first meeting, on 25th January, got off to a fine start with 27 ladies
attending.The meeting was held to
discuss the yearly subscriptions, monthly entrance fee and future speakers.It was agreed that the yearly subscription should
be £12.00, with a 50p entrance each month to cover tea or coffee, biscuits and
a raffle.As the Manor Hall is still
available on the first Tuesday in each month, it was decided to hold meetings
on that afternoon - it is easier to remember!
February meeting was on the 6th when the speaker was Karen Barker from the
Calvert Trust.There are three centres
each doing a magnificent job welcoming the disabled, with their families who
enjoy a much needed holiday with plenty of activities for both the disabled and
able bodied.The raffle was won my
Gayton from the RSPB was the speaker on 6th
March.He showed photographs of birds
to be found in local gardens.Because
of the mild winter, the birds can still find all the food they need in the
woods and hedgerows so fewer can be seen in the gardens at the moment.The raffle was won by Joan Wood.Ethel Tidsbury raffled a doll she had knitted
and this was won by Ursula Rouse.Four
more ladies became members at this meeting, bringing the total to 28.
next meeting is on 3rd April when Mr. Mandrey will be
telling us about local shipwrecks, and on the 1st May, Susan Coles, an
aromatherapist, will be with us.
monthly meetings now begin at It is hoped that some
younger ladies might like to attend before collecting their children from
is with sadness we report the death of Bernard Allen and three past residents
of the village, Joan Smelt, George Ferguson and Bernard Lewis.
and her husband George, lived at June Cottage, CrossPark,
and those who knew her will remember her as a cheerful lady, friendly, full of
fun and willing to help anyone, but who terrorised the village on her speedy
George died, Joan moved to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire to be nearer her
family - her daughter Jean and her many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren.Jean says she
often spoke of her time in Berrynarbor, of which she had very fond memories.
following a stroke last summer, from which she never fully recovered, Joan died
peacefully just before Christmas at the age of 86.
extend sympathy to Jean and all the family in their loss.
GEORGE FERGUSON, M.B.E.1922 - 2007
visited the village last November, attending the Armistice Service at St.
Peter's and writing in the December Newsletter, it was a shock and with much
sadness that we heard George had died on the
7th February.His funeral at the Parish Church of St.
Thomas at Lymington, was attended by his good friends
Keith and MargaretWalls.
send our sincere sympathy to Jean, Sally, Ian and all the family.
was born in Dumfries, South West
Scotland.On leaving school he started
work as an apprentice in the motor trade.However, his apprenticeship was cut short as in 1939 he signed up for
military service.In 1942 the Parachute
Regiment was formed and George was one of the original 'Red Berets'.The War took George to many battle fronts -
North Africa, Sicily, Italy,
and the Far East.
the War, he decided to remain in the armed services until 1970, when he retired
as a Major.During these years he met
and married Jean, and they had two children, Sally and Ian.
1971, George and Jean came to Berrynarbor and purchased Middle Lee Farm and
within twelve months, had turned certain of the outbuildings into self-catering
holiday accommodation.He also ran the
small farm keeping sheep, chickens, pigs and two donkeys.
very quickly fitted into village life and George became a member of the Men's
Institute, he served as a Parish Councillor and was an enthusiastic member of the local
Conservative Party.He was also a
member of the Ilfracombe Freemasons' Lodge.
1982, George decided to retire so Middle Lee Farm was sold and he and Jean
bought a house at Pennington, Hampshire.Now, with more time, George started to play golf more often, and he also
became a computer fanatic.Between his
hobbies, he and Jean had numerous holidays, often travelling to Australia where
his son Ian has settled.
was last in Berrynarbor in November 2006 when he attended the Armistice Day
Service at St. Peter's.
nothing at all. I have
only slipped away into the next
room. I am I
and you are you. Whatever
we were to each other, that we
are still . . . Why
should I be out of mind because
I am out of sight? I am
waiting for you for an interval. Somewhere
very near, just around
the corner. All is
Scott Holland [18347-1918] Canon of
village was deeply saddened to learn that Bernard had lost the battle he had so
bravely and cheerfully fought and passed away on the 12th February aged 81
Peter's, beautifully decorated with yellow and white flowers, was full for his
funeral on the 21st, and the sun shone as he finally left the village, his home
for some thirty years.
beloved husband, dad and granddad he will be sorely missed and our thoughts are
with Eunice, Val and Jeff and his five grandchildren at this difficult time.
should like to thank all my friends and neighbours for the wonderful support
and sympathy they showed me during the time both before and after Bernard's
death in February.The tributes to him
and the large number of cards and flowers which were sent, were a great comfort
to me and my two children, Val and Jeff, and my five wonderful grandchildren.
Eunice - BaliHai
thanks to John Gale and John Saffin]
and Eunice have known one another from the time she was in her pushchair!Their parents were friends and they grew up
together through the school years.They
lived in Maidenhead and were married in 1951 where they brought up their two
children, Val and Jeff.
the War, Bernard became a Bevan Boy, later completing his engineering
apprenticeship, gaining qualifications, and over the years his engineering
skills secured him various posts until in 1978 he joined Selkirk in North Devon where he rapidly became a much respected
employee until his retirement.
articulate, positive man with very high standards, Bernard was a perfectionist
in all he undertook - from mending things in and around the house to his
wonderful hillside garden.Over the last
years, he was a stalwart of the North Coast U3A, giving generously of his time
to various groups, especially history and local history, and acting as an
outstanding Membership Secretary.
his eulogy at Bernard's funeral and we couldn't agree more with him. John
said:'For the last five years I'm sure
we have all been impressed by Bernard's bravery and strength of will to
overcome the effects of his cancer.He
could so easily have given up and turned inwards.Speaking was difficult but he continued to
speak publicly and to ignore his difficulties;asked for and expected no special consideration, he just wanted to be
treated normally.Only Eunice will
know how much it cost him to persevere.I have always admired Bernard, never more so than in these last years,
moths, weeks and final days!
is with sadness that I am writing to tell you that my beloved husband Bernard
passed quietly away in his sleep on Tuesday, 6th March, in his 96th year.A few days before that, he had a fall
resulting in a fractured hip and although he survived the operation, other
medical problems arose which he was unable to fight, due no doubt to his
he had a very good life, especially the 28 years at Berrynarbor.
shall be having a private family humanist funeral at Yeovil Crematorium on
Friday, 16th March.
Arline, we are deeply sorry to hear your news and send you
our love and thoughts at this time of sadness.
REMEMBERING GORDON NEWTON [1920 - 2006]
of ten children, Gordon was born at Berrydown in June 1920 and spent all his working life in
Berrynarbor.He married Vera Dummett, one of eleven children, in 1940 at Berrynarbor
church and lived at 6 Croft Lea with Vera's sister Doreen, her husband Fred
Spear and mother-in-law Louisa Dummett.Gordon was then working as a farm labourer
at Sloley Farm for Lester Bowden and the next five years saw the arrival of
Gordon and Vera's first three children - Derek, Joan and Bernard - all born at
No. 6.As the house became more and
more crowded with only three bedrooms, and no bathroom, Gordon decided it was
time to move!So he bought the cottage
at 18 Hagginton Hill for the sum of £500.There was no inside toilet until the mid to late 1960's when the main
sewers came down the hill.The family
lived there happily for another five years and then another three children were
born - Christine, Pamela and Patsy.The baby, Patsy, was just eleven months old
when Vera tragically died of cancer, aged 39, in 1957, leaving Gordon alone
with the six children.His
sisters-in-law helped and Joan was given special dispensation to leave school
at the tender age of 14 to bring up the three young children.
