Village of the Year 2010

Dear villagers,

I would like to create a pictorial 2009 diary of all the community activities that occur in Paglesham. The objective is that in 2010 our village could enter one of the "village of the year" competitions, to try and win some money for the whole village community. The “pictorial year” could also be published in the form of a book to raise funds for Paglesham. As you know we have lots of different activities with all the clubs and associations in the village during the year and need photos and candid descriptions of what is happening at the event that is shown in the photos. I feel that the story behind the photo is better written by the club / organisation concerned so that we are accurate in our description of the photos and the event. Any event that involves a group of villagers could be classed as a community event, some suggestions are below;
•PVPA events - Spring / Summer Shows, Open gardens, Murder party, Casino night, Quiz, Sponsored walks, Pantomime (this year), Elderly residents Christmas party, Halloween children's party, Carol singing etc.
•Women’s Institute - with all their day and evening activities.
•The Paglesham Yacht club – and events attached to it.
•The Paglesham Clay Pigeon Club - and events attached to it.
•The newly formed mother & toddler group that meet in the mission hall.
•The East End "Canewdon newspaper run" rota.
•The annual maintenance and painting of the Mission Hall and village field sheds and toilets etc.
•St Peters support group - antiques road show etc.
•The grass cutting and maintenance at the church.
•Flower arrangement rota, and church cleaning at St Peters.
•Punch Bowl activities - New Years Eve, cribbage nights, quiz nights etc
•Plough & Sail activities - quiz nights, jazz afternoons etc.
•Village authors who have written on local interest topics.
•Cole’s pheasant shoot.
•Searching for “The Beagle” in the River Roach.
•Paglesham Parish Councillors, holding meetings in the mission hall.
•The fishing boys, with photos of the “weigh in” at the Plough & Sail.
•The village allotments being worked on.
•The rota for the upkeep of the village field and play area.
•The annual “rubbish” pickup along the Paglesham Road.
•Plus many, many, more events and activities (sorry if anything has been missed) – all we need are items to include that is evidence of what a strong village community we have.
If each organisation, or individuals, can take the photos and write about their event, making notes of names and dates etc, then later in the year, once their "social" year is finished I can collate all information and can then set about putting it all together in book form, "A year in the life of Paglesham" (or titled something like that), and put our entry into the relevant village competition.

Please ‘phone me, Barbara Cane (258965), if you have any other ideas, comments or suggestions. Please keep all the information and ‘photos until January 2010, then send it to me to compile our village entry, or if you prefer let me have articles as and when.

Thank you for your support.