After the August break, we
started off the new season with a visit from Peter Christie talking about
'unexplained phenomena'.Fortean Times, 'The World of Strange Phenomena', is a
British monthly magazine devoted to anomalous phenomena popularised
by Charles Fort.The Loch Ness monster,
or Nessie, is one such phenomena.The first written account was made by the
Viking Adamnan in 565 AD.He described how St. Columba
heard about the monster.In 1934, an
English surgeon named R. Kenneth Wilson took what is perhaps the most famous
photo supposedly showing a head and neck above the water and indicating a very
large creature.Sea monsters have also
been reported in Lake Manitoba,
surprisingly, off Instow in 1911 and Falmouth
most famous land creature is the Yeti. It is a large, hairy man-ape which reportedly
inhabits the mountainous regions of Tibet and Nepal.As early as 1921, Colonel C.K. Howard-Berry
found a series of tracks while climbing Mount Everest.In North America
one of the earliest sightings by a white man took place in 1811, when a
Canadian trader found large footprints in the snow near Jasper, Alberta.The Beastof Exmoor
has produced much speculation.Sightings
were first reported in 1970,
although the period of its notoriety began in 1983, when a South
Molton farmer claimed to have lost many sheep.Most eye witness accounts claim the animal
is a large cat, either a puma or panther with jet black fur.
topic highlighted by Mr. Christie is 'weird rain'.There have been accounts from all corners of
the globe of frogs, fish, squid and worms dropping from the sky.The logical explanation is that a tornado or
strong wind picked up the animals from a shallow body of water and carried
them, sometimes hundreds of miles, before dropping them.There have been amazing cases of living
frogs, toads and lizards being found encased within solid rock.
last account was human phenomena.Spontaneous human combustion is a name used to describe the burning of a
living human body without an external source of ignition.In many of the more recent cases it is
alleged that there was an external source and nothing occurred
spontaneously.In rare instances,
children are born with body hair, additional nipples and occasionally with a
small tail-like protrusion at the base of the spine.
of the above reports were illustrated by photographs and members found Mr.
Christie's talk very intriguing.
raffle was won by Janet Gibbins, birthday cards were given to Joan Garbett and
Margaret Weller and the Meeting ended with the usual tea and biscuits.
October Meeting will be on Tuesday 6th, when Roger Groos
will be explaining reflexology [a form of therapy
in alternative medicine in which the soles of the feet are massaged].On November 3rd, a member of the Devon &
Somerset Fire & Rescue Service will be coming.The Christmas Party will be on 1st December.
and new members are very welcome to attend these Meetings.
is with regret that we report the passing of Vera on the 22nd July.Our thoughts are with Jill, John and their
families at this time of sadness.
died at home on July 22nd aged 94 years.The eldest of the seven children of Fred and Emma Richards, she was
brought up at Barton Farm and attended Berrynarbor Primary School before going
on to the then new Grammar School in Ilfracombe.
leaving school, Vera ran the farm milk round for her father in Berrynarbor and
Combe Martin, often assisted by younger brothers Brian, Bob and Claude.
1940 she married Jack and moved to Wheel Farm - a true farmer's wife until
Jack's death in 1973.On moving to
Combe Martin, Vera still maintained her strong links with the village,
supporting many events, often with sisters Brenda and Freda, until ill health
and age prevented her.
is now back in Berrynarbor, reunited with Jack.
and I and our families wish to thank everyone for all the cards, messages and
telephone calls we received, we were touched that so many people remembered
It was with much
sadness we learnt that Daisy had passed away peacefully on the 15th August,
just short of her 96th birthday.
came to Berrynarbor with her daughter, Marion, in the summer of 2000 and
attended many of the activities and events held in the village.A football fanatic, she maintained her
interest in the game right to the end.
thoughts are with Marion and all her family at this time of sorrow.
* * *
should like to thank everyone who sent cards and letters to us after my mother
are very appreciative of all your kind words and sympathies and should also
like to thank everyone who attended mum's funeral and made such a wonderful
congregation.Marion and Family
REMEMBERING SALLY BARTEN
Mum was born in
April 1940 in Romford in Essex.The war was on and she and her two brothers,
John and David, looked forward to getting away to Devon to stay with their
cousins, Pat and Janet, who lived in Combe Martin.
family loved North Devon and in the 1950's
decided to relocate to Lydford Farm where Mum spent
the remainder of her school years living on the farm.She would walk to the old coast guard hut
and stretch out in the sun, ostensibly doing her homework, but in reality
dreaming her dreams of becoming a nurse.
was a very competent horse woman and would ride for hours on her horse Heidi,
riding right out to Hunters Inn and exploring the countryside.Her independent streak showing itself early
began her nurse training at St. HelierHospital
in Surrey and loved her chosen profession, she
was sure that nursing was what she was cut out for.
March 1959 she married Dad at St. Peter's in Berrynarbor.She had three bridesmaids, her cousins Pat
and Janet and her new sister-in-law, Val.These friendships were some of the most important in her life and they
remain true to this day.She was loyal
and her lifelong friendships are a testament to the wonderful friend she was.
postponed her training and settled in Barnstaple
where two of us were born, Wendy in 1960 and Rachel in 1962.Shortly after, the family moved to
Berrynarbor and took over the Manor Stores, which is now known as Flowerdew Cottage.She would tell us the story of the day we moved in - arriving in the
rain with our furniture only to find the previous owners sitting down to
family settled in to being shop owners and quickly became part of the
village.In June 1965 Jan was born
upstairs and had the decency to arrive outside opening hours!Mum was to be found two days later back
serving customers.Jan was the last
baby to be born in the village until Mum delivered a little girl, Skye, on the
bathroom floor of Hammonds Farm, in late 1996.
mother had a beautiful voice and in the late '60's she started the Choir at St.
Peter's.On Christmas Eve at the
Midnight Service, she would stand on the top step of the font and sing the solo
first verse of 'Once in Royal David's City' as the choir walked in - beautiful
and moving, a treasured memory.
1973 she found herself single handedly raising three
girls and running a business.She
taught us to be independent, self-sufficient and resilient.She ran the shop through the day and worked
behind the bar at The Globe in the evening to make ends meet.They were tough times but she displayed strength
and courage and guided us through the storm.
1977 Mum sold the Manor Stores and moved to Berryhome.She rekindled her dream of becoming a nurse
and in 1980 completed her SRN
training at the NorthDevonDistrictHospital - one of the
proudest moments of her life.She
became a brilliant nurse who was loved and respected by colleagues and patients
had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to tell amusing stories about her
day.Her observations on life were very
dry and she enjoyed a sense of the ridiculous.One story she told was of a young nurse
just starting out.Mum asked this girl
to collect all the patients' false teeth so that they could be sterilised.She eagerly set about her task and when Mum
asked if she had completed it, she proudly showed her all the false teeth in
one big bowl - it took ages to reunite the right teeth with the right owner!
