Wordsmithery: Creative Writing in the Community Space

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Here’s a real treat to spice up your autumn. On Saturday 19 October from 2pm to 4.30pm, Chris Waters, poet and tutor, will be offering a creative writing workshop in the Community Space at Littlehempston Church. So if you are a practising, aspiring, compulsive or bewildered writer – or just a complete beginner – you are welcome to come along and experiment with some writing games and exercises designed to spark your imagination. We aim for a friendly and informal atmosphere, with no exams or coursework. Bring your own notebook and pen – and an open mind! The workshop fee is £10 and booking is essential – just contact Ali Taylor or phone 01803 865058. For more information about the workshop, contact Chris Waters (01803 865458). This is a “taster” session and, if there’s enough support, Chris is happy to make it a regular event.

Celebrations at the Pig & Whistle

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Donna & Phil would like to invite you to their First Anniversary Party at The Pig & Whistle on Friday 4th October at 7pm to celebrate their first year of trading. Nibbles will be provided together with great soul music and wonderful tastings by Teignworthy Brewery.  Donna says, “We hope the Village and surrounding villages and parishes will be able to join in this happy celebration.  We have so enjoyed our first year and intend to be here for many more.”

Now the summer is at an end and the children are returning to school, the opening hours have changed slightly to:
11am – Morning Coffee & Cakes (except Sundays)
12 Noon – 2.30 pm Lunch (Sundays 12-3pm)
2.30-6pm – Afternoon Tea (Cakes/Cream Teas/sandwiches) & Bar open all day
6pm – 9pm Dinner

And for those of you who are well prepared, you can book early for Christmas Day lunch!

Corinne’s Memorial Service

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Family and friends packed Littlehempston Church on July 31st to commemorate and celebrate the life of Corinne Joiner, who died suddenly on June 22nd. A quiet funeral had been held on July 1st, closely followed by son Lawrence’s wedding to Amanda.

In the words of her husband, John, it was “a moving and heart warming memorial service … presided over with luminous goodwill by Nicholas, our incomparable Rector.” In an Appreciation of Corinne, Liz Miller paid tribute to her quiet generosity and support for people in times of need plus an energetic and well organised contribution to community life over many years with evidence of this supported by the minutes of past Church and Village Fete committees!

John also said that Nicholas “has the gratitude of all my family and friends who attended. Just as important to record is the surge of help, both practical and emotional, which arose immediately after Corinne’s death…. It has been a warming insight into the esteem in which she was held. Thank you to all in the Parish – and beyond – who made the wedding such a spectacularly successful event, the memorial comforting and my life infinitely easier than it would otherwise have been. I have just received a letter from a friend, who ended by saying ‘ Corinne would have been proud’ That’s praise indeed.”

Corinne will be missed by all who knew her.

Cream Teas and African Mountains

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Everybody enjoyed an afternoon of sunshine and delicious cream teas at Val Hoare’s fundraiser last month, while enjoying the lovely view over the Hems valley. Ray Hill won the raffle and went home clutching his champagne and elderflower cordial, while Ali Taylor won the prize for the best summer hat (by dint of being the only entry). The event raised a fantastic £245 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Afterwards Val said, “We really enjoyed having so many friends with us to share such good weather. Please thank everyone who came or has given donations.”

The next chance to have a good time and support this valuable charity is to come along to the Ceilidh that Val’s organising on October 26th in the Space at Littlehempston Church. Val’s fundraising efforts culminate in January with her bid to scale Kilimnajaro. If you’d like to support this gutsy adventure, go to

Another Happy Winner!

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Judy Hine-Haycock got a nice surprise, when Littlehempston Lottery organiser, Ken Wood, rang to let her know she’d won first prize of £136 in the July draw. The draw was a good excuse to get together at the Pig & Whistle for a delicious meal – well worth it for John Todd who came along and won second prize, which hopefully made up for having a bad back. Third prize went yet again to Ken’s neighbour, Lucy Morris (how do you do it, Lucy?). A cheque for £170 was received by Colin Platt on behalf of the Community Space at Littlehempston Church.

Ken started the lottery last year to raise money for the Space and to date has raised nearly £1,500 that supports a variety of activities. This is a great way of having a flutter and also helping keep the church and Space up and running. Go to Littlehempston Lottery to find out more.

The final draw for this year is on October 30th. If you’d like to join in, contact Ken for more details by phone on 865541 or send him an e-mail.