More Lucky Lottery Winners!

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Smiles all round the village at the end of October, as Ken Wood made his famous phone calls to alert the Littlehempston Lottery winners of their success. Derek Goult won first prize of £132 with second for Kirstien Bjerregaard and third for Paul White. Congratulations everybody and many thanks to Ken, who presented a cheque for £165 to the Community Space project. That should help to pay the fuel bills at the church this winter!

The lottery is a great way of having a flutter whilst supporting village events. Click here for more details or come along to the Craft Fair, where Ken will have a display of all the good things the lottery has helped to support.

Christmas Craft Fair and Tree Lighting

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Come to the Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday November 30th 2pm – 6pm and you’ll find Littlehempston Church brimming with a wealth of local craft and produce. There’ll be stalls packed with handcrafted goods such as pottery, handmade materials including quilts, soft toys, cushions and children’s clothes, jewellery, paintings, cards, candles, tasty homemade produce and even small pieces from our local stonemason. Light refreshments will be on sale throughout.

Donations of cakes and mince pies will be much appreciated, as are offers of help to man the Village Stall, even for a short time.

If you have just one or two pieces of craft or produce to donate, they would be much appreciated for the Village Stall. And if you have something you’d like to sell, but can’t be there, we can sell it for you for a donation, of course. Contact Ali Taylor or phone her on 01803 865058 for more details.

All the proceeds will go to supporting the church and Community Space, so you can show your support by buying your Christmas presents here! There’s lots of choice at a range of prices.

The fair closes at 6pm, and then all are welcome to gather outside for the traditional Lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by carol singing (with possible accompaniment from musical villagers!) Then back inside to enjoy mince pies and mulled wine. A fine end to what will hopefully be an exciting day.

Everything flowed

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Littlehempston Church was filled with enchantment on Friday November 8th, when the Norwegian dance company, Panta Rei, performed “I wish her well.” A big thank you to Sandra Law, who co-ordinated the event and sent in this report, and also to Chris Waters for writing a poem that caught the mood perfectly:

Brilliant! Our first Villages in Action event was a resounding success! Part of the appeal of becoming a promoter for Villages in Action was widening our horizons by meeting people from other countries and seeing top quality performance in our very own community space. Panta Rei fulfilled all my hopes.

They arrived on Thursday evening having travelled from Oslo – Littlehempston was their first stop on their tour. Despite a long day, Silje, Kari, Julie and Berit were open, friendly and still smiling. They were driven by Martin, their Cornish technician, who was equally appreciative of Claire and Colin’s generous offer to put them all up in their cider barn. Ali and I shared a meal with them all, discovering that we shared a common experience of working with children and getting a buzz from developing their skills. As there is no such organisation as Villages in Action in Norway, a lot of Panta Rei’s work is in schools and colleges, giving workshops and performances.

Friday began with carrying all their extraordinarily heavy equipment from the trailer into the church and working out how best to use the limited space. We’d heard that they were an adaptable group! A full rehearsal was only possible at about 5pm – so we were full of admiration for their strength, ingenuity and positive attitude. No prima donnas here.

The actual performance was magic – beautiful fluid movement interspersed with high energy acrobatic flight. The atmosphere in our lovely old church together with music were evocative and the whole experience extremely moving. Many of us related to the voice over speaking of feeling no different to when she was 20, although now much older. I was thrilled by the enthusiasm of the applause and the number of questions in the Q and A at the end. These young women could dance so expressively and communicate with clarity and charm – in English! We learnt that Panta Rei comes from the Greek meaning ‘everything flows’.

The evening was rounded off perfectly with a meal at the Old Rectory. So, many thanks to Claire and Colin for their generosity, to Ali for her constant help and support and to The Team who moved into action on the night. People came from as far afield as Tavistock and all the feedback that we heard was enthusiastic and appreciative, even inspiring a poem. The experience was inspirational!

Because Everything Flows
for Silje, Julie, Kari and Berit of Panta Rei Danseteater

After your performance
in our medieval church
the worn stones cooled

and familiar darkness
returned in a black tide
lapping at flagstone and pew,

but because – as you know –
‘everything flows’ – you would
then have heard

the minutest of skitterings
as of time-grains
shifting in their glass,

as two figures – a Knight
and his Lady – dreaming out
their patient centuries,

so slowly eased their forms
in their sculpted beds:
an ankle-bone creaked,

armour-rivets grated,
a fold of her dress
sighed as she turned,

and they both surrendered
to the strangest of melodies
and rhythmic steps.

Long-stilled atoms stirred
from the choreography of youth
and for once in their slumber

they were into the same dream;
while a full encounter
was not entirely practical,

for a pulse of time
their stone hearts danced
to a remembered score.

Next morning, the flower-ladies
changed the lilies in their vase,
tut-tutted at all that unswept dust.

Chris Waters, November 2013

We’ve agreed a price for the Tally Ho !

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There’s been some real progress towards re-opening the Tally Ho this month. Littlehempston Community Pub Limited (LCPL) have agreed a price with the current owner that’s very close to the valuation that was done back in April after a full survey.

Shares in LCPL (the co-operative set up to buy and re-open the pub) are still available, and the more shares we sell, the less we’ll need to borrow. The less we borrow, the easier it will be to make the Tally Ho successful, and the better the returns will be for our investors (the members of LCPL).

So if you’ve been waiting to see whether this project is really going to happen before investing, then now’s the time to put your money in.  Shares are available at £250 each, and if you’re a UK tax payer then you should get 30% of your investment back from the taxman because we qualify for the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme.  Full details about buying shares are available on the Invest page of the Littlehempston Community Pub Limited website.

Hopefully it won’t be too long now before we can meet up again for a drink and a meal in South Devon’s first community pub !

Have you lost a dog?

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A lady has contacted the web site to say that a little dog was found near the main Totnes to Newton road in early October. If you’d like more information, contact Mrs P. Rouse.