Here we are in the dark days before Christmas and we have had some days when it has been dark by 3 pm. Soon, however, we shall reach the winter solstice and start moving back to the longer daylight hours. In the meantime we have carols and Christmas cheer to keep us going.
The leaves have fallen later this year and some evenings the dark, bare branches of the trees have been silhouetted against clouds glowing peach pink in the after light of sunset; a sight which never fails to fill me with wonder.
John Lea tells me that the woods near his home are still plentifully supplied with berries, rowan, buckthorn and elder, as food for the birds. Even so the blue tits are quickly emptying the feeders in our garden and yesterday they were joined by a robin.
Peter Hulme sends a report of a buzzard perching all day on a fencepost in the field near his house and watching a group of molehills for any sign of a snack. In the evening the buzzard was surrounded by a flock of starlings whose flight provided a spectacular sight as they swirled en masse in fantastic patterns.
May I wish you all, dear readers, a very happy Christmas and a good new year. Please keep sending in your items of news and observations of nature, which, I am assured, are greatly appreciated by those readers who are not able to get out and about to see for themselves.
The Wizard of Goz
Rehearsals for our next production are progressing at quite a pace. The script follows the original story of the Wizard of Oz pretty closely but with a few quirky changes! I’m saying no more otherwise it will spoil it for you! Meanwhile, don’t believe ANYTHING that the cast might divulge to you! They’ve been bewitched by witches and wizards.
Performances will all take place in the Village Hall in January 2014 on the following dates:-
Friday January 24th at 7.30pm
Saturday January 25th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday January 26th at 2.30pm.
Tickets will be on sale from the Village shop from Monday 2nd December and will be £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 2 -16 years old. Under 2’s are free. Additionally, tickets will be available for the dress rehearsal on Sun 19th January at 2.30pm. and will cost £4 for adults and £2 for children aged 2-16 years old. Under 2’s are free.
See you in Goz Village Hall in January.
GAWSWORTH W.I. MEETING – 3rd DECEMBER 2013
Members and visitors from Sutton and Eaton WI’s enjoyed an early Christmas Party this month. The Parish Hall dressed with its decorations helped with the party atmosphere as we were entertained by the very talented Anne and Paul Woods who gave us plenty of opportunities for audience participation. Our thanks go to Anne and Paul for making our evening so much fun. The members, as always, provided a wonderful buffet supper with their “faith plates”The competition table was filled with brightly wrapped presents for distribution to young people by the Salvation Army.
The programme for 2014 has now been finalised. We start the New Year on Tuesday 7th January with a visit from Stephanie Roper – The Wardrobe Angel, followed on 4th February with a speaker from the Disability Information Bureau. Also during the year we shall have a member of the Bianchi family to speak about Arighi Bianchi and a Murder Mystery Evening. This is only a taster of what we have planned throughout the year, in addition we enjoy monthly visits to Cinemac, Craft Days, the Book Club and lunches, so ladies, please do come along and join us at our monthly meetings and enjoy your village WI.
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