WEATHER OR NOT
My parting words in the last issue, "Keep
your umbrella handy", was good advice for May as we had 51.0mm of rain, a
little down on the average. In June I
was completely wrong as parasols would have been more appropriate! The total rain fall was 7.2mm. This may be the driest month since I started
my records in 1994? I put a question
mark as I recorded 7mm in April 2011 but in those days my rain gauge only
recorded whole millimetres so I cannot be certain, it was definitely a very dry
May temperatures were generally about
average starting off on the 1st with a daytime temperature of 12.9℃ and low of
3.7℃. The temperatures tended to climb as the month
went by reaching 23.8℃ on the 27th, the lowest night temperature was on the 14th
at 3.1℃. Wind speeds were down a
little with the highest gust on the 1st at 27mph from the SSW. My highest May wind speed was in 2015 at
The sunshine hours started in 2003 and
for May they were 177.78 hours, the only year higher than this was 2015 at
201.79 hours. June was a bit of a one
off, a lovely month when the sun shone for a total of 199.67 hours. This was not a record as it was surpassed
only by a small amount in 2016 at 201.78 hours.
The average daytime temperature was
21.4℃ with the 26th being the hottest day of the year so far at 29.3℃. The lowest night temperature was 6.3℃ at
0600 hours on the 22nd. Wind speeds were a little higher than the
average with the highest on the 18th at 28mph from the SSW. Please bear in mind
that these speeds are here in the Valley and could be much higher in exposed
positions elsewhere. The barometer was up and down during the month
reaching 1032.9mbars at 0800hrs on the 22nd and a low of 1008.0mbars at 0600hrs
on the 14th.
total rainfall for the first six months of 2018 is 419mm. This is below average.
As I write this the heat wave continues
and the garden is very dry - how long
before we have a hose pipe ban?
Now that we are in a period of
interregnum, we have submitted our Parish Profile, together with the three churches' [ourselves, Combe Martin and Pip & Jim's]
personal profile requirements to the Archdeacon of Barnstaple for perusal. These will be passed to the Diocese of
Exeter for final approval so that advertising for a
new Vicar can commence. As mentioned in
the June edition, we are fortunate to have the full support of Reverends Bill
Cole and George Billington during this period.
Without going into minute detail, our PCC have to continue to manage the
books, so to speak, and much credit goes to our Treasurer, Margaret Sowerby,
with considerable support from husband Roger, for keeping our heads above
water. Our monthly expenses - which
include a considerable sum to the Diocese of Exeter - are in the region of
£1,000, which is a huge amount of money set against a relatively small amount
of incoming revenue! So, we are indeed
very grateful to the people of Berrynarbor who supported our annual Gift Day,
held on the 27th June, which raised £620.
To make this day even more important, Sue Neale organised a super
Treasure Hunt inside the Church and in the surrounding Churchyard for the
pupils of Berrynarbor School to enjoy!
The day was very hot but a great time was had by all, with prizes for
all who took part. A special thank you
to the teachers on duty who kept the children on track throughout the morning.
One of the questions set for inside the
church was, 'How much does the Marriage Service Fee cost?' The Fee is of course £441.00. However, when asked, one of the children came
up with the answer in a very loud voice, "£441,000". Hilarious!
Still, we can all make mistakes and putting the decimal in the wrong
place didn't really matter one jot in this instance! Well done to all the youngsters.
The Original Chivenor Military Wives
Choir gave a concert in our Church on Friday 6th July and what a wonderful
event this was! They were supported by
Berrynarbor and School Choirs during the programme, and a finale performed by
all three Choirs brought a standing ovation from the 200 audience. The Military Wives were simply wonderful and
there were six ladies and husbands who came all the way from Oxford to enjoy
the concert - how about that!
It was sad to learn of the death of
Rosemary Gaydon who lived in Barton Lane with her late husband Bernard for many
years, before moving to Combe Martin several years ago. Rosemary was a really lovely lady, and those
who knew her will be saddened by her passing.
Both Rosemary and Bernard were members of the Russian Orthodox faith
and, following permission from the Bishop of Exeter, a Russian Orthodox service
was held for the very first time in Berrynarbor Church followed by her burial
in the grave of her late husband.
We are still hoping for a replacement
Organist to come forward as well as someone to take on the role of Secretary following
Jean Pell's departure from the village.
Please come forward to at least enquire about this position for it is
not a huge amount of work for someone who is organised.
Just a reminder about the Friendship
Lunch which is held on the last Wednesday of the month in The Globe commencing
All Church Services commence at 11.00 a.m.
and are as follows:
1st Sunday: Village Service
2nd Sunday: Holy Communion
3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise
4th Sunday: Holy Communion
As readers and members of the church are aware, I shall have
retired as Organist by the time you read this newsletter and I sincerely hope
that someone has or will have, responded to the plea for someone to come
forward to take over this position and that of Choirmaster for St.
The post obviously entails playing the
organ as well as organising the music and, of course, running the Choir on a
I studied piano at College, many years
ago, before taking on the organ.
Although a church organ is obviously different to a piano, converting to
the organ need not be a huge challenge, so it does not matter if you are a
pianist and might like to come forward.
I should be more than happy to help
familiarise anyone who wishes to take over this role and to help and advise on
the structure of some of the church services.
you think you might be interested in taking on this role, I should be very
happy to discuss the position with you, so please contact me on
30.5.1930 - 4.6.2018
How sad it was to learn that Rosemary
Gaydon had passed away at her home in Combe Martin on the 4th June 2018, at the
age of 88. Her funeral, a Russian
Orthodox service, took place at St. Peter's on the 3rd July
when she was buried beside her husband, Bernard.
Rosemary and Bernard moved to North
Devon in 1980 - a home-coming for Bernard who had been baptised at St.
Brannocks Church in Braunton, where his mother was born.
Sadly, Bernard died on the 16th May
1997 following a car accident and Rosemary later moved from their home in
Barton Lane to Combe Martin. In her
tribute to Bernard, Rosemary told us that the family were well-known in
Barnstaple, even having a street named after them in the town.
A delightful lady, Rosemary was always
cheerful and welcoming. She had been a
member of the local U3A and Berrynarbor W.I., attended the Friendship Lunches
and was a subscriber and supporter of the Newsletter. She will be sadly missed by her many
On the 26th of June, the South Western Ambulance Service
provided a Defibrillator Awareness Training evening for the village held in the
Sadly, this was only attended by five
people - I felt this was a very poor turn out!
After my experience of last year, I realise
how important this machine could be. When
I used the machine, it was not put to its full use under the circumstances but
provided a useful back up.
Please think, if you had someone
collapsed would you be able to help them? This might be a complete stranger or a very
close loved one. Please also bear in mind that we are a rural location and last
year I waited 30 minutes before the first paramedic arrived on the Devon Air Ambulance.
