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updated Local and arts pages 20/03/16


Now no BANK left in Hatherleigh
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 2, 2016 : Hatherleigh seems to be all about housing not about jobs, Another nail in the coffin. Rumours about the co-op. Market to close. Why can't the Natwest provide a mobile banking service on a Tuesday when it is busy? Lets try and keep jobs here in Hatherleigh. When I came here there were 3 Banks. I will proberly change my bank.

MAY Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

April 24, 2016 : The May 2016 Pump now online Here MAY FLIES ARE NOW HERE!!

New Vets to open soon
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

April 21, 2016 : New Vets’ Surgery Opening North Park Vets are opening the new surgery in the first week of May following the transformation from what used to be the Bridge Inn. We have been searching for a long time for a suitable replacement for our site in Buddle Lane – which we have long since outgrown, with space for additional consulting space and an operating theatre. We also have parking for clients whilst using the practice and everyone will be able to find us easily. Work has been completed on the veterinary section and in due course there will be a house alongside and behind. This has been a major investment and shows our commitment to improving the facilities we offer for Hatherleigh and the surrounding area – after all we have had a surgery in the town for 56 years! Many of you will remember Jim Hindson, a legend in North Park Vet’s history and ...
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Old Schools’ toilet is now twinned!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 17, 2016 : Thank you to everyone for supporting our Lent coffee morning to twin Old Schools’ toilet with a school block through the work of Toilet Twinning. Toilet Twinning works to provide the money and resources to teach people how to build latrines for themselves and their communities. They also educate them about the health benefits of basic hygiene. Each toilet built transforms people’s lives, improving their health, safety, productivity, and longevity. On the day of the coffee morning, we raised enough money (£243) to pay for the education and resources required to build a school block plus the postage to cover the sending of our certificate with a picture of the toilet we are twinned with. Soon the certificate will be on display! Since then we have received additional donations and are happy to receive any further donations to ‘guerilla’ twin one of ...
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Meeth Church secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment for restoration project
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 14, 2016 : Meeth Parochial Church Council (PCC) has received a grant of £156,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the tower and bells at St Michael & All Angels Church in Meeth. Meeth Parochial Church Council developed the project with an initial HLF grant of £18,900 to discover the cause of the water ingress to the tower and the means to restore the structural stability of the tower, which was in danger of falling down. Now further HLF funding has been released, the project aims to carry out urgent conservation work to the tower and bells to preserve them for future generations. The funding will also support the installation of new church facilities so that the local community can take part in activities and be part of the church’s heritage. This project also aims to explore the fascinating history of Meeth church. The church, which lies at the heart of a close-knit rural ...
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Old Photograph Request
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 18, 2016 :

World War 1 Project
I am very keen to find any photographs or information of the men (and their families) named on the War Memorial in respect of WW1. I have managed to trace a few significant photographs but wondered if in local family collections there was a chance that there could be hiding a photograph or even letters sent back home from any of the named men in the list below? I am able to copy any items found so that they remain in family collections.
More names will be added in following months.
William Ellacott 1878-1917 Royal Engineers and South Staffordshire Reg, died of wounds 20.10.17 in Belgium. Son of William and Jane Ellacott, Higher St. William`s wife Leah was born in Meeth but was living in Victoria Road when he died, their son also ...
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The Day the Music ...
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

February 3, 2016 : Not to get maudlin but simply to remember, today in 1959 Buddy, Richie and the Big Bopper were taken from us. Respect!

New at The George
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

January 28, 2016 : Say "Hello" to Diane and Christian, new managers of The George. Hatherleigh.net met them for the first time on Sunday when Geoff unveiled his new Tar Barrels Film, and a couple of nice guys they are too. Diane is from Cumbria and Christian is from a place in Denmark we can't spell. Both have extensive business experience and, to us, it looks like the future of the George could be safer than for some while. Christian's introduction to the Tar Barrels (via the film) produced the comment "awesome." He appreciates traditions and ritual, which is a good sign, and we look forward to seeing how they like Hatherleigh's many quaint rituals and traditions in coming months. We reminded him of one ... that The George buys drinks for the entire town on Friday Night, but that did not go down too well ;-) Hatherleigh.net sends its Best Wishes to ...
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Community Matters
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 27, 2016 : At Waitrose we are proud of our links to the local community. Our Green Token scheme enables our customers to nominate charitable and other locally based organisations working within the communities we trade. On a monthly basis, three local organisation are chosen and £1000 of our profit is made available to divide between the causes. A token is given to customers after a transaction and they choose which local group they wish to support by placing their token in the box for the relevant cause. £1000 is divided at the end of the month corresponding with the number of tokens which have been placed in each box.
We are looking for local organisations and good causes to join the scheme. If you would like to nominate one please fill in a Community Matters form available at the Welcome Desk in store or email Vickie Mills on ...
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Helpful Fundraising for Farm Charity
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 20, 2016 :

Helpful Holidays, the leading West Country holiday cottage experts, have raised a smashing total for the Devon-based charity, Farms for City Children.
Helpful Holidays, the award-winning self-catering cottage agency based in Chagford on Dartmoor presented a cheque for a staggering £14,237 to Farms for City Children this week.
The charity was established in 1976 by Michael Morpurgo, author of popular children’s books such as War Horse and Private Peaceful, and his wife Claire. It gives urban children the opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the countryside.
Helen Hayes of Helpful Holidays said, “Farms for City Children is a wonderful charity which educates, inspires and motivates children and it’s close to our hearts. We’re grateful to our customers who ...
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