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Co-op supporting Okehampton Charities

Co-op good causes presentationIn the run up tp Christmas, OCRA was delighted to receive a donation from the members of the Co-Op as part of the store’s support for local organisations.

The second six-month fund-raising drive of 2017, through co-op members’ cards, saw a charity pot totaling £8,702.67 which was split between Wren Music, Okehampton Primary School and OCRA. Continue reading Co-op supporting Okehampton Charities

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Tai Chi – Short evening course from Feb 14th

Tai Chi - PavilionNew Class Starting 14 February

Wednesdays 6-7pm
OCRA Pavilion in the Park
Feb 14 & 21, March 7,14, 21 & 28
£5 a session /£27 course

Come and discover the flowing movements of Tai Chi. Known to release stress in muscles and mind, could it be what you want?

We will play with movements that encourage the flow of energy around your body and learn a mini form that you can use as a mindfulness practice.

Need to know more? Ring/text Pippa Cherrington: 07889 532 982

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Lantern Making for Sport and Art

Okehampton Lanterns Lantern making will be part of the Sport & Art days this half term.

We are please to announce that Lantern building will be an option at the OCRA half term holidays activities in preparation for the Okehampton Lanterns procession on Friday 15th February.

The final procession will meet at St James Chapel and go up to the Pavilion in the Park where a local choir will sing and possibly a local band then finish the event with the dancers from OCRA.

Come and join this magical lantern precession for all ages.

Wren Music Devons folk and community arts charity

Friday 15th February
Setting off 5.30pm,
Starting – outside St James Chapel
Ending at the OCRA Pavilion in the Park

The facebook page for Okehampton Lanterns is at:

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Juniors and Adults fencing starting Tues 16th Jan

OCRA fencing archery dayA reminder that we are booking now for Spring term fencing courses:

Juniors Fencing

Introduction to foil fencing:
the sport of kings
4-week short course from Jan 16th.
Parklands Leisure Centre
£20 block payment

Adults Fencing

Introduction to Epee:
the spirit of the duel
4-week short course for adults and teens 14+
Okehampton College Dance Studio
£20 block payment


Robin Catling – 07956 409818


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South West Rotary Youth Games 2018 – Wheeled Sports Programmes and Event

The South West Rotary Youth Games will return to Mount Hawke Skatepark just outside Truro next Easter to host the Street Sports event.

Date: Friday 6th April 2018

Venue: Mount Hawke Indoor Skatepark, Cornwall

Times: TBC

Additional Information:

Minimum of 2 participants per discipline (Scooter, BMX and Skateboard) from school years 4-11. – see rules on the website.

Participants must live, go to school or attend a club within the District/Borough area.

South West Rotary Youth Games logoLast year’s launch event was a big success with over 150 young people from 8 areas competing in BMX, skateboarding and scootering competitions. It was the first time a Street Sports style event had been hosted by the event in its 19 year history.

It was also the first time Cornwall has hosted a South West Rotary Youth Games event since it expanded from the Devon Youth Games in 2015. This year’s event will take place during the Easter Holidays on Friday 6 April.

Chris Broadbent, Chief Executive of the South West Youth Games Trust said: “Last year’s launch Street Sports event was one of the biggest successes of the South West Rotary Youth Games and marked a fresh approach for our events.

“The Street Sports provide something really relevant and appealing to young people who we might otherwise find harder to engage with using a more traditional sports model. Our simple yet important mission is to create a happier and healthier south west by engaging young people in sport and physical activity.

“Ciaran Ryder and his team were incredible hosts last year at their superb facility and I am sure they will give young people from across the region another inspirational event in April.”

Venue Manager Ciaran Ryder said:  “After the success of last year, Mount Hawke is delighted in welcoming back the Rotary Youth Games back in 2018.

“We hope to have completed additional improvements to our facilities by then allowing  the best young riders in the South West in Skate, BMX and Scootering to showcase their skills. We look forward to seeing competitors, organisers and supporters in April for another action packed day.”

