The June Meeting was well
attended when Di Hillier spoke about the Mission Aviation Fellowship.This is a ChristianAgency
whose mission is to fly light aircraft in developing countries so that people
in remote areas can receive the help they need.The Mission
has been flying since 1945 and nowadays over 130 aircraft operate in more than
30 countries.Geoff,Di and Brian's son, works for the
Fellowship and this has meant living, with his family, in various parts of the
Keith Pugsley came to the
July Meeting.He gave an interesting
and amusing account of his entry into the Plymouth
to Banjal Challenge.This involved
travelling from North Devon to Gambia,
with a friend, in an old banger.Certainly a feat of endurance and all for charity.Finally the banger was sold in Gambia
and the return journey was made by plane.They encountered a lot of red tape and corruption en route but felt
proud of their achievement.Keith is now
in the process of writing a book about their experiences.
There were two raffle
prizes this month won by Vi Davies and Edna Barnes.
On Tuesday, 10th July, 21
members visited the Calvert Trust.They
were shown the various facilities provided for the disabled on holiday with
their families.Included is swimming,
in a heated indoor pool, horse riding, abseiling and canoeing on the lake.They are cared for by a dedicated team.After partaking of an excellent cream tea,
some members walked down to the lake - fortunately it did not rain!
There will be no meeting in
The next two Meetings take
place on Tuesday 4th September when Helen Latham will tell us about 'Life in
the 20's' and Tuesday 2nd October when Mrs. R. Cooke's subject will be
'Hedgerow Baskets'.Both meetings take
place at in the
[Peggy] Gingell [1915-2007] passed away peacefully on the 28th June, shortly
after a stroke at her flat in Essex, where she
had moved after leaving the village to be near her daughter.She had many happy memories of her 15 years
in the village.Much missed by her
family and friends in Berrynarbor and elsewhere.
How sad it was to
hear that having just moved in to the bungalow he had built, Andrew passed away
on the 17th May, peacefully and happy in the knowledge that their home was
funeral and burial took place at St. Peter's on the 15th June.
thoughts and condolences are with Iris, his sister Sue and all the family.
was with sadness the village learnt that Reg had passed away, having been
unwell for some time, on the 10th July.Many friends and villagers joined the family to say their farewells at
his funeral at St. Peter's on the 16th July - a wonderful service taken by
Keith Wyer.Reg was, of course, our
Organist and Choir Master for many years.
Reg and music are synonymous.His love of music began as a young chorister
at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court,
continuing all through his life.
was a composer, not only of church music - he set the Communion Service for St.
Peter's to music - but also orchestral scores.On one occasion, learning from his publisher Weinberger that he was due
royalties, he was heard to remark that he would then be able to buy Anne a new
possibly reached more homes musically than most people, having written the
theme tune for the BBC's Nine O'Clock News which was used for many years.A long term employee of the BBC, when Reg
and Anne moved to Berrynarbor he would commute to London, spending one week here and then a
week in the big city.He was involved
in the early black and white days of television, recording many
programmes.If you ever get a chance to
see a re-run of 'Muffin the Mule', which was recorded in a church in the East
End, according to Reg if you listen hard enough you'll hear the rumble of the
No. 10 bus in the background!
not generally known, Reg was colour blind.This was a useful asset during the war when
he was able to 'look past' camouflage when identifying objects, but it became a
problem when colour television was introduced.However, with care Reg was able to pull the wool over the BBC's eyes and
they remained unaware of the fact.
very generous man, Reg gave so much to so many:his music at weddings, for worship and even
at funerals, made them something special to remember.
will be sadly missed by so many and our thoughts are with Anne, their son, and
all the family at this time of sadness.
should like to thank you all for your kindness and support at this sad time
following Reg's death, but especially Keith for the beautiful service and my
sister who has always been here for me.
should like to thank all my friends in Berrynarbor who prayed, visited and sent
me cards.I am getting better now that
I am at the Tyspane Nursing Home.I
should especially like to thank Yvonne, my wonderful neighbour and friend who
is my 'rock' and looks after Sherrards.Love to all.
you to everyone who remembered my 91st birthday - your kind cards, gifts and
thoughts are much appreciated.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Just over £200 was collected for Christian Aid from the house-to-house
collection in Berrynarbor.Once again,
thank you all for your generosity and to those who gave their time delivering
and collecting envelopes.Christians
Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor gave a commendable total of £796.
Gift Day:a rewarding day was
spent at the lychgate on Wednesday, 27th June.A steady flow of people came along to make their gift and have a
chat.To date £1,283 has been raised
for the Building Fund and our grateful thanks go to everyone for their
continued support.If you were away and
missed us on the day, it is still not too late to hand your envelope to the
Rector or any member of the PCC.
for the church Summer Fayre on the 14th August are now in hand.If you would like to help or have a new idea
for a side-show or stall, we should be glad to hear from you.Our stock of bric-a-brac is low at the
moment, so good saleable items would be very welcome, also books, cakes, plants
and prizes for the raffle, tombola, etc.Please get in touch with any member of the PCC or ring Mary Tucker
 for collection.
will follow their normal pattern through the summer but there will be a special
Family Songs of Praise at
on Sunday, 26th August during the Flower Festival.Then the Harvest Festival will be
celebrated on Sunday, 30th September with a Family Communion at The church will be decorated the Friday and
Saturday before and gifts of flowers and produce will be much appreciated.The Supper will take place the following
Wednesday, 3rd October, preceded by Evensong.Please look out for posters nearer the time.
Lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 29th August and 26th
WEATHER OR NOT
the glorious weather we had in April, May was a disappointment, fairly cool and
wet.The maximum temperature was 21.5 Deg C,
which was the lowest maximum for May since 1994, when we recorded 21 Deg C.The minimum temperature of 3.1 Deg C was fairly
average and on the 28th we recorded a wind chill of -4 Deg C, which also was not
unusual.The rainfall was spread
through most of the month with two days having 27mm [1 1/6"] each.The total rain for the month was 133mm [5
5/16"] which although not a record [we have recorded three wetter Mays] was higher
than normal.Wind speeds were about
average with a maximum gust of 28 knots.
was a month of two halves, the first thirteen days were warm with light winds,
daytime temperatures averaged 21.6 Deg C and there were only two days on which any
rain fell, and that was only light.The
rest of the month was a
washout with lows queuing up across the Atlantic.Temperatures were a bit lower with the average
daytime at 19.4 Deg C and also stronger winds, but the main feature was the rain
with only one dry day up to the end of the month although we obviously got off
very lightly compared to many parts of the country.
total rainfall for the month was 151mm [6"].Nationally,
it was the wettest June since records began and in South
Devon the wettest since 1915, but here were did record
slightly more rain - 162mm [6 3/8"] - in 1998.The strongest gust of wind was 30 knots
which was the highest in June since 1994.
recorded 141.65 hours of sunshine in May which surprisingly was up on last May
and only slightly down on
2005, but June's 155.85 hours was well down on the previous four years, the
closest being 162.52 hours in 2005.Last June the recorded hours were 191.89!
total rainfall for the first six months of the year was 671mm [26
3/8"].Out of the last fourteen
years we have only had five years with more rain in the same period.
has not started much better, the poor gardens are
suffering and a bit of dry weather would be very welcome now.
Simon and Sue
Berrynarbor Upholstery Group has been meeting in the Manor Hall on Monday
mornings for several years now, with many people learning traditional
upholstery techniques from Steve Hinchliffe, a man with great upholstery
ability and infinite patience with us students.Unfortunately, in January of this year,
Steve dropped a bombshell - he was having to change jobs and would no longer be
running the course.However, several of
us had been learning from Steve for two or three years and between us had
completed the renovation of various types of old furniture.Discussing the situation and the demise of
the course, we decided that we did not wish to stop with projects still
ongoing, so we would see how we got on by ourselves, pooling our knowledge to
solve each other's problems.
do not have an instructor, but have been able to purchase two extremely good
instructional CD's which cover a large range of renovation projects in great
detail with countless photographs and links to other pages for detail on how to
do the various stitches, buttoning, tacking, etc.Installed on a lap-top, we have in effect, a
virtual instructor to back up the rest of us.
months later and I am pleased to report that it is working extremely well, with
each of us finishing existing work and starting other pieces.Since Steve left, we have seen an armchair,
a nursing chair, two captain's chairs, a rocking chair, caned stool and a
chaise longue being completed, together with several antique dining
chairs.The group now works
independently, simply turning up when we can and between us paying for the cost
of the hall - varying between £1 and £2 each per week.
in joining would be most welcome - ring Tony Summers on 883600 for more
information, or just turn up on a Monday morning at the Manor Hall, bringing
your piece of furniture with you.We'll
then try to assist you to decide how best to tackle your project using
traditional techniques that Steve showed us.
schooling in North Devon from 1939 to 1945 was firstly at the old Ilfracombe
Grammar School, then to a tutor, then back to the Grammar School and finally to
AdelaideCollege was, I think, in Highfield Road
and was really two schools.The one on
the right-hand side was a converted mansion which housed the girls' school and
accommodation for the boarders.
the left-hand side was a large building [still there], which was the boys'
school.As you entered there were the
toilets and place to hang coats and a very large room where all ages and
classes were taught, with a staircase to a smaller room, which was used
occasionally for exams, etc.
was provided in both rooms by means of coke stoves.Everywhere had bare boards.The Principal was Miss Warrell
Bowring, and her sister, Miss Ella, who looked after the domestic side -
cooking the lunches and cleaning, etc.Miss Keeble taught Geography and Maths and Mr.
A.H. Stevenson was the Headmaster.
was eaten around a very large table over the road at the main house and Miss Warrell Bowring would sit at the head.There was no speaking unless she spoke to
you first.After lunch we returned to
the room across the road.Until we
started lessons and our 'lookout' sawMr. Stevenson pushing his bicycle up
the hill, it was bedlam!Paper darts
flew everywhere and we played football - I managed to break a window which cost
me ten shillings [50p].Once the
lookout saw Mr. Stevenson was getting near, whoever was wearing his gown put it
back and a silence fell over the room.By the time he arrived we were sitting at our desks as good as gold!If caught doing anything untoward, several
strokes of the cane in front of everyone was the punishment.
coke stove was fascinating in that we would overload it, making the lid red hot
and on one occasion someone put a bullet in it, which on exploding made the
circular lid jump up.The stove in the
upstairs room was often knocked from its mountings [but replaced], when those
inside would barricade themselves in and those outside
would force the door open.
winter, the wooden gymnasium in the grounds collapsed due to a heavy fall of
snow but we did have the use of a nice tennis court.Miss Warrell
Bowring would take singing lessons and there were exercises to music.
that the boys and girls could get to know one another, a dance was held in the
big house.The music was provided by an
even-then very old gramophone complete with horn, which was loud enough for us
all to enjoy.
all I have written, concentration was on the three 'R's' and as far as I know,
everyone who attended the College left with sufficient education to make a good
job of their lives.
the old school was sold off and houses now occupy the site, but in my memory it
was a fine old mansion with flowing lawns and beautiful gardens.
My last memory of Miss Warrell Bowring was when I visited her after the War and
she treated me to some of her home-made stinging nettle beer - not to be
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
Keith and Margaret Walls are delighted
to announce that their family has just officially increased by two!
On Wednesday, 11th
July at St.PeterPort in Guernsey,
their daughter Tania and her husband John became the legal adoptive parents,
after four years, of brother and sister, Lance  and Imogen
.A family party followed the court
ceremony.Good luck and best wishes to
Ivy Richards was recently reminiscing
about her youth and remembered how when she was just five years old she would
walk from Cockhill, together with Jimmy Huxtable from Woolscott,
down the Valley and up to the village school, with her lunch in a little
basket.How different it is today!
However, today, like all the family, Ivy
is very proud of her great-granddaughter, Kirsti
is with the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and has recently passed
out of her Phase 2 training as a Medical Technician at Aldershot
as the top student of her intake.Currently based in Norfolk, she is undertaking
further training as a Physical Training Instructor, whilst waiting for the unit
to go out to Iraq.Well done, Kirsti!Good luck for the future and take care!
all the knitters, especially those from the village, who contributed to the success
of the Knitted Gingerbread House.If
you haven't visitedAtlanticVillage recently, do go over and see it
for yourself - it's wonderful!It will
be on view there until the end of September, when it will tour the
country.Donations will be shared
between the North Devon Hospice and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
THIS . . . AND THAT . . .
