Molton Monthly February 2024

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February 2024

Service with a smile, Gwen receives King’s honour

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Link Road latest, Storm Henk damage and more


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Molton Monthly - February 2024 Welcome to the February edition of Molton Monthly. On the cover this month is Gwen Kingdon, who some of you will know from her selfless work in the local community over many years. Now aged 80, Gwen has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the King’s New Years honours. Photographer Karolina Andreasova captured Gwen perfectly for the front page picture, serving with a smile even as the news of her ‘gong’ was announced. Congratulations and well done on everything you have achieved. As I write this, we’re at the end of the first proper cold snap of the winter with temperatures as low as -10 recorded in parts of North Devon and Exmoor. The weather is set to flip back to wet and windy, and you can see photos in this issue from damaging Storm Henk which kicked off 2024. How long does it take to answer a question? I have asked Link Road contractors Griffiths for an end date to their delayed A361 roadworks - no reply as we go to print. You would hope it was info at their fingertips given the amount of public concern. Maybe I’ll have an answer for you next month... Peter Robinson, Editor & publisher

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What’s Inside - February P6-7 P8 P11-15 P17

Photo of the month Gwen receives King’s Honour What’s On Alpaca killed in ‘hound attack’

P20-21 P26-27 P31 P34-35 P38-39 P43 P47 P50-56 P61 P62 P63

Storm Henk hits North Devon Anger over Link Road project February gardening tips Health & Wellbeing Farm Life - Devon hedge laying Ploughs blessed for year ahead Garden latest and AGM Community News Schools and Learning Index of Advertisers 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, Charles, 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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Little, but large in character by Alice Rainger

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Standing at just 20cm tall, the little owl or Athena Nocturna, is about the size of this page of Molton Monthly! They were first introduced to the UK in the late 1800s. This beautiful image was captured for our February photo of the month by Alice Rainger, “It has taken many hours of waiting patiently to take this picture. These owls have captivated me since I first stumbled across them on one of our leisurely walks here in South Molton.” “They have huge characters for such small owls and can be very protective of their territory and their young. I often watched them put the magpies in their place! I feel very lucky to have such a wide variety of nature to connect with on our doorstep.” Alice says she has a deep passion for British wildlife, and as a mum of two energetic boys they often find themselves exploring Exmoor and the stunning countryside in North Devon. You can see more of her work on social media: facebook.com/aliceraingerwildlife Whether it’s wildlife like this, rural life, a landscape, nature, special events, sports, a local character or something else - please keep emailing us your pictures. We usually only feature one each month in the magazine, but show more on our Instagram and Facebook pages: @MoltonMonthly

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‘King’s Honour’ for Gwen’s service to the community Gwen Kingdon has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s 2024 New Year Honours list. The 80 year old from South Molton has been involved with the town’s community life for many decades, including the Methodist Church, South Molton Town Band, Age Concern and Sunshine Circle. Mrs Kingdon said she was very surprised to receive the award, with the news delivered in a Cabinet Office envelope. “I felt very humbled because a lot of the things I have done I have needed help with and have always had help, so I felt as if the award was on behalf of a lot of other people,” she said.

Gwen, serving her community with a smile Photo by Karolina Andreasova

Even as the news was announced, Gwen was serving refreshments with a smile at the Methodist Church (above and front cover). Tributes poured in from the community she has served, alongside her husband Ray, for the past 60 years. Elaine Symons said, “Congratulations Gwen, well deserved for all you have done for so many years.” Rose Bertram added, “Congratulations Gwen, you really deserve it for all you have done for our community.” Butcher John May summed up the feelings of many, saying, “Gwen is a real diamond! Well done to you.” Another recipient was retired colonel Brian Gorski, who has received an OBE in addition to his MBE, for services to museums and the community in Bury, Greater Manchester, but he now lives South Molton.

