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Normanton on Soar                Kingston on Soar
July and August 2017
SUTTON BONINGTON SHOW will be held on Sunday 3rd September on the Sutton Bonington Playing Field. Alongside many others the principal attractions this year are The Sheep Show and Duck Herding. The many and varied trade and craft stalls will be there and further details of the event can be found on the flyer enclosed with this issue of the Village News.  We look forward to your continued support to make this another very successful show.

SUTTON  BONINGTON SHOW  DANCE will this year take place on Friday 1st  September from 7.30 until midnight in the showground marquee on the playing fields. It is being hosted this year by Sutton Bonington Playgroup to celebrate its fiftieth birthday. So, please, come along and join our birthday bash for a night of live music, dancing and fun times! We are very happy to announce that local band Kynch and The Mutts Nutts will be performing for us. A bar selling real ales and a selection of wines and soft drinks will be available and tickets can be obtained from Sutton Bonington post office, Bonington Tea Rooms and Pasture Lane Stores at £12.50 each to include drinks reception and food. Contact Sarah Walsh (07557 645713) for further details. We look forward to seeing you there!

UNITED FAMILY & PARADE SERVICE will be held on Sunday September 3rd in the Horticultural Marquee at the Village Showground.  The service begins at ten o’clock and will include a talk by Michael Burt, puppeteer and illusionist.  Those attending the service will have to pay the usual entrance fee but this will be refunded to anyone who leaves the ground within thirty minutes of the end of the service.

SUTTON BONINGTON PLAYSCHEME will be held from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August and Monday 7th to Friday 11th August from 10am to noon. There will be many art and craft activities and all the usual sports. The last day will be extended to 1.00pm and there will be a tea party and bouncy castle for the children.   Further information will be distributed via Sutton Bonington and Normanton-on-Soar schools in mid-July.  The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th September at 7.15pm in the Pavilion.

THE FAMILY OF THE LATE KITTY RAMP would like to say “Thank You” for donations totalling £700 which have been given to Arthritis Research UK.

LAMMAS You are very welcome to celebrate the old festival of Lammas at a united service, including baptism, at 11.00am on Sunday August 6th in St Michael’s church.  The word Lammas comes from the old English hlaf-maesse or loaf-mass when the bread for the mass was made from the first corn of the harvest.

SUTTON  BONINGTON  PARISH COUNCIL  Please remember that  it is against the law to park on grass verges adjacent to double yellow lines. Also, drivers are urged to respect the 20mph speed limit past the school as well as the parking restrictions outside the school.

TWO TRAYS DIDN’T MAKE IT HOME FROM THE CHURCH FETE! If you very kindly baked cakes for teas at the Church Fete and are missing two white trays, I may have them. Please contact Susan Ward on 674907 to arrange their safe return.

CHURCH MAYTIME FETE Many thanks to everyone who supported the Fete.  We were anxious that the change of day and month might affect the attendance but we are delighted to say that are our fears were unfounded and we made £2,393 for St Michael’s and St Anne’s churches, a record sum.  Thanks to all the stall holders.  Special thanks to the Scouts, Brownies and Cubs for their help with sideshows, to the Primary School for their excellent Maypole dancing, to Rob and David for their musical entertainments and to our sponsors for their generous donations.

VILLAGE WORSHIP is the name of our new monthly service which is designed to be short, very informal and to appeal to people of all ages, from babies to grannies (not forgetting grandads!). We have been absolutely delighted at the very positive response to this service. In its three-month existence, ten families with seventeen children aged from 2-12 have come along.  They have discovered that this is a service where parents and their children can relax and be themselves, without worrying about upsetting other people or behaving badly. So if you have thought about coming along but were worried that children wandering about, being a bit noisy or playing with toys would be a distraction for other people present and be the cause of much tut-tutting, fear not! You will be assured of a warm welcome and also be able to sing some of your favourite hymns and enjoy refreshments afterwards. The next two services will be held on 16th July and 20th August at 11:00 in St Michael’s. We do hope you will be able to come and join us.

