NEW BERRYNARBOR VILLAGE WEBSITE
Launched back in April, the new village website can be found
at berrynarborvillage.org and replaces the now defunct Berrynarborvillage.co.uk.
The website has been jointly funded by
the Shop and Manor Hall and is intended to be a focal point of information for
both visitors and residents alike. Why
not have a have a look to see the sorts of things going on in the shop, the
manor hall, and various groups or to find the phone numbers of a local
tradesman or business?
Events are kept up to date so you can find out about plays or
other village events and the front page will carry details of any urgent
updates like the shop being open in the snow etc. We are also adding places of interest in the
area so if your visitors are looking for something to do, check it out.
If you run a local activity and want your own page which you
can manage, then get in touch via the contact page. Or if you have a business or trade that you
want added, then let us know as well.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
have moved on a pace from the October edition of the Berrynarbor Newsletter and
we have received applications from two candidates for the position of Priest in
Charge to serve St. Peter's Berrynarbor, St. Peter's Combe Martin, together
with Pip & Jim's, Ilfracombe.
their planned visit to all parishes on the 18th October, formal interviews were
held on the following day at a neutral venue.
Two representatives from each
church were allowed to ask questions to the two candidates, along with
contributions from the Bishop of Crediton, the Archdeacon of Barnstaple and the
Rev John Fisher. Unfortunately, neither
of the two candidates was chosen and the post will be re-advertised.
Harvest Festival Service was well supported, as was the Harvest Supper. Our grateful thanks must go to our ladies
who provided an excellent buffet, the evening rounding off with a fun quiz. The amount raised from the Harvest Service
collection and ticket sales from the Supper - after deducting expenses - was
£157.00. Following PCC agreement, this
was rounded up to £200 which was donated to the Indonesian Disaster Fund.
this point we must convey our grateful thanks to all who contributed food, in
the form of tins, cereals, pasta, biscuits, etc., for the needy, and with a superb
effort from Berrynarbor Schoolchildren and parents. All this food was taken to the Ilfracombe
Food Bank which is administered by the Salvation Army from their Hall in
Ilfracombe. Photographs were taken to record the event and it is hoped that the
North Devon Journal will feature this in a future edition. Well done to everyone!
Remembrance Sunday Service was very well attended and it was particularly
poignant that Armistice Day fell on the 11th of the 11th. Rev. George Billington led the service and
at the War Memorial for the two minute silence. Ivan Clarke played the Last Post and
Reveille on his bugle. How well he
played on this tranquil, sunlit, morning, and there was a touching moment when
his son, Ben - a pilot in the RAF - stepped forward to place a poppy wreath on
behalf of his Squadron. Clare White,
representing the Parish Council, read the Lesson and the Choir sang You Raise
me Up - the words conveying both hope and calm. The collection of £200 will be donated to
The Royal British Legion.
is just around the corner and once again we look forward to a full church on
Wednesday, 19th December, for our annual Carol Service. The little ones will
once again be performing their Nativity Play with songs and carols from 5.45
p.m., the main service commencing promptly at 6.30 p.m.
look forward to additional contributions from the older children, under the
direction of Christina Barrow, plus the Berrynarbor Choir under the direction
of Graham Lucas.
have not received any formal request to take on the position of Organist, and
can only hope that someone comes forward to take on this important role. Once again, please contact me, Stuart Neale, on 01271-883893
if you, or you know of someone who is willing to help us out, even on a part
those interested in joining our Choir, please contact Graham Lucas on 01271-883847, or just come
along to our Monday evening Choir practice in the church at 7.30 p.m. and enjoy
Following our search for the position of
PCC Secretary, temporarily undertaken by Sue Neale, we are very pleased to
announce that Alison
Sharples will take on this important role come the New Year.
we approach Christmas, we think and pray for those who are unwell in our
Friendship Lunch will be held on the
last Wednesday of the month at The Globe at 12.30 p.m.
Note: There will be no Friendship Lunch in December
from everyone at St. Peter's Church, we send our very best wishes to you all
for a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.
UNFADING MEMORY OF
OUR FALLEN WHO DIED
1914 - 1918
ARTHUR JOHN SNELL MM [Military Medal] Private 7th Btn.
Bedfordshire Regiment. Son of Joseph and Mary Jane Snell of
Berrynarbor. Died of wounds 12th
July 1917, age 39. Buried
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
SAMUEL TRUMP Private 9th Btn. The Devonshire
in action 26th October 1917.
SIDNEY W. TOMS Private [Drummer], 13th Btn. Welsh
Regiment. Son of John & Mary
Toms of Berrynarbor, died 31st October 1918, age 23. Buried Etaples Military Cemetery,
HERBERT E. RICHARDS Searchlight Company, Royal
Engineers. Bazra, Mesopatamia
1917. Died of wounds 10th January
ALBERT [BERT] J.
SNELL Mechanical Supplies Company, Field
Artillery, American Expeditionary Force, France. Died
of wounds 31st December 1918.
WILLIAM HUXTABLE Corporal 7th Btn. South Wales
Borderers, son of John & Alma Huxtable of cock Hill, Berrynarbor. Died of wounds 8th
February 1918, age 24. Buried
Sarigol Military Cemetery, Greece
Private 10th Btn. Royal Welch
Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th
September 1917, age 20. Son of
Thomas & Eliza Latham of Henton Hill, Berrynarbor. Buried Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery,
ALBERT TRUMP Private 1st Btn. Devonshire Regiment. Died
30th November 1916, age 30. Son
of Sarah and George Trump, husband of Caroline. Buried
Baghdad War Cemetery, Iraq
WEATHER OR NOT
months soon go by and I am again reporting on ex-hurricane Helene, which was on
the way when I wrote my last report. This
was not a great event which started to have an effect on our weather on the 18th
September with winds gusting at 40 mph, only a small amount of rain and
temperatures not altering much. This
was followed on the 19th by storm Ali, which tracked over Scotland producing winds
up to 42mph here in the Valley, but only 2.6mm of rain. Then we had Bronagh on the 20th which
tracked over central England. This
produced winds up to 36mph and a massive 40.8mm of rain, the pressure fell to
996.7mbars. at 2200hrs. By the 24th, it
was reading 1040.4mbrs. which was high for the time of year. Overall the rain fall was 84.6mm for
September with a maximum high of 24.2℃ on the 2nd and the lowest on 25th at
3.3℃. Sunshine hours for the month were low at 102.54, the highest on my
record for September is 170.29 in 2014.
has seen a mixed bag of weather but overall, I should say, a reasonable month. The highest temperature of 23℃ on the 10th
was above the normal and -1.3℃ was only surpassed by 1997 at -2.0℃. Rainfall
for the month was 58.8mm [last year 58.4] which is low for October. The wettest day was the 12th at 13.6mm with
a total for the year standing at 707.6mm. Highest wind speed was on the 13th from the
SSW at 47mph. Sunshine hours were 83.45
which is towards the highest for October.
Part of the garden in 1963
have been asked how I collate my weather records and how I became involved in
the first place. I started taking an
interest when I lived in Leamington Spa during the hard winter of 1962/63. In
late December '62, we had a large snow fall during the Christmas holiday and by
the time we went into '63, the weather showed no sign of improvement. I was in my mid-teens and started
making notes of the weather on a 1963 calendar - maximum and minimum temperatures,
a brief summary of each day's weather and wind direction from the weather vane
on our house. This carried on for many
years with more information being added.
recall one birthday being given an aneroid barometer. I also had a wet and dry bulb thermometer
which I found in the garden shed. [If
you would like to know about this, I suggest you look on the internet.] I also
noted cloud cover each morning.
continued until I moved into Berrynarbor, when for a time I did not keep
records as I had no equipment down here. In September 1980, my parents moved into the
village and I moved back from the caravan park to live with them. So, the barometer and thermometer were
brought back into use.
