You can view/download the July issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – July 2018
Summer is finally here and the weather is being kind to us. Looking back at June we had a sterling day at the Whiteley Village Races with a record number of runners this year. Many people have said how nice it was to see the village so busy on such a lovely day. My hat goes
off to all the volunteers and staff that supported the day so well, as without them the day would not be the success that it was. It makes me very proud to be part of a team of people that work
so hard for the benefit of our beautiful village and its residents.
Some of us also had the great honour of representing the Trust at two events held at Buckingham Palace for the charities HRH The Prince of Wales is patron of, such as the Whiteley Homes Trust, as part of his 70th birthday celebrations (some photos are featured later in this edition).
In June we also saw the start of the new Café Church which was well attended and a great time for some reflection and friendship with a bit of learning too. This month is set to be a busy one with the ever popular Village Fayre and Flower Festival on the weekend of 21st and 22nd
July. I know just how many months of hard work goes into organising these events and I am sure it will all pay off with something for everyone to enjoy and hopefully some great weather too!
I was delighted to be asked to write this editorial and when the magazine committee approached me they didn’t realise just how timely their request would be – for as you will all know by now, I am moving on. My time at Whiteley has been interesting, challenging and
inspiring but after three years working at Whiteley I have been offered the chance to work on the Isle of Wight for the local authority there. I have always split my time between the village and the island and this is the perfect opportunity for me to move to the island full time. By the time you read this I will be on my summer holiday in Israel but I will be returning on 9th July and will be working until the end of the month, so will hopefully have the opportunity to say goodbye personally to as many of you as possible before I leave. My thanks and very best wishes to each and every one of you.
You can view/download the June issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – June 2018
Events and activities are what make Whiteley Village special and there is plenty of both on offer here at Whiteley. The wet weather of winter and spring delayed the opening of the outdoor activities at Whiteley Village but now they are in full swing – Putting, Bowls and Golf are all available. There are plenty of indoor activities too; if you are interested just contact the club secretaries listed at the back of this magazine.
In June we host the Whiteley Village Races (10th June, 8 am to 12.30 pm). At the time of writing we already have twice as many entrants as we had this time last year. Laura Cole, Volunteer Coordinator, is looking for villagers to help with the bag drop, the car park and for race marshalling. Please get in touch with her if you can help.
It’s not too early to start thinking about the main event of the year, either. The Whiteley Village Fayre (21st July) is a great day out for all the family and major fundraiser for the Village. Money from the Fayre goes towards the Welfare Fund, Huntley House, The Library and the Care
Homes and it is this money that enables the clubs and societies to function. So please give your support to the Village Fayre in whatever way you can, however small. Please tell your friends and family, consider buying raffle tickets (available from your section reps) or perhaps you
can help in some way on the day?
We hope you enjoy this edition of The Villager Magazine.
You can view/download the May issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – May 2018
As always at this time of the year the Village is looking superb, with the trees blossoming cheerfully despite the horrible weather. April was a definite wash-out, but hopefully things will
improve now May is here. The allotments are beginning to show signs of growth, with hopeful gardeners looking forward to putting their biggest and best produce into the Flower Show on the 11th August. Preparations have begun for the Village Fayre on 21st July, and excitement is building. The Library stall is amassing books and jig-saws, so I for one will be replenishing my bookshelves. There will be lots of other opportunities for spending money and having a jolly time!
As so often, I have been reflecting on the good fortune which led us to find Whiteley Village when we were facing an uncertain future in the Lake District. It rains more than we expected, but so far we haven’t been flooded as we might well have been in Hawkshead. I suppose living in a first floor flat helps… Coming as we did from a village which was being killed off by holiday and second homes, to this thriving community has been lovely. Thanks go to William Whiteley
and his heirs!
Rachael Milling – Village Magazine Committee
You can view/download the April issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – April 2018
Well its been a year since I started working at Whiteley and I have witnessed all the changing seasons. I have to say by far my favourite is Spring, the Village looks at its best, with the blossom on the almond and cherry trees, and the bulbs flowering. Walking around the Village in the sunshine really highlights the efforts made both past and present to make this a beautiful place to live and age well.
I have enjoyed my first year working in the Events and Marketing Team. My particular focus has been on co-ordinating content for the Villager Magazine, alongside the Villager Magazine committee, who have been great to work with. Working on the magazine has given me the opportunity to meet with lots of Villagers, hearing their stories and taking photos. One thing I have learnt… is that no one likes their photo being taken, and I am fully with them!
Spring has brought two successful events, firstly the Murder Mystery Evening for MacMillan, what a fun night was had by both Villagers, Staff and Trustees. Next was the Easter Farm Festival which proved to be a great success. Thank you to all those who helped support these events. Moving forward we have more events to look forward to, the first of which is St George’s Night, followed by Whiteley Races & Village Fayre Day. Hope to see you all there.
You can view/download the March issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – March 2018
Some of you may have noticed that I wasn’t around in the Village during January, and I understand there were quite a few “stories” about the reason for my absence. I thought I would therefore take the opportunity to tell you myself that I was taking some planned “time-out” in order to get a different perspective on our strategy for the future. This was something the board thought would be extremely useful and fully supported.
It was a fabulous opportunity for me to revisit the things we have achieved in the last 4 years; to reflect on what we might have done differently, and to look forward. Each day was different and
usually filled with people, places and even poems that I love. But also, some silence and contemplation alongside my ever- companionable cat. Every activity inspired me to look more creatively at this current moment in time for Whiteley and to ask myself some new questions about the future.
