Holbeton parish celebration

Holbeton parish

From : John Prickett

Three days of celebrations

Around 145 people joined three days of AONB celebrations in Holbeton during August. Graham Treeby’s unique photographic record of village life formed the centrepiece display. Robin Toogood, the AONB Unit Manager was delighted to open the exhibition in All Saints Parish Church, which was visited by about 60 people.

Some people born locally but now moved away came back specially to see it. Many visitors recognised themselves or those they remembered pictured amongst the 172 photos on display.

Home Guards and other tales

Local historian Eric Wilton gave an entertaining and informative talk to fifteen people. His anecdotes, especially about the Home Guards defending Holbeton from their hut in the woods, brought poignant laughter from the audience.

Merry peals

The All Saints bell ringers sent out merry peals throughout the weekend to add to the celebration. They were joined by guests, the Jolly Jinglers Handbell group, who performed in the church on Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday ‘Devon Hymn’, written by Patricia KS Johnson for Exeter 1100 celebrations, featured in a special ‘Songs of Praise’ service on the theme of natural beauty. Other praise songs included the old favourites ‘All things bright and beautiful’ and ‘Jerusalem.’ Between seventy and eighty people took part. An organ recital by Bill Weston on the wonderful Hele Organ added to the musical flavour of the weekend.

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Holbeton parish celebration

Local organisers

The weekend events were organised locally by John Prickett and Penny Callcut, with much kind support from others connected with the parish including Brian and Frances Sabel. These community activities were  financially supported by the AONB unit through the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the AONB's 50th Anniversary celebrations.

(This report was written by AONB staff based on telephone feedback from John Prickett, 6 September 2010)

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