Gittisham Gazette February 2024

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council
    What’s On?   
               
Village hall  

Auction of promises Saturday 10th February  

Pierre’s Kitchen
Sunday, Feb 11th  

Tip Tip Toe
Tuesday, Feb 13th 4.30 pm Open to all children from the parish. Bring a plate of party food.  

Skittles and family fun
Friday 1st March  


Church Services

Sunday, Feb 11th 11 am Holy Communion, St Paul’s Honiton with Bishop Jackie  

Ash Wednesday, Feb 14th Holy Communion Imposition of Ashes St Paul’s Honiton 11 am & 7 pm
St Michael’s Imposition of Ashes 7pm  

Sunday, Feb 25th 11 am Holy Communion  



  Job Vacancy

Village Hall Treasurer Details from Hamish Hall
07880 178297    
Haggis and dancing at the village hall (Midweek Herald)  Hamish Stabbing Haggis
A wonderful write-up in the Midweek Herald about our legendary Burn’s Night celebration at the village hall “Haggis, mashed potatoes swedes were served followed by a trio of tray bakes with ice cream. To say the food was delicious is an understatement as it truly was outstanding and there were even seconds for everyone who could manage it after the generous first helpings.” A well-stocked raffle followed, with lovely prizes. Winnie from the Honiton Carers said “Folk dancing followed with caller Mary who as usually kept us going nonstop. This is definitely a highlight of the evening as so much fun is had by all the participants who try to carry out Mary’s instructions with much enthusiasm.
Village hall committee serve burns night food
“Thank you to organiser Hamish and the committee for allowing us to join them all again this year. We will definitely be back next year, as this is an evening not to be missed for sure.” Get in touch with Win on winniekjaer@btinternet.com or phone 07974 636926, to find out more about the Honiton Carers.   Honiton Youth Club are looking for a fun and dynamic person to join our youth club sessions as a paid, part-time support worker. You’ll be supporting the Lead Youth Worker on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to support and engage the young people and children of Honiton. Experience with young people is highly desired, qualifications are not essential. admin@honitonyouthclub.co.uk

Table Talk

A Game of Conversations

Do you like to ponder on the big questions of life and wonder what others think? There will be an opportunity to think about a topic a week over five weeks to do just that!

Bring a friend, grab a drink, join a table and pick a question you fancy.

At the Otter Inn, Weston every Wednesday 7pm starting 21st Feb and continuing throughout Lent. Convened by Julia Barrett gshaminister@gmail.com

Changes to the 200 Club

The 200 club was first started in1984 as a way of raising much need funds for the upkeep and maintenance of the Church and it remains a popular way of enabling everyone within and beyond the Parish to maintain a connection with our beautiful village church. However, the value of £1 since 1984 has depreciated considerably – the equivalent value today of £1 is 25p! During which time, the 200 subscription cost of £12 per annum (£1 per monthly draw) has not changed while the running costs have risen considerably. St Michael’s PCC has therefore carried out a much-needed review in order to ensure that the 200 club remains viable while at the same time fulfilling its original purpose and has decided to raise the subscription fee while at the same time also raising the prize money to ensure the 200 club remains attractive to its members. We really don’t want to lose you! A tall order, one might think! But having discussed this at length and consulted with our ‘Coffee Together’ members who are also enthusiastic 200 Club members, we believe we have come up with a solution that will enable the 200 Club to thrive for many more years! The timetable for implementation of changes is as follows:

February – all present 200 Club members will receive letters informing them of the changes, new subscription rates and increased prize money.

March – the last draw under the present system will take place March 16th at Coffee Together at the Coffee Together Club in the Parish Room.

April – no draw to allow time for the set-up of the administration of the new 200 Club

May – May 18th Launch of new 200 Club with first draw at ‘Coffee Together, Parish Room.

If you are not already a member of the 200 Club and would like to join please contact Janet Twist at gittisham.200@gmail.com for further information.

February 200 Club

Prize Winners

1. Jackson King

2. Jonathan Aylen

3. John Boswell

4. Emma Fuller

5. Phyllis Broadhurst

The Beehive, Honiton

March is packed full with live music at The Beehive Honiton.

We have the sensational Elton John Show on Saturday 2nd March. If French music is your thing, why not come along to our evening show with Fifi La Mer and be transported to Paris on 7th March. We have the brilliant Gary Moore Blues Experience coming to Honiton on Saturday 9th March and The Beehive’s residency – Deane Big Band on March 21st, expect an evening in the 1970’s from Fusion to Disco!  Dance the night away with From Gold To Rio on Friday 15th they’ll take you on a nostalgic journey back to the New Romantic era which ruled the charts for over a decade- Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran. Baskery will be performing on 16th March who play a combination of classic ‘roots music and Americana’. 

Come and visit us at The Beehive Honiton where you can find out lots more about our other shows including A Country Music Songbook theatre show as well as The All Seasons show celebrating the work of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

Beehivehoniton.co.uk.

01404 384050. The Beehive, Dowell Street, EX14 1LZ. 

Broadband

Please share your experience of issues caused by the continuing delay in installing superfast broadband in Gittisham village with your Parish Council via adam.powell@gittisham.org.uk or telephone 07535 233558.

PARISH COUNCIL – FEBRUARY 2024 REPORT

Five councillors met for the February meeting. Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) was also present.

Water quality. The focus on seawater bathing quality is a hot topic at present and rightly so, said Alasdair Bruce. He explained there is much anecdotal evidence from outdoor swimmers of a major deterioration in the quality of our coastal waters. Many experience stomach illness and ear infections, even dog walkers tell him their animals are sometimes poorly after a stroll on the beach. With this in mind, Alasdair Bruce thought the parish might be interested in some figures recently released by the EDDC coastal officer:

Permitted Discharges from CSOs (storm overflow discharge): In total in 2023 there were the following (the number in brackets is the number that fell within the formal bathing season May 15th  September 30th) Sandy Bay 21 (8), Exmouth 40 (15), Budleigh 44 (15), Sidmouth 28 (10) Beer 32 (13), Seaton 31(12). Given that in their Water Fit document South West Water commits to achieving no more than 20 discharges at any given beach, this is pretty poor performance.

Devolution. In his absence, Phil Twiss sent a report explaining that the Government had published proposals for a deal that could re-draw the future relationship between local government in Devon, Torbay and Whitehall. It’s hoped that additional powers with the cash that follows will happen in future years. This would enable more decisions to be made locally by people who know their areas best and on things that matter to local people such as building more affordable homes, investing in new quality jobs and skills, and improving public transport.

Finance. Members agreed on the finances.

Crimes. Due to an ongoing error on the Police UK website, it is not possible to report crime statistics.

Planning applications.

a) 8 Campion Way, Honiton – T1, Oak approx. 14 metres high and 14 metres wide at all points; to pollard back to the previous pollard position when work was last carried out in 2016. No objection.

b) Rapshayes Farm, Gittisham – Variation of condition 2 (approved plans) of planning permission 20/0782/LBC (Conversion of barn to holiday accommodation) to change the proposed roof covering from clay Roman tiles to natural slate. No objection.

c) Kings Arms Farm Nags Head Road, Gittisham– House of multiple occupation (HMO), that provides individual living-rooms for vulnerable people; the facility includes communal areas for socialising, cooking and dining set with private and secure gardens. No objection.

Road closures. 20 March: the road to Catshayes closed to install sewer-level equipment.

Broadband. Adam Powell said he had drafted a letter to Richard Foorde MP regarding the continuing delay of installing superfast broadband in Gittisham village. Councillors agreed he should use the village WhatsApp group to build a picture of the issues people experience. To share your experience, please contact adam.powell@gittisham.org.uk or telephone 07535 233558.

Play area. The clerk reported that she had accepted the offer of a free silver birch tree from Devon Wildlife Trust. The organisation is offering parish councils in East Devon, North Devon and Torridge a “landmark” tree to help combat the devastating effect Ash Dieback is having on the landscape.

Next meeting. Thursday 7th March at 7.30 pm in the parish room.

Parish Council links      Who’s who                          https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/

Emergency Plan               https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/

Parish Council Clerk       Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk                   Tel: 01404 851442

Gittisham Gazette January 2024

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

    What’s On?  

Weds 9th Jan 5.30-7.30pm Pizza Van at the church  

Sunday 14th Jan 10-4 Pierre’s Cafe  

Sunday Jan 14th 11am
Holy Communion, St Michael’s Church, Gittisham  

Tuesday 30th Jan 5.30pm
Fete meeting. Come along if you’d like to get involved  

3rd Feb
Burns Night     at the village hall. Tickets from       Hamish Hall  

Saturday 10th Feb    
Auction of Promises  

Sunday Feb 11th   11am
Holy Communion at St Paul’s Honiton with Bishop Jackie  

Sunday Feb 25th   11am
Holy Communion at St Michaels  

Skittles at the village hall 1st March    

January 200 Club Winners 1.Vicky McLachlan Clark
2.Julia Barrett
3.Ann Stansell
4.Auralia Wakley Beddows 5.Paula Madden  

Gittisham Cabaret 13&14 December Contact                      Sara Agg-Manning if you’d like to be involved with acting, writing, etc. All welcome  

Connor’s Graduation

Connor Graduation photo

Connor passed his degree in Rescue and Emergency Management. His graduation was on the 10th November and was held in Truro cathedral. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments over the last few years. Looking forward to see what other goals he will achieve. Well done

Community Kitchen Meeting

Directly following the meal on Thursday 25th January we will be having a short meeting to discuss the progress of the community kitchen and arrangements for the coming year.  We hope to start the meeting at about 7.30pm so please stay on after the meal or for those who don’t want to eat, feel free to turn up at around that time.  If you are not able to make it on the day please pass on any views you may have to someone who is going to attend.  The following are usually a pretty safe bet: Sara and Bill, Sue and David, Stella or Alex. It would be good to have as many views as possible from all interested parties so we’ll hope for a good turnout!

Superfast Broadband

Jurassic Fibre (now All Points Fibre) will not be installing superfast broadband to Gittisham Village. The Parish Council asked their Head of Strategic Partnerships to join their recent meeting but due to issues with broadband it was not possible to connect to enable this remote meeting. Councillor Phil Twiss said that the company Airband will now be the most likely to deliver fibre. The Parish Council is writing to Richard Foorde MP to explain our situation and the delays we’ve experienced.

Pierre’s Café

Banish the January blues with a visit to Pierre’s pop-up café, Sunday 14th January.  We’ll be open from 10am until 4pm in Gittisham Village Hall, serving a range of homemade meals including croissants, pastries and cakes.  Please book if you’d like to come for lunch so we can have an idea of numbers.  Pierre will be making galette des rois for one of the desserts, a sweet puff pastry pie made with almonds traditionally eaten at this time of year in France.  For further information or to book, call 07545 214940.  Bon appétit!

St Michael’s Church, Gittisham

Nativity photo

All our Advent and Christmas Services including our Advent Concert and Carols at the Lychgate were well attended and enjoyed by everyone. The concert was a wonderful start to the season and raised over £700 with the proceeds donated to the Force Cancer Charity and St Michael’s Church. And so a big ‘Thankyou’ to all who came, support and helped to make it such a lovely occasion and also of course to David and Alison and her fellow singers!

Our Carol Service with the Children’s Nativity Tableau also proved popular as did Carols on the Green with the Honiton Band which has become an annual event with the band already booked for Christmas 2024! Finally, it was lovely to see you so many at our Christmas Midnight and Morning Services and again thank you to all who gave so generously with fifty per cent of the collections taken going To the Force Cancer and Hospiscare Charities.

With all good wishes for the New Year from Julia and all at St Michael’s.

Gittisham Fete

The fete will be on August 31st this year. We will be having a planning meeting on Jan 30th at 5.30pm in the hall. All are welcome.

Auction Of Promises Saturday 10th Febuary 7pm, Gittisham Village Hall

Gittisham Village Hall

Tufty Tots

Hello! My name is Jasmine, I am a great niece of Uncle Reg and Pam Chown and have strong family connections with Gittisham. My family and I now live in Honiton but enjoy visiting the park. My husband and I have two young daughters- who keep us very busy. Tom is a graphic designer and I am a primary school teacher. During my childhood visits and family parties  I often visited the Gittisham Village Hall. The beautiful building and space has now inspired me to start up TuftyTots, baby and toddler classes.

