October meeting took place on Tuesday, 7th, when Janet Gibbins opened the
meeting by giving birthday cards to BettBrooks, Janet Gammon and
Di Hillier.She then welcomed Keith Pugsley who had come to speak to us about his work as a hypnotherapist.
practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as
hypnotherapy.It aims to re-programme
patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias,
negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.The technique does not involve the patient
being put into a deep sleep and the patient cannot be made to do anything they
would not ordinarily do.They remain
fully aware of their surroundings.The
important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural
habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so.Hynotherapy is
used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit
in obstetrics.It has been shown to
help people to overcome addictions such as smoking, alcoholism, chronic asthma
and stammering.Mr. Pugsley said each therapy session takes about one to one
and a half hours.At the end of his
talk he invited members to relax while he spoke to them in a soft and calm
voice which induced in them a feeling of wellbeing.
usual the meeting ended with a chat over tea and biscuits with theraffle being won by Phil Walden.
and Bill Butcher came to the November meeting and after demonstrating encaustic
art, encouraged everyone to have a go!Encaustic art is decorating by fusing wax colours to a surface.The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek enkaiein - to burn in.Each member was given a small iron, pieces of white card and wax in
various colours.When the iron was hot
the colours were added to the surface and then ironed onto the card.Everyone made a great effort, but the
results were more abstract than pictorial!Nevertheless, we all agreed it was great fun.Abirthday card was given to Joan McCallam and the raffle was won by Janet Steed.
Christmas Lunch this year will be on the 8th December in the restaurant at
Chambercombe Manor.We are very sorry
that Lyn from The Lodge is suffering so much with her hip and hope she will
soon have the operation to ease the pain.[A sentiment echoed by us all, Lyn. Ed.]
Meeting on 2nd December will be the Christmas Party when sherry, fruit juice,
mince pies and tea and coffee will be offered.
The programme for 2009 is now being compiled and the first meeting, on
6th January, will be the AGM which will be followed by a talk about the WRVS
given by member, Margaret Crabbe.At
the February meeting, on the 3rd, Bernard Hill, a Stockman, will be coming to
speak to us.We look forward to
welcoming all existing members and hopefully some new ones!
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
were over 60 of us in church to celebrate the Harvest Festival on Sunday, 5th
October.We were especially pleased to
welcome children from the school with their families and the singing of 'Look
at the World' by them and the church choir was enjoyed by all.Once again the church was beautifully
decorated thanks to the efforts of the flower arrangers, but not a lot of
produce was given this year although more was brought in ready for the
Wednesday evening auction.There was a
happy atmosphere at the Evensong and we all walked over to the Hall afterwards
to the sound of the bells ringing out over the village.The appetising supper prepared by Doreen
Prater and helpers was much appreciated by us all.The auction, conducted by the bell-ringers
raised £51.40 and, when added to the collection taken in church, the PCC will
again be able to send £100 to Water Aid.
moving Candle Service held on Sunday, 2nd November, was well attended and once
again the altar was aglow with all the candles lit in memory of loved ones.The choir led the singing of hymns chosen by
members of the congregation and they also sang 'Lead Me Lord'.
of the Parish Council joined us for the Remembrance Service on Sunday, 9th
November.The congregation numbered
almost 70 and it was good to see families with children present.In spite of the heavy rain and wind, Rector
Keith led us to the War Memorial to observe the two minutes' silence at Ivan Clarke was the bugler and wreaths were
laid by Marion Carter and Paul Crockett on behalf of the Church and Parish
Council respectively.The lesson was
read by Sue Sussex and the choir sang 'Band
of Brothers'.The collection, taken up
for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, amounted to £125.
will be no Friendship Lunch in December but we shall all be meeting again at
The Globe in the New Year on Wednesday 28thJanuary.
19.11.1925 - 30.9.2008
was with real sadness that the village learnt that Ivy, one of its longest-term
residents, had died peacefully during the afternoon of the 30th September,
after suffering stoically, but with her usual humour, ill health for many
a loving and much loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and
great-grandmother, and friend, was a real character - always ready with a
smile, a joke and wonderful tales of village life past.'Wild and wicked' was how Keith Wyer
described her at her funeral on the 8th October, when the sun shone as she
left, for the last time, the village she so loved.
thoughts are with Walter, Marlene and Gerald [Nipper] and all the family at
this time of sadness.
16.6.1924 - 5.10.2008
Margaret's stay at
Lee Lodge was brief and it was with sadness that we learnt that she had passed
away peacefully on the 5th October.Margaret, daughter or the late and much-loved Lorna Grove-Price, was the
beloved wife of the late John Stewart.Our sympathy and thoughts are with the family, but especially with Lorna
and Michael at this time of sorrow.
in 1918 in Sutton Coldfield, Dennis was the youngest of six children,
and after leaving school began training as an apprentice with Lucas, preparing
him for the family business of industrial jewellery.
war interrupted his training and he joined up at the age of 21 in 1939,
spending the war in various postings both home and abroad - he was involved in
the evacuation of Dunkirk
and narrowly escaped capture, as a signal officer, whilst taking messages to
a short leave home, he met his first wife Anne and they were married on a snowy
day in January 1941.After the war he
returned to the family business and he and Anne settled to family life in
bringing up their daughter Sheila and son Bob.Tragically, Anne died in an accident in 1956.But happiness was to come again when Dennis
met Win, and they were married in 1958.
his retirement, in 1982, Win and Dennis moved to Berrynarbor and both quickly
became a part of the village community - Dennis acting as a church Warden, both
were members of the U3A and the local Gardening Club, and they enjoyed and
supported the many activities and fund-raising events held in the village.
living here for 24 years, they moved to Westbury-on-Trym
to be nearer the family.
cheerful and willing to help everyone, Dennis was a family man, never happier
than when he and all the family were together.
Margaret Stewart, nee Grove-Price
cousin Margaret died peacefully at Lee Lodge after a long illness.It was fitting that she spent her last days
in her home village.
and I should like to take this opportunity to thank Ann-Marie and Jan for their
dedicated care during the time she was with them.Our gratitude also goes to the District and
Hospice nurses who attended her.They're great.
and John were very interested in the natural world, spending hours walking and
bird-watching throughout Cornwall.There were few wild plants they couldn't
name and would identify a bird by its song long before it was visible.They also loved gardening.
love of nature was influenced by her early school years at BerryNarbor by Miss
Veale and our Aunt Muriel.
1943, at the age of 19, she joined the ATS, finding her shorthand and typing
skills useful for clerical work.In
1945 she was posted to Belgium
to the British Army HQ of the Rhine in Brussels
under Field Marshall Montgomery.By 1946 she was in Germany at the HQ at Bad Oeynhausen doing administrative work in hospitals
had already met John when he was posted to Woolacombe.They met again in London and were married there in 1947.John retrained for the Civil Service and was
posted to Barnstaple.Promotion took them to St. Austell in Cornwall, where Margaret worked in the CountyLibrary.
retired to Barnstaple at Norah Bellot Court,
wardened, Methodist apartments, where they met many
new friends and were very happy.
from Margaret's autograph book 1934:
There was a Knight of BethlehemHis men-at-arms were little lambs His trumpeters were sparrows.
