members attended the Meeting on 5th October when Deri Rundle came to speak
about her work in Rwanda.
became aware of the enormous need for help to bring water to the remote
villages in Western Rwanda on the borders of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo and it was then the David Rundle Trust was started in memory of her
the last few years huge progress has been made with the help of the David
Rundle Trust and the Rwandan people themselves who are positive about the
future for themselves and their children. They are now learning to use bono
cookers which use 50% less wood than open fires and this helps to save the
mountain gorilla's habitat. It also reduces carbon emissions by 80%.
visits Rwanda frequently and with money donated takes with her clothing,
cooking utensils and other articles necessary for the well being of the
villagers, particularly the school children. She lives amongst them and has
no special privileges.
her talk, members asked various questions and said how much they admired her
for the work she is doing to improve the lives of these people.
the 2nd November, Michael Mant from Barnstaple Rotary Club came to speak about Shelterbox.
Back in 1999 Tom Henderson from the Rotary Club in Helston was looking for a
humanitarian project and that is how the idea of the Shelterbox was born.
the tsunami in 2004, 7,000 boxes were dispatched with Richard Branson
supplying the transport. It is very important to distribute the boxes fairly
between the various religious groups and to oversee the distribution. At
present there are 200 boxes stored in various places around the world, i.e. Melbourne, Dubai and Miami. This is to enable them to be delivered quickly to the
of the contents are made in China and are of good quality and relatively
cheap. 22,000 boxes have gone to Haiti and a total of 50,000 have been sent
around the world. In addition to the green box, there is a blue box which
contains school items for 200 children.
green box contains a tent, which is now white and much thicker than the
original one and is guaranteed to last at least four years. It is large
enough to accommodate eleven people. Also in the box are waterproof ground
sheets, cooking utensils, water filters, cutlery and back packs for children
containing paper and pencils. Each box costs £590.
the end of the Meeting, donations were given towards another box. The raffle
was won by Ann Williams.
in September, some members met for a cream tea at Pipcott in West Down. This 'get
together' was enjoyed so much that subsequently it was suggested that the
group should discontinue the monthly meetings at the Manor Hall and in future
meet together for various outings and coffee mornings to be arranged by
individuals. It is getting increasingly difficult to find new speakers who
charge moderate fees and the majority of members agreed that this new venture
would be a good idea.
December Meeting will now be the Christmas lunch at the Ring of Bells,
Prixford. Early in the New Year an outing will be arranged.
behalf of members, I should like to thank everyone who has helped to run
Berrynarbor Ladies Group over the last few years. Doreen
is nothing particularly outstanding to report about September's weather, it was
a fairly average month. The total rainfall was 106mm [4¼"], which was
more than we have had over the last few years apart from 2008 when we had 152mm
[6"]. The maximum temperature of 22.7 Deg C was again about average though
the minimum of 4.9 Deg C was slightly on the cool side. The strongest gust of
wind that we recorded was 25 knots, again about normal although the sunshine
hours were a bit down on the average at 113.27 hours. We were in the Scillies
for the last two weeks of the month and enjoyed lovely warm but pretty windy
however, was a different story, with about three season rolled into the one
month! It started with the monsoon on the 1st when torrential downpours
produced 33mm [1 5/16"] in twenty four hours, followed by another 18mm
[11/16"] in the next twenty four hours. After that the weather improved,
the temperature rose and we had a return to summer for a few days - it was breezy
but warm and any rain fell mainly overnight. Then the temperatures returned
to normal or below, and on the 17th we recorded the first frost of the
autumn. The total rainfall for the month was 151mm [6"], much of which
was concentrated on a relatively few days. The maximum temperature was 22.7 Deg C
on the 8th, one of the warmest October days we
have recorded, and the minimum of 0.1 Deg C one of the lowest. The wind gusts up
to 30 knots were fairlyaverage
but the sunshine hours were a bit above at 58.97.
trees have been looking magnificent in their autumn livery, now we'll have to
wait and see if this coming
winter is another cold one!
was with much sadness that the village learnt that Doreen had sadly passed away
on the 26th September and our thoughts are with her niece Pam and her many
friends and neighbours.
some of you may know, my aunt sadly passed away at the end of September, age 91
years. She was born in Birmingham and after leaving school worked in the
offices at Cadbury's for 25 years. In her youth she was a keen swimmer and an
enthusiastic member of the Girl Guide movement. She was also an accomplished
needlewoman. During the war years, as she was rejected for the armed services
because of a suspected heart condition, she volunteered for the St. John
married Charles in 1960 and soon after they moved from Birmingham to
Berrynarbor. It was then they developed a keen interest in growing fruit and vegetables.
Charles passed away in 1979 but Doreen continued to live in the village and
developed many friendships. These friendships became even more important to
her and indeed to me, when, as her health began to fail she moved to Belmont
Grange Care Home in 2004.
was always good company, with a wonderful sense of humour. She liked to
collect verses or quotations that appealed to her, some of which she sent for
inclusion in the Newsletter, one of which was printed on the service sheet at
her funeral. Many times I suggested that she should come and live near me in
Worcestershire but she was reluctant to leave Berrynarbor and her friends, and
it is to these friends of hers and now mine, that I should like to say a
grateful 'thank you'.
are they who understand
faltering step and shaking hand
are they who know my ears today
strain to catch the things they say
are they who seem to know
eyes are dim, my mind is slow
are they with cheery smile
stop to chat for a little while
are they who make it known
loved, respected and not alone.
was born in 1919 and at the age of two travelled with her parents to Lahore, then in India, at a time when the 'Raj' was in full flow. She experienced an
extraordinary childhood but at seven left her parents and young brother, John,
to attend school in England, staying with her grandparents in Bristol.
later trained as a Domestic Science teacher in Bath and during the War taught
in Birmingham, where she met and married her first husband, Reg Burrows.
life with their boys was spent in the Midlands but sadly Reg, who had suffered
from rheumatic fever as a child which affected his heart, passed away in 1957.
fellow member of the church they attended, Dennis Collins, had lost his wife
Ann, but he and Win found happiness again together and married the following
year. Win happily took on Dennis's two children and both families 'gelled' as
a unit, all sharing wonderful family holidays.
Win and Dennis retired, they fulfilled a dream and moved to Devon, to
Berrynarbor. Gardening was a great passion, as was the church and village
life, a source of much happiness to them both.
twenty-four years and with good timing and some regrets, they left Devon in 2006 for a comfortable retreat at St. Monica's in Westbury-on-Trym, nearer the
family. In 2008 they celebrated their Golden Wedding, quite an achievement as
both their first marriages had lasted for twelve years.
a short remembrance at St. Peter's Church on the 31st October, and with family
and friends in attendance, Win's ashes were laid to rest with her husband
family thank everyone for their kindness and sympathy cards and wish everyone a
blessed Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
THE LAKE OF INNISFREE
arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
live alone in the bee-loud glade.
shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
evening full of the linnet's wings.
arise and go now, for always night and day
lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
I stand on the roadway, or on the pavement grey,
Yeats 1865 -1939
Illustration by Nigel Mason
thanks to everyone who helped to make the Harvest Thanksgiving so successful.
