New Year from St. Peter's, Berrynarbor
the start of the year any of us were hoping for, but, perhaps, at least
partially expecting. We pray that you
and yours are keeping safe, and that you are finding ways to thrive despite the
It was an odd end to 2020, but I am thankful to Stuart Neale
and the Choir for their wonderful performance and for leading us in carols at
the Christmas Eve Communion. Odd as it
was to not sing along, it was wonderful to be able to hear those wonderful
words remind us of the amazing story of Jesus, God with us, coming to live
among us and give us hope.
As for 2021, at St.
Peter's we have decided that given the current infection rate, the lockdown,
and the vulnerability of many in the congregation and the village, the only
reasonable course of action is to close the building to physical services. Don't
worry though! The church is alive and well. Our Sunday services are now online on
our website on Sunday from 10.00 a.m.
There are lots of other services and events too, and you can
read about them all in the latest parish letter available on the website as
well. If you have an issue accessing
the internet, we also have a telephone service on Sunday evenings at 7.30 p.m.
You can 'phone me to get the details if you can't access the website:
Looking forward into the year, we have a glimmer of hope in
the vaccines that are rolling out. We
are grateful for the wise and well-educated people that are producing them. However, we are a long way off normality. The good news is that no matter what life
throws at us, we can have a true and certain hope through the Lord Jesus
Christ. I pray that, if you've not already, you will
come and know this hope too.
bless you all in 2021.
TERENCE [TERRY] GOODMAN
7.2.1949 - 17.11.2020
It was sad to learn from his daughter
Alice, that Terry, who was born in Berrynarbor and where he spent his young
days, had passed away suddenly at home on the 17th November.
Our thoughts are with his wife June,
son Christopher and daughters Rebecca and Alice and grandchildren Albert,
Violet, Ivy, Mabel and Margot, and all the family.
1.5.52 - 24.11.2020
How sad the village was to learn that
Sheila had passed away, at home, on the 24th November, and our thoughts, at
this time of sorrow, are with Richard, who would like to thank everyone for
their kindness, help and support, and her sisters and all the family.
Her sunny, cheerful and friendly
personality will be missed by so many.
Bless you, Sheila.
with sadness we learnt that Doris had passed away peacefully at home with her
family on the 11th January, just a few months short of her 100th birthday. A much-loved mother and grandmother and a
very special friend to many.
She will be much missed by her family
and her many village friends. Our
thoughts are with her daughter Val and her husband Peter, her son John and his
wife Ann Marie and her grandchildren.
As she wished, Doris has returned to
her birth place in Surrey where her funeral will take place.
I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny
I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Helen Lowrie Marshall
JOHN VINCE - 18.1.2021
I was sorry to learn that John had
passed away peacefully on the 18th January.
Thoughts are with his family at
this sad time.
Longer term residents of the village
may remember that John was our Parish Clerk in the 1990's, resigning when he
and his wife Ann moved to South Devon to be nearer their family. From that time, 1998, they were recipients
of the Newsletter, something John continued after Ann passed away in October
2015. He always kept an interest in
4th June 1933 - 26th October 2020.
June, the eldest child of Hercules and
Winifred Parkin, was born in Skirhead Lane, Combe Martin, elder sister to
Pauline and brother Jimmy, who sadly died at a very young age. After
a short while they moved to 4 Star Cottage, Combe Martin where she spent her
Her parents were so poor that she slept
in a drawer instead of a cot, and she, like many, didn't experience the benefits
of electricity until she was at least 12. June went to the local school but was never
a very high achiever, presumably because of her poor attendance record!
However, she passed her 11+ at the
second attempt and went to Ilfracombe Grammar School where she found her
strengths in mathematics and home economics. She
left school at 15 and immediately started a job in Boots the Chemist in
she remained for 10 years working her way up to become the manageress.
at the town hall dance, she met Germino, a dashing young Italian who had moved
to Combe Martin after the war. She befriended him despite neither being able to speak the
other's language. They were apart for
several years, during which Gerry found work in London whilst having singing
coaching, but they kept in contact and eventually married in September 1955, so
they were able to celebrate 65 happy years together just before she
passed away. Despite Gerry being a
Catholic, June retained her Methodist roots and supported the church throughout
June left Boots when she was expecting her first child, and ran a B&B
business from her home in Victoria Street. Gerry was working as a mechanic at
Irwin's garage, and studying to be a sign writer at night school. During this time June made lifelong
friendships with many of the visitors who stayed with her.
were a very sociable couple, loved their dancing, and frequently travelled to a
dance school in Westward Ho! At that
time Gerry [Gino] was singing in many of the hotels in the local area; they also compered 'Mr and Mrs' together at
the Mount Hotel in Ilfracombe, which must have been a lot of fun!
June and the family moved to Berrynarbor, to a bungalow which had been bequeathed
to her. She loved living there and
never tired of the views across the valley.
her family had flown the nest, June started a new chapter in her life as a
doctor's receptionist in the Ilfracombe Health Centre until her retirement. From then on, her close family and friends
were never able to decipher her acquired 'doctor's handwriting'!
three grandchildren and when the youngest, Molly, started at Berrynarbor School
she began to volunteer hearing children read and became affectionately known to
many of the local children as Nanny June.
last few years up until her illness, June volunteered in Berrynarbor Post
Office and Shop and always enjoyed a good natter with visitors and locals
alike. She had an amazing ability to
retain facts about people and their families, and had a genuine interest in
everyone she met.
June will be sadly missed by us all.
7th February 1949 -
17th November 2020
Dormer House on 7th February 1949, Terry was the son of Violet and Dave
Goodman, brother to Gladys and Wilf Toms.
When he was young, Terry's family took in visitors and Dormer Cottage remained in the family until 2002, when
Vi passed away.
a young age, Terry may be remembered by locals for helping Claude on the milk
round. He attended Berrynarbor School
and later Combe Martin Secondary School, where he was Head Boy and House Captain
for Grenville House. After leaving
school at 15, he joined Ayres and Grimshaw as an apprentice.
Terry was proud of having grown up in
Berrynarbor. He rang the church bells and enjoyed taking
part in village activities including athletics, football and playing snooker in
the Manor Hall. He also became the youngest Parish Councillor at the time.
His trade as an engineer and toolmaker
took him and his wife June to Kuwait, where Terry worked for Kuwait Airways as
an aeronautical engineer. He made many
lifelong friends while in Kuwait. When
returning to Devon in 1981, he and June raised their three children in
More recently, Terry may be remembered
for running for many years, Colours curtain shop in Barnstaple. After Colours closed, he spent some years
before retiring working for Eaton Aerospace in South Molton.
Terry had been retired for 4 years and
he and June are now grandparents to 5 grandchildren. Two grandchildren, Albert and Violet, live
with them and Terry spent most of his retirement enjoying looking after his
Terry passed away suddenly in mid-November.
