Molton Monthly April 2024

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April 2024

Swimming to success!

New community project marks pool anniversary

PLUS inside...

Police investigate ‘crime spree’; Link Road delay latest; rare lichen blooms on Exmoor, and more

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Molton Monthly - April 2024

Welcome to the April edition of Molton Monthly. At the time of writing, spring is doing its best to burst through the gloom and damp of the last few months. Our gardening correspondent Jenny recorded a whopping 8.5 inches of rain at her Rose Ash nursery in February!

Along with the drought of 2022-2023, these are records we could do without, but are a sign of our ever changing climate.

On the cover this month, we join South Molton’s SMART Swim Centre team in celebrating their first anniversary. It’s a testament to their hard work and professionalism that they are making the pool a success again. Plus, they are launching a new community initiative to open up free swim sessions for those in need. Well done!

We have answers this month to some of the questions I asked the Link Road contractors back in January. Only time will tell if they meet their new summer 2024 deadline.

With the school Easter holidays there’s a packed what’s on section, and don’t forget the clocks go forward an hour on March 31st!

Peter Robinson, Editor & publisher

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What’s Inside - April

P6-7 Photo of the month

P8 Lichen is sign of clean Exmoor air

P11-16

P18-21

What’s On

First anniversary for pool’s owners

P22-23 Link Road contractors respond

P26 Saving rare trees from extinction

P29 Police appeal after crime spree

P31 April gardening tips

P34-36 Health & Wellbeing

P38-39 Farm Life - spring forward

P43 Emma in Six Nations Rugby squad

P47 Bees welcomed to garden

P50-53 Community News

P61 Schools and Learning

P62 Index of Advertisers

P63 Local Information

Molton Monthly magazine is printed on recycled, carbon neutral paper using solar energy as part of our ongoing commitment to a sustainable future. More than 5,000 copies are delivered free, door-to-door, by our dedicated local team to East and West Buckland, North Molton, South Molton, Heasley Mill, Filleigh, Clapworthy Mill, Bishops Nympton, Bish Mill, Chulmleigh, Chittlehampton, Alswear, Kings Nympton, George and Queens Nympton.

We also have pick-up points around South Molton, Pathfields Business Park, Filleigh, Atherington, Chawleigh, Umberleigh, Rose Ash and Chittlehamholt, plus it is available at select North Devon and Exmoor pubs.

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A drover’s tale

Exmoor has beauty in many forms, changing with the seasons and the weather. For our photo of the month, Chris Metcalfe captured this dramatic view as part of a short video he created called ‘Which way now’ for local farmer John Richards (@jr_richards_yarner).

“John invited me to make a film of his beautiful Exmoor Horn sheep coming home over the heights of Exmoor for the winter,” Chris told Molton Monthly. “I was privileged to capture this iconic scene. It shows just how special Exmoor Horns are and displays the best of Exmoor.”

You can watch the 10 minute video on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=M542cIAQYmE

To see more of Chris Metcalfe’s work see @farmertorque on social media: farmertorque.com

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Rare lichen is sign of good air quality on Exmoor

A rare organism that is thriving on Exmoor is a positive sign for nature, according to wildlife experts. The Beard Lichen (above) is highly sensitive to air quality and therefore will only grow in areas with low pollution levels, staff at Exmoor National Park say.

The delicate species, often found anchored onto the bark of tree trunks and branches, is formed from a mix of fungi and algae.

Exmoor National Park ranger Charlotte Wray said, “Lichens are a wonderful example of cooperation in nature, as they bring together a plant species with a fungi species and have existed for millions of years.”

“On Exmoor we have many lichen-rich habitats such as the woodland through the Barle Valley, the coastal woods that stretch from Porlock to Countisbury and the temperate rainforest at Horner Wood which supports many vital, rare lichens.”

A Woodland Trust spokesperson added, “It’s effective against bacteria including tuberculosis and was traditionally used to treat wounds and things like gangrene.”

