Landmark property for sale

One of the prime properties in the valley is up for sale – Sortridge Manor,  a 10-bedroom 16th-century house in seven and a bit acres of lovingly landscaped grounds, at the top of the road out of the village towards Whitchurch.

London-based businessman Chris Andrews and his wife, Purdey, rescued it from long-term decay 12 years ago and it was home to their six children while they finished growing up.

Then they bought the Leaping Salmon, two years ago, did a similarly major rescue job and installed son Fred as manager.

Now the house is being advertised for sale, by Kivells of Liskeard, with a guide price of twelve hundred thousand (£1.2 million).

Mr Andrews said today: “It’s been a great project but we always knew the time would come to sell it and move on. All the children are grown and it’s time to downsize.  Certainly we will be looking for somewhere else locally but certainly it won’t be the pub. The pub has got nothing to do with this decision.”

Find the property details HERE

What’s On this week


Mad Dog Mcrea at Morwellham.

First of a series of new-look worship events at St John’s Church, monthly on the last Friday night – Ignite, organised by Methodist outworker Ali Mansfield.

Jousting shows at Powderham Castle.


Plymouth Military Wives Choir in concert at Plymouth Athenaeum, 7.30. Book through Barbican Theatre.


The Horrabridge Secret Garden Trail – buy a ticket in Weir Park for entry to eight gardens, 11am to 4 pm, where hosts will be supplying cocktails, coffee, cake, music, plants – and raffle tickets for the painting under completion below, by successful Plymouth artist Brian Pollard, who donated it to mark the 10th anniversary of the Open Gardens effort in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

Also happening on Sunday is Tavistock Steam Fair.


Lunchtime talk at The Wharf, 2-3, on breeding waterlife for aquariums and ponds.


Guitar maestro Gordon Giltrap at The Wharf.


The Kit Hill Billies at the Leaping Salmon from 9 pm – first-class covers of Johnny Cash and other great country and rockabilly by a Bere-way band, plus some nice comedy of their own.

Calstock Arts promising a guest appearance by guitar legend John Williams, in support of his daughter, Kate, who is playing in a jazz ensemble called Four Plus Three.

Royal Cornwall Show (also Saturday).


New summer exhibition open at Wildwood Arts.


A booking agency called Laughable Entertainment has been lining up an interesting series of talk acts for lesser-known Devon venues including The Red House, a drama school theatre in Plymouth, and Launceston Town Hall. Comedian Griff Rhys Jones and cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew are on the agenda for this autumn, along with politicians Michael Portillo, Alan Johnson and the South West’s new MEP Ann Widdecombe. Find the full list at www.laughablecomedy.com/

For more events and more details, check our What’s On calendar, regularly updated, at


And by the way …

* Here in The Shed, where the Horrabridge Times is produced, the news of a gospel-style gathering in the church, starting this Friday night, led to a search through our record collection for contemporary Christian music.

Among the finds was From A Distance – a worldwide hit for the Texan singer Nanci Griffith in 1987 and a favourite new song of praise ever since.

The writer, Julie Gold, has spoken of how the words poured out of her as if being dictated.

But listen to it closely and its message is as sombre as it is beautiful. From a distance, the world is a beautiful thing, it says. And that is how God sees it – a perfect jewel in space. The mudslides and the plagues and the bombs and the stupidity are details beyond or beneath the Creator’s gaze. Or are we missing the point?

Hear it again at


* New on our Postboard page is a timetable for a new bus service, the Dartmoor Sunday Bus, running Callington-Tavistock-Okehampton through the summer, with stops along the way. The main idea is to link up with train services at either end to facilitate circular day trips round Devon. But it will also make various shorter outings possible.

The Postboard page is a free advertising space for leaflets and posters of local interest. Find it HERE

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