Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, Berry Pomeroy Castle is the perfect romantic ruin with a colourful history of intrigue.
Within the 15th-century defences of the Pomeroy family castle, looms the dramatic ruined shell of its successor, the great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours. Begun in around 1560 and ambitiously enlarged from around 1600, their mansion was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End. Never completed, and abandoned by 1700, it became the focus of blood-curdling ghost stories, recounted in the audio tour.
The location of the castle makes it ideal for walkers who can explore the nearby beautiful woodland or you can enjoy a light lunch, home made cake or restorative cup of tea in the cafe. Within a short drive are Totnes Castle and Dartmouth Castle, making it an ideal day out for families.
Berry Pomeroy Castle Berry Pomeroy, nr Totnes TQ9 6LJ
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Devon Wildlife Trust The climbing stems, glossy leaves and round clusters of berries of ivy are a familiar sight across town and country. Growing up trees and old walls, carpeting the ground, and forming thick bushes if left unchecked, this creeping plant is not actually a parasite, as many might think, but only gets support from its host. This host might be a house, shed or a tree in woodland, but none of them will suffer for it. The yellow-green flowers of ivy are a great source of nectar for autumn insects, such as hornets, honeybees and red admiral butterflies. Ivy also provides roosting sites for bats and birds, and a home for hibernating insects.
How to Identify
Ivy is an evergreen and its glossy, oval leaves, with pale veins, can be seen throughout the year. Between September and November, look out for the yellow-green flowers that grow in rounded clusters; these are followed by black berries.
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Transition Network is a charity which works to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities world-wide as they self-organise around the Transition model.
We work with and alongside a grass-roots movement of independent Transition initiative community groups and Transition Hubs in many countries. We aim to evolve as an organisation alongside the Transition movement, which is changing and deepening, while being clear about the roles that we undertake.
A strength of the Transition movement is that people working at local community level can learn from others in communities around the world. Transition Network is constantly looking for ways to encourage and enable the sharing of ideas, learning and support, across and beyond the Transition movement. Being part of a network means we can create change more quickly and more effectively, drawing on each other’s experiences and insights.
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Andrew the Apostle , also called Saint Andrew, was an apostle of Jesus according to the New Testament. He is the brother of Saint Peter. He is referred to in the Orthodox tradition as the First-Called .
According to Orthodox tradition, the apostolic successor to Saint Andrew is the Patriarch of Constantinople.
Andrew is the patron saint of several countries and cities including: Barbados, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Ukraine, Sarzana, Pienza and Amalfi in Italy, Esgueira in Portugal, Luqa in Malta, Parañaque in the Philippines and Patras in Greece. He was also the patron saint of Prussia and of the Order of the Golden Fleece. He is considered the founder and the first bishop of the Church of Byzantium and is consequently the patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Apostle Andrew is also the patron of the Russian Navy.
The flag of Scotland (and consequently the Union Flag and those of some of the former colonies of the British Empire) feature Saint Andrew's saltire cross. The saltire is also the flag of Tenerife, the former flag of Galicia and the Russian Navy Ensign.
The feast of Andrew is observed on 30 November in both the Eastern and Western churches, and is the national day of Scotland. In the traditional liturgical books of the Catholic Church, the feast of Saint Andrew is the first feast day in the Proper of Saints.
He is the patron saint of fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers, textile workers, singers, miners, pregnant women, butchers, farm workers, protection against sore throats, protection against convulsions, protection against fever, protection against whooping cough.
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Are you worried about climate change? Do you live in Teignbridge? Here are some ways to take climate action in Teignbridge.
Take action in how you shop. Take action in how you travel. Take action by joining groups. Take action by supporting each other. Take action in non-violent protest.
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Enjoy a picturesque walk to discover Teignmouth's interesting history.
The Teignmouth Heritage Trail was established by the Teignmouth Midsummer Folk Festival to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The trail has boards at points of interest round the town for residents and visitors to read. This proved very popular.
There are Audio Guides using microdot technology available (deposit required).
The trail starts at the Museum.
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Friends of Shillingford Wood
This is a community project to purchase Shillingford woods for the enjoyment and benefit of the local community.
The woods cover an area of nearly 12 acres, covering a hill side in Shillingford St George.
The wood is an ancient woodland and in the springtime is full of blue bells. It is also a haven for many animals and insects.
There is a "permissive" path through the woods, which twists and turns.
Any money raised will go towards buying this wood and associated costs.
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We support communities to develop projects and organise events to reduce waste and promote sustainable living in Mid-Devon and Teignbridge. We provide direct support to community organisations as well as linking groups in the growing CAG Devon network to share skills, resources and ideas.
Projects include food surplus cafes, repair cafes, clothes swaps, composting workshops and skill share events helping people to share, swap, mend, reduce, re-use and recycle.
Whether you are an existing community group or would like to set up a new group in your area, we can help you with:
- day to day support
- media and publicity
- seed funding (for new groups)
- monitoring tools to measure your impact so you can show how you are helping the environment and people
- case studies and inspiration
If you would like to find out more, please contact us via the Contact Us page or on Twitter or Facebook.
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Take local action to bring global change
We need to work fast to reach the targets set locally, nationally and globally to lower carbon emissions and prevent climate and ecological catastrophe.
ACT, short for Action on Climate in Teignbridge, was set up in 2019 to help residents and councils build climate friendly communities and sustainable economies across Teignbridge. ACT is working to understand the problems, identify the changes needed, share information and ideas, and propose effective actions.
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The Moon is the second brightest object in our sky. It can be visible in the day or night in its month-long journey around the Earth. It is the most recognisable object in the night sky and perhaps the easiest to observe. Features on the Moon, such as the darker rock of the 'seas' can be seen with the naked eye. Binoculars will show craters and mountains, telescopes will show smaller features. The brightness of the Moon makes it an easy object to photograph.
Viewed from the Earth, the Moon travels across the sky near to the path of the Sun. The Sun's path is called the ecliptic and is marked by the constellations of the zodiac. The first quarter Moon rises 6 hours after the Sun, the full Moon 12 hours after the Sun, and the third quarter Moon rises 6 hours before the sun.
Solar and Lunar eclipses can only occur at new Moon or Full Moon. They do not occur every new or full Moon because the path of the Moon's orbit around the Earth is 5 degrees different from the path of the Sun.
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