The following is an attempt to list the regular activities which take place in English Bicknor Parish. For updating or amending in the future, the Parish Council would be grateful if you would contact Pat Drinkall (861025).
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
1st Christchurch Beaver, Cub and Scout Group. Currently Cubs and Beavers meet every Monday at Christchurch Church at 7.00pm and the Akala is Judy Jackson (810288). Scouts are looking for a leader so if you can help in any way, please contact Judy.
A group of enthusiastic bell ringers ring the tower bells for services and special occasions at St. Mary's Church, English Bicknor. Practice is held on Wednesday evenings and the Tower Captain is Jane Denerley (860028), who would welcome any enquiry from either experienced bell ringers or beginners.
Bicknor Bears is a pre-school day care centre for children from 2 - 4 years, term time only. The Centre is open between 7.30am and 6pm (depending on demand) as follows:
7.30am - 9am 9.30am - 3pm 3pm - 6pm
After Nursery/School Club
For further details please phone the School on 860367 and ask for Bicknor Bears, or see the web site: bicknorbears.org.
Brownies, Rainbows and Guides
For several years there was a flourishing Brownie Pack with over 25 Brownies, which met at the Village Hall. Unfortunately both the Brown Owl and Tawny Owl had to retire and no-one came forward to continue the pack. If you are interested in helping set up this activity again, please contact Jeanette McGee (01452 830601). Brownies meet in Coleford and there is a Guide Group at Broadwell. For details ring Jeanette. Currently there is no Rainbow group in the area.
Buses travel through English Bicknor to Coleford and Ross-on-Wye and the timetable is situated by the bus shelter next to Yew Tree Cottage, English Bicknor. There is also a small bus which travels from Symonds Yat Rock at about 9.40am through Hillersland to Coleford twice a week, returning from Coleford at 12.30pm.
St Mary the Virgin, English Bicknor, is a 12th Century Grade 1 Listed building. Services are held weekly at 9.30am on Sundays and alternate between Matins and Holy Communion, using the traditional services from the Book of Common Prayer. Family services are held at 11am at Christchurch, with traditional evening worship and monthly Songs of Praise at 6pm at
Christchurch. A mid-week short Communion service, followed by coffee, is held every Thursday at 11.00am in English Bicknor Village Hall. The vicar, the Rev. Tony Williams, lives at The Vicarage, Christchurch (836751). The Associate Priest, Rev. Helen Rodwell, lives in English Bicknor (860205).
Church Flowers and Churchyard Maintenance
A dedicated group of people ensure that St. Mary's Church looks its best both inside and out. If you would like to give a little time to help, then Gill Carne (860200) organises the Flower Rota and Peter Scott (860253) gets the Churchyard Gang together.
English Bicknor Social Club is a licensed social Club associated with the Village Hall. Membership is £1.50 per year. The Club is open (barman permitting) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and in association with some activities taking place in the Village Hall.
A traditional Village Fete takes place annually on a Saturday in early July. There are usually numerous stalls, raffles, competitions and attractions and the money collected benefits the Church, School and other local clubs and charities. Many people are involved in the organising and running of the fete. If you would like to help in any capacity, please contact the Fete Convenor, Helen Rodwell (860205), otherwise make sure the date is in your diary and come along to enjoy the day.
Records show that 'scratch' football teams played at English Bicknor and Hillersland in the 1920s and 1930s and in 1953 a football team and committee was set up, to be based at the Village Hall Playing Fields. Currently there are two teams who play in different divisions of the North Glos League, so there is a game at the Playing Fields each Saturday during the season. Practice takes place on the Playing Fields on Thursday evenings during summer and at Monmouth floodlit on Wednesday evenings during winter. Males over the age of 16 are eligible to play in the League, so if you are interested, contact Mark Tabberer (860316) or Gary Ginger (860487). Junior under 15s, part of the Herefordshire League, train on Friday evenings on the Playing Fields and games are played on Sundays.
Friends of English Bicknor School
FOEBS is a voluntary organisation run by parents and friends to raise funds for the benefit of all pupils at English Bicknor School. For further information contacts FOEBS via the School (860367).
Friends of St Mary's
This is a charity set up to raise funds for the maintenance of St. Mary's Church, English Bicknor. Members commit to an annual donation of £10 and various fund raising activities are organised during the year. If you would like to join please contact the Chairman, Steve Dartnell (837115).
