Reuben Hinchcliffe BaconDylan
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Memorable Harvest celebrations were held at the beginning of
October. The Sunday service was
attended by 80 of us, including families with children. Well known harvest hymns were sung and a
full choir joined by children from the school sang John Rutter's 'Look at the
World', earning spontaneous applause at the end. Much rehearsal had gone into this and our
thanks go to Stuart Neale for his time and inspiration. The church was beautifully decorated again
thanks to Sue Neale and her team. Boxes
were provided in the Shop, Church and Manor Hall for contributions to the Food
Bank and we were able to take 3 full boxes to the Freedom Centre in
Barnstaple. A proposal has been put
forward to collect food on a regular basis and your opinions on this would be
It was a pleasure to welcome so many to the Harvest Supper
on the Wednesday - twice as many as last year, we shall be better prepared next
time [and perhaps people will buy their tickets a bit earlier] but as always
there was a lovely spread and plenty for all.
Special thanks to everyone who provided the mouth-watering desserts and
to Doreen Prater and Sue Neale who took overall charge. The evening was rounded off with a
sing-a-long led by Stuart and a quiz compiled by Malcolm Sayer. The Bell-ringers were the worthy
winners. Finally our thanks to Rev.
George for conducting the auction of produce, raising over £30. Thanks to everyone's generosity, in
addition, the PCC were able to send a cheque for £160 to the Freedom Centre.
Rev. Chris conducted a sensitive service on 3rd
November. All members of the
congregation went up to the altar to light a candle in memory of loved ones and
there was time for a cup of tea and conversation afterwards.
The Remembrance Sunday Service on 10th November was heralded
in by the muffle peal of bells. The sun
was streaming in through the church windows and along the altar rails were
poems written by the school children.
This year they had addressed their poems to names taken from the War
Memorial, making them more personal and poignant. The service was led by Rev. George and the
wreaths laid by the Parish Council and the Church. Ivan Clark sounded the Last Post and the
Reveille. The service continued in
church with the lesson read by
Adam Stanbury, Chairman of the
Parish Council. The song from 'Band of
Brothers' was sung by a full choir. A
collection of £193 was taken up for the Royal British Legion.
During January our services will continue in their normal
pattern beginning at 11.00 a.m. and the Epiphany will be celebrated on the
5th. We are looking forward to the
initiative and activities planned for the New Year as we seek to draw more
people into church.
There will be no Friendship Lunch at The Globe in December
and the January date will be made known later.
Love is immortal, and death is only a
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of
W. Raymond [1840-1918]
It is always with sadness that we learn of the passing of
Having suffered ill heath for a number of years, David died
on August Bank Holiday. He and his wife
Val lived for many years in homes in the village and the surrounding area. They were both keen supporters of our
Primary School and involved in the many events of its newly formed Parents'
Association in the 1970's. A
silversmith by trade, David worked as a manager at Luscombe House in Barnstaple
and as a Social Worker at the North Devon District Hospital. He and Val retired to West Sussex in 2003.
Our thoughts are with Val and their sons Jeremy, Simon and
Ben and their families.
Marie and her husband Ray from Erdington, Birmingham, have
been regular visitors to our village for many years, staying at Whitely Cottage
until 1998 and then other places in the village and Combe Martin. They were supporters not only of our new Community
Shop, being shareholders, but also the Newsletter - two of its greatest
It was so sad, therefore, to
learn that Marie had passed away aged only 70 at the end of May, having
suffered for several years with dementia-Alzheimer's. Ray continues to come down to the village
and we send him our sympathy and best wishes.
One of the village's kindest and most
generous men, Tom passed away at the end of August. Although living at the time at Hore Down, he
and his wife Vera had lived in our village for many years. Tom was a first class builder constructing
homes at The Lees, Hagginton Hill and other places in the village as well as
their own home for a while, the Haven.
Tom was a great supporter of our Church,
acting as a Warden for very many years and, in fact, constructing the
impressive gates for the lychgate.
He will be sadly missed by many but none more than his
family and our thoughts are with Vera, June, Betty and Tony at this sad time.
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Vera and the family would like to take
this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages of
sympathy at this time of sadness, and for attending Tom's funeral. A sum of £420 in his memory has been sent to
the Chemotherapy Unit Appeal at the North Devon Hospital.
ROWENA MASON [MITCHAM]
One of the most cheerful past residents of the Sterridge
Valley, it was with sadness that village friends learnt that Rowena [or Mitch
as she was known] had died on the 7th October, just 3 days short of her 90th
Our thoughts are with Don, her three boys, Michael, Dennis
and Paul and all their families.
Friends from the village were present at her well-attended and warm
funeral, leaving the chapel to the sound of
Gracie Fields singing 'Wish Me
Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye'!
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Many of the older residents of Berrynarbor will remember
Rowena as a proud member of the village community. It must be some sixty years ago that the
Mitcham family arrived in Berrynarbor, first living in the cottage next to what
was previously the butcher's, and then moving to the Sterridge Valley.
Rowena's husband Tom was a footballer, lured to North Devon
from Boston United to play for Ilfracombe Town, and Rowena and her sons duly
followed. Soon afterwards Tom was asked
to move again to Southampton but Rowena put her foot down and said she was not
going to uproot the family again!
Tom sadly passed away suddenly in 1966 leaving her to raise
three boys on her own.
For many years she worked for the Richards family at Moules
Farm before going to Coutant Electronics [now Lambda TDK] in Ilfracombe where
she stayed until her retirement.
In 1975 Rowena married widower Don Mason and they lived in
the Valley for many years before moving to a bungalow in Ilfracombe where they
spent over 20 years. Both keen
gardeners, their front garden was their pride and joy.
Eventually they both moved into Pinehurst Residential Home
where they were well looked after for 4 happy years until Rowena was taken ill,
passing away from pneumonia in the hospital in Barnstaple.
THE RECTOR . . .
As I write these words, there are
serious problems being reported in the NHS.
I don't know what your experience is of accident and emergency, but A
& E seems to be a barometer of the pressures on hospitals, especially in
the winter. In addition, some hospital
waiting times seem to have been falsified. Santa doesn't have that problem with
his national elf service!
