ST. PETER'S CHURCH
At the end of May we shall be saying our
goodbyes to Canon Michael Rogers who is retiring after many years in the
Ministry of the Church. As Priest in
Charge for Pip and Jim's Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Berrynarbor Churches, we
send our best wishes to him and his wife, Alison, for a happy retirement in
their home near North Molton.
In June, the PCC's from Pip & Jim's, Combe Martin and
Berrynarbor Churches will prepare a new Parish Profile Document so that
advertising for Michael's replacement can be speedily set in motion. We shall, of course, continue to work
closely with our House for Duty priest, Rev. Bill Cole, during the interim, and
look forward to his visits to Berrynarbor to take some of our church services,
with, no doubt, strong support from Rev. George Billington who lives here in
Our Annual Gift Day will be held on Wednesday 27th June at
the Church Lych Gate, and this year we'll be inviting Berrynarbor School into
the churchyard for a special treasure hunt!
If the weather is unfavourable we'll hold this event inside the church.
As many of you will know, we shall be welcoming the Original
Chivenor Military Wives Choir for a super Concert in Berrynarbor Church on
Friday 6th July at 7.30pm. Many of you
will remember their fabulous Concert in 2016, and once again Berrynarbor and
School Choirs will be featuring in both halves of the Concert. Tickets are available from Berrynarbor Shop
and Post Office priced at £15 to include refreshments. Don't miss this very
As mentioned in the April edition of the Berrynarbor
Newsletter, I shall be retiring from playing the organ for church services at
the end of July. As yet, no requests
to take on this role have been received, so please feel free to contact me on
01271 883893 if you are interested. It
does not matter if you have not played an organ before but perhaps can play the
piano, and I should be more than happy to help and advise on 'converting' to
the church organ and the service structure.
Berrynarbor PCC are currently looking for a Secretary
following the departure of Jean Pell.
This is an important but not demanding role which needs to be filled as
soon as possible. Please contact Sue or
myself on 01271 883893 for details.
back to the special concert given by the Exmoor Carolers in December, we forgot
to mention that £482 was raised from this event, the full amount being donated
to the Shelter Box Charity.
Whilst on the subject of donations, we were pleased to
donate £125 to the Devon Air Ambulance, raised from our joint service held here
with Combe Martin and Ilfracombe churches on Sunday 29th April. These
helicopters and expert
crews have to date flown 25,627 missions, which is absolutely wonderful!
Ron Toms' ashes were interred in the new churchyard at the
end of April. The short service,
attended by Ron's daughter Sheila and her husband Tony, together with villagers
in support, was conducted by
Rev'd. Michael Rogers on
what was fittingly a bright, sunny day!
All Church Services commence at
11.00 a.m. and are as follows:
1st Sunday: Village Service
2nd Sunday: Holy Communion
3rd Sunday: Songs of Praise
4th Sunday: Holy Communion
We shall be re-starting Friendship
Lunches on the 27th June. We meet at
12.30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. Everyone welcome.
Please let me know if you are coming so
I can give the numbers to The Globe.
Jill McCrae 
PEGGY IRENE HARVEY
We were sorry to learn that Peggy, late
of Middle Cockhill, had passed away peacefully at home at Norah Bellot Court,
Barnstaple, on the 19th April A good
friend and fantastic listener to both her family and friends and loving wife of
the late Laurie, mother of Clarissa, Martin and Elisabeth, grandmother and
great-grandmother, she will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts are with all her family at this time of sadness.
A Tribute from her Daughter Elisabeth
Mum was born Peggy Irene Brinkman on
7th May 1931, in Tottenham, London. Her
father was a cabinet maker, her mother a shoe maker for a theatre. Her father's family came from Germany, her
mother's from Ireland. Sadly, her
father suffered from severe epilepsy and had to go to live in a sanatorium when
she was only 2. Her upbringing was
tough in effectively a single parent family.
war years, like many children, mum moved around a lot, living with relatives
and strangers as an evacuee. She was
living in London in 1944 when buzz bombs were being dropped and spent many
nights in air raid shelters with her mother, which must have been terrifying.
left school at 14 with no qualifications - she had one pair of shoes and a second-hand
coat. As it was the end of the war,
there were many jobs to choose from and Peggy and her friend frequently changed
jobs as the fancy took them!
my dad, Laurie, at a tea dance, and before they married they worked together at
a dentist's. She was a dental nurse - a
friend having explained to her how to mix amalgam for a filling before she went
for the interview! Dad made false
teeth and mum would polish them on the bus as she delivered them.
up city life when she agreed to marry Laurie whose ambition was to be a
farmer. The wedding took place in
London in 1951, in a hired dress, which was too big! The reception consisted of sherry and a cake
and lasted an hour. Things were much
from London to a field in South Devon where they lived in a converted single
decker bus. Dad was a farm labourer
and mum kept 'house'! Dad shot rabbits
which she cooked for tea; they grew
their own vegetables. This was quite a
change for her - she was supporting dad in the career he loved.
moved to Ilfracombe in 1959 and dad had various jobs before they started the
carpet business in 1963 in a shop in the High Street. By this time they had 3 children. Mum helped in the business, brought us up,
kept house and also took guests in the summer months - she was never idle!
remember mum learning to drive - dad taught her! We 3 children sat in the back with dad -
calmly, of course - telling her what to do. As the car kangaroo'd up the road,
the 3 of us would chorus, "Mum, can't dad drive!"
they moved to Berrynarbor to start a new adventure and yet again mum rose to
the challenge of this upheaval. The
business grew, dad was the ideas man, mum was natural at making money, dad was
better at spending it! Together they
made a success of the business.
Mum was always involved in the business, even when dad
retired she continued to support Martin, although she did in later years turn
up for work at 10.00 a.m! Lunch hours
- a thing of the past now - were spent either eating out, or playing squash
with Rosie their secretary, or playing cards with all the staff! Card playing continued to be a family
tradition and mum was hard to beat!
Family was very important to mum and dad. As we grew up mum supported us in every way,
with our school work, our friendships - she was always welcoming our friends
for meals and to stay. She was an
excellent cook, we always said 'Peg's perfect pastry' when eating one of her
apple pies, and as children would count out the spoonfuls of custard for each
of us to make sure it was fair.
Christmas was a definite family affair - mum could not only cook enough
delicious food for all of us, she managed to still look good as she did so and
no matter how many of us there were, she could always squeeze us round the
table. She was very involved with the
grandchildren - having them to stay, taking them on holiday.
loved clothes and consequently shopping.
We spent many happy hours in the shops, she even inadvertently tried her
hand at shoplifting, walking out of a store in Exeter and up the street with a
new coat over her arm. Luckily, we
noticed it and I was sent back with the article to confess and pay!
our parents was never dull. Mum liked
to be early for everything and dad was always late! Mum enjoyed driving at a steady pace in her
Mercedes sports car that dad had given her, dad drove his car down the lane to
the main road as though in a Grand Prix - look out the postman! They both had strong opinions and were not
afraid to share them!
a busy retirement. They had many
friends, enjoyed gardening, caring for their 9 grandchildren, were involved
with their great grandchildren, continued to be involved in church, the Gideons
and Rotary. Mum certainly had the gift
of hospitality, always feeding her family and having visiting Gideon speakers
and their wives to stay, and through Rotary having foreign students to stay.
loved to travel. Initially taking us
camping, then away in a converted transit van, then a caravan, and took us to
Morocco! On their own they travelled
far and wide in their motor home, driving up through Scandinavia and also
through Europe as far as Romania! They
discovered the delights of cruising and saw much of the world this way in their
struggled for many years with her health but was very persistent in not giving
up. She was a good listener and whoever
was caring for her or helping her, she would quickly find out about their
lives, she was always interested in others.
two and a half years of mum's life were spent without dad and she was very
strong when she had to leave her home.
so well supported at Norah Bellot Court and got to know all the staff, and they
her with her direct manner. You always
knew where you were with mum, she could be very direct! She had a keen sense of humour and even in
the difficult times we found something to laugh about.
not a preacher like dad, however, she had her own faith, it was here, at Pip
and Jim's in 1960 that she gave her life to Christ. She taught in Sunday School, supported the
work of the Gideons as dad did. In her
later years, when her health deteriorated, she struggled with her faith. A few months ago, I had the privilege of
attending a service with her at NBC where the message was taken from my dad's
favourite Psalm which reminded us both that God knows us altogether. Mum kept a card on her window sill with the
verse 'Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you', and in her prayer
book she had a card that said 'The Lord is risen, awake thou that sleepest and
Christ shall give thee new life'.