The Family Service on 3rd October was well attended and was conducted by Reader
David Rushworth, who gave a talk on fruit and seeds. Members of the Choir led
the singing and children from the School sang a Harvest Calypso. The Lesson
was beautifully read by Kate Crockett. The church was further brought alive
by the flower arrangements in vibrant, autumn colours - a warm welcome to
everyone and a credit to all.
Supper on the Wednesday was enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Doreen Prater and
all who helped prepare the food and get the hall ready - what a tempting
spread. Once again we are indebted to Michael Bowden and his team. It is
lovely to hear the bells ringing out over the village and as always the produce
was expertly auctioned off making £53.50. A total of £105 was raised over the
evening for WaterAid . On this occasion Reader Chris James was with us and we
are most grateful for all he is doing to keep things afloat during the
special Candle Service held on 31st October and led by Rev. Chris Tull was a
dignified occasion bringing comfort to many. During the service, candles were
lit in memory of loved ones and it was fitting that we were joined by family
and friends of Win Collins, whose ashes were interred in the churchyard
service on Remembrance Sunday conducted by Reader Chris James was very
well-attended, with over 70 present. Everyone gathered at the War Memorial
for 11 o'clock and wreaths were laid on behalf of the Church and the Parish
Council. The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Ivan Clarke. We then
returned to the church for the rest of the service. The Lesson was read by
Lorna Bowden and the Choir sang the theme tune from 'Band of Brothers'. The
collection, taken up for the Royal British Legion, amounted to £130.
look forward to welcoming everyone over the Christmas Season and wish you peace
and joy and every blessing for the New Year.
from those of us suffering seasonal colds and minor ailments, there are those
in the village with more serious health problems. Please know that you are
continuously in our thoughts and prayers and we are here to help when needed.
will be no Friendship Lunch at The Globe in December, and the date for January
has yet to be verified.
there any flower arrangers in the village? We are in need of some help on the
Church Flower Rota. Several of our regular helpers have moved away and some
are physically unable to manage! If anyone is interested in helping out 3 or
4 times a year [or even less] in making the Church look beautiful for festivals
- Christmas, Easter, Harvest, etc., then please give me a call. Your help
would be very much appreciated.
Stuart says are there any more singers who would be interested in joining the
Berrynarbor Choir? The more the merrier!
OF NEW RECTOR
we should all go away more often! While a number of PCC Officers were on
holiday, an interview was held for the vacant post of Team Rector.
Fortunately, PCC Secretary, Marion Carter, was able to be there to represent us
and the announcement of the appointment was made at the service on 24th
October. Marion writes:
"I was pleased to be part
of the team on behalf of Berrynarbor when we interviewed for the Team Rector
vacancy and would like to wish the Revd. Christopher Steed all success in his
are now eagerly waiting to hear when the new Rector will take up his post.
SOCIETY SINGING FOR THE BRAIN
the time you are reading this, we hope that the South West area of the Society
has been successful in its bid for funding from the People's Millions Lottery
Fund. It is proposed to set up an additional 8 groups across Devon and Cornwall, they are currently operating in Plymouth, Exeter and Dartington only.
The first group for North Devon will be starting in Ilfracombe in January and
we have had a good response for volunteers, including 8 from the village - an
excellent number from such a small community. But hey, that's typical of our
Ilfracombe sessions will take place at the Vision Community Centre in Slade Valley Road [one of the few halls with its own car park]. There will be an open
event for all volunteers at the Centre on Tuesday, 11th January, from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m. The first session will be on Tuesday, 18th January, from 2.00 to 4.00 p.m., and then every first and third Tuesday of each month.
requiring further details, please contact Norma and Tony Holland on 
883989, or visit the Alzheimer's Society Website.
life has progressed, I have always been interested in what other people have
done and achieved. Recently I have been in touch with Ted Manley, who I have
known for the past 70 years.
first remembered Ted's music when he was in a school concert. He sat on the
stage at the Grammar School in his short trousers and wearing wire rimmed
glasses playing the accordion. He could not have been more than 11 or 12.
His music was already exceptional.
still at school, Ted would play his accordion for the American soldiers. Down
near the pier, if they wrote 'In the Mood' on the back of a ten shilling note
[50p] and handed it to him, Ted would oblige! His takings were very good and
his mother would pay them into the bank for him.
Ted left school he formed a dance band which played at first at a hall on the
pier and later at the Victoria Pavilion. His cousin, Pat Annett, played the
piano and also in the band were 'Dixie' Dale, Vic Knock and Max Farman. With
two pianos, the band was similar to that of Victor Silvester. It soon
occurred to Ted that after the dances people would need transport home, there
were no buses running at that time of night. 'I've got it,' he thought, and
so he followed up his playing with a taxi service! For him a very long
evening but he was never afraid of hard work.
not involved with his music, Ted loved boats and kept them at Watermouth Harbour. He was a keen fisherman and knew how to enjoy his leisure.
broadcast twice - once at Plymouth with Eddie Purkiss and his band and later at
the Holiday Inn.
plays six instruments - and even more when he worked for a while in a shop in Barnstaple. He was also a demonstrator for Hammond Organs. Although taught for a while
by a Miss Smith, his music is basically self-taught.
and his wife, Jean, were married at St. Philip and St.
James Church Ilfracombe in 1951 and the photograph shows the archway of
musical instruments as they left the church. Ted and Jean have two children,
Julie and Spencer and several grandchildren.
Ted, and his band played all
over Devon and I remember at the Lee Bay Hotel that he also did the 'calling',
instructing the dancers on the steps they should be making - very helpful.
now for three years, Ted and Jean are living at Ross-on-Wye.
behalf of all those people to whom you have given so much pleasure, may I say
'a big thank you, Ted, you have done a fine job.'
Beauclerk - Stowmarket
CHEN STYLE TAI CHI
Chi is a form of Chinese exercise which developed over 400 years ago. All of
the exercises are easy and straightforward for people to learn and practice.
They are very effective in helping to reduce high blood pressure, heart
disease, arthritis, gastric ulcers and other chronic diseases. The exercises
can also benefit weight loss, stress relief, disruptive sleep patterns and
greatly enhance health and fitness.
practice of Tai Chi does not require a big space or any special equipment or
clothing. It can be practised at any time of day or night, indoors or out.
It is suitable for all people, of any age and level of fitness.
have started at the Manor Hall, Berrynarbor, every Thursday morning at 11.00 a.m. Contact me, Paul Maxfield [Instructor] on  867236 for more details, or
please just turn up! A session costs £5.00.
TV RECEPTION IN BERRYNARBOR
the last Newsletter I informed you of my efforts to get improvement to our poor
digital TV reception in the village. My letter to Digital UK [as in the
October Newsletter] was passed to Ofcom in August and after much nagging I
finally received a reply in early November . But to be fair, they were
investigating my complaint in the meantime. They have admitted there was a
fault and hopefully have rectified it with further constructive suggestions to
residents. For your information, the full reply is published below.
However, I do advise that we continue individually to record any incidents of
poor reception until at least the end of January, as I suggested, in case
Dear Mrs. Massey
again, please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to you.