Due to Coronavirus restrictions, a
small family service was held, and a memorial will be planned to celebrate
Terry's life once these have been lifted.
He will be greatly missed by all those
who loved him.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
these difficult times, it is heartening that we had two services led by Rev. Peter
leading up to Christmas. However, our
Christmas Eve Service was poorly attended, in some part due to the very cold
evening and the ongoing situation with regard to the Covid pandemic. At least the Christmas lighting in the
churchyard and around the Church wall was a very welcome sight for all to
pleased to confirm that repairs to the church roof valley have been completed
and other areas requiring attention will shortly be underway. Our builders have been working under great
difficulty with rain interruptions being all to frequent!
one piece of good news with our quest to find a new Treasurer. Tom Oliver has very kindly offered to take
on this important role and this will be a great deal of comfort to our outgoing
Treasurer, Margaret Sowerby, who has been aided by her husband Roger. We are also delighted to welcome Kate
Sargent to the fold and look forward to her contribution at the next PCC
meeting in 2021.
our first meeting scheduled for 11th January, had to be cancelled following the
Prime Minister's nationwide broadcast on the 4th January advising that a new
lockdown would be introduced immediately in an effort to contain the new strain
of the virus which is spreading rapidly through the country. Following discussions with Rev. Peter, our
PCC and some regular churchgoers, it has been decided to close the Church for
church services. Weddings and funerals
are exempt from this ruling. We all
hope that things will return to a safe level in the weeks ahead and with the
vaccination programme currently underway it is hoped this this awful virus will
eventually be defeated!
must be the shortest contribution I have ever had to write, but clearly things
have been extremely difficult for everyone in this village and elsewhere
throughout the United Kingdom. However,
it is important to recognise that our PCC members have all worked hard within
the village to offer help and assistance to those who are infirm or alone. We recognise that many others within the
village have also played their part in looking after friends and neighbours
during these difficult times. We thank
you all, and remember - keep safe and well!
In view of the PCC's
desire to keep costs down covering water, electricity, gas, tower clock and
organ servicing, building insurance [plus maintenance of internal and
external parts of the Church, the Churchyard grass, Boundary trees and
bushes], we have
decided to go out to
tender for all this necessary work to be carried out.
As a first step [but by no
means the last] we shall be going
out to tender for the
Please contact our
Secretary Alison Sharples
[01271-882782] for a
Tender Application Form.
The closing date for this
work is 1st March 2021
THE BEACON Combeberry
The Beacon is an online magazine I have created for
our local area to hopefully be helpful in these difficult times.
The Light shines in
the darkness, and the darkness has
it. John : 5
February issue at tinyurl.com/CBYBFeb21.
The Beacon is an informal Christian-based magazine for everyone in our
parishes and is not associated with any particular church or denomination.
A Prayer for the
I watch the sunrise
lighting the sky, casting its shadows near.
And on this morning
bright though it be, I feel those shadows near me.
But you are always
close to me following all my ways.
May I be always
close to you following all your ways, Lord.
From the song 'I
Watch the Sunrise'
WEATHER OR NOT
I am not
sorry to say goodbye to 2020, it will certainly go down as a very different
year for all of us, perhaps we will start to see an improvement in 2021 as the
vaccination programme rolls out. Despite the restrictions I do hope you all
managed to enjoy Christmas and New Year.
with the 1st of November, we were saying goodbye to storm Aiden, the first
named storm of the season and waiting for the remnants of ex-hurricane Zeta to
arrive. The day started with total
cloud cover and drizzle, sunshine was in short supply with zero hours, the
lowest temperature during the day was 10.4˚C and went up to 17.2˚C, which
turned out to be the highest of the month [lowest temperature was on the 27th
-0.6˚C], 4.6mm of rain and a maximum wind speed of 35mph from the SSW. On the 2nd and 3rd we felt most of Zeta with the highest wind speed
of the month on the 2nd at 39mph [average 37.24mph] from the SSW and the second
wettest day of the month on the 3rd with 16.8mm of rain, [the wettest day was
on the 9th with 17.4mm]. Total rain for
the month was 124.9mm [average 156.93mm], the sunniest day was on the 4th with
3.13 hours and a total for November of 22.40 hours [average 21.97 hours]. The barometer ranged between 1040.1mbars
exactly on midnight the 4th and 990.1mbars at 0500hrs. on the 15th. Humidity varied from the lowest at 1900hrs
on the 2nd at 71% and 97% at 1000hrs on the 30th. The lowest wind chill was on the 27th at
-0.3˚C [average -2.43˚C].
started off with a brighter but cooler and dry day, a light breeze from the
NNE. The temperature ranged between
4.8˚C and 9.2˚C. The
barometer was 1029.1mbars, falling slowly and the sun managed to shine for 14
minutes. During the rest of a very
dull month the top temperature was 13.3˚C on the 18th [average
13.26˚C] and lowest on the last day at -1.7˚C [average -2.08˚C]. The strongest wind on the 26th was 48mph [average
38.94mph] from the SSW. The wettest day
was on 18th with 22.6mm and the total for the month was 173.00mm [average
165.31mm]. The barometer remained low
apart from two days when it reached 1029.1mbars on the 1st and 1034.8mbars on
the 25th, the lowest was on the 28th at 0659hrs 968.6mbars and the second
lowest recorded was on the 21st December 2019 at 967.7mbars. This record only goes back to 2016 when a
quicker way of reference became available in my system. Humidity ranged from
95% on many days but was lowest briefly on the 24th at 71%.
back over 2020, here are the highs and lows.
Day: Surprisingly, 10th June 37.8mm
Year Total: 1377.4mm, close to the average of 1379.65mm.
Highest: 25th June 29.9˚C.
Lowest: 24th March -1.9˚C
Lowest Wind Chill: 26th March -3.6˚C
Highest Gust 16th February 57.08mph. Direction: SSW. [Yearly average 35.64mph]
Sunniest Month: May 185.58 hours
Least Sunny: December 4.09 hours.
High: 20th January 1049.7mbars.
Low: 28th December 968.6mbars.
High: 1000hrs 29th September 98%.
Low:1800hrs 29th May 30%.
Seals enjoying the July midday sun, Seal Rock, Lundy North End
care and all the best for 2021.
I can't believe where the
last year has gone! In spite of the
many difficulties we have encountered, the Newsletter has been able to continue
as normal. Now, however it is time to
think about finance and subscriptions again!
Currently, funds look
quite healthy due, in many ways, to the very generous support when things
became critical last June. However,
being complacent is not an option with costs rising.
