Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 12th October

Arts Trail starts this week and the exciting news is that we have no fewer than ten artists displaying their work this year! At the Fisherman’s Rest we have Kim Watkins, whose work uses recycled paper and card, Sarah Harcus who paints beautiful landscapes using acrylic and pastels, Jane Parrish who is a landscape photographer and John Ashton, well known in the area for his stunning wildlife paintings of our river. All of these works will be displayed in the pub’s lower bar. We also have Caroline Barker, who has lino cuts and collagraphs of local scenes and also produces little hand made books of her work; she is displaying at her Stone cot gallery. Susan Luker is a Raku Pottery specialist also displaying at Stonecot. Lucy Cassidy is taking part for the first time this year, and she can be found at 17, Icy Park. Lucy works with vintage fabrics and frames collages. Sarah Anslow will also be displaying her collage work with Lucy. Claire Williams is also displaying her paintings at the Art Space in Glebelands, top of Icy Park hill. Not forgetting our Stonemason Pippa Unwin, who will be displaying her work at Mewstone Masonary situated on the Avon Bridge, just as you are approaching our village. This promises to be a most exciting Art Trail for us here in A,G this year, so  why not pop into the pub for lunch on your way around all these exciting venues?

We had our dog show the other day, to raise money for the shop redecoration fund. The results are as follows; Best pedigree puppy, Hunter, shown by Craig Robinson with Zebedee shown by Annette, second. Best junior dog under 3 years was Stella, best pedigree over 3 years was Gigi, shown by Wendy Smith, best non pedigree was Eddy, shown by Joan Jackson. Best rescue was Billy, best veteran was Topaz. Best condition was Gigi, best short coat Stella, best long coat Gigi, best mixed pairs was  Nancy and Sugar! Best in show Was Gigi and reserve best was Stella. A good day was had by all who attended and there will be more doggy fun next year!

We have sadly lost a dear friend recently. Ken Doughty sadly passed away  two weeks ago and a memorial service will be held in St Andrews on Saturday at 11am. Ken was a great member of our community, founding our project group and keeping and researching our village’s history. He was also a great friend to our church and delighted in researching and correlating data. He was a lovely man, always charming and friendly. Everyone is welcome to come to the church to remember Ken.

St Andrews will have a special service for children this week, starting at 11am, with Rev Barker leading. Please come and join in the fun, there will be a special children’s group, meeting in the Lady chapel, so why not bring a young friend.