Dartmoor Plodders

No Retreat-No Surrender

R&R Day 2022

POSTPONED - I have just tested positive for Covid, so it isn't possible to run the R&R safely.

Date – Monday 2nd May 2022

Start Time – 0930hrs

End Time – Approx 1500hrs

Dropoff/Pickup – Whiteworks Parking Area (Shows on Google Maps - link below)

https://maps.app.goo.gl/43FQtffoFpRE2PqT6


If you are displaying any Covid symptoms, or have been in contact with Covid at all in the 1 week prior to the R&R, please let us know and DO NOT attend. 

Welcome to the R&R 2022. Below here you will find all the details for this years R&R. This year is a single day, where we will endeavour to fulfil your wishes for fun and fear. I mean fun. Wait, fun and fun? Hmm. Well it'll be a good time anyway! 

After a long(or short) training season with us, the time has come to relax in preparation for the Event itself.


About the weekend

You will be expected to take part with an enthusiasm matched only by your appetite for the unusual. We have many dire challenges which will tax you both mentally and physically, which for some will involve remembering to acquire the capability of deploying grey matter at times...
No one leaves R and R
Actually I should finish the above sentence. No one leaves R and R without memories that will last forever, the bonds forged between you and your team mates will make you a stronger and more able person.
Some of the activities involve an element of thrill which you may not have previously experienced and often involve getting soaked and cold and dirty and muddy and bemused as to why you are enjoying it so much, please do not be alarmed if you experience an overwhelming feeling of joy and rapture.
The venue does not support modern telecommunication devices so bringing your phone is your choice, and if you wish to alert an uninterested world to your every movement via tweets or facebook, be prepared for disappointment. 
Bringing a camera is a good idea, but you must be prepared to look after it all by yourself, we cannot accept any responsibility for lost or broken valuables. 
You will not need any spending money.

R&R Kitlist

  • Bin Bags, or other receptacle for wet and muddy wear
  • Standard Packed Lunch
  • 2 changes of clothes, including Specialist set below
  • Clothing suitable and capable of absorbing large amounts of wet, cold and rather stinky mud/bugs/water(dirty), which you feel will not upset those who have to wash them later, and which are not cherished too much. ( It's ok to steal your siblings clothing for this )
  • A cake, biscuits or nice edible thing of your choice. These items go to the free table and will be available at all times to nibble on, fawn over and generally stuff yourself with between, during and after regular feeding trough time
  • The ability to feed yourself using nothing more than balance, your nose and possibly mouth. ( For various eating contests )
  • Anything else I have forgotten ( Don't come whining to me saying I didn't tell you )

In addition to both of the above, and not at all special for this or any other years event:

The mystery item. No one can tell you exactly what the mystery item is, the actual object is shrouded in deep mystery, mythology and legend. However, in the interests of public disclosure, we are able to give you a certain amount of clues, which should enable you through diligence and lateral thinking, to come up with the exact item. This year, there may or may not be two items to choose from, you may bring one, both, or all three. The choice, is yours. (But it will still be wrong). 
Don't ask Huck what it is as he will not tell you, just bring your object to the R&R . 
The Clues
You item should be largely round with a straight edge in only 1 plane. If used it can be done both correctly and incorrectly, although both are valid in its own circles. Size is generally likened to a melon, and usually thin. The item is formed of one main shape, with a single protrusion providing function. Originally designed around one world, your item should be considered of far more widespread use. 

R&R 2019

Friday 3rd May 2019

You need to present yourselves at Scout Hut (SX 581 674) at 18:30 prompt. Please see directions way below...
Please have tea/dinner at home before departure, we will be supplying supper later on in the evening.

Sunday 5th May 2019

Arrange for homeward lifts from Scout Hut (SX 581 674) for 14:30. 

