Exciting news about local business hits the headlines for this issue of Target. It was published as the country was in national lockdown and Target brought some much needed good news, great stories and colour into homes.
Inside there were pictures of the special Christmas Light for 2020 on page 4 as the ‘switch on’ took place in front of a small group of socially distanced supporters who managed a very loud count-down. On the same page was an appeal to make Bourne End SHINE for 2021. The parish council report gave readers an insight into a usual day for the clerk, staff and rangers. Life is never dull they say and they’re right. Good to hear something a little different in place of news about virtual committee meetings.
A little bridge in Wooburn Green is the subject of a story about two movies – one a 1945 classic and the other a 2021 revival. Blithe Spirit is the film in both cases but in 1945 some of the filming took place in Wooburn Green and saw the little bridge make its movie debut. Read all about it on page 13.
On page 14 Bourne End Garden Centre celebrates sixty years of being an essential part of life for local gardeners and allotment holders. You can find out how it all came about, how it grew to today’s size and about how Bryn Evans and his wife Libby were the guiding force behind a Bourne End favourite,
News from the Community Centre, along with an update from the chairman, fills pages 19, 20 and 21. Then on page 23 Bourne End Junior Sports Club features a young swimmer, his sister and then lots of table tennis players. Well worth a read for the enthusiasm they have shown in following their sport. Tales from a B&B will have you smiling as you read another of Jenny Stacey’s reports. While on page 25 there’s smiles galore as you read about special Christmas gift baskets delivered by volunteer drivers from Wye Valley Volunteers. And there’s a Rotary award for the work of SOS group.
Sailors sweep through pages 26 and 27 with news about a youngster who was awarded a boat to progress regular training. Then to old pictures and report from The Times newspaper of 1934 which regularly reported results from the Upper Thames Sailing Club.
A temporary school library home for the WI storybook bench is on page 30. The school said ‘thanks’ with a virtual assembly attracting over 100 Zoom watchers. Readings from the children provided the magic as the ribbon, welcoming the bench to Juniper Hill School Library, was virtually cut by Flackwell Heath author Keith Chatfield.
There’s a Message from Target on page 33 before news of a find at Westfield School on page 34. That prompted the school to make a time capsule and put it in the brickwork of new classrooms under construction. “It’s there for students of the future to find” was the message from 2021 students.
River Life, Past Times, reports from the churches and local groups together combine to make this Target a good read.
Target Magazine is published every 2 months by Bourne End (Bucks) Community Association