1982 she was diagnosed with non lymphatic Hodgkin's disease, receiving
treatment at Charing CrossHospital in London.We were told to expect the worst but they
had underestimated Mum's bravery and determination to beat the disease.The next two years were spent at Charing
Cross or recuperating with her cousin Pat, finally coming back to the village
in 1984 with the cancer in remission.The support from her family and friends gave her the courage to face
this dreadful disease and win.
she went back to nursing and her personal experience with illness only enhanced
her skills and she was a calm, empathetic, supportive friend to those who trod
the same path.She enjoyed many more
years doing the work she loved and retired in 1998.
retirement was spent pottering around her lovely garden, making baskets of
colour to hang around the village.She
did tapestry and loved a good book and taught the village Sunday School,
keeping her close connection with the church.She enjoyed long chats with Philip, her companion of many years.Her extended family grew and she revelled in
the role of Grannie to Molly, Rory, Jane and Fergus
and Godmother to her nine Godchildren.She loved and cared for her parents and nursed them through their old
adored living in Berrynarbor, and in her final days when she was told she was
going back to Berry,
mother passed away on the 7th June, surrounded by people she loved and on the
15th June, the village came together to celebrate her life.On the 17th June, a rainy afternoon, the
Fanner girls and her brother laid her to rest, within the length of the church tower,
under a tree, beside the park that she helped to raise funds for when we were
Mum was a kind, gentle woman with a good heart.She was honest, loyal and worked hard her
whole life.She fought many battles and
taught us how to be brave.Her advice
was invaluable and we miss her.We are
so proud that she is our Mum and through our memories we continue to cherish
her presence in our lives.
should like to thank you all for all the kindness you have shown us over this
Wendy, Rachel and Jan
JANE'S BIG BIRTHDAY BASH
July was one sunny day amongst many others of rain.We had planned for months for the party,
but all depended on the weather.The
bouncy castle arrived, the tents were up and tables and chairs in place.Family and friends came from far afield to
celebrate a wonderful evening.The
children loved the bouncy castle and rides on 'Willow's wheels'.DJ
Phil was excellent and his choice of music soon had everybody dancing and
singing [including Keith!] and Debbie and Tony provided a wonderful spread of
want to thank everyone for a lovely evening and for your generous donations to Foulis Ward and below is the letter of thanks I
received.A final thank you to Chris
and Dave, my neighbours, who came round at on Sunday morning, in the pouring rain, to help clear up.
I'm going to enjoy all the perks of reaching a certain age!
am writing on behalf of the patients and staff on the Foulis
Ward who will benefit from your generous donation of £820.00 raised through
donations in celebration of your 60th birthday.The money has been paid into the Foulis Ward Amenity Fund.
is through the generosity and continuing support of individuals such as
yourself that I and my staff are able to ensure that patients we nurse are able
to benefit from many of the little extras that make a stay in hospital more
bearable.Joe is an amazing and
courageous young man who has taught both me and my staff so much during his
many admissions to hospital.He is
always a pleasure to nurse.
you may be aware, many of the patients nursed on the ward have repeated and
extended stays on the unit.It is
therefore essential that we try and make this as pleasant and enjoyable
experience as possible, with your support I am able to ensure that we continue
to offer a high quality service.
again many thanks . . . I have also forwarded a copy of this letter to Joe's
Steve Barton is a
senior nurse and the modern matron for Foulis Ward. a
34-bed unit which specialises in the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients from
the age of 16.He originally trained as
a psychiatric nurse and joined Royal Brompton 23 years ago.
set up the ward 18 years ago, using his experience in both palliative care and
nursing cystic fibrosis patients, many of whom transfer from children's
hospitals such as Great Ormond
there are strict rules, the patients are given as much independence as possible.While they are staying for treatment, they
go out and explore London and they also have TV's, video
recorders and 'phones in all the rooms.
are encouraged to study whilst they are in hospital and some have taken
exams.Individual's achievements, as
well as social events, are displayed on an up-to-date notice board.
THE MEN'S INSTITUTE - CALLING NEW MEMBERS!
in Berrynarbor we are very lucky to have a Club with excellent facilities,
including a snooker table and a licence to sell alcohol.
the members, would like to make all men-folk, young or old, and particularly
newcomers to the village or surrounding area, aware of this facility, which can
be used both in the afternoons and evenings, or even in the mornings!
so many club premises, the cost of upkeep has increased and the more members we
have, the merrier, as well as helping the finances!Annual membership is currently £15.00 and
for just 50p per person, you can have a game of snooker - can you get better value?
you are interested in using these facilities you would be made most
welcome.For further details, please
ring our Club Chairman, Tony Summers, on  883600.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
went well for the Summer Fayre which took place on 18th August and turned out
to be the most successful for some time, if not ever.The day was fine and we were able to make
full use of the Manor Hall Car Park.As
always, there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere and our thanks go to everyone
who took part, gave so generously and helped in so many different ways.With all expenses paid, a total of £1,186
was raised.Remaining items from the
bric-a-brac stall were given to the Hospice Shop and books were delivered to
for their stall.
THANKSGIVING will take place the first week-end in October, with a service in
church at on 4th
October, the day after the Beaford Arts events in the village, in which St.
Peter's hopes to take a full and active part.The church will have been decorated ready earlier in the week and please
contact Sue Wright  if you have flowers, fruit or vegetables to donate
or would like to contribute towards the cost of flowers.The Harvest Supper will be held on Wednesday
evening, 7th October, with Evensong in church at followed by a buffet in the Manor Hall.Tickets price £5 for adults, £2 for children
will be on sale the week before in the Shop or from church on Sunday.Any produce will be auctioned after the
meal, with proceeds going to Water Aid.
forward to November, All Saints falls on Sunday, 1st November.There will be a service as usual at and the Special Service at when candles will be lit in
memory of loved ones.Do come andjoin us - you will
be assured of a warm welcome and there will be tea and biscuits afterwards.
SUNDAY is on the 8th November, and this year the service will probably start
earlier atPlease look out for posters.
