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September Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 27, 2014 : The September 2014 Pump is now online featuring VOTE for your local Hero Here

Seminar on Devon Planning
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 25, 2014 : INVITATION TO PLANNING SEMINARIf you are one of the people who are concerned about the way Devon's countryside is faced with large numbers of wind, solar and housing developments then this half-day Seminar is a 'must attend'. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and featuring MP Mel Stride as a guest speaker, it aims to "provide more clarity" about the issues and how local people can have their voices heard. The Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans and the technical side of wind and solar energy are among the topics to be covered. There will be many opportunities for questions and this could be a great opportunity to not only find out more but address your particular concerns to the people who should know. Click the pic to read the poster. Note that places are limited, so book early!

Flower and Produce Show
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 21, 2014 : Hatherleigh Gardening Club First of all a BIG thank you to everyone who supported the Flower Show, whether it be with your fantastic exhibits or by coming to view the fruits of their labours in the afternoon. It was particularly encouraging to see several new exhibitors across all the classes but again there were very few children (any tips on how to encourage more youngsters gratefully received!). All of the children who did enter received prize-money, with Lily Bater winning the cup for most points and the award for 'most outstanding exhibit by a child'. The 'Best in Show' was awarded to Audrey Reynolds for her flowering begonia - a sight to behold! Top vase was won by Jenny Pitt while Top Tray first prize went to Les Cole, who also won the Autumn Challenge Cup (most points flowers, fruit and veg. combined) and the vegetable cup. Other cups went to Mike Stamp (flowers), Pat Canham ...
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WW1 comemoration
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 12, 2014 : EXHIBITION NOW IN HATHERLEIGH CHURCH TILL END OF AUGUST On Saturday the 2nd August, Hatherleigh were pleased to welcome Mrs Dorothy Ellis the last surviving widow of a soldier from the First World War, to officially open the Commemorative Exhibition at the Community Centre. Mrs Ellis laid a wreath of poppies made by the children of Hatherleigh Primary School in front of a mock WW1 tank, she was then presented with a bouquet of flowers. Representing Hatherleigh Primary School and presenting the wreath and the flowers to Mrs Ellis were Jayfin and Robin Carter and Ella and Josh Bowden. Mrs Ellis`s late husband Wilf Ellis from Iddesleigh, was one of the men who told the author Michael Morpurgo of his time in the trenches, a story which helped to inspire “War Horse”. Michael Morpurgo kindly gave permission for Monica Jones to read his introduction to the centenary edition of War Horse at the opening as it included ...
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Heane Farm Turbine application refused
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 4, 2014 : Sally Vick writes “West Devon Planning & Licensing Committee Meeting” WDBC Tavistock Offices, 29th July 2014 The application for a 77m (to blade tip) wind turbine at Heane Farm, Runnon Moor Lane, Hatherleigh went before WDBC P&L Committee yesterday morning – and was REFUSED permission. The Case Officer, Anna Henderson Smith gave her report in which she recommended refusal of the application (00635/2014). Speaker Geoffrey Cleverdon C.B.E. recommended rejection (on grounds of visual impact, damage to heritage settings and neighbouring properties) and Andy Gilbert (for the Town Council) recommended rejection (for visual impact, number of objections & closeness to Ruby Way cycle trail). Applicant Jeremy Dennis spoke in favour of his application as he needed to diversify his business for the farm to survive following the devastating effects of Foot-&-Mouth disease in 2001. The Councillors asked questions and gave their views including on noise, and exclusion zones (since an exclusion zone of 800m had ...
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Jazz in the Garden
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 15, 2014 :

Last Sunday nearly 300 people went to enjoy the Steve Tucker’s All Star Jazz Band at Ash House. A laid back afternoon was enjoyed by those in attendance. Local lad, Cameron Mills entered the audience while the band took a well owed rest. "You can keep Glastonbury, Iddesleigh  was the place to be last Sunday". An audience member commented.
Over £2,500 pounds was made for St. James Church, Iddesleigh, Thank you to owners of Aish House  for providing a marvellous venue for a wonderful event.
Check out the Steve Tucker's Jazz Band’s Website here

Blimp Pictures
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 2, 2014 : Blimp pictures taken Sunday around Hatherleigh are online here. UPDATED 3RD JUNE!

