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  • FROM THE REVD JOHN ALDOUS Dear Friends, Shopping, UGH! Not the best of pastimes as far as I am concerned unless, of course, it is for chocolate biscuits in which case I could work up some enthusiasm. Usually it means going to a supermarket though, a modern institution that is designed and arranged solely with the purpose of taking as much money as possible from their unwitting customers. Arrays of goodies set up in such a psychological way that you just ‘have’ to spend. It seems to me that there could be many similarities between shopping and going to church and possibly the church could actually learn something from the shops. Food shopping is often done under sufferance but it is necessary in order to assist in sustaining life whereas going to church which can also be done under sufferance is necessary in order to sustain eternal life. Different shops have the same products of tea or coffee or biscuits but have different ways of presenting those items to the customer as, of course, do the different churches. Where are the Special Offers in the churches, three eternal lives for the price of two for example? OR maybe own brand offers, Anglican eternal life is cheaper, and easier these days, than the one offered by our competitors? Does the church give Loyalty Cards, some run Christmas Clubs but so far as I know none of the churches accept debit or credit cards at the tills/in the collection plates. Shops often have catalogues of their products which change with the season, but may be ‘out of stock’. The church has the Bible which never changes – it contains God’s Instructions for all mankind so that they may have eternal life WHICH IS ALWAYS OBTAINABLE. The aisles in shops cause people to meander aimlessly on their way to the checkout which is usually too busy and they have to wait; the aisles in church lead people straight to the Holy Table where Jesus is ever present to attend to their needs immediately, He invites them to join with Him in His supper. At the next visit to your chosen supermarket just look around you and see how many other similarities you can spot for yourself. Shopping will never be the same again. But God always will, He never changes. John Aldous To all members of the 8am Eucharist congregations at St Mary’s & St John’s 8am Services for August 2013 Sun 4 th Aug NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St Johns Sun 11 th Aug Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St Johns Sun 18 th Aug NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St Johns Sun 25 th Aug Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St Johns ST JOHN’S MISSION SUPPORT
  • Earlier this year Steve met up with the Rev Dr Peter Nytende, Principal of Carlile College, Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the possibility of supporting a student in training for the Christian ministry in the Anglican Church in Africa. The college is only able to find about 40% of the costs for their training and looks to recruit partners to provide the remaining fees. At a recent St John’s D.C.C. meeting the church took the decision to contribute £400 per year for the next 3 years towards the cost of a student in training. These monies have now have risen to £1,000 per year following individual church member’s pledges. If anyone from the wider parish would be interested in making a regular contribution please contact Steve. The college will send regular updates which will be displayed at St John’s about the student whom we support. Further information about the college and its work can be found at www.carlilecollege.ac.ke Revd Steve Payne A word from Steve on his appointment as Priest in Charge Dear Friends, I was delighted to accept the invitation from the Bishop of Plymouth for the post of Priest in Charge following the interviews that took place at the end of June. It has felt a bit like an apprenticeship as I have got to know the parish well over these last couple of years. Thank you for the many encouragements and best wishes I have received as I prepare to take up this role. The Bishop of Plymouth will license me to this new position on Monday 2nd September at 7pm at St Mary’s. I do hope that many of you will be able to attend as we begin a new chapter in our parish life together. In the immediate future the pattern of ministry will continue as it has been over this last year. In that time we have been grateful for the wonderful support our retired