Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 8th July

It’s that time of year again folks! It’s July and it’s A.G Church Fete this Saturday at 2.30pm, and this year we have a mystery guest to open the proceedings, can you guess who it is yet? Well, all will be revealed on Saturday! The Fete is of course one of the biggest events in our social calendar, and it does attract lots of visitors from far and wide, the traditional stalls and pony rides for the kids just make it a good old fashioned afternoon out for all the family. There is a children’s entertainer and a bouncy castle to boot, so come on down and enoy the fun. Tonight,(Friday) is setting up night, and if you feel that you can lend a hand, please turn up on the Rectory Gardens at about 6pm, all hands  on deck will be the approach to set up gazebos and tents etc.  All help will be welcomed.

It seems that A.G is well and truly in the news this week, due to the Bantham Swoosh! The event was organised by the Wild Swimming organisation and took place last Saturday. The event was attended by hundreds  of people who like to swim rivers, and this is the second time that our village has played host. The swimmers gathered at Timbers car park waiting for the tide to turn so that they could navigate the river to end up in Bantham. The event was also attended by BBC Spotlight, the local news magazine programe, and one of their more intrepid reporters took part in the event, well done to her! Apparently you get the Swoosh part as you round the river at Jenkins Quay at Bantham, when the current carries you round the bend in the river, hence swoosh! Monday evening Spotlight included a report on the Swoosh and we were on telly folks!! The event did spark fears over traffic as there were a lot of mini buses ferrying people from the two centres but I didn’t see any problems, please let me know if you saw any different as I was coming home from work at 5.15 and saw nothing untoward, in fact you wouldn’t even know they had been.

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Another lovely event took place on Friday night outside the Fishermans when Dartington Morris Men came with their guests, Plymouth and Harbeton Morris, three for the price of one, and the entertainment was really enjoyable with a large apriciative crowd taking in all the dances and the songs. They danced well into the evening in spite of a shower or two, and everyone was rewarded for their patience when a double rainbow appeared. After the dancing the Morrisers moved into the pub and entertained by singing and playing their instruments.

Dartington Morris

St Andrew’s this week has an open air service on the Rectory Lawn, it’s a Songs of Praise type service with many favourite hymns; it starts at the usual time of 11am

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