The Whitleigh Words Writing Contest Winners & Entrants

The Whitleigh Words Festival Writing Contest Winners & Entrants

Thank you and well done to everyone who entered the Whitleigh Writing Contest 2015.

I wanted to run this contest because I believe that for some people it is their only way to express their thoughts and feelings. My hope was to have entries from those who were also not great with grammar and spelling, happily, that is what I got from some entrants and their writings were full of depth and feelings. That is what writing is all about, not being judged on your ability to write or the standard of a person’s education and not being afraid to express yourself! Writing from your heart and soul is the always the best way forward.

Below you will be able to read the nine winning poems, songs and stories. 


1st Jack Horne – Carol Concert

Carol Concert

2nd Ruth Muttlebury – Acrostic Sonnet For Whitleigh

Sonnet For Whitleigh0002

3rd Ray Glasson – Our Home

Our Home


1st Trudy Ruth Roden – Julia’s Wish

Julias Wish

2nd Carol Ager – Memories Of Whitleigh

Memories Of Whitleigh

3rd Jack Horne – Vampire Rendezvous

Vampire Rendevous


1st Mike Tracey – Life Of Firsts

Life Of Firsts

2nd Stuart Dann – Keep Shining Bright

Keep Shining Bright

3rd Judith Thompson – My Family

My Family0002





“A BIT OF A DO” 2016
Places to go! New suggestions always welcome.


The Abbey Inn on the River, 30 Buckfast Road, Buckfastleigh, Devon TQ11 OEA. Telephone: 01364 642343.


The South Devon Railway, or SDR, is a seven mile former Great Western Railway branch line. Adults and senior citizens: £7.00 return. (prices for 2015). Buckfastleigh station & The Refreshment Rooms (Lunches & Snacks) is the best starting point for your journey as we have easy, flat access and parking very close to the platform.


House of Marbles, The Old Pottery, Pottery Road, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS. Tel: 01626 835285. No Admission Charge. FREE Parking. You can book for lunch in the restaurant, please call 01626 835285. Coach groups welcome.


Goodrington South & North Sands. Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6LN . Tel: 01803 665485. Attractions, boating lake, race in go-karts, play crazy golf or visit to The Seashore Centre. Disabled access to the beach. Lunches available at The Premier Inn.


Hope Cove, Nr Kingsbridge, Devon
Disabled access and toilets to the beach. On-Site café/restaurant. The Cove Cafe Bar.


The Sloop Inn, Bantham, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3AJ or lunch at the Hope And Anchor


Overbeck’s, Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW. Telephone: 01548 842893.
The seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe. The house is full of surprises. A magical polyphon (A disc playing music box) still plays, and cabinets of butterflies and bugs sit happily with collections of dolls, toys and model boats. Take lunch or tea in the old billard room, a favourite of the convalescing First World War soldiers or eat alfresco on the warm, sheltered terrace.


The Pig’s Nose Inn, East Prawle , Kingsbridge , Devon ,TQ7 2BY . Tel: (01548) 511209
Siuated on the Village Green. Traditional Pub Food (See Food & Drink.) Order at the bar.


The Guardhouse Cafe, Berry Head, Brixham.
The cafe is located on a cliff top in Berry Head nature reserve, inside a Napoelonic-era fortress. Whether your passion is history, wildlife, walking or relaxing with family and friends in a beautiful place. Local hot and cold food,Home-made cakes, fairtrade coffee, Teapigs tea, alcoholic and soft drinks – and of course the famous Guardhouse Cream Teas! Spectacular views!


Beachhouse, South Milton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 3JY. 01548 561144.
Uniquely situated at south milton sands with stunning panoramic views. Extensive menu includes fresh seafoods, steaks, burgers, pasta’s and salads.


Cockington Court, Torquay, TQ2 6XA


St Austell Market


The Shire Horse Centre, Yealpmton near Plymouth
Hoping to re-open in 2016


Indoor Bowls Taster Day with Buffet at The Bere Alston Bowls Club. With bar!



From 2016 “A Bit Of A Do” will be held at the Albemarle Inn, Budshead Road on the 1st Wednesday of the month starting on 6th January.
We are always looking for musicians & entertainers for our monthly events at The Albemarle Inn.
Keep up to date with what is happening on the website at Scroll a little way down and you will see information about our “A Bit Of A Do” events and news.
See Sandy Wager’s art website
Contact Sandy Wager (Wendy) on 01752 313645 or by email at