Mum had a
long and eventful life, and as her family and friends we surely miss her but
know that as the Bible reassures us 'to be absent from the body is to be
present with the Lord'.
Neale, Organist at St. Peter's Church, will be retiring at the end of
July. He has played nearly 1,400
church services since 1998 and has been Choirmaster at Berrynarbor since the
year 2000. He will be playing for
Weddings and Funerals for this year, but not for church services.
well as playing the organ, the post involves organising the music and the
running of Berrynarbor Choir.
It will be sad to lose Stuart, however, we do need to look
ahead to find a replacement at the earliest opportunity. Stuart studied on piano before taking on the
organ, and so it would be possible for a pianist to come forward. Although a church organ is obviously
piano, Stuart says converting to the organ need not be a huge challenge, and he
would be more than happy to help familiarise anyone who wishes to take over
this role and to help and advise on the structure of some of the church
So, if you feel you might be able to
take over this role, please contact Stuart on 01271 883893 as soon as
WEATHER OR NOT
I'll start off by saying what a horrible March, not so good
April but a lovely May bank holiday weekend.
Looking back to my last report I see in my final paragraph I
was hoping the cold spell would move on quickly but this did not happen.
The temperatures in March
did climb a little bit but only reached double figures on eleven days, the
highest on the 15th at 14.2 DegC. In
March 2012 the temperature reached 20.6 DegC!
There were eight days when the temperature was below freezing, the lowest
was on the 1st when I recorded -4.4 DegC.
This was the lowest since March 2001 when it fell to -4.7 DegC. I don't normally mention much about the
barometric pressure. This March the
pressure remained low most of the month - lowest 983.5mbars on 3rd, product of
storm Emma - with only two highs moving through on the 21st at1035.2 mbars and
26th at 1019.1mbars.
The BEAST FROM THE EAST produced snow which fell early in
the month. On the 1st about 50mm and
the 2nd about 2mm. On the 17th THE MINI
BEAST hit us, this was, I think, worse than the first beast. I had great difficulty measuring the snow
fall as the gale force winds moved it into drifts, my best guesstimate was
118mm which was the heaviest fall I have recorded since my records started in
Rain and precipitation total fall for the month was 110.6mm.
The highest I have on record was 200mm in 1994. Maximum wind speed on the 2nd here in the
Valley was 34mph from the N.N.E. This
is a very sheltered position from the east and I am sure it was blowing much
harder in the exposed areas. Wind chill
on the 1st was -10.4 DegC at 10.00hrs, the lowest for the month. March only managed 69.09 hours. of sunshine
and according to my records since 2003, there have only been three below this
April showed a little improvement with temperatures managing
to reach double figures on most of the days with the exception of the 1st at
9.3 DegC and 27th at 9.5 DegC. The lowest
temperature was 1.5 DegC on the 5th. Total rainfall for the month was 78.8mm [my
average 61.4mm] and the wettest day was 27th with 13mm. So far this year the total rainfall for the
first 4 months amounts to 360.8mm.
The wind remained quite strong throughout April with a
maximum of 35mph on the 17th from the S. W.
The lowest wind chill was on the 5th at 0800hrs 1.3 DegC. Barometer readings were on most days a
little higher with a maximum 1026.2mbars on the 20th and lowest on 3rd at
Sunshine for April was 119.61 hours which I think is just a
bit below average.
you all a good summer whatever you are doing.
Keep your umbrella handy?
FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
recent Annual Parish Council Meeting, Cllr. Adam Stanbury was again voted in as
Chairman with Cllr. Mrs Sian Barten voted in as Vice-Chairman. There has been little change in the
appointments of representatives and officers but these can be found on the
Parish Council's website. The Parish
Council's website is designed to keep you informed and up to date with your
Parish Council. If you haven't yet
visited the site please do have a look:
We are averaging around 800 views per month
with which we are very pleased. If you
have an organisation or news you would like us to share on the website, please
contact the Parish Clerk.
village signs are now in situ and will be complete once the Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty signs have been added.
There is still a stone planter to be built at the Barton Lane sign and
we hope this will take shape very shortly.
The Parish Council would like to thank the AONB and County Councillor
once again for the funding and support received.
our Village Newsletter is struggling with costs and a lack of
funding/donations. Although the Parish
Council provides a considerable donation to the running costs each year, the
donations received have fallen. There
are many demands on Parish Council funds and it is unable to wholly subsidise
the costs associated with producing the newsletter. The Parish Council would encourage those of
you who enjoy reading the newsletter and being kept up-to-date with local
information, to donate towards the cost of its production. There are donation tins available in the
Village Shop, The Globe, Sawmill and Central Convenience in Combe Martin, or
donations can be sent direct to the Editor.
If donation levels are not increased it might be that a charge will need
to be introduced and this in turn might mean that the Editor would no longer be
willing to produce it. The Parish
Council will be looking to hold an event to help raise funds for the
newsletter, and we would urge you to support the running costs by providing
regular donations for your copies, we do not wish to risk losing this local
the Parish Council, in conjunction with South Western Ambulance Service,
organises a Defibrillator Awareness Training Event open to all members of the
parish. This year's event will be held
on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 7,00 p.m.
in the Manor Hall and will be led by the Assistant Community Responder
Officer. You are all welcome. Please do come along and learn how to use
this lifesaving piece of equipment.
Vicki Woodhouse - Parish Clerk
BERRY IN BLOOM &
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
June is the busiest time of the year for the Berry in Bloom
team. The lovely display of spring
bedding of tulips, daffodils and polyanthus is over and the tubs are emptied,
the compost refreshed and the summer bedding planted. Watering will start again in earnest.
Almost all of the plants we use are grown by Grow@Jigsaw,
our local social enterprise and we have always been very pleased with their
quality and price.
This year Grow@Jigsaw and the new Landlord of The Globe have
undertaken to give the pub garden a tidy up and revamp. The work will be done in exchange for the
Jigsaw Christmas lunch - what a good idea, everyone wins! Hopefully we will be able to take the R.H.S
judges there for tea after our Judging
on 11th July. The judges look at
the village as a whole and every area is important.
Last year we had a fun and successful Tea on the Lawn fund raising afternoon in Phil and Lynn's lovely
garden at the Lodge. This year Phil and
Chris Brown have offered to have it at Middle Lee Farm. The date for this event is Sunday 22nd July from 2.00 p.m.
onwards. Weather permitting, phone
07436811657 if in doubt.
Every year we rely on the support of the village and we are
grateful to everyone who helps in whatever way.
and Custard Cake
I bought a jar of M&S rhubarb and
custard curd and decided it was the perfect ingredient for a cake using rhubarb
that is plentiful at this time of the year
For the Cake
or 5 sticks of rhubarb, cleaned and cut into thinnish 4 inch-long strips
soft butter or stork margarine
golden caster sugar
large free-range eggs
tsp vanilla extract
Birds custard powder
level tsp baking powder
For the buttercream filling
and custard curd or rhubarb jam
Pre-heat the oven to 170 Deg/160 Deg fan. Gas mark 3.
Butter and line two 8 inch/20cm sandwich tins.
Sift the flour, baking powder and custard
Cream the butter and sugar together using an
electric whisk or processor.
Add the eggs one at a time and whisk well,
adding a little of the flour if it looks like curdling and scraping down the
sides to incorporate all the sugar evenly then add the vanilla extract and
whisk. Fold in the flour mix and then
loosen the mix with a splash of milk.
Pour the batter in to the cake tins and
smooth the top. Put the cut fresh
rhubarb in a starburst pattern on the top.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and slightly pulling away from the
sides of the tin. Cool the cakes on a
While they are cooling make the
buttercream by placing all the ingredients in a bowl or food processor and
beating until soft and fluffy.
When the cakes are cold, carefully turn
one of them over on a clean tea towel and spread half the buttercream on the
underside. Put the other cake rhubarb
side up on to a plate and spread with the other half of the buttercream.
