Space Project Takes Off !

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On Saturday May 26th, the church opened again and revealed to a delighted crowd what had been happening behind the Health and Safety barriers over the last five months. Littlehempston has at last got a place where the community can meet, as well as a church with a more secure future. The place was packed with villagers, enjoying delicious home-made cakes and tea, and marvelling at how light and airy the church now seemed. Half of the nave was set out with the now mobile pews, while the other half was clear, so all could appreciate the new sandstone floor and the flexibility of this new space. In the corner, children from the fledgling Mother and Toddlers group played happily, a good reminder of how valuable this space is going to be. Lots of ideas appeared on the flipchart, suggesting even more events and activities that are now possible such as a Murder Mystery evening with supper, Gardening Club and a Flower Festival. Don’t think the pew racing was a serious suggestion.

The following day, all the pews were in place and Rev. Nicholas celebrated Holy Communion with a congregation, who were very happy to have their church back. Afterwards everybody lingered to chat and enjoy more tea and cake. No need to rush home to go the loo now. We’ve got our own!

And didn’t the church and grounds look clean and beautiful? A week earlier, things looked very different – everything was dusty and the floors were muddy. A huge round of applause for all those who rallied round with mops, buckets, dusters, paintbrushes and strimmers and worked so hard to clean the church up after the builders left. We also owe a big thank you to the Community Payback Volunteers who painted the interior and made it look so bright. And finally many thanks to all those who brought those lovely cakes. Let’s hope we have lots more occasions when they’ll be needed.  Thanks to Ken Wood who took lots of photos of all this that you can find in the Gallery.

No doubt this will be the first of many reports about what’s happening in our Community Space. If you have an event or activity that you’d like to organise or would like to hire the place for a private occasion, do get in touch. It’s there waiting for you.

Littlehempston Church Reopens

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On the morning of Friday May 18th, Littlehempston Church will be handed over by StoneCo the builders and so it’s goodbye “Elfansafety” and hello “Big Clean”.  We need lots of people to help tidy up the church, carry chairs and tables from Colin’s Barn and help make refreshments for the community volunteers who’ll be painting inside. Come along anytime from 10am on Friday morning to last thing Monday afternoon (May 21st), with cleaning materials if possible. But if you’re away for the weekend, never fear – help may still be needed to get the place shipshape for opening day. If there’s nobody at the church, call in on Colin Platt at the Old Rectory next to the church.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone to come and help celebrate the re-opening of the church on Saturday May 26th between 3 and 6pm.  You’ll be able to marvel at our new Community Space and enjoy delicious cakes and tea. And if you’d like to bring along a cake, please do!

Space Project Set to Take Off

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Would you like to help get things going at the newly opened community space at Littlehempston Church?  More people are needed for a new team that will be made up of villagers, with representation from user groups such as the Mother and Toddlers’ and from the PCC.  All help is welcome, even if it’s only a couple of hours a month.

And have you got any good suggestions on what to call our new community space? To date we have The Ark (takes all sorts and useful in a flood), The Hub (as the centre of it all), The Space in Littlehempston, The Church House (good for locating it), St John’s, and The Community Space.

If you would like to help or know more, contact the Community Space Project Team.

Jubilee Celebrations Update

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Events kick off with the VILLAGE PHOTO on Monday June 4th at midday at the church – a rare event and not to be missed. Then on Monday evening, Littlehempston will join with communities all over the UK and light a BEACON at 10.15pm. The venue is the Millers’ top field at Buckyette, near the entrance to Old Manor and Winton House – it’s all a bit muddy at the moment, so car access may be difficult. Last minute details will be given here and on posters around the parish. The big splash is on the afternoon of Tuesday June 5th with Val and John Hoare’s CREAM TEA starting at 3pm at Hemsover on Ackrells Hill. 1950’s dress is the order of the day and there’ll be a display of Exhibition Mugs – bring along your own (labelled) if you have one and any other memorabilia from 60 years ago. Donation of £5 per head requested – the event is in in aid of the Community Space Project. If possible let Val know if you’re coming or can bring cakes or scones (tel. 866 133). Please walk or park down in the village. Finally, on Sunday June 10th, there’s the JUBILEE WALK, organised by Mike and Mo Wright, starting and finishing at the Pig & Whistle. Start time is 10am and the full walk is 4 to 5 miles, so bring a picnic or treat yourself at the pub afterwards. This event is very family friendly – there’s a quiz with a children’s prize of a book donated by the Parish Council for the best submission for nature spotting during the walk. There’s more detail in the calendar.

Handmade in the Hems Update

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All contributors are welcome at this art, craft and produce fair to be held in Littlehempston Church on Saturday June 23rd from 10am to 4pm. You don’t have to live in the village to take part and we would love to welcome people from all around to help celebrate our first event organised in aid of the new Community Space.

The fair is taking shape nicely, with contributors so far offering artefacts of furniture, jewellery, photography and painting – not to mention sou’westers and woollen fairies. We want to celebrate all manner of things that we make in our community – so there will be a stall for your wonderful cakes, preserves, wines, and honey, as well as for seasonal plants and produce. If you prefer just to exhibit rather than sell your craft, then that’s fine too. Contributors can simply donate their items, or offer a percentage of their takings.  Commercial exhibitors will be able to pay for a table space.

Children will love the Fairies Workshop with Jane Eyres, making ethereal creatures from Devon wool to create a Fairy Tree for the Village Fete (July  21st). A blind auction offers a beautiful Indian Rosewood Archive Box with antique lock suitable for storing precious documents kindly donated by Chris Waters (pictured here).

We plan to set up the space at 7pm on Friday 22 June, so that the day itself can get off to a clear start. With enough volunteers we will be able to offer refreshments, so please contact the Community Team if you’d like to help.  All contributors please contact event co-ordinator, Chris Waters, on 01803-865458, or send him an e-mail.