You might have spotted a yellow box in the Community Shop
with a poster showing our logo. We are the North Devon project of the Hygiene
Bank and we are gathering unused hygiene products to distribute within the
local community via charities, community groups and food banks.
We encourage donation of products and fundraise to
purchase hygiene products. The funding is a lifeline to purchase essential
hygiene items for people who are experiencing financial difficulties and unable
to afford these basic items. Feeling clean shouldn't be a luxury or a privilege
for anyone in our society, yet many are living in poverty and can't afford to
The Hygiene Bank has been operating in various parts of
the UK since 2018 and we are currently establishing a north Devon area project.
Our beneficiary groups include Encompass South West, Belles Place, Northern
Devon Foodbank, Family Care/Intervention. We will be working closely with these
organisations to address the hygiene poverty in the area.
hygiene is about dignity. Imagine not being able to wash your hair, brush
your teeth, change your baby's nappy or afford sanitary protection. This
is happening to people today for a variety of reasons: low wages, high
housing costs, benefit cuts, illness or bereavement. Hygiene poverty is
shaming, excluding and isolating and the work of the Hygiene Bank directly
benefits those in crisis.
Help us to help
those in hygiene poverty.
We hope to build
enough stock to ensure that we can provide a constant, reliable supply of
product to help stamp out hygiene poverty and with your help we can succeed in
making this a reality. We need toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, nail
clippers, soap, deodorant, cleaning products, hair brushes, cleaning sprays and
any hygiene related product. These have to be unused and in date.
us fill this box so that we can get these products to the people who need them.
to the first weather report for 2021. January started off with quite a change
to cooler brighter weather. On the first it was bright, dry and frosty with
half cloud cover, at 0400hrs the temperature was -1.8˚C and only made
5.3˚C by 2100hrs. The wind was gentle from the North, and at lunch time
we had a light shower which started the rain gauge off for the year with 1mm. The
barometer was reading 1009.7mbars as the New Year arrived and was rising
throughout the day. The sun did not manage to shine on the Sterridge all day.
Please remember the hours recorded here in the Valley at this time of the year
may be reduced due to the sunlight being screened by the surrounding hills and
over the month the warmest days were the 19th and 20th at 11.5˚C [average
high 12.54˚C] which was when storm Christoph arrived; the coldest days
were the7th and 25th at -1.9˚C [average low -2.27˚C]. The winds
were generally light and only reached 33mph [average 41.62mph] from the South
on the 29th. I recorded the lowest wind chill of -1.9˚C on the 7th and 25th
[average -3.76˚C.] The rainfall total for the month was 163.4mm [average
143.55mm], the wettest day was the 19th with 19.4mm in the gauge. We also had
three days when it snowed although it was only light, but on the 22nd I did
manage to take this photo before it melted.
barometric pressure varied with a high of 1030.7mbars on the 15th and a low on
the 20th at 974.9mbars. Sunshine was in short supply with the best
day on the 29th at1.53 hours and a total of 8.23 hours for the month
[average14.12 hours] Humidity was generally high around the 96% but did fall
to 73% on the 5th.
first of February started off dull with 8/8 low cloud cover. The temperature
ranged between 3.9˚C and 8.0˚C. The wind was light from the South
with a top gust of 10 mph. Lowest wind chill was
3.9˚C. We had 6.0mm of rain and the barometer was rising from
990.0mbars. to 998.5mbars. by 1500hrs before starting to fall. The sun only
shone for 0.99 hour.
at the month, the warmest day was on the 24th with a top temperature of
14.1˚C [average 13.05˚C], the mercury fell to -3.1˚C on 11th [average
-2.03˚C]. The maximum wind speed was 37mph [average 40.33mph] on the 23rd
from the SSW. The lowest wind chill was on the 11th at -2.8˚C [average
-4.3˚C]. The wettest day was on the 14th when 10.4mm fell, total for the
month was 85.2mm [average 119.0mm] and for this year 248.6mm. The barometer
ranged from a low on the 2nd of 989.7mbars. to a high on the 27th of
1042.3mbars. Sunshine hours were much better than January at 38.88 [average
43.23hours]. Humidity was generally high at 95% on many days but was only 56%
at 1800hrs on the 12th. On the 7th we had storm Darcy [named by the UK Met Office]
arrive but it did not produce anything out of the ordinary apart from a few snow
flurries. Scotland and the North took the brunt with very low temperatures
and plenty of snow.
is nice to see the first signs of Spring showing and the sunshine makes the
daffodils look outstanding. I hope the spring weather stays good so we can
get out into our gardens and take our minds off the lockdown as it continues.
care and stay safe. Simon
FROM OUR VILLAGE SHOP
Spring is in the Air
we are, at last, in April with the promise of warmer weather and the prospect
of blossom appearing on the trees and in our gardens. But sadly, due to
ongoing restrictions, we have had no option but to cancel next month's Great
Berrynarbor Plant Sale.
if you have spare plants you were going to donate to the event, you can bring
them along to the shop instead. They will be most welcome! And, on the
subject of gardening, the shop has Durston's excellent compost available at
last year's prices.
are also now stocking Beebombs. These are native wild seedballs which will
bring a touch of the spring meadow to your garden and help to bring back the
bees and the butterflies. No real gardening skills are required and they can
be scattered at any time of year. These Beebombs are handmade in Dorset and
will make a great gift for all nature lovers.
are lots of special Spring Offers now on our shelves. Check out our bargains on
Lyons Gold Roast [just £1] and Miles Ground coffee and loose tea. Of course,
you'll need something to go with them so we have Burts crisps both 40g and 150g
at knock down prices! Hurry while stocks last.
in we have a range of Free products including white bread mix, pasta base mix,
stem ginger, double chocolate, chocolate chip and lemon zest cookies. All
these products are free from gluten, milk, peanut, egg and soy but full of
great, natural taste.
May arrives, we shall hopefully see wonderful barbecue weather [fingers
crossed!] and to help wash that down we'll have special offers on ciders, local
beers and soft drinks. Don't miss out.
Village Shop relies on its network of wonderful volunteers; without them we
couldn't survive. So, what motivates someone to come forward and give just a
few hours a week behind the counter? We asked Jenny Cookson and here's what
she told us:
have been a volunteer from the first day our community shop opened in 2004. I
really enjoy taking part, not only for the sense of giving to my community and
keeping my brain working, but also the fun and social aspect of meeting most of
our villagers on a regular basis - the chats and information titbits are
priceless. Our Shop and Post Office really are one of the cornerstones of
village life and has been through the decades."
you would like to join Jenny to become one of our volunteers, just have a chat
with Karen, Annie or Susan. No experience necessary and you will be made most
mentioned in the previous edition of the Newsletter, a new lockdown was
introduced following the Prime Minister's broadcast on the 4th January.
therefore comes as no surprise that Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Pip &
Jim's churches remain closed until further notice.
following the UK vaccination programme, which as you all know by now has been
an unqualified success, coupled with the restrictions placed upon us all at
this difficult time, has happily shown a substantial reduction in hospital
cases, and has, for the moment at least, given us all hope for the future. It
is therefore hoped that our church and others in neighbouring communities will
be opened in the coming months.
to the church are progressing very well, and renovation to the cast iron
guttering and downpipes is now underway. As I'm sure you all know, the rain,
cold temperatures and strong winds have severely hampered our intrepid building
workers and we all hope that better weather arrives soon.
Vicar, Rev. Peter Churcher, has recently had to reduce his pastoral care and
activities due to his wife's illness and this has meant that he has to devote
more of his time to his four children with regard to their schooling and
general welfare. This has meant that attending to three churches has meant
that Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe, will become self-supporting for the next
month or so. Rev. Peter will, however, be able to give some time to both
Berrynarbor and Combe Martin Church communities - which is most welcome. We
pray that Peter's wife, Josie, improves and send her our best wishes for a
few weeks ago, we learnt of the death of Sylvia Berry aged 94 - a regular
churchgoer for many years. Sylvia had lived in Barton Lane for a long time
but due to health reasons decided to live with her son Richard at Honeywell
Farm near Mullacott. Sylvia was a lovely lady and is now at rest with her
husband in Berrynarbor churchyard. We send our condolences to Richard and his
family at this sad time.