The annual subscription
for readers receiving their copy by post is now due and this has, regrettably,
risen for the first time since 2011 and will now be £7.50, which covers the
cost of postage, stationery, etc., but not the Newsletter itself. If this applies to you, a letter is enclosed
with your copy. If there are readers
who would like to receive their Newsletter this way, please do get in touch
The Newsletter, a Parish
Council undertaking produced and edited by myself, is technically free, but
obviously it incurs costs, approximately £1.50 a copy, so all donations are very
Thank you all for your
donations. Thank you to the Shop [and
the Globe and Sawmill, when they able to open] for having copies available and
Central Convenience, Combe Martin, and the 'paper boys' who deliver copies with
Judie - Editor
NATURE NOTES NO. 3 -
WINTER DAYS & EARLY BIRD SONG
With Tim Davis
With woodland on the slopes either side
of our house at the upper end of the Sterridge Valley, and numerous
berry-bearing trees and shrubs as well as regularly filled seed and suet
feeders around the garden, we are blessed with a wide variety of birds. One of
the great joys of midwinter is the 'start-up' of bird song, nearly always
kicked off in the second half of December by Great Tits and Song Thrushes, all
keen to establish territories well before the onset of nesting as winter gives
way to spring - which now happens two to three weeks earlier than when I was
growing up in the 1960s.
By February - assuming we aren't hit by
another 'Beast from the East' - Blue, Coal and Marsh Tits, Woodpigeons,
Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Siskins, Wrens, Dunnocks, Goldcrests, Treecreepers and
Nuthatches will also be singing in the surrounding woodland, along with one of
the shyest and most elusive of British birds, Mistle Thrush, their strident,
ringing song delivered in long bursts from the very tops of the tallest trees. Last year three pairs were 'broadcasting'
their territories in Woolscott Cleave (two) and Smythen Wood. While Blackbirds are renowned early
breeders, some even before the old year turns in milder winters, Ravens are
amongst the first to be feeding young in the nest. Already in very early January, as I write
this, our local pair are back on territory, while on sunny days we have watched
Buzzards and Sparrowhawks begin their aerial displays.
If we find ourselves in lockdown again
this spring, there's plenty of nature close to home in which to breathe and
lose yourself for regular mind-restoring periods.
Blister Beetle (photo: Tim Davis)
An exciting find
Tim J and I found this little fellow (about 1cm long but
sadly dead) caught in a strand of a spider's web above the door to our cottage
on 30th December. One of a family of
pollen-feeding beetles commonly called False Blister Beetles, this nationally
scarce species, Oedemera femoralis, is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ivy
and sallow from April to September. The
Devon beetle recorder, Martin Luff, tells me that there are currently 40
records for the county, but this is the first for North Devon. The find was a reminder that during the past
year, due in large part to lockdown (no work and no travel!) and the warm and
sunny spring and early summer, we added all sorts of insect species to our
garden list. To find this one on the
penultimate day of the year was something of the icing on top of the Christmas
If you want to get into insects, one of
the best photographic guides is Paul D. Brock's A comprehensive guide to
Insects of Britain & Ireland, a new and expanded edition of which was
published in 2019 by Pisces Publications. We purchased our copy online at www.nhbs.com,
Wanted: old wellies!
If you have old, worn-out or unwanted wellington
boots, I should be delighted to have them - the upperparts make perfect hinges
for nest boxes! All you need do is drop
them off either at the village shop for me to collect, or put them under the
post box at Harpers Mill. Many thanks. Tim
NEWS FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
have had a difficult start to this term, remaining open at the government
request while under another national lockdown. We have supported all our
critical and keyworker families and have respected that some of our parents
have chosen to keep their children at home.
To support our children's learning from home, we sent out activities and
ideas that can be learnt through different hubs such as:
Twinkl This is a learning hub for all ages with a
wide variety of activities Twinkl Home
The BBC have also put on activities
that are age appropriate for young learners. https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
are some good listening activities:
off the TV and read to your child. Ask
what they can see on the pictures. If
it's a familiar story, get them to recall some of the story. Get your child to hold the book and turn the
your own story
couple of sheets of paper in half to make a simple book.
child to draw a picture of something that interests them. Ask your child what
they have drawn and write next to the picture what it is. Together, use imagination to make up a story
about the picture, adding new pictures to the other pages to extend the story.
Ask your child to 'read' their story to someone else. [Ensure your child leads the storytelling and
you don't take over - easily done!]
your child in a safe way with any cooking you are doing. Talk about where the
food comes from, where/how it is grown, what it smells like and best of all how
it tastes in the end.
Maths is covered in cooking,
numbers in a recipe, capacity full/empty, time and temperature as well as
science, texture change.
Joe Wicks' PE lessons
The sessions called PE with Joe are streamed live
on Wicks' YouTube channel at 9.00 a.m. three days a week. They will be 20-minutes long. The sessions will
be live Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.00 a.m. on YouTube. They will not require any specialist equipment or large amounts
RSPB Garden Birdwatch
The children enjoyed making bird feeders last term at Pre-school
and watching the bird's feed. Support
the RSPB and count the number of birds in
your garden or when out on a walk.
of learning at Pre-school - Literacy
At Pre-school we have been working on
our Reading and Writing from the Early Year framework. Children have been encouraged to sound out
familiar letters and begin to form recognisable letters or make patterns,
putting meanings to their marks. This
is all based on the child's individual stage of learning.
We have found fun ways to develop the children's fine motor
skills, strengthening their fingers and encouraging them to make marks, before
learning to form letter shapes. Activities
have been both
indoors and outside.
Supporting this learning, we have
looked at our environment and incorporated some elements from Understanding the
World into our topic. The children have
explored winter: ice, snow and examine nature and changes in plants in the outdoor area. We joined the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and
used a chart to record the birds we saw.
We've introduced new stories, games and
found information about our own homes and community. In our
role play we had different occupations such as doctors,
vets and builders.
stories such as The Tiger who came to Tea, Next and many winter stories.
Raffle Thank you for supporting our
Christmas raffle. We raised over
£308.00 which is fantastic. We hope to
do something similar for Easter, so if anyone has any unwanted gifts or wish to
donate an item, please bring them to Pre-school. Thank you
Cards We signed up to IQ Cards, a
fabulous service, which turns children's artwork into unique
Christmas/greetings cards, gift wrap, key rings and fridge magnets. We raised £53.00 from parents Christmas card
orders. This will enable us to invest
further in the children's education.
kindly received a donation of £100 from Ewe Move, the estate agent. Our Pre-school was put forward as a local
charity by a local family and we are very grateful for this donation.
to purchase a climbing frame or put the money toward a new shed.
We have started to take bookings for
September 2021. Please contact the Pre-school
either by e-mail email@example.com or by calling 07932 851 052
Keep safe and well everyone.
from all the Staff at Pre-school
Sue, Karen, Lynne, Emma and Lisa
NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGE SHOP
with great sadness we learned that 'Our Sheila' [Sheila Chatterton] had lost
her brave battle towards the end of last year. Sheila was the most effervescent character
who lit up the shop with her amazing positivity and friendliness. We miss her so much.
