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West Down Community Shop Newsletter May 2018


The Back Room Freezer Saga Continues:

Over the last few months we have been experiencing difficulties with the back room freezer, it has broken down several times, leading to the loss of all the freezer contents. This has a big impact on the shop budget, as it has to carry the loss of the spoiled items. In a small shop like ours, any wastage is a big deal. Each time the freezer was mended, we hoped that this was it, it would outlast us all. Unfortunately, this was not to be. The Management Committee decided to purchase 2 new freezers as a replacement, at the cost of £2,400 approximately. A grant application was made to Fullabrook CIC and we are delighted to say the shop received a grant for £1,000 towards the cost of the purchase.

Thank You Fullabrook CIC for your support of the shop and recognising its importance to the local community.

We would also like to say a Big Thank You to Martin, Andy, Eric, Ian and David who worked for over 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon to move the old freezer to storage, which entailed them removing the shop door.

We would welcome any donations towards the purchase of the 2 new freezers. 

Unfortunately, the sales were poor during April due to the inclement weather and with an increase of overheads this year, the shop is currently running at a significant loss. 

You could help us greatly in supporting the shop if you popped in daily or weekly to make your purchases. You will find everything you need from the simple necessities to more luxury items.

New data protection rules: as from 25th May there are new restrictions on the use of shareholders’ contact details by West Down Community Shop Ltd.  If we have previously sent them shop newsletters by email, we will be unable to do this in future unless they have given their consent to our using their contact details for this purpose.  We will also be unable to use shareholders’ contact details to send them other promotional material unless they have given their consent to this. Shareholders have been recently notified of these new restrictions and provided with consent forms.  The forms can also be used to notify changes in email addresses.



Volunteers Wanted:

Fundraiser:  The shop relies on raising money throughout the year to ensure its ongoing survival.  The Management Committee have undertaken this role over the years, this year they are looking to take a fresh approach and are therefore looking for someone who would be interested in volunteering to take this on.

Management Committee Members:  The minimum commitment required will be to attend the monthly meetings for a couple of hours, if you can commit more time that would be appreciated.  Application forms available in the shop.

For the above roles contact a Member.

Serve in the shop:  The minimum requirement is for an hour of your time if you can spare this or a little more that would be much appreciated.

Why not have a chat with Sam the Shop Manager.


The Annual Members Meeting will be held on 7th June 2018 in the Parish Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. All local residents are welcome to attend although only shareholders can vote. We need a lot of shareholders to attend so that the meeting can proceed.  The Management Committee will present the financial results for 2017.  It will also be an opportunity for questions and suggestions, and for shareholders to elect new members to the Committee.  We hope to see you there.


Village Notices

New Rector

A new Rector is starting in July and he will move into the Rectory by Heanton Church in August. His name is Steve Painting and his first service will be a joint Communion Service at St Calixtus on the 1st July. 

Gift Day

On Wednesday 27th June between 9am – 12pm, cakes and various other items will be on sale near the main entrance to the Church to raise funds for the upkeep of this ancient building. In particular roof repairs are urgently needed – at a cost of £5,600. Your support will be greatly appreciated.  Thank You. 

Parish Hall

The Beetle Drive was great fun, but it was poorly attended. Lots of you and your children missed out on a very enjoyable evening. 

It is time that we welcomed some new people to our committee. Some of us have been on the committee for a very long time and we need some fresh ideas and energy. We meet in the evenings about 10 times a year, currently on a Wednesday but that can be changed to suit the members. Our aim is to maintain and improve the Parish Hall and make it available to as many local people and organisations as possible. Committee meetings are enjoyable as well as serious so please come and join us. You can attend a couple of meetings to see if it would appeal to you before becoming a trustee.

High Chairs

Just a reminder that we have 3 highchairs which were donated to the village to be lent to families who have young children or visiting grandchildren etc in return for a small donation. They are modern plastic chairs in good condition.  If you have need for one, please contact Terry King on 01271 867549. 

Community Field

West Down Village Fayre, Dog Show & Cross-Country Run.

Just a reminder that this big day is in the Community Field on Sunday 8th July and if you would like more information or you wish to book a pitch please phone 01271 866396.


There is still an allotment available and it is not too late to plant some seeds and enjoy your home-grown salad and vegetables this year. Anyone wishing to take this on should contact Keith Oades on 01271 879599.


