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News from Membury Friday 20th May

100 Club Winners
And the May winners are …
Sue and Paul Nicholson £30
Mike and Jenny Beaman £10
Nick and Josee Yool £10
You can still join in if you wish by contacting David Neill helenanddavidneill@icloud.com – who knows? if you win first prize, it may help you put down a deposit on a loaf of bread next month!

Devon and Cornwall Police
Action Fraud has received 752 reports in four days relating to fake emails purporting to be from Ofgem. The emails state that the recipient is eligible for a rebate as a result of a newly announced government scheme. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal your personal and financial information.
Please view our tweet to see a screenshot of the fake emails reported to Action Fraud: https://twitter.com/CyberProtectUK/status/1527657160586444800?s=20&t=RdAiopW83gUlsAymvjnu5g
Remember, your bank, or any other official organisation, won’t ask you to share personal information over email or text. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact the company using details from their official website or app.
Spotted a suspicious email? Forward it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) – report@phishing.gov.uk

Notice of Election
An election is to be held for a Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton Constituency.
Forms of nomination for the Parliamentary Election may be obtained at Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP from the Acting Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.
Nomination papers must be delivered to the Acting Returning Officer, Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PP on any day after the date of this notice between the hours of 10am and 4pm but no later than 4pm on Wednesday 25 May 2022.
The poll will take place on Thursday 23 June 2022.
Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 12 midnight on Tuesday 7 June 2022. Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Steam Cleaner
Hannah de Bruin at Little Goslins has a surplus steam cleaner. If you would like it, contact her on hbalne@yahoo.com
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Devon County Council Update

East Devon District Council Update

More on the Rogation Service
The Rogation Service on 22nd May is at Bowditch Farm, Burridge, Chardstock EX13 7DF (north of Chardstock, up from Hooks Cross) – home of Edward and Janet Eames.  Bring and Share Tea for 4pm, Service at 5pm.
Rogation is when we pray for God’s blessing on the crops and the well-being of our parishes. As part of our Service all the farms in All Saints’, Chardstock and Membury will be named. Do join us as we celebrate this great rural festival. For more information please contact Revd Tracey  
If it is fine, Petronella aims to be walking there from Star Cross at 2pm.

Membury Pre School Opening!
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Membury Academy Newsletter
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News from Membury Thursday 19th May

Oak Apple Café
We have all sorts of exciting things at the Village Hall on Friday afternoon at the Oak Apple Café, the loudest of which will be a concert from the school children.

On the menu, we have
Spicy sausage rolls
Veggie Flan (gluten free)
Coffee & Walnut cake
Ginger Traybake
Lemon Drizzle
Chocolate & Beetroot cake
Sticky date ginger cake

It would be great to see you all there!

Fish and Chips
Don’t forget to let Jill know on 01404 881641 07710849894 or jill-folletts@outlook.com if you want to order fish and chips for Saturday

Ice Cream Update
Unfortunately, someone unplugged the freezer in which all our ice cream was stored so there won’t be any for Saturday night. We’ll get some more for the jubilee, but this is the third time this has happened, and on this occasion, we lost over £150 of delicious Baboo Gelato which was all completely melted. This happened even though the switch for the plug was taped over. The plug was removed, and replaced (at some point later) in the adjacent socket which was not switched on. This is not only a waste of your village money, but very frustrating for the Merrymakers.

Canal Boat for Hire
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Jubilee Bulletin No 25

The line-up for the Jubilee Concert has been announced. This is what we plan to livestream from the Village Hall on Saturday evening, from 7:30pm
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Jubilee Bulletin no 26

Please can people have their scarecrows up and ready by 29th May, for both judging and Oak Apple Day. It might make his Majesty Charles II feel happy to see some descendants rooting for him.

Rogation Sunday
This year, the Rogation Service is going to be held at Bowditch Farm in Churchill. 4pm, tea followed by a service, where all the local farms will have prayers said, including all of the Membury farms.

Christian Aid Week
This week is Christian Aid Week, a global organisation, which supports humanitarian mission. £20 will provide 5 farmers in Zimbabwe enough drought resistant seed to support their families. Plus, Christian Aid are continuing their efforts to help Ukrainian refugees, providing safe passage to friendly countries and transporting aid where necessary. If you’d like to help, please pick up an envelope in the church or village hall, which gives details of how you can donate.

Oak Apple Day
If you would like to join us all for a Ploughman’s Lunch in the Village Hall on Sunday, 29th May after the Oak Apple Day Procession,  please let Jenny Beaman know (Tel. 01404 881 828 or Email jennybeaman@mac.com) by Next Thursday Evening , 26th. May.

Jubilee Bulletin No 27

Don’t forget to get in touch with Daniel if you have any contributions to the collection of royal memorabilia which will be on display in the Village Hall from Oak Apple Day until the end of the Jubilee celebrations. Danieljlazar@gmail.com of 01404 881408

ARC Axminster
James is running for ARC !
Can you help him reach his goal and help to make a difference for our local community ?
We are so grateful to James Whetlor. He is going to run the Edinburgh marathon on May 28th, in aid of Arc Arc has provided help and support to some of his closest friends at a time when they really needed it and will always be grateful for that.
Many of you may have seen him as he trains by running out through Membury. It’s pretty hilly but it should stand him in good stead for the fairly flat Edinburgh route. He ran the Amsterdam Marathon back in October and finished in 4.5hrs.
Please support JAMES via the Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-whetlor2
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Airband Update
One of our more remote (but still much appreciated) parishioners has forwarded me a message from Airband as follows:

“Dear Resident or Business Owner,

Airband has been working in your area over recent months building essential broadband infrastructure. This is part of a new Ultrafast fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband network we are providing across a large part of rural Devon on behalf of the publicly funded Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme.

To date, we have provided over 18,700 homes and businesses in Devon with access to superfast broadband and we are now delivering a full fibre service, capable of delivering speeds of up to 1Gbps, to a further 46,000 premises over the next three years.

We are pleased to confirm that construction of this new network is well underway in your area and is due for completion over the coming months. Many customers will be able to connect sooner than that as the network goes “live” in phases.
We would like to invite you to a public webinar on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, at 7pm using the link https://msteams.link/LTTK or by scanning the QR code shown. This will give us the opportunity to present the programme, share information about the build and the benefits of the new Ultrafast network. This will also be an opportunity for Airband to answer any questions you may have.

Can we also take this opportunity to thank you for your patience while you wait for the new service and apologise for any disruption you may experience due to our construction work.

Yours faithfully,
Andrew Roberts – Key Account Manager 07508 812720”

Images from Furley
These pictures were taken by William Pearse at his grandad’s home in Furley. If any other of our younger parishioners want to send me any images I’ll be pleased to share them round!
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News from Membury Wednesday 18th May – Special Bumper Jubilee Edition

Membury celebrates
Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

We are planning to commence celebrations on the evening of Thursday June 2nd.with a Pop-Up Pub and BBQ in the Village Hall from 7:30pm followed by a firework display at 9:45pm – Viewing from the village
Pre-firework entertainment by the Raucous Chorus
The BBQ will be a ticketed event.
BBQ Tickets (£5 per person) must be bought in advance by 30th May and can be purchased at:
Oak Apple Cafe 1:30-3:30pm on Friday 20th and 27th May
Oak Apple Day 12-1pm Sunday 29th May in the Village Hall
Any questions to Trina 01404 881542
We will continue celebrating on the afternoon of Friday June 3rd 1:30-4pm with a very special Jubilee Oak Apple Café & Car Show.
The café will be 1950’s themed – held in the Village Hall.
Dress up in 50’s style (optional), listen to music from the era, and indulge in Afternoon Tea served on vintage china.
In the car park we will have a selection of cars on display.
Café questions to Jenny Beaman 01404 881828 , Car Show questions to John Hodge 01404 881837

On the evening of Saturday June 4th the village hall will be open from 7pm for socialising with a pop-up pub, and we will be livestreaming the Jubilee Concert from London
Can’t be bothered cooking that evening? Why not arrange for your favourite takeaway to be delivered to the hall.
Questions to Jill Bellamy 01404 881641 or Rose Shepherd 01404 881647
On the afternoon of Sunday June 5th we will round off our celebrations with our Village Street Party
(well actually a car park party) from 2-5:30pm
Dress in red, white and blue, and Bring Your Own food to share
We will be setting out tables in the car park, and hoping we have enough chairs for everyone!
Pop-up pub available in the hall, and there’s a picnic field nearby
Prizes for best fancy dress
Around 5:30pm we are hoping the church bells will welcome people to close out our celebrations in
Membury Church for Jubilee Praise @ 6pm
The Raucous Chorus will be singing

Throughout the whole four day extravaganza there will be an exhibition of Royal Memorabilia curated by the Local History Society in the Committee Room at the hall

Offers of help and enquiries to Sue Nicholson: 881737 or suenicholson1960@me.com

News from Membury Monday 16th May

Fish and Chips
The chip van will once again be calling at the car park by the village hall on Saturday between 6pm and 7pm. To be sure of your supper (£7 per portion), please let Jill have your order by ringing 01404 881641, 07710849984 or emailing jill-folletts@outlook.com
The bar will be open from 6pm onwards. Eat your fish and chips on the terrace and enjoy a little Otter!

Lost your specs?
These glasses were found on Saturday afternoon by Thorn Farm on Mill Lane, Furley. If anyone knows who might own them, please could you contact 07715 640316.

Annual Parish Council Meeting Agenda
Councillors are summoned and members of the public are invited to attend the Annual Parish Council Meeting of Membury Parish Council, to be held in the Membury Village Hall on Tuesday 24th May 2022 at 7:30pm to discuss the following matters:
2246. Welcome
2247. Apologies
2248. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman and signing of Declaration of Office
2249. Minutes: To adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 5th of April 2022 as a true record.
2250. Declarations of Interest under the Code of Conduct: Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any interests either at this stage of the meeting, or as soon as they become aware of the interest. The reason for the declaration must be given, and whether it is a personal or pecuniary interest and any actions they intend to take when the item is being dealt with.
2251. Appointment of: Flood Warden, Tree Warden, Snow Warden, P3 Co-ordinator & Footpath Warden, defibrillator contact & Simpkins Edwards Contact
2252. Election of Representatives to outside organisations: Village Hall, Playing Field, Emergency Officer, Blackdown Hills Parish Network Representative
2253. County and District Council Reports: County Councillor, Iain Chubb (DCC) and District Councillor, Paul Hayward (EDDC)
2254. To review and agree Section 2 – Accounting Statements for the Annual Audit
2255. Finance

  1. a) To approve the financial statement for March and April 2022
    b) To consider, approve and sign the Annual Governance Statement for the Annual Audit
    c) To consider the Internal Auditor report 2021
    d) To approve the continued use of BACS payments, DDs, and Standing Orders
    e) To review Payroll Service Providers
    f) To approve the following payments:

JJJ Wallace Grass Cutting £150.00
BT Group Village Hall Broadband (January) £32.40
Clerk R Davey Salary February £385.75
Clerk Ana Silson Salary February £136.64
HMRC Clerk’s Tax February £55.60
Membury Merrymaker Grant £550.00
Serenata Flowers Flowers £34.99
JJJ Wallace Grass Cutting (March) £150.00
JJJ Wallace Grass Cutting (April) £150.00
Clerk R Davey Salary Back Pay £53.53
Clerk Ana Silson Salary March £275.98
HMRC Clerk’s Tax March £82.00
BT Group Village Hall Broadband(February) £32.40
DALC Course £19.20
Tinderbox Playing Field Fencing Repairs £444.00
Axminster Printing Leaflets £35.00
Village Hall Hire £7.00
DALC Membership £123.20
ROSPA Playing Filed Inspection £88.20
SLCC Filca Course £144.00
Clerk Stationary (Ink) £38.72
Clerk Stationary £8.15
SLCC Membership £98.00
Merrymakers Jubilee Celebrations £471.00
N. Warren Grass Cutting £166.90
Parsons Rural Serv. Footpath Maintenance £146.26
Clerk Ana Silson Salary April £273.66
BT Group Village Hall Broadband (March) £36.25
HMRC Clerk’s Tax April £68.20

  1. Planning
    2257. Review Internal Controls and Procedures:
    a) Code of Conduct b) Standing Orders c) Financial Regulations d) Asset Register e) Risk Assessment Register f) Privacy Notice g) Councillor Privacy Notice h) Information & Data Protection Policy i) Management of Transferable Data Policy j) Press & Media Policy k) Document Retention & Disposal Policy l) Disciplinary Policy m) Grievance Policy n) Complaints Procedure o) Publication Scheme p) Grant Awarding Policy q) Training Policy r) Statement of Internal Control s) Policy on Filming & Recording of Parish Council Meetings
    2257. Review Fixed Assets
    2258. Playing field report
    2259. Proposed pet burial at land East of Sunnyside
    2260. Amendments to the Neighbourhood plan rebuilding and pollution control
    A) New developments
    B) Agricultural expansion of livestock
    2261. Bonds Lane flood mitigation measures
    2262. First aid course for the village
    2263. Community Shop
    2264. Parish Councillor Reports
    2165. Correspondence
    2166. Public Forum

 Wildlife 1
This bird was snapped not far from Star Cross and East Membury Farm.
The plumage looks much paler than the usual buzzards around here.
Can anyone identify it?

Wildlife 2
Dryad’s Saddle on a fallen tree, on the Stockland Road, near the Waterhouse turn

Wildlife 3
This marvellous structure is a beaver dam on the river Tale at Broadhembury. If the little fellows make it to the Yarty, this might be what we’ll see!

Springwatch 2022 on the Stockland Turbaries
A relatively mild winter led initially to an early spring, somewhat delayed by a spell of dry weather with cold nights in April. January saw contract work by the RSPB team attacking Cherry-laurel in Shore Bottom, Huntshayes and on Horner Hill, all part of the Woodland Management agreement under a Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship. In early March there were some excellent displays of Wild Daffodils for which it seemed an unusually good year. The first of the new hatch butterflies, Green-veined White, and the first arrivals of migrant birds, Blackcap and Chiffchaff, were with us in late March. Then April saw the emergence of Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood, and the arrival of Swallow and Willow Warbler. No sign yet of either of the Flycatcher species. A Greenfinch has taken up residence at the pub and a Moorhen is showing interest in the pond at Quantock.
Geoff Pearce also reports that he has found not a single brood of Tawny Owl among the many chimney boxes installed on the turbaries. He ascribes this to a dearth of prey this season. Disaster befell the Kestrel box on Quantock Common late in April when its Pine tree fell, smashing the box at what may have been a critical time of year. Despite rapid replacement by a smart new box, there has so far been no interest from the Kestrels.
Oaks that are wind-pollinated trees shed abundant pollen (as hay fever sufferers are keenly aware) before their leaves unfurl which, at Quantock this spring I think, occurred on 16th April. Wind-pollinated herbaceous plants include Dog’s Mercury and Stinging Nettle both of which are dioecious, having their sexes on separate plants. Primrose, the prima-vera symbol of spring, employs a different mechanism that encourages cross-pollination, in which a plant is either “pin-eyed” (the female style reaches to the top of the flower tube whereas the male anthers reach only half way up the tube) or “thrum-eyed” ( which is the reverse).
Now in the second week of May as I write, perhaps at the very finest time of year, the masses of Bluebells on Horner Hill are just passing their prime. Ash leaves are now also unfurling, having shed their pollen on the wind. Soon we shall be able to see the extent of Ash Die-back here, as dead trees become more obvious. An increase in the amount of standing dead wood that inevitably arises can be expected to enhance populations of wood-boring insects and their predators.
We hope to be able soon to welcome our ponies back again to graze the enclosures on Bucehayes, Quantock and Shortmoor Commons. We also hope to be able to go ahead at last with a pilot trial of “virtual fencing” on Horner Hill where four Devon Ruby cattle will browse and graze the open heathland for a couple of months this summer.
A new book on The Stockland Turbaries; Management for Wildlife and People will be launched at the Kings Arms pub on Friday 20th May at 5pm.
David Allen

Goren Farm Walk
Goren Farm walk: last few spaces available
21st May 2022, 10am – 1pm
A reminder that we are looking forward to a visit this Saturday to the wildflower meadows on Stockland’s doorstep up at Goren Farm, led by Julian Pady. We will hear about Goren’s incredible biodiversity, learn about some of the ecological aspects of managing the land and have a chance to see the meadows in Spring.
Refreshments will be available & Goren Farm shop will be open (Cider! Wildflower seeds! Honey!)
More information about Goren farm can be read here: https://www.goren.co.uk/pages/about.
Tickets: £5 per person, please book ASAP.
Please contact Claire claireholgate@hotmail.co.uk to book.
Claire Holgate
Sustainable Stockland environment group
07771 786610

What’s On at the Honiton Beehive
On Thurs 19 May at 7.15pm
LIVE SCREENING  Swan Lake (12A)  performed by The Royal Ballet
Tickets: Adult £17, Student £11

On Friday 20th May at 7.30pm with allocated seating.
Genesis Visible Touch
The ultimate Phil Collins-era Genesis show! Last at the Beehive in February 2020 with the Duke Tour and one of the last & best gigs before lockdown. Great to have them back again. Tickets: £20

Saturday 21st May at 7.30pm
FILM : The Outfit (15)
From the Academy Award-winning writer of The Imitation Game (Graham Moore) comes The Outfit, a gripping and masterful thriller in which an expert tailor (Academy Award winner Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night. Tickets: Adults £7.50, U16 £6.50

To book ring the Beehive Box Office on 01404384050 9-5pm weekdays or book online  https://beehivehoniton.co.uk/whats-book-tickets/

News from Membury Sunday 15th May

Yellow warning of thunderstorms
The Met Office have issued a yellow warning of thunderstorms between 20:00 tonight and 05:00 tomorrow.
Although the locations affected by thunderstorms remains uncertain, a few places may experience a combination of heavy rain, frequent lightning and hail during Sunday night. Should thunderstorms develop, they are likely to move north from the south coast during Sunday evening into parts of south Wales, southern England and East Anglia overnight before gradually weakening during Monday morning. Whilst some places will remain dry, a few places may see 20-30 mm of rain fall in less than an hour, with frequent lightning and hail additional hazards.

Super Blood Moon
One of our planet’s most stunning sights is coming to the skies – a super blood Moon. In the year’s only full lunar eclipse, Earth will come between the Sun and the Moon. Falling fully into Earth’s shadow, the Moon will slowly darken before turning dusky red. The Moon will appear larger than usual because it will be at its closest point to Earth of its orbit, giving it the name super Moon. It will also be called a super flower blood Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere, a full moon in May is often called a flower Moon because it coincides with the Spring flowers. The only sunlight reaching the Moon during the full eclipse will be passing through the Earth’s atmosphere. This light will be blood red, from all Earth’s sunrises and sunsets reflected on to the Moon’s surface, explains Dr Gregory Brown, astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.
Look low on the horizon between 0230 and 0430 BST Monday morning and you’ll see the moon falling into shadow before glowing red. Watching from a high vantage point like a hill or tall building will be essential because of the Moon’s very low position in the sky. Let’s hope that the promised thunderstorms don’t spoil the view for anyone dedicated enough to climb a hill at 03:00 tomorrow morning!

Jubilee Bulletin no 24

We have an important update to announce. We have made the difficult decision to abandon plans to have a bonfire beacon on Thursday June 2nd, but will still have our fantastic firework display and bbq. The logistics have proved too challenging, and a bonfire at Membury Castle would not be visible in the village as the trees have grown quite a bit since the last beacon.
We are disappointed that we are having to change our plans but hope you understand. We still hope to see you at the Village Hall that evening.

Merrymakers News may 2022
Thank you to those of you who came along to our AGM. Jill Bellamy stepped down as chair of the committee, and both she and Janet Andrew resigned from the committee.
Jill has chaired the MerryMakers for 5 years, and we thank her for the good work she has done. She will be a tough act to follow! Janet has been involved with the MerryMakers for over 20 years and we will miss her valuable knowledge. The good news is that we know where both of them live, and we won’t be afraid to ask them to share their wisdom.
Ceri and Martyn Dash volunteered to join the committee. A big thank you to them and we look forward to working with them.
Our new committee is:
Chair: Sue Nicholson
Secretary: Daniel Lazar
Treasurer: Patrick White
Rose Shepherd
Jenny Beaman
Ceri Dash
Martyn Dash

We will transition into our new roles over the next few weeks, and once our Jubilee celebrations are over we will have a committee meeting to plan events for the rest of the year.
Do you want to be involved but missed the meeting? Then please contact suenicholson1960@me.com. The more the merrier, the more events we can run, and the more fun we can have.

Axminster Foodbank
DESPERATE plea from the food bank!
Our stockroom is now virtually empty, while we are trying to feed an increasing number of families in need. Over 70 people need our help each week. The numbers are rising daily…
Every donation counts, so please donate whatever you can.
We desperately need:
Long life milk
Pasta Sauce
Tinned tomatoes, sweetcorn, potatoes, carrots, peas, rice pudding and custard.
Also, tinned meats, baked beans, soup.
Bags for life
Thank you to all those who continue to donate. We are extremely grateful.
Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 13:00, or donations can be left in the Co-Op or Tesco.

Chard School Summer Fair
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What’s on in Membury?
Week commencing May 16th

Monday May 16th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing in Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday May 17th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
PCC Meeting in the Village Hall time TBC

Wednesday May18th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday May 19th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 20th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm with a musical performance by the school
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 21st
Fish & Chip Van in the Hall Car Park 6-7pm
Pop-Up pub in the Village Hall 6pm onwards

Sunday May 22nd

Week commencing May 23rd

Monday May 23rd
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing in Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday May 24th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall time 7:30pm

Wednesday May25th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday May 26th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 27th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 28th

Sunday May 29th
Oak Apple Day
Assemble at the Chestnut Tree to parade through the village at 11:00am
Opening of the Village Terrace followed by reading of the proclamation, a short service and ploughman’s lunch and apple cake (contact Jenny Beaman 01404 881208)

News from Membury Friday 13th May

East Devon District Council Residents Update

Himalayan Balsam
A tip from Chardstock Eco Group:
Once you’ve pulled it (preferably before it flowers) hang it in a handy tree – it can’t get washed into a river and it can’t re-root itself. Stop the Invasion!

Membury Academy Newsletter
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News from Membury Thursday 12th May

Oak Apple Café
Jenny, Mike and Rose are in charge tomorrow, and if you haven’t already taken advantage of it – it should be a good day to try out The Terrace!
The café will be open between 1:30pm and 3:30pm as usual. Sue Nicholson is hoping to be down there if there are any jubilee issues you want to raise – or support you want to offer!

Here’s what’s on the menu …

  • Butternut squash soup & Homemade bread
  • Sausage rolls
  • Cheese scones
  • Lemon drizzle cakes
  • Date flapjacks
  • Coffee and walnut cake
  • Banana and chocolate muffins (vegan)
  • Magic bars

News from Membury Wednesday 11th May

 Oak Apple Day
Oak Apple Day will be celebrated, as always, on May 29th.
Oak Apple Day was an English, Welsh and Irish public holiday, observed annually on 29 May, to commemorate the restoration of the Stuart monarchy in May 1660. Membury is one of the few villages in England where this event is still celebrated.
Unfortunately, the public holiday was abolished in 1859 but that won’t stop us!
This year we will be assembling at the Chestnut Tree at 11:00 on Sunday, before strolling down to the church accompanied by King Charles II on his horse, a band and banner carriers. On the way down, the King will officially open The Terrace by the Parish Hall before reading his proclamation in the churchyard, and – with a little historical creativity – castigating Cromwell. There will then be a short service followed by a ploughman’s and apple cake with cream to be served at the hall, for donations. The bar will also be open. We need an idea of numbers for the lunch – so if you wish to eat with us please contact Jenny Beaman on 01404 881208 or jennybeaman@mac.com by 18/5/2022

Jubilee Bulletin no 23

The Local History Society will be mounting an exhibition in the Village Hall on June 3rd as part of the Jubilee celebrations. If you have any memorabilia or artefacts relating to the coronation or reign of Queen Elizabeth that you would be prepared to lend us for this exhibition please contact Daniel Lazar 01404 881408 or danieljlazar@gmail.com . Items need to be dropped off at Haccombe by May 29th at the latest please – or we can collect if required. Whether it’s a mug, a plate, a model of a coach, a coin, a medal, a photograph, a newspaper, the crown jewels, an event programme or anything royally related we’d like to borrow it please!

No Mow May
In organic agriculture there is a period in late April known at the “Hungry Gap”. It’s the time when winter root crops are running out and newly sown summer plants are yet to start cropping. In nature a similar period exists for nectar-feeding insects and hence a movement known as “No Mow May” is gaining Mow-mentum.
By keeping the lawn mower in the shed for the month of May, it gives the various grassland plants such as dandelion, speedwell and daisy, chance to blossom and provide a flow of nectar through this hungry gap.
They may be common weed plants more usually treated with disdain by the gardener, but in spring their contribution to insect larders can’t be over-emphasised and by following this simple calendar year-on-year you will start to notice more wildflower species pioneering your lawn. Adding wildflower seed will further help the process along and those of us with the bug enjoy a beautiful display of grassland plants all the way through to a late summer mow in September – there’s always another job to keep you occupied even if the mower lies dormant.

Wild East Devon News

The Big Plastic Count
Count your plastic for one week – 16-22 May 2022.
Across the country, households of all shapes and sizes, schools, community groups and businesses, will gather new evidence. How much plastic are we really having to throw away, and what happens to it?
We’ll show the government it’s time to commit: reduce single plastic use by 50% by 2025 by switching to reusable options that work for everyone – and ban sending our waste to other countries.
Find out more and sign up here https://thebigplasticcount.com/how-it-works

Wild Live – are our river protections failing?
In this free online event tomorrow (Thursday 12th) we’ll be discussing the state of our rivers in the UK and why, despite legal protections being in place, many of them are in a dire state. We will be coming to you live from the River Wye, which is just one of the many rivers suffering from devastating species loss, to hear from the experts about how bad the situation is, what’s causing the problem and to understand whether anything can be done about it.
The expert panel will consist of
Feargal Sharkey – Lead singer of The Undertones and campaigner for cleaner rivers
James Hitchcock – Chief Executive of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust
Sarah James – Intensive poultry unit farmer keen to reduce the farms impacts
Nicola Cutcher – journalist and documentary maker, passionate about the state of our rivers.
Register here https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/events/2022-05-12-wild-live-are-our-river-protections-failing

Are you Lonely?
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 9-15 May 2022
Read the Devon County Council special newsletter here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/3166f4e

Death on the Nile
West Side Story was a long film yesterday evening, so it was decided not to show the trailer for Death on the Nile – our next Moviola Film on Tuesday 14th June
If you want to watch it, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZRqB0JLizw

Broadhembury Biodiversity event

The Cotley Inn
The Cotley Inn, near Chard, will have to wait until the VisitEngland national awards ceremony on June 8 at the Library of Birmingham to find out if they have won gold, silver or bronze.
The pub, run by Maddie and Ben, is nestled at the foot of the Blackdown Hills and offers ‘British cooking and refined comfort food’, with a focus on local produce.
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “We are delighted to be bringing VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence to the Library of Birmingham this year and to be meeting in person again as our sector comes together to celebrate the finest in English tourism.
The Cotley Inn also won the Gold in the Pub of the Year category in the Bristol, Bath, and Somerset Tourism Awards 2021/22, which linked them to the VisitEngland Awards.
There’s also a monthly quiz at the Cotley (on Thursday 19th) expertly run by Cath Hine which is great value at £2.50 per person, max 6 to a team and I can guarantee that the answer to at least one of the questions will be Coldplay. Book in your team by ringing 01460 62348.