FLU & YOU!
Please come to Combe
Coastal Practice for your flu vaccination.
We offer this vaccination to the following groups:
aged 65 or over or Patients who are aged under 65 with any of the following problems:
§ Asthma or
another chronic chest complaint
§ A pregnant
§ A carer
§ If you
suffer from a serious illness and have a reduced ability to fight infection
For patients who are at risk the best action is to
flu vaccination every year.
not be sending out letters to all patients to help minimise waste and impact on
our environment; it also helps to reduce
administration at the practice. You may
receive a personalised text message on your mobile promoting the service if you've
given us permission to do so; just
follow the instructions given in your message.
contact details have changed in the last year, please update us so that you can
take advantage of this service. As you
can appreciate, in a practice our size, we have thousands of patients to
vaccinate. The most practical and
effective way to do this is to hold Saturday clinics at Ilfracombe Medical
Centre where we can have multiple nurses working. We also have car park attendants working on
these days to ensure the smooth running of the car park.
The dates for these flu clinics will be on
Saturday 29 September and Saturday 13 October
telephone the surgery numbers below after
11.00 a.m. [to avoid the busiest
times] to book now!
be holding flu clinics especially for children and further adult clinics at our
branch surgeries. These dates will be
confirmed for October and November and in line with vaccination
deliveries. If you are unable to leave
your home for medical reasons we can arrange for a District Nurse to administer
your flu vaccination at home.
Give the surgery a call and speak to our reception
team to book now!
We can be contacted by telephone on the following
01271 863119 or 01271 863840 or 01271 882406 or 01271
ON POOR DIGITAL
TELEVISION RECEPTION IN
Following my article in the June issue
of the Newsletter and my appeal to residents to report their problems to the
relevant authorities, you will have noticed that we have made progress. So, thank you to those who did that and
It has taken all this time to get the
TV reception improved because of an inadequate BBC Reception Advice line where
calls are met with disbelief, misinformation and diversion tactics and staff
are not technologically knowledgeable enough to understand the symptoms that
are reported from here. So, Alex Parke
and I worked at getting hold of engineers who would understand the problem.
The best practical help came from Mark
Richards from Richards TV shop in Combe Martin who gave us the name of the TV
mast engineers who started investigating as soon as we contacted them. Meanwhile Mark came to our house to see for
himself what was happening to our TV and brought a colleague to investigate our
weird TV signal with some up to date testing equipment. All this was done free of charge because of
his professional curiosity in finding out the source of the problem. It was
only Berrynarbor that was suffering these symptoms.
Our MP, Peter Heaton- Jones was very
supportive and made enquires on our behalf but we always seemed to be slightly
ahead of him in getting responses, as by then we were in direct contact with
the engineers. I contacted the Director
General of the BBC who didn't reply but I assume put someone else on the case
as BBC Audience Services started keeping me informed.
Meanwhile the TV mast engineers were
coming up with various theories, the best being that there were leaves and
branches getting in the way of the signals, a bit like the British Rail 'leaves
on the line' excuse for train delays years ago.
Actually, they could have had an
effect as our signal comes from Huntshaw Cross near Torrington via masts at
Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and the Berrynarbor mast which is also used for mobile
phone providers. The greatest stroke of
luck was the unannounced arrival at Richards TV shop of the Freeview TV rep on
an annual visit so he made direct enquiries on our behalf and then the
engineers worked in earnest. They
finally believed us that there was a genuine problem.
To quote BBC Audience Services, "Results
of monitoring by engineers over the past few weeks have shown that the signal
from the Ilfracombe transmitter has improved since it was last monitored in
2010. The change may be due to an unintended consequence of the current
government mandated clearance programme, which is clearing more broadcast
spectrum to be sold for new mobile broadband services. They have therefore installed a dual receive
system at Berrynarbor, with receive aerials pointing towards both Combe Martin
and Ilfracombe. The system will
automatically select the strongest signal available for broadcast. We are of course monitoring the system
So, persistence has paid off but please
don't be complacent. Years of living in
rural areas around the UK have made me cynically hold the theory that such
areas of low population do not receive the attention and investment that they
deserve no matter who is in charge. So,
if those using digital TV [not satellite] do have problems, please report to
and seek advice from:
Richards at Richard's TV in Combe Martin 01271 882633
James Kelly BBC Audience Services PO Box
DL3 0UR Tel 03700 100 222
Arqiva (TV mast provider) Peter Wingate-Saul
Relations Manager, Arqiva, Crawley
Court, Winchester, SO21 2QA
Peter Heaton-Jones MP, Conservative, North
Devon, House of
Commons, London SW1A 0AA Peter.firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact me!
Our Newsletter plea in the June issue has had an incredible response and my
very sincere thanks to everyone who has rallied to the cause, with donations
both large and small. In the words of
a certain supermarket, 'Every Little Helps'!
Thank you, the Newsletter is definitely going into its 30th year! This does not, however, imply complacency,
donations will continue to be essential and very welcome!
Especial thanks for the legacy from Ron
Toms and the proceeds from the Dog Show.
You will all, I am sure, have noticed
the lovely new bench by the bus shelter in memory of Ron and placed there by
his daughter Sheila and Tony in June.
They hope it will give a lot of people a lot of pleasure to sit on for
many years to come. The money left over
from the donations given at Ron's funeral has kindly been donated to the
Ron was a great supporter of the
Newsletter, always putting his hand in his pocket every time I visited him and
sending copies off to his friends and relatives.
Thank you, Ron, Sheila and Tony.
The only wet day in weeks and yes, it
was the day of the Dog Show! However,
dogs large, small and very small, turned up, wagging their tails and bringing
their well-behaved owners on short leads with them.
The rain that began gently, became
torrential and even those sheltering under the trees got wet through and through,
the raffle was hidden under umbrellas and paperwork became soggy, but everyone
entered into the spirit of the day, with the winners delighted with their
rosettes and prizes.
Thanks to Judge Yvette Gubb, to the
sponsors of the class prizes and donators of raffle prizes, but a very big and
sincere thank you to Sian and Julia for organising and running the event on
behalf of the Parish Council and in support of the Newsletter.
FROM OUR VILLAGE SHOP
Celebrating our Community Shop
village shop is 10 years old this year!
In a climate that sees around 400 commercial village shops close each
year, community-owned shops not only represent an essential service, they
directly respond to some of the key challenges facing rural communities today like
lack of services and isolation. In addition to sourcing local food with
lower food miles, community shops save rural residents car journeys to
alternative food stores, saving on average an 8-mile round trip. Community shops collectively are estimated to
save 4 million miles of car journeys a year.
