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June 2014

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At last some warm, sunny days, and aren’t the gardens looking beautiful  everything so green and fresh and the air full of birdsong?
John Lea reports that this year’s crop of buttercups is limited in number but the bluebells are unusually big and deep in colour.   The wild rabbits have enjoyed a fine crop of cowslips and their house martins have returned in increased numbers.  The queen bumblebees, presumably benefitting from last year’s sunny weather and mild winter, have also grown in number.  He was delighted to hear a cuckoo    singing in Shellow Wood, the first for many years, but he did not stay, much to John’s disappointment, but presumably to the benefit of possible bird ‘hosts’

I was cheered to read in David Rutley’s spring In Touch newsletter that  improvements to broadband speeds in Gawsworth are now planned.  Unfortunately I have not been able to obtain details but will keep trying.  Work on the North Rode system is ongoing.

The article on the Rose Queen is interesting.  It is an event that has given much pleasure over the years.  Hopefully the missing details will be found to make the records complete.


I'm Ruby Hogg and I am 7 months old.My baby sensory class is having a sponsored 'Sensathon' in June and it's a cowboy / cowgirl theme. My Auntie Angie is making me a cowgirl outfit and a Pocahontas one too!   Mummy will upload the pictures and I will tweet them via my very own #rubytweetsThe charity is Tommy's. They fund raise for medical research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth and provide information and support for parents.  I could win a little prize for reaching my target but the main thing is supporting this deserving charity. Mummy says we are very lucky and should help where we can and Pay It Forward.Love From Ruby x

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Plea for help!!!
Firstly may I say a huge thank you to all the people that have given their time so generously to help us find the former Gawsworth Rose Queens.  We have had an overwhelming response and people have gone out of their way to support our search.

We have traced 72 of the 76 Rose Queens that have been crowned since 1929!We now have only a few names remaining, can you help?

Year of
Rose Queen




Irene Clegg

? married Jack Taylor in 1944


Susan Bramall

Lived at a farm near the Chain and Gate


Angela Sleath

Princesses-Julie Pickford, Helen Clowes
and Helen Burton


Joanna Hart

Princesses-Tracy Carroll (Poole)
 Karen Gibson

 A large collection of photographs and information on the history of the Rose Queen has now been gathered and we are in talks with the Parish Council on how best to preserve this. If anyone has information they wish to add, please contact us.
We are also planning on lining the procession route with bunting and invite village  residents to join in with the spirit of this reunion celebration by decorating your house or garden.  There will be a prize for the best dressed garden!

On a separate note, many of our children are studying the  commemorations, so if you are a War Veteran and feel that you could attend, we would love to see you in uniform and invite you for a cup of tea and a cake in  return for your time.
And lastly we invite everyone to join in our 85th Rose Queen celebration which is to be held on Saturday 14th of June with the procession setting of from the Parish Hall at 1 pm.
Cathy Jackson on behalf of Friends of Gawsworth


 Gawsworth Community Shop is holding its AGM on Saturday 21st June at 3.00 pm in the Village Hall. We will review the past year’s trading, discuss nominations for new board members and vote in the formalities, including the annual accounts, the external accountants and the Board of Directors. 

We hope that as many people as possible attend and please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish of the Board. After all, the Board works exclusively on your behalf.

Refreshments will be served when you can discuss anything you wish with the various directors. We look forward to seeing you there.


The third Sunday in June is Father's Day. Ever wonder how the idea of   Father's Day came about? Well....

It all started way back in 1909 because of a woman in Spokane,         Washington, named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd. That year she heard a church sermon about the merits of setting aside a day to honour one's mother. Mother's Day was just beginning to gather widespread attention in the United States at this time. But Sonora Louise Smart Dodd knew that it was her father who had selflessly raised herself and her five siblings by himself after their mother had died in childbirth. So the sermon on mothers gave Sonora Louise the idea to petition for a day to honour fathers, and in     particular, her own father, William Jackson Smart.
Sonora Louise soon set about planning the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane in 1910. With support from the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA, her efforts paid off, and a ‘Father’s Day’ was appointed. Sonora Louise had wanted Father’s Day to be on the first Sunday in June (since that was her father's birthday), but the city council didn't have time to approve it until later in the month. And so on June 19, 1910, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane.




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