Sign up to school closure alerts this winter

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Devon County Council have recently sent out a message urging parents to sign up to receive their school closure alert e-mails.

Once registered you will receive an email if the school has been closed due to winter weather.

Click here to read the message which gives full details of how to sign up.

Volunteers Rally Round the Tally

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Tally VolunteersA trial run at having a regular Volunteer Wednesday night at the Tally Ho got off to a good start recently with nine people coming along to offer help. The aim is to make this a fun and social occasion for Tally supporters, as well as giving people the opportunity to learn new skills and discover more about South Ham’s only community pub. On the first Wednesday, volunteers were split into two groups one getting training behind the bar with Ian, while the other was shown the ropes of waiting on tables by Ali Batten. It finished up with a very sociable drink. Some people offered to help on a Wednesday once a month (6 to 9pm) whilst others offered to be on the “Emergency Rota” to step in when staff were sick or when bookings were very heavy. Lots of other jobs need doing too – help with the garden is always appreciated, for example.

A loyal band of volunteers already muck in and help in all sorts of ways. As well as professional support in the bar and kitchen, the garden is cared for, the lawn is cut, weeds grimly removed, Quiz Nights organised, windows cleaned, brasses polished and fires laid. Surplus local produce has also been donated to the delight of all the staff. You know who you are and a big thanks to you all.

As lots of us already know, helping out at the Tally is good fun and a very sociable way of getting to know people. And don’t worry – this is not a staff-cutting exercise. It’s to give our hard-working team a day off. So if you fancy getting trained up, just get in touch, come along on any Wednesday or else give Ian a ring on 01803 862316 to find a quiet time to discover the joys of waiting on or pulling a pint.

Small is Beautiful – A Celebration of Local Craft

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Craft Fair 2017Craft Fair 2017Craft Fair 2017Didn’t the church look lovely at this year’s Littlehempston Craft Fair, packed with such a variety of craft stalls and filled with a happy buzz? Part of what makes this event special is that it is surrounded by beautiful expressions of local craft over the centuries – the medieval rood screen, stained glass windows, Norman font, barrel roof and sculpted masonry, for example. Another special feature is Tracy’s Cafe with an enormous variety of yummy cakes and delicious homemade soup and bread.

This year, we welcomed two new faces – Kim from Broadhempston with original handmade cards and Chloe from Staverton with her crochet work. Lots of gasps at her stall as people spotted her tiny baby, Ona, sleeping peacefully, nestled amongst the woolly hats! Another smash hit was the puppet show, Red Riding Hood, with a star cast of Anna and Eleanor Tredinnick, Gracie Gatehouse and Anna Ash, who startled all with her amazingly gruff wolverine voice! Anna had handcrafted the stringed puppets and the scenery. Well done to all and hopefully this will become a permanent fixture!

Though this is not a craft fair to rival Crux, these comments from the stallholders say it all: “Thank you for a great event! So well organised and friendly.” “Small is definitely beautiful.” “There was a sort of a cosy feel to the whole atmosphere.” “A lovely lot of folk, great food, an interesting mix of stalls – very enjoyable.” All helped to raise a record total of £601.46 after expenses had been deducted – a major contribution to keeping our beautiful church and Space open for all. A big thank you to the many people who helped make this such a success.

An Evening at Café René – un triomphe!

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An Evening at Cafe ReneA good time was had by all who came to An Evening at Café René with the Moonstone Theatre Company. Not only did people enjoy this Allo Allo tribute and tasty food – a tidy sum was also raised into the bargain that helped pay for the church boiler!

This was a new joint venture with the Tally Ho who provided the main course. The diners not only enjoyed a sumptuous main in the pub, but were also entertained by the antics of the cast – once again, René Artois was doing his very best to avoid being arrested and plots and counter-plots abounded. Half way through, the whole audience was ordered to move to the Space, where a delicious dessert awaited and some ended up dancing for their supper! Many thanks to Ken Wood who took this photo – there are lots more in the Gallery.

Lottery Supports Fun for Village Children

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A very happy lady who wishes to remain anonymous won the first prize of £112 in the Littlehempston Lottery drawn at the end of September, with James Dunn as the lucky winner of the second prize of £28.  A most welcome cheque for £140 was donated to the Community Space. Well done to the lucky winners and a big thank you to organiser, Ken Wood, pictured here with Ellie Wilkins from the Pig & Whistle, who drew the winning numbers. And if you’d like to have a flutter and support village causes, give Ken a ring on 01803 865541. There is just one draw left this year – at Villagers Night – so there’s still time to be a winner….

The recent lottery donations have been used to set up regular activities for our local children every fortnight on a Friday night in the Space. Around 14 youngsters mostly of primary school age come along to enjoy a mix of games, table tennis, bingo and activities like pumpkin lantern making and craft. It’s great to see them all getting to know each other, especially as they often go to different schools. The parents also enjoy the get together in the Tally, while they wait!

This is a pilot study that will run till Christmas and then in the New Year, if successful, Jason will organise a full programme for 2018, including outdoor activities and outings in the Spring and Summer. If you’d like to know more, get in touch with Jason or come along on a Friday – check our Events page for the next session.