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Beard Lichen in the Barle Valley on Exmoor in March this year - photo by Peter Robinson
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What’s On - April 2024 pages 11-16

Please contact event organisers before attending, as details are subject to change

2nd - 7.15pm South Molton Flower Club, demonstration by Barbara Clatworthy at Filleigh Village Hall

2nd - 7.30pm Whist Drive at Chittlehampton Village Hall (every Tuesday) - info 01769 540036

3rd - 10am Coffee Morning for North Devon Hospice at SMART Swim Centre, Mill Street (ends 11.30am)

4th - 12pm Concert with Green Willow Folk Group at South Molton Parish Church

5th - 8pm First Friday Jazz presents the Tom Ball Trio at Swimbridge Jubilee Hall (advert page 12)

6th - 9.30am Easter Fair at South Molton Library - food, raffle, lucky dip, crafts, book sale (ends 12pm)

6th - 10am 6th Coffee morning at South Molton Parish Church (ends 12pm)

7th - 9am SMVRC Spring Vintage Tractor Run starts Central Car Park, South Molton (advert page 12)

7th - 10am Flea Market at South Molton Pannier Market (ends 3pm)

8th - 10am Art Club at Bishops Nympton Parish Hall (take your art along); Lynne.Pugsley@aol.com

8th - 7.30pm Bingo at Chittlehampton Village Hall - info 01769 540036

9th - 10am South Molton u3a AGM talk with Hedwigs Hotel, local hedgehog rescue at Filleigh Village Hall

9th - 10am CommuniTEA - drop in service from One South Molton at the town library (ends 11.30am)

10th - 6pm Chittlehampton/Umberleigh bus campaign meeting at Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (see p51)

12th - 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm) Chulmleigh Rural Cinema presents ‘One Life’ (12A) - tickets £5 or £4.50 members, refreshments available, screening at Chulmleigh Pavilion

13th - 7.30pm Evening Music Gala to mark Chittlehampton Village Hall renovation closure; 01769 540418

15th - 6.45pm South Molton Parish Church Spring Supper, Church Hall, Duke St; booking 01769 573558

15th - 7pm South Molton Sisters W.I. monthly meeting at the YMCA - fun, tea and nibbles (ends 9pm)

16th - 10.30am Parkinsons Café for sufferers & carers at South Molton Library: 01769 572380 (ends 12pm)

20th - 11am Table Top/Jumble Sale for International Animal Welfare at YMCA South Molton (ends 2.30pm)

20th - 12pm Open Mic/Acoustic Sessions, Coaching Inn, South Molton: southmoltonacoustic.co.uk

20th - 2pm Space Detectives - family fun day at Poltimore Inn Observatory, North Molton

20th - 6.30pm for 7pm Bingo for Friends of South Molton Parish Church; Coaching Inn, info 01769 573558

20th - 7pm Quiz and Curry night at George Nympton Village Hall (advert page 14)

21st - 9am Salvage Fair at South Molton Pannier Market (ends 2pm)

22nd - 10am Art Club at Bishops Nympton Parish Hall (take your art along); Lynne.Pugsley@aol.com

24th - 7.30pm Filleigh History Group; the restoration of SS Freshspring on the Torridge (Weston Room)

26th - 6.30pm Quiz for South Molton Twinning Association at the Coaching Inn, info 01769 573558

27th - 2.30pm South Molton Keyboard & Light Music Club concert with Bett at the Methodist Church Hall

28th - 10am Antiques Fair at Umberleigh Village Hall (ends 3pm)

Bishops Nympton Parish Hall - for events see advert page 12

Create ‘n’ Chat Group 2pm-4pm South Molton Church Hall, Duke Street 11th & 25th - info; 01769 574187

Scrapstore YMCA South Molton Drop-in Craft Sessions 10am-1pm 12th & 26th - £2 donation requested South Molton Sisters W.I Craft & Natter Amory Centre garden room 10.30am-12.30pm; 3rd-6th-17th-20th

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Swimming to success! New community project marks pool anniversary

South Molton’s SMART Swim Centre team are celebrating their first anniversary of saving the town’s previously troubled pool, by launching a new initiative aimed at getting more local people in the swim.

Pool owner Lisa Bousted has joined forces with Natalie Pinto and Tracey Hommell to found the SMART Action Project CIC (SAP), to provide opportunities for people under the age of 25 not only to learn to swim, but also training, work experience and social events alongside other groups in the town, including the YMCA and Skate Molton.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community,” said Natalie Pinto, chair of SAP. “We understand that not every household

has the opportunity to attend regular activities at the centre, so we wanted to create something with local people’s wellbeing at its heart. SAP will provide more opportunities for swimming and lessons, but also extend our offer of school holiday activities, work experience and employability options through training.”

