Yes. . . it's here - in Belstone Village Hall!
Thanks to a grant organised by Belstone Parish Council, the Village Hall has received funding to install a wireless internet connection available free to hall users. In this ‘always connected’ world, a WiFi hotspot will allow all hall users to access the internet for presentations, etc, make Skype telephone calls from WiFi connected smartphones and access their email. This will be particularly useful as the mobile phone signal at the hall is generally poor. Thanks to a grant organised by Belstone Parish Council, the Village Hall has received funding to install a wireless internet connection available free to hall users. In this ‘always connected’ world, a WiFi hotspot will allow all hall users to access the internet for presentations, etc, make Skype telephone calls from WiFi connected smart phones and access their email. This will be particularly useful as the mobile phone signal at the hall is generally poor.
Many thanks also to South Tawton Parish Council who have kindly transferred their funding to Belstone, as the Victory Hall and Church House feel unable to take up the grant at present.
In view of this, Learn Devon (used to be Adult Education) would like to run courses and workshops (no exams at the end!) at the hall. They offer a range of exciting learning opportunities – short courses, workshops and qualification courses – including course which are free or low cost (special cases). They are in the process of planning for the community of Beacon Villages and would like to hear from you as to which would be of interest to you.
There are forms in the local village stores and in Belstone Village Hall. There is also a box outside Belstone Village Hall with blank forms which you can fill in and replace in the box.
No names are put on the forms and filling one in does not commit you to anything. It just may result in us being able to provide a service to the wider community that wouldn’t be offered otherwise. Click to view pdf version of the form which you could print out and put in the Village Hall box - or why not just email the editors with your response? By 10th August please
DIDN'T WE HAVE A LUVVERLY TIME
(The day we went to Belstone)
Contributions collected, cakes cooked, poo picked and we were ready to go! The day dawned reasonably bright and fair (pun intended!) so we ignored any fleeting black clouds and got on with setting up. Hardly had the last cake, plant and book been placed when the crowds came flocking in - and so did the sheep - we're an inclusive village here!
For the next two and a half hours, it was non-stop merriment, with an all-comers maypolling session (they did very well - not too many knotted ribbons!), mayhem and madness with the dog race and egg throwing, healthy competitive spirit in the children's sports and general fun and laughter around the sideshows. Cakes were consumed by the dozen, hot drinks and squash by the gallon (we still work in old money in Belstone!) and cars poured into the village, bringing the throngs with them. Many thanks to Chris Walpole for sorting out the traffic jam that arose from this! (Don't worry - plenty of parking on the cricket field next year!) And, as you see from the right hand picture, you can poo-pick 'til the cows come home but then you have to start all over again! (love the moustache, by the way - great face painting!)
All in all, an extremely enjoyable and succsessful (if exhausting) day. Final profit not known yet but watch this space. Many thanks to all who helped in any way - on, before or after the event and special thanks to all who came along and made it such fun. Click to see pics. 15/07/14
HERE IT IS AGAIN: THE MUCH-SOUGHT-AFTER BELSTONE CALENDAR!
Featuring photos from last year's Photographic Competition - the Belstone calendar 2015, is now on sale at Thursday Cafe and all functions in aid of Belstone Village Hall OR contact Edwina & Robin on 01837840332 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belstone's Beating of the Bounds 5th June
Many thanks to Ian Snell for this photo of us all ready to set off - . write up to come later! In the meantime, you may remember Ian photographing throughout the day so, if you'd like to view the photos and buy any that take your fancy, view them through this link to Ian's online gallery of images of the event.
Chris Walpole's "Owl (Not) in a Box"!
Follow Wol's progress on www.twitter.com/chris_walpole
BELSTONE BAZAAR SUNDAY 17th AUGUST
Following the success of the first “Belstone Bazaar”, we have decided to hold another one. This time it will be on Sunday 17th August from 11am to 4pm, with crafts from local craftspeople, as well as produce and charity stalls. All day barbecue and other refreshments. Doors open at 9.30am for setting up.
To book a table or space (£5) ring Edwina on 01837 840332 or email email@example.com
Josh's Update: £2,500
Well over half way there! Josh and his parents, Zoe & Gary, say a big thank you for the overwhelming local support, so far. This is a wonderful opportunity for Josh - an honour to be chosen but also, the experience of setting up and running these fundraising activities plus all the hours he spends doing jobs for others will give him skills to take forward into adulthood.
For those who still don't know, Josh has been selected to represent Devon in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015 but needs to raise £3,300 for the trip. He has been car washing, log stacking, bag packing, selling cakes, Bob-a-jobbing, leaf sweeping,and Race-Nighting as well as providing cream teas! He is still very grateful for any jobs offered. With just £800 to go the final target feels acheivable.
If you have any job - no matter how small - that you need him to do for you then contact him on 840041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer in Belstone
Why not enter the Belstone Photographic Competition 2014 - open to residents and non-residents
Belstone in Action
Picture Postcard Belstone
Wildlife in the Garden