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October Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 28, 2016 : The October 2016 Pump now online Here

Well Done to OUR Silverband!!!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 24, 2016 : Hatherleigh Silver Band are now officially one of the Top three 4th Section Brass Bands in the Country! They came 3rd in our section in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain Finals held on the 17th September at Cheltenham Racecourse, an amazing achievement for the Band. There were 19 bands in the section and they came from as far afield as Dunfirmline and Crystal Palace. We were the only band representing Devon in the 4th Section. We worked very hard in the run up to the contest, it takes a lot of commitment from all of the our players and the Musial Director but the hard work pays off. Our MD Matt Green had high hopes for us and again he helped us bring out detail and excitement in the piece and we gave a great performance in difficult acoustics! The piece was Music from Kantara by Kenneth Downie. Have a look on our ...
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Hot Skating
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 20, 2016 :

The recent ChilliSkate Festival in Hatherleigh was hugely successful with some competitors travelling long distances to compete in the Skate Park contests. Okehampton Camera Club photographer Derek Stratton offered us a selection of pictures. FIND THEM HERE.

WW1 Project
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2016 :

Alfred Vanstone 1874 to 1916
Alfred Vanstone was born in Hartland in 1874, the son of William and Ellen Vanstone who moved to Hatherleigh in the 1880`s where they lived in Park Cottages, Moor Lane. Alfred started as a builder`s labourer, the same trade as his father, but then joined the Royal Navy and became a stoker in 1894. In the 1901 Census, Alfred was living in Plymouth having recently married Bessie, a local girl.
A booklet of “Some Hatherleigh Events During 1911” had an entry dated November 22nd. The King left for India. Alfred Vanstone P.O. Stoker on HMS Defence-one of the escorting ships. (This was obviously of much interest at the time to the townsfolk.)
Petty Officer Alfred Vanstone Service No. 277434 Stoker RN died on 28. 10.1916 from Disease, (Pernicious Anaemia) and was buried at ...
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Ruth and Brendon DONE IT!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 12, 2016 : Thank you to everyone who sponsored our bike ride in aid of Devon Historic Churches Trust Rev. Ruth Hansford (Team Vicar of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team Ministry) and her son Brendan (8 years old) would like to announce that we completed our bike ride for Devon Historic Churches Trust from Hatherleigh via the back road to Jacobstowe and back. The pull up Park Road and then to the top of Hatherleigh Moor required several pauses and much puffing (particularly by Ruth). As we coasted our way down past the Upcotts to Cadham, we realised that going back would involve a good deal of going uphill. We reached Jacobstowe Church in just over 45 minutes and enjoyed having a break at the Cream Teas there (with Ruth looking rather flushed!!). Refreshed and replenished, we set out on our return and, after 55 minutes, whizzed down the hill to finish at Hatherleigh ...
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Beaford Arts Competition - a Reminder
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 26, 2016 : Just a gentle reminder that the deadline is fast approaching (5th September) for the photo competition to 're-photograph' and re-interpret the selected James Ravilious photos of Exbourne and Hatherleigh (and any of the others if you feel like it!). Have a look at the web site, find the image you want to 're-photograph' and click 'more' for details of where the image is, and to upload your entry. Get out there and get snapping soon!! The digital image needs to be uploaded via the web site BEFORE 5th September! See HERE for details.

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

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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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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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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.


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Queen 2015 (courtesy of Jilly Chandler)

Queen (2015)

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