The Shed is headquarters to the Horrabridge Times, situated just over the horizon and off to the left a bit from this local landscape by Shirley Kirkcaldy, one of the artists supplying Wildwood Arts in Chapel Lane, best gift shop for miles around here.

The Horrabridge Times is usually read by 250-300 people a week and occasionally bounces to a thousand for a good story. And the what’s on section works.

Bribe your way in for not much. Probably publish your events for free anyway. Email

The log for the last week goes:


Horrabridge School PTFA announces an excellent support act for its ambitious fund-raiser at the end of September – a loca mini-Glasto on the school field at night, starring Mad Dog Mcrea “and Friends”.

First of the friends to be confirmed are the excellent Kit Hillbillies, from Bere and beyond, who usually warm the house up with a solid cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues and do some nice comic songs of their own too. Tickets £15 and they should be easy to trade. For links, see our story last week HERE

Meanwhile, Radio Walkham still promising a free Party In The Park, with at least a couple of pro bands and some good local singers, on August 3.

And the Friends Of St St John’s Church are offering something probably a bit more cerebral a few days later – kinda folk & classical, Ninebarrow, been touring local churches including Meavy a few months ago. Tickets for them at our church on August 8 HERE

The Kit Hillbillies.


The Shed caught up on a bit of Glastonbury and was disappointed. But nowadays, frankly, we quickly lose interest in almost anyone who is not likely to break into Folsom Prison Blues.

Which gives us an opportunity to quote from a letter to the Times summing the event up as: Sky-high prices and a wall to keep out the poor, coupled with an audience made up of half a million Guardian readers glamping in a yurt.”

Not quite fair, of course, but sweetly said.


The times they clearly are a-changing an all. The Shed’s prediction for turn-out to a talk on climate change on a Sunday night would have been four and a dog. But there must have been 40 people – and, of course, several dogs – spread over two rooms in the Leaping Salmon to listen to a lecture from 22-year-old Arthur Andrews, newly qualified in biology at Bristol and currently back home with his family … including dad Chris, who owns the pub, brother Fred, who runs it, and mum Perdie, who took Arthur and a party of local sympathisers to London in April for the road occupations in the name of Extinction Rebellion.

The Sunday poker club was squeezed into the upstairs room for the evening and everybody listened politely to Arthur’s explanation of the simple truth as it seems to his generation. Most of his audience were considerably older – but mostly sympathetic. And everybody was startled by one fact or another. Like, what is the proportion of humankind to other mammals on the Earth? Answer, 10,000 years ago, was one percent man and 99 percent wild animals. Today, it is 36 percent man, 60 percent domesticated animals and 4 percent wildlife.

Arthur said history showed that direct action moved governments when it involved about four percent of the population.

The Tavistock warriors will be meeting again in the pub at noon on Sunday and can be contacted anytime via the Extinction Rebellion website or


Horrabridge Rangers Sports Association had a good annual meeting this evening, full of progress reports, ideas and enthusiasm.

The club is now the footballing centre for quite a big area and looks well set to fill a vacancy for a summer five-a-side tournament to replace Tavistock’s Son Rise Festival, which is wrapping up because of overstretch.

But the village pavilion and pitches need investment.

The parish council has been holding fire, with £25,000 to chip in. But it turns out the club now has a full pavilion plan ready for approval and is halfway to getting it.

Club secretary Dutchy Mulholland said he had been showing councillors some nice drawings, to be put up for general inspection soon, of a new two-changing-room pavilion estimated at £335,000. If HPC chips in its £25,000, the Devon FA will stump up £100,000 and the club can see ways to raise the rest. Crowdfunding page under construction and a new fund-raising committee already at work.


The Shed went looking for some weedkiller for a gravel path and chose what looked like a decent-sized tub of crystals, rather than half a pint of fluid in a spray gun made of five kinds of plastic. Turned out that within the plastic tub were six disposable plastic tubes, with six disposable plastic caps, each containing one dose of the chemicals, sufficient for about four feet of path, at about a pound a yard. And not very effective on a loose surface anyway, it turned out.

No doubt European health & safety has something to do with it and no wonder people want to go back to being able to buy a gallon of proper creosote when they need it, says The Shed.

Somebody remembered an old market gardener who used to tell him if you invented seawater, it would fall foul of an EU directive, because salt was such an effective indiscriminate herbicide. And from The Shed’s files, we find a recipe involving a cup of table salt in a gallon of white vinegar, with some washing liquid to make it sticky. Working on it. Has anyone got a better one?

On the subject of plastic waste, The Shed has been running a few questions past West Devon’s new recycling policy chief, Councillor Caroline Mott, whose job it is to get some sense into waste disposal.

It has been reported lately that food waste bags, like The Shed gets from Tesco, are a bit of a con – compostable only in certain conditions, although they get taken away ok. Lately, some of our magazines come in plastic wraps made from starch and we thought they looked handy too.

But Cllr Mott says:

Compostable bags are something of a red herring. While these products do break down, they tend to do so only under very specific conditions in an industrial processor called an In-Vessel Composter, or IVC. The food waste from West Devon is sent to an anaerobic digester while our garden waste is sent for windrow composting. These processes are similar to IVC, but it has been found that so-called ‘compostable’ products do not break down as well in these processes and can affect the end quality of the product.

We allow the use of compostable liners in our food waste caddies, but it’s not our preferred option; we prefer customers to leave it loose or line their caddies with newspaper. We don’t accept ‘compostable’ products of any kind with our garden waste collections.

The real issue is that these so-called compostable packages are just continuing to enable a disposal culture, and could be seen as a greenwashing trend for producers rather than encouraging consumer change by reducing and reusing packaging instead.”


To be continued …


Attempted to try the new Chagford-style pizza van which is supposed to be at Yelverton every Wednesday now, 5-8 pm, taking the place of the Plymouth outfit which tried it for a few months last year.

The new one, the Wood Fired Hatch, had a private booking tonight, which we could have found out by looking at their Facebook page – LINK FOLLOWS LATER

Meanwhile, we can tell you where they ought to be next week – just off the roundabout in the St Paul’s corner.

Also noted today: Horrabridge Parish Council planning committee has been advised that Dartmoor National Park is likely to approve the latest application to build housing in the paddock alongside Fillace Lane, between back of London Inn and youth club. Councillors would rather the space remained open for now but having had some assurances from the developers agent, they are raising no objection.


Forward Diary highlights ..

Friday July 5

Horrabridge School Summer Fair, 3-5.30.

Saturday July 6

The Rev. Gary Shirley enjoyed his yard sale so much last week he is having a second day of it – the Rectory, Tor View, off St John’s Road.

Sunday July 7

10 am, Fillace Park – Men and women over 50, or wanting to scrap with over-50s, wanted for a second session of walking football, with a view to eventually producing a mixed team or two for occasional outings. More fun than it might sound if you haven’t tried it.

And beyond …

The Shed hopes to take a look at a meeting in Peter Tavy, where the Environment Agency is explaining its new plans for “sustainable” flood control in Tavy and Walkham catchments – with Walkhampton and Peter Tavy selected as trial areas. There is talk of some fairly ambitious groundworks along the upper reaches of the rivers. More when we get it. Meeting is Peter Tavy Village Hall, 7.30, Thursday July 11.

* One day, we hope to make an honest shilling out of our What’s On Round Yer calendar. Help by checking it before you go by clicking HERE

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