Skip to main content

A number of community events take place at the Parish Hall during the year organised by the Parish Hall Management Committee who are grateful for the support of volunteers from the community. 

You are welcome to take part in the regular events at the Parish Hall including Pilates Classes, Exercise Classes, Yoga Classes, and Coffee Mornings. You can find the dates and times on the Events Calendar.

Dates of Events planned for this year are also listed on the Calendar and you can see a list below. Pop them in your diary so you don't miss out.

 

Watch here for the next event ......

 

........ and coming up

First Saturday of the month -  Coffee@theHall:   10.30am til 12noon. Pop in on your way in/out of the village whilst on errands, or arrange to meet your friends and neighbours for a chat over a coffee. Come and browse the bookshelves to buy or borrow a book. Coffee/tea/hot chocolate/biscuits - just £1!

  • Saturday 3 September - Coffee@theHall
  • Saturday 1 October - Coffee@theHall

Saturday 29 October - Autumn Market & Coffee Morning from 10am til 12noon. More information available here soon!

*    *    *    *  *

Recent events ....

Saturday 6 August - Stoodleigh Family Fun Dog Show

What a great Dog Show on Saturday! 🐶 🐕 🐩  😁

Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a lovely afternoon. Our wonderful venue provided super shade keeping our dogs and visitors cool. The dogs and their owners enjoyed the show classes, our visitors tucked into scrummy scones with cream and jam, tea, pimms and beer and took advantage of delicious cakes from our awesome cake stall. There were lots of lucky winners on the raffle, tombola and the competitions. 

We couldn't have organised the event without the help of so many of you in the village who volunteered beforehand and on the day. Thanks to our hosts, Pat and Fred; our Judge, Jeannie; Roger, our commentator; and our fabulous stallholders and sponsors. Thank you very much ..... it was a truly community event where we welcomed visitors from near and far! 

We all enjoyed a brilliant afternoon and raised an amazing £1,324 to be shared between the Church and the Parish Hall!

Thanks everyone for making the event such a success! 👏

Dog Show Classes and Winners below ......

 

Dog Show classes winners

            Best puppy (under 12 months) - Mabel, with owner, Hannah

            Best veteran (7 years) - Mo, with owner, Jill

            Prettiest bitch - Genie, with owner, Melanie

            Most handsome dog - Otto, with owner, Daisy

            Best condition - Coco, with owner, Gary

            Best trick - Pip, with owner, Olivia

            Best junior handler - Scout, with owner, Henry

            Dog the judge would most like to take home - Otto, with owner, Daisy

            Best six legs - Pip, with owner, Olivia

            Best in Show - Genie, with owner, Melanie

             Reserve Best in Show - Otto, with owner, Jack

Rosettes to fourth place, Junior Handler Cup and Annual Cup for the Best in Show

 

 Saturday 16 April, Easter Market & Coffee Morning:

Thank you for joining us and supporting all the stalls who offered such lovely goods. It was a super, sunny, Saturday and great event where so many of you took the opportunity to come out and get together. Thank you also to the stallholders for their preparation and hard work bringing their goods to share with us. Special thanks to the Kitchen Cafe, Vanessa and Jean, who were kept very busy throughout the morning - you are a great team! Thank you to Tesco who donated Easter Eggs for our competition - congratulations to the lucky winners, the young and not so young! We raised over £350 towards Parish Hall funds - your support is much appreciated. See you soon at the next event.

Parish Hall Team

 

Saturday 5 March - how did the Breakfast, Walk and Lunch go?

The sun shone for us on Saturday for the Stoodleigh Breakfast, Walk and Lunch lifting everyone’s spirits after all the recent wind and rain.

The kitchen volunteers served bacon rolls, coffee and tea at the Parish Hall before the 17 walkers and 8 dogs set off towards West End Cross. They took footpaths across fields to Rifton Woods followed by a climb to the top of the Woods. The group followed the bridleway through the woods to Coleford Bottom and took the track to Aldridge Mill. The permissive path across fields and woods was then used to Trow Bridge before the last climb up Wormsworthy Hill to Ash Cross and back to the Parish Hall.