News from Membury Monday 9th May

Moviola tomorrow – West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein wrote the original music for the 1957 musical version of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet – reimagined in New York with the Sharks and the Jets replacing the Montague and the Capulet families. West Side Story was filmed in 1961 and the running time was 2 hours and 33 minutes. Spielberg has indulged himself in this, his first musical, and the new version is three minutes longer. You might want to bring a cushion!

Jubilee Bulletin No 22

The survey is now closed. Thank you to the 64 households that responded – we now have a reasonable idea of the rough numbers of attendees for each event. If you plan to come along to anything with a large group, but haven’t let us know yet, please just respond to this email.

Merrymakers AGM
We could do with more people on the Merrymakers committee. If you are new to the village, full of energy and good ideas please come along from 6:30 on Wednesday – this will give us plenty of time to ply you with wine to help you decide that you would like to join us!

Stockland Turbaries Book Launch
A new book entitled The Stockland Turbaries: Management for Wildlife and People will be launched at The Kings Arms pub on Friday 20th May at 5pm, selling at £10 each. Come and pick up your copy!
The book is written principally for residents of Stockland parish as a record of the work done on their turbaries since 1995. It also gives an insight into the ecology and biodiversity of these precious pockets of land. It begins with a look at social and ecological history, tracing the origin of the turbaries and their ownership. A chapter on management describes what has been done, by whom, with what purpose and with what success. This is followed by chapters on natural history and habitats, giving a glimpse of what an observant visitor might find on walks at different times of the year, then on biodiversity gains and losses. The book ends with a look at future prospects for conservation management in the long term.
David Allen

Goren Farm walk: farming for the environment & nature
21st May 2022, 10am – 1pm
This will be a wonderful visit to the wildflower meadows on Stockland’s doorstep up at Goren Farm, led by Julian Pady. We will hear about Goren’s incredible biodiversity, learn about some of the ecological aspects of managing the land and have a chance to see the meadows in Spring.
Refreshments will be available & Goren Farm shop will be open (Cider! Wildflower seeds! Honey!)
More information about Goren farm can be read here: https://www.goren.co.uk/pages/about.
Tickets: £5 per person, only 30 spaces available so please book ASAP.
Please contact Claire claireholgate@hotmail.co.uk to book.
Claire Holgate, Sustainable Stockland environment group 07771 786610

Yarcombe Village Country Market
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News from Membury Sunday 8th May

Merrymakers AGM
Would you like a say in what social events are organised in Membury? And how we raise money to fund the Membury Mercury?

Then come along to the Membury MerryMakers AGM on Wednesday May 11th 7pm in the Village Hall
Refreshments from 6:30pm
The AGM will be followed by a jubilee planning meeting

Duck Stuff
We’ve somehow managed to acquire these 4 ducklings – and they’re growing fast! If anybody has a duck house and a duck run big enough for them to enjoy running around in we’d be most happy to buy it from them. 
Please ‘phone 01404 881 828 or email:- jennybeaman@mac.com.,  Thanks, Jenny and Mike Beaman.

Local Open Garden
In support of Axminster Hospital League of Friends and to raise funds for the Home Nursing Service, the owners of Socks Orchard in Smallridge, are opening their fabulous garden on 24th, 25th and 26th June, between 1 and 5 pm. The garden has recently been open for the National Garden Scheme.
Over 200 different rose varieties, a large number of interesting trees including a small orchard, alpine troughs, scented geraniums and succulents along with an extensive variety of vegetables and fruit.
Wander around at your leisure and all for a fiver!
Oh! And not to forget the delicious homemade cakes.
On sale there will be plants, cards and much, much more.
Dogs welcome on leads.
Come and have a lovely afternoon out and support our charity.
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Moviola in the Village
On Tuesday we will be showing West Side Story. Winner of the Oscar for best supporting actress (Ariana DeBose) this spectacular much anticipated Spielberg musical comes to the big screen in Membury

Manhattan, Upper West Side, 1957. Against the backdrop of the decaying tenements in the San Juan Hill neighbourhood and the constant threat of the wrecking ball, two warring gangs–tough Riff’s Jets and swaggering Bernardo’s Puerto Rican Sharks–fight for supremacy. Now, with a once-and-for-all, winner-takes-all rumble on the cards, an unexpected whirlwind romance at the high-school dance between former Jet brawler Tony and Bernardo’s delicate little sister María sets the stage for an all-out turf war. But what’s a gang without its territory? Above all, when the future is uncertain, what’s hope without love?

Considering the relatively large 60-year time span between the original and this production, three actors who appeared in the 1961 release reprise different roles in this 2021 production, including, Rita Moreno, Harvey Evans and David Bean. Evans and Bean were both members of “The Jets” in the original, respectively playing Mouthpiece and Tiger. Evans passed away two weeks after this film’s release. In addition, John Williams served as music consultant for the film. He had been the piano soloist in the 1961 version of the Film.

Moviola in Chard
This Friday (13th) Cinechard are proud to present “Belfast” at Holyrood Academy (upper site) at 7pm for 7:30.

Belfast, 15 August 1969. Surrounded by sporadic violence and growing danger, nine-year-old Buddy finds himself confronted with the ugly reality of sectarian conflict. And, as the suffocating stranglehold of increasing turmoil tightens around his once-peaceful working-class neighbourhood, Buddy tries his best to understand The Troubles–after all, someone must be responsible for forcing people to flee their homes. Now, Buddy’s family must come face to face with a nearly impossible, life-altering decision: stay or start packing?

Winner of the Oscar for best original screenplay, this film was written and directed by Kenneth Brannagh. To capture moments of spontaneity, he would often, secretly roll camera on scenes that Jude Hill (“Buddy”) thought were just rehearsals. Jude eventually began to suspect what was happening, so the crew taped over the red lights on the camera that signalled it was rolling. Many scenes in the finished film were these “rehearsals”.
Incidentally, if you are fan of Van Morrison there are no fewer than 10 of his songs featured in the film

What’s On in Membury
Week commencing May 9th

Monday May 9th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm
Bellringing in Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday May 10th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
Moviola in the Village Hall 7pm for 7:30pm
West Side Story

Wednesday May11 th
MerryMakers AGM in the Village Hall at 7pm
Cheese and wine from 6:30pm
Jubilee Planning Meeting to follow at approx. 7:30pm

Thursday May 12th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 13th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm

Mobile Library at Gowan Brae and the Village Hall 3:10 – 14:30
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 14th

Sunday May 15th
Holy Communion in Membury Church at 11am

Week commencing May 16th

Monday May 16th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing in Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday May 17th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
PCC Meeting in the Village Hall time TBC

Wednesday May18th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday May 19th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 20th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm with a musical performance by the school
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 21st
Fish & Chip Van in the Hall Car Park 6-7pm
Pop-Up pub in the Village Hall 6pm onwards

Sunday May 22nd

News From Membury Friday 6th May

Mercury Reminder
Today, May 6th is the official deadline for the Summer/Jubilee issue of the MERCURY. If you have not yet submitted your article please do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as time is very short for this issue.
For those of you who have already submitted your article, many thanks.
The Editorial Team

Oak Apple Café
Thank you to all who ran, and attended the café today. A total of £131 was raised for the church.
Make a note of the date for the next one the church will be doing – Friday 9th September, for ‘Ride & Stride’.

Devon County Council Update

East Devon District Council Update

Membury Primary Academy Newsletter
school news 28

Forward Thinking
Spaces limited – register your interest now to be sure of a place
making rivers better

News From Membury Thursday 5th May

The Beehive, Honiton Saturday 7th 
If you missed Suthering as part of the From Devon With Love festival in Membury last autumn, or if you saw them but want more – Julu and Heg will be appearing at the Beehive on Saturday 7th along with The Last Inklings – a male duo who complement them perfectly. Suthering bring a fabulous combination of instruments and gorgeous vocal harmonies to their own songs. Here is the radio interview with Suthering should anyone like to listen to some of their music and there is a link on the Beehive website.
Book your ticket here …

Oy! Big ‘Ead!
Do you need a brand new large size Kayak / canoe helmet?
Contribute a donation to Ukraine or Ferne Animal Sanctuary if you want it. Just pop a message to Ceri and Martyn. Dashfamily1962@gmail.com
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News from Membury Wednesday 4th May

A very happy Star Wars Day to you all

Oak Apple Café
The regulars are handing over the reins to the church this Friday – please come and support them, unless you are off to Dartmouth with the Historians.
Here is their menu to tempt you …

  • Tomato & carrot soup – veg
  • Cheese & olive scone -veg
  • Savoury flan – veg
  • Sugar free blueberry muffins
  • Chocolate cake
  • Plain scones with butter or cream & jam option
  • Coconut pyramids – gluten free
  • Rhubarb crumble- gluten free

In addition, there will be a raffle for on Orange & Saffron sponge to take home for the weekend

Jubilee Bulletin no 20

Scarecrows. If anyone is putting up a scarecrow for the Jubilee weekend, please remember to let Sara know, so as to be able to inform the judges, so they know where to go & find the entries. It can be on any aspect of royalty, from a corgi to Guy Fawkes!!


Jubilee Bulletin no 21

Once again a correction from a nit-picking petrolhead …
Apparently to be classed as a post vintage thoroughbred a car needs to have been built before 1940 and be on the rather elitist Vintage Sports Car Club approved list. We will just be showing common-as-muck classic cars. Please feel free to bring your Austin Allegro, especially if it’s beige.

The Call of the Cuckoo
Tony Marsh heard a cuckoo from the woods East of Furley on Monday for the first time for several years. One of those defining sounds of spring.

News from Membury Sunday 1st May

Membury History Society
A few spaces have become available for the next Membury History Society outing to tour the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Buckfast Abbey on Friday, May 6th. 2022

We have opted to travel by coach since entry to the College is, for security reasons much simpler if we go as a group rather than in individual cars. Please bring photographic evidence of your identity, such as Driving Licence, Passport, Senior Citizen bus pass etc.
The price of the coach ticket, guides and all entrance fees is £30.00 per person to be collected on the day.
The coach will leave from the Chestnut Tree Junction at the top of the village at 10.00 a.m.
We will visit Buckfast Abbey in the morning. Afterwards, you can purchase refreshments at The Grange Restaurant in the Abbey itself or you may prefer to bring your own lunch.
The tour of the Royal Naval College is scheduled for 14.00 hrs.
If you are interested please contact Jenny Beaman on 01404 881828

Jubilee Bulletin no 19

We have had a great response to our online survey and it looks like our villagers are ready for a celebration! If you haven’t already responded please do so ASAP for our planning purposes.
Plans are progressing…. A few hiccups along the way but that’s to be expected.
BBQ’s are sorted however we are still struggling to source small hay bales. I am still hopeful that one of my enquiries will come good. You will see a few more requests for other items over the next few weeks.
An update on car parking…….. we still hope to be able to use the field behind Bay Tree House, although this will be dependent on the weather, and we need some rain to help us out! The field is used for silage, and the grass just isn’t growing fast enough in these dry conditions. So please pray for rain now, but not over Jubilee weekend!
Our next planning meeting is after the Merrymakers AGM on May 11th so please come along if you are interested in learning more and/or helping.
I plan to be at the Oak Apple Cafe each Friday to discuss any Jubilee matters.
Sue Nicholson

Himalayan Balsam
It’s Bank Holiday and what could be nicer than a river walk? But we have been invaded! The Himalayan Balsam is just starting to show – photo is a good illustration of what it looks like now. Plants are about 2-6″ high at the moment, and have pink, succulent stems. HB is bad news as it out-competes and smothers our native wild plants, and is very shallow rooted so is easily swept away in a storm leaving bare soil which is then washed into the rivers causing silt and smothering fish and plant life. So if you see it, pull up the plants roots and all and leave on the path to dry and die. Sorry HB – you are public enemy No 1.

Chardstock Eco Group
Chardstock Gardening Club Plant Sale
Chardstock Eco Group will be at the Plant Sale on May 7th in the Community Hall at the kind invitation of the Gardening Club. We’ll be using this as an opportunity to showcase wildlife gardening and the benefits it brings for nature and human wellbeing. We’ll be encouraging people to go pesticide-bare and to combine gardening with reducing plastic waste. We’ll be promoting the Devon Wildlife Trust’s new Wildlife Gardening Award.
We’d welcome you joining us on our stall at the Plant Sale on Saturday May 7th – or just come along to lend your support and buy some plants.
On the subject of pesticide-bare we were pleased to hear that both EDDC and Axminster Town Council have made public declarations that they are going pesticide-free. And just a reminder that we have stepped into No Mow May.
Axminster Repair Cafe
The next Repair Cafe is also on May 7th (Such a popular date. Remember those Covid lockdowns when there was nothing on?) in The Guildhall in Axminster. If you’re not coming to the Plant Sale why not take your broken household things along to get them repaired.
Exeter Energy from Waste Facility
One thing we learnt at Talking Rubbish is that none of East Devon’s waste goes to landfill. Anything that can’t be recycled goes to the Energy from Waste facility in Exeter. Here the material is incinerated and the energy is recovered and used to heat homes. If you would like to learn more about this we have organised a visit to the Energy from Waste facility in Exeter for Thursday, August 11th 10am-12 noon. There is no charge for the visit when we’ll be shown around by the experts and be able to see the facility working. You will need to get to Exeter under your own steam – although I’m sure we can co-ordinate car sharing. The maximum number for this visit is 20 so please let me know sooner rather than later if you’d like to come along.
Copse in a Box Grant
When we applied for this grant we mistakenly thought it was called Corpse in a Box which did seem somewhat surprising. But it turns out to be a copse in a box, and is a complete starter kit for setting up a tree nursery. And we have been lucky enough to be selected for one of these grants so a copse in a box is winging its way to Chardstock. But what are we going to do with it and what is a tree nursery? A tree nursery is a small plot of land where a community can raise tree and hedge saplings for later planting out in the parish. It often starts with gathering seeds, saplings and suckers growing wild so that the root stock is local and therefore better adapted to the area. Chardstock School has offered to host a tree nursery for the parish so that the children learn about trees and how to care for them. So our Copse in a Box will be heading over to the School. As this project develops we’ll keep you posted but if you’d particularly like to be involved please let me know.
The P-Word
Wednesday May 18th evening Chardstock Eco Group is co-hosting a talk at Kilmington Baptist Hall alongside Plastic-Free, Axminster on the theme The P Word … plastic, pollution, phosphates, pee and poo.
Big Plastic Count: May 16-22
The national Big Plastic Count takes place May 16-22. During this week participants count and record every item of plastic waste in their household so that a picture of the amount of plastic going to waste can be built up. If you’d like to participate the details are here … https://thebigplasticcount.com/sign-up/digital

What’s On in Membury
Week commencing May 2nd

Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd

Tuesday May 3rd

Wednesday May 4th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday May 5th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 6th
History Society Trip to Dartmouth
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall – raising money for the Church – 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 7th

Sunday May 8th

Week commencing May 9th

Monday May 9th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Tuesday May 10th
Moviola in the Village Hall 7pm for 7:30pm
West Side Story

Wednesday May11 th
MerryMakers AGM in the Village Hall at 7pm
Cheese and wine from 6:30pm
Jubilee Planning Meeting to follow at approx. 7:30pm

Thursday May 12th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 13th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 14th

Sunday May 15th
Holy Communion in Membury Church at 11am

News from Membury Friday 29th April

Membury Mercury
Here’s a message from the Mercury Editorial team.
Just a week to go until the deadline, and still waiting for memories of the 50s (not to mention recipes, and most of the usual contributions) to come flooding in. Time is short, so please get to your computers or A4 and pen ASAP, so that the Summer issue can come out on time.
Mercury address is mbrymcry@gmail.com or contributions can be left in the mail box outside the Village Hall. Our Phone number is 01404 881291.
We need to hear from you!

Airband Superfast Internet
One of our residents who lives in the vicinity of Beckford Bridge has sent me the following message they have just received from Airband.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to keep you informed of the progress of the build in your area, we have an update for you.
We have started designing our fibre route in your area. This process takes 5 phases- an overview design document, a round of on site surveys, a more detailed design document, a second route of on site surveys, and then creating instructions for engineers and buying equipment.
We are working on our detailed design document at the moment, and are expecting to complete this in May.”
Don’t hold your breath …

East Devon District Council Residents’ Update

Devon County Council Update
Watch out for ticks carrying Lyme disease

Membury Fruit, Flower, Vegetable and Produce Show
The entry form is attached. There’ll be a stack of printed ones up at the hall shortly.

A Bit of a Rubbish Day Out
Chardstock Eco Group are organising a visit to the Exeter Energy from Waste Recovery Facility (ERF).
This has been operational since July 2014. It operates under a partnership with Devon County Council and safely diverts about 60,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste away from landfill from households within Exeter and the surrounding area each year to create valuable low carbon energy. Energy produced by the waste treatment process is used to operate the facility and the excess electricity is fed into the National Grid. In total, the facility produces 24GWh of electricity and exports enough energy to supply around 6,624 homes. Exeter ERF also has the potential to run an additional district heating scheme giving further benefit to the local economy. The facility also includes an education room to enable local schools and community groups to view the recovery process and understand more about recycling and energy recovery.
This is where the East Devon non-recyclable waste goes to be incinerated and the energy recovered. The visit lasts a couple of hours 10-12. It is likely to be in July or August. Please let me know if you might be interested so we have an idea of numbers.

Membury Church
There is a communion service at Membury Church on May 1st at 11:00

Membury Academy Newsletter
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You will be pleased to hear that for the interval in West Side Story on May 10th, we’ve had a delivery of Baboo ice cream – so we’ll be back up to all the usual flavours – and a bargain at £1.50 each.
Double Chocolate
Maple Walnut
Rum and Raisin
Salted Caramel
Mint Choc Chip
Blackcurrant sorbet
Passionfruit Sorbet
Vegan Chocolate
Vegan Vanilla

Venus and Jupiter
Venus and Jupiter — the two brightest planets in the sky — are headed for a close encounter tomorrow (April 30).
The planetary meet up, also known as a conjunction, brings Venus and Jupiter within just one-half degree of each other, which is equal to the apparent width of the moon. This is the closest Venus and Jupiter have appeared since August 2016. The next time the two planets will appear to cosy up to each other will be March 1, 2023.
The planets’ closest approach will take place at 19:00 GMT), according to EarthSky.org. However, skywatchers will have the best view of the conjunction beginning in the early morning, before the glare of the sun outshines the planets. The planets will appear close to each other for several days around April 30.

News from Membury Thursday 28th April

Oak Apple Café
Terry, Penny and Allan are looking forward to welcoming you to the café tomorrow at the Village Hall between 1:30 and 3:30.
On the menu will be …

  • Sweet corn chowder (vegan) with crusty bread
  • Sausage rolls
  • Red pepper quiche (V)
  • Gluten free chocolate cake
  • Orange and gooseberry traybake
  • Lemon and white chocolate slice
  • Tea Brack (dairy free)

Don’t forget that The Terrace will be open if you want to sit outside!

k Apple Café

Terry, Penny and Allan are looking forward to welcoming you to the café tomorrow at the Village Hall between 1:30 and 3:30.
On the menu will be …

Sweet corn chowder (vegan) with crusty bread

Sausage rolls

Red pepper quiche (V)

Gluten free chocolate cake

Orange and gooseberry traybake

Lemon and white chocolate slice

Tea Brack (dairy free)

Don’t forget that The Terrace will be open if you want to sit outside!


Pretty Muddy!
Sam Dare, formerly of this parish writes:
The mud has returned! so I’m doing another Race for Life Pretty Muddy at Exeter on 18th June to raise money for Cancer Research.
If you would like to sponsor me please follow the link to my Just Giving page.
Samantha’s Race for Life | Cancer Research UK Giving Pages

Contrary to what you may have heard, Moviola on Tuesday 10th will be West Side Story directed by Steven Spielberg. It’s a long film (2hours 36 minutes) but very well reviewed. Ariana DeBose won the Oscar for Best Performance by an actress in a Supporting Role. A film not to be missed!

Down to Earth
The Plant Swap and Seed swap are both back in business at Haccombe – come along and help yourself, and please leave any surplus plants and seeds you have.

Early Purple Orchids
A fantastic display of these beautiful flowers at Hasland this year with over 75 throughout their orchard. Contact Sue Nicholson if you want to go and see them suenicholson1960@me.com
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Membury Flower, Fruit, Vegetable and Produce Show
Are you ready for a triumphant return of the Show on July 30th?
Drop me a message if you want an electronic schedule. If you want a printed copy, there will be some at the village hall in a day or two, or if you let me know I’ll make sure one of us drops one round to you shortly. The entry form will follow.

Special Constable Recruitment
Special Constables, our volunteer police officers, get a real feeling of achievement from helping others while supporting regular officers and contributing to the local community.

They give a minimum 16 hours of their time each month, have the same powers as Police Officers; and undergo dedicated training and development.
We are currently open for recruitment, which closes on Sunday 29 May 2022.
We also hold virtual awareness events throughout the campaign, why not come along and learn more about the role. 
For more information or to sign up to an awareness event, please visit the link below.
Visit our website – Special Constable – Information and Apply

Jubilee Bulletin No 18

Just to confirm that the next Jubilee planning meeting will take place on Wednesday May 11th in the village hall. Start time is approximately 7:30pm. The meeting will start following the conclusion of the MerryMakers AGM (7pm start – refreshments from 6:30)
The MerryMakers were hoping that maybe some of you who are helping with the Jubilee might be encouraged to join our committee.
We are making good progress with plans, thanks to everyone’s efforts. I look forward to updating you all.
Sue Nicholson suenicholson1960@me.com

Techie Stuff
All the audio-visual kit has now been installed in the village hall and is in use. This will allow connection from three separate video sources at the same time (the blu-ray player in the cupboard and up to two computers or similar pieces of equipment – one near the screen and one near the equipment cupboard), the CD / tape player, any bluetooth device (such as a phone), a radio mike and a wall mike. There is a small monitor screen in the cupboard as well. The user manual has been written and we are hoping to set up a training session which will last about an hour for anyone who may be involved in using the equipment. No date for this has been set yet, but if you think this will be of interest to you, please drop me a message. The more, the merrier!


News from Membury Tuesday 26th April



  1. There is no service at Membury Church on May 8th
  2. The message sent out yesterday claimed to be due to be sent on 25th This was clearly not true.
  3. To be vintage, a car needs to be pre-1930 – so most of our cars at the Jubilee show will be post-vintage thoroughbreds

Hannah de Bruin has a small 6ft trampoline to give away if anyone in the village is interested. Contact her via hannahphysio19@gmail.com

Ringing for Refugees

As Andy Jarvis and the Reverend Nicky Davies have organised the following event this Saturday at Uplyme church, we have had lots of interest with numerous bands of ringers across Devon coming together to do our bit for the “refugees of Ukraine”.
From our parish many thanks go to Bill Steer for his coordination and assistance in the organisation too.
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mark Shepherd shepherd-c1@sky.com .

The Duke of Burgundy
Apparently, the last time this butterfly was recorded in Devon was in the nineteenth century – so keep a look out!

At the Beehive
ukraine concert

Changes to Avian Flu Restrictions
Poultry and other captive birds can be let outside from 2nd May 2022 unless you are within a 3 km Protection Zone. But there are some vital preparations you must make before you let your birds out. See our press notice for full details https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-latest-situation-avian-influenza-prevention-zone-declared-across-great-britain

You can check if you fall within a 3 km Protection Zone by visiting our interactive map and entering your postcode. https://defra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=8cb1883eda5547c6b91b5d5e6aeba90d

If you fall within a 3 km Protection Zone birds must remain housed.
Although the requirement to house your birds is ending for most keepers, the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone remains in place. This means you must continue to practise strong biosecurity, as there is still a risk your birds could catch #BirdFlu.  See our biosecurity guide https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1064069/biosecurity-poultry-guide.pdf

Sustainable Stockland – Tuesday 3rd May
The next meet up of our friendly bunch of Sustainable Stocklanders will be next Tuesday 3rd May at 7pm in the Kings Room at the Kings Arms.
If you have an interest in the local environment, taking action on climate issues or protecting Stockland’s beautiful natural surroundings, please do come along. All welcome.
Claire claireholgate@hotmail.co.uk 07771 786610

EDDC plastic free challenge and “how on Earth” webinars
As part of East Devon Together, which is our celebration of all things sustainable and local, we are running a “live plastic free challenge” during the week 6-12th June. Now living totally plastic-free is impossible but we want to raise awareness of the alternatives to as many people as possible. It might seem too hard and expensive, so to dispel some myths, we are running a series of webinars entitled “how on Earth” to help people with some hints and tips from local plastic-free expert Sarah Allen.
The webinars are .
10th May at 12pm
12th May at 7pm
24th May at 5.30pm
To book, please email environment@eastdevon.gov.uk and the zoom link will be sent

As part of the Culturally Chard Festival this weekend, Cinechard are screening Disney’s Encanto at the Guildhall in Chard at 3pm for 3:30pm on Saturday 30th. Come and see the latest Disney blockbuster on the big screen – entry is free to everyone, but this is expected to be very popular so you might want to get there a bit early.

