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Turbine Campaign Heats Up

Behind the scenes the proposed Jacobstowe Wind Turbine is making waves! As you'd expect there's lots of opposition but also some support, as shown left in a picture captured Saturday at Jacobstowe road junction. There are first indications of a public meeting being called; expect more news shortly. We've reached out to Holistic Ideas, the consultants behind the project, for their latest news and will report back their responses here. Watch this space!




The Winner and his Trophy

Freddie (see story below) finally received his trophy for being a good patient. He's got a medal for his collar too! And a certificate! Here he is, wondering what all the fuss is about.



Wind Turbine: More Images

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(Supplied by Holistic)
(Supplied by Holistic)
(our photo of Holistic's display)

VIEW FROM A3072 IN VICINITY OF GLEBE HOUSE (approaching Jacobstowe Bridge. Our photo of Holistic's display).

Note: the line shows the ground surface and the relative height of the turbine. The turbine itself would be on the other side of the trees so only the blade tips would show.)

Watch out for our special Turbine page, coming soon

North Devon CAMRA Success for Red Lion

The Red Lion pub in Exbourne has beaten all comers to be voted Pub of the Year in North Devon. Here's a delighted Nick Hamlyn with the special banner that's just today gone up on the front of the pub. So what's the secret of your success Nick? Well, Nick told us, "it took us 5 years to reach this point. We've been in the Good Beer guide all that time and we've managed to build a reputation for quality and consistency. Any CAMRA members - we know the locals but anyone from elsewhere in the country can call in unannounced - can vote for us on the CAMRA web site. This year, that worked so well that we ended up shortlisted along with three other North Devon pubs, among them two previous winners! We were then scrutinised personally by CAMRA judges on all kinds of topics, including our beer of course, and bingo ... we were awarded the top slot." The Red Lion is holding a Beer Festival this weekend, with 10 beers on tap and events every evening from Thursday to Sunday. More details right for the interesting line-up. Nick's award will be presented tomorrow night. We recommend the Jail Ale BTW!

Wind Turbines: An Update

We met with Phil Cookson of Holistic, the company promoting the turbine project, yesterday during their exhibition of the details. He kindly spent time explaining the background and talking us through the various charts, photos and wire frame drawings on show.

First the location. West Down Farm is adjacent to the A386, roughly half way between Bassetts Cross and Lamerton Cross. The turbine would therefore be sited on the away side of Broomford 'hill' to Exbourne. From the Exbourne/Jacobstowe point of view the visual impact can be considered 'slight'. From the village itself it will not be seen. And only from a few positions on the A3072 does it show through the various treelines. Holistic showed mock-up pictures taken from the road outside Glebe House and from roughly the Solland farm entrance. From the former you would see just the top of the blades; from the the latter you would see most of the blades but at a such a distance that the impact is minor. Even from the Exbourne playing field, the view will be generally blocked by trees and hedges, although where there are gaps it will be possible to see some or all of the blades. From Jacobstowe itself, the view is pretty much zero. As you approach Bassett's Cross or Lammerton Cross the view will change of course but, as Holistic pointed out, there are many trees and hedges in the way almost everywhere.

Perhaps the biggest visual impact could be from the A386, approaching from Folly Gate. At the exhibition it was clear that some people are worried about the view from Hatherleigh Moor and recognising that this might be so, Holistic had prepared photographs taken from the Morris Monument looking towards Dartmoor. From that angle, the turbine will be clearly seen but again from such a distance that it will be small in the overall panorama. Does it impact negatively on the view? That of course is a subjective judgement that depends as much on your eyesight as it does on your feelings about wind turbines in general.

Holistic have been kind enough to send us copies of some of their mock-up photos. We'll have them on line here shortly for reference. In the meantime, if you want to express an opinion on any of the above, or the project in general, please email editor@hatherleigh.net. (Please take note of our 'rules of engagement' in the story below).

BTW: we hear that a similar turbine, or a biomas plant, or a solar panel farm, are all being considered for a site on Runnon Moor, just west of Hatherleigh. That project is not as far advanced as at West Down Farm.

Wind Turbines: Get the Facts!


