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The Editors Letter

 

“My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” - Charles Dickens ‘David Copperfield’

Wise words indeed from one of our most beloved authors. Who would have thought that something written nearly 170 years ago would still ring true today. How many of us are guilty of this? Come on, own up! I know I am. Although, as I am creeping towards a milestone birthday, I am doing my very best to not fall prey to it quite as often.

My Grandad George was an avid reader. Classics, thrillers, murder mysteries and many others. The bookshelf he used to have beside his chair now sits in my house. I loved to read as a child and a teenager but then that fell by the wayside in my 20s and it was only upon starting a book club that I fell in love with reading again. My son, who is 11 is an absolute book worm. I can’t deny that he also likes to spend far too much time playing games on his laptop (like many other children his age) but luckily, he’s never lost his love for reading and I hope he never does.

We have a lovely library in our village run by a fab bunch of volunteers. Ok, it’s not as convenient as it once was, I appreciate that. The amount of books they stock may not be quite as much as before, I’ll give you that too. But did you know that whatever they don’t have, you can very easily order to be delivered to the library online? Everything I’ve wanted to order has always been there - from new releases to the classics. If you’ve not picked up a book for a few years (or possibly longer), then why not? Why not today? The web address is https://lincolnshire.spydus.co.uk

Don’t spend a fiver putting something else on your Kindle that you’re maybe never going to read. Pick up something completely different from the library for free. I picked up one book in there last year just because I liked the artwork on the cover and it ended up being a brilliant read. We need to use our library. Take your kids with you! Get them off their iPads and TV for an hour and take them to pick a book. They have a really good selection for children of all ages.

The same can be said of becoming a volunteer. Thinking back to procrastination........if you’ve kept meaning to help out or wanted to pop in and say hello, please do so. They are in need of a few more volunteers to share the load. The library opens on a Tuesday from 10am until 1pm, Thursday from 2pm until 4pm and Saturday 10am until 12pm. My son and I sometimes help out on a Saturday. It’s a really good way to meet people too.

I think I’ve gone on enough about that! Now, the weather. Anyone too hot? The methods we have tried to cool down in our house are numerous but nothing has really hit the spot, other than sticking my head in the freezer for a few seconds. As much as it’s been great to have consistently warm weather, I’d like it to cool down a bit now thank you very much! We have seen some fab events in the village this Summer. The Flower Festival at the Church was superbly organised and it was a joy to see so many wonderful displays. The lunches were delicious and served with a smile! Congratulations to all involved on what I’m sure was a great success.

We also enjoyed another Kirton Village Day at the beginning of July. Organised brilliantly again, by Paula Davies and her committee, the turnout was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Neil and everyone at the New Life Church for their support once again. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Gosh, that was a long one! But lots to talk about. As we hurtle into September my bookworm will be starting Secondary school - which I can’t quite believe! As ever, feel free to email me with any ideas or things you would like to see more of (or less of!) I appreciate all feedback. I’ll just leave you with one more beautiful quote from another beloved Brit.......

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” - J. R. R. Tolkien ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’

Rachael

 

 

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