And according to local estate agents,
having a village shop and post office [with a large free car park] adds real
value to our house prices here in Berrynarbor - as does the village pub, the School,
the Pre-school, as well as the wonderful social facilities offered by our Manor
So, for all these reasons we shall be
celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of our award-winning Shop and
everyone is invited. The event will take place on Sunday, 2nd September 2018
from 2.00 p.m. at the Shop and in the car park. The local council is very kindly allowing us
to close the car park for the day and use the space for seating, eating and
greeting! We do hope you will be able
to join us.
New Ice Cream now in stock
As a perfect complement to the
magnificent weather we have been experiencing, the shop now stocks new
delicious flavours of individual-sized pots of ice cream. Made locally by Stapleton's of Torrington,
who already supply the Shop with their fabulous yoghurts, these ice
creams are made with grass-fed Jersey cows' milk and hand-prepared fruit
compotes and sauces. They come in six
flavours - rum and raisin, lemon curd, salted caramel, Belgian chocolate,
strawberry and Madagascan vanilla. Lovely!
Open all day The peak
season is upon us and throughout August the Shop will be open all day. Our
opening hours will be Monday through Saturday 08.30 to 17.30 and 09.00 to 12.30
on Sundays. The Post Office counter will be closed on Sundays.
During this busy time of year, you may
find that some of our most popular everyday items get sold very quickly. We don't want you to miss out so you can
place an order for bread, milk and any other items simply by calling in, or by
phoning us [on 01271 883215] or by sending an email to Berrynarborshop@onebillinternet.co.uk.
In my story there are two pairs of
twins. The first pair, Jean and Mary,
lived in a fine house, more like a castle, up on the hill. The family ran a large lending business and
appeared very prosperous, with all the right expensive cars, personalised
number plates, etc.
The other twins were Jane and
Maureen. Now Maureen was a very
ordinary girl who was not wishing for anything in particular in life. However, Jane was inclined to be a social
climber and wanted to get to know Jean and Mary in the posh house.
Jane would see Jean and Mary in the
street and get into conversation with them.
A friendship developed and it was not long before Jane, Jean and Mary
became firm friends, with Jane spending quite a lot of time at the big house.
Maureen looked on with amusement, but
did not want to be involved.
The threesome friendship lasted for
some time until one day Maureen said to her sister
"Have you seen the headlines in the
"No" was the reply, "What's it all
"Well, your friends have absconded with
a hundred thousand pounds of their firm's money. Some friends of yours!"
"Well," said Jane, "I didn't really
know them very well."
"Why are you blushing then?"
Tony Beauclerk -
a first taste in
We have had a very busy and exciting term. The children have been learning from books; listening to stories, recognising rhyme and
using their imagination to bring books to life through role play, songs, music
For the first half of term the children learnt about their
environment from sowing wild flower seeds from Kew Gardens in our garden to
watching caterpillars turn into beautiful painted lady butterflies. The story we used was The Very Hungry
Our wild flower garden now looks beautiful and the insects
are beginning to visit.
The children also helped the Berry in Bloom team tidy up the
flower pots in front of the Manor Hall and Pre-school in readiness for the
summer flowers. We hope the team have
done well in the recent RHS judging for the Britain in Bloom
Books we have read include the Ilfracombe Academy Save our
World books that feature Peter the Puffin, Simon the Seagull and Tilly the
Turtle. These stories were made real
when we went on our summer trip to lpeCombe Martin beach and Museum taking part
in a Seashore Safari when children explored rock pools and hed to tidy up the
beach from unwanted plastic. We found
lots of life within the rock pools which we need to protect.
To finish our term, we put on a Summer Show to celebrate our
learning where the children recalled all the stories they had learnt. Other
stories took us on an adventure to the other side of the world - Sailing to
Galapagos. Here we found Giant Sea Turtles,
Albatross, Iguanas and Laver Crabs. The
children ended the show with a performance from the story of The Singing
This story is about a mermaid taken from the ocean and made
to sing in a circus. She was promised
many things but none of them came true. Eventually the mermaid was rescued by
her circus and ocean friends. The children sang and danced to some tunes from
The Greatest Showman. I don't think
there was a dry eye in the house and the children performed brilliantly and
shone like little stars!
Our fabulous Summer Show raised £165.00 and our Quiz Night
at The Globe raised £215.00 which was great and fun was had by all.
We also received a
donation of £15.00 from The
Globe Skittles Teams and we received a kind donation of a new slide from
the Gilson family for which we are all truly grateful. All money raised will go toward purchasing
new resources for the Pre-school children.
message from our Committee
We are looking for someone who would be willing to join our Committee.
We have a vacancy for a Treasurer.
Each year, a new committee is agreed, and in the case of not
being able to form one, it simply means that the Pre-school would have to
close. It hasn't happened yet! But we
have seen it happen to nearby pre-schools when the parents, and/or community
members can't manage to get a committee together.
Therefore, we are seeking someone who would be committed to
supporting the Pre-school in a voluntary role, to undertake a DBS check and
generally support the running of Pre-school. Meetings are held once a half term and we get
together to raise funds at different events.
Thank you for your support.
We hope you all enjoy your summer break and we look forward to seeing
you back in September for the new term.
the staff at Berrynarbor Preschool
Sue, Karen and Lynne
Whoever thought these out must be a wizard at
PRESBYTERIAN when you rearrange the letters: BEST IN
ASTRONOMER when you rearrange
the letters: MOON STARER
DESPERATION when you rearrange
the letters: A ROPE ENDS IT
THE EYES when you rearrange the
letters: THEY SEE
THE MORSE CODE when you
rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
DORMITORY when you rearrange the
letters: DIRTY ROOM
SLOT MACHINES when you rearrange
the letters: CASH LOST IN ME
ANIMOSITY when you rearrange the
letters: IS NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS when you
rearrange the letters: LIES - LET'S
SNOOZE ALARMS when you rearrange
the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z'S
A DECIMAL POINT when you
rearrange the letters: I'M A DOT IN
THE EARTHQUAKES when you
rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO when you
rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE
LETTER FROM REV.
I was standing outside St. Peter's
church door during one of the beautiful summer days we have been blessed with,
admiring the view alongside a visitor.
A view that has probably not changed for a very long time but even if it
has, it is still magnificent! It was
and is a small glimpse of the best of local scenery.
"It's a small world" is a statement we
often hear, but it does seem to have a ring of truth. The first time I visited Berrynarbor was in
2016, but unknown to me was that my former theological college principal's wife
is descended from the Berrie family who lived in Berrynarbor and who were
Huguenots. The Huguenots were immigrant
Christians who came from France to escape religious persecution in the 16th
century, many of them settled in the South West including Berrynarbor.
