Pilton wants to celebrate its heritage
Pilton is making plans to celebrate its heritage thanks to a new community group, formed after a successful community consultation event held by North Devon Council in February. At the consultation, lots of Pilton and Bradiford residents expressed an in
Pilton is making plans to celebrate its heritage thanks to a new community group, formed after a successful community consultation event held by North Devon Council in February.
At the consultation, lots of Pilton and Bradiford residents expressed an interest in carrying out heritage projects to promote the village's history.
At the group's first meeting, members put forward ideas about the best way to let the people of North Devon know about the village's past.
Suggestions included oral history, an online archive of photographs, new ideas for the Green Man Festival and new ways of marking the heritage trail.
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Alison Mills, Community Heritage Officer at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, saids: "The next step is to turn all these ideas into a funding application for the Heritage Lottery Fund.
"Pilton is such an interesting village - probably predating Barnstaple - so I am sure we can create a good project. The people who have come forward have all kinds of skills, from historical research to costume making and sound recording, and the success of the Green Man Festival shows what the village can achieve."
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Local Ward Member Councillor Mair Manuel said: "I am delighted with the usual very positive response from Pilton residents at the recent inaugural meeting of the Community Heritage Group. I believe that the result will provide a comprehensive addition to Pilton's community life."
Local Ward Member Councillor Brian Greenslade said: "The Community Heritage Group has got off to a great start and will help us deliver some of the ideas that local people suggested at February's consultation. By continuing to engage with the residents of Pilton and involving the community with the group at every stage, we can deliver exactly what is wanted for the area."
Anyone who wants to get involved with the group and help create an action plan to celebrate Pilton's heritage can go along to a public meeting on Monday, June 22 at 7.30pm in the Civic Centre in Barnstaple.