Year started with another lockdown and a plea from the Government for people to
stay close to home. So do shop local! Staff at our village shop are working
tirelessly under very challenging conditions to keep the doors open and the
shelves well stocked. But just as the
shop is always there for you, we need you to be there for the shop.
already into February and with it comes a couple of special calendar days. First up is Valentine's Day and however
precious your loved one is to you, we have a wide range of cards starting from
the bargain price of just £1 [it's the thought that counts], so you'll probably
have enough left for those chocolates or bottle of wine!
Note: Valentine is one of the busiest of Saints with
additional responsibility for beekeeping, plague and travel. When he's finished with helping our star-crossed
lovers. perhaps he could turn his attention to the pandemic so we can reduce
its spread and we can all get out and about again!
the heels of Valentine's Day is Shrove Tuesday, 16th February. This comes from the word 'Shrive' and was
traditionally the start of Lent and the day you confessed your sins as you
started fasting. But before you do that, we have all the
ingredients you need for your pancakes. Let us know if you need any lemons. We don't charge for confessions.
a number of special offers lined up for March including McVities' biscuits at
just a £1 a packet [down from £1.65] and Bisto Gravy granules at £1.39. Lots more too!
If you are unable to visit us and/or are self-isolating,
just give us a call on  883215 with your grocery order, minimum £5, and
we'll be happy to deliver. Alternatively,
let us know what you want and if you're able to visit to collect, we'll let you
know when your order is ready.
Yes, plant sale. Who knows when the current restrictions will
end but we have to plan ahead with optimism and so we have ear-marked Sunday,
May 30th for our 2021 Great Village Plant Sale. This will hopefully
take place in the Manor Hall and now is the time to get those seedlings
started. The shop is always grateful to
our wonderful villagers for their generosity in supporting this event with
again be stocking bags of compost at very competitive prices, so let us know
what you need and we'll be happy to help.
Happy New Year everyone!
It's that time when you humans make
promises that you rarely fulfil [well the Mrs.'s usually lasts a month max!] I wondered whether I should make some
resolutions, but what could I choose?
- Return home clean after a walk? You've seen me that's never going to happen!
- Not jump up and lick Postman Neil when I see him? Well admit it, you
would lick him too if you could ... well
maybe not lick.
- Stop digging holes in the Mr.'s garden? Where's the fun in that? Life would be too boring! I love seeing him do his impersonation of
angry Mr. Bean!
I am not impressed with any of those
ideas. I do wonder though if I should
actually support the Mr. and Mrs. to become better humans. They still need quite a bit of training you
I have taught them the importance of
allowing dogs on the sofa. They both
realise it's far more fun snuggling with me than each other. For a start I am a lot softer. Have
you stroked me since I went to Devon's Dashing Dogs for a groom? I am so, so, soft now. My coat's like silk. I noticed the Mr. was trying to groom himself
last week. I heard that familiar sound
of the clippers. There he was standing
in the bathroom, in all his finery, struggling to do it himself. He really should go to Vicky, she would do a much
better job. Maybe I should resolve to
get him booked in a few times a year.
I have taught them the importance of
allowing me good boy treats. They get
so excited when I sit/lie down or give them my paw. They are so easily pleased! Maybe
I should help them realise a few extra a day would bring them even more
pleasure! I wonder what I would get for "Roll over!"
I have even taught them that there are
huge benefits to at least one weekly trip to the beach. There's nothing quite like the fresh sea air
or the excitement of chasing waves. Of
course, there is
the added benefit of truly letting off steam and returning home with someone
else's ball too. [Yes, a year on and I
still do that!] I obtained a great one last week - it had one
of those squeakers in it that annoy you humans.
It was larger than your average
tennis ball. Sadly, I dropped it on the
climb back to the car and it rolled down the hill. I hoped the Mrs. would run after it but no
chance. Once she has climbed the sand dunes there is no way she's going back
down again. Anyway, on this occasion I left it for another
dog to enjoy. Maybe I should train the
Mrs. to run up and down a bit more after all it would help her with that
resolution to get fit.
Okay I have a few ideas now. Look out for us around the village. The Mr. is going to be the best-groomed human
in the village; the Mrs. will have a new
waistline and will be positively running up Barton Lane, and I'll be the one
with the big smile on my face after all those extra treats!
"There is a fine
line to be drawn between disruption and destruction."
David Cannadine FBA, FSA, FRHistS, FRSA is a British author and historian who
specialises in modern history, Britain and the history of business and
philanthropy. Born on 7th September
1950 in Birmingham, he studied at Clare College, Cambridge. He married Linda Colley in 1982. Amongst his edited work is Rituals of
Royalty: Power and Ceremonial in
"Marriage is 90%
"What?" to each
other from another room."
Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. She has appeared in numerous television,
radio and theatrical productions. A
lady who never tells her age!
"One should never
trust a woman who tells her real age.
A woman who would
tell that would tell anything." Oscar
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
help and support during latest lockdown:
remember that the dedicated NDC phoneline and webform is still in place. Please spread the word and ensure that anyone
who might be vulnerable or elderly knows how to contact the team at North Devon
Council. The number to call is 01271
388280 and the online form is on the website.
still find the latest Covid-19 local information, including the number of
confirmed cases throughout Devon, on Devon County Council's website: https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/.
weather is upon us and so thoughts go to snow and ice. Please be aware that
Cllr. Coppin is co-ordinating grit bins and would happy to hear from anyone
about additional bins. His contact
details are on our website or you can email
the cold weather, work continues in the Berrynarbor play area and you might
notice new saplings which were planted by Cllrs. Bacon and Latham. They will quickly grow to form a lovely new willow
you might have seen publicity on a couple of consultations, an opportunity to
Interim Devon Carbon Plan consultation which can be accessed at https://www.devonclimateemergency.org.uk/have-your-say/ The
consultation will close on 15th February.
Future of Transport: rural strategy - call for evidence, seeking views and
evidence from all those with an interest in rural transport. The documents can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-transport-rural-strategy-call-for-evidence
Petters - Parish Clerk
MANOR HALL NEWS
It goes without saying but for obvious reasons the Main Hall
and Snooker Club are now closed again [Pre-school continues to be open] as at
the time of writing we are now in our third lockdown. Very difficult and
disappointing times, but of course necessary to keep our community safe.
Thank you very much to Wendy and Colin and their team of Carol
Singing in the square organisers, who gave half the donations to the Hall; also Judie and the Newsletter who kindly gave
a proportion of the Christmas Message contributions to the Hall. Both these donations are very much
Our only hall event since the Covid chaos began was a
welcome respite. Beauty and the Beast,
produced in conjunction with Beaford Arts, was enjoyed by young and old in a
very covid secure hall - in other words a bit chilly, as amongst other covid
precautions, the doors and windows had to be open! The show had a nice local twist as the story
was adapted to incorporate our local area including Berrynarbor and Exmoor. A big thank you to John and Fenella for
organising the event, and thank you, too, for donations given on the day from
With a positive attitude for 2021, we have set a date of
Saturday 21st August for our village fete, followed by live music in the
evening for what is greatly hoped to be an evening of dancing and celebrating
that there is no longer a need for stringent restrictions - fingers crossed! This event will take a lot of organising and
with that in mind if you think you would like to join our Hall Team of Trustees,
we should very much welcome new faces, and if you are new to the village it is
a great way to get to know people.
thanks for your continued support.