We have arrived once again at Advent. Great themes will start to play - darkness
to light, conflict and peace, life and death, heaven and hell, time and
eternity, judgement and healing!
Nothing too serious then!
A problem this Christmas will be the
squeeze on the cost of living. Families
struggle with rising prices of food and especially energy. How on earth will we pay that electricity
bill? One initiative that the church is
getting involved with in Combe Martin this Christmas is a Food Bank. This will operate for the first two weeks of
December and cardboard boxes will be around the village. Retailers and landlords are coming on board
which is great! Please bring some
non-perishable items and place in the boxes which will be emptied at regular
intervals. Distribution will take place
in the week leading up to Christmas, probably in the foyer of the town hall
each morning. Families will be able to
have between 3-5 items according to how much comes in. If more is needed, proof
of being unemployed, etc. would be helpful. Look out for more details. This
is for people in Berrynarbor as well, both to give and to receive.
Advent is about waiting, not just as
children think. There are different forms of waiting. Waiting for Christmas is one thing but what
about waiting for an operation? Or when
you suffer from depression, perhaps you lie there waiting for morning and then
wait for the end of the day. Advent is about waiting with hope, waiting with
openness, looking to God with anticipation.
I have had to sell the house at different times in my life; you have to
be ready. Anyone can come anytime! Preferably by appointment, people can come to
view. That is what it means to be open
to God. You have to be ready, you have
to live with anticipation, being prepared to open the door. This is the right attitude to make the most
of the Christmas season. We get
everything else ready but most of us will leave out the spiritual dimension and
what that can mean to us if we are open.
Fancy confusing that with tinsel!
One of my
favourite carols rarely heard or performed uses an old Andalusian tune which
makes it as haunting and beautiful a melody as you can imagine. The 'Carol of the Birds' was a favourite of
the 'cellist Pablo Casals, and Joan Baez sang it on a Christmas album some may
remember. The second verse goes like this:
then did rise, went flying through the skies
To tell the wondrous story.
Sang: "Jesus born is he. From sin we
are set free
He brings us joy and glory."
THE VENTURE COTTAGE RING
When Sue and Eric Longstaff lived at
Venture Cottage in the 1960's-70's, they had a problem with an old crumbling
fireplace. In the process of renovation
a silver ring fell out from amongst the old masonry.
The ring, made like a miniature belt, is
stamped 'Persian Silver'. I should love
to know how old it is as it could possibly have been lost in the original
structure. On the other hand, it may
have been hidden there to ward off evil spirits and witches, a common practice
in Medieval and Tudor times.
Barnstaple Museum was unable to help with
dating the ring. But as Peggy and
Laurie Harvey have traced the origins of Middle Cockhill to the early thirteen
hundreds, it is feasible to date Knacker's Hall, Venture Cottages and Lower
Cockhill's origins to a similar date.
These dwellings are built along the
ancient Parish Road which was the only way through this part of the Sterridge
Valley until the late 1800's. It
was long established when John Jewell and his family made their way along it to
church in the early 1500's.
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
Wine Circle meetings resumed on
Wednesday, October 16th, the first of the eight meetings in our new season:
2013-14. It was pleasing to see many
familiar faces and several new members.
Geoff and I joined in October 2007 and have enjoyed every meeting
attended and I'm sure our forthcoming programme will not disappoint.
John Hood, in his inimitable fashion,
invited us to taste six wines from the Iberian Peninsula, which has a greater
wine-growing area than any other country, but is only the world's 3rd
producer and this is because the vines are placed further apart than in other
areas. All wines were sourced from
Averys in Bristol, which were couriered.
Two of the three whites and two of the
reds were Spanish. The Pazo do Mar
Expression 2012, from Galicia, N.W. Spain, is made from a single grape:
Albarino, and priced at £11.99. Quinta
Nova Pomares 2012 is from the Douro region of Portugal, a triple-grape mix,
£10.99, but both gained appreciation.
All reds were from blends of grapes, but
the Clos del Pinell, Gran Reserva, 2005 closed John's presentation. At £10.99 it was the dearest. There seemed to
be a general consensus of opinion that the dearest were the preferred tastings. Perhaps this proves that you only get what
you pay for!
The last meeting of 2013 is Wednesday, December
11th. It doesn't matter if you have
missed November's meeting, we are always pleased to see new faces. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, our December meeting
is our Christmas special: our Food and Wine gathering. Incredible edibles are produced by our
members for a specific number, and, therefore, it would be very useful, prior to the meeting, to know
if you think you may join our Circle in December. The first meeting of the new year will be on
Wednesday, 15th January - an evening of 'Call My Wine Bluff'.
Adam: Secretary and Promotional
Have you ever walked along the front at Lynmouth and been
saddened by the sorry state of the building near the cliff railway - the
Pavilion - and wondered why it should be so?
Well, wonder no more, it has been rejuvenated!
The Pavilion was opened in 1932 and was once the steamboat
terminal with passengers waiting on the ground floor. Upstairs was a theatre.
Having spent the last ten years operating from a portakabin, the Exmoor National Park Centre
now has its home at the Pavilion.
Following an incredible rebuild, the Centre was opened by our own North
Devon District Councillor, Andrea Davis, on the 17th October,
Here, not only can you find all the information you need
about Exmoor and how to enjoy it, there is a small comfortable cinema
showing a ten minute film to help you
discover one of England's finest landscapes,
exhibitions and a dining room and delicatessen serving delicious food,
and with a view of the sea and the cliff railway.
You are made very welcome by all the staff and access is
buggy and wheelchair friendly with a lift to the upper floor, restaurant and
well- appointed toilets.
So, when you are next in Lynmouth, do call in at the
one of England's finest landscapes . . .
A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped
by people and nature over thousands of years. Where high cliffs plunge into the Bristol Channel, and cosy pubs and tea rooms offer delicious local produce.