I will be running- Tufty Tots – on a Thursday morning. The classes will run from 9.30-11.30 with inclusive activities tailored for children from 6 months- 4 years old. The sessions will include stories, songs, sensory activities and tuft tray activities to ignite curiosity and imagination. To look after the adults there will of course be a selection of homemade cakes and strong coffee!  And time for a good natter. 

TuftyTots classes will be informed by the Early Years Framework- to develop a love for learning and help children to reach their milestones.

On the last Saturday of each month we will also be running a family  – stay and play brunch – these will be themed, based on books and children’s interests such as dinosaurs or princesses! No age limit. 

TuftyTots is still in the planning stages, but soon we will have a website and more information available. TuftyTots will be launched in March, but booking will be available from February. During the Thursdays in February I will be running pilot sessions for families and friends so you may see and hear little people mischief in and around the hall! I ask for your patience with families parking in and around your lovely village. If there are any problems or parking queries please do not hesitate to pop in and see me or ask Carol Hall for my contact details. 

Kind regards and best wishes, Jasmine Chugg-Rogers tuftytots@gmail.com

Beehive Honiton Whats On

PARISH COUNCIL – JANUARY 2023 REPORT

Six councillors met for the January meeting. One member of the public was also present.

DCC Budget. In his report Phil Twiss (DCC) said that setting DCC’s budget for the next financial year would once again be a challenging task. More than 79% of the net revenue budget of £743.4 million proposed for 2024/25 is spent on children’s and adult service areas i.e. £588.5m with £154.8m for the others. The council is identifying savings and alternative sources of income, including grants, but the majority is derived from council tax and business rates. He explained that social care provision is particularly impacted by increases to the national living wage, which at first glance a 30p per hour increase announced by the Government does not seem vast. However, it will add an extra £25.7m to the DCC wage bill, which will need to come from further savings and efficiencies.

Broadband. Following the acquisition of Jurassic Fibre and three other internet service providers, All Points Fibre (APF, part of Fern Trading) has looked again at the business case for bringing full fibre broadband to Gittisham village. A representative of APF was due to join the meeting remotely, but due to issues with broadband it was not possible to connect. Members expressed their profound disappointment that the company would not be pursuing its roll-out, which APF explained was no longer commercially viable. Phil Twiss indicated in a recent email that the contract for Airband to deliver the roll-out under the Connecting Devon & Somerset scheme appeared to be the most likely option.

Finance. Members agreed the budget for 2024/25 and the parish precept was increased to £10,139.08; as the population of the parish has increased, this should not represent a rise at the individual level.

Crimes. Due to an ongoing error on the Police UK website, it is not possible to report crime statistics. In his report, Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) said the ongoing issue of anti- social behaviour on the Hayne Farm development has been raised with Sovereign Housing and the council officer whose brief it is.

Donations. Members agreed to donate money to Force, Diabetes UK, TRIP, Citizens Advice and Hospiscare.

Road closures. 20 March: road to Catshayes closed to install sewer level equipment.

Play area. The Chair and Vice Chair signed the grant funding agreement for EDDC to release S106 funds to allow the parish council to go ahead with the purchase of the outdoor ping pong table.

Limited residential development. David Valentine said Gittisham Community Land Trust was drawing up a memorandum of understanding with Combe Estate. The planning application is due to be submitted very soon. Research into a possible housing association partner is ongoing.

Footpath. Councillors discussed how they could take forward the proposal for a permissive path connecting the Hayne Farm development with Gittisham village. All agreed it would fit with the parish council’s climate change agenda and take cars off the road. Adam Powell (new parish councillor, Gittisham Vale) highlighted the success of a recently created path linking Feniton and Colestocks.

Next meeting. Thursday 1 st February at 7.30pm in the parish room. The Chair wished everyone a happy New Year.

Parish Council links      Who’s who                          https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/

Emergency Plan               https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/

Parish Council Clerk       Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk                   Tel: 01404 851442

Gittisham Gazette December 2023

Gittisham GazetteDec ‘23 Edition  
A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

What’s On?

at St Michael’s Church, Gittisham

Carol Service

Sunday Dec 17th 4.45 pm

Festive drinks and mince pies during the interval

Carols on the Green

Friday Dec 22nd 5pm

at the Lychgate with the Honiton Town Band, Sausages and Mulled Wine

Christmas Eve

Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm

Christmas Day

Holy Communion at 11am

ANIMALS IN THE NEWS

Village dogs Reggie and Fig, both celebrated their 2nd birthdays this month

And this little chap paid an unexpected visit after about 400 years of absence:

Christmas Message from Julia Barratt  

As I write, we are still at the beginning of Advent when we are reminded of God’s time breaking through into our ordinary human time as we prepare to celebrate God’s coming among us in the form of vulnerable human baby‘ God with us’, entirely dependent on our care. The infinite breaking into the finite as glimpsed in moments of joy and wonder at the Advent Sunday Concert in our beautifully decorated Church filled with people, music and song, when it felt like Christmas Day had already arrived! God’s time ‘Kairos’ that is not dependent on ‘Chronos’ – human clock time. How often do we arrive at Christmas Day exhausted after weeks of preparation, of shopping and baking, making or buying and wrapping presents, writing cards, racing to catch the last post, cleaning and decorating the house so as to be ready for guests- only to find that we are disappointed, that somehow our expectations of the day itself are not fulfilled? My own experience of Christmas is that special moments of ‘wonder and awe’ come when I’m not expecting them. At a time unbidden, as it did a year or so ago when out for a walk one late December afternoon, as I describe in this poem ‘Winter Solstice’.   Winter Solstice The sun, low in the sky, winter’s bride, trailing shadows of our former selves, freshly bared branches – the thin end of the year. Slant-eyed, down little-used lanes, byways to a forgotten world – a hidden path; a flash of wings, scattering the hedgerows, anticipating our arrival. A long barn, peep-through slats, horned head of cattle, early lambs, wary mothers sensing our presence; a farmer mucking about with hay, a child watching – as if dreaming. Turning for home, a screech owl haunting, the sky smoking red, returning another way.   Whenever Christmas comes for you, may you be ready to recognise and receive the gift, to accept with the Shepherds and the Wise Men of Old, the invitation to ‘Come and See! To Come and Worship!   With Love and Christmas Blessings from all at St Michael’s Julia Barrett. Licensed Lay Minister in the Honiton Team Ministry. Dec 2023.
New year’s resolution? Do you need to improve your posture, balance and mobility?   Fit for Life – Margaret Morris Movement International (MMM) Classes are held in Gittisham Village Hall on Tuesday morning 10am to 11am. Cost £4 a session plus a retainer of £6 for each group of sessions. I run a group of six sessions with one week break throughout the year. My aim is to improve posture, breathing, balance, mobility and more. Our next session is on the 9th January 2024.   Margaret Morris Movement (MMM) is a unique system of exercise, dance and movement training. It encompasses recreational, therapeutic, athletic and creative elements of dance and exercise for all ages. Developed by Margaret Morris a Scottish dancer and choreographer it achieves a perfect balance between set exercises and free movement expression.   Contact Marjorie (marjmadge14@gmail.com 01404 41090 07870530766     Presentation to Carol McCann   We had intended to make a presentation Carol McCann for almost 30 years of service as Churchwarden earlier in the year at the Fete and Flower Festival Service but sadly Carol was not well enough to attend. However Sarah Agg-Manning recently visited Carol at Sunningdale House in Honiton where she is at present residing and where on behalf of the PCC, Sarah presented her with two pictures representing her long term tenure as Churchwarden at St Michael’s.   The picture, showing aspects of the church, is now proudly hanging in her room. The other – a portrait taken by Julian Barjzert will be hung in the church alongside the portrait of Fred Blackmore who was another stalwart of the church in Gittisham. Carol was delighted with the pictures and the many donations from those who wanted to show their appreciation of her service. She sends her love and thanks and would be pleased to receive phone calls or visits though please note that the policy at Sunningdale is that all visits should be booked 24 hours in advance.
A message from Carol McCann
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As I’m still in Sunningdale care home I can’t do much about cards etc. I do hope you all have a wonderful time.  I think I will be here for a while and hope not forever.  It would be good to have visitors. I’m allowed out when I want but not on my own, I’m hoping to have a go at driving. I need to go to West Point to practice in my own car, it will give me more freedom and will help me to get out and see more people. Look forward to seeing you soon.  Much love C xxx

Oh! Christmas Tree

Over the Christmas period in our village church a Christmas tree (kindly donated by Combe Garden Centre) will be placed by the alter with lights and beside it will be tags that everyone is welcome to write a prayer or memory of someone or something special and place it on the tree.

Auction of Promises

Saturday 10th February 7 pm at the Hall

Do you have a service or skill you could donate as a lot? This would be placed in a catalogue for Auction in February in the village hall, bar and nibbles available on the night

Helen Hayman is preparing catalogues for viewing. Lots which will also be for sale with a glass of wine for entry!
Details from Helen Hayman. 07806480246

haymanhelen@gmail.com

PARISH COUNCIL – NOVEMBER 2023 REPORT

Five councillors met for the December meeting.

Flooding Councillors noted the recent flooding along the Honiton Link Road which has made it impassable. They highlighted the statement in the outstanding planning application for the proposed Combe Farm shop that the development will not increase the flood risk elsewhere. Councillors expressed serious concerns that the recent rainfall and surface water flooding have shown this proposed development to be unsuitable, and will highlight this to EDDC planners.

Councillor Walker reported that the lengthsman had been clearing the drains up Parsonage Lane, and he had also dug a hole along that stretch which had kept one entrance to Gittisham village free from flooding.

Finance. Councillors noted the finances.

Crimes. Due to an ongoing error on the Police UK website, it is not possible to report crime statistics. However other sites report 1 x violent crime in Aug 2023 for Honiton Rural, which covers several parishes. Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) said he had passed on information to EDDC and Sovereign Housing regarding an incident of anti-social behaviour at Longlands Way at Hayne Farm. Apparently this has been aggravated by unnamed residents removing the security locks on the main doors.

Road closures. 7th January 0930-1530 road through Alfington closed for BT pole work

Trains. The railway line between Salisbury and Exeter St David’s is expected to re-open on 11 th December, following work to remedy a landslip at Crewkerne. Rail replacement buses have been affected by the recent flooding.

Buses. Phil Twiss (DCC) said the £2 bus fare is to be continued until end 2024 (although there

are still cheaper fares available, depending on the journey). Not only does this help with the cost of living, it also encourages more people to use buses thereby reducing congestion and helping with decreasing carbon emissions. The revised Stagecoach timetables beyond the parish are now bedding in and there are a lot fewer complaints. Unfortunately, the changes coincided with an increase in illness, mainly respiratory infections amongst bus drivers. Resilience will improve as Stagecoach now has a full cohort at the bus training school.

Councillor vacancy, Gittisham Vale. Adam Powell was elected parish councillor for Gittisham Vale by an unanimous vote.

EDDC Local Plan. David Valentine reported that East Devon District Council has decided to proceed with the development of a second new town of 8,000 homes between Exeter Airport and Crealy. He said this was likely to have some sort of impact on the reallocation of development sites in the Local Plan.

Scam awareness. Janet Twist said WhatsApp users are being encouraged to be vigilant after scammers

hacked into accounts and asked their victim’s friends and family for money.

Beavers. Following the visit of a beaver to the River Gitt for the first time since their re-introduction, the clerk said she had reported this to the Devon Wildlife Trust who have suggested giving a presentation on how parishes can manage beaver colonies.

Next meeting. 4 th January in the parish room at 7.30pm. The Vice Chair wished Councillors, their families and all those who support the parish council a merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year.

Parish Council links      Who’s who                          https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/

Emergency Plan               https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/

Parish Council Clerk       Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk                   Tel: 01404 851442

Gittisham Gazette November 2023 Edition 27

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council 

What’s On? 

