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Schedule of events:

2:00: The Hall opens. Let there be cake!
3:00: Mad Hat Competition judging, Jubilee Hall. Bounce & Rhyme in the Library.
3:30 Extreme Reading Photo Competition judging, Jubilee Hall.

Come see a book of letters & drawings about the library created by Chagford school children, the results of the Extreme Reading photo competition, and displays by over a dozen community groups who have come together to support the library.

Live music:
Andy Letcher on bagpipes, to open the event
Becky Doe & Howard Gayton, on violin & guitar

Wear a “mad hat,” full fancy dress, or just come as you are!
Need a costume? We’ll have a few available on the day, both children and adult sized.

Admission, plus tea & cake, is FREE.

(Donations to the “Save Chagford Library” campaign are welcome.)

Amnesty poster

NEW LIBRARY MEMBERS: It’s easy to get a card if you live in Devon. You don’t need to bring documentation with you; just speak to Erica in the library and fill out a simple information form. Let’s get as many people signed up as possible!

RIDES OFFERED: If you know anyone who would like to attend but has difficulty with mobility due to age or infirmary, please contact us (contact info on the poster). There are volunteers willing to give rides to and from the event.


Costumes provided by the Chagford Pantomime, Jennifer Gayton, & William Todd-Jones; comestibles by the Chagford community; poster art & design by David Wyatt; and book binding (for the children’s letters & drawings) by Rima Staines.

Bounce & Rhyme



For those of you bringing little ones to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on Saturday, 12 July, there will be a Bounce & Rhyme session at the library at 3:00, hosted by the Queen of Hearts (otherwise known as librarian Erica Loram).

Photograph by Wendi Riggens. You can see more of her charming fairy tale photographs here.

Dare to be silly!


TennielCostume fitting tonight ( Monday, July 7th) for anyone who would like to wear a full costume for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!

You don’t need to be a “Friend of Chagford Library”, just be happy to support the cause and enjoy looking a bit silly on the day! All ages welcome, costumes for both children and adults are available.

Address for costume fitting: Nonesuch Cottage, 13 Lower Street. (Use the entrance down the alley to the right of the cottage, rather than the front door. There will be a sign.)

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Come and join the fun!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is this Saturday, July 12th, 2 – 4, at Jubilee Hall and the Library. More info here.

Illustration by John Tenniel (1820-1914)

Rides offered



Do you know someone who might like to come to the Mad Hatter’s Tea on July 12th, but who finds it difficult to get around due to age or infirmary? Please contact us. Rides to and from the event will be available from volunteers on the day.

Illustration by John Tenniel (1820-1914)

A “Mad Hatters Tea Party” update


alice-1-revWe’re still looking for:

* cakes for the Mad Hatter Tea…because you can never have too much cake! (The cakes don’t have to be Alice-themed, like this one…but oh my, isn’t it amazing?)

* people (children and adults) who are willing to wear Alice costumes on the day, kindly lent to us by the Chagford Pantomime and other local thespians.

* any Alice-in-Wonderland-type props you might have that we can borrow for decorating the hall.

If you can contribute in any of these ways, please contact Friends and we’ll send your message on to the right contact person.

Otherwise you can contribute by coming to the party — and bringing your family, friends, and neighbors too!