After about 5 miles of fresh air, sunshine, exercise, chatting and Stoodleigh countryside, the walkers met up with non-walkers to   enjoy lunch together at the Hall. The tasty chicken pie, new potatoes and veg went down a treat and our special village volunteer served her scrumptious home baked cup cakes afterwards.

Much catching up and conversations took place as getting together for community events have been sadly lacking over the last two years. Saturday’s event was a step towards the return to more normal times and future occasions and events. A good time was had by all and we managed to raise just over £240 towards the running of the Parish Hall.  Thank you everyone for your support and thanks to Morrisons, Tiverton, for their vouchers towards ingredients for breakfast and lunch!

Parish Hall FUNdraising team

Viv, Jan, Vanessa and Geraldine

 

Parish Hall Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 16 November at 7.30pm at the Parish Hall

See the draft minutes of this meeting.

 

Autumn Market and Coffee Morning - 30 October

Thank you to everyone who visited the Autumn Market and Coffee Morning at the Parish Hall on 30 October. What a success! We were delighted to see so many of the community - a great mix of previous regulars catching up, chatting with and welcoming the many new residents in the village. 

Thanks also to our talented stallholders, artists and crafts people for making their lovely goods available to buy, to our volunteers on the Hall stalls and to our Hall Kitchen Cafe volunteers for a continual supply of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and delicious cakes - yes, the cupcakes were back - along with other home baked, yummy delights!🍰🍥 ☕

What an artistic bunch of pumpkin carvers you are  - well done!  Congratulations to Eliza for her winning entry, "The pumpkin who ate too many sweets"! Eliza, you are now the Stoodleigh Champion - 2021  🎃🎃

It was a great morning for a community get-together and you'll be pleased to know that, in addition, we raised some funds for the Parish Hall. Thanks for your support folks!😁 

  

*   *    *    *    *

Past Events:

 Stoodleigh Spring Breakfast, Walk and Lunch:  Saturday 7 March 2020 - An invigorating walk of almost 5 miles on footpaths, bridleways and lanes around Stoodleigh was enjoyed by a sociable group of walkers. They feasted on breakfast of croissants and coffee before the walk. A scrumptious lasagne lunch was prepared by Parish Hall fundraisers and a special village volunteer served her home baked cup cakes afterwards.  It was not only walkers who enjoyed the food and company as members of the village joined together at lunchtime for another sociable community event where funds were raised for parish hall funds. Thanks to our sponsors, Morrisons and Tesco, Tiverton.

Christmas Draw & Bingo:  Monday 16 December 2019- Thanks to our local businesses who donated some fabulous prizes for the Village Christmas Draw and thank you also to the community who supported us. There were many winners from across the village when the Draw took place at the Bingo Night at the Parish Hall. There was much fun and laughter on that evening and you helped us raise over £980 to help maintain and improve the Parish Hall.

Annual General Meeting:  Tuesday 19 November at the Parish Hall -  Reports were provided on the previous year’s activities, finances and discussions took place about future events and planned work on the Parish Hall. Thank you to those who attended the meeting. Twelve members, including three new volunteers, were elected to the Hall Management Committee. The Committee elected Linda Brice (chair), Dick Sibley (vice-chair), Janet Russell (treasurer) and Geraldine Talbot (secretary). Please note – for Hall hire arrangements, email rusianjan@btinternet.com or ring 01398 351401. See Hall AGM 2019 Draft Minutes

Autumn Market & Coffee Morning - Saturday 26 October: Despite the bad weather and "the rugby", it was great to see to everyone who visited the Parish Hall and helping to make this event an enjoyable occasion. Thank you to all the stallholders who showcased their goods for sale to all those who came to shop and catch up with others in the community. Thanks too to the local councillors who came to chat about community issues with which they may be able to help. Grateful appreciation also to the volunteers who helped with community plants, cakes, preserves and competitions and served refreshments. A lovely morning for all and just over £400 raised for Parish Hall maintenance and improvements. Thank you from the Parish Hall Management Committee! 