1988 I married Sue and we moved to the Sterridge Valley where the records
continued. During the following years
I purchased a barograph and later a thermograph. These improved my records and in 1994 I
purchased an American Davis weather station, which gave me rainfall, wind
speed, direction and chill factor, maximum and minimum temperatures, greatly
enhancing my records for many years. In
2002, I began to be given the sunshine hours.
mid-2016, the station started to give problems and I invested in a new Davis
weather station which is linked to my computer. This saves a lot of writing up daily
continue this story, giving you details of what information is held in the next
As the next issue will not be out until
2019, I should like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous and
Healthy New Year.
John died on the 24th October, aged 93,
in his beloved Watermouth home surrounded by the love of his family and carers.
John moved to Ilfracombe in 1964, a
pioneer in education, he came to establish the first ever purpose-built
comprehensive school in the country.
Ilfracombe Community College was opened in 1973. John and his wife Pat, were passionate
about the community and promoted and served its interest through their long
It was with much sadness we learnt that
John had passed away and our thoughts are with his daughters, Patricia and
Elizabeth, and all his family.
A personal Tribute from the Family,
especially for her Grandchildren and
given at the Thanksgiving Service by John
Well, it falls to me to tell you a
little about the life of Kath or Granny to a lot of you. Well, Granny Noodle to
many of us, or Granny Bumble to some of you.
Noodle was a nickname given her
by her girls' father, Don.
was the name of a sheep which Jill brought home as a lamb the owners were going
to put down because its front leg was a bit deformed and bent, so the lamb
walked on three legs. Don said he could fix that and strapped its
leg inside the hollowed-out stem of a sprout plant. The lamb lived and became known as Bumble, and
was eventually given by Jill to her mother here in Berrynarbor. Carol's
children then knew Kath as Granny Bumble because of this crazy Jacob sheep.
Margaret Kathleen Herbert was born on the 2nd January 1923,
at Hedgeland Farm, Cadbury, near Exeter. It was a mixed farm, using shire horses and
with no mains water, electricity or gas. Cider was made and apples, cream, butter and
eggs were sold. Good times were had but hard work was the
Kath and her brothers started school at Cadbury but were
later transferred to Cheriton Fitzpayne which involved a bus ride. She was highly competitive and states that
at school she was captain of hockey and netball. She also played cricket with the boys and
was a better bowler than most in the area and held the records for running,
high jump and long jump. She felt it
was a tragedy that she couldn't take up the place offered to her at Crediton
High School - there was no transport, she didn't have a bike and so she had to
work on the farm.
She eventually got herself a bike after
she joined Bickleigh YFC where she entered the young bull that she had reared
from a calf for the competition. She came second and sold her prize-winning
bull for £19, spending £6.10 shillings on buying the bike which gave her
freedom. This freedom meant she could
go to ballroom dancing classes with Don and they were very good dancers, embracing
any new dance that came along.
In 1939 the Herbert family moved to East
Ruckham Farm, Cruwys Morchard, near Tiverton.
The distance between the two farms was about 8 miles and all animals
were walked from Hedgeland to East Ruckham. Kathy looked after the pigs but also reared
rabbits and used the funds for her bottom drawer. For you, younger ones, the bottom drawer has
been replaced by The Wedding List!
Kath states that girls had to work
outside on the farm all day but that the boys never helped with the housework! This meant she worked alongside her brothers
in the field and then had to serve them their meals at lunch and dinner times. This certainly fuelled her feelings towards
men in later life regarding equality.
Kath married Donald Arscott in April
1944, and they spent some years living at Cadbury before moving to Crandle
Farm, Cruwys Morchard. At first they
were tenant farmers, but later they were able to buy the farm. Kathy did all
the milking to save money on employment.
During this time they set up the
Cruwys Morchard Young Farmers Club which certainly helped her three daughters' social
Kath's love of animals always persisted
and this meant that you looked after them first, each day, before yourself.
My first memories of Kath were before we even met. My
father and I had to raise a mortgage to buy Crandle Farm and did so by applying
to the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation in Taunton. The valuer duly visited the farm and we then
attended a meeting with him in Taunton to hear the result. He
said there was no problem with borrowing the money and that he had valued the
farm at what we were being asked to pay for it. But, in addition to that - he was a bit of a
lad I think! - he told us he had valued the farmer's wife. He said that she was a cracker and she had a
lovely daughter, which turned out to be true, and the lovely daughter was Jill
who became my wife.
I remember when we moved in Kath was highly amused when she
learned that we kept our dog in the house. "Very Townie," she said. She had never allowed a dog in the house,
they were supposed to stay outside. She certainly changed a lot over the years
with Barney sharing every meal with her and sleeping in her bedroom!
and Don then moved to West Ruckham, where they built a new homestead and
buildings. On the sale of this farm in
1980, they moved to Berrynarbor, where they kept sheep and had some holiday
bungalows at Woolacombe.
Carol says that the joyous and abiding memory she is left
with, is a love of wildlife and flowers. This, no doubt, accounts for Carol never
feeling happier than when she is in the garden.
Kathy loved colour. She could never understand the saying, 'blue
and green should never be seen'. "What
about bluebells?" she would say. The
colours adorning her coffin are what she wanted. We have all been most impressed by her use
of colour in her weaving and when we opened her wardrobes, the vibrant colours
were amazing, hence the thought that all could wear some colour today.
Kath could see a picture and was a very
good photographer and gave many slide
shows of her varied and extensive travels.
She was a beautiful sewer, a skill learnt from her mother, a seamstress.
Her girls always had a dress in the
latest fashion even if she cut up one of her own dresses to make it.
She started spinning and weaving with
Don when they came to Berrynarbor 38 years ago. They were founder members of the North Devon
Spinners, and I'm delighted that the group still thrives. Kath was the President to the end and loved
going to the meetings. She told us recently
when she was really ill, how much she missed it. The drape on her coffin is the very first
piece of weaving she did and it was Kathy's request that it be used today.
Kath loved cooking and a pavlova was her
signature dish. Don made a special
wooden platter for it. She was still making her own bread up to a few
months ago and always made me cake whenever I visited, insisting I took most of
it home as she scolded Jill for not making cakes!
Her verve for life gave her the need to
travel, inherited from her homesteader father.
First with Don, overland to Australia and there are really not many
countries Kath has not visited including some of the most dangerous and some
you can't visit now. She was truly a
courageous traveler, quite often as a single woman. When asked about her latest holiday she would
reply it wasn't a holiday it was an expedition.
One of Donna's cherished memories is accompanying her mother
in 2005 to Saskatchewan, Canada, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the
Homesteaders, Kath's father being one of them. They were invited to stay with friends in the
town of Windhorst, which hosted the three-day event, with time to visit the
site of the homestead. In her diary,
Kath said she felt the journey was very rewarding and well worth the effort and
that she still wondered about the journey her mother and father made, how many
days they must have been in the horse drawn wagon, and her mother, Rainy, would
have had her wedding presents with her and many memories of the country and
family she had left.
After Don's death, Kath met Trevor, who
also liked to travel. They belonged to the Rioja Club, which involved some
When she was over 80, I managed to
fulfil another of Kathy's ambitions. to ride pillion on a large motorbike
around the streets of Brussels dressed in full leather gear- which for some
reason she called rubber!
More recently, in August of last year, Donna and Kath drove
around Exmoor and managed to tick all the boxes. The heather was gloriously in bloom, the
weather was fine, they enjoyed a picnic lunch at one of Kath's favourite
places, namely Horners Wood, followed by spotting deer resting up on the hill. And the icing on the cake was that Kath was
able to hold a conversation with one of her favourite animals - a Highland cow!
I should like to thank those of you in
the village who continued to visit Kath until she died. We all appreciate that, and thank you Judie
for taking Barney for so many walks and for giving Kath her daily medication - Baileys
in her morning coffee!
