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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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Blimp to Fly at Hatherleigh too!
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 24, 2014 : Local residents opposed to the Heane Farm Turbine proposal have organised a Blimp to fly near the proposed site on Sunday June 29th. Adela Thornton-Wood, who lives in North Cleeve Farm just 500m from the proposed site, says that a last-minute license has been obtained to fly the Blimp from North Waterhouse Farm, which lies close by the intended site. Ground level is about 23 feet lower but Adela thinks it will show the scale of the 77m high development and is encouraging people to walk there on Sunday because a) parking is limited and b) it will give a better idea of how the turbine will affect its surroundings. PUBLIC MEETING - A REMINDER: Have your say at the public meeting tonight (see poster below). Radio Devon has been full of the story all morning - including a phone interview with Adela. The Western Morning News is also covering the story HERE

July Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 23, 2014 : The July 2014 Pump is now online featuring OPen Gardens and The Ruby Market, Here

Turbine View from Church Tower
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 23, 2014 : To help understanding of the visual impact of the Heane Farm Turbine on Hatherleigh town we scaled the heights of the church tower Sunday morning ('thanks' Ruth and Mark for your collaboration) to photograph the view to the west from the parapet. The image (left) is an approximate 110 degree panorama made from three separate images taken at 45 degree intervals either side of the lightning conductor on the south west corner. Click to see a larger image. The Vee shows the location of the turbine.

This panorama is unlikely to stand scrutiny by experts and was not taken at the recommended focal length (so the turbine looks smaller here than in reality) but it clearly shows the context for householders. The higher parts of the town (on the left) are exaggerated by the lens corrections during photomerge. However, a quick drive around the town later showed that the ...
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Market Questions and Answers from WDBC
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 18, 2014 : Update regarding Market available here

Heane Farm Turbine - Public Meeting
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 16, 2014 :




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Night Owls - July 23 
Night Owls The night owls meet on Wednesday 23rd July at 7pm for chat, games & food!

Concert in Exbourne - July 25 - July 26 
A Concert Celebration in Exbourne! The Exbourne Choir will be holding their summer concert on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July. The exciting programme Directed by Pauline Savage will include well known medleys of songs from the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Numbers will include The Sound of Music – Oh, What a Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma – I Whistle a Happy Tune, Do-Re-Me – You’ll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Phantom of The Opera – Music of The Night – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina& Superstar from Lloyd Webber. Other sing-along numbers are from Gilbert & Sullivan, Leonard Cohen and Karl Jenkins. The two night show starting at 7.30 pm will be held in the Exbourne Village Hall and all proceeds will go the Village Hall restoration fund and St. Mary’s Church. This is a great opportunity to support the village, meet old and new friends, listen to some lovely music and have a great night out. Tickets at just £8 will include interval refreshments and are available for Friday or Saturday nights from any Choir member or telephone Adrian Williams 01837 851320 or Pauline Savage on 01837 851461.

Summer Exhibition - July 25 - July 26 
The Free Range Art group's Summer Exhibition Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of July Viewing from 5pm Friday Art for sale Refreshments available Old Schools Hatherleigh Free admission

Carnival Disco - July 25 
Carnival Disco in the Market 7:30pm

Jacobstowe Fete - July 26 
Fete Jacobstowe Community Group is arranging a Fete/Tea and cake afternoon in July, an exact date yet to be determined but Saturday 26th is aimed for. This is the first such event in the community for nearly 40 years so we need some help and ideas. We are holding a meeting in the church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th June. Please come along and lend your support and ideas to make this event a great success.

Fun Day - July 26 
Fun Day Saturday 26th July 3.00 pm Methodist Chapel Fun Day Brook Cottage, Northlew Stalls and teas for all to enjoy! Everyone Welcome!!

Winkleigh Morris - July 29 
8pm Red Lion Exbourne

Soup Lunch and Bring and Buy - July 30 
Messy Monkeys The poppies sown by Messy Meeth Monkeys have germinated well, and need thinning so we look forward to a good display by the church gate as we remember the sacrifices made in the First World War. Foxgloves and other plants are also flowering in the part of the churchyard set aside as a natural area. The next meeting is on 5th July and then on Wednesday 30th July we shall be having a Soup Lunch and Bring & Buy stall in Meeth Village Hall in aid of our outing. It is always a happy occasion to meet and chat and everyone is most welcome – 12.30 pm with home-made soup, crusty bread & butter, cheese & biscuits, fruit, tea & coffee - £4.50. There will also be a draw.

