MISSING THE RAVING LOONIES
Tavistock should have been a comfortable stop for Geoffrey Cox, after 15 years as MP for Torridge & West Devon with twice as many votes as anyone else.
But most of the 200 people who turned up at the United Reformed Church for the Tavistock Times Hustings last night had come to scoff. Mr Cox’s rallying calls for Boris and getting Brexit done got clapped by one Workington Man, two Tory councillors and half a dozen others. His audience preferred Siobhan Strode, Labour, a nice teacher who said she had just been out marching for the planet with primary kids in Torrington.
Mr Cox was reduced to boasting that even the Tories would have all our cars on the scrapheap by 2030 – replaced by nice electric ones. The audience sniffed. Not good enough. The Green man, Chris Jordan, a nurse from Bideford, was applauded for saying we ought to be aiming for no cars at all.
David Chalmers, Lib Dem from Appledore in a management suit, put the Remain case with an air of wonder at how civilised it all was round here. Much nicer than most of the country, he mentioned,
The Horrabridge Times sneaked out early to catch the end of Gogglebox, where Mr Malone was saying he needed a Monster Raving Loony – “the only way forward from this lot”.
Torridge & West Devon does actually have one slightly offbeat independent candidate, Bob Wootton of Bideford, 79, author of Creating Responsible Capitalism, but he was unable to attend last night and he is one of the majority of candidates who still have not leafletted Horrabridge.
VILLAGE STORES UP FOR BIDS
Tony & Denyse Hopkins have decided to sell Horrabridge Stores, after 13 years at the heart of the village.
Their shop and large flat (formerly two) are up for bids, with a suggested price of £479,950 for the whole bundle as a going concern, with the Post Office franchise definitely included
Denyse said today: “I’m 63 and Tony is not far behind me and it could easily take a couple of years to find the right buyer. We’ve both got other interests and the business means seven days a week of 6 am starts, starting with Tony doing 25 miles of paper round.”
Tony used to be an electrical engineer for the likes of Rolls Royce and Range Rover. Dee was a teacher. They came together in Portsmouth and decided to find a business they could run together – and the Horrabridge opportunity came in first.
Now they and their two springers are well settled here and will remain in the area, preferably in the village.
picture by Max Law – https://www.maxwelllawphotography.com/
Details of the stores property and agent are HERE
The Game Larder at Yelverton is also on the market, four years after its last relaunch. Asking price for the remaining leasehold, running to Jan 2023, is £95,000.
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As for the Old Post Office, sale being completed to a family who want to continue to develop the building as a home. No word yet on what their thoughts are on the shop at the front.
DOGGY MIDDLE-AGE SETS IN AT TWO
Scientists have found a new way of measuring ageing in animals against that of humans, using a test for compounds called methylates, which build up as the clock ticks from the day we are all born. Roughly speaking, they say, it is true that one doggy year is roughly equivalent to seven human years in terms of total life span – 10 years or so average against around 70.
But the dog develops faster to start with. A labrador, for example, at eight weeks is equivalent to a nine-month-old toddler. And it keeps hurtling through its alloted span. By the time it is two, it is physically equivalent to a 40-year-old, although we are inclined to think of it as still a teenager. By the time it is three, it is in its 50s. Then the deterioration slows down so by the time the dog is 10, it probably feels a bit like us at 68. The science on all this is at www.biorxiv.org/
THE GOSSIP SPOT: DANIEL CRAIG’S LITTLE SECRET
Lee Child, writer of the Jack Reacher books, was talking in an interview we found in a waiting room, about his hero, 6 foot 5 and 18 stone, being played by Tom Cruise, 5 foot 7.
He said it made perfect sense. Cruise was a big guy in Hollywood terms …
“All actors are small. Clint Eastwood is about 5/11. Daniel Craig is tiny. The camera favours smaller people.”
Note for the book clubs: Child said the best new thrillers were being written by women – he mentioned Shaari Lapena, Karin Slaughter and Sue Grafton.
FRIDAY NOV 29
Horrabridge Lights switch-on at 7 pm. Road closed for ceremonies 4-8.
Griff Rhys Jones at Launceston Town Hall.
Recorded duo Twelfth Day, harp & violin, in Ashburton Town Hall, 7 pm.
SAT NOV 30
Xmas fairs in Meavy Hall and School.
Dartmoor glam trio The Hummingbirds bring 40s swing style to Coronation Hall, Mary Tavy, from 7.30.
Jumble sale day at Lewdown Victory Hall.
Abba tribute at The Wharf.
SUN NOV 30
Bere Alston Victorian Evening.
Pam Ayres at Paignton Palace.
MON DEC 2
Anyone interested in local fishing and rivers is invited to attend a Tamar Catchment public meeting at Lifton, early afternoon.
WEDS DEC 4 ONWARDS
Sale of student works, Plymouth College of Art, various hours over four days.
THURS DEC 5
Crafts Fair at Dartmoor Zoo – “local, ethical, sustainable”.
FRI DEC 4
Meavy Cinema should have Toy Story 4.
BIG MATCH RESULT
Calstock Chess Club sent a team from The Boot Inn to play Horrabridge Chess Club at The Leaping Salmon this week. It was a fairly even contest but Horrabridge edged a win.
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