FROM READER JEAN MEDWAY
Well here we are in May. I always think it is one of the loveliest of months, the blossom appearing on the trees
and gardens beginning to burst into colour where before there was only bare ground ~ new growth, new life, new
Here in the Parish of Plymstock & Hooe there will also be new beginnings. In May, we welcome our new
Ministers, the Revd David Appleby and his wife, the Revd Jennie Appleby. We remember them both in our prayers
as they prepare to join the Parish family, may they find warmth, friendship and support in our welcome.
The month of May also brings Christian Aid Week, this year on 11th
May. This year’s theme is Peace and
Reconciliation and focuses on the human cost of conflict. Christian Aid is helping the people who suffer in this
way to get the basics, food, water, medical care and shelter and helps people to rebuild their lives in the
aftermath of conflict.
Throughout the Parish the familiar Red Envelopes will appear for donations and various activities will take place
to raise funds. Conflict destroys lives, by coming together we can be instruments of God’s peace and enable
those who work on the front line to achieve what is needed. Let us be as generous as we can for by acting
together we can make a huge difference to those people whose lives have been affected by conflict.
To all members of the 8am Eucharist congregations
at St Mary’s & St John’s
8am Services for May 2014
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
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you
affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized
and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship.
This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also
asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
Confirmation gives the opportunity to explore the Christian faith.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of being confirmed
at a Service later this year, or find out more about the faith, please
contact Steve. A meeting will be held in June for those interested. Confirmation is open to all those over 12 years.
Rev’d. Steve Payne – Tel: 213358
Plymstock & Hooe Mission Community
The Team Rector and Churchwardens invite you all
to a celebration of the Eucharist on the licensing
by the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Nick McKinnel,
Rev’d Dave and Rev’d Jennie Appleby as Team Vicars
on Thursday, 15th
May, 2014, at 7.30pm
at St Mary & All Saints, Plymstock.
Followed by light refreshments in the Parish Hall.
BLESSING OF CORNISH GIG RACER
In April Steve was asked to bless a new Gig racer ‘Catalina’ acquired by the local club who are based at the Mountbatten
As part of the Service a seafaring version of Psalm 23 was read:
The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift,
God lights my way across safe waters,
God steers me in the deep channels,
God charts my course and keeps my log.
God guides me beneath the stars of holiness,
Yes though I sail amid thunder and storm
I shall not be afraid, for God is with me.
God’s love and care shelter me,
God has made a harbour for me,
God anoints my voyage with peace,
My boat rides calmly on the waters.
God gives sunlight and starlight all the days of my life,
And in time, I will rest in the port of God forever.
Steve led the short Service from the boat and enjoyed his brief sojourn on the ocean wave!
HOOE SCHOOL PUPILS CELEBRATE EASTER
Junior pupils from Hooe School held their Easter Service on Wednesday 2nd
April, the event was very well
supported with the church filled with parents and friends.
The previous day at the rehearsal the Infant children attended and thoroughly enjoyed taking part.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
There will be a ~
BRING & BUY SALE
10.30am to 12 noon
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL
There will be Refreshments, Snacks, Cakes and a Raffle.
Items for sale will be gratefully received
If you can help in any way I would like to hear from you.
All monies to be given to Christian Aid funds.
-Jean Medway, Tel: 401986
EVENSONG will commence again at St John’s Church for the Summer months, on the last Sunday of the month,
conducted by Reader Graham Dee.
E V E N S O N G
At St John’s Church
FROM ST JOHN’S PARISH REGISTERS
BAPTISM: We welcome into God’s family by Baptism:
JACK HENRY ORCHARD, baptized Sunday 20th
April, 2014, the son of James & Sharon Orchard.
We remember those who have lost loved ones and commend to God the soul of:-
PEGGY ELSIE GRACE FOSTER (nee Charlick) late of Belle Vue Road, Hooe, who died 7th
March 2014, the day
before her 83rd
birthday. The wife of Bob (dec’d) and mother to Gillian, Chris (dec’d) and Andrew, sister to Len
Skilton of Church View Garage.
Peggy lived in Hooe all her life being born in Hexton Hill Road. She was a very social person and regularly
attended Dean Cross and Hooe & Turnchapel Community Association Bingo Sessions. She was also a Treasurer to
H & T Association Over 60’s Club.
The Service took place at St John’s Church on 26th
March, 2014. Donations were for The Cats Protection League.
