Manor Hall Trust CIO 11619090
Hall is now open again, but obviously with some quite strict covid precautions.
will need to fill in and sign a risk assessment, along with a special covid
hire agreement, all necessary to comply with the Government guidelines to be 'Covid
rule of 6 does not apply to Educational activities; the Government are keen to
keep community buildings open and allow activities for social interaction to
continue where there is a demand, providing all guidelines are adhered to. Understandably,
there are certain groups where it would be impossible to comply and/or are not
comfortable returning at his stage. Parties and other large gatherings are
presently not permitted.
the hall's income is dramatically reduced with lots of planned activities and
events sadly cancelled over the summer and into the winter, but thankfully with
the Pre-school, Parish Room and Snooker Club rent, along with the Government
grant, we have sufficient funds to keep the hall maintained until things
already overdue AGM was due to be held in October. We will keep you informed
as to when we can safely reschedule.
in the meantime you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Manor Hall Trustees
Julia Fairchild 
Alan Hamilton 
Upholstery Group has started meeting again and will, hopefully, continue if
there are sufficient people interested in attending. We only need the
permitted six for it to be successful.
you are an existing member of the group or a newcomer who would like to come
and learn how to restore and renovate old chairs, stools, chaise longue, etc.,
please give me a ring on  883600.
with sadness the village learnt that Peter had passed away suddenly, but
peacefully, at home on the 6th August. His funeral, at St. Peter's, took
place on the 29th August.
thoughts and prayers at this sad time are with Margaret and all the family, who
would like to thank everyone for their help and support, especially those at
moved to Lee Lodge from Surrey nearly four years ago to be near her daughter
Jane of Rose Cottage.
was very happy at Lee Lodge and enjoyed attending church in Berrynarbor and
often walked to the Sawmills for a glass of wine or a coffee. She made many
friends in the village and attended coffee mornings and village events.
Lee Lodge closed, she moved to The Warren at Knowle where she had a very happy
life, enjoying outings for lunch with Jane and other friends, and enjoyed
meeting more new friends and Musical Memories in Ilfracombe.
funeral took place on the 27th August when Father John Roles conducted a
missed seeing Pat when she moved to The Warren, and It was with sadness we
learnt that she had passed away peacefully on the 11th August Our thoughts
are with Jane and the family at this time of sorrow.
sad to learn in a letter from Vernon Jeffery, a fellow member of Kingskerswell
& District Garden Society, that Sheila had passed away peacefully in Torbay
Hospital, at the age of 80, on the 16th August.
says that Sheila
. . . has told us of her early years in the village of Berrynarbor and often
passed your brilliant Newsletter on to myself and others. She so loved
Berrynarbor and all the places nearby and told us such wonderful stories of the
people, the school and happenings, 'such larks'! Sheila told me how she
worked at a care home in North Devon and at a pet and garden store in Torquay,
helped at a large kennels in Coffinswell and lately she has lived in a
delightful road called Nut Bush Lane. This lane leads down to Cockington Village
where she loved to walk and enjoyed the horses, carriages, spring flowers, the
lovely church and the forge. She was most knowledgeable and enjoyed her
Garden Club trips in the summer and our Show at the village hall in September.'
[nee Buchan] spent her formative years here living with her grandparents at
Goosewell, her mother having died only months after she was born. Sheila's
memories of her life here and attending the village school, have been recorded
in the Newsletter, of which she was a long-term supporter, the latest appearing
in the April 2019 issue.
thoughts are with her friends and all those who knew her at this sad time.
carried on this summer's changeable weather pattern. On the 1st at 0700 hrs
we had total cloud cover, drizzle, dull with a fresh breeze, maximum wind speed
of 22mph from the SSW. The temperature ranged between 13.5°C and
16.9°C. A total of 1.6mm of rain and the barometer was reading a low of
1003.4 mbars. at 0500hrs. The highest humidity of the day was 93% at 0700hrs
and lowest 76% at 1700hrs.
at the rest of July, the highest wind speed was 38mph [average 28mph] from the
SSW on the 3rd which is the highest I have in my records for July. The
maximum temperature was on the 30th at 26.6°C [average 26.76°C] and a
minimum on the 20th at 6.9°C, the same as last year and low for July [average
8.62°C]. The wettest day was the 3rd with 20mm and the total for the
month was 74.6mm [average 88.27mm]. Total for the year up to the end of the
month was 720.4mm. The barometric pressure ranged from a high on the 11th at 1028.7mbars
to a low on the 27th of 1001.2 mbars. Humidity reached 95% on several days
and the lowest 54% at 1900hrs.on the 30th. The lowest wind chill factor was
7.2°C [average 6.92°C] at 0530hrs. on the 20th. Judie kindly
continues to provide me with the approximate sunshine hours which totalled
149.30 [average166.00] the sunniest day was the 22nd with 8.25hours.
1st started with light showers overnight and at 0700hrs we had 6/8ths cloud
cover. Maximum wind speed of 18mph from the SSW. The temperature ranged
between 13.0°C and 19.4°C. A total of 3.6mm of rain and the
barometer was reading a high of 1018.3mbars at 2300hrs. Humidity ranged
between 94% at 0700hrs and 69% at 1500hrs.
at the rest of August starting with the maximum wind speed on the 25th by courtesy
of storm Francis 52mph [average 27.93mph] from the SSW. This is the highest
August wind speed in my records with the next nearest in 2008 at 33.4mph. It
also stripped the leaves and remaining flowers off my runner and French beans!
The highest temperature was on the 12th at 27.9°C [average 25.77°C]
and lowest on the 31st at 7.6°C [average 8.66°C]. The wettest day
was on the 27th with 20.8mm, the total for the month was 100.5mm [average
98.07mm]. Total for the year up to the end of August was 820.8mm*. The
barometer ranged between 1021.3mbars on the 8th and a low of
991.5mbars on the 21st courtesy of storm Ellen. Humidity reached a high of
96% on the 16th and a low of 59% on the 30th. The total sunshine was 134.95
hours [average 158.00] and the sunniest day was on the 15th with 8.45 hours.
warming does seem to be producing more extreme weather conditions?
hope we all have a more settled autumn and stay safe during this pandemic.
for those readers with a keen eye there is a 0.1mm discrepancy between the
totals for July and August due to my system working more decimal points.
giant cobweb appeared on the 8th August due to a very light drizzle collecting
on it and making it visible. It measured approximately 100 x 60 cms.
