WICKEN NOTES AND DIARY DECEMBER 2021 AND JANUARY 2022
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY SAFE AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR
CHURCH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
In spite of a falling infection rates and improving vaccination rates, there is still considerable anxiety about the risks of Covid, especially as we approach the winter months when the evidence indicates greater virulence – and that means that although we had been hoping the pattern of events and activity would get back to pre-Covid levels, many people have hesitated and some plans have had to be postponed. Details below.
We hope you saw the flier delivered by hand to every house in the village about the meeting to discuss the wider future of the Village Church and Centres. Please work with us to come up with ideas and a plan to re-energise it following the pandemic and a number of retirements. Sadly, the meeting took place just after the deadline for this issue of the Parish News, but we will write to every house in the village to set out the outcome and ask for your ideas and help. If you can help in any way, please talk to Anna on 01799 540610, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard on 01799 541522, email email@example.com .
The ‘normal’ pattern of services in our benefice churches has now resumed with some slight adjustments, some related to Christmas, of course – please see centre pages for details. Services are normally followed by refreshments and ‘chat’ and all are welcome. Please come along.
GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
Village Coffee Morning – coffee and chat sessions back to normal - first Saturday of each month in the Community Centre from 10am – 12 noon. Next session – Saturday 4 December – mince pies and mulled wine – and coffee! The January session will be from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 8 January. Please drop in and enjoy the coffee and catch up. All welcome.
Christmas Bazaar - a modified event will be held in the Community Centre, alongside the coffee morning from 10.00 am on Saturday 4 December - with gift stall and a raffle.For more information, please ring Anna on 01799 540610 or Richard on 01799 541522.
100 Club – congratulations to our November winners – Cameron Alexander and Ben Arend-Trujillo.
Art Group – now meeting every Wednesdayin the Community Centre from 10.00 am – 12 noon. A number of beautiful paintings are on display in the Centre following the October session on landscape painting led by visiting artist Ania Shreeve. If you want more information or to join, please give Jill Turner a ring on 01799 543680.
Yoga - ‘in person’ sessions led by Jenny Allwork from 11.30 am – 12.30 pm on Fridays. Please email Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more information or to join the sessions.
Pilates – sessions in the Community Centre from 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm on Wednesdays and plans are also in hand for an earlier session, possibly 1.15 pm – 2.15 pm on Wednesdays, subject to demand. If you are interested, please email Vanessa Ravazzotti at email@example.com.
Carpet Bowls – regularsessions in the Community Centre at 7.30 pm alternate Tuesdaysf – so Tuesday 2 December, then break for Christmas, and sessions on 11 January and 25 January 2022. It’s a small friendly group with a range of abilities. New members including beginners are always very welcome. If you want more information, please ring Joan Morgan on 01799 542558.
Book Club – meets at 7.30 pm on the last Thursday of the month, now in members’ houses rather than the Community Centre. No meeting in December, and the January meeting will be at Wicken House on Thursday 27 January 2022. If you would like to find out more, please ring Avril Taylor on 01799 541027.
‘Wicken Ladies’ – Jenny Burgess writes ‘Sadly and with great reluctance we have decided to cancel the tentative plans for an evening event on Thursday 2 December. We feel there are too many risks involved in holding an indoor event at this time of year and are very conscious of keeping things as safe as we can for everyone in the village. However, we plan to go ahead with the annual Wreath-making Session, outside at Barlees Barn, during the day from 10 – 12 noon on Friday 10 December - with gazebos, fire-pits and heaters, seasonal refreshments, carols playing in the background, the annual ‘bonkers raffle’ – and possibly snow!! Please contact Jenny Burgess firstname.lastname@example.org or Tanya Patience email@example.com for full details.
The programme for next year is under active discussion and details will be published here and sent directly to all listed participants. If you want to get yourself on the list and find out what’s planned, please email Jenny Burgess on firstname.lastname@example.org or Tanya Patience on email@example.com.
Garden Club – sadly, the Pot Luck Supper has been postponed for the time being. However, the annual Wreath-making Session will take place from 10.00 – 12 noon on Friday 10 December, outside at Barlees Barn please see above.
The Club is beginning to plan its visits to gardens of interest next year so if you want more information or have any ideas for visits, please email chair Frances Murray firstname.lastname@example.org Viv McLennan on email@example.com.
QUIZ – sadly, the Quiz planned for November is another casualty of the uncertainties and anxieties around at the moment. We hope to be able to plan for a date early in the New Year.