After the last two years, when both times it rained for the whole of the day, it was wonderful to have sunshine following a wet night. We were even grateful for some of the cloudy intervals, as it can get very hot in Pilton Street on a sunny day.
We had a great day, chatting to so many people. The Tree of Love for Manning’s Pit was very much a success, a special thanks to Wendy for the idea, to Chris for making the trunk, and to Bev for making it beautiful. The first leaflets for our Poetry Competition were on display and some exciting contacts were made – more to follow soon on this. Here are some photographs, taken while we were setting the stall up:
We hope to see you there! We will have our usual stall, outside Benjamin Manning’s house on Pilton Street, next door to the Green Man pub.
We will also have news on the latest developments in our campaign, so looking forward to seeing you if you can make it.
There is an Exhibition in Exeter at Northenhay Gardens called The Trench – the Missing of the Somme. Among the list of names of the fallen is that of H H Munro (Saki.) This is part of the Shroud of the Somme Artwork.
The family who now live in Saki’s house found his name on the Roll of Fallen at the Shrouds of the Somme exhibition. They sent us these photographs below:
Satish Kumar has signed our petition. We are very grateful to him for this! He is an eminent environmental and peace activist who lives in Hartland, not too far away from Manning’s Pit by car, although it would take a day at least to walk there if you took the coastal path.
Satish is the Editor of Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine, and most famous for a walk that he did back in 1962, from India to Europe. He has made many media appearances – including Desert Island Discs – and is an author as well.
You can read more about Satish here:
Yesterday we took down the banner at the Yeo Dale Hotel that has been such an influential symbol of our campaign.
We did not take the banner down because the battle is over. It needs cleaning, and some small repairs. It will go into storage for a while, but the moment it is needed again, it will go up once more. It will then, like the “Watch for Orange” posters be a quick way of sending out an alert to everyone. We would like to repeat our thanks to Paul and Sarah at the Hotel for their wonderful support.
Other signs and posters around Pilton may come down, for the same reason, but new ones will go up, because we want to make sure that the message is clear to everyone – we have not saved Manning’s Pit yet, and we will not give up until we have done so.
The Save Manning’s Pit Banner on the Yeo Dale Hotel has come down today. It needed a good clean, and it is going to be stored, ready and waiting in case another application comes in.
Here’s a photograph of the Banner as it was, there will more photographs showing how we took it down with a little bit of a ceremony at noon today, coming soon.
We want to express our most grateful thanks to Sarah and Paul, who run the Hotel.
And most important of all, we want to make clear to everyone that the battle to Save Manning’s Pit isn’t over yet.
In Martin Kemp’s wonderful film “The Magic of Manning’s Pit” Chris Bulpett talks about the fields containing memories of those who are no longer with us. Many of those who have contacted us during our two and a half year (so far) campaign have talked about parents or family members who had loved Manning’s Pit while they were alive. They often say as well how much being in Manning’s Pit has helped their grieving process.
As Chris mentioned after the showing of the film at our Party, Jane Hare, who appeared in the film (talking about the osprey), died suddenly, not long after its first showing. She is still greatly missed. Lance Housley, who had also been a very good supporter of our campaign, died a few days before the party, and we have put a tribute to him on the website. You can read it here.