His castle was a wooden cross Where on he hung so high His helmet was a crown of thorns Whose crest did touch the sky. With
best wishes from L.C. Veale
Think of me on the ocean Think of me on the lake
Think of me on your wedding day And send me a slice of cake. G.M.
Thatch Berrynarbor [now Little Gables]
Christmas Menu 1945
Breakfast:Porridge, Fried Egg and Bacon, Tea, Bread
& Butter, Marmalade
Dinner:Roast Turkey, Roast Pork, Roast Potatoes,
Green Vegetable, Apple Sauce and Stuffing - Christmas Pudding,
Custard Sauce, Mince Pies, Beer
High Tea:Cold Ham, Pickles and Sauce, Russian Salad,
Tea, Bread 7 Butter, Jellies, Christmas Cake, Pastries
'Monty' - 1945
Margaret and John in their
garden at St. Austell in the 1960's
found the following letteraddressed to me from Margaret in Cornwall for inclusion in the newsletter, but
it had never been sent.Ed.
"Does anyone remember in the
1930's going to school on Ash Wednesday with a piece of ash twig with at least
one black bud?I was one of the
children arriving at school with my piece of ash to avoid being pinched.But after , this was reversed, then any child still
carrying an ash twig was pinched by those children who had thrown their's away.
I wonder if children going to BerrynarborSchool today still take their ash twig
with them on Ash Wednesday, or has the custom been lost in time?"
Phyllis Ivy White
born at Castle Hill, was the second daughter of Fred and Rosie Bray, who worked
a smallholding.In 1927, when she was
only just over a year old, Ivy and her sister Audrey were very ill with
Audrey died but although she was not expected to live, Ivy made a full
recovery.Some years later, in 1934,
the family was joined by her brother Gerald.
always remembered how she nearly burnt the house down!Climbing on a chair to get something off the
mantelpiece, she knocked down the shirt collars airing in front of the
fire.Being cellulose, they quickly
ignited and the fire spread rapidly to the clothes airing on the rack
above.Quick action by Rosie and the
farm boys saved the day!
family moved to Beech Hill in 1935, due mainly to Fred's poor health - he
suffered having been gassed in the First World War.He died shortly after in early 1936 at the
age of 41, leaving Rosie to care for Ivy and the young Gerald, as well as her
own elderly mother.
older, Ivy was expected to keep an eye on Gerald but she had other ideas,
particularly when friends called to play, and on one occasion she locked Gerald
in the porch whilst she went out, getting back just in time before her mother
returned from work.She was suitably
chastised and threatened with being shut in the attic if she did it again!
was in trouble once more when the latest 'must have' fashion accessory was hair
curling tongs.With no money, Ivy
improvised by heating two knitting needles in the fire, but to say her 'model'
friend ended up with a frizz is an understatement and the singed hair had to be
leaving school, Ivy worked at WatermouthCaves before joining the ATS and being
stationed at Plymouth,
where she operated the search lights.She returned to the village and by 1947 had her two children - Marlene
and Larry.Her husband, Roy Hunt,
returned to Canada,
but for some reason Ivy never followed him.
1955 she married Walter White and with Marlene and Larry they moved into 2 Wood
Park in 1957.In 1963, Tracey, the
first of her grandchildren was born, followed by Paula, Tina, Kerry and Alex -
she doted on them all.
her working life Ivy had a variety of jobs, mainly in catering.Latterly at Coutant Electronics [now Lambda] where she made many
friends with whom she spent happy holidays abroad, and then The Sandy Cove
Hotel.She was reluctant to
retire but a fall resulting in a broken foot when she was over 70 forced her to
life then revolved around her great-grandchildren and she was sure to tell
anyone who would listen how wonderful they were, especially clever little Vashti and her temper to match her great-grandmother's!
the last ten years, Ivy endured a great deal of pain and several operations,
spending long periods in hospital.Her
final stay was at the TyrellHospital where she died
on the 30th September.
diabetic, Ivy's diet was strictly controlled but a lasting memorywill be of her drinking Baileys
through a straw during her last few weeks in hospital!
* * * *
should like to thank everyone who gave their help, support and time to Ivy
during her ill health, whether on a friendly or professional level, all who
sent messages of condolence, attended her funeral or donated money in her
memory, Rev. Keith for the service in which he summed her up to a T, Mr. Baker,
the undertaker who conducted the funeral arrangements, and The Globe Inn where
we held the wake.
Thank you all.Marlene
WEATHER OR NOT
carried on from where July and August left off and by the 11th we had recorded
143mm [5 5/8"] of rain.The
morning of the 11th was the first completely cloudless sky since 27th July, and
it heralded the start of a predominantly dry, settled period.Fortunately for us, it was also the day that
we started our holiday in the Scillies, after which we only recorded a further
9mm [7/16"] bringing the total rainfall for the month to 152mm [6"],
which made it the wettest September since 2000, when we had 198mm [7
13/16"].It was also cooler than
usual with a maximum 22.4 Deg C and a minimum of 5.9 Deg C.Wind speeds reached 30 knots, also a record
for the month.At 98.08 hours, the
sunshine hours were the lowest since we began recording, the second lowest was
in 2004 when they were 105.94.
is often the wettest month of the year but with 163mm [6 3/8"] it was
easily beaten this year by both July and August.The total was, however, greater than other
parts of Devon, including East Devon which had
132.5mm [5¼"] despite the floods in Ottery St.
Mary.The end of the month gave a
foretaste of winter, with the temperature dropping and a biting Easterly wind
which gave a wind child of -8 Deg C at 1913 hours on the 29th.The temperature ranged from a warm maximum of
20.3 Deg C to a chilly 1.9 Deg C in the early hours of the 29th.We also had two gales in the month, one of
them gusting up to 37 knots.
The sunshine hours at 51.37 were again down, only lower in 2005 when
they were 49.77.
have been rumours of a hard winter, but we shall have to wait and see whether
they are correct or not.
happy and peaceful Christmas whatever the weather!
Simon and Sue
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP & POST
We don't wish to boast [well, only a
little!], but Berrynarbor has pulled out all the stops as far as the shop is
concerned.The turnover is a fairly
steady 20-25% higher than in the old shop and by mid-October was already higher
than the whole of the figure for 2007.To all our regular customers, 'well supported', and thank you Anita
for filling the shop to capacity.The range of items on sale might surprise those who never visit it.Why not call in and try it some time?The Post Office, in Jackie's care, is also
doing very well.A paypoint
machine is arriving shortly, which will improve the service.Please check with Jackie for details.
Dates have passed for sending surface
mail to far-flung places, but there's still time for air mail to get there for
Christmas.International air mail
should be posted between the 5th and 10th December,
and for Europe by the 12th.UK 2nd Class by 18th December, 1st Class by the 20th, and Special
Delivery by the 23rd.
not too late to order Christmas Fare: poultry and meat, Christmas cakes and puddings,
Christmas ice cream, baked goods and fruit and vegetables.Don't forget that greengrocery has a 10% reduction when booked in
advance but don't leave it to the last minute!The last date for orders is December 12th,
although Ivan Clarke can take orders until the 19th.Our shop is bursting with gorgeous
chocolates, a range of Christmas cards and wrapping paper, special jams and
chutneys for Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and lots more.Do come and indulge.