The SMART team, led by Lisa Bousted, Darren Horwood and Charlotte Smart, bought the pool in 2023 when the previous operators 1610 Leisure Trust were forced to close it, citing spiralling costs and rising debts; 1610 had taken over running the facility from the original trustees in 2019.

“As a family we have used South Molton pool many a times. We were saddened for the community that they had lost their pool again,” Lisa Bousted told Molton Monthly.

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Zumba - one of many popular activities available The SMART Swim Centre family
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“With our experience and expertise, we felt as a family we had the drive, passion and love of water to bring South Molton’s pool back to the community and surrounding areas,” continued Lisa, who is herself a highly qualified International STA (Swimming Teachers Assoc) swim tutor.

“The best thing has been meeting local people and providing a safe space for families, friends and individuals to exercise, relax and feel part of a growing community. We’ve also loved seeing our team of 37, most of whom had never been in the industry before, grow and develop as the business has grown. They are the people that are making SMART a success.”

Under SMART’s ownership the pool (pictured below) has been further modernised and upgraded, receiving many five star reviews for the way it’s been run over the last 12 months.

Nationally, swimming pools have been struggling due to rising energy costs and cuts to local authority budgets. Swim England is calling for urgent government support for the sector.

South Molton’s pool is now a self-funded business, and the owners echo the words of Terry Woods, who helped secure grants for the first heated indoor pool back in the 1990s, “The community has their pool, now you’ve got to use it!”.

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South Molton’s swimming history

1930s - bathing pits were created on the River Mole

1962 - the first outdoor public swimming pool opened on August 4th

1996 - new indoor pool opened on May 14th following a local fundraising campaign and lottery award of £316,000 2016 - the pool underwent a major grant funded upgrade

2019 - 1610 Leisure Trust took over from the original local trustees to try to keep the pool afloat

2022 - South Molton’s pool closed on October 1st, with 1610 Trust citing spiralling costs and rising debts

2023 - SMART Swim Centre was launched on April 7th with a new business team at the helm

2024 - SMART Action Project CIC launched April 7th

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1930s bathing pit on the River Mole - photo South Molton Museum The original outdoor pool opening in 1962

Link Road contractors respond to criticism

Drivers are being warned to watch out for frequent changes in the layout of the Borners Bridge junction between North Molton and South Molton, while contractors work towards finishing the final design (pictured right).

“You will see a lot of changes here over the next two months as we complete the new alignment,” said the project manager for Griffiths. “We would advise motorists to exercise caution as road layouts will change frequently due to the complex nature of the roadworks.”

Molton Monthly revealed earlier this year that the £67 million North Devon Link Road upgrade is now facing a delay of at least six months until “summer 2024”. Large parts of the roadworks had already been scaled back to try to keep within budget due to spiralling construction costs.

Many motorists and locals not only criticised the delays and disruption, but also the perceived lack of quality of the new road surfaces. “As we progress towards the summer we will be focusing on giving all sections of the project its final surfacing. This will address the current poor condition and provide the road with a new lifespan,” the spokesman continued.

In the coming weeks, Borners Bridge roundabout, West Buckland bridge and Landkey footbridge are all set to move nearer completion, alongside final resurfacing work.

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The north spur road to West Buckland will be closed during the (early) April school holidays to allow work on the new bridge and its walls, and the junction access roads.

Landkey footbridge installation is planned to start in mid May and will take three weeks to complete. There will be a new road layout and traffic switch from Swimbridge to West Buckland, to enable ‘deep drainage’ works to take place on the north verge.

Griffiths say that while the traffic lights have been removed, there will be further nighttime closures on the A361 right through to the end of the project in summer 2024 to keep work on track. “A big thank you to the local communities for their enduring patience and support,” they added.