WILLIAM TATE - THE RAILWAY MAN OF CENTRAL PARK
William Tate, known as Jock or Bill, died in February aged 88 years. A very private man who originated
in Scotland, he came to live in Hooe in early 1962 when he built his own bungalow in St John’s Drive.
He was a carpenter and joiner by trade but his great love was engineering and in particular steam trains. In the
workshop under his bungalow he built his trains. First he built a wide gauge engine along with tender, tools and
other equipment. It ran on the 90 foot long track to the station at the end of his back garden. It was in the livery
of the Southern Railway with the nameplate of Clann Chattan.
He then moved into Central Park in the 1970’s where he built a circular track with a steam train in the Great
Western livery. For many years he provided the children immense pleasure as they rode around the track to the
smell and sound of a miniature engine.
The Southern railway train and all its equipment was sold at Plymouth Auction House on 2nd
April. No doubt it has
been purchased by another enthusiast collector.
‘YOUNG @ HEART’
We had a very happy time at our meeting in April, on a nice sunny afternoon.
First, Martin Newman of the Highbury Trust Charity gave a talk about the work they do for people with special
needs. Our local Charity Shop is at Radford Park Road in Plymstock and has been very successful, the Manageress
being Jackie from Hooe Vicarage. Others take turns in doing voluntary work there.
It is funded by Plymouth City Council and extra money is very much needed. A large building in Milehouse
provides services for 500 people from 9am to 3pm daily, where various crafts, including cooking, take place.
Others attend in the evening for recreation, including a weekly Disco. Some are involved in Drama Groups at the
There are two Homes with supported tenancies. One Service looks after people’s money and benefits for them.
Teenagers tend to ‘blow away’ their money and need to be taught how to manage things better.
Some parents need help when caring for their children and support is given to them, often for a long period of
Social Clubs are run on Tuesdays and Thursdays and include music – Karaoke style, Bingo sessions and Discos in
the evenings when 100 to 120 people arrive,
Martin has helped there for 17 years and has always enjoyed the work.
The second part of the afternoon involved Jackie and Theresa who performed a ‘make-over’, the volunteer being
Ruth Earl who had a facial – ‘cleanse, massage and make-up’, then finally a hair-do with tongs. Margaret Mitchell
and Eileen Cole also had their hair done.
Sybil Symons modelled a lovely gold lame dress, with a ‘fascinator’ in her hair and Pauline Breeze wore a
flamboyant black creation on her head.
Our Vicar, Steve Payne, arrived just in time to judge a competition for a home-made Easter card, the winner was
Ruth thanked all who had taken part and we all enjoyed a welcome cup of tea and some goodies before leaving
Next Meeting ~
May 2014 at 2.00pm in St John’s Hall.
New members are always welcome.
Open to all.
HOOE & TURNCHAPEL COMMUNITY CENTRE
Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13th
May at 7.15pm.
SATURDAY, 31st MAY at 2.00pm
Stalls still available – from £5 each.
To book contact Tel: 406824.
FROM THE REVD STU CLARKE
"June and I arrived in Hooe in August 1999 after many months of prayerful negotiations with Hooe Baptist Church and
several visits to preach and meet the members. My role was to be a Community Pastor - becoming involved with local
schools, Social Services, Ward Councillors, childrens groups, community planning events, etc, etc. This would take
about 85% of my working week, with the remaining time spent preaching and teaching and helping to build up the
church. By the grace of God I can look back after almost 15 years and give Him the praise for all manner of God-
appointments and encouragements throughout this time.
We have been able to construct and fully pay for a new Church building, seen a number of people become Christian
believers and demonstrate their faith in believers' baptism. We have initiated four or five community missions on
Hooe Green. We have been running a very successful Messy Church. We have employed a number of trainee youth
workers, and then employed two Youth & Community workers. I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Hooe
Primary Academy for almost 14 years, and June was a Governor at Plymstock School for 10 years. And we were able to
be involved in the founding of both Plymouth Street Pastors and Plymouth School Pastors - both of which have
brought us immense joy.
Throughout our time in Hooe, we have sought every day to live out our faith in Christ Jesus in whatever ways we can,
trying to express through our marriage and our ministries the love of Christ to all. We will leave some time in early
June, but take with us many special memories. I am retiring after 37 years in Baptist ministry and we expect to be
relocating to Swindon, Wiltshire.
If you would like to attend our Farewell Service, it is taking place on Saturday 17th May at 4pm at Plymstock School.
