Village Voice by Rosie Warrilow – 3rd April

There seems to be some confusion amongst some in the village about the village foodbank. St Andrew’s Church set up this facility some time ago, and a collection box has been sited at the back of church on the window sill. All manner of goods can be donated; tinned goods such as baked beans, tinned veg etc., dry goods such as tea, coffee, sugar and flour are also welcomed, and things like dog and cat food as some people in need also have pets. Also loo rolls and toiletries are useful items, anything in the way of household goods, and not forgetting baby milk and nappies as so many folk in need these days have families. I visited Shekinah mission recently, and the definition of homeless has changed, with many elderly people served by this wonderful charity, having to chose between paying bills or eating; a sad comment on society today! There is also no truth in the story that you have to be a Church goer to donate either – the Church building is open from 8.00 am-5.00 pm EVERY day! If you wish to donate and can’t get up to the church, Nicola Smallridge co-ordinates the donations and can be reached on 550100,  or phone me and I can collect items or anyone can leave donations at my home in Icy Park; hope that clears things up. All donations go through to Kingsbridge.

This weekend is of course a busy one for St Andrew’s and there will be ‘Way of the Cross’  parade through the village today, Good Friday, starting at the Fisherman’s Rest at 10.30 am. There will be hymns and readings as the parade moves along Fore St. Please come and join in if you can; there will be a short service in the Church and Hot Cross Buns will be served at coffee time. On Easter Sunday, there will be a service of Holy Communion starting at 11.00 am with an Easter Egg hunt taking place after the service, please come and join in the fun. In Modbury, St  George’s will be building the Cross on the Hill again this year on Friday morning.

The long awaited traffic calming measures will start to take shape during the Easter break and there will be some disruption to traffic flow through the village – there will be diversions posted via Shorta Cross, so please be on your guard during this testing time for our village

The school has now broken up for their Easter Hols but before they went they visited St Andrew’s Church to  celebrate the Easter story. They were welcomed by Rev. Barker and sang some wonderfully moving songs, with some of the pupils reading. Easter Prayers were written by Herons Class and Easter poems were written by Swans. Rev. Barker gave the closing address and blessing.

The shop opening times are slightly different over the Easter period. Good Friday opening will be from 8.30 am – 1.00 pm, and Easter Saturday opening will be from 8.30 am-3.00 pm. Also you can still purchase Easter Eggs and cakes from the shop.