back from holiday on 4th March to be greeted by fairly heavy snow showers over
high ground but fortunately that was the end of the snow, although the month
remained chilly with a cold wind on many days.The strongest wind gust was 33 knots on the 8th.The maximum temperature was 16.5 Deg C with a
minimum of -1.4 Deg C and a wind chill of -9 Deg C, none of
these temperatures were exceptional for the month.We don't have accurate figures for the
month's rainfall, it rained heavily on the 3rd but from then until the end of
the month, we recorded only 32mm [1¼"] of which 13mm [1/2"] fell in one
day and there were 17 days without any rain at all.91.45 hours of sunshine were recorded at
Chicane, the highest recorded in March since 2003 when we had 94.96 hours.The first three months of the year were
dryer than normal and also colder, which following on from the cold weather we
had in December, made for a more traditional winter.
weather continued into April which also started off chilly, but unfortunately
it became more unsettled in the week leading up to Easter, though the Easter
week-end itself was lovely and heralded a dry, bright
spell.The maximum temperature was
19.3 Deg C, which was below normal for the month, though the lowest temperature of
1.8 Deg C was slightly up on most previous years as was the wind chill of
-2 Deg C.April is often a fairly dry month
and this year was no exception with only 67mm [2 5/8"] of which 23mm
[15/16"] fell in one night.In
spite of this, we still recorded more rain this April than in the previous three
years, in fact the total for the last three Aprils comes to
only 73mm [2 15/16"].Winds were
generally light with a maximum gust of 22 knots on the 25th.The hours of sunshine recorded for the month
were average at 127.00 hours.
heard rumours that the Met. Office are forecasting a hot, dry summer, an
improvement on the last two would be something.
Simon and Sue
members attended the Meeting on 7th April.Birthday cards were
given to Edna Barnes, Margaret Crabbe and Janet Steed, and the raffle was won
by Jenny Caswell.Mr. Tony Wright gave
an interesting talk about the life of bees.
A colony of honeybees at the
height of the summer contains 50,000 bees.There is one queen, capable of laying 2,000 eggs per day, about 600
drones [males] and the rest are workers [sterile females].The queen is reared in a queen cell and
receives a richer and more plentiful diet of royal jelly or brood food.The workers are responsible for cell
cleaning, collecting food and processing nectar into honey.The drone's sole function is to mate with
virgin queens, after which act he dies.Drones still alive in the autumn are no longer required and are
killed.In the spring, the old queen
leaves with half the colony and a virgin queen hatches from one of the several
queen cells.She then kills the other
queens.The colony needs 36lbs of honey
to keep going through the winter.
Britain produces some of the best honey.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright kindly
gave some jars of honey to be raffled which were won by Nora Rowlands and
The May Meeting took place on
the 7th with 20 members attending. Birthday cards were given to Marion Carter,
Jenny Cookson and Rosemary Gaydon whilst the raffle was won by Janet Gammon.The speaker was Mrs. Bernice Putt, who came
to talk about the RNLI.
In 1824 Sir William Hillary
recognised the need for a co-ordinated lifeboat
service and his appeal to the nation led to the foundation of the National
Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, later to become the
There are 231 lifeboat
stations in Britain,
including 4 in the River Thames, and since its formation 137,000 lives have
been saved, 8,000 last year.A great
deal of money has to be raised as it costs two million pounds a week to run,
with the government contributing just 1%.On the beaches, the RNLI operates over 100 lifeguard units throughout
the south west and east of England
and Wales.Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as
a lifeboat station and has two lifeboats. One is an all-weather boat and the
other is a D Class small rubber boat for inshore work.A supporters group has now been formed and a
newsletter is produced each quarter.The Flag Week will be August 7th to 14th.
There was the usual tea and
biscuits at the end of the Meeting and time for a chat.Janet Gammon has arranged an outing to
Exmouth on 12th May with a boat trip in the afternoon.
Brenda Farley will be
explaining about Talking Newspapers for the Blind on 2nd June, and on 7th
July,Darryl Birch will be speaking
about the Ecology of Wistlandpound.Please come and join us at 2.00 p.m.in the
Manor Hall.There will be no Meeting in
WALTER JAMES WHITE
It was with
sadness we learnt that after losing Ivy last November, Walter himself had
passed away peacefully on the 21st April.The muffled bells of St. Peter's - an honour accorded to royalty, the
clergy and bell ringers - preceded his funeral at St. Peter's on the 30th
April.A much-loved 'Dada' to his
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he will be sorely missed by them and our
thoughts are with Marlene and all the family at this time of sadness.
West Down, Walter was the eldest of five children.At an early
age he followed the family tradition and learnt to bell-ring.Ringing alongside his father and other
family members, they were the formidable West Down team which won a great many
competitions.The greatest accolade came
when West Down team was chosen to be part of the BBC
broadcast to welcome home the Queen from her overseas tour.Walter rang as often as he could until poor
health in his later years meant he had to give up.
also a keen sportsman and in his younger days enjoyed playing football and
cricket and he had been known to enter the boxing ring at Barnstaple
his trade as a bricklayer, and after the war returned to bricklaying, working
on many of the local civic projects such as the NorthDevonCollege and the sea wall
at Ilfracombe.Later he began to work
on bigger contracts and became Site Foreman/Agent, working away from home.
In 1955, he and Ivy were married and he
moved in to Beech Hill, but two years later, the family moved to WoodPark,
their home for more than fifty years.For many years Walter continued to work away, coming home at week-ends
whenever he could.Sometimes, Ivy would
go and stay with him.
enjoyed driving and when he bought a Capri in
British racing green it was his pride and joy - he also enjoyed a flutter on
the horses!Always willing to lend a
hand to help anyone, he took a lot of pleasure in helping his
grandchildren.But when his sight began
to deteriorate, he was unable to carry on driving and became depressed, finding
life very difficult at times.However,
the arrival of the great-grandchildren gave him a lot of pleasure.
health became so poor that she was no longer able to look after him, he moved
reluctantly into Burrow House, but with their kindness and TLC he soon came to
like it there,His brother Fred, and
sister-in-law Margaret, would pick him up and take him out to Wood Park once a
week to have a fish and chips lunch with Ivy, which was lovely for them both.
Ivy died, Fred and Margaret would take him to their house at Braunton for fish
and chips, but Walter thought he was doing them a favour by going!He was usually pleased to have visitors, but
would soon let them know if he thought they had stayed too long.
all friends and family who came to Walter's funeral and donated to the bell
fund, Rector Keith for the service, Mr. Baker for his undertaking services, the
bell-ringers for the muffled peal [he would certainly have appreciated that],
The Globe for the buffet and Burrow House for the care and affection given him,
many thanks to you all.
time we watched with admiration the cheerful and determined way that Brian, and
Di, coped with his illness and his death has left a gap in our village
community.The sum of money, raised so
far, and given to the North Devon Hospice in Brian's memory has amounted to well
still thinking of you Di and all the family.
glass was always half full, he always saw the best in everything.Even when diagnosed with terminal illness,
he was determined that it would not beat him down.To the last he managed to drag up some
humour, and there wasn't a lot to smile about at times.He remained patient, good humoured and
independent as long as possible.
