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29 June 2016

News  From Finchfield & Castlecroft

The Windmill Community Church (WCC) have advised us that their extensive feasibility study is now nearing completion, and they hope to make a clear announcement on progress in the near future.The building has major technical and structural issues, but their architect has now provided conclusions for the remedial work.WCC still hope to acquire the building, subject to planning consent, drainage easements and funding support.WCC leaders have a meeting in London with the owners on 13th.July, and should be able to make a further announcement after this meeting.

Our “Smart Device Yoga” , a weekly drop in meeting held at Bantock House, was re-started on the 22ndJune, after a 6 month break, to enable the FCCA committee to get Lottery Funding, to finance the room hire etc. Bring your Computer, Laptop, Smart phone, etc., and your problem, and our group of computer agony aunts will help you overcome your frustration. The sessions are every week, alternating morning and afternoon. The dates for July are :- 6th.& 20th, 10.00 – 12.00 am and 13th.& 27th 2.00 – 4.00 pm.

We have a few tickets left for The Folksey Theatre open air production of “As You Like It” to be held at Wightwick Manor gardens on 11th.& 12th. August. These tickets are £5.00 ea. (Usual price £13.50) If you would like to reserve your ticket, email your details to fandc.ca@gmail.com  Our allocation of special rate tickets for the children’s play “Smartest Giant in Town” have now sold out, tickets at the full price are still available.

FCCA have commissioned two open air plays, set in the gardens at Bantock House the first “The Fate of The Green, is a modern version of Chekov’s Cherry Orchard, and concerns our loss of green spaces to development, will be on the 16th.July at 7.30. The second play is “Rivers Up” by Alex Jones and is a new production of the epic romance of Tom and Sally Millington, and tackles the serious subject of climate change, and will be on the 23rd. July, again starting at 7.30. Tickets for both plays are £8.00 ea. Bring your deckchair or blanket and picnic and join us for a nights entertainment. There will be a licenced bar at both performances. To book a ticket, email your details to fandc.ca@gmail.com or collect from Bantock House Museum Office.

Every weekend from the end of July and through August, we will be organising Puppet and Marionette performances at Bantock Park, these will include the traditional Punch and Judy, and there will be workshops where children will be taught how to make their own puppet. Entry is free to all these events.

Our 3rd annual canal cruise took place in June. This year we cruised to The Fox & Anchor at Coven, where we had arranged a private dining area. Complimentary bubbly was served on the outward journey, and coffee and mints on the return. An enjoyable evening was had by one and all.

Our friends at Windmill Community Church organised a “Family Fun Day” on the Green by Smestow School on the 18th. June. The weather managed to be kind to us and everyone had a good time. The fire engine, whose crew were explaining how it worked when it was re-called for duty to deal with a hay stack fire at Wombourn. The children were then treated to a fast response departure ! Feedback has been very positive, and we hope to build on this experience and do a repeat next year (the fun day – not the hay fire!)

FCCA have been in talks with Wolverhampton City Council re. their proposals for development of the former Wolverhampton Environment Centre (WEC) and a Public Engagement Meeting took place at the end of June, local residents were notified by letter. Unfortunately the meeting took place after the closing date for this magazine. A report of the proceedings will be produced, if you would like a copy, email fandc.ca@gmail.com  for your copy.

The next public meeting of FCCA will be on the 6th September at 6.30pm., to be held at Smestow School All are welcome


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