- Copplestone Community Choir
Copplestone Community Choir
Practices Thursdays, 7pm
We are an all age community choir, currently with over 35 singers, and warmly welcome new members – both men and women. We practice on Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm at Copplestone Methodist Church, with a refreshment break mid-way through the evening to allow us the chance to socialise whilst enjoying coffee and cake!
Apart from singing together on practice nights, we also enjoy singing at local community events especially if it is for a charitable cause. So if you are planning an event and interested in booking the choir, please get in touch. We sing a variety of music from show songs to popular music, Gospel to Disney, all in three part harmony!
New singers are always welcome so if you like singing and are interested in joining us, please get in touch or just come along on a Thursday evening; there are no auditions and you do not have to be a music reader. For more details please contact Suzanne email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 07814 372828 or find us on Facebook.
- Tarka Line News
Tarka Line News
On 1st January 2018, the timetable which applies until Saturday 19th May was introduced. On the Tarka line some train departure times vary by a few minutes from the previous timetable and so it would be prudent to check the new timetable prior to making your journey if not already familiar with the changes.
Moving away from the Tarka Line new bimodal trains can now be seen on services running from Paddington to South Wales, Bristol, Oxford and Worcester. The trains are electric but where the railway lines are not electrified will run under diesel power. These will increase capacity and shorten journey times. The bimodal sets destined for services to Devon and Cornwall from Paddington are currently being built in Italy and should start appearing on that route in the summer. New electrical commuter trains in the Thames Valley will see the release of the diesel units currently in use being transferred to Bristol. This in turn will then allow those used on Cardiff to Portsmouth services to be transferred to Exeter. Some of these more comfortable 3 coach trains are capable of 90 mph and will be used on the Tarka line.
In October 2017 the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership launched the Tarka Line Foodie Guide to promote local cafes, restaurants and food businesses along the line. A total of 40,000 guides have been printed and distributed to stations and tourist information centres on the GWR network. There is also a website at http://greatscenicrailways.co.uk/food/tarka-line-foodie-guide/ where details can be found. The Foodie Guide has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Designated Community Rail Development Fund which is backed by the Department for Transport and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships. A similar guide is available for the Truro to Falmouth line. As a stakeholder the Tarka Rail Association are working with GWR, Network Rail and local councils to help promote the line and improve services for the benefit of the community.
Stations Officer, Tarka Rail Association
- Copplestone United Show Well in Cup and League
Most of our Copplestone United teams are doing well and are having a good season. After last year’s highs and lows, the Club continues to grow with great reviews on its style of football and the sportsmanship and welcome received when playing teams home and away.
Our new youngest stars U9, Copplestone Hawks, have played a few games on Sundays with various rounds of matches planned throughout the rest of the season playing games in Crediton, Okehampton, Chagford, Hatherleigh and North Tawton.
U10 Copplestone Scorpions have had a great start to the season and continue to be competitive playing in the Exeter Youth League. This season the team have made great strides and have reached their age group plate competition.
U11 Copplestone Tigers continue to play their home matches at Yeoford and have had a great start winning the majority of their games and have reached the semi finals of the Exeter Youth League U11 Cup.
U12 Copplestone Sharks have improved this season with the addition of new players and are holding their own in games in the Exeter League and are winning a good majority of their matches home and away.
U13 Copplestone Colts have had a mixed set of results so far but continue to improve playing in some close matches and have also reached the semi finals of their age group Plate competition.
U14 Copplestone Cobras are having a great season in the League and are sitting on top of the division unbeaten. This team are playing some exceptional football.
U15 Copplestone Rangers have had a mixed start to the season with two wins and some defeats. With additions to their squad of players, improvements are beginning to show.
With the Exeter Youth Football League ever increasing in size and the quality of teams from all over Devon improving each season, all our clubs entered in this League, at all age groups, are enjoying the experience and have showed a good account of themselves.
The Club continues to attract players from all over the area from various schools. With its success and growth come problems but the Copplestone United Committee have risen to these challenges and the Club continues to push on.
Copplestone United have again been invited to play in the St Boniface Cup Tournament held in Dokkum Holland in May and are looking to enter an U13 and U14 team. This will again give the Club a chance to show itself to other countries internationally.
We continue to look for parents to come on board and help in the growth and various aspects of the Club, be it on the committee, assisting with running a team or helping to arrange Club activities. With additional help the Club can continue to give its players a better footballing experience.
Copplestone United continue to invite even younger players to its Club with 5 to 8 year olds training on a Saturday morning 10 till 11:15am. Over the past seasons this age group have been coached ready for competitive football matches with the Club.
Our club continues to flourish and improve thanks to its players, coaches, Parents/Carers and Committee members. It has and continues to be a tough job running a successful club but the rewards are great to see how much enjoyment our children get from it. This season again pushes our club to new areas with this season great results in local league competitions.
If you would like to be a part of our Club, help in any way or find out information on how to play. please contact our Club Secretary Kay Gibson on 01363 881117.
