Local News


Jun 2011

Coffee Stop News

The Coffee Stop is as busy as ever in its regular home in St. James Hall on a Monday from 11a.m. To 1p.m.  We have a large number of 'regulars' but are always pleased to see new faces.  If you are new to the village or newly retired please come along and have a cuppa with us and maybe decide to join our merry band of volunteers/friends.

Our Christmas event was well attended and we were delighted to have our regular guests The Fernie Fields Four to play seasonal music. There was also a visit from the Downley School children to sing some Carols - hardly a dry eye in the hall! Lyn organised a quiz to keep our brain cells in gear and Joan organised a raffle to end all raffles, almost literally.  In fact Joan is no longer going to organise the raffles having raised over £3000 for our donations fund over the years she has been doing them.  We and all the charities supported are truly grateful for her efforts. Lyn and Pauline stepped into her considerable sized shoes with great success at our Easter event!

We often have local people with things to sell visiting us who give us a small percentage of their takings to add to our donations fund.  Charity stalls of course are free.  So if you are interested in having some space made available please speak to any of our helpers. Recently Thomas, the grandson of one of our customers, raised £45 towards his RGS Global Challenge project.

Eight of us, together with others from the village, had a holiday in Malta in March, where the weather was kind, the food was good and the drinks flowed freely!  It was a real treat to get away from the gloomy weather at home and enjoy each others company. We have come back with happy memories and loads of photographs. Thanks to all those who held the fort whilst we were away. I am considering arranging a trip to Floriade and the gardens of Keukenhof in Holland next April so please let me know if you would be interested.

Soon it will be Downley Day so please be prepared to support us as generously as you usually do.

As always any offers of help, driving, raffle prizes and cake donations will be gratefully received.

Ann Buxton