I mentioned in my previous message, following your complaint we asked the
broadcasters to investigate the situation at the Berrynarbor 'relay'
transmitter which serves your area. During these checks, a possible fault at
the transmitter was identified, and the broadcasters' transmission provider
replaced a piece of equipment at the transmitter. Monitoring the transmitter
performance , identifying the faulty unit and replacement did take some time.
However, we now believe that the transmitter is operating satisfactorily.
you are still experiencing problems, it may be that there is another
cause. In particular, you should ensure that you are actually receiving
signals from the Berrynarbor relay (which located on the hill just above Barton Lane, and is the only transmitter likely to offer reliable service to the town), and
that the aerial is in good condition and of an appropriate type. I say this
because signals from the relay transmitters in neighbouring Combe Martin and
Chambercombe may also reach parts of Berrynarbor, but these signals are not
predicted to be strong enough to be received well by most viewers, especially
those in lower-lying parts. However, because the Combe Martin and Chambercombe
relays were built some time before the Berrynarbor relay (the mid/late 1970s
versus the late 1980s), it is just possible that some viewers in Berrynarbor
may not have opted to re-orientate their aerials to receive the stronger
signals from the Berrynarbor relay. While aerials which are still directed to
other transmitters may pick up some signals from Berrynarbor, they will be
receiving a much weaker signal than if the aerials are pointing correctly at
the transmitter. It may also be worth pointing out that external aerials should
generally be replaced every 10-15 years (more frequently in
coastal areas), as corrosion will adversely affect the performance of the
which transmitter your aerial is pointed towards can be difficult without
professional help, but the Berrynarbor relay is on a
bearing of around 77 degrees from your location, whereas the Combe Martin and
Chambercombe relays are on bearings of around 104 and 286 degrees respectively.
I understand you have already had your aerial system examined, but I am not
sure what specific tests were carried out. However, if you would like a second
opinion on your aerial system a competent local installer would be able to
advise further. Although we cannot recommend particular installers, I
understand that Visioncare in Ilfracombe have carried out a number of
installations in the area.
you still continue to experience problems after considering the points above,
do let me know.
Peter Madry, Head of Television Technical Regulation
BUT NOT BUTTON!
there, my name is Stella and I have a canine partner called Jenson. I
was down in your area last week on a rest break at my caravan and my
friend Wendy Hilling told me about your adopted puppies. Wendy's' canine
partner Teddy is great friends with Jenson, they love to meet up and have
a play together. We thought you might like to see the end results
of your kind plan to adopt a puppy, so we made an impromptu visit to
Berrynarbor and had a lovely time meeting people in the local shop and having a
superior cuppa and toasted teacake at Miss Muffets.
am currently running a personal appeal to raise £10,000 to sponsor a canine
partner for someone else with a disability so I am well aware of the effort it
takes to raise funds to support Canine Partners. I wanted to say a
personal thank you to the people of Berrynarbor for adopting puppies. It is
the first magical step to transforming someone's life.
was very sceptical when I was told how much a dog would help me with my
disability. I was injured in a car crash caused by a drunk driver 12
years ago and my life had become very limited, physically difficult and
emotionally draining. I was slowly shutting down as the struggle to face
everyday life was becoming just too much to cope with. I live alone and
was really fed up with having to rely on people at every turn. Then
Jenson came into my life and within a month the sun was shining everywhere for me.
Within 6 months I was a different person. My confidence began to come
back. I went out and about anywhere and everywhere I could get to. I no
longer need a human carer as Jenson helps me so much with personal care
and around the house. I do my own shopping, get my own library
books - Jenson can get a book off the shelf for me - and I have gone back to my
singing group. The list just goes on and on of how good Jenson is for
me. He makes me smile every day and that alone is worth its weight in gold.
thank you, Berrynarbor, for that is just a glimpse of what adopting a puppy can
start. My very best wishes to you all.
Hewett and of course a woof from Jenson
helping in the garden
does the shopping
is also news of our two adopted puppies.
Pebbles has had to be withdrawn from the training scheme. Although a bright
and lovely dog, it became clear that she was sensitive and lacked concentration
which could cause problems with her future partner. She has now been found a
perfect home where she will enjoy life as a much-loved pet.
her place we have adopted Polo, pictured above, who is at the same advanced
stage as Pebbles was in his training. He, too, is a Labradoodle and is
currently learning to push pedestrian buttons, take tins from shelves in shops
and even undress someone - he wonders if he will be as good at that as he is at
taking off his own jacket. All he has to do is turn his head, get hold of the
Velcro tab and give it a tug, put his head down and back out of the jacket -
how clever is that!
tells us that although it is still quite early days, she will soon be gauged as
to whether she is good enough to go on to the advanced training, but says she
seems to be doing most things right and that she is very beautiful! That is
not just her being vain, she recently won the 'Prettiest Bitch' class at a fun
dog show and received the rather fetching rosette she is wearing in her
MARTIN SILVER MINES
the Combe Martin Silver Mines Research Preservation Society is alive and well!
was formed approximately ten years ago, to do exactly what its name implies.
'Cumserps', as we call it, is run like a club. The members or volunteers pay
an annual fee of £10 which covers the cost of their personal site insurance and
quarterly newsletter. The membership varies between 40 and 80, most of whom
only occasionally visit the site.
who turn up regularly [some of whom have been on site as volunteers for nearly
twenty years] take part in archaeology, site restoration and maintenance, etc.,
at Mine Tenements, and a small number carry out clearance of the old workings
in Harris's mine.
Tenements was the centre of operations for the Combmartin and North Devon
Silver Lead Mining Company 1835-1847. It comprises of the intact Powder House
and Blacksmith's Shop, the ruins of the 50" Pumping Engine House and its
accompanying pumping shaft and balance bob pit. A large masonry storage
reservoir dating back to the twelve hundreds is currently being excavated by
the club's archaeologists. The footprint of the account house has also been
uncovered. Many other buildings and remains still lie undiscovered beneath
old Combmartin mine runs beneath the street and is nearly a thousand feet
deep. Harris's mine is a branch off it with its entrance about 200' above the
street. Luckily the old Combmartin and Harris's Mine share a common adit or
drain, so the upper and oldest workings of Harris's mine are dry. These
levels have been inspected by a German medieval mining expert, Christian
Bartels, who believes some parts date back to the 1100's and possibly some are
site is not open to the general public but visits by both individuals and
societies are encouraged by arrangement. Working days are Thursdays 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., and Sunday mornings, 8.00 a.m. to mid-day.
[Mine Captain] Gary Dennis [Membership Secretary] Tel: 883360
TIMES WITH WALTER
Dover is the chief Cinque Port. The others are Sandwich, Hythe, Romney and Hastings.
mentioned in 1155, those ports were given certain privileges by the monarch in
return for providing ships to defend the coastline.
the late 12th Century, the ancient town of Rye and Winchelsea were added. The
Cinque Ports are under the jurisdiction of a Lord Warden whose official
residence is at Walmer Castle.
Lord Wardens have included William Pitt, The Duke of Wellington, Sir Winston
Churchill and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
First Recorded Fatal Motor Car Accident
Grove Hill, a steep, narrow lane that winds down from the hill towards Harrow town, the first recorded, fatal motor car accident in Britain happened on the 25th February 1899.
