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March Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 19, 2017 : The March 2017 Pump now online Here

Police Commisioners Report
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 16, 2017 :

Devon and Cornwall Police Commisioner's February report is here

Graham Hole's Running for Barnardos
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 16, 2017 : Team Barnardo’s London Marathon 2017
On 23rd April I will be pounding just over 26 miles of London's streets in the Virgin London Marathon. I am running the race in aid of the Barnardo's charity. But why put myself through the pain I hear you say.
On 15th July 1936 Kathleen Joyce Bundy was born in Uxbridge. At the age of 3 weeks old Kathleen was taken away from her older brother and sister and placed in the Stepney Causeway children's home, run by Barnardo's. Kathleen remained in Stepney until she was 4 years old. In 1940 Kathleen and a number of other children were evacuated out London to Horam Hall because of the second world war and Kathleen called Horam Hall her home until she was 7 years old. During this time the Matrons in the homes were the only parents ...
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NHS Patient Participation Group (PPG)
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 8, 2017 :

NHS Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Come and have your say on the We are having a meeting on Friday 27th January 2pm at the surgery and it would be great if you could come along and perhaps join the group and discuss time scales for an insertion in the Pump.
From April 2016, it has been a contractual requirement for all English practices to form a patient participation group (PPG) during the year ahead and to make reasonable efforts for this to be representative of the practice population. Click herefor more info
The first Patient Participation Group was set up by a GP in 1972 and many general practices in England now have a PPG. Generally made up of a group of volunteer patients, the practice manager and one or more of the GPs from the practice, ...
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SAVE OUR BEDS fill in the forms on Tuesday 20th
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 17, 2016 : I you want to travel to Tiverton to visit friends and family if admitted to your local community hospital, you will get your wish. If you want to have them admitted to your local NEW Hospital in Okehampton, please fill in the response form here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/T85TCPT. remember to fill in the other option on question 1 to include Okehampton. You may wonder why Tiverton is in all their favoured options, half an hour’s drive from Exeter. The reason is that it is a Public Private Initiative which has made it too expensive to close.

There is help to fill in the forms at the Cosden Room, Ockment Centre, 10 am -7.30 pm, Tuesday 20th December helping you to fill in the CCG Response Form. Help Sessions.

Face book Page

Hatherleigh's town council opinion

 The meeting in the Charter Hall, on Wednesday 16th, regarding the “New Health Service” envisioned for our ...
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What do you want in the old NATWEST building
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 8, 2016 : Many ideas are pouring into the facebook page regarding the old Natwest building, if you don't use face book please contact Patrick Kimber email patrick@pkimber.net or phone 01837 810057. A gym, a soft play area, the land for more allottments all ideas are welcome.
Pay as you go cafe. You pay for the time you use the space but that's it. These sort of places are used by people wanting a space to use thier laptop ( so for travelling freelancers, school kids or people who can't get to the Okehampton or Holsworthy library perhaps too ) or people socialise so it could be a meeting spot, basically it's a model which could be adapted to suit the environment of the town and the area.

The face book Page Here

The Missing Link, WHY US?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 8, 2016 : Let us get it finished sign the petition here.

The county council is developing a country wide network of railway paths. The Tarka Trail is one of the flagship routes in Devon, with 32 miles of traffic free path, but this has a missing link between Meeth and the Market town of Hatherleigh. The route currently follows an interim, on road via Sheepwash which is circuitous and hilly, and does not realise the benefit of an off road Trail. Connecting the Tarka Trail to the existing path at Made-Well on to Hatherleigh will better connect this Market town to the strategic cycle network, bringing a range of benefits.

Your support is vital in ensuring the missing link in the Tarka Trail is completed. Sign the petition here.

SAVE OUR BEDS Meeting 16th November Charter Hall
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 20, 2016 : The meeting in the Charter Hall, on Wednesday 16th, regarding the “New Health Service” envisioned for our area started out with Dr. David Jenner outlining the new primary care system which put the emphasis on treating people at home as much as possible, using major hospitals for acute surgery. Outlined in the Consultation document “Your Future Care”.
Angela Pedder O.B.E. said they had not done any modelling for the homecare option, which surprised the people in the hall.
Dr. Paul Neilson pointed out that in the past the funding for primary care had not increased while the care for acute care has increased significantly.
Dr. Jenner then turned the emphasis from the “Your Future Care” document to just about the closure of the beds at Okehampton Hospital.
Part of the consultation document has the ...
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The Long and the Short of it! First Carnival images now online.
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 15, 2016 :

A representative sample of images from Carnival are now HERE.

A full selection will soon be available at the Carnival Web Site.

A Record Carnival?
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 14, 2016 : QUEEN ELIZABETH, WITH PRESIDENT JEANHatherleigh Carnival did not disappoint on Saturday night, proving that this is one of Devon's most colourful events. Stuff happened from Friday evening onwards with, this year, music in the Square to keep things moving once the main attractions had passed. Very large crowds turned out on Saturday night. In balmy conditions - dry for once - 28+ floats and various walkers entertained and amused. A White House float telling the entire Trump election campaign story astonished by its length ... surely a record for this Carnival. Local Crepe Paper floats were world class as usual and many other entries were notable for their exceptional high standard too. Overall a "fantastic success." More pictures on the way here - keep visiting - many, many more soon on Carnival Web Site




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Any Hatherleigh organisation or person can have their material published here, courtesy of our sponsors. Clubs and Groups can have their own web address and an email address too if they wish. All free of charge. If you have your own web site, we can act as a portal to guide more visitors to your pages. Let's put Hatherleigh on the world map together.

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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 12th, 2016

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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