We have just learnt that Chris Pocock from Berrynarbor Park has died following
a short illness and we send our deepest sympathy to Phil and family at this sad
time. Chris was an early member of Berrynarbor Church Choir, she will be
missed by us all.
shall keep everyone informed when the Church is to be
again - which we hope will be very soon.
again, keep safe and well! Stuart Neale
were very sorry to learn that Bud had passed away peacefully, at home with his
family beside him, on Tuesday, 23rd February. A much-loved husband to Lulu,
loving father to Stephanie, Charlotte and his late daughter Becky, and
much-loved grandad to Alice.
thoughts are with Lulu and all the family at this time of sadness. Donations
in Bud's memory may be given to Over and Above - The Fern Centre.
village was saddened by Chris's passing, peacefully at home, on the 23rd
February and our thoughts are with Phil, Owen, Trudi, Emma and all the family
at this time of sorrow.
was born Christine
Bach to Vincent and Beryl Bach in Church Crookham, Hampshire; she was the
first of their two children, arriving before her brother, David. She went to
school in Fleet then Aldershot High School. Once she'd finished school, she
used her Maths' ability and went to work for Lloyds Bank in Aldershot. We met
soon after, and married in 1965.
have been blessed with three wonderful children: Owen, Trudi and Emma. Owen and
his wife Jacqui have given us two lovely granddaughters, Jemma and Lauren. Trudi's
partner, Richard, and Emma's partner, Bruce, complete our family.
worked as my partner in our electrical business, in addition, she took on
employment, managing three art galleries and a florist's, separately, over a
period of years.
was a busy person: Mum, Partner and Manager, but she still found time to learn
to pilot three aircraft, but not at the same time of course! She flew a
glider, a microlight and a four-seater Cessna.
organised all our wonderful holidays, here and abroad, not only for the family
but neighbours, friends and customers. After I retired, we took a trip of a
lifetime and visited Singapore and had five weeks touring New Zealand, she
planned every detail!
from Church Crookham to Shepton Mallet and continued to head west and in 2007
we found Berrynarbor. Here we have made many new friends and she became
involved again: with the Church Choir, the Wine Circle and a local walking
Captaincy of the Global Warmers, a village skittles team, won praise from all
her team; she was, they said, the best, and their lifetime Captain. The Global Warmers, a
village skittles team, which became The Global Fractures, a name-change due to
team players, including Chris, breaking bones, but away from the alley! She
was also Treasurer-Member of Ilfracombe's Musical Memories group that, under
normal circumstances, brings music and songs to dementia sufferers.
. . . so many family and friends . . . we miss you dearly.
should like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and the
many messages of sympathy, cards and flowers. Donations in Chris's memory may
be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and the North Devon Hospice, for
their wonderful care and support.
pandemic has affected everything and everybody with funeral numbers restricted
to 30. It is regretted, deeply, that we cannot invite
everybody who we would normally include. We are thinking about
having a celebration of Chris's life when restrictions are lifted so that those
of you, including skittles teams and Musical Memories, can join us with your
22.5.1921 - 11.1.2021
born in Cranleigh, Surrey, on the 22nd May 1921. At six months, with
her parents and two older brothers, she moved to Smithwood Common.
delicate child, Doris attended a special school leaving when she was 13 as she
was struck down with rheumatic fever. As it took her over a year to recover,
she never went back. Who
would have thought
she would live to the ripe old age of 99 all those years ago?!
worked at the Forrest Stores dealing with ration books during the War as she
hadn't recovered from her illness and was tested unfit to be called up. When fit enough, she helped out
in another shop.
war was over, the Curate formed and ran a club. It was a fun evening called
Over Seventeens and it attracted many young people mostly in their early 20s. This
was an important part of Doris's life and she made many friends there.
years, Doris returned to work at the Forrest Stores as a Cashier and Bookkeeper,
before going to Guildford to work for Stephensons and Son, Wholesale Grocers, as
Invoice Clerk where she met her husband, Bert Cooper. They married in 1955
and had two children, John and Valerie.
caring for her parents in their later years, Doris went to work part-time at
Cranleigh Bookshop for over 24 years, but left for a year to nurse her husband
in his last illness. Her time at the Bookshop was a very happy one where she
made many friends with colleagues and customers.
joined the WI and Mothers' Union, having been a member of the Church since her
early twenties and still kept in touch with many members with whom she had made
course Doris and Bert moved to Summerlands, also in Cranleigh, where they spent
many happy years and where Doris continued to live on her own after Bert had
passed away. When her health deteriorated, she moved to Elmbridge Retirement
Village, where she lived happily for 13 years, joining several activities and
making many friends.
Doris lost her husband, a good friend May invited her and two other friends to
Sunday Lunch. This developed and the four of them ran a rota, meeting every
Sunday after Church for lunch and tea at each other's houses returning home at
10.00 o'clock! Early on in their meet ups, May's son-in-law nicknamed them
the Witches and they subsequently became known as the Coven. Sadly, the only
surviving member of the Coven now is Jean, a very good friend of Doris's, and
talking on the 'phone on a Sunday evening was
an important part of the day for both of them, continuing until Doris died.
a regular visitor to the Isle of Wight where Val and Peter lived. She had an
annexe on the side of their house as well as a holiday caravan where she
enjoyed inviting friends to stay with her.
his retirement, Peter and Val decided they would like to move from the Isle of
Wight to North Devon and they asked Doris if she would like to join them. By
this time, Doris had had several admissions to hospital of a serious nature so
she decided to as this would mean more care for her in her later years.
Doris was nearly 93 when she moved to North Devon but
this did not stop her joining three clubs where she made some very good
friends. She also joined the church in Combe Martin where she and Val
received a very warm welcome. Doris was very popular in the small community
where they lived and enjoyed many happy times at barbecues and garden parties.
One of her close friends was David Hopper, who became part of the family and affectionately
called her Duchess. David had planned on her 100th birthday to rename her
very proud of her son John's achievements with Walking Football and she kept
photos and newspaper clippings, particularly when he represented his country.
Doris liked nothing better than going out for afternoon tea, and their
favourite memory was of going to the Cotswolds where, following a very early
start, they managed to fit breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea into
four grandsons of whom she was very proud, Christopher, James, Andrew and Ben. She
mastered the art of texting allowing her to keep in constant contact with them
very fond of and also close to all her family and extended families, often
spending time with John and Ann Marie at their home in Wolverhampton, enabling
Val and Peter to have a break knowing that she was well looked after.
years, Doris also enjoyed the company of Val and Peter's four Cavalier King Charles
spaniels and following the move to Devon never an evening went by without one
of them being on her lap keeping her legs warm!
delighted when Val and Peter decided to marry, with Doris becoming close to
Peter's family and in particular to his sister and brother-in-law, Steph and
Peter enjoyed Doris being with them but they found it exhausting keeping up
with her social life! She, in turn, enjoyed the peace of mind knowing that she was safe and never lonely.
passed away peacefully at home with Val and her little dog Jack sitting beside
her. The number of tributes that poured in have been wonderful for her family
to read, with people saying what an inspiration she had been to them. always
happy go lucky and ready with a word of advice if asked. She had her fair
share of sadness but always
had a smile on her face and even at 90 used to say she was going to visit the
many happy memories of Cranleigh having lived there for almost 93 years,
returning twice a year when she enjoyed meeting up with friends and family.
It was her wish to return to her roots, her funeral taking place at St.
Nicholas Church at Cranleigh on the 10th February. Now together again with
never be forgotten by her family or friends. A much-loved Mum, Nannie, Aunt,
Mother-in-Law and Treasured Friend.
Val and Peter
would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the many kind cards,
flowers and messages of sympathy they have received. It is hoped that an
event celebrating Doris's life can be held in the village on the 22nd May or
when it is possible to do so.
My wife Carol passed away on 6th
November last year. She was well known in the village as a teacher in the
village school for many years.
be remembered for her efforts in the community - Senior Dudes' Christmas Dinner
at the school, meals for parents, and shows she put on in the Manor Hall.
died from motor neuron disease for which she was diagnosed just a few weeks
after she retired from the school. She suffered with it for six years. Eventually
she only breathed through a bi-pap machine, was fed through a peg tube and
could not move or speak for the last months of her life.
few days of being diagnosed we were visited by the MND specialist nurse for the
whole of the Westcountry. Carol asked her how she got this disease. The
nurse said that the medical profession will tell you that there is no known
cause, but she said that everyone she ever met with the disease was a 'driven'
never met a workaholic like Carol! Apart from being an exceptional teacher,
she took booster classes, gave private tuition. She ran five clubs in the
school. Took children camping. Took them on residentials etc. I hardly saw her and she
ignored my pleas to slow down.
progress of the disease is simple to understand. God gave us adrenaline so
that we had a boost of extra energy to respond in an emergency. However, if
we push ourselves week in and week out over a long period of time we are
running on adrenaline. This leads to a build-up of cortisol in our body, the
well-known stress hormone. If we keep stressing ourselves our body goes on to
accumulate glutamate in excess. It is excess glutamate that then floods the
brain and kills motor neurons which take messages from our brain to our
muscles. Eventually our muscles die and we die.
this to demonstrate that we often need to look beneath the surface of a
situation and not to accept it on its face value.
apply this principle to the current Covid situation we soon discover that what
is going on is extremely sinister.
buzzword of our time is sustainability. It has been decided that the current
population of the world is unsustainable. Therefore it must be reduced. Measures
are being undertaken to ensure this happens.
Healey said, 'World events do not occur by accident. They are made to happen,
whether it is to do with national issues or commerce, most of them are staged
and managed by those who hold the purse string.'
says that the devil always appears as an angel of light. Something appears to
be good but is not. There are sinister forces at work against us currently
which appear to be beneficial but are certainly not.
wonderful philanthropist, Bill Gates, is deeply into eugenics. Even Boris
Johnson said recently that we should have realised earlier that there are too
many people on the planet.
