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News From April 2016

Dartmoor Society AGM 2016

18th Dartmoor Society AGM

Posted in Events on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 10:08pm

On Saturday 23rd April 2016, 63 members attended our 18th Dartmoor Society Annual General Meeting.

Before the business proceedings Tom Greeves welcomed our guest speaker Alan Endacott who gave us all an enlightening presentation entitled “The Discovery of Sittaford Stone Circle – its Context and Significance.”

We were all enthralled by his findings and at the very end of the meeting we all tucked into a sumptuous tea prepared by the Dartmoor Society Executive Committee and enjoyed some all-important socialising.

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Summer Fairs 2016

Posted in Events on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 10:05pm

We are pleased to announce that the Dartmoor Society will this year have a stand at Chagford Show which is taking place on Thursday 18th August. We will also be attending Widecombe Fair which is taking place on Tuesday 13th September.

We will be delighted to see everyone attending these shows so please look out for us, do visit us on the stand to have a chat as well as enjoying all the other exhibits. See you there.

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Dartmoor Society Award 2016

Miles and Gail Fursdon with Dr Tom Greeves

Dartmoor Society Award 2016

Posted in Press Releases on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 10:02pm

At the 18th Annual General Meeting of The Dartmoor Society, held at Belstone on 23 April 2016, Dr Tom Greeves, Chairman of The Dartmoor Society presented Widecombe farmers Miles and Gail Fursdon with The Dartmoor Society Award 2016.

It is in the form of a finely hand-crafted ceramic plate made by potter Penny Simpson of Moretonhampstead and calligrapher Susanne Haines of Bovey Tracey. The plate is inscribed ‘for a superlative hydro system’.

Dr Tom Greeves, Chairman of the Dartmoor Society, said:

‘The microhydro system at Old Walls, Ponsworthy, near Widecombe, is probably the finest example we have of making wise use of Dartmoor’s core renewable resource of water, in a traditional way but with a modern purpose.

‘We have watched its creation and use since 1995 with fascination, and have visited it twice – in 2004 and 2015. It is a visionary scheme, developed with considerable practical skill and imagination, just as many of the ‘old men’ of Dartmoor would have tackled the problem of getting water to corn and tin mills.

‘The leat that was newly created from the Webburn river is a masterpiece of construction and an ecological wonder. The turbine house is small-scale and a regular home to a family of dippers.

‘The electricity generated is fed into the national grid but is the equivalent of providing the energy needs of about 90 homes.

‘It is an inspirational project which Miles and Gail have shared as widely as possible with the local community, by organising walks, etc. Dartmoor is immensely proud of what they have achieved and this Society is delighted to recognise this outstanding enterprise’.


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Taw Valley Creamery visit

Taw Valley Creamery Visits on 9th and 30th March 2016

Posted in Events on Sunday 17th April 2016 at 5:49pm

This event was a rare occurrence for the Dartmoor Society where the cheese factory at North Tawton very graciously assisted us by kindly arranging two separate dates for two simply fascinating tours in order to accommodate everyone who expressed a wish to attend this interesting local dairy producing company.

The Taw Valley Creamery are part of a farm co-operative known as Arla which makes them a contributor to the UK’s largest milk producing pool with a turnover of £2.2 billion. Their product range includes cheese, whey, cream, butter, whey permia concentrate (WPC) and milk powder.

After an informative formal presentation, a full tour of the production facilities, a comprehensive cheese tasting, as well as a visit to the factory shop, everyone agreed it had been a truly wonderful event.

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