Village News May 2021


Greetings to you all as we head into May, with finer weather, less restrictions and hopefully a more clear way forward. With this in mind we have chosen some typical May blooms to adorn the pages of this issue. The hawthorn flower is a symbol of hope, whilst lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness - quite fitting really.

We bring you some fantastic articles this month which we hope you'll find interesting. Featuring on our cover we have Michael Johnson-Ellis of TwoDads.U.K - head over to page 24 to find out more of how he and his husband Wes raise awareness about Surrogacy and Same Sex Parenting.This time last year we were in the throes of our first lockdown and plans for celebrating VE day could not go ahead as we hoped. That didn't stop you lovely peeps from honouring this occasion though - so we thought we'd dedicate our Step Back In Time feature to some absolutely fabulous pics of that day last year when we all took tea in the garden. Enjoy!

And whilst still on the subject of picnics we have a delightful painting and poem which has been submitted by Mike Spencer in appreciation of the gentile english afternoon tea - a lovely light hearted read on page 25.For those of you who are still enjoying your daily rambles, then John Harris (page 24) has info on where you can find more local walking routes to enjoy. And if you love bluebells then this is the time of year to walk in the woods amongst them - we think our cover photograph is very tempting.

With the ongoing emergence from this latest lockdown we'll see more of our local clubs and associations re-opening. Along with this we'll bring you more news and reports of what's going on in the community. In the meantime there's plenty in this issue to keep you going - including the councils, surgery and churches updates, a thank you from Jean and a bomber for Betty!

Bye for now, take care all, see you next month!

Front cover photo courtesy of Anon

Alison Akers
Editor Hagley Village News

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