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What’s On - February 2024 pages 11-15

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

1st - Exmoor Food Fest 2024, all month in Exmoor restaurants, pubs and eateries: exmoorfoodfest.com 2nd - 10am Coffee Morning for North Devon Hospice at SMART Swim Centre, Mill Street (ends 11.30am) 2nd - 8pm First Friday Jazz presents the Hot House Combo at Swimbridge Jubilee Hall (advert page 12) 3rd - 6pm Family stargazing event in the observatory at The Poltimore Inn, North Molton (advert page 14) 3rd - 7.30pm Eyes Down for South Molton Vintage Rally Club Bingo at The Coaching Inn, South Molton 4th - 10am Flea Market at South Molton Pannier Market (ends 3pm) 5th - 7.30pm Bingo at Chittlehampton Village Hall - info 01769 540036 6th - 4.30pm Community Flood Action Drop-in session at Chulmleigh Pavilion (ends 7pm) 6th - 7.30pm Whist Drive at Chittlehampton Village Hall (every Tuesday) - info 01769 540036 7th - 10am One South Molton community meeting in the Old Assembly Room (ends 12pm) 9th - 10am South Molton Repair Café with Plastic Free North Devon - YMCA, Mill Street (ends 12pm) 9th - 7pm Quiz Night at Knowstone Parish Hall, £3pp teams up to 6: davebarrett30@hotmail.com 9th - 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm) Chulmleigh Rural Cinema presents ‘The Great Escaper’ (12A) - tickets £5 or £4.50 members, refreshments available, screening at Chulmleigh Pavilion 10th - 9am Free Trees Giveaway with Saving Devon’s Treescapes at Chulmleigh Town Hall (advert page 12) 10th - 10am Pancake Morning at North Molton Victory Hall (ends 11.30am) 13th - 10am South Molton u3a presents, ‘Going Underground - the Cave Elephants of Mt. Elgon’ with Steven Powles at Filleigh Village Hall 13th - 10am CommuniTEA- drop in service from One South Molton at the town library (ends 11.30am) 17th - 12pm Open Mic/Acoustic Sessions, Coaching Inn, South Molton: southmoltonacoustic.co.uk 18th - 9am Salvage Fair at South Molton Pannier Market (ends 2pm) 19th - 7pm South Molton Sisters W.I. monthly meeting at the YMCA - fun, tea and nibbles (ends 9pm) 20th - 10.30am Parkinsons Café for sufferers & carers at South Molton Library: 01769 572380 (ends 12pm) 21st - 7pm Chulmleigh Folk Club - sing, play, recite poetry & more at Chulmleigh Town Hall; £2 entry 24th - 2.30pm South Molton Keyboard & Light Music Club AGM & music with Elaine Methodist Church Hall 25th - 10am South Molton Festival of Food & Drink at the Pannier Market 25th - 9am Pre lambing breakfast with Exmoor Hill Farming Network, Winsford Village Hall (ends 12pm) 25th - 10am South Molton Strugglers - Castle Hill Corker: southmoltonstrugglers.co.uk/castle-hill-corker Bishops Nympton Parish Hall - for events see advert page 12 Pop-up Police Station - Chulmleigh Town Hall 10am 5th; South Molton Pannier Market 10am 8th & 24th Scrapstore YMCA South Molton Drop-in Craft Sessions 10am-1pm 9th & 23rd - £2 donation requested South Molton Sisters W.I Craft & Natter Amory Centre garden room 10.30am-12.30pm 3rd, 7th, 17th

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Police investigate death of pregnant alpaca in alleged attack by hounds Detectives are investigating reports that a pet alpaca was attacked by hounds and died on New Year’s Day. Ruby (photo right) was pregnant and her unborn baby also died. A young alpaca Ruby was nursing escaped. The alleged attack, said to involve dogs from Tiverton Staghounds, happened at Rosebud Alpacas near Kings Nympton. Owner Lucy Aylett told Molton Monthly, “We are totally devastated and shocked. We’re also trying to run a small business as are others in the community, and this has an impact on that.” Lucy and her husband Nick Stringer (pictured above, right) are well known for breeding alpacas, and the couple run popular yoga and glamping on their smallholding in the North Devon countryside. Their ‘yoga with alpacas’ classes have previously been featured in Molton Monthly.