As interest grows in the 50m high wind turbine proposed for a site at West Down in Jacobstowe there's naturally a lot of suspicion and emotion. Our sister site Hatherleigh.net has been covering the story for some time (see HERE or click the signpost link in our header above) and it's worth taking a look at that front page now. Note that there's an exhibition of the project in Hatherleigh Community Centre today, April 10th, from 2:30pm to 7:30pm - (see also EVENTS right), by the company Holistic who are helping promote the scheme. If you are keen to find out more then please visit the exhibition and get the facts. Naturally people expect us to publicise the project here, together with their opinions. We will do that in a balanced way and asak that contributions are measured, honest and accurate. Normal journalistic principles will apply. We are attending the exhibition. Expect a report shortly.

Note: there is a separate turbine proposed for a site just west of Hatherleigh. That turbine is a lot higher (77m).

Aaaaah! The Winner

We asked Jane for a picture of Freddy with his award (see story below) but nothing has arrived yet so here's a recent shot of him, just to keep things going.

And another won of him and his buddy Duncan at the Retreat, near Meldon where Freddy had hydrotherapy treatment when he was going through rehabilitation.

Local History Group AGM

The AGM of the Exbourne Local History Group on Tuesday 18 March was extremely well attended. The chairman, Mike Luxton, reported that the meetings had been addressed by speakers covering a wide spectrum of topics. The highlight of the year being the exhibition in January, which displayed the research of properties carried out as a result of a Heritage Lottery Grant. Mr Luxton placed on record the group's appreciation for the extensive efforts of the researchers. He said that preparation continued for the launch of the book on Tuesday 15 April. The secretary, Rose Williams, reported on the draft programme for the forthcoming year and the treasurer, Dave Weeks presented a healthy financial statement. Officers and committee were re-elected for the coming year. Following the meeting, a short talk was given by Dave Weeks, entitled ‘Reminiscences of Postman'. He started as a part-time postman in Exbourne in 1960, doing a walking round. Due to motorisation he moved in 1971 to become a full time postman in Okehampton. Dave explained that it meant starting work some weeks at 4.15am. He went on to speak about the daily routine in the sorting office before starting deliveries, and shared the humorous side of the job and the many favours postmen did for customers. If anyone who saw the exhibition of research put on by the group in January, and have been inspired to investigate the history of your own home, the group has a large collection of information about the village to get you started. For help and advice please contact the group's Research Coordinator Gaye Langham on 01837 232.

Woof, Woof, Woof - Freddy won!

Hi Everyone, A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for Freddy in the Braveheart awards. We are please to tell you HE HAS WON !!!!!!! He will be presented with the winners cup and certificate very soon.  It will be on the Okeford website in due course. If you click on the Braveheart section you can see the others nominated in 2013.  Apparently he beat the opposition by a whisker. It was a mammoth task to get Freddy back to full health and we are truly grateful to everyone at Okeford Vets in Okehampton and Downs in Bristol for all they did to save Freddy. Thank you again for your votes. Yours ever, Jane Rod and FREDDY!!!!

Exbourne Sampford Courtenay and Jacobstowe WI

The February meeting of Exbourne Sampford Courtenay and Jacobstowe WI took place on March 6th at 2.30 at Exbourne Village Hall. The speaker was Pam Kemp who gave a very informative, colourful and personal account of Antarctica. Our Jumble Sale will take place in Exbourne Village Hall on the 22nd March at 2.15pm, with our famous 'nearly new' rail and new venture of 'jumble' jam. The next meeting is on Thursday April 3rd at Sampford Courtenay Village Hall at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Alan French – Plants for your Garden. On May 1st the speaker will be John Lewis Great Western Morris – The History of Morris Dancing. A warm welcome to anyone who would like to come and hear any of our speakers.

Council Catch Up

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a dearth of Council Minutes since September 2013. Well, we caught up, thanks to Secretary marilyn Weeks who has just sent us October's, November's and January's (there was no meeting in December). Find them here.

Woof, Woof - It's Braveheart Time

It's voting time for the Braveheart awards and Freddy needs your vote to put him in with a chance.  Every vote counts so if you are a couple please vote separately. And if you know someone else who knows Freddy then get them to vote too!! Email ciara@okefordvets.co.uk and say you want to vote for Freddy in the 2013 Braveheart awards … don't forget to add your name! Freddy won an award last May because of his courage and bravery after his accident. This award is for the overall winner of the year. Thank you, from Jane and Rod and woof woof from Freddy!

