Unfortunately, due to the snow and icy
weather, the February Meeting had to be cancelled.Hopefully Mr. Bernard Hill, the fox man, will
be able to come to talk to us at a later date.
members were present at the March Meeting, when birthday cards were given to
Janet Gibbins, Doreen Prater and Betty Richards, and Marion Carter won the
Gammon has arranged a river trip on the Exe on 12th May at with time beforehand for members to
have lunch.The cost of the river trip
is £4.50 each - the coach fare to be announced when numbers are ascertained.
Chairman, Janet Gibbins, welcomed the speaker, Roger Groos,
who spoke to us about healthy eating.
total daily calories required by females is 2,000 -
only 1600 if you are less active.Carbohydrates produce energy for the body, especially the brain and
nervous system, but they pass through the stomach fairly quickly and are
digested in the intestines, which leaves the individual feeling hungry after a
short time, whereas proteins [meat, poultry, milk, eggs and cheese] stay in the
stomach to be digested, so are more satisfying.An enzyme called amylase helps break down
carbohydrates into glucose [blood sugar], which is used for energy by the body.
increase healthy nutrients, eat more fruit and vegetables, rice, bread and
cereals, beans, lentils and dried peas.Dark leafy green vegetables are a vital part of a healthy diet as they
are packed with nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and
vitamins A, C, E and K.
are another vital part of a healthy diet but it is the type of fat that
matters.Foods such as salmon, herring,
mackerel, anchovies and sardines are rich in Omega 3 which supports brain and
body functions.It is best to cook with
olive oil or butter and put sunflower and rape seed oil on salads.Drink
plenty of water and avoid sugary drinks as they are an easy way to pack
calories and chemicals into your diet.
you can imagine, during Mr. Groos' talk members asked
numerous questions about their eating habits!Doreen Prater thanked him for all this interesting information.
Meeting ended with the usual tea and coffee and biscuits and purchases from the
Wright will be coming on 7th April to talk about the Life of Bees and on the
5th May, Bernice Putt will be speaking about the RNLI.All Meetings are in the Manor Hall at All are welcome.
kindly Light, amid th'
Thou me on!The night is dark
And I am
far from home;lead
Thou me on!
Thou my feet;I
do not ask to see
step enough for me.
not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me
on;I loved to
now lead Thou me on!
the garish day, and , spite of fears,
ruled my will.Remember not past years!
Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
lead me on.O'er moor and
crag and torrent, till the night is gone,
the morn those angel faces smile,
have loved long since and lost awhile!
John Henry Newman [1801-1890]
BRIAN WRIGHT [1925-2009]
reported in the February issue, we were all saddened at the sudden death of
Brian.St. Peter's Church was
overflowing with family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, all anxious to say
farewell to a 'true gentleman' [and our Crossword Puzzler].Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with
Sue and the family.
* * *
in Basingstoke, Brian spent his early years in the village of Sherfield-on-Lodden.His interest in sport was developed on the
village green - football and cricket.On leaving Queen Mary's Grammar School, he enlisted in the Royal Air
Force as a navigator/bomb aimer, but didn't experience active service, spending
some time at the Air Ministry, where he honed his 'organising skills'.
starting at teacher training college, Brian had a brief period at the
Prudential Insurance.Most of his
teaching career was spent in Reading,
specialising in Sports and English, but his first love was football.He was Secretary of Reading Schools' Football
Association for many years.In 1964 he
joined English Schools' Football Association Council, representing Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and the Channel
Isles.He took the English Under 15 team to Germany,
France and Holland
on many International matches, and in 1976 became Chairman of the E.S.F.A. when
he had the privilege of taking the team to Australia.
started playing golf at Henley but it wasn't
until he retired and moved to Lynton, where we ran a guest house for five years, that he took up the game seriously.He joined Ilfracombe Golf Club in 1983 and
quickly became involved in the Veterans' Section, taking over as
Secretary/Treasurer in 1994.During his
time at the Club, he became both Club Captain and President.
family and I should like to thank everyone for the numerous cards, 'phone calls
and support during this sad time.The
collection following the funeral was overwhelming and we were able to donate
£500 to St. Peter's Bell Fund and £500 to the Salvation Army.
of Goosewell, sadly passed away on Tuesday, 25th January.
A much loved and loving husband,
brother, father and grandfather he will be sorely missed by his wife Joyce, his
sister June and brother-in-law Bill and his children Karen and Steve and the
was a keen walker, a member of the Globe skittles team, the 'Seasiders' and a supporter of the Berry Broadcasting
Company, taking part in the early shows at The Globe.
thoughts are with all the family at this time of sorrow.
DAVID BOWES [April 1939 - February 2009]
was born and brought up in the village
in Wiltshire.The only child of Joseph
and Rose Bowes, he attended MarlboroughGrammar School and was a
very keen scientist, in particular he was interested
in chemistry.This led onto his first
job working for many years at Harwell Atomic Research and Development
Establishment in Oxfordshire, which was part of the Department of Trade and
the general slowdown within the industry in the 1970's, David changed jobs and
worked for the next 17 years as a computer consultant and lecturer in London,
after which he worked as a freelance computer consultant, travelling all over
the world to such places as Finland and Saudi Arabia.
and Carol met by chance through friends and their relationship developed.They married in 1992 and for many years
lived in Highworth, near Swindon,
with Carol's daughter Lisa.For 3 years
they both worked at GWR, a local radio network assisting at outside broadcasts.
moving and living in Weymouth for 7 years, Carol
and David visited BerrynarborPark in 2001, decided to have a lodge as a second
home - away from Weymouth
at the height of the tourist season - but soon realised that Berrynarbor was
far more tranquil.
soon became involved within the local community, videoing events such as the
annual BBC Show.He also joined and
became Chairman of the Tarka Radio at the NorthDevonHospital, which he loved.
On the Friday before he died, David
attended the hospital radio where he did his show.
loved David dearly as a father, he was always kind and
gentle.He was the love of Carol's life
for thirty years and both Carol and Lisa feel privileged to have known him.
too, in the village feel privileged to have known him and our thoughts are with
Carol and Lisa at this time of sadness.
DERRICK COOK [1933-2009]
will be very sorry to learn that Derrick, Debbie's father, died suddenly in
February.We send her, and her brother
Steve and his family, our heartfelt sympathy at this time of sorrow and thank
her for, even under such sad circumstances, once again delighting us with a
cover and illustration for our Newsletter.
was born and brought up in Yorkshire - a
farmer's son - and in farming circles he was known to plough the straightest
furrow.Later, his engineering skills
came to the fore and he worked in and produced some very beautiful and
intricate wrought iron work - for churches and gates for prominent places.
1989, he and his late wife Margaret, moved with Debbie
and assorted family pets, to Ellis Cottage, Pitt Hill, and it was during their
three years here in the village that both her parents encouraged and supported
Debbie with her involvement with the Newsletter.In 1992, they moved to Heddon
Mill, near Braunton.
pride and joy was his 1/3rd scale Showman's Steam Traction engine that he built
and which he took, with the family, to many shows, including the Devon County
Show and the North Devon Show.
modest man of many skills, the reading at his funeral of writing by Charles
Darwin was so fitting:
I have found that I have blundered or that my work has been imperfect, and when
I have been contemptuously criticised and even when I have been over praised,
so that I have felt mortified, it has been my greatest comfort to say hundreds
of times to myself that 'I have worked as hard and as well as I could, and no
many can do more than this.'
