Friday, 27 March 2015

Greetings from Starcross

Thankyou again Steve Nosworthy for these shots of The Atmospheric Railway Hotel, the front street with the topiaried Yew trees, New Road with a shop opposite the Assembly Rooms?? a shrubbery in front of the hospital?? and a market??
Please can anyone correct or add to these descriptions?

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

More old photos of Starcross Railway Station

Thankyou Steve Nosworthy for these 3 great old photos of Starcross Railway Station




Starcross Railway Station 50s photograph

Judging by the trusty old Morris van, this photograph of Starcross Railway Station was taken in the 50s. It doesn't look as though the roof across the rails is there. When was that roof knocked down?

If anyone knows who holds the copyright to this marvellous photo, please let us know. And if you have photographs of old Starcross, please allow us to publish them here.
Thankyou.




Monday, 23 March 2015

Please make loadsafeathers

Our project to recreate The Swan of the Exe
Image from http://www.archive.org/stream/devoncornwallnot111amer#page/166/mode/2up



  for the 2015  Teignmouth Trail Recycled Art in the Landscape needs more feathers

Here's 2 of them



How to make a feather

  1. Take a plastic milkbottle and cut out long leafshapes as big as possible. Probably get 2 out of 1 milkbottle
  2. cut 2cm slits all along the edges

The feathers will be attached to a wire netting swan. If we get loadsafeathers, the whole of the old rowing boat could be covered with them as well. We have until July to complete our sculpture.

Here's allabout  The Swan of the Exe
by Tony Dunlop on Devon Perspectives
This Victorian 10-berth folly  was designed by Captain George Peacock of Regent's House, Starcross, launched from Dixons yard at Exmouth in 1860 and moored by Starcross pier. It caught fire and perished between the World Wars. Her iconic tender, The Cygnet, is the prize exhibit in nearby Topsham Museum



Friday, 20 March 2015

When Starcross railway station had a booking hall

Many  thanks to Sea Urchin for this delightful story from the days when Starcross railway station was fully staffed.

A week at Starcross

It is late autumn 1955; there is sense of approaching winter as a keen east wind is whipping the water against the pier timbers. I am a young man standing on a railway platform at Starcross station on the mainline between Exeter and Plymouth in the West of England. It is a time of Elvis Presley, Rock 'n' Roll and the Cold War. For me personally, it is a time of excessive energy and of youthful optimism in a resurgent post-war Britain. In short, for me, it is a great time to be alive.
My job was a Booking Clerk on the railway, and I had been directed to the station as a temporary replacement for another young man who had been called up for his National Service. My duration of stay was for one week until a more permanent arrangement could take place.
It was a typical wayside country station, the tranquil days being past with long periods of quiet inactivity, occasionally interrupted by sudden bursts of movement on the main line or a local stopping train meandering its way to and from the county town of Exeter. In those quieter moments I whiled away my time out on the platform observing the railway scene; Starcross was an interesting place, the station was right up alongside the estuary of the river Exe and the down platform (west facing) was supported by timber piles with a series of wooden steps to form the jetty for the Exmouth ferry to tie alongside. Starcross was
an excellent place to obtain fishing bait in the form of peeler crabs on the mud-flats at low tide. Whilst there I made an acquaintance with a professional 'bait man' who for a short time used to send me bait down on the train for a small sum [to] ...Kingswear. With hindsight, I suspect these moments at Starcross  would have been shared by enjoying a 'Player's' cigarette.
One day, whilst in such a mode, I casually noticed in the distance a muffled rumbling and a billowing of smoke snatched away sideways by a brisk east wind heralding the approach of a steam hauled non-stop express bound for London. I recognised the locomotive as a former Great Western Railway 'King' class, resplendent in glistening green, burnished copper and polished brass, hauling a rake of more than a dozen fully laden coaches carrying hundreds of passengers. Heavily loaded, the engine was in full stride straining hard in the collar, as the carriages sped by I became aware that each set of windows were occupied by faces pressed hard against the window, eagerly scanning the estuary and open English countryside; it took a little while before I realised that all the faces were black. With the red tail lamp receding only wisps of white smoke accompanied me as the station returned to its tranquil self.
Again, with hindsight, I guessed the train was a special boat train from Plymouth to London and the passengers were immigrants arriving from the West Indies; they were answering the government's call to do the jobs the British would not do.
I had been aware of the government's invite to former colony workers to come to England to supplement the labour force, but this was the first time I had witnessed reality in action. I asked myself where all these people were going to live? Who would meet them at the station? Who would look after their needs? How would they find a job? I considered these questions and many more in my young mind; I marvelled at the organisation and planning that had gotten them thus far; little did I know I was witnessing the embryo efforts of Britain's fledgling mass immigration programme.
All this happened a long time ago, but the memory of that day has never left me, the rest as they say is history. Oddly, the story for me did not end there, if I may indulge a little longer, I would like to tell you the sequel to this tale.
Twelve months later, I too marched off to serve my two years National Service in the Royal Air Force. One day in 1957, when half way through my service at RAF Stafford in the Midlands, I was sauntering away from the station cookhouse after a midday meal when I fell in step with a stranger among many strangers, for it was a large camp. We engaged in conversation, (as you do) the usual stuff: where do you come from and what was your job? Well, slowly but surely after a little while, it dawned on both of us that our answers were corresponding most uncannily, and both realised in a way we had met before, for I was talking to the guy whose job I had relieved for a week at the railway booking office at Starcross some two years earlier. We both had a good laugh.
We continued walking and he told me he was stationed at RAF Lichfield which was about ten miles away and had only come over to Stafford for the day. His job was MT (Motor Transport) so I asked him if he knew a Bob Mitchelmore from Dartmouth (I already knew that Bob was stationed at Lichfield).
He was taken aback and fished out from his back pocket a set of irons (knife, fork and spoon-carried at all times) and proffering them to me he said, 'Do you know who these belonged to?'
Looking suitably puzzled I replied, 'No, whose are they?'
He then went on to tell me he had lost his own irons (probably stolen) so Bob Mitchelmore gave him his as he was leaving the RAF after completing his length of service.
My stranger, (whose name I have now forgotten) and I parted company agreeing it was a small world; he told me he himself would soon be going home to Starcross and his old job on the railway, as he too was about to finish. I never saw or heard of him again...


