We’re delighted to say that the ever-popular PopUp Coffee Shop is restarting on Tuesday 6th September, 10.30 – 12.00 in the village hall.
It’s a chance to meet up with friends, old and new, from the village and surrounding area over a cup of freshly brewed coffee and some delicious home baking. Everyone is welcome to come and join us at what we hope will be the first of a number of events now that the threat of the pandemic has receded somewhat.
It’s £3 at the door for as much coffee and cake as you wish to consume!
There will be another PopUp on Tuesday 11th October at 10.30am and this year the Remembrance Service at the war memorial will be on Sunday 13th November just before 11.00, followed by coffee and tea in the hall.
Our pre-Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will return this year on Saturday 10th December, time to be confirmed.
FVA Extraordinary AGM
Due to the pandemic, the FVA has not had an AGM since 2019, and we are giving notice that we will hold an Extraordinary AGM on Saturday 17th September at 5pm in the village hall and to which all members are invited. This meeting is for the express purpose of approving our accounts for the years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 and this will be the sole agenda item. In Spring 2023, we will hold a full AGM for the year 2022-23 and there will be the usual opportunity for discussion on a number of topics.
We are looking for new committee members, and if you, or someone you know, might be interested, please contact the Chair, Sue, on 830493 for further info on what it entails.
More Recycling Opportunities to be Available in Fearnan
Fearnan is once again burnishing its recycling credentials, and very shortly you will be able to recycle the flexible pouches for all brands of coffee beans and ground coffee, and all brands of air, home and laundry packaging, including Lenor (but only Lenor) dryer sheets.
Jenny Penfold is creating space for some more recycling boxes at Clach an Tuirc and we’ll let you know when she’s ready to accept these extra items. In the meantime, start saving your empties!
Jenny is also desperate for more pairs of old tights to support the young trees in their recently planted wood. If you’ve any pairs of tights or pop socks that are past their best, she would be delighted to recycle them in the wood.
Fearnan Book Club
A recent read was The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. It was a slow, leisurely and descriptive read. The main character Monsieur Jean Percy runs a bookshop on a barge but is more like a doctor who will select a book to treat his customers issues.
“Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own?”
We found the characters to be well portrayed, especially Jean’s neighbours in his apartment in Paris where they were humorously described. We empathised with Jean, feeling at times frustrated by his actions and wasted years. Then were pleased he found love, happiness and friendships along the way as he travelled on his book barge through France.
The pace of events echoed the slow pace of the barge and the detailed descriptions of the river trip. It gave some a warm feeling as the traumas of the diverse characters he met along the way were resolved and he cleansed his soul. It felt at times, amusing, mournful, emotional and very French.
We liked the idea that books could heal people or fill the void in their lives. The book described the management of grief and illustrated that the characters had to go through misery to emerge safely at the other side.
A few of the group found it a difficult book to get into and found it didn’t flow well perhaps due to being translated from French. All agreed it became more engaging towards the end. Some felt there were no plot surprises. One of the group wondered if it would have felt different in another writer’s voice.
An interesting read for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.
We followed this by reading a contrasting genre. The Couple at No 9 by Claire Douglas, a Sunday Times crime book of the month.