History Group Postcard Show

Exbourne Local History Group held their latest meeting in the village hall on Tuesday 18 February. The speaker was Paul Rendell who gave a presentation about "Okehampton through Times". He had slides of postcards that he had collected and made into a book of Okehampton - past and present, matching old postcards with more modern ones. He explained that there were 12 churches in times past and showed the photo of the belfry door (with 1844 carved on it) of All Saints, which was all that there was left of the church which burnt in 1843. There were 17 pubs in 1850 as well as 4 hotels in Station Road, the houses there being built with slate from the slate quarry at Fatherford. There was a hotel at the top end of the Victorian Arcade, which is now flats. A building in the main street housed the Okehampton Town Bank and printed and distributed Okehampton's own bank notes. He was thanked by Rod Stewart. The next meeting is on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30pm. This will be the AGM. All welcome.

WI 80th to be Celebrated

On Sunday 16th February 2014 Exbourne Sampford Courtenay and Jacobstowe Women's Institute will celebrate its 80th Anniversary. There will be a Thanksgiving Service in St Mary's Church Exbourne at 11a.m., led by Dr Michael Winter with readings by WI members, and the service will include singing by the choir. The service is for everyone, not just WI members, and we hope to see as many people as possible to celebrate this wonderful occasion. In the afternoon there is to be a private party for current and past members including husbands and partners. The speaker will be Mrs Val Bugden Cawsey. Celebration cakes are being made by members Mrs Ethel Nancekivell and Mrs Milsom Smith. Our photo was taken at the 21st Anniversary of the Institute. Mrs Kath Neno, still active in the Institute and our longest serving member, is third from the right in the front row.

History Exhibition "extremely well attended"

The Exbourne Local History Group held an extremely well attended exhibition, featuring research findings of eight of the 18th century properties in the parish. Exhibits on display were in conjunction with Heritage Lottery Fund "All our Stories" Grant Project. Hilary Bracegirdle, from Heritage Lottery, said that the grant to ELHG was one of the smaller grants allocated, but she was immensly impressed with the details and quality of the researchers work. The event was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of West Devon Borough Council, Cllr and Mrs William Cann. Cllr Cann said it was important that the history of parishes were recorded and he congratulated the local group for their work.   Photo shows Exbourne Researchers, with the Mayor and Mayoress of WDBC and Hilary Bracegirdle (looking over Mayor's right shoulder) from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dog Chipping - the Law is Changing

Did you know that as from the 6th April 2016 you must have your dog microchipped? The Dog's Trust is offering a FREE Microchipping service at The Burrow Café in Exbourne on Friday 7th February between 10am – 12 noon, so get yourself and your pooch along there between those times and make sure your pet is perfect. West Devon Borough Council Customer Service Advisor will also attend to help with council and other public service enquiries. Everyone Welcome. CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD the poster as a pdf, OR THIS LINK as a .jpg

History Day

Click to read the full-sized poster of the History Group's "All Our Stories" day later this month.

Hospice Talk for WI

The next meeting of Exbourne Sampford Courtenay and Jacobstowe WI is on Thursday February 6th at 2.30pm in Exbourne Village Hall. The speaker is Emma Perry from Little Bridge House, Children's Hospice South West. All Welcome. Additionally, it will be our WI's 80th Anniversary and we are having a celebration afternoon tea on Sunday 16th February in Exbourne Village Hall. Past members are welcome to come along. Please contact Gloria Sherbourne 851710 or Jane Stewart 851300. Tickets cost £7.50. Husbands/Partners welcome too.

Dinner Time for Historians

Twenty four members of ELHG and partners attended the Christmas dinner at the Red Lion, Exbourne. Their thanks go to Nick, Cathy and staff for providing a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Everyone is invited along to the group's exhibition "All our Stories" to be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 18th January 2014 from 2 pm. Entry is free.


Join the Choir for Carols

On Friday 20th December the choir will Carol Sing around Exbourne village and afterwards at the Red Lion. There is an open invitation to anyone who wants to join in. There will be a collection for the Devon Air Ambulance and the Children's Hospice South West.  Start time is 6.00pm, to accommodate any children who may wish to come. The attached flyer says words will be supplied so all you need do is turn up on the night. Oh, and there's a recommendation that you dress up warmly!