Monday, 16 March 2015

Archi, the Historical Search Hound, sniffs out 170 Archaeological sites

archiuk.com  is the online resource which details everything to do with finding history around us: digging up stuff; examining the remains of old buildings; or analysing any physical evidence of previous human occupancy. Here's what Archi, its Historical Search Hound, has unearthed within 10 km of Starcross.

Visit http://www.archiuk.com to see more details.
  • If you'd like to investigate any of these, or you are able to tell Starcross History anything about them, please comment below. 
British Archaeological sites, Ancient History, Historical Places and Metal Detecting finds around SX9781 Ancient History of Starcross, Devon, British National Grid Reference: SX9781; E-N: 297000 081000; Decimal Latitude/Longitude: 50.619580, -3.457347
Roman Dog Mosaic
Archi the Historical Search Hound has found 170 archaeological and historical sites within 10 km of your search area SX9781 Ancient History of Starcross, Devon, British National Grid Reference: SX9781; E-N: 297000 081000; Decimal Latitude/Longitude: 50.619580, -3.457347. These sites consist of: 39 roman sites, 18 iron age sites, 24 bronze age sites, 58 medieval sites, 3 post-medieval sites, 5 mesolithic sites, 2 neolithic sites, 8 unclassified ancient sites, 3 unclassified historic sites, 8 industrial sites, 1 modern sites, 1 norman sites,

Many thanks to Chris the webmaster for allowing this information, and Archi the dog,  to be copied from the archiuk website.

Meeting Dates

Meetings of Starcross History will be every other month, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, in the brand new Starcross pavilion, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm.

Here's the dates that have been booked

Wednesday May 13th 2015
Wednesday July 8th 2015
Wednesday September 9th 2015
Wednesday November11th 2015
Wednesday January 13th 2016
Wednesday March 9th 2016

The principle of having no compulsory charge to attend this meetings will continue for as long as possible, because we don't want to exclude anyone. Starcross Parish Council kindly allowed us to have the pavilion FREE OF CHARGE for our first meeting, but of course, there will now be a charge to Starcross History. It's £20 to hire the room for the 2 hours, so we need to cover that. Our first 2 speakers, Alison Miles and Peter Hinchliffe, gave their time and expertise freely too, but we may like to offer future speakers their expenses.

