Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 11th February

Our W.I ladies will host their meeting tonight and the good news is that it’s an open meeting with everyone welcome to attend! One of our local Parish Councillors, Ros Brousson has long been one of the custodians of our local History society and has been organising the contents. She is definitely ‘one of the few’ who take care of our archive of old photographs, documents and has been instrumental in putting on displays for the 100 years commemoration to mark the end of the first world war and has done so much to keep our files safe and modernised. The meeting will take place in the village hall and will start at 7.30pm. Non members will be asked to pay a £3 entry fee.                                                                     

Fore Street will be closed later this month to allow for essential maintenance to be carried out. The work will start on Monday February 21st- Friday 25th inclusive.  Pedestrian access will be maintained during this time and diversion signs will be in operation via the A379, please look out for the relevant signs.                                                                                                                                                       

Our local shop is looking to raise funds for the upkeep of the building, which is the responsibility of the shop committee. The Seamoor lotto has weekly lottery for raising money for good causes across the South Hams. These schemes can really help local facilities, founded in 2018 many projects have been helped. They can be contacted on seamoorlotto.co.uk/support/aveton-gifford-village-shop-association.                                                                                         

The Parish Council met last week. It seems that the contractors will re-visit the village green to make good any repairs and sow extra grass seed, also some quotes have been obtained for fencing the end of the village green. Flashing speed warning signs were again discussed, and further research will be carried out as to where to site them. The felling of diseased ash trees will start from Monday 7th February, weather permitting.. The hedge along the footpath adjoining the A379 was cut in January. The community pool needs a new helper to make some of the chlorine checks during the season; a very important job, which is paid, and must be filled or it’s possible that the pool may not be able to open. To apply please notify the clerk. A new defibrillator has been granted permission to be sited in Icy Park, a kind donation by Mrs S. Cherry. 

ST Andrews Mission Partners, Eric and Sandra Read will be visiting the village next Sunday, February 13th. There will be an afternoon tea event in the hall starting at 3.30pm – everyone is welcome to attend, with refreshments being provided. St Andrews will have a Holy Communion service led by Rev Matt Rowland in the morning starting at 11am, again all are welcome to attend.                                                                                                                                                                           

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