Several people in the village kindly nominated
our Shop and Post Office in the Countryside Alliance Award for the 'Best
Village Shop and Post Office'.Entries
are now closed and results will be announced in the New Year.It would be great to get an award, but nice
to know that some feel it's the best anyway!Thanks go to those who entered us.
A special thank you to our stalwart volunteers, including some who
have joined recently.If in the
New Year you feel that you could help - even for 2 hours, or as a standby -
please have a word with Anita.
finally, for the whole of December, why not treat yourself to a hot drink in
the shop and enjoy a FREE mince pie?
best wishes to you all from Anita, Jackie and the Committee, and here's to
another successful year!
PP of DC
WHAT GOOD NEWS!
just read in the newspaper [14.11] that the all-thinking [?] Gordon Brown has
finally realised that it would be extremely damaging to the survival of the
rural post offices if the POCA system was handed over to a private company and
would create even more unemployment and further ravage rural communities.It was a long time coming, but what a
thank goodness, we like others in similar situations, can at least rest easier
that this potential nail in the coffin has been removed.I don't think the mandarins in Whitehall realise how much
a shop and post office can mean to villages.It isn't just for posting a letter or buying a newspaper or pint of
milk, it is the hub around which so much depends.
is therefore now vital that we ensure that ours remains viable both by using it
and helping to run it.On the subject
of which, it is a bit worrying to see more and more occasions in the afternoon
when there is no volunteer on duty.If
anyone has a few hours to spare in the afternoon, preferably on a regular
basis, even if it is as little as once a month, I am sure that Anita would be
delighted to hear from you.
up the good work!.
Wine Circle commenced its new season of
meetings in October but not without a bit of a hiccup!
We were all there at ready to start but no presenter!
When it got to ,
it was clear that Jonathan Coulthard from DomaineGourdon in France
was not going to appear so emergency plans had to be called upon, namely Alex
Parke and I returned home and raided our own supplies!Between us we rustled up a couple of bottles
each of 6 different wines and returned to give an impromptu presentation and
tasting.Whilst not as interesting,
perhaps, as the slide show and local delicacy tastings
that Jonathan was to have done, everyone seemed to have a good time and we
certainly tasted some different wines.
The next day, having sent Jonathan an
e-mail to find out what had happened, on the principle of belt and braces I
found his telephone number in France and tried phoning.To my great relief, I did not have to rely on
my French, which is very suspect, as his wife answered.She checked his calendar and said it was
entered as 17th not the 15th, so I arranged for her to contact him in the UK to
avoid him having a wasted journey.As
it happened, no sooner did I put the phone down, than Jonathan rang, full of
apologies.Having checked the e-mails
he found that he had entered it incorrectly on his calendar.However, all is not lost, he is coming to
again in March and Pam has kindly agreed to give him the date she was going to
present, giving her presentation later.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 10th
December when we have our Christmas Food & Drink Evening for which the
presenter is Brett Stevens, the knowledgeable and lively owner of the Fabulous
Wine Company in Barnstaple. It is sure
to be an excellent evening with tastings of more
expensive wines than usual ready for our Christmas purchases.
By now, if you are planning on coming
you should have organised yourselves into tables of six and arranged who is
doing what in the way of food for your table. If you haven't, please get
cracking, there's not long to go! If you have not been before and wish to come along, please contact me  and I'll put you in touch with others with whom
you can join.
Best Wishes, Tony S.
tantrums, scolding, cuts, bruises, knocks and teardrops
are the daily storms in a young child's life, but all of
them are tempered by love, kisses and hugs to restore the sunshine .Children are loud noises with arms and legs,
they are sweet-eating bundles of kicks and shouts, they
are damp laps, they
are sleepless nights, they are precious, they are beautiful. They
Val and David Hann [now living in West Sussex]
are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their fourth grand-daughter in
September.Penelope Alice Maria Hann was born
on the 5th September weighing 71/2lbs, a baby daughter for Ben and Pippa.
BERRYNARBOR MEN'S INSTITUTE
Institute held their Annual Awards Presentation Dinner on Saturday, 22nd
November, at Ilfracombe Golf Club.After an excellent meal, Chairman Tony Summers proposed toasts to
'Absent Friends' and to 'The continued success of the Institute'.He then presented the trophies for the
Winter League [played from September 2007 to April 2008]
Winner:Kevin BrooksRunners Up: Chris Jenner and John
Handicap Singles Knockout Cup
Winner:Gerry MarangoneRunner Up:Keith Walls
Scratch Singles Knockout Cup
Winner:Tony SummersRunner Up:Robert Draper
Doubles Knockout Cup
Winners:Tony Summers and John Fanner
Runners Up:Gerry Marangone and
Equal Runners Up:Brian Draper, Gerry Marangone
and Kevin Brooks
Ray Toms Memorial Cup
Winner:[yet again!]Maurice Draper
Recorded Break throughout the Season:Dave Harris
THE MANOR HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
will start on the 5th January
2009 to redecorate the hall.This means that the hall will be out of use for everyone until
February.A letter has been sent to all
apologise for the inconvenience this work will cause and hope you will bear
with us until it is finished.The Penn
Curzon Room could be an alternative in the afternoon if any group is willing
and able to use the space available.
ever-increasing costs of maintenance and services, it is proposed to increase
the charges for hiring the Hall and Penn Curzon Room by a nominal 10% as from
May 2009.The current charges,
operational since April 2006, are:
Penn Curzon Room
i.e. Coffee Morning
A:Is for Non Profit Organisations working
benefit of those
living in the Parish
B:Is for all other regular user groups
again we'll be organising the Christmas Card Collection and Distribution.The posting box will be available in the
Shop from the 1st December and will close just before the Coffee Morning.The charge for using this service is 10p
per card [a big saving on postage] or a generous donation!The Coffee Morning with mulled wine and
mince pies will be from
20th December.Cards will be distributed, and we shall also
have the pleasure of listening to the pupils of the Primary School singing
carols, and of course you can catch up on all the gossip. We hope there will be
lots of people there to say 'Merry Christmas' to each other!
