May / June 2018
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Spring has Sprung – At Last!
My favourite time of year; the season of new shoots, promise of longer
days and warmer weather and flowers the colour of the sun.
In Ellington of course, it’s the run up to the biggest event in
our village life – Gala Season is here!
More information on the return of popular events and some
brand new ones inside. If you’re new to the village you’ll be
astonished at just how much there is to do – this is not just
any village fete, this is the Ellington Gala.
I look forward to seeing you there.
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Which bin when ?
Website re-vamp and new Web Address
The existing Parish Council website will be
closed down on 31 May to make way for a new
website on 1st June. The reason for this is to
comply with new Data Protection regulations
coming into place in May and also to help
make it more secure.
The new web address will be:
The contact details for the Clerk have also changed from now.
This is: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the Parish Council Chairman on: email@example.com
from 1 June.
Parish Council Elections and District Council Elections
By the time you are reading this, elections may
have already taken place in Ellington for 7 Parish
Councillors and one District Councillor.
Details of the results will be placed on the existing
village website (www.ellingtononline.org) and also
on the Village Facebook page.
More information will be published in a later
edition of the Express.
May 22nd Annual Assembly and May Meeting,
7.15 pm at the Village Hall
The May Parish Council Meeting and Annual
Assembly will be on Tuesday, May 22nd. This is later than usual to
accommodate training for new councillors and the Bank Holiday. The AGM will be preceded by
the Annual Assembly, which will start at 7.15 pm at the village hall. All welcome to attend.
Darren Tysoe, Clerk Ellington Parish Council
The Parish of
May 6th Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Worship & Word 18-30
Grafham: Worship & Word 10-30
May 12th Leighton: Pilgrimage 10-30
May 13th Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Ellington : Worship & Word 10-30
May 20th Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Worship & Word 18-30
May 27th Ellington: All Together with Communion 10-30
June 3rd Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Worship & Word 18-30
Grafham: Worship & Word 10-30
June 10th Brampton: Parish Communion (Baptism) 10-30
Ellington: Worship & Word 10-30
Grafham: Songs of Praise 16-30
June 17th Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Worship & Word 18-30
June 24th Grafham: All together with Communion 10-30
Brampton: Parish Communion 10-30
Ellington: Gala Service 18-30
June 30th Ely Cathedral: Mike Bigg ordained 17-00
July 1st Brampton: Mike’s 1st Communion 10-30
June 9th/10th Grafham: Flower Festival
June 23rd/24th Ellington: Gala & Flower Festival
Morning Prayer is held every week,
08-45 to 09-15: Monday - Ellington, Wednesday – Grafham,
Tuesday & Thursday – Brampton 08-30 to 09-00
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Ellington Playing Field Associatio n
Did you know our playing field
is not council-run?
In fact, this fantastic community
resource is on private land leased
to the village for a token rent.
The playing field was born in
1984 with the aim of providing a
safe, stimulating environment for
residents of all ages.
The Ellington Playing Field
Association (EPFA) are a group
of volunteers who manage,
maintain and update the field and
its equipment. This summer, the
EPFA secured various grants to
help fund installation of a spacious
shelter, which has been very well
The association hosts many
events throughout the year to
raise funds for these exciting
improvements, as well as general
maintenance. At Christmas they
Putting the FUN into FUNdraising! The present EPFA crew during the Santa Sleigh
event. From left: Bob Lumbers, Richard Sykes, Steve Nicholls, Ryan Weston, Richard
Howells and Lee Back (Rob Norton and Alex Hinchliffe have since joined the team).
host the hugely popular Santa’s
More than funds however, the
EPFA work hard to bring fun to the
village, because it’s a community
they cherish. So please support
their future events.
Playing Field Association watch
out for EPFA posts on the
village’s Facebook page, visit
www.ellingtononline.org or email
Ellington Playing Field Association is hosting the
Gala Sports Day
Sunday, June 24 from 11am
on Ellington Playing Fields
Tug of war
Fancy dress race
...and much more!
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Ellington Village Club
The village club is situated in the village hall and welcomes all residents and their guests from
Ellington and Ellington Thorpe. Although a members’ only club membership can be from as
little as 25p for one visit, £2 for a year, £5 for 3 years or life membership for £10. It is run by a
volunteer committee and bar helpers with the bar opening several times each week plus social
events (usually on a Saturday) throughout the year.
The bar stocks draft bitter, Guiness and lager with all the usual spirits, wines and soft drinks as
well as crisps, sweets and coffee. There is a pool table, darts, cards, dominoes, TV and free wi-fi.
Over the year we organise pool, darts, dominoes and nap competitions.
Bar opening times –
Thursday 20.00 to 22.30
Friday 20.00 to 23.00 (Bingo 20.00-21.00)
Sunday 13.00 to 14.30
We have a social event most months except over the summer period.