Fundraising at the Meetings
  • Please could everyone bring a raffle prize?  Go on. Scrounge one, or lose that ghastly ornament, those nearly-out-of-date biscuits, the strange cactus plant or the brand new toy-that-needs-HUGE-batteries.  The Very Vintage Hire Company  have kindly donated a £20 voucher. We will be selling raffle tickets for £1 a strip. Unclaimed prizes will be put into another raffle.
  • Tea/coffee/squash and a biscuit will be £1
  • Our quality, hard-enamel badge depicting The Swan of the Exe will be on sale:
1 badge: £10
2 badges: £15
4 badges: £20

btw
 Here's a pertinent quote from JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
"
Weaknesses of Voluntary Bodies
The main weaknesses of such bodies is that they are hard to launch, liable to disintegrate...
                                                                                                                                                                             "
Charles Arnold-Baker. Local Council Administration. 7th Edition. 22.23

Sunday, 15 March 2015

First Meeting of Starcross History. Tuesday 10th March

A big thankyou to the score of people who came to the first meeting of Starcross History on Tuesday, 10th March in the lovely new Starcross pavilion. And another big thankyou to Starcross Parish Council
for allowing us the use of their pavilion for this first meet, FREE OF CHARGE.

 Especial thanks to our speakers: Alison Miles and Peter Hinchliffe. Both speakers gave their time freely. We were unable to offer them anything, even just for their expenses, so this is  a double thankyou to them both.

For those who kindly sent their apologies, and for everyone else who was unable to attend; you missed 2 fantastic speakers who spoke with passion about their subjects:

  • Starcross resident Alison Miles recalled the Past and Present Festival in Starcross last May, which was the starting point for this history group.

 

She explained the Starcross wallhanging; which is to be a Celebration of Country Living, and recruited members of Starcross History Club to make more panels. 

Until Alison and the group of volunteers from St Paul's Church, Starcross swung into action, the only evidence of the passing of everything to do with the Royal Western Counties Hospital


 was the small, enclosed field behind the St Paul's Church cemetery, which contains the unmarked graves of  the former residents. Now there is a memorial,
and a bench seat, and the makings of a tranquil garden where anyone may sit when they need to have a peaceful place in which to quietly think and reflect.


  • 2015 is the 150th anniversary of William Booth's founding of the Salvation Army so our second speaker; Peter Hinchliffe's topic was The early battles: Police v Salvation Army

The logo for The Salvation Army International Congress 2015
Boundless. The Salvation Army International Congress 150th Anniversary 1-5 July, London 
Peter Hinchliffe, himself an ex-copper, astounded us with incredible tales of what is now seen as the nineteenth-century police persecution of the Salvation Army. This happened in Plymouth, Honiton, Crediton, Torquay and further afield. Salvationists were arrested and imprisoned. Salvationalists were killed. An opposing army of thugs; The Skeleton Army had tacit approval to disrupt and attack the salvationists. Amazing; breathtaking; unbelievable, but TRUE stories.

Also thankyou to all those who, as requested,  brought raffle prizes and mugs. And thankyou for buying raffle tickets, and paying £1 for your teas/coffees and biscuits. The raffle was a great success, and we didn't run out of mugs.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Captain George Peacock 1805 - 1883

Captain George Peacock 1805 - 1883

If you have more information about Captain George Peacock, or you offer help with this research, please add your comment below. Thankyou
George Peacock was born at Regent's House in Starcross, in 1805.
The following is a précis of the short biography on the National Archives website
"
He served on his father's ships in the Mediterranean... and became a ship's master. He joined the Royal Navy in 1828. He was 2nd master of H.M. Steamship Echo. In 1840, he left the Navy and was appointed as the first Commander of the newly constituted Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
Shortly after leaving the PSNC in 1848, he formed a company to manufacture anti-fouling paint which he had invented.
He became Superintendant of Docks at Southampton. In 1858 he retired to Starcross. "
He commissioned Dixons of Exmouth to build a nautical Victorian folly The Swan of the Exe which was launched in 1860. 4 Cygnets were built. Just one cygnet was used as a tender to the Swan of the Exe. The other 3 were sold. 2 went to Paignton, and 1 to Bournemouth. (Dunlop,T internet, accessed Feb 20th 2015) Only the Exe cygnet remains, (unless anyone knows differently) and she was rescued and preserved by, and is the pride of, nearby Topsham Museum
The Swan of the Exe burnt out inbetween the 2 World Wars.
The story of   The Swan of the Exe has been written by Tony Dunlop on his website Devon Perspectives. The images and the content have generously been made available to all under a creative commons license
The Swan of the Exe Image courtesy of Tony Dunlop, http://www.devonperspectives.co.uk/swan_of_the_exe.html
Further biographical notes, details of his explorations and surveys, papers relating to Captain Peacock's inventions and ideas, papers relating to The Swan of the Exe, papers relating to the Exmouth Warren, printed works, photographs and papers relating to the Cookson family are held in the Liverpool Record Office
This is available online by subscription to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Most UK public libraries subscribe to this online, which means that all you need is your library card to access this biography. How to access the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
have kindly sent us a wonderful diagram of  The Swan of the Exe, to help us with our project, Recreating The Swan of the Exe and invited us to see the documents they hold about our Captain Peacock. The museum opens again on April 1st.

