DOWSING AT BELLEVER ON DARTMOOR with Paul Rendell, Dartmoor Guide – 3rd November

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Our trip to Bellever had to be postponed last March due to bad weather conditions. This has now been re-scheduled and will take place on Saturday 3rd November.

We will meet at 10.30am in the wooded car park at Postbridge then make our way to Bellever to search for undiscovered ancient archaeological remains.

 

FURTHER DETAILS OF MARIA WHEATLEY’S TALK – Tuesday 13th November

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The Elongated long skulled people of Stonehenge

Using dowsing Maria Wheatley was drawn to a particular long barrow on the Salisbury Plain. She began to research the person that was buried within the sanctity of the mound and discovered the person was a woman. Tracking the skull down to one of Britain’s most prestigious universities, Maria noted she had a long elongated skull and she was probably a high queen or high priestess of Neolithic Stonehenge. Were these the people that first laid out the ley system of the British Isles? The forgotten history of her long lost civilisation unfolds with more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel, but as we know, fact is often far stranger than fiction….

 

 

CAMPSITE FOR OUR AVEBURY/STONEHENGE VISIT – 7th & 8th JULY

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Alan Murray who is organising our Avebury visit prior to the day at Stonehenge has been researching suitably placed campsites.  We have decided on the one below as it is convenient for both places.  Some of us will be staying on the Friday and Saturday 6th & 7th July.  We will research some B&B’s soon. Please put Devon Dowsers at the top of the form so we are in the same field.

See www.thebellcampsite.co.uk. E-mail: lesleynash@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

REMINDER – INTERNATIONAL DOWSING DAY EVENT this Saturday 5th May

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INTERNATIONAL DOWSING DAY at SHOBROOKE HOLY WELL & CADBURY CASTLE              

Saturday 5th May 2018

In line with other dowsing groups in the south west, this year we are celebrating Holy Wells as well as the Mary Michael Earth Energy Lines. Shobrooke Holy Well has been chosen due to its proximity to Cadbury Castle and ease of access. The church warden Rosemary is very happy for us to dress the Well and is interested in finding our dowsing results for the source of the water.

Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age Hill Fort, with clearly visible defensive earth ramparts covered in bluebells, and great views! It may have been used by the Saxons as a ‘moot’ meeting place and was later occupied by parliamentarian troops during the Civil War for the siege of Bickleigh Castle in 1644. Local legend has it that a dragon guards treasure buried in the fort!

A third century Roman ritual shaft or Well was found during excavation, filled with stuff from a nearby Bronze Age Barrow, but its exact location has now been lost.

The Michael Earth Energy Line passes right across the site. The Mary and Michael Ley Line, around which the two energy lines twist like serpents, is in direct alignment with the rising sun at Beltane, at the beginning of May.

In connection with other dowsing groups across the southwest we plan to ‘energise’ the Michael Line through dance, singing and generally having a good time. We will be joined by members of the Dance of the Directions community who will dance connecting earth and sky, and the four directions of the compass.

We intend to dowse for Michael, the ritual shaft, maybe a Well, stories about people who lived there, the Bronze Age barrow and lots of other stuff! And maybe talk to the guardian dragon – if she wants to chat!

Proposed programme of activities

11.30am Meet at Shobrooke Holy Well for dowsing energies and the water source and Well dressing ceremony. Please bring flowers if you are called to do so.

12.30pm Meet at Cadbury Castle and dowse the Michael Line and mark out its width and measure its strength.

1pm to say 3pm                               Have a picnic

Perform the Dance of the Directions

Play of instruments (any musicians out there?)

Drum

Sing – especially the Mary & Michael Chant by Danu Fox  U-Tube

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUFvcZta8xU. Any earth singers amongst us?

After completion of ‘activities’ dowse for any changes to the Line.

Later in the afternoon                   Dowsing other features around Cadbury

Just enjoy this beautiful place and the bluebells!

