I once heard someone say:
"I rinned down the path wi the brish to make th'ol boul go een the shed out the way au't me flowers."
you wondering about the significance of Debbie's delightful cover? If so, look no further than the article
'Dialect' for the answer! Thank you Debbie and Sue
30th March1945 - 10th March 2015
village was saddened to learn that after a long battle, fought bravely and with
his inevitable smile, George had passed away peacefully at home on the 10th
March. A much loved and loving husband,
father, grandad and brother, he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved
him. Our thoughts are with Linda,
Tracy, Allan and all the family at this time of sorrow.
and his sister Sylvia were brought up in Upton Park, London, until moving to
Devon. He trained as a ring maker and
worked in Hatton Garden where he met Linda.
Shortly after their marriage, he was taken ill and had to change his job
and so they moved to Berrynarbor in 1971, where they have lived happily ever
will remember George working both as a milkman and then a postman and for a
short time he was Caretaker at the Primary School.
and Linda have two children. Allan and Tracy, both of whom live in the village,
and later came son-in-law Darren and their two grand-daughters, Jasmin and
here in the village, George was for many years Chairman, and player, of the
Badminton Club, helping with many activities.
He was also a keen bowler and table tennis player in Combe Martin. He loved any sport but especially his
beloved West Ham whom he supported through thick and thin, often disappointed
but always positive. He also loved card
games, crib being his favourite and enjoyed holidays and meeting people. He was always happy and full of life.
Afterglow by Helen Lowrie Marshall
the memory of me to be a happy one.
to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
times and laughing time and bright and sunny days.
the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
memories that I leave when life is done.
family and I, should like to thank everyone who sent cards and asked after
George, especially those who visited him during his illness which really gave
him a boost and he would have been overwhelmed by the kindness and lovely
things said about him. £1200 was raised
in his memory for the North Devon Hospice who had been so kind to him. Our thanks to Angie, Janet, Jenny, Sarah,
Sharon and Steve and also the District Nurses and South Molton and Exeter Hospitals.
November 1911 - 28th April 2015
It was with sadness we learnt that Joyce
had passed away on the 28th April aged 103.
She had been at Lee Lodge for 7 years.
Wife of the late Dr. Alan Clay of the Warwick Practice, who died in
2003, she is survived by her daughter Vanessa in South Africa, and her two
sons, Robert and Nicholas.
A loving and much loved wife, mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be greatly missed by all who knew
and cared for her. Our thoughts are
with all the family at this sad time.
With an interesting background of
German, Jewish and Irish ancestry, Joyce herself was an Essex girl, born in
Ilford, later moving to Clacton-on-Sea where she met and married Alan in 1937. During the War, Alan served in India with
the Royal Army Medical Corps, leaving Joyce to bring up the family - Robert,
Nicholas and Vanessa.
In the late '40's, they moved to Newport
Pagnell where Alan was in practice.
When the first motorway, the M1, was built, together with one of the first
service areas at Newport Pagnell in the late 50's early 60's, Alan campaigned against the serving of
alcohol, drinking and driving was something about which he felt very
strongly. In 1975 he retired and they
moved to North Devon, to Woolacombe, where for some time Alan assisted with the
In her younger days, Joyce enjoyed
amateur dramatics and was a keen member of the Congregational Church, later the
United Reform Church, singing in the choir.
She was a member of the W.I., enjoyed gardening and loved cats! Her passion was playing bridge, a very
proficient player, she enjoyed the challenge until only a few years ago.
From her room at Lee Lodge she loved
watching the birds on the feeders outside her window and, although not a great
book reader, every day she read the Daily Mail from cover to cover right up to
Joyce and her sister, Kathleen, both
celebrated their 100th birthdays and received telegrams from the Queen, and
both passed away at the age of 103, Kathleen in August 2012.
but a stopping place, a pause in what's to be,
resting place along the road to sweet eternity.
have different journeys, different paths along the way,
were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay.
destination is a place far greater than we know,
some, the journey's quicker, for some the journey's slow.
the journey finally ends, we'll claim a great reward,
an everlasting peace, together with the Lord.
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Farm: Exmoor Heather, Devon Flower Honey
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Devon Cider, sweet, medium and dry
March came in like a lion and went out
like - a lion! The first day of the
month was squally with wintry showers and winds gusting up to 31 knots [36
mph]. The month was changeable with
spring-like weather followed by cold raw days.
Friday 20th was the spring equinox and day of the partial eclipse and
was fortunately clear, sunny and warm.
British Summertime on the 22nd on the other hand was heralded by strong
gales. It continued windy and the month
ended with gales gusting up to 34 knots [39 mph] on the 31st, the strongest
wind of the month. March is often a dry
month and this was no exception with a total 73mm of rain. The maximum
temperature was 15.5 Deg C, a bit below average, with a minimum of -0.1 Deg C which was
a bit above average.
April started windy and Good Friday was
very disappointing, but then a high pressure established itself across the
country and stayed for three weeks until Friday 24th when it became a bit more
unsettled with some drizzly rain. It
continued unsettled until the end of the month but although it was often
overcast and rain was forecast, it remained very dry with a cold wind. The total rain for the month was only 22mm
of which 10mm fell on the 2nd. The
maximum temperature we recorded was 18.8 Deg C, quite warm but in previous years
April has often seen temperatures in the low twenties and in 2003 we recorded
27.9 Deg C. The lowest temperature was 2 Deg C
with a wind chill on the 1st of -5 Deg . The
maximum wind gust was 27 knots [31 mph].
97.13 hours of sunshine were recorded in March, which was less than last
year but not out of the ordinary. The
167.57 hours recorded in April was nearly the highest number for an April,
beaten only by 169.76 in 2011.
The warm settled spell in April was
very welcome, we hope that it was not the summer but the herald of a good
Simon and Sue
The Annual General meeting was held in
St. Peter's Church on the 31st March, following the election of officers to
stand on the PCC for 2015.
