Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 19th May

Arrangements are slowly coming together for the Jubilee celebrations on June 5th but help is needed in relation to putting up the Road Closed signs. The difficulty is that no one seems to have the appropriate Chapter 8 qualification and our usual contractors are either busy or their permissions have run out and are awaiting renewal!! If anyone can help with this ‘problem’ or knows a man that can, please message the village website /facebook page or contact Ros Brusson, many thanks in advance! There a lots of things planned for the day,so please keep an eye on the village website for details.

Apparently on Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee the village had loads of things to excite the natives, beginning with the pealing of the church bells from 7am-11am with the ringers being treated to breakfast at the Farleys Hotel, now the Taverners appartments! After a church service a procession started at the north end of the village to Bridge End! Too risky to do that today with all the traffic! Apparently there were a number of evergreen arches constructed through whitch the procession passed! All sorts of village organisations were represented and a dinner was held under the trees adjoining the marsh in Oakey Lane,presumed to be beside the ford in Jubilee street where 576 people enjoyed the sociable occasion.There were also around 70 people that served and carved the meats.After the Queens health had been toasted there were sports were held on the Pittens Field. Tea was taken at 5pm and then some aquatic feats were performed from a large barge moored on the river. The sports then resumed and  then dancing followed until 10pm when the proceeding were closed with the National Anthem! They must have had such a wonderful time back then to celebrate our then longest reigning monarch, quite an act to follow even after 100 years or so! 

There will be some resuscitation courses  in relation to the Community Pool opening in  May. The first one is to be held tonight in the village hall at between 7-8pm and again from  8.15-9.15pm, the next one is on Thursday May 26th same timings. There will be more opportunities next month too on Saturday June 11th from 9-10am and from 10.30am-11.30am,Also on Thursday June 23rd  7-8pm and 8.15pm and the final one being on ThursdayJune 30th from 7-8pm and 8.15-9.15pm. All of the courses will take place in the village hall. Booking and payment will be online only, through the village website. 

It’s only three weeks until the Great Tractor Run takes place on the roads of Devon and Cornwall. The team hope to arive in time for the Royal Cornwall show at Wadebridge on June 9th, which promises to be fun! There are numerous detinations on the run from Polperro -wadebride,and including treks to Bideford, Porlock, Seaton, the list is long and varied. This amazing run is to continue to raise funds for both Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances. The tractor boys have done so well with their mini treks across Dartmoor with John Foales vintage forty year old Leyland 262 nicknamed The Beast in the lead of the group of vintage machinery guru’s , they have raised hundreds of pounds so far and donations can be made through their own webpage on the village website, go boys go!! Your’e doing a great job.                                                                                                                                                                   

St Andrews will have a Sunday Worship service this Sunday starting at 11am, the A.G.M will take place after the service when the new church officers will be chosen. After quite a long stint, I have decided to stand down as Churchwarden, a role that although challenging has been most enjoyable.. I have a problem with my arthritis and I am waiting,like so many others for a  knee replacement. This Sunday’s service will be led by Reader Joyce Howit.

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