What can we say? We’re excited already and it’s not yet Halloween!!!
We’re going to have a village Christmas Tree! Yes! We know!!! It’s almost too much. But there’s more. A request for as many people as possible to light up their gardens and light up the village.
There’s also a Competition for the under 11’s to design a poster. All submissions will be shown on the website but the winner will have their poster used to publicise the event and it will be posted round the village.
Don’t delay there is only one week to design your poster and get it into the village website. Closing Date for poster entries Wednesday 4th November
Because of the Covid-19 restrictions it’s not likely that children will be knocking at the door on October 31st. this means a number of disappointed children. So, Jenny Wrathall has come up with a suggestion for a Halloween Trail.
This simple idea will enable children to keep safe and have some fun in their family bubble.
You are being asked to put out some pumpkin cutouts and / or dress one of your windows in something suitably scary so that the children can walk around the village and have their moment in the dark with some appropriate atmosphere.
You can create window scenes with poster paints, coloured tissue paper or suitably lit props.
We think this is a great idea and we have already started planning our window display. Contributions of chocolate and sweets direct to parents for later consumption will always be welcome.
You have no doubt heard that there are a number of cases of Covid-19 in Adderley Parish. There has been a tendency to enjoy the bubble afforded by the lovely rural setting in which we are lucky enough to live but we need to be extra cautious and observe the official guidelines. Below are some links that might help.
UPDATE: Additional information on testing from Shropshire Council:
Canvass forms have already been sent out and reminders will be following shortly. In order to make everyone aware of the necessity to register we should be grateful if you would display this poster either on your electronic website or on your Town/Parish Council noticeboards.
“It’s that time of year again where residents living in the Shropshire Council area will have received a communication either by email or in paper format asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address. The form ensures that Shropshire Council can keep the electoral register up-to-date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.”
Claire Porter, Electoral Registration Officer at Shropshire Council said:
“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from us, which this year for many people, will be in the form of an email, rather than a form through the post. The email will contain a two-part security code and a link to a secure registration website. Electors should carefully follow the instructions contained in the voter registration message, so that Shropshire Council can make sure that they have all the right details on the electoral register for every address in its area. Voters are being encouraged to complete their online registration but may, if they prefer call our Customer Services Team on 0345 678 9015, who can assist them with their registration over the telephone.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you need to register, the easiest way is online at WWW.GOV.UK/REGISTER-TO-VOTE, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”
“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working hard to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.” People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for our voter communications and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered, than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.”
Saturday has been a bit of a damp squib. Scarecrows have been put inside or covered in plastic. Not to worry, tomorrow promises to be a better day. In the meantime we’ve published the pictures from Friday (and a great set of pictures they are too). There’s a menu item going straight to the gallery or you can find it if you click the link below.
Tomorrow is the big day. All scarecrows can come out to play by lunchtime and they will be available to view thereafter. Maps of the scarecrow trail will be placed in the bus shelter at the end of Rectory Lane in the morning. For those of you who want to download a copy there is a link at the end of this post.
There is no pathway to the scarecrow at South Lodge. Paul and Hilary Shepley welcome people to go and see their scarecrow but they have suggested that people drive down rather than risk walking along the side of the main road.
Please remember that social distancing rules still apply so go and see the scarecrows in your “bubbles”.
Please take pictures of yourselves and your scarecrows and we will put them into a gallery on the village website (if you don’t ming being on the Internet). Take pictures of your favourite scarecrows and send them in as well. Use the email@example.com e-mail address.
One final thought: it was supposed to be a nice weekend but the Met Office now say that there is a 50% chance of showers on Saturday. You might want to have a contingency plan if your scarecrow isn’t waterproof (ours isn’t) and cover them over or take them into shelter on Friday night then put them out again once the weather situation becomes clear.
For those people making use of the veg stall at Norton In Hales be aware that opening times are now Thursdays only. Please tell friends and neighbours if they have been getting their weekly supplies there.