Unfortunately, there were no
applications to take on the responsibility of Churchwarden following my
resignation and it was agreed that the whole committee would share the load for
this year. If there is anyone in the
village who would be willing to take on the role of Churchwarden, then we
should welcome you with open arms!
As mentioned in the Easter and April
edition of the Newsletter, we are still without a resident Rector to serve the
parishes of Berrynarbor and Combe Martin.
Maureen Richards [who is acting PCC Chairman and Churchwarden for Combe
Martin] and myself [acting PCC Chairman during the interregnum] are continuing
to work very hard with their respective teams to lobby the powers that be in
redressing the current situation that exists in both our communities. We shall endeavour to keep everyone informed
as to any meaningful progress that arises in the months ahead.
Church services at Berrynarbor are
continuing every Sunday and we are indeed extremely grateful to Berrynarbor's
George Billington, Celia Withers from Combe Martin, together with John Roles
and Michael Rogers - both from
Ilfracombe - for their valuable input and considerable time in conducting a
wide range of services for the community.
John Roles organised a special Joint
Palm Sunday Service for Berrynarbor and Combe Martin involving the congregation
in a re-enactment of the events leading up to the Crucifixion. Keith Wyer, who many of you will remember as
our Rector and Rector for the North Devon Coast Team is, with John Roles,
taking many of the weddings to be held here and in Combe Martin, and will also
be available to conduct baptisms and funeral services throughout this year.
Berrynarbor Primary School continues to
hold its Monday Morning Assembly in the Church and a great deal of thanks must
go to Graham Lucas who has rejuvenated the proceedings with really interesting
stories and involving the children to re-enact the events with much vigour and,
above all, a great deal of fun! Well
I have been in contact with Headteacher
Sue Carey to consider ways of involving the School in a special Church Service
sometime in the next couple of months and before the children break up for the
summer holidays. The details have yet to be finalised, but we are very keen to
encourage all parents to support this event, and it would be wonderful if
villagers in turn could come along and ensure a packed to capacity church on
the Sunday that we decide upon! The
Service will involve many things, but more importantly, it will be a truly
Finally, we really must convey, on
behalf of everyone in Berrynarbor, a special thank you to Matthew Walls and his
team for cutting and strimming the Churchyard grass on a regular basis. This hard work is very much appreciated by
villagers and visitors alike in keeping the churchyard in superb
condition. Well done Matthew!
To help keep our churchyard tidy, it
would be appreciated if those tending graves and other visitors would kindly
take their waste - dead flowers, plants, plastic pots, etc. - home for disposal
or if not, place them in the rubbish bin provided and located by the lych gate.
Day will be on Wednesday, 24th June
when members of the PCC will be at the lych gate from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00
p.m. Envelopes will be delivered around
the village the week before and it is hoped everyone will take the opportunity
to make a donation towards the upkeep of the church.
School Service Date
and details to be arranged.
Church Fayre will this year be held on Tuesday, 18th August
from 5.30 to 9.00 p.m. at the Manor Hall.
If you're having a clear out at home, please save any bric-a-brac for
Friendship Lunches in
the Globe will, as usual be on the last Wednesdays in the month, 27th May and
24th June, from 12noon. Everyone
enquiries for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms and other Church matters - please
contact Mr. Stuart Neale on
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
request is purely temporary whilst we await the arrival and installation of a
new Rector for the Parish of Berrynarbor.
Unfortunately, our recently appointed
Chairperson and Treasurer have both had to reluctantly resign due to other
commitments, so we are again looking to replace them.
A Chairperson and Treasurer are required
by law and sadly if both are not found by Friday, 24th July, the Pre-school
will have to close and so we shall not be returning in September.
We should welcome anyone from the wider
community - you do not have to have a child/grandchild in education. The posts do require a DBS check and they
are voluntary roles with full training provided.
Please think carefully as to
whether you could help us in either of these roles.
you to the ladies who raised £65 at the Spiritual Evening.
month the children have been learning about different countries and have been
sampling different cuisines. In France
week they had moules! We have looked at
France, Italy, India and Africa and the children not only get to sample
different foods, they learn about different languages, cultures and ways of
living and how where we live is very different.
THE POLICEMAN'S PUZZLE
Brown was an old lady living on her own in the small village of Redham. One evening she was watching television when she sensed the
presence of someone else in her bungalow.
The door from the hall to the room where she was
sitting was open and a man was standing there.
In one hand were obviously some of her jewels as a pearl
necklace hung from it. On the back of
his other hand was a tattooed dragon.
had her mobile on her lap which she quickly grabbed and took a picture of
him. Realising he had been seen, he took
flight out of the front door.
took no time in 'phoning the Police and spoke to a Sergeant Fred Dent. Fred was due for a week's leave but was so
taken with the old lady's plight that he decided to deal with the matter
himself. He took her address and said
he would be there in an hour's time.
to his word, Sergeant Dent arrived an hour later and was delighted with her
picture of the man. He also took along
his fingerprint expert who got several new prints which might help.
he said, "We now have everything we need and will start looking for the
you for all you are doing," Mary replied.
"Can you let yourselves out?"
About a week later Sergeant Dent called on Mary. "What news?" she asked.
we've got a man who is the image of your picture, but there are three things
that don't add up. They are that the
fingerprints don't match; then he has no
dragon tattooed on the back of his hand, and lastly he has an alibi that he was
at his snooker club all that evening.
I' afraid we've had to let him go."
well, but I know you will keep trying."
course we shall," Sergeant Dent replied and left.
days later, Mary had another visit from him
"What news this time," she enquired.
we can't believe it but the second man is just like the one in your picture but
again has no tattoo and he was abroad at the time of your burglary. There just doesn't seem to be an answer."
that evening Sergeant Dent thought he would look in at this local pub, The
Retreat, where his daughter served behind the bar, just to say 'Hello'. He sat down to chat with her and mentioned
the problem he was trying to solve.
daughter Jennie's face lit up. "I think
I've got the answer." She smiled. "Dad, do you remember about twenty five
years ago they reported in the local paper about a set of identical
triplets? Well, I think that's the
answer. Furthermore, the man you are
looking for is probably that man sitting in the corner with his back to us."