BETTY DUDLEY -WARD
was with sadness that we learnt that Betty passed away peacefully on the 24th
February at The Old Rectory Residential Home in Longhope,
Gloucestershire, and our condolences are sent to her niece Lucille.
affectionately in the village as 'Matron', due to the fact that for many years
she had been in charge of South Lodge, now the Susan Day residential home in
Ilfracombe, Betty was in her late 90's.She left the village in the summer of 2005 to move nearer her niece and
On leaving, Betty wrote:. . . "I was
in charge of the Susan Day Home in Ilfracombe - a resident post - so on my
retirement I had to make a home somewhere.As I had friends in the village and there was a bungalow [Halldene, now Croeso] available,
I decided to come to Berrynarbor.
have spent many happy years here and I have made many friends.As I have become old - 92 now - I have
appreciated these friends very much.Everyone has been so kind and helpful to me and I am very sorry to be
leaving the village but feel it is right to go near my family at this time.
Berrynarbor is a lovely village to
live in and look at - Goodbye to you all."
we sadly say 'goodbye' to you, Betty.
The whole village
learnt with great sadness that after his long, courageous and always cheerful
battle, Brian succumbed and passed away at the North Devon Hospice on the 14th
loving and loved husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed so much not
only by his family, but by all villagers who had the privilege to know him.
thoughts have been with him and Di, and continue to be with Di, Geoff and
Sharon and all the family.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Services during April and May will be as follows:
AprilPalm Sunday, Songs of Praise with
distribution of Palm Crosses
10th AprilGood Friday, to
A quiet hour for reflection with hymns
12th AprilEaster Day, Family Communion [and will there be Easter
Eggs for the children?].
church will be decorated late Friday afternoon and on Saturday.Please let Sue know
if you would like to give flowers or make a donation towards the cost.Her 'phone number is 883893.
21st May is Ascension Day followed by Whitsunday [or Pentecost] on 31st May,
which is the Sunday after the May Bank Holiday week-end.The service will be at as usual.Please look out for posters nearer the time.
Aid Week will be 10th to 16th May, and once again envelopes will be distributed
and collected around the main village.
Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 29th April and 27th May.On behalf of everyone, I should like to take
this opportunity to thank the staff at The Globe for the delicious Christmas
Lunch prepared for us - we finally managed to arrange it at the end of
of the Tenor Bell
tenor bell was reinstalled on Monday, 9th March and the other bells were
checked at the same time.Those
venturing outside on the evening of Thursday, 12th, were overjoyed to hear a
practice peal ringing out over the village.There was quite a gathering in church that night with our own ringers
joined by others from Combe Martin and a photographer from the Journal.
response to the appeal for the restoration of the bell has been
overwhelming.Thanks to all your very
generous donations and support of the special events held, there will be enough
money in the bank to cover the invoice when it arrives.The Curry and Quiz Night was a runaway
success and we cannot thank Jean and Peter enough for their magnificent
effort.The Folk Evenings arranged by
Tony Summers were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and together raised £656.Our thanks to Tony and Pip
and everyone who gave so freely of their time and talents.Over the past few weeks there has been a
prize hamper in the Community Shop provided by Bill Huxtable.The draw, which took place on Saturday, 14th
March, was won by GillyLoosemore
and raised a further £122 .The total sum raised was increased by an
incredible amount following theCoffee Morning on the 21st March,
organised by Elaine Filer.And there
are still a few more planned events in the pipeline, dates yet to be confirmed.
the money raised has been placed in a Bell Fund and any sum remaining will be
kept there for future maintenance of the bells.Since leaflets 'Help Us to Save Our Bell' were distributed all round the village, there will be no
Gift Day in June this year.
FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory, Combe Martin
A great big "THANK YOU" to
everyone in the village who responded so magnificently to our appeal for help
with the bells.
certainly proved an 'opportunity' [see my last letter] for the whole community
to come together and enjoy not only curry but some wonderful entertainment in
the Manor Hall and the Globe - despite, on occasions, the weather.
you so much to those of you who organised and took part in the activities.As I write this, the carpenters are due to
start work on the bells and you have raised the money for that.I am sure it must be some sort of record for
so much money to be raised in such a short time.I think it reflects the affection in which
the bells and the bell-ringers of Berrynarbor are held and I take this
opportunity to thank Michael and his intrepid band of ringers for all their
hard work over the years.I think our
ringers are great.
just in case you are wondering, I do not intend to have a Gift Day this year.
Your love and support for the Church has been generously demonstrated
already.Once again, THANK YOU VERY
With all good
wishes, Your Friend and Rector,
CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT
are sure that, by now, you will all have heard that the Curry and Quiz Night on
6th February generated a profit of £840 for the bell restoration fund.
were very moved by the response and offers of help, which evolved from the
had a very stressful week because of the snowy weather and Michael and Bett
were left on the door not knowing exactly how many people were going to make it
through the snow and turn up.In the
event we had advanced booking numbers of around 100, but although the snow kept
a few 'far flung' quizzers away, several villagers came at the last minute as
their other commitments had been cancelled.The result was an attendance of 97, which was fantastic!
should like to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone for their
support and generous donations towards the restoration of the tenor bell.
was a great result from a great night - thanks.Jean
FOLK MUSIC NIGHT and SING-A-LONG AT THE
I should like to say a very big thank
you to all those who supported the two fund raising events that I organised in
support of the Bell Fund. Without you they would not have worked and we would
not have raised so much for the fund.
In particular, however, I should like to
thank Tom and Barbara Brown for volunteering their services and putting on
their show, A West Country Night Out, free of charge for us.Considering that this is their source of
income and they live in Combe Martin, not Berrynarbor, I thought this was a
wonderful gesture, and what a wonderful show they put on!
I must also thank my musician friends,
John Stevens, Paul Jaggers and Pam & Al Cruse for
coming along to the Globe and giving me some musical backing for the Folk
Singing Night and assisting with the singing, and the Globe for providing the
venue and a very generous contribution.
but not least, I am most grateful to Tony and Norma, Tim and Bobby for taking
the time and trouble to practice a couple of songs ready for the 'sing' and
everyone who gave so generously.I
thought if we made £150 or so from the "Sing-a-Long" we'd be doing well, but
the notes kept being tossed into the bucket and we ended up with a great
£250! Absolutely fantastic!It just shows what we can do when we all pull together. [Sorry about the
pun!]Once again, thank you everyone.
BELL COFFEE MORNING
The Coffee Morning
held on the 21st March for the Tenor Bell Fund raised an amazing £500!
A warm and sincere thank you to all those who worked so hard to
make the event such an awesome success.It is impossible to name everyone involved, but may all of you know that
this is to say how much we appreciate your support.
should also like to say how grateful we are for your support, efforts, hard
work, guidance and generosity, not forgetting a huge thank you to everyone who
has come along and supported all our fund raising events.We have been astounded and overwhelmed!
the scenes we have enjoyed working together and shared much laughter.The fact that the Tenor Bell is now repaired
and ringing is all thanks to you!And,
there are more events to come, so watch for the posters.Your kindness and giving in whatever form
this has been has been very much appreciated.