For updates: community.griffiths.co.uk/ our_projects/north-devon-link-road/

Above, the final ‘lozenge’ shape of the Borners Bridge junction and below, work continuing

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Despite the wet start to the year, contractors say they’re making “great progress”
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‘Dinosaur’ trees planted in North Devon

They were alive 200 million years ago, when dinosaurs were roaming the earth. Now, in a major new global conservation project, six endangered Wollomia pine saplings from Australia have been planted at RHS Rosemoor.

Scientists say there are now fewer than 100 Wollomia trees growing in the wild, so the team at the botanic gardens near Great Torrington in North Devon are helping to save them from extinction. The pines narrowly escaped being wiped out completely by wildfires in 2019-2020, which burnt about 25 million acres of land in eastern Australia.

“The species is now classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature,” said Roz Mitchell from RHS Rosemoor. “The pines we have planted are part of the first global ‘metacollection’ designed to safeguard the species from extinction.”

For the first time, collections of saplings are being made available to botanic gardens across the world. Locations have been chosen with a suitable climate, best suited for the trees to survive the climate changes ahead as part of global efforts to preserve threatened plants.

The tree saplings went through strict quarantine after being imported from Australia, and have now been planted on a woodland bank on the northern border of RHS Rosemoor.

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Planting the endagered Wollomia trees
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Police appeal after local crime spree

Detectives are urging residents to check doorbell and CCTV footage, and take extra security precautions, after another spate of burglaries and thefts in Devon including at Chulmleigh, Rackenford and South Molton.

Officers now believe five recent break-ins may be linked to 15 burglary reports before Christmas. The latest offences took place between February 19th and March 11th.

Detective Inspector Guy Biggar said, “Sadly we’ve seen a continuation in this series of crimes, and I would urge the public to be extra vigilant securing both houses and vehicles. If you have seen any suspicious behaviour or have been a victim of an offence and not yet reported it, please get in touch with us (crime number 50240040188).”

Several properties were broken into including one at South Molton Street in Chulmleigh, Fulford Drive in Cullompton, plus Rackenford, Thorverton, Exeter and Sidmouth. Officers say intruders damaged door locks, reached through a cat flap or got in via insecure doors and windows. Once inside they stole car keys, bank cards and the cars themselves. Of the eight cars taken in the five most recent burglaries, police say four have since been recovered.

“We would ask residents to ensure that their homes are secure by keeping their doors locked at night and when they leave their property,” added Det Insp Biggar.

South Molton business Baker George had their distinctive green van stolen between 10pm on March 11th and 5am on March 12th. It was found later in the day damaged and stuck in a muddy field, following a social media appeal. Thieves also stole a quad bike, motorcycle and tools from a rural barn at Rackenford a few days before.

In late February, officers from the South Molton Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out an operation with the Roads Policing Unit on the A361 near South Molton. It followed a run of high value caravan thefts, vehicle offences and burglaries. Sergeant Rob Brown said, “We want to provide reassurance to those that live in our towns and villages that we are listening to their concerns and taking action.”

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Baker George’s van was stolen and later found abandoned
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Jobs to do in April

1. Mulch rose and shrub beds with 2-3in of organic matter. This will retain moisture during dry spells, reduce weed build-up and over time improve soil structure.

2. Tie in climbing and rambling roses as near to horizontal as possible. This will restrict sap flow, causing more side-shoots to grow along the stem, and so produce more flowers.

3. Sweet peas can be sown outside this month. Plant out autumn-sown sweet peas that have been raised in pots.

4. Plant out Broad Beans. Seeds which can be sown undercover include celeriac, courgettes, squashes, pumpkins, marrows and leeks.

5. Consider planting shrubs or trees which provide food for birds such as holly, hawthorn, rowan and cotoneaster.

During April we continue potting up thousands of hanging basket and bedding plants every week. Then, when we reach the middle of the month, we turn our attention to making hanging baskets.

If you would like your baskets refilled or wish to order new ones, please get in touch.

Until next month, Jenny Howells

April Opening Times

Monday – Saturday 9-5

Sunday 10-4

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Farm Life - spring forward

After such a seemingly long and wet winter with incessantly miserable weather, April comes like a breath of fresh air. Helped along with the spring flowers, there is positivity for the exciting days ahead.

This time of year, as the grass growth begins to accelerate, it is an ideal opportunity to turn out cattle from their winter housing. It is always a pleasure to watch them skipping around the fields of North Devon and Exmoor.

