Amongst the trees

Thanks to Clyst Valley Trees for a lovely afternoon celebration at Poltimore House and for this fabulous book, which is now available for anyone to borrow.

Walking among the trees in the steady rain, learning so much from this experienced group, was a great pleasure. With all the latest studies emphasizing the importance of getting outside and engaging with nature, I’m delighted we can support their work and really hope their funding bid is successful / Kate

Saved by a Quiver!

Thanks to a feature in the Autumn edition of Pinhoe Press, we were delighted that Linda lent us an original school badge and tie from Pinhoe Middle School.

The badge shows an old monk riding a donkey, carrying a quiver of arrows. It was based on the folklore tale of local courage from when Pinhoe lay besieged by the Danes, in 1001AD. Facing certain defeat, desperate local defences were nearly out of arrows. Gathering withies on his trusty steed, the brave priest delivered fresh resources of arrow-making reeds, ensuring victory for Pinhoe’s protectors!

Many thanks to Linda and all the other offers we received. We are using all these artefacts to create our archive for Pinhoe.

Archive Resource

Thank you to everyone who has lent their precious photographs, books, maps and other documents. They will be carefully looked after and archived where possible; all content will be fully attributed.

PINHOE OF YESTERYEAR by Chips Barber remains an authoritative entry point for anyone interested in the history of Pinhoe – packed full with old photographs, in two volumes.

PINHOE: AS USED TO WAS by Denys Deere-Jones is a lovely book of “reminiscences, personal recollections and youthful impressions”.

PINHOE by Kathleen M. Woodley offers a view of the history and plenty of stories of Pinhoe, based on the central role of the church in village life.

History at the Library: Dr Todd Gray MBE

Monday 30th September, Pinhoe Library, 7pm

As part of his tour across Devon this autumn, popular historian Dr Todd Gray gave a talk about his latest book, “Uncle Tom Cobley and All” to an enthusiastic audience at Pinhoe Library.

The phrase ‘Uncle Tom Cobley and all’ has passed into common usage and comes from the Devon folk song Widecombe Fair, which ends with a chorus of a long list of names.

Dr Gray’s book tells the fascinating history of this ancient song – once the county’s favourite – and reintroduces audiences to more than 50 variants, most of them long forgotten after hundreds of years.

Chris Wiseman: RAF Exeter

Following a fascinating update from Chris Wiseman, the connections between the community of Pinhoe and RAF Exeter are deepening. Interest from local people continues to surprise, with new information to keep Chris’s research inspiring us all. Whether it’s a visit with a 94 year old ex-RAF Lancaster crew member, or the tantalising thought of a book on Honiton Clyst, Chris is on an amazing journey to honour the courage and resilience of the pilots and crew who protected the city of Exeter during the war.

We were delighted that Chris was able to give us a special preview of his updated presentation at our last meeting. We’re thinking of putting together some form of book – would anyone be interested? Let us know! or contact us in the PINHOE VILLAGE book, in Alicia’s.