I believe that the
novel Covid virus was unleashed on us deliberately to enable governments to
take control of the entire world's population. Anyone who believes that, come
the summer, the current situation will subside and life will turn to normal is
seriously deceived. What will follow will get worse and worse as the plot
against us unfolds.
says that the heart of man is wicked above all things. Neville Chamberlain
visited Hitler and came back saying he was a nice guy. Soon Hitler was raining
bombs on us and exterminating millions of people. Our normalcy bias prevents
us from accepting levels of
wickedness that are far beyond our comprehension.
accept evolution as there is not one shred of evidence for it. Even Darwin
himself said there is nothing in the fossil record to support it! God created
the amazing world we live in. There is no other credible explanation!
screwed up by sinning against God and things have been screwed up ever
his Son Jesus into the world to save us. To believe this and accept the only
Saviour is our only get out of jail free option. Jesus said He will take out
of this world those who have put their trust in him.
loved the world that He gave His only son that whosoever believes in Him shall
not perish but have everlasting life' John 3 16.
interested in exploring further what I am saying here is very welcome to
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd August 1915 - 15th February 2021
born in Berrynarbor in 1915 to Beatrice and Thomas Ley. She had an older
sister Evelyn and two brothers. Sadly, both brothers died in childhood. Vera's
father was a carpenter who built Orchard House in the Sterridge Valley where
the family subsequently lived. Vera had an episode of septic arthritis in her
knee when she was a teenager which necessitated her spending many weeks in hospital,
however she recovered with no deficit in function which was remarkable given
the infection occurred in the pre-antibiotic era.
married William [Bill] Lewis at Orchard House and continued to live there until
1944, her daughter Wendy having been born there. The family then moved to
Ilfracombe before Vera and Bill moved to Torquay in 1966 where Vera ran a guest
house until Bill's death in 1976. She then moved to Epsom in Surrey to live
with her daughter Wendy, son in law Richard and grandchildren Charlotte and
close to her sister Evelyn and her nieces Daphne and Betty, and made regular
trips back to North Devon staying with Evelyn and Daphne in Combe Martin and
enjoyed catching up with family and friends. After Evelyn passed away, Vera
continued to visit staying with Daphne.
move to Epsom, Vera regularly attended ballroom dances. She enjoyed many a
coach holiday, her last one being in her 101st year. She also enjoyed
spending time with her family including her great-grandchildren. When Vera
was 102 years old she fractured her thigh bone above the knee which required
surgery. This was successful and she was able to walk around with the help of
a frame. She moved to live in a care home in Tadworth, Surrey, spending as
much time as possible outside, weather permitting. Her last year was spent in
lockdown but she continued to have contact with her family by telephone and pod
visits, celebrating her 105th birthday with Wendy and Charlotte on a beautiful
sunny day in August. Vera maintained her independence and mobility until a
few weeks before she passed away peacefully. She will be missed by all. Her
funeral is to take place on 23rd March in Surrey, information can be obtained
from Stoneman Tadworth 01737 814406.
been a very supportive reader of the Newsletter from the early days and it was
very sad to learn that she had passed away peacefully at the grand age of
105. Thoughts are with her daughter Wendy, Charlotte and Andrew and all the
family at this time of sadness.
NOTES NO. 4 - OIL BEETLES OUT AND ABOUT
little creature - a male Violet Oil Beetle (Meloe
- the first of the year, was crawling through grass in the garden on 9th
March. The species is commonest in meadows and woodland in south-west England,
with patches of distribution elsewhere mostly in western and northern
Britain. It is flightless and can be found between March and June, in gardens
usually on grassy tracks - which over the years have helped the beetle to
spread to all corners of our wild garden.
female Violet Oil Beetle (pictured right) is considerably larger (up to 32mm in
length) than the male and has a distinctly plump appearance, laying several
thousand eggs in a burrow. The resulting maggot-like larvae climb up to
flowerheads and attach themselves, using hook-like forelegs, to ground-nesting
female solitary bees. Once in the bee's nest burrow the larva feed on the
bee's egg and pollen store. The larva pupates and spends the winter in the
burrow, hatching and emerging as an adult beetle in the following spring. The
beetle gets its name from the pungent oily liquid which it uses to defend
the loss of wildflower-rich grassland and heathland from large parts of our
countryside, and with those habitats three now extinct species of oil beetle,
seven different species of oil beetle remain in Britain and Ireland, the most
common being the visually identical Black Oil Beetle, which also occurs in
North Devon, including Lundy where it has been found in recent years as insect
recording has become more popular. How can you tell the two species apart?
Violet Oil Beetle has an indented thorax, while its cousin has a straight base
to the thorax - the part between the head and the body in the photographs.
The beetle will quite happily climb onto a hand if you're careful, allowing
close-up views - but even then, a magnifying glass would help!
Photos: Tim Davis and Tim Jones
Watch out for . . .
. . the return of our spring migrants. Two of the first birds [both warblers]
to return from winters spent in West Africa or the Mediterranean are Chiffchaff
and Blackcap, both usually arriving from the second half of March into early
April. The males of both species will very quickly set about establishing
breeding territories in scrubby areas of blackthorn and bramble or thickets,
often singing tucked away in branches of hazel, willow or hawthorn. If you
are not already familiar with their songs, you can tune into them by visiting www.xeno-canto.org
and typing their international English names (Eurasian Blackcap and Common
Chiffchaff) into the search facility. Another useful tool which I always
carry with me is the Collins Bird Guide app, available for both iPhone and
Chiffchaff [left, by Dean Jones]
Male Blackcap [by Richard Campey]
Recycled Wellies! Thanks to all who dropped off old wellington boots at Harpers
Mill. Their upperparts will be put to good use as (waterproof)] hinges for
nestbox lids. More welcome at any time!
more than 15 years of swinging around in trees and balancing on tops of hedges,
I have taken an opportunity to return to the world of telecoms. I have
enjoyed working in the village and appreciate all the work that has kept our
family fed and watered! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank anyone
that I've not had the opportunity to see or speak to personally.
Thorne, who has been working with me since he moved here with his family about
two years ago, will be taking on the business. Ben Wellings and Greg
MacDonald will continue to assist him. Ben had his own Tree Surgery business
before they moved, so you will be in good hands! His number is 07710 479656.
still be at Lower Hodges and I'm keeping the truck! Chris
FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
taste of education
a somewhat unpredictable start to our Spring Term, we followed the Government's
instruction and remained open during the nation's third lockdown, supporting
all children who needed to attend the Pre-school.
supported children who were unable to attend with activity packs. We hope
they will bring in any completed pictures or activities for us to see and we
can celebrate their learning achievements
Topic of learning
teaching strategies have slightly changed in light of all the recent events. We
are keeping learning simple, fun and at the children's learning levels and
interests. This term, listening to the children's play and their ideas we
have chosen Transport as our learning topic and will be covering all seven
areas of learning.
are a few of our teaching ideas.
Social and Emotional Development
safety. How did you travel to preschool today? Sharing toys and ideas
about different types of transport. Listen to different transport sounds. Talk
about where you would like to visit and how would you get there.
a bridge, road and move transport/vehicles along. Stop, Go traffic light
games. Pedalling bikes, scooters and cars.
- Duck in a Truck, Sheep in a Jeep - Rhyming words. Spring and Easter stories.
Make a train - Add carriages with letters from your name. Mark making/writing
transport into Air, Road and Water. Sort by size, colour, similarities. Money
to buy tickets for a tram, bus, train or plane
transport helps us e.g., bin lorries, ambulance, fire engine, police car - why
are they helpful? Look at a map and draw your own map.
Floating and sinking
Arts and Design
model vehicles, garage. Travel agent's role play, buying tickets traveling on
a train, plane. Transport songs - wheels on the bus, 5 men in a flying saucer.
shall also be celebrating events such as Mother's Day, Spring and Easter.
was on Thursday 4th March and children brought books in from home. We watched
the World Book Day story and children were given book tokens to purchase books.
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day
children wore red to Pre-school
on this day and we had a fun day full of different activities.
wish to thank Sarah Lewis for her time in collecting, sorting and selling books
to raise funds for Pre-school. To date she has raised a brilliant total of
£275.00. Books are still for sale and you can find information on what's
available on the Facebook Page Berrynarbor
raise a few more funds for Pre-school the children planted and sold spring
Clothes Recycling - Bags2School
have booked a Bags2School collection for Tuesday 27th April 2021. They
will take any unwanted clothes, bags, paired shoes, belts and soft toys.
Unfortunately, they will not take school uniform. Start sorting out your
wardrobes and draws for any unwanted clothes and place them in a bag and bring
the bag/s to preschool near the collection date. Thank you
the staff at Pre-school, Sue, Karen, Lynne and Lisa
Staff are so happy to finally have all the children back in school. The
last few weeks have been challenging for everyone and the staff, children and
families have had to adapt very quickly to a new way of working.
lockdown the children enjoyed meeting up with their class each day through our
online 'Are you ready' sessions. Here the children could speak to their
teacher about the expectations for the day for their work. This was all set
through the google classroom and google calendar. Berrynarbor children were
able to access a variety of lessons, some pre-recorded, some live!
also had the opportunity to join in with lots of other exciting activities,
such as live energy boost sessions for exercise and live story time with a
member of staff at the end of the day. We even broadcast live from a farm where
the children could watch some lambing taking place!