MANOR HALL NEWS
have had a busy time at the Manor Hall over the past weeks, with the completion
of the decorating of the main hall and putting back all the items which are
displayed.A major water leak occurred
and the repair of this has cost over £1800, but this should ensure it does not
occur again for many years to come!
applied for a grant of £400 for new curtains and rails and I believe we will
have the cheque from the North Devon District Council shortly.
Hall has been busy with events for all sorts of fund raising activities, and we
thank the people who have used the hall, as it maintains our efforts to collect
enough money to keep it going, we are after all a charity that needs funds too!
should like to thank all the people who have supported me as Chairman over the
past 41/2 years and hope that the new Chairman will have similar support.
Bob Hobson - Chairman
N.B.Look out for Hallmark Awards as the
Committee works towards the first stage of this award.
wartime evacuee friends, Dave from Goosewell and Tom from Barton Lane, spent a lot of the school
holidays mucking around together.One
day, as they sat chatting on the seat in the village, they hit on the idea of
building a raft.
we'd need are a couple of five-gallon drums," Dave pondered, "And a
couple of long pieces of wood."
strap the drums each end and have a few bits of wood to sit on in the
middle," Tom added, scratching his head and stroking his chin, while
wondering where they could get the drums."I know!" he started, "Napps Wood dump, on the old coast
on, let's go now!" Dave replied, and off they went.
soon arrived at the dump where they were able to find two suitable oil drums,
complete with stoppers.They then took
them up to the lime kiln, hid them by covering them up with leaves, ready for
no time, they soon found some drift wood on the beach and knocked up what they
thought to be their one-person craft to paddle about on.
next the boys communicated with semaphore across the Valley, they arranged to
carry the raft up to the kiln, collect the drums and take it all down to Broadsands.
precariously carrying their raft down the many steps to the beach, they found
the tide to be high, but going out.
go first." Dave said to Tom.
I'll give it a try", was the reply, and they placed the raft at the
water's edge, but Tom suddenly noticed that he had no paddle."That bit of wood over there will
do," he thought, and picked it up.Soon he was sitting on the raft and pointing out to sea.
"It doesn't seem very stable,"
he muttered to himself."Whoops!" he cried as it capsized and threw him into the
water, up to his middle.
Wading ashore he called to Dave that it wasn't
going to work."Hey, it's drifting
out, we'll lose it if we're not careful!"
looked a bit glum, "Then we'll have to lose it, 'cos
I'm wet enough already."
the raft drifted out to sea, they decided to abandon ship.
any money?" enquired Tom.
"Yeh, a bit," was the reply.
let's go to Combe Martin and get some fish and chips."
they walked to Combe Martin Tom's clothes began to dry out and they agreed that
their raft project had been both stupid and dangerous and they wouldn't try it
they approached the shop, a lovely smell of fish and chips wafted towards
them.Two pieces of rock eel were
ordered, together with a penny worth of chips.
enjoying eating their food from the newspaper wrapping, they made their way
back to a seat in the car park.
just about enough money to get home by bus," said Tom.
to Berrynarbor Corner, anyway," chipped in Dave.
got the bus and parted at the Corner to make their own ways back.As each arrived home, and almost in synchronisation,
they enquired, "What's to eat?"
more interested in why you've a piece of seaweed sticking out of your
pocket?" was Tom's mother's comment.
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
Illustrated by Paul Swailes
WEATHER OR NOT
cold snap continued into 2009 and it was the coldest start to the year for 20
years.On the night of the 6th January,
temperatures as low as -12 Deg C were recorded in parts of Devon,
here we went down to -5.6 Deg C.On
Saturday, 10th, the temperature started to rise and it was the first night of
the year to stay above freezing.Overnight on the Sunday the rain arrived and we recorded 27mm [1
1/16"].The maximum temperature
that we recorded was 11.1 Deg C on the 12th, with the coldest being -5.6 Deg C.Both of these were the lowest we have
recorded in January.We also recorded a
wind chill of -9 Deg C, which compared to the -18 Deg C in January 1997, was almost
warm!The total rainfall for the month
was 158mm [6¼"] which was fairly average, as was the maximum wind gust of
30 knots.The sunshine hours were
12.96, slightly up on the average and the barometer recorded a high of 1022mb
on the 11th and a low of 978mb on the 23rd.
Tanton, the late amateur weather forecaster, forecast
the worst February weather for many years and on the 1st the temperature
started to fall and at 22.38 hours we had a wind chill of -15 Deg C.The next day we had a light dusting of snow,
although other parts of Devon had more and the
east of the country had ground to a halt.It started to snow properly here on the 3rd and by about we had a depth of 110mm
[4 5/16"] in
our garden.This was the
deepest snow we can remember in Berrynarbor since the early 1980's.There were some more snow showers over the
next few days but nothing really settled here.
We were away from the middle of February to
the 4th March, but Bill, Jill and Judie kept some details for us and the last
fortnight of February was milder and reasonably dry.The total rainfall for the period up to the
4th March was 75mm [3"], but some of this fell in March, which made
February a fairly dry month.It was
also a dull month with 23.28 hours of sunshine, down on the average and nearly
half the amount we had last year.
Simon and Sue
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 39
daffodils beside the boating lake sway in a gentle, spring breeze, the bright
sunshine enhancing their yellow trumpeted faces.In turn, they light up the faces of passers
by, yet their cheerful presence fails to uplift me.Instead, my mood is more akin to the
depressing layer of drab-coloured silt that suffocates the lake's bed;a surface recently
exposed when the water was emptied.
mirrors the emptiness I feel inside;for our dear, black Labrador,
Bourton, has walked up that country lane which leads
to the field of eternal pleasure.I
still cannot believe that I will never see his face again, at least not on this
earthly plane.No longer will I see his
ears characteristically cocked forward, his sparkling eyes, his nose twitching
and that long, pink tongue which disguised his increasingly grey chin.Nor can I conceive a time when this ache
inside my heart will ease.
when the pain of his loss eases, the void will be filled by the memories of
happiness and laughter, not to mention the loyalty and unconditional love, that
our "Mr. B" gave us;and at least I have the countryside
that surrounds me to evoke these special memories.
the local green, something that is synonymous with a rural village.It will remind me of Mr B's "first
outing".Finally allowed out after
all of his inoculations, he ran wild on our nearby green.Nose to the ground, he ran and he ran, his tail excitedly wagging with every new scent of
discovery.Everything then suddenly
came to a halt for a quick stoop and a wee-wee, then
he was off again!After
a few minutes, flop.Lying on
his stomach, he panted heavily whilst his tail still wagged as his eyes took in
the new world surrounding him.
was a corner shop on one side of the green;howBourton
loved to carry the wallet on his way home.Years later, when he began to make a habit of sniffing every blade of
grass in order to drag out the last few yards of a walk, we realised that by
popping his lead into his mouth he would then instinctively trot home.Somehow though, I think he knew the trick we
were trying to play on him.
rabbits in a field will always cause me to smile.Bourton loved to
chase them.As a young dog, taken for a
walk at dusk, he would spy in the distance a host of rabbits.Having been told to 'sit', he would then
wait for his command.On hearing
"Go on, then!" he would be like a bullet out of a shotgun.He never reached them in time, but he loved
the chase.Only once did he catch a
rabbit, in the field above BerrynarborPark; a baby rabbit which
he brought to our feet and gently dropped on the ground.The rabbit was completely unhurt and, after
getting over the shock of it all, hopped off into the nearby hedgerow.
sight or sound of a pheasant will also remind me of an occasion when, running
through a meadow of long grass, he unexpectedly flushed one out.I don't know who was more shocked, me or the
pheasant - or who made
the loudest shriek!A field of long
grass will also remind me of our first motorcaravan
holiday with him.I can picture him
now, aged about three months, running about the field with his little body and
gangly legs peering out above the long grass with every stride he took in order
to see where he was going.The site was
a mile from GatwickAirport.He was mesmerised by these gigantic birds, a
fascination that remained with him until he went deaf.He was the only dog I knew who became a
fully-fledged plane spotter.During
that holiday, a gymkhana was held in the field.It led to Mr B's lifelong love of
horses.In future, whenever I hear the
sound of hooves clip-clopping down a country lane, I will expect to see his two
ears pricked forward and hear his fervent, excited barking.He just couldn't stop himself!He was the same whenever he heard a gunshot
- another sound which will remind me of him, along with thunderstorms and
fireworks.He just loved them!
