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News From October 2017

Dartmoor Society Debate Cancelled

Posted in Events on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9:58pm

The Dartmoor Society debate this Saturday has been cancelled due to weather warnings from Met Office.

Chairman Tom Greeves writes: ‘In view of the severe gales forecast for Saturday (21st) and the weather warning put out by the Met Office, and having sought other advice, we regretfully think it prudent to postpone our Dartmoor Society Debate on ‘Are We Using Dartmoor's Stone Resources Wisely?’.

‘We are mindful that a good many speakers and participants would face long journeys in potentially hazardous driving conditions. With apologies for the disappointment and any inconvenience, we thank you all for your interest, and are of course happy to reimburse all those who have booked places.

‘Our plan will be to reschedule the Debate for sometime in October 2018, and we will be in contact with you all before then’.

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William Snell Morrish exhibition

Posted in Events on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 12:11am

William Snell Morrish 1844–1917

To mark the Centenary of the death of the well-known Dartmoor artist William Snell Morrish, who died in September 1917, an exhibition of some of his paintings is to be held at the Pepperpot Gallery in the Square at Chagford from Monday 6th November until Saturday 11th November 2017 inclusive.

Some members may remember the hugely successful exhibition in Chagford of numerous Morrish paintings, organised by the Dartmoor Society, in 2012.

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Den Brook visit

Den Brook visit

Den Brook visit

Posted in Events on Thursday 5th October 2017 at 12:10am

30 members of the Society had a fascinating visit to the Den Brook Wind Turbines near Bow on 27 September.

Nine turbines, 120m in height to the tip of their three blades, are spaced over an extensive area of farmland with grazing sheep and cattle.

18MW of electricity are fed into the National Grid through a substation (the only building on site). The site is managed from Glasgow and Exminster!

Buzzards wheeled among the turbines which emitted a low hum and whooshing sound. The course of a Roman road crosses the site as does the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter.

There will be a full report in the February Newsletter.

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