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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