The Great Western Railway

The stretch of the Great Western Railway from Powderham, through Starcross and on to Newton Abbot, is the most scenic on what railway enthusiasts dub  'God's Wonderful Railway'.

In 1846, when it was extended from Exeter, the first trains were steam trains. Isambard Kingdom Brunel oversaw the project to propel the trains from Exeter to Totnes with an innovative atmospheric system, invented by the Samuda brothers. There were 14 engine houses. Only the Starcross engine house has been preserved.

The Brunel Tower from the estuary. 2014 Steve Nosworthy


Until the First World War, a forest of oak  stretched from Starcross to Haldon. The oak was cut down to make props for the trenches. A branch line brought the oak from Haldon.




Starcross railway station used to have a roof across the tracks, and buildings on both sides of the track.



Links

Thursday, 12 March 2015

James Barratt; a Victorian water boatman of 9, New Road, Starcross

This photograph, by the reknowned photographer George Gibbings (1920 - 2010)
The Cygnet in Exeter Maritime Museum
of The Cygnet before she went to her present location in nearby Topsham Museum, led the research to his obituary in August, 2010 by John Evans on Devon and Cornwall Online
in which is quoted this, from George Gibbings' nephew, Les Gibbings, about The Swan of the Exe and its tender The Cygnet

Les Gibbings
Les has provided DCO with some more local history about the River Exe which bears upon his own family story in the area.
My great great grandfather, James Barratt (a water boatman), and his family, including my great grandmother, Elizabeth, lived at 9 New Street, Starcross in the mid 1800s. The terrace of cottages were located in the street opposite the Courtney Arms Hotel on the front. They were converted into eight units about 20 years ago.
There were a number of people who plied a local ferry trade on the Exe and across to Exmouth and he was one. The Swan was a pleasure vessel that was well known in the area. It had a unique bottom it seems, either glass or at least a hole for fishing from within the boat.
The Cygnet was a small rowing craft with a swan’s neck that I found, to my utter amazement, in the Exeter Maritime Museum in the 1990s (or was it the 1980s?) and which family folklore said was used by us.
My grandfather was called James Barratt Gibbings, as were my late father and my eldest brother, so the links are obvious. He spent most of his formative years up to adulthood in the area.
The Gibbin(g)s family lived in Littleham / Withycombe Raleigh across the river.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Starcross to Exmouth Swim

The Starcross to Exmouth Swim used to be an annual village event. Starcross used to turn out to watch the spectacle as the swimmers lined up at the end of Starcross pier.

Does anyone have any photographs of this Village Event? When did it stop? and why?

Well, the swim still takes place every year, but not many people in Starcross are aware of it:


The Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society have an annual Starcross swim.  Here's the 2014 results
Read all about the swim HERE

HERE'S an article and some brilliant photographs of the 2012 swim; from the Exmouth Journal


The Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society's 2013 Starcross to Exmouth swim didn't take place from "Starcross Jetty"  for the first time in 2013, but went from a boat moored nearby.  Read all about that HERE

Perhaps the new Starcross History club could revive some of yesteryear's carnival atmosphere for this year's event? The date of the 2015 Starcross to Exmouth swim isn't yet published.





Thursday, 5 March 2015

Ideas for the Swan of the Exe art project

We still need an artist to lead this project, 

                                      but here's some more thoughts on our project to re-create The Swan of the Exe 
                           for the 2015 Teignmouth Trail Recycled Art in the Landscape

  • The swan could be fashioned using wire netting. 

  • White plastic milk bottles could be cut to resemble feathers and fastened on.

The rigging could be made from driftwood.