. . . and . . .now
REPORT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
Reports were received from the Police,
District Councillor Yvette Gubb and the Parish
An application form had been
completed and submitted in respect of a DCC Locality Grant from County
Councillor Andrea Davis and Community Councillor Grants from District
Councillors Julia Clark and Yvette Gubb in respect of repairs to the War
Councillor Steve Hill was pleased
to report that interest had been shown by parishioners in respect of assisting
the preparation of an Emergency Plan, the first draft of which was available. A wire cage had been generously offered
for the storage of emergency equipment.
The Clerk to make arrangements for sandbags to be available for collection from
the Civic Centre by District Councillor Yvette Gubb.
Post Meeting note: This
had been done.
Discussions were on-going
regarding sports facilities at the Recreation Field.
An Expression of Interest had been
submitted to the Fullabrook Wind Farm Company in respect of a local housing
Issues were being addressed at the public
conveniences following an inspection by North Devon Council. Door
closures and a more user friendly handle for the disabled toilets were being
The Parish Council was in dialogue
with North Devon Council regarding signage in the car park and arrangements to
be made to have a site meeting to obtain more information with an official
following an enquiry as to whether the Parish Council had an interest in
managing the car park.
Councillor Mrs Thomas had attended
a Planning and Environment School organised by North Devon Council.
Finances were approved. A Planning Application at Bountree, Smythen
Farm, was recommended for refusal on highway grounds, also the plans do not reflect the accuracy of the
existing building, and concern was expressed about the original horseshoe bat
Details of a temporary closure of
Footpath 20 were given.
Parishioners are reminded that
Parish Council Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7,00
p.m. now in the Parish Rooms, not the Penn Curzon Room of the Manor Hall.
Sue Squire - Parish Clerk
As you will see from the Clerk's report, the Parish Council
are putting together an Emergency Plan for the village. The main objective is to let people know
they are not alone in an emergency and can call upon others to help.
The first port of call would always be
the Emergency Services on 999, and we suggest that no one puts themselves at
risk of danger. But sometimes we can
call upon villagers to assist as well.
They will be co-ordinators who hold a list of people who can help.
What we are seeking is volunteers, maybe with first aid
experience, access to a 4 x 4 vehicle or
a chainsaw, and volunteers to put sand in the bags, or if they have another
skill that can be used.
If you think you can help please contact me, Steve Hill on
 882647 or e-mail me at email@example.com. Thank you.
HUNTING THE GIANT'S DAUGHTER AT THE MANOR
One thing you can rely on is that the
Beaford Arts presentations are different, thought provoking and poorly attended
in Berrynarbor. Well, this
representation of Tales from the times of King Arthur was no exception, so
again most villagers missed out on an interesting and entertaining evening.
The event started with a school workshop
run in the Manor Hall. Michael Harvey
told the story, while Lyne Denman sang the songs with harp and accordion
accompaniment from Stacey Blythe. The
end result was enchanted children and a picture story frieze. Some children were enthralled enough to come
along in the evening for a second helping.
The format of the staged show started
with poetic singing in Welsh of 'I am
the beginning', Then began the Tale of Culhwch seeking out his defined Lady
Olwen in the lands surrounding the Bristol Channel. This is one of 11 Welsh Tales from the 12th
Century. We were invited into a
fantastic, primitive world where men and beasts were equal, with shape changing
and magic everywhere. Not so different
then from Dr. Who and Star Wars, but presented verbally and musically, on
stage, to an enthralled audience. The
presentation by the cast was brilliant - their diction was clear and exciting,
the background music extensively amplified the storyline and the Welsh singing
with a distinctly jazz feeling set the time and place into Wales, Somerset,
Devon and Cornwall. What could have been
Berrynarbor was very lucky to have this
Beaford event here and to have been so well entertained so surprisingly in this
21st Century. The cast were all
world-famous in their fields and the production support matched them.
Many traditional tales have a
moral, and the one from this Beaford event has to be: Always attend Beaford Arts events in the
Manor Hall. They are always
entertaining or thought provoking and frequently both. The risk is that they pass this way only
once, and you'll never know how much you're missing out, because it's
Congratulations to the PTA and the Manor
Hall for organising this entertaining event. Alan
WEATHER OR NOT
September was a fairly quiet, warm
month. Temperatures were mainly in the
high teens and low twenties with a daytime high of 24.1 Deg C and a night low of
7.2 Deg C, although most nights the temperature remained in double figures. It was often overcast but we missed a lot of
the rain up here compared with South Devon and with only 43mm it was the second
driest September we have recorded. 120.57 hours of sunshine were recorded which
was almost identical to last year. Winds
were mainly light with a maximum gust of 24 knots.
October was generally very mild even at
night with a maximum temperature of 20.8 Deg C and a minimum of 5.6 Deg C, The sunshine hours recorded of 71.09 hours was
the highest for October since a note has been kept. Many days were damp or had rain but the total
rainfall was only 162mm which was lower than average. The first part of the month was often breezy
but then it became more and more stormy. On the 16th we recorded 31 knots, then on
Sunday 27th we had a gust of 35 knots which was the strongest gust in the
month. It was also the wettest day of the month with
27mm. The severe storm that was forecast
for Sunday into Monday fortunately didn't hit this part of the county too
badly, in fact we couldn't hear any wind at all but the barometer dropped from
998mb at 2000 on the Sunday to 982 by 0400 Monday.
Unfortunately the unsettled weather has
continued into November though at the moment it is still reasonably mild for
the time of year. We have heard scare
stories that it is going to be a very bad winter so the longer it remains mild
A Happy Christmas to you all. Which will it be - wet or white?
LOCAL WALK -141
Bats in the Chancel
Described by the nineteenth century clergyman and historian,
Sabine Baring-Gould as 'picturesquely seated in a nook', the small and remote
church of St. Peter at Trentishoe is about half a mile inland from the rugged
In early autumn we walked to it along Trentishoe Lane, a
level and straight road for most of the way until it does a sudden right-angled
turn and dips down to reveal the narrow tower beside a farm with a trickle of
cottages and barns further down the hill.
At a field gate along the lane, with no human habitation
nearby, trays of eggs had been placed for sale. Very trusting but can there be much passing
trade here we wondered?
I remembered that when I had visited the
church last summer swallows had been nesting in the porch. There was evidence that they had been back
this summer too; a little mound of bird
lime on the threshold. We turned round
to see above the doorway three empty nests.
