FROM THE REVD STEVE PAYNE
‘No one has greater love than the one who gives his life for his friends’
It is likely that you had never heard of a gentleman called Solomon Northup
until recently. He is the main character of the Oscar winning film entitled ‘12 years a Slave’. I
haven’t seen the film but I have just read the book. It makes fascinating but also chilling reading.
It is the true story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who lived in the Northern States of
America in the late 19th
Century. At that time slavery was still permitted in the southern states.
Solomon, on a business trip, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south. In the story that he
goes on to tell of those years, he provides an insight into the practice of slavery, eventually he
returns to his wife and family. Solomon comes across as a man of great integrity and intelligence
who is able even in the worst of circumstance to see the good in all. He soon becomes valued not
only by his masters but also his fellow slaves.
His salvation comes when one individual whom he meets refuses to accept slavery as the norm and
agrees, at great risk to himself, to contact the governing authorities in Solomon’s home state to
enlist their support in securing his release.
It is most likely that you have heard of the person of Jesus Christ, a man of the greatest integrity,
whose words and actions were perfectly matched. A man who declared that he was God amongst
us and that his mission was to bring us back into a relationship with the God who is our creator, the
God who wants to free us from all that enslaves us and denies us life. This mission could only be
achieved by Jesus giving up his life upon a cross.
We are soon to remember that death on Good Friday and marvel at the love God has
for each one of us. On Easter Sunday we celebrate his resurrection that declares that
the price has been paid, the conditions fulfilled, in order that we might find our true
selves as children of God.
For many Good Friday can just be another working day and Easter just an opportunity
for a holiday and the obligatory Easter egg.
At the heart of the Christian message lies the Easter Story, a story about freedom and life in all its
fullness. Solomon at the point in his story when he describes his return to his wife and family
invites the reader to pause and imagine the emotion of that moment.
Why not join us at our Services this Easter to pause, reflect and think more deeply about the story
of Jesus Christ, a man of the greatest integrity.
A Happy Easter to all
Palm Sunday – April 13th
8.00am Eucharist at St John’s Hooe
9.15am Eucharist at Holy Family Staddiscombe
9.15am Eucharist at Church of the Good Shepherd
10.00am ‘Worship @ 10’ St Mary’s Parish Hall
10.45am Sung Eucharist at St Mary’s
10.45am Eucharist at St John’s
3.00pm ‘Egg-cited about Easter’ – Good Shepherd Hall
4.00pm Easter Messy Church – Staddiscombe Social Club
Maundy Thursday – April 17th
7.30pm Eucharist at St Mary’s
7.30pm Eucharist St John’s
7.30pm Eucharist at Church of the Good Shepherd
Good Friday – April 18th
9.30am Meditation on the Cross – Church of the Good Shepherd
Good Friday Witness Walk to St Mary’s
(Meet at Church of the Good Shepherd at 11.15am)
12 noon Lent Lunch in St Mary’s Parish Hall
2.00pm Meditation on the Cross – St Johns, Hooe
2.00pm Meditation on the Cross – St Mary’s, Plymstock
To all members of the 8am Eucharist congregations
at St Mary’s & St John’s
8am Services for April & May
April Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St John’s
April NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
April Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St John’s
April NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
May Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St John’s
May NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
May Service at St Mary’s NO Service at St John’s
May NO Service at St Mary’s Service at St John’s
CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN GREATER PLYMSTOCK
(commence at 12 noon)
Good Friday 18th
April St Mary & All Saints
There will be a Witness Walk to St Mary’s on Good Friday
leaving Church of the Good Shepherd, Oreston, at 11.15am.
You are welcome to join at any part of the route.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
This year Christian Aid Week takes place on 11th
The familiar red envelopes will be placed in the Church for donations. We usually have a Bring &
Buy Sale and this year we hope to have some form of fund raising – ideas would be gratefully
EASTER LILIES AT ST JOHN’S
St John’s flower arrangers will be decorating the Church for Easter and would like to have white lilies
in the Church on this special day. If you would like to buy a lily in memory of a loved one, please
Lis Pemberton (Tel: 407057)
Wendy Rees (Tel: 482833)
or a Church Warden.
