Chernobyl Childrens Visit

Children visiting Gloucestershire from the Chernobyl children’s project, Belarus, and all in remission of cancer, were once again given a warm welcome in The Leigh this August .
Particular thanks to Jez and Lucy Chandler who provided a special day “down on the farm”, allowing these children the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of being outside in clean fresh air.  The day ended with a BBQ at The Church Hall.

Clean air is particularly important  to the children who all come from those parts of Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, when a nuclear power station exploded and leaked radiation into the atmosphere. The impact of this is still evident; children are still presenting with cancers due to living in close proximity to Chernobyl. Research shows that a holiday in the summer, away from their contaminated homeland, boosts the children’s immune systems for at least two years, helping them recover from illness.

If anyone would like further details about hosting children for these holidays please contact Roger and Dawn, The Church Hall, tel 680997.


Creative Christmas and Riding for Disabled

Sue Withers and Anne Hidson went to the Maisemore RDA   and presented the group with a cheque for £1000. This was the result of an amazing amount raised by Creative Christmas which supports several charities. Riding for The Disabled helps children and adults with mental as well as physical disabilities and over the weeks and months that they attend the regular sessions, growth in their confidence and enthusiasm is clear to see and immensely satisfying. The money given to the Maisemore group, for children mainly from Milestones School, will go towards buying two new ponies which will give more children the opportunity to experience the magic of riding. The volunteers involved in this group spend a lot of time fund raising so this cheque was an incredible boost to their funds and they were thrilled that so much had been donated.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a successful                                                                                   Creative Christmas.


On Sunday 18th December at 2pm, 5 of Santa’s Little Helpers including Emma-Jane and Georgina Austin, William and Lara Tidmarsh and Harriet Robson together with a little helping paw from Darcy Austin (the Cockerpoo) arrived at Denes Hollow very keen to undertake the task of emptying the village post box ready to sort the mountain of Christmas cards inside.  The Little Helpers efficiently sorted the post into their respective surnames ready for the ‘Big Helpers’ to tie into neat bundles ready for delivery. After a fun packed couple of hours with laughter and chatter filling the ‘sorting office’, the Helpers were dispatched on their rounds with their neatly tied parcels. Our sincere thanks goes to all the villagers who supported us this year and made such generous donations. We are delighted to announce that an incredible total of £160.00 will be donated to The James Hopkins Trust,  which provides practical help for severely disabled, life threatened and life limited young children living in Gloucestershire. Finally thanks to Jess Beeson, Annalee Tidmarsh, Jane Austin, Jo Robson and Karen Beeson for their assistance!

Creative Christmas 2016

What a fantastic turnout – the car parking field was full. Thanks to everyone who came along to the Barn at the end of November to support the efforts of so many to raise funds for three charities.  Special thanks to all those helpers, workers and donations so generously given by parishioners–more details in our Newsletter. We are delighted to announce that WE ALL RAISED BETWEEN US an absolutely unbelievable figure of £4,594 to benefit Cheltenham Cobalt Cancer Unit, Dementia UK and Riding for the Disabled. It gets even better as the Cobalt Unit were part of the The Big Give 2016 whereby any donations received between 29 November and 2 December were doubled – we forwarded them £1k thus making an extra £1k without lifting a cake tin or needle. Therefore, the actual total is: £5594 Once again, many thanks, it again exceeded all our expectations – here’s to 2018!!

Village Pond Clear Up

The sun came out on Sunday 9th and a willing group of volunteers spent all morning strImming, mowing, raking and sweeping around the pond. Homemade cakes, flasks of tea, and the odd can of cider helped us along the way! Everyone worked very hard but it was worth it! Many thanks to Sue & Barry Thornton, Bob Broughton, Brian Bramley and Hannah Walters who joined us and thanks also to Jo, Martin & Harriet Robson who kindly took the rubbish away.