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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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Market Meeting - April 22 
MARKET MEETING What is happening? Please come along and discuss the future of our town and market the Town Council, the planners, the consultants and the owners of the market are particularly welcome. At the community centre on 22nd April at 7:30pm.

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

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.

Winkleigh Morris - May 13 
8pm Toridge Inn, Taddiport

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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