What is clear is that the next phase of the Whiteley story is beginning and that this is a big responsibility for all of us. Agreeing a common set of values that will help us live in harmony with neighbours whilst also learning to welcome differences, will be fundamental to how the story of the village unfolds.
P.S – I have a little box of treasures from my time away, if anyone is interested to come and see some of the things I discovered, please let me know and I would be more than happy to chat about them over a cuppa.
In the meantime here are 3 questions you could help me with –
• How does it feel if you don’t have a part to play in this community ?
• What would need to happen for Whiteley Village to be known as a welcoming community ?
• What are the things that bind us together as a community?
You can view/download the February issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – February 2018
February, and here we are with spring not far away.
We do look forward to receiving input for the magazine from the Villagers. Recipes, poems and snippets of interesting information are all welcome. Look out in next months’ magazine for details of a short story competition which the Villager Magazine Committee would like to run. We hear of the such interesting lives many of you and/or your families have led, so we thought it would be good to gather these stories to share with the rest of the village.
Wishing you all a happy February and lots of Valentine cards!
The Villager Magazine Committee
Whiteley Village awarded a Make a Difference Award from Surrey Choices.
Surrey Choices held their Award Ceremony at Denbies Wine Estate on Tuesday 16th January for customers & employers that have gone that extra mile and deserved to be celebrated.
Whiteley Village was nominated and won an award for all our help securing and facilitating last years’ group placements with Brooklands College Students and as a result members of the Facilities & Estates Team proudly accepted this award for Whiteley Village.
From May to July last year students from Brooklands College were offered a block of six weeks work experience at Whiteley Village. Approximately 20 students came to the village for 4 hours each day, 2 days a week to help with gardening activities including helping with planting, edging pathways, cutting back hedges and tidying villager gardens as well as some administration work and village surveys (counting lamp posts and marking bench locations). They were supervised by 2 tutors as well as staff from our estates department including Nik Reynolds, Stuart Cameron and Michael Whitfield.
Click HERE to watch Chandra McGowan, CEO and Stuart Cameron, Head of Estates talk about the benefits of working with Surrey Choices.
If you would like more information or would like to discuss similar opportunities please contact our Volunteering Department on 01931 825487
You can view/download the January issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – January 2018
The Editorial team has been working on the Villager Magazine since early last year. Huge credit goes to Claire and Natalie, who do the technical wizardry which turns scraps of paper, vague suggestions and emailed photographs into the sophisticated publication you receive each month. Without their skill and tact we would be lost.
The Committee meets twice monthly, once to plan and once to proof-read. There are those who might say our proof-reading is not as good as it could be. I have to admit to finding errors after publication, but all I can say is that you should see it before we work on it. The planning meetings are great fun as we toss ideas back and forth. As the New Year goes on the Villager will report on the many wonderful events put on by the Social Committee and the Trust. The photographs of the Village will reflect the changing seasons, beginning with carpets of crocuses and daffodils in Spring, through the superb Summer flowers and shrubs, and on to the stunning Autumn colours. Even in winter there are colourful berries and evergreens to admire.
It is lovely to receive so much support for our efforts from the Village. Do keep sending in the recipes, poems, jokes and one-liners. Comments are always welcome, but more so if they come with positive suggestions rather than negative condemnations.
Wishing everyone a Happy 2018.
The Villager Magazine Committee
You can view/download the December issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – December 2017
Where has this year gone?
We have thoroughly enjoyed the past 10 months working on The Villager Magazine. The Villager committee have been invaluable in helping us to get the magazine just how you want it and so thank you! We value all of your feedback, positive and constructive and so please do continue to pass this on. If you are unsure as to who your committee are, next month they will be writing the editorial and so whilst we are always available please do use your committee too for any feedback or questions. For various reasons we do have a space available to join the committee, if this is of interest then please do not hesitate to contact us. Whilst not essential we do think perhaps a male opinion (so Phil has company!) would be ideal.
This month, Chandra & Martin have chosen the front cover and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff that work so hard throughout the Village. To be accredited by The Investors in People with a Silver Award was a true testament of everyone’s hard work, which I am sure you will agree.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2018!
Claire, Natalie and Phil
You can view/download the November issue of the Villager magazine HERE.
The Villager Magazine – November 2017
Firstly, let me say how sorry I was to hear the news that Pauline Crook had passed away, and my thoughts are with Bill and all of Pauline’s family and friends. As one of the founder members of the new Villager Magazine Committee, Pauline played an integral part in the changes that have been made to the magazine this year and she will be missed by us all.
Looking back at the changes we have made over the last nine months, it is so nice to continue to receive so many favourable comments, but we are always happy to receive any constructive critique that may help to improve your magazine further. With this in mind, we have received a number of concerns recently about the quality of the pictures. This is a problem we have been aware of since the request from Villagers to move from gloss paper to matt paper and has been a difficult balance to strike. However, having spoken with our printers again this month they have introduced us to a new smooth gloss textured finish that we are trying out for the first time in this months’ edition, and we hope that you will notice the difference.
I continue to be very grateful to all the committee members for their time and hard work bringing the magazine together each month, and to all of you for your contributions.
We do try very hard to include all submitted content each month, but with limited space and budget inevitably we cannot include everything we receive, but will do our utmost to ensure that if you miss one month that you will be in the following month. With so much content coming in we often fill the magazine several days before deadline day, so the sooner you can get your articles to us the better.