Guy Gibson – Founder and Chairman
- Copplestone Recreation Association
The CRA fundraising committee rounded off a very successful 2017 with an evening of glamour at a Ladies Night and Fashion Show which took place at the Waie Inn. Featuring catwalks by Kathea Boutique and I Love SNOB, Christmas shopping with over 20 stall holders and entertainment by The Piano Raks a great night was had by all.
One of the highlights of the night was when some of our local ladies took to the catwalk to model clothes for Kathea Boutique, impressing everyone in the crowd. This event took our fundraising for the year to £6,500 and the total amount raised for the Village Hall to £12,000 – a great achievement by our community!
Not resting on our laurels, the committee are already planning some exciting events and fundraising ideas for 2018. Confirmed dates for your diaries so far are:
Friday 16th March – Quiz Night from 7.30pm at Copplestone Primary School hall
Why not get together a team of your friends, neighbours or work colleagues and enjoy a night out in the village? Quiz Masters John and Suzanne Lunn will provide the questions in what promises to be a fun (and no doubt competitive!) night out. Refreshments will be available to buy on the evening. Cost is £5pp (including nibbles) with teams of up to 6 people – to register your team please email email@example.com or call 07871 991479
- Your Local Neighbourhood Police Report
Thank you for your welcome over the past year. I have enjoyed the opportunities I have had to meet members of your community. Copplestone is a busy village, with low crime figures. The following crimes were recorded between 1st September and 8th November:
2 x burglaries (from allotments)
1 x assault causing actual bodily harm
1 x use of threatening/abusive threatening words
1 x concerned in the production of controlled drugs
1 x common assault
1 x theft from shop
Alongside the crimes recorded we have dealt with a few road related issues, incidents involving low level anti-social behaviour and concerns for welfare. None of which will have affected the wider community.
National Road Safety Week took place in November when we spent time addressing various road safety issues. This included both the detection of offences and education of road users. With the cold weather in these winter months and greater hours of darkness please take every precaution to ensure your vehicle is ready for the conditions. Please take time to talk to your children about being safe when using the roads.
We advise people to take care when shopping and when they leave their homes unoccupied. Do not leave items on show in your car or within your house, this is an invitation for someone to help themselves. Keep your valuables secure and keep an eye on your wallet, purse or handbag when in busy shopping areas. We have had burglaries across the area so please be mindful of anyone that may call at your door. Do not give information regarding the time members of your household will be home and do not talk about neighbours that may give away any times or reasons for them or their property to be vulnerable.
Please remember as always not to drink and drive over the festive season. It really is not worth the risk. If you are taking a long journey over Christmas keep warm clothing or blankets in the car along with water and a fully charged mobile phone with you if you have one. Let the person you are visiting know the route you are going to take and what time you intend to arrive. We received several calls last year regarding missing people who simply got lost on the way or who changed plans without telling the people that were expecting them!
Going into 2018 I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. Please look out for each other and if you see anything that you are unhappy about or that worries you, please get in touch. You can speak to a local officer, call us on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via email@example.com to contact me direct.
PCSO Nicola Payne
Crediton Neighbourhood Policing Team
- Copplestone Community Choir
The choir continues to grow and we have enjoyed learning and singing a variety of songs this term led by our talented and patient choir mistresses, Debbie and Rachel. During the Autumn, we gave two concerts, one at Crediton Methodist Church and one at Chulmleigh Pavilion, both of which we all really enjoyed. We sing in three part harmony and it is real joy when it all comes together.
If you would like to hear us sing, please come along to the following Christmas events:
Saturday 9th December
Bernaville Garden Centre, from 2pm
Festive and easy listening songs in a relaxed setting
Sunday 17th December
Copplestone Church Carol Service, 6.15pm
We will be singing a couple of songs
as part of the Community Carol Service.
Refreshments will be served after the service
After the Christmas break the choir will meet up again on Thursday 11th January with a social/discussion session. Our first rehearsal night of the new year will be on Thursday 18th January 2018. If you like singing please do come along and see if you like it, you would be made very welcome. We are an all age community choir for men and women, music readers and non-music readers. We practice on Thursday evenings 7pm – 8.30pm at Copplestone Methodist Church. For more details please contact Suzanne email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 07814 372828.
- John Mason Memorial Bench
I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to the John Mason memorial bench, from family, friends, CRA and Parish Council The bench has now been placed in the Recreation Field where John worked so hard to enable the village to have this fabulous Recreation Field; the inscription reads ‘From friends near and far in memory of John William Mason 20/8/1943—3/7/2017, The Cobblers Rest’. John and Liz were always at the forefront of raising funds for the village and the bench is to remember John and say thank you.
- Tarka Line News
The Tarka Rail Association is pleased to announce that it was one of the winners in the 2017 rail user group awards, which have now been running for 6 years. It was awarded a gold award for the best newsletter along with Friends of the Far North Line.
These awards are given by the national organisation Rail Future who campaign for a better passenger and freight rail network. One of the judges, Stewart Palmer visited the Tarka Rail Association at their committee meeting in Umberleigh to discuss the criteria for the awards and how our entry in the “Best Newsletter” is used by the Tarka Rail Association to communicate to its members. Also the format and general editorial content were discussed. Prior to this meeting the association sent copies of two recent editions of the magazine.
