the October Meeting we were lucky that Mrs Diana
Lewis, accompanied by Mrs. Pauline Bussell, was able
to come at short notice to talk about the North Devon Animal Ambulance
Service.The demonstration of hedgerow baskets, to be
given by Mrs. Cooke, was postponed as her husband had to go into hospital.The Animal Ambulance service is strictly a North Devon charity.Over the last four years 1,533 creatures have been helped, sometimes
assisted by the Fire Service, RNLI, Coastguards and RAF Rescue.Apart
from the normal animal welfare, a successful scheme exists for re-homing older
pets with elderly people, these pets, having been left homeless by the death or
illness of their owners.The Animal Ambulance service pays the vet
bills, with the new owners paying for food etc.Margaret Weller won the raffle.
Carter had a successful coffee morning at her home on 1st November when £142
was raised. Half this amount will be
donated to the Mission Aviation Fellowship and the remainder to the Pattaya Orphanage in Thailand.Thank you to everyone for your support.
cookery demonstration was given on the 6th November by Lesley Nicholas and
Carmen Lethaby.They prepared a three course meal
showing the versatility of puff pastry which included various hors d'oeuvres, beef
Wellington with vegetables and Dauphinois potatoes followed
by mince pies and mille feuilles.Members enjoyed sampling the finished
products!The raffle was won by Sylvia
members enjoyed a day in Exeter
on 12th November visiting the new shopping centre and a similar number will be
going to Dunster on 7th December for an evening
entitled "Dunster by Candlelight".We
are grateful to Janet Gammon, Betty Brooks and Liz Paget for arranging these
December Meeting will be the Christmas Party when sherry and mince pies will be
on offer, as well as tea and chocolate biscuits!Norma and Tony Holland will be giving musical
entertainment.Members are looking
forward to the Christmas lunch at The Lodge on 17th December.
the first Tuesday in January is New Year's Day, the Meeting has been
transferred to the Thursday afternoon, 3rd January, when the speaker will be
our own Marion Carter.Her talk will be
entitled "Oh no - not another elephant!"There will also be a short annual general meeting.
Mrs. Cooke will be coming with her hedgerow
baskets on 5th February and Gerry Marangone will be
telling us of his early years living in Italy on 4th March.Representatives from the North Devon Hospice
will be with us in April.
these Meetings take place in the Manor Hall at Visitors
or new recruits are very welcome.
Harvest Festival time came round again
and was celebrated on Sunday, 30th September.As we are still in the midst of redecoration [to be finished by
Christmas], not so many flowers were in church this year but the entrance was
welcoming with fruit and vegetables along the back shelves and a huge basket of
flowers placed for Mrs. Dummett in memory of her
husband.Sunflowers and marigolds
brightened up the pulpit and reading desk and, as always, there was a beautiful
arrangement at the altar.
The Evensong and Supper on the following
Wednesday were enjoyed by everyone and the buffet meal was a great success
thanks to Doreen Prater and
helpers.A lively auction of produce
rounded off the evening and once again we shall be able to send £100 to Water
Two moving services were held at the
beginning of November.The Candle
Service on the first Sunday was very well attended.Our own choir was joined by choir members from
Combe Martin to sing 'There's a Place
for Us' and 'Ave Verum'.The congregation were all invited by Rector
Keith to go up to the altar to
light a candle in memory of loved ones.The following Sunday, 11th November, saw well over 70 of us
gathered in church for the Remembrance Service, conducted by Rev'd. Steve Painting.On this occasion we were joined by the Parish Council and Ann Hinchliffe
read the lesson on their behalf.
After the first
hymn, everyone gathered at the War Memorial for the two minutes' silence and
laying of wreaths.The collection of
£165 has been sent to the Royal British Legion.
On Advent Sunday, 2nd December, the
first candle will be lit on the Advent Wreath as we begin to anticipate
Christmas.This year the services will
be as follows:
December, - Carol Service
December, - Family Communion
Christmas Eve, - Blessing of the Crib and First
Communion of Christmas
Christmas Day, - Family Communion with Carols*Please note earlier start
December - Communion
Service with Carols
January - Epiphany
[last day of Christmas] Songs of Praise with Carols
Cards will once again be distributed
around the village and a sincere welcome is extended to everyone to come and
join in the celebrations.
Donations towards the cost of flowers in
church for Christmas will be gratefully received.We are sorry to report that Linda Brown has
now left the village and will no longer be in charge of the flower arranging
team.Thank you, Linda, for all your
hard work and patient help - we are going to miss you.Sue Wright has agreed to take Linda's place
and all queries should be addressed to her, telephone 883893.
There will be no Friendship Lunch in
December and the date for January will be announced later.
JOHN PETER JAMES VALLANCE
For those of you in the village who knew
or remember John, it was sad to learn that he had died at the age of 71 on the 22nd April 2007.A much loved half-brother and friend, he
will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
John lived in Berrynarbor from an early
age with his mother Maude Perrin.He
had lived in Ilfracombe most of his life and spent many happy times there.He was known mainly for his work as a
plumber and builder by trade.John was
a keen football player most of his life, and a follower to the end.
His funeral took place at the North
Devon Crematorium on the 2nd May and the
chapel was filled with his family, many friends and neighbours
from Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.
The family would like to thank everyone
for their cards and kind contributions.Money received in his memory amounted to £530, which was donated between
the Rainbow Family Trust and the Greater World
Ilfracombe.I should be interested to
hear from anyone with photographs of John and any stories about him that you
may have.I am woking
on the Vallance family history and will be taking it
to show our Vallance family.
It was with
sadness that I learnt from Patricia about John's death - for some time he had
been a contributor to and recipient of
the Newsletter.If anyone can help her in
her quest, please contact me on 883544.Ed.
Some years ago now we were introduced to
the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Blantyre, Malawi,
by June and Bernard and their daughter Mary, a Consultant Anaesthetist.Since then, June and Bernard have raised
money and sent items for this most deserving cause by growing and selling fruit
and vegetables, knitting baby bonnets, as well as holding events, aided and
abetted by so many people from the village.
The village barbecue, sadly postponed
due to the wet weather, was held in the barn at Sloley Farm at the end of
September, and the stalwarts faced the weather again to support the event and
enjoy great grub and good company, raising a healthy amount shared between the
Medical Centre and our own North Devon Hospice.
This year June and Bernard will have
raised more than £500 and sent more than 150 bonnets, to add to the several
thousand pounds raised over the last few years.
Mary spends 6-8 weeks of her annual
holiday revisiting Blantyre and her 'update'
following her return in May this year makes not only interesting reading, but
the humbling realisation of how lucky we are in
comparison to so many in this world.
It is a little over four years since I
but distant and fragmented memories from that year and a half spent working at QueenElizabethCentralHospital
have been suddenly awakened in vivid technicolour.I am back in Blantyre for 6
weeks and I write this a little dazed after a long, sleepless night punctuated
by the howling compositions of the neighbourhood
dogs, brought to an abrupt end by the guard's radio broadcasting to the
nation.When I open the window, I will
for sure be comforted by the rhythmic sound of him sweeping the dusty yard with
a small rough bundle of closely tied twigs.The day has started.
The hospital is much as I remember it -
a sprawling, chaotic complex of buildings.The modern charity-funded constructions continue to pop up in the spaces
between and around the original government buildings.Now, with a more distant eye, I can see that
this place really is developing in a way that I failed to recognise
when I worked here.
Queen Elizabeth Central, the tertiary
referral hospital for the whole southern region of Malawi, is the home of the College of Medicine [my former employer] and a
well-established medical school.Practically, it also serves as a district hospital providing primary
health care to all comers.The staff
are mostly Malawian, but there are a small number of ex-pats, some passing
through and others in for the long-stay.