Spring sowing of crops is the other main job, but has to be timed to perfection. Too early, when the soil is still cold and wet, can lead to poor germination and even soil compaction. Leave drilling too late, especially with grass re-seeding, and there is the risk of hitting dry, hot weather which reduces yield. We farmers are never completely satisfied but with a combination of knowledge, skill and a degree of luck we hope to produce high yielding and quality crops to feed the nation.

Another facet we need is patience, especially with our young vineyard. First planted in 2019, we finally have wine to sell from our 2022 grape harvest. Another spin-off will be our vineyard tours and tasting of bubbly, white and rosé - for more info see; quoitatcrossvineyard.com ‘Til next time, Roger #TuppertheTractor (tupperthetractor.com)

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Colourful spring flowers help pollinators
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Six Nations rugby for Emma

Red Roses head coach John Mitchell has named a 35-player squad for the 2024 Guinness Women’s Six Nations rugby championship. It includes Emma Sing from South Molton, who will be hoping to add to her six senior England caps.

“The Red Roses have excelled in this tournament for a long time. There is a hunger to stay the best, but we must earn the right to win Test matches,” said John Mitchell. “The girls have brought a great attitude and fantastic energy to training. There’s fierce competition for places.”

The Six Nations tournament takes place between March 23rd to April 27th, with England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy competing for the prestigious title. All matches will be shown live on BBC TV.

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Emma Sing has her eyes set on a bright future with England’s Red Roses - photo courtesy RFU
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Community garden news

We’ve had quite an uplifting month at South Molton Community Garden. Following a positive and productive AGM back in February, we are excited to welcome the arrival of some red mason bees and a brand new website!

The bees are in tiny little cocoons and not ready to hatch yet. They are non aggressive bees with no honey, and are superb pollinators. One of our members has been busy making paper tubes for the bees to nest in and we’re building a little bee hotel to house the tubes.

This will be situated in a quiet, south facing area of the garden and we’ll wait for them to emerge over spring. In the meantime, we need to ensure plenty of pollinator-friendly planting to keep the bees happy. A very exciting addition to our lovely garden.

If you’d like to join us, please come along on a Thursday afternoon, weather permitting, around 2pm. Alternatively, please visit our new website for more information or to get in touch: southmoltoncommunitygarden.co.uk

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Fined for unlicensed dog breeding

An Exmoor equestrian centre owner has been handed a £10,000 fine for breeding dogs without a license. Tristan Gosling, of Whitemoor Equestrian Centre, East Anstey, was found guilty at a hearing on March 1st at Barnstaple Magistrates Court. He was said to be responsible for breeding dogs in September last year without the required license and selling pets without proper authorisation, contrary to animal welfare laws.

Chair of the Licensing Committee at North Devon Council, Cllr Louisa York said, “Licensing allows us to undertake checks on a business to ensure all welfare standards are being met, and animals are leading healthy, happy, and safe lives. I’m pleased we got this outcome, which hopefully sends the message to other people that we take animal welfare extremely seriously.”

MP tackled over lack of dentists

Concerned residents are lobbying North Devon MP Selaine Saxby over the lack of NHS dentist provision, after she stated that South Molton could see an ‘NHS dental van’ service visiting. John Northfield of Bee Meadows said, “In two years we have not been able to obtain any NHS dental services within a thirty mile radius of South Molton. With hundreds of new homes being built in the town it’s nothing short of a total disgrace.” He is urging others to write to their MP.

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Bus service meeting called

A campaign is underway to improve bus links between South Molton, Chittlehampton, Atherington, Torrington and Umberleigh railway station.

Residents are being urged to attend a public meeting at the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington at 7pm on Wednesday, April 10th.

“A survey in Chittlehampton had a good return, showing that if such a service were provided it would be welcomed and used,” said Gerrard Sables of Northern Devon Right to Travel. “We only need a little more interest and we can win a service which could benefit five rural Devon communities.”

For more details contact: gerrard.sables@ phonecoop.coop or call 01271 373338.

