KEEPING IT SHORT: NEWS ROUND-UP 9/11/2018

Local victory marks 100th Remembrance Sunday

Horrabridge At War, the exhibition which ran in the village hall for two days last weekend, raised £1400 for restoration of the parchment version of the village roll of honour of military dead, normally kept in St John’s Church, where it has got a little damp now and then. Adult visitors paid £3 a head and bought raffle tickets to exceed the target the Combined Service Group had in mind.

See our page from last weekend for some nice pictures from the day before the event, by villager Maxwell Law …

click here


Magpie Park silence

What is happening at Magpie Bridge?

It is hard to get quotable answers, because the site owners are locked in a tricky legal argument with the Dartmoor National Park Authority about how much permission they actually need to do what they want – which is to turn the park into a retirement community, with touring caravans replaced by American-style trailers, which are only theoretically moveable.

Barton Park Homes of Plymouth claim they are entitled to fit in 80 caravan-style homes on the basis of old planning permissions and the blind eye turned to developments since, including a handful of year-round residencies. They want a certificate of lawfulness for what is already there and for use of vacant spaces and will be prepared to go to appeal to get it if the Dartmoor NPA objects. It is a legal argument about the existing position rather than an application for planning permission, so Devon Highways do not have any say about impact on the A386, which is the main problem raised in objections so far.

Both sides still talking to their lawyers and reluctant to talk detail.

The developers already run parks along the lines they apparently have in mind, including one at Glenholt, Plymouth, where chalets are currently on sale at prices ranging from £100,000 to £180,000.

Horrabridge Parish Council might touch on the matter at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 but has not yet given a point of view to Dartmoor NPA, since voting to support it at first glance and then asking for time for second thoughts. The last planning committee meeting was mainly concerned with the shed-office in the yard of London House, opposite the London Inn, just visible over the fence, which the councillors have decided to object to.


Saucy History Success

This interesting Victorian lady is the poster girl for a walk-and-talk on Bygone Brothels of Barnstaple which is being repeated after going down well a few times already. Next tour, led by professional clairvoyant and local historian Sue Pengelly, is next Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at St Anne’s Arts Centre, EX31 1SX, 7.30 pm, and returning there for  cuppas and cake, £10 a head. More repeats planned for next year. Book by calling 01805 624624 or online via

www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/

The photograph might be of a Barnstaple street-walker in the days when the town still had a lot of sailors stopping by. But probably not. Sue Pengelly told us: “I found her on Google and don’t know where she lived. I just liked her bored look.”


Tonight and beyond

Tonight (Friday Nov 9) Wildwood Arts on Chapel Lane are throwing open their doors at 6.30 and inviting all in for wine, nibbles, and a preview of their winter exhibition, running daily from Saturday morning to until Christmas Eve. Nice cards, jewellery, ceramics and so on, by the best of local artists, also on sale.

Also tonight, the original On The Waterfront, with Marlon Brando, is showing in St John’s Church – free entry but refreshments on sale and small donations expected.

Tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 10), the cinema dub at Yelverton has one of its alt. nights for fringe hits – spooky thriller Personal Shopper, liked by the critics but not so much by audiences so far.

Monday (Nov 12), Seasick Steve plays Exeter University.

Tuesday is Horrabridge Times Chess Club – this week in the Leaping Salmon from 6.30.

Friday (Nov 16) the Tavonians start a short tour in Meavy, with their production from Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads scripts. For venues and times, see their poster, and other local entertainments announcements (and Cartoon Of The Week) – here

For a fuller what’s on calendar, including events further afield, click here


Roadworks warnings

Roadworks
A386 Road From Bedford House to Magpie Park, Magpie, Devon
07 November — 07 November
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: Opposite Walkham House
Works description: Vehicles/Hoist in carriageway – No excavation
Responsibility for works: WESTERN POWER DISTRIBUTION (SOUTH WEST)
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LN031M12770582890B
A386 Road From Grenofen Cross to Bedford Bridge, Grenofen, Devon
07 November — 07 November
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: opposite magpie cottages
Works description: Light Head Only – No excavation
Responsibility for works: WESTERN POWER DISTRIBUTION (SOUTH WEST)
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LN031M12770582890A
Merrivale View Road, Dousland, Devon
09 November — 12 November
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: MERRIVALE VIEW ROAD WALKHAMPTON
Works description: RESURFACING AND ASSOCIATED WORKS
Responsibility for works: Devon
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: DG800POTHOLEGLE184228643
Road From Knighton to The Angle, Crapstone, Devon
13 November — 14 November
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: JNC THE CRESCENT ROAD FROM KNIGHTON TO THE ANGLE TO JNC ROAD FROM WAR MEMORIAL TO SOUTH LODGE CRAPSTONE DEVON PL20 7PN
Works description: Access required to Underground BT structure to restore service – No structural changes. Work being carried out on existing BT Network.
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: BC005CC1W0014NOVWW0TRH35
Cross Park, Buckland Monachorum, Devon
06 November — 08 November
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: O/S 19
Works description: INVESTIGATE LOSS OF WATER PRESSURE
Responsibility for works: South West Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LM213MB7374010
Modyford Walk, Buckland Monachorum, Devon
08 November — 12 November
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: O/S 73
Works description: WATER METER INSTALLATION
Responsibility for works: South West Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LM211MT7350652
The Crescent, Crapstone, Devon
08 November — 12 November
Delays unlikely Traffic control (give & take)
Works location: O/S LINDISFARNE
Works description: INVESTIGATE LOSS OF WATER PRESSURE
Responsibility for works: South West Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LM213MB7384792
Woodlands, Dousland, Devon
08 November — 12 November
Delays unlikely Some carriageway incursion
Works location: O/S HUNTERS MOON
Works description: WATER METER INSTALLATION
Responsibility for works: South West Water
Current status: Planned work about to start
Works reference: LM211MT7361297

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