(Please let our Church Secretary: David Crawford know if you are planning to attend. His phone number is
01752 407047; email: email@example.com)
God bless you richly and encourage you greatly."
Lots of love and peace,
The TABLE TOP SALE on Saturday, 5th April raised £310.00 for the Church Roof Fund.
At the back of St Mary & All Saints church we have a large jar for your loose change, in aid of the Church Roof Fund.
10am to 12 noon
St Mary & All Saints Parish Hall, Church Road.
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK
ST MARY’S & HOLY FAMILY
We need people to collect
We need people to pray
We need people to count
We need people to give
We need people to organise other events
If you can help in any way contact:
JILL DOWNER, VANESSA THORNTON,
Let us go into Christian Aid Week with Jesus beside us
and the Holy Spirit before us in the knowledge that the money
raised will be spent wisely and lift our neighbour out of poverty.
‘One more step along the road we go.’
Lifts to St Mary’s 10.45am Sunday Eucharist
If you would like a lift to church please ring Jean Hulatt, Tel: 310780.
We welcomed into God’s family through baptism at St. Mary’s during March:
8th March EVA MONIQUE VAN DER MERWA, the daughter of Allen and
Stephanie Van der Merwa.
9th March GRACIE ANNE MARTIN, the daughter of Matthew and Carly Martin.
23rd March EDEN ROSE SAUNDRY, the daughter of Ben Saundry and Gemma Baker.
PLYMSTOCK & DISTRICT
The University of the Third Age is open to all older people in their retirement though there is no lower age limit. It
provides a range of activities for men and women at minimal cost and it draws on the knowledge, experience and skills of
its members to organise interest groups to suit everyone.
Currently, there are 22 groups available, including Bridge, Canasta, Mah Jong, Walking, Languages, Photography, Local
History, Mathematics, Singing, Natural History and various types of creative Art are also included. Once a month, all the
groups meet together at The Staddy for coffee, news and notices, after which we settle down to listen to a Speaker.
The next General Meeting is on FRIDAY 16th
MAY 2014 at 10.30am at The Staddy Club, Staddiscombe. David
Snelling will give an account titled “OPERATION HENRY” – the story of his 2000km trek across The Pyrenees
accompanied by Henry the Hinny.
For more information and news – www.u3aplymstock.org.uk
Or ring Mary Hough 01752 863372.
Bell ringers Paul Treeby 319009
Bereavement Support Consult Rector 213358
Lifts to Church Jean Hulatt 310780
Parents & Toddlers Jennifer Daniels 406271
Karen Marlton 294037
Parish Hall Catering
Maureen Anning 493287
Derek Organ 401694
Di Gavin 298766
Pauline Woodward 402197
Wayne Gould 319232
Linda Jacobs 491970
Wayne Gould 319232
NEWS FROM MBARARA, UGANDA ~ KING OF KINGS MINISTRIES
This is our first Newsletter of 2014 and already we have seen many miracles before
Ministry. We ushered in the New Year by partnering with a local Christian radio
station and organising an overnight of Prayer and Praise in the local stadium. We
wanted to dedicate 2014 to the Lord and to pray to see God’s Kingdom come. It was
a wonderful night, several hundred turned out to sing, dance and pray in the New
For some time Silas had felt the need to make a prophetic declaration over our town
of Mbarara. It has long been said that the town is soon to be made into a city and as
the Body of Christ we wanted to declare it to be ‘a City of the Gospel’ both to the
heavenly realm and to the population at large. We had four large signs made to this
effect and during the night we invited our local MP and all the pastors present to the
platform and to pray for Mbarara and for the signs.
After the night of prayer these signs were erected on the four major roads leading into the city. Now everyone entering the
city truly knows that Mbarara belongs to Jesus!
During Christmas and New Year we were honoured to host some very good friends of ours from the UK, Pastors Brian
and Vanessa Richardson and their beautiful daughter Anna. Apart from preaching at numerous Services and taking part
in the New Year Night of Prayer they also were the keynote speakers at a conference for all King of Kings Branch Church
Brian, a spiritual father of fathers encouraged and strengthened the pastors to ‘Go for More’ in 2014 and pursue the
things of God with all their hearts. Vanessa flowed in her ministry as a prophetic praise and worship leader spending time
with our choir exploring and entering into new levels of intimacy in worship.
What a blessing it is to know such a wonderful family. We shared precious time together.