Upcoming Events:

Annual Members Meeting

West Down Community Shop Limited

Thursday 7th June at West Down Parish Hall – 7pm for 7.30pm start


West Down Village Fayre, Dog Show and Cross Country Run

Sunday 8th July in West Down Community Field from 11 am


West Down Variety Show

Thursday 30th, Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September in West Down Parish Hall – more details to follow.

Temporary Prohibition of Through Traffic

From Monday 25th June 2018 for a maximum of 5 days.  Roads affected – Road past Fairview Farm, West Down.  See details


Great News for Bellringers

We are pleased to announce that West Down came in second place and won the cup at St Giles yesterday at the Devon Major ringing qualifier.  We now go to the final at Ashreigney in June.  Well done and thanks to Margaret and Fred White, Trevor Sellick and Tonys Jeffery and Barrable.  Great team.




Volunteers needed for West Down Community Shop


The West Down Community Shop is calling for Volunteers to work Weekdays and Weekends.

All we ask from you is that you can commit a couple of hours a week and enjoy serving customers.

The West Down Community Shop is looking for enthusiastic people to help us create a great atmosphere where people want to come to shop.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us on:

T:        01271 864264



Killacleave Recycling Centre Ilfracombe


From: Councillor Andrea Davis <>
Date: 7 February 2018 at 12:12:35 GMT
To: Councillor Andrea Davis <>
Dear All,

As you may be aware, we have been planning some improvement works for the Killacleave Recycling Centre, Ilfracombe.

The works will involve changing the layout of the site and providing new/replacing old concrete container areas, tarmac and associated drainage works. It will result in an easier to use, safer facility.

The works will be carried out from Monday 19th February 2018 and the site should be fully back in full service by 6th April 2018.

During the construction works,  due to space restrictions, the Recycling Centre will only be open to the Public at weekends (with the exception of Monday 2nd April to Friday 6th April where the site will be open but with a limit service). We will only be able to provide a basic service during this period  and there will only be facilities available to accept general non-recyclable waste, garden waste, metal,  green waste and wood.

All other waste, such as electrical equipment, fridges, TVs, paper, soil/rubble, textiles, tyres,  plastics and such like, will have to be disposed of in other ways, either via  the kerbside recycling collections (see for what can be accepted), or taken to Barnstaple’ Seven Brethren Recycling Centre, or Maclins Quarry Recycling Centre in South Molton.

Information leaflets (Flyer for site works) will also start to be distributed on site later this week.  Information for the public will also be placed on the DCC website and posted on Social Media.

Please do forward to anyone who may be interested.

Best Wishes,



Village Forum


A Village Forum Meeting was held on 12th December, 2017, attended by representatives from the following organisations.

Parish Council

Community Shop

Gardening Club

St Calixtus Church

West Down Green Field Association

West Down Parish Hall Management Committee.

Women’s Institute

They reported as follows:-

Parish Council – Thanked Fay Hookway for retrieving the tiles that had fallen off the West Down Village sign at Dean Cross and Keith Oades and Roy Drew for replacing them.

It was noted that a representative from Devon Air Ambulance had attended the last meeting and had given positive assurances about the viability of using the Green Field as a night landing space with a lighting mast which would be supplied with power by a resident. Money would need to be raised to cover this. It would be just over £3,000, but District Councillor Andrea Davies has already promised to donate £1,000 of this.

Community Shop – had experienced a couple of poor months, but was breaking even. Volunteers for a variety of jobs, long and short term, are always needed. Organisations were reminded that the defibrillator is situated in the shop porch and training in its use has been given to many villagers.

Gardening Club – is doing very well with 79 members, some of whom have come from Braunton. It has an interesting programme of speakers with the additional room at the Parish Hall providing the necessary extra space. The screen and projector are proving to be very useful. Forthcoming speakers include Andy McIndoe of Chelsea Flower show fame coming in February and Chris Beardshaw later in the year. New members are always welcome and guests can attend for two meetings before joining. As well as a varied and interesting programme the members enjoy a number of outings and a holiday. Committee members are needed and the web page on the West Down website needs to be updated.

Green Field is currently holding a Christmas raffle and dates for events will be circulated. The children’s play area had been completed and a seesaw is to be installed shortly. It was noted that the entrance is very muddy due to recent bad weather and this will be discussed at the next committee meeting. Provision for the Air Ambulance will also be on the agenda. In the immediate future they are just raising funds for maintenance of the existing facilities.

