Edition 130 - February 2011
A white Christmas - it was this year, and hopefully the snow did not upset too many travel arrangements for coming or going to families for the festive break.
Let's hope that the worst of the winter weather might be over and the delightful and delicate blossom and fishes on the cover, the talented work of Mary Hughes, is a reminder that spring can't be too far away, and British Summer Time begins on the 27th March!
Another bumper crop of Christmas messages in the December issue boosted the Manor Hall and Newsletter funds by the very welcome sum of £170 each. Thank you to everyone who participated. Thank you, too, for the many cards I received, it was lovely to hear from you, especially the far-flung readers and Betty Parker sends: 'Best Wishes to anyone who remembers me!'
The cold spells have brought with them 'coughs and sneezes' and get well wishes go to everyone who has suffered or is not feeling their best at present. Good wishes also go to all newcomers to the village and those who have left us.
There are a number of events planned for the next few weeks, so make a note of them on your calendar and support them if you can.
Although I say it in every issue, I really do sincerely thank everyone who contributes to the Newsletter in any way, especially those who regularly do so with articles and illustrations - where would it be without you?
Did you make a resolution that 2011 would be the year you contributed? Let's be having something then - I look forward to hearing from you! Articles and items for the April and Easter issue are welcome as soon as possible and before the middle of March, that is the 14th, at the latest please. Thank you.
Judie - Ed
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Christmas celebrations began with the Carol Service on 23rd December. The church had already been decorated and was bright and welcoming with the tree and crib lit up and festive flower arrangements on every shelf and sill. The pews were full and as well as the well-loved carols and readings, the service included the school choir singing 'I Saw Three Ships' and the village choir singing 'The Angel Gabriel' and a Christmas lullaby.
Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were as well attended as usual, in spite of the icy weather, and Readers and Clergy must be thanked for making difficult journeys to reach us and also the bell-ringers who missed no services, including the one held on Boxing Day. This dedication was all made worthwhile by the numbers present in church. Collections taken up for the Children's Hospice came to £250.
new Rector, the Revd. Christopher Steed, will be moving into Combe Martin
Rectory soon and as he will be Rector of the whole North Devon Coast Team, the
licensing is due to take place in
Easter is not until the end of April this year and Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 9th March. Mothering Sunday will be on 3rd April when there will be a Family Service - more details next time.
'How many Loaves have you?' This year the service for the Women's World Day of Prayer will be held here at St. Peter's on Friday, 4th March, the time to be confirmed but it is usually early afternoon. We shall be joined by members of all the churches in Combe Martin making up Christians Together.
service this year has been written by the women of
Although organised and led by women, this is essentially a day of prayer for everybody as solidarity with those in other countries is demonstrated, and all are welcome to attend.
Our thanks to Karen and the staff at The Globe for continuing to host the Friendship Lunch once a month. Numbers have dwindled over the past year, so do come and join us for a meal and company. We usually meet on the last Wednesday of the month - turn up for 12.00-12.15 and order whatever we want from the menu, everyone paying for themselves. It is all quite informal. The next lunches will be on Wednesdays, 23rd February and 30th March. Please ring me  if you would like to come so we can give The Globe a rough idea of numbers.
JOSEF BELKA 1962-2010
Many of us in Berrynarbor will remember Hedy's son, Josef.
Christmas, a year ago, he was in the village, staying with his mother, when Hedy slipped on a walk at Hunters Inn and broke her leg. Josef stayed on for many weeks to help her, and was a familiar face around the village and visitor to the Shop.
previous visits, he also joined in the walks on
This Christmas he had arranged to come and stay with his mother, but 'phoned a few days before to say he was ill with 'flu and so unable to travel. On the 23rd December, Hedy was unable to contact him on the 'phone and became concerned. Josef was found later that day, having passed away in his home.
His funeral took place on the 26th January and Josef's ashes will be brought to Berrynarbor where they will be buried with his father's ashes, in the village church cemetery.
Our thoughts and love are with Hedy and her family at this very sad time.
February is finance time, when postal readers need to renew their subscription and for those of you to whom this applies, a letter is enclosed. Thank you to everyone who has already renewed and sent donations.
