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The Summer will soon be here bringing with it the cricket season. Forest Green Cricket Club have games arranged for all the Sundays between the beginning of May and the end of September, except 7th July, Village Day. Following the governments change to an organ donation opt out system FGCC have adopted the same approach. If you live in the village but wish to opt OUT of being selected for the team please let Malcolm know (01306 621225). ONLY KIDDING(!) but we do need more players so if you fancy a friendly game give Malcolm a call.

The club is holding its Annual Dinner in the Village Hall on Saturday 18th May kindly catered by Di and Katherine. Tickets are £10 and anyone is welcome to come along in support of the club.
In addition, inspired by the fantastic success of the Cafe on the Green, the cricket club will be opening ‘The Bar on the Green’ on Friday evenings throughout the season. Villagers will be welcomed to the Pavilion for a drink at club prices while their children can play on the outfield.

11th Mar 2019

100 Club

The numbers have increased since we started (also increasing the prize fund of course!) If you are still not a member it’s not too late, contact:
Lee Buckland 621038
lee.buckland@tiscali.co.uk

The next draw is on the 12th May at the Cafe on the Green.

The cost for the rest of the year is just £20 (£2 per month for 10 months).

11th Mar 2019

Village Hall News

 

At the AGM in January the following people were elected:
Chairman - Lucy Baker
Treasurer - Tim May
Secretary - Gaye Collis
Committee members - Jim Barclay, Lee
Buckland, Malcolm Clayton
The Chairman reported on a very successful Quiz evening with thanks to Graeme East and family who ran it and to Katherine Clayton for the catering. The next event will be a Beetle Drive on 6th April.
The car parking area and road repairs have been carried out and look very neat.
It will look even better when the grass starts to grow in the spring. So far six windows have been replaced, only two more and new doors to be done later this year.
At Easter we will be reinstating the fence and gate on The Parrot side of the Hall so there will be a safe area for children to play

11th Mar 2019

Mole Valley Computer classes 2019

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. 

 

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include:  browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using a Laptop/iPad/Tablet/Mobile Phone, setting up and using your own email or Skype accounts and how to shop on the internet.

 

Those who already own a Laptop or an iPad/Tablet/Mobile Phone are encouraged to learn on their own device. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you! 

 

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 01306 899104 / 07442 017169 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

 

Registered Charity No 1111678

5th Feb 2019

The new Parrot is open

The Parrot reopened last week after an extensive refurbishment by Brunning and Price. Duncan Moore and his wife Nikki are now at the helm and are enjoying welcoming the community of Forest Green and beyond.

‘’It has been wonderful to see people’s reactions as they come through the door. We have received lots of ‘’wows’’ and a huge wealth of positive feedback about the changes we have made. All are pleased that we have kept and enhanced the original features and the general lay out of the building, it’s nice to have the smaller rooms rather than a huge expanse of space. Everyone seems very pleased with the larger bar as there is more room to stock more delights, especially local ales; Shere Drop is flying out, as is the Harveys Mild.

We have also been visited by customers who have never been to Forest Green before, so a lovely mix of old and new, popping in for a drink afterwork or a more leisurely occasion with friends and family.

Daniel’s opening menu is proving to be very popular, obviously at the moment we have some festive dishes in amongst the more exotic and it’s these that have started off as the most popular, telling us that our customers are very much in the festive spirit. The ‘Game suet pudding with creamy mash and buttered greens’ is also proving to be a firm favourite, reflective of the chilly weather outside and the desire to snuggle with comfort food next to one of our roaring fires.

We hope to meet some more of our neighbours when we welcome the Ewhurst Parish Church singers at 6pm on Sunday 23rd December to sing carols around the tree, accompanied by a spot of mulled wine and some mince pies. We are also holding our first ‘pub walk’ at 10am on Saturday 29th December, raising money and awareness along the way for our local dogs charity, Holbrook animal rescue. The walk is a circular two miles long, aiming to be back at the pub in time for lunch, having had a good chat along the way, getting to know more people in our new home’’.

For more information about the pub, please visit our website www.theparrotpub.co.uk or follow us on Facebook @parrotpub.

17th Dec 2018

Introducing Duncan, new Landlord of the Parrot, Forest Green.

The Parrot recently shut its doors to enable Brunning and Price to take over and sensitively refurbish the pub, marrying up the old with the new before it reopens on the 11th December, just in time to welcome everyone for their Christmas festivities.  

Duncan Moore will be at the helm when it reopens, along with his wife Nikki and their beloved cocker spaniel Bo. Duncan originally hails from Hull but moved south many moons ago in order to flourish in his career as a manager of all sorts of hospitality venues, from sports bars to late night venues. After 8 years managing the Crooked Billet for Young’s he is thrilled to be settling down in Forest Green. When not behind the bar, Duncan has a passion for Rugby League (as do all true Yorkshireman we are told), but his love of beer and red wine soon bring him back to where he truly belongs. Once the dust settles, both he and Nikki are keen to move in as soon as possible in order to start meeting their neighbours and make the most of the beautiful local walks that they can enjoy with Bo.

Duncan says ‘’Opening so close to Christmas will be brilliant as it means we will get to meet so many of the local community who we hope will join us in order to celebrate with their family and friends. We have already taken lots of bookings for Christmas Day, but there’s always space for more, and we are excited to be celebrating the start of a new year in our new home at the pub.

