October 2018

Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to let us know how much they have enjoyed the history trail in Platt Woods, we have been really thrilled to hear that so many people from the village and beyond have participated, and as it still appears to be popular, have decided to leave it in place until the end of September. Likewise, it is wonderful to know that you have found the WW1 soldier plaques appearing every other day outside their old homes quite moving, and hopefully this has given a real sense of how much the First World War touched the lives of everyone in our community. At the time of writing 19 tributes have been erected so do keep an eye open for new ones (there will be 47 in total), and for those of you who have Facebook, check out our regular updates giving further details about each man, and where his plaque can be seen.

Plans for our afternoon of tea, cake and music hall entertainment on 11 November are progressing well and we are very pleased to welcome Paul Panting as part of the team organising this. Paul is the point of contact performance wise and will be scheduling the programme. It is not too late to participate, so if you fancy doing a turn (either singing, dancing, acting, reading a poem etc.) and joining us on this special one-off event please email Paul at  paulpanting@me.com or call him on 07932 024918. As we shall be stepping back in time to 1918 for the afternoon, tickets will cost 3d each, which for your convenience, works out to be £1 in today’s money. These will be made available to purchase towards the end of October, so do save the date and keep an eye open both online and on the community notice boards for further details. Alternatively, you can register your interest now and book tickets via armistice@plattmemorialhall.org or by calling Scott on 01732 886602.

As mentioned in the last Village News, on 19th (from 7:30 pm) and 20th (from 10:00 am) October we shall be holding the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ photo shoots at the hall. If you haven’t already, please do find out whether anyone in your family served in uniform during WW1 (men or women) and ask about if any photographs or items of memorabilia belonging to them still exist so that you can be professionally photographed with these. There is an A3 poster beside the entrance to the hall giving further information, and we shall post smaller versions of this around the community. Alternatively please see our special Armistice page on the website: www.plattmemorialhall.org/armistice. We would really like this to become a portrait of our community 100 years after the guns fell silent.

Tickets for the screening of Journeys End on 5, 7 and 9 November will also be made available in October. As agreed with the film company, there is no charge to see this, however, you must book first as there is only space for 50 people per-screening. We shall be opening the online booking here at the start of next month: https://journeysend_plattmemorialhall.eventbrite.co.uk or you can call 886602.

A full breakdown of timings etc. for the weekend 10/11 November will be in the next Village News and we would like to thank you again for your continuing support for our commemorative projects. We know there are already a growing number of people in the parish such as the Platt Stitchers, WI and School Choirs etc. who are working hard towards making this historic weekend very special and would like to extend the invitation to anyone else who would like to be involved in whatever way they think they can. This will be a whole community event and we’d love it if as many people as possible were part of it.

In addition to all of this our next gardening dates at the hall are October 20th and November 17th from 9:30 am. Please join us if you can; many hands make light work and we do serve refreshments.

Last year the WI kindly donated a bench for the Memorial Hall square; for this, we were very grateful. We now feel a second bench would be welcome in this area and would be happy to hear from anyone who may be interested in donating a bench, maybe in memory of somebody’s life or for any other reason. Please get in touch with one of the trustees if this would be of interest to you.

David Vallance, Chairman of Trustees