Inside the little church a large cloth had been spread on
the floor before the altar and on it was a scattering of droppings. We looked up and saw, in a neat row, equal
distances apart, twelve pipistrelle bats roosting on the chancel ceiling.
The church contains a compact organ in the form of a wooden
rectangular box, which was salvaged from the Mauritania. Strange that this artefact from an ocean
liner should find its way to this lonely spot on Exmoor.
A special feature of Trentishoe church
is its eighteenth century musicians' gallery, a narrow wooden structure at the
back of the church reached by some stairs.
A hole has been cut in the parapet to accommodate the bow of the double
It is unusual to see one of these galleries preserved
because so many were removed during Victorian restorations when organs replaced
the bands of village musicians.
There is a good portrayal of these
church bands in Thomas Hardy's charming early novel, Under the Greenwood
Tree. In a lot of Hardy's novels tragic
events occur due to misunderstandings, missed opportunities and failure to
speak or act at the right time, but Under the Greenwood Tree is a gentle study
of rural life and rustic characters.
Hardy's original title for the books was The Mellstock Quire
and in 1896 he wrote of his regret for the passing of the 'orchestral bodies'
of up to a dozen players who provided the music in churches. He believed the result of their displacement
by an organist or harmonium had been to reduce the direct involvement of the
parishioners in the life of the church.
He pointed out that, 'the zest of these bygone
instrumentalists must have been keen to take them on foot every Sunday, after a
toilsome week, through all weathers to the church, which often lay at a
distance from their homes.'
The gratuities they received barely covered the cost of
fiddle strings, repairs and manuscript paper for them to copy out their
music. Seeing a rare gallery like the
one at Trentishoe is a poignant reminder of their dedication.
As it had started to rain and become darker in the church
I'd switched on the light so that my friends could see to sign the visitors'
book. Soon there was a barely
perceptible, faint rustle. Foolishly, I
had unwittingly disturbed the bats. I
quickly switched off the light; the bats
settled again and we went out into the drizzly churchyard to leave the
creatures in peace.
Illustrated by Paul Swailes
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT
We have had a busy autumn removing the
summer bedding and re-planting with bulbs and winter flowering pansies and
cyclamen. We also managed to re-use some small shrubs
saved from the previous winter displays.
We had some help planting the bulbs at the Manor Hall when the playgroup
children joined in! They were doing a
project about autumn so we hope they enjoy watching the tulips and crocuses
Sorry to say that although we tried our
best this year to win the Best Kept Village award we only managed runner
up. Never mind, next year we will have
another chance and hope that more villagers will join us. We held
the last litter pick of the year in early November and look out for our poster
in the New Year with the date of our first meeting for 2014.
On 19th September we held a musical
evening in conjunction with the Horticultural & Craft group. It was a lovely evening and we are grateful
to Ian Hudson for organising the singers and players. We
Another fun event was the Pumpkin
Fair held on 19th October with the children dressed in their fancy dress
costumes. Not much of a fundraiser but
the kids and adults had a great time!
Last year I was making white chocolate
and cranberry cookies to give as Christmas presents and this year I have been
making chutney. There is still time to make some and if you use Christmas
fabric to cover the lids and maybe pop a pretty spoon through the ribbon you
use to tie the fabric what could be a nicer gift?
about 21/2 kg / 5lbs
11/2 kg / 3lbs cooking apples
450g / 1lb cranberries either fresh
1 kg / 2lbs onions
450g / 1lb mixed dried fruits (use
some dried figs and apricots to make up the weight)
11/2 litres / 2 pints malt vinegar
675g / 11/2 lb dark brown soft sugar
1 tablespoon black treacle
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons mixed spice
11/2 tablespoons mixed pickling spice
tied in a small piece of muslin or thin cloth
Peel core and slice the apples. Put into a large saucepan with the
cranberries. Peel and finely chop the
onions, add to the saucepan along with all the dried fruit (chop the figs and
apricots roughly). Add half the vinegar
and simmer covered until the fruit is tender (about 30 minutes). Mix in the remaining ingredients including
the rest of the vinegar and simmer until the soft brown sugar is completely
melted. Leave uncovered and cook until
the chutney becomes jam-like in consistency, stirring frequently and allow
plenty of time. Remove the bag of
spices. Leave the chutney until luke
warm then pot and cover. Label and store
in the cool until Christmas.
I hope you and your friends and family
enjoy this. Happy Christmas,
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
I cannot believe we are already on the
count-down to Christmas!
all just enjoyed a two week half term.
The children are now refreshed and looking forward to the busy end of
Following half term, the children have
started their swimming sessions. This
is an essential part of the PE Curriculum and very important in the area in
which we live.
For Remembrance Sunday on the 10th
November, the Church was decorated with Poems and Bunting that the children
made for this special occasion and we hope you were able to take time to look
We should like to wish everyone a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
SUMMER CAR TRAIL
Many thanks to everyone who
took part in the Car Trail to raise money for the Newsletter. Hopefully you enjoyed it and found it took
you to places you'd not been to before!
Only one car, with Chris and Phil Pocock
of Berrynarbor Park got all the answers correct - well done!
Three entries were nearly there with 25
out of 26 - Jules Barnes and Graham Webster from Bristol on holiday at Stowford
Farm Meadows, Sue and Simon Kemp with Trish and Joan, and Alan and Nora
Thanks go to Lorna and Michael Bowden
for setting the trail and all entrants for their participation and support of
DIY and TAKE IT HOME ARTS & CRAFTS DAY
SATURDAY, 15TH FEBRUARY 2014
By popular request a second Activity Day is planned for
Saturday 15th February 2014.
Open to EVERYONE - children, parents and
grandparents - you will be able to take part in one or more of the following
activities: Floral Art, Stained Glass, Card Making, Patchwork, Pebble Painting
and other crafts.
The day will include morning coffee, light lunch and
afternoon tea both for those making something and those interested in seeing
what is being made!
Full details will be available in the February 2014
Newsletter and look out for posters nearer the time.
Please make a note of the date
in your new diaries and support this event if you can.