Government announcement that church buildings will be able to reopen for public
worship from 4th July, it is hoped that services will commence in some form
come September or October.
As mentioned in the
August Newsletter, notices will be placed on the church gates and entrance
porch to advise parishioners attending church, as well as visitors, to maintain
social distancing and the sanitising of hands on entry and exit.
At the time of writing,
the singing of hymns will not be permitted, and we can only hope that this will
change in the near future.
There are no weddings
planned for this year but funeral services are permitted with the limitation of
30 persons in church, but again, regretfully, no singing will be allowed until
we receive the go ahead from the Diocese.
To just reflect on wedding
services, we must sympathise greatly with couples who have had to re-arrange or
delay what must be one of the most important days in their lives, not to
mention the financial cost to them in having to cancel their wedding reception
and honeymoon plans. Two such couples have had to cancel their wedding day service
in Berrynarbor, which should have taken place earlier this year. How sad.
Our AGM, which was to
have taken place at the end of March and was then re-scheduled to take place on
the 21st September, has again, due to Government regulations, been postponed.
Once we are able to hold this meeting, we'll keep you informed.
Following approval from
the Archdeacon of Barnstaple for our Faculty application to carry out all the
repair work on the church building, and at this time, we await scaffolding to
be erected so that repairs to the roof, guttering and masonry can proceed. Western
Steeplejacks have completed their work on the tower, and an upgraded heavy-duty
earth wire has been connected to the tower's lightning conductor by James
Please note, there will
be special notices in place adjacent to the main cobbled path, and special
cordoned security tape alongside to advise members of the public to keep well
clear of any building/repair work in progress.
Our special prayers go
to Margaret and Peter John Hiscox on the recent death of their husband and
father, whose burial service was held in Berrynarbor churchyard on Wednesday 29th
August. We continue to pray for our magnificent NHS, Ambulance Service and our
Police Force, and all those in our community especially Carol Lucas and June
Marangone who are unwell at this time.
Finally, we convey our
thanks to Simon for keeping our churchyard, both old and new, in such pristine
condition. We also thank Chris and his colleagues for the removal of a
diseased holly tree, some branches of which were overhanging the roadway in
Barton Lane. Chris had to obtain permission from the District Planning Office
prior to the tree's removal, since trees in our churchyard are under a
It's nice to be back at school after 6 months of lockdown. We
all feel very safe back in this environment, but things are a bit different.
We have to
go to school at different times depending on our houses, there are three time
slots at the beginning and the end of the day. Our lessons are the same,
however, now our teachers come to our classroom instead of us going to them. We
have to stay in our 'bubbles' so we don't get to see the other year groups very
We wash our
hands all the time!
start of term, Year 6's have completed their Bikeability course and are all now
safe on the road. All of the Reception children have joined and are happy in
school, loving their lessons.
We have had
2 puppies visit school. One was a jack and the other one was a sausage
dog crossed with a terrier. The whole school got to see and play with them,
as we are doing an English topic on puppies.
enjoying being with friends again.
Written by Rosie and Ruby, Year 6.
read the article by Pam Parke on the Oliver family and St John's nursery with
great interest as it brought back fond memories of my childhood in Croyde.
and Mrs Oliver were friends of my parents as well as customers of their garage
business, which at that time was adjoining the Manor House pub. Mrs Oliver
had a hobby making models out of shells from the beach, in particular ladies in
crinoline dresses made from several layers of limpet shells. These would be
sold to visitors to the area as souvenirs. She used to pay us children for
collecting cowrie shells for her from the shingle between the rocks at Croyde
Bay or Downend. I think it was 6d per dozen cowries - that's old money, not
didn't know the other Olivers at Pickwell Manor but I think that would have
been when I was in the Infants' class at Georgeham Primary School; however, I
do remember going to buy tomatoes from the market garden around the back of the
Manor when I was older.
By the time I was in the Juniors'
section in the early '50's, it was the Weedon family with children Anne and
Michael who lived at Pickwell Manor and we would occasionally cycle to Pickwell
to play with them. I remember them having a huge St Bernard dog that would
look out of the glazed door at me when I rang the doorbell. It looked like a
large lion's head! There was a tale that there was a tunnel that connected
the Manor House with Baggy Hole, the large cave at Baggy Point, but despite
thorough explorations of the house we never found it! What a surprise!
owned a pre-war Rolls Royce and one day damaged a door which my father had to
remove and respray. He spent days at it, spraying, rubbing down and polishing
repeatedly to get a really good deep shine. Unfortunately, when he replaced
the door on the car, the colour and shine was far better than the faded
remainder of the car so that he ended up having to machine polish all the rest
of it! A brilliant job but not a very good deal for him!
reason to cycle to Pickwell was to deliver telegrams for Croyde Post Office. When
a telegram arrived at Croyde,
Parsons, the postmaster, would see if there were any children nearby on Croyde
Bridge - a general meeting place for the youngsters of the village - and offer
them sixpence to deliver it. If local this was good pocket money, but if for
Pickwell, it was about half an hour cycle ride, virtually all uphill!
days. Thank you, Pam, for re-kindling fond memories. Tony S
FROM OUR VILLAGE SHOP
spy pies We
have some super special offers coming up as we move into autumn [where did that
summer go?] including the very popular Jon Thorner pies now only £5.50. These
sumptuous pies come in a variety of delicious Beef and Chicken flavours so
hurry while stocks last.
out for our drinks offer in November which will give you a perfect excuse to
stock up for the festive season which is now racing towards us! November will
also see the launch of our ever- popular end of year raffle with fantastic
hampers to be won - watch for the in-store posters!
wonderful staff work tirelessly to bring the best value grocery items to our
village shop and they have put together a Manager's Pick shopping basket of
essential goodies that are cheaper here than in well known, large supermarkets
in the area. And, of course, we have a lot more locally produced fresh produce
so that we keep our carbon footprint as small as possible - still going the
extra mile so you don't have to.
they no come back again? Since the lockdown started, the
shop has been pleased to add to its customers a number of villagers and other
locals who, sadly, have only paid us rare visits in the past. We have warmly
welcomed everybody and we hope that the fact that the shop has been there for
everyone throughout these difficult times will mean that everyone will be there
for us during the winter months.
and her team work extremely hard to make the shop and its content as
competitive as they can and we hope they have convinced the many new faces that
relied on us then, that they can rely on us now and in the future. If
everyone in our wonderful village was to spend just £5 a week in our shop, this
valuable resource would go from strength to strength.
