No. 106 - February 2007
A Happy New Year and I hope everyone had a good Christmas.
Our rather dreary, but not cold, weather continues into 2007. However, the mornings and evenings in particular are drawing out, the bulbs and shoots are coming along and the birds are more cheerful - spring must be on its way!
The Christmas Greetings sent via the Newsletter was most successful and will probably be repeated this year. Rather than robbing the Manor Hall Card Distribution, takings for that and the Coffee Morning were up, and the Newsletter was able to pass over a cheque for £106. Thank you to everyone who participated.
I should also like to thank the person who kindly left a 2007 calendar of Australian Gardens for me at the Shop, with a message that they'd e-mail me. So far no word, but their kind thought was very much appreciated.
This issue sees the 100th contribution from Sue, our Local Walker. Thank you so much, Sue, for your continued support and encouragement and thank you Paul for the fitting illustrations for the Walks. Other milestones have been passed recently. December saw the 50th article from Tony Beauclerk and Sue and Simon's 'Weather or Not' covering November and December is their 50th report. Thank you all and well done!
I have had the pleasure recently of hearing from several people via the web site and it has been particularly nice to hear from Don Thirkell - who lived in the Valley - and Sonia Duckett from Middle Lee. Both say they have old photographs of the village - we look forward to seeing them!
Our printer, Len, has gone into 'glorious Technicolor', so let's give it a try and see how it goes.
With daffodils and other spring flowers not yet readily available, lilies are still in the shops, and so we have them on our cover - a delightful depiction from Paul and my thanks go to him and everyone else who has contributed to another article-packed issue.
There seem to be quite a few events coming up to put in your diary for February and March, so add to them that items for the April and Easter Newsletter are welcome as soon as possible and by MONDAY, 12TH MARCH [a little earlier than usual] please at the latest. Thanks.
Judie - Ed
The list of readers subscribing to receive their Newsletter by post continues to grow with nearly a quarter of readers receiving it this way. If anyone else would like to receive their copy by post, please do contact me. Details are:
To simplify finances, the Newsletter year runs from February to December. The current annual cost for postage and envelopes is £3.50 and donations towards the cost of the Newsletter itself - approximately 50p per issue - would be most welcome and appreciated. Subscriptions for 2006 are, therefore, now due.
For many years now, Newsletters have begun with the report from our Women's Institute. Sadly, as reported in the December issue, there has been a split.
early January, the members who wished to remain in the W.I. met and after much
deliberation were unable to form a committee.
A compromise was reached to join Woolacombe W.I. [on the 3rd Thursday in
the month]. We have already met with
them and have received a warm welcome.
The accounts balance has been sent to Linda Brown
We wish both groups luck and perhaps some time in the future, a W.I. will be re-established here in the Village.
BERRYNARBOR LADIES' CLUB
By the time you read this, the first meeting of the above Club will have taken place. It is to be held on the 25th January and it is hoped that ladies, previous members of the Women's Institute and others, will attend when the future programme of meetings, outings, subscriptions, etc., will be discussed.
The monthly meetings will run on similar lines to the W.I. but there will be more time for discussion and may be the occasional competition. It is hoped to continue with the sales table, and tea, coffee and biscuits will be offered during the meeting.
I hope to be able to report in the next Newsletter that the new Club is off to a flying start! Come on ladies, give it a go!
In the meantime watch out for posters giving details of the next meeting.
Happy New Year to you all!
when soft voices die,
Vibrates in the memory;
Odours, when sweet violets sicken,
Live within the sense they quicken.
leaves, when the rose is dead,
Are heap'd for the beloved's bed;
And so thy thoughts, when thou are gone,
Love itself shall slumber on.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
For those of us in the village who knew or remember Gordon, it was sad to learn that he had died at the age of 86, on the 19th November. A much loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he will be sadly missed by all his family.
Our thoughts are with his partner Grace, his two sons Derek and Bernard and their families, and his four daughters Joan, Christine, Pam and Patsy and their families.
His funeral took place at St. Peter's on the 27th November and the church was filled with his family and many friends and neighbours from Berrynarbor, Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.
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family would like to thank everyone for their cards and kind messages of
sympathy, and all those who came to say 'goodbye'. Donations in his memory amounted to over
£500, to be shared between the North Devon Hospice Care Trust and Cancer
We learnt with sadness that Alf had passed away on the 12th December and our thoughts are with his sons Charlie and Martin.
is with regret that we have to report the death of Alfred Bulled, aged 69, on
the 12th December. Alf had lived in
Money received in his memory amounted to nearly £500, which was donated to the North Devon Hospice.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
church was packed and all the stops were pulled out for the Service of Carols
Then it was time to pack away the crib and the tree for another year. Our thanks to everyone who helped with the decorating - the flowers, as always, were lovely, in no small part due to the generosity of those who regularly make donations - you know who you are.
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on the 21st February. There will be Lent boxes at the back of the church for the Bible Society to be returned at Easter.
Mothering Sunday will brighten the atmosphere on 18th March, when we shall be joined by the children who will help in handing bunches of flowers around the congregation.
Easter is quite early this year with Easter Day on 8th April, preceded by Palm Sunday on the 1st. More details next time.