Pierre’s Café  
Sunday 12th Nov  
Community Kitchen  Every Thurs, village hall  6.30pm. All welcome to  
enjoy a free meal and  good company 
Act of Remembrance  at the Lych gate Sunday  Nov 12th 10.50 followed  by Eucharist in Church 
Ember Pizza 
Pizza van by the church 1st Wednesday of the month 
07751 532843 
Coffee Together 
18th Nov 10.30-12  
at the Parish Room inc  double 200 club Nov &  Dec draw 
‘Getting  
ready for Advent’ 
Sun Nov 26 th 
11am at the  
church 
 Quiz  
Saturday evening  
2nd December  
Quizmaster Hamish 
Christmas Swap Shop  2nd December 
Come and join us in our  
beautiful church as we begin  
the lead up to Christmas.
We  
are presenting a lovely festive  
concert suitable for all ages  
with professional singers. Join  
us in our carol singing and 
enjoy a drink and a mince pie.  
There will also be a prize draw  
with a splendid lunch for two to  
be won at The Pig’s Folly. Book  
early to avoid disappointment!  
The proceeds will be shared  
between Force Cancer Charity  
and St Michael’s Church,  
Gittisham. 
Trick or Treating 
Lots of treats and quite a few tricks this year. A big crowd ventured out into the rain after gathering at the village hall. Those of us waiting at home could  definitely hear them coming. Many of houses had treats for the little darlings  but some houses had tricks in store, much to their amusement. Definitely not  just an event for the children. Thanks to all those who helped at the hall and in  herding the monsters around the village. And thanks to everyone who  supplied the various treats. Far too much sugar and not enough hidden  sprouts!

Christmas Swap Shop Saturday 2nd December 3-6pm at the Hall 

“For a more sustainable Christmas” 

Swap toys, decorations and lights. 

One gift donation entitles the giver to one free gift.  Donations from 10am at the hall. Good quality only. 

Mulled wine, mince pies and cream teas from 3pm 

Quiz Night 

At the village hall Saturday 2nd December  

Quizmaster Hamish 

Combe Farm Shop 

Its nearly time to start thinking about Christmas. Here at  the Farm shop we are looking forward to a busy festive  season. 

We have lots of lovely things planned including our late  night Christmas shopping event, where you can meet  some of our suppliers, enjoy some free samples, listen to  a local choir and even meet Santa. There will be hot  drinks, mulled wine and turkey baps available in the  Café. We will also have some great deals on, so it could  be a chance to get some Christmas present shopping  done. This is going to be on December 2nd

We will be hosting our popular wreath making workshops  again with a local florist and using locally sourced  greenery. We will be running them on November  29th and December 13th in the evening. Mulled wine and  nibbles are included. If this interests you, please let us  know to book your spot as numbers are limited. We also  have capacity to run private wreath workshops for small  groups. 

We also have our diary open for Christmas orders. We  have Local Turkeys from near Exeter (Rosamond Farm),  Turkey breast rolls, in house cured Gammon ( using local  free range pork from Prestige Pork), Pigs in Blankets,  Carvery Rib, Rolled Sirloin, Ducks, Chicken and so much  more. We also offer our Christmas Meat Hampers. All  information can be found on our Facebook page or pop  by the shop to speak to one of the team. 

Look forward to seeing you soon, 

Joanna and the Farm Shop Team. 

01404 519093 

Community Theatre 4All  presents  

An evening of 2 short plays Gentle comedy from a bygone era. The Laboratory by David Campton The Bear by Anton Chekov 

Talaton Parish Hall Thurs 16th, Fri 17th and Sat 18th November 

 Tickets £6 from www.ticketsource.co.uk 07867 791093

Auction of Promises Saturday 10th February 7 pm at the Hall 

Do you have a service or skill you could  donate as a lot? This would be placed in  a catalogue for Auction in February in  the village hall, bar and nibbles  available on the night  

haymanhelen@gmail.com

It’s raining cats and dogs 

Our wonderful Devon village lies at the bottom of a pretty steep valley and when it rains heavily, we know it. Large rivers with big catchments, like the Exe, cause problems after prolonged and extensive rainfall – for example, a flood can take several days to reach Exeter after the rain has started. The River Gitt, however, has a tiny catchment area to the centre of the village, just a few square kilometres. This small area, coupled with the steep nature of the catchment  – means we are less susceptible to low-intensity prolonged rainfall, but are far more sensitive to short-duration, high-intensity rainfall.

 

This means when we have heavy rain it reaches the village in minutes! All the floods that have affected the village over the years have followed this pattern  – where there is so much rain it cannot soak in and often exceeds the capacity of drains and sometimes the river too. The event that recently caused a lot of surface water flooding, followed this pattern. The graph, from a rain gauge in Honiton, shows just how heavy the rainfall was. The event in the early hours of the  2nd of November did not last for long but had a peak rainfall intensity of over 60mm an hour – which is a lot!  Even though the event only lasted a few hours – enough rainfall landed to overwhelm the soil’s ability to infiltrate water and the drainage system’s ability to convey water adequately. 

Forecasting really intense rainfall is difficult as the weather systems that create them can be small and intense and predicting where and when they will travel and how heavy the rain will be is hard. For somewhere like Gittisham, with a catchment that reacts very quickly to rainfall, it is also then hard to give a flood forecast. So, working out if the village or nearby roads will flood has to be made based on a combination of weather forecasts, with their inherent uncertainty and observing how heavy the rain is. An online rain & river level gauge in the village could help us better understand the relationship between rainfall and flooding. I’d be happy to chat with anyone who wants to know more about flooding, forecasting flooding and how to manage risk. Hamish (hamishmhall@gmail.com) 

St Michael’s Church and Honiton Mission Community 

Advent and Christmas Services 

Advent Sunday Christmas Concert Dec 3 rd 4pm 

2 nd Sunday Eucharist Dec 10 th 11am 

St Michael’s Carol Service Sun Dec 17 th 4.45pm mince pies and festive drinks 

‘Carols on the Green Fri Dec 22 nd 5pm sausages and mulled wine’ 

Sunday Dec 24 th Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm 

Monday Dec 25 th Christmas Day Eucharist 11am 

Around the Parishes – for events and news see copies in Church or visit https://honitoncofe.org/newsletter. Rev’d Tracey Voysey – licensing service as Team Vicar changed to Mon Dec 4 th 7pm at St Paul’s. 

Blue Foodbank Box Church Porch – donations gratefully received

PARISH COUNCIL – OCT 2023 REPORT 

Six councillors met for the November meeting. One member of the public was also present. 

Flooding. Councillors discussed the flooding in the parish which had occurred in the early hours of Thursday  morning, 2nd November. The member of the public, who works for a flood risk organisation, advised the parish  council that when serious flooding occurs, getting involved in mitigating its effects during the event can be  dangerous and it is often best to wait until the worst has passed. For example inspection covers often lift in floods  and can’t be seen under water or in the dark. Flood risk is best dealt with proactively, he said, and the parish  council is not in a position to advise individuals. All agreed that with climate change bringing about more extreme  weather events, people would have to adapt their behaviour and take further precautions to try to minimise flood  damage. 

Parish emergency plan. Given the recent weather, councillors were reminded that there are various locations marked on the emergency plan where sandbags are stored. (A copy of the emergency plan can be found on the  Gittisham website www.gittisham.org.uk click on the ‘parish council’ tab.) Additional sand for the sandbags will be  ordered. In the event of a dangerous flood, those affected should call the emergency services. Carol Hall (Chair)  thanked Alex Rowe for clearing the drain under the railway bridge by the Forge. 

Highways. In his report sent to the council in his absence, Phil Twiss said Devon’s Highways teams have taken an  absolute battering this year where climate change, and flooding events in particular, have decimated planned  maintenance. But despite that, Highways are pressing on with as much of the programme as possible when not  dealing with ’risk to life’ events or clearing up after flooding, fallen trees and damaged buildings. He asked for  understanding that they must prioritise workload for those ‘risk to life’ events, while not diminishing the necessity of  alerting them to issues on the parish’s roads. Peter Orchard reported that the internal channel of the balancing  pond has filled with rubble, so it needs to be cleared out. Alex Rowe said the broken grit bin on the road heading west out of the village had been reported. 

Residential development. In his report sent to the council in his absence, Alasdair Bruce said he was somewhat encouraged by the statements that have come out of EDDC’s latest Strategic Planning Committee meeting. If  implemented in full, they could offer an element of protection from the scourge of never ending developer-led  mass housing applications, he said. The Government will be issuing a new National Planning Policy Framework in  the near future. This should help empower EDDC’s planning committee to make a stand against inappropriate  development, he said. A case in point was last week’s refusal of the application for 63 houses to the south of Ottery  St Mary. Despite officer recommendation, the committee decided to refuse. Alasdair Bruce said it remains to be seen if the council lawyers come back with reasons why these grounds will fail, something he described as an  unfortunately familiar scenario. 

Finance. Members agreed the finances. 

Crimes. Due to an error on the Police UK website, it was not possible to report the crime statistics for August and  September 2023. 

Casual vacancy. Carol Hall encouraged all councillors to speak to people who might be interested in joining the  parish council to represent the Vale ward. People can also contact the clerk for further information by emailing  clerk@gittisham.org.uk The deadline for applications is 3rd December. 

Next meeting. Thursday 7 th December at 7.30pm in the parish room. 

Parish Council links Who’s who https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/ 

Emergency Plan https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/ Parish Council Clerk Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk Tel: 01404 851442

Gittisham Gazette October 2023

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

What’s On? 
at the village hall 
Pierre’s Cafe 
Sunday 12th Nov  
07545 214940 
Christmas Concert 
Sunday 3rd December 
4pm £10 (u16 free)  
Carol Singing  

drinks & mince pies  
at the church  
Community Kitchen 
Every Thurs, village hall  6.30pm. All welcome to  enjoy a free meal and  good company 
Folk Dancing  
Wednesday evenings village hall 
Fit for Life class  
Tuesday mornings  
village hall 
Yoga  
Monthly Thursday  
village hall 
Christmas Swap Shop and Family Quiz 
2nd December 
Ember Pizza 
Pizza van by the church 1st Wednesday of the month 
07751 532843 
Coffee Mornings 
3rd Saturday of the month  at the Parish Rooms  
(village green) 

Pumpkins – Ed Hayman 
This year at Gittisham Farm, between finishing my studies and Graduating with  a degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams University, I have been busy growing  a field of pumpkins as a ‘pick your own’ experience. So far, we have been open  for three weekends, and I’m very happy with how it’s gone. Everyone seems  to be enjoying the experience of visiting the farm, seeing our cows and calves  and of course lots of pumpkins. With plenty of questions and intrigue,  it’s been great to show people more about the produce they buy beyond the  sight of a supermarket shelf. 
The pumpkin patch offers lots of different varieties from tiny decorative  gourds right up to huge Atlantic Giants that are a handful to say the least!  There is also plenty of seasonal hot food and drink to beat this cold October  weather. 
It’s been great to see a few people from the village visit us already, and anyone  who would like to come along is more than welcome. As Halloween  approaches, the patch will be back open again 10-4pm everyday through  October half term, from Saturday 21st up to the following Sunday on the 29th.

Harvest Supper 
The annual Harvest Supper was a well supported event, with about 70 people  attending. The menu of chicken casserole or nut roast. Baked potatoes and peas  followed by apple crumble and ice cream went down well. Second helpings were  taken up enthusuastically! (Community Kitchen could be serving pudding for  weeks to come, due to the generosity of the cooks.) This was a truly communal  effort, with about 20 people involved in preparing, cooking, serving, washing up,  setting up and tidying up. Many thanks to all. Sue Fallows, Gittisham Village Hall  Committee 
The village hall committee have managed to keep up with the expenses, which have  risen sharply due to big changes in gas, electricity and water bills. Costs are  expected to be higher still during the coming year but it is hoped with the extra  income from existing and new bookings we will be able to keep pace. We really  need and would welcome more members to grow the number and range of events  that we put – to allow us to keep the important community assets running. This is a  hall for the whole parish. Hamish Hall, Gittisham Village Hall Committee 


