Manning's Pit Petition
||The History and Culture
of Manning's Pit
|Testimonials from supporters
Important EndorsementsFrom those who have signed our petition, spoken personally or written to us in support.
Sir Michael Morpurgo
OBE, FRSL, FKC, DL, the author, poet, playwright and librettist.
He is the author of War Horse, and was Children's Laureate (2003-2005).
He sent us a handwritten card and said
"Of course I support your brave and important effort to stem the tide of intrusion into our precious places."
He also said he was pleased to hear about the connection with Saki.
His Farms for
City Children inspired our own description of
He has signed our petition and wished us good
luck with all our projects.
‘People need homes - but they also
need green spaces. There is no conflict between a
properly planned housing programme and the
preservation of historic open land. I strongly
support saving Manning's Pit for future generations
and Anne Williamson
Environmental and peace activist Satish
Kumar is the latest person of note to sign our
"Everyone needs a home -
so build more of them on brownfield sites."
Mark is a musician and artist. His hard rock band Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction had a Top Twenty hit in the 1980s. As a writer he has contributed to The Idler magazine, for example. As an artist he has exhibited successfully and Damien Hirst has bought a number of his paintings. Mark once lived in Windsor Road and used to take his young son down by the river to play there.
We were very grateful to Mark for sending one of his paintings to be exhibited in our Museum Exhibition, where it was a great attraction. Manning's Pit remains important to him, although he lives in London now.
Trevor Beer, MBE
Naturalist and artist, who visited Manning's Pit numerous times during his lifetime.
He sadly passed away in 2017.
This is a link to the letter he wrote to the North Devon Journal about Manning's Pit.
He signed our petition and made this comment "As a born and bred Piltonian I have known Manning's Pit and the Bradiford Valley and Tutshill Woods as a child. attending Pilton School and over many years as a naturalist and nature writer. I will fight where I can to save the site from development and despoilation and trust it will be safeguarded for wildlife, with its several rare species,a s well as for the peace enjoyed by people."
Award winning Film Director,
who has produced films for BBC/Channel Four/National Geographic, etc. These include "In the Footsteps of St Paul," with David Suchet, and many documentaries.
Martin has lived in Pilton and made two important films to support our campaign:
The Magic of Manning's Pit and
The Battle of Manning's Pit.
Well known in North Devon most especially for his knowledge of local history, he took part in Shaun Ley's 2016 Radio programme In the Lumber Room that commemorated the death of Saki . He was also helpful to us when we were setting up the Exhibition on the Museum in 2017.
Peter gives talks locally such as this one, in St. Anne's Chapel, Barnstaple: https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/peter-christie-talk-introduction-new-ideas-north-devon
After signing our petition, Peter wrote this:
'Saki is one of my favourite writers and his connection to this area guarantees my support for preserving it.'
watercolour artist, countryside lover, leads painting courses, producer of DVDs and
presenter of television series on watercolour painting in Wales.
pastel artist, author of books on painting, leads painting courses, countryside lover.
Local Politicians who have supported out Campaign and signed our Petition