Group:The Monday Craft Group will not be meeting
during August, but will get together on the first Monday in September, 3rd, at the Manor Hall.Everyone is welcome.£1.00 per session
including tea/coffee and biscuits.Come along and join this friendly group whilst allowing yourself to
enjoy a couple of hours working on whatever craft/needlework/painting/lace,
etc., on which you are currently working.
Wine Circle [founded 1988]:The first meeting of the new season will be held on Wednesday, 17th
October, in the
& Hell [seen on the wall of a Swiss cafe near Magalluf, Mallorca]:
Heaven is where the police are British,
the cooks French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and all is organised
by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the
cooks British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss and all is organised by
KICKING THE HABIT!
giving up smoking, again! And I'm
sure I'll suffer the pain. You
can't smoke inside, So
outside you hide, Though
it may be pouring with rain.
giving up smoking, again! But I'm
sure it won't be a joke. This
craving is bad, For I've
smoked since a lad I'll go
mad if I can't have a smoke.
time I'll do it, I've said this before, And I'll
say it again and again. When
others have tried, I'd just
deride And then
I would laugh like a drain!
months later - I've succeeded at last! The
habit is done now, I know. When I
go for beer, The air
is so clear And my
pocket is more full of dough.
come on you people, try to give up! Give it,
please give it a chance. They say
it is dangerous, dirty and death. I've run
out of rhyme, so I'll finish this time With
good health, wealth and good breath!
NBOur way, which was over forty years ago, was only to light up after
the time of the previous day.For example,
Monday:first Tuesday:first one after - it might be , but it could be Thursday:don't light up until after and so on.
Eventually, we 'forgot' to smoke.Once you give up, don't be tempted again
for if you have just one or two, you will all the
old difficulties to overcome again.
It might have been windy but at least it
wasn't raining as eight teams of 4, battled it out in the inaugural Berrynarbor Community Shop Golf Open. Up for grabs
was the Sandy Anderson Shield, very kindly donated by the man himself.
The eventual winners were TheMidlers,
comprising Sandy and Mick Gadd, Clive Abbott and
Robin Downer who with 102 points just beat The Berry Bandits All [husband and
wife duos Rowland and Hobson] who came in with 101 points.It was good to see some junior members out
there, namely Samuel Bowden and William Mathews who had a cracking score of 28
points. Sue Wright took the ladies' prize and Malcolm Sayer
Well done to John for organising
it and thereby raising £416 towards the new shop build. Thanks to Steve Walls, Eileen Hobson,
Nora Rowlands and Roger Luckham for
donating prizes, Ursula, my mum, for once again letting me bully her into
running the raffle and of course all those daft enough to compete and
support. And don't forget,
you can purchase special souvenir golf balls in the shop for just £2 each - excellent
birthday and Christmas presents!
The winning team:
Clive, Sandy and Robin, with Nora and Organiser John Boxall
Trevor's query about his ditty in the
June issue sent Mark Adams off 'surfing the net' for answers and he found many
versions - some with more verses and others all slightly different, together
with some interesting facts.
This old children's nursery rhyme has no
specific historical association but the carrion crow itself has many
connections with Celtic mythology.Irish goddesses of battle were represented by the carrion crow and are
identified with war and death, an obvious reflection of its tendency to eat
carrion, dead and decaying flesh, plenty of which was found in the aftermath of
The following version is mentioned in
Samuel Pepys' Diary on Wednesday, 22nd January 1661:
The carrion crow he sat upon an oak And he
spied an old tailor a cutting out a cloak. Heigho!The carrion crow
The carrion crow he began for to rave And he
called the tailor a lousy knave. Heigho!The carrion crow
Wife, go fetch me my arrow and my bow I'll
have a shot at that carrion crow. Heigho!The carrion crow
The tailor he shot,
and he missed his mark But he
shot the old sow through the heart. Heigho!The carrion crow
Wife, go fetch me some treacle in a spoon For
the old sow's in a terrible swoon. Heigho!The carrion crow
The old sow died, and the bells they did
toll And the
little pigs prayed for the old sow's soul. Heigho!The carrion crow
Never mind said the tailor, I don't care a
be still black puddings, souse and chitterlings for tea. Heigho!The carrion crow
The carrion crow, or hooded crow as it
is known in Ireland and
north and western Scotland,
is found throughout the British Isles.It
used to be said that if you saw a flock of crows in a field, they were
This is not so as
crows can gather in large winter feeding flocks and at roosts.However, unlike rooks, they do not breed colonies.Common in towns and parks, where rooks
rarely go, they nest in trees and also on cliff ledges.
was a pity that more readers did not come to the Manor Hall over the week-end
of 23rd-24th June to
support the Newsletter and the artists who so kindly give their time and
talents to make it 'special' by illustrating it for us.However, those who did brave the somewhat
inclement weather had a good time.
Treated to seeing more of the work of
Debbie, Nigel, Peter and Paul - and in some cases purchasing original work -
they indulged in lovely home-made cakes, soup and cream teas, and for those who
'viewed' on the Saturday night, a glass of wine as they discussed the works and
tried to fathom the whereabouts of some of Tom's postcards of the village.
Attracting special interest was a
display of some of the workmembers of
the Craft Group are participating in on Monday afternoons, and 'Pictures at an
Exhibition' - favourite pictures of six villagers from their own homes,
together with a write-up of the reasons for their choice.They ranged from the evocative smells of
spices produced by an oil painting of an Arab street to snowy owls and birds
made entirely from feathers [except for their legs, beaks and eyes!], a
delightful sketch of the Manor Hall circa 1861and views of our own Post Office
and Shop and Windsor Castle.
Thank you to everyone who supported the
event in any way and especial thanks to Jan, who worked like a Trojan all
week-end.Newsletter funds have been
given a further boost and a cheque for £100 was sent to the Children's Hospice
Finally, to the four artists for finding
time in their busy lives to put on this exhibition, a big THANK
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
an on-going project, with this weather not helping at all.It is hoped that the first stage, the
reseeding of the grass area, will be done A.S.A.P.Thanks to Councillor Clive Richards who has
undertaken to do the job.
Watermouth FootpathsWe are waiting to be informed as to the
progress from the Public Rights of Way Section at County Hall, Exeter.
Richard Gingell had a meeting with the Highways Officer and County Councillor
Andrea Davis to discuses the on-going problems on our village roads, the
majority of the issues have been addressed with others still in the pipe line.
The Dog Exercise FieldWould all dog owners using this area please
clear up after their dog as cutting the grass has become a very unpleasant task.
