BOOT SALE IS BIG NEWS & COUNCIL VACANCY & OTHER BITS

GIANT JUMBLE SALE IS GO – AND COULD BECOME A VILLAGE DRAW

Picture shows Becci Monk with the shedful of jumble she has to shift down to Fillace Park playing fields this Sunday morning (Aug 2) – and there are stashes like it waiting all around the neighbourhood.

Every one of the 32 well-spaced pitches marked out for the Horrabridge Boot Sale has been taken and there are plans to make it a regular event, starting with two more after this one – afternoon of Sunday August 16 and afternoon of Sunday August 30.

Becci is a boot-sale veteran and got called in to help sports club secretary Ian Mulholland organise this one.

All stall fees will go into the fund for a pavilion rebuild.

Entry for visitors is free, from 10 am. Finish likely around 1 pm, depending on how things go. Parking available on the usual space by the pavilion, with some extra spaces on the fields and arrangements in place to divert overflow into the school grounds.

“If it’s raining, we will have to cancel,” says Becci. “And then cry.”

Forecast so far is scattered showers but not too bad.

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PARISH COUNCIL ANOTHER MAN DOWN

Confirmation published this week that Paul Beard has resigned from the parish council altogether and not just from his position as Chairman of Open Spaces.

HPC is advertising the new vacancy and anyone thinks it is time for a by-election has two weeks to get 10 signatures requesting one to the West Devon Returning Officer. See HPC  website for details.

It is unlikely an election would actually take place before next May, because of the anti-virus shutdown. But it could be booked now.

Otherwise, the vacancy will just be added to the list of council seats waiting for volunteers to fill them.

There are now five vacancies and seven councillors.

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FAMOUS 50 YEARS AGO & STILL CLIMBING BEFORE OPENING THE BEER

Village walking club stalwart Helen McFarlane sent in this snap of husband Andrew (on the right) and his old mate Deryck Ball, toasting the memory of the day they made headlines as teenagers.

“Mac” was 14 and Deryck was 17 when they hitch-hiked to the northern end of the British Isles to climb the Old Man Of Hoy, the Orkney sea-stack which became famous along with Chris Bonington, when he led a team up it in 1967, tracked by BBC cameras.

It was pioneering tv at the time and the documentary riveted 15 million viewers.

These two members of the Plymouth Polytechnic Climbing Club were inspired to copy the feat on July 28 1970, 50 years ago, and became the 11th team to reach the summit and the youngest up to then.

They did the 450-foot climb in six and a half hours, then hitched home again.

This week they celebrated the anniversary with a hike up Sheepstor.

Mac became a probation officer in Plymouth and he and Helen brought up two children on Jordan Lane, Horrabridge. Deryck was a social worker and lives in Yelverton. Both are now retired but still active and still friends.

Since 1970, many hundreds of climbers have taken on the Old Man Of Hoy, including a lad of eight. But 50 years ago, these two (Deryck left, Mac right) were the pride of Devon …

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MAGPIE DEVELOPMENTS

Barton Park Estates has given notice it will appeal against the planning judgement which paused its development of the Magpie Park caravan site. Meanwhile, it has gone back to Dartmoor NPA, looking for clearance for changes made so far and a bit more on top.

Meanwhile, Horrabridge Parish Council planning sub-committee has discussed the proposal for three holiday cottages at the old factory known as Magpie Mill, on the other side of Bedford Bridge, near the sewage works. It is on the Whitchurch side of the parish boundary and the Horrabridge councillors decided not to lodge any objection as an authority. But two councillors have submitted individual objections to Dartmoor NPA – concerned that visitors might be taken by surprise by the smell and that increased traffic movements in and out of the site would be dangerous.

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PUB NEWS

Whod’ve Thought It at Milton Combe is beginning re-opening this weekend. Royal Oak at Meavy also back in action. Rock Inn planning to re-open August 12, and Whitchurch Inn too. Leaping Salmon still Saturday nights only for now. Walkhampton Inn and London Inn still soldiering on as near to normally as possible. Fill us in on what else you know?

Meanwhile, that’s all for now …

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