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Carnival could return

A group has been set up to try to bring back South Molton Carnival in 2024. They are proposing a date of Saturday, October 12th and are now setting about gauging public opinion. The Town Council and Rotary Club are supporting the initiative. If you would like to be involved in the parade, or sponsor the event, please call in to Bar 27 on Broad Street in South Molton, or email Claire: info@bar27.co.uk

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Gearing up for vintage rally

Entries are now open for the 2024 South Molton Vintage Rally. It will be held on June 1st and 2nd at Frankhill Farm, Rackenford. Exhibitors forms are available, and the organisers are looking for owners of steam engines, stationary engines, vintage vehicles, classic cars and bikes to get in touch: facebook.com/SouthMoltonVintageRally Phone: 01271 378019

Volunteers from One South Molton presented a banner and a skep (ancient beehive) to the town council. They were made at the South Molton Gets Together community arts day in January, which was sponsored by South Molton Rotary Club and the Municipal Charities, and led by Annabel Hill and Kacper Zrąbkowski. The skep will go on display at Quince Honey Farm (photo above by Karolina Andreasova).

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Minister’s golden jubilee

The Right Reverend Michael Clothier (pictured above), Bishop of Bishops Tawton, will celebrate 50 years of ministry in the church at a special service.

It will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 6th at the Methodist Church in South Molton. The homily will be given by Rev Dr Leonard Hollands, and all are welcome to attend.

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Molton Monthly local business directory