News from Membury Monday 25th April – Jubilee Special

Jubilee Bulletin no 17

Membury Celebrates Queens Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee June 2nd-June 5th, 2022
Thursday June 2nd

We are planning to open our celebrations by participating in the national community beacon lighting. Our beacon will be lit on Membury Castle, with fireworks to follow.
For everyone’s safety only the organisers will be permitted at the beacon and public viewing will be from the village car park and churchyard. This approach worked well at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
We are planning a pop-up bar and barbeque at the village hall, and the church bells will welcome everyone along to view the beacon. Light up time is scheduled (currently) at 9:45pm.

Friday June 3rd

We will continue our celebrations with a special Oak Apple Café and Vintage Car Display during Friday afternoon.
The café will be 1950’s themed and fancy dress will be optional! Jenny and her band of bakers will be working hard to recreate some interesting recipes and the car park will be full of vintage cars.
The History Society are planning to have a Queen Elizabeth II exhibition in the committee room in the village hall (available to view all weekend). And we plan to show the Queen’s Coronation on a 1950s TV!

Saturday June 4th

We plan to livestream the Platinum Jubilee concert in the village hall. Come and celebrate with friends at the pop-up pub.

Sunday June 5th

Our BIG event will be our street party on Sunday June 5th 2-5:30pm – well actually our ‘car park’ party! Whatever the venue it will be lovely to gather in the June sunshine and socialise with friends and family.
We will set up tables and chairs in the hall carpark. This will be a Bring Your Own food event and we encourage you to bring along picnic food for yourselves, and maybe some to share. Cakes will be VERY welcome.
We will also have use of Rachel and Phil Pearse’s field 200m south of the car park (entrance opposite the Folly). This would be a good area for the more energetic to let off steam, or to sit on picnic rugs and enjoy the scenery.
The pop-up bar will run in the village hall, and hopefully we won’t have run out of beer by then. We are hoping to have games, face painting, and music!
And there’s more……..a red, white, and blue fancy dress competition, and a” Jubilee Queen for the Day” – more details to follow on how to nominate. Does anyone have a throne we can borrow?
And finally, we will close out our celebrations with Jubilee Praise at 6pm in the Church. After the bells have welcomed us to church the Raucous Chorus will be singing as we celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

For the entire weekend car parking will be available in the field behind Bay Tree House (Old Post Office). Those of you who normally park at the hall please can you use the field or find an alternative for the Jubilee weekend.
We kindly request that you try to avoid having any deliveries on Sunday 5th Jun. If you can defer any grocery/amazon deliveries until Monday 6th that will limit road usage for the duration of our party.
Wet weather plan: Village Hall! We will decide on the morning of the 5th if we need to move everything to the hall.

Red, white, and blue decorations are encouraged throughout the village. And don’t forget your royal scarecrows!

Thinking of coming along? Please respond to the survey! (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JSDZP8).
 Suzie will be out and about with her camera. If you would prefer not to have your photograph taken, then please let us/her know.

News from Membury Sunday 24th April

What’s on in Membury

Week commencing April 25th

Monday April 25th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday April 26th

Wednesday April 27th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 28th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 29th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 30th

Sunday May 1st
Holy Communion in Membury Church at 11am

Week commencing May 2nd
Bank Holiday Monday May 2nd

Tuesday May 3rd

Wednesday May 4th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday May 5th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday May 6th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday May 7th

Sunday May 8th
Morning Prayer in Membury Church at 11am

Bird News
Marilyn Burrough heard her first cuckoo of the season yesterday morning between Thorn Farm and Bewley Farm yesterday morning

Butterfly News
Miranda from Yarcombe was excited to see a Duke of Burgundy butterfly (Hamearis Lucina) in her garden a few days ago. She was unable to capture a picture of it, but hopes to see it again. This is possibly the rarest butterfly in Britain, and as far as I can tell has never been seen in Devon before, although there is a small colony in Dorset.

This small butterfly with a wingspan of just over an inch frequents scrubby grassland and sunny woodland clearings, typically in very low numbers. The adults rarely visit flowers and most sightings are of the territorial males as they perch on a prominent leaf at the edge of scrub. The females are elusive and spend much of their time resting or flying low to the ground looking for suitable egg-laying sites.


Vegetation News 1
Someone has placed a small wheeled barrow filled with beautiful plants by the telegraph pole adjacent to Clarence Cross. Thank you, whoever did this – it looks lovely and it brightens up the village!

Vegetation News 2
The bluebells and wild garlic over at Yarty Copse are looking spectacular at the moment. It’s quite dry and well worth a visit.

Thank you from Richard Challis
Thanks to everyone for keeping the carpark clear.
We had a lovely service in the church and the Hall was perfect for afterwards. Very lucky to live where we do.
Thanks again.

Devon County Council Update

News from Membury Friday 22nd April

Jubilee Bulletin No 15

It would be appreciated if you could complete the Jubilee survey by next week if possible to give us an idea of numbers. It doesn’t need to be spot on, but it would be good if you could give us an approximate idea of numbers
It should take no more than 2 minutes.
Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JSDZP8
Thank you so much for all of your support

Membury Merrymakers AGM
Membury MerryMakers will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the village hall on Wednesday May 11th, preceded by cheese and wine, and followed by the Jubilee planning meeting.
We invite you to come along to hear what the MerryMakers have been up to in the last year, and to help shape our plans for the next year. Our key role is to raise money to fund the Membury Mercury magazine, by providing entertainment for villagers.
This year we will be losing 2 of our already small committee. Jill Bellamy will be stepping down as chair, and leaving the committee. Janet Andrew will also be resigning from the committee. Both Jill and Janet have contributed much to our community, and we thank them for their hard work.
So down to 5 we are in search of new members and new ideas! We need your help! The more the merrier!

  • Cheese and wine from 6:30pm
  • AGM at 7pm
  • Jubilee Meeting around 7:30pm

Anyone interested in joining the MerryMakers committee please let Sue Nicholson (secretary) know. Suenicholson1960@me.com

Sue Nicholson, Daniel Lazar, Jenny Beaman, Rose Shepherd, Patrick White

Jubilee Bulletin No 16

Appeal to the over-70s from the MERCURY editorial team.
There are quite a number of us in Membury – over-70s, that is; if you are 70, you must have been born in 1952, when the Queen acceded to the throne. Most of your memories of the 1950s will be childhood ones, many will not be local, but they can still reflect the decade more vividly than cold historical facts. Our centre feature for the June issue is intended to be based on these memories (see p18 of the Spring issue) but the deadline is just 2 weeks away (May 6th) and, so far, we have received only one response. Many of the memories will be shared, so the contributors will not be named. We included the following list to jog your memory, and you may only be able to answer some of them, but that’s fine. Come on, Membury! This is your magazine, and we need your contributions to bring the 50s back to life. Drop us a note, on paper to the Village Hall mailbox, or by e-mail to the Mercury address. Otherwise, you can ‘phone us on 01404 881291. Oh – and don’t forget the recipe page!

  • What sort of house did you live in?
  • How was it heated?
  • Did you have a bathroom / an inside loo?
  • Did you have a ‘fridge – a family car – a telephone?
  • Where/how did your family shop?
  • What sort of school did you attend?
  • What was school life like then?
  • Did you have a television?
  • Did you see the Coronation ceremony?
  • Do you remember how you felt, at the time?
  • What were you doing on Coronation Day?
  • Did you go to a street party, or some other community celebration?

Flower and Produce Show
The Flower and Produce Show return on 30th July this year at the Village Hall – so please save the date and get sowing, sewing and possibly jamming!
The categories for Art this year will be as follows

  • “Black and White” in any medium
  • “Garden Pots” in watercolour
  • “Original Picture” in any medium

The Categories for photography will be

  • “Reflections”
  • “The long and the short of it”

East Devon District Council Update
Virtual parking permits £10 per month for locals from Monday!

Mike Capper vs DCC
Neil Parish MP has written to DCC on behalf of Mike Capper with regard to the disallowed road closure. Watch this space …

Plasterer needed
Can anyone recommend a good plasterer with reasonable availability?

100 Club results
The results for April are in …
Richard and Felicity Challis £30
Allan Gyngell £10
Joseph Pearse £10

It’s Not Just in Membury …
A car transporter carrying 9 cars has become stuck on a narrow country lane near Wellington. One of the cars has sustained damage from the tree
wellington lorry

Membury Mercury Advertisements April 2022

All the good people listed here help pay the costs of the Membury Mercury, delivered four times a year. Just as they support us, please consider supporting them.
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News from Membury Tuesday 19th April

Car Park Request 1
Edward Challis is being christened on Saturday 23rd and your cooperation in keeping the car park free from 10:30 would be much appreciated. It is anticipated that most people will be gone by 14:00.

Car Park Request 2
Following the sudden death of Mr James (Jim) Grabham of Cranborne Farm, Churchill, there will be a Thanksgiving Service held on Friday 29th April 2022 at 2:30pm in Membury Church. Family flowers only please. Donations can be made to Devon Air Ambulance or Exeter Hospice at the service if you wish.

Jubilee Bulletin No 14

As you know, the village is working really hard to ensure that we have a Platinum Jubilee to remember.
In order to aid our planning, we would be most grateful if you could please complete this survey so that we can establish an idea of how many people may be attending our village events. It should take no more than 2 minutes.
Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7JSDZP8
Thank you so much for all of your support

Avian Influenza
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 7 April 2022 in poultry at premises near Ilminster, South Somerset, Somerset. All birds on the infected premises have been humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises.
bird flu

Seaton Music Concert
Thursday 21st April 19:30 at the Gateway, Seaton
Leon McCawley plays Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.
“One of today’s most impeccably musical pianists”
For tickets: http://www.seatonmusic.org/ticket21.html

No Dig Gardening at the Yarty Gardening Club
Thursday 21st April at Otterford Parish Hall, Bishopswood at 7.30pm
At our April meeting, we are delighted to be hosting the world-renowned gardener Charles Dowding who is coming to talk to us about No Dig Gardening. He is also well versed in the practices of Biodynamic gardening. Charles started growing vegetables in 1981, created 4 no dig market gardens on different soils: stony, silt, white and ordinary clay. Currently he grows salad leaves and vegetables near Shepton Mallet for sale locally. He has also written books and articles for national gardening magazines, and regular uploads of videos to his You Tube channel. During lockdown Charles became a surprise sensation, attracting 30,000 new YouTube subscribers and more than two million views of his videos in the space of three weeks. He is a busy man also giving talks and courses at home and abroad, so we are really pleased that he has agreed to come and talk to us.
If you would like to hear Charles, he will be speaking on . We expect this will be a well-attended meeting which is free to members of the club. If you have not yet joined the club you are of course welcome to become a member. However, if you would just like to come to this meeting there are tickets available for £5. You can reserve a ticket and pick it up from 7pm at the door.
Please email kaye@kayeantonelli.com or paulinebartlett@btinternet.com to book your ticket.

Talking Rubbish in Chardstock
Saturday, April 23rd 10:00 – 12:00
Chardstock Community Hall
A social morning, all welcome
Come and chew over plastic … mini-repair café … stalls … quiz … learn how to make beeswax food wraps … tips on how to reduce waste … free seeds … laugh and chat … free tea, coffee and cake.
Chardstock Eco Group

Yarcombe Big Breakfast
yarcombe breakfast

Axminster Guildhall Quiz
guildhall quiz

What’s on the Beehive, Honiton
Thu 21st 19:00 – NT Live: Henry V
Sat 23rd 20:00 – Noble Jacks + Support
Thu 28th 14:00 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Sat 30th – Concert for Ukraine

News from Membury 17th April 2022

Jubilee Bulletin no 13

It’s all coming together …
Do you have a large BBQ that can be used during the village’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations?
We’d love some hay bales to use at the Jubilee Street Party. Do you have any we can borrow?
Please contact Sue if you can help with either request – suenicholson1960@me.com
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What’s on in Membury
Week commencing April 18th

Monday April 18th

Tuesday April 19th

Wednesday April 20th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 21st
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 22nd
Post Office in the Village Hall 103pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 23rd

Sunday April 24th

Week commencing April 25th

Monday April 25th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
Tuesday April 26th

Wednesday April 27th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm
Thursday April 28th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 29th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 30th

Sunday May 1st
Membury Church Communion Service 11am

News from Membury 15th April 2022

Some good news, and some bad news

The Good News
The Fish and Chips is ON, so if you’ve ordered, please turn up a little after 6:00pm to pick them up. The pop-up pub will not, however, be running.

The Bad News
I’ve had a report that the oil beetle didn’t make it across the road – now he’s more of a slick than a beetle.

Don’t Forget
That neither the café, nor the Post Office will be operating tomorrow.

Sandra has a lot of eggs at the moment, so if you are one of her regulars and you want more just let her know. She is also expanding her delivery round to Rock, Tolcis, Furley and anyone else reasonably local. Contact her via boomembury@outlook.com or 07921 451580

Wellbeing Workshops
Ever fancied learning more about photography? Tai Chi? Maybe learning how to maximise your wellbeing at work? Join our FREE online workshops beginning after Easter …
Wellbeing and resilience are at the heart of Devon’s ability to survive, recover and thrive. If we look after ourselves and our teams we can all reap the personal and professional benefits.
Wellbeing Works is an exciting opportunity for Devon based individuals, businesses and employees to benefit from the tools, techniques and inspiration we need to prioritise and develop our wellbeing and resilience during the pandemic recovery period.
If you are Devon based and over 18 you may be able to access a free 1:1 wellbeing check-in and attend free wellbeing workshops.
Our Boost workshops are short, welcoming, fun workshops – a chance to focus on yourself, meet some local experts and learn new techniques!

Join us for this ‘photography for wellbeing workshop’ featuring photographer & wellbeing educator Vanessa Miles from Well Image.
Join us for this ‘physical activity for wellbeing workshop’ featuring physical activity expert Anita Griggs from Vista Wellbeing.
We’ve also got Doodling, The Power of Routine and Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation coming up soon!
View all our Boost workshops here

An Eponymous Tit
From Tony Marsh
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East Devon District Council Residents Update

Devon County Council Update

News from Membury 14th April 2022 ** Fish and Chips Special **

We have had very few takers so far for the fish and Chips on Saturday at the Village Hall. Unless we can attract at least 30 people we will be forced to cancel. Please let Jill know by tomorrow (Friday) 3pm if you would like to order. You can reach her on 01404 881641, 07710 849984 or jill-folletts@outlook.com

News from Membury 13th April 2022

Errors and Omissions
The more astute of you may have noticed that I recently advertised fish and chips on two adjacent Saturdays. Alas this is not to be – fish and chips are available this Saturday only, and not on the 23rd.

I was heartily castigated by one of our more peripheral parishioners for describing this as Easter Week.
“Just being pedantic, (sorry, I can’t help it!) but this isn’t Easter Week as you say in your email – this is Holy Week, ending this Saturday which is Holy Saturday. Then we have Easter Day, Easter Monday and the rest of Easter Week next week.”

Membury Church
There is a good Friday service at Membury Church on April 15th at 12 noon. “An Hour at the Cross”

 Easter in Stockland
stockland easter

At the Beehive, Honiton
Royal Opera screening: La Traviata
Thu 14 April 6.45pm (12A)
Adult £17, Student £11
Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Directed by Richard Eyre.
In a glamorous and superficial society, a courtesan sacrifices all for love. Courtesan Violetta (Pretty Yende) sings some of Verdi’s most acclaimed arias including the joyous ‘Sempre Libera’, in her poignant and passionate encounters with Alfredo and Germont.

Oil beetles
There are a lot of oil beetles around at the moment. Oil beetles are conspicuous, charismatic beetles that are so-called because they exude a yellowish oily substance from their leg joints when threatened. Oil beetles have an extraordinary life-cycle that is intricately linked to that of solitary bees. After hatching, oil beetle larvae (known as triungulins) make their way onto a flower head where they lie in wait for a solitary bee. Using specialised hooks on their feet, they attach themselves to the back of a visiting solitary bee female and when the bee returns to its underground nest, the triungulin disembarks and continues its development underground, eating through the bee’s stores of pollen and nectar. The following year, it emerges as an adult oil beetle ready to start the life-cycle all over again.
The National Oil Beetle Recording Scheme collates records for oil beetles and allies in the family Meloidae, of which there are 11 UK species. The scheme was established in February 2021 and is organised by Liam Olds.
If you have seen an oil beetle, please add your record to iRecord (with a photo if at all possible), or contact the scheme to send it in direct.
This particular oil beetle was crossing the road just up from the village hall.
oil beetle

Open Gardens
Once again private gardens are opening up to raise money for Hospiscare. A total of 45 gardens in Exeter, Mid and East Devon will be inviting people in, some for a small admission charge, others in exchange for a donation of the visitor’s choice to the charity.
To see the full selection of gardens, along with their opening dates and details, visit Hospiscare’s website to download a booklet. The booklet can also be collected from garden centres and tourist information centres, or ordered by calling 01392 688020.

Wild East Devon News

Carpet Fitter
We’ve just had new hall, stairs and landing carpet fitted by Martin Richards 07540375130 martinrichards64@gmail.com. He was very efficient, turned up promptly, didn’t stop for lunch and did an excellent job. Highly recommended. We bought the new carpet from Wells (by the level crossing in Axminster) who were also a pleasure to deal with. Also highly recommended.

New Freezer
The new freezer has arrived at the village hall, and will be commissioned tomorrow when it’s settled. Let’s hope it’ll be quieter than the old one. This has been funded by a Reconnect Rebuild Recover grant from Devon County Council.

Recovered Vehicle
One of the many petrol-heads of Membury has made a discovery …
If a young Captain America in Stockland or Membury has mislaid his or her car, it was found locally on Monday, abandoned but in perfect running condition. Please contact me if you know the driver …
toy car

Who knew it?
Apparently, we are now local to Cornwall!
If you have an EX postcode, you can get a “locals” pass to the Eden Project for £16 valid to the end of March 2023 – this is less than half the price of a normal adult admission which is also valid for a year. Visit https://www.edenproject.com/visit/book-tickets/eden-project-locals-pass for more details

Wildlife Garden Award
Calling all wildlife gardening enthusiasts … how about getting the Wildlife Gardening Award from Devon Wildlife Trust? It’s dead simple to do. There’s a list of wildlife-friendly things to do in your garden, and all you have to do is send photos and a few words about your garden to DWT. Come on Membury! Shall we see how many gardens we can get involved and awarded for the amazing things we do for wildlife?

Talking Rubbish Coffee Morning
Saturday, April 23rd 10am – Noon
Chardstock Community Hall
A social morning, all welcome
Come and chew over plastic … mini-repair café … stalls … quiz … learn how to make beeswax food wraps … tips on how to reduce waste … free seeds … laugh and chat … free tea, coffee and cake

News from Membury 10th April 2022

A very Early Swallow
Patrick spotted two very early swallows on the way back from Yarcombe yesterday. Can anyone beat this?

Road Traffic Incident in Chardstock
A burgundy Land Rover parked inside the 30mph speed limit – just down from The George Inn, Chardstock – was hit and badly damaged on Friday, April 8th at around 9pm by a blue Skoda Fabia (the head lamp was left behind). The driver did not stop. The Land Rover has had to be written off so the impact was significant, and the Skoda must have been badly damaged. Witnesses/information is being sought.
land rover

Not So Suspicious vehicle
Apparently, Mr Barr has been offering tarmac in the area for many years and has even done some work for an ex-parishioner – so is probably harmless

Jubilee Bulletin No 12

Tomorrow night sees the postponed Jubilee Planning Meeting at the Village Hall at 7pm. Were you involved in planning the last Jubilee party here? Please come along and lend us your wisdom!

King Richard is showing at the Village Hall on Tuesday night at 7pm for 7:30. It’s 2 hours 20 minutes long, and I’m told that even if you don’t follow tennis it’s a terrific film. The film will be screened by the deputy-sub-under projectionist since Richard is still unwell, so wish me luck.
Let’s hope that Richard and Molly both make swift recoveries from their bouts of COVID.

Happy Easter
It’s Easter week, so the toddler group will not be running at the school on Tuesday, and both the Oak Apple Café and the travelling Post Office will be closed on Good Friday

Fish and Chips
Not everything is closed for the Easter weekend. Fish and Chips at the new price of £7 will be available from 6pm on Saturday 16th from the van in the car park. Place your order with Jill 01404 881641 or jill-folletts@outlook.com

Membury Church
Membury Church remembers loved ones by having a lily flower in their name for Easter. Anyone who would like to remember please contact Debbie Burrough 01404881479 or by email debbieburrough@aol.com. A list of names will be put up in church

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing April 11th

Monday April 11th
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
Merrymakers Jubilee Planning Meeting 7:00pm

Tuesday April 12th
Moviola in the Village Hall 7.00pm for 7:30 King Richard

Wednesday April 13th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 14th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 15th
Saturday April 16th
Fish and Chips, Village Hall car park 6pm – 7pm
Pop-up pub at the Village Hall from 6pm.

Sunday April 17th
Easter Sunday Holy Communion at Membury Church 11am

Week commencing April 18th

Monday April 18th

Tuesday April 19th

Wednesday April 20th
Short Mat Bowls AGM in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 21st
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 22nd
Post Office in the Village Hall 1 – 3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 23rd
Fish and Chips 6-7pm Village Hall Car Park
Pop Up pub in the Village Hall from 6pm

Sunday April 24th

News from Membury 8th April 2022

You will be pleased to hear that the distressed dog reported as loose earlier was swiftly reunited with his owner

Remote Access Scams
More than £50 million was lost last year to scams where victims are tricked into handing over control of their computer or smartphone to criminals.
New data from Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, reveals that 20,144 people fell victim to scams where they were persuaded to grant criminals remote access to their device. Victims reported losing a total of £57,790,384 – an average loss of £2,868 per victim.
Remote Access scams will often begin with a browser pop-up saying that your computer is infected with a virus, or maybe a call from someone claiming to be from your bank saying that they need to connect to your computer in order to cancel a fraudulent transaction on your account. Regardless of the narrative the fraudster’s use, their goal is to steal your money or access your financial information by tricking you into allowing them to remotely connect to your computer.

Commercial and domestic fuel thefts
Fuel theft has increased recently (£30,000 was stolen from Launceston), and as the price is so high, it is likely that the situation will only get worse.
If you have a fuel tank – either domestic, agricultural or commercial – please review its security. Is it locked/alarmed? Is there security lighting/CCTV?
Offenders will often use curtain sided vehicles or commercial vans to carry large containers for these offences. If you see these types of vehicles acting suspiciously, especially under cover of darkness, please report it to the police including as much detail of those involved as possible.
Measures to consider for vehicles:

  • Keep vehicles in a secure area, preferably a garage, shed or outbuildings, wherever possible.
  • Do not leave keys in or near a vehicle where they can be easily found.
  • Consider the use of locking fuel caps.
  • Re-fuel vehicles just before the planned journey rather than leaving a vehicle fully fuelled overnight.
  • Use defensive parking techniques, wherever possible park vehicles against solid objects on the fuel tank side to prevent access

For Storage Tanks:

  • Fit anti-siphoning devices.
  • Install or confirm existing CCTV is fit for purpose and train a camera on tanks and vulnerable vehicles.
  • Consider using ‘bunded’ fuel tanks if your existing storage facility is not of that type.
  • Remove portable storage from site (barrel and drums etc) or make them secure.
  • Consider installing fuel cap alarms – wireless transmitters can be placed inside the screw cap of the fuel tank. A magnetic switch on the device sets off an alarm if the cap is opened or tampered with.

A villager writes:
Our insurance for buildings and contents has come up for renewal.
No one will quote for listed building. Our Broker has tried only one Liverpool Victoria which is absolutely extortionate eye watering.
If anyone with listed building is able to make suggestions would be appreciated
Please contact me with any suggestions and I’ll pass them on.

Bin Collections
If your normal day for bin collections is Monday, please note that the collection on the 18th (Easter Monday) will be replaced by a collection the following day – Tuesday 19th.

Thank you Membury
From Yvette at Ninth Wave Global
I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the people of Membury who visited my Grandmother’s garden (that’s Sandra Capper) at East Membury Farm to see her snowdrops and for the donation from that and from the Oak Apple Café towards the work we do here in Mexico, this donation will be very useful for our projects we run here in educating the community of Campeche about environmental protection in a multi-faceted way! It is always so comforting to know that wonderful people all over the world support the work we do and how even a little can go a long way in this line of work.
Thank you again for the support, and I wish all the people of Membury the very best.

Open Gardens in Axminster
Hospiscare Open Gardens in Axminster this weekend – Please pop along and support to down load our brochure or find out more visit here http://ow.ly/xtaO50IC3hA

Phosphates in the Axe
Useful article here, published today. https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/river-axe-to-be-halted-8869584

Devon County Council Update
Welcoming Ukrainian refugees to Devon; free wellbeing support to help with Devon’s COVID-19 recovery and more on who is eligible for Spring boosters. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/3123263

East Devon District Council Update

Another Suspicious vehicle
L11BAR Mitsubishi L200 has been offering “left over tarmac” in the area. It has been seen in both Yarcombe and Stockland, and the police have been made aware.

Membury Primary Academy
The children would like to thank the village for their generous donations at the café last week – they raised just over £80, and the children want to spend it on new pens and playground activity.
Here is their latest newsletter
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News from Membury 7th April 2022

Oak Apple Café
After their phenomenal success a few weeks ago, Ana, our new Clerk to the Council, will once again be making custard tarts to delight us at the café tomorrow.
Here’s the full menu

  • Leek, potato and wild garlic soup
  • Sausage rolls
  • Puff pastry tartlets (veggie)
  • Courgette and lime traybake
  • Hasty Victoria sponge
  • Date and walnut cake (gluten free)
  • Pastel de nata

Don’t forget – the café is open from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, and if the weather is good The Terrace will be in use!

Mobile Library
The mobile library will be visiting us a week early because of the Easter break. Pick up your books at Gowan Brae from 13:10 – 13:40, or from the Village Hall car park from 13:50 – 14:30

Membury Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting took place in the Village Hall on Tuesday, with 9 electors present along with Parish Councillors, and both our District and County Councillors. Paul Hayward, our East Devon District Councillor, was able to give a little more detail on the issue of phosphates in the Axe catchment area, but the council is still trying to work out how to respond to the information from Natural England.

Stockland Book Club
The next meeting of the Stockland Book Club is on Saturday 9th April at 11am at the Kings Arms.
Do come along for a lively discussion on what we are all currently reading. All in the lovely environment of the Kings Room+ coffee and cakes! See you there.
For more information ring Paul Spencer on 01404 881819.

