Edition 109 - August 2007
Why did I mention rain last time? So, a little was needed but not the torrential downpours we've been experiencing. In spite of the weather, most village events have been able to go ahead except for the village Barbecue. Open Gardens survived and the School Fete was blessed with a beautiful day and evening, the incredibly heavy rain holding off until all was cleared away.
Enough of the weather! Out with this issue is the Schedule and Entry Forms for the Horticultural and Craft Show to be held on Saturday,
1st September in the Manor Hall. Open to residents and non-residents of the village, the organising group hope that everyone will try to put in at least one entry [and more preferably] as well as coming along to the Hall in the afternoon to view the exhibits. All details are given in the Schedule [extra copies will be available from the Shop, the Globe or Sawmill] but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact one of the organisers.
Apologies to those receiving their newsletter by post [except those living locally] that the Schedule is not included. However, do give me a ring on  883544 if you would like a copy sent.
LOTS and LOTS of entries please and lots of visitors for the Show, the Prize Giving and the Auction.
Again my thanks to all contributors, but especial thanks to Nigel for his colour covers of Watermouth and Hangman from Napps, which has been very generously sponsored by Mike and Sue Richards. Thank you all.
The next issue will be October with autumn unbelievably creeping up on us. Contributions will be needed as soon as possible and by mid-September, Monday 17th, at the latest.
Although it is really far too early to be thinking of the festive season, following the success of last year's Christmas Messages in the December issue [when rather than robbing the Manor Hall Card Distribution, takings were up and the Newsletter passed over a cheque for more than £100], before purchasing your cards, remember this way of sending greetings to your friends and neighbours.
August will continue to be busy: the Church Fayre, a Flower Festival at St. Peter's and the first outing of our village Carnival Float and gardeners, crafters, cooks, photographers, artists, etc., preparing for the Show. Good luck to you all.
Judie - Ed
BERRYNARBOR LADIES' GROUP
The June Meeting was well
attended when Di Hillier spoke about the Mission Aviation Fellowship. This is a
Keith Pugsley came to the
July Meeting. He gave an interesting
and amusing account of his entry into the
There were two raffle prizes this month won by Vi Davies and Edna Barnes.
On Tuesday, 10th July, 21 members visited the Calvert Trust. They were shown the various facilities provided for the disabled on holiday with their families. Included is swimming, in a heated indoor pool, horse riding, abseiling and canoeing on the lake. They are cared for by a dedicated team. After partaking of an excellent cream tea, some members walked down to the lake - fortunately it did not rain!
There will be no meeting in August.
The next two Meetings take place on Tuesday 4th September when Helen Latham will tell us about 'Life in the 20's' and Tuesday 2nd October when Mrs. R. Cooke's subject will be 'Hedgerow Baskets'. Both meetings take place at in the Manor Hall.
[Peggy] Gingell [1915-2007] passed away peacefully on the 28th June, shortly
after a stroke at her flat in
How sad it was to hear that having just moved in to the bungalow he had built, Andrew passed away on the 17th May, peacefully and happy in the knowledge that their home was finished.
His funeral and burial took place at St. Peter's on the 15th June.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Iris, his sister Sue and all the family.
It was with sadness the village learnt that Reg had passed away, having been unwell for some time, on the 10th July. Many friends and villagers joined the family to say their farewells at his funeral at St. Peter's on the 16th July - a wonderful service taken by Keith Wyer. Reg was, of course, our Organist and Choir Master for many years.
Reg and music are synonymous. His love of music began as a young chorister
at the Chapel Royal,
He was a composer, not only of church music - he set the Communion Service for St. Peter's to music - but also orchestral scores. On one occasion, learning from his publisher Weinberger that he was due royalties, he was heard to remark that he would then be able to buy Anne a new hat!
possibly reached more homes musically than most people, having written the
theme tune for the BBC's Nine O'Clock News which was used for many years. A long term employee of the BBC, when Reg
and Anne moved to Berrynarbor he would commute to
Perhaps not generally known, Reg was colour blind. This was a useful asset during the war when he was able to 'look past' camouflage when identifying objects, but it became a problem when colour television was introduced. However, with care Reg was able to pull the wool over the BBC's eyes and they remained unaware of the fact.
A very generous man, Reg gave so much to so many: his music at weddings, for worship and even at funerals, made them something special to remember.
He will be sadly missed by so many and our thoughts are with Anne, their son, and all the family at this time of sadness.
should like to thank you all for your kindness and support at this sad time
following Reg's death, but especially Keith for the beautiful service and my
sister who has always been here for me. Anne
I should like to thank all my friends in Berrynarbor who prayed, visited and sent me cards. I am getting better now that I am at the Tyspane Nursing Home. I should especially like to thank Yvonne, my wonderful neighbour and friend who is my 'rock' and looks after Sherrards. Love to all.
Thank you to everyone who remembered my 91st birthday - your kind cards, gifts and thoughts are much appreciated.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Just over £200 was collected for Christian Aid from the house-to-house collection in Berrynarbor. Once again, thank you all for your generosity and to those who gave their time delivering and collecting envelopes. Christians Together in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor gave a commendable total of £796.
Gift Day: a rewarding day was spent at the lychgate on Wednesday, 27th June. A steady flow of people came along to make their gift and have a chat. To date £1,283 has been raised for the Building Fund and our grateful thanks go to everyone for their continued support. If you were away and missed us on the day, it is still not too late to hand your envelope to the Rector or any member of the PCC.