clergy have given to the parish and look forward to their continued help for a little longer. I have now begun the process to appoint a new Team vicar and I hope that it will not be too long before someone comes to share with us in our ministry and mission. Please do pray for God’s guidance in this appointment. Jackie and I have taken the decision to remain living in Hooe Vicarage as we and the cats are well settled there! In this we have received the support of the Bishop and Team wardens. The Team Vicar when appointed will live in St Mary’s rectory. I ask for your prayers as I adapt to a new pattern of working in which I will endeavour to support all of our Team Churches. Please be patient with me as I try to find the right balance in the distribution of my time and energy. It is good that we have begun the process across our churches of putting together a Mission Action Plan. This plan when complete will shape the way we move forward so that as a parish we can go for growth in every aspect of our life together. To achieve this we will need to pay careful heed to words of our Lord: Jesus said, I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him bears much fruit for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5). Every Blessing Steve
  • EVENSONG at St John’s Church SUNDAY, 25th AUGUST 2013, at 4.30pm. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT The annual Midsummer Market at St John’s was blessed with perfect weather and it expanded into the car park leaving plenty of room in the hall for the food stalls and tables and chairs to sit and eat or avoid the sun. St John’s Bake-off was won by Sibyl Symonds with her Victoria Sponge, other winners were Rose Joy and Trish Rogers. They all received a certificate for their efforts. Sibyl also received the gift voucher donated by Sainsbury’s. The children’s section was won by River Taylor of Turnchapel who made beautiful chocolate cupcakes. Our thanks to the judges Annette Taylor, Anne Willis and Tony Kelway who judged the entries very professionally in the privacy of the church. There are plans to hold a similar event at our Christmas Fayre at the end of November. Thank you to all who supported the market which raised £428 with a further £233 from the Raffle, a very pleasing total of £661. Some of the money will be used to rebuild a drain by the south door and then repave the entrance from the lych gate to the south door. CHRISTIAN AID On Saturday 21st September, 2013, we will be having the annual street collection for Christian Aid. This will take place on Plymstock Broadway from 10am – 1pm using collecting tins. If anyone can help with this collection for an half hour or longer I would be delighted to hear from you. -Jean Medway, Tel: 401986 FROM ST JOHN’S PARISH REGISTERS BAPTISM: We welcome into God’s family by Baptism:- ROHAN GEORGE DOUGLAS IVEY baptized Sunday 7th July, son of Neal & Fiona Ivey. ‘Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ … and remain faithful to Him to the end of your life’ FUNERAL OFFICE: We remember those who have lost loved ones and commend to God the souls of: JOHN HENRY EDWARD SKILTON who died at St Luke’s Hospice on 16th June aged 76 years, the husband of Mary, father of Anna, Helen, Becky and Sarah, a loving grandfather. A Thanksgiving Service was held at St John’s Church on 28th June followed by cremation at Weston Mill. The Rev’d Steve Payne officiated. DAVID DOUGLAS CATTERALL who died at Furzehatt Court Care Home on 27th June aged 73 years, the husband of Carol. The Funeral Service was held at St John’s Church on 8th July followed by burial at Drake Memorial Park. The Rev’d Terry Freeman officiated. _____________________ IN MEMORIAM JOHN HENRY EDWARD SKILTON was born in 1936 and lived for the first few years of his life at Hooe House, now Fanshawe Nursing Home, where his parents rented the ground floor. The family then moved down the road to ‘Aberdour’ but after several bad experiences of the bombing raids
