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Thursday 6th September 2018 @ 7pm

Devon's Orchards: 
how we took to cider

An illustrated talk by orchard Historian, Michael Gee

Orchards and Cider may be seen as part of Devon's culture, but most Devonians would probably not be able to identify their nearest orchard or name a Devon apple variety. In this illustrated talk, orchard historian Michael Gee will explore how the beer-drinking Devonians took to orchards during Tudor and Stuart times. They planted so many orchards that a surplus was created; and then for nearly two hundred years the acreage went steadily downwards. In recent years however there has been a turn-around, and Michael will offer his vision on the future of Devon's orchards. 

Michael Gee is originally from Manchester and was educated south of Liverpool at Birkenhead School before going on to study Geography at Oxford, and Town and Country planning at Edinburgh. Michael worked as a chartered planner in local and central government, consultancy and the charitable sector, before moving to Devon in 1987 as Director of the Dartington North Devon Trust. In 1990 he inaugurated North Devon's 'Save our Orchards' campaign; it became Orchards Live which he chaired. His particular interest lay in saving North Devon's own cherries (mazzards), from extinction, and he helped establish the orchard on Landkey's Millennium Green. He has planted his own orchard, and now understand why the fruit almost disappeared. In 2013 Michael was awarded a BEM for services to orchard conservation. 
Admission £5 per person

To book please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net. To secure your booking advance payment is required either in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the phone. Payments are non-refundable. Any unsold tickets will be available to purchase at the door on the evening.
Tuesday 14th August 2018 @ 2pm

Guided Tour of Shilstone House

Led by resident archaeologist Abi Gray 

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of the South Hams countryside is Shilstone House, a family home with a remarkable and extensive history. The site, in the parish of Modbury in South Devon, contains an array of architectural and archaeological features representing almost 6000 years of human endeavour. At the heart of the site is Shilstone House, a former Domesday manor which overlays evidence of late prehistoric occupation. Formal gardens surround the dwelling and include lawns, terraces and a medieval walled garden as well as the only known seventeenth century Italianate water theatre and associated water gardens in the UK making the site nationally important.

This guided tour of Shilstone House and grounds will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes and will be followed by a cream tea at the Devon Rural Archive. Guests will explore the history of the site through its surviving archaeology and rare architectural features before seeing the results of a near fifteen year project to restore the house. There will also be a chance to view artefacts from the site in the exhibition gallery.

Tickets are £15 (includes a cream tea) and booking is essential. 

To book please contact Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email office@dra.uk.net. To secure your booking advance payment is required either in cash, by cheque payable to 'The Fenwick Charitable Trust', or by card over the phone. Payments are non-refundable.