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Farewell and Good Luck
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 12, 2017 : Sadly we have to say a very sad Farewell to Ruth our Vicar for the last 10plus years. She has brought joy to weddings, consoled us through funerals and celebrated new life. Now she is off to foreign shores, where they speak Welsh . Rev. Dr Ruth Hansford has been appointed as the Vicar and Ministry Area Leader in the Bro Ystumanner [pronounced ‘uh stee manner’] Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor in the Church in Wales. This is a group of six churches on the coast, north of Aberystwyth at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. Ruth's last Sunday here will be February 11th 2018, when there will be a special service to celebrate her time here. Ruth and the family will be very sad to leave behind friends and colleagues in Devon, but are looking forward to the opportunities this new post brings. We wish Ruth and her family every happiness ...
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December Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 19, 2017 : The December 2017 Pump now online Here Ruby Market happens in Hatherleigh WATCH THIS SPACE

Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 18, 2017 :

Celia Moore Writes "MY NOVEL Fox Halt Farm has a backdrop of Dartmoor and the fictional farm is just outside Okehampton... In reality LUXTONS FARM SHOP (near Mole Avon in Okehampton) are letting me have a book signing there TODAY (18th November) 1.30pm - 3.00pm - it would be lovely to see you (say hello, even if you don't want a book) I received this fabulous review yesterday from a lady who blogs about books and I think she sums up my debut novel really well in her review... BTW there is a chance to win an amazon voucher here too, just click on the banner below for all the details... (just in case you were wondering, I was Celia Woolacott back in the olden days when I went to Okehampton School - I left in 1986).

Blog Review HERE

Amazon Review HERE

Buy the book Here

Hatherleigh Market
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 16, 2017 : Minutes from the Market meeting on 6th November Here

NO 10 comes to Hatherleigh
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 14, 2017 : NO 10, Theresa May? NO it is Gwen! Bringing Beauty and hair to Hatherleigh. The Hair Studio closes and No 10 opens. Will the same happen with the Market? All business should be encouraged to make Hatherleigh a functioning town.

Carnival Pictures On-line
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 12, 2017 :

Our picture shows the Rob and Dave Philharmonic Orchestra entertaining Carnival crowds on Friday evening. CLICK THE PIC, or JUMP HERE for images of the Carnival. A weekend of drizzly rain threatened the event but people hereabouts are hardy folk and crowds turned out as usual to witness Devon's best Carnival in action. Starting Friday night, when the kids of the town pulled the biggest set of tar barrels seen for years up the hill in preparation for Carnival Day, the annual Carnival unrolled much as usual. 5am saw the first flaming Tar Barrel run and many other events happened during the day. Spectacular floats were on view from 6pm in the market and the evening procession - featuring the unique crepe paper floats for which Hatherleigh is famous - was tightly organised. The final Tar barrel run went off as planned to end another wonderfully successful carnival. ...
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Once-in-a-Decade Barrels
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 10, 2017 : Carnival is here, starting tonight at 8pm when the kids of the town pull the tar barrels up to the top of Market Street. There are two sets - one normal sized, the other one comprising three huge hogsheads. The bigger set should be interesting as they are HEAVY and will take some pulling especially up the hill. All members of the TB committee are asked to come along and help the kids do their job. Here's a pic of the TB tee-shirt design for 2017. This is the 'friends' shirt; pullers will wear the inverse colours - their shirt is pink with black characters. Pink is the cancer research association colour and was selected with reference to big Brian, who left us last year. The BIG barrels stand 6 feet tall and will be pulled flaming at 5am prompt. Everyone is keen to find out how they perform. The ...
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Meeth History Snippets
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 5, 2017 : In 1850 Meeth is described as being a Parish in the Hundred of Shebbear with a population of 314. It had 2170 acres of Dunland soil upon a subsoil of clay. Extracts from the Parish Meetings (which replaced the Vestry meetings from 1894):- May 1897 considered steps to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen. It was proposed that a “free” tea be provided and to canvass parishioners to defray the costs! 1908 agreed to erect a footbridge at Meeth Ford & in 1909 to join with Hatherleigh to secure the services of a trained nurse. In 1910 the Post Master at Okehampton advised that Meeth Post Office would open on Bank Holidays from 8am to 10am. In 1917 the meeting decided that the lamp in the School Room which is Parish property will be removed on Good Fridays to confirm ownership. In 1922 agreed that £1-11-6 be given to a Meeth ex-soldier in consideration of the valuable service rendered ...
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HIT AND RUN, Help Needed
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 2, 2017 : On Friday 27th October, at around 5.10pm a young student from Denmark was hit off her bike on the main road going from the junction from North Tawton to Jacobstowe. The driver did not stop. The car was white, and the wing mirror fell off, so she handed this into the police station in Okehampton, when she reported the indecent on Saturday morning. The bike is a write off (see picture). The young lady is badly shaken, and cut and bruised, and will not be using a bike again on this road!
Does anyone know of a white car which has recently lost a wing mirror? Please phone the Police on 101

The Biggest Set of Tar Barrels since ...
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

October 23, 2017 : The Carnival (on November 11th) is fast approaching and all around you can hear the sounds of floats being built and dances being perfected. Yesterday the torch sticks were cut by members of the Tar Barrel Committee, and later the barrels were assembled onto their sleds. This year promises to be special! 3 hogsheads have been accumulated in past months for one of the biggest barrel sets run since 2006! Each barrel measures 36 inches in diameter, which puts their combined height at roughly 1m 80cm in new money or 6 feet if you prefer. The sled itself is 12 feet long and 30 inches wide. It's not clear when this massive set (pictured with the team that assembled it) will be run. Yesterday, the evening pull was the favourite. We'll let you know as things develop. Meanwhile ... keeeeeep dancing!




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Visitor Report:
Monthly visits are maintaining their levels at around 180 per day, or equivalent to around 70,000 per year. Expect this ro rise during November and December.

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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.

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is on Nov 11th, 2017

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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