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Copplestone

Enlightener MARCH 2017 New Youth Worker for Copplestone It’s good to be coming back! My name is Graham Harry (aged 45) and starting in February I am going to be the Youth Worker at Copplestone Methodist Church. I have a wife, Bethany, and four beautiful daughters – Chloe, Aimee, Millie and Phoebe. I also have a gorgeous Grandson – Logan. I am a Devon lad, though for the past 18 months I have lived in Manchester, home of the best football team Manchester United. I love to read and if there is one thing I am a bit geeky about, it is that I am quite obsessed with Doctor Who. I have always been involved in youth work one way or the other. For the past 18 months I have been Team Leader for the National Youth and Children’s Department of the Congregational Federation and prior to that I was a Youth Pastor at Crediton Congregational Church for nearly 7 years. I am very much looking forward to starting my role with Copplestone Methodist Church – working with the youth of the church and the young people in the community. I am looking forward to getting to know the young people and looking at ways in which I can support them. Part of my role will be being seen regularly in the community by the young people and in time setting up a youth drop in again. In the church I will be mentoring and helping the young people there grow in the Christian faith through teaching and discipleship. My passion is to see young people being all they can be and equipped to face the future with confidence and dare I say it change the world. If you need to contact me graham.copplestoneyw@gmail.com is my email address. I look forward to seeing you all very soon. Graham Harry

Holiday Club Reunion The children who attended our Church Holiday Club last year were invited to join us for a reunion and party on Saturday 11th February. We listened to another story where Jesus healed a Roman soldier’s servant and made shields to remind us that God protects us and to have faith in him.

Our next holiday club will run from Tuesday 25th July to Friday 28th July 2017, 10 – 12pm. Watch out for more information in the June Enlightener. Hannah Petherick


Piglets Toddler Group We've had a busy term at Piglets and it's been wonderful to welcome in 2017 with some new faces. Christmas saw a trip to Planet Play, a visit from Santa and lots of excited little ones.

The CPTA exists to raise funds for the school. Last year, all seven classes benefitted from around £350 each which was used in various ways to enhance the experience of our children whilst at the school and in a fashion that leaves the school more able to fund its core delivery of education. We have been lucky to have a dedicated hard working team on the CPTA, but we now need your help. Without more volunteers we simply won’t be able to guarantee the level of funds available to each class going forward. Helping out could mean anything from an hour at an event to assisting with fund raising or helping deliver new ideas. To join in, all you need to do is leave your details with reception at school. Peter Brauer

Thank you to everyone who made it special including the following local businesses who kindly donated to our raffle. We raised a record £132: Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts, Planet Play, Charlesworth Nicholl Solicitors, Olivia James, The Waie Inn, Adams Home Hardware, The Ruby Red Farm shop, Candimama Wax and Relax Beauticians, Tesco, The Cross Central Store, Helmores, Ashton's Coffee Lounge, Stitches by Susie, Eternity Photography, Kandy Toys Twinkle Little Tarr, Baobab Café

Servicing - Repairs – MOT’s Quality used cars for sale Tel: 01363 84223 courtneysgarage@hotmail.co.uk

The committee will be meeting over the next few weeks to plan our Easter event to Eggesford Forrest on 29th March. Do let us know if you fancy lending a hand with preparation: sign up sheets will be available soon and we look forward to seeing many of you on the day.

Church View Car Sales

Courtney’s Garage Copplestone

Union Rd, Crediton

Piglets is on Wednesday mornings (term-time) 9am – 12pm in Copplestone Methodist Church Hall. Family £2.50, Over 2’s £2, Under 2s £1. First session is free. Anyone with children or grandchildren aged 0-4 years is welcome, please come along. We provide snack and activities for the children and a cuppa and cake for grown-ups. For more details please contact Emma on 07718 272861. Emily Macdonald

Quality used cars for sale Tel: 01363 776453 www.churchviewcarsales.co.uk

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News from Key Stage 2 In Key Stage 2 the children have been busy learning about a variety of topics including the Romans, the Vikings, the Tudors and the Medieval Middle East. As part of their work, Year 5 have had a visit from a real Viking who taught them lots about the Viking way of life. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit, developing their learning further and having lots of fun. The next half term will bring a visit to Exeter museum for our Year 4 children, which I know they are very much looking forward to.

Copplestone Primary School News It has been a very busy time at school since we returned from our Christmas holidays. We have welcomed a new teacher – Mr Hagan in Rainbow class, and the children have all been busy starting new topics and getting on with their learning. Our outdoor education leader, Miss James, has continued to work with a range of groups and children across the school in the forest and garden and she has begun to work with the school council on ways of developing our areas further. Our fantastic CPTA have continued to support the school this term, helping to fund the trips and visits many of the classes have had. News from Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage The children in Year 1, Green class, have been busy with their new topic this term – Bugtastic! They have been finding out about all kinds of creatures, including having had an exciting visit from Stephen at Exmoor Zoo, who brought in stick insects, millipedes, cockroaches and a praying mantis for the children to get up close to!

During this half term, Year 3, Blue class, have been going to Lords Meadow leisure centre each week to have swimming lessons. They have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and have really developed their skills. Year 5 and Year 6 were lucky enough to have a visit from Sandra Greaves, a children’s author, this half term as well. She spoke to the children about her life as an author and what inspired her to write. They were also able to have a book signed by her. Moving forward to the next half term, the children in Red class are currently busy developing their singing skills, as they prepare to take part in the Crediton Learning Community’s concert on the Thursday 23rd March at the Northcott Theatre.

In Year 2, Yellow class, the children have been learning all about space and as part of this work have been on a visit to @ Bristol science museum. After a long journey by coach to Bristol, the children were able to take part in some exciting workshops, including going inside the planetarium, and spending some time looking around the exhibits. They had a brilliant time!

During the next half term, the whole school will continue to be busy and we are particularly looking forward to celebrating World Book Day (Thursday 2nd March) with a whole book week! We are especially looking forward to our ‘Family Fun Story Spectacular’ on the evening of Thursday 2nd March (5.00 – 6.30pm) when families are invited to come back to school in their pyjamas to enjoy a hot chocolate and stories. We have lots of other exciting events planned for the week as well.

In Reception, Rainbow class, the children have been learning about the story Handa’s Surprise and finding out about Chinese New Year, whilst, of course, getting to know their new teacher.

Angela Urquhart - Head of School

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Copplestone Methodist Youth Church

Sunday mornings from 10.45am to 12 noon For toddlers 0 – 3 years In crèche we have been doing a series called Toddlers Knowing God. This is a number of sessions where, using all our senses, we look at what the bible says about God. For example, we have thought about God being our Shepherd, Fortress and Shield. It reminded the children that God provides everything we need. For children 4 – 11 years. The Kidzone children performed a fantastic Christmas play called ‘Lights, Camel, Action’.