DIRECTIONS

Shobrooke is signed off the A3072 on the road from Crediton to Bickleigh/Tiverton just outside Crediton, and the Holy Well is located very near to the church (which is not in the village!).  Park by the church and walk up Church Lane opposite in the direction of the village. The Well is a few hundred metres away from the church set into the roadside bank.

Cadbury Castle is signed off the A3072 further along the road between Crediton and Bickleigh/Tiverton. It is signed off the main road on the right hand side. The path up to the castle is about 1/2 mile off the main road. Go past the church, and there is limited parking in a lay-by shortly after a bend in the road – where the signed footpath to the castle starts. It is about a 10 minute (gently climbing) walk up to the castle.  There is parking on the road by the church, which is only a short walk to the start of the path up to the castle.

Alan Murray

Devon Dowsers & The Dance of the Directions Community

 

 

 

TRIP TO AVEBURY PRECEDING VISIT TO STONEHENGE ON SUNDAY 8th JULY 2018

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Proposed ‘optional extra’ visit to Avebury 6th/7th July 2018 (to coincide with the Stonehenge landscape visit with Don Bryan on 8th July)

As for Stonehenge there are two main ‘attractions’ to visiting Avebury – the circle itself and the surrounding landscape.

The Avebury circle, although huge, is easily accessible and a level walk from the National Trust car park (free for members) and there is a NT visitor centre, pub and Henge shop (both inside the circle!), cafés and toilets etc. all close by.

The Avebury landscape walk includes the sites of Silbury Hill, Swallowhead Spring, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary and the West Kennet Avenue leading back to Avebury Circle. This is approximately a 6 mile circular walk which is hilly but generally easy going with lots of dowsing opportunities on the way.

For those who would like to do a little more there is Windmill Hill (a Neolithic enclosure 5500 years old) which is on the other side of Avebury. This is well worth visiting, especially as the Mary Michael Lines cross on top of a tumulus within the enclosure. This is an approximately 3 mile walk which is easy level going, and which could be extended to take in the 12th century church of St Mary Magdelene (with its Glastonbury Abbey links!).

Proposed timings

Landscape Circular Walk

As the ‘landscape’ walk takes most of a day to do I propose we do that on the Saturday, meeting at the NT car park at 10 am.

Windmill Hill ‘add-on’

For those with time and energy then they can take the walk up to Windmill Hill (probably another couple of hours).

 Avebury Circle

This is probably best done as a self guided tour, either on Friday afternoon if you want to take the guided Saturday landscape circular, or on Saturday if you don’t feel up to the landscape walk. The Mary and Michael Lines

Staying over

Accommodation around Avebury itself is limited and can be expensive.

It is assumed that for those visiting Avebury on Saturday will be setting off to Stonehenge area Saturday afternoon where they will be staying ready for the 10am start for Don Bryan’s Stonehenge landscape walk on Sunday morning. But there are some campsites that would work for both and save moving!

Campsites – all these sites accommodate campervans and tents.

The Bell Caravan and Camping Park (to the south east of Devizes and mid way between Avebury and Stonehenge). This private campsite is located on the

Pilgrim’s Walk which runs between Avebury and Stonehenge, for those needing a little more exercise! Could also work for both trips.

NB This is my favourite for a ‘social camp’ at the moment but I need to talk to them about this and they do not open until early May. We will post the recommendation as soon as we know giving good time to book before we meet in July.

There is a Camping and Caravan Club site at Devizes (which I think is open to non members). Devizes is south west of Avebury and north east of Stonehenge (so could also work for both trips)!

Little Owls Campsite. Again between Avebury and Stonehenge but appears to be a little basic in facilities – no showers?

Postern Hill campsite near Marlborough (about 5 miles to the east of Avebury). Not suitable for both visits but apparently a nice site!

Hotels & B&Bs

A look on Tripadvisor for accommodation around Avebury lists several B&Bs and hotels available nearby (The Lodge is expensive but actually inside the circle!)  Alan Murray – April 2018

DOWSING AT BELLEVER TOMORROW SATURDAY 17th MARCH

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DOWSING WITH PAUL RENDELL – TOMORROW SATURDAY 17TH MARCH AT BELLEVER NEAR POSTBRIDGE ON DARTMOOR

PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to the expected weather conditions.