shop's current opening times are constantly reviewed with the aim of getting
back to normal hours [remember them?] just as soon as we can. At this
newsletter's deadline, many restrictions still remain in place because of the
coronavirus. We shall continue to make the safety and well-being of staff our
top priority and until we can safely arrange for our volunteers to return to
work we shall continue to operate within restricted hours. Any change to
these opening hours will be advertised at the shop, on social media and by e-mail
to our customer list.
can telephone through orders during the morning [01271 883215] and we'll call
you back to let you know when you can collect in the afternoon. For those who
are having to self-isolate, we can arrange for your order to be delivered. Stay
FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
a first taste of education
were excited to welcome the children back to Pre-school. It has been an
uncertain time for us all and we were looking forward to welcome and settle the
children, explain new routines, find new activities and games as well as
support their learning and wellbeing.
have all worked hard to make sure that the Pre-school is a safe and welcoming
environment for our children to return to. We have followed Government
guidelines and we sought
advice from the Early Year Alliance. Risk assessments have been completed and
strategies put in place to ensure the safety of all, children, parents, staff
and the wider community.
staff have returned to work and are looking forward to the new term. We should
like to welcome a new member of staff; Lisa Cox who has joined the team.
from the Committee
Berrynarbor Preschool is a Charity, run by a small Committee which allows the Pre-school to legally
function. The Committee is made up of volunteers, mainly parents of the Pre-school
children but we also invite members of the community.
the new school year has started, we are looking for new members to join the
team and help us ensure Berrynarbor Pre-school can offer its services to the
local families that access it. This does take up a small amount of time, with
an evening meeting being held approximately every 6 weeks and helping hands
needed during our fundraising events.
This is a great way to make new friends, gain a new
skill and be supportive in your child's education and learning journey.
hope our AGM can be held in the Manor Hall to meet with the social
distancing guideline. Date to be confirmed.
Without your input or
support Pre-school cannot open or run or provide a service.
Topics of learning
had a gentle start to this term's learning. We want to make sure every child
is settled and happy in their new learning environment. We supported by
explaining our new routines, such as lots of hand washing, using hand gel,
splitting children in to small groups or 'bubbles'. The children set their own
new Pre-school rules that keep them safe. They have had the opportunity to
explore both inside and outside toys and activities. For us, we
have got to know your
children, their interests, ideas and are building up good relationships with
we have looked at the changes of the season, going from summer into autumn; looked
at leaves changing colour and the important job our farmers do at harvest time.
We hope to go on a nature walk to explore our environment.
kept themselves busy during lockdown and into the summer holidays creating
resources for the children to use such:
reel table for small world
have booked our next Bag2School collection for
Tuesday 6th October.
They will take any unwanted clothes, bags, paired shoes, belts and soft
toys. Please place item into a black sack/bag and bring it into Pre-school. Unfortunately,
they will not take school uniform.
start sorting out your wardrobes and drawers for any unwanted clothes and raise
some money for Pre-school. Thank you.
the staff at Pre-school
Karen, Lynne, Emma and Lisa
Parish Council is pleased to welcome Sue Petters who has been appointed as the
Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer and after a handover period
will take up the reigns at the end of the month.
Most of you
will now be aware that the Manor Hall Play Area and equipment in the Recreation
Field is now open. The Council asks you to remember to follow Government
guidance when using the play areas and maintain social distancing throughout
your visit. The Parish Council has also re-opened the public
that from Monday 14th September 2020 until further notice, it will be
against the law to meet indoors or outdoors in groups greater than 6. You can
find the latest local information, including the number of confirmed cases
throughout Devon, on Devon County Council's website: https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/.
Parish Council is still pursuing the possible lease on the car park in
Berrynarbor and will hold a public consultation in due course as agreed. However,
in the meantime the Parish Council has been asked to consider requesting
exemptions within the car park from the North Devon Council to allow residents
without parking to park in the car park. The Parish Council discussed
this at its recent meeting and felt that if the Parish Council was to agree it
would need to be fair for the whole parish and therefore the Parish Council
will be investigating the need for exemptions.
have been received that the hedges in and around the village, especially in the
Sterridge Valley, are overgrown and the Parish Council would ask Landowners to
consider cutting any hedges overhanging the highway.
current restrictions, the Parish Council continues to meet virtually. All
Agendas for the Parish Council meetings are published on the Parish Council's
website and include a link to the Zoom meeting. The Parish Council
looks forward to the day it can hold physical meetings but until then stay safe
and follow the latest guidelines.
friends at Berrynarbor,
you are all keeping well. Since the last letter little has changed.
I write to you, gatherings have been reduced from 30 to 6 to help lower the R number.
Time will tell, but I hope that this is successful so that we can come out of
these restrictions safely as soon as possible.
you read this, the church is hoping to be able to hold, before too long, its
APCM. In case you're not sure what that is, it is our annual meeting to
review the past year and look forward to the next. Who knows what that might
bring? It is an important part of our reflecting and looking forward. Talking
of looking forward, we are hoping to resume services as soon as possible and
will obviously let you know as soon as we can.
some way I feel October is a bit on a non-month. It's officially Autumn now,
whether the weather agrees or not, where little new or different happens. However,
that is in itself a novel and delightful thing. It gives us time to slow
down. As the world turns from the green of abundance to the autumnal colours
of restraint, it encourages us to slow down too.
can be so busy we fail to stop and reflect. Make sure you take time to slow
down too. To think about what you are doing and why. To remember and give
thanks for the good things in your life and to think about what change is
needed. And in all these things, to remember that God is king, and has called
us to live as such. For only then can we know true rest and true peace.
Peter & all at St. Peters
A tiny seed is planted, fed and watered
Over the months it's further nurtured
A stalk appears and climbs up high
Tall and graceful reaching for the sky
Each day it continues to grow
Until one day its flower starts to show.
The biggest thing I have ever seen
With its golden head and stalk so green.
Standing proud, golden and glowing
For a while I wonder if it'll ever stop growing.
It makes me smile each time I sit down
Laughing in the wind with its golden crown.
Neighbours smile too as they go past
How long will it grace us, how long will it last?
From a tiny seed to a giant on the hill
Even now you have gone I remember you still.
