A belated Happy New Year to you all. 

Although I could not be there, I understand that our Christmas Social, on December 6th, went well. Everyone was delighted that Gresham Village School’s Reception children came to sing (and perform actions to!) seasonal songs for all our visitors. Sausage rolls and mince pies were popular refreshment for all. 

The Committee are wrestling with early difficulties in getting the bid up and running, but we have several months to get things organised to start… dependent both on the final bat report and the availability of our chosen builder. We are all still very excited that we can go ahead with our plans. I was today interviewed by Matthew Gudgeon (4.00pm-7.00pm) from Radio Norfolk about our success.

We continue to fundraise as extra needs are bound to arise as we proceed, and of course, we hope to have a second phase of the project in two or three years time. So in January we will be holding a Brunch (as we did last year) on Saturday 18th between 10.30am and 1.00pm, in the Village Hall. Breakfasts, large and small will be on offer, as well as good company I hope- just the thing to revive your spirits in the depths of winter. There will be a raffle, so if you have any prizes available please let me know. I can always collect if required- 01263 577794.

In February, we will have our Pancake extravaganza on ShroveTuesday, (25th Feb.) from 12noon until 3.30pm again at the Parish Hall. Do come and treat yourselves to pancakes with a topping of your choice.

In March there will be two concerts, the Folk and Friends with the date still to be decided and the Beeston Hall Music concert on Wednesday 25th March at 7.00pm. We are so pleased that this school has asked to use the church again for their annual Spring concert; it will be open to all interested in hearing the young people performing to a high standard, both with voice and on a range of different instruments.

Details of the rest of our 2020 programme will be outlined in the next newsletter.

Best wishes

Julia Drury, Chair

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