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ORGANISATIONS & CLUBS   (Under Construction)  
The Royal British Legion
The British Legion organization was instituted, in 1921, by Earl Haig of Bemersyde, to assist ex service men and women, after the Great War and was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1925.
The year 2011 was the 90th Anniversary of the RBL and also of our Branch.  We changed from an unsupported unit to a Legion Branch in May 1921, so our villages have been in it right from the start.  Many of the Public still ask us “ what does the Royal British Legion do now”.    

Well ....  click for more
Branch Chairman:   Mike Waterhouse 830251
Poppy Organiser:   Roy Halsall    830499
St.Mary’s Guild
The Guild was formed after the closure of the  local branch of the Mother’s Union. It welcomes ladies of all ages and is entirely ecumenical. Monthly meetings are held in member’s houses, with a speaker, discussion topic, games or just a sociable and relaxed afternoon with tea. Members are involved in many village activities, particularly Wren’s Shop, the Church Fete, the Harvest Supper and charitable fundraising, including the annual coffee morning for “Crisis”. There are currently 24 members, but new members are always welcome.
Contact:   Ruth Gregg  
Moviola.  
Moviola is a rural cinema which screens current feature films in the Village Hall once a month over the winter.  There is a licensed bar, open from 7 pm and the show starts at 7.30. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought from Wren's Shop or on the door.  You can find details of future films in the Village diary.

Organiser: Sara Southerden 830594
Garden Club
The Garden Club needs more members to raise more  money to pay the fees for interesting speakers, who do not come cheap these days. The meetings in the village hall are always pleasant with good company, tea, coffee and homemade biscuits. Do think about joining. We recently had a visit to Simpson's Seeds at Horningsham, on a rather damp afternoon, but were able to take refuge
in a greenhouse. Matt Simpson came to talk to the  Garden Club last year and invited us along to see the  huge amount of work he is involved in. He specialises in  peppers and tomatoes and has many different varieties. His mother is the specialist in flowers and we were able to  buy some unusual perennials. On 17th June we are
having an outing to Corton Denham to visit a garden
owned by the Odgers family. This includes a guided tour.

Afterwards we hope to have tea somewhere before
returning home. Plans for this are still not finalised. De-
 
Garden Club Committee  
(Aug 2013)

Roger Standingford
Richard Lee
Monica Snell
Sonia Egerton
Susan Lucas
Robin Egerton
Janet Lee  (sec)  tel: 830057                     
Please note:
In the interest of accuracy the clubs and organisations below should feel free to alter the descriptions, as they feel appropriate, by using the form on the contact page
Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
This is currently being planned by the police in conjunction with the Parish Council.  Anyone wishing to be involved should make contact with PC Salter at Mere Police Station.
First Responder Network

This is another new initiative.   First responders are volunteers in local communities willing to provide basic care, until an ambulance can get to the scene; often just to give moral support. We do not attend road traffic accidents.

Each responder is given training and support to enable them to provide basic life saving are to patients in the vital few minutes before an ambulance arrives; no previous medical experience is necessary.

It is intended  to have an open rota in the village shop,  so that people can choose the length and time of the shifts they would like to cover.
  Contact:   Jeryl Hills    
East Knoyle Bell Ringers

The six bells  in St Mary’s Church are rung as regularly as possible.  The band of bell ringers, who belong to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers, practice on Monday evenings.  

Anyone interested in joining should contact Roger Standingford
Sport

Roger Hague is working on aspects of sporting life in East Knoyle and further information will be published on this site in due course
The Book Circle

The Book Circle, set up as a result of the Parish Plan, held its first meeting in February 2009 .

We meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening ( trying never to clash with Moviola or the Parish Council) about every six weeks, alternating between The Fox and Hounds and The Seymour Arms; and the books are chosen far enough ahead to give everyone the chance to source and read the title. So far we have stuck to fiction, ranging from Barnaby Rudge to On Chesil Beach via authors as diverse as Virginia Woolf, Khalid Husseini and Ernest Hemingway.