Bob Hobson - Chairman
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
year is flying by and we are already planning hard for the many Christmas
events that are coming up!We sent our
shoe boxes of goodies to the Samaritan's Purse earlier this week and it is good
to think that the boxes will be taking our best wishes to children across the
world in time for the festive season.
back over the school year so far, there have already been many highlights - a
very muddy Wild Night Out for the oldest children and a Space Odyssey for the
whole school, to name a couple.This
week the children have been learning about road safety with the help of our
Chair of Governors and local PCSO Katie Simpson.You might have seen the children around the
village sporting our new high visibility bibs, purchased to improve the safety
of the children when out and about - you'll certainly be able to see us coming
now, even if we do resemble a class full of satsumas!Next week the national focus on
anti-bullying will see our Year 6 children going to the college for a morning
of art and drama with children from primary schools across the Local Learning
philanthropy continues this year with fund raising for Breast Cancer care,
Children in Need and the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal, already totalling
over £200.The older children's efforts
to organise a bring and buy sale in aid of the Poppy Appeal followed work to
find out about the British Legion and the sacrifice made by so many during the
world wars and subsequent conflicts.Five of the older pupils represented the school at the Service of
Remembrance held at the War Memorial in Ilfracombe, whilst the rest of the
school observed the two minutes of silence in their classrooms.
work to improve the school environment continues with the addition of PC's in
Classes 2, 3 and 4.The children and
staff are enjoying the flexibility that this new resource offers and we hope to
extend their use by offering after-school access to computers and the internet
by the spring.
continue to build on the excellent academic standards achieved last year.Our focus on improving writing has led us to
adopt the Big Writing Programme.The children
are making good progress, writing for sustained periods independently of their
teacher.I have included for
publication a piece of writing by Dylan of which we are all particularly proud.He wrote a description of Bonfire Night and
his mastery of the English language at just five years old should be applauded
and celebrated by us all.Dylan is one
of the many children making excellent progress - watch the notice board outside
the shop for more examples of work to be admired.
the 8th November we organised a day out/shopping trip to IKEA and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol.It was an excellent day and 42 people came
on the trip - already we have had enquiries for a similar event for next
year!£195 was raised for school funds
- a big thank you to everyone for your support.
Sue Carey- Headteacher
in Bloom & Best Kept Village
We are thrilled that we managed to get a Gold for Berry
in Bloom.The judges were most
impressed with the community effort shown in the opening of the new shop - our
small part was to supply the tubs and hanging baskets and try to keep the car
park area weed-free and tidy.They
visited the gardening club at the school in a downpour when they were met by the
children and their helpers and were impressed by their enthusiasm
and effort.We were able to explain
that Claude's Garden was a 'work in progress' and a trip around the village
couldn't fail to impress.Finally,
refreshments at the Lodge and the sight of Phil's well tended and lovely garden
did the trick!Thank you to all involved, both for the physical efforts and for the
financial support - there are too many to mention but you all know who you are.
We have had our last litter pick of this
year and completed our autumn clear up.'Get a Stick and Flick it!' - this is the policy of Exmoor National
Park,Devon Countryside Access Forum and
the Kennel Club, as seen on the notices on the walks to Heddons
Mouth, regarding the disposal of dog poo.How sensible!This is a far pleasanter and environmentally
friendly way of keeping our 'walkways' free, and so
much better than poo left in bags beside the road or
beside paths.On a recent 'litter
pick'walk up the Valley, no less than 4
poo bags were found surreptitiously hidden in the
undergrowth on the side of the road - it can't rot in plastic bags but the rain
and weather will break it down if it is 'flicked' into the hedgerow.
You may have noticed that the shrubs at
the bottom of Pitt Hill have had a severe haircut, but they were very overgrown
and will soon grow again in the spring.The planters and tubs have been planted with bulbs and polyanthus and we
hope you enjoy them in the spring.
We shall meet early next year to discuss
our plans, so look out for our posters and we hope you will join us.
This cheesecake is easy to make and it
can be made a month or so before Christmas and frozen.Then just whip it out of the freezer and
serve it with fresh fruit or a compote of fruit such
the biscuit base
225/8oz Hobnobs [or
chocolate chip] biscuits
chocolate broken in to small pieces
200g pack full-fat
soft cheese at room temperature
25g/1oz caster sugar
500ml/18 fluid oz
Line a 23cm round x 4cm deep loose bottom tin
or spring form tin with greaseproof paper.
Process the biscuits to a fine crumb
then mix with the butter and press in to the base of the tin.Chill in the 'fridge until you have made the
For the cheesecake, melt the chocolate
in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water.Cool until tepid.Beat together the soft cheese and sugar and
stir in to the melted chocolate.Whip
the cream to very soft peaks and fold in to the chocolate mixture.Spoon in to the tin and smooth the top.
If the cheesecake is to be eaten
immediately, chill for 2-3 hours or better overnight, or cover with cling film and freeze for Christmas.
A very nice compote for the cheesecake can be made using a
packet of frozen blueberries.Just bring
the whole packet to a gentle simmer with the juice of 1/2 a lemon and thicken
with 2 teaspoons of corn flour mixed with a little more lemon juice.Cool and serve with the cheesecake which may
be decorated with white chocolate curls or crumbled white flakes.Another low calorie recipe!
The Garden Tea Room, with its garden
views and log fire, will be open for individuals and parties for Festive Food
[but not the usual turkey and trimmings] on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9th, 10th,
16th and 17th December for lunch, 12.30 for 1.00 p.m., and in the evenings for
Supper on Thursdays and Fridays, 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December, 7.00 for
7.30 p.m.3 Courses £20;00:2 Courses
£16.00, including coffee or Tea.Booking Essential.For a copy of the Menu and a Booking Form, please ring Patricia or Katie
on 342528 or e-mail:email@example.com.
Tea Room will also be open on Sunday, 7th December, when
Glenda Ramsey will tell 'Sunshine
Stories' with puppets at
and Refreshments will be available.
Advance Notice:Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd February -
Snowdrop and Hellebore Days.Tea Room
open for hot
The Gardens are seeking volunteers to
join the team.If you think you might
be interested to help, please ring Patricia on 342528 for more information.
THE EVACUEES - DAVE AND TOM
Meldrew was a bit of a loner.People in the village thought he might be to
blame for when things 'went missing', but never had any proof.However, in December 1942 there was a
certain amount of stealing going on.It
was on a small scale - things like vegetables, mud-scrapers from outside
people's front doors, and even children's toys left outside in error.Something had to be done!And it was, in a roundabout and amusing way.
may remember that for his prize for the best boat, Dave gave Tom one of his
slowworms, but Tom was ticked off by his mother and told to get rid of it 'straight
away'!However, Dave still collected a
few at times and
would take them to school to sell - a little bit of extra pocket money.
evening, Dave and his mother were sitting in front of their coal fire at their
cottage at Goosewell.Dave had managed
to collect three slowworms, which he had put in a tin on the windowsill.
take them to school tomorrow", he said.But the next morning, when he was about to leave for school and he went
to pick them up, the tin had gone!
strange thing was that in the middle of the night, both Dave and his mother
thought they had heard a loud yell and footsteps disappearing into the night.
didn't fasten the window last night, and someone must have taken it," said
his way down Hagginton Hill, Dave met another lad from school.
"I had my slowworms pinched
last night," he told him, "Did you hear or see anything?"
I did," replied his friend, "there was someone shouting 'adder,
adder, adder!'"Just then, Dave saw something shining, "Look, there is my tin and
there is the lid," he said as he picked them up.There was no sign of the slowworms
and the two boys continued on their way to school.
week later and across the valley, Tom and his mother sat warming themselves by
their coal fire.They hadn't bothered
to put the lights on, nor pull the curtains, because of the 'black out'.The window to the left of the fireplace had
a stay which often jammed and for this reason it was mostly left slightly
ajar.As they sat there in the dim
light, a hand came through the gap and was trying to unlatch the stay.
mother, who had been dressmaking, had left her very sharp scissors on the
little table beside her. Silently she picked up the scissors
and carefully took hold of the sleeve on the arm protruding through the
window.Gently, she cut off about an
inch from the sleeve to about half-way round.With the last snip of her scissors, the hand was suddenly
withdrawn.She sat down again, with the
piece of cloth in her hand."That
will teach whoever it is not to do that again!" she said to herself.
