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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.

The Dartmoor Society 20th AGM

Saturday 14th April, 2:30pm
Belstone Village Hall

As this is our 20th anniversary year, instead of a guest speaker, our Chairman, Dr Tom Greeves, will give an illustrated talk entitled Still an Independent Voice – A Review of Our First 20 Years, looking back over the activities and achievements of the Society since its creation in 1998.

AGM agenda

1. Welcome and apologies.

2. Minutes of the 19th (2017) AGM (see pp 5–8 of Newsletter 59).

3. Chairman’s report on 2017/18.

4. Honorary Treasurer’s report.

5. Election of Executive Committee Members:

  • Newsletter Editor:
    Steve Mason – proposed Caya Edwards, seconded Elisabeth Greeves.
  • General Members:
    Caya Edwards – proposed Steve Mason, seconded Barrie Quilliam.
    Barrie Quilliam – proposed Tanya Welch, seconded Caya Edwards.
    Alan Endacott – proposed Tanya Welch, seconded Elisabeth Greeves.
    Fairfax Luxmoore – proposed Diana Brickl, seconded Alison Watt.

6. Election of Independent Examiner of Accounts.

7. Any Other Business.

At the close of business, The Dartmoor Society Award 2018 will be presented by Dr Tom Greeves.

Refreshments will be available after the meeting and donations towards their cost will be welcome. Please book if possible as this is a great help for the caterers.

In addition to all the usual activities taking place on the day, The Dartmoor Society will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a raffle, the proceeds of which will go towards funding the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival. With this in mind we would be very grateful if anyone would like to donate a prize. It may be a bottle, a box of sweets or even an unwanted Christmas gift – in other words anything at all you would like to donate.

If you would like to make a donation please contact Tanya Welch with the details on any of the following:, 01803 327554 or 07850 120230. Then, on the day of the AGM, please bring your donation along with you. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the AGM, please let Tanya know and we will make alternative arrangements.

  • Open to the public – non-members welcome.
  • No charge.

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Hillyfield Woodland Visit

Wednesday 9th May, 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Located near South Brent, Hillyfield is a very interesting example of small woodland restoration on Dartmoor which won 2nd Prize at the Devon County Show in 2014. Set in the valley of the Harbourne River, just south of Harbourneford, are 18 acres of organic pasture and 27 acres of mixed woodland, some of it designated ancient woodland which has interesting features of the work carried out over history, and even prehistory.

The tour will be led by woodland owner Doug King-Smith and cover aspects of woodland management, site history and issues pertaining to planning and social inclusion. An appeal hearing, regarding refusal of planning permission for various structures needed for woodland management (DNPA Applcn 0259/15) is scheduled for 10 April 2018. Visit to see how you can help.

Access: using the A38 from Exeter or Plymouth, take the Rattery Junction (between Marley Head and Dean Prior). From the mini roundabout at the top of the slip road (from Exeter direction cross over above the A38) take the lane north-westwards towards Harbourneford. After about 250m turn left between double gates onto a new farm track at SX 7250 6242 (not shown on OS map) which leads south-westwards towards Tom’s Brake and Hillyfield.

There is plenty of room for parking inside the double gates from where there will be a walk of about 2km, some of it on fairly steep ground. Bring stout footwear and outdoor clothing suitable for Dartmoor weather.

  • Members only.
  • No dogs.
  • No charge.
  • Please book by Wednesday 2nd May.

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Okehampton Camp Visit

Wednesday 6th June, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Our hosts will be Lt Col Crispin d’Apice and Lt Col (retired) Tony Clark OBE. In this, the final centenary year of commemoration of the First World War, they will outline the history of the military’s activity on Dartmoor show us some of the camp’s historic buildings.

There will also be a presentation on how military training is managed on Dartmoor and, depending on military training programmes, an opportunity to see training in action on the Okehampton Range.

Parking has been arranged for us within Okehampton Camp. Please arrive at the main gate with ID such as a driving licence, passport, bus pass, etc to hand. If anyone has a 4×4 vehicle we would be very grateful if you can bring it along on the day as this will assist with moving members to the range area which is an important part of the visit – please let Tanya Welch know by email or telephone if you have such a vehicle and how many passengers you could take.

Please note although some transportation will be supplied there will also be a certain amount of walking required over some tough moorland terrain, so stout footwear and a moderate level of fitness will be required.

  • Members only.
  • No dogs.
  • No charge.
  • Numbers limited to 30.
  • Please book by Wednesday 30th May.

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Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival

Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival

Saturday 16th June – Sunday 24th June

A musical evocation and journey through time marking the 20th anniversary of The Dartmoor Society

A 9-day Midsummer Music Festival, using a wide variety of venues and events, to celebrate the remarkable diversity of composers and performers of sacred and secular music, from prehistory to the present day, all inspired by Dartmoor.

This rich cultural thread, which has not been explored collectively before, will contribute significantly to a sense of place, both old and new, reaching out to communities on Dartmoor, in Britain and beyond. Several pieces of new music will be performed.

You can book tickets online and pay using a credit/debit card using the Buy Tickets buttons below.

However if you are unable to buy your tickets online, or would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact us to arrange that.