Now we are
back at school, teachers are adjusting their plans to prioritise the learning most needed to progress as instructed
by the Department for Education - we are arranging some exciting, weekly
activities to celebrate being together again so the children have lots to look
As we told
'The media has been
full of negative language in relation to children and learning - this is not
helpful to anyone (unless it secures more funding for children and schools!). But
we know that our children are amazing, resourceful and resilient young people.
We're proud of what they have achieved at home (academically and in other
areas) and can't wait to have them back in school having fun together again. We
will be using positive language that values their unique experiences of
lockdown and celebrates being together again and we encourage parents to do the
same. All children will return to school having learnt differently at home -
our skilled team are ready to meet the individual needs of all of our children
and so no child needs to be anxious about what they have or haven't done in the
last few months. Learning at home - both academic learning set by teachers
and other learning that comes from being in a family - might be different to
what may have happened in school if we had remained open but is no less
valuable. So instead of talking about 'catching up learning' let's notice
other things children have gained from being at home while some areas of
academic learning have slowed or paused. Instead of 'lost' let's talk about
what children have already 'found' and what they can look forward to next.
Rather than using the phrase 'upheaval', let's congratulate our children on the
way they adapted to ways of learning in the last year that had never been tried
before. Our children are amazing and we want them to look back on this time and
be proud of all that they have achieved.'
in the next newsletter we can share some of the fab things we have been up to
Faye Poynter and Su Carey - Co-headteachers
have been back at school, everyone has been happy to be back and to have a bit
of normality in our lives again. On the first Wednesday back, we had a happy
together day. On this day, we were allowed to wear clothes that made us
happy. We also played games with our friends [Covid friendly]! Every week
up until Easter, the teachers are giving us a surprise. We are getting
extended break times so we can have more social time with friends that we
haven't seen for ages. We are still having staggered starting times and
leaving times. We hope we can go on some epic adventures and trips again
By Ruby and Rosie T - Year 6
REFLECTIONS - 99
the December issue of the Newsletter, I made reference to a violent storm that
battered the North Cornwall coast in the mid 1850's. It was a storm that,
despite its ferociousness, failed to disturb the slumber of the Reverend Robert
Hawker, Vicar of the Parish of Morwenstowe. It was only at daybreak that he
was awakened, not by the wind but by the sound of frantic knocking emanating
from the front door of his vicarage. On rushing to the door and opening it,
Hawker discovered one of his choirboys stood there, his eyes streaming with
tears and his hands trembling. Through uncontrollable weeping the boy struggled
to describe the dreadful shipwreck that had occurred at nearby Vicarage Rocks.
Then, with his hands still violently shaking, the boy raised them up and showed
Hawker a creature that he had in his possession and begged the vicar to relieve
him of it. It was only later that Hawker discovered why the boy's hands were
shaking so. For as he wrote in his diary, "I found out afterwards that
the boy had grasped the creature on the beach and brought it in his hands as a
strange and marvellous arrival from the waves, but in utter ignorance of what
it may be." So what was this nautical arrival that the choirboy had
never seen before? A tortoise.
this issue goes to print some garden tortoises will be coming out of
hibernation whilst others will still be tucked away enjoying the last few weeks
of their winter slumber. Our own garden tortoise, however, was brought out of
hibernation at the start of February. Being relatively young, Tommy only
needs to hibernate for around three months. This will be extended the older
he becomes. Yet some people, so I am led to believe, do not hibernate their
garden tortoises at all, whilst a friend of ours is exceedingly pedantic about
her tortoises's length of hibernation, tucking them up from Hallowe'en until
the 1st of April.
on line and you will also find that advice on checking on a pet garden tortoise
during its hibernation also varies considerably, from looking in on them weekly
to completely leaving them alone. For the record, we do the latter - causing, I
will admit, sleepless winter nights of worry; the relief when Tommy's head and
legs start poking out of his shell, having been lifted out from his box, is a
feeling that only fellow tortoise owners can empathise with! Oh, and in case
you're wondering how Tommy keeps warm in those early weeks of post-hibernation,
you can be rest assured that he knows to nestle up against the side of our Aga,
turning occasionally to ensure both sides of his shell remain at a constant
on what owners give their pet tortoises to eat can also differ. When
collecting Tommy from his previous owner we were informed [in no uncertain
terms] that his favourite food was broccoli; to be cooked until fairly soft and
served luke-warm and finely chopped; and she was right. But from the garden,
au naturale, there is one wildflower along with its leaves which is also his
favourite and from what I understand is adored by all garden tortoises.
Romans called this wildflower Dens Lionis which translates as Leo Tooth whilst
the French name is Dent de Lion, or Lion's Tooth. Both names are based on the
jagged appearance of the plant's leaf. We know it, of course, as the dandelion,
a flower which is renowned as a weed of garden flower beds and lawns and one
that has in recent years spread along road verges on a massive scale being
slightly salt resistant. Gardeners seeking the perfect lawn or weed-free
flowerbed are also no doubt irritated by the plant's extensive flowering
season, beginning as it does in February and lasting through until late summer;
the reason, no doubt, why it is the staple ingredient of a garden tortoise's
diet. Its early flowering is also a great benefit to our bees, for dandelions
are rich in pollen and nectar, the latter something that bees heavily rely
upon. It is important to remember that in a bee community only a young mated
female will live on to carry hope of a new generation into the new year. Come
early spring she knows only too well the need to fill her empty stomach with
enough nectar to seek a suitable nest site. Every early dandelion counts. She
is also fully aware at the rate at which a field of dandelions will turn to
seed. Urgency is therefore paramount.
(By Paul Swailes)
dandelion is a very variable plant that botanists divide into hundreds of
similar micro species. There are some 150 native species to the British Isles
along with a further 100 foreign arrivals that have increased the overall
total. Whilst the leaves are rich in vitamins A and C and can be used in
salads, the roots can make an agreeable substitute for coffee. It also makes
a good homemade wine. A further historical reference to the plant can be
found in World War II when dandelion latex provided the Soviet Union with
rubber. Gypsies used to call the seed headed dandelion 'Queen's hairy dog
flower' whilst other names include seed heads, blow balls, time-tellers and the
school boy's clock.
last name no doubt refers to a school game involving the seed headed flower to
tell the time or predict a future event. This would be based upon the number
of puffs required to dislodge all the seed heads from one plant. I remember a
game at my primary school where the number of puffs determined what age you
would live to, how many times you would marry and how many children you would
have. But there was one detrimental experience involving these seed heads
which is forever lodged in my memory.
as we were, to use the adjacent field during our lunch break, a girl in my
class began making me daisy chains. Keen to show my appreciation I presented
her with a specially chosen bunch of dandelions, hand-picked from the field. Her
face was aghast. "You're not my friend anymore and I'm not going to
marry you!" she shrieked. "Boys who pick dandelions start wetting
beds for the rest of their life." To be truthful, I've never looked at a
dandelion in the same way since!
the spring. Steve McCarthy
restrictions easing, it is planned that Kate and our Mobile Library will be
returning to the Village on TUESDAY, 20TH APRIL As before, it will
be at the Village Shop from 11.40 to 12.10
p.m. and in the Sterridge Valley from 12.25 to 12.55 p.m.
visitors will only be allowed in one person at a time, you may have to wait
outside, so make sure you can keep warm and dry!
you have any queries, please phone the Tiverton Library on 01884 244644.
Roadmap out of Lockdown is very much on everyone's mind. Berrynarbor Parish
Council is waiting for confirmation on when we can start meeting in person
again but it may take a while still. In the meantime, just a reminder that
all the meetings, agendas and minutes are published on the website at https://www.berrynarborparishcouncil.org.uk/
. Anyone is always welcome to join the virtual meetings via the zoom link
printed on each agenda and we look forward to welcoming everyone back face to
face in due course.
Spring Clean Week" took place from 12-21 March in response to the national
climate emergency declared across the UK by local authorities. You can still
sign up for Carbon Savvy's tips on reducing your carbon footprint at www.carbonsavvy.uk/findyourfootprint.
and businesses are currently being invited to have their say on the draft
Resource and Waste Management Strategy for Devon and Torbay. The Public
Consultation runs from Wednesday 3rd March to Wednesday 14th April, and
the responses will help shape how local authority collected Waste is managed in
Devon up to 2030. The strategy and to give your view can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/consultations/draft-resource-and-waste-management-strategy-for-devon-and-torbay/
If you would like further information, please email: email@example.com.
Should you need any guidance or an alternative format, email with details of
any preferred format and the assistive technology you use.
finally, Covid-19 local information, including the number of confirmed cases
throughout Devon, can still be found on Devon County Council's website: https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/.
Berrynarbor is a very safe place to live but please do follow the Covid-19
guidelines, take care and stay safe.
