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elcome to 2019. (OK, you might get this a bit early, but we wanted to get in first!) January & February may not be the busiest time in the village but we still have plenty to share. Many of you may be starting with new year resolutions so we've come up with ideas to give you some inspiration. We're also highlighting village groups and societies. We really are blessed with the level of activities that go on here. There's no pre-requisites - all welcome new members, so maybe 2019 is the year to join up and try something different, meet more neighbours and get involved. 2018 was a very good year in the village. Not least a hugely successful Gala, the opening of the wonderful new Peace Garden and Labyrinth, and a fabulous WW1 Centenary Weekend. All demonstrating the power of collaboration and commitment across the village. This year we have the Horticultural Society's Centenary - so no resting on laurels! Let's keep up the good work in 2019!

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New year resolutions, we’ve all made them. Top choices feature losing weight, eating healthily, exercising more, the list is endless. Here we help you find a way to resolution success without having to venture far to do it.

Getting fit Achieve Change According to a recent Hypnotherapy is a service We are YouGov poll, here are run by Carrie Taylor-Bevan. surrounded the most popular new She offers solution-focused by lots of year resolutions for hypnotherapy and relaxation ways to 2018: in a pleasant but powerful improve 1. Eat better way to overcome a variety of our health 2. Exercise more issues including weight loss, and fitness. 3. Spend less money giving up smoking, anxiety Villagers are doing Pilates, 4. Self care (i.e. get and stress. Everyone starts circuits, dog walking, nordic more sleep) with a free consultation; waking and yoga - to name but 5. Read more books then opt for one-to-one a few. Penny Taylor runs long6. Learn a new skill sessions or group therapy. established yoga classes at the 7. Get a new job Call for a chat and see how village hall on Thursdays. Other 8. Make new friends she can help you. local exercise classes are listed t: 07835 019 131. weekly in the Stamford Mercury. 9. Get a new hobby 10. Focus more on your e: carrie@achievechange.uk Time to find a class? appearance w: achievechange.uk fb: @ But exercise doesn’t need to achievechangehypnotherapy come with a price tag. Rutland Water Park Run takes place every Saturday morning and is free to take Weight loss part. Register online first to get your Eating mindfully, changing our entry barcode and join in! relationships with food and drink www.parkrun.org.uk/rutlandwater and giving good nutrition more Or…. go outside and give your than a second glance is something garden a good tidy-up, go for a bike we should all be doing. There are ride or just get out for a brisk walk the well-known weight loss groups (maybe borrow a dog and help a Slimming World and Weight Watchers neighbour at the same time). That who have several local groups (Stamford will put a spring in your step even and Wittering) but also offer online-only on the coldest winter day! memberships as an alternative if you can’t face a weekly weigh-in.

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Make new friends Come along to the Blue Bell Coffee Morning for a warm welcome every Wednesday morning at 11.30. The Church always welcomes new members of the congregation. See notice boards and p.14 for service times.

Join In The History Group meets up with a special talk or event on a bi-monthly basis. The AGM in February is a good place to start. See calendar, or ask Ian Lawson at ian.lawson90@gmail.com for more details.

The Horticultural and Crafts Society celebrates its centenary in 2019. Active throughout the year, they are looking for new members to get involved with the special events and activities planned for this year. See page 8 for more details. The Bowls Club. Social (very) bowls in an idyllic setting. Obviously a summer pastime but plans for next season are already underway. It’s all about relaxed bowls, often with a bbq, good company and a wonderful view! New members always welcome, and encouraged to get involved – particularly with events and fundraisers. Contact Ken Rawson on 01780 481624. The Cricket Club. Another of our summer societies – always looking for new players. And spectators!! Easton on the Hill Amateur Theatrical Society (EATS). With long-standing success at our Gala weekend talent night, EATS is always looking for new members who wish to channel their ‘inner luvvie’. Planning for this year’s production will start soon so if you’d like to be part of it contact Marilyn on 07879 414 405 or marilynwebley@btinternet.com. The Village Hall is home to many regular groups and clubs. If you fancy joining an art class, getting crafty or going

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Get Involved with The Gala! The annual Gala is an envied focus of community spirit and entertainment in the village. Last year we raised over £3,200 for village organisations. This year’s 3-day event will be 25-27 May (late May Bank Holiday). Planning starts in January. A committee meets once a month on a Monday evening in the Blue Bell. Each village organisation that takes part is asked to provide a representative to join these meetings. They also welcome


volunteers, from the village, who would like to participate and lend a hand. Jobs like publicity, running the raffle, organising entertainments and games are delegated to small groups or individuals who then report back to the main committee. The first meeting will be Monday January 21, 7.00pm at the Blue Bell. Everyone is welcome to attend, and get involved in the constructive planning and running of the weekend. And if anyone wants to step up to the plate as overall co-ordinator – please put yourself forward. So, lots of opportunitites to make a difference in 2019... why not give something new a try!


