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updated Local and arts pages 22/01/16


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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February Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 25, 2016 : The February 2016 Pump now online Here

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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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 10, 2016 :

The post office is under threat
After the Market has been given up, now is the time for the Post Office.
Unlike the market, Post Office Counters ltd. is still in public hands! Chairman Tim Parker, CEO, Paula Vennells. Please write to them address below. Not to be confused with the Royal Mail which this government has sold off!! I would like to know what is happening to this side of the operations.
It is up to the people of Hatherleigh to fight this Public consultation which ends on 18th February 2016. The list of services provided by Post Office Counters is here
The Proposed date of the move is April/May
People to contact:-
Our local MP Mel Stride, Con Email: mel.stride.mp@parliament.uk Telephone: 01392 823306
Postofficeviews.co.uk comments@postoffice.co.uk ...
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Meya Jacobs Hatherleigh Hatter moves on
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 9, 2016 : Hatherleigh’s own “hatter” has sadly moved on. Meya used to run the Old Police Station, Bed and Breakfast, in South Street for many years. Due to health problems she moved into “Acorns” in Okehampton, where Sue and I visited her while Sue’s mother was also there. Suffering from Cancer she moved onto Exeter Hospicecare. Her funeral will take place on 14th January at 10:30am, Family flowers only please, donations if desired for Exeter Hospice by retiring collection or may be sent to Exeter and District Funeral Service, 210, Topsham Road Exeter, EX2 6AA.

Superheros come to Hatherleigh
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

January 3, 2016 :

video by Alan Beaman

The superheros walked down from over the road, to confront the residents of Hatherleigh who were waiting for their battle on the river bank. The mayor was seen cavorting with wonderwoman. While the Hulk frightened the crowd before jumping in the river for their first/only bath of the year.
A great time was had by all! The first of many in 2016 what surprises will befall Hatherleigh this year.

Happy New Year to all from Geoff and Neil

more pictures here

The dip

The Incredible Hulk

The Mayor with Wonder Woman??

Ruby Country Market December 2015
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

December 14, 2015 : Please see video of Ruby Country Market on 5th December thanks to Alan Beaman Incorporating photos by Ann Courtney of Foxiloxi Fine Art Boudoir and Portrait Photography

Freemasons support disadvantaged children with donation to Farms for City Children.
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 20, 2015 : The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated £10,000 to Farms for City Children to enable disadvantaged children from urban areas to experience life on a farm.
Farms for City Children is an educational charity founded in 1976 by well-known children’s writer Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare. Each year, the charity hosts around 3000 children, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have never been able to experience the countryside before.
Through participation in all aspects of work and life on the farm, the children are able to learn a range of new skills. The experience also demonstrates the benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle and educates the children on important issues such as nutrition and food production.
This unique opportunity is not only beneficial in terms of their education, but also builds confidence ...
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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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