The suggested cost is £2 a flower.
Please let us know the person’s name, if you wish it to be included in a list of name’s that will be put
on the altar at Easter.
WEDNESDAY HOUSE GROUP ANNUAL REPORT 2014 – led by Graham Dee
These house study groups were started in October of last year and are held on alternate
Wednesdays at Mary Skilton’s house. The group averages between five and seven participants and
we take this opportunity to discuss in depth as a group various themes or books of the bible. All
members of this group have contributed hugely to the lively discussions with deep reflection on the
meanings found in their own lives.
Since October we have completed three different areas and we are half way through a fourth.
“Encountering the Spirit” – 6 sessions where we discussed how the Holy Spirit works in our
lives using key passages in the bible. We considered the true Spirit of God.
“Advent” - 4 sessions looking at the story of Mary, Jesus’ mother, relating her life and
experiences of life to our own.
“The Miracles and Signs in St John’s Gospel” - 6 sessions considering the signs in this gospel
that point to Jesus’ divine glory.
“Lent” - 5 sessions (‘on-going’) - a journey to discover the ways in which Jesus fulfils Old
Testament prophesy and the sacrificial system.
Future plans include possibly considering:
Christian Beliefs - covering the Triune God, Human Nature, how God serves us and The
Church- God’s holy people.
Philippians - Considering the fact that it is easy to rejoice when things go well but this
letter was written by Paul from prison. We will consider what we can learn from him as
he teaches us to live joyfully in the midst of troubles.
CAN YOU HELP . . . ?
To commemorate the 100th
anniversary of the start of the First World War a small group at St
John’s is researching those connected with the church who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The memorial in the Memorial Chapel lists 21 names, two of which are buried in the
churchyard. In addition, there are a further ten men, who were not from the local area but
were based locally when they died and were buried in the churchyard. All 31 men were:
Those on the memorial:
William F.C. Abbott
George H. Axworthy
George W. F.
William H. O. Brain
Thomas J. Brown
William C. Couling
Arthur C. Doney
Samuel H. Dungey
John R. Gilpin
Francis H.W. Gilpin
Edward S. Penter
William C. Rowse
George A. Squires
John J.H.C. Strudwick
Samuel S. Willing
Those buried in the churchyard:
William A. Abel
Alfred O. Conyers
Ernest G. Faulkner
William J. Nevin
We are very keen to hear from anybody who knows anything about these men; especially any
relatives. In particular we are interested in anyone who knows anything about C. Cowles, as
we have no information on him at this time.
We are also interested in anyone who has any information about the use of St John’s Church
Hall as an auxiliary hospital.
If you can help in any way please email Tim Provost (email@example.com) or contact
Mary Skilton (01752 407447 firstname.lastname@example.org)
OUR VISIT TO EXETER
February was the day chosen to pray for the Plymstock & Hooe Mission Community.
Therefore it was decided to join the congregation of the Cathedral for the Service of Evensong.
About fifty people attended the Service which was led by the men of the Cathedral choir and the
ladies of St Peter’s School. We were encouraged to join in singing the hymns.
During the Service a young man who had walking difficulties, kept coming through the choir but no
one took any notice of him. He kept walking his circuit around the cathedral. Also in the chapel was
another young man who had a special wheelchair. He was used to the cathedral and enjoyed the
Service. His eyes followed the other man and seemed to say “I wish I could do that”.
The Sermon was preached by the Revd Anna Norman-Walker, who several of us met when she came
to visit us last autumn. Taking the reading of St John’s Vision of Heaven, she brought it into today’s
world by a letter written by a Baptist minister about living in south London. He wished that people
could leave their doors unlocked and children could play in the parks and streets without fear.
There was no gang warfare and the need of some people to carry knives and guns. It would be
possible to play or sit on the grass in the parks without fear of finding needles and drugs. People
would be judged as people not by the colour of their skin or their religion. Again the disabled man’s
eyes lit up.
We all enjoyed our visit to the Cathedral for different reasons, the Service, the singing and the
beauty of the building whilst for others it is a place of solace.
