Hand-Made in the Hems: Calling All Makers!

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Chris Waters of Littlehempston is a furniture-maker and is planning an end-of-season workshop sale of small hand-crafted pieces (from maple bookends to walnut photo-frames) in aid of the Littlehempston Community Space Fund. It will take place on Saturday 23 June 2012 at Littlehempston Church.

If you too are a maker – of irresistible edibles (jam / cakes / honey / chutneys etc), potables (wines and cordials) and all kinds of bespoke craft items in whatever media or materials – and would like to participate, please contact Chris on 01803-865458, or send him an e-mail. The aim is for this to be an inclusive and celebratory event! The next step is to set up a contact group and arrange a meeting to plan the event – Chris looks forward to hearing from you!

Things are hotting up in the Church

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Underfloor heating pipes in the churchBack in December, after a satisfactory archaeological report, the Diocesan Archaeological Advisor gave the go-ahead for building work to start  Concrete was then laid in the side aisles and the areas below the pew platforms. An empty crypt under the main aisle was also filled in, when a concrete mixer threatened to fall through the floor. Good that we found out about that at this stage! By mid February, the concrete had hardened off, enabling insulation and underfloor heating pipes to be laid. They’ve been tested and work! The limestone slabs to cover this area have been chosen and ordered. Work on the toilet area is progressing well: the new floor in the old kitchen area is in place, higher than the original one to allow a gentler slope from outside for wheelchair access. The west door, which will give external access to the toilets, is currently being made from Canadian Pine. There was a “consultation” at the last coffee morning to find out what people thought of the kitchen design and several useful suggestions were made, resulting in a redesign to make that area function better.  The finish date for the works is uncertain at the moment, as StoneCo are experiencing problems with supplies, and the Easter opening date is now looking rather optimistic. More news on this, when we have it.

Fireside Supper and Fundraising Success

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The Fireside Supper in January was a “roaring success” and besides being a lovely occasion for people to get together and enjoy each other’s company, it also raised £465 for the Space Project. Everybody bought along tasty dishes and scrumptious desserts were provided by Lucy and Nicky from Gatcombe. A big thank you to Claire and Colin for once again allowing us to invade The Old Rectory!

An excellent boost to the fundraising pot was a £10,000 donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation and we’ve also received a most helpful £500 from the Norman Family Trust – well done, fundraisers! A further £500 donation was received from Littlehempston residents – you know who you are! Many thanks!