Jennie, you are wonderful. I'll soon
find out." He made his way to the man
and was amazed to see that he resembled the other two. He was
wearing gloves and Sergeant Dent snatched off the one on his left hand. There was the tattoo!
am arresting you in the name; of the law.
Anything you say may be taken down as evidence . . . . ."
Tony Beauclerk, Stowmarket
by Paul Swailes
MOVERS & SHAKERS NO. 57
founder, "Mayor, alderman, guardian,
county councillor, in fact everything" [according to the Sheffield Daily
October 1837 - 16 October 1889
"What can you tell me about Charles
Sweet Willshire?" my husband asked the Barnstaple Museum assistant on my
"Who's he?" was the reply.
"Well", said my man, a bit discomfited,
"His bust is just outside in The Square".
Had I not been looking for another Mover
and Shaker, I should probably not have noticed him either. But there his bronze bust stands, on its red
and grey granite column, with his name and 1837 - 1889 on the upper red bit and
on the pedestal is carved:
by friends and fellow townsmen in recognition of his eminent and unselfish
services as a liberal politician and municipal representative
The internet yielded little other than
census or ancestry notes, and it was difficult to get away from Charles Sweet:
a convicted felon on the run!
I persevered, and after a call to the Journal who advised me to contact the
Athenaeum, I finally got useful help.
Charles Sweet Willshire [usually known
as Charley] was the son of Thomas Lamb Willshire, owner of Barnstaple Foundry
in Newport. He was born on 6th October,
In 1852, when Charley 'was about 14 years of age, he was missed
from Barnstaple. Search was made and
enquiries instituted among his schoolfellows, but they all proved
abortive. The family were in great
distress, but within a week he was found in the Liberal Committee room at
Bath. An election was soon. And there he was discovered rendering
youthful but even then valuable services on behalf of Liberalism.'
By 1861, at the age of 23, he was
married to Mary, aged 21 who came from Filleigh. I could find no record of their having any children. In that year, his father handed over the
foundry to Charles.
In the census of 1871 he was an Alderman
and iron founder and by 1881, he was a JP and his Iron Foundry employed 30 men
1876 and again in 1877 he was Mayor of Barnstaple.
Sadly, at only 53, Mr Willshire became
ill with gout and swollen legs. Shortly afterwards, on 16th October 1889, he
died. There was such an outpouring of
His In Memoriam in the North Devon
Journal of October 31 1889 covered a whole page and a bit. In the reams of praise one reads that he was
a fine fellow 'ever ready with quip and
crank and wreathed smile'.
During his time as a political
organiser, he had transformed his constituency from Tory to Liberal and ''he was Mr Gladstone's most trusted councillor.'' The Western Express states among loads of
praise that 'He was a political giant,
standing head and shoulders above all his compeers in the North Devon
divisions.' Further on, 'Neither wind nor weather had daunted the
ardour of this sturdy Liberal'.
Another quote was that he was 'Cool, shrewd, with abundant dash, a perfect
master of political strategy'.
Finally there is a poem of 11 verses
from which I will quote three:
like a faithful soldier
in his country's cause
lust of gold or silver
fellow man's applause;
impelled by sense of duty.
ready at the call,
alike to praise or censure,
post to stand or fall.
had in him a father
widows ever found him
assuage their grief
As I write this just two days before our
election, can any of the above be said of any of our present day
And yet, after all these outpourings,
how many notice his statue in The Square?
As Denise Holton writes in Barnstaple Through Time, this 'councillor and magistrate, . . was once
called 'the most famous man in North Devon' but is now forgotten'.
find this quite sad.
I really enjoyed reading the various
words supplied by Michael in the last edition, which brought back lovely
memories of my Mum asking me to collect the eggs from the 'coopies'. Also my Granfer [and that's a Devon word in
itself] calling my Gran a 'great gawk', albeit affectionately, when she kept
dialling the wrong telephone number. No push buttons then and she was an
infrequent telephone user, even though Granfer had the 'phone for his building
and undertaking business.
It cannot have escaped your notice
if you have spoken to me that I am Devonshire born and bred and proud of
it. Here are a few other words to add to the list.
|Zam zawed||Stew which has been reheated over and over, and in the end it is zam zawed|
|Orts||Left overs from a meal|
|Tallet||Loft or extra floor in a barn. I recall my Granfer telling me that a person had 'anged eezelv in the tallet'.|
|Blunking||Lightly snowing, just a few flakes of snow drifting down.|
|Bivvered||Feeling freezing cold. 'Ee was bivvered to death'.|
|Addled||Confused. 'Me brain's addled'.|
|Cheel||A small child.|
|Dimmet||Twilight. Same as Michael's 'dimpsy'.|
|Bolve||A roaring cow or stag when rutting. 'Did e yer the stag bolbin?'|
|Brish||A sweeping brush. I once heard someone say 'I rinned down the path wi the brish to make th'ol boul [bull] go een the
shed out the way au't [out of] me flowers. The 'boul' must have escaped and the lady saw it from her farm kitchen window.|
|Drasher||A threshing machine.|
|Drekley||Later on, "I'll be there drekley".|
|Bey||Boy. 'When I was a bey I used to elp me Faather wi the vishing nets'.|
|Chuggy pig||Woodlouse or a greedy person. Or that which comes out the nose!|
|Scat||Threw. 'He scat it down on the ground'.|
|Wer be gwain||Where are you going?|
|What be dwain||What are you doing?|
|Dawbake||Daft. Not all there. "Ees a proper dawbake".|
|Smooth a cat||To stroke it.|
|Frape||Put straight or right. "I'll soon frape that up".|
|Wallidge||"Us ev ad a wallidge of snaw" [snow]|
|Frozie||A treat, usually something to eat.My Granfer always used to pronounce it 'frawzie'.|
|Girt lummox||A fool.
ELECTION THANKS - MAY 2015
May I, through the Newsletter,
thank everyone who voted for me in the recent election, your belief in me is
very much appreciated? I hope to serve
you all as well in the coming four years as I have in the past twenty. I should also like to take the opportunity
to thank Julia Clarke for all her help and support during the two terms she has
served as a District Councillor with me.