Turbines: Isn't There Something Wrong?
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 1, 2014 : The Blimp survived the morning rain and flew proudly by the Ruby Way entrance on Runnon Moor Lane all day Sunday, attracting over 60 visitors. It was flown to show the height of the proposed Heane Farm Wind Turbine (PLANNING APPLICATION 00635/2014). It's presence was obvious from many places around Hatherleigh itself, especially from the churchyard. Street comments we got on the turbine proposal ranged from “it's a monstrosity” to “perhaps it could be a tourist attraction.” Another was: “For £1M I'd rent my land out too!”

There's a huge PR gap here. Ask David and Adela Thornton-Wood (pictured with the Blimp, along with son Ben and daughter Francesca) who live in North Cleave Farm, about 500 metres from the turbine site. They organised the Blimp to fly at 77 metres from neighbouring North Waterhouse Farm, to draw attention to the height of the machine and how it will impact ...
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Turbine will be 5 Times Taller than Morris Monument!
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 27, 2014 : Just to remind everyone that a Blimp will fly near to the proposed Heane Farm Wind Turbine site on Sunday (click poster attached). Look out for it and mail us with your pictures!

The Blimp will fly at 77m (the height of the turbine blades - 5 times taller then the Morris Monument) from a location near the proposed site. As well as local residents (there are more than you think) the proposed turbine would also impact on Hatherleigh in various ways (not just visual, but noise too) so it's in everyone's interests to take Planning Application 00635/2014 seriously. Full details here, including forms to register comments about the proposal.

Following the public meeting (see below) we've done more research into turbine noise and other aspects of these machines. We've learned about the Lavendar Test, named after the Inspector who stated that “it is not ...
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Your challenges are needed in writing: Planners
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 25, 2014 :

100 people attended the Town Council's Heane Farm Wind Turbine Public Meeting last night in the Community Centre. Mayor Andy Gilbert introduced speakers from WDBC, developers MiGrid, and CPRE. The latter restated the scale of the full frontal turbine assault Devon is currently experiencing - see HERE - and had an energy expert on hand to clarify issues around turbine development. These included mention of the 'Lavendar Test', which deals with the impact of wind turbines on people's lives, the first time we have heard of that!

When the floor was opened to questions a passionate, generally polite and informative discussion took place, with lively and often penetrating questions being fielded by the speakers. Close to 100% of the attendees voiced their opposition. Surprisingly, Mi-Grid were let off lightly, although some of their technical answers came under fire and should result in challenges that Planning Case Officer ...
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Winkleigh Morris - September 2 
7:30pm Tally Ho Hatherleigh

Coffee Morning - September 2 
Coffee Morning Coffee Morning for Devon Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) 9.00am-12 noon, Tuesday 2nd September, Old Schools, Hatherleigh We have benefitted in the past from grants from DHCT, so would like to show our support for them. Half of any money raised will go to DHCT to provide grants for churches in Devon to maintain and refurbish their buildings and half will be returned to Hatherleigh Parish Church for our own funds. Cakes, savouries, raffle prizes and your support will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Messy Monkeys - September 3 
Messy Monkeys The Messy Meeth monkeys and the Night Owls are looking forward to their outing to Newquay Zoo on 28th August and will then be meeting on Saturday 6th and Wednesday 3rd September respectively.

WI - September 4 
Our next speaker on the 4th September is Celia Hyland talking on “The Perils of a Competition Judge” so if you want to improve your competition entries this is the lady to come and hear! The meeting starts at 7.30 with the speaker first followed by refreshments. Our speaker for October is Canine Partners – Assistance Dogs for the disabled on October 2nd at Sampford Courtenay Village Hall at 7.30pm Come along and give us a try we are a friendly group and welcome visitors at the bargain cost of £3.