All proceeds for the Berrynarbor Newsletter.
Jane and Keith
Rose Cottage would like to wish everyone
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Colin and Doreen wish
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year
friends and neighbours in Berrynarbor.
all our friends in the village a
Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.
Wendy and Chris
Norma and Tony
Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year
their friends and neighbours in the village and on The Park.
Happy Christmas and New Year to all friends.
Greetings to all our friends and neighbours in the village.
wish you a very Happy Christmas and the best of Health and Happiness in 2014.
Keith and Margaret
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014
Happy and Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our friends in
Ray and Marie Bolton, Birmingham
wishes for Christmas and the New Year
from Paula, Ray and Sandie
Eileen and Bob Hobson
their friends A Very Happy Christmas.
Happy Christmas to all our friends and neighbours.
love, Jo and Mike Lane
Yvonne [and Brandy]
like to wish all friends and neighbour in the Village a very Happy Christmas
and send all good wishes for 2014.
Hinton, Barton Lane
Joan and Malcolm
Season's Greetings to all.
Tom and Inge
warm greetings for Christmas and wishes for a
New Year 2014 to all friends and neighbours, villagers and readers of the
Ron Toms at Lee Lodge
all his village friends and visitors
A Very Happy Christmas and Health and
Happiness in the year ahead.
Janet and Jasmine
all their friends a Very Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
should like to send best wishes to all
our friends and neighbours for a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New
Year. However you plan to spend
Christmas, we trust it will be a very special time for you all.
Chris and Jen,
Jackie and Roy Pierpoint
all friends, old and new, a
Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Happy Christmas to all my friends in the village and, of course, on Berrynarbor
Park. I wish you all a lovely peaceful
year in 2014.
all our friends and neighbours our best wishes for a
Happy Christmas and a great year ahead,
Pat and Maureen,
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year
our friends and customers.
Joyce and Songbird
Colin and Wendy at
warm Christmas Greetings and best wishes for the New Year to all friends and
neighbours in Berrynarbor.
Christmas Greetings and Good Wishes for 2014 to everyone.
Liz and Roger of
friends and neighbours A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ken and Judie
everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a healthy and peaceful 2014.
Seascape, Barton Lane,
friends & neighbours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all our village friends.
Janet and David [Steed]
Christmas and Happy New Year to all friends and neighbours in Berrynarbor and
best wishes from
Tim and Jill
The Parochial Church Council wish
all members of the Church and Villagers a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas
and New Year.
Patricia, Staff and Volunteers at Marwood
all their visitors from Berrynarbor and wish them a
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Davies Family at Leeside
all friends and neighbours a Very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Pip and Tony
send Christmas Greetings to all friends and
acquaintances in Berrynarbor and best wishes for Health and Happiness in 2014.
Don and Edith, Karen, Callum, Morgan and
Karl, Lou, Tyler and Corey
you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mark and Hilary
all their friends and neighbours A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
all her friends back in Berrynarbor A Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New
Year. [Fleet, Hampshire]
Linda, George, Ethel, Allan, Jasmine,
Tracey, Darren and Caitlin
like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Pam and Alex of
all friends in Berrynarbor
Merry Christmas and Good Health and Happiness throughout 2014.
Chairman Adam Stanbury and members of
Berrynarbor Parish Council wish everyone in the village A Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Rainer, Jill and Amber
like to wish all their friends and neighbours in the Sterridge Valley
Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year
Jolly Good Ale and Old
but eat a little meat,
stomach is not good;
sure I think that I can drink
he that wears a hood.
I go bare, take you no care,
nothing am a-cold;
stuff my skin so full within
jolly good ale and old.
and side go bare, go bare;
Both foot and hand go cold;
But, belly, God send thee good
Whether it be new or old.
no roast but a nut-brown toast,
crab laid in the fire;
little bread shall do me stead;
bread I not desire.
frost not snow, no wind, I trow,
hurt me if I wold;
so wrapp'd and thoroughly lapp'd
jolly good ale and old.
Back and side, etc.
Tib, my wife, that as her life,
well good ale to seek,
oft drinks she till you may see
tears run down her cheek;
doth she trowl to me the bowl
as a maltworm should;
And saith, 'Sweetheart, I took my part
this jolly good ale and old.'
Back and side, etc.
let them drink till they nod and wink,
as good fellows should do;
shall not miss to have the bliss
ale doth bring man to;
all poor souls that have scour'd bowls
have them lustily troll'd,
save the lives of them and their wives,
they be young or old.
Back and side, etc.
William Stevenson [1530-1575]
William Stevenson was an English clergyman and presumed playwright of the early English
language comedy Gammer Gurton's
Born in Durham, he studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1553, his Master of
Arts degree in 1560 and his Bachelor of Divinity degree, also in 1560. Account books at Christ's College list him
in 1550-1553 and again in 1559-1560 as involved in putting on plays, though
they do not mention Gammer Gurton's Needle explicitly. He became a prebend
at Durham Cathedral in 1561.
The Means to Attain a Happy Life
MARTIAL, the things that do attain
The happy life, be these, I find :
The riches left, not got with pain ;
The fruitful ground, the quiet mind :
The equal friend, no grudge, no strife ;
No charge of rule, nor governance ;
Without disease, the healthful life ;
The household of continuance :
The mean diet, no delicate fare ;
True wisdom join'd with simpleness
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress:
The faithful wife, without debate ;
Such sleeps as may beguile the night.
Contented with thine own estate ;
Ne wish for Death, ne fear his might
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
[1516/17 to 19th January 1547] was an English Aristocrat and one of the
founders of English Renaissance poetry.
He was the eldest son of Thomas Howard,
3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, the former Lady Elizabeth
Stafford He was reared at Windsor with
Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset,
they became close friends and, later, brothers-in-law. He became Earl of Surrey in 1524 when his
grandfather died and his father became Duke of Norfolk.
His first cousin, Anne Boleyn, was
executed on charges of adultery and treason.
Henry VIII consumed by delusions and increasing illness, became
convinced that Surrey had planned to usurp the crown from his son Edward and
had him imprisoned - with his father - sentenced him to
beheaded for treason on the 19th January 1547.