Sue Sussex - Chairman
HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The Manor Hall is used by many groups of
people and we rely on everyone using the Hall to leave it in a tidy condition,
with chairs and tables put back in their original position.
We are making progress, slowly, with
some changes to the kitchen and a new power supply will be required so that we
may install a new electric cooker and reorganise the hot water system for the sink
and supply new taps.
In October we are
having a new fund-raising event hopefully on Saturday, 13th October.This will be a quiz night called 'Bush
Tucker Night' held with the help of Exmoor Zoo - more information next time but
please put the date in your diary for a fun night out.
Bob Hobson - Chairman
Bartlett, youngest daughter of Inge and Tom, was married to Otto Kummer in November
2006.The well-attended Blessing
Service was held on Saturday,
26th May 2007 at The Mayflower in Bermuda,
a truly magnificent setting with a backdrop of the Atlantic
Ocean.Caroline has been
living and working in Bermuda for eleven years, where she met Otto.
who originates from Bavaria, Germany, has been living in Bermuda
for 20 years and was last year granted Residency.A well-known Master Chef, he has prepared
meals for Tony and Cherie Blair as well as Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.Caroline set up and manages the spa, La
Serena, for the Reefs Hotel, and in its second year was awarded the coveted
Gold Medallion for the best spa in Bermuda.
at St. Peter's Church on Saturday, 26th May, were Tania Morris and Jonathan
[Tom] Trinder.Tania, Neil's daughter,
is a Marketing Manager who comes from Devon and Tom, who is in publishing,
comes from Essex.The bridesmaids included Val and Neil's
granddaughters, Ella, Lucy, Eve and Alice.Following a reception at the WoolacombeBay, the newlyweds flew off to Thailand
before returning to their home in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire.
bells of St. Peter's rang out again on the afternoon of 20th June to celebrate
the marriage of Michael Richards of Napps and Sue Cowie.
lived overseas for many years and working in an administrative capacity, Sue
met Michael whilst visiting her parents here.Given away by her father and with Bernie Newton, a lifelong friend of
Michael's since childhood, the newlyweds returned to Napps for the reception on
an appropriately decorated tractor and trailer!With the season underway and with Sue helpingwith the
administration of the site, plans for the honeymoon holiday have been postponed
14th July, was the Wedding Day of Elaine Gubb and Geoffrey Barnett.Elaine, who arrived at St. Peter's by
Standard Fordson tractor and trailer, is the daughter of Chris and Barbara of
South Lee, and Geoffrey son of Pat and Richard Barnett of Whitney.A big thank you to Bobby Bowden for his
expertise as driver and Michael Bowden for his 'whispering technique' for the
tractor's 'crank' start outside the church, also Vic who was their back-up team
with his grey 'Fergie'.The reception was at South Lee and the
couple are now touring Scotland
for their honeymoon.
We send you all our very best wishes for
health and happiness in your future lives together.
TO THE PALACE
Michael has been invited to BuckinghamPalace to a Royal Garden Party - to meet
Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family - in July.
This is mainly in recognition of his
many years of voluntary charity work.In his younger years, Michael used to run Fun Runs and Marathons and do
other sponsored events for a number of Charities.More recently he has been involved in a
voluntary capacity in the administration and organisation of fund-raising and
even lobbying for a number of charities including Oxfam, Medecins
Sans Frontieres, Age Concern, The Bible Society,
Christian Premier Radio and Christian Aid amongst others.He has also been involved with a number of
local Youth Clubs.The invitation has
been supported by several of these main charities.
Looking forward to donning his morning
suit, Michael jokes, "When the Queen 'phoned I recognised her voice
immediately although I didn't know whether the barking was from our own dogs or
the corgis.I asked the Queen to save a
few cucumber sandwiches for me in case I was late!"
In fact, both of us will be going up to BuckinghamPalace in early July and are looking
forward to it.Michael says, "Of
course I am chuffed.This is a nice
thing for our family.We have Brothers
and Sisters across the world who are in need more than
we can ever imagine, so it's good to help out a little here and there."
Michael, we'll look forward to reading about your special day in the next
FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Phew!It seems like only yesterday that I was writing for the village news and
a whole half term has nearly whizzed by already.Once again it has been a busy time for the
children and staff here at Berrynarbor VC Primary School.
We are all very proud to announce that
our Year 6 children all did brilliantly in their recent national tests.All of them achieved the nationally
expected level of attainment [level 4] in Mathematics, English and Science and
many achieved level 5's.These super
results reflect the hard work and commitment of all of the pupils and their
families.I know the children would like
me to thank Mrs. Lucas in particular for her help and support - she really is
one in a million!
But of course
we don't just teach children English, Maths and Science at Berrynarbor VC.I think some classes have been learning away
from the classroom more than they have been in it this term [and have got wet
on more days than they have stayed dry!].Year 6 have been to the area Life Skills event
where they learnt about keeping themselves and others safe.They were taught by experts from the police,
health service, fire service, St John Ambulance and coast guard who packed a
huge amount of information into just two hours.A few weeks later Years 5 and 6 were off again, this time to Oceanfest
where they spent an active day on the beach.The children
really impressed with the air show and must have enjoyed the sand because they
bought most of the beach back with them to spread around school!
Class 3's classroom was transformed into
a one-night-only Berrynarbor Bistro and the children in Years 5 and 6 served
their parents a delicious three course meal which they had all helped to
prepare and cook.The children waited at
the tables dressed smarty in black and white with bow ties for the boys.We all had a brilliant night and we were once
again very proud of the children.
Last week Year 6 undertook cycle
training.Mrs Draper, one of our
parents, supported by another parent and Chair of Governors, Katie Simpson,
taught the children who all passed.
1 and 2 have both enjoyed a day at WatermouthCastle, courtesy of the
Haines family, as a treat for all of their hard work and good behaviour.The children walked to the castle in double
quick time to arrive for a picnic lunch before exploring the sights, sounds,
rides and many delights of the castle and its gardens.It was a very happy, if tired, group of ice-
cream smeared children [and grown-ups] that met the parents at the end of the
33 children from KS2 came to school one
weekend to raise money for Child Line.They took part in the Giant Sleep Over and brought their sleeping bags
to school to spend the night sleeping [eventually ?!]
on the classroom floor.They had such
fun that night that when Mrs Hodder came into cook us
breakfast early on Sunday morning, she couldn't get in as
were all still fast asleep!Thankfully,
she enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the village and came back later to
cook us a tasty breakfast.
