Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 10th February

The Six Nations Rugby tournament is now underway and matches can now be watched on the BIG screen at the Fisherman’s Rest. The opening matches of the tournament were shown last weekend, and this weekend’s matches can be viewed starting at 2.25pm this Saturday with Italy v Ireland, followed by the all important England v Wales match at 16.50pm. What a wonderful line up for the rugby enthusiast, let’s hope that England do well, there is always an element of needle during this fixture, so it shouldn’t be missed! The Rugby Menu is also available around the matches, for more details please phone the Fisherman’s Rest on 550284. Staying with the pub, they are taking bookings for Valentines Day if you are feeling romantic and hungry! Please phone the above number for more details.

Monday’s Parish Council meeting heard reports from the village organisations, including the village shop committee who were happy to report that the shop now had a new large chiller and supples of chilled goods would soon be back to normal. There were concerns over the cost of the new equipment, which the committee had had to cover. The community swimming pool was also discussed; Peter Smith had been working on insulating the pump against the recent cold weather and when the weather is more suitable, the hedge will be cut back. The aim is to get the pool open by mid May this season. There will be another meeting to discuss the neighbourhood plan and the possibility of having a new village hall, this is hopefully to be held in early April. There were no new reports from Sports and Leisure or the Project Group. The problem of derelict boats and abandoned boats were discussed again and will be brought up again in future meetings. The idea of having a planter on Tree Corner was abandoned due to not enough interest shown.

St Andrew’s will be having another Songs of Praise service on Sunday February 19th.at 11am. This service will be very informal, with hymns and readings chosen by the congregation. The theme this time will be Marriages and Baptisms, so if you have been married recently, or not so recently, in St Andrew’s, you are cordially invited to the service! Babies – if you have been baptised recently bring your parents along and enjoy singing some nice hymns and songs, as the family is very much the theme of this service and refreshments will be served after the service. This week’s service at St Andrew’s will be Holy Communion by extension, led by Reader Joyce Howitt, also beginning at 11am.

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