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Geoffrey speaks
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

July 21, 2011: : A well-known Hatherleigh personality visited Exbourne Tuesday to talk about Hatherleigh Moor at the meeting of the Exbourne Local History Group. Geoffrey Cleverdon educated and entertained with his polished 1 hour presentation about the background of the Moor, and in particular its chequered history during the WWII years and after. 'The Moor has 365 acres, one for every day of the year', is an easy-to-remember phrase, though apparently it's a myth. Geoffrey was able to confirm that it's actually 400+ acres! The goverment requisitioned the Moor in 1940 for food production and wanted to keep it after WWII but misjudged local support, which demanded, and won, its return to the town. A Management Company then took over and the rest is also history, with Geoffrey being a leading light for the past 60 years. Apparently the rhyme about John o'Gaunt giving the Moor to potboilers (broadly speaking the residents of Hatherleigh) is also a myth ... ah well, you can't win 'em all! More Exbourne news here.

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