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Unfortunately despite my resolution to evolve into a fine upstanding villager, this morning I have noticed that far from being healthy, wealthy and wise, I am barely functioning,
As you may imagine, I am determined to:pinpoint exactly how I got myself into this sorry state,
Last night after supper, the Agent went to bed and I decided to watch the first episode of ‘The Crown’ on Netflix. Be warned! Newly wise after the event, I now know I made not just one but two bad decisions.
Mistake #1. I signed up to Netflix
Mistake #2. I snuggled up on a bean bag with lots of cushions under a rug, making myself thoroughly warm and cosy.
Having enjoyed Episode 1 very much, I thought I’d quickly watch Episode 2:
Episodes 3, 4, 5…
Episodes 7, 8…..
Episodes 9, 10 …
…ZZZ zzzz zzz zz
Yours vowing never to binge watch Netflix again (but knowing I will do so as soon as Series 2 of The Crown comes out),Read More
It has been another busy week here in Castle Coop…
The Awesome Hen is proud to report that Castle Coop was well represented at our local Remembrance Ceremony yesterday. Those there all agree that the sight and sound of the Chinook flying over the War Memorial and the length of the Street to mark the end of the 2 Minute Silence was very moving.
Lady Egality Maran writes: On behalf of the many dearly loved pets in our village, Castle Coop is proud to remember the many animals who have served their countries.
As of April 2016, the Dickin medal, instituted by Maria Dickin to honour any animal displaying conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty whilst serving with British Empire armed forces or civil emergency services.has been awarded 67 times.
In recognition of all animals who have served in times of conflict, Lady Sebright, Lady Lohmann-Brown, Lady Egality Maran and Lady Liberty Hen put poppies on their dogs’ collars.
Photograph: Martha wearing her poppy proudly ( she is not very brave & likes her home comforts & she is very aware that those who are brave & self-sacrificing should be honoured).
A message from Sir Plymouth Rock:
Dear Castle Coopian,I am writing on behalf of our local Member of Parliament, Sir Hans Welsummer, to invite you to a Public Meeting with him on Friday 18th November at 7pm in the Village Hall. Sir Hans was elected last year to represent the Coop Constituency. He will make a short opening address at which he will talk about life in Westminster as an MP and some of the causes he particularly supports but he wishes specifically to listen to villagers about any concerns that you may have locally or indeed nationally.Best wishes,Sir Plym
Brown Owl visited several houses in Castle Coop to canvas support for the Advent Church Clean up. She wishes to tell anyone who was out when she came round, that she will be calling back.
During a spell of bright autumnal sunshine, the Agent and Liberty Hen spent several hours collecting leaves in their garden.
TAH Newsletter is pleased to have been asked by our tireless New Year’s Eve Party Committee to reassure all Castle Coopians that plans for the traditional ceilidh are well underway.
Lady Sebright writes:
A few of us have met to discuss the arrangements already. Our format this year will be very similar to last year but there are slight changes to how jobs will the allocated, the menu & cost per head.
This year we’re suggesting we make a Swaddles Pie for the main course, this is a slightly spicy shepherd’s pie. This will allow us to reduce the cost per head to £6 which is plenty to cover the cost of the hall plus a couple of glasses of prosecco for everyone.
TAH Newsletter is also delighted to report that the Public Meeting in which villagers discussed important issues of the day with Sir Hans Welsummer (MP) & aired their concerns in a lively Q&A session, was extremely well attended. All agreed that it was a most interesting opportunity to meet our constituency representative in Parliament & the evening was a great success. TAH has been asked to thank Sir Plym formally on everyone’s behalf for all the hard work he undertook to arrange the event as it is very much appreciated by us all.
Lost Cat: A lost cat has taken up residence in the Ox and Moose. It is black with a white underside. It is being well looked after but if anyone knows where it lives please let the O&M know.
Trev the Rev delivered the traditional Stir-Up Sunday Sermon from the pulpit in St. Mary’s Church with his usual vim & vigour.
Having taken note of the date, Liberty Hen has been tackling her Christmas pudding
and is keeping her fingers crossed that, although cooking is not a Liberty Hen strong point, the pudding will turn out to be both edible & festive. The Agent was pleased that quite a bit of brandy was added to help it along.
Yours on behalf of our crack Editorial Team here at The Awesome Hen,Read More
The War Memorial in front of the Village Hall in Castle Coop is one year old today.
This morning, at 11.00 a.m, with its new Poppy Wreath and little memorial crosses, our Memorial Stone looked like this:
As the daylight fails, the light comes on:
& our Memorial Stone shines in Remembrance all through the night, every night of the year:
Yours thinking it’s beautiful,
Yours knowing this time, smelling salts won’t be enough…Read More
It’s been another busy week here in Castle Coop…
The Village Hall boiler has given up the ghost. There is no heating for the pilates classes and worse, no hot water for the washing up after our post-pilates coffee & brownies.
Our loyal readers will be delighted to hear that The Graf and Lady Egality Maran lost no time in resolutely stepping up to the mark to resolve the Village Hall boiler crisis. They have been working their heads off co-authoring yet another excellent guide in The Awesome Hen’s popular ‘6 Easy Steps’ Series! We are very proud to preview the abridged edition here in this newsletter for you. All monies raised by the sale of the guide will be donated to the Village Hall New Boiler Fund. As with the previous guides published by the Castle Coop duo, copies with a foreword written & signed by Lord Eftie Nudge, may be ordered in advance from Castle Coop Castle.
Alternatively, unsigned copies may be bought from villagers taking part in Castle Coop’s Open Gardens during the last weekend of July.
Introduction: How many of us muddle along aimlessly through life? In this little guide, we have endeavoured to help you fill your life with purpose. Learn about forethought and planning, sign up for our Life map reading course, . read our guide for goal setting and attainment. Take our 6 easy steps & start checking off those goals!
In the interests of integrity, The Awesome Hen’s latest addition to the ‘6 Easy Steps’ series of guidebooks was of course, thoroughly tested on your behalf before publication.
Trev the Rev, Brown Owl and Liberty Hen all undertook to follow the guide’s instructions meticulously and agreed to report back saying whether or not they’d achieved their goals successfully.
Below are the lists of personal goals which Trev the Rev, Brown Owl and Liberty Hen all drew up in an effort to achieve them by following TAH’s latest ‘6 Easy Steps’ guide. The first reader to match each list to its correct author will win a virtual bottle of fizz. Please send all competition entries to: The Editor, TAH, Castle Coop.
Disclaimer: no Castle Coop villager is allowed to submit more than one entry (see reg. 1034)
Which villager wrote which list?
Following the ‘6 Easy Steps’ guide’s advice as to how to achieve my goals, I ruthlessly culled all the impossible ones & admired the orderly appearance of the two words left on my list in a nice, neat, straight line. Fired by enthusiasm and hope I embraced the idea of hard work, tenacity and grit; in a jiffy I was fearlessly tackling the ‘Assemble all equipment required to perform each task on your list in advance’ step. . Hurrah!
First piece of essential equipment: An exciting Met Office report.
Second piece of essential equipment: An essential recipe.
I had to ask The Agent to go rooting about in the attic for the deck chair (third piece of essential equipment). Unfortunately several encounters with cobwebs made him rather grumpy for a short while but harmonious relations were re-established quickly.
Result: Success! A win for The Graf and Lady Egality! I am delighted to attest that having meticulously taken the advice set out in their really excellent new guide, I am now able to be happy in the sunshine. Yay!
Why not try their methods out for yourself & transform your life in 6 easy steps?
Yours on behalf of our crack Editorial Team here at The Awesome Hen,Read More