This term we have been thinking about prayer and how we can pray. The children have been really thinking hard about this theme. Our next Family service is on Sunday 26th March which is Mothering Sunday and then on Easter Sunday 16th April, both at 10.45am.

British Summer Time begins

For youth 11 – 16 years This term in The Grid, just like Kidzone, we've been looking at how we pray to God. We learnt that God isn't interested in the big long words just what comes from our heart, simple and meaningful, which has sparked off good conversations with the youth.

Clocks spring forward one hour on

Sunday 26th March

Crediton Cobbler

We continue to upload our Youth Church newsletter to www.copplestonechurch.org.uk our church website.

107 High Street, Crediton 01363 774385 Shoe Repairs, Key Cutting, Watch Batteries, Engraving, Stitching and Patching including replacement zips, elastic, velcro etc

All children, either with or without their parents, are very welcome to join us at Church on Sunday mornings. For more information please contact Sherrin Neenan, Children and Families W orker (85451) or Hannah Petherick (84182). All our leaders and helpers have a current DBS (or CRB), have attended the Methodist Church Safeguarding Course and adhere to our safeguarding policy. The Youth Church Team

‘If Your Shoes Are Worth Wearing,

They Are Worth Repairing’

8.30am– 5.30pm Week days 9am - 2pm Saturdays 4


All Stars After-School Club I can’t quite believe that I’ve been leading All Stars for a month already. I’ve received a wonderful welcome from staff, parents and children for which I am extremely thankful. From the 20th February our timetable will be as follows: Day Monday Tuesday Children & Families Work Update My family and I are settling in well to the village and we have received a really warm welcome from everyone, so thank you very much! I am really interested in finding out what things people would like to see happening in Copplestone to develop the sense of community. You can find me at school most mornings dropping off at Pre-School, at Piglets parent and toddler group on Wednesdays, in the Café on a Thursday morning. at church or please feel free to contact me by phone 07711 123542 or email, sherrin.copplestonecfw@gmail.com

Wednesday Thursday Friday

Session 1: 3.30-4.45 Karate or Childcare Multi-Sports or Childcare Cooking or Childcare Craft or Childcare Film Club

Session 2: 4.45-5.30pm Childcare Childcare Childcare Childcare Film Club

We enjoy lots of games and activities, craft is particularly popular, and we have a busy line up ready for next half term.

Future Dates for your diary: Sunday 16th April Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Morning Family Service. Friday 21st April Inter-Youth event at Copplestone (Year 6+). Thursday 1st June Lighthouse Youth Event 7:15-9:15pm (Year 6+). th

If you have any suggestions for future clubs then please do let me know and check out the All Stars website for more information and booking forms. www.allstarsclub.co.uk Sherrin Neenan Copplestone Methodist Church Children & Families Worker.

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Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July Spree South West 2017 www.spreesw.org.uk Playzone At our January session we used straws to create art with our names, in February we were excavating Dinosaur eggs! Over the next few months we will be thinking about different animals and looking at our favorite books from home and stories from the Bible with animals in them. Come along and join us in the Café on Thursday mornings – 9th March, 20th April, 11th May, 8th June & 13th July.

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Spring Programme The Art Centre ended 2016 in style welcoming in 2017 with a New Years Eve party for friends and supporters. This event was a great success with over 50 people attending an evening of music, food, drink and chat topped off with a glass of bubbly at midnight.

Partnering local churches Serving local communities Connect is a local charity solely funded by individuals and local churches. It started in 1996 and there are now Connect workers based in Chulmleigh, Crediton, Holsworthy & Okehampton doing face to face youth work with over 4,000 students. It aims to ‘bridge the gap’ and encourage young people to fully engage with all areas of life.

We started in January with Crediton’s very own Brown Paper Bag theatre performing the restoration comedy The Country W ife. In February, we had the latest ‘Book into Film’ showing of The A ge of Innocence based on Edith Wharton’s 1920’s novel, followed by Red Dragonfly Productions performing Taking Flight – a series of three short plays from emerging British writers, and then two performances of Hopping Mad – an exciting musical set in the hop fields of Kent and performed by Crediton Youth Theatre.

In Crediton, the Connect workers, Rob and Clarissa, run four lunchtime groups within the school and have also been able to take them on trips out to Crealy and a youth event in the Cathedral. The GSUS live trailer is coming! GSUS Live is an exciting resource for secondary schools which shows that Jesus is relevant today. The state-of-the-art mobile classroom with a fully functioning multimedia computer suite, designed to take classes of up to 32 pupils comes to the Connect Colleges in February/March. Connect workers and volunteers from local churches will present Jesus’ teachings on fear, forgiveness and rejection.

In March, our younger friends are also staging a Young People’s Art Show on 4th March with the theme of Movement. On 18th March, the Uncommon Plays will perform Endgame one of Samuel Beckett’s most accessible plays. The weekend of 24/25th March sees not only an ‘I Like This’ evening featuring a stunning selection of speeches from the stage on 24th but also a children’s show Malina’s Dream with Angel Heart Theatre and their wonderful puppetry on the afternoon of 25th March. The Spring programme ends with Dogwood Productions performing No Finer Life on 7th April – a play set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War II and penned by Graham Harvey who was for 20 years The Archers agricultural story editor.

For more information about the work of Connect email info@connectdevon.org or contact Lizz Williams 07834 693029. www.connectdevon.org

We are on East Street, Crediton just opposite the Church. For more information and prices please visit www.creditonartscentre.org or call 01363 773260. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.creditonartscentre.ticketsource.co.uk or from Crediton Community Bookshop and Sandford Stores.

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The Café

Thursdays 9am - 12pm Cafe has been ticking along nicely with new & old faces alike. On Playzone Thursdays, the bacon rolls are going down a treat.

at Copplestone School 1st Wednesday every month

1st March, 5th April, 3rd May, 7th June

We'd like to thank all the many volunteers who make our community cafe happen. Whether you bake, wash up, wait on tables, make delicious deluxe hot chocolates or help get the church set up or put back for cafe - we appreciate you all so much.

With fantastic meat prizes. Doors open 7pm - Eyes down 7.45pm Please come along and have some fun! Proceeds to Copplestone Village Hall Fund

One of our regular bakers is taking a little break after the arrival of a new little boy to their family - Archer Thomas Friend. Congratulations to parents Martyn & Bekki, big sisters Summer & Ebony and all the extended family. We will miss Bekki's cakes for a while!

For more details please contact Jayne Grover Tel: 07900 477247

Copplestone Meat Bingo Myself and Barbara Appleton took over the running of the monthly Copplestone meat bingo, from the start of the new year. All profits are going to the Copplestone Recreation Association towards fundraising for the village hall.