Soups and Puds help Village Hall

Business was brisk at the first Soup and Pud Lunch organised in aid of the Exbourne Village Hall. More than 40 enjoyed a choice of home-made soups and a selection of puds followed by tea or coffee. The lucky number admission ticket was won by Mrs Nancekivell. The event raised £251 towards the refurbishment of the Village Hall. The committee would like to thank everyone for their support. The next event in the programme of fundraisers is the Christmas Concert on Friday 13th December.

Tinners, Warreners, Wabbits

No, neither did we, but the Local History Group does! The Group met in the village hall on Tuesday 19 November when the speaker was Tom Soby from Okehampton, who gave a very informative talk with slides entitled ‘Tinners, Warreners and Wabbits'. He explained how tin was mined on Dartmoor from very early times and also how rabbits featured largely in the life of Dartmoor. He was thanked by Jane Stewart. There is no meeting in December, members having a Christmas meal at the Red Lion. On Saturday January 18 there is the Project Celebration of all the research carried out about some farms and cottages in the parish. With the help of a Lottery Grant much has been achieved and the public are invited to the village hall at 2pm for the exhibition to be opened by the Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Bill Cann OBE. Entry will be free and cream teas will be available.

Stir it up with the WI

Exbourne, Sampford Courtenay and Jacobstowe Women's Institute invite you to join them on Sunday 24th November in Exbourne Village Hall from 2.30pm when they will be "Stirring Up" their Christmas Puddings and serving Tea, Mulled Wine and Minced Pies. There will be some home made mincemeat for sale too. Oh, and a Raffle is being held (see below)!

If you haven't ordered your pudding yet, call 851399 or email Jane. Prices are: 1lb pudding - £5; 2lb pudding - £10. The deadline for pudding orders is 23rd November 2013.

The puddings were an outstanding success last year. The bowl is wrapped in Muslin (see picture) and has a WI label should you wish to purchase one as a gift. Raffle tickets are available at The Burrow shop, and on Stir it Up Sunday itself. Prizes include a wonderful Christmas Hamper with lots of home made WI preserves, a small Christmas Cake and one of the WI's famous Christmas Puddings. The raffle will be drawn on the 24th November. The puddings are being steamed at The Burrow.

Minutes online

The latest Parish Council Meeting minutes are online here

Devon Dialect Success

A local lady has had success with a national dialect event held here in Devon. See this website. During the two day event four dialect competitions were held involving contestants from eight regions of England. Exbourne resident Margaret Weeks, pictured with the organiser Bill Murray, won the Sam Laycock Trophy for the best overall performance by a contestant from the host county.


Local History Update

The Local History Group meeting in the village hall on Tuesday 15 October was well attended. The speaker was Brian Abell who gave a presentation of the History of Hatherleigh. He had many photographs of Hatherleigh, some of them from the late 1800's and early 1900,s. He was thanked by Brian Butcher. The next meeting is on Tuesday 19 November in the village hall at 7.30pm. The speaker is Tom Soby, who will speak about “Tinners, Warreners and Wabbits”. Everyone very welcome.

WI Stir It, to Order

WI Stir-Up Sunday is 2.30pm in Exbourne Village Hall on the 24th November. Come along and buy mincemeat and mince pies and enjoy refreshments as we stir up puddings to order. Orders for Christmas Puddings are being taken NOW until 23rd November, by telephone on 01837 851300, or at The Burrow Shop.

Minutes Definitely On Line

Thanks to Marilyn, who spotted the gaps and sent the appropriate documents, we have been able to bring the Council Minutes record page fully up to date for the period May through to August. View them here.

Members Fill Historical Breach

Exbourne Local History Group held its monthly meeting on Tuesday 17 September. Unfortunately, the advertised speaker from the Wren Trust failed to turn up. Never the less the group carried on with a short meeting. Gaye Langham gave details of the progress of the Research Group's work in the parish. This work is being carried out as a result of a Heritage Lottery Grant. The final result will be displayed at a public exhibition on Saturday 18 January 2014. Full details of this exhibition will be advertised later this year. Sue Rose spoke of her visit to Tuckers Hall in Exeter. This 15C building was originally a chapel, converted to a meeting place in the 16C. It is the home of Exeter's Guild of Weavers. Inside the oak panelled walls date from the 17C with its original fine wagon roof. The next meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday 15 October at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Brian Abell and the subject “The History of Hatherleigh”. Visitors welcome.

