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After a few weeks of glorious sunshine, 1st Enderby Guides went off to camp. We put tents up in the rain, made washing up stands in the rain, did pistol shooting in the rain… Can you spot the pattern?

We camped in the wrong week for sunshine but we survived. We went back to basics with no phones or gadgets; instead we embraced the rain, wore our wellies all week and took part in lots of activities.

Pistol shooting, orienteering, whittling, climbing, crawled through the black hole, completed the jungle trail assault course, made stretchers to carry an injured member, peeled potatoes, made our lunch and cooked it on a fire - pizzas, doughnuts and even a pineapple upside down cake! We also had time for lots of crafts from Spray paint art, shell heart plaques, to making hedgehogs out of books.

Our theme was ‘ReUse’ and where possible we reused unwanted items to create the activities and crafts. Our thanks go to those lovely members of the village that helped with facebook pleas - Ann for her beads, Gill for her jewels, Kate for her charms, and Dee & Paul of the Dog and Gun for collecting bottle tops.
The leaders were amazing and like the girls didn’t moan once! I am very grateful to the leaders who choose to camp in a field as part of their annual leave - they do take the word volunteering to the next level!

The rain was relentless and cooking on an open fire is not easy in that weather. In all the years I have camped I can’t recall rain of that nature, so I gave the cooks a night off and ordered pizza! Again there was no moans about the tea that night!

As well as earning a few badges (5) the girls learnt skills that will last and made memories that will last a while longer.

After the summer we like other units in the village will return to our weekly meetings - there are approximately 200 girls in these groups all led by dedicated volunteers. If you think you could spare an hour a week to help shape the minds of girls in guiding or maybe a one off experience you think they would enjoy, the ‘older’ leaders would love to hear from you. You can register your interest online at or chat to Rachel on 07970068942

Guides’ Annual Summer Camp

The special story-reading event on the 1st August brought in the most visitors we have ever had. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. It was really great to see so many youngsters and their parents enjoying the library. We hope to see many of them again.

We enjoyed a day out visiting ‘Barracca’, a beautiful garden in Earl Shilton, open to organised groups in the summer months as part of the Open Gardens Scheme. Our visit was organised by one of the library volunteers and tickets were sold at the library. It was a VERY hot day but the garden was well worth a visit and the tea and cake was very welcome.

The July Children’s Crafting session was space-themed to tie-in with the Summer Reading Challenge. These sessions are suitable for toddlers as well as older children. This time we coloured in rockets, made lollypop comets and space craft you could dangle from a ceiling. We could make as many or as few as we wanted. The September session is on Saturday 28th 10 till 12 when the theme will be ‘Fun With Colour’. £1 per accompanied child.

The Adult Social Crafting session in July was called ‘Have fun with Stencils’ and we did! If you’ve not joined us at these sessions so far, please do come along and give it a try. Most of us are not ‘artistic’ but we all manage to produce something we are pleased with. The September session is on the 17th, 2 till 4, theme ‘Last of the Summer Colour’.  £2 to include tea and cake, materials and chat.

The Busy Hands ladies have been busy again and brought in a knitted golfer and beautiful elephant to show us. These ladies are very good knitters but welcome people of all abilities to join them on Monday afternoons.

On Friday 13th September we will celebrate Roald Dahl Day with a display of all things Dahl-related, followed on Saturday 14th by Roald Dahl story time and activities, 10 till 12. Refreshments will be on sale.

On September 19th we will join in with national ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’. We will have a pirate display and a treasure hunt so come and say ‘Ahoy’!

On the 26th September join us for a poetry evening to celebrate National Poetry Day, held in the library, 7pm for 7.30pm until about 9pm - tickets on sale soon at £5 per head to include wine, tea, cake, nibbles.

Quiz night on the 4th October. We hope you’ll join us again for our annual quiz. If you haven’t got a team, they can be organised on the night. A Ploughman’s Supper will be served and bring your own drinks. Tickets on sale during September, more details to follow.

Reminder of the change to the library opening hours: Saturdays we will be open from 10 till 1pm starting 3rd August.

Thanks to everyone who has ‘Liked’ us on Facebook. We hope you are finding the page interesting. If there is other information you would like to see on there, please let us know.

Times change, and in 1948 the new NHS took over district nursing and the National Gardens scheme became independent. As it had grown over the years with many gardens being opened to the public, the ethos of raising money for nursing charities remained with Macmillan Nurses being the first beneficiaries. Nowadays new charities are regularly added.

Anyone choosing to open their garden annually to support the scheme receives help and support  from the National Gardens. The garden does not have to be huge but must be interesting and is inspected to check that it is suitable and has no safety issues. Families play an important part  in making things a success, with a great tradition of tea and cakes, plant stalls and, of course, someone to collect the entrance fee! There are now, in 2019, some 3,500 individual gardens open, 247 'group gardens' when possibly a whole village will have an open gardens annual event. There are 34 allotment groups and 14 hospice gardens. Some open only for group visits or are by  appointment only but since 1927 over 55 million pounds have been donated to charity.

As Pat was thanked for her most interesting talk, she reflected that with so far only two gardens in Enderby in the National Gardens scheme perhaps it would send us home with some food for thought .....!

National Gardens Scheme

We have speakers from near and far at Enderby U3A, but none closer to home than Pat Beeson who came to talk a little about the origins of the National Gardens Scheme and who opens her own garden in Enderby once a year.

The talk began with a fun quiz - how many famous gardeners could we recognise when shown a few slides. Strangely most people recognised Capability Brown but when we came to one of today's TV celebrities....well of course we remembered the name of the dog!

The seeds of the scene were sown by a wealthy gentleman from Liverpool, one William Rathbone the sixth, who lived from 1819 to 1902. His wife was ailing and, with no NHS in those days, he paid for a nurse to care for her. Mrs Rathbone was lucky - had she been poor she would have ended up in the workhouse. A friend of her husband, one Florence Nightingale, suggested he could perhaps do something to help the less well off, so the worthy gentleman established a training school for nurses who could help out in the community. On hearing about this Queen Victoria gave generous support towards more training facilities for young women who became the original district nurses.

In 1926 one Elsie Wagg suggested that members of the aristocracy could open their gardens to the public to raise funds for the continuation of the scheme and the following year 600 gardens opened to the public, each charging one shilling entry fee.
The last Saturday in July is traditionally Ladies Charity Day & Gala here at Enderby Bowls Club and this year was no exception. EXCEPT, normally we can look forward to a fine summer’s day - not this year!! The heaven’s opened at the crack of dawn and persisted it down hour after hour.

We kept our nerve and fingers crossed to welcome 14 teams of lady bowlers to our green to enjoy not only competitive games of bowls but also to spend, spend, spend at the various stalls, raising funds for our Lady President Jacolyn’s chosen charity of the Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Plenty of refreshments were on hand for our guests and they were very generous, as always, in opening their purses in aid of this good cause.

Alas, all hopes of bowling were dashed as the rain set in for the afternoon and the games  had to be cancelled, much to everybody’s disappointment. Many of the teams who entered the competition however, in spite of not only missing their bowling but also the celebratory afternoon tea, very kindly donated their entry fees to our President’s Charity, for which she thanks them so much.

The total raised on the day is still being checked, but is in excess of 800 pounds, an amazing total to add to Jacolyn’s stash of cash which will be handed over in the Autumn.


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