Berrynarbor and as a 'newcomer' liked to be involved in village life.He was very enthusiastic about the shop,
becoming the treasurer, was very keen to see it succeed, and I suppose only the
long suffering me knew just what he put into it!He was like a dog with a bone when it came
to solving problems and if he came over as stubborn it was only because he had
the best interests of everyone at heart.He always had a strong sense of justice and fair play.
his projects was the 'Berrynarbor Bikers'.When he came up with this idea, I thought it hadn't a chance in a place
like this.I was wrong.A group was formed and various rides enjoyed
as well as a couple of Christmas meals.Few were as enthusiastic as he was, especially when it came to
'breakfast runs'.As far as he was
concerned, it was great to be out on the bike, come rain or shine, or time of
that of all the places anywhere, there is nowhere else he would have chosen to
spend his last years than in this village.
so much to all who have been so kind with offers of help, for coming to the
funeral and for all the lovely cards and messages of sympathy - he would have
special thank you to all our friends and neighbours on BerrynarborPark.
a big personality and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, even
his 'song of the day'!God bless you
Brian, enjoy riding those heavenly roads.
Summer is icumen in Lhude sing cuccu! Groweth seed and bloweth
and springeth the wood nu.
after lamb, Lhouth after calve cu, Bullucsterteth, buckeverteth. Murie sing cuccu!
According to the Oxford Book of English Verse, this
is the earliest known poem in English, and is dated around [sic] 1226.Today it is printed in many forms, and below
is a modern version.
Summer is a-coming in Loudly sing cuckoo Groweth seed and bloweth
and springs the wood anew
Calf loweth after cow,
Bullock starteth, buck verteth,
Merry sing cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo! Well singest thou cuckoo:
Nor cease thou never now!
Sing cuckoo now, sing cuckoo!
Sing cuckoo, sing cuckoo
* * * *
In April come I will
In May I sing night and
In June I change my tune
In July I fly away.
When daisies pied and
And lady-smocks all
And cuckoo-buds of yellow
Do paint the meadows with
The cuckoo then, on every
Mocks married men, for
thus sings he,
Cuckoo, cuckoo, O, word
to a married ear.
When shepherds pipe on
And merry larks are
When turtles tread, and
rooks, and daws,
And maidens bleach their
The cuckoo then, on every
married men, for thus sings he:
Cuckoo, cuckoo!O, word of fear,
to a married ear.
Devon Hospice are organising a fantastic event and are looking for
volunteers.Castle Hill, by kind
permission of Lord and Lady Arran, will be hosting, for the first time in
nearly 100 years, the English National Sheep Dog Trials and to complement this
they are organising a Devon Country Fayre with loads of lovely local produce
and crafts.It is a 3-day event and
runs from 21st to 23rd August.Volunteers will be needed for a wide variety of tasks and will be well
looked after!If you would like more
information, please call Ali Hunt on 344248.The days will start at , so if you can do half a day, or a
whole day, Ali looks forward to hearing from you.Full details of the event will appear in the
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
thank you to Sue Wright for making up the colourful posies which were presented
by the Rector to all the ladies on Mothering Sunday, ably assisted by Katie
Crockett.Although we had a goodcongregation, there were very few families with children on this
occasion.However, the church was full
on Easter Day and it was a joy to welcome children from the school who came
along and sang 'I'd Like to Teach the World to
Sing'.The choir led the hymn singing
and also sang the anthem 'Come, ye Faithful' - a very beautiful and moving
arrangement.Once again, the church was
beautifully decorated thanks to Sue and her helpers, and Rector Keith had more
than enough Easter eggs for all!
Aid envelopes were delivered round the village in mid-May.If you still have an envelope which has not
been collected, please hand it in at the Community Shop or at church on any
Sunday before the end of June.The
final collection is usually made at the Christians Together service which will
again take place in Berrynarbor on the last Sunday in June:28th June at Everyone
is invited to attend this service and there will be refreshments
afterwards.Most important, on the
Sunday before [21st June], the village service at will be given over to a thanksgiving for the
repair of the Tenor Bell.
was enthralled by David Chaffe and his barn own
Phantom, who entertained us on the evening of 8th May.Has the Manor Hall ever been so silent?Our thanks to Malcolm and
Pat Sayer for arranging this evening and the ringers
and helpers who provided the refreshments and raffle prizes.
has been fixed for the visit to St. Peter's of the Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir
- it will be on Friday, 3rd July at We look forward to
your support.Entry will be free with a
retiring collection and light refreshments will be provided.A 'Musical' week-end is promised with the
'Open Organ Day' following on the Saturday.
Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 24th June and 29th July.We meet between 12.00 and and order whatever we choose from
the menu.Everyone is assured of a warm
welcome and good company.Please get in
touch with me on 883881 if you would like to come along.
Notice:St. Peter's Summer Fayre will
be on Tuesday,
18th August this year.As
always, gifts for the various stalls will be very welcome, as will anyone who
would like to give a hand.
A NEW CHOIR FOR
gap of nearly 21 years, St. Peter's Church Choir was re-formed in 2000.Since then it has grown and we have had the
pleasure of singing a wide range of music, both traditional and modern, at
church services and weddings.However,
due to many of our members leaving the village to live elsewhere, we now find ourselves
reduced to a very small number and we need more children and adults to come and
that not everyone wishes to be involved singing in church and so we have
decided to broaden our range of music to include folk, negro spirituals,
popular music from stage and screen, and to change our name to The Berrynarbor
hoped that in time we should give concerts at various venues and it has been
suggested that in the near future we could hold our practice night in the Manor
you are - music for all to sing together!
have to be an opera singer to join, just come along and ENJOY!
contact me on  889115 and if I'm not at home, please leave a message, or
join us for the first few practices at St. Peter's Church on Monday evenings at
OPEN ORGAN DAY
SATURDAY, 4TH JULY
The day is open to
to , to have a
chance to play the church organ at St. Peter's, Berrynarbor
Mums and Dads . . . bring
your children! Children . . . bring your
Mums and Dads!
Come and enjoy playing
your favourite music Refreshments will be
Stuart Neale [Organist and Choirmaster]
A BIG THANK YOU FROM
THE RINGERS AT ST. PETER'S CHURCH
have done for at least 450 years, the bells of BerrynarborChurch
are ringing out over the village again.
history of rising to a challenge has been proved positive once again.The target set has been met and exceeded by
the generosity of people, not only in our own parish, but also from further
afield and by all those people who gave their time, energy and expertise at all
the fundraising events.These were all
so well organised, so well supported and so much enjoyed.
all very much.
7th May, the amount raised has been £6,480.The bell repair bill of £3,162.50 has been paid and the balance will be
held by the PCC in a fund for the
future upkeep of the bells.
