NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY SHOP & POST OFFICE
There's so much happening at the
shop this month. We have super special offers, our popular Christmas hampers'
raffle, order sheets for your Christmas groceries and trees plus local produce
in gift packs.
miss out on our special offers you'll find in the bargain basket - you won't
get them cheaper at local supermarkets - just like our sugar special that was
on offer in November. Among our December promotions will be something for
those relaxing moments when your only difficult decision is whether to have a
brew of Yorkshire Tea or a delicious cup of Kenco coffee. Decisions, decisions!
you got your festive raffle tickets yet? To have a chance of winning one of
our wonderful hampers you'll need to buy your tickets before Monday, 23rd
December when the draw will take place and the lucky winners announced.
Shopping for Christmas food can be a really stressful experience. We can
help. Just complete an order form for meat, vegetables and dairy and we'll go
the extra mile so you don't have to. Orders can be taken up to midday on
Saturday 21st December and collected on the 23rd and the morning of the 24th.
Don't miss out! Still stuck for that present? We have put together a
selection of local produce into gift packs for you to give for the special
day. We can even post them for you.
finally, here are the shop and Post Office opening
times over the holiday:
& Thursday 26th:
& Saturday 28th: Open
Sunday 29th: 09.00
to 12.00 noon
Monday 30th: Open
Tuesday 31st: 08.30
Annie, Jo and all the team at our Community Shop would like to wish our
customers and their families a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful
New Year. Come and see us soon!
are sad to announce that Eunice passed away on the 7th September. She died
peacefully aged 90 after suffering with dementia for many years. Eunice and
her husband Bernard, lived in the village at Bali Hai and both were active in
will be so sadly missed by her children, Val and Jeff and their spouses, her
grandchildren, great grandchildren and wider family.
with sadness we learnt that Gordon, of Stapleton Farm, had passed away on the
21st September, aged 76 years.
thoughts are with all his family at this difficult time; with Richard and Ali,
Julia and Neil, Adam and Natalie and his grandchildren, Hannah, Alison,
Courtney, Katrina, Lucy, Emily and Daisy, and all his friends.
Wood, born 5th January 1925, died 15th July 2019 - aged 94 for those like me
who have difficulty with such things.
to start, what to leave out and how to finish looking through someone else's
life of 94 years? This can only be considered as an attempt. If you take
away any impressions from this retelling, they should be that Joan loved life,
loved people and loved talking - her love of all three only to be surpassed by
her love of laughter. Here we go!
was born in Hadleigh, Essex [yes, a born and bred Essex girl] to Tom and Sarah
Reynolds; the second youngest of six, following on from her twin sister Doris.
The timing of the twins' birth was a little difficult, her father Tom being in
hospital having lost his right leg above the knee.
was not Joan's cup of tea, particularly after a teacher stated that you could
not see the moon in the day time. All hands in the class shot up to inform the
teacher that they had observed such an object on the way to school that
morning! The consequence to the unfortunate pupil who had contradicted the
teacher was sufficient. Joan would never raise her hand again to ask a
question at school.
it was not all bad. Hadleigh was at that time quite a rural backwater; where
cricket was played on the main London road and Joan was recognised as the best
whip-and-top operator in the parish. The delights of employment were not
introduced gradually, Tom - Joan's father - never allowed grass to grow under
you, so organised a plum job of collar turning in a shirt factory; difficult
enough even without the pressure of piece work and, of course, rejects came off
the machinist's tally - not conducive to making you popular! Then came
cleaning houses with no training, so laying a fire was achieved as per best boy
scout practice and did not meet with universal acceptance. Glamour finally
came with working at the cinema, spot lit in uniform [complete with button hat]
while serving ice creams, tearing tickets in half and seeing people to their
seats. Then came the Second World War.
war effort required many to change occupation and so Joan went to working
machine tools - pull this, turn this, measure here, take out, put in this
bin. Working through the long nights and air raids, falling asleep at the
machine was a particular hazard.
had the privilege of being the location of the first Salvation Army farm
colonies where people had a chance to recover their lives from whatever their
challenge was. They started supporting the war effort by manning canteens to
provide sustenance to the many thousands of service men arriving in the area
and this was Joan's next challenge. At sixteen [they never asked] they gave
her a 3.5 tonne left hand drive V8 Chevrolet canteen, showed her how to change
gear [double de-clutch, no synchro], where the brakes were and how they worked.
Once around the square in Hadleigh, totalling
just a half mile, she was signed off for driving duty, given a list of locations,
an amount of food, tea, soap and other supplies, and sent on her way. Get up
at 4.00 a.m., finish at 6.00 p.m. and, as can be imagined, she never stopped
laughing for 4 years!
became something Joan enjoyed; the war gave her a freedom that few could enjoy
or experience, her ability was fostered by having to overtake long convoys of
Army vehicles in the dark, fog, snow, black ice - no gritting and virtually no
lights - in a left-hand drive.
the war, at the ripe old age of 20, Joan became Manageress for Howards Dairies,
running a tea room; butter cream and cake counter with three staff reporting to
her, whilst enjoyable it did not provide the stimulus of war [what would!] and
the loss of comradery in particular stayed with Joan all her days.
this pesky airman kept turning up on his motorbike and, in 1947, they were
married - Joan Reynolds became Joan Wood. Upon hearing of Toby's proposal,
the dairy put in their own counter proposals to Joan including a pay rise to
keep her, but cupid's arrow had struck deep and she set sail for the deepest
and most inland of black fens in Huntingdonshire - specifically to Roughs Farm.
can be imagined, there was little opportunity after the war so it was not
uncommon for the clans to gather. Joan arrived as others of the family
de-mobbed from all over the world and so the farmhouse was populated with 14
others. Father-in-Law, George Wood, had purchased the farm in 1947 [he knew
he was getting a lot of free labour, so . . .] whichhad
been uninhabited; in the house, the floors had stinging nettles growing
through them, there was no running water in the house, no electricity [oil
lamps made a poor substitute] but it was perfectly equipped
the 19th century - including a copper and a three-seat bench toilet. The cooking
facilities would not be out of place for a spit and dog. Joan's introduction
to farming, along with her mother-in-law was to cook, scrub and clothes wash
Don and Joan knew all about hard work and pushed on. Now it was time to
tackle living in the 20th century. The farm house was refurbished, a bungalow
was built and more land purchased. The refurbishment and building achieved
entirely by the brothers and Joan; once again, she taught herself a whole new
set of skills, which were perfected building a grain store and dryer, along
with a potato store. The final push took the farm to over 1,000 acres.
