Emerging Into Light was a project that Littleham Squilometre ran during the early summer of 2021, as the country came out of a long, covid-19 lockdown. It ran online, as restrictions remained in place, but encouraged everyone to begin to emerge into the community once again. The information below was shared during the project.
Does it feel challenging to talk about re-emerging into community life; stepping outside our doors again to meet with neighbours and share some fun events?
Or perhaps you’re already doing that and can’t wait to do some more.
The fact is, it will be some while before we understand all the social effects of lockdown and how it has differed for people. In the meantime, we’ve been working on some gentle ideas to help a re-emergence into the light.
“DID YOU KNOW? STROLLS" AND THE GOLDEN HOUR This is about taking a walk down your street in the hour before sunset. That’s when the light is at its best so you might want to take your camera. Here are some suggested subjects for your eye, mind and camera in different streets in the Littleham area.
DID YOU KNOW? LITTLEHAM FACT #1 Nelson Drive is named after one of Littleham’s 18th century celebrities. Lady Nelson, wife of Horatio Nelson (of Nelson’s Column fame…and the Battle of Trafalgar), lived in Exmouth in her later years, and she is buried at Littleham Church. We invite you to take a wander between Nelson Drive and the church, and connect the past to the present as you go. Look for the tomb with the railings - the only ones in the churchyard to be spared the melting-down of ironwork for the war effort in the 1940s?
DID YOU KNOW? LITTLEHAM FACT #2 There were about 26 orchards across Littleham back in 1844 - as well as arable farmland, meadows and pastures. Today, we residents have our own orchard, planted 6 years ago just off Bidmead Close. We invite you to take a stroll to the community orchard and enjoy the apple blossom before it goes over. When it's dry(!), the hour before sunset gives everything a beautiul glowing light, perfect for taking photos, and fewer people are out and about. Or, choose a time that feels safest to you. Do you know anyone who helped to plant today’s orchard?
DID YOU KNOW? LITTLEHAM FACT #3 Have you noticed that the Magnolia Avenue play area is kidney-shaped? Did you know that its path and fence follow the shape of an historic pond? Overlaying today’s satellite images over old maps, you can clearly see the link between the present and the past. We invite you to walk to the park and take a closer look. You might spot a slight dip that you haven’t noticed before. Do you remember a pond here? Do you know why it was there?
DID YOU KNOW? LITTLEHAM FACT #4 Mountain Close is named after a nearby farm. Mountain Farm is just off Salterton Road and has existed since at least 1844. You can see it when you walk along the cycle path to Budleigh, just a few minutes from Capel Lane. We invite you to take a stroll from Mountain Close to the cycle path to spot the farmhouse. Do you know where the name Mountain comes from?
DID YOU KNOW? LITTLEHAM FACT #5 There is a vast underground reservoir near Salterton Close, Capel Lane. Plans for a service tank here were first submitted in 1899, drawn up by a Mr. Henry Rofe, a renowned civil engineer from Westminster. We invite you to stroll along Capel Lane and consider what might lie beneath your feet as you go.
If you're nervous about meeting with others, for whatever reason, then you can take your DID YOU KNOW stroll at the times when you feel safest of course.