Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and did a wellies display. Here's an album of the great response which brightened up Pilton before, during and after the day including an extra one which we missed first time. Click on this image to see the whole album.
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 every July. Known officially as the PILTON GREEN MAN CIO, it is currently registering with the Charity Commission so that it can carry out its wider aims: “to encourage and advance the education of the public in the arts, crafts, heritage, civic responsibility and community welfare by promoting the annual cultural Pilton Green Man event, local productions of theatrical and other visual and performing arts, and help in the community, all for the benefit of the people of Pilton, Barnstaple.”
The CIO will support wider community activities in Pilton using any profit coming from the annual Green Man Day. It has already given financial assistance to the 2016 Pilton Panto 'Aladdin', to help re-establish this annual event in the Church Hall, and to The Pilton Story heritage project, to allow upgrade to the online archive after 4 years of operation.
Once registered, the CIO will have access to grants to expand achievement of these aims. Pilton individuals and community groups are invited to put in requests for funding for small projects which will meet these aims. Please contact us through this website.
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. This year they are having the summer off and will be back on Friday 30th September.