Once the tinsel is all packed away we can start to think about 2019 within the pub. We are keen to invite along some local breweries, which we seem lucky to have a wealth of, to showcase their beers in ‘meet the Brewer’ nights and perhaps one day we might be able to run a small beer festival.

Being foodies, our menu which can be seen on our website, is something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world and of course at this time of year, some festive favourites.  

We think simple things done well are often the best and we want to create a friendly atmosphere in attractive surroundings where locals, regulars and new customers can meet, eat, drink and relax. That for us, is what being a good pub in the heart of its community is all about.’’

 

At present The Parrot are building their team and have opportunities for friendly people both front and back of house who would like to join them, so if you’re looking for just a few hours or even a full-time career, they would love to hear from you. All vacancies can be seen on the website www.theparrotpub.co.uk and if there is something that suits please send an email to domonic@brunningandprice.co.uk with a CV (if you have one) letting him know what position you’re interested in.

16th Nov 2018

Village Hall Parking improvements

The Village Hall is funding some improvements to the parking this month - basically installing a plastic grasscrete grid along the verge where people currently park, with the intention of improving what is currently a very rough and ready arrangement. At the same time, Abinger Parish Council has agreed to fund some repair work to the access road involving tarmac infilling of the worst bits.

From Monday 8th October while this work is being carried out, can all hall users please park in the Parrot’s front car park until work is finished.  Thank you for your co-operation.

1st Oct 2018

No no he's not dead, he's restin'! Parrot gets re-fit.

The Parrot recently shut its doors to enable work to begin, sensitively marrying up the old with the new before it reopens in early in December, in time for Christmas festivities.

 

Mary Willcock, Manager Director for Brunning and Price said ‘’We are aware that wrinkles add character to a face, so rest assured the pub will retain its character while enjoying some well-earned TLC. You’ll still find us traditional in style, with open fires, wooden floors, bookcases, decent old furniture and lots of rugs and plants.
Being foodies, our menu which can be seen on our website, is something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world. It changes regularly and reflects the seasons but there’s always a mix of traditional British dishes alongside something a little different.

We think simple things done well are often the best and we want to create a friendly atmosphere in attractive surroundings where locals, regulars and new customers can meet, eat, drink and relax. That for us, is what being a good pub in the heart of its community is all about.’’

The Parrot will join the Brunning and Price family of pubs. If you haven’t heard of them, it’s probably because all of their pubs are very much individuals, but if you would like to find out more, please visit www.brunningandprice.co.uk
You may know of these local pubs that also sit within the family; the Fox Revived, Norwood Hill, the Pheasant at Buckland or Gomshall Mill, Guildford.

To keep up with the refurbishment visit The Parrot website
Or 'like' the new Facebook page: parrotinnforestgreen

 

1st Oct 2018

Age Concern Mole Valley Computer Courses

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead. 

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include:  browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well.

Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you! 

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

 Find out more

Registered Charity No 1111678

20th Apr 2018

FG Cricket Club World Tour!

 

Last season, for the first time in over 30 years Forest Green Cricket Club went on tour! As it had been such a long time, they decided not to do things by halves so they went to Corfu. Two games were arranged for the end of September, one of them to be played on the famous ground amongst the cafes of Corfu Town, the other to be played on the Marina ground nearby.
On the first day, much to the team’s dismay, they were met at the ground by the sight of the opposition limbering up in a most professional manner. When they asked the name of the team they were told it was the Greek National side! As Greece were taking part in an international tournament the following week they needed to practice. Unfortunately Forest Green were no match for them.
The following day the match was against a team called Achilles in Corfu Town and Forest Green became only the third Corfu Tours team to win there! The other two teams to have that distinction were The Lords Taverners and the MCC!

If you would like to play cricket for your village this season contact Malcolm - redcapclayton@btinternet.com

6th Feb 2018

MVDC call for greenfield sites

 

Mole Valley District Council, in its efforts to meet local housing need, has decided that modest additions to rural villages is one of the preferred options it wants to explore further.
To investigate how it might be included in the Local Plan – called Future Mole Valley in which the general public will have the opportunity for consultation in late summer/early autumn 2018 – MVDC is looking to meet with parish councils and local residents associations early in the New Year.
At the same time a consultation will run from now until 5th February 2018 seeking landowners who may wish to promote land for inclusion in Future Mole Valley. The consultation is also open to non-landowners (Including parish councils and village associations) to suggest land that could be developed for the benefit of their village.
Under the banner ‘Greenfield Call-for-Sites', MVDC is issuing this call to landowners: “If you own or have an interest in a site which you would like the Council to consider for future development please visit the futuremolevalley.org website for further information. The Council is also seeking community engagement on the potential for modest extensions to rural villages as a means of supporting vibrant and successful rural communities. Officers from the Planning Policy department will be attending Parish Council meetings in early 2018.”

The meeting for the Abinger Parish will be held at The Evelyn Hall, Abinger Common, on Monday 19th February at 8pm. It is an open meeting and the public are encouraged to attend.
Please contact the Clerk in advance if you are intending to come.

6th Feb 2018