Pilton Green Man Festival Today

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.



Shrouds of the Somme

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

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:




The Save Manning’s Pit Banner at the Yeo Dale Hotel

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 Yeo Dale Banner

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.



Those who are no longer with us

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.

A “Small” Thank You Party


We had a party  Saturday night to say thank you to all those who have supported the Save Manning’s Pit campaign over the  two and a half years since it started.  Summix  have withdrawn their planning application, but they still own Manning’s Pit, and may have other plans for it, we do not know as yet.  At the same time, it seemed a good time to have a small “thank you” party. The big one will happen when we know – we hope, one day – that Manning’s Pit is safe for ever.

As small parties go, it was quite a big one, and a fantastic time was had by all of us.  Everyone enjoyed seeing Martin Kemp’s wonderful  film “The Magic of Manning’s Pit” again on a big screen, and the icing on the cake was having Brian Norman and John Norman there for “The Battle of Manning’s Pit.”  Tim Saunders recited his poem  “Ode to the Setaceous Hebrew Character” ( you can read the full poem here ) which was written following a Moth Survey in Manning’s Pit by John and Mary Breeds of the Braunton Countryside Centre.
Kate Shaw read a couple of short poems, Binsey Poplars by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The Poplar Field by William Cowper. These poems, probably written in  1879 and 1773, expressed feelings about lost countryside that are as relevant now to all of us who care about the future of Manning’s Pit..

We all enjoyed ourselves and there was a fantastic amount of food and drink – Pilton people are just so generous! It was great to meet some new people as well.  Here are some photographs, which show us us watching the films, the films and poems being introduced by our MC, Chris Bulpett, Kate Shaw reading her chosen poems, Bev Snowden and some of our fantastic team (including Cerys. Wendy, Joe, Jan and John) setting up beforehand, plus the ceremonial cutting by Christine Lovelock of the special and amazing chocolate cake made for the occasion by Jane Bulpett.  Not a crumb was left!