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Meeth lies above a bend in the River Torridge near the confluence with the Ockment. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book, so there was an established community before the Normans came. It is likely that Meeth was one of the early Christian communities in North Devon. Ancient records mention landowners by the names of Giffard and Fryes whose names live on in two farms within the parish. There are still six working farms within Meeth, but no longer the diversity of businesses mentioned in 1890 when there were 9 farmers; a shoemaker; 2 shopkeepers; blacksmith; a carpenter, wheelwright and machine maker; a victualer (the landlord of the New Inn) and a tailor. Some of the censuses around that time also mention glove makers, presumably homeworkers, associated with the businesses in Great Torrington. Today the inn is the Bull and Dragon, the name having been changed recently, presumably not for the first time in its history, as many New Inns were formerly the King or Queen's Head which it was diplomatic to change during the time of the Commonwealth under Cromwell. The building however is very old and decorative with its thatched roof. The other businesses in the village are the the headquarters of a coach firm, a small nursery and 2 homes offering bed and breakfast. The clay works which extracted ball clay from extensive pits in the village sadly closed a few years ago. They had been started at the beginning of the twentieth century by local residents and became very successful, exporting the quite rare ball clay as far as America. For a time, the clay was mined, but then open cast works were used. The railway made transport much easier and the link continued for some years after the passenger service ceased. Today, Meeth Halt is the start of an attractive part of the Tarka Trail heading north towards Great Torrington and Bideford. The trail for walkers and bike riders goes through the woods and fields of the beautiful north Devon countryside, eventually going along the River Torridge made famous in the book Tarka the Otter.
     The church is in the centre of this village which straggles along the A386, 3 miles north of Hatherleigh. A cobbled path, made in 1818 from Torridge river pebbles by the French prisoners from Dartmoor prison at the time of the Napoleonic wars, leads past old lime trees to the early Norman porch. The church too changed its name and patron saint at some time from St. John to St. Michael and All Angels. The porch has a remarkable roof with molded ribs and carved bosses, and the door too is old, probably twelfth century. The church has been altered over time, the roof with its interesting bosses is fifteenth century, the altar rails and pulpit and font cover are probably Jacobean, and a huge and clearly very necessary restoration was undertaken at the end of the nineteenth century, when the sanctuary and vestry were added and the floor tiled. The tower has needed considerable repairs over the years - in 1692 it was apparently in danger of falling down. Most recently in the 1990s the tower was re-pointed and the four bells restored. The second and third are from the Exeter foundry about 1400 and are inscribed Ave Maria and Ave Maria Gracia. The treble and tenor are both dated 1714 cast by Stadler. The treble has the inscription "ring me round, I'll sweetly sound." They are rung regularly for services and practices are at 7.30 pm on a Friday evening to which anyone is welcome. The most remarkable treasure in the church is the large plaster Coat of Arms dated 1704 from the reign of Queen Anne, created it is thought by John Abbot of Frithelstock and recently restored so that the fine workmanship can be appreciated. What may become a treasure of the future is the Millennium Plaque: a needlework picture showing many of the houses and special places in the village surrounded by tiles of local clay. These were decorated by Meeth children with illustrations of what they thought important to remember at the millennium and fired by a local potter. The needlework was done by Meeth ladies and the frame by a resident craftsman. The churchyard has many fine gravestones, some of them listed.
      Meeth Guild meets every third Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall for talks and demonstrations to which anyone is welcome. The trustees of the Village Hall organize events during the year such as skittles evenings, quiz  nights, car treasure hunt and barbecue and these are advertised in the Parish Pump and the Post Office. The harvest supper is also held in the Village Hall, usually the last Friday in September following harvest evensong in the church. Other events in the village are organized from time to time, an annual one being the fete and dog show in aid of the church and with a portion of the proceeds going to a charity .   

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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.