  • and the death of near neighbours, Mum Skilton took the children to live on a farm outside Ermington where she could work. After a few years the family returned to Hooe and John attended Hooe School and then Plymstock. He was a member of the Church Cadet Corps and knew a lot of the Oreston families because the meetings were held in the Good Shepherd Hall. Leaving school at 15 he followed his father into the Dockyard as an Apprentice Shipwright. Days were long starting with the 6am bus but John enjoyed this time judging by his stories. He swapped his old push bike for a motorbike and his horizons widened. At the age of 19 he was called up for National Service. Again the family often heard about his first days and then his posting to the Islands in the Pacific. As he held a motorcycle licence he was fast tracked to learning to drive and given the task of driving huge lorries around the islands whilst others were laying the roads. On Christmas Island he witnessed several hydrogen and atomic bomb explosions. Returning to Hooe, which he regarded as ‘living in Heaven’, John bought a car. Whilst filling up with petrol he spotted a girl running for the bus. It took him five years to catch her and make her his wife. He moved from the ‘Yard’ to work in the Drawing Office and qualified as a Naval Architect. He enjoyed his years in the Drawing Office of the Dockyard. Nearly every week he would come home with a tale of happenings. In 1967 John and Mary bought their home which was in a poor state of repair. Gradually they made it liveable and as the children arrived they extended in every direction. They looked into moving several times but there was no place like Hooe. John knew he had terminal cancer for over twelve months but did not tell the family. Instead he worked on the house and garden, recorded his life on audio tape and sorted out lots of papers. He faced his death quietly and with dignity. He did not lose his life but gained it. Having said his goodbyes he slipped away peacefully like a ship leaving harbour on the morning tide, to find a new land where he could wait for us. A Service of Thanksgiving for a long and happy life was held at St John’s Church on 28th June followed by a private cremation at Weston Mill. The Rev’d Steve Payne officiated. The retiring collection was given to St Luke’s Hospice where he received wonderful care in his final days. ________________________ ‘YOUNG @ HEART’ Wow – what a hilarious afternoon we had at our meeting on 2nd July when our speaker was Mrs Rosalind Jones (Ros) whose talk was entitled ‘Humerous Childhood Memories’. From the moment she started to talk we just didn’t stop laughing as Ros went from one funny tale to another. We could all identify with most of them. She didn’t take too kindly to school but obediently decided she had better put up with it. It was obvious from some of her stories that she was a very precious only child and loved her parents dearly. Her father always called her his ‘little maid’. We laughed so much that it is difficult to pinpoint any particular incident to report, however one sticks in the mind – she had recently been given a new pair of shoes and was very sternly told not to scuff them, Ros did better than that: one Saturday afternoon she was playing by the river that ran past her home at Colebrook (Plympton) with her new shoes on and decided to try to cross the river at the stepping stones. Yes, you guessed it, she fell in and absolutely ruined the new shoes. She laughed as she told us she couldn’t sit down for a week! From her wonderful sunny nature it was obvious she thoroughly enjoyed recounting her very happy childhood. She stayed with us for tea and said how much pleasure she had from talking to us – we certainly enjoyed meeting her. We finished our meeting with just one verse of our hymn then a prayer which Sibyl had found which was very appropriate as five of our members were unable to be with us. Sibyl’s prayer:- ‘We thank you Lord that we have once again come together in a fellowship of warmth, affection and friendship. We remember our friends who are unable to be with us today, and may they be aware of our thoughts for them. We pray for all who are suffering either through illness, unhappiness or through misfortune. Be with them and sustain them at these difficult times. Give us eyes to see where we are needed most and courage to do our part.
