All posts by G4OSJ

Retired radio fitter, RAF, Airwork and Vodafone. U/T School Caretaker till sacked for attacking youngster. Recently obtained a lathe and mill and spend time learning how to machine mostly metal. No interest in gardening or house work but good at eating. Most of the things I have attempted seem to explode in my hand, I still have all my fingers but only just.

The Output is all Ours

In 2011 Friends of the Earth Rutland offered the Wing Village Hall solar panels for Free.

There was initially some resistance from a few members of the Hall committee because of worries about damage to the roof structure. These were eventually overcome as it became obvious to the members with a longer view that it was an offer too good to be turned down.

Gabrielle Maughan, who at that time was a resident of Wing and an active member of the Parish Council and also Chairman of Friends of the Earth took a lot of trouble to ensure that funding was raised from various sources so that the hall received this magnificent gift that cost  £13,000! Till now the hall has been getting cheap electricity but the bulk of the savings, in the form of the feed in tariff, have been going to pay off the initial costs.


Few people are aware of this generous gesture which I feel is rather sad.

However, this year the £13,000 installation costs has been repaid to Friends of the Earth and Cory, and the Solar Panels will now be giving ALL their feed in tariff, about 45p per kW hour, to the Village Hall funds. This should amount to about £1000 a year and as the original contract was for 25 years the hall funds should be getting a little help from its friends for a few more years yet.

I have thanked Gabrielle on my own account and I believe the village in general would also like Gabrielle to know we are very grateful.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Sunday 25th March 2017 was the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Here are a few photos taken at the event. If you have any please send them along to either Paul or John so we can get them up for all to see.

Mad Hatters 1a

Mary with her Ostrich Egg, fresh from S.Africa showing them how it’s done at the start of the event.

Mad Hatters 2a

A few tentative early birds trying the Maze

Mad Hatters 4a

Getting into their stride now.

Mad Hatters 6a

Helen showing how well Richards Blue Tack works.

Mad Hatters 8a

The umpires trying to make a decision as to whether Chris should start from the beginning or not.

Mad Hatters 12a

Unilaterally, Chris started from half way. Claiming she only wanted a small egg.

Mad Hatters 15a

Demonstrating that it is a serious business this egg and spoon racing.

Mad Hatters 23a

The Tea Party For Real.

Mad Hatters 24a

And what a spread there was!