News

New Hope Bourne book 'Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village' - The rediscovered manuscript is now published
The Exmoor Society is proud to announce the publication of 'Hope Bourne's Exmoor Village'.
For half her lifetime, Hope lived in and around the village of Withypool. In the late 1960s she set about writing a tribute to the place. She takes the reader around the village, along the river and around the parish boundaries, describing people, local events, farms and the changing landscape. The manuscript was then lost for nearly half a century before being rediscovered by the Exmoor Society. This hardback book is illustrated with hitherto unseen line drawings. It can be purchased for £12.99 at the Society in person or by post/online from Halsgrove Press.
To see the flyer, please click here.

Society Annual General Meeting 2015

The Society AGM will take place on Saturday 19th September at Dulverton Middle & Community School. The doors open at 10am for the 10.30am start. Rob Wilson-North will present 'Pleasure Gardens at Simonsbath' on the recent uncovering of the gardens at Ashcombe designed to add splendour to the proposed Knight's mansion and the Simonsbath Estate.
Please click here for the AGM programme.
Please click here for the Members 2015 letter and booking form for the AGM.

APPEAL - Moorlands at a Crossroads
The Society is commissioning an update on the 2004 'Moorlands at a Crossroads' report to assess the health of the moorland on Exmoor ten years on and the issues to be addressed in the future. This is to be carried out by the author of the original report and the cost is £5,500. The Society would greatly appreciate donations of any amount to help fund this. If you would like to contribute, you can pay by BACS (please contact the Society for details and a reference) or send your donation via a cheque made payable to the Exmoor Society and mark your envelope 'Moorland Update'. Thank you for your support.

Stop Press - Winner of the Pinnacle Award 2015 announced
The Society is delighted to announce that Matt Sharp, a 21 year old tree surgeon, is awarded the 2015 Pinnacle Award. To read the press release, please click here.


The Pinnacle Award is on Facebook - search 'The Exmoor Society Pinnacle Award' - and is open annually for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 24 years, with a grant worth £3,000 for a business plan connected to Exmoor's land based activities. See the Awards/Grants page for further details.

Society Christmas Card 2015
The 2015 Christmas card features an image of 'Hayricks above Challacombe' from a collection of photographs by Dr Richard Harper, kindly donated to the Society by his son, Dr Peter Harper. These photographs were taken to show the wide open spaces of Exmoor under threat of afforestation in the 1950s. The collection was initially used as part of the successful protest campaign from which the Exmoor Society was born. All profits from the sale of these cards go towards the work of the Society.



BBC Radio Devon interviews Society Walk Leader
On Sunday 26th July, Society member and walk leader Tony Piper appeared on BBC Radio Devon in an interview about the guided walk 'Lynton & Valley of Rocks - An Historic Tour'. To listen to this, click here, scroll along to 2 hours 10 minutes and you will hear the 12 minute interview with Tony.

The Alfred Vowles Photographic Competition 2016 - New Category Announced
The next bi-annual Alfred Vowles photographic competition has a new category - 'Wildlife'. The competition closes on 31st December 2015. Photographs taken by amateur photographers will be judged in three categories - Scenery, Wildlife and Heritage. Please click here for the entry form and terms and conditions, click here. Entries will be accepted from autumn 2015 - please check the website or with the Society nearer the time.

Society Accounts - to read the final accounts 31.5.15 please click here.

Premises in the High Street, Dulverton for the Exmoor Society
The Exmoor Society has moved to premises in the centre of Dulverton. Our address is 34 High Street, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9DJ. The Society telephone number remains the same 01398 323335. The premises form the Exmoor Society Resource Centre which contains its offices, archives, library, work space with facilities and merchandise. These were all formally opened on March 19th 2015. To read the current press release please click here. Contact the archivist if wanting to do research work. Please see the Home page for details of our opening hours.


Graeme Bonham-Carter formally opens the Exmoor Society Resource Centre
19th March 2015
Left to right: Rachel Thomas (chairman), Sir Antony Acland (President), Dr. Helen Blackman (Society Archivist) and Graeme Bonham-Carter (son of the late Victor Bonham-Carter)

The winners of the 2014/15 Lucy Perry Literary Award for children and young people are announced. This annual literary award encourages young people aged 8 - 14 years to create a piece of poetry or prose inspired by Exmoor. See the Awards / Competitions page for details and to read the winning entries.

Society Spring Conference 2015 - 'Visit Exmoor'
The Society annual spring conference took place in April 2015. Please see the Resources/Other Publications page.

Exmoor Manifesto
The Exmoor Society has produced an Exmoor Manifesto that was sent to all parliamentary candidates in the Bridgwater & West Somerset and North Devon constituencies before the May General Election. To read the manifesto, please click here.

The Calendar of Events for 2015 can be found on the Events page.



The proposed new constitution agreed at the AGM - to read, please click here

Unlocking Exmoor's Heritage
Follow the progress of this project via the Library page on this website under Resources or via Twitter on Archivist@ExSocArchivist. The purpose of the project is to assess, conserve and preserve the significant amount of materials that the Society has amassed over 56 years and to make this collection available by a variety of means to everyone, especially students and researchers. Funding has been secured from the Exmoor Society, the Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund, charities and private individuals. The project has recruited an Outreach Archivist, Dr. Helen Blackman. To read the press release from January 2014, please click here.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer team, please contact the Society.


An Exmoor hill farm

Woodland Report - 'Unlocking the Potential of Exmoor's Woodlands'
To read the report please click here, to read the summary of recommendations, click here and to read the press release, click here.

Exmoor and Hill Farming
To read about our campaign to support Exmoor's hill farmers, please click here.