Advent Sunday will be on 29th November when the first candle will be lit on the
Advent Ring and we shall start to think of Christmas!Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be on
Wednesdays 28th October and25th November.Anyone is welcome
to come and join us - please contact me on 883881 if you would like to give it
AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981
The Inspector appointed by the
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs to determine
(Footpath Nos. 28, 29 & 30, Berrynarbor)
Definitive Map Modification Order 2008
attended at the Manor Hall, Berrynarbor to hold a
public inquiry into the Order on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September 2009
inquiry was adjourned and will be reconvened as follows:
Thursday, 5th November 2009,
meeting at Watermouth [
Friday, 6th November 2009, Manor Hall,
Inquiry to continue
COASTAL ACCESS :THEN ANDNOW
the light of the recent public inquiry concerning access to the coast at
Watermouth, this account of a disgruntled would-be coastal rambler nearly 140
years ago may strike a chord.
restrictions he encountered at Clovelly, Ilfracombe and Lynton so incensed him
that he felt provoked to write to The Times in September 1871:
where I wandered years ago without let or hindrance, fished, sketched, roved
about caves, corners, coves and covers, are now spiked fences, man traps,
spring guns, and every other deterrent abomination . . .
only a few years ago I strolled at will over gigantic crags, wave-worn rocks
and precipitous hill-sides, tangled with furze, eglantine and honeysuckle.
what I wish to urge is a healthier tone among the owners of property which
happens to be a favourite resort with the ramblers and scramblers of England, old
and young.Property has its duties as well
as rights, however much the 'other side' may be disposed to deny our
claims. . .
our good friends reflect that the beauties of God's nature are not all their
own, that accident has given them what they possess, and that to deny their
fellow creatures a peep into this loveliness is at once selfish, unbecoming and
to be resented?"
THE TIMESSeptember 1871
[Source:"Along the South West Way" by A.G. Collings]
WEATHER OR NOT
was a record-breaking month - unfortunately the record broken was not for
temperature and sunshine!After the
last two years, we have decided that July is now our 'monsoon' month.The heavy rain started on the 5th when the SterridgeOpenGardens
day suffered torrential rain, which produced 20mm [13/16"] during the
day.Then, between on the 16th and on the 17th, we had 81mm [3
1/8"], which was the most we have ever recorded for a single day.The total rainfall for the month was 303mm
[11 15/16"], which made it not only the wettest July that we've ever
recorded, but also the wettest month of any since October 2000.Spare a thought for Princetown,
which had 368mm [141/2"].The
maximum temperature was 27.3 Deg C, which was a little cool but not exceptional
with a minimum of 11.8 Deg C, which was above normal.The wind was fairly strong for most of the
month, with a north westerly gale on the 17th, but we are sheltered from that
direction so our strongest gust was 30 knots on the 22nd.The miserable weather meant that Chicane
recorded only 135.59 hours of sunshine, which was the lowest for a July since
we started keeping records in 2003 - the nearest to this was 2007 when we had
was a little improved.It is often a
wet month so this year with only 69mm [2¾"] it was one of the drier
Augusts, but the rain was spread fairly evenly throughout the month, with only
six days without some precipitation and only three of those were
consecutive.The wettest was the 4th,
with 9mm [11/32"].It was a
fairly cool month with a maximum temperature of only 23.1 Deg C, which was down on
previous years;the minimum of 10 Deg C was
slightly above the normal.August was
slightly sunnier than July with 152.7 hours, but again, apart from last year
when we had only 127.64 hours, it was a duller month than usual.Another breezy month, there was a maximum
gust of 28 knots on the 20th.
all need an Indian Summer now to set us up for the winter.
Simon and Sue
Summer:an unseasonably warm, dry and calm period of
weather, usually following a period of colder weather or frost in late autumn.
The term 'Indian Summer' reached England in the 19th Century, during
the heyday of the British Raj in India.This led to the mistaken belief that the
term referred to the Indian sub-continent.In fact the Indians in question were the Native Americans, the term
being used there in the late 18th Century.'Indian Summer' is first recorded in Letters
from an American Farmer, a 1778 work by the French-American soldier turned
farmer, J.H. St. John de Crèvecoeur.
A big " Thank You" to everyone
who helped and supported this year's Berry Revels fundraiser at the beginning
of August.Notwithstanding the rather indifferent
weather, attendance numbers were similar to earlier
years and the result has been £1200 going into the funds to help finance the
running of this key facility of the village.
With costs for everything
always'on the up' it's perhaps worth
reminding everyone that some £15,000 is now needed to run the Hall
for a year, that's fast approaching £300 a week or nearly £45 a day, which puts
the still very competitive rental rates into perspective!
Work is planned for the repair and
external decoration of the windows in the immediate future, and there seems to
be a need to be up on the roof again to fix loose slates and avoid wet ceilings
- it's on-going!
Your Committee is always asking
itself"How might we do
better?"So if you have ideas
which could fit for next year's Revels then please let us have them, or indeed,
other ideas for events you'd like to see staged at Manor Hall at some
We've set a date of Saturday 19th
December for the Christmas Coffee Morning & Christmas Card
Distribution event, and are considering the idea of a Cheese & Wine evening
around that time too.We'd also like to
hear from people who might be interested in a Table Top Sale, on a
Saturday morning were we to organise one, either in November or in the New
Year. The New Year is also when we hope to hold a "Quiz 'n Curry"Supper Evening.So please watch notice boards for further
details as the ideas unfold!
Colin Trinder - Chairman of the Management Committee
THE FIRST HOLIDAY CAMPS IN GREAT BRITAIN
Many of us would imagine that the first
holiday camp would be one of those opened by Billy Butlin,
who was later knighted by the Queen to become Sir Billy Butlin,
but they would be mistaken.
In truth, Joseph Cunningham, a
successful flour dealer and baker from Liverpool
and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to the Isle of Man
in the 1890's.They opened summer camps
in 1892 and 1893 in Laxey, but in 1894 they opened an
all-male, tented summer camp in Howstrake, I.O.M. for
up to 600 men per week.The success of
these holiday camps was largely down to the organisational ability of Mrs.
Cunningham that led them in 1904 to acquire five acres of agricultural land at Victoria Road, near
Falcon Cliff.Here 1500 tents and a 100
foot dining pavilion were erected for the March to October season.Shortly after the First World War commenced,
internees were given the job of replacing many of the original wooden huts for
chalets.In September 1914, the camp
was cleared of its campers and staff and requisitioned as an internment camp
for enemy aliens.
I found this information as a result of
purchasing, through e-Bay, a quantity of Isle of Man
postcards, which included three of 'The Cunningham Camp, Douglas,
Isle of Man'.
TomBartlett - September 2009
The Lunar Society was a group of
brilliant engineers, scientists, inventors and thinkers who met in and around Birmingham between 1765
and 1813.Their preferred venue was the
home of Matthew Boulton [see Movers and Shakers No.
23] in Handsworth, and they would arrange their
meetings each month for the Monday nearest the full moon, so that there was
plenty of light for the journey home along the unlit roads.Hence the name lunar circle, or lunar
society or, as they sometimes called themselves, the 'lunatics'.
The members of the Lunar Society were
hugely powerful and influential, leaders and designers of the revolution that
was sweeping the world, the Industrial Revolution.At meetings they would discuss not only the
new inventions and the science behind them, but how that science and invention
could be applied to the real world of industry, medicine, transport,
education, politics and social issues.They knew that they were changing the world and they had the confidence
to believe that they were changing it for the good of mankind.
