How to start our monthly Report for the Parish Magazine is, on a few occasions in the year, more difficult than usual because we are between our Open Meetings, which is often a quiet time for us. This month however there is no problem, because we have just had the most important event in our Village Calendar – our Apple Pie Fair, held last Saturday, and very successful it was too. The weather could not have been kinder, there seemed to be many more attractions, especially for the children of all ages, of which there appeared to be many more than usual. The many stalls and attractions also appeared to do very well, especially the ice-creams and soft (and other) drinks!
As, usual the Group had a stand in the Main Hall and our display of old (and not so old) photos, showing the history of the Fair attracted much attention and interest, not only from the many obvious visitors to the area, but also, as usual, the many villagers identifying not only themselves but family and friends involved in previous Fairs – all in all, a very good Apple Pie Fair day. It is too soon to know the final figures, but the bottom line (ie profit) will no doubt be a welcome contribution to the costs incurred by the Village Hall Council in respect of the rock-fall behind the Village Hall earlier this year.
To keep you up to date, may we remind you that our next Open Meeting is on FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER, and this is also our AGM. Our Guest Speaker will be Paul Rendell, with an illustrated talk entitled “Nature in the Garden”. Paul has spoken to us in the past and his talks are always very informative and interesting. He is an expert on, and Guide for Dartmoor, and his talk will appeal to gardeners and lovers of nature alike, of which we are sure there are many in Marldon. As always, the talk will start at 7.30, in the Main Hall. Admission is free to Members, and £2 to non-Members (including coffee and biscuits!)
Our AGM is also the time to renew your Membership of our Group, (and also to join us if you are not a Member) and we sincerely hope that you will be able to do so. Our annual subscription is still only £5, which entitles you to free admission to all of our Open Meetings (except our Christmas Evening, for which there is a nominal charge). We look forward to seeing you there – look out for our posters and flyers on the Village Notice Boards towards the end of this month, and, of course, in next month’s Magazine.
Tony Chidlow .. Chairman