- Chairman 
- Treasurer 
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
"I have lived temperately... I
double the doctor's recommendation of a glass and half of wine each day and
even treble it with a friend."
I suspect that the latter part of the
above, i.e., 'and even treble it with a friend' may well have been appropriate
during lockdown one and two, and may be again, during three, for a few of
us! Who's counting, I say! If it
was alright for Thomas Jefferson, then it's okay! There is no 'naughty list' this year.
Who would have thought that activities
up and down the country that were cancelled last March, will still be cancelled
this March, as I'm sure they will be, and rightly so. If those of us expecting to be given the
jab, receive it during the spring or summer, then fingers crossed that our very
popular Wine Circle will resume in September, which would be Wednesday 15th at
I'm sure Geoff and I were not the only
ones to play a board game or two during the festive season. We
chose, deliberately, to use one that had remained unopened, from a few
Christmases ago. Some of the questions reminded us of our Wine
are a few to tease you - the answers will be in the next Newsletter!
Q: True or false:
Sherry wine is left in barrels to oxidise, with a thick white layer of
yeast being encouraged to form on top of the wine?
Q: Which three grape varieties are most widely used when
Q: True or false: red
wines are better drunk with cheese than white wines?
Q: As well as Chardonnay, what other white grape variety is
grown in Burgundy: Aligote, Esperanto or Alicante?
Q: Glayva is made with Scotch whisky, herbs, spices and honey
plus which particular type of fruit?
2021: Stay positive, Test negative
Judith Adam - Promotional Co-ordinator & Secretary
REFLECTIONS - 98
Whilst living in Brighton in the 1990's,
I attended a creative writing course at a local college. One week our homework was to personalise
something; in other words, to write
about a thing ['it'] as though it were a person ['you']. The tutor told us to think 'outside the box',
emphasising that the 'it' need not be a specific object and added that our work
could be presented in any format;[
composition, prose, poetry or even a letter. From
recall, I wrote a poem about my seizures which, in the opinion of the tutor,
gave a chilling insight into the experience of having one especially when read
in the context of 'you' rather than 'it'.
It was also an unexpected
therapeutic exercise as personalising my seizures enabled me to truly express
how I felt about living with epilepsy at that stage of my life.
So, poised with pen and paper on the
last day of 2020, I decided it was time to once again set myself the challenge.
Firstly, to think outside the box and
try not to consider a specific object. How about personalising the pandemic? Or maybe revisiting my epilepsy? Or perhaps personifying a colour, or a sound
or even the weather? Suddenly, I
chuckled, for as I gazed out of the lounge window, I once again relished the
rural view that I was now looking out upon and compared it to the outlook from
my home twelve months ago, thanks to moving last September from a town which I
decided would be my subject matter. And the format? For some reason I felt compelled to write a
Weston super Mare,
It seems like only yesterday when I and
my husband first got to know you. Where did those six years go? Such a pity, don't you think, that our
friendship did not work out? But
please, do not feel guilty, for you are not to blame.
On reflection, it was perhaps our fault
for jumping headfirst into the relationship without first getting to know you. Plus, don't forget, it was us who made the
assumption the relationship would work based on our previous urban friendships
that had been amiable and successful. However, what we had not taken into
consideration was the impact that our fourteen-year fellowship with North Devon
had on us. Put simply, the closeness we
developed with our rural companion meant that any future urban affinity was
doomed from the start. We just failed
to realise it at the time.
As I have mentioned, we did not do our
research. Nor did we consider what we
were sacrificing in my bid to find alternative employment somewhere along the
M5 corridor. We had forgotten how we
always had dog walks literally on our doorstep. Instead we suddenly had to drive everywhere.
Gone, too, were the clean running
streams that our three Labradors adore, replaced as a substitute by the muddy
riverbanks and algae-covered rhynes which edged all of your nearby
fields. Oh, how it was a constant
effort preventing the coats of our Labradors from turning black or
chocolate-brown into shades of green or grey, not to mention adorning them with
that pungent aroma of stagnant water! Yes,
you provided us with local woodland, where, unfortunately, the ground was too
rocky and sharp for the delicate paws of our eldest Labrador.
A pity too, how we found your
surrounding countryside uninspiring; for
we had grown so used to the rolling hills, the steep valleys and the hedge-banks
which our previous companion had aplenty. No doubt many people gain great pleasure from
your Levels, but to be brutally honest, we just don't do flat! And
whilst I cannot deny you provided entertainment and provisions for your
inhabitants, it wasn't for us. Where
were your farm shops, country fairs, village fetes and quaint tea rooms? But, worst of all, we had no outlook and
lived amongst the constant din of traffic. Both peace and rural views were aspects we
had taken for granted whilst being in the company of our old pal. Yes, we thought we would be able to once more
live without them. But we were wrong.
Be pleased for us though, for we have
found a new friend in Minehead. We live
on the outskirts with a rural view across to North Hill and the border of
Exmoor. Needless to say, there are
bountiful supplies of dog walks amongst countryside which looks like a twin of
our old chum, North Devon, and where our Labradors can once again enjoy
fast-flowing streams where they come out the same colour as they went in! We have yet to enjoy the many pastoral
community events on offer but have at least savoured the local amenities
including a farmer's market and farm shop. Oh, how refreshing it is to once more be
within a rural environment! And best of all, serenity surrounds us. No more hustle and bustle.
As I said at the start of this letter,
it was a pity that our relationship did not work out. But let's not be negative. Instead, let us view our six-year friendship
as an experience my husband and I needed to go through in order to realise what
we truly want out of life, and more importantly, to recognise that whilst we
both have urban roots within us, those metropolitan seeds have germinated into
strong rural branches and buds above ground. We are back in the countryside, and we're
here to stay. Best of all, with the
daylight hours increasing and with spring just around the corner, we have so
much to look forward to.
It stole up on
us like a thief in the night.
freedom, causing quite a fright.
our home; an unwelcome guest.
virus, an evil pest.
Why had it
chosen our house? Why us?
We're not the
sort to make a big fuss.
But this thing
was debilitating, it knocked us for six.
could cure it; nothing would fix.
We had to let
it pass, take one day at a time.
Rest and pray
that soon we'd feel fine.
Trust that our
exhaustion would soon pass away
That our bodies
would fight it and face a new day.
dear friends, showing loving care
bread and other great fayre.
family and friends from afar
No trips to the
pubs or outings in the car.
until the torment had ended.
exhaustion, until our bodies had mended.
we started to heal
Each day a
little better we started to feel.