Nick supports Tar Barrel Pull

Hatherleigh Tar Barrels pulled into the Red Lion on Saturday for a lunch break during their 10 Pub Pull around Devon. Landlord Nick arranged for some super pub grub to be on hand as the pullers slaked their thirst on his excellent local ales. Senior Chief Official Photographer's Assistant Geoff Hodgkinson, who took these pictures, said: "Nick's chips were so good I did not want to leave." There were another 5 pubs to visit so the barrels left on schedule for their next stop, the Golden Lion in Northlew. , But not before two former barrel pullers from the 1975 era - Dave Simmons and friend Richard - had their picture taken with the 2013 Tar Barrel set (see right). "These are smaller than we ones we used to pull," said Dave (far right) with a twinkle in his eye, "and we ran proper fast round the whole town in those days." There's more on the 10 Pub Pull with photos at hatherleigh.net.

Minutes Update

It was pointed out to us last week that the index page for Parish Council Meeting Minutes had not been updated for a while. oooooops, sorry, that was our fault. It's now been rectified. Find the page here.

Village Hall Revamp

Efforts to revive the fading Exbourne Village Hall are intensifying. The Committee recently organised a survey to find out what villagers think of the place and what can be done to improve things.

Sheila White asked us to make the results available on-line, hoping to generate still more interest and perhaps further ideas and support. Contact Sheila White if you have suggestions or ideas that might help. Or email editor@hatherleigh.net.

Attached is the results document. It's well worth downloading and studying. Download it here, or click the image.


Wall being Rebuilt - Road Closure Details

We've been asked to make this letter available on the web to ensure everyone knows what's happening with the wall rebuild at Townsend Farm.

Click this image to get a full sized version of the letter, which contains full details from the construction company, including an email address where you can get more info.










OR ... tell us what's happening in your own club, group or even road and we'll upload it for the world to read. email us or call 01837 851253

Any Hatherleigh organisation or person can have their material published here, courtesy of our sponsors. Clubs and Groups can have their own web address and an email address too if they wish. All free of charge. If you have your own web site, we can act as a portal to guide more visitors to your pages. Let's put Hatherleigh on the world map together.

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PUMP AGM - April 23 
7pm in the The George Please come along after all it is your magazine

Management committee annual meeting - April 23 
April 23rd Management committee annual meeting 8pm Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting. In Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Silk Workshop - April 24 
Silk Workshop, Thursday 24th April, at Arts & Crafts Of Hatherleigh, next to The Salar Gallery, 1.30pm to 3.30pm - come and design and silk paint a silk square you can then use as a hanging, on a cushion etc. Cost £18.00 per person, everything provided, bookings needed please (only 6 places, so first come first served) to Jilly 01837 811043 or e mail jilly@pottyforpainting.co.uk

Music Night - April 25 
Music Night 7.30 for 8pm start. We are looking forward to another enjoyable evening organise by the Gills. Entrance £5 will include a glass of wine; children £2.50. In Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Music Night - April 25 
April 25th Music Night organised by Jennie and Alan Gill (contact Alan if you're a musician). Entrance £5 including a glass of wine. Children £2.50 Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Coffee Morning - April 26 
Coffee Morning Okehampton Hospital Friends welcome new members from Hatherleigh The Friends of Okehampton Community Hospital will be holding a Coffee Morning in the Old Schools, Hatherleigh on Saturday, 26th April from 9.30 a.m. – 12 noon when they will be welcoming members and supporters who wish to attend and support the valuable work done by the Friends in providing equipment and comforts to patients. The Chairman, Martin Perry, said, “We hope for a good turn out from Hatherleigh who have always been very supportive of our fund raising activities that make such a difference to the services that can be offered by our wonderful hospital in Okehampton that serves the wider community. We will be selling cakes, books, and all the usual stalls as well as a special display of greeting cards especially produced for the Friends with photographs of local scenes that are always very popular. Recent purchases by the Friends have included equipment to aid leg ulcer treatment, physiotherapy and speech therapy equipment, an electric chair and various aids for the dementia patients. Supporters who wish to become members of the Friends should contact the Treasurer, Mrs Ann Lane on 01837 659671 – the annual subscription is £10 or a mere 20 pence a week. Further details from Martin Perry 01409 221376

Spring Fair - April 26 
Spring Fair On Saturday 26th April the Annual Spring Fair is being held in the Village Hall at 2.15 p.m., there will be Plants, Cakes, Bric a Brac/Books and a Fantastic Draw and Cream Teas.. Our fundraising events are very important to the Church as these are the main way of keeping the Church alive and paying for all the running costs, and we do appreciate all the support we can get, and look forward to seeing you. Any donations of goods will be gratefully accepted by Lorraine - 851246, collection available.

