were very interested to see the slides of Combe Martin "Then and Now"
shown by Les Tovey at the April meeting.Some buildings have now disappeared or changed beyond recognition,
whilst others have remained more or less unchanged.The competition for a photograph of a dog
was won by Josie Bozier and the raffle by Margaret Andrews.
usual, the May meeting was devoted to discussing the two Resolutions on which
delegates will vote at the National Federation AGM in Cardiff on the 7th June.
first Resolution urges the Government to legislate for the use of renewable
energy technologies in all new buildings, re-building and renovation.The second Resolution urges the Government
participation in sport is an essential factor in the creation of a healthy
population;to ensure that sport is
re-established on the curriculum in all schools and to reverse the decline in
the availability of sporting facilities for all citizens.
members present voted in favour of both Resolutions.
competition for six cookies was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Janet
Gibbins.At the end of the meeting,
after the 'serious' part, there was a social time when tea and cookies were
next meeting is on 6th June where there will be a demonstration of belly
dancing and the competition is for the prettiest scarf.
Exmoor Ranger will be talking to us on 4th July and the competition is for a
deer.There will be no meeting in
meetings take place in the Manor Hall on the first Tuesday of the month at Visitors and new members very welcome.
Doreen Prater - President
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Easter ServicesA quiet time on Good Friday afternoon when
a group of us spent an hour in prayer and contemplation interspersed with hymns
thanks to Margaret Andrews for leading us at this service.
Day at last and the joyous celebration of the Resurrection.The Choir sang an unaccompanied anthem and
again it was lovely to see so many families in church with the children all
coming up to the altar for a blessing.The newly lit Easter Candle and the flowers brought the church alive and
our grateful thanks go once again to the arrangers and to all those who made
such generous donations.
special services will be held in June - Sunday, 4th June is Whitsunday
[Pentecost] when there will be a Family Communion at , and on Sunday, 18th June, the
Christians Together Evening Service will be held in BerrynarborChurch
beginning at This is always a lively service and the
singing is not to be missed!There will
be tea/coffee and biscuits afterwards.
Sunday School children will be in church on 2nd July -
their last Sunday before the summer holidays - and members of the PCC are
planning a Family Service with a difference, come and see!
spite of disappointing attendance at the Coffee Morning held on 4th May,
£115.45 was raised for church funds.Thank you once again to everyone who gave support in any way.
Day will be on Wednesday, 28th June.Envelopes
and a letter from the Rector will be distributed round the village the week
before and members of the PCC will join Keith at the lych-gate on the day, from
come along for a chat but if you can't make it please hand your envelope to any
member of the PCC or bring it along to church.
1st August, is the date of the Summer Fayre.As always offers of help will be appreciated as will any new ideas and
gifts for the various stalls.
Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 28th June and 26th July.Newcomers are most welcome to come and join
us - any time after .
On this occasion
there is little to report from the Sunday School.Members attended the Family/Village Service
on the 7th May and will again attend on the 2nd July.This will be the last meeting for the summer
the success of last year's outing to CrealyAdventureTheme
Park, we shall again be returning to spend a day
of fun during the summer holiday - a treat the children richly deserve.
Children's Thoughts of Heaven:
How high up is it because sometimes my nose bleeds. Tim
Heaven is all the love in the world collected in one place. Sue
Bye for Now.Sally
MANOR HALL NEWS
After careful consideration, the
Committee have decided that hiring charges for the Hall should beincreased and the following table shows the new prices from March 2006.
Penn Curzon Room
i.e. Coffee Morning
A:Is for Non Profit Organisations working
for the benefit of those living in the Parish
B:Is for all other regular user groups
are always happy to discuss any other type of session not covered by the above.
AGM was held on the 3rd May and the following Officers were elected:
Chairman would like to thank the outgoing officers for all their hard work over
the past years and was pleased that they agreed to remain on the Committee as
work over the past year has mainly been in looking after the fabric of the
buildings, including the work on the gents' toilets.Our main concern over the coming year is to
run the Hall and break even at the end of the year.Pressures for not achieving this include
escalating prices for services, such as gas, electricity and water.We also have to come to terms with the
latest legislation - Disability Discrimination Act.This will affect many parts of the building, one in particular will be the installation of a
hearing loop system which could cost over £2,000!
many thanks for the tea cloths donated and could anyone please help with the
whereabouts of the small, folding table which has gone missing from the Hall?
Bob Hobson - Chairman
the April issue, we welcomed Gail and her Bengal
cat, Jamakas.Here she tells us more
about the breed:
Jean Mill in the USA
founded the breed in 1975 by crossing an Asian Leopard (a small Leopard cat
weighing around 8 to 10lbs and extremely shy) to a domestic cat. Jean met
a lot of opposition along
the way but persevered to get the Bengal breed
started. The early generations, variantBengals had
'F' (foundation) numbers denoting the generation from the wild or from an
outcross, e.g. the first kittens out of a mating between an ALC and a domestic
cat were F1 hybrids. These kittens then had to be mated with other
domestic breeds to prevent inbreeding and the result was F2 hybrids etc.
It is not until they are F4 hybrids from the wild and/or from an outcross, and
there are three generations of Bengal to Bengal breeding, that they are true
have always been bred to retain the look of their wild ancestors combined with
the temperament of loving family pets.
They need no extra care and
should be treated the same as any other domestic cat. Most pet Bengals
are around 10+ generations from the ALC and are being bred and shown
Characteristics: Bengal cats are extremely intelligent and learn quickly
how to open doors, retrieve toys, attack toilet rolls and take the ham out of sandwiches! They are truly
soft coats sparkling with golden glitter, dark spots which are often rosetted
like cats in the wild.