Read more at:

The Rules and eligibility for each discipline are available here:

Age groups: School years 4 – 11

Names of each competitor will need to be submitted in advance of the event this year to help with the administration.

(Skate warehouse event co-ordinators are reviewing these rules, any changes will be published by end of January)


We are actively seeking sponsorship for this event and the finals event in July – if you know of any contacts or companies that would be interested please let me know their contact details, even if you haven’t already spoken to them and you think they may consider supporting the event.  

Social Media

Please follow the @SWyouthgames on social media and interact to gain more coverage about the event(s).

‘Open day’, Taster sessions and Into Sport programmes

SW Rotary Youth Games is moving to ‘Open day’, Taster sessions, or Into Sport programmes – for children and young people from across Devon and Cornwall to access a journey to the Games. At the Lodge indoor skatepark, for instance, we are planning to host some SWYG open sessions once a week after school in the build up to the event. Please contact the venues in your area to find out what’s planned where you are.


The team entries, medals and event t-shirts will be FREE to all participants, but unfortunately we are not in a position to cover the cost of the transport to Mount Hawke. We are asking all areas to make their own way there, whether it’s parents, minibuses or seeking a sponsor to cover the cost of a coach.

Image credit: Flying skateboard 2403 by Harald Bischoff (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Training This Term – Handball and Cricket


Handball - Balonmano_en_la_calleHandball is a great game for a whole range of skills, creating space/ movement and always proves popular for all abilities when we have played it as a game.

OCRA are working with England Handball to deliver a short introductory course that will give you the confidence and skills to get the activity and the game going, in your school

Course Name: Introduction to Teaching Handball
Who is it for: Qualified teachers, student teachers and teaching assistants
Course Date: 21st February
Course duration: 3 hours,  3.30-6.30pm
Venue: Okehampton Community College Sportshall- meet @ OCRA Pavilion in the Park – free car parking – All Weather Pitch
Course cost: £40 per person
Booking: contact

Please make contact to book your places- we can invoice schools.



Improve curriculum and after school cricket

This will be a practical course that will help develop skills, gameplay, fundamental  skills and build confidence

This will be delivered by Devon Cricket Board – Steven Pritchard who is an excellent tutor

Cricket course – Okehampton 19th March time 2-5 meet at the OCRA Pavilion – course FREE

Cricket course  – Tavistock venue/ times TBC –please contact Mhairi – course FREE

Image credit: Balonmano_en_la_calle by Sergio (originally posted to Flickr as 7 metros) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Juniors and Adults Fencing for 2018

New for January 2018

Junior fencingJuniors’ Introduction to Olympic Foil

Juniors’ fencing returns to Parklands Leisure centre:

  • Tuesdays, 5-6pm
  • Commencing Jan. 16th
  • Parklands Sports Hall
  • 4-week short course
  • Ages 8-14yrs
  • Equipment provided
  • £4.50 per session (block discount available)

Vicki Pritchard - Hampshire Epee TeamAdults Introduction to Epée – the Spirit of the Duel!

  • Mondays, 7-8pm
  • Commencing Jan. 15th
  • Okehampton College Sports Hall (TBC)
  • 4-week short course
  • Ages 15yrs+
  • Equipment provided
  • £4.50 per session (block discount available)

West Devon Swords rapier and dagger sparringHistorical Swordplay

  • Thursdays 8-9.30pm
  • Re-commencing Jan. 11th
  • Okehampton Baptist Church
  • Continuing rapier, longsword, sword and buckler
  • Ages 16yrs+
  • Equipment provided
  • £6 per session
  • See more at
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Walk & Talk Okehampton Jan – March 2018 Programme

Walk and Talk Jan-Mar-2018

Walk and Talk Jan-Mar-2018Fancy a change? Walk & Talk. It’s FREE !

The new West Devon Walk and Talk Okehampton programme is available now (PDF file, 438KB).

All led walks are absolutely free, all we ask is that you bring enough money to join us for refreshments at the end, if you would like. Continue reading Walk & Talk Okehampton Jan – March 2018 Programme