Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 20th July

Our W.I ladies had a very interesting evening last week at their regular monthly meeting. The Childrens Hospice  sent a new speaker at short notice and Daniella Hopkins came to give the group their talk. Daniella was a new recruit for them and had only been in her role for a matter of weeks but she gave a very interesting account of the charity’s work.       The Charity provides respite and end of life care for families with children who have life limiting illness, which means that they will sadly die in childhood. The charity was formed in 1995 after the founder, Eddie Farwell, and his late wife’s two children  Katie and Tom were found to have a genetic disorder which would shorten their lives. They were given excellent care from Helen House Hospice in Oxford, which was, back then the only childrens Hospice in the world, a four hour journey from their home in Devon. The Farwell’s vision was to bring the service and care that they had experienced to the Devon region. In 1995 their dream became a reality with the opening of Little Bridge House in Devon, and Charlton Farm in Somerset in 2007, and Little Harbour in Cornwall 2012. All sorts of activities are available to the families, one to one care, fun with music and play, outings and crafts, simple pleasures to enjoy. A wonderful charity for our ladies to support and to share time and tea and biscuits with Daniella as the work of the Hospice was discussed after the talk and the ladies did raise some money for them too. The Hospice movement is keen to have more such evenings and interested parties can reach them online to book a speaker for meetings.

Well We have all seen Landscape Artist of the year on the telly and now Devon is having it’s own competition! Its for the youngsters aged bewtween 7-11 or 12-18 years. Whether it’s countryside or coastal you could win a £100 prize in each age group. Just post your artwork to Devon CPRE PO Box 26, Beaworthy, EX21 5XN  by September 30th. Good luck everyone!

Local photograher/artist John Ashton has a new article in the latest edition of the Post magazine  so don’t miss it! He has some great illustrations and his own unique take in his text!

St Andrews will have a Holy Communion service this Sunday with Rev Matt Rowland leading, and new curate Ollie Long will be giving the sermon. The service will start at 11am and will have refreshments after the service.      

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