WEATHER OR NOT
dry, cold start that we have had to this year continued in March and April.For the first four months of the year we have
had a total of only 218mm (8 5/8") of rain compared with 533mm (21")
in 2001, 525mm
(20 5/8") in
2002, 310mm (12¼") in 2003, 465mm (18 5/16") in 2004 and 288mm (11
5/16") last year.
produced 85mm (3 5/16") of rain of which 58mm (2 ¼") fell in the last
eight days. The wind speeds were about
average but as in January and February they were often from the North or North
East and, as a result, the maximum temperature of 15.3 Deg C was at least 3 Deg C down
on the previous four years for the same period and the wind chill of -12 Deg C was
greater than any March in the previous five years.
with only 22mm (7/8") of rain was the driest month we have recorded since
January 1997. The maximum temperature
of 17.3 Deg C was at least 3.5 Deg C lower than the last four Aprils. The wind speeds were again about average with
a maximum wind chill of -4 Deg C which was not as low as we have recorded in
March's sunshine hours were incomplete
but 139.96 hours were recorded for April which is the highest since keeping
records in 2003, the next highest being April 2003 when 121.38 was recorded.
at the barograph papers for March and April there were no outstanding changes
in the barometer pressures with a maximum of 1036mb on the 12th March and a
minimum of 988mb on the 24th March with a fairly steady line in April.
writing this the weather has changed from early morning sunshine to being quite
foggy.Is this a sign of warm weather
on the way? More about that in the
August issue of the newsletter.
Simon and Sue
A REAL BARN BARN DANCE!
village event - we certainly know how to party in Berrynarbor!Thank you, Fenella and John [and all your
helpers], for hosting another great Barn Dance - the best yet, many say.
raised over £800 and have donated £600 to the Devon Air Ambulance, £120 to the
Manor Hall and the balance to Berry in Bloom, the Carnival Float and a smaller
amount as sponsorship for the Hospice 'Walk for Life'.
from the number of empties, about 200 turned up and Greensweep were outside our
place for about twenty minutes - our reputation is now completely shot to
band - Folk in Motion - was terrific and thanks go to Kevin for organising them
for us.There are so many people to
and Ursula for running the raffle and raising £130
vPhil and Lynne for all the electrics,
disco, p.a., and musical entertainment, and Phil's brother for once again
cooking all the sausages
vThe pig came at a very generous price
thanks to Ivan and June, and all the family helped with the carving.Roger's lighting of the BBQ and tending of
the pig roast ensured it was cooked to perfection
vEdith and Don for kindly providing the
baked potatoes and lots of ladies who produced wonderful food
vKeith Jones who kindly carted all the
chairs to and from the barn, and Richard Gingell for allowing his field to be
used as a car park, and EVERYONE who helped set up and more importantly clear
anyone else I may have forgotten!
barn has never looked cleaner, neater or tidier!So everyone's a winner!
Cheers - Fen
Farm] is now home to Debbie and Gavin Denyer and their family, having moved
here recently from Braunton.
who comes originally from Brickett Wood, St. Albans in Hertfordshire, is an IT
Technician at IlfracombeCollege.Debbie, from Radlett, also in Hertfordshire,
is what is now called a Domestic Engineer - to you and me, the most commendable
post of Housewife!She is currently
educating their two youngest children at home.
Both Gavin and
Debbie enjoy walking, with Gavin enjoying music and art and Debbie knitting and
needlework, in particular patchwork and quilting.
family are Ellie, 22, a Receptionist at the Saunton Sands Hotel;Mike, 20, who is working in Barnstaple and is
a skim boarding [surfing] enthusiast;he
is followed by John, 17, a keen guitarist and a student at the North Devon
College;then Kathryn, 15, and Ross,
11.Kathryn is a horse lover and Ross
an animal lover, having sponsored wolves at the CombeMartinWildlifePark
with his birthday money.
the family are their three dogs - Sam and Skye, two collies, and Archie, an
English springer spaniel.
family have already become part of the village, having been roped into a litter
pick on their first week-end, and thoroughly enjoying
the barn dance at Sloley.
It is so nice to see Kathleen's
home, Maryvale, lived in and loved once more.Tony and Maggie Kitchin are the new residents and they've moved only a
short way, from Prixford, although coming some years ago from the South East.
is an accountant and if you are thinking of buying a property in France, then
Tony is the man to consult!Jack and
Tom, their two black Labradors, make up the
and Tony have four children and five grandchildren.Their son Adam, wife Donna and little girl
Caitlin, are in South Africa;Claire and her
husband Nigel and their two boys are in Australia;but nearer, in Sussex,
are Matthew and Pam and their son and daughter, and Rob and Jo are in London.
keen golfers, Maggie says they are currently attacking work that needs doing
around the house and she is looking forward to seeing the end of the chaos!
Having spent many
years holidaying here with their caravan at Napps, Trevor and Val Walton have
moved into the recently converted barn, Millwood, on Hagginton Hill, next to
East Hagginton Farm.
barn conversion and their moving here from Hatfield Heath in Hertfordshire,
came about when Trevor's early retirement left him needing a project!Now they have the conversion of the second
barn to complete.
and Trevor have three children, two married daughters Kate and Victoria and a
son, Stuart.An architect, Kate from
Kingston Upon Thames, helped with the plans;Victoria
is a school secretary and has two sons, Samuel and Rory.Stuart has just returned from France
where he was a ski instructor.
who enjoys floristry, is a pre-school teacher at Lynton and they both enjoy
walking and travel, Trevor is a crossword addict and they have enjoyed
participating in the Globe quizzes. Ruling the roost is Tinker, their
and Pyers Cameron have exchanged the 'smoke' of North London for fresh Devon air!3 Lee
Cottages is currently home to them and their two interestingly named cats -
Somer and Kodai.Somer because Juliet
was born in Somerset and Kodai because Pyers was
born at KodaiKanal, India!
a physiotherapist at the NorthDevonDistrictHospital, and Pyers a
self-employed property and garden maintenance contractor,
found and fell for Berrynarbor whilst visiting friends in Georgeham.They are both keen scuba divers and Pyers
enjoys sailing and fishing, but hobbies may soon be curtailed as they are
expecting their first baby in August.We wish them both well.
