Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 17th June

This week we start off with a bit of a mystery! The Project Group during last summer planted some new shrubs by the stream, a couple of hydrangeas, a couple of pieris, and a couple of others. The sad thing is that they have been damaged, either by accident or by another means and are now looking a bit sad and it does seem rather a shame as prior to this they had grown rather nicely. Please can we watch out for them in future as the Project Group have worked hard recently on improving that particular area by clearing the undergrowth and making the area look nicer.

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Our school has been rather busy of late, making two trips out during the last week.The school has had a science and environment week, and on June 13th the whole school traveled to the Royal William Yard in Plymouth where they spent the morning learning about different types of plankton, and also looked at the many types of crabs which can be found in our local waters. The youngsters also enjoyed a grand tour of the former naval yard and a boat trip along the River Tamar. Everyone had a lovely day in spite of the rain, and the school is very grateful to Dr Juliette Jackson for organising the day as part of the Royal Society Grant project. Years 3&4 also enjoyed a visit to Dartmoor Zoo, organised by Miss Pitman as part of their class topic work this term. The children enjoyed an educational workshop where they were introduced to some giant snails and snakes. Some of the youngsters plucked up the courage to hold a snake and so did Miss Stone! After this excitement it was time for lunch in the coffee shop and later on everyone enjoyed a tour of the zoo and were able to see plenty of animals including, bears, tigers, goats and beautiful peacocks amongst lots of others. Everyone had a lovely time and were furnished with lots more facts for their project work.

This weekend sees the staging of the dog show to raise funds for our shop. The fun starts at 11am on the rectory gardens behind the village hall. Schedules and further details can be obtained from Dinah at the shop. The entry fee is 50p per class. The shop still has a good supply of plants, donated by residents. There is quite an incredible range now, so if you have an annoying gap in your border it can easily be filled without having to travel ‘abroad’ so to speak. Dinah is deeply grateful to everyone who has donated plants this season. The shop still has books to purchase or borrow and a good selection of DVD’s should the weather turn nasty.

St Andrews has another wedding this week and I’m sure everyone involved with that will be praying for fine weather! Congratulations to Jamie and Amy for their special day! St Andrews has a  Morning Prayer service this week led by me at 11am. Also several A. G ites will be singing at Modbury this Sunday with Modbury Gospel Choir. The aim is to raise money for the Water Aid charity, and some choir members will be travelling to take part in a larger event in Bath next month. On Sunday there will be teas and cakes made by choir members and of course lots of singing! There will also be a Silent Auction with all sorts of promises available.The afternoon will start at 2.30pm at the Queen Elizabeth Pavillion

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