Pictures above courtesy Rosebud Alpacas

A spokesman for Devon & Cornwall Police said, “We are investigating a report in relation to hounds that attacked an alpaca which died as a result of its injuries at a rural property in the Kings Nympton area, between 10.30am and 12.35pm on Monday, January 1st.” Detectives are appealing for anyone to get in touch who witnessed the incident or have information that can help, they are also asking for any dashcam or CCTV footage. Please contact police via their website or by calling 101 quoting reference number: 50240001262. Please mention Molton Monthly when contacting advertisers

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Storm Henk hits hard 2024 started with one of the most powerful storms of the winter so far, with gales and heavy rain causing severe problems. The Met Office named it as Storm Henk and issued an amber warning as winds in excess of 60mph battered North Devon. Around 365 properties in Chulmleigh, including Wallingbrook Health Centre, were left without power for several hours as falling trees brought down power lines (right). Phone and internet services were also disrupted. One of the ancient trees on Leigh Road was felled by the winds on January 3rd, blocking the road into the town from the A377 and bringing down cables (pictured right). A377 near Chapelton - photo by Bianca Robinson

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Ancient tree felled by Storm Henk at Chulmleigh - photo by Debbie Dyke

Parts of the A377 and neighbouring roads were flooded around Colleton and Chapelton (photo opposite page). Train services were suspended between Crediton and Barnstaple for several hours due to flooding on the railway lines. Trees were also brought down at North Molton and Kings Nympton (below), blocking roads into both villages.

Kings Nympton - photo by Fiona Kermack

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Drivers criticise Link Road project delays When Molton Monthly first revealed a photo of the new bridge being built at West Buckland (right) on its social media platforms, the story went ‘viral’ sparking 80,000 views and more than 110 mostly angry comments about the beleaguered £67 million Link Road improvements. We reported back in September last year that the project has been delayed from December 2023 to “spring 2024”. Before that, the work was scaled back to keep within budget due to spiralling costs. Several parts of the original scheme were scrapped. No reply has been received yet from contractors Griffiths asking for a new date for when the work will be finished. Writing on our Facebook page, John Parker said, “Spring of what year! Someone should be held responsible for this fiasco and total waste of taxpayers money on this project.” Several suggested average speed cameras between Tiverton and Barnstaple would have been better. Martyn Easterbrook said, “It’ll be fantastic when’s it’s finished, you’ll be able to leave the M5 and join the traffic jam in Barnstaple 5 minutes quicker!” Rachel Northcott added, “I think it will be more lethal than before, the A303 springs to mind. More overtaking lanes will cause chaos!” The sections of new road surface also came in for criticism. “The parts that have been re-laid now have pot holes in, where they have ‘joined’ two parts of the new road there are big ridges. By the time they finish the whole road will need resurfacing again,” said Matt Banagan.

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The new bridge at West Buckland taking shape in late December - photo by Peter Robinson

Road closures for ongoing work - A361 The Link Road will be closed completely at night between North Aller roundabout at South Molton and Landkey roundabout, between 8pm and 6am from January 22nd and ending on the morning of February 10th. The main diversion route will be through Filleigh, Swimbridge and Landkey. This is to allow “essential works” to continue, including drainage, resurfacing and more work on the new West Buckland bridge. A full 24 hour closure will take place on the road between West Buckland (Buckland Leary) and the A361 junction, from midnight on Sunday, February 11th until 11.59pm on Saturday, February 17th. Diversions will be via minor roads through East Buckland and Filleigh. The Link Road will be closed at night between Portmore roundabout and Landkey roundabout between 8pm and 6am from February 12th and ending on the morning of February 17th. Diversions will be via Whiddon and Newport. Please mention Molton Monthly when contacting advertisers

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Jobs to do in February 1. Plant snowdrops in the green. Snowdrops do not transplant well when planted as dry bulbs. Large clumps can be divided when they have finished flowering. 2. Prune Wisteria. When the plant is dormant and leafless cut back the shoots that you pruned in the summer to two or three buds, this will ensure that the flowers won’t be covered by leaves. 3. Cut back deciduous grasses left for attractive structure over the winter. Deciduous grasses should be cut back to the base. Evergreen grasses don’t like hard pruning. 4. Chit potato tubers. It’s important with earlies and a good idea with maincrops, to ‘chit’ (allow them to start sprouting shoots) before planting. 5. Keep putting food and water out for the birds. The first big delivery of the year will arrive from Oxford in the middle of this month. Thousands of perennials and alpines plugs which are potted up at the nursery will be available to buy in about six weeks’ time. We will be selling even more plants in 1 litre pots this year as they are great value for money and there are so many fabulous new varieties. Until next month, Jenny Howells

February Opening Times Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 9am to 5pm

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Farm Life - Devon hedge laying by Roger Hill