And now that
the evil has truly past
We can go out
again, enjoy walks at last.
take in fresh air
elements; the wind in our hair.
This virus is
deadly, a frightening force
What can we do
but let it take its course
impact will soon start to wane
and we can
enjoy life together, once again.
"Who from a state of
rags and care
And having shoes but
half a pair;
Then fortune and
then fame would fix
And gallop in a
coach and six."
History of Little Goody Two-Shoes was published in 1765 and there have been few
children's books that have continued for so long, with numerous versions
published, even a pantomime based on the story, in both England and America,
but none latterly.
The story has been attributed to Oliver
Goldsmith, although this has been disputed and the author still remains
Two-Shoes is thought to be the first really successful children's book. It tells the tale of two orphans, Margery
Meanwell and her brother Tommy. Dressed
in rags and with only one shoe, Margery is given a pair by a charitable
gentleman. She is so happy that she
tells everyone she has two shoes!
hard work she becomes a teacher, later marrying a wealthy landowner. At the time of her wedding, Tommy returns
from overseas having made his fortune and providing Margery with a dowry. When she is widowed, she uses her inherited
wealth to help the poor as she herself had been helped.
there is obviously a moral aspect to the story, with lessons on hard work,
education and honesty, the book was in fact written to entertain, remaining
popular well into the 19th Century.
anonymous story was published by John Newbery, one of the first publishers to
produce books expressly written for children.
born in Waltham St. Lawrence, near Reading, in 1713. Having been apprenticed to a publisher, he
set up a bookshop and publishing house in London in 1744. Two other notable publications are A Little
Pretty Pocket-Book and the first collection of nursery rhymes, Mother Goose's
was an eminent innovator. He produced
the first children's periodical - the Lilliputian Magazine [1751-52] - which
contained stories, verse, riddles, dances and songs.
end of the Goody Two-Shoes story, there is an advertisement for other books on
sale by Newbery and also a fascinating list of ten patent medicines, sold by
the most successful medications was Dr. Robert James's Fever Powder. The ingredients were kept secret but an
analysis in 1791 revealed the main constituents as antimony and calcium
phosphate. Newbery's friend Oliver
Goldsmith [possibly why he was thought to have written Goody Two-Shoes], swore
by it and when ill refused to be treated with anything else. Sadly, he died aged only 45 in 1774 from
kidney disease. The life and times of
Dr. Robert James is another story!
married Jordon May Carnan in 1739. They
had 3 children, Mary , John [1741-1752] and Francis . He died on the 22nd September 1767 and is
buried in his birthplace of Waltham St. Lawrence.
there is a connection between this book, a worldwide 'flu epidemic and
today! By 1919 the spread of Spanish
'Flu was resulting in alarming cases of death and to stop the cycle of the
disease spreading, the government in both Sydney and Melbourne closed all
places where people congregated, including schools, theatres and music
halls. This affected the show at Her
Majesty's in Melbourne, a production of Goody Two-Shoes, the pantomime!
in Newbery's honour, the Newbery Medal was created by the American Library
Association. It is awarded annually to
the most distinguished contributors to American Literature for Children.
WHAT A NICE OLD
Mary and John were much younger it was their idea to buy a plot of land and
design and have built for them, their own house. They were lucky as they thought that there
seemed to be an ideal plot advertised in a Billericay paper. It measured fifty feet of frontage with a
depth of one hundred and fifty feet.
consulted the owner who was a dear old gentleman who asked for a ten per cent
deposit, which they gave him and then he took them around his back garden
pointing out some bulbs and cuttings which he would give them later to set up
their own garden.
Sams, as he was known, showed them a plan, stamped by the local council and
passed by the local planning department - later to prove false.
well, until they contacted their solicitor.
exclaimed, "Mr. Sams is at it again!"
you mean?" they asked together.
he mused, "What he does is this. He
gets young people, such as yourselves, interested and gets a deposit out of
them. Then when they find that there is
no such plot, he plays a difficult attitude in returning their deposit. After many tries, most give up and lose out.
this time", said the solicitor, "I happen to have found out that he is an
undischarged bankrupt and must not try to get credit for more than £10. I'll write to him immediately and let you
know the result."
days later, there was a letter from him, complete with the appropriate cheque
much do we owe you?" they chirped.
at all," was the reply, "It was a pleasure doing it."
Tony Beauclerk - Stowmarket
THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
must be given to ALL the staff at our Primary School, who in these troubled
times for education, are keeping our school open, helping vulnerable children
and those of Key Workers, as well as holding on line classes.
Acrostic Poem about West Berry Federation Remote Learning
Ruby Barrow [Year 6]
Live lessons keeping
keeping us refreshed,
community brought together by a lunchtime 'Energy Boost' session,
Kind and caring
teachers doing their best,
Delivering devices to
Online play-times so
we can communicate with our friends
keeping us as safe as we can be,
Normality - looking
forward to being back together with our Federation Family.
AN IRISH TALE - PART 2[
Again, please remember that this is
written about happenings some 50 years ago, and Ireland is a very different
The factory, Lirelle Ireland Ltd., had
been designed and construction started in the Republic of Ireland as part of
the ambition of our then Courtaulds' Chairman to reduce the problems of the
border and increase co-operation between North and South. The factory was promised relief of property
tax on a sliding scale for10 years. Unfortunately,
just after the project had been committed and work started, the price of oil
doubled. The factory had been designed with two lines
and about 750 staff, but it was decided to build only one line, with 350.
The project was never big enough to
make a profit, and investment was limited.
Every day at 10.30 a.m., the six senior
managers and the general manager [the Boss!] would meet in his office for a
coffee. We would discuss recent
happenings, difficulties, and what needed to be done for the immediate future. Socially, the boss was very pleasant, but in
the office he became a 'four letter man' who would express his displeasure and
requirements in no uncertain terms. I
was unfortunate in that none of my areas of responsibility directly affected
production, and I had only two workers of my own, so that if I needed work
done, I was always at the end of the queue! However, there were one or two
experiences that stand out during my time there.
was at that time a customs border between Londonderry in the North, and
Letterkenny in the Republic. We had not been there more than a couple of
weeks when a colleague of mine had to go into Londonderry, and invited Pam to
go with him so that he could show her where to go to shop, and where it was not
too safe to go! They had a useful trip,
but on the way back they were stopped at the Irish customs who demanded
nothing other than her driving licence with an English address. Were they husband and wife? "No." "Who is your husband, where does he work?" I was phoned at work to be told that my wife
was in a car with another man, and that I
must make sure that my wife did not try to cross the border again
without proper identification! After
that, Pam always took the other route. There
were two routes, the main road where the commercial vehicles went and were
always stopped and a slightly longer,
quieter one that we
usually used. The Republican post was
on the up-side of a slope and the customs officers there were not nearly so
fussy. Often, if it was raining, they would not come
out for a single Irish registered car. As Pam approached the post, she would always
switch her wipers on, and she was rarely stopped!