During the time the family lived at
Hagginton Hill, Gordon did many different jobs to earn a living:working on several farms, and before the
arrival of myxomatosis, he caught rabbits using gin
traps [later banned].He caught
hundreds of rabbits a week, supplying local butchers and sending many to London to help with the
food shortage after the war.He rented
many plots of land around Berrynarbor, growing fresh vegetables and supplying
local shops and guest houses.He also
grew anemones which the older children helped to pick and put into bunches of
12.These were put into boxes and sent
to the flower markets in London.Later on, Gordon went to work on the
buildings, first working with Les Bowen in the SterridgeValley
and then with Tom Greenaway.He helped
build and renovate many properties around the village and surrounding area.
he finally retired and all the children had left home, the house and garden
became too much for him and so No. 18 was sold.He was sad to leave the village and all its
fond memories, where he had spent his life and had so many friends.He moved to a small bungalow in Ilfracombe where
he met Grace, who became his partner for the next 17 years until his death.
sadly died in November 2006 and leaves his partner Grace and his 6 children and
their families, which include 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.He was much loved, much admired and will be
greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Derek and Cyndy
was not without sadness and nostalgia that I read in the February Newsletter
that Gordon Newton had died.
a family, we lived next door to Gordon and his family - Mrs. D. Miller, my
grandmother, lived in Sunrise Cottage and my mother, Mrs. Heather Zapletal, my brother Rod and myself lived in the bungalow
up the garden.
fine days we would see Gordon working his garden and very often veg. or fruit would be handed over the hedge for us.I remember my grandmother saying that Gordon
had helped her with the odd jobs she was unable to do.
remember the excitement at lambing time and occasionally Gordon would take me
up to the field behind us to see his lambs and bottle feed some of them. My
first introduction to clotted cream on jam and bread came from sometimes having
tea in his house.
wonderful childhood memories have always stayed with me.My
sympathy and best wishes go to all his family at this sad time.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
songs of Praise at the beginning of March was very well attended and already
hymns have been chosen for the next one on 1st April, Palm Sunday.There will be a notepad at the back of the
church to give everyone the opportunity of choosing a favourite hymn and
hopefully coming along to help sing it!Sunday, 6th May will be the next date.
would be lovely to see the church as full at Easter as it was at
Christmas.There will be a Quiet Hour
led by Rector Keith on Good Friday, , with hymns, readings and prayers.Do set aside time to come if you can.Then in the late afternoon, the flower
arrangers will arrive to begin decorating the church ready for Easter Day.Please let Linda know if you would like to
contribute towards the cost of lilies [Tel. 882600].On Easter Sunday the Family Communion
Service will begin at Will there be surprises for the
Services during May?Sunday 27th will
be Whitsun, which actually coincides with the Bank Holiday this year!So hopefully lots of visitors to join in our
Family Communion Service.
was a lovely atmosphere at the Pancake Day Coffee Morning and Knit-In.The pancakes were delicious and at the end a
donation of £65 was made to church funds.Our thanks to the organisers and the valiant team in the kitchen.
next Coffee Morning held by the PCC will be on Election Day, Thursday, 3rd May,
in the Manor Hall, from
until .Please come along and support us and as
always gifts for the various stalls will be most welcome.
are all looking forward to the Friendship Lunches at The Globe on Wednesdays
25th April and 23rd May.It was lovely
to see all the familiar faces again in February and two friends were
year Christian Aid Week is from 13th to 19th May.After the successful house-to-house
collection last year, envelopes will be delivered and collected once again for
those who wish to make a donation.Look
out for the posters!
* * *
Annual Meeting of the PCC was held in the vestry on the evening of Thursday,
15th March.Listening to the various
reports, it was astonishing how much had been achieved over the year and how
much time members of the Council had spent on the work of the church.This meeting is open to all whose names are
on the Electoral Roll:perhaps more will
manage to come next year.The Rector
expressed his thanks to all the Officers of the PCC and to the ladies who now
clean the church on a rota basis, not forgetting Bet Brooks who continues to
polish the brassware.Once again there
is a strong team of bell ringers and Michael Bowden was able to report that all
is in good order.The churchyard is
being well maintained by Tom Tucker and Matthew Walls.
PCC Officers continue as before:
Doreen Prater and Stuart Neale
Sylvia Berry, Janet Gibbins, Jean Ed & David Steed<
Sylvia Berry, Janet Gibbins, David Steed<
are sorry to lose Margaret Walls from the PCC after more than five years'
service, three spent as Treasurer.Margaret will continue as Magazine Distributor and is still a Sidesman.No doubt
we shall also see her behind the plant stall at various events!
Andrews has not been with us for some months now due to ill-health but
continues to do what she can from home and is with us in spirit.She has recently taken on the Chairmanship
of Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor and we wish her
well.Margaret says thank you for all
the support and prayers she has received during her incapacity.
are already a quarter of the way through 2007 and with your support we look
forward to another year of fellowship and growth.
timely reminder to all newcomers to the Village.The local elections are due to be held on 3rd May 2007.
be eligible to vote in this election, electoral services need your current
address in order to enter your name on the electoral register.If you think you may not have been
registered in October when the forms went out, it might be a good idea to
contact Electoral Services at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple - 01271 388277 -
as soon as possible to make sure your name is on the current electoral
register.The last date to register is
18th April.The following link will
answer most questions:wwwaboutmyvote.co.uk.
WEATHER OR NOT
seems no time at all since we prepared the report for the end of 2006 and the
report for the first two months of 2007 is already overdue - it is
unbelievable how quickly the time has gone by.
first three weeks of January were quite wet, windy and mild.There was only one day without recordable
rain and by the 22nd we had recorded 144mm [5¾"], with the wettest day
being the 6th with 26mm [1"] in the gauge.This was, in fact, the total rainfall for
the month as after this the rain stopped.The daytime temperature was into double figures throughout most of this
time but when the rain stopped, the temperature dropped a bit.
maximum temperature during January was 13.2 Deg C on the 9th, and the minimum
-0.4 Deg C on the 25th, with a wind chill factor on the 25th of -10 Deg C.The top wind speed was 43 knots on the 22nd.
were away for part of February and March, so the period we are covering overall
is from the 1st February to the 6th March inclusive, much of the information
was gathered for us by Bill Jones, for which we thank him.
arrived briefly on the 7th February with snow on three days although in the
village we managed to miss a lot of it.Daytime temperatures climbed steadily through February and March with a
high of 14.3 Deg C on the 24th;the average
night-time temperature was 5.7 Deg C.The
rainfall for this period totalled 221mm [8¾"] and although we have no
record of the wettest day, we think it was the 2nd March.The coldest night-time temperature was
-0.7 Deg C on the 5th February with a wind chill on
the 9th of -10 Deg C.
wet weather in these first two months was reflected in the sunshine
records.Both January, with 7.24 hours, and February, with 24.05
hours, were down on previous years for the same period.
Looking at the records that Bill kept
for us, we think that we did the right thing by going to New Zealand when
we did!Apart from one drizzly day, we
enjoyed beautiful, very warm, sunny weather the whole time we were away.It was nice to see all the signs of spring
when we got home.
