Corona Virus and Items Just In…

Items not yet included or missed the deadline?
If you would like us to add an event or edit please let us know at exmoornews@gmail.com – and we will add it on this website page. Thank you.

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                 and Dulverton Post Office

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Delivery of the Exmoor News

The next edition for May-June 2020 goes out regardless! Delivery will be disrupted and we are using all the channels available to get it out there – ie dropping it to venues which are open etc.

Its online now if you want to have a look here

In addition to the printed copies we are going to push the website and social media. With our advertisers in mind we are looking for content, maybe advertisers can send in tips and tricks or useful information? something to keep them in peoples minds while this situation goes on.
 
Contributors, same thing goes. Please have a think and do get in touch with any ideas via email or give us a buzz.
 
Keep well
Claire and Ceri
 
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Corona Virus – take away services

Becuase things change so fast we are not listing where take-away services are available in your area. We suggest you contact the establishment directly and enquire. Many have websites or are on social media.

Exmoor News

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Corona Virus – cancelling events

In these uncertain times many events are being cancelled. We suggest you contact the organisers directly if you are in any doubt about an event running. In the foreseeable future it is very unlikely these events will happen.

Exmoor News

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Brompton Regis Show & Gymkhana – Cancelled
 
It is with much regret and a fair degree of  inevitability, that the Show Committee has decided to cancel this year’s show, planned for 15th August 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Su Elsden, Show Secretary

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Dulverton Players Panto Dick Whittington

Sadly, due to the COVID 19/Coronavirus threat, the Dulverton Players have taken the decision to postpone their forthcoming Pantomime, “Dick Whittington”, to Wednesday 28th October until Saturday 31st October. As usual we will hold four evening performances and one matinee on the Saturday. The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly but it was felt essential to protect the players, both on stage and off, and our audiences, and to work within current Government guidelines. Please be assured that we are very keen to bring you this wonderful show and we will still definitely be performing it with great enthusiasm in October. We have been rehearsing hard and preparing the costumes and sets and we are really looking forward to being able to produce this uplifting and entertaining event. If you have already bought your tickets then, of course, these will be honoured for the new dates. We really hope that you feel able to continue to support us by holding on to your tickets until October. However, if you would prefer a refund then these are available from the Dulverton Post Office when you present any previously purchased ticket(s).

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Simonsbath Festival Committee have reluctantly taken the decision
to cancel the festival this year.

Philip Hull, Committee Member comments:
“This being our ninth Simonsbath Festival we were looking forward
to welcoming audiences who want to enjoy world class Music, Art,
Poetry and first-rate Speakers from around the world.
Regrettably we have had to cancel the festival this year. The health &
welfare of our supporters and volunteers must always come first.
Virus permitting, we would like to run an event or two later in the
year and we will keep everybody informed of our plans.
Any monies paid in advance for tickets will be returned in full and we
will be contacting those concerned shortly.
We would like to thank our audiences for their continued support
and look forward to welcoming them back to the festival in May
2021”.

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The Exmoor Society

Following government advice on group events, The Exmoor Society is cancelling all walks before 1 August and will keep the situation under review.  The Society would like to encourage as many as possible to enjoy Exmoor National Park’s natural beauty safely and promote physical and mental wellbeing.  We will try to publish on our website the planned routes of the cancelled walks in the online events calendar.  Please keep yourselves and others safe by following government guidelines for COVID-19.’

Thank you very much for all your past support in promoting our walks.  We will be working both at the office and at home as required and will continue to respond to all enquiries as promptly as possible.  We hope it will not be too long before we are able to return to normality and wish you good health in the meantime.

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Home Library Service Volunteers

The Royal Voluntary Service is currently looking  to recruit volunteers  for a variety of roles within  the Home Library Service in Wiveliscombe and the surrounding parishes.

The Home library service exists to ensure people who cannot get to the library due to poor health or mobility or caring responsibilities but  still enjoy reading can  receive library books free of charge by a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer who will choose, deliver and befriend an individual in their own home.

If you would like to know more about volunteering for the Home Library Service please contact kirsty.jenssen@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or tel: 07920 250834.

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To download a poster click here:-

Salisbury Flower Festival 290120v2

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Exmoor Pony Centre News

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE

Welcome to 2020 and the start of a new season at the Pony Centre. We opened on Sunday, 16th February with the first activity afternoon of the year on 20th February. The riding ponies are back from their winter holiday ready for the coming year’s trekking and other riding activities.

13 new foals have arrived at the Centre over the winter, all of which are being handled and health checked to prepare them for future rehoming. This year they are all named for famous artists. Little Banksy, in the photo with Linzi, is much smaller than the other foals and will need some extra care and attention to get him up to full weight.

Many ponies have gone out to new conservation grazing sites around the country and all have settled in well. Four of last year’s foals (the ones named after cheeses) are now with Avon Wildlife Trust. We were recently notified of some ponies in Yorkshire that were destined for slaughter and were able to rescue six of them. Three fillies and a colt are now at the Exmoor Pony Centre and are being kept in quarantine for a while before being allowed to mix with others. The two older mares are now on a grazing site in Northumberland where they can live out their days with other older mares.

In January, we were contacted by Coppershell Farm Sanctuary in Wiltshire who rescued a young Exmoor but did not have the experience to handle him. They were desperate for him to have a better life so he is now at the Centre and, once properly handled and out of quarantine, he’ll be gelded and introduced to our other geldings.

Over the Christmas period we took our stall to various local events. Sales of our cards and calendars help towards the cost of the winter hay and feed which is needed by our foals. We held a successful Dog Show at Cannington and have been collecting at Tesco stores in Ilfracombe, Minehead and Bideford. We had the use of the Pop- up shop in Wellington for the week of the 20th January; a new venture for us, which we attracted lots of visitors and raised nearly £600 for our ponies. A big thank you to everyone who came to buy and to our wonderful volunteers who ran it for the week. We hope to repeat it this year just before Christmas.

You may remember we were awarded a grant by Tesco Bags of Help at Ilfracombe to create a mobile pony roadshow which will enable us to take ponies and information about our charity to many more people. The display is now completed and we are looking forward to taking it out on the road this year. Thank you to the people of Ilfracombe who voted for us and made this happen.

We are open from 16th February 2020 until 30th October 2020.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Closed Tuesday and Saturday.
Admission is free but we welcome donations to enable us to continue caring for the ponies.

Saturday 21st March 2pm – 4pm
Celebrate Mothers’ Day with a cream tea and the Exmoor ponies.

Friday 3rd April Quiz at the Sportsman’s Inn, Sandyway – 7pm
Teams of 6 or just come along to make up a team on the night.
Booking: Booking essential. Charge: £12 to include carvery.
Call Exmoor Pony Centre 01398 323093 or Sheila 01598 740281 to book your place

Sunday, 5th April – Activity Day – 11am – 3pm
Family Easter Quiz Trail. Entry free. Small charge for activities and refreshments

Wednesday 20th May Guided Walk with the Ponies 11am – 12.30pm
Join an Exmoor Pony expert and four-legged pack pony friend, to find ponies on the moor and discover more about this native breed.
Booking essential.  Donations welcome.Thursday, 28th May – 12 midday – 3pm

Activity afternoon. Entry free. Small charge for activities and refreshments

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre
Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk
Tel: 01398 323093

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One for the diary:-

Trychay event August Bank Holiday.

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