To all our newcomers, some newer than others, a warm welcome and
every happiness in your new homes.
the 2nd March, a card from the Queen arrived at Little Oaklands - yes, Maurice
and Joan Fry were celebrating their Diamond Wedding!
the time of their wedding, Maurice was living at East Down and Joan at Marwood,
and it was there at St. Michael and All Angels church they were married in
1946.They moved, with their two
daughters, Margaret and Angela, to Berrynarbor in 1958.
sixty years of happy marriage to their credit, and five grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren, Maurice says they are 'doing fine' and enjoying life,
although we miss seeing him riding his horse around the village.
special day was celebrated at the Braunton Motel
family, friends and neighbours.
add our congratulations to those of the Queen and wish you both more happy
congratulations and best wishes also go to Linda and Fred Brown who will be
celebrating their Golden Wedding in June.Celebrations began back in February when they took all the children and
Euro Disney via Eurostar - wonderful
- and they will be on a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Oceana
when the actual date arrives.This is
to be followed by four different parties and get-togethers during the summer.
'Roll on 2007 for a rest', they say!When asked the secret to a long and happy union, they reply, 'Don't
analyse it, just get on with it!'
belated Happy Birthday to Ann Harris, who has recently joined the merry band of
like to thank my family and everyone for the cards, presents and good wishes
received during the
extended [two weeks!] celebrations for my big six O
birthday.The highlight of which was
the family's present - a trip, with my daughter, to New York, followed by parties galore!Thank you all.Ann
Zoe and Peter Bowden are delighted to announce the safe
arrival of their first grandchild.Jamie, who
was born in
the 25th April, weighed in at 9lbs 41/2oz, a son for Vicky
A warm welcome to the little one and best wishes to you all.
Our congratulations and very best wishes to Sarah and Terry Peach,
who celebrated their marriage in the beautiful surroundings of Arlington Court,
attended by bridesmaids Tia and Katie, on the 20th May.The ceremony was followed by a reception for
family and friends at the Manor Hall.
night time as I lie in bed the worries swirl around my head
I melted in my bed What if
a giant roasts me dead
the monster bit my head What if
a building fell on my shed
the sky rained pencils and pens What if
the school overflows with hens
people watch me drool What if
I drown in the pool
I'm in the house when the door locks What if
my dad wears forty pairs of socks
my Mum loses her tickets What if
my fish gets attacked by crickets
people use rules as rakes What if
my fingers turn into snakes
night long as I lie in bed the worries swirl around my head
who is 7, is a pupil at CombeMartinPrimary
School and the grandson of David and Janet Steed]
SHOP AND POST OFFICE
Annual General Meeting was held in the Manor Hall on 22nd April when about 27
members attended and the main points of interest were:
§The Chairman, Sandy Anderson, welcomed the
members who attended, also Jackie Borley the new
manager who is settling in well.
§In the first 12 months of trading, the Shop
turned over a very creditable £100,000 compared with the previous year's
turnover of about £65,000.
the first financial year [in this case 15 months] there was a net profit
of just over £7,000 but through accounting convention, this included some
£11,000 of grants. In fact, after
deducting non-recurring start up expenses, the Shop broke even, which,
given the low start, was satisfactory.
Committee are optimistic about this year;with Jackie at the helm and the
continuing support of the volunteers, it is hoped that the turnover will
were no new nominations for Committee Members and the present Committee
was re-elected en bloc, with Jackie replacing Ross.
site of the new shop has been moved to the south eastern edge of the car
park [below the existing toilets] and the design modified and planning approval
is confidently awaited.
A reminder that shares in
the Enterprise are
still available and information and application forms are available either in
the shop  or from Alex Parke .
all enthusiastic gardeners! Some of you
already support good causes by selling 'garden goodies' but if any of you could
support our Shop and help with some fund raising, Jackie would love to hear
from you. You may have flower or vegetable plants, an overflow of garden
produce or - particularly at weekends - bunches of cut flowers.Obviously it would be great if you felt you
could donate these, but otherwise the shop would buy them at a modest price on
a sale or return basis and re-sell them.
For everyone else, do call in and
see what's on offer . . .and please BUY!
don't forget Victorian Week in Ilfracombe, 10th - 18th June. Souvenir
programmes are on sale in the shop for £1.00.
hope we all have a bumper summer season all round.
*GOOD NEWS!Since writing this report the good news has
been received that Planning Approval has been given for the new shop.Now starts the serious process of gathering
in the necessary funds to start building.
congratulations and thanks to the Committee for all the hard work they have put
in to ensuring that approval was obtained and the shop move forward.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Reardon was a likeable lad who lived in a house on the right-hand side of Hele
Hill as you approach Ilfracombe.He was
a fine looking chap, tall with dark curly hair and brown eyes.He attended the best school of its time up
on the hill in Ilfracombe and was very scholarly.He passed his matriculation and his aim was
to become a doctor like his father, who had died when he was quite small.
just before his 18th birthday, he awoke to a world of darkness.His sight had just gone.Dr. Ganik, to whom he was taken, told him
that at present nothing could be done.
girlfriend, Joan Kelly, who lived nearby, stood by him and after a while she
qualified as a midwife and they were married.As his mother had also died, Edward and Joan continued to live in the
home on Hele Hill.
a midwife, Joan was ideal for the job.Kind hearted, tolerant and pretty, she was liked by everyone and was the
breadwinner, and as they had moderate tastes, they made the best of life and
loved one another.