Sue and Simon
PANCAKE COFFEE MORNING & KNIT IN
Tuesday at the Manor Hall saw what is now becoming a tradition - great activity
in the kitchen and ladies furiously clicking their knitting needles!
16 knitters produced over 16 feet of colourful 'strips' and raised £548 for the
North Devon Hospice, who say:"Well
done and pats on the back all round to the fab.
Janet at the frying pan producing scrumptious pancakes and Sally at the raffle,
together with their band of able helpers, a sum of £130 was
raised, with half going to Church funds and the other half to the Hospice.
Another very successful morning and
thank you to everyone who supported the event.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
have had a busy Spring Term and survived the seasonal colds and bugs as well as
the staff and children at the school would like to extend a very big thank you
to our wonderful Friends of Berrynarbor School who continue to offer
exceptional support to the school.Through fundraising events we have been provided with 10 keyboards to
enhance music lessons [with headphones, I hasten to add!].We have also received the gift of a
whole-class set of waterproofs for all of our adventures in the SterridgeValley.
have received an award for providing children with an active and health
focussed curriculum - The P.E.D.P.A.S.S. Award.This award also provided new playtime
equipment worth £150 to encourage active playtimes.So, well done to all our staff for offering
such a rich and varied programme of learning indoors and out.
January and February, Class 2 wrote and created a class play based on a West
African traditional story - The Leopard's Drum.The story tells how the tortoise may have
earned his tough, hard shell.We
to find out more about some of the animals we were focussing on.We also supported the Park in their campaign
to raise funds for Lemurs in Madagascar.
Reuben Noall, Year 2
Oliver Ivan, Year 2
Callum Rudd, Age 7
Macy Ivan, Year 2
Caolân Darch, Age 8
I should like to say a fond farewell to you all.I am due to become the new Head Teacher at CaenPrimary
School in Braunton after Easter.I have enjoyed my four years as Head of
Berrynarbor School.This school has a
wonderful atmosphere of friendliness and calm which is very special.Especial thanks to Reverend Wyer and the
Church community who have given the school encouragement and support in all its
Susan Carey has been appointed as the new Head Teacher and I wish her, the
school and the community the very best for the future.
Mrs. Karen Crutchfield - Head Teacher
Karen, may we in turn thank you for the wonderful care you
have taken of our school over the last four years - you will be missed.However, we wish you well in your new post
at Braunton and look forward to welcoming Susan Carey at the start of the
BERRYNARBORPRIMARY SCHOOL GARDENING CLUB
Jac, Ella, Molly and Elyse
Things are once again coming to life in
our little garden and the children have been busy sowing seeds to hopefully
produce lots of vegetables and salads for their school dinners.
A big thank you to the Berry
in Bloom team who very kindly donated a generous £100 to our funds.We hope to buy seeds and equipment for our
greenhouse with it.Other projects this
year include a carrot growing competition in
conjunction with Trelawney Garden Centre and a Great Pumpkin Competition with Rosemoor.
Last autumn we planted mini pots of
daffodils for Marie Curie Cancer Care - here are some of the children from
Class 1 with their results.
BERRYNARBOR PARISH COUNCIL
The Annual Parish Meeting will
take place in the Manor Hall on Tuesday, 10th April, , prior to the monthly Parish Council
Meeting.Everyone is welcome.
CHAIRMAN'S ANNUAL REPORT
past year has been very rewarding: Councillors have been actively working
together with other organisations for the benefit of the village.We are at present working with the Berry in Bloom group on the
redesign of Claude's Garden.Over the
past few years, the maintenance costs have been very high.The new layout will be low maintenance and
will allow once again a view down into the village from the seating area.
Congratulations must again go to the Berry
in Bloom group and helpers who this year won two separate awards.The Manor Hall Committee, together with
Councillor Gingell, has sorted out the trees around the Manor Hall and thanks
to them and anyone else who helped.
have actively been trying to get a regular bus service resumed through
Berrynarbor, and continue to fight.To
date we have only been able to get Stagecoach to agree to a service from Barnstaple to Combe Martin, at half hourly intervals,
Monday to Saturday, starting on the 8th April.Stagecoach will also put on a bus between Combe Martin and
Woolacombe.The buses will be 78-seater
double-deckers, and will have a low floor to make them more accessible to
Councillors have been inundated with
complaints concerning access to the headland at Watermouth Cove.Whilst I cannot go into detail, the matters
are being addressed with the Public Rights of Way Committee now being involved.
The parking problems outside the school
have now been resolved with all parties involved and we are waiting for the
formal traffic order.
Council would like to express its thanks to Judie, who has edited and produced
the Berrynarbor Newsletter so well over so many years.She always includes points from the Parish
Council minutes - all this takes so much of her time at no expense to the
Finally I should like to personally
thank all the Councillors and the Clerk for all the hard work and time they put
in to the running of our village. As you know May brings with it Local
Elections, so if there is anyone who thinks they might like to stand for Parish
Council, please do have a word with one of the existing Councillors or our
Clerk as soon as possible as nominations should be in by noon on Wednesday, 4th
Sussex - Chairman
A THOUSAND A YEAR . . .
In this issue, I write about my father,
Sidney Beauclerk, who was born in 1864.He married twice, once in about 1890 to Alice Matilda and later in 1925
to my mother, Vi.Sidney and Alice, or rather Alice, was a builder.She would have been called a 'field ranger'
and built many roads of houses at East Ham, ManorPark
and Forest Gate.
As you will see from the pictures, they lived
in a fine house called 'The Towers' at Snaresbrook.They had servants, including maid, coachman
and gardener.A maid in those days
would have earned about 50p a week and her keep and uniform.The final picture shows my half-brother,
Gerald, as a baby on the lawn with his nursemaid by the stables.
father gave up his horse-drawn carriage for a modern car, as shown, but
probably due to building slowing down, he and Alice moved on.
World War II, a flying bomb landed on The Towers, which blew out a lot of the
back of the house.However, upon our
return to Upminster, I asked Gerald if we could go and see it.He agreed and took me there where we
found the stairs still intact and were able to see quite a lot.I look in wonderment - such splendour on a
thousand pounds a year!
Towers was to be rebuilt by the War Damage Commission and for some odd reason
they offered our family £6,000.My
family declined and it was not rebuilt and the site was later turned into two
plots with two houses.The lives
of the Beauclerk family became more ordinary over the years as the cost of
living and inflation took its toll.
hope you enjoy this little insight into history and the photographs, which
would have been taken on a plate camera about 100 years ago.
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
is well on the way for this year's Carnival which will start on Saturday 4th
August, and for the first time run over 8 days, finishing on Saturday 11th
August with the raft race, as this will be the best tide of the week to hold
first fund raiser will be the Easter Bingo at the village hall on Wednesday 4th
April, eyes down at 8.00 p.m. - all welcome.
of the cheques awarded to local organisations will take place on Monday 23rd
April, at in the
function room of The Royal Marine.This
will be a social evening for all members of the Carnival Club and any one else
who would like to join will be welcome - wine and cheese will be
available.The Carnival Committee would
like to thank Merv and Pat for their hospitality.
are now taking bookings for Strawberry Fayre, Sunday 17th June.If you would like to book a table, please
contact our Secretary, John Fletcher on 883924.
