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Cranmere Pool: The history and future use of this remote site on Hangingstone Hill
A talk by Martin Gillard, Historic Environment Officer for the South West Peatland Partnership, about Cranmere Pool.
2.00pm at Belstone Village Hall
All are welcome. Tickets below. £5
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Cranmere Pool. A discussion about its history and conservation.
Cranmere Pool may be just a small depression in the blanket peat on the wetern slopes of Hangingstone Hill, but it is currently the subject of discussion about its conservation and restoration. How might it have been formed and what has been its function throughout time.
Cranmere Pool lies near the source of the River Okement and is now within the Okehampton Artillary Range. It has been immortalised in legends, film and in fiction. William Crossing states in his Guide to Dartmoor that James Perrott of Chagford built a cairn in the pool in 1854 and that this was the first Dartmoor ‘Letterbox’. Eric Hemery writes about it in his book High Dartmoor and there are references to it on Tim Sandles Legendary Dartmoor website
Has the pool always been filled with water or was it always a seasonal, only filled after heavy rainfall? What are the plans for this pool within the context of the current peatland restoration project on Dartmoor. Martin Gillard, Historic Environment Officer for the SWPP has kindly agreed to come and talk to us. All are welcome.
Cranmere Pool today. Photo: Bill Murray Summer 2023
Dartmoor Society AGM with speaker Jon Avon – Dartmoor Curlew Project
Our annual AGM will be held at the Two Bridges Hotel on Saturday 13th April at 2pm and all Dartmoor Society members are welcome.
Our speaker on this occassion will be Jon Avon who works for the Duchy of Cornwall and leads the Dartmoor Wader Project. He is also now managing the Dartmoor Curlew Conservation Project. We look forward to hearing from Jon about this important and fascinating project that breeds and releases these birds in the hope of re-introducing breeding curlew populations on Dartmoor.
The AGM is also our opportunity to present the annual Dartmoor Society Award. More information about the Dartmoor Society Award 2024 will be in the Spring Newsletter.
There will be an opportunity to buy books from our book stall.
Members only. Please book your place online or contact Bill Murray: 01647 231297 email@example.com
The Dartmoor Society AGM
No charge, members please RSPV
Farmer’s Forum. The outcome of the Dartmoor Evidence Review and related topics.
This event aims to promote wider awareness of the real issues that affect Dartmoor Farmers.
Postbridge Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 May 2024.
Please book online or contact Bill Murray email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01647 231 297
The Dartmoor Society is interested in how Dartmoor’s historic and living farming culture can be reconciled with the need to accommodate concerns about climate change and species decline.
Dartmoor farmers are being asked not only to produce food but to deliver the environmental outcomes. These environmental outcomes are driven by English Nature who are legally required to deliver government driven targets. It is a difficult balance and during this forum we will endevour to unpick some of the issues.
Visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh. Saturday 15 June 2.00pm
On our farm visit this year we will be the guests of Russell and Sandy Ashford who farm Bowden Farm near Cross Furzes, West Buckfastleigh. Russell is the Chair of the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project which is actively involved in promoting and supporting Dartmoor farmers role in food production, land management and public services. At Bowden Farm organic beef and lamb is home-produced and naturally reared to British Soil Association Standards. The beef is from South Devon, Welsh Black and continental cross cattle and the lamb from Scottish Blackface and crossbred ewes.
Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 email@example.com.
Celebrating Dartmoor, at Gidleigh Hall and Church. Saturday 13 July 9.30am and 2.00pm
Morning Session Gidleigh Hall 9.30am
Wool Workshop. Includes the materials for making a Stitched Landscape £12. Tickets below.
Led by Bridget Cole and Barbara John
(The morning session is free if you want to listen and observe without making the stitched landscape, but please RSPV below)
Afternoon Session Gidleigh Church 2.00pm
Spiritual Celebration of Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry and Music
Led by Nick Fennemore
(No charge for afternoon session but please RSPV below).
Morning Session: Gidleigh Hall 9.30am
A Wool Workshop that includes making a Stitched Landscape
The cost is £12 for materials to take part (The morning session is free to attend if you are not making the stitched landscape).
Bridget Cole is a Dartmoor livestock farmer and environmental land manager interested in promoting the benefits of the wool from Dartmoor grazing sheep; maximising their value as a product rather than a byproduct of sheep farming and looking for imaginative ways to use wool and to develop markets. This interest has resulted in an honours degree from Plymouth University in 2020 and an address book that includes wool manufacturers worldwide!
Barbara John was the Devon Co-ordinator for the West Country Embroiderers for many years and teaches embroidery/stitching workshops to various groups, traditional & contemporary. With others she set up an embroidery group in Bovey Tracey in 2021. Before retirement she taught creative stitching & dressmaking at South Devon College Adult Education.
Afternoon Session: Gidleigh Church 2.00pm
Spiritual Celebration of Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry and Music.
Following the success of last year’s celebration at Lydford Church we are holding a similar event this year at Gidleigh Church.
Led by our vice-chair Nick Fennemore, there will be time to enjoy the surroundings of this ancient church and appreciate some of the ways that people through the years have expressed their feelings about Dartmoor in words and song. Please do get in touch with Nick if you have some words or music to contribute. 07919 547508 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scorhill Stone Circle is close to Gidleigh and, depending on the schedule (and the weather!), there may be a chance for an informal walk up to the circle.
Please book through this website or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 / email@example.com.
Celebrating Dartmoor morning session
Please book here if you would like to attend the morning session but you do not want to make the stitched landscape making. No charge, but places are limited.
Celebrating Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry & Music
Please book here if you wish to attend the afternoon session at Gidleigh Church 2pm. This is a free event, but numbers are limited.