Save Manning’s Pit message from India

This wonderful poster (below) came to us from Miss Stuti Billore who lives in New Delhi, India. She saw the messages on our website and decided to produce one of her own: it is quite beautiful and one of the best that we have ever had, so thank you Stuti!

She also sent us the attached image below, with the blue butterflies, which can also be seen in Manning’s Pit on a summer’s day, although we don’t know if they are common in New Delhi too.



The Local Plan is adopted

The joint Local Plan for North Devon and Torridge has been adopted, which is very good for anyone who cares about the future of Manning’s Pit, which is outside the development boundary. Following on from the listing of Manning’s Pit as an Asset of Community Value, it now has further protection.

You can read more about this here:

and here:

Spotted in Manning’s Pit recently….

Not a bellowing of bullfinches, a charm of goldfinches, or a parliament of owls, but something more exotic – a Stanza of poets, seeking inspiration for our Poetry Competition.

What is a Stanza?  Well, according to Google it is ‘a group of lines forming the basic recurring metrical unit in a poem; a verse.’  It is also – however – a poetry group run by Poetry Society members. You can read more at this link:

We were very pleased to meet members of the Poetry Society’s North Devon Stanza on their recent visit to Manning’s Pit, and they seemed to find their visit inspiring. Several poets commented on the wonder of finding such a beautiful spot so close the town, and the importance of having a place that town dwellers could walk to without the need of a car.  Some of them have already started on their poems, so we look forward very much to the results of the competition.


This photograph shows some of the poets at the entrance to Tutshill Woods, and includes (from the right) Mark Haworth Booth, Pat Millner, Frances Corkey Thompson and (fifth from the right) Pat Glover, along with accompanying non-poets.  All those named are award-winning poets (see links below)

Pat Glover:

Frances Corkey Thompson:

Pat Millner

Mark Haworth Booth

The Queen of Seaweed

This week, two of us went on a little tour of Ilfracombe and Braunton, delivering Poetry Competition leaflets. We visited Ilfracombe Library (which has what is probably the best view from its windows of any Library in England) the Lantern Theatre and the Tourist Information Centre there, an interesting Arts and Crafts Gallery, and Ilfracombe Museum, where we were told about Amelia Griffiths, the “Queen of Seaweed” a wonderful woman scientist who was born in Pilton in 1768. She lived there until her marriage when she was about 25, and while we do not know this for sure, she was very likely to have walked in the fields that are now known as Manning’s Pit.

You can find out more about her here:

Everywhere we went, people already knew about our campaign, which was a testament to the power of all those signs and posters. So keep putting up new ones and refreshing the old, and remember the Yeo Dale Hotel sign may be down at the moment but it can go up again in a flash if a new application comes in to the Council.