 

INTERNATIONAL DOWSING DAY – Saturday 5th May 2018

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INTERNATIONAL DOWSING DAY

at SHOBROOKE HOLY WELL & CADBURY CASTLE              

Saturday 5th May 2018

In line with other dowsing groups in the south west, this year we are celebrating Holy Wells as well as the Mary Michael Earth Energy Lines. Shobrooke Holy Well has been chosen due to its proximity to Cadbury Castle and ease of access. The church warden Rosemary is very happy for us to dress the Well and is interested in finding our dowsing results for the source of the water.

Cadbury Castle is an Iron Age Hill Fort, with clearly visible defensive earth ramparts covered in bluebells, and great views! It may have been used by the Saxons as a ‘moot’ meeting place and was later occupied by parliamentarian troops during the Civil War for the siege of Bickleigh Castle in 1644. Local legend has it that a dragon guards treasure buried in the fort!

A third century Roman ritual shaft or Well was found during excavation, filled with stuff from a nearby Bronze Age Barrow, but its exact location has now been lost.

The Michael Earth Energy Line passes right across the site. The Mary and Michael Ley Line, around which the two energy lines twist like serpents, is in direct alignment with the rising sun at Beltane, at the beginning of May.

In connection with other dowsing groups across the southwest we plan to ‘energise’ the Michael Line through dance, singing and generally having a good time. We will be joined by members of the Dance of the Directions community who will dance connecting earth and sky, and the four directions of the compass.

We intend to dowse for Michael, the ritual shaft, maybe a Well, stories about people who lived there, the Bronze Age barrow and lots of other stuff! And maybe talk to the guardian dragon – if she wants to chat!

Proposed programme of activities

11.30am Meet at Shobrooke Holy Well for dowsing energies and the water source and Well dressing ceremony. Please bring flowers if you are called to do so.

12.30pm Meet at Cadbury Castle and dowse the Michael Line and mark out its width and measure its strength.

1pm to say 3pm                               Have a picnic

Perform the Dance of the Directions

Play of instruments (any musicians out there?)

Drum

Sing – especially the Mary & Michael Chant by Danu Fox  U-Tube

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUFvcZta8xU. Any earth singers amongst us?

After completion of ‘activities’ dowse for any changes to the Line.

Later in the afternoon                   Dowsing other features around Cadbury

Just enjoy this beautiful place and the bluebells!

DIRECTIONS

Shobrooke is signed off the A3072 on the road from Crediton to Bickleigh/Tiverton just outside Crediton, and the Holy Well is located very near to the church (which is not in the village!).  Park by the church and walk up Church Lane opposite in the direction of the village. The Well is a few hundred metres away from the church set into the roadside bank.

Cadbury Castle is signed off the A3072 further along the road between Crediton and Bickleigh/Tiverton. It is signed off the main road on the right hand side. The path up to the castle is about 1/2 mile off the main road. Go past the church, and there is limited parking in a lay-by shortly after a bend in the road – where the signed footpath to the castle starts. It is about a 10 minute (gently climbing) walk up to the castle.  There is parking on the road by the church, which is only a short walk to the start of the path up to the castle.

Alan Murray

Devon Dowsers & The Dance of the Directions Community

 

 

 

‘DID JULIUS CAESAR CROSS MY LAWN?’ – A report by Nigel Twinn of Gwynn Paulett’s talk to Tamar Dowsers

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Did Julius Caesar Cross My Lawn?

A talk at North Hill Village Hall by Gwynn Paulett

There are many ways of getting your message across. Most of us choose our topic, and then build some sort of presentation around it.  But this is just one modern, businesslike approach – functional, logical and straightforward – safe, if a bit predictable.  Long before we administrators took centre stage, the oral tradition of our ancestors was another, more vibrant, method of telling a story.  In this case it was a clutch of connected stories – with threads of the dowser’s personal experience running through them.

