The Pinhoe Village group came together in 2019 to celebrate: the people who make our community extraordinary, our local village history and the proud heritage of place that belongs to everyone who lives here
Our community crosses electoral and constituency boundaries; instead, we map Pinhoe by landmark trees. At the top of Higher Field, Pinhoe reaches into East Devon from the skyline view of Ash Copse, including residents of WestClyst and tracking along Pinn Court Farm to our community field on Langaton Lane. Following traces of the Monkerton Ridgeline, through Hill Barton’s meadow and along Hollow Lane, the tree line leads through Eastern Fields to the Northern Hills where Pinn Brook springs.
BEGINNINGS > Monthly meetings gathered maps and photographs which grew into an exhibition and began our annual calendar. We shared stories, memories and new ideas, inviting speakers to advise us how to protect the hedgerows and trees in local fields, quickly disappearing from view. We brought people together and listened to worries about landscapes relentlessly excavated by careless development. Some of us started a Neighbourhood Forum and held public meetings to discuss transport problems, welcoming Pinhoe’s county councillor alongside Exeter Cycling Campaign and Co-Cars. We received National Lottery funding to begin a ‘parish map’ inspired by Common Ground, and held workshops with crafting and mapping in America Hall.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT > When lockdown began in March 2020, a small team of us co-ordinated over 70 volunteers who, with generosity typical of Pinhoe, came together to provide support for all our community. We went shopping for people sheltering at home and made home visits when people were isolated; we delivered prescriptions and put together all sorts of cooking, creativity and well-being kits to help with wellbeing. We held safe Saturday Socials and an outdoor pantry with fresh food and essentials when everything was closed. Neighbours baked dozens of cakes, scones, tray bakes and treats, putting together over two thousand plates of afternoon tea delivered by volunteers checking in on their ‘regulars’ every week for a whole year! Volunteers packed and delivered nearly 200 Christmas parcels full to the brim with treats, and dozens of Easter packs with flowering bulbs and chocolate eggs. We created a VE Day History Trail and held a Grand Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings in America Hall. Our Little Greenhouse shared free organic veg fresh from Shillingford fields, and plants for flowers and food when no-one could get to a garden centre.
POST-PANDEMIC > our Community Helpline remains a trusted source of advice and support (t: 07387 614896) thanks to local donations and a dedicated team of volunteers. The Little House took over from the Greenhouse and is now firmly established as a community resource of books, films, children’s toys and the occasional bounty of fresh fruit and veg. Generous donations and the National Lottery Communities Fund made our dedicated noticeboard at the double roundabouts possible, too.
FUTURE PLANS > Pinhoe Village is a non-profit community group and every local resident is welcome to join our Group of Friends to shape the way forward
The original objectives of PINHOE VILLAGE remain core values:
• to protect and preserve the history and heritage of Pinhoe
• to collaborate with all ages and groups across our community, celebrating local distinctiveness and reaching out to connect with our neighbours
• campaigning to improve community resources for Pinhoe and supporting local organisations working for our community
• dedicated to the accessibility of information across all our audiences
• working with all members of our community to shape the future of Pinhoe together