A very special place: Lundy’s future secured for another 50 years

The future of Lundy, an island off the North Devon coast that has been transformed over the past fifty years, is secure as a haven for wildlife and visitors that are looking for their own little bit of peace and tranquillity. A fresh 50-year agreement between the National Trust and the Landmark Trust, the two charities that own and run Lundy, has been signed, which will offer protection for years to come.

“Fifty years ago Lundy was on a knife-edge,” said Derek Green, the Landmark Trust’s Manager of Lundy.  A new chapter in the island’s history began in 1969 when the late Sir Jack Hayward, the former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers football club, bought Lundy and donated it to the National Trust, who leased it to the Landmark Trust. “It’s been a fantastic journey and we’re thrilled to be signing the new lease. The island offers a rare experience: large enough to have a life of its own, which visitors can share and enjoy, but small and far away enough being a world apart.”

On Sunday 29th October the island celebrated the Golden Anniversary 1969-2019 in style with a church service in the newly renovated St Helens church. The bells rang out across the island as Reverend Jane Skinner gave a wonderful service, followed by speeches and a toast to all that Lundy offers and to all the people past and present who have contributed to this beautiful place.

Lundy being Lundy it wouldn’t have been right as on any big occasion if a new set of Lundy stamps were not issued, so the Lundy post office has been really busy putting together the first day covers and stamp sets for the Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary.

Later in the day a wonderful spit roast was presented followed by the Dambuskers playing well into the evening, such an amazing celebration enjoyed by all. 

 

By Tracey Crumb
http://www.lundyisland.co.uk

EXCEPTIONAL AWARD FOR CALVERT TRUST EXMOOR

Calvert Trust Exmoor were delighted to receive SSAFA’s Exceptional Award at the Forces Additional Needs and Disability Forum (FANDF) in MOD main building, Whitehall  earlier this week. (Monday 20th June).

FANDF supports service families to ensure that both children and adults with additional needs and disabilities have access to the best support available.

 Membership of FANDF is open to;

  • Parents of children with additional needs and disabilities form Service families.
  • Partners/spouses of Service personnel with a disability
  • Service personnel with a disability
  • Carers

Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor, received the award on behalf of the trust from Iza Gill, Chair of FANDF.

After the award was presented Tony said ; “We are honoured to receive this Exceptional Award in recognition of our continued commitment and support of SSAFA short breaks, providing support to families with disabilities from across the Armed Forces. It’s particularly important to us that it was the families themselves who voted to recognise us with this award.”

Calvert Trust Exmoor has been working with SSAFA for over 10 years, providing breaks for children with additional needs and disabilities, and their families. SSAFA award only one Exceptional Award a year.

Calvert Trust Exmoor is the South West’s premier holiday destination for people with disabilities, and the only 5 star accredited activity accommodation in the country. We welcome over 4,000 residential guests and 5,000 day visitors a year with the philosophy of “At Calvert Trust Exmoor it’s what youCAN do that counts”. This sums up our approach to what we do, we help people of all levels of ability to fulfill their potential and be all that they can be.

 

Calvert Trust Exmoor is the third Calvert Trust Centre. It was opened in 1996 to offer people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities – and their friends and families – the chance to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure.

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