On Saturday 10th
May we, the people of Devon, are invited to join ‘Come and Sing’ Cathedral
Evensong led by the Andrew Millington with choristers of Exeter Cathedral 1.45-5pm. It is hoped
that again we can get enough people to run a coach leaving at 10.30am and returning about
6.30pm. It will be a time to do what you wish or join the workshop. (Adults - £5, under 18 s- £1.)
If you are interested please contact your local churchwardens or ring Mary Skilton Tel: 407447 as
soon as possible as it is necessary to book the coach and the place at the workshop.
THE TABLE TOP SALE on Saturday 15
February raised £327.26 for church funds.
THE COFFEE MORNING on Saturday 1
March raised £181.80p, + what may be in the collecting
box, for St Luke’s Hospice, Turnchapel.
Please do try to come along to these events, a lot of hard work and time go into running them. The
next Table Top Sale will be:-
TABLE TOP SALE
10.00am to 12 noon
St Mary & All Saints Church Hall
Tea or Coffee ~ Raffle
In aid of Church funds
FUND RAISING - FUN RAISING?
St David’s Day. Were you at St Mary’s for the Barn Dance on Saturday 1
March? It doesn’t matter
whether you were stripping a willow, dozing a doe or simply sitting round having a good laugh.
Everyone seemed to enjoy a very happy evening. It felt like a very good £6 worth.
Our caller, Martyn Cowling, liked to be called ‘Blue’. He had a great sense of humour. Forgiving to the
very end, it did not matter whether you’d lost your partner, your balance or your sense of direction –
he always managed to get you safely back to your seat so that you could recover for the next dance.
And those sitting out seemed always to pick up on his sense of fun. Everyone went home with sides
Probably 65 people turned up. Pilgrim Pasties were very well-received and washed down with tea,
coffee or cold drinks. We had a Raffle and in the end we were able to donate £150 to the Roof Fund
and £150 to Christian Aid. What a lovely way to spend the evening.
Many thanks to Jill Downer and Heather Harvey for setting it up. We hope to repeat the exercise early
next year but maybe at Staddiscombe – with opportunity for more people to attend?
THE RAINBOW PROJECT
Help for the Children of Romania
At Bee Pugsley’s Home,
7 Furzehatt Way, Plymstock, PL9 8LP. Tel: 401260.
Also Saturday 12th
10.30am Coffee, 12noon – 2pm Light Lunches
Followed by a Cream Tea
For catering purposes please RSVP
Many bargains for sale at reasonable prices
They support a particular orphanage which Bee visited last year. There are 93 children from the age
of 3 yrs. I met Bee when I was looking for a home for several knitted blankets. They send out a pallet
full about twice a year. One went last week complete with Easter Eggs for the children. They also help
people in the locality with packs for the elderly and Baby Starter Packs. Other things given to them
are sold locally to raise money to cover costs and provide extra funding for the orphanage.
So hopefully this information in our Parish News might raise some interest and support.
We welcomed into God’s family through Baptism in January/February 2014 at St. Mary’s:
5th January POPPY NADIA JANE, daughter of Ryan Jane & Lucy Slemon.
January LOGAN MARK PAUL WARD, son of Mark Ward & Shannon
LAYLA GRACE BARTLE, daughter of John & Clare Bartle.
February EVELYN CATHERINE HORRELL, daughter of Paul & Michelle
February LEWIS STANLEY WEBBER-THORNE, son of Steff Thorne.
Worship @ 10
St Mary’s Parish Hall
Sunday of each Month
This is the ideal Service for families to attend, which will last no longer
than 40mins. It is planned with children in mind and for all those
who are young at heart!
In our Service in February we explored the meaning of God’s love
as we had just celebrated Valentine’s Day
and in March we thought about the meaning of Lent.
The Service begins with doughnuts and drinks being served following which children and adults get
involved with a simple craft activity,
which is connected to the theme of the Service.
Our next Service is on Sunday 13th
April - Palm Sunday.
It would be great to see you there!
For more details contact the Revd Steve Payne (Tel: 213358).
Further ‘Worship @ 10’ Services are planned for:
July and 8
On the Sundays when there is ‘Worship @ 10’ in the Parish Hall
there will be a 10.45am Sung Eucharist in Church.