Petters - Parish Clerk
Hall news continues to be sparse as once again it comes during lockdown and so
we continue to be shut. Light is, of course, hopefully at the end of the
tunnel and so we very much hope to be welcoming groups and bookings back into
the hall over the next few months.
In the mean time we'll be spring cleaning inside and out, and giving the
kitchen a fresh coat of paint.
hope to make our Summer Fete in August an extra special village event, so as we
start to organise it, we should love to receive ideas on how we can do this and
make the day enjoyable for all ages in our community. Please contact us if
you have thoughts on this and or if you would like to offer help on the day -
any help would be very much appreciated
wishes to you all from the Hall Committee
- Chairman 
- Treasurer 
FROM BARN COTTAGE
Wendy, Berry in Bloom, suggested it
might be a nice idea if we write to introduce ourselves and let people know
what's going on at Barn Cottage and why we moved here from Combe Martin.
We are: Sal, Chris, Dan and Oli plus Ringo
and Buster, rescue dogs from Spain, and Tilly, Lola and Dora, rescue cats from
Dan and Oli, who have a rare genetic
condition called Laurence Moon Bardet Biedl Syndrome, attended Berrynarbor Primary
School, and loved the safety, friendliness and inclusivity the school afforded
them, and would ask why we couldn't live there. At that time, there were
many reasons, but we always said that if an opportunity arose, then we should
endeavour to make that wish possible.
Fast forward 11 years, and it was time
to make some long-term decisions about Dan and Oli's future, and what that would
entail, as part of their condition means they have learning difficulties,
communication difficulties and will need support throughout their lives to
allow them semi-independence and quality of life.
Our choice was, they go into supported
or residential living, neither of which they wanted to do, or we make something
happen for them in their community, in an area they know and love, with some of
the skills they have acquired along the way.
We have fought long and hard for them
both to remain in mainstream education, socially active, and achieving small
but precious goals. This has been achieved formerly with help from Sue
Carey and her wonderful team at Berrynarbor School, then Carmel Ball and her
wonderful team at Ilfracombe Academy, and now the kindness and generosity of
spirit from the villagers here in Berrynarbor. Seretse has them walking
at least 12 miles every Thursday and has a cunning plan to potentially build a
boulodrome, through the appropriate channels obviously.
Barn Cottage came on the market and we
fell in love with it and although we never knew Kathy, we feel like we do
through Carol, her daughter, who has become a friend and wonderful neighbour.
Everyone has been so supportive since
we bought the property, particularly our neighbours in the Sterridge Valley,
who rallied around to get us in before Christmas. Never have I felt so
grateful to individuals such as Dan and Denny, and Ruby, who worked tirelessly
on moving-in day, we couldn't have done it without them. Neighbours offering
to help out with Dan and Oli, or collect shopping or cook, we feel overwhelmed
by people's generosity of spirit, so thank you.
Looking to the future, we plan to use
the polytunnel to grow the plants for Berrynarbor in Bloom's hanging baskets,
with Dan and Oli at the helm, and can only hope we get asked to do them again
next year. Thank you, Judie, for thinking of Dan and Oli in the first place
and suggesting it. We shall give it a go and can only encourage the boys
to take these opportunities and experiences to grow and learn, and feel they
have a place in the world, because they've certainly been made to feel they
have a place in Berrynarbor. They feel safe, happy and excited about
their future, and that's all any parent hopes for. Sal
P.S. Sorry for the mess, building site and
holdups of traffic over the past year . . nearly finished . . . Yay!
time of writing, it is the most glorious sunny spring day and there is
hope on the horizon as we slowly come out of lockdown 3. Never have we
needed the sight of a golden daffodil more!
have been informed that there will be a Britain in Bloom competition this year
and we have started preparing ourselves to go for GOLD once again. We think
Berrynarbor is the best little village in the South West, let's hope the R.H.S.
Judges do too.
For the last 10 years or so our hanging basket displays have been done by
Streamways nursery in Georgeham, when they sold the nursery they still did ours
privately. Their baskets have been wonderful and we are sad to lose them, but
wish them a very happy retirement.
we are extremely lucky that Dan and Oli have moved in to the Sterridge Valley
and with their family have set up a poly-tunnel and have agreed to plant up the
baskets for us.
to Berrynarbor to the whole family and good luck with your new venture. We
love the idea of keeping things local and all helping each other. They have
informed me that they are happy to re-fill baskets for anyone else in the
we shall gradually be able to get back to normal and we hope the sight of a few
cheerful flowers around the village should help.
[AND OTHER] TALES - 3
a number of tales related to Pam's bakery in Rathmullan. Late one afternoon a
man from along the coast came in and asked for a meat pie. "I'm sorry" said
Pam, "We have sold out, but if you will walk on the beach for about three
quarters of an hour, I'll cook you a quiche".
fine. We later learned that when he got home and told his wife that
there was no pie, but he had brought a "kwtich or something"; she said, "That's
all very well, but do I put tatties or custard with it?"
a very popular sweet called a vacherin. This was two rings of meringue filled
with chocolate and almond flavoured whipped cream. There was a 'society lady' in
Letterkenny, some 15 miles away. Every month she would hold a bridge
party, and her husband had to drive 30 miles to collect a vacherin for her
guests, and a further 30 miles next day to return the platter that it was
served on. She never revealed the source of the sweet, until, we heard,
she was asked for the recipe. Her son of eleven, not wishing to let
his mother down, made something up. Unfortunately, it was not quite
there during the height of the troubles, but in spite of the fact that the
factory was part of an English company, and that 5 of the 7 top management were
English or Northern Irish, we only once had trouble.
remember that there was a top IRA man called Bobby Sands. He was
imprisoned and starved himself to death in protest. He was well respected
in the Republic because he had never killed
anyone. On the day of his funeral, the IRA ordered that every shop and
every business in the republic would close. Our
factory ran 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If it stopped, all the work
in progress would fail, and it would cost thousands of pounds and literally
days to clean it up and re-start it. All the shift workers on for that
day promised that they would come in. On the day, they came in early, but 15
or so minutes before the shift change was due, a big black car with four 'heavies'
in it and a black flag on the front, pulled up at the gate. The entire
incoming shift, for their own safety, drove by and the staff had to shut the factory
one of the local shopkeepers said to Pam, "Did you know that the IRA have told
us all to close?" "Nobody has told me" Pam said, and she stayed open. At about
3 o'clock, a car with a black flag and four heavies in it drew up. All
four of them crowded into the shop, which was very small, and trying not to
feel nervous Pam said, "Can I help you gentlemen?" "Ach"
said one, "You're English! Can we have four of them wee buns?"
They bought them and left. Pam was very relieved!
was a youth, I was fascinated by flying. I always wanted to pilot an
aircraft, but to be a professional pilot wasn't in my line as I was part of a
family of scientists. Also, to be an amateur pilot was both expensive and time
of my life, I had neither the time nor the money to follow my interest. However,
in my thirties, I did join a gliding club at Coventry Airport that was just a
couple of miles from my house. I had only just joined when the airport
wanted to become more commercial and threw out the club. That went to a small
airfield some 30 miles to the east, a good hour away.
went, I would get there approaching 10 o'clock on a Saturday morning. You
could not book a flight until you got there, so I was in a queue. At
about mid-day, I would get towed up to 2000 feet and dropped off. There
was no up-current, so I knew that after a couple of circuits, I would be down
on the ground in seven and a half minutes. I could not book another
flight until I was down, so that flight would be at about four o'clock.
For two hours motoring and a day hanging around to get 15 minutes in the air,
it was hardly worth it! I did join a week's instruction at the airfield,
staying in some very basic accommodation, but I only got 7 flights, and never
went solo, so I gave up!
the last summer of our time in Ireland, a man with a Cessna opened an air-strip
on the West coast of Donegal, near Bunbeg, about 35 miles from Rathmullan, and
started to give flying lessons. Two
or three times on a Sunday morning we drove there across a 'bog road' (very
uneven surface and anything but straight or level) to get a lesson. Pam came
too to get a lesson, but because the
weather was so poor, by the time I had had my flight, it had closed in, and she
never got her turn at the controls!
it was on the second lesson he said, "Go down to about 500 feet and fly along
the coast line. We had a trawler sink, and we still haven't found all
the bodies!" I did, but we saw nothing. I don't know if they ever
found the others!
very hospitable, and after we were rained off, he would say "Come in for a
jar." He lived in a converted railway station. The rails were gone, but
the platform was still there. The ticket hall was now his kitchen, the general
waiting room his lounge, the lady's waiting room now a bedroom and the gents'
bathroom. On the platform there was a time-table for the local bus that
was still timed to meet the trains that had last run in 1935! We would have a
jar, always whisky, followed by a snack lunch and chat until late
me one of my best Irish stories. "I was driving home on a dark frosty
evening," he said, "And I came round a bend to find a Guarda checkpoint
demanding my licence. I skidded to a stop with some difficulty. Formalities
over I said, "Sergeant, do you not think it a bit risky to have your checkpoint
so close to the bend?" The sergeant looked back and he said "Ah, but it
is a very straight bend!" And I looked back -- and he was right!"