I shall miss Julia, but I must congratulate
John Lovering on his election
and I look forward to working with him for the benefit of our community. Yvette Gubb
I should like to thank all who had
confidence and voted for me with such an excellent result in the recent
election, and my thanks also for the votes received for my partner David Barker
who gave me such support.
I can assure you I shall do my best to
serve you all to the best of my ability.
Thank you all most sincerely, John
We, the people of Berrynarbor, should
also like to thank Julia and the retiring members of our Parish Council, Lorna
Bowden, Dave Richards and Clive Richards, for the commitment you have given to
We congratulate Yvette and John on their
election as District Councillors, and Andrew Davis as our County Councillor, for
the forthcoming term of office.
Our good wishes to the newly elected
Councillors on our Parish Council - to Sian Barten, Julia Fairchild, Steve
Hill, Denny Reynolds, Adam Stanbury, Linda Thomas and Clare White.
HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW
A reminder that the Show this year will
be held on Saturday, 29th
August. Subjects for the Floral
Art, Art and Photography were given in the December issue of the Newsletter and
can be viewed on line at the Newsletter website: www.berrynarbor-news.co.uk Schedules will be available for collecting
from the Shop from the middle of July.
Please keep the date free and give
thought to what YOU can enter - crafts, flowers, fruit, vegetables and, of
course, home cooking!
PUBLIC MEETING on the
MANOR HALL IMPROVEMENT PLANS
and Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 3rd June
This year we are adding to the Manor
Hall Annual General Meeting with an Open Forum to which ALL residents of Berrynarbor Parish are welcome to attend to have
The Open Forum is important, as we
shall discuss the first design suggestions for upgrading the hall to meet the
various functions it currently hosts and those it will need to host in the
future. YOUR comments will help us to formulate our application for Big
We look forward to welcoming you and to
hearing your comments and Refreshments will be
During the evening
we will draw the winning Questionnaire Prize Draw tickets
REMEMBER to bring
your ticket along
Thank you to all who took the time to
complete the Community Consultation Questionnaire. More than 224 questionnaires were delivered
to occupied homes throughout the Parish, with 179 (65%) completed forms
returned, providing information from approximately 400 people. This represents a good and slightly above
average result for such an exercise, with many respondents also volunteering
their help to the Hall project. A summary of the results will be given in the
next village newsletter.
A big THANK YOU to all our volunteer helpers who not only delivered the
questionnaires, but also took time to revisit each house, sometimes more than
once, to collect them.
STEP - Representative group meetings
To add to the information gained from
the community consultation questionnaires and the discussion at the Open Forum
during the AGM, we shall shortly be organising a series of group discussions
where we shall ask participants to consider how best the hall can meet their
To ensure a true cross-section of the
village community is represented, we plan to get together people from the
following categories of residents: retired people, working age adults, older
school children and teenagers, and parents with junior school/pre-school age
children and toddlers.
Once we have gathered feedback from the
questionnaires, the Open Forum, the group meetings and other activities, we'll
be in a position to put together our final submission to the Big Lottery for
funding. We anticipate this will be
later this autumn.
Charges - Effective from May 2015
Hall charges have been virtually
unchanged since 2011, so given inflation and a steady increase in running
costs, we have regrettably found it necessary to increase most charges by a
small amount from
2015. These increases will help our
general funds to meet the on-going regular costs - lighting, heating,
insurance, general maintenance and cleaning.
All professional fees and costs related to the future renovations are,
in the main, covered by fundraising, donations and external funding received.
The new charges per session are
village users (non-commercial)
user (not for profit), Penn Curzon Room
fee charging commercial user - main hall
user, not for profit - main hall
commercial user - main hall
parties or similar
- village connection
- no village connection
the sessional charge for the school will remain at £11 until April 2016
are: Morning - to 1.00 p.m. Afternoon - 1.00 to 5.00 p.m. Evening - 5.00 p.m. onwards
FUND RAISING NEWS
TOTAL OF £986 has been donated to our funds from the recent Under Western
Skies Art Exhibition by local painter Paul Swailes, organised by Judie, along with the Charity Car and Tractor
Wash undertaken by Geoff Adam.
congratulate and thank them both for their efforts.
Manor Hall Management Committee
e-mail address: email@example.com
UNDER WESTERN SKIES - A MASSIVE THANK YOU
I was absolutely delighted with how the
exhibition went. It certainly exceeded
my expectations in so many ways. The
Manor Hall was a fantastic venue and I felt thoroughly supported by everyone
who helped both in the run up to the weekend and during the exhibition
itself. I had no idea how many people
would be likely to attend - I just hoped I should not be on my own! In all well over 100 people came along and
enjoyed home-made cakes, tea and coffee whilst viewing my work and that of the
Berrynarbor Art Group. Many even went
away with raffle prizes! Through their
generosity we have been able to support both the Manor Hall and the North Devon
have always liked painting as a hobby but since retiring last year have been
able to spend more time on my pictures.
I have often thought about having an exhibition but never taken the idea
any further. It always seemed too
difficult and time-consuming. Little
did I think when my wife came back from an early morning swim at Stowford in
late March where she and Judie had discussed the idea, that it would be
possible to organise it so quickly!
Frankly without the help and support from Judie and the Berrynarbor
community it would not have been. All I
did was get together my pictures.
Others baked cakes, sorted out the Hall, produced and distributed
advertising, organised the raffle, served refreshments and manned the
doors. So many people coming over the
weekend made all the effort of those involved worthwhile.
It was good to see people both from our
area and further afield. I spoke to some
who had come from as far away as Bideford and Chittlehampton and even
Western-Super-Mare! It was so rewarding
for me to see all my pictures together and interesting to talk to people about
my work. I have always painted because
I enjoy it and find it relaxing but it was good to share my thoughts with
others and hear what they had to
say. It has really encouraged me and
just makes me want to paint more and more.
It made me feel like an Artist!
