Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 18th April

There was an air of celebration in the village last Saturday when local resident, Mr John Foale turned 70. John, a great local character has lived in the area all his life and comes from a farming family. He was well known in the field of mechanics having his own buisness at Polston Parks for a number of years. He now lives in the village and although retired now, still keeps his hand in the trade by restoring old tractors to their former glory. Saturday night saw so many residents and former residents come to the Fisherman’s Rest to enjoy the evening; Raggle Taggle band provided the music and Athenia and the girls provided a delicious buffet. Congratulations John and many happy returns.

John Foale - his 70th birthday

The Parish council met this week due to the bank holiday last week. The meeting heard that the refurbishment of the Tennis Court has now started. There is a lot to be done as the old surface is removed and the new surface laid. There will be a skip for the rubbish to be stored near the Rectory gates. The court will be closed for approximately six weeks to allow this vital work to be carried out but when its completed it will have a lifespan of  10 years. The timetable for the work is; week 1 preparation, week 2 old tarmac removed, 3-5 new surface and drying out, week 6 replacing posts and nets. The court is becoming increasingly popular, and this work is vital for its future. The Play Park was discussed, and vital maintenance will be carried out in the near future after discussions with the builders, Earthworks. The flood group has now received the funds to buy extra equipment and thanks were sent to the Devon County Flood  Resilience committee for their help in establishing funds for our group. Speedwatch is still in the discussion stage and we wait for changes to some road signs so it can proceed further. The steps at Icy Park and their repair was discussed and will be  chased up by Mr Carson. Richard Hoskins, our District Councillor, gave details of the Traffic Calming scheme which will be completed in the next 3-4 weeks. The controversial cushion in the centre of the village will be replaced with a pained roundel for the time being, while a more permanent solution will be discussed

News from the shop is that there is some metal shelving looking for a new home. Its possible uses? well how about some for your garage, greenhouse or to help tidy up your shed? More details at the shop, just a donation to shop funds will secure this vital spring cleaning aid! Contact Jenny on 550091.