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Mortimer Scarecrow Trail Needs You!

As the summer holidays come to an end our thoughts are focussing on this year's Scarecrow Trail, which will once again be taking place over the Autumn half term holiday from Saturday 20th October - Sunday 28th October. The theme is Heroes and Villains  and can include any character fact or fiction and could be anyone from TV,  Films,  Books, Musicians, Politicians, Sports icon and so on...

We have already had some fantastic characters reserved but why not build your own scarecrow for a chance to win one of 6 prizes! The closing date for entries is Monday 24th September and your Hero or Villain character can be reserved by completing an entry form and paying the £10.00 entry fee. A copy of the Entry Form and Guidelines can be found by clicking here. Don't forget, duplicate characters are not allowed so get your entry in early! For further information contact Kelly Jenkins on 0118 9333142/07894877892  or kellyjenkins1@gmail.com Go On, Build a Scarecrow and Join in the Fun!


Sue Ryder Befrienders Needed in Mortimer and Burghfield

The Sue Ryder Befriending Services supports families who are facing the challenge of a life-limiting condition. Our volunteer befrienders help by making weekly home visits to provide company, emotional support and practical help. This might involve chatting over a cup of tea, taking someone out to a new or favourite place, running a couple of errands, or sitting with a patient whilst their family take a much-needed break. If you are interested in the role, please contact Natasha Saunders (Befriending Coordinator) – 0118 955 0443 or natasha.saunders@suerydercare.org


Tadley Rugby Club ....

... recruiting for new season. Lots of information here

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. You can read the Chairman's Report for last year. 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: John Wells 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 mvp@morsley.me.uk or 01189332620 or any of the other committee members or come along to a meeting – you will be very welcome!   


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.


Recommended businesses

If you are looking for a builder, plumber, piano teacher, yoga instructor or any other local business recommended by people from Mortimer, take a look under the Businesses section above. 


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