This week services once again resumed in St Andrews church following a tightning of corona virus regulations. The Holy Communion service was very kindly taken by Rev Neil Barker albeit with very much of a different feel to usual, with no choir. Our organist, Mrs Vanda Irish did a wonderful job of playing the tunes to the hymns whilst the congregation said the words, which sounded lovely! The address was based on the story of Cain and Abel with the theme of brotherly love, support and helpfulness being expressed, very welcome just now. Well done to Rev Neil and Vanda for helping to provide such an uplifting service. Next Sunday the church will have a Sunday Worship serv ice with Reader Joyce Howitt and starting at the usual time of 11am. During the lockdown period there will be online activities for the youngsters with the Mission Communtiy’s families worker Sara who is holding Family Zoom times each Sunday morning at 10.am Please visit the Mission Community facebook page for joining details, Sara can be contacted on email@example.com.
The Parish Council meeting was held last week via zoom and a number of topics came to light. One was the appalling felling of a beech tree on the South Efford site. The mature 100 year old tree was felled a couple of weeks ago and the P.C voted overwhelmingly to write in protest over this act of vandalism, hoping to preserve any other landmarks from a similar fate. Also a vacancy has occurred on the council, so if you think you can serve our community in this way please contact our clerk Peter Javes. Devon Councillor Rufus Gilbert gave the county’s report on road issues and various other topics.T he play park is continuing to be renovated and the sand pile from the old equipment has now been moved and the site levelled, many thanks to all those involved. Hand sanitiser will be placed on the fencing at the park to improve hygiene, and the gates have been left open to avaoid contacts. The little field at the end of the village green has also had the gates left open, this is also to help avoid contact.
After weeks of uncertainty the future of our village shop now seems more asured as Kathleen has stepped up to be our new shopkeeper. She has worked in the shop with Jas for several months and Jas will work with her to support her in her new role. The shop has provided a box outside to place your shop survey in, please complete one if you havn’t already done so, the data will help the shop to comply with our needs as a community. The shop is also running a voucher scheme until the end of the month, spend £20 to receive a £5 voucer to spend in the shop.
The foodbanks are still very much needing our support and if you can help out with any spare tech equipment to donate to help children to continue their studies at home, please take them to the Kingsbridge depot at Wallingford Road.