I worked in the department of anaesthesia.I had
been six months away from completing my long specialist training in the UK, a
little frustrated with the seemingly endless life as a 'junior doctor', but with
a sense that I wasn't quite ready to settle into a consultant post.I was fortunate that the anaesthetic
department at Blantyre
was looking for assistance just at the time I was sending off tentative enquiry
letters.I was employed to work as an anaesthetic consultant and teach.The department runs an 18-month training
course and I joined them at the start of one course so had the satisfaction of
seeing a fantastic group of 25 students through to the completion of their
The clinical workload here is heavy and
challenging.It takes time even with
previous experience to acclimatise to the lack of
resources and consequent standard of care achievable.Even the smallest task becomes a huge
challenge, and every clinical situation inevitably involves some form of
uncomfortable compromise.Success when
it comes is sweet.Here I have
experienced bitter frustration and incredible job satisfaction in extremes
never imagined back home.
Patients present very late with advanced
disease and pitifully low expectations.Yesterday was a typical day.
At the handover meeting at we heard of the night's
clinical officers busy with a relentless series of emergency caesarean sections
and other operations.By I was starting the
Intensive Care Unit ward round with an entourage of eager students.It turned out to be much interrupted.Conjoined [Siamese] twins were brought down
to the operating theatre.One was
erroneously reported to be dead but when meagre signs
of life were recognised, an operation to remove the
dead twin was no longer deemed necessary.The babies were taken to intensive care for observation.
We had just managed to wean at 16-year
old patient from his ventilator, following surgery the previous day, when I was
summoned to assist in theatre.I was
diverted again by another call, this time to help resuscitate a patient who had
had a cardiac arrest under anaesthesia.The unfortunate patient was a desperately
puny 18-month old boy in hospital for nutritional support and in theatre for
incision and drainage of a neck abscess.We were successful and restored his heart-beat and circulation.After several hours delay, he was wheeled
into intensive care with his breathing assisted by a ventilator but already
developing signs of possible brain damage.Room for him had been made by the death, following an uncomfortably
hasty withdrawal of treatment to an elderly man who had somehow hung on to life
despite an obvious catastrophic and irreversible brain injury.With average life expectancy somewhere in
the middle to late 30's, those that make it to qualify as elderly tend to be
made of tough stuff.
I took a phone call from a district
hospital 80km east and an anaesthetist asking to bring
a year-old baby with a head injury for assessment.Over a terrible line I eventually managed to
establish the details and accept the patient.They arrived in a van with all the relatives two hours later.We didn't bring the child into the hospital
- although they had done their best to treat her, the little girl was barely
alive and certainly beyond retrieval.The van turned around and went back home.
An 18-month old girl was pushed on a
trolley into intensive care unannounced.She had burns over 40% of her body from a petrol explosion nearly a day
earlier.After an hour-long struggle to
find a vein in which to site a drip, we started to give her fluids and drugs
but with little hope she would survive.With full facial burns she was struggling for breath.I decided not to put her on a ventilator
although it would certainly have been the best treatment for her.With limited resources one is forced to save
drugs and equipment for the patients with the highest chance of survival.It makes for very difficult decisions, this
gamble with life.By now, the tiny boy
who had had a cardiac arrest earlier was wriggling and even trying to
breathe.We took him off the ventilator
and within minutes he enthusiastically accepted a finger feed of milk.
The intensive care unit was suddenly
calm and the operating theatres were coming to the end of the day's work.There was just time to give a short tutorial
to the students before joining the crowds on foot heading out of the city
centre for home before dusk.
At home I found we had no water, but
happily the electricity was working so the beer in the 'fridge was lovely and
It's good to be back.
is an inspiration.She has never moaned
or made a fuss.
has just got on with it."Tracy
You may well have read Linda's story in
the Journal, but here in the village we are all proud of her achievements and
congratulate her, her daughter Tracy and her granddaughter Caitlin, on their
success in the recent 10-mile Great South Run in Portsmouth.
Having completed her chemotherapy
treatment two months earlier, Linda was determined to take part in the race to
raise funds for Cancer Research UK.Having taken part in the race last year,
this time - not being so fit - was going to be a greater challenge for her, but
she did it, completing all 10 miles!
Tracy, who ran at her faster pace,
completed before going back to find Linda and join her to finish together, and
Caitlin ran in the mile Mini Run the day before.Between them they raised the magnificent sum
of just over £800 to help the fight against cancer.
Well done all of you.
We should like to thank everyone who
sponsored us for the Great South Run in Portsmouth
on the 29th October.We are pleased to
say that between us we have raised just over £800 for Cancer Research.
Thank you very much.
Tracy and Caitlin
After a rather dismal summer, September
and October were quite an improvement with some nice, dry, warm days.
We recorded no rain at all in September
up to the 13th, after which we were away for a fortnight.We therefore only have a total for the
month, which was only 48mm [1 7/8"], making it a fairly dry September although last
year only 37mm [11/2"] of rain fell in the month.The maximum temperature of 22.3 Deg C was
slightly below the average but the minimum of 7.7 Deg C was over 1 Deg C up.The sunshine hours of 111.67 were down on previous
years, last year we had 139.29 hours.The strongest gust of wind was 24 knots on the 16th, which is about
With a total of only 53mm [2 1/8"]
- of which 32mm [1¼"] fell in one 24 hour period - it was the driest
October that we have ever recorded.To
illustrate how unusual it was, since 1994 we have recorded under 180 mm
[7¼"] in only four years, including this one, and in fact for five years
October was the wettest month of the year.The nearest comparable year was 2003 with 95mm [3 13/16"].It was a fairly mild month although the
maximum and minimum temperatures were both slightly below the average.68.06 hours of sunshine were
recorded, the highest recorded for October so far.The winds were light for all but two days of the month
at 17 knots or below, and the maximum recorded was 25 knots on the 28th.
We have already recorded more rain in
the first ten months of this year than the whole of 2006, but unless November
and December are very wet, it will still be a dry year overall.
If you receive a card from a company
calling themselves Postal Delivery Service saying that they couldn't
delivera parcel to you and to ring them
on 0906 6611911, DON'T.This is a scam and the call will cost you
At the Annual General Meeting of the
Men's Institute, the following members were elected:
Huxtable Chairman:Tony Summers Treasurer:John Hood Secretary:John Huxtable Committee:Clive Abbott, Kevin Brooks, Ivan
Clarke, Vic Cornish,
Maurice Draper, Bob Hobson, Gordon Hughes
Special thanks were conveyed to our
retiring Chairman, Gordon Hughes, for his untiring efforts to the Club over the
As many of you know, last year we
acquired a little black rescue dog named Ellie.Ellie came with all sorts of problems and if
you tried to stroke her she just went rigid.She was terrified of everything and anything.
A year and a bit on and Ellie still has
a lot of problems which we are working on.She is still frightened of dogs and wary of people but is happy to greet
her friends and be made a fuss of.She
now knows what love and cuddles are all about and responds, and that a
newspaper is for reading.
So this is by way of thank you to all
those dogs and people who have been so kind, understanding and patient with
Ellie and a special thank you to Jasmine and Saffron for teaching Ellie how to
I should like to thank all those kind
people who sent me birthday cards for my 94th birthday - it was very much
Get well wishes to everyone on the sick
list.Our thoughts are with Len and
June and also our two 'bionic' ladies with new knees - Norma and Mavis.
GREAT AMERICAN RAILWAY
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-one
American Railway was begun.