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Bowls Club update Our November fundraiser was a huge success. Thanks to all who attended and generously supported the ‘Badger Resistance Fund’. If you haven't been up to the bowls club do go and see the extent of the damage created by the badgers. We’re now working on new fencing solutions so we can then attempt to save the currently ‘brown and very turned-upand-over’ … green. Money permitting (and we are looking at funding options) we’re also aiming to ‘tart up’ the club house in the Spring. We had a fabulous 2018 season, and we want to get more of you up to see what it's all about this year!! Get in touch with Ken Rawson for more details.

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appy New Year! Easton had another successful and social village year in 2018: the opening and instant appreciation of the Peace Garden, and the magnificent efforts and support for the WWI commemoration weekend are both obvious highlights. The Horticultural and Crafts Society was involved in both of these events, and are proud to support these community-building activities, but now we turn our attention to the year to come. For the Horti Soc 2019 is a particularly important year, marking as it does the centenary of the society’s founding.

One way that the Society is celebrating this exceptional event is to place six large half barrels of flowers around the village. Have you spotted them all yet? They have been painted and planted up for winter and spring with bulbs and colourful winter bedding. In late May this will be removed and the tubs replanted. The tub at the Church has been planted with a tulip called Mariette: this has deep rose coloured flowers and should be in bloom in April or May. In bloom now are Violas and


A number of the Committee have been delving back into the archives and we will be putting displays in various events throughout the year. As we have been planning our programme we have tried to add either some historical context, highlight events from the past, or simply demonstrate the benefits of being a member of the Society. If anyone has any memorabilia – perhaps “inherited” from a parent – or memories of attending Shows with their parents, please feel free to share with us. Contact any of the Committee. You may already have seen a number

Panolas in white and shades of pink. Panolas are a hybrid between Violas and Pansies: their flowers are midway in size between both parents but the flowers should hold up much better against the rain than those of Pansies. These plants came from Hillview Nursery on the A43 as you enter Collyweston. The owner Arthur Scott has decided to retire at the end of 2018. His plants were always very well grown (many people have bought their plants and ready-planted hanging baskets from him for years) and the nursery will be missed. eothnewsandviews@gmail.com

In the Garden of large half-barrel tubs around the village, with a “temporary notice” peeking out. During the course of the year each one will be re-planted to reflect the changing seasons: this may hopefully give villagers ideas about how they could maintain their own tub year-round. Please also check out the more detailed article about the tubs, and the photo below! And talking about giving people ideas: we are very keen to launch a Junior Membership group. We have a number of families who have shown interest in the proposal, and it would be great to get the ideas of our younger residents about the sorts of activities they might get involved in. As an example, we are at the early stages of planning a “community orchard” – and this might be an ideal project for our Junior Members to help with – after all, they are the ones who will see the trees mature over a number of years.

For anyone who likes more of a challenge, we are hoping to run one or more trips to see Mr Al Perna’s garden in Werrington. For regular exhibitors and visitors to the Show, this wonderful gentleman needs no introduction! We would hope that seeing how he does things might inspire more people to “have a go”. Numbers will be restricted to 20 Members only, but we could run more than one trip. The usual trip to visit a garden will also be slightly different this year – we are already consulting with our Members about a more distant garden (or possibly two gardens) with an over-night stay. If you are thinking of joining the Society, membership runs from January to December, so now is the perfect time (and our AGM is on 15th January). Sign up and make sure you hear about all our events throughout the year. New committee members most welcome!

Desert Island Plant

As part of our celebrations we’ve asked several villagers what would be their "Desert Island Plant". Our President Marion Cutforth says “My favourite plant has always been the rose - I have around 50 rose bushes in my garden! - I love the variety of colours and shapes and scents. The range is enormous, with the lovely old Damask roses, or the old English roses, as well

as hybrid teas. They are centuries old and grow everywhere in the world. What’s not to like about them.” Just imagine your own desert island, where the climate and soil conditions are extraordinary and everything planted there grows well. So – what would you choose?

Building a library Classic books. Subject – WINTER PLANTS Colour in the Winter Garden By Graham Stuart Thomas This book proves that winter is not the dead season it is always thought to be. This is a classic that is occasionally reprinted but is seen often in second-hand bookshops. Look out for it.

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In the garden

Where can I plant?

