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Stranger things happen on the way to Northlew
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 16, 2018 : It has just come to my notice. Strange things are going on on the road to Northlew. A few months ago something strange appeared in one of the hedges. It was visible only to someone entering one of the farm tracks, off the main road and was positioned well into the hedge. As the attached photo shows, it's a piece of wooden board, roughly 15 x 6 inches, painted matt black and with twin oval shapes, made of luminous yellow plastic, stuck on it. It was fastened to a small branch in the hedgerow using several twists of stout wire. None of the locals are owning up to knowing anything about the sign. It took wire cutters and industrial gloves to remove it! Any ideas? Is it a warning from someone? Are we being watched and by whom? Google, Microsoft, GCHQ? A curse from beyond? A Halloween Prank?

New Year! New Market!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 13, 2018 :

Charles Dumpleton has a grand vision for a thriving, viable market in Hatherleigh for the future.
The continuation of the Market  EVERY Tuesday is essential. The market is here to stay!
The Ruby Country are looking for a Tuesday Manager, the job description is here. If interested please email Charles Dumpleton here

As Greg Vick stands down Ruby Country stands up to the plate. It is all hands to the pump to make the vision a reality. It is early days in the creation of the new market but it has a great past to live up to! The traders and the locals both have their parts to play. What is clear is that the major changes are planned to take place at the end of February so a transition period is required to keep the numbers of both traders ...
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River Dip, Water High
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

January 1, 2018 :
The 2018 Walruses New Year Show featured a Nativity, complete with stable, golden star and a variety of Kings and Shepherds. The Walruses pretended to be kids under the supervision of Miss, who endeavoured to keep everyone under control. With Mary off behind the bike sheds (which soon burned down) and flour bombs raining everywhere she brought the sketch to a timely conclusion as baby Jesus appeared in the manger. Then it was time to jump into the river, which this year was waist-high for some participants. Their two minutes duly endured, they retired to the bonfire (bike shed) to warm up). Then it was back to the Cricket Club to enjoy hot food and drinks. Well done Walruses. Local good causes benefit from the event. It's been held for decades and is one of Hatherleigh's most enjoyed traditions. Here's a first image. More HERE.

Farewell and Good Luck
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 12, 2017 : Sadly we have to say a very sad Farewell to Ruth our Vicar for the last 10plus years. She has brought joy to weddings, consoled us through funerals and celebrated new life. Now she is off to foreign shores, where they speak Welsh . Rev. Dr Ruth Hansford has been appointed as the Vicar and Ministry Area Leader in the Bro Ystumanner [pronounced ‘uh stee manner’] Ministry Area in the Diocese of Bangor in the Church in Wales. This is a group of six churches on the coast, north of Aberystwyth at the southern end of Snowdonia National Park. Ruth's last Sunday here will be February 11th 2018, when there will be a special service to celebrate her time here. Ruth and the family will be very sad to leave behind friends and colleagues in Devon, but are looking forward to the opportunities this new post brings. We wish Ruth and her family every happiness ...
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December Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 19, 2017 : The December 2017 Pump now online Here Ruby Market happens in Hatherleigh WATCH THIS SPACE

Fox Halt Farm by Celia Moore
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 18, 2017 :

Celia Moore Writes "MY NOVEL Fox Halt Farm has a backdrop of Dartmoor and the fictional farm is just outside Okehampton... In reality LUXTONS FARM SHOP (near Mole Avon in Okehampton) are letting me have a book signing there TODAY (18th November) 1.30pm - 3.00pm - it would be lovely to see you (say hello, even if you don't want a book) I received this fabulous review yesterday from a lady who blogs about books and I think she sums up my debut novel really well in her review... BTW there is a chance to win an amazon voucher here too, just click on the banner below for all the details... (just in case you were wondering, I was Celia Woolacott back in the olden days when I went to Okehampton School - I left in 1986).

Blog Review HERE

Amazon Review HERE

Buy the book Here

Hatherleigh Market
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 16, 2017 : Minutes from the Market meeting on 6th November Here

NO 10 comes to Hatherleigh
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 14, 2017 : NO 10, Theresa May? NO it is Gwen! Bringing Beauty and hair to Hatherleigh. The Hair Studio closes and No 10 opens. Will the same happen with the Market? All business should be encouraged to make Hatherleigh a functioning town.

Carnival Pictures On-line
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 12, 2017 :

Our picture shows the Rob and Dave Philharmonic Orchestra entertaining Carnival crowds on Friday evening. CLICK THE PIC, or JUMP HERE for images of the Carnival. A weekend of drizzly rain threatened the event but people hereabouts are hardy folk and crowds turned out as usual to witness Devon's best Carnival in action. Starting Friday night, when the kids of the town pulled the biggest set of tar barrels seen for years up the hill in preparation for Carnival Day, the annual Carnival unrolled much as usual. 5am saw the first flaming Tar Barrel run and many other events happened during the day. Spectacular floats were on view from 6pm in the market and the evening procession - featuring the unique crepe paper floats for which Hatherleigh is famous - was tightly organised. The final Tar barrel run went off as planned to end another wonderfully successful carnival. ...
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Once-in-a-Decade Barrels
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 10, 2017 : Carnival is here, starting tonight at 8pm when the kids of the town pull the tar barrels up to the top of Market Street. There are two sets - one normal sized, the other one comprising three huge hogsheads. The bigger set should be interesting as they are HEAVY and will take some pulling especially up the hill. All members of the TB committee are asked to come along and help the kids do their job. Here's a pic of the TB tee-shirt design for 2017. This is the 'friends' shirt; pullers will wear the inverse colours - their shirt is pink with black characters. Pink is the cancer research association colour and was selected with reference to big Brian, who left us last year. The BIG barrels stand 6 feet tall and will be pulled flaming at 5am prompt. Everyone is keen to find out how they perform. The ...
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Visitor Report:
Monthly visits in November and December reached an average of 205 per day. Nov 5th was a record at 435! with the Carnival showing the usual peaks as our images went online. Downloads of the Parish Pump also showed serious upswings during the period

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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.

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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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