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Newspapers Derbyshire Life Parish Magazine

Newspapers - 1970s - Page 1

Derby Evening Telegraph - Tuesday, November 19, 1974

David Isam, David Hartshorne, Helen Durow, Richard Skinner and Nigel Hubbard

MAPLE TREES are growing again, in Mapperley Village, near Ilkeston.

Tradition has it that Mapperley got its name from maple trees which used to grow there, but which have died out.

But when "Plant A Tree in '73" scheme was being considered by the parent-teacher association of Mapperley C of E Primary School it was suggested   that  maple   trees be planted.


At the weekend three trees, specially flown from Canada, were planted in the village churchyard.

They were planted by Mr Mike Hildred, representing the Ontario Government, which provided the trees, and the Canadian Government; Mr Grahame Handley, managing director of the Canadian firm of Laura Secord Ltd. who have a branch in Ilkeston; and D. H. Whittaker, the divisional educational officer.


Laura Secord Ltd have also presented a seat and South-East Derbyshire College of Further Education two commemorative plaques. The seat has been made by Mr Alan Burton, of West Hallam.

The trees were blessed by the Rector of West Hallam, the Rev K. Vorley.

Village schoolchildren are seen (above) gathered round one of the newly-planted saplings and (below) making use of the new communal seat.

A mini-market and exhibition of children's project work in the school was opened by Mrs Whittaker and the children presented a gift to Mrs F. Udall, who suggested the tree planting.

Winter Wonders Variety Show 1975

CINDERS, Prince Charming, and the Ugly Sisters are going to Mapperley Village Church this weekend — and so are most of the villagers, because the Mapperley Players are presenting their home grown version of the famous pantomime there tomorrow and Saturday night.

Author and producer Mrs Ruth Allen, of Coachways, Mapperley Village, explained why they decided to put on a pantomime.

"About three years ago we staged a revue in the village, and everybody enjoyed it so much that we thought we'd repeat the exercise, and raise some money for the church at the same time”

Cinderella is Ruth's first venture into play writing, and she took only five evenings to dash it off.
"My husband was away, so I just sat down and wrote," she said. "It was really quite easy because I knew who I was writing for, so the jokes came quickly, and of course I had a strong traditional story to work on — I think I'd have had trouble if I hadn't had that to base it on."

Choreography is the province of dance teacher Mrs Celia Stone, of New Church Farm, Mapperley Village, although she says that choreographer is too grand a title.

"We've tried to keep everything very simple — there are no virtuoso solos for the principles, just two choruses of children in fact that sounds rather grand too, because the choruses are all of the village children, every one of them.

"It's all great fun, but it has to be simple — we've been rehearsing in the church, and it's been so cold that the children have been prancing around in duffle coats and wellies, so there's no chance for much finesse," she said "How they'll manage not to freeze when they're in their flimsy costumes I don't know."
Keeping the panto a family affair, her 14-year-old daughter Beccy is playing Cinderella — and she's more worried about singing than freezing.
Although she belongs to a school of dance in Nottingham, and has often danced in public, she is too frightened to sing her ‘Over the Rainbow’ number as Cinders — she mimes while her mother sings from the side of the stage.


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