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Copplestone

Enlightener MARCH 2019 Dawn Chorus Walk

Saturday 27th April Hello, early risers! We are planning Copplestone’s first ever Dawn Chorus Walk Date: 27th April From: Waterbridge Golf Club Car Park Leaving at: 5:30am prompt Bring: Binoculars but no dogs please Returning: Approx. 7:45am Followed by: 8am Breakfast at Waterbridge Golf Club The walk will be led by Chris Walpole, ornithologist and experienced guide, who has led similar walks from Belstone for many years. Walkers will be asked to make contributions (suggested minimum £5) which will go directly and in full to our community hall building fund, as Chris is generously donating his services. Local walk organisers are Dave Brassington and Caroline Romijn. Details of breakfast at Waterbridge Golf Club Please be ready to tell Caroline what type of breakfast you’d like when you book your place. The choices are: All Day Breakfast £6.50. Small Breakfast £4.95 Other options - Bacon baps, bacon sandwiches, toast and marmalade etc. All between £2.50 - £5.00. Tea / coffee extra. Vegetarians can be catered for, if known in advance.

Please contact Caroline to reserve a place, Email jan.romijn@btinternet.com or phone 07720 775326. Numbers will be restricted so please book early to avoid disappointment…

Caroline Romijn

Sunday 21st April


Copplestone Youth Work

Are there any Christian activities that you would like to do? Please email or call me. Remember I am the youth worker for the community, so I want to serve you and support you where I can.

As I enter my third year as youth worker for the area, I thank God and all the young people for all that I have managed to do and see. It has been great to build relationships with the young people, whether it is through our local youth groups or the work in the schools. I have to admit one of the highlights of my week is going into Copplestone Primary School and spending time with the staff and the young people. I have really felt welcomed in the school and the young people have been simply terrific; they brighten my day consistently.

One thing I am doing, which I will talk about further in the next issue, is that I am starting an After School Drop In Café. It will run from 3.30 till 4.45pm and will involve cake, refreshments and Wi-Fi. So whether you are in year 6 and walking home from school or being dropped off by the School bus from Chulmleigh or Crediton – you will be able to pop in and relax. You can stay for 10 mins or the full 75 mins. It is up to you. I will be there on hand for people to talk to as well. I haven’t fully decided on the day yet – it may be a Monday or Thursday or possibly both. As I said, I will say more about it in the next issue and I will be coming to a bus drop off point near you to promote it further.

One of the things I have been asking myself lately, as I look forward is ‘What more can I do to support the young people and those that impact our young people in the area?’ ‘What is it that I can do for you?’ The reason for this is that things change, needs change. Where maybe one thing was a priority before, it isn’t necessarily now. To know the need I need people to tell me. So, I would like to ask you some questions. • Is there anything I can do to support you further – whether it’s a group or one to one mentoring? • Are there any courses that would be useful to parents, I can do – Understanding Teenagers, Understanding Primary Aged Children, Helping our young people handle money, Drug Education? • Are there older young people in the area that need support or something to do?

Thank you again for all your support. For any enquiry regarding youth work please contact me as I would love to talk to you. Tel: 07521 697785 or email graham.copplestoneyw@gmail.com Graham Harry - Youth Worker

Tuesday 19th March Tuesday 30th April 7.45pm – 9.15pm

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All Stars: Tuesday’s is now Craft day and we have been focusing on using recycled materials to make our craft projects. One such craft which has taken us a few weeks are these beautiful flowers which we made from offcuts of wood cut into shape by our clever volunteer, Colin, and bottle tops collected by the church. We hope to varnish them after half-term ready to be put up on the fence in the playground to add some colour.

Children, Youth & Families: This first half term of 2019 has flown by and, as we look forward to Spring, we will also be thinking towards Lent and Easter. We will be holding our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 21st April followed by a Family Service, led by myself, at 10.45am. There will be an added dimension to the hunt this year that will continue into the service so we invite you to stay for this fun and relaxed celebration service. During the Easter break I will be leading the Lighthouse Club Easter Eggstravaganza. Flyers will be out at school after ½ term but if you would like any further information please do contact me.

We are looking forward to using old tins and jars and more recycled items in our craft projects next half term. We continue to enjoy cooking each week and are very much looking forward to pancake day which will be extended to Thursday 7th March so we can enjoy some different varieties at Cooking club. I am slightly less excited that with all the talk of Pancakes and why we have them, the children have challenged me to give up all Chocolate, Cake and Biscuits for the 40 days! We look forward to some warmer weather so that we can get back outdoors and try our new kite which we were able to buy with donations made at Café. Our current programme looks like this.

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My original contract was for three years and now at the start of the 3rd year, I am looking towards what the next season of this work should focus on. I will be looking to talk to as many people as possible so if you see me around and have any suggestions of what our village needs for Children and Families then please do come and speak to me!

Wednesday

Cooking or Childcare

Childcare

Thursday

Cooking or Childcare

Childcare

Friday

Childcare

Childcare

Monday

Playzone: Playzone is a session once a month at Café where there is a craft put on for children of pre-school age. Numbers have been low for a while as I suspect many children of that age are now attending pre-school on Thursday mornings. But if you do have pre-school aged children and are free on Thursday mornings do come along on 14th March for craft and/or story time plus there is always soft play for them to enjoy.

Join us for bacon rolls, with crafts and story for toddlers from 9.30am-11.30am on 14th March

Session 2: 4.45 – 5.30pm Childcare

Tuesday

Session 1: 3.30 – 4.45pm Construction or Childcare Craft or Childcare

Childcare

If you have any feedback or suggestions please do get in touch! Sherrin Neenan, Copplestone Methodists Children & Families Worker Tel: 07711 123542 Email: sherrin.copplestonecfw@gmail.com

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Copplestone Methodist Youth Church

The Grid 11 - 16 years: During December The Grid looked at the various aspects of the Nativity – the Shepherds, Angels, Wise Men and Mary and Joseph. We explored how those stories are significant to us today. In January and February we looked at what Jesus taught about himself, redemption and some of the miracles. Our sessions take many forms including games, crafts, discussions and Bible exploration. Later this term we will be looking at the amazing account of the transfiguration and also we will be doing sessions about Christian character. As we go into April we will begin to explore the Easter story – Jesus’ death and his resurrection. Later this term we will also be welcoming the year 6’s to the group. If you are 11-16 years old – why not come along. We would love to see you.

Sunday mornings from 10.45am to 12 noon

Creche 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. Kidzone 4 – 11 years: The Kidzone children performed a fantastic Christmas play called ‘Are we nearly there yet?’. Thank you to all the parents who helped their children learn lines and provide costumes.

