Holding up the Sky to support International Women’s Day

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Come and help celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th with an inspiring film about women who succeed against the odds. Presented by director, Russ Pariseau, Holding Up The Sky is an inspiring tale about 7 Nepali women and 3 African “sisters” who climbed Kilimanjaro on International Women’s Day in 2013. Their mission was to call attention to the challenges girls and young women face growing up in traditional patriarchal societies of the developing world. The physical challenges of the Kilimanjaro climb parallel the individual stories each woman relates about overcoming “gender obstacles” growing up.

This is a timely film given the current spotlight on the barriers women face … and overcome … and the IWD theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first run by the Suffragettes in 1911 – it is not country, group or organisation specific. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and there is currently strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

This event supports both the charity Womankind who work at local, regional and international levels to ensure women’s voices are heard, their rights are realised, and their lives are free from violence, and also the Community Space in Littlehempston Church where the event takes place. Entry is £3, doors open at 7pm and the event starts at 7.30pm. There’ll be a bar and light refreshments – please eat lots of cake in aid of Womankind. Feel free to share this invitation with as many of your friends as possible.

A first for Littlehempston wildlife?

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Spring is well on the way with snowdrops, celandines and daffodils brightening the hedgerows. And some interesting sightings since Christmas too. Jenny Galton-Fenzi reported last week “A first yesterday – John Floyd and I were standing on the village bridge when we saw a cormorant swimming downstream. Have previously only seen them drying their wings on the dead tree in the ’causeway meadow’. Cherry plum (prunus cerasifera) is out. I think the nearest tree is by the main road as you go through Littlehempston Wood. Next blackthorn, then hawthorn.” Jenny also has a regular visitor to her garden – a white pheasant. Another white pheasant has been spotted roaming around the fields in Gatcombe.

If you’d like to add yourself to the local informal e-mail list exchanging news about interesting sightings, just get in touch.

Support Littlehempston – buy a Lottery Ticket!

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Littlehempston Lottery has now been running for 5 years and over that time has raised an amazing £4,220 for community activities. And the same amount has been paid out in prizes! Lottery 2017 was a great help in setting up activities for our local children and there were lots of happy winners too. This year, the quarterly draws will be held at the Tally Ho on the third Wednesday of March, June, September and December and the lucky ball will be drawn out of the barrel just before the pub Quiz Night starts.

Have you got an hour or two to spare? One or two people to help promote the Lottery now Ken Wood has stepped down are still needed – it’s not a huge job but it would much appreciated. This is a great way of having a flutter and also supporting village life, so please join in if you can. For information and to apply for your ticket, go to our Littlehempston Lottery page.

Tally Ho – destination pub?

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Can the Tally depend for its custom on just the local area? In a favourable review in this quarter’s BEER magazine from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) in an article on community pubs, food writer Susan Nowak praised the selection of ales and range of food. She also pointed out that as Littlehempston was so small, the Tally needed to be a “destination pub”, attracting customers from a wide area.

This was a theme taken up by local resident, Ali Taylor, in a recent interview on Radio Devon about the importance of the “local” to communities. When asked by Victoria Graham whether the Tally depended on people living nearby, Ali explained that a lot of custom came from further afield, many from the Torbay area. Some customers remembered the Tally as a popular meeting place as far back as the 50’s – romances developed, proposals were made and anniversaries are still celebrated at the Tally. Ali invited listeners to contribute their “Tales of the Tally” which one day could make a little book! (Looking at this old postcard taken in the 1950’s, things haven’t changed much!) If you have a story or photos, do get in touch. And if you want to hear the interview, go to the Press Cuttings page on the Tally Ho website and click on Radio Devon – Janet Kipling – 15th February 2018.

And more custom from further afield might come from the Tally’s recent inclusion in Dartmoor Accommodation‘s newly launched Dartmoor Real Ale Trail featuring over 35 pubs on and around the moor. Brains behind the trail, Lisa Jenkins, said “We know from people using our website that there is a thirst for information about good beer pubs in the area. Often tucked away off the beaten track, these can be hard to find so we felt a map, or Ale Trail, would be great way of solving this problem. From the dramatic high tors in the north, to the softer more rolling landscape in the south, this Real Ale Trail will help you seek out the delights of traditional real ales and good hostelries in this beautiful area.” So we can expect to welcome some curious visitors at the Tally.