TAILS [OOPS, I MEAN TALES!
been a challenging, few months. I am told that I am supposed to be growing up
and coming out of the puppy stage. The question is why? I like being a cute
puppy. Ok, so I am not the tiny teddy bear I was but I would argue I am still
very soft and cuddly. However, over the last few months I seem to have earned
a few new labels that are less cute. I am a little ashamed, [although I did
find it fun at the time] to admit I have been pushing boundaries. But then
isn't that what growing up is all about?
attempt to clean me up, after my shenanigans, they have scalped me. Have you
seen me? I look like a convict; alI I need is a number around my neck! Mind,
I gather some of my behaviour might be considered unlawful; petty theft,
wilful damage of stolen goods and dare I admit to it . . . MURDER!
confess to the minor offences first. I nick socks - small, big, white, multi-coloured,
clean or dirty, I am not fussy. I confess to even nicking the Mr.'s smelly
ones. It's not a fetish, it's just my thing! Such fun watching the Mrs.
complaining that the Mr. has only put one in the laundry and trying to match
pairs. Even more fun when they spot me and there's a chase around the garden.
Have you seen our hilly garden? I win every time!
there's the destruction urge. I really can't help myself. Things taste SO
good and my teeth are pretty sharp. The latest was a very colourful, small,
inflatable ball. The lad wasn't too impressed when I skillfully intercepted
it on Woolacombe beach. [Those hours of watching Jordon Henderson with the Mr.
on the settee pay off you know!] The lad was very good about it, said I could
keep it after it changed shape in my mouth. So that wasn't technically theft
murder, or causing death by accident. Should I really tell you all this? Hopefully
George, next door, will put in a good word for me if I confess now. It really
was an accident. You see I am naturally inquisitive and one might argue I was
trying to be helpful and kind. The feathery thing was flapping and clearly
needed help getting back into his pen with his friends and relatives.
was I to know once it was in my mouth it would die of shock? I was trying to
be gentle, honest! Man-slaughter or chicken-slaughter to be precise. I
should say I am not proud of my actions. The Mrs. was appalled and Dougie and
Derek's Mrs. was reduced to tears! But like I say it was an accident.
incorrigible, naughty and [worst of all] bad boy are my new labels. But hey.
isn't it said that the girls love a bad boy?
, , , time to go. I am off to improve my digging skills. If I ever get
imprisoned, I am sure they'll come in handy! Stay safe folk!
Betty and I lived at Billericay, we understood that there was a water main
which ran through our back garden. We got in touch with the local water
authority who said they would come out to look at the matter.
official turned up bringing with him a couple of detectors. Well, they were
in fact, two pieces of coat hanger, about a foot in length with about three
inches bent at a right angle!
man started walking up and down our garden with the two pieces of wire pointing
the wires parted, pointing left and right.
where your water main is" said the man.
were put down into the wet clay soil and sure enough, the pipe was found.
you suspect any pipes running through your garden or even the mains pipe coming
into your house, then try this method. It will make a bit of fun anyway! I think
it's some sort of magnetism.
the way, I was given a boomerang by an aunt. How do I get rid of it?
Beauclerk - Stowmarket
came early this year and what a glorious spring and early summer it was and a
great help to us all as we went into lockdown. How glad we were to be living
in beautiful Berrynarbor.
our small way Berry in Bloom tried to help by planting up the tubs and putting
up the hanging baskets as usual. A splash of colour as villagers took their
daily exercise. A little bit of normality.
year we have not been able to hold our usual fund-raising summer events and we
are not certain we shall be able to have our annual Quiz and Supper Night in
February next year and we need
£2,000 a year to maintain the displays. We could have been in trouble for
next year BUT Jean Lashford has single handedly donated £930.00 to Berry in
Bloom. This money was raised by Jean from the sale of plants at her gate
halfway up Barton lane. All these plants she grew from cuttings, seeds and
some plants re-cycled from the Berry in Bloom tubs. and we should like to give
her a huge thank you. She also gave the same sum to the hospice, they were thrilled
too . Well done Jean! I know many of us enjoyed a wander up the lane to see
what goodies we could buy when we were not allowed to visit garden centres.
are also indebted to Pat and Maureen from Fuchsia Cottage who donated £227. 00
towards the planting of the wild flowers in the dog walking field. We are
pleased that after a late start the flowers are blooming nicely, the bees are
buzzing and hopefully the flowers will set seed for next year. Thank you,
villagers, and finally thank you to the Parish Council for their continued
The dog walking area:
FROM ANGELA, SINGAPORE
came about following the amusing incident when due to the effects of Storm Ellen and the high tides, the Woolacombe beach huts were washed out to
does North Devon news make Singapore, but this one did!
PETPLAN EQUINE AREA FESTIVALS CHAMPION
DRESSAGE RIDER CAITLIN BURGESS
the Petplan Equine Intermediate I Bronze Championship Caitlin Burgess and
Chocotof from Berrynarbor, were thrilled to win in a very competitive class at Hartpury College,
Gloucestershire on Saturday 22nd August 2020.
very exceptional partnerships demonstrating their skills when competing for the
Petplan Equine Intermediate I Bronze title, it was quite an achievement to
finish top of the rankings.
19, Caitlin and Stan, Chocotof's stable
name, are just starting their journey at the upper youth levels having made
their International debut last year in the Junior division at Keysoe CDI.
Commenting on her partner, she said, "Stan is the biggest personality, he's so
happy and he loves his job, but he also likes to go up in the air and show his
acrobatic skills too!" Caitlin also has clear goals in place; "We're aiming
for the FEI Young Rider European Championships next year, and maybe going on to
Under 25s Grand Prix. We used lockdown to start training the harder movements
and he's showing lots of exciting promise."
combination qualified last summer and won their ticket to the Championship
which was originally scheduled for April. Stan, a 13-year-old 16.1hh gelding
sired by Lord Leatherdale, is Caitlin's pride and joy and the partnership
certainly impressed the judges with a powerful performance, achieving the
winning score of 73.28%.
Equine Area Festival series sponsored by one of the UK's leading horse
insurance providers, gives amateur riders the
opportunity to experience the thrill of competing in top competition style conditions
in classes from Preliminary to Intermediate II level.