The annual meeting for the Parish will be held on Wednesday, 30th
April 7.30pm in St Mary’s
All are invited to hear about how we are working together across our churches to proclaim the
Good News of Jesus Christ. It is an opportunity to give thanks for what God has done amongst
us and to hear about our plans and hopes for the parish.
ST MARY’S FORTHCOMING EVENTS
St Mary’s will be holding a 3-day Open Church centred on the Church and Parish Hall on the 8
There is to be a World War 1 Exhibition in the Hall to celebrate the centenary of what was to have
been the war to end all wars and emphasis will be placed on the men of Plymstock who made the
A Cream Tea will also be available in the Hall and, in line with the remembrance celebrations, there
will be a unique opportunity to sample poppy seeded scones.
Meanwhile, the Church will be bedecked with flowers and interesting facets of our fine Medieval
The finer details of these events will be finalised in the fullness of time but please give a thought to
making a note in your diary and invite friends and family to join you for what promises to be a very
THE COFFEE POT, Madford Lane, Launceston
Can you remember Jo White? She moved from Plymstock to a lecturing job in Essex some eight
years ago. Whilst at St Mary’s Jo often shared her energy and practical ability by helping to organise
social events. She was a regular worshipper and was greatly missed when she left. But now she’s
written to say that she is back in the south west.
Bravely – following redundancy from the college in east London – Jo has now opened her own tea-
and-coffee shop in Launceston. She says she is introducing a new menu. “... up till now it has been
mainly light snacks, all day breakfast, pasties and cakes. I am going to try a simple hot meal at
lunchtime and see how that goes.”
At the moment she works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but “that can increase if other staff
are missing. I am thoroughly enjoying myself and do not miss the college at all........ maybe I'll email
the principal and thank her for making me redundant .!!”.
There is also a Facebook page where you can check out the daily specials.
So that’s a positive piece of news. Maybe it would be good for a few of us to get over to Launceston,
to see Jo again and to try some of her culinary delights. I’ll certainly give it a try. See you there?
Now that St Valentine’s Day is over until February 2015 would it not be a good time to consider what it
meant by that dangerous word ‘LOVE’ ? Dangerous, because it means different things to different
people and can lead to disastrous misunderstandings.
Valentine–mode concentrates on the ‘EROS’ interpretation of LOVE, with much emphasis on physical
attraction, good looks and high expectations of eternal happiness. Nothing wrong with that, it makes
the world go around.
However, there is a different interpretation of this difficult word. It implies the ‘CARITAS’ meaning, of
taking care of people when they are in need and being concerned for their welfare. It is the Christian
understanding of Christ’s command that we should love our neighbours – not just the ones next door
– but the anyone in need. There is no requirement to like them (although it helps if one does) or to
feel affectionate towards them. It is a tougher assignment than that. They might be quite unpleasant,
disagreeable or downright objectionable. Then what? There is still a duty of care demanded if they
need support. DUTY ‘Stern Daughter of the Word of God’ as Wordsworth described it, is a long way
from the romance of EROS, but, none the less, essential if we are to have peace in the world.
Perhaps these two aspects of LOVE should be part of the syllabus for sex education in Secondary
Schools. If it were, it might be of some help in reducing the number of unwanted teenage
pregnancies, marriage and partnership breakdowns and violence between the sexes.
Teenage boys who are struggling to find out how females tick might be made more aware that EROS
may lead to a boring duty of care. Teenage girls, who want to be loved and cherished by a special
someone, would be more aware that CARITAS does not necessarily follow EROS. This then leads to
a separate debate about RESPECT doesn’t it?
Oh dear, these troublesome abstract nouns! What do you think?
AS IT WAS……
This month’s ‘AS IT WAS’ picture, submitted by Iris Simkiss, is of Hooe Lake in March 1989. Plenty of
boats moored in the lake and in the background Bayley’s timber yard. Today the timber and buildings
have been replaced by The Old Wharf housing estate and below the cliff face, further behind, a
further 52 houses are being built. (Below a modern photo by Julia & George Dando).
