Sercrets of Taw Marsh - Guided Walk with Chris Walpole
Ever wondered where the ‘Irishmen’ who built the Irishman’s Wall on Belstone Tor actually stayed during their unsuccessful labours? One thing we can be sure about – it wasn’t at a B&B in Belstone. The locals didn’t want the moor enclosed and as fast as the ‘Irishmen’ built the wall, the villagers pulled it down again. The latest ‘Secrets’ walk, led by Chris Walpole, will visit one of the ruins where these interlopers may have lived. We’ll also examine other Taw Marsh secrets including the ancient site of Thomas Takfield’s 16th century tin mill, the recently-sold underground waterworks complex, and the second-oldest Dartmoor letterbox.
The two hour expedition leaves Belstone Village Hall at 1.30pm on Sunday 24 August. Cream Teas and cakes will be on sale in the Hall when we return or, if you are just doing the walk, the suggested donation is £2. Walking boots required. Dogs must be kept under close control and on a lead near livestock.
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.
Yes. . . it's here - in Belstone Village Hall!
Thanks to a grant organised by Belstone Parish Council, the Village Hall has received funding to install a wireless internet connection available free to hall users. In this ‘always connected’ world, a WiFi hotspot will allow all hall users to access the internet for presentations, etc, make Skype telephone calls from WiFi connected smartphones and access their email. This will be particularly useful as the mobile phone signal at the hall is generally poor. Thanks to a grant organised by Belstone Parish Council, the Village Hall has received funding to install a wireless internet connection available free to hall users. In this ‘always connected’ world, a WiFi hotspot will allow all hall users to access the internet for presentations, etc, make Skype telephone calls from WiFi connected smart phones and access their email. This will be particularly useful as the mobile phone signal at the hall is generally poor.
Many thanks also to South Tawton Parish Council who have kindly transferred their funding to Belstone, as the Victory Hall and Church House feel unable to take up the grant at present.
In view of this, Learn Devon (used to be Adult Education) would like to run courses and workshops (no exams at the end!) at the hall. They offer a range of exciting learning opportunities – short courses, workshops and qualification courses – including course which are free or low cost (special cases). They are in the process of planning for the community of Beacon Villages and would like to hear from you as to which would be of interest to you.
There are forms in the local village stores and in Belstone Village Hall. There is also a box outside Belstone Village Hall with blank forms which you can fill in and replace in the box.
No names are put on the forms and filling one in does not commit you to anything. It just may result in us being able to provide a service to the wider community that wouldn’t be offered otherwise. Click to view pdf version of the form which you could print out and put in the Village Hall box - or why not just email the editors with your response? By 10th August please
Belstone’s Red Telephone Box
The Village Hall Committee is financing a defibrillator for the village and a suitable site needs to be found to house it. It has been suggested that the telephone box might be suitable. This would mean the village ‘adopting’ it and the phone being removed. The latest information I have is that the phone was only used twice between 1/3/12 and 1/3/14. The Parish Council are keen to hear the views of the residents of the village on this matter, before a decision is made.
If you would like to express an opinion on this or find out more information please either email the Clerk Robin Hill firstname.lastname@example.org or write to him at Andrews Corner, Belstone, EX20 1RD before 26th August 2014.
“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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DIDN'T WE HAVE A LUVVERLY TIME
(The day we went to Belstone)
Contributions collected, cakes cooked, poo picked and we were ready to go! The day dawned reasonably bright and fair (pun intended!) so we ignored any fleeting black clouds and got on with setting up. Hardly had the last cake, plant and book been placed when the crowds came flocking in - and so did the sheep - we're an inclusive village here!
For the next two and a half hours, it was non-stop merriment, with an all-comers maypolling session (they did very well - not too many knotted ribbons!), mayhem and madness with the dog race and egg throwing, healthy competitive spirit in the children's sports and general fun and laughter around the sideshows. Cakes were consumed by the dozen, hot drinks and squash by the gallon (we still work in old money in Belstone!) and cars poured into the village, bringing the throngs with them. Many thanks to Chris Walpole for sorting out the traffic jam that arose from this! (Don't worry - plenty of parking on the cricket field next year!) And, as you see from the right hand picture, you can poo-pick 'til the cows come home but then you have to start all over again! (love the moustache, by the way - great face painting!)
All in all, an extremely enjoyable and succsessful (if exhausting) day. Final profit not known yet but watch this space. Many thanks to all who helped in any way - on, before or after the event and special thanks to all who came along and made it such fun. Click to see pics. 15/07/14
HERE IT IS AGAIN: THE MUCH-SOUGHT-AFTER BELSTONE CALENDAR!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer in Belstone
Why not enter the Belstone Photographic Competition 2014 - open to residents and non-residents
Belstone in Action
Picture Postcard Belstone
Wildlife in the Garden