  • When we go home from here let us take with us the good will and friendship we have found and share it with all those we meet. God Bless our Young @ Heart. Amen. (Official copy ‘God Bless our Ladies Fellowship’). -Ruth Earl Next Meeting ~ Tuesday, 6 th August 2013 at 2.00pm in St John’s Hall. This will be our Summer Party. HOOE & TURNCHAPEL LADIES GROUP There will be a Summer break during August, the group will meet again in SEPTEMBER. For further information please contact: -Diane McCarthy (Sec) Tel: 311931 PLYM VALLEY HERITAGE On Saturday, 10 th August, 2013, local Oreston historian, Kevin Warley, will be giving PVH members an historic walk around Oreston. Those interested please meet at the Oreston slipway car park at 11.00am. THE PLYMSTOCK GARDEN SOCIETY are holding their:- ANNUAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW on Friday 23 rd August, 3 – 6pm, & Saturday 24 th August, 1 – 5pm, at Elburton Primary School, Haye Road South, Elburton. Contact No. Tel: 403652. Policing Newsletter Devon and Cornwall Police’s newest puppy recruits can be seen live over the internet For the first time ever the dog section has bred its own litter of pups from an existing police dog and the Force is streaming the dogs’ welfare live over the web. Police German Shepherd, Ruby, gave birth to the litter of pups early in the morning of Monday 3 June. The four female and three male pups and their mother are doing well and can be seen via the following link: www.devon- cornwall.police.uk/SupportFiles/liveStream/index.html It is hoped that when they are old enough they will be able to be trained up as police dogs for the Force. After an initial period with their mother the puppies will go to family homes for a period of 12 to 18 months before being assessed for training as police dogs. If successful, the dogs will then embark on an intensive 13-week training course, which will teach them to assist tracking missing people, locate stolen property, chase and detain suspects, and keep order in crowd control situations. Week of Focus The week commencing Monday 29th July the Plymstock and Plympton Neighbourhood Team will be working together with partner agencies to discuss personal and home safety, fire risks, property marking and many other things. On Wednesday 31st July in the afternoon all agencies involved will be on the Broadway with display stands ready to give out advice. This will be very similar to previous events held on the Broadway organised by Police should you have attended before so pop along and say hi! Consequences of drink driving The national summer drink drive campaign was launched on 1st June and Devon and Cornwall Police are again supporting this initiative. The primary aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of injuries on the roads where drink or drugs is a factor. Whilst the enforcement of drink or drug driving is a 24/7 focus for the police, this campaign is intended to raise awareness of the consequences and deter motorists from getting behind the wheel if they are impaired. The advice has always been “Don’t Drink and Drive”
  • Specific groups of drivers will be targeted, following research that has shown they feature highly in the detection data. This includes male drivers under 25 and day time drinkers. Those who may be driving under the influence of drugs will also be under close surveillance. Throughout the period of the campaign, the police will be emphasizing these messages with motorists across the region. Drivers can expect to be tested if they are involved in a collision or if stopped for an offence. Routine stop checks may also result in drivers being tested. If you have any information about drink or drug driving in your area, please call the police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.police.uk PCSO Katie Fleming Tel: 484408. AS IT WAS . . . . . . HOOE A tranquil summer day in August 1955 with yacht and boat sailing on what is now Hooe Green Park. You can see Hooe School as it was when built in the 1930’s. The Post Office (large awning) and to the right of it Stevens Butchers, and to the right of that the Hooe Social Club. The Victoria pub and Baptist Church can be seen up the hill and the No.95 bus service (Hooe Lake to Saltash Passage) would terminate just off the right of the picture. (Photo submitted by Iris Simkiss) THE DINNER LADIES OF HOOE SCHOOL In 1947 Hooe School received their school dinners by van. In the time of rationing the meals were very basic. Two new ladies were employed and worked in the kitchen which was just inside the back door of the school. It consisted of two Belfast sinks with wooden draining boards and storage cupboards underneath. The cutleryware was very old and in need of a good clean. Babs Hamlyn and Madeleine Skilton set about the task of cleaning the kitchen. As there was no area for the children to eat, folding tables and benches were set up each day in the main corridor. As food was limited it was not unusual to have ‘palm (pom) mash’ ?, dried egg, spam and other items. Mr Derek Jacoby, driving a small van, delivered the meals in flat trays.
