Yet again the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness approaches so it is time to think about ways of combating the dark days of winter and what better way than starting to plan the next Village Concert! Yes, there are only 18 weeks left to plan ways in which you may be able to contribute.

The date of the concert will be Saturday 21st January, with a rehearsal on Friday 20th January.

Once again we are looking for your inspiration. Just think about how you can delight and surprise the village… maybe as dancers, actors, story tellers, jugglers, magicians, tumblers and musicians of all shapes and disguises….

We are always looking for new ideas, including grouping our more experienced entertainers in different ways, or with new and perhaps not so confident contributors. Please help us to identify new talent, including newcomers to the village who may be just waiting to be asked to join in.

One of our successes has been the contribution of village groups…the Floodgate Wardens, the Station Adopters, the Sailing Club, the Calendar Girls and of course the extraordinary ‘Wheelies’ in 2011. Are you a member of a group which might like to join in the fun and at the same time draw attention to its work? This is a way of persuading many people on to the stage who had never suspected they had such talent! Do you belong to a group that might be persuaded to perform in 2012?

There is so much talent in the village that we find it best if most acts are between three and five minutes. We need to build up a balanced programme and will be glad to discuss the way you may like to contribute and how it will fit in. Once again we do not plan to use amplification but rely on your natural talent!

John Welton