Imagine the Huguenots, who were
'blow-ins', may well have seen the same magnificent view from the church
steps. Not only would they have enjoyed
the view, but also the freedom to worship the living God, and so they stayed
and settled here in Berrynarbor, and we still have that same freedom today.
Incidentally, the Huguenots were
persecuted because they believed what the Bible says, that they were 'saved by
their faith in Jesus Christ', which is something that hasn't changed because
Christians still believe that today!
Enjoying yourself and raising money simultaneously has to be
a great mix. More than 250 people poured into the village
church on Friday
6th July, to sing and
support three important charities: the Manor Hall, St Peter's Church and Motor
Neurone Disease. This second Military Wives Concert was their
request, as when they were here in November 2016, they had asked to see the
village. Well, this year, the weather played its part
too; we had a glorious summer's evening
and the floral contingent was at its best as well!
The acoustics in this 13th century church are the best in
this village and their voices filled it to the rafters with their first song of
'Make You Feel My Love'. Children's voices can sometimes be difficult
to hear in a big space, but Berrynarbor School's rendition of 'Fix You',
written by Coldplay, brought the house down!
The appreciative atmosphere
continued when the Village Choir sang, 'I'm Getting Married in the
Audience participation was a first, but the WW2 medley was
enjoyed as voices could be heard clearly singing 'Lili Marlene' and 'We're
Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line', among others. Enjoyment
changed to pure, unadulterated emotion when it came to the finalé; 'Any Dream Will Do' was sung by all choirs; our children's voices could be heard
distinctly alongside the adults. It was, truly, one of those goosebump
moments. I could have listened to it again and again .
The evening finished with refreshments in our Manor Hall. Most of
the audience, almost 200, and the Village Choir members chatted, laughed and
drank their way through another happy hour! We
raised more than £3,400 that night, which included an auction and a raffle, but
the Wives are a charity and once their fees and our refreshment costs were
deducted, all three charities will each receive £830. I call
that a re-sound-ing success!
NEWS FROM THE
After the Half Term break the end of the school year seems
to have stampeded towards us, packed full of events and activities.
In June, Blueberry Class
had a very hot couple of days at Beam House. They enjoyed a variety of outdoor
and water activities including body boarding and trapeze. Elderberry Class ventured a little further
afield and spent 4 days at a centre in Okehampton. They, too, had a variety of outdoor
activities such as low and high ropes, archery, kayaking and rock climbing. Cranberry Class had a sleepover with their
counterparts at West Down School.
This term has been full
of music. Class 3 went to the Mix
Festival where they experienced a variety of music styles. Throughout this school year, many of our
children have been learning to play an instrument either with one of the tutors
who visit school, or an external tutor. Instruments range through violin, cello,
piano, saxophone, guitar and ukulele. Some
children also have singing lessons with Mrs. Barrow, and 5 have been involved
in the county-wide Teachers Rock Choir. There have been various opportunities for the
children to perform in assemblies, at the school fete, and at school concerts. Some played ukulele and guitar with their
tutor, Joe Steer, at Lee Village Fete.
Our concert choir had a
very special evening performing at the Military Wives Concert in the village
The Military Wives Concert was a great success. There were 15 of us in the school choir. We
sang "Fix You" in 2 parts arranged
by Debbie Kent, and "Let it Be" arranged by Mrs.
Barrow, and Mrs. Gill accompanied us on piano. We had massive applause from the audience,
and many people complimented us. In the
Finale we sang "Any Dream Will Do" with
the Military Wives and Berrynarbor Village Choir. The whole
experience was amazing!
After completing SATs,
Elderberry Class had just 4 weeks to learn lines and get into character for
their musical Super Sam. Their hard
work paid off as they performed it brilliantly in the Landmark Theatre to an
audience of parents, siblings and friends who all booed, laughed, cheered and
clapped throughout the evening.
Reception and Key Stage 1
children have had Pirates as their topic this term. They have investigated floating and sinking using
a variety of objects and materials. To
broaden their understanding of things nautical they have looked at the
structure of a fish and explored rock pool habitats on a Beach Safari in Combe
Martin, when they also heard about some local coastal history. Maps have been used to locate treasure and
the children have learnt about some famous pirates and life at sea. We hope you like the motley crew of pirate
puppets pictured below, each endowed with unique personality by its maker.
Reception & Year 1
This was a great evening
with plenty of activities to keep everyone amused and entertained. The lovely weather was a bonus, with the
Manor Hall and its outside space such an ideal venue. Thank you to everyone who supported this
The improvements to the
playground are well under way. The
children are enjoying the new climbing wall and various other bits and pieces. The gardens have been productive and children
have enjoyed sampling freshly podded peas.
Adieu and Hello
It's that time of year
again when we say farewell to our eldest children. There are 14 moving on to
senior school in September. We shall
miss them as they have contributed to our school community in so many ways, for
example, serving on School Council, serving fruit at dinner times, looking out
for the younger children and being good book buddies as they enjoy reading
books with the youngest children. As
they move on with our best wishes for the next stage of their lives, we welcome
12 little ones into the school. They
have been visiting Class 1 for an afternoon a week through June and July so
that they will be coming in to something familiar in September.
We have builders in over
the holidays to rejuvenate parts of the building so there will be some comings
and goings over the next few weeks, hopefully with minimal disruption to
village life. Thank you once again for
all the support you have given to us throughout the past school year and we
hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable summer.
Sue Carey - Head
suggested increased technology would lead to
"more rational, literate, calm and logical argument"
in place of
angry, emotional and dismissive argument.
Marshall McLuhan CC was a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public
intellectual. His work is one of the
cornerstones of the study of media theory.
He was born in Edmonton Canada
on the 21st July 1911 and died in Toronto on the 31st December, 1980.
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 83
Frisii is a coastal region along the
eastern corner of the North Sea in what today is mostly a large part of the
Netherlands, including modern Friesland and smaller parts of northern Germany. As far back as Roman times the Frisii people
were renowned for their care and breeding of cattle, preferring to pay a tax of
ox hides and ox horns to the Roman government rather than fulfil any military
obligations. This was in contrast to
other tribes who were less inclined towards pastoral pursuits and saw it as a
duty to provide, at the very least, armouries to the Roman army.
According to historical records, the
Frisii cattle were pure white and light.
This, however, would alter around 100BC when a group of people residing
in Hesse [now a Germanic state] were displaced and migrated with their black
cattle to the shores of the North Sea close to the Frisii tribe. Although there is no historical confirmation,
it is highly likely that cross breeding occurred and led to the foundation of
the current black and white Holstein-Friesian breed.
It is worth pointing out that today
Holstein generally refers to animals traced from North American blood lines; with the development of the New World, markets
began to develop for milk in both North and South America so that dairy
breeders turned to the Netherlands for their livestock. Friesian on the other hand denotes animals of
traditional European ancestry.
