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Around Hemyock.... June 2010

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Many people have expressed their shock, disbelief and even anger on reading in the last issue of the Pump that our four churches will, in time, be served by a half time Priest. Whether you are a regular churchgoer or not you will be aware of the work carried out by those appointed to the position. Just as a teacher works for many more hours than those spent in school it is more so with a Priest who is on call day and night and with us during our darkest hours as well as those of immense joy. As Rev Sherwood said we are in limbo and there we will remain until a higher power decides on our future or David feels called to elsewhere.

It seems incredible that by the time this issue of our Parish Pump has been delivered we shall be almost half way through 2010. With summer now with us, we have many of the traditional village events to look forward to as well as probably something new and these no doubt will be well publicised throughout the magazine.

Two of the bigger events are the fetes organised by St Mary's and the primary school which this year unfortunately are on consecutive days. Each will have a variety of different attractions so as always something for everyone. The school event is in the afternoon with the church fete, to be held in the Recreation Field, taking place throughout the day. Do go along if you are able and support what are two are the important things that make our village such a good place to live.

It was good to read a report from the Scout Group in the April/May Pump. Like the Brownie Pack numbers seem to be flourishing. It seems almost impossible that it was 50 years ago that the present Cubs and Scouts were formed - it seems like only yesterday. (I must be getting old as I can clearly remember Rikki in shorts!) No doubt there are others, like Norman Lowman, who can remember earlier Troops here. As a past Brownie Guider in the village I look forward to hearing how the half centenary of the Scout Group will be celebrated as well as welcoming our Danish friends to the summer camp and home hospitality.

Many older residents will remember Eva Hassan who left the village a few years ago to be nearer her family. We have been told that Eva died recently. Others will remember Wendy Gustavsson (nee Lutley) who husband, Stellan, died very suddenly in recent weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are also with Ruth Tartaglia and family on the death of Eddie. Love and condolences to their loved ones - and to all who have recently seen the passing of a friend or family member.

We send good wishes to the many folk who are unwell at home, in hospital or a care home. Rev Malcolm Beal continues to be in the prayers of many. He has returned to St Mary's chior and it was a joy to hear him preach at a recent service.  Remembering him and Mary we also think of David and Meg Palmer along with Margaret and Alan Craig, Denis and Joan Hart, Olive and Tim Goodman and Marjorie Bright.

After a long wait the CAMEO Club has moved to their new premises at Millhayes. The building appears to be offering great deal to the village so thanks go to all those involved with the long negotiations and hard work involved.

Amongst those who have moved here recently is retired Priest Rev John Stone. We welcome all and look forward to getting to know everyone as they settle into their new life. To those leaving the village - a fond farewell.

Congratulations to all our young people who have recently taken part in either the Exmoor Challenge or 10 Tors expedition.  As nearly always the rain played its part but the young people should be proud of all they achieved.

Exams, exams, exams the scourge of the young are here again. Hemyock was one of the schools where children sat, fortified by the Breakfast Club, their SATs. Whilst those in secondary and further education face GSCE and A level exams before the seemingly endless wait for results. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you all.

Congratulations to Michael Travers recently elected a parent governor of Uffculme School. He joins other representatives from the Upper Culm Valley who are members of the governing body. It is good to see this support for the school continuing.

If you are new to the area, or visiting, you may like to know that a coffee morning is held at the Baptist Chapel (next to the Post Office) every Wednesday morning. All proceeds go to charity and you would be made most welcome.

If ever you would like an item to be included in the page please let me know as so often after an issue has been printed I hear "Oh, I thought someone else would have told you" - they often don't!


With all good wishes
Janice Bawler