Sussex - Carnival Chairman
and Barbara Gubb are delighted to announce the arrival of the first
grandchild,A son for John and Sarah, Charlie John arrived on the 25th November 2006,
weighing in at 8lbs 10oz.
Our belated congratulations to John and Sarah and the proud
grandparents and a warm welcome to Charlie John.
at Briar Cottage:Happy grandparents,
Nora and Alan, announce the safe delivery of John, at 4lbs 11oz, and Emily, at
4lbs 5oz, twins to Kate and Tony Rowlands.Born at St. Michael's Hospital, Bristol, on the 27th February, the
babies and mother are doing very well;father, despite fore knowledge, is still in a state of shock!
trouble!But congratulations and best
wishes to you all.
very warm welcome to Ruby May, currently theyoungest resident of our village.Ruby May, a first child and daughter for
Denise and Daniel of Venture Cottage, was born on the 10th March and weighed
6lbs 10oz.New home - new baby, and
after a bit of a rough ride all is now fine.Well done!
MANOR HALL NEWS
the Easter period, the fuse boxes and switches in the Hall are due to be
updated, which will bring the standard of electrical wiring up to the latest
have been cut down in the grounds to save damage to the Manor Hall roof tiles
and work is progressing on tidying the hedges on both the road side and the car
should like to thank the people, holiday makers I think, who left a cheque for
£40.00 at The Globe recently - the money was given for the upkeep of the Hall.
it is getting near AGM time and we should welcome anyone interested in joining
us to look after the Manor Hall for the
people of Berrynarbor.
THE BERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY
'In the Beginning'
Well, that's the
end of an era for me.All that remains
is to reiterate my thanks to the many people that have performed, helped and
attended the performances over the years.I know that I speak for Stuart as well when I say this.This year's Show was a credit to everyone
who took part, as has been the every year.
all have our favourite memories of past acts, but in their own way they have
all shone.A lot of the acts over the
years have been a 'first performance', but the performers still came back for
proceeds from the Shows have gone to a diverse selection of charities.Although most of them have been local
village ones, other organisations, for example the Special Care Baby Unit and
Children's Ward at the NorthDevonDistrictHospital have also
benefited from the efforts of the BBC.I think that the total sum raised over the years is close to
those of you interested, a recording has been made of the last Show, which will
I think include clips from past years.
will be a village Get Together later on in the year - all invited - just our
way of saying 'Thank You' for all your support.
accounts will be made available should anyone wish to see what has been
achieved over the years.The equipment
that has been bought by the Showhas been left in the Manor Hall for
the use of the village.
'It's not where
you start but where you finish' - the BBC
all began as a 40's Night at The Globe and for 15 years under the guidance of
Songbird - our own BBC has brought great entertainment and fun to so many of us
and realised the multi-talents of villagers - old and young alike, with some
participating as toddlers through to teenagers.
local charities have benefited from the proceeds - the Newsletter being just
one - and I should like to take this opportunity to thank Gary and everyone involved with the Shows
over the years for the hard work and dedication they have
put in to give us first class entertainment.
BBC must also be thanked for the fittings and equipment with which they have
furnished the Manor Hall and for donating it for the future use of the village.
not where you start but where you finish, and you've all finished on top'!
THE VILLAGE SHOW
village Show . . . what can I say?Well
I don't know what it's like out front, but behind the scenes it is, as you can
probably guess, a bit of a riot and tremendous fun!
all starts just before Christmas, when we get the call from Gary to meet in The Globe.We have a few beers, throw around a lot of
ideas, all of which seem enormously witty and brilliant, and it is agreed that
we will start rehearsing the second Wednesday in January.As nobody has, of course, written this
down, come the date we all forget to turn up!But a week later we do assemble and desperately try to remember all
those enormously witty and brilliant ideas.We fail and so start from scratch.
the next month, we turn up at the Sawmills and confuse the customers bysinging/dancing/performing as they play
darts, skittles or try and eat their romantic Valentine's Dinner.Stuart battles on noblyon the keyboard against background muzak and the rest of us fall in and out of love as people
fail to show for rehearsals - "Oh I
didn't know you meant this Tuesday" . . . "I thought you said 9.30
By the end of February we move to the
Manor Hall and 15 more cast members appear who have been secretly rehearsing at
home.Strange conversations are
overheard in the pub ranging from "So
Seretse, do youstill have that outsized bra and feather boa?" to "What I really need arethree piano legs and a rifle","Tony can I borrow your flippers?"
and "Has anyone seen the
Then comes the dress rehearsal, and I
have to admit you get to know people so very much better than you ever would over
a pint or dinner.There is nothing quite
as intimate as a crowded dressing room for breaking down barriers and cementing
friendships.And while we all behave
like divas going frightfully over the top, Gary quietly rebuilds the stage, the sparkies rewire the lights and the sound technician tunes
and tweaks the microphones.And all
the while Chris Jenner remains unflappable, writing copious notes such as
'Exit Hitler stage L.Enter 3 grannies
req. stand mikes.Cue
B Hill strobe'.
On the night, it is a bit of an
alcoholic whir and then suddenly it is all over for another year and life, I
have to confess, is a little bit flat.But will it happen again next year?I do hope so.BUT we need some
brave person to come forward, not to replace Gary [he is, after all, irreplaceable], but
to marshal all those talents and skills.They must cajole Gary
into revealing just exactly how the stage fits together, plead with Stuart to
continue to play, find
another way of killing Derek off, persuade Judie to produce the tickets and
programmes and Alan to sell the ice cream.And last, but not least, request Ron to man the door because 'LET'S go on with the Show'.
WATERMOUTHCASTLE AND ESTATE
Bridge Hall, Barnstaple, on Friday, 20th September, 1946, at 3 p.m. saw Messrs.
Jackson Stops & Staff auction the Valuable
including the CastellatedMansion containing Fourteen Bedrooms,
Hall and Six Reception Rooms, Eight Bathrooms, Nine W.C's
Sub-tropicalGardens, Beautiful Cliffs
LAND-LOCKEDHARBOUR CALLED WATERMOUTH
withBathingBeach and Boathouse.Lydford and
Widmouth Farms, Secondary Residences, Watermouth House and Watermouth Cottage,
Cottages, Valuable Woodlands in all
Devon Journal-Herald, September 1946:
Watermouth Castle, the North Devon
residence for many generations of the Bassett family, was to be auctioned in
the Bridge Hall, Barnstaple, yesterday, but just before the commencement of the
sale the auctioneer said Watermouth Castle [Lot 1], the gardener's cottage and
gardens [Lot 2] and the sawmill on the estate [Lot 13] had all been sold
WatermouthCastle, a castellated mansion with its
86 acres had been purchased by Mrs. L.E. Lewis of Langleigh Park House,
sawmill was bought by an old tenant, Mr. F.W. Banks, in neither instance
was the price paid disclosed.
Chalke and Son of Salisbury bought most of the
woodland giving £4,000 for 72 acres, comprising Northfield wood and
pasture;£1,800 for Mill wood 12
acres;and "1,900 for Gratton Plantation 30 acres.Mr. B. Watts, the tenant, bought Lydford Farm, 69 acres for £3,700;Watermouth cottage, £1,125 and 25
acres of pasture and arable fields of which he is tenant £1,025.Watermouth House with cottage and four acres
made £2,650 to Mr. F. Annear, solicitor, Ilfracombe.Mr. Waldron gave £1,650 for Widmouth Farm
and six acres and £1,100 for eighteen acres of accommodation land.
lots sold were:Two pasture fields of
seven acres to Mr. Toms, £400;pasture
field and wood eight acres Mr. Harris £520; Bamants
wood 13 acres Mr. F.J. Richards £750, who also bought Hagginton Hill Cottage
and reservoir for £750;and Woolscott Cleave Plantation in Sterridge Valley, 46 acres,
was bought by Mrs. Harris for £160.
