News & What's On

 Issue 155   NOVEMBER 2017

One of the joys of putting this together is that from time to time we get unexpected and pleasant surprises.  This month is one of these.  Yes, we have another author in our midst (see below), writing with a local flavour.  Elsewhere there is entertainment to fill these dark evenings, or if you prefer, opportunities to exercise and socialise.

Contributions for the December issue should reach us by November 20th.  Contacts, as usual, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or you can always leave them in the shop, whichever is most convenient.  Thank you.


Wed    1st  12.30 – 2.00   Drop-in Lunch in Village Hall.  All welcome.
Thurs  9th     7.30             Garden Club meet in the Village Hall.
Wed.   15th 1.30 – 3.00    Ladies House Group meet at Church Cottage, Warkleigh    .
Sat.     18th  7.30         ‘Cadence’ perform in the Village Hall
Sat.     25th  7.00          Concert in Warkleigh Church.
Mon.   27th  7.30        Parish Council meet in the Village Hall
Tues.   28th  1.20 - 1.50   Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park

Each Monday    7.00          Functional Fitness Classes in Village Hall
Each Tuesday    9.30 – 11.30    Tai Chi in Village Hall.  Contact Bisi Vernon  (540 609)
          2 – 4               Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall
Evening sessions may be available.  Check with Mike Hopkins-Burt (540057)
Each Wed.         6.30 – 10.00      Dance Sessions in the Village Hall


Sun.          5th             11.00        Holy Communion  (C) 
Sun.         12th            10.45        Remembrance Service  (C)                              
Sun.         19th            11.00        Morning Worship    (C)       
Sun.         26th            11.00        Holy Communion   (W)

John Cook has just published his first book, ‘Reflections, a Year with Ben 5’   In this John takes us through the year with his faithful canine friend with glimpses back in time.  If you have worked in farming, here is pure nostalgia. If you haven’t then here is an insight into a way of life.  Above all here is an entertaining read, which reflects much of John.  Very warm praise has come from every purchaser.
Copies of this well produced book are available in the shop (£7.99).  Or you may prefer to purchase from the man himself.  Whichever.  Enjoy.  Who knows - there may be more to come...

CADENCE (A notice from Mike Hopkins-Burt)
Last year we had a group called The Cadence perform in the Village Hall. Many people enjoyed it so much they asked for them to return. So they have been booked for Saturday November 18th.                If you came last year, you will know it's an evening not to be missed. If you didn't make it last time, do come and enjoy an entertaining evening with music you will know and get your foot tapping and even dancing. Tickets are still available at £10 each in advance from Nikki 540605, Debs 540325 and Mike 540057

At the time of writing this, there will not be a door-to-door collection for the Poppy Appeal.  However, there is a collecting box and the range of poppies, etc, in the shop.  It is hoped that people will again generously support this most worthy cause, which provides assistance to service personnel and bereaved families.
The Annual Service of Remembrance will be in Chittlehamholt Church at 10.45 on Sunday November 12th.

This month’s lunch is on Wednesday November 1st. Looking ahead to December, the Christmas Lunch will be on Wednesday December 6th. As in previous years this will be a full turkey/ham lunch.  The charge will be £5.
Over recent months we have seen the cost of ingredients increasing. This means that it has been increasingly difficult to balance the costs with income. To cover the cost of materials and the hire of the hall, regrettably the charge will have to be increased to £5 from January.

The garden club Annual General Meeting was well attended.
The committee was pleased to report a good number of members, a healthy bank balance and meetings for 2017 which were appreciated and enjoyed by all.
The serving committee members were re-elected with the exception of Lesley Ball, who was standing down.  Lesley was warmly thanked for her sterling work in taking the club from strength to strength.
Irene Anning will be putting the programme of speakers and outings together from next year and will have a hard act to follow after the programme of the last few years.
The meeting closed with the usual toast to our Founder, Fred Ives, who started the club and became our first Chairman, 35 years ago.

This will be held in Warkleigh Church at 7 pm on Saturday November 25th.  This will feature local talent performing a varied programme of popular and classical music.  The popular choir ‘Making Waves’, from Chittlehampton will be singing along with a choir from Burrington and a number of Vicky’s pupils. We have all the ingredients for a very enjoyable evening.There is no charge for admission but donations towards the cost of maintaining Warkleigh Church would be appreciated. The cost of caring for beautiful old Church building places a heavy burden on the local population and this event is being organised locally to help. So do come along and enjoy real local talent.

Ryan Joseph, a personal trainer from Kings Nympton is running these courses in the Village Hall every Monday at 7 pm.  These are structured in a way that permits everyone to work within their own ability in a comfortable training environment. So here is an opportunity to burn calories, lose weight, feel better and look better.  There is no need to book.  Just come along. The introduction of these classes compliments the opportunities for physical recreation provided in the Village Hall. The charge is £7 a session.

At the Annual Meeting the committee reported on another very satisfactory year.  The Treasurer, Malcolm Neal reported that results were similar to last year and we had maintained a healthy balance in the bank.  The gift of the Epos System had enabled a more objective and critical control of stocks and created opportunities for more advances.  During the year the volunteers have taken on more aspects of the business with beneficial results.  After four years, all with encouraging results, it was pointed out that it was all too easy to become complacent and take the shop for granted.  Future success depended on providing for the needs of residents so that it was used and also having sufficient dedicated volunteers to ensure provision of this valuable service. The existing committee were re-elected.  Ron Thorne had indicated that after nine years as Chairman he wished to stand aside although he was prepared to serve on the committee if people so desired.
Looking at the present performance, sales in September were 10% higher than in the previous year, which is very encouraging. As mentioned elsewhere we are supporting the Poppy Appeal with a collecting box and the various remembrance items.  We also have copies of John Cook’s Book, which are disappearing fast. We have just received a large number of used golf balls for sale – the ultimate recycling.  Although used, many are unmarked and spotlessly clean.  They are for sale at what those who know about these things say, is a very competitive price.

First Prize   Carol & Phillip Snell

Second Prizes   Mike & Lisa Pincombe
  Debs & Brendan Steer
Third Prizes   Michael Guard
  David Harris
                          David Lawson