Fairford community news by Chris Roberts

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THE next meeting of Fairford Firecrackers WI will be on Wednesday, January 9 at 12 noon in the New Inn, Lechlade for a New Year Lunch (members only please). For more information, please contact Carol Doherty on 01285 711473.

A SIX-WEEK Ballet Workout course giving a whole body workout: Lengthen; Strengthen; Improve core; Improve balance; Increase flexibility. Starting on Wednesday, January 9 till Wednesday February 13 at 8pm. Only £32.50 for the whole six-week course. To book, contact Lizzie on 07803 011349 or email lizgarthwaite@gmail.com.

FREE antenatal meet ups on Saturday, January 12 from 10am-12 noon at Fairford Community Centre. Everyone welcome including grandparents and health professionals. Have a cuppa and some cake and meet some new friends. Find out more from positivebirthmovement.org.

MESSY Church will take place at 4pm-6pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month in St Mary’s Church, Fairford. The next meeting is on Sunday, January 13. Crafts, games, worship followed by a cooked meal for families in Fairford Community Centre.

No need to book, but it would help to know numbers and any dietary requirements for catering. Contact Sarah on 01285 712074 or email stmaryslmt@gmail.com.

U3A Five Rhythms Dance is every 3rd Wednesday at 10am in the Palmer Hall, Fairford. The next session is on Wednesday, January 16.

THE Fairford Branch of the Royal British Legion’s next meeting is on Wednesday, January 16 at 7.30pm at The Bull Hotel. New members are always welcome. For information, contact Evelyn Webb-Carter on 01285 713315 or evelynwc@hotmail.com.

THE Filling Station is an informal way of expressing the Christian faith. Come and hear people talking about how God is real to them. Worship, refreshments, interesting talks and prayer on the 3rd Wednesday of every month between 7.45pm-9.30pm at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. The next meeting is on Wednesday, January 16. For more information, visit thefillingstation.org.uk

or, if you need transport, contact Joanne Roberts on 01285 711386.

FAIRFORD U3A Scottish Reels meet evenings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month during the winter between 8pm-10pm at Poulton Village Hall. A friendly informal group who dance to enjoy themselves. Any standards welcome including beginners.

£3 per person on the night. No advance booking necessary. The next meeting is on Wednesday January 16. For details, please call Richard or Carol Thompson on 01285 712123 or Richard@RichardAndCarol.net.

LIBRARY Club is on the 3rd Thursday of each month between 11am-12 noon. If you would like to borrow some books and have a cuppa and a chat, but can’t get to Fairford Library, transport with disabled facilities is provided.

There will also be a representative from People For You attending regularly. The next meeting is on Thursday, January 17. For details, contact 01285 712599 or gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries.

FREE Volunteer Befriending Service co-ordinated by Sue Black for the older people of Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding villages at the Library Club on the 3rd Thursday of each month between 11am-12 noon. Please come along on Thursday, January 17 or call 01285 712599 for more details.

There will be only two get-together sessions with Fairford Art Society in January. The first will be on Thursday January 17 and the second on Thursday, January 24 both at 1.30pm in Fairford Community Centre. Visitors welcome £3. For more information, contact Sallie Seymour on 01367 850385.

COTSWOLD Oil Engine & Preservation Society meets at 7.45pm for 8pm at Quenington Village Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month (except June, July & August when we attend events where we show our restored machinery).

The next meeting is on Thursday, January 17. Contact Doug Newton on 01285 713688 or visit


FAIRFORD & Lechlade under 13 (Saxon) football team are desperate for more players. The team has just enough players at the moment, but no subs.

Without extra boys or girls to make the football team viable, it could well shut down. The team has been together now for around 6 years and the current players consisting of 8 boys and 1 girl will be totally gutted if the team has to disband.

Training is on Saturday mornings from 10.30am-12 noon at Horcott Football Fields (sometimes on a Thursday at Fairford Sports Centre) and matches are on Sunday mornings at both Horcott and away. If you have a child (boy or girl) in Year 8 who enjoys football and would like to be a part of a team, then please get in touch with Sarah Landa-Font on 07929 024133 or Marie Thompson on 07896 177916 or manager Toby Haycock on 07905 596368.