Their outlook was liberal.They abhorred slavery and tyranny, and sympathised
with the ideals behind both the French and American Revolutions, yet at the
same time they believed in capitalist self-help and the need for success to be
Leading members of the Lunar Society
Matthew Boulton the leading industrialist of the day, who
developed modern-day industrial practice with the first workers' insurance
schemes and sick pay.
James Watt, the inventor of the world's first practical steam engines.The
unit of power, the 'watt' is named after him.
William Murdock, the inventor of the gas light.
Erasmus Darwin, a poet, inventor and botanist, published a theory of evolution 60
years before his grandson Charles Darwin, developed a steering system adopted
by Henry Ford and a mechanical copying machine.
Josiah Wedgwood, the father of English pottery.
Joseph Priestley, discoverer of carbon dioxide, carbonated drinks, nitrous oxide and
Richard Lovell Edgeworth, an inventor who published books on educational
William Small, a mathematician and philosopher, was also a mentor of Thomas
Jefferson, third President of the United States of America.
William Withering, a doctor and botanist who discovered the benefits of digitalis, which
is extracted from the foxglove plant, in the treatment of heart disease.
James Watt, Richard Lovell Edgeworth,
Erasmus Darwin William Murdoch
Josiah Wedgwood, Matthew Boulton,
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
have had a quiet couple of months with not much happening apart from watering
and dead-heading, but we had a litter pick and work party mid-September to
start clearing up after the main holiday season.The weather has not been very kind to the
summer bedding plants even though early September was lovely, so we have
started clearing them ready for the spring bulbs.We plan to plant crocus bulbs in Claude's
garden with the help of the school children and tulips and daffodils in the
tubs around the village.
did much better this year in the BestKeptVillage
competition, although we were not first or second, but came equal third with a
few other villages.It seems we shall
have to work even harder next year!The
funny thing is that last year they marked us really low because Claude's Garden
was unfinished, but this year in their summary they did not even mention
it.We thank all of you who have helped
to keep the village tidy, but we really could do with a few more litter
pickers, so don't feel shy, come and join us and enjoy tea and cakes
after.The next litter pick is planned
for the end of the autumn half term school holiday and will be the last litter
pick for this year.Look out for the
posters with the date and time.Hope to
see you there.
we go to press we have not yet had the results for the Britain in
Bloom competition, but we are hopeful.
Preserved Ginger Cake with Lemon
is a lovely light, zingy ginger cake often made by Wendy Jenner for fetes and
coffee mornings.I hope you enjoy it as
much as I have.
5 pieces preserved stem ginger in syrup chopped
2 tablespoons ginger syrup [from the jar of stem ginger]
1 heaped teaspoon ground ginger
1 heaped teaspoon grated fresh root ginger
6 oz\175g butter or hard margarine at room temperature, plus a little
extra for greasing
6 oz\175g golden caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs at room temperature
1 tablespoon golden syrup
8 oz\225g self-raising flour
1 tablespoon ground almonds
2 tablespoons milk
For the topping
Juice of 1 lemon
8 oz\225g icing sugar
2 extra pieces preserved stem ginger in syrup
First prepare a cake tin 6"
x 10" x1" deep by greasing lightly and lining with silicone
paper:Press it into the tin folding
the corners to make it fit.The paper
should come up 1 inch above the tin.When I didn't have the correct sized cake tin, I used a roasting
tin.Set the oven at 170C/325F/gas mark
a large mixing bowl cream together the butter or margarine and the sugar until
light and fluffy.Next break the eggs in
to a jug and beat them with a fork until fluffy, then gradually beat into the
creamed mixture, a little at a time.Next fold in the ginger syrup and golden syrup.Sift the flour and ground ginger together and
then gently fold in to the mixture a little at a time.Next fold in the almonds followed by the milk
and lastly the grated root ginger and chopped stem ginger.
the cake mix evenly in the tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 45-50
minutes or until the cake is risen, springy and firm to the touch.Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and
then turn out on to a wire rack and allow to go cold completely before icing.
the icing:sift the icing sugar into a
bowl and mix in enough lemon juice to make the consistency of thick cream, you
may not need all the lemon juice.Spread
the icing over the cake and allow to dribble down the sides.Cut the remaining ginger into 15 chunks and
place in lines across the cake so that it will cut into 15 squares with a chunk
of ginger in the centre of each square.
Mmm just lovely!Wendy
I HAD A DREAM . . .
been dreaming of visiting the bustling city of New York since I was a little girl.Influenced by films and books I found myself
intrigued by the architecture, culture and the lifestyles presented in the
media.I was expecting something
fabulous, and the 'big apple' certainly exceeded my expectations.
first thing that surprised me was how green it was;landing at JFK after the 8 hour flight, we
were surrounded by grass - houses with large gardens and parks on every few
blocks.Although the towering buildings
are worlds apart from the country buildings of Berrynarbor, I found myself at
city itself was magnificent from both angles;from the top of the Rockefeller Center the
views of the enormous Central Park (843 acres) were breathtaking, as well as
the swarms of distinctive yellow taxis congested below.Meanwhile, from the ground the feeling could
only be described as insignificant as skyscrapers loomed above.
The list of attractions is endless,
and an action packed two weeks could never be long enough.From museums of art, history and religion to
streets which alone were famous [e.g. Fifth Avenue, Broadway] there was no
chance of being bored.
was a favourite place of mine, but being a theatre lover I was doomed the
moment I entered Times Square.The energetic atmosphere and bright colours
tempted me to fork out for four shows [Mamma Mia!Wicked, Blithe Spirit, West Side Story],
when I had only planned to watch one!
escape from the vigorous yet charming mayhem, I visited nearby Long Island on two occasions.The first was for three nights in the
charming town of Southampton,The Hamptons are
notorious for hosting New York's
famous and wealthiest vacationers each summer.In fact the largest
house in America
is nearby, and my taxi driver also drives Paris Hilton and her siblings
itself was beautifully peaceful with long white beaches that were virtually
empty -it seems the rich have private beaches instead!.The second occasion was a day trip to the
beachside amusement spot of Coney Island,
where working class New Yorkers spend their hot summer days.The boardwalk had a certain retro feel, and
the amusements included neo-freak shows, 'the world's smallest woman', 'the
world's largest live rat', etc. - as well as the iconic rickety 80 year old
Cyclone Rollercoaster which really was frightening - the cars actually left the
track at one point.
New York undoubtedly has
something for everyone and is worth a visit.
Ali Lawson Smith
SOME LOCAL CHARACTERS - 1
characters all contributed to the fabric of the village and the fact that they
are remembered many years later is a tribute to them.