Although the costs for printing and stationery, like everything, continue to rise, and postal charges will again be going up in April, to receive your Newsletter by post will continue, for this year, to cost you just £5.00 [February to December, inclusive]. This does not, however, include the actual cost of the newsletter itself, which although nominally a 'freebie', does in fact cost approximately £1 per copy per issue. Therefore, donations towards that cost would be very welcome and appreciated.
If you would like to join the mailing list and receive your copy this way, please give me a ring on  883544.
Again, the charges for advertisers will remain the same and I thank advertisers for supporting the Newsletter in this way. Current charges are: Quarter Page £5.00 or £25.00 for six issues. Half Page £10.00 or £50 for six issues etc.
I take this opportunity to thank the Parish and Parochial Church Councils and other organisations for their continued support and everyone who kindly donates via the Shop, Sue's, The Globe and the Sawmill and by post. The Newsletter can only survive with your support. I also thank Sue's of Combe Martin and Dave, who deliver copies with the newspapers.
LITTLE BRIDGE HOUSE
Children's Hospice South West
All Year Round Visit Days [by appointment only]
Each month we open our hospice doors to our supporters to give them an insight into children's hospice life. We do not have any planned family stays at Little Bridge House during these days and use it as an opportunity to carry out annual maintenance and provide our donors and volunteers with a day of thanks for all their ongoing support.
Future dates are: Mondays 14th February, 14th March, 11th April and 9th May. To make arrangements to visit, telephone  325270.
We are looking for runners who have their own place in the Bath Half Marathon on 6th March, or the London Marathon on 17th April, who might like to use it to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West, when we would support you with a fundraising pack, other help, and a running vest or T-shirt. If you would like to run for us, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Having attended one of the visiting days and seen for myself the wonderful care and support the children and their families are given, which is beyond belief, I can only recommend that if you can, do visit, you will be humbled and amazed. Ed.
Christmas and New Year seem weeks ago now, as does the Manor Hall Christmas Card Distribution and Coffee Morning. However, it's never too late for saying a big 'Thank you all' for supporting the event, and for coming along on that snow-covered Saturday to enjoy the morning festivities and join in the carol singing led by Stuart and the village choir. A very relaxed and informal couple of hours and a sum in excess of £300 raised to support Hall funds. A major slice came from the donations for Christmas messages published in the December Newsletter. Thank you all and thank you Judie and the Newsletter!
As we move into 2011, your Committee has been busy behind the scenes. Firstly, a number of updates and improvement to some of the electrical circuitries have been completed, and secondly, our heating engineer has been grappling with the dreaded gas heater No. 4, seeking to sort out what has been a long standing problem. Hopefully this should be sorted by the time you're reading this.
The third area of activity concerns the kitchen where we're near concluding the plans for a major refurbishment. Part of the planning will be to carry out the work with minimum disruption to our valued regular bookings, but some impact may be unavoidable. If you are the organiser or leader of a regular activity in the Hall which would rely on kitchen access, then you will be contacted ahead of any work. Everyone's patience and understanding would really be appreciated.
A concluding note has to be a vote of thanks to Tom Bartlett for his help and support on the Committee for several years now. Tom has resigned his duties . . . to free up more time for even more holidays?! Enjoy!
the Committee presently stands at eight members, at least two of whom have
served on the Committee for close on ten years, and could be seeking to stand
down this spring. So, again, comes the
question of new members. Of possible
interest? Want to know more? If so, please do give me a call on 
889298. Kind regards.
Colin Trinder - Chairman 6
Colin Trinder - Chairman
WEATHER OR NOT
was an interesting month which started with rain and strong winds. On the 11th there were gale warnings for
every sea area bar two: for Lundy the
forecast was up storm 10 and for the
December broke a few records, it was a very cold month, the coldest in the south west since records began. It did warm up in the last few days but up to the 28th, the temperature never reached double figures. The average maximum for the month was 5.1 Deg C, with an average minimum of 0.59 Deg C. We recorded our lowest ever temperature on the 7th when it fell to -6 Deg C at 0737. We also recorded a wind chill of -14 Deg C, which was not a record but still pretty cold! The coldest day was Christmas Day when the thermometer only reached a high of 0.2 Deg C and then fell away to -5.6 Deg C overnight. Several inches of snow fell but with a total of only 32mm [1 1/4"] of precipitation, it was the driest December that we have ever recorded by a long way, the nearest was 88mm [31/2"] in 1996 and again in 2008. The 10.89 hours of sunshine were slightly up on average.