Advent Concert 

Come and join us in our beautiful church as we  begin the lead up to Christmas. We are presenting  a lovely festive concert suitable for all ages with  professional singers. Join us in our carol singing  and enjoy a drink and a mince pie. There will also  be a prize draw with a splendid lunch for two to be won at The Pig’s Folly. Book early to avoid  disappointment! The proceeds will be shared  between Force Cancer Charity and St Michael’s  Church, Gittisham. 
alisonkettlewell.ak@gmail.com 
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/church-concert
Halloween 
Halloween will soon be upon us. On Tuesday 31st all children are invited to the village hall at 16.30  for some food, and trick-or-treating around the  village will commence at 17.00. Don’t want to be  spooked? Quiver under the blankets or drop a  message on the village WhatsApp. 
Wrap Up South West  collecting unwanted coats  across Devon 
Coats need to be clean with all zips and  buttons complete and working. If you have  a warm coat, waterproof, gilet or fleece for  adults or children please drop it off at one  of the collection points. 
Collection 20th-30th October in Honiton  Tesco, Ottery Help Scheme and Sidmouth  Library 
New Year’s Eve Party 
At the village hall details to follow.  Contact the Village Hall Committee 
200 Club 
Would you like to join the 200 club and  help to fund the upkeep so necessary  for this old church. It takes a lot to keep  it heated (especially with the increasing  cost of energy) and watertight,  keeping the churchyard in good order  and kind to nature. The cost is £12 per  number per year.  
The draw takes place at the beginning  of each month with 5 prizes £40, £20,  £15, £10 and £5. Twice a year there is  a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and  September).  
Contact Janet Twist 01404 45484

between Force Cancer Charity and St Michael’s  Church, Gittisham. 
alisonkettlewell.ak@gmail.com 
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/church-concert Halloween 
Halloween will soon be upon us. On Tuesday 31st all children are invited to the village hall at 16.30  for some food, and trick-or-treating around the  village will commence at 17.00. Don’t want to be  spooked? Quiver under the blankets or drop a  message on the village WhatsApp. 
Wrap Up South West  collecting unwanted coats  across Devon 
Coats need to be clean with all zips and  buttons complete and working. If you have  a warm coat, waterproof, gilet or fleece for  adults or children please drop it off at one  of the collection points. 
Collection 20th-30th October in Honiton  Tesco, Ottery Help Scheme and Sidmouth  Library 
New Year’s Eve Party 
At the village hall details to follow.  Contact the Village Hall Committee 
200 Club 
Would you like to join the 200 club and  help to fund the upkeep so necessary  for this old church. It takes a lot to keep  it heated (especially with the increasing  cost of energy) and watertight,  keeping the churchyard in good order  and kind to nature. The cost is £12 per  number per year.  
The draw takes place at the beginning  of each month with 5 prizes £40, £20,  £15, £10 and £5. Twice a year there is  a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and  September).  
Contact Janet Twist 01404 45484 
Parish Council Vacancy 
To represent the Vale ward. Please  contact the Clerk for further  information clerk@gittisham.org.uk  The deadline for applications is 22nd  October 
https://gittisham.org.uk/2023/09/01/paris h-councillor-vacancy-gittisham-vale-ward/

PARISH COUNCIL – OCT 2023 REPORT 
Four councillors met for the October meeting. Cllr Alasdair Bruce (EDDC), Cllr Phil Twiss (DCC) and one member  of the public were also present. 
Church Mead bridge. Alasdair Bruce explained that the repairs to the Church Mead bridge had been put back to 16th October, due to the late arrival of materials. However all affected residents had, he understood, been  advised by hand-delivered letter of the works. 
Potholes. Phil Twiss told councillors that the previous winter had been very challenging for road condition and  safety defects. But the numbers recorded across the network had reduced to such a point that Highway Safety  Inspectors (HSI) were able to re-start identifying non-safety or ‘serviceability’ defects in June, ie the holes that pose  less of a problem. A trial with material called ‘Elastomac’ is taking place and this product is providing a lower  carbon and cost-effective means of repairing carriageway defects. This can allow reactive works gangs to  undertake repairs much more quickly when compared with conventional techniques. 
Gully cleaning. Phil Twiss reported that more than 5,000 drainage issues identified county-wide by the gully  cleaning crews and highway officers have been resolved since April. The challenge remains dealing with more than  15,000 outstanding reported issues with limited funds available. The ongoing trial to pre-inspect gullies due to be  cleaned on the cyclical programme has shown 49 per cent of gullies inspected to date do not require cleaning. A joint trial with Devon’s Flood team to place gully sensors in selected streets in Devon is in the preparation stages. It  is hoped this externally funded trial will offer insight into whether technology can be used to inform policy or  reaction for cyclical gully cleaning. The trial intends to run for an 18-month period from the winter period. 
Road closure. 24th–29th October: Road from Main Road to Eveleighs Farm. Wales and West Utilities; priority  traffic control. 
Finance. Members agreed the finances. 
Crimes. July 2023: no reported crimes. 
Casual vacancy. Carol Hall encouraged all councillors to speak to people who might be interested in joining the  parish council to represent the Vale ward. People can also contact the clerk for further information by emailing  clerk@gittisham.org.uk The deadline for applications is 22nd October. 
Old Elm Road rewilding. Councillors discussed funding for installing mesh underneath the path that leads between the Old Elm Road gateway and the existing path by the railway track. 
Waste bin. Councillors heard the dog waste bin at the bottom of Old Elm Road was due to be removed, and  replaced with a larger standard waste bin. It will be emptied once a week. 
Scams. The clerk highlighted the article in the previous week’s Midweek Herald, which urged people to be on their  guard against a spate of door to door salespeople who claim they are part of a rehabilitation programme. They sell  a range of items at inflated prices. She said somebody had visited the village around the same time who fitted the  description. 
Next meeting. Thursday 2nd November at 7.30pm in the parish room. 
Parish Council links Who’s who https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/ 
Emergency Plan https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/ 
Parish Council Clerk Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk Tel: 01404 851442
St Michael’s Church and Honiton Mission Community 
200 Club – October Winners 
1. Karen Miller 2,Mrs J Lovell 3.Helen Bartlett 4, Mrs E Warne 5,Mrs D Merchant 
Events: Saturday 21 st October 10.30am Coffee Together in the Parish Room 
Churchyard: Paul Wakely has been busy cutting back the grass in the old churchyard and preparing the ground for  the emergence of wild flowers in the Spring. Weather depending he would appreciate help with strimming and  raking up the grass cuttings. Bring your own strimmer and rake. Saturday AM 21 st October from 10am. 
Sunday Oct 29 th 11am Mission Community Eucharist at St Paul’s Honiton 
Thursday Nov 2 nd at 7pm All Soul’s Day Service at St Michaels’s Church Honiton* 
A note from Rev’d Tracey “This will be quiet, thoughtful and gentle, we shall be reading out the names of loved  one(s) with an opportunity to light a candle, in remembrance of our loved ones, and all that they meant, and still  mean, to us.” Please contact Julia 07763 111367 if you would like the name of a loved one added to the prayer list  or would like a lift to the service 
*As you may know, St Michael’s is the former parish church of Honiton, latterly a Chapel of Ease and its grounds  hold the Churchyard for Honiton Parish It is now closed for worship, but for this occasion is being especially  opened. 
Sunday 12 th Remembrance Sunday 10. 50 am at the Lychgate followed by a Eucharist Service in Church Sunday Nov 26th 11am Lay Led Service 
Church Events and News 
It was good to welcome the Rev’d Tracey to celebrate the Eucharist at our Harvest Festival Service enhanced by a  magnificent display of flowers and fresh produce thanks to our amazing team of flower arrangers. Many thanks to  everyone for the donations of food and fresh produce which is being distributed between the Honiton Food Bank  
and Ottery Larder. We are also pleased to announce that it has now been officially confirmed that the Rev’d Tracey Voysey who was recently appointed as Team Vicar in the Honiton Team Ministry on an interim basis will be  staying with us. There will be a service of welcome and celebration of her continuing ministry on Thursday 14 th  December at Honiton Parish Church at 7pm.


Gittisham Gazette September 2023

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

What’s On? 

at the village hall 
Pierre’s Cafe 
Sunday 8th Oct  
07545 214940 
Harvest Supper 
Saturday 7th October 7pm £5 07880 178297  
Community Kitchen 
Every Thurs, village hall  6.30pm. All welcome to  enjoy a free meal and  good company 
**NEW** Yoga 
Thursday mornings 11-12 £10 
Michelle Corrigan  
07833 558253 

Gentle, safe, classic yoga  with attention to back care. 
Film Discussion Night 10th October 7pm 
Christmas Swap Shop and Family Quiz 
2nd December 
Ember Pizza 
Pizza van by the church 1st Wednesday of the month 
07751 532843 
FOOD BANK 
Donations are always  welcome to the box in the  church porch
Gittisham Fete SUCCESS 


Thank you for helping  
to raise over £2,500  
for the church. 
1000 visitors from the  
parish and further  
afield enjoyed the  
Honiton band, stalls,  
classic cars, a dog  
show and the duck  
race. 
Thank you to Alex  
Rowe and all those  who helped organize and manage the  
day.

 
Dog Show 

Wow, what a lot  
of wagging tails! 
The first Gittisham dog show saw a huge turnout  at Will’s Field during the fete. Dogs and owners  had travelled from as far as Upottery and maybe  even beyond. A lot of pretty bitches and  handsome dogs made it a very hard decision for  the poor judge Maryanne, but we all agreed  with her choices in the end (didn’t we?). Some  fantastic sets of 6 legs with a very obvious  winner and quite frankly the most waggy tails  every seen in one field. Thanks to all who  organised and participated this brilliant event  and see you all again next year.
Thank you, from Alex 
Thank you to everyone who supported me and the fete but a few I would like to mention ~ 
•The committee 
•The Tea ladies 
•Kate for painting the lovely signs 
•The parking chaps especially Bernie for his traffic  management 
•Mikey with his horse and trap 
•Helen and the flower arrangers for the beautiful church  display 
•Robert for coming back from London especially to help  me setup
Parish Council Vacancy 
To represent the Vale ward. Please contact the Clerk for  further information clerk@gittisham.org.uk  
The deadline for applications is 22nd October 
https://gittisham.org.uk/2023/09/01/parish-councillor vacancy-gittisham-vale-ward/ 
And then come the  nightjars  
Honiton Beehive Cinema  Friday 13th October 
A heartwarming film of friendship and  survival set against a backdrop of the  2001 Foot and Mouth outbreak 
The story of an unlikely friendship  between a Devon farmer and the vet  who is assigned to cull his precious  herd.
St Michael’s Church and Honiton Mission Community Sunday Sept 22 nd 11am St Michael’s & All Angels Saints Day Service Sunday October 8 th 11am Harvest Festival Service with Holy Communion Sunday October 22 nd 11am Morning Worship ‘We’re going on an Angel Hunt’  Come and help us find the Angels! 
The church is open to visitors 10am-6pm (Julia Barratt Lay Minister) 
200 Club – September Winners 
154 D Hollis bonus £48 123 G Booth 1st£40 5 C Broom 2nd £20  79 O Morgan 3rd £15 128 M Tawse 4th £10 144 C Vyner-Brooks 5th £5 
200 Club – How to Join 
Would you like to join the 200 club and help to fund the upkeep so necessary for  this old church. It takes a lot to keep it heated (especially with the increasing cost of  energy) and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature.  The cost is £12 per number per year. The draw takes place at the beginning of each  month with 5 prizes £40, £20, £15, £10 and £5. Twice a year there is a 6 monthly  prize of £48 (March and September). Contact Janet Twist 01404 45484

Pumpkins 

Open weekends from the 30th September to the 29th October and  everyday through October half term

FETE SUCCESS by Alex Rowe 

Unlike this week’s storms, at the beginning of September we had lovely sunny weather temperature at almost 30°c,  I couldn’t have asked for better weather for the restarting of the fete. 

Since February a small working committee of Sue, Julia, Maggie, Will, Pierre and myself had been planning for the  2nd of September. The few days prior were very hectic however we are extremely pleased with how the day panned  out and very grateful to all of the residents of the Parish who came along to help with the setting up, stewarding on  the day or even just came to enjoy the afternoon. 

The Village was buzzing and I would approximate on 1000 visitors in total including children it was great to  encompass people from the parish living in the Vale, Hayne farm and the village they all seemed very much enjoy all  the fete had to offer Honiton band, the stalls, classic cars & the dog show organised by Will, compared by Hamish  and kindly judged by Maryanne. 

Lastly an exciting duck race concluded the event (kindly sponsored by Airband) 

Robert is working on a little video of the Fete and the link will be shared shortly. 

We will be having a post fete meeting to discuss any issues that arose, I apologize to those who didn’t get to  experience the fete if you were helping on the day, you were invaluable to the event, thank you. If you are interested in helping with next year’s fete email gittishamfete@gmail.com and I will let you know the date  of the next meeting. 

We will celebrate our success at a good NYE party! 