"We are so very proud that the Petplan Equine Area
Festivals have become the most participated in series ever run by British
Dressage. In 2019 an incredible 6,463 dressage tests were ridden, this is so
rewarding and demonstrates that the Area Festivals really do have a special
place in competitors' hearts. We are so pleased British Dressage has been able
to reschedule the Championships, it is testament to the riders' dedication that
even though the competition is taking place under certain limitations, they are
prepared to adapt and are so keen to attend. We are often
quite amazed by some of the stories we hear about the commitment shown by
riders and their horses who compete at the Area Festivals. We really
appreciate the effort that our grassroots dressage riders put into making the Petplan Equine Area Festivals
such a success and would especially like to congratulate Caitlin and Stan on
their fantastic win and wish them the very best of luck for the future,"
commented Kate Hopkins Marketing Consultant at Petplan.
Photograph: Kevin Sparrow
Caitlin. We'll look forward to hearing about your further achievements with
Stan. Good luck!
REFLECTIONS - 96
Harvest Moon is the full moon that appears in the sky closest to the autumnal
equinox. It is more frequently seen in September, the equinox occurring on or
near to the 23rd and is observed every three years in October. This year it
can be witnessed on the 1st October; the same date, by coincidence, that the
first Harvest church service took place in 1843, conducted by the Reverend
Robert Hawker in his parish church in Morwenstowe. But more of this eccentric
people are likely to have heard of the Harvest Moon. Many are also no doubt
aware it is the name associated with an autumnal full moon. Perhaps less well
known is that every full moon has a name dependent upon the month in which it
falls, some years have 13 full moons, the extra being known as a Blue Moon. This
October is one such month, the second full moon rising on the 31st. If the
Harvest Moon occurs in September then it is also known as the Corn or Barley
Moon whilst October's full moon is known as the Hunter's Moon.
the changing seasons by following the lunar months, rather than the solar year,
was common in ancient times and is the reason why full moon names have their
roots in nature and their origins in ancient cultures. However, of all these
names, it is the origins of the Harvest Moon that is open to debate. Some
sources claim it came from Native American month names which, according to the
Old Farmer's Almanac, were adopted and incorporated into our modern calendar. European
experts, meanwhile, are keen to point out that the Harvest Month is recorded as
early as the 700's in both Anglo-Saxon and Old High German languages.
why is it that the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the
Harvest Moon? After all, the word harvest usually refers to the corn crops
reaped from July through to October. One theory connects it to historical
records which reveal that its name represented a time when farmers harvested
the last of their summer crops in the final evenings of prolonged light before
winter came along. In this case, however, the term 'prolonged light' does not
relate to the period when the sun is setting and the proceeding dusk. On the
contrary, it is referring to the characteristics of the full moon that are
unique to this time of year. For the Harvest Moon typically appears bigger,
brighter and more colourful than the average full moon.
is due to two factors. Firstly, its placement in the sky compared to other
times of year. Secondly, throughout most of the year the moon rises an
average of fifty minutes later each day.
on several nights before and after the Harvest Full Moon, it may rise as little
as 23 minutes later. This allows it to rise soon after sunset for several
evenings in a row so that to the naked eye there appears to be a succession of
full moons. More significantly, it provides an abundance of bright moonlight
early in the evening which is a valuable aid to farmers when harvesting their
course, modern harvesting bears no resemblance to traditional methods. I was
reminded of these old-fashioned techniques recently when reading Before The
Lake - Memories of Chew Valley, in which the editor, Leslie Ross, has collated
recollections of people who lived and farmed in the Somerset valley before it
became a lake in 1956. One contributor recalled harvest time and hay making,
explaining how men from the local coal pits, working fewer hours in summer time
due to the lower demand for coal, would be keen to help out. The contributor
describes these men as 'useful, strong, capable and willing', adding that they 'enjoyed
the change of working in the open fields'.
not paid well, the coal workers were at the same time grateful for the tea,
cider and food brought out by the womenfolk, the contributor emphasising how
their home-made bread, cheese, pickles and cakes were served with 'secret pride'.
She adds that all the local children would also join in at harvest time,
recalling how they tussled over who would ride on the horses drawing the wagons
laden with the haystacks and who would sit on top of them!
Robinson is another author who refers to harvest time in his book Working with
the Curlew - A Farmhand's Life. Having initially spent his farming life in
Yorkshire, he later moved to a farm near Leominster where over time he came to
realise how the farming calendar was programmed in such a way as to bring
together all the different forms of agriculture to a common meeting point,
whether they be stock or arable. Of all these occasions, Robinson is keen to
emphasise that the end of harvesting, a time he describes as 'when all the
harvest was in under cover', was one 'of great relief, (having a) sense of
achievement (as if) the whole year seemed to climax at this point.' He
acknowledges, too, how the Harvest Festival, or Harvest Home as some locals
called it, had a great meaning for the farming community. What's more, whilst
openly admitting his own scepticism of the spiritual realm, he confesses how
heart-warming he still found the Church's recognition of this key event in the
rural calendar - and is prepared to admit to singing with great gusto, the hymn
We Plough the Fields and Scatter.
one's crops can perhaps also be used as a metaphor for our own lives, the
drawing in of the evenings a period for us to reflect upon what we have worked
for over the last six months and to consider what fruits we have reaped from
the labours of our efforts. Are there any loose ends that need tying up in
order to be ready to set new goals for the months when the hours of darkness
outweigh those of daylight?
can imagine the Reverend Robert Hawker using the concept of harvesting one's
crops as a spiritual metaphor for one of his sermons at a Harvest Service. Maybe
he used it at that inaugural service is 1843? He conceived the idea of such a
service as a means of giving thanks to God for providing such a bountiful crop
to his parishioners that year, inviting them to a Harvest Service where the
bread used at the Communion was to be made from the first cut of local corn. These
services became an annual event and in time led to the introduction of the
Harvest Festival that we know today.
he came to Morewenstowe Vicarage in 1834, Parson Hawker, as he became known,
found that the verger had burnt most of the old chancel screen when tidying up
the church in preparation for his arrival. Parson Hawker soon set to,
rescuing the remains and fixing them up across the chancel arch. In so doing
he managed to use the dusty chancel as an area in which to conduct his
services, wearing throughout a yellow vestment and scarlet gloves, no doubt
startling the church warden when a pair of scarlet hands were thrust through
the screen to collect the offertory bags! In the same year of his first
Harvest Service, Parson Hawker also introduced the weekly offering in church.
Both eccentric and innovative, there was much more to this Reverend who rose to
the challenge of plying his trade in this rural, remote parish with a coastline
renowned for shipwrecks and the subsequent unchristian practice of smuggling. But
more of this next time.