Miracle. Our miracle Monday Service has continued. We have seen God healing
many. This man came to church on crutches he had been using of 14 years after
suffering from a debilitating sickness. After prayer his legs were completely healed and
he was able to run up and down the church waving his crutches in the air. Glory be to
Branch Churches. With 120 branch churches we try to send out members of our
Mbarara pastoral team to visit them as much as possible. It is incredibly humbling to
see the dedication of our village pastors who minister in very challenging and difficult
situations – absolute poverty, withcraft, high levels of unemployment and illiteracy to
name a few.
I was delighted to visit one of our branch churches that had gone through many
struggles but with prayer and determination have seen God break through. After
preaching 35 children were brought for dedication and after the Service the whole
church walked about a mile to the nearest water source where we baptized 19 newly
converted adults. It was such a glorious day. People from all around gathered to see
what the celebration was all about.
Leadership Training. Silas and I realised that to fulfil the vision of seeing God’s glory spread across Western Uganda by
giving churches in every community it would be essential to begin a Leadership Training School. Thanks to the
commitment of Gavin and Glenda Williams and their supporters we currently have three groups of students. The first
group of 32 is just over half way through the two year training programme. It is so good to see men and women with a
hunger to learn about the Kingdom and to serve God in this generation.
Family News. We are also really grateful for your prayers for Mercy and Joan during their ‘O’ Levels. I am pleased to
announce that they both did well enough to be admitted for ‘A’ Level studies at their respective schools. Please continue
to pray as both of them have hit the pressures of teenage living… Amanya has also begun a new school year, she is now
in Primary 3 and has just been elected head girl. We are yet to hear what her responsibilities will be…
Thank you once again for all your love, financial support and prayers without which we wouldn’t be able to do all this.
Silas, Nicola and the Girls
AS IT WAS . . .THE TORPOINT FERRY
Torpoint Ferry 1894
Torpoint Ferry 2014
THE TORPOINT FERRY is a car and pedestrian chain ferry which crosses the Hamoaze, which is the name of the lower
reaches of the River Tamar, from Devonport to Torpoint in Cornwall. It is the largest chain ferry in the world and operates
on 6 chains stretching from one side of the river to the other. Each chain consists of over 4000 links and as each chain
wears at the rate of 1 millimetre per month, the chains have to be shortened by approximately one meter per month.
At present there are three ferries, each of which carries up to 73 cars, and when all three ferries are in operation at peak
periods, which differ for weekdays, weekends and during the summer, we have a ten minute service.
The current ferries were built in 2005 and each one in turn goes to Falmouth every three years for a major overhaul. They
are named Plym II, Tamar II and Lyhner ll after three of Plymouth's rivers.
A ferry route between Torpoint and Devonport, then called Plymouth Dock, was first started in 1791. In 1826 the ferry
operations were taken over by the Torpoint Steamboat Company, which built landing piers on each side of the river. The
company also built the steam ferry Jemima which entered service in 1831. The steamboat company approached a
gentleman called James Meadows Rendel in 1832 to design a steam powered floating bridge and two steam ferries
entered service in 1834 and 1835. New ferries were introduced in 1871 and 1878. Due to ever increasing traffic a two
ferry service was introduced in 1905.
Cornwall County Council bought the ferry operation in 1922 for £22,000 and two new ferries were ordered which entered
service in 1925 and 1926. The operation was expanded in1932 to allow two ferries to operate at the same time.
Traffic expanded rapidly after World War II and two new ferries were introduced in 1961. A third ferry entered service
1966 and a marshalling area was built on the Torpoint side to relieve congestion through the centre of the town. The
landing areas were further extended in 1972 to allow all three ferries to operate at the same time.
Chain ferries operate by hauling themselves along chains which lay on the bottom on the river. When no ferry is crossing
shipping can pass freely along the river. The Royal Navy, in the person of the Queen's Harbourmaster, control the surface
of the water and the ferries must give way when any naval vessel is passing. The bed of the River Tamar, known as the
fundus, is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and so the Ferry Company pays the Duchy for the right to have the chains in
place on the river bed.
The ferry is owned and operated by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Committee and is controlled jointly and equally
by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council. 84% of the running costs of the two enterprises are due to the operation
of the ferries. Tolls are payable for vehicles and motorcycles but pedestrians travel free.
David Parnwell, a resident of Torpoint
THE GARDENER’S HYMN
(a little reminder to all those gardeners . . !)