Stockland Church Easter Brunch
The Easter Brunch will be going ahead on Easter Monday, 18th April, from 10.00am – 12.00pm in the village hall. This will be followed by the walk organised by Rowena and Bryan Drew. The walk will start at 12.30pm from the village hall car park, and go towards Ham and will follow the recently repaired lane by the stream, before returning to the village hall.
The brunch will be a full breakfast with coffee or tea and fruit juice, toast and jam or marmalade. Adults: £8 and Children under 16: £4. If a full breakfast is not required then coffee tea and toast will be available for £2.50.
It would be appreciated if you could book in for breakfast with Nancy Patch on 01404 881675 or Rozanne Bulmer on 01404 41907 if possible, so that we have an idea of approximate numbers for catering. We should be able to cater for late arrivals then or extras without any problem.
For more information about the walk please contact Bryan or Rowena on 01404 881538.
We look forward to seeing you all there and catching up after a 2 year break.

Devon County Council
How to live safely with COVID-19

Stockland Market
stockland fair

Landowners – Get Involved with Saving Devon’s Treescapes Project

Queen’s Green Canopy
Plant trees for the Jubilee

Chardstock Eco Group
chardstock eco

Jubilee Bulletin No 11
Mike Capper has written to our MP …

“Dear Mr Parish,
Membury and Stockland and I suspect many other villages in your constituency, made the mistake of applying to the local council to close a street to hold a Jubilee Street Party. We were told we could submit a full Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice (TTRN), but this is an onerous process involving notifications to emergency services, post office, local businesses etc. It also incurs costs both for the application, and for signs, and we are required to have public liability insurance with minimum cover of £5m. The required diversion would need to use roads suitable for HGVs. The current plan is to jam the event in the car park, which means the road will be blocked with cars! If emergency access is required it will be much easier and quicker, to move the street party rather than the cars.
Given that the road leads to nowhere, that this is supposed to be a national STREET PARTY on a Bank Holiday Sunday, when there is  little chance of there being any  traffic –particularly HGVs, this appears to be ‘jobs worth’ at its worst and against the spirit of the celebrations.
I would be grateful if you would prevail on the relevant authorities  to ensure common sense rules are applied to street closures  to allow the country to celebrate this unique Jubilee as is intended, with Street Parties.
Yours Sincerely Mike Capper”

And our MP has replied …

“Dear Mr Capper,
Thank you for your email.
I appreciate your concerns.
Please can you indicate I have your permission to contact East Devon District Council on your behalf?
Kind regards, Neil Parish MP”

Watch this space …

Suspicious Vehicle
A Suspicious vehicle DY12 HFZ dark blue cab light flatbed trailer has been seen in the local area – a young man looking for scrap cars. Please be aware of this, and if you have concerns contact the police on 101

Goose Eggs
Fresh goose eggs for sale at Chapplecroft Farm. £1 per egg – terrific in baking. Also, hens’ eggs too. Call Sarah Sadler 07446 234705

Yarcombe Village Market
Saturday 9th April 10:00 – 12:00 at Yarcombe Jubilee Hall
Fantastic Local Produce – pies, cakes, cheese, butter, milk, honey, eggs, plants, jams, woodwork, metalwork, pottery, cards, household and much more.

News from Membury 4th April 2022

Membury Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting takes place tomorrow (Tuesday 5th) at 7:30pm in the Village Hall, which will be well ventilated. Please consider wearing a mask and testing before you come – COVID is currently quite widespread in the village. You are welcome to join us from 7pm for a glass of wine prior to the meeting.
Our last APM was held by Zoom last April, but Councillors are looking forward to welcoming you back into the hall.
This meeting is not a council meeting, but has been arranged by the Parish Council. It is an opportunity for all electors of the parish to speak on any matters of local interest


Mrs Ana Silson
2 Victoria Terrace
Dowell Street
EX14 1LU
Tel: 07907965358
Email: clerk@membury.eastdevon.gov.uk


Dear Parish Councillors and Members of the Public,
Councillors are summoned and members of the public are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Membury Parish Council, to be held in the Membury Village Hall on Tuesday 5th April 2022 at 7:30pm to discuss the following matters:


  1. Welcome and introduction by Councillor/Chairman Debbie Burrough
  2. Apologies
  3. Approve minutes from the zoom meeting 4th May 2021 annual meeting
  4. Report from County Councillor Mr Iain Chubb
  5. Report from the District Councillor Mr Paul Hayward
  6. Chairman’s report Mrs Debbie Burrough
  7. Precept and Finance report
  8. Considerations of other reports
  9. Public Forum
  10. Chairman’s concluding remarks

Ana Silson, Clerk to the Council, April 2022

Sustainable Stockland
Unfortunately, due to Covid the meeting planned for tonight has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for early May.

Oak Apple Café Donations
We had three nominations for donations submitted during April, and we plan to donate £100 to each of

  • RNLI
  • Westcountry Rivers Trust
  • Ninth Wave Global

You are probably familiar with the first two of these, but the third needs some explanation. The Cappers’ granddaughter Yvette runs a project in Mexico “El Campanario Campeche” with environmental sustainability, community engagement and nature friendly farming at its core. If you would like to know more about this, there’ll be information about it at the café shortly. Money that Sandra raises from garden visits etc. also goes to this project.

A Brief Mention of Easter and a Blatant Plug
Our daughter works for Chocolarder in Cornwall.
Chocolarder is one of the only small batch bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the country. They produce fine quality, stone ground chocolate using organic beans imported from single estate, family run plantations in Colombia, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Peru and the Dominican Republic. The select beans used at Chocolarder are roasted, winnowed and ground, refined and conched before being left to mature for at least 28 days. The chocolate is then tempered and made into bars before being lovingly wrapped in plastic free packaging. This obsessive attention to detail yields some of the finest chocolate in production today. Their range of Easter Eggs (including a great vegan one) has been featured in the press in lots of “best of” lists this year. Order this week if you want one in time. https://www.chocolarder.com/shop/

Cinechard – The French Dispatch (15)
Showing at Holyrood Academy in Chard Friday 8th at 7:30pm – tickets £6 on the door.
If you enjoyed “The Grand Budapest Hotel” or any other Wes Anderson film, you’ll appreciate the beauty of this, his latest, starring Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson and Frances McDormand.

Faced with the impending dissolution of The French Dispatch, a factual weekly report on various subjects, old-school editor-in-chief Arthur Howitzer Jr. assembles the crème de la crème of the magazine’s loyal expatriate journalists for one final issue. Against the backdrop of picturesque Ennui-sur-Blasé, Paris, France, three main articles unfold, pivoting around tormented genius artists, statuesque prison officers, flamboyant critics, moody idealists, conflicted ace reporters, legendary chefs, and, of course, the police

Membury Moviola – King Richard
We will be showing this Oscar winning film on Tuesday 12th (next week) in the Village Hall at 7pm for 7:30 – tickets £6 each as usual. We’ve tweaked the equipment and we hope that the sound quality will be better than it was for “Pig”. It goes without saying that for this show we’ll have bouncers on the door, just in case.
Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on Compton, California’s neglected tennis courts–rain or shine–the girls are shaped by their father’s unyielding commitment and their mother’s balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them. Based on the true story that will inspire the world, “King Richard” follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends.

Phosphates in the Axe
Further to the notes on phosphate pollution in the Axe catchment area East Devon District Council have published more detailed information which can be found here
and a map showing affected area has been published
phosphate map

News from Membury 3rd April 2022

A Message from our Neighbours
Chardstock Womblers – part of Chardstock Eco Group – would like to send greetings and thanks to those good folks in Membury who have been litter picking recently. Chardstock Womblers pick up the litter on every road and lane in the parish of Chardstock once a month including the stretch of Bewley Down that lies within the parish. The two Wombles who pick this stretch commented how uplifting it was to see the adjacent road squeaky clean too. Thank you, Membury Pickers.

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing April 4th

Monday April 4th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday April 5th
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall 7.30pm hosted by the Parish Council

Wednesday April 6th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 7th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 8th
School: Easter Service in Membury Church at 9:00am
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
Mobile Library, Gowan Brae and the Village Hall 13:10 – 14:40
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 9th

Sunday April 10th
Palm Sunday Holy Communion at Membury Church 11am

Week commencing April 11th

Monday April 11th
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
Merrymakers Jubilee Planning Meeting 7:00pm

Tuesday April 12th
Moviola in the Village Hall 7.00pm for 7:30 King Richard

Wednesday April 13th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 14th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 15th

Saturday April 16th
Fish and Chips, Village Hall car park 6pm – 7pm
Pop-up pub at the Village Hall from 6pm.

Sunday April 17th
Easter Sunday Holy Communion at Membury Church 11am

News from Membury 1st April 2022

Oak Apple Café
Thank you to those who supported the school at the café this afternoon. I can vouch for the quality of the pepper and pea frittata and the Victoria sponge!
The school will be running the café again in July.
Amongst other Special Guest Presenters, Membury Church will be in charge on May 6th and Down to Earth want to run the café one Friday in June. If you have a charity close to your heart or a club you want to promote you will be most welcome to take over one week in August or September. Just let us know one Friday.

COVID-19 in the area
It’s everywhere, so please take care and don’t abandon your face mask too hastily. Let’s wish all those in the area who have tested positive mild symptoms and a speedy recovery

Amazon Smile
Amazon has just donated £75.37 to ARC Axminster. If you shop at Amazon by using Amazon Smile and nominating AC we can increase the amount they get. There is no extra cost to you – just visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/

Phosphates in the Axe
Just as we are starting to test the water quality in the Yarty the following article (summarised here) has appeared in Axminster Nub News https://axminster.nub.news/latest-newsletter
This has already brought to a halt the plans that the Yarcombe Community Land Trust has to build 6 new affordable home in the parish.

“East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been told it should no longer grant planning permission to any development that could increase phosphate levels in the River Axe, which are said to be causing a “significant issue”.

Phosphates are naturally occurring and are released slowly, at low levels, from natural sources such as bankside erosion. However, phosphates can also enter rivers from land management practices, sewerage and foul water that can contain detergents and food waste.

High levels of phosphate can lead to the prolific growth of algae in rivers, which at worst can kill plants and animals and even pose a risk to human health.

In summary, the following types of developments in the catchment area may be affected:
• New residential units (but not annexes) – including holiday and tourist accommodation, gypsy sites/pitches, agricultural workers dwelling
• Commercial development – where overnight accommodation is provided
• Agricultural development – additional barns, slurry stores etc, where it is likely to lead to an increase in herd size
• Prior Notification of agricultural development where, as a result of the development, the herd size may increase. Also prior notifications for change of use to dwellings
• Anaerobic Digesters
• Reserve matters applications for residential development
• Appeals (for schemes including residential and agricultural etc outlined above)
• This may include Discharge of conditions to the above development types of development but we are unsure of this at present”

Forde Abbey
The house reopens today (Friday).
Magnolia is at its best in the arboretum and rhododendrons and azaleas are looking beautiful in the Woodland Garden. The Tulip Extravaganza starts on April 15th

Membury Academy
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Aid for Ukraine
I’ve been asked about organisations looking to support animals in Ukraine, and in response Kerstin has signposted the following …
animal aid

East Devon District Council Residents Update

Devon County Council Update

Axminster Repair Café
Back at the Guildhall tomorrow 10:00 – 13:00 fixing up broken household items

News from Membury 30th March 2022

Oak Apple Café
The Oak Apple Café team are temporarily handing over the aprons to Membury School, so all money raised will be supporting them this week. There’ll be a display of their work, and on the menu we have

  • Parsnip Soup and Bread
  • Vegan Pepper and Pea Party Frittatas
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Shortbread Biscuits
  • Gluten Free Date and Walnut Cake

Support the next generation!

The 10-day Mr Motivator Workout Challenge raising funds for The William Low Trust
To help Helen and Craig…

Membury Church
Remember loved ones by having a lily flower in their name for Easter at the church. Anyone who would like to remember please contact Debbie Burrough 01404881479 or by email. A list of names will be put up in church.

Sustainable Stockland
The next meet-up of the Sustainable Stockland environment group is next Monday, 4th April at 7pm in the Kings Room at the Kings Arms, Stockland. It would be great to see you there. Feel free to share this and invite others along.

  1. CSI River Testing – quick update
  2. Jubilee street party – ‘eco’ ideas
  3. Litter picking map, tbc
  4. Group setup & funding?
  5. Any other business

Grow Wild
Grow Wild has grants of £2000 available for community groups across the UK.
It’s not too late to apply!
We want to hear from anyone who:

  • Is part of a community, youth or voluntary group
  • Has a project idea that will boost biodiversity and connect local people with nature
  • Knows of an urban space that could be positively transformed with UK native plants

Not sure if your project is eligible? Get in touch with us via the contact details on our application page.
Apply by 10am, Monday 4th April 2022!

COVID-19 Testing
Find out who can get free COVID-19 tests after Friday 1st April
Tesco is selling them for £2 per test

Devon Communities Together
Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme
Free training workshops for community businesses and social enterprises!
We’re delighted to be able to offer a series of fully funded training workshops for community businesses, community groups, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, sole traders and anyone who has a great idea for their community that they’d like to take forward

  • Where does the money come from?
  • Creating new ideas
  • Getting real about climate change

The courses are running in Barnstaple and Tavistock – neither of which is particularly convenient, but if you get in touch they may be able to organise local dates too. https://salesforce.123formbuilder.com/form-6106955/

Membury Weather
It’s going to be very cold tonight, so fleece-up your delicates and cross your fingers.
To help keep you warm, here is a picture of two of Claire and Chris’s sheep.
warm sheep

Learn Devon
Learn Devon provides adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council, and new course are starting in April. Many of the courses are on zoom and, even if you’ve never used it before, they have a great guide to help you start. Nearly all of the courses are free, apart from the Creative Writing which has a small cost. Amongst their on-line courses you can sign up for the following:

  • Creative Writing: Inspired by Castle Stories and Poems
  • Improve your English (join at any time)
  • Improve your Maths: (join at any time)
  • Presentation Software (level 2)
  • Spreadsheet Software: Excel (level 2)
  • Word Processing (level 2)

I can recommend the last three which are taught by Simon Longstaff who has run the two photo editing courses I’ve attended (the next one is full!). His manner helps even the most IT-phobic people understand how to get the best from their software and produce useful documents. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course, and this will look good on your CV.

Burrow Farm Gardens
Reopens 1st April
East Devon’s Secret Garden has lost some of its secrecy! In November 2021 it was named The Nations Favourite Public Garden in a competition run by The English Garden and National Garden Scheme.
When looking for gardens to visit in the South West of England look no further!
East Devon’s secret garden is situated in the idyllic countryside between Axminster & Honiton. The 13-acre garden has colour throughout the year from the spring flowers through to the stunning Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May. Visit in late summer to see the Grasses Garden created to celebrate 50 years of Burrow Farm Gardens. https://burrowfarmgardens.co.uk/

Axe Vale and District Conservation Society
Loads of events coming up …

  • Thursday 7th April 09:00 – 12:00 Bird Watching at Beer Head
  • Tuesday 12th April 14:00 – 16:00 Family Explorer afternoon at Trinity Hill
  • Thursday 21st April 08:00 – all day Bird Watching on Portland Bill
  • Wednesday 4th May 10:00 – 12:30 Botanical Stroll Musbury Castle
  • Thursday 12th May 08:00 – all day Bird Watch Somerset Levels

Visit https://www.avdcs.org/events.html for more information

News from Membury 28th March 2022

Jubilee Bulletin No 9

Given the number of covid cases in our community We have decided to reschedule the Jubilee Planning meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. Many people are uncomfortable to gather in large numbers at this time.
The new date will be Monday 11th April.

Membury Church
There was a Mothering Sunday service yesterday. Membury School made the flower posies for the service and £100.00 was collected to go to the Ukraine fund. Thank you to all who contributed.

Rock and Roll
Sara Cranfield has an outside rocking chair, free to collector, but a donation to the DEC for Ukraine would be acceptable. Frame work needs a bit of a re-spray, but otherwise in good order. Reason for sale: VERY low to the ground, and difficult to get out of when one is getting old & decrepit like me!!

Contact Sara – 881567 or e-mail cranfield56@gmail.com

Jubilee Bulletin no10

Do you remember back in the days of the first lockdown, scarecrows popped up in all sorts of places? They became a talking point for all sorts of reasons, but generally made us smile. Well, with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coming up, let’s try & replicate some more, but with a ‘Royal’ theme. They can be any Royal, living or dead. (No decapitated ones, please). A member of the armed forces on parade, even a corgi or two. Whatever you go for, make it fun for you to make & others to see. There will be a prize for the best one, Judging to take place during the week prior to the Jubilee & the winner announced at the Street Party on the Sunday.
So, come on Membury, get stuffing those old trousers, & let us have a Royal spectacular of scarecrows!! If you would like to enter this, please let me know where you have your exhibit & if it has a name. I look forward to seeing everyone’s creations.
Thank you in anticipation.

Axminster Medical Practice
The Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) recommended the spring booster for the following groups six months after their last dose:
– Anyone over 75 yrs old or above
– Individuals aged 12 and over who have a severely weakened immune system including those with underlying health conditions such as chronic leukaemia or lymphoma and those who have had immunosuppressive treatment following an organ transplant or have had radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
The booster vaccine should be given 6 months after the last dose although NHS England will send out invites at the 91 day point. Anyone with a letter can book with 119 or via the booking website: https://www.nhs.uk/…/coro…/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Currently, Axminster Medical Practice has not received specific guidance on how we will be involved in the booster vaccination programme. We do not have any vaccine supply and no appointments to offer. We will likely be offering a reduced service in the future with priority given to housebound and residential home patients. The majority of vaccinations will be delivered through the national vaccine service, which can be booked online using the link above or by calling 119.

Midweek Herald
Unfortunately, Archant, who publish the Midweek Herald have written to us to say that it will no longer be available at the Village Hall.

The Axe Vale Show
The Axe Vale Show is going to be back this summer June 18th and 19th — tickets are now on sale via the website www.axevaleshow.co.uk … This is a charity show which raises funds for the local community as well as giving us all a fabulous day out !
This year classic/vintage cars will be on display – if you want to include yours please contact toysandhobbies@axevaleshow.co.uk
Once more the Axe Vale Show team will be running a photo competition in conjunction with the Axminster Photography group. Entries are welcome from all age groups using mobile phones, digital or film cameras.
Printed photos or digital images, entry forms and the necessary entry fee should be sent in by May 23rd so there is still plenty of time to get clicking.
Competition categories include:

  • Landscapes and Seascapes
  • Nature
  • People & Family
  • Pets & Domestic Animals
  • Towns and Villages
  • Axminster Life

All entries cost £1 per photo entered. All proceeds go towards the Axe Vale Show Charity Beneficiaries.
Under 12’s can enter an ‘open category’ free of charge.
axe vale show

Wine and Wisdom Quiz – Stockland
Coming up this Saturday is the hotly anticipated Wine & Wisdom quiz at the Victory Hall. We are delighted to have special guest quiz master Mel Pym joining us! There are only a couple of tables left so please get in touch as soon as possible if you’d like to book.
Kelly Patch 01404 881267

Stockland recycling point for medicine blister packs
Huge thanks to Wendy who has kindly offered to be a collection point in the village for medicine blister packs.
Please make sure all packs are EMPTY.
Note that there are also medicine blister pack recycling points at Axminster Medical Practice and Superdrug in Honiton.

What’s on at The Beehive, Honiton
Honiton Town Council is running a FREE one-day conference on energy saving this Saturday, 2nd April 2022, 10.00am until 2.00pm at the Beehive. Agenda below and click here for information about the speakers.
beehive 3

beehive 4

News from Membury 27th March 2022

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing March 28th

Monday March 28th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 29th
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Jubilee Planning Meeting in the Village Hall 7pm

Wednesday March 30th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 31st
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 1st
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm – run by Membury School
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 2nd

Sunday April 3rd

Week commencing April 4th

Monday April 4th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday April 5th
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Annual Parish Meeting in the Village Hall 7.30pm hosted by the Parish Council

Wednesday April 6th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday April 7th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 8th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
Mobile Library, Gowan Brae and the Village Hall 13:10 – 14:40
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 9th

Sunday April 10th
Holy Communion at Membury Church 11am

Membury Mercury Advertisements March 2022

We’ve all been enjoying lovely weather recently, and some of us have been spending time in our gardens, wishing we had a bit of help. Some of us have been considering a bit of decorating or perhaps some building works. I know one or two of us have been generously donating tyres to the abominable roads of Devon and needing new ones! Support our advertisers – you’ll find all sorts here able to come to your aid whatever the problem is.

If you can offer a service – particularly if it is not represented here – feel free to get in touch and for a small consideration we’ll find space for you in the magazine, and put you on the website, Facebook group and, once a month, an email like this.
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News from Membury 25th March 2022

Here Comes Summer!
Please don’t forget that the clocks lurch forward one hour on Sunday – so we all lose an hour, but gain some lovely evening sunshine (with any luck). Having said that, I believe the weather is due to get a little unsettled in the middle of next week after the last few days of beautiful sunshine.

Oak Apple Café
There was a surplus of £65 raised by the café today which will go to Ukraine making our total donation in March up to £409. What a lot of generous souls we have in the village!
If you’d like to suggest a charity close to your heart for donations next month or later please let me know as soon as possible. I’ll list suggestions that we have received later this week … Next week, on April 1st the school will be running the café, so it would be great if we can get a good turnout.

Jubilee Bulletin no. 7

This afternoon, 3 men from East Devon District Council finally ( after 2 failed attempts last week….) arrived at a field owned by Sue and Paul Nicholson, to plant a Jubilee Oak Tree for the Parish of Membury.
It is now settling in to its new plot by a public footpath which leads off the drive to Hasland Farm ( connecting to Lewsley Lane and across on to Green Down by Lilac Cottage), with views down to Membury Parish Church.
Hopefully it will be there for many hundreds of years to come!
jubilee tree

Jubilee Bulletin no. 8

Can you believe that it is less than 10 weeks until the Platinum Jubilee celebrations?
The Village Hall is booked for a planning meeting on Tuesday March 29th at 7pm. We will meet as a large group, then split into sub-groups to discuss the various events. There are likely to be some longer lead items that we need to progress, and a few things to follow up on.
Sue Nicholson will coordinate overall, with the following people to take the lead for the following events:

  • Richard Barrell and Martin Dash: Fireworks and beacon – Thursday
  • Jenny Beaman and John Hodge: Oak Apple Café and Vintage Car Show – Friday
  • Jill Bellamy and Rose Shepherd: pop-Up pub and live stream of Jubilee concert – Saturday
  • Sue Nicholson and Bobbie Clarke: Street Party – Sunday
  • Petronella/Sara: church service and church flowers – Sunday

Even if you haven’t come along before, if you have some ideas or would like to help, we’d love to see you or hear from you!

Village Hall
Please note that the hall blind remote is currently faulty, and that no attempts should be made to raise the main window blinds. It is hoped that this will be swiftly fixed.

Devon County Council Update
Free Covid-19 testing for most people ends next week. Order yours from the government website before April 1st. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/3103fb6

East Devon District Council Residents Update

Membury Primary Academy Newsletter
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Membury Primary Academy II
On Thursday we held a creative writing workshop led by Jan and Nick from the local charity “The Bank of Dreams and Nightmares” based in Bridport. Owl class were joined by a group of KS2 children from Mrs Ethelston’s Primary Academy for the morning. They also enjoyed eating lunch together in the hall and playing on the playground together. They made great use of all the high-tech kit in the Village Hall! As the children composed their story an artist, sharing his screen on a zoom call, was contributing illustrations. School was never this much fun in my day.
creative writing

Create a Bat-Friendly Garden
Wildlife gardening is a great way to help the bats living in your local area. Join Helen, DWT’s Green Minds Plymouth Urban Ranger, as she shares some simple ways you can create a bat-friendly garden.
Live on Wednesday 30 March, 6pm.
Book here.

News from Membury 23rd March 2022

Oak Apple Café
Not wishing to rest on our laurels (5 stars; did I mention that?), we have an exciting new menu on Friday with custard featuring prominently!

  • Stilton, Apple, Onion and Walnut tart
  • Egg sandwiches
  • Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Custard
  • Apple Crumble with Custard
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Lemon Cake

Down to Earth
Hi all, a few people are interested in doing a bulk order of Strulch, the organic straw mulch. It works out much cheaper to get a delivery of the larger bags as a group. Down to £8.50 a bag (13.5kg) for 48 bags. Normal retail bags are 9kg and this deal is equivalent to £5.66 per bag, much cheaper than anywhere else (it’s £13 per 9kg bag on Amazon).
Have a look at the link and please let me know by 29th March so we can get it spread on our gardens before the weeds get too carried away! Sandra has kindly volunteered to have it delivered to East Membury Farm this year.

Stockland Easter Village Market and Table Top Sale
Victory Hall, Saturday April 9th 10:00 – 12:00
Hot refreshments
Free Entry
Table bookings invited, please contact Monica Parris
01404 881535 moinica.parris@connect.com

Stockland Jumble Sale – March 26th
We are sad to report that due to disposal issues, we have had to cancel this planned event.
Victory Hall Committee

Wild East Devon News – March

Webinar: What if you just leave it? Rewilding unwrapped with Dr. Sam Rose
Dr Sam Rose has spent the last 2 years exploring rewilding in the UK with photography and interviews – see www.whatifyoujustleaveit.info – and is ‘unwrapping’ the concept in a free online presentation for Devon Wildlife Trust on Thursday 24th March. Sam spent the last two years – in between lockdowns – visiting rewilding sites in the UK as part of a major project for his MA in Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth and will tell the audience about his journey though the project, showing images and talking about rewilding at a range of locations. He will include what he has learnt from the amazing people he has met along the way, and his views on the concept of rewilding – what this really means and why many people are still in two minds about it.
Register here:

Cotley Point-to-Point
And we are off – lots of entries, sunshine forecast, beer tent stocked, farm shop burgers and sausages ordered, children’s activities, bookies on stand by and the course looking amazing. Top family day out even for an early Mother’s Day treat! £15 CASH per adult entry & cash for food & beer tent. Seven races from 12 noon 26th March, then the live band and post-racing party start. Gates open from 10:45am.

Community Support for Refugees Meeting
Sunday 27 March 7:30-8:30 pm
St Michael’s Church, Shute EX13 7QW
With brief introductions from local resident and barrister Sam Knights QC and Rev Julie Lomas, Five Alive Mission Community on the visa routes for Ukrainian refugees and the UK Homes for Ukraine Scheme, and other ways in which individuals and groups in the community can support refugees. Please join us with your questions, comments and ideas for discussion.
Refreshments will be served. All welcome!

