From Tracy & Bob Dunn:
On the 3rd Jan our dog Bonnie gave birth to a litter of 5 puppies, we have homes for three of them and have two boys left as pictured below. Mum is a sprocker (cross springer and cocker) and dad is KC springer. Both have lovely temperament, loving family dogs, socialise well and well trained.
We would ideally like to find new owners within close proximity as we would like to keep in touch and see all the puppies grow, and hopefully support the new owners when it comes to holidays.
Puppies will be ready to go their new homes end of Feb, after their first injection.
If interested please do get in touch with Tracy and Bob on 01225 863431 or 07402 011696.
From Richard Charles-Jones:
Benjamin Thomas Charles-Jones finally arrived, 12 days late – but safely, on the evening of Tuesday the 10th of January at 8:08pm, weighing 8lbs.
After a 24 hour stay at the RUH Bath, we all arrived home Wednesday evening before an introduction to his big brother Oliver this morning.
Jasmine was brilliant throughout, both her and Benjamin are well and pleased to finally be home… with Oliver very much looking forward to introducing his little brother to the village in the coming weeks!
From Jean Atkin:
All of us at St James’s wish to say a big ‘Thank you’ to villagers and guests who joined us for breakfast on Sunday. The breakfasts continue to be friendly social occasions for the whole community, with people staying a long time to chat with friends old and new.
We appreciate your support and encouragement, and the regular team have been very grateful for all the extra offers of help with washing-up. Your generous donations are helping to build a fund for annual maintenance of the church fabric – stonework, woodwork, ironwork, etc, etc.
As well as continuing to look after this building which has served generations of villagers, we also need to improve facilities and make it a place which will benefit and appeal to as many people as possible. One major project under consideration is the installation of a new sound system which will greatly improve the quality of use, especially for large gatherings such as weddings, funerals and concerts.
A second project is the renovation and repair of the stained-glass windows. (An expert described the West window as particularly noteworthy.) We have identified grants for work on the windows and these are more accessible if we can match the funding.
Last Sunday’s breakfast realised £492, after the deduction of expenses. So thank you once again for your help.
From Gill Fairhurst:
Thanks to full gatherings and generous giving at the Christmas Carol Service and Nativity Service we were happy to forward £225 to Julian House and £145.52 to Wiltshire Portage, our two local charities chosen this year.
A special vote of thanks goes to our minstrels and readers at both services and to those who adorned the church so beautifully.
From Margaret Carey:
The next meeting of the South Wraxall Parish Council will be held at the Village Hall on Tuesday 10th January 2017 commencing at 7.00 p.m. to consider the following Agenda:
1. To receive any apologies for absence
2. Public Question Time
3. Declarations of Interests and Chairman’s announcements
4. To receive the Minutes of the Meetings held on 20th September; 11th October; 3rd November and 17th November 2016 and to consider any matters arising from the Minutes
5. To consider any planning applications received
6. To receive any urgent correspondence
7. To consider any accounts for payment
8. To set the precept for 2017/18
9. Items of report and future agenda items
10. Date of next meeting – 16th May 2017 – Annual Council Meeting
From Jean Atkin:
Full English Breakfast will be served from 9am until at least 11.30am on Sunday 8th January in the Village Hall.
You know the drill now: we will be using local produce where possible – Adam Tucker’s pork sausages and the Walker family’s organic free range eggs.
Come and enjoy fantastic food and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere! All proceeds go towards the upkeep of St James’s church so you are asked to be as generous as possible.
You can take pot luck and turn up on the day, but it does help us to know how many to expect. So if possible please reserve your table by emailing email@example.com telling us what time you want to arrive and how many of you there are.
From Gill Fairhurst:
Please find the details of the services at St James church on Christmas Eve:
Family Nativity Service
Starting at 10am
Starting at 11.15pm
The Family Nativity Service at 10am is a short service suitable for all ages, with readings, carols and songs telling the Christmas Story. All are invited, if they wish, to participate as shepherds or part of the kingly retinue to add colour and ambiance for the younger members.
Retiring donations will be given to Wiltshire Portage, a local charity supporting families with pre-school children with special needs in their developmental learning (see http://www.wiltshireportage.btck.co.uk)
All are warmly invited to the Village Hall for mulled wine, coffee and refreshments after the service.
The Midnight Communion is a traditional Church of England service created especially for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.