A team of children from Class 2 entered
the West Down 5-a-side football tournament at the end of June.They had trained hard and did very well on
the day.They played against some much
bigger children but showed great resilience and a fabulous sporting
attitude.The team was coached by one of
our dads - Mr Scott Balment - who continues to
voluntarily coach the children in a variety of sporting disciplines.
Our Sports Day finally happened
following two cancellations due to inclement weather.All the children took part in at least one of
the 36 events.Our PTA worked as
diligently as ever to erect shelters for the classes and provide refreshments
for the supporters and Mrs Balment and Mrs Barton
organised medals and certificates for the children.The morning was enjoyed by all and it was great
to see so many people supporting the children in their sporting efforts.
The whole school visited the Landmark
Theatre to watch the Essex Dancers.A
vibrant and energetic 45 minutes later we were all inspired by what can be
achieved when children work together.A
few days later our Class 3 children were performing themselves in a musical
show - The Sound of Music.
The children have worked with an artist
to create a second outdoor sculpture.They worked collaboratively to produce a multicoloured
turtle which now looks very much at home hanging on the wall outside Class 2 -
please come and have a look.
Perfect weather made our School Fayre
another great success.Lots of friends
and families turned out to peruse the many stalls, take their chance on the
games and raffles and help our hard working PTA to raise an impressive £1879.56
[gross].Our PTA has kindly agreed to
use the funds to help us upgrade our ICT
facilities.A very big thank you from us
all to the dedicated team of organisers for their hard work, to the many
businesses and individuals who contributed prizes and items for sale and to
everyone who came along and spent their money!
We are hoping to continue to offer a
rich variety of learning experiences to our children and are moving to topic
based learning in the afternoons next year.This learning can be greatly enriched by the children seeing real things
and meeting a variety of people.If you
have suggestions of how we can develop the curriculum or if you have skills or
memories that you would like to share with the children we should love to hear
from you.In particular we are on the
hunt for wooded areas near to school that we could use to extend our Forest
Schools programme to the younger children.
As the end of the term draws near we
wish farewell and good luck to our Year 6's as they move on to secondary
education.We are confident that they
will do well and look forward to hearing about their exciting new
lives when they come back to visit us.Ella, Henry, George, Anna, Shayna, Alex,
Gemma, Robbie and Sarah - you will be missed by us all and we wish you every
success in your futures.
And a final note to say thank you to all
the parents and members of the community who have done so much to support the
children and staff this year.I have
been here for nearly a whole term now and really feel that Berrynarbor VC
Primary is a very special place to be.
Carey - Headteacher
you so much for the support that you have given to the North Devon Hospice over
the years. We do rely on local
support and thanks to you we are now able to help around 80 local people every
day.I have worked for the Hospice for
nearly ten years now and have seen some very positive changes as we have grown
in how we are able to support local people who need the specialist care of the
North Devon Hospice.
We have a team of individuals who give
talks and any of them would be delighted to come to any meeting you may have in
your village, whether it be WI, Church Group, School
or any other, to talk about the work of the Hospice.It really is a wonderful place and something
we should all be very proud of.In the
words of Stuart, one of our invaluable volunteers, "It is a warm, loving,
caring place that gives support and time away from the stresses and strains of
living with problems we face."It
is not what you expect.
If you would like to have a talk about
the work of the Hospice, please call Alison Hunt on  347206 or write to
the North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Newport, Barnstaple,EX31OHU.Talks can be arranged for any time of the day or evening.
WELCOME AND FAREWELL
A belated but nevertheless warm welcome
to Malcolm and Rachael Woodhead who moved in to Croft Lee
earlier in March having lived in the area for a year although they originate
from Newcastle.Malcolm is an Arts Technician and Rachael
has been covering for a Maternity Leave in the Drama Department at IlfracombeCollege.In the autumn she will be commuting to a
teaching post in the Bristol
When they have time they enjoy walking
and outdoor pursuits, particularly surfing, but are currently having to spend
some DIY time on their home.
There are newcomers at the Park:Phil and Christine Pocock
and Ellen Acutt.
Ellen, at No. 12a replacing Lyn and
Brian who have gone to Barnstaple, has in fact been here since April having
come from Hampton in Middlesex for a more leisurely way of life - not so, she
is currently working for the season at Stowford
Meadows!Ellen has, she says, done many
jobs but latterly she was a Receptionist for Social Services.
She has two children - Robert and
Ashley.Robert lives in New Zealand
and has two sons, whilst Ashley is living in Surbiton.
For hobbies Ellen enjoys pottering in
her garden, walking, reading, needlework [especially embroidery], socialising
and a nice glass of wine!
Phil and Christine, friends of Theresa
and Paul for more than thirty years, are the new residents at No. 22.Phil, a retired electrician, and Chris,
whose working life has mainly been in the retail trade, have come from Shepton Mallet, where they have lived for the last six
The family comprises of their son Owen,
his wife Jacqueline and their two daughters Jemma and
Lauren, and their daughters Trudi and Emma.Visiting the family means trekking to
Hampshire, but fortunately they all live within a few miles of each other.
Phil and Christine's favourite pastime
is walking - we can offer them plenty of good walks! - and
they enjoy gardening and a bit of DIY.
Lisa and Mark Eggleton
have forsaken windswept Baggy Point for a more tranquil residence in the SterridgeValley.Lisa, a nurse in the Intensive Care unit of the NorthDevonDistrictHospital
and Mark, a landscape gardener whose work covers the NHS
sites, are now living at Brookvale.
A local lad from Braunton, Mark is a
keen surfer, riding the waves, whilst Lisa, who comes from Winchester, Hampshire, prefers to ride with a
The last week in July will see a house
'swap' underway.Sadly, Martin and
Louise Lancey and their daughters Holly and Willow, will be leaving
Cedar Lodge in Birdswell Lane
and moving to Shortacombe Lodge in East down, where
Martin plans, we understand, to rear livestock - pigs, etc.However, they assure us that they will
remain part of the village with Holly still attending the Primary School and
Martin attending to the many jobs that need doing here!
Moving from Shortacombe
Lodge to Cedar Lodge, we welcome Penny Bonvoisin.Penny and her late husband, Tony, who sadly
died last year, were in the bottled water business, running Dartmoor
Water.Now sold and renamed, bottles ofDevon Hills can be
seen on most supermarket shelves.