American Railway was begun.
great American Railway.
great American Railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-two
found myself with nowt to do.
found myself with nowt to do.
the American Railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-three
overseer accepted me.
overseer accepted me.
work upon the Railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-four
hands were tired and my feet were sore.
hands were tired and my feet were sore.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-five
found myself more dead than alive.
found myself more dead than alive.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-six
went and trod on some dynamite sticks.
went and trod on some dynamite sticks.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-seven
found myself on t'way to Heaven.
found myself on t'way to Heaven.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-eight
found myself at the Golden Gate.
found myself at the Golden Gate.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-nine
angel's harp and wings were mine.
angel's harp and wings were mine.
working on the railway.
In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-ten
you want any more you can sing it yoursen.
you want any more you can sing it yoursen.
the American Railway.
great American Railway.
last chorus should be sung with increasing tempo and volume to give a rousing
Illustrated by Paul Swailes
Somewhat belated, we have two new babies
to welcome and one very new one!Congratulations to Ann and Brian Bailey on the birth of their third
grandchild.Benjamin Francis Beer, son
of Jenny and Lee, was born on the 19th July, weighing 8lbs 4oz., a beautiful
little brother for Louis.
We also congratulate Juliette
and Pyers Cameron on the birth, on 9th August, of their daughter Isabella.A sister for Alex, Isabella weighed in at
Our Ron is delighted to announce that he
has just become a Great Grandfather!His first great-grandchild, Sophie May, was born in Swindon on Monday, 12th November.Weighing 6lbs 3oz, a daughter for Darren and
Jane, granddaughter for Sheila and Tony [Bolt] and niece for Craig.Our congratulations and very best wishes to
Meet it!Greet it!Eat it!Did that put you off
turning up at the Manor Hall on the 13th October [or was your excuse that the
rugby was on]?It certainly did us, but
on learning that for only £1 we could just spectate
and enjoy other people's discomfort, we went along.Spectate?You must be joking - we were soon roped in
to savour the delights in store!
Under Quiz Master Steve Eddy, the
Education Officer from the Exmoor Zoo, our knowledge
of animals and insects was put to the test with some very interesting questions
and facts.We were introduced to a
4-legged, furry, long-tailed rat-like creature and learnt that it came from Africa.It's
name?Hero Rat, due to its ability to
sniff out landmines without setting them off.
Extra points were awarded if a team
member held and named a visiting large bird spider.Forfeits were also imposed on low scoring
teams but grubs and other creepy crawlies were not on the menu!However, ostrich, kangaroo, zebra and camel
were.All quite edible.
With a very high score - and not much to
eat - the quiz was won by Shaun and Debbie Gallagher from Combe Martin, and
their sons Jack and Luke.
Next time, be brave because you missed
an interesting and enjoyable evening - and we even managed to see the final
minutes of that exciting rugby match!
YOUR SPARE TYRE!
I was feeling really down, fed up and
'bottom of the pile', having gained 3 stone since giving up smoking.Then I discovered the Slimming World group
in Ilfracombe, who meet every Wednesday evening at at the Infants' School in Marlborough Road.The smiles started from the very next
Wednesday evening when I was given the friendliest possible welcome on arrival
at the group meeting.
In the past, dieting has been about
denial and self-control and avoiding most [delicious] foods, but this is NOT
the case with Slimming World.Food Optimising is
about knowing what you can eat in large quantities, learning how to make
informed choices about when to have your treats [they call them 'syns'] and ensuring that you make daily healthy
choices.After ten weeks I am only 3lbs
away from losing my 2 stone target.I lost 10% of my initial body weight in
only 8 weeks and that brings enormous health benefits - and an extra free week
at the group meetings!The GMC [General
Medical Council] and the Royal College of Midwives approve of Slimming World's
eating plan as it is just that, an eating plan for a healthy life, not a fad
Attending the weekly group is the thing
that I have found most helpful.If
someone has a poor weight loss, the group offers ideas and support to help keep
on track.Also sharing recipes,
experiences and celebrating success is great fun!So much so that I now
feel like the 'Remington man who liked the razor so much he bought the company'
as I shall become the new Slimming world Consultant on the 21st November.
If you are concerned at all about your
weight or worry that you might pile on the pounds over Christmas, why not come
along and see how we work - you would be very welcome to attend a free 'taster'
session to see if Slimming World can help you or give me a ring on 07903 851292
or  863743 to find out more.
So, I hope to see you on a Wednesday
either now or following the 'feasting' season!
Sansom - Widmouth
It was most interesting to read my
cousin Vera's article 'Old Times' in the October 2007 Newsletter, as I have
happy memories of visits to Orchard House as a child, when living near
It seemed a lovely, large house and
garden, which my Uncle Tom had built.I
remember him well, as he accompanied Vera and myself
when she and I went to a Christmas Dance at the Village Hall.This was a great event for me and terribly
exciting, as I guess I was about 14 years of age!The popular song at the time was 'All by
yourself in the moonlight', to which we danced a foxtrot.
I enclose a photograph of Vera on her
wedding day - she was a very pretty bride.
Vera & William Lewis on their wedding day 1937
A big thank you
once again to villagers and visitors who have bought plants from my stall
outside Higher Rows.I am pleased to
say that I have again been able to give a donation of £500 to our Children's
Hospice at Fremington, which I hope will in some small way help the children
and their families at Little Bridge House through such sad times in their
Thank you all.Margaret Walls
HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Dear Manor Hall
Due to the new legislation under the Landfill Directive, the handling of waste on
which includes the Manor Hall, has changed from the 30th October 2007.
We are now obliged to recycle all our
waste which in the past has been put into the black bin.To help with this process at the Manor Hall,
we shall provide a green bin for cardboard only.All other recyclables
have to be removed by you, the hirer of the Manor Hall.
Cardboard placed in the green bin will
be collected by South Molton Recycle Ltd. at a cost to the Manor Hall.All other waste, such as tea bags, wrappers, etc., should be placed in
the black bin provided by North Devon District Council.
Thank you for your help.
Hobson - Chairman, Manor Hall Committee
The day of the event to raise money for Willow's Wheels dawned
fine, dry and sunny and after an early start, the Manor Hall was looking
welcoming.Tables, each with a flower
arrangement, were placedin the middle with stalls set around the walls - raffle,
home-made cakes, and guessing games.In
the kitchen, Mrs. Bridges, Mrs. Beaton and a few NigellaLawsons were preparing
wonderful food that would keep appearing throughout the day - coffee, cakes, lunch and cream teas.
Outside in the sunshine were games to
play and a very well displayed and well manned [or rather woman'd!]
bric-a-brac stall.Lily the pig was
there to have her weight guessed as she snuffled for truffles.
Back inside, displayed on a long table,
a silent auction was set out with a wonderful selection of first class gifts.
After consuming delicious lunches of
soup or chilli, everyone was ready for the main event
of the day - the Grand Auction of Promises.How did so many promises of activities come about?The answer is because of the generous spirit
of so many people, not only from the village but farther afield - the milk of
human kindness by thebuckets full.Under the
direction of auctioneers Tony Summers and Ann Davies, items as diverse asa romantic week-end break, having your home
'Dun and Dusted', garden and home maintenance, to fishing and sailing trips -
and many, many more - the hammer fell on some incredibly generous bids.The same generosity was shown in the silent
auction, raffle tickets were issued ceaselessly
throughout the day and the stalls were soon selling Christmas cards, bedsocks and other gifts.
