Press Reports

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:


Presentation Evening- Group Photograph

poetry comp (1) 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:

The Presentation Evening at St. Anne’s Chapel

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.

Happy Christmas Everyone

This post and photograph should have gone up yesterday but better late than never!  The photograph is of the stile that used to lead into Manning’s Pit from the Windsor Road direction, as it was on Christmas Day in 2010.

This year Manning’s Pit is damp and muddy, but thanks to everyone it is far safer than it was back in the autumn of 2015 when For Sale notices were posted on the nearby gate.   That doesn’t mean that we have saved Manning’s Pit yet, and it won’t be safe until it is owned by the local community or an organisation that can be trusted to protect it permanently.

We have some exciting plans for the years to come, and will tell you all more as we go into the New Year, but for now, best wishes to everyone and thank you again, everyone.


We have a song!

A great night was had by everyone at the Party – and how stoical we all are, since there were problems with the heating and it was a very cold night. But Manning’s Pit supporters are made of stern stuff, as we always knew!

The highlight of the night was Martin Haddrill’s performance of his song for Manning’s Pit.  We have always wanted a song, and he has done us proud.  Thank you again Martin!

Here he is, below:


and here is a video made later as the quality from the night wasn’t good:


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.