Preparations for the church Summer Fayre on the 14th August are now in hand. If you would like to help or have a new idea for a side-show or stall, we should be glad to hear from you. Our stock of bric-a-brac is low at the moment, so good saleable items would be very welcome, also books, cakes, plants and prizes for the raffle, tombola, etc. Please get in touch with any member of the PCC or ring Mary Tucker  for collection.
Services will follow their normal pattern through the summer but there will be a special Family Songs of Praise at on Sunday, 26th August during the Flower Festival. Then the Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday, 30th September with a Family Communion at The church will be decorated the Friday and Saturday before and gifts of flowers and produce will be much appreciated. The Supper will take place the following Wednesday, 3rd October, preceded by Evensong. Please look out for posters nearer the time.
Friendship Lunches will continue at The Globe and will be on Wednesdays 29th August and 26th September, 12.00 onwards.
WEATHER OR NOT
After the glorious weather we had in April, May was a disappointment, fairly cool and wet. The maximum temperature was 21.5 Deg C, which was the lowest maximum for May since 1994, when we recorded 21 Deg C. The minimum temperature of 3.1 Deg C was fairly average and on the 28th we recorded a wind chill of -4 Deg C, which also was not unusual. The rainfall was spread through most of the month with two days having 27mm [1 1/6"] each. The total rain for the month was 133mm [5 5/16"] which although not a record [we have recorded three wetter Mays] was higher than normal. Wind speeds were about average with a maximum gust of 28 knots.
was a month of two halves, the first thirteen days were warm with light winds,
daytime temperatures averaged 21.6 Deg C and there were only two days on which any
rain fell, and that was only light. The
rest of the month was a
washout with lows queuing up across the
The total rainfall for the month was 151mm [6"]. Nationally, it was the wettest June since records began and in South Devon the wettest since 1915, but here were did record slightly more rain - 162mm [6 3/8"] - in 1998. The strongest gust of wind was 30 knots which was the highest in June since 1994.
Chicane recorded 141.65 hours of sunshine in May which surprisingly was up on last May and only slightly down on 2005, but June's 155.85 hours was well down on the previous four years, the closest being 162.52 hours in 2005. Last June the recorded hours were 191.89!
The total rainfall for the first six months of the year was 671mm [26 3/8"]. Out of the last fourteen years we have only had five years with more rain in the same period.
July has not started much better, the poor gardens are suffering and a bit of dry weather would be very welcome now.
Simon and Sue
BERRYNARBOR UPHOLSTERY GROUP
The Berrynarbor Upholstery Group has been meeting in the Manor Hall on Monday mornings for several years now, with many people learning traditional upholstery techniques from Steve Hinchliffe, a man with great upholstery ability and infinite patience with us students. Unfortunately, in January of this year, Steve dropped a bombshell - he was having to change jobs and would no longer be running the course. However, several of us had been learning from Steve for two or three years and between us had completed the renovation of various types of old furniture. Discussing the situation and the demise of the course, we decided that we did not wish to stop with projects still ongoing, so we would see how we got on by ourselves, pooling our knowledge to solve each other's problems.
We do not have an instructor, but have been able to purchase two extremely good instructional CD's which cover a large range of renovation projects in great detail with countless photographs and links to other pages for detail on how to do the various stitches, buttoning, tacking, etc. Installed on a lap-top, we have in effect, a virtual instructor to back up the rest of us.
Six months later and I am pleased to report that it is working extremely well, with each of us finishing existing work and starting other pieces. Since Steve left, we have seen an armchair, a nursing chair, two captain's chairs, a rocking chair, caned stool and a chaise longue being completed, together with several antique dining chairs. The group now works independently, simply turning up when we can and between us paying for the cost of the hall - varying between £1 and £2 each per week.
Anyone interested in joining would be most welcome - ring Tony Summers on 883600 for more information, or just turn up on a Monday morning at the Manor Hall, bringing your piece of furniture with you. We'll then try to assist you to decide how best to tackle your project using traditional techniques that Steve showed us.
My schooling in North Devon from 1939 to 1945 was firstly at the old Ilfracombe Grammar School, then to a tutor, then back to the Grammar School and finally to Adelaide College.
On the left-hand side was a large building [still there], which was the boys' school. As you entered there were the toilets and place to hang coats and a very large room where all ages and classes were taught, with a staircase to a smaller room, which was used occasionally for exams, etc.
Heating was provided in both rooms by means of coke stoves. Everywhere had bare boards. The Principal was Miss Warrell Bowring, and her sister, Miss Ella, who looked after the domestic side - cooking the lunches and cleaning, etc. Miss Keeble taught Geography and Maths and Mr. A.H. Stevenson was the Headmaster.
Lunch was eaten around a very large table over the road at the main house and Miss Warrell Bowring would sit at the head. There was no speaking unless she spoke to you first. After lunch we returned to the room across the road. Until we started lessons and our 'lookout' saw Mr. Stevenson pushing his bicycle up the hill, it was bedlam! Paper darts flew everywhere and we played football - I managed to break a window which cost me ten shillings [50p]. Once the lookout saw Mr. Stevenson was getting near, whoever was wearing his gown put it back and a silence fell over the room. By the time he arrived we were sitting at our desks as good as gold! If caught doing anything untoward, several strokes of the cane in front of everyone was the punishment.