[To be continued]
Let me introduce
you to Sugar, one of our Lemon Millefleur Sablepoot bantams. Hatching a day
too early, our special care baby had a shaky start in life but courageously
pulled through. Her sibling hatched on the due date so was strong and robust.
Together they grew up as Sugar and Spice. Brother and sister. The sweetest,
tamest, cheekiest chicks.
matured into a handsome, if a little too vocal, cockerel. Sugar looked as cute
as can be . . . then suddenly, at the eleventh hour, she started cockadoodledooing!
She had transmogrified into a cockerel!
little flock of hens are looked after by Spice, the wing commander, who runs a
tight coop; fair, yet strict. He keeps a look out for prey, keeps a keen eye
on the pecking order, points out the good bits of food to the hens and rounds
them up at night.
contrast, the more inferior flight lieutenant, enjoys a more relaxed position. He
likes cuddles from everyone that comes to Higher Trayne, but especially from
Mr. Poore, the self-styled Air Chief Marshal of the Flock. But Sugar's
favourite pastime is dancing round the hens. If they have laid an egg or he
generally wants to impress one of the girls, he fans out his off-side wing and
makes little dancing steps in a circle around them. What a magical sight! You've
just got to love this little fella! Sugar and Spice, we love you!
STORM IN A
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ON THE VOLUNTEER JOB
years into reworking my mother's untouched-in-30-years garden, when plant
collecting was underway and the cleared ground covered again, a nearby
privately-owned garden, open to the public, was looking for volunteers. From
first visiting in 1967, Marwood Hill Garden has become a place of special
tranquillity and beauty for me as it continues to be for great numbers of
people who are drawn to open gardens. Its rural setting in a valley,
previously farmland, invites the trees and plants to nestle into nature while a
stream and three lakes have added immeasurably to the character. Watching the
Garden's gradual growth into a botanically important arboretum and collection
of mostly rare and unusual shrubs and perennials meant that each annual visit
offered more wonders. When my visits became year-round by volunteering one
day a week, I felt very privileged to experience the whole gardening year from
working at the potting bench and in the beds and borders.
is an important and absorbing part of gardening, always looking to the seasons
and years ahead with the aim of creating interest every month and ensuring that
the garden always develops. Gathering your own seeds and finding more in the
seed catalogues is one of many starting points. Sowing under glass or on
window sills from, say, mid-February to April hopefully means seedlings are
ready for pricking out into trays from March onwards. Most perennials will
flower in the second year so one potting up of small plants means that they become
sturdier and can be ready for planting out 12 months later. At Marwood seeds
such as Primulas though perennial are sown every year to increase numbers in
the garden and for sale; seeds which will flower only once, i.e. annuals, are
too time-consuming when 20 acres need tending and at home I limit annuals to a
few favourite 'can't do withouts'.
established perennials clump up after a few years and need dividing. This
restores vigour and again the number of plants is cheaply increased both for the
garden and for sales or for swaps and presents. Autumn is the best time but
soil Spring is also feasible, while prolonged wet and cold are not suitable
conditions in which to disturb the roots and any new growth. One of the major
Autumn tasks at Marwood, every 4-5 years, is lifting Astilbes, the garden's 'signature
plant'. From September onwards, small divisions with 2-3 dormant buds and a
piece of root are potted up and left outdoors all winter. By about April, they
are ready for potting on to encourage flowering in mid-summer. The number of
Astilbes propagated at Marwood is astonishing! It's the home of a National
Collection of nearly 200 varieties under the aegis of the national conservation
charity Plant Heritage, so there are many to choose from including some
rare ones which are only available to buy at the Garden or via its website.
Astilbes at Marwood are mostly planted in damp soil near the lakes - where they
make a sensational sight - but there are some which will grow well in drier
many years the Head Gardener would fill a car with pots and head for the two
North Devon Plant Heritage Plant Fairs held at RHS Rosemoor. I
enjoyed going along to help with sales and to promote the Garden to visitors as
well as snatching lunch-time walks in glorious Rosemoor. After a few years, I
also went to help at the PH promotion table at the two Plant Fairs in
South Molton Pannier Market. These were all occasions when, even though
buying plants nearly every week at Marwood, I gained the reputation of buying
rather a lot more! At least 20 Nurseries from the South West attended
regularly and, as I came to know the stall-holders, they were helpful in
recommending plants which would grow well in my frost-free windswept coastal
garden. This broadened my horizons as most of these had their origins in the
temperate climates of the Mediterranean, Chile, South Africa and Australasia
and, sure enough, they have thrived here. All public events are on hold of
course but we look forward to more Plant Fairs later in the year. Latest word
is that there will be a Marwood stall at the May 8th and 9th Plant Fair.
is when the wholesale plant catalogues are scoured for interesting new
introductions to add to the herbaceous areas of Marwood. These arrive in
plugs in the early months and keep a team of volunteers very busy at the
potting benches, transplanting first into small pots and then larger ones.
Taking cuttings from a variety of shrubs is mainly a July/August activity,
potting them on the following year. There are also visits to specialist
plant fairs and nurseries or to websites to acquire a few new shrubs each
year. Trees such as Camellias and Magnolias, including those named at Marwood,
are best grafted which happens at a specialist propagating nursery in
Cornwall. They can be grown from seed but it's a long wait until flowering and
growth into a sizeable tree. The Williams family at Caerhays Castle,
Cornwall, employed both George Forrest and Ernest Wilson as planthunters in
China at the end of the 19th century. Magnolia 'Marwood Spring',
planted in 1968, is a seedling from a garden in Porlock which in turn was a
seedling of the original plant brought back to Caerhays by E.H. Wilson and
In 2019 it was 17.7m in height with a girth of 270 cms and, as it has matured,
so the blooms have deepened in colour to a glorious plum purple. It is one of
20 Champion Trees at Marwood, i.e. measured for the Tree Register of the British
Isles as the tallest and/or having the greatest girth.
plants which Dr Smart introduced were rare or had particular garden value.
They were from seed or were very young plants in order to give them the best
chance of establishing well. It was and remains a gardener's garden: no
short cuts. Many seeds and other small plants arrived (under licence) in his
suitcases returning from visits to his nephew, Dr John Snowdon in New South
Wales - now Marwood's owner. The handsome stand of Eucalyptus is a central and
eye-catching part of the result of those travels. A visit to the USA inspired
Dr Smart to start what became a large collection of Camellias. Attending RHS
Shows and other main horticultural events, sometimes combining this with
successfully exhibiting Camellia, Magnolia and Rhododendron blooms, he soon
became highly regarded in the network of professional and keen plantspeople
around the world. A wonderful aspect of gardening, as we all know, is the
sharing of knowledge and experience - as well as swapping seeds and plants.
Marwood has become home to a fascinating collection of plants and, by every
account I've heard, its peaceful and natural setting uplifts the spirits and
provides deep inspiration to visitors. I miss being there regularly. It
became the place where I learned so much from the gardeners but, as the years
slowed me down, I had to acknowledge that it was time to retire and tend fully
to my own garden.
It's been a tough past twelve months for everybody. The
Combe Home Care staff have been working hard in difficult conditions in the
knowledge that those for whom we provide a service rely on us and need us to
keep going. Starting out as a small family business
in 2018 when we used our experience in care, business and volunteering in the
community to form a fully registered care company. Kerry has over twenty
years' experience in care, from carer to manager in care homes of growing sizes
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"Ma sighed gently and said, "A whole year gone, Charles!" But Pa answered,
cheerfully: "What's a year amount to? We have all the time there is."
This quote, almost relevant for today, comes from Little House on the Prairie,
one of the eight Little House books by the American, Laura Ingalls Wilder,
based on her childhood experiences in a settler and pioneer family.
"Everything from the Little House was in the wagon except the beds and table
and chairs. They did not need to take these, because Pa could always make new
Elizabeth Ingalls, the daughter of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, was born in
Pepin, Wisconsin on the 7th February 1867. She was the second of five
children: Mary Amelia , Caroline Celeste [Carrie] , Charles
Frederick , who died nine months later in 1876, and Grace Pearl .
the next few years, the family made many moves, settling in Kansas, again in
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and De Smet in South Dakota, where her parents and
Mary remained for the rest of their lives.
settled there, Laura was able to attend school, had several part-time jobs and
made friends, one of whom was a bachelor settler, Almanzo Wilder.
1882, Laura took up a teaching post, admitting later that she didn't enjoy
teaching but felt a responsibility to help the family financially. Between
1883 and 1885, she taught, worked for the local dressmaker and attended high
school, but did not graduate.
teaching and studies ended in 1885 when she married Almanzo Wilder, ten years
her senior and having achieved a degree of prosperity, the couple were able to
start their life in a new home north of De Smet. In 1886, their daughter Rose
was born, followed three years later by a son who sadly died 12 days after
and was never named. On his grave he is remembered as 'Baby Son of A.S.
