Hooley at The School

Tickets now on sale for the village party of the year – an open-air concert by festival favourites Mad Dog Mcrea “and friends” on the Horrabridge School playing field, night of September 28.

The promoter billing, HPNS, stands for Horrabridge Primary & Nursery School.


The “friends” of the band are still being lined up, along with other details, including parking, but the date is a firm one and nearly a quarter of the 400 tickets provisionally allocated are already sold. Mad Dog have a big following in the region and are playing at both Glastonbury and Chagstock this summer.

Band leader Michael Mathieson, an Irishman matured in Plymouth, lives with his partner Olivia Dunn in Horrabridge and they have a daughter at the school. He owns the White Thorn at Shaugh Prior but sometimes drinks socially in the Leaping Salmon.

As a favour to the school’s Parents, Teachers & Friends Association, he is playing for free and organising a bar at cost price. All profits from tickets and bar sales will go to the school. The programme will run from 5.30 to 11 pm on the Saturday in question. Tickets (for over-14s only) are £15, plus £1 booking fee, from

Horrabridge School PTFA will be posting updates on their Facebook page. Wet weather arrangements are being made but the plan is to have a stage which will work for most normal conditions.

Sample the band HERE

Meanwhile this weekend

Friday June 28 – Chris Difford (ex Squeeze) at Calstock Arts.

Friday June 28 – New monthly evangelical meeting, Ignite, at St John’s Church, 7.30.

Friday June 28 – Last concert of Milton Combe Piano Festival.

Sat June 29 – Gary and Carol Shirley selling up to move on – yard sale at The Rectory, Tor View, off St John’s Road, PL20 7RE, 8-4.

Sat June 29 – Fallen Cedars play the Leaping Salmon from 8. Sample them HERE

Sat June 29, all day – Okehampton Food & Music Festival. For posters, see our Postboard page HERE

Sat June 29, all day – Armed Forces Day in Plymouth: various events.

Sun June 30 – Local branch of Extinction Rebellion leads a debate on global warming and all that in the Leaping Salmon

Also on this weekend and this week: Engine festival at Morwellham – Let’s Rock fest inc Noel Gallagher at Powderham – Rebel Film Festival, Plymouth – Kylie Minogue at Eden Project –

for details of all these events and more see our What’s On Calendar HERE


And beyond …

New game for old limbs: Horrabridge Rangers has started recruiting for a “walking football” team for the over-50s – open to men and women.

The first run-out was last Sunday (June 23) and the next will be Sunday week (July 7), from 10 am in Fillace Park.

The plan is to meet once a fortnight and eventually to take part in tournaments once a month, home or away, involving a series of 10-minute games against similar teams in a new league being set up by the Devon FA.

Tackles are rare and the no-running rule means there is not much momentum involved when they happen, so the game is suitable for all shapes, sizes and sexes.

Our 69-year-old reporter says: “It’s not as easy as it sounds. After half an hour of gentle play, I hurt for two days. But it was enjoyable exercise.”

Contact is Allan Yeo, on 853831.

Meanwhile, the club will be holding its annual meeting, and looking for volunteers to help out in various ways, upstairs at the Leaping Salmon on Monday (July 1) from 7.30 – open to all.


Folk at the church: Friends of St John’s Church are selling tickets for a visit by Ninebarrow, winners of a Radio 2 Folk Award, on Friday August 9. Sample HERE

Get tickets HERE


Good band on a boat: Look up Children’s Hospice South West for details of a fund-raising cruise out of Ilfracombe, afternoon of Sunday August 11, including cocktail party and music from Good Company. Sample them HERE



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