Crossing Cultures

Tuesday 2nd July, 6.45pm, Parish Hall, Moretonhampstead

As we get closer to welcoming a Syrian refugee family to Moretonhampstead, this is your chance to discover how to help both the family and ourselves to be aware of cultural differences.

The event is open to all and includes a free talk by Dan Green from Bridges For Communities.

If you want to be involved in volunteering to support our family
when they arrive, this is the first step to finding out what’s involved. Contact Us if you’re interested in volunteering.

The Big Breakfast

Saturday 20th October, Parish Hall, Moretonhampstead


Art Auction

Over 40 lots by some of the South-West’s leading artists. 

Friday 20th July, 2018 from 6.00pm

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF


Some of the South West’s leading artists – including members of the Devon Guild – are donating work to an Art Auction to raise money to help a Syrian refugee family.

The auction will take place at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, from 6pm on Friday 20th July 2018. At least 40 lots are expected to be available for sale.

All profits from the auction will go to Home From Home to support our aim of enabling at least one Syrian refugee family to rebuild their lives in safety in Moreton.

Artists who are confirmed to be taking part so far include Peter Randall-Page, Merlyn Chesterman, Rosie Sanders, Anita Reynolds, Anne Bruford, Veronica Gould, Mei Lim, Michael Edwards, Debby Mason, Michael Honnor, Jan Brewerton, Tim Andrews, Jenny Southam, Sandy Brown, Janine Partington, Julia Manning, Rachel Sumner, Beverley Beeland, Blandine Anderson, Ross Emerson, Taja, Jonathan Chisell-Jones, Clive Bowen, Jess Davies, RAMP Ceramics, Isabella Whitworth, Melinda Schwakhofer and Penny Simpson.

More artists are expected to join the list before the auction date.

Let us know you’ll be joining us via our Facebook page. The picture above is one of the lots to be sold on the night, ” A Pewter Sea”, by Merlyn Chesterman.


Ben Tajima & Becky Doe

Two talented musicians live on stage. 25% of proceeds go to Home From Home

Friday 27th April, 2018 at 8.30pm

Union Inn, Moretonhampstead

Ben TajimaGig2


Soup for Syria

Delicious home-made soup. Handmade bowl by Penny Simpson. Keep the bowl!

SoupPennyBowlSaturday 21st April, 2018 from 12 noon

Community Club, Court Street, Moretonhampstead

‘Soup for Syria’ – organised by local ceramicist Penny Simpson – is returning to Moreton on Saturday 21st April, at the Community Club from 12.00 until 2pm.

The last ‘Soup for Syria’ event raised over £1,000 and the organisers are hoping to do even better this time.

“The Community Club is better able to cope with numbers than my studio, so people can sit down more comfortably,” says Penny. “I’ll also organise a raffle, so if you have any suitable prizes which you would like to donate, that would be great.  I will ask other crafts people for raffle donations, so we should have a good haul!”

Soup for Syria will run from 12.00 to 2.00 on the day.  The charge will be £12.00 for a bowl of soup -with bread and some cheese – and customers get to keep the bowl.  Penny and her apprentice will be making over 100 bowls.

Proceeds from the day will be going to Home From Home, aiming to use a Government-backed scheme to help a Syrian refugee family to rebuild their lives in safety in Moretonhampstead.

If anyone can help by preparing ingredients, cooking soup, donating raffle prizes, or helping to serve on the day, contact Penny Simpson direct – either at her studio, 44a Court Street, or by email:

Download our poster and display it in your window.


The Kindness of Strangers

Terri Bate’s journey from Lustleigh to Australia and back…on a bicycle!

Friday 13th April, 2018 at 7.30pm

Parish Hall, Moretonhampstead


Lustleigh resident Terri Bate is “a retired midwife, woolgatherer and great knitter”  who has always had a hankering for travel.  Sadly her husband (of 35+yrs) didn’t share her dream of exploring far flung places, so she settled for the occasional short foray to foreign lands.

When Terri’s sister moved to Australia, she kept pestering Terri to visit.  It was when Terri’s friend Mon travelled to Australia by bus – “a good idea, but expensive” – the germ of an idea was planted.

Inspired by Claire Hyne, Ann Wilson, Dervla Murphy, Josie Dew and others,  Terri decided to go by bicycle.  Terri says “Hubby was happy(ish) to stay at home and keep house.”

As Terri was retired from work, her son was grown, the dog had died and April Fool’s Day 2016 came around, the time was right.

“18 months is not very long to circumnavigate the world, when one is slow and fairly unfit,” so Terri accepted lifts when offered, and took planes, trains, buses and ferries where needed.

Nevertheless, she still managed to actually pedal around 10,000km to Kangaroo Island. On the return leg, after flying to Lisbon from Brisbane, Terri came home via the Camino de Santiago – pedalling the same Thorn Raven bicycle she set out on.

The evening – raising funds for Home from Home –  will be a slideshow and talk about her 18 month adventure across Europe, Asia and Australia; camping, knitting, spinning, painting and meeting many, many kind folk along the way.

Entry is free of charge. A bar will be available from 7pm. Donations welcome.

Download our poster and display it in your window.


SYRIA: How Moreton is Helping

Friday 23rd March, 2018 at 7.30pm

Parish Hall

We can’t solve all the problems of Syria from our Dartmoor home. But we can make a difference to at least one family of refugees.

Come and join us at Moretonhampstead Parish Hall on Friday 23rd March.

It’s your chance to find out how Home from Home is working to give a Syrian family the chance to rebuild their lives in safety in our community.

Our guest speakers will talk about:

  • how our Government-backed community scheme works
  • how other communities in Devon have already successfully settled their Syrian families
  • what you can do to help

There’ll also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Entry is free of charge. Light refreshments and a bar will be available.