Welcome to Parkham Parish
Welcome to Parkham, Moving south from the sea the parish includes the hamlets and villages of Northway, Horns Cross, Foxdown, Hoops, Newhaven, Goldsworthy, Parkham Ash and Broad Parkham. The parish consists of approximately 830 people and 300 dwellings.
Allardice Hall 60 Years
Sixty Plus One Birthday Celebrations
5th, 6th & 7th October 2018
Last year our village hall was 60 years old. We were unable to mark this landmark event because the kitchen was under renovation.
This year, the hall committee made plans for a 60 plus 1 weekend of celebrations in order to highlight the immense benefit of having The Allardice Hall available to our community.
Three events were planned; a children’s tea party, a barn dance and a Ritzy tea.
Each of these occasions involved hard work and many cheerfully volunteered. We needed cakes and more cakes, sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones etc. We needed people to move furniture, fetch and carry and some to blow up balloons etc.
We also felt that each event should reflect the personality of the gathering. For the children’s party, balloons were the core, for the “hoe down” bales and bunting and for the Ritzy Tea fancy china and lacy tablecloths. And food for all three events!!
The children’s party on Friday the 5th had a taste of the 1950’s with Pass the Parcel and other traditional games; jelly & ice cream, sandwiches and cakes served for tea and a balloon to take home, at the end, after a rousing rendition of the Hokey Cokey.
The Barn Dance required a different approach and even a different style of balloon. We had jolly red and white tablecloths and Pauline Sargent undertook the mammoth task of presenting 154 Ploughmen’s Suppers – with a little help from a few friends.
The hard work paid off resulting in a lively evening and well-dressed farmhands dancing the night away to the Oggle Band.
Finally the Ritzy Tea, this was definitely all about the cakes and dainty sandwiches. We welcomed approximately 70 guests to our 1950’s setting. Lacy tablecloths and fancy china graced the tables and tea and conversation flowed from 2.30pm until 5pm. Our waitresses worked tirelessly to keep the teapots, cake stands and sandwich plates filled and in the kitchen a small team of willing helpers beavered to meet the demands of our assembled tea timers.
We are sincerely grateful to everyone involved with these events, especially Helen who quietly and unobtrusively made sure the facilities and floors were spotless for each day.
People have been making the best of the Allardice Hall for 61 years and we owe a great debt of gratitude to all those past and present that have supported, used and organised in the village hall. It helps to keep our community strong.
Special, heartfelt thanks to the very first Hall Committee for making it all possible.
Long may it continue!
Thank you to all those who worked so hard to make this three day event such a great success. It would be impossible to name all those involved but it would be very remiss not to recognise the efforts of Mrs Sue Greensill who masterminded and cordinated the celebrations. Thank you Sue!
Parkham Pumpkin Pageant 27th October at The Bell
We sold over 50 packets of pumpkin seeds and have received reports of some very successful fruits. In order to show off the fruits of your labours we have organised our very own village pumpkin pageant that will take place at The Bell Inn on 27th October from 7.30 pm with pumpkin themed fare (booking recommended) including delicious pumpkin soup and for dessert, pumpkin pie. There will be a raffle including a star prize of a Sunday lunch voucher for two at The Bell Inn. The energetic and highly recommended local North Devon band called The Rocking Good Knights will be performing your favourite covers during the evening.
Pumpkins will be displayed throughout the pub and there will be prizes for:
The best carved pumpkin
The heaviest pumpkin
Timings are approximate:
From 10.00 am Bring your pumpkins to the pub for the initial weigh-in and displaying. Larger pumpkins will be placed outside at the front and smaller pumpkins inside.
6.00 pm judging of the pumpkins
Food available from 7.30 pm or come down for drinks and a chat
Halloween fancy dress optional
8.00 pm The Rocking Good Knights perform (first half)
9pm Grand pumpkin weigh-in finals and auction from followed by the raffle.
9.30 pm The Rocking Good Knights perform (second half)
Carving your pumpkin.
Why not spend some of your half term holiday carving your pumpkin. There are plenty of great ideas on the web so have a Google and see what you can find! Just type in ‘pumpkin carving stencil’ and see what you can find! Safety first! Be very careful when carving!
All proceeds from the raffle and auction will be split between the Allardice Hall and Parkham Primary School.
Village Green - New Sign
Hopefully local people will have noticed the new sign on the green in front of St James Church.
The old sign which was installed in 2003 was deigned and hand carved by a local man, Len Rhodes who many will remember. Unfortunately over the years the sign rotted beyond repair and the Parish Council commissioned Geoff East to create a new sign. A beautiful piece of seasoned oak was purchased and Geoff enlisted the help of local artist Ray Rawlings who created a design for the new piece.
The Bell / Inn Over The Road
Many people in the village and parish of Parkham will remember with considerable sadness that day in Febrary 2017 when a fire destroyed the The Bell Inn and the home of the Sanders family.
With support from the parish council the trustees of the village hall created a facility in the Allardice Hall for the Bell to continue it's business albeit on a reduced basis.
Since April 2017 the hall bar now 'The Inn Over The Road' has been a place for locals to meet for a drink on a number of days each week. In addition it has been a home venue for both men and ladies darts teams, the Euchre team, Putford football team and the skittles team have had an adjacent bar to the skittles alley. However this is now coming to an end as work on the rebuilt and refurbished Bell is nearing completion.
THE BELL INN REOPENS
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Just twenty months since the fire of 13th February 2017 the newly refurbished and reconfigured village pub will once more be open for business.