Joan was out attending to the new arrivals, Edward would mostly while away the
time 'tapping' his way around the area with his white stick.Sometimes he would stumble over a child's
bicycle left outside a shop or a pedal car left out in the street.At other times he would go to BicclescombePark where there was a garden of
aromatic flowers and plants for the enjoyment of those unable to see.Edward would know his whereabouts often by
sounds - the sound of the church clock near the harbour where he remembered the
words "Time to Seek the Lord".He would love the smell of the seaweed down at the harbour and the
popular music being played at the bandstand.
other times he would go to the Tunnels Beaches to hear the lap of the sea,
children's laughter and the enjoyment of families on holiday.Edward made the best of life, despite his
inability to see things like others.
day he received a letter and Joan opened it and read it to him.
"It's from Dr. Ganik, listen to
Reardon, It is some time since you were struck blind and medical science has
advanced quite considerably.In
conversation recently, I understand from the Consultant, Mr. Forbes, that there
is an operation which might possibly restore your sight.If you will make an appointment with me, and
if you are agreeable, then I shall arrange for you to see
immediately arranged to see Dr. Ganik and the appointment was made with Mr.
Forbes, who, after a very thorough examination, told Edward, "There is a
very good chance that we can restore your sight and if you wish, I'll arrange a
date for your operation."
and Joan were bewildered!What if the
operation was not a success?But then
again, there was nothing to lose."We'll
go for it," said Joan, almost in disbelief.
weeks passed and along came the appointment card.Edward went into hospital, underwent the
operation and lay there until the day arrived for the bandages to be
removed.Joan waited patiently for
two nurses in attendance, Mr. Forbes gradually began to remove the bandages and
"Now, Mr. Reardon, I want you
to slowly open your eyes.""My
tears are blinding me," choked Edward.The consultant gently asked the nurse to dry
Edward's eyes and slowly he opened them.
first everything was blurred but the operation had been a success and gradually
his focus returned.After just a few
days he was out of hospital.
was very different now for Edward.He
could see Joan and she was more beautiful than ever.He could still shed tears and often did when
he saw so many of the things which he had only been able to hear
before.For a while he re-traced his old walks - now
he was able to see the people at the Tunnels Beaches;he was seeing the musicians and the
bandstand;on visiting BicclescombePark
he could see the colour of the flowers, the fine water arrangements and the
parents with their children enjoying themselves.He could see Joan smiling at him and he
by Paul Swailes
day he was walking towards the pier when he again heard the old familiar sound
of the church clock striking.He looked
up and there was the writing- 'Time to seek the Lord'.What could he do?"I have
to say a prayer," he said quietly to himself.As he entered the church, the organist was playing
Bach and with emotion he said his prayer of gratitude before making his way
back to Hele.
and Joan lived on for many loving years and feeling that he would like to repay
those who had helped him, Edward trained and became a nurse at the TyrellHospital.
you have been touched by this story , the next time
you see a collecting box for the blind, please remember Edward and put something
Beauclerk - Colchester.
the April meeting, our own member Ruth Diggle gave a wonderful presentation on
the Rothschild World of Wine and showed how the Rothschilds were producing
wines from all over the world.All six
wines sampled were well received by members and her knowledge of the subject
made for an extremely enjoyable evening.
the AGM, when the Committee were re-elected en block, the May meeting, in the hands
of Brian Wright, was also excellent.Brian presented some superb wines, both red and white, from Argentina.
was the last meeting for the 2005-6 season, meetings
will recommence in October and details of the 2006-7 season will appear in the
August and October Newsletters.
ON A VISIT TO A RECONSTRUCTED AIR RAID
memories, on demand, are painted fables, Not
history at all, but pictures in the mind Of
happenings not weeks but years apart. For then
is never now and time disables sequence.
silted over by long sleepless Fearful
nights are colourless as dull defiant winter And as
by winter streams are washed away To
merge with watchful endless summer.
memory it seemed that London's
always sheltered in a fortress walled By wire
cats cradles hanging from a studded Sky, and
this must be, like other sieges, overcome.
too of nights when swords of light Swaying,
swinging, dancing, flooding the low Fat
clouds with lakes of swirling pearly Beauty trapped
high sparkling gnats in bright display.
and passed on for mile on thundering flaring Mile
while distant bombs cried long in their descent Cascading
screams each shorter than the one before Until,
at last, unwarned the old familiar walls reduced to quaking silhouette.
catch a breath of unlit gas or hear the frantic clink Of
bricks and now becomes as then and, with Eyes
closed and watering we hear the hymn our dying neighbour Sang
beneath the rubble of her home and smell the burning city.
the age of 12, I was sent to stay in London's
East end with relatives because my mother was ill.We live in the country and it was the height
of the blitz.I thought I had
forgotten it until a realistic setting at Flambards brought it all back and I
found myself shaking.The poem is the
poem won a First Prize in an International Poetry Competition at The Plough in Torrington.Our warmest
congratulations, Peter, and thank you for sharing with us your poem and memories
of wartime London.
Summer Term is proving to be another busy term for the school.
are over, reports out and now the children and teachers can relax a little with
summer activities including trips, Ilfracombe Victorian Week celebrations,
sports days, etc.
are in the process of having an outside classroom built which we hope to have
finished by Half Term.We are also
making good use of our greenhouse area - children growing fruit and vegetables
that will hopefully be edible before the end of term.
you again for the continued support of the Berrynarbor community - collecting
Sainsbury and Tesco vouchers - giving book tokens for our library - coming in
to school to hear readers - sharing expertise to enhance the curriculum.All help is welcome and gratefully received.
you one and all.
Mary-Jane Newell - Acting Headteacher
Class 3 having been writing a type
of poetry called 'Kennings'.Can you
guess what the poems are about?
Olivia Needham (11)
Danny Ellis-Fuller (10)
hutch sleep time.
