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News From September 2018

Lew Trenchard Church

Coombe Trenchard Manor

Lew Trenchard Church, the Forgotten Garden and Coombe Trenchard Manor

Posted in Events on Monday 24th September 2018 at 10:54pm

Our Dartmoor Society Members had an absolute treat on Wednesday 19th September 2018 when we had three fascinating visits in one.

The theme of this event was to learn about the locality of where Sabine Baring Gould lived and worked, and where better to explore this subject than the very beautiful village of Lew Trenchard.

We started off having an interesting tour of the Parish Church of St Peter which was where Sabine held the position of both the Rector and the Squire in the Village.

We also visited the Forgotten Garden which was originally established for Sabine’s wife Grace to give her somewhere pleasant to walk to help her exercise whilst fighting Arthritis later in her life.

Finally, we had a tour of the very beautiful Coombe Trenchard Manor which was originally part of Sabine’s Estate and has been lovingly restored by Philip and Sarah Marsh.

This event proved to be a true feast providing both historical content and beauty combined and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

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Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival
Photo by Chris Chapman

Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival Report

Posted in Events on Monday 24th September 2018 at 10:36pm

The Dartmoor Society has now published a full report on the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival. You can download it in PDF format below.

Download the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival Report

Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival Report

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Widecombe Fair 2018

Widecombe Fair 2018

Widecombe Fair 2018

Posted in Events on Monday 24th September 2018 at 10:30pm

On Tuesday 11th September 2018 the Dartmoor Society was delighted to attend Widecombe Fair. Despite the weather being rather windy and quite showery at the start, the day actually settled quite nicely enabling everyone who attended to enjoy all the stalls and exhibits as well as doing plenty of socialising.

We are delighted to report that “Uncle Tom Cobley” was there, as well as plenty of exciting things to watch in the Main Ring such as the “Dartmoor Hill Pony Display Team”, and a fascinating “Vintage Machinery and Farming through the Ages Demonstration”.

We would like to give special thanks to everyone who visited our stand (no. 4), both Members and non-Members alike, and who made it such a special and enjoyable occasion.

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Change of PO Box address

Posted in General on Monday 10th September 2018 at 7:53pm

Please note that from today, 10th September 2018, the Dartmoor Society’s PO Box address  has changed to the following:

The Dartmoor Society
PO Box 570

A redirection will be in place for an appropriate period in case anything is posted to the old PO Box address.

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Corringdon Farm Visit

Corringdon Farm Visit

Corringdon Farm Visit

Posted in Events on Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 9:47pm

On Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 32 Members congregated at the superbly situated Corringdon Farm near South Brent courtesy of our hosts Philip and Charlotte French.

The Farm is located 220 metres above sea level and considering how high up we were and the fact that the weather forecast was a bit changeable we were all greatly relieved that the afternoon stayed mainly dry; despite a light mist which formed, especially when we reached the highest spot which was in the area of Corringdon Ball.

On the way there Philip gave us a wealth of information about the Farm and the surrounding area as well as a fabulous insight into the economics and methodology the Family uses in the running of a Dartmoor Hill Farm.

After enjoying Philip’s tour of the Farm and walking over some of the Family’s 650 acre holding of land it was fair to say we had all worked up a healthy appetite and so we were all delighted to sit in their barn and enjoy Charlotte’s tea and coffee as well as tucking into home-made sandwiches and cakes prepared by the Dartmoor Society Executive Committee.

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