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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 27-aug-15

Recycling Summer Bank Holiday

Attention all Belstone Cricket Fans!
The date of the Annual Dinner has changed. It has been rescheduled to 30th October - still at The Tom Cobley, Spreyton



BETWEEN 2.00-4.00pm
Wednesday 7th - Exbourne
Wednesday 14th - Belstone
Wednesday 21st -Sourton
Wednesday 28th - South Zeal

BETWEEN 8.30am-12.00pm

Saturday 3rd
Saturday 10th
Saturday 17th
Saturday 24th



After a long wait, while finer details were being sorted, work has finally begun on Marion Walpole's new tearoom! Work began on Monday 20th July in the Sunday School room, behind the current Methodist Chapel, in the centre of Belstone. Built in the mid 1920s and unused for around half a century, it is now being renovated and will be opened by Marion later in 2015 as ‘The Old School Tearoom’, offering traditional cream teas, cakes and scones. Congratulations Marion and we look forward to visiting the new tearoom!

Click to see Marion's picture page and follow the progress of the renovation and Grand Opening added 28/7/15

DEVON OPEN STUDIOS 5th-20th September 2015
Visit David Gundry - Belstone Pottery - Hand thrown, wood-fired stoneware with traditional glazes. For more infomation click here
or visit David's website page by clicking on his logo down the right hand side of this page.


Belstone_Village_Fair_2015Never before, in the history of Mankind, have so many gadgets been studied by so many people in order to ascertain the weather forecast! From seaweed hanging in kitchens to the iPad - for days all that could be heard all around Belstone was . . . "rain at 8am . . . Oh no, now it's going to be 10am . . . 2pm . . . 11am . . .." so, on and on it went until - on the day - all changed . . . after an ever-so-slightly dodgy start, we had sunshine and a brilliant time was had by all!
From Pimm's to plants, burgers to bric-a-brac, refreshments to runners and hot dogs to racing dogs - not to mention the books, ice creams, egg throwing, Morris Dancing (courtesy of Dartmoor Border Morris) and children's games (with many thanks to OCRA) - a wonderful time was had by all and was all held together admirably by Harry's brilliant commentary and announcements over the PA system!
Many, many thanks to Mel, Theresa and Julie for all their hard work in organising it and a huge thank you to all who set it up on the day, ran it and cleared it up afterwards! Also a special thanks to those who came along to visit and support us on the day. Great teamwork Belstone!

BELSTONE VILLAGE FAIR - SUNDAY 19th JULYBelstone Village fairNot forgetting, of course, our stalwart car park attendants, Chris and Nick, who managed to organise the parking of 130 cars VERY neatly on the cricket field. AND they managed time to down aBELSTONE VILLAGE FAIR - SUNDAY 19th JULYBelstone Village fair cuppa and piece of cake. Well done on all counts!

Visit the Picture Report page to see photos of the day. If you have any to add, please send them to the editors at the address at the top of this page. (Or to our own email address if you are among the privileged many who know it!) added 21/7/15 STOP
AND NOW WE KNOW - we made £2333 - our second highest ever, after last year! 26/7/15

Go to http://www.recycledevon.org/junk

Belstone Community Archive and the First World War

BelstoneThe highly acclaimed Dartmoor Life in the First World War exhibition at the National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown has been running from March and will continue until 9 September.  So far around 40000 people have visited it and I got the following comments from the visitors book today: excellent displays, We hope our future generations will appreciate; wonderful coverage of local history; history at its best; thank you for a wonderful trip into the past.  I was there setting up the Belstone exhibition A Village Vicar Remembers the War which will be running alongside the main display until 1 August.  It’s open every day, 10am to 5pm, with free admission.