Ken Rawson finds spaces for new plants Right – we are in the middle of it. Winter I mean. The pressure is off, so the Saturday newspaper gardening articles say, we can browse through catalogues with feet up. That’s fine but I think the real planning and the best ideas come from being out there, in the garden, observing. Asking yourself questions like “how can I improve on this” or “where am I going to plant that plant I purchased last year that has since been kicking about near the back door”. My recurring thought is “where can I find space for new plants?” There is always somewhere. It depends on the eventual size of the plant of course but by observing at this stripped-back, all-revealed time of year, there are usually places that come into sight. In full summer these little hidey-holes are covered but now they are plainly seen. It’s these places that I like to make use of, usually for winter.

Now I see you. At the base of deciduous shrubs are likely places for creating little winter pictures with plants or bulbs. Bulbs are ideal for this as they can be enjoyed when in flower and forgotten about when dying back and being hidden by emerging spring leaves of the guardian shrub. Snowdrops, narcissus and scillas are good here. The point is, that being close to the shrubs stems they can have the space to themselves and, generally, avoid being poked with a fork when you are ‘gardening’. Cyclamen are ideal as they have good foliage all winter. Use the spring-flowering types such as C.coum. The autumn flowers of C. hederafolium may well be hidden from sight by your perennials. Arum 10

italicum Pictum can make a great display with its variegated foliage all winter. While our attention is around the base of shrubs, other ways of squeezing in extra interest is to consider the scrambling or weaving characteristics of certain plants. Hardy geraniums like Ann Folkard, Buxton’s Variety and G. wallichianum will find their way up through the shrub to add an extra layer of colour over its surface. Verbena bonariensis will stretch up through to appear at the top of a moderately-sized shrub or perennial clump.

Back to the wall. At the base of walls and fences there can be found planting places. Usually too dry to plant many perennials for summer, winter and spring flowers can flourish. The bulbs mentioned above would all suit, as would drought-loving foliage plants like epimediums, asarum, Galium oderatum and many ferns. These can take the eye during winter, flower, and then simply rest behind the summer screen. Yes, they could be enjoyed in summer as well but the point is they are quite happy to entertain you in the sparser months. One flower that does its thing in spring and disappears for summer, so suited to these summer-shy spaces, is Cardamine quinquefolia. Violet flower sprays at around 4” high suddenly appear from nowhere, (the way cyclamen flowers do) followed by foliage that forms a patch of cover for late winter. They disappear to make room for the summer relief shift. So, if you think you’ve run out of room, look again. There will be some place waiting for an occupant. eothnewsandviews@gmail.com

Travel I sent 100 passengers on holiday in 2018, which is over three times the volume from 2017. This growth is purely attributed to the support I receive from villagers that have booked and referred me, over 60% of you! Currently 11% of my clients are repeat bookers. After asking customers “How did I do?” by rating me out of a 100. To date my customer rating is 93%. This completely reinforces my passion for putting people and holiday’s together. And finally, I have achieved a great work/ life balance, something so important to me which I never thought possible. I’m thrilled that people enjoy their journey to book with me and share how confident they are to book again. I want to let ALL my customers know how extremely thankful I am for YOUR support over the last year; I wouldn’t be here without you. My customers ARE my business.

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Wish you were here! As a new year starts and thoughts turn to summer holidays our local Travel Counsellor Nickola Coupe would like to share her successes. been?

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during the day, evenings & weekends to suit. We discuss your plans, then I research all options to present back prices, then together we tweak it until it’s just right. It would be my pleasure to hear from you if you’re thinking of going away in 2019.

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The WW1 Organising Group want to pass on very special and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped, supported and participated in what proved to be an amazing series of events that truly brought the village together. Appreciation for the amount of work that went into the planning, content and running of events over the two days was phenomenal – from both villagers and many visitors (not to mention the BBC and Rutland Radio!). The best news … a donation of £6,000 has been passed to The Royal British Legion. Lots more photos of the weekend can be found at: https://bit.ly/2G9XW6X

Centenary weekend success!

Thank you from the PCC

A big thank you for all those people involved in the Remembrance Saturday and Sunday services, what a special weekend. Also to everyone who helped with the clearing and cleaning of the Church and churchyard. It is all very much appreciated.