His father survived execution as it had been set for the day following
the King's death, but remained in prison.
Surrey's son Thomas became heir to the Dukedom of Norfolk instead,
inheriting it on the 3rd Duke's death in 1554.
is buried in a spectacular tomb in the church of St. Michael the Archangel in
RURAL REFLECTIONS 60
I recently came across my first Rural
Reflections article. It was written at
the height of the foot and mouth outbreak and made reference to the extent to
which wind direction was playing its infectious part in determining where the
disease spread. I likened the wind's
pronounced visual impact to the Great Storm of 1987, a storm that could be
clearly mapped out by viewing its path of destruction from the air. As is my disposition, I tried to look upon
the storm's urban and rural devastation across southeast England with a
positive outlook. I filled half a glass with water and saw through the half
full section the new trees that had been planted where their forebears had
stood; forebears that, where possible,
had been left alone and allowed a respectable death so that their decaying
trunks could become food and shelter for woodland creatures great and small.
However, by looking through the half
empty section of the glass I was chillingly reminded that Mother Earth had
chosen to carry out her re-landscaping in one swift visit. She had forgotten that mankind is a creature
of habit and that the human race does not cope well with change; and even more
so when that change occurs overnight, whether it be literally or
My maiden article supported this latter
point by likening the great storm to clearance work that we had recently
undertaken in our garden. Trees had been felled, nettles severed, and brambles
uprooted; actions that could be viewed through both halves of the glass. On the one hand we had robbed wildlife of a
long established source of refuge and shelter; on the other we had
allowed daylight to return to surface level, so encouraging previously
suffocated wild and cultivated plants to bloom and flourish.
Yet there was one key aspect upon which
the two clearances differed. Where
Mother Nature had implemented her change without explicit warning and literally
overnight, ours was planned and carried out over the course of six months. That's not to say we too could have
undertaken our clearance of all the foliage overnight; a rotavator would have
seen to that. But by refining the
garden manually - albeit back breaking - meant that the transformation could be
savoured over a longer period of time.
Of course Mother Nature knows in her
heart that the human race copes better when change is gradual. It is for this reason that she subtlety
transforms one season into the next. It
is also why she ensures that even in the depths of winter an occasional red
campion will peek out from a hedgerow; a reminder of the floral abundance that
will progressively adorn our country lanes come spring. Remember - and I have written this many
times before - that come Christmas day, the shortest hours of daylight have
passed; and once the festive period is over the production lines in Mother
Nature's factories will choke and splutter back into life.
PLANT SALES FOR THE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE
I am so pleased to be able to tell you that I have beaten
last year's donation of £800.
This year I have achieved sales of £1,100 of which £1,000
has been donated to the Children's Hospice, £50 I am sending to Save the
Children for the children in Syria appeal, and £50 to our village magazine both
for the publicity for the selling of plants and for the many plant pots given
to me in answer to my appeals, which help enormously.
Thank you EVERYONE who has made these donations possible.
I must first thank Margaret
for her generous donation to the Newsletter but we must all congratulate her on
her achievement - through her hard work and dedication in propagating and
planting out plants and shrubs and selling them, she has over the years raised
a magnificent £10,000 for the Children's Hospice. An incredible feat for such a worthwhile cause. Ed.
BERRYNARBOR WARTIME MEMORIES
Dance Classes, Concerts and Ladies Keep Fit
lovely to see, in the October issue, Gladys Dyer's (nee Toms) photograph of an
act from one of the performances put on by Miss Mildred Hyams
dance class. It brought back happy
times and prompted me to search through my own memorabilia and discover that as
well as three photographs of other acts I have the programme for the Concert at
which they were performed in 1942.
classes were held in the Parish Room and the Concerts were put on at the Manor
Hall and some of the dances may have been performed at other occasions as well
such as the Church fete. I think the photographs were probably taken outside
the Manor Hall during dress rehearsals or in the Rectory garden. The Show
simply called A Display of Dancing was performed in the Manor Hall in aid of
The British Red Cross St. John Fund on Friday and Saturday the 3rd and 4th of
July (two days after the start of the Battle of El Alamein).
As well as the group dance numbers there were
several solo turns by members of the class including an energetic Tambourine
Dance that I performed and acts by other local talents including songs by
Gerald Beauclerk and Ivy Richards and pianoforte solos by Toni Wardell. It was a very
full programme with 13 acts in part one then an interval and 12 acts in part
Gladys's photograph shows the last act of part one; 'The British Isles & Victory March', Scotland at far left and
right was represented by sisters Janet and Monica Whiting, Ireland by Gladys
Toms (2nd from L) and B Human (2nd from R), Wales by
either Sheila Draper or J. Radley (4th from L) and my cousin Jean
Travers (kneeling 3rd from R), the two boy scouts were the
flagbearers and they were Brian Steadman (3rd from L) and Geoffrey
Blewett (standing behind Jean) another of my cousins who had come down to
escape the war in London, Geoffrey is
still alive and well and living in Devon. I am in the centre representing
England and I think I may have danced a Sailors' Hornpipe in the show as part
of this act and then appeared as Britannia in the final Victory March.
The photographs I am sending in show three of
the acts from the second half of the Concert. The first shows act 4 'An Old English Cameo' in which several different dances and songs were performed individually by
L-R, Sheila Draper, Maureen Peachey, Dawn Delbos, Elizabeth Lawford and Jean
Travers (reclining at front) all in period costume.
This was followed by 'The Charladies' a Mrs Mopp
turn performed by a group from the Berrynarbor Ladies
Keep Fit Class also held by Miss Hyams in the
Parish Room, they are L-R, Mylcie Meadows, Mrs Houston, Beth Stephens, Nellie
Peachey my mother and Winnie Blewett my aunt and mother of Geoffrey (I got top
marks for this photo in a 'Nutty Auntie' competition at my W.I. group
next photograph shows the final act 'Operatic
Ballet' with L-R, ?Sheila Draper, Janet Whiting, June Steadman,
Monica Whiting, then either J. Radley or. R. Human, Maureen Peachey, Beryl
Horrell, Jean Travers. After ending the show on this cultural high note
everyone stood for God Save the King.