Friendship Lunches at The Globe will be held on Wednesdays
28th February and 28th March and new members are always welcome. Please telephone me  in the first instance.
|1st Sunday||11.00 a.m.||Songs of Praise*|
|2nd Sunday||11.00 a.m.||Sung Eucharist & Holy Communion|
|3rd Sunday||11.00 a.m.||Village Service|
|4th Sunday||11.00 a.m.||Sung Eucharist & Holy Communion by Extension|
|5th Sunday||11.00 a.m.||Please see the Notice Board|
* Songs of Praise: Your favourite hymns by request. Please let Stuart know your choice in advance - Tel: 882447.
COMMUNITY NEWS -
Berrynarbor: Fenella Boxall
Tel:  882675 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP! What have I let myself in for? Just a quick note to ease myself into the position as your latest Community News Officer.
I have been living in the village for seven years so know what an active place it is, with darts, dominoes, skittles, badminton, keep fit and short mat bowls played on a regular basis. There are lively committees for the Carnival Club, Manor Hall, Britain in Bloom, the Community Enterprise Shop, Parish Council and Friends of Berrynarbor Primary School, as well as regular meetings of the Wine Club, Book Club, Friendship Club; there is the Church Choir and Bell Ringers and up until now, the Women's Institute. And last but by no means least, our wonderful Pre- and Primary Schools, keeping the village young and on its toes.
So please let me know what you are all up to by calling, e-mailing or better still popping up to Sloley Farm for a coffee. If you have something to brag, boast, bitch or bawl about, let me know and I'll try and put all the village in the 'know'. Without you and your help - and apologies to anyone I have left out - I know nurrrrrthing!
I look forward to hearing from you and a very happy 2007.
A Further Story for the Young and Young at Heart
story, about happenings at Combe Martin, goes back a long way. As you may recall [Newsletter No. 88 February
2004], our mermaid who was playing in the sea and on the beaches is called
day, Marina and Peter were sitting on a rock near the Camel's Head, chatting
about old times.
Peter nodded, "Yes, I do."
She smiled at Peter and reminded him, "I haven't forgotten when you jumped on their wet cement and had to wash your feet in the rock pool beside the walkway. The cement made the water all cloudy and I put a little spell on it so that it would always look cloudy. People today often wonder why that is so."
Trebble was standing by the railings at
Suddenly, Mary cried out loud, "My locket, oh my locket's come undone and fallen into the river." The river Umber was flowing fast into the sea and it quickly carried her locket, with its gold chain, away and out of sight.
chance, Marina and Peter were sitting on a rock right under the place where
Mary had been feeding the gulls and had seen the locket fall into the
The mermaid and the pixie were both awake early next morning. The tide was fairly low and just lapping at the breakwater. They searched and searched all over the Combe Martin and Newberry beaches. They were just about to give up when suddenly Peter, who had been hopping from rock to rock on the breakwater, cried out, "I think I've found it!"
enough, there was the locket down between the rocks, a little too far for our
pixie friend to reach. Luckily, our two
little friends found a strong piece of driftwood and were
able to lever the rock sufficiently to pluck the locket out.
"I know where she lives," piped up Peter.
Next morning, although it was her birthday, Mary was unhappy, she was missing her locket. She went to the front door and began to pick up her cards that the postman had delivered and as she picked up the last envelope, there was her locket!
"How on earth did that get there?" she cried.
Well we know, don't we!
Tony Beauclerk -
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AND SONGS
Thank you to those who sent in answers to the 'first line' quiz - once you had hit on the song or carol, it was pretty obvious if you were right and those of you who sent in your answers all got 30/30. Well done to Jen and Chris Caswell, Marian Delve, Alex Blagdon and Dave Westcott. Apparently others struggled a bit and for you the answers were:
1. Have yourself a merry little Christmas|
2. The First Noel the Angel did say
3. God rest ye merry gentlemen
4. It came upon a midnight clear
5. Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright
6. On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
7. Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fah, lah, etc.
8. You better watch out, you better not cry
9. Joy to the world the Lord has come
10. I saw mummy kissing Santa Claus
11. Hark the herald angels sing
12. All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
13. Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh
14. We three kings of orient are
15. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
16. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
17. Oh little town of Bethlehem
18. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
19. We wish you a merry Christmas
20. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
21. Rocking around the Christmas tree
22. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
23. I'll have a blue Christmas without you
24. Come they tell me par rum pa pum pum
25. Away in a manger
26. Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king*
27. Oh the weather outside is frightful
28. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
29. Go tell it on the mountain
30. Ding dong merrily on high
* Although everyone got this right, in fact, the first line of this song is: Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'
WEATHER OR NOT
The first week of November was a bit of a shock with temperatures dropping away to a low of -0.4 Deg C on the 2nd. There were sharp frosts every night with bright, crisp and warm sunny days. After that the temperatures rose but unsettled weather set in with rain on most days and almost continual strong winds. The total rain for the month was 206mm [8 1/4"] of which 45mm [1 13/16"] fell on one day. This made it the wettest month of the year.
Our records show the rainfall for November ranges from 59mm [2 3/8"] to 311mm [121/2"].
The maximum temperature of 14.9 Deg C was [apart from 2000 which only achieved 14.5 Deg C] the lowest November maximum since before 1994, generally the maximum has been at least 15 Deg C and last year reached 17.4 Deg C. The minimum temperature of -0.4 Deg C was also down on the average.
