Latest Events

26th August 2017

Cavaliers' Revels on the Commons

 The Cavaliers are planning to hold another of our ‘Cavalier Revels on the Commons’ events again this year.
Please join us on the Old Bowling Green on Saturday August 26th from 2pm. There will be refreshments, entertainment for the children, gentle music, beer tent and maybe a few surprises. Please come along with all the family for fun, a relaxed time and to support the Cavaliers.
All proceeds will go to kick start our next major bonfire build, The Mayflower.



27th August 2017

Iddlesleigh Parish Walk

This year’s guided walk will start at Ash House Iddesleigh, by kind
permission of Mr & Mrs Khayat. To include; The River Okement, Mill Farm, Monks Mill and Weir and The Old Mill at Monkokehampton, finishing at the impressive Ash House for a cream tea. This walk is roughly four miles and is estimated to take approximately two hours. Meet at Ash House Iddesleigh, for a prompt 2pm start, car parking available, sensible footwear advisable, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Anyone unable to walk is most welcome to come for a cream tea.
Directions will be signed from Iddesleigh and Monkokehampton. The cost is £6 adults, £2 children, payable at the start, cream tea included. Tel: 01805 804347, all proceeds to the Friends of Iddesleigh.



28th August 2017

The North Devon Doggylympics

 The first-ever ‘Doggylympics’ is being held this summer in North
Devon, as part of the popular Little Torrington Village Fete. It’s a funfilled afternoon of games for all dogs and their handlers (like ‘statues’ and ‘egg & spoon’), plus simple fun agility, including a course with jumps, tunnels etc.,and fun obedience too. Plus ‘Taster Agility’ short training sessions for those who’ve never tried agility, but want to join in the fun! Watch a demo with top agility dog ‘Jake’, win a rosette, or the gold, silver and bronze medals for the agility course, or be the show Grand Champion. Local Beer, BBQ, cakes etc., plus crafts and plant stalls and entertainment for all the family. Free entry to the Fete. Fete enquiries to Pat Grimwood-Taylor, email pat@ grimwood-taylor.com Doggylympics enquiries to Sue Hamer-Moss, email sue.hamermoss@gmail.com.



2nd September 2017

Beyond the Lens - Wreford Leverton Exhibition of Wildlife Photography

Curious fox cubs, strolling badgers and feeding kingfishers are some of the subjects of wildlife and nature photographer, Wreford Leverton. The Great Torrington-based photographer has been passionate about wildlife photography for over 20 years and his knowledge and understanding of the countryside has been the foundation for the stunning images he captures.
On Saturday 2nd September, The Plough Arts Centre will host an exhibition of his work, a catalogue of exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that he has captured a rich palette of nature in our own backyard. Wreford spends a lot of time in preparation to catch the perfect image and says, “It’s not luck, it’s doing the ground work and staking out that is rewarded with the shot”.
The event has been organised by Wreford’s step daughter, Tanya Kevern, as a tribute to his support for the family through difficult times and for his work to reach a wider audience. Tanya herself is also a photographer and art teacher at Great Torrington School.
We asked Tanya to explain more about Wreford’s work and the story behind the exhibition. She said, “My step father Wreford Leverton starting taking photographs over 20 years ago when my mum Margaret was very ill with Multiple System Atrophy. She was eventually bed bound. As both mum and Wreford had a passion for the countryside, he would set off to capture the activities of our surrounding areas and take the wildlife and nature back for Mum to see. I know that after my Mum’s death in 1998, Wreford totally immersed himself in his new hobby. It was his lifeline and he has since spent many long hours pursuing that perfect shot.”
“Wreford is a modest and humble man. I am presenting a snapshot of his unseen work as a tribute to everything he did for our Mum over a long period of time before she died as well as celebrating his achievements. I know she will be very proud.”
Wreford will be presenting his work for the first time and would like to invite you to share his discovery of nature and wildlife in their beautiful land. The exhibition will be on the cafe wall in The Plough during September.
To launch the exhibition, The Last Rancheros (the band fronted by Tanya’s husband, Ian Kevern) will be playing an acoustic gallery gig on the evening of Saturday 2nd September. Playing a mix of blues and country, with harmonica, saxophone, dobro and close harmonies, the band are building a strong fan base at gigs.
Band member Carron Holmes said, “Things are going well for the band. The Plough gallery session is a great place for us to give the songs an acoustic airing, a different sound, as our usual gigs are more of an authentic Little Walter style blues band sound. As a wildlife and nature lover, I’m delighted that we’re playing on the night of Wreford’s exhibition launch. The natural world has always inspired writers and musicians and Wreford’s work is just stunning.”
The Last Rancheros last gallery gig was sold out so book early - tickets are available from The Plough box office.



10th September 2017

WEARE GIFFARD HISTORY WALK SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2.30 P.M. LENGTH 2 HOUR.

MEET AT THE VILLAGE PARK.
A guided walk taking in the northern end of our historically interesting and beautiful village. All of the talk can be found in ‘The Story of Weare Giffard’ but there is nothing like the real thing! We shall walk and talk from The Park to Half Penny Bridge and back. We shall cover cherry cream teas (and strawberries!); Piano makers; Church history (briefly); touch on The Hall (external); deaths in the kiln; silver coins and cannonballs; quay and dock; lime burning; the coming of the railway; the pottery; ocean going ship building, and much, much more. Talk is illustrated with old pictures.
This walk and talk is open to all, adults and children. Please note, some road walking. Small fee of £5 (children free), with all proceeds to the W.G. Community Orchard. Leader Keith Hughes (Ed. of ‘The Story’).
Booking with fee in advance essential. Party number limited. Ring 01237 475168.