During this time, as well as raising a family and working alongside, Joan was
doing the book keeping -a legacy of selling cinema tickets, keeping record and
billing all those contracted acres. Through hard-work, tenacity and that tiger
spirit, Joan helped to achieve not just survival, but also stability and
prosperity all within 15 years.
had lived with his Grandmother, who farmed into her 90's, in Devon. Toby
wanted to come home, his lungs gave him trouble when pollution levels were high
and he discovered that North Devon had the cleanest air in England. Orchard
House and another renovation beckoned. After more hard work and help from her
sons, the renovation was completed, including Joan's dream garden. Large, with
many different sections and opportunities for planting as many shrubs, flowers,
vegetables and trees as possible - which, over the years and oddly managing to
coincide with any family visiting Orchard house, had to then be cut down to let
the light back in!
her joy of gardening, Joan became an accomplished artist, tried her hand at
calligraphy and took up as many hobbies as she could, at last the hard work was
over and they could begin to enjoy themselves in the haven they had created.
They joined the University of the Third Age [founder members of North Devon
Coast branch], Square dancing at Woolacombe, the Wine Circle, the WI and the
Craft Group as well as being an avid competitor in the Village Show. She and
Toby never lost their interest in farming and made close connections in the
local farming community. Great fun was had with the Bowdens [Len and
Black [the bailer twine was always appreciated], the Gubbs uncle and the
Richards [Ivy]. Just a few of the people lost to us such as Tom and Vera
Greenaway, Vi Kingdom, Vi Songhurst, who welcomed Joan and Toby to
Berrynarbor. Joan and Toby made many friends in the area.
passed away on the 3rd of April 2010. Joan had lived in Berrynarbor for 44
was sad to learn that Barbara, who with her husband John lived on the Park,
moving to Stourport on Severn some years ago, had passed away on the 13th
November. Our thoughts are with John at this time of sorrow.
ODE OF REMEMBRANCE
shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
going down of the sun and in the morning
Laurence Binyon, CH [Companion of Honour], was an English poet, dramatist and
art scholar. His most famous work, For the Fallen, is well known for being
used in Remembrance Sunday services.
who was born in Lancaster on the 10th August,1869, was educated at St. Paul's
School and Trinity College. He died in Reading on the 10th March 1943.
Binyon composed his best known poem while sitting on the cliff-top looking out
to sea from the dramatic scenery of the north Cornish coastline. A plaque
marks the location at Pentire Point, north of Polzeath. However, there is also
a small plaque on the East Cliff north of Portreath, further south on the same
north Cornwall coast, which also claims to be the place where the poem was
was written in mid-September 1914, a few weeks after the outbreak of the First
World War. During these weeks the British Expeditionary Force had suffered
casualties following its first encounter with the Imperial German Army at the
Battle of Mons on the 23rd August, its rear-guard action during the retreat
from Mons in late August and the Battle of Le Cateau on the 26th August, and
its participation with the French Army in holding up the Imperial German Army
at the First Battle of the Marne between the 5th and 9th September 1914.
said in 1939 that the four lines of the fourth stanza came to him first.
These words of the fourth stanza have become especially familiar and famous,
having been adopted by the Royal British Legion as an Exhortation for ceremonies of Remembrance to commemorate
fallen Servicemen and Women.
to enlist in the military forces himself, Laurence Binyon went to work for the
Red Cross as a medical orderly in 1916. He lost several close friends and
his brother-in-law in the war.
For the Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation,
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labor of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the night.
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
As stated in the
October edition of the Newsletter, our House for Duty Priest, Rev. Bill Cole,
will be retiring in early December. The Diocese will not be replacing Rev.
Bill's position, which is much regretted, and as a consequence our new Priest
in Charge, Rev. Peter Churcher, has set out a revised service schedule for all
three Churches - Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's - which will
take effect following Rev Bill's departure.
Whilst we shall still
have the valued support of Rev. George Billington and some Lay Readers from
Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's, it means that we shall probably have Rev.
Peter just once a month. Quite clearly this is regrettable for all three
churches - but Rev. Peter cannot possibly be at all three churches at any one
time! Perhaps the Diocese will re-appraise the situation we are all facing
and a House for Duty Priest will be reinstated!
Our Harvest Supper was
a great success and although the numbers were marginally down on last year,
everyone had an enjoyable evening. As always, a great many thanks and
appreciation must go to the ladies for supplying and arranging the excellent
buffet for the evening, rounded off with an excellent quiz which was won by the
Bellringers Table! A total of £150 was raised on this successful evening,
and a cheque for this amount was sent to the Calvert Trust at Kentisbury, who
cater for those with disabilities.
We must also convey our
thanks to all those parishioners who gave generously to our Food Bank
collection - which was taken, with Berrynarbor School's contribution, to the
Salvation Army's Food Bank in Ilfracombe.
With regard to the
repairs to the Church Roof and other areas, we shall be selecting a builder in
the near future which will then be passed to the Diocese of Exeter, Church
Buildings/Architects Dept., for ratification, and hope that the necessary work
can get under way as quickly as possible.
As mentioned before in
the Newsletter, we urgently need a new Treasurer to take over from Margaret
Sowerby, who will be stepping down from this role. For anyone who would be
willing to take on this position please contact our PCC Secretary, Alison
Sharples, on 01271-882782.
continues under the direction of Graham Lucas, and Choir practice is held on
Monday evenings commencing at 7.30pm. The Choir were invited to perform at
Woolhanger Manor in their splendid
octagonal Music Room where we
supported North Devon Hospice on Sunday 3rd November. There is a superb pipe
organ and grand piano in the music room and the I had the pleasure of playing
both instruments during the concert. There were craft stalls and refreshments
in the music room and adjoining room and we understand that much money was
raised for such a worthy cause.
Our annual Service for
Loved Ones with the lighting of candles in the church was also held on Sunday
3rd November led by Rev. Peter.
We were grateful to organist Ian Lovegrove for deputising for me on this
The Choir has been
asked to perform once again at a special afternoon Tea on Saturday 7th December
in support of Berry in Bloom.
We look forward to our
Annual Carol Service in December which attracts a congregation in excess of
100, including regular parishioners, parents and visitors from afar. The
service will be on Thursday,
12th December commencing at
6.30 p.m. Mulled wine and mince pies and soft drinks and sweets for the
children, will be served following the service.
In addition to the
above, our Christmas Eve Service will be Holy Communion with Carols, commencing
at 9.30 p.m., and our Christmas Day Service - a short Family service -
will commence at 11.00 a.m. We look forward to welcoming parishioners from
Combe Martin and visitors for both services at this special time.