Don Thirkell - St. Columb
AUSTRIAN FOLK SONG
Heard on the radio many years ago, this
poignantly beautiful tribute lay buried in some deep recess of memory to surface recently, without prompting, complete with its
simple, plaintive melody.I can't
reproduce the latter but here the words, attributed to that great poet Anon and
translated by another of the same name [not myself].
How can I leave thee? How can I bear to part? That thou hast all my heart, Dearest believe.
Thou hast this soul of mine, So wholly is it That I can love no-one But thee alone.
Were I a bird love, Soon would I fly to thee.
Falcon nor hawk tone Would terror bring.
If slain by huntsman's hand I at thy feet lay dead, If thou one tear didst shed Gladly I'd die.
Blue is the flow'ret Called the forget-me-not. Oh lay it on the heart And think of me.
Should fate be too unkind, Hope gone faith out of mind, Love shall remain with us,
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
celebrates New Life.Jesus was raised
from the dead and appeared to the
that happened about two thousand years ago.What about now?Today I came across Anthony Bloom's book, "School for Prayer."He writes:
" While I was reading the beginning of St. Mark's
Gospel, before I reached the third chapter, I suddenly became aware that
on the other side of my desk there was a presence. And the certainty was so strong
that it was Christ standing there that it has never left me.This was the real turning point.Because Christ was alive and I had been
his presence I could say with certainty that what the Gospel said about
the crucifixion of the prophet from Galilee was true, and the centurion
was right when he said "Truly he is the Son of God"...I became absolutely certain within
myself that Christ is alive and that certain things existed.I didn't have all the answers, but having touched that experience, I was certain that ahead of
me there were nswers, visions,
presence and New Life is here for all of us to experience. That s
a real cause for celebration.
and Joyful Easter to you all,
With all good wishes,
Your Friend and Rector, Keith Wyer
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 31
A story partly based on true facts
upon a springtime, a main road running out of town was
being repaired.With temporary traffic
most drivers were happy to tolerate the extra time incurred upon their
journey.One driver, however, was not
prepared to wait.His name was Mr.
White Van Man.
White Van Man didn't like his job very much.Every morning he would go in to work and collect his delivery list, and
every day there would be far too many deliveries for him to finish when he
should.Time, therefore, was precious
to him.If there was one thing he hated
most of all, it was road works.So when
he came upon the queue of cars on the main road, he looked at his map for an
alternative route.Luckily, he found
one along a nearbycountry
lane.The route saved him time, so long
as he didn't meet any people walking along the lane.Meeting people meanthaving to slow down.Worse still, it meant losing the precious
time he had gained.Frustrated, he
decided one day to toot his horn whenever he saw some one.This had the desired effect, with people
quickly getting out of his way.
this particular morning, he saw a very old man who was standing in the lane
with his back to him. Mr. White Van Man tooted and tooted
until his thumb was sore, but still the old man did not move.Assuming he was deaf, Mr.White Van Man got out of his vehicle and
loudly slammed his van door.Slowly,
the old man turned to face him.
noticed you heard me slam my door!" shouted Mr. White Van Man.
"I did," replied the old
man."And I also heard your
"Then why didn't you get out of my
"Because I was enjoying this lovely
spring morning," explained the old man.
"But that's not my concern!"
snapped Mr. White Van Man, "I've got loads of parcels to deliver."
what, might I ask, is the rush?" enquired the old man.
if I didn't rush, I wouldn't get them delivered on time.And then I probably wouldn't get home until
this evening.Look, I'll go and get my
believe you," replied the old man, reassuringly, "But can you not see
that by rushing you are missing out on all that is going on around you?"
there's nothing to see."
boy," said the old man with a chuckle, "Just look around you.Can you not see the wonderful primroses
stretching along this bank?And look,
close by you, the marvellous sunshine flowers of celandine.And just there, in the hedgerow, a little
wren is bobbing about.And look at that
nest, high up in the oak tree.Nature's own work of art.And all this, you see, is just the start."
start of what?" asked Mr. White Van Man.
"The start of spring.Soon the wood will be a carpet of bluebells;the hedgerow will be awash with cow
parsley.Everything, you see, is coming
my life won't be worth living if I don't get these parcels delivered on
time.And I won't be earning a living,
replied the old man.
don't know my manager," explained Mr. White Van Man."If I took my time delivering this lot,
I'd hate to think what time I'd finish.And if I went back to the depot with any of these parcels still on the
van, I'd be shown the door.So now do
you see?I have no choice but to
that Mr. White Van Man walked away and got back into his vehicle.He started the engine and the old man
stepped to one side to let the van pass.Then, just as it went to pass him, the old man put his hand up.Mr. White Van Man pulled up alongside him
and wound down the window.
now?" he asked rudely.
old man smiled and then said, "A poor life this is, if full of care, we
have no time to stand and stare."
"If you say so."And with that Mr. White Van Man sped away and then laughed at what the
old man had said.As he did so, he
glanced into his rear view mirror.Instantly he stopped laughing and turned icy cold.The old man had vanished.
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
has been decided that the village will enter the Britain
in Bloom and BestKeptVillage
competitions again this year.The
emphasis is on natural sustainable beauty and care for the environment.As usual we know we can count on everyone to
pick up any litter, scoop the poop [please don't throw the bags in the hedge],
and go mad with flowers.The first meeting of the year in The Globe was
well attended and the first litter pick gathered the usual motley assortment of
'goodies' including a badger's skull!
have asked Streamways Nurseries at Georgeham for
their help again with the hanging baskets.Anyone who wants to join in the scheme [we take the empty baskets to
them and they deliver them back beautifully filled for a reasonable price],
please contact Wendy on 882296.
main fund raising events are the OpenGardens.The two dates this year are:SterridgeValleyGardens
on Sunday, 17th June, with teas at Chicane, thanks to Ken and Judie, and the VillageGardens on Sunday, 15th July with teas
at The Lodge thanks to Phil and Lynne.We are always looking for new gardens, so if you think your garden is up
to friendly scrutiny, please do let us know.
to Pat and Maureen for the donation from the coffee morning held on 9th March
at Fuchsia Cottage, and to Rainer and Jill for the donation from the Flowerpot
are on the lookout for small, plastic flowerpots to pot on the small plug
plants we have ordered.If you can
spare any, please drop them off to Jenny at Middle Lee Farm.
gardening to you all.
Recipe for Easter
As it is almost Easter, this is a
simple Simnel Loaf Cake.All the ingredients can be purchased at our
local village shop - except maybe the Cointreau!
