Council call to carers – let us know who you are

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Devon County Council estimate that there are 90,000 people providing unpaid care for loved ones and friends in Devon, but only 20,000 are known to the County’s carers’ support services.

If you look after someone else on a voluntary basis, then there’s information and support available that may help you.

They’ve been asking carers what sort of support they feel would be helpful, and making improvements to services they provide to carers as a result.

One of their big challenges though, is in reaching carers. They’re in touch with many, but there are many more who they don’t yet know and can’t yet support.

So if you’re providing unpaid care to someone, or you know someone who is, have a look at this DCC web page, and get in touch with them by phoning the Devon Carers helpline, 03456 434 435, open Monday to Friday 8-6 and Saturdays 9-1.

Leader Needed for Children’s Activities

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The good news is that the pilot of children’s activities in the Space in the autumn went really well – the young ones enjoyed it and the parents were pleased to have a regular get together in the Tally. The bad news is that Jason who ran the club has had to step down due to pressures of work – his new pie business was proving just too popular! So … the Space Team are searching high and low for a new person to plan and lead activities as soon as possible, so we can restart. There is funding for the group thanks to a very generous donation of £400 from the Bogan Trust, from the Village Lottery and from the Christmas raffle.

If you know of anybody who might be interested, please get in touch.

Thanks for the Parish News, Lottery and Tally!

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Bee West was the lucky winner of the final draw of the 2017 Littlehempston Lottery – a fitting reward for all her hard work preparing the Parish News for the printers. The draw took place at the Tally Ho as part of the annual Villagers Night. Organiser Ken Wood is stepping down from running the lottery, having raised thousands over the years for village causes. He received many thanks and a huge round of applause. Proceeds from the 2018 lottery will go towards developing more activities for the younger members of the parish. In the picture, Ken is pictured handing over a cheque for £140 to Jill Todd from the Space Team, who ran the successful pilot of children’s activities in the autumn.

Is there anybody out there who would be prepared to take over from Ken and co-ordinate the quarterly draws? Full support will be given and it’s not a huge job. To find out more, just get in touch,

Thanks were also given at Villagers Night by Gerald Hine-Haycock for all the hard work put into the Tally by managers Kim and Ian and all the staff and volunteers. The Tally is an integral part of village life and plays a key role in making Littlehempston such a good community to live in.