Village Voice 27-11-15

The ESS Christmas fair last Saturday was a huge success and the school hall was packed with knitted and stitched goods, art, pottery, Christmas decorations, jewellery, cards, wooden crafts and a banquet of delicious locally produced festive edible goods for sale. The children were able to get their hands on some brilliant, creative, crafty activities, whilst the grown-ups enjoyed mulled wine or tea and coffee and cakes. The cold wind was a challenge to those manning stalls outside the hall, but there was warmth to be had from the braziers from where also delicious smells of roasting chestnuts and smoky BBQ wafted around.
Later the same evening the winners of the annual village quiz were the Ermebridge quiz team consisting of Roy and Gina Hartwell, Rob Cross, Nick Wilkes, Dave Hughes and Mavis Hughes. The whole evening managed to raise a brilliant £265 which will be shared between the Village Fund and Devon Air Ambulance. Grateful thanks go to Pete Davis, Scott Palethorpe and Sharon Denmead for all their hard work and to Gary and Di in the Crooked Spire for hosting the event. With nine teams from all over the village and beyond, there were more than fifty people enjoying a fun and challenging evening.
There is some exciting news regarding the possibility of a village hall for Ermington. The Parish Council has invited a number of people to form a working group to undertake a consultation with parishioners on its plans for a village hall. The group is comprised of people who had expressed an interest in working towards making a village hall a reality and represent the different interests around the parish. The members of the group are: Nicky Scutt –chairperson, Cllr Marina Auburn – vice chair, Gina Hartwell – secretary, Cllr Susan Martin, Stephanie Barker, Barbara Jones, Grant Elliot, Jill Bleiker, Cllr Di Webley and Steve Hitch – consultant architect. Consultation and communication with all the parishioners is one of the most important aspects of this project. So the first thing the group would like to do is to invite you to a meeting to present you with the findings of the feasibility study in respect of the two prospective sites and discuss plans to take the project forward. Potentially a village hall, has a use for very many parishioners, whether it is a place to meet for regular groups and activities or for a function, or to get a book or attend a shop or all of these things. The meeting will take place on the 20th January 2016 so put this date in your diary and make every effort to attend, listen and have your say. We will need your help and support to make this a hall we will use and be proud of. For further information please contact: Nicky Scutt 01548 831132 or Marina Auburn on 01752 893124
Ermington village’s Christmas lights will be switched on next Saturday the 5th December starting with Fawns Close at 5.30pm then in the square at 6pm. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a small team of volunteers and it is always a joy and delight coming into the village in the dark December evenings when the square and its approaches twinkle with hundreds of tiny lights. Grateful thanks to the unsung heroes who make this happen for us.
And finally for this week, the next meeting of the parish council will take place next Tuesday, the 1st December. All welcome to the open forum at the start of the meeting.