Leworthy was known to most of the village children in the 1950's as 'Uncle
George Geen and Frank Meluish
worked for the Council, trimming hedges, clearing ditches and gutters and
keeping the verges and the parish very tidy.The children were always pleased to see them working in the village as
Alfie would save the Corona
and Dornets bottles he found thrown in the hedges and
give them to the children to take back to Miss Cooper's shop where they would
get the 3d refund, which they then spent on sweets!
day the three had just sat down to have their lunch in the field at the bottom
of Ridge Hill, when several children descended on them, one of whom was Larry
White.Now Larry loved the beautiful
grey horse which belonged to Sheila Jones.Alfie told him he had a plan which was for Larry to go and find some
black paint and then he would help him paint the horse black so that he could
take it home!Off went Larry and his
friends in search of black paint.However, when the grown-ups found out why they wanted the paint, they
were sent off with a flea in their ears!
Larry went to Miss Cooper's to see if he could buy some.No luck!By the time he gotback to the field, Alfie, George and Frank had had a quiet lunch and the
horse a lucky escape!
Alfie and his wife Vera
Farmer Will Lerwill
Farmer Will lived at Lower Rowes
Farm and was a familiar sight riding up and down the Valley on his pony.
One day he decided he needed a pig, so he and
a friend managed to hitch a lift to Blackmoor Gate
market, where they purchased a fine looking one.Now to get the pig home they had to walk,
and all was going well when they reached the London Inn in Combe Martin.Will and his friend were thirsty, so they
made a sort of harness from a rope and tied the pig to the drain pipe.They were just downing their second welcome pint
when there was a commotion and someone shouted, "Anyone in 'ere got a pig,
'cosee's just run down
road dragging a drain pipe."
two friends dashed out and down the street, looking for the pig.When they got to the Pack O' Cards, they
just had to go in and see if anyone had seen the pig and grab another drink -
it was thirsty work chasing a pig!By
this time, the pig and drain pipe were causing some excitement in the street
and were well on their way to the beach where watched by quite a crowd, farmer
Will caught up with it.The rest of
the journey back to Berrynarbor was uneventful, but they didn't stop at The
Globe, just in case!
Will would also ride his pony to Hele for a drink.After a number of occasions when being
helped up on one side of the pony he fell off the other, he decided to leave
the pony in Higher Oaklands and catch the bus or
hitch a lift in to Hele.In the early
'60's, Dave Yeo had a Lambretta
scooter and he would pick up Farmer Will from Hele.They were quite a sight with Will waving his
crop and calling to people as he passed by on the back of the scooter.
Will was a regular at The Globe, always sitting under the frying pan clock and
amusing both locals and visitors with his tales.
FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
have had a lovely start to the year.The children have come back settled and ready to learn despite such
miserable weather over the summer holidays.The whole school feels happy and our new teachers , Miss Lewis and Miss
Slade, are very much part of the team already.
have welcomed Keely-Rose, Jake, Louis, Jed, Ryan,
Lola and Harry into Class 1 and Max into Class 3.All our new children have settled well and
we are particularly proud of our oldest children who really seem to have taken
on board the responsibility of being the 'big children' that the younger ones
look up to.They have been helpful and
kind as well as working really hard.
5 started their ForestSchool last Monday and
had a great time up in the woods.They
came back to school suitably muddy and excited about all that they would be
learning over the course.
week has been a busy week as all our children have taken part in a Wild Night
Out [7-11 year olds] or Wild Day Out [4-7 year olds] up at Stowford
Farm Meadows.Mr and Mrs Noall kindly arranged for us to use a beautiful meadow near
the woods and away from the main camp site.Their team of staff have been wonderful - helping to move kit bags and
tents up and down the hill and even dragging huge logs out of the woods to make
a sitting circle around the camp fire.I popped up to visit Class 3 -I couldn't stay away from the fun! - and
was greeted with the heart-warming sight of a cosy
looking camp with children charging around delighted to be in such a lovely
setting with the freedom to run and play with their friends in the fresh
air.The children have also been
learning about the natural environment, experienced 'real darkness', and found
out about the bugs that come out at night and how they are different to the
daytime creatures that we are used to.They have visited the Petorama to handle and
feed the animals and the older children also went swimming.Of course the children have had to learn to
look after their belongings and survive for a night without home comforts and
mum and dad to look after them - a challenge for some children for whom it was
the first time away from home over night!It has been such a magnificent opportunity to start the year and we are
very grateful to Mr and Mrs Noall for providing such
a great venue and for popping up and down to check if we had everything that we
needed.I am also hugely grateful to all
the staff who worked so hard to get everything ready and gave up a good night's
rest to take part in the experience with the children - particularly Mrs Lucas
for doing most of the organising, Miss Lewis for being brave enough to camp for
the first time ever and with 23 children in her charge, Mr and Mrs Balment for rolling up their sleeves and mucking in, and Mr
Newell and Mrs Gooch for drawing the short straw and emptying the composting
week we have our annual sponsored Woolacombe Beach Walk , which most of the
children appear to think is a beach run!Then the week after we shall be celebrating our Harvest Festival.We have already started planning the
Christmas festivities which will include a meal prepared and served by the
children to the 'senior dudes' - but it is far too early to be talking about
Christmas so I shall say no more for now.
Barrow will be starting her maternity leave at the end of the week and we all
wish her well.I shall be starting my
maternity leave at the beginning of October and will leave the school in Mrs
Newell's very capable hands whilst I am away.I feel confident that this is going to be another good year for
Berrynarbor Primary and I shall certainly miss everyone whilst I am away
learning to be a mum.
Carey - Headteacher
and Wendy are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first grandson -
Daniel Jenner.A son for Nick and
Suzanne, Daniel was born on the 26th July weighing 7lbs 5oz.
Congratulations and best wishes to the
proud grandparents, parents and a warm welcome to Daniel.
OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
The owl and the pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat. They took some honey
And plenty of money Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The owl looked up to the stars above And sang to a small guitar,
"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy my
love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, you
are What a beautiful Pussy you
Pussy said to the Owl, "You
elegant fowl, How charmingly sweet you sing! Oh let us be married; Too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a
They sailed away, for a year and a
day To the land where the bong-tree
grows, And there in a wood, a Piggy-wig
stood With a ring at the end of his nose,
his nose, With a ring at the end of his nose.
"Dear Pig, are you willing, to
sell for one shilling, Said the Piggy, "I will." So they took it away and were married
next day By the Turkey who lives on the hill. They dined on mince and slices of
quince Which they ate with a runcible spoon; And hand in hand, on the edge of the
sand They danced by the light of the
moon, the moon, They danced by the light of the moon.