Could anybody who has special food requirements text Huck ASAP, so that we can arrange to accommodate this 

Kit required
Boots
Indoor shoes/trainers/slippers/uggs
Waterproofs
Changes of clothing sufficient for your stay ( You will not need high fashion accessories or diddy bop attire)
Personal administration kit, comprising teeth cleaning tools, face, neck and behind the ears scrubbing brush or similar, a towel large enough to be of practical use
TeaTowel
Sleeping bag
Fear factor 35-50 pills or similar anxiety management preparations
Note pad and writing stick (Crayons will do for Patrick, it's just safer that way)
Clothing suitable and capable of absorbing large amounts of wet, cold and rather stinky mud/bugs/water(dirty), which you feel will not upset those who have to wash them later, and which are not cherished too much. ( It's ok to steal your siblings clothing for this )
Minimum of 5 strong plastic rubbish sacks-For containing laundry and wet clothing etc 
Torch
Pillow for those with soft heads. None for normal Plodders
The most outrageously huge and dangerous looking water cannon/pistol you can legally own
Handkerchiefs if you think you will need to dry your eyes after being beaten in a water fight. Not required for normal Plodders
A cake, biscuits or nice edible thing of your choice. These items go to the free table and will be available at all times to nibble on, fawn over and generally stuff yourself with between, during and after regular feeding trough times
A healthy appetite. 
The ability to feed yourself using nothing more than balance, your nose and possibly mouth. ( For various eating contests )
A string of garlic or other suitable defence against things that go bump in the night
Mentioned above, but by now you have forgotten again, but one set of clothes that you do not mind being trashed beyond all reasonable doubt. Like your brother or sisters stuff for instance. Or you Mums, and just hope she doesn't read this
Optional musical instrument
Anything else I have forgotten ( Don't come whining to me saying I didn't tell you )

In addition to the above, and special for this years R&R, along with some others:

One or more exquisitely wrapped gift, which has a value of less than £1 ( you can bring anything you like, and as many as you like, these gifts are for the .four game and you may not necessarily get them back )

In addition to both of the above, and not at all special for this or any other years event:

The mystery item. No one can tell you exactly what the mystery item is, the actual object is shrouded in deep mystery, mythology and legend. However, in the interests of public disclosure, we are able to give you a certain amount of clues, which should enable you through diligence and lateral thinking, to come up with the exact item. This year, there may or may not be two items to choose from, you may bring one, both, or all three. The choice, is yours. (But it will still be wrong). 
Don't ask Huck what it is as he will not tell you, just bring your object to the R&R . 

The Clues

This years item can be described in the same way as a modern form of tech, a form of tech which tend to sync and be in addition to carryable fones.

Size is relative to the owner and varies between 5% and 15% in length.

Colour tends to be bright and cheerful, and the item very often features a high percentage of furbelow and flounce. It is often considered more is better, adding to the items showyness and could be considered superfluous.


This should be sufficient to work out the correct item, however for those wishing to have their lives boringly easy, see below for an extra clue.

In the world these items tend to be specific to a danseuse.


About the weekend

You will be expected to take part with an enthusiasm matched only by your appetite for the unusual. We have many dire challenges which will tax you both mentally and physically, which for some will involve remembering to acquire the capability of deploying grey matter at times...
No one leaves R and R
Actually I should finish the above sentence. No one leaves R and R without memories that will last forever, the bonds forged between you and your team mates will make you a stronger and more able person.
The accommodation is in dormitories
We will be bringing various music/noise making equipment for all to use during free periods, in addition to anything any one else does bring, we encourage everyone to have a go and make noise/ music, in a separate noise/music building
The food we provide and prepare will not allow anyone to go hungry.
Some of the activities involve an element of thrill which you may not have previously experienced and often involve getting soaked and cold and dirty and muddy and bemused as to why you are enjoying it so much, please do not be alarmed if you experience an overwhelming feeling of joy and rapture.
The venue does not support modern telecommunication devices so bringing your phone is your choice, and if you wish to alert an uninterested world to your every movement via tweets or facebook, be prepared for disappointment. 
Bringing a camera is a good idea, but you must be prepared to look after it all by yourself, we cannot accept any responsibility for lost or broken valuables. 
You will not need any spending money.