‘YOUNG @ HEART’
At our meeting in March we had a very interesting talk about ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ by Phil
and Jackie Barnet. They were accompanied by a charming German Shepherd puppy named
‘Bear’, aged 18 weeks.
The Guide Dog Association is centred in Reading and Leamington Spa. There is no financial help
from the Government and the organisation relies on voluntary donations and helpers often to
the large Stores and Parks to do a collection but they must not shake the tin!
The puppies stay with their mothers for twelve weeks. At the age of 12 to 14 months they are
spayed or castrated. Dog trainers then take them for 12 to 16 months. The dogs must not be
frightened of traffic or people as they are looking after blind persons.
Some dogs may be returned if not satisfactory and hopefully will be accepted as a pet. There
is always a need for people to walk dogs, they are trained to be ‘working dogs’ not pets.
Phil and Jackie know someone who works in an office as a touch typist travelling to and fro by
bus with the help of her Guide dog who stays with her all day.
Every hour in the UK a person goes blind. There are about 4,500 people in the country needing
guide dogs, roughly 48 in the West Country. 380,000 folk are registered blind or partially
The dogs have to be matched to the person. A very energetic dog would not suit an elderly
man or woman.
A whistle is blown three times to let the dog know it is feeding time.
Some people look after dogs for a temporary period if the owner has to go into hospital. If the
owner dies the dog cannot be given to someone else as a ‘worker’ but can be taken in as a pet
Ruth thanked Phil and Jackie for coming to speak to us. They joined us for a welcome cup of
tea and some enjoyable refreshments and Ruth thanked the volunteers who helped in the
kitchen. After a Raffle everyone sang our special hymn before leaving for home.
Next Meeting ~
April 2014 at 2.00pm in St John’s Hall.
New members are always welcomed.
Open to all.
CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD. ORESTON
For our Lent Lunch on 8
March we were pleased to receive £190.00. This was made up with many
donations as well as the giving on the day.
It was good to have people from several different Churches and of course we were blessed with
The collection will be passed to ‘Christians Together in Greater Plymstock’ for the charity Christian
The Church of the Good Shepherd has a vacancy for a ‘Plymouth City Deanery Synod
Representative’ as Graham Lea is ex-officio. If anyone is interested please speak to Kevin Warley.
CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD .
Who said you were past your ‘sell-by-date’ at 80 plus?
The Almighty does not think so!
L to R – Barbara Millman, Margaret Hindmarsh, Cynthis Warren, Tony Ireland,
Connie Ireland, Hazel Osborn, Douglas Howing-Nicholls,
Rosemary Lea, Graham Lea
Lorna Bettison, Pat Doyle, Iris Hawkins
VERGING FOR THE ROYAL MARINES
In the Royal Marines Barracks at Stonehouse, Plymouth, there is the Church of St Christopher which forms part of the
Chaplaincy to Brigade H.Q. 3 CDO, RM, and to the base staff in the barracks. The senior chaplain is also responsible
to the CGRM for the oversight of all chaplains appointed to a Royal Marine unit, although spiritual control of the
various denominations remains with the spiritual head of their denomination.
The chaplaincy in Stonehouse had an admin office and three offices for C of E, RC and Free Church chaplains, and
because of the unique setup of the chaplaincy the Verger also ran the office and kept engagement diaries for all the
chaplains as they all spent various amounts of time away attached to units of RM Commando. When in the early 90’s
the Naval Chaplaincy Service was brought into line under the tri-service policies the post of Verger was upgraded in
recognition of the unique requirements of the position to that of Chaplains Assistant to establish the different duties
carried out when compared to other civilian vergers attached to churches of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air
St Christopher’s was opened in the Barracks because of a dispute with the local vicar at St George’s in Durnford
Street, the local parish church (this church was bombed and destroyed in the blitz on Plymouth), so the Commandants
lecture room was converted into a Chapel to start with and then consecrated into the Church of England in the 1930s
with permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury under the Diocesan oversee of the Bishop of Exeter. Until the
1950s all the usual offices were carried out – Baptisms, Marriages, Confirmations and Burial Services.
