Chairman’s Report 2018

At the core of the CADAS programme and objectives are the many talks and visits that we organise. Already this year, we have been treated to some excellent and diverse presentations ranging from walking the Camino Way in Spain to issues affecting the food we eat, the work of a Toastmaster, and the building of Buckfast Abbey.

We were even able to squeeze in an additional talk in January when, in conjunction with Chudleigh Wild, we organised a speaker from Devon Wildlife Trust to talk about their project looking into the Mires of Dartmoor, and their importance in maintaining the ecology of the moor.

All our events have all been well attended and I look forward to the last talks of this season when in October, Jack Nott (former Exe Harbour Master) will talk about the construction of one of England’s oldest canals, and in November Lady Clifford will tell us about the restoration of Ugbrooke House.

Our visits this year have focussed on our programme of talks. Following Mark Cottle’s presentation in March about the building of Buckfast Abbey.

We visited the Abbey in May on a delightfully warm day which made the visit relaxed and memorable, especially since we were welcomed by one of the most senior monks.

Buckfast Abbey, Devon

In July, over 30 people were given a very special tour of Ugbrooke House since we were joined by Lord Clifford, who added his own reflections and anecdotes to those of our official guides.

We were delighted to be joined by members of Chudleigh History Group for this visit.

In 2016, we had a talk about the Stover Canal and in August, John Ellis from the Stover Canal Trust gave us a most informative guided walk explaining the workings of the Canal and, by reference to historic pictures, showing us what we would have seen when it was operational.

Stover Canal

Over the last two years, CADAS has been responsible for funding the replacement of the trees that have died in Lawn Drive, and also with the aid of Primary School children, planting daffodils around their bases.

Over 2,000 daffodil bulbs were planted around Chudleigh, in the churchyard of the Parish Church, in the beds around the War Memorial, and at the entrance to Chudleigh on the road from Exeter.

These all gave a very welcoming show this Spring. Thanks to the donation of more snowdrops, we should soon see a carpet of snowdrops in front of the Church in early Spring.

Chudleigh Church

Since the inauguration of the Chudleigh Mosaic, one of our long term ambitions has been to supplement this installation with other mosaics around the Town depicting the history of Chudleigh.

During the last three years, we have managed to raise £1,200 to take this project forward. Recently an artist working with children in Chudleigh C of E Primary School have designed and created 3 mosaics which should be completed in November and which will be mounted outside the Library, Constitutional Club and in the Woodway Room.

CADAS has been in discussion for some time with the Conservation Officers at Teignbridge District Council and Chudleigh Town Councillors about the control of changes to properties in the Chudleigh Conservation Area (CCA). We need to retain features of historic merit.

In March/April 2017, members of CADAS assisted by members of Chudleigh Camera Club photographed the frontages of all the properties in the CCA with the intention of placing them on our website in due course.

In July 2017, we were asked by the Parish Church to mount an exhibit during Chudfest to show the sort of features in the CCA that we would like to preserve.

With assistance of two of our members, David Offiler and James Bushell, I was able to assemble an exhibit of 40 photographs and copies of these photographs can be viewed in our Chudleigh Conservation Area photo gallery page on this website.

Our website created by Oliver Stone, one of our members, now contains many historical photographs of Chudleigh, the oral history project from 2000, and details of all of CADAS events and talks, and is a really useful reference point of information about CADAS.

The next part of the CCA project will be to identify specific properties which have special historic significance, or unique architectural features, so that they can be placed on a Heritage Asset list.

To do this, we need to identify volunteers who have a special interest or knowledge in this area to help us.

If you know anyone who might be able to help, then please ask them to contact me at

At the next AGM, I shall be standing down as Chairman but will be happy to continue to serve on the CADAS Committee if required.

Best wishes

Andrew Turnbull