Cropwell Butler Community
Our Village Life and Activities
The village has a variety of local social activities. There is a large playing field area called the Sheldon Field run for the village by an enthusiastic committee where cricket and football are played in their seasons. The committee runs events to supplement their income and Bonfire Night is a great attraction. The village hall is run by another enthusiastic charitable trust which keeps the hall in good condition and runs several really good village-wide events each year.
In 2012 there was a magnificent event to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee where the entire village danced the night away, everyone having a free burger - such is life in Cropwell Butler. For the energetic there are carpet bowls, for the women a WI (with jam and cakes), there are at least two book clubs and a gardening society.
At Christmas a large tree bedecked with lights rises in front of the village hall and a troop of fairly melodious singers render carols for good causes. The Methodist congregation puts on its carol service on Christmas Eve which is always a great attraction.
The candle-lit Victorian chapel is set out with festive decorations which include a straw-filled stable and the essential props for a nativity play of simple ambition. Children as young as 3 or 4 are coaxed into delivering their lines from within the folds of tea-towels, oversized sheets and appropriate headwear. The congregation sits spell bound, delighted once more to be part of the simple retelling of an age-old story which sets their Christmas off to its traditional start.
Soon enough the last carol has been sung and the spell broken. Many, having now been inspired by these events, pour out of the chapel and into The Plough to continue their celebrations of glad tidings and great.