Paddleboat Theatre
Did you miss their performance of Margot and Mr Whatsit last November at the Village Hall?
It’s coming to Seaton Gateway on Saturday
Sophia’s imaginary friend is Mr. Whatsit. No matter where Sophia finds herself living, he’s always there with a joke to tell and a game to play. But when Sophia moves into her new foster home, Mr Whatsit finds himself unimagined! Now Sophia has a new imaginary friend – the glamourous, grown-up Margot. Can Mr. Whatsit keep him from being unimagined for good? And with her imaginary friends competing against each other, will Sophia manage to find her forever home?
Paddleboat Theatre Company present an interactive make-believe tale where the real and imaginary collide, and friends are never far away.
Doors 2.30pm
Adults £8, Children £6 Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children £26
Suitable for age 4+
Running time 55 mins (no interval)
Unreserved seating

A supersonic Evening of Adventure
Richard Noble, live tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Beehive Centre, Honiton. Doors open at 6:30pm.

News from Membury March 21st 2022

100 Club Winners
Allan Gyngell £30
Penny and John Stevenson £10
Jim Gallantree £10

Toddler Group at Membury School Tomorrow
Cancelled due to staffing issues.

Membury Church
There will NOT be a service in Membury Church on 3rd April.
The Easter service in Membury church is on the 17th April. If anyone would like to remember a loved one with a lily flower to put in church for the Easter week, please ring Debbie on 01404881479 or email debbieburrough@aol.com. A list of names will be put in church.

PCC Meeting Tomorrow at the Village Hall
Please note that this is NOT the AGM. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Tuesday 17 May

Stockland Tennis Club
Skittles and Supper at the Kings Arms, Stockland on Friday 1st April 2022 at 7pm.
We hope you will join us for an evening of skittles and a scrumptious meal to start off the Tennis season. It would be great to see as many old, new and prospective members and friends as possible – the more the merrier!
Cost is £10 per person on the evening
Please let us know if you would like to come as soon as possible but no later than 28thMarch 2022 to allow time for KA staff to plan.
To book contact Jenny jenny@corrymoor.com 01404861114 or Rowena bryandrew@yahoo.co.uk 01404881538

News from Membury 20th March 2022

On the Edge of the Known World
The Membury Local History Society has been worried of late that the scoundrels at Whitestaunton might be trying to muscle in on Membury territory, and so an expedition was constituted to explore the northern boundary of the parish and seek out the long-lost Boundary Stone. After days (Nick’s a bit slow) of trekking North from Retter’s Garage and when they were down to the last bar of Kendal Mint Cake the intrepid partnership – Nick and Bryan – gave up, and returned home dishevelled and disappointed. The challenge was raised at the last History Society committee meeting and as a result a second expedition set out yesterday armed with poles, gloves and a swiss army knife to go where the first party had failed. The team of Bryan and Rowena Drew and Daniel and Jan Lazar shouldered their packs and, having left a hasty note with Tim Retter in case they didn’t return, set off following the trail the previous expedition had left. Success came relatively quickly with Rowena the first to hear the clink of stone against her stick while prodding at the base of the hedge, following which Bryan got down on hands and knees and cleared away some of the vegetation to reveal the stone set well back in the thorny hedge.
boundary stone
Should anyone wish to pay homage to the stone, it can be found at 326236 108613 or roughly W3W “amazed.arranged.headboard”. On it appear to be the runes “M” and “S”.
According to the OS map there is another Boundary Stone just by Wellands Farm, but it is feared this has long since disappeared.

Thank you Duncan and David
Duncan Mackinder and David Neill litter-picked on the section of Half Moon from Holy City turn off south towards Challenger. They stopped just before the narrow windy bit as it’s not so safe there. North of Holy City is covered by the Chardstock wombles.
For such a small section it didn’t seem worth getting others involved. It’s likely that within a couple of weeks those verges will be so overgrown that picking will be not easy, so at least it’s had a spring clean.

What’s On in Membury
Week commencing March 21st

Monday March 21st
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
Down to Earth Meeting in the Village Hall: 7:30pm

Tuesday March 22nd
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Membury PCC AGM in the Village Hall: 7pm

Wednesday March 23rd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 24th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 25th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
Merrymakers Committee Meeting in the Village Hall 4pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 26th

Sunday March 27th
Mothering Sunday Service at Membury Church: 11am

Week commencing March 28th
Monday March 18th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 29th
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Jubilee Planning Meeting in the Village Hall 7pm

Wednesday March 30th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 31st
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday April 1st
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm – run by the School
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday April 2nd

Sunday April 3rd
Service at Membury Church 11am


News from Membury March 18th 2022

Oak Apple Café
Nervously, we opened our doors early today to welcome Kate Parffrey from EDDC to inspect our processes, the kitchen and Mike and Jenny Beaman’s kitchen too. Having recently awarded the Tuckers Arms one star, we thought she might be in a mean mood, but everything went very well. Thank you, Jill, for making sure the hall kitchen was absolutely spotless. Thank you, Jenny, for also having a spotless kitchen, and thank you to all our volunteers for helping keep the paperwork in order. We’ve been awarded 5 stars!

Also of note today we had a nearly a dozen and a half pastel de nata made by Ana – our Portuguese Clerk to the Council. “Better than I’ve had in Portugal” claimed one satisfied customer. Let’s just say that they all went very quickly, and we have been promised more in the future. If you have a specific foreign delicacy you’d like to share with the village, just let us know.
Thanks to our generous patrons we’ve raised another £83 for DEC and Ukraine making our total £344

Fish and Chips
Bad news I’m afraid – it’s gone up to £7 per portion. It’s still brilliant value though – get it from the Village Hall car park tomorrow (Saturday) from 6pm. Don’t forget that there’s a bar too with bottled Otter beer and some excellent wine. Please let Jill know if you want to order fish. She’s always last in the queue and we wouldn’t want her to miss out, would we? Please note that the bar will be CASH ONLY, as will the chippy.

The Terrace
Looking lovely in the sun today …

Devon County Council Update
Rising cases of coronavirus in care homes and hospitals; Devon celebrates Social Workers and straw poll results show support for following public health guidance https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/30f6977

East Devon District Council Residents Update

East Devon Culture – have your say
I’m sharing news about East Devon District Councils cultural strategy consultation in case you are interested in getting involved and you haven’t already heard about it! More below…

  • What do you think about East Devon’s culture – from museums to theatres to art galleries to live music?
  • Help shape the district’s creative arts for the next decade by taking part in East Devon District Council (EDDC)’s new culture survey.
  • What do you enjoy about East Devon’s cultural offerings? What would you like to see more of? How can EDDC help you/your family get creative? 

Please share with all your work colleagues, family, and friends living, studying or working in East Devon.
Deadline: midnight, Sunday 27 March. Take this quick survey

Devon and Cornwall Police – A Slightly different Scam
Scammers are targeting people who are selling valuable electrical items via online selling platforms. The vendors have been contacted about their items and when the scammer arrived, they paid for the item using a convincing banking app. The app mimicked apps from a number of banks and appeared to show the funds being transferred to the victim’s bank account.
This scam is catching a lot of people out as the app is very convincing. The scammer asks the victim to enter their bank details into the app and then it appears to show the amount being debited from the buyer’s account.
We would urge anyone selling an item to be sceptical about accepting payment via a banking app. Payment by cash, credit card or using Paypal for Business is a more secure way of making a sale.
Please help us to raise awareness by alerting your friends and family.
If you believe that you are a victim of this scam please report online to www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

Flour Power
Dan Jaffe inadvertently doubled up on his flour order recently and has donated the spare 10KG bag of Wessex Mill Strong White Flour to the Oak Apple to help raise money for Ukraine. I’ll split it into 4 2.5kg bags which are on offer for £3 each, pick up from Haccombe.

South Somerset Choral Society Spring Concert
MOZART: Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus,
HAYDN: Insanae et Vanae Curae, TeDeum, BRUCKNER: Locus Iste,
BRAHMS: How Lovely are Thy Dwellings fair
Conducted by Jenny Broom
7.30pm 26th March 2022 at St Mary’s Chard
Tickets available from Janet Andrew at Greystones 01404 88177

Down to Earth
On Monday 21st at 7:30pm in the Village Hall the Membury gardening group are having a meeting with refreshments. The group was started three years ago and has gradually been growing and now is the time to review and plan our remit and activities. If you are interested in joining us please let Jan know (01404 881408) so there will be sufficient wine.

News from Membury March 17th 2022

Oak Apple Café
It’s a big day tomorrow – we are being inspected by the Environmental Health Technical Officer. We have a Special Guest Offering as well; The new Clerk to the Parish Council, Ana Silsom is from Portugal, and she is making us some Pastel de nata – Portuguese Custard Tarts. If you’ve never tried one, you are in for a treat.
The full menu is as follows

  • Vegetable soup with Homemade Bread
  • Spicy sausage rolls
  • Cheese, Mushroom and Tomato tarts
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Lemon Syrup Cake
  • Somerset Apple Cake
  • Pastel de Nata

Once more, after expenses, all the money raised will go to DEC in support of Ukraine. So far, we have donated £261 from last Friday and the Friday before.

Mobile Library
After being blown away last month the library van is due to visit us tomorrow, so please come along and support it. It will be calling at Gowan Brae (opposite the old post office) at 13:10, and the Village Hall at 13:50

Devon Local Nature Partnership
The webinar: Nature’s role in tackling the Climate Crisis is on Tuesday 29th March 09:30 – 11:30, not 19th March as previously stated.
Free to attend. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natures-role-in-tackling-the-climate-crisis-devon-lnp-webinar-tickets-262425300137

The Devon Carbon Plan
The final version of the Devon carbon plan is open for consultation Response to Devon Climate Assembly – Devon Climate Emergency. This will be our final chance to have our say on the shape of the plan and influence the outcomes. There is a 15-minute short questionnaire or a more detailed 45-minute version.

News from Membury March 16th 2022

Found Coat
The coat has been reunited with its owner

Church Service Update
Sunday March 27th
Communion Service at Membury Church: 11am

Supporting Ukraine
jumble sale

Last fish and chips before the clocks go forward!
This Saturday (19th) the van will be calling at the car park by the village hall and serving from 6pm onwards. There’ll be a pop-up licensed bar at the Hall as well. Eat your fish in the hall, on the new Terrace or take it home. What about buying a portion for a neighbour?
To avoid disappointment, contact Jill on 01404 881641, 07710849984 or jill-folletts@outlook.com. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Jill now, would you?

Playing Field
The work to replace the fence at the playing field has been completed well ahead of time, and it looks great. Many thanks to Kris from Chardstock for his efforts. The weather today was worse than forecast and the tractor has made a bit of a mess of the entrance to the field. We’ll sort this as soon as we can, but in the meantime, wear your wellies and enjoy the wallowing!

Devon Local Nature Partnership
The Devon Local Nature Partnership is a collaboration of all those working to tackle the Ecological Emergency and develop a healthy nature recovery network across Devon for wildlife, communities and business. Please see https://www.devonlnp.org.uk/ for more information.
Join our next Webinar: Nature’s role in tackling the Climate Crisis Tuesday 19th March 09:30 – 11:30
Find out more about how restoring nature can help us tackle the climate emergency.  Topics include the Devon Carbon Plan, Devon Nature Recovery Network, soils and farming, marine habitats and trees.  Speakers include Phil Norrey (CEO Devon County Council and Chair of the Devon Climate Partnership), Harry Barton (CEO, Devon Wildlife Trust), Dr Matt Frost (Marine Biological Association), Eleanor Lewis (Woodland Trust), and Becky Willson (Farm Carbon Toolkit). Free to attend. Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natures-role-in-tackling-the-climate-crisis-devon-lnp-webinar-tickets-262425300137

Tree Council News
We are extremely excited to announce the release of our brand new podcast, Life On The Hedge https://podfollow.com/life-on-the-hedge/view.
The series explores the magic of hedgerows and the growing abundance of green jobs available to young people in the UK. In each episode, listeners will hear from an incredible young person at the beginning of a blossoming career in nature and learn how they got started in the sector. Our stars head outside to show us what it’s really like to plant trees, cultivate native species, lay hedges, work with farmers and volunteers and discover the wildlife that depends upon our hedges.

The Beehive, Honiton
Help us with this quick survey!
Help shape the district’s creative arts for the next decade by taking part in East Devon District Council’s new culture survey.
What do you enjoy about East Devon’s cultural offerings? What you would like to see more of? How we can help you/your family get creative?
Please share with all your family and friends living, studying or working in East Devon.
Deadline: midnight, Sunday 27 March.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (12A) at the Beehive Friday 18th 7.30pm
Tammy Faye (Jessica Chastain) meets slick, charismatic Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) at Bible college. Soon they’re married, and offered the chance to rejuvenate a Christian broadcasting network. The Bakkers quickly rise from their humble beginnings to become televangelist icons, Tammy Faye becoming legendary for her outlandish appearance and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life.
However, their success comes at a cost: soon, financial improprieties, scheming rivals and a major scandal soon threaten to topple their carefully constructed empire.
Tickets: Adults £7.50, U16 £6.50
Book here: https://thebeehive.savoysystems.co.uk/TheBeehive.dll/TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_1529.TcsWebTab_3772.TcsProgramme_817365 .

Interactive art exhibition aimed at younger children
This exhibition is run by a fantastic young artist and student at Woodroffe School. https://www.townmill.org.uk/natasha-hayball-19th-20th-march-one-two-three-malthouse-gallery/

Axminster Drama Club
Thank you so much for bearing with us, when we had to change Nativity! The Musical from December to March.
We are incredibly excited to finally be able to bring you this musical and we wanted to let you know that we have decided to add a bit of Christmas Sparkle into March. So we will Deck the halls with boughs of holly if you can don we now (y)our gay apparel (wear your Christmas jumpers) and together we can Fa la la la la, la la la la.
We look forward to seeing you on 25th and/or 26th March, where it will be the season to be jolly! (Fa la la la la, la la la la).
We still have some tickets left, so please tell your friends!

Devon and Cornwall Police
Over recent weeks in Devon and Cornwall there has been a slight increase in reports of theft relating to domestic heating oil and diesel fuel.
Fuel theft can be reduced with simple crime prevention measures.

  • Landowners where possible, should secure gates and block unused entrances.
    • Protect heating oil and fuel tanks with locks, lighting, CCTV and fencing.
    • Store machinery, vehicles and fuel containers out of sight where possible.
    • Consider the use of signage or other means to prevent cold callers to homes, farms and businesses.
    • Keep a regular inventory of quantities, so thefts can be identified promptly.
    • Notify the police using 999 if you suspect an offence is being committed.
    • If you have any information regarding fuel theft please email 101@dc.police.uk, call the non-emergency number, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from Membury March 13th 2022

Found Coat
I found a coat up at the playing field on Friday, but I forgot to put it in the newsletter.
If you recognise it, it’s at my house (Haccombe) from where it can be collected. It was very wet when I picked it up – with any luck it’ll be dry when it gets picked up.

Mr Motivator Challenge
It is brain tumour awareness month! This is the month that William really dipped in 2017, he needed a shunt fitted to drain the fluid off his brain due to the progression of brain tumours, but things did not go to plan. This month was the beginning of the end…
To mark this significant month- we have an exciting Mr Motivator 10 Day fitness fun Challenge which starts Wednesday 30th March 2022!
To join in the fun:
1. Fill out the registration form below:
Mr Motivator Challenge Registration
2. Set up your fundraising page by following the link below and click on the orange button ‘Start Fundraising’ or simply Donate: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MrMotivatorsWorkoutforBrainTumourCharities5
3. For more specific information visit
https://www.thewilliamlowtrust.co.uk/mr-motivator website page.
Also in the news in Harrow https://harrowonline.org/2022/03/09/harrow-charity-mr-motivator/
Thank you for your support!
Helen and Craig, The William Low Trust

Stockland Book Group
Stockland Book Group meets next Saturday,19th March at 11am in the welcoming environment of the Kings Arms.
Please come along for lively discussion about what we’re reading and coffee and cakes! Our next book will be the classic Jane Eyre. Escape into a book….
For further info ring Paul Spencer-01404 882819

Song workshop in Stockland Church
Saturday March 19th. 10.30 until lunchtime (arr. 10/15). Simple peace rounds, chants and part songs and one from the Ukraine. No experience necessary. All welcome! Entrance free but donations to International Red Cross and UNICEF Ukraine crisis appeal. Coffee break. Wear warm clothes. Raise the roof and raise some funds! Organised by Caroline Rigby (workshop leader) and Jane Wedlock.
It’s short notice so please share! l.c.rigby@btinternet.com

What’s On in Membury
Week commencing March 14th
Monday March 14th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 15th
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
History Society AGM and talk in the Village Hall 7 for 7:30pm

Wednesday March 16th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 17th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 18th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
Mobile Library, Gowan Brae and Village Hall 1:10 – 2:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 19th
Fish & Chips and Pop-Up Pub 6pm Village Hall

Sunday March 20th
Morning Prayer at Membury Church 11am

Week commencing March 21st
Monday March 21st
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
Down to Earth Meeting in the Village Hall: 7:30pm

Tuesday March 22nd
Toddler Group at Membury School: 11am
Membury PCC AGM in the Village Hall: 7pm

Wednesday March 23rd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 24th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 25th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 26th

Sunday March 27th
Mothering Sunday Service at Membury Church: 11am

News from Membury March 11th 2022

Yellow Warning of Wind
Between 13:00 and 19:00 on Saturday 12th March
A spell of windy and wet weather during Saturday afternoon may lead to some travel disruption.

Moriarty Winds
Seaton Music welcomes the young wind quintet Moriarty Winds to perform at the Gateway Theatre on Thursday 24th March at 7.30pm.
Moriarty Winds are the Chamber Ensemble in residence at Dorset Opera, where they make up the principal players of the wind section and French horns. They have also performed recently at the Investec International Festival and Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Series.

Help Needed
A local resident is seeking some part time help.
Duties will vary but may include cooking, cleaning, secretarial work, some personal care and possibly some light gardening.  Any or all of the above would be helpful.
A DBS check and references are required, and an hourly rate can be mutually agreed. In the first instance please reply to prema.thakur@mishcon.com

Oak Apple Café
A really good spread at the café today, and after expenses £85 was raised which will go via DEC to Ukraine. Thank you to all who contributed generously. There’s also a suggestion box for other charities we could consider donating to. We’ll open this in April, and let our customers know the options.

Babysitter wanted
Please note that the request for a babysitter for Hannah and Kyle is for 18 March, and not !8 March. I just leant a bit heavily on the shift key at the wrong time.

East Devon District Council Update

Devon County Council Update

Blocked Drain by Bay Tree House
John Steadman has reported this to DCC, so the problem should be fixed early next week – there’s no freezing weather due, so it shouldn’t pose too much of an issue.


Membury Primary School Newsletter
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Membury Primary School Illuminations
The school is aware of the external light that stays on all the time, and their site manager will fix it as soon as he is able.

Take the kids or grandkids to Storytime with Plastic Free, Axminster tomorrow morning 11-12 at Axminster Library! For 5 – 8 year olds.. Listen to a tale of environmental derring-do, see the hero defeat the baddies, enjoy some special time with your little person.

Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice East Devon are looking for dedicated Trustees to help run our Charity.
We need people who want to support their community and make a difference. You will learn an enormous amount on running a charity, governance and much more and not to mention it looks awesome on your CV.
Come and join our team for an exciting year ahead!
Contact us for more information or to apply: Volunteering@citizensadviceeastdevon.org

News from Membury March 10th 2022

Oak Apple Café
I’m not sure whether the weather will be good enough to make use of The Terrace, but we can assure you of a very warm welcome from 13:30 to 16:00 at the village hall with a tremendous menu:

  • Red Pepper and Lime Soup with Crusty Bread
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Mushroom Tart (V)
  • Spicy Pear Crumble Cake with a dollop of cream
  • Coffee Fudge Cake
  • Irish Tea Brack (Dairy Free)

As ever, it’s donations – and we have a suggested list, and as promised the money raised this week will be going towards support for Ukraine.

Babysitter wanted
Hannah and Kyle at Little Goslins are after a babysitter for March 18th to look after their 8 year old and their 3 year old. Can anyone help them out? hbalne@yahoo.com

Devon and Cornwall Police
The Special Constable recruitment closing date is tomorrow, 11 March. There is still time to sign up if you are interested in volunteering.
For more information about this role or to apply, please visit Special Constables – Volunteer today – be part of something bigger (recruitment-dcp-dp.org).
If you have ever thought of getting a paid job as a police officer or civilian employee, getting a few years as a Special under your belt is a great idea.

Devon County Council
Are you embracing the relaxation of COVID-19 rules or continuing to be cautious?
Environment and climate change update – and cheap compost bins

Scam warning
I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise, but the situation in Ukraine has led to a new way to scam people out of their money. If you wish to donate money either use the Disasters Emergency Committee site https://www.dec.org.uk/ or make a few simple checks before you hand over financial information.

  • check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity
  • Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered, and you can use the advanced search function to identify charities working in specific regions and countries.
  • ensure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information
  • be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them
  • contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with to understand how they are spending their funds
  • look out for the Fundraising Badge on charity fundraising materials, this is the logo which shows that a charity has committed to fundraise in line with the Code of Fundraising Practice

Yarcombe market – It’s Back
Yarcombe Market returns to their Village Hall this Saturday, 12th March, 10a.m. – 12 noon
They have a good number of stalls already: ● cakes, ● pies ● vegetables ● plants ● woodwork ● ironwork ● cards ● bric-a-brac ● toys, and more.
● Refreshments available as usual: enjoy a coffee and slice of delicious home-made cake with friends.
Please come and support their Village Market on Saturday 12th March!

Yarcombe Wine and Wisdom
Yarcombe Jubilee Hall: We would like to invite you to Wine & Wisdom on Saturday 12th March, 8p.m. at Yarcombe Village Hall.
Maximum of 6 per Team – Entry £6 per person, Includes complimentary bottle of wine / per team and individual refreshments.
Quiz Master – Cathy Derryman
Please enter your team with Susan Parris – 01460 234297 or 07846 508530 or birchoak@btconnect.com
All proceeds will help maintain Yarcombe Village Hall
Your support will be very much appreciated.

Slab de-wobbling
Please don’t forget that there will be a crack team of engineers busily engaged in silencing the wobbly slabs on the main street between Bay Tree House and Coombe Bank. They are due to start at 06:00 tomorrow, but I don’t know how long the job will take. If possible please avoid using the main street tomorrow if you can.

Axminster Medical Practice – Update 9/3/2022
We have new positive COVID cases today amongst staff. Please be understanding, and we will try and manage patients remotely if it is safe to do so.
We are currently under significant extra pressure due to multiple staff absences with COVID. Please be mindful of this when contacting us.
If you need medical help, please continue to contact us either online or by telephone.
However, if you feel your condition is mild or self-limiting, consider simple home remedies or speaking to a pharmacist.
There are loads of colds going around kids at the moment and most children will be absolutely fine and just need Calpol and TLC. It can be worrying though so please consider taking a look at the Handi app which gives helpful advice on when you need to get your little one checked out.

Fancy a Big Breakfast on Sunday?
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News from Membury March 8th 2022

Sustainable Stockland Environment Group
Our next meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday 8th March (today) in the Kings Arms pub. We will be hearing an update from our new river water quality testing volunteers after their training session with the Westcountry Rivers Trust, as well as talking about plans for an upcoming Stockland litter pick, as part of the Great British Spring Clean.
The group meets monthly for an informal chat about local environmental issues and to find ways that we can lower our impact on the planet, both individually and as a community.
All welcome, any age, do come and join us.
Claire Holgate 07771 786610 claireholgate@hotmail.co.uk

Fag ends
A cigarette bin will shortly be installed at The Terrace. Until then please could you please take your fag-ends home, or drop them in the recently re-emplaced dustbin in the car park.

Uphay Grass Fed Angus X Beef
Nick has 2 animals coming back later this week and will have 10KG beef boxes available.
Each box contains a mix of steaks, joints, stewing and mince. All cuts evenly distributed across them all by the butchers. Hung 21 days, and the last one was apparently v tasty.
He can deliver. Cost is £10 per KG – quite a bargain. Ring Nick Cunningham 07977490574

Slab de-wobbling
The slabs that cover the stream outside Battens – almost opposite the village Hall are being de-wobbled on Friday morning (11th) from about 06:00, so there may be some disruption to the smooth flow of traffic

99 Green Balloons
Mike and Jenny Beaman hosted a birthday party for their youngest at the weekend (he’s 30) and as a consequence they have a whole stack of green and gold balloons strung together – and it seems a shame just to pop them. Can anyone make use of them?

Axminster Guildhall
Seeking Front of House volunteers. Help keep the arts alive in our nearest town. Selling tickets, programmes and ice creams, showing people to their seats, helping evacuate in case of an emergency and various other things. Most roles allow you to see the show as well – an added bonus. There’s a real (not zoom!) meeting on Saturday about this – message me if you are interested. It’s great fun!

News from Membury March 7th 2022

Advance Warning I
The perimeter fence at the playing field is being replaced 16/17 March, and it will be necessary to close the field while work is being done to allow tractor access. If it’s very wet this might be delayed in order to avoid heavy equipment damaging the surface.

Advance Warning II
The Merrymakers are applying to close the road between Bay Tree House and Kinders on Sunday June 5th from 10:00 until 17:00 for the jubilee street party. If you live in the area that will be affected please do your best to avoid deliveries on that day!

Otterford Repair Café
The second Otterford Repair Café will be running this Sunday (13th) from 11:00 – 14:00 at their Parish Hall (TA20 3RS)
Electrical, IT, Knife sharpening, Garden Tools, Clothes/Textiles, Book Binding, Bicycles and much more…
Café serving Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks, Cakes, Sandwiches and Snacks
Free Entry

We’re screening “Pig” in the village hall on Tuesday at 19:00 for 19:30 (not as printed in the Mercury). Tickets £6, cash or card.
In an after-film Q&A, director Michael Sarnoski revealed the pig only had three days of training and bit Nicolas Cage multiple times. After a particularly nasty bite, Cage joked: “I’ve been set on fire, I’ve been in flipped cars but it’ll be sepsis from a pig bite that kills me.”
Drink our beer, eat our ice cream and enjoy one of Barack Obama’s favourite films from 2021!