Daimler Wagonette,, being driven on a demonstration run by E.R. Sewell of the
Daimler Motor Car Company, went out of control while going down the hill and
hit the kerb at the bottom, pitching the driver and his passenger, 63 year old
Major James Richer, on the road. Mr. Sewell died instantly, the major four
days later of a fractured skull, becoming the first passenger fatality.
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
the meeting on 9th November, we were pleased to welcome
James Bate, Strategic Conservation Officer for the North Devon Council in
connection with the draft appraisal of Berrynarbor Conservation Area on which
he reported, together with proposals for boundary revisions.
Bate is arranging a Public Meeting at the Manor Hall in this connection, so
please look out for more details for you to have the opportunity to give your
views and opinions.
were received from the Police, County Councillor Mrs.
Andrea Davis and District Councillor Yvette Gubb.
for signs for the Play Area are awaited. A number of on-going items were
discussed and parishioners can be assured that Councillors will seek to obtain
a satisfactory conclusion to these matters.
task of reviewing the Standing Orders is to be undertaken early in the New
Year. The National Association of Local Councils has produced a draft model
from which Councillors will work.
Budget and Precept for the 2011/2012 financial year was agreed and parishioners
will be pleased to note a reduction in their Council Tax as a result of the
Precept being reduced.
Squire - Parish Clerk
THIS AND THAT . . .
GREAT BERRYNARBOR PLANT SALE
year the plant sale will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2011. Please save some of your plants to donate to the sale. If you would like to book a
table to sell your own items, please call
Thorndycroft on  889019. [Proceeds to Berrynarbor Community Shop]
you help? John
Broom of Roborough, Torrington, has become the owner of a 1957 Ford Thames
Van. He is interested in researching its history. He knows that it was
bought from Taw Garages in Barnstaple by a Berrynarbor Butcher. The cottage
in Silver Street was, in 1957, a butcher's shop and the owner at that time was
Les Thomas. Les was followed in the business by Reg Davies, Paul Lethaby and
lastly Ivan Clark. What colour was the van, did it have any sign writing on it,
etc? Can anyone help, or does someone by any chance have a photograph of this
vehicle? If you have any information, please contact Judie on 
883544. Thank you.
two photographs in the October 'Old Berrynarbor' had some interesting and
strong connections. There were at least four sets of parents and children:
Ron Toms and Raymond,
Huxtable and his daughter Rosemary, my Aunt Brenda Richards and her daughter
Cheryl Layton, and my mother Vera Richards and her son John Sidebottom. Are
there any more?
Mobile Library will be off the road for the whole of December. Jacqui and the
Library will be round
again in the New Year on Wednesday, 12th January.
note that as from the New Year, the times of arrival will change. In future
the Library will be at the Shop and Post Office from 10.45 to 11.30 a.m., and the Sterridge Valley from 11.45 to 12.15 p.m.
ALL PET OWNERS ... and those who wish they were!
you sometimes need to call on a friend or neighbour to look after a
pig, etc., for a day because of:
friends or relatives
day's coach trip, knowing you might be away for a number of hours?
the village, I thought it might be an idea to form a 'sitting' register of
people willing to offer help on such occasions. These services could be:
cat or dog out into the garden or walking the dog
an animal, or just checking
of us have kind friends and neighbours who already do this, but some times they
are not available when needed. You may have lost your own animal and miss
the walks or contact you once had, or may
wish to make new friends and help others.
you are interested in this kind of scheme and have ideas on how it might be
organised, please contact me on  882822. I am willing to run the
register, or it could be kept at the Shop. Your ideas please!
BERRY IN BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
had a wonderful afternoon on the 9th October when we had the presentation at
Hall for the Best
Kept Village. One of the judges, Diana Tremlett, and the County Organiser, Elizabeth Cummings, presented the village with a voucher for £100.00 to be
spent at Mole Valley Farmers [the sponsors] and our Best Kept Village 2010
plaque. The bell ringers greeted them with peals of bells and the village
choir sang for them. Many villagers joined us to enjoy a delicious tea with a
wonderful selection of cakes, all provided by ladies of the village. Many
thanks to all who helped.
we must not rest on our laurels, we are already planning for next year. As
the winners for the southwest this year, we have been asked by South West in
Bloom to represent the southwest in the national competition run by the R.H.S.
in 2011. We are aware that this is quite a feather in our cap but also a bit
scary and we'll need all the help we can get from the whole village. We are
hoping to recruit a few more helpers - could you take over the watering of an
area for example? Also, we shall be having a few more fund raising events, so
we hope we can count on your support. Look out for our blooming posters in
the New Year and if you can help us in any way, please contact me on 
Mince Pie Ice cream
a good idea as Christmas approaches to have a few things in the freezer that
can be whipped out if you are entertaining. This is a recipe for an ice cream
that is a complete doddle to make and is a refreshing change from some of the
stodgy puddings on offer at this time of the year.
bought quality mince pies or
made if you are making them for Christmas
Ambrosia Devon Custard (Tetra Pak), refrigerated until cold
you are using shop bought mince pies, freshen them up in a hot oven
140C/275F/Gas Mark 1 for ten minutes then let them get cold [this crisps up the
pastry]. If you are using home made mince pies, use them just after you have
made them and they are cooled.
the double cream until it is floppy, but not too thick.
the mince pies up fairly finely but not until they are crumbs.
the chopped mince pies in to the custard and then fold in the whipped cream.
you have an ice cream maker, churn the mix for about 30 minutes. But an ice
cream maker is not necessary. Put the mix in to the coldest
of the freezer in a lidded plastic box for 2 hours. Remove the box and
around the sides and empty in to a bowl. Give it all a good beating [an
electric beater is a good idea]. Return to the box and freeze for another 2
hours then repeat the beating.
can be made up to a month before use but take the ice cream out 30 minutes
before you want to use it to allow it to soften a little.
like to serve this topped with a measure of Bailey's, yum! I love Christmas.
FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
from all of us at the school. Once again we've had a busy start to the school
have welcomed Lawrence and Laura and their family to our school community and
also Mr. Rees and Mrs. Wilkins as Teaching Assistants.
may have heard our daily 'Wake and Shake' that happens in the playground at 8.55 a.m. every day [weather permitting, and we are a pretty hardy bunch!]. The whole
school [children, staff and some brave parents] undertake an aerobic workout,
lead by a group of children, to music. It really is a fun way to start the
day and get our brains working.
have also had a very successful Parents' Evening with 82% of families
attending. This was a fantastic opportunity to share information about the year
ahead with our parents. Sarah Peach, our Kitchen Manager, prepared some
tempting samples from the current menu for parents to try. School dinners
really are very tasty and nutritious these days and more than half our children
now regularly have a school cooked meal at lunchtime. We hope to repeat
Parents' Information Evenings in a similar format in future.
of our Year 6 boys, Connor and Oliver, have been selected at local trials to
take part in a local Gifted and Talented PE programme. The boys have taken
part in training with other gifted children from across the Learning Community
and have been having a great time whilst pushing their skills to new heights!
