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Pilton Green Man is helping to Buy Manning’s Pit

Manning's Pit ButtercupsOn the edge of Pilton and Bradiford, two villages now part of Barnstaple, lie 21 acres of grazing land known locally as Manning’s Pit.  It may be on the edge, but is very much at the heart of the community.  Generations of local people have walked through the fields, paddled in the river and done their courting there.  It is, without doubt, a magical piece of countryside.

After an unsuccessful attempt to develop it for housing it is now up for sale.  Its designation as an Asset of Community Value in 2018 means that it could not be sold by the owners until mid-January 2020.  Unfortunately, they have now put it up for auction on 26th March. This gives the Friends of Manning’s Pit the chance to buy it but they need to raise a lot of money to do it.  As a local charitable organisation, the Pilton Green Man CIO, which is a registered charity, has stepped in to support The Friends of Manning’s Pit in this crucial fund raising exercise.

The appeal was launched on Friday 18th October 2019 at the Yeo Dale Hotel by Pilton Bridge. By 11th March the appeal had raised £56,000.

WoodpeckerTo donate towards the purchase of Manning’s Pit click on Help Buy Manning's Pit in the sidebar. To learn more about the magical place go to the Friends of Manning’s Pit website by clicking on the buttercup picture above or read about it on our Buy Manning's Pit webpage by clicking on this picture of the woodpecker.

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Next Green Man Day

We are having a year off in 2020, so the next Green Man Day is not until 17th July 2021 - probably!

Red and Green Masks

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Green Man Day 2019

However, we hope you enjoyed the 2019 Pilton Green Man Day on Saturday 20th July and the Pilton Treasure Hunt which followed on Sunday 21st July. The weekend went very well with the weather threatening to ruin things but relenting on the Saturday morning and giving us a lovely, warm, comfortable couple of days. 

The Parade Arrives

Lots of people had a great time parading, eating, drinking, buying, watching, listening, talking, looking and playing.  Not a bad way to spend a nice weekend in July. Thanks to all who came and supported the stallholders and advertisers who contributed so much to making it a great event.

Enjoying the Top Stage

The organisers are having a year off in 2020 to recharge their batteries and recruit more people to help with the enormous task of organising it all so well.  They hope to be back on the third Saturday in July 2021 and see you all again.

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Pilton Green Man Stuff

Bryn and T shirtMany moons ago Pilton Festival had its own T-shirts and tea towels with the old Green Man logo.  You may even still have one.  The T-shirts are back with a new one colour version of the logo produced by designer Julie Parker.

The new T-shirt was available for only £10 (although there were limited numbers).  Here Bryn Rees is modelling the T-shirt along with the new Pilton Green Man wristband (50p), and the Pilton Green Man pint, re-usable plastic 'glass' (made in the UK and £1 when you bought a drink at the Green Man Beer Tent or the Pimms Tent). 

They will be available again on Green Man Day 2021.



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The Parade Arrives

Pilton Green Man Day is purely run by volunteers. It relies on the profits made by the Green Man Beer Tent and Pimms Tent to fund next year’s event so please come and support them and all the stallholders who have made the effort to join us for the day. And if you would like to get involved in 2021, look out for news of the start of preparations in January 2021.

If you have never been, have a look below at what happened in 2017 and in our Archive to find out what it was all about in previous years.

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We also hope you enjoyed Pilton Green Man Day 2017

Scroll through this page to find out a bit about how it went.

Green Man Day 2017 on Saturday 15th July saw lots of people - where do they all come from? - braving the light drizzle and occasional harder showers to enjoy the market, food, drink, music, activities, parade and pageant, although not necessarily in that order. Despite the damp, the Street, which was decorated with some brilliant new bunting by Liz Eveleigh, was as crowded as usual with most people determined to have a good time. And in Rotary Gardens the absence of a few stalls, whose owners had cried off at the last minute through illness, didn't stop everyone making the most of the entertainment.

And the Green Man Pageant took place twice as usual in a new arena at the top of Rotary Gardens in an excellent woodland setting. Once the audience had found the new location, it was very well supported and ended up successfully with the message "The Green Man Lives".

Thank you to all those who braved the weather and supported Green Man Day 2017.

In the run up to the day, Pilton was gradually brightened up with decorated wellies of all stapes and sizes. Click on the image below to see an album of the thirty-odd wellies the Green Man could find.

Collection of Wellies

On the Friday evening before Green Man Day, the Who Killed the Pop Star murder mystery in the Church Hall was a great success, challenging fifteen teams to work out who done it! Which one of the boy band Wha-Hey!! (image below - just use your imagination!!!) was murdered and whodunnit will have to remain a mystery if you missed it.


And finally, a couple of dozen family groups were relieved to find Sunday afternoon was dry and almost sunny and did the walking Treasure Hunt around the village centre finishing with lots of tea and cake in the Church Hall. Serene MondayIt was a lovely calm way to finish the weekend. By Monday serenity had returned completely to Pilton Street (left) and by Tuesday even the bunting had gone. Thanks Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue for a prompt response!

That's it for 2017's Green Man Day. Well done to everyone who gave lots or a little time helping in some way to make it a success. A lot of hard work goes into getting it organised, making it run smoothly and then tidying everything away afterwards! It certainly doesn't happen on its own. Help is always welcome throughout the year as well as on the weekend itself. We look forward to meeting new volunteers.

Pilton Green Man Day is run by the Pilton Green Man CIO*. This link will take you to a page about the CIO and what it is doing.

The Pilton Story LogoThe CIO also hopes to have access to monies from other grantmaking bodies and companies 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 for an award, which sets out the terms and conditions to be met, is available on the CIO section of the Pilton Green Man website www.piltonfestival.co.uk

The seven trustees of the CIO (as at October 2019) are Marc Brayley (Treasurer), Susan O'Grady, Siobhan Roissetter, Esther Davies, Vernon Clarke, Bryn Rees and Martin Haddrill (Chair).
* CIO stands for Charitable Incorporated Organisation.


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