Voices of Littlehempston may help save lives

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.