Twinkle’s Sponsored walk

A lot has happened this week. As well as getting leaflets out to most of Pilton already, Wendy Robinson and her elderly one-eyed pug have set up their own Fund Raising page. They are going to do a sponsored walk on Saturday November 30th, starting from the Kissing Gate into Manning’s Pit at Lynbro Road, and going round by Hall’s Mill Lane to the other parts of Pilton.  Twinkle may have to do some of the walk in a buggy – she only has little legs and we don’t want to overtax her – but if that happens Wendy will be pushing her.

Click  here to go to Wendy and Twinkle’s fund raising page. You can also donate by cheque, BACs or cash – send to the Treasurer, Friends of Manning’s Pit, 7 Nursery Road, Pilton, Barnstaple, EX31 1RA

As of today, we hear training is going well!

We’ve also had cheques for the main appeal from far afield already, including two from Australia!

Our Calendar of Fund Raising Events is on the website. More events will be added – we are waiting to hear about dates for some of them.  Regular news updates can also be found here   and of course on Facebook and Twitter

Here are Wendy and Twinkle, by Manning’s Pit gate in Windsor Road







Ian Scott’s drawing of the Old Stone Bridge.

Ian Scott, a well known and much loved former Mayor of Barnstaple, lives in Pilton. He is also an artist, and his pen and wash painting of Manning’s Pit bridge was one of the Exhibits in our Exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon back in 2017.  Around that time, we showed his pencil drawing of the Old Stone Bridge on our Facebook Page, and several people asked if a print could be produced of it.

He has given the drawing to us to scan, so that we can sell prints of the drawing at the Christmas Fair in Pilton Church Hall on Saturday 16th November, to help raise money to buy Manning’s Pit.  He hopes to be there to sign them in person on the day as well.Ian Scott's Manning's Pit (1)

Buy Mannings Pit

Friday and Saturday were big days, with the Fund Raising launch, Radio Devon visiting us in Manning’s Pit, mention on Spotlight TV news, and the new Yeo Dale Buy Manning’s Pit Banner going up. Then there was our Party Saturday night, with the premier of Ty Redif’s film about Manning’s Pit, Chris Bulpett doing a great job as compere, mentioning highlights of the campaign such as the Photo Competiton (Matthew Steele and Susan Jarvis were there to take a bow, Ryan Vowles and Alex Meller read their poems on stage, and Martin Haddrill sang his song, with two new verses added.The Fund raising has started so please donate if you can. We need each and everyone of you to give as much as possible!
The Friends of Manning’s Pit have come together with the Pilton Green Man CIO, charity no 1170742, to help buy Manning’s Pit for the local community. We are looking to raise in excess of £250,000 to cover cost of purchase and enhancements.
Please note:
This is an update –
since this Blog post was written, there has been a change to the account details for BACS payments (previous payments will have been fine, but new ones should go to a new account number. Full payment details and a donation button for online payments are on the website:

Cheques should be made payable to
“Buy Manning’s Pit”
and sent to:
The Treasurer,
c/o 7 Nursery End,
Pilton, Barnstaple EX31 1RA


We have some really exciting news. Manning’s Pit is for sale. We have joined with the Green Man CIO (Charity No 1170742) to help buy the fields for the local community, and today we are launching a huge fund-raising campaign. We are looking to raise in excess of £250,000. We know this is a big ask, but we also know how generous you all are, and how much Manning’s Pit means to you all. More information about how to donate is on the website .  Meanwhile – spread the word!

Ryan Vowles sent us this photograph from Iceland earlier in the week, so maybe he won’t mind if we change the word “Save” for “Buy” when we quote the last two lines of his Prize winning poem, “Together”:

So make a lot of effort, put your heart and soul into it

And maybe, together, we can Buy Manning’s Pit

Ryan Vowles, by a volcano in Iceland

Art Trek artists and Calendar updates

Adrian Beasley, who judged our Photo competition, has his studio in Priory Close, Pilton, open today and tomorrow, (14/15th September) and also on the weekend of  September 28/29th. You can read more about this here:

Local artist Al Brown lives in Priory Close, Pilton, too, and is also taking part in the Art Trek, his studio was open on Friday 13th and will be open again on the two following weekends (21/22 Sept and 28/29 Sept,)

More about Al’s art and venue:


Finally, we have updated our Calendar so do keep an eye on it if you want to know about local events:


Pilton Panto

Pilton Panto rehearsals start on September 12th at the Reform Inn, if you would like to be involved, do go along and join in, as the poster says.

The Panto has supported our campaign since 2016, and every performance each year has included the words “Save Manning’s Pit” in one way or another (either audio or visual as on our banner).

Here below is a poster about the Rehearsals:

Poster for Panto Rehearsal Sept 2019 B&W

Msny of you will recognise Kate in the photo – she is a member of the Friends of Manning’s Pit Committee, and has been working hard to help us achieve our goals since she joined us in January 2016.

Special Prize

The Judge of our Photo Competition also awarded an extra prize, for the best Black and White Photograph, and here are his comments. along with the photograph he chose,  by Eliza Weeks:

The Judge, Adrian Beasley:

I have a soft spot for Black & White images and this one gives a view down the valley and that well known hill profile.  The dog is seemingly enjoying the space all to itself.  I liked the composition, with the trees on the right mirroring the valley hillside.