The cuckoo is back - first heard in the Skaigh Valley below Andrew's Corner garden 14th April.
Andrews Corner Garden Openings - Sundays 20th & 27th April
The next two openings at Andrews Corner, Skaigh Lane, Belstone are for The National Gardens Scheme (Sunday 20th April) and Hospiscare (Sunday 27th April). The garden, which offers peace and tranquillity, is a haven for plants and wildlife and also has a few little hidden extras for the younger generations – which makes it a garden for all ages and interests.
At this time of year, it is full of early season colour, with Magnolias in bloom, underplanted with erythroniums, anemones, dicentra and many other spring flowers. In addition, there are raised beds with unusual Alpines, a vegetable garden, chickens, a children’s playhouse and a new Family Garden Trail, which includes our latest arrivals – a group of fairies who are rarely seen, but live behind closed doors in various part of the garden!
A great Easter Sunday outing for the whole family with some seasonal treats for those who follow the trail. As usual, the garden will be open from 2.30-5.30pm with homemade cream teas and home-grown plants for sale.
Wine Cheese and Christian Aid Saturday 26th April
Have you ever wondered what happens to the money you put into the envelope delivered to your door, each year, during Christian Aid Week? You may be aware that, as part of a wider movement for social justice, Christian Aid works globally to effect change that will eradicate the causes of poverty and achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. However, you may not have an understanding of how this is carried out.
St Mary’s Belstone is hosting an evening of Wine & Cheese which includes a talk on the work of Christian Aid by Laura McAdam, following the Christian Aid Week themes of Peace and Conflict. Laura is the Christian Aid Youth Co-ordinator South West – an experienced and inspiring speaker who, at the age of 28, has already has been involved in setting up development partnerships in a variety of countries to help the empowerment of oppressed and vulnerable groups, including the rights of women.
If you would like to know more, join us in Belstone Village Hall on Saturday 26th April at 7pm for a glass of wine (or two), cheese and crackers and a very informative talk, with a chance to ask your own questions on the subject.
Dawn Chorus Walk - Sun 27th April
On last year’s walk we saw 31 species and heard another eight, including a distant pheasant and green woodpecker and newly arrived willow warblers. Some of us caught a glimpse of three foxes. Cuckoos were calling over Scarey Tor, linnets twittered on Brenamoor and the first swift of the year screamed through the village. It was a lovely start to a sunny spring day.
This year the walk leaves Belstone Village Hall at 5.30am on Sunday 27 April. We’ll stroll through Priestacott Wood, check the hedgerows and fields on the way to Cleave House, head down to the East Okement at Chapel Ford, climb back up into skylark and cuckoo territory around the Nine Maidens stone circle, look for redstarts at Birchy Lake and get back to the Hall by about 8am. Breakfast will be waiting – cereals, toast, bacon rolls, cheese scones and hot drinks.
Walking boots and binoculars recommended; sorry, no dogs. Suggested donations of £2 for the walk or £5 for the walk and breakfast will be gratefully received for Hall funds. Chris Walpole
Josh Nearly Half Way There!
With £1,300 raised so far, Josh has received overwhelming local support. He has been car washing, log stacking, bag packing, selling cakes, Bob-a-bobbing, leaf sweeping and Race-Nighting! He is still very grateful for any jobs offered. We are car washing in the village car park and running an Easter Sunday afternoon tea in the Village Hall. Thanks again for your all your encouragement and help: he is almost half way there!
Josh has been selected to represent Devon in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015 but needs to raise £3,000 for the trip.
If you have any job - no matter how small - that you need him to do for you then contact him on 840041 or email email@example.com.
Would You Like to Take Part in a BBC Programme?
The BBC are currently casting for a BBC One UK travel/property programme and are looking to find people who live in interesting homes around the UK, who would be happy to try a home swap for ashort break over a weekend in the next few months. They would like to feature Belstone. Interested? read on . . .
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Tree/branches blocking roads, highway flooding, drains (not sewers or water mains), salting, snow, maintenance. Local highways office, Okehampton: 01837 52773 OR
Devon County Control & Information Room (24 hour): 01392 383329
SOUTH WEST WATER
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