First this week I have details of the Church services at St Nicholas’ in Abbotsbury this Easter season. 25th March Passion Sunday there will be evensong starting at 6.30pm, on 1st April on Palm Sunday there will be a communion service starting at 10.30am, on 2nd April evening prayer 6.30pm. On Good Friday there will be a meditation followed by a walk of witness to St. Catherine’s chapel. On Easter Day 8th April there will be an Easter communion at 10.30am. Also, can I mention that the children of Portesham Primary will be having their Easter assembly at St Peter’s Church Portesham on 29th March at 1.30pm All are welcome to attend these services.

Dave Stevens of the Strangways hall committee has informed me that there will be further table top sales starting in April.

The first one will be on Saturday 14th April, from 10.30 till 3.30pm. If anyone would like to book a table, or donate anything to sell, could they please contact (01305) 871629. Any proceeds will go to the hall funds. Tables will be £5 each. Further sales will take place on 12th May and 9th June.

News about the Olympic Torch day in Abbotsbury. When the torch passes through Abbotsbury on the 12th July the village attractions will all be open to the public after 2pm for Free Admission. This includes Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury Children’s farm and Abbotsbury sub-tropical Gardens. The torch is due to pass through the village at 17.13pm Lorraine Dalley and Lucy Bailley would like to extend warm thanks to Colin and Steve and team at the Ilchester Arms who raised £141 at Christmas for the Abbotsbury playground fund. ATTA also gave £128.93. They also tell me that the clothes collection BAG to the future raised £255, so thanks to everyone who attended the events or gave donations.

Finally, I’d just like to mention Cheryl Varley who has recently passed away after a long illness. She was a very enthusiastic member of our community always willing to get involved in community projects and get people doing things! She will be missed greatly.

That’s it for now. Please contact me with all your community events and news. Clare.