Devon has more hedges than any other part of the country. Usually the hedge consists of an earth bank with trees or scrubs growing on it and is renowned as a species rich habitat (photo opposite). Seventy-five per cent are more than 600 hundred years old, having been created between 1150 and 1350 AD. The reason for their longevity is that of good maintenance. Inevitably gaps appear due to weather erosion or livestock damage and that’s when the traditional hedge laying comes into play. It is a time consuming job because most of the work is done by hand. My dad taught me ‘hedging’ as he called it and we spent much of the winter engrossed in the skill. He showed me the correct method, including which stem was most suitable to lay, how much of an incision to make and to always lay uphill. The latter allowed the sap to rise in the spring and promote new growth. It was hard work but very satisfying. I was concerned that the craft was dying, but thankfully today there is renewed interest. It is imperative that we retain such rural skills and more importantly pass the knowledge on to future generations. ‘Til next time, Roger #TuppertheTractor (website: quoit-at-cross.co.uk)

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Many of Devon’s hedges date back centuries

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Plough blessing for farming community

The Devon branch of the charity Farming Community Network held their annual Plough Service in conjunction with the parish church at Bishops Nympton on ‘Plough Sunday’, January 7th.

The plough being brought into the church by young farmers and children, along with their farming parents

Blessings were offered for the coming season, seed, soil and the plough. These blessings were also extended to the livestock and the farmers, farm workers and those supporting the industry. Rev’d Alison Rogers hosted this farming service and talked about some of the difficulties farmers face with weather issues, stress, succession planning, working long hours and isolation. If you need to speak to the Farming Community Network charity: Richard Sampson: 07835 033062 National Helpline: 03000 111 999 E-helpline: help@fcn.org.uk Please mention Molton Monthly when contacting advertisers

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South Molton Community Garden news by Rebecca Blackman Even with winter in full swing we’re enjoying visiting the garden, spending time together and getting on with a few jobs. The compost bin repair is coming along and the bins now have brand new sides (below). We compost almost everything, so this will be a huge help.

Photo by Karolina Andreasova

A team of nine gardeners met in January and gave the raspberry patch some attention. We dug out plants from the walkway and cut the rest right back. A few raspberry plants had strayed into the currant bushes so it was a good opportunity to remove those too. Our AGM will be held on February 9th at 7pm at the Methodist Church Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend. Please email for more information: southmoltoncommunitygarden@gmail.com

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Community News pages 50-56 Grant for village hall

The hall’s trustees with North Devon MP Selaine Saxby, who supported the application as part of the government’s levelling up programme, and District Councillor Sue Whitehead

Chittlehampton Village Hall is receiving a grant of £264,510 to help with much needed work to repair the ageing building. The money is coming from the government’s Community Ownership Fund. Keith Routledge, trustee of Chittlehampton Village Hall said, “This is a major step forward in our funding plans, but it is only the first step. This will resolve the most urgent problems, but we need more funding to renovate the interior, which is not in good shape. We shall continue fundraising and applying for further grant applications.” He described the grant award as a “great lift” for the community, but with plans drawn up for a major re-design of the village hall they are looking for sponsors and other help.

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Festival for food lovers The next Festival of Food and Drink is being held at South Molton Pannier Market on Sunday, February 25th. The hugely popular event (photo right) enters its fourth year and is already fully booked with more than 60 of the South West’s finest food and drink producers, plus a tempting selection of street food vendors. Organiser Melanie James from South Molton Town Council said they have been “overwhelmed” by the success of the festivals, which attract many award-winning local food producers. Doors open at 10am and admission is free. Free parking is also available in the town’s main Central Car Park.

Pub donations hit 10k! Regulars at the CAMRA award-winning Exeter Inn at Chittlehamholt have helped the pub raise £10,000 for local charities and good causes in recent years. Its Christmas Charity Quiz raised £441 for the Barnstaple Samaritans, taking the total raised for the charity in 2023 to £2,704. They have also donated more than £3,000 to Apple Tree Farm working with children with disabilities, and £1,000 to help families affected by the war in Ukraine.

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Christmas trees for otters!