I made reference to black and white
Friesians in my last article whilst recalling a summer's evening when I stood
upon Cairn Top, having witnessed two separate herds standing within fields
running the two hillcrests of Slade Valley. But this is a breed far from restricted to
being viewed from only certain locations.
On the contrary, you can be sure
that if one cattle breed is to be repeatedly spotted by a family on their
journey to their holiday destination this summer, it will be the Friesian. Yet this has not always been the case. For
although the Frisii people bred this same unadulterated strain of cattle for
centuries, it was not until the
19th century that the
first Friesians were imported into the east coast ports of England and
Scotland. However, the Livestock
Journey of 1900 referred to the Dutch cattle as being both 'exceptionally good'
and 'remarkably inferior'. No doubt
this opinion, along with an epidemic of foot and mouth disease on the continent
eight years earlier, partly explains why Friesian cattle that were in the UK in
1908 failed to even get a mention in the census. This took place around a time of agricultural
depression which encouraged breed societies to flourish, including the British
Holstein Cattle Society, formed in 1909 but soon altered to include the word
Friesian. By 1918 Holstein had been dropped, becoming
instead the British Cattle Friesian Society; interestingly, four years earlier the
official importation of 1914 had allowed ports to once again feel the hooves of
Friesian cattle upon their ground.
Whilst it could be argued that these imports were the embryo
for establishing the Friesian as a renowned, long lived, dairy breed in the UK,
it would take until the 1950's for the breed to begin its great expansion. This
continued through to the 1980's, halted in the following decade by an increase
Holstein influence in the breed. Just
prior to this, in 1988, Holstein was once more added to the Society's name; and whilst Friesian enthusiasts fully
understood the need, they were less sympathetic when they merged with the Holstein
Breed Society in 1999 to become Holstein UK.
In their view the Friesian is continuing
to demonstrate its general robustness and prove its worth, notable in its
fertility so as to provide the black and white cross for Holstein breeders. What's
more, the modern Friesian, predominantly a grazing animal, is well able to
sustain itself on many lactations on both low lying and upland grasslands, so
giving high lifetime yields of quality milk from home produced feeds; and in response to demand, protein percentages
were raised successfully across the breed. So, whilst the idea of dual purpose animals
has arguably become outmoded, it seems that Friesians are highly suitable for
many farmers, especially where grazing is a main feature of the system. Additionally, male animals are highly
regarded as producers of high quality lean meat whether crossed with a beef
breed or not. Beef-cross heifers have also long been sought
after as ideal suckler calf replacements.
So, what of the counter argument? Well,
I shall save that for next time and use as my source the opinion of the writer
and television presenter Jack Hargreaves. Wikipedia states 'his enduring interest was
to comment without nostalgia or sentimentality on accelerating distortions in
relations between the city and countryside.'
Yet when it came to Friesians, it seems his opinion on the takeover of
the countryside was somewhat forthright. But more of that next time. In the
meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer.
BERRY IN BLOOM &
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
Berrynarbor hosted the Judges for the R.H.S. Britain in
Bloom on 11th July.
The village was looking lovely and I am sure that they were
impressed with all our efforts. The judging was over a two-hour period and we
tried to show them as much of Berrynarbor as we could. Alan and I met them in the car park and talked
to them about trying to make the car park and Shop a welcoming area. They
met some of the volunteers in the Shop and liked the new herb tubs and the
seating area with the telephone box information centre. We
then travelled by car up Barton Lane to view the new village signs and the
planting in the new stone bed. Then down
past the bright and beautiful flower display outside the Sawmills Inn to our
lovely Watermouth Harbour and the new Storm in a Teacup Café, also bedecked
with flowers. We then travelled up the Sterridge Valley so
that they could take in the greater part of the village and then back past the School
to the car park when they walked around the centre of the village with Ann and
Barbara, taking in the War Memorial, the Manor Hall and the Pre-school, where
they met some of the children who eagerly showed them what they had been
growing in the garden that we helped to renovate last year. Finally,
they visited the pub garden to meet with some of Ann's Grow@Jigsaw team who had
worked so hard there. Completing their
visit, they met some of the Berry in Bloom team over a coffee.
Well done Bloomers and all of you in the village who have
helped in whatever way, fingers crossed we'll get GOLD again!
July saw Berry in Bloom holding Tea on the Lawn at Middle Lee Farm. The weather was glorious and the venue lovely
for everyone to have a scrummy tea with sandwiches, clotted cream scones and a
great selection of homemade cakes, and all for a fiver! A goodly sum of £428.00 was made, some of
which will, no doubt, be spent this autumn on bulbs for our spring displays. The raffle raised £140 for the
Newsletter. Many thanks to everyone who
Date and Apple Squares
This is an easy recipe that helps use
some of the cooking apples that will soon be ready to pick.
cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
chopped stoned dates
light soft brown sugar
tsp bicarbonate soda 100g/4oz porridge
Heat the oven to190℃/170℃ fan/gas 5. Grease
and line with baking parchment an 18cm square tin.
Tip the apples with 2 tbsps water into a saucepan and simmer
on a low heat for about 5 minutes until tender.
Add the dates and 50g/2 oz of the
soft brown sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes but add a splash more water
if it looks like sticking to the pan. Break the apples and dates up with a spoon and
leave to cool.
Melt the butter on a low heat. Mix
the flour, bicarbonate of soda, remaining sugar and porridge oats together in a
bowl and pour in the melted butter. Mix
Press half the oat/flour mixture in to the bottom of the tin
Spread over the
apple/date mixture. Cover with the
remaining oat/flour mixture and press down.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and firm. Cool in the tin before cutting into squares.
Don't like dates? Replace
them with raisins and 1 tsp cinnamon maybe.
This recipe freezes well but doesn't stay quite so crisp,
still lovely though.
LOCAL WALK - 169
'Singing the Blues'
A giant hogweed towered above me. A yellow Labrador was enjoying a paddle in
the harbour. But, as I walked along The
Warren on a sunny summer's day, I was wondering, "Where have all the
A couple of velvety dark ringlet
butterflies with their subtle pattern of tiny cream circles appeared in the
shadier sections of the path, but so far this year sightings of blue
butterflies have been sparse.
Hope Bourne, the writer and artist who
lived at Great Ferny Ball, Exmoor, wrote in A Moorland Year:
". . . a host of blue butterflies
flutter and shimmer in the strong sunshine . . . like fragments of sky
descended to earth. I watch them
entranced as they fly about my feet and amongst the flowers, transported back
to childhood when such a flight of butterflies was more frequently to be seen
Vladimir Nabokov, more famous for
Lolita and other novels, was also a professional lepidopterist, specialising in
the study of blue butterflies and writing several books on the subject.
