On Sunday May 19th, fields around the village were full of people brandishing strange black machines – the metal detectorists had arrived ! This was the first rally of the Teign Bridge Metal Detecting Group and was the brain child of Rev Nicholas Pearkes, himself a keen hunter of all things metal in the ground. Over one hundred enthusiasts turned up and between “sweeps” enjoyed a steady stream of bacon butties, burgers and cake, served up by the Catering Corps of the Community Space Project.
The volunteers kept deserting the BBQ to nip inside the church to see what else had appeared on the Finds Table – throughout the day it slowly filled with interesting artefectas including old coins, buckles, pattens (worn on shoes to keep them free of mud), a “Duke of Wellington” tobacco tamper for clay pipes and even a Roman cloak pin. All generating much speculation as to how they got there and the village’s past.
It was a happy event and the volunteers were most impressed by what a nice bunch of people the detectorists were. The feeling was reciprocated and Tony Volante wrote on behalf of the group to say: “Congratulations have been coming in from lots of attendees and I will pass them on later. The rally went off without a hitch and the Catering Corps did us proud with some super food. The grand total we all raised, including catering, sales and raffle, was £1449.00. Far better than expected for our first rally. Our thanks to the wonderful Catering Corps for their superb support.” The quality of the cakes was also commented upon !
All the money raised was kindly donated to the Church and Community Space and will be a great help in paying off the loan on the building works to adapt the church for community use.
More photos in our Gallery.