Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 16th October

Face coverings are now on the verge of becoming compulsory on school transport following some pupils not wearing them. From November 2nd, unless the child is exempt, all pupils in Devon travelling on school transport will be required to wear a face covering. Certain exceptions can be applied for from the individual schools involved.                                                                                                          

There will be a road closure from the A379 to Waterhead which will span two days starting on November 11th. This is so that continuing works by Giga Clear can be completed.                                           

The village shop has now installed a drinks machine to provide hot refreshment for take away use. The weather is now noticeably colder and people like to sit in the shop garden. Hot snacks are also available.                                                                                                                                                                   

Our Parish Council held its monthly meeting via Zoom last week due to Covid restrictions. Zoom is a linked computer Skype type mechanism where participants can see and speak to each other via the internet from the comfort of their own homes. The traffic issues were discussed, and also the impact of a development of holiday cabins with the pressure and impact this may have on our already crowded roads and lanes around our parish. Chair Sarah Harcus thought that it may be time to involve our MP Sir Gary Streeter in the discussions, as he has helped with thorny problems in the past. The Traffic Survey deadline is this week, so please complete one, the opinions are valuable. In these strange times you can contact the Parish Clerk on [email protected] for entering a question for the Parish councilors, and the minutes of the previous meeting can be viewed on the village website.                                              

St Andrews Church held its Harvest celebrations last Sunday, and a socially distanced congregation enjoyed music from the choir and a sermon from Rev Matt Rowland. Mrs Vanda Irish played the organ and has done a wonderful job during lockdown of providing music for the congregation to listen too. This Sunday is a lay-led service and it’s my turn to lead this week!  Everyone is welcome to attend and the service will start at 11am.

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