SOAR VALLEY U3A will be holding a general meeting at 2.00pm on Tuesday 25th July in Normanton on Soar Village Hall. Doug Bradbury, a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, will be giving a talk about His Experiences under Foot. If you're retired or semi-retired why not join us? Non-members are most welcome and refreshments are provided.  Soar Valley U3A (University of the Third Age) provides relaxed learning and leisure activities for retired people in the area. For more information, phone Membership Secretary Lorna Orton (01332 811030)

SUMMER FAIR AT NORMANTON-ON-SOAR PRIMARY SCHOOL  on Friday 14th July between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. Stalls, bar, barbecue and  bouncy castle! Don’t miss it!

NORMANTON’S CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING A big thank you to everyone who helped Normanton’s Christian Aid coffee morning raise £524 for this worldwide charity.  This compares very well with the £382 raised last year. This year the weather was really kind to us and more people turned up than did last year.  We are delighted with the amount that we have been able to donate to Christian Aid so many thanks to those who did come along and to all those who donated cakes, plants, books and raffle prizes not to mention the jewellery stall and the quiz.  Thanks also to those who “manned” the stalls and served up the coffees and teas.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY : Saturday 22nd July From 2.00pm to 4.00pm you will be very welcome to visit The Willows in Butt Lane for a Summer Garden Party.  Enjoy strawberries, afternoon tea, Pimms and a wander round the garden. Or just sit and enjoy Ken Godfrey’s Central Jazz Band!  Proceeds will be shared between St James church Organ Fund and The Ear Foundation.

CHURCH FETE Advance Notice - Between 2.00pm and 4.00pm on Saturday 9th September do come along to the fete in the beautiful grounds of St James church on the banks of the River Soar.  A large selection of stalls and games will be provided together with boat trips on the river, refreshments, barbecue, ice cream… During the afternoon, Ken Godfrey’s Central Jazz Band will be entertaining us and, during their break, Normanton on Soar Village Choir will be singing a few songs.  We look forward to seeing you there!

NORMANTON-ON-SOAR MEN’S ASSOCIATION On Wednesday 12th July there will be the Annual Treasure Hunt and Barbecue. Friends, families and non-members are welcome to this open event. Details from John Herrington (646240). . Monday 14th August will see us playing Petanque at the Soar Bridge Inn, Barrow upon Soar. Details from Neil Blythe (843825). Information about the Association and all its activities can be found on the Normanton on Soar village website.

ST JAMES CHURCH CHARITY OF THE YEAR 2017 Nominations for St James church Charity of the Year were discussed at the last meeting of the Parochial Church Council and, for 2017, it was decided to support Hughendon Lodge which is based in Blyth Street, Nottingham. Hughendon Lodge provides accommodation and support for people with mental health difficulties.  The project aims to help residents move on to live in a more independent setting with continued outreach provision.  Round-the-clock support is provided for those who are enduring chronic mental health problems and the service also manages a number of move-on flats which offer a lower level of support to clients.  Hughendon Lodge works in partnership with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.
Mental health problems are both a cause and an effect of homelessness.  Hughendon Lodge is helping to prevent homelessness and long-term social exclusion by providing high-quality supported accommodation to people who would otherwise be homeless.  They are also helping those who have been homeless along a journey to independent living. Hughendon Lodge works with more than 11,000 people each year.  As Pam Abbott, Manager of Hughendon Lodge says: “Our job is all about moving vulnerable people away from homelessness and towards independent living.”

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE The speaker at the meeting on Tuesday 4th July will be Patrick Ashcroft whose subject is The Chilwell Canary Girls.  The competition will be for Something Yellow.  The meeting will be chaired by Susan Ward and the hostesses will be Shirley White, Jean Thurman and Jean Chambers.  There will be a social evening on Tuesday 8th August – no competition – with drinks and nibbles served. All meetings are in Normanton-on-Soar Village Hall and start at 7.30pm. Guests are always welcome - £4 to include refreshments.

