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Hello Hatherleigh - Keep Hatherleigh Fields Green!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 22, 2018 :

I wonder if I can use this site to draw fellow residents attention to a new planning application on the West Devon Council’s planning section. (click here remember to scroll down the page) ref 1635/18/OPA

It seems our ‘ over the road ‘ neighbours, the Flowers have been, shall we say, a little economical with the truth when they have been assuring us and others ever since they moved in some 18 months that the only plans they have for their field next to their home Biddicombe and it has to be said opposite our home Pathfield on Park Road is for it to be a ‘ flower meadow ‘

In a hand delivered note received on Tuesday evening the 8th May they informed us and some others on Park Road that they were applying for outline planning permission for two houses on the field.

I guess that ...
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June Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 21, 2018 : The June 2018 Pump now online Here

Crane Co-op
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 18, 2018 : Careful you may drop it, swinging high above the co-op at dusk. The new units arrive through a hole in the roof. Luckily the hole was big enough. Only 21 days before we find out what has changed.

Hatherleigh Singer Cameron Mills RECORDS
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

April 18, 2018 : Local Singer Cameron Mills, Shebbear College are delighted to report about the success of one of their leavers from last summer. Cameron Mills, from Hatherleigh, has been well known at Shebbear and locally for many years for his singing successes and skills as a charismatic compère at many performances. Now following his dream to be a professional singer, he has made some impressive progress in the last few months. Cameron has been signed to a management company and under his stage name, Thomas Cameron, has recorded his debut album as a tenor singer at the renowned Real World Studios in Bath, built and owned by music legend Peter Gabriel. The list of top recording artists who have also recorded there is truly impressive. Cameron is working with music producer Robert Macleod and sound engineer Scott Barnett (who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Beyonce, among many others). Although he began vocal tuition from an early age, Cameron ...
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Hatherleigh to get First UK Drone Port
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

April 1, 2018 : Talks with a “major on-line retailer” about an air parcel delivery service based in Hatherleigh are said to be at an advanced stage. The Hatherleigh Drone Port, the first in a series planned for the UK, is to be sited in the new market commercial area and is expected to be ready for operations in early 2019. A spokesman for the contractor – a Polish company called Pol-Fol Air - told hatherleigh.net that the town is an ideal location for air deliveries across Devon. Up to 1000 parcels per hour will be delivered by truck from Exeter to the Hatherleigh Drone Port, where robotic systems will load parcels directly onto waiting drones. The number of flights will be in the region of 200 per hour Monday to Saturday says the company. We pointed out that this means an equal number of return flights and asked about the ...
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A Local Tale of Smuggling-Shebbear College production
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 15, 2018 : The Shebbear College Senior School production last week was a huge hit with the packed audiences who came to see the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Set in Hartland in the year 1816 and entitled ‘The Year Without a Summer’ the theme of the play was smuggling on the north Devon coast. The audience was taken on a journey into nineteenth-century Hartland; a community in which smuggling was rife and its effects were felt on every street corner and every clifftop. The sun was blocked out by mysterious blood-red clouds as two groups of smugglers prepare to land the next consignment of contraband goods from the continent. It is a community made up of tough people; people who never lose their sense of humour, in spite of the stearnest of tests thrown at them by the stearnest of adversaries ... the weather. Due to a volcanic explosion far, far away in Indonesia, there were blood-red skies ...
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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 27, 2018 : HATHERLEIGH MARKET in transition from good to GREAT
27th February 2018 temperature high but reading minus ONE
The MARKET the heart of Hatherleigh is heading for a bright bold future as the first phase of the transfer to a new management structure is now underway and looking good
Pictures here
Regular auctions at Pyles' down the road and coffee mornings in both the Methodist Church and Old Schools, Market Square also the Market Cafe run by "BJ"
see you next week buyers and sellers alike.

Market update
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 21, 2018 : Charles Dumpleton, director of the Ruby Country Partnership Ltd. writes “A meeting was held on Monday 19th between the developers of Hatherleigh Market and the town council, traders, Ruby Country and other interested parties to discuss what happens between Vicks retiring and the building of a new market.The results of this meeting are, firstly that Ruby Country is to be the lead organisation in keeping things going. Kingswood Homes are willing to allow the pannier market the use of the sheep shed, providing that all outgoings are paid by Ruby Country. Mark Kimber is going to bring the fur and feather market into part of the sheep market and also will run a general markrt. The amount of outside space and car parking will vary at times during the build.So the good news is that Hatherleigh's Tuesady Pannier Market is to continue firstly under Vicks management and then under the control of Ruby Country.”

Hatherleigh Market transition
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 16, 2018 : Clare Tyson the Mayor writes By the time you read this we will be approaching March and close to Vicks Auctioneers hanging up their gavel! I write this on 15th Feb and the situation as understood today is: • The Tuesday market stalls (indoor and out) will be continuing as usual in the market area selling its array of goods and delicious local produce (the indoor may move into the larger sheep pens building). • The fur/feather auction will move to continue its sales in the old Natwest bank building until further notice, selling eggs/poultry equipment, plants & produce, and other items (no animals as a temporary measure). • Ruby Country will manage the market stalls. Contact Charles Dumpleton for more information. • There will be a catering unit onsite and refreshments are still available as usual at the Old Schools & Methodist Church coffee mornings, and town café. • Kingswood Homes and the working party are meeting to discuss transitional arrangements. They are keen to ...
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Old Market Auctions
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 12, 2018 : 10am every Tuesday throughout March in the old NATWEST building Doors open for booking from 7:30am This is a cash only auction Sellers 25p per lot plus 10% of the hammer price. Buyers premium 15%, please call Debbie on 07538547865 Please ring to reserve a place




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Monthly visits in Jan - Mar averaged 190 per day. Downloads of the Parish Pump have been particularly popular.

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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.

Mail geoff@ggh.co.uk to order, or buy from Ruby Information Centre or The George Hotel. All proceeds to TB funds.


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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