2 Oranges, grated zest and
2 tbsp Cointreau [or Vodka]
mixed dried fruit
soft butter, diced
oven to 160 Deg C/fan 140 Deg C/gas 3
the mixed fruit and halved cherries in the orange juice and Cointreau/vodka
with the orange zest.Grease and line a
2kg loaf tin or halve the mixture for a 1kg tin.Halve the marzipan.Roll half in to a sausage shape and flatten
to the shape of the tin.
the butter, sugar, flour, eggs and milk with an electric hand whisk in a bowl
until smooth.Stir in the fruit and
juice.Spoon in half the mix then cover
with the marzipan.Top with the rest of
the mix and smooth thetop.Bake for 1 hour 50 mins until risen and firm to the touch.Take care when testing with a skewer as the
marzipan will be sticky.Cool in the
tin and when cold remove the lining paper.Keep wrapped in foil for up to 2 weeks.Decorate on the day you serve the cake.
5oz icing sugar with the juice and zest of an orange.You need the icing to be runny enough to
flow thickly over the cake and drip over the sides.Top with 11 balls made from the remaining
marzipan - these represent the 12 Apostles minus Judas.Little yellow chicks and Easter eggs would
add the final touch.
Many of us will
have watched and even taken part in Springwatch with
Bill Oddie, Kate Humble and Simon King, so let's take
part in our own Garden Watch.
are more than 15 million gardens in the UK which provide important homes to
wildlife and nowhere more than here in Berrynarbor where many of us provide
food, shelter and water to make our gardens into 'wildlife homes'.
you have a pond with frog or toad spawn?Have you already seen a bumble bee or peacock butterfly?A kingfisher and little egret have recently
been spied in the Valley.What birds
have visited your feeders and garden recently?But not only birds, have you had unusual butterflies, wild animals or
perhaps even snakes?Please make a
written note, just a brief one with the variety [perhaps a photograph] and let
us know so that we can build up our own overall picture of wildlife here in the
village over the seasons.Spot it,
and Graham [Goodenough] would like to thank the two drivers who stayed with lurcher Ben and comforted him following his accident at the
corner of Barton Lane.A very lucky [but naughty] boy, he is home
again and other than a fractured shoulder blade is none the worse for
wear.If it was you, or you know who
these kind people were, please contact Liz as she and Graham would like to
thank you personally [01271 8797490].
October 26th 1811 - July 23rd 1875 Founder
of Singer Sewing Machines and builder of OldwayMansion, Paignton
item by Victoria Graham on BBC News Spotlight at the end of January caught my
she said, "Is considering selling OldwayMansion
in Paignton, which it claims is too expensive to maintain."Nothing remarkable in that - I'd not heard
of the place.Then she continued, "OldwayMansion
was bought by Isaac Merritt Singer, the founder of the sewing machine company
in 1871."Now that was
interesting because I'd always thought Singer was an American company.
The research proved fascinating, Isaac
Singer's personal life equalling - if not outdoing - his business acumen.He was born in Pittstown, New York,
the youngest son of Adam Singer [a German immigrant whose family name was Reisinger] and his first wife Ruth.When Isaac was 10 his parents divorced.He didn't get on with his stepmother and at
the age of 12, went to live with his older brother who had a machine shop.Here he grew into a strapping young man of
6'4" and as an apprentice learnt the machinist trade that would provide his
vast fame and fortune.His real love,
however, was acting and at the age of 19 he left to join a touring group of
1830 he married Catherine Haley and there are conflicting reports about the
next few years.What is known is that
his personal life became complicated.He and Catherine returned to New
York with their son William, born in 1834.He again worked in a machine shop, but was
still bitten by the acting bug, and by 1836 was once more 'treading the
boards'. Now 25, he met 18-year old Mary Ann Sponseler
and proposed marriage. In 1837 he fathered two children:Lillian by Catherine, and Isaac by Mary
Ann.Not surprisingly his and
Catherine's marriage was effectively over although they didn't divorce until
1860 on the grounds of her adultery! Mary Ann, unfazed by the fact that
Isaac was already married, agreed to their presenting themselves as a married
couple and over the years produced 10 children of his.
In 1839 he patented a machine to drill
rock, selling it for $2000.With this
money he went back to the stage, forming the Merritt players and using the name
Isaac Merritt.Mary Ann appeared as Mrs
Merritt.The troupe toured for about 5
years until the money ran out.
1844 Isaac took a job in a print shop in Fredricksberg, Ohio.Moving to Pittsburgh, he invented and patented a
machine for carving wood and metal.In
1850 he was invited to Boston
by Orson G Phelps to continue developing his machine.Phelps was making Lerow
and Blodgett sewing machines, which were difficult to make and use.
Singer did not invent the sewing machine
and never claimed to have done.It was
first invented by an Englishman,Thomas
Saint in 1790, and went on to be 'invented' several more times.
had a chain stitch, which could easily unravel.In 1833, an American, Walter Hunt invented
[but failed to patent] a machine that used a lock stitch which all subsequent
machines used, including Lerow and Blodgett's.
Singer's cutting machine was not a success, but he saw how he could improve Lerow and Blodgett's sewing machines by introducing a
straight needle instead of a curved one, and a shuttle that moved in a straight
line.He patented his design in
1851.Up to this time, industry - mainly
tailors - used the heavy sewing machines, but now smaller ones were available
for home use and I M Singer and Co made it happen.
then crossed the Atlantic, opening a factory in Clydebank, with agencies in Paris and Rio de
Janeiro, making Singer's one of the first American
multinationals.Such was his financial
success that he moved his second family into a mansion on Fifth Avenue.Whilst continuing to live with Mary Ann, he
had an affair with Mary Eastwood Walters who bore him a daughter, Alice.The real crunch came, however, when, already
suspicious, Mary Ann spotted Isaac, driving openly in a carriage with Mary McGonigal,
an employee who it later emerged had already borne him 5 children![All these Mary's must have made things
easier for him!]
Mary Ann was furious and had Singer
arrested for domestic violence.Let out
on bail, but with his reputation in tatters, he fled to London with Mary McGonigal.
afterwards, Singer moved to Paris
where he renewed acquaintance with Isabella Eugenie Boyer whom he had lived
with in 1860. She left her husband and married Singer - being already pregnant
- and the marriage lasted for the rest of his life.They had 6 children.
the time of his final marriage, I M Singer and Co was dissolved and "The Singer
Sewing Machine Company "emerged, with Singer on the Board of Trustees and a
and Isabella lived briefly in London
and then moved to Paignton. And so finally we come to OldwayMansion!Sadly I have not yet visited it, but
"Stories of Oldway" by Joyce Packe paints a
fascinating picture.Built in 191/2
acres, it has more than 100 rooms.The
foundation stone was laid on May
10th 1873, but not finished until two months after Isaac's death in
1875.The family were living in a
smaller house he built on the estate, Isaac referring to the 'big house' as
'The Wigwam'.The Rotunda was built
first - a circular building housing an indoor exercise ring for the children
and their horses, and a swimming pool that could be covered for balls and
in French classical style, it boasted "large halls and bold staircases" and
most of the chimneys and flues would be swept from the basement.
July 14th 1875
one of Singer's daughters, Alicia Merritt [no, I can't work out who her mother
was!] was married with great ceremony from OldwayMansion.The bride wore a gown and diamond earrings
£2000.The whole town celebrated
including 800 schoolchildren who had parties in their schoolrooms.
days later, Isaac Singer died of "an affection of the heart and inflammation of
the windpipe".In his will he left between £12,000,000 and
£15,000,000 - an unimaginable sum in 1875.He also left behind five known 'wives' and over
is said that his widow Isabella, 30 years his junior and both beautiful and
intelligent, sat as the model for M Frederick-AugusteBartoldi's Statue of Liberty.
