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The Inaugural Manning's Pit

Poetry Competition

Highly Commended

Sheena Ferguson

Sheena Ferguson, Pilton Street
(Sheena lives in the house where Benjamin
Manning lived back in the 1800s)

Sheena told us:

Born in central London I grew up in North West London, eventually meeting my Somerset-born husband through mutual friends. Perhaps inevitably we were drawn to
the Westcountry and moved there thirty-five years ago with our two young children. I remember asking Pauline Hart, at the time owner of Pilton Stores, where Manning’s Pit was. The name did not sound particularly attractive, but she said it was the place by the river where the locals go for their picnics – so off we went, after school, to investigate.

We were not disappointed as our first summer was very hot and sunny and we often visited Manning’s Pit and also the nearby beaches. It so happens that we bought the
house owned by Benjamin Manning so we feel a connection there too.


Sheena's Poem

Please Save Manning's Pit

There was a young person from Pilton
Who said Manning's Pit CAN'T be built on!
'T would be Paradise Lost
At too great a cost -
(My apologies to poet John Milton.)