News & What's On

 Issue 158   February 2018

This month the diary returns to a familiar pattern as the year settles into it’s routine.  As the days get longer we are all, no doubt, looking forward to an improvement in the weather.  Certainly those of us planning time in the garden will be looking for much drier days.
We look forward to your contributions for next month, which should reach us by February 20th.
Contacts as usual are Ron Thorne (540389) or email to can also leave material at the shop if this is more convenient.  Thank you.


Wed.   7th     12.30 – 2.00   Drop-in Lunch in Village Hall.  Everyone welcome.
Thurs. 8th      7.30    Garden Club meet in Village Hall
Wed. 14th   1.30 – 3.00  Ladies Home Group meet, for more details contact Barbara (540216)  
Mon.  26th       7.45    Parish Council meets in Village Hall.
Tues   27th       1.20 – 1.50     Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park
Wed.  28th       1.30 – 3.00     Ladies Home Group meet, for details   contact Barbara (540216)

Each Mon.   7.00    Functional Fitness Classes in Village Hall
Each Tues.   2 – 4     Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall
Each Wed.   6.30 – 10   Dance Sessions in the Village Hall


Sun.           4th          11.00        Holy Communion     (C)         
Sun.         11th          11.00        Holy Communion     (W) 
Wed.        14th           7.30        Ashing Service in Chittlehampton             
Sun.         18th          11.00       Morning Worship      (C)
Sun.         25th          11.00        Morning Worship   

This month we return to the customary first Wednesday of the month for the drop-in lunch, namely February 7th.
Following the preparation of the Christmas Lunch and the January lunch amidst family commitments, the ladies got together for an evening meal without the pressures of preparing, serving and washing-up.  It was good to see everyone relax and enjoy a very sociable evening.  It was well deserved!

Thirty-one members of the Garden Club were treated to a wonderful meal at Higher Biddacott for their Annual Dinner.  Due to the high number attending, the meal was served in the Granary, which proved a very warm and welcoming venue.  It was a happy, noisy evening with everyone relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.  At this time of year even the most dedicated gardeners have time to discard their wellies and pruning shears and enjoy the company of like-minded friends.

We begin our 2018 programme with a talk by Alison Böckh, entitled Towards Organic Vegetable Growing.  Alison is a garden designer based in North Devon.  She has delivered training courses to teachers for RHS Rosemoor on topics including Designing a School Garden, How to grow food and the Edible Garden.  On this occasion she will give members some  valuable tips and techniques towards having an organic approach to growing tasty fruits and vegetables in their natural environment without pesticides.  The talk will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday February 8th in the Village Hall.
Visitors are always welcome to come along to these meetings and join us just for the evening or if you enjoy it then why not become a member. The annual membership subscription is currently £10.00 or for visitors/non-members a contribution of £2.50 per meeting is requested.

We have recently welcomed two new members to our family of volunteers – Gail and Alison.  Over the coming months they will be serving in the shop, an experience we hope they will enjoy.
Our success in the Community Co-operative Awards has resulted in Chittlehamholt and its shop receiving coverage in a variety of publications allied to various sponsors.  Hastoe Group the principal sponsors of the event, sponsor the People’s Choice Award each year.  They are one of the largest organisations working with communities across Southern England to provide affordable and sustainable housing.  They are a key member of the judging panel.  Together with ‘Power to Change’ the sponsors provide a package to enable organisations to celebrate their success.  In the near future the volunteers will be celebrating their achievement in establishing our shop and bringing it thus far.
Returning to day–to-day operations we have now obtained Bread Flour for those asking for it.

At the Parish Council meeting on January 29th there was a presentation about the proposed night landing site for the Devon Air Ambulance.  This would be on the Launds Plying Field and would involve lighting and electrical supply.  The lighting will be remotely controlled by DAA and would be switched on only when they intended using the site.  Detailed costings were not available but after various grants are secured it is estimated that between £1,000 & £2,000 would need to be sourced locally from the Parish Council and/or fundraising.

wanted – volunteers!
for CSW Parish Council to be 
1. snow warden 
2. Road Warden
What does a Snow Warden do?
·              ·    Orders grit supplies
·               ·    Keeps a register of local trained volunteers
·               ·    Receives and responds locally to weather alerts
·               ·    Organises and deploys volunteers to clear snow
·               ·    Organises and deploys volunteers to spread grit when icy conditions are forecast
·               ·     Encourages responsible use of grit/salt and helps to minimise the abuse of grit/salt.

What does a Road Warden do?

      ·       Acts as the communication link between Devon County Council and the parish

·        Co-ordinates any minor works which are undertaken within the parish
•   Ensures that risk assessments are carried out  
     Of course, we would also like to hear from people who may not wish to take on the roles above, but just want to help with the work they will co-ordinate!
    Please contact:   Linda Stapleton, Clerk to Chittlehamholt, Satterleigh and Warkleigh (CSW) Parish Council     Tel:     01 769 540 490    Or e-mail

The road between Highbullen and Whitmore will be closed on January 31st and February 1st for resurfacing.  This will almost certainly result in an increase of traffic through the village.  All of this is, of course, dependent on the weather.

The beginning of the period of Lent (Ash Wednesday) falls this year on February 14th (St Valentine’s Day).  
This will be marked with the traditional Ashing Service in Chittlehampton Church at 7.30 pm.  
This is a service for all in our group of parishes and everyone is most welcome.
As these notes are being put together, details of other activities during Lent have yet to be finalised.  As the details are finalised they will be posted in the shop or alternatively they should be available from the Churchwardens.  All of these are open to everyone.

There are two events each year, which those with an interest in gardening look forward to.  These are the Plant Sale and the Village Show.
The Plant Sale, which has been organised for over 25 years brings together nursery men and women and plant enthusiasts from the area in the Village Hall.  It provides an opportunity to acquire interesting plants for your garden plus valuable expert advice.  This is now organised by the Village Hall committee and is on Sunday May 6th from 10 – 12 noon.
The Village Show is on Saturday July 28th and has classes for Vegetables, Flowers, Domestic Crafts together with opportunities for children of all ages.  The schedule is being prepared at present.  This will be distributed widely or copies are always available in the shop or on this blog.

 ‘100’ CLUB PRIZES FOR January                                                        
First Prize  – Carol Griffiths, 
Second Prizes – Grenville Buckingham, Mr & Mrs Gavin
Third Prizes – Charles Moberley, Mr &Mrs Peter Roe, George Sills

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