2010 also broke records for being the driest we have recorded and nationally the driest since 1953. We had only 1019mm [40 1/8"], slightly over half of our wettest year which was 1994 with 3032mm [80"].
Simon and Sue
Usually, our monthly format means that a member selects six wines and, therefore, spends the entire evening describing their selection, waiting for opinions, answering questions and seated on their own before their audience. A new idea, 'Committee's Choice' proved to be an excellent decision for our Christmas gathering on December 8th, as wines were presented by six members. These discrete deliveries enabled everybody to make their presentations, participate in the generous three or four course buffet and the camaraderie that always prevails. Star of the alcoholic show was for many the dessert wine: a liquid Christmas pudding if ever there was one!
My Wine Bluff' was another success, as usual.
Typically, the panel trio teased us with
meeting, on the 16th, will be another interesting and varied sextet: a small
sample from the numerous, excellent wines produced by our nearest European
neighbour - France. Nicola Keeble lives
and works in the
date change means now that the March meeting will also be devoted to
Summers will 'travel' west to present 'South America Revisited' in April; Jan
Tonkin completes our 2010/2011 season in May and will 'head east' to supply
New members are always welcome; it is a great way to meet more locals and make friends, particularly if you are newcomers. Our party consists of a few 'Wine Buffs'; most of us just enjoy, thoroughly, the ability to imbibe, learn a little, laugh a lot and, perhaps, walk home!
Judith Adam - Promotional Co-ordinator
"Ask yourself if you are happy and you cease to be so!" - John Stuart Mill. 1806-1873 [Philosopher and campaigner for votes for women].
The Government is to produce "An Index of National Happiness" at a cost of 2 million pounds.
my way to a six-week stay on the
The interview was a fiasco - Fred translated and I soon dropped out. Fred gave me an account afterwards.
Helmar Hanssen, by then an old man, had been one of the five in Amundsen's dash for the South Pole, when he pipped Scott. He had always, each day, been the lead team in the line of Amundsen's five sledges. They kept well apart, mostly because each husky team fought any other like hell, given the chance. Also, well spaced helped the five keep to a straight course. A few miles short of the pole, H.H. had an 'accident', fell to last in the line, and so not H.H. but Amundsen was first at the pole.
He also lectured me on the difference between the English and the Norwegians in polar work: the English erratic, disorganised amateurs - the Norwegians serious effective professionals. But . . .
Amundsen's dog team reach the South Pole, December 1911
Scott and his men find the Norwegian flag flying at the Pole, January 1912
I sent the postcard to my father after the meeting - the signature is that of H.H., the note 'South Pole 14th Dec. 1911' is mine.
MUMMERS AT THE GLOBE
On the 5th January, the North Devon Mummers put on a lively Christmas play at The Globe.
The play dates from the 18th century, and the players had costumes and masks depicting St. George and the Dragon, Father Christmas and other characters originating in Medieval times. It was great fun, with many cheers and boos from the audience on the antics of the actors.
The entertainment continued with impromptu music and the singing of folk tunes from the cast and audience - including our own 'bard' Tony Summers.
The money raised at The Globe, and five other local pubs, was donated to the North Devon Volunteering Services in Ilfracombe to help run our Direct Services project. The office, next to Mike Turton's butcher's shop, always welcomes new volunteers. It runs a transport scheme and wheelchair hire service, as well as other forms of practical help to those in need. To learn more about what is on offer or if you would like to know more about volunteering, just call in.
June Coleman is delighted to announce the safe arrival of her fourth grandchild, a first granddaughter.
Jessica was born in
Our congratulations to you all and a warm welcome to the little one.
RURAL REFLECTIONS - 48
In my last article I described the first part of a car journey, undertaken late at night, one week before Christmas in 2003. Earlier on in the day, low grey clouds had deflected the setting sun's intense orange rays, reddening the landscape. Red for danger, perhaps? Quite possibly - nature's rural creatures did seem to have an aura of urgency about them, as though sensing an impending change in the weather.
