Beautiful Autumn Leaves

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The voice of Anneke Freeland filled Littlehempston Church with beautiful sound and enchanted the audience with a varied selection of classical love songs at the Autumn Leaves concert at the beginning of this month. She was accompanied by Margaret Clark on piano. The two performed in front of the delicately lit rood screen with the most splendid flower arrangment supplied by Margaret’s husband, Richard. Delicious canapes were made and served by Ruth Massey and Colin Platt along with lashings of wine, so not only did everyone enjoy good music, they also enjoyed a good chat afterwards. Everybody agreed that the acoustics of the church were superb, so we look forward to more good music in the future. The event raised over £315, which Anneke and Margaret have kindly donated to the Community Space. Thank you both for a memorable evening.

Lottery Winner!

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The happy winner of the August Village Lottery was Bee Criddle with the lucky number of 57. Obviously some kind of reward for editing September’s Parish News. She receives £250 while another £250 was donated to the village Community Space. The next & last lottery draw for 2012 is on the 28th November at 8pm at the Pig & Whistle. Why not come early and enjoy tasty food and good company? And don’t forget to buy your passport to riches in the November draw. This is a great way of supporting the Community Space: more information here.

Welcome to new landlords at Pig and Whistle

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A big welcome to the McCann family, Phil and Donna and their children Callum, Mitchell and Georgia, who have recently taken over the Pig and Whistle. A sad farewell was said last month to the previous landlords, John and Sue Bates, who are returning to live in Paignton.

Donna and Phil are local people with experience of running pubs and hotels. Some may remember Donna from her days as PA to a senior partner in the firm of solicitors, WBW in Newton Abbot, before Phil lured her into the catering trade. The couple aim to run the pub with a firm focus on food, where possible locally sourced and seasonally influenced, while keeping the pub as a friendly local. Phil is himself a trained chef, but a new chef – described as “young and passionate” – has recently been hired to run the kitchen. Expect a lot of Mediterranean style food and lots of fresh fish (Phil has a mate in the trade).  The pub will be open all day from 10am and will offer free WiFi.

The new landlords are a very friendly couple, who are keen to build strong links with the local community. They are offering all those living in the Parish of Littlehempston a 10% discount on food and drink for one month starting from the opening date of Monday 17th September. Watch out for young Georgia, doing her bit in Totnes handing out leaflets – in her pig’s head, of course.