New Landkey sculpture to be unveiled

THE official unveiling of a new gateway sculpture marking the entrance to Landkey will take place on Saturday next week (July 25.) The piece by local artist Polly Pocock stands at the entrance on the Barnstaple side of the village and is made up of local

THE official unveiling of a new gateway sculpture marking the entrance to Landkey will take place on Saturday next week (July 25.)

The piece by local artist Polly Pocock stands at the entrance on the Barnstaple side of the village and is made up of local stone form nearby Venn Quarry, in the shape of the Landkey parish boundary.

The unveiling ceremony will take place at 11.30am and all are welcome to go along, with refreshments to follow in the Old School Centre.

The sculpture was commissioned by Landkey Parish Council and was inspired following a consultation with local people to seek ideas on what Landkey meant to them.


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A vein running through its middle represents the Venn Stream, once a source of both industry, employment and misery for the village, but very much a part of it.

The project was paid for by the Government's RockETS scheme - Rock Environmental Treatment Scheme - which levies money from quarrying or mining companies and grants it to enhancement projects which work to offset the effects of "aggregate extraction" in Devon.

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Parish Councillor Dick Joy has been involved with the project form the beginning believes the sculpture is not only a way of enhancing Landkey with something distinctive, but also of providing a sense of heritage too.

"The Venn Stream once had five water wheels, which were a focal point for the village and created a great deal of industry and employment," he said.

"During the 1960s and 70s it had also caused quite bad flooding in the village, until the then MO Jeremy Thorpe arranged work to correct it.

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