Café lunches ar e held on the first Tuesday of the month 12 noon - 2pm. Enjoy a soup starter, main course (with vegetarian option) and sweet - all homemade! We have booster seats available so preschool children are welcomed.

We meet at Copplestone village school on the first Wednesday of each month and are eager to attract new people. For under £5, we have a good evening, with excellent meat prizes (purchased from AJ Cox butchers in Crediton). The main book has 10 games. In each game 1 line wins sausages/eggs & bacon, 2 lines wins a chicken & the full house wins a joint of pork. Plus there are 2 flyers where 1 line wins a chicken, 2 lines a joint of gammon and beef for a full house. In addition, for those who wish to participate, we also have a raffle with some lovely prizes to be won.

There are no charges at the Café but the donations given help to cover the running costs with any surplus given to local charities. In recent months, we have supported the following charities from café donations: November - £260 Copplestone PTA December - £225 Copplestone Village Hall Fund January - £120 Exeter Street Pastors We hope to see you all at The Community Cafe and if you've never been why not pop along 9-12 every Thursday morning. Also, if you have any feedback or suggestions we'd love to hear from you so please email yendells@hotmail.com or speak to one the team on a Thursday.

To reward our loyal attendees we have started a 'loyalty card’ scheme that will give entry into an exclusive money prize raffle to be drawn at the Christmas Meat Bingo on 6th December 2017. 1st prize will be £50 and 5 prizes of £10. To be eligible to enter you need to collect 8 stamps. 1 stamp per person, per Bingo session will be given when you buy your bingo books (only 1 entry per person). Why not come along and see us and if you have never played before we are always happy to help. Jayne Grover

Phil & Nena Yendell

Mid Moors Developments

Your Mobile Library Service

Home improvements Conservatories Landscaping Carports Sheds/Summerhouses Painting and decorating

Visiting Copplestone on Thursdays 9th March, 6th April, 4th May Fernworthy Park 12.55 - 13.15 Copplestone Shop 13.50 - 14.20 FREE Membership, No charges for borrowing books, Join at any age, DVD hire. Great choice of fiction, non-fiction, large print and children’s books. FREE reservation plus reserve books online and collect them from the mobile library.

No job too large or small Free quotes Call Nick 07581 057191 7


Calling all Seniors in and around Copplestone! Did you know that you are eligible to enjoy the HOLIDAY AT HOME, or ganised each year in June, by the Methodist Church, for the local community? This year, the holiday will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 19th, 21st and 23rd June and is for anyone of pensionable age living in or around Copplestone. There is no charge for the holiday - it is our gift to you. Some of the guests like to make a donation. There is no obligation, but you are welcome to share in this way if you wish. Each day guests arrive at the Church (you can be collected by car if necessary) in time for breakfast. After this we go out for the day to some place of interest, taking with us a packed lunch (which is supplied for you). In the past we have been to places like The Donkey Sanctuary, Powderham Castle, Teignmouth, Exmouth, Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey, The Alpaca Park and even had a boat trip round the Exe Estuary. On our way home, we usually stop at a Garden Centre or a Café for a cup of tea or coffee and the opportunity to do some shopping.

Crediton & District Support Group

Back at the Church we enjoy a cooked evening meal together as well as some kind of fun activity that helps to build up the ‘family’ atmosphere and a ‘Thought for the Day’ reminds us of God’s care for us before we return (or are taken) back to our homes for the night.

There’s more to life - visits, outings, parties, shopping, dining out and more. We are a support group for local people with MS and part of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our aims are to help and support people with Multiple Sclerosis in the local area and help to fund national research. We also encourage therapies and exercise to maintain mobility.

We have a great team of helpers whose concern is that you will be really blessed by this time spent together. Several of them come out with us each day and there is always a qualified first-aider on the team. If you need to use a wheel chair, that is no problem. We have some expert ‘pushers’ just waiting to help you join in the activities. Incidentally, we don’t have any activity that can’t be enjoyed by all, whatever disability you might have to cope with.

Membership to our group is open to people with MS, family members, friends and anyone who is willing to help. For more information please contact Jenny Smith, 16 Blagdon Rise, Crediton EX17 1EN, Tel: 774839. Jenny Smith

For some this will be their fifth ‘Holiday at Home’ others will be joining us for the first time. Perhaps one of the most special things about this ‘Holiday’ is the Family Atmosphere that not only exists and grows throughout the week, but continues during the rest of the year with many of the folk who come meeting regularly at the Church Café on a Thursday morning or at the Café monthly lunch. Book the dates now! Booking forms, which we ask you to complete, will be available from myself or at the Church Café from Thursday, 6th April onwards. Do come and join us. You will be so welcome! Heather Castle.

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Copplestone Fit Club

Defibrillator Awareness/Training Monday 13th March

Copplestone Church Community Room Mondays, 6 - 7pm (term time)

Chris Crook of South West Ambulance Service is presenting a training and awareness evening on Monday 13th March, 7.15pm till 8.15pm, in the Church Community Room. He will demonstrate how to use the defibrillator and provide some practical CPR training. This will be a very informal evening with free refreshments provided! If you are interested please just come along or contact me on 84018. John Lunn

Do you want to be a bit fitter? Do you need to lose a few pounds? Do you want to feel more energised? Then why not come along to Fit Club?

Copplestone Garden Club

For fun & fitness to music including aerobics, toning & stretching for a head to toe work-out! For ladies of all ages, shapes & fitness levels. Optional weekly weigh-in. Only ÂŁ2 per session.

Next Meeting

For more details please contact Suzanne Lunn Tel: 84018, Mob: 07814 372828, email: lunn.family4@gmail.com

The Cross Pub

or just come along one Monday.

Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30pm

Crediton & Copplestone Little PUMA’s & Taekwon-Do

Everyone welcome for informal gardening chatter

Taekwon-Do sessions are available for all ages and all abilities. We train all year round and meet at Copplestone Church Community Room on Wednesday evenings. The members are a great bunch and we would welcome anyone who would like to know more about the group or if you want to keep fit and develop as a person. There is so much more than just punching and kicking that comes from our training. For more details please email creditontkd@hotmail.com or phone 07802 855852 Dave Powlesland

Beauty Therapy Be pampered in my beauty room in Copplestone Luxury Facials Full Body Massage Pregnancy Massage Indian Head Massage Gel Nails Eyelash & Eyebrows Waxing Pamper Packages Available Text Jane on 07804 795747 Or call: 01363 85639

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Tai Chi Class

Sole Mates

Colebrooke Walking Group

Colebrooke Village Hall 10 – 11am 8th March, 22nd March, 29th March, 5th April 29th April, 10th May, 24th May

Walks will continue on the last Sunday of each month March 26th, April 30th, May 28th Long Walk starts at 1pm Short Walk starts at 2pm Tea and cakes in the Village Hall afterwards: £1 Donation please. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring drink/food that you may require on the walk. For further details please contact Diane Shepherd on 01363 85051/07565 350457