& SHAKERS NO. 89
March 1942 -
the Norman Family's Greengrocery Business in Ilfracombe
as long as I have known Ilfracombe [over 45 years!], Norman's have been
selling greengrocery in the town. Way back in the '60's, they were on the
right-hand side of the Candar Arcade, Number 3, until it was burnt down 37
years ago. Now Ilfracombe's library, housing and offices have taken up that
space, and Normans have moved along the High Street to Number 40. But how did
this business start, and who was involved?
years, Pam's in-laws, Alf and Kath Norman, were market gardeners at Brookside
Nurseries in Combe Martin, helped by their son, Brian. They sold their
produce to hotels, restaurants, cafes, residential homes and boarding houses. On
Saturday mornings they had a stall in the market at the Alexandra Theatre [now
due to become a Premier Inn], which was at the top of Market Street, just before
the archway to the High Street. This was a lively event, with lots of local
growers selling their produce. On Saturday afternoons, they sold from their
van to private houses where customers left baskets on their doorsteps with a
list of the fruit and vegetables they needed.
did Pam become involved? Well, she met and fell for Brian. They married in
Arlington Church in 1963, and once Pam was part of the family, she became part
of the business! Brian worked hard in the nursery and became well-known for
'Brian's tomatoes', Combe Martin potatoes, and runner beans. But that wasn't
all! In the evenings Alf, Kath and Pam helped Brian pick strawberries, pack
lettuces and harvest anything ready for sale.
was a far cry for the girl born in Arlington in March 1942 to Sidney and
Loveday Bowden, who on leaving Combe Martin Secondary Modern School had a
sedate job in Leonard Sanders Ladieswear shop in Combe Martin. But she took
it all in her stride!
year after her marriage, Alf and Kath opened the shop in the Candar Arcade,
helped by Pam, of course. Brian continued his work in the nursery, growing
lots of produce to sell in their shop. By then, Pam and Brian had produced
their first born, Paula Ann. During the winter months, Kath and Pam worked
alternate days so that one of them could look after baby Paula. At the
weekends when the family all had to work, Paula was looked after by Pam's Mum
and Dad. During the summer months, Kath 'granny-sat' whilst also running a
bed and breakfast business. The shop employed summer staff.
They were lucky
with wholesalers. Fyffes [bananas] and Tom Huxtable [general stock] both had
depots in Barnstaple. Then there were local suppliers: Pickwell Manor for
tomatoes and Pickwell Barton for sprouts, Georgeham for mushrooms, flowers from
Lee, laver from Ilfracombe, clotted cream straight from the farm in Combe
Martin and a host of vegetables from Braunton! In later years, wholesalers
called at the shop to supply their needs.
although local suppliers are still used where available, their main wholesaler
travels from Bristol 5 days a week.
1970, Trevor was born. He was soon part of the business! He started working
in the gardens at about the age of 12, picking strawberries, lettuce and runner
beans. His happiest memory of that time was driving the tractor back home
when work was done! On leaving school he went straight into working in the shop
in the mornings and the gardens in the afternoons. He past his driving test
just one month after his 17th birthday and from then on helped his Dad driving
to the fruit market in Bristol.
times a week during the summer months, they would leave home at 3.00 a.m. and
on their return, there was a days' work ahead! As the shop became busier,
they needed a bigger lorry. Trevor passed his HGV test at the age of 21.
wouldn't take his test so it always seemed funny putting 'L' plates on for my him
and sitting next to him so he could be legal to drive," noted Trevor.
he married Sarah Willis in 2005, she was immediately roped in to serving
customers. As she enjoyed book-keeping, she looked after the monthly
accounts, running the payroll and paying bills. They have two sons, Zak and
Aaron, and already Zac, only 14, is helping out.
1970, Pam and Brian took over the shop. Kath died four years later after a
short illness and Alf died ten years later.
married Derek Hobman when she was 19. She has always worked in the shop. Her
daughter Lisa has followed, after training at Bicton Agricultural College. This
enabled floristry to be added to the business.
shop in Candar Arcade continued until August 31st 1983, Paula's 20th birthday.
Pam and Brian were 'phoned in the middle of the night by the police to tell
them about a massive fire there. As they neared Ilfracombe, the sky was lit
up with flames and smoke. The shop, together with the whole Arcade, was
completely burnt down and they lost everything including monthly account books.
Fortunately, as it was a lock-up shop, any spare stock was kept at their
nursery. So, a day later, they set up a stall in Paula's in-laws' garage,
sending out orders from there. A week later
they moved temporarily to an available shop in Portland Street. In late
November 1983 they bought 40 High Street and have stayed there ever since.
Brian died on 1st October 2009. This seriously affected the whole family, and
a year later, Pam handed over the business to her two children, Paula and
Trevor. Trevor, who had spent his whole adult life working daily with his
father, found it hard to manage the shop and garden without him and instead
maintains the vehicles. Paula is now a grandmother. Hopefully the family
role of providing lfracombe and surroundings with green-grocery will be taken
up by her daughter Lisa and then by her grand-children.
During the pandemic, you may have noticed that the shop has remained closed. Safe
social distancing isn't possible in a small shop. But no one is idle. Normally
Paula would employ up to eight staff, but even in this pandemic, three are
still needed, two of whom have been part of the work family for over thirty
years. Even Pam has been called back to help with many orders from old and
new customers from Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor, who receive orders
with no charge for delivery.
a dedicated family, spanning four generations! They've had their problems,
but have managed to overcome them. Over the years they have supported many
charities, but Pathfield School in Barnstaple has benefited most. Pam admits
that she's not had much time for hobbies, the shop has taken it all!
final words from Paula, "We are now living with Covid. The shop front door is
closed. We offer a free delivery service which has been very successful, thanks
again to all who support us".
too, to the Norman Family for consistently providing us with fruit, vegetables
and flowers for more than 60 years, as well as contributing material for this
article! Without you all, there would be a massive hole in the High Street!