Then spread the rhubarb and custard curd,
or rhubarb jam if using that, over the buttercream. Flip the other cake over so that the
buttercream is underneath and place on top.
Spread a bit more of the curd or jam over the top and your cake is
ready. Yummy, yummy!
BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE
gives great pleasure; and every pleasure is of itself a good. Samuel Johnson
We were supposed to have Chris Bullimore, from the Wine Beer
Supermarket in Roscoff, Brittany, in February, but the snowy weather
intervened. He offered again for April,
but a mini-stroke then intervened, only five days prior to this event; however, Chairman Summers rallied to the
cause and covered, ably!
Morrison's, Bideford, is like other supermarkets, as their
stocks are dictated by wine buyers,
but Tony still managed to produce, an interesting evening. Bideford is just 19 miles from here, but we
hadn't used this retailer before.
Prices were revealed once we'd
sampled . . .
Gerárd Bertrand Reserve Speciale, 2016,
was a 12%, French, Sauvignon Blanc.
Members' descriptions were: 'a bit sharp', 'seductive', 'bland', 'tinny'
and 'thin'. Many Sauvignon Blancs have
a fruity perfume or nose, but this was missing.
It's always good to compare and 'Kiri' was also a 2016
Sauvignon Blanc, but produced in Marlborough, in New Zealand's south
island. Also a 12%, but everything else
was different. Pale lemon in colour,
its nose was likened to gooseberry and passion fruit. Additionally, it had delicious fruit
flavours. Its label stated: refreshing
acidity and a crisp finish; many felt it
was noticeably better than the French.
A Sancerre triggered positive
"Oohs"! Another 2016 sample and
described as elegant and complex; it was
specially selected for Morrison's. A
Loire product, which has produced Sancerre since Roman times, due to its
mineral rich, with chalky soil and steep-sloping hills: perfect conditions for producing juicy
grapes; however, some thought our sample
would, probably, be the cheap end of Sancerre.
The cheapest created a stir, as it
wasn't our first! 1st: £8.50, 2nd:
£7.70, 3rd: £13. Marlborough wines are
known to produce fruity, punchy Sauvignon Blancs, at reasonable prices.
Tony said it had been difficult to find three
bottles of the same type, but chose a Côte du Rhône wine. These are graded: Côte du Rhône, Côte du
Rhône Village and then a C. du R.V. with a named village; the latter being the
best. We began with a C. du R. Village
from Cairanne, aged for 15 months in oak barrels. Le Pinson des Garrigues, 14.5%, was
described as highly drinkable. Its
grape mix: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvidre, made it very smooth. A mix of grapes provides structure and it
would be good with food.
Our next was South African, produced in Parle on the Western
Cape. Timestone, 13.5%, was another mix:
Shiraz, Cinsault and Mourvedre.its label description included 'lured by the
fresh cool water of our natural springs', but Tony didn't hear anybody that
A St Emillion Grand Cru, 2014, wasn't the dearest of the
night, surprisingly. Chateau Lagarelle
Puits Rasat, had a brown tinge to it.
This chateau is a property in the heart of this appellation. This wine offers well-balanced tasting -
complex, witharomas of ripe fruit and subtle woody notes. It had toasted aromas but looked thinner than
The first was £10, our least favourite
was £9 and the final sample was £12.
Would I bother to drive to Bideford for any of them? Over to you!
smell of wine, oh how much more delicate, cheerful, gratifying, celestial and
delicious it is than that of oil.'
May is synonymous with AGM's. Many think that these are tedious affairs,
but ours are brief and to the point! In
just under 5 minutes we were listening to Nigel Pound, Wine Consultant, of
Totnes Wines. This is his business and he is a
traditional wine merchant. His shop
lacks the usual bright lights and racking.
Bright lights, by the way, makes wine deteriorate.
Nigel began by saying that he's been involved with wine for
40 years. In addition to being a wine
retailer, he travels abroad for research, assists professional auctioneers with
valuations of liquid items and is Radio Devon's Wine Wizard with his Saturday
appearance, approximately every six weeks.
He believes, firmly, that wine is about people; wine is about history
and that 70% of wine in the UK is not very good. 'Wine', he said, 'should be produced and
bottled in the same country'. The
reasoning for this: sulphites would be added at every stage, so it makes
complete sense to keep it local.
Our first white was a Montagny Buissonier, 2014, 12.5% and a
white Burgundy. One sommelier, via the
'net and passionate about White Burgundy, states it is the ultimate French
Chardonnay. Ours was unoaked and it is
the oakiness of Chardonnays that give it a bad name; however, this was
delicious! We wouldn't drink it on a
daily basis as it was £14.95 a bottle.
The back label described it as intense and elegant . . exotic fruits and
white flowers. It was bottled at the
Vignerons de Buxy and a good example of you only get what you pay for!
Piqoli Greco-Fiano, 2016, Basilicata, from Southern Italy,
followed. It was 12% and although this
wine is produced in a hot climate, the growers have cold cellars and,
therefore, are able to make crisp white wines.
It was balanced, had a good finish and was £12.50. It was fruity, had acidity and finish.
It's always good to hear different ideas regarding any
topic; it helps you to think outside the box.
A wine described as a dessert wine, would be served at the end of a
meal, usually; however, Nigel suggested
that the Clarendelle Amberwine Monbazillac is great served as a slightly
sweeter aperitif as it makes you hungry!
This 13.5% non-vintage was a mix of three grapes: Sauvignon Blanc,
Semillon and Muscato. The 500ml bottle was £13.95. Ice would weaken it, but, it would, in our
opinion, be delightful poured over this, or, served in a very chilled glass!
When growing wine, the first question should be: Is the
vineyard in the right place? The 2015
Pierre Amadieu Côtes Du Rhône, Roulepierre comes from Gigondas, south-eastern
France and was grown in suitable conditions: poor soil and dry air. It was £8.95 and mostly Grenache and Syrah
with a little Mourvedre.
As Nigel's background and possibly his pores ooze wine, he
was full of useful snippets of information and reminders: sunshine creates
sugar and sugar creates alcohol, which will equate to stronger wine. The K-nom Clos Trotligotte is made in
Cahors, France; it was 100% Malbec wine,
made by Emmanuel Rybinski. It was dry,
2016, £11.99, 13.5% but had no nose.
Our final wine of the evening was a Rioja, a Lan Crianza,
2014, 13.5%, made with Tempranillo grapes.
'Rioja is Spanish Claret' stated Nigel.
It is versatile and was a High-Altitude Wine. The term Crianza indicates that it would have
spent one year in an oak barrel; it
would also spend another year in a bottle.
This was £12.00 a bottle. Nigel
recommended that it was drunk at 18oC or 64oF.
Nigel's learned and tasty presentation completed our 2017-2018
season. We've asked him to return for
our next. His cheese contact at Creber's
in Tavistock will be joining him: sounds
good to me!
We are NOT wine buffs, just people who
enjoy a glass. If you're not a member,
it's a great way to meet more neighbours!
We have finished now for the summer but restart at the Manor Hall at
8.00 p.m. on Wednesday 17th October, when we hope to welcome Chris Bullimore.
to the village will be very welcome.
Adam - Promotional Co-ordinator & Secretary
SOS - THE NEWSLETTER IS IN TROUBLE!
As you will have seen in the report
from the Parish Council, the Newsletter is currently only just keeping
Although mailing subscriptions have
been renewed, increasing costs and a significant drop in donations,
particularly in the collecting boxes, mean that funds at the start of this
financial year are not good.
From its inception the Newsletter has
been a 'freebie', something I, as Editor and Producer, should like it to
remain; however, it does cost money to
produce - over £500 per issue, approximately £1.60 per copy.
If you receive your copy, kindly
delivered with your papers from Combe
Martin, you most probably leave a donation in the collecting box at the
Shop. However, if not, perhaps you
might think of doing so. Between us
let's see it get into its 30th year!
Donations are appreciated, welcome and essential.
Please act now to save the Newsletter!
I should like to thank all those who
have already rallied to the cause and given their support - the Manor Hall
Trust, the Berry in Bloom team and the Parish Council who will be running a Dog
Show to raise funds.
for posters for this nearer the time and make a note of the date NOW!