Directions

From Yelverton, follow directions to Meavy via Dousland. Once in the village take a left (straight) and head down the hill towards the river - do not follow the road right (you will see a school on your left if this is the case). Follow the road around (over a tight bridge) and up the hill. After the road has flattened out there will be a left turn signed 'Sheepstor', take this turning. Follow this road for around 1 1/2 miles, until there is a right turn signed 'Nattor', take this turning. Follow this road for around 1/2 mile until you meet a car park with a lake in it - if your kids don't recognise the car park you're in the wrong place! 

Alternatively you could us a Sat Nav to go to, what Google calls, 'Gutter Tor Refuge' PL20 6PG but if that gets you lost don't blame us! 

Technical Information for parents:

Cost - £45 per person. £10 late fee.
 

Cheques made payable to "Dartmoor Plodders" please.

Deadline - Tuesday 30th April and if newly printed, must be dried.


Should you need to contact us whilst we are at the venue, please feel free to use my mobile number - 07527468003 signal however isn't reliable. 


Huccaby S Brown  


R&R 2018

Friday 4th May 2018

You need to present yourselves at The Pengelly Centre  (SX 743 664) at 19:30 prompt. Please see directions way below...
Please have tea/dinner at home before departure, we will be supplying supper later on in the evening.

Monday 7th May 2018

Arrange for homeward lifts from The Pengelly Centre (SX 743 664) for 11:00. 

Could anybody who has special food requirements text Huck ASAP, so that we can arrange to accommodate this 

Kit required

Boots
Indoor shoes/trainers/slippers/uggs
Waterproofs
Changes of clothing sufficient for your stay ( You will not need high fashion accessories or diddy bop attire except for your costume)
Costume as described below
Personal administration kit, comprising teeth cleaning tools, face, neck and behind the ears scrubbing brush or similar, a towel large enough to be of practical use
TeaTowel
Sleeping bag
Fear factor 35-50 pills or similar anxiety management preparations
Note pad and writing stick ( Crayons will do for Alex, it's just safer that way )
Clothing suitable and capable of absorbing large amounts of wet, cold and rather stinky mud/bugs/water(dirty), which you feel will not upset those who have to wash them later, and which are not cherished too much. ( It's ok to steal your siblings clothing for this )
Minimum of 5 strong plastic rubbish sacks-For containing laundry and wet clothing etc 
Torch
Pillow for those with soft heads. None for normal Plodders
The most outrageously huge and dangerous looking water cannon/pistol you can legally own
Handkerchiefs if you think you will need to dry your eyes after being beaten in a water fight. Not required for normal Plodders
A cake, biscuits or nice edible thing of your choice. These items go to the free table and will be available at all times to nibble on, fawn over and generally stuff yourself with between, during and after regular feeding trough times
A healthy appetite. 
The ability to feed yourself using nothing more than balance, your nose and possibly mouth. ( For various eating contests )
A string of garlic or other suitable defence against things that go bump in the night
Mentioned above, but by now you have forgotten again, but one set of clothes that you do not mind being trashed beyond all reasonable doubt. Like your brother or sisters stuff for instance. Or you Mums, and just hope she doesn't read this
Optional musical instrument
Anything else I have forgotten ( Don't come whining to me saying I didn't tell you )

In addition to the above, and special for this years R&R, along with some others:

One or more exquisitely wrapped gift, which has a value of less than £1 ( you can bring anything you like, and as many as you like, these gifts are for the .four game and you may not necessarily get them back )

In addition to both of the above, and not at all special for this or any other years event:

The mystery item. No one can tell you exactly what the mystery item is, the actual object is shrouded in deep mystery, mythology and legend. However, in the interests of public disclosure, we are able to give you a certain amount of clues, which should enable you through diligence and lateral thinking, to come up with the exact item. This year, there may or may not be two items to choose from, you may bring one, both, or all three. The choice, is yours. ( But it will still be wrong ).
Don't ask Huck what it is as he will not tell you, just bring your object to the R&R . 