Every one of the eight Rail Future branch areas from which the 18 nominations came, from Scotland to Devon and Cornwall, saw at least one entrant awarded a gold, silver or black-framed certificate. The ‘Best Website’ Gold Award went to Stourbridge Line User Group. Chinley & Buxworth Transport Group won the Oliver Lovell Award for Best New Group. The Gold Award for Best Campaign went to the Melksham Rail User Group; and it was notable that all of winning entries focused on step-free access campaigns. The Clara Zilahi Award for Best Campaigner in 2017 has been awarded to Francesca Caine from the Hadley Wood RUG. This year’s Judges’ Special Award has been given to The New Stations Fund, for enabling 10 stations to be added to the national network and bring access to rail services closer to local communities.
Stations Officer, Tarka Rail Association
- Copplestone Garden Club
Our group has expanded over the last year which makes our fairly informal meetings quite interesting as more members mean more ‘Flowers of the month’ to discuss. Non gardeners are very welcome, and if you are new to the village it is a good starting point for meeting people. We hold our meetings at Waterbridge Golf Club, the perfect setting for a Garden Club as it looks out over their beautifully kept greens and attractive trees. As the clubhouse is open daily and serves hot food some of us take advantage of having a day off cooking. Our next meeting dates starting at 7.30pm are:
17th January 2018
21st February 2018
21st March 2018
Vicki & Lloyd Smale have taken on the two adjacent Community Village planters with a budget of £150 from the Parish Council. Watch these spaces as plants appear now and again in spring and these empty planters are transformed. The planter nearest the shop Lynette and myself look after; our aim is to keep some colour going through summer into autumn and, although the wind and rain did it’s best to wreck the Helenium Marmalade, it has kept going regardless. The most taxing part of keeping all these planters going is the watering in dry spells, so please keep them in mind when you pass by, just a bottle per plant helps no end and they and us will thank you for it.
Our two stalls at the Copplestone Fun Day, for plants and Bric-a-Brac, did amazingly well despite the weather with all the takings going to the ‘Help us Build our Village Hall’ fund. The profits for the coming year from the two plant stalls in Copplestone will also go to the village hall fund, so any spare plants you can donate would be greatly appreciated.
The Hospicecare/Copplestone Village Hall Fundraiser ‘Open Gardens’ will be going ahead on the 23rd and 24th June 2018 so please note the dates. I hope many of you will be able to visit and support the event. So far seven gardens have confirmed opening and hot drinks, savoury bakes & cakes, cocktails and soft drinks will be available plus plenty of seating. An entrance fee for the group opening is £5 per head with accompanied children up to 16yrs free. Permission was granted by Great Western to open our now famous Station garden, which the Station manager says is a first for her. The Station had a wonderful write up in November issue of The Devon Life.
Iris Middleton put a pumpkin plant in at the Station earlier in the year and by October it had produced 3 good sized pumpkins. James at the Farm shop very kindly ran a ‘guess the weight’ competition for the Village Hall fund with one pumpkin and the other two were auctioned off via Facebook, raising enough money to buy a few bricks!
On a sadder note I would like to acknowledge the passing this year of John Mason who was the clubs very first Chairman. We had a whip round for Liz his wife to purchase a tree to be planted at the Recreation field and it was lovely to have Liz attend our October meeting to thank us and invite us all to the tree planting ceremony.
- Tarka Line News
Judging took place on Wednesday 19th July in the Tarka Line Station Gardens Competition. The Friends of Copplestone Station retained the trophy they won last year.
The two judges, David Northey of Network Rail and Lewis Ward from GWR, were given the hard task of scoring the stations. The top 3 stations were as follows:
Station A B C D E F G H Total 1 Copplestone 76 74 36 39 36 34 39 35 369 2 Umberleigh 72 71 34 37 33 30 32 40 349 3 Chapelton 70 60 34 37 32 31 34 36 334
The categories were as follows:
A – Overall design and appearance
B – Choice & quality of plants to give a year-round
C – Health of plants (free of pests and diseases)
D – Cleanliness and tidiness of the station
E – Lack of weeds
F – Plants that attract birds and insects
G – Water Conservation (Mulch, ground cover & water
H – Evidence of environmentally friendly garden
techniques (encouraging or protecting wildlife)
I think those of you who use or visit the station will agree that Copplestone Station deserve this award as the overall station environment is so pleasant.
The redundant platform 2 at Barnstaple station has had work carried out by the National Citizen Service to tidy up, weed and replant the flower beds recently. This work was carried out with help from local businesses near the station, the Royal horticultural Society and the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.
On Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October buses will replace trains between Crediton and Barnstaple in order to gain access to do essential maintenance to the line. This will mean a revised timetable on these days. Outside of Devon a new platform is being built at Bristol Parkway between 19th August and 15th September which will mean some journey times will be extended in this area.
Stations Officer – TARKA Rail Association