may june 2018


All the latest from Ellington

May / June 2018




Sessions throughout school holidays

and weekends, activities include:-

• Den building

• Camp fi res

• Mud Faces

• Treasure hunt

• Marshmallows

• Forest art

• Fire lighting

“Ian is so brilliant with the children

- inspiring them to love the outdoors as much as he

obviously does. As a parent I absolutely love the ethos,

and as children I think they love it.”


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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.

If you have ideas or contributions for future issues please

email me at

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please do tell our advertisers where you saw their number so they

know they are getting good value by sticking with us and ensure we can

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June 9th

June 23


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Parish Council

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:

You can also contact the Parish Council Chairman on:

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 ( 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




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Church Services

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

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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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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

Sleigh event.

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 or email

Ellington Playing Field Association is hosting the

Gala Sports Day

Sunday, June 24 from 11am

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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

Christmas do.

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.

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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.

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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

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



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More information from

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are full to bursting over the holidays. We’re dog friendly, and both rooms have a flat screen TV,

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There’s even a patio and large garden overlooking the church to enjoy, so when the sun is

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Sunday 1 st April

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Sunday 17 th June

Fathers Day Set Menu 4 Courses £37

Sunday 6 th May

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Sunday 28 th May

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Wednesday 18 th July

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There is Bowls every Monday afternoon from 2-4pm.

We have all new matting equipment now, so why not come along and give it a go?

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Parish Council Meetings are held regularly – see the notice board

WI meet the first Tuesday of every month.

Club Nights Thursdays, Fridays & Sunday lunchtime.

Fish & Chip film nights are run by the Village Club.

Race & Quiz nights are run by the Playing Field Association

The Hall is also available for hire on Saturdays for wedding receptions, parties etc

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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

same time.

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

Scarecrow Competition

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.


Facebook Group

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.

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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.

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• Large range of 100% cotton fabrics

• Fleece and wadding

• Notions and findings

• Yarn, knitting and crochet patterns

• Large range of sewing and embroidery threads

• Haberdashery

• 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

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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

Award scheme.

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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£££ off your electricity

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 with your address and a contact number and Simon

will explain how it works.

Neighbourhood Watch

Our local co-ordinator for Neighbourhood watch is Keith King who can be reached at, monthly news on this topic is available on the

Neighbourhood Watch website

Up to the minute goings on

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