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updated Local and arts pages 17/11//15


December Pump now online
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

November 26, 2015 : The December Pump now online Here FEATURING THE RUBY MARKET AND CHRISTMAS

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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Carnival Success
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 18, 2015 : So, Wednesday already and still no Carnival pictures on-line here. Well, here's one to make amends, showing the fiery crosses. We don't have many more as we were concentrating on making a Tar Barrels movie this year. There should be plenty around however as additional photographers were working around the event. Watch the official Carnival web site. Our movie is based around SledCam, a GoPro fitted to the Tar Barrels (no it didn't melt!) plus inserts from 7 other cameras dotted around the TB course. Viewings of the rushes show an amazing amount of detail from only 6" above the road surface.

Rickshaw Team Reaches Okehampton
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 8, 2015 : Saturday evening saw the Children in Need Rickshaw team cycle into Okehampton after a 13 hour ride from Padstow, 60 miles away. Lucy was riding as the entourage came into the town. She gallantly pedalled into a small pen erected just outside the church where welcomes were made and photos taken. We found a great spot right near the church door and managed a few nice photos of our own, including this one showing Matt Baker speaking to the crowd shortly after arrival, with Lucy (left). The spectators had waited for more than an hour but were kept entertained by Pudsey and various other characters and were well rewarded for their wait when Matt came over and selfied his way round the perimeter. Today the team has been riding to Taunton (60 miles) and from there will go on to Bristol and eventually London. Please contribute generously to Children in Need ...
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Carnival to Feature Photographic Competition
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

October 27, 2015 : Carnival is only 2 weeks away! We're hearing of some great float designs, maybe even better than last year! The 2015 Carnival Programme is HERE. A new feature this year is the PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION. You can enter up to 5 images. Details HERE. Closing date is December 9th. Journalist, photographer and film maker Geoff Hodgkinson will judge the entries. All images stand a chance of being added to the Carnival website and Facebook pages. The winner’s photo will also be used in next year’s programme. So ... get clicking! (BTW did you catch Geoff's film of the 2014 Hatherleigh crepe paper floats? Called "Tis a Devon Thing" you can find it HERE.)

Wind Turbine appeal turned down
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

October 20, 2015 : The appeal regarding the Turbine at Heane Farm has been refused. So no giant wind turbine will be built on our doorstep. The appeal went forward back in March!! How slow the process. It was refused by the West Devon Borough Council back in August 2014. After the meeting in the Community Centre in June 2014, where 95% of the attendees were against the application.

Final Journey by Tar Barrel Sled
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

October 1, 2015 :

 Brian Doidge was laid to rest in the town cemetery yesterday after being pulled to the Methodist church, and later the churchyard, by his fellow Tar Barrel Committee members on a specially-built Tar Barrels sled. (CLICK THE PIC for more images). It was a historic way to mark a special life according to Dougal Stevens who originated the idea for the unique funeral carriage. "It's never been done before," he said, "but we all agreed it was appropriate." The sled was built to the classic Hatherleigh design but with only two barrels. On top was a platform to hold Brian's casket. The funeral procession began at the Community Centre and was followed by family and friends to the packed Methodist church for the service, during which son Jason spoke movingly of his father's life and bandsman Robin Wonnacott told of his long-term friendship with Brian. At the churchyard afterwards, ...
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A Big Man Moves On
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

September 22, 2015 : Yesterday brought the sad news that Brian Doidge, a Tar Barrel stalwart, has passed on to that great Tar Barrel Committee in the sky after a long illness. I first met Brian in 2001 when I finally plucked up the courage to contact the Tar Barrel team, having photographed them from a distance for several years previously. It was a nervous moment for me but Brian did not hesitate. "Sure," he said , "meet us at the top of Church Lane at 10 and we'll show you what we do!" I'd expected a bunch of tough-talking Devon hard nuts who'd scoff at this townie. Instead, they turned out to be a really friendly bunch, keener to yap than work. Most seemed to have Scottish or Welsh names and no one wanted to try the hip flask of rum I'd brought along specially! Brian was a natural in front of the ...
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Want something to do?
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2015 : Be a Volunteer with the police click here for details

Anglers Paradise are seeking Outdoor Maintenance Staff (Full Time)
Qualifications or experience in the following areas would be helpful Ride on Mower, Brushcutter, Chainsaw, Building skills Plumbing, Electrical, etc An interest in fishing would be good. Please ring for an application form 01409 221559 or emailinfo@anglers-paradise.co.uk

Frederick Albert Hockin 1896-1915
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

September 19, 2015 : Frederick Albert Hockin was born in Hatherleigh in 1896 and signed up in the very early days of WW1 with the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment, his service number was 11517. His record showed that he was accidently killed on the 18.10.1915 at Maricourt, but does not say how the accident happened. He was buried in the Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery. Frederick was the fourth child of five of James George Hockin a mason and house builder and his wife Pricilla Ann (Smale). James was also born in Hatherleigh and Pricilla was born in Black Torrington and the family lived in High Street, Hatherleigh. In the 1911 census, at the age of 14, Frederick was listed as being a tailors apprentice.




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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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