News & What's On

 Issue 160   April 2018

Happy Easter to All
This month we have contributions which look forward to what we hope will be a glorious summer.  The Garden Club move outdoors, seeking inspiration in Marwood Hill Garden, while nearer home plans are afoot for the Plant Sale and the Summer Show.

Amid all the activities please remember to send items for next month by April 20th?  Contacts as usual are Ron Thorne (540389) or email to  You can also leave material at the shop if this is more convenient.  Thank you. 

Wed.          4th     12.30 – 2.00    Drop-in Lunch in Village Hall.   Everyone welcome.
Tues.         10th            7 pm          Annual Parochial Meeting in the Church.
Wed.      11th  1.30 – 3.00  Ladies Home Group meet, for details contact Barbara (540216)
Thurs.      12th       1.30 Garden Club visit Marwood Hill Garden, meet in Village Hall car park.
 Sat.          14th        7 for 7.30      Quiz Night in the Village Hall 
Tues         24th       1.20 – 1.50    Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.
Wed.       25th       1.30 – 3.00    Ladies Home Group meet, for details contact Barbara (540216)
Mon.       30th             7.45          Parish Council meets in Village Hall.
Each Mon.                  7.00           Functional Fitness Classes in Village Hall.
Each Tues.            9.30 – 11.30   Tai Chi in Village Hall  2 – 4  Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall.
Each Wed.                8 – 10          Dance Sessions in the Village Hall.

Sun.           1st          11.00      Easter Day Communion   (C) 
Sun.         8th         11.00       Holy Communion  W) 
Sun.         15th          11.00       Morning Worship    (C) 
Sun.         22nd          11.00       Morning Worship   (W) 
Sun.         29th         11.00       Group Communion Service at Filleigh

The Village Hall Committee have arranged this for Saturday April 14th with a prompt start at 7.30 pm.  Doors open at 7 pm. The Quiz Master is again Peter Churcher who has proved very popular with his interesting mix of local and wide ranging questions and judging by previous years a surprise or two.
Entry is £5 per person on the door with teams of up to six people   Bring & Share supper with Barn provided.  All the proceeds going to the Restoration Fund for the hall.
We look forward to a well-supported enjoyable evening..

Alison Böckh, garden designer gave an illustrated talk on how to plan the perfect vegetable garden at our March meeting. She regaled us with wonderful images of gardens laid out somewhat like Rosemoor! 
Alison made us consider what we needed from our garden, how much time we had to devote to it and where was the best place to site it.
However, for those of us just planning a new vegetable patch it was certainly inspirational.

April’s meeting is a visit to Marwood Hill Garden, Barnstaple.  There are always plants to admire in this Garden at any time of year.  The highlights this month are the stunning displays of outdoor Camellias, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Cherry Blossom which are a riot of colour.  Alpine plants in the Scree bed are also at their best in the spring.  Members wishing to share transport please meet in the Village Hall car park on Thursday 12th April at 1:30pm. 

For the second month there was a pleasant surprise as attendance was higher than anticipated. Thank you to everyone who provided the interesting soups and to everyone for your support.  As a result £200 was sent to the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple.  Thank you for your generosity, which will help those less fortunate than ourselves.

This month we return to a traditional menu on Wednesday April 4th, which is very close to the Easter holiday.  Will we see a good attendance once again?

From the outset, the committee knew that the challenge would be to maintain a healthy bank balance for the first five years.  At this point we would have repaid the £10,000 loan from Co-operative & Community Finance and reduced the running cost of the shop.  This they have achieved and at the same time invested in the shop.  On March 23rd the volunteers enjoyed a social evening to celebrate their achievement thanks to the recent award.  Entertainment was provided by Winkleigh Morris, who also offered the opportunity to take part - with suitable guidance. The volunteers fully deserve recognition for their contribution to the community. See the photos HERE

This will be held in the Village Hall from 10 am until noon on Sunday May 6th.  If you are new to the village this sale has proved very successful for some 26 years.  Local nurseries, plantsmen and women come to gather in the hall to provide a wonderful range of plants for sale, backed up by information born of many years’ experience. Also available are refreshments and a cake stall.  This event is now organised by the Village Hall Committee with profits going to the Hall Restoration Fund. Entry is free.

As reported last month, the BBC duly came to film the Hollick-Blee family about their move to the country and we hear that the programme should be screened early in May.  (There are some photos on Helen's Devon Diary Blog

During March two much loved members of the community died.  Both were life-long members of the village and attended the local school.
Frank Congram farmed at Wards but will be remembered for his passionate love of racing, hunting and his garden.
George Slee spent all his time in his garden and would proudly show it to visitors.  It was rare indeed to come away without a large bunch of sweet peas!!
They will be sadly missed.

‘100’ CLUB PRIZES FOR March  
First Prize        – Helen Hollick, 
Second Prizes – Robin Boa,   Mr & Mrs Hammond
Third Prizes -     Irene & Gerald Anning Mrs M Hill   


10 am to 12.30
Free entry
Coffee, Tea and Cakes available
In Aid of Hall Restoration Fund 
 Charity no 275054 

Note from Helen (blog admin)
 on behalf of all, our thanks to Ron and Anne for putting Round & About together each month