The coke stove was fascinating in that we would overload it, making the lid red hot and on one occasion someone put a bullet in it, which on exploding made the circular lid jump up. The stove in the upstairs room was often knocked from its mountings [but replaced], when those inside would barricade themselves in and those outside would force the door open.
One winter, the wooden gymnasium in the grounds collapsed due to a heavy fall of snow but we did have the use of a nice tennis court. Miss Warrell Bowring would take singing lessons and there were exercises to music.
So that the boys and girls could get to know one another, a dance was held in the big house. The music was provided by an even-then very old gramophone complete with horn, which was loud enough for us all to enjoy.
Despite all I have written, concentration was on the three 'R's' and as far as I know, everyone who attended the College left with sufficient education to make a good job of their lives.
Sadly, the old school was sold off and houses now occupy the site, but in my memory it was a fine old mansion with flowing lawns and beautiful gardens.
My last memory of Miss Warrell Bowring was when I visited her after the War and she treated me to some of her home-made stinging nettle beer - not to be recommended!
Tony Beauclerk -
Keith and Margaret Walls are delighted to announce that their family has just officially increased by two!
On Wednesday, 11th
Ivy Richards was recently reminiscing about her youth and remembered how when she was just five years old she would walk from Cockhill, together with Jimmy Huxtable from Woolscott, down the Valley and up to the village school, with her lunch in a little basket. How different it is today!
However, today, like all the family, Ivy
is very proud of her great-granddaughter, Kirsti
is with the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and has recently passed
out of her Phase 2 training as a Medical Technician at
all the knitters, especially those from the village, who contributed to the success
of the Knitted Gingerbread House. If
you haven't visited
OF THIS . . . AND THAT . . .
Craft Group: The Monday Craft Group will not be meeting during August, but will get together on the first Monday in September, 3rd, at the Manor Hall. Everyone is welcome. £1.00 per session including tea/coffee and biscuits. Come along and join this friendly group whilst allowing yourself to enjoy a couple of hours working on whatever craft/needlework/painting/lace, etc., on which you are currently working.
Berrynarbor Wine Circle [founded 1988]: The first meeting of the new season will be held on Wednesday, 17th October, in the Manor Hall.
& Hell [seen on the wall of a Swiss cafe near Magalluf,
Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks French, the mechanics German, the lovers Italian and all is organised by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the
cooks British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss and all is organised by
the Italians. Trev
ON KICKING THE HABIT!
giving up smoking, again!
And I'm sure I'll suffer the pain.
You can't smoke inside,
So outside you hide,
Though it may be pouring with rain.
giving up smoking, again!
But I'm sure it won't be a joke.
This craving is bad,
For I've smoked since a lad
I'll go mad if I can't have a smoke.
time I'll do it, I've said this before,
And I'll say it again and again.
When others have tried,
I'd just deride
And then I would laugh like a drain!
months later - I've succeeded at last!
The habit is done now, I know.
When I go for beer,
The air is so clear
And my pocket is more full of dough.
come on you people, try to give up!
Give it, please give it a chance.
They say it is dangerous, dirty and death.
I've run out of rhyme, so I'll finish this time
With good health, wealth and good breath!
NB Our way, which was over forty years ago, was only to light up after the time of the previous day. For example, Monday: first Tuesday: first one after - it might be , but it could be Thursday: don't light up until after and so on.
Eventually, we 'forgot' to smoke. Once you give up, don't be tempted again for if you have just one or two, you will all the old difficulties to overcome again.
THE OPEN AT BERRYNARBOR
It might have been windy but at least it wasn't raining as eight teams of 4, battled it out in the inaugural Berrynarbor Community Shop Golf Open. Up for grabs was the Sandy Anderson Shield, very kindly donated by the man himself.
The eventual winners were The Midlers, comprising Sandy and Mick Gadd, Clive Abbott and Robin Downer who with 102 points just beat The Berry Bandits All [husband and wife duos Rowland and Hobson] who came in with 101 points. It was good to see some junior members out there, namely Samuel Bowden and William Mathews who had a cracking score of 28 points. Sue Wright took the ladies' prize and Malcolm Sayer the gentlemen's.
Well done to John for organising it and thereby raising £416 towards the new shop build. Thanks to Steve Walls, Eileen Hobson,
Nora Rowlands and Roger Luckham for donating prizes, Ursula, my mum, for once again letting me bully her into running the raffle and of course all those daft enough to compete and support. And don't forget, you can purchase special souvenir golf balls in the shop for just £2 each - excellent birthday and Christmas presents!
The winning team:
Mick, Clive, Sandy and Robin, with Nora and Organiser John Boxall
THE CARRION CROW
Trevor's query about his ditty in the June issue sent Mark Adams off 'surfing the net' for answers and he found many versions - some with more verses and others all slightly different, together with some interesting facts.
This old children's nursery rhyme has no specific historical association but the carrion crow itself has many connections with Celtic mythology. Irish goddesses of battle were represented by the carrion crow and are identified with war and death, an obvious reflection of its tendency to eat carrion, dead and decaying flesh, plenty of which was found in the aftermath of battles.
The following version is mentioned in
Samuel Pepys' Diary on
The carrion crow he sat upon an oak
And he spied an old tailor a cutting out a cloak.
Heigho! The carrion crow
The carrion crow he began for to rave
And he called the tailor a lousy knave.
Heigho! The carrion crow
Wife, go fetch me my arrow and my bow
I'll have a shot at that carrion crow.
