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Alzheimer’s Society is a charity (Registration No. 296645)and a company registered in England and Wales(Registration No. 2115499).

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Wing Walking on behalf of Sight Concern Worcestershire

Three adventurous people are planning to wing walk for the Worcestershire based charity, Sight Concern, on Sunday 18th June at Chiltern Aerodrome, Oxfordshire.  The three people concerned are Mark Abel, sportsman and long term supporter who is also doing this in memory of his beloved son, Sam, who died earlier this year, Jenny Gage, Chief Officer and Shirley Sheridan, fearless volunteer and Trustee.  Mark and Jenny both live in Warndon, Worcester and Shirley is from Upton on Severn.

Talking about the challenge Mark Abel said, “Six years ago I suddenly lost my sight overnight in 3 hours and despaired over my future. Sight Concern is a local charity which supports blind and partially sighted people to lead independent and fulfilling lives. They gave me my confidence back by giving me specialist training in how to do so many things from every day essentials from choosing clothes, making a cup of tea, using a mobile phone, getting from A to B and to using a computer again with specialist software and magnification enabling me to return back to work with the NHS. My sports capability was totally dented when I lost my sight but slowly and gradually Sight Concern along with my son Sam, helped me to take the brave steps required to return back to sport and try new activities.  I now tandem cycle, play golf, have represented the UK swimming at the 2016 Invictus Games, and Alpine ski race”.

Mark continued, “ I will be Wingwalking at Chiltern Park Aerodrome on Sunday 18th June 2017 (Father’s Day).This will be the most terrifying challenge to date as I take to the skies strapped to the wings of a bi-plane. I will experience steep climbs and low level fly-pasts and who knows what else?  The chief pilot, Mike Dentith, has over 5000 flying hours and performed at over 2000 Air displays over a period of 30 years and is amongst the most experienced WingWalking pilots in the world. So hopefully I will be in safe hands. Spectators are welcome to come and watch me smile and wave as I take on this monumentous event for charity”.

Talking about his son Sam, Mark said, “It’s very significant that 18th June is Father’s Day.  It will definitely be a day to remember and honour the memory of a dearly missed and loved son, my wee boy Sam. Without Sam I have to battle harder to do these things without his guidance.  He taught himself to be my eyes in all we did together and was becoming quite an expert at it.  I hate heights and I hope Sam will be flying high by my side and be proud of his dad doing this WingWalk challenge”.

Please support  me on this special day of remembrance.

To support Mark visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/markabel1





The death occurred on February 16th at the age of 63 of John Rudrum, Chairman of Belton with Browston Parish Council.John was born in Burgh Castle but had lived in Belton for many years. Having bravely fought against Motor Neuron Disease for 16 years and carried on despite the problems that it caused in latter years. He passed away from complications, in the James Paget Hospital. As well as being a member of Belton with Browston Parish Council since 2001 he had been its Chairman since 2011. John was also a member of Burgh Castle Parish Council and a Trustee of Belton Poors Allotment Fund. He was a former member of the Village Voice management board and a past Chairman of the John Green Institute Hall Trustees.John had been a widower since the death of his wife, Sandra in 2012 and leaves one brother, Martyn.

John will be greatly missed by the local community. We send our sympathy to Martyn and his family.


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Earlier this year, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Burgh Castle saw local people running one, three or six miles in aid of Sport Relief. The money has been counted up and Burgh Castle raised a total of £ 972.20

This year’s Sport Relief was a record breaking year with the campaign raising a total of £ 972.20  The money raised will help disadvantaged people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Margaret Greenacre,  Mile Organiser said “We are delighted with the total amount of money we have raised this year. It’s brilliant to have been part of such a successful Sport Relief year and know that we are helping to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Jess Kirke, Events Manager at Comic Relief said, “We want to say a huge thank you to all of our local mile organisers. They work tirelessly to organise successful events up and down the country and we are truly grateful for all their efforts and hard work – Sport Relief wouldn’t be the event it is without them.”


Ali Minto  Tel: 020 7820 2523    Email: a.minto@comicrelief.com



My daughter is Jessica-Jane Applegate MBE, in 2012 she represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games in London. She won the S14 200m Freestyle & choose to have her Gold post box situated outside the John Green Institute in Belton, as a thank you to everyone in Belton who had supported her & raised funds towards her attending the 2012 Games. In the November she was named in the Queens new years honours list & was awarded an Mbe in recognition in everything she had done for the sport.
Jessica-Jane qualified for the Rio Paralympic Games back in April this year & her events and schedule have now been released
She lives in Burgh castle where lots of the neighbours are displaying posters of support in their windows along with shops & residents of Belton too
All of the events will be screened at the railway tavern on station road in Belton where everyone is welcome to cheer her on amongst family, friends & team mates
The heats begin at 1.30pm & finals begin around 9.15pm & will be shown on Channel 4
Jessica-Jane supports as many local events a she can, helping out with fun days, carol services & the most recent was the Belton fete (which was featured in the last issue of the village voice).
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this
Dawn Applegate

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London 2012 - Prince Harry








London 2012 - Princess Anne

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St Edmunds Church Fritton —  Roof Appeal
Message from Marion Binding
As Fritton Church PCC Secretary I would like to make an appeal to  anyone who has a past link to St Edmunds, whether baptised, was married or a family connection. If so please contact me on marion.binding@gmail.com


82 year old  Malcolm Metcalf, a member of Belton and District Historical Society and the popular the nature contributor for Village Voice Community Magazine for more than three years  has recently traveled for 29 days on 60 buses covering 33 counties throughout England riding on scheduled bus services to raise funds by sponsorship and donation for The East Coast Hospice, and is  using his bus pass for his adventure, he returned to Gorleston on April 29th
Before departing he attended the Belton & District Historical Society March meeting to receive a cheque from the club for £100, he was further surprised to receive a second cheque, also for £100 from the board of Village Voice.

Should you wish to donate to Malcolm (before he left he had raised over £2500) you can do so through https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/malcolmmetcalf






If you would like to know more about the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and the Burgh Castle Fort please click here. Burgh Castle