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Rally Round the Tally – part 4 !

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It’s been quiet on the Tally Ho front for the last few weeks but some good news has just come in – South Hams District Council have just listed the Tally Ho as an Asset of Community Value !  Littlehempston Parish Council nominated the Tally Ho under the Localism Act 2012, and we think it will be the first property to be listed in the South Hams.

SHDC will now write to Phillip Saint (the Tally Ho’s owner) telling him it’s been listed and letting him know what that means, and in particular that he has to inform them if he offers the Tally Ho for sale.  As the Tally Ho is already on the market, we imagine that will happen quickly, and that will be the start of a six week “moratorium” during which local organisations can “express an interest” in bidding to buy the pub.  It can’t be sold during those six weeks.

If a local organisation does express such an interest, the moratorium is extended to six months to allow them to negotiate with the owner and raise the money.

The list of organisation types that can “express an interest” is quite restricted, and realistically it needs to be an incorporated body such as a limited company or co-operative.  But don’t worry !  The Rally Round the Tally team have been preparing for exactly this situation for the past few weeks, and are now close to setting up a co-operative to “express an interest” in buying the Tally, and then go on and run a share issue to raise the purchase price.  With a bit of luck and a fair wind, we’ll soon have a community pub in Littlehempston !

The Rally Tally team have also just heard that they’ve been granted some significant support from the Plunkett Foundation.  It includes several days support from a community advisor, and a grant to help with setting-up costs, paying for a valuation, etc.

But no news yet on the planning applications, which still haven’t been decided.

If you want to know more, get involved and help, or just tell us what you think – there’s a lot more information on the Tally Ho section of this website.

Festivities at Littlehempston Church

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Isn’t it good to have the church back in operation? Last Christmas, the gates were shut and “elf and safety” signs discouraged entry. This year, on Thursday December 6th, the village celebrated the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree, followed by carols accompanied by the excellent Totnes Band. The band were very pleased to be inside the church out of the rain and were very complimentary about the acoustics. The mince pies, washed down with lashings of mulled wine, were also pretty good. Well done all those who helped make this such a success. There are more pictures of this event in the gallery.

The flexibility of our new Space was shown the following week, when the Carol Service departed a little from tradition by having tableaux provided by local schoolchildren to accompany the readings. Shepherds, Wise Men, Mary and baby Jesus, Joseph, angels and a mischievous little donkey illustrated the Christmas story, and the mutterings and shufflings emanating from behind the scenes in the Lady Chapel added to the atmosphere. The choir were superb and their singing brought tears to many an eye.  The church was beautifully decorated and one visitor was heard to comment that it was the loveliest little church she had ever seen. Again a big thank you to all who made this such a special event. Lots of people helped, but a special mention must go to Ruth Massey, who did a terrific amount in preparing the tableaux and decorations, and also to Ian Curror, who played the organ and filled the church with amazing sound. Lots more pictures of the carol service too in the gallery.