4 visited the Queen's Theatre to watch a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream
in October, while the younger children went to the cinema as part of National
PTA have already held a Pamper Evening at The Globe and another very
successful and fully booked Curry and Quiz Night. Plans are being made for
the upcoming Christmas Bazaar. The PTA has kindly offered to pay for all the
children to visit the Exmoor Zoo in the week before Christmas as a special
have a day of 'taster' activities planned for 26th November, when the children
will take part in dance, art and drumming workshops and watch a science
demonstration. These activities have been funded and organised through the
Extended School Co-ordinator with the aim to give children the chance to have a
go in the hope that they might identify something they would like to get
involved with outside school.
I am receiving, almost weekly, notification of cuts in funding and services
that will affect our school and our children. The future continues to be
'interesting'! We value greatly the support of our local community. We
already have a number of community volunteers who support our work. We should
love more grown-ups to hear children read, but there are lots of other
opportunities in which to get involved. If you have a particular skill that
you would like to share or if you would just simply like to become part of the
team and support in lessons, please give us a call. The number is 
883493. The safety of our children is important to us and all volunteers
would need to have a CRB and identity check.
the children recently took part in a competition to design a Christmas Stamp.
We were very impressed with their work and have included the winning designs
for you to admire.
behalf of the staff and children may I wish you all a Happy Christmas.
Carey - Headteacher
10th January Berrynarbor children back to school
HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT!
is the house that Jack built.
is the rat that ate the malt . . .
is the cat that killed the rat . . .
is the dog that worried the cat . . .
is the cow with the crumpled horn that tossed the dog . . .
is the maiden all forlorn, that milked the cow with a crumpled horn . . .
is the man, all tattered and torn, that kissed the maiden . . .
is the priest all shaven and shorn that married the man . . .
is the cock that crowed in the morn and woke the priest . . .
is the farmer, sowing his corn, that owned the cock . . .
crowed in the morn,
woke the priest all shaven and shorn,
married the man all tattered and torn,
kissed the maiden all forlorn,
milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
tossed the dog,
worried the cat,
killed the rat,
ate the malt,
lay in the house that Jack built.
bit of our folk heritage popped out of my memory the other day without any
recollection of how it came there! Of course the full recital goes back to
the beginning at every 'this is'.
Illustration by Debbie
AND SHAKERS NO. 30
23 June 1925 - 15 May 2010
Businessman and Inventor of Automated Teller Machines
with Christmas breathing down our necks, you next push your plastic card into a
'hole-in-the-wall', try and spare a thought for the man who invented it.
name was John Shepherd-Barron, a businessman with great entrepreneurial skills.
was born of Scottish parents in India in 1925. He studied in Edinburgh and Cambridge before joining De La Rue, stationers and currency printers, as a management
trainee. Some of the ideas he developed were:
off vouchers looking like bank notes given away with washing powders,
which led to a contract with Persil
working in the US as De La Rue's operational director, he won contracts
for printing certificates for the New York stock exchange
introduced to Europe the US idea of using armoured vehicles for moving
money - which became very popular after the Great Train Robbery in 1963.
his greatest invention, which totally changed the ways that banks work, was
that of the Automated Teller Machines [ATM], popularly known as 'hole-in-the
1965 John Shepherd-Barron was lying in his bath on a Saturday, fuming that he
had arrived at his bank one minute late and the doors had closed. He always
drew money on a Saturday - except this one! And then an idea came into his
head. He thought of chocolate vending
when money was put into a slot, a chocolate bar appeared. Why not the same for
that year, he met by chance the chief general manager of Barclays Bank. Over a
pink gin he asked for 90 seconds of the Manager's time.
told him I had an idea that if you put your standard Barclays cheque through a
slot in the side of the bank, it would deliver a standard amount of money," he
and see me on Monday morning" the Manager replied.
a result, Shepherd-Barron [then Managing Director of De La Rue], won a contract
to build six cash dispensers. The first opened in Enfield on 27th June 1967. Reg Varney, star of 'On the Buses', was the first customer and a blue
plaque marking the occasion is still there.
original machines didn't use plastic cards, but slightly radioactive cheques,
which the machines could read. Although Health and Safety would no doubt veto
them today, Shepherd-Barron reckoned that someone would have to eat 136,000
cheques to come to any harm!
you could get no more than £10 from the machines, "Quite enough for a
wild weekend," Shepherd-Barron remarked. [And this was the raging
sixties?] They also used a six-digit code because he could remember his Army
number. His wife Caroline persuaded him to reduce the identification
numbers. "Over the kitchen table, she said she could only remember 4
figures, so because of her, 4 figures became the world standard," he said,
and I for one am very grateful!
never made any money out of his great invention. On the advice of his lawyers,
it wasn't patented as to do so would involve giving out information on the
coding system which could have enabled criminals to break into the system.
he did get an OBE in 2005 for services to banking - 40 years later.
it is estimated that there are 1.8million ATM's worldwide, from the island of Svalbard in the Arctic Circle to McMurdo Station in Antarctica. They are used
about 5,500 times per minute in the UK, dishing out £6,000 per second or £10
billion per month!
Shepherd-Barron died in May this year at the age of 84, having spent much of
his later years on his Scottish estate. He was always very modest about his
invention and wasn't the only one to develop cash dispensers - but he was the
the way, I read in the newspaper whilst writing this that £5 notes are going to
reappear in the cash machines by next April. Is this due to recession, I
HISTORY OF BERRYNARBOR
photograph of Westaway, Pilton, was recently featured in the 'property for
sale' section of the North Devon Journal. It is situated behind the tall
garden wall, on the right, when approaching the traffic lights by North Devon Hospital. It was formerly one of the Bassett estates.
wasn't the price tag that motivated me but the porch covering the main
entrance. I visited Westaway some years ago and remember the porch decorated
with initial plaques of the Berry family, identical to those surviving in Berry today. In 1889, following a fire in part of our old Manor House, the porch was
dismantled and rebuilt at Westaway. I have also read 'To that place also were
taken the arms of Plantagenet and Bonville and other families, with carved
Name Berrynarbor is derived from:
1. HEORTS BURH = Heort's
farm of homestead. It is an old English name from the Bronze/Iron Age people
who lived here - the ancient Devonshire DUMNONII tribe. He must have been an
important or remarkable man for his name to survive down through the ages. It
is interesting to note that cremated human bones were excavated about 1840 from
one of the 9 round barrows located in the Century Lane- Berry Down, area. The
bones were covered with an inverted clay pot decorated in the style of the
Celtic Beaker People. Thankfully, now these burial mounds are protected from
being ploughed out.
Heort was probably
familiar with the ancient white, ceremonial standing stones erected at
Stonelands, now called Maddox Down, on Long Lane. Sadly, the last surviving
stone was shattered by lightning not very long ago. I think it's fitting that
our famous parishioner, Damien Hirst, has placed two large white stones at the
entrance to his home at Yellaton Farm. Michael Johns dug them out of a
neighbouring field with his digger!
- in Saxon times. Before 1066 it belonged to Queen Edith, wife of Edward the
Confessor. William gave it to Walter of Douai following the conquest.
