Well I was flabbergasted at an item on the Devon Live news feed online this week, refering to our village as a place that no one has heard of! What a cheek! I think that they were refering to our Neighbourhood Plan and the fact that it is now ready to go forward to the referendum stage after a long period of hard work by the NP steering group and the advisor at SHDC. The article did raise some valid concerns about second home ownership in the parish and homes for older people too. Once the plan has been voted on and approved,( we hope), it will be able to contribute to securing the type of development suitable to our parish. The voting will take place on May 6th the same day as local elections.The article can be viewed on www.devonlive.com. Its quite interesting and does delve into how the village got its name, and that our parish is actually mentioned in the Doomsday book.
Our village shop has published its opening hours for the Spring and Summer periods. The shop will open from 9-5pm on Monday- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it will be open later until 5.30pm, Saturday it will be open from 9-5pm. Sunday opening will be from 9am-12. These new times will apply from this week, with some alterations for the Easter opening times. Good Friday 9-1pm, Easter Day 9-1pm and Easter Monday 9-1pm.
The Tennis Court will be able to reopen this week in keeping with other outdoor sports facilities. You can book online to renew membership and to book the court for use. The court is subject to the rules during the pandemic crisis, hand sanitizing, bringing your own equipment and keeping to the guidelines regarding households mixing.
St Andrews church will have a Maundy Service tonight at 6.30pm, which will be a Team Service. This service will be led by Rev Matt Rowland and will include communion. There will not be a Good Friday parade this year, but there will be an online service at 2pm on Zoom, also led by Rev Matt. Our Easter Sunday service will be Holy Communion by extension, which will have the elements blessed at a previous service. This service will be led by Reader Mr Michael Tagent and will start at the usual time of 11am.