Monday 28 July 2014

Celebrate Start Bay 2010 Saturday August 21st Slapton

Celebrate Start Bay 2010 Saturday August 21st Slapton

Celebrate Start Bay defied the weather at the end of August to welcome an estimated 1500 visitors to Slapton Field Centre and the Village Hall. The show was opened by artist Sarah Gillespie who has painted the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve extensively and Caroline Curtis of Eden Designs who designed the makeover of the Field Centre’s grounds.

Have-a-go activities on the day included pizza making, bug hunting, wildflower spotting, pot throwing, a singing workshop, bush craft and wood working. Canoeing and kayaking were offered on the Ley as a ‘one off’ and a ‘secret Slapton’ walk took in parts of the nature reserve not normally seen by the public and ending with refreshments at the newly reopened Stokeley Barton farm shop.

Budding young actors directed by Rebecca Crookshank from SHAC interpreted the theme of the 50 year anniversary of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to an impressed audience. Well-attended talks included beekeeping, how green is your garden, changes in farming and the community over 50 years, and also the future of the Slapton Line.

A wide variety of stalls provided information about activities in the area as well as goods and products from the Start Bay area.

Head of Centre Andy Pratt commented "there was a buzz all day despite the weather. The event proved a fun way for locals and visitors to participate in and find out more about the diversity of activities and products available in Start Bay." The event was set up when local businesses got together at the Slapton Line business forum in order to provide a showcase for the Start Bay area and involved 26 local businesses