There was before the War a strong Sunday school and a Mothers’ Union. After the War these fell away with the
growth of married quarters throughout the local area with the Royal Marines and their families going to the local
church within the area of their married quarters. Another reason for there being less Services was that the Marines
were often deployed on war and peace keeping duties as well as training in winter warfare in Norway and desert
training in the USA, with the USMC and other units.
There was still a need for provision of baptism, funeral and the occasional wedding, and for these I could call on the
services of a retired Chaplain who was retained and paid for the Services taken. Also there were Commemoration
Services for the remembrance of fallen comrades from ships lost and from Commando actions throughout the years.
The main Remembrance Service was held in the Drill Shed on Remembrance Sunday when all those in barracks and
their families came together to give thanks in memory of all who had given their lives in service of their country in both
World Wars and conflicts since. We also dedicated after Remembrance Sunday 1991 a plaque to the memory of those
Royal Marines and other Servicemen attached to them who gave their lives during the Falklands Conflict. There is
also a Service held each year on the Hoe, after the main Remembrance Service, at the Royal Marine Memorial (this is
situated on the grass slope which runs from below the Citadel walls between the main road and the old Marine
Aquarium) and is in the form of an angel supporting a fallen Marine. There used to be four figures, two representing a
member of the Royal Marine Artillery and two representing a member of the Royal Marine Light Infantry but they
started to become defaced by the weather so two, one each representation, were taken and placed – one outside of
Brigade HQ and one outside Barracks HQ.
During my time with the Royal Marines, I also had the privilege of twice acting as the Verger to the Chaplain of the
Fleet in St Andrew’s at a tri-service Memorial Service, once for the anniversary of the anniversary of the Falklands
War and once at a Thanksgiving Service for the ending of the First Gulf War. I was also asked to act again as Verger
for the Chaplain of the Fleet at a Service of Thanksgiving at the closing of the Church of the Good Shepherd in the
Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse, a very sad time as I had served in the Hospital on and off during my service in the
The church in the Barracks will always be retained in one form or another as it is bound to change with the changing
needs of the Service but no matter in what form it does remain its complements over the years will always be
remembered by those serving, and those who gave their lives in the service of their country will always be
remembered and held in high regard by those who have and will serve with the Corps.
Since starting to put this little piece together I have spoken to a member of St Mary’s who started his work in the
church as a choirboy in the Barracks, singing also at St George’s and St Paul’s in Stonehouse. To this day he still
provides valuable service to the Church.
PLYM VALLEY HERITAGE
Anida Rayfield, our speaker on Thursday 20th March, has been a National Trust volunteer for 5 years. Her talk gave an
insight into the privileged way of life of the Parkers of Saltram.
Today we are used to doing everything for ourselves such as cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc. In the 1700’s & 1800’s this
was different for the landed gentry as everything was done for them by their servants & staff. So just how did they fill their
The Parkers, who previously lived in Boringdon Hall, bought Saltram House in 1743. They had inherited their wealth and
now proceeded to spend it in a big way! Their number one pastime was gambling, everything from horse racing to cards,
billiards, cock fighting and even to the results of shooting matches in the grounds. The horse racing was very important and
John Parker owned a number of very good horses which were kept at Newmarket & trained by Sir Charles Danvers. One of
his horses, Saltram, won the Derby in 1783.
John Parker was an MP for Devon and this kept him and his wife in London for long periods. They enthusiastically took part
in the social scene there, attending many balls and having their own functions at their London home, Kent House.
The ladies were prolific letter writers and much of the information about their life can be gleaned from reading the copious
letters which still survive.
Other pastimes enjoyed were fishing, rowing and sea bathing. The men swam but the women were dipped!
All these pastimes were undertaken with much relish and there was clearly no time to undertake all the chores we take for
granted these days!
Our next meeting will be Thursday 17th April at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall when Alan Bricknell will be talking about’ The Post
War Industries of Plymouth’.
Entrance fee – Non Members £3.00. Members free. All welcome.
Subs are due at the end of April so please bring them to the meeting (still £5.00 p.a.) and a completed membership
form (which will be enclosed in the Newsletter you will be receiving shortly).
