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The Opening of the New Museum on the 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of the forming of the Pengelly Trust was celebrated on 15th June 2013 with the official opening of the New Museum. There was a guided tour of Joint Mitnor Cave for the guests.

Members of the trust, after the AGM had an evening meal in Dartington.

Successful Lottery Grant Application

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The Pengelly Centre have successfully applied for a Big Lottery Fund Awards for All grant to upgrade the shower facilities at the centre.

Many thanks to The Big Lottery Fund and Sheila for making this possible.


Pengelly Centre Has a New Car Park

“As part of the upgrading at the Pengelly Centre we have recently completed the resurfacing of the car park.
A removable traffic restricting post ensures a safe and traffic free area for school and group activities when required.”

Our thanks are due to:

The South Devon “Green Shoots” for initial ground clearance
Burdens of Exeter and Glendinnings of Ashburton for building supplies
Contractor – Ashley Major of Newton Abbot

Funded by:

Devon Renaissance (Dartmoor LEAF)
Landfill Community Fund (Ugbrooke Environmental Ltd)
Teignbridge Councillors’ Fund
The Pennon Group (SW Water)

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Putting Dartmoor First Award

The trust has gained the Putting Dartmoor First Award for sustainable tourism. The installation of a woodchip boiler and solar panels have resulted in energy savings for the Trust of around 20%.


01.08.2008 Board Walk Official Opening Ceremony

At 1030am on Wednesday 1st August the official opening of the Higher Kiln Quarry Board Walk with Willem Montague of the Dartmoor National Park.



2008 Grants

From the Lottery Heritage Fund we have received a grant for the construnction of a boardwalk and the improvement of access and paths to Higher Kiln Quarry.

From the Awards for All Lottery Fund we have received a grant for improvements to the courtyard and drainage of the site.

From the Devon Stone Federation we have received a grant to help with the surfacing.

The Trust is extremely grateful for the aid these grants will provide. It will improve the centre as a visitor and educational amenity which we hope will be reflected in improved use of the site.

With thanks to the following organisations who have provided support for improving the footpath trails in the quarry and producing new informative publications on Higher Kiln quarry and Buckfastleigh Hill:

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Links between actions for the development of the rural economy

The Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund Logo

The Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund

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European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund
of the European Union

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Environment Food
and Rural Affairs

Teignbridge Rural Regeneration Partnership

Teignbridge Rural
Regeneration Partnership


Excursion to the Big Pit in Gwent

The Trust ran a members excursion to the Big Pit in Gwent, South Wales, on Saturday 30 September. This is an award winning underground site and was a very interesting day out.


19.07.2006 Open Evening

The Mayor of Buckfastleigh unveiled the new Higher Kiln Quarry sign and people from Buckfastleigh had a guided walk around the quarry and Joint Mitnor Cave. Followed by refreshments in the museum.


New roofs on north and south barns.


New Devon Wildlife Trust sign for Higher Kiln Quarry


BBC Filming with Bill Oddie