John Fisher discusses Catherine of Aragon's brief visit to Honiton…
On my travels the other day I’d popped over to Poltimore House after seeing a local event they’d promoted on HUBCAST.co.uk
A flower festival was being staged in the old house, and Irene (one of the volunteers) invited me over after a phone call, in order to take a look. You have to remember that Poltimore has an important part to play in local history, it’s where the Treaty of Exeter was signed during civil war (Poltimore House is a short distance from Broadclyst, near Exeter). It was enjoyable walking through the dilapidated rooms, viewing the displays, but what impressed most was the team of voluntary helpers at the event, such a friendly, cheerful, down-to-earth bunch of people that makes visiting an event like this pure joy.
You have to marvel at their motivation, donating their time effort and often money to help the general cause, whatever it may be, they should be applauded. It’s true to say that in Devon this effort is repeated across thousands of clubs, societies, charities and businesses. More power to their elbow I say, what would we do without all these people, Devon certainly would be much poorer! – Editor
If you’d like to become involved, The Friends of Poltimore House are always looking for new volunteers and members: poltimore.org/get-involved/the-friends