Did you know there was a zoo in the village in 1860?
Well, perhaps not. But the list of Church Baptisms, now accessible from our History Section, includes the information that the occupation of the father of Elizabeth Emma Holland, baptised at St Mary’s 5th August 1860, was “Zoo Keeper”!
A simple theme based on bedtime stories produced an excellent evening’s entertainment for those attending the Rising Stars show “Mind The Bugs Don’t Bite” on Friday and Saturday night.
The current shortage of children of the right age in the village has made it difficult to stage a Stars show in recent years. This year’s solution, providing the limited number available with adult support, worked very well, but it was the younger members of the cast who stole the show.
Eva Lamb, Toby Last, Grainne Oakes, and Alex Eley all did very well and were ably shepherded by the experienced Lydia Sida-Page. They were bravely supported by Denise Grant and Chris Whipps (actors are usually advised to avoid appearing with children or animals). The latter, obviously really enjoying his second childhood, stepped into the breach (or was it the bed?) at the last moment.
More adults provided singing support, with the audience joining in heartily, and the show rolled forward. As usual, great credit must go to writer and director Gill Hipwell but everybody involved in the production deserves thanks for a job well done.
One bonus, the number of toddlers enjoying themselves in the audience should mean there will be more children to take part in future years.
As many people feared, the dreaded ash tree dieback disease, caused by the fungus Chalara Fraxinea, has reached Rogerson’s Wood.
Visits by the Woodland Trust, who manage the wood on behalf of the village, have confirmed the presence of the disease. The two people who liaise with the Trust, Anne Carden and Peter Hill, have issued the following statement:
“The infection is widespread throughout the wood. Since the infection is spread by air borne spores in the period June to September we are advised by the Woodland Trust that bio-security measures are of very limited value.”
“Plant health notices may appear in the next few days, but The Woodland Trust say the public are welcome to continue walking around the wood as usual. However, those likely to visit other woods, particularly in other parts of the country, should ensure their boots and the feet of animals are clean and free of any leaves which might harbour spores.”