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Welcome. This is a community web site for the market town of Hatherleigh in Devon, England, along with the nearby villages of Meeth, Highampton, Exbourne and Jacobstowe. Anything related to these places can find a home here free of charge, thanks to our sponsors. Please take time to read their pages (left, or see home)
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Page updated: January 3, 2011

www.hatherleigh.net

Our beginnings and objectives

This web site was started by Neil Price and Geoff Hodgkinson for the benefit of the town and its surrounding areas. It was established in September 2005 using software developed by Geoff's company and the content and resources of Neil's earlier Town web site.

By combining forces, Geoff and Neil aim to create a vibrant electronic community based on the Town. We will continuously upload lots of great material to build, over time, a fascinating and hopefully valuable archive of Hatherleigh. This will include publications such as the The Parish Pump and picture reports of important events such as the unique Tar Barrel pulls on Carnival Day. Day to day news will be continuously added to our front page and there's plenty of opportunity for anyone to contribute. You can even upload stories yourself if you wish!

We encourage contributions from residents about any topic relevant to the Town and we guarantee freedom of expression - so long as it's legal, decent, honest and truthful!. So if you have a point to make or a comment to pass on, either send it to us here, or use the Forum pages. A Hather_blog will be started shortly if there's enough interest.

We welcome support from organisations who would like to have their own section of this site. These pages are known as Community Pages and they can have a distinctive image and style to suit the organisation concerned. Only a web browser is needed and all the work can be done from a PC located anywhere. This may be a better option than starting a separate web site because it will easier to manage. It will also show the community working together. Community Pages can also benefit from the high visitor rates we anticipate getting. However, we will act as a portal to other web sites on request as well.

We welcome contributions from any one around the globe having an interest in the Town. Perhaps you moved abroad some years ago? Did you come to Carnival and want to know more about the Barrels? Was Hatherleigh your B&B base during last year's holiday and you'd like to tell the world about it?

Our overriding aim is to stimulate interest in the town and encourage people to visit. We particularly want to support the various businesses who make such an important contribution towards the economic viability of the community - the shops particularly, but also the pubs, the Pottery, the Market, the Auction and the many others who make Hatherleigh a unique community in the heart of Devon. People don't automatically think of Hatherleigh as a place to visit - but the strange thing is that once they do visit they want to come again. Many buy houses and stay! If this web site can bottle some of that magic and pass it on then we will have been successful.

We won't be able to do it all at once. But by working steadily forwards, by adding new material often, and by telling the world about the site, we will build a resource that will attract world interest and stimulate traffic, both electronically and on the streets. We even hope that this site may eventually be seen as another one of those important turning points in the history of a fascinating, 1000 year old, community.

Interested in the software?
Please read this page

Sponsorships and Advertising

Who should advertise?

From past experience, we are expecting up to 50% of visitors to this site to be 'local' i.e. to come from Hatherleigh and its surroundings. The remainder will be from Devon, the rest of UK, North America, Australia and the rest of the world. Therefore, the site will be a good advertising medium for:

  • Local businesses seeking local customers
  • Retail businesses seeking customers from the rest of Devon
  • Tourist-based businesses wanting to attract national and international customers

There are several levels of advertising possible. Please contact us if you need advice or guidance. The content of your advertisement may need to be carefully targetted if you want to reach a special audience. We will be pleased to help design and prepare your advertisement, including photography.

Type of Advertising What you get Cost
Primary Sponsor
  • Your mini-logo appears on the home page, down the left side along with other Sponsors. The order changes randomly each time the home page is accessed so all Sponsors stand an equal chance of being in top position.
  • Your mini-logo is directly linked to your own Personalised Web Page (see below)
  • You also get an entry under the BUSINESS menu and a direct link to a Business Card (see below), and from there to your Personalised Web Page.
  • Primary Sponsors also qualify for a free Accomodation Sponsorship logo (see below) on the Touring? page if relevant
  • You will also be considered a 'trusted source', able to upload news stories, events and jobs to the site at any time from your own PC, if you wish.
£100
Accomodation Sponsor
  • Your mini-logo appears on the Touring? page, down the left side along with other Sponsors. The order changes randomly each time the page is accessed so all Sponsors stand an equal chance of being in top position.
  • Your mini-logo is linked to your internal Personalised Web Page (see below)
  • You also get an entry under the BUSINESS menu and a direct link to a Business Card (see below), and from there to your Personalised Web Page
  • You will also be considered a 'trusted source', able to upload news stories, events and jobs to the site at any time from your own PC, if you wish.
£50
Business Cards

A Business Card contains basic details about your business and can include your logo and a few simple items of information.

  • Your business has a link under the 'BUSINESS' menu to our Business Card page, where your basic details are recorded.
  • You can upgrade this to include an onward link to a Personalised Web Page (see below).
  • You will also be considered a 'trusted source', able to upload news stories, jobs and events to the site at any time from your own PC, if you wish.
£25
Personalised Web Page A Personalised Web Page is an internal page showing the same basic details as your Business Card but with the possibility to include almost anything you like within reason. You can edit it yourself if you wish, though you will need some html experience to do that (we will help you). Think of it as an online brochure. You can include photos of your business in action plus full descriptions of your products and services, and you can change them as your business changes.
  • All Primary Sponsors and Accomodation Sponsors automatically qualify for a Personalised Web Page (see above)
  • Business Cards can be linked on to a Personalised Web Page for an upgrade price of £25
£25 upgrade from Business Card
Banner Advertiser
  • Your Banner at the bottom of every page (including this one). It must be a fixed size but it can be animated
  • Link to a web address of your choice, or
  • the Primary Sponsor benefits listed above
  • You will also be considered a 'trusted source', able to upload news stories and events to the site at any time from your own PC, if you wish.

It may also be possible to give selected advertisers exclusive use of a particular section of the site - please ask about this.

£350
e-Postcard sponsorship Choose one of the e-postcards on this site to sponsor, or have your own e-postcard created specially. Every time the card is sent, your name and web address go with it. £10

NB1: We will continuously review the above, so buying now might be a good idea since when we get going properly these prices may have to rise!

NB2: Existing advertisiers on www.hatherleigh.org.uk are being transferred free of charge to the new site. You will be invoiced for the new site only when your existing subscription has expired.

Visitor Rates: To find out what our current visitor rates are please look at the top right hand corner of the home page. This will give you an idea about the number of people seeing our Primary Sponsors logos at the moment. It is an annualised figure, which means it is the number of visitors expected over the coming 12 months based on current trends. We expect the trend to rise dramatically as we are undertaking Search Engine Optimization programs now and expect to become a top Devon site quite quickly.

Contact Neil or Geoff to discuss your needs

Neil Price
41, Bridge Street,
Hatherleigh EX20 3HZ

Geoff Hodgkinson
3, Bridge Street
Hatherleigh EX20 3HU

Other sites by Geoff include Crown Cottage in Hatherleigh, a unique weekend holiday break venue right in the centre of town

By working together we can benefit all

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