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WW1 Centenary Conert

An evening of readings and songs performed by Woolacombe School Choir, Anchors Away and the Village Choir. The songs and readings reflected a range of emotions, and a reflection of wartime.

Held in St Sabinus Church which had been decorated by the Flower Festival

A beautiful and emotional evening. Further information will be in the WMV December magazine.

Well done to all involved into making it such a lovely evening.






Tour of Britain – Stage 2 Woolcombe

Tour of Britain 

Stage 2 – North Devon

The Tour De France (TDF) is the biggest annual sporting event in the world, but not everyone knows that Britain has its own ‘Tour’, a race that has been running since 1945. Through it’s history it has gone through numerous name changes, and is currently known as the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain with this year’s event starting on 2nd September and covering 1,140 kilometres. The route runs from Pembrey Country Park on the Carmarthenshire coast in South Wales to the streets of Central London, via Devon, Bristol, Warwickshire, Cumbria and Nottinghamshire.

After a year’s absence the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the South West of England on Stage Two. Day two of this year’s race will depart from Cranbrook, and finish in Barnstaple, who last welcomed the race back in 2012. 

Stage 2 features barely a metre of flat road all day, which means it will be a tough day in the saddle for all the riders. Tough climbs early in the stage could pose problems and split the race up early, but the crucial factor will be the steep and narrow climb of Challacombe Hill. Taking place on Monday 3rd September, the second stage of the  route will take in  Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Croyde, the world class cycle race will take in some of the area’s beautiful countryside, not to mention some very step climbs! 

The tour is due to arrive in Ilfracombe at 14:18, they then climb the hill to Mullacott roundabout before turning towards Woolacombe, passing the Pink House, and Fortescue Arms, heading  past Woolacombe Sands and taking the hill down towards The Red Barn where they are expected to reach just after 14:30, before starting that step climb up Challacombe Hill and turning towards Georgeham.

Because road racing is done on public roads, it is one of the few sports that allows the public virtually unlimited access to events. Rolling road closures along the route will typically come into action 15 to 20 minutes ahead of the lead riders, so if you want to watch the race, make sure you get in place in plenty of time.

 Interest in the UK is sure to be high given Geraint Thomas’s victory in this year’s TDF, the sixth British winner in the last seven years of that event. British success in our own tour has not been so spectacular, with only two home riders successful in those seven years, Steve Cummings in 2016 and Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

Mortehoe Scarecrow Festival

Mortehoe hosted another great Scarecrow Festival from Friday 10th-Sunday 12th August.

Despite the weather, people came out to support this great family fun event, with the theme for this year being the ‘Tale of Two Potters’, Harry and Beatrix.

Collecting trail sheets from Mortehoe Museum, people were asked to find the 24 scarecrows and guess which ones they were from the list they had been provided, those who guessed all correctly were entered into a prize draw.

Harry Potter, and Beatrix Potter were firm favourites winning the top two spots for favourite scarecrows.

The 24 Scarecrows were:

  1. Ron Weasley
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3. Peter Rabbit 

4. Professor Trelawney 


5. Draco Malfoy 


6.  Moaning Myrtle 

7. Harry Potter 

8. Johnny Town Mouse


9. Dumbledore


10. Benjamin Bunny


11. Mr McGregor

12. Two Bad Mice

13. Sirius Black

14. Professor McGonagall


15. Squirrel Nutkin

16. Pigling Bland


17. Mrs Rabbit

18. Mr McGregor’s own scarecrow


19. Dobby


20. Hagrid

21. Tabitha Twitchit and her three kittens

22. Jemima Puddleduck

23. Voldermort

24. Mrs Tiggywinkle

Saunton Sands D Day Event

In 1943–44, thousands of American GI’s descended on the village of Braunton to train for the D-Day landings amongst the dunes of Saunton Beach. 

On Saturday June 2nd & 3rd, 2018, Devon D-Day stepped back in time to commemorate this period in its history with its annual Saunton Sands D Day event.

Saunton Sands played a very important role in the Second World War, as did much of the North Devon coastline.  When it was realised that the incoming troops to Britain from America had not received enough training ahead of the invasion of Europe, and with only a few months to go before the attack was planned, an urgent solution was required, this came in the form of the American Training Center (ATC).  

Soon the beaches of Georgeham, Putscborough, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe became training grounds as part of the American Training Center.


An informative and enjoyable weekend hosted on Saunton Sands. The 2018 event was no exception. Saturday saw over 140 WW2 vehicles driving along the beach with the added visual of a DUKW in the sea.  Visitors to the beach were able to watch a variety of living history displays and re-enactments giving the visual story of what happened on these beaches. 

Those who stayed for Saturday evening were given a wonderful performance from the Military Wives Choir.

A truly amazing sight was seen on Sunday with 10 Piper Cubs and an Auster landing on the beach. The First Wave 44 living history group gave some stunning re-enactment demonstrations throughout the  day, portraying the 146th Enginner Combat Battalion who served at the U.S Assault training  Center and landed on Omaha beach.  

The 75th Anniversary of D Day will be held in 2019 on the weekend of 1st-2nd June on Saunton Sands 

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