We asked her grandchildren for any
special memories, these are a few of them:
Holly remembers them playing in the woods and granny
clanging saucepan lids together to call them in. Coralie feels she gave her the thought that
girls can do anything - Girl Power long before the Spice Girls.
Yan remembers granny getting him to help
in the garden when he used to stay at weekends. He very soon got blisters on his hands and
went to show her, I suspect expecting to get out of the work. But Kath just said, "Oh, that's nothing, just
spit on them and get on with it."
says: Gran was such a strong, witty and
inspiring person and he likes to think that his love of great food, wine and
travel comes from her! He says, "Our visits to Berrynarbor will never seem the
I don't know whether you have heard
the Simon Mayo drivetime confessions on BBC radio, but this is Ian's confession!
"Many years ago, on a fine summer's day when grandad was still alive, Barn
Cottage lost its electricity supply, as did the rest of the Sterridge Valley,
the entire village and large parts of Combe Martin! I suppose that it is
safe to admit to this now. It was Yan
and I who were the cause. Whilst
playing with an air-gun in the apple orchard, we shot at one of the insulators
which exploded causing a dead short on the 11,000 volt overhead supply line
with the consequent loss of power in the region. I am
sure in the circumstances, you will now forgive us Gran!"
I will leave you with a final thought
from Carol. "Mother, together with her
love of dogs, was still a farmer at heart. Please note - a farmer. It would have been a very brave person indeed
to have called her a farmer's wife. I
believe a few foolish people did!"
. . . and lastly, the other day we found
hand written on the outside of an envelope which contained a lot of her papers,
"Make sure you give me a jolly good send off!"
NEWS FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
We have been very busy settling in all
our new children and forming new friendships with the children and their
The children have enjoyed this autumn
term, learning about the changes in the season, seen how busy the farmers have
been and also watched the School celebrate their Harvest Festival in the
To introduce our new topic, the
children have been using their senses to explore taste, sight, smell, hearing
and touch. We have been active in
making pumpkin soup, bread and festive biscuits and have read many books and
brought stories to life in role play, puppets and in our creative displays.
Due to the good autumn weather, we were
able to take the children out and around the village, exploring the environment
as well as see where we live, work and play.
Outside, the children have swept up autumn leaves, collected seeds from
our wild flower garden and helped plant bulbs in the planters in front of the
Manor Hall with the Berry in Bloom team.
Finally, we are planning to celebrate
Christmas with a Coffee, Cake and Carols morning. The children will be singing a few festive
songs for their families and friends and we welcome members of the community to
join us in our little celebration. This
will take place in the Manor Hall on Friday,
14th December at 10.00 a.m. with the Toddler Group. There will be various activities, such as a
raffle, getting creative and decorating a spiced biscuits,
as well as having fun in a few party games.
There are also rumours that Father Christmas might visit as well!
Our New Committee
our AGM on 1st October. Ben and Natalie
Heath and Dian Norman have now stepped down from their positions, and we wish
to thank them for all their voluntary work and contributions in supporting and
running the Pre-School.
Kritikos has taken on the role of Chairperson, Tina Barbeary as Treasurer and
Laura Maughan as Secretary. We welcome
them and look forward to working with them and the rest of the Committee to
ensure that our unique and much-loved Pre-School continue to run and provide
the happy child-care that the children enjoy so much.
Used ink cartridges We sent off all the use ink cartridges that
have been brought to us and received a cheque for £19. Please continue to drop off your used ink
cartridges and help us recycle and raise funds at the same time.
Bags2School In October we
had our Bags2School collection and are very grateful to all who supported this clothes
recycling fundraising event. We are
pleased to announce that we raised £96 which will go towards new resources for
Quiz Our next
fundraising event is our Pub Quiz which is very popular and great fun.
Thank you for all
your support and we should like to wish you all a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Pre-School
Committee, Children and Staff
CHRISTMAS AT OUR VILLAGE SHOP
There is so much going on at our Village
Shop as we enter the final
run up to Christmas. We have three
wonderful prizes to win in our festive raffle draw, Berrynarbor themed cards,
local produce gift sets [which we can post for you] and a host of special
This year, three wonderful raffle
prizes - a Christmas Cheese and Wine Hamper; a Curry Kit Hamper, perfect for
those left-overs; and
a Boxed Fizz and Chocolates Treat. Tickets are
only a £1 so make sure you get yours soon. The draw will take place on Friday, 21st
ever-popular order forms are now available for all your Christmas meat,
vegetable and dairy orders. Orders will
be ready for collection from Saturday, 22nd December. Because the Bank Holiday falls on the Tuesday
and Wednesday, the Shop will close at mid-day on Monday 24th December and
re-open on Friday 28th.
The Shop Management, Volunteers and Committee
thank all our customers for your loyalty in 2018 and look forward to seeing you
Could you give just half a day a week
or a fortnight of your time to the Village Shop? The shop is looking to recruit a number of
new volunteers. It's a great way to support this most important community-owned
village service; to meet new people;
welcome visitors and work with our dedicated team. Just call in and ask. We will be delighted to
BERRYNARNOR WINE CIRCLE
My nose itched, and I knew I
should drink wine or kiss a fool. Jonathan Swift
Our timetable for 2018-2019 was signed
and sealed in August, and, therefore, to re-plan our first event in October wasn't expected, but Tony Summer's early
October e-mail telling of a disaster, was a bolt from the blue, particularly as
he was enjoying Spanish sunshine! Our Roscoff-based presenter, Chris Bullimore,
had to extricate himself, yet again, this time due to a forthcoming house move.
Geoff and I took pity on Tony, put
brains into gear, collected some wines and presented A Lot to Yapp About. As
family members live in Sussex, we use the A303 on a regular basis. Some
years ago, heading homewards, we spotted an elderly blue Citroen van promoting
Yapp Bros Wines at Mere. We assumed that this was a new business, but
didn't forget the van with its innovative and memorable advertising.
Helpful staff at Yapp's told us that this
isn't a new business, far from it; they've
been going for 49 years. Sadly, that lovely old van was severely
vandalized. The family removed it from
the roadside, had it repaired and sold it, for £10,000. Thanks
to a lorry driver's dash cam, the culprits were traced and charged: a positive result thanks to modern technology!
Yapp Bros was started by Robin Yapp,
dentist, now retired, who encountered the good stuff' when working as a
Scarborough waiter. Having moved from Yorkshire to Wiltshire, he set up the
Mere business in 1969. This award-winning wine merchant specialises
in French wines. Indeed, the London
Evening Standard described them as 'probably the UK's leading specialist in
French regional wines, especially from the Rhone and the Loire valleys', but
their stock now includes Spanish and German; however, we chose six French examples.
Some thought that all wines were
good, even excellent; however, it was
surprising to see that some caused considerable controversy. One white and one red, particularly, caused
pleasure and smiles for some members, but others tipped them away, gave them to
their neighbours or were drunk with grimaces as if they were prescribed
Our first wine was described by Yapps
as a bone-dry white wine. It was a Muscadet, and, like all wines, is
personal preference; it was dry and
pale. Yapp's Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sûr Lie:
Domaine de la Mortaine 2017 was controversial. Those that liked it thought it would make a
great aperitif or an accompaniment with oysters, mussels or fruits de mer. Unfortunately, our budget doesn't extend to
fancy fish; I'm sure it would have made
a difference, but so be it. It was 12% and £10.95.
St Pourçain, Cuvée Printaniere Blanc
2017, Union des Vignerons is a 12.5% wine, and was also
£10.95. The ABC brigade, Anything but
Chardonnay, were reminded that these weren't all the same. Many don't like anything to do with
Chardonnay, but this was 80% Chardonnay with 20% of Tresallier. This addition is a Loire curio, but it made a
great deal of difference and was enjoyed by many.
