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July Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 21, 2016 : The July 2016 Pump now online Here

Tar Barrel Challenge on Aug 6th - Are You Up For It?
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 19, 2016 : Testing strength, speed, stamina and agility, the Tar Barrel Challenge will see teams of 4 people pull a barrel on a sledge from the Co-Op to The Square, complete an obstacle course and then pull the barrel back....all against the clock (and in fancy dress if you wish!)

The Challenge is part of the fundraising necessary to keep events like this alive and well, as well as showing the Carnival and its traditions to a wider audience. The Tar Barrels have been pulled around Hatherleigh for at least 160 years - probably a lot longer - and are an important part of England's history and heritage.

Trophies will be given for the fastest children's team (under 14), fastest male/female team, fastest YFC team and best fancy dress team. There is also a CASH PRIZE!!

Teams of 4 people are invited to ...
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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 19, 2016 : Depressed?
Mental health problems are affecting more and more of us these days and is mentioned more in the media today. We all know that the NHS budget is very stretched but it is very important that if you need help or know someone that does your local GP should always be your first point of contact. Your GP will listen to your concerns and make a referral to specialist psychiatric help if that is what's needed.
There are also long established charities that can also give information and support, for example Mind, Sane and The Samaritans. I personally have talked to these organisations in times of stress. Please, please use the professionals to help you through troubled times as there have been two deaths of local people this year who have reached out to Butterflies with tragic outcomes.

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Need Money! Think ahead! Get involved
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 16, 2016 : Hatherleigh Pink Ladies Are you a local charity or organisation who needs to raise funds? Would you like to be one of our charities next year? Why not come along to the Pink Ladies Bash on September 3rd and see what we do. You can book a table, or just a chair. Individual tickets are available. We are also looking for volunteers to help us get ready for the Bash, as well as helping on the night and clearing up next day! If you want to come along, help out, or just find out more, please contact Carol (carol.barkwell@lyndridgecare.co.uk or Sadie (sadie_frankham@hotmail.com).

The Ruby Run
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 12, 2016 : Every hero was on show today some ran, some crawled, some even walked!, I ask we now have cars, a useful invention. The medics had an easy day. The smell of sweat filled the air, the Tally and the George left a sweet fragrance in the air.
Everyone was happy. Why is beyond me!! Our local West Devon Councillor was busy typing away at Hatherleigh Information centre. What was he doing? I do not know do you? Please email your ideas to hatherleighpump@live.co.uk
See the results on https://www.rubyrun.co.uk/  where you can see our deputy ex-Major Andy Gilbert, looking good!!

The really royal party
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 12, 2016 :

The Royal Party
In the evening the whole town woke up. To the sounds of the award winning Silverband and the Hatherleigh School Choir, before the voices of our heroine Josie Lloyd
Then Rob Love turned up on stage with Christy and company. Thank you to the Carnival committee for a great evening.

Hatherleigh's princes and princesses

The table

Time to Dance

The Silver Band

Sponsored Charity Cycle Ride
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 8, 2016 : Shebbear College are raising funds for the charity BLISS and the forthcoming Barbados sports trip, eleven pupils, six parents and three staff undertook cycling either 40 or 24 miles along the Tarka Trail recently. Although it was raining when they arrived at Torrington, the sun soon came out and they spent the whole day cycling in sunshine. The 40 mile route was definitely the most popular distance and for many of the pupils this was a real challenge, especially as they were facing a strong headwind for most of the return journey. Unfortunately a few mechanical breakdowns led to a some riders finishing their routes early or in sports teacher Mr Bryan’s case being given a lift for part of the way! All riders enjoyed a well-deserved stop at Fremington Quay before heading back to Torrington. A huge well done to all riders, these distances are a real challenge and they accomplished them brilliantly! Pupil participants: ...
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War Horse walk
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 1, 2016 : Thirty or so intrepid walkers set off from Hatherleigh square, on 30th May in search of the Duke of York. While a dozen walkers left Iddesleigh in search of civilisation along War Horse Way. Fun and beer was enjoyed by the participants.

Hatherleigh Hero George Reynolds 1890-1916
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 19, 2016 : George Reynolds died on the 22nd May 1916 from cholera whilst serving with the 1/6th Battalion (Territorials) Devonshire Regiment in Mesopotamia. George was born in Hatherleigh to Henry and Mary Reynolds and was one of four children. The family lived for some time at Turners Essworthy and Bridge Street and then at Fish Market in Victoria Road. George followed in his father Henry`s footsteps as a farm labourer and was last found to be working for a farmer, Henry Blight of Northcott Farm in Black Torrington before joining his regiment as war broke out. According to war diaries at this time, deaths from cholera made up the bulk of the Sixth Devon`s casualties. Round about 24th April the Battalion was relieved from duty in the `Cholera` trenches and were moved to the Reserve Camp, the men were drinking the water from the River Tigris direct, chlorination wasn`t known or practised and there was very little fresh ...
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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 13, 2016 : Northlew School has a big birthday coming up soon. Did you or your Mum or your Dad or any of your Grandparents go to the school? If so, a group of ex pupils from the 1960’s would love to see any photos that feature the school or village life in years gone by, and to use in an exhibition they are planning. The village shop has a box for photos so please ask around your family and drop in any photos with any information about the year and photo and of course, your name and a telephone number. Photocopies would be preferred, if possible. So turn out your scrapbooks and albums and help to show a bit of Northlew history. More information about the celebrations being planned for Saturday 24th September and the exhibition will follow. Thanks in advance and watch this space!’ Jeannette Lawrence (nee Andrew) Marian Southwick (nee ...
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