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Hallow Village Community Group

This thriving community group started ten years ago so that Hallow could enter a competition. Since then its members have organised all kinds of events that help improve life in the village. Joy Fulcher is the group’s secretary and tells us more.

The Group was started 10 years ago, primarily to enter a sponsored Village of the Year competition. We did very well, but didn't quite win.

From that point a committee of about twenty people was formed and each year we have gone from strength to strength, staging village events almost every month since - Christmas parties and summer lunches for the senior citizens; pantomimes and revues. We have also had casino nights, barn dances, family picnics on the playing field with sports for all ages, jumble sales and table top sales.

Christmas is a special time of year with Carols on the Green and a visit by Santa on his illuminated sleigh, when he donates free gifts to the local children. At Halloween we hold a fancy dress and carved pumpkin competition on the Green, sponsored by our local general Store, Ladygo Stores in the centre of the village.

The highlight of each year is our Country Fair, which this year is on the 5th June. This is a free event held on the playing field, in the Parish Hall, the scout hut and the cricket pavilion - all in close proximity. We have dozens of stalls, country displays, vintage tractors, classic cars, maypole and morris dancing, a beer tent selling locally produced cider and ale; pig roast; tug-o'-war competed by surrounding pub and sports teams. All the organisations and the church take part and up to 1,000 people come along.

We also have a thriving History Group (formed as a sub group of the HVCG). They have produced a book on the history of Hallow's Farms and Mills, Past and Present which also includes a CD of recording by elderly farmers and residents. They are constantly researching every aspect of Hallow's amazing history and hold illustrated public talks in the Parish Hall every 3 months.

We raise a lot of money from the events we hold throughout the year and have donated considerable sums to local organisations, including the scouts, the pre-school group, the church and Park Heath residential home for the elderly. Our environment group have regular litter picks and help to keep the riverside pathways clear of Himalayan Balsam.

Hallow Village Community Group has a website – hvcg.org.uk – and an active Facebook page as well. Our history group has its own website: hallowhistory.org.uk

If you’d like to get in touch, you’ll find contact details on the website, or you can call (01905) 641043