At first we all listened very politely and only gave our views when asked. Now that we know each other a bit better we’re more likely to ‘but…. ’ in when we need to share an insight with everyone else! The group is mixed – age, gender, working or not or part-time – so if you enjoy hearing others’ perspectives on chosen books, contributing your own views and reading a selection of fiction and would like to find out more do please put a note in the 'Poste Restante' in Wren's Shop.
Music Group
There are moves afoot in East Knoyle to form a group for those who have an interest in music, either playing an instrument or otherwise.

Further details, and contact details, can be obtained from Janeen Evans in Wren’s Shop
East Knoyle Railway Modellers

Drawn together by the love of railway modelling, a group of fellows came together to form the EKRM. With the club formally  constituted and a newly acquired a lease on the club premises we are now up and running. We meet fortnightly for club nights and enjoy interesting discussions, sharing skills on railway modelling, and actively working on our ambitious project to build a scale working model in OO gauge of Shillingstone station in Dorset, our lay-out circa 1962. The station fell victim to the Beeching closures in 1966 and was abandoned to become derelict and overgrown. It was acquired by an amazing group of enthusiasts and is now being restored and brought back to life, it is well worth a visit.

The club premises are available at any time for members to meet together and to work on the project.

We are now in a position to welcome model railway enthusiasts from surrounding towns and villages who would like to join the club and be involved in this exciting project. Our interest are varied and include  ‘O’ and ‘N’ gauge and digital control, our range of skills and knowledge (or lack of) are varied . . . but foremost, we set out to we welcoming to all who would like to join us.
Interested ? Give me a call:  Stanley Wilson (01747) 830525  or email  stanleyjwilson@btinternet.com
East Knoyle Choir

Our village choir was formed to provide the opportunity for those who enjoy singing to get together and have fun.  We sing a variety of styles including folk, pop, jazz, world music and songs from the musicals.

Rehearsals take place on Friday evening in the village hall. The doors open at 7pm, and at 7.30 we warm up our voices and sing our hearts out until 8.30.  here are no auditions, no requirement to read music, no joining fee.  We only ask for a £1 donation each week to cover our expenses.  Individually we may not be fabulous singers, but we find plenty to laugh about and together make a joyful sound.

This is an informal choir so you don’t have to commit to being there every week.  You just come when you can.  Everyone of any age is welcome.  We would love to see you.  Come and join us.

Choirmaster  -  Louise Brown          Secretary -  Jan Knight   830 132


RURAL ARTS WILTSHIRE   

You are greeted warmly and handed a menu and a glass of wine. Now what to choose? Not the same thing you had last time. Let's be adventurous. Care to try a sample? Can you guess what everyone else would enjoy? Country fare or something foreign and exotic? That's what faces the selec­tion team choosing the next Rural Arts event in our village hall. Our perk is that at a showcase evening we get the opportunity to meet the actors, dancers, musicians, and to compare notes with other village promoters. The organisers are always helpful and appreciate our particular knowledge of the East Knoyle audience.
If you are a young person, interested in the performing arts, we have a place for you on our team. Help us get the balance right, choosing a programme that has something for everyone, whatever age.
Contact Jan Knight 830132
East Knoyle Entertainers   EEK!

When EEK! was formed in 2010, it was to stage the first pantomime in East Knoyle Village Hall for twenty years.  The enthusiasm of both audience and performers for “Cinderella” has encouraged us to plan a show every year during the gloomy time after Christmas and New Year.

This is a real community enterprise, with members ranging in age from six to over eighty, all enjoying making theatre together.  We rehearse on Mondays.  There is a strong backstage team for those preferring not perform. There are  opportunities for artistic people to share their skills in set building, painting, prop and costume making, music, sound and light engineering, poster, flyers, programme and ticket design.  Extra help is needed on performance days with chaperoning, dressing, make-up, bar duties, stewarding etc.

Free membership is open to everyone living in East Knoyle.   This self-funding organisation makes donations to charities each year.  

For more details of how you can be part of this happy group, please contact :

Alan Knight   -   Chairman        830-132                                                                       
Mary-Jane Pritchard   -   Secretary    830-709
Cindy Moxham   -   Treasurer   830-127