European election leaflets 24 May 2019
Here belatedly are the leaflets that appeared through my door in the run up to the European elections. What are the implications of each for Exeter and St Loyes?
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Local leaflets 2019 13 April 2019
It’s the run-up to the local elections on 2 May, and leaflets for the candidates have been popping through my letter box. Here are the various party leaflets since the last local elections in 2018, roughly in the order they arrived, most recent first. Most of the parties seem to have grasped that these elections ...Read more »
Where am I? Who can help me? 9 April 2019
I’ve written before about how the St Loyes ward is in the Exeter City Council area, but in the East Devon constituency, and how since 2016 the boundaries of the two don’t quite match, and nor do the boundaries of St Loyes and the Devon County Council division of Wonford & St Loyes.
What other boundaries don’t ...Read more »
Problematic politics 15 December 2018
The St Loyes Ward has a funny position in Exeter. It is part of the Exeter City Council area. However, in 2010 the Parliamentary Constituency boundaries were redrawn, and St Loyes was moved from Exeter to East Devon.
I saw something of the campaigning in the 2017 General Election, and found that many residents did not know which ...Read more »
NEW!! Resources for schools and communities 13 December 2018
I’ve just uploaded two sets of ideas for place-based activities in schools and communities. Head on over to the Resources page for these and for more links to other resources around the website.
It would be great if any of these suggested activities could be used to connect the people with the place and with each other: young ...Read more »
How well do you know St Loyes? 12 December 2018
The Office for National Statistics had the original and best “How well do you know your area” quiz – see Alan Smith’s talk at TEDxExeter – but it is no longer available online.
Have a go at this InYourArea quiz instead.
Then if you would like to find out more about St Loyes, here are some useful ...Read more »
The old ways 15 October 2018
There are several old routes through Digby. What are now Quarry Lane and Digby Drive both appear on the 1801 drawing for the first edition Ordnance Survey map of Exeter, and are probably much older.
The route of Quarry Lane still exists, from the bottom of East Wonford Hill, past the Heavitree Stone quarries, and east ...Read more »
Bypass Camp 15 October 2018
The area from Rydon Park to Toby Carvery used to be occupied by a military camp. It is recorded on Luftwaffe aerial photographs of 1st July 1940. It is possible that this is ‘Bypass Camp’ which was the base for the 4th United States Army Quartermaster Company and 704th Ordnance Company of the 4th Infantry ...Read more »
What on earth is the Kyrangle? 10 July 2018
Thank you for asking! When I named the “Star Spangled Kyrangle”, I thought it was common knowledge, as it is marked on Google Maps. But it managed to bemuse some local residents who hadn’t heard the name before.
It’s the area of green next to Clyst Heath School, west of the railway line. In times past, ...Read more »
Warwick Road wilderness 26 June 2018
Following the “Minecraft my home” meet-up, my local councillor Peter Holland made the following request:
What I am hoping to do is show the Planning Committee what will be ‘lost’ if a footpath is constructed along the back of the proposed DCH/Cygnet housing development. It is only a very small strip of land which borders the ...Read more »
It’s Minecraft, but is it art? 17 June 2018
Here are two works of art that I have installed in the St Loyes Minecraft world. What others would you like to see? Maybe Anthony Gormley’s “Angel of the North” on a high point in Ludwell Valley Park? Or “A Line Made by Walking” by Richard Long? Or you could make your own.
The Tate’s purchase in 1972 ...Read more »
Subversion in Minecraft 1 June 2018
Previously, I’ve written about how people in St Loyes are subverting the ‘normal’ design for the car, and making desire paths. Now, in Minecraft, I’m rolling out the red carpet for these champions of life, liberty and the pursuit of walking!
The pedestrian crossings on Rydon Lane are at road junctions, inconvenient for actual footpaths. You ...Read more »
Imagine a Community Hub 30 May 2018
St Loyes is a mishmash of council housing, mobile homes, old and new suburbs, industrial estate, retail park, M5 J30 services and part of Ludwell Valley Park.
There is no community centre, post office, or anything obvious that connects people and provides heart. There are a few cafés for workers on Sowton, but there aren’t really any ...Read more »
Minecraft my home meetup 28 May 2018
As part of Art Week Exeter, which ran from 22-28 May I held a Minecraft meetup in St Loyes on Sat 26 May.
It was an opportunity for some to learn about Minecraft, and for others to indulge in play.
So within the online world, we now have two herds of ocelots and cows roaming free, and ...Read more »
Horrible history of Ringswell 24 May 2018
As you head out of Exeter on Honiton Road, you pass Ringswell Avenue on the left and Ringswell Park on the right. The name is one indicator of what happened here between the 16th and 18th centuries. The bus shelter round the corner on Sidmouth Road used to show the name of the stop, which ...Read more »
Horrible history of Clyst Heath 23 May 2018
What lies beneath Bishop’s Court and the A379 spur off Junction 30 of the M5? The answer is the site of the two battles of Clyst Heath in 1455 during the Wars of the Roses and 1549 during the Prayer Book Rebellion. The OS Explorer Map has a little crossed-swords symbol to mark the both ...Read more »
Horrible history of Exe Vale Tesco 22 May 2018
Did you know? St Loyes has quite the horrible history, what with hangings, massacres, battles and burials, and a mental asylum.
For example, the Exe Vale Tesco store and car park are built on the burial ground of a 16th century battle. According to the Historic Environment Record, a farmer unearthed dozens of bones in the 1960s ...Read more »
Planning applications and imagining alternatives 16 May 2018
There doesn’t seem to be a week goes by without the announcement of a proposed development in St Loyes, or that will affect St Loyes. At the moment I can think of the following, at various stages of approval:
McCarthy & Stone off Russell Way near Tesco – DevonLive 13 Mar 2018
Retail on the Tesco car ...Read more »
Local leaflets 2018 1 May 2018
It’s the run-up to the local elections, and I’ve been collecting leaflets over the past few months. These are roughly in the order they were pushed through my letter box, most recent first.
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Visit St Loyes! 18 April 2018
Exeter City Futures have produced a St Loyes world in Minecraft for me. After flying around it for a while, I started seeking out some interesting views and taking screenshots.
Then I made myself a St Loyes Tourist Board hat, put it on, and had some fun making these old-style railway posters. Hopefully a couple will ...Read more »