The bells ring out in Littlehempston

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Did you hear the church bells on Easter Sunday? Locals James Dunn and Mike Thomas, who are new to the art, were joined by the experienced trio of the Hoare brothers to call in the flock for the Easter Sunday service, with a little help from expert bell-ringer, Graham Pascoe, from Broadhempston. It was delightful to hear the peals ringing across the sunny countryside and the rooks in the bell tower got a bit of a shock at this unexpected disturbance! Over the last few months, James and Mike have been practising with the Broadhempston bell-ringers every Monday night – ages there range from 14 through to 75. If you’d like to find out more or give it a go, just get in contact. It would be great to have our own Littlehempston team one day soon!

And if you missed the peals, thanks to Jenny Galton-Fenzi’s recording you can listen in here:


In the photo, pictured left to right are Graham, Mike, Andrew Hoare and James. Rob and Dave Hoare were still up in the belfry. Notice the ladder on the right? That was used to fix one of the bells a few hours beforehand – its rope snapped at the practice the night before! Luckily, Mike knows how to splice!

The Tally Ho is runner up as South Devon’s Pub of the Year 2017!

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The South Devon branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have voted the Tally Ho as runner up in this year’s Pub of the Year and Rural Pub of the Year Competitions!

Ian Packham, vice-chairman of South Devon CAMRA presented the certificates to Rachel and Marc on Tuesday 25th April. The Tally Ho has been open as South Devon’s first community owned pub for just over three years. To have achieved recognition at this level again (we did it in 2015 too) is extraordinary and a great credit to all involved – particularly managers Rachel and Marc, all the other staff, the committee behind them, and the Tally Ho’s owners (over 180 of them to date).

Ian Packham explained that pubs are judged not only on the quality of the beer, but also on things like atmosphere, the welcome given, quality of the food, the cross section of clientele and value for money, plus the contribution to the local community. The Tally closely missed out on winning, as voting was close. Ian said “Your pub has done a cracking job considering it’s only been open 3 years and has already won twice. Congratulations to all involved. This is a ringing endorsement from CAMRA members for both the quality of the beer and overall quality.”

Only pubs that are included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide are eligible for the Pub of the Year competition, so this award also confirms that the Tally Ho will be included in the next edition of the Good Beer Guide.

General Election – 8 June 2017

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Thanks to South Hams District Council for sending us this information:

You can register to vote online

If you have registered to vote in the local elections on 4 May, you do not need to register again. If not, visit The last day to register is 22 May.

You can request a proxy or postal vote

An application form for a proxy or postal vote can be downloaded from Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm 23 May for postal votes and 5pm 31 May for proxy votes.

You don’t need a polling card

Poll cards wil be sent out around 10 May, but you do not need a poll card to vote as long as you are registered.

Find your polling station

You can find your polling station at

More details at:

Well … um!

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The Wellums continued their lucky streak when Sue scooped first prize in the Littlehempston Lottery, drawn at the end of March in the Pig & Whistle. (Husband Mike won last year). Tony Brown drew the lucky ball and Sue was presented with a cheque for £112. The next ball out of the barrel was James Dunn’s, who won the second prize of £28.

A cheque for £140 was donated to the Community Space, who this year will use all Lottery donations to support activities for the children of Littlehempston. So why not have a flutter and support local community life at the same time? And if you have suggestions on activities for our younger villagers, do contact us.

The draws are quarterly and the next one is on June 28th, 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 here.

Chess for children?

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Many thanks to Ken Wood for this article:

The Littlehempston Community Space team has asked for fresh ideas for activities for our local children. Recently we have had a small influx of new families, which is very good news for the parish. One idea put forward is to hold a Chess Club in the Space catering for all levels from beginners to more advanced. This might also appeal to adults.

Before setting anything up, we would like to know your views. For example:
1. Would your children be interested in coming for a coaching session for Beginners lasting around 2 hours?
2. Do your children already play chess and would like to play with others of a similar level?
3. Would you be interested in taking part either as a helper or to play other advanced chess players, perhaps forming a chess club above the beginners stage?
4. What day and times would suit best? A Saturday morning? An after school session? Early evening?

This club would be open to everyone throughout the Parish News area, so please get in touch if you’re interested.  Your views would be greatly appreciated – please contact me, Ken Wood, or phone 01803 865541. Thank you!

What happens to the funds raised by Littlehempston? Have your say!

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The people of Littlehempston raise money every year through Community Space events, the Fete, the Littlehempston Lottery and the church Coffee Mornings. But, you may ask, what is all the money spent on? How much money do we need to raise to keep the church and Space open? What happens to any money left over? These questions were answered and discussed at the well attended Annual Meeting of the Community Space in February.

Income and expenditure for both Community Space and church were presented, showing that funds raised by the Space, Fete and Lottery covered the repayment of loans on the building works (to be paid off by 2022), oil, electricity, boiler repairs and cleaning plus a contribution to insurance to cover the Fete.  Money raised by the church covered all church expenses including insurance.

So what happens if more money is raised than needed to keep the church and Space going? All at the meeting agreed that activities for younger people and families should be supported and that money raised from the 2017 Village Lottery could be allocated for this. Lottery organiser, Ken Wood, offered to investigate setting up a Chess Club. The possibility of a weekly after school club was also put forward with a professional paid to run it. A table tennis table was offered. Another suggestion was to keep some money back for a “rainy day” fund for maintenance – for replacing the boiler, for example.

The Space Team are very keen to hear YOUR ideas on making Littlehempston an even better place to live – just get in touch. It would be great if those with young families came forward with suggestions – time is short when running home and work, but maybe some activities might give you more time.  And if you’d like to help the Space Team, for example by helping run an event or baking cakes, you’d be very welcome!

The Space is our “village hall”, providing a place where the village can meet socially, enjoy monthly entertainment and keep fit and healthy. These activities also raise the money to keep our beautiful Grade 1 listed church open for all and fund popular activities for young and old. The Space Team also organises events around the parish including explorations of the “wild side” of Littlehempston and co-ordinates Villagers’ Night at Christmas. Click on the links for a full 2016 Annual Report, 2016 Accounts, and also the Overview of Running Costs of Church and Space. And if you missed it first time round, check out the ITV News interview about the Space.

Voices of Littlehempston may help save lives

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A couple of recent events in the Community Space at Littlehempston Church have helped fund a free First Aid course in April, open to all. In February, we enjoyed a highly entertaining Musical Evening provided by the local voices of Sons of Noah and friends, local lassies The Harpies and some hilarious poetry written and delivered by Thelma. Everyone ate lots of cake and a magnificent £303 was raised. A huge thank you to all concerned.

A few weeks later, you may have heard a different kind of village voice, when the five church bells tolled, pulled by bell ringer, James Dunn. (He and Mike Thomas are receiving expert tuition from the Broadhempston bell ringers – perhaps one day we’ll have our own team again? Contact us if you’re interested.) The fine tenor bell marked the end of a fascinating illustrated talk given by Jenny Galton Fenzi (pictured left) on different aspects of past village life, ably accompanied by characters from places such as The Post Office and The School. Pupils Joan and Dora Hutchings were expertly acted by Eleanor and Anna Tredinnick (pictured here with school m’am Jill Todd ) What a surprise when we found we had Joan’s son, John Hawkins, in the audience!  Lots more memories were stirred by the various photos and readings, and the Apple Rap, bemoaning the loss of local species, was delivered with gusto. Again, many thanks to all who helped – we raised nearly £300!

Finally, more good news on the local fundraising front. Well done to all those who helped raise the target of £10,000 to keep Rowcroft Music Therapy going, at least for the moment. A great effort.