BERRYNARBOR DOG SHOW
SUNDAY 1ST JULY
to be confirmed]
Dogs with well-behaved
on short leads [not extending ones]
SCRAP ON FOOTPATH
The unsightly scrap that has been
blighting the footpath through the fields at the top of Barton Lane will be
However, it will probably look worse
before it gets better as there is a long line of it awaiting removal before the
scrap can be picked up.
The Parish Council are aware of the
situation but we want to put villagers in the picture as there is a lot of
scrap which has now become visible.
Gwendolyn Brandon -
Home Barton Farm
MANOR HALL TRUST
Thank you very much to everyone who
joined us for our 'Strictly come Dancing' evening. It was a fun evening and everybody had a
good time attempting to find their inner strictly whilst helping to raise
valuable funds for the hall. We were able to use our new PA system for the
evening, and a big thank you to Martin for once again giving up his time
installing it for us.
Wendy and her excellent cake baking
Berry in Bloomers have very generously offered to help raise money for the hall
by helping run a Devon cream tea afternoon combined with a Slide Show on the
history of our village by Tom Bartlett.
So, if you like delicious cakes and would be interested to know more
about your village's history, this will be a lovely afternoon. The date is Saturday 2nd June and details of
this event appear later in this Newsletter.
This year we are holding a good
old-fashioned village fete, the Berry Revels, on Saturday 21st July. Lots of fun and games for all the
family. Our plans hope to include
donkey rides, face painting, stalls, raffle, crafts, refreshments, including
cakes, BBQ and bar, music and lots more.
If you or your user group can help in anyway, please get in touch with
one of our Trustees.
If you have been to the hall recently
you will see that we have scaffolding up in order to sort our roof and chimney
leak. Please take care around it and we
apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Our previously mentioned Community
Fundraising Scheme to raise money for the hall and save money on your bills is
now up and running. For more information have a look at www.utilitywarehouse.org.uk/K81288,
call 0337773212 and give our appeal number K82188, or just have a chat with
Alan Hamilton on 07905445072 to see how you and the Manor Hall can benefit.
And finally, yet more fundraising and
fun are in the planning stage as we hope to hold a Barn Dance in the hall in
August or early September, so, please
look out for the posters!
Chairman: Julia Fairchild [882783 Secretary:
Natalie Stanbury  Bookings:
Alison Sharples 
Treasurer: Karen CoppinLouise Baddick, Jim Constantine, Phil
Crompton, Alan Hamilton, Martin Johns,
Narborough, Denny Reynolds
NEWS FROM OUR VILLAGE SHOP
. . and minimising our carbon footprint.
The Shop is extremely proud of its ongoing support for our local suppliers
and the South West economy.
& Veg supplied by Normans of Ilfracombe
from the Pantry of Ilfracombe
Milk & Butter From Trewithan Farm Cornwall
From Besshill at Arlington
Deli supplied by Isca of Exeter and Hawkridge
Tea & Coffee from Porlock
Cards from Whistlefish of Cornwall
Honey from South Molton
Freebird Eggs from Braunton
Wholesale based in Barnstaple
Martins Wholesale based in Cornwall
arts and crafts made by our lovely villagers
fudge from Ilfracombe
free Discover Chocolate from Exmoor
& Chutneys from Waterhouse Fayre Devon
to the shop love the local produce.
It's proving so popular that the Shop now offers gift sets which are
selling really well - a perfect gift for your friends and relatives visiting
you this summer. And don't forget, we
can also pack and post them for you.
The Shop is entering its busy period and
we don't want our regular and local customers missing out. So, if you would like to order bread, milk,
papers or anything else, just phone us on 01271 883215 and we'll make sure we
put what you want on one side for you to collect later.
And a reminder that the Post Office will
be closed on the afternoons of Wednesday 6th June and Wednesday 4th
of July for end of month reconciliation.
bags for a better bargain
The shop now has 90 litre bags of top
quality Westland All Purpose Compost at £6.75 a bag; two bags for just £13. These days most garden centres only stock 60
litre bags and our latest price watch tells us you can buy three of their bags
So you can save an extra pound on top of
the petrol money by buying your compost from us. Another example of your shop
going the extra mile so you don't have to!
The Annual General Meeting for Shareholders will
be held on Wednesday, 13th June 2018 at 8.00 p.m. in the Manor Hall.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Summer Term started with a variety of activities on the
calendar including sporting events, educational trips and making music, to name
trip to the Eden Project
We visited the scorching hot dome at the
Eden Project. In the dome they had lots
of beautiful plants. Some were soft and
silky. Some were rough and spikey! When you first walk in you feel the heat
difference. It is so hot. There are lots of fruit such as bananas,
hard coconuts and pineapples. My
favourite part of the day was looking very closely at the teeny tiny really
juicy pineapples. They looked so juicy
I could just have eaten them. As we
walked up higher it got hotter. Near
the top there is a wobbly bridge to go across and another bridge where you are
sprayed with water. It was so
nice! I would recommend a day at the
Eden Project because of the amazing things there. It is so much fun! Fiona and Emma
Stage 1 visit to Arlington Court
We went to Arlington Court and went pond
dipping. It was great fun. We found a
dragonfly's cocoon and lots of tadpoles.
The Rangers with us for the day were Paul and Jess. We also learnt about habitats and life
cycles. The cycle starts with the
sunshine and the plants get their power to grow from the sun. The rabbit eats the plants and then the fox
eats the rabbit. Emily
There are many music activities
ongoing. Some children have group or
individual tuition for guitar, ukulele, piano and singing. Pupils of
Steer showcased their guitar and ukulele skills earlier this year.
Barrow has two choirs who will hopefully be performing to the school later this
term. One of the choirs, the Concert
Choir, is busy rehearsing for the Military Wives' Concert in July. There are also six children involved with
the Teachers' Rock Choir, an exciting venture.
Here is an excerpt from the press release.
Teachers Rock Youth Choir record their
first professional 'live in session' album alongside Teachers Rock and Rev
Bazil Meade MBE. On Saturday 14th April, 125 young people
[aged 8-13yrs] from across the South West joined together for their first ever
recording session as the Teachers RockŪ Youth Choir.
"The pleasure of seeing young children
singing with enjoyment written all over their little faces is high on my list
of good experiences, a most important ingredient of that moment is having an
inspired tutor guiding them.
Kent is excellent with children." [Rev. Bazil Meade
The Teachers Rock Youth Choir is a new vocal development
programme initiated by Teachers Rock founder Debbie Kent. It offers young people unique learning
experiences enabling them to participate in high quality, transformational
vocal programmes which broaden and deepen their musical understanding and help
support the development of their musical creativity.
The Teachers Rock debut album featuring the Teachers Rock
Youth Choir is due for release next month.
To keep up to date with all the latest news subscribe to the Teachers
Rock website: www.teachersrock.co.uk The Teachers Rock Youth Choir are also on
twitter @TRY2cool4school and Instagram: try2cool4school
We had a Pride in our School Day one Saturday in May when
parents and friends worked hard to spruce up the school grounds and put in
place some of the new equipment in the playground.
Both Key Stage 2
classes have residential trips planned, and Year 2 will be having a sleepover
with their partner class at West Down School.
and Vision Day
This is a new venture for us, the children of Berrynarbor
and West Down Schools joining together to take part in a variety of activities,
including art and craft, outdoor team building, and other workshops. The aim of
the day is that it will help us to identify and celebrate our shared values as
Carey - Head Teacher
in the Bible - Elderberry Class [10/11]
LOCAL WALK - 168
A Tour of the Torrs
There are many points of access to the
Torrs, but the most spectacular and arduous is the steep zigzagging cliff path
above White Pebbles Beach.
But you are rewarded by wonderful sea
views and there are strategically placed benches to break the upward trek into
manageable chunks and to allow you to survey the passing sea birds.
Beside the path in spring and early
summer is an abundance of wild flowers:
bluebells, thrift and the graceful sea campion with its mauve veined
bladders behind white petals.