BERIE, BYRIE, BURY - early Norman spellings.
4. BERRY YN ARBOR - BERRYNERBERT - Welsh and Norman
Relating to Phillip and
William de Nerbert = Narbeth, the ancient county town of Pembrokeshire. Yn
Arbor was its old Welsh name which translates to 'by or near the trees'. Nerbert
was the Normanised version.
AD1196, the manor was held by William Nerbert. There is no doubt about
William Nerbert as he was a plaintiff in a suit with William de Poniard of
Lidiard, as to a Knight's fee in East Hagginton. William Nerbert gave up his
claim to East Hagginton on which William de Poniard gave up his claim to
Yellaton, Indicknowle and Hempster in Berry [still farms today], and two
ferlongs in Stapledon and La Ferse [Stowford] and the mill with
a road in Hagginton, with the hamlet that is between Bethum Mill and the old
ditch" [must be Hele].
is quite a long list of Knights holding our Manors, either in their own right
or from another person or in the honour of various religious establishments
[the feudal system in action]. This is not surprising considering the life
span of an active knight was about 30 years. It is feasible that many arrived
from Pembrokeshire. Historians all agree that access to the South West from
the rest of England was very difficult over land. In Pembrokeshire the
Knights Templar had built hospitals or hostelries at Slebech and Templeton,
where knights returning from the crusades or disturbances in France [sounds
familiar!] could rest and heal.
recovered they would make a pilgrimage to St. Davids to restore their souls.
They then needed to get literally fighting fit again and find somewhere to
invest their spoils of war. Travel through Wales was very dangerous as the
Welsh were far from subdued. A ship from Milford Haven or Tenby would have
been the easier option. As there was a jousting school, for training and
practice at Pilton [see The Knights of Raleigh by Pat Barrow], Barnstaple would have been a convenient destination.
it was by this route that the knight Ralph and his son Richard arrived in
Berrynarbor in the early 13th century. Ralph took the name Berry as a surname
[various spellings]. His descendants survived here for 500 years through the
reigns of 17 monarchs and off-spring can still be found in the area today.
They would have benefited from the growth of the lucrative wool trade. They
replaced the old Saxon Manor House with a much grander one built in stone in
medieval times which they decorated with rich carvings. They oversaw the
change from the old feudal system and the Saxon method of open-strip farming by
enclosing smaller fields with hedges. They encouraged the rights of yeoman
farmers. In 1540 they witnessed the building of the new church tower.
were both Catholics and Royalists, not always the safest of choices. In 1641
Richard Berry Esq., John Sampson and John Humphrey did not assent to the Oath
of Protestation [a public oath supporting the Protestant religion in England]. 127 men in the parish did - women didn't get the option! And Bishop Jewel
must have turned in his grave.
Royalist sympathies would have put him in a peculiar position during the Civil
Wars, 1642-46. The majority of people in the South West supported Parliament,
so he probably kept his head down. On the other hand, was he involved in the
skirmish at Stonelands, which involved Colonel Maddox? The Royalists were
chased to East Down where some took sanctuary in the church. Local people
remembered the Colonel's efforts by renaming Stonelands as Maddox Down.
the stewardship of the Berry family, Berry Narbor flourished and grew. In
1708 Thomas Berry died without an heir. His estate was sold to Colonel
Bassett of Heanton. They probably put a bailiff here, but never lived here
themselves. They enlarged the estate by buying out most of the freeholders in
Francis Bassett, the last of the line, died and his wife's nephew - Davey of
Northam - inherited and took the name Bassett in compliance to his uncle's
will. It was Joseph Davey Bassett who built Watermouth Castle which was
completed about 1850 and is so well maintained by the Haines family today. By
now the Manor House in the Old Court had been stripped and local families were renting
it. The 1861 drawing [below], which we own, shows it in its dying years.
Soon part of it will be ravaged by fire.
East wing was rebuilt as a large hall which the parishioners were allowed to
use for meetings and social functions. Previously the Old Temperance Hall had
been used, the remains of which still stand in the grounds of Orchard House.
Bassett's lived in Berrynarbor for just three generations. It was the
incident of the ferris wheel and a very expensive law suit that was probably
the reason. The estate was sold off in the 1920's. Funnily enough, many
local people bought their own farms - what goes around, comes around!
Old Court and its new Manor Hall was purchased by BerryNarbor parishioners in
about 1946. I'm not sure if the Parish Room was included. This was made
possible with a loan from Alderman Fred Richards. Lizzie Toms was one of the
first trustees, but I'm not sure who else. Local men set-to and built a
skittle alley where the Bassett Room now stands.
about a century, Edith Penn Curzon has been a silent witness to concerts, whist
drives, dances, public meetings, lively political meetings, harvest suppers,
the Parish children's Christmas party, play schools, youth club, dramatic productions,
Revels, the W.I., jumble sales, the Horticultural Show, farmers' markets and
recently school lessons, private functions, exhibitions, keep fit and craft
Edith's son Charles Penn Curzon went to Pembrokeshire in the 1920's to invest
in the fishing fleet at Milford Haven. He built a lovely new house on a small
estate in Hakin and called it Westaway. My father left Berrynarbor, aged 19,
as his gardener. I was born a stone's throw away from Westaway.
time you visit the Manor Hall, glance up at the Berry Family Plaques and
remember it was they who sculpted and nurtured the unique agricultural
landscape we enjoy today.
the help of Westcote, Risedon, Camden, Polwhele and others and the 1985
translation of Devonshire Domesday. I am no historian, just love local
history, which is my heritage. Please feel free to correct me if wrong.
new season began in October with a 'biggy'! Forty-four Members were treated to
a Fabulous Wine Company evening. Brett and Jane Stevens produced delicious
winning wines and very tasty tapas again, but on this occasion, Jane's sister
had flown in from Melbourne to assist in the kitchen!
was a hard act to follow, but John Hood whet our appetites with his tastings
from 'The Last Decade'. We travelled down the years with international
flavours: Europe, the New World and South America.
end this year's gatherings on 8th December. As this is our Christmas meeting,
wines of 'The Committee's choice' will be accompanied with food provided by our
begins, for us, on 19th January, with the very popular 'Call My Wine Bluff' the
panel tease us with their secret selections and the highest scoring team will
win a bottle, but a good night will be had by all.
Adam - Promotional Co-ordinator
REFLECTIONS - 47
the week before Christmas - seven days before, to be exact - eight years ago.
The sun was bidding its late-afternoon farewell, knowing that in a few days'
time it would once more begin its daylight increase upon the northern
hemisphere, having passed the winter solstice.
before dipping out of sight, its red ball shot up a handful of stark burning
rays which tinged the low crimson clouds sweeping across the sky at a menacing
pace. The clouds in turn deflected the rays, transforming the fields a dusky
pink. The biting wind whipped through the naked trees and hedgerows, its
force increasing with each gust. Birds fluttered from branch to branch in a
desperate attempt to seek refuge. The landscape looked eerie. Nature seemed
angry. Moreover, the skies appeared ominous.
was due to drive to South Molton later that evening. My instincts told me not
to go. I wish I had followed them. To quote from Simon and Sue's Weather or
Between about 11.00am on
the 18th [December] and 8.00am on the
19th we recorded 46mm [1¾"]
of rain, of which 43mm [1 5/8"] fell
after 7.00pm. This was the night that Braunton flooded.
