COLDRIDGE VILLAGE FAIR – 30th June 2018

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The DD Council have decided not to attend this event on 30th June 2018 due to the many other Devon Dowser commitments this summer.

Diana Burton – Secretary

‘LIGHTFEST’ INFORMATION

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REMINDER – OUR STAND AT ‘LIGHTFEST’ TOMORROW 24th MARCH 2018

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LIGHTFEST at PADBROOK PARK, CULLOMPTON

SATURDAY 24th MARCH

from 10am to 5pm.

Just a reminder that we have our stand at ‘Lightfest’ tomorrow.

If you would like to help we will be setting up from 8 to 9.30am.

 

TAMAR DOWSERS TALK TOMORROW – SUNDAY 18th MARCH – CANCELLED

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PLEASE NOTE THE TALK BY BRIAN SHEEN TO TAMAR DOWSERS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW SUNDAY 18TH MARCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

IMPORTANT – IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WAS SHOWING AN INTEREST IN ATTENDING BRIAN’S TALK, PLEASE CONTACT THEM.

INTRODUCTION TO DOWSING COURSE – SPREYTON VILLAGE HALL – SUNDAY 20TH MAY 2018

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INTRODUCTION TO DOWSING COURSE

 SPREYTON VILLAGE HALL

SUNDAY 20th MAY 2018

Arrival 9.30 for 10-00am start to 4.15pm

Cost £25. Limited numbers.

Tutor: Gwynn Paulett

 

Are you interested in learning to dowse or in refreshing your skills?

This is an opportunity to refresh ones dowsing skills and learn the basics of dowsing.

The desired outcome is for participants to feel confident in the use of rods and a pendulum to dowse for tangible (a mains water pipe)

and intangible (an energy line) objects.

If you have them bring your own rods, pendulums etc. or borrow or buy them on the day.

Tea, coffee, biscuits included but please bring your own lunch.

There are no cooking facilities available.

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If you would like to join us would you please complete the slip below and send it

with a cheque made payable to Devon Dowsers for £25.00 to

John Stedman, DD Treasurer, Higher Brownstone, Black Dog, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4QE  to book your place.

A receipt will be sent by e-mail.

 

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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.

 

REMINDER – our next Talk is on Tuesday 13th March

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REMINDER – our next meeting is next Tuesday 13th March when Ann Lodygowski will be talking about ‘Animal Communication’.

The talk will take place in the Function room at the Red Lion Hotel in the centre of Chulmleigh in mid Devon starting promptly at 7.30pm.

All are welcome.  The cost to non members and guests is £5, or join on the night and get in free.

LIGHTFEST EVENT, CULLOMPTON – 24th March 2018

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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

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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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