Shop update: We’re moving server

*** SHOP UPDATE ***

We apologise that our online shop at www.shop.exmoor4all.com is currently unavailable. We are moving servers which is taking a bit longer than expected.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, you can use the following links:

*Tickets for Bavarian Feast (Exmoor Supper Club): Book here

*Tickets for ‘An evening with singer/songwriter Barry Walsh: Book here

If you are interested in any of our Exmoor Clothing and can’t wait for the website to be up and running again, please send us an email to exmoor4all@gmail.com

Thank you!

The Marine Group acquires Watchet Marina

04 March 2021 : Somerset West & Taunton Council News

The Marine & Property Group Ltd (The Marine Group) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Watchet Marina. The harbour will be operated by the company from 1 April 2021.The acquisition comes after careful and collaborative negotiations between The Marine Group, Somerset West and Taunton Council and Watchet Harbour Marina Ltd, and has been concluded for an undisclosed sum.
The Marine Group would like to thank all parties for working so constructively to complete the transaction.
The Marine Group will immediately commence a major programme of works to upgrade the harbour and ultimately deliver a first-class marina matching the very best in the UK.
The company’s Harbour Management team will commence a comprehensive dredging campaign in the late spring which, by the summer, will ensure that adequate water depths are available within the marina. A long-term maintenance programme will mean the harbour never again suffers from siltation issues.The rehabilitation of the harbour will be community focused. The Marine Group have a track record of working with local businesses and communities and welcomes local engagement.
Christopher Odling-Smee, Director of The Marine Group, said: “Watchet is a proud and beautiful town and we owe it to the community to deliver a harbour that reflects its potential as a destination and a fabulous place to live. We are pleased to also welcome the existing marina employees to the company and to count them amongst our team.”
The Marine Group has ambitious investment plans for Watchet and, working closely with the community, plans on delivering upgraded landside facilities in future.
Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Asset Management at Somerset West and Taunton Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Marine Group and support their plans to invest in Watchet. Their development plans will bring welcome investment, jobs and enliven the harbour.”
Berth holders at Watchet will benefit from the company’s visitor exchange network and, when restrictions allow, a busy calendar of events with open days and regattas.
Director of Operations Rob Freemantle said: “Having conducted a successful dredge campaign in the outer harbour at Watchet in 2020, we are familiar with the technical dredging requirements of the marina. The Harbour Management team are looking forward to be working on a comprehensive campaign to renovate Watchet Marina.”

News from the Exmoor National Park

Building a path to Exmoor’s future rural economy

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Businesses, communities and stakeholders across Exmoor are being invited to shape a future vision for rural enterprise within the National Park as part of the Rural Enterprise Exmoor (REE) Network.

Exmoor plays host to over 1,200 businesses, many of whom contributed to a major survey last year aiming to identify the unique challenges and opportunities they face. The development of a shared vision is the next step in the journey.

Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority, who set up REE to create a network of partners interested in sustainable economic development, said: “There have been some seismic changes over the past decade resulting from the credit crunch, Brexit, the climate emergency, and now Covid.

“Exmoor’s communities and businesses, like its landscapes, are resilient and strong and together we want to be ready for the next 15 years or so, ensuring those aspirations are in harmony with the special nature and status of the National Park.”

Kerrie Wilson (pictured) has recently been appointed as ‘Business Engagement Facilitator’ for the network, working to ensure the voices of local businesses are heard, whilst helping to unite them through networking and training opportunities. She said: “There can be few better places in which to live and work but I’m well aware how isolating it can be. There is strength in numbers and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to bring businesses together with project partners.”

Simon Hooton of Ash Futures, who are coordinating a consortium of expert practitioners to support the vision development work, said: “We’re looking forward to working with partners to identify a path to Exmoor’s future. There is no doubt that Exmoor faces some big challenges but also some bigger opportunities. We hope to show that Exmoor can grow towards future possibilities, rather than be rooted in past problems.”

Alongside development of the vision, the project will use case studies and social media campaigns to celebrate the role of enterprise on Exmoor, whilst encouraging greater use of the Exmoor brand to raise the profile of doing business within the National Park. For further details and to sign up to get involved visit  www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/business-and-economy/rural-enterprise-exmoor or follow @RuralEntExmoor on  Facebook,  Twitter and  Instagram.

Published: 11 February 2021T: 01398 323665
E: info@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

Happy 7th Birthday to us!

This week, we are celebrating our 7th birthday! They do say time flies when you’re having fun, and we certainly have enjoyed sharing photos and stories with you all these years.

On a dreary day in December 2012 the idea of an Exmoor community on social media and beyond was raised at a Christmas lunch at the Culbone Inn.  Exmoor4all was born and, thanks to all you lovely people, we have grown a lot since then.

Let’s have a look at some statistics:
Our Facebook page now has close to 20,000 followers and reaches over 120,000 people each month.  Over 80,000 people engage with our posts regularly.  We also started the Exmoor Conversation Group as well as the Exmoor4all Photo Group on Facebook  – both have well over 1,000 members, and both groups are growing steadily.
Twitter and Instagram are very popular, too, with close to 6,000 followers on Twitter and close to 4,000 followers on Instagram, and a lot of engagement as well.
And then there’s our website which has nearly 30,000 followers.
All in all, with your help, we are able to reach a quarter of a million people each month – and thanks to the amazing photos you allow us to share, people from all over the world have discovered our beautiful National Park and have fallen in love with Exmoor.

It is a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed photos and stories and has shared our posts – without you, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this.  Exmoor4all has sparked off a number of ventures which all support the Exmoor community.  We have listed some of them below – it would be fantastic if you could have a look, put dates in your diary, and if you can’t make any of the events, please share them on Facebook and Twitter with your friends.

We raise our glass to all our wonderful supporters,
Here’s to the next seven years!

Your Exmoor4all Team

 

The Exmoor Food Fest will run again during February 2020.
This month-long food festival, which is now in its sixth year, celebrates the best food and the most amazing chefs our region has to offer.
Participating restaurants, among them Michelin starred Thomas Carr at The Olive Room, offer special deals for two and three courses, highlighting local produce and the talent in our hospitality industry.
Pop over to www.exmoorfoodfest.com for the latest updates and check out Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well.

In 2020 we are organising the first Taste Exmoor festivals!
There will be a Food & Drink Fair at Porlock Village Hall on 29 Feb/1 March which will conclude the 2020 Exmoor Food Fest.
And on 29 – 31 May there will be a big Taste Exmoor Festival at Horner Farm near Porlock with lots of traders, cookery demonstrations by award winning chefs ( we have teamed up with The Chefs Forum for this) and a pop-up restaurant.
We are also working on a Summer and Autumn Taste Exmoor Festival – dates and venues to be announced shortly.
You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and of course the website (which still needs a bit of work).

An Exmoor Beauty.

Photo by Donna Cox Alsoomse.

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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.

You can find out more about Calvert Trust Exmoor here: