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Wednesday, 02 May 2012
Ten Tors Challenge
12th & 13th May
After months of exhausting training, 2400 youngsters from across the South West are counting down the days before this year’s Ten Tors and Jubilee challenge. The annual Army run event - which is now in its 52nd year - is one of the biggest adventure challenges for young people in Britain. It will start at Okehampton Camp on the Northern edge of Dartmoor, at exactly 0700 on Saturday 12th May. In all, four hundred teams of six, ranging in age from 14 to 19 will take part in the event. For many it will be the biggest challenge of their young lives; an unaided trek of 35, 45 or 55 miles across some of the toughest terrain and highest peaks of Southern England. It’s a feat they must complete as a team and without any help from adults. They’ll have to rely on their navigational skills and - crucially - their team-work to guide them. The majority of the teams who enter Ten Tors are from schools and youth groups from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. As usual, scores of scout groups, sports and ramblers teams and armed forces cadet units have accepted the challenge and are taking part. For many youngsters it was a challenge just to be selected for their team, such is the competition to take part in the event. Central to the spirit and ethos of the Ten Tors Challenge is that teams who take part remain entirely self-sufficient during their arduous expeditions. They must camp out overnight on the moor and carry all the food, water, bedding, tents and other essentials they will need to sustain them, as they go. Both the Jubilee Challenge and Ten Tors are a daunting challenge to the young men and women taking part. All will have been training for four months or more to make sure they’re fit enough to complete the challenge.
Friday 11th May: From midday on Friday 11th May, teams will be arriving and setting up camp in a huge Glastonbury-style tented village on site. Media are welcome to visit them for colour/prelim pieces.
Saturday 12th May: As already stated, both the Ten Tors and Jubilee Challenge start on Saturday 12th May at Okehampton Camp - 7am for Ten Tors and 7.30am for the Jubilee Challenge. As Ten Tors unfolds, media will be updated on progress/fallouts etc. Medal presentations for Jubilee Challenger are between 1500 and 1800 Saturday 12th May
Sunday 13th May: Youngsters taking part in the Ten Tors challenge will begin arriving back at Okehampton camp from around 0900. The finish line is situated at the top of Okehampton camp near St Anthony’s stile. Medal presentations for those who have completed Ten Tors take place on Sunday afternoon
For more information contact Ronnie Jones, Army Media and Communications on: 07780 727 962
Over the Mayday bank holiday, the annual gathering of Fairground organs in the South West will take place again at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. The Anderton & Rowland Grand organ will be played during the weekend by its owner, George De Vey, who will also be talking about life as a showman. This, the most famous of Fairground Organs in the country, purchased over a century ago and is still owned by the same family, the DeVeys of Anderton & Rowland fame. 14 organs will be playing over the weekend. On both days, the new arrivals of a 52 key Dutch street organ owned by James Dunden This will be the Het Blauwgie’s 2nd outing in the UK, following its debut at Camborne’s Trevithick day in April. Making its way out of Cornwall for the last time is Alan Roberts 105 Key Van de Broek dance Organ. Acquired last year, the Organ is making its journey to Wiltshire, with a stop over at the festival to let old friends hear her again. The new owners of James Dundons 31 Botting, Tony and Rita Hodgkis, will also be there. Returning from Kent, Peter and Rosemary Hood, and Neil and Marion Buckler will be bringing their 65 and 41 key organs. Coming from Devon, and Somerset, we see the Leach organs of Geoff Davis, and Steve & Mary Morrison. Ian & Jayne Rogers bring their 72/92 key Leach Concert Organ together with the 20 note Stuber Hand turn. Alan Ratcliffe will be playing his 48 Key Accordions along with the resident Limonaire organ of Richard Sandercock. The Dingles Compton will be played by Robin Roper and friends, who always put on a good show, and now in its new location playing on its original pipe work. Special appearance on the Bank Holiday Monday from the Kelder’s family, bring Europe’s largest touring organ’ Victory,’ and its smaller sister Locomotion. There will be some steam engines in attendance, and the vintage fun fair will be in full swing.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Thursday, 23 May 2013
Sir Ray Tindle
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