Finally, you emerge among blackthorn
bushes. A few steps lead to a view
point and there's a glorious sense of space as you descend to the coast
path. The scene was further enhanced
for us by the Oldenburg coming into view.
shallow streams cross the path. A party
of linnets came down to drink; the males
with their pink breast plumage just beginning to show. Wheatears and stonechats may be seen on the
nearby stone walls and tops of bushes.
A short climb up from here, a slight
detour from the route, leads to a hidden sheltered hollow [where I once found a
fairy ring of toadstools] and a rocky platform, where you can sit and look down
upon a cliff which is a favourite perch for peregrine falcons.
But is had started to rain - a late April
shower on the first of May - so we kept going.
As the path narrows and swings round the corner, it is worth pausing to
scan the little cove far below. We have
sometimes seen a seal swimming between the fingers of rock there.
It was too soon to see one of my
favourite butterflies, the green hairstreak.
It is small; the upper sides of
its wings are a dull brown but the undersides are a bright apple green. It is only on the wing for a short time so
if we reach the end of June without having spotted one, I know I shall have to
wait another year at least.
One summer we were returning from a
walk on the Torrs, having failed to come across a greenhairstreak,
when we stopped to chat to a dog walker who was stooping to photograph some
flowers. She mentioned she had earlier
found a butterfly and wondered what it was.
Did we know? She showed us a
picture she had taken of it on her mobile 'phone. It was the elusive green hairstreak!
We continued our circular route along
Langleigh Lane. Jack-by-the-hedge or
garlic mustard grew about the high banks.
A flock of jackdaws took off suddenly from an adjacent field.
The surface of the lane had become
eroded and watery in places and as we completed our walk it stopped raining.
There used to be an admission charge
for walking on the Torrs, which despite complaints, was not abolished until
1959. In 1856 George Eliot stayed at
Ilfracombe for seven weeks to pursue an interest in natural history.
Illustrations: Paul Swailes
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 75
[Hons], LCSP [Phys], BRCP, IAS
and Rehabilitation Therapist
Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation
What turns a competent professional dancer into a renowned
and well-loved Pilates Practitioner?
Well, having been a client of hers for more than 11 years, who's guided
me through the aftermath of a minor stroke and two knee operations, I wanted to
Jane-Elizabeth, nearer sixty than forty, has been practising
in Ilfracombe for over 18 years and is highly respected, not only by her many
clients, but also by the medical profession to whom she gives workshops in
London and Devon.
Born in Amersham to The Rev, Francis Roberts and his wife
Gwenda, Jane started life with a big 'footicap' - she shared her mother's womb
with a growth which would have risked her life had it been removed during
pregnancy. The result was that when she
was born her feet were severely twisted.
It seems astonishing that at 2 years of age she started ballet when she
was unable to walk properly until she was 11.
During those years, she learnt body movement - but initially totally on
her backside! Her brother, Christopher,
was born 18 months later with no problem.
The family lived in Little Missenden, where her father was Parish Priest
for 40 years.
Whilst still a child, she became friends with Tessa Dahl,
one of Roald Dahl's children, who lived in Great Missenden. At that time, Roald wasn't very well known,
it was his wife, the Academy Award winning American actress Patricia Neal, who
claimed fame. Roald used to retire to
his garden shed and write children's stories, which he would then read out to
them. In hindsight, what a privilege!
When she was 11, Jane won a 3-year I.S.T.D. [Imperial
Society of Teachers of Dancing] scholarship to study on a Saturday morning in
London. During her time there, she was
taught by many famous names: Beryl Grey, Moira Shearer and Ninette de Valois,
to name a few. As she was so young,
Jane won a fourth year scholarship. She
had to be persuaded to take this up, but afterwards of course was pleased that
she did so. At the age of 15
Jane won a scholarship to study at the Ballet Rambert School but as she was
still of school age, had to complete her education, on top of her ballet work,
at a Ladies' Finishing School in Chorley Wood.
Jane then won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School, but
when offered a second year, declined and returned to the Ballet Rambert. One day at the school, Dame Marie Rambert
herself, then 75 years old, came in to watch the class.
"I want that girl in
the black T-shirt in my Company". And
so Jane started 15 years as a professional dancer.
She then decided to form her own company: Dance Spectrum. which she ran for 10 years,
working with Wendy Hiller, Dulcie Gray,
Michael Dennison, Judie
Dench and others, mainly in Buckinghamshire.
All went well until she fractured her spine meaning that she
was out of action for 6 months; firstly
in traction, then in a wheelchair and finally a rigid corset followed by a
Velcro one that she could remove at night.
When she spoke to her consultant about rehab, he suggested she went out
for a jog! She didn't feel that that
was right after so much inactivity and that was when she learnt about Pilates.
Shortly afterwards, she became pregnant,
another shock as she'd been told she couldn't have children. Not to be inactive, she took up interior
design, making curtains, swags, doing upholstery, etc., very often with
materials costing over £50 a yard. One
day, she had this very expensive material spread out on the floor. It was the potty training period and her
toddler, Emma, came in holding her potty to show mummy what a good girl she'd
been. Mummy flung herself at the pot as
it hit the floor, drenching herself but not a drop went on the precious
Jane became a Registered Pilates Teacher and taught at Tring
Ballet School, before returning to Ballet Rambert to teach. She also qualified as a Therapist.
In 2001, the time came when the family, who had always loved
North Devon, decided to move to Ilfracombe.
For the first 7 months, Jane returned to Milton Keynes for 10 days a
month but then decided to move her work here.
10 posters were made and she took them to local businesses and shops,
asking for them back if they weren't going to use them as she only had 10!
Since then her work has grown significantly. Starting in the Lantern, then Studio 20,
before she had her own studio and shop, Arabesque Dance Boutique, also taking
on a studio opposite until sadly she got breast cancer. Ironically, she was due to go to Phoenix,
Arizona, to study anatomy. This had to
be cancelled, but with Jane's determination, she completed this the following
Partly as her own re-hab, she trained to work on fascia, the
body's connective tissue. All the time
I've known Jane she has always been updating her knowledge and recently spent a
week working on fascial anatomy.
Her latest Body Aware Pilates Studio and Clinic is at the
junction of Fore Street and Portland Street, 155 High Street, Ilfracombe. It is a lovely environment in which to work
and she has just completed renovating the first floor, as she needed extra
spaces. In a second clinic, she has
osteopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy and other treatments.
I've not detailed her many impressive qualifications - they
would fill half a page! - but if you
would like details, her website www.bodyawarepilates.co.uk
will tell you all. Suffice to say that
her real love is helping people with severe problems: recovering from
operations, strokes, or those with Parkinson's, MS, sports injuries or any
other problems. She also has sessions
for pre and post-natal care, sessions for men only and before anyone becomes a
client, he or she has a one-to-one session so that Jane knows exactly how to
help them with their problem.
She also fits dancers with their pointe shoes with a full
biomechanical assessment of their pelvis and legs before fitting. If your child needs ballet shoes, she can
also provide these. Just send her an
Finally, I must not forget Millie. She is an endearing little black dog, and
Jane's constant companion, who welcomes everyone to the studio before
obediently retiring to her small kennel.
She must be a delight to the people she visits wearing her Pets as
We are very lucky in North Devon that Jane-Elizabeth decided
to choose Ilfracombe to set up her stall.
In spite of or because of her many difficulties she has the willpower to
help her many clients.
She may be a mere 5'2" in height and wear size 6 in
clothing, but she is a giant in the world of Pilates and justly earns her title
of a Mover and Shaker. Long may she
continue her valuable work.
PP of DC
MILITARY WIVES' CONCERT - FRIDAY 6TH JULY
time you read this, it will be less than 5 weeks to the Military Wives'
Concert. As the church can only hold an
absolute maximum of 200 people and tickets are selling fast, if you wish to go
you should pop up, or down, to the Village Shop to buy your ticket[s] now to
ensure you have a seat.
with, advertising has been in Berrynarbor only to give villagers preferential
treatment! But now advertising will be
elsewhere and everywhere!
Programme, From Top to Toe, will be completely different to the last
Concert. All choirs are rehearsing
different songs for your enjoyment.
Refreshments will be served but these will be different too. The only thing that will be the same is the
ticket price of £15, and that includes nibbles and a glass!
What goes in your recycling bin, box and bags?
