News Update - April 2017

COMMUNITY HUB Work continues on the conversion of the Church room into Community hub, the wet weather has slowed down work a little, but the extension for the toilet is now built and the door and window installed, just waiting for the plastering to be completed. The drainage and electricity trenches have been dug and the area outside levelled. Much work has been done outside by Dean, John and Richard who have been spending Saturdays clearing brambles and ivy! Still work to be done on this front, so if there are any volunteers, please contact John.

IVYHOUSE GARDEN CLUB We welcomed new members, friends and visitors to a special open evening with a presentation by celebrity gardener, Toby Buckland. Toby kept us all informed, entertained and amused with his talk on 'Continuous Colour in the Garden'.

Photo: left to right : 2017 Committee :, Trisha Ellison, Jo Martin , Ginette Nobbs, Sherry Tovey ,Toby Buckland, Clare Hopper, Sue Pearton, Diana Towers (Sec) ,Ann Odroft (Tres)... Not shown: Chairman Michaela Emmanuel-Jones.

We heard stories from his many unusual gardening projects, including his time with BBC Gardeners World, and his recent work at the Nursery at Powderham Castle.

He finished up with an interesting Q&A from the audience on various horticultural topics. We were also able to purchase Toby’s Planting Powder.

We all enjoyed some delicious cakes made by our members, and tea /coffee provided by Donna at Lakeside, Roadford Lake and finalised the evening with a larger than usual raffle.

Thanks to our Chairman Michaela who put so much work into arranging the evening, and was sadly unable to join us.

BROADWOODWIDGER LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY Meeting held on 20th March - There was a large attendance at the meeting held at Lakeside, Roadford to hear Nick Sturgess the curator at Dingles Fairground Heritage Trust give an informative talk and slide show on the history of the Fairground and many of the rides that are now at Dingles. He was thanked by the chairman David Tovey after answering many questions from the audience. We were delighted to be joined at this event by members of Milton Abbot and Lewdown History groups.

Welcome to Broadwoodwidger

A large rural Parish in the beautiful rolling countryside of West Devon, with glorious views of Dartmoor and nearby Cornwall. Distinctive for its many hidden hamlets and farms that nestle tucked away throughout the parish. Alongside its many rivers, hills and valleys, one of which the River Wolf meanders gently, having been dammed in recent times to provide 750 acres of water stored for the large conurbations of Devon. Many outdoor activities surround the reservoir including wind surfing, boating and fishing whilst providing peaceful rural walks for the whole family to enjoy.

The A30 dual carriageway skirts one end of the parish, giving excellent road links to the South West region as a whole (albeit with a little noise)! The neighbouring parishes of Ashwater, St Giles on the Heath, and Lifton offer a range of services and points of interest for residents and visitors alike. Although the last 30 years has made a telling difference to this parish with the reservoir and the road, it has brought a vibrancy and new way of life for residents new and old in these challenging times. But above all it makes this parish a welcoming, friendly and memory-making destination.

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