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Clovelly awarded GOLD in the RHS Britain in Bloom South West competition!!

Click on title above to Read More.   Amazing results!  Especially for the Lime Kiln to be given the highest award as a new entry in its first year. ‘In your Neighbourhood’ Awards as follows: Lime Kiln Community Potager:  Level 5 – Outstanding Jubilee Fountain:  Level 5 – Outstanding Providence Row:  Level 4 – Thriving Lime Kiln    

Two Torridge Businesses Commended at National Awards

Clovelly Estate Company and Mitchell & Dickinson Ltd were Highly Commended at the National energy efficiency awards in Birmingham on Friday 27th of September for insulating the entire historic village of Clovelly. The awards ceremony, run by the Energy Efficiency Association, was presented by actor and comedian James Nesbitt OBE and television presenter Dan Walker.  The awards recognise the highest achievements in the UK in the fields of insulation and

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Chef Sanjay Kumar – an expert on the panel of BBC Radio 4 Food Programme

Chef Sanjay Kumar has been our great Cookery Demonstrator at the Lobster & Crab Feast for years.  When invited to Sheila Dillon’s Food Programme, BBC Radio 4, on 29 September he was one of the experts on the panel to discuss the role of food additives in our everyday lives and diets. He also referred to his daughter’s needs for particular food additives. You can listen to it by following

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1904 Classic Maritime Heritage Oyster Boat “Bessie”

This 1904 classic, maritime heritage, Oyster boat, “BESSIE”, has just arrived at Clovelly . She has been restored by Cockwells Boats, Mylor, for Clovelly Estates.  On completion of the main works at Mylor, she was then sent by road to Instow to have her finished off and launched before she could be sailed to Clovelly on 23rd August last.     It is the ultimate intention that ‘Bessie’ be sailed

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Teacher, Sadie Davies, is the first woman to swim to Lundy and be returned to Clovelly

24-August Sadie Davies, a teacher, is the first ever woman to complete the 15 mile swim from Hartland to Lundy in under nine hours.  She was raising money for the environmental charity, ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and was returned to Clovelly. The island was a very important place for Mrs. Davies, as she spent lots of time in her childhood there with her father, who was a scuba diver. When her father died,

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The Clovelly Cup Yacht Rally, Sat. Aug. 3, by Nick Peace

Each year the Clovelly Estate has the “Maritime Festival”, based around the harbour area, to celebrate both its past and modern times and connections with the sea. The Festival attracts a large number of holiday makers and of course the people who live in the local area. This is the fourth year running the Clovelly Cup Yacht rally. We have a new winner! The weather forecast was very good, although

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Judging for 2019 SW National Britain in Bloom competition, 23 July. Ellie Jarvis

Judging for the 2019 RHS South West Britain in Bloom competition. The weather was glorious, the village looked splendid and the judges seemed to be very pleased with what they saw. We won’t know the results until the award ceremony in October, but our fingers are firmly crossed.  Judges visited the Court Gardens first, then to the VC to see the Yarn bomb and complimentary planting.   Then on into

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Kingsley Bicentenary photos, Richard Gardner

Charles Kingsley’s Bicentenary (1819-2019), held on 12-16 June, was very much appreciated.  It was mainly based on his famous novel, The Water Babies, published 1863, said to have been inspired by Clovelly.  The programme included plants and colour schemes, yarn-bombing displays, Kingsley Museum mural and story images, an actor, Bradley Brunsdon, telling stories of Kingsley’s life and his inspiration to write the novel, plus Become a Water Baby Art Trail, live music,

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A Ray of Sunshine, by Stephen Perham

One of the most distinctive sounds of my childhood was the unmistakeable buzz of a ‘Seagull’ outboard engine.  Two local fishermen, Si Headon and his son Norman, ran boat trips in much the same way as I do today, but they used two 18ft picarooners “Sunrise” and “Sunshine”. Si and Norman worked every tide they could loading from the steps when the sea was high or using a wooden boarding

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