Raise the roof - September 4 - September 7 
Come and join us for the culmination of a years work as Get Changed Theatre Company present a magical entertaining experience inspired by the stories and legends of Castle Drogo.
GC is an Okehampton based theatre company for adults with learning disabilities. Running since 1995 the charity brings together learning disabled actors, local volunteers and professional facilitators with a wide range of experience across film, TV, theatre and music to create once-yearly spectaculars which have thrilled and surprised audiences.
This year the company has burst out of the theatre and for the first time we present a site specific spectacular based in the inspiring castle and grounds of Drogo.
Follow our Facebook page for regular updates on the show https://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Changed/133876109988042?fref=ts
To get Tickets for Raise The Roof go to :
http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/the-get-changed-theatre-company
Tickets for RAISE THE ROOF, our September finale at Castle Drogo 4-7 September, are now available

Fun Run - September 5 
Hatherleigh Fun Run Friday 5th September 5:30pm for 6pm start. Meet in the square to register. All ages Welcome BBQ and refreshments available.

Nearly New Sale - September 6 
There will be a Nearly New Sale in Exbourne Village Hall on the 6th September at 2.15pm It is ONLY nearly new no jumble. Do not leave any donations outside the village hall but contact Jane 851300 or Gloria 851710 if you have anything to donate.

Messy Monkeys - September 6 
Messy Monkeys The Messy Meeth monkeys and the Night Owls are looking forward to their outing to Newquay Zoo on 28th August and will then be meeting on Saturday 6th and Wednesday 3rd September respectively.

Produce Show and Ploughmans Lunch - September 6 
Ploughman’s Lunch There will be a Ploughman’s Lunch on Saturday September 6th, from 12-2pm in the Churchroom. Northlew Community Allotment Assoc. Will be holding their annual Produce Show on the same day, so if you wish, you can fortify yourself with lovely, nourishing food, enjoy a chat and a giggle and then toddle along to the Victory Hall. The Produce Show is a well established annual event in Northlew and well worth a visit-thank you to the people who organise it! See posters for more info. Tickets for the Lunch (£5 for adults, children half price) are available from the Churchroom on Post Office mornings or from PCC members.

Slkittles - September 6 
The Parish Hall Committee are holding a skittles and BBQ evening on Saturday 6th Sept at 7.pm. Teams of 6 but even if you’re on your own please come and join us and we will fit you in. Telephone Peter Cobbledick 01805 804234 for more details and to book in a team.

Hatherleigh Charity Ball - September 6 
Hatherleigh Charity Ball Saturday 6 th September West Fishleigh Farm Black and white theme. With a sparkle. 1920 's Apply now for tickets Up to Tables of ten £50 per person 3 courses and cheese. Wine and port on the table Music. Silent auction and. draw In aid of cancer research ELF - Exeter leukaemia fund Epilepsy Hatherleigh Carnival. For tickets or offers of help please Call Carol 07785971960.

Flower Club - September 8 
The meeting of the Sampford Courtenay Flower Club will be held in the Church Rooms on Monday 8 September at 7.30pm. There will be a demonstration entitled 'Visions' to be given by Alison Penno. All very welcome.

History Society - September 8 
On Monday September 8th at 7:30pm in Old Schools, Dr. Todd Gray will be giving an illustrated talk about the blackshirts of North Devon in the 1930’s. As usual all are welcome (visitors £2) Brian Abell

Garden Club Exbourne - September 9 
Our next event is on Tuesday 9th September at 7.30p.m. Peter Savage will be giving an illustrated talk on “Fantastic Ferns”. Ferns are currently the “must have” plants for shady places but there are ferns suitable for all sorts of conditions and, best of all, slugs don’t like them ! Cost £3

Art from of South Pacific - September 10 
DDFAS lectures resume on September 10th when Leslie Primo looks at the western obsession with and invention of the so called 'exotic or noble' savage with a lecture headed The Cult of the South Pacific All lectures are held in the Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton. Coffee and delicious brownies are served from 10.00 am with the lecture starting at 10.30am prompt. For a £10 voluntary donation (refunded if you join the Society) non members are most welcome to come and see what DDFAS has to offer, so please invite a friend to come along with you! For further information please contact Sara-Jane Cumming. 01822 860281

Carnival Royalty evening - September 12 
Hatherleigh Community Centre 6:30pm followed by disco

SHEBBEAR ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR - September 14 
Sunday 14th September 2014 at the Village Hall, Shebbear EX21 5RS. Over 20 stands offering a great selection of beautiful china, glassware, interesting ornaments, old clocks, pictures, antique furniture, books, textiles, old luggage, vintage and retro items and rural bygones. Doors open 12-4pm. Free entry. Superb refreshments. Donations to 'Help for Heroes' & hall funds. Enquires: Harvey Paulger 01409 281152.