I’ve called it A Village Vicar Remembers the War because it is based around a unexpected treasure we found last year by chance at the back of the church safe.  It was a book that had been unseen for decades, but the moment I opened it and read the first sentence – ‘it has occurred to me that it might be of interest in the future to try to set down in writing some of the things that have happened in Belstone during the past 21 years’ I could see it was a goldmine for a local historian. 
Written in 1927 by Belstone’s vicar Herbert Wilson Milner, it contains vividly written portraits of locals, quirky stories and important historical information.  There were many pages devoted to the impact of the war on the village so it was natural to base the exhibition around Rev Milner’s words, enhanced by photos from theBelstone History Belstone Community Archive. He writes about German spies, a recruiting march to the village where he says ‘one of the speakers got very drunk, the provisions for the tea fell short’, locals hoarding money, the need to continue sports ‘to relieve the strain of life’, makes a surprisingly rude reference to Belgian refugees, and much else.  And he doesn’t neglect the tragedy of the war which saw four men from the parish never return – the display includes some of the poignant postcards sent to one of these men, George Gratton, when he was at the front.

Hope you can find time to visit the exhibition. Chris Walople.

Belstone Community Archives contribution to this exhibition will run at the Princetown Visitor Centre between Monday 20th July and Saturday 1st August. added 14/6/15

Congratulations on a Successful Start to the "Pop up" Darmoor Chapel Crafts!

Dartmoor_Chapel_Crafts_BelstoneOn 11th July The old Chapel iDartmoor_Chapel_Crafts_Belstonen the centre of Belstone, which was used as the village shop and Post Office until 2004, opened its doors as a new venue for crafts on Dartmoor.
It will be open each weekend until 6th September as home to a number of local crafts people, who’ll be using the lovely old building to display and sell their products.
Popular with visitors to Dartmoor, Belstone is also known for its Craft Fair that takes place in the village each November and for its venues during ‘Devon Open Studios’, so seems an ideal place for the ‘pop-up’ studio & shop, which will be open between 12noon & 5pm each Saturday & Sunday over the summer months.
There will be a great range of different handmade items available including:Dartmoor_Chapel_Crafts_Belstone
Natural Soaps from Dartmoor Soap Company
Studio pottery by David Gundry
Crochet work by Lou Mogridge
Silver jewellery by Dartmoor Silver
Local photography (cards & prints) by Jen Bryant
Children’s clothes & soft furnishings by Cher Middleton
Dartmoor Artworks by Marielle Ebner-Rijke
Artwork by Ellie Cox

There will also be some hand-crafted items from the markets in the South of France and a range of old-fashioned sweets.
The studio & shop will be staffed by the crafts people involved, who are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Chapel throughout the summer.
It is hoped that Dartmoor Chapel Crafts will prove a popular place to visit, for anyone who is looking for a gift or item that is a bit different and not readily available elsewhere.

A wonderful asset to the village and well worth a visit!
Dartmoor Chapel Crafts is on Facebook and Twitter @belstonecrafts

Whitehorse Hill Community Play
Free Promenade Performance 19th and 20th September

Come and experience a walk through history and magic in Bellever Forest this September. Working with the local community, MED Theatre has developed a promenade performance bringing to life 7 different periods of history, entwining real and unreal events.
Location - Bellever Forest car park. If you are driving from Postbridge, turn left towards Bellever, follow the road over the hill and down to the second car park, by the river where you will find box office.
Date and time -  19th and 20th  September, 6 pm
Tickets – Free but places are limited, to reserve your ticket or for more information please contact info@medtheatre.co.uk or call 01647441356.
Extra info - This will be a walking performance, so please wear suitable shoes and clothing for outdoors on Dartmoor. Suitable for all ages (children under 10 should be accompanied by adults).
This projecthas been funded by the Heritage Lottery Funded scheme, Moor than meets the eye which is helping people to discover the Dartmoor Story.
Find out more about MED Theatre by visiting www.medtheatre.co.uk  and www.dartmoorresource.co.uk

 Manaton and East Dartmoor (MED) Theatre, Registered Office: 11A New Street, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8PE. Registered in England and Wales Limited Company 6054887 Charity Number 1119302

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

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