The maximum gust of wind was 38 knots which again was the strongest gust recorded in November since before 1994, apart from 200 when wind speeds reached 40 knots.
December started as November left off - very windy and wet but then a high pressure system arrived and dominated the weather from the 18th, the winds dropped right away to nothing and it was dry until the 27th when the wind started to pick up again and the month ended as it began. December was the second wettest month of the year, with a total rainfall of 155mm [6 1/4"]. Both the maximum temperature of 13.7 Deg C and the minimum of -1.1 Deg C were slightly up on the average.
The maximum wind speed of 36 knots was not the strongest wind we have recorded in December, but was above the average.
In spite of the wet gloomy weather, Chicane recorded more sunshine hours [24.78] in November than any of the previous years, the closest being last year with 20.67 hours. In December, there were only ten days of recordable sun, giving a total of only 6.34 hours, down on the previous two years] [7.77 and 8.54 respectively] but double what we had in 2003, which was also a wet month. Please remember we are in a deep valley!
Looking back over the years, the wettest year was the first that we recorded in 1994 with 2032mm [80"], the next five years each averaged over 1500mm [59 1/16"], then 2000 was another very wet year with 2005mm [78 15/16"]. Since then, however, apart from 2002 which was average, the rainfall has been diminishing and this year was the driest yet with a total of only 1054mm [411/2"].
The barometric pressures were about average for the year with a high of 1042mbs on 22nd December and a low of 985mbs on 19th October.
We take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year.
Simon and Sue
MANOR HALL MYSTERY
During the Christmas period, a person or persons unknown entered the Penn Curzon Room and removed from the fuse box, which is inside a cupboard, all the fuses. The result was that Sure Start could not operate in the room and we had a bill from the electrician for finding the fault and replacing the fuses! The bill for this came to £40.00 and it would be very nice if a cheque could be sent to the Manor Hall Committee to cover this expense.
On a lighter tone, we had another very successful Christmas Card Distribution and Coffee Morning, raising £250, some £70 more than last year. This included a very welcome sum of £106 from the greetings given in the Newsletter. We also have a special parking bay marked out for the disabled and I should ask all car users to respect this area.
I must thank all Hall users for their forbearance following the fire in the boiler room, and finally I can announce that we have appointed Charlotte Fryer as our new cleaner for the Manor Hall and wish her all the best in her new task.
Bob Hobson - Chairman, Manor Hall Committee
WELCOME AND FAREWELL
It was with sadness that, after ten years living here, Hazel and Ken Gosham left Bowden Farm Cottage just before Christmas to move to Hampshire to be nearer their son.
Hazel and Ken were keen bowlers at Combe Martin and enjoyed art classes but will, perhaps, be remembered more for their wonderful support of and entries in the Horticultural and Craft Show. Ken was renowned for his home-made wine and walked off with the Watermouth Castle Cup five times and the Best in Show Cup twice - and his fruit and vegetables took a lot of beating! Meanwhile, Hazel's green fingers secured her the Lethaby Cup for Potted Plants twice and the Manor Stores Rose Bowl for Cut Flowers three times.
They will be keeping in touch via the Newsletter but would like to thank villagers for their friendship, especially their very good neighbours Maddy, Julie and Mike.
We are also sorry to have lost Gail and Graham Davis and family who have moved to Ilfracombe. Chris and Geoff Taylor are also off to pastures new. Chris says that their new 'compartment' in Pilton will only be an interim measure as their intention, hopefully, is to return to the village.
Bowden Farm Cottage is now home to Lyn and Holly; Penrose to Katie Rowles and Michael Lyne, and Venture Cottage to Denise Inskip and Daniel Reynolds.
and Daniel, who come from Ampthill in Bedfordshire, have been renting a place
Denise, a florist by trade, and
Daniel, a builder and landscape gardener, are keen gardeners and plan to follow
Chris and Geoff's footsteps and take part in the
two rabbits and a guinea pig, not to mention the chickens and ducks! I think we can tell they are country folk and we look forward to hearing of the baby's arrival.
Cairn Cottage at Goosewell has been home to Catherine and David Allen for some time now and we are sorry not to have welcomed them sooner!
have come to the south west from Stokenewington in
twins have now 'grown and flown' - their son is in
Both enjoy a variety of hobbies. David is in to motor bikes, cycling and walking and is a keen musician, playing an assortment of instruments and would, we understand, have liked to have made music his career. Catherine also enjoys walking and is a keen gardener, currently creating their owncottage garden, but she also derives pleasure from the indoor hobbies of sewing, knitting and both dabbles in and looks at art.
To everyone leaving and everyone coming to the village, we wish you luck and happiness in your new homes.
The Fox and Hounds at Eggesford on Saturday, 13th January, was the setting for the small, but with family and friends, wedding of Jenny Bailey and Lee Beer. Jenny, the youngest daughter of Brian and Ann, and Lee were attended by Elaine Gubb with their two-year-old son Louis as pageboy. A lovely day finished by guests enjoying the music of the Make Me Smile band.
Jenny and Lee are enjoying a holiday in
Jenny and Lee, we wish you both health and happiness for your future life together.
Sandy and Ann on the birth of their first grandchild. Lachlan Alexander Anderson, son of David and
Amy, was born in
A warm welcome to the little one and best wishes to the proud parents and grandparents.