Colebrooke Village Hall News

Wear comfortable clothes. Beginners welcome! Slow Motion Gentle Exercise. Cost: £4 per class

Yoga Class Colebrooke Village Hall 10 – 11am 6th March, 20th March, 27th March, 3rd April, 24th April, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Beginners welcome. Cost: £4 per class To book a place at Tai Chi or Yoga Please contact Diane Shepherd dianeshepherd@hotmail.com Tel: 01363 85051/07565 350457

Coffee & Cake Mornings Colebrooke Village Hall On the second Thursday of every month, 10.00 – 12.00 £2.00 for refreshments Everybody (including children) welcome Come along—Meet neighbours and make friends The more the merrier! If you need a lift to the hall please call Rachel on 01363 85523 or Paul 01363 84646

Colebrooke Short Mat Bowls Club The club is starting a new session on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm, starting on 4th April. If you want to give it a try, you are entitled to 3 free taster sessions. Membership is £20 per annum and just £1 each time you play. The regular meetings are on Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm, Fridays 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. Once you become a member you can join us in any club session. We already have 4 members who live in Copplestone. For further information about any of the above, ring Fred or Wendy on 01363 84419. Fred Oliver

Colebrooke Concert 25th March, 6.30pm £5 per adult £2 child The annual Colebrooke concert featuring our very talented local musicians has been a successful event in the Colebrooke year. Come to the 2017 musical evening and see for yourself the creativity of the local population. Interval “nibbles” are included in the price. Licensed bar.

‘Rosemary’

Ceroc Jive Class 22nd April 7.30pm £12 per person, £20 per couple Learn how to jive in just one evening. Come on your own or with a partner as using the Ceroc system everyone gets to dance. The evening will be led by Ivan from Ceroc Devon, who says: “Learning to dance with Ceroc is the fastest growing dance phenomenon in the country. Our fusion of a wide range of different dance styles is easy to learn, sociable and fun, and can be danced to any music with a regular beat. Ceroc DJ's play music ranging from 70's classics through to your current chart favourites.”

The Cross, Copplestone Tel: 01363 84365

For all your hairdressing needs

Including colours, highlights, lowlights, tinting & perms L'Oréal, Wella, Matrix

For further information about any of the above, ring Fred or Wendy on 01363 84419. Fred Oliver 10


Tarka Line News

Crediton Branch of ELF

Until the 17th April 2017 the day return train fare from Copplestone to Barnstaple using any morning train and returning the same day will be £3.75 which is half the normal fare. This Great Western Railway offer is promoted jointly with Devon County Council and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership. This is an ideal opportunity to experience the unique mix of local and national shops that Barnstaple offers. Why not cross the Taw Bridge to visit the historic pannier market and Butchers Row or the modern Green Lanes shopping centre. You may wish to venture further by taking a bus to Ilfracombe, Bideford or picturesque Clovelly.

The Crediton ELF Fundraising Group kicked off 2017 with their annual Meat Bingo. This received fantastic support with a massive turn out of Bingo players helping the group raise £544.20. This was followed by a very well supported Quiz Night with 26 teams competing for the top spot which was won by ‘Witty, Pithy & Short’. A great evening was had by all the quizzers and team of helpers. Further events planned to support ELF are: Skittles Evening Saturday 18th March, 7pm at the Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum. Teams of 4 - pre-booking required. Tickets £8 to include pasty or jacket potato supper. Please call Nick Tel: 07971 694606 To book & order your choice of supper

A regular passenger service from Okehampton to Exeter could possibly be getting nearer to happening following intensive lobbying of the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling by Mel Stride MP, various councillors and OkeRail, the coordinating organisation for campaign groups, local councils and businesses. A trial service may start before 2020 and could then be written into the next franchise. This would also strengthen services between Crediton and Exeter and give journey opportunities between Copplestone and Okehampton changing at Crediton.

Antiques Valuation Evening Wednesday 26th April, 7.15pm at The Boniface Centre, Crediton. £5 to include 1 item to be valued and finger buffet supper. Bar & raffle. If time allows, other items can be valued at £1 per item. Valuer - Mr Hampton of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Auctioneers & Valuers. Tickets from Jan Tel: 07980 347231 or on the door

Copplestone is lucky in having access to a regular hourly daytime service. There are towns in northern Devon and North Cornwall that are over 20 miles from the nearest railway station. Alan Clark Stations Officer - TARKA Rail Association

Copplestone Community Choir Concert ‘MAY We Entertain You’ Saturday 20th May, 7pm for 7.15pm at Crediton Congregational Church. With a variety of popular songs. £5 to include light refreshments. Tickets from Jan Martin Tel: 07980 347231, Suzanne Lunn 07814 372828 or on the door. Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) was established in 1987 and aims to lighten the load of families affected by blood cancers and blood disorders. It provides transport, accommodation and guidance services to families whose lives have been turned upside down following a diagnosis. ELF also funds roles within the Haematology Ward and research into treatment.

Jonathan Wood Veterinary Surgeon Ltd. 01363 772319 www.jwoodvet.co.uk

The Crediton group, who formed three years ago, have raised over £40,000 from a range of events including local events, Skydives and even further afield doing the Mongol Rally. The Group would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported them over the last three years and this support has contributed to fundraising for the Chevithorne Appeal where ELF have built a Family Suite at the RD&E. The Suite will enable patients to stay in relative comfort and privacy with their families when they need to be together.

24hr Emergency Service. As an RCVS accredited pracce, we provide a friendly, caring, professional service for companion animals, equine and farm paents. We offer hydrotherapy and rehabilitaon, modern ultrasound equipment, in house laboratory service, a mobile clinic and much more. For full details visit our website. We are proud to be accredited by the internaonal cat care organisaon as silver level cat friendly clinic.

For more information on events, or if you would like to support the Group, details can be found on the Crediton ELF Fundraising Group page on Facebook or call Nick on 07971 694606. Glenn Bearne & Jan Martin 11


Children’s Holiday Club Easter Eggstravaganza Friday 7th April fr om 2 to 5pm Morchard Bishop Memorial Hall

Mid-Devon Churches Working Together

Main 3-day Event Wed 31st May & Thu 1st June 10am to 3pm and Fri 2nd June 10am to 3:30pm Plus Family Space Fri 3:30 to 4:30pm for parents to join their children for High Tea. Morchard Bishop Playing Fields Marquee. Youth Event Thurs 1st June 7:15 to 9:15pm An evening with the 'Sense and Stance' band and street dance group, as seen at SPREE. https://yfc.uk/project/stance Morchard Bishop Playing Fields Marquee.