~ Alex 

GRAIN TO CREAM by Russell Hayman 

It was spring the last time I wrote and autumn now! So I missed summer, quite a different one to last year. Nowhere  near as much sun but much more grass which the girls will and have loved. Harvest was a typical one maybe a bit  more catchy than normal but we muddle by. Yields where a bit below average as a result of the lack of sunshine.  Last year it was too much. never see a satisfied farmer. Also part of the problem was virus carrying aphids which  infect the crop in the autumn and show no sign of infection until April May following. Unfortunately the most  effective way to control this is to spray insecticide which we did once, but the mild winter could well of resulted in  infection happening later; the aphids don’t like frost. The problem is it can result in complete crop failure if we get  it wrong and we try to use as little chemical as possible. Hedges do harbour the aphids (don’t worry not advocating  taking the hedges out) but most the trial work is carried out in the east of the country where they have less hedges  and cooler winters so advice given is not always appropriate for this neck of the woods. 

We still have our heron out front fishing the little stream, sparrows also seem to thrive here with the hedge bending  under the weight of them all and the barn owls had chicks again, three this time! On the subject of wildlife we have  also had Bicton students here and vet students as well. 

The cows have been treated to a new fan by the robots to help keep flies away which appears to work though I  have seen the occasional one flying into the air flow to get a good work out! We are also in the process of digging  a new slurry store which will enable us to spread the good stuff over a larger area and be more flexible there-by  make better use of it. Unfortunately the contractor doing the digging has let us down by leaving site before  finished so we are well behind schedule. 

We also have a new exciting crop introduced by Edmund fresh from uni. Of pumpkins. They are like triffids and  grow at a blink of an eye. Weed control is a hoe and Edmund has made a gardener of me! He has put loads of time  into it and was also in the process of doing his finals for his degree! I think it is a good year for pumpkins so his efforts have resulted in what looks like a bumper crop. (though I must admit I know nothing about them really)  Looking forward to welcoming everyone here at Gittisham farm to come and pick a pumpkin or two in October.

PARISH COUNCIL – SEPT 2023 REPORT 

Five councillors met for the September meeting. Cllr Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) was also present. 

Sewage. Alasdair Bruce explained that EDDC’s coastal officer had produced a report which highlighted the large  number of occasions where South West Water’s sewage monitors were found to be in ‘maintenance mode’, and  therefore not doing the job they are designed to do. EDDC has approached the supplier for a response. River Gitt. 

Floods. Councillors heard that a flood prevention consultant had advised EDDC that the best course of action  would be to remove any vegetation and debris from the river, and allow for the silt to be washed away naturally  during heavy rainfall. Work is due to be carried out in the next few months. 

Road closure. 21st September, road through Alfington to Ottery closed 0930–1530 for pole tests. Finance. Members agreed the finances. 

Crimes. May & June 2023: no reported crimes. 

Casual vacancy. Carol Hall encouraged all councillors to speak to people who might be interested in joining the  parish council to represent the Vale ward. People can also contact the clerk for further information by emailing  clerk@gittisham.org.uk The deadline for applications is 22nd October. 

Planning applications. 

a) 23/1631/MFUL Coastguard Road Heathpark Industrial Estate – development of 17 commercial units b) 23/1632/MOUT Coastguard Road Heathpark Industrial Estate – outline application for class B2, B8 and E(g)(iii)  development within two sites (Phase 2A and 2B) comprising total floor space of 4,000 sq m (all matters reserved) c) 23/1207/LBC & 23/1206/FUL The Lodge EX14 3AD – demolition of internal wall, removal of roof to existing  extension construction of new extension with parapet and roof lanterns. 

Councillors resolved to have no objections to the applications. However, in relation to a) and b), they expressed  concerns over the point of access onto Devonshire Road, given the nature of the road itself, lack of visibility on the  bend, and the proximity of the bus stop. Councillors also discussed whether this represents an over-intensification  of the site. 

Bus timetable. Peter Orchard reported that Stagecoach is now operating additional last journeys on the 44 / 44A  bus, Monday to Saturday evenings at 20.30 from Exeter to Honiton and at 22.45 from Honiton to Exeter. The bus  will not serve Gittisham village. 

Scams. Janet Twist said that Mole Valley’s IT systems had been hacked, and anyone who has an account with them  should check their own bank account. 

Outdoor table tennis table. Councillors heard that the funding from S106 had been approved. The proposal is  now with EDDC’s legal team to sign off. 

Next meeting. Tuesday 3rd October at 7pm in the parish room. 

Parish Council links Who’s who https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/ Emergency Plan https://gittisham.org.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/ 

Parish Council Clerk Email: Clerk@gittisham.org.uk Tel: 01404 851442

St Michael’s Church Julia Barratt 

Many thanks to everyone and especially to our flower arranging team led by Helen Hayman who helped to prepare  and decorate the Church for the Fete Flower Festival. We had a constant stream of visitors throughout the  afternoon, so much so we had to organise a one way system! 

Thank you also to everyone who contributed to the collection which raised £577 as a gift for Carol McCann in  recognition of her dedicated service of nearly 30 years as Churchwarden. We had hoped to present the cheque to  her in person at the Fete & Flower Festival Service but sadly she wasn’t able to be with us. However, Robert Rowe kindly videoed the service and now she is back at home, she is very much looking forward to watching it.  Carol was very surprised and pleased to receive both the cheque and the lovely ‘card signed by so many and  sends her thanks and love to everyone. Providing Carol is well enough, we hope to say ‘Thank You’ to her in person at our Harvest Festival Service on October 8 th . 

The PCC also wishes to thank everyone who helped to make the Fete such an enjoyable occasion with special  thanks to Village Hall Committee for generously donating the profits towards the upkeep of the Church. 

After a break in August, our Coffee Together meetings on the 3rd Saturday of the month have resumed and we  had a full house. And everyone is much impressed with our new coffee machine kindly donated by Claire and  Gary. 

Julia Barrett. LLM. St Michael’s.

Gittisham Gazette August

August ‘23 Edition 256

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

What’s On?  
Pierre’s Cafe Sunday 8th Oct at the Village Hall 07545 214940
Village Fete Saturday 2nd Sept 2-5pm gittishamfete@gmail.com
Community Kitchen Every Thurs, village hall 6.30pm. All welcome to enjoy a free meal and good company  
Harvest Supper Saturday 7th October at the village hall  
Gittisham Folk Dancing (like a barn dance or ceilidh) Join a friendly group of people of all ages with live music and a caller to guide you through each dance. £5.50 per evening 8pm-10.15pm gittishamfolkdanceclub.org        
FOOD BANK Donations are always welcome to the box in the church porch
Our wonderful fete is back on Saturday 2 nd September, with all the
usual entertainment and much, much more. Something for everyone, even dogs and ducks!
Entry is £2
There are still tables available for crafts and tradespeople
Can you help with parking or serving teas
on the day? There’s arota so please get in touch if you can.
gittishamfete@gmail.com
Gittisham Flower and Produce Show Thanks to all who organised this event and who helped on the day.   The highlight of the day was of course the potato weigh-in, with Sarah Abbot the happy winner. What’s the secret Sarah? Other prize winners: Marker Cup: Len Abbott Homecraft: Anne Holley Reg Chown Cup for best exhibit in show: Shared between Len Abbott and Anne Holley McCann Cup: Kadence Hulbert Tony Spiller Shield: Sarah Abbott Wakley Cup for best flower in show: Anne Holley Men’s Cup: Will Wolsey Best Cake: Bill Griffiths Junior Cup: Maverick Cheffey Infant Cup: Cleo HoweSt Michael’s Church and Honiton Mission Community St Michael & All Angel’s Church Patronal Festival Village Fete SONGS OF PRAISE Thank You Service Sunday 3rd September at 4pm   200 Club Would you like to join the 200 club and help to fund the upkeep so necessary for this old church. It takes a lot to keep it heated (especially with the increasing cost of energy) and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature. The cost is £12 per number per year. The draw takes place at the beginning of each month with 5 prizes £40, £20, £15, £10 and £5. Twice a year there is a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and September). Contact Janet Twist 01404 45484   Exam Results Good luck to all those getting school and college exam results this month. Best wishes for whatever the future brings for you all.  
No Swimming

  No Swimming The Bettislake pothole highlights the challenges facing Devon County Council, with the largest Highways network in England at something over 12,000km to maintain. Much of the roads have begun life as little more than cart tracks with no real foundation, then covered and recovered in tarmac type surfacing over the years and subject to the vagaries of massive increases in traffic flow and weather.     Reporting of potholes is encouraged through the website Report a Pothole. https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/report-a-problem/ Evening buses The Stagecoach 44A bus service will be running in the later evening from September Leaving Exeter and stopping in Heathpark (not running through the village): Exeter 20:30 to Heathpark 21:23 From Honiton, stopping in Heathpark and then on to Exeter (not through the village): Heathpark 22:49 to Exeter 23:35 Check the Stagecoach website for accurate information.  
Gittisham Village Hall The hall is available to hire privately with special rates for parish residents. £10.90 per hour £31.30 for a morning or afternoon £43.15 for the evening Details are on www.gittisham.org.uk or contact 07854 492347 to make a booking.  
School Uniform The Ottery Larder has a huge selection of uniform for our local schools. All are welcome to take from their supplies. It’s all about recycling and saving money. Please see their website or facebook page for details of opening times.  
Parish Council – no meeting this month    
 
  

2023-06 GITTISHAM GAZETTE June

    GITTISHAM GAZETTE  
    A monthly Community Newsletter
      Published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

June 2023                                       Edition 255

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REWILDING IN THE PARISH

About 18 months ago the Parish Council approached East Devon District Council with a view to rewilding some of the parish open spaces.
The result of this is that the area on the corner of Hayne Lane and Old Elm Road was proposed as an area of wildflower, and work started recently, beginning with scarifying the planting area. 
Seeds will be sown, and for a few weeks the area will look bare. Once past this initial period there will be a sea of colour year after year. 

                                       
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GOREN FARM EX14 3EN
Looking for somewhere to go where you can get close to nature and relax for the day? Then look no further than Goren Farm, a rural idyll nestled in the foothills of the Blackdown Hills. They give you a map and point you in the right direction to start your stunning nature trail walk amongst 70 acres of wild flowesrs teeming with butterflies and birds. They also have a Woodland Adventure trail.  Just follow the mown paths. Dogs welcome (on a lead!).
Back on the farm, there’s a trampoline, hammock and monkey bars to keep children entertained whilst you sample the cider in our working cider museum.
There’s a walled vegetable garden for you to wander around and a café selling delicious homemade Devon cream teas and cakes and a selection of teas or enjoy a pint of cider! and ice creams
Open from 11am Wednesday to Sunday. £7 entrance for meadows for adults and £3 for children,
Goren Farm Ex14 9EN
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 PIERRE’S POP-UP SUNDAY CAFÉ SUNDAY 11TH JUNE

 At Pierre’s monthly pop-up café on Sunday 11th June in Gittisham Village Hall, he will be serving roast glazed pork, accompanied by a vegetable gratin.  Vegans and vegetarians will also be catered for, with homemade burgers wrapped in cabbage leaves.  There’ll be a selection of tempting cakes and desserts, as well as freshly made croissants and pains au chocolat.  Come and try our homemade elderflower cordial for a refreshing drink, and let’s hope the weather stays sunny so people can sit outside.  To book lunch, please call Pierre on 07545 214940 or email pierregraeber@yahoo.fr Doors open at 10am.
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OPEN GARDEN
Richard and Nellie Marker opened their Garden at Beech Walk over the weekend 19/20/21 May in aid of various charities including Hospisecare and the NGS.  There was a lovely cream tea with cake and the sunshine made it a perfect day.  I understand they raised over £4,000.00.  Congratulations to all concerned.
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GITTISHAM VILLAGE HALL NEWS

Events are run by the Village Hall Committee throughout the year and aim to make a bit of a profit to keep the hall running and of course to provide fun and socialising for us all. The Hall is also available to hire privately and details of this are on the gittisham.org.uk or contact Carol Hall  on 07854 492347 to make a booking.  Sunday 18th June, Father’s Day Bar-b-q

OUR TRADITIONAL COUNTRY GITTISHAM VILLAGE FETE   SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Please keep a look out for the next meeting – to be announced via the village WhatsApp – and come along to give ideas and help out.  The more, the merrier, it would be nice to get back to one of our traditional fetes, please put the date in your diary.  Regards  Hamish

“This year’s fete is being held on Saturday 2nd September 2pm till 5pm and will hopefully be a good afternoon out for people who come along as well as raising money for our St Michael’s Church.  Since February a small working group has been putting together a plan for the afternoon and as it stands the main attractions are  Honiton town band kicking off the event at 2 o’clock from then on there will be stalls around the village, classic vehicles around the church green with a flower festival happening within the church, at 3pm we will be holding a “very” competitive dog show so get training! Then at 4pm-ish the infamous duck race will take place!  Hopefully that give you a rough idea of what to expect and I’m trying to add in a few more exiting bits so keep an eye out for that – www.gittisham.org.uk/fete  If anyone who is able to volunteer with the   •Setup     •Sign painting and leaflets    •Duck Race     •Admisions and Carparking,   •Manning a stall (Tombola, ice cream, plant stall & cake stall),   •Cake baking,   •Refreshments,   •Packing away etc.    Please get in touch gittishamfete@gmail.com   Thank you for your support hopefully it will all fall together.
Alex Rowe

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DEVON AIR AMBULANCE NEEDS YOUR HELP
“The Devon Air Ambulance needs a community of volunteers to keep our 19 charity shops open and our emergency helicopters flying. Could you spare an hour or two to help your local shop? We have a host of tasks which need to be completed to make our shops a success. You do not have to have any previous retail experience as we offer friendly support, training and encouragement. So why not give volunteering a go and arrange a trial session at one of our shops. We also have other volunteering opportunities, from event support, delivering community talks, box collections through to one off projects and supporting our Head Office operation. If you would like to support a much loved local charity,  help to save lives and meet new people, we would love to hear from you! To find out where your nearest shop is and how you can help, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Officer, Charlotte Fleetwood on 01392 466 666 or email volunteer@daat.org

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THE TOM PUTT APPLE

Last month we heard about the Tom Putt apple trees that have been planted in the churchyard. Here’s a bit more info about this very special apple variety:   By Carol Hall.

