Edition 127 - August 2010
August 2010 Following the results of the survey carried out by the Parish Council in 1988, a need was identified for a village newsletter. To get things off the ground, a group of volunteers met recently and have made a start ...
... and here we are 21 years later!
The fact that it has continued is very much due to everyone who has contributed over the years, and especially those who have committed themselves to many issues, particularly our artists, local walker and Tom, who has written for every issue, his first article being a tribute to the late Lewis Smith [1916-1989].
Our thanks to everyone who let us have articles for this first edition - we were delighted with the response ... Please keep the articles coming - news, views, events, suggestions, sales and wants, etc. There are several events going on in the village over the next couple of months and we should like to hear about them.
Nothing changes! My thanks to everyone who has contributed to this birthday issue and items for the October one will be welcome as soon as possible and by Monday, 13th September, at the latest please.
There are also several events going on in the village over the next couple of months. Firstly, the two village fetes, St. Peter's Summer Fayre on the 3rd August, and the Manor Hall Berry Revels on the 17th, and secondly ...
Coming of Age Celebrations for the Newsletter will be taking place on Saturday, 7th August, in the Manor Hall: Cream Tea and Birthday Cake for everyone in the afternoon, from 3.00 p.m., and a Murder Mystery and Supper in the evening, 7.00 to 7.30 p.m. For catering purposes, the evening will be by ticket only and numbers limited, so get yours in good time! Details are given on the posters around the village and on page 33 of this Newsletter. Please bring your own booze!
I look forward to seeing YOU at one or both occasions.
A very warm welcome to any newcomers to the village and, as always, we send our very best wishes to those who are either in or have been in hospital, or are unwell and not feeling at their best.
Thank you all for your continued support for, and hopefully enjoyment of, Our Newsletter - Happy Birthday!
Judie - Ed
The first important thing to say this month is " Happy 21st" to the Berrynarbor Newsletter and a big " Thank You " for all the help and support given to reporting Manor Hall Matters over the years.
Next, comes a " Must Not Miss" date for your diary and that is Tuesday 17th August for the 2010 Berry Revels Evening Fete . . . Please come along and lend your support on the night, but meantime, howsabout turning out some of that unwanted bric-a-brac or books that are now ready for others to read and enjoy. Bring them along to Manor Hall earlier in the day! If you have any ideas for new fund-raiser stalls for the fete then please make them known, or, better still, why not volunteer to set up and run a stall that evening for Manor Hall funds.
Decorating works to the outside of windows are now complete and I hope you think the buildings are now looking in good shape. The last lap will be some attention to the woodwork on the front porch which will hopefully be finished by the time you're reading this!
The User Group Questionnaires are now analysed and we're beginning discussions with the various trades to cost out options to improve both the lighting and heating, as well as exploring whether grants might still be available in these difficult budget-cutting times! We're also exploring options to improve the kitchen area . . . more news to follow!
See you at the "Berry Revels"!
BERRYNARBOR LADIES' GROUP
Twelve members and three
visitors attended the Meeting on 1st June. Tim Davis, of Harpers Mill, came along to
tell us abut the bird sightings in the
Some birds, like the robin, wren and dunnock can be seen all year round, while the fieldfare and redwing [both thrushes] are winter visitors and the swallow, swift and willow warbler summer visitors. The majority of birds seen in gardens are, in fact, all woodland birds but as the woodlands have been replaced by housing, gardens have become increasingly important in helping the species that have successfully adapted, to survive. Birds that prefer the coniferous woodlands are goldfinches and siskins, where they both winter and breed and chiffchaffs, blackcap and whitethroat are summer visitors from African wintering grounds.
The most common birds of prey seen in the village and valley are the buzzard, sparrow hawk and tawny owl. Red kites can sometimes be seen flying over the village owing to reintroduction programmes.
Tim illustrated his talk with a disc of the various birds together with the different birdsongs, some were very melodious - but others not!
I should like to thank Tim for giving me the above information recently as I had mislaid my notes. I appreciate his assistance as he had only just come home from holiday and had lots of e-mails to answer!
Member, Margaret Crabbe, was the speaker on 6th July. She had been due to speak at our January Meeting that had been cancelled due to the bad weather. Her subject matter was the Special Constabulary, the origins of which date back several hundred years to Anglo Saxon times when the people policed themselves. In 1673 King Charles II ruled that any citizen might be sworn in as a temporary peace-officer for a special occasion, particularly when there was a threat of great disturbances.
