A bit of history, comedy, and some radical thinking. Exmoor, Dartmoor, and Devon’s important role in getting our rights recognised as ordinary people 800 years ago may mean that your electricity bill is illegal, and you can feed your pigs on acorns, pick up sticks, and forage for food on land you don’t own, according to an ancient charter celebrating its anniversary this year.
The Charter of the Forest recognised commons rights such as keeping ponies and sheep or collecting firewood on Dartmoor and Exmoor, which are still used by villagers with ancient links. But The Charter also covers forgotten smallholding privileges and some ancient arts and crafts such as making clay pots or building cob houses.
Join environment and science journalist Myc Riggulsford in a fun and thought provoking debate about Devon’s past, the rights we have forgotten or allowed to lapse, and how they could help our society today.
All talks are followed by a chaired Q&A.
Age Suitability: 12+
2 November, 6.45pm, Manor Hall, Berrynarbor
£10, 01271 882675. Doors open at 6.30pm.
Dinner included. BYO drinks. In aid of Berry in Bloom.