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Our next village event will be Bible Study Series on 23rd October 2017 at 2:00 PM in The Old Manor, Landkey

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This image comes from a scan of a calendar page contributed by visitors to Landkey (on 10th August 2017) who had recently purchased a house in South Devon. On exploring their loft, they came across a calendar for 1964 and discovered this scene of St Paul's Church and Landkey Town bridge for July-August of that year. The house below the church, which is visible in the picture, was occupied by Mr and Mrs Mills with their daughters. Mr Mills was the Church Warden for many years and they left Landkey to live in Plymouth. Their house was demolished in 1964. We are grateful to the visitors for letting us have this picture and for Betty Parker for submitting it to be included on the village website. Image courtesy of Betty Parker (uploaded by C Waldron) 11th August 2017.
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From Charles Waldron on 14th December 2016:Subject: Christmas Tree Festival

The nave of St Paul's Church was transformed into a Christmas-themed scene during the Christmas Tree Festival which ran from 9th-11th December.

Local organisations responded to our invitation to enter trees into the festival and these included Landkey Horticultural Society, Mothers' Union, Landkey United Fellowship, Landkey Guides, Landkey Brownies, Swimbridge Nursing Home, Landkey Village Hall, Landkey Parish Council, and Landkey Millennium Green.

Visitors to the church were invited to vote for the tree which they considered to be best decorated and the winner was Swimbridge Nursing Home. Donations and the accompanying raffle raised a total of £129.

We are grateful to the organisations for their trees and for their time and effort in creating such an eye-catching seasonal display. Thanks are also extended to Lyncroft Stores for helping to sponsor this event and to all who visited and helped to raise funds for the church.

From Charles Waldron on 14th November 2016:Subject: Landkey Remembers

The recounting of the fate of a North Devon soldier on the battlefields of Northern France in World War One helped to make Landkey’s Act of Remembrance seem a little more real this year than had been possible on previous occasions.

Following a service of remembrance in St Paul’s Church on Sunday 13th November, around 70 residents of Landkey gathered beside the village war memorial to pay their respects to soldiers from all wars who have died while fighting in the defence of their country.

Led by Reader Chris James, the Act of Remembrance began with a brief reading by Charles Waldron from a note accompanying a wreath left by the family of Private Charles H Cornish. In 2015, the family had laid the wreath at Landkey’s war memorial following their visit to Northern France to coincide with the centenary of the death of the “uncle that they never knew”.

The note revealed that Private Charles H Cornish had joined the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment but was fatally wounded at Maricourt, France, on 13th October 1915. His was the only fatality recorded that day. The note went on to reveal that T J Gratton and R G Lock, whose names are also recorded on Landkey’s memorial, were awarded the Military Medal for gallantry. Four Grattons died in WW1 and they were known to be the sons of William and Thirza Gratton, who had six sons.

Landkey is grateful to the descendants of Private Cornish for providing a valuable insight into the people behind the names which are recorded on the village’s memorial and thereby helping to make this year’s service more poignant than might otherwise have been possible.

Wreaths at the memorial were laid by Michael Gee BEM by invitation of Landkey Parish Council and by Peter Elder on behalf of St Paul’s Church. Mike Foster provided a reading of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”. The Kohima Epitaph was read after a recording of the Last Post had been played.

Help given by others was also appreciated, including those who stopped the traffic for the duration of the Act of Remembrance.

From Michael Gee on 21st October 2016:Subject: Landkey Carols

Nearly twenty people attended the meeting on restoring the special Landkey carolling tradition in a modern form. The Wren Trust, (folk music experts), Landkey School and Newport School want to be involved, and now we need to develop plans and raise serious money, so the target is the run-up to Christmas 2017, not this year.

If you want to help or know more please contact Michael Gee, 831462, .

From Charles Waldron on 9th October 2016:Subject: Church Clock

Observant residents of the village and churchgoers may notice that the church clock has stopped. On Sunday 9th October after the morning service its mechanism was halted to allow a steeplejack to gain access to the face of the clock in order that a new dial may be fitted.

In January 2015, during a violent thunderstorm, the church was struck by lightning causing significant damage to the clock and roof. Much of the damage has already been repaired but the shattered dial is one of the last items to be replaced and we hope that this can be achieved successfully in the next week or so.

From on 31st August 2016:Subject: Connecting Devon & Somerset - Broadband Update

The Parish Council has recently received a briefing letter from Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) concerning the provision of broadband in these two counties.

CDS is an organisation which has been set up to deliver next-generation broadband infrastructure to areas where the market has failed to invest. CDS is a public-private partnership aimed at drawing on the strengths of each sector to implement a cost efficient plan to bring superfast broadband to Devon and Somerset.

Their ambition is to provide superfast broadband speeds of over 24Mbps to 100% of premises in the CDS area by 2020. This is being achieved in two phases, the first covering 275,000 residents and businesses across the region while phase two will focus on the harder-to-reach areas such as the National Parks.

Here in the village of Landkey, BT Openreach has already installed fibre-optic cabling which allows residents to achieve download speeds in excess of 24Mbps, albeit at a higher cost compared with non-fibre. There may, though, be some residents in the more outlying areas of the parish who are unable to access these higher broadband speeds.

The CDS website provides fuller information and includes a broadband speed checker which some residents might find useful. Their website can be found at: