Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 15th May

In these difficult days we are all trying to find ways to communicate, and our churches are no exception. Rev Matthew, the Churchwardens and service leaders had a Zoom online meeting last week, to discuss how the Mission Community churches could start to come out of the lockdown. Three main proposals were discussed, 1, Opening for daily prayer, 2, re-opening for funerals etc and 3, reopening for weekly services. Social distancing is of course an issue that will stay with us all and how to manage church congregations safely within these guidelines was of maximum concern. With smaller congregations in some of our churches perhaps not quite so difficult but staggering service times was discussed, as was how to ensure the proper cleaning of the churches after use, a tricky problem indeed. We are as I write this still waiting for the government’s lead on when the exit process can start, but hopefully we can all come to church, and also visit our favourite places and restaurants soon.                                                  

The council has announced that re-cyling centres will be open again from Monday 11th May. They are dealing with only essential waste, items that could be a danger to health or cause injury. It’s the first stage in a phased re-opening of the 19 re-cycling centres around Devon.. There will be a one in one out policy to protect staff and social distancing measures will mean that staff won’t be able to assist people with their items . Only cars without trailers will be admitted and no vans or commercial vehicles will be allowed. For more details consult the council website.                                                                               

The shop has received some lovely pictures from the youngsters in our community thanking them for their marvelous service to us all during this lockdown period. Their colourful art work includes rainbows and heartfelt messages of thanks for being open, and being there for our community. The shop is open from 9am-3pm weekdays and from 9am-1pm at weekends. Well done guys, you’re amazing! The shop also has non-medical face masks available.                                                                        T

The village managed to celebrate VE day in style in spite of the lockdown. Folk had online parties with their families, and the Fisherman’s Rest made a mountain of scones, with help from  local people, for take away cream teas. Some people had colourful bunting displayed and the atmosphere was superb in spite of everything!                                                                                                                                

The online church services are still available on the Mission Community website.

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