       “Tom Putt” is a traditional variety of dual purpose apple, often used as a cider apple, originating in Devon. The apple Tom Putt was supposed to have been named for an 18th-century landowner, Thomas Putt of Combe   (Combe House, Gittisham), who died in 1787 and was nicknamed “Black Tom”. Putt, a barrister, is reputed to have perfected the variety and is also said to have won prizes for his fruit trees at agricultural fairs in Honiton.

GITTISHAM’S NEXT MONTHLY COFFEE GET-TOGETHER SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 
It would be lovely if I could have some volunteers to help with our get togethers each month, (3rd Saturday) if you could offer help please contact me Carol 851113 thanks.  June 17th, Margaret and Michael Hawkins have kindly invited us to their home 21 Cypress Close, Gittisham Vale, EX14 2YW  for our coffee get together from 10.30 – 12.00. Parking slightly limited.  July’s will be back in the parish room on Saturday 16th 10.30 – 12.00
______________________________________________________________________________ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH AND THE HONITON MISSION COMMUNITY (M.C.)
Thank you to all who undertake sides-peoples duties, I am not sure how long it is going to take for me to get fully up and running again or when I will be driving again. Forthcoming services for  June, 4th none 11th Eucharist, 18th none, 25th lay led morning worship. Julia organised a lay led post Coronation service on the 7th May at which 14 adults and 3 children attended, the hymns were very appropriate for the happy occasion.  

18th June, Father’s Day bar-b-q 12.30 at the village hall £6.50 adult, £4.00 secondary age child and free for primary age child. Vegetarian available, bring own drinks.  Booking or information hamishmhall@gmail.com
St. Paul’s Honiton
Weekly services still continue to be at 11.00am The website (honitoncofe.org) is updated regularly and has news about  services, there is also a link to the Gittisham website.  The monthly Mission Community newsletter Around the Parishes is available by email or post from the Parish Office see below for details.  As our MC churches are now having their own services, Sunday Morning Eucharistic Worship at 11.00am, in St. Paul’s is also being live streamed. If you would like to join this service do please contact the Parish Office office@honitoncofe.org and the link will be forwarded, or ring, 01404 44035  messages will be replied to when someone is available, Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.00 to 12.30.  Coffee and biscuits are served in the church on Tuesdays and Saturdays 10.00 – 12.00 and after Sunday services, donations are welcomed.  Details of the other M.C. church services can be found in the Around the Parishes under each church and the service details including Readings and Collects for the month and will certainly be helpful if you join the live streamed Sunday service.
St. Nicholas, Combe Raleigh
Has a new church project which was launched over the Coronation weekend. They intend to install a stained-glass window in the church as a memorial to her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.   Pledge forms are available for anyone who would like to contribute and as a huge incentive, all individual pledges are being matched by an anonymous donor. If you’d like further details please phone 47156 or 43166
Awliscombe & Weston Fete is booked for Saturday 17th June at 1.00pm. at the Otter Inn with stalls, games, teas etc.

200 CLUB RESULTS  JUNE
1st   Olive Collis                     2nd  Sarah Agg-Manning                3rd   Karen Loveland
4th   Richard Marker              5th   Sara Trumper

I am no longer running the 200 club, Julia Barratt has decided that Janet Twist and Angie Hutchings are to take it over.  If you would like to join the 200 club which is one way of funding the upkeep so necessary with this old church which takes a lot to keep it heated (especially with the spiralling costs for energy) and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature, please ring Angie Hutchings on 07774 146209 or Janet Twist 01404 45484 they can send or email the application form. The cost is £12 per number per year. The draw takes place at the beginning of each month with 5 prizes £40.00, £20.00, £15.00, £10.00 and £5.00.  Twice a year there is a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and September).  Payment can be made by cheque, cash or preferably Standing Order, there is a form for your bank.  They can email both the application and Standing order forms if required or print them off for you, please let them know
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DID YOU V0TE IN THE LOCAL ELECTIONS?    the Conservatives won by only 7 votes, the smallest margin for a very long time.  I hope you remembered your id, the first time this has been required and the two tellers were new to the village.

PARISH COUNCIL – JUNE 2023 REPORT

Six councillors met for the June meeting. Two members of the public were also present.

Broadband.

Faye Cross, Community Liaison Officer for broadband provider Airband, explained that

the company is joining forces with Connecting Devon and Somerset to bring superfast

broadband to previously excluded communities. The company plans to install new

infrastructure, which would likely include poles. The aim is to complete this work in

Gittisham by the end of 2024. Members welcomed the proposals, but felt the timescale

might be too ambitious based on previous experience, combined with the challenges

presented by the village setting, AONB, listed buildings and land owner negotiations.

Finance. Members agreed the finances, as well as the annual accounts and

governance statement for 2022/23.

Crimes. March 2023: no reported crimes.

Church Mead bridge.

Maggie Walker explained that following a visit by EDDC staff and contractors, work will

begin to install a pedestrian footbridge with disabled access, and the existing bridge will

be dismantled while repairs take place. Residents and visitors will have to park

elsewhere during this period, which is expected to last approximately one month.

Planning applications.

a) 23/1056/FUL Unit B Weston Park Devonshire Road Heathpark Industrial Estate –

installation of vents and flues on north, west and east elevations, removal of window on

north elevation

b) 23/1009/FUL Landscores Cottage EX14 3AU Single storey extension to dwelling

and general purpose agricultural barn

c) c) 23/0110/LBC Charlies Cottage 1 Beaumont Cottages EX14 3AG – Replace all

windows to match existing with slim line double glazing; gas central heating; Install

underfloor heating system to the entire ground floor; Block up doorway on north

elevation; New window on north elevation to kitchen.; New internal doorway between

dining room and created bedroom/office.; New window on east elevation to create

bedroom/office; new conservation roof window to the new bedroom/office on east

elevation; Open up the fireplace for an investigation, reinstate fireplace. Radiators at first

floor.

Councillors resolved to have no objections to the three applications, and particularly

welcomed the proposals in c) to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Combe Farm Shop licensing application.

Councillors expressed serious reservations about the application to sell alcohol seven

days a week, including evenings. They considered it an inappropriate location for

reasons including access, lack of lighting, impact on adjoining residential properties,

crime and disorder, and an increase in traffic and pedestrian movements (especially in

the vicinity of Hayne Lane).

Scams.

Janet Twist reported that there are cold callers going round park homes in East Devon,

to ask if people are interested in purchasing insulation. There has also been a rise in the

online impersonation of brands. The advice is to type the address of a website you wish

to use, rather than choose from a search engine.

Old Elm Road.

Councillors welcomed the news that wildflower seeds have been sown at the bottom of

Old Elm Road, with further plans to start tree planting along the strip of land that backs

onto Ferndale Close later this year. EDDC has leafleted neighbouring properties to

inform them.

Next meeting. Thursday 6 th July at 7.30pm in the parish room.  
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Rev’d Sue Roberts

Bishop Jackie has kindly encouraged Rev’d Sue to take a somewhat overdue sabbatical this year. she was all set to take it in 2020, but Covid-19 put a stop to that. “I was reluctant to take it so soon after being off last year,
but have been assured that it is absolutely in order.”  To help in the Mission Community while she is away, from 1 Sept—30 Nov, Rev’d Tracey Voisey from the Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Axminster, will be joining the Honiton Mission Community.  Tracey will be the Acting Team Vicar while The Revd Prebendary Sue Roberts is away. 

THE GITTISHAM GAZETTE DISTRIBUTION
I am hopefully finished with hospital stays but would appreciate offers of help to deliver round the village and to the few homes in Cypress Close, Ferndale and Laburnum plus the Gittisham Vale bus shelter as am currently not allowed to drive, as my vertebrae keeps breaking, fingers crossed I shall be able to use my car soon.  I would like to thank everyone who has taken me to appointments or to the shops, and with my walking not too good either, I hope to be able to finish using the wheelie walker soon.

If you wish to receive the Gazette by email or by post do contact me 851113, 30ish  copies are usually put in the Vale bus shelter The Gazette can also be found on the Gittisham Website https://gittisham.org  I apologise to those who do not get the Gazette and do my best to print as many as I can on my own printer but as I can’t go upstairs yet I have to rely on someone bringing the printing down.                                                          

                                                    EDITOR / DISTRIBUTOR:
Carol McCann  01404 851113/07946409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk. if you have events or news items including pictures, for inclusion in the gazette from the village, the Vale or Hayne Farm Estate,  do please email it to Carol as early as possible, copy date for the July edition is 27th June the Gazette will hopefully be ready by the 8th July.

2023-05 Gittisham Gazette May

 

 

 

Gittisham Gazette

May 2023 Edition 254

 

 

A monthly community newsletter published by St Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

Dates for your diary

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Pierre’s Cafe

Sunday 14th May at the Village Hall

07545 214940

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Village Fete

Saturday 2nd September 2-5pm gittishamfete@gmail.com

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Coffee Get-Together

20th May in the parish room 10.30-12

 

Image of Coronation Celebration

200 Club Results

April

1st Ann Stansell

2nd J Lawrence-Jones

3rd Nellie Marker

4th Sarah Abbott

5th Nicky Wakley

May

1st S Agg-Manning

2nd Ernie Wensley

3rd Karen Loveland

4th Christine Broom

5th Gary Pester

 

Gittisham Celebrates the Coronation

Gittisham Village Hall Committee and the Parish Council held a Coronation Party on Saturday 8th May

Starting with live screening of the coronation in the morning and then there was a free bar, bbq for people to cook their own food and a funky disco with DJ Alex. There was much merriment which went on until late. What a lovely way to celebrate such a momentous occasion, the crowning of King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

God save the King!

 

Tom Putt

Two Tom Putt apple trees have kindly been planted in the churchyard by Paul Wakley along with several spring bulbs and he has kindly agreed to look after them.

 


 

Gittisham Gazette

 

 

Open Gardens – Children’s Hospice South West

Would you be interested in hosting an “open garden” for Children’s Hospice South West?

Gittisham is such a beautiful village and seems to be just the sort of place where people might enjoy opening their gardens either to the public or just to friends and family to support a very good cause.

Please contact Tina Lunt if you are interested 01404 234086 or 07341 153409. She can arrange posters.

 

Pierre’s Café

Sunday 14th May at the village hall.

Pierre will be serving a Chicken Casserole lunch from 12.30-4pm, followed by dessert. Vegans and vegetarians will be offered Salsify Ragout. There’ll be the usual selection of homemade croissants and pastries in the morning as well as delicious cakes, including gluten free options. Doors open from 10am. Please book to avoid disappointment and to give Pierre an idea of numbers 07545 214940. Bring your own drinks.

 

People in the news – new arrivals

Stephanie and Peter King have welcomed Rory Joshua Marker King on April 17th.

Hattie and Ollie Harrison have welcomed Huxley Jamieson Max on 2nd May.

