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Welcome to the Community Website for Belstone - a village on the northern edge of Dartmoor in Devon. If you have something to contribute please contact the editors Edwina & Robin Hill editor@belstonevillage.net

Last updated 26-feb-15


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Indian Expedition and Community Work

Three Okehampton College students, who all live inBelstone, are undertaking an expedition to carry outcommunity work in India, in summer 2016.
Three teams of 8 students will each be trekking through the Himalayas to reach a remote village and will work with the villagers and the schools. Each team has had to choose which trek they will take, to carry out the work needed in that village and take on the responsibility of managing and running it. Ellie & Poppy's team will, amongst other things, be building a greenhouse to enable the village to have a longer growing season for their crops. Suzi's team, as well as helping to teach English and sports at the local school, will be working at an apricot farm, helping the Buddhist monks make jam and oils which will be sold to the local community in order to fund the school and the monastery.
A life-changing experience for our intrepid girls and the people they meet and work with but, in order to do this, they have to raise the funds to take them out to India, so will be holding various fundraising events which they hope you will be able to support in some way or another.



Belstone Films


Following a successful premiere in Belstone Village Hall last month, when it was watched by 75 people, the film of this year’s Beating the Bounds is now, as they say, on general release.  In other words, anyone who hasn’t already put their name down for a DVD version of the 48 minute opus is very welcome to contact me and I’ll make them a copy at a cost of £7.  If you were on the walk and I’ve edited some of you out of the final version you can even have the unedited outtakes stuck on the end for your very own personalised copy. 
When the ‘Book of Belstone’ was published in 2002 many of you bought the video that went with it, enabling you to enjoy 2 hours and 40 minutes of films covering over thirty years of life in the village from the mid 1960s.  Video tapes of course went the way of the dodo long ago, so I’m guessing that most of you can no longer watch these films.  So, for anyone who would like a replacement, and for those new to the village who might want to see them for the first time, I can make DVD copies from the original master tapes at the original price of £12.50 a copy.  Subjects covered include the harsh winter of 1978, the Okehampton bypass being built at Fatherford, lots of sheep footage, the Belstone Players pantomime ‘Robin Hood’ featuring Robin Hill being sawn in half, a never-to-be-repeated piece of film showing South Tawton boundary stone being dumped in the river, and my favourite, the remarkably exciting and snappily titled mid 1980s epic ‘Belstone Women’s Institute Sort Tin Foil and Milk Bottle Tops in the Back Room of the Village Hall’.
Please contact me at chris.walpole@mypostoffice.co.uk or on 01837 840498 if you’d like a copy of either of the above.  And there are still copies of the actual book ‘The Book of Belstone’ for sale which, to quote the reviews from 2002, is truly a mine of information about Belstone past and present … each time I have dipped into it I have found a new gem and just about everything you want to know about Belstone can be found in this book.

West Devon Borough Council Dog Control Orders

West Devon Borough Council have introduced new dog control orders across the Borough. There are four Orders as follows:

1. DOG FOULING. It will be an offence for a person in charge of a dog who fails to remove any dog fouling. This applies on all land open to the air in the Borough, to which the public have access with or without payment. There is an exception on Forestry Commission land.
2. DOGS ON LEADS. Dogs will be required to be on a lead across the Borough in all car parks, near retail premises and in cemeteries, churchyards and war memorials. Leads will also be required in all fenced, hedged or walled ponds, areas of water or nature reserves, together with all marked sports fields whilst organised sport is in progress . Other locations have been listed on the Schedules by some Town and Parish Councils. On Open Access Land  (Dartmoor) across the Borough, dogs are required to be on short fixed leads (2 metres or less) as required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, between 1st March and 31st July and at all times near livestock.
3. DOG EXCLUSIONS. Dogs will be banned from fenced, hedged, walled children’s play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, skateboard/BMX parks and putting greens. Also dogs will be excluded from sporting or recreational facility pitches when sport is in play.  Other locations have been listed on the Schedules by some Town and Parish Council’s.
4. DOGS ON LEADS BY DIRECTION. Any officer authorised by SHDC (including certain external officers) can request a dog owner place their dog on a lead in any open public land, to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person. This also applies to prevent the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.
Full details of these Orders can be found on the West Devon Borough Council website: http://www.westdevon.gov.uk/dogorde

Dartmoor Folk Festival - August 7th - 9th 2015

A RICH crop of local and national artists will headline at the 38th Dartmoor Folk Festival, which will be held at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 7, 8 and 9.
Artists booked, to date, are Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Huw Williams and Maartin Allcock, Alistair Anderson, Jeff Warner (USA), The Dovetail Trio, Liam Robinson Dance Band and Kestor Stringband.
Other artists attending include The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday and Sunday night), Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills, various morris and dance teams, plus more to be confirmed.
The festival will include a packed programme of concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops.
Competitions include the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.
It was 38 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.
It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.
Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.
For further details, visit the website:www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk .
To enquire about booking tickets, telephone 01837 840102

Belstone Photographic Competition

Results of the Photographic Competition 2014 can be found by clicking here for winners or here for highly commended.


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