Competitiveness was rife as guesses were
made as to the secret ingredient of Wendy's cake worth drooling over - yes, it
really was tomato soup!And outside the
rat was well batted, the skittles bowled over time and time again, and Lily's
weight guessed by all and sundry.
Throughout the day, Willow herself was whizzing around in her
current wheelchair and when someone commented "You're really good at
that!" she replied, "Well, of course, I've been doing it a long
As the event came to an end it was
obvious that a lot of money had been raised towards the cost of a new
wheelchair for Willow,
suitable for her to begin her schooling and there were tears in everyone's eyes
as Louise and Martin thanked everyone for their wonderful support.Holly, their elder
daughter who was outside, said "They're all crying in there!"
So, think of the number we first thought
of raising and double it.That's what your generosity achieved -
£4,400!To everyone who bid and bartered,
who offered their skills and time, who manned the stalls and provided and
served refreshments or who helped in any way, a very sincere thank you.
What can we say?There are successful events and then the Willow's Wheels Promises
Auction . . . wow!Berrynarbor, you
really did pull out all the stops - over £4,000 was raised!
Never-ending thanks to everyone who
attended the Auction at the Manor Hall and to those who donated promises or
helped in any way.Jane Jones and Ann
Davies deserve to be singled out for special thanks for all the hard work they
put in to organising the whole event.
We have raised
over £10,000 and are now able to seek further advice from Willow's physio and
occupational therapists on the exact chair for her.She doesn't care as long as it's pink or
We are truly grateful to you all and
although we've moved up the road, feel honoured to
still be a part of this wonderful village community that is Berrynarbor.
Martin, Holly and Willow
will begin with a box, the plural is boxes,
the plural of ox becomes oxen not oxes.
fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
the plural of moose should never be meese.
may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
the plural of house is houses, not hice.
the plural of man is always called men,
shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
I spoke of my foot and show you my feet
I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
one is a tooth and a whole set of teeth,
shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
may be that, three would be those,
hat in the plural would never be hose,
the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
speak of a brother and also of brethren,
although we say mother, we never say mothren.
the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
imagine she, shis and shim!
A few more
reasons to be grateful if you grew up speaking English:
The bandage was wound around the wound
farm was used to produce produce
dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse
must polish the Polish furniture
could lead if he got the lead out
is no time like the present, so he decided to present the present
did not object to the object
insurance was invalid because he was an invalid
was a row among the oarsmen on how to row in a row
was not close enough to the door to close it
wind was too strong to wind the sail in
a number of injections, my jaw became number
seeing the tear in my dress, I shed a tear
spent the evening evening out a heap of soil
Let's face it, English is a crazy
language!There is neither egg in
egg-plant or ham in a hamburger.No
apple or pine in a pineapple.Why does
quicksand work slowly and boxing rings are square?If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a
humanitarian eat?In what other
language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?Ship by truck and send cargo by boat?Have noses that run and feet that
smell?How can a slim chance and a fat
chance be the same, whilst a wise-guy and a wise man are opposites.And finally, if dad is pop, how come mum
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
The Berrynarbor Wine Circle commenced its new
season with a presentation from Majestic Wines of Barnstaple
which was truly excellent. Paul Firman, Assistant Manager at the Barnstaple branch, displayed great enthusiasm,
coupled with wide ranging knowledge of his subject. He presented the usual six wines for us to
taste, three whites and three reds, but then finished by offering an Australian
Dessert wine, a first for virtually everyone present. All were in agreement, however, that it would
make an excellent accompaniment to mince pies or Christmas pudding at the end
of Christmas Dinner and in fact had virtually all the flavours
of Christmas pudding in alcoholic-liquid form.
December 12th [please note a
week earlier than normal] sees the Christmas Food and Drink evening with wines
selected and presented by myself. I hope
I can match the earlier presenters with some interesting wines for the festive
occasion.At the November meeting and for
this meeting only, members will have grouped themselves into tables of 12 and organised jointly their starter, main course and dessert
and hopefully a great time will be had by all.
In January, in response to
many requests from members, we are repeating the wine quiz - "Call my Wine
Bluff". This is based on the TV panel
game "Call my Bluff" where three panellists give
their interpretations of an obscure word and the other panel
have to guess which of the three was telling the truth. In our version,
the members, divided into teams, have a wine to taste from a covered bottle and
then listen to three different explanations from the panel as to what they are tasting. They
then have to decide which panellist is telling the
truth, estimate the age of the wine and also its price. The team with the most points at the end of
the evening wins a small prize.
If anyone wishes to join us
for either the December or January meeting, we should be delighted to see them
provided that they have contacted us to arrange membership at least 24 hours
beforehand. We regret that to comply
with licensing laws we cannot sell tickets at the door to members of the
Tony Summers, Secretary 883600
WELCOME AND FAREWELL
Although their leaving was on the cards,
Fred and Linda's sudden departure has left a hole in many of the village activites, but we wish them well in their new home in Farnham, Surrey, where
they will be nearer all their family and extended family.
Devon Cottage on Hagginton Hill had been
their home here for 14 happy years and Linda's floral skills
been much appreciated during that time - not only the regular decorating of St.
Peter's Church, but also her work in organising and
helping with the Flower Festivals.A
stalwart of the W.I., Linda was disappointed at its demise - hopefully there
will be an active institute near her new home - and from 1996 until 2003, Linda
chaired the organising committee of our Horticultural
and Craft Show, running seven excellent Shows.Whilst Linda was in the fore of village
events, Fred was always there for support, his enjoyment being in more solitary
pursuits - music, books and beautiful woodcarving - but he also played a mean
game of golf and was a one-time member of our Badminton Club.You will be missed!
Devon Cottage is now home to Nick and Zoe Williams from Highgate, London.We welcome them and hope to do so more fully
in the next issue.
Sally Barten has moved next door!Now settled in her new, smaller home,
Poppies, she says housework only takes five minutes!Please would visitors now call via the gate
to the side.We all wish you well in your new cosy home.
will be the temporary home of Mike Floyd, a member of the Prison Service, who
comes from London.Mike's family - his parents and brother -
live in Ilfracombe.His father used to
help Paul and Jackie Lethaby in the butcher' shop and
his grandparents are buried in St. Peter's churchyard.He is, therefore, virtually a 'local'!
Also not moving very far, we wish Stuart
Neale well in his new home at No. 23 Berrynarbor Park.
The last Council meeting was held on the
13th November, when all Councillors were present;also attending were
District Councillor Yvette Gubb and County Councillor Andrea Davis.
It is sad to report that Parish Councillor Len Coleman has now resigned due to ill health. The Council would like to say thank you to
Len for his many years of service to this village and also to June for her
support in enabling him to carry out his various duties.
As a result of Len's resignation, there is
now a vacancy on the Council.Anyone
wishing to apply to fill this vacancy should please contact the Clerk, Mrs Sue Squire, telephone 01598 710526.
Andrea Davies told the Council that there will shortly be a traffic
questionnaire delivered to every house in the village to determine where the
30m.p.h. speed limit should start.
are in the process of being drawn up for the children's playground and these will
be shown to the public before any decisions are taken.
For the winter months only, the disabled
toilet will be the only public toilet open in the car park, which will save
money that can be spent elsewhere in the village.
The report in the North Devon Journal
regarding North Devon District Council and Torridge
District Council merging is untrue.There
maybe future discussions regarding some services merging if there is a
possibility of reducing costs and improving services.
Finally, as we come near to the end of
2007, on behalf of the Parish Council thank you to all who worked for the
Council and also those who give their time voluntarily, a special mention must
goto Sue Squire the Parish Clerk and to
Judie for the ever popular newsletter.