Copplestone Methodist Youth Church comprises of the younger members of the church and we meet every Sunday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon. We initially meet in the Church community room and then move into the Church for the first 10 minutes of the morning service which is aimed towards the younger age group. The remainder of the time is spent in the Community room at the rear of the church in different age groups above. All children, either with or without their parents, are very welcome to join us at Church on Sunday mornings. For more information please contact Hannah Petherick (07866 521945), Sherrin Neenan or Graham Harry (85451). The Youth Church Team

Kidzone’s Christmas Play During January we have been learning about some old testament characters and how they trusted God through difficult times. We are beginning to start a new series over the next few weeks which we’re sure the children will enjoy. Our next Family service is on Sunday 31st March, 10.45am which is Mothering Sunday.

Copplestone Pre-School Open from 9 am to 3.30 pm

Monday-Friday term time only.

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If you would like to come and have a look around or for a parent information pack please contact the Pre-school Administrator on 01363 84265 or email pre-school@copplestone-primary.devon.sch.uk

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Copplestone Primary School

The children returned after their Christmas holiday refreshed and ready to begin new topics this term.

Copplestone Parent Teacher Association (CPTA)

Our primary focus has been the implementation of our new learning expectations for the children. These are based on the school’s values, but have been refreshed and re-worded to reflect how the children learn. At Copplestone we want our children to be creative learners who take risks, challenge themselves and never give up - even when learning is tricky. All the children have embraced this new approach and are enjoying receiving reward certificates in assembly linked to these six new expectations: Confidence, Caring, Curiosity, Challenge, Creativity and Community.

We would like to start with a huge WOW!! Thank you to everyone who helped to make December fabulous! Your support made our fundraising events a huge success, we raised £91.25 by students designing their own Christmas cards. Bags2School donations raised £96, we will be running another Bags2School event soon so please keep an eye out and give any unwanted clothes and shoes to your nearest Copplestone pupil or CPTA member. The carol singers raised £123.18 at Tesco Crediton and thanks to Mrs Marshall, Mrs Hooper and parents who helped make that possible. We sold 1370 tickets for the Christmas hampers. Well done to our winners, Isobel Blake, Steph Heath and Tim and many thanks to everyone for your kind donations for the hampers. In total 150 children visited Father Christmas, altogether we raised £475.59. This money enabled us to purchase Christmas Crackers and Tablecloths for the children’s Christmas lunch. Also, a new events shelter was purchased for future CPTA events.

Year 5 were very curious learners at their recent trip to the Science Museum – We the Curious at Bristol. They have been learning about Earth and Space so really enjoyed visiting the planetarium in particular. Other trips this term include Paignton Zoo, Pennywell Farm and Kent’s Cavern; all linked to the children’s topics. Educational visits are really valuable experiences and help bring learning to life. Year 5 will take part in a huge music festival day at the Great Hall in Exeter, singing and performing to a large audience.

We have great news about some of our benefactors, Jonathan Wood Vets have now become a Silver Benefactor and are continuing to support our school with their kind donations, M.C. Kelly have also become a Silver Benefactor and our good friends at Carter Geering have become Bronze benefactors. We will be sending our benefactors updates on how the school and students are getting along and how their donations are having a positive impact on our students.

Book Week is always a highlight of the spring term and this year is no exception. Our theme is ‘All at Sea’ and we share and write stories, assemblies, quizzes, art, writing and reading throughout the week. Of course getting dressed up as a favourite book character is always my favourite part of the week! This year a new competition to decorate a potato as a book character was a novel way of celebrating books.

For our next big event we will be hosting a Quiz Night with Fish & Chip Dinner on Friday 5th April. Tickets and more information will be available soon so keep and eye out for posters at the school and on the notice board. It will be a great night and a chance to show off your general knowledge skills while enjoying dinner and a few drinks with friends.

Our dedicated CPTA have continued to support the school, organising a range of events for the children to enjoy. The bouncing bunnies event to raise funds is always a popular event. The Mother’s Day shop allows children to choose some very enticing gifts as a thank you gift for their mums. Throughout the term the support of the CPTA has allowed us to enhance learning by providing funds towards the costs of trips. We are very grateful for the support they give us and for all the hard work the members put into organising and running the events.

As we look forward to spring we will be spending some time looking at the outdoor play areas and gardens that the children are using. If you have green fingers or are able to help mend some of our equipment, please let us know as any help will be much appreciated by us and the children. Amy McEvoy

The school has been buzzing with learning this term and is a vibrant and happy place to learn. If you would like to consider Copplestone School for your child please do come and see us. You can be sure of a warm welcome! Mrs Alison Mackey, Head of School 5


Are you a Carer?

Lifeline Alarm Service

Unite Carers in Mid Devon invites you to the

Carers Café

Our Lifeline Alarm Service is available to give peace of mind to people who feel at risk in their own home and is available to any Mid Devon resident of any age. It removes the worry of getting help or assistance and is monitored by specially trained operators who will never leave a call unanswered. If you would like to find out more about how it works, the costs or to arrange a free demonstration, please contact our Lifeline Alarm Service on 01884 234383 or email lifeline@middevon.gov.uk

meeting the second Monday of every month at Costa Coffee, High St, Crediton from 2 - 3:30 pm. Drop–in for information, advice, support or a chance to chat with other carers over a cup of coffee or tea. For more information contact Christina Dymond at Unite christina@unitemd.org.uk Tel: 01884 257511 or 07939 290560.

Your Mobile Library Service

If you are interested in Volunteering with carers or young carers please come along for a chat or contact Unite.

Thursdays (once a month) Next visits - 21st March, 18th April, 16th May Fernworthy Park 12.55 - 13.15 Copplestone Shop 13.50 - 14.20

Crediton Talking News

FREE Membership. No charges for borrowing books. Join at any age. Great choice of fiction, non-fiction, large print, children’s books and DVD hire.

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 Tel: 82878 or Peter Bryan Tel: 773437.

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Practice News

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Crediton & Copplestone Little PUMA’s & Taekwon-Do We are a friendly and diverse group of people of all ages and abilities. We train regularly all year round at various venues (including Copplestone Church Hall on a Wednesday evening), under the guidance and leadership of Dave Powlesland. We also have regular workshop sessions for bo-staff and nunchucks (weapons training).

