Bucks Mills Cabin Open Day


It was a good turnout of fifty one people for our open day on Saturday 16th August. The weather was on our side with only a brief rain shower passing over Bideford Bay. Gregg and I were on hand to answer any questions about the cabin or the artists, Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards, who used the cabin between the 1920’s-1970’s.

Luke Johns

Seasonal Ranger – Torridge

Beach Huts on the Brink!


 

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Tuesday nights high tide combined with strong on shore winds and a much lower profile to Woolacombe beach because of the winter storms meant that the Beach Huts and our beach fence was under serious threat of being washed out to sea.  The photographs were taken just before high tide and illustrate how close the waves came to washing some of them out to sea.  Thankfully they all survived the high tide as did our fence and after some quick repairs and rebuilding of the sand bank the following day by Parkins Estate and our Beach Rangers repairing any damage to the fence they are all Ok now.

Lynmouth fete, 24 August


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All the fun of the fair!

Come down to the Manor green at Lynmouth and have some fun at this National Trust run fete. Try your hand at welly wanging, vent some anger at our plate smashing stall, win some great prizes on the tombola, meet Captain Marisco from Lundy Island plus loads more fun and games for all the family.

Sunday 24 August. 11am-4pm. Booking not needed. Free event. Donations welcome. Call 01598 763402 for more information.

See you there!

Clovelly Lifeboat Day 2014


It was Sunday 3rd August, and Gregg and I were out early setting up our stand on top of the lime kiln in Clovelly Harbour.

As the title suggests, it was all about raising money for the RNLI Clovelly lifeboat, so our children’s activities were themed around this.

With badge making to one side and boat making out of recycled drinks bottles to the other, it was a very busy day, and as usual covered in glitter and glue! Check out the photo’s below.

This was our first attendance at Clovelly lifeboat day after being invited along, so thank you to Clovelly Estate for including us.

Luke Johns

Seasonal Ranger – Torridge

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Glorious sunshine at the North Devon Show.


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Yesterday myself, Carol our new engagement volunteer and Steph our visitor services assistant went to the North Devon show at Umberleigh.

We were a bit dubious at first as when setting up on the Tuesday we were greeted by persistent rain and had to use every peg going to secure the welcome tent, but the weather cleared by the time the show began on Wednesday leaving us with glorious sunshine and a very busy show.

We had kids events such as badge making, brass rubbing and colouring in on offer along with one of the 50 things before 11 ¾ events which was wild art.

The kids came all day long asking for badges and then sticking their leaves and assorted flowers to some card for wild art with some very imaginative art works and badges coming out.

I made myself a badge which I do at most events but this time a little boy thought it was such an awful effort he refused to believe I did it myself!

Steph had a great day recruiting new members getting 6 memberships some of which were families so it was 20 individual members in all. Its great to get so many people supporting the work we do with the National Trust.

Also alongside us was the Lundy island team giving out vouchers and extolling the virtues of lundy, if you haven’t been yet it really is an amazing place!

An ice cream and pasty topped off what was a brilliant day in the sunshine entertaining kids, with some falconry and pipes displays as an added bonus.

Ranger Dan

Bugs, Birds and Badges


We had our annual stand at this year’s Woolsery Show on the 28th July, with glorious sunshine; crowds of people attended the show held at Clovelly Court. In our tent we had lots of activities for children, including making badges, bird feeders and bug hotels – ticking of an activity in the 50 things to do scrapbook.

Luke Johns

Seasonal Ranger – Torridge

Anyone for Cricket?


On the 25th July, Justin and I took to Welcombe Beach with Tom Hyde (a local artist and sculpture) as part of this year’s Welcombe Open Studios.

The Open Studios provide the public an opportunity to visit artist studios around Welcombe giving an insight into their work. For more information, visit: http://www.welcombearts.wordpress.com

With a hot and sunny day, it was a great day to be on the beach building this year’s driftwood sculpture of a Cricket, which quickly took shape with the help of children and adults alike.

Luke Johns

Seasonal Ranger – Torridge

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