Coming up in the autumn we have –
22 September Fish and Chip Supper with a film
20 October Curry Night
We are also looking at a trip to Peterborough Greyhound Races and are already thinking about a
Please come and visit the club to enjoy drinks at very reasonable prices and meet other Ellington
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Ellington Village Hall 100 Club
The 100 club raises funds for the upkeep of the village hall and costs £10 every 6 months. Just
over half the income is paid out in cash prizes with the balance of £900 per year helping to run
the village hall.
New members are always welcome and whilst we have a short waiting list at the moment having a
list of people waiting to join is extremely helpful.
Contact Ewan Rayner on 890021 for more details.
Winners at the March draw.
£25 - Andy Hollick and Gloria Allen
£10 - Ron Kennedy, Margarite Davis, Jim Boos and Bob Rice.
Helping your local church
before and after you die
In the popular imagination local churches are funded and maintained by national and diocesan
structures but the reality
is that there is no central
funding available to parishes
from “the centre”. All the
costs of running a church
and engaging in mission
and ministry must be met
locally. In our parish that
amounts to £1700 per week
for the churches in Brampton,
Ellington and Grafham. This
money is raised through
regular donations, one-off
gifts and fundraising events.
I would like to express my
gratitude to all of you who
support us in this way —
church would quite literally
not be possible without you!
I would also like to mention
three ways that you could help
support your local church if
you don’t already, namely:
Regular giving by direct debit
A one off donation
By leaving money in the form
of a legacy when you die
The Parish Giving Scheme
is a direct debit scheme that
we now use to receive regular
giving, plus gift aid where applicable, from donors who wish to commit to supporting their local
church. You can choose to remain anonymous if you wish and also have the option to increase
your giving in line with inflation each year. This scheme forms the backbone of our income and is
administered by the Diocese of Gloucester, at no cost to us, on our behalf.
of the h
A third w
to get in
Financial regulations mean that it is only possible to sign up to this scheme using a paper form
but if you would like to support us with a regular donation, however big or small, I can send you
a form if you contact me. £2 or £3 a week can make a massive difference to your parish church.
More information about the scheme is available at www.parishgivingscheme.org.uk
We have recently had a new website for the parish:
and it’s now our principle way of communicating news
and providing information. You can sign up for our
newsletter there by clicking on the ‘News’ tab at the top
of the homepage.
Further down the homepage there is also an option to
make a one-off donation.
A third way you can help is with a legacy. A gift
in your Will to your local church is one of the
most valuable and lasting ways you can continue
to support its mission and ministry within your
community. A legacy can be an expression of your
gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, can help keep
your local church alive, and help transform its future.
You can find out more about legacies at www.churchlegacy.org.uk
Space prevents me from saying all there is to be said about the various ways of supporting your
local church here so, if you would like more details or a face to face conversation please feel free
to get in touch.
Across the Churches Bible Study
We are a small group, meeting twice a month on Tuesday evenings
at 7.30pm for bible study, prayer and fellowship.
We come from different churches and are always happy to
welcome new members
More information from
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We have all new matting equipment now, so why not come along and give it a go?
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Fish & Chip film nights are run by the Village Club.
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Ellington Gala Weekend
22nd to 24th June 2018
Not long now! Your Gala Guide will be
distributed soon. Look out for it in late May.
Saturday 2nd June - Top Gun
The traditional shoot at High Harthay near
Brampton Hut. You can sign up via the form
in the Mermaid and pay for your entry at the
Saturday 9th June - Car Treasure Hunt
A Pub to Pub road trip! Starting from a local
hostelry outside the village between 4pm –
5.30pm, teams will follow clues and questions
on a trip around the area which should take
1 ½ to 2 hours. There will be a short part on
foot in the middle before coming back to the
village and meeting at the Mermaid garden for a BBQ (cost of £5 per person), drinks and
prize giving. If wet, we will use the village hall as the pub will be accommodating
diners that evening.
Saturday/Sunday 16th- 17th June
In the weekend before the Gala we will
invite you to display your Scarecrow
created to the theme of Weddings,
which is being kindly sponsored by the
Mermaid. These will be judged on Sunday
17th from 2pm with winners announced
on Gala Day.
Friday 22nd June in the evening
Gala Weekend festivities start with the
traditional Boules for children then
adults on the Green. Always a popular
and hard-fought contest, we will have
a BBQ and Bar running until late. The pitch isn’t exactly
competition standard but it all adds to the fun and means novices and more experienced players
have an even chance of winning.
Saturday 23rd June – GALA DAY
Something for everyone on the Green and will be opened by our Vicar, Jason.
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NEW: Ellington’s Got Talent.
Can you sing, dance, tell a joke or play a musical instrument? All welcome from toddlers
to octogenarians and all family friendly talents you can show off in the ring are fine - but
everyone has a strict time limit of two minutes.