The government passed a
Special Constables Act in 1831 and this Act still forms the basis of the
constitution today. There were no women
special police officers in 1831 and if any man refused to serve he could be
fined five pounds! Today the Special
Constabulary is a voluntary, part time organisation , paying only expenses and
is a closely integrated part of police forces around the
It was into this organisation that Margaret joined in 1969. She gave us a very amusing insight into her
experiences. After leaving college she became personal
assistant to a managing director but felt she would like another interest as
well. An uncle was a special constable
and suggested she joined, so she went to the local police station, made
enquiries and came away with an application form. After an interview with the Inspector she was
subsequently sworn in at the Magistrates' Court. Her next step was collecting the uniform. She set off to the
Her first duty was at Wells Carnival and, with no training, found
herself controlling traffic at a cross roads.
During the first few months she
heard language she had never heard before!
In March 1970 she went to Canons
Grove for practical training. As a female "special" she was often required
to look after children, with whom she had little experience being an only child
herself. The City of
As usual the Meeting ended with tea, biscuits and chat. The raffle was won by Joyce Simpson. There is no Meeting in August. Stephen Davies from Citizens Advice Bureau will be coming on 7th September and
Deri Rundle talks about
Water Aid in
The Group congratulates the Newsletter on 21 successful years and thanks Judie for all her hard work putting it together.
The village was saddened in late May and early June following the deaths of Edna Barnes, Dan Weller, Maurice Fry and Michael Bain.
We were all sorry to learn that Edna had passed away at the end of May. A cheerful lady who supported many village events and a stalwart member of the Ladies' Group, she will be sadly missed by us all and our thoughts and sympathy go out to her son David.
In Memory of Edna
Edna continued to join in the various village activities and made many friends. She loved going on outings, to meetings and indulging in pub lunches and cream teas, and was very appreciative of all the car lifts that made life easier for her.
I should like to express my deep and sincere thanks to everyone who gave my mother care and kindness over the years - carers, doctors, nurses, neighbours and friends. I should also like to thank all those who sent letters, cards of condolence and made donations to Arthritis Research. Thank you all.
We were shocked and saddened to learn that Dan had passed away on the 3rd June, and our thoughts have been with Margaret at this time of sorrow.
'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'
Thanks to Judie's hard work producing our delightful Newsletter, I have this opportunity to say thank you for all the wonderful warmth and support which surrounded me and helped me cope at such a sad and stressful time - Never to be forgotten.
Maurice's sudden death on the 3rd June, just short of celebrating his 90th birthday saddened us all.
Our thoughts are with his wife Joan and daughters Margaret and Angel, his five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and his one great-great-granddaughter.
Maurice and Joan, with their daughters, moved to Sloley Farm, which Maurice farmed for many years, from Brendon in 1958. When he had to give up farming, in the early 1980's, due to ill health, he and Joan moved into Little Oakland, the bungalow they had built next to Sloley.
In his leisure time and retirement, Maurice turned his hand
to wood-working, making tables, chairs, stools and other pieces of
furniture. He also enjoyed riding and
until comparatively recently, he could be seen, accompanied by his niece
Elizabeth, riding up the
His funeral at St. Peter's was attended by his family and many friends and neighbours.
Joan and the family would like to thank everyone for their kind messages and cards and for attending Maurice's funeral. Especial thanks to the Rev. Keith Wyer for a beautiful service and Brian Baker for the funeral arrangements.
It was sad to learn that Michael, of Longsawte, Newberry
Close, had passed away in the
Following the service taken by the Archdeacon of Barnstaple, David Gunn-Johnson, at St. Peter's on the 18th July, the Rev. Margaret Howard conducted a lovely service in memory of the late Betty Dudley-Ward, followed by the interment of her ashes.
Betty, fondly known in the village as 'Matron', having been Matron of the Susan Day Home in Ilfracombe, lived here for 40 years before moving to a residential home in Longhope, Gloucestershire, near to her niece Lucille.
Members of her family were joined by friends and neighbours to say their final farewells. A wonderful 'carer' of both the young and elderly, it is fitting that Betty rests beside the children's
Betty and her good friend Robbie playground, with a view over the
celebrate her brother's 80th Birthday Chapel to her home beyond.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
The month of June ended on a sad note as we said farewell to Rector Keith expressing our appreciation of his
18 years' ministry with us at the presentation party in the Manor Hall and his last service in Combe Martin, when the church was full. We wish Keith and Christine every happiness in their retirement.
The churchwardens and
Over the past few months there have been many charity and fund raising events in the village and as always, people have given very generously. The Christian Aid collection in Berrynarbor raised £93, with an additional £45 from the collection at the Christians Together service on 27th June. In the event, this well-attended service was led by Reader Mike Taylor and the preacher was Philip Young from the Baptist church. The total collection for Combe Martin and Berrynarbor came to £519.45.
Members of the
And don't forget to come along to the Summer Fayre on Tuesday, 3rd August, at the Manor Hall.
Looking ahead we anticipate celebrating the Harvest Festival on Sunday, 3rd October, with the Supper on Wednesday, 6th October. More details nearer the time.
Friendship Lunches at The Globe will continue during the summer and will be held on Wednesdays 25th August and 22nd September.
