Nicholas spots the bluffs

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A trio of experts from Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers, Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood entranced the audience with bold tales of the provenance of a series of sometimes curious, often beautiful and inevitably puzzling articles from the last five centuries. There was a lot of head scratching amongst those who came along to the Community Space for Antiques Call My Bluff recently – could it be an antique cream dispenser or an early enema appliance? Was that interesting conical piece an exotic hair pin or a Victorian sailor’s fid?

Those who paid as much attention to the tale-tellers, Christopher Hampton, Brian Goodison and Andrew Thomas, (pictured left to right) as to the objects in question had the most correct guesses. The winner was Rev Nicholas Pearkes – a man obviously used to listening and detecting truths! Many thanks to all who helped provide the delicious buffet. This brilliant evening raised a very welcome £200.

Railway embankment works

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You may have noticed some unusual activity in Littlehempston village recently, with large machinery and containers being delivered to two sites either side of the railway bridge. This work is to help protect the railway embankment from being eroded by the river Hems. There are more details in this letter and plan from the contractors Construction Marine Ltd.