Charlotte Cornish (9)
Kyle Chivers (11)
William Cornish (10)
Monika Butler ofSkipton, North
[as sent to Tom Bartlett - March 2006]
about an uprising by Indian soldiers had been circulating for months around
Delhi, but when, late on 10th May 1857, John Ross Hutchinson, the Joint
Magistrate and Collector of the town, received confirmation that the mutineers
were on their way from Meerut, he bundled his wife Harriet and their two youngest
children, Katie and Lily, into a native carriage and sent them into the
provinces, carrying few possessions and just the clothes they were
wearing.His foresight was
providential, for the very next day the mutineers reached Delhi, broke down the gates, and killed most
Europeans, certainly unarmed civilians, including John Ross Hutchinson
himself.His young widow met up with
her sister-in-law Augusta Belcher and, with other women and children fleeing
from the mutineers, they spent several weeks in hardship crossing India
eastwards to the river Indus, then travelling down river in appalling
conditions before boarding a sea going ship at Karachi and reaching England in
summer 1858.There, Harriet gathered
her other four children who had already been staying with relatives and,
homeless though not penniless [the Honourable East India Company paid a
reasonable pension to its mutiny widows], she initially moved into her aunt's
house in Reading with Carrie [Caroline], 10, George, 8, Arthur, 6, Eddie [Edward],
4, Katie [Catherine], 3, and Lily [Lydia], 1.
may well ask, what has all this to do with Berrynarbor?Well, in 1880, John and Harriet's eldest
daughter Caroline was to marry
who, in 1884, became the rector of Berrynarbor and was very much part of the
community for more than 54 years.Although Caroline had never enjoyed very
robust health, she lived to be 84 years old and died at the Rectory in 1932,
her husband following her in 1941.Their daughter, Elsie Kathleen Gordon Churchill, who had been born in Blandford in 1882, did not marry but was much involved in
the life of Berrynarbor, including teaching in Sunday school.She eventually moved to Braunton where she
died in 1976, aged 94.In her will she
requested to be buried at her beloved parents' side in Berrynarbor, where they
you are wondering what happened to the remaining offspring of John and Harriet
Hutchinson, George became a painter and art master at CliftonCollege, Bristol.He died in Exmouth in 1930.Arthur became a solicitor in Croydon [he was my late first husband's
grandfather] and died in Eastbourne in
1929.Edward returned to India for a short period at the time of the Raj,
but died, aged 39, in England.Catherine married the Rev. Henry Armstrong
Hall, Chaplain to the King and Archdeacon of Richmond,
Yorkshire, and, like her brother George, died
in Exmouth in 1930.Lydia, the youngest, never married, looked after
her mother and died in Eastbourne in
mother Harriet, who had raised her six children on her own?She died, aged 79, in 1903 in Ilfracombe.
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Friedrich Wilhelm, who ruled Prussia
in the early eighteenth century, apparently had a short temper.He also detested ceremony. He would walk the streets of Berlin unaccompanied and
if anyone happened to displease him - a not infrequent occurrence - he would
not hesitate to use his walking stick on the poor offender.
Not surprisingly, when people saw
him at a distance they would quietly "disappear".Once
Friedrich came pounding down a street when a Berliner caught sight of him - but
too late! His attempt to hide in a doorway was foiled.
"You there!" said Friedrich. "Where are you going?"
The man began to shake. "Into this
house, Your Majesty."
"Is it your house?"
"No, Your Majesty."
"A friend's house?"
"No, Your Majesty."
"Then why are you entering it?"
The man now began to fear that he
would be taken for a burglar. So he
blurted out the truth. "To avoid Your Majesty."
"Why would you wish to avoid me?"
"Because I am afraid of Your Majesty."
this Friedrich Wilhelm became livid with rage. Seizing the poor man by the shoulders, he
shook him violently, crying, "How dare you fear me! I am your ruler. You are supposed to love me!Love
me, wretch! Love me!"
I am reminded that St. Paul, talking about God, said,
"Perfect love casts out fear." Love makes its appeal to us through the life,
death, and resurrection of our Lord. (The
Pauline hymn to love, so often read
at marriages services, can be found in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13.)
Your Friend and Rector,
Designer of the
Russell Hobbs electric kettle
22nd July 1920- 16th February 2006
Today's kitchen can boast all sorts of
small electrical gadgets: a pop-up
toaster, food processor, kettle, espresso coffee maker, sandwich maker, slow
roaster, deep fat fryer, can opener, knife sharpener - the list goes on and on.But it is easy to forget that just 50 years
ago most of these weren't even twinkles in their designers' eyes!
After the deprivations of war,
housewives were hungry for labour saving appliances. There were toasters, but not those that
'popped up'. There were electric kettles, but these were largely of near
Victorian design, hazardous to use, with unreliable means of switching off
automatically. Users ran the risk of getting burned or scalded, and at the
least boiling the kettles dry.
Onto this stage stepped William Russell,
in his mid 30's.His brilliantly
designed K1 kettle, launched in 1956, was streamlined, lightweight and what is
more, would switch itself off. Now when the water boiled, steam was pushed
through a hole in the kettle on to a bimetal strip sited in the handle, which
became hot and cut off the switch. The K2 followed in 1960 and was still in production in the
late 70's. Such was its success that The
Design Centre in London
acquired an example.
In the 50's, 60's and 70's, no wedding
present list was complete without a Russell Hobbs electric kettle - and
possibly a ceramic coffee percolator [well, they were both on mine!]. Yet it was not until I read William Russell's
obituary earlier this year that I thought about the man behind half of the
Encouraged into electrical engineering
by his father, a printer, and inheriting his aptitude for design from his
mother's side, William Russell won a scholarship at the age of 13 to High
Wycombe Technical Institute. He then became an apprentice to a Slough manufacturer of automated controls and switchgear.Here he gained a diploma in engineering. Even though in a 'reserved occupation' during
World War II, in 1943 he volunteered for
REME, and was finally demobbed at the rank of major in 1947.