Heigho! The carrion crow
The tailor he shot,
and he missed his mark
But he shot the old sow through the heart.
Heigho! The carrion crow
Wife, go fetch me some treacle in a spoon
For the old sow's in a terrible swoon.
Heigho! The carrion crow
The old sow died, and the bells they did
And the little pigs prayed for the old sow's soul.
Heigho! The carrion crow
Never mind said the tailor, I don't care a
There'll be still black puddings, souse and chitterlings for tea.
Heigho! The carrion crow
The carrion crow, or hooded crow as it
is known in
This is not so as crows can gather in large winter feeding flocks and at roosts. However, unlike rooks, they do not breed colonies. Common in towns and parks, where rooks rarely go, they nest in trees and also on cliff ledges.
A COUNTRY COLLECTION
It was a pity that more readers did not come to the Manor Hall over the week-end of 23rd-24th June to support the Newsletter and the artists who so kindly give their time and talents to make it 'special' by illustrating it for us. However, those who did brave the somewhat inclement weather had a good time.
Treated to seeing more of the work of Debbie, Nigel, Peter and Paul - and in some cases purchasing original work - they indulged in lovely home-made cakes, soup and cream teas, and for those who 'viewed' on the Saturday night, a glass of wine as they discussed the works and tried to fathom the whereabouts of some of Tom's postcards of the village.
Attracting special interest was a display of some of the work members of the Craft Group are participating in on Monday afternoons, and 'Pictures at an Exhibition' - favourite pictures of six villagers from their own homes, together with a write-up of the reasons for their choice. They ranged from the evocative smells of spices produced by an oil painting of an Arab street to snowy owls and birds made entirely from feathers [except for their legs, beaks and eyes!], a delightful sketch of the Manor Hall circa 1861and views of our own Post Office and Shop and Windsor Castle.
Thank you to everyone who supported the event in any way and especial thanks to Jan, who worked like a Trojan all week-end. Newsletter funds have been given a further boost and a cheque for £100 was sent to the Children's Hospice South West.
Finally, to the four artists for finding time in their busy lives to put on this exhibition, a big THANK YOU.
NEWS FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
Claude'sGarden remains an on-going project, with this weather not helping at all. It is hoped that the first stage, the reseeding of the grass area, will be done A.S.A.P. Thanks to Councillor Clive Richards who has undertaken to do the job.
Watermouth Footpaths We are waiting to be informed as to the
progress from the Public Rights of Way Section at County Hall,
Councillor Richard Gingell had a meeting with the Highways Officer and County Councillor Andrea Davis to discuses the on-going problems on our village roads, the majority of the issues have been addressed with others still in the pipe line.
The Dog Exercise Field Would all dog owners using this area please clear up after their dog as cutting the grass has become a very unpleasant task.
Sue Sussex - Chairman
MANOR HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
The Manor Hall is used by many groups of people and we rely on everyone using the Hall to leave it in a tidy condition, with chairs and tables put back in their original position.
We are making progress, slowly, with some changes to the kitchen and a new power supply will be required so that we may install a new electric cooker and reorganise the hot water system for the sink and supply new taps.
In October we are having a new fund-raising event hopefully on Saturday, 13th October. This will be a quiz night called 'Bush Tucker Night' held with the help of Exmoor Zoo - more information next time but please put the date in your diary for a fun night out.
Bob Hobson - Chairman
Bartlett, youngest daughter of Inge and Tom, was married to Otto Kummer in November
2006. The well-attended Blessing
Service was held on
who originates from
at St. Peter's Church on Saturday, 26th May, were Tania Morris and Jonathan
[Tom] Trinder. Tania, Neil's daughter,
is a Marketing Manager who comes from Devon and Tom, who is in publishing,
The bells of St. Peter's rang out again on the afternoon of 20th June to celebrate the marriage of Michael Richards of Napps and Sue Cowie.
Having lived overseas for many years and working in an administrative capacity, Sue met Michael whilst visiting her parents here. Given away by her father and with Bernie Newton, a lifelong friend of Michael's since childhood, the newlyweds returned to Napps for the reception on an appropriately decorated tractor and trailer! With the season underway and with Sue helping with the administration of the site, plans for the honeymoon holiday have been postponed until September.
14th July, was the Wedding Day of Elaine Gubb and Geoffrey Barnett. Elaine, who arrived at St. Peter's by
Standard Fordson tractor and trailer, is the daughter of Chris and Barbara of
South Lee, and Geoffrey son of Pat and Richard Barnett of Whitney. A big thank you to Bobby Bowden for his
expertise as driver and Michael Bowden for his 'whispering technique' for the
tractor's 'crank' start outside the church, also Vic who was their back-up team
with his grey 'Fergie'. The reception was at South Lee and the
couple are now touring
We send you all our very best wishes for health and happiness in your future lives together.
INVITATION TO THE PALACE
Michael has been invited to
This is mainly in recognition of his many years of voluntary charity work. In his younger years, Michael used to run Fun Runs and Marathons and do other sponsored events for a number of Charities. More recently he has been involved in a voluntary capacity in the administration and organisation of fund-raising and even lobbying for a number of charities including Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Age Concern, The Bible Society, Christian Premier Radio and Christian Aid amongst others. He has also been involved with a number of local Youth Clubs. The invitation has been supported by several of these main charities.
