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Weekly Totals Update  Below: 

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Sunday December 15th

Total Funds raised in our Buy Manning's Pit Appeal : 

£35, 085 -  thank you everyone!

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 page:  https://manningspit.com/john-lovelock-walk.html

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.

Twinkle - NDJ


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.

At the Museum
The Saki Figurine


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.

Finola ONeill 
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.

Alex White Lib Dem candidate in 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:

"Buy Manning's Pit campaign endorsed by Boris!

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 Manning's Pit.

@buy_manningspit  "

Boris Johnson supports our campaign

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 Sunday's news:

A very very special thank you to Twinkle and Wendy who have raised  over £1800 through their sponsored walk. Full report on their page now.

Saturday November 30th - new total coming tomorrow

Twinkles  Walk
-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.
The start of Twinkle's walk

Friday

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 Finola's friend)

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 over £1600!

Wendy and Twinkle


Tuesday November 26th

A new page for Twinkle goes live - see photos and videos here, as the date for Twinkle's walk approaches.

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.

Coffee Morning

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 photos.

Selaine Saxby, Chris Bulpett,
                                Christine Lovelock and Tim Saunders
Robbie Mack in Manning's Pit

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.
sgarage sale

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:

Ian Scott and Chrisitne Lovelock at
                                the Christmas Market
Above: Ian Scott with Christine Lovelock at our table. Right: Alex White holding our Buy Manning's Pit Leaflet.
Alex White holding our leaflet



November 15th

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!

Ian Scott and Christine Lovelock with Ian's
                        Print


November 12th

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."


Toby and Theo Lawrence with the Saki
                        Shroud
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 Pit."

November 11th   Total Funds raised in our Buy Manning's Pit Appeal :  approximately £13,500.


Oggle Band

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 January 4th!



Old Stone Bridge
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.


Wendy Robinson and Twinkle's Fundraiser for Manning's Pit launched


Friends of Manning's Pit and Green Man CIO fundraiser launched


Ty Redif's film Manning's Pit - Our Future - is launched at the Big Party, and then featured on the manningspit.com website.
Ty Redif

https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/buy-manning-s-pit-campaign-launch-1-6330512
by Tony Gussin, October 18th 2019

Launching the new Buy Mannings Pit campaign
                        at Yeo Dale Hotel, Pilton. Picture: Tony Gussin


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 Redif
Radio Devon car

Ryan Vowles sends first Buy Manning's Pit Message - from Iceland

Ryasn Vowles

Ryan's poem that won a first prize in the Inaugural Manning's Pit Poetry Competiton







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