South Molton around 10.30pm to head back home, I had no idea of the journey
that lay ahead of me. It was as though Ilfracombe would remain beyond my
reach. Already falling heavily when I turned onto the A361, the pelting rain
grew stronger with every mile. By the time I reached Barnstaple my vision was
down to yards and was the reason I failed to see the deep pool of water that
had collected across the Braunton-bound dual carriageway at Ashford.
to have driven through it without coming to a standstill, I continued at a safe
snail's pace - but then came to an abrupt halt at Chivenor roundabout when I
met a string of barriers and a sign, reading 'ROAD AHEAD CLOSED'. I could
only guess at who had placed them there. The area was deserted.
fact the last sign of life I had seen had been a line of car lights winding
their way up the lane to Ashford from the other side of the dual carriageway. Plan
B was, therefore, to head back to Ashford and follow their diversion.
the time I reached the lane, however, cars were reversing back down it. This
route had obviously also become impassable. The Muddiford road seemed the next
best option. So, leaving the lights of Barnstaple behind me I headed off into
the blackness of the night.
rain fell even harder. Waves of loneliness and insecurity swept across me. To
counteract these feelings, I turned up the radio so that the presenter could be
clearly heard above the thud of the rain upon my car's roof. At Muddiford my
worst fears were met. The river had broken its banks, completely flooding the
road. Would I ever get home? I sat for a moment and tried to think
of another route. The A39 perhaps? It would be a long way round, but maybe,
just maybe, it would enable me to get back to Ilfracombe.
it happened, my journey along the A39 would lead me to regret, for a short
while at least, ever having moved away from the city lights to the countryside.
Until, that was, exactly one week later when a natural flood disaster on the
other side of the planet would put into context the events of that night. But
I will leave that until next time.
now, I will wish you a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.
LOCAL WALK 123
No entry. We negotiated the maze of closed and barricaded paths to reach Newberry Beach, then past cottages and up the steep lane to Sandaway. Old Man's Beard
sprawled over the hedges; the fluffy seed heads of Traveller's Joy, the wild
clematis. Along the way naturalised fuchsias and hebes were still in flower.
At the top of the lane, a short walk along the roadside verge and then down a half-hidden but sign posted path. When we had last gone that
way in June it had been very overgrown. We fought out way through the
brambles and nettles to emerge in the corner of the caravan site's car park.
Holiday makers looked startled to see two geriatrics, dishevelled and daubed with 'cuckoo
spit' [insect larvae deposited on plants] appear where no path had been
now in November, it was much easier; crunchy beech and sycamore leaves
underfoot and just the odd low branch, festooned in ivy, to duck under. Ivy
is so useful to birds for food and shelter. On the path
blackbirds were turning over dead leaves. A discreet yellow way marker arrow
indicated the way to the beach, down seventy plus steps.
bronze peak of Little Hangman came into view looking deceptively close. The
quiet little cove at the eastern end of Sandy Bay has boulders and pavements of
rock; silver grey with white stripes and smoothed by the action of the sea.
Large outcrops are tufted with holly and gorse. Bladder wrack popped beneath
wren could be heard chirring in the bushes; another further up was singing
loudly. Appropriate that the wren's Latin name is troglodytes troglodytes,
cave dweller, for we were heading for a cave.
has a narrow entrance, a passage way open to the sky approximately thirty feet
long and then the cave itself about the same length, around sixty feet in
height and seven feet wide. The 'walls' are dark wine red, embossed with
limpets and at the far end is a smooth ledge of shiny pewter coloured stone.
June when we visited the cove, as we stepped out of the cave we found the
Balmoral sailing past, looking very serene and completing the seascape.
the B & Q car park in Barnstaple towards the end of October, I noticed a
jackdaw with broad white stripes on its wings.
it came closer, I saw that the tail, though not as long as a magpie's, was dark
bottle green and a little longer than a jackdaw's.
as well as the bands of white, the wings had a dark blue sheen. The head,
shoulders and breast were typical jackdaw.
it possible for a jackdaw and a magpie to mate and to produce viable offspring?
one of Berrynarbor's resident experts in ornithology could throw some light on
this. I have seen brown rooks and jackdaws before but nothing like this - a
black, white, blue and green jackdaw.
BERRYNARBOR NO. 128
Great Storm, Friday, December 16th, 1910
some of our recent weather, for this issue I am covering the Great Storm
Disaster that struck all along the North Devon coast 100 years ago. The
Ilfracombe Chronicle reported: Great Storm in the West - Disasters at
Ilfracombe - Great Havoc - Hotel Baths Wrecked - The Pier in Ruins - Capstone
Parade much damaged - Promenade Shops Smashed.
Friday last, the town was visited by probably the greatest disaster ever known
by a high tide, backed by a furious gale from the west, with a veering to the
north of west. During the morning, the wind was blowing with great force, but
early in the afternoon the strength of the gale grew, until by five o'clock, it was almost a hurricane.
evening tide was full at 5.24 p.m. and by this time, the waves were rolling in
with terrific force, and flying to a tremendous height. About 6 p.m., there occurred what appeared to have been a great tidal wave, which resulted in
wreck and ruin to some of the most solid masonry.
lamp posts on the Parade were about the first to go and they were snapped off
like fragile reeds. Heavy seats and big blocks of masonry were carried upon
the crest of the wave which swept over Ropery Meadow at a height estimated at
15 to even 30 feet high, leaving ruin and wreckage in its path. The houses on
the Quay were flooded with the Quay itself being under water.'
damage was also caused in Clovelly, Vellator, Lee, Combe Martin and Lynmouth.
I, myself, have a large proportion of the 'Great Gale' post cards of
Ilfracombe, [pictures 2-5], as well as some of the places mentioned above.
the case of Clovelly, the postcard shows the damage to the front of the Red
Lion Hotel with large rocks washed up and fishermen clearing up [picture 6].