LADIES’ WALKING GROUP There are two walks planned for July.  The first is on Tuesday 4th July and is a 3-4 mile walk around Sutton Bonington and the River Soar.  Meet at Sutton Bonington at 10.00am. Contact the leader Mary Ashworth (854446 or 07946 332504) or Carolyn Brock (674354) if you intend to walk and for information about the exact meeting point.  The second walk is on Wednesday 19th July, 3.5 miles in The Outwoods and Buck Hill. There are some hills and rocky terrain.  Meet at The Plough, Normanton at 9.30am or at The Outwoods car park at 10.00am. Contact the leader Kirsten Wright (844011 or 07804 372504) if you intend to walk.The first of two walks planned for August is on Thursday 10th , five miles around Markfield and Ulverscroft.  Meet at the Plough,  Normanton at 9.30am and contact one of the leaders - Susan Ward (674907) or Carolyn Brock (674354) - if you intend to walk.  The second is on Monday 21st August, three to four miles around Shepshed, Morley Quarry and Old Charnwood Railway. Meet at the Plough Normanton at 9.30am. The walk will be starting at 25 Moscow Lane, Shepshed at 10.00. Contact the leader, Pat Gassor ( 827028 or 07804 688741) if you intend to walk.

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS AND ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING These meetings for St James Church were held on Sunday 19th March. Chris Ashworth stood down as churchwarden, and Rev. Michael Brock thanked him for his thirty years of service. He praised his love, commitment and faithfulness to the church and presented him with a small gift in appreciation of his service.  Jan Bonser was re-elected as churchwarden; and new churchwarden Peter Tyers was duly elected. Brian Archbold (Hon Treasurer) presented the Annual Report and Accounts as at 31 December 2016.  He said that the church was on a sound financial footing as it was still benefiting from the increased income from the Funding Campaign in 2013.  Fundraising events such as the Church Fête and the Candlelit Christmas Concert continue to be popular and both these events were advertised to cover the maintenance of the church fabric to keep it in good order for future generations. The hope is for major renovation of the organ to be carried out during the autumn this year and £26,807 has already been raised towards the anticipated cost of £31,000 + VAT. Neil Blythe was thanked for his work as Planned Giving Secretary and Robert Hall for auditing the accounts.  If anyone would like a copy of the Annual Report and Accounts please have a word with Brian or take a copy from the table in the church. Chris Ashworth reported that there were thirty-five people on the Electoral Roll; and he also presented the Churchwarden’s Report. Jan Bonser reported from the Deanery Synod; and Jan Bonser and Brian Archbold were elected as Deanery Synod representatives. In addition to churchwardens and Deanery Synod representatives, Sue James, Keith Bonser, Dr Terri Tyers, Anne Lawes, Dr Rob Caves and Chris Ashworth were elected to the Parochial Church Council.  Rosemarie Alltree was standing down from the PCC and Rev. Michael Brock thanked her for her service as a member of the PCC and as Deanery Synod Representative.

HEARING AID CLINICS Do you wear hearing aids? Then do come along to our free, walk-in hearing aid clinic for new batteries; new ear mould tubing; advice about equipment; how to use and clean your hearing aids; information on hearing loss and all the services that can help you.  The clinic is held at Normanton-on-Soar Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month between 2pm and 3pm.  The service is provided by the Ear Foundation and supported by fund-raising.  The next clinics will be on 11 July and 8 August.

SUTTON BONINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH From mid-July we welcome back the Linley family to Sutton Bonington. They will be holding a special prayer event for the project in Mandritsara, Madagascar. See the website for further details nearer the time. In August our morning services will be All-Age services starting at 10.30am with the exception of August 13th when we have a guest speaker, Robin Dowling. On the 6th and 20th they will be followed by picnic or barbecue events (please see website for more details nearer the time). At the beginning of August some people from SB Baptist Church will be offering hospitality and serving Syrian refugees in Belfast as part of the EDGE project. Please pray for them to bring blessing to people whose lives have been torn apart by war.