birds and livestock took note of the skies and sought refuge from the
heightening gusts of wind I, however, decided to ignore the signs and drive as
planned to a Christmas meal in
met signs at a deserted Chivenor roundabout preventing me from progressing
further along the A361, then meeting a string of cars reversing on the lane to
Ashford [Plan B], I had attempted the back road to Ilfracombe [Plan C], only to
discover the road flooded and impassable at Muddiford. My next plan was also my final one - left
until last as it was both the longest route home and, more significantly, along
a road I had never driven before, although we had been in
Within minutes I was questioning if I had made the right decision. The rain, so it seemed, merely strengthened with every broken white line of the road. At Burridge I made out a few smudged house lights; but before I could decide whether to stop, the properties were past me, disappearing into the murkiness of the night. Ahead of me was nothingness; just blackness all around and only the deluge of raindrops, highlighted by my car's headlights, to visually keep me company. Our uncomfortable partnership would occasionally be supplemented by a flock of dazzled eyes in an adjacent field. Their reflective stares seemed to send back a message that only madmen would choose to be out on such a monstrous night. They were probably right! But still I carried on, slowly and cautiously, peeking through my windscreen in an attempt to make out anything ahead.
Just for a moment the rain fractionally eased, enough for me to read a sign, saying 'Shirwell'. On reflection, I should have stopped and called for assistance at one of the village houses, but it was now just past ; and in any case, the few watery house lights that I could make out were upstairs. So, like Burridge before it, I left Shirwell behind and continued my journey.
Just out of Shirwell, the pounding rain returned. By now I felt my only option was to carry on - I had gone too far on this cross-country route to begin the return journey. Panic started to set in whilst the noise of the rain, pelting upon the car's roof, faded in my ears and was superseded by my own pounding heart beat. All my fears of the dark began to overtake me. How I wished I could instantly return to my urban roots where, after nightfall, I felt secure knowing people were all around me!
These thoughts were, however, soon put aside when the relatively straight and hedge-lined route I had so far taken, suddenly became a steeply descending road with hairpin bends. I could just make out a vertical bank of earth rising beside the road, up from which tree trunks vanished into the night sky. I tried to comfort myself, knowing that having completed the descent and then crossed the River Yeo, I should begin climbing Windford Hill and eventually reach Blackmore Gate - familiar territory, nearer to home.
But, just like at Braunton and Muddiford, my journey came to an abrupt halt. The River Yeo had broken its banks and made the road utterly impassable. Would I ever get home? One thing was certain. I had to move away from the rising pool of water in front of me. This time though, my U-turn would be at a hairpin bend on a steep gradient. If a vehicle failed to stop as it came around the corner . . .
[to be continued]
This year, Berrynarbor has been asked to
represent the South West in the National Britain in Bloom Competition, and we
have again entered the
Firstly though we are having a fund raising evening in the Manor Hall on Friday, 25th February at This will be a Fun Quiz and Supper Evening which we are running in conjunction with the Horticultural Show Committee to raise funds for both groups. Phil Bridle will be our Quizmaster and the tickets at £6.00 a head, available from the Shop, will include a cottage pie supper with vegetarians being catered for. Please come along and bring your family and friends and make up teams of up to 6 people. Look out for the posters and we hope to see you there.
This will be followed by a meeting in The Globe at on Tuesday 1st March to discuss the coming year and everyone is welcome to come along and join in.
Forget the February cold weather and the chilly economic climate and try this winter warming pudding. Look out for supermarket Stollen going cheap at this time of the year or one that you have not used since Christmas.
Stollen and Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding
[if you don't have quite enough Stollen make it up with bread or tea cakes]
150g/5oz dark chocolate
3 large free-range eggs
110g/4oz caster sugar
600ml/1 pint whipping cream [or 1/2 and 1/2 milk and cream]
Lightly grease an oven proof dish around 18 x 23cm - the exact measurement does not matter. Slice the Stollen and spread with the butter.
Whisk the 3 eggs, sugar and cream, [or milk and cream] together in a separate bowl. Pour a little of the egg/cream mix into the base of the buttered dish and then arrange half the Stollen slices in the dish and scatter with half the chocolate chunks.
Pour over half the egg/cream mixture and then cover with the other half of the Stollen slices and finish with the other half of the chocolate chunks. Pour over the rest of the egg/cream mix.
Cover with cling film and stand for half an hour.
Bake in the oven 180 Deg /gas mark 4 for 30-35 minutes until golden and crisp. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and then serve with lashings of cream, custard or ice cream.
This pudding is very rich so I hope you will feel like a millionaire whilst eating it.