We continue to pray for
those who are unwell in this Parish, especially Viv and Brian Fryer and Carol
service pattern for November and December is as follows:
Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m.
are as follows:
Songs of Praise
There will be a Joint
Service on Sunday 29th December, 10.30 a.m. at Pip & Jim's,
word wet, or possibly very wet, spring into mind as I look back at the last two
1st of September started off with a nice dry, sunny day, 2/8th cloud cover and
a top temperature of 17.2° C during the afternoon. The temperatures held up
well throughout the month with the highest on the 21st at 24.0° C and the lowest
on the 18th at 6.8° C. These were about the average. Looking at the
rainfall, we only managed eight completely dry days in the whole of the month
with several really wet ones: 9th 24.4mm - 24th 27.8mm - 25th 11.6mm - 27th
14.0mm - 28th 23.8mm. The total for the month was 159.4mm. Looking back
into my records, this was the wettest September since 2000 when we had
198.00mm. There was a steady breeze most of the time with a top gust on the
27th of 35mph from the SSW, the average is 29mph. The barometer stayed high
until the 19th with one exception on the 9th at 1008mbars. The rest of the
month it stayed low. The highest recording on the 13th was 1035.9mbars and the
lowest on 25th 996.4mbars. Total sunshine hours amounted to 121.40. The
average since 2002 is 123 hours.
1st of October started off with 8/8ths cloud cover, light showers moving
through on a steady northerly wind and a top temperature of 17.1° C which was
the highest for the month. The lowest temperature was on the 28th at 3.4° C.
Overall the temperatures were average.
thought September was wet enough but in October we only had four days without
some rainfall, the wettest was on the 26th when we had 38.8mm. The grand
total for the month was 189.2mm. 2012 was higher at 207mm, from September the
20th to October the 22nd we had some rainfall on every day. Wind speeds were
low for October, with the highest gust on 11th at 37mph from the SSW. The
highest I have recorded for October is 66mph in 2002. Please remember my
location as the wind speeds are considerably higher out of the Valley. The
was predominantly low throughout the month, on the 13th at 998.6mbars and a
high of 1026.2 on the 27th. Total sunshine recorded was 61.98, this was below
the average of 66.8 hours for October.November started on a wet and windy note
but more on this in the next edition which reminds me it will be after
Christmas, so I should like to take this opportunity to wish everyone:
Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year.
FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
Taste of Education
held our AGM in October and Kirsty Kritikos remains as Chairperson as do Tina
Barbeary as treasurer and Laura Maughan as secretary. They look forward to
working with the rest of the committee to ensure our unique and much-loved
Pre-School continues to run and provide the happy child-care that the children
enjoy so much.
term, the children have enjoyed exploring the environment, playing outside,
sweeping and collecting leaves, going on nature walks and learning to care and
look out for our native animals. Inside the children have been very busy with
crafts; exploring colour, practising scissor skills and the glitter has already
been sprinkled around. We have enjoyed many stories including The Gruffalo,
The Ginger Bread Man, Baby Owls and Room on the Broom. The children built a
lovely stand for the Baby Owls based on the story and used puppets to
the story. They also produced a colourful autumn and fireworks display which
brightened up our room. We have had fun cooking; making carrot cakes,
pumpkin soup and bonfire biscuits, all very delicious!
was lovely to have been invited to watch Mrs. Wellings' Reception and Year 1
Classes and Mr. Jones' Year 2 Class, do their Celebration of Learning. This
year it was the story of The Three Little Pigs, with great storytelling and
singing. It was good to see how well our children have settled into school.
had our Bags2School Collection and we are pleased to say that we raised
£100.00. A big thank you goes to all those who supported us. We hope to
arrange another collection in the New Year.
the Committee, the Children and Staff, we should like to wish you all
A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
SOUP AND A PUD EVENING
at the Manor Hall, Berrynarbor
SATURDAY, 25TH JANUARY
6.30 for 7.00 p.m.
available from the Shop in the New Year
Bring Your Own Drinks Raffle
again Judie found an absolute gem of a house for us to visit just on the
outskirts of Tiverton. Not open to the public, you would never know that
Ashley Court was there, unless you were a yoga fanatic or happen to know Judie.
Court is a Grade II listed Regency country house, built in what was once Henry
II's hunting park. The original house dates back to 1657 and was built by
Tiverton wool merchant John Upcott. It was then extensively enlarged around
1805. The Court was at one time home of Thomas Cosway, uncle to the Tiverton
painter Richard Cosway RA.
has an unusually well-preserved service area and has remained largely unaltered
since the last major re-decoration in the Edwardian era. The current owners,
Tara Fraser and Nigel Jones, are embarking on a long restoration programme,
currently in its fifth year.
house boasts original floors, fireplaces, plaster work and windows in most
rooms. A glorious decorative ironwork balcony spans the front of the house;
an addition by an 'outside' architect, along with symmetrical windows to ensure
a gracious overall spectacle. Apparently, it was quite common at the time to
then employ an 'inside' architect to ensure the interior was user friendly. It
was only when Tara pointed it out, that we realised inside and out do not
match. The interior craftsman had no compunction about blocking some of the
windows in order to ensure rooms were functional. From the outside the house
retained its symmetry.
and Nigel wanted to leave the bustle of London to bring their family up in the
countryside. They fell in love with Ashley Court and started the long and
painstaking restoration of the place. Essentials like plumbing and electrical
work have been undertaken but basically they have left the place untouched but
much loved. With an exquisite eye for detail, they have ensured that many
original items, such as cupboards, linen presses and other built-in features,
have been retained. In the service areas and scullery. servants' bells and a
huge stone sink and pump have been preserved. Walls have been touched up and
quirky modern art work hung: these somehow blend perfectly with antique
furniture and artifacts. The house exudes calm, hardly surprising as the new
owners are both yoga teachers of some renown and run the place as a retreat.
There are 9 bedrooms in all, 6 for guests.
was evident as the tour continued was their love and respect of the place, and
feeling of responsibility of bringing it back to life. They are painstakingly
researching its history and have many nostalgic displays. Tara explained that
when they took over the house, the last inhabitant had been a single old lady
looked after by a house keeper. The rooms had been closed down one by one, and
left intact until she lived in just one bedroom. They have respectfully
preserved personal letters, household bills, and old photographs and artfully
displayed them. Ashley Court exudes serenity and seems suspended in time.
in 18 acres of woodlands and gardens they have barely started on the
restoration of the grounds. An extensive stable block, built in 1871, has,
however, been fully restored and is used to stable their 2 horses, along with
chickens, tortoises and cats. There is a magnificent three quarters of an acre
walled garden and the remains of three greenhouses with heating systems and
cold frames, water tanks and ancient espaliered apple and pear trees. At the
head of the drive is a tiny gatekeeper's lodge, straight from a Grimm's
fairytale, it also awaits the restorer's hands.
were extraordinarily lucky with the weather as it held while we walked round
the gardens only starting to rain as we entered the dining room for a delicious
cream tea. It was a privilege to be allowed into the sanctum that is Ashley
Court. The owners are delightful and their love of the place is evident. I
seriously suggest you take up yoga so you too can have a peek into their
beautiful home, you won't be disappointed!