One thread is that we all learn from stories, either through mistakes that have been made by others, or by trying something that is new to us. Another is in collecting the crumbs of validation, especially when dowsing the intangible.

Gwynn Paulett has dowsed for many years, but has only recently returned to his west country roots. Much of his previous practical work was undertaken in Kent, where he lived and worked, and also on the farm of a friend in North Dakota, USA.  Dowsers come in all shapes and guises – and this Harley-riding retired teacher is yet another memorable member of the great divining menagerie.

The title of the talk arose through the desire of one of his Kentish friends to find out if Roman Legionaries really had crossed his lawn, deep in the south eastern farmlands of our island, and just around the corner from the famous white cliffs. Caesar himself, a fellow writer, recorded that they had landed on the vast shingle beaches around what is now the seaside town of Deal, and marched from there, intending to confront the Britons, who were massed around modern-day Dover.

Gwynn’s dowsing indicated that they had in fact landed in two places – once opposite the Stag Inn at Walmer in 55BC, and then again near the Sea View fish and chip shop in 54BC. Proto-Italians with trademark good taste, clearly.

Following the first landing, they had trekked westwards and inland, with the aim of taking up positions on the High Weald and the South Downs. However, gales destroyed many of the Roman vessels, and they were forced to return to ‘Deal’ to sort that out.  In the process, half a cohort (precisely 240 men) did indeed march through the land of Gwynn’s friend – but no, the soon-to-be-Emperor didn’t actually cross the dowsing site himself.  But hey, it was a much better talk title than ‘Julius Caesar didn’t cross my lawn’!

Another of Gwynn’s south-eastern tales concerned the discovery of two ‘lost’ tunnels. One, between a castle and its nearby dower-house, was probably built as a potential escape route in the late 1600’s, and was still complete with an extant staircase at one end.  The other, Gwynn initially failed to find at the castle end, because he was looking for a tunnel, which had been partially back-filled for quite a few metres, and was therefore technically no longer a tunnel at all at that point.  Lesson – be specific with your questioning!

He also showed a remarkable image of the well at Lidwell, again in Kent. Here, although he successfully dowsed the location of the well, he was unable to see into it due to a total lack of light.  As something of an afterthought, he took a flash photo that, quite unexpectedly, revealed image of an elegantly constructed shaft of considerable depth.  Intriguingly, deep down on the sides of the well walling are several tiny protrusions, which look at first to be some kind of fern.  In the relentless blackness, this would be somewhat surprising – and when the image is magnified, they appear to resemble little figures.  After the talk, there was much discussion about whether they might actually be nature spirits of some kind – but would such ethereal entities really allow themselves to be caught on camera?

Gwynn’s work on his friend’s farm in North Dakota is also worth a mention. It started conventionally enough with a search for a water source for fields of beans and maize.  In time-honoured fashion, he duly found a suitable spot and marked it up.  Some time later, a local driller was brought in, who scoffed at the ideas of an English dowser – only to be proved quite wrong, after several failed attempts at sinking a borehole based on logic rather than intuition.  The source that Gwynn had originally indicated turned out to be suitable and reliable.

The dowsing activity there culminated in his friend finding three associated crop circles on his land. These were quite modest compared to the increasingly extravagant manifestations found in the UK and elsewhere, but definitive circles in long grass nonetheless.  After the usual chain of questioning, Gwynn was given to believe that these had been the marks left by an alien craft, which had come to visit us to ‘gain information’.  Even by the standards of North American stories of the extra-terrestrial, this was quite a remarkable piece of revelation by dowsing.

