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News From October 2019

William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust Visit

William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust Visit

William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust Visit

Posted in Events on Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 10:37pm

28 eager Dartmoor Society members convened in the car park of the William Pengelly Cave Studies Trust on 18th September.

Our host was Sheila Philips who is the Education Officer at the Trust. Sheila showed us plenty of evidence of volcanic disruption and the caves themselves are surrounded by several disused quarries.

In total there are five and a half kilometres of cave networks at the site and Sheila showed us the entrance to Bakers Pit Cave, then Reeds Cave and finally we explored the inside of the exquisite Joint Mitnor Cave.

During our fascinating tour we walked uphill and along a lane to the remains of the old Buckfastleigh Church named Holy Trinity Church which was devastated by fire on the 21st July 1992.

The whole area is frequented by bats and ongoing studies are taking place on the Greater Horseshoe, Lesser Horseshoe and Pipistrelle species.

At the end of the evening our members explored the recently developed Pengelly Cave Studies Trust Museum and had the opportunity to purchase some interesting literature.

What an amazing event this was.

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Widecombe Fair 2019

Widecombe Fair 2019

Widecombe Fair 2019

Posted in Events on Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 10:34pm

On Tuesday 10th September the Dartmoor Society attended Widecombe Fair.

Our stand was very near the show ring so we had a “birds’ eye view” – not that there was a lot of time to study events because we were very busy selling our 2019 Christmas Cards and next year’s calendar as well as plenty of merchandise and loads of second hand books and maps.

Sincere thanks to everyone who visited our stand and supported us.

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