The last photograph is not from the show but
depicts the splendid Keep Fit ladies in their smart and respectable exercising
outfits (before the days of leotards) outside the Manor Hall.
On the extreme left is Mrs Griffiths, third in
the back row is Mrs Dovell and fifth Mrs
Houston, second and sixth are Misses Dovell and Chalmers but I am not sure
which is which, they were cousins their mothers being sisters. On the far right
is Mrs Smith but the name of the lady in the centre escapes me. Second, third
and fourth in the front row are sisters Winnie Blewett, Nellie Peachey and
Hilda Travers, my dear mother and aunts but I don't recall the names of the
ladies flanking them at either end of the row.
Maureen Underdown [nee
The Jones family lived in a small rural village in
Devon. It was Christmas Eve and the
children, Ron seven and Jane eight were getting very excited with the prospect
of Father Christmas calling. Looking
out of the window, the children could see it was just beginning to snow.
Presently there was a 'phone call. It was from their uncle to ask if it would
be possible for them to go over to baby sit their two year old baby as he,
their aunt and cousins had been invited to a party.
It was all agreed and Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Ron and Jane set
off. It was still snowing and on their
arrival they were greeted with hugs and kisses before the family left for the
Time went on and it was late when the family arrived home
"You'll never get home tonight," their aunt said, "The snow
is really quite deep. But don't worry,
she continued, "I'll prepare the bedrooms so you can all sleep here."
By the next morning, Christmas morning, the snow had thawed
enough for the Jones's to return home.
They got in the car, eager to get back to see if Father Christmas had
been. Arriving home, Mr. Jones opened
the front door and the children rushed in.
Up to their bedrooms they went and there, lo and behold,
were their stockings and pillow cases filled with all sorts of games, a doll,
train set, sweets, teddy bears. Their
rooms were decorated with paper chains, lanterns. They could hardly believe their eyes!
Mr. and Mrs. Jones followed their
children up the stairs and stood there amazed at the sight. They looked at each other with puzzled
expressions, shrugged their shoulders and went downstairs for a cup of tea!
Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone.
is coming, the geese are getting fat.
put a penny in the old man's hat;
haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do.
haven't got a ha'penny. God bless you.
Tony Beauclerk - Stowmarket
'Christmas is coming' is an old English
traditional poem or nursery rhyme, often sung as a 'round'. The charitable lyrics associate the
traditional Christmas feast with geese, and the meaning that is conveyed to
children in 'Christmas is coming' is that the festive season is a time when
charity should be given, according to means, even if all they could give is
The history of the penny is not commonly
known. Its first documented reference is
dated 790 AD when it was minted in silver.
The design has frequently changed depicting images of various
monarchs. The first Anglo-Saxon pennies
depicted a cross on the reverse as a symbol of Christianity.
These crosses were used as guidelines to
cut the penny into halves or quarters - cut coinage. The halfpenny [worth half of a penny] and
farthing [worth a quarter or fourth of a penny] were then minted. The word farthing, which like the halfpenny
is no longer minted, comes from 'fourthing'.
The penny changed from silver to copper in 1797 - hence the colloquialism
'coppers' - then to bronze in 1860 and copper plated steel in 1992. [The farthing, 1/4d was last minted in 1960
and the halfpenny 1/2d in 1967.]
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 48
9 1950 - May 31 2010
Journalist and Co-inventor of Trivial Pursuit
Had it not been for a chance game of
Scrabble, with a few letters missing, the world may have been deprived of a
game that gripped the nations - Trivial Pursuit. You may well have been given it for
Christmas in the 1980's, it even outstripped Monopoly in popularity.
The original game, introduced in 1981,
was referred to by Time magazine as 'the biggest phenomenon in games
history'. Part of its achievement was in
its unique design and carefully chosen 6,000 questions [many of them devised by
Haney on a prolonged holiday in Spain], based on everything from popular
culture to science, sport and history, displayed on 1,000 cards. Since then the questions have been modified
and updated, and up to 40 variations of the original game have been introduced,
including Walt Disney, Star Wars and the Beatles. Many devotees, however, neglected these
versions, sticking to the original game in its regal blue box.
Christopher Haney was born in Welland, Ontario.
He dropped out of High School aged 17, a decision he later regretted,
saying he should have dropped out at 12!
His father worked for the Canadian Press Agency and helped him get a job
as a copy boy with the company. He then
moved to the Montreal Gazette, eventually becoming photo editor, where he met
Scott Abbott, a sportswriter for the Canadian Press.
On December 15th 1979 he and Scott were
at Chris's home enjoying a game of Scrabble - until they realised that some
letters were missing. At a loss, they
mulled over creating a new game. Chris
came up with the idea of one based on trivial facts. By the time he went to the refrigerator for
the second beer, they had mapped out the game with its six-spoked circular
board and filled out a few sheets of paper listing various categories.
By the time of his death in 2010, global
sales had reached 100 million in 26 countries and 17 languages and overall
revenue from sales was in excess of $1 billion.
So how did they become so
successful? Well, after that initial
inspiration in 1979, they needed to check that their idea was good, and then
they needed capital. Firstly, they
posed as reporters and went to a toy fair in Montreal, quizzing game experts
with questions, and came back with what Haney described as '$10,000 worth of
information'. They brought in Chris's
brother John and a friend of his, Ed Werner, a lawyer and fellow hockey
enthusiast, and formed a company Horn Abbot Ltd., based on Chris's nickname
'The Horn' and a slightly shortened version of Scott's surname.
The four managed to raise $42,000 from
32 family members and friends. However,
Chris would not let his mother contribute.
He didn't want her to lose her life-savings!
Trivial Pursuit was trademarked on
November 10 1981 and 1,100 games were marketed by their company, selling at a
loss at $15. They cost $75 to
manufacture. Initially, buyers at toy
fairs in Montreal and New York were cool about the design, but then word of
mouth exploded sales and in 1984 they sold 20 million copies
By 2008 Hasbro bought the rights to the
game for $80 million. Haney, who had
known real financial hardship, could now invest in golf courses, vineyards and
racehorses - and could travel to Europe and around the world by ship. He was afraid of air travel.
