesey Abbey in February to see the snowdrops and received a guided tour and full history of this charming plant at Anglesey. February saw Gardeners Question Time with local plants-man Dick Tuplin (promised again for 2012!) The Editor of the Gardening News also came along and gave a talk on the history of the news-sheet and the garden experts who write for the paper. As with the Book Club, if you would like further information just come along to the meeting or contact me. Everyone is very welcome.
Members of the Club did exceptionally well at the Alconbury Show in September with many prizes finding their way to Buckworth. Do come and join us and grow your own.....large or small! --------------------------------------------------------------------

The Cricket Club…Thanks once again to all who supported the Club’s recent events. Refurbishment work carries on apace. If you haven’t been in the club for a while it’s well worth a visit. Decorations light & bright with new blinds at the double glazed windows. In addition to raising money for refurbishing the club, everyone enjoys the events put on there. Many thanks to all who give their time and cooking skills to prepare the food for these events we couldn’t do it without you! Of course the running costs of the club are covered by the regular users who have been enjoying the new heating etc – the Sowers and Growers, Book Club, Parish Council, Ladies Group and those attending the bingo nights. The Supper Club has been very successful......... wonderful food and company, the perfect wind- down at the end of a busy week. If you would like to be on the rota to prepare food for the club once in a while please contact Yvonne.

2012 subscriptions are now due, please complete the attached form and return it to me Hazel Cooper or the Chairman or any committee member. You will then be given a membership card for the year

The Cricket Club is available for private bookings..Contact Peter on 890058
December Opening & Events
17 December – Christmas Prize Draw & Buffet
23 December Supper Club ( please book with Yvonne by Thurs at the latest)
24 Christmas Eve Bar Open 7.-11pm
25 Christmas Day Bar Open 12 -2pm & 7-11pm.
New Year’s Eve – Dining & Dancing –Ticket Event £5 (see flyer)

Next big event............. Buckworth’s Got Talent 14 January. (Have you?)
For the 3rd year the Cricket club will be hosting this event. Start practising now...the competition is tough. Speak to Peter about your entry now.

27 Jan. The Chairman’s Birthday Party?

Well done to Abbi and Natti Sessions for completing their sponsored silence in college and raising £70

Thanks also to Mitchell Rickard for choosing Buckworth to do the community section of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. So far Mitchell has helped us paint the Church gates, railings, notice board and footpath information board. Cleaned the telephone box, swept the bus shelter and helped at the Christmas Bazaar. He has several more hours of work to do before he completes this section......well done Mitchell we are very grateful for your help!

Welcome to the new members of our community...... Amanda and Nic at the Rowans, Caroline and Ray at the Old School House and Elaine, Mark and family at Bream Close. We hope you will enjoy living in Buckworth as much as we do and we look forward to seeing you at one or all of our village events!

Poppy Appeal
Buckworth Cricket Club.......the collection was £16.65
The Village Collection...........the amount donated was £58.67 Not as much as in some years, but still very welcome! Thank you on behalf of the Local Honorary Organiser ------------------------------------------------------------------

Children playing in the Churchyard.........will you please explain to your children that running around and riding bikes in the Churchyard is not the thing to do. The ground is uneven and, whilst the Parochial Church Council has done its best to ensure the grave stones are in a reasonable state of safety, it cannot guarantee the stones are stable. Also some of the stones are very old and of historic value.
But particularly, people with family members buried in the churchyard are likely to become upset if anyone runs over their graves.
If any of the children would like a guided tour of the Church & Graveyard with explanations about the items of historic interest I will happily arrange one in half term when the work to the tower has been done.

Finally............wishing you all