Parracombe Pieces – November 2014

Parracombe Pieces
Railway Visit

I think everyone enjoyed the weekend of the Flower Festival and Railway display. It was indeed fortunate that it coincided with the Steam Gala at Woody Bay as visitors were riding to Killington Station and walking down in to the village to visit the model railway display. The weekend was not without its problems, there were a couple of spectacular derailments but it was interesting to see just how much stuff people have stashed away in the attic and given a little more time we might have got more going, perhaps another year. And as proof that ipads and Xboxes have not yet completely taken over, the two in the photo above were totally absorbed and spent several hours helping out. Thanks to all who supported the event, £550 was a good result.

A big thank you also to members of Blackmoor Gate Young Farmers who again put on a splendid spread for the Harvest Supper. I am advised the tables were groaning with food and all who attended were very appreciative of the efforts of the young people. This looks as though it could become an annual event so looking forward to same again next year.

At Parracombe School, Oaks class have been researching the Ancient Egyptians and are looking forward to holding an Egyptian Day in the near future to which all will be welcome so look out for news of this in the near future. In maths they are especially learning about time and timetables so it will be good experience if you can give your child practice at home, working out how long their favourite tv programme is on for. They are also looking at ways to improve and develop their outdoor learning environment so any resources and offers of help will be most welcome. Parracombe and Kentisbury P.T.F.A. will be holding their AGM on Thursday 6th November at 3.30pm at Kentisbury school.

A date for your diary if you get this copy of LVN in time, a Cottage pie and quiz evening at the Fox and Goose on Sunday 2nd November. 7pm for 7.30 start. tickets: £10 in advance from the post office and the pub; £12 on the night. teams of three or four (flexible). raffle. proceeds to be shared between Christ Church and the British Heart Foundation. And following on from that, the Parracombe History and Archaeology Society AGM will be on Tuesday 18th November at 8.00p.m. in the School, to be followed by wine and nibbles. I’m sure there will be news of the latest work at Chapman Barrows and everyone is welcome.
There are no Parish council minutes this month now that the meetings are bimonthly, however, a reminder that there are still two vacancies which need to be filled by co-option so if you are tempted to put your name forward, then contact any of the present councillors or the clerk, Jackie Walters. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, 12th November starting at 7.30pm and refreshments will be available to members of the public after the meeting.

Rainfall for September 2014, 35.5 mms – 1.4 inches, compared to September 2013 102 mms – 4.08 inches. Thanks Linda for the figures.

Best wishes to all

Mervyn and others.

Volunteering, what’s it all about then?

North Devon Voluntary Services (NDVS) has been running a drop-in in Lynton Library since September and it has been great meeting people from organisations offering opportunities for people to get involved in the local community. This is the first of three articles on volunteering and looks at what it’s all about.
So what do you think of when you read the word ‘volunteering’? Doing things for no pay, giving time, commitment, being exploited? That’s what some may think, but ask anyone who volunteers and you’ll find out that there is a lot more to it…
A better word for volunteering might be ‘helping’. Volunteers just help out, in some way or another. And no, they don’t get paid, but they can get a whole lot more.

Helping others often means that the person helping gets a whole lot more back. Extensive research, numerous studies and feedback always conclude that people who give of their time can and do, get much back. Benefits to the volunteer include: being appreciated, being part of something good, increased confidence, improved physical and mental health, better paid work prospects, a wider social network, learning new skills, being with like minded people, feeling that you’re making a difference and making the community you want, to name but a few.

When you start looking at volunteering in this way, then why wouldn’t you? Almost any job you can be paid to do, can be done voluntarily (I used to say, except brain surgery, but even doctors can, and do, volunteer!). The range of opportunities available is vast and whatever your passion, be it sport, the environment, people, animals, politics, events, systems, … you name it, there will be something you could help with. Now the schools and colleges have returned and autumn is now here, it’s the ideal time to think about doing something different and maybe new. And if you think you don’t have time, because you work or have other commitments, have a disability, or something else that you think might get in the way, then think again.
There are many ways to help, even if you can only offer a few minutes. But more about that next time.

So if you want to find out more about volunteering in your area, then contact North Devon Volunteer Centre on 07531 447222, or drop onto the Library in Lynton on a Tuesday afternoon and have an informal, no obligation chat.
Lyn Winter

Volunteer Support Worker, North Devon Volunteer Centre (part of North Devon Voluntary Services, NDVS).

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