John and Kay Webber, Kevin Brooks, Ryan Darch, Beth Wilkinson, Ron, John and Sarah Phillips, Bill
Huxtable, Colin Trinder, Elaine Filer, Trevor Selleck,
Gary Songhurst, Chris Bowden, Michael Bowden [Captain]
Kevin, Michael and the repaired tenor bell
CALLING THE PEOPLE TO CHURCH
ago, Jim Brooks, Ivan and Bill Huxtable and I decided literally 'to learn the
ropes' and began bell ringing.We had
very good teachers: Percy Thorn, RegLey, Long Jack Draper, Frank Melhuish,
George Diamond and Jack Dummett.
carrying on a centuries-old skill and tradition, it gave us the opportunity to
travel to many village churches in North Devon, North Cornwall and Somerset.In doing so we met like-minded people, many
of whom have remained good friends.We
also rang further afield, using the traditional method of Devon Call Changes.
No peal of
bells is the same.Some are very light,
others very heavy;then there's the range in between.The draught of rope from the bell to the
sally can make all the difference to the ease of ringing.Our peal has one of the longest draughts in
the country and is one of the most difficult to ring.
weather can also affect the ropes.On
rainy, damp days the ropes stiffen and shrink, sometimes rising the sally by a
foot, making it necessary for some ringers to stand on boxes.When the weather's warm and dry, the ropes
become very floppy and tend to dance about when being rung.The use of nylon in modern ropes has
alleviated a lot of these problems.
The art of
'call change ringing' is to keep the bells cart-wheeling at a constant rhythm
and pitch.The ringer has to listen to
and count each bell.when
a change is called, the ringer has to cut in or lie off so the bell changes
place in the sequence, without altering the pitch or rhythm of the
cart-wheel.That's the aim!
the most memorable day for me was ringing out the last thousand years and
ringing in the next.A thousand years
ago there was a little Saxon church in the village.I dare say the volks
then was celebrating like us and perhaps the priest was ringing a little hand
Michael Bowden -
remembering good ringing friends:
the late Jim Brooks, Ivan
[Aggie] Huxtable and Derek Jewell.
Walter White of WoodPark who rang for West
Down and BerryNarbor and who died recently.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Frank Cooper ran a grocer's shop in Oxford.His wife, Sarah Jane, made marmalade from a
recipe handed down to her by her mother, and it became very popular.So popular in fact that to satisfy demand,
Frank Cooper had to open a factory.The
marmalade, called Oxford Marmalade, was a best-seller and it remains so
today.The recipe remains unchanged
from those days in 1874, although the marmalade is no longer made in the
originally a prosperous textile town, but because that industry declined,
another, brewing, took its place.It ecame the brewing capital of Britain.In 1777, William Bass attracted by the clear
waters of the River Trent, set up a brewery and over the following years many
well-known brewing names followed suit.Drawn to Burton-on-Trent
by the abundance of brewer's yeast, the Marmite Food Company was established in
a malt house and produced the world's first jar of Marmite in 1902.A marmite is a French cooking pot and one is
pictured on the label of a jar of Marmite.In France
the cooking pot is used for making a famous soup, called petite marmite.
two stories about HP Sauce and although there are similarities in the anecdotes
there are differences as well.So, to
be fair, I give you both and leave you to decide which is the most credible.
Palmer had a grocery shop in Bootle in the
early 1900's, and found time to formulate a recipe for a fruit sauce, which he
sprinkled over his supper, usually of some cold meats.He was friendly with the local member of parliament and one evening invited that worthy to
join him at supper, when he introduced him to the sauce.It was immediately voted a success, and the
MP took a bottle to London
for use in the members' dining room.It
became popular and soon Harry P was inundated by orders for his creation.He was persuaded by his MP friend to change
the label on the bottle, and so the image of the palace of Westminster
became associated with HP Sauce.
for HP Sauce was created by a grocer called Fred Garton,
who began marketing Garton's Sauce in 1903.When he learnt that his sauces
was being served in the canteen at the Houses of Parliament, he decided
to call it HP Sauce.Fred Garton eventually handed over his recipe and the HP Brand
to Edwin Moore, owner of the Midlands Vinegar Company, in return for £150 and
the writing-off of some unpaid debts.
1960's, HP Sauce became known as Wilson's
Gravy because Prime Minister Harold Wilson was said to pour it all over his food!
THE BELLS WERE RINGING
Saturday 25th April, the bells of St. Peter'swere once again ringing to welcome the
guests and the bride and groom.It was
the wedding day of Debbie Bott and Stuart Radley and
after the service in
the beautifully decorated church [did you see the lilies over the lych gate?],
a reception was held at The Woolacombe Bay.The wedding breakfast - posh fish and chips!
Debbie, who live at Bali Hai, first met whilst
working together for a motor racing team at Silverstone, and began going out
together a few months later.Due to
pressures not to travel abroad because of swine 'flu', their honeymoon in Florida has had to be
postponed.However, they enjoyed a
where?AltonTowers, where they scared
themselves silly on all the rides!
wish you both good health and every happiness
wanted to say a big thanks . . . to all my friends,
relatives and neighbours for making our wedding so fantastic.It was
the best day of our lives.The weather
was kind to us, a bit blustery but the rain held off and Rector Keith and
Organist Stuart performed a lovely service, not forgetting Michael and the bell
ringers who did a great job too.
I must say
a special thank you to my friend Denise and her family for all their help and
for producing such stunning flowers for the day.The extra mile she went was really
appreciated.My hairdresser and make-up
lady Rebecca also deserves a medal for her hard work behind the scenes and for
the extremely early start to the day.My good friend Christine must also be mentioned for all her support up
to and during the day and I owe it to her for dragging me to the swimming pool
in the early hours for the past few months to ensure I fitted in to my dress!
goes without saying that I am very grateful to my parents for giving us such a
wonderful day.My mum created a
stunning wedding cake and much, much more, ably supported by my dad and sister
and we were delighted that my brother and his family managed to relocate in
time, all the way from New
Zealand.We will never forget the faces of our guests when they saw our surprise
first wedding dance.Going from a slow
dance into a medley of agadoo, the twist, YMCA and more,
for 61/2 minutes in your wedding gown, was exhausting, but such a buzz!We won'twin 'Strictly Come Dancing' but we
understand it was very entertaining.A perfect day which we both thoroughly enjoyed and did not want to
Lastly I should like to give my biggest thanks to my
new husband, Stuart, for all his help and support over the years, but most of
all for marrying me!
best wishes everyone from the new Mrs. Radley.
A COUNTRY COLLECTION
Berrynarbor's Got Talent!The week-end of 18th and 19th May saw a steady stream of villagers,
locals and holiday visitors making their way to the Manor Hall to enjoy
delicious morning coffee and cakes, lunchtime soup and afternoon cream teas and
to see the stunning display of arts and crafts - patchwork quilts to rival
those at the American Museum in Bath;lace, beadwork, cross-stitch, knitting and embroidery by the Monday
Craft Group;furniture restored and
reupholstered by the Monday Upholstery Group;hand-made greetings cards;soft
[toys, but not toys] doorstops and tea-cosies andphotographs of the village and other
subjects.There was a display of old
and interesting postcards, paintings, drawings and collage, whilst visitors
could delight in creating their own stained glass panels, try their hand at
spinning, watch floral art demonstrations, talk to our local 'Doorstep
Discovery' author or even learn how to refurbish that old chair of granny's!