BERRYNARBOR TODDLER GROUP
This friendly and informal group, run by parents for parents, meets on Friday mornings during term time in the Manor Hall, from to Tea and coffee and children's snacks are provided.
Toddlers participate in: painting, mess play, toy library, music and dance, construction, dressing up and water play and there are visiting acts.
If you are interested and would like more information, please ring
Kay Barry on 883008 or call in one Friday morning.
Sue and Alan Richards are delighted to
announce the engagement of their daughter Nicki to Tim Schneider of Helston. Nicki is a Primary School teacher in
Our congratulations and very best wishes to you both.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
end of the Autumn Term was as exciting and eventful as usual at
1 had a special visit to
Our Christmas Fayre was well attended and thank you to everyone in the village who supported us by coming along and donating items for sale.
Our annual Christingle workshop and service in the church was again a very special event, especially when we light the candles and turn out the lights - there is a wonderful hush and all you can see are little faces lit by candlelight in quiet reflection. Once again, our Christmas Service was also a great hit with the children's musical input, art work, singing, drama and prayers.
Great thanks to the Friends of Berrynarbor who again put on a Christmas Tea on the last day of term in the Manor Hall, and a special visitor came to visit as well. We played some party games and the children had a great time.
our whole-school focus on developing musical skills, we invited two groups to
work with the children and staff during last term. Junk Band came along to develop a
performance for parents using old discarded oil containers and beaters made
from tennis balls, as well as pots and pans and large sections of water mains
pipes! We also invited a music tutor
from a group called Drum Crazy who specialise in teaching children songs and
drumming skills from
Mrs. Karen Crutchfield [Head Teacher]
The Friends of Berrynarbor School held a Dance in the Barn at Sloley Farm just before Christmas with music provided by The Parcel of Rogues. A successful, but chilly, evening, enjoyed by all, which raised some £250 to be given to The Children's Liver Foundation and the School's Music Fund. A big thank you to everyone who attended.
3 spent last term working in small groups with a specialist Art Teacher, kindly
Whole Group Collage
Artist: Anna Bowden
Artist: Robbie Reynolds
Artist: Bethan Gamble
much has been happening but we hope you enjoyed the Christmas tree in the
centre of the village - the lights provided by
We should like to thank Derek Phillips for the donation of £200 for the help given by members of our team at the Classic Moto-Cross des Nations meet on the 2nd and 3rd September. It has been agreed with Derek that £100 should go to the School to help with their gardening club.
We shall be having our first meeting in February and the date will be announced on one of our 'blooming' posters! Hope you can join us in 2007.
Winter and early spring is a good time for home-grown leeks. This recipe makes a lovely and easy soup with a bit of left over Stilton from Christmas.
Leek and Stilton Soup
[weighed after washing and trimming
1 pint vegetable stock
1 medium chopped onion
1/4 pint milk
salt and pepper
Slice the washed leeks in to 1 inch slices and sweat them in the butter in a large saucepan on a low heat for about 10 minutes with the lid on. Stir them two or three times during this time. Add the stock and milk and simmer for another 10 minutes with the lid off. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. When cooled blitz in a processor or liquidiser adding the crumbled Stilton. Reheat gently. This is lovely served with crunchy croutons topped with a little more crumbled Stilton and popped in the oven until the cheese is melted.
You may like to follow the soup with
Date and Walnut Cake with Brandy Syrup
This is another cake that doubles as a pudding when served warm. It is light and moist and yummy. You can omit the brandy if you must.
[50g] butter or margarine 2oz
[50g] golden caster sugar
1 free-range egg beaten 4oz [110g] plain flour
1 tsp baking powder 2oz [50g] chopped walnuts
21/2oz [60g] chopped dates 4 fluid oz [110ml] boiling water
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2oz [50g] sugar 1 dessert spoon butter
3 fl oz [75ml] water 1/2tsp vanilla essence
2 fl oz [55ml] brandy
Place half the dates in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and cover with the boiling water. Set aside and allow to cool. Cream the butter and caster sugar together until pale and fluffy and then beat in the egg little by little. Sift the flour with the baking powder and fold in to the butter mix. Next add the nuts and the unsoaked dates followed by the cooled soaked dates along with the water. Fold together until well mixed. Pour into a well greased 7" or 8" loose-bottomed cake tin and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 190 Deg C or gas mark 5.
Meanwhile prepare the syrup. Boil the water, sugar and butter together for 5 minutes, then add the brandy and vanilla essence.
When the cake is cooked and still hot, prick it all over and pour over the warm syrup.
Eat and enjoy hot or cold.
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP & POST OFFICE
There's lots of good news to report this month! Firstly, our planning permission has come through for the new shop. It will be a single storey unit in the car park. Some people have been concerned that it will not have a flat over. Estimates showed that the second storey would have doubled the costs and grants for accommodation were not available. The additional borrowing costs would have been prohibitive.
So far we have been awarded grants totalling £87,000. This means that we now have the money to start building - hopefully in a few months' time. It's not the end of the story though . . . we still need to borrow a considerable sum and raise about £6,000 from village events. We should welcome any suggestions and help in fund raising. Please speak to Jackie or any committee member with your ideas.
