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Bottesford Village Voice Edition 42 July 2009

Bottesford Village Voice Edition 42 July 2009

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Issue No. 42July-Aug 2009
 Village Voice
The newsletter of Bottesford, Easthorpe, Muston & Normanton
The smiles that warmed theday...
Ebony Holt, May Queen Emma Whewell,& Alice Redfern withLion President Richard Taylor©
Callum Jones being presentedwith the Fun Run
Winner’s Trophyby Anne Ablewhite, representingFriends of Chernobyl’s Children.
...just the time for a nice cup of tea!
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The May Day Gala
Despite poor weather, over 2,000 people thoroughly enjoyed the activities andevents, including decorated bicycles, the family fun dog show, Quad bikes, and acandyfloss stall.The Gala committee provided a great community event, from which local charitiesand organisations could benefit. The Vale of Belvoir Lions, community volunteersand local organisations give their grateful thanks to everyone who helped make theday a success.What’s planned for the 2010 Gala? The committee, who meet seven times a year,is keen for representatives from local charities and organisations to join them. Thiswill ensure that this much loved village tradition continues to go from strength tostrength! Contact Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith on 842333 to find out more.
Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (FOCC)
 After the FOCC Fun Run on 3
May, refreshments were handed out by the HostFamilies. Yvonne Geach was also on hand to give a massage to tired and wearylegs. A big “Thank you” to the marshals for giving their time to keep the runnerssafe on the roads. At the Gala on the following day, FOCC sold cakes, plants, books- and warm mulled wine to keep the chill out! All the Host Families helped out andwere thrilled to have raised nearly £500.00 over the week-end.Runners, please note. There are three uncollected medals: Louise Allen, Dusty Dexter,and Tala Dean. Phone Anne on 842259 to arrange collection. After some last minuteglitches with Belarus andUK paperwork, our Cher-nobyl children arrived inearly June for a four-week stay. Here they are at theprimary school with theirtranslator, enjoying theirnew phrase books donatedby Village Voice.
Dance for Rosie May 2009
Over 100 competitors aged from five to 17 from all over the county entered theevent, giving spectacular performances. A staggering £3,500 was raised for theRosie May Home for Tsunami Orphans in Sri Lanka, £1,000 more than last year!Mary Storrie said "We were overwhelmed with the support and compassion on theday. Five years on, thiswas a significant anniver-sary for us and we wouldlike to thank everyone in-volved. The judges fromthe West End found it ex-tremely difficult to decideon the winners as theysaid the standard was sovery high.They were very impressedwith the local talent."
Winners in the 13 to 17 years category, left to right: Emily Smith, Emily Griffith, Ellie Ktenas, Bryony Hoare, Roanna Doleman. They have all won a place in the Rosie May Academy which is sponsored by the Rosie May Memorial Fund and gives local talented young people the unique opportunity of attending monthly master classes taught by professional choreographers and performers from London’s West End.
Both Emily Griffiths & Roanna Doleman live in Bottesford and went to the High School.
© Ted Rayson
Bill Roberts 1916-2009
William Joseph Roberts (Bill) wasborn on a farm in Sutton-cum-Granby. He went first to Granbyschool, but was educated at Bottes-ford Primary School from the age of ten until he left at 14.Bill was apprenticed, first to a Lan-gar joiner, wheelwright, and funeraldirector, and then with a major joinery firm in Nottingham. He cy-cled the 15 miles there and back every day for five years and waslate only once – showing the deter-mination that was to serve him allhis life.He did well, and after five yearsstarted his own business in one of his father’s farm buildings. The bi-cycle was replaced by a motorbike and sidecar, converted to carry tools andtimber.In the late 1930s he took on his first employees, a skilled joiner plus an ap-prentice. By 1940, Bill had a van, and moved the business to Bottesford. Thiswas the beginning - at its peak, W.J. Roberts employed 550 people.The firm built Belvoir High School, Grantham Crematorium, numerous petrolstations, council houses, individual homes, and carried out work for the largeestates.Bill himself was a skilled welder, wheelwright and blacksmith, renowned for hisphysical strength. Standing 6ft 2ins tall, he was easily able to swing his favour-ite hooping hammer for five minutes - all 21lbs of it.Bill conducted his first funeral just before he left Sutton – building a scaffoldingtower to remove the 24-stone deceased man through a bedroom window. Justover ten years ago, one of his last funerals was that of the Duke of Rutland. Hewas proud of his funeral business, which is now managed by his daughter-in-law Marion.Bill and his wife, Joan, who died two years ago, had three sons – Kenneth,Barry and Keith – six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.He served on Bottesford Parish Council for 41 years, many as chairman, andwas a founder member of the Belvoir Lions, hosting their village bonfire formany years. He worshipped at the village Methodist Church, close to his home.He died peacefully at home on Easter Day, having attended morning service,and enjoyed lunch with his family.
Belvoir HighSchool
has no fur-ther need of its ‘mobiles’, so theydepart fromBottesford…..Photo© David Middleton

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