Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, July 14th

What a fine day was had by the village last Saturday as the village fete returned after its covid enforced break. It was so good to have such a lovely opportunity to meet and socialise and just to enjoy the amazing summer weather. The crowds came out in their many hundreds to enjoy the traditional stalls and kiddies pony rides. The cream teas and cake stall in the hall were much enjoyed by everyone and thanks to Christine Lancaster for bringing the stall holders their refreshments, much appriciated I can tell you. Thanks also to all the local buisneses for the prizes  for the Grand Draw that were donated, to many to mention individually both in A.G and in Kingsbridge thank you so much!! A thank you must be said to for our local hereos the Fish family as they gave their time to set up stalls and  so much more to mention again, they supplied the tractors with Ray Lancaster that enabled the stalls to be erected and carried equipment down from the church amazing help all round on the day and much work they assisted with beforehand. The school had their own stalls and they also had a lovely day well done to the P.T.F.A for all of their hard work too. The young visitors to the fete were enjoying a storytelling activity and they were also very much enjoying Kim’s facepainting and lots of lions and tigers and bears were seen wandering around A.G afterwards!!.It was such a lovely family day and a wonderful £2,493 was raised for the church and church projects, there will be some expenses to come out of the total.

The Parish Council met last week and plans for a new development on the Churchfield and Milhaye fields were discussed by the developer, parish council and S.H.D.C councillor Julian Brazil. Its very much in early stages, more news here later on. The community pool was also discussed and the question of some antisocial beahavior was discussed but on the whole the pool has been well used and dicipline is overall good. Two local people are carrying out the daily maintenance checks and a new consingnment of chlorine has been received. The pool area has been recently updated and is now well maintained. 

The Swoosh is also back and this means quite a lot of disruption to parking on tomorrow evening (Friday) and on Saturday morning to allow for the coaches to bring the swimmers here. The Rectory Lawns will be offered as alternative parking for one night only on the Friday evening. Good luck to all the swimmers and to the Pre School as they will have their drinks stall there to raise funds!                       

St Andrews held an open air service which was very well attended last week after the fete but the service will be held in church this week. The Holy Communion service will start at the usual time of 11am and will be led by the Rev Neil Barker, refreshments will be served after the service and all are welcome.

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