Who rings the bells? Could I do it? All sorts of people take up bell ringing – young and old; male and female from all walks of life, religious or not.
Is it difficult? No. If you can ride a bike, you can probably ring a bell!
Where can I learn? Most churches with bells have people who will teach you BUT there is now an exciting opportunity for people in this area to learn together.
To find out more, please contact or ‘phone 01509 820598. Alternatively, you could join us for a taster session in East Leake church on Saturday 8th July between 10.30 and 12.30. We look forward to meeting you!
Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE   please to Arnold Goodwin (674563) Christine Elliott (844045) or Geoff Parnell (672639) by Monday 7th August. This will cover events for the months of September and October. Our e-mail address is

SUTTON BONINGTON LUNCH CLUB  Remember the dates for next lunch club are 13th July and 10th August. We still meet in the Village Hall with tea and coffee available from 11.30 and lunch at 12. All seniors from Sutton Bonington and surrounding villages are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month. Ring Sue James (673460) for more information. See you there!
Last month’s recipe proved so popular you might like to give it a go!
Chunky topped chicken pie (for 6)
900ml chicken stock,  750/800g chicken pieces
 2 bay leaves, a few sprigs of thyme, salt and pepper
 2 leeks halved and chopped, 2 sticks of celery chopped
 1kg potatoes cut into cubes
 75g butter, 75g plain flour
 100ml double cream, 75g grated cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 180c, gas 6
Cut chicken into bite size pieces, put in pan with stock, vegetables and herbs. Bring to the boil then simmer until meat is tender, approximately 25 mins. Discard herbs and strain into a bowl . SAVE liquid, you will need approximately  900ml so top up if necessary.
Cook potatoes until just tender, not mushy.
Make a sauce by melting butter, add flour and gradually add stock, constantly whisking, to keep it smooth. Season to taste and remove from heat.
Put meat and vegetable mix into a casserole dish and mix with half of the sauce.
Add double cream to the remainder of the sauce and pour over the mix. Top with grated cheese and bake for 35/40 mins until brown and bubbling. Serve with your favourite vegetables.


Regular weekday events in the churches (subject to variation at festivals).  These are sponsored or organised by the churches mentioned but all are welcome to attend.
11.00am 1st Monday Holy Communion at Swan Court. (Methodist, but all welcome)
9.45am  Mothers and Toddlers (Baptist)
7.00pm  Choir Practice (St. Anne’s)
7.45pm  Rock Solid for school years 7-9 (Baptist)
9.30am   Prayer Book Holy Communion St. Anne’s
10.30am   Coffee Break (alternate weeks – Baptist Church Lounge)
10.30am   Fellowship (alternate weeks – Methodist)
7.30pm     International Student Bible Fellowship (Baptist)
8.00pm    The Hub for school years 10-13 (Baptist)
1.30pm (fortnightly) Mosaic group for international women (Baptist)
8.00pm Fellowship, Bible study and Prayer (Baptist)
9.30am  Mothers & Toddlers (Baptist)
7.30pm  United Choir (Methodist)
6.00pm  Holy Mass (Our Lady of the Angels)

St Michael with St. Anne, Sutton Bonington
11.00am   Morning Service in St Michael’s
(Please see church noticeboards for variations)
St James’, Normanton on Soar
9.30am    Morning Prayer on First Sunday.
                 Holy Communion on second, third and fourth Sundays.
St Winifred’s, Kingston on Soar
6.00pm      Evening Prayer on 1st Sunday
10.30am     All Age service followed by short communion 2nd Sunday
10.30am     Morning Prayer 3rd Sunday
10.30am     Holy Communion 4th Sunday
NB Please see Parish Lines for details of the Cluster Services held on the fifth Sunday
Methodist Church
10.30am   Morning Service (Please see church notice board/Parish Lines for details of
parade services)
Minister : Rev. Diane Grice (672479) or email
Baptist Church
10.30am    Morning Service with crèche, junior church and teenager groups
6.15pm     Evening Service
Pastor: John Hebblethwaite (672889)
Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, East Leake
Priest: Father Michael Williams (01509 852147).
Visit our parish website on
Saturday                  6.00pm Holy Mass
Sunday                                  11.00am Holy Mass
Masses during the week are at different times. Please ring Father Williams for further
information. Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday 11.15 – 12.00 or at any time by previous arrangement with the parish priest.