Programme (subject to change)

Saturday 16th June

‘Impressions of Dartmoor’
Dartmoor Resonance Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Simon Ible

7.30pm at Tavistock Parish Church of Saint Eustachius, Bedford Square, Tavistock, PL19 8AU
Tickets: Adults £20, Child (14 or under) £5.

  • Roger Bolton: New Dawn, Dartmoor Sunrise.
  • John Woolrich: Wistman’s Wood (world premiere of reworking).
  • Nigel Shaw: ‘Stone’ – 1st Movement of ‘Dartmoor Symphony’ (world premiere of reworking) with Nigel Shaw solo handmade flutes.
  • Clive Jenkins: Moorland Music (world premiere).
  • Judy Whitlock: Three Dartmoor Letterboxes (world premiere of reworking).
  • Richard Stanbrook: New piece for Oboe and Strings (world premiere).

Sunday 17th June, 8am–9pm

‘Songways of Dartmoor’
Carolyn Hillyer, Nigel Shaw and Danielle Earp

A 12-mile moorland pilgrimage walk from Postbridge to Gidleigh, with pack ponies and minstrels, with a theme of ancient music, travelling by stone circles, etc. New songs and music created. Free (donations asked for).

More details at Seventh Wave Music.

Register at

Monday 18th June

‘White Bird’
Dartmoor Resonance Festival String Orchestra
Conductor: Simon Ible

7.30pm at the Parish Church of Saint Andrew, South Tawton, EX20 2JX
Tickets: Adult £17, Child (14 or under) £5.

  • Clive Jenkins: Pastorale & Allegro.
  • Clive Jenkins: Sinfonietta.
  • Clive Jenkins: White Bird with solo soprano Suzanne Manuell.
  • Andrew Wilson: Tavy Suite.
  • Andrew Wilson: Three Browne Songs Opus 111 (words by William Browne of Tavistock, 1591–1643).
  • John Woolrich: Wistman’s Wood.

Tuesday 19th June

‘Dartmoor Resonance’
Sacred Music from the 15th and 17th Centuries
Sung by Voces, Director: Martyn Warren

7.30pm at Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0EE
Tickets: £10 from Buckfast Abbey Box Office, Abbey Bookshop or on the door.

  • The Dartmouth Magnificat (late 15th century).
  • Richard Davy (c.1465–1507, based at Ashburton for four years or so).
  • Sir Thomas Packe (at Exeter Cathedral during the 1490s).
  • Matthew Locke, Exeter (c.1621–1677).
  • John Trouluffe (d.1474 – living in Cornwall, and probably based in Exeter).
  • Use of Sarum plainchant.

Wednesday 20th June

Jim Causley & Friends: ‘A Mighty River of Song’
The Inspiration of Contemporary Folk Music on Dartmoor

7.30pm at Clearbrook Community Village Hall, Clearbrook, near Yelverton, PL20 6JD
Tickets: Adult £10, Child (14 or under) £5.

More details to follow.

Thursday 21st June

‘GRANITE’ – The Kate Westbrook Ensemble
Kate Westbrook & Mike Westbrook
with Roz Harding, Jesse Molins, Matt North, Billie Bottle and Coach York

7.30pm at Ashburton Community Arts Centre, 3 West Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7DT
Tickets: Adult £15, Child £5.

  • Kate Westbrook/Mike Westbrook – ‘GRANITE’ (world premiere).
  • Mike Westbrook – ‘Tamar River’.
  • Mike Westbrook – ‘Erme Estuary’.

More details on the GRANITE page and at Westbrook Jazz.

Friday 22nd June

‘The Call of the Heathered Hills’
Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw, Woodwose/Daughters of Elvin
and Bones

7pm–11pm at Seventh Wave Music, Lower Merripit, Postbridge, PL20 6TJ
Tickets: Adult £16, Concession £12, Child (14 or under) £5.

A wild Dartmoor celebration with ancient and medieval music and songs.

More details at Seventh Wave Music.

Saturday 23rd June

William Andrews Fiddle Day
Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll

Fairplace United Church, Okehampton, EX20 1DT

A day of workshops, using tunes from the fiddle player William Andrews of Sheepstor.

More details at Wren Music.

Also on Saturday 23rd June

‘Gothic Dartmoor’
Songs from, and inspired by, the Baring-Gould folksong collection with Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson (Wren Music), Sarah Owen and Jon Dyer

7.30pm at Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AA
Tickets: Adult £12, Child (14 or under) £5.

More details at Wren Music.

Sunday 24th June

‘Festival Finale: Songs of War, Cuckoos and a Witch’
Okehampton Choral Society, Devonport Park Community Choir, West Devon Benefice Choir
with Andrew Wilson and Lucy Luxmoore
Soloists: Geoffrey Bersey and Morag Thomson Findlay

7.30pm at St Michael & All Angels Church, Tavistock Road, Princetown, PL20 6RE
Tickets: Adult £10, Child (14 or under) £5.

Songs of Dartmoor, Napoleonic Wars, American War of 1812 (including a world premiere of 3 × songs written by an American PoW in 1815) and Conscientious Objectors of First World War, plus ‘The Tavistock Witch’ by Andrew Wilson.

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