The Dartmoor Inn at Merrivale is undergoing big work to turn it into a farm produce shop and bistro bar, scheduled to open early April. It has been taken over by the family, based on a farm near Okehampton, which started the Eversfield Organic shop in Tavistock and has a new one starting up  in Totnes.

Eversfield’s Bar & Grill at the Dartmoor Inn is  recruiting HERE



Artist’s impression below of an outline proposal for a compact two-bedroom house, with parking underneath, on the small triangle of vacant land opposite the bench at the junction of Graybridge Road and Station Road …

Dartmoor NPA has been invited to discuss it and details can be found on their website: application number 0091/20. Horrabridge Parish Council planning committee will form an opinion at an open meeting next Tuesday, 7.30 pm. Application being made on behalf of Mr R Pawson.  Illustration by MRM Design.



Horrabridge Parish Council went into private session after its regular meeting this week, to discuss a request for £20,000 towards an all-weather playing field in the school grounds.

The school’s governors approved the idea about 18 months ago and the PTA has been fund-raising for it since. But there is a conflict of interest with the football club.  Horrabridge Rangers would like an FA-standard pitch which they could continue to use for junior matches. The school says that is not practical, for various reasons, but their pitch would be available to football club and whole community for light use.  Considerations in progress.



HPC voted to join a  revolt against allowing new housing at Woolwell to go ahead before any improvements to the A386. Buckland Council has taken a lead. The local Devon county councillor, Philip Sanders, said he too was concerned, following gridlocks already caused by minor obstructions between Roborough and Plessey. See the Horrabridge Times summary of the plan HERE



Flooding: Village handyman may be asked to take on a land-drains patrol, when heavy rain is expected, involving walking up to Plasterdown one way and Sortridge the other, poking under hedges to make sure old field drains are working.

Clock: Church clock still stuck at 25 to 3 and HPC will pay for an expert inspection.

Path: Council complimented local contractor Marcus Allen of MT Allen Groundworks for neat re-tarmac of path through playing fields, costing £7,010.

Youth club: Youth club has completed plans for a £9,000 revamp including their own garden and will be looking for support.

Coronavirus: This year’s twinning exchange, in May, might be called off.

Works: Go-ahead given for urgent work, on first good quote, on fencing of sports pavilion carpark to prevent vehicles getting onto fields. Various village hall repairs and path work still awaiting detailed quotes. Contact

Weir: Cllr Paul Beard spoke to Environment Agency workers about the hole in the offside wall of their nice new fish ladder on the weir and they thought it was unlikely to be repaired before it all fell down.



Local event of the weekend is concertina whiz Geoff Lakeman, playing at the Leaping Salmon with banjo boss Rob Murch on Sunday (March 15).

On Saturday (March 14) Tavistock Wharf has Deborah Bonham, sister of Led Zep’s drummer, leading her band. Sample them HERE

Geoff Lakeman & Robert Murch


Also on …

Impressionist Jon Culshaw at Plymouth Red House on Friday March 13.

Also Friday 13, acappella concert at Meavy Church from 7.

Seed swap day at Knightsbridge Gardens, near Exeter, on Saturday March 14.

Yelverton art show in Memorial Hall on Saturday 14.

Workshop on running a garden for cut flowers at Chicken Shed, Dartington, on Sat 14: see

Susan Boyle at Plymouth Pavilions on Sat 14.

Lambing Live week starts at Greenwell Farm, Yelverton, PL20 6PY, on Monday 16 – booking essential.

Talk about The Black Death On Dartmoor at Meavy Hall on Tuesday 17.


Coming up later and recommended by The Shed …

John Cooper Clarke, skinny white Mancunian founder of rap and punk comedian, is at Exeter Corn Exchange on Sun March 29.

The Snake Davis Band, cool for 40 years, has been booked for Ivybridge Watermark on Sat April 25.

For more what’s on listings, see our CALENDAR


allfornow …

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