Further along the coast at Bucks Mill, I have a card showing eight men working
to clear the immense damage caused to a large building on the then quay. There
is also, damage to the round, lime kiln, whilst the larger square one appears
untouched. Both pictures were taken by Reilly, the photographer from
card shows the 'Dona-Luisa' of Bideford stranded at Instow [picture 1], whilst
another taken at Braunton Marsh shows drowned sheep with lots of onlookers and
then have three pictures taken at Lee showing vast damage to the sea wall and
surrounding area by Phillips and Lees of Ilfracombe. Moving on from
Ilfracombe, a card of Combe Martin shows immense damage to the Parade and
finally, I have cards of damage caused at
FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP
the time you read this, our 'bonus' scheme will be over, with many people
getting vouchers - two lots of visitors received one each during their week's
holiday! We'll keep you posted when we have another one.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES: Kath has organised a Fabric Sale with Pear and Partridge
[South Molton] for Thursday 27th January at the Old Rectory. This will take
place anytime between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. So if you are looking for
curtain or upholstery material, then this is the place to come. There will be
great bargains at very good prices. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available,
and hopefully a light lunch too. All proceeds will be for the shop, so it is
well worth supporting.
you seen Deb's 'Price Comparison' box of goodies in the shop? Sixteen items
were chosen which are sold in both our shop and Tesco: same size and make, and
prices compared. Colman's Apple Sauce and Hellmann's Mayonnaise are the same
price, but Mint sauce is 19p cheaper. If you want olives, then Crespo Black
Olives are 4p less, and Stuffed Olives 10p less in our shop. The stalwart
Blossom Hill soft and fruity red wine is also 10p cheaper. So, with little or
no driving, no time lost and as Deb mildly puts it - 'friendly, helpful and good-looking
staff to serve you!', You win all ways!
for two HELPS! Firstly, does anyone have access to a large screen [bigger
than 6'] for the two Tim's to use for their illustrated presentation on their
wonderful garden throughout the seasons on 25th
March [another date for your diary!]? If so, could you please 'phone Pam on
Number 2: Would you be willing to work just one Saturday afternoon a month,
with someone else, to give Anita and Deb a little more time at home? You
would, of course, get training. If so, please either contact Pam, or get in
touch with Anita or Deb. They would really appreciate it.
again, your committee is asking you please to support your shop, particularly
over the winter months when there are no visitors. When we checked with a local
estate agent as to how much difference having a shop makes to the sale - and
price - of a house, it is considerable.
So remember 'Use it or Lose it'.
shop is looking very festive with all the luscious Christmas goodies and cards
on sale. Do call in and see - and buy!
all that, Anita, Deb and the Committee send their very best wishes to you all, and
their thanks to our volunteers who do such a grand job.
MANOR HALL MATTERS
Christmas Holidays are almost upon us and I guess you'll
be reading this and perhaps trying to wrap those final presents, and complete
the Christmas card list . . . but remember, you do not need to be rushing out
to catch a regular mail collection for your cards within the confines of
the Village, by popular request we're again offering a rapid delivery service.
Use the Christmas Card Collection Box sited in the Shop for your cards by
Friday, 17th December and please include a generous donation per card in
support of Manor Hall Funds for 2011.
popular has been the Christmas Coffee Morning in the Manor Hall and this year
it's booked for Saturday 18th December at 11.00 a.m. Put the date on your calendar
NOW as a 'not to be missed' social event and come along for an hour or so to
enjoy coffee [maybe some seasonal punch!] and I'm sure there'll be mince pies
'n biccies , a raffle and more. With popular Christmas music and carols,
we hope to have with us some of the children from the School and the Village
Choir to help make the morning go with a swing!
seems destined to be another important year for your Committee and an Agenda
item presently under discussion is the refurbishment of the kitchen area. More
news on this as the new year unfolds, but if you have your own thoughts
on what's needed, then please make them known to me or any member of the
Manor Hall has been a popular choice of venue for various functions over the
years, including wedding receptions, but we're a bit short
on capacity to host such an event for William and Kate in
2011! So, instead, we'll be looking at the opportunities for a Berrynarbor
Royal Wedding event around the Manor Hall, a Street Party or a Dance or all of
these and more! Plans might start in earnest when the date is announced.
such an exercise interest YOU to join the Manor Hall Committee? We didn't
actually get 100's of volunteers coming forward after the article in the last
Newsletter . . . in fact, the response was '0'!
hope to see you all at the Manor Hall on the 18th. Enjoy your Christmas and
REDVERS HENRY BULLER VC, GCB, GCMG
Buller was born on 7th December 1839 at Downes, Crediton, the son of James
Wentworth Buller, MP. One could say he was born with a silver spoon in his
mouth, and once he had completed his schooling at Eton in 1858, he was
commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 60th Rifles.
battles and wars he served in are far too numerous to mention here but the main
ones were the Zulu War of 1879, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross for
bravery under fire, and following his involvement with the First Boer War of
1881 and as Head of Intelligence in the Egypt Campaign in 1882 he was
knighted. That year he married Audrey, daughter of the f4th Marquess
Townshend and later in the year was sent to the Sudan as Commander of an
infantry brigade. In 1885, having commanded a successful expedition to
relieve General Gordon, he was promoted to Major General.
1899 he w-as sent as Commander of the Natal Field Force on the outbreak of the
Second Boer War. Following several defeats and concerns about his
performance, in 1900 Lord Roberts replaced him as overall Commander in South Africa.
Buller was very popular amongst the public in England and upon his return from South Africa was given a triumphal reception and many public celebrations. Sadly, in
October 1901 he was asked to resign but refused and was dismissed on half
pay. On 27th July 1904, General Buller gave a speech at the Inauguration
Ceremony of Ilfracombe's new water supply when several other dignitaries were
present, including Lord Ebrington, Lord Clifford, local MP E.J. Soares, and
Council Chairman J.C. Clarke.
the West Country there were public expressions of sympathy for him. Indeed,
in 1905, by public subscription, a notable statue of General Buller astride his
horse was erected in Exeter, on the road leading out to Crediton.
being offered a parliamentary seat when the Liberals returned to power in 1905,
he turned it down in favour of peaceful retirement at his
seat Downes House, Downes, Crediton, where on the 2nd June 1908 he died. He was buried at the Holy Cross Churchyard, Crediton and his funeral must have
been one of the largest ever held in Devon, as is shown by the many postcards
published at the time.
KNIGHTS [OR LADY]!
Berrynarbor Knight in Shining Armour came to the rescue of four WI ladies stranded
on their way from Combe Martin to Barnstaple at 7 a.m. on the morning of 22 October. A number of vehicles had passed our broken down car without stopping,
then out of the Berrynarbor turning a handsome young man, driving a large black
van, stopped and offered to take us to our coach pick-up point at Tesco in
Barnstaple. What a relief. However, as we approached the pick-up point, to our
horror, we saw the coach pull away. Unperturbed, the young man followed the
coach a number of miles down the road towards Tiverton until he eventually
flagged the driver down who pulled into the lay-by and we were able to
eventually board the coach and continue our journey to Plymouth where we could
enjoy our Annual Autumn Council Meeting. Whoever this young man is, we four
WI ladies sincerely thank him from the bottom of our hearts for saving the day.
the end of September I lost my car keys in Barton Lane. I foolishly left them
on the bonnet of Stuart's car whilst I did the gardening and he drove into
Ilfracombe without noticing them. After he had gone, I suddenly realised
what had happened! We scoured the road to Ilfracombe and notified the
police. Then, to my relief, the next day I had a phone call from Tesco's to
say that someone had handed them in [identified by the Tesco fob]. Whoever
you are, a very big thank you. Please make yourself known to me so I can
thank you personally!
. . .
. . for your continued support with the many plants that I have sold during the
year in aid of the Children's Hospice at Little Bridge House.
money this year has been donated to the 'Narnia Garden' at the Hospice.
During a visit at the beginning of the year, I was so impressed by this garden
and I could see the pleasure it must give to the children and their families.
only my plants have sold very well this year, but the little cacti gardens have
also been a great success, so much so that I have been able to donate £600 this
must thank you all again and do hope that next year will be just as rewarding.