Sue Sussex -Chairman
At Christmas time there is a great
emphasis on the value of the family. Yet for some people friends can be just as
valuable. If not more so. At least we can choose which friends we want
to be with at Christmas; we can't always our families. And it is a fact of life that for some
families this can cause a little stress.
On Christmas day I am looking forward to
seeing one of my best friends; and what a dear friend she has been. Like any good friend, she is always there for
me. She has helped me through some of
my most difficult times and never minds what time of day or night I contact
her. It is such a comfort knowing she
is there for me at a moment's notice. I
feel I can tell her any of my problems.Best of all, she never judges me on what I
tell her, preferring instead to just listen whilst I ramble on. Sometimes I don't have to speak, yet she is
still able to read my mind and interpret my muddled thoughts. Always at one with herself, her calm demeanour helps me to unwind and relax.
One of the things I like most about her
is her appearance. She has an
immaculate dress code and a wardrobe of clothes with colours
ranging through the whole spectrum. And
oh, how she loves her brooches.
No doubt on Christmas day she will wear
one of her silver brooches attached to her holly coloured
dress - a dress which only comes out of the wardrobe once a year. Green is a colour
she wears off and on at the moment although as a rule she wears outfits of a
softer shade during the winter months, cream and beige in particular. They match her hazel eyes beautifully. As winter turns to spring she wears but one colour: yellow.
Blouses, jackets and sweaters are all of varying shades yet all the while she
wears but one brooch -made out of amethysts, and in the shape of a violet. By mid-spring she will vary her colours once more, wearing pinks, blues and whites in
particular. The amethyst is put away
for another year and is replaced instead by a sapphire brooch.
Come summer I never know what colour she may be wearing when I see her!But
whatever it is, it's sure to be shocking. It could be a dazzling scarlet or lemon, or a
deep purple or burgundy.It's a time when she really does show how many
colours are available. Yet for her brooch, she wears an emerald. Always an emerald. Then in the middle of summer she will
surprise me by occasionally wearing a much softer colour,
And as summer progresses she'll wear it
more and more frequently. Yellow, too,
appears once more although these outfits aren't the bright yellow colours she wore earlier in the year. Instead, they are mustard in shade. This change to more mellow colours
is a sign that she'll soon be wearing her orange clothes again along with her
gold brooch, both colours perfectly matching her
In time she will start to wear brown, a
sure sign that the holly coloured dress is once again
being aired in preparation for Christmas day.
Wondering how she will look when I meet up
with her and never failing to be amazed by the wonderful colours
she wears, is just one small attribute that makes her the special friend that
she is. Her name?Mother Nature.And to be specific,
the trees and flowers of our beautiful countryside.
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
On the whole we have had a lovely autumn
- just what we all needed after the miserable summer, but now winter is upon
us.The group have
had a year of litter picking, planting and tidying up the village and can now
rest until the spring.We hope you've
enjoyed the floral displays around the village and may be you will consider
joining us next year.
This year we again won a Silver Gilt
Award from the Britain
in Bloom competition.We were very
pleased, as the difficult weather conditions in the summer meant we, ourselves,
were a little disappointed with our show of flowers.Of course the competition is not just about
flowers but about community involvement, care of the environment, etc.That is something that abounds in this village
and of which I am sure we can all be proud.
We hope to see you next year, our first meeting will be some time in February, so
look out for 'blooming' posters!
Last Minute Christmas Mincemeat Cake
If you have been harassed and a bit late
making your Christmas cake, this one tastes lovely and is quick to make.
[450g] good quality mincemeat
[you must use best
quality as cheap brands have too much liquid]
8oz [225g] wholemeal flour
3 level teaspoons
5oz [150g] dark
6oz [175g] mixed
2oz [50g] walnuts
Grated zest of a
Grated zest of a
3 free-range eggs, size 1 or 2
4oz [110g] whole, blanched almonds [if you don't intend
to ice the cake]
Place all the ingredients except the
whole almonds in a large mixing bowl.The eggs can go in whole but give the flour a sifting to get in some air
and then tip in the bran left in the sieve.
Using an electric beater [or wooden
spoon], beat everything until well mixed.Spoon the mixture into an 8" round cake tin, greased and lined with
greaseproof paper.If you are not going
to ice the cake, arrange the whole almonds in circles over the top.
Bake the cake at gas mark 3 [325 Deg F or
170 Deg C] for about 1 hour 30 minutes or until the centre springs back when
lightly touched.Let it cool in the tin
for 30 minutes before turning it out to finish cooling on a wire rack.
If you have time you can feed it with
brandy by making holes with a darning pin and pouring on brandy.This can be done as many times as you
like!Store the cake wrapped in
greaseproof paper or foil in a polythene box or cake tin.
What fun we had! A goodly band of friends turned up to arrange
the hall. Judie's tablecloths, balloons
and table arrangements in Macmillan colours brightened the scene.I wish
I'd had a camera when she emerged from the back seat of the car with a dozen or
so helium-filled balloons threatening to whisk her off like Mary Poppins!
71 tickets were sold and 69 people turned up
- quite a squeeze! It was exciting
watching folk turn up with their packages and bundles for valuation - just like
the genuine BBC Roadshow. The items were displayed on tables in front
of the Valuer and everyone sat around
enjoying excellent 'nibbles' generously provided by our shop suppliers and
friends, washed down with a glass of wine. Janet, Vi and
Margaret performed miracles in the kitchen, working like beavers and presenting
a superb spread.
Some people brought various items for a
table auction where bids were placed and the highest bidder won. This added £177 to the kitty.
The raffle, all prizes donated, raised
£106, whilst Fenella's 'Guess the Age of the Chair'
caused some interest and raised a bit more cash.1815 was the date and Jill Massey won a
gorgeous bouquet of flowers arranged by Sue Wright [now an area floral art
demonstrator - congratulations, Sue].
Everyone agreed that Christopher Hampton
[of Hampton and Littlewood, Auctioneers and Valuers, Exeter]
made the evening. He handled, spoke about and valued each of the
many items brought, in two one-hour sessions during which you could hear a pin
drop! And generously, he would accept
neither a fee nor travel expenses so that we would maximise
funds.In the interval, Janet and helpers served
coffee, tea and delicious biscuits from the Fudge Tree Company and everyone
tucked in to the remaining nibbles.
The evening raised a total of £740 with all
expenses paid, so that Macmillan Cancer Support and our new Community Shop
are richer by £370 each. We were
very grateful to all who contributed in whatever way - including those who
turned up and then generously supported the various money raising events. Thanks, everyone!
PP of DC
MEMORIES ARE MADE
The very successful Antiques Roadshow in the
Manor Hall reminded me of an article in a glossy 'Homes' type magazine I read
writer had inherited articles and memorabilia from her parents, but as they did
not fit in with her 'minimalistic' decor of stainless
steel and glass, she had got rid of them.
daughter and I once caught my granddaughter staring into an old glass
paperweight in which a flower was encapsulated.As she turned the paperweight around, my
daughter said she could remember doing the same thing to this paperweight in my
parents' home, many years ago.
articles brought in by residents last Friday were fascinating,
in the stories and memories they held.What a loss to our society it would be if we stopped handing down the
memories of our, and our parents' past.
NEWS FROM OUR
Finally, after a last minute hiccup, the
first sod was turned on Friday 2nd November [with gilt spades no less!], the
honours being performed by Ron Toms and Hazel, youngest daughter of Kate and Seretse. Thank you
both, you did a great job. Since then,
the footings have been dug, the first of many
breezeblocks laid and now our new shop is underway just over 3 years after the
village took over from Alan. We apologise for the disruption in the car park. When work is complete[hopefully by next Easter], it will be
laid out differently with only 2 or 3 spaces lost.
