Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 27th March

There are a lot of events in and around our parish this week. In the village hall on Tuesday nights we now have a yoga group. This popular event is being organised by Steve, and takes place from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Anyone can join in and there are people of all ages attending these evenings. The sessions will take a break over the Easter period but will resume after the holidays.

The Cricket Club start their indoor nets this Sunday,March 28th in the Sports Centre in Kingsbridge, and the sessions will run from 10.30 – 12.00 noon. There will be a  fully qualified coach on hand to assist and give advice to anyone who needs a helping hand. New members are always welcomed, so if you think you could be a budding Peterson or Flintoff why not join in and have a try out? Our club is always very friendly and works hard to represent our community.

The village hall  committee are holding another Soup and Puds lunch this weekend after having to postpone earlier in the month. As usual the fare will be served from 12.00 – 2.00 pm. There will be a choice of delicious soups and yummy puds, all served with tea and coffee. All proceeds will go to the hall refurbishment project.

The congregation of St Andrew’s Church will mark the start of Holy Week by processing up through the village this weekend. Sunday is Palm Sunday, and there will be a gathering at the Fisherman’s Rest prior to walking through the village. As in previous years, there will be a beautiful donkey to lead us, courtesy of John and Maggie Newsham, many thanks to them for their efforts every year.

Donkeys for Palm Sunday

 The procession will start at 10.30 am on Sunday morning and Palm Crosses will be handed out during the walk. Please come and join us, there will be singing and David Scott will be playing his mouth organ to accompany us, definitely not to be missed!! Next Friday is Good Friday and again St Andrew’s congregation will be walking through the village on The Way of the Cross. There will be readings and hymns as we walk through the village, culminating at Tree Corner when the Cross will be erected. There will then be a short service in Church, followed by refreshments and Hot Cross Buns!

On Saturday, it seemed as though the whole village turned out for David Balkwill’s funeral. David was a real local character, living all of his long life in our community. He was a farmer, avid church goer, and enthusiastic member of the choir, and it was so good to see everyone in church to acknowledge his life and passing. The hymns were good family hymns; Thine be the Glory,  We plough the fields and scatter, and Now we thank thee all our God, a good sing. There were readings and tributes from David’s family, and a wonderful Nunc Dimitus sung by the Choir and congregation after the prayers. David chose a cheeky rendition of the Wurzels, “Poor, poor farmers” to leave the church; inspired and full of humour, as always.