Pictured left, the coronation ceremony of Budleigh's 2010 Gala Week, organised by the town's Lions Club
Of course the whole range of Gala Week events is described at http://www.budleighlions.org/Gala%20week%201.html as well as in our local paper the Budleigh Journal at http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/budleigh_gears_up_for_gala_week_1_884013 so I don't need to say much about them except that a lot of hard work has gone into providing a week of entertaining activities where everyone should find at least one event to interest them. I hope to be there with my camera tempting Budleigh people to find world wide fame by appearing on these blog pages.
The Salem Chapel's contribution to Gala Week is an exhibition on Sir Walter Raleigh, the village of old East Budleigh and smuggling. Kathy tells me that admission is free but they ask for donations on entry please. Refreshments including tea and coffee are available and the exhibition is open from 2.00-5.00 pm every day during the Week, from today until Sunday 5 June.
Looking ahead to more events at the Salem Chapel there's a table sale on Saturday 11 June from 10 am - 4.00 pm and then the next day they have their annual pet service in the Chapel at 4.00 pm.
There's plenty of information about the Salem Chapel at http://www.hct.org.uk/chapels/south-west/salem-chapel/18 It's well worth a visit as one of the village of East Budleigh's ancient heritage sites, which of course include the beautiful farmhouse of Hayes Barton. The house isn't open to the public, but I see that there's now a helpful sign telling you that one of Devon's great heroes was born here.