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Forget Me Not: Comedy Whodunnit

Written and performed by comic, poet and ex-psych nurse Rob Gee.
Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia. It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind. But his will have to do.
Do not let the topic put you off – at the Arts Alive promotors day when this show was previewed, Rob Gee brought the house down with his comic humour and just about everybody who saw him wanted to book the show. We are lucky to have secured him
for Habberley Village Hall. He comes highly-recommended from many sources and has just completed an award-winning Canadian tour. ‘Seriously funny’ Sunday Mirror. ‘Hilarious and heartbreaking’ Victoria Times. ‘Smart, witty and razor-sharp’ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. ‘A remarkable piece of writing … with his shrewd mix of humor and heart, Gee strikes storytelling gold’ Orlando Sentinel.
Habberley Village Hall, Friday 17 November, 7.30pm Tickets: 790179 £10 adults, £5 children (suitable for those aged 14+) or

Community Library at Pontesbury: Off to a great start

A good crowd gathered in the Library to mark the beginning of National Libraries Week. The 2017 theme is discovering what your Library has to offer and our Library came up trumps with an entertaining morning of café culture: music, coffee, cake, the Library Lottery draw, an exhibition of wood carvings and the highlight – book readings by renowned Antarctic Surveyor and local resident Jonathan Walton. Jonathan read a selection of anecdotes from ‘Of Dogs and Men’, a beautifully illustrated history of huskies in the Antarctic between 1949 and 1999. There are vivid first-hand accounts of these dogs working with the survey team that were by turns touching, comic and dramatic, and the photographs are outstanding. It was a delight to be read to and feel ourselves transported to such a different world.
FoPL J WaltonJonathan Walton with the book ‘Of Dogs and Men’ from which he read extracts for the event at the library.

Jonathan has kindly donated a copy of the book to the Library, edited by his father Kevin Walton and Rick Atkinson. He also has a limited number of copies for purchase. Simply enquire at the Library.



Apple Day
This was not only a thoroughly enjoyable occasion but also raised funds to keep our Library open. The Congregational Chapel presented Chairman Bob Boden with a cheque for £275. With the success of the FoPL’s own stalls a total of nearly £500 was raised. A huge thank you to all the organizers of Apple Day and to all who came to support and help.
Santa Fun Run & Walk
The date for this year’s event is Sunday, 3 December. Please make a note on your calendar and start searching for those Santa suits, hats and beards in good time to help us fundraise. The run/walk will follow routes around Pontesford Hill. Full details will be available soon from the Library, local schools and shops, so no excuse for not coming along and joining in the fun! Father Christmas will of course be visiting our village again on the day and there will be photo opportunities with the man himself. What better way to prepare for the Christmas rush than to take a walk round our hill in good company?
Chip it for Charity
What do you do with your tree once the decorations have faded and the needles are dropping? Look no further than Wood Matters which is offering to recycle your Christmas trees. There will be collection points around the area, times and details to follow. Money raised will be going to the Friends of Pontesbury Library.
In Brief
October Library Lottery winners: Congratulations to Allen Marsden, Jennifer Vane-Stobbs and Denise Evans! If you’re not already a Library Lottery member or even if you are and you wish to buy more numbers – simply fill in the form at the Library or download it from the website
Meeting room: You can now hire the Library space for meetings. Contact Branch Manager, Beverley Link, for further details.
Watch this space! There is an empty plinth in the Library garden to be filled before Christmas. Details and invitations to the ‘plinth’ event in the next newsletter.

‘Christmas comes to Pontesbury’

A number of local buisnesses are holding a
‘Christmas comes to Pontesbury’
open afternoon/evening on
30 November at Connections

Landscape Partnership Work Party Dates

TTT 2017 Oct -Dec work prog A4 FINAL copy

Kindling for Sale

£5/bag delivered within Pontesbury area.
All proceeds to Confide Counselling Service (Regd Charlty 1156743)
Call or text 07854083529 to order.