Recently added to the ‘upcoming events’ page…

Over the last couple of days a few new events have appeared on The Loddon Eye’s list.

Firstly, an event being held at Loddon Library this Saturday (18th December). Susannah is running a Christmas Storytime for children under 7 and will include Christmas stories, songs and a bit of colouring! The event runs from 10.30-11am and all are welcome.

Secondly, there has been a slight correction. The next Loddon Community Cinema showing, which was previously listed as taking place on the 22nd, is actually happening on the 21st. They will be showing ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ at St John’s Lecture Hall at 7pm next Tuesday.

Thirdly, all of the dates for The Loddon Players 2011 pantomime have been added to the events list. Though previously mentioned here, all of the dates and details of the showings taking place throughout January are now seamlessly integrated into The Loddon Eye’s calender of events.

Finally, another rather exciting announcement from a good friend of The Loddon Eye… Loddon Mill Arts have announced the first comedy event of 2011. On 28th January the Loddon Mill will play host to a plethora of comic talent in celebration of Burns night. Guests include Tim Clarke, Toby Brown, Diane Spencer and the evening is to be hosted by Kevin Shepherd. The venue has a licensed bar and with tickets just £10 this promises to be another great evening at the Mill.

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Events page added to The Loddon Eye

Well look what has appeared at the top of The Loddon Eye this evening! lets welcome the ‘Upcoming Events’ page to this growing family…

After a long time of talking about it and trying to work out the best way of putting it all together I have finally knuckled down and sorted out a page that lists various events that are coming up in Loddon and the surrounding area.

It is still a work in progress. In time it will no doubt become neater and more efficient and user friendly. As well as more events appearing you should also expect more links and information being added to the page.

As always I need your input. If you have an event that you are involved in and it is not on this list just send me an email and I shall do my best to get it onto the Upcoming Events page quicker than you can say “Church Plain Car Park”. Also, if there are details that are incorrect (I’m only human…) or if you have more information to add (including web pages to link to) just email me at Or alternatively take a look at this page for all of the other ways you can get in contact.

Thanks as always Loddon.

And if Upcoming Events is anything to go by it looks like you’re going to have plenty to keep you busy over the next couple of months!

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Loddon Brownies set to close unless help is found soon…

The first of two posts crying for people to help their community…

The issue is simple and the title above explains it all really – Loddon Brownies will close at Christmas unless a new leader can be found.

The Loddon Eye does not want to be the bearer of bad news here and as such this is not a comment on a local group in decline. Instead it is a call for help. If anyone thinks they may be interested in helping save the local Brownie group, or if you know anyone who would fancy giving it a go, then please help.

It does not matter if you have not had previous experience of Guiding or Scouting, you will receive all the help and support you need. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested then please call Alison on 01508 520169.

I’m just going to waffle on a little more about this as Scouting is something I feel I have a relevant personal perspective on. Scouting was always a part of my childhood and from my own personal experience I can tell you how rewarding it can be to be a part of such a local group. My father runs the Loddon 1st Cub Pack and he has been a part of the club ever since I became a Cub when I was 8 years old. He started as a parent helper, coming along and lending a hand ever Cub meeting, and before long he was a leader. I’m sure he would be the first to tell you just how easy it is to get into it, he had had no experience of running a local group or working with children and yet he fitted right in. I’ve seen how challenging dad has found it at times but it is also so incredibly rewarding. And I know that to have just one Cub come up at the end of an evening and tell my dad that they absolutely love coming to Cub’s makes it all worth it for him.

It is quite easy for local groups to slip away as they lose support. But they really do add a lot to the community. Aside from providing something rewarding and fun for children, they also bring a huge spirit to the area. Don’t believe me? Just have a look at this video of the Remembrance Day Parade.

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Loddon White Dolphins hold silent auction

In the lead up to Christmas the local swimming club is really pushing to raise as much money as possible to go towards the renovation of the pool. Work is to begin on the pool at Hobart High School, Loddon from early next month with the new look pool set to re-open early Spring 2011.

Fundraising activities include a calendar which features local groups and clubs, and Christmas Carols in Loddon on the 11th December.

However the fundraising event that is already upon us is a silent auction of sporting and celebrity memoribilia. For those not familiar with a silent auction, simply get hold of the bid sheet (details below), have a look and see what you fancy, decide what you would be willing to pay for each item and place your bid. Then just wait to see if you’ve won or not! You’ve got until 4th December to enter your bids, with entries closing at 11.30am.

There are plenty of really great items up for auction, including a signed NCFC cap; signed photos of David Tennent, Terry Wogan, and Stephen Fry (amongst others!); signed books (including The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman); free rounds of golf at local courses; and signed Doctor Who posters!

The bid sheet can be downloaded here or visit the Loddon White Dolphins site for more details.

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A lick of paint for the Kings Head…

… but is it a winter-warming tangerine dream or a fake tan nightmare?

At the end of last week I posted (with a little help from The Wherryman’s Web) about the new look the Kings Head was going for after covering up the enormous St George’s flag. Well, I have a little update for you… pictures and everything.

This morning, as I wandered through snowy Loddon, something stood out from the white dusting that lay over the village…

It’s quite… spectacular isn’t it.

Now I don’t know the story behind these changes of colour and therefore I can only speculate. I assume that someone wasn’t happy with the enormous red cross on the side of the building whilst the owners of the pub, I imagine, were rather fond of it. If this is the case, I suppose the thought process would’ve gone something like this…
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The Loddon Players present ‘Mother Goose’

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The Loddon Players’ annual pantomime is always a hugely successful and enjoyable highlight on any events calendar in this area. And if you’ve not already heard… January’s show is to be Mother Goose.

The show is bound to be filled with all the usual charm and Norfolk-based humour that has made the Loddon Player’s winter productions so well received.

Shows will be held throughout January 2011 on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the last three weeks of the month; running from the 13th – 29th. Performances will begin at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee performance at 2.30pm. The venue remains the same as previous years – The Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon.

Tickets can be ordered over the phone from next Monday (29th) by calling 01508 520162 between 9am-9pm. Tickets cost £6 or £5 for concessions.
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An autumnal touch to the King’s Head pub?

Just a cheeky nod to something addressed by a friend of The Loddon Eye…

You’ll have done incredibly well to miss the enormous St George’s flag that has adorned the side of the King’s Head pub in Loddon since the start of the summer. If you had managed to slip past without noticing it you will now have to rely on photo evidence of the feature as this week it was covered up… by an intriguing choice of orange paint. Make of it what you will…

I thank The Wherryman’s Web for this quick post of course… probably the laziest article on the site so far! Do not fear though, I shall return to this subject for a little comment on the whole issue. However right now it is late so it shall be saved for another time… keep posted Loddon!

And of course I’d love to hear what Loddon thinks about the King’s Head decor… just use the comments box below to tell us what you think.

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Remembrance Day in Pictures

…and video too!

On Saturday I talked about the Remembrance Day Parade that was to take place in Loddon on the Sunday. In this post I called for help – as I was unable to make the event I asked that if anyone took any photos could they send them to me so they could be shared on the site. Well, Caroline Bown answered my cry for help and came up trumps. Below are a selection of photos, taken by Caroline, which chronicle Sunday’s parade. Keep scrolling down and you will also find a short video (also available at the LoddonEyeTV YouTube site).

Remembrance Day photo gallery

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Remembrance Day on LoddonEyeTV

If you have any photos of videos that you feel should be shared on this site, just let me know! Send me an email at or have a look at the ‘Get Involved’ page for further contact details.

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