REFLECTIONS - 91
in the days when I owned a television, reading was just an occasional
pastime. Nowadays, however, books have succeeded the square box that once
dictated where all other living room furniture needed positioning. Soon after
becoming an avid reader I discovered, albeit unexpectedly, that I have trends
for reading certain literary genres over a period of time before moving onto
another subject. At the moment it is travel journals, whether they be
undertaken on foot, by train or any other mode of transport. In particular, I
am enjoying accounts where an author's log is purely at the disposal of what
they experience en route.
was perhaps for this reason that I found myself writing my book about the Cairn
in Ilfracombe in a mode for which I had not initially intended; that is to say
a narrative, over the course of twelve months, of all the animals, insects,
birds, structures, flowers, plants, trees, people and landscapes I observed.
As I mentioned in my last article, I also discovered that the Cairn possessed a
history and consequently had the unexpected but pleasurable challenge of
intertwining this at various stages of the manuscript.
am currently reading Robert MacFarlane's book, The Old Ways - A Journey On
Foot. In it he also connects the past with the present following tracks,
drove roads, sea paths, pilgrim paths, green roads, ridgeways, cartways,
causeways, and other trails all of which form vast ancient networks crisscrossing
the British Isles and beyond. One of these is a six-mile sea path that
crosses the River Crouch connecting the Essex mainland to Foulness Island.
Christened The Broomway after the bundle of twigs attached to short poles which
once marked out its route, it is known to be at least 600 years old and was,
until the construction of a road bridge in the early twentieth century, the
only access to the island save by boat. MacFarlane warns that it is not only
a tidal path but also Britain's second deadliest path, such is the speed at
which the tide comes in. A sudden descent of thick coastal mist can also
disorientate walkers, their footsteps misleading them out onto the treacherous
the day of his walk MacFarlane relays what he sees before him: low lying mist;
a pale yellow sun announcing its presence on the scene as the mist begins to
peter out; a man walking his dog along the shoreline's sea wall, his outline
becoming more indistinct the further MacFarlane heads out on The Broomway; and
two MOD signs, one reading, 'Warning: The Broomway is Unmarked and Very
Hazardous' and the other, 'Warning: Do not Approach or Touch any Object as it
may Explode and Kill You.' A risk of death by drowning, suffocation or
obliteration? Clearly, then, a path only to be undertaken by the more
experienced walker. As MacFarlane treads his course so he reflects on all
those who have passed this way before; way beyond the sea path's first known
record in 1419 to a period when, not only was the River Crouch ebbed into
non-existence, but a time, as he puts it, when "much of the North Sea
[had] drained away [so that] what is now a sea [was] dry land . . the east
coast of England [being] continuous with north west Germany, Denmark and
Holland." He goes on to reflect upon an area known as Doggerland which
would have been exposed around 12,000 years ago during that last Ice Age. He
tells how Doggerland's later inhabitants would have easily noticed from one
generation to the next, a subtle rise in the sea level as increasing
temperatures caused the ice to melt; enough time, thankfully, for them to head
for safer shores. Eventually just Dogger Bank, an upland area of Doggerland
and an area familiar from shipping forecasts, became an isolated headland
before it too was swallowed by rising sea levels around 5000BC.
compares our ancestor's transportation by foot, together with their belongings
and livestock, as "one of the earliest substantial human responses to
climate change." In other words, it is not a new phenomenon. Ironic
then that I should make no reference to climate change in my book despite June
2007, one of the months of my year's observation, experiencing the highest
rainfall on record and being followed by a Met Office announcement that the
wettest early spring had been recorded.
my accounts recalled, the precipitated onslaught upon the Cairn spawned a dank,
soppy woodland that looked exceedingly sorry for itself; yet at no point did I
explain this in phenological terms. Phenology, the study of how plant and
animal life are influenced by seasonal variations in the climate, was not,
along with other climatic studies and reports of the day, as much in the public
domain in 2007. These days climate change is constantly in the media
especially when another meteorological record is broken. This summer alone saw
the hottest ever day being recorded on the 25th July when Cambridge University
Botanical Garden registered 38.7 degrees centigrade [101.7 degrees
Fahrenheit.] Yet it was a summer of undulating peaks and troughs for daytime
temperatures, the peaks never remaining high for the required length of time to
justify a heatwave.
was in complete contrast to 2018 when soaring temperatures were sustained for
long periods, something that had both negative and positive outcomes upon our
plant and animal life. For example, one unexpected benefit occurred in the
shallow lakes of the Wigan Flash Nature Reserve. Often plagued by algae
stripping oxygen from the lakes' water, warmer than average summers ironically
normally encourage algae levels to increase. However, the prolonged heatwave
of 2018 spurred on large aquatic plants and in so doing crowded out the
sunlight before algic blooms could appear. By increasing the lakes' oxygen
levels, water fleas were able to thrive that became a valuable food source for
fish such as perch and rudd which in turn provided nutrition for birds like
common tern. Meanwhile winged insects flourished in the rising temperatures so
providing a bumper crop of food for birds like swifts and swallows. Reptiles
such as lizards and adders also benefited from insects at ground level.
there were losers too. For example, Britain's rarer alpine plants are
especially adapted to live and function in our cooler conditions; in essence,
they don't 'do' heatwaves. Likewise, some of our winged insects only live at
high altitude and are therefore dependent upon a cooler climate even in
summer. What's more, many winged insects need a particular plant for their
larvae to feed on; if their host plant was one to have suffered at the hands
of last year's heatwave, then their larvae numbers will have reduced. Meanwhile,
intense and prolonged moorland fires such as those seen near Manchester ravaged
vegetation. This in turn destroyed seed banks, allowing the newly burnt areas
to be colonised by tough, fast growing species that are easily dispersed.
