Works to the flood channels

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At the beginning of the month, large digging machines arrived on the field next to the triangle bridge. Jenny Galton-Fenzi reports: “Good news for everyone who drives through the village. The two flood channels, which were constructed in 1997, are being dug out to get rid of the silt which has accumulated in the time since. This should mean the roads won’t flood so much during the winter. All credit to Viv Whybrow, who has pursued the District Council tenaciously over this, making sure Littlehempston was not forgotten when resources and funding were allotted!”

Fingers crossed for this winter and well done, Viv!

Spectacular Successes !

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Over the last month we have had two memorable evenings from Villages in Action performers. The first was a wonderful performance by Cirkus Spectakular, which packed the church with children sitting on cushions (thank heavens for underfloor heating) watching raptly as a magical tale was woven by the skilled puppet masters. Then this month there was Beneath the Albion Sky performed by the Write by Numbers company – an intriguing tale of a journey of discovery related by Andy Kelly. Afterwards, he and writer Corinne Furness stayed to chat and answer questions from the audience … and also to enjoy delicious food and wine. A big thank you to all who supplied the wonderful cakes, gave accomodation to our talented visitors and especially to Sandra who organised both these events. A splendid £155 was raised into the bargain, which will help keep the church and Space open for all.

Things are getting better at the Tally Ho

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Lots of changes for the better at the Tally recently – a brand new wood burning stove warms the bar, a fire alarm system has been installed and a lovely new till, and other changes have been made to bring this historic watering hole up to scratch on the fire safety front. Work has started on making the electrical system conform to modern standards. Wonderful volunteers have pointed and painted. A huge thank you to the talented team led by Anna Ash that have made the much admired new cushions!

Shares in the Tally Ho have just topped £200,000 and enough money has now been made from share sales to make a £10,000 repayment to the Architectural Heritage Fund, as a first step to paying back the £100,000 loan. Shares are still for sale, so if you’d like to own a bit of the Tally, phone 01803 865058 or visit for more information.

Vote for the Pub of the Year to be in Littlehempston

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The Pig & Whistle and the Tally Ho have been nominated in the Torquay Herald Express Pub of the Year competition – now YOU can cast your vote for one of Littlehempston’s excellent two pubs. Here’s a link to the Pub of the Year Voting page. Just click on the link, scroll down to the form, enter the Tally Ho’s number 1053 and name “Tally Ho, Littlehempston”, or the Pig & Whistle’s number 1016 and name “The Pig and Whistle, Littlehempston” then press the submit button. You can also vote for one or two of the eight barwomen and barmen from the Pig & Whistle who’ve been nominated. Good luck, everyone!