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Welcome to the official page of the Devon Closewool Sheep Breeders’ Society.  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.

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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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Fabulous day at the Society Show and Sale today at Blackmoor Gate. Judges Phil Dallyn and daughter Sara Perrett selected the first placed shearling ram as their Champion bred by S & J Bale with Geoff Ley's shearling ram taking reserve champion. Margaret Elliott won the Old Ram class with a ram bred by GE & EJ Nicholls and Abel Brothers were 2nd in this class with a ram bred by G Dart & Sons. Chris Ley won the Novice class and G Dart & Sons won the pairs class. Raymond Kingdon was 1st and 3rd in the Shearling Ewe class, Sarah Thorne was 2nd and 4th whilst Margaret Elliott was 5th and 6th. The ewe lamb class went to Margaret Elliott who was also 3rd with the Rennie family 2nd.
Rams sold well with Mr GA Ley's Reserve Champion ram selling at 1000 gns to S & J Bale. S & J Bale's Champion ram sold at 900 gns to Miss V Matthews. A shearling ram from Mr RF Kingdon sold to Mr Sam Hutchings for 800 gns, Miss S Thorne's shearling ram sold to Mrs Kent-Smith for 780 gns, G Dart & Sons 3rd placed shearling ram sold for 720 gns to RJ & P Burge and another to Mrs H Marks for 680 gns whilst RJ & P Burge sold to Mr J Balment for 680 gns.
Top priced shearling ewes from Mr RW Kingdon sold at 185 gns to M & E Bray, others from the same home sold to 182 gns and 160 gns. Miss S Thorne sold 2 shearling ewes at 170 gns to RJ & P Burge. Barry Nicholls sold 2 shearling ewes at 158 gns to Brymore Academy whilst Mrs M Elliott sold at 153 gns to Miss S Lindsey. Ewe lambs from Mrs M Elliott sold for 142 gns to Mrs Carey with others from the Rennie family selling to the same home for 125 gns. Many thanks to vendors and purchasers for making the day such a success and a special mention to auctioneer Gethin Rees for his sterling efforts in persuading people to part with their money!
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The Devon Closewool Sheep Breeder's Society is saddened to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a true lover of the countryside. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Royal family at this desperately sad time in particular to her son, King Charles III. Long live the King. ...

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A good entry of rams and females for Monday's sale. Catalogues available from the Society website www.devonclosewool.com ...

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