Winkleigh Morris - May 1 
7pm Seven Stars, Winkleigh

Oke Big Band - May 2 
Big Band Okehampton College Big Band is Coming to Town! 7.30pm, Friday 2nd May, Hatherleigh Parish Church Everyone is invited to a concert by the talented young people in the Okehampton College Big Band. It’s not to be missed! Tickets on the door: £6.00 Adults; £4.00 Children Half the ticket price will go to the Band and half to the Parish Church. Light refreshments in the interval. Everyone is Welcome!

Jumble Sale - May 3 
Jumble Sale The pre-school are having a jumble sale on Saturday 3rd May at 2.15 p.m. in the village hall. Please come along and support us. Any donations can be taken to the hall at mid-day or left at the pre-school. In Aid of Exbourne Pre-school

Plant Sale Hatherleigh - May 3 
Just to give you prior notice of our annual PLANT SALE which will be on Saturday, May, 3rd. All sorts of plants from veg. to shrubs, some unusual, will be there to tempt you and set you up for what is one of the 'big' gardening weekends of the year! And to help in this venture, if anyone out there has a surfeit of pots: 1 and 1.5 litre ( not too big thank you ), deep 'rose' pots, or seed trays do let us know and we will collect.

Car Treasure Hunt - May 4 
Car Treasure Hunt On Sunday 4th May In aid of Hatherleigh School Association Bev and Dan have set a really fun car treasure hunt which will take you around nearby villages, stopping for afternoon tea (which will hopefully diffuse any competition tensions in the car!!!) then finishing at The Tally Ho! for a barbecue. There will be questions that can be answered from the comfort of your car, others you will need to park safely and go for a wonder round, children will have some of their own questions and things to do, plus there will be items to collect in the case of a tie breaker so we hope there will be something for everyone. We will be setting cars off from Hatherleigh Town car park between 1.30 and 3.30pm, please phone either Bev on 811219 or Louise on 811255 to pre book your car (and departure time) at a reduced price of £5 or come along on the day for £7 per car. We would like to thank all the local pubs and shops who have kindly donated some fantastic prizes for our prize draw, they have been very generous. The barbecue will start from 5pm and we will give the results of the car treasure hunt and the fab prize draw at approximately 6pm. So if on May 4th you are aware of lots of slow moving traffic, or people staring at your house please don’t be alarmed, they are not “casing the joint” it’s just a treasure hunt! We really hope to see you on the 4th of May and hope you have a lovely time. Louise Bater

Coffee Morning - May 6 
Coffee Morning Tuesday 6th May, coffee morning in Old Schools in aid of the Churchyard upkeep.

Yoga Classes Start - May 8 
Kind & deeply relaxing Transformation Hatha Yoga Rolling short courses throughout the year on Thursday evenings at Hatherleigh Community Centre. Next course: 8th May to 12June Contact Paul on 01409 231304 Email: paulbeard@btinternet.com ~ Booking essential ~

The Alien Balladeer - May 9 
Beaford Arts – The Alien Balladeer In conjunction with Beaford Arts the Community Centre are putting on a show called ‘The Alien Balladeer’. Murray Lachlan Young will perform a selection of poems and songs from his BBC Radio 4 series of the same name. Murray is a poet, broadcaster and playwright who is on tour in the Spring and we are lucky enough to have secured a performance by him. The venue is:Hatherleigh Community Centre Friday May 9th Tickets £8 adults in advance Doors open @ 7pm Performance starts @ 7:30pm There will be a licensed bar. To book please phone Lisa 01837 810239 or drop into the Centre 9-12noon Monday to Friday.