  • This picture was taken by the School swimming pool in the late 1960’s showing two sisters Effie Fry and Margaret Fry with Madeleine Skilton, Babs Hamlyn, Mrs Spiller and Una Johnson. (photo submitted by Una Johnson) As the years rolled on the number of pupils at Hooe School exploded to over 48 a class and in the early 1950’s one class was taught in the Church hall, walking the children in all weathers back to school for lunches. Two new classrooms were added and in 1955 a new dining hall, kitchen and store were built. Mrs Spiller from Plymouth was employed as Head Cook and Mrs Skilton as Assistant. It was a good menu with a main course with fresh vegetables and a dessert (afters). More ladies were employed and soon Hooe School ladies were cooking over 500 meals a day. Now the van took the meals to Oreston, Pomphlett, Goosewell and Downham Schools not to mention Hooe Infants and Juniors. There was a small washing up bowl for collecting the waste for the pigs but if it was ever half full, there would be an inquest on the left overs. Mrs Skilton would reply when asked “What’s for lunch, Miss”, “Take it, or leave it, you’ve got a choice”. With roasts, braised beef, pies, stews, fish and chips there was very little – ‘leaving it’. The favourites were pasties made in the kitchen by hand usually with rice pudding in the winter or fruit and jelly in the summer. Jam sponge puddings, upside-down puddings, Nelson square, congress tart, to name but a few of the popular desserts. Even their bread rolls were made in the kitchen. The ladies worked hard but were a happy group working together for many years from 8am-3pm each day. Thanks to their hard work a whole generation of children were well fed. ? Do any of our readers remember what was known as ‘palm or pom mash’ consisted of ? MY DOG He is one in a million and special to me, Affectionate, loyal and good company. He’s there when I’m lonely and life seems a bore, He cheers me and offers a comforting paw. The look in his eyes says he quite understands As he thrusts a bewhiskered wet nose in my hand. He never deserts me wherever I go, And he’s a far better friend than some people I know. I thank him by writing this short monologue To my faithful, devoted companion, MY DOG. Jillie Wheele 1820.
  • (Submitted by Sylvia Tall) LADIES FELLOWSHIP LUNCH The Ladies Fellowship had lunch at The Bridge for our meeting in July. Nine members had a very enjoyable meal with lovely food & excellent service. It was nice to just sit & relax with friends. -Cynthia Warren SEA SUNDAY AT ORESTON On Sunday 14 th July, after the 9.15am Eucharist Service, the Congregation at the Church of the Good Shepherd went down to Oreston Quay to ‘Bless the Sea’. Prayers were then said to remember all those who work on the sea, to keep them safe and also for the continued work of the Seafarers Mission. -Lin Miller
  • QUAYSIDE ARTISTS’ EXHIBITION This year’s exhibition was very successful. We raised £471.00 towards the upkeep of the Church & Hall at The Good Shepherd Oreston. Approximately 160 people visited the event and 23 pictures were sold. Saturday was a very busy day & the hall was full during the afternoon. Many local visitors went home and telephoned friends to come and have a look. All the people who were helping were rushed off their feet! It was lovely to meet new people and many took the opportunity to have a look around the Church. Grateful thanks to all those who helped. -Eunice Jackson
  • Sheila Eccleston opened the meeting on Monday 8th July, sadly this was to be our final such meeting. Sheila welcomed Brigit Vinton, Diocesan President, and Mavis Davis, the Archdeacon President for Plymouth. Sheila said that Ian and Margaret Provost had planned to come but they had both been unwell so were unable to attend. Sheila reminded us that although our Monday evening meetings had ended there would still be an opportunity for members to meet on the second Monday of the month at 2.30pm at St John’s Church Hall, a meeting named TAPs, Tea and Prayers. The meetings at The Bridge for coffee on the last Monday of the month at 10.30am would continue. Our branch has been in existence for ten years and it is important that we continue the fellowship that has been built up. It is possible for us to become Diocesan members which would keep us in touch with the MU projects that meet the needs of many worldwide, it is another way of belonging. Sheila then welcomed the Revd Steve Payne who was to lead our Service. We sang the hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of Mankind’. Steve said that in all areas of life there is a time to look back and a time to look forward and he thanked Sheila and other members who had worked to keep the branch going for so long, he then read a prayer from the MU prayer book. Brigit read a prayer of thanksgiving for the past, Sheila read a prayer for forgiveness and Mavis read a prayer for hope for the future. We all read the prayer for General Thanksgiving, we then sang ‘Be Still for the Presence of the Lord’ and then shared in the Grace. Jean Roberts and Jean Medway gave Sheila a bouquet of flowers and a glass vase which had a MU emblem engraved on it. They thanked her for all she had done for the branch and wished her well for the future. We then had a party with a nice buffet and a cake decorated with the MU emblem. A happy ending to what was a sad occasion. -Jean Medway (Sheila Eccleston with Brigit Vinton and Mavis Davis) MU Meetings:- Monday, 12th August 2013, 2.30pm St John’s Hall. Monday, 26th August 2013, 10.30am at The Bridge, Mountbatten.