With many stalls – including a chocolate tombola - and lots of events in the ring we will
finish late afternoon before everyone reconvenes with their chairs and tables for an evening
party. We ask that you don’t reserve any spaces in the Marquees until 6pm at the earliest
Into the Night
With food in the evening, drink and much
dancing to a live band, expect the usual late
HELP! 9am Sunday 24th June
Of course, we always need help the morning
after to help clear up…and almost everyone
has a hangover so you will be in good
company. We meet from 9am. Bacon Rolls
and Tea & Coffee supplied. Many hands
make light work and get the job done in
no more than two hours.
And there’s more
The Playing Fields Association put on an excellent
Family Sports Day & BBQ on the playing field on Sunday and Gala events formally finish
with a Gala Service on the Church on Sunday evening.
What is the Gala for?
The funds we raise are distributed to local groups - the Village Reserve Fund, Playing Field
Committee, Village Hall, and Ellington Church.
This fun and inclusive village event for all the family, is run by a small volunteer committee
group with many helpers. We couldn’t do it without everyone doing their bit.
We have various pieces of equipment
for hire at reasonable rates all year.
These include Marquees, Candy Floss
Machine, PA System, Till and folding
tables. Please contact any of the
committee to find out more.
Finally, please join the “Ellington
Village & Gala Info” Facebook group.
With 440 members at the time of
writing it has evolved into a great
community resource all throughout
the year. Please no adverts, for sale
items or traders though.
Ellington Gala Committee 2018
Chris Stening (Chair), Kelly
Yarde (Secretary), Ian Burroughs
(Treasurer), Joanne Burroughs, Graham Crouch, Jane Bowland & Debbie Ruddle.
Save The Date
Strawberry & Cream Teas
SUNDAY July 15th
Custom Made Clothing
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Gala Flower Festival
The Gala Flower Festival, June 21st-24th.Thank
you to all who came along to the meeting, we
had a great response, but still have a few
spaces, please let Andrea or Ann know if
you are interested. We usually do the
arranging on the Thursday & Friday,
containers and oasis are provided,
everyone is welcome, it is not a
Help is at hand, even a vase of ‘Filling
Station Flowers’ bring colour, joy
and perfume to the occasion! We have
changed the theme to “Memorable
Phrases” These can
include quotes from songs, books, famous
people, history, news what ever? There
are great ideas on the internet. If you find
something you fancy come and have a go.
Ann & Andrea.
• Large range of 100% cotton fabrics
• Fleece and wadding
• Notions and findings
• Yarn, knitting and crochet patterns
• Large range of sewing and embroidery threads
• Social stitching groups every Tuesday and Wednesday
• Various workshops for sewing, embroidery, mixed media
• Monthly groups for embroiderers, lace making, crochet & knitting
• Private openings for groups
Unit 3, Brook Farm, Thrapston Road, Ellington, Huntingdon, PE28 0AE
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5pm
(Thursdays April - October to 8pm)
Ann Bentley 891628
Sue Rice 896139
Ann Davies 891372
We have had an incredibly long, cold and wet winter so cheer yourself up and come along to the
WI. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall and our meetings are
varied and interesting.
On April 3rd Geoff Lambert came along with his faithful dog to talk about dogs supporting people
with long term health issues like diabetes and epilepsy. It was fascinating hearing how dogs
can be trained to detect when their owner is likely to lapse into a
hypoglycaemic coma or have an epileptic fit.
On May 1st we will discuss the
resolution, “how mental health should
have parity with physical health”. It will
then be carried forward to the NFWI in
June. After this discussion, Mike Baker
will talk about The Duke of Edinburgh
June 5th we will have a walk at Paxton Pits
followed by a Chinese meal at Long Yuen
Court Little Paxton. Hopefully the weather
will be kind to us and we can enjoy a lovely
Our meetings are varied and we try hard to cater for everyone. I do hope that you are tempted,
there is no compulsion to join, and we would make you very welcome.
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Useful to know
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Residents of Ellington can claim at least £100 back per year thanks to the RES Local Energy
Discount Scheme (LEDS). This is a direct benefit to people living or working close to wind farms
developed by RES.
To residents new and old, if you have changed supplier etc or are new contact Donna Hamilton on
0800 011 3341 to update your details, if you have changed your supplier.
£££ off your oil
The Grafham Oil Syndicate has 2 objectives; to reduce oil delivery truck footfall and negotiate
lower oil prices. It’s free to join, it’s simple and effective and as an Ellington resident you are
eligible. Just email email@example.com with your address and a contact number and Simon
will explain how it works.
Our local co-ordinator for Neighbourhood watch is Keith King who can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org, monthly news on this topic is available on the
Neighbourhood Watch website www.ourwatch.org.uk
Up to the minute goings on
For all things Ellington join the facebook group – this is for all village information – please no
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