Rosebay Willowherb was one of the prime beneficiaries.
a British name derived from its flowers having a passing resemblance to the
wild rose and its leaves to that of the bay tree, it was also christened
fireweed following the Fire of London where it appeared everywhere. Thriving as
it does on disturbed land, it was a nationally rare plant until the coming of
the railway created embankments and cuttings. In southeast England it is also
known as bombweed, becoming a familiar site after the Blitz; London has
indelible memories of drifts of the plant appearing in bombsites and craters,
the plant's spiral shape becoming synonymous with the Capital's revival as it
went about colonising and bringing new life to the sacred earth. It was no
wonder it became London County Council's County Flower.
the first plant to colonise barren areas with very little competition it can
today be found on wasteland, roadside verges, heathland, moorland, beside
railways and well-drained rivers and in woodland clearings. Perhaps regarded by
some as a garden weed, it is important to remember that the re-establishment of
crucial in the recovery time of disturbed land; Rosebay Willowherb's early
arrival therefore plays a pivotal role. It is for this reason that it is
purposefully planted where oil spillages have occurred; once established, new
vegetation will grow underneath. Each plant can produce up to 80,000 hairy,
fluffy seeds that are especially adapted for colonising, their tiny cottony
'parachutes' dispersing across long distances upon the slightest of breezes.
these seeds in flight at the end of autumn always makes me think ahead to
Christmas - and in particular the cards with well wishes that will travel many
miles to re-establish contact, albeit maybe just yearly, between family,
friends and acquaintances. It is easy to regard writing Christmas cards as a
laborious prerequisite of the festival period. But try to remember the
happiness it will give the recipient - just like the joy you experience with
each card you receive.
Councillor Debbie Thomas has stepped down from her position, resulting in a
vacancy on the Council. If you are interested in joining the Parish Council,
please contact Kate Graddock via email or 07703 050496. The Council
thank Debbie for giving her time over the past few months.
Members are keen
to hear positive and negative comments from the recent installation from
Airband. There are concerns regarding their conduct and councillors will
be discussing at the next meeting whether to lodge concerns with the company.
Berrydown/Lynton Cross Junction:
presented with a proposed scheme for Berrydown and Lynton Cross by County
Councillor Andrea Davis. Members were positive in that there will be
improvements but there were items raised that could help improve the schemes,
such as the possibility of solar powered street lights and reducing the speed
limit to 20mph at Berrydown and widening the existing roadway and keeping the
road to Two Pots open at Lynton Cross.
Section 106 Money:
The Parish Council
has just over £20,000 available from 106 money from the Fold Yard Planning
Application and will be allocated funds potentially to 3 projects: The Manor
Hall Play Park, Manor Hall refurbishment and improvements to the Recreation
Manor Hall Play
A new toddler
swing seat has been fitted and the rotten bench removed thanks to Councillor
Car Park and
Members agreed to
continue discussions with North Devon Council on taking over the toilets and
Castle Hill Car Park.
Ash Tree in
This has been
confirmed as having stage 2 Ash Dieback, and will, therefore, be felled in the
very near future.
New Litterbin at
The Council agreed
to purchase a new cast iron litterbin to replace the broken bin on Pitt Hill.
This will be installed in January 2020
Parish Council would like to make residents aware that there are Council grants
available from North Devon Council to help vulnerable residents remain in their
North Devon residents who need to make home improvements,
repairs or adaptions will soon be able to apply for enhanced grants to help
them get the work done, thanks to a funding injection of £2 million to North
The Council's new policy has been made possible thanks
to an allocation of money from the Better Care Fund [BCF],
a government initiative that brings existing resources from the NHS and
local authorities into a single budget. The BCF seeks to join up health
and care services so that people can manage their own health and wellbeing and
live independently in their communities for as long as possible. Grants
are means tested and will be subject to eligibility criteria. Information
about the grants, when they become available, will be posted on North Devon
Council's website www.northdevon.gov.uk/housing and social media pages.
Kate Graddock - Acting Parish
Clerk [07703 050496]
should like to say a big thank you to everyone in Berrynarbor who offered
help recently with offers of lifts to medical appointments or shopping, etc.,
when neither of us were able to drive. This time has also reinforced our
belief in how lucky we are to have a Community Shop.
Christmas and a Happy New Year to all in Berrynarbor.
Ann and Dave [Harris]
our first venture into women's fashion was a great success with ticket sales
being over subscribed for the Ladies Night which was held on the 6th of
November. Over 90 jolly ladies [helped by a glass or two of Prosecco!]
squeezed into the hall to enjoy a very entertaining show of clothes, jewellery
and handbags, along with treatments from Beauty at the Beach from Combe Martin
and skin care from Tropical. The whole evening raised just under £650 for the
hall so thank you to all who attended.
big thank you must also go to Bernadette and her team from Clathers of
Ilfracombe who worked so hard and gave us a very generous £250 donation along
with some lovely raffle prizes. Well done to all our brilliant models, some
of whom were familiar village faces and who really got into the spirit of
things. There is no doubt they will be receiving phone calls from Dolce and
Gabbana before too long!
we must once again thank all our hard-working Hall Trustees and including their
partners, for all their help and especially our chef de cuisine, Caroline, for
her delicious canapes. We very much hope to be putting on a Spring/Summer
Ladies Night, so look out for the date in the New Year and buy your tickets early!
we are bidding a fond farewell to Alison our Bookings Clerk who has been part
of the Hall management for many years. Alison has been such a hardworking,
dedicated and well-liked member of the team, going down to the hall all hours
of the day and night, rain or shine to let people in or to sort out any
problems. She will be sorely missed. We send her and Trevor our grateful
thanks and best wishes.
on Saturday 14th December we have our Christmas Coffee Morning between 10.00
a.m. and 12 noon. Please join us for a coffee or mulled wine and mince pie.
very Happy Christmas and New Year to you all
[Chairman & Bookings]
this year's R.H.S Britain in Bloom campaign, Berry in Bloom were awarded GOLD.
As this is the highest award, we are all thrilled! What a great team the
village has - many thanks to everyone involved.
The judging marks are divided between Horticulture 40%, Environment 30%,
and Community 30%. This year we have been working especially on the
Environment aspect. With permission from the Parish Council, we are leaving
some places and a section of the dog walking field with longer grass and hopefully
the wild flowers will return to these areas. We have spread some hay from a
local wild flower meadow hoping that the seed will fall and generate, but we
shall also be adding some wild flower plugs. This will take at least 3 years
to get going so keep an eye open for our progress. If you spot a scruffy area
with a blue wooden heart it will be an area we are trying to re-wild so please
bear with us.
team is standing down until the spring except for two fund- raising events.
The first on 7th December in the Manor hall starting at 2.30 p.m. with
the doors opening at 2.00 p.m. This will be an afternoon with a Berry in
Bloom Christmas Tea accompanied by our Village Choir singing
Christmas songs and a light hearted table quiz. Judie will be running
a raffle towards funds for the newsletter. Do come along and support us, and
on a cold afternoon enjoy a lovely tea and some singing. Tickets £5.00
available from the Shop. The second will be our annual Quiz Night with
Quizmaster Phil and this will be on Friday, 7th February in the Manor Hall.
