A Wonderful Wedding!

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It was a perfect day for the wedding of Amanda Harper and Lawrence Joiner at Littlehempston Church on July 6th. The sun shone, the bells pealed and the organ filled the church with sweet sound, as Lawrence waited a trifle nervously until Amanda, a trifle late as was the bride’s prerogative, walked up the aisle looking stunning, as did the accompanying bridesmaids and page boy. In fact, everybody scrubbed up pretty well for this memorable occasion. The Reverend Nicholas provided a happy service, despite slight trepidation at one point, when he produced a whip and a bit of string as a “visual aid” to describe the couple’s future. Relief all round, when this turned out to be a bridle symbolising Amanda’s work as head groom at the Mare & Foal Sanctuary and a starter cord for a mower, representing Lawrence’s gardening business.

After the wedding, guests drove through the sunny lanes to Victory Hall in Landscove, which had been beautifully decorated by family and friends. Pims on the lawn, delicious food, merry traditional dancing with a folk band plus lots of opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new people. A perfect day. Here’s wishing Amanda and Lawrence all the best for a very happy future.

More pictures in the Gallery.

On the path to Kilimanjaro

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Local resident, Val Hoare, is preparing to climb the highest peak on the African continent in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. (Did you know, Val, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising from around 900 metres to 5,895 metres or 19,336 feet. No pressure! ) Along the way, Val’s organising lots of lovely events, where you can have a good time and help swell the coffers.

First up was the coffee morning at the end of June. Val says, “Many, many thanks to the friendly crowd who turned out for the coffee morning – you raised £160 which is a fantastic addition to my total so far, which now stands at nearly £900. It was great to see friends and to catch up with local news – something I don’t have many opportunities to do. I am planning more events soon and they will all be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Only today, I have had conversations at work with two more people who have been helped by this wonderful charity. It is a pleasure to be involved with Macmillan, and I hope you will join me at one of my next events.”

Val’s next fund-raiser is a Cream Tea on Sunday August 11th from 3 p.m. in the family’s garden at Hemsover on Ackrells Hill, Littlehempston. There will be a raffle and a prize for the best summer hat (that’s assuming that the weather is still summer-like!). If you can park in the village and walk up that would relieve any congestion.

Val extends a warm invitation to all: “It would be great to have lots of folk enjoying the afternoon with us. If you can’t make it, or the ceilidh on October 26th, I have now set up a web page at for anyone who would like to support my fund raising for Macmillan.”