Do you play the bugle or trumpet, or know someone who does? If so, we’d like to hear from you!

In this issue:
  1. Bystander Copy Date, Sunday 15th October
  2. Remembrance Service, Sunday 11th November
  3. Christmas & New Year at The Swan Inn
  4. Sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s
  5. Upgrading of the Drainage System
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1. Bystander Copy Date, Sunday 15th October

The copy date for the Autumn edition of the Bystander is next Monday, 15th October. If you have any articles, photographs or other information that you would like to include in this issue, please send them to bystander@birlingham.org as soon as possible.

The Bystander will be published at the beginning of November.

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2. Remembrance Service, Sunday 11th November

The Remembrance Service this year commemorates exactly one hundred years since the end of the First World War. Please note that the service will begin earlier than usual at 10.15am in order to allow sufficient time for the congregation to process out to the War Memorial by 11.00am. It is hoped that there will be a big turnout for this important occasion.

There will be light refreshments available in the Village Hall after the service. Full details of the commemoration will be given later.

In the meantime, we are also looking for someone who plays the trumpet (or similar) and would be willing to play the Last Post and the Reveille at the service. If you can help, please contact Chris Reynard on 01386 751122.

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3. Christmas & New Year at The Swan Inn

Zoe Haines writes:
The festive season will soon be upon us and where better to spend it with friends and family than at The Swan Inn?

We have a festive two- and three-course menu available from 4th December to 24th December, lunchtime and evening. Please ask at the bar for the menu or go online. But don’t worry, the normal a la carte and fish blackboard will still be available throughout.

And this New Year’s Eve join us for an evening of celebrations to welcome in 2019. Doors open from 7.00pm, with a delicious two-course buffet, to include favourites from our menu, from 8.30pm; then the rest of the night is yours to be merry and dance the night away. Tickets are £25 to include entry, two-course buffet and a glass of bubbly at midnight.

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4. Sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s

Rupert Keys writes:
My daughter, Imogen, completed her walk for Parkinson’s UK on 23rd September, on a gruelling, wet and windy morning up and down Cleeve Hill, near Cheltenham. She carried out the walk along with her Aunty Sarah and cousin Amelia. To date they have raised approximately £600 between them but could always do with a bit more!

Immie’s grandfather suffers from Parkinson’s and has done for approximately 10 years now. As a family we have already raised about three thousand pounds for Parkinson’s UK through events such as skydiving.

If people would like to sponsor Imogen please log on to her Just Giving page, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/imogenkeys.

You can find out more about Parkinson’s disease at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk.

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5. Upgrading of the Drainage System

The Parish Clerk writes:
There will be no further works to the drainage system until the Highways team return in November for Phase 2 of the upgrade. There have been some issues in Upper End; the discharge into the watercourse will be addressed by the landowner(s) and Severn Trent Water need to move a water main to enable the gang to continue with the pipeworks.

Thank you to the residents at Barncroft for their patience during the disruption on their property. A further update will be given when a date in November is confirmed.

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