Once again, we'll be singing Christmas Carols in the square on Christmas
Eve, commencing at 6.30 p.m. with Phil Bridle on the organ and the singing
led by Tony Summers.
sure you come promptly as a little bird has told me the singing will commence
with a solo from a visiting opera singer! Mulled wine and mince pies will be
served, and Colin and myself, at Bessemer Thatch, will be gratefully accepting
bottles of red wine towards the refreshments. In case of a downpour, we'll
move to The Globe.
am addicted to marzipan so when I saw this Christmas recipe I thought I'd give
it a try.
Squares with Cranberry Marzipan Streusel Topping
of fresh grated nutmeg
butter in pieces
ready-made golden marzipan
soft butter, plus a little extra for greasing
golden caster sugar
4 large free-range
eggs lightly beaten
and line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin that is at least 4cm deep.
the oven to 180 Deg C, fan 160 Deg C,
the topping, mix the flour, sugar and nutmeg in a bowl, then rub in the butter
and mix again. It will be a crumbly mix. You can also do this in a food
the cake, whizz the pecans in a food processor or mixer until a fine powder,
then in a bowl whisk together with all the other ingredients except the
mincemeat, until combined. Spread the cake mix into the prepared tin. Blob
the mincemeat on top of the cake and swirl it over the mix.
the topping by dicing the marzipan and roughly chopping the pecans. Add these
to the topping crumble mix along with the cranberries. Stir and scatter over
the cake and mincemeat mix.
in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until risen and lightly golden. Cool in the
tin before slicing into 24 squares.
to the wood did merry-men go
gather in the mistletoe."
Old Time Christmas, Sir Walter Scott [1771-1832]
is no time of the year at which we honour more old customs than at Christmas
time. The whole season is full of them, and their beginnings go back down the
centuries into the mists of time.
keep many of these old customs without knowing their meaning - but it adds much
more to their interest if we know how they began, where and why. Why is
plum-pudding called that when there are no plums? Why do we always hang up
holly and mistletoe/ Why do we give presents, and have a Christmas tree? Who
was Santa Claus?"
writes Enid Blyton in the Foreword of one of her probably lesser known books -
The Christmas Book - first published in 1944.
writings for children were prolific with over 600 million copies sold. Perhaps
the Adventure Series - Jack, Lucy, Dinah, Philip and Kiki Philip's pet parrot,
The Famous Five - Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog, The Secret
Seven, the St. Clair's and Mallory Towers series, Mary Mouse and Sunny Stories
are amongst the most popular, but Noddy must also be mentioned with Noddy Goes to
Town, the first of 24 written between 1949 and 1963.
Enid Blyton was born on the 11th August 1897 in East Dulwich, London,
the oldest of the three children of Thomas Carey Blyton, a cutlery salesman,
and his wife Theresa Mary. A few months old, Enid nearly died from whooping
cough but was nursed back to health by her father, whom she adored and it was
he who ignited her interest in nature, gardening, art, music, literature and
the theatre. She was devastated when he left the family to live with another
woman just after she turned thirteen, after which she turned her back on family
1907 to 1915 she attended St. Christopher's School in Beckenham, where she
excelled in physical activities and writing, but not so in the academic
subjects. After leaving, she moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk and in 1916
enrolled on a National Froebel Union Teacher Training course which she
completed in December 1918 gaining a teaching certificate with distinctions in
Zoology and Principles of Education, 1st Class in Botany, Geography, Practice
& History of Education and Child Hygiene and 2nfd Class in Literature and Elementary
August 1924 she married Major Hugh Alexander Pollock DSO [1888-1971] who was
involved with the publishing firm George Newnes, which became her regular
publisher. In July 1931 and living in Bourne End, her daughter Gillian was
born and following a miscarriage, her second daughter Imogen was born in
1938 the family moved to Green Hedges in Beaconsfield. By this time Pollock
had withdrawn from public life and become an alcoholic, later having an affair
with an aspiring writer 19 years his junior, Ida Crowe. With her marriage
under strain, Enid herself began a series of affairs and in 1941 met Kenneth
Fraser Darrell Waters, a London Surgeon. Fearing that her adultery would ruin
her public image, she filed for divorce against Pollock and providing that he
would admit infidelity, he would have access to their two girls. But,
following the divorce she reneged and he was forbidden to contact them.
Having married Crowe in 1943, he resumed his heavy drinking and was forced to
petition for bankruptcy in 1950.
and Darrell Waters married in October 1943 and she publicly embraced her new
role as a happily married doctor's wife. After discovering that she was
pregnant in the spring of 1943, she miscarried five months later following a
fall from a ladder. This would have been Darrell's first child and the son
for which both of them longed.
1957, Blyton's health began to deteriorate and by 19960 she was displaying
signs of dementia. Her agent George Greenfield recalled that it was
'unthinkable for the most famous and successful of children's authors with her
enormous energy and computer-like memory' to be losing her mind to what we now
know as Alzheimer's in her mid-sixties. Unfortunately, this was not helped by
the fact that her husband's health was bad - he was suffering from severe
arthritis, deafness and increasingly becoming bad tempered. He died in
his death, Enid's health declined rapidly and she moved into a nursing home three
months before her death on the 28th November 1968. She was cremated at
Golders Green Crematorium where her ashes remain.
to the controversial criticism of her writing which has been said to be
elitist, sexist, racist and xenophobic and in particular her Noddy stories, her
books have in some cases been banned from libraries and schools, but they have
continued to be best-sellers.
WALK - 177
"Holy Mountain"?! - Strange Encounters
1143 feet, it is the highest coastal hill in the South West. That's quite an
impressive claim to fame but to some it is a holy mountain.
we ascended Holdstone Down in mid-September, our mission was threefold. We
were hoping to see wheatears before they embarked on their autumn migration.
I anticipated catching a glimpse of the dull but scarce grayling butterfly
which is only on the wing for a few weeks in late summer until September. It
is the largest member of the brown family of butterflies but as it always settled
with fawn and grey marbled wings closed, it is very inconspicuous.
thirdly, we wished to find the heather still in full colour. Happily, that
day the moor presented a tapestry of magenta bell heather and mauve ling with
golden yellow patches on the Western gorse.
encampment had established itself in the normally quiet car park and I threaded
my way between kettles and cooking utensils in order to reach the start of the
way up the hill I observed a pair of wheatears moving a little ahead of me,
pausing very upright at intervals, flitting their tails. They flew off when a
runner sped past but I caught up with them on one of the other paths radiating
out from the summit.
the cairn at the top I discovered a group of people praying. So, now a word
about the Aetherius Society and Holdstone's reputation as a sacred site.
sixty years ago George King, the founder of the Aetherius Society, claimed to
have met Jesus there, having seen a bright blue light over the Bristol Channel
which heralded the arrival of a being from
- Jesus, who instructed him to pray for world peace and enlightenment.