Happy 21st Birthday to the Newsletter - see you on the 7th August.
Combe Martin and Berrynarbor came together at the Manor Hall on Saturday, 19th June, to say farewell to our Rector Keith, and wish him well for his retirement.
The Hall was full and the tables literally 'groaned' under the weight of the delicious food, kindly provided by the ladies of both parishes. After enjoying the savouries and sweets, Stuart Neale spoke on behalf of everyone, thanking Keith for everything he had done for us all over the
past eighteen years and wishing him and his wife, Christine, health and happiness in their new life ahead.
Stuart unveiled Keith's present - a beautiful engraved silver chalice and communion plate and a cheque for £1,725, and flowers were given to Christine thanking her for her support.
Keith responded in his own humorous inimitable way, bringing, as always, a smile to faces - he will be sadly missed.
Keith's last service at St. Peter's - at least for twelve months - was taken on the following day, Fathers' Day.
21 YEARS OLD!
To the Editor:
Congratulations on reaching the 21st anniversary of the Newsletter and your Editorship and on the achievement of more than two decades of community news gathering and presentation.
The summer of 1989, when the Newsletter came into being, seems a long time ago and yet paradoxically the intervening years have sped past.
At that point towards the end of the 1980's, the Iron Curtain
was still in place; the Berlin Wall had
yet to come down; the
Throughout all the changes and upheavals that followed that
summer of the first Berrynarbor Newsletter, it has recorded its births, deaths,
comings and goings, weather, issued its recipes, crosswords, poems, drawings,
local history, parish council and church reports, etc. A beacon of continuity in a turbulent
world. Well done!
OUR ADOPTED PUPPIES
Letter from Pebbles
As you know, I am a Labradoodle and we 'doodles' just love people! I have to learn how to ignore them until I am allowed to say hello, even when people are smiling at me. It just seems like bad manners but I know I can't race over to people once I am partnered with someone in a wheelchair. My puppy parent is teaching me to check with her before I do my wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, licky, lick, lick hello!
I am learning the taskwork quite quickly and have impressed everyone with my picking up skills, particularly with small items - it is my speciality! We were in a shop recently and I was just settling down when I noticed a teeny weeny plastic size marker that goes on hangers on the floor. Being a tidy girl, I gently picked it up and gave it to my puppy parent. Both she and the shop assistant smiled and said I was very clever!
Part of being an assistance dog is the ability to sit quietly in public places, such as restaurants, so I am being taken regularly to all sorts of noisy places to make sure I am well behaved. I always am, except at a birthday party where I decided to join in when they all sang 'happy birthday'!
WEATHER OR NOT
According to the Met Office, 2010 has been the driest first six months of the year since 1929. Our records don't go back quite that far, but it has certainly been our driest start to the year with only 321mm [12 5/8"] up to the end of June. The next nearest was in 2006 when we had 389mm
[15 5/16"]. At the other end of the scale, the most rain that we have recorded in the same period is 1003mm [39 5/16"] in 1994 - that did go on to be a very wet year.
The first three weeks of May were cool and we had to wait until the 21st/22nd before we had the first 24 hour period this year when the temperature did not fall back into single figures. The warmest day of the month was the 23rd when the temperature reached 27 Deg C, then after the 26th the temperature fell back again and the wind became cooler as it went back to the North East. The minimum temperature was 1.9 Deg C and there was a wind chill of -2 Deg C. It was one of the driest Mays that we have ever recorded with only 27mm [1 1/16"] of rain and the above average 173.72 hours of sunshine reflected this. The strongest gust of wind was 20 knots from the South West on the 29th.
In June we recorded 24mm [15/16"],
our second driest June and that rain fell on only seven days through the
month. It was generally warm and across
the county temperatures were above average.
We recorded a maximum of 24.6 Deg C which was actually below average for us
although the hours of sunshine were well up on previous years at 207.77 hours. The minimum of 7.1 Deg C was about normal and
winds were fairly light, reaching a maximum of 18 knots on the 10th from the
If at the end of our last report we were worrying that summer might be like the previous three years - wet, now we are wondering when the hosepipe ban will be brought in!
Simon and Sue
THE DIAMOND DOVE [Geopelia cuneata]
Whilst having breakfast in our conservatory on the 17th July, we were suddenly amazed at seeing a small bird, extremely beautiful and with a long tail that we could not recognise. It was feeding on the ground with the sparrows. During the day we took photographs and fed it on the lawn with very fine bird seed mixture. We searched through our bird books but other than our own belief that it looked as if it was part of the dove family, could not find it. However, that evening, with the help of a friend's book of World Birds, we discovered that our little bird was a Diamond Dove!
The diamond dove is a resident of
As, surprisingly, our 'diamond dove' hasn't a ring on either of its two small legs, we think it may have escaped from a private collection and if anyone has lost such a bird, or knows of someone who has, they should contact us.
