Village Voice with Rosie Warrilow – 22nd May

Here we all are praying for the summer weather to kick in, hoping that the nasty showers will die away and why? Because our Tennis Court will re-open on Monday the 25th May. There will be an open morning of tennis starting at 10  am and continuing till 12 noon – a chance to celebrate this wonderful new asset to our community with lots of tennis of course and lots of yummy cakes and biscuits. It’s an opportunity to try out the court, rackets will be provided, and you can also receive the advice of coach Tim Brealey. There will be a chance to learn about what the court has planned for the summer too, with training camps promised so please come and support our court this Bank Holiday Monday.

        smart new tennis court

More on tennis, this time from our school. On May 7th, years  3and 4 travelled to Kingsbridge for a mini tennis tournament with their class teacher Miss Amos. There were about 8o children taking part from schools in the area, and our contingent, Benji, Ashley, Freddie, Jude, Emma, Josie, Rosie, Charlotte, Jemima, Charlie and Reuben, did have a nervous start to their campaign but they need not have worried because they did do extremely well, and the team did finish in second place overall. Freddie, Jude and Rosie were also ‘spotted’ and invited to attend a special tennis school if they want to. Well done to all the children who took part.

Last Sunday was A.G cricket clubs Big Boot Sale, and they had a lovely morning for it with the sun shining which brought out the crowds. The attendence was up on last year and the sellers brought everything from plants to toys, furniture and mechanical bits and pieces. John Foale brought his restored tractor for everyone to see, and the day was much enjoyed. There were delicious treats on the barbeque served by Jan and Jenny, a good fun village event.

The village hall committee held its A.G.M this week, and the overall view was that the hall is ticking over. The Soup And Puds events during the winter brought in a staggering £500 to hall funds, a very popular event, and one which will return in the Autumn. The flood prevention work has started on the hall with self closing air bricks having been installed. The flood barriers for the doors will be installed soon. The hall interior has now been redecorated and two new heaters have been installed, with two more to follow shortly. The thorny perenial problem of parking was discussed as this problem does affect the hall when events are held. A solution to the village parking problem in general does still seem a long way off, unfortunately.

St Andrew’s this week will welcome Rev. Neil Barker for a service of Family Communion, starting at 11 am.