Nigel Harper

01423 866199

The Guy Fawkes: the new owners have at long last completed their purchase of the pub from Punch Taverns and plan to open at the end of September following six weeks of refurbishment work. It will be great to have a village pub once again as the evenings draw in, and no doubt there will be an opening event to celebrate. Watch out for further news.

Raise the Roof campaign: the village hall committee have now been granted planning permission for the new roof and a resurfaced car park, but the fund raising efforts don’t stop here as a grant application will now be made based on a fully costed scheme. If this is successful we could have a new roof by this time next year.

Remember the FAB Beatles in March?: this event was so popular that two more concerts are planned, the next being an Abba concert on Saturday, November 16 for which tickets will be going on sale in early September. Also following their appearance at a sell-out concert at FEVA, the Stones have been booked to appear in Scotton next March. So book early for Abba to make sure you get your tickets as the FAB Beatles were sold out and late demand for tickets couldn’t be met.

Zumba classes: at 11.15am on Friday mornings resume on September 6 and new members of any age are welcome. Give it a try as the first class is free! The afternoon bowling club are also looking to recruit new members.

Harvest Lunch: this year’s harvest lunch will be held on Sunday, October 6 at 12pm in the village hall, following the harvest thanksgiving service in church at 11am. However, you don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to come for the harvest lunch as everyone is welcome especially young families. If you would like to join us please contact Nigel on 01423 866199 (so we know how many to cater for). It is £5 for adults but children eat free!

Parish Council: the next meeting of the parish council will be on Monday, September 9 at 7pm in the village hall committee room.

Church Services: in view of the Rector’s retirement earlier this month church services at all five churches in the Benefice will for the time being be taken by either by visiting clergy or by the readers, and it does mean that services will not necessarily be held every week in Scotton. Details of September services will be published in the Link Magazine (available at the back of church if you don’t subscribe), on the church notice boards, and in this column on Thursday, September 5.