Two films in one week?
If you are at a loose end on Friday 11th come and see Oscar-nominated Kristen Stewart in “Spencer” at Holyrood Academy in Chard – 19:00 for 19:30 – tickets £6
During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana Spencer, struggling with mental health problems, decides to end her decade-long marriage to Prince Charles.
Apparently Kristen spent 6 months perfecting the accent – and she nailed it.

Another Frogspawn Plea
Sophie Kierstan is after some frogspawn for her classroom at Membury Primary School. Can anyone help her out?

Housing needed
Lee and Sarah of The Gamekeepers Table are desperate to find a house to rent anywhere in the area. They are seeking a 3 / 4 bed house with a garden and possibly outbuildings. They have to move in the next 5 weeks. Sazzy_bob@msn.com

Drop off for Ukraine Aid
Chard and Ilminster Ukraine Aid now have a drop off point in Stockland – Oak View, Broadhayes, Stockland, Honiton EX14 9EL. For details For details and updates on items required for donation please go to this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/554814068872493/

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing March 7th

Monday March 7th

  • Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
  • Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 8th

  • Moviola in the Village Hall: Pig. 7 for 7:30pm
  • Toddler Group at the school 11:00am

Wednesday March 9th

  • Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 10th

  • Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
  • Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 11th

  • Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
  • Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
  • S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 12th

Sunday March 13th

Week commencing March 14th

Monday March 14th

  • Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
  • Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 15th

  • Toddler Group at the school 11:00am
  • History Society AGM and talk on Cleave Hill 7pm for 7:30pm

Wednesday March 16th

  • Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 17th

  • Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
  • Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 18th

  • Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
  • Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
  • Library Van outside Gowan Brae 13:10, Village Hall 13:50
  • S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 19th

  • Fish and Chips, and licensed bar in the Village Hall from 6pm

Sunday March 20th

  • Membury Church Holy communion 11:00am

News from Membury March 4th 2022

Oak Apple Café
We had a fantastic turnout at the Oak Apple Café today and raised £76 after expenses. We are adding £100 to this and donating £176 to support Ukraine via DEC – contributing this way means that the UK government will match fund up to £20,000,000. Money raised during March will all be donated to this cause.
We plan to donate money to other charities, and worthy village causes from April onwards. If you would like to nominate a specific charity, please pop their name on a piece of paper and drop it in the box that will be on display every Friday.

A message from Bramleys
We have native daffodils in our flower meadow. John planted them fifteen years ago. They are shorter and different from most daffodils you see nowadays – probably the sort that Wordsworth saw – but now very much in decline. They naturalise very well but it does take time. If anyone is interested in seeing them or doing something similar contact John and Jeanette and they will arrange for you to come and see them. tjeanette817@gmail.com.

Severed Connections
It seems that several parishioners are still without a landline. Some people have been issued with 4G EE modems, but in this area where mobile reception is at best a bit hit and miss this is not a great solution. People on the road to Axminster, right on the edge of Membury have apparently been quoted a fix date of 25 March. One person closer to the village centre who relies on a home safe pendant has been given a date of 10th March to get their line back working. These dates are clearly unacceptable.

School Newsletter
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Devon County Council Update

East Devon District Council Update

Does anyone have a suitable cake stand?
Lucy Pearse is looking to borrow a 12 inch round white cake stand. Can anyone help her out? winifredsfudge@gmail.com
I’m sure she’ll be happy to donate some of her excellent fudge to anyone who can help her!

News from Membury March 3rd 2022

From the Mercury Team …
We hope that most of you have had your Mercury delivered by now, and would like to congratulate Sarah Bell, our new typesetter, on her fresh and spring-like first issue.
Our team assiduously check and re-check for errors, but still some escape in technological transit. So – we apologise for the error in the title of the tribute to Alex Tasker, especially to Marie and his family. Sorry!

Oak Apple Café
Fresh from completing her Level 2 Food and Hygiene Course Penny Stevenson will be in charge tomorrow supported by John and me. Sandra Capper will also be dropping off a load of “Country Gardener Devon” magazines for people to help themselves to.
On the menu we have:

  • Celeriac and Carrot Soup with bread
  • Cheese and Spring Onion Scones
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Sticky Date and Ginger Cake
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Oaty, Nutty, Fruity Cookies

One of our peripheral correspondents has received a call today from a mobile number to let her know that £799 was about to be taken from her Amazon account. Fortunately, she wasn’t fooled. Please be careful with unexpected calls or emails telling you that you either owe, or are owed, money. I get about one a week. There are also a lot of COVID scams doing the rounds at the moment. When in doubt, just hang up. Genuine callers will definitely call you back; scammers probably won’t.

Village Communications I
I’m getting reports that some parishioners may still be without landline or broadband. If this applies to you or a neighbour can you let me know please.

Village Communications II
As promised in the Mercury, from tomorrow there’ll be a handful of printed copies of this newsletter by the newspaper rack at the village hall. If you have a neighbour or friend who would benefit from this, please help yourself. If you go down there and there are no copies left, let me know and I can print more if necessary. I’ll do this for a month and then review the popularity of this system.

Livestock Worrying
From Devon and Cornwall Police
During 2021 Devon and Cornwall police received 148 reports of livestock worrying. A slight reduction from the previous year however within this number 350 animals have been killed or injured, a significant rise.
These numbers are likely to be much higher due to under reporting and the longer term effects of an incident where the distress can cause a sheep to die or miscarry their lambs long after the event. It can often be difficult to attribute longer term issues to a specific incident.
Livestock worrying is a criminal offence and can have a devastating impact on livestock, farmers and in some circumstances the dog and the owner. Crime data indicates an increase in reports at this time of year as the weather improves and as more people access the countryside, particularly during lambing.
What do you need to do?
Ensure responsible dog ownership. Dogs should not be unaccompanied outside of the home and their behaviour should be managed at all times. All land is owned and access is not a given right unless designated, it is important that users of the countryside understand specific designations of land and rights of way, for example on land designated as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act dogs must be on a lead between the 1st of March and 31st July and at all times when livestock is present.

Axminster Repair Café
Having first been launched in 2009, the global Repair Café movement has taken the world by storm, more recently taking off in the UK thanks to the success of television show ‘The Repair Shop’.
At Axminster the enthusiasm for the sustainable repair and re-use ethos is clear, with the town’s own Repair Café going from strength to strength, with 28 items being fixed up last month.
Come along to the Guildhall between 10:00 and 13:00 this Saturday (5th) and bring along something that needs fixing!

Next Tuesday 19:00 for 19:30 (not as printed in the Mercury) “Pig”. Tickets £6. Licensed bar, ice creams etc.
With his only connection to the outside world lying in Portland businessman Amir, taciturn, meditative hermit Rob has found solace deep in the heart of the dense Oregon forests and the unique bond with his only companion: his beloved truffle-hunting pig. Tired of grappling with the profound sadness of prolonged grief, Rob relies on a simple daily routine to keep his sanity, self-respect, and dignity, utterly unaware that he has already caught unwanted attention. Now, his best friend is missing, and revenge can only make things worse. Indeed, strange as it sounds, inconsolable Rob only wants his pig back, and if he has to, he’ll go to the edge of the world to find her. But first things first. Who has Rob’s pig?

News from Membury March 2nd 2022

It’s World Book Day tomorrow
This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of World Book Day – with the message for all children “you are a reader”!

Donations to support Ukraine

I’ve been asked where Higgler Coffee is in Axminster. It’s an excellent café on South Street, almost opposite the butcher’s, and they do very good tea too.

Learn Devon
I’m just over half way through learning how to use Photoshop Elements, doing a zoom course run by Learn Devon. This is a level 2 course which requires basic computer skills, but doesn’t assume any knowledge of photo editing software. The course is free, and you’ll get a free copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 to keep, worth about £90.
You’ll need a PC (preferably) or recent Apple computer or laptop (not a tablet) and the course is entirely online. It’s a 12-week course starting on April 27th, ending on July 27th with a break for half term. Lessons are 9:30 – 11:30 every Wednesday.
Simon Longstaff is the tutor, and he is excellent, very patient and knows the software backwards. This will be the last free level 2 course of this type that Learn Devon will be running. Financial support for this type of course is stopping in July. If you want to, you can also sign up for level 2 courses in Word, Excel and Powerpoint too, and get a whole wall full of certificates!
Follow this link to sign up –

Membury History Society
AGM 15th March
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Stockland British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal Fundraiser
!! British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal Fundraiser !!
Please come and support our pop up charity cake stall
this SUNDAY, 6th March, 11am – 1pm in the skittle alley at The Kings Arms Stockland. Thank you Ben and the team for letting us set up there.
We will have lots of goodies to buy and you could even grab a coffee or a pint in the bar while you’re there.
If you can’t make it and would like to make a donation, or you could help with baking a cake, please contact Kim on 07742 661159.

Sustainable Stockland
Next meeting is Tuesday next week at 7pm in the Kings Arms. Come along and help save the planet one bit at a time – starting with East Devon!

Skills of the Hills
’Skills of the Hills’, the Blackdown Hills Hedge Association’s annual hedge event, takes place this Saturday at Cotley Farm, Wambrook, TA20 3EP. However, please note that this year the event is hedge-laying only. It is open to the public from 9.30a.m. Light refreshments will be available.

Yarcombe Market is Back!
Yarcombe Market returns to the Village Hall on Saturday 12th March, 10a.m. – 12 noon
We have a good number of stalls already: ● cakes, ● pies ● vegetables ● plants ● woodwork ● ironwork ● cards ● bric-a-brac ● toys, and more. ● Refreshments available as usual: enjoy a coffee and slice of delicious home-made cake with friends.
Please come and support the Yarcombe Village Market on Saturday 12th March!

News from Membury March 1st 2022

Donations to support Ukraine
Higgler coffee in Axminster is taking donations which will be given to a larger convoy heading to the Polish border on Friday.
We kindly ask for the following items by Thursday afternoon.
Baby formula, nappies and baby hygiene items.
Sanitary items.
Unopened creams such as sudacream.
Unopened roll on deodorant.
Clean bandages and packaged first aid items.

Due to space constraints in transit we are unable to take clothes, medication or opened toiletries.

Water Quality Monitoring
35 of us from Membury, Chardstock and Stockland attended a course today at the Village Hall run by the Westcountry Rivers Trust. You may see some of us every now and again dangling buckets off bridges and peering down long plastic tubes to determine what’s in our river water. Here are some things you can do to support our rivers.
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News from Membury February 28th 2022

Axe Valley Mission Community
In response to the current situation in Ukraine, there will be a prayer vigil which will be held in the Minster on Wednesday 2nd March from midday until 7pm
Louise Collard AVMC Team Administrator 01297 441986

Membury Primary School
The toddler group will be running as usual tomorrow at 11:00

Aerial Predator
One of our keen-eyed locals has spotted a red-tailed hawk flying up near Bewley Down. She is pretty sure it isn’t a native bird, so she is wondering whether anyone local may have lost such a bird.

Membury Castle
An update from George Greenshields
“I am afraid it has not proved possible to start the Membury Castle work in February. I had a firm arrangement with Simon Hart of Hartwood to start on Friday 18th Feb but that proved ill-fated because of storm Eunice. We re-arranged for Thursday and /or Friday last week but Simon was still dealing with emergency road clearance following the storm and had to cancel.
I am really sorry not to have made a start on the work but we are aiming for an early start on the 1st September.”

Betty Welch from Stockland
Betty Welch from Stockland passed away aged 91 on 10th February. Having arrived in the village in 1986 many of the older residents of Membury may well have known her. She certainly played an active role in the community.

The funeral will be on Monday 7th March 14.00 at St Giles, Kilmington, and a reception afterwards at the King’s Arms. Flowers (to W.Potter, Axminster) or donations to RNIB.

Kings Arms Quiz night – this Wednesday
Don’t forget the Pub Quiz Night is on Wednesday, 2nd March. A slight adjustment to start time to give us time to get through the questions…Arrive 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
Ben & the team, Kings Arms, Stockland, 01404 881686

Nostalgic Cinema at The Beehive, Honiton
Jailhouse Rock” starring Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler.
Friday 2nd March 14:00. £4.50 including a hot drink, biscuits and a chat.
Dementia Friendly Cinemas have proven to be very therapeutic for people with memory problems and their families. Besides engaging the brain and stimulating emotions, being part of an audience enjoying a film helps people with dementia and their carers to feel less isolated and also challenges the stigma associated with the condition.
All Nostalgic Cinema performances have subtitles to assist full enjoyment of the film by any members of the audience who are hard of hearing.
Whilst promoted as a dementia friendly screening, we hope anyone who loves the old films will come along for an afternoon of fond memories. Face masks are encouraged.

Also screening:
Belfast (12A) starring Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, Caitríona Balfe
7.30pm Friday 4th March and a socially distanced screening at 4pm on Sat 5th March
Tickets: Adults £7.50, U16 £6.50
‘Possibly the most uplifting film ever made about a time of unending violence, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast comes with a bruised heart and an unquenchable spirit of optimism.’ -Time Out

News from Membury February 27th 2022

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing February 28th

Monday February 28th

  • Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
  • Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 1st

Wednesday March 2nd

  • Like Minds (Provisional) in the Village Hall. Time TBC
  • Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 3rd

  • Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
  • Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 4th

  • Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
  • Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
  • S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 5th

Sunday March 6th

  • Holy Communion at Membury Church 11am

Week commencing March 7th

Monday March 7th

  • Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
  • Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 8th

  • Moviola in the Village Hall: Pig. 7 for 7:30pm

Wednesday March 9th

  • Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 10th

  • Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
  • Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 11th

  • Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
  • Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
  • S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 12th

Sunday March 13th

  • Morning Prayer at Membury Church TBC

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News from Membury February 25th 2022

East Devon District Council Residents’ Update

Devon County Council Update

Membury Parish Council – New Clerk
Thank you to Bec Davey for all your hard work, and welcome to Ana Silson!

News from Membury February 24th 2022 

Oak Apple Café
After the slight hiatus last week due to the weather we are back with a great menu.

  • Caramelised Onion Quiche
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Leek and Potato Soup with Homemade Bread
  • Date and Walnut Cake
  • Chocolate Cake

It’s half term, so we’ll be open from 1:30pm until 3:30pm.

Loose Pig now reunited
Here is a picture of Merryn with much loved Peppa, Rosie is so grateful that they live somewhere where people care enough to look out for a lost little pig!

News from Membury February 22nd 2022 – Missing Animals

Missing Ram
A small brown two-year-old woolly ram called Derek has gone missing from Bracken where he was enjoying their lush pasture. If anyone sees him please call Suzie 07484 163901 and she will attempt to apprehend him

Pig Loose in the Village
There is a pig loose in the village. She is about 6 inches long and answers to the name of Peppa. She is currently tucked into the hedge by Orchard House, just down the road from me.

News from Membury February 21st 2022

100 Club Results
After due deliberation, the Oracle has declared that the winner of the 100 Club this month is Boudicca Fox Leonard who will pocket £30. £10 goes to Kerstin Langdon, and John & Sharon Steadman

Back-up phones
Several correspondents have pointed out that “old” phones will be obsolete in 2025 when the system that has worked well for decades is switched off. Let’s hope we get a decent mobile signal in this area before they flick the switch!

Does anyone have any frogspawn yet?

While there’s wind …
It’s a good time for putting your washing on the line to dry it. Not only does it save your electricity bill, but it allows for some creativity. A prize for the best photograph of your washing drying!
dinosaur washing

Daisy’s Dairy
Daily milkshake specials starting today to tempt you at South Waterhayne Farm, Yarcombe
Monday – Blueberry
Tuesday – Biscoff
Wednesday – Rhubarb and Custard
Thursday – Irish Cream
Friday – Cherry

Wild East Devon News for Half Term

What’s on in Membury

Week commencing February 21st

Monday February 21st
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
History Society Talk in the Village Hall 7 for 7:30pm
A Local WWII Mystery

Tuesday February 22nd

Wednesday February 23rd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 24th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 25th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 26th

Sunday February 27th
Morning Prayer at Membury Church at 11am

Week commencing February 28th

Monday February 28th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday March 1st

Wednesday March 2nd
Like Minds (Provisional) in the Village Hall. Time TBC
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday March 3rd
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday March 4th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday March 5th

Sunday March 6th
Communion at Membury Church at 11am

News from Membury February 20th 2022

You may have noticed that there is a branch pinning down a telephone/internet cable on the Axminster Road, just below the castle, and quite close to Starcross. I reported this to Openreach yesterday, and they have been out to review it today, but lacked the specialist equipment necessary to deal with it safely. Richard Pearse, on whose land it is, will be lifting the branch with a JCB prior to cutting it in the next few days after the wind has subsided. Openreach will then re-tension the cable. If you are in the area and experience a loss of service, please contact your telephone or broadband supplier directly.

Yellow warning of wind
As I said yesterday, it’s not over yet. We now have Storm Franklin and a yellow warning of wind from now until 13:00 on Monday. Please take care, and let me know of any road issues or other problems.

More windy statistics
Stephen Tetlow up at Oat Errish measured a gust peaking at 75mph yesterday at 11:15 – shortly before the electricity went off, preventing any further data recording. Did anyone record anything even faster?

Dan Jaffé formerly of this parish has made a sensible suggestion from his new base in Hinton, where no power was lost. You can buy an old-fashioned corded telephone from Amazon (other exploitative retailers are available) for just over a tenner which will give you access to the phone network, even if there’s no electricity, and will make reporting problems to your provider much easier. Obviously, it will help you keep in touch with family, and get through to 999 directly as well should it prove necessary.

William Low Trust
The Merrymakers donated half of the money raised at the “Carols Round the Tree” event to the William Low Trust. Helen Forbes-Low writes:
“On behalf of The William Low Trust, thank you for the kind donation of £30. We are so deeply touched that you have given another donation to our trust in memory of our beautiful son William. Please send a big thank you to your committee.
We have our work cut out as we grow and develop the charity.
We are focusing on trying to fundraise to cover the costs of our PhD researcher, £43,000 a year! This is a huge amount and a huge goal for us. We have had our first update which is exciting as he started in Oct 2021.
We are also trying to design an App to support families when they get given a bag of medicines. I remembered feeling overwhelmed on returning home from hospital on how to coordinate these strong and complex medicines. I used to have to spend time creating spreadsheets (when all I wanted was a cuddle with William and a cup of tea) so I knew what needed to be given and when. Some families I work with just cannot manage this and then their child doesn’t get what they need in a timely way, so the child suffers – we feel the need to do something about this so we are trying to find App developers and linking in with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Thanks again as every penny really counts!”

If anyone wishes to make further donations to the charity, or can help with the development of an app contact Helen via info@thewilliamlowtrust.org.uk


News from Membury February 19th 2022

Storm Eunice Update
Well, that was exhilarating. Greendown recorded a gust of 65MPH at 10:07 yesterday. Most, if not all, of us were without electricity for much of the day, and I believe that some people are yet to have their service restored. Our little camping stove came into its own! Thank you to those that sent me updates regarding trees and roads – but without electricity I was unable to pick them up until late in the evening. Well done Western Power for restoring at least some services ahead of their anticipated time.

Yellow warning of wind
It’s not over yet. We have a yellow warning of wind from 06:00 today to 18:00 today, and again from 12:00 tomorrow until 15:00 on Monday. Please take care, and let me know of any road issues or other problems.

East Devon District Council update

Devon County Council update

I am told that there are no trains or buses running from Axminster station until further notice

School Newsletter
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Oak Apple CAfe – closed today

We’ve just taken the decision not to open the cafe today, because we don’t want to risk the lives of our lovely customers and force them out in all this weather.
The post office will be open.
Stay indoors, stay healthy, be careful if you have to go out.

News from Membury February 18th 2022 – Storm Eunice Update

Post Office
The post office will be operating normally unless Mike can’t get here from Dalwood where he’ll be this morning.

Oak Apple Café
The café will be operating, possibly with a reduced service as normal, but may close early.

Membury School
The school is closed

Sing for your Health this evening is cancelled.

Tree Reports
I’ve had a report of a tree down on Lewsley Lane, and another one on the Greendown Road, but Greendown at least doesn’t seem to be blocked – there’ll be more information when I get it. If you are aware of any issues affecting our roads please let me know with a precise location if possible, and an indication of whether the road is blocked or not

East Devon District Council Update on Eunice

Devon County Council Update on Eunice

News from Membury February 17th 2022

The new audio-visual equipment made its public debut on Tuesday at the screening of “The Courier”. This was generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and allowed us to purchase a ceiling mounted HD projector, a Blu-ray player, a new mixer and a pair of fantastic new speakers all of which were supplied and installed by David Reed of RSD music and Tim Williams of TMW Electrical Contracting
We can now connect computers and other equipment from a socket adjacent to the screen, a socket adjacent to the equipment cupboard, and from in the cupboard itself. Moviola events and any presentations will be much brighter, sound will be crisper and there won’t be trip hazards from trailing wires.
new kitThank you, National Lottery,!lottery community fund

Café menu
Ceri, Martyn and Daniel are looking forward to welcoming you to the Oak Apple Café tomorrow afternoon 1:30pm – 4pm. Given the weather we really ought to be offering Jerusalem artichoke soup but instead we have …

  • Carrot and coriander soup with homemade bread
  • Stilton Tart
  • Spicy Sausage Rolls
  • Date and Walnut Cake
  • Ginger and treacle spiced traybake
  • Chocolate brownies

Please treat the weather conditions with respect, and only use your car to visit us if you are really hungry!

Once again, thank you to those people who have contributed by baking, and souping. Future contributions always welcome – just speak to one of the volunteers.

Mobile Library

The mobile library due to visit tomorrow afternoon is cancelled – due to the anticipated weather conditions. They are – in the words of Margaret Mitchell “Gone with the Wind”.


Billy Down’s Wartime Secret
A reminder that Captain Hugh May is limbering up to deliver the extraordinary story of how Membury was directly involved in WW2. Don’t miss his spectacular presentation at the village hall on Monday evening at 19:30. Cheese and wine will be served from 19:00.

100 club
The next draw for the 100 club takes place at the weekend. If you haven’t already bought your ticket you are unlikely to benefit for the life changing prizes on offer. To remedy this all you need to do is slip a tenner to David Neill at Hope Cottage (behind the village hall) or transfer the money directly to the Merrymakers (30-90-37 01560859 Membury Merrymakers).

Storm Dudley and storm Eunice
Highest recorded windspeed yesterday was 53mph at 14:21 recorded at Greendown.
The amber warning has been upgraded to a red warning on the north Devon coast, and the time the warning comes into force has been updated from 03:00 to 05:00. Please take care.

Tom Daley
Helen Forbes-Low captured this image of Tom Daley passing by Axminster yesterday. You can help him raise money for Red Nose Day here https://donation.comicrelief.com/?cartId=rnd22-tom-challenge
cyclist tom

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, is open at Seaton Tramway featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by well over a million people.
Exhibition Open:
11th February – 8th April 10am – 4pm (Last Entry 3:30pm)
Adults £5.50 children (up to 15yo) free

Devon and Cornwall Police
Witnesses and footage sought
Witnesses are sought after a man was seriously injured in a collision between two vans in Axminster on 15 February.
Emergency services were called at 3.40pm to the collision between a Mercedes Sprinter van and a Volkswagen Transporter van on The Trafalgar Way.
The driver of the VW van, a man in his 60s from Dorset, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital.
The second driver, also a man in his 60s from Dorset, was uninjured.
Officers from the Roads Policing Unit attended alongside South West Ambulance Service and Devon Air Ambulance.
The road was closed for four hours for a specialist examination of the scene and recovery of the vehicles. Police would like to thank the public for their patience during the closure.
Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and asking for any witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them. They would also like to hear from any driver who has relevant dashcam footage.
Please contact 101@dc.police.uk or telephone 101, quoting log number 553 of 15/02/22.

News from Membury February 16th 2022

Storm Eunice
The yellow warning for wind in our area has now been upgraded to an amber warning, in force between 03:00 on Friday and 21:00 on Friday.
Extremely strong winds may develop over southwest England early on Friday, before spreading north and east during the day. Whilst there is still some uncertainty in the track of Eunice, there is an increasing likelihood of widespread inland wind gusts of 60-70 mph and up to 80 mph in a few places. Around coasts of west Wales and southwest England, gusts of 90 or possibly even 100 mph are possible. Winds are expected to ease across western areas through the afternoon, and eastern areas during the evening.
What to expect

  • There is a good chance that flying debris could result in a danger to life
  • Damage to buildings and homes is likely, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down
  • Roads, bridges and railway lines are likely to close, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights
  • There is a good chance that power cuts, possibly prolonged, could occur and possibly affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Large waves are likely and beach material is likely to be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • It is likely there will be falling branches and some uprooted trees

If you are aware of anything affecting Membury specifically, please let me know so I can share the information. Give me as accurate a location as possible – perhaps using a what3words location, and above all take care and don’t venture out unless you have to – unless of course you are coming to the Oak Apple Café!

All Saints Pantomime
Stop Press!!
ASPS presents Dick Twittington
No time to put off the decision because the weather’s bad!
Phone Barbara on 01297 35687 and book yourselves a good night out in the Village Hall on either Thursday 24th, Friday 25th or Saturday 26th February and watch lots of local people make fools of themselves.
We’re about to put on make-up
We’re going to light the lights
We’ll sing some silly songs
On all our Panto nights!

We’ve spoken to some folk who are still concerned and not decided due to the continued level uncertainty around Covid.
So, this year, if on the night you feel that you would still like to come along, we’re going to allow you to turn up and pay on the night.
However, to ensure good seats, book now.
dick twit

Stockland Book Club
The next meeting is on Saturday 19th February at the Kings Arms – at 11 am. Please come along – lively discussion guaranteed; along with coffee and cakes- or a pint!
Our current book is the classic Anna Karenina by Tolstoy.
All welcome – for further information ring Paul Spencer 01404 881819.

Sandra Capper’s snowdrops at East Membury Farm are magnificent at the moment, and for those of you who missed the viewing last weekend but would still like to see them, all you need to do is give her a ring (01404 881600) and arrange a time.

Citizens Advice
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News from Membury February 14th 2022

Jubilee Bulletin no. 6

An alternative experience of meeting the Queen.
Jon Williets, of Furley, writes:
I am not sure it counts as meeting the Monarch, but in 1980 the Queen drove past the end of our road having just opened the new shopping centre in Tamworth. The village all trudged to the end of the road and the convoy slowed down and received the royal wave. As a slightly uncomfortable and self-conscious 11 year old I was not really sure that waving at her was a particularly ‘cool’ thing to do. I decided that shaking my fist (in a football-like celebratory way) was a better greeting for our monarch. My Mum disapproved of the chosen gesture and as the car drew level the Queen looked out of her window to see a small ginger haired boy receiving an almighty clip round the ear from his irate Mum.

