PRESCHOOL OPENING OF NEW BUILDING

Our new preschool was officially opened by Mrs Pamela Tilney-Ellis on
Saturday 15th November.

It was lovely to see so many people who have been involved with preschool over the years. Past committee members and staff, parents and children from both school and preschool, teachers, members of the community, representatives from the Parish Council, Mid Devon District Council, Devon County Council, and directors from the Parasol Group were all in attendance.

We were also delighted to welcome the trustees from the Tilney-Ellis Village Trust,
who contributed over £40,000 to the project.

The children love being at school and making use of the outdoor space, including their own bed in the garden. They are now able to enjoy hot lunches fresh from the school kitchen too.
If you have a child of preschool age(2-5) and are interested in having a look around then you can get in touch with us on 07816 967140 or have a look at our website www.morchardbishoppreschool.org.uk for more information

KEY EVENTS

Mid Devon Events

Also see the Devon County Council's Community Website

Dec 1
P3 and Parish Council Meeting

Dec 3
Coffee, Cake and Chat, Londodn Inn

Dec 3
Gardening Club, "Mazzards and Cherries in Devon"

Dec 4
Can't Sew Won't Sew

Dec 6
Christmas Bazaar

Dec 6
Exmoor Carollers, Emmanuel

Dec 8
Morchard Maids, Christmas Social, Bring & Share

Dec 10
W.I. Christmas Meal, Eggesford

Dec 11
Church St Stores, Christmas Shpping Evening

Dec 12
Closing Date for Morchard Messenger copy.

Dec 12
Men of Morchard

Dec 13
Table Top & Local Producers Market

Dec 14
Carol Singing at Ridge House

Dec 17
Over 60s Lunch Club

Dec 21
PTA Family Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCERT in MEMORIAL HALL

A HUGE SUCCESS !

A concert in The Memorial Hall on 18th October played to a packed
and enthusiastic audience

Morchard Bishop's own classical guitarist, David Cottam gave his first concert in the village after recently moving to Morchard. Judging by the reception he received it will not be his last concert here!

David is well known as a solo performer, teacher and composer and has made a number of CD recordings. see www.davidcottamguitar.co.uk

And back by popular demand, the concert included the fantastic Folk Band
Liar in the Light with their own unique style of playing.

 

 

 

Re-Dedication of the Morchard Bishop War Memorial

Thanks to the generous donations of Morchard Bishop Parishioners in sponsoring letters and names on our Memorial and a grant received from "Devon Remembers", our village War Memorial has now been fully renovated.

A re-dedication service was held in glorious summer sunshine on Sunday 3rd August and attended by over 80 parishioners.

The re-dedication was held by Rev Lindsey Starrs and Colin Rice as a joint St. Mary's Church and Emmanuel Methodist Church service and followed by a cream tea financed by the Parish Council and organised and served by
Morchard Bishop W.I. in the Memorial Hall

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footpaths around Morchard Bishop and ...
Walking Maps

With over 40 footpaths, Morchard Bishop has one the highest number of public footpaths of any Parish in Devon. The walks available are very varied in length, difficulty and vistas.

The Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme (P3 for short) is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network is legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised. It has the support of the National Association of Local Councils and is government funded. The Devon County Council was one of the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and used properly.Parish/Town Councils in the scheme receive a grant to undertake rights of way work.

The grant, paid by Devon County Council, covers three elements -
i) The mileage, based on the length of rights of way in theParish
ii) Special projects, and
iii) Administrative costs.

Path condition survey and inspection
Each year before the Parish/Town Council receives its annual grant it organises a survey -
This is an assessment of the condition of the rights of way, in order to find out what work needs to be done.
The survey provides the information necessary for calculation of the grant payment.
Developments and improvements - upgrading and re-opening paths by undertaking practical work such as vegetation clearance, repairing stiles and waymarking, in consultation with farmers and landowners;
Events - helping people to feel confident about using the network by organising, for example, guided walks and rights of way days;
Publicity and promotion - letting people know about the availability of the rights of way network through, for example, leaflets or map boards. This is a final stage, reflecting the improved condition of the path network.

The Parish Paths Liaison Officer operates the scheme - the Morchard Bishop Parish P3 Officer was Julie Rudge. (see also the Local Artists section on this web site) who has most sadly very recently passed away.

The regular walks which Julie used to organise (usually taking about 2 - 3 hours) will continue in the future when the Parish Council elects a new P3 Officer. The walks are leisurely and for all ability levels. They are a fantasitic way of getting to know your local areas, the beauty that is the Devon countryside - and also your walking companions. The walks will be publicised in the Morchard Messenger and the accompanying hand drawn maps are available can be downloaded from this web site.

Those wishing to join an enthusiastic small group walking some of the paths most Mondays, should contact Sonja Andrews on 01363 877216 or Christine Davies on 01363 877690.

To go to the walks maps click here

The Devon County Council web section on Public Rights of Way can be accessed by clicking here

An excellent interactive footpaths GIS (Geographic Information System) map for Devon can be accessed clicking here You can zoom into any area of Devon to see the local footpaths and bridleways