On 7th February the new Board of Directors took over the running of the Copplestone Recreation Association (CRA). The new Directors are: Jon Bowdler – Co-Chairman Stephen Nicholls – Co-Chairman Steve Adams - Fundraising & Parish Council Liaison Dave Brassington - Secretary Stefanie Uter - Treasurer Nick Manns – Responsible for Recreation Field Should you wish to contact the CRA, or any individual Director, the new email address is: community.cra1@gmail.com

We have been very busy so far this year, preparing for promotion gradings as well as the British Open Championships in Swindon. Our Little PUMAs have been learning about teamwork and are showing some awesome skills as they prepare for their own gradings - they will be very proud to wear their new belts!

Over the following months the CRA will be reviewing the architect’s original plan for our Community Hall, as it was drawn up some time ago. We need to ensure it captures the changing needs of our community and the new materials and building designs we can draw upon. It is anticipated by so doing, that we could significantly reduce the original estimated cost of the Hall.

All ages from 4+ are welcome - you’re never too old to start training! Taekwon-Do is a fantastic family activity; lots of our members join us to do something with their children and enjoy it so much they’re still training decades later! Whatever your personal goals are, Taekwon-Do has something to offer. To find out more, please call 07802 855852 or email creditontkd@hotmail.com. Dave Powlesland

Through the efforts of individuals and village organisations, a substantial amount of money has already been raised towards the building of our Community Hall, as well as money in the pipe line from ‘planning gain’ due to planned housing developments. The CRA will be working closely with the CRA Fundraising Committee to continue to maintain the high profile which this project needs through a series of fundraising events in 2019. We will also be actively applying to charities and funding bodies for the various grants which may be available.

Fit Club

Copplestone Church Community Room Every Monday (term-time) Registration from 6pm. Class 6.15pm –7pm

On the subject of funding, we would like to hear from anyone who may wish to consider leaving a legacy for the Village, in the form of a donation towards the cost of the Community Hall. We know that some choose Cats Homes for example, so how about your local Community Hall? If you should wish to discuss further, then please contact the new secretary, Dave Brassington mobile number: 07857 913564 or by using the CRA email above. The original team of directors Ken Warren, Richard Turner, Guy Gibson and the Chairman, John Clotworthy, wish the new board of directors every success and are sure they will work hard in their bid for a village hall in Copplestone. A special thank you to John Clotworthy who was the original director at the beginning of the CRA, some 15 years ago. We have achieved one of the best recreation fields in Mid Devon through John’s hard work and leadership over the years. It has been great fun working with so many villagers in raising funds for the CRA and we would like to thank everyone concerned, hoping the good work will continue by supporting the new directors. Dave Brassington & Ken Warren

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 £2 per session. For more details please contact Suzanne Lunn Tel: 07814 372828, email: lunn.family4@gmail.com or just come along one Monday. 7


ACE Archaeology Club. We have spent the winter preparing for the next dig and enjoying walks, most recently a day on identifying animal bones with Dr Wendy Howard. We have thousands of finds that need processing, mostly sherds of pottery. They need to have numbers written on them and then details of what, where and when adding to spread sheets. This will be a long job. If there is anyone out there who has thought they might like to get involved but didn’t fancy digging, we could really do with some help. This can even be done in the comfort of your own home, although we do get together from time to time so you wouldn’t be completely on your own. Interested? Do get in touch though the website where you can also find details of all the days that are so far arranged; these could include walks, a visit to a brewery and an experimental archaeology day. Moistown Excavation - We have set our dig dates for this year, 20th - 28th July, a week off to catch up with things and rest, then 3rd - 18th August. All of these dates do depend on the weather so we will need some flexibility.

Crediton Town Band

We would love to see our membership grow, so do please get in touch and perhaps come along to one of our ACE days to meet us and see what you think. Erica Williamson ACE Archaeology Club secretary www.acearchaeologyclub.wordpress.com Or contact us on surica47@gmail.com

New players welcomed with training given to beginners. Practices on Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm at Haywards School Hall, Crediton. For more details please contact Eric Parkes Tel: 82878

WANT TO: MAKE FRIENDS

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Contact Annie Robinson 01363 877297 or Phil Thomas 01363 877597 For lots more information and a warm welcome

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The Café

Café Lunches

First Tuesday of the month 12 noon - 2pm.

Thursday mornings 9am - 12pm at Copplestone Church

All are welcome to join us for a delicious 3 course lunch at the Café on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Enjoy a starter, main course (with vegetarian option) and sweet - all homemade! Booster seats are available for pre-school children.

Did you know there is a weekly café in the church every Thursday from 9am to 12pm? Did you know we have a team of volunteers to serve and cater for you each week? Did you know there's an amazing array or drinks and cakes available, just for a donation?

We especially welcome anyone who lives on their own and who would enjoy sharing a meal with others. There are no set charges but appropriate donations, after expenses, are given to local charities. The Café Team

This is a place to get together and make new friends. Ideal if you are new to the village. We know how hard it can be these days to talk to someone new and it's easy to feel isolated and lonely. The Café is a great way to find out what's going on in the village and to meet new people as we have clientele of all ages. Feedback we've had is that it is a very friendly, warm place to be.

Holiday at Home

We serve a range of Fairtrade beverages – various coffees, such as caramel or hazelnut lattes, teas and the very popular hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream yummmmm! Then there's cake! A fab selection to tickle those taste buds, Chocolate, Lemon Drizzle, Victoria Sandwich to name a few; Angela's Apricot Flapjack is always a popular request! Toasted teacakes are also available.

The dates for Holiday at Home this year are Monday 17th, Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st June 2019. Anyone living in or near Copplestone and who is of pensionable age is eligible to come. There is no charge for the three day holiday - it is our gift to you; some guests like to make a donation but there is no obligation.

Profits each month go to a nominated local charity. Thanks to the generosity of our customers, in recent months we have been able to support the following charities from Café donations: November ‘18 - £295 to Copplestone Defibrillator December ‘18 - £110 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust January ‘19 - £130 to Copplestone Piglets

Each day guests arrive at Copplestone Church in time for breakfast. After this we go out for the day to a place of interest, taking with us a packed lunch. In the past we have been to The Donkey Sanctuary, Powderham Castle, Rosemoor Gardens, Sidmouth, Teignmouth, Exmouth, Dartmoor, Buckfast Abbey, The Alpaca Park and 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. Back at the Church we enjoy a cooked early 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 back to our homes for the night.