I am pleased that some of the pictures brought back memories for many of
past holidays, walks and our area's seafaring history. Some of the conversations have given me so
many great ideas for future pictures.
should like to thank everyone who came along to the exhibition, all those who
gave their time to make it possible, my wife Chris for her patience and all she
did and Judie for all her help, support and enthusiasm.
If you have any questions about the
exhibition or would like to chat about my work please contact me.
Pictures: Devon Sailing Trawler in Full Sail [acrylic]
and The South West Coast path above Watermouth [ink and wash]
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
the April meeting a letter of resignation was received from Lorna Bowden which
was regrettably accepted and Councillors wished to thank Lorna for the many
years' service she had given to the Parish Council,
were received from the Police, County Councillor Andrea Davis and District
Councillors Yvette Gubb and Julia Clarke, and Councillor Linda Thomas.
placing of the new play equipment was discussed and a site meeting is to be
Planning Applications had been received and approval recommended. Approval by the North Devon Council on 3
applications was noted, as was the application from Hempster Farm.
for donations by Berry in Bloom and the Newsletter were considered and
meeting of the PC with the members of the Manor Hall Trust to discuss the plans
for the Hall was fixed for the 1st June.
were discussed and approval for the Accounts for the Year to end of March 2015
was no Parish Council Election as there were only 7 nominees for the 9
seats. The remaining 2 seats to be
filled by co-option.
Councillors at the time of going to print are:
Mrs. Sian Barten Lydford Farm, Watermouth,
Berrynarbor, EX34 9SJ
Mrs. Julia Fairchild 1 Wood Park, Sterridge Valley,
Berrynarbor, EX34 9TD Tel: 882783
Steve Hill Mill Park Touring Site, Mill
Lane, Berrynarbor, EX34 9SH Tel: 882647
Mrs. Denny Reynolds Venture Cottage, Sterridge
Valley, Berrynarbor, EX34 9TB Tel: 882724
Adam Stanbury Stapleton Farm, Combe Martin,
EX34 0NY Tel: 882252
Mrs. Linda Thomas Long Acre, Barton Lane,
Berrynarbor, EX34 9SU Tel: 8833445
Clare White Copper Beech, Sterridge Valley,
Berrynarbor, EX34 9TB 882959
Parish Clerk: Mrs. Sue Squire 2 Threeways, Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple,
EX31 4TG Tel: 01598 710526
County Councillor: Mrs. Andrea Davis Southwinds Cottage, Kentisbury,
Barnstaple, EX31 4NH Tel: 883865
District Councillors: Mrs. Yvette Gubb Holmleigh, Woodlands, Combe Martin, EX34
John Lovering Woodland Court, Woodlands, Combe
Martin, EX34 0AS Tel: 883613
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 68
The outlook upon a rural landscape is
constantly evolving. Sometimes the
transformation is instant such as a lightning bolt decimating a tree, a gorge
created by a landslip or an explosion that leaves in its wake a deep
crater. Other times the alteration may
be swift but still noticeable. For
example, a snowstorm can be monitored dramatically repainting the countryside
brilliant white. So too can a hurricane
be witnessed levelling a long established woodland. There are also the modifications mankind
makes upon the scene, adjustments that one is able to observe at the end of a
day's labour. And then there is the
transition of each season, so subtle it goes unnoticed until we compare it
against a previous point in time. There
is, however, another facet that impacts upon any landscape upon which we
look. It relates to events that took
place millions of years ago when the type of rock beneath the surface played a
key role, along with other factors, in laying out the contours of the
surrounding land. Exmoor is a prime
The rock beneath most of Exmoor's
surface originated from sand and mud deposits around 400 million years
ago. Compressed over time into a solid
mass, these two materials formed a soft sedimentary rock - ideal for water
erosion. And so it was that over the
proceeding millions of years Exmoor's characteristic deep valleys evolved with
rivers often hidden by their hillsides' thick canopy of trees.
The pathway I had discovered and made
reference to in my last article was indicative of Exmoor's evolution. For there were clear signs of powerful
erosion; not only was the path some twenty feet beneath the fields on either
side but the banks of the river were also extremely steep and, in places, near
vertical. Where I left off last time,
my path had bade farewell to one stream but was about to greet another. Having stepped back onto the past just beyond
The Glue, I passed a couple of gullies that had been excavated to provide
drainage from the fields above. These
bleeding channels contained delicate trickles of water, everlasting in their
silent descent as they formed the embryo of a stream. Within thirty or so strides the stream was
born at The Hidden Falls where tumbling fluid was heard but not seen, concealed
behind tightly packed foliage on a sheer edge of the natural cutting.
As the refreshing sound faded into the
background so the recess narrowed, the area dimmed and dampness filled the
air. Fernbank had been reached. The stream, maturing with every step that I
took, dawdled peacefully and contentedly as though having all the time in the
world to reach whatever watercourse it was destined to meet. Only the whisper of the breeze through the
overhanging ash and oak trees and the occasional tap of one leaf upon another
amongst the Hart's Tongue Fern could disturb the silence.
As the ferns dispersed so the stream
straightened its course to allow an unhampered view of any forthcoming features
en route. The next could not have been
more simplistic, just two lengths of timber embedded into the earth to allow a
dry passageway where the stream chose to swap sides. The Kissing Bridge was unsophisticated yet
intimate, a place for lovers to stop and embrace with only their reflections as
onlookers. Insignificant in its
structure, the bridge acted as a precursor to Hangman Peek; a place where if
one walks too quickly, a brief dip in the bank is easily missed and with it a
perfect snapshot of the peak of Little Hangman.
Never was a hilltop so beautifully framed.
The stream then took a gentle curve
before straightening again, all the while gathering in depth, speed and
amplification. But at the Hushed
Hillside its waters were muted as the stream entered a pipeline buried
the earth. Sporadic greenery dotted the
incline above, hinting at a landslip in recent years which probably damned up
the stream and led to the required pipe work.
A little further on the forces of nature were evident again when I
reached Lower Ash. Still alive and
flourishing, the ash's trunk lay safely in situ, supported by the opposite bank
as it bridged both walkway and waterway.