With three step-sons, who live in
Simonsbath, further off in Wales
and further still in Switzerland
- each with two children - Penny has six grandchildren.Her constant companion is her wonderful cat Tiwe [pronounced Teewee].This venerable old gentleman will be 18 in
Although she hasn't done any latterly,
Penny is an ardent sailor and loves sailing, as well as enjoying walking and
gardening.Skittles is also a favourite
pastime, so if you are short on your team she would love to hear from you.
To all our newcomers and to Martin and
Louise, we wish you luck and happiness in your new homes.
FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory Combe
Isn't life unfair!You do your best and nobody cares!You know you have the talent, the experience
and all the qualifications for the job, and someone inferior gets the post.
It reminds me of J.S.
Bach when he applied for a post as Director of Music.He had to send a sample of his work to show
if he could produce church music.As a
result, he produced what some critics have claimed is the greatest piece of
music ever composed, the B Minor Mass.The score is breathtaking and the whole piece takes about two hours to
complete.There is a double choir with
organ and orchestra and soloists.It
truly is a heavenly piece of music which is a favourite with many people.
Sad to think that Bach never heard it in
its entirely, and he didn't even get the job!Instead, he was at St. Thomas' and continued to compose music
every week for the choir, and later generations of choir boys used to take his
music out of the cupboard to wrap up their sandwiches!We will never know how much music was lost.
Yet Bach, even when he went blind,
continued to do his best although he was regarded as 'old fashioned' by his
musical sons.Despite the
disappointments, he continued to finish all his work with the words:"To God be the
Even if no-one else knows how good you
are, God does, so at least you've got one friend who
Friend and Rector
ELEGY ON THE DEATH
OF A MAD DOG
people all, of every sort, Give ear
unto my song; And if
you find it wondrous short, It
cannot hold you long.
Islington there lived a man, Of whom
the world might say, That
still a godly race he ran, Whene'er he went
and gentle heart he had, To
comfort friends and foes; The naked every day he clad, When
he put on his clothes.
that town a dog was found, As many
dogs there be, Both
puppy, whelp and hound And
curs of low degree.
and man at first were friends; But when
a pique began, he dog, to
gain some private ends, Went mad
and bit the man.
Around from all the neighbouring streets The
wondering neighbours ran, And
swore the dog had lost his wits To
bite so good a man.
wound it seemed both sore and sad To every
Christian eye; And
while they swore the dog was mad, They
swore the man would die.
a wonder came to light, That
showed the rogues they The man
recovered of the bite, The dog
it was that died.
favourite Poem - Trev
Oliver Goldsmith was born in Roscommon, Ireland,
in 1728 and died in London
An ungainly and bad mannered young man,
Goldsmith studied at TrinityCollege, Dublin, after
which he was on the point of emigrating to America
but missed his ship!
Had that not happened, school students
over the years might not find that their course prescribed reading The Vicar of
Wakefield or play-lovers enjoy the absurdities of She Stoops to Conquer.
After his failed departure for America,
he was first given money to study law, but gambled it away, and then to study
medicine, at which he pretended interest but wanderlust took over and he became
a tramp, barely existing on the pittance he raised from playing his flute!
He became a literary hack in London in 1756, but
carelessness, intemperance and gambling put him into debt when he should have
been prosperous.It was at this low
time in his life that his famous comedy was written, inspired, it is believed,
by an incident in his own youth.
REFLECTIONS - 32
some of you may know, I am currently writing a book on the Cairn in
Ilfracombe.The response I had from my
request for information was fantastic.Anecdotes poured in, plus sketches and old photographs.One person even gave me her ten-year record
of wildflower observations.It has been
six months since that initial request but new material still keeps coming in,
with one lady in particular having taken it upon herself to keep a look out for
without any real explanation, she handed me a small hardback book, its cover a
green material similar to that of my old school hymnbook.Hymns, however, were not its subject matter,
reflected in the gold lettering which read"Naturalists Journal".Turning the jacket I perused the first and
only page with printed lettering:"The Terston Naturalists Journal.A convenient Note Book for keeping a
permanent bound record of observations in continuous Diary Form.Index at End."
this was the publisher, George Waterston and Sons Ltd of Edinburgh and London,
but no publishing date; although the words "seven shillings and
sixpence" at the foot of the page (the "and sixpence" made out
beneath a faded sticker), dated the book to pre-decimalisation.
I flicked to the index at the back in anticipation of finding the book owner's
alphabetical list of observations from the Cairn.Instead I found an address book style index,
which only had the pale blue horizontal lines on the "A" page.Under "B" I at least found
handwriting of a traditional style, characterised by scrolled uppercase
letters.Yet the page heading showed it
had been written in a more modern age:"Beauty - defined in Concise Oxford Dictionary 1995".Beneath were its definitions plus other
references to the word "beauty".Clearly the rear of the book had not been used for naturalist's
of the front?
quickly leafed the pages, my fingers halting on page
three.Here at last was evidence of the
book's intended use.I noted the date
at the top of the page, the
30th May 1956, and began reading what I was still assuming were
lists of observations from the Cairn.Many
of the wildflowers were those that I too had recorded like Herb Robert and
Kidney Vetch.Oxeye Daisy was also
listed, a flower that grows along the old railway line rather than on the Cairn
itself.Perhaps the observer included
the railway cutting bordering the Cairn even though the line was in use?Then I noticed at the foot of the list: "Sycamore [to be replaced by Horse
chestnut]".Surely the Cairn
didn't have a problem with sycamores becoming a dominant species back in the
1950's, an era when the woodland had its own allocated council workforce? Flicking back two pages I realised I should
have read the first page to begin with!At the top of the page, in that lovely traditional handwriting, it
Devon Flora", and beneath it one key word:
"Berrynarbor".Any idea as to
who the observer was?
N.B.Also on page one it reads: "on table
- 24.5.56". A further recording
is made on page three on 15.6.56. Page 4 includes"top
shelf as 15.6.56. second shelf as 15.6.56 except for genista."Further recordings are also made on 28.6.56, 6.7.56 and
13.7.56. Page 5 only reads "copolite = fossilised dropping of anything".
If anyone can help Steve unravel the mystery,
please contact him, either direct or through Judie on 883544.
