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If you cannot attend an event you have booked, please email dartmoorbill@yahoo.com as soon as possible. Your place can be allocated to someone else.

 

Dartmoor Society AGM

Saturday 13th April
Two Bridges Hotel, Two Bridges, Dartmoor, UK

This year’s AGM will be held at the Two Bridges Hotel on Saturday 13th April at 2.00pm and all Dartmoor Society members are welcome.

Dartmoor Curlew Project. A talk by Jon Avon.

Jon Avon who works for the Duchy of Cornwall will be our speaker.  He leads the Dartmoor Wader Project and manages the Dartmoor Curlew Conservation Project. This fascinating initative breeds and releases young curlew with the aim of re-introducing breeding curlew populations on Dartmoor.

Dartmoor Society Award 2024 goes to Alan Endacott

The AGM is also our opportunity to present the annual Dartmoor Society Award, and we are pleased to announce that our former Vice-Chair Alan Endacott will be the recipient of this year’s award and he will recieve a ceramic plate made by Penny Simpson and inscribed by Michael Edwards.

Many reading this will know that Alan leads the Dartmoor Ritual Landscapes Project. He was born to a Dartmoor farming family and developed and interest in historic artifacts from an early age.  His collection became the founding exhibits of the Okehampton Museum of Dartmoor Life.  He has worked for the good of Dartmoor all his life and his current work as a landscape archaeologist focuses on Dartmoor prehistoric cultures and artifacts.

Book Stall

We have recently been given a good number of bookes on Dartmoor and these will be available to buy books from our book stall, the proceeds going to Society funds.

Members only. Please book your place online or contact Bill Murray: 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com

 

 

 

 

Dartmoor Society AGM
Dartmoor fledged Curlew. Photo: Jon Avon
Dartmoor Society AGM
Two Bridges Hotel: Mike Coombes

The Dartmoor Society AGM Agenda 2024

Audited Dartmoor Society Accounts 2023

The Dartmoor Society AGM

No charge, members please RSPV

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Farmer’s Forum. The outcome of the Independent Review of Protected Sites on Dartmoor led by David Fursdon, and related topics.

Wednesday 22nd May
Yelverton, UK

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: chair@dartmoorsociety.com Telephone: 01647 231 297

Ticket price £5

Fursdon Review. The government response to the Fursdon Review of protected sites on Dartmoor was published on 10 April 2024. You can read it here

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-protected-site-management-on-dartmoor-government-response

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 environmental outcomes.  These environmental outcomes are driven by Natural England who are legally required to deliver government driven targets. It is a difficult balance and during this forum we will endeavour to unpick some of the issues.

Our panel will include:

Layland Branfield. Dartmoor farmer and Vice-Chair of the Dartmoor Commoners Council, Layland has been consulted on farming matters by the Fursdon Review panel and is often called on by organisations seeking advice on matters relating to Dartmoor hill farming.

Adrian Colston. Conservationist and rural social scientist who has spent many years working on Dartmoor.  Adrian has a special interest in the Dartmoor uplands.  He has written widely on the subject including his 2021 thesis:  ‘Stakeholder attitudes to the narratives of the Dartmoor Commons: tradition & the search for consensus in a time of change

Janet Dwyer Professor of Rural Policy at the University of Gloucester.  Until very recently Janet was commissioned by the DNPA and the Dartmoor Commoners Council to carry out research into payment schemes, governance and land management structures that can achieve common goals on Dartmoor. She will be travelling to Dartmoor especially to take part in this event.

Farmer's Forum. The outcome of the Independent Review of Protected Sites on Dartmoor led by David Fursdon, and related topics.

 

 

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Farmer's Forum
A discussion with a panel of Dartmoor Farmers about issues that affect their livelihood.
£5.00
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Visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh.

Saturday 15th June
Bowden Farm Organics, Buckfastleigh, UK

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 chair@dartmoorsociety.com.

Visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh.

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Bowden Farm Organics
A visit to Bowden Farm, Buckfastleigh hosted by Russell and Sandy Ashford.
£5.00
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Celebrating Dartmoor, at Gidleigh Hall and Church. Saturday 13 July 9.30am and 2.00pm

Saturday 13th July
Holy Trinity Church, Gidleigh, Gidleigh, Newton Abbot, UK

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 canonfennemore@btinternet.com

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 / chair@dartmoorsociety.com.

Celebrating Dartmoor, at Gidleigh Hall and Church. Saturday 13 July 9.30am and 2.00pm
Photo:DevonChurchLand.co.uk

Celebrating Dartmoor in Prose, Poetry & Music

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Wool Workshop. Observing

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Celebrating Dartmoor - Stitched Landscape
Morning Session: Wool Workshop and Felt Crafting. Start at 9.30am Gidleigh Village Hall.
£12.00
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Annual Barbecue and Walk: Coombe Meadow, Ashburton TQ13 7HU

Saturday 17th August
Coombe Meadow, Ashburton, Newton Abbot, UK

Coombe Meadow is described by the National Garden’s Scheme as a ‘lost garden, by a beautiful Dartmoor stream … since 2016 its mature magnolias, camellias, azaleas and other trees have been rescued. Paths and ponds have been cleared, archaeology preserved’

Start Time 2.00 pm

Our hosts for the barbecue this year are Mike and Angela Walker who have restored and developed a garden that was originally laid out in the 1970’s.  One of its unique features are the archaeological remains that have been uncovered and stabilised.  The afternoon will include opportinuty to wander through the garden at leisure.  There will also be a guided walk in the wooded valley to see former tin mine workings.

The cost is £12 to include the barbecue.  Please bring your own drinks.

Members, friends and those who may be interested in joining the Dartmoor Society are all welcome.

Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com

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Coombe Meadow, Ashburton
Barbecue at Coombe Meadow, Ashburton. TQ13 7HU The price includes the barbecue, but please bring your own drinks. There will be vegetarian options. Start time 2.00pm
£12.00
40 available

Guided walk to Vitifer Mines and Birch Tor with Inga Page

Saturday 14th September
Bennett’s Cross, B3212, Yelverton, UK

Guided walk to Birch Tor and the Vitifer Mine workings near the Warren House Inn.

Please bring your own drinks and packed lunch

Starting from Bennett’s Cross at 9.30 am.

The walk will be 3-5 miles according to the needs of the group.

 

Vitifer and Birch Tor mines are situated in the area adjacent the Warren House Inn. It is a beautiful area, both rich in wildlife and with extensive former mineworking features.

Inga Page, Dartmoor Moorland Guide and the founder of www.dartmoorwalksthisway.co.uk  will guide us on this walk of approximately 3-5 miles depending on the wishes of those who book. Please bring your own drinks, a packed lunch, stout footwear and clothing suitable for the weather conditions.

The ticket price is £8.

Start time 9.30am

Please book online or contact Bill Murray on 01647 231297 chair@dartmoorsociety.com

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Guided Walk
3-5 mile walk to Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines with Inga Page. Start time 9.30am Start Location Bennett's Cross, near Warren House Inn
£8.00
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