We haven't yet had a chance to evaluate
the results of the questionnaire recently circulated. Didn't get one? Please 'phone Alex on 883758. Haven't filled it in yet? It's not too late.If
it's not been collected, do please take the completed form to the shop.It
really is helpful in deciding future policy. The generosity of so many people in the village
is overwhelming.In the last two weeks the shop has benefited
by: an increase in shares of £1650, a donation of £1,000 from Gary following the disbanding of the BBC and
£1,500 from an anonymous donor - not forgetting £370 from the Antiques Road Show
- a grand total of £4520. If you
haven't bought shares yet, there's still time.We hope to raise another £2000 to
reach our target and hope our German style Christmas market in the Manor Hall
on December 8th will help.
Jackie has the shop full of Christmas
cards, wrapping paper, pretty boxes of biscuits, sweets and chocolates, tea and
other gifts. It is also time to order
your Christmas poultry and meats. Ivan
Clarke's order forms are already in the shop and no doubt Westgate Angus will
follow shortly. It's also not too early to order fresh fruit and vegetables from
Edds and so save a last minute panic? Oh - and post early for Christmas [although
some dates have already passed!].
date for sending internal mail is: parcels - Friday 14th December, 2nd class
post Monday 17th December and 1st Class on Thursday 20th.
the time you read this, the number of shopping days to Christmas will be
diminishing rapidly, so Happy Christmas Shopping everyone!
PP of DC
Many villagers will remember Helen Armstead.Helen was
not only a competent artist who produced many delightful watercolours
of local views and delicate floral prints, but she also made models of many of
the cottages and other buildings in the village.For some years these models have been
displayed in the Sunday School corner of the church
and used for informal dioramas for church events.Sadly, they are now deteriorating and need
some TLC if they are to survive, together with better storage or display
facilities.The buildings include the
Church, School, Manor Hall, Bessemer Thatch, Briar Cottage and Shop, and Miss
Has anyone any suggestions as to how
these models could be refurbished and where they could be stored?If you can help, please give me a ring on
AND SHAKERS - No. 12
Derek J Miles
afternoon in summer. Visitors have
found our Community Shop by SatNav and are now
stocking up for the weekend - bread, butter, bacon, eggs, and PG
Tips.I'm duty volunteer with Hedy.
"Have you tried Miles tea?" I
ask, "It's very good with our local water."
ThePG Tips are quickly returned to the
shelf, Miles Original picked up and another customer is converted.
But who is D J Miles? With
some trepidation I check that Mr. Miles is happy to appear in 'Movers and
Shakers', after all, this is the first time that the
subject can correct what I've written!
The website reveals a fascinating
history, written by Derek Miles, of a family business going back more than 100
years and run by three generations, all experienced in the tea and coffee trade
and all contributing their expertise.
Derek started working in the tea trade in
the early 1950's in London.
His job involved tasting, inspecting
and selling tea.In 1961, however, he bought a house in Porlock and a small shop at the foot of Minehead
Church Steps, which he ran for about 12 months.He continued his connection with
the tea trade and was soon offered a job by his old company, travelling to Avonmouth once or
twice a week to inspect and sniff imported tea. At that time, all tea chests were bored and a
sample of tea taken to ensure that the leaves were evenly sized and free of
taint. [This quality inspection ceased in 1968]. Mr Miles agreed
readily to this job as it gave him an extra income, he was able to live in a
beautiful part of the country, and still run his shop from where he sold small
amounts of tea.
A problem arose when the Londoncompany, who had no
difficulty selling single chests of tea to small firms in the London area, didn't find it so easy to get
customers in Avonmouth. Derek, grasping a marketing opportunity,
bought a few chests, blended them on a piece of hardboard and packed them in
his front room. This was the start of D
The Company grew rapidly and tea was sold
locally and in Bristol.
He moved the blending and packing
business to increasingly larger premises, and eventually to The Vale Yard in Porlock, which is still its Head Office.
In 1974 he went into partnership with a
friend, Norman Halls and bought out Henry Miles and Co.Henry
Miles, Derek's grandfather, founded the Company in 1888 in Birmingham. On his death in 1940, his two sons, Eric and
Leslie, took over the business and ran it until 1974. Derek's brother, Philip
Miles, joined them in 1941.
This was then incorporated into Derek's
existing company. Norman brought his engineering skills to the
fore in setting up a teabag-making site in Chepstow,
Gwent, where it was convenient for Avonmouth. Eventually, this and the tea blending and
packing were moved to their present site in Minehead.
son John and Paul Marsh [whose father had worked in the tea trade for over 50
years], joined the Company and continue its very proud tradition.
The daily ritual of tea tasting is carried
out by Derek, Paul and John who are experts in this field. Samples are carefully weighed into pots using
an old sixpenny piece.Freshly boiled water is poured on; the tea allowed to
infuse and then drained into bowls. The
batch of teas is then tasted and discussed and up to 100 teas may be tasted
before one is selected for blending.
The daily coffee roasting continues in Porlock, its aroma drifting across the streets of this
beautiful and friendly Exmoor
village. The Roaster's skill, gleaned
over many years, allows him to judge when to let the beans fall from the
roaster to the cooling tray.Next door is the shop, which you can find in
the lane between the High Street and the main car park. Normal opening hours
are from to Monday to Friday.
Their most popular products are still the
Original teabags and loose tea, but coffee is catching up fast and a wide range
of Miles products is on sale in our Community shop.Miles
will be in the Food Hall at the Devon County Show next May 15-17 where tea,
coffee and hot chocolate will be on sale.
Miles provide talks and tours for local
groups. These are very popular and need
to be booked well in advance and there are plans at some stage to introduce
weekly tasting sessions at Porlock. The Company has done some promotions with Paignton
Zoo over the past two years.In the
first year they raised enough money to buy a special set of scales to weigh the
elephants which is vital for maintaining their health!
And after 46 years, Mr
Derek Miles continues as Chairman. Long
may this family business continue to provide quality products that give
pleasure to so many.
PP of DC
BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING IN THE WORLD
This event seems a long time ago now,
but it happened too late to be included in the last Newsletter.
The Manor Hall hosted the event, Macmillan supplied the advertising posters, banners,
balloons and two gigantic blow-up mugs, which nearly blew away!However, we were 'blown away' by the support
given.Visitors came, not only from the
village, but families and friends from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and many
Cakes were baked to provide a truly
luscious coffee morning.Tables were
beautifully decorated by Judie and the band of 'good fairies', who seem to live in the Manor Hall kitchen, were at work
once more.Stuart's musical support was
thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The raffles contained prizes generously
donated from the whole area and we thank the kind donators for their
support.The White Elephant stall
groaned under the weight of articles donated for sale, and the Fabulous Wine
Company from Barnstaple
gave us the chance to sample and purchase their wines.
A really good time was had by all and,
with all this help, we raised the fantastic total of
£718.All money raised in Devon for
Macmillan is spent on care in Devon.We thank you all for your support.
Vi, Ann and Pam
FROM THE PRIMARYSCHOOL
We are pleased to welcome Bill and Disnie to our School.They have moved from Nuneaton and we wish them
and their families lots of happiness in North Devon.
