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  1. The St George’s Day Lunch was held on Sunday 23 April 2017 at St Michaels Village Hall. The weather was fine and we enjoyed a complimentary glass of Mr Berrington’s Apple Juice as we gathered outside in the sunshine. As a newcomer to St Michaels, I am full of admiration for the enthusiasm, organisation and sense of community in the Village and this occasion demonstrated all these attributes to the full, really bringing the Village together for a most enjoyable lunchtime event.

    The St Michaels Morris Men started the proceedings and gave a very confident performance of two dances, mostly in time with the music! They certainly looked the part with their decorated straw hats, white hankies, bells and sticks. I gather it is many years since their last public performance and I am sure we all hope they won’t leave it so long again, maybe entertaining us at the Summer Fete - and we won’t mind if they repeat their only two dances! After their photo call, the Morris Men formed an arch with their sticks and we made our way inside, passing under the arch, to find the hall festooned with brightly coloured bunting. The tables were laid with crisp white table cloths with red napkins and each had a centre piece of a pretty jar of wild flowers and importantly, a St George’s flag. Eventually, all ninety-one diners were seated and the hall was filled with happy chatter.

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    Pat Mutton and her amazing kitchen team performed miracles and provided us with a really delicious meal. The Morris Men’s duties did not end with their dancing skills, as they then became waiters, serving starters of egg mayonnaise or butternut squash soup. This was followed by roast beef (provided by Phil Gibbs) with all the trimmings, Yorkshire puds, roast potatoes, roast mixed vegetables, cauliflower cheese etc. There were more delights to follow with apple crumbles and bread and butter puddings served with cream or custard. As we finished off with teas and coffees, we had a musical interlude when the male voices of the choir led us in singing patriotic songs including Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and We’ll Meet Again. This being St Michaels, we will all meet again very soon.

    Well done to Pat and her team and thank you to everyone who made this St George’s Day Lunch such a success.

    Cherry Moore

  2. FLYING

    To begin the launch of the “Good neighbour scheme”, called KITE, on the 6th April 2017 a small fleet of kites led by a mixed group of enthusiasts and volunteers were raced up and down the common until they took off, caught the wind and successfully took flight!

    This kite flying was a real hit with young and old alike, villagers and councillors alike! Professionals appeared and we all learned such a lot! Infect we believe a new hobby might well become a huge hit and you may well see more of this exciting pastime.

    Coffee and biscuits were gratefully accepted by those taking part from Gwen Arnold and her hospitality.

    We didn’t however forget the real reason we were there on the common – to raise awareness of the true purpose of KITE – Keeping In Touch with Everyone!!

    LAUNCHING

    On Friday 21st April at out monthly coffee morning in the village hall we held a presentation of the format of KITE and the way it works. Volunteers, co-ordinators and scouts were present as well as representatives from the local community support Police, GP practice nurse navigator and WISH.

    Brochures were distributed and further explanations of KITE were given by Eric Hudson and Ros Plested with a concluding piece and blessing from Rev. Sian Harris.

    Kite was launched and a very happy throng of people applauded. A £100 was raised from Muriel’s square board and Linda’s tom bola stall, this was donated to KITE at the end of the coffee morning launch.

    BLESSED OFF

    On Monday 24th April, a group of KITE volunteers were invited to take part in the service of dedication and blessing of the new altar table, new dais at St Mary’s church, Tenbury Wells and St. Michaels Good Neighbour Scheme, KITE!

    A lovely service was held, led by Bishop Alistair of Ludlow. After the blessing of the altar table and dais, KITE were invited up to be blessed which followed a short presentation of what its function and procedure is all about.

    I think at long last, we have flown, launched and been blessed – so now we are OPEN and as we speak, can confirm we are already helping client no 6!! In our first week.

    Please don’t be afraid to call and use us, so we don’t float around in orbit!

    KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH EVERYONE!!