Joining Morphy Richards, he helped
design the two-slice pop up toaster, a range of steel and enamel electric
safety irons and the first effective hairdryer.Meanwhile Peter Hobbs, who was
running the company's South African division, returned to England to join another company. Here, struggling with the problem of
designing a ceramic coffee percolator with an electric element to keep coffee
hot but not boiling, he turned to Russell for a solution.
Problem solved, they decided to market
the percolator themselves, forming a partnership in 1952. Russell took over the product development
became the sales director and the rest is history . . .
The two men found a run down factory in
Croydon for their embryo business. Later
it would be revealed that in the early days, packaging prototypes were
assembled by hand on Russell's sitting room floor and tools were devised with
the help of Meccano, but the business was a success right from the beginning. By 1963, to help further expansion, Russell
and Hobbs sold
to Tube Investments and moved to a factory in Staffordshire where it shared a
site with Creda cookers. William
Russell eventually became Creda's technical director. And what of
Russell Hobbs? The company has changed hands several times
and is now owned by an American company.
I've not been able to discover whathappened to
Peter Hobbs.If anyone knows I'd love to hear. What I can say is that because of the partnership
of these two men, their names will continue to be associated. Their work also
brings to mind the words of David Everett, a late 18th century US
streams from little fountains flow Tall
oaks from little acorns grow"
A worthy epitaph!
PP of DC
BERRYNARBOR PARISH COUNCIL
was honoured at being elected as Chairman of Berrynarbor Parish Council for the
next year, and I am very much looking forward to the challenge, to working
closely with my fellow councillors and to continue working for the best
interests of the parish.
were all extremely disappointed and concerned about the vandalism in the
village, especially after all the effort and hard work put in by the Berry in Bloom committee
and their helpers.I hope that whoever was responsible is reading
this and feels thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
Coleman has now stepped down as Footpath Warden to deputy warden, after holding
the post for in excess of 20 years.Our
thanks go to him for all his years of service and hard work in this role, his
knowledge, experience and help will be of the utmost importance to the new
footpath warden, Councillor Clive Richards.
information shelter on the Old Coast
Road at Sandy Cove has now been repaired, the
damaged village road signs are to be repaired or replaced as necessary, and the
County Council has advised us that plans to reinstate the footpath at
Watermouth Cove are being drawn up.
Council Meetings are held in the Penn Curzon Room of the Manor Hall at , normally on the second
Tuesday of the month.
next two meetings will be held on:Tuesday, 13th June
Tuesday, 11th July
THINK OF OTHERS
is no question that we all live in a beautiful village with a warm, welcoming
and friendly community spirit, but there are two things that seem to upset
people and which continually crop up in the 'mail
to the Editor' bag that spoil this -
yes, you guessed, dog pooh and bonfires!
you think of others?Dog owners can you
imagine how unpleasant it is for the people who, in order to keep our village
clean and tidy [resulting in the awards received for BestKeptVillage] have to contend with dog
mess?How unpleasant it is when walking
along our lanes and having to step in to the side to allow cars to pass, you
put your foot in it!
pick up the pooh and drop it in YOUR dustbin.Left in bags in the bushes is even more
offensive, since it will not decompose.
those of you who love to have bonfires, please give some thought to your
neighbours when on a dry, sunny day [especially in the mornings on that first
dry one in a few days] they have put out or want to put out their washing, or
are enjoying a coffee or lunch in the garden and YOU put a match to that pile
of garden/household rubbish!Please, please wait a
little longer and light it in the evening.
Please, please relieve
the mail bag of these heartfelt and legitimate pleas.Thank you.THINK OF OTHERS.
again I should like to thank everyone [both local residents and our visitors]
who have supported our local Children's Hospice by buying plants from me.
was able to give the Hospice £400 last year and I am well on my way to the
first £100 for this year.
continue to support the wonderful work that is being carried out at Little
Bridge House for these children by such a dedicated team of people.
you again.Margaret W.
anyone has any spare 5-6" dia. plant pots lying around in sheds, etc., I
should be very pleased to have them at Higher Rows.
COMBE MARTIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
the AGM held on the 18th May, there was a presentation by Moose Boyer.
meeting was the last before the summer break and the Society will recommence in
September.Details of the new calendar
will appear in the August Newsletter.
fast-paced comedy and farce touring in July
the original Latin phrase concerns the rights of a person against unfair
Alan Bennett's play of the same name
is a far more entertaining affair.Experience this for yourself when Studio Theatre's fast-paced production
tours Berrynarbor [Ilfracombe and Woolacombe] with its sparkling writing,
comedy and farce.
from being dry and academic, the play is set at the time of what used to be
called the 'permissive society' and handles a range of issues from sexual
frustration to the problems of growing older with hilarity.
Bacon directs the cast to bring out every comic twist and turn and she and the
cast are looking forward to touring in July.
You can catch Habeas Corpus at Berrynarbor
on Thursday, 20th July, at the Manor Hall.
To find out more
about the production and our entire 2006 programme, please call Secretary Anne
Bacon on  882193 or Robert Zarywacz on  879376 or visit www.studiotheatreonline.org.uk
for all the dates, details and booking information you require.
