Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow, March 24th

With the clocks going forward this week, it seems a very good time to talk about our Community Swimming Pool. The pool will be re-opening in May, for what is hoped to be a very busy season; it did well last year and it is hoped that it will be open for business a little earlier this year. There is a new web page exclusively for the pool, with all the up to date news, including where and when the resuscitation classes will be held, a must for pool keyholders. There will be a number of sessions to be held in the downstairs room at the Fisherman’s Rest and news of them will also be posted in the village shop and also on the village Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the new webpage, they look great!

Our W.I ladies held their coffee morning last Saturday and the event was well attended by local folk wishing to socialise and enjoy the stalls. There was frenzied activity around the cake stall, with lots of yummy cakes and buns finding their forever homes! Lots of cups of coffee and quite a few bikkies later, the ladies discovered that they had raised £120 for club funds. It was a lovely event with people really having a great time and just enjoying sitting and good conversation, well done to all who helped make this event possible.

As most of us have heard by now our Rector Neil Barker is retiring next month. There will be a farewell party in St George’s church, Modbury on April 23rd at 6pm. There can be transport arranged if needed, contact me on 07779290653 or email [email protected]  if you would like to go and would need a lift. The church magazine, the Magnet is in danger of folding because a new editor can’t be found, are you that person? Or do you know of anyone willing to take on the job? If so contact the team on [email protected]

Just a reminder that the next public consultation for the Neighbourhood Plan will be on the evening of Friday April 7th  and during the day on Saturday April 8th, more details to follow.

Our shop still has Mother’s Day treats available if you have yet to find that perfect gift. The shop also has a selection of wrapping paper, wine and choclates, so please see Dinah and staff for more  details.

Kingsbridge Jazz at Aveton Gifford will hold their next club night on the 4th of April. This months musical guests are the John Maddocks Jazzmen. JohnMaddocks(reeds) Peter Wilkinson(trumpet) Tony Farr(trumbone) Chris Satterly,(piano) Peter McCurrie(bass, sousaphone) Dave Barnfield(banjo,guitar) Brian Barker(drums) have been together for a long time, and hail mainly from Hampshire and Dorset. The band will celebrate a 45 year anniversary in 2017, certain members of the band can say that they have been together for more than 25 years!! They are a Traditional band with many influences over the years, and have performed all over the country and at many jazz festivals and other functions. The club members are always happy to welcome guests and new members; the doors open at 7.30pm for the music, but the Early Bird diners menu is available from 6pm on club nights but booking is essential, 6pm on the Monday  April 3rd being the cut-off time for food orders – please contact  the Fisherman’s Rest on 550284.

The Fishermans also has a special Mothers Day menu  available for that perfect special lunch for Mum, again please book to avoid disappointment.

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