It is not too late I hope to wish you all a Happy New Year from the Villager team. 2014 has come in like a lion, deluging us with rain and winds for much of January. Fortunately, we have suffered less flooding than other neighbouring parishes but the surrounding fields are saturated which must make life difficult for our farmers. Although footpaths at North Farm have now re-opened following the closures for the first phase of the Earth Trust's River of Life project, they are very squelchy in places so it is still limited for walking.
Christmas in Brightwell came and went in the usual festive way but this year was tinged with sadness when we heard of the sudden and tragic death of one of our young people, Helen Thompson (nee Sutton), Rose’s elder daughter. Helen grew up in Brightwell and will be remembered by many I’m sure. She was a lovely, kind, fun-loving young woman, filled with a passion to help people. Not only did she fundraise for people in need here and across the world but she went out there also to help them, in Thailand in the Tsunami of 2004 and other subsequent disasters – a real ‘do-er’. She is an inspiration to us all, both young and old, and will be sorely missed but especially by Rose and her family and her young husband James.
Great fun was had at the first village Wassail on Twelfth Night, something I feel sure will become another of our village traditions, see our report and photos on the website (www.brightwellcumsotwell.co.uk). The merry band of revellers ‘wakened up’ trees in three orchards to ensure a good crop of apples next year, ending up at The Red Lion for warm drinks. And talking of the Red Lion, isn’t it good to see the Red Lion sign back, thanks to Martin Dix and Mark at the pub.
As it’s the start of the year, this issue carries the Village Calendar for 2014. Make sure you get some of the key dates in your diaries for the year ahead so as not to miss anything. Note that BrightFest is in June this year, Saturday 14th, and The Village Fete is on 5 July.
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