News & What's On

 Issue 154   OCTOBER 2017

This month’s contributions include two Annual Meetings.  To some these are an opportunity to look back at the year gone.  To others it is a chance to look forward and visualise how their organisation can best meet the needs of our community in the years ahead.  In today’s climate charting the way ahead is a real challenge in which we all have a part.
Contributions for the November issue should reach us by October 20th.  Contacts, as usual, are Ron Thorne (540389), e-mail to  or you can always leave them in the shop, whichever is most convenient.  Thank you.

Tues.       3rd        1.20 – 1.50       Library Van visits Village Hall Car Park.
Wed.       4th       12.30 – 2.00       Drop-in Lunch in Village Hall.  All welcome.
Thurs.     5th        6.00                  Helen Hollick’s talk in South Molton library. .
Wed.      11th       1.30 – 3.00      Ladies House Group meet.  For venue contact Barbara (540216).
Thurs.    12th        7.30                 Garden Club AGM & Swap Shop in Village Hall.
Wed.       25th      1.30 – 3.00       Ladies Home Group meet. For venue contact Barbara (540216).
Thurs.     26th           7.30            Community Shop AGM in Village Hall.
Mon.       30th           7.30            Parish Council meets in Village Hall.

Each Tuesday    9.30 – 11.30     Tai Chi in Village Hall.  Contact Bisi Vernon (540 609)
          2 – 4                 Short Mat Bowls in Village Hall
Evening sessions may be available.  Check with Mike Hopkins-Burt (540057)

Sun.           1st           11.00        Holy Communion  (C) 
Sun.          8th            11.00        Holy Communion    (W)
Sun.         15th             3.30        Harvest Festival in Village Hall   (C)       
Sun.         22nd           11.00        Morning Worship    (W)                           
Sun.         29th           11.00        Morning Worship     (C)

The Garden Club went to Rosemoor for the September outing. 
Once again the weather was with us against all predictions. The sun was shining when we arrived so most members headed for the gardens thinking they would view the craft stalls and art exhibition when the next downpour arrived. 
The sun kept shining and many of us spent the whole afternoon wandering around the fabulous gardens, meeting in the cafe for tea and cake before our journey home. 
Notice is given of the AGM, which will be held at the Village Hall on Thursday 12th October. Members are requested to limit the number of plants, to one or two, for the Swap-Shop which follows the meeting.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be on Thursday 26th October in the Village Hall starting at 7.30 pm.  This will look back at our fourth year of trading During this time we have proved that we have a sustainable business model and have seen the benefits of having a social focal point in the village.  This gives us a sound base from which to move forward. As we see what is being achieved in the ever-increasing number of community shops we can look forward to bringing further benefits to the village. The meeting gives us the opportunity to explore these.  So, yes, we are obliged to look at the past year but more important to look forward and create a vision of the future.
For those who have recently moved to the village, we are a community co-operative, known officially as a Community Benefit Society. As such, we have shareholders and anyone can purchase a share (£5).  This means that all shareholders have an equal say in the running of the shop.  All profit from this operation must be used in a village community project and no individual or organisation can benefit.  Holders of shares can vote at meetings and can, if elected, serve on the Management Committee.  Application forms are available from the shop.
We have a healthy bank balance, but our most valuable asset is the band of dedicated volunteers who run the shop.  Without them there wold be no shop.  We would welcome more volunteers to work regularly in the shop or to help cover for holidays and sickness.  Arrangements are flexible.

If you could help please get in touch with Tim (540196) or Ron (540389).  To get an idea of what is involved, why not drop in for a chat with one of our volunteers.
Two messages of thanks to pass on from those whom the shop helps.  These are from North Devon Hospice for the proceeds (£50+) from the collecting box and from the Food Bank for whom we collect.
In conclusion, we look forward to meeting you on October 26th at the Annual Meeting.  See you then.

VILLAGE SHOW AGM  THE FLOWER & VEGETABLE SHOW Annual Meeting saw the present committee re-elected.  The Secretary is Clare Court, and Treasurer, Heather Baker.  After the encouraging signs from this year’s Show, the emphasis is very much on building on this result.    Among the items discussed, was to hold a workshop on the criteria used in judging entries.  This would take place during the winter months.  If you have any thoughts on this do share them with Clare (01769 540242).  Thanks to the committee members for their enthusiasm in moving the Show forward.

Regrettably the Big Breakfast planned for Sunday October 8th has had to be postponed.  A new date has yet to be arranged.  This will be published once arrangements have been made.
We look forward to the return of ‘Cadence’ on Saturday November 18th.  This band were much appreciated on their previous visit.  Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door will be available from committee members and the Shop nearer the time. This is a not-to-be-missed event, so put the date in your diary.

On Sunday October 15th there will be a traditional Harvest Festival celebration in the Village Hall at 3.30 pm.  The speaker will be Bishop Sarah, Bishop of Crediton.  Everyone is most welcome to this celebration, which will be followed by Cream Teas
Gifts of produce to decorate the Hall will be much appreciated.  If you can help in any way please get in touch with Barbara Kilvington (540216).  The produce will go NDADA (North Devon against Domestic Abuse) in Barnstaple, who are always most appreciative of support.

Plans to provide a landing site for the Air Ambulance Helicopter on Launds Playing Field during darkness, are well advanced and are being progressed by the Parish Council.
Once the details are finalised we hope to publish them.  Another example of rural community initiative to maintain services.

On Thursday October 5th from 6 pm in South Molton Library. Helen Hollick will be talking on the events which led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Helen has written on this topic, which she has researched, so this should be both interesting and informative, plus, I suspect at times amusing.
Do go along and enjoy as well as support Helen.  She does make two requests
           NO ARROWS & NO NORMANS! Please!


First Prize                            Mrs Cockell

Second Prizes                      Mr & Mrs Hutton
                                            May Lethbridge        
Third Prizes                        Glyn Pope
                                           Barbara Slee
                                           Mr & Mrs Wailes-Fairbairn



The Annual Meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday October 26th 2017 in the Village Hall, Chittlehamholt.


1.            Welcome and Apologies
2.            Minutes of the previous AGM held on Thursday November 17th 2016.
3.            Matters Arising.
4.            Management Report for year ending 31st May 2017.
5.            Motion     ‘The association agrees to receive unaudited accounts as permitted under the terms of the Deregulation (Industrial and Provident Societies) Order 1996.’
6.            To receive the accounts for year ending May 31st 2017.  (Note 1).
7.            Election of Management Committee for coming year. (Note 2).
8.            Open Forum (Note 3).

Note 1.         Anyone wishing to inspect the accounts may do so by prior arrangement with the
Treasurer, Malcolm Neal on (01769 – 540028).  Copies can be obtained by contacting the Treasurer.

Note 2.        The constitution requires that the committee members retire at each Annual Meeting and are eligible for re-election.  Members standing for election must be aged 18 years or over.

Note 3          In March 2018 we make the final repayment of the loan we were obliged to take to secure grants to build the shop. Now, with the experience of four years and the loan repaid, we have the opportunity to look around and create a vision for the future.
                  This meeting gives us the chance to start on this journey. Your input to this process is important.

Secretary:         Anne D Thorne