Overstrand Life - Janet's Diaries

July 1st - 15th 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017 - Pile Driving, Garden Produce and Afternoon Walk

The Pleasaunce, a Christian Endeavour Holiday Centre (CEHC), re-opened its doors last weekend. The Pleasaunce was the home of Lord and Lady Battersea (Cyril and Constance Flower); the house having been extended from two cottages to the house we see today. The house was designed by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens but it is also said it incorporates other influences. The original grounds were extensive, including the cricket ground, orchards and rose garden but following the sale of various areas, the grounds were reduced to the six acres of gardens immediately round the house. It was rumoured that Miss Gertrude Jekyll was responsible for the gardens design. However, village historian Terence Richard’s website Overstrand Online (now no longer accessible) stated, ‘In a letter June 2002, to Mr Ess, a resident of Overstrand, Martin Lutyens, Chairman of the Lutyens Trust, states that neither Miss Jekyll or Edwin Lutyens were involved with the design of the gardens…’. Following the death of Lady Battersea in 1935, CEHC, then the Lancashire and Cheshire Federations Christian Endeavour Holiday Homes Ltd., purchased the property during the following year. In more recent years there has been general deterioration in the both the house and the grounds resulting in its closure. This was followed by a long period of uncertainty, as to whether the property would be sold or left to continue its decline. However, after CEHC sold some of their other holiday properties, funds became available enabling repairs and renovations to both The Pleasaunce and Beechwood Court to be effected. The works have now brought these properties up to a standard where once again holidays can be offered to those of the Christian faith. Recently, a letter from David Hoolihan, a Trustee of the CEHC, has been posted on the noticeboards outside the shop and the Parish Hall. In the letter Mr Hoolihan is asking for villager’s views and comments with regard to their consideration to repair and refurbish the chiming clock on the tower in The Pleasaunce grounds. Although the clock faces towards the house and is not visible from The Londs to passersby, this does sound like an excellent idea; providing the chime is muted during the night.

Attendance at the Overstrand Together meeting on Tuesday evening was, in comparison to a year or so ago, poor. It was reported:

• The Car Wash including the raffle raised £324.68
• The wall round the Village Sign Garden for which money has been set aside by OT for renewal, has been found to be the responsibility of NCC’s Highway Department. Highways will be approached in connection with renewal.
• Plaques, showing funding provided by OT to various village clubs will be available at cost and will be produced subject to agreement of the wording.
• The Summer Fayre was discussed at length with times and dates agreed for the erection of marquees and marking out the Sports Field.
• Concern was expressed by a member of the Steering Group with regard to the numbers attending the meetings and the general mutterings in the village over the distribution of funds. The member feels the time has come for OT’s general remit to be reviewed and consideration given to a large village project that would attract and involve more residents. This received a positive reaction from those residents present.

Saturday 1st July 2017 - Pile Driving, Garden Produce and Afternoon Walk

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