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A little piece of history army. Ernest Bevin, For nearly 50 years Paul Way shares the answer to a Minister of Labour we have been intrigued long-standing historical puzzle and National by the small carving of a pair of paratrooper’s that is on the wall of his home. Service in the wartime coalition wings in the stone wall government, had outside our back door recently introduced at 39 Church Street. regulations Perhaps dating from requiring one in the Second World ten men being War when Polish and conscripted be British paratroopers sent to work in were billeted in the the coalmines village? to counteract One day in June a shortage of 2012 a sprightly Sandy Chambers outside Paul Way's home manpower in the octogenarian, with industry. To Sandy’s dismay he became one some of his family, knocked on our door of the ‘Bevin Boys’ and was sent to work in and announced he used to live in our a Nottinghamshire coalmine. house. They came in, and he proceeded to As soon as the war ended in 1945 Alex tell us his story. returned to Easton. Soon after, when he Sandy Chambers was born in Easton was working for a local farmer, the village in 1926. Our house was originally a terrace policeman told him he was required at of three cottages with Sandy and his Lincoln Assizes the next day. Having been parents living at the northern end. A single drafted into the mines under the same room downstairs and two tiny bedrooms legislation as people conscripted into the upstairs. No kitchen, just a, probably armed forces he was, in effect, a deserter. paraffin-fired, simple cooker under the His punishment was two years in Army! stairs. No bathroom, just a washbasin on He trained to become a paratrooper and the small landing at the top of the stairs. was then posted to Palestine, a theatre of Water was brought in from a standpipe in war largely forgotten these days, but most the street; a privy in an outside shed; no unpleasant and at times very dangerous. gas or electricity. Sandy, an only child, was Before leaving Britain, he had carved the actually born in a house a little higher up the street, but when he was four the family paratrooper’s wings as a memento for his parents, promising them he would be back. moved to a house with more space. He Sandy did return and soon after remembers helping to carry furniture down emigrated to Australia where he built a the road. splendid house for himself and his family Sandy left school in 1942 to work for overlooking the sea near Perth where he Bowmans Ltd where he trained as a wood lives to this day. carver. In 1944 he went to sign on to the January & February 2018


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l Cider Tasting

l Harvest Lunch l Plot to Pot evening l Big Squeeze- Cider pressing l Easton Open Golf lT  our de Sands “Life Cycle” Bike ride


l Tour de Sands Reunion Bike Ride l Bowls Club Wine Tasting evening


l Gala weekend; Beer festival, Northern Soul Night, Cricket Match, Easton’s Got Talent, Music Festival, Traditional Fete


l Evening of Music and Laughter in the Church


l Peace Garden and Labyrinth opening and Tea Party


l Horticultural Society 99th Annual Show l Classic Car Show


l History Group Monthly talks l Cricket Club matches and fundraisers l Priests House exhibitions and opening days l Churchyard clearouts and Church “Deep Clean” sessions

l Bowls Club “Evening of Nonsense” l WW1 Armistice Centenary commemorations and celebrations l Celebration of Peace at the Peace Garden


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is Coffee Morning Day at THE BLUE BELL very week at 11.30 am Meet old friends. Make new friends. Catch up. Chat. Share. See you there!

From Weds 2 Jan 11.30 Coffee morning every Wednesday All welcome The Blue Bell

Sun 13 Jan 10.30 Church Holy Communion Led by Michael Wilson All Saints EOTH

Sunday 6 Jan 10.30 Church Benefice Communion Led by Philip Davies King’s Cliffe

Tues 15 Jan 19.00 Horticultural Society AGM with Cheese & Wine Village Hall

Weds 9 Jan 19.30 Quiz Night Teams of 4, £5 per head inc. supper The Blue Bell

Sun 20 Jan 10.30 Church Holy Communion Led by Michael Ruff All Saints EOTH

Sun 27 Jan 09.00 Church Holy Communion (BCP) Led by Philip Davies All Saints EOTH

Sun 10 Feb 10.30 Church Holy Communion Led by Michael Watson All Saints EOTH

Tues 29 January 19.30 Think & Drink All welcome The Exeter Arms

Weds 13 Feb 19.30 Quiz Night Teams of 4, £5 per head inc. supper The Blue Bell

Sun 3 Feb 10.30 Church Benefice Communion Led by Philip Davies King’s Cliffe Church Mon 4 Feb 19.00 History Group AGM and Talk from Paul Cutforth Village Hall

Sun 17 Feb 10.30 Church Holy Communion Led by Philip Davies Sun 24 Feb 09.00 Church Holy Communion (BCP) Led by Philip Davies All Saints EOTH

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History Group Our last meeting in December was a huge success. A great turnout for our special quiz which raised £766 for Prostate Cancer UK. The winniing team collected the David Harrison commemorative shield which will be up for grabs next December! Our first meeting of 2019 will be the AGM, followed by a talk from Paul Cutforth,

intriguingly titled: 'Wistful thinking, light hearted story of travel in foreign parts with historical details and technical work on the construction of maps'. Join us Monday 4 February at 7pm in the Village Hall. Annual membership is still only £2. Entry on the night £1/members or £2/non-members. Free refreshments.

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News from Easton on the Hill for the village and surrounding areas.