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
what can we say!Having had the sunniest
and driest spring, summer is turning out to be a total washout.This has made it very hard for all the
gardeners and no doubt the farmers too.The planting in the tubs has refused to flower and the hanging baskets
are being blown to pieces!However,
with the litter picks and a lot of hard work from the trusty band of
'bloomers', when the Britain
in Bloom judge came in the first week in July, he seemed very pleased, but we
don't get the results until September.
judging for the BestKeptVillage
is on-going with judges doing spot checks, so please keep up the good
work.Again, we will know the results
two OpenGardens events were also affected by the
weather.The first in the SterridgeValley was reasonably fine in the
afternoon for the garden visitors, but it poured with rain during the BBQ held
afterwards at Ken and Judie's.Well
done to them both for their hard work and for Phil, aided and abetted by Ken,
for cooking in the rain.Did we enjoy
it though?Yes, we did!
day of the VillageOpenGardens
dawned to pouring rain and we considered cancelling it, but it cleared up later
and we went ahead.The numbers were definitely
down but the hardy viewers were treated to wonderful displays of flowers and a
lovely tea, thanks to Lynne, Phil and helpers at The Lodge.Needless to say, this time we cancelled the
BBQ to follow.The two events raised just over £400.
thanks to all those who opened their gardens, those who provided food for the
yummy teas, transported chairs, etc., and made the events successful despite
RECIPE FOR AUGUST
are many recipes for Lemon Drizzle Cake
but this is the recipe I have made for countless fetes, cake stalls, litter
picks, etc.It is very easy and freezes
Self Raising Flour
together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Add the eggs one by one, with a little of
the sifted flour to stop the mixture from curdling.Add the zest of the lemon and beat in.Now fold in the sifted flour with the
milk.Spoon into a loose bottomed 8
inch cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
for 30-35 minutes at 180 Deg /gas mark 4 until firm to the touch.While the cake is baking, warm the juice of
11/2 lemons with 2oz icing sugar until melted.When the cake is cooked, prick it all over
while still warm and pour over the lemon syrup.
Allow the cake to cool.Mix 3oz icing sugar with some of the
remaining lemon juice until you have a pouring [not too thin] icing and drizzle
all over the cake.
FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP
move forward at last - confident but not complacent!
architect is very shortly due to deliver the building regulation plans for the
new shop.As soon as we have them we
will send them out to several building firms for quotations with the aim of
starting building in September.We
already have designs for the interior; the new selling area will be as large as
the whole of our existing premises, so there will be chance for an even better
range of stock and facilities.
Do we know if the post office will
survive the government closures? No, we cannot know that for certain until
January or February 2008, but the committee keeps in close contact with the
Post Office.We know the criteria by
which they assess post offices and we expect to be considered very favourably.In any case, we have been urged to go ahead
as soon as possible by Devon Renaissance [the source of our main grant], which
we have to spend before the end of the financial year if we don't want to lose
it.North Devon District Council is
also very supportive, and has been all along.
would certainly be a crying shame if the whole plan fell through after all the
hard work put in by Jackie, the volunteers and the Committee.
raise the final money, fund raising activities will be needed and we hope that
you will support these.The first one,
the Golf Open Day, happened on July 6th and thanks to the hard work of John
Boxall and those who participated, £420 was added to the building fund
coffers.The bookstall and 'Build a
brick' box are also adding useful amounts.Thanks to all who contribute.
PP of DC
Forward note:I hope you enjoy
reading these articles as much as I enjoy researching them.If not, tell Judie!I have several more lined up and think it
might be an idea to continue the series entitling it "Movers and
Shakers".If so, this is Number
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 10
Hubert Cecil Booth - 4.1.1871 -
Inventor of the
A chance remark by Stephen Fry on a
recent "Quite Interesting" TV programme that Hubert Cecil Booth invented the
vacuum cleaner made me prick up my ears.Where did Hoover
fit in?I found it 'quite interesting'!
history of the carpet cleaner goes back to 1811 when a patent was granted to
James Hume for a mechanical sweeper, but no practical appliance appeared until
1842 and then it was used for street cleaning. From this idea evolved the first
domestic model "The Champion" 1876 - one is exhibited at Watermouth
castle.In the same year, the "Grand Rapids" were
invented by Melville R Bissell and shortly afterwards the "Ewbank" appeared in Britain, selling for ten
shillings.Yes, the names and products
- largely unchanged - continue to this day.
what about Mr Booth?Well, born in Gloucester, he trained as
a mechanical and civil engineer.Starting work as a draughtsman, he worked on the design of engines for
two Royal Navy battleships.In 1894 he
was commissioned to work on a Ferris Wheel at Earls Court and guess what?He worked on other Ferris wheels in Blackpool, Paris
and VIENNA - so
he would have known Walter Basset of WatermouthCastle.[See December 2006 Newsletter].During his long career, he designed several
factories and bridges as well as inventing domestic appliances, including the Teasmade.
in 1901 he saw a demonstration for cleaning railway carriages at St Pancras
Railway Station.The machine used
compressed air, which just blew a cloud of dust around.He saw instantly that rather than blowing
the dust around, the system should be reversed and the dust sucked up.He tested his idea by putting a damp
handkerchief on a chair and sucking in the dust.The amount of dust caught on the outside of
the cloth proved the system was effective!
August 30th1901, Booth was granted the patent for his new invention, and formed
his "British Vacuum Cleaner Company" [BVC], not for selling machines
but for going to people's houses to clean carpets and curtains.His workmen, clad in white drill suits,
would arrive in a large four-wheeled horse drawn carriage, with a petrol-driven
vacuum pump [electricity was still a novelty] and several hundred feet of
tubes.You can see a 1905 model in the NationalScienceMuseum.Sometimes, if the property was over a shop,
the hose had to be fed in through a first floor window [see illustration].Such was the novelty in London Society that
the hostess would throw 'Vacuum cleaner parties' where, as guests sipped their
tea, they lifted their feet for Booth's men to vacuum the carpet!When Booth gave a demonstration at the Royal
Mint, he was stopped on his way out: inadvertently he hadn't emptied the dust
bag, which by now contained a large amount of gold dust!
machines had a boost when they were used to vacuum the blue carpets laid in
Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.Shortly afterwards he demonstrated his
cleaner to the King at BuckinghamPalace, resulting in
installations there and at WindsorCastle. For this he was
awarded a Royal Warrant of Appointment to His Majesty. Otherwise, until 1906 he
provided a cleaning service only.