Nearly everyone who visited our garden as part of the village
Tom and Inge Bartlett
Most young people when they reach their late teens want to get mobile. In my case, due to financial restrictions, I was not able to afford an old banger, like my contemporaries, so I had to look elsewhere. Electric bicycles were not invented but there came on the market what were called 'clip ons'. These 'clip ons' were engines that were fitted to ordinary bicycles.
If I remember correctly, the first was the mini motor. This was a complete motor with a built in petrol tank that fitted over the rear wheel. It had a cable to the handle bars where there was a grip which when pulled into place clicked so as to hold the engine with its roller down on the back tyre. In wet weather, the roller was inclined to slip and it was hard wearing on the tyre.
Other versions were the Cyclemaster which had the engine built into the back wheel, thus avoiding wear and tear on the tyre. Then there was the Velocette or Velo Solo which fitted on the front. I think this had the roller type drive. So far, they were all two-stroke engines requiring a mixture of petrol and oil. Speeds were roughly up to about 30 miles per hour - you had to have a speedometer! The Cucciolo was made by the Italian firm Ducati - I believe cucciolo is Italian for 'little pup'. The Lohan was diesel and fitted like the Cucciolo.
I soon exchanged my mini motor for the Cucciolo. This was a superby 4-stroke machine which fitted below where the pedals usually were. It had its own free wheel built in and two pre-elected gears. The engine was cast in aluminium and had an oil sump which took about a pint of oil. I was very pleased with this but was soon wanting more speed! The answer came to me if I had a fixed wheel sprocket on the back wheel, then I could have a 3-speed Sturmey Archer on it. with gears 1 and 2 on the engine and the three gears on the back, it made all the
difference. So 6 gears in all and I could climb any hill or alternatively go up to 40 miles per hour! With no special springing and only bicycle brakes, I was playing with danger. Eventually, due I think to shock inertia, the cycle frame broke, although it was repaired with a slide on piece of tube welded in place.
I must mention that to use any of the 'clip ons' you had to take a motor cycle test and had to display 'L' plates until you passed. The licence was about 17 shillings [85p] and insurance about £2.
On having a word with a collector of these 'clip ons', I learned that they are now worth up to £3,000 depending on the make and condition, etc.
Tony Beauclerk - Stowupland
GLEN MILLER 1904-1944
The music of Glen Miller and his Orchestra has become inextricably associated with the Second World War and the mood, spirit and social history of the era. The recordings which have been preserved are taken from the CBS radio starring Glen Miller and sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes, which were broadcast from 1939 to 1942, and naturally cover a substantial chunk of the war years. The recordings admirably capture the flavour of the period.
He started touring with various small bands and then landed a
job with Ben Pollack's group in
The radio was king in the 1940's and recordings of that period very much serve to recreate a bygone era, where families sat round the radio, glued to their regular bit of entertainment and news, and able to hear the very biggest stars of the day.
In the autumn of 1944, with the Allied Forces secured in
The aircraft disappeared over the
A great loss to music, Glenn Miller was at the height of his career and only 40 years of age.
St. Peter's Church on the 29th May saw the wedding of Sue
Wright and Stuart Neale. Sue was
attended by a fellow golfer and flower arranger, Barbara [Clatworthy], and
Bobby [Bowden] was Stuart's Best Man.
Following the service, the reception was held in the Manor Hall. Their honeymoon holiday was spent on the
We wish them both every happiness.
Sue and Stuart would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for their kindness, but especially Keith Wyer - they feel very privileged that their wedding was the last he conducted before his retirement - and the choirs of both St. Peter's and St. Peter ad Vincula, who sang during the signing of the register.
BIKEY'S BASH FOR
A very big thank you to everyone who was involved in any way, those who were able to come and those who generously donated. That, and the beautiful weather, all made for a fantastic event. I was able to report at that time that £613 had been raised, but further donations have brought it to over £700!
Thank you to Alan and Issy who work so hard in the planning and on the day. All the other willing helpers, Sharon, Chris, Marion, Margaret and friends and neighbours who live on Berrynarbor Park who help so much in setting up. It all makes for a great tribute to Brian [Bikey].
NEWS FROM OUR COMMUNITY
You may already know that our Chairman, Sandy Anderson, has
accepted a job in
A notice board now faces you as you walk towards the shop door giving an update on the latest goodies, very often local fruit and vegetables. It's worth taking a look on your way in.
And, thinking of 'local', we are constantly on the look out for local products, and having some success. If you find a local food that you think might be of interest, do have a word with Anita or Debbie.
Plants and books donated by you are helping funds, so thank you to anyone who has given either.
We get many compliments from visitors about the quality and reasonable pricing in our shop, which is good. If you haven't been in recently, why not call? You may have a pleasant surprise.
