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Homeyards historical data gathering

June 3, 2018

At the end of May the Friends held a historical data gathering event in the Castle. The residents of the 54 houses built by Maria Homeyard during the 1920’s and 30’s were invited to get together and share old photos and material from their deeds. The aim was to get a better understanding of how this development progressed and to give the home owners a chance to compare notes about this historic building project.

Black & white photographs of Shaldon’s hillside were projected onto the wall above the Castle’s recently restored fireplace and proved to be quite a talking point. They provided evidence of the order in which this massive undertaking was tackled. Local historian Tim Mole prepared detailed research of the first occupants of the neat rows of Homeyards cottages which back onto the allotment field that rises up behind. Names and photographs of Shaldon characters brought back memories for some and introduced new owners to their predecessors. Broadlands residents scoured their deeds and came up with original ‘Arts and Crafts style’ architectural drawings and facts confirming long forgotten detail. Residents of the ‘Swiss Chalet’ style Hamiltons houses were interested to see a photograph taken in one of their gardens. Although those present agreed these distinctive buildings were the first of the Homeyards houses to be built unfortunately no material emerged to confirm this.

Our intention is to collate this information and to put it together with the Liqufruta and Homeyards Botanical Gardens story and pass it to Teignmouth Museum.

About 50 people braved the weather to take part in this nostalgic afternoon. Thank you very much to all of you. If anyone else has any information or photographs that might add to the archive then please get in touch with us.


Shaldon Garage Sale Trail

June 1, 2018

The weekend of 12th May saw the inaugural Village Garage Sale Trail – about 40 households took part and it proved extremely popular with buyers and sellers alike.

Not only were The Friends of Homeyards one of the beneficiaries of the Trail but we ran a stall of our own too. Friends Sally and Andrew Burgess kindly offered the use of their very conveniently placed front garden and villagers rolled up with donations for us to sell. The combined proceeds of the two brought a welcome £214 into our coffers.

Easter Fun pics

April 15, 2018

In a sea of wet days, we had a dry one for our first Easter event for families since the restoration of the Castle and we made the most of it. We were delighted to welcome a very good mix of ages to enjoy crafts, games, hunting, seed sowing and Bridget’s special weaving lessons. Our particular thanks go to Teignbridge Green Spaces for their generous sponsorship as well as Wyevale and Morrisons who made welcome donations of seeds and chocolate eggs. On the day itself our visitors made contributions of £58.15 for which many thanks. Those of us who were running things rather enjoyed this special first Easter in the Castle – we hope our visitors did too. And don’t forget to water and enjoy eating the mung beans and cress, and to grow your own pumpkin for Halloween, and maybe the tallest sunflower in Shaldon.


Easter Fun in the Gardens – Thursday 5th April

March 28, 2018

Easter Fun in the Gardens, Thursday 5th April, 10 am to 12 noon. Everyone welcome.

As always it will be free to all – everyone welcome. We wish to acknowledge the generous support of Teignbridge Green Spaces and also Wyevale Garden Centre and Morrisons Stores.

Eggs from Morrisons

This will be our first Easter event in the newly refurbished Castle, so come and explore, craft, hunt, weave and play in Maria Homeyard’s Pleasure Garden and her summer house – though we might need a fire in the hearth this year!

2017 accounts

March 5, 2018

Please click on the link below to view the accounts for 2017 (.pdf, 4.1Mb)
Year End Accounts 31 Dec 2017

Garden Crafts

March 2, 2018

In February when we cut back the beautiful coloured dogwoods, Bridget showed us how to weave platters with the prunings. And because of the heavy pruning the plants will be all the more glorious next year. We are hoping to do some simple outdoor weaving for grown-ups at our Easter event on Thursday 5th April.

Bridget also showed us how she used phormium leaves to refresh an older basket where drying out over time had left some gaps, and she has made another basket and some ‘roses’ too.

Gary’s new headgear

March 2, 2018

A generous gift at Christmas has enabled Gary to weather the chill in comfort!

Rescuing the Gardener’s Hut

November 29, 2017

You don’t have to be a gardener to volunteer, look what happens when you mention your carpentry skills … the Gardener’s Hut, being repaired by Tony with help from Gary and a kind donation towards the cost of materials being made by a Shaldon family.

Extra Work Days, November 21st and 23rd

November 13, 2017

We will soon take delivery of hundreds of plants for the Italian Garden rockeries and we have scheduled Tuesday 21st November for planting them out. If anyone can spare a few hours to come and help it would wonderful. If you are able to assist then bring a packed lunch, the Castle with its kitchen and toilet facilities will be open all day for our benefit.

Then 2 days later, on the afternoon of Thursday 23rd November, we have TV presenter and professional gardener Frances Tophill together with a group of Marines from the Hasler Naval Recovery Centre in Plymouth coming to work on the Gardens. The area alongside the Pond Path linking the big pond with the new car park is their target area. Frances is working on a planting scheme for the area but first there’s a considerable amount of clearance work to tackle as the area has been overgrown for many years. If any of you are able to come along on Thursday afternoon from about 2pm you’d be very welcome to join the Marines in this task. Again, the Castle will be open for afternoon tea.

1935 photo

November 13, 2017

A remarkable photo which we’ve dated to 1935 has come to light, it shows the progress of Homeyards developments. The 8 Hamiltons houses are in place, there’s clearly building work on the terraced row of Homeyards cottages and Broadlands has yet to be created. In the Gardens the Castle and pond and rill system are visible, as is the grotto or Witches Cave. The Gardeners Hut shows up below the Torquay Road but works to create the Italian Garden area have not been started.