Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 1st August

Aveton Gifford Primary School held its annual farewell to its school leavers last Wednesday. This year’s year six bade farewell to our little school to prepare to enter the next step of their education at K.C.C.  St Andrew’s Church was packed with families and friends and local well-wishers. Mrs McCarthy Patmore, the school’s head teacher, welcomed everyone with some well chosen words and Mr Michael Tagent offered up the opening prayer. The first hymn followed; “Carpenter, carpenter, make me a tree”, a very pleasant more modern hymn. Then the children of year 5 and Egrets classes paid tribute to Alanna, Henry, Kyle ,Oliver and Oliver, Ross and Samuel in their own inimitable way and not without some humour, saying what they thought to be the best qualities of the year 6 leavers, and the resulting poems and prose were quite moving. Next came a reading from the Bible and the second hymn “Who put the colours in the rainbow” was sung enthusiastically, then the children read the prayers they had written for this special occasion. Jocelyn Ponting  from Aveton Gifford’s Project Group then presented books to each of the year six leavers,  and Michael Tagent representing St Andrew’s also presented a book about what to expect in secondary school. Each of the leavers then read out their memories of life at our school, and Mrs McCarthy-Patmore expressed her thanks. Mr Tagent closed the presentations with a prayer and the final Hymn, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” ended the service on a high note. All that remains is to wish Alanna, Henry, Kyle, Oliver and Oliver, Ross and Samuel all the best as they set out on the next stage of school life.

This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of W.W.1 and the churches of the Modbury Team are highlighting this event; St Andrew’s Sunday Worship will have a strong flavour of the period, with hymns and readings to reflect the occasion. The service will be lead by Mr Michael Tagent and everyone is welcome to attend. The Church will be open all day for reflection and prayer and a retiring collection will be held for the Royal British Legion. For the village W.W.1 exhibition, the Church will have a display of information on the people who’s names appear on the War Memorial, which will be held next weekend 9/10th August to coincide with the village exhibition.

It’s a busy time in A.G, and the Village Show will be held in the village hall next Saturday. The hall will be open from 8.30 am to bring your exhibits and will close at 10.30 am for judging. The hall will be re-opened for viewing at 12 noon, refreshments will be available, and there will be more classes for craft items. Please return your completed entry forms to the local shops where schedules are availabe until the 7th August.

The cricketers are playing a home game this week at the Shooting Field. Their opponents will be Stoke Fleming, always an exciting prospect; the weather forecast is good for Sunday so please come and support our boys in white.

Unfortunately we do have a missing cat in the village again.  Her name is Lucky and she is black and fluffy;  if you have any information, can you please contact Paula in Jubilee Street.



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