The Norman Family
Brian, Trevor, Lisa, Paula and Pam 
taken in moderation, makes life, for a moment, better, and when the moment
does not for that reason become worse.
seems a long time ago, but Covid-19 has changed most things in life and
continues to do so. Unsurprisingly, it changed some people's drinking
habits. Being confined, economic hardship and job uncertainties meant that
some needed 'Alcoholic Attention'. Many of us are fortunate in this village
and we stuck to our couple per evening; however, we have friends who were
shielding and admitted their garage was regularly visited by a Naked Wines'
fairy, but they kept finding empty cases of wine! They began to wonder if the
Angels were having more than their fair share!
we couldn't eat out, visit friends or family, pub takeaways and home-cooked
food became the daily norm. Wine seemed to be more special, or important
somehow, with yet another evening meal or Sunday lunch at home. Wine may be
just grape juice, but some of it can be memorable!
to village activities may be difficult for some or keenly awaited by others. October
21st sees the first of our new 2020-21 season. We are fortunate to have our
meetings in the Manor Hall; it has plenty of space: social distancing and
sampling are perfectly possible. Tables will be sanitised; usual groups will
be retained; and using our own glasses will provide another Covid-safe aspect.
to lockdown, we have a full programme for this season, as professional speakers
were all postponed in March. October was the only month with a vacancy, but
because of the uncertainty of life itself, we felt that this could be useful,
and, we knew we could fill this by committee members if October proved
to be a positive go-ahead. We hope to start, as mentioned, on the 21st, with
Wines We Have Enjoyed During Lockdown. There must be some!
members will be given a warm welcome. We may be observing Covid rules, but
conviviality can still abound.
Adam Promotional Co-ordinator & Secretary
Footnote: Sadly, the timetable expected to
start in October and submitted to the Newsletter before the September '6-only
ruling', will no longer go ahead.
The 25th July 2020 marked the centenary of the birth of a remarkable 20th
Century scientist, Rosalind
Born in Nottinghill, London, and educated at St. Paul's Girl's School and
Newnham College, Cambridge, she was best known for her work on the discovery of
the double-helical nature of DNA.
Possibly being inadvertently denied the honour of receiving a Nobel Prize for
this achievement, [as did her male colleagues on this work, Watson, Crick and
Wilkins] over the years her fame in that field has increased, and as a woman,
as well as being Jewish and unmarried, her impact in the early days of
molecular biology was, and still is, impressive.
an accomplished X-ray crystallographer, it is said that her photographs are
among the most beautiful of any substance ever taken.
1953 she published a series of papers on the crystal structure of viruses,
particularly the tobacco mosaic virus [TMV], the first disease shown to be due
to a virus.
the time of her death from ovarian cancer in 1958 at the age of 37, Rosalind
Franklin was working on the molecular structure of the polio and other viruses
at Birbeck College, University of London.
died at the Royal Marsden Hospital on the 16th April 1958 and is buried at the
United Synagogue Cemetery, Willesden.
NOTES NO. 1 - SABRE WASP
walking the woodland trails of Woolscott Cleave during 'lockdown spring', it
wasn't only birds that I was enjoying watching and listening to. Insect life
too holds much fascination, though this often involves training one's eyes to
look downwards rather than upwards!
particularly startling - and beautiful - creature I came across in late June
was a female Sabre Wasp (or Giant Ichneumon) Rhyssa
persuasoria (pictured). The largest ichneumon in Britain - females can grow
to 4 centimetres in length, plus another 4 cm for the needle-like ovipositor -
it is also readily identified by the white spots along its black abdomen and
its orange-red legs. Despite its fearsome appearance, it is completely harmless
to humans and pets.
can be encountered mainly in July and August, along woodland paths and
clearings. They feed on sugars and starch obtained from honeydew or pine
from being a 'stinger', the ovipositor is used to drill
deep into wood and lay eggs on the larvae of other insects, such as Wood Wasps,
living within the timber, which become a food supply. The Sabre Wasp's larvae
overwinter in the wood, pupating in spring and emerging as adults.
Wasps occur widely across Britain in mixed and coniferous woodland, such as
Woolscott Cleave. Sadly, the specimen I encountered had evidently been in a
tussle with a would-be predator, having lost several of its legs.
TITMARSH STRIKES IT LUCKY
Titmarsh was the unhappiest young lad in the village.
He was tall and
skinny, with big ears and a very long Roman nose, just like his mother's. All
the kids at school used to laugh at him and call him Tommy Crooked Conk.
Now he was
18 and nothing seemed to go right in his life. Last month, Tommy's dad
ran off with the butcher's fat daughter - he never gave Tommy any pocket money
anyway. His elder sister, who also had a big nose, married Ernie the Milkman
and every morning when she delivered the blue top to his doorstep, she would stick out her
tongue and make a funny face at him.
his one lovely goldfish had been eaten by the neighbour's cat and, in the
afternoon, he ripped a gaping hole in the crutch of his only pair of trousers
climbing over a barbed wire fence. As he rushed home, he tripped on a
molehill and fell face first into a huge cow pat, his long nose sinking deep
into the smelly wet mess.
To top it
all, his mother was about to kick the bucket. She was the wicked witch
of Pinchpot village. Tommy took her a cold cup of tea, with the four
spoons of sugar she liked, as she lay groaning in bed.
Tommy! They're coming to carry me off." she cried. "Before they
do son, you have been so kind to me that I want to grant you one last
wish I could be lucky, if only just for one day." Tommy replied.
Okay." His mum took out her wand from under the pillow and waved it
above Tommy's head. With her last breath, she shouted, "
Iffygriddlegrumpyfortunegoodysocks!" Her right leg then shot out and
kicked the yellow plastic bucket at the bottom of the bed. She never liked
steel buckets. They would clang too loud when knocked over.
Now sad and
alone in the world, Tommy walked into town to tell Morti the gravedigger. As
he walked, head down, along the pavement, he suddenly saw a bright shiny 50p on
lucky!" he thought and picked it up to put in his pocket.
at the grocer's shop and spent the 50p on the biggest Jaffa orange he had ever
last one, that is." said the grocer.
give you a fiver for it." said the man behind Tommy.
lucky!" thought Tommy, as he pocketed the fiver.
window of the betting shop next door, he saw there was a horse called Magic
Wand running in the 2.50 at Chepstow, with odds of 100-1. Tommy put his
fiver on it to win, and it passed the post first.
lucky!" cried a happy Tommy. He now had £505 and, never having had a girlfriend
before, he decided to pay a visit to Miss Prunella Petticoat's Seductive
House of Glorious Ill Repute.
what can I do for you today, young man?" asked Prunella.
want to kiss the most beautiful girl you have," an excited Tommy replied.
the most beautiful girl we have today just arrived from India yesterday."
lucky!" thought Tommy.
in the main bedroom. Give me all your money and you can go up to see
opened the door and saw the girl, he was gobsmacked. What a stunner! She
had the most perfect figure. Narrow waist. Curvy hips. Long legs. Flawless
dark skin. Deep brown enchanting eyes. Wide red sensual lips. A
heart-warming smile. And a very cute nose.
are the most beautiful girl that I have ever seen." Tommy cried.
thank you kind sir." said the Indian goddess.
is just one problem." Tommy frowned. "That big round red dot on your
that's not a problem," smiled the Hindu beauty. "Here, use this
coin to scratch off my bindi."
the coin and scratched the red dot away.
really is my lucky day! I've just won a brand-new Ford Fiesta!"
