Lord Basil Rides Again!

The Lord Basil’s Reformers are at it again and this time raising money for Pilton Church Hall and the North Devon Theatres’ Friends.  Their previous productions have included ‘Communicating Doors‘, ‘The Canterbury Tales’, ‘Farndale Avenue’s Macbeth’ and ‘Farndale Avenue’s Christmas Carol’. The group started in 2003 at The Reform Inn (hence the Reformers) and of course The Reform is the home of Barum Brewery whose logo is ‘Lord Basil’ (hence the Lord Basil bit). Pilton Church Hall has been the home to many a play over the years and several photos can be seen to prove this on The Pilton Story Archive.

The production at the end of October is ‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward.  It’s a comic play which takes its title from a Shelley poem and is about a man who is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife who tries to disrupt his second marriage.  It’s on Thursday 30th October and Saturday 1st November at 7.30pm.  Tickets – only £5 – will be available from Pip Cartmell (01271 378168) and probably from The Reform Inn.

Pilton House Memory Café

The 18th Century Pilton House

The Pilton House Trust, originally the Barnstaple Old People’s Housing Association when it was created in 1949, is based in the 18th Century Pilton House (left) just above Rotary Gardens.  It offers registered residential care and day care for the over 65s.  The Trust has just started a Memory Café for anyone living with a diagnosis of dementia and those who care for them.  It offers a safe, comfortable, engaging environment where people with memory loss and/or their care partners can laugh, learn, and remain socially engaged with others.

The Memory Café will be on the third Wednesday of each month, starting on 22nd October, between 2 and 4pm in Pilton Church Hall.  Call Louise or Sue in Pilton House on 01271 342188 for more information.