Parish Hall Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the hall has been completed and other organisations reported that the extra room was very useful. The redevelopment had come in under budget and the current income is able to cover the basics costs of running the hall. It is hoped that the second phase will begin in June, this will involve the removal of the stage which will be replaced by a movable stage to be kept in the store room. While this is being done, the hall will be out of use for 2 weeks. It was felt that the trollies used to move chairs and tables were a real help. Two long serving members of the committee had retired, Eric Nott, who began working for hall by fund raising to help build the hall and Pete McGahran who, as well as being a committee member has been the booking clerk. Future events are:-

27 January annual quiz night

17 February Dave Edgecombe – fascinating talk illustrated with old and new photos of the North Devon coast.

3 March Rick Tucker – the popular local musician.

West Down Women’s Institute has over 30 members, but over 50% of the members come from outside the village, which means that it is not easy to ask them to do things for the village. However, they usually support all the initiatives and will continue to help when needed. Meetings are now held in the afternoons and although this could make it difficult for younger members to join, the support really comes from the older generation, so their interests have to come first. They have had joint ventures with the school, notably the recent remembrance ceremony when the children of Oak Class placed the poppies made by the WI on the graves and memorials of those who served in both world wars. The WI is offering to do a coffee morning to help raise funds for the Air Ambulance. The West Down WI is celebrating its 70th year in 2018 and the time capsule, which is currently in safe keeping will be opened. Concern was expressed about the Coronation Tree and its metal fence and this will be checked. The meeting to be held on the 8th November 2018 will be celebrating the 1918 Armistice and all are welcome.

St Calixtus Church is currently without a vicar and has been combined with a number of other local churches. Appreciation was expressed for the illuminated star currently on display and details of the carol service were given. It is hoped that attendance at the church will improve as it is an important part of the village. It was noted that the Iron Room will be available when the Parish Hall is out of action.

West Down School was unable to attend, but had recently hosted an excellent Christmas Dinner for older residents and supporters. The school is happy to support local issues and currently circulates the Community Shop Newsletter to all parents. The school also offers the use of its premises when needed.

Mobile Library – It was noted that this service will be withdrawn if it is not supported. Details of its timetable can be found on the West Down website.

Outreach Post Office – This service has been resumed after the Post Office had technical problems. Again, this service will be withdrawn if there is not sufficient support.

West Down Website This supports all local organisations and is happy to publish minutes of meetings, news and forthcoming events.

Fund Raising – It was suggested that Tesco provides funds for local causes, but it was felt that the application process was too complex.



The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet at an apiary near Woolacombe in Devon. The Asian hornet is smaller than the UK’s native hornet but poses the risk of destroying honey bee colonies. For more information please read the attached guidance notes.


West Down Parish Hall Clean Up and Improvement Works

As you are probably aware, the Parish Hall Committee are in the process of planning building works to improve and up-date the Hall.  Details will be available to view on the West Down website in due course.

We spent a morning cleaning up and removing unwanted items (rather a lot) from the main storage room a couple of weeks ago and Saturday (7th January) spent the morning removing items from under the stage.

Meanwhile, we had a visit from one of the 3 builders who have expressed an interest in the proposed works.

We are hoping for a late Spring completion and plan a “Grand Opening” combined with the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Hall.

Any suggestions/ideas for inclusion in this momentous occasion would be most welcomed.

As is the nature of these types of plans, all works will be subject to the continuing Fund Raising and your support is much appreciated.

Parish Council Clean Up

Once again the Parish Council is going around the village and doing some clearing up.


This has included picking up litter, but Councillor Sue Ayre has really gone beyond the call of duty by tackling the litter bin by Pulland Bridge.  Sadly, this has been used to deposit bags of dog excrement, even though there is a bin specifically for these just 50 yards away on the ‘triangle’.


Sue removed 204 such bags from in and around the bin, cleaned the bin and put in a new bag.  She has put up a notice reminding people that the bin is for litter and not dog excrement and it is hoped that this will do the trick as we cannot expect the staff who empty the litter bin to empty it when it contains waste of this nature.


We live in a lovely village and it is in everyone’s interest to keep it that way so it is important that we all do our bit.




Dog Fouling2

We are well aware that this notice does not apply to the majority of dog walkers – but unfortunately the minority are spoiling it for the majority.


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