I reached the Martello tower and a
gorgeous view of the sea; an intense
blue with, closer to the shore, clear turquoise green water creating a rippling
pattern over the rocks below.
I witnessed a fly past of cormorants
and gannets. A clump of tiny mauve
storkbill clung to the base of the tower.
As I continued, a neat brown silhouette
flew by - a kestrel - a brief hover and she dropped from sight.
I retraced my steps to see where she
might have landed. Instead I heard a
cheerful trill but it took some time to locate the goldfinches balanced on the
thistles. Then a female stonechat
landed beside them.
On a walk it pays just to stop and
listen, tracing any small sounds and movements. At the end of the path, opposite the island
called Sexton's Burrow, a scurrying in the undergrowth and a glimpse of small
A wild rockery of centaury, sheep's-bit
scabious and lime-green flowered wood sage.
[Unlike the similar devil's-bit scabious, sheep's-bit is not a true
scabious but a member of the campanulaceae family.]
Returning to the tower I found the
peace had been broken by the arrival of speed boats. Helmeted intrepids were hurling themselves
off rocks and into the sea. Why?!
Although the weather was wonderful and
the boat café was doing a good trade, I had the entire route along the narrow
promontory to myself. Perhaps the
slightly hidden, dark and overgrown entrance to The Warren appears
uninviting. But it does make a lovely
FROM THE PARISH
has been a busy few months for the Parish Council. The
Berrynarbor Dog Show was held on Sunday 1st July 2018 which, despite the
torrential rain, saw an amazing turnout of people, a total of £225 was raised
to support the Berrynarbor Newsletter. Thanks, must be given to Councillor Mrs Sian
Barten for organising the event, Councillor
Mrs Julia Fairchild who did a
sterling job of organising and stewarding on the day in the pouring rain and
our esteemed judge, Mrs Yvette Gubb, who did the most amazing job of judging
and we are truly grateful to her for coming out in such awful weather and
undertaking the task with her usual good humour and charm. Jennifer Barten also judged two classes and
thanks must be extended to her too. The Parish Council hopes to hold an
annual dog show for a different cause each year and hopes to build on this
defibrillator awareness training was held in June and the Parish Council would
like to thank all those that attended and the Assistant Community Responder
Officer from the South West Ambulance Service for leading the session. This
is an annual awareness training to show the public how to use the equipment in
an emergency so if you missed this year's, please do keep an eye out for the
date next year.
beginning of the year the Parish Council reported that it had received
complaints about the storage of large vehicles and motorhomes in the village
car park. Enforcement was carried out by the North Devon
Council, which owns the car park, to remove the vehicles; however, the Parish Council has received
further complaints that the car park is once again being used to store large
vehicles and motorhomes. Not only is the abuse of the village car park
unfair on those who pay to store their caravans and motor homes, but it also
prevents the community from being able to park to attend functions and use the
facilities within the village. This
continuous abuse could lead to charges being introduced to manage the facility
and prevent long term usage.
Parish Council has once again received complaints about hedgerows overhanging
highways. If you are a landowner please
consider your responsibility to maintain your hedgerows and although bird
nesting season prevents some hedge cutting from March - August, safety should
be maintained. Any overgrown hedgerows affecting highway
safety can be reported via Devon County Council's website www.devon.gov.uk.
reported in the last newsletter, the new village signs are in situ, the Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty signs have been added and the stone planter has been
built around the Barton Lane sign and planted by Berry In Bloom and thanks must
be given to them for the lovely display.
The Parish Council would like to say thank you to County Councillor
Andrea Davis who contributed £2,000 from her Devon County Council Locality
Fund, the AONB which contributed £1,726.37 in grant funding, Councillor Adam
Stanbury who donated the stone for the planter and
Mr and Mrs Richards who contributed £300 for the
creation of the stone planter. The Parish Council would also like to thank
North Devon Wrought Iron Design for creating the signs, A&B Contractors for
installing them, Berry Arboriculture for building the stone planter, Really Red
for the AONB signs and the landowners who have allowed us to install the signs
on their land. The Parish Council has received some lovely
feedback and comments from residents about the signs and we really do hope that
they will help to promote the area and traditions of Berrynarbor, especially
the importance of its setting within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Vicki Woodhouse -
MOVERS & SHAKERS
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Poet, Literary Critic and Philosopher
October 1772 - 25 June 1874
We were looking for a lunchtime pub on
the A38 between Highbridge and Bridgwater - and missed it. [Later we found it was between Bridgwater
and Taunton and we must have driven past it!]
When we found ourselves in Nether Stowey, on the edge of the Quantock
Hills, we couldn't wait for sustenance any longer. Food was 'off' at the recommended pub, but
opposite was Coleridge Cottage, that served lunch.
Having satisfied our stomachs, we then
toured this tiny cottage, home to Samuel Taylor Coleridge from 1796 -
1799. Here, we learnt, he was at his
most prolific poetic creativity, writing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, and Frost at Midnight
amongst others. With his friend William
Wordsworth, who lived nearby, he published a joint volume of poetry, Lyrical
Ballads, which turned out to be the
start of the English romantic age.
Although Wordsworth contributed more poems, Coleridge's The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner was the real star.
This article is not going to be about
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's academic achievements, [I always have to be careful
to get his name in the right order, not Samuel Coleridge-Taylor who was a renowned
composer and conductor in the early 1900's] but largely about his years in
So, who was he, and what was he doing in
this small village?
Coleridge was born on
21st October 1772 in Ottery St Mary.
His father was Rev. John Coleridge, Vicar of St Mary's Church in that
town and Headmaster of King's School, a free grammar school set up by Henry
VIII. Previously he had been the Master of Hugh Squier's school in South Molton
and a lecturer in nearby Molland, which brings the family even closer to
Berrynarbor. John Coleridge had 3
children by his first wife, and Samuel was the youngest of 10 children by his
Anne Bowden, who is
reputed to be the daughter of a one-time mayor of South Molton.
Young Samuel was a bit of a loner. He
'took no pleasure in boyish sports' and instead read incessantly, and played on
his own. His father died when he was
only eight and he was sent to Greyfriars in London for the rest of his
education. Here he studied and wrote
poetry, becoming friends with Charles Lamb, a schoolmate.
His father was pious and innocent
according to Samuel, but his relationship with his mother was more of a
problem. He was rarely allowed home
during term time; as a child he was
always seeking attention and in later life was a dependent person, which proved
damaging, and whilst in Nether Stowey, wrote of his loneliness at school in the
poem Frost at Midnight:
With unclosed lids, already had I dreamt
Of my sweet birth-place, . . .
