Created and Maintained by MVP
The MVP STORY...
MVP was formed nearly 10 years ago by a group of villagers wanting to fulfil some of the requests expressed by the village in the second Parish Plan – more things going on locally for young families, more things going on locally for the older generation, and better communications, for example. You can see the Parish Plan on the SMPC website with the actions we set off to try and do.
Over time the number of initiatives MVP has become involved in increased as the need has become apparent. Some like the newsletter, website, Facebook group, Fun Day, Scarecrow Trail, Lunch club for the elderly, theatre trips to London, visiting theatre in St John’s Hall, children’s pantomime, Spring Clean, and Heartstart courses are still being organised by the MVP today. Some like Santa’s Grotto and Bag2school are still supported by MVP but have now been transferred to other groups. It has always been the intention that once an initiative is successfully up and running that MVP would endeavour to hand it over to another village group to run as their own, either as their fund-raising activity or to promote their own group.
An initiative which has grown year on year is the affiliation of local voluntary groups to MVP: This year there are 41 local groups: PTAs, sports and leisure clubs, scouts and Brownies, charities etc. As affiliated members everyone benefits from a combined pool of goods and services such as poster printing and the borrowing of equipment and skills. All the affiliated groups are invited to and the majority will have a presence at the Fun Day to give them the opportunity to promote themselves and/or raise funds.
MVP committee meetings are open to all and take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm in the meeting room at the back of the Methodist Church. There is no process of getting voted onto the committee - if you come along to a meeting, find something you would like to get involved in and come again, then – you are considered part of the committee. Everyone is invited to come and see how we work.
Outside the meetings different members beaver away on different things according to the time and skills they are able to offer. Some offer time and their skills throughout the year on many different projects, while others take a small role doing specific things.
Some of us have been involved since the beginning, others are newer, some have done a few years and left, and some people have come back to the MVP after a break, just as you would expect in any organisation.
On the 10th March we had our AGM and, as is usual at such times, this was an opportunity for people to change their roles and for others to come onboard. Here is the current committee with a few of the things they do for MVP:
Alison Richardson - Fun Day Treasurer since its inception has now returned to that role for MVP as well
Danusia Morsley – Chairman. Also MVP website updates, Heartstart courses, Spring Clean
Daphne Cooney - Minutes Secretary
David Kilshaw – the chief Admin of our Facebook group
Doug Overett - Vice Chairman, having a little rest from a couple of years of being both chairman and Fun Day project manager but still in charge of this year’s pantomime
John Bull - one of our Quartermasters – looking after two garages of equipment we have amassed: tents, gazebos, bunting, chairs etc which are lent to affiliated groups as well as used by MVP
John Hannawin - Secretary, new to the committee but has been helping us in the background for the whole decade
Julia Meadows– in charge of printing and laminating – As well as all our own printing needs, we produce things like posters for the affiliates
Julie Carter - Affiliates Secretary - liaises with the 41 groups affiliated
Lynn Hannawin – After having been secretary and Scarecrow Trail organiser ever since we started, having a little rest this year
Rebecca Barker – organiser of Lunch Club for the elderly and Theatre Trip group
Natasha O’Brien – organising the next visiting theatre
Robert Martin – edits and coordinates distribution of the newsletter
There also two people who choose not to be on the committee but have regular roles: Wayne Rogers our other Facebook admin, and Chris Morsley our other quartermaster. There are many other people who also support MVP on different occasions without being part of the committee; for example, by helping at lunch club, delivering newsletters, manning the bar at village theatre events or creating the scarecrow trail map.
Those with regular roles also help each other with everything we do and also have a role in the Fun Day along with other people who join us just for the Fun Day planning: For example, for Fun Day 2018, Rebecca is project manager, Chris is logistics manager, Julia is organising activities (with Gael Nicholls), Lynn is organising the refreshments tent, John is organising the big inflatable rides, Danusia is sorting out on-the-day volunteers and so on.
If anyone would like to know more about MVP or the Fun Day organisation, please contact the chairman on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01189332620 or any of the other committee members or come along to a meeting – you will be very welcome!
Heartstart Course - 10th April
MVP has organised free Heartstart courses over the last few years. The next one is at 19:00 on Tuesday 10th April in the Methodist Church Hall in West End Rd. If you would like to feel more confident in what to do…
• if you need to use one of the village defibrillators
• if someone collapses
• if you think someone might be having a heart attack or a stroke
• if you need to talk to emergency services until paramedics arrive, or
• if you need to do CPR on someone
…then book a place on this free course by emailing your full name and contact details to email@example.com You will get a very clear and interesting explanation from the Tadley First Responders tutor and plenty of time to practice resuscitation on a dummy.
Think what a difference you could make to someone by having these skills. If you have attended before, you may book again for a refresher if you last attended more than 18 months ago.
Many thanks to the good number of people who came and worked very hard yesterday to clear all this rubbish from the roads, footpaths and woods of our village. Let's keep it lovely!
Reading Haydn Choir Spring Concert - St John's Church
Our choir of some 50 enthusiastic singers is delighted to be returning to St John's Church to sing two vibrant pieces of choral music. We'll be accompanied by a small, professional orchestra, Sinfonia Musicisti.
Karl Jenkins is the UK's most popular contemporary composer, one of Wales' most versatile and critically-acclaimed musicians and possibly the most performed living composer in the world today. His Requiem, first performed in 2005, is a rich melting pot of musical styles, blending European classical style with ethnic music from around the world, whilst preserving the pulsing energy derived from his early jazz and rock experience. The result is vibrant, exciting music, accessible to all generations.
The Masses of Johann Hummel are among some of the most important to be written at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century. The Mass in B Flat received exceptionally positive reviews in the contemporary musical press. Making new demands on the strings and choir the work produces a range of musical effects, from simple pastoral scenes to complex fugues rarely encountered at the time.
Help raise money for St Mary’s School by answering the following simple questions. Do you ever drink in the Turner’s Arms? Do you drive from the A4 up to the village through Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet? Did your kids ever go to the end of year disco at St Mary’s School? Do you wonder what would happen if a lorry-load of Viagra was dumped in the village’s water supply?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, or indeed no, then you can help raise money for the school by buying a copy of The Mortimer Tapes CD. Andy Lavery has written three songs and re-written a song by someone else to set it in the village and whacked them (skilfully 😊) onto a CD which is available either directly from him, from The Baobab (thanks to Rachel and Gav for their support), via eBay (search for The Mortimer Tapes) and hopefully, shortly by download. Try before you buy? Tasters of the four songs can be listened to here . The CDs are £4 if bought directly and £5 + p&p if bought via eBay and at least £3.30 will go to the school.
The Small Print....
Parental guidance: the songs on this CD promote driving fast on twisty roads, drinking in pubs and a lot of cheerful vulgarity about members and as such may not be suitable for a younger audience!
Disclaimer: Although the proceeds of this CD are going to St Mary’s School, neither the school itself or the PTA have endorsed or approved the contents in any way. It’s all Andy’s fault!
Recycle for Charities
Quite a number of people in the village collect a wide variety of items for charity: postage stamps, ink cartridges, milk bottle tops, bras etc. Please see the link in the left hand menu for a new page where this information is recorded to make it easier for more people to not throw away items that can generate money for charities. How to get your collection included is also there.
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