Brownies Coffee Morning - May 10 
Hatherleigh Brownies Coffee Morning On Saturday 10th May from 9:30 – 12 Noon, We will be holding our annual coffee morning in the Church Rooms. The Brownies will be doing a raffle and running stalls for cakes, books, toys, plants and crafts. We look forward to seeing you all and appreciate your support in raising funds for the Brownies activities and crafts. If you have any enquiries about joining Brownies or helping us a Young Leader, please contact Alison Woodhams (Brown Owl) on 01837 810108.

Ploughman's Lunch - May 10 
There will be a Ploughman's lunch in the Churchroom on Saturday May 10th, from 12-2p.m. Ham, cheese, salads, lovely puds - all good stuff! Tickets (£5.00) from P.C.C. members or from the Churchroom on Post Office mornings. Come and enjoy a healthy lunch and a chat with us.

History Society - May 12 
History Society Our next meeting will be on Monday May 12th at 7:30pm in Old Schools when Alan Parkinson will be giving an illustrated talk about the history of North Tawton School. As usual all are welcome! Brian Abell

Coffee Morning - May 13 
Tuesday, May 13th, is our, now annual, coffee morning in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. As well as the usual fare of coffee & cake, raffle and cake stall, you can expect to see more plants - we are gardeners after all!! We look forward to seeing you there, supporting us, as you always do so brilliantly, in raising money for this very good cause.

Exbourne Gardening Club Trip - May 13 
On 13th May we will be visiting the garden at Andrews Corner in Belstone, this will be an evening visit and is timed to make the most of mature spring flowering shrubs and trees with a wonderful Dartmoor backdrop. The cost will be £4 per person. More details available from Sheila White on 01837 851306 or kandswhite@waitrose.com

Winkleigh Morris - May 13 
8pm Toridge Inn, Taddiport

Exb Vill Hall AGM - May 14 
The Village Hall AGM is on Wednesday 14th May at 7.30 p.m. in the hall – this meeting is open to everyone so please come along and hear about what is happening in your Village Hall. There will be an opportunity to try out the new table tennis table and look at the mirco library too.

Cinema Club - May 14 
The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 21 May, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 14 May. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Gardening Club - May 15 
Thursday, May 15th, we relax a little as we return to Old Schools to enjoy an evening with Mimi Wells who will give a talk entitled 'Gardening in Challenging Situations'. This will start at 7.30pm and, as always, non-members are also welcome. Susan Gill 01837 810893

Two Village Walk - May 17 
Two Village Walk from Exbourne to Broadwoodkelly and back is on Saturday 17th May starting from Exbourne Village Hall at 11.30 a.m. with lunch at Broadwoodkelly and back to Exbourne for tea.

Plant Sale - May 17 
Flower Club The next meeting of the Sampford Courtenay Flower Club will be held on Monday 12 May at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. Sue Neale and Stuart will give a demonstration on 'Romantic Melodies'. All welcome. The club are also holding a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 17 May in the Church Rooms from 10am to 12 noon.

Playing Fields AGM - May 21 
Playing Field AGM The Playing Field Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 21st May at 7 p.m in the Burrow, it is important to keep our Playing Field for the Village and School, and there are several people on the existing Committee who feel it is time to relinquish their role and let younger and more active members of the Community take the lead, so your presence, ideas and enthusiasm would be appreciated. There are outline plans already in place for extra parking and improved facilities, but these need to be pursued, so all are very welcome to attend and help form a Vibrant new Committee to ensure the life of the Playing Field for future generations.

All that glisters! - May 21 
Dartmoor DFAS has enjoyed interesting and diverse lectures this year and these continue with Mary La Trobe Bateman giving an overview of contemporary British Jewellery under the heading 'ALL THAT GLISTERS?' On Wednesday May 21st. All lectures are given in the Charter Hall Okehampton and non members are very welcome. Tickets are £10, payable at the door and refunded if you become a member of the society. Excellent coffee and delicious brownies are served from 10.00 am. with the lecture starting promptly at 10.30. For more information contact Sara-Jane Cumming on 01822 860281

Comedy Evening - May 29 
Johnny Cowling who is fast becoming Cornwall's Première Entertainer will be be making us laugh in the Community Centre at 7:30pm. Doors and bar open at 6:45pm. Tickets £10 from Tidball Insurance Services.
This is a Hatherleigh Rotary Club Event to raise money for the Jenson Appeal. The aim is to send Jenson who has spastic diplegia and cerebral palsy to America for a life saving operation. Further details about his condition can be found on his website at www.justgiving.com/jensonspage

Exbourne Open Gardens - June 14 
Our June event will be the Exbourne Open Gardens on 14th June which is for Village Hall funds and there will also be a plant sale for Garden Club funds.