Car Wash

Saturday 18th March 9:30 to 12am To help us raise funds for our events we will be washing cars at Hele Lane Methodist Church in Black Dog. No set charge, donations welcome. Cake & Gifts Stall. Bacon Baps & drinks for sale. Website for full details: thelighthouseclub.org.uk Find us on Facebook @thelighthouseclubMidDevon or for more details on any of the above, feel free to contact Zoe Lane, Tel: 07519 360243 or email (zoeswymtrainee@gmail.com) Zoe Lane

Our Village Website To find out what is happening in our local area go to our village website

www.copplestone.org.uk For information & links to: Parish Council, MDDC, Copplestone Primary School, Local Churches, The Enlightener, Diary Dates, Things To Do & more. If you would like to promote an event on our website please contact Mark the website administrator at copplestonewebman@gmail.com 12


Copplestone Community Choir In December, the choir performed at three very different but equally enjoyable venues. Firstly on Saturday 17th December, we were invited to sing festive songs and carols at Bernaville Garden Centre where ,as well as enjoying the singing, we could also indulge in some Christmas shopping. Our second outing was the following day on Sunday 18th, when we sang at the very well attended Copplestone Church Carol Service.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays at ‘The Cross’ A fun Tuesday Night Quiz is held twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at The Cross Pub in Copplestone starting at 8.30pm Numbers in teams vary from 2 to 6 Entry into the Quiz is just £1 per person

Our third outing on Thursday 22nd December was kept rather hush, hush, as we did a flash mob in Exeter amongst the unsuspecting late night Christmas shoppers. Although it was a rather scary prospect for some of our singers, we all agreed that it was a fantastic experience and our rendition of ’Joy to the World’ went down a storm! Well done to all our singers and special thanks to Wellie Tilke who was brave enough to start off the singing.

For more details please contact: Jayne on 07900 477247 or Jan on 84781 Come along and have some fun.

We are now practising a variety of new songs for our Spring and Summer programmes including ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Top of the World’ and a fantastic ‘Disney Medley’. If you would like to hear the choir sing these songs, and more, please come along to one, or all, of the following events:

Friendly Scrabble group welcomes new members. Do join us if you like to play. All abilities welcome. We meet every 4 - 6 weeks in the Copplestone / Crediton area. For more details please contact Hazel 01363 776275 Hazel Underwood

Saturday 20th May – ELF Concert ‘May We Entertain You’ 7pm for 7.15pm at Crediton Congregational Church. £5 to include light refreshments. All proceeds to Exeter Leukaemia Fund . .Sunday 11th June – CREDSING A community singing event with a big sing of joint choirs approx. 200 voices plus the opportunity for our choir to perform 2 or 3 songs. Tickets £5 each.

Folk at The Cross Last Tuesday of the month, from 8pm An informal evening of traditional and contemporary folk songs and tunes. All are welcome to perform or simply to come along, join in the chorus and enjoy the atmosphere. If you would like any more information please contact Dave Tel: 01363 84914 who comperes the evening. Dave Brassington

Saturday 17th June – Charity Concert at Copplestone Church Charities to be decided—more details to follow Saturday 8th July – Jazz at the Airfield at Eggesford Airfield from 5.30pm. The choir will be singing during the picnic time. Followed by Jazz sessions in the hangar. Tickets in advance £13 or £15 on the night. All profit to Send a Cow

Copplestone Church Community Room

We are an all age community choir and warmly welcome new members, both men and women. We practice on Thursday evenings 7pm - 8.30pm at Copplestone Methodist Church. If you are interested in joining, why not drop in to a rehearsal and see if you like it? For more details about the choir our any of the above concerts, please contact Suzanne email: lunn.family4@gmail.com or Tel: 07814 372828. Suzanne Lunn

Available for hire with fully equipped kitchen. For more details or to book contact Maureen Burlton Tel: (01363) 881154 13


Down St. Mary Church

Crediton Town Band

Our Christmas services were a great success and began with mid-week Advent evening prayers. Each service gave a unique approach of reflection and preparation for the Christmas celebrations. At our Carol Service we were fortunate to have the Colebrooke Singers who beautifully sang carols by candlelight at the start and during the service, it was so atmospheric! Traditional carols were sung and readings retelling the Christmas story. Following the service fellowship continued with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls. The collection of £134 was donated to the Macmillan Cancer charity.

New players wanted in parcular Percussionists Beginners: Training will be given. Pracces Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm at Haywards School Hall, Crediton. For more details please contact Eric Parkes Tel: 01363 82878

On Christmas Eve our ever popular Crib Service was held, with excited children (and adults!) eagerly anticipating the celebrations to come! They helped to build the Crib putting in the Nativity figures, animal and a host of angels. The collection donated to The Children’s Society amounted to £70.26. Finally we celebrated the midnight Mass with the Rev. John Copus. After the service John announced his retirement from leading public worship.

Crediton Talking News The Talking News is promoted locally by Crediton Lions and is a weekly production. The Crediton Courier is supplemented with up to 12 hours of other recorded magazines. If you are interested in receiving this important service for those with little or no sight, or if you know of anyone who could benefit from the service, then please get in touch. This weekly service plus all equipment is provided free of any charge. For more information please call: Eric Parkes on 01363 82878 or Peter Bryan on 01363 773437

As a preparation for Easter we will be holding a series of mid-week Evening Prayers and a morning Eucharist Service at St. Mary’s. We commence on Wednesday 8th and 15th of March with lay led Evening Prayers at 4pm. On Wednesday 22nd March there will be a Eucharist (said) Service at 10.30am with the Rev. Anthony Geering. Our lay led Evening Prayer services then continue on Wednesdays 29th March also the 5th and 12th of April at 4pm. The last service will be led by Rev. Lindsey Starrs with ‘The Stations of the Cross’. Everyone is welcomed to attend some or all of the short services which gives us an opportunity to reflect during Lent and to spiritually prepare us for Easter.

Complementary Therapy Squirrel Lodge, Colebrooke

On Maundy Thursday 13th April we will be holding a Vigil until mid-night at our Church, immediately following a short service of Stripping of the Altar at 9pm. We remember Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and keep watch with him. This Vigil is open to everyone who wishes to keep the faith with Jesus in prayer and meditation. On Easter Day, Sunday 16th April, we celebr ate Easter with our Eucharist Service at 11am with the Rev. Lindsey Starrs. Come and celebrate the risen Christ. After the service fellowship will continue with cake and a glass of sherry while you admire the floral displays.

Aromatherapy Back Massage: £10 Indian Head Massage: £12.50 Reflexology: £20

Our regular services each month are: 1st Sunday 4.30pm – Lay led Evening Prayer 2nd Sunday 9.00am – Priest led Eucharist Service 3rd Sunday 10.30am – Lay led Morning Prayer 4th Sunday 10.30am – Lay led Morning Prayer th 4 Wednesday 10.30am – Priest led Eucharist Service All are welcomed to any of the services.

