The Shed is hq of the Horrabridge Times – back a bit and round the corner from our cover picture, which is reproduced courtesy of local artist Shirley Kirkcaldy, who sells through Wildwood Arts in Chapel Lane.
SALMON IS (NEARLY) BACK
The Leaping Salmon’s winter break is over and the pub re-opens 6 pm this Friday evening, Jan 11, and then every day except Mondays. However, the cafe is still shut for a couple more weeks and the pub will be shut in the afternoons, 3-5, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, until the end of the winter.
Meanwhile, on Sunday night (Jan 13) folk band Granny’s Attic have promised to drop by and play, after a recording session with local Sean Lakeman. Sample them at
For posters for that event and more, see our Postboard page here
Events include a new Christian book group starting at the Salmon (upstairs) on Wednesday evening.
By the way, the London Inn will have a rare closed night from 7 pm next Sunday (Jan 20) for a staff party.
PS: The Salmon beat The London 11-0 at darts last Sunday, in their first league meeting since Horrabridge became a two-pub village again.
LEE SPENCER IS OFF
Horrabridge’s one-legged “Rowing Marine”, Lee Spencer, finally launched his attempt to row the Atlantic solo on Wednesday this week, starting from Portimao in Portugal, instead of Gibraltar, as originally planned. Track him in real time, for the next 90 days or so, at
HORSE TALK IS HORSE****
A blogger called sarahjgodley has spoken up for millions of horse-lovers who have been irritated for years by sound engineers apparently using the same neigh for almost every horse in almost every scene since films went talkie. It is the neigh of an excited stallion and usually makes no sense if you have any idea of horse talk, she says – especially when the horse in question has its mouth shut. Still looking for a link to the sound – send it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you find it?
HOW TO PUFF YOUR LOCAL
Good Pub guides are ten a penny and having any say in them usually involves joining the Campaign For Real Ale or hiring your own author. But the Telegraph is offering free entry, with prizes, to a competition to come up with its own People’s Choice list …
Send an email to email@example.com
Put the name of the pub and its postcode in the Subject box.
Write your name, address and contact number, at the top of the message.
Write up to 100 words on why it is an outstanding pub.
HOLY CITY IN TWO HOURS
Some recent discussion about place names on the Guardian letters page threw up the information that Devon has a Holy City. Turns out it’s a hamlet on the Devon side of the border with Dorset, near Axminster.