Cinema Club - June 18 
The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 21 May, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 18 June. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Bring and Share Picnic - June 28 
June 28th Bring and Share Village Picnic! Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Open Gardens - July 12 
Open Gardens Hatherleigh Open Gardens: Please note New date: Saturday 12th July - one day only. (This replaces the weekend of June 21st/22nd ). Please contact Sally on 810377 or 810940 if you think you might like to open your garden. (Monies raised will go towards the running of the St John the Baptist Parish Church)

Winkleigh Morris - July 15 
8pm Duke of York Iddesleigh

Cinema Club - July 16 
The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 21 May, as always at 730pm on our regular third Wednesday in the month. Under the terms of our licence we cannot publicise openly the titles of the next two films but members will be informed by email about 14 May. Also the programme will be posted on the Community Centre internal notice board from the same date. Become a member and choose the films to be shown. Please check the Community Centre or Post Office notice boards for the entitlement of club membership.

Ruby market - July 19 
The Bumper Festive Ruby Country Market in Hatherleigh in December drew record crowds to the Market and the Town where some businesses reported 3 weeks business being done on a single day. The market dates for 2014 are :- Easter Saturday April 19th Saturday July 19th and Saturday December 6th. If you would like to stall at this ever popular event, please contact the organisers through the website www.rubycountrymarket.co.uk or ring 07855187364.

Winkleigh Morris - July 29 
8pm Red Lion Exbourne

Winkleigh Morris - August 19 
8pm Half Moon Sheepwash

Winkleigh Morris - August 19 
7:45pm New Inn Sampford Courtenay

Rotary Beer Festival - August 23 
23rd August 2014 This year the Rotary Beer Festival will be held on Saturday 23rd August at the Cricket Club. There will be at least 8 different beers and ciders to sample. Live music will be provided by two bands but look out for the details nearer the time. This fund raising event is on behalf of the North Devon Hospice local Outreach Centre, to support at-home care.

Rotary Fun Day - August 24 
Sunday 24th August 2014 The event starts at 1.00pm. We hope to include even more local groups this year making it a real community event. There will be plenty of refreshments. As usual there will be our top quality BBQ, also cream teas, ice cream, popcorn and a bar. We hope there will plenty of local dog owners entering their pooches in the Dog Show. Although the final programme has not yet been fixed we hope to have several new attractions, as well as our traditional entertainments such as children's races, skittles, archery, ferret racing, bouncy castle etc. There will be a demonstration provided by the local Fire and Rescue Service. The Hatherleigh Ukulele Bashers will be playing along with a steel band but look out for further details when the programme is finalised nearer the time. The aims of the Rotary Club of Hatherleigh are to raise funds in order to support good causes both locally, nationally and internationally. This year the main beneficiaries of Fun Day will be Devon Air Ambulance and the Alzheimer Research UK.

Winkleigh Morris - September 2 
7:30pm Tally Ho Hatherleigh

Hatherleigh Charity Ball - September 6 
Hatherleigh Charity Ball Saturday 6 th September West Fishleigh Farm Black and white theme. With a sparkle. 1920 's Apply now for tickets Up to Tables of ten £50 per person 3 courses and cheese. Wine and port on the table Music. Silent auction and. draw In aid of cancer research ELF - Exeter leukaemia fund Epilepsy Hatherleigh Carnival. For tickets or offers of help please Call Carol 07785971960.

Games Night - September 19 
SSeptember 19th Games Night, 8.00pm start Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Halloween - October 31 
October 31st Halloween. 6pm start Monkokehampton Old Schoolroom

Ruby market - December 6 
The Bumper Festive Ruby Country Market in Hatherleigh in December drew record crowds to the Market and the Town where some businesses reported 3 weeks business being done on a single day. The market dates for 2014 are :- Easter Saturday April 19th Saturday July 19th and Saturday December 6th. If you would like to stall at this ever popular event, please contact the organisers through the website www.rubycountrymarket.co.uk or ring 07855187364.

Winkleigh Morris - December 26 
Noon Duke of York Iddesleigh

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