1. DPA walk venue 4th Nov changed: was Shipley Bridge, now Saddle Tor

      A moorland walk from Saddle Tor car park. SX 74795 76150 at 10am on the 4th November.   Taking in Emsworthy, Holwell Lawn, Hound Tor Medieval Settlement and Haytor Tramway and Quarries. Around 7 miles. Please contact David Turrell during the two days prior to the walk by Email : david.trl1@yahoo.com, or telelphone 01364 654 723 if…

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    2. Mardon Down Work Day

      On Tuesday 5 October 2017, a dozen DPA volunteers met at Mardon Down to continue helping to clear various archaeological features which range in date from the Bronze Age to the Second World War. Since our last visit about a year ago, the Commoners have made excellent progress in clearing the very large WW2 bridge…

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    3. Buckland Common workday, 28th Sept.

      On 28th September, the regular DPA volunteers returned to Buckland Common to continue clearance of the Bronze Age hut settlement.  They were joined by a team from Lloyds Cardnet, who worked hard.   A few photos are appended below as mementoes of the day.                   The weather was kind…

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    4. DPA Short Walk – Grenofen Bridge, 25 Sept. 2017

      On Monday 25th September, eighteen of us set out from Grenofen Bridge under a broken-cloud sky that turned later to full sunshine. I mustn’t say a word about the righteous! It had rained the previous day and for some days before that so there was some mud on the path and track to contend with….

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    5. Widecombe Fair, 2017

      Widecombe Fair is always on the second Tuesday in September so, on Tues. 12th, DPA volunteers Derek Collins, Val Barns, Claude Williams and Keith and Berni Ryan fetched up at the showground quite bright and early. Berni and I aimed to be there before 8.30 am and the others were there earlier, because the gazebo…

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    6. Geoffrey Sayer celebration walk, 3rd Sep. 2017

      The DPA held a celebration walk on Sunday 3rd September to visit a gate installed on DPA land at Swincombe that is dedicated to Geoffrey Sayer. Geoff was DPA treasurer from 1994 to 2004, after which he served as a DPA Vice President until his death in 2013.  He took on the role following the untimely death…

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    7. Lustleigh Show, August Bank Holiday, 2017

      Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, was the occasion of the 130th Lustleigh Village Show.  After attending these shows now for several years it can be a liitle difficult to say new things about them, but once again, we will try!  If you explore the web site for the show, there is an “About us”  link,…

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    8. Pudsham hay meadows work day, 23rd August

      The day went well and all three fields were cleared of cut bracken.  We were very grateful for help from Devon Wildlife Trust volunteers and had 22 people in total.  The bracken had been cut with strimmers and scythes the previous week and everyone agreed that it was easier raking this year.  The workers were…

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    9. Short Walk – Norsworthy Bridge out Cuckoo Rock way

      Twenty-eight of us gathered at Norsworthy Bridge car park on Friday 25th August for another “voyage of discovery” in the Burrator area. We started at Middleworth Gate, by the step stile, and walked through the fields towards Middleworth.     The reason for walking through the fields and not up the lane was to enjoy…

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    10. DPA on show at the Chagford Show

      With the season for summer shows progressing, Thursday 17th August was the day of the 117th Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural Show. The DPA have attended this show for many years. The gazebo was set up early in the morning with Derek, Val, Phil, Claude and Anne doing the work. Clare, Berni and myself turned up…

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