Downton Society Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Dear Member,

In the six months since the AGM, come snow come shine, Downton Society members have enjoyed a full programme of walks with the Footpath Group, monthly Moviola films and a summer Tea and Pimms party. Behind the scenes, the committee has also continued with village projects – helping to complete a new circular walk, clearing and planting daffodils at Moot corner, and commenting on planning applications We have also initiated a new Awards scheme for the Conservation area. Planning is an important part of the Society’s work and a summary of why we are involved, and how, is on the next page.

The tubs along the Greens suffered through lack of watering during the extremely hot summer weather, and we are re-thinking how residents might help in this task, as our resources have been somewhat stretched. The DS Committee now numbers only six, so we also apologise to the small number of people who didn’t have events notices delivered this summer. We will go back to posting these to members who don’t have e-mail access.

Your committee remains in good heart and has plans for the coming months which we hope will receive your support These include increasing awareness of the Society’s work; identifying more projects which will enhance our village environment; and offering talks and events which our members & others might enjoy. Details will be sent out as plans are finalised. In the meantime, you may like to have the following dates for your diary.

Moviola Films (all at 7.30 on a Saturday evening at the Memorial Hall)

20th Oct: Lean on Pete - a teenage boy befriends a failing racehorse

Fri 2nd Nov: Before the Flood - a special showing of a beautifully filmed documentary which explores the affect of climate change upon our ecosystem. This is a joint event with the Green Group; wine/soft drinks will be served.

17th Nov: The Bookshop – based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel about a village bookshop

15th/16th Dec is the Downton Christmas tree festival. If any members are feeling creative and would like to make a Downton Society tree or wreath, please let me, or any committee member, know within the next 3-4 weeks.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a good Autumn


Nikki Wilson
(Chairman, The Downton Society)