July 2023: Mangotsfield Residents Association

A fascinating insight into our history

FIRST of all, thank you to all those who attended the Dramway talk at St James Church in May.

Presented by Richard Lunn, it was a fascinating talk on part of our local history; so many places were mentioned that many of us often pass, with no idea of their origin or what they were.

Richard really knows his stuff. A real eye-opener, his talk was so informative about the routes, the tracks and the gauges of them, the tunnels, bridges and stations. We thank him for sharing his vast local knowledge with us.

It was a very successful evening indeed, with some 80 people in attendance, and we are hoping to put on similar events in the future.

And of course thank you to St James for hosting the event and providing refreshments for the evening. Have you noticed the two new planters outside the Scout hall that have recently appeared?

They were built and planted by our own Scout group – great work by them, as usual, to add to the planters placed by the Welcome to Mangotsfield road signs mentioned last month.

Some of the new planters are quite a way from the centre of our village, making it hard for some of our people to get water to, so we’re asking that if you have a planter near you that you help by watering it and perhaps tending it when needed – we would really appreciate it.

The planters are there for all our community to enjoy but a little help would really be appreciated, please.

Our Red Lion/MRA Coffee and Cake morning, usually on the first Wednesday of the month at 10, is getting more and more popular. All are welcome to join us – and the cake is lovely! A friendly atmosphere and good company, so why not pop along?

With summer here at last, let’s all try to keep our village looking the best we can; at the same time let’s not forget that some of our elderly and vulnerable people among us may struggle in the heat, so let’s keep an eye on them.

Also, not forgetting our local wildlife, who may struggle with finding water – and look out for the deer that keep popping up in various locations!

We have more projects planned for the future and we will keep you informed – if you would like to get involved, please get in touch by email at MangotsfieldRA@gmail.com, via the Mangotsfield Matters Facebook page, telephone Chris, our secretary, on 07918 701881 or me on 07507 168700.

Clive Heath, Chair