Hatherleigh WW1 Commemoration and Concert - August 2 
The 2nd August is looming fast and tickets are now available for the Concert which is to be held at the Community Centre starting at 7.30pm.

Animal Blessing - August 3 
Animal Blessing This month will start with a regular special service: Animal Blessing on Sunday 3rd August. All pets (able to fit in the church) will be most welcome with their owners. It is so important to recognise the vital part the animal kingdom plays in everyone’s life, and while our pets, large and small, become part of the family and we cherish them as such, we also give thanks for farm and wild animals. Sadly we realise that there is still much cruelty, neglect and disregard for the welfare of animals and indeed the whole of the natural world and in our prayers we remember all this before God as well as thanking him for the beauty and variety of his creation.

Meeth Fete and Dog Show - August 9 
Old Rectory, more details to follow

History Society - August 11 
On Monday August 11th at 7pm we will be meeting in South Street at the entrance to Pound Meadow where a small plaque is to be unveiled by Mrs. Betty Willis marking the site of the old pound where stay animals were penned until redeemed by their owners. Brian Abell

Beer Festival - August 15 - August 17 
Iddesleigh Beer Festival, with Music at the Duke of York

Potty for Painting - August 16 - August 17 
On the weekend of 16th & 17th August,"Potty For Painting" will be offering weekend workshops at Badgers, Week, near Iddesleigh. Jilly Chandler will welcome all ages and abilities to come and paint some pottery - ranging from plates and mugs, to garden Gnomes, to wall tiles, to tea pots, to fairies, to figurines, to butter dishes etc! So come and try something new! View her website www.pottyforpainting.co.uk Bookings MUST be taken, by either e mailing jilly@pottyforpainting.co.uk or ringing 01837 811043, as numbers are limited - prices start at as little at £4.50 + £3.00 for studio fee - you can paint as many items as you like for one studio fee, this covers the cost of glazing the items and firing them in her kiln on the premises. Light lunch can be provided when booking at a cost of £5.00 per person which will include drinks.

Winkleigh Morris - August 19 
8pm Half Moon Sheepwash

Cider and Pasties in the Town Square on 30th Augustr not to the 20th

Rotary Beer Festival - August 23 
23rd August 2014 This year the Rotary Beer Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd August at the Cricket Club. There will be at least 8 different beers and ciders to sample. Live music will be provided by two bands but look out for the details nearer the time. This fund raising event is on behalf of the North Devon Hospice local Outreach Centre, to support at-home care.

Rotary Fun Day - August 24 
Sunday 24th August 2014 The event starts at 1.00pm. We hope to include even more local groups this year making it a real community event. There will be plenty of refreshments. As usual there will be our top quality BBQ, also cream teas, ice cream, popcorn and a bar. We hope there will plenty of local dog owners entering their pooches in the Dog Show. Although the final programme has not yet been fixed we hope to have several new attractions, as well as our traditional entertainments such as children's races, skittles, archery, ferret racing, bouncy castle etc. There will be a demonstration provided by the local Fire and Rescue Service. The Hatherleigh Ukulele Bashers will be playing along with a steel band but look out for further details when the programme is finalised nearer the time. The aims of the Rotary Club of Hatherleigh are to raise funds in order to support good causes both locally, nationally and internationally. This year the main beneficiaries of Fun Day will be Devon Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer Research UK.

Winkleigh Morris - August 26 
7:45pm New Inn Sampford Courtenay

Aquatic Arias and Sea Serenades - August 30 
An evening of music inspired by water and all things aquatic, with baritone, Barnaby Beer, sopranos Victoria Collier and Marianne Wight, with Gabriel Jones on the piano. Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Devon EX21 5LQ, Saturday 30th August, 7.30pm. Tickets: On the door, £10, £5 (students), or free for under 12s. Call 01837 810273 Adam & Jane, or 01837 810042 Steve & Sandra, if you would like to reserve tickets in advance.

Cider and Pasty Evening - August 30 
Cider and Paty evening is NOT 20th but the 30th

Winkleigh Morris - September 2 
7:30pm Tally Ho Hatherleigh

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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