Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 25th July

Our wonderful A.G has been blessed by another weekend of fine weather and another great event. Local couple John and Maggie Newsham opened their garden at Marsh Mills to visitors on Sunday afternoon, in aid of the charity The Cinnamon Trust. The charity provides volunteers to help people who are terminally ill or elderly to walk their dogs, a joy that most of us take for granted. The garden was simply beautiful and peaceful in its riverside position with magnificent mature trees reaching for the sky and a beautiful, natural duck pond nestling in the shade of the trees. The vegetable garden was looking most productive and the chickens enjoyed a good sized run in the garden. The donkeys, Charles and Danny proved very popular with the visitors and happily posed for photos. After a good walk around the garden, tea and cakes were served in front of the house. Local ladies, Maggie Skeates and Lolly Parker welcomed people on the gate and the event had many volunteers to help during the afternoon. The event raised £270 for the charity. If you feel that you may be able to help as a volunteer please phone 01736-757900 or e-mail

The duck pond at Marsh Mills’ beautiful garden


John & Maggie Newsham along with their volunteers raised £270 pounds for the Cinnamon trust


The intrepid ladies of Aveton Gifford W.I. were in action late into the night on Saturday when a small group went to Plymouth to take part in St Lukes Hospice’s Midnight Walk to raise funds through sponsorship for the Hospice. The six ladies were Myself, Maggie Skeates, Lesley Allsop, Meg Brett, Jackie Javes and Yvonne Helps and we tackled the 3 km walk. I believe that Libby Hutchinson and Joan Bone took on the long walk of 15km, well done to them and all those who took part in this wonderful event, quite an eye opener. The teams of marshals worked hard to make sure everyone was safe on the roads. After the race everyone was treated to free water and a slice of pizza, very well deserved.

Following a message I received from the Village Hall Committee, I’m calling on all local builders to see if anyone can help with some repair work. The hall needs a new ceiling and insulation and the committee needs the help of local builders to bring their skills if possible. If you think you can help with this task, please contact Meg Brett on 550536.

The local Village Show has been saved from a non event by local resident Jenny Reynolds. She has taken over from John Yabsley, who has organised the show for the past few years. The schedule is available from the village shop and includes more classes for craft items this year. The show will take place on 9th August in the Village Hall and entries can be staged from 8.30am on show day. Entry fees are only 10p per class so come on down. Entry forms should be handed in to the village shop by 7th August.


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