What’s on in Meavy

Rob Murch
Geoff Lakeman

Rob Murch and Geoff Lakeman

Meavy Parish Hall

Friday 20th September, 8pm
Licensed Bar

Doors open at 7:30pm, performance starts at 8:00pm

Admission:  £10, tickets from WeGotTickets, the Royal Oak, or pay at the door.

Geoff Lakeman “Father of a folk dynasty” and Rob Murch “Fingerstyle banjo virtuoso” playing together at Meavy Parish Hall.

Be among the first to see and hear this dynamic new musical duo who are both masters of their rare instruments and styles.

Geoff Lakeman has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as “A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty.”  He is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians.  They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.

Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina.  He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman.

Rob Murch, a fingerstyle banjo virtuoso, is one of the best-kept musical secrets in Britain, although he is revered in the “underground” folk and acoustic music scene.  He describes his vintage, classical  style of playing as “all the rage in the 1900s” – but he brings it  up-to-date with a punch.  Rob has the precision and “wow” of the old music hall stars as he churns out foot-tapping ragtime and cakewalk tunes.  Most people are familiar with hoe-down bluegrass banjo picking, or old-timey “frailing” but Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board is mesmerising.

We are very much looking forward to hearing Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch playing together here in Meavy.

Cinema.MeavyRED JOAN

Meavy Parish Hall

Red JoanFriday 4th October, 8:00pm

(doors open at 7:30 pm)

Certificate 12A, Run time 101 mins

Admission £5, pay at the door.  Children under 12, admission £2, must be with an adult.

Licensed Bar

Red Joan is based on a novel of the same name written by Jennie Rooney, which was itself inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.

Norwood worked at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association as a secretary and supplied the Soviet Union with nuclear secrets.  The materials that Norwood betrayed to the USSR hastened the pace at which the Soviets developed nuclear bomb technology.

Cookson is the young Joan Stanley studying physics at Cambridge.  She became involved with Communists and radical politics through her friend Sonya (Tereza Srbova) and Leo (Tom Hughes), a German Jew.

Her story, which reaches as far back as 1938, is recalled in flashbacks as Joan in old age is questioned by the Special Branch.  The questioning reveals that Joan was more concerned about “leveling the playing field” in the postwar world rather than communism.  

See Cinema.Meavy to view the trailer.


Meavy Parish Hall

Mary Queen of ScotsFriday 1st November, 8:00pm

(doors open at 7:30 pm)

Certificate 15, Run time 124 mins

Admission £5, pay at the door.  No admission for children under 15.

Licensed Bar

Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart.

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry.  Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne.

But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination.

Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.

Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones - and change the course of history.  

See Cinema.Meavy to view the trailer.

Harp Concert

by Fionnuala Kirby 

Sunday 3rd November,  5:15 pm

St Peter’s Church, Meavy

In aid of essential fabric repairs of St Peter’s (cheques payable to “Meavy Church”)

Tickets £7, from:

  • Annie Inman, 01822 852672 or by post: Moorholme, Dousland, Yelverton  PL20 6LY with SAE please
  • Jonathan Frappell, 01822 854500
  • The Royal Oak, Meavy
  • On the door at St Peter’s Church


Fionnuala KirbyFionnuala Kirby is a Celtic Harpist based near Plymouth in Devon, with wide repertoire of traditional, classical, popular and religious tunes, and some Paraguayan harp music.

She plays a 36-string Yew Clarsach made by Tim Hampson of Bere Ferrers, Devon, and has been teaching herself the Celtic Harp since she was given one in 2005 for her 33rd birthday.

Inspiration for her ever-expanding repertoire comes from many sources, such as her English and Irish roots and love of folk music, her classical and religious upbringing, and her love of rhythm and world music. Fionnuala plays a wide range of traditional tunes, classical pieces, popular tunes and Paraguayan harp music. In 2012 by popular request she recorded her first CD called “Travelling Tunes”, as a showcase of her repertoire at the time. In 2017 she recorded some video footage and a second CD called “Harp from the Heart”. Both have been very much appreciated.


Bronte Sistersby Polly Teale

Meavy Parish Hall

Tuesday 12th November, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10, from Tavonians or The Royal Oak

A beautiful and lively evocation of the real and imagined worlds of the Brontë family.

Brontë by Polly Teale dramatically illustrates the highs and lows the family experienced from 1845 when the sisters’ brother Branwell returned home in disgrace, plagued by his addictions, bringing turmoil to the household.  Throughout this period each of the young women continued to write their now famous stories, using their own lives and shared experiences to create their brilliant characters.  Polly Teale’s clever dramatisation matches the creative genius of the three sisters and the anguish they each experience, suffering the highs of success and the lows of their losses, whilst bringing the characters to life.

Stuart Waterworth, director of Brontë for the Tavonians, says:

“I first came across this play a few years ago when a friend of mine was directing it.  It sounded interesting and I immediately bought a copy.  I found it to be clever and exciting.  The play, as with any family, has laughter and tears, satisfaction and frustration, love and loss. 

Tavonians“It is perhaps one of the most challenging plays the Tavonians have tackled for some time.

With an enthusiastic cast it promises to make the autumnal evenings glow.”


Tickets £10, available from The Royal Oak, Meavy and online at www.tavonians.org.uk.

Cinema.MeavyTOY STORY 4

Meavy Parish Hall

Toy Story 4Friday 6th December, 8:00pm

(doors open at 7:30 pm)

Certificate U, Run time 100 mins

Admission £5, pay at the door.  Children under 12, admission £2, must be with an adult.

Licensed Bar

When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.  

As Woody and Bo say goodbye, Woody becomes hesitant in returning with Bonnie. With some encouragement from Buzz, Woody decides to stay with Bo and help lost toys find owners. Buzz and the gang give Woody and Bo a goodbye hug and the two groups go their separate ways.

See Cinema.Meavy to view the trailer.

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