Lentsherd: A Clovelly tradition, by Ellie Jarvis

For generations every Shrove Tuesday, the children of Clovelly have taken part in an unusual custom. Tin cans are tied to strings and dragged down the famous cobbled street at dusk. The incredible noise the tin cans make is said to rid Clovelly of all the bad things from the previous year, chasing bad spirits away and banishing the Devil into the sea before the season of Lent begins.
Once the children have clattered their way to the harbour, the strings are tied tightly together, the cans are placed into netted bags and tethered to rope. The noisy contents are then thrown into the sea; which is said to take the evil spirits with them.  We must stress that Clovelly is a fishing village and we would never litter the sea, so having served their purpose the cans are immediately retrieved from the water and placed into the recycling!
Every child who takes part is rewarded with a free pancake at the Red Lion, which they can decorate with their own selection of tasty toppings.
Not much is known about when this custom started, but one Clovelly resident who is 92, remembers taking part when she was young. Clovelly is a community which is uniquely linked to the past, fiercely proud of its fishing heritage as well as the history of its residents, and traditions which have meant so much to so many. 
It seems that each generation has had a different name for the custom ~ “Lanshard”, “Tin Night”, “Rattlin’ Tin Night”, “Tinning” to name but a few and the tradition has certainly evolved.  Currently, each year, one very special cluster of tin cans carries tags bearing the names of children from all over the world.  These names are sent via the Clovelly Village social media pages, added to tags and then dragged down the cobbles on behalf of those named.
In previous years following a noisy decent to the harbour, a blessing has been given, but very sadly the much loved Reverend John Peak passed away suddenly, just days before the event.  There was no blessing given this year, but he and his family were very firmly in our hearts throughout.
This is a short film which captures the essence of Clovelly Lentsherd was filmed a few years ago by Shimnix Films  

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society film

Watch the official trailer released for the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society film scheduled for general release on 20th April. Shooting parts of the film in North Devon took place last year including Clovelly and nearby Hartland Abbey last May. In the trailer, see how many views you can spot if both are familiar.

You can also see Nazi troops marching through the streets of Bideford and a plane flying over Saunton beach.

RHS Britain in Bloom competition

Last year Clovelly won a third consecutive Gold award in the South West region of the RHS Britain in Bloom competition and a ‘Best in Group’ trophy with Mary Mortimer cup, thanks to the Gardening Group and all residents.

This year on 6th February, Clovelly village was thrilled to receive confirmation from RHS that it is now one of the 2017 regional group finalists, thus representing the South West region in the Champion of Champions, 2018 National Britain in Bloom competition!

It is not one, but two competitions to prepare for and thus a very busy year ahead for Clovelly residents. Here’s hoping for some bloom-ing lovely weather!

Clovelly Maritime Festival

Sunday 21st July 2024

Watch the exciting Clovelly Cup yacht rally against a backdrop of live music, street entertainment, activities and games for the whole family. Join us for a day full of fun, all in aid of The Mission to Seafarers.