In spite of the opening of the Ilfracombe Tesco, in 2006 we managed to just about break even . . . but to make the new shop viable, we need to increase our sales. Jackie has introduced an excellent range of foods and gifts and to help our customers even more . . .
We can take orders for:
MEAT - Ivan Clarke or Westgate Angus
FRUIT & VEGETABLES - Edds
BREAD & PASTRIES - Village Bakery
MILK, CLOTTED CREAM, YOGHURT, ETC.
Please give us 48 hours' notice . . . and if these are regular orders, Jackie will be even happier!
We continue to be very grateful to all our volunteers who do a great job. There are still spaces though, either on regular dates or for those willing to help in an emergency. Again, please let Jackie know.
2007 is going to be an exciting and eventful year for the Shop. Please help make it the success we all want!
Dear Fellow Villagers,
The village Shop and Post Office has now been in village hands for over two years and until TESCO opened in Ilfracombe, it was showing continual growth.
We have just received the agreement from Devon Renaissance that they will let us have a grant of £68,000, which together with the Plunket Grant of £20,000, means we are now in a position to move to the 2nd phase - the building of the new shop in the village car park. Hurray!
However, the sales rate, since the opening of TESCO, is not enough to make sufficient profit to keep the shop open - close but not close enough.
The support from the majority of the village has been immense:
•£10,000 plus in
•A very supportive Parish Council
•Approximately 40 volunteers, who have for over two
years come out in rain or shine to work in the shop
This is a plea to everyone in the village who does not use the shop to use it just a little - £5 to £10 spent in the shop each week will be more than enough to enable the shop to remain open and to flourish.
The village Shop and Post Office is not only an essential lifeline to many people in Berrynarbor, but is very much a major part of what makes Berrynarbor the desirable place it is to live and thus in turn increases the value of our properties.
Please Please Please use the shop or we all risk losing it.
Sandy Anderson - Chairman Berrynarbor Community Enterprise Ltd.
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
The meeting on Tuesday, 9th January began with a presentation by Alex Parke and Sandy Anderson to explain the new proposals for the village shop, and the recent planning application. This was a very interesting and informative discussion in which Councillors were given the opportunity to ask questions. Our thanks to Sandy and Alex for attending the meeting.
year the Council are working in partnership with the
Yellow Lines (
Further discussions with all the parties concerned have taken place and it has been decided that yellow lines will be placed immediately outside the school but will only be enforced for 30 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day.
The Council has been advised that under the Highways Act 1980, landowners and occupiers can be prosecuted if their roadside vegetation is found to be a contributory factor to an accident. No trimming should take place during the main bird breeding season of March to July, unless unavoidable. As complaints have been made to the Council that some hedges in the Parish are causing visibility problems, could I ask you please to check your own property.
Parish and District Council Elections
These take place on Thursday 3rd May. If you would like to be more involved with your community and can spare one evening a month, please consider becoming a Parish Councillor - either come to a meeting and see what is involved, talk to existing Councillors or telephone me on 882916 to discuss it.
Sue Sussex - Chairman
NORTH DEVON THEATRES MINIBUS GROUP
Do you like theatre, but have no transport
and can't always get there?
Do you have mobility problems, a disability that prevents you
from getting out and about or
perhaps you don't feel safe driving at night?
We should like to provide a minibus service that runs door to door to The Landmark or Queen's Theatres. The service will cover the Woolacombe, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin areas. We need a minimum of 10 people for each show for the service to run and the maximum cost will be £5.50.
If you would like to use this
service, you need to register [for free].
The forms to do so are available at the Shop or Chicane and these
should be completed and returned to Kat Wheeler, The Marketing Department, The
Despite running for over 16 years, the
Christmas meeting saw a first for the Circle when we had a vineyard owner visit
January meeting was a resounding success with our first ever "Wine Man's
Bluff'. Seven teams of six members had
to identify the correct description for each of six wines sampled. Our panel of three experts, Tony, Brian and
John, were referred to as A, B and C and made the evening memorable! The winning team, named 'Piston Broke', each
went home with a bottle of
The next two meetings, on the 21st February and 21st March, will be presentations, by Brett Stevens of the Fabulous Wine Company and James Nancarrow of Majestic Wines respectively.
New members will be warmly welcomed but, due to licensing regulations, it is important to contact the Secretary or Treasurer at least 24 hours before your first meeting.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at at the Manor Hall. Further information can be obtained from the Secretary, Tony Summers 883600.
Tom Bartlett - Publicity 
[with acknowledgements to Clapham and Dwyer]
A for 'osses|
B for honey
C for th'ighlanders
D for salmon fishing
E for sigh
F for vescence
G for putting your shirt on
H for experience
I for a pretty girl
J fa oranges
K for a cuppa
L for leather
M pha sis
N for a penny n for a pound
O for the wings of a dove
P for soup
Q for a bus
R fa mo
S for certain
T for two
U for mutton
V for l'amour
W for a tenner
X for breakfast
Y for goodness sake!
Z pher breezes
[like C & D, I had to resort to the American 'zee' - couldn't find anything to go with zed]. Trev
Come and join us, dispel those winter blues!
