Village Voice by Rosie Warrillow – 14th October

If music be the food of love, Play on ! You can’t beat a bit of the Bard especially this year when celebrating 4oo years of wonderful poetic works. Also of course, his works do more than adequately describe human thoughts and feelings, and A.G had the pleasure of celebrating a wonderful, romantic occasion last Saturday with another wedding at St Andrew’s. Local lady Eleanor Fish married her sweetheart Ashley Graham in a lovely ceremony attended by 130 guests. The congregation and the Groom waited  for the Bride’s arrival and she was fashionably late of course! The bride entered the church on the arm of her father Peter Fish to the strains of J.S Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, and was resplendent in a full length white gown, beautifully embroidered with flowers.

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Ashley and the best men (there were three of them!) were all dressed in navy blue suits with cream waistcoats. The happy couple smiled as they came together before the Vicar, Rev. David Cotter, a cousin of the Bride’s Mother. Mary Fish wore a lovely burgundy silk dress with black accessories, the Bridesmaids wore the same coloured full length gowns. The first hymn was “For the Beauty of the Earth”, very appropriate as the Bride and Groom are from farming backgrounds! The Marriage followed the introduction, and the bible reading from Collosians 3, was read by Mary Fish. The second hymn was “One More Step Along the World I Go”, and Rev Barker led the prayers. While the Registration of the Marriage took place  Bethan Tanton sang a beautiful version of Eva Cassidy’s “Fields of Gold”, accompanied by Penny Schroeter on the piano. The Bride and Groom left Church to the Trumpet Voluntary for their reception at Malbourgh Village Hall. The happy pair are now honeymooning in Switzerland.

Just a reminder that it’s Tall Ships Charity Day at the Fisherman’s Rest tomorrow, with all you need for a great family day out: games for the children, a grand raffle, river ball races and lots more fun for everyone. There will be vintage tractors having a drive off, and a greasy pole, local band the Penguins will be performing in the evening and into the night. It’s sure to be a great day for all age groups and all for a good cause!

St Andrew’s had the pleasure of Bishop Nick from Plymouth’s company last Sunday;  he was taking part in the “Bishops in Mission” initiative as he visited various places in our area, also visiting Kingsbridge, West Charleton  Stokenham, and a few more. Well done to him, it was great to see him here! This week myself and Jo Smith will be leading a Remembrance Praise service, with the hymns that various people have chosen to remember loved ones now passed on. The service will start at the usual time of 11am.