News & What's On

 Issue 152 AUGUST 2017

Village life in August tends to be dominated by holidays, holiday-makers and harvest.  This year is no exception and this is reflected in the very sparse diary.
Add to this the fickle weather at this time of year and it is probably wise to avoid organising events. There are, nevertheless, many events and attractions in the neighbourhood.  We have Umberleigh Village Show (Saturday August 5th), Chittlehampton Village Show (Saturday August 12th) and The Heavy Horse Event at Higher Biddacott, Chittlehampton (Sat/Sun.. 12th/13th August).
The Diary may be sparse, but to some it may be an opportunity to take a break from day-to-day organising and reflect and plan ahead.  Watch this space.
Contributions for the September issue should reach us by August 20th.  Contacts, as usual, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or you can always leave them in the shop.
Thank you.


No Drop-in Lunch in August.
Tues. 8th        1.20 – 1.50    Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.

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

The Ladies Home Group will not meet again until September.

Sun.  6th            11.00      Holy Communion    (C)
 Sun. 13th          11.00      Holy Communion    (W)
Sun.   20th         11.00      Morning Worship     (C)
Sun.   27th         11.00      Morning Worship

Last month we encouraged people to enter, turn up on the day and make this a real village event.  This is exactly what happened and the Show was very successful. Listening to comments, it was much appreciated.  The committee do deserve a hearty thank you for all the work they put in to achieve this result.  It was their first Show and they deserve credit for the result and the manner in which it was organised.  This was an achievement on which to build.
Thankfully, the rain held off long enough for the sports on Launds Field to be completed.  The scheduled races were complete as the rain came, so it was one last dash to the shelter of the hall – well-timed Heather!
The number of people entering the Show significantly increased this year.
The ‘Men Only’ class in the cookery section was well supported (winner Jamie Grundy) and raises the question of whether they should be tested by a greater challenge next year.  Attendance during the afternoon was encouragingly high and underlines the increased involvement.  Finally, comments from the judges were complimentary.
So thank you to the committee for a successful Show, a really excellent start.  Although the team deserve full credit, we should recognise the work of Clare Court in her first year as Show Secretary.  Well done!

Vegetable and Fruit Challenge Cup
Mr G Willmetts

Corbould Challenge Cup (Miscellaneous)
Mrs A Cook

Flowers Challenge Cup
Mrs T Willmetts

Pester Cup (Residents of the three parishes only)
Mrs M May

Rose Bowl Challenge Trophy (Flower arrangements)
Mrs T Willmetts
James Acty Cup (Preserves)
Mrs O Buckingham
Domestic Challenge Cup
Mrs A Thorne        
The Major Ron Priddle Cup (Handicrafts)
Mrs S Chipman
Mackenzie Challenge Cup (Photography)
Mrs S Hancocks

The Tranckle Cup
Martha Grundy  
Pidler Shield (juniors 6 – 10 years)
 Ryan May
Kingdon Perpetual Cup (seniors 11 – 15 years)
Jake Kitchen        
The P J Edwards Cup (Potatoes)
Mr G Willmetts 
Mr & Mrs Tom Wright Cup (Peas & Beans)
Mr G Willmetts        
Peter Cole Perpetual Cup (Onions)Mr A Alford
Ron Kingdom Memorial Trophy (Sweet Peas) Mrs T Willmetts 
Gardening Club Trophy (Patio Container)Mrs L Leach 
Fred Scrivener Memorial Shield (Best Child’s Exhibit)
Jake Kitchen                              

 Lorn-ian Cup (Girls Sports)
Ruby Charlamayne
Owen Sports Cup (Boys Sports)
Edward Cook

This will be held in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday September 7th.  This is the opportunity to reflect on this year’s Show and plan for next year.  Everyone is most welcome to attend.  One or two new members would be welcome on the committee, but you can attend without commitment.  If you would like to know more, do contact Clare (540242).

Dayspring Plants in Exeter was the venue for the July outing. 
The nursery is a gold mine for anyone with an interest in unusual herbaceous perennials and the club spent the whole afternoon wandering around with Peter Cantrill, the owner, on hand to answer questions and give helpful advice.
After a cup of tea in one of the poly tunnels came the problem of trying to fit all our purchases into the cars for the journey home. 
The nursery is well worth a visit and as a mostly wholesale supplier the plants are very reasonably priced. 
There will be no Garden Club meeting in August

Each year, the Plunkett Foundation conduct a survey of Community Shops, such as ours.  This allows us to track how other shops are performing and review our own achievements against this.  It also provides interesting statistics on the sector as a whole.
For 2016 there were 348 Community Shops in the UK with a combined turn-over of £54 million. Across these shops there were 9,600 volunteers with one in every five shops being run entirely by volunteers.  Nine out of ten operate as Community Benefit Societies, similar to ourselves.  Looking at operating performances these show that our profits and margins are very close to the average for the sector.  All very reassuring news.
August is invariably interesting in the shop.  Firstly, we see many visitors, a surprising number of whom are regulars.  Yes, this means valuable extra trade (albeit difficult to predict) but it also gives an indication of how we are perceived and quite often news about other similar organisations.  And then we see a noticeable increase in fresh produce as villagers share their surplus harvest through the shop.  Thank you to everyone who contributes in this way.  We know that it is much appreciated and sought both for its freshness and quality.

As mentioned above we operate on a total voluntary basis and we have a very able and cheerful group of volunteers.  Like all similar organisations we would welcome further members into the team.  If you are interested and could spare a few hours most weeks we would love to hear from you.  Just get in touch with Ron Thorne (5403890 or through the shop).

First Prize Mr & Mrs C Hammett
Second Prizes Joan Baker
        Dr Chris Bowman
Third Prizes Mr & Mrs N Grantham
       Sue Hancocks
      Angus Sharp

New Beginners DANCE sessions

Learn to dance: Ballroom, Latin + Sequence 
(with excellent Professional tuition)

Starting on Wed 20th September at 6.30

We are a friendly local dance club now starting a New Beginners class, 
so if you’d like to learn, now is your chance! 
Its low impact exercise, new skill learning, social and GREAT FUN!

£5 per person, includes refreshments.

Come along and join us to experience the joy of learning to dance.

Ring Lynne to book your place on 01769 550899