His final tale concerned the loss of one of his dowsing rods during an archaeological research session at Berry Castle near Torrington, which involved both Gwynn and myself. It wasn’t the first time that he had mislaid one of his tools but, as I was working with Christopher Strong at that time – and CS feels that lost objects are often indicators of hidden messages – I suggested that maybe there might well be a message for Gwynn to recover before the rod could be located.  As it turned out, the message was not to leave the county that coming weekend, even though he had already booked and paid to be elsewhere.  Being true to his dowsing, he duly stayed in Devon, and instead visited a close relative – for what turned out to be the final occasion.  A lost rod was a small price to pay for such a precious payback.  Lesson – always trust your dowsing answers, even if there is no logical reason to do so.

It was quite apparent that these were just a selected few cameos out of a considerable catalogue of interesting anecdotes and insights – and I am sure we will be hearing more from him in due course.

Many thanks to Gwynn for coming over from Dawlish to be with us – and we look forward to working with him, and with his colleagues, later in the year.

Nigel Twinn – Tamar Dowsers, February 2018

NEW OUTING – VISIT TO THE STONEHENGE LANDSCAPE with DON BRYAN – 8th July

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NEW OUTING

‘WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR ANCESTORS’

WITH DON BRYAN

 Sunday 8th July

Following Don’s talk to us last November we have now arranged to visit the area with him.

Meeting at the Stonehenge Inn, Durrington Walls at 9.30am where tea and coffee will be available to purchase, we will depart on our 6 mile circular walk of the Stonehenge Landscape at 10am. We should be back by 4-4.30pm.

The walk takes in Durrington Walls Henge, Woodhenge, the Cuckoo Stone, The Cursus, Kings Barrow Ridge and The Avenue towards Stonehenge. We will not be entering Stonehenge itself.*

Bring a packed lunch, drink, sturdy footwear and suitable clothing for the weather.

DEVON DOWSER MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY –  £5 per person

Payment required before the day – details to follow.      Limited numbers.

If you are interested in joining us please contact us via the Contact page on this website

or by phoning 01363 877352.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

PARKING – please do not park in the pub car park. Parking can be found in the small car park near the pub or on the road outside.

CAMPSITES – info on local campsites to follow later. TOILETS – wild opportunities may be found on the route!

* VISITING STONEHENGE.  See www.english-heritage.org.uk

Our visit does not include entrance to the monument itself but there may be time after we return around 4.30pm. The monument is open 9.30am to 7pm from March to the end of May. June closing times haven’t been announced yet but likely to be later.

BOOKING TICKETS in advance is recommended and is cheaper than walk up prices. For example –

ADULT   –    In advance – £17.50.  Walk up – £19.50

CONCESSIONS –   In advance – £15.80.  Walk up – £17.60.

Members of the National Trust & English Heritage have free entrance and car parking.

Dowsing Earth Energies – Merrivale Sunday 3rd September

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A DEVON DOWSERS’ EVENT


The Merrivale complex is impressive with multiple stone and hut circles, rows, standing stones, cairns and cists dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Layers of later history can be seen nearby including tin mines, a warren and blowing house, as well as more modern pump house and quarry.

Dowsing, a form of ‘divining’, has been used for thousands of years for many different purposes including finding water, oil, archaeological remains, missing people as well energy lines and testing for allergies. Offered as part of Dartmoor Walking Festival, this day will be led by a long-time member of ‘Devon Dowsers’ and will specifically focus on finding earth energies using rods and pendulums. Together we’ll discover the beauty of the moor and explore the energy, age and use of these ancient sites.

Book via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dowsing-earth-energies-at-merrivale-tickets-31563232478   or email info@dartmoorsdaughter.com or call 07817 329584

www.dartmoorsdaughter.com

‘DARTMOOR’S DAUGHTER’ is a qualified Hill & Moorland Leader, and member of Moorland Guides. Private guiding also available for individuals, groups, teams, parties, etc

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Welcome to the South West's first Dowsing Festival!

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2018 

South Zeal, Devon.

 

A fantastic weekend open to all, with discounted prices for BSD Affiliated Group Members and BSD Members.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Numbers are limited, so book early to ensure your place. Full price for the Weekend Programme only £50 (not including food or accommodation).

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