pavilion progress & other things going on this week

Main points from the minutes of Horrabridge Parish Council, October 2019 …

Agreed to pay £970 for various costs for planning permission for new pavilion for Horrabridge Rangers Sports Association.

Mike Huda has taken over organisation of the Christmas lights.

Council has repaid £200 Eric Hemsil had to find for installing the WI’s new granite seat in Weir Park.

Another £955 is to be spent on four new benches, a special bundle  offer, made of recycled plastic and theoretically indestructible – one for the vacant layby in the park wall, approaching the bridge; one for Bedford Green (to be billed to a local family as a memorial); and a couple of spares.

Councillor Paul Beard proposed paying £400 for a servicing for the cemetery mower but councillors asked for another quote.

Quotes are also being sought for redecoration of the village hall and somebody has said it needs re-roofing.

Councillor Chris Edmondson said she is trying to get the street lights switched on earlier than 6 am, but she was warned that  Highways will resist any extension of lighting hours, in the name of global warming.

West Devon councillor Tim Bolton said his authority had bought an expensive  machine for killing weeds over large areas with steam and were looking for contracts for it.

Mike Huda warned that he would be cracking down on use of the London carpark by people who were not in the pub.



For early readers, Leaping Salmon has a last-minute booking Thurs Oct 17 for prog folkies Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra.

Friday Oct 18 the Salmon has Charley Key, guitar and vocals.

The Shed’s tip of the week is Al Stewart and band at Exeter Phoenix Friday.

Dartmouth is having a Food Festival all week, with lots of celeb chefs.

Saturday is flea market day in Tavistock Town Hall.

Buckland Monachorum Drama Group is putting on Volunteers, a comedy written by themselves about working in a charity shop – this Thursday to Sunday. Check

Tuesday to Saturday, Tavistock Musical Theatre Group’s big autumn production this year is The Sound Of Music, at the town hall.

In Okehampton it is Baring Gould Week from Monday – events for folk history lovers.

Birmingham Royal Ballet open a run with Giselle in Plymouth this week.

Local guitars and voices duo Eliza and Pete Acty, father and daughter from Yelverton, are at Calstock Arts next Friday.

But the big event of Friday Oct 25 is the now-famed fireworks display organised by the village football club. Good bonfire material can be delivered during the day, to the edge of the carpark by the pavilion.

Leaping Salmon selling tickets at £12 for a cider and cheese tasting afternoon on Sat Oct 26.

Exeter Chiefs will host The Red Roses on November 16 – England’s women’s XV against France. Tickets start at £5, £10.


Barclays Bank is proposing to cancel an agreement which allows customers to withdraw cash from post office counters, including the one in Horrabridge Stores. Due to take effect in January unless they get a lot of protest.


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