The Café is a real asset to the village and if you've never been, why not give us a try? You'll be warmly welcomed. We have three volunteers each week serving or manning the coffee machine and a team of cake makers as well; all our volunteers are amazing and will make you feel at home. I've just taken over overseeing the running of the Café, so please call me if you'd like to come along but maybe are a bit shy, I'll make sure you are taken care of. We look forward to welcoming you. Lulu Couchman 07727 693099

Booking forms will be available at the Café or on request from April. To find out more, please contact Brian Warren email: b.warren378@btinternet.com, Tel: 84469, Mob: 07866 672299 or speak to any of the Café helpers. Brian Warren & the Holiday at Home Team.

Your Local Neighbourhood Police To speak to a local officer, please call us on 101, Email: 101@dc.police.uk Crediton Neighbourhood Policing Team 9


Yoga Classes

Tarka Line News

Colebrooke Parish Hall Mondays 10 – 11am

There are not expected to be any major timetable alterations until at least December 2019 following the problems encountered elsewhere in the country last May.

4th, 11th & 18th March, 1st, 8th & 29th April, 13th & 20th May, 3rd & 10th June, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th July Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a mat Beginners welcome. Cost: £4 a class

Network Rail has been busy at Eggesford in the first 2 weekends of January and at Crediton in the first two weekends of February. The work involved replacing the track at the passing loops at both stations. The work was completed on time ready for the first train to run on each Monday. It was interesting watching the work progress and it generated a lot of interest from onlookers. Replacement bus services were being operated whilst this work was being carried out. It is pleasing to see some investment at two key places on the Tarka line.

Tai Chi Classes

Colebrooke Parish Hall Wednesdays: 10 – 11am

6th, 13th & 20th March, 3rd & 10th April 1st, 15th & 22nd May, 5th & 12th June, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st July Slow Motion Gentle Exercise. Beginners welcome. Cost: £4 a class

The line from Exeter to Plymouth is affected by track renewal work from Sunday 17th February to Friday 8th March with an amended timetable. Exeter to Taunton is also having work to strengthen Whiteball tunnel from Monday 18th February to Friday 8th March. For details see https://www.gwr.com/travel-updates/ planned-engineering/swupgrade. During the recent snow the trains maintained a normal timetable with no cancellations due to the inclement weather.

To book a place at Yoga or Tai Chi please contact Diane Shepherd on dianeshepherd@hotmail.com or Tel: 01363 85051 / 07565 350457

All Fours! In yoga this pose may be called cat/cow. If you are able to get on the floor it is very important to get into a stable all fours position. The arms and hands should be directly under the shoulders, the wrist at right angles. Your arms should be strong, do not sink into them, they are holding you up. Your knees should be under your hips. As you breathe in look up and let your spine sink in the middle. As you breathe out arch your back and pull your tummy in to your spine as you bring your head down and look through your legs. Repeat several times trying to increase the movement in the spine and to engage your tummy muscles still further.

The new intercity express trains of GWR (class 802) are currently being introduced. These are bi-modal trains running on electricity by an overhead wire system where available or using diesel engines. These were designed with diesel engines powerful enough to cope with the gradients between Newton Abbot and Plymouth and with larger fuel tanks than the class 800. They are replacing the 42 year old iconic high speed trains which are being transferred to Scotland or remaining with GWR to be used on the Cornish main line. The new trains have very good acceleration and are comfortable. Alan Clark Stations Officer - Tarka Rail Association

This pose can do wonders for those suffering with stiffness and aching in the middle back. Give it a try! Let me know how you get on! Diane Shepherd: dianeshepherd@hotmail.com

Colebrook Short Mat Bowls Club If you would like to give this enjoyable sport a try, contact Fred on 01363 84419 for more details and to arrange an introductory lesson. You are then entitled to 3 taster sessions to see if you would like to join the club. Membership is just £20 for a year, plus £1 each time you play. The club has afternoon sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays and an evening session on Wednesdays at Colebrooke Village Hall. New members are always welcome. Fred Oliver 10


Copplestone Garden Club

Turns over a new leaf! Do you enjoy gardening? Do you think you might like to garden? Are you fascinated by all things that grow and live outside? Would you like to join a group of likeminded people? Copplestone Garden Club meets once a month, we get together to share our garden talents and enthusiasms. Last year saw us visiting members’ gardens, considering some of the best plants to grow each month, organising the Open Garden event, planting wild flower seed around our village, and sharing plants with each other. The Garden Club is also closely linked with the popular Copplestone Station garden. At the January meeting Anne Gatton stepped down as Chairperson, thank you Anne for keeping us going over the last four years, your hard work has been very much appreciated. Rather than appoint a new chair there was an enthusiastic response to sharing organisation within the group. Lots of ideas were bounced around and it was very clear that if we share our gardening talents and thoughts we would have the makings of a great gardening year. There were so many ideas that we ran out of time and it was agreed we'll continue making plans at our next meeting. As I write this, a new gardening year is beginning with snowdrops and hellebores flowering and hazel catkins lengthening, and we will soon see daffodils and crocuses, then we really know that spring is in full swing. Michael Pollan wrote ‘The garden suggests there may be a place where we can meet nature half way’ Eric Morecambe on the other hand quips ‘My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn't take it out of my garden’! All sorts of people enjoy gardens…Happy gardening! Christine McSweeney

R.A.K.E. Random Acts of Kindness for the Environment

Defibrillator Training Monday 18th March

This free training session will be with Richard Oaten of the South West Ambulance Service on 18th March, 7.30pm at Copplestone Church Community Room. Please come along to this informal and relaxed presentation with free refreshments and the opportunity to have hands on practice with the First Aid training manikins; feel more prepared in the event of a First Aid emergency! For more information please contact John on Tel: 84018 or email lunn.family4@gmail.com John Lunn

There is a small group who meet occasionally to undertake small projects around the village such as tidying up around our bus shelters, strimming around the Recreation Field, litter picking, even bonfire building! There is usually a coffee break involved and socially it is both enjoyable and rewarding. R.A.K.E.

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We have some interesting events coming up that you might like to come along to:

Christmas seems a long time ago and we are now well into the new term. We are continuing to work with young people in the local area by taking school lessons and running youth clubs. We have also been involved with Church clubs and Christian unions.

Bumblebees and their Conservation Monday 4th March Crediton Library, Belle Parade, Crediton, 7-30pm Dr Cathy Horsley, Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. Learn more about these beneficial insects and how to help them survive and thrive. Find out how to get involved in supporting Bumble Bees and other pollinators locally. £2.50 entry on the door

We would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended our Fundraiser Quiz and Curry event in Crediton Boniface Centre on 19th January. Without everyone’s hard work and commitment it wouldn’t have come together on the night. People were very positive about the evening and lots of great feedback was received with a general lovely “vibe” on the night. We raised £1,090 which was fantastic and will help us massively to continue the work we do. Special thanks to the Boniface Centre who gave us the use of the Hall and bar licence at a lower rate.