Meeting a few days later in the
village shop, the two mothers were talking about how the mini crime wave had
stopped. "What would you do", said Dave's mother, "If you caught
the villain? I'd
give him a cuff or at least a bit of a cuff!" was the reply."And what would you do? I
wouldn't adder a thing to what you say."The two mothers laughed and went on their way.
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory Combe Martin
All too often in the past, the Church
has been charged with making people believe in a better world to come because
life is bad on earth, preaching a form of 'escapism'.Christmas can be a time when people wish to
escape from the harsh realities of the economic situation into a world of
beauty and wonder, as highlighted in children's eyes and our imagination.Some people think they can buy their way
into the hearts of others by buying expensive gifts - trying to escape from the
fear of rejection by others. But
because our options may be reduced this year, for obvious reasons, let us just
consider what Christmas is really all about.First
it is all about Jesus being born in poverty.In a stable for animals, not a home for people.Placed in a manger not a
refugee not in a secure home environment.[This is not escapism.]But nevertheless, born in
an environment of love.How
often on cards and in crib scenes do we see the 'holy family' together, bound
in the mystery of birth and love.We cannot buy love,
we can only give it away and see its results.There is no fear of rejection here - only a welcoming presence that
seeks to embrace.[God has started his
ministry of reconciliation by being born among us as being very
vulnerable.We are all very vulnerable,
and God shares that vulnerability.]
The shepherds - the outcasts of the
Jewish world at that time - have the vision of heaven and are invited to go and
see this thing that has happened at Bethlehem.We are also invited to 'come and see' in our
hearts.For it is only when Jesus is
born in our hearts that we even begin to get a glimpse that this event is not
just something that affects us now, but has eternal qualities.As we go through the life and death of
Jesus, where he opened his arms wide on the cross to embrace the world,
the message comes through
loud and clear that we are the object of God's love for the world.He does care, and feels for us, and wants
us to begin to enjoy the eternal gifts he has in store.But you cannot buy or force love, you can only give it and hope that the recipient
That's what Christmas is all
about.Not the giving of expensive
gifts, but of responding to the vulnerable love of God as revealed at Christmas
and sharing that love with others.
Have a really wonderful & joyful Christmas,
Your Friend and Rector,
23rd January 1937 -
Founder of the
On our way home from a lovely walk at
Wistlandpound, my husband commented, as we drove past The Calvert Trust,
"I wonder who Mr Calvert is - or was?"
Dear old Google came to the rescue
once more.On their website, the Calvert Trust's history
section tells us that they came into being in 1978 by the inspiration of John
Fryer-Spedding, whose vision it was to enrich the
lives of people, all with disabilities, by taking part in outdoor activities in
When the first National Park opened in
1951, Harold Macmillan declared:"The National Parks are for all people for all time."
realised that this was not quite true in that without accessible facilities,
people with disabilities could neither enjoy our superb countryside, nor
benefit from outdoor activities.He
consulted Elinor, Viscountess
Rochdale, and together they searched for people with the same vision as
themselves.Soon they gathered a small
group of people who decided to form a Trust.
family donated to this Trust, two farmsteads in the Lake
District - Old Windebrowe and Little Crossthwaite.Conceived in 1974, Little Crossthwaite
Adventure Centre was officially opened in 1978 with a warden, a secretary, an
instructor, two horses and two dinghies.It was so popular that shortly after, the Calvert Trust Keswick came
into being.Today this centre employs
24 permanent staff and with its many facilities, welcomes over 3,000 visitors a
Because of the success of Keswick's
centre, the founders realised that another centre was needed, including
accommodation for families. Kielder, with its
man-made reservoir became the setting, and after much fund-raising, Kielder Calvert Trust was opened by Her Royal Highness
Princess Alexandra in 1984.Today it
welcomes over 5,000 visitors at the Centre, and also in 10 superb log chalets
that are set in the beautiful Kielder forest.
And so we come to our 'local' Calvert
Trust.With two successful Centres in
the north of England,
there was scope for developing another one in the south, particularly as people
didn't always want a long journey. What better area was there than Exmoor, with its beautiful countryside, beaches and good
A farmhouse near Wistlandpound
Reservoir came up for sale. Because of an anonymous donor and many other
generous gifts, together with the enthusiastic support of local people, the
Calvert Trust made the purchase and the Exmoor Centre opened in 1996.It offers rock climbing, abseiling,
canoeing, sailing, kayaking, fishing, horse riding, carriage driving, archery,
zip wire, orienteering, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, a swimming pool with
Jacuzzi and a steam room.If you've not
been to Wistlandpound recently, you could be in for a surprise.The Calvert Trust in conjunction with the
Forestry Commission and South West Lakes Trust have developed the area into a
£1 million natural and social heritage centre. There is a discovery trail
suitable for wheelchairs around the lake, with beautiful woodcarvings to help
visually impaired people, and a bird hide.There is also a 2 km Challenge trail with exercises for wheelchair users
[the first in the UK].You may meet horse riders, and once down at
the lake there may be 'yachties' or canoeists, with
various disabilities having a great time.Near the Calvert Trust Exmoor is a Discovery Centre [open 7 days a week]
with toilets and two large car parks.
all this has happened because of one man's vision and determination!John has now retired from being a trustee
of Calvert Trust Exmoor so does not visit it as often as in the past, but his
legacy will continue in all three Centres:friendship, support and the desire to help people with disabilities to
further their potential.
how about the name?Well, we have to
go back over 200 years. Raisley Calvert had grown up
with William Wordsworth, and the childhood friendship had lasted into
adulthood.Sadly, at 21, Raisley developed tuberculosis.As he faced death, he wanted his friend to
continue writing and a legacy was arranged allowing Wordswoth
to write full time.The old Windebrowe Cottage was given to him and his sister
rent-free.As we all know, Wordsworth
went on to fulfil his literary potential thanks to his friend, even writing a
poem dedicated to Raisley.When John Fryer-Spedding
gave the same cottage to the Trust it seemed right that Raisley's
name be used.
you would like to help the Calvert Trust, you can find details on their website
www.calvert-trust.org.uk.Calvert Trust Exmoor would be delighted if
you wished to support them by joining its Friends.The fee for a year is £10 [single], £15
[couple] or £18 [family].With this you
may use the swimming pool for 1/2 price and get newsletters and details of forthcoming
events.This might solve a Christmas
thanks to John Fryer-Spedding for all his help and
for providing a photograph.It was an
honour to write about his work.]
REPORT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
of concern raised and discussed at the last Parish Council Meetings were:
at Birdswell Lane - this
was discussed at length and measures put in place to alleviate the problem,
together with a letter to the County Council Highways Department requesting
them to investigate the flooding.