Not sure from what the sails could be made

Image courtesy of Tony Dunlop http://www.devonperspectives.co.uk/swan_of_the_exe.html


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Starcross Railway on the web

4909, Blakesley Hall, pictured between Starcross and Cockwood in July 1957. It was returning to Swindon from a works holiday for railway staff. Photo: Peter Gray.
BBC Devon Local History 24 September 2014





Page 40 in David Hey's collection: PHOTOGRAPHING DIESELS A final fling in the 1980s...
Many thanks to David Hey for allowing Starcross History to link to this image on page 40 of his acclaimed website





A train at Dawlish, heading towards Exeter.


 The leading engine with the piston in the tube.


The Atmospheric Railway on Exeter Memories

Many thanks to the Exeter Memories website for allowing these 2 photographs and this content of their website to be linked on here

Monday, 2 March 2015

Jolly Sailor pub token

A couple of pub tokens from The Jolly Sailor, Starcross have turned up.
Research is ongoing about the exact purpose of these coins Pub tokens by the Ormskirk and West Lancashire Numismatic Society
Most pub tokens were for two and a half old pence;  which was the price of a drink.

This one was found in the garden of a 500 year-old cottage on the 'front street' in Starcross aka The Strand.

Does anyone know whereabouts The Jolly Sailor used to be?



Painting of Starcross c 1820




Painting of Starcross

View of Starcross on the River Exe by Charles Joseph Hullmandel
The BBC website 'Your Paintings'  says this picture is in Exmouth Museum. Has anybody seen it?
It might have been painted by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789 - 1850 ), in around 1820. There's a painting of Combeinteignhhead  which may have been by the same artist

Is it Starcross? What are the buildings in the background?   The Atmospheric caper ; the railway; wasn't built until the 1840s.

More info:
Accession number: EXM0100
Acquisition method: Purchased with the assistance of the Thomas Abell Reference Library Foundation from the illustrations collection of his son, George Abell (?)

A traditional cob build

In 1989, Teignbridge District Council built a traditional cob&thatch shelter on land owned by Starcross Parish Council. Here's a link to 'The Cob Buildings of Devon' published by the Devon Historic Buildings Trust.  The Cob Buildings of Devon and here's their photo of our cob shelter


Recreating The Swan of the Exe

ART TO COMMEMORATE CAPTAIN GEORGE PEACOCK (1805 - 1883) 

Artists are needed for this project to create a replica of The Swan of the Exe 



Teignmouth Trail Recycled Art in the Landscape      HAVE OFFERED A SPACE ON TEIGNMOUTH SEAFRONT for an artwork to commemorate Captain Peacock.


If you would help with this project, please comment at the bottom of this page. 
Thankyou


Captain George Peacock (1805 - 1883) lived at Regents House in Starcross

The Swan of the Exe. Launched in 1860.Destroyed by fire inbetween 1918 and 1939 Thankyou https://archive.org/ for this image
CORRECTION: The Swan of the Exe was used in the garden of Captain Peacock's former residence;  Regent's House, on The Strand. Living memory of this goes back to the early 1960s.
 
Captain Peacock invented many things including the screw propeller, and built the Swan of the Exe, which was a luxurious,  10-berth, sailing yacht, and 4 Cygnets. Just one of the cygnets was used as a tender to the Swan of the Exe. The other 3 were sold. 2 went to Paignton, and 1 to Bournemouth. (Dunlop,T internet, accessed Feb 20th 2015) Only the Exe cygnet remains, (unless anyone knows differently) and she was rescued and preserved by, and is the pride of, nearby Topsham Museum


The last Cygnet?? Saved by Topsham Museum. Thankyou to http://www.devonperspectives.co.uk/ for this photograph


Link to article; 'The Swan of the Exe' by Tony Dunlop



The Swan of the Exe moored at Starcross, with her tender, The Cygnet, near to Starcross pier, where Starcross Fishing and Cruising Club have recently built their new pontoon. Photolink  from  http://www.syntagmamedia.com (scroll down for pictures 'courtesy of Les Gibbings')


Liverpool Record Office hold papers relating to Captain George Peacock 1805 - 1883

Captain Peacock’s machine for converting seawater into drinking water is still in use on ships today. This is a picture of the scale model in Merseyside Maritime Museum



Here's some of Trail Recycled Art in the Landscape's art on Teignmouth seafront in 2014