Elizabeth and Jurgen Heddes have welcomed Owen on 4th May.

 

 

Gittisham Village Hall

The evening of Gittisham Games. Table tennis and duckpins, with Ploughman’s and soup and then afterwards West Country Skittles. Very successful and well attended. Laughter and jollity throughout. Hoped to be repeated again soon.

Events are run by the Village Hall Committee throughout the year and aim to make a profit to keep the hal running and of course to provide fun and socialising for us all.

The hall is also available to hire privately. Details are on www.gittisham.org.uk or contact Carol Hall to make a booking 07854 492347

 

Gittisham Village Fete

Saturday 2nd September

A call out to crafts and tradespeople who might be interested in having a pitch at this year’s village fete in Gittisham.

Also looking for volunteers that could help with the setup and running of the fete.

Please get in touch with Alex

gittishamfete@gmail.com

 

Coffee Get-Together – Forward Notice

For June 17th, Margaret and Michael Hawkins have kindly invited us to their home 21 Cypress Close, Gittisham Vale EX14 2YW 10.30-12

 

 

 

       

St Michaels Church and Honiton Mission Community

 

Services for May 14th Eucharist, 21st none, 28th Lay led, June 4th none, 11th Eucharist

Julia Barratt led a coronation commemorative service after which a toast was raised to the king with a glass of prosecco.

 

Combe Raleigh are holiday a plant sale on Sunday 14th May 2-5pm in gthe garden of The Barton just behind the church. This is always worth a visit as they have excellentplants and reasonable prices.

 

At St Pauls there will be a Eucharist to celebrate the wonderful feast of the Ascension on Thursday 18th May at 7.30pm. They have achieved their Bronze Award from Eco Church. This was quite a process and very grateful thanks went to Jane Scriven, Julia Beaman and all the working group who put in so much time to enable this to happen.

Weekly services still continue to be at 11am. The website (honitoncofe.org) is updated regularly and has news about services. The monthly Mission Community newsletter Around The Parishes is avilable by email or post from the parish office office@honitoncofe.org 01404 44035

 

Christian Aid Week is 14-21 May. Cream tea 4.30pm and Christian Aid Serice after at about 5pm Sundat 21st May at St Pauls. The envelopes will be placed on the bench in churcg and some will be delivered around the village. There will be some in the Vale bus shelteer and the few houses that normally get them.

 

Church Warden Retirals: Honitons Lyn Thatcher, Buckerells Penny Pear and Cotleighs Pam Lane have all retired from being Church Wardens. They have each held the position for many yearfs and we wish them well in their retirement.

 

200 Club

Would you like to join the 200 club and help to fund the upkeep so necessary for this old church. It takes a lot to keep it heated (especially with the increasing cost of energy) and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature. The cost is £12 per number per year. The draw takes place at the beginning of each month with 5 prizes £40, £20, £15, £10 and £5. Twice a year there is a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and September). Contact Janet Twist 01404 45484


 

Parish Council April 2023 Report

Six councillors met for the April meeting. Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) and nine members of the public were also present.

 

Horses.

In his absence, Phil Twiss (DCC) sent a report outlining the county councils support for the British Horse Societys (BHS) Dead Slow road safety campaign. The aim is to educate motorists on how to approach and pass horses safely on Devons roads, with

the posters advising drivers to reduce their speed to a maximum of 10mph and leave at least two metres space. Since 2018, around 375 incidents involving equestrians on Devons roads have been reported to the police and the BHS.

Voter ID Dont forget your photo ID to vote in the local elections on 4 th May. This is a new

requirement for anyone visiting a polling station. This will apply to:

Local elections

Police and Crime Commissioner elections

UK parliamentary by-elections

Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

 

Finance. Members agreed the finances.

Crimes. Feb 2023: no reported crimes.

 

Planning applications.

a) Batts Cottage, Gittisham Remove existing front door and frame and replace with new on front (south west) elevation. No objection.

b) Batts Cottage, Gittisham – Proposed shed / studio building to replace oil tank and fenced enclosure. No objection.

c) Blamphayne Sawmill, Gittisham Proposed storage building for timber. No objection.

d) Gittisham Farm – Construction of earth-banked slurry lagoon. Councillors resolved to have no objection to d) in principle. However, members had concerns over access for large farm & construction vehicles via Chaghayes (Shaggys) Lane, and would like use to be mitigated where possible.

 

Village play area.

The Chair explained that in order to obtain S106 funds allocated to the parish council for sport, leisure and play, it had had to go through a public consultation process mandated by EDDC. She said the majority of those who responded had suggested an outdoor ping pong table; of all the suggestions put forward by parishioners, this was the item which had received the most votes. Members discussed the concerns over potential noise and disruption raised by some members of the public over the outdoor ping pong table. The Chair said she had received some hedge plants from the Woodland Trust which could potentially shield the adjoining properties.

 

Scams.

Janet Twist reported that a new scam is circulating on WhatsApp. A criminal gets in touch via a group chat and sends you a six-digit code. Taking action on this will lock you out of your account, and allow the criminal to send the same scam to your address book.

 

Vale bus shelter / Old Elm Road. Members heard that moss had been removed from the pavement and the hedge cut

along Old Elm Road. Peter Orchard reported that the Vale bus shelter had once again been swamped with books, but they had since been removed.

2023-03 Gittisham Gazette March 2023

A monthly Community Newsletter published by St. Michael’s Church and Gittisham Parish Council

March 2023 Edition 253

Burns Night

Many fa’ and honest, sonsie faces were to be seen at the village hall to celebrate a traditional Burn’s Night. There were indeed many great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-races consumed, along with tatties and neeps and an incredible onion gravy. We all tak our place aboon them all and consumed with gusto, washed down with wine and great company.

Our resident kilted Scotsman addressed the haggis in true Scottish style, admiring the groaning trencher and we all marvelled at hurdies, which were indeed like a distant hill. Finally the ceremony came to an end, with the Scotsman’s knife seeing Rustic-labour dight and he cut the glorious haggis up ye up wi’ ready slight. It was amazing to see the gushing entrails bright. And then, O what a glorious sight, warm-reekin, rich!

What followed was an equally bizarre and chaotic night of traditional Scottish dancing, with the talents of the dance caller often ignored in favour of a more freeform dance. 

Well done to all who cooked, set up, cleaned, sold tickets, danced and generally supported a most excellent night.  The event was organised by the Gittisham Village Hall Committee with funds raised going to pay for the upkeep of our wonderful building.

Pierre’s pop-up Sunday cafe, 9th April

Pierre will be serving a lunch from 12.30 – 4pm on Easter Sunday,  followed by a dessert. Vegans and vegetarians will also be catered for.  There’ll be the usual selection of homemade croissants and pastries in the morning, as well as delicious cakes including gluten-free options.  Doors open from 10am in Gittisham Village Hall.  Please book to avoid disappointment and to give Pierre an idea of numbers.  Bring your own drinks.  Please telephone Pierre 07545 214940 for further information.

Open Gardens Children’s Hospice South West

The fundraising team of Children’s Hospice South West would like t bring your attention to the Open Garden events which take place every summer. Gittisham is such a beautiful village and might be the sort of place where people could enjoy opening their gardens either to the public or just to friends and family to support a very good cause. Here is a link to the website and they will also help with posters. etc.   
Tina Lunt       01404 234086 and 07341 153409.

Gittisham Village Hall news

Saturday 1st April – an evening of Gittisham games.  Are you a ping pong prodigy, a dab hand at duckpins? Or just keen to gaze on the cut and thrust of Gittisham’s gamest gamers?  Table Tennis tournament from 5pm   Ploughman’s and soup at 6pm West Country Skittles from 7.00.  Laughter and jollity throughout! £5.00 on the door.  BYOB.  Brought to you by your friendly Village Hall Committee

Our traditional country Gittisham village fete is being planned for Saturday 2nd September. Please keep a look out for the next meeting – to be announced via the village WhatsApp – and come along to give ideas and help out.  The more, the merrier, it would be nice to get back to one of our traditional fetes, please put the date in your diary.

Events are run by the Village Hall Committee throughout the year and aim to make a bit of a profit to keep the hall running and of course to provide fun and socialising for us all.
The Hall is also available to hire privately and details of this are on the gittisham.org.uk or contact Carol Hall  on 07854 492347 to make a booking.

Mary Wakely

Mary Wakely, a lifelong resident of the village, passed away this month and we all send our best wishes to Paul and family. Mary was the Post Mistress at Eveleigh’s for many years, helped by her lovely goose Grizedale.

From Grain to Cream – Russell Hayman

As I write, part of the farm is having the soil analysed for the nutrient levels and acidity (the soil here naturally graduates towards acidity). These results form the application levels required for the following crops. We test about 20% of the farm each year which is rotated around the farm to give us an indication of the base levels as most of the levels take years to alter. We do not test for nitrogen as this alters through the year and is much more related to the previous crop. We aim for a p.h. neutral soil and to achieve this; ground limestone (mainly) is applied. Some crops are more tolerant than others of acid soils i.e. grass and oats; legumes (peas / clovers) and maize less so. This means we try to check and apply lime before we grow these crops as this is where the greatest benefit can be had.

As I am sure you will be aware of the shortages in the supermarkets of some foods. There are many things the retailers will say are the cause and most do have a contributory effect but the main reason is they don’t pay enough! Why is there veg on the shelves in Europe when UK ones struggle to have an apple! Why does my milk buyer put enormous efforts into promoting its exports of cheese all over the world (the biggest buyer is France) and they know a little about good food! It’s because the retailers here won’t pay a fair price. I must admit it makes me fume slightly when the retailers claim they are working hard to help the public.  What is really meant is to maintain their own margins and they are very good at that. Our milk price has now dropped by 7.5 pence per litre in the last two months so we are now been paid below the cost of production and with the level of investment required it won’t go on for ever, especially as our support payments are changing from having to farm to qualify; so subsidising the price of food which in effect it what has happened with food deflation for over the last 25 years plus with only the sad outbreak of war in Europe finally pushing prices up and showing the real value and security of your own food production. (How right my father was with his comment when the Berlin wall came down: “bad day for farming bit of fear makes them value food”.)

On a more cheery note, out the other night feeding a newborn calf, a barn owl came swooping. In the morning posh car came down the road stopped for a bit there and then proceeded to do a bit of flapping about so I enquired if everything was OK. Turns out it was more than OK as they had a mouse on the windscreen and where in the process of removing it which they did. Not that we have a shortage of mice but it is nice to see they are going upmarket! Plus it was a nice plump one and the barn owl will have a great tea!

Parish Council report – March 2023

Six councillors met for the March meeting along with Alasdair Bruce (EDDC) and 
Phil Twiss (DCC).

Bus fares.

Phil Twiss reported that the Government’s fare cap scheme, encouraging passengers to ‘Get Around for £2’ has now been extended to the end of June 2023. The scheme is backed by Government funding, and offers a saving of 30% on the average single fare. It’s hoped the scheme will encourage people to swap their cars for bus journeys, helping families save money during cost of living pressures, while also reducing carbon emissions by taking cars off the road and encouraging greater bus use to help the industry in its continued recovery from the pandemic. 

Church Mead garages.

Alasdair Bruce reported that EDDC has finally authorised repairs to the Church Mead council garages. A date when they will be available for rent will be forthcoming shortly. Dare we hope, he asked, that this frustrating saga may be finally coming to a favourable conclusion.

EDDC Local Plan.

David Valentine explained that EDDC had passed a resolution at its meeting on 14th February regarding the draft Local Plan to continue with background technical work, including discussions with consultees and infrastructure providers. But no further discussions or decisions will be made with regard to the sites or their allocations until the government has delivered the finalised National Planning Policy Framework.

Finance.

Members agreed the finances.

Crimes.

Dec 2022 & Jan 2023: no reported crimes.

Planning applications. 

a) Pomeroy House, Gittisham – Internal and external remodelling with new kitchen
No objection.
b) 2 Mitchell Cottages Gittisham – 7 x Lawson Cypress Conifer – to dismantle to ground level. No objection.

c) Nags Head Farm Gittisham – extension to agricultural building. No objection.

Development in the parish.