The final white, also 12.5%, was a
Chenin Blanc, from Chinon, a town in Touraine.
Only 2% of Chinon wines are white; this rarity was from the vineyard of Domaine
Jean-Maurice Raffault. Unsurprisingly perhaps, this was our dearest
wine of the night at £14.75. Interestingly, even though the previous white was a Chardonnay, many thought that this
was better than the Chinon, suggesting that price does not mean that it's a
foregone conclusion that everybody will like it!
A Gamay from the Ardeche, in the south
of France, was our first red. It was a
Vin de Pays, Vignerons Ardèchois, another 12.5%, but only £9.95. It was
produced between Valence and Vienne, in the heart of the southern Rhone. Yapps
stated that it would drink well lightly-chilled in the summer. Well,
it was October, it wasn't chilled, but its pale red hue suggested that it couldn't
possibly be a full-bodied red. It wasn't.
It was pleasant drinking and I could believe that it would have been
good in the summer, as a chilled aperitif.
Both of the red wines that followed
were £11.95, but the first was 14%, and, perhaps, should have been drunk as our
finalé. It was our oldest wine, 2013, Saint Chinian
from the Château Milhau-Lacugue Cuvée Magali. It was
a blend of equal volumes of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault. The
château was a medieval resting place for pilgrims en route to St Jacques de
Compostela and if you know Puisserguier, near Beziers, you may have seen this
large south-facing vineyard. The Chinian
would be good with Toulouse sausages or a course pâté de compagne. Jean
Lacugue's wines also make their way to the tables at Michel Roux Jr's
Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, so perhaps it wasn't surprising that
many members thought this wine should be sampled again and again!
As Yapps are a Rhône specialist, we
were treated to their flagship Côtes du Rhône.
Trescartes 2015, St Gayan is a
mix of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre.
Jean-Pierre Meffre is based in Gigondas and the Meffre family have been
wine-making since the 17th C. His father
was instrumental in winning the Appellation Contrôllée status for Gigondas in
1971 and changing the law regarding the percentage of Grenache, which was
raised from 65% to 85% in 1985.
Jean-Pierre has an impeccable track record and, is regarded as being one
of the commune's finest estates.
It is always good to have the
opportunity to taste, to have the opportunity to sample food and drink from
around the world, particularly if you can do this in the comfort of your own
village. It is always interesting to see that taste and
approval, is, most definitely, personal choice.
- Promotional Co-ordinator & Secretary
NEWS FROM THE MANOR
First of all, we must apologise to
all our user groups who have unfortunately been experiencing teething problems
with our new heating system. At the
time of writing we have had frustrating meter installation delays resulting in
us not being able to use all the heaters.
This should now be resolved and we shall have set the daily time and
temperature needs appropriate for the group using the hall. There will also be instructions by the
You may also notice that there is now
heating in the Bassett Room and toilets which hopefully will help with damp and
cold issue that this area has suffered with for many years. Please note that chairs must not be stored
directly in front of the wall heater in this room as it will get hot, we are
awaiting a cage to go over it.
big thank you to Martin who has spent many an hour at the hall dealing with all
New security lights have now been
installed outside the porch and on the corner of the Penn Curzon room making it
safer for evening time users.
Our Auction of Promises Evening on
Saturday the 10th November was a great success and an excellent £1500 was
raised. We should like to say a very
big thank you to all the individuals and businesses who gave so generously and,
of course, to all the magnanimous bidders and winners. Thank you, too, to Tony who did a great job
as our Auctioneer and Phil who kindly provided us with music.
On Saturday the 15th December, between
10.00 a.m. 12.00 mid-day, we'll be holding another Christmas Coffee Morning at
the Hall and once again we'll be welcoming Joseph, the donkey, for a pat. Please come along and enjoy a hot drink [or
something stronger!] with a slice of cake or mince pie.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year
Chairman: Julia Fairchild [882783
Secretary: Helen Knox
Bookings: Alison Sharples 
Treasurer: Alan Hamilton
Safety: Mandy Sykes
Martin Johns, Ben
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
GOLD for Berry in Bloom
Wednesday 11th July was judging
day for Berrynarbor in Bloom and we got the results on October 4th at the presentation
in Yeovil. We were
thrilled to get a GOLD once again.
judges arrived in lovely weather and we had just two hours to show them our beautiful
village. We started in the car park and
met the volunteers in the shop and talked about the 10th Anniversary of our Community
Shop. They liked the transformation of
the old red telephone box in to an information centre. From
there we travelled by car up Barton lane stopping to admire and talk about the
new village signs and the lovely wall that Chris has made that the In Bloom
team have planted. Then down to the
Sawmills to see their lovely flower display and on to Storm in a Teacup boat
café and our pretty harbour. No time for
a cup of tea sadly but they did say what a magnificent addition it is for
locals and holiday makers alike. Then a quick trip up the Sterridge Valley
and back to the car park where they continued the visit on foot around the
middle of the village with a visit to the Pre-school where the children were
very keen to tell them about their garden,
They finished their tour at The
Globe where Ann and her team from Jigsaw had helped to tidy and plant up the
garden, a big job on a very hot day. Finally, they stopped for a cuppa and slice of
lemon drizzle and a chat with some of the Berry in Bloom team and some of the
clients from Jigsaw. All in all, they were pleased enough to give
us the highest award, a GOLD! Thank
Friday 2nd November, in conjunction with Beaford Arts, we held a light-hearted
talk and supper evening. Mic Riggulsford talked about the Charter of the
Forest [ancient laws and commoner rights] this proved to be a bit wacky, very
informative and good fun. A jacket
potato and pudding supper followed and we raised £430.00. Thanks to
Beaford Arts and all the cooks in the kitchen.
A date for your diaries - Saturday, 26th January
This will be the annual Berry in Bloom Quiz with
cottage pie supper and Phil as Quiz Master
again. Hope to see you all there.
Christmas I want something zesty and fresh but easy that I can make ahead. This cake would be great as a Christmas
dessert showstopper. Make the sponge 1 month ahead and freeze, make
the meringue 2 weeks ahead and freeze, make the curd 2 weeks ahead.
For the meringue
4 free range egg
8oz/225g white caster sugar
For the lemon curd
3 free range eggs plus 1 yolk
juice and zest of 4 unwaxed lemons
3 1/2oz/100g butter
7oz/200g white caster sugar
For the cake
8oz/225g butter at room temperature
8oz/225g golden caster sugar
8oz/225g S/R flour
4 free range eggs
2 lemons juice and zest plus 3 tablespoons sugar
You will need a pint of cream on the day you assemble the cake
Make the sponge 1 month ahead
Grease and line 2 x 8 inch sandwich tins. Set
the oven to 180/gas 4. Cream together the butter and sugar until
pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs 1 at a
time with a spoonful of flour in between eggs to stop curdling. Add
the zest of the lemons and then gently fold in the remaining flour. Divide between the 2 tins, level the tops and
bake for 30-35 minutes until well risen and coming away from the sides. Mix
the juice of the lemon with
the sugar and pour over the 2 sponges while in the
tins. When cold wrap in cling film and freeze.
