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5th-8th May 2011                                   

Kingsteignton, Devon, England                                 


With 2011 well on the way but still reminiscing about the wonderful times we had in Germany and 3ma10, we have been very busy organising 3ma11.


Our base for 3ma11 will be the Passage House Hotel in Kingsteignton near Newton Abbot in Devon, England.


Founded in the early eighth century as the centre of a vast Saxon estate between Teignmouth and Manaton, Kingsteignton  was a key settlement providing rich pickings for Danish raiders who came in 1001. It is situated at the head of the Teign estuary, and it has been established as the centre of the clay industry since 1791 when Josiah Wedgwood first purchased Kingsteignton clay; a fine quality clay deposited by a quirk of geology on the eastern edge of the Bovey Basin about 40 million years ago.


Kingsteignton was, until recently, purported to be the largest village in England. In 1982 the village of Kingsteignton was under threat of becoming part of the town of Newton Abbot so the Parish Council decided that Kingsteignton should become a town to protect its separate identity. The decision to change its status without any consultation angered many residents and a referendum restored the village status.  By 2008 the village, with a population of over 13,000, was of a size bigger than many of the towns in Teignbridge - in fact, it is the third largest settlement after Newton Abbot & Teignmouth. There was then once again an impending threat of local government reorganisation which would have meant that Kingsteignton would be taken over by Newton Abbot so the Parish Council took the decision to change status again and become a town. The 'new' town of Kingsteignton was born on 1st January 2009.

The Passage House Hotel is one of the best equipped hotels in the Newton Abbot area and is the only large hotel in Kingsteignton. It offers a range of amenities for everyone to enjoy, from conference facilities to a health spa and leisure club and most importantly for us, it has several car parks with plenty of onsite parking. There has been a hostelry next to the tidal ford on the site since Roman times. Travellers would arrive and wait to cross the river and the hostelry became known as the ‘passage way’. The Passage House Hotel was built next to this 17th century Inn on the banks of the Teign estuary. This south Devon hotel offers everything you would expect from a modern hotel, with the benefits of friendly personal service and a genuinely warm welcome.

We have negotiated a special inclusive deal for dinner, bed and breakfast and we'll also have free reserved parking for our 131s. Please see details of our special 3ma11 hotel deal in the Travel & Accommodation section of our website and ensure you book your rooms early to avoid disappointment as alternative accommodation in the area is near impossible with the Passage House Hotel being the only large hotel in Kingsteignton. 


If you are joining us for the 3ma in 2011 please complete the 3ma11 Registration form.



The 3ma Team

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