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Village Fete, July 9, 2016



Yes, it's fete time once more on the lovely lawns of Holcombe Court – thank you. Nigel. The fete makes an important contribution to the funding of our parish church which exists, not just for the 'regulars' but to be available for all of us to celebrate the important events of our lives.

To make the fete the success it traditionally is, the stalls need your contributions, please. The people to contact are:

Books, CDs and DVDs: Barkers 672456

Teas: Jean Palfrey/ Jenny McQueen 672302

Plants and Produce: Costemas/ Brooke-Webbs: 672558 or 672085

Bottle Stall: Wilsons 672045

Bric-à-brac: Jo Lloyd-Davies 672275

Nice Clothes: Elizabeth Pascoe 672221

By the way, Elizabeth would appreciate, if possible, clothes being brought before fete day, please. Ring her for details.

Cakes: Ann Rowlands: 672030

Toys: Angela Palfrey 672700

China and Glass: Julie Hasell 672644

New faces and ideas always welcome. To help with a stall or sideshow, to help set up or generally do something with the fete team, please contact John McIlwain on 01823 672112.

PS Tickets for our superb cash prize draw are coming your way. Please be generous and you could win £300.

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Holcombe Rogus Village Fete, July 5 2014




A traditional village fete in a superb country setting – the private grounds of one of the South West’s finest Tudor mansions. Stalls of all sorts, sideshows, beautiful gardens, Devon teas, Tiverton Town Band

The Setting

Holcombe Rogus Fete is held on the lawns of Holcombe Court, making the event a unique opportunity for the fetegoer. This mansion, rated by Pevsner as 'perhaps the finest Tudor house in Devon', is privately owned and rarely open to the public. Fetegoers come year after year to explore the beautifully restored gardens: formal and informal lawns with original Tudor fishponds; a modern take on the Victorian rock garden; a wooded grove with ponds; lovely herbaceous borders and a walled formal modern vegetable garden with yew hedges and fruit. It all makes for a not-to-be-missed experience.


M5 Jct 27 8 minutes; Wellington 10 minutes; Tiverton, Bampton 15 minutes; Taunton, Exeter 20 minutes This pretty village lies 1 mile north of the A38 between Wellington and M5 Jct 27 (A361 North Devon Link).  Turn off end of A38 dual carriageway at Whiteball Hill

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Revamped Village Hall Open

As I'm sure you know Holcombe Rogus Village Hall has been undergoing a bit of a facelift. New toilets, new lighting and redecoration. Sheila Muir and the Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who has given up some time to help. Thanks too to John Helliwell for installing the superb new lighting and the team from Colman Building Contractors. The number of volunteers who gave up their time to help with the decoration and cleaning was really impressive and there were too many to mention them all here. A massive thank you from the committee and from your community for all your efforts. I'm sure you'll agree that it's a big improvement.

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Tiverton Freecycle Events in March

GIVE or TAKE  - Free Event in Tiverton

  Bring along and GIVE your unwanted items and TAKE away anything you can use.   Sustainable Villages (part of the Transition Movement) are holding a ‘Freecycle’ event in Tiverton Market on March 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th.from 10am – 2pm as part of Climate Week. During those days people can bring along any items that are still useable -except clothes and take away free anything that catches their eye that they can use. It is completely free. You don’t have to bring something to take something. The aim is to avoid things going into landfill or people having to buy new items. Any large items and electrical items can be advertised with the owners contact details on a display board


REDUCE        REUSE           RECYCLE


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Thanks to three parish councils who joined forces to provide much needed equipment for the Friends of the Grand Western Canal one of the key goals of the Friends has been achieved. Holcombe Rogus, Sampford Peverell and Burlescombe Parish Council’s made a successful joint bid to the Town and Parish (TAP) Fund so that Friends volunteer wardens would have the equipment they need to monitor and maintain the canal towpath. TAP FUND PHOTO website "One of our early aspirations was to recruit a team of volunteer wardens to assist in the day to day activity along the full eleven mile length of the Devon portion of the canal", explained  David Slack, Fundraising Officer for the Friends. "Each volunteer warden has been allocated a stretch of the canal to look after. Responsibilities include checking for wildlife in trouble, litter picking, cutting back overgrown vegetation and giving guidance to canal towpath users on local facilities.” The project was awarded a grant of £1,459 from the TAP Fund, which is funded by the District and County Councils. For more details about the work of the Friends of the Grand Western Canal or to become a volunteer warden please visit , or or Facebook Grand Western Canal Friends.        For information about Council grants, contact our Grants and Funding Officer, Paul Tucker, on 01884 234930.    

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Holcombe Rogus Village Hall Needs Your Help!

At the recent Village Hall Committee AGM the committee agreed 2 priorities:
  1. To finalise the plans for redeveloping the toilets and commission the necessary work.
  2. To arrange for minor work and redecoration to be carried out inside the hall, ideally using volunteer labour from village residents.
One critical issue is whether it is feasible to incorporate disabled facilities as part of the toilet refurbishment. Given the current space limitations this is not a straightforward issue. Clearly we want to make the hall accessible to all members of the community and make it as attractive as possible for external bookings. However, there are no opportunities given our existing funding to extend the toilets so we have to make best use of the space we have. The committee would like to hear your views and has arranged a meeting on Tuesday April 16 at 8.15pm. The meeting will also be an opportunity to offer a small amount of your time to help improve the internal decoration and appearance of the your village hall. Once we know who is able and willing to do what, we can co-ordinate the necessary activities. Please come. Sheila Muir, Chair, Village Hall Committee.

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The Valley Nursery School – Spaces Available

The Valley Nursery School is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to children aged from 2 to 5 years old. Our sessions run from 9:15am - 12:15pm and 12:15pm - 3:15pm (Term Time Only) and all staff are qualified to NVQ level 3. The nursery benefits enormously from its location within the grounds of the village primary school, which allows the use of the school's play areas. The nursery also has its own secure garden area, equipped with an excellent range of outdoor play equipment. We encourage outdoor learning and strive to provide a safe and fun learning environment. We provide an excellent introduction to Burlescombe Primary School through our close links with the school and particularly the reception class. The nursery accepts Early Years funding for children from the term after their third birthday, and also accepts payment via Childcare Vouchers. Sessions for children not eligible for funding, or additional sessions, can be taken at a charge of £10.86 per session. To arrange a visit, request an application form, or for any further information please contact Pauline Kemp, the pre-school leader. Email: Please see our Diary Dates page for information about forthcoming events. 'Children's individual needs are exceptionally well met by the caring, professional staff team, who have established strong links with parents and other providers' - Ofsted report, 2011.

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