Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 16th May

On Friday St Andrews Church held a plant sale and coffee evening in the village hall. There was a huge selection of plants to choose from, some grown by local people. Everything from pansies to shrubs and they all looked magnificent. There were also light refreshments provided by generous donation and served by Barbara Elson and Betty Snow. The usual stalls were in evidence and some bargains were enjoyed by a good crowd of village folk. The evening raised about £400 for Church funds.

Also in the hall this week our W.I. ladies held their A.G.M., the minutes were read from last years meeting and of the last months meeting. This years resolution was to support organ donation through encouraging W.I. members and their families to support this vital service as there are now increasing numbers of people waiting for organs to be donated. Following a ballot, Lesley Allsop was elected President for a second year. A bring and share supper was enjoyed after all the formal business and some old photographs were passed around to round of an interesting evening.

The Archdeacon held his Visitation Court for the Woodleigh Deanery this week in Kingsbridge, this includes the Churches of the Modbury Team. During this service all the church officers are sworn in for the next year, including yours truly as Churchwarden and all our sidesmen. The Archdeacon thanked everyone for their past commitment and looked forward to the new year as we all work together. In his address the Archdeacon talked about the past and how it had shaped the Church and how to move on into the future with a smaller number of people in general attending church these days.T his was sadly the last time our Archdeacon John Rawlings will be taking the Visitation Service as he is retiring in the autumn. The Rural Dean, Rev Daniel French thanked him for his service and presented him with a gift from the Deanery. Some favourite hymns were sung Tell out my Soul and Thine be the Glory by a large congregation. A retiring collection was made at the end of the service for the Arcdeacon’s Charity Fund.

A quick reminder that our Cricket Club are holding their Big Car Boot sale on Sunday, gates open at 8.00am, with refreshments and free parking for participants, dogs welcomed on leads for safety reasons. The Teams next game is at Yealm (Newton Ferrers) on Thursday 29th May starting at 6.15pm.

Maya Plass will be talking at the Aune Conservation Meeting at the Fishermans next Thursday 22nd about the school project on the marsh at 7.00pm.

Its voting day next Thursday all day in the village hall.

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