The palm trees made from green plastic bottles, and the exotic orange and green cactus, were created by  Gatehouse Primary School, Dawlish and Surestart's Teignmouth Dads Club Stay and Play with lead artist Melissa Muldoon








Perhaps our artwork for Captain Peacock could incorporate a recycled screw propeller, which could surely be sourced locally? Captain Peacock invented many other things,including a Nautilus Bathing Dress,  and so there is plenty of scope for ideas, but the most visual seems to be The Swan of the Exe : Place an old dinghy on the site; use driftwood, and  any other flotsam&jetsam,  to represent the sails and the swan's head&neck.
The sculpture site in Teignmouth is fully insured. Visit  the archives on Trail Recycled Art in the Landscape's website to view all the terrific art created over the last 10 years.

After the summer season, our artwork could be transported to Starcross, - if we can find somewhere to display it.

We've had help from Topsham Museum     



who have kindly sent us a wonderful diagram of  The Swan of the Exe, to help us with this project, and invited us to see the documents they hold about our Captain Peacock. Topsham Museum opens again on April 1st.

Here's the brief from TRAIL 
Sculpture Trail  
Artist Brief 2015  
1. Sculpture Trail  
2015 will be TRAIL’s 11th year and we are again inviting artists to submit one or more proposals for the Site Specific Sculpture Trail on the South Devon Coast at Teignmouth, this is an area of outstanding natural beauty as well as a holiday resort. The sculptures will be sited in flower beds which are cared for by the parks department of Teignbridge District Council. For more information on past events go to www.trail.org.uk No submission fee. New website will be www.trailart.co.uk. If you have a specific location in mind please contact us about this asap. 

DATES 
Proposals in by Friday 1st May 2015 
Installations of sculptures from Saturday 11th July to Saturday 18th July 2015 
Sculpture Trail starts Sunday 19th July finishes Sunday 30st August 2015 
Sculptures to be removed by Sunday September 6th 2015 

Awards 
Award for sculpture with best environmental message £200 selected by sponsor 
People’s Choice £100 selected by public vote. 
Community Award Scrapart challenge’ £100 selected by sponsor 
Artist Award £100 selected by public vote 
Artist Award £100 selected by previous winner  

2015 Design Brief and Conditions for sculpture trail  
The sculptures and work in the exhibitions will need to address one or more of the following criteria 
  • To be constructed from 70% recycled materials  
  • To reflect concerns relating to recycling / landfill / water / waste / global warming and can include political or global issues.  
  • To reflect the site by using or harnessing the natural elements.  

2. The sites are exposed to the elements so the sculpture needs to be well constructed and weather proof. The sculptures will be inspected by the Health & Safety Officer from Teignbridge District Council. The sites are within flowerbeds but can be accessed by the public if they are determined. The sculpture should have no sharp edges, fall over or have pieces that can break off and cause damage. Artists must be prepared to make changes to comply with Health and Safety issues if necessary and work will be withdrawn if the Health & Safety officer is not satisfied.  

3. The fixings for the sculpture will be ‘metposts’ (fence post fixings) knocked into the ground. The sculpture or plinth must be designed with legs which will fit into these fixings and be bolted or screwed for stability and security. The installation will be carried out by the artist. Any special requirements or fixing methods  can be discussed with the organisers and a TDC officer if necessary.  



4. The sculpture will be covered by Teignbridge District Council for Public Liability Insurance but not for material damage. This is the artist’s responsibility or risk. There is no compensation for damage through natural or man made means. 
   
5. The artist or a representative must be available throughout the exhibition period in case repairs are necessary to the sculptures or for restocking in the exhibition venues. There is no submission fee for Sculpture trail. 10% commission on sales.  


7. The committee’s decision on selection is final. 

What to do Sculpture TRAIL  
Submit copies of proposal for outdoor sculpture by email or hard copy as soon as possible. Final deadline midnight Friday 5th May. Submissions by email please label each attached document with your name and trail15. Submissions by hard copy - put your name, contact details, and title on the first page and title on each subsequent page to avoid loss. The proposal should include:  
  1. Drawings or photographs of the sculpture/exhibition entry 
  1. Detail of the fixing  
  1. Size including height, width and depth 
  1. Brief description of inspiration for work, be as informative as possible 
  1. Include images of past work photographs/CD/website address. Only if new exhibitor. 
  1. Your Contact details, name, address, telephone and email contacts.