Paris Singer, one of their sons, was
responsible for re-modelling OldwayMansion in the style of the Palace of Versailles.Amongst his other claims to fame:
had an affair with the American modern dancer Isadore Duncan
with whom he had a son [killed in a car crash when only 3
herself was strangled in 1927 by her floaty scarf
when it caught in the wheel of the open car in which she was a passenger.
own Sandy Cove Hotel was built for him in the 1920's as a love nest.It was converted to a hotel in the
'30's but several interior features have survived the many alterations
over the years.
Borough Council bought OldwayMansion and the estate
for £46,000 in 1946.Now for £1 [Seniors 75p] you can have a conducted tour, marvelling at
the impressive marble staircase, painted hall ceiling and a huge painted
replica of Lebrun's "The Crowning of Josephine by Napoleon".The original was sold by the Singer family
in 1946 and now hangs in the Palace
of Versailles.Oldway is open daily, [summer Sundays ], but don't delay,
it may be sold for a super casino!
thanks to Europa Cards and Graham Wetherley
for information on OldwayMansion.]
PP of DC
SIMPLY DANCING at the MANOR HALL
Manor Hall is blessed with a large, open room and good sized stage.Is it any wonder then that when dancing was
the prime social entertainment, for young and old, weekly dances were held
there and that it gathered dancers from miles around?During the war years, American soldiers and
other service personnel, including those involved in the Pipeline Under the Ocean project [PLUTO] at Watermouth and MillPark,
used to mix there with the locals, and many a romantic tale resulted.
recent years we've had jazz evenings and barn dances, but since TV has taken
over our entertainment and dancing by the young seems to involve very loud
music and frenetic activity, ballroom dancing has become less available
despite much continuing interest.Nowadays, there are fewer opportunities to learn and practice the basic
dances of waltz, foxtrot and quickstep, while Latin American rhythms of cha cha and samba have subsided away.
a small core of ballroom dancers are attempting to
reverse this trend at your Manor Hall on Wednesday evenings.
date we've held 3 sessions, each with 15 or so dancers and there are definite
signs of fun, exercise and improved dance performances.We've obtained a £250 grant for buying a
sound system, CD's and Instruction books, and have so far learned two or three
simple moves to get us going round the room.Waltz, social foxtrot, cha cha and samba have
been tried, and one evening we spontaneously succeeded in the old time moves of
the St. Bernard's waltz, followed by some jiving.
we have a core of interest but would welcome more people, of any age or
ability.While we can't formally teach,
the various steps can be demonstrated to beginners and tips given on moving
around the room smoothly and well.
you have any glimmer of interest, please do come along and give 'Simply
Dancing' a try.At £2 a session, it's good value and even one evening could enliven your next
wedding or family party!Eventually we
hope to ascend to the dizzy heights of having [irregular] Dances, and even
perhaps live music again at the Manor Hall.
Alan Rowlands [01271-889393]
Two new arrivals at
The Park and we extend a warm welcome to Neil and Vanda Cunliffe
at No. 24, and Roy and Ann Whiteman at No. 45, and hope they will be very happy
here in Berrynarbor.
and Vanda have retired from their careers as Purchasing Manager and Buyer and
have moved here from just south of Cambridge,
near to DuxfordWarMuseum.The area, however, is not new to them as
they have been coming for some years and have a holiday home at Porlock.The family
consists of four children and six grandchildren, with two on the way, who all
live in the Chelmsford
enjoys sea fishing and plans to take up golf again now he has more time.Walking and reading are favourite pastimes
and they enjoy 'dining out'.They
should be happy as there are so many lovely walks and plenty of good eating
they have been living in the area now for some eighteen months, it is only
about six weeks ago that Carmel and Gary Ball and family moved in to Maple
Cottage up Birdswell Lane.
in the teaching profession, they have come from Southminster
near Chelmsford in Essex.Gary, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent teaches
Design and Technology, and Carmel, who was born
in Slough,P.E., although currently she is
teaching English on a part-time basis.
move here was, in many ways, for the benefit of the children, but they all love
it!Finlay is four and his little
sister, Ciara, two, and they both go to pre-school
[Toad Hall and Oak Tree] in Ilfracombe.Also on the move this way are Gary's
parents who hope to move in to their new home in Ilfracombe in the next few
life is for the Balls!When there is
time they enjoy all outdoor pursuits including cycling, walking, camping and
running.They could not have come
somewhere more suitable and we wish them every happiness
in their new home.
and Ann are, perhaps, our newest residents having only moved in on Mothering
Sunday.Their move from Takeley, near Bishops Stortford and right beside StansteadAirport, has taken only a
few months, having seen The Park on the internet.
Roy says that he has had
many jobs over the years starting as a Lab. Assistant for Hartley's Jams in the
Old Kent Road.Sadly, due to severe arthritis he had to
take early retirement but has spent much of his time since then volunteering
[RNIB, Mind, Age Concern, etc.], gaining certificates on the way.Ann says she has spent much of her life
moving around.Born in Birmingham
but with a father in the Forces, moves were inevitable, but the London area became the
family base.She, too, has had a
variety of jobs, but mainly in the retail field.Sadly, due to an unfortunate accident, her
talents as a performer - dancer, ice-skater, etc - were curtailed at an early
them they have a son and a daughter and four grandchildren. Completing the family is their black
Labrador/whippet cross, Cindy.
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP AND POST
news this month is mainly devoted to 'thanks'.
Firstly, if you've been in the shop recently
you can't have missed the magnificent Easter hamper generously given by Brian
and Judy Jones.As we go to press it
has already raised over £60 and there is still time to get your tickets - but
hurry!The raffle will be drawn on
Saturday morning 7th April.Many
thanks, Brian and Judy.
and Maureen had a successful coffee morning at Fuchsia Cottage on Friday March
9th - not so much from the number attending, but for money raised: £154 to be
equally divided between 'Berrynarbor in Bloom' and the
Community Shop.Those unable to go missed
a feast of goodies - but perhaps next time?Many thanks, Pat, Maureen and helpers.
on the shop front are happening constantly at this stage and thanks to Fenella
- our new and excellent community reporter in the North
Devon Journal - you can keep abreast of both shop news and village
activities.Keep up the good work.
are also due to Fenella for making up the large hamper, which raised £60, as a
the Berrynarbor Bear' raffle at Gary's
brilliant final [is it really?] BBC "In the Beginning" Show.Young Amy had no problem with naming the bear
Last but by no means least, a big thank
you to Jackie.The shop at the moment is
well stocked with Easter cards and goodies, and new items are being introduced
all the time.Latest to hit the shelves
are a range of hand-baked biscuits and Tyrells
crisps.The cold counter now carries
mouth-watering pies and quiches by Orchard Lea [ask Jackie for their complete
range that can be ordered] and a small selection of Moules Farm fresh meat,
adding to that supplied by Ivan Clarke and Westgate Angus. By the time you read
this, mugs and coasters depicting the village [for once not specifically
advertising the shop!] will have arrived.They are ideal gifts and souvenirs for visitors to take home [and you to
take to friends], and join the fudges, jams, teas, biscuits, etc. already on
sale. Jackie works very hard to source different and interesting stock - and
reduced price items.Those who have not
ventured in recently might be very surprised at the wide range.Certainly we get many compliments from
visitors on how well stocked and clean it is, and praise for the way Jackie
runs it with her team of volunteers.Incidentally, in the past two weeks the shop has had a slight increase
in turnover compared with this time last year.Thank you shoppers who have spent a little extra.
all keep up the momentum.Happy
PP of DC
HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW - 1ST SEPTEMBER 2007
Gardeners' and Crafters' Lunch on the 24th March was a great success, with lots
coming for soup and jacket potatoes, eating 'al fresco' in glorious March
sunshine.Thanks to everyone who
'lunched', a profit of £215 will help towards the cost of prizes and printing
for the Show.
promised in the February Newsletter, details are now available for the Art and
Photography Sections of the Show, giving you all plenty of time to work on your
entries.The general theme this year is
'Music' and some of the classes reflect this.