- due to weather conditions and the fact that all the work done so far in the
Garden has been voluntary, the Council has not been able to proceed with this
project as far as it would have liked.Councillor Clive Richards, after consultations with the Council and the
Trustee of the Garden, is endeavouring to arrange for ornate railings, in
keeping with the village and also to conform to safety standards, to be
erected.So hopefully by next spring
and working with the Berry
in Bloom group, this Garden will be restored to its former glory.
Smoking Signs - the signs in the bus shelters are continually being
removed.We are obliged because of
government legislation to replace them, and this is an added cost to the
Children's Playground - revised plans have been drawn up and
will be submitted to the Council for their approval at the next meeting.
Questionnaire - thank you to everyone who completed the
questionnaire.Answers are currently
being evaluated but we have received an apology from the Housing Officer for
the delay in receiving the results.
of Digital UK will be giving a presentation at the Council Meeting on Tuesday, 9th December at regarding the switchover in July 2009.Please come and listen to this and air your
views because as I understand the situation at present, Combe Martin and
Berrynarbor will only receive half of the free channels to which we should be
I should like to thank all Councillors, especially Richard Gingell who as Vice
Chairman has stood in for me, Sue Squire, our Parish Clerk, and District and
County Councillors Yvette Gubb and Andrea Davis.Thank you, too, to Council Contractors for
their services, Judie for her work [and patience!] with the Newsletter and
anyone else who has worked for the benefit of our community in this last year.
best wishes to you all for Christmas and the New Year.
Sue Sussex - Chairman
INCIDER INFORMATION 2008
the weather this summer, it was amazing that we managed to make any cider this
year.But, last Saturday was just the
ticket for any outdoor activity.
Warburton Mk II Press was erected in the garden of 'Chez Wild Violets' and the
hoards descended from far and wide - Manchester,
Tiverton, Barum and 'Combe.Apples were picked and this year's vintage
was decided apples should be measured in Qwerts [old Berrynarborian measure].
2 Qwerts =
1 Trug , = 2 Gallons.The usual production line swung into
action:1. Cutting apples, 2.Shredding apples [in the Mk I Warburton Chopper - an old garden
shredder], 3.Pressing the apples and 4.Pouring into the barrels.
Press Maister, Mitch Warburton, brought with him
three trees of the Bens Red Variety.These can be struck by just pushing a small branch into the ground.After the planting, the well-known wassailer, Ray Thorn [as seen on TV], blessed the orchard -
all three trees!
think I should mention that during all this, some of last year's cider was
being hastily consumed - no wonder I lost count of the Qwerts!
the end of a thoroughly good and slightly drunken day, 85 gallons had been poured
in to the vats.
BBQ ensued with entertainment provided by part of the Berry Skiffle
Ensemble, and Chris Townsend was last seen being pushed home in a
wheelbarrow!'Yerstu next yer.'
having told you all about the Berry pressing - a balmy, late summer day,
witha gentle zephyr breeze blowing down
from Lee hills and the sun sliding into the sea over Hele gasworks, the smell
of new mown cider - truly stuff that halcyon days are made of - what happened a
off to Combe Martian for the Silver Mine Pressing.I think we'll call it the Gloom Martian
pressing - the site, although covered with Barum
Boxing Club's tarpaulin, resembled a cross between Glastonbury on a bad day and
a good day on the Somme!But in true
stoic bulldog [no, sorry, this is North Devon]
Jack Russell spirit, the merry band set to work.Children covered in mud . . .no change there then!Adults covered in mud . . . no change for
work was going well, all be it slippery.The Mine Captain, Mitch Warburton, had a party of visitors from the
Friends of Devon Society to show round the silver mine site - I'm not sure what
they made of our antics - so we were left to puddle on unsupervised.It's hard treading apples when they are
wet!All this said, another 50 odd
gallons were poured into the waiting barrels.
have been asked how the general public can obtain some of this highly medicinal
potion . . . only licenced persons are allowed to
purvey it.Unfortunately, none of have
have tried other legal applications:a
hair restorer - Mitch tried it but he still looks like the white ball on the
Institute snooker table;an underarm
deodorant - attracted too many fruit flies;a soap on a rope - liquids tend not to stay on bits of string;paint stripper - no good.I guess we'll just have to drink it
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
When the new premises of the CombeMartinMuseum are opened next
year, it is proposed to have facilities for researching your Family
History.We are being helped by Devon
Libraries in the venture.Between now
and early next year, we shall have a few local Parish Records at Combe Martin
Library for you to look at.Should you need help in finding out how to
go about researching your family, I'll gladly help you.Please 'phone me on 882167.
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
should like to thank all who assisted with the Biggest Coffee Morning at the
end of Septemberand those who supported
us with their attendance and donations, helping us to raise the sum of £513.
CANCER RESEARCH UK
Combe Martin Branch of this Charity held a Coffee Morning on 15th October.
were especially pleased to welcome quite a few Berrynarbor folk and wish to
thank you for making the effort to be there, for your contributions and gifts
and for your general support.
will be pleased to know that you helped raise £340 for this very worthy
Ethel Parkin -
LOCAL WALKS -111
"Welcome!wild rock and lonely shore,
round my days dark seas shall roar;
gray fane*, Morwenna, stand
beacon of the Eternal land."
Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker
had only seen MorwenstowChurch from the sea
previously, while on board the Balmoral on a cruise
from Ilfracombe to Padstow.The tower came into view first, a prominent
landmark to ships, and then the old vicarage could be seen, nestled in its dell
between high cliffs, and from 1834 until 1875, home to the famous Reverend
Hawker described as a noble hearted eccentric.
months later, on an autumn Sunday that was more like high summer than any day
in August had been, we crossed the border to visit the church of Saint Morwenna and Saint John the Baptist and to explore its
stretch of coast.
Morwenstow is in Cornwall,
but only just, about eight miles south of Hartland, it is the most northerly of
Cornish parishes.The Celtic Saint Morwenna was one of twenty four children of the ninth
'Westward Ho!', Charles Kingsley described the Atlantic coast there as "a
howling wilderness of rock and roller, barren to the fisherman and hopeless to
the shipwrecked mariner."
the trees at the top of the churchyard are the graves of many sailors including
those from the brig, the Caledonia of Arbroath which sank in 1842, on her
homeward journey from Odessa.The ship's figurehead was placed next to the
graves and has recently been restored.It had been usual to cast the drowned bodies of sailors into a single
pit just above the high water mark without inquest or religious rite, but the
Reverend Hawker would search amongst the rocks for the victims of wrecks and
ensure that they received a Christian burial.
Above the church porch is a
sundial with the inscription "Life is like a shadow".The church is large for such a sparsely
populated parish and has many unusual features.The Saxon font is an irregular oval shape,
with a cable moulding, like a twisted rope around its middle.One of the Norman arches in the north aisle is
decorated at its centre with a grotesque face, part man, part bird.The carved oak bench ends are Tudor.There is a Mediaeval
fresco in the chancel, possibly depicting Morwenna.The rood screen incorporated carvings of
deer and oxen feeding on vine leaves.A
boss in the wagon roof of the chancel shows a pelican feeding her young.
a visitor commented on the 'zig-zags' on the capitals
of some of the pillars, the Reverend Hawker explained that the chevron pattern
represented the waves on the Sea of Galilee.