We also have two new Governors.The Governing Body works hard to support the
school and we are delighted to welcome Mrs. Linda Balment
as Community Governor and Mrs. Sian Barten as Parent
Operation Christmas ChildWe have received a lovely selection of
filled and wrapped shoe boxes to bring hope and a smile to some of the world's
poorest children.These have now been
delivered to a centre in Barnstaple
shortly.This is now an annual
undertaking for our school and the children put a lot of effort and thought
into preparing their special gift boxes, even putting in their favourite toy for someone else to enjoy just as much as
Children In NeedOn Children in Need day, pupils and staff
all went to school in their pyjamas!To raise money, they made a trail of 1p and
2p pieces and cooked Pudsey Bear biscuits.Photos were taken throughout the day and a
sum of £78.21p was raised.
ChristingleWe shall be holding our Christingle in the
Church at 9.15 a.m. on
Monday, 10th December.This is a
magical time and everyone is welcome to come and join us.The service will last approximately 30
'Senior Dudes' Christmas Evening
DinnerChildren from our Years 5
and 6 will be cooking this special dinner on Thursday, 13th December, for the
Senior Citizens of Berrynarbor.It
starts at and
will be finished by approximately This is always
a very popular evening and if you would like to come along, please call in at
the Community Shop and put your name on the list so that the children can send
you an invitation.Numbers are
restricted, so please get your name on the list as soon as possible.
School End of Term Christmas ServiceOur end of term service will take place in the
Church on Monday, 17th December at We should very much
like to welcome you all to join us for this occasion.
We break up for Christmas on Wednesday,
19th December and return to school on Thursday, 3rd January 2008.
HockeyMrs. Lucas is very keen to teach hockey to
our oldest children.Unfortunately, we
do not have enough suitable hockey sticks.If anyone has any unwanted hockey sticks that they feel able to lend or
donate, we should love to hear from you.
behalf of the Pupils, Staff and Governors,
we should like to
wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and
Prosperous New Year.Thank you for all the support which
the village offers
to the School throughout the year.
Susan Carey - Headteacher
HALL CHRISTMAS CARD COLLECTION & DELIVERY
& COFFEE MORNING, SATURDAY15TH
Once again we shall be running a
Christmas Card Collection where you 'post' your cards, together with a donation
to Manor Hall Funds,in the special box in the Shop and we deliver them on Saturday,
The Saturday morning in the Manor Hall
will be very special this year as the cards will have been sorted by the
Primary School children and delivered by them on that morning.
We shall be providing coffee, mulled
wine and other 'goodies' during the morning from onwards.At , the Primary School
children will entertain us with carols and some live music, so do come along
and support this community event, we shall even have a raffle!
Bob Hobson - Chairman,
Hall Management Committee
WALK - 105
A Memorable Day at Raparee Cove
It was on the Today programme
that I first heard about it;how the day had been dubbed 'Emancipation Day' and that
afternoon, Friday the first of August 1997, there was to be a ceremony at Ilfracombe'sRapparee Cove to
commemorate the St. Lucians who lost their lives when
the ship they were travelling on, 'The London', had
been wrecked on the rocks there, on the night of the ninth of October 1796.
As well as a detailed report in the programme, the Bishop giving his 'Thought for the Day' had
chosen the event as the topic for his talk.
Earlier in the year, February 1997,
severe weather had caused erosion in the cove and this had led to the discovery
of human skeletal remains and iron shackles.
At the time of the shipwreck, two
hundred years ago, the bodies of the sixty or more men, women and children from
who had drowned, were buried at the cove in a mass grave.
There has been some uncertainty as to
whether they had been slaves or prisoners of war.It was the time of the French Revolution and
the Napoleonic Wars.
On 'Emancipation Day' in 1997, I walked
from Larkstone down to Rapparee
Cove.Families of Rastafarians were
walking slowly about the beach and down to the water's edge, solemnly selecting
pieces of seaweed, pebbles or shells.
Although it was the height of summer, it
was a grey day and soon a grizzly drizzle started which lasted throughout the
rest of the afternoon.
Dignitaries in African robes of gorgeous
fabrics and colours;some with swathes of cloth around
their heads like turbans, others with round embroidered caps, appeared at the
top of the cliff and wound their way down the path.
I held back, trying to look
inconspicuous, but some kind ladies took me under their wing and drew me
forward.They had never been to North Devon before and were impressed by the scenery
which reminded them of the Poldark series on
A minute's silence was held and when we
looked up again the scene was transformed by a sea of white as men and women
dressed in white from head to foot had arrived and were assembling on the
little platform at the back of the cove.They were members of a choir.
We were addressed by a king from who was
robed in emerald green.Reporters and
camera crews from the BBC and ITV were recording the event and Bonnie Greer [a
regular on Newsnight Review] wrote a radio play about
it, starring Tony Armatrading.
In the intervening years, Rapparee Cove has looked rather neglected.Recently we walked up from HeleBay
and over Hillsborough to revisit it, ten years on from that memorable day in
1997, and were pleased to see itless litter-strewn than usual,
although there was evidence of several fires in and around the shelter.
It was a mild, sunny autumn day but the
beach was deserted apart from a grey wagtail flitting about the stones near
where the waves were breaking and a pair of ravens 'kronking'
There was a lone cormorant swimming and
diving at the mouth of the Cove as there had been on that afternoon ten years
ago but it was difficult to believe that this tiny cove could have held such a
large gathering of people.
We walked up to where a memorial stone
has been placed and stood to watch the great bulk of a ship, of the Grimaldi Line of Genoa,
moving almost imperceptibly up the Bristol Channel.
Only 8 Darwin Gallery shopping days
Following my father's death in 1936, my
half-brother Gerald took it upon himself to look after my mother, sister and
myself.Although time leaves a haze on
things which happened in the past, there are still plenty of memories to
recall.It must have been Christmas
1936 when Gerald booked the family into a house at Seaford in Sussex - full board and we were
looked after by the owner.
Mornings were usually a walk along the
beach or a trip to the recreational ground for goes on the swings, roundabout
or slide and it comes back to me now that both Gerald and my mother had several
goes on the slide, which was, of course, only meant for children!I was on the high end of the seesaw, and a
lad who had come along on the low, when suddenly his mother called him and he
jumped off.I went down with a wallop,
winded - a very unpleasant feeling, particularly as the other didn't seem to
understand why I was gasping for breath!
We would also go for a walk up Seaford
Head, flanked by the cliff.I have been
back there more recently, and they seem to have increased the gradient!You may have experienced the same kind of
Before going to see the pantomime in Brighton, we would go to Harris's restaurant for a
sausage supper.Theirs was a large
family, Harris No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and so on, all brothers.The pantomime was great with a full
orchestra and the story was 'held over' whilst you were entertained by
comedians, balancing acts, etc.The compere would come on
the stage to remind everyone of the story so far and then the panto would continue.
On another Christmas at Seaford it snowed and Gerald said we should get a
toboggan.So off he went to a local
carpenter, who said he was sorry but it wouldn't be ready until the next
morning.We kids were, of course
impatient, so to keep us amused we were taken to the local cinema to see 'Alf's
Button Afloat', with Flanagan and Allen.In black and white, of course, it was about Aladdin's lamp which was
found melted down and recast as a button.The button had to be polished, so you can imagine the fun they had with
Next morning after breakfast, we hurried
off to the carpenter's and the snow was still falling.After paying, we hurried off to Seaford
Head, where tobogganing was reasonably safe as the land sloped upwards
the cliff edge.I think the whole of Seaford had turned out!Grownups and children, as well as dogs, were there, with sleighs,
toboggans and even skis, and to jolly things along, Father Christmas came to
talk to the children, patting them on the head after asking them what they
wanted for Christmas.
