Total Funds raised in
our Buy Manning's Pit Appeal :
Full total announced later today.
January 19th Report on
the walk - go to our Blog
for full report with photos.
walk - more about it. He has raised
well over £900 with more still coming in.
Selaine Saxby, our new MP, holding the
finishing tape as John arrives after his
epic trek up and down the Bradiford
How fast time goes
by! We were barely recovered from the
excitement of the Oggle Band Ceilidh when it
was time for our Coffee Morning on Saturday
11th. This was successful too, and we had
time to chat with a number of interesting
people - including the former vicar of
Pilton, Anthony Gearing, who founded the
Green Man Festival.
The cakes as always were fantastic.
Yesterday's event, the Ceilidh with the Oggle
Band in Pilton Church Hall, was one of the best
events we have ever held. It was a complete sell
out, there was a magnificent atmosphere, and
rarely have people enjoyed themselves more. We
are so very grateful to the Oggle Band, for
putting on this event to help us raise money.
Had the Hall been twice the size it is, we feel
we could have filled it twice over, it was so
successful. And, as they said when they were
leaving - next time, maybe we will be able
to celebrate something really exciting!
The photo above was
taken with a mobile when the lights were
dimmed and is very blurry, but it gives
an idea of the fun people were having.
January 1st 2020
As expected there were not very many payments
in the last few days, so the total has not gone
up as fast as it normally does. However we have
extra amounts promised (and may not have seen
all BACS payments yet.) We also expect to raise
a good amount of money with the Oggle Band Event
this coming Saturday. It was so good of
the Oggle Band to do this event for us, and we
are all very excited about it!
We are in the process of delivering our first
campaign Newsletter, and within the next three
or four days virtually all households in Pilton
and Bradiford should have received one. Let us
know if for any reason you don't get one.
Update re John Lovelock's Walk:
For one Leafleter (John) New Year's Day meant a
lengthy visit to North Devon Hospital following
a nasty dog bite when trying to push a
newsletter through a letterbox.. The Hospital is
close to Manning's Pit, and many hospital
workers are numbered among our supporters. On
the plus side of the accident, supporters on
Facebook suggesting using a spatula to push
leaflets through letter boxes, which is a great
idea and works a treat. As part of his training
for his sponsored walk on January 17th John was
out again leafleting two days later (with
|Message from Pilton
Parents at Pilton Infants’ School and
Pilton Bluecoat Academy are keen to
support the ‘Buy Manning’s Pit’
campaign, and have organised a sponsored
reading event which is taking place over
As you’ll appreciate
this is an expensive time of year for
parents, so if you know a child at
either school who has chosen to take
part in the event (which is
voluntary), I am sure they would be
very grateful for your sponsorship, no
matter how small!
Every child taking part in the
sponsored read gets a certificate, and
the chance to win a book token, so
it’s well worth joining in.
If we don’t get enough money to buy
Manning’s Pit, any money raised
through this event will be given to
We are really grateful to the
children, parents and staff at both
schools for their support in helping
us to ‘Buy Manning’s Pit’.
Yet again we have been mentioned in the
This time it was in the North Devon
Gazette, on Wednesday December 18. The
article is by Tony Gussin, in connection
with our Presentation at the Museum the
You can expand the image to read the
article by clicking on your mouse.
In the photograph:
Tim Saunders (our Treasurer) Kate Shaw,
Toby and Theo Lawrence, Alison Mills
(Museum Manager) Christine Lovelock (our
Chair) Chris Bulpett (our Secretary) and
Katie Martin, who runs our Instagram for
John Lovelock's Sponsored walk page is now
launched. John accompanied Twinkle on part of
her walk, and Twinkle is going to join him for
some of his. You can read all about it on this
Following Thursday's General
Election, Selaine Saxby will be our new
MP. We know already that she will be
supportive of our campaign, as she has already
persuaded the Prime Minister to hold up a Buy
Manning's Pit sign (scroll down for
photo.) Commiserations to all the losing
candidates, and we appreciate their support too.
Wednesday December 11th
Apologies for late update on
this – Twinkle was in the North Devon Journal
again, published December 5th but
available until the 11th.
Tuesday December 10th
This Monday a small group of us came down to the
centre of Barnstaple to present our Shrouds of the
Somme H H Munro figurine to the Museum of
Barnstaple and North Devon, where it will have a
permanent home. We purchased it last year,
and it was sent to us after the Shrouds
of the Somme Touring Exhibition completed
its journeys around the country.
