Here we are under the Yeo Dale Banner

L to R: Clare, Helen, Chris, Jane, Cerys, Harit, John, Christine, Kate, Sarah, Tim, ? Paul, Sarah and Paul’s son, Wendy, Mark, Asha, Paul, Karen.
Thanks to Chris and Lynda for the addition to the banner saying Purchased. And so very many thanks to Sarah and Paul for allowing us to hang our banner on their hotel balcony.

More to come

Here are some photos from the Windsor Road gate:

Chris Bulpett our new head of maintenance is freeing the gate. Chair of the group Christine Lovelock gives encouragement.
People prepare to walk though the entrance (rather than climbing the gate) for the first time in nearly 6 years. Clare who is holding the flag previously,carried a Save Manning’s Pit flag to the Arctic, Iceland and Greenland.
Supporters enter the field (ignore the yellow numbers as they are out of sequence) Chris with the collie ran our amazingly successful Dog Show. Tansy the girl with the pink shoes won our Children’s Art Competition.

The Broomhill Estate

We are very excited to announce that the Broomhill Estate are sponsoring two extra prizes for our Saki Short Story Competition. These will both be local prizes, one for the best entry from a resident of North Devon, the second for the best entry from a resident of Pilton and Bradiford, the villages where Saki lived as a boy.

Bradiford Water, close to Manning’s Pit bridge.

As entries close on June 30th, make sure you don’t leave it too late to send in your story! Full details of how to enter are on our website,

The Broomhill Hotel and Sculpture Gardens are very well known locally, and Bradiford Water, the river that winds through these gardens, continues down the Bradiford Valley, through Blakewell, along beside Tutshill Woods, and across to Manning’s Pit. We believe this small river was in Saki’s mind when he wrote one of his most famous stories, Shredni Vashtar, and we like to think that the little plank bridge in the story is the one that is now known as the Manning’s Pit bridge.

Here is a link to more information about the Broomhill Estate:

The grinning shadow that sat at the feast.

Professor Tim Connell gave this lecture in 2006 on the 90th anniversary of Hector Hugh Munro’s death. Professor Connell is an Emeritus Foundation professor at City, University of London, and an honorary life fellow of Gresham College. He kindly asked Gresham College to send us this link to the video of the lecture, which is very worth watching.

Entries for our Saki Short Story Competition close on June 30th – we feel that we are already achieving our primary aim of raising awareness about Saki’s writing as stories and enquiries arrive from places from across the world.

The children who love Manning’s Pit

There are so many children who have been featured during our campaign. and here is another little girl having a good time in the fields. Lizzie doesn’t live in Pilton but she spent a happy week here visiting her grandparents. This tree trunk is all that is left of the fallen tree that was featured in our Equinox Walk.

Here is Lizzie on the tree trunk
Here you can see how much of the tree is left…

And here is the tree trunk as it was in March, with one of our most intrepid supporters climbing up on it.

Here she is in the Arctic, with her home made Save Manning’s Pit Flag.

What a beautiful spring it is again…

Just like last year, when we entered the first lockdown, the weather has been wonderful and the hours exercise we were all allowed then was when so many more local people realised quite how much it meant to them to have a nearby green space.

Here are a few photographs from this month:

The blackthorn blossom has been especially wonderful this April – later than last year, perhaps because of several cold snaps.
A violet peeping out among the wild garlic leaves and buds.
The cattle are back – these young heifers in the field nearest to Shearford Lane had temporarily lost their friends.

Spring Equinox Photos

What a lovely day it was, with supporters out in Manning’s Pit from Sunrise to Sunset yet again, demonstrating how much this small piece of countryside means to them all. As usual, this included all ages, from toddlers in their first years to the over 80s.

We have put up a slide show so that you can see how the day went, from the moment that John started his walk, as the sun came up, through all the hours of the day when the sun came out until the moment that Kate and Tim stood watching the sun go down over Bideford Bay to the West.

In the slide show you can see a little girl called Ivy, who came along with her pug Monty to do the final walk of a fundraiser she was doing to help another little girl called Esme (who is having chemotherapy.) We will post more about that next.