Laura and Almanzo c.1885
the early days of their marriage, life was far from easy. Following
complications from a life-threatening case of diphtheria, Almanzo was partially
paralysed but although eventually regaining nearly the full use of his legs,
always needed a cane to walk. Then followed the death of their new-born son,
a mysterious fire that destroyed their barn with its hay and grain, their home
from a fire accidentally started by Rose, several years of drought, leaving
them in debt and unable to earn a living from their 320 acres of prairie
land. After these tragic events, they spent a year recovering with Almanzo's
parents, followed by a brief and unsuccessful spell in Florida, hoping that the
warm climate would help Almanzo's health, returning in 1892 to De Smet.
years later they moved to Missouri and into a ramshackle log cabin they named
Rocky Ridge Farm. Over the next 20 years, with financial help again from
Almanzo's parents, and sheer hard work, what began as about 40 acres of thickly
wooded stone-covered hillside with a windowless log cabin, became a relatively
prosperous poultry, diary and fruit farm and a ten-room farmhouse. Laura was
recognised locally as an authority on poultry farming and rural living, which
led to her being invited to speak to groups in the area.
writing career began around 1911 when she became editor and columnist in the
Missouri Ruralist, a position she held until the mid-1920's. While the
Wilders were never wealthy until the Little House books began, her income from
writing, the farm and Farm Loan Association, which she set up, provided them
with a stable living.
the 1920's and following her marriage, their daughter Rose Lane became
involved, encouraging Laura to write, something she had successfully
achieved herself. However, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great
Depression wiped out the Wilders, although they still owned the 200-acre farm.
Girl, Laura's first-person account of her childhood on the frontier was
completed at about the same time, edited by Rose, but no publisher was
interested. Refusing to become discouraged, Laura's 'I' became 'Laura' as
well as writing specifically for children and including the whole family's
experiences, success was achieved.
the age of 65 in 1932, the first of Laura's eight Little House books was
published, the final one published in 1943 when she was 76. By that time, she
and Almanzo had sold off the majority of their land and livestock, continuing
to live on the remaining 70 acres of Rocky Ridge. Here, Almanzo, or Manly as
she called him, died in 1949 at the age of 92. For the next eight years she
lived there alone, looked after by friends and neighbours. She also died
there, aged 90, on the 10th February 1957. She was buried beside Almanzo at
Mansfield Cemetery, and Rose, who died in 1968, is buried next to them.
her mother's death, Rose Wilder Lane edited her mother's diary, the resulting
book On The Way Home: the Diary of a Trip from South Dakota to Mansfield
Missouri in 1894, was published in 1962. Twelve years later, the long-running
television series based on the stories, began, and the popularity of the books
and May were a young couple living in Brentwood in a small rented house.
Whilst Fred worked as a carpenter, May stayed at home looking after the house.
day Fred arrived home with a settee. One of his customers had given it to him
as they no longer had room for it.
going to re-upholster it on Saturday afternoon," he said.
afternoon duly arrived and he got out his tools to start work. He had only
just removed half of the covering when he opened his eyes in amazement, it was
largely stuffed with paper money!
at this!" he cried to May.
extraordinary," she replied, "What are we going to do with it?"
said Fred, "I'll buy you the fur coat I always promised you."
went to the shops the next day and bought a coat. May looked grand in it.
Nevertheless, there was still quite a bit of money left over.
know," said May, "What about a little puppy?"
went along to the pet shop and jokingly, Fred said,
like to buy a wasp."
don't sell wasps," replied the owner.
you have one in the window!"
they bought a little pup which they called Rover. He stayed with them a long
time giving them both great pleasure and leaving them with many happy memories
in the years to come.
say "A dog is man's best friend!"
Beauclerk - Stowmarket
OF COVID 19
is in sight or so we've been told.
friends and families, we can hug and hold.
vaccine is rolled out and we each take our turn
the things you look forward to, what do you yearn?
in the pub without a substantial meal.
together with friends- meeting for real.
allowed to have a party inside or out.
again, getting out and about.
in shops; being able to wander.
able to touch goods, take time and ponder.
are my thoughts what about yours?
it may simply be going outdoors.
others it may take time to feel 'normal' again
anxiety some may not feign.
your thoughts, as isolation comes to an end
continue to support each other, neighbours and friends.
there's just one last point I should like to make
supporting our Village Shop for goodness' sake.
Annie and Susan have been amazing throughout.
ability to get supplies, thanks to them, was never in doubt.
you for staying open and being there, each and every day.
on the subject of Covid 19, I have nothing more to say!
WINTER IN BERRYNARBOR
arrived in September
autumn days full of colour
October rain and wind set in
November locked us in
lot to do here
house and garden
good people to help
trees, a plumbing problem
days I walk
friendly [mostly] dogs
. . .
And Flowerpot people
friendliness of the shop
stocked and organised
everywhere around the village
running and rushing
little painted wooden Santa faces
outside houses on fences and walls
comes and goes
the usual social events
amazing light displays
pansies and button daisies bravely bloom
crowd around the bird feeder
January's harsh lockdown
a new flower opens
day a new bird song is heard
come at last
opens crocuses, primroses
flags and grape hyacinth
fierce easterly wind
as the days lengthen
flowers - and blossom now.
are glad to be here and wait for spring
Evans - Lee Copse
Illustrations: Paul Swailes
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just a number. It's totally irrelevant unless, of course,
happen to be a bottle of wine.
many activities up and down the country, Berrynarbor's Wine Circle is hoping to
restart soon; however, our season, usually, begins in October. We shall keep
to the usual and restart, with EVERYTHING crossed, on Wednesday, October 20th
p.m. The Manor Hall will provide a warm welcome to everybody, no matter what
their 'age'! It will be good to taste wine, chat and laugh with others again.
then, we play our part and stay at home, grabbing exercise when and where we
can and socialise with our husbands, partners or in bubbles with whomever!
Bubbles may abound when we are all free to ignore Zoom and go our very merry
asked you a few questions in the first Newsletter of this year and here are
parts of the questions, to remind you, then the answers.
wine is left in barrels to oxidise, with a thick white layer of yeast . . .
This is True. The yeast is called flor and is vital to sherry production.
three grape varieties are used for Champagne? Most widely used are:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
wines are better drunk with cheese rather than whites? Many, including me,
enjoy a glass of red when eating cheese; however, cheese blocks tannin
receptors on the tongue, making red wines taste sweet and masking flavours.
White wines can often be a better match.
well as Chardonnay, what other white grapes are grown in Burgundy? The answer
is made with Scotch whisky, herbs . . . and which type of fruit? Seville
oranges, yes, those associated with marmalade making, are used for this
Adam - Promotional Co-ordinator
seats in Claude's Garden were becoming unsafe and have now been replaced by
Ivor's and our families.
Richards, my uncle, farmed Hammonds and Twitchen. He lived at 54 The Village
and the Garden was the kitchen garden for the cottage. On his death. he left
it in perpetuity to the village in memory of his parents Fred and Emma.
loved Berrynarbor. He had a milk round - in the days when milk was still
delivered in glass bottles - and also made and sold cream. He was a Parish
and District Councillor and for a short while a County Councillor.
always very involved in village activities, helping to MC the summer dances
that were held in the Manor Hall and the Christmas Parties held for all the
children living in the parish under the age of 15, among other activities.
As we are
gradually returning to normal, take a short walk with a friend, sit on one of
the seats and appreciate the unique view over the village which is there for
all to enjoy now and for generations to come.
Easter from St. Peter's Berrynarbor
is the season of Good News! It is the season where we celebrate the death and
resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Celebrating a death can seem like an odd thing
to do on the face of it but Jesus's death was no ordinary one. It was a death
that defeated evil, that stared death and sin in the face and beat it at its
own game. It is the death that has saved and given hope to all who have a
lived faith in Jesus, a claim that billions across the world believe and
celebrate. If you are one of these then you already know the impassable joy
that this brings, and if you're not, don't let another Easter pass you by
without taking a genuine look at the life changing truth.
are many resources to help you explore but I suggest 2 places to start.
Read The Gospel According to Mark, from the Bible. If you don't have a copy
you can access it for free on the internet [biblegateway.com].
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Lee was an investigative journalist who
tried to disprove Christianity and in doing so realised it was true. Join Lee
as he looks at some of the evidence for the historical death and resurrection
light of this I am also pleased to say that Church services are now back in
person, every Sunday at 3.00 p.m. Although the same limitations are
still in place as were before, it means that we can be together as we celebrate
the seminal moment in history that brings the greatest gift and joy for us
today! I hope you can join us.
always, for the latest information, please check our Facebook page or website: combetocombechurches.co.uk
Easter, may you know the truth and peace that only comes through faith in our
I would chat this month about friendship. Well, they do say 'A dog is man's
best friend'. It has also been said that a good friend is someone who thinks
that you are a good egg even though he knows you are slightly cracked!
Mr. and Mrs. have made some good friends in the short time they have lived in
the village . . . not sure those friends have found their cracks yet or realise
how crackers they are, but I often hear them comment what a wonderfully
friendly village this is
them being blow-ins] and what great friends they have made. I, too, have made
some good ones.
know already that certain local humans have become great friends, but what of
my four-legged friends; those who are more like-minded and share my
interests? We don't waste time with small talk, taking time to get to know
each other, like you humans. A good sniff of each other's bits and we just
know. [Too much information? Sorry! But you know me by now . . . I say it
how it is.] Anyway, let me tell you about a few of my besties.