Agricultural Services

Bobcat Hire p39

Jack Croft Contractors p38

Andrew Symons p39

SJC Engineering p30

Tarka Trax p30

Appliance Repairs

Don Bailey p60

Accountancy & bookkeeping

TaxAssist Accountants p57

Architects

David Rice Architectural p43 Astronomy

Poltimore Inn Observatory p53

Building Services

Bobcat Hire p39

Dan Jury p28

Darren White p40

Hotworks Engineering p46

J. Penfold Tarmac & Paving p46

Nick Ager Haulage p54

Phoenix Creative p24

Sheds4You - back cover

Variety Building p58

W S Bricklaying p26

Care Services

The Firs Care Home p58

Charity collections

The Furniture Store p56

Cleaning

Fresh Cleaning p29

Oven Wizards p48

Clothing & Embroidery

Heather Everitt Embroidery p8

Portlantis Clothing p22

Computing/Internet/Websites

CBM p40

The PC Geek p55

Wildanet p57

Decorating Plastering Tiling

CRD Decorating p27

Highland Artexing p41

Phoenix Creative p24

Precision Painting p26

DIY & Building Materials

Nick Ager p54

RGB South Molton p17

Drainage Services

24/7 Drain Solutions p57

Electricians

Chris Thorne p49

T. W. Electrical p47

Theo Webster p55

Engineering

Hotworks Engineering p46

Estate Agents

Michael Adey Property p25

Tilia Homes p5

Webbers Propery Services p24

Falconry

North Devon Hawk Walks p14

Financial Services

Carter Dawes p42

Philip Milton p60

Partners& p32/33

TaxAssist Accountants p57

First Aid

SMART First Aid p20

Flooring

Homechoose Carpets p40

Food & Drink

The Cheese Larder p27

Fuel Supplies

Winson Fuels p53

Funeral Services

Friendship Funerals p59

H N Blackmore & Sons p44

Furniture

The Furniture Store p56

Garage Services

Custom Valets p47

DW Bodyworks p4

Motor Works p2

TGB Automotive p54

TGB Car Keys p49

Gardens & Landscaping

Andrew Symons p39

Ash Moor Nursery p31

Bigfoot Gardening p22

Darren White p40

Garden Services p30

Four Seasons p30

Sheds4You - back cover

SJC Engineering p30

Tarka Trax Ltd p30

The New Leaf p18

Variety Landscaping p58

Graphic Design

Jamaica Press p7

Haulage & Transport

Nick Ager Haulage p54

Health & Wellbeing

Atlantic Home Eyecare p36

NB Acupuncture p34

Niamh Honey Osteopathy p34

North Devon Ear Clinic p35

South Molton Medical Centre p35

South Molton Eyecare p23

Step Ahead p36

Home Maintenance/Improvements

24/7 Drain Solutions p57

Ashgrove Kitchens p51

Care4Bathrooms p43

CRD Decorating p27

Dan Jury p28

David Rice Architectural p43

Dream Doors North Devon p56

Finishing Touches p27

Home Maintenance/Improvements

Highland Artexing p41

Kitchen Exchange p45

Living Needs p45

J. Penfold Tarmac & Paving p46

Phoenix Creative p24

Precision Painting p26

RGB South Molton p17

Sheds4You - back cover

Stove Centre p48

The New Leaf p18

Variety Building & Landscapes p58

W S Bricklaying p26

Insurance Services

Partners& p32/33

Internet services

Wildanet p57

Jobs

South West Care Homes p58

Libraries

South Molton Library p11

Locksmiths

Darren Smallbone p41

Medical

South Molton Medical Centre p35

Metalwork

Industrial Coating Supplies p40

Music

A Side to B Side Records p7

First Friday Jazz p12

North Devon Theatres p15

Opticians

Atlantic Home Eyecare p36

South Molton Eyecare p23

Osteopaths

Niamh Honey Osteopathy p34

Pets

The Retreat Canine Rehab p47

Plants

Ash Moor Nursery p31

The New Leaf p18

Plumbing & Heating

Mark Berry p37

MS Plumbing p60

Printing

Jamaica Press p7

Property (also see Estate Agents)

Michael Adey Property p25

Tilia Homes p5

Webbers Property Services p24

Pubs & Restaurants

Bell Inn p10

Exmoor Riverside p16

Grove Inn p9

Mitre Inn p52

Poltimore Inn p53

Quince Honey Farm front cover & p13

Schools & Learning

Kings Nympton School p61

North Molton School p61

South Molton Library p11

School Uniforms

Heather Everitt Embroidery p8

Social

Bishops Nympton Hall p12

Filleigh Village Hall p59

First Friday Jazz p12

Heasley Mil Hall p59

North Devon Theatres p15

South Molton Library p11

Vintage tractor run p12

Sports

AST Swimschool p50

Aquarius Swimschool p21

Badminton Filleigh p59

SMART Swim Centre p19

Storage

Chulmleigh Storage p22

Snell Self Storage p51

Ucanstore p41

Telephone Engineers

CBM p40

Theatres

North Devon Theatres p15

Tool Hire

Forent Tool Hire p17

Tourism

Exmoor Riverside camping p16

North Devon Hawk Walks p14

North Devon Theatres p15

Poltimore Inn Observatory p53

Quince Honey Farm front cover & p13

Training

SMART First Aid p20

RE Training p44

TV Services

CBM p40

Vehicle Hire

Forent Van Hire p17

Venue Hire

Bishops Nympton Hall p12

Filleigh Village Hall p59

Heasley Mill Hall p59

Veterinary Services

The Retreat Canine Rehab p47

Web Design

The PC Geek p55

Windows

ATA Windows back cover

Darren Smallbone p41

Exmoor Fascias p41

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Local contact numbers

South West Water 0344 346 2020

National Grid 105 or 0800 678 3105

British Gas 0800 111 999

Environment Agency 0370 850 6506

Devon & Cornwall Police 101 (non emergency)

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

03444 111 444

South Molton Town Council

01769 572501

South Molton Library

01769 572128

SMART Swim Centre South Molton

01769 572340

North Devon Council 01271 327711

Devon County Council

0345 155 1015

One South Molton

01769 572501

South Molton Volunteer Bureau

01769 573167

Go North Devon/Shopmobility

01271 328866

Age UK Devon

0333 241 2340

Health Centres & Hospitals

South Molton Medical Centre 01769 573101

Wallingbrook Chulmleigh 01769 580295

NHS Direct 111 (non emergency)

NHS Dental Helpline 03330 063 300

North Devon District Hospital 01271 322577

South Molton Community Hospital

01769 572164

Churches

Parish Church - St Mary Magdalene

01769 572079 (missioncommunity.weebly.com)

Catholic Church of St Joseph 01271 343312

Community of Our Lady & St. Benedict

07851 187335

Baptist Church

01769 574365

Gospel Hall

01769 572908

South Molton Methodist Church

01769 571907

One Way Community Church

01769 572786

Quakers

01271 344203

Community Groups

Rotary Club of South Molton 01769 574109

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