By Tony Henthorn

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Etton News May / June

On May 11 and June 1 we held village work parties to restore the village telephone kiosk and the metal gates to the church.

Thanks to all those who volunteered-you did a great job.

The next village litter pick is scheduled to take place on 24 June, Come along and help to keep your village looking good.

As I write this piece it is the eve of the D-Day commemorative events and I have just heard that Graham Smitheringale and his team have successfully transported the beautifully restored, and blessed, DUKW amphibious landing craft, Ike to Portsmouth for the festival week-end. The restoration is a tremendous achievement and we look forward to seeing the photographs of the trip. Well done Graham!

On June 29 there is a Langdyke Trust Family fun day at the Etton/Maxey reserve from 2pm - 5pm with guided walks, art workshop, pond dipping, nature treasure hunt and sheep sheering. Come along to help celebrate the Trust’s 20th anniversary.

In the last few months we have been successful in two grant applications, firstly, the Earl Fitzwilliam Trust have kindly granted £2,500 for our church roof repairs.  In addition, Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust has granted £5,000 plus an interest free loan of £20,000. In total, including insurance payout, we now have around £25,000 towards our roof repairs.This would cover one aisle roof. We are still awaiting Diocesan Advisory Committee approval and are restricted as to when we can do the works due to the need to complete another Bat survey. Our aisle roofs are both leaking badly and ideally we want to be able to order the replacement of these roofs as soon as possible. 

Did anyone hear the roof alarm when it went off in April?  The strong winds ripped off the plastic from the Nave roof, which wrapped around the camera. At least we know the new alarm works!

Finally, congratulations to Damian Vidal and his new wife Gill, who were married recently and celebrated their wedding at the Golden Pheasant on 1 June.

Anne Curwen, T: 07730 301 404

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