Any medium may be used for all
classes - oil, watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, pencil [even collage],
etc.Other than Class 3, which is
obviously smaller, the maximum
size must not exceed A3 [297
- a Still Life
invitation to . . .an event of your
choice.On A5 [A4 folded] card
of the Sea'
the style of an Old Master'
design suitable for printing on fabric
All photographs must be maximum size 5" x 8" and mounted on A5
card or paper.
is . . .
Sound of Music
5.In the Pink
Get working and good luck!
A Lundy Sunday
the final day of April last year, we landed on LundyIsland.As we climbed the cliff path from the quay
to the sound of warblers, the formal, classical building facing us as we neared
the top, looked oddly familiar.A few years ago a drama documentary about
Napoleon's exile on St. Helena had been filmed
on Lundy.The actors portraying Bonaparte
and his doctor had been seen to emerge from Millcombe
house for their stroll around the island.
house was built by the Heaven family who bought the island in 1834, giving rise
to the nickname, "the kingdom
we had not been to Lundy before, we first headed south to the thirteenth
century MariscoCastle with its square keep, passing
the austere St. Helena's church built in 1896,
using granite quarried on the island.The Lundy Granite Company supplied stone for the construction of the
Victoria Embankment in London.
the cliff tops at the south west of the island, we came across a flock of
and around some boulders, a black redstart;the sooty grey bird flicking its red tail.This winter there has been a female black
redstart among the rooks at WildersmouthBeach
arrived at the Old Light, a disused lighthouse also built of granite in
1819.Pevsner described it as a
'beautifully proportioned structure ninety feet high and at 567 feet above sea
level, the highest in Britain'.We
could not resist climbing up it.
the end of the century, it had been replaced by two new lighthouses at the
north and south ends of the island.
fields nearby were hoards of rabbits, many of them black.There are plenty of interesting creatures
living on Lundy, including wild goats grazing the cliff sides and Soay sheep, which look goat-like - an ancient breed, natives of the
remote Scottish island
of St. Kilda.
The Quay and Lighthouse.
Lundy is only three miles long and half a mile wide, we had soon crossed the
plateau to the eastern side, where we witnessed a small group of sika deer emerging cautiously from the cover of the
They still had their grey-brown
winter coats but in summer would be chestnut red to yellow-brown, with white
spots, rather like a fallow deer but smaller.They were introduced into Europe from Japan
and north east China.
rhododendrons have to be controlled if the rare Lundy cabbage is to
survive.This yellow flowered plant is
found only on Lundy.
was a grey, drizzly day but peaceful and it is this quality that is emphasised
nowadays when attracting visitors to the island.But it was not always so.
its strategic position at the junction of the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, Lundy became a base for pirates in the
thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and in the middle of the eighteenth century
it was leased to the notorious Bideford merchant and smuggler, Thomas Benson
trip to Lundy was organised by the Devon Bird Watching and Preservation
Society, a splendid body formed nearly eighty years ago with the object of furthering
the study of birds and assisting in their conservation.
Society manages about a dozen reserves throughout the county;undertakes surveys and maintains
detailed records of bird species in Devon, as
well as producing an impressive range of publications each year and arranging
St. Helena's Church
Illustrations by Paul Swailes
A Cautionary Tale
years ago [before I came to Berrynarbor], I booked a singles holiday with
Thompson on the Greek Island
[or Spetsai or Spetses, as
preferred].Flying to Athens,
I took the airport bus to Piraeus,
where I boarded the dolphin hydrofoil for the relatively short crossing.Arrived and disembarked, I was disappointed
not to be met by the Thompson rep. as expected.
matter, I lugged my cases the short distance to my hotel.I had just booked in when the missing rep.
arrived, full of apologies.She was a
pleasant, plump girl who introduced herself as Julia and offered me a drink in
compensation, which of course I accepted.I discovered later that she was married to Nick, the Greek barman, but
that's by the way.
had one of my favourites - rum and coke - and as some of you will know, in Greece
all drinks are doubles.Having disposed
of this, I felt it only polite to buy Julia one too.We had some light conversation, during which
it transpired that she had been brought up not many miles from my home
town.After a while, she excused herself and I went
to unpack.It now being evening, I then
went into town, found a rooftop restaurant, where I enjoyed an excellent meal,
washed down with a good bottle of local white wine.
at the hotel, I went to the bar for a nightcap and decided to try the famous
ouzo.One drink went down smoothly, so
I had another - and remember Greek drinks are doubles!After that I must have blacked out, for I
have no recollection of taking the lift to my room, getting undressed and into
bed.That I must have done so was
evident the next morning, for there I awoke, in my pyjamas and more or less, my
later taxed Nick with helping me but as he strenuously denied it, I have to
believe that somehow I made in on my own.
had a very pleasant fortnight on the island and by avoiding ouzo,
I was able to imbibe freely, including 'retsina',
without ill effect.
TC of BC
The February meeting was a great
success with Brett Stevens of the Fabulous Wine Company giving a presentation,
which included wines from Spain,
New Zealand, Australia, Italy
and California.All members felt the Brett's presentation
and choice of wines was superb and every single wine he presented was given a
star rating by all present.
saw James Nancarrow of Majestic Wines presenting two
excellent white wines from Marlborough, New Zealand, followed by three reds from Rioja, Spain
and finishing with a fortified [17%] red desert wine also from Spain.
are now looking forward to the next meeting on 18th April when our own Ruth
Diggle will be giving a knowledgeable presentation on Denbies
Vineyard.Then on Wednesday, 16th May,
we have the short AGM to be followed by a presentation by Jan Tonkin as the
final meeting of the current season.
Tom Bartlett - Publicity Officer
Combe Martin from Barnstaple Road, View 106
This is a very interesting
"Peacock" Series post card produced by the Pictorial Stationery Co. Ltd.
of London and printed in Saxony [Germany] around 1904-08.In the foreground, the
limestone workings known as 'Berry Quarry" can clearly be seen.This quarry was worked from around 1840
until 1916 and the limestone was mined and then transported on tramways.The tramway lines are just visible on the
card - those on the left running to the 'spoil' or waste heaps, and one to the
right ending at the lime kiln, visible to the left of the cottage or farmhouse
on the right.Coal [culm]
would be shipped from South Wales to Combe
Martin harbour, where it would be unloaded onto horse and carts and taken to
the many limekilns in the village.In
the limekilns, layers of local-mined limestone would be covered with layers of
the Welsh 'culm' and then set alight and roasted to
slake the lime which was then collected by the local farmers to 'sweeten' their
acid soils and increase yields significantly.This card also clearly demonstrates just how long the High Street is,
with houses on either side of it.