NEWS ROUND-UP

VILLAGE ROWER HEADING FOR THE OFF

The Rowing Marine, Lee Spencer of Horrabridge, has just arrived in Gibraltar to prepare to row the Atlantic for a second time – pursuing a new individual record.

Two years ago, Lee, coming to terms with the loss of one leg at the knee, crossed the water with a team of similarly disabled forces veterans. Last year, he was all set to do it again, alone, but had to cancel when he heard his mother was dying. Now the winds and tides should be right again on the morning of December 12.

He said in his blog this week: “These last few days will be filled with packing, eating, media interviews, and trying not to think too much about the journey ahead.

His wife, Claire, said in a post on his site: “Obviously I’m worried but just want him to get it over with now and come home. Just go smash it, Lee!”

Follow his progress at

http://yb.tl/therowingmarine

CALL TO GARDENERS

The Horrabridge Open Gardens event, for St Luke’s Hospice, has been scheduled for June 2 next year – announced this week for diary purposes..

Half a dozen villagers have already agreed to throw their grounds open but more still welcome. Contact Marianne Williams on 855839 or Helen McFarlane at pewtor@hotmail.com

FASHION SALE

Ladies’ boutique Angel of Fore Street, Okehampton, has launched a closing-down sale, running until December 15. Founders Amanda Bright and Angela Jones are retiring.

LOCAL STAR’S NEW ALBUM

Seth Lakeman, Buckland man and brother of Horrabridge’s Sean Lakeman, has a new folk-rock album out, A Well Worn Path, picking up good reviews in time for a tour starting February. You can sample it at

www.sethlakeman.co.uk/latest-news/

AND MORE AT …

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