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From Revd David Sherwood - October 08

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St Mary's Church As we begin our annual round of Harvest Festivals, I have been thinking about how important 'taste' is to us. As very small babies as soon as we find something new, we put it in our mouth! If it's nice, it stays there, if not we spit it out! As we grow, we tend to use our hands and eyes more than our mouths but taste still remains important to us. We even use the word to describe our preferences for something - 'I like the way she has decorated her home, clearly a woman of taste.' 'He's a nice chap but I'm not sure about his taste in music.' Taste is something which remains an important part of our lives long after we start using our others senses. King David was aware of this and included it when writing in Psalm 34: "O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him."

Political Autonomy for the Blackdown Hills? Parish Councils to lobby Boundary Commission.

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Parish Council The way in which council services are provided in Devon look set to change and residents across the county have never had a better opportunity to influence this change to meet the needs of their local community. The Boundary Committee has been asked by the Government to see if a new system of local government could replace current system of county and district, city and borough councils. At the heart of the proposal is a desire to devolve power and resources to local communities in a new style of democracy.

The Tour Of Britain Arrives In Hemyock!

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General News The big day has arrived as the 2008 Tour of Britain South-West stage powers into action today.

Nearly 100 world-class athletes will be cycling through Hemyock for stage three of the event and activities and entertainment will be on offer to the many spectators expected to cheer on the cyclists.

Excavation at Playstreet, Bickenhall

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General News The excavation of a Medieval settlement at Playstreet, Bickenhall, which had been delayed due to the wet weather, has been re-scheduled to start on Monday 15th September.  There are spaces available for those who wish to join in the dig during the day, or bring the kids along after school to join in (Under 16's must be accompannied by an adult). 

Harvest Festival at St Mary's

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St Mary's Church The annual village Harvest Festival service will take place at St Mary's on Friday 19th September at 7pm. This will be followed by a bring and share supper in the Church Room.

House Martins

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General News For several years, I have been collecting information about house martins in this area. Such information includes date of arrival and departure of the birds; number of nests being used; address of the site etc.

Around Hemyock

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General News We are all sadden with the loss of a loved one but the shock and sorrow felt by many on hearing of Lorna Pinder's sudden death has been great.17 year old Lorna was a pupil at Richard Huish College and a vibrant young lady who will be missed by many. We send our love, prayers and sympathy to her family and friends.

Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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General News A few weeks ago I received the leaflets reminding me that once again the charity will be running the appeal from now until early November.

Many of you have supported the Shoebox Appeal in recent years and been extremely generous in your donations. For those who have not come across the charity before they aim to meet critical needs of child victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disasters throughout the world. Samaritan's Purse are the world's largest children's Christmas project and with our help will continue to be so.

Blackdown Community Choir

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General News The Blackdown Community Choir is now recruiting for September.  Men particularly welcome!  We sing a variety of light material such as folk, gospel, African songs and Taize.