Others tried to get in to this lucrative
market by producing vacuum cleaners without a large engine to run them.To combat this, Booth produced the Trolley
Vac in 1904.It was a heavy box on
wheels and for demonstrating purposes could be fitted with a short length of
glass tube set into the hose to prove that the machine was doing its job - and
we all thought Dyson was new.It had
six separate attachments and sold at 35 gns. Neither
this machine nor its rivals were light enough to be moved easily and
non-electric ones had to have a person operating the bellows whilst the other
used the hose.An example is in WatermouthCastle.There was even a model with the bellows fixed to a rocking chair so that
grandpa could rock and the housewife use the hose!At last, by 1906, he went all out to sell
what was needed was a machine operated by one person only, which could be
mass-produced.In 1907 James Murray
Spangler of Ohio invented the first domestic upright vacuum cleaner in
desperation because of an allergy to dust.Originally he used an old fan motor attached to a soapbox stapled to a
broom handle.He used a flour bag as a
dust collector.In 1908 he patented
"The Spangler", the first portable upright electric cleaner with a
cloth filter bag, a carpet brush and cleaning attachments.One of his first sales was to his cousin who
was married to a leather manufacturer named William Henry Hoover.Hoover saw the potential and Spangler sold
the rights to him.The rest, as they
say, is history - although 'Spanglering' does have a
certain ring to it!
our friend Mr Booth continued to expand his businesses. In 1901he had formed an
engineering consultancy, which he later merged with BVC to become the British
Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Company.In 1926 he decided to brand all his domestic vacuum cleaners under the
famous "Goblin" trade name.Legend has it that he chose the name because the wife of one of his
company directors was heard to remark that the cleaner was 'goblin' up the
saw a new factory at Leatherhead, previously a film studio for the likes of
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.By
1939 the domestic market was increasing by nearly 1/2 million a year, helped by
hire purchase and in that year Goblin established sales and service depots
Booth in later years wrote an autobiographical book entitled The Origin of the
Vacuum Cleaner.He died in 1955.
Next time you visit WatermouthCastle,
the fine collection of early carpet sweepers is worth a browse - and a thought
spared for Henry Booth.I am indebted
to the Castle for their help, and for the loan of a delightful book: Antique
Household Gadgets and Appliances c.1860 to 1930 by David de Haan
and illustrated by Mary Sims and Mary Camidge.
PP of DC
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WALKS - 103
blue is beautiful!
over the vast expanse of the Braunton Burrows in mid-summer, it was wildlife on
a small scale which most caught my eye.
Flagpole Dune a crowd of common blue butterflies fluttered over carpets of
bird's-foot trefoil.Nicknamed 'eggs
and bacon' because of the yellow flowers streaked with red, this is an
important plant for the common blue which feeds on the nectar and lays its eggs
on the leaves.
butterflies have been likened to tiny scraps of sky, fallen to earth and on the
move.Stopping to watch the common blue
butterflies, we were delighted to find among them a few small [or little] blue
butterflies with the pretty Latin name Cupidominimus.
is a scarce species and Braunton Burrows has the only colony of small blue
butterflies in North Deon.The male is greyish black with silvery blue
scales near the body.The female is
dark brown.The underwings
are silver grey with tiny black dots [lacking the orange markings found on the underwings of the common blue].They for only ten to fourteen days, laying
their eggs in the flowers of the kidney vetch.
were short, tiny-flowered plants;patches of storksbill, eyebright and scarlet
pimpernel.There was cantaury, our commonest native gentian;neat pink flowers with yellow centres.
the Northern Boundary Track I have never before seen so many poplar leaf
beetles.The handsome shiny red beetles
were clinging to the willow scrub, several to a twig.They are about three times the size of a
ladybird but minus the spots.
also were large numbers of dark green fritillaries.Contrary to their name, these powerful
fliers are actually bright golden butterflies with dark markings.The green refers only to the greenish tints
on the underside of the wings.They,
too, are classified as a 'scarce' species.
reached the narrow pond on Soay Plain, a haven for
dragonflies.There was a libellula with its broad pale blue abdomen, a type of
came into view several emperor dragonflies;large hawkers with rapid flight.The males have a long blue abdomen.The females are green.They are
capable of hovering and flying backwards and can move each pair of wings
alternatively, lending greater flying power.It will prey on other dragonflies.
dunes are high and imposing.There is a
wonderful sense of space and freedom but there is also a concentration of small
delights in the variety of insects which live there.
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This picture of the
village taken by Francis Frith around 1892 must be one of the earliest
photographs of Berrynarbor and below I point out why I also think it is one of
the most interesting.
In the centre, note how No. 63 Silver Street,
Brookside, is thatched, as is Jacobswell on the right and Bessemer Thatch on the
just to the west of Hillcrest [No. 55], was at a much later date turned into
the small row of cottages now known as Ferndale,
Jacobs Well and The Olives - all slated.On the corner is No. 54, now known as Dunchideock which was where Claude
Richards lived and had his dairy.
building can be seen clearly, complete with its bell hanging from the small
archway constructed on the roof.Bessemer Thatch at that time consisted of three separate cottages - Nos.
47, 48 and 49 - with Grey Gables on the corner [No. 50].Nearly all the cottages had their own
piggeries and hen houses, plainly visible at the back of Bessemer Thatch.
Most of the available land was
cultivated, shown in front and behind the cottages on Hagginton Hill.The photograph must have been taken during
the winter months as the very large trees are all without leaves.The height of the trees around the Church of St. Peter must be at least 50' or 60'
knowing the height of the tower.Below
the church tower, No. 51 - Tower Cottage - can be seen with chimneys at either
end of the roof.The Manor House, now
the Penn Curzon Room and Men's Institute can be seen but, of course, no Manor
Hall since it was not built until 1913-14.The Old Court
and Chapel are clearly visible, as is the Globe Public House, complete with its
lime washed retaining wall on to Pitt Hill.
Hagginton Hill at this time shows a
great space between the lower and higher group of cottages, with Grattons standing on its own at the top.
Finally, I have been asked to enquire
for information about a wrought iron sign of BERRYNARBOR which is supposed to
have been made by Sam Harding, Blacksmith.I am led to believe that the sign was seen, even after the Second World
War, and I would appreciate any information.Thanks.