Here we are at Seale Hayne!
Once a famous agricultural college (thanks to a man called
Charles Seale Hayne
who left the bulk of his considerable estate to:
''establish and endow a college...'');
later on, passing into the hands of Plymouth University;
after that, becoming the subject of much controversy when the university
decided in its wisdom to relocate and restructure
(which had absolutely nothing to do with the Teignbridge structure plan,
a possible huge housing development on the site, money ,
(kerching kerching ...you get the picture!)
It was back in 2002, (Charles Seale Hayne could probably
be heard turning in his grave ! ) when students and staff
found out the devastating news...they had to relocate to Plymouth!
Not good news!
It was only a year before that, when Nich and myself
had visited a Seale Hayne Open Day, with a view to considering
certain degree options/courses and we listened to various speakers
promoting Seale Hayne and then wandered around taking in the
beautiful surroundings...and believe me it is very beautiful.
Prior to that, I'd taken a class of children to Seale Hayne, whilst
learning about food and farming and we'd had a wonderful time there.
Well, there were many protests about the closure but to no avail.
Indeed, the housing development looked like it might well happen...but
thankfully in the end it all fell through! Yippee!
In 2009, a new buyer was found....
The Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, a charity that provides education
and care for young people with severe disabilities.
You can read about Hannahs at Seale Hayne, here:
We wandered around on Saturday, looking at the various craft units
Most of them were locked , it being the weekend but
my camera zoomed in on Nicky's new home:
And it was lovely to see what was on offer in the craft shop at Seale Hayne,
as well as have coffee in the busy little cafe .
I think that Charles Seale Hayne would be quite relieved
to see crafters and educators going about their business
on what was once his land. I reckon he can sleep easy now!
As for the University trying to make a fast buck from something
which was not left to them...well words fail me and so
I'll say no more on that subject...apart from the fact that it is they who,
in their greed, ( in my opinion )
attempted to take away education from this beautiful spot.
Charles Seale Hayne was once an MP ...for Ashburton!
I think he'd be very happy to see such a thriving and bustling town!
And that was the next stop on our little outing!