The Tally Ho is Herald Express Pub of the Year 2015!

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There was lots of good cheer at the Tally Ho last night when regulars discovered that the pub had been voted Herald Express Pub of the Year 2015, beating off competition from 50 other South Devon pubs. One regular who shall remain nameless immediately phoned the BBC, whilst others posed for photos with the trophy and the plaque. Here’s a picture of landlady Hollie Brockwell and chef Chris Webley holding the trophy that was presented to them yesterday by Richard Steel of Torbay Taxis who sponsored the competition. The good news was announced in today’s paper – more details and another picture on the Herald Express website.

Interested? Council Services, Crimestoppers, Mindline, and Wood Fuel

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Here at the web site, we often get requests to post information – here are a few received recently that may be of interest to you…

South Hams District Council’s Locality Officer Dai Antill has already been to Littlehempston a couple of times, and is planning to make regular monthly visits. Dai’s role is to promote and provide awareness of SHDC services to local residents, educate the public on the SHDC website and new digital portal, update residents on any new services or changes to existing ones, and provide advice and guidance to local community, business and voluntary groups. He’ll be available at the November Coffee Morning, and at the Tally Ho in December. There’s no need to make an appointment, just drop in if you’ve got any queries about SHDC’s services, or you’d simply like to meet him.

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that helps the Police to locate criminals and help solve crimes. They have an anonymous, free phone number, available 24 hours per day –  0800 555 111.  People can call Crimestoppers to pass on information about crime or send information anonymously via the “Giving Information” form on the website that can be found at You don’t have to give your name or any of your personal details and Crimestoppers do not trace calls or e-mails, or give information to the police about those who contact them.

Mindline is a free service for people in South Devon and Torbay provided by Mind TWS. It is an out of hours helpline for people that are in distress, feel isolated, distressed or upset and want a safe place to talk that is confidential. The service is provided by dedicated volunteers who provide a listening ear and can also give basic information about mental health and local services. The Volunteer team are made up of everyday people all from different backgrounds – some may have had a particular interest in mental health, while others may be survivors or have looked after someone close to them who has experienced distress. Mindline South Devon and Torbay is open from 8pm till 11pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on 0300 330 5464. For more information go to And if you’d like to find out about volunteering, click here for further information.

The South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network (SDCREN) has secured funding to investigate setting up a wood fuel hub where farmers, land owners and the community can work together to source affordable wood fuel from local hedges and woodlands, boost the local economy and create employment. “This is a terrific opportunity for the community to gain access to affordable energy and for farmers and land owners to generate income and create jobs.’” says Peter Sandover, a local Architect and coordinator of SDCREN. There’s an introduction to the idea at South Pool Hall on November 25th, a bus tour of similar hubs on December 14th, and hedge laying events on January 16th and February 16th in Stokenham. To book and for more information, contact Peter Sandover.

Recent events prove Littlehempston likes food

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A couple of highly successful events at the Community Space in Littlehempston Church in recent weeks showed just how important food can be when planning any local activity. The much acclaimed Victoria’s Secret, combined a fascinating performance by the Late Night Trio of songs inspired by Tosti, with a most delicious Italian supper served to beautifully decorated tables during the interval. This mix of food and music not only proved a big hit with those who packed the Space, but also raised £460 to help keep this beautiful building open for all. A formula that may well be repeated in 2016. And Victoria’s secret? A passion for songs of love and passion – the Italian Tosti was engaged as her children’s music teacher and gave private family concerts. (Victoria also liked her food and was apparently “a hearty eater”.)

The next event in the Space was the annual Craft Fair, where local people offered a range of unusual and interesting craft, along with some delicious home-made produce. A perfect start to seasonal shopping and gourmet feasting. A huge thank you to all who helped make this such a tasty event –  stars of the day were the scrumptious cakes and Tracy’s delicious carrot and almond soup, which were consumed in large quantities. A record £536 was raised and a merry time was had by all. Another winning formula.

Totnes Young Farmers’ Charity Log Chop

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On Saturday 14th November 2015, Totnes Young Farmers will be selling and delivering logs to the local community in aid of Rowcroft Hospice. Charged at £65 per pick up load, the logs will be delivered by Totnes Young Farmers to people in Totnes and its surrounding villages.

To place an order or for further information please call Charlotte Wreford on 07817 914795 or Kate Palmer on 07792 202578. Orders must be placed before Saturday 14th November.