of George King meet at Holdstone to chant mantras and access spiritual and
psychic energy from the site, which they store in a strange contraption called
a Spiritual Energy Battery, to be released in the event of disaster.
very first time we climbed Holdstone Down, long before we had heard about these
strange and bizarre beliefs, we met a man running down from the summit in a
state of excitement. "Is it true?! he asked. "Is it really true that you
can recharge your batteries up there?"
reassured him this was not to be taken literally, that it was simply
metaphorical. Last autumn as we descended, we noticed an elderly couple had
emerged from their camper van and were staring intently at a small patch of
heather clad ground.
gave a friendly greeting as we passed and continued minutely to examine the
clump of heather. Curiosity got the better of me. Had they discovered some
rare insect or wild flower, I wondered. I retraced my steps to enquire. It
turned out they were engaged in the popular pastime of geocaching.
by Paul Swailes
AND SHAKERS NO. 84
of Salisbury Cathedral 1560-1571, A leading Protestant Reformer
1522 - 23 September 1571
at our Post Office counter were two visitors clutching a slim booklet and
asking Karen to stamp it. Karen looked bemused, and not surprisingly! When
Alan Rowlands was consulted; he'd never seen a stamp either. The booklet was
entitled Passport to North Devon, and underneath Alphabet of Parishes and was
published in 1995! [If you want to see more, put Alphabet of Parishes into
Google and then The Sheepwash Chronicle. It tells you about this fascinating
scheme devised by Danny Hughes, an employee of Devon County Council and an
environmental charity. A famous local potter, called Harry Juniper, designed
the different wall plaques for each of the 26 villages represented.
did I find this out? Well, the visitors gave me the name of the publisher,
who went out of business in 2002, and told me that the reason for coming to
Berrynarbor was to find the 'J' reference to Bishop Jewel which they said they
had discovered in the porch of our church. I went straight to the church and
on walking through the lychgate, my husband said "There it is!" and sure
enough, high on the left side as you walk through the gate you will see it.
Perhaps you already have, perhaps you even remember it being fixed there, but
I've not spoken to anyone since then who has seen it.
a number of 'phone calls, I latched on to the Beaford Centre, now in South
Molton, who found a reference copy of the book and kindly let me take
photographs. Unless you are very keen, don't try to get a copy. Initially
it cost £1.99. One went recently for over £10.
It has some interesting facts though. Combe Martin is represented as 'K'
for kiln and Ilfracombe as 'Q' for quay. Presumably their plaques are
somewhere in their respective places.
that brings me to Bishop Jewel. He was born at Bowden Farm, here in the
Sterridge Valley on May 24th 1522, the younger son of John Jewel and his wife
Alice Bellamye. He was educated by his uncle, a rector, and by other private
tutors until being accepted at Oxford's Merton College at the tender age of
13. By 1540 he graduated with a BA and five years later with an MA. He
worked so hard throughout his studies that he fell ill with rheumatism and
became ill for life as a result.
Jewel lived in tumultuous religious times. Henry Vlll had declared the
English Reformation - breaking away from the catholic faith. His son, Edward Vl
had succeeded his father at the age of nine in 1547. Six years later he became
mortally ill and Mary, his older sister and only child of Henry Vlll and his first
wife Catherine of Aragon, succeeded him in July 1553. She was determined to
reverse the Protestant reforms. By the time of Queen Mary's accession, John
Jewel was Public Orator of the university and had to write an address of
loyalty to her. Eventually he was forced to flee for his life when his strong
Protestant views became known. Otherwise he might have become one of over 280
dissenters burnt at the stake during the Queen's five-year reign. He fled to
Frankfurt and later publicly repented for signing the address of loyalty.
Queen Elizabeth became queen in 1558, Jewel returned to England and in 1560 was
appointed Bishop of Salisbury. In this role, he restored the cathedral spire
and improved the standard of preaching, introducing a preaching rota for the
clergy. Many of his fellow bishops were still reluctant to change to
Protestantism. Elizabeth soon saw in Jewel a scholar who could establish the
type of church she wanted.
just two years in office, he published a book, the Apologia pro Ecclesia
Anglicana [Apology for the Church of England] which was the first
defence of the Church of England against Roman Catholic claims. His argument
was that the English Church Reformers were not setting up a new church, but
going back to the primitive one. He also defended the Church of England
against Puritans who rejected the Book of Common Prayer and wanted to replace
bishops with another type of Church government. Interestingly, he wrote it in
Latin because it wasn't meant just for England but to be read by scholars
across Europe. Lady
Bacon, mother of Francis Bacon, translated it into English in 1564.
Jewel was forty years old when he wrote the Apology, which became his most
important work. Queen Elizabeth was so impressed that she demanded that
copies of it be chained beside Bibles on the lecterns all over the country.
The old volume is still found in some churches, still chained to its post.
Jewel continued with his other commitments: building the cathedral library and
opening a cathedral school for underprivileged youngsters amongst other things,
working incessantly and limiting himself to four hours' sleep daily between
midnight and four in the morning. He never married and after preaching a
sermon in Laycock, Wiltshire, he collapsed and was taken to the manor house in
nearby Monkton Fairleigh, where he died on 21st September 1571, at the age of
49. He is buried in Salisbury Cathedral.
so, the small village of Berrynarbor produced a 16th century learned English
reformer who 'did much to start to define what was unique and different about
the English church'. A number of books have been written about his life and
even though he died so young, Bishop Jewel made a lasting impression on the
accepted religion of England.
thanks to Keith and Margaret for giving me the idea and notes and to the
Beaford Centre for photographs]
PP of DC
OF THE TIME
go back to the 'forties when my school days were at Ilfracombe Grammar School.
was a report that one of the pupils, who lived at Woolacombe, heard, late at
night, a dog barking. Upon getting out of bed and getting dressed, he
realised that the dog was stranded on a rock and the only way to save it was to
swim out and get it. This, he bravely did and was commended by the
Headmaster, Mr. Tatton, the following day.
next hero was - if I remember right - a Peter Lattimer who lived at Combe
Martin. A boy had fallen down the Camel's Eye and Peter volunteered to do
down and rescue him. A rope was lowered and Peter went down, bringing the
boy, who I believe had minor injuries, to safety.
next heroes were the fishermen of Combe Martin. They took their boat out into
the Bristol Channel regardless of the danger of mines, which could break loose
from their moorings, and German submarines. Despite this they would bring
back a catch of rock salmon, herrings and pollock. These they
sold straight from their boat for 1d or 2d each. I recently paid £8.50 for
one very large cooked plaice! Still, it is some 70 years later!
everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
[and Betty] Beauclerk
Illustrated by Paul
POETRY DAY - ON QUOTING SHAKESPEARE
Prince of Wales marked the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Day on the 3rd
October, by recording a reading of Bernard Levin's Quoting Shakespeare.
should like to read what I've always thought was something rather special.