All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
But what we never mention, though gardeners know it’s true,
Is when He made the goodies, He made the baddies too.
All things spray and swattable, disasters great and small,
All things paraquatable, the Lord God made them all.
The greenfly on the roses, the maggots in the peas.
Manure that fills our noses, He also gave us these.
The fungus on the goose-gogs, the club root on the greens,
The slugs that eat the lettuce and chew the aubergines.
The drought that kills the fuchsias, the frost that nips the buds,
The rain that drowns the seedlings, the blight that hits the spuds.
The midges and mosquitoes, the nettles and the weeds,
The pigeons in the green stuff, the sparrows on the seeds.
The fly that gets the carrots, the wasp that eats the plums,
How black the gardener’s outlook, though green may be his thumb.
But still we gardeners labour, midst vegetables and flowers,
And pray what hits our neighbours, will somehow by-pass ours.
All things bright and beautiful ……………………
‘EGGCITED ABOUT EASTER’
On Palm Sunday we held our ‘Eggcited about Easter’ event in the Church Hall. Over 30 people of all ages were kept very
busy with all the wonderful activities. Children made Easter chicks & bunnies from fluffy pompoms and finger puppets
from cardboard which they coloured. They also decorated a basket for their Easter eggs. Adults made coasters from felt
with a spring theme, rabbits, chickens or flowers. There were also some word search & other quiz sheets.
We all joined in a couple of songs & watched a film about the First Easter Morning. Steve also made a comparison to
faces – happy, angry, sad & amazed. This must have been how everyone felt in Holy Week!!
Then there was an Easter egg hunt in the Church where everyone looked for pictures of eggs which were then
exchanged for chocolate eggs. Then it was back to the Hall for refreshments. Lots of fun was had by all.
Thank you to everyone for all their help and special thanks to Sue for finding all those wonderful crafts.
PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS
Built in 1875 for a church in Norwich, and brought down to Plymouth in 1912, this instrument accompanied church
Services at St Simon, Mount Gould, for 100 years. It’s future life now hangs in the balance as funds are being urgently
sourced to move the organ to a new location.
The organ has been awarded a Grade 2* historic organ certificate, meaning that it is an instrument with regional and
historical importance; similar to that of a listed building. This is the second highest available to be awarded, and stands as
a testament to the organ builders who built the organ back in 1875.
The aim is to move the organ to St Gabriel, Peverell, where it will be placed at the west end of the church. It will then be
able to be used for recitals, concerts, education and of course - the liturgical needs of the church. Interest in the project
has come from a wide range of sources including the University, Plymouth College. Plymouth Music Accord, the City
Council and of course the committee who are trying to save it.
With organs like this, the cost of restoration could almost be unlimited, with £250,000 being easily eaten up for these
highly complex instruments. However, we know that this will probably be unachievable, so £15,000 is being raised to
move the instrument, with a further £50-100,000 required to put the organ back into a playable condition.
(Article and Photo: David Stevens, St John’s Organist)
HOOE & TURNCHAPEL LADIES GROUP
We meet at the Hooe & Turnchapel Community Centre on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm. ALL ladies
Our programme for MAY 2014 is:-
BEETLE ~ BRING & BUY
THE BEES OF BRITAIN – Mr Payne
For further information please contact: -Diane McCarthy (Sec) Tel: 311931
PLYMSTOCK GARDENING SOCIETY
The next meeting is on Monday, 12th
May 2014, 7.30pm, at Plymstock United Reform Church Hall, Plymstock Road,
Oreston, the topic will be:-
Plant Hunting in South Africa with Mr Mark Wash
(Annual Membership £4.50 ~ Senior Citizens £3.
Non members welcome ~ £1 per meeting)
Enquiries: 01752 403652.
PLYM VALLEY HERITAGE
Next Meeting ~ Thursday 15th
May 2014 at 7.30pm in St John’s Hall.
‘From Pomphlet & Radford to Mitchell Close’
with Neill Mitchell whose forebears were local landowners and farmers.
All Welcome. Non-members £3.00.
ST LUKE’S HOSPICE ~ Forthcoming Events:
St Luke’s Forget-me-not Appeal this year takes place on Sunday, 18th
May 2014. (firstname.lastname@example.org : Tel:
Open Gardens 2014 – This year 25 gardens are open to be visited with many new additions and a few old favourites:-
11th May Peter & Ann’s Garden, Sparkwell 12 – 5pm Admission £4.
