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Thoughts from the Mayor on the Market Development
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 16, 2017 : Undertaking the role of mayor is an odd situation I find myself in but alas as Chair of the Town Council one I have no choice on. Those who know me will understand that the mayoral role is one I don’t think I particularly fit well into, as along with my occasional visits to other towns as a representative of Hatherleigh, I find attending a formal black tie dinner/dance a step too far.
As Mayor though I may have a useful role in this community in helping bring people with opposing views to at least try and consider a different viewpoint and dispel harmful rumours. With the prospect of the market development looming ever closer something that I’d like to do here.
This development is a divisive issue. Some will be happy to see houses built but many are ...
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Meeth Snippets
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 11, 2017 : Peter Halsted reported History Snippets From the Meeth Vestry meetings. (These annual meeting of church and parish members were held until Parish Meetings commenced in 1894. The Parish Council did not come into being until 1977.) In 1845, new slates on the North side of the church were fitted. Agreed to remove the Horseblock by the Churchyard gate and erect it against the Stable of the Public House. In 1861 the roof of the South side to be fitted with Delabole Slate and German zinc nails. In 1845 the meeting appointed 2 Constables, 2 Overseers of the Poor, 2 Assessors of Taxes and 1 to the office of Guardian. In 1846 it was proposed that one shilling a week be allowed for any person who will take a poor child sent from Abbotsham. If no person will take her, agreed she be sent to the workhouse. In 1849 the meeting considered a proposal to appoint a Policeman to take such steps as ...
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Hatherleigh Spaces Questionaire
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 11, 2017 : Hatherleigh Spaces Questionaire now online on the local pages, also here. If you are interested in getting involved in the project please email Patrick Kimber. Also he is looking for people to run activities on a day a week basis in the old bank building, if you are able to do so please also contact Patrick.

October Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 25, 2017 : The October 2017 Pump now online Here

Police Commisioners Report
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 23, 2017 :

Alison Hernandez' monthly report brings you news and updates from your Police and Crime Commissioner Here

Mayor's reply re-potboilers below
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 11, 2017 : Clare Tyson, Mayor of Hatherleigh Writes
Dear Potboilers,
In light of the letter last month which hailed criticism on the Hatherleigh Moor Management Committee (HMMC) I would like to state my support and appreciation for the HMMC and wish it to be known with a few facts that have been missed amongst the flurry of pound signs.

1. The Constitution does not mention at all that if potboilers don’t graze animals or collect their gorse for fuel that they should be entitled to remuneration of any kind. 

2. The introduction of money came about through government schemes to support farmers. If you’re not a registered farmer you’re not entitled to claim diddly squat.

3. Only ‘active’ farmers can submit claims for government money for grazing animals on common land. Information is easily available on the internet.

4. Whatever medieval rights were once held for potboilers the legislation in the 21st century ...
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Songwriting Duo Publishes Latest Song
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 9, 2017 :

The latest song from Hatherleigh's songwriting partnership Love Rice is now online HERE. Called "Bring Your Love", it features singer Christy Rice (that's her in the picture) on vocals and backing harmonies, with producer Rob Love multi-tracking numerous guitars in a sumptious rock ballad that was recorded at Johns Park Studios in Exbourne. Recorded over three sessions in July , "Bring Your Love" is one more in a string of great songs written by Rob and Christy (find more on Soundcloud). Johns Park Studio is a purpose-built venue for recording music and sound. Owner Geoff Hodgkinson is offering free sessions to singers and bands who bring along some kind of original material. "I want to encourage talented artists of all ages to push their boundaries and reach for the stars," says Geoff. "I have loads of experience and knowledge of music and I'll be ...
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"The Craft Room" by Dave NOT the CAT
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

August 29, 2017 :

As I am on Holiday, to keep me quiet my wife bought me a book, as she was generous to a point, she let me read it on her Kindle. Thank you, Susan. Oh the book I hear you cry! “The Craft Room” by Dave “Not the Cat”, a local long haired singer often seen locally busking around with a chap called Rob.  A page turning thriller, dark and disturbing in places. Logic taken and twisted on occasions with comedy thrown in! Get your copy here from Amazon. A warning to those with a delicate nature, a cat or two does not survive! I understand it is fiction after all. Susan says “It was money well spent for that peace and quiet, except for the odd chuckle!” Well done Dave!

Good News for Potboilers
By Don Cudmore

August 23, 2017 : Good News for Hatherleigh Potboilers
Following a refusal by Hatherleigh Moor Management Committee (HMMC) in February 2016 to supply a list of Qualifying Potboilers addresses because of the Data Protection Act, it was decided to seek advice.

We soon discovered that the 98 page document was in fact a "Public Document" and a copy was obtained from Devon County Council. This can now be viewed via Hatherleigh.net here, also here is a 1 page copy of the Constitution of HMMC.

Residents should check to see if their house is listed because if it is they are entitled to receive a "Token Payment" each December which currently stands at £60 per year. The requirements of HMMC necessitate that the resident must have occupied the property for at least a year commencing in November. If in doubt please contact the HMMC, You will also note the ...
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Cups Galore at Gardeners Show
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

August 21, 2017 :

The Gardening Club held their 22nd Flower and Produce Show on Saturday and we were invited to judge the photography competition. 6 categories were on display and although the quality of the images was generally on the adequate side, it's obvious that smartphones are making some photographers lazy. Come on guys - real photographers can do better! Overall it was a great day however, both from the hospitality side from the judges point of view (thank you Chairman Mike, Sue and backroom team), and from the main Show's point of view. The children's entries were charming and the flower, floral, fruit, vegetable and cookery classes produced work of a very high standard. We looked on with envy as judge Joan Weeks tasted the entries ... particularly the coffee and walnut cakes! Wow. It was no surprise that one of them - made by Audrey Reynolds - won Best in ...
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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.

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