Make the meringue 2 weeks ahead
Set the oven at 125/gas1. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment
and draw a circle the same size as the cake tins. Whisk the egg whites in a very clean, grease
free bowl. When they are stiff enough to hold a
firm peak, gradually whisk in the sugar, spoon
by spoon. Using roughly 1/4 of the
meringue, pipe or spoon 8 small individual meringues on the parchment but not
too near to the circles. Using the remaining
form 2 circles on the
baking parchment trying to keep within the circles. Bake for 1 hour then turn the oven down to
its lowest setting and bake for a further 30 minutes. Allow
to cool in the oven with the door ajar. When cool wrap everything in cling film and
Make the lemon curd 2 weeks ahead
heat together the butter, sugar and lemon juice and zest in a bowl over a
saucepan set over simmering water. Stir
occasionally until the butter is melted but do not allow the bowl to touch the
water. Remove from the heat. Beat together the eggs and yolk in a
Slowly whisk the melted butter mixture in to the eggs. Set
the bowl back over the simmering water and whisk constantly for 2-4 minutes
until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Sieve
the mixture in to a clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave to cool. Store
in the fridge for 2 weeks. You will
probably have some curd left over but it's lovely on toast.
day or morning before the party, defrost the cakes and meringues.
the cream to soft peaks. Make sure the
cakes are level - trim if necessary.
Place 1 cake on a pretty plate and top with lemon curd and cream. Place 1 circle of meringue on top. Add more
cream and big blobs of lemon curd. Repeat with the 2nd cake and the 2nd meringue.
Decorate the last meringue with swirls of cream and lemon curd and finally
place the mini meringues around the top.
I like to drizzle melted chocolate over the top in a random design. This will keep for a day but any longer and
the meringue will lose its crunch.
have made this with M&S lemon curd or National Trust passion fruit curd but
don't tell anyone! Happy Christmas
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
It has been a very busy term so far with lots to look
forward to. The Schools have been
thinking about our new adopted values and how we can relate these to Bible
stories in Art and RE Week. The
finished stories will be on display in the School along with a display of our
values and new logo.
Some of the art work also ended up in the Pannier Market in
Barnstaple as part of a wreath making competition, with our new strap line
Streams today, Oceans tomorrow. Look
out for it on the roof of the Pannier Market.
The wreaths are 2m by 2m and will be suspended above the ceiling using
chains. The fish were made by Pine
Class and Oak Class, and over 100 baubles were used to decorate it.
We have launched a new programme to help the children to
learn how to maintain good mental health.
We are running a training session for parents and any interested adults
on 22nd January, 6.30pm in The Globe.
You do not have to have a child in school to join us.
Christmas preparations are underway and we are looking
forward to our annual Walking Nativity on December 14th from 6.00 p.m. Come and join us as we tell the story of
Christmas whilst walking through the village, returning to The Globe for the
Please help our School whilst shopping at Tesco in
Ilfracombe, we are entered for the Bags of Help competition, which is running
through November and December. We
desperately need funds to help with our playground renovations. As a school, Berrynarbor could win up to
£4000 which could transform the outdoor space for all our children. Make sure you pop the token in the section
for Berrynarbor School.
Please join us for our annual Christmas Fair at the Manor
Hall on Tuesday 4th December. Pop along
for a raffle ticket, Christmas cupcakes and lots more!
Don't forget to sign your name up for the Senior Dudes meal
on the sheet in the Village Shop. The 6th
December, for a four-course meal, prepared, cooked and served by the children
in Alder Class in the Manor Hall. A
treat not to be missed!
From all at West Berry Federation, we wish you a Happy
Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
To all our friends and neighbours in the Village
A Very Happy Christmas and the best of health and happiness in 2019.
Jane and Keith of Rose
wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Laura and all the girls at the Boat Café
thank you for coming on board, wish you a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Wishing all friends at St. Peter's Church and in Berrynarbor,
a Joyful, Caring, Blessed Christmas and a
Happy, Health, Peaceful New Year.
Patricia, Joe, Staff and Volunteers
at Marwood Hill Gardens thank all visitors from Berrynarbor
and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Wishing all our friends and neighbours
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019.
Our best wishes, Jan and Alan [Woodvale]
Wishing all our village friends and neighbours a
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Barry and Rosemary
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Barbara, Alan and Molly
wish all friends and neighbours in Berrynarbor a
Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous 2019.
Our best wishes to you all for a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Jill and Tim Massey
Season's Greeting and all the best for 2019
Chris and Phil Pocock
Happy Christmas to all our friends
and neighbours living at Berrynarbor Park, also to all who put
in so much hard work running our Village Shop. However and
wherever you plan to celebrate Christmas this year, we trust it will
be meaningful and special for you all. Chris and Jen, Berrynarbor Park
Jackie and Roy wish all their friends, both old and new,
a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Lee View Cottage
Wishing everybody a Happy Christmas
and Every Blessing for the New Year.
and Juanita Billington
Colin and Wendy Applegate wish all their friends in the Village
a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year.
Eileen and Bob wish all their friends a Very Happy Christmas.
Liz and Roger of Berrynarbor Park wish friends and neighbours
a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Wishing everyone in Berrynarbor
A Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2019.
Janet and Tony Gibbins
We should like to wish all our friends and neighbours a
Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019.
With all our love, Mickey and Charlotte
Jo and Mike
wish all friends and neighbours a Very Happy Christmas with all our love
Ken and Judie wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year and a Healthy and Peaceful 2019.
Tom and Inge send warm greetings for Christmas and
wishes for a Healthy New Year 2019 to all friends, neighbours,
villagers and readers of the Berrynarbor Newsletter.
We send love and best wishes for Christmas and a
Happy, Healthy 2019 to all our friends in Berrynarbor
and in any foreign parts our Newsletter reaches!
Pam and Alex
A Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year
to all our village friends. Janet and David
all our friends in the Village a Very Merry
Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Wendy and Chris
Merry Christmas to our friends and neighbours in Berrynarbor,
from the Harris
Patricia and Paul Weston wish all friends, neighbours and
villagers A Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Pip and Tony Summers send greetings to all friends and acquaintances
and best wishes for good health and happiness in the New Year.
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy,
Healthy New year to all our friends. Joyce and Songbird
Wishing all readers, friends and neighbours a
Very Merry Christmas and best wishes from Rainer and Jill.
Linda, Allan, Jasmine, Tracy, Darren and
wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Chris and Phil at Middle Lee wish all friends a
Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
to friends, neighbours and everyone in Berrynarbor. Lesley and Brian
Chairman Adam Stanbury and Members of
the Parish Council
wish everyone in the village, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Elaine and John wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas
and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Jill McCrae sends Christmas Greetings & good wishes for
2019 to all neighbours, friends and visitors in Berrynarbor.
Season's Greetings and best wishes for a Happy
New Year to all friends and neighbours in
Berrynarbor. Yvonne and Toby
Mark and Hilary wish all their friends and
neighbours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sending best wishes for a Very Happy Christmas
and New Year to all our friends and neighbours.
Maureen and Pat, Fuchsia Cottage
Congratulations to Berrynarbor's Dylan Bacon who has been selected to
play for the Devon Under 16 Football Squad 2018-19.
regularly plays for the Braunton U16 football team where he is Captain.
CHECK THAT FIRE!
those who burn garden rubbish, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society ask
bonfire carefully for sleeping hedgehogs before lighting.
possible, the entire pile should be re-sited before being lit. Use broom handles to lift from the base of
the pile and shine torches, looking and listening carefully for any signs of
BTO TAWNY OWL SURVEY
interested in tawny owls? Does standing
outside, after dark, for 20 minutes once a week until the end of March, looking
up at the sky and listening for owls appeal to you?
British Trust for Ornithology is currently running a tawny owl survey; a follow up
to one they conducted in 2005/6.
participate you record the date and time; the amount of cloud cover and whether
you hear male owls hooting and/or female owls kee-wicking. For more information: www.bto.org/owl
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council has recently
received a presentation from the company Airband, which is providing Government
sponsored broadband and connecting rural communities. The service requires line of sight and up to
130 houses can be serviced by one pole. Phase one has been completed with phase two
due for completion by the end of January 2019, which includes 18 postcodes in
At the recent Parish Council meeting, concerns
about the consultation process and timeframe for responding to planning applications
were raised. The Parish Council is
a statutory consultee and as such is given 21 days from notification to respond
to a planning application. If the
Council meeting falls outside this time, then an extension to the consultation
period is always requested from the Planning Officer. Where possible the Planning Officer will agree
to an extension; however, sometimes it is not possible to grant an extension
due to the determination period of a planning application.
