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Fancy a go at Bowling?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 23, 2016 :

Merton Short Mat Bowling Club
“Are Currently recruiting new members”
Our winter season starts on 1st September, we have club nights most weks throughout the winter (September to April) and approximately once a month during the summer (May to August)
We have equipment available for loan if you would like to see if the game is for you!
For more details please ring Jeanie on 01805 601125 or Julie on 01805 603405

See the wikipedia entry here

Flower and Produce Show
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 22, 2016 :

Susan Gill, wrote:-I think we can safely say that this was another very successful show! Opened by Denis Bater, the flowers, fruit and veg filled the tables to overflowing and it was very encouraging to see such a good turnout in the children's classes where, in a close contest, Lily Bater won the cup for most points overall while Charlotte Baulch's exquisite 'garden in a seed tray' won best exhibit by a child. 
Cups were awarded as follows: Flowers - Les Cole, Fruit - Pat Canham, Vegetables - Les Cole, Cookery - Netty Holwill, who also won the Entwhistle cup for best pasty, Floral Arrangements - Monica Jones, Photography - Christine Knights. The novelty class for most tomatoes on a truss was won by Sandra and Michael Moore, while the Paul Stafford memorial cup was presented by his widow, Christina, to ...
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September Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 22, 2016 : The September 2016 Pump now online Here

Auction Bid Now! Hatherleigh Ball
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 15, 2016 : Auction Bid Now!
Register now and bid as often as you like. 
You don't have to come To the party to bid. 

Stunning villa in Vale do Lobo, Algarve, Portugal for 1 week, Holiday Cottage in Sennon Cove, Cornwall for 6 people, A Spa day at St Enodoc's hotel in Rock, Cornwall for 2 people to include lunch, Wellies boots- Zebra design sizes 6, Personal tour of the Houses of Commons and Tea for two with Mel stride MP. Whilst house is sitting, at a mutually agreeable date to be and LOTS MORE!!

This year’s Charity Ball is an 'On Safari Party' which will take place at Madewell Farm on September 3rd 2016.
Bidding on this years auction will be available using the login button on the website shortly, along with the full list of auction items available.
For those of you ...
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A Box Full of Joy
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 15, 2016 : A Boxful of Joy!
Make a Child’s Christmas Special
The churches in Okehampton Deanery have decided this year to support Operation Christmas Child as their Deanery charity. Run by the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child asks people to fill shoeboxes with suitable gifts for children aged 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14 years, which they then deliver to needy children around the world at Christmas to show them God’s love in a visible way. Each child receives their shoebox as an unconditional gift of love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion. Last year 900,008 shoeboxes were sent from the UK to 14 different countries, whilst globally 11,213,010 shoeboxes were sent to children in over 100 countries.
We will be packing shoeboxes at Doodlebugs in Northlew on Sat. 24th Sept., at Messy Meeth Monkeys in ...
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Challenge Pictures
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 8, 2016 :

Pictures of the Tar Barrel Challenge starting to appear HERE now. Keep visiting.

Lock, Stock and Barrel
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 8, 2016 : Saturday's Tar Barrel Challenge started off slowly but after the first pull things speeded up. By the end of the day, 27 runs had taken place. The original idea was for 4-person teams but that changed as people saw the possibilities. An Iron Man class was created off the cuff for solo pullers, including Dale who was determined that someone from the TB Committee should show willing. His time of 4 mins 41 seconds was not the fastest of the day but his performance was impressive. Several lady duos also turned up, with the last-minute pair the London Girls demonstrating a highly-effective barrel pulling technique. Over 500 pictures were taken by me and Derek Stratton. I'll get the best online asap. To keep things going, here's Ricci winning his own "I'll carry the bloody thing" award. More follows.

Tar Barrel Videos on Sale
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 5, 2016 : Geoff's DVD of the 2015 Tar Barrels is now on sale at The George Hotel and the Hair Gallery. Filmed using 8 cameras manned by members of the Tiverton Camcorder Club it features:

  • a realtime record of the entire morning run, with professional voiceover and three songs including the much requested Born to Run from Bruce Springsteen. A GoPro on the sled shows what it's really like to pull the barrels. (12 mins)
  • a newsreel-type compilation of the evening run, featuring the Silver Band and footage from around the route. This film won a 2nd in the Frome 5 minute Film Festival and was a finalist in the recent Hothouse Nottingham Film Festival.
All proceeds to Tar Barrel Funds. A copy of the DVD will be a prize in the Tar Barrel Challenge Raffle this weekend.

Oke Times Follow-up
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 4, 2016 : The Okehampton Times has the Tar Barrel Challenge story in this week's edition. READ IT HERE.

Tar Barrel Challenge Weekend Looms
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 4, 2016 :

Things are hotting up for this weekend's Tar Barrel Challenge. The weather seems set to be kind and as well as the Tar Barrel Racing, the programme of entertainment promises to make the event one to remember. The Tar Barrel Challenge FACEBOOK page has more details than I can include here so make that your starting point for information. Children's Racing starts at 2pm; Adults (that's men, ladies, and YFC teams) start at 4pm, with medals and money prizes on offer. Race in Fancy Dress if you wish - there's another prize for that class too. ROAD CLOSURES will be in place for part of Bridge Street (from the Co-op up the the Square), and The Square itself from about 1pm. Please remove your cars from those areas to make things easy for the teams and spectators. There's music from 2.30pm through to midnight. Enjoy!




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Any Hatherleigh organisation or person can have their material published here, courtesy of our sponsors. Clubs and Groups can have their own web address and an email address too if they wish. All free of charge. If you have your own web site, we can act as a portal to guide more visitors to your pages. Let's put Hatherleigh on the world map together.

Visitor Report:
In July we passed the 80,000 visits per year mark - an all-time record, with 586 visits on the day after the TB challenge in August. Our Events listing is proving popular. Keep up to date by phone or web. Why not advertise with us?


Two new movies of the 2015 pulls on one disk with superb cover photographs from Geoff Hodgkinson. "The Morning Pull" covers the entire 10-min run and includes SledCam footage, music and history. "The Evening Pull" is a newsreel film featuring the Hatherleigh Silver Band. It's won two Festival awards so far.

Mail geoff@ggh.co.uk to order, or buy from Ruby Information Centre, The George Hotel or the Hair Gallery. All proceeds to TB funds.


is on Nov 12th, 2016

Here's a flavour of the 2015 event

Queen 2015 (courtesy of Jilly Chandler)

Queen (2015)

Peter Rabbit (crepe paper, 2015)

Mary Poppins (pm, 2015)

Snap, Crackle, Pop (crepe paper 2015)

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