PP of DC
AMBROSE BIERCE 1842-1914
The other day I took some time off to do more digging into the Devil's Dictionary, that interesting publication by Ambrose Bierce, who was also known as 'The American Swift'. The caustic and cynical definitions survive the test of time and continue to bring delight to those readers who prefer dry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humour and plain English to slang.
Enjoy some more of the gems from this remarkable book -
Actually : Perhaps, possibly
Auctioneer : A man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue
Court Fool : The Plaintiff
Dentist : A conjurer who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket
Envelope : The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter
Erudition : Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull
Forefinger : The finger commonly used in pointing out two malefactors
Frog : A reptile with edible legs
Ghost : The outward and visible sign of an inward fear
Habit : A shackle for the free
Hospitality : The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging
Illustrious : Suitably placed for the shafts of malice, envy and detraction.
Impiety : Your irreverence toward my deity
Influence : In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid
The excessively dry weather has kept the 'blooming' team very
busy, especially with watering! All the tubs and planters have been planted
up, some for the second time this year because of a few disasters! We
have been busy weeding, cutting back and litter picking, yet there still seems
a lot to do. We are waiting for the
Thanks to everyone involved in the two events which raised a sum of over £700.
On a lovely day, the
Elderflower and Lime Drizzle Cake
This cake proved very popular at the
300g/101/2oz caster sugar
4 free range eggs lightly beaten
100g/31/2oz plain flour
A good pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder
200g/7oz ground almonds
Finely grated zest of 2 limes
2tbsp elderflower cordial
For the syrup
Juice of 2 limes
5tbsp caster sugar
4 tbsp elderflower cordial
First prepare a 23cm/9inch spring-form or loose bottomed cake tin. Grease the tin and line with baking parchment.
Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and
fluffy. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder
together, and gradually add the egg to the butter and sugar, beating well after
each addition. If it starts to curdle
add a little of the flour. Using a large metal spoon, fold in the rest
of the flour and the almonds and then stir in the zest and the elderflower
cordial. Spoon the batter into the
prepared tin and bake in a preheated oven at 170C Deg /340 Deg F/gas mark31/2 for
50minutes, or until a skewer inserted in to the centre comes out clean [test
after 45 minutes]. If the surface is getting too brown, cover
Leave the cake in the tin and while still hot pierce all over
with a skewer to make holes. Stir the sugar and lime juice together until
the sugar is half dissolved. Add the 4
tablespoons of cordial and pour slowly over the cake allowing the syrup to
slowly sink in to the holes. Leave to cool completely in the tin, remove
carefully - the cake will be a bit moist - and sprinkle liberally with icing
Lovely! Wendy 17
Leave the cake in the tin and while still hot pierce all over
with a skewer to make holes. Stir the sugar and lime juice together until
the sugar is half dissolved. Add the 4
tablespoons of cordial and pour slowly over the cake allowing the syrup to
slowly sink in to the holes. Leave to cool completely in the tin, remove
carefully - the cake will be a bit moist - and sprinkle liberally with icing
Lovely! Wendy 17
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 45
Early spring had seen its wooded paths lined with the bright sunshine flowers of lesser celandine. As the strips of yellow faded, so its woodland floor became carpeted with bluebells. The advent of summer had then seen the pinks of herb Robert, hedge woundwort, red campion and foxgloves take hold.
All are wild flowers seen year in and year out upon the Cairn. The same could not be said, however, for the twayblade. With no one alive today having ever witnessed it anywhere upon the area's 28 acres, the orchid had passed into folklore history. Only one person, in fact, could lay claim to spotting it -Joan Robertson, the Cairn's Devon Wildlife Trust Warden between 1974 and 1995.
The orchid's name is derived from its characteristic two broad leaves [tway blades] which grow at ground level. The small flowers, which grow to between 30cm and 60cm high, are usually green. Had Joan mistaken the orchid for a species of grass? Unlikely, hers was a reliable source of information, especially if to do with the Cairn. So it came as no surprise when the orchid was rediscovered by Cairn Conservation Carer volunteers whilst undertaking a wildflower survey in early summer. After an absence of at least fifteen years, the Cairn and the orchid had once again been reunited.
Reunions of a different sort will of course be part of the events taking place on Saturday 7th August when the Berrynarbor Newsletter celebrates its 21st birthday. Like any celebration, it will bring together both strangers and acquaintances, in particular reuniting people with connections past and present with the village or the Newsletter. I look forward to seeing you there and may I take this opportunity to congratulate the Newsletter on its coming of age!
The Newsletter's birthday party is to take place in the Manor Hall, a venue which has been and still is frequently used for village occasions. One such event was the Berrynarbor Craft Fayre. Last year Judie kindly invited me to have a stall where I could promote my book, "A Doorstep Discovery - Twelve Months on the Cairn", which I had recently written. At the event I was pleased to meet up with Farmer Fred, a fellow rural-tale- teller who wrote for Combe Martin's Shammickite magazine. We spent the day discussing countryside stories, including those I had written in my book.