NOT SO STRICTLY COME DANCING
ballroom dancing classes, light-hearted, fun and gentle keep fit
and Alan Rowlands
WEDNESDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY
Manor Hall, £2.00 per session
Any enquiries: telephone  889393
MOVER AND SHAKERS NO.7
JOHN DAWSON RAWDON
1804 - 1866
Whig MP for Armagh and benefactor of the Rhenish Tower, Lynmouth
a friend passed on to me a tourist booklet called '
has many picturesque buildings and charming cottages and an unspoilt
waterfront. On the quay stands the
[Rhenish] tower which General Rawdon built in the nineteenth century in
imitation of the towers of the
interest is aroused. Who was General
Rawdon? Why was the tower built? What was the connection with the
It's been a fascinating "delve" although fairly difficult to get information and had it not been for tremendous help from Brian Pearce, Exmoor Park's Research and Information Officer, I doubt if I could have found enough to make an article!
John Dawson Rawdon was born in 1804 into an aristocratic family: Rawdon was the family name of the Earls Rawdon, Earls of Moira and Marquess of Hastings. Many of his ancestors were well known army officers including one who fought in the American War of Independence. He followed the family tradition until on the 3rd May 1840 The Connaught Guardian reported that "Colonel Rawdon, Coldstream Guards, has left Stanhope to canvass the electors of Armagh in the Whig interest. . .The gallant colonel has the interest of his stepson, Lord Cremorne".
In the 1830's he had married Lady Cremorne, a
member of the aristocratic
gallant Colonel" was appointed Whig MP for
By the 1860's, Rawdon had retired as an MP and in the Monaghan Directory of 1862 was listed as a magistrate of that county and appears to have been promoted to Major General. [I say 'appears to' but is it possible I wonder to continue rising through the ranks when no longer a serving officer?] By now he was living mainly at his wife's family seat, Dartrey [also known as Dawson Grove] in Monaghan.
With all this going on in his life, little is known of Col Rawdon's connection with Lynmouth! However, we do know that he owned Clooneavin, overlooking the harbour and now holiday apartments. The property was built for the Rev William Halliday in 1826. He moved out four years later when he started to build Glenthorne. It is thought that Colonel Rawdon moved in then, possibly using it as a holiday retreat, and renamed it, Clooneavin meaning 'happy rest' in Gaelic. About this time, it was reported that a bath house had been erected in Lynmouth. This had a classical facade like the one in Ilfracombe and stood on the site of the present Bath Hotel. [Unfortunately the hotel is closed until February or I might have got more information]. Around 1832 a short tower was erected on the shingle beach to hold a tank of sea water to supply the bath house. The quay must have been added later as photographs and paintings circa 1890 still show it on the beach.
the next few years, people complained that the water tower was an eyesore and
around 1850 John Rawdon paid for a castellated top to be added. As he had no business interests in the bath
house, it is thought that he did it to improve the view from Clooneavin. There is a story that inspiration for the
design came from a painting owned by
Charles Geen in 1890. Until then, Lynmouth lighting was by oil lamps, the residents having rejected gas as too dirty and off- putting to their burgeoning tourist trade. It made Lynmouth only the 6th town in the country to get electricity.
disastrous 1952 floods demolished the tower.
Today a stone plaque on the wall states that it was rebuilt in April
1954. A ceremonial fire beacon has
replaced the arc light. Is this progress?
There is one final record of the influence of General Rawdon. In 1861, Robert Roe, Lord of the Manor erected a chained toll gate at the Lynmouth
end of what is now the A39 to Watersmeet and appointed a toll collector. He hadn't paid anything towards the road but
as he owned the land, felt entitled to do this. This was a serious threat to the local economy and residents broke the
gate down. They then appointed the
feisty General to fight the toll. He
agreed, saying that he would fight to 'assist the weak when they are right
against the strong when they are wrong'.
Using his influence as a former MP he won the case. He died on
PP of DC
THE MEN'S INSTITUTE
On 2nd December, the Men's Institute held their Annual Presentation evening at The Globe. A very enjoyable evening was had by everyone present. The Chairman, Gordon Hughes, presented prizes to the following winners:
|Summer League:||Kevin Brooks|
|Handicap Singles:||John Hood||Runner Up:||Martin Lancey|
|Scratch Singles:||Maurice Draper||Runner Up:||Martin Lancey|
|Winter League:||Mark Adams||Runner Up:||Peter Pell|
|Doubles Winners:||John Fanner & Martin Lancey||Runners Up:||K.Brooks & G.James|
|Highest Break:||Maurice Draper|
|Ray Toms Cup:||Maurice Draper|
Our thanks to The Globe Management and Staff for a very enjoyable evening.
details of the February meeting and the books to read please watch out for
posters around the village. See you
18th and 25th: Snowdrop Sundays, Garden
Tea Room Open
Saturday, 24th: Propagation Workshop & Lunch*
3rd: Propagation Workshop & Lunch*
Saturdays 17th & 24th: Camellia Workshop, Talk and Lunch*
Sunday, 18th: Mothering Sunday Lunch*
*Booking essential. Further information available from: Patricia Stout on  342528. www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk
PANCAKE & COFFEE MORNING
The Manor Hall
SHROVE TUESDAY, 20TH FEBRUARY
Has another year really gone by since we clicked our knitting needles and indulged in delicious pancakes?