Yellow Warning of Wind
Storm Eunice is on its way, and it’ll be here between 18/2/2022 00:00 and 18/2/2022 21:00.
Extremely strong winds may develop over southwest England early on Friday, before spreading north and east during the morning. It is not yet clear where within the warning area the strongest winds will be but gusts of 60-70 mph are possible over a reasonably large area with a small chance of a brief period of gusts reaching 80 mph even inland. Coastal winds are likely to be the strongest. In addition to the wind, there is the potential for a period of snow and perhaps blizzard conditions, most likely over northern England, parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north Wales. However, this is very dependent on the track of the weather system and most places will see heavy rain instead.

Come along to the village hall tomorrow night (Tuesday) at 7pm for 7:30 to see “The Courier” – an excellent film indeed. Tickets £6
In the shadow of the Cold War a letter from Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) an agency of the Soviet Union received by MI6 stating the concern of Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war, So Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan) a CIA Agent reached out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright), who recruited British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be their spy.
This is the first outing for our new projector, BluRay player and speakers. Expect the very highest quality of presentation!
As always there’ll be refreshments including bottled Otter beer and Baboo Gelato, as well as wine, spirits and soft drinks.

“Hell of a Homecoming” Tour
Olympic gold medallist Tom Daley will be cycling through Axminster as part of an epic endurance challenge for Comic Relief.
To raise money for this year’s Red Nose Day, diving star Tom will be rowing, cycling, running and swimming his way from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford to his hometown of Plymouth.
Over four days, from today (Monday), Tom ‘Hell of a Homecoming’, will see him passthrough significant places and locations from his life, and he will be passing through Axminster this Wednesday, coming in on the A35 from Bridport to the Abbeygate junction, and then heading through Musbury, Colyford and on to Sidford.
It is thought he will come through Axminster between 3pm and 4pm, but you can track where he is on the interactive map here


News from Membury February 13th 2022

The road from Furley Cross to Challenger Cross will be closed on 16th February between 09:30 and 15:30 for Openreach works. The diversion route is shown here.
Openreach will also be responsible for work between Membury Cross and Clarence Cross 21st – 22nd February.

Birds Down Under
Jon and Cherry Wells write:
As it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and in response to your request for garden bird sightings last week, here’s a pair of collared doves getting all lovey-dovey in our garden in New Zealand today! They are such friendly, peaceful and easily tamed creatures; we were pleased to see a pair were recorded in Membury last week. These two cuties turn up twice a day, morning and night, for a feed out of our hands and a bit of necking on the decking!

Jubilee Bulletin no. 5

Helen Neill writes:
I was introduced to the Queen in 2019 at the opening of a new research complex in Cambridge. I don’t think she was very interested in me, which is quite understandable. However, she did spend 2 hours on her feet talking to plant breeders and scientists about new cereal and fruit varieties. She struck me as a small bundle of energy, sharp witted and independent minded.
I wish we had more leaders like her!

Membury and District Local History Society
billy down

A Yarn of Yarcombe
Yarcombe Parish Council has funds available to produce and publish “An Illustrated History of the Yarcombe Inn”. Someone is needed to write it and compile illustrations. If you would be interested please contact Sarah-Jane Martin yarcombe.clerk@yahoo.com

Devon Wildlife Trust Online Events
Monday 14 February – Working in the Wild
Tuesday 15 February – How to become a citizen scientist
Tuesday 15 February – Peatland Restoration in the South West
Wednesday 16 February – Are our hedgerows in good health?

Daisy’s Dairy
We stopped off here on our way back from Cornwall. Milk was delicious!
Daisy’s Dairy, Yarcombe, EX14 9AX is open daily 6am-9pm for freshly pasteurised milk, produced by our cows here on farm.
We also have a choice of 8 different milkshakes, local eggs, butter, Davidstow cheddar, flapjacks and shortbread.
We have 1L and 500ml reusable glass bottles for sale, which just need to be washed at home between uses.
Our vending machines are simple to use and both take contactless card payments only. The syrups are 50p per flavour, paid for in cash into an honesty box.

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing February 14th

Monday February 14th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Village Hall Trustee Meeting in hall at 7pm
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday February 15th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
Moviola: The Courier in the Village Hall 7pm for 7:30pm

Wednesday February 16th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 17th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 18th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 19th

Sunday February 20th
Church service in Membury Church: Communion at 11am

Week commencing February 21st

Monday February 21st
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm
History Society Talk in the Village Hall 7 for 7:30pm
A Local WWII Mystery

Tuesday February 22nd

Wednesday February 23rd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 24th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 25th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 26th

Sunday February 27th
Morning Prayer at Membury Church at 11am

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.
Flood Alert in force: River Axe area.
Flooding is possible for: Rivers Axe, Coly, Yarty, Umborne Brook and coastal streams from Branscombe to Axmouth.
Be prepared.
Flooding is possible during Sunday afternoon 13/02/2022. Heavy rainfall this morning and overnight in the River Axe area is causing river levels to rise. Bankfull conditions are expected with some localised riverside low lying land and roads flooding from 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
We expect rivers to remain high throughout Sunday afternoon with further scattered showers expected into Monday. 
Take care near the areas of concern and monitor your local weather conditions.
We are constantly monitoring river levels and have staff in the area checking for and clearing blockages in this location. This message will be updated on Monday morning or earlier if the situation changes.

To check the latest information for your area
* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/target-area/113WABTW09
* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 211023.
* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.
* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

News from Membury February 11th 2022


Jubilee Bulletin no.3

Have you ever met the queen? Send me your memories, and I’ll publish it here!

Thank you from Hospiscare
Money raised from the Christmas card, and the collection at the Carols round the Tree was donated to Hospiscare.
“From our team of doctors, nurses, support staff, volunteers and, most of all, the patients we care for, thank you for your recent kind donation of £344.00 on behalf of the Membury Merrymakers. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who helped raise this money which really does mean a lot to us.
This gift will help us to continue our specialist end-of-life care in the local community, helping people like Carol, who said:
“Hospiscare became my lifeline. They were always there for the both of us and they helped me to be brave.”
Without the generosity of people like you we could not be there for others, giving them and care and support and allowing them to spend their precious time making memories with those they love.
Your support is always important to us but never more so than it is right now in these uncertain times. Thank you for helping us be there for people when it matters most.
Best wishes, Karen Turner, Supporter Relationships Manager”

Seaton Music
The second half of the season gets under way in less than two weeks with the visit to Seaton on Thursday 24th February of the renowned Piatti Quartet, one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. This is part of a tour which will also include concerts in Ipswich, Bournemouth and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London. They also have a new Hyperion CD coming out in April to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vaughan Williams – a performance of his masterpiece ‘On Wenlock Edge’ with Nicky Spence (tenor), Julius Drake (piano) and Timothy Ridout (viola).
The programme includes some superb Purcell, Borodin and Beethoven. Tickets for non-members are available at the door at only £16 – cash only. (Please note the concert starts as usual at 7.30pm – not 3pm as the Membership Card unaccountably says!)

Devon County Council Update

East Devon District Council Update

Illegal Off-Road Riding
off road

Special Constabulary Recruitment
Devon and Cornwall Police will be open for recruitment from the 31 January until the 6 March.
If you are looking for a new challenge? Wanting to make a difference in your community? then consider volunteering as a Special Constable?
On the 15 February we are holding a virtual awareness event which is an opportunity to find out more about the role and hear from some of our serving Specials about what it is like to be a Special.
If you would like to join the online event or would like to know more about becoming a Special Constable, please click on the link below.

Jubilee Bulletin no.4

A Message from Cllr Ian Thomas, Chair of East Devon District Council

As you will undoubtedly be aware, 2022 will be a year-long programme of Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, Commonwealth, and across the globe, to celebrate 70 years of service by Her Majesty The Queen. This remarkable achievement will be the first time a British Monarch will have celebrated a Platinum Jubilee.
This offers a focus for communities across East Devon and beyond to celebrate this unique milestone.
As Chair, my wish is that…

  • We recognise the 70-year period of Her Majesty’s reign, in an enduring way.
  • We work with each part of our District, from our smallest parish to largest town, recognising the special environment we share.
  • Our contribution to celebrations is supportive of a key Council priority.

Our proposal, which I believe meets these objectives, is that our Council gift one of 70 oak saplings to each East Devon Town or Parish community.
The resultant special network across the district of commemorative oak trees, renowned for their longevity, strength, and unique position in the national landscape, will offer many other collective opportunities and serve as an important local ‘memory jogger’ recognising our Carbon Neutral and environment priorities.
We will supply and plant bare root specimens of Quercus Robur (common or English oak) at a size of 8-10cm girth (2-3 metres tall). Planting will include any necessary support stakes, protective rings to the base and watering duct, together with a commemorative plaque.
These need to be planted by mid March
To ensure we can reach out to all communities our only requirement is that the chosen site is suitable for an oak tree and accessible to members of the public.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to where our tree, should we apply for one, be planted? It needs to be on or very near a public footpath, or at least accessible. Do you have a suitale location? We need to get our application in as soon as possible.

Axminster Library Dyslexia Friendly Book Collection
For Children and Early Teens
As part of the local community, we always want to make sure we can help everyone enjoy and love reading
So, this week after a few months of hard work and collaborations with other libraries, we can proudly say we now have a selection of books for children/early teens that are dyslexia friendly.
As well as the titles we have here, we can get other titles from other libraries to help everyone enjoy reading, (when looking further we have over 500 titles by dyslexia friendly publishers), so please do come and ask us for help.
All children’s book reservations are completely free of charge
These great books are available for everyone to loan but have their own little area in our children’s library to make them easy to find!!
Happy Reading everyone!
Natalie, Rachel and Shelley – Librarians at Axminster Library

Membury School Newsletter and Toddler Group
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News from Membury February 9th 2022

Jubilee Bulletin no. 1

National celebrations are planned over a 4-day weekend in early June. The usual late May bank holiday has been moved from the last Monday in May, and there will be an additional bank holiday to create a long weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.
At an open meeting on February 1st, 2022, a group of parishioners decided on a preliminary programme of events to include:

  • Thursday June 2nd: Membury Beacon and Fireworks
  • Friday June 3rd: Oak Apple Café special with classic car show
  • Saturday June 4th: Live stream of Platinum Party at the Palace in the village hall, with pop-up pub and display by history society
  • Sunday June 5th: Village Street party – Games/parade etc. Followed by a celebratory evensong in the church.

The Raucous Chorus will sing at a least one of these events.
In addition to daily events, we are hoping to have jubilee scarecrows, floral displays in the village and church and village bunting.
Several parishioners volunteered to help organise each event and we will be setting up additional meetings soon. Please contact one of the MerryMakers if you are interested in being involved.

Jubilee Bulletin no. 2

Classic Car Display
As just a small part of Membury’s contribution to the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, it’s planned to have a display of classic, old or just unusual cars, tractors and motorbikes in the Village car park on Friday 3rd June to coincide with the Cafe’s opening times of 1.30 to 4pm.
Furthermore, the cafe will be running a 1950’s theme on that day – more details to follow – but feel free to dig out those flat caps, baggy-trousered suits – or maybe you prefer the teddy-boy look !!
As space in the car park is limited, please register your interest with me beforehand.
Email me at minijohns@hotmail.com & let me know what vehicle(s) you’d be bringing along.
I look forward to hearing from you – John Hodge

Fare Car – subsidised lifts to Axminster and Chard
Did you know that the F11 Fare Care lift service provides transport from the Stockland area to either Axminster or Chard?  It is a set fare of £2.80 per single trip. See details below or more info on the Travel Devon website.
fare car

Ornithological Musings
From Tony Marsh, 6th February 2022
Early February. A bright, breezy morning after over-night rain. A jay is stabbing busily into the grass. It is feeding on acorns, their winter’s sustenance. Surprisingly perhaps that during last week’s Big Garden Birdwatch none of us reported seeing a jay. In our garden, it’s the acorns, shed in the autumn by the big oak trees overhead, that are the attraction. Apparently jays collect acorns into larders to get them through the winter, thereby helping to spread oaks over a wider area. In this case, I think our failure to tidy up the grass thoroughly before the winter was rewarded by the sight at close quarters of this flamboyant but shy bird, that we see usually only fleetingly, when it disappears into the trees, screeching raucously.

Turn Lyme Green
turn lyme green

Cinechard is screening “The Last Duel” at Holyrood Academy on Friday 11th, 7pm for 7:30pm. In a departure from their normal range of films this has an 18 certificate and runs for 2 hours and 32 minutes. I thought it would be worth posting some more information on the certification:
Sex and nudity: severe
Violence and Gore: severe
Profanity: moderate
Alcohol, drugs and smoking: mild
If you want more details on the above have a look at the IMDB entry, but there are spoilers.
Starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, “The Last Duel” is based on the true story of France’s last trial by combat in the Middle Ages. Knight Jean de Carrouges challenges his former friend Jacques Le Gris to a duel after Jean’s wife Marguerite accuses Le Gris of rape. Told in multiple “Rashomon-style” points of view.

Sandra Capper at East Membury Farm would like to invite you to Snowdrop viewing this Friday Saturday Sunday 10 30 to 3pm. Small donation to Ninth Wave Global appreciated.
Pop along to see the wonderful snowdrops, the first signs of spring and of brighter days to come!

It’s nearly Christmas …
Christmas will come !! Yes very early, but time for you to find your entries for the ARC 2022 CHRISTMAS CARDS. Last year your designs and your purchases helped Arc raise about £2000 and every pound raised has gone to help more members of our community get the help they need.
It is time to get ready for the upcoming season, I need photos, sketches, paintings, any imagery that would make lovely cards. Local images do very well and do images of animals and of course those which depict the Meaning of Christmas ….. so please get creative and get some beautiful entries to me by May 1st 2022. (Artworks will be returned).
The entries will then be judged and we will select 6-8 winners.. the images will then be used for the Arc Christmas Cards and your name will be credited on the cards.
All submissions should be sent to Arc via admin@arcaxminster.org

Axminster Country Market
i everyone , we will be open again tomorrow ( 10th Feb ) . 9-12
Please spread the word to support us , we will have a selection of :-
Home grown produce
Delicious cakes and savouries
We will be serving tea and coffee (70p) with a piece of cake ( £1.20 )

News from Membury February 6th 2022

Week commencing February 7th
Events In Membury

Monday February 7th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday February 8th
Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
Membury Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm

Wednesday February 9th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 10th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 11th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-4pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 12th

Sunday February 13th

Week commencing February 14th
Events In Membury

Monday February 14th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
Village Hall Trustee Meeting in hall at 7pm
Bellringing at Membury Church at 7:30pm

Tuesday February 15th
Moviola: The Courier 7pm for 7:30pm

Wednesday February 16th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 17th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 18th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-3:30pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 19th

Sunday February 20th
Church service in Membury Church: Communion at 11am


News from Membury February 4th 2022

Some of you may have spotted the deliberate error in the date at the top of the message I sent out yesterday. Sorry about that.

Devon County Council Update
Case levels in Devon remain high (1,235 per 100,000 of population) and above the national average (1,069 per 100,000 of population) across all age groups, but especially among young people. Cases are currently highest in the Exeter area. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/308f516

East Devon District Council update

Devon and Cornwall Police
Unfortunately, over recent weeks, we have had a number of reports where sheep have been chased and attacked or killed by dogs.
This can be very upsetting for all those involved.
Livestock worrying is a criminal offence.
Action could be taken against you and your dog.
Please be a responsible dog owner.
This means knowing where your dog is and managing its behaviour.
If livestock are present – keep it on a lead. (But release if chased by cattle.)
If you see livestock worrying occurring, please report it.
Use 999 if ongoing
otherwise use 101 or 101@dc.police.uk
Thank you. PC Whitting, Rural Affairs Team

Axminster Change for Lyme Regis
One for you railway buffs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnBWRFaajlc

School Newsletter
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News from Membury February 3rd 2022

A moan from a responsible dog owner
On behalf of all the responsible dog owners in the village, I am asking if the dog owner who uses bright green poo bags, please take said, filled bag home with them? Please do not expect others to do it for you. Your dog, your responsibility. Thank you.

Membury Parish Council
Councillors are summoned and members of the public are invited to attend the Council Meeting of Membury Parish Council, to be held in the Membury Village Hall on Tuesday 8 th February 2022 at 7:30pm to discuss the following matters:
RDavey, Clerk to the Council


  1. Welcome:
  2. Apologies for Absence:
  3. Declarations of Interest under the Code of Conduct: Councillors are reminded of the need to declare any interests either at this stage of the meeting, or as soon as they become aware of the interest. The reason for the declaration must be given, and whether it is a personal or pecuniary interest; any actions they intend to take when the item is being dealt with
  4. Minutes: To adopt the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd November 2021 and 11th January 2022 as a true record.
  5. County and District Council Reports:
  6. Highways Matters:
  7. Finance:
  8. a) To approve the financial statement for January 2022
  9. b) To review the third quarter budget for 2021/2022
  10. c) To consider grant request from TRIP
  11. d) To consider subscription to Blackdown Hill Parish Network
  12. e) To consider and approve Playing Field Grass Cutting Contract
  13. f) To consider grant application from Membury Merrymakers for £550 towards the cost
    of the production of the Membury Mercury magazine
    g) To approve the following payments:
    Mrs R Davey Clerks’ Salary – November BACS £339.70
    HMRC Clerks’ Tax – November BACS £ 10.00
    JJJ Wallace Grass Cutting Contract – December STO £150.00
    BT Group Broadband – December DD £ 32.40
    Exe-Squared Ltd Website Hosting BACS £144.00
    DALC New Councillors Course – Cllr Lakhani-Robinson BACS £ 48.00
    Membury Village Hall Hall Hire Sep – Dec BACS £ 12.00
    Mrs R Davey Clerks’ Salary – December BACS £339.70
    HMRC Clerks’ Tax – December BACS £ 10.00
    JJJ Wallace Grass Cutting Contract – January STO £150.00
    BT Group Broadband – January DD £ 32.40
    SLCC Training Courses – Clerk BACS £ 27.00
    Mrs R Davey Clerks’ Salary – January BACS £339.70
    HMRC Clerks’ Tax – January BACS £ 10.00
    Mr D Noyes Clerk Advertisement BACS £247.20
    Other payments may arise for payment during the meeting
  1. Planning:

New Applications for consideration: 21/2902/FUL | Caravan Park Farm Membury Axminster Retention of existing agricultural workers mobile home. These amendments relate to additional information relating to proposed landscape planting and finished paint colour of residential unit – plans received by EDDC on 31 January 2022.

Current Application updates: 21/2093/FUL & 21/3101/FUL & 21/3102/FUL|Erection of polytunnel for agricultural storage and livestock housing – Park Farm Membury Axminster EX13 7TB – Approved with conditions.

  1. Bonds Lane:
  2. Playing Field Fence Repairs & Quaker Memorial Ground Maintenance:
  3. Community Shop – Cllr Lakhani-Robinson:
  4. Membury Hill Fort:
  5. CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) monies:
  6. Jubilee Celebrations; Donation to Merrymakers:
  7. Clerking position:
  8. Alex Tasker:
  9. Parish Councillor Reports:
  10. Clerks Report:
  11. Correspondence:
  12. Public Forum:

Date of the Annual Parish meeting: 05.04.2022

Clerk to the Council Vacancy
Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Membury Parish Council
Our present clerk/RFO is resigning in February 2022 due to her other work commitments. As a result, we are recruiting for a new Parish Clerk.
Membury parish council is an active council which holds scheduled meetings 8 times a year and ad hoc meetings when required. The clerk will be required to work from home. The working hours are 7 hrs per week and the salary is in accordance with the NALC pay scales (SCP 7 – 12) depending upon experience.
The person appointed will need excellent computer skills (preferably Word 10) and a good knowledge of accounting procedures as well as an ability to deal with members of the public, an ability to take Minutes and set out and distribute Agendas. The clerk will be expected to deal with various matters relating to the smooth running of the parish council and queries raised by councillors. A CILCA qualification or willingness to undertake this qualification would be advantageous.
The outgoing clerk may be available to assist with a handover and so we are looking to appoint the new clerk in a short timescale.
Applications should be made by email to
clerk@membury.eastdevon.gov.uk addressed to Mr David Noyes, Parish Councillor Membury, attaching an up-to-date CV.
Closing date: Wednesday 9th February 2022.

New Highway Code Rules
I was turning left yesterday at a junction, I stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the road, and I was loudly hooted, so here is a reminder of what the new rules are from the RAC.

Water Quality Monitoring
A group of us met yesterday for some on-the-job training in water quality monitoring on the Yarty, up by Longbridge. Vicky and Paul from Chardstock Eco Group demonstrated how to do it, and prevented anyone falling in. You’ll be pleased to hear that at that point the river was in pretty good shape, with few phosphates and low dissolved solids. We’ll be monitoring it at various locations over the coming months.
water monitors

It’s the All Saints Pantomime
Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!
Book your tickets for Dick Twittington, 24th, 25th, 26th February
Tickets £6 (£3 under 16) from Barbara Foulkes 01297 35687
allsaints panto

News from the skies
Alasdair was wondering if anyone else spotted the Red Kite hanging around the Webble Green, Furley area yesterday afternoon. It spent about half an hour around the house before moving south down the valley. This morning it was perched on a pole in a field below me near the Yarty. What will our buzzards make of this?

New Toddler Group
The new toddler group met at the school on Tuesday. They’ll be meeting again next week – bring your children or grandchildren along!

Jubilee Meeting
We had 20 people at the meeting on Tuesday evening, and several other people got in touch during the day, so all in all it was very encouraging!
We identified events for each of the 4 days, with people volunteering take a role in coordinating on each day.
Watch out for more information soon

Oak Apple Café
Come and visit us at the hall on Friday between 1:30 and 3:30.
The menu this week is:

  • Vegan sausage rolls
  • Pork sausage rolls
  • Roasted tomato and red pepper soup
  • Victoria Sponge
  • Coffee and walnut cake
  • Plum Frangipane Tart

Wordles too easy for you?
Try Nerdles. https://nerdlegame.com/
Does anyone here remember Rambling Syd Rumpo?

Oscar is back
Barry and Pauline write:
Many thanks to all the kind people for their offers of help. GOOD NEWS Oscar has had his operation and is now returned to us. They called him their ‘Star Patient’. We are still isolating but will soon be back to ‘normal’.

News from Membury January 31st 2022

Any more birds for any more?

2nd Mercury Reminder
Only a few days to go until the copy deadline, this Friday, February 4th, and we’re still waiting for the flood of interesting reports/information about this lovely village.
We’re especially anxious to receive those special family recipes – savoury, sweet, cakes or snacks – under your own name, or a pseudonym, if you prefer. If it comes from another writer, please acknowledge, as Patricia always did. Please send to mbrymcry@gmail.com asap! Looking forward to hearing from you.
The Editorial team.

Jubilee Meeting Reminder
19:00 in the village hall tomorrow. Come along to find out what is being planned, and how you can help. Fancy a street party? I think we all need one! It’s the Chinese New Year, and it’s the year of the Tiger. The Tiger is associated with Bravery, Courage and Strength – come and display your talents at the hall!

Annual Footpath Survey
Our footpath warden is Paul Nicholson and the teams of Membury Trudgers have (or will) be reporting defects on the footpaths and bridleways of the parish to him, for forwarding on to East Devon. If you spot something like a missing sign, bear trap or bottomless pit please let him know paulnicholson1959@me.com
If you have any concerns with Yarcombe paths please contact caroline@landowninginitiatives.co.uk, and for Stockland issues write to amanda.thompkins@stocklandpc.org.uk

Membury Moviola are showing “The Courier” on Tuesday 15th at 19:00 for 19:30 in the village hall. Tickets £6 as usual. This will be the first use of our new projector and speakers. Both the sound quality and the pictures are significantly better than they were last year. This is your Community Cinema – come along and keep it alive!
There will be wine, soft drinks and bottled Otter Bright (£3 for 500ml) to slake your thirst, and delicious Baboo Gelato for the interval.
In the shadow of the Cold War a letter from Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) an agency of the Soviet Union received by MI6 stating the concern of Penkovsky about world safety and his anxiety about a nuclear war, So Emily Donovan (Rachel Brosnahan) a CIA Agent reached out to MI6 Agent Dickie Franks (Angus Wright), who recruited British salesman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) to be their spy.
This film is based on a true story.

What’s on at the Beehive
From our Stockland and Honiton Correspondent:
Coming up this Saturday 5th Feb at the Beehive a really fab tribute act- ‘The Sound of Springsteen’
I’m a bit snooty about tributes but this band come very highly recommended and if you listen to them on the box office link I think you’ll agree that they sound very much like the real deal!
With an absolute passion for the work of ‘The Boss’, this 8 piece tribute band     ‘The Sound Of Springsteen’ bring their experience of years of live performance and recording to rock you with Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hits. Including songs like Born In The USA, Glory Days, Streets of Philadelphia and many more, this is a fantastic, faithful homage to Springsteen.
Oh yeah ’Tramps like us Wendy we were born to run!’-See you there!

Link with full details and to book. https://thebeehive.savoysystems.co.uk/TheBeehive.dll/TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_1529.TcsWebTab_3773.TcsProgramme_709567

Also just to give you the heads up we have the new West Side Story (12A) starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose and Rita Moreno on Sat 12th Feb.
At 4pm there is a socially distanced screening and then a regular show at 7.30pm.
A new adaptation of the beloved stage musical (and a loving tribute to its 1961 big-screen iteration) from director Steven Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter Tony Kushner, West Side Story follows two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds who fall in love in 1950s New York City. As their romance intensifies, they find themselves drawn into the heart of a conflict between two warring gangs.
Mr. Spielberg did not waste his time-or ours. The new West Side Story is simply fabulous. – Observer
Tickets: Adults £7.50, U16 £6.50

Six Nations Rugby at the Kings Arms
We are pleased to say that the Six Nations rugby will be shown on the big tv in the skittle alley – the first match is this Saturday, 5th Feb at 2.15pm.
Also, live music on Sunday afternoons continues… 3-5pm.

News from Membury January 30th 2022

And the results are trickling in …




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Jubilee Meeting
Please don’t forget that there’ll be a meeting in the village hall on Tuesday at 7pm to plan activities celebrating the Jubilee at the beginning of June. All ideas welcome, all people welcome!