SHARE, GROW, EAT Crediton’s Annual Seed Share Saturday 16th March Boniface Centre, Crediton, 11am until 2pm Bring and Share local and Heritage Seeds. Stalls and information. Find out about the Beeline Project to help Bees and other pollinators Enjoy lunch from local surplus food. Free entry – donations gratefully received.

More information on the work of Connect can be found on our website www.connectdevon.org Ashley Taylor

Sustainable Crediton's mission is to help people in Crediton and the local area to lead more sustainable lifestyles and work towards a carbon neutral future. We see a positive future where people value and respect the environment and understand the need to conserve the natural world and its finite resources. Join us and help us to ensure Crediton remains a place we are all proud to live in. For more details go to www.sustainablecrediton.org.uk

Come and enjoy brilliant professional concerts in Crediton Parish Church

Dates for the 2019 season: · 19th May · 23rd June · 25th July · · 4th August · 19th September · Giosca Trio · New Oxford Consort · Bernard d’Ascoli · David Cottam · Emmanuel Bach

Tickets available from A.E. Lee Outfitters, High Street Crediton: £14 (Full price); £13 (‘Friends’); Free (Full-time students under 30) All details will be on our website before May: http://www.bonifaceconcerts.co.uk/ Or enquiries to: rewstephens@aol.com (You can become a ‘Friend’ for only £25) Registered charity No 282441

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Copplestone Community Choir

Meat Bingo

at Copplestone School

Practices Thursdays, 7pm

Over the Christmas period, the Choir enjoyed singing at several events with some festive and easy listening songs at Bernaville Garden Centre and as part of the Community Carol Service at Copplestone Church.

A big thank you to everyone who supported us in 2018. We had a successful year and raised £1300 in profits for the Copplestone Recreation Association. From January 2019 our meat bingo moved to the 2nd Wednesday in the month. It was marvellous to see so many people at our first meeting of 2019.

Looking ahead, we are now learning some new songs for our next concert. If you would like to support ELF (Exeter Leukaemia Fund) and hear us sing, please do come along and join us, details are:

Next Meat Bingo dates: Wednesday 13th March Wednesday 10th April (Easter themed raffle) Wednesday 8th May

Saturday 27th April - Concert Joint Concert for ELF (Exeter Leukaemia Fund) at Crediton Congregational Church, 7.30pm with The Wyndham Singers, a male voice choir from Kentisbere. Admission £5 to include light refreshments

Doors open 7pm - Eyes down 7.45pm. For more details please contact Jayne Tel: 07900 477247. Jayne Grover

1st & 3rd Tuesdays at Waterbridge Golf Club

Apart from singing on practice nights, we also enjoy singing at local community events especially if it is for a charitable cause. So if you are planning an event and interested in booking the choir, please get in touch. We sing a variety of music from show songs to popular music, Gospel to Disney, all in three or four part harmony!

We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 8.30pm at Waterbridge Golf Club, near Down St Mary. Teams range from 2 – 6 people and entry is £1 per person with any money taken being divided as prize money. Buffet available - extra £1. For more details please contact Jayne on 07900 477247 or Jan on 84781.

We are an all age community choir, currently with over 30 singers, both men and women, but we always welcome new singers. We practice on Thursday evenings 7pm - 9pm at Copplestone Methodist Church, with a refreshment break midway through the evening to allow us the chance to socialise over coffee and cake! So if you like singing and are interested in joining us, please get in touch or just come along on a Thursday evening; there are no auditions and you do not have to be a music reader. For more details please contact Suzanne email: lunn.family4@gmail.com, Tel: 07814 372828 or find us on Facebook. Suzanne Lunn

Copplestone Folk Club

Last Tuesday of the month, from 8pm We continue to hold our folk sessions on the last Tuesday of the month from 8pm at the New Inn, Coleford. It is a very social occasion with no pressure upon anyone and we welcome all comers, whether experienced or beginners, to step up and perform a song, monologue, poem or a tune on any instrument. For more information please contact me by email: djbrass@btinternet.com or Tel: 84914. Dave Brassington

1st Morchard Bishop Brownies For girls aged 7 - 10 years. Make new friends, learn new skills & crafts, enjoy outdoor activities & cool trips, play lots of noisy games. We meet on Wednesdays at the Emmanuel Methodist Church (Upper Room) Morchard Bishop from 5.30pm – 7pm. For more information or to register please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/joinus or email: 1stmorchardbishopbrownies@gmail.com Margaret Hopkinson 13


Castle Drogo – Changing Times Money problems?

Work is whizzing along inside the castle. The team are moving all of the precious collection as we get going on the work to re-present the castle as a family home. January and February was full of painting ceilings, repairing plaster and un-wrapping the various items which have been packed away for the duration of the major building restoration work. It seems that every day we get reacquainted with an ‘old friend’. We are really looking forward to sharing this with you all and we have a whole year of doing this work in front of visitors in 2019.

Question: I’ve got three kids and my finances are not in good shape after Christmas. I’m on a low income so had to put some purchases on a credit card. I have been trying to pay it off but I’m already behind on other bills. I haven’t been able to pay my council tax in three months and received payment reminders from my energy provider. What should I do? Answer: Firstly work out how much you owe - make a list of who you need to pay each month and how much. If you don’t have your most recent statements, you can contact your creditors to find out. Make sure you are getting all the income that you are entitled to e.g. you may be entitled to tax credits to top up your income or help with child care, housing costs or school meals. Create a budget by adding up essential living costs, such as food and housing, and take these away from your income. Any money you have spare can be put towards your debts. Citizens Advice’s budgeting tool, found on its website, can help. Your council tax, rent or mortgage, and energy are priority debts as there can be serious consequences if you don’t pay them. These must be paid first. Separate these and work out how much you owe. As you’re already in arrears with your council tax, you must act quickly and contact your council to arrange an affordable payment plan. You can also contact your energy supplier to sort out a payment plan. They must help you do this and you can get help from Citizens Advice if they don't. To cut your future bills you should make sure you're on the best deal you can get.; use a price comparison tool to check.