All knitters are invited to join in this fun morning, knitting strips for the Hospice and hopefully raising money for them too. As usual, you will need size 4mm  needles and a supply of double knitting wool and be at the Hall ready to start knitting at 10.00. This is a sponsored event and sponsor forms are available at the Shop or Chicane. Last year we raised the magnificent sum of £752 - can we do that again [hard task] or do even better?
Whilst the knitters work, others can come along and enjoy coffee and a pancake. Val, Sally and their helpers will again be slaving in the kitchen and although there is currently no Sunday School, the money they raise will benefit the children of our church. PLEASE DO COME ALONG!
HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW 2007
Cries of 'Oh no, not that time again' can be heard! But yes, the organising group are already thinking ahead to this year's event which will be on - please make a note - SATURDAY, 1ST SEPTEMBER.
Details of the subjects for classes in the Art and Photography Sections will hopefully be available in the April Newsletter, giving artists and photographers plenty of time to work on their entries.
In the meantime, to raise money to help with the costs of running the Show, there will be a Gardeners' and Crafters' Lunch at the Manor Hall on SATURDAY, 24TH MARCH, from mid-morning.
Come along for a coffee and then stay for lunch:
Soup and Crusty Bread
Filled Jacket Potato and Salad Garnish
Look out for posters giving more details nearer the time, but please keep the date free. Your support for this 'Fun Lunch' and the Show will be very much appreciated.
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 30
By the time this Newsletter is popped through your letterbox or you pick it up from the Shop, we shall be at least six weeks past the shortest day; although in the weeks immediately following it, any difference to the evening sky can seem negligible. But with late December and early January seeing an accumulation of overcast days, the difference has been almost unnoticeable. Most of these days have been accompanied by wet weather, something which has led to me wasting a lot of time whilst waiting for a respite from the rain in order to take the dogs for their walk. And when it has abated, the respite was brief! For, no sooner had I shut the front gate when up blew the wind once more bringing swathes of drizzle with each gust.
dull, damp and windy days do, however, have their compensations. Fortunate to have a view of
The fact that winter robs the trees of their leaves, and so prevents them from providing any shelter from the rain, is of little significance to the sucks. They, of course, love the water. For us, however, the yearning for drier and warmer days can, particularly at this time of year, be a strong one. Whilst the lengthening days may not be a guarantee of better weather, one can rest assured that they will at least bring with them a wider variety of sights and smells to the countryside. It is a scene which, due to the amount of recent dreary days, I have found hard to picture. To help, I have been looking at photographs of spring wild flowers and summer scenes, beneficial up to a point, for I am a person who likes to look forward not backward.
Today, however, has helped remind me of what is to come. On drawing back the curtains I discovered, for once, a brighter day outside! Not a beautiful sunny day, for most of the sky was still covered in cloud, but unlike the low, grey cloud of recent weeks, the sky was instead a mass of white - with occasional patches of a certain colour I hadn't seen in the sky for some time! It was time to get outside before the weather changed back again. After a quick gulp of tea, a quick 'click' of Bourton's harness [he even sits and raises the correct leg to go through the required loop] and a not-so-quick hunt for Gifford's collar [I know he is terribly pleased with himself when he fetches things, but I wish he'd leave his collar where I put it] and finally we were off up the lane.
Outside, everything seemed so much brighter - even the puddles, reflecting the white of the sky above. The dogs, too, seemed to have a spring in their step, their paws splish-splashing with every stride. True, everything around was still very sodden. In the field, the white patches on the Friesian cows highlighted mud kicked up by their hoofs. On the far side of the field, a lone cow stood ankle-deep in the gushing Wilder Brook, drinking the water whilst washing her feet.
In the trees beside the field came a sound unheard of late in such cheery tones - birdsong! A great tit giving out his 'tea-cher, tea-cher' call; a fast-trilling song from a blue tit. Closer to hand, was the melodic tune of a robin and in the hedgerow up ahead, the distinctive 'churr' of a wren.
Suddenly the sound of the wind blowing through the naked branches took precedence. A cooler wind, its fresh feel upon my cheeks, was invigorating and a refreshing change to the recent mild temperatures. Heading back home, the breeze brought with it a vanilla fragrance wafting down the lane: courtesy of winter heliotrope, the only wild flower to adorn the lane during these early weeks of the year.
On my return, I heard a loud 'crack' behind me. I turned to see a magpie flying off, his beak laden with twigs - it's obviously that time of year again. Walking the path leading round to our back garden, I noticed
another sign of things to come: daffodil spears poking through the front lawn and on opening the back gate, I discovered more bird activity: a blue tit in the rhododendron bush eyeing up the nearby bird box. I quickly made the dogs sit and remained dead still. Moments later it perched itself on the hole of the bird box, gave his partner's potential home a long and thorough look before flying off into the hedgerow. His actions brought a smile to my face. Soon, hopefully, the bird box will be home to an expectant mother. And then, beneath the hedgerow, I noticed a sight whiich brought pleasure to my heart - the first snowdrop in flower. Soon the lawn will be a carpet of them. If the weather forecast is right, today's fine day is a one off. Tomorrow the drizzle, dullness and dreariness returns. But the memories of today will keep me going, helping me to look forward to all that nature has to offer in the months ahead.
