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Help Okehampton College to WIN
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 8, 2016 :

Okehampton College has entered the M&S Energy competition. Please vote for Okehampton College so they can have a lot of LED lighting in the college. See here to vote

Save our beds protest
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 1, 2016 : This morning more then a hhundred people attended a protest rejecting the iminate closure of the maternity and elderly beds in Okehampton Hospital. After Redvers unit closing this new hospital is being prepared for closure following the closure of all other public care facilities in the area. If you cannot pay you can't have. That is ok when purchasing a car but is it ok when requiring care?

By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 30, 2016 : Susan and I happened upon this today on our walk along Park Road. The grit/salt bin is now being used as a dog poo bin.....please dog owners use the appropriate bins. We may not need the roads gritted just yet but winter will soon be upon us. Dog Poo does NOT melt snow or ice, if you thought otherwise I am glad to be of service.

SAVE OUR BEDS protest 1st Oct
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 29, 2016 :

Maternity room shown,

Mike Davies Says "Save Our Beds - Okehampton Hospital- Facebook Page
PROTEST PHOTO: In their meeting this afternoon the Clinical Commission Group (CCG) voted against Okehampton Hospital being an option. I would like to thank Tony... Leech for speaking on our behalf and keeping detailed notes of the meeting. 
With this in mind I would like as many people as possible to turn up at Okehampton Hospital this Saturday (1st October) at 10.00am for thirty minutes for a protest photo. With as many posters 'Save Our Beds' as possible.
We will need to meet in Cavell Way by the main entrance. It will be unfair to meet right outside the main doors in case we restrict ambulances and people wanting to visit the hospital.
I have informed the Police and various press agencies.
Please pass the ...
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October Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 28, 2016 : The October 2016 Pump now online Here

Well Done to OUR Silverband!!!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 24, 2016 : Hatherleigh Silver Band are now officially one of the Top three 4th Section Brass Bands in the Country! They came 3rd in our section in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain Finals held on the 17th September at Cheltenham Racecourse, an amazing achievement for the Band. There were 19 bands in the section and they came from as far afield as Dunfirmline and Crystal Palace. We were the only band representing Devon in the 4th Section. We worked very hard in the run up to the contest, it takes a lot of commitment from all of the our players and the Musial Director but the hard work pays off. Our MD Matt Green had high hopes for us and again he helped us bring out detail and excitement in the piece and we gave a great performance in difficult acoustics! The piece was Music from Kantara by Kenneth Downie. Have a look on our ...
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Hot Skating
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 20, 2016 :

The recent ChilliSkate Festival in Hatherleigh was hugely successful with some competitors travelling long distances to compete in the Skate Park contests. Okehampton Camera Club photographer Derek Stratton offered us a selection of pictures. FIND THEM HERE.

WW1 Project
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2016 :

Alfred Vanstone 1874 to 1916
Alfred Vanstone was born in Hartland in 1874, the son of William and Ellen Vanstone who moved to Hatherleigh in the 1880`s where they lived in Park Cottages, Moor Lane. Alfred started as a builder`s labourer, the same trade as his father, but then joined the Royal Navy and became a stoker in 1894. In the 1901 Census, Alfred was living in Plymouth having recently married Bessie, a local girl.
A booklet of “Some Hatherleigh Events During 1911” had an entry dated November 22nd. The King left for India. Alfred Vanstone P.O. Stoker on HMS Defence-one of the escorting ships. (This was obviously of much interest at the time to the townsfolk.)
Petty Officer Alfred Vanstone Service No. 277434 Stoker RN died on 28. 10.1916 from Disease, (Pernicious Anaemia) and was buried at ...
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Ruth and Brendon DONE IT!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 12, 2016 : Thank you to everyone who sponsored our bike ride in aid of Devon Historic Churches Trust Rev. Ruth Hansford (Team Vicar of Hatherleigh, Meeth, Exbourne, Jacobstowe and Northlew in the Northmoor Team Ministry) and her son Brendan (8 years old) would like to announce that we completed our bike ride for Devon Historic Churches Trust from Hatherleigh via the back road to Jacobstowe and back. The pull up Park Road and then to the top of Hatherleigh Moor required several pauses and much puffing (particularly by Ruth). As we coasted our way down past the Upcotts to Cadham, we realised that going back would involve a good deal of going uphill. We reached Jacobstowe Church in just over 45 minutes and enjoyed having a break at the Cream Teas there (with Ruth looking rather flushed!!). Refreshed and replenished, we set out on our return and, after 55 minutes, whizzed down the hill to finish at Hatherleigh ...
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Beaford Arts Competition - a Reminder
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 26, 2016 : Just a gentle reminder that the deadline is fast approaching (5th September) for the photo competition to 're-photograph' and re-interpret the selected James Ravilious photos of Exbourne and Hatherleigh (and any of the others if you feel like it!). Have a look at the web site, find the image you want to 're-photograph' and click 'more' for details of where the image is, and to upload your entry. Get out there and get snapping soon!! The digital image needs to be uploaded via the web site BEFORE 5th September! See HERE for details.




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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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