The festive season is fast approaching
and the Parish Council will be erecting the Christmas lights in the centre of
the village shortly, along with additional lighting for the bus shelter, as we
look forward to the festive celebrations. Vicki
Woodhouse - Parish Clerk
LOCAL WALK - 171
'Ireland's first woman politician': The Ilfracombe Connection
Ilustrations by Paul Swailes
takes us to the churchyard of Holy Trinity in Ilfracombe and an unusual event
that took place there in September. You
may have read an article in the church magazine, by Rev. John Roles, about Anna
Parnell or seen the report in the local paper about the gathering around her
grave to commemorate her life and work.
speech that day, the Irish Ambassador to London, Adrian O'Neill said that
although Anna Parnell had been a major figure in Irish history, campaigning for
land reform at a time of great poverty and injustice, like other women her contribution
had until recently been overlooked.
"It's wonderful to see here in Ilfracombe that she is still being remembered
and honoured 107 years after her death."
1880's in Ireland, she had organised the Ladies' Land League to assist the
tenants in rural areas who were being turned off the land and left homeless and
successful were the women in the practical help they gave, that her more famous
brother, Charles Stewart Parnell wanted the league to be disbanded and for the
men to take over.
to a disagreement between brother and sister;
Anna moved to England and eventually settled at Avenue Road in
Ilfracombe, using the name Cerisa Palmer.
a keen swimmer, and on the 20th September,1911 she went to bathe at the Tunnels
Beaches. She had been warned that
conditions that day were not ideal and unfortunately. she drowned. There was a rescue and attempts to save her
life but these failed and she was buried at Holy Trinity.
McAleese, a former President of Ireland, has called Anna Parnell 'Ireland's first woman politician and in
1881 Anna herself said, 'Perhaps when we are dead and gone and another
generation grown up ... they will point to us as
having set a noble example to all the women of Ireland.'
As you walk about the churchyard, and
make your way to Anna's grave in a far corner, you may notice the variety of
herbs and wild flowers growing informally.
A group of dedicated volunteers takes care of the churchyard and their
work was commended by the visitors from Ireland.
would not be complete without entering the church to admire what is considered
one of the finest wagon roofs in the west country, dating from the 15th
time to sit in a pew and gaze up at the richly carved bosses, corbels,
gargoyles and figures of angels.
There's a lot to see.
last word goes to Anna Parnell who said, 'The best part of independence - the
independence of the mind.'
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 78
SIR HENRY COLE
Inventor, first Director of the
V & A Museum
and father of the Christmas Card
15th July 1808 - 18th April 1882
to read of the accomplishments of this man's long career is tiring! Sir Henry Cole was born in Bath, the son of
an army officer, Captain Henry Robert Cole, and his wife, Laetitia. Henry junior was educated in London and
started work at the age of fifteen in the public records office where he wrote
pamphlets that led to establishing the General Records Office. From then on, he emerged as a man of many
talents. By 1837, as assistant to
Rowland Hill, he played a key role in developing the Penny Post and is
sometimes credited with designing the Penny Black, the first self-adhesive
postage stamp. Always interested in art
and industrial design, he was involved amongst other things in developing the
railway system and the building of the Albert Memorial and the Royal Albert
Hall. Under the presidency of Prince
Albert, the success of the 1851 Great Exhibition was partially due to his
astute management. Thus, he gained the
confidence of the Prince, who when he wanted a backing for one of his pet
projects was heard to say, "We must have steam - get Cole!"
In 1857 Henry founded the South
Kensington Museum and became its Director.
By 1899 it was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum. In his spare time, and fancying himself as a
writer, he edited and published various newspapers on art and design.
As if that wasn't enough, on a personal
note, and under the pseudonym of Felix Summerly, he wrote children's books,
handbooks for the National Gallery, Hampton Court and other art exhibitions and
articles on a wide range of subjects. He
even found time to design the Felix Summerly Tea Service which was produced by
Henry Minton Potteries and sold through his Felix Summerly Art Shop in Bond
In 1833 Henry had found time to marry
Marian Fairman Bond, and together they produced 9 children: 4 girls and 5 boys.
He was a very busy man!
Suffice to say, he found that he didn't
have time to write Christmas letters to his friends, so in 1843 asked his
friend, John Callcott Horsley, an artist, to design a card for him
instead. At this time of year, it is
this part of his life I'm concentrating on.
Together he and John produced a card
with three panels. The outer two show
people feeding the poor and clothing the homeless. The main centre panel shows a family
celebrating Christmas with wine glasses in their hands and the message, A MERRY
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.
Some people criticised
the design because it showed a child being given a glass of wine. John Horsley made 1,000 lithographic copies
by 31/4 inches, and hand-coloured each one
himself. Those cards that Henry didn't
need were sold in his Bond Street shop for a shilling [12d or 5p], which at
that time, wasn't cheap. But these were
the very first commercial cards. Maybe
he was far thinker and encouraging people to buy and send cards would help his
Penny Black post!
In the following years, cards usually
had pictures of the Nativity scene. In
late Victorian times, robins and snow scenes became popular. Even the postmen
had the nickname, Robin Postmen, because they wore red uniforms and snow scenes
were a reflection of the very hard winter of 1836. By the late 1840's, Christmas cards appeared
in the USA but were very expensive and it wasn't until 1875 that a German,
Louis Prang, who had worked on cards in the UK,
produced more reasonably priced cards. By 1915, John C. Hall and two of his
brothers, created Hallmark Cards, still in production today.
By the early 1860's, printing methods
had improved and Christmas Cards in the UK were becoming popular and produced
in large numbers. Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter and star of Buffalo
Bill's Wild West Show, was working in Glasgow in 1891 and sent the first ever
personalised card back to the USA. It
had a photo of her on the front, dressed in tartan to emphasise where she
was! She designed the card herself and
the cards were printed locally.
By the 1910's and 20's, homemade cards
became popular, often so delicate that they had to be delivered by hand. We all know the range of cards today, many
of which are sold by charities as a way of increasing their funds.
Little did Sir Henry know what he was
starting, and how much money would be generated for the postal service. There are very few of his original card
still around and if you want to buy one, it will cost a lot of money. In 2001, Sir Henry's original card sent to
his grandmother in 1843 sold at auction for £22,500! I think I'll continue to make my own!
As a footnote, Sir Henry never slowed
down even with old age. After
retirement in 1873, he channeled his experience in education to establish the
National Training School for Music and the National Training School for
Cookery. He developed heart problems,
but at the end of 1881 and with the help of his daughter, he started writing
his memoirs. On April
17th 1882, he sat for a portrait by Whistler, the well-known painter but died
the following day. His wife died the
He was caricatured in Vanity Fair dated
19th August 1871 as King
Cole, a fitting title for a man who contributed so much to the arts and
industry of his age. But one of his
lasting achievements was to encourage all of us to spend much time and energy
sending Christmas cards to friends and family [but cutting down a bit by using
our Newsletter. Thanks, Judie!].
James Tissot [1836-1902]
"What's your name?" asked the little
"Wendy Moira Angela Darling. What's yours?"
"Where do you live?"
"Second turning to the right and
straight on till morning."
"Sir J.M. Barrie's delightful
creation, Peter Pan, has by this time taken a secure place in the hearts of
children of all ages and there are few nurseries in the land in which Peter,
Wendy, Tinker Ball, Captain Hook and his Pirates, "the Mermaids and Redskins, and
the exciting world in which they live, are not as familiar as the most time-honoured lore of
fairyland." Daniel O'Connor, 1916.
Peter Pan was written as a play and in
creating Peter, Barrie also created Wendy.