If you came to the “From Devon With Love” festival in September you will have heard Suthering (Julu and Heg) sing for us, and it was stunning. They are releasing their first album “If We Turn Away” on February 25th, but if you visit https://suthering.bandcamp.com/album/if-we-turn-away you can you can listen to a couple of the tracks immediately. Beautiful close harmony folk singing

V.C.C.R. rally – another perspective
Barbara and Duncan Mackinder write:
Since we have lived here, the rally has gone right past our house most years and we have never had any problem with it. We always receive written notice and don’t find it intrusive, one household member having slept through several of the rallies. Three years ago, we were driving home late at night and met some rally cars en route, each of which pulled out of our way without hesitation, to let us pass.

What’s on in Membury
Week commencing January 31st

Monday January 31st
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
MerryMakers Committee Meeting at 7pm in Village Hall

Tuesday February 1st
NEW! Toddler Group at Membury School at 11am
Queens Jubilee Celebration: everyone is invited to a Planning Meeting at 7pm in Village Hall. We welcome your views on how we should celebrate.

Wednesday February 2nd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 3rd
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 4th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-4pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 5th

Sunday February 6th
Church service in Membury Church at 11am

Week commencing February 7th

Monday February 7th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am

Tuesday February 8th
Membury Parish Council Meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30pm

Wednesday February 9th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 10th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 11th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-4pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 12th

Sunday February 13th

News from Membury January 28th 2022

Membury Castle
Further update on Castle trees from Tree Wardens:
Upon receipt of letters from constituents, MP Neil Parish has written to Historic England querying the lack of community consultation in the planning of the work at the Hill Fort and asking for survey evidence that shows there will be no increased risk of flooding in the valley below.
Additional information about the site meeting on Weds 26th. The Tree Wardens were informed that all the scrub would be cleared and then treated with Glyphosate. The Hollies and Birch trees being felled (up-to 150, no more than 30% of the total canopy) were to be chopped at the base and then treated with a chemical to ensure they did not re-grow. If anyone walks up the paths in the next week or so they will see yellow dots on trees to be felled and red dots on trees to be saved for habitats. The site would be cleared to ensure no new trees would seed, so that as the remaining mature oaks etc died with time, Historic England would achieve the long term aim of restoring a tree-less, grassed hill top as seen on ancient plans.
Up to 35 Trees on the sloping northern tree lined old hedge boundary below the Castle will be chopped or coppiced, the hedge bank rebuilt and hedging saplings planted.

Pews News Plus
We are delighted to let you know that the AVMC Team Service from Uplyme will be livestreamed so even if you can’t make it in person you can still join us in worship.
Please use the link below to access.
Louise Collard, AVMC Team Administrator 01297 441986

School Newsletter
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Big Garden Birdwatch
It’s the start of the Big Garden Bird Watch today! Join the RSPB and thousands of nature enthusiasts as they help monitor how our birds are faring. Whether you have a balcony, garden or local park, everyone can take part!
Here’s a useful guide to our most common birdsgarden birds

Devon County Council Update
Case rates in Devon, already very high, (1,008 per 100,000 of population) are starting to rise again, and are similar to the national average (1,004 per 100,000). Case rates are highest and increasing most rapidly among young people aged 0 to 19, and are also increasing in those aged between 30 and 50. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDEVONCC/bulletins/307f81b

East Devon District Council Residents Update

Devon and Cornwall Police
There has been a theft of a number of catalytic converters from vehicles on a garage forecourt in Honiton overnight on Tuesday 25 January 2022 – CR/007385/22.
Police are asking residents and businesses to review their security in relation to their vehicles and to report any suspicious activity to police, particularly around vehicles and industrial estates late at night.
Please phone 999 if you believe a crime is taking place, anyone with information is asked to please email 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101.

Forde Abbey Snowdrop Weekends
It’s the season for rosy cheeks, misty mornings and frosted beauty. The snowdrops are a few weeks behind but starting to make an appearance, so why not beat the Winter blues and come explore the gardens on the weekends in February.

Alternatively, you could just wander round Membury in a week or two – I think we must have half the world’s stock of snowdrops on our doorsteps.

Axminster Medical Practice
Don’t forget that pill and tablet blister packs can be recycled via the medical practice.
Old inhalers should be handed to reception, and unused medicines taken to the dispensary.

Missed out on the latest internet thing?
Have you been having a go at the daily wordle puzzle? If you’ve been enjoying them, but have only just caught on, you can find all the old ones at the wordle archive here:
I managed the wordle today in 4 – which is about my average.

News from Membury January 26th 2022


Membury Castle
David Noyes writes:
As agreed at the Extraordinary Parish Council meeting, a follow up site meeting was held up on the castle this morning. Present were representatives from Historic England, Blackdown Hills Area of Natural Beauty and Ecologic Consultants as well as Jan Lazar and Helen Neill in their capacity as Tree Wardens and Patrick White and David Noyes. The Tree Wardens had also invited Michael Davis, a local chartered landscape architect, to attend. The project team made clear that though this was not a formal consultation, they had listened to the concerns raised at the EPCM and had reviewed how many trees would need to be cut down to remove the site from Historic England’s Sites at Risk Register. As a result, they said that they had reduced the requirement from 200 trees as set out in the felling licence to less than 150. The project team emphasised that they would seek to strike the right balance between doing enough work to preserve the archaeological monument as well as being mindful of the ecology and landscape of the site. There was some discussion around other examples of this approach such as Woodbury and Hembury castles.

The site was then walked. It was confirmed that all the large trees, in particular the oaks, will be retained. Any ash trees that are showing signs of dieback will be removed. The remaining trees that will be removed will be some but not all of the smaller species trees, such as holly, birch and hawthorn. It was confirmed that some log piles will be left on site. Discussion then moved to the restoration of the hedge to the north of the site. Here it was confirmed that initially some of the existing trees will be coppiced, again ash trees showing signs of dieback will be removed and the existing bank will be built up. This work will take place this spring. The bank will then be allowed to settle. In the autumn, the hedge will be planted with 600 saplings. Work will start, weather allowing, in the middle of February.

The Eagle has Landed!
If you were watching Winter Watch on BBC2 today you will have been aware that in North Norfolk Michaela Strachan was excited to see a white-tailed eagle. This was “our” eagle – that spent considerable time here and in Yarcombe over last winter. He left us and headed to Norfolk where he lingered before heading off to Scotland for a few months. He’s now gone back to Norfolk and was filmed there earlier today.

Big Garden Bird Watch
The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place at the weekend
In 2021, more than one million people took part in Big Garden Birdwatch, all coming together to look out for birds. Why not join in and be one in a million for 2022?

Shockingly, we’ve lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife.
Taking part is as easy as 1,2,3
1. Watch the birds around you for one hour
2. Count how many of each species of bird lands on your patch
3. Go online and tell us what you saw
Sign up here to find out more and to take part. https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/birdwatch-take-part/
Last year along with submitting results of your count online, many people sent them to me for publication – and we had a good number of species recorded in the parish. I’d be delighted if you’d like to do this again this year, and I’ll collate the results.

River Quality Monitoring
A small group of locals along with people from Chardstock and Stockland attended a meeting this afternoon to discuss water quality monitoring in the Yarty, the Kit and the Corry. If anyone else is interested in volunteering to help survey for nitrates, phosphates and invertebrates please let me know.

Highway Code
Just a reminder that the Highway Code is changing on 29 January. You can rad all about it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-highway-code-8-changes-you-need-to-know-from-29-january-2022

Sustainable Stockland
Just a quick note to invite you along to the next meet-up of our Sustainable Stockland environment group – next Tuesday, 1st Feb at 7pm in the Kings Room at the Kings Arms, Stockland.  Hopefully those of you who came to our December get together will have had a chance to consider some of the ideas we discussed as it would be great to decide as a group whether there is any appetite for choosing one or two projects for the group to aim for in 2022.
We even have a little agenda 🙂

  • Stockland Great Castle tree felling plans
    Ken Pearson, Clerk to the Parish Council has asked us to take a look at the upcoming plans to fell an area of woodland around the listed archaeological site of Stockland Great Castle. I’ll bring along the info and we can have a quick chat. Also to discuss the same works planned for Membury Castle. …and a small related matter of the Parish Council being keen to find a new Tree Warden… any takers?
  • Local River Quality Monitoring
    I’m delighted to say that Vicky Whitworth from Chardstock Eco Group will be joining us to talk about her experiences of running the Chardstock village environment group, and in particular, how she is involved in river quality monitoring on the River Kit – she’ll be bringing along her testing kit and telling us what’s involved. There are a few sites on the Yarty and the Corry Brook that need cover and I’m keen to give it a go – training and kit is provided. Would anyone else like to volunteer with me?
  • (At least) Two for 2022!
    Looking at our fabulous list of ideas from last meeting, what does the group want to focus on for 2022? Perhaps one or two ‘easy win’ projects that might be easy to implement, plus a more chunky, ambitious project to get our teeth stuck into.  Grateful for your thoughts, bring your ideas…
    Best wishes, Claire Holgate

Lucy Pearse – who brought Father Christmas to Membury – makes fudge.
Her fortnightly fudge sale is now live this evening and she can deliver locally.
Tonight’s fudge

  • Millionaire trays over 1kg of fudge £10.
  • Bars of fudge are £2.50 min 100g
  • Raspberry ripple
  • Bubblegum
  • Cream tea
  • Trifle
  • Salted caramel
  • Crunchie rocks
  • Lotus biscoff
  • Vanilla

Please join the group to see availability.

News from Membury January 25th 2022


Oak Apple Café
The café will be serving from 13:30 to 15:30
The menu for this week is:

  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Sausage rolls
  • Mediterranean cheese scones
  • Coconut, lime and cardamom cake
  • Orange and gooseberry traybake
  • Shortbread

Membury Mercury Advertiser
There’s a new advertiser who wasn’t included in the list of advertisers I sent out the other day. Mark lives at Longbridge – so he’s not far away if you need him!
GTA Locksmith

Membury Local History Society
wartime secret

Mercury Reminder
There’s now less than a fortnight until the copy deadline for the Spring issue of the Mercury. Regular contributors have already been sent their regular reminder, but we welcome contributions from other readers, too.
We’re looking especially for recipes, this time. As you will know, Patricia Bruzon, fount of all culinary knowledge, no longer lives in Membury, so we are relying on all the other cooks out there – we have heard of your expertise!– to share their knowledge. Your recipe can be for sweet or savoury dishes, cakes or snacks, and if there is a story to share with them, so much the better, though not at all obligatory. If you are shy of publishing under your own name, we’re happy to accept a pseudonym. As we always say, this is your magazine and we rely on your input. Articles, as always to the Mercury e-mail: mbrymcry@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Editorial team

Cotton material – red, white or blue in plain or pattern, suitable for the Arts and Craft group to make into bunting for the celebrations. Please bring to the hall on a Thursday afternoon or hand to any member of our group.  Thank you.

Car Rally Petition
I posted a message about a car rally that took place a week and a half ago, although I believe that not much of Membury was affected directly. Stockland had a much worse time, and this entry is reproduced for their treemail.

STOCKLAND PARISH V.C.R.R. NAVIGATIONAL CAR RALLY  15th-16th January 2022 (2 hour projected time slot)

A  V.C.R.R. Rally was held in the Parish from 15th-16th January 2022 (23.20 – 0.100). The organisers stated the Rally would run from 23.20 –  01.00 hours. The Rally did not finish until 2.15 a.m. Residual heavy traffic was still leaving the Parish at 4.00a.m. 55 motors took part in the Rally covering 150 miles around the single circuit. Simple mathematics would demonstrate that the time slot of 2 hours was insufficient. Whilst the rally was permitted by Section 13 of the Road Traffic Act (1988) the rationale for holding it in the Stockland Parish seems unjustifiable on the following grounds:

  • disregard of the AONB status;
  • excessive continuous noise;
  • emissions pollution;
  • continuous intrusive rally lights;
  • household disruption;
  • lack of notification;
  • lack of safety awareness – no signage;
  • current state of the Parish roads/damage assessment/payment;
  • endangering wildlife at night;
  • disturbing farm stock;
  • possible blocking of any emergency services arising (local housing need);
  • finally – what are the benefits to the Parish of any such event?

A Petition objecting to the Rally with the above concerns listed is circulating in the Parish. If you feel affected by the above please support it with your signatures.
Many thanks,
Barbara Dunkley 01404 881692/Gill Metcalfe 01404 881204

New Toddler Group
Membury Primary Academy would like to invite parents and toddlers to a Toddler Group next Tuesday 1st February  from 11am-12pm. This session will have a Chinese New Year theme! We hope to make this a regular session and we would love to meet our local toddlers and parents. If you would like any further details, or have questions, please call the office on 01404 881491 or email memburyoffice@acornacademy.org
Thank you, Miss Wickens
toddler group

Axminster Printing Special Offers
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A happy new year from the Membury Mercury – distributed free to every household in Membury.

Local companies have suffered over the last two years. Buy local and use local tradesmen to reduce your carbon footprint!
Please support the advertisers that subsidise the costs of producing the Membury Mercury four times a year. If you know anyone who would like to join these wonderful companies please ask them to contact me for our competitive rates.
The copy deadline date for the next issue is February 4th, and the issue will be out at the beginning of March.
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News from Membury January 23rd 2022


Small murmurations of starlings have been seen in Membury several times over the last week just as dusk is falling – up to 100 birds or thereabouts. I haven’t managed to spot exactly where they are roosting, but they can be seen from the road just north of the village hall.

Axminster Community Shed
A warm welcome to our Shed
A place where men and women with a bit of time to spare can chat, connect and create. Sheds are popular right across the UK as a haven where you can meet like-minded people and make new friends while also using your skills to help your community. You can also learn new stuff and, most importantly, go home feeling content. Go on – give us a try!

Axminster Guildhall
The Axminster Guildhall is looking for a team of Front of House Volunteers to help us with all the shows and events that are coming this year. If interested please contact info@axminster-guildhall.co.uk

Axminster Guildhall Again
Don’t forget: Next week is Comedy Week at The Axminster Guildhall.
Come and join the fun on Tuesday January 25th at 7:30pm
We are launching our new Monthly Comedy Night, Giggle at the Guildhall, featuring comedians Tom Glover, Christian Russell-Pollock and Suzy Bennett. Tickets are very limited, but some are still available at £7 for the evening or £15 for January, February and March. Also, we have now just released tickets for April, May and June – still at £7 or £15 for all three!

Learning to Read
From Ruth Foster:
Are you a Repair Shop fan? Jay Blades, the programme’s celebrity furniture restorer, is in the news this week. He’s been talking about how he used to be one of the UK’s 7 million adults who struggle to read.
In our area we are lucky to have a local branch of Read Easy, the national charity that helps adults with poor literacy skills. Read Easy provides free, one to one coaching, so that adults who missed out at school can learn at their own pace without embarrassment or pressure.
If you know anyone locally who would benefit from Read Easy’s help, they or you can call Sheila: 01297 552 847 or email Sheila@readeasy.org.uk – or see https://readeasy.org.uk/groups/axminsterseaton/
and you can watch Jay Blades on: Learning to Read at 51 on Wednesday 26th January at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

Devon Wildlife Trust
It is with sadness that once again we are asking for your help to challenge the Government’s decision to permit the use of the banned pesticide thiamethoxam on sugar beet crops for the second year in a row.
A single teaspoon is toxic enough to kill 1.25 billion bees.
Neonicotinoids were banned for agricultural use in the UK and the EU in 2018 due to their devastating impact on bees. Even minute traces of these toxic chemicals in crop pollen or wildflowers play havoc with bees’ ability to forage and navigate, with catastrophic consequences for the survival of their colony.
The successful application by British Sugar to use the banned pesticide was granted despite the Government’s own advisors recommending against its approval.
While we challenge the Government on its decision, we need you to raise questions about this decision with your MP.
We believe that farmers should be given support to adopt more sustainable farming practices and reduce their reliance on toxic pesticides. The Government needs to support our farmers to do this and uphold its own ban on neonicotinoids. Granting ’emergency’ use year after year is a very poor and short-sighted solution to a problem that is not going away.  It is a decision that is bad for nature, bad for people and, in the long run, bad for farming.

Please stand up for nature by tweeting or emailing your MP.

What’s on in Membury?

Week commencing January 24th
Please wear a mask in the Village Hall, although from Thursday this is optional.

Monday January 24th
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am

Tuesday January 25th

Wednesday January 26th
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday January 27th
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday January 28th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3PM
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-4pm

Saturday January 29th

Sunday January 30th
Church service at Uplyme Church at 10:30am

Week commencing January 31st

Monday January 31st
Yoga in the Village Hall at 9:45am
MerryMakers Committee Meeting at 7pm in Village Hall

Tuesday February 1st
Queens Jubilee Celebration: everyone is invited to a Planning Meeting at 7pm in Village Hall. We welcome your views on how we should celebrate.

Wednesday February 2nd
Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall at 7pm

Thursday February 3rd
Arts and Crafts in the Village Hall 2pm
Badminton in the Village Hall 6:30pm

Friday February 4th
Post Office in the Village Hall 1-3pm
Oak Apple Café in the Village Hall 1:30-4pm
S4YH in the Village Hall at 6pm

Saturday February 5th

Sunday February 6th
Church service in Membury Church at 11am


News from Membury January 21st 2022


Oak Apple Café
Great turn out for the café today, and all the food went! Same time next week?

Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting
Once again, thank you to the 22 members of the parish who attended this meeting on January 11th regarding work that is due to be undertaken at the castle. The minutes of the zoom meeting are available to view here:

Village Hall News
Please be aware that providing the weather is favourable there will be a drone in the air above the Village Hall on Sunday morning about 11.00 checking the condition of and taking photos of the Hall roof and immediate surroundings. No other properties will be photographed.

Gigabit Internet Rollout
The Public Accounts Committee today reports it is not convinced the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will meet even its downgraded targets for the increasingly critical rollout of super-fast, “gigabit” broadband, and is relying too heavily on commercial contractors for the progress that has been made. You can read all the documents relating to this here https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1520/dcms-recall-broadband/publications/
The Blackdown Hills Parish Network (of which Membury is a member) submitted evidence to this committee which you can find using the link above.

East Devon District Council Update
Celebrating 6,000,000 recycling and waste collections

Devon County Council Update
Fresh appeal to the “not yet boosted” as cases of COVID-19 reach their highest level  since the pandemic began

The Moon
The Museum of the Moon will be visiting Exeter Cathedral during February. Visit – https://my-moon.org. Tickets available (£5 adult) for allocated days & times give entry to the cathedral and the artwork.

moonMuseum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

Bird Notes from Tony Marsh
For the first time this year, I hear the distinctive rattle from a mistle thrush, confident and bold, on an exposed perch high in an ash tree. For me, it is the first day of spring.  The nearby field is apparently devoid of interest until, in the distance, subtle movements become visible. They resolve into a scattered flock of winter thrushes, mainly fieldfares. When upright, their dark backs, chestnut below and grey above are revealed.  As I approach they take off and scatter into a nearby oak tree, accompanied by raucous chatter. Back home in the garden as the sun breaks through, a song thrush sits motionless on the edge of the grass, listening for signs of edible life in the leaf litter.

School Newsletter
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News from Membury January 20th 2022


Oak Apple Café
Don’t forget that the café will be open tomorrow between 1:30 and 3:30

100 Club – and the results are in!
Winners of the fist draw of 2022 are:

44 – Kevin and Sarah Sadler £30

89 – Suzie McFadzean £10

72 – Richard and Molly Barrell £10

David Neill will deliver prize money to the lucky winners within the next few days.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2022
There is still time to register to watch the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day, which will be streamed online on Thursday 27 January at 7pm
We’re delighted to announce that Sandi Toksvig OBE is narrating the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day this year. Sandi is well known as a broadcaster on TV and radio and as a writer of books and theatre. Sandi’s family have a personal connection to the Holocaust as they hid Jewish people from the Nazis during the war.
Over the next week we will be announcing more special guests who will appear in the Ceremony, including actors, sports people and faith leaders. Their contributions will sit alongside the powerful testimony of Holocaust and genocide survivors. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find out more.
Register for the Ceremony
At 8pm, get ready to Light the Darkness with us. Households across the UK will be lighting candles and safely putting them in their windows to:

  • remember those who were murdered for who they were
  • stand against prejudice and hatred today

Light a candle and put it in your window at 8pm on 27 January 2022 (if you are able to do so safely).

Devon County Council Update
The Director of Public Health Devon advises caution in response to PM’s statement

Axminster SAVE Food Hub

News from Membury January 19th 2022

Oak Apple Café
Jenny and Mike Beaman, and Rose Shepherd are looking forward to welcoming you to the Oak Apple Café on Friday 21st between 1:390pm and 3:30pm.
On offer there’ll be:

  • Carrot and Coriander Soup with Homemade Bread
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Stilton and Leek Flan
  • Ginger Biscuits
  • Coffee and Walnut Cake

Be careful, observe the rules, but come along and enjoy yourself. Don’t forget that the library van will be along too

More Roadworks
7-11 February 2022
Long Bridge Cross to Cott Cross
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via – Long Bridge Cross, Webble Green Cross, Cott Cross and vice versa
This temporary restriction is considered necessary to enable drainage works
(It’s actually the section between Lake Farm and the old Longbridge Inn.
more roadworks

A message from the Government
The government has today announced that England will fully return to Plan A on Thursday 27 January thanks to the success of the booster programme, with ministers urging anyone who has still not had a top-up jab to come forward and Get Boosted Now.
From today people will no longer be advised to work from home, and secondary school pupils will no longer be required to wear masks in classrooms.
From next Thursday mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passes will both be dropped – but people are still advised to wear masks in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers.

Heat Devon
There is funding to help tenants and owner occupiers reduce their energy demand.
In East Devon there have only been 24 applications so far, potentially they could fund over 100.
This fund provides up to £10,000 for owner occupiers houses and up to £5000 of energy efficiency improvements for private /social tenants with a landlord contribution (1/3rd)
The scheme must be applied for by end of March.
The scheme will fund things like

  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Loft insulation
  • Solar pv
  • Under floor insulation

You must have an income of less than £30,000 per household or be on certain specified benefits such as pension credit AND the property must have an EPC score of D or below.
You apply direct at www.heatdevon.co.uk
They will walk you through the process. Each household will receive tailored support from a dedicated retrofit coordinator who will oversee the work of selected tradespeople ensuring it all meets standards.

News from Membury January 18th 2022


A Tribute to Alex Tasker from Sandra Little
My friendship with Alex and Marie began soon after they moved into Haddon Fields and has grown stronger over the years.
From the fierce, but friendly, rivalry over growing vegetables to many soggy hours spent clearing and rodding blocked drains to prevent flooding we enjoyed each other’s company. Alex was a leading light when the village plan was drawn up and for several years he was a tireless Parish Councillor.
In later years we enjoyed exercising our dogs followed by a quiet drink and chat in the garden.
Sadly, Alex’s health began to fail and the difficult decision was made to move closer to their family in Wimborne. They spent a happy and quiet year there before Alex’s health deteriorated and he passed peacefully away on Monday 17th January at home with Marie and his family around him. Alex is now at peace and my thoughts and prayers are with Marie and all the Tasker family

100 Club- you have to be inittowinit!
The first draw of 2022 will take place this Thursday so it’s still not too late to buy your tickets. Please purchase by BACS, the account is MEMBURY MERRYMAKERS sort code 30-90-37 account number 01560859 or pay by cash to David Neill at Hope Cottage ( just behind the Village Hall.)

A big THANK YOU to those who have already bought their tickets and good luck on Thursday!

Free Tree Hubs
Devon’s treescapes are stunning and crucial habitats for so much wildlife. But they are under threat from Ash Dieback which is estimated to kill at least 90% of Devon’s ash trees in the coming years. It will affect everyone, but everyone can be part of the solution.
Do your bit by collecting a free tree to plant in your garden.
You will be able to collect between 1-5 free trees along with protection and a free planting and aftercare guide. The trees will all be cell grown UK broadleaf species such as crab apple, wild cherry, rowan and birch. They will be 2-3 years old and so around 20-60cm in height and will need to be planted within a few days of collection.
Saving Devon’s Treescapes is led by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Devon Ash Dieback Resilience Forum. It’s a partnership project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as well as other funders. Read more about the project and find other ways to get involved here.
5th February, Awliscombe Village Car Park, Awliscombe, Honiton EX14 3PJ
23rd February, Kings Garden Centre, Stowford, Sidmouth, EX10 0NA

Jurassic Blue
If you enjoyed Jurassic Blue who played for us in November at the Village hall while we feasted on fish and chips you might like to know that they are playing at the Waffle House in Axminster on January 28th. If you missed them in November try to catch them at their Axminster gig – they were great!

We’ve had a few ideas, and Sue Nicholson plans to put a list of possibilities up in the village hall for people to comment on, but if you want to email more suggestions please do! We are hoping to have an open meeting in a month or so to help formulate a plan. Watch this space!

Stockland Road Closure
Until FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2022 (approx)
No person shall cause or permit any vehicle to proceed or wait on the sections of Affected Roads.
The alternative, signed, route for vehicles will be via – A35, OLD TAUNTON ROAD
stockland roads

News from Membury January 17th 2022 Special Jubilee edition

Your Queen needs you!

In June this year there will be national and local events to celebrate the platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June will both be bank holidays, and this also coincides with half term.

At the diamond jubilee celebrations in 2012 Membury had a number of village events including a street party and fireworks.

How would you like Membury to celebrate in 2022?

We are looking for your ideas, and also your support in organising events.

Please respond ASAP by email to suenicholson1960@me.com (secretary of the MerryMakers).

We may want to coordinate with these national events.

Thursday June 2nd
The Queen’s Birthday Parade will take place (Trooping the Colour).
1500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit throughout the UK.

Friday June 3rd
Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral

Saturday 4th June
Derby at Epsom Downs
Platinum Party at the Palace – special live concert

Sunday 5th June
The Big Jubilee Lunch – people are being invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours- street parties, picnics, etc
The Platinum Jubilee Pageant- street arts, theatre, music, circus, carnival and costume (likely to be broadcast on TV but no information on this yet).

We may also like to be involved in the Queens Green Canopy, and any keen bakers may like to enter the Platinum Pudding Competition – or maybe we host our own!

Information on all national events can be found at royal.uk or platinumjubilee.gov.uk