SHEBBEAR ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR - September 14 
Sunday 14th September 2014 at the Village Hall, Shebbear EX21 5RS. Over 20 stands offering a great selection of beautiful china, glassware, interesting ornaments, old clocks, pictures, antique furniture, books, textiles, old luggage, vintage and retro items and rural bygones. Doors open 12-4pm. Free entry. Superb refreshments. Donations to 'Help for Heroes' & hall funds. Enquires: Harvey Paulger 01409 281152.

History Group - September 16 
Exbourne Local History Group's next meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday 16 September at 7.30pm. Sue Rose will give a presentation on 'The Manor of Exbourne'. Visitors are always welcome - £2 to include tea and biscuits. Further details are available from Rose Williams (secretary) on 01837 851426

Cinema Club - September 17 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 17 September, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 10 September. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Cinema Club - September 17 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 17 September, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 10 September. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Gardening Club - September 18 
Back to our club activities; this month, on Thursday September 18th, we welcome John Collins who will give a talk entitled 'Seed to Sowing - A year's work of a Nurseryman'. We meet, as usual, at 7.30 in the Old Schools. See you there! Susan Gill 01837 810893

Devon Planning Seminar in Okehampton - September 19 
If you are one of the people who are concerned about the way Devon's countryside is faced with large numbers of wind, solar and housing developments then this half-day Seminar is a 'must attend'. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and featuring MP Mel Stride as a guest speaker, it aims to "provide more clarity" about the issues and how local people can have their voices heard. Click to read the poster.

Games Night - September 19 
SSeptember 19th Games Night, 8.00pm start Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Coffee Morning - September 26 
There is also a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Exbourne Village Hall in the AFTERNOON of the 26th September

Barn Dance - September 27 
Barn Dance Saturday 27th September, 7-11pm Hatherleigh Community Centre More details to follow.

St David’s Singers - October 4 
A Concert with the St David’s Singers from Exeter will be held at the Hatherleigh Methodist Church on Saturday 4th October at 7.30pm.

When Magic and Science Collide! - October 7 
Oliver Meech will be performing at the Community Centre on 7th October. Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. A fun filled fusion of magic, mirth and mind reading. Expect amazing tricks inspired by outstanding science! No science knowledge required, just a mind that’s open and a jaw that’s ready to drop! Oliver has performed everywhere from Harvey Nichols to the London 2012 Olympics, the Show had a 22 night sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and Oliver is currently Discovery Channel’s magic consultant. BBC – “my jaw hit the floor” Theatre-Wales – “could rival Derren Brown” 7+ and adults, tickets will be available from Beaford Arts and the Community Centre soon, look out for posters!

Concert - October 10 
Concert An advance notice of a date for your diaries – at 7pm on Friday 10th October, Chrissie Cleverdon and John Hutton will be giving a concert of organ and trumpet music in church with a poetic interval. This will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments. Tickets £5. More details in next month’s Pump and see posters locally.

Cinema Club - October 15 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 15 October, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 8 October. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Fashion Show - October 17 
Fashion Show, Charter Hall, Okehampton. 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets £10 including glass of wine and light refreshments.

Halloween - October 31 
October 31st Halloween. 6pm start Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Ruby market - December 6 
The Bumper Festive Ruby Country Market in Hatherleigh in December drew record crowds to the Market and the Town where some businesses reported 3 weeks business being done on a single day. The market dates for 2014 are :- Easter Saturday April 19th Saturday July 19th and Saturday December 6th. If you would like to stall at this ever popular event, please contact the organisers through the website www.rubycountrymarket.co.uk or ring 07855187364.

Winkleigh Morris - December 26 
Noon Duke of York Iddesleigh


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