Parracombe Pieces – February 2015

Parracombe PiecesOnly a brief respite in January and all too soon it’s time to gather the news for Parracombe Pieces, but much seems to have happened to catch up. Firstly, Craft Group news, Carol reports; there were nearly forty Christmas stocking decorations
sold in December at Parracombe stores. The final result was an impressive £70 which was sent to the North Devon Hospice. Thank you all very much for your support.

Sadly we said goodbye to Coral in December and Judy last month. They both will be fondly remembered for their wonderful creative knitting and patchwork and of course delicous cakes. We wish them all the very best with their respective moves.
We look forward to our first gathering for 2015 at the Parracombe Village Hall on February 11th and welcome new and old faces to share an afternoon of chat, tea and craft. Should you wish to contact me, my temporary telephone numbers are,
02392465738 or 07964773086. I look forward to seeing you all soon. Carol

Parracombe has lost three more characters with the deaths of Brenda Coward, Ian Withers and Vic Watkins. We send our condolences to their partners and families. Many of you will remember the Evans, John and Beryl who lived in Bridge House,
and were during their time here very active in village affairs. We have heard of the recent death of Beryl. Coincidentally, until recently it looked as though there might not be enough to fill the column this month so that I looked back in the archives to January 1990, 25 years ago when Parracombe Pieces reported the reformation of the Revels committee with Beryl as Chair, James Tucker as secretary and Paul Lemmer as treasurer. The village has also said goodbye to Ray, Judy and Fraser at Laurel
Cottage. We send best wishes to them in their new home.

Christmas of course is a major festival in the Church year and it is good to hear of the large and enthusiastic congregation for the Festival of Nine lessons and carols and the contribution that the Children’s nativity made to the Christmas events. At the start of the New Year a Plough service was held with members of Young Farmers to welcome the new farming year and bless the plough. It is hoped that this will become a regular annual event for members of the farming community.

At the school, Oaks class have returned back to school, refreshed and ready for another term of learning. Their new topic is ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ where children will be exploring and investigating space. Children will have the opportunity throughout the topic to independently research a particular area of interest. In literacy, children in year 3 and 4 are studying poetry, focusing on adding similes, metaphors and personification to their writing. They are currently analysing ‘The River’ by Valerie Bloom, immersing themselves deep into the meaning of the text. In maths, children have just been learning the different methods to work out subtraction problems, focusing on the compact column method. The next step now is for children to apply their knowledge into answering real-life word problems. They will be moving onto written methods for multiplication in the coming weeks, it is very important children are secure with their 2,3,4,5 and 6 times table facts as this will support them with learning their 7 and 8 time tables. Please support your child at home learning their times tables. Children took home their selection of home learning tasks for this term last week, please support and encourage your child to start thinking about the core task as it is due in before half term. The final results will be displayed in the classroom for all children, staff and visitors to see! Many Thanks, from Miss Hill.

This month’s picture is a previous Curry and Quiz night at the Fox which I thought was a good image for dark winter nights. Rainfall for November 2014, 214.5 mm – 8.5 inches and for December, 256 mm – 10.24 inches. Thank you Linda for the figures. And that’s it for this month. I see that Cadburys cream eggs for Easter are already about. Next month’s edition of PP will be March and on 29th March we will be putting the clocks forward for the start of British Summer time. Hurray, lighter evenings, everything bursting in to life, time to get the mower out! I don’t usually buy the Radio Times but I do get the bumper Christmas double edition which is full of adverts for summer holidays, by which time Tesco will be stocking their shelves with mince pies, tinsel and Christmas cards! Ralph Gibbins who used to write Parracombe Pieces in 1990 used to finish off with the message, “Be nice to each other and help each other when you can” which is as good a way to finish as any.

Best Wishes to all
Mervyn and others.

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