  • PLYMSTOCK CHURCHES STALL AT PLYMSTOCK COMMUNITY FAIR SATURDAY, 31st AUGUST 11am – 4.30pm Venue: Behind Community Centre  Display of church pamphlets and magazines to hand out.  FREE Christian books and novels for children and teenagers.  Decorating biscuits with icing sugar and hundreds & thousands.  Christian themes to colour in.  We need your prayers  Could you help for 1 hour? We are encouraging people from all the churches of Plymstock.  You are welcome to visit the stall, support from fellow Christians would be greatly appreciated. JESUS spent most of his time in the community. May we follow his example, strengthened, encouraged and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Offers of help to BRIAN HANCOCK, Tel: 298780. Parish of Plymstock & Hooe Worship @ 10 Parish Hall St Marys We are taking a break for August. The next Service will be on Sunday 8 th Sept 10am in the Parish Hall Following that there will be NO Worship @ 10 Services in the Parish hall in the Autumn as we will resume our Parade Service in Church (10.45am) for October (Harvest), November (Remembrance) & December (Nativity). Worship @ 10 in the Parish Hall will begin again in the New Year. Look out for details -Rev’d Steve Payne (Tel: 213358) ST LUKE’S PARTY IN THE PARK The event held on Saturday 29 th June on the Wellfield was the best ever held. Over £3000 was raised with monies still coming in of which the Refreshments stall contributed £620.35. It costs more than £6 million to run the Hospice every year. The Government contributes 32% of this figure meaning St Luke’s and its supporters must raise almost £4.5 million in order to keep the hospice going, so every penny is precious. Future events this summer will be:- St Luke’s Midnight Walk for Women on Saturday 27 th July which raised £190,000 last year ~ can it be beaten? Dragon Boat Rally ~ Saturday 31 st August ~ an all-day event at Mount Batten Sports Centre. Each boat will have 16 paddlers, one drummer and a qualified helmsman. Hollywood Ball 2013 ~ Saturday 14 th September, 7pm ~ Oscar Style with live music in the Graduation Marquee Plymouth Hoe.
  • Swimathon ~ Saturday 21 st September ~ with Plymouth Leander Swimming Club at Plymouth Life Centre. St John‘s Harvest Songs of Praise and BBQ ~ Friday 27 th September, 6pm at The Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel. OUT & ABOUT 4th August Classic Car Rally, Mount Edgcumbe 4th August Good Food Market, Royal William Yard 7th August National Play Days, West Hoe Park 10/11th August Model Railway Exhibition, The Guildhall 10/11th August Summer Craft Fair, The Stables, Saltram (10.30am-5pm) 11/18th August Rolex Fastnet Race, Plym Yacht Haven 13/14th August British Firework Championships, The Hoe 16/18th August Flavour Fest, City Centre 17/20th August Class 40 World Championships, The Sound. A THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are heating, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are exhausted, it will calm you. William Gladstone (1807-98)
  • LOCAL NEWS Major Road Resurfacing A major five-month programme of road resurfacing and reconstruction started throughout Plymouth on Monday 15 July. Local Road Works Wednesday 31 July Dolphin Court Road, Plymstock Whole road closure (to Dunstone Drive) from 7.30am Diversions via Furzehatt Road, Dean Hill, Dean Cross Road, Stanborough Road, Elburton Road and Springfield Road 29-30 August Goosewell Road at the junction with Furzehatt Road. Work to be carried out at night. Diversions not yet published. Randwick Park Road - for its entirety. Work will take place before 31 October Diversion routes not published. Bus companies are responsible for publishing details of diverted bus routes. Bovisand Bus Service Beach lovers will be able to take a bus straight to the seaside again this summer. The number 54 bus, operated by Jackett’s Coaches, runs daily until Sunday 1 September. It starts from A9 stop on Royal Parade travelling via Pomphlett Road, Dean Cross Road, Dean Hill, Mountbatten Way, Drake Way, Radford Park Road, Hooe Road and Jennycliff to Bovisand every hour from 10am until 6pm (except 2pm), returning from Bovisand hourly from 10.30am until 