Tally Ho barman crossing Europe for charity

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Tally Ho barman Lewis Jeffery will be driving  across Europe in July raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. He’s taking part in The Great European Rally 2015 with 100+ other car enthusiasts all raising money for their respective charities. He’ll be travelling with his father in a Porsche Boxster S Convertible, which has been given a full racing livery and stickers from Rowcroft Hospice. They start in Brussels on the morning of the 18th July and drive through Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The trip from Brussels, Belgium to Budapest, Hungary should take about 7 days, leaving the rest of the time until the beginning of August to explore and plan the return journey.

They’ve set a target of £500 to be raised for Rowcroft Hospice (Charity No. 282723), although they hope to surpass that. They’ve already had considerable support from friends and family and would love the wider public to contribute to this great cause too.

You can support Lewis’s efforts to raise money for Rowcroft by visiting his JustGiving page, by text (text JEFR66 followed by donation amount to 70070) or just pop into the Tally Ho and put spare change in the Rowcroft Hospice tin specifically as sponsorship for the trip.

Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Littlehempston

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This is one event not to be missed, if you have any interest in gardening! We are extremely privileged to have an eminent panel of well-known local experts come to Littlehempston Church on Sunday May 17th to answer your questions and there’s also a scrumptious cream tea, plant swap and sale, plus a fabulous horticultural raffle to make this a most delightful afternoon.

To help solve our thorny horticultural problems, there’ll be the head gardener of Torre Abbey, Ali Marshall (pictured), Ray Hubbard of Hill House Nursery and well-known naturalist, Terry Underhill.  Ali writes: “Took on the gardens when they were practically derelict and managed to win RHS Best Garden in the south west in 2012! Bit of a jack of all trades due to wide variety of plants, microclimates (glasshouses) and themes in the Abbey Gardens and the archaeology, of course. Currently writing the garden page for Herald Express and have done fair amount of media work – a result of Agatha Christie Potent Plants garden and am a bit of an  expert in plant poisons!! Though not in actually poisoning anyone. Started gardening on an allotment and still love growing my own veg – organically of course.”

Terry reports that “I am an enthusiastic, qualified gardener-horticulturalist (practical and scientific) with a lifetime’s experience and interest in all aspects of gardening, natural history and the environment. I am a freelance plantsman, from Devon in England, known as an ‘ideas’ man, and highly respected for my knowledge and experience of plants worldwide, and ability to turn my hand to most things.”

And many of you will have already received wise advice from Ray who established Hill House Nursery over 30 years ago, restoring a garden originally created by famous plantsman and garden writer, Edward Hyams. The garden retains Hyams’s original plan and some of his planting still survives, including a wonderful Magnolia given to him by Agatha Christie. Ray was the British pioneer of the use of biological controls in commercial greenhouses and the Nursery is run without the use of pesticides and with birds and other willdlife playing an important rôle, alongside the natural predators released in the glasshouses. The range of plants there is huge and many are unusual and rarely seen.

So be prepared for some very interesting and expert answers to the questions posed. This promises to be a sell out event – tickets (£8) are available on the door but it’s advisable to contact Claire Donovan (tel 07813 811345 or 01803 862598) to reserve them in advance. If you’d like to submit a question, be quick – deadline is Wednesday May 13th. The event starts at 2.30pm with sale of seeds and plants (donations most welcome) with cream teas at 3pm, Question Time at 4pm and the afternoon rounds off with the raffle. What a perfect way to start the summer! All proceeds go to helping keep our beautiful church open for all.

Bob the Bus has arrived!

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From the end of April, Bob the Bus has been ferrying local people into Totnes. The service runs every Monday and Wednesday leaving the bus stop by the phone and post boxes in Littlehempston (near the bridge over the Hems) at 9.45am and returning at 1pm from the Seven Stars in Totnes. More details on our Useful Info page.

Liz Miller reports in the Parish News: “They seem to be very relaxed about picking people up at non-designated points, which is good. And just think – no hassle driving when the roads are very crowded, no worry about parking, no expense from petrol or parking fees, if you have a bus pass, FREE, and if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.”

Sue Speak, Chair of the new Totnes and Rural Community Bus Association, said: “There is still plenty to do to ensure that BOB has a sustainable future and we are constantly on the lookout for volunteer drivers, supporters and committee members. We also hope to expand the hire side of BOB where local affiliated organisations and individuals can hire a bus for trips and outings.”

If you’d like to volunteer to drive the bus, get in touch with Lyn Price (pictured here with dog Bongo) on 07800 745332 or visit the Bob the Bus website. Lyn is very enthusiastic about this new local service and says that other stops can be arranged if there are enough people interested – the Pig & Whistle and Gatcombe were mentioned. So have a chat with your neighbours and if you have a few people wanting this service, get in touch – she’d be delighted to hear from you.

Lottery win helps tidy garden

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First prize in the Village Lottery drawn in March at the Tally Ho was won by Ali Taylor. She plans to spend the £148 winnings on work to the garden, which has got a bit out of hand – a penalty for being away in the Spring. Lucy Morris and Martin Bjerregaard scooped 2nd and 3rd prizes.

The draws are quarterly and the next one is in June, so if you’d like to join in, just send your application and a cheque for £10 (or £30 for the 3 remaining draws this year) to organiser Ken Wood. Full details on the Littlehempston Lottery page. All profits go to promoting village activities in the Community Space, so it’s a great way of supporting local life as well as enjoying a flutter.