A big thank you to all the exhibitors, helpers, cake makers and
raffle prize donators and, of course, the visitors.Your support has benefited not only the
village Newsletter, but the Children's Hospice South West.
go?Well, you missed a real treat!
thrilled to witness so much talent within the locality on show at the recent
Craft Display.From enchanting stained
glass work to stunning flower arrangements, the art of quilting, spinning,
embroidery, photography, hand-made cards, pictures by local artists and book by
a local author - wow!A
magnificent vista to browse round.
all of you for a spectacular insight into your individual talents and thank you
for sharing them with us.
A big thank you, too, to Jan in the kitchen for her morning
coffee, lunchtime soup and afternoon tea, which simply 'put the icing on the
cake' so to speak!
BERRY CAPERS - 3
Charlie Floyd decided they would go to visit Kate Diamond who lived at Rowes Farm.Kate's
white cat took a liking to Gerald, purring and rubbing itself against him.Kate asked Gerald if he would like the cat,
and as Gerald's cat had died just a few weeks earlier, he said he would.Kate found a box and the cat was placed in it and the boys went on their way home with
their precious load.Charlie lived at
Blind Will's, which is only a stone's throw from Rowes
Farm and as they were going past his house, he decided he needed to go in and
up the steep steps they went but as they reached the house it began to
rain.Charlie suggested it would be a
good idea to wait for the rain to stop before they walked on to Gerald's home
in the village.
was making a lot of noise at being shut in the box and Gerald wondered what to
do about it.Charlie told him to let it
out as there was nowhere it could go in the kitchen, and it would be quite
Well, when the box was opened the cat sprang out in a
flash and frantically dashed for the window leapt up
the curtains and pulled them down.This scared it even more, and it chased
around the room before racing to the fireplace and disappearing up the chimney
in a cloud of soot which billowed out in to the room.
point Charlie's father Jim, home from work, arrived on the scene and as it was
skittles night, he needed to be quick with his
meal to be ready when George Diamond called to give him a lift to Ilfracombe,
and decided he would have a quick fry
up in the pan on the fire for his meal.At this, Gerald and Charlie didn't know whether to own up or keep quiet
- keeping quiet was the easy answer.Jim
put the pan on the fire which must have made the frightened cat move further up
the chimney, and down came another cloud of soot, filling the pan!Jim began cursing the birds that must be up
the chimney, whilst Gerald and Charlie raced outside, trying hard not to laugh,
or even worse, cry!Just at that
moment, the cat emerged from the chimney and it definitely was not white any
more!It climbed down the roof, jumped
in to the trees and headed back towards Rowes Farm.
moment there was a hooting of a car horn, George in his Austin Seven was at the
bottom of the steps, so poor old Jim had to rush off without any supper.
day was huge excitement for the boys and on this particular Guy Fawkes Day
Gerald was about 8.The boys met in the village and together let
off their penny [1d] bangers.When
they had no more, they made their way to Billy Smith's house at Middle Lee
Farm.Billy loved fireworks so much
that he saved all his pocket money, and did odd jobs to get more money to buy
year, the boys had built a bonfire up on Lee hills above the farm.The old gorse had been cut down and a
monster of a bonfire had been built.Billy's father grew potatoes, so there were plenty to put in the fire to
arrived at Billy's to find a great big hamper filled with fireworks - all
shapes and sizes,more fireworks than they had ever seen before!It took two of them to carry it up the lane
towards the bonfire, and they couldn't resist letting a few off on the
way.Then disaster struck!A spark got in the hamper and all the fireworks blew up.There were rockets, jumping jacks and
Catherine wheels whizzing everywhere; bangers echoing in the night air, Roman
candles intensely bright, lighting up the night sky and children diving for
cover.It was all over in just a few
minutes, leaving a very crestfallen Billy.
On another firework night TillyDelbridge had put her milk can out ready for Lester Bowden
to fill it with milk in the morning.The can had a saucer on the top.One of the boys put a jumping jack in the can and replaced the saucer
which jumped up and down, much to the amusement of the other boys.
THE GREAT BERRYNARBOR PLANT SALE
like to thank everyone who donated plants for the sale on 4th May.We had many visitors and the day was a great
success, raising over £500 for the Shop.
also due to the many helpers who ran stalls, prepared the delicious cream teas,
sold raffle tickets and cleared up at the end of the day.Some of the plants not sold on the day, will
be offered for sale at the Shop.So, if
you missed the chance to buy at the sale, you have another chance!
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
April meeting, the ever popular Jan Tonkin once again presented us with an interesting and amusing evening with wines
purchased from Majestic Wines in Barnstaple.Jan took the theme of 'how to afford your
wine in a credit crunch' and all his offerings were bought on the basis of 'buy
2 save £3', or similar.However, when he
said that 'for every three bottles bought you could have another one free with
the savings', it was very tongue in cheek, as that
would clearly be 'having one's cake and eating it'!A great fun evening.
At the May
meeting, stalwart Pam Parke presented the theme 'The
versatility of Grenache' [Garnache in Spain].Pam explained how white, rose and full
bodied red wines can all be made from the one grape variety!
the presentation and taking up minimal time, husband Alex chaired the AGM, when as usual he managed to agree the minutes
of the last one, accept the resignation of the existing committee, elect a new
one and officers and give both the Chairman's and Treasurer's Reports in less
than quarter of an hour - we don't like infringing on wine tasting time, do we?
meeting concluded our 2008-9 season and we shall start again next October after
all the summer events have taken place.As usual the meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of the month
at in the Manor
Hall, so put October 21st in your diary now.
The Wine Circle was
formed by Alan Richardson in 1989, meeting then in the Penn Curzon Room.The logo, designed at that time by Tom
Bartlett, has been used ever since.Due
to the popularity of the Circle, it soon moved to meet in the Manor Hall.
[NOT SO] LOCAL WALK
heart of the seaside resort of Weymouth is the RadipoleLake nature reserve.An area of lagoons and extensive reed beds,
it provides a refuge for a variety of wildfowl.When we visited in April, the duck species
included Gadwalls, Shovelers, Pochards
and Tufted Ducks.
duck called a Hooded Merganser had over wintered there.When it first arrived, it had not yet
acquired its fully mature plumage but now it was gorgeously attired - a white
fan-shaped crest outlined in black;a
white breast with two black bars and brown flanks.
It had the
spike-like bill common to sawbills and with crest
raised, as it swam under the footbridge, its baffle-shaped head looked huge in
proportion to the rest of its body.
native to North America, it was thought unlikely that this one had crossed the Atlantic.If you
followed the BBC's 'Autumn Watch'
last year, you may remember Bill Oddie making a
detour to Weymouth
to take a look at this unusual bird.
the RSPB's lakeside Centre - manned by helpful people
keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm - for a very enjoyable stroll
around the reserve.We were in for a
guide had pointed out that a visitor to Radipole Lake
in springtime would be unlucky not to hear the loud, explosive song of a
Cetti's Warbler - seeing one is a different matter,
however, as the shy, wetland warbler sings from dense vegetation and rarely
emerges.At intervals along the path we
heard the distinctive and ear-blasting series of notes but the birds were
hidden from view.
some movement in the bushes and our first sighting was of the bird's reflection
in the water.We froze.The little bird was soon revealed, climbing
a vertical thorn branch, splaying its broad, round-ended tail and extending its
white throat at it sang.Its back and
tail were reddish brown, its face and breast grey.We were close enough to see the pale eye
ago I'd been sent postcards of two Radipole churches,
the thirteenth century St. Ann's
with its triple bell-turret and the stained glass chancel window at St. Aldhelm's, designed and made in 1985 by Jon Callan
of Dorchester.We decided to track down these churches.
from the northern boundary of the reserve we found St. Aldhelm's,
a fairly modern church.Sunlight flooded
through the huge window above the altar.It was impressively beautiful.Mainly bright blue with seven stars and 'seven lamps of gold', the
window illustrates a passage in Revelation Chapter 1.The red alpha and omega were a reference to
Jesus saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last . . ."