As a child, he had crippling bouts of
depression and anxiety and physically was unhealthy - probably stemming from a
bout of rheumatic fever. For this he
was treated with laudanum which gave him a lifelong addiction to opium.
In 1791 he attended Jesus College,
Cambridge, but left in 1793 and joined the 15th Light Dragoons. Here he suffered severe bouts of depression
and after a few months his brothers arranged for him to be discharged as
'insane'. He returned to Jesus College
but never received a degree.
Whilst at the college, he met the
radically thinking poet, Robert Southey.
They had a brief plan to found a utopian commune society, and later that
year, 1795, the two friends married sisters, Sara and Edith Fricker. For Samuel, it was a bad choice and he grew
to detest his wife, Sara, who was a well-educated woman, brought up in the
genteel social life of Bristol.
When, on the last day of 1796, he, Sara
and their baby son Hartley arrived at Coleridge Cottage [then named Gilbards],
it was dirty, draughty and overrun with mice.
Water for all uses had to be drawn from a well in the yard and heated
over an open fire. There was no range or
oven so Sara had to cook stews and boiled puddings over an open fire. Pies and meat for roasting had to be carried
to the baker's and cooked there.
In spite of all this, initially
Coleridge at least was happy. He took
great delight in his little son. His
plan was to be self-sufficient, growing vegetables, and he kept two pigs, three
ducks and three geese. His other
activities, such as writing, meeting friends and walking on the Quantock Hills,
became much more appealing and the garden soon reverted to weeds!
One of his new friends was Tom Poole, a
local tanner and farmer with little education, but no country bumpkin! He was a radical thinker, and Samuel looked
forward to, and had, many years of support.
A gate was made between Coleridge's orchard and Poole's garden for easy
access, and Sara was loved by both Poole and his mother. Nowadays, Poole's house offers bed and
When Hartley was three, he caught
scabies and the cure was to be painted all over with brimstone. Sara had to fumigate the house whilst
Coleridge, no help at all, retired to a corner 'undisturbed as a Toad in a
Poor Sara, trying to deal with domestic
problems, was unable to build up any relationship with the Wordsworths, who
frequently enjoyed long walks with her husband. Dorothy sometimes borrowed Sara's clothes -
although calling them out of date - and even returned them muddy at the hem
from her walks!
By 1798, things were bad for the
Coleridges. Samuel had gone to Germany with the Wordsworth's. It was planned that Sara should go with
them, but her second baby, Berkeley, was born in May of that year, which
prevented her travelling. Once in
Germany, Samuel left the Wordsworth's and enrolled as a student at
Whilst there, the baby, Berkeley, became
very ill following a smallpox vaccine.
His lungs were affected and after staying up with Berkeley many nights,
Sara too became ill. She was also
running short of money and moved back to Bristol where there was better medical
help. Her illness caused her hair to
lose its gloss and fall out and she took to wearing a wig. In spite of her
constant care, Berkeley died in his mother's arms in February 1799. When Samuel eventually heard of his baby's
death, he didn't hurry home. It was
July before he returned, and even then, because of his guilty neglect, only
after a stay in London. Sara felt
In the souvenir guide to Coleridge
Cottage, there is a copy of a very moving letter she wrote to her husband
desperately asking for him to come home.
It was the beginning of the end of their relationship and of their
happiness in Nether Stowey.
The Wordsworth's tenancy had expired and
they moved back to their beloved Lake District. Coleridge became a successful journalist
with London's Morning Post. On the
pretext of wanting to save his marriage, but more so because he wanted to be
near Wordsworth, he and Sara moved to Keswick.
By this time, however, William was now achieving poetic success and was
becoming tired of Samuel turning up at his home, depressed and ill.
In 1804 Coleridge accepted the post of
secretary to the Governor of Malta and on his return two years later returned
to the Lake District. He finally
separated from Sara in1808 after a long infatuation with the sister of
Wordsworth's wife, Mary. He became
increasingly dependent on opium and by 1816 was accepted as a patient into the
home of London surgeon, James Gillman, who partially controlled his addiction. Samuel lived with the Gillman's in Highgate
until his death in 1834. Sara, two
years older than Samuel, lived until 1845.
During his lifetime, he added greatly to the English language. As examples, I give two quotes from The
Nor any drop to drink"
prayeth best who loveth best
All things both great and small;.
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all."
In spite of a successful London career,
writing for newspapers, lecturing, compiling tomes on his literary thoughts and
even writing the occasional poem, Coleridge never regained the magical touch of
his three years in Coleridge Cottage.
The cottage is now owned by the National
Trust and is just a pleasant day's outing for Berrynarbor folk. Why not give it a go?
We found it by accident - but it was
well worth the visit.
PP of DC
This poem [or is it a lament?] was sent
in by Maureen [Scott-Nash]. By John
Gordon, it was first published in the Daily Telegraph in February and is
reproduced with John's kind permission.
They showed me two sealed boxes and
invited me to choose,
It really was so simple, how could
The one was labelled Brexit, the other
Pick one I was told, your chance may
never come again.
I understand the labels, but they don't
help me decide.
Before I choose I'd like some clues -
what is it that's inside?
It's clear as day said Mrs. May, an
idiot could figure,
Labels are too small for you? Perhaps you'd like them bigger?
Oh I can read the labels I hurry to
I need to know the contents or I'm
tempted to abstain.
Take Brexit for example, what does that
Oh Brexit - that mean Brexit - please
try to concentrate!
OK then I try again, Remain - what's
She says it's obvious to me, can there
be any doubt?
Well yes there can, and rather than
give meaningless replies
Give us the facts, we'd like brass
tacks - evasion sounds like lies.
So in the end I gave my vote, a little
box I ticked,
But as events unfolded, I wondered what
While politicians argue, and as
We might begin to wonder if anybody knows.
We are happy to report that the main
hall roof has had some remedial repairs to stop the leak we have been
experiencing for some time. We are now
in the process of acquiring advice and quotes for a new heating system for which
we very much hope to be able to give you a schedule of works in the next edition
of the Newsletter- fingers crossed!
We are delighted that our recent push
for new Trustee members has resulted in a successful recruitment of 3 new
members. This will hopefully take
pressure off our current team and bring fresh ideas and skills.
A huge thank you to Judith Adam and her
helpers on the second successful Military Wives Choir Evening, from which we
received a very welcome share of the profits of £830 - an amazing achievement!
At our July meeting we welcomed David
Rowe, a successful bid writer and fund finder, who is generously giving us his
time and knowledge free to help us access funding. Again, we hope to be able to report some
positive news on funding this autumn.
Please can we politely remind car owners
that the clearly inadequate parking facilities at the Hall needs to be used
with consideration, and it is strictly for the use of people that are in the Hall
buildings and is not to be used as a car park while visiting other places in
Finally, we will be holding a fundraiser
in the Hall, Auction of Promises on Saturday 10th November. Previously, this has been a very successful
way of fundraising and if you have something you can give in the way of a
Promise or Gift to be auctioned, please contact a trustee - thank you.