Devon Council (NDC) can now take 70% of household waste as part of your
kerbside recycling collections. It's
important to put the correct items in the correct containers because if you
don't the crews may be unable to empty your boxes, bins or bags.
Here is a
comprehensive list to help you organise the recyclable waste you produce:
Your recycling box
The following items can go in your recycling box:
- Household batteries (please put them in a small
plastic bag before placing in your recycling box)
- Small waste electrical and electronic equipment
(WEEE) such as kettles, toasters and mobile phones. All items should be no
larger than a standard-sized carrier bag
- Mixed plastics including yoghurt pots, margarine
tubs, plastic bottles and food trays - squashed where possible
- Glass bottles and jarsFood tins and drink cans
- Aluminium foilAerosol cans
- Unfortunately, NDC are not able to take black
plastic products (see why below), plant pots, cling film, tetra paks and
packaging film. This includes cellophane, sweet wrappers and crisp
You may now
leave tops, caps and lids on your plastic and glass bottles and jars. Simply give the containers a rinse, squash
plastic bottles, and pop the lids back on.
Unfortunately, NDC are unable to accept black plastic in your
recycling. Though the plastic may have a
recycling symbol, it is not currently possible to effectively sort black
plastic from other materials at the recycling facility, and so the trays often
get sent to landfill. This is because the main pigment used to colour black
plastic is not detectable by the near-infrared (NIR) optical sorting equipment
because it doesn't allow light to pass through. As a result, there is no market
for selling used black plastic and recycling it 'contaminates' and de-values
the rest of the load.
Please ensure all bottles, tins and cans are rinsed
well, as these are sorted by hand. To help save space on the recycling
vehicles, please also squash your plastics and cans where possible.
Green wheelie bin
NDC offer an optional garden waste collection service
for £36 a year.
following items can go in your green wheelie bin: Bark, Hedge clippings, Grass
cuttings, Real Christmas trees - chopped up, Weeds, Cut flowers, Plants (no
sawdust. Wood shavings. Clean straw
Kitchen and kerbside caddies
your food waste every week from your kerbside caddy, together with your other
weekly recycling. Your small kitchen
caddy can be kept on your worktop and then emptied into your kerbside caddy.
The following items can go in the caddies:
- All cooked food, All raw food, Bones and
carcasses, Leftovers from plates, Tea bags and coffee grounds, Fruit and
vegetables, including peelings, Egg shells
line your caddies with special compostable caddy liners
[7 litre or 23 litre], which you can buy from the
supermarket. This helps contain the
food waste and is more hygienic for you and the recycling crews. Alternatively, wrap your food waste in a
sheet of newspaper or kitchen roll.
Please do not use plastic bags.
following flattened cardboard items [with packaging tape removed] can go in the
- Corrugated cardboard, Cereal boxes and other
cardboard food packaging, Toothpaste boxes, Toilet roll and kitchen roll
Cardboard egg boxes, Card sleeves (from
food trays), Greetings
If you have
a large quantity of cardboard, please contact NDC so that they can arrange a
free bulky cardboard collection.
Cardboard can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.
The following items can go in the green bag:
- Newspapers, Paper, including shredded paper,
White and brown envelopes (windowed or non-windowed), Brown paper,
magazines, Catalogues. Telephone books, Junk mail (no plastics)
undamaged clothes, Undamaged shoes (in pairs),
Undamaged blankets and bedding sheets
Unfortunately, the Council can't take wet or worn-out clothes and
shoes. They also can't accept duvets,
pillows, sleeping bags or heavy curtains.
They are also unable to take wrapping paper.
recyclable items listed can also be taken to recycling centres in North Devon.
You can have up to two of each recycling
container. You can request additional
containers online or by calling 01271 388360.
Down in Cornwall many years ago, there
in a little village lived a woman by the name of Sally Brown. She was thought, by the local people, to be
Things happened which were blamed on
her, although they were not her fault.
All the produce on one man's allotment
failed. But this was due to a jealous
fellow allotment holder, who didn't win prizes at the local show, putting weed
killer in the man's water barrel.
thought to have cursed a field that would not grow much. The truth here was that the farmer never
fertilised the field.
Sally was also said to be able to wish
away warts, although they can, of course, go of their own accord.
In those times, it was not uncommon to
burn witches at the stake.
The local church minister, the Reverend
John Smith, felt sorry for Sally and did not want her to come to harm, so he
contacted her and made this suggestion:
"If you come to live with me, I shall
dress you as a monk and say you are staying with me while the monastery is being
This she did and everyone accepted the
After a while, the Reverend was
transferred to another parish. They
married and settled down together.
Sally was no witch!
There was an old man of Blackheath
Who sat on his set of false teeth.
He arose with a start
And said "Lord, bless my heart,
I've bitten myself underneath."
Berrynarbor: It is now 72 years since I lived in the
village. The six and a half years spent
there were very enjoyable, ones which I shall always remember. I was drawn back for holidays later and
retraced my steps to those days.
Tony Beauclerk -
NEWS FROM BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL
a first taste in education
At Berrynarbor Pre-school we provide
care and education for young children between the ages of 2 and 5. Presently we have spaces available and are
now taking bookings for the next academic year.
If you would like to book a place for
your child/children, then please visit us or call us on 07932 851052, or e-mail
email@example.com for more information. Our opening times are 8.30 a.m. to 4.00
p.m., Monday to Friday. We are flexible
and have a range of session times to meet your needs and these are given in the
Manor Hall Diary later in this Newsletter.
We are Ofsted registered and in receipt
of the 2-year-old funding and Early Years Entitlement. We are offering 30 hours free childcare to
eligible families. Further information
can be found at
as some of you may be aware, we had our Ofsted inspection. We're pleased to
announce that we received a 'GOOD'
rating which is a brilliant outcome as Ofsted continue to raise the bar making
standards harder to reach. Our report
can be found at https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/ and enter Berrynarbor
Thank you for supporting our quiz night at the Globe last
term. We raised a total of £397.00 which was fantastic. We are looking to host
another quiz night soon as this was so popular, so look out for our posters for
more details and encourage friends and family to join your team for a fun night
out. Our Clothes recycling scheme
Bags2school, raised £104.00 which was great and a big thank you goes out to the
community for all their kind donations.
This term we have been working on our Reading and Writing
based around Early writing and the Read Write Inc. programme which is also
taught at school. Children have been
encouraged to sound out familiar letters and to form recognisable letters from
their name or make patterns and to put meanings to these marks. This has all been based on the child's
individual stage of learning. We have been finding different
and fun ways to develop the children's fine motor skills, strengthening their
fingers and encouraging them to draw. Activities have been both
indoors and outside. We have also
encouraged parents and family members to support their children in writing by
watching them model the process of writing at home.
the first half of term the children explored the days of the
week, our seasons and observed the changes that occur in nature. This included the story of The very Hungry
Caterpillar and we watched our own caterpillars turn into Painted Lady
Next half term the children will be learning about our
environment, travel and the seaside. We
shall be reading books such as We're sailing to Galapagos and the Ilfracombe
Academy SOS books about Simon the seagull and Peter the puffin who tell us the
dangers of plastic on our beaches. We
plan to visit Combe Martin beach and take part in a seashore safari and enjoy
our beautiful beach and explore the rock pools.
If anyone knows of a second-hand slide or knows someone who
wishes to donate one, we should be very interested. Our slide has incurred some damage over the
cold weather and we're not sure how much longer it will last. We should like to say thank you for our
lovely new hula hoops that were donated and which the children have already
you for your support from the staff at Berrynarbor Pre-school.
Karen and Lynne
"Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice
cannot be denied."
unveiling of the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square reminded me
that my maternal grandmother was a suffragist and a follower of Millicent
Fawcett. My mother, who longer term
village residents may recall, told me that one of her first memories was being
taken by her father to watch her mother in a parade. It was quite unusual for husbands [and men]
to support women in seeking the vote.
Kate Malin White [my grandmother] 1867-1950
Fawcett was a tireless campaigner who played an important part in the fight for
women to have the right to vote. In 1897 she set up a group called the National
Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, which believed in non-violent tactics to
persuade the government that women deserved the right to vote. This movement, called Suffragists, held meetings,
paraded with banners and signed petitions.
was not an easy battle and one of their members, Emmeline Pankhurst, felt that
more radical action was necessary to make themselves heard, for example
chaining themselves to railings, setting fire to buildings and going on hunger
strike when arrested. his group, formed
in 1903, were called Suffragettes.
