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It would appear that we have to wait a little longer then before our lives start to return – even to the “new normal”. We are so fortunate here in Devon to have had relatively low cases of Covid and it is good to see so many people getting out and enjoying our town and village centres as well as our countryside – whilst continuing to take the care they have taken over the past eighteen months.

The magazine this month reflects a number of stories of how people have been coping in tough times when businesses have suffered and people have often struggled to cope with loneliness, fear and anxiety. But such stories are truly uplifting – from the kindness of one of our farming families to arrange a visit for a resident of Abbeyfield Stanhope to the shops on Honiton High Street coming together to boost trade through their Fiver Fest in June. What an amazing community we are privileged to live in.

We also are very much looking forward to what July is bringing us. Traditionally a time of fetes, shows and gatherings, the ongoing news from the Government has made people very cautious about going ahead with plans – and much, of course, for very good reasons has been cancelled or postponed. However, if you look through the What’s On pages and also the Community News section you will see there is still much going on – and much planned.

We would particularly like to congratulate Honiton Hot Pennies on taking the decision to go ahead with this ancient ceremony this year – celebrating 800 years of Honiton fair. Honiton Show, Honiton Charter Day and Gate to Plate are also all planning to go ahead – together with smaller but no less important events such as the wonderful Villages in Action at Goren Farm and the Open Gardens at Combe Raleigh, not forgetting the stunning Beehive in Honiton which is starting to open up. Do try to support these activities – but make sure you stay safe in these continuing uncertain times.

Finally please remember to support our local businesses, for whom your custom is so important. Perhaps visit Combe Garden Centre – there’s always room for another plant, call in for a meal at The White Hart in Wilmington, order wonderful local produce from In My Back Yard or stock up at Combe Farm Shop, buy some treats and stop for a coffee and cake at 4 You From Me – just don’t forget to let them know you saw their advert in Honiton & Village News!

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And have a lovely summer – let’s hope the sun shines.

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