We walked to the outskirts of town where in a rural
setting, close by a large Tudor manor house, we found
the little church
of St. Ann's.It had a painted interior.The pale blue panels on the bench ends were
delicately painted with wild flowers and butterflies.Each one was different - cowslips, ragged
robins, bluebells.On the ceiling were
three paintings by Anne Tout depicting the nativity, the baptism of Christ and
back towards town through a community woodland where oak, ash, crab apple,
field maple, holly and hazel had been planted.
birds, churches with unexpected works of art, Radipole is full of visual delights.
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory, Combe
There was once a caretaker at a synagogue who
was made redundant.He lost his income
and started to fall behind on his mortgage. He went to the synagogue every week and
prayed.He poured out his heart to God
asking him to help him.He pointed out
to God that all his problems would be solved if he won the Lottery.Nothing happened.
During the following week his car was repossessed and he was
threatened with eviction.At his
weekly prayers he explained all this to God, and as God was all-powerful,
surely it was within his power to let him win the lottery?Nothing happened.
During the following week the bailiffs turned up, removed most
of his furniture, and his wife left him.At his weekly prayers he told God all about this, and said that all his
problems would be solved and his wife would come back to him if he just won the
lottery, "Please God."
Suddenly a voice thundered out of heaven,"Give me a break!At least buy a Lottery ticket."
So often we ask God to do something without lifting a finger to
even show how important a thing is to us.If we are asking God to bless and help the poor through organizations
like Christian Aid, do we actually support them financially?If we see an injustice do we just pass by on
the other side?Are we part of the
On our own we may feel powerless, but if God has put into our
minds 'good desires', he will also give us the power to achieve them.
That's what Whitsun or Pentecost is all about.It is God's power enabling us to change,
both our sometimes selfish attitudes and the way we treat other people.It is all a question of co-operation, working
for and with God, rather than against Him.Then we are fulfilling our vocation to make the world a better, not
worse, place to live.
Friend and Rector,
YOUR PICTURES WILL BENEFIT THE MANOR HALL
have read in the Journal that the Manor Hall is to be one of the causes during
the next year to benefit from 'Your Pics'.You can help to raise funds for the Hall by
sending in pictures of social gatherings, parties, etc. and nominate Berrynarbor Manor Hall to be the beneficiary.
So, get taking those
pictures and e-mail them to:firstname.lastname@example.org
REFLECTIONS - 39
of a chainsaw echoed through the valley."I hate to hear trees being cut down," a fellow dog walker
remarked as we strolled around the park.She had a point.A tree in its twilight
years not only provides a home for woodpeckers and bats; there are certain
invertebrate species that depend on
decaying trees.Lichen also thrive on
ageing trees, as do fungi, the latter continuing to eat away at a tree once it
has collapsed and not stopping until the wood has completely rotted.In effect, fungi break down a tree's
nutrients so that they can return to the soil and encourage new ones to grow in
the space provided by the old tree.
however, which tilt near collapse on ground owned by
statutory authorities find their life being dictated by an issue commonplace in
today's culture: Health and Safety.Whilst this can be viewed as man interfering with the natural decaying
process, society's constantly evolving "green" attitude is at least
encouraging all of us to intervene and work with nature in order to give it a
of this are all around me.The nest
boxes erected in our garden are currently busy with blue tit and sparrow
activity.In the park, ducks are
merrily swimming in a pond which, thanks to mechanical diggers, is once more
completely full of water and devoid of any silt; silt which was left alone for
a few days to allow its wildlife to crawl back into the pond.Meanwhile on the Cairn's grassland, orchids,
yarrow and campion are replacing the violets and
primroses of spring, all of which have flourished through the local
conservation group's clearance of bracken and gorse.The Cairn has also recently received
mechanical intervention when a chainsaw took out a significant sycamore
residing beside an open area of woodland - to the benefit of bluebells which
thrived from the increase in daylight.
of the Cairn Conservation Carers was just one subject I covered whilst writing
my book, "A Doorstep Discovery -
Twelve Months on the Cairn in Ilfracombe".Composing the book was a tale of two halves
in itself.Having researched the
Cairn's history, I was able to decide on what to include and what to leave out
and so had control on what I wrote.This was in complete contrast when writing about my observations on the
Cairn, for I was completely in nature's hands and could only write about what I
saw.Much as I wanted to go into
depths about badgers, I did not see one;as it was, the fox only just got in
the book with one making an appearance on my final walk.Neither could I describe the Cairn immersed
in snow - although recording the area carpeted by frost when I walked to Cairn
Top to see the sunrise on the winter solstice was magical and an utter pleasure
to write about.
together in one book the Cairn's history and my twelve-month's observations on
the area's flora and fauna, along with ensuring the text flowed smoothly from
one chapter to the next, was a challenge.
essence that is what has made the book all the more rewarding to see in print,
not to mention the fulfilment of a lifetime's dream to have a book published.
of all was the enjoyment at being completely at the disposal of nature in
dictating what I could write about.
I shall be writing about another example of man giving nature a helping hand -
literally - and how certain paths that we take in our lives prove that, like
the writing of my book, we are in the hands of forces much more powerful than
Stephen's book, A Doorstep Discovery - Twelve Months
on the Cairn in Ilfracombe, is on sale at £12.99 at Ilfracombe Book Shop, IlfracombeMuseum and Ilfracombe TIC.
website has, over the last few years, attracted people who are researching
their family trees and who know their ancestors were born, lived or are buried
here in our village.Thanks to Lorna,
it has been possible to help them in their quest.
enquiry came from Helen Lawrence in South Wales
who was 'Looking for Leworthy's' as reported in the
August 2008 Newsletter.
Once again Lorna has come up trumps and a wealth of
information has been sent to Helen:
story starts with John Leworthy, the son of Thomas
and Grace born in 1841 and very probably the great-grandson of Thomas and
Prudence Leworthy who were married before 1770.In fact it was Betsy Willis, John's
colourful wife from Combe Martin, who inspired the
stories my grandfather told me when a child.Betsy Lewrdy [local dialect] and her donkeys
were quite famous throughout the area.