The Christian name had not existed before. He also created the 'Wendy House', today's
word for a child's play house. The play
was first performed in 1904 with Nina Boucicault as the first Peter and Hilda
Trevelyan as the first Wendy, continued annually except in 1939 and 1940 when
it was suspended during the early years of World War II.
In the London play, the part of Peter
has traditionally been played by a woman, including major stars of their era -
Dame Anna Neagle, Phyllis
Calvert, Margaret and Julia Lockwood, Sylvia Sim, Millicent Martin, Wendy
Craigh, Hayley Mills, Lulu, Maggie Smith, Anita Harris and others. Captain Hook has had his share of
celebrities including Gerald Du Maurier, Charles Laughton, Alastair Sim, John
Gregson, Donald Sinden, Ron Moody, Bill Travers, Erick Porter and Dave Allen.
The play has more recently appeared as
Pantomime, with spectacular effects and today's top entertainers queuing up to
appear as the boy who wouldn't grow up and the dastardly
Captain Hook - he's behind you! - has been played by Russ Abbot, Patrick
Mower, Paul Nicholas,
Henry Winkler, Nigel Havers, Alvin Stardust and Leslie Grantham, alongside
Bonnie Langford, Michaela Strachan and with Joe Pasquale as the pirate
Smee. Breaking with tradition, some
Peter's are now male.
The Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens
Sir J[ames] M[atthew]
Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM, was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, on the 9th May 1860,
the 9th of ten children [two of whom died before he was born] to David Barrie,
a modestly successful weaver, and his wife Margaret Ogilvy.
When Barrie was 6, David, his next older brother and his
mother's favourite, died in an ice skating accident,
devastating his mother. Barrie tried to
fill David's place in his mother' affections, emulating him, but her only
comfort was that her son would remain a boy for ever, never to grow up and
From the age of 8, Barrie was educated at the academies of
Glasgow, Forfar and Dumfries. He was an
avid reader, fond of Penny Dreadfuls, spending time with his friends playing
amongst other things, pirates!
He knew that he wanted to follow a career in writing but his
family tried to persuade him to choose a profession and go to university. However, he compromised and obtained an MA
at the University of Edinburgh in Literature in 1882 and for a short while
worked as a journalist.
He returned to Kirriemuir to spend time writing stories and
novels, many in the Kailyard or cabbage patch tradition, portraying a romantic
image of village life in Scotland. But
increasingly, he became more interested in works for the theatre. In 1882, he was introduced to a young
actress, Mary Ansell, whom he married in July 1894.
In 1901 and 1902 he had back-to-back success with Quality
Street, a sentimental comedy, and The Admiral Crichton, a comedy about a
manservant cast away on a desert island with his employers. However, Barrie is obviously best remembered
for his celebrated play Peter Pan  about a boy who never grew up.
Barrie moved in literary circles with many famous friends
such as Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Thomas Hardy. George Bernard Shaw was his neighbour and he
was godfather to Robert Falcon Scott's son Peter. Scott wrote to him in the final hours of his
life on his expedition to the South Pole, asking Barrie to take care of his
wife Kathleen and son Peter. Barrie was
so proud of this request, that he carried the letter around for the rest of his
Barrie's marriage was not a happy one and they had not
children. It is said that it was never
consummated. In 1895 they bought a
house in South Kensington, followed in 1900 by one overlooking Kensington
Gardens where Barrie would walk his St. Bernard, Porthos. [Maybe portrayed as Nana the nursemaid dog
for the Darling family.] It was during
these walks that he became acquainted with the Llewelyn-Davies family, Arthur
and Sylvia, nee Du Maurier, and their five sons, George, John, Peter, Michael
A firm friendship was established and following the deaths
of Arthur and Sylvia, within 3 years of each other, 'Uncle Jim' became guardian
and provided financial support for the family and his relationship with the
boys continued well beyond their childhood and adolescence. Sadly, Barrie lost the two boys to whom he
was closest. George was killed in
action in 1915 in the First World War, and Michael drowned in 1921 with a
friend at Sandford Lock, near Oxford.
Barrie and Mary divorced in 1909 following Mary's infidelity
with Gilbert Cannan, but he continued to support her financially, even after
she remarried, by giving her an annual allowance.
Barrie died of pneumonia in London on the 19th June
1938. He was buried at Kirriemuir,
next to his parents and two of his siblings, and his birth home is maintained
as a museum by the National Trust for Scotland.
Barrie gave the copyright of the Peter Pan works to Great
Ormond Street Hospital for Children in 1929.
Today, the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 in the UK means
that the hospital will continue enjoying the benefits of Peter Pan and Barrie's
gift for perpetuity.
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 85
In his book The Old Country, Jack Hargreaves OBE [1911-1994]
makes reference to the gifted craftsmanship of his Great Uncle Harry. Using
wood from branches of tall box trees, he created polished spill-jars, one of
which he especially made for his grandfather who then expected it to be
refilled by his young grandson whenever he was around. He would watch his grandfather fold one of
the long spills, wooden firelighters, before poking it into the fire to light
his pipe from the pages of Farm, Field and
Fireside. His Great Uncle Harry also
used boxwood to make block-planes to sharpen his self-made rulers, squares and
chisel handles, all previously designed for both himself and others. Having
no children, he promised Hargreaves that all of his tools kept safely in a
chest, would one day come to him. Unfortunately,
they were instead taken by his Uncle Willie when he emigrated to America, never
to be seen again; unlike his Uncle Holmes who, Hargreaves is keen to emphasise,
immediately returned to England from Canada on the outbreak of World War One to
sign up. He was to die just after dawn
on the first day of the Battle of the Somme - his first day in action. His fate, like those of millions of others,
will be especially poignant this year when on the 11th November we commemorate
the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
Hargreaves's grandfather was never a man intent on doing
battle with his surrounding countryside; moreover, he felt himself to be in a
mutual, respectful partnership with nature.
For example, if a tree stood in
the way of barbed wire fencing being erected to keep cattle out of a hedge,
then two extra posts had to be knocked into place to go around it. No
nails in trees! On one occasion, a
foxglove seeded itself in a bank between a hedge. When a drought season persisted, his
grandfather carried a bucket of water from the yard to soak it every day for a
recollects his grandfather's love of foxgloves, whose true home he felt was in
the woodland; for it seems that if ever
there was a true man of the woods, then his grandfather was undoubtedly so. Whether it be the woods or the copses upon his
beloved farmland, each was tended with his loving care. A close eye was kept over the woodlands, his
grandfather noting where tall trees dropped their acorns or seeds. Once safe in the knowledge that an heir
apparent had successfully germinated, each tall tree still in its prime, would
be felled - an act which Hargreaves argues, 'nowadays a forester would be
roundly abused for . . . especially by
those who feel trees exist simply for the pleasure of the uncultivated eye'. For in his grandfather's era, these native
woodlands were the raw material upon which industry depended. The largest
branches went to the boat builders and wagon wrights whilst the lesser limbs
went to coach builders, the makers of gun-carriages, river barges, locks, barns
and hatches and the bridge builders. Any unwanted
significant branches were
used by his grandfather to make decent fencing posts whilst smaller ones became
his raw material for charcoal burners.
Copse wood too served a multitude of uses. Every copse would be closely monitored, the
designated species of each plantation allowed to grow for anything between
eight to ten years before being harvested. In autumn, an array of craftsmen and women
would come to survey the trees that were to be felled that winter, his
grandfather making bargains with each one as to how much they could clear. The broom-maker would fell the young feathery
birches whilst down by the river the basket-maker would annually take as much
willow as was available. Another
autumnal visitor would be the man who produced chestnut pale fencing and
occasionally a clog-maker would come if the alder had grown to a significant
height. One must not forget the box
trees for Great Uncle Harry, planted at the corner of each copse to get the
best of the light available.