Sheepwash Fete - August 23 
Sheepwash Summer Fete – Saturday 23 August at 2pm Fun for all the family at the Sheepwash Summer Fete is guaranteed! Try your luck at our new game ‘Ditch the Doings’; the ever competitive Target Golf, cricketer’s choice – the Coconut Shy, and a Skittles competition. Still got an eye for a ball after all those games? Then join in the Knock Out Table Tennis Contest! Quick fire knock out until we reach the breath-taking Grand Final! Sign up as soon as you arrive! Buy a delicious cake, rummage on the White Elephant, choose books, DVDs and CDs and enjoy a homemade cream tea or a local ice cream. Pick your favourites from a colourful selection of plants and flowers. We are delighted to introduce the astounding Mystic Christina who will be pleased to welcome you for her unique psychic readings with the cards and crystal ball. You mustn't miss out on a Grand Draw Raffle Ticket - a special draw this year with just 3 CASH prizes – you could win a fabulous £50, £25 or £15! Tickets for just £1 each on sale in the shop and pub and from the fete helpers now and on the day! Grand draw at 4pm. To top it all off enjoy Simon’s sizzingly scrumptious BBQ! It's going to be grrrrreat! See you there! All proceeds in support of Sheepwash village hall, community shop, St Lawrence Church and The League of Friends, Black Torrington Surgery.

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 - August 26 
7:45pm New Inn Sampford Courtenay

Festival Meeting - August 28 
Meeting at the George 8pm, please come along

Cider and Pasty Evening - August 30 
Cider and Paty evening is NOT 20th but the 30th

Aquatic Arias and Sea Serenades - August 30 
An evening of music inspired by water and all things aquatic, with baritone, Barnaby Beer, sopranos Victoria Collier and Marianne Wight, with Gabriel Jones on the piano. Lower Pulworthy, Highampton, Devon EX21 5LQ, Saturday 30th August, 7.30pm. Tickets: On the door, £10, £5 (students), or free for under 12s. Call 01837 810273 Adam & Jane, or 01837 810042 Steve & Sandra, if you would like to reserve tickets in advance.

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

Coffee Morning - September 2 
Coffee Morning Coffee Morning for Devon Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) 9.00am-12 noon, Tuesday 2nd September, Old Schools, Hatherleigh We have benefitted in the past from grants from DHCT, so would like to show our support for them. Half of any money raised will go to DHCT to provide grants for churches in Devon to maintain and refurbish their buildings and half will be returned to Hatherleigh Parish Church for our own funds. Cakes, savouries, raffle prizes and your support will be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Messy Monkeys - September 3 
Messy Monkeys The Messy Meeth monkeys and the Night Owls are looking forward to their outing to Newquay Zoo on 28th August and will then be meeting on Saturday 6th and Wednesday 3rd September respectively.

WI - September 4 
Our next speaker on the 4th September is Celia Hyland talking on “The Perils of a Competition Judge” so if you want to improve your competition entries this is the lady to come and hear! The meeting starts at 7.30 with the speaker first followed by refreshments. Our speaker for October is Canine Partners – Assistance Dogs for the disabled on October 2nd at Sampford Courtenay Village Hall at 7.30pm Come along and give us a try we are a friendly group and welcome visitors at the bargain cost of £3.

Raise the roof - September 4 - September 7 
Come and join us for the culmination of a years work as Get Changed Theatre Company present a magical entertaining experience inspired by the stories and legends of Castle Drogo.
GC is an Okehampton based theatre company for adults with learning disabilities. Running since 1995 the charity brings together learning disabled actors, local volunteers and professional facilitators with a wide range of experience across film, TV, theatre and music to create once-yearly spectaculars which have thrilled and surprised audiences.
This year the company has burst out of the theatre and for the first time we present a site specific spectacular based in the inspiring castle and grounds of Drogo.
Follow our Facebook page for regular updates on the show https://www.facebook.com/pages/Get-Changed/133876109988042?fref=ts
To get Tickets for Raise The Roof go to :
http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/the-get-changed-theatre-company
Tickets for RAISE THE ROOF, our September finale at Castle Drogo 4-7 September, are now available

Fun Run - September 5 
Hatherleigh Fun Run Friday 5th September 5:30pm for 6pm start. Meet in the square to register. All ages Welcome BBQ and refreshments available.

Nearly New Sale - September 6 
There will be a Nearly New Sale in Exbourne Village Hall on the 6th September at 2.15pm It is ONLY nearly new no jumble. Do not leave any donations outside the village hall but contact Jane 851300 or Gloria 851710 if you have anything to donate.

Messy Monkeys - September 6 
Messy Monkeys The Messy Meeth monkeys and the Night Owls are looking forward to their outing to Newquay Zoo on 28th August and will then be meeting on Saturday 6th and Wednesday 3rd September respectively.

