News & What's On

 Issue 156   DECEMBER 2017


It is no surprise that virtually all the contributions relate to Christmas and associated festivities.  Understandingly, the Church has a programme which seeks and celebrates the Spirit of Christmas.  Everyone is warmly invited to be part of the celebrations, as always.

The challenge each year is to put together the January issue.  It would be much appreciated if you could get your contributions to us by December 20th. Contacts, as always, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or just leave them in the shop, whichever is most convenient.  Thank you. 

Wed. 6th  12.30 – 2.00 Drop-in Christmas Lunch in Village Hall. Everyone welcome.
Wed.13th   1.30 – 3.00 Ladies House Group meet at Chapelgate 
Thurs.14th 7.30   Garden Club meet in the Village Hall.
Each Monday   7.00    Functional Fitness Classes in Village Hall
Each Tuesday  9.30 – 11.30  Tai Chi in Village Hall until Dec. 12th Contact Bisi Vernon (540 609).
       2 – 4     Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall
Tues. 2nd  January 1.20 - 1.50  Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park

Sun.  3rd  11.00    Holy Communion   (C)   Advent Carols in Satterleigh
Sun.  10th 11.00   Holy Communion   (W)                              
Sun.  17th   6.30   Carols by Candlelight in Village Hall 
Sun.  24th  11.00  Morning Worship with Carols           (W)           
  11.30pm   Midnight Communion in Chittlehampton  
Mon  25th 11.00        CHRISTMAS DAY Holy Communion   Chittlehamholt
Sun.   31st  11.00       Group Service in Chittlehampton 


ADVENT CAROLS    For the Church the preparation for Christmas begins with Advent Sunday December 3rd.  To mark this there will be a Service of Advent Carols in Satterleigh Church at 5 pm with a small choir.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT  This village celebration of Christmas will be in the Village Hall on Sunday December 17th at 6.30 pm.  This year ‘Making Waves’ Choir will be joining us for what has been an informal start to Christmas for many years.
A collection will be taken to support the work of ‘Shelter-Box’. In these troubled times the demands on their efforts have been excessive.

CAROLS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE    This takes place on Thursday December 21st at 7 pm on the green at Warkleigh Barton (outside the Church).  This is an informal gathering complete with bonfire (weather permitting) followed by warm drinks & mince-pies..  There will be a collection in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY   On Christmas Eve there will be Carols & Readings at 11.00 in Warkleigh ChurchThe Midnight Service will be held this year in Chittlehampton Church at 11.30 pm.
On Christmas Day at 11 am there is a Communion Service in Chittlehamholt. Everyone is warmly invited to join in these events.

Sales for the past three months have been very good, well above the level for the same period last year.  This is very encouraging as it comes at a time when our costs are falling.  The committee, meeting recently, looked carefully at the statistics available and made plans to further improve the service we offer.
At the same meeting, the officers for the coming year were elected.  These are Tim Baker (Chairman), Colin Court (Vice-Chairman) and Malcolm Neal (Treasurer).
Finally, we will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on Wednesday December 27th.  Over the New Year we will close on December 31st and January 1st Ahead of the holidays it would be helpful if you could pre-order so that we can be sure we have the stock.

The Village Hall committee held a very successful evening on November 18th with ‘The Cadence’, which was enjoyed by many.  The evening raised £395 towards the refurbishment fund.  Thank you to all those who supported the event.
The Hall is a great asset for the village but it is not cheap to run.  The committee estimate the monthly costs as £300 to keep the Hall as it is.  Any upgrades and improvements are in addition to this. The committee are always looking for ideas for events and shows that appeal to parishioners.  If you have any suggestions then please speak to any committee member or leave it in the Suggestion Box in the shop.
The next event is a Ceilidh with the Ogle Band on January 20th.

Bradley Seaman has more trees for sale this year (slightly bigger this year), but can be cut down to size.  £20 delivered in the village.  Contact Bradley for more information on 540605.

This year’s Christmas Lunch is in the Village Hall on Wednesday December 6th.  If you have recently moved into the village these lunches are open to all residents.  There is no need to book, just come along, meet a cross section of villagers and enjoy a good chat.  Lunch is served from 12.30 until 2 pm.  The charge is £5.
Although the lunches are normally on the first Wednesday of each month, the January lunch will be on January 10th i.e. the second Wednesday, because our normal date is too close to the New Year holiday.  At this time the cost will be raised to £5.  Sadly, recent increases in the price of ingredients have meant that at £4 we are unable to cover the cost of the meal and hire the hall.

Our November meeting learnt about the work of The Woodland Trust, which was started by Ken Watkins in Devon in 1972.   The talk given by Steve Beech gave us an insight into the work of the Trust.  The Trust works tirelessly to raise funds to buy important areas of woodland, maintain their existing woods and try to negotiate in areas of conflict especially where ancient woodlands are involved.  We also learnt about the disease threats hanging over some of our native species and how they are being tackled.  With plenty of interesting slides it was an informative evening.
This year marks thirty five years since Chittlehamholt Garden Club was formed.  Members will celebrate this special anniversary with an informal get-together that will include seasonal music by Ashreigney Handbells and a bring & share buffet supper.  The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday December 14th in the Village Hall.
Next Month the club will be holding the annual dinner on January 18th at Higher Biddacott Farm, Chittlehampton.  Details of the menu will be circulated to all members in December.

Charles and Andrea Moberley are leaving Chittlehamholt for pastures new (Salisbury to be precise).  Over the years they have been active in many spheres of village life.  We wish them well as they settle into their new home.
Moving into Lower Spiecott are Paul and Alison Sopp currently living in Littlehampton.  We understand they are keen gardeners so they will need to adapt to the vagaries of North Devon weather.  We look forward to welcoming them into our community.

 “Christmas is coming” – but not YET!!
Every year, around this time, we see the flood of TV adverts coming in for all those oh-so essential Christmas delights, from the various stores. Apparently, to get the real spirit of Christmas, depending on which advert you watch, you’ll need either enough food for a small army, a new large-screen TV or smelly candles. Or so they’re telling us.
I often hear “Oh, I don’t like Christmas much these days, it’s too commercialised”. In fact, with all the hype and pressure to spend, spend, spend, some say that by the time December 25th gets here, they’re sick of Christmas.
Which is a real shame, and maybe it means we’re doing it wrong.
In fact, if you’re reading this before December 25th, the first thing to try to grasp, is that despite all the outside pressure, it’s not actually Christmas yet – it’s ADVENT.

Advent, quite apart from having calendars with chocolate in, is the season in which, as Christians, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. That can be either as the baby at Christmas time, or when he returns at the end of time. The message of advent is quite simply, are we ready to receive the King of Kings into our hearts and lives, when he arrives?
And it’s still got nothing to do with smelly candles.
So I hope you have a happy and blessed Christmas, fully prepared to welcome Jesus in the coming season, making Christmas day the true celebration that it deserves to be.
With all good wishes
David – Your Vicar.

Recently a number of residents kindly took part in a survey which Sophie Pearce was conducting in connection with research for her Master’s degree.  She has asked that we pass on her appreciation of your cooperation.  She writes
‘I would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who completed my wildlife survey for my Master’s dissertation research.  Thank you for all your kind words and support.  Chittlehamholt is the most   lovely village!!’
Love Sophie


First Prize – Dr Bowman 
Second Prizes – Sue Murray, Andrew & Julie Taylor, 
Third Prizes – Monica Govier, Derek Guard, Alex Hill