Parracombe Pieces – November 2013

The Harvest Festival and Celebration of Farming event was, by all accounts, a big success, with some people even finding forgotten scenes and stories from their own family history among the exhibits. I must confess to not actually managing to get there myself, but if, like me, you missed it and have access to the internet, there are some photos on the Parracombe Facebook page. A big thank you therefore to Linda, June and Julia for organising this and to Sue, Mary and the rest of the Christ Church team for the cakes, stalls and refreshments, not forgetting the stunning flower arrangements. The next big thing for PAHS is “Longstone Lanscapes”, a joint project with ENP to survey and record the area between Challacombe Common and Chapman Barrows. Those who know anything about the area will know it is interesting for its bronze age bits, the barrows and of course The Longstone itself. There is a meeting on Wednesday 6th November at 7.30 pm in the village hall to which everyone is welcome to see what it is all about.

For Best Kept Village, as you know, Parracombe was awarded runners up in the category new entrants and only narrowly missed out to Morchard Bishop. An award ceremony will take place, Thursday 28th November in the Fox and Goose. If you could all gather at 7:30pm for the main event at 8. Best Kept Competition organiser for Devon herself, Diana Moyse, will be coming to make the presentation. Whether you were able to support it actively or not this Spring, everyone who likes the idea of the Best Kept is very welcome indeed.

There are some changes to the previous plans for the Christmas Choir. Uda says “I am hoping that there will be three or four rehearsals just before the Carol Service (which is planned for Sunday 15 Dec at 6:30 pm, book it in your diaries please!). We will sing a few new (and several traditional) carols and still be able to create a good sound, and also hopefully a wonderful atmosphere in Christ Church. We may also be able to join forces with the School for the Carol Service, this is still in negotiation. Or we might add some solo pieces, instrumental or voice. The extent of rehearsals will be more minimal this year, and I will appreciate all the support anyone is willing to give, as regards numbers of singers, suggestions of what to sing, what people like to do. Thank you for helping make Christmas in Parracombe a Proper Time!”

News from the school and while the building work is under way, Parracombe pupils are working at Kentisbury with pupils there in the Elderforest class. They recently had a visit from the touring Alibi Theatre who performed a fabulous adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘I believe in unicorns’. As well as being a highly entertaining and thought provoking performance in its own right, it also provided an ideal introduction to their Literacy theme for the coming weeks. The following day, Friday, they travelled over to Parracombe early, in order to spend some time in the classroom there and see the latest developments with the re-build. Here are some of the children’s comments: Casey,” I feel happy seeing our new school being built.”

Reece, “Epic! Loved watching the digger!” Shelbie (her first visit to the Parracombe site) “I thought there would be more black bits where things had been burnt!” Joe, “Feeling a bit sad being here without the older children and the Y6’s that have already left, but happy about my school being rebuilt.” Edward. F, “It’s exciting that they’ve finally started work!” Jenson, “Glad they’ve finally got round to rebuilding it and I’m really pleased that in the new plans there will be plenty of toilets!” Alex, “Good they’ve finally started, but I’m not sure about the new plans for the building. I wanted it to be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire.” After time spent at the Parracombe site, they went over to the Church in the afternoon for the Harvest Festival Service. The children excelled themselves with their class performance, singing and exemplary behaviour. The whole day was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the children and the adults. Well done Elderforests!

Don’t forget Quiz Night at the Fox and Goose, Sunday 3rd November, arrive soon after 7pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. Teams of four, if you are not in a team, come along anyway and we’ll fix you up with someone. Tickets £8.50 in advance from the Fox or the Post Office, or £10 on the door on the night, but admission includes a curry supper. Proceeds to be shared between Christ Church and the British Heart Foundation.

Rainfall for September was 102mm or 4.08 inches compared to 172mm or 6.88 inches in September 2012. Thank you Mary and Bill for the figures.

And that’s it again for another month. Can I remind you all that the next edition, December will in fact cover the period December and January so if you have events for the New Year that you want publicised, they will need to be in next month.

Best wishes to all
Mervyn and others.

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