Slkittles - September 6 
The Parish Hall Committee are holding a skittles and BBQ evening on Saturday 6th Sept at 7.pm. Teams of 6 but even if you’re on your own please come and join us and we will fit you in. Telephone Peter Cobbledick 01805 804234 for more details and to book in a team.

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.

Flower Club - September 8 
The meeting of the Sampford Courtenay Flower Club will be held in the Church Rooms on Monday 8 September at 7.30pm. There will be a demonstration entitled 'Visions' to be given by Alison Penno. All very welcome.

History Society - September 8 
On Monday September 8th at 7:30pm in Old Schools, Dr. Todd Gray will be giving an illustrated talk about the blackshirts of North Devon in the 1930’s. As usual all are welcome (visitors £2) Brian Abell

Carnival Royalty evening - September 12 
Hatherleigh Community Centre 6:30pm followed by disco

SHEBBEAR ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR - September 14 
Sunday 14th September 2014 at the Village Hall, Shebbear EX21 5RS. Over 20 stands offering a great selection of beautiful china, glassware, interesting ornaments, old clocks, pictures, antique furniture, books, textiles, old luggage, vintage and retro items and rural bygones. Doors open 12-4pm. Free entry. Superb refreshments. Donations to 'Help for Heroes' & hall funds. Enquires: Harvey Paulger 01409 281152.

SHEBBEAR ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR - September 14 
Sunday 14th September 2014 at the Village Hall, Shebbear EX21 5RS. Over 20 stands offering a great selection of beautiful china, glassware, interesting ornaments, old clocks, pictures, antique furniture, books, textiles, old luggage, vintage and retro items and rural bygones. Doors open 12-4pm. Free entry. Superb refreshments. Donations to 'Help for Heroes' & hall funds. Enquires: Harvey Paulger 01409 281152.

History Group - September 16 
Exbourne Local History Group's next meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday 16 September at 7.30pm. Sue Rose will give a presentation on 'The Manor of Exbourne'. Visitors are always welcome - £2 to include tea and biscuits. Further details are available from Rose Williams (secretary) on 01837 851426

Cinema Club - September 17 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 17 September, 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 10 September. 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.

Cinema Club - September 17 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 17 September, 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 10 September. 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 - September 18 
Back to our club activities; this month, on Thursday September 18th, we welcome John Collins who will give a talk entitled 'Seed to Sowing - A year's work of a Nurseryman'. We meet, as usual, at 7.30 in the Old Schools. See you there! Susan Gill 01837 810893

Devon Planning Seminar in Okehampton - September 19 
If you are one of the people who are concerned about the way Devon's countryside is faced with large numbers of wind, solar and housing developments then this half-day Seminar is a 'must attend'. Organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and featuring MP Mel Stride as a guest speaker, it aims to "provide more clarity" about the issues and how local people can have their voices heard. Click to read the poster.

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

Coffee Morning - September 26 
There is also a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Exbourne Village Hall in the AFTERNOON of the 26th September

Barn Dance - September 27 
Barn Dance Saturday 27th September, 7-11pm Hatherleigh Community Centre More details to follow.

When Magic and Science Collide! - October 7 
Oliver Meech will be performing at the Community Centre on 7th October. Oliver meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. A fun filled fusion of magic, mirth and mind reading. Expect amazing tricks inspired by outstanding science! No science knowledge required, just a mind that’s open and a jaw that’s ready to drop! Oliver has performed everywhere from Harvey Nichols to the London 2012 Olympics, the Show had a 22 night sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and Oliver is currently Discovery Channel’s magic consultant. BBC – “my jaw hit the floor” Theatre-Wales – “could rival Derren Brown” 7+ and adults, tickets will be available from Beaford Arts and the Community Centre soon, look out for posters!

Concert - October 10 
Concert An advance notice of a date for your diaries – at 7pm on Friday 10th October, Chrissie Cleverdon and John Hutton will be giving a concert of organ and trumpet music in church with a poetic interval. This will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments. Tickets £5. More details in next month’s Pump and see posters locally.

Cinema Club - October 15 

The next Hatherleigh Cinema will be on 15 October, 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 8 October. 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.

Fashion Show - October 17 
Fashion Show, Charter Hall, Okehampton. 7.00pm for 7.30pm Tickets £10 including glass of wine and light refreshments.

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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