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GS&H News 18th March 2023

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18th March 2023

News from around the villages


The end of this month we will receive the geranium plugs for growing on ready to replace the pansies in the spring. Our supplier has just been awarded top grower by Which so we should be guaranteed healthy plants, for a change this year we have switched from red to white with a variety called Horizon White.


Great Smeaton and Hornby Parish Council's new website is now live with lots of news and information about life and the community of the two villages. This newsletter will also be available via the website in the future.

The website can be found here

'Village Hall Email Address'

The Great Smeaton village hall has a new email address. It is: Please contact it if you have any thoughts or want to help.'

Wild About Smeaton – March update

March has been a bit on the nippy side so far, despite a few milder interludes. We even had a bit of the increasingly rare 'white stuff'. Our garden birds have reacted accordingly, with some impressively high peak counts during the colder periods. Two people saw a new species for the first time in their garden. I have also witnessed some rather unusual bird behaviour which I have never seen before. A couple of people have reported some very early caterpillar finds and we have had our first Fox and Stoats of the year spotted. Thank you to those who have already sent me photos – there have been some nice ones. I will give full details as usual in the newsletter at the end of the month. If there is anything you would like me to add, please let me know.

Best wishes. John

you can now find the latest edition of this lovely newsletter about the wildlife around us on the on the Parish Council website, as well as some of the earlier ones.


'Albania by Veronica
Had you ever considered Albania? No, I hadn't previously either. So why don't you come to the Village Hall on Tuesday 21st March at 7pm and let Veronica share her experiences of Albania with you with an illustrated talk? There will also be a vegetarian supper as well. I will be there. Tickets £7.50 each, please ring Christine on 01609881679 or contact by email on to book.

Craft Afternoon

Wednesday the 23rd March 2pm is the next Craft Afternoon. Bring your own project or just come and chat. Tea and homemade cake. £2 each to pay for the Village Hall. Come through the main door and come to the backroom. Great Smeaton Village Hall.


Thanks to Claire for a setting a most entertaining quiz, very well attended, Claire always sets a quiz with a wide range of topics both challenging and fun, thanks again Claire.

Some dates for your diary.

April 11th. Frosty
May. 9th. Fireside Ladies
June. 13th Geoff & Mike
All in the Bull 8pm

Thank you again to Julian for supplying supper.

Coffee morning Monday 3rd April in the village hall 10.30-12.00

'Village Hall Pop-Up Cafe'

The ever-popular pop-up cafe meets again on Wed 5th April at 2pm. You never whom you might meet and tell us your news.' A mere £2 each.

Good Friday, Make Your Own Hot Cross Buns.

7th April 9.00am Great Smeaton Village Hall.

A fun morning workshop where we will be guided through making our own hot cross buns, get to make some new friends and have a chance to think about what do crosses mean. All ages welcome but younger children will need to come with someone to help them. All ingredients will be provided and some equipment. You will need to bring mixing bowls and spoons, baking trays etc. There is no charge for this, but you can make a donation towards the costs if you are able. You are welcome to bring friends, but booking is essential to make sure we have enough ingredients etc. you can book here.

Dates for your diaries

Plants stall – Saturday the 20th of May is the annual plant stall outside the church door. Please save us your plants for that day. (Afternoon teas now cancelled) Thank you

Open Gardens Saturday and Sunday the 24th/25th June. Please give me a ring on 881363 if you would kindly open your garden! Thank you, Gillian.

Church Services at St Eloy's

Sunday 19th March 9.30 Mothering Sunday Service with Hi 5's
Wednesday 22nd March 9.30 Holy Communion
Sunday 2nd April 9.30 Morning worship
Sunday 9th April 11.00 Easter Communion

Old Glasses Collection Boxes

St Eloy's Church Great Smeaton and St Mary's Church Appleton Wiske each have a collection box at the back of church for spectacles/cases which are no longer being used. These can be recycled by being sent abroad for others to use.

Thank you. Elizabeth

Foodbank Collection Point

The foodbank Collection point is at the back of St Eloy's. Many thanks for your support. David

Next Scheduled dates for the newsletter

1st April – ideally news and articles need to be with me by the day before.

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