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Galleries Royal visit on Wed 26th Sept

posted 5 Sept 2018, 08:21 by Parish Council Communications
What's happening?
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will visit the Galleries Shop and Café on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th September.
As part of our fund raising strategy for the Village Pump, FLiSCA applied for a grant from Wessex Water's Watermark fund and they loved our plastic-saving initiative. As a consequence they not only gave us £500 but they also decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Watermark Award by sponsoring 25 drinking fountains across their patch. The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset visited Galleries and was so impressed with our community enterprise that she invited the Duke of Gloucester to visit Galleries and inspect the Village Pump as part of Wessex Water's celebrations.
What's involved?
The Royal party will arrive in the early afternoon. They will be welcomed and shown around the shop and café (and will be offered one of Marilyn's gluten-free brownies) before being presented with a recyclable water bottle to fill at The Village Pump by two children from Freshford Primary School. The press will be present to take photos (and get us some free publicity). Afterwards the Duke of Gloucester will present the Chief Executive of Wessex Water with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development before returning to London via Freshford train station.
Will the shop and café remain open?
I'm afraid not. Given the numbers of people attending and the limited space inside Galleries, we have made the difficult decision to close the shop and café between 2.00-3.30pm. We are very sorry for the disruption to our customers and hope you will be understanding.
Will the car park be open?
No. Given the building work taking place at the Memorial Hall and the requirements of the Royal entourage and the press, we will also need to close the car park between 1.00-3.30pm. Again, we are very sorry for the disruption this will cause and discussions are taking place with the Pre-school and the Primary School about alternative pick-up options for school children.
Are residents welcome?
Yes, of course! and everyone is most welcome to attend and there will be plenty of room outside to watch the proceedings. We're crossing our fingers for good weather.
How long will it last?
The visit is expected to last less than an hour.
What can I do to help?
Whilst Freshford and Limpley Stoke are not known as hotbeds of radical activity, security for the trip is paramount. Please be on the look-out for packages, bags or other items in odd places, carefully placed (rather than dropped) items in rubbish bins and unusual interest shown by strangers. If in any doubt, dial 999 and ask for the police.
We will also be sprucing up Galleries and surrounding environment for the visit and any help will be warmly appreciated.
If you have any questions, please contact Simon Coombe on 07966 027637 or simonhjcoombe@hotmail.com.