With the latter now back in the open air, its disappearance and
re-emergence had mirrored an adolescent who leaves the nest to train or study
and whose development goes unseen until they return home a young adult. For the stream had reappeared as a force now
to be reckoned with.
What a tonic it is to be in the company
of a babbling brook; and what better place to rest and appreciate its
therapeutic tones than at the Old Farm Gate a little further downstream. Rusting and held together by timeworn
lengths of twine, this long disused means of access still had a meaningful role
to play as a lean-to for any person seeking the opportunity to let their
thoughts carelessly drift like the leaves upon the flowing water. For as the stream had whispered previously,
we have all the time in the world.
by Paul Swailes
LOCAL WALK - 150
Going Nuts in May
had read about the old clay pits at Bickington which had provided the raw
material for Brannam Pottery. The most
recent extractions of clay had been in the 1990's but now some of the disused
quarries had filled with water.
located Claypit Coverts on the Ordnance Survey map. This showed a patch of woodland dotted with
little ponds. Pockets of water among
trees suggested a promising location for nature watching.
decided to access the woods from Combrew Lane from where a track leads across a
field and then through the length of Claypit Coverts.
started from the layby, near the entrance to Fremington Pill, beside a neatly
organised allotment site. Across the
main road is Combrew Lane. May blossom
was breaking out on the hawthorn hedges and there were glimpses of small plots
with hens and bee hives. A bucolic
reached the gateway to the track and could see Claypit Coverts up ahead but
there was barbed wire and a barking dog, so we decided to enter the woods via
Tews Lane instead and continued along Combrew Lane.
a high bank of periwinkles one flower appeared to take flight. It was a holly blue butterfly, a male as it
lacked the grey border of the female.
The holly blue is on the wing earlier than the common blue and is largely
restricted to Southern England and Wales.
walked into Bickington and soon found the public footpath. A sturdy footbridge took us over a stream
where we saw a grey wagtail in his summer plumage of black chin and throat.
route continued through a series of meadows where beside a ditch gnarled trees
revealed their twisted roots above the ground.
Some had hollow trunks.
tip butterflies landed on lady's smocks [or cuckoo flowers] showing the pretty
mottled green pattern on their underwings.
They favour plants in the crucifer family such as garlic
we came to a gate and an area where the lorries must once have loaded the
clay. Claypit Coverts was now close by
but the gate was swathed in barbed wire which looked as if it had been placed
there recently and there was a No Entry sign which we could not ignore.
handsome sheep near the edge of the wood were staring at us. They were dark brown with black ears and a
striking broad white band down the centre of their faces. I wonder what they were. They were quite large.
admitted defeat and continued to the end of the path [which comes out on the
old Bideford Road] before retracing our steps.
had failed in our 'quarry' to visit the quarries but it had been a pleasant
walk over the meadows. Combrew Lane
alone, forming a loop adjacent to the main Barnstaple to Bideford road,
provides an alternative short walk to the popular Fremington Quay opposite.
THE ROCK STARS OF BERRY
looking through some of Mum's old paperwork, we came across a letter regarding
The Chevrons holding a dance in the Manor Hall, which stirred up some memories
Chevrons were started in the 1960's by Mike Warburton [of Hammonds Farm] and
myself, with Lew Baglow and Mike Carless, on drums completing the band.
used, in those days, to run our own dances - more money to be made! We played at the Railway Inn in 'Combe High
Street in conditions that health and safety would not allow today - the floor
would literally be bending under the weight of dancing bodies.
band's highpoint was competing in the final of the Melody Maker National
Competition at the Wimbledon Palais. 3
coaches went from Ilfracombe as we were tipped to win, but we actually came
2nd. Pink Floyd was knocked out in
round 15 - how the mighty have fallen!
Judging the event were Kenny Everett, Graham Nash of The Hollies and
Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, and Muriel Young. Also making appearances were, amongst
others, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker and Twinkle.
Chevons: Gary, Lew, Mike Carless and Mike Warburton at Wimbledon Palais
Dear Mrs. Songhurst
Enclosed is the receipt for last Saturday's
Claude Richards made one point about the
Stiletto heels on the girls' shoes marked
the floor it appears, so he wondered if the
could be warned to avoid such shoes. I am only
passing on his comment as I haven't seen the
Do hope Saturday's dance is also a
for the Hall
* Mrs. Cowperthwaite
was my primary school head teacher
of Items for the Dance, other than the Band
Mr. Smith [Caretaker]
Taken on Door
Taken for Refreshments
seem there was a profit for the evening of £14.0.0.
and driver were to bring people from and return them to Ilfracombe.
you noticed that no alcohol was served at that time? I believe this was because the Hall had a
grant from the Carnegie Trust and alcohol was not allowed by the terms of the
recall that Lewis Smith called the music 'Devil Music' but I also remember Jan
Draper sitting in the Hall with his trilby in his hand, clapping at the end of
each number. A large number of adults
came along to listen to the music, which was mainly of The Shadows type. In those days we couldn't afford a PA
system. How things have changed!
All four Chevrons continue to play, but
not together. However, to celebrate
their 60th birthdays they did get together after 42 years, and made a CD. Since the Chevrons, Gary has been
entertaining us with music with Renard, Living End, in a duo with Dick
Vallance, 18 years with The Parcel of Rogues, the Elderly Brothers, the
Knowleberries as well as Tuxedo Function.
Thank you for the Music, Gary!
Handprints on the cupboard
and shoes in the hall.
Toilet seat's up and there's
mud on the wall.
The shelves in the kitchen
are continually bare,
There's toys on the couch
and jeans on the chair.
Wrestling and mud
and cars and noise,
I'm sure you guessed . . .
I'm the mother of boys!
Debbie Rigler Cook
came across a mention of John Delbridge in the April 2014 edition [Old
Berrynarbor No. 148 - Lower Rowes Farm] of your online magazine while
researching my family history, and thought you might be interested in the
attached newspaper article from 1919 about my great-great grandmother Lucy
Delbridge [John's wife]. The photo reproduction is terrible, [Lucy
looks more like a man with a beard than a young 84-year old woman!], but it's a
great article. She sounds like a formidable old lady - and how
brilliant to be still 'lustily plying a heavy axe' when you're 84!
