News & What's On

 Issue 153 SEPTEMBER 2017

This month sees the resumption, after the Summer break, of most village activities.  Although there have been no formal events, it is clear that the various committees have been planning for the months ahead. In fact we are already receiving advance notice of events.
Contributions for the October issue should reach us by September 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.

Tues.       5th      1.20 – 1.50      Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.
Wed.        6th     12.30 – 2.00       Drop-in Lunch in Village Hall.  All welcome.
Thurs.     7th        7.30                  Flower/Vegetable Show Annual Meeting in the Village Hall.
Sat.          9th       1.30                  Garden Club visit to Rosemoor.
Wed.       13th    10.00 – 12.30     MacMillan Coffee Morning at Moorview.
Tues.       19th     9.30 & 10.30    Tai Chi recommences in Village Hall.
Wed.       20th       6.30              Dance Club recommences in Village Hall.
Mon.       25th      7.30                  Parish Council meets in Village Hall
Wed.       27th       1.30 – 3.00      Ladies Home Group meet.  Contact Barbara  for venue (540216).

Each Tuesday        2 – 4           Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall. Evening sessions may be available.  Check with Mike Hopkins-Burt (540057)

Sun.          8th      10.00 – 12.30    Big Breakfast in the Village Hall 

Sun.         3rd             11.00      Holy Communion  C) 
Sun.         10th           11.00      Holy Communion  (W)
Sun.         17th           11.00      Morning Worship                                (C)
Sun.         24th           11.00      Morning Worship                          (W)

This will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday September 7th.  After encouraging signs from this year’s Show the committee are keen to build on this.  As a village event this needs to have a wide appeal and the committee are keen to hear people’s thoughts.  So come along, show your support and air your views.
New members are always welcome on the committee.  If you are interested, do get in touch with Clare (540242) who will gladly answer any questions you may have.  The Annual Meeting however is not just for members and would-be members of the committee but for everyone.  See you there.

The committee continue to work hard to make our hall a vibrant and busy centre of activity for our community.  We are always looking for new members on the committee or just helpers for events such as those below.
The committee will be hosting a Big Breakfast on Sunday October 8th from 10 until 12.30.  Come along and spoil yourself and have a lazy Sunday morning, all for the cost of £8 or £6 for a small breakfast.  Tickets will be available from committee members or in the Shop.
On Saturday November 18th Cadence will be returning by popular request.  This will be an evening with a Bring & Share Supper and fantastic music.  Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door.  Details of availability nearer the date.

James and Sue Murray will be hosting this on Wednesday September 13th from 10 until 12.30 at Moorview.  As well as the usual selection of stalls you can enjoy excellent company with your morning coffee.
Parking is limited at Moorview and on Newlands Hill so it would be appreciated if you could share transport, wherever possible.  Thank you.
All of the proceeds go to support the wonderful work of the Macmillan Care Organisation. 

The visit this month is to RHS Garden Rosemoor, which takes place on Saturday September 9th.   In addition to the Hot Garden’s late summer borders, the Mediterranean, Exotic and Southern Hemisphere Borders should all have great displays.  There is also the opportunity to view the Artist’ Garden Exhibition (Sept. 7-24).  The annual September Craft Fair also takes place over this weekend.  Please meet in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm on Saturday 9th September if you wish to share transport.

The autumn session commences on Tuesday September 19th in the Village Hall.  There are two sessions, 9.30 to 10.30 for Beginners and then 10.30 to 11.30 for Improvers and Advanced.  The sessions are weekly until December 12th and the charge is £5/session (£65 for the 13 weeks).
These are tutored by Bisi Vernon, who also leads groups in other centres in the district.  If you would like to know more do get in touch with Bisi (540609) or you can just turn up at one of the sessions.

As reported last month a new Beginners Dance Session begins at 6.30 pm on Wednesday September 20th in the Village Hall.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to dance and to join a group who have a reputation of being supportive and friendly.
Ring Lynne on 01769 550899 to book a place or visit

The lunches resume on Wednesday September 6th, 12.30 to 2 pm in the Village Hall.  If you have recently moved into the village these lunches, held on the first Wednesday of each month, except August, provide an opportunity to come together over a meal.  The ladies, who organise this, provide a two course meal (main and pudding) with tea or coffee, which is acclaimed by many.  Everyone is most welcome.
A charge of £4 covers the cost of hiring the hall and the ingredients.
So do come along and join us.

This year, the Harvest Festival will be in the Village Hall at 3.30 on Sunday October 15th.  The Preacher will be Bishop Sarah, Bishop of Crediton.
Gifts of produce to decorate the hall, which will then be sent to NDADA (North Devon Against Domestic Abuse) would be most welcome.

Everyone is invited to join in this celebration, which will be followed by a Cream Tea.
If you wish to know more and/or have produce to offer, please contact Barbara Kilvington (540 216).

We are fortunate to have the mobile library van visit the village each month – the September visit is on Tuesday September 5th.  The van parks in the Village Hall Car Park from 1.20 until 1.50.  It carries a varied stock of both fiction and non-fiction catering for all ages .The lady who operates the van has a wealth of knowledge on the books, which she willingly shares .It is also possible to reserve books if they are not available on the vehicle.

Helen Hollick has been an asset to the village since she arrived – she runs the Village & Shop Blog.  Sadly her sight is deteriorating to the point where it limits what she can do.  She has asked us to include this request.
Is there anyone who could help?

Help wanted at Chapples Farm. Is anyone in the area interested in assisting with just a couple of hours a week gardening? Because of Helen’s fading eyesight she is finding it difficult to avoid the overspill of nettles and brambles, and in consequence, now rarely goes into the garden. Someone to take on ‘Nettle Patrol’ would be most welcome! Helen says it would also be nice to start a vegetable patch/ small allotment area, so some sort of ‘Garden Share’ with anyone who hasn’t got the space, but would love to share an allotment and its produce, without the daily worry of having to water it (when it isn’t raining!) would be ideal. Phone 540 206 or email to discuss a few options. Children and well behaved dogs welcome!


First Prize                            Franki Sheath
Second Prizes                     Andrew Coupe
                                           John & Pam Cundill                       
Third Prizes                       Richard & Michele May
                                           M Pincombe