*fane - archaic
word for church.
The Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker
The Vicarage, Morwenstow
Church of Saint Morwenna
and Saint John the Baptist
to the church is the vicarage, designed by Hawker in 1837, with chimneys made
to resemble in miniature the towers of churches with which he had been
associated.In its garden is a holy
well, the water from it used for baptisms.
walked across the glebeland fields and along the
coast path to Hawker's Hut, a tiny hut with a turf roof, set into the side of
the four hundred foot cliff, which the Reverend Hawker had built himself out of
driftwood.It has been preserved by the
National Trust and is the smallest property in its care.It was here that the Reverend Hawker came
seeking inspiration for his sermons and poetry and it was here, too, that he
was visited in 1848 by the Poet Laureate, Alfred Lord Tennyson.The following year Charles Kingsley came to
see the clergyman in his hut.We
clambered down to it, opened the stable door and sat inside watching the waves
crashing far below and the ravens flying past with their 'cronking'
cry and it was strange to think of the Reverend Hawker sitting in the same spot
a hundred and sixty years ago, composing his sermons and being visited by those
famous authors, with the sea pinks and yellow toadflax and wild scabious growing all around.
south we descended the steep drop to Tidna Water,
with patches of water mint and betony and a pair of wheatears getting ready for
their long autumn journey;then up to
Higher Sharpnose Point with its wartime lookout, now
serving as a useful shelter.The promontory
is so high and narrow that it has been described as 'almost an arête' - like a
mountain crest.But it makes a good
viewpoint, overlooking sixty miles of coastline and Lundy seen from a different
angle to the one we are used to.
neighbouring Lower Sharpnose Point is a collection of
large white dish aerials used for surveillance.[When we had turned off the Atlantic Highway
for Morwenstow, we had passed a discreet sign with
the letters GCHQ.]Originally set up to monitor Soviet
satellites, it was claimed that the site was a primary target during the height
of the Cold War.I recalled those few
days in 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world held its
collective breath, while we felt we were on the brink of Armageddon.
returned our steps to Morwenstow and its church,
forever linked with the memory of its former vicar, the humane Robert Hawker,
whose normal garb combined the clerical collar with a fisherman's jersey and
originated and made popular the celebration of the harvest festival and wrote
'The Song of the Western Men' [otherwise known as 'Trelawny']
which became an unofficial National Anthem for Cornwall.
placed a stone over the doorway of the vicarage with this verse inscribed:
house, a glebe, a pound a day, A
pleasant place to watch and pray! Be true
to church, be kind to poor, O
minister for evermore.'
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 38
write this article whilst on holiday.Yet in many ways I could easily be in North Devon.A 'mewing' buzzard circles above a wooded
valley with a stream that is destined either to meet the sea at a rocky inlet
or spill out on to the sands of a wide, sweeping beach.It's like having LeeBay and WoolacombeBay
just around the corner.
the stream will flow into a river which will disperse at a gaping estuary where
curlews continue their never-ending search for food under the sands and where
the call of an oyster catcher echoes across the sand dunes.For all intents and purposes, it could be
the Taw or Torridge estuary.
Elsewhere, deeply sloping valleys are replaced
by gently rolling hills and miles upon miles of hedgerows.The scene makes for an eerily familiar
patchwork quilt - even the ploughed earth is red.
distant sights give the game away.To
the north lie hills which rise to become mountains.Looking west, tall thin chimneys choke out
smoke and naked flames.
the east is another source of industry;this time wind turbines which shatter
the rural picture.It is a sight which,
for a little longer, at least, confirms that I am not in North
Devon.Is our countryside really to be tainted by
these mechanical monsters?
closer proximity are other reminders that I am away from home.Gone are the cosy villages with thatched
roofs whose cottages would, if they could, tell yarns of self-sufficient
villagers who lived off the land.Hard times, but happy times.Today, the happy smiles and friendly 'hello'
can still be found.
is in contrast to the villages dotted in the countryside around me.The cottages lack warmth and vitality.If I was an artist, I'd repaint the scene
without browns and greys so that the drab, pebble-dashed buildings would
individually stand out.Instead, these
cottages reflect a different industrial era, one of coal rather than
agriculture, and one devoid of any happy times, or so it seems.
upon a headland, I look across the waters to a distant stretch of land - my
home.Its presence on the scene brought
my father to mind.
how I would get upset every December when he would turn down my invitation to
spend Christmas at my place.Now, older
myself, I have become just like him!Just as that distant land on the horizon is reminding me now,
there is indeed nowhere quite like North Devon.And there is nowhere like home, especially at
Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and happy new year.
Illustrations by Paul Swailes
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW 116
This month I have chosen a postcard
taken and published by F. Frith & Co., Ltd. of Reigate
towards the end of 1939.The postcard
is numbered 89036 and shows Pitt Hill with the Manor Stores, now in 2008 known
as Flowerdew Cottage, on the left.Following further down is the original single
storey cottage opposite the entrance to the Globe, completely transformed by
Charlie Layton in the late 1950's and now known as Blue Mist.Then there is the series of cottages with
the roof ofLangleigh [Boarding] House
On the right is the window of Dormer
Cottage [Miss Muffets], the gardens of Whitley Cottage and Corfe
Cottage before the 'TEAS' sign for The Globe Public House.Finally on the right, is the roof and
chimneys of Fuchsia Cottage.
Note the girl sitting outside the
Manor Stores and the Cadbury's Chocolate Bar dispenser, as well as the
interestingly shaped windows, with the top glass panels almost
chapel-like.Also of note is the large
telephone pole outside The Globe with over 20 isolated cables. The postcard
itself was sent in the 1940's from Ilfracombe to a lady in Torquay and posted
with a King George VI green 11/2d and an orange 1/2d stamp.
CHILD MORTALLY BURNT - On Friday, an inquest was held at Berrydown
Cross, before R. Bremridge, Esq., county coroner, on
the body of Emily Jewell, a girl between seven and eight years of age, the
daughter of James Jewell, a labourer, residing in the hamlet.It appeared that on Wednesday morning, the
father and mother left the house, the former to go to his work and the latter
to the mill to get her grist ground, leaving the deceased and a younger child
to take care of themselves as best they could.After the mother was gone, the children
fastened the door by pushing something over the latch to prevent other children
entering the house.In the course of
the morning the neighbours perceived the smell of fire, and soon ascertained
that it proceeded from Jewell's house.As the door was fastened they had to force it open;and, on doing so, found the elder girl
burnt in a miserable manner.Mr. Stoneham,
surgeon, of this town, was sent for, and on his arrival, pronounced the case to
be hopeless.The poor child lingered
until the next morning, when death put a period to her sufferings.The verdict of the Jury was in accordance
with the facts, but the coroner thought it his duty to address the parents in
strong terms of censure for their carelessness in leaving children so young in
the house by themselves.It appeared
that about eight years ago they had a child, of the same age, burnt to death under
similar circumstances, and a third had since suffered from a like casualty,
though the injuries had not proved mortal.
4th November 1858 County Courts[Before
John Tyrrell, Esq., Judge.]
November 2nd -THE GAME LAWS -Quick v.