Farmer Fred asked if I had contacted Aubrey Dyer who, having lived in Slade for many years, would no doubt have many a tale to tell about the Cairn. I told him I had indeed been in touch and that many of Aubrey's stories had been included in the book. Farmer Fred went on to say how he hadn't seen Aubrey for over 60 years, yet within hours of the remark the two were reunited once more when by chance Aubrey walked into the same fish and chip restaurant where Farmer Fred was eating!
I was saddened to hear of Farmer Fred's recent passing. He brought great pleasure to many people through the amusing tales he told of his time as a farmer and I should like to dedicate this article to him. "Fred" was not, of course, his real name; and, in the end, many people no doubt knew who he actually was. But then, for Joe, secretly letting on to people that he was the "Farmer Fred" of the Shammickite magazine gave him as much pleasure as writing the articles themselves!
Market Gardener, Nurseryman and Pioneer of British Blueberries
Blueberry Pie according
to our American cousins is THE ultimate pudding [think of mother's apple
pie!]. We British never saw them before
1960 - and then only a few did! Now
that has all changed, because of the enterprise of the Trehane family, and
blueberries are now in every supermarket, let alone our own village shop. They are available all year round: May onwards is covered by
Wild blueberries had been gathered by
Native Americans for centuries: juice
was used to relieve coughs - and as an excellent dye for cloth and baskets;
dried blueberries were added to soups and stews and also crushed and rubbed
into meat for flavour; tea made from the leaves was thought to be good for the
blood. When the Pilgrims from
Our year-round berries were originally cultivated from the
So how did blueberries travel from
David Trehane was born at Charlton just outside Shaftsbury on
By then, he was farming 120 acres as a market garden, selling
to shops in the
In 1968 David Trehane retired to
The family's entrepreneurial skills have also continued. In 2000, the estate suffered a vicious 3-minute hailstorm just before harvest, resulting in a reduction in quality of 60% of the crop. Some would have thrown the damaged fruit on the ground at harvest time, but not the Trehanes! They turned the fruit into pies, cookies, cakes, jams and juice, and used Farmers Markets to sell their "spoils", which they continue to do every weekend along the south coast.
David Trehane died on 22nd April 2000 aged 91. The results of his life's work continue for all of us to enjoy, and for his family to continue to develop.
I am grateful to Jennifer and Jeremy Trehane for all their helpful information. If you would like more advice or information on blueberries, go to www.dorset-blueberry.com. Plants are available all year round.
PP of DC
PS Why not pick up a leaflet in our shop on recipes for blueberries?
94 YEARS YOUNG!
At 94 you are permitted to spread your birthday over a couple of days, so Ron did! Family, friends and neighbours visited him at Lee Lodge on the 14th and 15th July to celebrate the occasion and enjoy the goodies kindly put on by the staff for him.
Ron would like to thank everyone for coming, from the village, Combe Martin and Ilfracombe, and for the many cards - 80+ in all - and presents. He had a lovely time seeing everyone and was so pleased that his daughter Sheila and her husband Tony were able to be there too. He would also like to thank the party of children from the Primary School who came to sing 'Happy Birthday' and deliver the many cards they had made.
But most of all Ron would like to thank the staff at Lee Lodge, not only for the wonderful spread and cake they provided and the welcome given to all his visitors, but for looking after him so well. He is very happy and at home with them all. Happy birthday Ron and a Happy Birthday, too.
out your child has a heart condition is a shocking and devastating experience
were touched by the kindness and generosity shown by everyone involved in
making this evening possible. A total of £1000 was raised which I know will
make such a difference to
Sarah, John, Charlie and Sam Gubb
NEWS FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
Berrynarbor Parish Council would like to congratulate the Berrynarbor News on its 21st Birthday. Councillors appreciate all the work which is done to ensure that each edition is prepared, printed and goes out on time, and for the valuable way it keeps villagers in touch with what is happening, or has happened, especially those who are not able to get out and meet folk quite so much these days. The importance of a publication such as this is valued and sincere thanks go to Judie for all her time and effort over the years in this connection. Judie - we hope you will continue to infinity - and beyond!
It cannot have escaped villagers' notice that we have been experiencing enormous problems with the company who have supplied and the contractors who installed the Play Area. It would not be an understatement to say that it has been a nightmare from start to finish with the Parish Council repeatedly contacting the manufacturers, arranging 2 site meetings with the South West Representative, and two very strong letters being sent by the Parish Council to the manufacturers. I won't bore you with the details, suffice to say that the matter continues to be ongoing with negotiations now taking place regarding the finished product and compensation for all the hassle caused, disruption to village life, lack of amenities for residents and visitors, failure to clear rubbish away and reimbursement for sand and turf purchased by the Parish Council in an effort to speed up the completion when it was found that the area was far from satisfactory. Councillors would like to thank everyone for their patience over the months and wish to assure everyone that everything that could be done to speed up the completion was done. It is realised that this was a major project for the village and one which should have been celebrated and we are truly sorry that it did not work out as we had hoped and planned. We do, however, hope that people are enjoying the new facilities and that the problems encountered since the beginning of the year will soon be a distant memory.
