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.

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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

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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

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Storm Eleanor, by Stephen Perham

The spirited New Year had hardly got its hat on before beginning its merry mischief of mayhem, slamming the door on the quiet embers of the worn out old reign, intent on fun, starting out as it means to carry on. At first it was the wind, teasing, rushing, gushing, hushing, breathing out loud, whispering in and out of doorways, rattling the draughty window panes, “wake up, wake up,” playing

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‘A Song for a Herring’ by Stephen Perham

I lifted the marline end of the board net revealing the fish, steadily hauling back, finding hundreds of startling silver herring enmeshed and gilled throughout its length. We only had four nets out, half of what we carry, yet still the fish were filling the boat, hanging from the meshes in heavy bunches. Once we had them all on board, I sculled back to the harbour and lay the boat

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An amusing poem in ancient Greek in the Red Lion Visitor book

  A former Sherborne School pupil, James Kierstead, winner of the Marson Greek Prize, and now a Lecturer in Classics at the Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z., has written an article in The Shirburnian about this poem in ancient Greek, remarkably composed and written by a Sherborne pupil in the Visitor’s Book at the Red Lion during his overnight stay in 1889!

Clovelly wins South West in Bloom gold award!

  Clovelly is delighted to have received two prestigious awards in the 2017 South West in Bloom competition.  The Clovelly Gardening Group has won a third Gold Award and a ‘Best in Group’ Mary Mortimer trophy.   Photo taken at the award presentation.  L-R: The Hon. John Rous, Peter Townsend, Ellie Jarvis, Su Maddocks, Lady and Lord Fellowes and Cllr. Anne Brooks, Chair of Torbay Council.

Find the Easter Chicks

30th March to the 13th April 2018 Children receive a village map on entry on which to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cottages along the High Street to the quay. If they spot at least 10 chicks, they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg and a bigger prize if they spot all 15.

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The Seaweed festival

27th May 2018 our Seaweed festival this year will also be celebrating the Visitor Centre’s 30th Anniversary. The only one of its kind in the UK it promotes seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits. As it is hugely versatile, quay kitchens will be serving a variety of dishes, and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and arts and crafts. Plus live music, craft activities and workshops, talks

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Clovelly Maritime Festival

On the 14th July 2018, the day will be full of fun and packed with a programme of all sorts of activities and entertainment for all ages. There will be another Clovelly Cup Rally with the North Devon Yacht Club! They will be racing outside the harbour across the bay. It will be an amazing sight to see, with the boats surrounding the harbour and setting off around the race

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