I think we have decided that Oakdale Links (courtesy of a generous 'Small Sparks' grant from the Barnwood Trust as part of their 'You're Welcome' campaign) will buy sacks of potatoes, and possibly cheese and butter and baked beans as our main contribution to the meal. We have several families who have promised to bring soup, and cake as well, which is great, but would like as many residents to get involved as possible. We are planning to have a couple of boxes of veggies if they budget will stretch to it for people making soup to bring, on a first come, first served basis. We have asked the new farm shop in Aylburton for a quote for the day. If you haven't been to this excellent shop yet, it's behind the lorry layby on the way to Chepstow and is well worth a visit, whatever your budget. We like their home made fish cakes in our family (55p each) and Oakdale Links meetings have definitely benefited from their delicious cakes. (It is in invisible ink in our constitution to have cake at all meetings, unless there is an O, c, and a t in the month.)
Coinros (at Taurus Crafts) have also given us a great price for daffodil bulbs and there are now 25kg (approximately 500) woodland daff bulbs in our garage. Please bring garden tools, gloves and kneelers if you would like to plant some on the Green on the day.
Travis Perkins have let us have offcuts of wood that they were throwing out, which will come in handy for the outdoor crafts and future projects. (Anyone fancy building a bench or two for the play areas? A community notice board? Send your ideas in.)
Please put it in your diaries and start generating positive thoughts about good weather, especially for the gales to stay away this year until November, as they do tend to rattle up the estuary and give our trees a horizontal effect. Refreshing, but not ideal for marquees and gazebos.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brian Thomas and his colleague on Lydney Town Council, Councillor Ruth Bonser will be here to listen to your views on the Lydney Neighbourhood Development Plan. If you woud like a draft copy beforehand, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will print one for you to pick up from the offices. I did ask last night at the NDP Steering Group meeting for copies, but there were none available.
Please, if you would like to see education and health money resulting from this development invested in this part of Lydney, go and give your feedback. The councillor's surgery/ NDP outreach will take place on the Green after the commissioning of the town notice board at 11am. There will also be a graffiti board during the afternoon's activities for you to have a say from the perspective of 'Land South of Lydney' and east of Lydney and how you would like your neighbourhood to develop.
I am looking forward to the springtime and seeing our own host of golden daffodils! My Granny did something similiar with Stourbridge WI many years ago and it is a lovely tribute to the efforts of that group of women that the Pedmore roundabout is still covered in flowers each spring.