Mike’s a Winner!

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First prize in the Littlehempston Lottery drawn at the end of June at the Tally Ho was scooped by Mike Wellum. Waitress Kirsty drew the lucky ball, which means that Mike receives a cheque for £136. The next ball out of the barrel was Vicky MacCleod’s who won the second prize of £34. And a cheque for a most welcome £170 was received by James Dunn on behalf of the Community Space. The draws are quarterly and the next one is on September 28th, so if you’d like to join in, just send your application and a cheque for £10 (or £20 for the 2 remaining draws this year) to organiser Ken Wood. Full details on our 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.

Fabulous Fete

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Despite an ominous forecast, the skies cleared yet again for this year’s village fete and visitors came from far and wide to enjoy delicious food, ales and a host of stalls and activities. Most of Littlehempston was manning a stall along with back-up from friends and family and everybody worked their socks off!

A big attraction is that there’s lots for children without spending a fortune and every Fete we offer something new. This year the Slippery Pole and new style Obstacle Course proved enormous hits, while pot making, brass rubbing and Sun Art provided less boisterous interest. The Porta Loos were also a welcome addition.

BBQ Queen Nicky Oldridge commented: “Feedback and comments have come in, with the overwhelming opinion being that the event was something that we should all be very proud of! We have been told that the quality and the mix of what was on offer is a credit to all involved – the atmosphere and ambiance was repeatedly cited, along with respect for the conscientious approach. All this, will hopefully only further enforce a growing reputation of the fete being one of the best little fetes around!”

And as well as having a merry time, a magnificent £3,632 was raised. Donations are made to Berry Pomeroy School and Rowcroft, to keeping our beautiful church and Community Space open for all and to other village activities. Last year’s Fete funded a great Christmas Party for local children. Suggestions on how to improve the event and how to spend the money raised this year are very welcome. There’ll be a get together in September to find out what everybody thinks. In the meantime, take a look at the great gallery of photos provided by Ken Wood and Peter Taylor.

Bye Bye to Bob the Bus

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This was received recently from Simon Harrington, Chair of Bob the Bus:

“It is with regret that I have to inform you that the BOB twice weekly service to/from Littlehempston will cease after Wednesday 13th July 2016. Having run the service since April 2015 we have averaged just over half a passenger per trip, mostly at the A385 stop rather than in the village. The bridge/stopping place and reversing/turning have also been problematic and Devon County Council declined our request to be able to offer concessionary (bus pass) travel before 09.30. We will be posting notice of the cessation of service and have received permission from the Traffic Commissioners to cancel the service. As a local charity we will always be willing to reconsider a service to the village should circumstances change.”

A big thank you from Littlehempston to all the volunteers who run this wonderful service.