Times, Friday May 30th, 1919
Devon is noted for its healthy
and glorious climate, and for the longevity of its inhabitants, but even in
this favoured county the following example of vigorous old age will, we think,
be hard to beat. Mrs Lucy Delbridge, of
Rectory Cottages, Berrynarbor, near Ilfracombe, who is now in her eighty-fourth
year, has again this year planted the whole of her garden, which is about a
quarter of an acre, alone and unaided.
The work has been done well and thoroughly, and when the "Western Times"
representative called on the 24th ult., Mrs Delbridge had early potatoes two
inches above ground. The old lady, whose
intellect appears as keen and vigorous as her physical powers, is a strong
advocate of the open-air life, and has no patience with "nerves" and the other
afflictions of modern artificial conditions of life. The writer left her lustily plying a heavy
axe in the process of reducing to manageable firewood a log of around nine inches
Lucy's parents, John and Mary Hancock,
lived at Barton Farm, and she and John, who was born in Lynton, married in
1854. They lived at Hills Farm, then Commons Farm, though
John was the farmer at Rowes Farm. In 1901 John and Lucy were
living at Croft Lee, where, coincidentally, my sister Sally Ornellas lived
until a few years ago, but not long after this they moved to Rectory Cottages,
where John died in 1908, and Lucy, aged 94, in 1929. John and Lucy
had 13 children, seven of whom predeceased Lucy. I think most of the
Delbridge offspring left the village when they were young adults, though their
son William stayed, as did their daughter Eleanora, who married George Hussell
Kemp. I am not sure if there are any of this Delbridge family still
Jackie Weaver - Oxford
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
is life.' - Petronius
Domaine GOURDON is a vineyard owned by Jonathan
Coulthard since 2003. An ex-pat, he
lives and works in Esclottes, near the beautiful medieval town of Duras in
South West France.
We have been fortunate to hear from him
on several occasions - he is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic gent. In the past he has presented his own wines,
but on another occasion we tested and tasted his competitors' wines, which were
April's meeting was a generous sampling
of his produce only, which he had called Vertical and Horizontal Tasting! He's remembered, obviously, how most of us
react to having more than our usual six tastings! Unusually, for our meetings, all five
whites were Sauvignon Blanc but the grape mix was different, the vines were
young or old, or their ageing process was diverse and they made interesting and
informative comparisons. The 2013, 70%
sauvignon and 30% muscadelle suited my palate best; it was fresh and had a
We moved on to his Rosé 2014: 80%
Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It was pale, crisp and refreshing. The two reds were a mix of Merlot, Cab Sav
and Cabernet Franc grapes, but percentages differed. Twelve bottles were either: £92, £93.50 or
£102.00 for whites, rosé or red.
May's meeting begins with our AGM, which
is brief but essential. Our final
presenter is Brett Stephens of Hallgarten Druitt Wines, with Emerging Regions. Their website includes management statements,
such as: 'geographical boundaries are no issue' and 'importing wines from
family-run producers for over 80 years.'
A gastro-pub chain owner, London-based, believes they are the 'best wine
merchants I've come across'. It sounds
as if we shall all be treated to an international and tasty education!
Adam - Secretary
A supportive band of spectators gathered
at Easter Barton on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, to watch and sing Happy
Birthday to Geoff Adam as he fulfilled his auction promise to wash a tractor in
his birthday suit on his 65th birthday.
His promise, so far, has raised in excess of £826, boosting the grand
total raised by last October's Auction of Promises in aid of the Manor Hall to
Geoff sends a big THANK YOU to all those
who supported him, both morally and financially.
A smaller-than-usual group met in April
to discuss local matters. Berrynarbor's
old documents, dating back to the 16th century, are still accessible
from the North Devon Records Office as they haven't been given a re-location
date by Exeter, as yet.
It is intended to copy all of these for
our records before they move; this will enable easier access by villagers.
Our collection of old papers and
photographs is growing, but we are a small group of 'hunter-gatherers' and more
hands will ease this task! We shall
not be meeting in May due to several members taking holidays and our next
meeting will be on Wednesday, 10th June at 8.00 p.m. at The Globe. If you are interested, please feel free to
BERRYNARBOR SCHOOL NEWS
When you read this we shall be into the second half of the Summer
Term. Over the past weeks the children
have been enjoying taking their learning outside.
The younger children have had an expedition to Watermouth Woods as part
of their topic on mini-beasts.
Thursday 30th April, the children in Years 3 and 4 from both West Down and
Berrynarbor Schools visited Watermouth Valley campsite and Watermouth Harbour
as part of their topic on Pirates and Coasts.
The children walked from Berrynarbor School to Watermouth harbour to
study the boats and tides:
"I enjoyed walking down the
road. We had to be careful of the
"The harbour had lots of boats.
We saw the rocks at low tide."
group of forty-five children and several adults then went to Watermouth Valley
campsite to sketch maps and plot the equipment and facilities on the
"We played on the fun playground,
I really liked the climbing ropes." Amber R
"I fed the goats my pear and some apple. They liked the apples best." Mylie
After lunch the group then went on a brisk walk to Broad Sands
beach. The children used local walking
maps to navigate their way. They were also looking for a Geocache called
Dragon's Nest hidden on the path. They
followed co-ordinates from a GPS. It
took the group down the 227 steps but to no avail as the treasure was very
"I looked everywhere following the clues but couldn't find
anything. Perhaps it had been smuggled."
"We carried lots of washed up wood up the steps to make our
driftwood sculptures." Sam
This was a really informative, fun trip for
all, including the adults!
Thanks to Watermouth Valley Campsite for accommodating West Berry
28th April a group of children represented the School at an inter-school
swimming gala. They swam brilliantly and
managed to get into the finals of the girls' backstroke and the girls'
Elderberry pupils have been working hard for their SATs which they sat in
May. They are now looking forward to
their end of year performance as well as other events over the coming weeks.