The Suffragists and Suffragettes worked
together and after World War I, a law was passed which gave some women all men
the right to vote on who represented them in Parliament, and in recognition of
all Millicent's work, she was made a Dame.
Millicent also concentrated on improving
women's opportunities and amongst her many achievements in 1875 she co-founded
Newnham College, Cambridge, one of the first English university colleges for
Born in June 1847 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk,
Millicent Garret married Henry Fawcett, a Liberal Member of Parliament, in
1867. She died at her home in London
on the 5th August, 1929.
CAMP CAMBODIA - UPDATE
I am Sam and in the December Newsletter I told you
about my forthcoming fundraised expedition to Cambodia with the Ilfracombe
Academy next summer. Whilst I am there
I shall be giving much needed help by undertaking projects that will make a
huge difference, such as:
helping the children of Cambodia by building new schools and classrooms.
constructing vitally needed housing for the most impoverished families.
Environment protection - replanting saplings in areas affected by
Food, water and security - installing new water supplies to ensure school
children have access to fresh, clean, drinking water.
A big thank you to everyone who has
donated items for me to sell at car boot sales. Fundraising is going well and I am working
hard to achieve my goal of £4,000.
My Nan, Margaret Walls, is helping me
to sell plants from outside her home as well as mine, Lane End, Barton
Lane. Please feel free to have a look
and hopefully buy!
I am still looking for suitable items I
could sell at a car boot sale to raise funds, so, if you have any unwanted
items that you think would be suitable and would be willing to donate, please
let me know. I should be happy to come
and collect them or you could drop them off at Lane End.
If you simply wish to donate towards my
fundraising, I have a GoFundMe page at https://goo.gl/Nkn3Zo
firstname.lastname@example.org  883764 07388 044480
RURAL REFLECTIONS 82
"It is surely the loveliest scene in England and the
most disarming sound." So wrote
the novelist J.M. Barrie on the subject of cricket.
Putting aside my own personal bias, for I am a great lover
of the game, I still view from an objective standpoint
that his sentiments are fully vindicated.
It is a topic I have raised in
previous articles arguing that the sight of a cricket match played within a
rural vista, especially in a village setting, beautifully completes the overall
portrait. But Barrie's statement takes
the matter one step further by emphasising the necessity for sound as well, in
this case the distinct noise of leather upon willow as bat and ball encounter
each other. It seems, therefore, that
only once the combination of sight and sound are brought together is his
"loveliest scene" truly complete.
I read Barrie's words I was reminded of a visit to Ilfracombe's Cairn Top one
summer's evening some years back. It is
a favourite spot of mine, providing a pleasant panoramic view at any time of
year. To the north is the Welsh
coastline encompassing the Gower Peninsula and, when visibility permits,
Pembrokeshire. Beyond, the ever
dominant Brecon Beacons. To the east
Great Hangman and Holdstone Down are visible, whilst looking southwards the sky
meets farmland on a ridge near Mullacott.
Out to the west are undulating peaks and troughs that make up the
Torrs. Closer to hand are the steep
slopes of Slade Valley through which the West Wilderbrook flows. Open fields run the crest of both sides of
the valley whilst woodland covers the slopes.
Some recent felling of sycamores close to the summit have also opened up
a clear view of western Ilfracombe.
On reaching the hilltop there was not a
breath of air. The heather and gorse
that surrounded the peak lay static. The trees that cling to the surrounding
steep slopes stood motionless. No
rustle of leaves, no creaking of branches.
Perched on the top of a pine tree, now well past its shelf life and
waiting for one final storm to send it crashing to the ground, was the
silhouette of a silent magpie. In the
distance a hang glider seemed to spend what seemed forever following the line
of the southern horizon before dipping below a distant hillcrest to land, I
guessed, upon the sand at Woolacombe Bay.
On Ilfracombe's seafront, holidaymakers were traipsing up and down the
zigzag path of Capstone Hill like an army of ants on evening patrol. Periodically flocks of gulls nonchalantly
flew through the valley in either three's, five's or seven's but always in 'V'
formation. The nearer fields on the
crest on the nearer side of Slade Valley were home to a herd of Friesian
cattle. Directly above I observed a sky
awash with insects on the wings, whilst to the right and much higher I espied a
buzzard circling to take full advantage of the rising thermals from the valley
Then I noticed a train of eight jackdaws flying in a closely
packed formation in an east-west alignment.
In this particular instance it seemed an inappropriate collective term
for the species; for even when viewed
from a distance, one will normally hear something that detects a
Yet herein lies the point I am trying to make. Much as what I have described so far had
pleasantly added to the overall scene, it did not complete it. Sound was required. This was to be provided by various sources,
including the 'chack' of a lone jackdaw flying close behind the other
eight. His call was slow and drawn out
as if to make some sort of plea to couple up with the train and enable them to
fly in a true 'V' formation. But the
group were clearly staying tightly packed.
Maybe in the jackdaw world eight's company, nine's a crowd. Above me came the 'vit, vit' call of
swallows which, along with their silent counterparts the swifts and house
martins, were about to enjoy a supper feast by
eliminating the sky of its winged insects. In the valley below came the frequent sounds
of a dog's bark, children's laughter and whining buses as they began their
steep ascent through Score Valley and out of Ilfracombe; and much closer to
hand but out of sight, the unmistakable calls of grasshoppers and crickets. The scene was now complete.
But on the evening I visited, noise and then the subsequent
lack of it, was to play a unique role at sundown. Being a time of year when one can observe
the sunset in the middle of one of the Torr's depressions, it can appear as
though the sun is literally sinking into a trough half full of seawater. On this occasion, just as its golden ball
began reflecting upon the sea, a nearby wood pigeon commenced a boisterous rally
of 'oo-OO-oo' calls. All the while a second herd of Friesians
appeared on the crest of the highest field on the far side of the valley. Then, as the sun dipped the lowest edge of
her circle behind the sea's horizon, the wood
pigeon abruptly halted its
call and fervently flew to the other side of the valley. In turn, both herds began bellowing out a
strange chorus of calls
that resonated across the
valley. Gradually, in time with the
setting sun, their calls mellowed. Once
the sun had set, all had become eerily quiet. No birdlife above. No sound from within the grasses and
scrubland. No barking, laughing or
noise from traffic in the valleys.
Then, a sudden rustle of leaves could be
heard as the gentlest of cool breezes glided through the Cairn's green
canopy. The grasses and scrubbery
acknowledged its presence with subtle movements. The breeze grew and with each gust it became
a little stronger until goosebumps began to appear on my arms. Time then to head home. As I did so, nature proffered up one final
sound, courtesy of a call of a tawny owl which echoed through the
woodland. Time for the creatures of the
night to take centre stage.
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
St Peter's Church has stood in the village of Berrynarbor
for hundreds of years. It has not
always looked the same; the oldest parts
could be 900 years old. But through the
years it has been a place where villagers have gone to worship God and to seek
help [both from God and from one another], when they have been in need, to hear
the latest news [before the advent of modern communications], to celebrate
family occasions. weddings, births and to mourn for departed loved ones.
I have been a part of the scene for a very short time - a
mere year and a half in all those centuries of history. However, I have really enjoyed my short time
with you, getting to know some of you, enjoying the warm friendship in your
community and the beauty of the village.
Now it is time to move on, and I am retiring on the 31stt
May, which may have happened by the time you read this.
In an often-quoted passage, the author of the book of
Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament writes: 'To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted' . . .
there is quite a lot more.
I have sensed since last autumn that the time for me to move
on is now here. Although my time in
Berrynarbor has been short, I have been living and working in Ilfracombe for
over 9 years. Leaving will not be
easy; I have made close friendships, and
have a great affection both for the people and the area, but I sense God's call
and must obey. Many retired people have
warned me that I shall be just as busy in retirement, and I am not leaving
God's service, so there will undoubtedly be more to follow.
will be well looked after by the Reverend Bill Cole in Combe Martin Rectory [01271
523441], and Reverend George Billington, living in the village, will help with
worship in the church. I am grateful to
them both for their help and support.