Bourton, however, was never happier than in a wood.His gundog instinct made him investigate any
little track or trail that led off a winding path.Walks in the woods are going to seem strange
for a little while.
That first climb to Cairn Top will
also be difficult.He loved to either
mooch about the summit, sniffing the trails of other recent canine visitors or
just sit with his head slightly raised whilst his nostrils flared and picked up
any scent on the wind.Other walks will
also be hard.Mr B loved the walk
from LeeBay which follows the coast.I can see him now as we reached the winding
descent leading to a narrow wooden bridge which crossed a stream flowing into
the little cove.He was down their like
a light; for a moment he would disappear beneath us on his way down, before
coming back into sight stood on the bridge.He would look back up, face alert and tail
wagging profusely.Go on then!" we
would shout down and he just loved water.It was fitting, therefore, that he should be
named after the village near to where we were staying when we first saw the
advert for him: Bourton-on-the-Water.
Most of all, the sight and sound of
country streams will invoke the strongest memories.Bourton would spend all day if he could gathering
up stones from a stream bed, completely submerging his face if need be, in his
determination to bring us his chosen item;and on a summer's day, it was Bourton who had the sense to lie down in the stream to cool
off whilst watching his younger brother, Gifford, getting all hot and bothered.
the daffodils come into flower next spring, I am sure they will once more bring
Even now, they are to some degree
giving me comfort, reminding me of the last walk Burton did two days before he died.
had driven to Morewenstowe, intent on walking to
Hawker's Hut.It was obvious that he
would not make it.Instead, we took him
for a little walk around the nearby churchyard.Situated on a sloping hillside, we took a
slow walk down its zigzag path, reading inscriptions whilst waiting for him to
catch us up.I can still see him now as
we climbed back up, his two back legs kicking together as he ascended through
the daffodils, nose to the ground.
farewell Bourton, we'll miss you terribly, but thank
you for all the happiness you gave us during your fourteen-and-a-half
years.Run freely through those woods
and fields up above.
may remember that Steve has been writing a book about the Cairn in
Ilfracombe.'A Doorstep Discovery - Twelve Months on the Cairnin Ilfracombe' is to be launched at IlfracombeMuseum on the day this Newsletter comes
out.Retailing at £12.99 it will be
available from Ilfracombe Bookshop, IlfracombeMuseum and Ilfracombe
many readers will empathise with Steve on the loss of a much-loved pet, we wish
him well.We also wish him much success
with his book.
COMBE MARTIN WALK & TALK
Boredom out of Exercise
along to the Combe Martin Walk and Talk Launch Day,Learn more!
launch of this new health initiative which can benefit anyone and everyone, at
any level of fitness [and it's free too!] will be on
23rd April 2009
at The Royal Marine Function Room
Free Light Refreshments at
a gym membership, stay fit for free and have a good time.Exercise in nature brings health, happiness
and friendships.Come and listen to the
birds and the bees, walk your way through the credit crunch.
of feeling lonely, isolated, depressed, unloved or unwanted?Take steps now to find the real, vibrant
you want to improve your physical health, your bone density and the way you
feel, think and look - then Walk and Talk is for you.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to improve
the fitness and well-being of our community and to make new friendships while
exploring our magnificent countryside", so says Julia Clark, Chair of
Combe Martin Parish Council.
and Wendy are delighted to announce the arrival of their first grandchild - a
granddaughter. Holly Yvonne Jenner, a daughter for
Tim and Jackie, was born on the 6th February, weighing 6lbs 10oz.
Our congratulations to the proud grandparents and parents, and a
warm welcome to the little one.
A MESSAGE FROM RON
should like to use the Newsletter to send my best wishes to all friends and
neighbours in the village.
moved to Lee Lodge on Friday, 13th June, last year, and it was 'lucky' Friday
13th' for me.It was completely the
right thing to do after a six-week stay in hospital following a bad fall -
first at the North Devon District Hospital and then at The Tyrell in
have settled in nicely and have absolutely NO complaints - everyone is very
kind and supportive.In fact, no sooner
had I arrived than they helped put on a special birthday tea on my 92nd
birthday!Perhaps I shall be able to
have another this July!
had another fall after Christmas but am now feeling much better.Thank you for all my cards.A big thank you to all the 'Carers' here and
to everyone who calls in to see me - I enjoy seeingyou all.Best wishes,
Maureen and Pat
would like to thank everyone who
came to their Coffee Morning at Fuchsia Cottage, and thank you to all those who
kindly donated cakes, raffle prizes and helped on the day. We raised a grand total of £200 for the
Village Shop & Berry in Bloom
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Chairman, John Fowler Holiday Parks
November 1928 -
difficult to catch Mr. Fowler at home.At 81, when most men are cultivating their gardens, then taking an
afternoon nap, John is still working a 40-hour week.As Chairman of John Fowler Holiday Parks, 'the buck stops here' and some buck!But having been in the self-catering
business for over 50 years, John knows how to manage his empire of 14 holiday
parks [some of which have taken in other smaller parks], in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
all this is far removed from the very humble beginnings . . .
1952, after serving in the Korean War, John left the Navy, with just £300 in
savings.Although quite a sum 57 years
ago, it was nowhere near enough to buy a business, such as a hotel or
farm.Having given it some thought, he
bought a pre-war caravan and renovated it.He then had to find a site for it.He had no 'phone, so went into a public 'phone box with a pile of coins
and a list of possible contacts and made a whole host of calls.
farmer offered him a field with a gate.In it stood a 'sentry box' [the loo] and a standpipe for water
supply.The caravan had gas lighting
and cooking and so all was ready for the season - except for visitors.John put an ad. in
papers and was inundated with replies. Amazed at the response, he realised that
he had found a niche market. Self-catering accommodation was unknown in the
early fifties, yet there was obviously a need for it.