Sports Day will be on Friday 3rd July at 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. in the
Sports Field, with Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th in reserve should the weather be
inclement on the 3rd. This year we shall
be using a PA system for announcements and music.
School Fete will also be on the 3rd starting at 3.00p.m. and will be in the
Manor Hall. It will have a Pirate
Elderberry and Blueberry classes will be going on their annual residential trips later to London and Beam
House, Torrington respectively.
In July the whole school will be going to the Landmark Theatre to see a
performance by the Essex Dance Company.
We always enjoy watching the children from Essex dance.
Sue Carey - Headteacher
Watermouth Valley by:
and Dulcie and
Amelia and Summer
IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
This year we found out that the C.P.R.E.
[Campaign for the Protection of Rural England] Best Kept Village Competition is
not being held, as they are bringing out a new competition next year in a new
format. A year off you may think, but
no, the team are still dedicated to keeping the village looking tidy. We have regular litter picks and the amount
of rubbish collected is amazing.
Out of date posters! A reminder to those displaying posters
advertising events being run in the
village, please don't forget to go round after the event and remove them.
Sadly we are still finding that lots of
people are not picking up after their dogs and it can't all be from holiday
makers, I guess you know who you are as
not many dogs are seen out loose. Please
think of others and help to keep our village beautiful.
A big thank you to the Parish Council
for their financial support and appreciation, which mean a lot to all Berry
This is the time of the year when we are
busy emptying tubs and planters and planting the summer flowers and it won't be
long before the hanging baskets arrive.
We have ordered our plants from Jigsaw who are a social enterprise
project for people not profit. Their
ethos is to help people from all walks of life. Aiming to give them a purpose in life,
helping them gain qualifications, to assist in the job market, helping to
reduce social isolation, they produce organic vegetables and of course top
quality plants and flowers. We are
pleased to use their plants.
The first Open Garden Afternoon is on
Sunday 14th June with tickets available from the Shop and the Globe in advance
and The Lodge on the day. You can enjoy
a lovely stroll around the village and a scrumptious cream tea to follow at The
Lodge, What could be nicer? Hope to see lots of you there.
Chocolate and Raspberry Tray Bake
is here and this is a very easy and summery recipe to make to go with a cup of
tea in the garden.
175g/6oz softened butter
golden caster sugar
free range eggs
white chocolate chopped
sugar for dusting
oven to 180 Deg C/fan 160 Deg C/ gas mark 4.
Grease and line
an 11" x
7" tray bake tin.
Blend the butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs and
flour in a food processor together until smooth. Or mix together in a large bowl using an
electric mixer until smooth.
Stir in the chocolate and raspberries
and spoon in to the tin.
Bake for 20/25 minutes until firm to the
touch. Cool in the tin for
minutes then continue to cool on a wire rack.
When cool dust with icing sugar and cut in to 12 pieces.
This is scrummy and easy.
Viviane and Robert Clout will be opening their Beachborough Garden
in Kentisbury [EX31 4NH]
SUNDAY, 28TH JUNE
from 12.00 noon
in aid of
E.L.F. Exeter Leukaemia Fund.
through the lovely garden
enjoy a cream tea
on the lawn or in the courtyard
Cream Tea £4.50
OLD BERRYNARBOR - 155
Berrynarbor showing Hagginton Hill
This coloured tinted postcard was one of
a series of postcards of Berrynarbor published by Harvey Barton around 1955, in
both this form and in a sepia form.
This particular postcard shows clearly our
village and Hagginton Hill. The cows in
the foreground are grazing in the field belonging to Ivor Richards of Moules
of our School can be seen centre foreground, as well as Bessemer Thatch, our
Church of St. Peter, the Manor Hall,
Congregational Chapel, Globe Inn and
most of the cottages of the centre of the village and all those on Hagginton
Cottage, May 2015
THE LITTLE PICTURE
picture is only 6˝" by 4˝" - a little smaller than the portrait of Edith Penn
Curzon in the Manor Hall!
article about Sir Reginald Beatty Wolseley brought to mind our little picture
of Capel Cottage with Sir Reginald and Lady Wolseley sitting on the steps
outside the front door.
It was sketched in November 1932 - just 8
months before Sir Reginald's death - by a member of staff and was later given
by Lady Wolseley to their gardener, Edwin Challacombe.
When Edwin's daughter, Rhoda
Challacombe, left the village to live in Ilfracombe, she felt the picture
should stay in the village, and so it came in to our hands.
Keith and Margaret
pictured in the photograph of Berrynarbor School in 1922 below.
BERRYNARBOR SCHOOL 1922
Classes I and II
from left to right:
Back Row: Arthur [Nip[ Jones, Gladys Jones, Jim
Huxtable, Doris Dummett, William Street, Phyllis Toms, Stanley Jones
Second Row: Miss Veale, Evelyn Ley, Doris Dinnacombe,
Muriel Richards, Laura Leigh, Alice Irwin, Beatty Huxtable, Lily Leigh, Ivy
Third Row: Muriel Yeo?, Lucy Gear, Ivy Watkins, Rhoda
Challacombe, Olive Street, Annie Seldon, Myrtle Richards, Vera Latham, Gladys
Front Row: Reg Sydenham, Leonard Dummett, Lionel
Dummett, Ephraim Street
aunt, Muriel Richards, went to school at Berry aged 5 and left the school aged
56 when she suffered from a heart condition.
She progressed from school girl to pupil teacher under Miss Veale and
was recognised as an unqualified teacher in her twenties. She wasn't recognised or paid as a qualified
teacher until her forties. Apart from
two terms during the war when she went to Instow and Parracombe to relieve the
pupil number problem, due to an influx of refugee children, she taught
Berrynarbor children to read and write in the infant department.
had a wealth of local knowledge teaching the children hands on, walking the
local lanes and footpaths. She knew
every field name and could identify every hedgerow plant. Now I wish I'd paid more attention!
Photograph by kind permission of