Photographic Competition

As part of our Environmental Exhibition in July (the weekend of the Green Man Festival) we are holding a photographic competition.

Manning's Pit Photo Competition

The attached image above tells you more and details are on the website at this page:


March update

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It is a year now since the application for building permission  on Manning’s Pit was withdrawn.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,

Pussy Willow  Catkins near Manning’s Pit are among our first signs of spring.


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.