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL
Kingdom Brunel, one of the most famous and exciting of the Victorian engineers
was born on the 9th April
1806.His father,Marc Isambard Brunel,was a distinguished engineer and from
a young age, Isambard showed a gifted talent for drawing and mathematics.Working with his father on the construction
of a tunnel under the River Thames in London in
1827, he was badly injured in an accident and was sent to Bristol to recuperate.It was here that he heard of a project to
design a suspension bridge over the River Avon at Clifton.Eventually, his design for the bridge was accepted and although it was
not completed in his lifetime, it was the start of his career.
his time in Bristol, plans were being made to
build a new railway from London to Bristol, and in 1822 he
was appointed Engineer of the Great Western Railway.
also designed other railways, including the Bristol
and Exeter, the South Devon, South Wales and the
West Cornwall Railways.Today, some of
his drawing and surveying equipment can be seen in the STEAMMuseum in Swindon.
was not always entirely successful.The
use of his controversial 'Atmospheric' system in the construction of the South
Devon Railway was a conspicuous failure - the system never really worked and the
shareholders of the railway were left with a substantial loss.His use of the timber viaducts he designed,
many of which were used in the West Country, proved cheap to build but with a
short life span had to be replaced by the GWR at considerable cost.An accomplished marine engineer, Brunel designed three
steamships.The Great Western, launched
in 1838, was a conventional wooden hulled paddle steamer, but its revolutionary
successor, the Great Britain,
was the first iron-hulled, screw propeller driven Atlantic liner, and except
for an unfortunate wreck some years after its launch in 1843, it would have
been a complete triumph.The Great Western
Steamship Company unfortunately ran out
of money, the SS Great Britain was sold and rebuilt and for
many years transported
passengers to and from Australia.The Great Eastern was launched in 1859 and
again designed to sail from England
it was enormous and weighed more than 18,000 tons.Its construction and launch was fraught with
difficulties, hastening Brunel's untimely death in 1859.
many of Brunel's successes, particularly his railway accomplishments still
survive - Paddington Station, MaidenheadBridge, Bristol Temple Meads Station
and perhaps his greatest achievement, the RoyalAlbertBridge over the River
Tamar at Saltash, which was opened in 1859.A prefabricated hospital for the Crimean War and the Crystal Palace
Exhibition of 1851, were among the many other projects Brunel undertook.
are many events taking place in the South West over the next few months
celebrating the birth of Brunel 200 years ago.From Swindon to Bristol and Bath to Falmouth, from now
until mid-October, his achievements are being celebrated at Tyntesfield, Clevedon Court, Bristol
Zoo and Museums at Truro,
Torquay and Newton Abbot.
For more information go to the website www.brunel200.com.
BERRYNARBOR HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW
2nd September 2006
funds for running this year's eventwere boosted on the 21st May thanks to
everyone who supported the Coffee Morning, and we shall again be awarding prizes for all the different
Sections ofthe Show.
We look forward to lots of entries
again, particularly from youngsters in the Junior Sections, who must be under
14 on the 1st
January this year.
provisional schedule, as promised, is given below and one or two items
have been included to reflect the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the
birth of Brunel.Paul, who gives so
generously of his time to
many articles in the newsletters, has done us [and Brunel] proud with his cover
for this, the June issue. The final Schedule and entry forms will be
included ed with the August Newsletter, but will also
be available at the Shop, at Sue's in Combe Martin and from members of the
we remind the holders of Cups and Trophies that these should be returned to one
of the organisers by the 1st August please.
make a note of the date:SATURDAY, 2ND
at the list of classes and give thought to what YOU will be able to enter;and get to work sowing, sewing, knitting,
painting, etc., and encourage all friends and relations and everyone you know
[don't forget, the Show is open to non-residents as well as residents of the
village] to have a go.Let's make it
another show to remember.But remember
too, that no one expects perfection, just the best that we can all muster.
Floral Art:The Brilliance of Brunel
Occasion [a corsage]
Sparkle [arrangement in a wine glass]
Home Cooking: A different, but similar range of
jams, cakes, etc.,
home-made wines and other alcoholic drinks
Handicrafts:The usual selection giving a
wide choice of knitting, sewing, embroidery, wood and metalwork
The WatermouthCastle Cup:A representation [of your own choice] to
celebrate Brunel 200.How imaginativecanyou be?
[in any medium]
a collage using only natural materials
A Sea or
Landscape [any medium]
A watercolour Still Life [max. A4] to include flowers and a
personal precious object
Celebratory Card [A5] on card
Favourite Animal, pen and ink, pencil or charcoal sketch
Photography:Brunel 200 - from the steam age to
the space age
for All - from the World Cup to the London 2012 Olympics
Vegetables, Cut Flowers and Potted Plants:
follow last year's pattern and a reminder that potted plants that have been
purchased, must have been bought before the end of December
In the Potted Plant
class only, items that were entered last year, having been nurtured for a
further year, may be re-entered.
Vi, Yvonne, Pip, Tony, Janet and Judie
talk of the World Cup, partying at BeckinghamPalace and red-crossed
flags flying out of car windows, football is definitely in the air!
you find the location of the following towns and cities who all boast a
football club?Have a go and if you
would like to let the Editor have your answers before the August issue is out
[when the answers will be given] you never know, there
might be a prize!
What a sauce! 
Build up the fire
Abscond with foot
Boy surrounded by
Male city 
Send the enemy
Bird with added
Part of a ship
Scottish cake 
Body organ fund
Bigger than a
duck pond! 
Smashes the joint
Place of many
A Welsh warmer
Ancient cut of
Robin's shade of
Hill jetty 
Soak in this 
Wartime flyer 
A recent dock 
City of steel 
Simmer on alert
Sleep on it with
Tailor on river
River opening 
sheltered side 
Dirty pond 
Home of Boots'
first shop 
lecturer of sugar 
Ma is fine 
"When the budding scarf of April
Ravelled on the
at Teignmouth' by Charles Causley
Cornish poet Charles Causley was a little boy, his mother took him on a trip to
Teignmouth.As she told him how John
Keats had once lived there, she cannot have imagined that her own son would
grow up to become a famous poet too.
Those lines, ". . . the budding
scarf of April ravelled on the Devon hill", always conjure up an image for
me of the drifts of snowy blackthorn blossom lightening the Devon
landscape in springtime.
