Scotton and Lingerfield News

Scotton and Lingerfield

Nigel Harper

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FAB Beatles concert: if you weren’t one of the 250 who packed the village hall on Saturday, March 16, you surely couldn’t fail to hear the sound of the band! What a fantastic night and what a crowd. The band weren’t due on until 8pm but the hall was half full and the bar manic from 7pm onwards. Although there were a lot of folk from outside Scotton it was great to see a big village crowd enjoying a great community event. The FAB Beatles (professional musicians from Devon) played three chronological sets, with themed costume changes, of mainly rock numbers to encourage everyone to dance. There were male and female fancy dress prizes as well as a high quality raffle. In total the night raised a whopping £2351 for the Raise the Roof Campaign. Thanks to all those from Scotton who supported this event- everyone we spoke to, said what a great night it was. Particular thanks go to Stephen and Sylvia Barnes and to Richard and Sue Wray the principal organisers who put in hours of work beforehand, and to all the helpers on the night and with setting up and clearing away. But watch this space – there is talk of having another similar event with either a Stones or an Abba tribute band. Finally the boys from Devon said at the end how much they’d enjoyed this gig because we were such a warm and appreciative audience.

Scotton Lingerfield School open afternoon: now’s your chance to see the excellent new classrooms and other new facilities as the school is having an open afternoon on the last day of term Thursday, March 28 between 1.30-3pm. All are welcome, but particularly past pupils.

Save the Guy Fawkes: it appears serious negotiations are taking place for two related couples to buy the Guy Fawkes to run as a restaurant and bar with the intention of opening on July 1. An informal meeting has recently taken place between the prospective purchasers and a group of villagers to offer them the community’s support with their plans. But in the meantime the village will continue to oppose Punch’s planning application and also continue with registering the pub as a community asset. Sadly, Erica Ashmore is returning to Thailand at the end of March to teach English to children who lost parents in the tsunami so we should thank her for her leadership of the campaign to save the village pub and for her many hours of networking with the MP, Councillors and many others. Bon voyage!

Holy Week and Easter Church Services: Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7.30pm Eucharist at Arkendale. Good Friday, March 29 2pm Good Friday Devotion at St Thomas Scotton. Easter Day, Sunday, March 31 9.30 am Eucharist at St Thomas Scotton and 10am at the Methodist Church.