The Clues

This year your item should offer accessibility, and may have many homes. It could typically be constructed of 3 distinctly different round shapes, one, of which is also straight. Older versions tend to offer less by way of claspability, but now, it is all, about ergonomics. The length can be represented using an average size banana There are two autonomous widths, one approximately three garden peas and a hair wide, the other an orange and an egg wide. The straight part of the object is a nutty colour, and the other likely to be whatever you see

Costume

You know who you are 

About the weekend

You will be expected to take part with an enthusiasm matched only by your appetite for the unusual. We have many dire challenges which will tax you both mentally and physically, which for some will involve remembering to acquire the capability of deploying grey matter at times...
No one leaves R and R
Actually I should finish the above sentence. No one leaves R and R without memories that will last forever, the bonds forged between you and your team mates will make you a stronger and more able person.
The accommodation is in dormitories
We will be bringing various music/noise making equipment for all to use during free periods, in addition to anything any one else does bring, we encourage everyone to have a go and make noise/ music, in a separate noise/music building
The food we provide and prepare will not allow anyone to go hungry.
Some of the activities involve an element of thrill which you may not have previously experienced and often involve getting soaked and cold and dirty and muddy and bemused as to why you are enjoying it so much, please do not be alarmed if you experience an overwhelming feeling of joy and rapture.
The venue does not support modern telecommunication devices so bringing your phone is your choice, and if you wish to alert an uninterested world to your every movement via tweets or facebook, be prepared for disappointment. 
Bringing a camera is a good idea, but you must be prepared to look after it all by yourself, we cannot accept any responsibility for lost or broken valuables. 
You will not need any spending money.

Directions

From Plymouth,take the A38 Exeter bound, and then take the A384 exit towards Buckfast/Totnes, at the roundabout take the second exit and continue to follow the B3380/Dartbridge Road. After 0.2 miles turn right onto Russets Lane. You have then arrived.

Technical Information for parents:

Cost - £75 per person. £15 late fee.
 

Cheques made payable to "Dartmoor Plodders" please.

Deadline - Wednesday 2nd May and if newly printed, must be dried.

Should you need to contact us whilst we are at the venue, please feel free to use my mobile number - 07527468003 signal however isn't reliable. 

Huccaby S Brown  

 


2014
Friday 2nd May 2014

You need to present yourselves at Haytor lower car park (SX 765 771) at 7.30pm prompt. Please see directions way below...
Please have tea/dinner at home before departure, we will be supplying supper later on in the evening.

Monday 5th May 2014

Arrange for homeward lifts from Haytor lower car park (SX 765 771) for 2pm prompt.


Kit required

Boots
Indoor shoes/trainers/slippers
Waterproofs
Changes of clothing sufficient for your stay ( You will not need high fashion accessories or diddy bop attire )
Costume as described below
Personal administration kit, comprising teeth cleaning tools, face, neck and behind the ears scrubbing brush or similar, a towel large enough to be of practical use
TeaTowel
Sleeping bag
Fear factor 35-50 pills or similar anxiety management preparations
Note pad and writing stick ( Crayons will do for Tegan and Jo, it's just safer that way )
Clothing suitable and capable of absorbing large amounts of wet, cold and rather stinky mud/bugs/water(dirty), which you feel will not upset those who have to wash them later, and which are not cherished too much. ( It's ok to steal your siblings clothing for this )
Minimum of 5 strong plastic rubbish sacks-For containing laundry and wet clothing etc 
Torch
Pillow for those with soft heads. None for normal Plodders
The most outrageously huge and dangerous looking water cannon/pistol you can legally own
Handkerchiefs if you think you will need to dry your eyes after being beaten in a water fight. Not required for normal Plodders
A cake, biscuits or nice edible thing of your choice. These items go to the free table and will be available at all times to nibble on, fawn over and generally stuff yourself with between, during and after regular feeding trough times
A healthy appetite. 
The ability to feed yourself using nothing more than balance, your nose and possibly mouth. ( For various eating contests )
A string of garlic or other suitable defence against things that go bump in the night
Mentioned above, but by now you have forgotten again, but one set of clothes that you do not mind being trashed beyond all reasonable doubt. Like your brother or sisters stuff for instance. Or you Mums, and just hope she doesn't read this
Optional musical instrument
Anything else I have forgotten ( Don't come whining to me saying I didn't tell you )