Unpacking the Drawing Room The support we have had from the local community through the 6 years of major conservation work has been truly wonderful. To say thank you, I would like to invite you to a ‘locals open day’ at Castle Drogo on Wednesday 10th April, 11am – 3pm. The Castle will be open so you can take a look at the work underway and members of the team will be on hand so I hope you will have a natter with us over a brew. If you have been thinking about taking on something new for 2019 and would like to join the Castle Drogo volunteer team, you will also be able to find out more about the exciting volunteer roles. I have been at Castle for 13 years, both as a volunteer and as a member of staff, and I can honestly say that it is truly wonderful to be part of such a wonderful team.

For further help working out your budget, negotiating with creditors or checking which benefits you’re entitled to, contact your nearest Citizens Advice by phone, online or face-to-face. For further help contact the Citizens Advice consumer service or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Crediton Citizens Advice Council Offices, Market Street, Crediton Tues & Wed 10am - 3pm Tel: 01884 244630 For more information please email emailadvice@ruraldevoncab.org.uk ADVICELINE 03444 111 444 Mon- Fri 9:30-4pm For 24 hour information please visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk or www.ruraldevoncab.org.uk

I hope to see many of you at the open day to meet you in person. Just bring either your membership cards or a copy of this publication with you for free entry. If you can’t wait that long to find out about volunteering, please just drop me an email or give me a call. We would love to welcome you to the team. Castle – now closed for winter Visitor Centre, Cafe, Shop, Garden open everyday winter hours, 11am – 4pm Paula Clarke Community Engagement Officer, Castle Drogo Paula.clarke@nationaltrust.org.uk, 01647 434130

Volunteering for Citizens Advice gives you the opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives. We have various volunteering opportunities available including telephone and webchat/email operatives. We are also looking for new Trustees to join our Trustee Board. Full training and expenses provided. For more information Tel: 01237 426070 or email - trainingofficer@ruraldevoncab.org.uk 14


Copplestone Parish Council Hello from The Parish Council. It’s been quite busy recently! Many projects were completed in 2018 and it’s now on to another year. Thanks are given to all members of the Parish for letting us know your views on what is happening!

Piglets Toddler Group Piglets is held every Wednesday (term time) 9am 12pm in Copplestone Church Hall. Family £2.50, Over 2's £2, Under 2's £1. First session is free and you also get a session free if you bring cake or a run a craft activity!

In January the Parish Precept was set for 2019/20. An increase of £1,200 was made to raise the Precept to £14,000. This is the equivalent of £2.25 per year to the average band D house. It is felt that with this increase in Precept, the Parish Council can improve facilities within the parish such as Fernworthy Play Area. The equipment is in need of replacing and as the area is utilised by residents of Copplestone, improvements would be needed. Cllr’s Penny and Turner are considering new play equipment and to generally improve the area. With all of the development in the village, S.106 money is being considered from MDDC to assist in funding the project.

Anyone with children or grandchildren aged 0-4 years is welcome. We provide activities and snacks for the children and a cuppa & cake for the grown ups. Find us on Facebook to see what we're up to or send a quick hello in preparation for your first visit.

The Parish Council have also provided a substantial donation to the Primary School for the completion of the new fence around the school. It is hoped that this can be completed very soon. Planning has also been very active in the Parish. The Parish Council can only comment on an application, we do not decide on the granting or refusal of any application, this is the job of MDDC. Please come along to the meetings, held on the 1st Tuesday of the month (except August recess) 7.30pm in the Church Community Room to speak with the members of the council. If we can assist, we will. Further details from the Parish Council are available at www.copplestoneparishcouncil.co.uk or please contact the Clerk, Christopher Voaden, on copplestoneparishcouncil@gmail.com.

Your current Parish Councillors are: Stuart Penny (Chairman) Email: Councillor.Penny@mail.com Jeremy Bore, Stephen Faulkner, Martin Greig, John Lunn, Julie Rumble and Graham Turner.

Community Events @ Ashridge Ashridge Court, North Tawton EX20 2DH The Great Arts and Crafts Fair 27th April, 10am - 4pm in aid of Devon Air Ambulance Free entry, Refreshments available

Please also note that all members of the Parish Council are up for election in May 2019. If you would like to stand as a Parish Councillor, please see the MDDC website for details www.middevon.gov.uk/ your-council/voting-elections/2019-elections

The Ashridge Bluebell Walk - 4th May 10:30 for little legs with Nature Bingo, 13:30 for the more adventurous, Free entry, Refreshments available, Picnics welcome, Fancy Dress optional

Copplestone Parish Council

Five Mile Feast Pop Up Restaurant 10th & 11th May in conjunction with the Devon Food Movement, For more details Email info@ashridge-court.co.uk or call 01837 352025 www.ashridge-court.co.uk 15


Down St. Mary Church

Down St. Mary Village Hall

At our Carol Service on 19th December, the Church congregation enjoyed the festive atmosphere with a Christmas tree, candles and superb floral displays with a red and gold theme. The Colebrooke Singers sang a selection of Christmas music which everyone enjoyed along with the singing of traditional carols and hearing the Christmas story retold through Bible readings. Afterwards we enjoyed fellowship with mulled wine, mince pies and sausage rolls. The collection of £160 was donated to FORCE.

On Saturday 15th December the DSM village hall committee held its Christmas event ‘Carols on the Green’. Thankfully, the persistent rain stopped in time for Santa Claus to visit Morchard Road and Down St. Mary and meet the children in his hectic schedule. When he arrived at the Green, he switched on the Christmas tree lights for everyone to enjoy over the Christmas season. Santa then gave children presents while the adults enjoyed mulled wine, mince pies, sausage rolls or sausage and chips! The community sang well known carols with great gusto. To round the event off we enjoyed Reindeer Racing which was truly competitive! We also raised over £250 for village hall funds.

Our Christmas Eve Crib Service was again popular with the Church full with excited children (and adults!) anticipating the Christmas day celebrations. The children helped to place the nativity figures into the crib as the Christmas story unfolded with everyone singing popular Christmas Carols. The collection of £81.24 was donated to the Children’s Society.

On Friday 22nd March DSM Village Hall committee are hosting a Pie & Skittles evening at the Village Hall, starting at 7pm. There will be games of ‘First Pin’ and ‘Killer’ with pies, a bar and a prize draw. This is a ticket only event as we will need to order the pies and make the quiches! Tickets are available from Tessa Pluck (Tel: 01363 84275) or Denise Appleyard. This is an event not to be missed!

We hosted a Mission Community Eucharist Service on 30th December when Carols were sung for the last time over the Christmas season and everyone stayed after the service to enjoy sherry, tea, coffee and cake. On 1st February the funeral service of Betty Summers was held in our Church, led by Rev’d Brian Shillingford. The Church was full with her family and many friends. In 1993 Betty moved from London to Down St Mary, where she became involved in village life becoming a member of the WI and president of the DSM branch for many years. She was laid to rest in our churchyard next to her late husband, Peter.