a successful first season, the next year he bought three more caravans, which
again he renovated.Now with 4 caravans,
he felt he had really 'made it'!Following on from this, he bought chalets and let them - always on other
people's land.Some of these were in
Westward Ho! and by the early 'sixties he had
developed his first holiday park in that resort. So for more than 50 years, his
vast and growing empire has consistently delivered great holidays, which are
still based on the same high standards that have been operating for
decades.The Parks are all in seaside
locations, so the great beaches and our stunning countryside are never far
have to go no further than Combe Martin to see two of them. Firstly there is SandawayBeachHolidayPark, and then still this side of the
but the 'flagship' Park is at Ilfracombe, currently halfway through a major new
development.At present there are 337
units, which include 124 very modern and well-furnished apartments.When work is complete, there will be a total
of 500 units.The project so far has
meant an investment of £6-8 million and as part of the upgrading,
a conference centre has been added.You
may have noticed in a recent copy of the North Devon Journal, a photograph of JohnnyKingdom
who was a speaker at the North Devon+ Conference on March 5th in the John Fowler
Conference Centre in Ilfracombe.A
two-liner stated, 'The venue has been donated free for the evening'.This was a generous act of Mr Fowler's who
has long been a supporter of tourism agencies in the area.
what is the secret of his success?Well, all the Parks have a price-watch policy
- particularly important for families during the credit crunch.This means that prices are kept reasonable
for accommodation, meals and drinks and there are no hidden extras on the
booking price, so all fuel, bed linen and facilities are included.Children have meals at half price and most
of the Parks have superb facilities such as cabaret and live music, a heated
swimming pool and a 'Foxy Club' to keep the children entertained.
these extras show how much organising needs to take place.It's no wonder that there is a staff of 1200 [including seasonal ones] to make it all
happen.And doesn't it astonish that
all this came about from one pre-war caravan?
Mr. John Fowler!
A LOVER AND HIS LASS
From 'As You Like It'- William Shakespeare
It was a
lover and his lass
hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
o'er the green cornfield did pass
spring time, the only pretty ring time,
birds do sing hey ding a ding ding
lovers love the spring.
the acres of the rye,
hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
pretty country folk would lie,
spring time, etc.
This caro they began that hour
hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
a life was but a flower
spring time, etc.
therefore take the present time
hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino
is crowned with the prime
spring time, etc.
As recently reported, after several years of analysis, x-rays and
infrared imaging, experts believe this to be the only surviving portrait of
William Shakespeare painted during his lifetime.It is thought to have been painted in 1610
when he was about 46.The portrait will
go on display at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon
on the 23rd April
LOCAL WALKS - 113
footsteps of Elinor and Marianne,
the valley of the AbbeyRiver
Sunday at Hartland Abbey drew the crowds.Wellington booted and accompanied by a
large contingent of dogs, they surged along the wooded track, beside the AbbeyRiver,
to the sea at Blackpool Mill.
Mill Cottage was used as a location in the recent BBC production of 'Sense and
Sensibility', and this has added to the popularity of the Snowdrop Sundays when
the Abbey opens its grounds to the public.
Elinor and Marianne, the heroines of Jane Austen's novel, move
to the modest cottage with their widowed mother and younger sister following
the death of their father;their former home and its large estate having been inherited by
their half brother.
Elinor represents the cautious good 'sense' of the title
and her sensitive and more impetuous sister Marianne - the 'sensibility'.
watching the television dramatisation I had been curious to see the cottage and
its rocky cove.As we set off, a green
woodpecker passed in front of the Abbey with rapid undulating flight and a blur
of yellow and olive green.
few wild daffodils were scattered about the banks;there were patches of strongly scented
winter heliotrope and growing on a half buried twig, two perfectly round
Scarlet Elf Cups - white on the outside and with a smooth, deep red
lining.The fungus makes its appearance
between January and May.
a mile and a quarter, we reached Blackpool Mill and it was in a lovely and
romantic setting with a rugged coastal hill rising behind it and the wild Atlantic close by.However, it seemed a surprising choice for Sense and Sensibility', its
isolation, difficult access and bleak situation in adverse weather conditions
must have presented the film crew with plenty of potential problems.
the book Jane Austen transports the family to the less remote Barton Cottage
["small, comfortable and compact"], four miles north of Exeter and though
surrounded by hills, open downs and woods, it is within sight of a
whole cast of characters awaited us.The head of a Grey Seal emerged for air.A Peregrine Falcon sped past.A flotilla of Lesser Black Backed Gulls
bobbed about among the rocks and further out could be seen the stately form of a Great
climbed the steep cliff path to obtain a view of the twin waterfalls spilling
out onto BlegberryBeach below.Ravens tumbled about the cliff tops.
the way back we made a detour to the pretty gazebo on its elevated
viewpoint;saw the camellias in the bog
garden and visited the walled garden, with its globe artichoke plans and
potting sheds and conservatory with limed growing
abundantly in it.The sheltered garden
was lively with feeding birds.
is remarkable that even with so many visitors that day, the gardens and woods
and the beach at Blackpool Mill all maintained an atmosphere of peace in this
far north-western corner of Devon.
BANKS WERE IN TROUBLE 200 YEARS AGO ---
600 private banks in England
issued their own paper currencies well over 200 years ago.Among those private banks was the Workington
Bank which was set up by the Partners Bowes, Hodgsons,
Falcon and Kay in 1801.But like many
other banks of that period, it had to cease its activities in 1810.The Faversham Bank was set up by the Partners
Hilton, Rigden and Rigden
in 1824, and I have an example of one of its one pound notes.The inscription on the note declares that
the money can be paid to the bearer either at the Faversham Bank or at Messrs. Drescott, Cave, Buxton and Company, Bankers, London.The currency note is dated 19 January 1886.The Faversham Bank ceased its activities in
banks in the UK
had been growing slowly in the early 18th century.From the mid-eighteenth century, private
bankers began to gain momentum.When
the Bank of England was prohibited from redeeming its notes issues in gold in
1797, country banking began to flourish.The additional government sanction allowing bank notes of less than five
pounds gave rise to private note issues which circulated in abundance.It was not until 1826 that a banking concern
could be established on the basis of company law.Until that date, the existing banks were
based on partnerships, often family owned, and without government control over
note issues. The existing weakness of
the economy, brought about by the several crises which periodically swept
through the country, caused the collapse of many of the country banks.Between 1791 and 1818 alone, over one
thousand banks suspended payment.In
1826 the Bank Act was passed through parliament and the joint-stock banks were
allowed to establish themselves.The
Bank of England, however, kept the monopoly within a 65-mile radius of London for the next seven
years.In 1833 joint-stock banks were
allowed to operate in London
but could not issue notes and suffered from considerable additional legal
difficulties until the Bank Charter Act of 1844.By now the Bank of England had a network of
branches established throughout the country.the bank note issues circulated far and wide and began to replace
private note issues.The Bank Charter
Act provided for the eventual closure of many private banks which lost their
right of issue when they were absorbed into other banks.Between 1890 and 1918, the British banking
system consisted of a small number of very large banks.With the start of the First World War in
1914, only thirteen joint-stock banks, operating through a system of branches,
were in existence in England
and almost no local banks had survived.All Bank of England and Treasury notes [issued since the reign of King
Charles I] are redeemable and consequently their market value exceeds their
face value.Until 1939, Bank of England
notes of denominations higher than one pound were issued by branches of the
bank throughout the country.The ten
shilling note of the Bank of England, introduced in 1928, was the first
fractional issue in British banking history, and the one pound issue released
at the same time had not appeared for over a century.
you see, what is happening now within the banking industry happened a long time
ago.But were any lessons learned?
