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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 3-jul-15


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Please note the new date of the Belstone Village Fair. Well . . . we didn’t think it was fair (pun intended!) to compete with the Wimbledon Men’s final . . .  after all, we wouldn’t want to deplete their viewing figures. So, no feeble excuses for not turning up to enjoy a fantastic fun family afternoon and help us to raise money which, this year will be shared between Belstone Village Hall and St Mary’s Church towards their Cash for Khazi Campaign (a very important addition to our church for those of us that have reached that ‘certain age’!)
This year’s added attraction is entertainment from the Dartmoor Border Morris who will be dancing 2 or 3 times, during the afternoon, alongside the regular Belstone Fair activities, stalls and sideshows. Enjoy a a glass of Pimm’s or cup of tea (why not both?) and browse the ever-popular, well-stocked plant stall, bric-a-brac and books, refresh yourself with a hot dog and an ice cream before the children’s races, dog races and egg- throwing competition – always good fun, whether you’re taking part or just spectating.
However, just make sure you’re not too exhausted to clap the Cosdon runners as they return. Organised by Okehampton Running Club, the Cosdon Hill Race starts at 2.30pm from the site of the Fair, which is also the finishing point. All entries on the day – £5 – no pre-entries. Park in the Village Car Park, where marshalls will direct you to Race headquarters. For more information log on to www.okehamptonrunningclub.com/ and select The Races from the menu bar at the top of the page. Here you can find all the timings, rules of the race and entry form. Alternatively, ring 0788 5678671.
Should the weather not match up to expectations, we’ve booked the Village Hall so you won’t have to miss out on any bargains from the stalls, the sideshows or the delicious teas!

"Popping up" in Belstone This Summer!

Dartmoor_Chapel_Crafts_BelstoneThe old Chapel in the centre of Belstone, which was used as the village shop and Post Office until 2004 will be opening its doors again this summer as a new venue for crafts on Dartmoor.
From 11th July the old Chapel will be open each weekend until 6th September as home to a number of local crafts people, who’ll be using the lovely old building to display and sell their products.
Popular with visitors to Dartmoor, Belstone is also known for its Craft Fair that takes place in the village each November and for its venues during ‘Devon Open Studios’, so seems an ideal place for the ‘pop-up’ studio & shop, which will be open between 11am & 4pm each Saturday & Sunday over the summer months.
There will be a great range of different handmade items available including:
Natural Soaps from Dartmoor Soap Company
Studio pottery by David Gundry
Crochet work by Lou Mogridge
Silver jewellery by Dartmoor Silver
Local photography (cards & prints) by Jen Bryant
Children’s clothes & soft furnishings by Cher Middleton
Dartmoor Artworks by Marielle Ebner-Rijke
Artwork by Ellie Cox

There will also be some hand-crafted items from the markets in the South of France and a range of old-fashioned sweets.
The studio & shop will be staffed by the crafts people involved, who are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Chapel throughout the summer.
It is hoped that Dartmoor Chapel Crafts will prove a popular place to visit, for anyone who is looking for a gift or item that is a bit different and not readily available elsewhere.
Dartmoor Chapel Crafts is on Facebook and Twitter @belstonecrafts


Over the last few weeks residents & visitors to the picturesque village of Belstone will have seen the old telephone box in the centre of the village transformed into a new home for a defibrillator.
Twelve months ago the Village Hall Committee started the process of fundraising to bring a defibrillator to the village and the telephone box seemed to be a perfect home for it, as BT had offered it to the community for just £1 as part of their ‘Adopt a Kiosk Scheme.
Recently there has been a significant drive to increase the number of defibrillators available in rural locations, where medical treatment is more than 5 minutes away, as following a cardiac arrest the chances of survival drop dramatically after each minute. The national charity ‘Community Heartbeat Trust’ has been established to support communities wanting to install their own equipment.
Belstone is a very active community, hosting many events and is popular with walkers so it was felt that having a defibrillator readily to hand would be a great asset, although of course it is hoped that it will never be needed.
The main fundraising effort came at the Village Fair last July, when all records were broken and over £2,000 was raised towards the costs. Since then, with the support of ‘Community Heartbeat Trust’ the telephone kiosk has been adopted by the Parish Council and over the last few weeks the phone has been removed, the box stripped back, repainted and undergone a complete transformation with paint provided free by the British Coatings Federation, including new gold paint for the crowns on the top of the box..
The defibrillator has now been fitted and is available for anyone to use should it be needed. The lightweight unit, once opened, guides the user with step by step voice instructions through the actions that are needed, identifying if a shock is required and ensuring it can be used effectively in any situation.
Rona Gundry, Chair of Belstone Village Hall Committee said ‘ Of course we hope it is never needed, but having a defibrillator in the village means that should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest we have the equipment available to give them the best possible chance of survival. Thanks to BT’s Adopt a Kiosk Scheme we have been able to retain and make good use of the phone-box for the community and with its new paintwork it looks great and we retain this heritage box for the future
Any community considering whether they may be able to fit their own defibrillator can get support from http://www.communityheartbeat.org.uk/
And www.payphones.bt.com/adopt_a_kiosk/HTML/payphone/index.htm



