Festive Fun in Littlehempston

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Great entertainment was had by all ages in the Community Space recently. First up was an amazing high energy performance of Behind the Mirror by Norwegian dance troupe, Panta Rei. The audience squeezed into every nook and cranny and were dazzled by the colours and fast acrobatic movement in this surreal interpretation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This was a Villages in Action funded event – VinA work hard to bring professional entertainment to rural places at subsidised rates. Thank you VinA for a wonderful evening and to Sandra Law for organising it!

Some of the money raised at this year’s fete funded a great afternoon of family entertainment, when a packed audience of children (and adults) were delighted by the skills of Ben Cornish in his Christmas Cabaret Comedy Show. Mulled wine, mince pies and delicious baked potatoes made by Nicky Oldridge followed. The afternoon was rounded off with the Tree Lighting and rousing carols in the Tally with the Totnes Band. All agreed it was a very fine start to the Christmas festivities and should become an annual event. Many thanks to all who helped make this possible. Ben’s booked for Fete 2016 on June 18th – get this important date in your new diaries now! More pictures in the gallery.

The Tally was packed to the rafters for a merry Villagers Night – delicious food, fine ale, good company and lots of laughs abounded. James and Adrian did sterling work selling raffle tickets, dressed as Christmas Puddings (in case you wondered) and Tracey provided the mystery prize – a singing dancing reindeer hat. The raffle raised £186 for community activities. The Village Lottery was also drawn and Val Nichols was the lucky winner of the first prize of £152.  £190 was raised for the Community Space (to pay fuel bills and support further village activities) and there was a large cheer for Ken Wood who organises the lottery. To find out more, just click here. More pictures in the gallery.

Drive Safely Past Horses!

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The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is asking motorists to take care when they meet riders on the road. On country roads, the National Speed Limit applies and some drivers just aren’t expecting to meet a horse and rider! A spokesman said, “Both riders and drivers have a right to use the roads. That means there is a shared responsibility to consider each other’s needs. With winter approaching, stopping distances may be longer on wet or icy roads, so if drivers could just be aware that riders may be around, it might help reduce the chance of an accident. If you meet a rider on the road, we suggest that you slow right down, give the horse plenty of room if overtaking, and avoid revving your engine or sounding your horn, as horses can be easily scared by noise and fast moving vehicles. For riders, we advise they wear high visibility clothing, give clear signals, pay attention, and always be polite. To feel confident that your conduct and competence is as it should be while riding on roads, we recommend taking the British Horse Society Riding and Road Safety Test.”

For more tips on how to stay safe on the road go to For further information on The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, visit

Another Parish Council vacancy

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The December meeting of the Parish Council agreed to co-opt Anna Ash to fill the vacancy left by Roger Miller’s resignation. But the recent resignation of Donna McCann from the council means that there’s another vacant slot to be filled.

A notice for a “Casual Vacancy” has been posted on the Parish Council noticeboards and you can read it by clicking here.

If you’d like there to be an election to fill the vacancy, then write by December 29th 2015 to the Returning Officer at Follaton House, South Hams District Council, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE. If 10 electors from the parish submit a request, there’ll be an election. If not, the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-opting somebody.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Tuesday 2nd February at 7.30pm at Littlehempston Church. All are welcome to attend.