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updated Local and arts pages 22/07/16


Still Time to Enter the Tar Barrel Challenge
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 26, 2016 :

There's still time to to take part in the Tar Barrel Challenge on Saturday August 6th. Entries are invited from male, female and childrens’ teams, and all-comers are welcome. Maybe you’re part of a football club? A netball club? A darts team? A YFC? Or just a group of mates. Why not give it a go? Trophies will be awarded for the fastest children's team (under 14 years), the fastest male/female teams, the fastest YFC team and best Fancy Dress team. The barrel and sled can be viewed now behind the Tally Ho!

For an entry form and news updates check out the Facebook page "The Tar Barrel Challenge 2016" For more info and a paper entry form call Dawn Stevens on 01837 810265. You can also enter on the day at the start line outside the Co-op. Racing starts at 2pm for children, 4pm for ...
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New Perspectives: Celebrating Beaford Arts at 50
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 25, 2016 :

Hatherleigh Market 1960s?To celebrate Beaford Arts’ 50th Anniversary we would like to invite you to take a new photograph in response to those taken by James Ravilious for the Beaford Archive.
To be in with a chance of having your work selected for exhibition at The Goodwin Gallery, Petroc:

  • Submit at least one high res photograph in response to one, or more, of the 25 ‘BA50’ images on our website:photos.beaford-arts.org.uk
  • Your photograph can be in black and white or colour
  • Your photograph must have been taken this year
  • If it is a digital image, please title it with your full name, and email to: ba50@beaford-arts.org.uk
  • If it is a darkroom print, please post it to ...
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A Warm Welcome at Winkleigh Morris
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 21, 2016 : Ever since Sylvia Duffy organised evening classes in morris dancing for her regulars at the former Winkleigh Hotel back in January 1990, Winkleigh Morris have been active in the area, and further afield. In our colourful red, white & black kit we perform in villages around Winkleigh, at various events and festivals in Devon and the rest of the U.K. We’ve also danced in Holland, Germany, France, Ireland and the Channel Isles. Many men and woman – and children – have danced with us over the years, and several of the original members are still dancing. We currently have a membership of around 20 people, but we are always keen to welcome new members , since inevitably personal, health, or employment issues can so easily reduce the viability of any club or society. We practice every Tuesday from the end of September to the end of April in Winkleigh Community Centre, from ...
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Hatherleigh school fete
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 16, 2016 : Some had more important dreams then the school fete. While others were shooting arrows, riding in luxury cars, bouncing on castles, listening to the band, they were good. The twins slept through it all, after all there were others to keep their parents awake! Our Hippy Vicar Barefoot, I don’t her voice is up to the standard of Sandy Shaw but she is the embracing era with gusto! Faded jeans, Peace and Love!

Brave the Shave
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 16, 2016 : Tim Hewke and Jane Payne pictured above with hair on a night out. NOT FOR VERY MUCH LONGER

Locals, Jane Payne, of Hatherleigh Pottery fame, Ben Whiting, aka “Metal Ben” and new comer to Hatherleigh, Tim Hewke are braving the shave on 28th August at the Tally Ho!
These brave souls are having their heads shaved in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at The Tally Ho! Hatherleigh at 7.30pm on Sunday 28th August followed by live music until late.
If you wish to sponsor any of them you can find sponsorship forms at Hatherleigh Pottery, The Tally Ho! or go to www.bravetheshave.org.uk and search for any of the names above and donate online.
As of June 2013, there were 3,942 Macmillan nurse posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community.
All Macmillan ...
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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 14, 2016 : The new “Joint local Plan” being drawn up by West Devon, Plymouth and South Hams. Have earmarked the Market and Abattoir site for redevelopment! See map here. More info on Plymouth Objective's site HERE. Obviously the closing of the abattoir, would lead to more unemployment in the area. Please email your comments to Mel Stride M.P. and Patrick Kimber, West Devon Councillor, who should be able to influence the decision. Also obviously the more houses that are built the more council tax can be collected by the councils. Hatherleigh a dormitory town or just a sink estate? The abattoir have put in for planning permissions see West Devon website here.

Challenge Barrel and Sled go on Show
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 9, 2016 :

Are you entering the Tar Barrel Challenge on August 6th? All comers are invited! Here's the barrel and sled soon after it was built this morning. It will be on display in The Square every Saturday, (and back of the Tally Ho during the week) if anyone wants to take a look prior to the day. On August 6th, teams of four will pit their skills against the clock by pulling a barrel up to the Square, overcoming an obstacle course and then pulling the barrel back to the start. A special Facebook page (called "The Tar Barrel Challenge 2016", naturally) is gathering momentum and you can get more details there, including an entry form. Registering early saves money. Or, teams can register on the day. Or call Dawn Stevens on 01837 810265. Children's races will start at 2pm, adults from 4pm. There will be entertainment and music from 5pm till late, ...
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Players Triumph at Sampford Courtenay
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 4, 2016 :

Yesterday, as swallows twittered and zoomed above Sampford Courtenay Village Hall on a perfect summer afternoon, Hatherleigh Players produced one of the best amateur productions we've seen in a long time. (CLICK THE PIC for more pictures). Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit starts from a simple precept: how does a medium go about her business? The plot moves quickly into the inadvertent (?) manifestion of a previously deceased wife who the master of the house can see and hear while nobody else can. The spirit proves more malign than expected, leading to a second death and a mess of on-stage business that was acted out well in front of an appreciative crowd. As the medium Madame Arcati, Ricki Entwhistle added just the right amount of dottiness. Stephen Carter, in his first major role with the Players, played Mr Condomine perfectly. The support casting was perfect too: they were Charli Sizmur as ...
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The Walrus Awards!
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

July 1, 2016 :

Pictures of the Walrus cheque presentation evening, held in The George

£1000 went to the Fire Service for the defibrillator

£1000 to the School for their woodland walk

£500 to the Hatherleigh Youth Football

see the 2016 event on Youtube here


Sir Gary to Shebbear College Cricket Pavilion
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

June 29, 2016 : Sir Garfield Sobers, AO, OCC(who will be 80 later in July) will be opening our new Cricket Pavilion on Friday 1st July at 1.00pm. Press and TV are invited to cover this important occasion. The official opening follows the school's Speech Day and prize-giving morning event and also ties in with the school's celebration of its 175th year in 2016. Sir Gary Sobers played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974 and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder. To celebrate the school's 175th year Shebbear College has also opened 2 new buildings - a dedicated 6th Form Centre and a Music Centre.




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