We have some really exciting news. Manning’s Pit is for sale. We have joined with the Green Man CIO (Charity No 1170742) to help buy the fields for the local community, and today we are launching a huge fund-raising campaign. We are looking to raise in excess of £250,000. We know this is a big ask, but we also know how generous you all are, and how much Manning’s Pit means to you all. More information about how to donate is on the website .  Meanwhile – spread the word!

Ryan Vowles sent us this photograph from Iceland earlier in the week, so maybe he won’t mind if we change the word “Save” for “Buy” when we quote the last two lines of his Prize winning poem, “Together”:

So make a lot of effort, put your heart and soul into it

And maybe, together, we can Buy Manning’s Pit

Ryan Vowles, by a volcano in Iceland


Art Trek artists and Calendar updates

Adrian Beasley, who judged our Photo competition, has his studio in Priory Close, Pilton, open today and tomorrow, (14/15th September) and also on the weekend of  September 28/29th. You can read more about this here:

Local artist Al Brown lives in Priory Close, Pilton, too, and is also taking part in the Art Trek, his studio was open on Friday 13th and will be open again on the two following weekends (21/22 Sept and 28/29 Sept,)

More about Al’s art and venue:


Finally, we have updated our Calendar so do keep an eye on it if you want to know about local events:


Pilton Panto

Pilton Panto rehearsals start on September 12th at the Reform Inn, if you would like to be involved, do go along and join in, as the poster says.

The Panto has supported our campaign since 2016, and every performance each year has included the words “Save Manning’s Pit” in one way or another (either audio or visual as on our banner).

Here below is a poster about the Rehearsals:

Poster for Panto Rehearsal Sept 2019 B&W

Msny of you will recognise Kate in the photo – she is a member of the Friends of Manning’s Pit Committee, and has been working hard to help us achieve our goals since she joined us in January 2016.

Special Prize

The Judge of our Photo Competition also awarded an extra prize, for the best Black and White Photograph, and here are his comments. along with the photograph he chose,  by Eliza Weeks:

The Judge, Adrian Beasley:

I have a soft spot for Black & White images and this one gives a view down the valley and that well known hill profile.  The dog is seemingly enjoying the space all to itself.  I liked the composition, with the trees on the right mirroring the valley hillside.


Third Prize in the Photo Competition

Third prize went to Lucy Robinson. Like the other prizewinners, Lucy lives in Pilton. Here is what the Judge Adrian Beasley ( )   had to say about her beautiful photo:

These fields are under threat, so this glorious image of the space with a few wild flowers enjoying the last of the sun’s rays really caught my eye. Technically, another well composed image with a focus on the foreground, a moody sky that has been exposed well so as not to lose detail in the clouds.




Second Prize in the Photo Competition.

Here is what the Judge Adrian Beasely had to say about Susan Jarvis’s photograph, which won second prize:

Many generations of children have played in Manning’s Pit, and this dreamy thoughtful image immediately struck me as a great reference to the many hours spend there by generations. I like the swing in the background and the bright glistening water and especially the thoughtful child. Technically, it is a well composed image with the main subject off centre well exposed and responsible for a single point of bold colour against the diffuse background.susan-jarvis

Susan and her family have been wonderful supporters of our campaign from the very beginning.

Matthew Steele’s Prize Winning Photo

Here  is Matthew Steele’s Prize winning Photo.  Matthew is aged 15 but was actually 13 when he took this photo, which makes it even more impressive! We are very grateful to Adrian Beasley who judged the competition and the comments he made about it are below the photo.


Matthew Steele

1st Prize

For me this image has everything. Taken in the “golden hour” as the light streams through the trees and highlights the mist. It is an evocative image bringing back a memory of playing there and the natural beauty of the place that is Manning’s Pit. This tree is one of the icons of this small valley and Matthew has really captured it at its best. Technically, the photograph is excellent. Well exposed and composed.

Adrian Beasley