Betsy and her Donkeys at Watermouth
[from the Tom Bartlett Collection]
married Betsy in the 1860's.He was a
blacksmith journeyman and she owned a coal yard business.She used her donkeys to cart coal from Watermouth, where the Welsh colliers landed, back to Berry.When not carting coal, she would ferry
Victorian visitors around the BerryNarbor lanes and
beyond - quite an entrepreneur!
could have been several children but I only know of their son, Alfred Richard Leworthy.He was
born in 1866 and married Annie, the daughter of John Rook, in 1887.He was head gardener to the Bassets on their
Watermouth Estate.They lived in the Manor Cottage which was probably built as a dower
house for the Manor.Their first child,
also called Annie, lived in the cottage all her life although she told me she
had been born in what is now the Men's Institute Room in the Manor House.
always understood that John and Betsy lived in the Manor House which had been
deserted by the Bassets.Sadly,there are no Leworthys
in the village today.After at least
250 years, I can think of no one of the blood line living here.The only representative of the family is
Alice Dummett, wife of the late Leonard Dummett, who still lives in WoodPark.There are, however, many descendants of
Louisa and William, two of Annie's siblings, living in Combe
Martin and Ilfracombe.
lots of help from John Tossell and Jenny Stuckey
[great-great-great grandchildren of Thomas and Grace Leworthy]
and the late Ivy White.
recently, Linda Melhuish from Bath, Ontario, Canada, e-mailed:
"I have recently begun research on my ancestors
and have discovered that some of them resided in Berrynarbor.Would you happen to know anyone in Berrynarbor who is researching their Vagges
[Vaggas], Ackland or Cutcliffe ancestors?I am told that my great-great-grandmother, Ann Vaggas,
was born in Berrynarbor about 1831 to Catherine
[Kitty] Ackland and John Vagges.John's parents were Anne Cutcliffe
and John Vagges, but I don't know who Catherine's
information can be found on the 1851, 1871, 1881 and 1891 census records, is
there anyone descended from the family that can help Linda personally?If you can, please contact
me on  883544.
whilst typing this another e-mail has come in!It reads:
My name is Richard Sloley
and I live just down the road in Tavistock.However, I am currently stuck in the middle
of the desert serving as an intelligence officer with the RAF.Whilst I have been here, working the long
night shifts, I have had the opportunity to start investigating my family
history. I was quite surprised to find
that, through marriage, I am linked to the Luttrell's of Dunster,
the Courtenay's of Powderham
and subsequently to the Plantagenet's and beyond. However, I am equally interested in
discovering more about my more recent family history, including any military
service during World Wars I and II. I knew from my father that most
of our namesakes came from North Devon, and I
was aware of Sloley Farm at Berrynarbor.Through Ancestry.com, I have traced our
family name back to Hugh Sloligh [b1512], but I am
particularly interested in trying to discover more 'recent' anecdotal history
from my great-grandfather's era [Richard John Sloley
b1893] and his parents [William b1857, and Ann] who I understand were the first
Sloley's in the farm.
of your readers have any recollection of the Sloley's
at Sloley Farm, or any photos or stories that they
would be able to pass on?
again, if anyone can help Richard please contact me on  883544 or e-mail
me on email@example.com.
thing I should like to do as the new Chairman is to convey a vote of thanks to
Bob Hobson for his efforts and achievements of the last 31/2 years as Chairman of
your Management Committee.
main hall freshly decorated and new curtains now ready for hanging, things are
looking good . . . but, round the corner are always new projects to take on in
buildings the age of ours.
the systems and procedures operated by the Committee have been independently
audited and it's pleasing to report that the Manor Hall has achieved the award
of a Hallmark standard for the way it works.There will be a presentation of the Award in the coming weeks.
costs of the last year were close to £16,000 and this level of expenditure
seems likely to continue.It means £300
a week, or approaching £50 per day, irrespective of occupancy levels.This in turn has called for a review of
Rental Rates which have been unchanged now for three years, despite large
increases in utility bills, of which you will be aware.The new rates - given below - mean your
facilities at the Hall remain the most competitive of all village halls in the
area.They come into effect from the 1st May 2009.
Committee continues to strive to ensure the buildings and facilities
are developed and run to a good
standard, and would welcome your input of constructive ideas and suggestions
for the future.
year's Berry Revels will be on Tuesday, 4th August.Please make a note in your diary and come to
give your support to our Manor Hall.
Colin Trinder - May 2009
Price per Session
Penn Curzon Room
Penn Curzon Room
Fundraiser [e.g. Coffee
Fetes, Exhibitions,Markets, etc.
Category A:Regular non profit-making meetings [at least
Category B:Regular commercial events or other less
SHAKERS NO. 21
Underground Tube Map
This man really was a
'Mover'!I was reminded of his name
whilst listening to a DVD that had
been lent me of Bill Bryson reading his own "Notes from a SmallIsland".Then recently my sister-in-law took Alex and
me to London's TransportMuseum in Covent
Garden and there he was - photograph as well.
As some of
us may be venturing into the big smoke in the next few months, we may well be
grateful for his work.In the early
1900's, different companies controlled different undergrounds and no official
map was produced until 1906.The maps were
geographically correct but complicated, showing streets and other local
features and often superimposed on road maps. This meant that centrally located
stations were very close together and out of town ones had too much room.Also the colours of the lines were not
consistent, so for example, the Central Line was blue in 1908, yellow in 1926
and orange by1932.A slight improvement
was made in 1908 when a new type of 'map' appeared inside carriages:a simple straight horizontal line with equal
spaces between the stations.
Henry Beck [always known as Harry Beck] came on the scene.He was a young engineering draughtsman
employed on the Underground. He had the idea of creating a full map in colour
believing that because the railway ran largely underground, passengers just
wanted to know how to get from one station to another, and where to
change.So, in his spare time, he
redesigned the map as a simple diagram,
consisting of stations, straight
lines between them, and the River Thames.The lines were vertical, horizontal or diagonal.Ordinary stations were marked with a tick
and interchanges with a diamond.The
central area was enlarged and stations, whether central or
out of town, were shown as equal distances apart.
the whole, this worked extremely well, although there were a few
anomalies.For instance, just in case I
[as an 'up from the country' traveller] needed to travel between Bank and
Mansion House stations, checking the map I would take the Central Line to
Liverpool Street and change onto the Circle Line to Mansion House [about 6
stops and 1 change].A more 'savvy'
person would take the escalator connection to Monument and then the Circle or
District line to Mansion House [2 stops and an escalator ride].The really clued up Londoner would walk 164
feet between stations and be halfway through afternoon tea before I joined him.
This could not be worked out from the map.Actually, the escalator between Bank and Monument is longer than the
distance between Bank and Mansion House.As you may imagine, Bill Bryson had a field day with this anomaly in 'Notes
from a Small Island!
1931 Harry Beck presented his first version of his Tube map to the Underground
managers.Initially they were sceptical
of a non-commissioned spare-time project and rejected it.It took them two years to accept his ideas
for a trial printing.To their great
surprise it was a huge success.From
then on he added new lines and stations where relevant, altering designs right
up to 1960.His final map bears a
strong resemblance to modern maps.Then he had a disagreement with
Harold Hutchinson, the Publicity
Officer.He had added the Victoria
Line and other changes to Harry's map without his approval.After that date, various people had a hand
in updating the maps and in 1986, Tube maps stopped
bearing the designer's name.
many years of failing to acknowledge Beck's importance as the original designer
of the Tube map, he belatedly got his reward:
Regional Transport created the Beck Gallery in the early 1990's, in London's TransportMuseum.
commemorative plaque was put up at Finchley Central Station
Finchley Society marked his home at 60
Courthouse Road, Finchley with a plaque in 2003.
his talent has been recognised with Underground maps bearing the legend 'This
diagram is an evolution of the original design conceived in 1931 by Harry Beck'
in the lower right hand corner.
the 70th anniversary of Mr Beck's Underground map, a limited
collection of his original map was reproduced.
