Recorder's Report 2011

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The Social Club provided drinks at 12.00 noon on the 1st and this event was well-attended. The Social Club AGM took place on the 21st January and a number of ideas were discussed along with a report from the Chairman. The Berden Nature Supper Evening took place on the 29th with a fascinating talk on Badgers.

The WI met on the 1st February when their speaker, Quintus Benzinger gave a talk on the history of musical instruments. Yoga, Children’s Drama, Line Dancing and the Baby and Toddler Group continue to meet on a weekly basis. The Berden History Society had a very interesting talk on Family History at the Church on the 17th February.

The annual litter collection took place on the 6th March. This was run by several volunteers and as usual a lot of rubbish was collected, especially along the Stocking Pelham Road. Ascot in Berden took place on the 12th and was very successful along with the Berden Bus stop shop on the 26th, a farmer’s market with a range of produce donated by people in the village and organised by John Burton. The money raised was given to the Church.

The PCC met on the 6th to elect the Churchwardens and other members of the council. Dr Ken Strafford retired from his position as warden after many years of service. His work on the restoration of the church is certainly appreciated. The church cleaner, Margaret Walker also retired. I will be taking over as Churchwarden alongside Kate Harrison. The annual Easter Egg hunt took place on the 24th with over 20 children attending. The Manuden and Berden History society visited the Royston Caves a former meeting place of the Knights Templar. The Fish Supper was another big success on the 22nd with over 65 people attending. It was held in the church.

The local elections took place on May 5th. Janice Loughlin for the Liberal Democrats was returned to represent Berden at Uttlesford council. To mark over 100 years in Berden, Christopher Barker and Jenny Lowe held a Garden party at Martins Green. The event was well-attended and Christopher made a speech about life in Berden 50 years ago. Alexander Phillimore-Brown was baptised on May 8th. The opening weekend of the Croquet tournament took place on May 21st and 22nd. Steve Bates helped along with others to organise the annual event. The Footpaths Day on the 29th coincided with the Cycle treasure hunt around Berden and both were well-attended.

Bishop Edward Holland took the Whit Sunday service on the 12th. He was at one time the Bishop of Colchester. On the 18th June Robin and Bina Williamson from the Incredible String Band, a popular group in the 1960s came to play a concert at the church. It was a very successful evening and more are planned for the future. On the same day, the bus stop shop had its second opening of the year. It was the very enjoyable Berden Barn dance on the 25th and it was held at Little Potash Barn, this was followed on the 26th June when we celebrated Maurice Ancell’s 85th birthday, a lifelong Berden resident and keen photographer. A slide show was given showing old photographs of Berden. I gave a talk on the Berden archives that have built up over the past year. An exhibition was also set up in the village hall and a DVD was produced.

The WI organised a car rally leaving Berden on the 5th July. The annual Berden Fete took place on the 16th July at Berden Hall. This raised over £6000 and remained popular despite the wet weather. £7000 was donated by Viridor for installing double-glazing in the village hall. A memorial bench remembering Philip Scatchard was installed along with the planting of a tree in the grounds of the village hall. Jessica Poulter and Charlie Poulter were baptised on July 31st.

A quiet month, with most residents taking their annual holiday

Bailey Pichel was baptised on September 4th.
The annual cycle ride visiting local churches took place on the 10th September. The Churchwardens and their families raised £500.
The Harvest Festival took place on the 25th September with a Harvest supper and quiz at the Village Hall the night before. Both events were popular.
The third bus stop shop took place on the 10th September, residents donated and bought a range of produce and were able to visit the Golden Crown Cafe, the newly restored telephone box.
Croquet finals took place at Dewes Green on the 17th, followed by the Tennis tournament on the 25th.

Another concert took place at the Church on the 22nd October. It was a Clarinet and Saxophone Quartet called Simply Reeds. Money raised went to the Friends of Berden Church. Berden Book Club continue to meet every 6 weeks. Their current book is ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marques.
Berden Quiz night took place on the 14th October at the Village Hall.
Another Litter collection took place on the 16th October. Berden Drama Group intend to run a new production next spring called “Play On”.

The annual Bonfire took place at Berden Hall on November 5th. Fireworks and food were provided at this very popular family event.
A ‘Children in Need’ Bake sale took place at Churchview Cottages on the 12th November. Hannah and Rebecca Trapmore, Olivia and Emily Howells, Claire and Lucy Groves and Izzie Murdoch raised £358.
On the 17th November Malcolm Osbourne gave a talk to the history group about George Cuda a former local resident and the 398th American Bomber group based at Nuthampstead. It was an excellent and thought-provoking evening.

The final Bus stop shop of the year took place on the 3rd December and the money raised was split between Crisis at Christmas and the Church. The popular Christingle service took place on the 4th December. The Children’s Christmas Party was on the 17th December and was visited by Father Christmas and a Bumble Bee, this was preceded by the Carol Singing around the Green on the 16th. The Annual Carol Service took place on the 18th December and was well-attended with over 90 people.

Mark Trapmore
Village Recorder
December 2011