Also Reiki and Aromatherapy Massage Tai Chi and Yoga (individual or classes) Contact: Diane Shepherd (VTCT qualified) 01363 85051 / 07565 350457

Nigel Fidock 14


St Boniface Church, Knowle

Crediton Parish Church

Campaign Roof Appeal

26th March Mothering Sunday. We do not usually have a service on the fourth Sunday of the month, but a service has been arranged for this special occasion. It will be at 4.30pm. There will be a short service with posies and refreshments and will be led by Fred Cann. Everyone more than welcome.

Saturday 4th March Fun Family Barn Dance Dancing to A New Vintage; Caller Rosie Baines Landscore Primary School, Threshers, Crediton 7pm - 10pm. Raffle Tickets: Adult £10 (£8 in advance) Under 16, £6 (£5 in advance) Bring your own food and drink Tickets on line at www.spinningpathmusic.co.uk/id68.html Further information from spinningpathmusic@hotmail.co.uk

16th April - Easter Sunday. This Eucharist service will be at 10.45am and will be led by Archdeacon Christopher Fulcher. It would be good to have a full church to celebrate this wonderful day in the Christian calendar.

Saturday 8th April Quiz and Supper Evening Teams of up to four team members are now sought. To book please contact Glenda Hills 01363 773669 Raffle, wine and beer bar. Admission £8 per person, under 16’s £4. Pasty supper. Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton, 7pm.

4th June - Gift Day We also celebrate St Boniface, our Patronal Saint’s Day, at the usual 9.00am service. We always give a warm welcome to all at our twice monthly services at Knowle. First Sunday of the month, 9am Holy Communion service led by Rev. Lindsey Starrs or visiting priest. Third Sunday of the month, 10am Family Worship led by Fred Cann followed by tea or coffee and chat. David Silvester

Monday 8th May Illustrated Talk - The History of British Music Hall Guest speaker Stewart Raine Admission £10 to include buffet supper Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton 7.30pm

St Petrock’s Church Clannaborough

Bill Jerman

Beacon Church New Buildings

PLANT SALE

A belated Happy New Year from all at Beacon. This is a quiet time of the year with nothing really happening in our church until the Easter services begin.

Including Produce & Bric Brac

Sat 13th May

Our monthly Service will still take place on the fourth Sunday of each month at 8.30am. Please come along. All are welcome. Mike Davis

2pm – 4.30pm Bow Village Hall (Please note: new venue)

Bow YFC Presents

EASTER MEAT BINGO The Waie Inn Thursday 6th April 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm Including Easter Raffle 15


County Councillor’s Notes

ACE Archaeology Club It seems like a long time since Christmas but we had our Christmas get together with a group from North Devon, The Friends of Berry Castle. Berry Castle is an Iron Age hill top enclosure. Often known as hillforts but nowadays the term enclosure is preferred, as we do not know that they were all defensive. The Friends have been looking after this particular site, clearing it and planning to do some exploratory excavations and put up information boards etc. They invited us up there for a visit, with mulled wine and mince pies and then we all had lunch in Weare Gifford. The weather was good and a good time was had.

Highway advice and change of contractor If you have any suggestions or concerns about road maintenance or road safety issues, regular advice surgeries are currently taking place twice a month at Crediton Town Council Offices between 10am and 1pm on the first and third Thursday of the month. To avoid waiting it is always advisable to contact the Town Clerk’s office and book an appointment to speak to one of the Highway Officers in advance. The number is 01363 773717. Devon County Council has recently awarded a new road maintenance contract to Skanska, a Swedish company, who have taken over the maintenance contract from Southwest Highways. It will be interesting to see if better communications with Parish Councils and the public can be achieved and result in works being done more efficiently. We have seen a lot of publicity about the self help road warden scheme but little seems to have been achieved. Health reorganisation Whilst much is being said nationally about this, MPs are being asked to think again because many believe the whole exercise has been badly handled. Locally we recently lost our in-patient beds at Crediton Hospital despite our opposition. Not directly related is the recent announcement by NHS England, with few details that money has been earmarked to create a health care hub for the Crediton area. We are urging the decision makers to reveal their plans and allow local residents to have their say before any decisions are finalised.

The view over the enclosure at Berry Castle. Now we are turning our thoughts towards our excavations at Moistown this year. As is now usual we will be digging twice, in April/May and August/ September. We will also be doing some digging as part of the Council for British Archaeology’s festival in July. There is the chance for anyone to come a give it a go during the Festival.

School budgets At the time of writing, the County Council will soon be setting its budget for the coming financial year. Devon’s schools which are already underfunded by £290 per pupil compared to the national average, are facing plans to have £2.2 million cut from their stretched budgets - about £33 per pupil. The government’s so called ‘fairer funding’ plan will allow some schools a bit more money, but cause even more cuts for around 200 schools, including several in our area. I was able to arrange a meeting between Queen Elizabeth Academy Trust, facing a reduction, and a senior council officer recently to put the school’s case. My council group believe these cuts can be avoided by stopping waste, making better use of existing money and will oppose this proposal.

Our dates when we are open to the public are: 22nd and 23rd July - as par t of the Step Back in Time Festival & the CBA Festival 26th August – Dig Open Day. Come and see us. More details will be posted nearer the time on our Facebook page and on our website www.acearch.org.uk where you can also find out about our other activities over the next few months. Erica Williamson ACE Archaeology Club Secretary

Cllr Nick Way Westwood House, Crediton EX17 3PF Email: nick.way@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01363 777903

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Copplestone Parish Council

Your Local Neighbourhood Police

Hello from the Parish Council. Since our last update in December, the Parish Council have been heavily involved with the planning application on the land East of Dulings Farm. It was good to see so many residents attend our meeting expressing their views on the application. The Chairman of the Parish Council spoke at the Committee meeting at MDDC where the application was being considered to object to the application. The application was not approved by MDDC. We also know that an appeal has been made by the applicant over the decision. A revised application has also been received. This will be discussed in March.

I hope you have enjoyed a peaceful winter. Crime has been low in the village, with the following being recorded throughout the months of December and January: 1 x Assault causing ABH; 1 x Common assault; 1 x Theft from motor vehicle; 1 x Use of threatening/abusive words/behaviour; 1 x Theft of dog; 1 x Assault of a police constable. In January, our Road Traffic Team have been addressing the use of mobile phones while driving. This comes ahead of planned changes to legislation. Motorists caught using a mobile phone are currently given three penalty points and a minimum fine of £100. Under the new rules, which are anticipated to come into effect on 1st March 2017, drivers can expect to receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine. Checking for messages can wait until your journey is over. Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of road users around you. Be mindful that the rules are the same if you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. Keep a look out for the mobile phone campaign planned at Tesco, Wells Park, Crediton in March. We will be there with our Fire Service colleagues reminding people of the risks of committing this offence.