DID YOU KNOW . . . . ?
almost side by side on Watling Street, in the
Buckinghamshire town of Stony
Stratford, are two inns of ancient repute, The Cock
and The Bull.
the 18th Century, coaches would stop off there on their way from London to the North West, and many a
traveller's tale would be embellished as it was told between the two
establishments, followed by laughter and fuelled by plenty of ale.And a good audience.
was in that way that an unlikely story became a 'cock and bull' story.
Hansom invented the Hansom Cab at his workshop in Hinckley,
Leicestershire in 1835.He drove the
prototype along Watling Street, causing a lot
of interest in the new contraption.The
became very popular with the
Victorians and soon hundreds were on the road in London.It is said that Queen Victoria had her first ride in a Hansom cab
shortly after her reign began in 1837.
Don't Tread on Me
United States of America
issued a series of ten postage stamps on 4th July 1968, depicting historic flags of between 1775
and 1778, most of which were associated with specific States in the Union.One 6 cent
stamp, showing the First Navy Jack 1778, had the design of seven red horizontal
lines on a white background, with a rattlesnake image superimposed and the
legend 'Don't Tread on Me'.
and Brian [Davies] are very happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Jancy Lee to Simon Overell of
Ilfracombe.The engagement took place
in Bloom & Best Kept Village
year another litter pick.We have had
our first litter pick of the year with quite a good turn out and loads of
litter picked up, at least 12 large bags, which we took to the tip.The centre of the village was, as usual,
pretty tidy thanks to the regular walkers who do their best to keep it so.Unfortunately the main roads were very bad
as is normal for the first pick of the year.Regular picks will be made throughout the coming year.
the first meeting of the year it was agreed that we should continue to enter
in Bloom and BestKeptVillage
competitions, even though last year we had a spectacular fall from favour in
the Best Kept village competition.Claude's garden is the 'bugbear' and this is really not up to us but the
Parish Council.We shall send a
covering letter to the judges to explain this and keep our fingers crossed that
also decided that the OpenGardens dates would be
Sunday, 7th June for the Village, and Sunday, 5th July for the SterridgeValley.We are looking for gardens to open, so if
you are interested please ring me on 01271 882296.They do not need to be perfect!
the last few years we have had our hanging baskets planted by Streamways Nurseries at Georgeham - they do a wonderful
job!If you would like to have top
quality planting in your own baskets we can take them over for you.Streamways
deliver them back here in the last week of May.The guide price is: 12" basket £14.50,
14" basket £16.25, 16" basket £17.25.Again, if you are interested please 'phone me on the above number.
first fund raising event of the year was a Coffee Morning at Fuchsia
Cottage,A big thank you to Pat and
Maureen and the ladies who supplied the lovely cakes.£200.00 was raised with half going to Berry in Bloom and the
other half to the shop.
despite the coldest winter for 20 odd years, our spring planting is springing
in to flower.Tempting the first
bumblebees of the year are the mini daffodils and chunky hyacinths, we hope you
have tried making hot cross buns in the past with varying success.However, these are lovely little Easter
muffins and easy to make.
125g/41/2 oz marzipan
butter or margarine
50g/2oz caster sugar
2 large free-range
1 tablespoon baking
1 tablespoon ground
mixed dried fruit
sprinkle of Demerara
sugar for the topping
the oven to 200 Deg C, fan180 Deg C, Gas 6.Line
a 6-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
75g/3oz of the marzipan in to small pieces, set aside and roll the remainder in
to 12 strips each about 7.5cms long and set aside.
the butter in a small pan over a medium heat or in the microwave.In a large bowl whisk together the milk,
sugar, eggs and cooled melted butter until combined.Sift the flour, baking powder, spices and
a pinch of salt on to the butter mixture.Using a large metal spoon, lightly stir together with the chopped
marzipan and fruit.Do not over mix; a
few lumps will not matter, if too smooth the muffins will be heavy.
the mix between the 6 muffin cases.Lay
two strips of marzipan across the top to make a cross and sprinkle over a
little Demerara sugar.Bake in the
centre of the oven for 18-20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.Leave
the muffins in the tin for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack.
should double up the mixture because they are yummy and nice for an Easter tea.
you don't like marzipan, leave it out, they will still taste good.
WILDLIFE FACE TO FACE with DAVID CHAFFE
of you may recall an article in the Newsletter of February 2003 recounting how
a very young, orphaned otter was found in the SterridgeValley,
eventually caught by a group of excited neighbours, placed in a cat basket and
taken over to David Chaffe at Bideford.Sadly, the weak creature did not survive
more than 48 hours despite veterinary care and all David's efforts.
is the author of two books - STORMFORCE, a touching and illustrated account of
an otter's rescue
and struggle for survival;and FACE TO FACE with NATURE, a book which
recalls memorable moments of David's life and work with wild creatures.David writes of himself:"I am passionate about, and draw
inspiration from, the natural world.I
want others to similarly enjoy and share nature and to understand my concerns
both for its ultimate survival and for the very future of planet earth
FRIDAY, 8TH MAY,David will be at the Manor Hall, with his
barn owl, to share with us some of his experiences and thoughts and genuine
love of the natural world.Tickets are
£2.50 for adults, £1.00 for children or a Family Ticket £6.00.Proceeds to the Church Bells Appeal.
THE GREAT BERRYNARBOR PLANT SALE
Monday 4th May
Manor Hall, Berrynarbor
The Hall will be open from for those wishing to bring
plants or set up stalls.If you have
not yet booked your space, please contact Kath Thorndycroft
 889019 or leave a message at the Shop.
News from our Community Shop and Post Office
Anita, Jackie and the Shop Committee
were all very sorry to hear the sad news of Brian's death and send much
sympathy to Di and family. Brian was a great support on the Committee and
'cooked the books' extremely well from the first day we started business back
in October 2004.He was a true friend
as well as a valued colleague.Di has
spoken so highly of the help given by the North Devon Hospice that there is a
collection box in Brian's name in the Shop where it will stay until mid-April.
have, however, been lucky in that Robin Downer has agreed to be our new
Treasurer - or as it was put to him "to do a bit of book-keeping"!We wish him every success - as a 'trainee
you may know, our Shop won the Best Village Shop/Post Office Award in the 2008
Countryside Alliance Awards in the South West.Four of us went to the House of Lords for the national final on March
18th. Unfortunately we didn't win - but hang it, it was our first
try!Many congratulations to Anita and
Jackie - and to all those who wrote in to say what they liked about our
Shop.Look out for the 2009
awards!If we make it to the finals
next year, we hope that Anita and/or Jackie will be able to go - it's quite an
the summer season, from Good Friday to end of October, we are hoping to keep
the Shop open throughout lunchtime.The only way we can manage it without
increasing the number of volunteers or adding to the 4-hour session, is if
afternoon volunteers are willing to work from to We thought of 12.30-4.30 originally, but
didn't want too many'domestics' on our hands!I hope that all afternoon volunteers have been told and agree.Please note the new hours.
the subject of hours, we normally open on Bank Holidays for the morning
only.This summer we'll be keeping open
all day [usual times].
has been - and will be - a great fund-raising few months for the Shop and other
needy causes in the village and there are lots of folk to thank:
shop benefited from "Tales of Time and Tide", a great evening of music and
slides by Tom Bliss, organised by John and Fenella, which raised £200 each for
the Shop and Manor Hall, and Pat and Maureen gave a scrumptious coffee morning
at Fuchsia Cottage, raising £100 each for the Shop and Berrynarbor in Bloom.
events are in the pipeline:
Sunday April 5th:Alex Horne is presenting a Bird Watching
Comedy - his publicity says 'A Twitcher with a
Difference!'Tickets £7.50 - children
£4, doors open 7.00 for a
start, and the bar will be open.Profits will again be for our Shop and the Manor Hall.