20th child of Jeremiah Lear, a London Stockbroker, and his wife Ann, Lear grew
up to be a prolific writer as well as a talented artist of landscapes and birds
and gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria.He was particularly enchanted with nonsense
rhymes and devoted a number of his books to collections of these poems.
prior to his death and left incomplete, he began to pen the sequel to The Owl
and the Pussy Cat - The Children of the Owl and the Pussycat:
mother was the pussycat, Our father
was the owl, And so
we're partly little beastsAnd
partly little fowl. The
brothers of our family, have Feathers
and they hoot, While
all the sisters dress in fur And have
long tails to boot.
by Debbie Cook
two evacuee friends, Dave Brooks from Goosewell and Tom Clark from Barton Lane, had
decided that at the week-end, on Saturday afternoon, they would cycle to
could have a look at the Tunnels Beaches," suggested Tom.
a good idea," Dave replied.
met at the bottom of Hagginton Hill just after to start their journey.Chatting, they passed WatermouthCaves
shall we leave our bikes?" enquired Dave.
about down at the Police Station at the bottom of Northfield Road," was the reply.
were soon at Ilfracombe and enquired of the duty sergeant if it would be all
right to leave their bike."Yes,
of course you can," replied the rather portly, red-faced and smiling
policeman.That settled, off they went
towards the Tunnels Beaches.
rather amazing that Welsh miners cut these tunnels, and look you can see the
pick axe marks," said Dave, "It must have taken them ages too."
to a suitable beach, they decided to sit down. It was a warm afternoon and there were
families sunning themselves and enjoying a paddle or swim in the pools created
with the retaining walls.
you know that mixed bathing was not allowed here many years ago?What's more, a man was employed to blow a
bugle should he see any hanky panky going on, such as a man ogling at the
women," Dave told Tom.
seem to know everything!" replied Tom.
I'm a teenager, aren't I?" came the reply.
two boys were soon paddling to cool their feet when Tom spotted something at
the water's edge.
it's a brooch.It'sbit like one of my mum's, it's a cameo,"
said Tom as he picked it up.He put it
in his pocket and they carried on paddling.
suddenly turned to Tom and suggested that when they went back for their bikes,
they could hand it in at the Police Station.
afternoon began to turn cooler and before long it was time to make their way
back to collect the bikes.The same
sergeant was still on duty and quite delighted when the boys showed him what
they had found.
brooch belongs to Lady Felbrigg up at St. Brannocks Grange.Do you know where that is?"
we do," said both boys together.
you shall take it back to her."The sergeant beamed.
they went not knowing quite what reception they would receive from her
ladyship.They rang the door bell,
which was soon answered by the maid."Wait here please while I tell my
Lady," she said, looking rather puzzled at what the boys told her.
brooch, my lost brooch, come on in," called Lady Felbrigg."Do sit down, you must try some of my
of the boys knew of any such thing, but as it sounded rather good they thought
they would give it a try.
each had consumed rather a large glass, and as they left thanking Lady Felbrigg for her hospitality, they both felt decidedly squiffy.They rode
back and were on their way to the coastguard cottages when they spied a
head's swimming," Tom groaned.
"So's mine and I feel awful sleepy," was the slurred
reply.So it was agreed that they rest
under the haystack and before too long, they were fast asleep.
up first, Dave groaned, "Heck, I don't think I'll try that again."
better get back," moaned Tom.
they got home, both boys told their mothers that they didn't feel well and were
going straight to bed.
know you won't tell me, but I bet you've been up to no good," said Tom's
mum, whilst Dave's mum said his breath smelt and she hoped he would not be so
silly as to try anything strong at his age.
"Me?Hic, of course not, hic."
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory, Combe Martin
How's your memory these days?I hope it's not as bad as the tale I heard
about a young barman.
An old man walked into a pub and ordered
a pint.Just as he finished his pint
and was about to leave, the barman said, "Oi,
you haven't paid me."
"Oh yes I did." replied the
old man.The barman eyed him
suspiciously, and said, "OK, I believe you."
The old man rushed outside and told the
first person he met that the barman inside had a bad memory.Why not go in and have a free pint?
Looking forward to his free pint the man went in
and ordered a drink.As he was
finishing his pint, the barman said, "There is something strange going on
today.A man just came in and ordered a
pint and then left without paying.If
anyone tries that again I'll sort him out."
"Quite right too,"replied the man, "Just give me my change
and I'll be off."
Often as we get older our memory gets a
bit'overloaded'.It's like the man who said he loves looking
at Midsomer Murders because although he knows the
story, he cannot remember who'done
it'.Sometimes we need reminding again
and again, like children have to be reminded to say "Thank
Harvest Festival is here to remind us to
say "Thank you" to God for all his gifts, and also to say "Thank you" for his
Son, Jesus Christ and all he has done for us.
And, of course, Remembrance Sunday is there to
remind us of another sacrifice made for us and our country,
and the opportunity to say "Thank you" in our hearts for all those men and
women who made the ultimate
sacrifice that we might have life and freedom.
I'm sure that is something we shall not
want to forget.
With all good wishes,
Your Friend and Rector,
new season is about to start!The first
meeting will be on Wednesday, 21st
October when thepresentation will
be on Portuguese Wines by John Hood.
wine appreciation group meets every third Wednesday in the month [except
December when it is the second] in the Manor Hall at 8.00 p.m. from October to
May, to further knowledge and enjoyment of wines by talks and tastings.
requiring more information or wishing to become a member is invited to contact
either Alex Parke [Chairman] on 883758 or
Tony Summers [Secretary] on 883600
at least 24 hours before the day of the meeting.This is to comply with licensing laws.
Wednesday, 18th November:Quay West Wines - Andy Cloutman
Wednesday, 9th December:Christmas Food and Drink
Wednesday, 20th January:'Call My Wine Bluff'
Wednesday, 17th February:West of France Wines - Nicola Keeble
of the Wine Circle
were delighted to receive a kind invitation to join Allan and Heather Maynard
[who regularly attend the Circle] at their home in Sidmouth for a lunch in
August.The invitation was extended to
partners [whether they are members or not] and to bring your own booze - a
light lunch would be provided, hopefully in their garden.
day dawned dry with some sunshine and a small cavalcade of cars set off to
drive from the north to south of Devon.Sadly, it was too cold to eat outside, but
inside we were treated to a wonderful lunch with delicious sweets and cheese
and biscuits, washed down with good wine and with everyone remembering not to
imbibe too much, thinking of the drive back home.I must add that the view from their home
and garden is spectacular, with view across Sidmouth and the sea, and I am sure
that everyone will join me in thanking Allan and Heather for their hospitality
anda wonderful day out.
Bartlett - Publicity
Sidmouth, drawn from nature on stone by Geo. Rowe, 1826
IDEAS . . .