Looking forward to donning his morning suit, Michael jokes, "When the Queen 'phoned I recognised her voice immediately although I didn't know whether the barking was from our own dogs or the corgis. I asked the Queen to save a few cucumber sandwiches for me in case I was late!"
In fact, both of us will be going up to
Congratulations Michael, we'll look forward to reading about your special day in the next Newsletter.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Phew! It seems like only yesterday that I was writing for the village news and a whole half term has nearly whizzed by already. Once again it has been a busy time for the children and staff here at Berrynarbor VC Primary School.
We are all very proud to announce that our Year 6 children all did brilliantly in their recent national tests. All of them achieved the nationally expected level of attainment [level 4] in Mathematics, English and Science and many achieved level 5's. These super results reflect the hard work and commitment of all of the pupils and their families. I know the children would like me to thank Mrs. Lucas in particular for her help and support - she really is one in a million!
But of course we don't just teach children English, Maths and Science at Berrynarbor VC. I think some classes have been learning away from the classroom more than they have been in it this term [and have got wet on more days than they have stayed dry!]. Year 6 have been to the area Life Skills event where they learnt about keeping themselves and others safe. They were taught by experts from the police, health service, fire service, St John Ambulance and coast guard who packed a huge amount of information into just two hours. A few weeks later Years 5 and 6 were off again, this time to Oceanfest where they spent an active day on the beach. The children
were really impressed with the air show and must have enjoyed the sand because they bought most of the beach back with them to spread around school!
Class 3's classroom was transformed into a one-night-only Berrynarbor Bistro and the children in Years 5 and 6 served their parents a delicious three course meal which they had all helped to prepare and cook. The children waited at the tables dressed smarty in black and white with bow ties for the boys. We all had a brilliant night and we were once again very proud of the children.
Last week Year 6 undertook cycle training. Mrs Draper, one of our parents, supported by another parent and Chair of Governors, Katie Simpson, taught the children who all passed.
1 and 2 have both enjoyed a day at
33 children from KS2 came to school one weekend to raise money for Child Line. They took part in the Giant Sleep Over and brought their sleeping bags to school to spend the night sleeping [eventually ?!] on the classroom floor. They had such fun that night that when Mrs Hodder came into cook us breakfast early on Sunday morning, she couldn't get in as
we were all still fast asleep! Thankfully, she enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the village and came back later to cook us a tasty breakfast.
A team of children from Class 2 entered the West Down 5-a-side football tournament at the end of June. They had trained hard and did very well on the day. They played against some much bigger children but showed great resilience and a fabulous sporting attitude. The team was coached by one of our dads - Mr Scott Balment - who continues to voluntarily coach the children in a variety of sporting disciplines.
Our Sports Day finally happened following two cancellations due to inclement weather. All the children took part in at least one of the 36 events. Our PTA worked as diligently as ever to erect shelters for the classes and provide refreshments for the supporters and Mrs Balment and Mrs Barton organised medals and certificates for the children. The morning was enjoyed by all and it was great to see so many people supporting the children in their sporting efforts.
The whole school visited the Landmark Theatre to watch the Essex Dancers. A vibrant and energetic 45 minutes later we were all inspired by what can be achieved when children work together. A few days later our Class 3 children were performing themselves in a musical show - The Sound of Music.
The children have worked with an artist to create a second outdoor sculpture. They worked collaboratively to produce a multicoloured turtle which now looks very much at home hanging on the wall outside Class 2 - please come and have a look.
Perfect weather made our School Fayre another great success. Lots of friends and families turned out to peruse the many stalls, take their chance on the games and raffles and help our hard working PTA to raise an impressive £1879.56 [gross]. Our PTA has kindly agreed to use the funds to help us upgrade our ICT facilities. A very big thank you from us all to the dedicated team of organisers for their hard work, to the many businesses and individuals who contributed prizes and items for sale and to everyone who came along and spent their money!
We are hoping to continue to offer a rich variety of learning experiences to our children and are moving to topic based learning in the afternoons next year. This learning can be greatly enriched by the children seeing real things and meeting a variety of people. If you have suggestions of how we can develop the curriculum or if you have skills or memories that you would like to share with the children we should love to hear from you. In particular we are on the hunt for wooded areas near to school that we could use to extend our Forest Schools programme to the younger children.
As the end of the term draws near we wish farewell and good luck to our Year 6's as they move on to secondary education. We are confident that they will do well and look forward to hearing about their exciting new
grown-up lives when they come back to visit us. Ella, Henry, George, Anna, Shayna, Alex, Gemma, Robbie and Sarah - you will be missed by us all and we wish you every success in your futures.
And a final note to say thank you to all the parents and members of the community who have done so much to support the children and staff this year. I have been here for nearly a whole term now and really feel that Berrynarbor VC Primary is a very special place to be.
Sue Carey - Headteacher
Thank you so much for the support that you have given to the North Devon Hospice over the years. We do rely on local support and thanks to you we are now able to help around 80 local people every day. I have worked for the Hospice for nearly ten years now and have seen some very positive changes as we have grown in how we are able to support local people who need the specialist care of the North Devon Hospice.
We have a team of individuals who give talks and any of them would be delighted to come to any meeting you may have in your village, whether it be WI, Church Group, School or any other, to talk about the work of the Hospice. It really is a wonderful place and something we should all be very proud of. In the words of Stuart, one of our invaluable volunteers, "It is a warm, loving, caring place that gives support and time away from the stresses and strains of living with problems we face." It is not what you expect.
