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Thomas Robert Trenaman 1894-1914
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2014 : Monica Jones writes “Thomas Trenaman is the first young man who died in Hatherleigh as a consequence of the Great War and is one of the twenty seven names on the War Memorial. He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Trenaman who lived in South Street and he worked as a grocers assistant from the age of thirteen for Mr W. Friend. On the 9th September 1914 Thomas, along with his brother William, signed on with the 3rd Devonshire Regiment and was posted the next day for training. He was then discharged on the 13th September and a casualty form was signed on the 15th by his Commanding Officer, his discharge papers declaring the formal statement that he was “not likely to become an efficient Special Reservist”. By the 29th September young Thomas had died at home. From the information on his death certificate it would appear that whilst in training Thomas possibly had an ...
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Carnival Time is here.
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 14, 2014 : Have you started building a float yet? There are only 8 weeks to go. Cindy tells us that paper has arrived and cutting has commenced! We hear that big plans are afoot for other crepe paper floats too, also that Helen and Co will be back with a bang, so it should be a big preocession. Let's all pray for NO RAIN this year! The 2014 Royal Carnival personalities were chosen at a disco on Friday night in the Community Centre. Abbie and William Bennett (pictured front) are to be Princess and Prince, while Tilly Jackson (top left) will be Carnival Queen. Here they are with 2014 President Alma (top right), who gave many years background service to the Carnival before retiring a couple of years ago. Carnival Day is Saturday November 8th.

ToB Pics
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 14, 2014 : Tour of Britain in Exbourne pictures are now online HERE

Tour of Britain in Exbourne
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 5, 2014 : Little yellow signs by the roadside confirm that the Friends Life Tour of Britain cycle race is coming to Exbourne next Thursday, 11th September! After leaving Exmouth and traversing south Devon via atmospheric Starcross, massive Hay Tor, dark Princetown, sunny Tavistock, and local Okehampton, the peloton faces its most difficult challenge yet - the Brightley road from Okehampton to Exbourne Cross Garage! Exbourne Garage owner Richard Brock tells us he lobbied hard for the race to come to Exbourne by offering to provide the riders with free coffee, MoTs and puncture repairs. "We are renowned for the excellence of our automotive services, particularly tyre repairs, and this seemed ideal," he said. Proper Job! However, the the race schedule shows the peloton immediately scooting off on the A3072 to Bow and Crediton and thence to the finishing line in Exeter. Never mind Richard, it's the thought that counts! ...
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September Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 27, 2014 : The September 2014 Pump is now online featuring VOTE for your local Hero Here

Seminar on Devon Planning
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 25, 2014 : INVITATION TO PLANNING SEMINARIf you are one of the people who are concerned about the way Devon's countryside is faced with large numbers of wind, solar and housing developments then this half-day Seminar is a 'must attend'. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and featuring MP Mel Stride as a guest speaker, it aims to "provide more clarity" about the issues and how local people can have their voices heard. The Localism Act, Neighbourhood Plans and the technical side of wind and solar energy are among the topics to be covered. There will be many opportunities for questions and this could be a great opportunity to not only find out more but address your particular concerns to the people who should know. Click the pic to read the poster. Note that places are limited, so book early!

Flower and Produce Show
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 21, 2014 : Hatherleigh Gardening Club First of all a BIG thank you to everyone who supported the Flower Show, whether it be with your fantastic exhibits or by coming to view the fruits of their labours in the afternoon. It was particularly encouraging to see several new exhibitors across all the classes but again there were very few children (any tips on how to encourage more youngsters gratefully received!). All of the children who did enter received prize-money, with Lily Bater winning the cup for most points and the award for 'most outstanding exhibit by a child'. The 'Best in Show' was awarded to Audrey Reynolds for her flowering begonia - a sight to behold! Top vase was won by Jenny Pitt while Top Tray first prize went to Les Cole, who also won the Autumn Challenge Cup (most points flowers, fruit and veg. combined) and the vegetable cup. Other cups went to Mike Stamp (flowers), Pat Canham ...
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WW1 comemoration
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 12, 2014 : EXHIBITION NOW IN HATHERLEIGH CHURCH TILL END OF AUGUST On Saturday the 2nd August, Hatherleigh were pleased to welcome Mrs Dorothy Ellis the last surviving widow of a soldier from the First World War, to officially open the Commemorative Exhibition at the Community Centre. Mrs Ellis laid a wreath of poppies made by the children of Hatherleigh Primary School in front of a mock WW1 tank, she was then presented with a bouquet of flowers. Representing Hatherleigh Primary School and presenting the wreath and the flowers to Mrs Ellis were Jayfin and Robin Carter and Ella and Josh Bowden. Mrs Ellis`s late husband Wilf Ellis from Iddesleigh, was one of the men who told the author Michael Morpurgo of his time in the trenches, a story which helped to inspire “War Horse”. Michael Morpurgo kindly gave permission for Monica Jones to read his introduction to the centenary edition of War Horse at the opening as it included ...
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Heane Farm Turbine application refused
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 4, 2014 : Sally Vick writes “West Devon Planning & Licensing Committee Meeting” WDBC Tavistock Offices, 29th July 2014 The application for a 77m (to blade tip) wind turbine at Heane Farm, Runnon Moor Lane, Hatherleigh went before WDBC P&L Committee yesterday morning – and was REFUSED permission. The Case Officer, Anna Henderson Smith gave her report in which she recommended refusal of the application (00635/2014). Speaker Geoffrey Cleverdon C.B.E. recommended rejection (on grounds of visual impact, damage to heritage settings and neighbouring properties) and Andy Gilbert (for the Town Council) recommended rejection (for visual impact, number of objections & closeness to Ruby Way cycle trail). Applicant Jeremy Dennis spoke in favour of his application as he needed to diversify his business for the farm to survive following the devastating effects of Foot-&-Mouth disease in 2001. The Councillors asked questions and gave their views including on noise, and exclusion zones (since an exclusion zone of 800m had ...
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Jazz in the Garden
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 15, 2014 :

Last Sunday nearly 300 people went to enjoy the Steve Tucker’s All Star Jazz Band at Ash House. A laid back afternoon was enjoyed by those in attendance. Local lad, Cameron Mills entered the audience while the band took a well owed rest. "You can keep Glastonbury, Iddesleigh  was the place to be last Sunday". An audience member commented.
Over £2,500 pounds was made for St. James Church, Iddesleigh, Thank you to owners of Aish House  for providing a marvellous venue for a wonderful event.
Check out the Steve Tucker's Jazz Band’s Website here




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The August daily average hit 200 for the first time, largely due to our turbine-related coverage. September is building up to that figure and Carnival is coming! That's equivalent to 72,000 unique visitors annually. Not bad for the smallest town in Devon! Why not advertise your business here?


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