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October 2017

An Exhibition of Portraits and Landscapes by Richard Woollcombe

October 16 @ 10:00 am - October 31 @ 4:00 pm
Tavistock Museum
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Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project Talk

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tamar Valley Centre,
Cemetery Road, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, PL18 9FE United Kingdom
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Join us for a talk about the exciting research Domnhall Finch is undertaking on greater horseshoe bats. Learn more about landscape connectivity and how predictive modelling can be used to look at the potential impacts of barriers and loss of hedges on the movement of bats. This work includes research carried out with volunteers in the Tamar Valley. This will be followed by an update on the work of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project in the local area from…

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Make a Shave Horse – Sallerton Wood

October 28 @ 9:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm
Sallerton Wood

2-day course teaching a wide range of green woodworking techniques, while making your own traditional greenwood shave horse, using hard timber sourced within the woodland.

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Introduction to Coppicing, a Practical One Day Course

October 28 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Hands-on practical course, based within a coppice woodland on the outskirts of Callington. We will look at restoring a neglected and over stood coppice woodland. The course includes preparation of the work area, tool use and care, coppice restoration, working methods, material selection and storage. We will be discussing; Developing a coppice rotation, Felling and processing, Understanding stool density, Layering & planting, Pest control, Coppicing for economic and wildlife benefit. All tools, equipment, tea, coffee & biscuits provided. Directions to…

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The Roman Fort at Calstock – illustrated talk

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Landulph Memorial Hall, Cargreen

No-one was more surprised at the discovery of a Roman fort at Calstock than the archaeological team themselves. They had successfully identified a line of mediaeval silver smelting sites on the Bere Alston peninsula and quite reasonably expected to pick up the sequence on the Cornish bank where the Tamar took its great swerve at Calstock. The story of their excavation, finds and interpretation is a fascinating one, and will be retold by the project leader Dr Chris Smart. To…

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Kit Hill Volunteer Day

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Incline car park, Kit Hill

East Holmbush Mine. Clearing around the remaining mine buildings and replacing fence posts around the adit entrance. Meet: incline car park (the yard) off B3257, SX374723, PL17 8RA Tools supplied. Please wear old clothes and strong boots. Please bring food and a drink. Hot drink and biscuits will be supplied. For more information, or to let me know you are coming, please email or call 07973 813843.

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November 2017

Friends of the Tamar Valley Talk – Chris Painter

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tamar Valley Centre,
Cemetery Road, Drakewalls, Gunnislake, PL18 9FE United Kingdom
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Chris Painter – Rome: Myths, Monsters… or just Magnificent! Cost: members free, non-members welcome for a small charge. Information: 01822 834964,

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Clay Faces and Heads

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tavistock Craft & Sculpture Studio,
The Old Rope Works, Lakeside, Tavistock, PL19 0AZ
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Sculpture workshop. Cost includes materials. Booking: 01822 258351,

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Valley Volunteers – Working Party – Tamar Trails

November 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

For details please contact Dave Readman, Tamar Community Trust – 07410 411440,

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Valley Volunteers – Working Party – Cleave Woods

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meet at: Cleave Woods entrance near Weir Quay, on the lane from Bere Alston. Park on the roadside. Satnav postcode: PL20 7BT.  Grid reference SX436651 Access, safety (and coppicing at Morwellham Chapel): Bird nesting as over, the leaves are falling (or blown away!), so it’s time to cut away some low twigs and branches, as well as brambles on the paths around the woods.  This will make the site safer over the winter for casual walkers. If time allows we shall then…

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