Donate & support via: ukwildottertrust.org UK Wild Otter Trust founder Dave Webb (left) with Molton Monthly publisher Peter Robinson and resident otter Tolga waiting for his Christmas tree bottom right, & inset with the tree - photos by Bianca Robinson

More than 200 Christmas trees were donated to the UK Wild Otter Trust based near Kings Nympton, including one from Molton Monthly publisher Peter Robinson. Recycled Christmas trees make great enrichment for the rescued otter cubs undergoing rehabilitation at the centre. They are good for sensory stimulation, make natural hiding places and the otters will break bits off to bed their holt.

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School is going green

As part of the 2023 National Tree Week, West Buckland School students planted the first of 600 trees in their grounds. Donated by the Woodland Trust, the trees include species like hazel, blackthorn and crab apple, chosen to offer a rich variety of fruits and nuts to help local wildlife. The school also recently installed 850 ground-mounted solar panels, which are set to produce 30% of their energy needs at peak times.

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Art talents on show by Hugh D. Loxdale MBE

Recently, I was walking around the Pannier Market in South Molton with my wife Nicola when we espied the stall of a local celebrated artist we had not seen before, Stuart Campbell-Smith. All of his paintings are of local scenes in the West Country. The seascape (opposite) is, I think, amazing in terms of the dynamics of the waves, especially including their tones and colours and the very lively spray. He also displays considerable talent in terms of capturing light and atmosphere, and some of his other wonderful pictures can be viewed on his website: stuartcsmithart.co.uk/shop Campbell-Smith is not the only talented landscape artist we have locally. In the village where Nicola and I now live near North Molton another impressive artist, Richard Blackmore, resides with his family a short distance from us. In addition to his detailed landscapes (opposite), he is currently giving masterclasses to Nicola and other already quite-accomplished artists to improve their own painting technique, with considerable success. Richard is also a renowned playwright, having written many of the much admired Christmas plays performed locally in North Molton - most recently, a cheery but thought-provoking adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. His art can be viewed on his website: richardblackmore-artist.com/about

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The stage is set Actors from Drama@ will be performing The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare locally this March.

Waves on an empty shore, Stuart Campbell-Smith

The horizon beckons, Richard Blackmore

It is a story of two sets of twins, parted at birth but now reunited! “We have kept some of the comedy and some of the slapstick, while giving the story our own twist,” said Gail Ratcliffe. Performances from 7.30pm will be in the South Molton Assembly Rooms on March 8th and 9th, Goodleigh Village Hall on March 15th and West Buckland Village Hall on March 16th. Music will be provided by local band BackTraX. Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from The Amory Centre on 01769 572501 or by phoning Gail Ratcliffe on 01769 574453.

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Award for insurance business Partners&, which has a branch on East Street in South Molton, has been named ‘best insurance broker in the UK’ at a recent national awards ceremony (right). “Being recognised as Broker of the Year 2023 is a ringing endorsement of our distinctive approach, and the quality of our team who have connected with our mission to deliver amazing advice and service for clients on a day-by-day basis,” said the company’s CEO Phil Barton.

Record breaking 2023 for air ambulance The crews at Devon Air Ambulance were tasked to attend a 2226 incidents in 2023, a new record for the charity. There were 1040 medical emergencies and 1176 trauma related incidents. Nigel Hare, Operations Director for Devon Air Ambulance, said, “Yet again the number of incidents Devon Air Ambulance responded to and the number of patients we treated has broken all previous records. We truly seek to be there for everyone in our community who is suffering from a life-threatening medical condition or traumatic injuries.” Donations: daat.org

