Auction of Promises coming up

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A fun evening and a chance to bid awaits you on Saturday 25th May. Things you might want, things you might need, or treats for you or a loved one are being sold in aid of Littlehempston Community Space at St Johns Church, Littlehempston. The Auction of Promises will have over 20 lots donated by local artists, craftspeople and businesses – all to be sold by auctioneer Piers Whiting of Luscombe Maye. The evening will start at 7pm with food and wine, while you get the chance to see some of the lots for auction displayed in the Church.

Items for sale include:

  • A painting of a favourite pet or horse by Jessica Hill
  • A load of logs delivered by Lawrence Joiner
  • A morning at Knaves Ash Racing Stables spent with trainer Martin Hill
  • A signed copy of a bestseller by local author Nicholas Evans
  • Chimney swept by John Cleave Ltd
  • Riding Lessons for a child donated by Rose Boon
  • Massages by Kate Carfrae
  • A ‘Celebration cake’ baked for a special occasion by Nicky Oldridge
  • A Deerstalk with Mike Wellum
  • Sunday Lunch for Two donated by the Pig and Whistle
  • A bespoke Garden Bench made by local farmer David Hoare
  • Two hours of Gardening by John Todd
  • A picture of your home or garden painted by Nicholas Pearkes
  • A load of Farmyard Manure delivered by Paul Wakeham
  • Custom made Horsehoe Signs by Graham Corbett
  • A guided tour of Poltimore House with tea arranged by Claire Donovan
  • A session of Eurythmy Therapy with Margot Cooper
  • and several paintings

Entrance of £5 includes the buffet and wine. For more information contact James Drummond or phone him on 01803 867111.

Historic “Lost Property” supports the village

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On Sunday May 19th, fields around the village were full of people brandishing strange black machines – the metal detectorists had arrived ! This was the first rally of the Teign Bridge Metal Detecting Group and was the brain child of Rev Nicholas Pearkes, himself a keen hunter of all things metal in the ground. Over one hundred enthusiasts turned up and between “sweeps” enjoyed a steady stream of bacon butties, burgers and cake, served up by the Catering Corps of the Community Space Project.

The volunteers kept deserting the BBQ to nip inside the church to see what else had appeared on the Finds Table – throughout the day it slowly filled with interesting artefectas including old coins, buckles, pattens (worn on shoes to keep them free of mud), a “Duke of Wellington” tobacco tamper for clay pipes and even a Roman cloak pin. All generating much speculation as to how they got there and the village’s past.

It was a happy event and the volunteers were most impressed by what a nice bunch of people the detectorists were. The feeling was reciprocated and Tony Volante wrote on behalf of the group to say:  “Congratulations have been coming in from lots of attendees and I will pass them on later. The rally went off without a hitch and the Catering Corps did us proud with some super food. The grand total we all raised, including catering, sales and raffle, was £1449.00. Far better than expected for our first rally. Our thanks to the wonderful Catering Corps for their superb support.” The quality of the cakes was also commented upon !

All the money raised was kindly donated to the Church and Community Space and will be a great help in paying off the loan on the building works to adapt the church for community use.

More photos in our Gallery.

Community Space successfully in orbit

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At the first Annual Meeting of the Space on Wednesday May 15th, all agreed that the first year had proved a great success. The Annual Report showed that a busy programme of community meals, theatre, craft show, concerts, music workshops, dances and regular offerings of exercise classes, coffee mornings, cinema nights and Littlehempston Toddlers combined with a variety of private hires had not only provided lots of merry get-togethers, but also raised nearly £4,500. The Littlehempston Fete and the Village Lottery contributed a further £3,600 towards keeping the Church and Space open for future generations. A big thank you was extended to all those who had worked so hard to help raise funds and organise events.

After approval of the constitution and committee, the meeting looked at the direction for the next two years. Fundraising was already under way to pay for a new energy-conserving internal porch. A proposal to provide activities for younger members of the community was widely supported and suggestions for film shows, table tennis tournaments, music sessions and chess clubs were discussed. A proposal to investigate energy efficiency for local houses and the church was also supported. Sadly Littlehempston Toddlers was closing at the end of the summer term, but it was hoped that with Space support local parents might run the group themselves.

To find out more about hiring the Space, volunteering to organise an event or even joining our merry Space Team, please contact Jill Todd (01803 862451) or Ali Taylor (01803 865058).

Now’s your chance to buy a share in the Tally Ho !

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The next phase of the campaign to secure the future of the Tally Ho is finally here.  The share offer to raise the funds to buy and re-open the Tally Ho was launched on 1st May.  There’s a new, dedicated website at with all the details of the offer including the formal Share Prospectus and Business Plan.  And the bubbling Pub-O-Meter at the bottom of every page will keep you up to date on how the share offer’s going !

The community did a great job in opposing the planning applications for the pub which eventually saw them withdrawn – now we need to pull together to buy the pub and re-open it.  So please visit, have a good look round – particularly at the Share Prospectus – and if you’re happy, apply for some shares !  You can read the documents, fill in the application form, and transfer the money all online.  If you prefer you can print out the documents, fill in the paper application form and post it with a cheque.  Or you can choose any combination of paper and online that suits you !

Please don’t wait too long.  The share offer closes on 15th June unless it’s fully subscribed before then.  A big publicity campaign has been organised (the picture shows the current management team of Littlehempston Community Pub Ltd. being photographed for the Western Morning News) and there’s expected to be considerable interest – especially as anyone who’s a UK tax payer should be able to claim back 30% of their investment as an income tax rebate (provided they hold their shares for at least three years) under the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme.

If you think this is an attractive offer, please let your family and friends know about it too.  Just send them a link to  Building a network of friends and relatives will be the way that we’ll get enough of us working together to buy the Tally and re-open it!