The great thing about it, I think, is it reminds us all just how many words and
phrases we use in the English language and in general conversation which actually
were written by Shakespeare."
If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's
Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more
sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you
recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more
in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought;
if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting
Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed
jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied,
a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if
you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted
on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony,
danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself
into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a
good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's
paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you , for it is a foregone
conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting
Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and
baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the
long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth
will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you
lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul
play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without
rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth
were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are
quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me
packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an
eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted
villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by
Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no
buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.
3rd Wednesday of October, saw the 1st evening of Berrynarbor Wine Circle's
2019-20 season. We began with our AGM, usually less than 10 minutes;
however, on this occasion, we had discussions about our forthcoming Christmas
event, so deliberations took 20 minutes and then we returned to 6 other
matters, our tastings.
some time, we have expected to see Chris Bullimore of the Wine Beer
Supermarket, in Cherbourg. Unfortunately, he had a much-needed hospital
appointment on the Thursday morning, the day after our 1st meeting, so,
understandably, he needed to cancel for the 4th time! He seems to come, or
not as the case maybe, with a lot of Murphy's Law!
the 11th hour, Tony, our Chairman, stood in, and presented Booze on a Budget.
We sampled a Cremante de Loire, a white fizz. Cremante is described as being
streets ahead of Prosecco, but the latter has benefitted, somewhat, from a
boost by Italian marketing. It's driving their growth, according to the
National Institute of Statistics. Taste was O.K, but many thought it was too
fizzy. We followed this with a 2018 white, Cotes du Rhone, unusual, as Cotes
du Rhones are usually red. Our last white was a Sauvignon Blanc. People talk
about the nose, some dismiss this, but one sniff from the glass and most around
us said it smelled strong, which matched its taste. This was a punchy,
typical Marlborough, New Zealand S.B. It was produced in a single vineyard in
the Awatere Valley. Geoff, my husband, is a white wine drinker, often drinks
S.B., but didn't like this one. Others near us weren't that keen either.
next 3 wines, all red, were Portuguese, French and Italian. Our 1st was the
Azinhaga de Ouro, a 2017 - wow! This was a Douro Reserva; it was a beautiful
brown-red and SOooo smooth. Many loved it and, apparently, it would keep for
up to 5 years. Probably wouldn't in our house! Geoff cannot drink much red,
but said he'd be prepared to have a migraine for this one! The Rasteau, 2016,
from the Rhone Valley followed; it wasn't as smooth as the Douro, but it was
15%, whereas the Douro was 14%. Our Rasteau was described as being a good
vintage. Barolo, sounds Italian and is. Ours was a 2014, 14%, that had a
distinctive flavour; it too had a good brown-red colour. This was good, but
most of us thought that the Douro was better. Tony had purchased all of
these from Lidl's in Ilfracombe. As an organisation, Lidl's are seeking to
stock better wines and as their slogan is 'When it's gone, it's gone', if you
see something, you really do need to buy it there and then. Our dearest of
the night was £11.99, the Barolo, but
cheapest of the evening was £5.99 and the wow factor, yes, the Douro! We
have, bought a number already!
- Promotional Co-ordinator & Secretary
Meeting: Wednesday, 15th January - Call My Wine Bluff
run up to Christmas is very hectic; it's amazing just how much hustle and
bustle there is before The Big Day. This year is particularly hectic for me
and my wife as we say goodbye to North Devon and move to our home in Cumbria at
the beginning of December, as you can imagine we will have a lot to think
everyone gets caught up in the busyness and material stuff of a commercialised
Christmas: shopping till we drop, giving children as many presents as the house
can hold, and buying enough food to keep a whole street alive for a week! It
seems ironic then that the very first Christmas Day welcomed the birth of the
Prince of Peace, and it is on Christmas Day, when many of us are so tired all
we want is to be left in peace and sleep it off!
lead up to Christmas doesn't need to be so hectic, though no-one needs to dread
it, because ultimately if we choose, Christmas can really be a time of joy and
peace. Christmas will always be Christmas. After all we are celebrating the
most significant event in history; if you can think of a more significant one,
let us know. The birth of Jesus brought not only a new way of life to the
world, one that continues to stand the test of time, but also brought God into
the world that he made.
And on that first Christmas Day in the tiny village of Bethlehem, the world was
amazed at the sight of a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, and just
for a moment the world and heaven were joined as one as: "Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared...praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in
the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.'" (Luke
Have a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and may God's favour rest on you.
Bill for his contributions to the Newsletter and wish him and his wife a joyous
and peaceful Christmas and health and happiness in their home in Cumbria.
Christmas for St. Peter's
are very welcome to all of our services, many of which have mince pies and
mulled wine too! Look out for posters or pop into the church for more
you're not sure of the reason why we celebrate Christmas, here is a good tip:
There are 24 days in December before Christmas, and 24 Chapters in Luke's
version of the Jesus story in the Bible. Why not read just one chapter a
day? Once you get to Christmas, you'll know what you're celebrating!
you know the reason for the season and the joy He can bring.
NORTH DEVON PRAYER
here in North Devon
be thy Ilfracombe
King's Nympton come
earth be it Instow, Stoke or Meddon
Croyde Bay and Muddiford
forgive us our Barnstaple
honour Brayford, Sheepwash and Great Torrington
through all Tarka request stations
deliver us from Yeo Mill
North Devon is High Bickington
Parracombe, Week and Warleigh
and ever Barum
by Nora and Alan
BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 182
Christmas I have chosen a local view of Ilfracombe overprinted with 'Xmas
Greetings' and an Art Nouveau embossed card.
first card, Ilfracombe 'Evening', shows a view from Lantern Hill, of Capstone
Hill and Ilfracombe and is numbered 21107 in the Picture Post Card series.
second card has a Brighton postmark of December 22nd 1903 and was published by
Raphael Tuck & Sons in their Christmas Series 1739, chromographed in
two New Year postcards are both upright views. The first shows a pretty young
lady with a lucky white rabbit. It, too, was published by
Tuck & Sons but in their Continental Series 2572 with an Ilfracombe
postmark 1st January 1905. The second card, 'Anne 1755' shows a young lady in
a full ball gown, holding a fan, having apparently been carried in a two-man
sedan chair. Note the spelling of 'Happie Newe Yeare' Yet again, this has
been published by Raphael Tuck in their Christmas Series 1901..
should like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020.
Cottage, November 2019