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Forthcoming Events

The following events have been organised over the next few months. More details can be found in our Newsletters. New events are normally added to the website to coincide with Newsletters being posted.

Please use the Book Now buttons to book places and pay online. If you are a Dartmoor Society member please sign into the Member Centre beforehand so you can book places for members-only events and not need to enter all your contact details every time.

Alternatively you can download and print a booking form and post it to us together with a cheque to cover any payment to The Dartmoor Society, PO Box 38, Tavistock, PL19 0XJ.

When our events are over-subscribed, waiting lists are created. If you find that you cannot attend an event you have booked for, please contact the Honorary Secretary as soon as possible. Your place can then be allocated to someone else.

Ugborough Church and its Roof Bosses - A talk and tour by Dr Sue Andrew

Wednesday 29th March, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sue Andrew is a leading researcher of the carved roof bosses in our parish churches. Ugborough has some of the finest examples.

Sue will give an illustrated talk in the church, and will explain the messages contained in these wonders of medieval craftsmanship.

Torches and binoculars are recommended.

  • Members only.
  • No charge.
  • Donations on the day to the church please.
  • Please book by Friday 24th March.

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Dartmoor Society AGM

Saturday 22nd April, 2:30pm
Yelverton Memorial Hall, Meavy Lane, PL20 6AL (SX 523675)

Notice is hereby given that the 19th Annual General Meeting of the Dartmoor Society will be held on Saturday 22 April 2017 at Yelverton Memorial Hall, Meavy Lane, PL20 6AL (SX 523675), starting at 2.30pm.

Before the business proceedings we will welcome our Guest Speaker Tom Stratton, Deputy Land Steward – Western District, Duchy of Cornwall, who will be speaking on ‘Managing the Duchy of Cornwall Estate on Dartmoor’.

AGM Agenda

  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 18th AGM 2016
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Hon Treasurer’s Report
  5. Election of Executive Committee members
  6. Election of Independent Examiner of Accounts
  7. Any Other Business

Regarding item 4 of the Agenda, copies of the examined Annual Accounts are enclosed with this Newsletter, with the statement of the Independent Examiner of Accounts, Simon Murray.

Dartmoor Society Award 2017

At the close of the AGM business, the Dartmoor Society Award 2017 will be presented.

Refreshments will be available after the meeting, and donations towards their cost will be welcome on the day. To help organise catering, please book by Monday 17 April 2017.

  • Members only.
  • No charge.
  • Please book by Monday 17th April.

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Visit To Lukesland Gardens, Harford

Friday 5th May, 2:30pm

Lukesland is 1½ miles north of Ivybridge (PL21 0JF) at SX 642579, on the Harford Road. There are 24 acres of woodland gardens, with flowering shrubs, trees and wildflowers, many of which will be at their peak in early May.

  • Free parking.
  • Tour of gardens led by owner and Dartmoor Society member Rosemary Howell.
  • Dogs on leads at all times welcome.
  • Members only.
  • £5.00 each.
  • Refreshments not included in the price, but the tea room will be open after the tour.
  • Numbers limited to 30.
  • Please book by Monday 1st May.

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PCWW Boundstones, Picic and Ailsborough Tin Mine

Saturday 10th June, 10:30am – 4:00pm

In 2012 the Dartmoor Society initiated a project to ensure that all PCWW stones on the boundary of the MoD Cramber Tor Training Area between South Hessary Tor and the Scout Hut were in good condition for the centenary of their erection in 1917.

In celebration of completion of the project, there will be a walk led by Tom Greeves, starting from the parking area at SX 579674 below the Scout Hut near Gutter Tor at 10.30am.

The walk will visit all nineteen of the PCWW boundstones between there and Nuns Cross (none of those between Nuns Cross and South Hessary Tor needed remedial treatment). Most of the stones have been uprighted or had hollows around them filled.

A picnic lunch (bring your own) will be enjoyed in the vicinity of the remarkable inscribed Syward’s Cross, perhaps dating from the mid-11th century.

The return walk will explore some of the very fine archaeological remains of Ailsborough Tin Mine, one of the most successful moorland mines of the early 19th century, with extensive shafts, mills, wheelpits, pumping flat rod systems, leats, and its own smelting house.

  • Bring suitable clothing and footwear for rugged moorland walking and weather.
  • Total distance approx. 5 miles.
  • Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • No need to book.
  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • No charge.

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The Dartmoor Society BBQ

Friday 14th July, 6:00pm
Herons Brook, South Zeal, EX20 2PY (SX 649929)

Members Wilf and Helen Hodges again have very kindly offered their home and garden as the venue for this year’s popular summer BBQ.

There is space for parking on the field, and if that overflows then people will be directed to nearby parking places at the time.

There will be a guided walk (optional) at 6pm, followed by the barbecue (with buffet) at 7.30pm.

  • Bring your own drinks, and glasses will be provided.
  • Dogs on leads at all times welcome.
  • Members and guests only.
  • Members: £7.00 each.
  • Guests: £9.00 each.
  • Please book by Monday 10th July.

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