National Volunteers’ Week
This was a chance to find out why people volunteer; anonymous comments were collected and displayed on a poster for all to enjoy. Everyone had something different to say, which made for interesting reading. ‘Volunteers make the world a better place’, and ‘I couldn’t bear not to be involved’ were typical contributions.
A new range of delicious local cheeses are available in the shop now: Sharpham - A brie style soft cheese with an unrivalled creamy buttery texture and scrumptious taste. Rustic - A semi-hard cheese with a delicate open texture made with Jersey milk on Sharpham Estate - South Devon. Trehill - A smooth cheese with fresh garlic and chives. Meldon - Chiltern ale mustard is added to this cheese which makes it very savoury and mouth watering. Belstone - A deliciously smooth cheese made at Stockbeare Farm, Okehampton Devon Blue - An Ayrshire cows milk cheese. Firm but creamy and very savoury. Vulscombe - Goats Cheese in assorted flavours. Stocks are limited, so get in there quick before it's all gone!
It rained, but they still came & shopped!
Town Crier Ros Chard and her dog, Millie, brought a smile to Exbourne on Saturday when they opened the community market and big breakfast. Despite the rain, business was brisk with many taking the opportunity to start some local Christmas shopping. The kitchen team were also kept busy, serving sixty breakfasts to hungry shoppers. Over £1,300 changed hands during the morning, so a huge ‘thank you’ to all who helped and supported the event. The next event is on Friday, 18th December when Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to the community shop and café, so drop in for a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a little last minute shopping.
We Found Alf Resco!
There was a hive of activity in and around Exbourne Village Hall on Saturday morning when we held our summer community market and Big Breakfast. Several local businesses from Exbourne, Jacobstowe, Monkokehampton and the surrounding area were there to sell their locally produced goods. The delicious smell of cooking bacon produced hearty appetites and there was a brisk trade in breakfasts. The Community Market was followed in the evening by a Jazz and Barbeque held at The Glebe House, by kind permission of Marie Winckler. The Exbourne and Jacobstowe Association raised just under £780 towards the underground shop project. The Association would like to thank everybody who came and supported both events and in particular those who helped run and organise the market and the Jazz Evening.
Get Alf Resco!
On Saturday 7 June between 10am and 12:30pm Exbourne & Jacobstowe Community Association will be holding another of its hugely successful Community Markets in and around Exbourne Village Hall. In an excellent showcase of local produce from the surrounding area, there will be stalls selling cheeses, rare breed pork sausages, meat, vegetables and speciality breads to name but a few. Throughout the morning the café will be serving the “Exbourne Big Breakfast” a perfect opportunity to sample some of the produce before making your purchases! The day will be rounded off with a BBQ and “Jazz Al Fresco”. A perfect way to enjoy a fine Devon evening! Tickets for the evening BBQ are available from the First Class Café, in the Village Hall on Monday and Friday mornings. Tickets can also be bought from Rant and Rage, Okehampton; Copper Beeches, Exbourne (01837 851646) and 2, Butterpits, Jacobstowe (01837 851518). For further information on any of the events, please call in at the Village Hall on Monday and Friday mornings. Proceeds in aid of the Exbourne Community Shop Project.
Now we are six!
Members of the EJCAL Committee recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of the temporary shop, cafe and Post Office in the Village Hall. Although there was cause to celebrate six successful years of trading, there was also disappointment that the project was still in its temporary surroundings. The Committee are keeping everything crossed that by their seventh birthday, the project will at last be in its own home, just like the Wombles.... underground!
Who is Alf Resco?
We all are, if the weather is good! So keep your fingers crossed that Saturday 7th June is a glorious sunny day, because that's the date of the next Big Breakfast, Community Market and Jazz Evening. The big breakfast and community market will be held in the village hall, as usual. The jazz evening and barbeque will again be at Glebe House, by kind permission of Marie Winckler. Tickets are on sale soon, so bag a place or you won't be Alf Resco!