EUROPE AS SEEN FROM YER
Horrabridge views are in the news …
Plymouth Live, the online news service from the Western Morning News and Evening Herald, got called on to chip into an online conversation about Brexit, called Britain Talks, organised by publishers Reach PLC, now owners of the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror as well as an equally diverse collection of regional papers.
The idea is to set up a whole series of talks between political adversaries, leading eventually to world peace, no doubt, and you can get yourself invited to take part if you click HERE
Meanwhile, at the same web address, you can watch a video of Paul Bosacki, village builder and landlord, in conversation with an American lady who runs a Plymouth science company .
Mr Bosacki got recruited because a Plymouth Live editor, Jacqui Merrington, knew somebody who knew somebody who had heard a mile or two of the Brexit debate in the London Inn and recommended him as a spokesman for the Leave vote. As it was, though, he struggled a bit to get a word in edgeways.
The editor wrote in her blog: “I couldn’t agree more with the Remain argument and her fears over the future of her business and international relations with Europe. But I felt frustrated that she spent so much of the hour trying to convince our Leave voter he was wrong.”
Easter events lined up everywhere you look – including, of course, some without chocolate, in the churches.
The London Inn has an Easter Egg Hunt and a Bonnet Competition starting 10 am in its carpark on Sunday. The Garden House at Buckland has a Bunny Hunt going on all day, as well as bluebells bursting out on cue, and kids get in free with a paying adult under a new Garden House policy. All the National Trust properties are in on the game, including Buckland Abbey and Lydford Gorge.
Easter Day Communion in St John’s Church, with the Rev. Gary Shirley, starts 10.30 am. Church announcements always welcome here via firstname.lastname@example.org/
MEET YOUR NEW MAN
Tim Bolton is the new councillor for Burrator Ward on West Devon Council.
He is elected unopposed to replace Horrabridge’s own David Cloke, who is standing down on May 2 for a well-deserved break from public service after 27 years on parish council and borough council – and spin-off jobs including Mayor.
Horrabridge used to be in Walkham Ward, connected to Whitchurch, but is now in “Burrator” with Walkhampton, Meavy, Sheepstor and Burrator itself. The ward is represented by two councillors and Diana Moyse, Conservative, is returning. She is one of the local points of contact on borough affairs and Mr Bolton will become the other – contact details to follow here soon.
Aged 54, he has lived in the area for 16 years, first in Tavistock and then in Crapstone. He has three teenage daughters who all went to Horrabridge Primary School. He is an artist, especially in ceramics, who moved into further and higher education and is currently vice principal of Plymouth College of Art. He joined the Liberal Democrats in sympathy with their opposition to Brexit but likes their politics generally and will join their group on West Devon Council.
The Lib Dems have also found themselves a candidate for neighbouring Buckland Monachorum Ward, taking in Yelverton, where West Devon council leader Philip Sanders (Conservative) is under challenge from several directions.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
Monday April 22 is the best-of-the-quarter sale at Drakes Auctions of Tavistock. Open for viewing the previous day.
The new life story of Rudolf Nureyev, The White Crow, is at The Wharf, Tues. April 23 to Thurs. April 25, at 7 pm each day and at 2pm too on Thursday. Wild Rose, the well-reviewed story of a Glasgow girl who wants to be a Nashville star, takes over the Wharf cinema at 2 pm on Friday and returns on Weds May 1 and Thurs May 2. Fisherman’s Friends, about the Port Isaac shanty singers, is on this Sunday (April 21), from 6 pm.
Foot-stomping folk from Sheelanagig at Calstock Arts next Friday. Sample HERE
Porthleven Festival, mainly about food but with buskers and so on, is all next weekend.(starting Fri April 26).
For more events information, see
The Horrabridge Times Postboard, including posters, roadworks and rubbish announcements HERE
The Horrabridge Times Calendar, running as far ahead as we can see HERE
YOUR OPINIONS REQUIRED
What sometimes looks like a pubs revival can easily go the other way and while Horrabridge and Walkhampton celebrate an improvement from one pub to three over the past 18 months, the Cornwood Arms has become a surprise addition to the endangered list. Locals are trying to get it registered as a community asset, to improve its chances of remaining a pub. Help by filling in one of those blinking surveys HERE
And while on the subject of surveys which make you grind your teeth but might actually achieve something small eventually, West Devon Council is appealing for voters to give some guidance to the new council being formed on May 2 by ticking a few boxes about Tavistock
You have until close of play on Tuesday April 30.
C’MON IF YOU’RE HARD ENOUGH
Names being taken for the tough little 6-mile race known as The Buckland Bounder on Buckland Monachorum Fair Day, June 8. Fun run for kids also on. See
The big open-water swim at Roadford Lake, PL16 0JL, is a growing annual event, with categories now ranging from 500 metres to 8K on June 16 this year. See
The Dartmoor Yomp, the annual opportunity to walk with the Marines and join them for a beer at Bickleigh, is on June 22. Details should come up HERE
THE SHED GUIDE TO TAVISTOCK PLANNING
Hands up who else saw the artists’ impressions of the redevelopment scheduled for Tavistock high street and had no idea where it was?
It all looked so idyllic it was hard to work out which bit of which real street you were actually looking at.
The answer is the rather plain block mainly occupied by the Shoe King discount store at 51-55 Brook Street, between Palmers the butchers and Superdrug. The redeveloped block will have a smart new face at the back, too, where it borders on Market Street, alongside the river. At a glance, it is hard to see why it had to overcome so many objections.
* The Shed is the headquarters of the Horrabridge Times, just over the horizon from this picture by Shirley Kirkcaldy …