The Ash Vale Easter Trail!

We had so much fun with the lost sheep trail at Half Term, we are doing another one for Easter!

Please pop an Easter Egg, Easter Scene, Easter Garden, Easter Wreath or even a knitted Easter Egg in your window or front garden in time for Easter Sunday, and leave it up for 2 weeks, so we can all enjoy finding them during the Easter Holidays. We have our Easter Trail web page ready to go, and will add all your trail locations to our list in time for Easter Day.

Trail link: https://ash-vale.org.uk/easter-trail-4th-18th-april-2021/ Click here to see where to start hunting for Easter windows!

Contact Alex on 07730609446 (text, call or WhatsApp), or send an email to projectmanager@ash-vale.org.uk with your location and a photo to add your display to the trail. We are happy to include everyone in Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green & Tongham, so don’t be shy! We hope you have lots of fun making your Easter displays and hunting for them all during the Easter break.

Alleluia, Jesus is Risen!

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PS: to start the fun, how many Easter Eggs can you find in this Magazine?

Activity Advent

Lorraine Faires shares 24 Ideas to prepare you for Christmas 2020

I am sure everyone is bored of hearing how this year is a little different- so instead I am going to focus on our family traditions which stay the same year on year. Instead of a chocolate calendar we have an activity advent – 24 different activities to prepare for our Christmas celebration. Why not join in with ours or make your own?

1. Start a reverse advent calendar. Items for the food bank are a popular one, or you could write a happy thought down each day and “open” them on Christmas morning.

2. Try a Christmas Zumba workout!

3. Make an Origami ornament- share your best effort on our facebook page!

4. Find out about Christmas in another country- why not adopt a new tradition?

5. Make a decoration (We love using salt dough, but snowman toilet rolls or paper snowflakes are also great)

6. Join the St Nicholas Day Lantern Walk (see What’s On page for details)

7. Have a festive indoor picnic

8. Support a local business- if you aren’t buying this year, try sharing on social media or recommending to a friend!

9. Write a letter- to Father Christmas, a friend or a neighbour (everyone loves getting a hand written letter!) Let them know you are thinking of them, even if you can’t visit

10. Enjoy a mince pie or festive bake (make your own if you can)

11. Today is Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day- join in with your best festive outfit!

12. Make a wreath or garland (upcycle your old decorations)

13. Join in with the Christmas Hamper Zoom service (see opposite  for details)

14. Make and send a Christmas card to someone who would appreciate it

15. Take a day off from the news and read a Christmassy story

16. Indulge in Christmas tunes and sing along as loud as you can!

17. Make and enjoy some Santa Bread

18. Take a walk around Ash Vale to see all the lights

19. Make a nativity scene from recycling material

20. Zoom in to Carols by Candlelight (see What’s On page)

21. Have a festive hot chocolate (We enjoy adding gingerbread men!)

22. Prepare a Christmas Eve Box- you don’t need to buy new- choose your best PJ’s, a nice bedtime story or film and maybe even a game to play. Add a yummy biscuit or two – it is Christmas!

23. Enjoy a Christmas movie

24. Join in with Christingle for the Children’s Society (see What’s On page for details)

Have a really lovely Christmas and enjoy making some special memories and new traditions this year!

Snow on Ash Ranges in the 1980s

During the snowy winter of 1981/82 here in Ash/Ash Vale, along with everywhere else in Southern England, we awoke one day to find there had been a huge snowfall overnight and everyone was totally ‘snowed in’!  There was no way in, or out of Ash & Ash Vale, all roads were impassable until the snowploughs reached us with grit etc.  For that day we were all ‘cut-off’!  Those who did try to drive to work, found the roads where impassable & had to return home.  This was a day I shall never forget!

What a wonderful day of fun and laughter the day turned out to be!  Everyone (young or older, with or without children) made for the ranges!  We all took everything we could find to have fun!  We wore our boots, wellies, thick coats, gloves, mittens, and hats to keep our ears warm.  Sledges, toboggans, tin trays, and even ski’s were the ‘order of the day’! .  There were numerous snowball fights (between children & children, plus adults and adults!), several snow-men (or “snow-people” to be politically correct these days!) were built and children just enjoyed rolling in the snow, especially down the butts (but no damage was done, the snow was so thick)!  Everyone mixed in with the fun, regardless of their age. 

A couple of the menfolk built a fire (in a sheltered snow-hole) and managed to get a decent fire going. They then found sticks/branches, planted them in the snow with a line of string attached to make a ‘drying line’ for drying gloves!

As the kiddies (& adults) gloves became soaked through, they would take them to the fire, take them off and they were ‘pegged’ onto the line to dry out!  In exchange they received another ‘dry’ish pair of gloves, any gloves that fitted!

I am certain no child (or adult) went home that day with their own gloves, but no-one cared! It was a day nobody who was involved in will ever forget and will probably not happen again?  The ‘Community Spirit’ was definitely shown on that day.

By Pat Scott