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Welcome to Devon Dowsers’ new web site. It’s rather different from the old one, so we hope that  a  (very) few words of introduction might be helpful.

The site is built with WordPress, a free software programme that started out  as an easy means to set up personal Blogs  –  shorthand for weBLogs –   which are something like online diaries. Since then though WordPress has grown into a very sophisticated website building device with essentially limitless capabilities.

WordPress works by dividing its content between fixed PAGES ( like this one) in which the information rarely changes and a second article format called POSTS which make up  the bulk of the site’s readable content. Unlike our Pages – which tend to  confine themselves to fairly factual  and straightforward topics –  Posts  can have  a very wide range of subject matter, all of  which can be neatly  indexed under different sorts of CATEGORIES. Each Category – two of ours are Earth Energies and Learning to Dowse for example – lists all the articles it contains in date order and makes finding your way around much easier.  Lists of all of the site’s Categories are prominently displayed  pretty well everywhere that you visit as you explore and  clicking any  Category that interests you will open the relevant index. There  you will find a short excerpt from every article posted in the Category and  each excerpt  will invite  you to Read More  at the click of your mouse button.

A couple of other aspects of Posts are also interesting.  As well as text they may include pictures, links to other articles, sound clips and even short video films  but more importantly, readers can add their own comments below the Posts and then read replies from the authors, if they so wish. Comments will always be moderated before becoming publicly visible to preserve fair play and initially at least we may decide to limit commenting to Devon Dowsers Members – we’ll need to see how things go.

If members wish it, at some time in the future, the site might  also include a Members’ Only Forum where more private debates will become possible. This facility will require a special User Name and Password which can be obtained through the Members Forum Registration and LogIn Box and which will eventually be found in the middle column at the bottom of every Page or Post. When this is completed Members will  simply click Register to start the process and then will be able to use the box subsequently to access the Forum.

The easiest way to get to know the site however  is simply to explore it for yourselves. You will find that each page and post can be printed, converted to a PDF file, or emailed simply by clicking a button and you will also see that you can alter the text size by clicking  one of the blue ZOOM widget buttons. We have tried to make exploring  the site as   easy as we know how (and getting lost in it  really difficult) so we hope you will enjoy  much/most/even all of  what you find.

The Admin Team – February 2014

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Discover Dowsing in Devon – First Workshop

Dowsing the Iron Age settlement of Berry Castle at Huntshaw will be the first of the “Discover Dowsing in Devon” Workshops and will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017. Places will be limited and further details will be posted soon. “Discover Dowsing in Devon” will be a series of on-site dowsing workshops run throughout the year and open to anyone interested in learning how to dowse archaeological sites; earth energies; ancient sites; or how to dowse for utilities and water. Workshops will be led by members of Devon Dowsers at different locations around Devon. They will be both informative and fun but could also leave you a little astonished at what you can discover by dowsing!

Gwynn Paulett - Chairman Devon Dowsers.