Most of the factory's raw materials
came from the UK through Northern Ireland. One of my responsibilities was transport, and
I was phoned by the Irish customs chief at the Irish Letterkenny border to be
told that the English customs staff had gone on strike, and unless they had
signed the lorry's paperwork, the Irish would not let them through.
"You realise that within 10 days the
factory will be out of raw materials and will have to close?" I said.
"Yes, but that is government policy!"
"Who is your boss?" I asked.
"I reckon it would be the Minister of
Trade in Dublin Castle"
I phoned Dublin Castle, and to my
astonishment was put straight through to the minister. He said that in the interest of cross border
cooperation, the Irish customs could not be asked to "black" on their English colleagues. I reminded him that for generations, the
Irish had been blaming the English for subjugating them, starving them, and
"Will you let an English union for their own selfish purposes,
put 350 good Irish men out of
work, because that is what will happen?" I asked.
"I had not quite seen it in that light"
he said. "I'll get back to you".
Within half an hour my phone went. It was
"The Irish Government has changed its
policy." he said: "You will get your goods."
So, all was well! [I sometimes wish that we could change
English government policy so easily!]
In 1978 there was a strike in Ireland
that started with the telephone engineers and quickly
throughout the whole Irish postal system.
It lasted about three months and we were having to
a car, twice a day, with letters and parcels to a Courtaulds factory in
Londonderry to get them into the English post, and to pick up our own post. Shortly after the strike ended, one of our
security guards told me that he had chased 7 men from the grounds of a company
house, who said that they were telephone engineers. I was furious. I phoned our local postmaster saying "Your
country's communications are in chaos and here are 7 of your [adjectival]
telephone engineers playing football at 10 in the morning."
"If they are telephone engineers," he
said, "They don't report to me. Speak
to the chief engineer in Sligo." Some
80 miles away! I did, and I did not mince my words. He heard me out, and then said,
"I have spoken to the minister this
morning and he has specifically prohibited me from taking any disciplinarian
action that might only make a difficult situation worse. I have
only one word of advice to give to you sir, and it is go and get a gun and shoot
the b----- rs. Good morning to
It is about that time that I thought of
coming back to the UK!
finally resigned at the end of 1981. About
a year after that Lirelle Ireland Ltd. was bought up by an American company who
moved the production to a more modern factory in South Carolina, and finally
cleared the Letterkenny site. I might have got a job in America, but I doubt
factory when in full production in the late 1970's
factory 2012. All that remains is the gatehouse.
30 Pitt Hill was our English base, so
we came back to Berrynarbor. We were very lucky that Middle Lee Farm,
really a group of self-catering properties, was on the market and we were able
to buy it.
Pam and I ran it for 9 years - but that
is another story!
KNIT FOR THE NORTH DEVON HOSPICE
the Craft Group will not be able to hold its annual Knit and Natter afternoon
this February - another event to be missed.
the Hospice will still need strips to make into welcome and warm blankets and
this year are also hoping to farm knitted chicks! So, why not set aside a morning or afternoon
to get out those knitting needles and wool [size 8 needles and 20 stitches] to
support the Hospice. Strips and chicks
can be left at the Shop or Chicane and will be taken to the Hospice when it is
possible to do so.
would like to include a donation to the Hospice [usually at the afternoon a
minimum £5], this will also go to the Hospice, where it would be most welcome
Hospice also has patterns for other items - Huggie Bunnies, Twiddle Muffs, Hat,
Scarf and Mitts. If you would like to
have a copy of their pattern book, contact Jess on  347213 or e-mail her
For the chick you will need:
Yellow or lemon double knit wool. A pair of size 11 UK needles. Orange felt
for the beaks, black felt or thread for the eyes and a cotton wool ball for the
head. Coloured ribbon to finish off and
chocolate cream egg, for size fit.
1. Body: Cast on 26 stitches.
2. Knit I row.
3. Increase 1
stitch at the beginning of every row until 42 stitches are on the needle.
4. Cast off 11
stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows [20st]
5. Increase 1
stitch at the beginning of the next 4 row [24st]
6. Knit 4 rows
7. K2 then 2
together to last 2 stitches, Knit 2 [14st]
8. Knit 4 rows
9. Knit 2 then
2 together to last 2 stitches, knit 2
10. Draw wool
through remaining stiches and pull tight.
11. Sew round
the edge of the work leaving the cast on edge open so that egg can be inserted.
12. Stuff the head with cotton wool ball and sew
around the neck and gather in.
13. Sew 2 eyes
and stick on or sew a small diamond shaped piece of orange felt for the
beak. Try a few beaks to
14. Tie a thin
piece of ribbon around the neck and tie in a bow.
Tip Try a creme
egg for size - you should be able to hold the chick
head without the egg falling out!
When the Craft Group is
able to meet again, there will be a couple of empty chairs, Our Anne and Doris,
who will be very much missed by us all and our thoughts are with their
Following the lockdown on the 4th January,
Devon Libraries decided to temporarily close all
their facilities, including the mobile libraries and the
Choose and Collect delivery option until further
The return/renewal date for books currently held
from our Mobile Library will be extended until the 29th March.
For future information ring 01884 244644
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
COLONEL BENJAMIN GREENE LAKE
1839 - June 22 1907
Victorian solicitor who tried to
turn Woody Bay into an
exclusive holiday resort
This is a sad tale, but for those of us
living with Woody Bay nearby, it has a happy ending! Here was an ambitious man
who misused funds, ended up bankrupt and was imprisoned for his sins.
Thankfully because of his financial problems, we can today still enjoy the
tranquility of Woody Bay.
Benjamin Greene Lake was born in
Orpington, Kent in 1839, just two years into the reign of Queen Victoria. The following years were exciting times for
Britain: slavery had been abolished in
1838, steam trains and iron clad paddle steamers opened up land and sea, and
social and political reforms were underway.
Other happenings during his lifetime
1840: Introduction of the Penny Post, forming
of Province of Canada and convicts no longer
sent to Australia
1851: Darwin published 'The origin of Species'
1859-69: The Suez Canal was built [to the consternation
of the UK Government]
1881: Street-lighting by electricity was
1901: Marconi sent his first message across
the Atlantic by radio waves
Possibly, because of unrest overseas,
[the Crimean War, mutinies in India and then the Boer War], Benjamin
volunteered for Her Majesty's Auxiliary Forces where he rose to the honorary
rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Later he
let it be known that he was Colonel Benjamin Lake. [Shades of 'Dad's Army'?]