The photographs show the figurine on display,
and also a group of us around it. In the
photograph, Tim Saunders, Kate Shaw, Toby
and Theo Lawrence (the boys who live in
the house where Hector
Munro lived as a boy) Alison Mills, the
Museum Manager, Christine Lovelock, Chris
Bulpett and Katie Martin.
Friday December 6th
Our final General Election candidate
photo in Manning's Pit was the only one
that didn't quite work, with camera problems
taking photos for Finola, for both helpers. So
apologies that this one isn't posed as the
others were. Also our secretary wasn't able to
come along, so Kate steeped in as the third
Committee member. As with the four other
candidates, we enjoyed meeting Finola ONeill,
the Labour candidate. As you can see by the
helmet she is holding, she was the only
candidate to arrive on a motor bike!
How nice it has been to meet them all, and know
they all support our campaign. As always, to see
larger versions use your second mouse button and
click View Image.
Thursday December 5th
Alex White, the Liberal Democrat candidate,
came to Manning's Pit to meet us, and here is a
photo of him with us. Nick Harvey, who was
the Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon, came
along with him as well. It was good to see him
but we couldn't include him in the photo because
we had decided to show each candidate with the
three of us, to be consistently fair. Alex was
unluckier with the weather than the others had
been, but he did not let it put him off.
The photograph was taken by Mark Fowler, a
professional photographer who also sent us other
photos of Manning's Pit.
Tuesday December 3rd
The Prime Minister shows his support for the
Buy Manning's Campaign.
When Boris Johnson came to North Devon recently
he met the Conservative candidate Selaine Saxby,
and she has posted this image on her Facebook
page, along with this comment:
A very very special thank you to Twinkle and Wendy
who have raised over £1800 through
their sponsored walk. Full report on their page
"Buy Manning's Pit campaign endorsed by
When I met with Boris Johnson last week
he was delighted to lend his support to the
community to enable them to buy and preserve
As we always make clear, we are
non-political and we have been pleased
to welcome all the candidates when they
visited Manning's Pit (we hope to get photos
from the Lib Dem and Labour candidates very
soon) We have also asked the other
candidates if they can persuade their leaders
to do the same, and we will be very pleased if
they can achieve this.
We were especially pleased to have an
immediate email response to this news
from Robbie Mack(the Green Party candidate)
saying that it was good to have a sitting
Prime Minister's support and he appreciated
our efforts to always be even handed.
He and the other candidates are all hoping to
get similar endorsements from their leaders!
Watch this space, as they say!
And a final mention to add to add to
Saturday November 30th - new total coming
-full report coming shortly on her page.
She has raised well over £1700!
Here we are at the start of her walk, in Lynbro
Road, about to go down into Manning's Pit. It
was very cold and windy.
Re the General Election : Visits to Manning's
Pit from Alex White Liberal Democrat (last
Friday, waiting for photos from them) and Finola
ONeill Labour this Thursday (our camera
malfunctioned so waiting for photos from
Thursday November 28th
Twinkle and Wendy hit the headlines - their
photo by the Manning's Pit gate makes a big
splash on the North Devon Journal front
page. Twinkle has now raised well
Tuesday November 26th
A new page for Twinkle goes live - see photos
and videos here, as the date for Twinkle's
Sunday November 24th
The Coffee Morning in Pilton Church Hall was a
great success, confounding expectations as we
had not managed to advertise it as well as we
had hoped. So many people came and we had some
really interesting conversations, in fact we all
wished it had gone longer as it is hard to chat
to everyone. Last week we had a visit from Alex
White, the Liberal Democrat candidate at the
Christmas Market, today we had one from Robbie
Mack, the Green Party candidate. Nigel Dilkes,
the vicar was also able to come along, as there
was no Church service this morning. He was such
an important part of our Environmental
Exhibition this summer, and we apologise for not
finishing the website pages about that - it will
be done but at the moment we are flat out
working on the fund raising.
Friday November 22nd
This time we had a visit from the Liberal
Democrat Candidate, Alex White. He was unlucky
with the weather but nothing daunted posed with
us in a muddy damp field, As soon as we have the
photos, they will be added.
Thursday November 21st
With the General Election in full swing, it is
interesting to see that there seem to be more
Buy/Save Manning's pit posters around in Pilton
than anything political! Perhaps that is
because all the political parties involved agree
on the one issue of Saving Manning's Pit.