Beer -Plaintiff is a farm servant, lately
in the employment of Mr. Ley, of Crosshill,
in the parish of Berrynarbor; and the defendant, gamekeeper to Arthur Davie
Bassett, Esq., of Watermouth.The
action was brought to recover £1.15s, the value of a gun and a quantity of
powder and shot, the property of Quick, which Beer had illegally seized and
taken possession of on the 20th of Sept., last.Mr. IncledonBencraft appeared for the plaintiff;Mr. Hooper Law for the defendant.The plaintiff and James Ley
[brother of his late master] were recently summoned before the Bench of
Magistrates at Combmartin, for trespassing in quest
of game, and convicted and fined for the offence;although the defence set up was, that
they were upon ground where they had a right to be, and employed in farm
operations - that the farmer had the right to kill rabbits, etc.It appeared that on the day named the two
young men went to the field to work, taking with them a gun, intending to kill
a rabbit if one should chance to start up - that Ley
fired off the gun, which had been loaded several days, throwing up a stone as a
mark at which to aim - that immediately after the gamekeeper and theRev. Arthur
Crawford Bassett entered the field and demanded who had fired the gun to which
the plaintiff returned an evasive answer.Beer then searched in the hedgerow and found the gun hid under Quick's
coat, of which he took possession, together with a quantity of powder and shot
in the pockets of the coat.Evidence
was given pro and con., the plaintiff and
witness denied that either beator
searched for game, and Beer deposed that he saw Quick fire, and both beating
the covers, though he confessed he was at a great distance at the time and
several hedges intercepted the view.His Honour reviewed the evidence, and said he did not consider that
adduced by the plaintiff worthy to be trusted, as much as that of the
game-keeper.Judgement for the
defendant - Mr. Law declined to ask for costs.
THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY
caustic and cynical definitions contained in the Devil's Dictionary are the
work of Ambrose Bierce. During his lifetime, 1842 - 1914, he
was a writer, poet and journalist, as well as being a veteran of the American Civil War.
best known creation was the Dictionary, in which he sought to influence
enlightened people who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to
humour and clear English to slang.
through the work at random one comes upon many gems.Here are a few:
AchievementThe death of endeavour and the birth of disgust
AdoreTo venerate expectantly
ArmourThe kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is
BarometerAn ingenious instrument which indicates the kind of weather
we are having
person who talks when you wish him to listen
CowardOne who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs
FidelityA virtue peculiar to those who are about to be
HermitA person whose vices and follies are not sociable
and expectation rolled into one
InfluenceIn politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial
LanguageThe music with which we charm the serpent guarding another
MisfortuneThe kind of fortune that never misses
PaintingThe art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather
and exposing them to the critic
PoliticsThe conduct of public affairs for private advantage
TelephoneAn invention of the devil which abrogates some of the
advantages of making a disagreeable
keep his distance
TwiceOnce too often
SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
was the question I asked in the piece I wrote for the October Newsletter [see
page 39], and from research I have been doing recently, the answer may be
forthcoming in a couple of years hence.
appears that for some time there has been a shortage of five pound notes.The banks seem reluctant to issue this
denomination in paper currency but nobody knows the reason why.Shopkeepers have remarked on the scarcity of
the 'fiver' and rumours abound on the possibility of the note eventually being
withdrawn and demonetised.To support
this theory, it is interesting to learn of the activities of the Royal Mint in
recent years during which time they have been striking cupro-nickel
coins of five pounds value on an experimental basis, the coins being confined
to low mintings.
coins have been struck to commemorate certain important historical events.For instance, in 1999 a coin, measuring 38mm
in diameter - that is large - was issued for the millennium.On the reverse side the design showed a
representation of the British Isles with a pair of clock hands emanating from
Greenwich, set at twelve o'clock with the inscription 'anno domini',
with the denomination five pounds and the dates 1999 and 2000.The designer was Jeffrey Matthews who also
has been responsible for the designs on many of our postage stamps.The mintage of the £5 coin was small, some
coin, issued in 2001, was commemorating the Victorian Anniversary.The design was of a classic portrait of the
young Queen Victoria based on the penny black postage stamp with a 'V'
representing Victoria and taking the form of railway lines and in the background
the iron framework of the Crystal Palace with the denomination five pounds and
the dates 1901 and 2001.Again, the
coin measures 38mm in diameter and was rather heavy.The actual mintage was only 21,000.
then further experimental coins have been issued between 2003 and 2007, the mintings varying from 50,000 to 100,500 per annum.
is my guess that, by Twenty-ten, we shallbe waving goodbye to the paper fiver
and begin coping with its weighty successor.
[A guide to festive drinking]
to good old ale, Drink it
down, drink it down. Here's
to good old ale, Drink it
to good old ale, It will
never fail, Drink it
down, drink it down, Drink it
to good old beer, It fills
you with good cheer.
to good old brandy, It keeps
you fine and dandy.
to good old cider, It warms
you up inside yer.
to good old gin, Not to
drink it is a sin.
to good old mead, It's
very good indeed.
to good old perry It keeps
you feeling merry.
to good old rum, It stops
you feeling glum.
good old sherry [seeperry] It keeps you feeling
to good old whiskey, It makes
you feel quite frisky.
to good old wine, It makes
you feel just fine.
acknowledgements to the original]
brave a good rhyme for vodka?Trev
OLD YULETIDE CUSTOMS
- An amateur band of players going from house to house at Christmas time and
performing 'St. George and the Dragon', etc., in a dumb show - hence the name
time went by, words in rhyme were added, also extra characters, for example
'Bold Slasher'.The object was, of course, to raise money.When I was 8 or 9, my elder brother and some
of his pals got together to do the same, and I was
included.My part was 'Little Devil
Doubt' and I had to rush in with a broom and cry:
I am, Little Devil Doubt, If you
don't give me money, I'll sweep you all out. Money I
want and money I crave, If you
don't give me money, I'll
sweep you to the grave."
- People who sing carols outside houses at Christmas time, especially on
Christmas morning.The name originated
from the watchmen of former times who blew a horn to mark the passing of the night
hours.They later developed into
uniformed town bands [ Brewer].I well remember hearing them on Christmas
morning while lying in bed and opening my stocking.My father maintained that our own band used
to swap places with a band from another town and for that reason, refused to
contribute.I don't suppose it occurred
to him that people in the other town were supporting our own!
English WaesHael - Be
come a-wassailing, Among
the leaves so green. Here we
come a-wassailing So
plainly to be seen. Love and
joy come to you And to
you your wassail too, And God
bless you and send you A Happy
New Year, And send
you a Happy New Year.
Wassail, or more exactly the Wassail Bowl, containing spiced ale, was carried
from house to house by young women on New Year's Eve and
presented to the inhabitants, together with a song as above, expecting a small
tip in return [Brewer].
writing this note to remind you That
inflation has taken away The things
that I hold most essential - My
heating, my lighting, my pay.
forget Christmas cards and roast turkey, Red
peppers and peaches and cream, The
things that I once took for granted Are
now an impossible dream.
you'll know that I wish you sincerely, The best
for the season ahead, As I
pull on my old woollen bonnet And
retire, in the cold, to my bed.