English Bicknor and District Gardening Club is a group of definitely amateur gardeners who meet on the last Tuesday of each month except August and December. A varied programme of speakers is organised in the Village Hall during Autumn through to Spring and in the Summer members visit local gardens.
The programme secretary is Pat Drinkall (861025) and the Club extends a warm welcome to all.
English Bicknor Local History Group meets bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the month in English Bicknor Village Hall at 7.30pm to research and share knowledge about matters of local history. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Chair, Claire Scales (836191 or email@example.com )
A Lunch Club for the elderly or disabled is run by a team of Lydcare volunteers every other Tuesday for most of the year. The lunches are served in English Bicknor Village Hall where people can enjoy a social gathering, usually followed by a talk. The cost is currently £4.00 and transport, subsidised at £2.00, can be arranged. Chiropody is also available. If you would like to attend or help with serving at the Lunch Club, please ring Lydcare (860143) or Gill Carne (860200).
Lydcare is a charity which aims to help elderly, disabled and vulnerable people in the locality, including our Parish. It runs a Community Transport scheme to provide transport to hospital and doctor appointments etc. It also operates a befriending scheme for the housebound and provides advice on matters such as benefits and advocacy. Volunteers are always needed to act as drivers, helpers at the Lunch Clubs and for the befriending scheme. For information either on the services provided by Lydcare or to volunteer to help in any way, contact the office in Lydbrook (860143).
A Parish Magazine for Christchurch and English Bicknor is produced 10 times per year. The editor is Su Holden (839040) and to receive your copy ring Jeff Carrick (860936). The cost is £3.00 per year.
There are official Parish Council Notice Boards next to Yew Tree Cottage, English Bicknor and near the telephone kiosk in Hillersland. These boards are for Parish Council notices together with any other activities related to the Parish.
Oil Buying Group
An oil buying group encompassing the Parishes of English Bicknor and
Lydbrook was set up in 2008 with a local Company and those participating in the scheme obtain a small discount in heating oil price. For information about joining the scheme, contact Pat Drinkall (861025).
English Bicknor Parish Council is made up of 7 Councillors and meets bimonthly in the Village Hall. The names of current councillors and all agendas are published on the notice boards. Meetings are open to parishioners, who are able to speak at the public forum during the first 10 minutes of each meeting. A Parish Assembly is held annually, when a summary is given of the activities of the Council during the year. Parishioners are invited to this meeting and can raise any matters relating to the Parish.
English Bicknor Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School. Children from 4+ - 11 years are taught in three classes; Reception and Year 1, Transition years 2 and 3, and Seniors Class years 4, 5 and 6. Head Teacher is Mrs Hayley Alliston (860367). Website is: www.englishbicknor.gloucs.sch.uk
A team of 10 skittlers play every Friday in the Forest of Dean Men's League, either at home in the Skittle Alley adjacent to the Club, or away. There is a Ladies' League if 10 interested ladies can be found. The Skittle Alley is available for clubs or groups to use at other times. Mark Tabberer (860316) is the person to contact if you are interested in skittles.
Tea at Three
T@3 is a monthly church outreach event held in the Village Hall on the first Sunday of each month from October to June (excluding January). Everyone is welcome - the current age range is between 5 and 90+ years. No booking is required - just turn up at 3pm. Afternoon tea is followed by home-spun entertainment often provided by the children, and the afternoon ends with a short Thought for the Day and a prayer. This is a free event (though donations are gratefully received).
English Bicknor Village Hall has been extensively refurbished and is well used for all sorts of activities and private functions. For enquiries about booking the Hall, contact Jackie Bradley (860985).
www.englishbicknor.org.uk is the English Bicknor Parish website where information about the Parish and its activities can be found. To add an item, e-mail Peter Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A social evening of whist is held in the Village Hall on the third Monday of the month during the winter. The organiser is Joan Maxfield (836187) and a warm welcome to new participants is assured.
English Bicknor Women's Institute celebrated its 60th birthday in 2007. A varied programme of speakers and visits is enjoyed by its members, who meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in the Village Hall. The Chairman is Ann Dartnell (837115).
We hope you have found this information useful.
English Bicknor Parish Council October 2013