They are all demonstrating this by meeting up
with us in Manning's Pit itself, beginning with
with Selaine Saxby, the new Conservative
candidate, on Monday. You can see her
below left, with Chris Bulpett, Christine
Lovelock and Tim Saunders (thanks to David Hoare
for taking the photograph).
Robbie Mack, the Green Party candidate, came on
Wednesday, along with Ricky Knight, who took the
photograph. It was another beautiful day, if
rather windier. We really enjoyed meeting both
Robbie and Selaine, and look forward to visits
from Alex White (Liberal Democrat) on Friday and
Finola ONeill (Labour) next Thursday.
Click on View Image for larger version of
Sunday November 17th
Today, we had our garage sale - not quite so
well attended - it was cold and damp, and for
some reason there were very few people around.
Nonetheless, it was financially successful, and
we had so many items donated that they will be
for sale in various ways going forward, as well.
Twinkle was going to come along, but she
doesn't like the cold, and was feeling grumpy,
so she had the day off. That didn't stop people
signing her sponsor form - we'll need to do a
weekly total for that as well.
We've had a busy weekend!. On
Saturday, the Christmas Market was
extremely well supported and we made many new
contacts as well. Ian Scott came to see how it
was all going, and we also had a visit from
Alex White, the new Lib Dem candidate, who had
his photograph taken by our stall (being
non-political we will of course welcome all
candidates who support our campaign.)
Here are a couple of photos
from the Christmas Market:
Above: Ian Scott with
Christine Lovelock at our table. Right:
Alex White holding our Buy Manning's Pit
Ian Scott's Prints are for sale at the Pilton
Christmas Market, a great event in Pilton
Church Hall. This isn't just about Manning's Pit
of course, but we have a table, and will be
selling Cards and Prints.
Here are Ian Scott and Christine Lovelock,
admiring the Print. Christine's Cards of
Manning's Pit are also going to be for sale -
all proceeds from both Prints and Cards will go
to the Buy Manning's Pit Appeal.
Ian is hoping to come along to sign his Prints
in person. Orders can also be taken if we should
run out of either Prints or Cards!
Chris Bulpett (Friends of Manning's Pit
secretary) speaks on The Voice, Monday morning.
Message from a supporter - "Heard it on the way
to work - he did good !!"
Preview at the Museum of Barnstaple and North
Devon of an Exhibition of F R Lee's paintings -
Tim Saunders and Christine Lovelock attended.
One of the paintings was a Pilton one - F R Lee
lived across the road from Broadgate Villa while
Saki was growing up there - see below.
Remembrance Day at "Broadgate Villa."
Photo by Tim Saunders
Here are Toby and Theo Lawrence holding the Shrouds
of the Somme Figurine (owned by the Friends
of Manning's Pit) that represents H H Munro (Saki)
who was killed during the Battle of the Somme, on
November 16th 1916. On the wall of the house
you can see the blue plaque that commemorates the
fact that H H Munro lived here.
As a child, like Toby and Theo, Hector Munro lived
in this house in Bellaire, Pilton. And like the
Lawrence boys, he loved the countryside now known
as Manning's Pit.
Toby and Theo won First Prize for the 11 and Under
Category in the Inaugural Manning's Pit Poetry
Competition, with their poem "Manning's
November 11th Total Funds raised
in our Buy Manning's Pit Appeal : approximately £13,500.
Keep going to our Calendar
Page for latest updates on events
organised. It's great news that the
Oggle Band are putting on a Ceilidh for us on
Former Mayor Ian Scott is having Prints made of
his Manning's Pit drawing
to raise funds for the cause. He's hoping to come
along to sign some in person at
the Pilton Christmas Market on November 16th.
Robinson and Twinkle's Fundraiser for Manning's
of Manning's Pit and Green Man CIO fundraiser
Ty Redif's film Manning's Pit
- Our Future - is launched at the Big Party,
and then featured on the manningspit.com website.
by Tony Gussin, October 18th 2019
Radio Devon come to Manning's Pit. Reporter Angela
Kalwaites arrives at 7.45 to interview us, despite
the weather - rain again.
Left to Right
Ian Roome (District Councillor) Chris Bulpett,
Christine Lovelock, Ryan Vowles, KateShaw, Ty
Ryan Vowles sends first Buy Manning's Pit Message
- from Iceland
poem that won a first prize in the Inaugural
Manning's Pit Poetry Competiton