Monday May 4th:The Great Plant Sale in the Manor Hall. From onwards.Admission FREE.Kath Thorndycroft
[Tel: 889019] would be very pleased if you have any spare plants to boost
Tournament - sign up to reserve your place.
to all organisers and helpers - it's what makes this village so special!
a note for your diary: Thursday November 12th!Tim Davis and Tim Jones will be giving their
famous 'Birds of Lundy' show in the Manor Hall, profits to be shared between
our Shop and The North Devon Hospice. Full details nearer the
is not far away and the Shop has pretty cards, Easter eggs, chocolates and
other gifts, so please call in and buy.
finally, it's time for our Annual General Meeting.This will be held on Saturday 2nd May at
in the Manor
Hall, when we hope that as many shareholders as possible will be there.
Easter from Anita, Jackie and the Committee.
PP of DC
February presentation by Majestic Wines was not to be - they had not put it in
their diary!So, having purchased the
wine and written the notes for the 'Call My Wine Bluff' evening, Tony brought
this forward and a superb evening was had by all.It was great to see two teams play their
jokers on the last round, full of confidence, only to get it wrong and get no
score at all!
The March meeting was a resounding success with Jonathan Coulthard, owner and winemaker of the DomaineGourdon vineyard in the Duras
region of France,
giving a really informative presentation.He bought and established the vineyard in 2003 and has concentrated on
producing top quality wines, which certainly showed in the three white, one
rose and two red wines sampled, together with French nibbles and sliced
baguette.The slides he showed
confirmed how well his vineyard was organised and just how involved he was through
all the steps of wine production, from planting root stock to picking grapes
and producing quality wines.
was welcomed by Tony Summers, who had made all the arrangements for his visit
and who gave the vote of thanks.
Tonkin will be giving, much to his surprise, the presentation at our next
meeting on the 15th April.Jan believes
he will be a panel member on Call My Wine Bluff - could be interesting!
May meeting on the 20th, will be the AGM, and the presentation to follow has
still to be confirmed, but it looks as if it will be given by a committee
member hopefully they won't all resign at the AGM!
meetings take place in the Manor Hall at and new members are always welcome.However, due to licensing laws, please
contact Tony Summers on  883600 giving at least 24 hours' notice of your
intention.Tom Bartlett - Publicity
BERRY CAPERS - 2
One winter, the boys built themselves a
wooden sledge.It was a beauty, about 8
feet long, and Norman [Richards] obtained the steel for the runners - the rims
of old cart wheels.Four boys could
ride on the sledge at one time.
day, after a very heavy snow fall, Mr. Sid Dummett,
who lived at South Lee, couldn't get his horse and cart up Ridge Hill to
collect the mangolds with which to feed the stock he
kept at South Lee.
he asked the boys if they would go up to the mangold
cave [pit], which was half way up Ridge Hill, and fill some 'West of England'
sacks with mangolds and bring them down on the
sledge.Always up for a challenge, the
boys were quick to respond.
a hard pull up the hill, they filled the first couple of sacks and loaded them
on the sledge.With a good hard shove,
off they set, down the hill like a rocket!A sharp left turn at the Rectory into Jan Braggs Hill, with snow
spraying from the boys' boots as they tried to slow the sledge down a little,
and with a right turn into Blind Lane, the sledge flew out of the end of Blind
Lane and came to a halt very close to South Lee.
older residents of the area were aghast!
The boys returned up the hill to
collect more mangolds.But, in the meantime, the delivery men from
Cleaves, the baker from Combe Martin, couldn't get beyond Sandy Cove with their
van to deliver the bread and cakes, and had decided to walk into the village
carrying their wares in big wicker baskets to sell to their customers.At the same time, the concerned locals
decided it was time to halt the boys and their sledge.
Blackmore,who lived at Little
Sanctuary, unfortunately had a stutter, heard the sledge and the boys coming
down Ridge Hill again, andsaid,
"I'll stop the b bb------!"
and threw a shovel of hot cinders and ashes on the road.However, on went the sledge undeterred,
only to scatter the poor men who had walked from Sandy Cove with the
bread.Cakes and bread spilled all over
the place, and the rolls rolled down Jan Braggs hill
almost a fast as the sledge!
the boys took the route down Blind lane but someone had shovelled up the snow
at the bottom to block the exit and to try and stop them.All to no avail - the loose snow scattered
everywhere and the sledge again came to rest at South Lee.
got his stock fed; the boys got some extra pocket money from Sid and the locals
talked about the escapade for days!
else to encounter the sledge was Les Toms.Les lived on the corner of Silver
Street and Barton Lane and worked in
Ilfracombe.He used to cycle to
Sawmills o catch the bus. Coming home
it had been snowing, he was pushing his bike up Pitt Hill when he heard a
commotion.He looked up to see the
sledge and boys racing around the corner towards him.He dropped his bike and jumped out of the
way, only for the sledge to hit the bike.All the boys fell off into the snow, none the worst for
wear, but that's more than could be said for the bike!
Hill runs down from CrossPark to the Rectory, and Blind Lane runs
down beside Beech Lee.
Edwards, or Tiddly Edwards as he was known locally,
lived on Castle Hill.
evening he had been in to Ilfracombe to play bingo, at which he won some money,
and after catching the bus back to Berrynarbor with his pockets full of his
winnings, he decided to go to the pub for a drink.
were the usual lads in the bar and, like the beer, the banter was soon
flowing.One of the lads told Arthur
that he'd seen a ghost up in the churchyard, but Arthur was having none of
it.He said he didn't believe in
the lad told Arthur that if he went up into the churchyard and touched seven
grave stones then he would see a ghost.Still protesting that there was no such thing, Arthur reluctantly agreed
to go and touch the seven grave stones.
he went with the lads following but they remained at the lych gate, trying not
to laugh.When Arthur got to the
seventh grave, he hitched his toe and fell over, his winnings spilled out of
his pocket but that was enough for Arthur, he took off out of the churchyard
and up Castle Hill like a bat out of hell.He returned next day to retrieve his money!
Illustrated by Paul Swailes
timely reminder to all newcomers to Berrynarbor: The
European Parliamentary & Country Council Elections are due to be held on 4th June 2009.
order to be eligible to vote, your current name and address need to be entered
on the Electoral Register to be used for this election.If you think you may not have registered in
October, be sure to contact electoral services at the Civic Centre, Barnstaple
on  388277, as soon as possible, to be included.
is good to have him home again, and Gary
sends this message:"I'm
back!Thanks to all the people who sent
cards, phoned me and came to Exeter,
etc.I was really taken aback, and not
a little touched, by the amount of support and encouragement I received."
like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their goodwishes, cards and support.Bill is making a good recovery and hopes to
be able to thank you all personally in the very near future.
