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Final Journey by Tar Barrel Sled
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

October 1, 2015 :

 Brian Doidge was laid to rest in the town cemetery yesterday after being pulled to the Methodist church, and later the churchyard, by his fellow Tar Barrel Committee members on a specially-built Tar Barrels sled. (CLICK THE PIC for more images). It was a historic way to mark a special life according to Dougal Stevens who originated the idea for the unique funeral carriage. "It's never been done before," he said, "but we all agreed it was appropriate." The sled was built to the classic Hatherleigh design but with only two barrels. On top was a platform to hold Brian's casket. The funeral procession began at the Community Centre and was followed by family and friends to the packed Methodist church for the service, during which son Jason spoke movingly of his father's life and bandsman Robin Wonnacott told of his long-term friendship with Brian. At the churchyard afterwards, ...
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October Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 25, 2015 : The October Pump now online Here featuring the Flower and Produce show

A Big Man Moves On
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 22, 2015 : Yesterday brought the sad news that Brian Doidge, a Tar Barrel stalwart, has passed on to that great Tar Barrel Committee in the sky after a long illness. I first met Brian in 2001 when I finally plucked up the courage to contact the Tar Barrel team, having photographed them from a distance for several years previously. It was a nervous moment for me but Brian did not hesitate. "Sure," he said , "meet us at the top of Church Lane at 10 and we'll show you what we do!" I'd expected a bunch of tough-talking Devon hard nuts who'd scoff at this townie. Instead, they turned out to be a really friendly bunch, keener to yap than work. Most seemed to have Scottish or Welsh names and no one wanted to try the hip flask of rum I'd brought along specially! Brian was a natural in front of the ...
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Want something to do?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2015 : Be a Volunteer with the police click here for details

Anglers Paradise are seeking Outdoor Maintenance Staff (Full Time)
Qualifications or experience in the following areas would be helpful Ride on Mower, Brushcutter, Chainsaw, Building skills Plumbing, Electrical, etc An interest in fishing would be good. Please ring for an application form 01409 221559 or emailinfo@anglers-paradise.co.uk

Frederick Albert Hockin 1896-1915
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2015 : Frederick Albert Hockin was born in Hatherleigh in 1896 and signed up in the very early days of WW1 with the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment, his service number was 11517. His record showed that he was accidently killed on the 18.10.1915 at Maricourt, but does not say how the accident happened. He was buried in the Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. Frederick was the fourth child of five of James George Hockin a mason and house builder and his wife Pricilla Ann (Smale). James was also born in Hatherleigh and Pricilla was born in Black Torrington and the family lived in High Street, Hatherleigh. In the 1911 census, at the age of 14, Frederick was listed as being a tailors apprentice.

Carnival Royalty Confirmed
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 14, 2015 : With the sounds of welding and hammering floating across the town and the weather moving rapidly towards winter it's clear that Carnival is approaching. A step forwards in formalities was taken on Friday at the Community Centre when Royalty was officially 'sashed' at a Disco. The annual Duck Race was held simultaneously, with Gavin's sudden drop causing much merriment. Happily, the 'sashing' was not so dramatic. Here's picture of Ella-May Jevons (centre) who is Queen-elect, accompanied by Holly and Josh Wale, Princess and Prince-elect respectively. Carnival Day is Nov 14th. Have you started your float yet? There's less than 2 months to go!

Bollywood Came to Hatherleigh!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 6, 2015 : Bollywood pink ladies charity bash Hatherleigh Sept 2015
Yet another great night was had by all. Thank you to everyone who put in a magnificent effort to make this charity dance come alive. 
Why not join us next year?
Watch out for the fancy dress details.
More Pictures coming soon to www.hatherleighpinkladies.co.uk
Entertainments from Get changed and Hatherleigh Players kept us on theme and were emotional.
Bollywood was a colourful event.
Elizabeth our full size Elephant, constructed on site, was the back drop for our pictures.
Both the marquee and attendees were magnificently dressed. 
Please see web site for more pictures and details of the auction, this raised about 15K on the night alone. Online bidding was available this year and will ...
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Flower and Produce Show Saturday 22nd August
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 24, 2015 : Susan Gill write "Well that's it for another year and 'well done, you'! Another very successful show with some stunning exhibits, especially the flowers which seemed to have emerged unscathed from the vagaries of the weather in the last few days. Entries were up in most classes and standards extremely high. Mrs Pat Canham won the cups for most points in vegetables and fruit and, combined with her score in the flower classes, just pipped Les Cole to win the Autumn Challenge cup. Les did have just reward, winning the new Paul Stafford memorial cup, presented by his widow, Christina, for the most outstanding dahlia exhibit; indeed, the same exhibit won 'Best in Show'. Nan Passmore won the Homecraft Challenge Cup for cookery, and the 'Best Pasty' cup, as well as the Rose Bowl for most points in the flower arranging classes.The cup for flowers went to Made-Well while Debbie Laing-Trengove won the photography cup. Mike ...
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Extra Council Planning Meeting
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 14, 2015 : On Tuesday 18th August the Town Council holding an extra meeting to discuss some planning issues in the town, mainly is being the Bridge Inn to convert to a Vets plus dwellings. The extension at Knight’s Court and some also tree works in Higher Street. The other planning issue that might be raised is the retrospective planning for Elm Cottage, in Red Lane.
The planning application details for the above can be found on the West Devon website at http://apps.westdevon.gov.uk/planningSearch/default.aspx Just click the link and enter Hatherleigh in the “Address line”  click box “Only show applications still open for commenting.”Then click “Click to search box”.
If you would like to comment or talk at the meeting please email the Town Clerk on grannylockrocks@gmail.com. ASAP four days notice is required

The Future of Okehampton Library
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 14, 2015 : Developing Your Library Service An exciting new era is on the horizon for Devon Libraries, with plans to set up a new independent organisation to run the service. Work is underway to establish a staff and community owned ‘mutual’ which would be commissioned by Devon County Council to run libraries on their behalf from April 2016. We will be looking for non-executive Board members to help oversee the running and the future development of the new libraries mutual in the early Autumn. If you are interested in receiving information about this please let us know via futurelibraries-mailbox@devon.gov.uk and we will send you information as it becomes available. There are also lots of opportunities to get involved in your local library and we are always looking for friendly, outgoing people to help us. Please ask Okehampton library staff for information on their Friends Group which you could join. Forthcoming Events at Okehampton Library For ...
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Visitor Report:
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