This is a good place to advise that there is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor on the Parish Council, following the resignation of Ann Hinchliffe. We are a friendly team who meet on the second Tuesday of the month at in the Penn Curzon Room of the Manor Hall. The Meetings usually last for approximately 2 hours. If you are interested and would like to know what the role involves, please contact me and I shall be pleased to answer any questions. If you are interested and haven't got any questions, please send a letter to me either by post or
e-mail saying you would like to be considered for co-option. It's important that you don't give the letter to a Councillor as this would prevent them from taking part in the voting process. We very much hope that the Council will soon be up to full strength again.
Sue Squire : , Parish Clerk. 01598 710526. firstname.lastname@example.org
When we had last descended Trentishoe Down to reach the hidden path called Ladies Mile, the steep slopes had been blackened by recent fire, making it bleak and forbidding. But now it was transformed. The fresh green 'croziers' of the new bracken were pushing through the peaty soil and between them, a mixture of milkwort, tormentil and bedstraw, around which flitted small heath butterflies. Among the small heaths were a few green hairstreaks. I had come to this rough terrain in mid-June especially in the hopes of finding these small butterflies. When landing on a flower, it perches with closed wings and it's the hind wings which are the attractive part of this butterfly. They appear to have been shaded in by a soft green chalk.
Green hairstreaks are on the wing for a relatively short time and if I have not seen one by the end of June, I know I am likely to have to wait 'til the following year. Last year I went over the Torrs where one or two green hairstreaks can usually be found in June but I searched in vain. Some way off we had noticed a lady walking her dog, stoop to take a photograph. Later, as we completed our circuit she caught us up and told us that she liked taking photographs of insects. It was a new hobby We mentioned we'd been looking out for green hairstreaks. She showed us the photograph she had taken of a butterfly that afternoon and asked us what it was. It was - of course - a green hairstreak!
As we approached Ladies Mile the hill became steeper and it was easier to go down backwards on all fours as one slid on the gravelly stones underfoot. In this sort of situation I start to wonder why it is possible to walk up a steep path with confidence but going down there is a fear of slipping and falling. Yet it is the same hill. There is probably a logical explanation or maybe it is psychological after all - irrational trepidation.
Reaching the path through the narrow strip of woodland, we were rewarded by brief glimpses of a pair of grizzled skippers, difficult to see as they darted among the leaves in the dappled light and shade, with their chequered pattern of black and white. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of wild strawberry and various members of the rose family.
In a little sunny clearing, by a glowing copper beech, we found a small flock of the scarce pearl-bordered fritillaries, a butterfly we had never seen before. They were attracted to a patch of slender thistles. With their bright orange colouring, they have the pattern of black spots and veins on the upper wings typical of the fritillary family.
On the hind wings,
however, there is a row of pearl-like patches.
The pearl-bordered fritillary is a butterfly of woodland and scrubby
coastal grassland where gorse is regularly burnt back [swaling]. The eggs are laid on violets. The butterfly has declined severely since
the 1950's. It is found more in
Several paths radiated out from the clearing. We took the one that led up towards the road and Holdstone Down. A bullfinch crossed the path and hastily disappeared. Overhead were swallows and larks. Somewhere a wren sung its incredibly loud pure song.
Illustrated by : Paul Swailes
JOHN WILLIAM GARRATT [1865-1946]
Many of the photographic postcards that I've used to illustrate my 'Old Berrynarbor' articles were the work of John William Garratt.
He was born on
We can assume that Garratt lived with his parents, probably
John and Mary Jane moved to 'Stepleton View',
1898 Alfred Gregory
1899-1902 John William Garratt
1903-1904 John William Garratt, Artist
1905-1947* John William Garratt, Photographer
* As already stated, Garratt died in October 1946, so the entry was not amended!
Their daughter, Alice Mary, was born on
John William Garratt was an accomplished photographer and all
of his real photographic [RP's] postcards are sought after by collectors all
Garratt has left a permanent photographic record and is known to have taken and published approximately:
1800 postcards of the
130 postcards of
180 postcards of Berrynarbor,
50 postcards of
12 postcards of Saltash
6 postcards of Ilfracombe and 6 postcards of Woolacombe
In my collection I have a single six-view postcard of
Garratt was a master at composing his photographs always attempting to include children and adults. We should remember that in those early days, he had to get participants to stand absolutely still for up to two minutes whilst he took the photograph on large, glass plates - no rolls of film or digital cameras in those days!