Belstone Community Archive and the First World War

Belstone Community Archives contribution to this exhibition will run at the Princetown Visitor Centre between Monday 20th July and Saturday 1st August.14/6/15

Many thanks to all our Vice Presidents for once again helping the Club last season – generous support from around 75 families and businesses raised £1415 which went a long way towards keeping us financially sound. The Club’s fundraising events were also successful, with over £1700 made from two car boot sales, a cream tea afternoon, the ever-popular Race Night and the C&G All Stars match. 
So to this season. Joyce Woods is our new chairwoman, taking over from Andy Paterson. The good news is she will be continuing to organise the tea rota as well.  There is just one home game in April, on Sunday 26th, against touring side Verwood from Dorset. The following Sunday, 3rd May, we begin life in Division One of the North Devon League with a home game against Sandford starting at 1.30pm.  With the best standard of cricket ever seen at Rew Meadow about to start this is a great opportunity for any cricketers new to the area to come and join us – give captain Richard Drake a call on 01363 82463 or Team Secretary Matty Dennis on 07813 898863 or contact us via our website www.pitchero.com/clubs/belstonecricketclub. Welcome news for older members of the side who tire easily – League rules have been altered so games will now be 40 overs a side, instead of 45 a side.    
Chris Walpole 27/3/15

West Devon Borough Council have introduced new dog control orders across the Borough. There are four Orders as follows:

1. DOG FOULING. It will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog who fails to remove any dog fouling. This applies on all land open to the air in the Borough, to which the public have access with or without payment. There is an exception on Forestry Commission land.
2. DOGS ON LEADS. Dogs will be required to be on a lead across the Borough in all car parks, near retail premises and in cemeteries, churchyards and war memorials. Leads will also be required in all fenced, hedged or walled ponds, areas of water or nature reserves, together with all marked sports fields whilst organised sport is in progress . Other locations have been listed on the Schedules by some Town and Parish Councils. On Open Access Land  (Dartmoor) across the Borough, dogs are required to be on short fixed leads (2 metres or less) as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, between 1st March and 31st July and at all times near livestock.
3. DOG EXCLUSIONS. Dogs will be banned from fenced, hedged, walled children’s play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, skateboard/BMX parks and putting greens. Also dogs will be excluded from sporting or recreational facility pitches when sport is in play.  Other locations have been listed on the Schedules by some Town and Parish Council’s.
4. DOGS ON LEADS BY DIRECTION. Any officer authorised by SHDC (including certain external officers) can request a dog owner place their dog on a lead in any open public land, to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person. This also applies to prevent the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.
Full details of these Orders can be found on the West Devon Borough Council website: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/dogorde

A rich crop of local and national artists will headline at the 38th Dartmoor Folk Festival, which will be held at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 7, 8 and 9.
Artists booked, to date, are Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock, Alistair Anderson, Jeff Warner (USA), The Dovetail Trio, Liam Robinson Dance Band and Kestor Stringband.
Other artists attending include The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday and Sunday night), Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills, various morris and dance teams, plus more to be confirmed.
The festival will include a packed programme of concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops.
Competitions include the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.
It was 38 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.
It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.
For further details, visit the website:www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk .
To enquire about booking tickets, telephone 01837 840102

Results of the Photographic Competition 2014 can be found by clicking here for winners or here for highly commended.


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