Stiggins was sad. Though spring was in the air and the bluebells out and all
the birds singing, Ameliaranne could think of nothing but - BOOTS! And even
the twenty-five ringlets which bobbed about her neck looked sad and limp.
Squire was giving a treat to the village children next week. A green and
yellow bus was coming from town to take them to the bluebell woods, and after
they had picked as many bluebells as they could carry they were to have tea in
Farmer Brown's barn, and then they were going to look for eggs, and feed the
calves, and play hide-and-seek in the farmyard.
the invitation came for the six Stigginses, Mrs. Stiggins got out the family's
boots. "Ameliaranne and Richard and Rosalind can go," she said, "but Jenny
and Joey and Wee William must stop at home. Their boots are through and not
worth mending, and there'll be no money to buy new ones this month, and
trapesing about that farmyard would finish 'em out and out!" [From
Ameliaranne Keeps Shop (1928)]
Stiggins is the eldest daughter of a poor washerwoman. She has five brothers
and sisters - Richard, Rosabel, Jenny, Joey and Wee William. The simple
stories tell of new or difficult situations in which Amedliaranne finds herself
and how she solves them with her imagination and ingenuity.
between 1920 and 1950 by George G. Harrap of London, the series of 20 books
were unusually written by 8 different female authors. The original tale,
written in 1920 and 7 others, the last in 1941, were written by Constance
Heward [1884-1968]*. In spite of the diffeent authors the stories are
surprisingly consistent, largely ahieved by the effective and charming
illustrations by a single illustrator, Susan Beatrice Pearce.
known for her work on the Ameliarrane tales, Pearce was born in South London in
1878, and educated at King Edward's School Southwark. Also creating drawings
for greetings cards, she was known to her friends as Trissy, and continued to
use her maiden name professionally after she married Walter Webster in late
1919. She died in Fulham in 1980 at the age of 102.
Sadly, no information can be found about Constance Heward, the originator of
Last time I was home I discovered this
little book my mum had as a child. Attracted by the adorable illustrations, I
picked it up and started reading. I was soon drawn in to the story of
Ameliaranne and her siblings and devoured it cover to cover sat at the kitchen
After I finished, I was struck by
several things. First the hero of this story is a girl. A young, poor,
working class girl just 8 years old. She uses her wit and intelligence to not
only identify the fraudster but to trick him and catch him out. She is clever
This little girl works hard to earn
money so her younger siblings can have boots to wear so they can go on the
picnic trip. She displays empathy, has clarity on what's right and what's
wrong, is honest, strong and hard working. She is a girl, she tricks the
Ummm! What no Prince required? No
pink, no Princess aspirations? No, it would seem not. And guess what? This
story is nearly 100 years old.
Now that got me thinking about how
far, or not, feminism and equality has really come and how the images and
stories we are bombarded with influence our thinking . . . there's not a
stereotype in sight with Ameliaranne, and I'm now off to recommend her to all
my friends with kids!
GREETINGS THROUGH THE NEWSLETTER
It might seem early to be thinking about Christmas and it's likely to be rather
different this year. Charities are already sending out leaflets with their
cards to order. But what regulations will be in force and will we be able to
is, however, one normal way of keeping in touch with friends and neighbours.
Sending your seasonal greetings to friends and neighbours here in the village
through the Newsletter has become traditional and popular, and you can do so
again this year.
To everyone, especially newcomers, if you would like to do this, it is very
simple. Decide on your message and leave it, with a donation, either at
Chicane or the Shop and by Wednesday,
November at the latest, please.
Traditionally, after covering the costs of printing, donations will be shared
between the Newsletter and the Manor Hall. Your donations have always been
very generous, so please carry on with that tradition as well!
you are sending parcels for Christmas abroad, a reminder that last posting
dates for overseas surface mail are NOW or during October and early November.
BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 187
this issue I have chosen a very early Garratt, black and white printed postcard
of 'Our Village Shop', the General Stores, c1903-4, or No. 44/45 Dormer
Cottage and Dormer House.
upright picture shows a youthful looking Mr. Klee, the owner, in his long apron
and cap watching the two children. Note the adverts on the windows for Fry's
Chocolate and Fry's Pure Cocoa and the suspended one for Homelight, which was
windows are packed with groceries and Mr. Klee is holding a scoop and a bag he
must have just filled!
of the two postcards I have of this view, has been posted to Miss G. Short of
Holloway Bakery, Bath. It is very interesting in that it has actually been
written and then sent by Mr. Klee and states: "Berrynarbor Hope to give you
a visit one day next week. Little girl Reg sister when she was staying with
us. F. Klee".
Thomas Klee is first listed as Shopkeeper in the 1906 Kelly's Directory, and
also in the directories of 1914 and 1919. In late 1919 and 1923, Charles S.
Ewens is listed as Shopkeeper, followed from 1924 through to 1939, by Albert
cottage was originally sold in the Watermouth Estate sale of 17th August 1920
by John Smale, F.A., at Bridge Hall, Barnstaple as Lot 47: A Tiled and Gabled
Cottage No. 45 and adjoining Slated 4-roomed Cottage and Tiled Shop No. 44 and
including A Large Garden in Castle Street." This entire lot sold for £320.
long-term residents of the village will remember Dave and Vi Goodman who lived
in Dormer House. Dave was born in Greenwich in 1917 and came to Berrynarbor
during the war with the PLUTO Project, when he met and married Vi, nee Toms,
who was born in Berrynarbor. Their only son, Terry, was born in 1949 and
attended our school. When Dave died in April 1987, Vi moved in to the
adjoining Dormer Cottage where she lived until her death in 2002.
House has been home to quite a few families and, of course, Miss Muffet's Tea
Cottage. September 2020
I have many original but duplicate postcards which I am willing to sell.
Please contact me if you are interested.
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