Illustrated by: Peter Rothwell
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
I had a digital camera at Christmas. It's a very 'posh' one, with 10 mega-pixel capacity and inter-changeable lens! Impressed, aah? Not only can you have wide-angle to telephoto in one lens, but you can also have macro lens capability as well. This little camera also has the ability, by pressing a little button, to focus automatically and a red light flashes when this is done!
If it's too dark, the flashgun pops up automatically and fires so that the perfect shot is recorded. I can then view the photograph at the back of the camera and 'zoom in' on any part of the photograph to make sure I want to keep it. If I don't, I just delete it and carry on. I think it even tells me the time anywhere in the world, but I've not yet
discovered if it can make me a cup of tea.
I was thinking, wouldn't it be marvellous if we could just focus in on God by pressing a button? But I suppose if we didn't like what we saw, or didn't like the message, we could just press a button and delete it and carry on. But God isn't like that. He is not an object to be photographed in that way. He is more of a presence or sensation.
Sometimes when we go into a Church, we 'sense' his presence and his peace. Sometimes when we see a wonderful view or a fantastic sunset, we feel a sense of awe and wonder. Sometimes we get a sense of his love when somebody does something for us we didn't expect. I suppose that's the problem really, the fact that God isn't static, like a photograph, but dynamic and active and trying all sorts of different methods ofcommunication to reach us.
It is not just a question of seeing, hearing,touching, but of being
aware all the time. The wonderful photographs that we take just capture our
subject at one moment of time. The
views or the person we've photographed have been there for a long time, it's just
that we have seen something that has attracted our attention at that particular
moment. God has always been here, and he
is trying different ways of attracting our attention. Perhaps like the keen photographer who always
has his camera with him, we too ought to be on the look out for God in our
Your Friend and Rector,
very early picture of the lake at
A.J. Vince has taken this picture from the north end looking toward the village and with no buildings in sight gives us a truly atmospheric and rural picture. These days, the lake looks just as rural and wonderful and gives a great deal of pleasure and delight to anglers from all over the country, as well as occasionally providing a really fresh meal for the odd heron or two! Indeed, over the last few years, keen and patient anglers have caught carp, bream, perch, roach, tench and golden orfe. Mary Malin informed me that the record for a carp caught there is 20lbs.
This picture comes from a photograph
album of Miss Iris Hibbert entitled Watermouth 1910-1913' and shows a Mr.
Setchell, complete with dog, being rowed in the lake or in
The second photograph shows Major Williams, flanked by 'Sister' in the
long jacket and Iris Hibbert. Both
photographs, I believe, have been taken in 1915-16 when
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage,
I should like to thank Pam for her informative article on Walter William
Bassett [1863-1907] in the December issue. Looking through my postcards of
We know from the information in Pam's article that this postcard must have been taken prior to 1944 and I should like to think it was taken in1927 from the number given.
December newsletter was of particular interest to my wife and me as we spent
our honeymoon at
I had an Illustrated London News with a picture of the Ferris Wheel on the front cover and details of a court case concerning the Bassett's, but I was too young to understand - it was very complicated. Mrs. Penn Curzon presented my brother Patrick with a pair of cuff links [which I still have] and the British Legion gave him a wrist watch when he received the D.F.M.
Just prior to the start of the war, Mr. Parry reported my brother to the police for flying around the church tower - gosh, what a lot of stories I have to tell!
All the best to you all in Berrynarbor for 2007.
Don Thirkell -
LOCAL WALK - 100
folk are these here, gatherers of shellfish and laver and
merciless to wrecked vessels."
Charles Kingsley 1849
Kingsley wrote about the 'wild folk' who lived in the vicinity of
kestrels hunting over Potter's Hill on the breezy January morning, lived up to
their poetic name - windhover. The
round hill at the end of the
Warren, which stretches for two miles between the splendid beach and Woolacombe
Down, was once a golf course. The
fragrant Burnet Rose grows abundantly there.
It has neat cream flowers and small crinkly leaves. As late as November last year we had found
Burnet Roses still in bloom on the
Curiously, the plant only occurs in one small area of the more extensive Braunton Burrows.
There were a few new shoots of cleavers and fumitory and the small quarries along the way were ablaze with gorse. Always, at whatever time of year, somewhere there is gorse in flower. Hence the saying, "Kissing goes out of fashion when the gorse stops blooming".
At Vention we took the lane down to Putsborough Sand where there is a large outcrop of red sandstone called Black Rock.
Just above the edge of the beach, among the row of white, flat roofed Art Deco houses, is the Grey House; its stone walls and slate hipped roof half hidden between cedars and palms.
Overlooking the Atlantic rollers, this was once home to the parents of the writer and broadcaster Daniel Farson. His mother, Eve, was a niece of Bram Stoker, the author of 'Dracula' and his American father, Negley, was a journalist who had reported the rise of Hitler for the Chicago Daily News.
Henry Williamson wrote of him, "Dear
Negley Farson, whose smile is like the sea and sands
Illustrated by: Paul Swailes
[Berry Broadcasting Company] presents
IN THE BEGINNING
[with a cast of 1000's - well 20 or 30!]
FRIDAY, 9th MARCH
SATURDAY, 10th MARCH 2007
THE MANOR HALL
Raffle, Fish 'n' Chips, Ice Creams and Bar
Tickets: £6.00 available at The Globe and Village Shop from the end of February