If you would like to have a talk about the work of the Hospice, please call Alison Hunt on  347206 or write to the North Devon Hospice, Deer Park Road, Newport, Barnstaple, EX31OHU. Talks can be arranged for any time of the day or evening.
WELCOME AND FAREWELL
A belated but nevertheless warm welcome
to Malcolm and Rachael Woodhead who moved in to Croft Lee
earlier in March having lived in the area for a year although they originate
When they have time they enjoy walking and outdoor pursuits, particularly surfing, but are currently having to spend some DIY time on their home.
There are newcomers at the Park: Phil and Christine Pocock and Ellen Acutt.
Ellen, at No. 12a replacing Lyn and Brian who have gone to Barnstaple, has in fact been here since April having come from Hampton in Middlesex for a more leisurely way of life - not so, she is currently working for the season at Stowford Meadows! Ellen has, she says, done many jobs but latterly she was a Receptionist for Social Services.
She has two children - Robert and
Ashley. Robert lives in
For hobbies Ellen enjoys pottering in her garden, walking, reading, needlework [especially embroidery], socialising and a nice glass of wine!
Phil and Christine, friends of Theresa and Paul for more than thirty years, are the new residents at No. 22. Phil, a retired electrician, and Chris, whose working life has mainly been in the retail trade, have come from Shepton Mallet, where they have lived for the last six years.
The family comprises of their son Owen, his wife Jacqueline and their two daughters Jemma and Lauren, and their daughters Trudi and Emma. Visiting the family means trekking to Hampshire, but fortunately they all live within a few miles of each other.
Phil and Christine's favourite pastime is walking - we can offer them plenty of good walks! - and they enjoy gardening and a bit of DIY.
Lisa and Mark Eggleton
have forsaken windswept Baggy Point for a more tranquil residence in the
A local lad from Braunton, Mark is a
keen surfer, riding the waves, whilst Lisa, who comes from
The last week in July will see a house
'swap' underway. Sadly, Martin and
Louise Lancey and their daughters Holly and
Moving from Shortacombe Lodge to Cedar Lodge, we welcome Penny Bonvoisin. Penny and her late husband, Tony, who sadly died last year, were in the bottled water business, running Dartmoor Water. Now sold and renamed, bottles of Devon Hills can be seen on most supermarket shelves.
With three step-sons, who live in
Simonsbath, further off in
Although she hasn't done any latterly, Penny is an ardent sailor and loves sailing, as well as enjoying walking and gardening. Skittles is also a favourite pastime, so if you are short on your team she would love to hear from you.
To all our newcomers and to Martin and Louise, we wish you luck and happiness in your new homes.
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
Isn't life unfair! You do your best and nobody cares! You know you have the talent, the experience and all the qualifications for the job, and someone inferior gets the post.
It reminds me of J.S. Bach when he applied for a post as Director of Music. He had to send a sample of his work to show if he could produce church music. As a result, he produced what some critics have claimed is the greatest piece of music ever composed, the B Minor Mass. The score is breathtaking and the whole piece takes about two hours to complete. There is a double choir with organ and orchestra and soloists. It truly is a heavenly piece of music which is a favourite with many people.
Sad to think that Bach never heard it in
its entirely, and he didn't even get the job! Instead, he was at
Yet Bach, even when he went blind, continued to do his best although he was regarded as 'old fashioned' by his musical sons. Despite the disappointments, he continued to finish all his work with the words: "To God be the Glory".
Even if no-one else knows how good you are, God does, so at least you've got one friend who does care.
With all good wishes,
Your Friend and Rector
ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF A MAD DOG
people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.
Islington there lived a man,
Of whom the world might say,
That still a godly race he ran,
Whene'er he went to pray.
and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad,
When he put on his clothes.
that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp and hound
And curs of low degree.
and man at first were friends;
But when a pique began,
he dog, to gain some private ends,
Went mad and bit the man.
Around from all the neighbouring streets
The wondering neighbours ran,
And swore the dog had lost his wits
To bite so good a man.
wound it seemed both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad,
They swore the man would die.
a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they
The man recovered of the bite,
The dog it was that died.
A favourite Poem - Trev
Oliver Goldsmith was born in
An ungainly and bad mannered young man,
Goldsmith studied at
Had that not happened, school students over the years might not find that their course prescribed reading The Vicar of Wakefield or play-lovers enjoy the absurdities of She Stoops to Conquer.
After his failed departure for
He became a literary hack in
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 32
As some of you may know, I am currently writing a book on the Cairn in Ilfracombe. The response I had from my request for information was fantastic. Anecdotes poured in, plus sketches and old photographs. One person even gave me her ten-year record of wildflower observations. It has been six months since that initial request but new material still keeps coming in, with one lady in particular having taken it upon herself to keep a look out for old records.
Recently, without any real explanation, she handed me a small hardback book, its cover a green material similar to that of my old school hymnbook. Hymns, however, were not its subject matter, reflected in the gold lettering which read "Naturalists Journal". Turning the jacket I perused the first and only page with printed lettering: "The Terston Naturalists Journal. A convenient Note Book for keeping a permanent bound record of observations in continuous Diary Form. Index at End."
Below this was the publisher, George Waterston and Sons Ltd of Edinburgh and London, but no publishing date; although the words "seven shillings and sixpence" at the foot of the page (the "and sixpence" made out beneath a faded sticker), dated the book to pre-decimalisation.