6.30pm (except 1.30pm). The service is financially supported by the Plymouth City Council. Plymstock Library Films The free film being shown in Plymstock Library on Monday 19th August at 2.00pm is Woman in Black A Certificate 12 film which runs for 95 minutes. Booking for all films is essential as seating is limited. Talk to staff or phone 01752 306606 Family Film Matinees Showing on 17th August at 2pm is Monster High Ghouls Rule A U rated film. Garden Waste Local News in May reported the number of garden waste refuse bags that could be collected from properties covered by the green recycling scheme had been increased to four. The council’s Green Waste Recycling Centre has since reversed this decision allowing only two bags to be collected from each property. No Parking A traffic order prohibiting parking, loading and waiting on roads leading to ‘The Boatyard’ housing development in Oreston was made by Plymouth City Council on the 24th June 2013. The order will continue in force for eighteen months and will affect the roads from Oreston Road to The Old Wharf, including Plymstock Road, Orchard Crescent and Bayly’s Road. Contact Cavenna Homes on 07515 974628 for further information about this order Cavenna Homes has planning permission to build 53 homes on the former Bayly’s timber yard site. Fireworks Championships The internationally renown British Fireworks Championships for 2013 will again be lifting off from Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront on the evenings of Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August 2013. This year’s show will see the return of the ‘Champions-of-Champions’ competitions after the unfortunate weather conditions of last year. Flavour Fest 2013 Flavour Fest is the South West's largest free food and drink festival, featuring over 100 food and produce stands showcasing the best of the regions food and drink. 16 August to 18 August 2013 A summary of the Flavour Fest Kitchen Theatre programme over the three days can be found on the visitplymouth.co.uk website. Plymstock School
  • Plans have been submitted to the local planning authority by Plymstock School for the erection of a teaching block containing 6 classrooms, office space and toilet facilities and the removal of the existing 3 temporary teaching huts. Further information on the application (13/01136/FUL) can be found on Plymouth City Council website. Community Fun Day Plymstock Community Festival will be held at Downhorn Park, Plymstock on Saturday 31 August 2013 from 11am to 4.30pm Come along and have some fun and support local charities. This free event will include: Musical performances, a dog show, magician, children's games, a bouncy castle and Morris dancing. Recycling Centres Update Opening hours of recycling centres have been changed. Summer opening hours for Chelson Meadow will be daily from 9.30am to 6pm, except on Mondays when it will close later at 7pm. On Saturdays Chelson Meadow will open at 8.30am and close at 6.30pm. In Winter Chelson Meadows hours will be 9.30am to 5pm daily, except on Mondays when it will close at 6pm and on Saturday the site will open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Weston Mill site will change from opening from 9am to 6pm all year round to 9.30am to 6pm in summer and 9.30am to 5pm in winter. The centres will not open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Permits Vans and trailers used to take waste to recycling centres will in future need a permit. Private vans with no commercial signage, weighing less than 2.5 tonnes can apply for a permit to dispose of their own household waste. Permits for trailers will also be required in future. Limits on the number of visits vans and trailers can make to centres in a year have also been introduced. Soil and rubble The Council also plans to limit the amount of construction and demolition waste taken at the sites, in the face of escalating disposal costs and again due to suspected abuse from traders, who should be using commercial waste disposal firms. International Lighthouse Day Enjoy a range of lighthouse-themed activities at Smeaton’s Tower on the Hoe on Saturday 17 August 2013 from 10am.