Pilton Green Man Immortalised
A beautiful image of Matt Lemon as the 2016 Stiltskin Green Man has been painted by local artist Jenni Williams from a photograph taken by photographer Simon Ellery. The painting is for sale on behalf of Over and Above, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund. Over and Above is an independent registered charity no. 1051463 which supports the work of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust. If you are interested, please contact Over and Above by clicking on one of the links or on 01271 311772 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilton Green Man Day 2017
Annual event goes ahead after enthusiastic meeting
After a successful AGM in The Reform Inn on 18th January, attended by over thirty interested people, the date for the 2017 Pilton Green Man Day was set for Saturday 15th July. There was lots of enthusiasm for the annual event to happen again this year and many offers of help with the organisation and running of the day. Watch this space for more details sometime after the Committee Meeting on 22nd February when application forms for stalls will be available. Other details will be available in due course.
Pilton Green Man Day is now run by the Pilton Green Man CIO. For more information on this charitable trust which aims to benefit the people of Pilton directly, please follow the link above or in the sidebar.
In the meantime, why not come and see the Pilton Panto..........
Supported by Pilton Green Man, the 2017 Pilton Panto is coming to Pilton Church Hall during the winter half-term from 15th - 18th February.
Click on this picture of some of the cast to find out the times and when and where to buy tickets.
Pilton Green Man Day 2016
A great success even though it rained a bit!
Despite the intermittent rain and occasional heavy shower, Green Man Day 2016 turned out to be as successful as last year's. The fantastic Green Man Parade (above) arrived in Pilton at 11.30am and processed up Pilton Street to Pilton House where Town Crier Tom Evans read the declaration from a newly-commissioned scroll. On the way it paused outside the shop of the late Albert Linacre, one of those who helped create the Day. There was a minute's applause in memory of Albert, Laurie Wedge, the Stiltskin Green Man, and Dave Butt who all passed away in the last year.
The new Stiltskin Green Man, Matt Lemon (left), in a brilliant new costume funded by Councillors Mair Manuel, Brian Greenslade and Ian Roome and the Pilton Green Man Committee, made an appearance. We were particularly struck by the shoes - or are they actually his feet?
As last year, there were great stalls and activities, even more sorts of lovely food, brilliant music and singing, an emotional pageant, interesting exhibitions and displays, refreshing drinks and ice creams, great street entertainers, loads of young people and familes with small children and grandparents. It was a real family day out. Shame about the lack of a Sea King helicopter buzzing overhead in salute!
So a big thank you is due to everyone who helped and everyone who came and made it a great day. Especial thanks go to those who helped clear up and return Pilton Street and Rotary Gardens to quiet, tranquil places within an hour of the end. Brilliant stuff!
New Trust Created to Benefit Pilton
A new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) has been created to bring wider benefits to the community of Pilton through the running of Pilton Green Man Day. Known officially as the PILTON GREEN MAN CIO*, it is now registered with the Charity Commission (Registration Number 1170742) so that it can carry out its wider aims, officially designated as: 'to promote good citizenship for the public benefit by facilitating the development of a volunteer force to assist the community, in particular but not exclusively those members of the community who are in need and to advance such charitable purposes as the trustees see fit, in particular, but not limited to, the promotion of the arts and advancement of education in the history of Pilton, primarily but not exclusively, for the benefit of the people of the Pilton ward of Barnstaple, Devon and will be achieved through the making of grants or providing other support.’
The CIO will support wider community activities in Pilton using any profit coming from the annual Green Man Day. It has already supported the 2016 Pilton Panto 'Aladdin' and is doing the same for 'Dick Whittington' this year. It also supported The Pilton Story heritage project in 2016, to allow upgrade to the online archive with well over 600 items about the history of Pilton (see below).
The CIO will also have access to monies from other grantmaking bodies to expand achievement of the community aims. Pilton individuals and community groups are invited to put in requests for funding for small projects which will meet the above charitable aims. The application form, which sets out the terms and conditions to be met, is available on the Pilton Green Man website www.piltonfestival.co.uk.
The eight trustees of the CIO are Richard Stevens (Chair), Marc Brayley (Treasurer), Susan O'Grady, Siobhan Roissetter, Warwick Neighbour, Liz Davies, Louise Thomas and Martin Haddrill. * CIO stands for Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Pilton Green Man Day also supports
Pilton Cinema is normally on the last Friday of every month in Pilton Church Hall starting at 7.45pm. Click on the banner above to see what films are coming up.