I must thank the late Alan Richardson for obtaining copies of various Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates for John William Garratt.
The following two Garratt postcards show :
Station Road, Ashley
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We said goodbye to Miss Vickery on the last day of term. She has been the temporary KS2 teacher during Mrs. Carey's absence, and we should like to thank her for her contributions to and support of our school.
Mr. Trefor Jones has been appointed Years 3 and 4 teacher from September and we welcome him to our school.
The School Fete took place on the 16th July and despite the
weather turning to heavy rain half way through the evening, our
Our End of Year Service took place in the church on the last day of term. This is a special time when we say farewell to our Year 6 leavers and wish them well in the next stage of their education. A memorable occasion for everyone.
Many of our children are learning to play a musical instrument. We now have three teachers - Mrs. Barrow, Miss Collingham and Mrs. Jones - offering music lessons which can take place in school either during or after the school day. So far our teachers are able to provide lessons for piano, keyboard, oboe, saxophone, singing, music theory, recorder, clarinet, violin, cello, viola and flute.
Stowford Farm Meadows have once again kindly offered us the use of one of their fields for our Wild Night Out. We are starting the new academic year off with this exciting opportunity.
We consider swimming to be an important skill for all children in our school. Unfortunately the school is unable to pay the full cost of the lessons and so we have to ask for parental contributions. Our lessons go beyond the National Curriculum requirement and our children swim more often than many other schools. In an attempt to minimise the cost further, we have booked swimming lessons for all children in the Autumn Term. A coach has been booked to shuttle children between school and the pool, giving us a total saving of more than 25% on transport compared to last year.
Looking well ahead, once again the whole school will be going to see Aladdin at the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple in December.
Enjoy the pictures children in Class 1 drew of the hanging baskets they saw whilst walking around the village.
Mary-Jane Newell, Acting Head-Teacher
HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT
Schedules and Entry Forms for the Show to be held on Saturday, 28th August, in the Manor Hall, are included with this Newsletter. Extra copies are available from the Shop, Sue's of Combe Martin, The Globe and the Sawmill Inn.
Open to residents, non-residents and visitors, we hope that everyone, including all the youngsters, will try to put in at least one entry, but more preferably! Importantly, no one is looking for perfect items, just the enjoyment of joining in this village event. Remember, just because you have ticked a class on the entry form, it does not mean that you have to submit an entry - so, go on, tick as many as you can! Whether you enter something or not, do come along on the day of the Show, from to view all the exhibits and to take part in the raffle and auction.
How are your spuds and sunflowers going? Hopefully OK. Bring your potatoes, still in the pot but minus any foliage, and your sunflower head placed in a jar or vase, along to the Hall, either on Friday evening, from to or Saturday morning, from to Please make sure your pot or jar is clearly labelled with your name and stating if you are a junior. Your haul [and pot] may be collected for later consumption during the afternoon, and your sunflower! Uncollected potatoes will be deemed free to auction.
So, LOTS and LOTS of entries please, and lots of visitors for the Show, Prize Giving and Auction. See you there. Yvonne, Jack, Pip, Tony, Linda and Judie The Organising Group :
: As mentioned in the June Newsletter, Linda, together with her family, have agreed to take on the running of the Show from the present group, so this long-standing and special village event looks set to continue. Thank you Linda, Tracy and Darren. However, they are anxious that it does not become a 'family affair' and would like to hear
from one or two people who would be happy to join them. They are prepared to do the admin. donkeywork but hope to have other people to put in ideas, etc. If you think you could help, please do contact Linda on 883322, she would love to hear from you!
OLD BERRYNARBOR NO 126
Berrynarbor Sewing Group
This very early and fantastic photograph of the Berrynarbor Sewing Group was taken c1890-95, and in the front row, the pretty young lady, third from left, is Blanche Bowden.
Sadly Blanche, who had married William H. Bowden in 1899,
Blanche Pretoria, who married Sidney
Dummett, was born and lived all her 94 years at South Lee until her death on
William Bowden remarried and his second wife,
The second picture shows Blanche Dummett with young Sonia Duckett [nee Stoddart] and their dog, Bounce, at South Lee Farm.
I am indebted to Sonia, who in 1948-9, having first been
scrubbed, was brought by train from a Church of England home in
The third picture is of the wedding of Ron Dyer and Gladys, daughter of Violet Toms, 1956, grouped on the cobbled steps by the lych gate at St. Peter's. From left to right: Sonia, bridesmaid and best man unknown, Ron, Gladys, Ruby Draper and a young Sheila Toms [daughter of Ron and Gladys]. Behind Sheila is William Bowden with his third wife holding her hat whilst talking to Mrs. Toms, the bride's grandmother.
I wonder if anyone knows the family name of Blanche Bowden, also the missing names on the Wedding photograph. Please let me know if you do.
Tom Bartlett, :
Tower Cottage, July 2010