RAY’S STILL RINGIN’
A BELL-RINGER who was taught the skill by his father during the Second World War is still ringing
Raymond Treeby, aged 80 years, from Plymstock, contacted the Herald after spotting a photo of his
bell-ringing team from 1971 in the paper.
Raymond is the only member of the group still ringing at St Mary & All Saints in Plymstock every
He said: “I started learning how to ring in 1945, at the end of the war when you weren’t allowed to ring
“My dad used to tie the clapper up so it wouldn’t make a noise.”
In fact, the first time Raymond heard his handiwork was in 1946.
He said: “After the war everybody was
allowed so everyone started to ring one
after the other in rounds.”
“I’m one of the originals of a family of
ringers and I had a brother who did it that
died. My son is the club captain now and I
passed it down to my nephew.”
During the fifties and sixties, the group of
bell-ringers travelled all over Devon,
Cornwall and Somerset for competitions.
Raymond said: “We were going everywhere
ringing in that group because that was our
hobby, not going night clubbing and that.”
“There’s only two of us that live in
Plymstock and I’m the only one that still
Hooe’s Place Community Café
Open to all
Morning Coffee 10.30-11.30am
Freshly cooked lunches 11.45am-1.30pm
The Planning Committee in February refused planning permission to build 57 homes in Radford
Quarry. The development would have significantly eroded the area's city-wide function for wildlife and
in particular as a foraging area, a buffer to the quality habitats within the quarry itself and as a
continuous link, corridor or stepping stone to the habitats of Hooe Lake. The character of the area
would be adversely affected by the development. Development would aggravate existing traffic
difficulties and be prejudicial to amenity, public safety and convenience. Protected trees on the site
would be lost if planning permission were granted.
There were 97 letters of objection including letters from ‘Bugslife, The RSPB, and Devon Wildlife
Trust. There was one letter of observation and one letter of support.
Garden Waste Collection
Collection of garden waste from designated areas of Plymouth will resume on the 31st March and end
on the 30th October 2014.
Households are allowed to put out two reusable plastic bags each fortnight. Bags are collected on green
Plymstock Library Films
The film to be shown in Plymstock Library on Monday 14th
April at 2.00pm is Rush.
The film has a 15 Certificate and runs for 122 minutes
The films, Philomena and Gravity, to be shown in May and June are fully booked.
For further information call 306606.
Village Green Applications
An application has been made to Plymouth City Council to register amenity land to the south of
Radford Dip, Plymstock as a village green. The application, PL/JAR/17205, is available for viewing at
First Stop in the Civic Centre. Representations should be sent to Legal Services, Plymouth City
Council, Civic Centre, Plymouth, PL1 2EW by the 25th
The application is available on the Council’s website at www.plymouth.gov.uk, business and property,
The Planning Inspectorate will hold a public inquiry in the Council House of Plymouth City Council on
Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 10.30am to determine the application for land next to Billacombe Road,
become a village green. The Inspector will decide whether the land has been used for unrestricted
leisure purposes over the last twenty five years
Mount Batten Ferry
The landing stage at Mount Batten reopened last month after repairs to the pontoon. The ferry
continued to run throughout the winter by using the Mount Batten Centre landing facility.
St Georges Day
To celebrate St Georges Day there will be live bands, performances, fancy dress, food stalls, freebies
galore, wine, ale and special guests in Plymouth City Centre Piazza on Saturday 19th
April from 10.00
New Street Names
Street names recently allocated by Plymouth City Council in developments areas at Hooe Lake Quarry,
Plymstock Quarry, Oreston and Elburton.
New streets off Barton Road Hooe:
Limeburners Road, Watercolour Way, Causeway View, Tram Walk, Outcrop Road and Reflections
New streets off Broxton Drive, Plymstock:
Ashbrook Street, Kilmar Street, Linhay Lane, Murhill Lane, Perryfield Place, Sourton Square and
New street off The Old Wharf, Oreston: Boston Close.
New street off Reservoir Road Elburton:
It is current policy to allocate postal numbers to any new buildings in Plymouth, as house names alone
are no longer acceptable or indeed favoured by Plymouth City Council or emergency services.
Royal Mail is responsible for allocating postcodes.
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