March 2006, viewers of the BBC's
Culture show and visitors to London's DesignMuseum
voted his Tube Map as their 2nd favourite British design of the 20th
Century.To put this in perspective,
the winner was Concorde.
he produced two non-commissioned versions of a diagram for the Paris Metro, it
wasn't used.Nevertheless, subway, bus
and transit companies around the world have copied his ideas, and many metro
and rail maps use his ideas.
fact today we've returned from delivering our visitors to Tiverton Parkway and there on the station
platform is a Route Map showing connections between the South West, Midlands and Home Counties of First Great Western's and
other companies' train routes, plus bus links, airport connections and the
London Underground interchanges - and all because of the foresight of Harry
his painstaking and revolutionary design, he was paid just 5 guineas.
a quick postscript, Frank Pick, Head of the London Underground in the 1910's
and '20's and of London Transport in the '30's, commissioned in 1916 Edward
Johnston, a calligrapher, to design the still familiar underground logo of a
blue bar and red disc with suitable lettering.In 93 years, no changes have been made to it - that can't be bad!
PP of DC
THE TEDDY BEAR
President of the United States
was once on a hunting expedition in Mississippi.Things were not going well, but then he
caught sight of a grizzly bear cub.It
was so cute that he refused to shoot it.
press got to know about the incident, a cartoon appeared in the Washington Post
which caught the attention of a Russian immigrant who ran a small, novelty
shop.His wife made a stuffed toy bear
with button eyes and moveable limbs.
soon sold and attracted a lot of interest locally.Demand for the toy increased and the
craftsman wrote to the President asking permission to use his name.That was granted, and in 1906, the American
Toy Trade magazine 'Playthings', coined the term 'Teddy Bear', enhancing the
popularity of President Teddy Roosevelt and ensuring that many children and
grownups have a cuddly toy from which they are reluctant to part.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
As I am writing this, I
am sure that lots of the children from our school are busy preparing for the
The Year 6
children will start a week of national tests on the 11th May [SATs].They will
sit nine tests in total over the week and have been working very hard in
preparation.At the beginning of the
year when the children return to school after the summer break, the tests and
the children's transition to secondary school seems so far away.Mrs Lucas always has a huge list of'learning to get
through' - the task seems so big it appears impossible!However, once again Mrs Lucas has worked
her magic and with the children's perseverance they are ready to show the world
how great they are and with a little prod in the right direction, they'll be
ready to move on to 'big school' in just a couple of months!
children and Mrs Lucas have planned to escape to the woods after their last
test on Friday and I know that lunch cooked over the fire and the chance to
relax and play some games will be a great incentive to keep them going during
their tiring week.
and 4 are off to Simonsbath House on the 11thMay for a three
day residential.The children will try
a mixture of outdoor adventurous activities and geography field studies.For some it will be the first time away from
home.On Friday the children were VERY
excited - some had already been packed and ready to go for days!I'm sure we'll have a great time and our
absence will hopefully give the older children some space to settle to their
Not to be
left out, Class 1 start their swimming lessons on 11th May, Class 2 join us at Simonsbath for the day on Tuesday and then all of KS1 will
be off to explore Tinnerdy on Wednesday!
So as I
said, I'm sure that as I write children will be packing [or repacking again!],
finding swim gear, wellies and sunscreen, revising or
just relaxing and thinking through just what the week ahead has in store for
James Uzzell 
Isobel Moore 
Daisy Wyatt 
Ellie Gray 
Dates of events coming up:EVERYONE
29th June:Sports Day from on the Village Field
9th July;'Annie', the Musical,
will be performed by Class 4
in the Manor Hall at
14th July:School Fete, Manor Hall,
School notice board outside the Community Shop for more information and
Sue Carey - Headteacher
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
last two months the weather has been fairly dry and bright.However, we managed to pick an afternoon for
our last litter pick when the heavens opened and we all got soaked!Never mind, a hot cup of tea and a large
wedge of cake revived us, and we did have a sense of satisfaction that a job
had been well done.We have now
removed the spring bedding from the tubs and planters around the village and
started to replace it with summer flowers.The small sitting area outside the shop has been planted with lavender,
climbing roses, honeysuckle and clematis, the idea being to screen the area
from the toilets with scented plants.This has been a joint project with the Shop Management.We hope to do some more planting to the
left of the shop and keep the car park area tidy.At the bottom of Mill Lane, by the bus shelter, we have
cut the small hedge and weeded and cleared the planted area.
last few days a fence has started to be erected around Claude's Garden.Maybe work can start here now.Watch this space.
village OpenGardens with Cream teas are our main
fund raising events of the year, so please come along and see our wonderful
village from the perspective of other people's gardens.Have a stroll and then enjoy a cup of tea and
delicious homemade cakes -hope to see you there.
June, to VillageGardens with tea at The
5th July, to SterridgeValleyGardens
with tea at Chicane
will be available in advance from the Shop, The Globe, or at one of the Gardens
on the day.
keep up the good work of litter picking:the judging for The Best Kept Village is on-going throughout the
year.If you are advertising an event,
don't forget to remove the posters afterwards, out-of-date notices leave a
black mark on the judging sheet!Our
floral displays for Britain
in Bloom will be judged in July.
If you are
in to gardens and would like to look further afield, Kentisbury will be holding their OpenGardens
and Cream Teas in aid of their village hall on Saturday, 20th June, at Beach
Borough.Entrance is £1 and teas £3.50
and you can visit from
onwards.There will be a WI Cake Stall
and for more information speak to Viviane on  882487.
you are having a summer B.B.Q. or party you might like to try this easy dessert
recipe that needs hardly any cooking.It
does however contain uncooked eggs so is not suitable for pregnant women or the
For the base
6 digestive biscuits, crushed or
2 tablespoons caster sugar
50g/2oz butter melted
biscuits, sugar and melted butter and press into the base of an 18cm/7inch
loose based cake tin.Refrigerate.
For the Filling
400g tin of condensed (sweetened)
2 large free-range egg yolks
zest off the limes with a zester or pare finely and
cut into very fine strips.Set
aside.Juice the limes [microwave the
limes for 30 seconds, before juicing, this helps release the juice] and mix
with the condensed milk and egg yolks - the milk will thicken quite
the 2 whites from the large
free range eggs
100g/4oz caster sugar
oven to 200 Deg C/180 Deg C for fan oven or gas 6.Whip the egg whites until beginning to stiffen, then gradually whisk in
the tart, spoon the milk mix on to the biscuit base, then top with the meringue
making sure it reaches to the edge of the tin, as the meringue will shrink a
little.Sprinkle the lime zest over
the meringue and bake for 5-10 minutes until lightly browned.When cool remove from the tin.Cut into large slices and serve with
lashings of cream.Yum!
