A Wonderful Christmas Event

Saturday the 15th December dawned and the events team were concerned, the volunteers were dwindling due to ill health or other commitments. Still, the event must go ahead so we convened at the school to start setting up for the craft activities and refreshments.

Thanks to the volunteers who were there we had an event set up in the two halls of SMSG school and were ready with plenty of time to spare. Thanks to the school kitchen staff member who set up the trolley and cooked our hot dogs, we could feed anybody who turned up.

Roy and Paul prepare to keep our guests fed and watered with free refreshments.

We set up our raffle prizes table and had one of our lovely volunteers hand out free raffle tickets to people as they arrived.

We had a few craft stalls where children could make Christmas cards, paper plate baubles, and pipe cleaner candy canes. The children also had a treasure hunt to find the letters to spell out “Santa Claus” and win a go on the lucky dip and some chocolate coins.

Craft tables were popular for children to make festive things.

We had a very good turnout, with an estimate of over 50 children and their parents or carers attending (we handed out 56 children’s gifts of a book or selection box of sweets as they left). Feedback was excellent and all said the children enjoyed it.

One of the great Christmas cards made by the children at the event

All too soon the event came to an end as the raffle was drawn and people headed home. Once again our volunteers stepped up and cleaned up the halls and put the school back in order ready for lessons on Monday.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a huge success, and to all the families who turned up and made it all worth the effort. A huge thank you to SMSG school for allowing us to use their halls, and to those who donated raffle prizes etc.

Finally, the Galley Hill Residents Association committee would like to say thank you for your support this year and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Some useful links for our elderly neighbours.

Here are some links to the Age UK website and some fact sheets and information.



 The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com).
As you may be aware, mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused  from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. Our organization works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.
Take a look at some of the information we have at asbestos.com/mesothelioma/

Please spread the links to help your neighbours.

9Th December 2018 Litter Pick.

At 10:45 am members of GHRA, residents from Galley Hill and the volunteers from Stony Stratford Community Church met outside St. Mary St. Giles School to start our bi-monthly litter pick. We each went off in teams or pairs and set about picking up the litter. The whole thing is scheduled as just an hour out of everybody’s time and makes a difference around our area.

This was our pile of sacks after an hour’s litter pick on Galley Hill
The volunteers from Stony Stratford Community Church who regularly help out and supply litter pickers.

The Stony Stratford Community Church do a lot around the local area, and have several events planned over the Christmas period. Here is a list of their planned events.

The list of events organised by the SSCC

A big thank you to all who turned up to help with the litter pick today. 

Hope to see some of you at our GHRA events too – the GHRA Committee

Community events in Galley Hill – update

Looking back over the past few weeks, we have been busy here in Galley Hill and we haven’t had much time to update you all. Hopefully this will help make amends as we report on the events which have been and will be keeping us all busy.

We will start with the recent visit to the GHRA meeting by Stony in Bloom’s Judy Deveson. Judy told us about the history and work of the Stony In Bloom team, in Stony Stratford and the surrounding areas including Galley Hill. You may not know their work, but you will most likely have admired the beautiful flower beds they take responsibility for in our area including the one by the Caterpillar park and the lovely displays at the entrances to Galley Hill which burst forth in red roses every year.
Stony In Bloom are currently looking for volunteers to help them keep the flower beds looking splendid all year round, so if you are interested in helping out then you can contact them via Judy 

Phones:   01908 562876 or 07985671379
Please consider helping out the SIB team if you can spare a little time.
On a related note several Galley Hill and Fullers Slade residents were out and about on a Sunday morning helping to start a nature reserve on the area between Galley Hill and Fullers Slade. We had the treasurer of the GHRA (and local councillor), Roy Adams, up in the trees putting up bat boxes and bird houses.
Helpers assemble to start the Galley Hill and Fullers Slade nature reserve
The hedgehog boxes have been hidden along fences and have a sheet of paper and some harmless ink inside to capture the footprints of the hedgehogs passing through.
Thanks to all the people from Fullers Slade and Galley Hill who turned up to help.
As we roll into December (the first of December already as I write this) our thoughts turn to Christmas, and the GHRA have a total of three Christmas themed events planned.
Firstly, on the 11th of December we are going to be carol singing around the courts of Galley Hill. If you would like to get involved then the singers will be meeting at the SMSG School in Galley Hill from 6pm. Rumours of mince pies and hot drinks afterwards are being confirmed by our events team as true.
On the 15th December the GHRA events team are organising a Christmas event at SMSG school. This will start at 12:00 and finish at 15:00, we will have craft activities for children, a SANTA hunt, free entry into a raffle and a free gift for each child who attends. The whole event is free thanks to GHRA funding gained from the various Councils. It would be great to see you at this event which is open to all of our neighbouring estates too!
 It has also been decided that the final GHRA meeting of the year, on the 20th December, is going to be a less formal affair and will be more like a coffee evening. There will be hot drinks, biscuits and Mince pies, a chance to meet and greet others from the neighbourhood for a chat.
As if all that wasn’t enough, we also have our bi-monthly  GHRA Litter pick 9th December 10:45. Volunteers welcome, litter picking equipment and extra volunteers are kindly provided by the Stony Stratford Community Church.
Hope to see you all at the events listed above, and volunteering to help in the Stony In Bloom efforts and the litter pick.

The Galley Hill Residents Association Committee