Again we put the lights up at the Triangle. We thought the tree might have grown too high to get the lights on easily. As it happens we had some tall chaps to come and help so we were all right.
In Walnut Way a few years ago some delightful crab apple trees had been planted. They have been doing well. So we decided that we would enhance the appearance of the grassy verge by planting some crocuses underneath. We invited people to come and help and we got heaps of help from the guides and scouts. The 79th Scouts, the 9th Tilehurst Guides and various grown-ups came up trumps and planted 2000 crocus bulbs donated by Skipton Building Society in the grass. Many thanks to Skipton Building Society for making this possible. We look forward to watching the crocuses come up in the spring for many years to come
Surprisingly, we enjoyed a very pleasant day at the fete. We had had rain on and off for some days before the Saturday but it turned out to be a golden, sunny day. We had helpers to put up the stall and we laid out our leaflets and booklets to invite people to come in and find out what we do and to help themselves to our literature. As usual we had a quiz. This year the quiz was called "History on our doorstep". It was an imaginary walk through Tilehurst with questions about Tilehurst's history on the way. Local businesses had supported the quiz by donating wonderful prizes for the best answers.
The local businesses who donated prizes were The Victoria Pub, Tilehurst Village Butchers, The Lemon Plaice, Pets and Plants, The Co-op School Road and The Plough. Many thanks to you all for your generosity.
Also many thanks to Village Properties for doing tons of photocopying for us.
Again we invited volunteers to come and help clear litter from our local woodlands.
In the past we have boasted that we always have fine weather for our events! Not so this year our luck - seems to be diminishing!. There were little bits of snow coming down but it wasn't too bad.
Worse than that - the snowdrops and aconites had not arrived! There we were ready to pop them in the ground but they were not to be seen. We wondered what to do. In the meantime we did a bit of litter picking and then we decided to pack up and go home and call it a day. Jenny got home to find that the big box of plants had been delivered but to the wrong house! She sorted it all out and we decided to press ahead and plant them anyway.
We didn't have any helpers this year, but our luck changed when along came Alison and Holly. They saw us planting the bulbs and wanted to join in. Obviously we weren't going to stop them. They were keen and got loads of snowdrops in the ground before they moved on. Thank you for helping.
Well we survived - and lets hope the snowdrops and aconites do too.
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