*    *    *    *    *

The seventh Stoodleigh Family Fun Dog Show on 10 August was a great success! You can see the report and results of the classes here.  Photos will be posted soon!

*   *    *    *    *

Easter Market & Coffee Morning - Saturday 20 April:  Thank you to the local businesses, crafts people and stallholders for showcasing and offering their goods for sale at this event. There was also an easter egg extravaganza raffle, fun with egg rolling and delicious refreshments. Thanks to the community and visitors for coming along for a sociable morning and supporting our event where £360 was raised for parish hall funds.

*    *    *    *    *

Auction of Promises - 23 March 

Thank you to all those in the community who contributed the "Promises" - your great ideas and wonderful variety of offers were very much appreciated.

Thank you also to those people who came along to the Auction, filled the Parish Hall with jollity and bid so generously for the huge array of Lots on offer.

What an enjoyable and fun evening it proved to be - thanks to Roger Hill and Peter Broadbent, our auctioneers, for keeping us entertained and encouraged with our bids.

We are delighted to let you know that you have raised a grand total of £2,420 for Church and Hall funds. Thank you very much.

Margaret and Geraldine

on behalf of St Margaret's Church and Stoodleigh Parish Hall

*   *    *    *    *

See a report and photographs of the Stoodleigh Breakfast, Walk and Lunch which took place on 2 March.

*   *    *    *    *

The Christmas Draw and Bingo was held on 17 December - grateful thanks and appreciation again this year to all those in the community who supported the event by buying draw tickets and coming along to the bingo. The bingo provided much fun and excitement which continued when the draw took place as there were some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses and residents for which the organisers are very grateful. Thanks to our sponsors: 

Banbury's, Tiverton; Classic Cuts, Hairdresser, Tiverton; Elsie May's, Tiverton; Exeter Chiefs Rugby; Frou Frou, Tiverton; Great British Takeaway, Tiverton; The Hartnoll, Bolham; Knightshayes, Tiverton; Loyton Estate, Morebath; Merlin Cinemas; RHS Rosemoor; Talbot's Tippler; The Mitre Inn, Witheridge; The Stag Inn, Rackenford; Wetherspoons - White Ball, Tiverton; and Withleigh Nurseries. 

The Draw and the Bingo raised a total of £842 for funds for maintenance and improvement of the Parish Hall.

 *    *    *    *    *

The Autumn Market & Coffee Morning  took place on Saturday 3 November and the Parish Hall welcomed local businesses with their goods, local artists displaying their wares and local bakers, cooks and makers. The event proved to be a great social and community event yet again. The refreshments offered were thoroughly enjoyed - in particular the popular cupcakes and Stoodleigh Special Hot Chocolate. £428 was raised to help maintain and improve the Parish Hall. Thanks to the community for their support.

*    *    *    *    *

The Family Fun Dog Show on 11 August offered Show Classes to suit every family pet and provided entertainment for all the family.

A variety of show classes provided fun for the many entrants and the Best in Show was Scampi with his delighted owner, Ruby, from Stoodleigh. See all the results.

Visitors also enjoyed delicious cream teas, refreshments and a Pimm’s Tent. There were scrumptious home-made cakes, fabulous prizes on the raffle and competitions. 

There were cups for the Best in Show and Best Junior Handler with prizes from our sponsors for Best Condition (Oasis Grooming) and Fastest Recall (Biothane Bert).

