Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 11th August

Tomorrow is Village Show day and the village hall will be open from 8.30am to accept entries. If you haven’t entered yet, you may still be able to take part, if there’s room in the class on the day. The hall will close for judging at 10am and re-open for viewing at 2-pm.Good luck to everyone and I must mention the two hard working ladies that make the event possible, Jenny Reynolds and Maggie Sharpe, without the time and trouble that these dedicated ladies put in, the show simply wouldn’t happen, well done ladies and thank you.

The Classic Car Show will take place on August Bank Holiday Monday. The event starts at 11am till 4pm. On the day there will be lots of beautiful vintage and veteran vehicles to see and also some vintage tractors too. This event is always a ‘must see’ as it really does have something for everyone. There will be cream teas served throughout the afternoon, and several stalls too,this is truly a wonderful event raising money for local causes, including the community swimming pool.

One event is however going to be cancelled. The dog show due to be held in September to raise funds for the village shop, has had to be cancelled due to the illness of John, Dinah’s husband, who is awaiting heart surgery. I’m sure all good wishes go to both John and Dinah at this difficult time for them.

On Monday , the regular Parish Council meeting took place, with the now full-strength Council meeting in the village hall. Sue Cherry was co-opted onto the council during last months meeting, filling the vacancy that occurred through recent resignations. County Councillor Rufus Gilbert gave some very encouraging statistics on school performances with 93% of schools in Devon now being rated as good/excellent  in Ofsted reports. Parents were also getting more of their first choice of schools, 95% having their first choice. Mr Gilbert also promised to help sort out the traffic signs for the gateways of the village and the speed roundels.These items were put on the Agenda following concerns from villagers about speeding in and around our village.The apparent rise of speeding by younger drivers racing each other around the village leaving skidmarks and creating noise hazards was also discussed. If anyone knows who is responsible for this dangerous practice, call the police, they need to know what is happening. The Parish Council also voted on the proposed merger between S.H.D.C and West Devon Borough Council, a story portrayed in the Gazette recently. The councillors voted to oppose the move on various economic grounds. There is a form online for the public to have their say or a paper form can be sent out. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say, contact S.H.D.C for more details.

There has been a stray cat in the village for  at least two weeks now. He is tabby and white in colour and is about a year old. He has been neutered, so he must belong to someone! He is obviously hungry and very thin. Does anyone know who he belongs to? He seems quite affectionate, he has been seen in Jubilee Street and in the churchyard.

St Andrews has a Communion by Extension service this Sunday starting at 11am.with Joyce Howitt.