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Potatoes, Harvest and a Mystery Helper - Calverleigh Sept Update

The Potato Competition was held at the Rose and Crown on 21 July and the grand sum of £420 was raised for church funds. Our very grateful thanks go to Gillian, Mary and Tim for all their hard work in arranging this well fought, annual contest to grow the heaviest stalks of potatoes and to all competitors and supporters of this enjoyable evening.

The Church welcomed the Webber family on 13 August on the occasion of Bertie's baptism. Bertie is the son of Sophie and Adrian Webber and great-grandson of Myrtle. Rev'd Steph Jeffs officiated to a congregation full to overflowing with many family, friends and supporters.

The Calverleigh produce show on August 26 was yet another roaring success. This was our fourth year and again the standard was very high, it is amazing to see such talent in a small village show.

There was a real mix of prize winners, from large onions, beautiful flowers, photos,crafts and wonderful baking. Word is that two of our men are now auditioning for next year's 'Great British bake off' and all the exhibits were overlooked by rather a large owl made from fruit and vegetables. So well done to you all and a big thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a lovely day.

Harvest Thanksgiving celebrations took place over the weekend of 9/10 September starting with the Harvest Supper on the Saturday evening in the village hall. A sumptuous feast for nearly 60 people, was prepared by a band of willing helpers, with others helping to set up and pack away. A hymn and prayers started the evening and Mr Eric Shapland gave us an amusing tale, in Devonshire dialect, of the antics of village voke on a day trip. Some well known villagers got up to allzorts! Thank you to all who helped make this a wonderful start to a lovely weekend of giving praise and thanks to God and to all our growers and farmers for all they provide for us.

A lot of people came along to the service on Sunday 10. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion with an abundance of flowers and fresh produce. Thank you to all who took the time to make the church look and smell so lovely. We even had a family of mice sat on top of the harvest loaf, who were made by Nikki Burton. The produce will be given to a local charity and put to good use. Details of this will appear in the next magazine along with details of which charity will benefit from a donation of money, raised at the Harvest Supper.

Our thanks go to the very kind person who is helping, anonymously, to keep the supply of water flowing into the pond from the stream. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed as this is an ongoing battle to keep water levels up.

On Monday 21 August a service of Thanksgiving took place in Calverleigh Church for the life of Gwendoline Large who lived at Pippins. Our condolences go to Andy, Amanda and all the family at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and also with anyone who has lost a loved one in recent times.

Many congratulations go to all who have celebrated or are about to celebrate a notable birthday and we all wish you many more 'happy birthdays' to come.

Our very best wishes go to all those who have been receiving treatment, are awaiting treatment or have been unwell in recent times. We pray that you will all be feeling much better soon. If you, or someone you know, would like to be included in our prayers during our services, please let us know.

Coming Up
The Autumn Fayre takes place on 18 November in the village hall. All your favourite stalls and competitions will be taking place along with a delicious selection of refreshments, with cakes and produce to buy. Put the date in your diary!

The Annual General Meeting of Calverleigh & District Village Hall will be held in the Hall on Tuesday 7 November 2017 at 7.30pm. All local residents are welcome to attend.

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