Crediton Farmers Market

Crediton Town Square, Market Street, Crediton

We start preparing for Easter with a series of Lay led midweek Evening Prayer Services on each Wednesday throughout Lent. Services are on 13th & 20th March at 4.30pm, said Eucharist on 27th March at 10.30am and Evening Prayer Services on 3rd, 10th & 17th April at 4.30pm. The Evening Prayer Services are short but reflective, preparing us spiritually for Easter.

Held on the first and third Saturday of every month between 10am and 1pm. A wide range of produce available, both organic and traditional, free-range and locally made; including meat, poultry, fish, seasonal fruit and vegetables, cheese and dairy products, cakes, bread, eggs, plants, apple juice, cider, preserves, pottery etc. Most of the stallholders live less than 10 miles from the market.

Our Mothering Sunday Service is on 31st March at 4.30pm when we will be thanking God and celebrating Mothers and our Mother Church. Followed by a cup of tea and a slice of Simnel cake. Please come and join us.

Darren Cann Painter and Decorator

On Maundy Thursday 18th April we are hosting a Mission Community Eucharist Service at 7.30pm. Followed by the stripping of the Altar and vigil until midnight. On Easter Day, 21st April, we will be celebrating the Risen Christ at 6.30pm with a Eucharist Service. The celebrant will be the Rev’d Lindsey Starrs.

Interior and Exterior Paper Hanging Dust Free Sanding

Our normal services are: 1st Sunday - Evening Prayer at 4.30pm (Lay Led) 2nd Sunday – Eucharist Service at 9.00am (Priest Led) 3rd Sunday – Morning Prayer at 10.00am (Lay Led) 4th Wednesday – Eucharist (said) Service at 10.30am (Priest Led) 4th Sunday – Morning Prayer at 10.30am (Lay Led)

A professional service by a qualified tradesman Tel: 07967 366081

You are warmly welcomed to any of our services. Nigel Fidock 16


St Boniface Church, Knowle The refurbishment of the Kitchen/Vestry has been completed and thanks to all those who raised funds and helped in the project; very special thanks to Jean and Roger Pennington. It is hoped that the improved facilities will allow the church building to be used for different events in the future. Why not come to a friendly service and see for yourself! We always give a warm welcome to all at our twice monthly services at Knowle: 1st Sunday of the month, 9am Holy Communion led by Rev. Lindsey Starrs or visiting priest.

Crediton Parish Church Roof Appeal - Forthcoming Events.

3rd Sunday of the month, 10am Family Worship led by Fred Cann followed by tea or coffee and chat.

Monday 18th March Illustrated Talk by Brian Portch Isambard Kingdom Brunel Boniface Centre Crediton, 7.30pm Admission £6 inc light refreshments

You are also warmly invited to the following special services/events: Monday 11th March 7pm - St Boniface AGM held in the church.

Saturday 13th April Quiz and Pasty Supper Evening Teams of up to four members now sought Adults £8, under 16 £4 Boniface Centre, 7pm. To book 01363 773669

Sunday 31st March 10am Mothering Sunday Service. Sunday 21st April 11am - Our Easter Morning Service led by the Rev Martin Greig.

Saturday 27th April Open Gardens Shobrooke Park Gardens 2 – 5pm Admission £5. Refreshments available

Sunday 2nd June St Boniface Annual Gift Day. David Silvester

Wednesday 15th May Illustrated Talk by Alex Leger Four Decades of Blue Peter Signed copies of his book titled ‘Blue Peter Behind the Badge’ available on the evening £10 a copy Boniface Centre, 7.30pm Admission £6 inc light refreshments

Beacon Church New Buildings Please join us for an Easter Day Service on Sunday 21st April, 8.30am. Our regular services are held on the first Sunday of the month at 8.30am. We are always looking for new members to join our flock, so please join us and you will be welcomed by all. Mike Davis

For further information please contact 01363 772865 Bill Jerman

ST PETROCK'S CHURCH, CLANNABOROUGH A Prayer Book Service Church

2nd Sunday in Month MATINS 4th Sunday in Month HOLY COMMUNION All services 9.30am Led by Preb Anthony Geering All will be made most welcome to this beautiful candlelit church. 17


Crediton Branch of ELF News & Events

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th March 7.30pm Middle-weight Theatre: ‘Amendments – A Play on Words’ Set in a world where language deemed impropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden; what will be left for people to say? Tickets £9/7.

We are pleased to announce that 2019 has started off very well with our January meat Bingo literally a full house; a very enjoyable evening which raised £625. In February we had an antique valuation evening with Mr Chris Hampton from Exeter which was as always a popular evening. You are invited to join us at the following events:

Friday 29th March 7.30pm Scratchworks Theatre: ‘Womens’ In the Roman Empire Leta has been declared a traitor and condemned to be erased from history. This is a raucous tale of female resistance. Tickets £9/7 or £25 family

Saturday 16th March - Skittles Evening at The Waie Inn from 6.30pm. Teams of 4, £8 per person Includes pasty & chips or jacket potato with filling. Booking required call Nick 07971 694606.

Friday 5th April 7.30pm Adaptable Theatre: ‘Old Nick and Tallyman’ A two man play about a Victorian payday lender who has a Faustian meeting with a dark spirit. Tickets £7/5

Saturday 23rd March - BIG Breakfast (or early lunch) Copplestone Church Community Room, 10am - 12.30pm

Saturday 6th April 7.30pm. ‘Any Port in a Storm’ A varied evening of songs, poetry and play parts all on the theme of ‘any port in a storm’. A fundraiser for Crediton Arts Centre. Tickets £7

£5 each - egg, bacon, sausage, beans, toast, tea/coffee. Also cake stall & guess the name of the bear. All welcome. Thursday 11th April– Meat Bingo at Crediton Football Club. Doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.45pm. Full 10 games & 2 flyers £6. Raffle, teas & bar available.

Copplestone United

Saturday 27th April - Concert The Wyndham Singers & Copplestone Community Choir at Crediton Congregational Church, 7.30pm £5 to include light refreshments.