In addition to the above, and special for this years event:

One or more exquisitely wrapped gift, which has a value of less than £1 ( you can bring anything you like, and as many as you like, these gifts are for the point4 game and you may not necessarily get them back )

In addition to both of the above, and not at all special for this or any other years event:

The mystery item. No one can tell you exactly what the mystery item is, the actual object is shrouded in deep mystery, mythology and legend. However, in the interests of public disclosure, we are able to give you a certain amount of clues, which should enable you through diligence and lateral thinking, to come up with the exact item. This year, there may or may not be two items to choose from, you may bring one, both, or all three. The choice, is yours. ( But it will still be wrong )

The Clues
This year your item must weigh less than a giraffe, but more than a phone. Its length must be equivalent to that of a scaled yardstick, and the shape must be perpendicularly cylindrical and square at the same time or not at all. Other shape factors could often be regarded as vesselular objects. The weight and shape of your chosen object doesn't tend to be linked.


Costume

Guys- You need to dress as French CanCan dancers. There are some musts associated with this role but you can of course add more features. use your imagination... and Google...    so you must have- Cheeks Rouge'd up(this will be for the whole of the R&R, so bring plenty of rouging stuff), frilly knickers, fishnets  and bright red lipstick. Also note the joint requirement below.

Gals- You need to dress as French Onion Sellers. Again there are some musts, along with the universal must, for your role, which you can, again, add to of course. So the musts.... A string of onions, Biggest and plasticest baguette that you can find, Beret and a Stripped t-shirt(blue or red on white). Also pay attention to the common requirement below.

BOTH- All those attending the R&R MUST have a suitable moustache. This can be real or fake for the girls, but guys best have fake.


About the weekend

You will be expected to take part with an enthusiasm matched only by your appetite for the unusual. We have many dire challenges which will tax you both mentally and physically, which for some will involve remembering to acquire the capability of deploying grey matter at times...
No one leaves R and R
Actually I should finish the above sentance. No one leaves R and R without memories that will last forever, the bonds forged between you and your team mates will make you a stronger and more able person.
The accomodation is in dormitories
We will be bringing various music/noise making equipment for all to use during free periods, in addition to anything any one else does bring, we encourage everyone to have a go and make noise/ music, in a separate noise/music building
The food we provide and prepare will not allow anyone to go hungry.
Some of the activities involve an element of thrill which you may not have previously experienced and often involve getting soaked and cold and dirty and muddy and bemused as to why you are enjoying it so much, please do not be alarmed if you experience an overwhelming feeling of joy and rapture.
The venue does not support modern telecommunication devices so bringing your phone is your choice, and if you wish to alert an uninterested world to your every movement via tweets or facebook, be prepared for disappointment. 
Bringing a camera is a good idea, but you must be prepared to look after it all by yourself.
You will not need any spending money.


Directions

From Plymouth,take the A38 Exeter bound, and take the Newton Abbot exit (By Trago Mills), and then from there follow the signs to Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead ( second exit ), and follow that road towards Bovey Tracey. At the first roundabout, continue on the A382 ( second exit ), and then take the B3387 ( first exit ) at the next, this will  be signposted to Haytor. Follow this road for 3 1/4 miles and then the carpark is on the left. It is at the bottom of the hill up to Haytor Rocks.


Technical Information for parents

Cost - £95 per person.
Deadline - Sunday 13th April (First Mock) Cheques made payable to "Dartmoor Plodders" please.
       

Should you need to contact us whilst we are at the venue, please feel free to use my mobile number - 07527468003