Thank you all for your friendship. I shall pray for you, and for the
appointment of my successor. May you
know God's blessings and enjoy a rich future!
POOR DIGITAL TV RECEPTION IN BERRYNARBOR
Since we started receiving digital TV
in 2009, many people in our village, including ourselves, have frequently
suffered from poor TV reception, despite promises that this method would be a
great improvement and better than the previous analogue system. In the few years following the installation
of digital TV, there were many protests in North Devon to the North Devon
Journal [see p.16 in 10/6/2010 issue] and the matter was also taken up by Nick
Harvey, the MP at the time. There was a
temporary improvement but over the years the problem never permanently went
away and now in the last few weeks it has returned.
It was particularly bad between the
18th and 20th April and again on 5th May and today, as I write on 6th May. The picture breaks down or disappears
frequently, especially on all BBC channels and often ITV and other channels
disappear too. Calls to BBC reception
advice are often met with disbelief, misinformation and diversion tactics, none
of which actually help in getting us a proper working service. If we pay a licence fee, then the service
should be supplied in working order.
Alex Parke and I have been investigating this matter over the last few
weeks. Between us we have contacted
many suppliers who give conflicting advice and pass us on to someone else. There doesn't seem to be any co-ordination
or communication between these bodies, the conversation goes round in circles,
no one accepts responsibility or tries to get to the bottom of the fault. We, the customer and licence payer, are left
to do all the chasing.
The following people have been contacted so far:
Reception Advice Tel 0370 0100123 who say that the fault may be caused by
interference from the mobile phone mast above the village. They also said our
transmitter is in Wales, whereas we believe it is at Huntshaw Cross and didn't
know if we had a relay mast
Be Clear who operate the mobile phone mast Tel Freephone
They said this is the TV relay transmitter and can supply free of charge
a device to fit on the TV to solve the problem. Both we and Alex received these promptly on
request, they were simple to fit but didn't solve the problem.
Advice [Dave] email@example.com said there were no reported problems at the
transmitter and their postcode checker said that we should receive good overall
and Digital TV have been contacted in the past.
Richards Television in Combe Martin
said they received 10 phone calls for help on the weekend 20th April
So, we need to solve this problem once
and for all. If you suffer from any
poor TV reception at any time please nag any of the above. For example, BBC Reception Advice have said
'Ask neighbours to log cases with our team if they are having issues as it will
give us a better overall picture of the problem.'
Finally, Alex and I are contacting
Peter Heaton Jones, our MP, over this matter firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 02072195728.
Please do the same if you want to
resolve this, working together will have more of an effect. I'm quite sure that if this poor TV
reception occurred in Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol or London it would be a major issue
whereas an area of small rural population can be easily ignored!
Jill Massey Tel 01271
A GOOD PARTY!
The news of Hedy's passing reminded me
of a memorable occasion in the spring of perhaps 1984, when Pam and I had been
in Middle Lee for a couple of years.
Joseph was working in London and at his
penultimate Christmas was given presents, a large number of cigarette lighters
and one bottle of port with a piece of Stilton. He then spent a lot of time telling people
how much he enjoyed the port and Stilton.
At the next Christmas he was given 12
bottles of port [with Stilton]. He then
retired and brought it all back to
A month or two later, he and Hedy
decided that they should have a Port and Stilton party, to which Pam and I were
invited. I can't remember how many
others were there but it must have been quite a big party because before the
end of the evening, we had managed to empty all the bottles of port. At that time Hedy was working occasionally
in The Globe, so she went across the road to find the only other bottle in
their stock. Then the owner of the
Manor Stores - now Flowerdew Cottage - found another bottle on his shelf! When those, too, had also gone,
said to me, "Alex, I have a bottle of champagne in my 'fridge. Would you like some champagne?"
I was still sober enough to reply: "Joseph, I only ever drink champagne out of a
Without hesitation he took off one of
Hedy's shoes, filled it with champagne and handed it to me. I did what any gentleman would do and drank
it. It was an interesting flavour,
although I wonder if Hedy ever wore the shoe again!
AP of DC
Have you met the residents of
Puddleby-on-the-Marsh? Gub-Gub - the
pig, Jip - the dog, Chee-Chee - the monkey, Dab-Dab - the housekeeper duck,
Too-Too - the accountant owl, and Polynesia - the parrot? If not, you must also meet Cheapside - the
cockney sparrow, notorious for using bad language and resident of St. Edmund's
left ear on the statue at St. Paul's Cathedral, who visits with news and likes
to gossip. And, of course, the
Pushmi-Pullyu, the gazelle unicorn cross with two heads, who usually uses only
one head to talk, reserving the other for eating, allowing it to talk with its
These wonderfully named creatures are
the friends of Dr. Doolittle, as told in the books by Hugh Lofting.
Hugh John Lofting was born at
Maidenhead on the 14th January 1886, one of six children to English and Irish
Catholic parents. By the time he was
eight, he was boarding at Mount St. Mary's College in Derbyshire, before
studying civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institution of Technology in
the States, returning to England to complete his course at the London
A variety of jobs followed some of
which took him to Canada, West Africa and Cuba, as well as the States, where in
New York in 1912 he married Flora Small.
Having decided that engineering was not for him, he began writing
articles and short stories, but the outbreak of the First World War put this
career on hold.
In 1916 he joined the British Army as a
member of the Irish Guards, serving in France and Flanders. His children looked forward to receiving his
letters and wanted to know about his life in the trenches. However, he felt that to write about what he
was enduring was not suitable for children.
He had noticed that unlike wounded soldiers who were medically treated,
the war-employed animals were shot or discarded as no longer useful. Out of disgust for this treatment of
animals, Dr. Doolittle was born. This
doctor gave up treating humans and turned his attention to treating animals
which he felt was best achieved by learning their language. The illustrated stories were sent back home
to entertain his children, Elizabeth and Colin.
Lofting was wounded in France in 1917,
discharged two years later and sent back to his family in America. Moving to Connecticut, he devoted his time
The Story of Dr. Doolittle was
published in 1920, enthralling his readers, and a second book, The Voyages of
Dr. Doolittle, was published in 1923, winning critical acclaim and the Newberry
In 1927 Flora died and the following
year Lofting married Katherine Harrower.
Sadly, just shortly after their wedding, Katherine caught flu and
died. Possibly as a result of these
losses, his own health began to decline and although he had been ready to put
Dr. Doolittle 'to bed', readers wanted more and he obliged.
In 1935 he married his third wife,
Josephine Fricker, and they moved to California where their son, Christopher,
was born. The outbreak of the Second
World War soured Lofting, which was reflected in his writing which became
Hugh Lofting died in Santa Monica,
California, on the 26th September 1947, after a two-year illness. Despite taking up residency in the States,
he never became an American citizen, remaining a British subject throughout his
In the 1970's, the 12 Dr. Doolittle
books fell out of favour and out of print, blacklisted for two decades because
some passages were considered racist.
In 1988, revised editions of the books were released.
In 1967, Dr. Doolittle took to the
screen, starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard
Attenborough; a further adaptation was
filmed in 1998 with Eddie Murphy in the title role and another is currently in pre-production.
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 173
THE POST OFFICE & VILLAGE
This view of the Post Office and
Village was published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd. of Reigate, Surrey, around
1961 and has the number BYR59.
This photographic card shows just how
many large trees were then growing near the church and beyond, and appears to
have been taken during the summer, June/August.
I wish that I could identify the car
outside the shop, and note the public telephone box which can only just be
This particular card has been sent to
Miss N & J Herbert of "Mayflower Cottage", Gold Hill, Chalfont St. Peter,
Buckinghamshire on the 11th July 1963.
The message reads: We have just had coffee here which is a mile
from the hotel up a country lane; we
passed the farm from which we ordered your cream. Hope it has arrived. Sorry it was too small, we will send or
bring a larger one next time. The sun
is shining this morning but it looks unsettled. The village, buried in a valley, was
completely cut off by the snow but seems to have survived. Love from Daddy."
Betty Davis was the Post Mistress from
1958 to 1961, and Keith and Margaret Walls Joint Post Master and Mistress from
1961 to 1977.
Cottage, May 2018