Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, 21st April

It seems that people are still speeding through the village! How many times to we have to ask people not to do this? There’s always activity in Fore Street with locals walking, cycling even riding horses. Recently and very sadly two pets cats have been killed by speeding motorists, causing great distress to their families. Please, please slow down in our village, the speed limit is 20 mph for a reason, let’s stop any future tragedy now and just slow down. Electronic speed signs are under discussion by the parish council hopefully these will discourage people from speeding.                                        

St Andrews church has had a wonderful Easter season culminating with a Holy Communion service on Easter Sunday, which was well attended, and it was so nice to see so many visitors in church  Some old favourite hymns were sung, played by organist Mrs Vanda Irish and the service was led by Rev Matt Rowland. The choir was in place and sang during the communion. The Church’s Electoral Roll is now open for new members, the forms are available at the back of the church. This Sunday, April 24th there will be a lay led Songs of Praise starting at the usual time of 11am, all are welcome to attend and there will be refreshments served after the service.                                                                                              

The Deerwood Trust is holding its annual open weekend from April 30th-May 1st  with walks to enjoy the beautiful Bluebells which are now coming along nicely and will be bursting with colour to show off to the visitors! The trust will have its doors open from 11am-5pm and it’s well worth a visit to this truly spectacular display! More details are available on the village facebook page.                                               

A.G is to have a young Ukrainian family arriving as a holiday cottage has been set aside for their use! Nick Hiscock has made this generous offer to house a young mum and her four children after they had lost everything in the conflict. Clothing is being collected for the family, with a particular need for clothing for an 11 year old boy. Can you help? The necessary contact information is available on the village facebook page. St Andrews church is organising financial help for Ukraine in the form of donations through the Tearfund organisation. To Donate please drop an envelope through the letterbox at Stonecot and address it Ukraine and Neil and Caroline will do the rest, or come along to any of the services in church and place your envelope with Ukraine written on it into the collecting plate  the back of church..

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