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“Music in the Barn”
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 17, 2017 : Our “Music in the Barn” Day The day dawned bright, sunny and warm on Saturday 13th May 2017 for ourMusical Afternoon in the Barn at our home “Oakhayes” between Monkokehampton and Winkleigh. After a week spent preparing the Big Barn for the Orchestra known as the Bondleigh Barn Band to perform in, also to accommodate the audience, together with the Baby Barn which our team of 5 ladies used to prepare the Devon Cream Teas, all was at last ready. In great anticipation, 39 musicians turned up at 1.45pm to park iin the field and then to tune their instruments in readiness for playing, and from 2pm onwards about 200 folk arrived to listen to us playing everything from Classic, Jazz, Folk including “Midnight in Moscow” “Calypso” “Carmen” “Alexander's Ragtime Band” “Immigration Blues” a Polka and many more including sing-along songs which everyone joined in with gusty ! We made it easy by having the words on ...
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Meeth History Snippets
By Richard Halsted

August 7, 2017 : Meeth History Snippets The Domesday Book 1086/1087 gives these place names:-Meda; Meeth, Estochelia;Stockleigh Barton, Hiwis;Huish, Torilande;Gt. Torrington, Adrelie, Hatherleigh, Ochementone;Okehampton In 1259 the Rector is named as Vilbert de Wiltone. In 1349 and again in 1360 the Rectors died from the Black Death. Meeth is recorded as having 3 Bartons –William Crocker held Crockershele in Edward IIs reign Matthew Giffard held Giffardshele in Edward IIIs reign and in 1630 Elizabeth Frye held Fryeshele together with husband Parker of North Molton. (Family name Fryer 1228, Freye 1550) thus Friars Hele is not connected with friars. In 1868 Meeth had 2 Manors, those of Meeth and Fryes Hele. Lord of the Manor of Fryes Hele was John Parker, Earl of Morley, whose family seat was Saltram House. Lord of the Manor of Meeth was Richard Preston esq, M.P. In 1912 both manors were sold in auction lots on the instruction of Robert Preston Preston-Whyte. More next month.

August Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 24, 2017 : The August 2017 Pump now online Here

“Hatherleigh Scraps”
By History Society

July 16, 2017 : “Hatherleigh Scraps” from Old Hatherleigh Parochial Magazines June 1896 1. The Okement rises in the neighbourhood of Cranmere Pool. 2. The Torridge rises at Woodleigh Burrow, near Morwenstowe. 3. George Boughton was Vicar of Hatherleigh for over 56 years. 4. Craddock Glascott only published one thing-“A Sermon on the American War”-which the present Vicar has seen in the British Museum. 5. Cradock Glascott was Chaplain to the Earl of Buchan. 6. Mr Henry Mallet Veale, JP., of Passaford, was at Rugby School under the great Dr Arnold. 7. The bog-bean grows on Hatherleigh Moor. 8. Seven kinds of Heather may be found in Hatherleigh. 9. Golf Links were made on Runnon Moor in the spring of 1894. 10. The “Lady`s Stile” was the stile in the old footpath which formerly led from the Market Street to the Lady Chapel-the Eastern end of the South Aisle of the church. From “Trewman`s Exeter Flying Post” 4th Oct. 1855 “Hatherleigh. An aged Pedestrian - Mrs Cherry Heywood, upwards of eighty-one years ...
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Runnon Moor Lane Development
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 29, 2017 : The Runnon Moor Lane development 80 more Houses!! has been submitted to West Devon Bourough Council Planning Department. Get your views KNOWN. the link is

Planning application on West Devon Site here REMEMBER TO SCROLL DOWN TO THE Application

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Can You Help Syrian Refugees?
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

June 20, 2017 : When we first asked this question at the public meeting held at Tavistock Community College in February 2017, (writes Angus Doulton, Chair of West Devon Safe Haven) the immediate result was to form the group which is now called West Devon Safe Haven. The group is working towards helping a small number of refugee families to settle in West Devon and become members of our community. This is all part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. This scheme supports and funds a small number of refugees who are considered most vulnerable to move directly to the UK, from UNHCR camps in Lebanon and Turkey. West Devon Safe Haven is working with West Devon Borough Council to find suitable accommodation and then to help the families settle into their new home and so make their first months in West Devon as easy and welcoming as possible – not forgetting that most of our new families will have ...
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Could you be a Rural Champion?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 19, 2017 :

Do you have a passion for your parish?
Our aim is to build stronger communities and reduce social isolation in rural areas which may otherwise be “hard to reach”.
With this in mind, a Rural Champion is an individual volunteer who is active in the heart of their own community to raise awareness of all local services, including those of the Transitions Project, and also local volunteering opportunities.
This is a flexible, enjoyable and rewarding role for those aged 18 and over, with a monthly commitment of about 2 hours and with any out of pocket expenses reimbursed. No DBS check is necessary.
If you are:

  • outgoing, empathetic and enthusiastic about your own local area
  • with a basic knowledge of IT

And are willing to:

Young Photographers show what you can DO!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 11, 2017 : Opportunity for local Artist’s / Photographer’s at Hatherleigh Festival We are looking for local Artist’s aged between 16 and 25 to show their artwork at an exhibition during Hatherleigh Festival. This is a great opportunity to have your work exhibited in an exhibition, which will be seen by the Festival crowds. You may submit up to 3 pieces of work in any form, including: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media. Depending on submissions, work may be subject to a selection process. If you would like to show your work please send a photograph of your submissions together with your name, address, age and a brief description about your entry to indiragladstone@hotmail.com by July 10th There is no entry fee. If your work is for sale please also state the price including 5% Festival commission. We are really looking forward to seeing your work, please put the word out!

Our “Music in the Barn” Day
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 27, 2017 : The day dawned bright, sunny and warm on Saturday 13th May 2017 for our Musical Afternoon in the Barn at our home “Oakhayes” between Monkokehampton and Winkleigh. After a week spent preparing the Big Barn for the Orchestra known as the Bondleigh Barn Band to perform in, also to accommodate the audience, together with the Baby Barn which our team of 5 ladies used to prepare the Devon Cream Teas, all was at last ready. In great anticipation, 39 musicians turned up at 1.45pm to park in the field and then to tune their instruments in readiness for playing and from 2pm onwards nearly 200 folk turned up to listen to us playing everything from Classic, Jazz, Folk and some sing-along songs which everyone joined in – we made it easy by having the words on a big screen for all to read so there was no excuse for people not singing !! In the interval our ...
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Keep Hatherleigh Tidy lets pull together!
By Richard Halsted

May 21, 2017 : Having served as Mayor of Hatherleigh for a year now and being a Town Councillor for a number of years I’m well aware that kind spirited individuals pick up litter and weeds around town, the question is - is it enough? A similar concern was raised by a resident at the recent Annual Parish Meeting requesting that some areas around town need attention and give a poor impression of the town to visitors. The problem of litter for instance can seem a bit relentless and it can feel that no one else is bothering. The perception of acting alone can be demoralising against what seems a tide of people too busy to stop and give 5 minutes of care. This is a difficult thing to address – who should put in the effort? Mr Moorcroft and Mr Cole do a tremendous amount and their efforts are rewarded with payment but unfortunately their time cannot cover everything that ...
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TAR BARREL VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE
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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HATHERLEIGH CARNIVAL
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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