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Molton Monthly local business directory Falconry North Devon Hawk Walks p14 Financial Services Carter Dawes p42 Philip Milton p60 Partners& p32/33 TaxAssist Accountants p54 Appliance Repairs First Aid Don Bailey p60 Accountancy & bookkeeping SMART First Aid p15 Flooring TaxAssist Accountants p54 Homechoose Carpets p40 Architects Food & Drink David Rice Architectural p43 The Cheese Larder p50 Astronomy Poltimore Inn Observatory p14 Fuel Supplies Darren White Logs p52 Building Services Belenus Property Services p53 Kiln Dried Logs p30 Winson Fuels p39 Bobcat Hire p39 Funeral Services Dan Jury p28 Friendship Funerals p59 Darren White p40 H N Blackmore & Sons p44 Hotworks Engineering p36 J. Penfold Tarmac & Paving p36 Furniture The Furniture Store p46 Nick Ager Haulage p18 Garage Services Phoenix Creative p24 Custom Valets p50 Sheds4You - back cover Motorworks p2 Variety Building p58 TGB Automotive p57 Care Services TGB Car Keys p49 The Firs Care Home p56 Gardens & Landscaping Charity collections Andrew Symons front cover The Furniture Store p46 Ash Moor Nursery p31 Cleaning Bigfoot Gardening p30 Fresh Cleaning p27 Darren White p40 Oven Wizards p48 Four Seasons p30 Clothing & Embroidery Heather Everitt Embroidery p19 Sheds4You - back cover Computing/Internet/Websites SJC Engineering p30 Tarka Trax Ltd p30 CBM p40 The New Leaf p21 The PC Geek p55 Variety Landscaping p58 Wildanet p54 Graphic Design Decorating Plastering Tiling Jamaica Press p7 CRD Decorating p52 Haulage & Transport Highland Artexing p41 Nick Ager Haulage p18 Phoenix Creative p24 Health & Wellbeing DIY & Building Materials Atlantic Home Eyecare p58 Nick Ager p18 Niamh Honey Osteopathy p34 RGB South Molton p23 North Devon Ear Clinic p35 Drainage Services South Molton Medical Centre p35 24/7 Drain Solutions p46 South Molton Eyecare p26 Electricians Step Ahead p34 Chris Thorne p49 Home Maintenance/Improvements T. W. Electrical p47 24/7 Drain Solutions p46 Theo Webster p18 Ashgrove Kitchens p47 Engineering Belenus Property Services p53 Hotworks Engineering p36 Care4Bathrooms p17 Estate Agents CRD Decorating p52 Michael Adey Property p25 Dan Jury p28 Tilia Home p4 Webbers Propery Services p24 Dream Doors North Devon p57 Finishing Touches p51 Agricultural Services Bobcat Hire p39 Jack Croft Contractors p38 Andrew Symons front cover SJC Engineering p30 Tarka Trax p30

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Home Maintenance/Improvements School Uniforms Highland Artexing p41 Heather Everitt Embroidery p19 Kitchen Exchange p45 Social Living Needs p45 Bishops Nympton Hall p12 J. Penfold Tarmac & Paving p36 First Friday Jazz p12 Phoenix Creative p24 North Devon Hawk Walks p14 RGB South Molton p23 Sports Sheds4You - back cover Aquarius Swimschool p15 Stove Centre p48 SMART Swim Centre p5 The New Leaf p21 Storage Variety Building & Landscapes p58 Snell Self Storage p8 Insurance Services Ucanstore p41 Partners& p32/33 Telephone Engineers Internet services CBM p40 Wildanet p54 Tool Hire Jobs Forent Tool Hire p20 South West Care Homes p56 Tourism Locksmiths Exmoor Riverside camping p16 Darren Smallbone p41 North Devon Hawk Walks p14 Medical Poltimore Inn Observatory p14 South Molton Medical Centre p35 Quince Honey Farm p13 Metalwork Training Industrial Coating Supplies p40 SMART First Aid p15 Music RE Training p44 A Side to B Side Records p7 TV Services First Friday Jazz p12 CBM p40 Opticians Vehicle Hire Atlantic Home Eyecare p58 Forent Van Hire p20 South Molton Eyecare p26 Venue Hire Osteopaths Bishops Nympton Hall p12 Niamh Honey Osteopathy p34 Filleigh Village Hall p59 Pets Heasley Mill Hall p59 The Retreat Canine Rehab p39 Veterinary Services Plants The Retreat Canine Rehab p39 Ash Moor Nursery p31 Web Design The New Leaf p21 The PC Geek p54 Plumbing & Heating Windows Mark Berry p37 ATA Windows back cover MS Plumbing p60 Darren Smallbone p41 Printing Exmoor Fascias p41 Jamaica Press p7 Property (also see Estate Agents) Michael Adey Property p25 Tilia Homes p4 Webbers Property Services p24 Pubs & Restaurants Bell Inn p10 Exeter Inn p22 Exmoor Riverside p16 Grove Inn p9 Mitre Inn p29 Poltimore Inn p14 Quince Honey Farm p13 Red Lion p29 Schools & Learning Kings Nympton School p61 North Molton School p61 South Molton Library p11

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