On a breezy, sunny morning in
late April, we were on Little Haldon, high ground a couple of miles to the
north of Teignmouth with viewpoints over the Teign
peak of Haytor on Dartmoor on the horizon and the string of pits along the
river valley and the old Stover canal where a special sort of ball clay, a
derivative of granite, has been extracted.
heather clad plateau, dotted with a few Scots Pines, appears quite barren but
is an example of the rather scarce type
of habitat called lowlandheath,
characteristic of parts of Dorset and East Devon.A couple arrived
with wicker baskets which looked like picnic hampers but as they opened the
lids a cloud of pigeons was
released.The birds were on a 'training flight' and we
watched them winging their way back towards Totnes.
trudged along the network of overgrown and prickly tracks, reaching a wide ride
where a lizard wove in and out of the dried grass.
met a man who recalled his experience of Little Haldon Hill during the War
when, as a teenager in the Home Guard, he had taken part in training manoeuvres
the surrounding farmland where there were a few red Devon cattle [always a
pleasure to see], we noticed in a little field flanked by woods on two sides, a
small herd of fallow deer, some grazing, others lying down, still
in their dull brown winter coats.
Haldon loomed nearby.Also known as ExeterForest,
it is a vast area of coniferous plantation and
heathland.It looked rather daunting
so we stuck to exploring its smaller neighbour.
THE SAD PASSING OF COMMON SENSE
as reported by Songbird
we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with
us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth
records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will
be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to
come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always
fair and maybe it was my fault. Common
Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you
earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well
intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using
mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student,
only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked
teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their
unruly children It declined even further when schools were required to
get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a
student; but could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and
wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten
Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals
received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend
yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for
assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a
woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She
spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,
Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his
son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights,
Someone Else is to Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he
was gone. If you still remember him pass this on. If not
join the majority and do nothing.
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
is a very busy time for all gardeners but despite the cold weather, the Berry in Bloom helpers
have been out trying to keep the village tidy and shipshape.So far we have had a couple of litter picks
and planted out the tubs with summer bedding plants.This year we have invested in some new tubs
and plan to add more.All the spring
bulbs that were removed have been planted at the car park, so look out for some
colour there next year.Sadly, the very
first night that the planting was done, we had vandalism when one of the
standard fuchsias at the bottom of the church steps was snapped off and thrown
on the doorstep nearby!The police are
very keen that any vandalism in the village is reported, so please either
'phone them or let me know about it.
hanging baskets arrived on the 21st May in time for the Spring Bank Holiday
[Whitsun].Unfortunately, this was a
cold, windy and rain-swept day but we hope they will thrive and be enjoyed by
the village and holidaymakers and, of course, help us to win again!
have removed dead conifer and tree stumps from outside the Manor Hall and plan
to plant a tree and some perennial planting there.Although we may have to wait until we get
the bindweed under control!The next
urgent project will be to replant the large bed by the bus stop opposite the
OPENGARDEN - 23rd JULY
SterridgeValley with teas at
to Tickets available from the
at the Gardens on the Day
to Berry in Bloom and other Local Charities
come along and support us and have a good time
For any other dates, please look our
for our 'Blooming' posters.Thank you
to the Combe Martin Carnival Committee for their kind donation, and also the
folks at the Village Barn Dance, for their donation.
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 101
the Berrynarbor Congregational Chapel were still open for services, 6th June 2006 would see it
celebrating its 125th Anniversary.Sadly, it closed back in the 1990's, but it still remains possible to
read the original Memorial Stone in the porch of the building, which states:
The first picture, by Garratt, shows the
village and Chapel in about 1904, whilst the second photograph was taken by me
around 1990.The original chapel was
built about 1841, but some years later it was found to be unsafe and the
present building was then built in 1881 with funds provided by Ilfracombe
This leads me to an article that
appeared on page 5 of the Ilfracombe Chronicle, one hundred years ago, dated 9th June 1906.
On Friday last, in the course of a Mission Tour, the
Rev. C. Silvester Horne, M.A. of London,
and J.D. Jones, M.A., of Bournemouth, visited this Church.A large congregation assembled, including a
number of friends from Ilfracombe.After prayer by
Dr. Stevens, Mr. Tribe, of Bristol, who
presided, said he had spent a delightful week with his friends visiting the
churches in North Devon, they were interested to find such nice village churches,
and large congregations to welcome them throughout their tour.The speeches touched on many important
matters in Free Church Life;the eloquent and earnest words of both speaks made a deep
impression and was a
season of great inspiration.At the close of the meeting the Pastor
returned thanks on behalf of the church.
On Sunday last the anniversary of the
church was held,
Mr. J.P. Verney, J.P., preached two
excellent sermons, the services were much enjoyed.On Whit Monday, tea was provided,
successfully arranged by Messrs. W. Ley, J. Bowden, Jos.
Bowden.The following ladies presided
at the tables: Mesdames Huxtable, Bowden, jun., Slee,
Harding, Jones and Richards.A public
meeting followed, presided over by Mr. Foyster, of Ilfracombe, practical and
earnest addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. Dixon, Dr. Stevens, and
Rev. F.G. Walker.
The pastor at the close apologised for Mr.
H.J. Bobbett who was unable to be present, and thanked all the friends who had
so kindly assisted them on Sunday, and at the meeting.Miss Barnett presided at the organ.
further information on the Chapel, please refer to my article, View No. 26 in
the December 1993 issue of Newsletter No. 27, pages 21-23.
Also in the Ilfracombe Chronicle,
there is a record of the Wreck of H.M.S.
Montagu which, in thick fog on the 30th May 1906, had struck the Shutter Rock on LundyIsland.H.M.S. Montagu was a battleship, built at
Devonport in 1903 at the then colossal cost of £1¼ million, weighing14,000 tons and with a crew of 750!