I have told you about two Christmases
before the War, but there is one particular one after the War that comes to
mind.For some reason I decided to have
a holiday in your part of Devon and my old schoolday's friend, Bob Becker, who lived at Woodlands,
Combe Martin invited me to have Christmas dinner with his family.It was one of the best dinners I've
had.We stuffed ourselves silly!Bob's people had farming relatives and
friends there and I thought it only right to help with the washing up.When we returned to the living room, they
were all asleep and I shall never forget the chorus of snoring or the volume -
a good time was had by all!
I hope and trust you all have a
wonderful Christmas, but please give a serious thought about the reason we
Beauclerk - Colchester.
This picture of Christopher Beauclerk's milk float was taken in February 1984, when he
was the roundsman at the hamlet of Hardy's Green.He
carried crates of milk to the customers as he was unable to get through!The
picture, whichappeared in the whole of Lord Raleigh's dariy
area, was taken by a customer.
Many years ago when I was a
student in the east end of London, the person I lodged with used to be a
Company Secretary in the City of London, and when it came to Christmas he used
to work out his Christmas list by putting his friends under different priced
there were £2.50 friends, there were £5 friends, and there were £10 friends.
This reminded me of O'Henry's story about the young couple who couldn't really
afford Christmas presents for each other.The only thing of value was his
pocket watch which had been his father's, but it didn't have a chain. She had long, flowing, red hair but no comb
to hold her hair in place.Imagine his
joy and disappointment when he found a shell comb in the market but could not
afford to buy it for her, unless he pawned his watch, which is what he did. At the same time she saw a beautiful watch
chain which she could not afford, unless, of course she could sell her
wonderful hair to a wig-maker, which is what she did.
Imagine their horror and
delight when they faced each other that Christmas Eve. She was left with red stubble on her head,
and he was without his watch! Yet,
their love for each other had been so great that they had given their most
valuable possession for each other, as a token of that love. Monetary value could not compare with the
value of their love.
Our Christmas gifts cannot
compare with God's gift to us at Christmas. His love cannot be priced in
financial terms, only in the sacrificial love he showed on earth and in his
death on the cross. He loves us so much
that he gives himself to us in his Son, in that small, valuable baby at Bethlehem. I reckon that that young couple knew
something of the value of God's love that Christmas.
With all good wishes for a joyful and blessed
Your Friend and Rector,
OLD BERRYNARBOR- VIEW
This photographic postcard of Berrynarbor
was published by Francis Frith & Co. Ltd. Of Reigate,
England.I find it particularly appropriate at this
time when work has started on the building of our Community Shop in the car
park on Castle Hill.
Whilst I believe the photograph was taken
around 1960, the actual card was sent from Berrynarbor to Holt in Norfolk and has an
Ilfracombe postmark of 21st
August 1969.This picture
shows Capel Cottage with a field opposite, which is where the car park is
now.To the right we can see Moules
Farm, which has been in the ownership of several generations of the Richards
family.It must have been a
particularly clear day, as part of the Welsh coast can be seen.There also appears to be a large number of
mature trees, including those behind and to the side of Capel Cottage.
The writing on the reverse I found quite
interesting:"Left Harrow at
and a good journey to Devon by ,
lovely countryside, we are right down in the SterridgeValley.Caravan very nice, everything supplied,
stands in orchard with stream at the bottom.Car did very well, but a knock started near back wheel, going in garage
climbed 200 steps from beach.Love M.B.J.S. & C."
We can see that it had taken 8 hours to
cover the 200 odd miles from North West London and the beach they had visited
had been Broadsands.Is there anyone who can give me a date as to when the picture had been
In the Papers 150
Journal, August 1857
and WATERMOUTH - DANGEROUS FOOTPATH
the Editor of the "North Devon
SIR - Having just returned from your
excellent North Devon watering place -
Ilfracombe - and its delightful neighbourhood,
I cannot refrain from calling the attention
of the authorities to the frightfully dangerous state of a short portion of the
path to Watermouth.The earth and rock
have broken away on the left-hand side of the originally narrow path, leaving
barely room to pass, and exposing the unsuspecting traveller
to a precipice of such fearful depth that falling from it must be instantly
It is a shame that a peril so easily to be
guarded against should exist amidst such beautiful and attractive scenery, and
I trust a regard to the public safety will induce the responsible party at once
to prevent the sacrifice of life which, if the path be neglected, I expect to
hear has arisen.Hoping the insertion
of this notice may be useful.I am Sir,
COMBEMARTIN PETTY SESSIONS
Dec. 7th [Extract]
GAME LAWS - James Tucker,
was charged by farmer Dermaid of Hele, near
Ilfracombe, with trespassing in search of rabbits in a field of his in the
parish of Berrynarbor, on the 10th September.Complainant heard the report of a gun and going in the direction of the
sound, he found the defendant in his field with a gun with which he shot a
rabbit. - Richard Gammon, a witness called by the defendant, said that on the
day in question, he invited him [defendant] to come and shoot some rabbits with
him on his land.They went to Mr. Watt's
where they had leave to shoot, and acknowledged having passed over one of Dermaid's fields, but denied having fired a gun there.The Bench considered the charge proved, and
fined defendant 10s with 8s 6d costs.
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage,
[Reminiscences of Childhood]
My father, a true Yorkshireman
- albeit half Welsh - was careful with his brass, for most of the year that
is!But, as Christmas approached a
kind of spending madness took over and he would lavish a veritable cornucopia
of gifts on his family, mother, my elder brother and me.All in the name of Father
Christmas, of course.
My brother and I would wake to find
bulging pillowcases by our bedside [stockings would have been hopelessly
inadequate], crammed with books, toys, games, toffees, chocolate, boiled
sweets, etc.To support the deception,
father and mother also had pillowcases containing gifts, though never so full
as ours.Mother would usually get some
much-desired item of finery, a silk blouse perhaps which had previously been
beyond our means, but became suddenly affordable.We boys also might receive items of
clothing, no doubt at mother's insistence.
Boylike I would
have to sample the various sweeties and, although never actually sick, I had no
appetite for breakfast.
Besides the largest available goose or
turkey, father would also buy a large joint of spare rib pork.Not for the day itself, but for later.Mother would be up half the night preparing
the bird for the oven and would be up early lighting the fire to get the oven
hot and start off the bird on its slow roast.She always made 5 puddings - one for Christmas, the others for each of
our birthdays which conveniently were all in January and February.
On mother's shopping list were always a
bottle each of brandy [for cakes and puddings], rum [for the sauce], and
whisky, all at 7/6d. [36p] each.When our milkman came with the morning milk,
he was offered a choice of drink.I
think he usually had whisky, which he drank neat.As no doubt he was offered similar
hospitality at other homes, I imagine he relied on his faithful nag to get him
home safely in the milk float to his hill farm.
Dinner was usually ready about , by which time my appetite
would have recovered enough to
tuck in heartily.My brother and I
would have whiled away the morning playing with our new games and toys.The pudding contained various silver
'charms' - a lucky horse shoe, a donkey, etc., as well as several threepenny 'bits'.None of the latter ever appeared in my portion, always turning up in father's.Mother
said father knew just where he had put them, which I found hard to
believe.After dinner we would all
relax over a few hands of whist or some other card game.Later on, about , there would be 'high tea', with atrifle, jellies, blancmange, etc., and, ofcourse, mince pies and the cake.We never had wine with our meals, but some
time or other, mother would bring out the elderberry wine and we boys would get
a small glass each.Under aqe drinking indeed!But it never did us any harm to my knowledge.
I went on believing in Father Christmas [we
never called him Santa Claus] until I was 12 or so, because my brother kept up
the pretence and I strongly contended anything my pals said about him being
Ah, the innocence of youth!Happy Days!
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