NEWS FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
Annual Parish Meeting held on 12th May, Councillors Sue Sussex and Richard Gingell were re-elected Chairman and Vice Chairman
re-elected to offices as follows:
Mark Adams :Member to Check Invoices for Payment at Each
Angela Boyd :Member to NorthDevon Police Liaison Group, Ilfracombe
& District Crime Prevention Groupand Berrynarbor Neighbourhood Watch
: Home Defence Adviser & Emergency Officer, Member to Combe Martin & District Tourism Association, Member to receive
Planning Applications for Clerk to study ahead of the Meeting
Richard Gingell :Highway
Liaison Officer, Home Defence Adviser & Emergency Officer, Tree Warden
Ann Hinchliffe :Member on Manor Hall Committee
Sue Sussex :District Councillor,Home Defence Adviser & Emergency
Madeleine Worth :Member of Berrynarbor Community [Sure Start]
Yvette Gubb :District Councillor
Andrea Davis [:CountyCouncillor
Sue Squire [01598 710526]:Clerk to the Parish Council
noted that crime figures in Berrynarbor remained the
same as for last year and that the lengthsman will be
visiting during July, October and next January.
railings for Claude's Garden have been fixed, a new
post and gate will be fixed shortly.
would like to thank John Huxtable for all his
commitment to the community, ensuring that the War Memorial and bus shelters
have been kept clean and tidy, and wish him well for the future.
are reminded that they are most welcome at Parish Council Meetings, held on the
2nd Tuesday in the month at
in the Penn Curzon Room.At the
beginning of each meeting, the public are invited to raise any issues or
matters of concern.
Sue Squire - Clerk to the Parish Council
IF I WERE A TREE. . .
would be an up side and a down side to being a tree.
Firstly, the up side.How lovely to grow beautiful branches spreading out towards the
sky.Foliage which people could admire;even blossom and a
place where birds could nest and bring up their young.Picture it now with those little beaks
opening as soon as the parents arrive with food.A tree could be part of an avenue or like a
huge oak in park lands.Trees are
usually beautiful and loved by most people.
secondly, let us think about the down side and please don't mention dogs!It is what is going on below ground.
Those uncontrollable roots, growing and travelling where no eye can
across boundaries, into drains, disrupting water mains, rucking
up footpaths and deeper down, damaging house footings.And, when discovered, along come the men with
their chain saws and shredders.You
could end up as a lorry load of chips and a few logs - even the latter are
split, what a nasty end!
fortunately, I am a dandelion standing here in a crevice in a garden path.I am upright with my yellow hair, just
minding my own business.What's this,
someone is coming?What have they got
in their hand?I can see on the spray
can, 'kills all weeds and roots', what shall I do?Oh, oh, oh . . .
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
NORTH DEVON EPILEPSY
Meetings, which are held
at the Henry Williamson Room, Barnstaple Library, unless stated otherwise, for
June and July are:
June: Speaker:Mike Jones
June: Coffee Morning at Hilldale, Parkway
USE IT OR
LOSE IT -
FORTNIGHTLY MOBILE LIBRARY
very fortunate to have this excellent service in the village, so DO use
it!Please note that as from the visit
on the 10th June, the Library will stop from to in the Car Park by the Shop.It will then go to the SterridgeValley
where it will stay from
CARBOOTSALE - BLACKMORE GATE MARKET
The Old Station House Inn]
SUNDAY, 26TH JULY
Sellers:from £5.00 per car
Buyers:from 12.00 50p per car
to Kentisbury W.I.
OUR COMMUNITY SHOPAND POST OFFICE
hard to believe that our shop held its Fifth Annual General Meeting on
2nd May with around 30 members attending, and I confess it was our shortest one
those who had come to the meeting, our Chairman, Sandy Anderson, spoke of the
highlights of the year: moving into the new shop on 31st and the official
opening ceremony by Yvette Gubb on 31st August,which was well attended and great
fun.It is notable that there was an
increase of turnover of about 23% last year, and twice the turnover of when we
started in 2004.
Sandy mentioned that we had won the award from the
Countryside Alliance for the Best Shop and Post Office in the South West - and
that was before Berry
in Bloom gave us a great new outside area for refreshments.We are pleased to report that as well as our
gratitude to existing volunteers, we have had 11 new volunteers within the last
next year we shall get new road signs to attract passing visitors, a covered
porch for fresh produce display, an internet point and
during the summer season the shop will stay open during lunchtime, except
Wednesdays and Sundays.
Sandy praised Brian
Hillier's contribution with his enthusiasm and help as Treasurer, and then
welcomed Treasurer-elect, Robin Downer, who was later voted on to the
Committee.All members of the
Committee had agreed to continue to serve and were re-elected en bloc.
talking of volunteers, the 19th Julywill be Mark Adams's last Sunday
morning working in our shop.Having
done the job faithfully fornearly five years, as well as working full time, he has done a
stalwart job and we are very grateful and thank him.BUT,we are now looking for some kind person to take over . . . perhaps even
two or three kind persons and then each would work only once a month.If you feel that you could help, please
speak to Anita or a Committee Member.
the efforts of Kath and her helpers, The great Berrynarbor
Plant Sale, held on Bank Holiday Monday,went with a swing, and over £500 was
raised for our shop as a result.Well
done to all.
would like to remind you that fresh meat products [chicken, sausages, etc],
ordered from West Gate Angus before Wednesday mid- morning will be delivered
next day.Items ordered from Ivan
Clarke will be delivered within 24 hours.Also, don't forget that if you order fruit and vegetables in advance
there is a10% discount.
says that you can now get Euros on demand from our Post Office;other currencies
still need to be ordered in advance.
By our next newsletter, our summer will be
well underway, and hopefully it will be a good one for all of us.
PP of DC
OLD BERRYNARBOR NO. 119
I have chosen a William Garratt real photograph
postcard, No. 89, showing a large part of the central village and Hagginton Hill.
This picture was taken by Garratt
some time between 1915 and 1925, from the steep field belonging to the Richards'
Family of Moules Farm.The impressive tower of St. Peter's
stands proudly out on the right, beyond which can be seen the roof of Tower
Cottage [51 The Village], the Penn-Curzon Room and the Berrynarbor
Men's Institute Room.Also pictured are
The Old Court and the Congregational Chapel.
foreground - from the right - Hill Crest [No. 55] can be seen and the row of
cottages, followed by Dunchideock [No. 54].A thatched Bessemer Thatchis followed by all the cottages on
both sides of Pitt Hill, including The Lodge.On the left is North Lee Farm, at the foot of Hagginton
Hill, which stretches with its cottages right up to Grattons
at the top right of the picture.Note
the large gaps between the properties on the hill, which have now largely been
filled in with further cottages and houses.
May I once
more appeal for information or pictures of Berrydown
Chapel, particularly if you ever attended a service or function there?My thanks to Caroline Verney
in the last Newsletter for getting in touch with me was very sad as she had
recently died.If you have any
information, please do contact me on  883408.