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Used stamp collection in aid of PMRGCAUK 
 Thank you so very much to all the Selsley and Amberley residents who contributed their used stamps to the collection undertaken by the Bell.  The result was a small mountain of stamps, which weighed just over 2.27kg - One kind person had even contributed an album.
 
Selsley residents John and Ros spent time trimming them down, partly to save on postage (!) but also because it's preferred to have about 1cm of envelope around the stamp.  The mountain was reduced a bit but the parcel was still almost 2kg in weight 
 
The charity PMRGCAUK is a relatively small charity with only two part-time staff.  Despite its small size it provides support to people with Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis - two illnesses many people have never heard of.  Certainly for some people finding they have the illness is the first time they will have heard of it.  The support from the charity is invaluable, through information, access to a health forum and local support groups.  Every donation helps with their work so your collection of stamps is valued and appreciated.  

If you'd like to read more about PMRGCAUK, their website is at https://pmrgca.org.uk/ .  An interesting article from Dorothy Byrne, former head of Channel 4 News who has suffered from PMR and who is now one of the charity's Trustees can be found at https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1246075/TV-boss-bed-thought-overdone-In-fact-crippling-disease-blind-you.html .
 
It would be just great if we can continue to save stamps. The Bell will continue to be a collection point and while lock down remains there is a metal bin outside the front of the pub where you can deposit them. Please encourage friends, families, school mates and work colleagues to get involved.  

Card and tree recycling
Despite the lock down, Sarah and Mark were able to deliver a full carboot of greetings cards to Cobalt in Cheltenham.
Last but not least, many thanks to Simon Gardiner for his time and muscle in recycling xmas trees. Huge thanks to the generous residents who recycled and helped raise £65 for the community. For those that asked “YES” we  intend to make this a regular event. 

 
The Bell remains closed and we look forward to a time where we can meet drink and be merry in our local pub. Villager Fish and chips will resume Thursday 28th and will run fortnightly thereafter. All produce is delivered & freshly prepared on the day so pre-ordering is necessary. Simply email the Bell directly at info@thebellinnselsley.com 
There is also a valentines three course take away menu and for those that like Gin, they are able to make and deliver bespoke in hampers including local gins and glasses. Prices start from £20

 
The Bell Valentines Menu
As the uncertainty of the pandemic continues, Selsley cider and Sausage festival will not be going ahead for a second year. However, on this snowy day it feels appropriate to give advance warning that Santas reindeers will be coming to Selsley  for Christmas 2021. You have plenty of warning so book the date Sunday 19th December. More details to follow but essentially there will be food, drink, reindeers and hopefully if we are all really good for the year… Santa will turn up!
Whilst on the topic of Christmas, Colin the village councilor for KSPC wishes  to thank everyone everyone who added wishes/decorations etc to the Christmas tree. Hopefully this is something we can repeat in celebration of better times. 
Many of you will follow 'Love the Stanleys' on Face Book and we are considering whether to set up a similar group for Selsley.  It would essentially be an information sharing site, where things could be posted and shared immediately, as well as promoting the village….. Are you willing to help set it up and be part of a team of modearators? With a specific team it is hoped that it would not be too arduous for any one individual. If so please drop an email to selsleycommunitygroup@gmail.com

One event that could quickly and efficiently be promoted via such a medium would be a Village quiz. The committee are already planning a virtual zoom quiz and are yet to confirm a date. The general consensus being that it would be nice to try and connect with each other in a bit of friendly quizzing with a prize for the winning team. Thoughts welcome. 
 
Kings Stanley & Selsley Trust has donated £3950 to the Primary Schools in King's Stanley and Leonard Stanley to support children to access school lessons where they don't have access to IT equipment in their homes. The King's Stanley & Selsley Trust is also accepting applications and the trust offers help to people who live within the parish boundaries of St George’s, King’s Stanley, or All Saints’, Selsley, who are suffering financial difficulty. All applications are confidential. The trustees consider grant applications anonymously; only our clerk will know the identity of the applicant. You may ask for help to make your application. Applicants must be aged 18 or over; applications for those under 18 should be made by a parent, carer, guardian, or a local charity.

Examples of grants that will be considered:
● Clothing and footwear
● Furniture
● Funeral expenses
● Helping you start work
● Mobility aids
● Respite care
This is not an exclusive list – we know that people can face financial difficulties for many different reasons. Grants will generally be made on a one-off basis so are not likely to be ongoing.

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