Immediately, I flicked to the index at the back in anticipation of finding the book owner's alphabetical list of observations from the Cairn. Instead I found an address book style index, which only had the pale blue horizontal lines on the "A" page. Under "B" I at least found handwriting of a traditional style, characterised by scrolled uppercase letters. Yet the page heading showed it had been written in a more modern age: "Beauty - defined in Concise Oxford Dictionary 1995". Beneath were its definitions plus other references to the word "beauty". Clearly the rear of the book had not been used for naturalist's observations. But what of the front?
quickly leafed the pages, my fingers halting on page
three. Here at last was evidence of the
book's intended use. I noted the date
at the top of the page,
N.B. Also on page one it reads: "on table - 24.5.56". A further recording is made on page three on 15.6.56. Page 4 includes "top shelf as 15.6.56. second shelf as 15.6.56 except for genista." Further recordings are also made on 28.6.56, 6.7.56 and 13.7.56. Page 5 only reads "copolite = fossilised dropping of anything".
If anyone can help Steve unravel the mystery, please contact him, either direct or through Judie on 883544.
what can we say! Having had the sunniest
and driest spring, summer is turning out to be a total washout. This has made it very hard for all the
gardeners and no doubt the farmers too.
The planting in the tubs has refused to flower and the hanging baskets
are being blown to pieces! However,
with the litter picks and a lot of hard work from the trusty band of
'bloomers', when the
judging for the
day of the
Many thanks to all those who opened their gardens, those who provided food for the yummy teas, transported chairs, etc., and made the events successful despite the weather.
RECIPE FOR AUGUST
There are many recipes for Lemon Drizzle Cake but this is the recipe I have made for countless fetes, cake stalls, litter picks, etc. It is very easy and freezes well.
6 oz/175g Caster Sugar
6oz/175g Self Raising Flour
3 Free Range Eggs
Zest of 1 Lemon
Juice of 2 Lemons
1 tablespoon Milk
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one, with a little of the sifted flour to stop the mixture from curdling. Add the zest of the lemon and beat in. Now fold in the sifted flour with the milk. Spoon into a loose bottomed 8 inch cake tin lined with greaseproof paper.
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 Deg /gas mark 4 until firm to the touch. While the cake is baking, warm the juice of 11/2 lemons with 2oz icing sugar until melted. When the cake is cooked, prick it all over while still warm and pour over the lemon syrup.
Allow the cake to cool. Mix 3oz icing sugar with some of the remaining lemon juice until you have a pouring [not too thin] icing and drizzle all over the cake.
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY SHOP
We move forward at last - confident but not complacent!
Our architect is very shortly due to deliver the building regulation plans for the new shop. As soon as we have them we will send them out to several building firms for quotations with the aim of starting building in September. We already have designs for the interior; the new selling area will be as large as the whole of our existing premises, so there will be chance for an even better range of stock and facilities.
Do we know if the post office will survive the government closures? No, we cannot know that for certain until January or February 2008, but the committee keeps in close contact with the Post Office. We know the criteria by which they assess post offices and we expect to be considered very favourably. In any case, we have been urged to go ahead as soon as possible by Devon Renaissance [the source of our main grant], which we have to spend before the end of the financial year if we don't want to lose it. North Devon District Council is also very supportive, and has been all along.
It would certainly be a crying shame if the whole plan fell through after all the hard work put in by Jackie, the volunteers and the Committee.
To raise the final money, fund raising activities will be needed and we hope that you will support these. The first one, the Golf Open Day, happened on July 6th and thanks to the hard work of John Boxall and those who participated, £420 was added to the building fund coffers. The bookstall and 'Build a brick' box are also adding useful amounts. Thanks to all who contribute.
PP of DC
Forward note: I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I enjoy researching them. If not, tell Judie! I have several more lined up and think it might be an idea to continue the series entitling it "Movers and Shakers". If so, this is Number 10.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS NO. 10
Hubert Cecil Booth - 4.1.1871 - 18.1.1955
Inventor of the vacuum cleaner
A chance remark by Stephen Fry on a
recent "Quite Interesting" TV programme that Hubert Cecil Booth invented the
vacuum cleaner made me prick up my ears.
history of the carpet cleaner goes back to 1811 when a patent was granted to
James Hume for a mechanical sweeper, but no practical appliance appeared until
1842 and then it was used for street cleaning. From this idea evolved the first
domestic model "The Champion" 1876 - one is exhibited at Watermouth
castle. In the same year, the "
what about Mr Booth? Well, born in
However, in 1901 he saw a demonstration for cleaning railway carriages at St Pancras Railway Station. The machine used compressed air, which just blew a cloud of dust around. He saw instantly that rather than blowing the dust around, the system should be reversed and the dust sucked up. He tested his idea by putting a damp handkerchief on a chair and sucking in the dust. The amount of dust caught on the outside of the cloth proved the system was effective!
