We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this weekend when we hold our first Coffee Morning for a while. The aim of the Coffee Morning is to raise funds for our upcoming Exhibition and help the Church Hall, where we will be holding the Exhibition, but we also look forward to meeting up with our supporters again after what has been a quietish time.
If you are thinking of entering the Photo Competition and have any queries about it, Katie, the Competition organiser will be at the Coffee Morning to answer them. Time is rushing by, and the deadline is only a few weeks away now, so don’t delay getting out in the fields with your camera!
Plans for the Exhibition on July 20/21 (over the Green Man Festival Weekend) are progressing fast, and it looks as if we will have some exciting and interesting exhibits. The results of the Photo Competition will be announced on Saturday 20th and the photographs will be part of the Exhibition.
As mentioned above, it has been a quiet time without any action on the planning front, but our supporters continue sending their messages from all parts of Britain and across the Globe.
Here is John Lovelock with his Poster in Buenos Aires, Argentina this May:
As part of our Environmental Exhibition in July (the weekend of the Green Man Festival) we are holding a photographic competition.
The attached image above tells you more and details are on the website at this page:
Not very much is happening this month! Well, that is news of a sort!
It is a year now since the application for building permission on Manning’s Pit was withdrawn. A lot has happened since then, all of it good, but the land is still owned by London-based speculators, so we cannot claim victory yet.
However, as we settle down for what may be another long “phoney war” we think we are entitled to a little break, which is why we haven’t been posting much here for a while. You can be assured that we haven’t gone away, and in fact we are working towards our next Exhibition, which will be in July, at the Green Man Festival.
Along with the Exhibition there will be a Photographic Competition, details of which will be posted soon.
We have other plans in store as well, for the future, and we would like to add that we always welcome new supporters, so if you have recently moved into Pilton and would like to become involved, do contact us through the email link on our website, http://www.manningspit.com
Pussy Willow Catkins near Manning’s Pit are among our first signs of spring.
We have had very good coverage in the local papers, both in this week’s North Devon Journal (this does not seem to be available online so do go out an buy one if you can) and in the North Devon Gazette: https://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/mannings-pit-poetry-competition-1-5865527
From left to right: Richard Westcott (Highly Commended), Julia Bird (the Judge), Ryan Vowles (First 18 and Under), David Weeks (Executive Director, The Week Magazine) Alex Meller (Third, 11 and Under), Frances Corkey Thompson (Second, Adults), Mark Totterdell (First, Adults), Megumi Cox (Highly Commended), Vincent Burton (2nd, 11 and Under), Mark Haworth Booth (3rd, Adults), Sheena Ferguson (Highly Commended), and Brian Norman (whose poem The Battle of Manning’s Pit gave us the idea for the competition). Thanks to Tim Saunders for the photograph of those who were able to attend the presentation.
Sadly, because of illness, Toby and Theo Lawrence and Anne Beer were unable to come, and the same was true for the two students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Holly Cooke and Lily Gentry.
More photographs to be added later today, and then a link to all the videos.
All the winning poems are on the website here:
Our thanks go to the Judge, Julia Bird, to David Weeks (Executive Director of The Week Magazine) for giving out the prizes, to all the poets, to Sharon Dixon at St.Anne’s, to everyone in fact for helping make it such a fantastic evening.
The poems will be on the website later today, along with videos that are being uploaded to You Tube as the day goes on, and photographs of the preceedings.
To begin with here is a link to Ryan Vowles’s Poem on our website, along with a video of him reading his poem last night. Ryan won First Prize in the 12-18 year old Category, and lives in Pilton.