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Christmas Tree Switch On Friday 15th December 2017 at 6.30pm

• Switch on at 6.30pm followed by traditional carol singing • Children and adults invited to make and bring a tree decoration • Soup, mulled wine, tea, coffee, fruit juice and mince pies • Christmas raffle – draw at 7.30pm – If you can donate a raffle prize please contact Lynn Keeton Bring your family and friends and join in the fun.

Make your own Traditional Door Welcome Ring

Wed 13th December from 7pm until 9pm. Brackenfield Church Hall
Step-by-step guidance to create your own welcome ring, using mixed fresh foliage with a little glitz. £20 including all materials and a glass of wine, tea or coffee and mince pie. To book your place or for further information contact Gilly Burnett: 07926 189366 Hurry, as places are limited!

Village Association Meeting

Just a reminder that there will be a meeting at Brackenfield Church Hall on Thursday 7th September at 7pm to discuss ideas for future activities. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served. All residents are welcome, so please come along with your friends and neighbours and ideas. 

Life Support/Defibrillator training

This has been provisionally booked for Saturday 28th April 2018 from 0930 to 1230 at Brackenfield Church Hall. Derwent Training Consultants Limited have been engaged to provide a course for up to 20 people. We have a list of 20 people who have expressed interest and arrangements will be confirmed early in 2018. If there is anyone else who would like their name adding to a reserve list, please contact Christine Edwards ( or 01773 521557)

Picnic on the Green Sunday 16 July Update

The 1st “Picnic on the Green” is getting closer so here is a little more information about the day to whet your appetite…..

This event is for all residents of Brackenfield: by you, for you and with you + your invited family and friends. It’s a social event for everyone to hopefully have a little fun and to get to know neighbours better. This 1st time event will help gauge interest for future village events – so please encourage all of your neighbours to attend. A follow up meeting is planned for Thursday 7th September at 7pm in the Church Hall. Everyone is welcome to come along and share  ideas. Funds we raise on the day, through a raffle and games, will go towards emergency life support and defibrillator training – you will be able to express interest on the day, if you would like training about the machine located outside the Church Hall. Please set up your picnic area with a good view of the music area (on the green between the Church Hall and the tree) anytime from 12.30pm, as our official start time is 1pm.  Well behaved pets on leads are welcome – please clean up after them if/when necessary. Children are welcome, accompanied by parents or guardians, who will be responsible for them at all times. Toilets are available in the Church Hall. PLEASE remember to be careful when crossing any roads, as the roads are not closed off to traffic usage. Rubbish bins and a recycling bin will be located around the picnic area. Please use them and/or take your rubbish home.

Programme for the afternoon At 1.15pm, when everyone is sitting comfortably, there will be a welcome and some information about the afternoon. Manfredi's ice cream and The Plough's beer from the barrel will be on sale during the afternoon. We welcome Gypsy Jazz, who will play two sets starting at 1.30pm and 4pm We are also pleased to welcome Annie, a local singer, who will take the stage at 3pm

A local fire crew should be joining us with their appliance, along with our Police Community Support Officer. There will be competitions and entertainment for the whole family at 50p per go including welly wanging, treasure hunt and crafts, treasure map and raffle (see over page). Please participate with enthusiasm, as monies raised will help fund the defibrillator training and future events in the village. The Information Tent will be close to the music area. We hope everyone will drop in and supply us with contact details (email, address, etc) so we will be able to keep in touch regarding news and future events. This will also be the re-uniting point in case family members get separated. A number of Brackenfield volunteers will also be around on the green on the day asking for suggestions as to future events. Red Cross first aiders will be available in the Church Hall in case of incidents.

Raffle Lynn Keeton is organising our raffle and here are a few words from her.... On the day of the Picnic on the Green we are holding a raffle to raise funds to train anyone in the village on the defibrillator, so the money will go to a great cause as it stays in our village and will help anyone that needs it. We have some fab prizes so far: A night away for two in the Lake District at the stylish Diamond Lodge Boutique Hotel A bottle of whisky His and hers hamper We need more prizes though, so if you have any unwanted gifts or a packet of biscuits or a tin of something, all donations will be gratefully received. Please call me, Lynn Keeton, on 07901 940014 and I will come and collect donated items. Hope to see you on the day. Regards, Lynn

Results of the Raffle Prize Draw and winners of the Welly Wanging and Map Treasure Hunt will be announced at 4.45pm, shortly before the end on the day's activities at 5pm.

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