Bermuda, older people are issued with a small,
laminated pass.This entitles the
holder to various concessions, such as free travel.The pass is embossed with the words
makers of sundial inscriptions in days gone by tended to include rather serious
thoughts.However, one sundial motto
might equally well be applied to many people - Let others tell of storms and
showers, I'll only count the sunny hours.
is like a circle or ring, it goes forever and has no ending.Friendship is the only rose without any thorns.
friends are like diamonds, precious and rare.New friends are like autumn leaves, found everywhere.
is all right to have enthusiasm for thirty minutes, better still for thirty
days, but it is the person who has it for thirty years who makes a success of
MORE BIRDS . . .
my last article I dwelt chiefly on feeding them.This time I want to tell you about some of
we had a great tit build a nest, as has happened before, in the wooden letter
box attached to the entrance gate.It
was Kathy who first spotted the bird popping in at times.Sure enough, a thick layer of moss appeared
at the bottom of the box, to be topped by a layer of wool.We put up a 'keep out' notice and provided
an alternative.Despite this, various
items were dropped on the sitting bird.She stayed put all the same, and in due course hatched out and rearedsuccessfully a clutch of 5 or 6.We left the nest in case it was reoccupied,
but no luck.
on, I was in the woodshed [a former pig sty] down the garden when I espied a
clump of moss in the centre of an old coiled garden hose, hanging on the wall.On investigating, out flew a tiny wren and I
caught a glimpse of a little gaping beak.Needless to say, I kept well away afterwards and, as the nest is now
empty, I assume the little brood was successfully reared.
had been for some time watching the activities of a pair of wood pigeons around
a big, old nest high up in our giant eucalyptus.Although no chicks were visible, I feel sure
the pair successfully hatched and reared a family.
years ago, walking along the bottom of the garden, I almost trod on a mallard
duck sitting on a nest under a bush.I
did, in fact, disturb the nest to the extent that several eggs rolled out.Hastily popping them back, I kept well away
and I'm sure the duck returned, reared 5 or 6 ducklings and in due course, set
them afloat down river.
there was the hen pheasant which laid her eggs on the orchard side
riverbank.She laid 8 or 9 eggs,
but we never saw any chicks, so I'm
not sure what happened.Perhaps a
badger took the eggs, or a fox the chicks
another little tragedy.Neither of the above two nestings
has been repeated.
Lee Lodge, Berrynarbor
We shall be having a
'Get Together' Coffee Morning at
tthe Lodge on Wednesday, 4th November,
from to .
Please come along and join us.
And please come again on
Wednesday, 11th November, from
when we'll be celebrating, a day early,
our Amy's 99th Birthday.
CREAM TEA IN AID OFNORTH DEVON
the weather will not stop the brave souls of North Devon!It was another very damp Saturday afternoon
on 15th August when a good number of people gathered to enjoy a cream tea held
in Brian's memory.
was a crush inside, but some hardy folk sat out under umbrellas and a good time
was had by all.The good news is that
with many kind donations as well as attendees and a final generous sum, I was
able to send a cheque for £600 to the Hospice.Thank you so much to all who took part in any way at all.
special thanks to Alan and Izzy, Sharon and Chris,
who worked so hard in the kitchen.A number of requests have been made to make it
an annual event, so, as they say, watch this space!
& CRAFT SHOW
spite of the poor summer weather, entries in the fruit and vegetable and cut
flower sections of the Horticultural and Craft Show were plentiful and of good
quality.Judges for the
non-horticultural sections were impressed by the high standard of floral art,
cookery, handicrafts, photography and art.
the weather on the day was once again favourable, staying dry if not
sunny.During the afternoon, over 200
visitors viewed the 400 plus exhibits, partook of tea and cakes, purchased
raffle tickets and participated generously in the auction, putting some £420 in
the funds ready to cover the costs of next year's event and prizes.
The 'Grow A Spud' competition proved
great fun - a must again for next year - with varying degrees of success.Mike Amos-Yeo's 24
potatoes weighed in at 5lbs 3¾oz, whilst the lowest weight of 2oz came from
just 4!Junior entrant Morgan Rudd's
pot yielded only 3 potatoes but they were all big 'uns
with the largest weighing in at a healthy 1lb 10¾oz!The heaviest haul for a junior came from
Miles Rees whose 27 potatoes weighed 2lbs 1¾oz.
so to the other prize winners.Taking the
Junior Rose Bowl with the highest cumulative score of 97 was Caitlin Burgess,
closely followed by sisters Sarah and Olivia Prentice.Caitlin was awarded the junior prize for
Floral Art, Cut Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables and Photography.Hazel Rees, just 4 years old, won the
Cookery with her cheese straws, Sarah Prentice the Handicrafts and Art and the
Sally Barten Bowl for Junior Needlework, presented by the family in Sally's
memory and awarded for the first time this year, was won by sister Olivia.
to the 'oldies'.Stanley Dart took the
Vi Kingdon Award for Photography and the Lethaby Cup
for Potted Plants.Once again Tony Summers's onions proved unbeatable, regaining him for the
sixth time running, the Derrick Kingdon cup for Fruit and Vegetables.The Walls Cup for Home Cooking went to Kim Hodgen with a mouth-watering mocha meringue.A delightful watercolour of boats gained
Audrey Lewis the George Hippisley Cup for Art, whilst
Iris Hopkins' needlework and Mavis Bird's beading won them the Davis and
Watermouth Cups for Handicrafts.Taking
the Globe Cup for Floral Art with 'Ding Dong Bell' and also the Ray Ludlow
Award for the best Non-horticultural Exhibit was Judie Weedon, and Laurie
Harvey's beautiful white and pink tipped gladiolus took both the Manor Stores
Rose Bowl for Cut Flowers and the Management Committee Cup for the best
Men's Institute Cup, the Manor Hall Cup and the Mayflower Dish, presented to
pupils of the Primary School for art work, were won by Dylan Bacon, Miles Rees
and William Haines.
All that remains to be done is
to thank everyone who helped or supported the event in any way and the judges
for their unenviable task of choosing the winners.Thank you all.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 23
REV SAMUEL HENSHALL
Inventor of the
'piratical screwmaker' or corkscrew
21st October the Berrynarbor Wine
Circle opens in its present form for its 16th year
of 'convivial consumption' at the Manor Hall.
it was with interest that the name Samuel Henshall
cropped up today.He was the first man
to be granted a patent on a corkscrew, and
described his new invention to the Birmingham
metal smith, Matthew Boulton, as 'a new mode of
applying the screw, and a mode which every person who sees it will be surprised
that he himself didn't find out.'Matthew Boulton,
who is famed for his work on steam engines with James Watt, spent two weeks
with Professor Henshall perfecting the design, and
then made his corkscrew in one of his factories.
son of a Cheshire
grocer, born in 1765, he was educated at ManchesterGrammar School
and then went up to Brasenose in 1782, gaining his MA in 1789, shortly before
his ordination.His academic career
didn't live up to his expectations, which was to become Oxford's Professor of Anglo-Saxon.Instead, he became curate of ChristChurch,
Spitalfields, and then rector of St Mary's Church in
Bow, where he remained until his death 7 years later in 1807.
