News & What's On

 Issue 148   MAY 2017

‘There is something special about this village’ is a sentiment we have heard expressed several times by visitors.  Yes, we are small but we do still have a pub, a shop, a village hall and a Church, all of which are important for rural village life.  But as we put this edition together there is a repeating theme and that is that they all depend on committed people.  In the various contributions you will read of the need for more people to join in.  If this happens then the future will be brighter still.

We look forward to contributions for the June edition by May 20th.  Contacts, as usual, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or you can always leave them in the shop.  Thank you.

Wed.  3rd      12.30 – 2.00     Drop-In Lunch in Village Hall, all welcome.
Sat.     6th       10.00 – 12 noon  Plant Sale in Village Hall
Wed.  10th     1.30 – 3.00   Ladies Home Group meet. Contact Barbara (540216) for venue.
Thurs.  11th     7.30   Garden Club meet in Village Hall.
Tues.    16th     1.20 – 1.50   Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.
Mon.    22nd     7.00   Council Annual Meeting in the Village Hall.   7.30   Parish Council meet in Village Hall.
Wed.   24th   1.30 – 3.00    Ladies Home Group meet.  Contact Barbara (540216) for venue.
Thurs. 25th  7.00          Village Hall AGM in Hall

Each Tuesday      2 – 4 and 7 – 9     Indoor Bowls in Village Hall
Each Wednesday 6.30 – 7.30         Beginners Dance Sessions in Village Hall
                                      7.45 - 10              Improvers Dance Sessions

Sun.  7th        11.00  Holy Communion (C)
Sun.   14th 11.00  Holy Communion  (W) 
Sun.    21st  11.00 Morning Worship (C)
Sun.    28th 11.00    Morning Worship  (W)

This meeting was called by the Parish Council to seek clarification of the application resubmitted by High Bullen for 58 holiday lodges and an extension to the hotel.
Mr Kelly, the case officer for North Devon Council, explained the present position.
The significant change to the earlier approval was that Devon County Highways had changed their recommendation and now see no need for changes to Newlands Hill. It was pointed out that the Council do not own the land needed for these passing places. Additionally the applicants had presented revised traffic figures. 
It was pointed out that the consultants engaged by the village had come to a very different conclusion.
Councillor Richard Edgell sought assurances from Mr Kelly that our consultant’s report be taken into account. The Planning Committee consider this application on May 10th and representations can be made up to this date.

This was held in the Village Hall ahead of the Parish Council Meeting on Monday April 24th.  Not to be confused with the Parish Council AGM this provides an opportunity to review the assets of the parishes.  David Ball, for the Parish Council, reported on the changes they were facing in the light of Government Orders on conduct of business and transparency.  Indicators are that we are well placed to comply with these and should satisfy the annual audit of conduct and finances.
The Shop report showed that this continued to be financially sound and that prospects for the future were good. Continued success depended on finding volunteers with commitment to augment the excellent work of the present group and provide services relevant to community needs.
Spence Seaman reported on a very active year for the Village Hall with increased regular bookings and a series of successful fundraising events.  The most recent of these, the Quiz Night. As with the shop, the Hall Committee were dependent on volunteers offering their time and talents.

Helen Hollick has resigned from the Council. She has been offered a commission to research and produce a book by the Autumn. This opportunity is very demanding and she feels this will mean she cannot fulfil her Council responsibilities
Thank you Helen for all you have done and we look forward to the book in due course.
Details of the procedure(s) for filling this vacancy are on the Notice Board in the Village Hall Car Park, or on the web-site.

April's meeting took place at Eggesford Garden Centre.
A practical demonstration of preparing and sustaining hanging baskets was given by the owners Alison and Derrick.
Club members had a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon after the talk, in the garden centre and excellent restaurant.
This month we have asked Chittlehamholt resident Heather Petherick to talk to us about bee keeping and her experiences with her own hive of bees. The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday May 11th in the Village Hall

This was a great success and thanks to Peter Churcher, who provided a varied array of questions, with a range of challenges. There were ten tables and as on previous occasions a warm atmosphere in the Hall.  The Bring & Share supper provided an ample spread with variety.  Altogether an enjoyable evening, which raised about £500 for the Hall Refurbishment Fund.

A new Bowls Club has begun in the Village Hall with sessions 2 – 4 pm and 7 – 9 pm every Tuesday.  No experience is necessary and the first taster session is free.  Interested?  Want to know more then get in touch with Mike Hopkins-Burt (540057) or just turn up at any session.

This will be in the Hall at 7.00 pm on Thursday May 25th   Here is an opportunity to show appreciation of the work of the committee and the progress that has been made in realising the potential of this village asset.  If you are interested in being part of this or would like to know more contact Spence (540605).You can show your support by attending the meeting.

The Easter Egg draw was won by Jill Pearce.  Thank you to everyone who took part.
We are once again collecting the Active Kids coupons, this year for Kings Nympton School.  So far there has been a marvellous response, which hopefully will continue.  There is a box for these on the shop counter.

16th century fishmonger by
Bartolomeo Passarotti
The fishmonger van visits the shop every Wednesday from 4.30 – 5 pm. Initial response has been encouraging and hopefully this will be a viable service.

possibly the world's most famous fishmonger
Do you know who she is?
First Prize                            Maria Steele-Kendrick
Second Prizes                       Glenda Hopkins-Burt
                                           Glyn Pope
Third Prizes                          Joan Baker
                                           Mrs Monica Govier
                                           Mrs Caroline Lawson

Chittlehamholt Plant Sale
 Saturday May 6th
 Village Hall – 10.00 until noon
 Stalls, Cake Stall, Draw & Refreshments