In January, the Parish Council also seeks a Precept payment from MDDC to run the council and provide the services around the village we are obliged to undertake. Copplestone Parish Council felt that there was no current justification for increasing the precept and would keep the precept at £11,000. We are unsure of the exact increase by MDDC on the precept which will affect your council tax bill. Cllr Penny has raised the idea of the Parish Council providing a War Memorial within the Village. Grants and assistance can be obtained from the Royal British Legion. It was thought that initially 5-6 names to be placed on the memorial.

My next Police Surgery will be on Tuesday 28th March at 10.30am. On 17th May I will hold a similar surgery at 6.30pm. Locations to be confirmed. Please come along and introduce yourself or to discuss any issues or concerns. Please check the Devon and Cornwall website for further details nearer the time. I look forward to meeting you over the coming months. Useful contacts: Emergency telephone: 999 Non-emergency telephone: 101 Force website: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk Force non-emergency email: 101@dc.police.uk Report a non-emergency crime: www.dc.police.uk/reportcrime

The Parish council still has one vacancy. If you would like to volunteer, please make contact with us. Meetings take place on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Church Community Room at 7.30pm with a public session at the start of each meeting. To contact the Parish Council, please make initial enquiries via Christopher Voaden, the Clerk, phone 877807 or email copplestoneparishcouncil@gmail.com Christopher Voaden (Clerk)

PCSO 30030 Nicola Payne Crediton Neighbourhood Team, Rural South.

Citizens Advice Offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to people on their rights and responsibilities in relation to Benefits, Tax Credits, Housing, Debt, Employment and many other areas of concern. Crediton Citizens Advice Council Offices, Market Street, Crediton Mon, Wed & Thurs 10am - 3pm Tel: 01884 244630 For 24 hour information, please visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk Adviceline: 03444 111 444 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) or email emailadvice@ruraldevoncab.org.uk 17


Copplestone United Prepare to Compete in Europe

including players, coaches and parents going to watch Exeter City home match against Mansfield Town, with some picked players taking part in a Penalty Shoot-out competition during the half time interval. A great time was had by all and it seems the win on that day has started Exeter City on their current impressive run of wins.

Copplestone United are proud to have been invited to compete in an International tournament and to represent Crediton, Devon and England. The club are organising their excursion into Europe and preparing to take three teams to play in the St Boniface Cup tournament held in Dokkum Holland 24th to 26th May. The club are taking Copplestone Cobras U13, Copplestone Rangers U14 and Copplestone United U14 where they will play against C.S.V. Be Quick and V.V. Dokkum in a round of fixtures in the U13 and U15 age groups.

Copplestone United Coaching Copplestone United continue to add to their coaching team with three new dads stepping forward to take their Level one coaching course in early April. Within the last month, 18 parents have attended a child safeguarding course run by Devon FA, showing that the club continues to work in the area of child welfare to protect our players in the light of the child abuse allegations in the news lately.

It will be a great experience for the players, coaches and parents to enjoy football in Europe and meet other clubs. This chance to represent our country in a prestigious competition is a dream come true for Copplestone United. It will also be an opportunity to showcase the skills and excellent sportsmanship of our young players on an international stage.

Saturday morning training is now changing as we are pleased to welcome Nathan Keast and Adam Bilcock from Primary Sports (www.primary-sports.co.uk) to be your new coaches. Nathan and Adam work in many of the local primary schools and both of them attend each session, in line with new FA guidelines. Both are professional coaches who play football themselves to a good level and are likely to be known by many of the boys/girls from their work in local schools. We are very pleased to offer such a good footballing start to the youngest players!

Copplestone United teams continue to have a mixed season with all teams having lots of games all over the Exeter and Mid Devon area. Our new youngest stars U7/U8, Copplestone Hawks, are enjoying their football and winning a good majority of games playing great football under their coaches Steve Peake and Will Tucker on Sundays U9 Copplestone Scorpions continue to impr ove against some good teams in the Exeter youth league under new coach Danny Spurway. U10 Copplestone Tigers, have become a str ong team with a big squad of players and continue to impress against all-comers home and away. With coaches Murray Smith and Ian Perry guiding their progression. U11 Copplestone Sharks continue impr oving, adding new players, winning more games and are having an impressive season so far under Matt Cooper and Steve Nichols. U12 Copplestone Colts have impr oved gr eatly and now hold a mid-table position. They are playing good football with Nick Mann and Rupert Dodge coaching. U13 Copplestone Cobras continue to have it tough this season in division one of the Exeter Youth league. Even with some tough results, the resolve of the team is still strong under the control of Chris Richards and Jacek Wozny. U14 Copplestone Rangers continue to have a tough season but with the addition of new coach Jake Woodgates along with Guy Gibson, the team continues to improve and are a lot stronger throughout. U14 Copplestone United continue to top the table and are still unbeaten in the league. Playing great football under coaching from Andy Rice.

Primary Sports will run the Saturday am training independently so you do not need to join Copplestone Utd to attend training, but you do need to join Copplestone to play U7/8 matches. The Copplestone Manager for the U7/8s is currently Steve Peake (07794 479149) with help from Guy Gibson (07926 572888); they run Sunday matches for the U7/8s, approx every 3 weeks. Please call them if you are interested in joining. If you would like to be a part of our club and help in any way or find out information on how to play, please contact our Club Secretary Kay Gibson on 01363 881117. Guy Gibson (Founder and Chairman)

Walking Football in Copplestone We are exploring the possibility of organising walking football in the summer months. This would be for the more senior members of the community or people who find running difficult and yet enjoy football. We see it as a good opportunity to socialise whilst getting some exercise. If you are interested or would like more information please phone 84018 or email lunn.family4@gmail.com or kenjwarren6@btinternet.com John Lunn & Ken Warren

Copplestone United had a great time at their Christmas party this season. With 160 club members 18


Easter Quiz

Can You Hear Me?

