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Welcome to the Community Website for Belstone - a village on the northern edge of Dartmoor in Devon. If you have something to contribute please contact the editors Edwina & Robin Hill editor@belstonevillage.net

Last updated 31-aug-14


Belstone Tithe MapWest Devon Connect

Belstone Tithe Map

A copy of the Belstone Tithe Map and the associated Apportionment of the Rent-Charge in lieu of Tithe listing has always been in the church, probably ever since the documents were drawn and compiled in 1841-2.  Soon, however, they will be going permanently to the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter where skilled conservation work will be undertaken, followed by storage in suitably environmentally-controlled secure archives. 

A digital copy of the map will be sent back to Belstone which will allow easy scrutiny on the screen but there is a particular fascination in looking at the full-size original documents in all their intricate glory.  Your last chance to view them will be at the Thursday cafe in the Village Hall on 4 September between 10am and noon. 

So come and have a look at how little the village centre has changed in over 170 years.  See how Priestacott has changed.   Note how there was no enclosed land or houses at Birchy Lake except for Birchy Lake Cottage itself, and that there were no houses at all on Skaigh Lane apart from Perrymans Farm, Higher Sticklepath Farm and the “Ruins” at Skaigh.  Puzzle over some of the rent charges – why for instance did John Endacott have to pay 4/1d for one arable field of 3 acres but 10/8d for another of the same size?  And speculate over the field names – why Palace Meadow, Haggott, Moras under Shap, Portuguese, Jilly or Lower Angel? 

Belstone's Barn Dance


Fast becoming an annual tradition in Belstone is our Autumn Barn Dance, featuring the ever-popular local group Walter Shortage and the Hosepipe Banned. Geared to dancers (and would-be dancers) of all ages, it’s a great family evening’s entertainment with the statutory pasty at the interval, superb ‘calling’ from Richard Penny and a licensed bar!
So join us on Saturday 27th September in Belstone Village Hall – starts at 7pm. Tickets (includes pasty) from Mel 018837 840549 or Simon 01837 840693. Adults £10; child £5; Family (2+2) £25. All proceeds shared between St Mary’s Church and Belstone Village Hall.






 “Raise the Roof” Thursday 4th – Sunday 7th September 2014

Come and join the Get Changed Theatre Company for the culmination of a year's work as they present a magical, entertaining experience inspired by the stories and legends of Castle Drogo.
GC is an Okehampton based theatre company for adults with learning disabilities. Running since 1995 the charity brings together learning disabled actors, local volunteers and professional facilitators with a wide range of experience across film, TV, theatre and music to create once-yearly spectaculars which have thrilled and surprised audiences. This year the company has burst out of the theatre and for the first time they present a site specific spectacular based in the inspiring castle and grounds of Drogo.

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Belstone Beating the Bounds Film Show

Beating the Bounds on 5 June was an epic once-every-seven-years 14-mile all-day expedition attended by over 150 people which continued a centuries-old tradition in fine style.  There’s a chance to re-live the day by coming along to the film premiere of the event, at 7.30pm on Saturday 4 October.  If you were there, chances are you’ll be on the big screen – having your head ‘bashed’ on the boundary stone, squelching through a bog, wolfing down a pasty and pint, dodging the traffic on the main road or just enjoying the perambulation with friends.     

Tickets for this wine-and-cheese evening organised by Belstone Commoners cost £5 for adults and £2 for children under 16, and are available on the door or in advance from Ann Norman (01837 840581) or Chris Walpole (01837 840498).  The price includes a free glass of wine.  DVD’s of the film can be ordered on the night.  A cheque for over £800 will also be presented to a representative from Devon Air Ambulance, this being the amount raised by the raffle held at the Bounds supper. 


Featuring photos from last year's Photographic Competition - the Belstone calendar 2015, is now on sale at Thursday Cafe and all functions in aid of Belstone Village Hall OR contact Edwina & Robin on 01837840332 edwinarobinhill@btinternet.com. Belstone Calendar


Bob a job

Josh's Update: £2,500

Well over half way there! Josh and his parents, Zoe & Gary, say a big thank you for the overwhelming local support, so far. This is a wonderful opportunity for Josh - an honour to be chosen but also, the experience of setting up and running these fundraising activities plus all the hours he spends doing jobs for others will give him skills to take forward into adulthood.
For those who still don't know, Josh has been selected to represent Devon in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan, 2015 but needs to raise £3,300 for the trip. He has been car washing, log stacking, bag packing, selling cakes, Bob-a-jobbing, leaf sweeping,and Race-Nighting as well as providing cream teas! He is still very grateful for any jobs offered. With just £800 to go the final target feels acheivable.
If you have any job - no matter how small - that you need him to do for you then contact him on 840041 or email zoehague@hotmail.co.uk.



Ringing for the WW1 Centenery

WW1 Centenery

On 5th August Belstone Bellringers rang a half muffled quarter peal of call changes for about 40 minutes, to mark the centenery of the outbreak of WW1. This photo was taken by Chris Walpole at about 8.45pm, just after they had finished ringing. The single candle was then extinguished by Michael Ash.  The plaque listing the four Belstone men who died during WW1 is in the central background.
This photo will eventually be added to Chris's "WW1 Excerpts". Follow the link at the top of the right sidebar to read the instalments as they appear.



Summer in Belstone

Why not enter the Belstone Photographic Competition 2014 - open to residents and non-residents


Photos can be in digital format, print or transparency but MUST have been taken within the Parish of Belstone or the local environs, between 2nd November 2013 and 1st November 2014. They can be sent to Robin & Edwina throughout the year up to the closing date – 1st November.


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