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NEWSLETTER – March 2017

Greetings fellow dowsers. 

It is an astonishing 15 years since the TDs were brought into existence by Alan Neal and Jackie Ellis-Martin in the Spring of 2002. Where has the time gone? Our March event marked the milestone with a celebratory cake – many thanks to Ros for procuring it, and to Denise for cutting it up. Many people have come and gone, both logistically and spiritually over the years, so I was glad that Alan, together with fellow founder members Ruth and John McCoryn were there.

With another attendance close to 40, the March talk about the work of the Duchy Healers was a fittingly successful event. Healing has always been an important thread of our evolving tapestry as a group, and this was a most enjoyable presentation from two very committed dowsers and healers (see write up).

For the next few months, the TDs will be back out in the field, commencing with our attendance at the Pentiddy Open Day and Bean Pole Fair, to be held at Pentiddy Woods near Pensilva in East Cornwall on SATURDAY April 8th. I attach a poster describing the activities of the day. (I think we are a ‘traditional skill’ although we could also come under a ‘local sustainable craft’, a ‘kids activity’ or ‘natural health’. We could even have an input to ‘natural burials’, but I think we ought to play this inaugural event fairly straight!) Note the bit about wearing wellies, especially if it’s a bit damp on the day.

On SATURDAY May 6th, our friend Terry Faull will be leading a group to some of his favourite Celtic Christian places. Following his talk to us in January about the Small Pilgrim Places Network, Terry has invited us to join him at one of the local sites which is part of the Network. He may then go on to some other locations which he believes have the same “sense of place”, and where dowsing may have something to add about why they feel so special.

We will begin at the church at Tremaine, near Launceston at 11.00am. Dedicated to St. Winwaloe, this tiny and unspoilt building dates from the Norman period when it was a chapel associated with Launceston Priory. Set in farmland between Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, this remote site may however have a much older history.

Tremaine is off the minor road between Egloskerry and Tresmeer – Grid Reference SX 23472 89063 (Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel Explorer Map 111)

After Tremaine, and depending on time, weather etc., Terry will suggest some other possible places with dowsing challenges, including the resting place of a Celtic saint and a white witch, the location of a Viking raid, and the site of a holy well and an ancient “lost chapel”. 

Hope to see you all again soon.                                                                         Nigel


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