1. What is the name given to the last Sunday before Easter? 2. What happened to Jesus on Good Friday? 3. What happened to Jesus on Easter Sunday? 4. What does the period of Lent symbolise? 5. How many disciples joined Jesus at the Last Supper? 6. What is the name of the disciple who betrayed Jesus? 7. What did he receive as payment? 8. What is the Thursday before Easter called? 9. What buns do people traditionally eat at Easter? 10. Which feast do Jews celebrate at Easter? 11 Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the score for which Easter based musical? 12. Which Scottish side plays football at Easter Road? 13. The players of which sport are described as ‘egg chasers’? 14. What type of hat is traditionally worn at Easter? 15. Whose catchphrase is ‘What's up Doc?’ (See answers on back page)

Dear Friends, For the last three weeks I've been suffering from an ear infection – I’ll spare you the details - but essentially I ended up not being able to hear at all in that ear. It’s amazing how much difference not being able to hear properly makes and I now very much empathise with folks suffering permanent hearing loss! Fortunately a visit to the RD&E and a course of ear drops promises (eventually) to sort it out. I’m reminded of the importance of hearing and listening and I discover I've missed much of what was said to me, especially in a crowded place. I’m also reminded of how important it is to listen to each other and to listen to God. The God of the Bible is a speaking, communicating God, and faith comes from hearing the word of God. Jesus is described as ‘the WORD made flesh’. He speaks of his greatness and power through Creation, but ultimately through his word written – the Bible - focusing on Jesus, the living word.

Easter Fun Why did the Easter egg hide? He was a little chicken!

Have you heard from God recently? Why not start reading his word? I suggest starting at Mark’s Gospel ‘Good News’ in the second part of the Bible, the New Testament, or come along to Church and hear God’s word read and explained. All Best Wishes, Love and Prayers in Christ. John Wiltshire Minister – Copplestone Methodist Church

What day does an Easter egg hate the most? Fry-days. What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny! Why couldn't the Easter egg family watch T.V.? Because their cable was scrambled. What do you call a mischievous egg? A practical yolker

Memorial Seat for Brian Glover

How should you send a letter to the Easter Bunny? By hare mail! What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards? A receding hareline.

We are pleased to report that the village has raised over £1,000 towards a locally made memorial park bench for the late Brian Glover. Donations from across the village have been received to commemorate a well loved man who spent his life helping others while working with Tris to bring up their family. We are going out to tender to have the bench specially commissioned in oak, fitting for a remarkable man.

Why was the Easter Bunny so upset? He was having a bad hare day! What kind of jewellery do rabbits wear? 14 carrot gold. What do you call an egg from outer space? An "Egg-stra terrestrial".

PRAYER SPACE

Brian loved working in his carpentry shop and produced some beautiful pieces of carpentry some of which you will see in the Methodist Church, from the understated cross, to the timber work in the entrance hall, all made by Brian’s hand. Brian died after a short fight against cancer. I saw him a week before he died, he was sitting in his seat by the window, looking out onto the garden and beyond over Copplestone where he spent all his life. He chatted about his life in the village he loved so much. He said he managed to get up to his workshop just to touch and smell the oak he loved to work with. I'm sure in my own heart that God needed a carpenter and could not find anybody better. Ken Warren

Copplestone Methodist Church believes that prayer is powerful and effective. If you would like us to pray for a situation or need, please fill in this form, cut it out and post it in the white Church letter box, beside the Church carpark gates and we will pray. I would like you to pray for .................................. ............................................................................. …………………………………………………………...… Name (optional) ................................................... 19


Diary Dates

Easter Biscuits (makes 24)

March: 1st: Bingo at the School 2nd; World Book Day at School 4th: Connect Quiz Night at Boniface Centre 7th: Café Lunch, Quiz at The Cross, Parish Council 8th: Easter Prayer Nights start at Down St Mary Church 9th: Playzone at The Café & Mobile Library 13th: Defibrillator Training, Church Community Room 18th: ELF Skittles Night at Waie Inn 21st: Quiz at The Cross 22nd: Garden Club Meeting at The Cross 26th: Mothering Sunday. Family Service at Church 28th: Police Surgery & Folk at The Cross 29th: Piglets to Eggesford Forest for Easter Event

4oz/100g Butter or Margarine 3oz/75g Caster Sugar 1 egg, separated 8oz/225g Plain Flour Half tsp Mixed Spice Half tsp Ground Cinnamon 3oz/75g Currants 1-2 tbsp. Milk 2oz/50g Caster Sugar (for sprinkling) Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk. Sift in flour and spices. Add currants and enough milk to make a soft dough. Roll out on a floured surface to approx. 1/4”(0.5cm) thickness. Cut out 2”(5cm) rounds using cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake 200oC for approx. 10 mins. Remove from oven and glaze with the beaten egg white, sprinkle with sugar. Return to oven for further 5 mins or until golden.

April: 4th: Café Lunch, Quiz at The Cross 5th: Bingo at the School 6th Mobile Library, Parish Council & Bow YFC Bingo 8th: Quiz & Supper at Crediton Parish Church 13th; Maundy Thursday Service at D.S.M. Church 16th: Easter Egg Hunt, meet 9.30am Recreation Field “ : Easter Sunday Family Service, 10.45am 18th: Quiz at The Cross 20th: Playzone at The Café 21st: Inter Youth Event at Copplestone 22nd: ‘Elvis’ at Bow 25th: Folk at The Cross 26th: ELF Valuation Evening, Boniface Centre

Spinach and Potato Gratin 1lb (500g) Potatoes, mashed 6oz (150g) Spinach Butter Milk Nutmeg Black Pepper Cheddar Cheese

May: 2nd: Café Lunch, Quiz at The Cross, Parish Council 3rd: Bingo at School 11th: Playzone at Café 13th: Plant Sale at Bow Village Hall 20th: ELF Concert with Copplestone Community Choir

Mix the potatoes with butter, milk, freshly grated nutmeg, black pepper, and finely chopped, cooked spinach. Pile into a buttered, ovenproof serving dish, sprinkle with grated local Cheddar and brown under a hot grill. Good with stews or casseroles.

Your Village Magazine

Easter Quiz Answers 1. Palm Sunday, 2. He was crucified by the Romans, 3. He rose from the dead, 4. Jesus's time in the wilderness, 5. Twelve, 6. Judas, 7. 30 pieces of silver, 8. Maundy Thursday, 9. Hot Cross Buns, 10. Passover, 11. Jesus Christ Superstar, 12. Hibernian, 13. Rugby, 14. Easter Bonnets, 15. Bugs Bunny

I hope you have enjoyed reading the Spring Enlightener; learning more about the various village groups and finding out about events taking place in our local community. Thank you to everyone who has provided news, photos and information for this edition. All known groups, clubs and organisations are invited to contribute articles but if you are involved in, or know of, any other local clubs/groups that might like to be included in future editions, then please get in touch.

Special Services at Copplestone Methodist Church Mothers Day Sunday 26th March Family Service 10.45am Coffee from 10.15am

The next Enlightener is due out in June. If you have anything to contribute or if you wish to place an advert, please contact me by 14th May: email lunn.family4@gmail.com, Tel: 84018 or like the new ‘Copplestone Enlightener’ page on Facebook for the latest updates and information. Suzanne Lunn – Enlightener Editor

Easter Sunday - 16th April Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 9.30am Meet at the Recreation Field 10.15am Breakfast at the Church 10.45am Easter Family Celebration All are welcome 20

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