Sadly, Chris Haney died of kidney and
circulatory problems in Toronto aged 59 on 31st May 2010. His first marriage to Sarah with whom he had
two sons, John and Thomas and a daughter, Shelagh, had ended in divorce. His second wife Hiam survives him.
Chris Haney fought and won a 13 year old
battle against a man who said that when Mr Haney picked him up as a hitchhiker,
he'd given him the idea of Trivial Pursuit.
He also won a suit against an author who claimed that some questions had
been taken from the author's book, not denied by Chris. Why did he win? The judge reasoned, "You can't steal
Christmas - and enjoy your party games!
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP & POST
Our new lower price milk from our new
Cornish supplier is proving to be popular, along with our freshly baked rolls,
pasties and pastries from the in-shop oven, so be sure to give these a go.
Christmas is nearly upon us, so come and
take a look at our Christmas Stand which has a selection of unique stocking
fillers including Chocolates, a new Festive Range of Festive Tea Towels, Hand
Knitted Items, Jewellery, Hand Turned Wood
Crafts and especially for that difficult
to buy for friend or relative - 'Pixie Dust' !
Remember to order your poultry and other
necessities - forms are available in the shop. All the usuals are also
available such as Christmas cards, paper, mince pies, wines, spirits and much,
much more. And of course don't forget that at this time of year it's so useful
that we do stamps, parcels and cash withdrawals!
Finally, a big Thank You, Merry Christmas and New Year to all our customers and volunteers from Debbie, Karen and the Committee.
Outdoor Classroom Fundraising
We have a programme of events planned
for the rest of the year in order to raise money for our outdoor classroom.
In February we shall be holding a
recycling month and will be collecting the following:
- CDs and DVDs [not promotional ones from
- Old/foreign currency
- Used printer inks [any make -
- Jewellery [metal - we can take
broken items including one of a pair of earrings]
- Clothes, shoes, handbags,
belts, soft toys, towels, blankets, curtains, sheets [not duvets, pillows
or sleeping bags]
- Old mobile phones
We'll hold a jumble sale to include
everything good enough to sell.
you are donating any items to us for collection by Ragbag, please separate
those you wish to be included in the jumble sale. Any items in the above list not sold at
jumble will be recycled through the appropriate scheme and we'll receive cash
for qualifying items!
There is a collection point at
Pre-school for these items. Please drop them off during opening hours - please
help us to build our outdoor classroom by donating as many items as you can
Over February half term we shall run a
'Matchbox Challenge'. This involves collecting as many items as possible and
putting them into a large matchbox. This
is free to enter with the donation of something on the list above! There will be a prize for the most items in a
matchbox and the most unusual item.
We'll supply a matchbox - you do the rest over February half term!
The Beetle Drive originally planned for
Sunday 10th November was postponed as it was Remembrance and lots of
people had other commitments. It will
be rescheduled for late January.
Natalie Stanbury, Chairperson
OLD BERRYNARBOR VIEW 146
Ye Olde Globe, Berrynarbor
This real photographic view postcard of
Ye Olde Globe has been printed on Agfa photographic paper and might even have
been a 'one off' picture taken perhaps by the owner of the car shown here with
a young lady posing in front of it. The
postcard has an August 3rd 1960 Berrynarbor Ilfracombe postmark, over a red
Queen Elizabeth II 21/2d stamp.
The message reads:
'My dear Daddy. I'm just going to sample a pint in "Ye Olde" pub. God Bless, Raymond xxxxx' There is a postscript which says: 'Berrynarbor 5m up channel from Ilfracombe'.
Note that The Globe was at that time either owned by or sold
Arnold & Hancock's beers and spirits.
Directly under the wording on the white wall can be seen a glass globe
light, the reflection of which shows that the time the photograph was taken was
around mid-day. The original sign above
the porch can be seen clearly and was certainly there when Charlie Blackmore
was the landlord, taking over from Charlie Cornish around 1930.
Thanks to Don, Edith and now their daughter Karen, The Globe
remains the centre of much activity for many of our residents. In fact a recent quiz night, organised by
Karen for Manor Hall funds, was extremely well attended giving a great deal of
enjoyment to all those who attended and participated.
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage,
It's that time again and we shall host
our traditional Christmas Card Exchange
event again this year.
For those unfamiliar with this service,
there is a posting box in the village shop into which you can place cards
addressed to others in the village - for a 10p donation per card please, saves
on stamps!. These cards will then be set out in street order at the Manor Hall
for collection at a COFFEE & MINCE
PIE MORNING on SATURDAY, 21ST
DECEMBER, 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
Any cards not collected [or taken for delivery by helpful volunteers!]
will be delivered by Committee Members.
So please support the Manor Hall and enjoy a bit of old fashioned village
activity in the process.
After a period of no change in the
charges for hiring the Hall, new charges are now in place. In most cases, particularly for village
events, the charge remains the same, the rest have only increased slightly by
in some cases just 50p. The charge for
private parties for children has gone down and wedding receptions stay the
same. A separate charge has been
brought in for Christenings at £24.50.
To see all the new charges please look at the list displayed in the
In the hall itself, users will have
noted that one of the heaters is no longer working and is, in fact, beyond
repair. Organising a replacement is in
hand but unfortunately it is very expensive.
On the topic of building condition, we can advise that the full survey
of the Hall finally took place in October, carried out by Smiths Gore at
Exeter. It was an interesting day, and
it's clear that we face some structural issues in the old roof [Manor House
wing] and a backlog of other maintenance items. The Listed Buildings Officer from North
Devon Council also joined us for what became a long conversation in the old
roof space! A full report back will be
made in the next newsletter. Thanks to
Kevin Brooks for arranging access, ladders, extra torches and some local
In the meantime we can tell you that we
are planning new signage for the Hall, Pre-school and Playground at the
entrance to the driveway and a tidy up of the hedges and shrubs along the
boundary with Birdswell Lane. I know people refer to this as being a 'garden'
in the past - perhaps we can get back to that with some volunteer help in the
Best Wishes for the Festive Season to