But the best annual deal was done with Mr. Bowman [still a
common name in parts of the country where families had trade in wood] who came
with his family to source the hazel. They
were experts in all things for which hazel could be used and, more than any
other tradesman, knew the woods meticulously - even their youngest could
recognise with ease the calls of the woodland birds. Huntsman consulted Mr. Bowman on the foxes'
movements whilst the keeper would source his knowledge on the pheasants' nests.
His grandfather's great-great-grandfather
had known Mr. Bowman's great-great grandfather. It was no wonder then that his grandfather
assumed the annual visits would continue and that a descendant of Hargreaves
would be walking the woods with a descendant of Mr. Bowman.
It was not to be. The
first blow came - literally - when Portuguese men arrived to begin chopping
down his grandfather's beloved trees; for Portugal was the only country to
declare on the Allied side at the start of World War One. Suddenly, with our country needing wood like
it had never needed it before, the Portuguese woodmen were brought over.
Hargreaves recalls them turning up in his district a year after the declaration
of World War One - specialist men who were needed, of course, because so many
of our own young men had gone into battle. Hargreaves chillingly recalls how he
knew of a little rural village close by with a war memorial that records the
death of all its young men in one day.
"Trees, and trees, and trees were felled,"
Hargreaves laments. His grandfather
looked on, knowing that his old system could never be restored. Mr. Bowman and all the other craftsmen and
women would not be back next autumn. Indeed,
they would never return. Hargreaves
considers whether this was the reason his grandfather drank. It is an interesting concept, the notion of
somebody turning to alcohol not as a direct result of military combat but
instead through an indirect consequence that war can impose on someone. No longer would new life come about through the
drops of acorns and seeds on his grandfather's land.
Hargreaves's grandfather did, however, console himself on
one matter. In his era, every farm had
on its land between two and three walnut trees.
Each one in turn provided a crop
which, especially when at full maturity, provided a significant income from
gunsmiths and furniture makers. However,
his grandfather's philosophy was that a man should in his own lifetime plant
one walnut tree, not for his own selfish tax benefits, but for the pleasure of
his grandchildren. So, having surveyed the demise of his woods
and his copses but seeking pleasure from the arrival of a young Hargreaves on
the scene, he planted his final walnut tree.
NEWS FROM YE OLDE GLOBE
WOW! We have been
overwhelmed by the support from the village since we took over the lease of Ye
Olde Globe in September, following the sale of the property by Enterprise Inns.
To put the record straight, although Nic wanted to buy the
pub outright, he was continually outbid at the auction by David McCabe of
Plymouth, who owns a chain of 22 pubs. While he owns the property here in
Berrynarbor, we own the Ye Olde Globe business, and are the tenanted Licensees.
A special big THANK YOU
to all those who have taken part in the painting parties over successive
weekends, transforming and
brightening up both the interior and exterior of the pub. Gone
are the dark nicotine-orange
coloured walls and off-white ceilings, while outside it has been brought into
line with the black-and-white theme of the central village. This is the first stage in our refurbishment
programme that will eventually also include new soft furnishings
Now a Free House, we are able to offer a selection of
regular and guest beers, as well as good quality wines and other liquid
refreshments. On the food side, we have
two new resident chefs - Stuart [formerly of the Sawmill] and Peter - who have
introduced a new menu and offer a range of imaginative specials, including the Christmas menu. They are also planning future themed menu
evenings; the first, a Curry Night,
precedes the distribution of this Newsletter.
While on the subject of food, the pub will be open on Christmas Day, but
we are sorry that all Christmas lunch tables have been reserved already.
Weekly Sunday Night Quizzes have returned, as will the
Boxing Day Quiz - don't forget to reserve
your table. There will be a New Year's
Eve Party with free buffet for those in fancy dress. Your favourite fancy dress is the theme, so
come along wearing whatever you feel comfortable in.
the future, we shall be arranging live music evenings and other events going
forward into the New Year.
Whether a regular, past customer or a newcomer to the
village, we, along with all our team, Becky [Bex], Emma, Mia and Poppy behind
the bar, Stuart and Peter in the kitchen and those behind the scenes, look
forward to welcoming you to the 'NEW' Ye Olde Globe! Barry
The Painting Party
Mr. and Mrs. Fellows lived in a little
cottage on the edge of Exmoor with their two children, Jane and Fred.
Bill Fellows had been out of work for
some time due to a bad back, and Jill, his wife, had a part-time job as a
dinner lady at the local school.
It was Christmas Eve and they could not
afford any presents, although they were a united family and happy. It would soon be Christmas Day and would
things be any better?
It had started to snow and the next
morning, lo and behold, there were lots of presents by the fire.
How did this happen?
Well, when they looked out there were
footprints from the road to their cottage.
A ladder was leaning against the chimney and there were also sledge
marks and reindeer footprints in the snow.
The footprints stopped some way up the
road as though who else but Father Christmas had taken to the skies.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Tony Beauclerk -
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 176
For Christmas and New Year, I have
chosen two local views with over-printed greetings.
The first shows Watermouth Beach
[Smallmouth Cove] with Holdstone and Hangman Hills in the background. The rowing boats shown here were used to
ferry visitors over to Broadsands Beach, eliminating a long trek and over 200
steep steps down to and more importantly, up from the Cove. They would also take visitors to Combe
Martin and around the Bay. This
particular card was published c1910 by The Knight Collection, printed in
second, Wishing you a Bright and Happy New Year, has
been taken from Watermouth and shows Sandy Bay and Hangman's Hill. A two-funnel steamer can just be seen
steaming out of Combe Martin Bay. The
card was published by The Pictorial Stationery Company Limited of London, and
printed in Saxony [Germany] around 1904.
This particular card has been sent on December 31st 1905 and has a
Barnstaple postmark. It would have
been delivered first post on New Year's Day 1906.
The second, Wishing
you a Bright and Happy New Year, has been taken from Watermouth and shows Sandy
Bay and Hangman's Hill. A two-funnel
steamer can just be seen steaming out of Combe Martin Bay. The card was published by The Pictorial
Stationery Company Limited of London, and printed in Saxony [Germany] around
1904. This particular card has been
sent on December 31st 1905 and has a Barnstaple postmark. It would have been delivered first post on
New Year's Day 1906.
These are two further Christmas
postcards from my collection, dating from about 1901-1902. Both are postmarked Ilfracombe 04 and
addressed to Miss Lucy Creek at the Montebello Hotel, Ilfracombe.
I should like to wish everyone a Happy,
Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2019.
Cottage, November 2018
REV. BILL WRITES . . .
many of you would like to cancel Christmas?
Be honest, because it's just too
expensive. But that isn't what
Christmas is really about: Jesus was born to free us and not cost us.
many parents, Christmas 2018, rather than being a time of goodwill and peace,
will become a financial nightmare: the expensive gifts of recent past
Christmas's are just a dream, foodbanks are the reality for some! But if we cancel Christmas altogether, we should
miss the point. No, don't cancel Christmas, instead celebrate a true Christmas!
gifts are fine for a little while, but eventually they become outdated, break
down, or we simply tire of them. In reality nothing apart from God, lasts
My parents told me stories of their
Christmas's when they were young. They
each had a stocking with an orange and a bag of nuts. Not much to us, but to them, that orange and
those nuts represented something special, something they only tasted once a
year at Christmas. So, try to imagine the excitement for a child then. It seems today we want our children to be
constantly excited and so we spend more and more money.
2000 years ago, a few people were excitedly waiting for a very special gift:
the child Jesus to be born. His birth
was very ordinary really, but imagine being there, metaphorically with your
nose pressed against the window, and able to see the new-born baby Jesus. Do you
still get excited about his birth?
expect people of all ages enjoy the story, why not relive it this year? It's free, be free, be different and come
and see for yourself. It may be life
very happy Christmas to everyone.