Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 15th July

The Church Fete, one of A.G’s most popular events, took place last Saturday. The weather could have been better, there were dull skies over our community, and overnight rain, but it did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of the wonderful people who helped put up all the equipment on Friday evening in preparation for the big day. Many thanks to all those who helped put up tents, drove tractors and swung hammers to ensure everything was in place. The stall holders were also impressive with the dedication that they showed in gathering in all the items for the stalls, and taking care of the customers on the day; well done and many thanks to all of you, a truly magnificent effort by all. A special thank you also to the dedicated team of folks who prepared the teas in the village hall. They were there from very early in the morning to ensure our thirst was well and truly quenched! The fete was opened by none other than Mr Steve Harvey, editor of the Gazette, who did a magnificent job and held the crowds attention with a humorous address. The amount raised for Church funds at the end of the day was £2409.94, and a fun afternoon was had by all.

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Kingsbridge Foodbank are appealing for more items to be donated as some things are in short supply. If you would like to help there is a donation box in St Andrew’s Church, any items would be gratefully received. If you are visiting Kingsbridge, your items will be welcomed at Horizons on a Friday morning between 10am-12 noon. Organisr Roger Tyler can be reached on 01548 853287 to arrange different drop off times. Please continue to support this worthwhile charity as many people in the local area really do rely on it.

Just a quick reminder that we are fast approaching the time for the Village Show.There is a schedule printed in the current edition of the Magpie to give you a guide as to what this wonderful event is all about. The show is lovingly recreated by local ladies Maggie Sharpe and Jenny Reynolds every year who work so hard to ensure it comtinues.The show is open to everyone who lives in A.G and who attend the Primary School and there is still time to get growing!I will include more details nearer the time.

On Saturday evening the annual Midnight Walk for St Luke’s took place, and three of our intrepid ladies of the W.I took part. Myself, Meg Brett and Maggie Skeates braved the truly awful weather to take part in the 3 mile walk. It was dark, wet, and misty but the weather didn’t do much to dampen the spirits of the thousands of women who took part in various distances of 3,6 and 13 miles. All sorts of people took part even some ladies celebrating a Hen Do, what a great way to enjoy ones self and raise money for wonderful St Luke,s. I must say though that the state of some of the pavements in and around Plymouth are absolutely appalling with very uneven surfaces, definitely a hazard you could do without! All three of us made it round without incident though, and enjoyed a glass of Bucks Fizz when we returned to Marjon at the end of the event.

St Andrew’s tried something new last Sunday. After the fete the big tent was left up to play host to a Songs of Praise service. The informal service was well attended by locals and visitors alike, and lots of favourite hymns were sung.There were also some readings from the book of Psalms, and refreshments were taken in the hall after the service.There will be no service at St Andrew’s this week due to the Bishop of Plymouth’s visit to Modbury, where a Benifice Service will take place at 10.30am.

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