Parish and District Council Elections announced

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The formal notices of Parish and District Council Elections have now been published. You can read them by clicking on these links to the Notice of Parish Council Election and Notice of District Council Election. If either election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 7th May, at the same time as the General Election.

The Pig & Whistle Wins Three Awards

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The Pig & Whistle has scooped 3 awards at the Live Love Eat Awards 2014. It was voted BEST DEVON PUB, then BEST REGIONAL PUB and finally SOUTH WEST HERO – the award given to the business that had the most votes overall.

Donna and Phil McCann were absolutely thrilled to be invited to the award ceremony in Honiton as finalists, but were completely amazed to find they’d won all these awards against some very stiff competition from well established businesses throughout the South West.

Well done to all concerned!

Parish Council Elections 2015

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Parish Council Elections will take place on 7th May at the same time as the District and Parliamentary Elections. But there will only be a Parish Council Election in Littlehempston if more than five people are prepared to put themselves forward to serve on the Parish Council. All of us who live in the parish are affected by the decisions that the Parish Council makes, so we should all support it and be prepared to take turns serving on it. We’ve all got busy lives, but we do need and deserve a democratically elected council to take decisions on our behalf.

If you’d like to put yourself forward to take a turn as a Parish Councillor, there’s a lot of useful information on the Electoral Commission and Devon Association of Local Councils websites. Our Parish Council Election will be run by South Hams District Council and there’s some information, including a timetable of events, on the South Hams website. Completed nomination papers need to be delivered by hand (not necessarily by the candidate) to the returning officer between 10am and 4pm on weekdays between Wednesday 25th March and Thursday 9th April.


Totnes Young Farmers’ Dung Run

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Get your garden off to a flying start and support a local charity at the same time! On Saturday March 14th, Totnes Young Farmers are delivering bags of dung with free delivery up to 7 miles from Totnes (small charge outside this area). It costs only £2.00 per 25kg bag and all proceeds go to Totnes Caring. To place your order or for further information contact Pat Palmer on 07817 480 343 or Jordan Winter on 07532 184 474.

Have you lost a black cat?

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Lawrence Joiner has sent in the following sad news. On Thursday March 5th around 6pm, he was at Black Post Cross on the A381, when a black cat was run over and killed. He took it to Seymour Vets in Totnes, but it did not have a chip. The vets have said they will keep the body for a little while, in case anybody gets in touch. The cat is a medium black male and not neutered. Contact the vet for more information. Lawrence stresses that it is NOT his cat that has been missing for several months.

Taking care of your property

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In the most recent copy of Neighbourhood News put out by Neighbourhood Watch, police advise: “The winter will soon be over and people’s minds will be turning to the great outdoors – gardening and cycling to mention a couple. Unfortunately there are others who will have the same thoughts and will want to relieve you of your precious garden tools and your cycles. To assist you in keeping them safe, the Police at Totnes have a limited supply of garden shed alarms which, if you meet the criteria, are available free. They will also property mark your tools and cycles. To get this service or apply for an alarm contact your local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) at Totnes Police Station, who will arrange for your tools and cycles to be marked and will see if you meet the criteria for a shed alarm and if you do, they will have it delivered to your house.”

Advice is also given on marking your property and then registering it on a website so the police can reunite you if your property gets stolen and recovered. For further help and information on this, visit:

The Sound of Music in Littlehempston

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An enthusiastic audience enjoyed Finding Your Voice – a delightful Sunday event with Anneke Freeland, who first gave a most interesting illustrated talk on the larynx and how we humans are able to sing. And everybody can sing, she stressed. Do not believe what you were told as a child! Anneke then filled Littlehempston Church with sweet song with music by Pergolesi, Cherubuni, Mahler, Berlioz and Bridge. A big hit were the three Dutch songs, which once upon a time were sung in every school in The Netherlands. The recital was rounded off with an impressive improvisation for voice without words. Everybody lingered afterwards for delicious cake and chat. Not only was this a most enjoyable event – it also raised £125 to support the Community Space. A big thank you to all who gave time to make this event such a success, including Anneke, Margaret Clark on the keyboard, Richard Clark who provided the beautiful floral display and not forgetting the cake-makers!

A couple of weeks later around forty locals got together in the Tally Ho for a bit of lusty singing led by Hugh Edwards and friends on guitar. Singing for Fun is set to become a popular regular slot at the Tally on the first Sunday of the month. A great time was had by all and there were even song sheets in case you didn’t know the words. One highlight was Jenny Galton-Fenzi leading the singing of the Welsh song, Sosban Fach. Well, it was St David’s Day! All are welcome – ability to sing not required! However people are welcome to sing their favourite songs or make requests.