David Valentine reported that Gittisham Community Land Trust would be looking for a new affordable housing provider for the scheme, as South Devon Rural Housing Association had reconsidered its position in the light of delays and rising costs. Sewage, Hayne Farm. The clerk said she had been in touch with Baker Estates to enquire about the drainage /sewage system on the development, as some residents have reported problems, particularly following periods of high rainfall. Baker Estates told her the foul drainage system has been technically approved by South West Water and they have also inspected the installation. However, issues have arisen and BE contractors are regularly jetting the drain out to ensure it continues to run freely whilst they investigate the cause of the issue. BE said now that outline planning permission has been granted for the development of the farmyard, they hoped that any storm run-off from there would be resolved. They will be keeping a close eye on the situation until a permanent solution can be found.  

Village play area.  

Members resolved unanimously to approve the most cost-effective provider for the table tennis table, which was one of the most popular choices in the public consultation carried out before the pandemic.

Next meeting. Thursday 6th April at 7.30pm in the parish room.

St Michael’s Church, Honiton Mission Community and 200 Club

St. Michael’s Gittisham

St Michael’s Mothering Sunday service was enjoyed by parents, grandparents and children with a big thankyou to Carol Hall for making the lovely posies distributed by the children, and also to Helen Hayman for organising the flower decorations and to all our wonderfully creative and talented flower arrangers who decorated the Church. Traditionally, this day is known as ‘Refreshment Sunday, so we were able to relax our usual practice of no flowers in Lent.

Churchyard.

As the clocks spring forward and the daylight hours lengthen, we are looking forward to developing the wild area in the old churchyard and looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the new season. Please contact Maggie Walker for further information. We have already added to our stock of snowdrops and Paul Wakely has kindly grown several varieties of wild flowers which will be ready for planting later in the season.

Also Paul has kindly cared for and recently planted (as part of the Queens Canopy) two Tom Putt apple trees, grown from root stock purchased from Adam’s Apple Trees, a local business now based in Dulford.

Holy Week & Easter Services

Palm Sunday April 2nd  All Age Service in Church at 11am with blessing of Palms at the Lych Gate  followed by the service in Church. Good Friday April 7th  Morning Prayer and Reflection at 10.30am followed by Hot Cross Buns in the Parish Room. Easter Day April 9th Eucharist at 11am followed by an Easter Egg Hunt for the children in the Churchyard.

Later in the month: All Age Worship at 11am on the fourth Sunday of the month  April 23rd at 11am. Looking ahead to the Coronation of King Charles 111, there will be a Service of Celebration on Sunday May 7th at 11am.

To receive details for ongoing worship, Eucharistic and lay-led please contact me, Carol, on 01404 851113 or email charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk or Julia by email on gshaminister@gmail.com or for those without internet ring her on 07763 111367 or 01404 850680.  

Gittisham’s next monthly coffee get-together is Saturday 15th April in the parish room from 10.30 – 12.30.  It would be lovely if we could have some volunteers to help with our get togethers each month, if you could offer help. please contact me, Carol McCann (Tel 851113). Thank you.

Honiton Mission Community

The monthly Mission Community newsletter Around the Parishes is available by email or post from the Parish Office; see below for details.  As our MC churches are now having their own services, Sunday Morning Eucharistic Worship at 11.00am, in St. Paul’s is being live streamed. If you would like to join this service do please contact Rev’d Sue or the Parish Office by emailing sue41260@gmail.com or office@honitoncofe.org and the link will be forwarded.  Alternatively, ring the Parish office to book your place in person, on 01404 44035.  Messages will be replied to when someone is available.  Mollie the Church administrator is there on Tuesdays. Coffee and biscuits are served in St Paul’s church on Tuesdays and Saturdays and after Sunday services, donations are welcomed.  Details of the other M.C. church services can be found in the Around the Parishes under each church and the service details including Readings and Collects for the month and will certainly be helpful if you join the live streamed Sunday service.

200 Club

I was approached by villagers who wanted to join the 200 club but I am afraid I couldn’t remember who, could they please contact me.  I am currently able to offer numbers for the 200 club, (there are several available). If you want your number and forgot to pay the sub please let me know and I will re-instate you upon receipt of the full subscription amount. If you would like to join the 200 Club, please ring Carol, I can send or email an application form. This is one way of funding the upkeep so necessary with this old church which takes a lot to keep it heated (especially with the spiralling costs for energy) and watertight, keeping the churchyard in good order and kind to nature, The cost is £12 per number per year.  The draw takes place at the beginning of each month with 5 prizes: £40.00, £20.00, £15.00, £10.00 and £5.00. Twice a year there is a 6 monthly prize of £48 (March and September).

Payment can be made by cheque or cash or Standing Order, there is a form for your bank. I can
email both the application and Standing order forms if required, please let me know by telephone 01404 851113 or charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk or write to 3 School House Cottages, Gittisham, Honiton, EX14 3AH.

February 2023 200 Club Results

1st  Sarah Agg-Manning                 2nd Nigel Blackmore               3rd Peter Stansell        
4th  Sarah Abbott              5th   Cynthia Underdown

March 2023 200 Club Results

1st  Betty Madden                2nd Maggie Walker               3rd Daggie Weaver          
4th  Jack Bartlett              5th   Christine Rew

Six-monthly Owen Morgan

Gittisham Gazette distribution

I must apologise for the missing February Gazette, [the editor writes] I was in hospital for 6 weeks from the 6th to 14th March and sadly back in again on the 17th and am doing this in my bed in the ward. I do hope I will get the April one done in reasonable time.

Once I come out of hospital  I would appreciate offers of help to deliver round the village and to the few homes in Cypress Close, Ferndale and Laburnum plus the Gittisham Vale bus shelter.

This is to advise if any Hayne Farm and Gittisham Vale estates residents wish to receive the
Gazette by email or if they have no internet access, they can receive it by post, (many are emailed and several households have 2 copies). I put 30+ copies in the Vale bus shelter and as the Hayne Farm sales office is by appointment only, I have stopped putting any in the office. I apologise to those who do not get the Gazette and do my best to print as many as I can on my own printer, and understand there is a Hayne Farm WhatsApp group which links with the Gazette. If you have a neighbour who doesn’t have access to the internet and you could print off a copy, then many more could receive this publication. It would also be good to receive news from both the Vale and Hayne to let us know what’s going on etc.

Editor/Distributor: 
Carol McCann  01404 851113 / 07946 409142     charli.mcc@mypostoffice.co.uk.

If you have events or news items including pictures, for inclusion in the gazette from the village, the Vale or Hayne Farm Estate, do please email it to Carol as early as possible.  Use the Arial font using Word and not PDF, thanks.

 

Gittisham Flower & Produce Show schedule 2023

To be held at the Parish Hall on Saturday 5th August 2023

  • Potato bucket weigh in at 3:15pm
  • The show will open at 2:30pm
  • Teas and raffle
  • Admission: Adults 50p; Children 5-16 years 10p
  • Entrance fee Sections A,B,C 10p: Children’s entries free
  • Special potato class £1 – payable when your seed potato is collected
  • Sections A,B,C no prize money. Section D prizes 1 st = £1, 2 nd = 50p, 3 rd = 25p
  • McCann Junior Cup for most points by a competitor age 12-16 in Sections A,B,C
  • Awards for Best in Show in Sections A and B
  • The show is open to all residents of Gittisham parish, which includes Gittisham
  • Vale and Hayne Farm estate. We also welcome entries from those who no
  • longer live in the parish, those who actively support the parish, and those with
  • close links to the parish.

           Children must be aged 3-11 on Saturday 29th July 2023
            Juniors must be age 12-16 on Saturday 29th July 202

  • Children are welcome to enter Sections A,B,C upon paying the entry fee.
  • All exhibits must have been made or grown by the exhibitor
  • One entry form per person – no sharing!
  • Entries must be made in writing on the Entry form enclosed by marking
  • X in the appropriate box on the form
  • Entry forms must be accompanied by the correct entrance fees.
  • Entries must reach Sarah and Len Abbott, 4 Church Mead, Gittisham
  • EX14 3AH by Saturday 29 th July 2023
  • NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE
  • Only one exhibit per person per class
  • The decision of the judges will be final and binding
  • Entries will be received at the Parish Hall between 0900 and 1045 on show day, and
  • must remain staged until after the presentation of prizes.
  • No exhibit should be named (including children’s exhibits)
  • SECTION “A” VEGETABLES
  • Class
  • 3 White potatoes
  • 3 Coloured potatoes
  • 1 Cabbage (any variety)

4.    1 Lettuce (any variety)~
5.    5 Spring Onions
6.    5 Onion sets
7.    6 Shallots
8.    6 Sprays of Parsley
9.    3 Beetroot
10.   3 Carrots (any variety)
11.   6 Pods of Broad beans
12.   6 Pods of Peas
13.   A pair of Cucumbers
14.   5 Tomatoes
15. 5 Cherry tomatoes
16.   3 Courgettes under 6”
17.   6 Runner beans
18.   2 Parsnips
19.   3 Sticks of Rhubarb
20.   4 different culinary herbs (not parsley) in a jam jar
21. The longest runner bean

SECTION “B” FLOWERS
Classes 24-28 to be presented in a clear glass jar (NOT A VASE
23.   5 pansy heads floating in clear water in a clear glass bowl
24.   1 Spike Gladioli~
25.   3 Dahlias
26.   6 Stems of Sweet peas
27.   4 stems of different cut flowers
28.   1 Specimen Rose
29. An arrangement of garden flowers on the theme of the Coronation, not
~exceeding 12” or 30cm in any direction. Own vase, not jam jar.

SECTION “C” HOMECRAFT

30 Victoria Sponge in a round 8” or 20cm tin – as attached recipe
31 Quiche Lorraine
32 Tear and Share bread (own recipe)
33 Jar of Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
34 Jar of chutney (any variety)
~35 A photo of an insect (photo not exceeding 6”x8”)
36 Homemade oven gloves
37 Homemade game
38 A Homemade Anniversary Card~
39 MEN ONLY – Treacle Tart (recipe attached)

SPECIAL CLASS: Potatoes in a bucket – potatoes can be collected
from Sue and David Fallows, Parkers East, Gittisham 01404
850922 on or after 6 th April 2023

SECTION “D” CHILDREN’S CLASSES
Up to 6 years
40 A Painting or Drawing of a pet~
41 A. animal made of vegetables
42 A marshmallow caterpillar
6 – 11 years
43. A Photo of people playing (max photo size 6”x8”)
44.   An animal made of vegetables
45.   3 Shrewsbury biscuits

VICTORIA SPONGE
Grease and line two 8inch (20cm) sponge tins
Preheat oven to Gas 3, 325F, 170C, (150fan)
8oz (225g) butter at room temperature
8 oz (225g) caster sugar plus a little for the top of the cake.
~4 large eggs (lightly beaten)
8 oz (225g) sifted self raising flour.
A few drops of vanilla essence

Cream butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs a little at a time
Stir in the vanilla essence~
Gently fold the flour into the mixture.~
The mixture should be of dropping consistency. If not add 1-2 tsps hot water.
Divide the mixture equally between the two tins and bake for approx. 25
minutes.~Cool on a rack and sandwich with raspberry jam.
Sift caster sugar lightly over the top of the cake.

Treacle Tart
Pre heat oven to Gas 6, 200C (180 fan).
35g butter
35g vegetable shortening
150g plain flour
2 tbsp cold water
675g golden syrup
270g coarse white breadcrumbs
Zest and juice of a lemon

Rub the fat into the flour to get rough breadcrumb texture. Bind with the
water to form a soft dough.~
Use the pastry to line a 20cm tart tin, preferably with a removable base.
Chill for 20-30 minutes.~
Gently warm the syrup
Stir in the lemon zest and juice and the breadcrumbs.
Pour the mixture into the uncooked pastry case
Bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce the heat to 180C (160 fan) Gas 4
Bake for a further 15-20 minutes

Gittisham Flower & Produce Show  Saturday 5th August 2023

ENTRY FORM

Please place an X in the square showing the number of class(es) you intend to
enter.
When completed please return this Entry Form, with the correct Entry Fees, as
shown on the schedule to:  Sarah and Len Abbott, 4 Church Mead, Gittisham
EX14 3AH  on or before Saturday 29 th July 2023
No entries will be accepted after this date
Each entrant must complete a separate entry form. No sharing!
Please do not name any exhibit – even the children’s

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40

41 42 43 44 45

Entrant’s name………………………………………………………………………

Address………………………………………………………………………………….

Total entry fee enclosed………………………….

Or, if child, state child’s age………………………

Additional entry forms available, if required, from Sue Fallows, Parkers East,

Gittisham, EX14 3AS     01404 850922 or sfsuefallows@gmail.com