Whixley News - September 2019

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Harvest Supper, Friday October 4th

Come and join us in the Village Hall for a celebration of the Harvest at the annual supper on Friday October 4th.The auction is assembled from generous donations: vegetables, fruit and plants, jams, pickles, chutneys, liqueurs (sloe gin is popular) and baking, both savoury and sweet.   Most produce is home-made, no air miles, and the bidding is fierce for these and the other non-edible donations.

These can be given to Enid 331031 or Barry 331419 beforehand or brought on the night.              

Charity Bridge Afternoon, Thursday 10th October

There are still a few places left at this event which is an important fundraiser for the village hall. The cost is just £10 per head, £40 per table. The date is Thursday 10th October 2019, with play starting at 1:30pm and the price includes afternoon tea. Full details can be found HERE. Contact Ian McNeill (, 01423 339061) for bookings). 

Film Club, Friday 11th October

The next Whixley Film club night will be on Friday October 11th at 8:00pm in the Village Hall when will be showing Lion. This award-winning 2016 film tells the story of a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

You don't have to be a member of the film club to come along and give it a try. It's a social evening with a full bar service, and if you would like to join it's only £20 a year for as many films as you want to see. Click HERE for more information

WI Soup n Sweet Event, 22nd October

From 12 Noon, £6 per person.
An invitation from Whixley WI
Come to the village hall and enjoy a bowl of soup and a delicious sweet.
Everyone welcome.
We need numbers by 18th October please.
Please phone Joan 01423 331392 or Sue 01423 330509 or email

Whixley 5k/10k Run, 27th October

This year’s 5k/10k run will be held on 27th October. Click on the link for a larger view of the details and to download an entry form from the village website. 

Organiser Jill Watkins-Wright is looking for some help with marshalling on the day. Can you help? If so, please meet at village hall 10am Saturday 26th for instructions.

Village Bonfire, 2nd November

The annual village bonfire with spectacular & professional fireworks will be behind the village hall on Saturday 2nd November. It’s said that this is one of the best displays in the district. Everyone’s welcome and it’s free, if you want it to be. The bonfire will be lit at 6.40 with fireworks at 7.00pm prompt. As always it will be a highly professional display.

Food will be available from 6.00pm – before and after the fireworks – as good as always (and cheap) – hot pot, hot dogs, baked potatoes, parkin, toffee apples and loads of other good things. The bar will be open from 6.00pm too.

We raise most of the money for this from a house-to-house collection. We’ll be visiting every house in the village during the 2 weeks before bonfire night – Please give generously. You can also give on the night.

It takes a considerable amount of hard work by many people to make this happen – collecting, building & clearing the fire, preparing and selling the food. It’s fun and very much appreciated by the community. If you’d like to help in any way, please contact Rick on 331477 or Steve and Dee on 330639.

Fitness Programme at the Village Hall

Karen Hayes from BoxFit has an extensive programme of fitness classes at the village hall. See the website post for full details of timings etc. 

Village Lottery 

Since the start of the lottery in October 2018 over £800 has been paid out in prize money to 20 lucky winners. The lottery runs over a 10-month period with a draw held on the last day of each month from October to July. 

All lottery numbers purchased for the 2018/19 period have now lapsed, unless they have been renewed, and the new lottery period is now open. The first draw of the current period will be on October 31st. 

If you would like to join in this year's lottery, visit the lottery webpage for details of how to join. There are 200 numbers available at a cost of £2 per month (£20 for all 10 months payable in advance). Details of available numbers are published on the website HERE and details of winning numbers are published HERE

Diary Date - December 14th, The Heritage Boys

Fancy a night of 60's music performed live on stage by The Heritage Boys? Maybe a bit of a bop? Then this event is for you. Bookings for the event will open in early November and the event is a joint fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Village Hall with proceeds being split between the two. Click the link for more details about the band. 

Diary Date - January 30th - February 1st

Thursday 30th, Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February. 

Rehearsals have now started for another blockbuster performance by Whixley Players. It will be full of fun and laughs, tragedy and romance – and it’s not just for children. Adults of all ages really enjoy Whixley pantos.

Watch this space for more information but please put the dates in your diary.

Tickets will go on sale on December 1st – online and through the box office.

Whixley Play Group

Don't forget that the Whixley Play Group runs during school term-time for babies to pre-school children.  Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 am in the Village Hall. £1 per adult or child and 50p for children 0-6 months. 

Facebook Group

If you are into Facebook then there is a Facebook Group that you can sign up to and use to communicate village issues to other group members. You can read about the group and why it could be useful and important by clicking the link above. Over 140 people have joined the group so far, and it's set up so that existing members can invite new members directly. 
Neighbours Night
On the last Thursday of every month at 7pm there is an informal evening held in the Anchor pub called The Neighbours Night. This is organised each month by Steve Wright ( or call 01423 330639) and if you'd like to come along please email Steve and ask to be placed on his mailing list - and if you plan to come don't forget to let him know as the pub reserve places for the group.

Computer Equipment Recycling

Do you have unused computer equipment that you would like to recycle? Could you help students in sub-saharan Africa gain a digital education?

Please CLICK HERE to download a full description of how you can help.

Regular Groups and Meetings

For information on other regular groups and meetings, visit the website at or click on any of the shortcut links below. 

Cricket ClubSnooker ClubWomen's Walking Group, Bridge ClubHeritage ProjectParish CouncilChurchVillage Hall

Interested in Life-Saving CPR Training at Springbank Surgery? Click HERE for details. The next course is on 24th September. 

Finally, don't forget to email me if you have any village news that you would like to see published on the website, and make sure your friends and family are on the village email list.


Ian McNeill
Whixley Webmaster
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