Following the success of the Sunday Locals Evenings which took place last year, Dolton and Louie from The Lamb would like to welcome you again on Sunday 8th September from 7pm for a village get-together and to see the progress they are making on their new Beer Garden!
The Teign Valley Railway: An Illustrated History, talk by Mark Chambers – Sun 1st Sept at Village Hall
The Teign Valley Line was a country railway route that ran from a junction with the Moretonhampstead branch at Heathfield. Initially opened in 1882 the line terminated for passenger services at Ashton but was later extended and opened to form a connection with the main line near Exeter in 1903, thus providing a useful alternative route when the sea wall was damaged.
With stopping places along the route including Chudleigh, Christow and Longdown this line was considered by many to be the most picturesque of the Devon Branches.
Take a photographic journey along this former GWR branch line and explore it’s history and stations from construction to closure with photographs collected over 30 years.
Mark is an expert on this once vital village lifeline and has a comprehensive archive of photos and information to share with us. Talk starts prompt at 3.45pm, tea and refreshments available at interval and will conclude approximately 6pm.
£5.00 entry tickets on the door from 3.30 pm at the Village Hall. Prize draw also available.
The annual Longdown village fete was blessed with warmth and sunshine this year – a particular blessing as June was otherwise a cool and often damp month. As all fete organisers know good weather is the key to getting people to turn out on a Saturday afternoon with children, parents and friends in the expectation of cream teas, cold beer, Pimms and strawberries, cakes and other tempting treats – and fun and games with ones neighbours. We anxiously watched the weather forecast and crossed our fingers as soaring temperatures and dry conditions became increasingly likely and we weren’t disappointed.
This year the fete was held, unusually, at the Village Hall. The organisers wanted the chance to show off the newly renovated bar and the newly surfaced children’s play area as well as to remind people what an excellent resource the Village Hall is with its versatile space and roomy car park. Using the Hall also meant we could offer skittles and an indoor tea room with lots of seating. Chief organisers were Jane and Andy Booth who planned everything down to the last detail and have been working on it for months. Their meticulous schedule showed in the success of the event and the gratitude of the team of helpers – we all had our tasks and knew what to do and when to do it – perfect leadership! The pre-event signage looked both inviting and professional and Jane organised for the wider publicity and a leaflet drop to our doors. All this pre-advertising meant a good turn out on the day. They both did a fantastic job and the Village Hall Social Committee are extremely grateful. The fete has raised a healthy £1000 to go towards keeping our precious village hall open.
We had our old favourites of course – cream teas, the plant stall was very popular (clearly people came prepared to snap up some brilliant plants), my own cake stall (more later), BBQ, the Hoopla, and so many more. New this year was Pimms with strawberries and cream, the Fun Dog Show, plate smashing and the Coconut Shy for example. There was plenty for everyone, including children of all ages all of whom seemed to have a go at the penalty shoot-out, and we were lucky, once again, to have the help of so many Longdown neighbours to run stalls and give up their Friday and Saturday evenings to set up and take down. The raffles this year deserve a particular mention. Jane and Andy persuaded local businesses and residents to donate luxury items for hampers or special treats out. Fantastic prizes all, so another huge thank you to our donors!
My responsibility was the cake stall, an upward learning curve for me these days as `I seldom bake now my own children have left home. Thankfully I needn’t have worried as so many neighbours provided cakes they knew would be popular, being much more experienced at this than me. The Lamb’s beautifully decorated extra chocolaty chocolate cake took prime position on the stand and was soon sold, and there were as many customers for the cupcakes and fairy cakes as for the larger family cakes, I’m glad to say. Victoria Sponges, Lemon Drizzle and Ginger cakes will clearly never go out of fashion. Particular thanks go to Sasha for finding the time to make me 6 cakes as well as running the bric-a-brac and plants stalls, to Lorraine for her Victoria cream Sponges and Rocky Roads , to Sharon who helped everywhere and everyone as well as baking me some exquisite cupcakes, and to Louise for managing to persuade her sister-in-law, not even a village resident, to provide me with cakes. Note to self – or future cake stall holders – have as many cakes as possible pre-wrapped, beautifully, in cellophane and ribbons. Cling film is the product of Satan, I can reveal. I know I haven’t mentioned everyone who donated cakes in this short report but you know who you are and I hope you know how much I appreciated your help.
So Longdown Village Fete 2019 was a good one and has provided much needed funds to help keep the Village Hall the asset is currently is to our community. The committee will report back in due course on future fete plans so please keep reading our news on this website. This was very much a village effort run and organised by villagers for villagers to enjoy and long may it continue to benefit from your support. Thank you all!!
This coming Sunday is Remembrance Day, particularly special this year as it is 100 years since the end of the First World War. The service will take place at Holcombe Burnell Parish Church at 10.50 am on the 11th November and will begin and end with a military piper.
Candles will be lit for the fourteen villagers who gave their lives, whilst their names are read to the congregation. A wreath will be laid with the candles on behalf of the village by the Parish Council. This is also an opportunity to remember all those who have given their lives in war both then and since and recognise the sacrifice they made for their country. Everyone is welcome.
Included in the list of those for whom candles will be lit are some particularly poignant stories. Henry and Anne Bromett lost three sons, Henry, Reginald and Archibald. Christy and Virginia Sargeant lost two sons, Christy and Ralph. Second Lieutenant Paul Francis William Studholme of Perridge House was killed taking part in the first and only cavalry charge of the Great War on October 1917. He was only 19 years of age.
A talk by Tony Lethbridge follows in the afternoon at the Village Hall. If you have any memories or stories of relatives from the village who served either World War that you would like to share do please share them. These could be pictures and letters from or about the servicemen and women themselves. It would be equally interesting to hear about the lives of those left behind and how people coped, particularly in this rural area where farms needed to feed the whole nation. The Land Girls must have been particularly important.
Sunday 11th Nov 2018, 10:50am, Holcombe Burnell Parish Church