it's raining! Yes August is upon us, the BBQ (more of which later) is a distant memory and the School Holidays are here for those with children or grandchildren. Six weeks of sun, fun and adventure.... except it's raining quite heavily today, the forecast is for thunderstorms and rain into the evening and although the grass is very green, the sun should be out!
Speaking or rain, our Village BBQ was, considering the uncertainty of the weather, a great success. In the end, we attracted 95 or so souls who paid to come along and participate in the event, but due to the forecast, we had an emergency meeting of the committee the week before to decide if we were to gamble on the weather and go ahead, or postpone to another date. We tend to buy the food and perishables on the day or the day before ("yes, everything fresh as a daisy luv!") but some things have to be bought before the day, and if it was not to go ahead we would have wasted money unnecessarily.
The majority of the committee wanted to continue, and this turned out to be the correct decision in the end as, even though there was some rain before - and some very light rain during - the day went well and I think everyone had a brilliant time. About 70 or so turned up to enjoy the day and that was great - a big Thank You to all those who attended! Without your participation it just would not work.
Our new BBQ and 3 Gazebo's (taken from HGCA funds) performed well and the amount of food and drink was judged almost to perfection by the catering team. Ken and myself did the cooking (with kind oversight by Vic and Barbara!). I did not hear of any illnesses or upsets following the day so I hope that our cooking was 'up to scratch'.
We must say a big Thank You to Gilly Longhurst, for the continuing use of her lovely garden and a special mention should go to Paul Kelly, of Kelly Bronze Turkeys. He was very generous in personally supplying us some excellent turkey sausages and pre-cooked turkey for our event. Even though his is a local business, he is very supportive of our BBQ's and this kindness is what the event is all about; connecting with people and making friends.
Finally, we had a special appearance by Richard Spooners 'Early Closing Ukulele Band' (other Ukulele bands are probably available, but why settle for others?). Stood in a semi-circle under one of the gazebo's, majestic in their outfits and hats, they performed admirably, and everyone had a great time singing along. [Fortunately, no one asked for a song by George Formby, as Richard has been known to become quite challenging about such things... ;-).#]
So, the event went well, after all costs we made a modest profit of just over £230 and more importantly, those who came and participated had a good time. These events are usually a lot of fun and the more that attend, the more fun is to be had.
Well done to Richard, David, Vic, Ken, Barbara, Shirley, Paul B and the rest of the team - without their commitment (and some are committed or at least should be) these events would not be able to proceed - they did the HGCA, themselves and the Village proud.
See you next time, hopefully in the warmth of a bright summer's day...
Stay safe all
# Mr Formby was a well known Banjo player.
The Ukulele is a very different instrument. Apparently.
After the long awaited shower of rain overnight I was hoping that today might be a little cooler. As I sit here typing this, the heat seems as debilitating as ever but the good news is that
the 2018 Howe Green Village BBQ is going ahead tomorrow from 12.30!
Check out the details on the flyer elsewhere on the site and to those 60 or so who have bought tickets - see you there! [I'll be the one doing the cooking].
It'll be a warm one so make sure you have sun cream on, bring some chairs and get ready for your complimentary drink upon arrival!
See you tomorrow!
Yes it is true! Fibre Broadband is coming into the Village and cohorts of 'Open Reach' engineers can be seen out at all times of the day wondering where they left their vans. When a cabinet has been upgraded they leave a sticker on the outside of the cabinet and I've noticed a few of these creeping closer to the village over recent weeks.
It looks like East Hanningfield Road is being upgraded currently, but where it will go next is anyone's guess. I suppose a lot will depend on whether they find their vans in time...
Well, the new site has been up and running for a few weeks now and thus far, the fairly small amount of feedback that has been received has been very positive. This is pleasing and I hope to build on this going forward.
The site is not updated every day - we are hardly a bustling metropolis - but I hope I keep it fairly up to date. Obviously, more information is always welcome so if you have anything at all, please send it in! Anything you might have in mind, anything you'd like to bring to the attention of fellow villagers or feel they need to know - just get in touch and I'll add it to the relevant page.
It's our AGM on Wednesday 11th at the URC in East Hanningfield Road. It starts at 8pm and everyone is really welcome - so please come along and get involved!
First, a Happy New Year to you all and welcome to this new website for the Essex village of Howe Green!
This blog post is actually being written before the site goes 'live'. This will not be a blog that is updated every month; but it will be updated when something useful, of note or relevant to the residents of Howe Green needs to be online for all to see.
Thus, in this first post, I aim to outline why a new web site has been created and what the hopes are for it. The previous web site was a useful resource but at a recent HGCA Committee meeting we took stock of the state of many of our endeavours - the events we run, the Newsletters we produce, the online yahoo groups, the forum and of course, the website.
The BBQ that we were going to run in 2017 had to be cancelled due, if truth be told, to the lack of response from villagers. Like any volunteer group organising events, we need a certain number to attend to ensure that we 'break even' and if we do not reach that number, it would not be wise to go ahead. Although we advertised the BBQ and were all ready to go; not enough tickets had been sold with only two weeks to go, so we had to cancel it. The Sunday Lunch event we run has often just the same (fairly few) faces attending, and we are acutely aware that more families with children are moving into the village.
This is something we welcome with open arms. New families, new generations of villagers and the energy and enthusiasm they bring; are crucial to any community if it is to grow. During our discussions, we realised that it might be beneficial to adjust what we do and the way we do it, in order to hopefully entice more of you - the community of Howe Green - to join in.
We want to appeal to as many of you 'out there' as we can; we want you to engage with us, become part of a growing village community that meets and mingles and - dare I say it - even become friendly with more than just your immediate neighbours.
Therefore, we thought we would re-design and relaunch the website, invite thoughts and ideas to come from you to tell us what you need and want from your Association. If it transpires that all that you want from your Association is to keep in touch and to be there when new developments or potential 'threats' to village life come about, then we can be that.
If, however, - and this would be our preferred way forward - you want an Association that tries to bring people together at events and gatherings which can appeal to a wide age range of those living in our village; then that is what we really want to do!
Finally, we are looking to refresh and update the photos on the site - if you have any you'd like to contribute, please send them to the webmaster using the Contacts Page so we can show the best of our village to the outside world!
And remember that, even though the nights are cold and the days still short, and we all go into a 'hibernation' type mode at this time of year (returning home at the end of the day and closing our door to all outside); why not visit the website every once in a while, join the forums if you haven't already, share your thoughts, views and ideas with us so that, come Spring 2018; we can start to create events that you might like to come along too!
Until then, every blessing and stay safe.