So what was his invention?His design of a corkscrew included a concave
cap fixed between the worm [screw to you and me!] and the shank, which
prevented the screw going too far into the bottle and also gripped the cork,
which broke the seal on the bottle.
corks were available which led to attacks on his claim to have invented this
one.In a writing of 1829, he was
referred to as a 'piratical screwmaker', and the
design was attributed to 'Miss O'Rourke' [really, first a vicar and then a
Henshall was not a good businessman.He was having legal problems and Boulton's legal adviser wrote in 1795: 'I doubt that I
shall not easily extract £50 from the Parson, as he would Cork from a
As recently as 24th August this year,
214 years to the day after Samuel Henshall's patent
was granted, a carved stone plaque was unveiled in his honour at the 'Bow
Church' where he was rector and is now buried.It was a scene of celebration as fifty corkscrew enthusiasts, members of
the International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts [or ICCA - I kid you not!] from around the world
gathered.The current Rector, Rev.
Michael Peet, welcomed the visitors and talked of the
importance of Henshall's work in
the invention of corkscrew evolution.The service ended with a toast of wine from bottles opened with an
original Henshall corkscrew.As Psalm 104:15 says,"Wine that maketh
glad the Heart of Man".
Now, if you have a corkscrew lurking in
a drawer, have a look for an inscription on the button.If it says "ObstandoPromoves" on it, take it straight to Mark Parkhouse.Its
value might surprise you.Incidentally,
the Latin motto translates as "by standing firm one makes advancement", or so
If you think you might like to join ICCA, think again.Its first meeting was held in the Guinness Brewery in 1974.Membership is strictly limited to 50 and
potential applicants must specify the 'size and nature of collection, number of
years collecting, how addiction was developed and any research done' as well as
supplying biographical details.
It's much easier to get in to Berrynarbor Wine Circle!All you need to do [apart from having an
interest in wine] is 'phone Tony Summers, our Secretary, on 883600 and come
along on October 21st.
Larks ascending over Dunkery
Bristol Channel islands of Steep Holme and Flat Holm could be seen clearly and far, far away
like a finely drawn white mirage, there was the SevernBridge.
was surprised to be able to see it from such a distance but a motorcyclist from
Watchet arrived and confirmed that it was the SevernBridge
and that although he came to Dunkery Hill most weekends, just to enjoy the
spectacular view, the bridge had never shown up so distinctly before.
we walked to the Beacon, skylarks rose up from the heather, soaring higher and
higher.A female kestrel hovered,
fanning out her tail.In the direction
of Horner a troop of horses, round the escarpment, broke into a canter.
picked a few bilberries but in this dull damp summer they had not had enough
sun to draw out their flavour and sweetness.
was a small yellow and white flower I could not identify.It looked like cow-wheat but I was curious,
never having seen a bicolour form of this plant;only the all-yellow cow-wheat common and
plentiful in the sessile oakwoods of Exmoor [and more locally, in the weeds at the bottom of the lane leading
to Bowden Farm].So this
seemed the wrong sort of habitat.However,
later when I looked it up I discovered that as well as the yellow woodland
variety, there is a white cow-wheat splashed with pink which grows on
moors.It is semi-parasitic on
is also the food plant of the caterpillar of the heath fritillary, which is
found only in two places in the TamarValley;a site to the north of Canterbury and - following a successful
reintroduction programme to save it from extinction - some combes
below Dunkery Beacon.It is on the wing
in June and July.
recent edition of Radio 4's 'Living World' featured the heath fritillary when
Lionel Kellaway visited Hallscombe
near Dunkery in pursuit of the butterfly.These 'radio nature trails' are a hidden gem, being broadcast at the
unsocial hour of half-past six on a Sunday morning.
orange and brown butterfly had faced extinction when grazing was reduced,
allowing invasive plants, such as bracken, to increase and crowd out its food
were returning from Taunton
via Wheddon Cross when it occurred to us that it must be about ten years since
we had last been to Dunkery.Perhaps we
shall make our return visit sooner - next June or July - to search for the
heath fritillary, one of our rarest butterflies.Now there's something to look forward to!
NEWS FROM OUR
COMMUNITY SHOPAND POST OFFICE
We are very sorry to be losing Jackie
from the Shop.She has worked here for
3 1/2 years, firstly in charge of the Shop and Post Office, and latterly
job-sharing with Anita.She will be
missed.We thank her for all her hard
work, and wish her well in the future. Thanks also go to her Mum, Rita, and
daughter Kate, who have often supported her in the shop.
we are pleased that Debbie Thomas has been appointed as her successor and hope
that she will be happy in her new role.
you know, the Shop has been open all day throughout the summer. There has been
mixed reaction, and now it is quieter, we are reverting to our winter
timetable, that is closing between 12.30 and 1.30.I don't think that either Anita or Jackie
have had one proper lunchtime all summer!
the December issue, our Shop will be overflowing with Christmas cards, wrapping
paper, gifts and orders for Christmas Fayre.Why not call in and solve a few problems?
we are still looking for someone to run the shop one Sunday in four.Could it be you?If so, please get in touch with Anita.
A CHARITY BALL
On SATURDAY, 28TH NOVEMBER 2009
MANOR HALL, BERRYNARBOR
TO 'IN DREAMS' UNTIL
but BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS AND
available from Anita Abbott 
affects many of us during our lifetime, whether it be a member of our family, a
friend or indeed ourselves, and that is why it is so comforting to know there
are establishments like the North Devon Hospice which can help to make a
different to the lives of those living with this life threatening illness.
is for this reason that I am organising a Charity Ball on the 28th November,
and I do hope that you will give your support to this very worthwhile
THE HOVIS ADVERT
you remember the Hovis advert, portrayed on
television many years ago?
was this small boy pushing a tradesmen's bicycle up a steep hill.The big basket on the bike was piled high
with loaves of bread - obviously Hovis.
little lad was puffing up the hill to the musical accompaniment of the Adagio
from the New World Symphony by Dvorak.
sequence was filmed on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset.
time later, words were added to this particular piece of music under the title
'Coming Home'.Rather apt, yes?
OLD BERRYNARBOR NO. 121
For this issue I have chosen a
postcard entitled 'Berrynarbor in Snow'.This relatively modern postcard has been published by the Devon
Federation of Women's Institutes as a 12-month tear-off postcard calendar, some
time prior to 1988.
are informed that the photograph has been taken by aMrs. E Rumley of
Berrynarbor W.I.To date I have been
unable to find out where the photograph was taken or any information about Mrs.
imagine it may have been taken from somewhere up Barton Lane or Goosewell, as the view
appears to be looking towards the sea.The picture is quite striking as the garden has not only a stone or
concrete bird bath [snow bath!], but also a stone or concrete 'moon gate',
similar to the ones seen in Bermuda.
anyone please throw some light on the location of this postcard or on Mrs. Rumley?The card
was sent from Honiton on the
7th March 1988 to Luton in