August 30th1901, Booth was granted the patent for his new invention, and formed
his "British Vacuum Cleaner Company" [BVC], not for selling machines
but for going to people's houses to clean carpets and curtains. His workmen, clad in white drill suits,
would arrive in a large four-wheeled horse drawn carriage, with a petrol-driven
vacuum pump [electricity was still a novelty] and several hundred feet of
tubes. You can see a 1905 model in the
machines had a boost when they were used to vacuum the blue carpets laid in
Westminster Abbey for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. Shortly afterwards he demonstrated his
cleaner to the King at
Others tried to get in to this lucrative
market by producing vacuum cleaners without a large engine to run them. To combat this, Booth produced the Trolley
Vac in 1904. It was a heavy box on
wheels and for demonstrating purposes could be fitted with a short length of
glass tube set into the hose to prove that the machine was doing its job - and
we all thought Dyson was new. It had
six separate attachments and sold at 35 gns. Neither
this machine nor its rivals were light enough to be moved easily and
non-electric ones had to have a person operating the bellows whilst the other
used the hose. An example is in
But what was needed was a machine operated by one person only, which could be mass-produced. In 1907 James Murray Spangler of Ohio invented the first domestic upright vacuum cleaner in desperation because of an allergy to dust. Originally he used an old fan motor attached to a soapbox stapled to a broom handle. He used a flour bag as a dust collector. In 1908 he patented "The Spangler", the first portable upright electric cleaner with a cloth filter bag, a carpet brush and cleaning attachments. One of his first sales was to his cousin who was married to a leather manufacturer named William Henry Hoover. Hoover saw the potential and Spangler sold the rights to him. The rest, as they say, is history - although 'Spanglering' does have a certain ring to it!
Meanwhile, our friend Mr Booth continued to expand his businesses. In 1901he had formed an engineering consultancy, which he later merged with BVC to become the British Vacuum Cleaner and Engineering Company. In 1926 he decided to brand all his domestic vacuum cleaners under the famous "Goblin" trade name. Legend has it that he chose the name because the wife of one of his company directors was heard to remark that the cleaner was 'goblin' up the dirt'!
saw a new factory at Leatherhead, previously a film studio for the likes of
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. By
1939 the domestic market was increasing by nearly 1/2 million a year, helped by
hire purchase and in that year Goblin established sales and service depots
Henry Booth in later years wrote an autobiographical book entitled The Origin of the Vacuum Cleaner. He died in 1955.
Next time you visit
PP of DC
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LOCAL WALKS - 103
Small blue is beautiful!
Traipsing over the vast expanse of the Braunton Burrows in mid-summer, it was wildlife on a small scale which most caught my eye.
Near Flagpole Dune a crowd of common blue butterflies fluttered over carpets of bird's-foot trefoil. Nicknamed 'eggs and bacon' because of the yellow flowers streaked with red, this is an important plant for the common blue which feeds on the nectar and lays its eggs on the leaves.
Blue butterflies have been likened to tiny scraps of sky, fallen to earth and on the move. Stopping to watch the common blue butterflies, we were delighted to find among them a few small [or little] blue butterflies with the pretty Latin name Cupido minimus.
is a scarce species and Braunton Burrows has the only colony of small blue
Illustrated by: Paul Swailes
Underfoot were short, tiny-flowered plants; patches of storksbill, eyebright and scarlet pimpernel. There was cantaury, our commonest native gentian; neat pink flowers with yellow centres.
Along the Northern Boundary Track I have never before seen so many poplar leaf beetles. The handsome shiny red beetles were clinging to the willow scrub, several to a twig. They are about three times the size of a ladybird but minus the spots.
Here also were large numbers of dark green fritillaries. Contrary to their name, these powerful fliers are actually bright golden butterflies with dark markings. The green refers only to the greenish tints on the underside of the wings. They, too, are classified as a 'scarce' species.
We reached the narrow pond on Soay Plain, a haven for dragonflies. There was a libellula with its broad pale blue abdomen, a type of darter dragonfly.
Then came into view several emperor dragonflies; large hawkers with rapid flight. The males have a long blue abdomen. The females are green. They are capable of hovering and flying backwards and can move each pair of wings alternatively, lending greater flying power. It will prey on other dragonflies.
The dunes are high and imposing. There is a wonderful sense of space and freedom but there is also a concentration of small delights in the variety of insects which live there.
would like to thank the people of
FOR 15 YEARS OF SUPPORT
A BIT OF A DO!
at Sloley Farm Barn at
on Saturday, 18th August
Bring your own booze [plastic cups provided]
ALL VILLAGERS WELCOME!
Admission Free! Live Band Disco Pig Roast
MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
"The Biggest Coffee Morning in the World"
FRIDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER
Manor Hall, Berrynarbor
This is the only Cancer Charity that supports cancer sufferers in their own homes with Macmillan nurses, and gives help and advice to patients and their families.
Please help support their major fund raising event with home-made cakes, prizes, donations - or just by turning up!
Tombola * Plant & Produce Stall * Leisure Stall
[books, games, jigsaws, videos, CD's] * Wine Tasting
and much more
For further information 'phone Yvonne Davey  or
Vi Davies 
'Berrynarbour' - View 108
This picture of the village taken by Francis Frith around 1892 must be one of the earliest photographs of Berrynarbor and below I point out why I also think it is one of the most interesting.
In the centre, note how
Most of the available land was
cultivated, shown in front and behind the cottages on Hagginton Hill. The photograph must have been taken during
the winter months as the very large trees are all without leaves. The height of the trees around the
Hagginton Hill at this time shows a great space between the lower and higher group of cottages, with Grattons standing on its own at the top.
Finally, I have been asked to enquire for information about a wrought iron sign of BERRYNARBOR which is supposed to have been made by Sam Harding, Blacksmith. I am led to believe that the sign was seen, even after the Second World War, and I would appreciate any information. Thanks.
Tom Bartlett - Tower Cottage, July 2007