The recent application to build houses on the much-loved Manning’s Pit has prompted a great deal of activity in Pilton.
The closing date of 16th March for comments on the application ‘to build up to 43 dwellings’ on the fields behind Lynbro Road resulted in over 250 objections, a clear demonstration of the passion of Pilton people for Manning’s Pit. The Friends of Manning’s Pit are putting on an exhibition in Barnstaple Museum from 1st April to 20th May entitled ‘The Life and Times of Manning’s Pit’. In addition to The Pilton Story’s small collection of stories it has gathered together contemporary material from the 19th century, when the Manning family lived in Pilton and are thought to have kept cattle on the land we now know as Manning’s Pit.
Don’t miss the chance to see it. It’s free and the museum is open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Pilton Panto opens tomorrow, Wednesday 15th February, in Pilton Church Hall with this year’s show – Dick Whittington. With a cast of over twenty of all ages from 9 upwards, the annual spectacular from Pilton Theatre Productions is on for five shows during the February Half Term. It ends on the evening of Saturday 18th. The Saturday matinee is already sold out as we write. This photograph is a scene from the dress rehearsal.
Pilton Theatre Productions were formed in 2015 specifically to bring the Pilton Pantomime back after an absence of 3 years since the production of Cinderella in the Green Man in 2013. The productions take place in Pilton Church Hall every February Half Term so they won’t clash with other users of the Hall like Pilton Pre-school and the Dance School. In February 2016 they successfully produced Aladdin. bringing together a cast and crew with many old and new faces. The panto revival was supported by Pilton Green Man Day with a loan to cover major costs including insurance, additional scenery, props, lighting and special effects. There have also been welcome contributions towards this popular community event from Councillors Mair Manuel and Brian Greenslade.
For more information please visit the website www.piltonfestival.co.uk.