News & What's On

 Issue 151   JULY 2017

June was a month which will be remembered for many years. Suicide bombers, terrorist acts and then the disastrous fire in the London high-rise block of flats.  All resulting in loss of life and trauma.  All of these are potentially very divisive but it was heartwarming to read and hear of the outpouring of support and goodwill within the affected communities.  Regrettably this is not sustained and things return sadly to ‘normal’.

For this month, the diary offers opportunities to come together, get outside and enjoy the summer weather – whatever it may be.  Thank you to everyone who sent in material so promptly.

For the August edition could we please have contributions by July 20th.  Contacts, as usual, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or you can always leave them in the shop.

Thank you.

Wed.         5th        12.30 – 2.00     Drop-In Lunch in Village Hall, all welcome.
Tues.        11th        1.20 – 1.50 Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.
Thurs.      13th        1.30                  Garden Club meet in Village Hall Car Park to arrange transport for visit.
Sat            22nd/Sun 23rd       11- 4  Open Garden at Newlands Farm.
Sat.           29th                          2 pm  Annual Village Show in Village Hall
Mon.         31st                          7.30  Parish Council meet in Village Hall.

Each Tuesday  2 – 4 and 7 – 9  Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall
Each Wednesday 6.30 – 7.30      Beginners Dance Sessions in Village Hall
           7.45 - 10         Improvers Dance Sessions
The Ladies Home Group will not meet again until September.

Sun.         2nd            11.00      Holy Communion (C)
Sun.         9th            11.00      Holy Communion  (W)
Sun.       16th             11.00      Morning Worship    (C)
Sun.       23rd             11.00      Morning Worship   (W)
Sun.       30th            6.30      Warkleigh Songs of Praise                       


The Open Summer Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday July 29th.  Schedules are still available from the Secretary Clare Court at Uplands (540242) or click HERE,  or from the shop.  You may enter as many classes or as few as you wish.  Whatever your choice there is real satisfaction in getting a certificate and it is amazing how much you can learn from other competitors and /or the judges.
All entry forms must be received by the Secretary at Uplands, the Treasurer at Highwinds, Chittlehamholt or there is a box for these in the shop, before 9 pm on Wednesday July 26th.  A fee of 20p must accompany each entry. (Children’s Classes are free).  Please make sure that you have followed the regulations.
The hall will be open from 8.30 am for exhibitors to position their entries.  Exhibitors must leave the hall punctually by 10.30 am.  The hall is then closed until 2 pm to everyone except judges and show officials.
Alongside the Show there will be a programme of Children’s Sports on the Launds Playing Field.  Entries on the field, on the day.
Please could cup and trophy holders from last year return their cups/trophies to the Secretary at Uplands, suitably engraved, by July 15th.  Thank you.
All that remains is to encourage everyone to enter and turn up on the day and make it a real village event.  The new committee look forward to your support.

Jayne and David Gillanders are opening their garden again this year on Saturday July 22nd and Sunday July 23rd from 11 am to 4 pm on each day.  If you have visited this garden before you will surely want to revisit.  If you haven’t seen the garden then you should really treat yourself.
Entry £5, Children free.
There are so many features to see and appreciate, all set in a picturesque location.  Details on the back page.
Proceeds go to Children’s Hospice South-West.

Fremington was the venue for our June outing. 
Fremington Mill is a beautiful thatched cottage with almost an acre of garden which has been designed by the present owners into the most intriguing area of pretty borders, hidden paths, wacky features all centred on the small river Fremington Water which rushes down the eastern boundary of the property. The club had a wonderful afternoon wandering around the gardens and enjoying a delicious cream tea in the sunshine. 
July’s meeting is a visit to “Dayspring Plant’s” at Farringdon, Exeter.  Owned and run by Peter Cantrill it specialises in unusual herbaceous perennials.  Those members who attended his talk last September will no doubt remember the wide range of lovely specimens that he brought with him.  There will surely be much more to tempt us at the nursery.    Please meet in Village Hall car park at 1:30pm., on Thursday 13th July if you wish to share transport.
As usual there is no meeting in August.

Barbara Kilvington has brought to our attention the Skipton Grassroots Giving Scheme.
This scheme, which has run for a number of years, offers grants to Clubs/Societies (not Charities) where such a sum would make a difference.  Clearly these have to have community/appeal/benefit.  This year they are offering 164 such awards.
Nominations (on line) have to be in by July 31st.
If you are interested, Barbara (540216) has the details, or alternatively contact Ron Thorne (540389).  Clearly these are aimed at smaller clubs/societies.

This month’s lunch is in the Village Hall on Wednesday, July 5th at the usual time (12.30 – 2 pm). This will be a salad lunch, which has proved extremely popular over recent years.
Please note that there is no lunch in August so you can all go the North Devon Show.  
We resume in September (Wednesday September 6th).

First Prize Linda Snow
Second Prizes Richard & Michele May
Heather Page
Third Prizes Mrs Muriel Hill
Beverley & Steve Wilkinson
Mr & Mrs Sam Wright

Newlands Farm
Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh EX37 9PE

Sat./Sun. July 22nd/July 23rd
11 – 4 pm, entrance £5, children free

Cream Teas available with 100% of the proceeds to Children’s Hospice South-West
·        Parking available
·        Wheel-chair access
·        Assistance dogs only
·        Personal photography permitted
For info: contact Jayne Gillanders (07815 826166)