When exactly is the Sun over the Yard Arm?

The sad passing of HRH Prince Philip has made those planning to mark a major step in the relaxation of lock-down rules on 12th April, to re-evaluate and perhaps make the celebration more fitting to a country in mourning?

(Anyone wishing to display a small Union flag from their property is welcome to collect one from the Farm Shop on Sunday or Monday.)

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Earl of Merioneth 1921-2021 RIP

Monday is still the first day this year that the public can meet outside a hospitality business to drink and socialise. It therefore seems sensible to use this opportunity to celebrate the life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

If anyone is interested, The North Perrott Farm Shop will be open at 6pm on Monday 12th April, when we are assured the “sun will be over the yardarm”. Drinks will be served to those seated outside only and benches and chairs will be arranged in groups of 6 at the required distance. To help with planning, please let the Farm Shop know if you wish to attend. Click here to see more details

HANG OUT THE BUNTING? **UPDATE 11/04/2021 – Please see updates on next news item**

Thank you NHS

MONDAY APRIL 12th 2021

It has been suggested that the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality might be worth hanging out the Village Bunting?

The Farm Shop

The Village Green and farm shop will be decorated with bunting in time for Monday 12th April and everyone is welcome to join in by decorating their properties in anyway they see fit to mark this small but significant return to normality.

Please remember that the Prime Minister has urged everyone to act with caution as the government relaxes COVID regulations and that there will remain a limit of meeting a maximum of 6 people outdoors.

Autumn Fun

However, outdoor hospitality will be allowed for the first time this year and if there is sufficient interest, it is hoped that an arrangement for COVID compliant drinks and snacks might be possible in the afternoon and evening. Watch this space……..

Being patriotic

CHRISTMAS on the GREEN (Update)

WOT! NO GATHERING?

It is with great regret that the planned gathering on the village green on Christmas Eve has been cancelled . We feel it would irresponsible to encourage North Perrott to congregate at a time of increased pandemic cases and deaths, the emergence of a new virulent COVID strain and new tier 2 Christmas regulations.  So there will be no, no, no, no,  music, singing, mulled wine or mince pies on the green this Christmas Eve.  Sorry.

The Good News (from the rest of the plan)

1) Brighten up your Street 

Perrott is looking great at night with so many houses putting up lights in a window or all over the house. It is well worth a walk around the village in the dark (with a torch in a socially distanced bubble. ) And all so tasteful and understated . Good to see  no one has gone Disney  !!!!!!!

2) Lights on the Green

There will be more lights and decorations on the green on Christmas Eve .

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

We still plan to take mince pies (we have lots) or cakes or chocolate to anyone who is feeling isolated and would like to see someone on Christmas Day If you, or if you know of someone, who will be on their own, then let us know and we will ensure that they see somebody that day.

We have had no cases of Covid reported in North Perrott, let’s keep it that way

Organisers:  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk 

and Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com

Let’s Make Christmas Brighter in North Perrott

In this difficult climate no one knows what safety and legal restrictions there will be over Christmas.  We don’t want to let the shadow of the Pandemic spoil the holidays and have developed a 4 point plan for a Brighter Perrott Christmas which can be adjusted whatever the regulations.

We hope that you can give this plan  your support, some help, or some other ideas.

1) Brighten up your Street 

In these dismal days we can brighten up our streets, show the world  we’re not downhearted and cheer up villagers and passers-by, with lights or decorations in a window. Why stop there? Lights in hedges, trees or on railings could all be used. Or if you worry about light pollution, door wreaths, or decorations on doorstep plants or trees. You decide whether you’re going tacky or tasteful, couth or chav, Dickens or Disney, stylish or stupendously fun. Any other ideas?

2) Lights on the Tree 

There will be a Christmas Tree (kindly provided by the Farm Shop) and lights and decorations on the village green, and Christmas lights in the Village Hall. More news to follow.

3) No Home Alone on Christmas Day 

No, not a complaint about TV schedules, but a commitment that no one will be alone all Christmas Day in our village (unless they want to be) If you or you know of someone who will be alone, then whatever the regulations, we will ensure that they see people that day.

4) Christmas on the Green  

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED (see news story 22nd Dec 2020) 

We are proposing playing Carols and Christmas Songs on the Green on Christmas Eve from 6pm to 7pm with lots of other goodies if allowed. So walk on by and join in, you may be amazed at who you might see!

Remember to Stay Safe and Let’s Be Positive about Christmas, but not in a Covid Way

If you want to help  contact  Jan Gerring  74970 or email jangerring@hotmail.co.uk or Martyn Oliver on  77455  or email martyno54@gmail.com

Enid Hawes RIP

It is with much regret that I convey the sad news that Enid Hawes passed away last night, following a protracted heart condition.

For more than 25yrs, there will have been few new-comers to North Perrott who could have survived more than a few days without coming into contact with Enid.  Secretary of the Hoskyns Memorial Hall for longer than anyone can remember and a member of the Parish Council for nearly as long, Enid was involved at some level with almost all village activities.  She had recently initiated village celebrations to commemorate VE day.  This would have been (at least) the third street party that she would have overseen and sadly, because of the current restrictions, is now unlikely to take place. 

Since just before Christmas, Enid had to slow down her physical activities but still managed to fill my inbox with a stream of observations and suggestions about village life.  Sometimes forceful, always constructive, Enid didn’t only express strong views but was prepared to act out her suggestions and got things done.

It is difficult at any time to lose a valued family member but under current restrictions, it will be an extra blow that we cannot immediately celebrate Enid’s contribution to our community in an appropriate manner, .

Until that is possible, please remember Enid in your thoughts and I would like to convey sincere condolences to Samantha, Stacey, Stefan and Enid’s entire extended family, on behalf of all presently involved (and have ever been involved) in both the Hoskyns Memorial Hall management committee and the North Perrott Parish Council.

JONATHAN HOSKYNS, Chairman – North Perrott Parish Council