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Time for a Change
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 14, 2018 : This is tell you that I am retiring from hatherleigh.net as co-editor, with immediate effect, to concentrate on my music interests (see Johns Park Studio, left). My interests in this web site have been transferred to co-editor Neil Price and he'll be solely responsible for its content and direction from now on. I set up hatherleigh.net in 2003 to help promote the town's unique characteristics, which I felt deserved more attention. The Carnival, and of course the Tar Barrels, were a big focus but over the years I've covered just about every aspect of life, usually in photographs. I am licensing Neil to continue to use my images if he sees fit, though they will remain my copyright. I am not disappearing! You'll still see me around and I'll continue to support the Carnival (and TBs) as much as I can. Neil has offered to consider stories and photos that I submit in the future ...
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August Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 11, 2018 : The July 2018 Pump now online Here featuring the FUN DAY

MARKET Time to Act, For or Against get your voice heard.
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 19, 2018 :

The Application states "Redevelopment of former Hatherleigh Cattle Market comprising 123 residential units, B1 employment space, A1 convenience store, medical centre, fur and feather auction facility, A1/A2/A3/D1 commercial units, market square, pavillion structure, associated infrastructure and energy compounds, pumping station and car parking" up from the 106 residential units as in a plan put forward by the Vick's consultants in 2014. This outline planning has now lapsed hence the reason for this application from Kingswood Homes.

The Market is under threat despite heroic efforts by a few to keep the Tuesday Market alive and well. So please comment to West Devon from this page click here! Too many houses? Or too few? Not enough parking? Or too many? At present we regularly get 200 cars in the Market car park on a Tuesday. Market general Plan here as PDF full size PDF here, also available on Westdevon Website amongst ...
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Hatherleigh Medical Services
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 12, 2018 : The Medical services that have been provided at Hatherleigh Community Centre and at Shebbear by Holsworthy Medical Centre has had to close due to Patient Safety concerns. Further information available soon any Queries please ring 01409 253692. There is a FREE bus service paid for by Holsworthy Medical centre From Hatherleigh Community Centre 9:45am and 12:45pm Shebbear Village Hall 10:15am and 1.15pm arriving at Holsworthy Medical Centre 11:30am and 1:30pm with return trips from Holsworthy Medical Centre at 11:30am and 2:30pm We look forward to hearing the update tomorrow! Coach provided by Taw and Torridge

Hatherleigh Rotary Fun Day
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 4, 2018 : HATHERLEIGH FUN DAY Hatherleigh Cricket Club and the Rotary Club of Hatherleigh Annual Fun Day at the Cricket Club BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 26th Starts at 12.00 Noon The event will start with a parade by the Bideford Pipe Band. There will be displays by Hatherleigh’s fire fighters. Ferret racing, the Cricket Club roller pulling competition, drone drop, dog agility, horse racing, skittles, and archery will be around the arena. The dog show starts about 2.00pm. There will be plenty for children including bouncy castle and other inflatable ‘things’, coconut shy, stocks, penalty shoot-out, egg throwing, face painting, races and much, much more. Our world-renowned burger chefs will be in attendance serving up Sue Edwards’ famous burgers and sausages. Close by the bar will be providing Real Ale at very attractive prices. In the peace and tranquility of the clubhouse will be cream teas and an array of sticky things. More great music includes the Road House Band . Several local ...
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DOG POO, again
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 8, 2018 : Who diagrees with Sue Hall? when she writes "How long must we endure some very uncaring dog owners/walkers who persist in letting their pets urinate on our cars, planters and doorsteps? Not only this-but they leave piles of dog poo (in green bags, if bagged at all) outside our houses....what are they thinking of? How would they like it if we, more thoughtful, residents left similar gifts outside their homes? Hatherleigh is blessed with plenty of bins-and grassy areas - why will they not use them?. PLEASE, PLEASE END THIS THOROUGHLY SELFISH AND UNHYGIENIC BEHAVIOUR. We love our pets and THEY aren't responsible - but their owners and walkers are." If you disagree please move somewhere you would be appreciated ed

Our Local Singer!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 6, 2018 :

Cameron Mills has been nominated for the Classic Brit Awards 2018.
Cameron, from Hatherleigh, has been building an impressive reputation as a tenor singer in the short time since he left the school. He has recently finished his debut album 'The Voice of Thomas Cameron' which was recorded at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios near Bath and then mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Under his professional stage name, Thomas Cameron, he will be launching his debut album and single at a concert at the wonderful Buckland House in Buckland Filleigh, on Thursday 12th July, where limited edition signed copies of his album will be available. Later this summer he will also be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, Ludlow, Shaftesbury and Ventnor Fringe Festivals among many other performances.
Tickets for his Buckland House album launch concert are available ...
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Response to Article below
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 24, 2018 :

From the Flowers family
(In response to K & S Watts article see below 'Hello Hatherleigh - Keep Hatherleigh Fields Green!'
Thank you for the opportunity to reply to the post from my neighbour.
It is true; we are planning to build 2 bungalows in the field alongside our own house. Those who know our family personally understand that we love Park Road and Hatherleigh and we have thought very carefully and endeavoured to develop this sympathetically, considering neighbours and landscape.
By working alongside the existing land structure the proposed site is along the road frontage and at the bottom of the hill. This will allow the hill to still dominate the landscape and provide much green agricultural space for sheep to continue grazing. The plot will act as an infill between existing housing and the plot ...
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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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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.




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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

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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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