EARLY DAYS AT 'THE FLICKS'
was a period in my young life - I was about 8 I think - when mother, no doubt
to get me from under her feet, would give me 3d [1¼p!] to take myself to the
local 'flea pit' for the Saturday morning children's matinee.
called them 'the flicks' because they flickered, due to an inadequate number of
frames per second, leading to jerky movements by the characters.Not that it mattered to us,
in fact, in the comedies it seemed to be an asset.
there I sat with the other kids for a couple of hours, cheering the hero or
booing the villain as the situation demanded.They were, of course, silent films with text on the screen, supplemented
by suitable background music [Hearts and Flowers, etc.] from a pianist.They were also in black and white, being
long before technicolour.
gave us a varied programme.The feature
film might be an early Western, featuring Tom Mix and his bronco, a romance
with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, or a comedy with Charlie Chaplin or
Buster Keaton.We also had the Pathe News and a series called 'The March of Time', which
charted the evolution of various organisations, both largely over our
heads.We also had animated cartoons,
often featuring Felix the Cat, a forerunner of Mickey Mouse.His signature tune, as I remember it, went:
Felix keepson walking Keeps on walking still.
With his hands behind him, You will always find him. Blow him up with dynamite
But him you cannot kill. He'll come down in Timbuctoo
Pick himself up, say "Toodleoo And keep on walking still.
sang this with great gusto, to piano accompaniment.We also exercised our lungs, with the help
of the 'bouncing ball'.Words and music
of a popular song would appear on the screen and the ball would move along the
lines to keep us in time.
there was a 'shortie' called, I think, 'The Moving
Pen'.This showed the line by line,
creating a pen-and-ink sketch.Just as you
thought you recognised what was appearing, the artist would change tack and
produce something quite different.One
example I remember began as the head of a hippo, but turned in to a
wonder if any of our older readers have similar memories?
OLD BERRYNARBOR NO. 118
This month I have
chosen three photographic postcards from my collection in the hope that some of
our senior Berrynarbor villagers may be able to identify one or two of the
first, and oldest picture, shows a gathering of adults and children in the
Berrynarbor Chapel taken, I believe, between 1925 and 1935.It appears to be quite an important event as
apart from, presumably, the local minister on the stage, a further two ministers
can be seen on the left.Note the
potted palms and aspidistra on the tables and the bouquet of flowers, which I
presume has just been presented by the young girl on the left of the minister's
wife.I wonder if the cross on the
wrapping signifies the British Red Cross and there is a nurse [matron] standing
on the right?
second has been taken in the Manor Hall and is the 'Welcome Home' Social held
in 1946.Note the Victory 'V' sign
above the stage and 'Long Live the King'.The Union flags, with the picture of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth,
are in the centre.
The third and last picture is of a
Children's Christmas Party, again in the Manor Hall, and taken around 1946-1950
by the Ilfracombe Photographers, Lee & Sons of 24 High Street.Depending on the date taken, it may include
some of the many evacuees living in Berrynarbor at the time.
you put names to anyone in any of the pictures?If you can, I should love to hear from you,
by telephone, letter or e-mail.
can I again appeal for information or pictures of Berrydown Chapel,
particularly if you ever attended a service or function there?In the meantime, my thanks
to John Clark, Sheila Brain and Caroline Verney for
getting in touch.If you can
help, please do contact me .
is here and the children are certainly enjoying the sunshine.It is amazing how a bit of fine weather can
change the atmosphere in the playground!It is great to be able to get the children out and about again - long
may it continue.
has been an interesting winter and I think we shall all remember the snow!It was quite magical to take the children
out into the garden as the first few flakes fell - for many of them it was the
first snowfall they had experienced and to describe the atmosphere amongst them
as electric would be an understatement!Children were vying to catch the most flakes and marvelling at their
beauty [that first sprinkling really did have some rather fine examples of
perfect snow, didn't it?].It really is
one of the great joys of teaching to be able to share such a wonderful experience
with the children.
all the excitement and disruption of the snow, we are now gearing up for what
looks to be another busy summer.Year 6
are off to London next week-end - the trip planned for February had to be
cancelled as we were concerned that the adverse weather conditions could mean
that we wouldn't be able to get the children home.I have to say, the children weren't too
bothered by this prospect and were very disappointed when I had to cancel.However, once again Mrs. Lucas came to the
rescue and after walking into school on one of the 'closed due to snow' days to
collect the paperwork, she spent the day on the 'phone and persuaded all the
companies involved to rebook the trip at no extra cost!So the children will be off on Sunday to the
bright lights of London.
4 and Class 3 are preparing for residential visits to Plymouth and Simonsbath, not to mention a
whole host of
sporting fixtures and experiences.Years 2, 3 and 4 will be taking part in a singing celebration with children
from other schools in the local area.Singing is a bit of a theme in Class 3 at the moment, with the children
rehearsing to take the lead in the Easter Service - at on Friday, 3rd April, to which you
would all be warmly welcome - and where they will tell the story of the Selfish
addition to the usual summer festivities, we shall also be receiving a visit
from the Bishop and, with the Rev. Wyer's help, are
hoping to doa
mini 'Journey Through Time' presentation.
Watch the notice board for more news.
Sue Carey - Headteacher
the delightful pictures of spring dafffodils that
Josh, Mo, Johnny and Kyle have drawn.Josh's picture has been chosen to
illustrate the article Rural Reflections.
Kyle Age 7
Mo Age 8
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
of particular interest discussed at the last two meetings in February and March
were as follows:
Cove:The Public Meeting/Enquiry originally
scheduled for June has been postponed until the 8th and 9th September.An Inspector, appointed by the Secretary of
State, will be present to hear the evidence from all parties.
Playground:A specification for the refurbishment of the
new playground has finally been agreed by the Council.I have, however, applied for a grant of up
to £10,000 towards the cost of it.This
project will go ahead, but obviously the addition of a grant would be very
beneficial to the Parish.
Garden:The new metal perimeter fencing has been
commissioned and we hope will be ready for installation soon - then the rest of
the works can go ahead.
Farwig of Digital UK, who was due to give a
presentation at the December meeting on the digital switchover due to take
place this July,will now be joining us
at the April meeting on Tuesday 14th at 7.00 p.m.Please remember that this will also be the
Annual Parish Meeting.It should be a
busy but interesting one, so please do attend if you
Sue Sussex - Chairman
BED IN SUMMER
Child's Garden of
Louis Stevenson [1850-1894]
winter I get up at night
dress by yellow candle-light.
summer, quite the other way,
to go to bed by day.
to go to bed and see
birds still hopping on the tree,
the grown-up people's feet
going past me in the street.
it not seem hard to you,
the sky is clear and blue,
And I should
like so much to play,
have to go to bed by day?
by Debbie Cook
With April, the
jewel of the Garden is opening its large, deep pinkish-red flowers.Situated infront of the house, it is now some 30
ft in height.Named 'Magnolia Marwood
Spring', it is a seedling raised from a plant growing at CaerhayesCastle
in Cornwall.From March through to the end of May, a succession of daffodils create a dazzling spectacle.The Camellia collection, of course, is also
looking stunning at present.
shall be exhibiting Rhododendron and Camellia at the RHS Rosemoor
Show during the week-end of 25th/26th April, where we shall have a variety of
unusual plants for sale in the Plant Heritage Group area outside.
will be delicious goodies in the Garden Tea Room during the Easter week-end and
'Bangers & Mash' to celebrate St. George's Day on 23rd April.,
and there is always a stock of unusual plants for sale in the Plant Centre.