CPRE Devon My Outdoors competition

Graciella Sillence-Dreyfur from Pilton wins Joint First Prize (Key Stage 2) with her painting “Manning’s Pit”:

see her at the end of this video, with her painting:


And read more here:


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How about a new poster?

Nothing to do over the holidays? How about making a new Buy Manning’s Pit poster for your window? So many children love Manning’s Pit and we are offering a prize for the best child’s poster produced before the Autumn Equinox (September 22nd). More details to come, but any size or shape welcome.

If you can, send positive posters, about what makes Manning’s Pit special, rather than doom and gloom about threatened housing.

Photos can be sent to our Facebook page or emailed to manningspit@gmail.com.

Here’s an example to give some inspiration:


August 2020 – reasons to be cheerful

James Lovelock was the first of many well known people to give an endorsement to our campaign. He has a special family link with Manning’s Pit in that all his children and many of his grandchildren, nephews and nieces and so on have walked in Manning’s Pit and supported the campaign to save these fields.

Here he (at 101, in cheerful mood) is being interviewed by the BBC’s chief environmental correspondent, Justin Rowlatt:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-53644147/james-lovelock-gaia-theory-creator-on-coronavirus-and-turning-101



July, Manning’s Pit

Here’s a photograph from Manning’s Pit from yesterday:


Another beautiful day!

We normally post regular photos on Facebook but will be doing that here while the Online Auction is on. Scroll down for information about that and the Car Boot Sale. Thanks to everyone who has donated items.

Well done everyone at the Car Boot Sale/Day Three Auction

A big thanks to all who helped at the Car Boot Sale yesterday – it was very successful and many contacts were made as well. A certain garage used for temproary storage is much emptier now!

The next two lots at the Facebook Auction are a very kind pledge from supporter Fiona to bake the person who makes a winning bid a Carrot Cake once a month for the next year. Bids are rising fast so go to our Facebook Auction Page if you want to add your own bid.

The other item is a Signed Print of The Old Stone Print by Ian Scott (recent star of our Dusk to Dawn event, a man of many talents!)

As the cake hasn’t been baked yet we can’t show it, but here’s a link to a tasty example of a typical carrot cake:  https://cafedelites.com/carrot-cake/

And below is the Print itself, plus a photo of Ian Scott showing the Print to our Chair.Ian Scott's Manning's Pit:


Pottington Car Boot Sale

There will be a Manning’s Pit Table at the Pottington Car Boot Sale today.  It starts at  1pm and finishes at 4pm, and entry costs £1 a car (we believe this has to be cash.)

There will be a variety of items for sale, and everything will be carefully social distanced.


On the Facebook Auction page today there are 2 more items, two unusual French figurines and a pledge of an hour’s garden maintenance. The video is on Facebook.

LOT 3 – French Peasant Figurines – Originally bought for £60 new. Collectible. Terracotta bases inscribed with LES SANTONS DE YOLANDE. Two flaws noted with the lady figurine. Please look at the video; seam repair needed on bottom of the dress and a dark mark on the apron. They stand at 10″ high. Very quaint.
LOT 4 – One hour of garden maintenance offered by local lady. Social distancing measures will be applied.

Online Auction/Car Boot Sale

Following on from our Dawn to Dusk event,  there will be two more events this weekend,

The first is an online Auction on Facebook Event, which started yesterday evening, and a special thanks to one of our Facebook Admins for hosting this.  This isn’t the easiest of times to put on such an Auction, and we haven’t had much time to publicise it in the normal way, so please tell all your friends about it if you can. There will be some exciting lots for sale, and some very attractive pledges for things such as cake baking, dog walking, pet drawing and garden maintenance.

Each day there will be two lots for sale, and bids can be made in the Comments.  For today there is an attractive bracelet and a big dog cage, so dog lovers please spread this fact!  See photos below. So if you are not on Facebook, but are interested, please contact us at manningspit@gmail.com

Secondly on Sunday – weather permitting – there will be a Table at the Pottington Sale where a number of items that have been donated from supporters will be for sale. Entry to the field is £1.  This should be fun, and the event will be carefully organised from a social distancing perspective.

For today’s auction, this silver bracelet is second-hand, and comes in an attractive case.


This large dog cage below is second hand, large dog cage 24″x42.”  It is a very useful item if you have a dog, so if you don’t, but have friends who do, please tell them about it before 6pm tonight!

We may be able to get a photograph of it opened up properly (watch this space.)


Another Photo

This was a lovely one, of Mark Sanders and Lucy Brailey, with their children Amelia and Charlotte, about to start their relay leg. As you can see, at all times we were carefully social distanced!family-mpit  They have been great supporters from Day One of the campaign, and previously sent us a beautiful photo of the girls holding a Save Manning’s Pit poster in the snow in Lapland at a previous Christmas.

Here it is:15370191_10153939992632181_1507907786415980363_o

Some of those who were small children when the fields were sold in October 2015 will be teenagers soon!