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Welcome to the official page of the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders’ Society. Β The Society was established in 1923 to encourage the breeding and maintenance of the characteristics of the Devon Closewool sheep at home and abroad, and the maintenance of the purity of the breed.

Winter pics of Devon Closewool sheep required for the Exmoor magazine πŸ‘ ...

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Wishing all our members, families and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Peaceful, Happy and Prosperous New Year. Looking forward to an exciting 2023 when we celebrate our Centenary together ...

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The Flock Competition results were announced at the AGM on Wednesday evening at Filleigh and we are delighted to announce the overall winner was Veronica Matthews with John Witheridge overall reserve winner. Congratulations to Harry Ellis for winning the cup for the Best Ram Lamb.
Results below:-
Small Flock
1st Veronica Matthews
2nd Brymore Academy
3rd equal Christine Ley
3rd equal Martin Tucker
Large Flock
1st John Witheridge
2nd Harry Ellis
3rd Clive and Lydia Handy
Congratulations to everyone and thank you to all the entrants for giving up their time and providing our judges, Raymond Kingdon and Sam Hutchings, with their kind hospitality.
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We are really excited to announce that the 2023 Devon Closewool Centenary Calendar is now available. The front and back cover photos provide a taste of the wonderful images each month, showing our lovely breed and the local characters who have managed the breed over the decades from the 1920's to the current date. Calendars will be available to collect at the AGM on
Wednesday 30th or by contacting the Secretary on 01769 550400
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Great evening last night at the Devon Closewool Annual Dinner at Portmore Golf Park near Barnstaple. Lovely food and super company in a very relaxed atmosphere. Our guest speaker, Malcolm Yeo, amused us with his tales of farming, friends and North Devon Show. Well done to all the prize winners and many thanks to Amanda and Spud Taylor for selling the raffle tickets, Jan Witheridge for writing out the place cards so beautifully and to all those who brought such amazing raffle prizes. ...

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The family of the late Leonard Richard's have advised that the funeral will take place on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at North Molton Parish Church at 12 noon and afterwards at North Molton Victory Hall. All welcome. ...

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An excellent evening was spent last night playing skittles - Devon Closewool v Exmoor Horn at Molland village hall. A lovely supper was supplied by The London Inn and there was lots of time to chat and catch up with friends. The Closewools won by a whisker and a great time was had by all 😁 ...

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It is with the greatest sadness that I have to report that our dear friend Leonard Richards has passed away peacefully in hospital at the grand age of 97. Leonard had been a huge supporter of the Devon Closewool breed all his life, producing magnificent show sheep and winning many championships. He was a true Exmoor man, loving the countryside he lived in and the people in it. A true gentleman who was immensely kind and encouraging to all. He was a great supporter of the Society's annual dinner and often had a table of over 20 guests and we have missed his beaming face and kind words over the last few years. Our condolences go to Roy, Alan, Carole, Lyn and the rest of the family. Funeral arrangements will be posted in due course. RIP Leonard. ...

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