Thanks to our sponsors, West Ridge Veterinary Practice, and to our many local businesses for their support:

  • Biothane Bert
  • Burnetts Sheds & Fencing
  • Creature Comforts
  • Heard & Sendell
  • Mole Valley Farmers
  • Oasis Grooming
  • Pets at Home
  • The Stoodleigh Inn
  • Waterman's Country Supplies
  • Wottons Removals

Thank you to our judge, Lesley Thwaites, who did a magnificent job with so many great dogs taking part. Thanks also to our hosts for the use of their paddock - a wonderful setting for the Show, to the super volunteers who helped and huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported our event. 

We are pleased to report that with your help we raised almost £800 which has been shared between St Margaret’s Church and Stoodleigh Parish Hall.

*    *    *    *    *

The Stoodleigh Summer Walk took place on 7 July and walkers enjoyed bacon roll breakfasts before setting out on a route of just over six miles. The walk was  along bridleways and footpaths through lanes, woodlands and fields and there was plenty of shade on warm, sunny day. The group walked back to the Parish Hall where a delicious lunch was enjoyed by walkers and non-walkers alike. Thanks to all those who took part and thank you to the volunteer cooks for the day. Just over £250 was raised for funds for Parish Hall improvements.

*    *    *    *    *

The Easter Market & Coffee Morning was well supported again this year. In addition to the visiting businesses offering their goods for sale, there were Cakes, Easter Sweets and Egg Tombola, Veg, Community Plant Stall, Face Painting, Books and Competitions. Don't forget the opportunity to enjoy refreshments - Plenty of great coffee, tea and cakes were enjoyed with a chance to catch up with friends and neighbours. The event raised just over £430 for Hall funds. Thanks to our community for your support.

*    *    *    *    *

A great evening was spent taking a guided tour around Lundy with a Slide Show provided by Jennifer Rowlandson on 16 February. Photographs of stunning cliffs, puffins, guillemots, Sika deer, Soay sheep, wild goats, peregrines and seals were just a few great sights shown. This was a joint event organised by the Church and the Parish Hall and funds raised amounted to £266.40 which was shared between the two.

*    *    *    *    *

The Christmas Draw was another huge success this year! Thank you to everyone who supported the Parish Hall and bought tickets for this year’s Draw and also to the local businesses and members of the community who donated amazing prizes. The Draw took place at the  Christmas Bingo on 18 December which was another lively event. The Draw and Bingo raised a total of £773 for Parish Hall funds. Thanks everyone!

*    *    *    *    *

The Parish Hall was almost filled to capacity for the showing of the "Rural Life" 1901-1981 Film on 24 November. Those attending enjoyed being able to re-live the leisure and labour of our rural past. The film provided an insight into how people lived in rural Britain and represented life in a similar era to the ones in which some of the audience grew up, went to school, and worked in. Members of the audience found it to be a delightful experience, full of memory evoking footage - much of which previously unseen for decades.

A hot supper of bolognaise, jacket potatoes and crusty bread was served after the film followed by a fascinating local history exhibition provided by the History Group. Local families had also provided photographs of their homes, farms and families in Stoodleigh during the same era as the film. The Stoodleigh Estate Sale Particulars of 1926 were available for visitors to browse and purchase copies of information about the properties in which they now live .

Thank you to the wonderful audience that came, the volunteer catering team and the History Group. Thanks also for the enthusiastic comments from our audience afterwards and also for their support as £295 was raised for Parish Hall funds.

*    *    *   *

 

                                                                                                            

 Stoodleigh residents, those from the surrounding area and visitors enjoy the regular Market and Coffee Mornings, Annual Family Dog Shows, walking events, slide shows, wine tasting and bingo.

Maintenance and improvement of the Hall is dependent on the income from hiring and fundraising. Any profit, however, large or small, is vital in taking care of our Parish Hall for the community. Some of the events held in recent years include Last of the Summer Walks 2015, Easter Market and Coffee MorningLast of the Summer Walks 2015Stoodleigh Spring Walk 2016Stoodleigh Family Fun Dog Show 2016 and Stoodleigh Family Dog Show 2017.