"Not long after, and while it was still
twilight, the grandfather also went to bed, for he was up every morning at
sunrise, and the sun came climbing up over the mountains at a very early hour
during these summer months. The wind
grew so tempestuously during the night, and blew in such gusts against the
walls, that the hut trembled and the old beams groaned and creaked. It came howling and wailing down the chimney
like voices of those in pain, and it raged with such fury among the old fir
trees that here and there a branch was snapped and fell. In the middle of the night, the old man got
up. "The child will be frightened," he
murmured half aloud. He mounted the
ladder and went and stood by the child's bed.
"Outside the moon was struggling with
dark, fast-driving clouds, which at one moment left it clear and shining, and
the next swept over it, and all again was dark. Just now the moonlight was falling through
the round window straight on to Heidi's bed.
She lay under the heavy coverlid, her cheeks rosy with sleep, her head
peacefully resting on her little round arm, and with a happy expression on her
baby face as if dreaming of something pleasant. The old man stood looking down on the
sleeping child until the moon again disappeared behind the clouds and he could
see no more, then he went back to bed."
Johanna Spyri's delightful story of
Heidi, the girl from the alps, is by far the most popular work of Swiss
literature. It has been translated from
German into 50 languages, been filmed more than a dozen times and more than 50
million copies of Heidi books have been sold world-wide. Johanna
Spyri, nee Heusser, was born in 1827 and raised in the small village of Hirzel,
southeast of Zurich. The daughter of a
country doctor and a writer of religious poetry and hymns. With her three brothers and three sisters,
Johanna grew up in a sheltered upper-class family environment. When she 16 she was sent to a residential
school in the French-speaking city of Yverdon and after graduating she returned
home, helping her mother, teaching her little siblings, and reading.
Her choice to remain in Hirzel with her
parents might have been for safety as politically, these were turbulent times
in Switzerland with a short civil war, followed in 1847 by the foundation of a
modern, democratic, federal national state.Johanna married Johann Bernard
Spyri, a lawyer, journalist and workaholic, in 1852, when she was 25. He did not show much interest in his wife
and the marriage was not very happy.
During her pregnancy with her only
child, Bernard, she suffered from depression, which continued for several
years. Bernard sadly died early of
consumption at the age of 28, in 1884, the same year that his father also died.
It was a family friend who encouraged
Johanna to write and she published her first story in 1871.
From that date to 1901, she published
27 books and 4 booklets containing a total of 48 stories and novels. She had a rather critical view on
Switzerland's society in the late 19th century and today her works, apart from
the Heidi story, probably find more interest to historians than those
interested in literature. She had a
special interest in the situation of children and young women who at that time
were regarded as small, imperfect adults.
It was, therefore, quite revolutionary that she took sides with the
children as having their own world and their own needs differing widely from
the world of adults.
Johanna Spyri died in Zurich, where she
is buried, on the
DEVON & CORNWALL
FOR MORE 4
an e-mail I have received from Joel Gellard.
If you feel you could help in any way, or have suggestions to make,
please either contact him direct or me on  883544 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Gellard - Researcher
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I'm involved in making a documentary
series 'Devon & Cornwall' for More 4.
It's a follow up to our series 'the
Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes', the second series of which has just started on
More 4. Here's a link to the programme:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-yorkshire-dales-and-the-lakes .
It's a positive and gently
paced programme which gives the rest of the country an idea what it's like to
live and work in such beautiful and remote locations. We aim to be filming from
JUNE until OCTOBER, in chunks around the counties. We focus on interesting
characters and communities, the benefits they take from living in the area, and
challenges they face together.
We're looking to find interesting characters, especially those who have
a historical tie to the area, or an occupation that could not exist anywhere
else. This could be YOU or someone you are aware of. Other things that may be
ˇ Passion for their role and heritage
ˇ Key members of the community
ˇ People who hold more than one role in the community
ˇ People who often initiate or coordinate events
ˇ People who have a specific skill or talent
ˇ People whose situation is changing, perhaps because of
changes to their
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If you're interested, or
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All suggestions and
signposts welcome, including of course your feelings about potentially being
filmed by a small crew of friendly northerners!
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW
on Pitt Hill
This view of the School Attendance
Officer, Mr. Hooper, for Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor, shows him
walking up Pitt Hill. This photographic
picture was taken, yet again, by William Garratt around
and is numbered 11. Note the roof of
Rose Cottage on lower right, whilst on lower left the cottages 30 and 31 Pitt
Hill can just be seen. Here we also
have a great picture of the houses on Hagginton Hill, which was formerly known as
The message on the reverse side of the
card is very interesting:
". . .
and peered into the window of the only other shop the place contains, where you
see biscuits and ribbon and pencils and sweets all on the same counter. We wanted some sweets but the flies were so
numerous. On the way home, we went by
the inland road, past all these white cottages."
The shop mentioned is undoubtedly
Dormer Cottage Shop as run by Mr. Klee who was of German extraction.
It should be noted that the Attendance
Officer would look into the reasons why any children were not attending school
and would inform the parents that their children must attend school regularly
unless the doctor had said they should stay at home because of illness or
Cottage, July 2018
The post of School Attendance Officer
originated with the 1870 Education Act and his job description was to track
student attendance and enforce rules about truancy, which varied according to
each school's guidelines and local laws.
They sometimes even tracked down specific students who had a habit of
The Attendance Officers, responsible
for the enforcement of compulsory attendance, changed their approach to truancy
under the influence of child welfare legislation and changing views of the
child in the first decade of the 20th century.
Some of the changes of their work emerged as a direct response to the
implementing the law in relation to child welfare but at the same time,
attendance officers themselves increasingly aspired to a new welfare role which
emphasised support and help for the needy family in place of the punitive role
they had previously undertaken. But it was not easy for them to change their
image from the familiar one of the 'kid-catcher'.
Today, all schools must record details
of pupils' attendance and absence at school. They do so at the beginning of morning and
afternoon sessions and if a child is absent, the parent must tell the school
why. The school will record the absence.
The Education Welfare Service [EWS]
gets this information for each pupil. The
Department of Education also receives annually attendance data for each school.
By law, all children of compulsory
school age [normally four to 16] must receive a suitable full-time education. For most parents, this means registering
their child at a school - though some choose to make other arrangements to
provide a suitable, full-time education.
Once a child is registered at a school,
the parent[s] are legally responsible for making sure they go regularly.
If the child doesn't go to school, parents could get fined or be
prosecuted in court.
Authority is responsible for investigating if they believe a child is not
getting educated at home or at school.