- probably the first friend I made. He's great fun. Tall and very
friendly. He likes food and can sniff a pasty from quite some distance. I
love playing with him although I am not always sure if he is really interested
in me or if it's the Mrs. who is the attraction, especially when she has treats
in her pocket!
there's Ralph - respect where respect is due, he is a moody character who is
incredibly strong. He didn't used to like me and my annoying puppy ways, but
he endures me now and actually seems pleased to see me. Well, he nearly pulled
his human over to rush over to greet me the other day. I do need to work hard
to keep his attention though as he seems to have an eye for River these days
more than me.
- she's the new kid on the block. A youngster who seems to be growing at the
rate of knots. She seems to get taller every time I see her. She's a real
cutie who gets lots of attention from everyone! Storm has been teaching her
how to behave. He is a little over-protective on occasions but is very, very
sensible. The Mrs. frequently says she wishes I was as well-behaved as Storm,
but hey I'm me . . . get used to it!
of my newest friends is Dougie - another gentle giant. He is huge but such a
big softie. Apparently, he is a Newfoundland. I don't really pay much attention
to those labels.
It's really all about the
smell, wet nose and the wagging tail. Dougie smells lovely and he enjoys
running like me. We had a great time bounding around Watermouth Harbour a few
weeks ago. I hope we will be able to do it again soon.
Sharon's Dougie and Derek too, and Twiglet and Lottie and Poppy and Daisy. I
am very lucky having so many great mates. There are a few I have yet to win
over but hopefully they will fall for my charms soon. That being said, I
think Dora may be a lost cause . . . she just doesn't recognise a good thing
when she sees it! Mind, she has those other friends to play with in that
field of hers. I would really love to get to know them. There's a lot of
them around this area. They all hang out in the fields together, never on the
lead. They look so much like me I am sure we would have great fun together.
They never bark at me; just stare and make a weird "baaing" sound. If only I
could get in to chat to them. Strangely though, neither the Mr. or Mrs. will
let me near them. What do you reckon to my chances? Maybe one day? . . .
MALCOLM & FAMILY
have been several interesting people living in Berrynarbor in the past and whilst
researching my Grandmother in Altrincham, Cheshire, where I was born, I came
across this reference from the archives of St. John's Church there. The Rev.
Napier Malcolm [17.3.1870-19.10.1921], who was Rector there in the early 1900's,
went with the Missionary Society to Persia. Whilst there, he met and married
Urania Latham. Now the Berrynarbor connection.
he died in 1921, she returned to England with her children and some time after
arriving back, settled in Berrynarbor at The Old Court. This intrigued me, so
I started to see what I could find out about her.
was born in Derbyshire on the 30th March, 1870, and trained as a Doctor. She
was also a brilliant chess player and won the North of England Women's Chess
Championship at some point. She became a missionary and her medical
qualifications were invaluable because at that time it was against the culture
for women to be examined by a male doctor. Her eldest child. a daughter, died
on the way home to England. Another daughter, Helen, who was a graduate from
Oxford where she read English is, along with her mother Urania and sisters
Agnes and Jane, on the 1939 Census at The Old Court.
seems to be the owner. As it is a guest house there is a Mary Heron - retired
teacher, Ronald Vallance - caretaker - and John Vallance [perhaps his son] aged
13 at school. They were also confectioners and cake makers.
Malcolm, the twin sister of Agnes, trained as a nurse and during the War went
with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service to the Middle
East. She died there on the 1st October 1942 of an accident aged 33, and is
buried in the Moascar War Cemetery, Egypt, but her name is on the War Memorial
in Berrynarbor Churchyard. At that time, it was not the custom to remember
women on war memorials.
died on the 10th January, 1952, in Berrynarbor and is buried in St. Peter's churchyard
together with her daughters Agnes [15.1.1909-0.1963] and Helen [16.8.1905-8.11.1971]
and her son George [24.2.1903-30.5.1989]. and the Reverend George's wife, Hilda
Duckworth [31.10.1901-24.7.1986], who had connections to Weston-Super-Mare.
from 1921 when they arrived back until the 1939 Census, I have no information, and
do not know when or why they settled in Berrynarbor
when they originated from the North of England. Berrynarbor then, as now,
cannot have been that well known.
the connection to Weston-Super-Mare is the link. Someone in the village may
just one of those coincidences which crop up when
you are looking for something else!
The Old Court c1904-8
from the Tom Bartlett
Urania with Baby George
The grave, St. Peter's, inscribed
on both sides of the gravestone
AND SHAKERS NO. 92
1893 - 26 March 1983
of the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno
watch BBC's lunchtime Spotlight, you get a fleeting glimpse of the Minack
Theatre, carved into the granite cliffs at Porthcurno near Land's End. If
you've ever visited it, whether during a performance or - as I have - just to
see it, it is mind-boggling, and even more so, when you learn that it was
devised and built by one lady, Rowena Cade, with the help of her gardener,
was already 38 when she started on this ambitious
Born in Spondon, near Derby, she was the older sister of Katherine Burdekin,
a well-known 20th century writer of fiction based on social and spiritual
matters. Rowena also had two brothers.
family moved to Cheltenham in 1906 when Rowena's father retired, and after
World War l, her widowed mother sold that house and rented one at Lamorna. Here,
Rowena made a discovery: the Minack headland. She bought it for £100 and
subsequently had a house built on it using granite from St Levan. You will see
this house on the cliff top as you near the theatre. Incidentally, the word 'minack' comes from
the Cornish 'meynek', meaning 'rocky place'. Well named!
Throughout the twenties, Minack House and its gardens accommodated various
dramatic performances. Rowena was good at designing sets and costume making,
and after a successful outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1929,
repeated in 1930, the next performance would be of The Tempest. It was decided
that the setting should be the granite cliffs rather than the garden, but for
this Rowena, with the help of
Rawlings and a lad named Charles Angove, set about constructing a simple stage
and some seating in the gully above Minack Rock.
work took over six months. Diggers and heavy machinery were out of the
question. They used hand tools and the occasional stick of dynamite to shape
the theatre in its present form. Here's her description of its start:
gardener, Billy Rawlings, [and] another Cornishman cut up [huge boulders] by
hand, much as the English cut up butter. A few slices fell into the [sea] as
they split, followed by some good dialect expressions of regret; most were
handled into position inch by inch with bars, on the slippery slope where a
careless step would have meant a ninety-foot fall into the churning sea. I
filled in behind them with earth and small stones"
Minack Theatre was born!
first performance was in 1932. Without formal lighting, the stage was lit by
batteries and car headlights. During the next seven years there were many
extensions and improvements, but then came World War ll and it was feared that
the theatre would be lost, but it was not to be.
was given over to the Army who used it as a lookout post.
during the war, the set was used and in 1944 the film Love Story with Margaret
Lockwood and Stewart Granger was filmed there. After the war, the gun post
was converted into a new box office.
the years, Rowena became a dab hand at working with cement and creating
techniques for adding lettering and Celtic designs with the tip of a
screwdriver before the cement hardened. Although in later years she looked
frail, she continued working all through the winter on her beloved theatre, well
into her eighties. After she died, sketches were found as to how the theatre
could be covered on rainy days. These so far have not been acted upon. Only
extreme conditions stop a performance - rain does not stop play! And
umbrellas are not allowed.
In 1976, Rowena
gave the theatre to a Charitable Trust, but continued to be involved with it
together with the rest of her family and indeed, by 2015 the General Manager
was married to her great niece.
a construction of concrete and cement, there is only one granite seat in the
whole theatre, and that is dedicated to Billy Rawlings, who died in 1966.
Cade died on 26th March 1983, just a few months before her 90th birthday. She
left behind a lasting reminder of her effort - and sheer strength - in creating
this unique theatre.
normal years, over a quarter million visitors enjoy ocean views and over 200
magical performances between Easter and September, be it opera, musicals,
plays, music or children's events.
year, the programme was limited to a few summer months because of lockdown, and
this year the Minack Theatre states on its website: We are currently closed
to visitors. Further updates will be posted as soon as we have information.
if you are interested, you will need to check their website later. With all
the talk of 'staycations' for 2021, and hopefully the success of vaccinations,
you may just find time to visit The Minack Theatre. It should be a very
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Easter I have chosen two early postcards from my collection.
first, A Happy Easter, shows a young lad clutching a bunny rabbit with his
knapsack and two Easter eggs on the ground. This card was printed in Germany,
exclusively for Post Card & Variety Stores Ltd. London N.7 series 825
second card, also A Happy Easter, is c1908, printed in America and has not been
posted. The card shows a large cockerel and six young chicks against a
background of hills and poppies.
the stamp would be placed is the following printed message: Place Postage
Stamp Here - - Domestic One Cent - - Foreign Two Cents.
again, I should like to wish all readers a Very Happy Easter 2021 and
thank Judie for the production of our Newsletter since the first publication in
Cottage, March 2021