As a teenager, a visit to the 1851
Exhibition in Crystal Palace could have inspired him with thoughts of making
his own mark on society, and what better place than a quiet spot in North
So, 4 years later  at the age of
46 he bought the Martinhoe Manor Estate from Sir Nicholas Throckmorton of
Coughton Court in Warwickshire. Lake
had ambitious plans to develop Wooda Bay, as it was known then, into an
exclusive holiday resort, with well-healed guests arriving by steamer at his
He had joined the family firm of
successful solicitors at Lincolns Inn, London, firstly with his father, and
after his father died, with his cousin, George Edward Lake. It should have sounded alarm bells when he
immediately mortgaged the estate for £25,000 having lost £28,000
speculating in Kent Coal shares in 1878. This was the first of his financial problems
that would plague him for the next umpteen years.
In spite of this, he went ahead with
road building, including what is now the wide footpath from Hunters Inn to
Woody Bay across Heddon Valley, and the road connecting the two places across
the Moor. He converted the manor house
into the Wooda Bay Hotel [now back to Martinhoe Manor - and up for sale at
around £2 million], built eight houses including the Glen Hotel and Stables
[now Woody Bay Hotel and The Coach House] and opened a golf course on the
In 1895, Lady Newnes 'cut the first
sod' of the new Lynton to Barnstaple Railway. Lake allowed a station on his land at
Martinhoe Cross to be built at no cost in return for siting a junction at Woody
Bay Station for his branch line planned to access the beach. He even planned for a cliff railway similar
to that at Lynmouth/Lynton to get down to his pier. This pier was hopefully going to attract
steamers away from Lynmouth [not popular with local people]. It was completed in 1897, but guess what? He had financial difficulties, so it was
only 80 yards long instead of the planned 100 yards with a dog-legged extension
and landing stage! A teashop and swimming pool were also constructed. A
storm whilst building the pier washed ashore the vessel fitting the piles, and
the contractor lost not only his pile-driver but also the steam engine and went
bankrupt. And because of bad planning,
the pier wasn't long enough for ships to dock at low tide.
In 1899, the pier was severely damaged
by a storm, followed by another a year later. It is rumoured that locals helped the damage!
It was never repaired and in 1902 was
demolished for scrap. It is said that the good pitch pine from the
pier is to be found in renovations of several local houses.
Last week we decided to try to find the
remains of the pier. We drove down the
precarious and tortuous lane as far as possible and walked the last bit past
Wooda Cottage, even steeper than Hagginton Hill! At a small terrace was an unassuming gap in
the wall. By following the narrow track
down beyond it, we were rewarded with the sight of the remains of the pier: a
sad - but solid looking - wall of stone.
All it is used for these days is
by fishermen at low tide.
Colonel Lake continued pouring money
into the area to fulfil his dreams, but was an adventurous schemer and careless
with other folk's money. He would
mortgage one property to finance another, and offset losses by borrowing
further cash. He also took money from
trust funds dishonestly - in spite of being a trustee.
Tuesday 22nd January 1901, Lake appeared at the Old Bailey in the Bankruptcy
Court. In his defence, he blamed cousin
George for any wrongdoing: his faulty
book-keeping and consequent mounting debts which he failed to disclose. This was after George had died, so he couldn't
deny it! An indictment listed 17 charges, but the jury
only had to give verdicts on 4 of these. He was found guilty and made bankrupt with
debts of over £170,000 - in today's money about £6 million. He was sentenced to 12 years for using clients'
money. And this was a man who had been
President of the Law Society, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee which
investigated charges of solicitors' corrupt behaviour, and a Devon Justice of
Colonel Lake was released after eight
years on health grounds and died 3 years later on the 22nd June 1909 at his
son's home, suffering from influenza and a stroke aged 70.
So, what of his dreams? Any plans for further development died with
him, and the 1,930 acres including Hunter's Inn, Woody Bay Station, and other
plots of land were auctioned in 1900 to various folk including owners of a
local brewery and a well-to-do squire.
And generations since have enjoyed the
peace and quiet of Woody Bay.
Pier on a cold January day 2021!
NEW HARBOUR MASTER AT WATERMOUTH HARBOUR
owners of Watermouth Harbour Ltd. are pleased to announce the appointment of
Rob Lake as the new Harbour Master following the retirement of Keith Allsford
after 14 years.
was very pleased to take up the helm at Watermouth as Harbour Master on 1st
January. Rob was born in Barnstaple and
has lived in North Devon all his life, having run his own building firm for the
last 25 years. He was brought up on the
coast around North Devon with boats, with fishing as his hobby, since a small
boy. He has had a boat at Watermouth Harbour for
many years, hence his passion for the harbour.
said, "It is really a dream job come true.
With all the potential at
Watermouth, I really can't wait to get stuck in."
wife, Laura, has Storm in a Teacup, the Boat Cafe at the harbour, and both are
very much looking forward to working together and improving and maintaining
this beautiful part of North Devon. They are both very excited about the coming
you have been thinking of having a mooring, or would like to launch a boat from
Watermouth, please give Rob a call on 01271 865422 or email him email@example.com or visit www.watermouthharbour.co.uk
Sadly, under present circumstances,
there are no events planned for February and March but with the vaccine rolling
out, hopefully this will change before too long!
Sue and her team are doing a grand job
keeping the Pre-school running and for families thinking about joining in
September, the session times are:
Daily - Term time only
Session: 8.30/9.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Session: 12.00 to 3.00/3.30 or 4.00
Day: 8.30/9.00 a.m. to 3.00/3.30/4.00
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 189
In Berrynarbor - North Lee Farm
For this issue I have chosen a very early, c1903-4,
upright postcard of North Lee Farm House.
Outside the front door is Richard Huxtable with his wife Susan. Susan has or is just about to milk their cow
or cows, and is holding her milking stool with a milking bucket on the ground
North Lee Farm is situated at the foot of Hagginton Hill and
like the majority of cottages and farms, was held by the Watermouth Castle
North Lee Farm was sold at the first sale of the Watermouth
Estate held on Tuesday,
August 17th, 1920, at
Bridge Hall, Barnstaple, with completion date being 25th March 1921. The following particulars were given:
"Lot 22. [coloured blue on Plan] North Lee.
A Very Excellent Small Holding.
A Slated Dwelling House, convenient Outbuildings, Meadow, Pasture and
containing together about 36a. 1r. 16p. in the occupation
of Messrs. R. Huxtable and I.J. Bowden as Yearly Lady Day Tenants, and
The apportioned Tithe on this Lot is £6.5s.6d.
The Timber to be taken in the sum of £3.0s.0d.
There are two Water-taps on this Lot."
Mr. Huxtable purchased Lot 22 North Lee at the Sale for
£1,100.0s.0d. and their line of ownership continued right up until the last
listing I have, being Kelly's 1939 Directory.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Huxtable took over the Farm in c1939
until Stanley became ill in 1948. His
wife then had to sell some of the fields and the livestock. They kept the field known at Pitt
Meadow. Pitt Meadow was later sold to
the Council for sewerage purposes.
Mrs. Huxtable sold North Lee to Miss Edna Barber in 1973.
My thanks to Rosslyn Hammett [nee Huxtable] who gave me some
of the information way back in April 1997!