Report from Tony Gussin at the North Devon Gazette:
10p from every pint of Manning's Best Bitter will go to the Buy Manning's Pit appeal.
Some of the proceeds from the brew on offer at Pilton's Reform Inn will go towards bid to raise enough money to buy the local beauty spot Manning's Pit and preserve it from development.
Benjamin Manning, the controversial publican from Pilton who came to local fame (and notoriety) in the 1850s, was surely there in spirit when members of the Friends of Manning's Pit met up at the Reform to sample the new Manning's Best Bitter.
"Ten pence of every pint sold will go towards the campaign," said publican Esther Davies.
"The beer is made by Greys brewery, but my wholesale company (WWC) designed the logo and named the beer for me! It is a 3.6 per cent smooth flow session bitter with a malty flavour."
A 'ghostly tweet' also appeared on twitter from the account of Original Benjamin Manning: 'The Reform have a beer named after me at last! 'ave been waiting 150 years. Tis time for a beer methinks'.
If you'd like to support the appeal, go to https://manningspit.com/buy_mannings_pit .
Sunday February 2nd
This last week has been a quiet one on the fund raising front, but we have been busy in various, planning new events and making new contacts.
We were especially thrilled by one donation which came from Clare and Michael Morpurgo. As the writer of War Horse, among numerous other books, Michael is of course very well known, and he and his wife Clare founded the Charity known as Farms for City Children.
This has a special resonance to our campaign, as the Manning's Pit fields are the place where many children living in our town can experience a piece of real countryside, where they can paddle in rivers, climb trees, and see nature at first hand.
Saturday January 25th
The Sponsored Read raised over £560!
Parents, children and staff at Pilton Infants’ School and Pilton Bluecoat Academy were keen to support our ‘Buy Manning’s Pit’ campaign, and organised a sponsored reading event over Christmas.
It’s not the best time of year to ask for more money, but the children who took part were very committed and managed to raise over £560, and read over 100 books.
The prize draw for a £20 book voucher was won by Arthur Barber of Bluecoat Academy.
This is another great result, thank you to all the parents and children who took part:
The photo shows Alex Meller reading to his sister Lucy. Alex won Third Prize in the Under 12 Category of the Inaugural Manning's Pit Poetry Competition last year
Thursday January 23rd
North Devon Journal report on John's walk:
John's total is now just over £1000.
Total announced Sunday January 19th: £44,365
January 19th Report on the walk - go to our Blog for full report with photos.
John's walk - more about it. He has raised well over £900 with more still coming in.
Here is Selaine Saxby, our new MP, holding the finishing tape as John arrives after his epic trek up and down the Bradiford Valley.
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.
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:
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
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.
Tuesday December 3rd
The Prime Minister shows his support for the
Buy Manning's Campaign.
"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.
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!
And a final mention to add to add to
Saturday November 30th - new total coming
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 Leaflet.
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.