This weekend, one of the biggest antique furniture and household item dealers in Devon is having a closing down sale with no reserves – meaning everything must go, whatever the price. The two-day sell-up of 800 lots from Cullompton Antiques runs Sat-Sun Sept 28/29 2019 at The Old Tannery, Cullompton, EX15 1DT . Dartmoor Auctions of Chagford are running the sale and bids can be made through their website. Viewing evening this Friday.

Lot 36: Collection of vintage brass blow lamps and primus stoves.



Good progress over at the playing fields. Horrabridge Parish Council is almost ready to apply for permission to build a new pavilion, a little larger than the one there now, along the lines sketched out at the link  below …


Ball-park estimate of costs is £365,000. Horrabridge Parish Council has £25,000 to get things going. Devon FA can probably give £100,000 if the village  can raise the rest. Horrabridge Rangers have some ideas, but planning permission is the first step. That could be done by the end of the year.



Police were involved in a chase round the lanes after being called at 1.40 am Wednesday morning with reports of a burglary at Co-op Foods in Yelverton.
It was reported that a group of people, in possession of a trolley full of cigarettes, had been seen leaving the area on foot.
Units attended the area to carry out a search and located a vehicle which failed to stop, police said later. Further searches located one man in a tree and one man “in the river” – presumably the Meavy but not yet confirmed.
Two men from Bristol, aged 27 and 29, along with a 35-year-old man from Plymouth and a 32-year-old man from Barnstaple were arrested on suspicion of burglary but released on bail on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Devon Police are also investigating a major raid on North Devon by organised van robbers between September 19 and September 24th.

About 20 tradesmen in Ilfracombe and Bideford lost their tools and some wallets and a vehicle per night was drained of fuel.

Police said: “All of the vehicles were work vans and at least seven of those were Ford Transit vans. If you own a Ford Transit or Tourneo Customs van, built between 28 March 2012 and 1 July 2017, a free Ford Security Fix may be available.  Contact your local Ford van dealership to check if your vehicle is eligible.”



The first Horrabridge Apple Day at the Leaping Salmon saw 180 litres of juice pressed from 250 kilos of apples and a steady stream of visitors, including some who brought their own presses.

Manager Fred Andrews and his team did a good job with this one, hired in from an outfit called Orchard Link  …

Fred said: “Next year we’re going to try and have a much bigger event, with a bbq and live music.”



Dartmoor National Park Authority ambassadors Dan Janota and Sheryl Stansbury dealt with a trickle of  visitors to a drop-in event in the parish hall on Tuesday afternoon, to discuss the new Dartmoor development strategy they are producing. A local landowner sent them away with questions to ask about the last time their maps were  updated. As for housing site allocation, any development along the river on the downhill side of the village has been pretty firmly ruled out and New Park remains the most likely target area. Consultation still on but not for much longer.
Also from local government this week …
West Devon Council wants reports on any empty properties on its patch. Some grants are available for buildings rescue. See



Chagford Film Festival still on this weekend. Also Teignmouth Shanty Festival.

Friday to Sunday, Dartington Barn Cinema is screening a well-reviewed new Cornish indie film, Bait.

Saturday night is the big fundraising concert for Horrabridge School: Mad Dog Mcrea and Friends, 5.30-11 pm. Check the Horrabridge Times next week for a review. For remaining tickets try HERE

Wednesday mornings from here on, the Leaping Salmon Cafe is opening 9 to noon for chat hosted by Ali Mansfield, the Methodist community worker for the village – but anyone can drop in.

Wednesday evening, well-travelled Horrabridge photographer Max Law will be talking at Tavistock Camera Club, United Reformed Church, PL19 8BD, from 7.30 pm. Non-members can get in for a fiver.

Next Friday Oct. 4 and Sat. Oct 5, Jonathan Agnew brings his Evening With Aggers to the local circuit – Plymouth Red House on the Friday and Launceston Town Hall on the Saturday.

Saturday Oct. 5 is the beginning of eight days of events in Sidmouth Science Festival.


New entries on our calendar include …

Dartmouth Food Festival, Oct 18-20 – classy event.

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival – three weeks of night swimming, stargazing etc starting Oct. 14.

Okehampton is celebrating its part in folk music history with various events, including a song school, in a Baring-Gould Festival, named after the song collector, late October.

October 27, Al Stewart is at Exeter Northcott with a great band, The Empty Pockets. Sample them here …


Find out more What’s On Round Yer by clicking  HERE


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