17th May Fardel Manor, Cornwood 2 – 5 pm
18th May Thorn Cottage, Brentor 2 – 5pm
25th May Calstock Village Walkabout 10am – 4pm
31st May Alder, Lewdown
12 – 5pm £4
and many more ~ for full information visit:
Hooe’s Place Community Café
Open to all
Morning Coffee 10.30-11.30am
Freshly cooked lunches 11.45am-1.30pm
Deadline date for the June magazine is May 15th
Nominations for election to Plymouth City Council were published on the 25 April and the statement of parties and
individuals standing for election to the European Parliament on the 23 April 2014.
Polling for both elections will be the 22 May 2014. A full list of the candidates standing for election can be found on
Plymouth City Council website - www.plymouth.gov.uk
Glass bottles and jars can be put in the green bin for recycling from the 1st
The citywide doorstep glass recycling initiative is one of a number of changes on the horizon for the city’s waste and
recycling collections. Later in the year there will be changes to rounds and collection days for some residents as part of a
drive to make the service more efficient and to gear up for the start of the Energy from Waste operations.
The next Have Your Say meeting for Turnchapel, Hooe, Oreston and Mount Batten will be held in Hooe Baptist Church on
May 2014 at 7.00pm.
This will be the last neighborhood meeting the Rev Stu Clarke will chair before he retires as Pastor of Hooe Baptist Church
Neighbourhood meetings provide an opportunity for residents to discuss and influence what matters most in their area.
Highway Havens for Bees
Roadside verges on Tavistock Road, Embankment Road, Weston Mill bypass and Billacombe Road will become havens for
bees, butterflies and hoverflies this summer. Plymouth City Council and Buglife have sown low growing wildflower
meadow plants such as red clover, birds-foot trefoil and knapweed on the verges to provide nectar and pollen for the bees
Bees and other pollinating insects including butterflies, moths and hoverflies have experienced decline in recent decades,
raising concerns about the potential effect on food supplies, gardens and the countryside. Factors including pesticides, loss
of habitat and more intensive agriculture are thought to be to blame.
Plymouth in Bloom
Plymouth in Bloom competition encourages the local community to take pride in the city to make it more attractive with
flowers and plants. This year Plymouth in Bloom will celebrate one hundred years since the Three Towns of Plymouth,
Devonport and East Stonehouse merged to become the Borough of Plymouth.
Gardens, container displays, businesses, schools, community groups and allotments can be entered into the competition.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.plymouth.gov.uk/bloom or telephone 01752 606034 or email
The closing date for entries is 4th
Judging commences on 18th
Cut the amount of junk mail you get by stopping unaddressed junk mail from being delivered. The Mailing Preference
Service (MPS) is a free service which allows you to have your name and home address in the UK removed from or added to
lists used by direct mail companies.
They can be contacted at:
Mailing Preference Service
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Or visit the Mailing Preference Service website.
You can also stop Royal Mail junk mail from being delivered by visiting the Royal Mail website or by writing to:
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The Leader of Plymouth City Council recently stated 99 of the 100 manifesto pledges made two years ago had been signed
off. Many of the commitments are open ended or ongoing and some have been completed in part only. No details of how
the pledges were completed are given in the Council’s press release.
One commitment (No.47) to provide a cycle/footbridge between Oreston and Turnchapel is pie in the sky having been
mooted in planning policies over the last two decades but it still remains an illusion!
The full list of commitments can be seen at
Nice and e-zine!
Library card holders are now able to access up to 50 magazines on their computers, tablets or smart phones for free.
The Council’s library service has signed up to Zinio – a digital magazine download service that is available 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, anywhere in the world.
For more information about the range of titles on offer and how to get started visit the Zinio page on the council’s website
If you’re not already a library member, it’s free to join.
Sky Ride is Back
The streets of Plymouth will be closed to traffic on Sunday 25 May as thousands of people are expected to take to their bikes
as Sky Ride Plymouth is back for its third year.
Visit www.goskyride.com/plymouth for more information.
Police and Crime Plan
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg published a revised Police and Crime Plan on the 3rd
The plan priorities are:
Cutting crime, keeping Devon and Cornwall safe;
Reducing the harm caused by alcohol related crime;
Efficiency and long-term financial security;
An improved criminal justice system;
High quality, accessible help for victims of crime;
Greater public involvement in policing.
Visit the website www.devonand cornwall-pcc.gov.uk to read about the plan