If you would like to be a part of our club or help in any way, please contact our Club Secretary, Kay Gibson, Tel: 881117 or Guy Gibson on 07926 572888 Guy Gibson - Founder & Chairman

For more details on any of the events, please contact Jan on 07980 347231. Jan Martin

The Plant Shed & Farm Shop Dulings Farm, Copplestone

We offer a variety of best quality Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Locally sourced meats Creedy Carver Chickens and Ducks available to order Local lamb & beef available to order - please enquire Taw Valley Cheeses, Pasties & Pies Locally made Cakes & Artisan breads Gluten Free & Spelt Breads available upon request. Fresh local Veg Boxes available (ask for details)

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

24hr Emergency Service. As an RCVS accredited practice, we provide a friendly, caring, professional service for companion animals, equine and farm patients. We offer hydrotherapy and rehabilitation, 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 international cat care organisation as silver level cat friendly clinic.

Bedding, Herbs, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs at great prices Free Planting Schemes & Advice. All Quality and Locally Grown Plants Garden Maintenance & Grass Cutting Service Please call 01363 720073 or email james@theplantshed.co.uk 18


Steamed Orange Sponge Pudding

(Serve 4 - 6) 4 oz (100g) Butter 4 oz (100g) Golden Caster Sugar 2 local free range Eggs Grated zest and juice of a medium sized Orange 6 oz (150g) Wholemeal Self-Raising Flour

Dear All, As I write the sun is shining - it seems amazing that just a week or so ago we had snow warnings and a fair dose of the white stuff itself (at least for those of us who live in higher areas). It reminded me of last years snow which was heavier and caused a whole raft of things to be cancelled or postponed. All in all I find it very frustrating - although I agree it can be great fun and a fresh snow fall looks beautiful.

Butter a 2lb (1kg) pudding basin or 6 individual moulds. Cream the butter, sugar and orange zest until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then gently add the flour and orange juice. Place the mixture into the basin or moulds and cover with buttered paper and tin foil. Steam for 1½ hours, until well risen and springy. Turn out and serve with pouring cream or custard.

Last year when so much was postponed or cancelled, I remember having a conversation with someone saying how frustrating it was not to be able to do what you want to do, when you want to. His reply stuck with me. He said - 'It just reminds me we're not in control' … and we're not!

Spring Animals Quiz 1. Puffins return to British shores in April/May to have their young. What is a baby puffin called, a Puffling, Puffchik or Puffinette?

In the Bible we read - ''Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? … To whom will you compare me or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift your eyes and look to the heavens; Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing.' - Isaiah 40.

2. Bumblebees emerge from hibernation during Spring. How large are bumblebee colonies 400, 1,000 or 20,000 workers? 3. Does frogspawn clump together to form a ball or form long strips like a pearl necklace? 4. Male rabbits mark their territory in Spring using scent glands located on their belly, feet or chin?

He's the one in control and awesomely can be known in a personal way through Jesus. With all Best Wishes and Love in Christ John Wiltshire Minister - Copplestone Methodist Church

5. A nightjar ‘churrs’ how many notes a minute 90, 900 or 1,900? 6. The common pipistrelle bat may be seen on Spring evenings. How much do they weigh 100g, 50g or 5g? 7. The little owl becomes more vocal in Spring. What does it’s call sound like Twit-Twoo, MeowMeow or Woof-Woof?

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8. Ewes can recognise up to 50 different sheep faces but for how long can they remember them, 2 weeks, 2 months, 2 years? (Answers on back page)

Stockists for spares & accessories for agricultural, horticultural, UTV's & ATV's Hydraulic hoses manufactured to requirement. A large selection of garden & agricultural machinery to suit all purposes. Please call us on Copplestone (01363) 84424 www.kjstoneman.co.uk

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Copplestone Diary Dates

You are welcomed to Copplestone Methodist Church

March : 5th: Café Lunch / Parish Council / Quiz Night 13th: Meat Bingo at School, 7pm 14th: Playzone at The Café 18th: Defibrillator Awareness, 7.30pm 19th: Pulse+ 7.45pm / Quiz Night, Waterbridge 8pm 20th: Garden Club Meet, Waterbridge 7.30pm 21st: Mobile Library 23rd: Big Breakfast for ELF, 10am-12.30pm 28th:Folk Club, Coleford 8pm 31st: Mothering Sunday Family Service 10.45am “ “ “ Service at Knowle, 10am

Mothers Day Sunday 31st March Family Service 10.45am Coffee from 10.15am Easter Sunday - 21st April Children’s Easter Egg Hunt Meet 9.30am, Recreation Field 10.15am Breakfast at the Church 10.45am Easter Family Celebration

Our regular Sunday Service times are: 10am Pre-service Prayer From 10.15am Coffee & Biscuits 10.45am Morning Worship & Youth Church 6.15pm Evening Worship

April: 2nd: Café Lunch / Parish Council / Quiz Night 5th: CPTA Quiz Night & Fish ‘n’ Chips 10th Meat Bingo at School, 7pm 16th: Quiz Night, Waterbridge 8pm 17th: Garden Club Meet, Waterbridge 7.30pm 18th: Mobile Library 21st: Easter Egg Hunt at Recreation Field, 9.30am “ “ Family Service 10.45am “ “ Service at Knowle, 11am 27th: Dawn Chorus Walk, Waterbridge 5.30am “ Choir Concert for ELF, Cred Cong 7.30pm 30th: Pulse+ 7.45pm / Folk Club, 8pm

For more details of weekly activities, special events and copies of our weekly notice sheets please go to www.copplestonechurch.org.uk All are welcome

PRAYER SPACE

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.

May: 3rd: Summer Enlightener Deadline 7th: Café Lunch / Parish Council / Quiz Night 8th: Meat Bingo at School, 7pm 15th: Garden Club Meet, Waterbridge 7.30pm 16th: Mobile Library 21st: Quiz Night, Waterbridge 8pm 28th: Folk Club, Coleford 8pm

I would like you to pray for .................................. .............................................................................

Spring Animals Quiz Answers 1. Puffling, 2. 400 workers, 3. Forms a ball, 4. Chin, 5. 1,900 notes a minute 6. It weighs 5g, 7. Meow-meow, 8. 2 years

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Thank you for reading the Spring edition of The Enlightener. All known groups, clubs and organisations are invited to contribute but if you are involved in any other local club/group and would like to be included in future editions, or if you are a local business and wish to place an advert, then please get in touch. The next Enlightener is due out in early June. Please email enlightener@copplestone.org.uk by 3rd May if you have anything to contribute or to place an advert in the Summer edition. You can also read The Enlightener online (in colour!) on our village website www.copplestone.org.uk or our church website www.copplestonechurch.org.uk. Suzanne Lunn – Enlightener Editor 20

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