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Happy New Year to you all. January already! We are nearly half way through our school year - where has the time gone?
lead up to Christmas is always busy and last term was no exception. The highlights were the whole school visit
to the Panto in Barnstaple, visits to the Exmoor Zoo - very chilly but lots of
fun - and, of course, the Senior Dudes Meal.
Our Christmas service was wonderful and we were joined by lots of families
and friends. The
The children had an extended holiday because of our inset days and so returned to school on the 10th January well rested. The term ahead looks a little quieter, at the moment, but we still have lots to look forward to including Aquasplash for Years 3 and 4, a visit from the Explorer Dome and Arts Week.
whole school are working on a History topic this term. The children will be finding out about
Friday, 11th February, we shall be saying goodbye to our School Administrator,
Barbara Jordan. Mrs.
assembly to share those precious memories and to say thank you and farewell.
Half Term: Monday 21st to Friday 25th February, inclusive
End of Term: Friday, 8th April
Start of Summer Term: Tuesday, 26th April
Su Carey - Head Teacher
Pictures by Johnnie Goring - Year 6
THE MEN'S INSTITUTE
The Men's Institute members and guests had a very enjoyable evening at The Globe in November, celebrating their annual Presentation Evening.
|Team Event||Tony Summers, Colin Applegate, Bob Hobson and John Huxtable|
|Winter League||Gerry Marangone||Karl Ozelton|
|Scratch Singles||Tony Summers||Brian Draper|
|HandicapSingles||Gerry Marangone||Tony Summers|
|Doubles||Phil Bridle and Maurice Draper||Ivan Clarke and Kevin Brooks|
|Summer League||Brian Draper||Kevin Brooks|
|Highest Break||Kevin Brooks - 25|
Many of you will remember Wendy Hilling and her canine partner Edward [Teddy] who visited us a year ago and astounded us with their incredible partnership.
tells us she is now a Trustee of Living Options in
Wendy and her husband Peter now totally rely on Teddy for her care at night, when she can stop breathing, and he has never let them down.
They were all very taken with Berrynarbor and have visited since and hope to come again soon. We look forward to seeing them.
Having enjoyed dancing to his music in those days - sometime ago now! - of dinner dances, and following Tony's article in the December issue, it was lovely to hear from Ted Manley himself.
He says that unfortunately Peter Sellers did not play in his band, it was the season prior to the time he played on the Pier. His drummer was Max Farman.
Ted also says that his mother's maiden name was Olive German and that she was born at Goosewell. Her brother Tom, was the Berrynarbor Blacksmith and her father, Ted's grandfather, was the village postman. His mother, Olive Manley, and her sister, Lillian Bradbear, are buried in St. Peter's Churchyard.
Pilates was developed in the early 20th
century by Joseph Pilates in
Joseph Pilates had practised many of the
physical training regimes available in
Pilates is a flowing movement - outward from a strong, centred core. Stamina and strength is built up in a very gentle way.
However, we have all moved on since the 1930's and 1940's - yet the original basic principles of Pilates still apply. These are concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing. There are many forms of Pilates today and Joseph Pilates's methods have been modernised. My form of Pilates has evolved through many years of fitness teaching. Originally I started as an aerobics instructress. However, as I have matured, so has my exercise teaching. I have studied medicine, physiology and anatomy; plus many forms of exercise, including The Alexander Technique. I have been a qualified Pilates instructress for over 10 years and 5 years ago I qualified to teach Pilates instructors.
Our group in Berrynarbor is a happy, fun group and the Manor Hall is an excellent venue for a class where there is plenty of room and a good atmosphere. In my classes everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace. We do not jump or leap about, and we do not work through pain or discomfort. So age or ability is no restriction. You will find class members working at all different levels. However, exercises can be built up to a very challenging level if required.
We work through posture correction; learning how to use our bodies correctly and safely. Re-educating our bodies how to work after many years of misuse; therefore helping greatly neck, shoulder, spine, hip, pelvic, knee and ankle problems. Strengthening weaker areas through centring, alignment and developing strong, central core muscles. You will learn how to breathe correctly and effectively - alleviating stress and tension. Also, improving circulation, balance and your whole outlook on life. Pilates can be effectively used as part of a weight loss/control programme. We are not training to run a marathon! However, Pilates exercises are valued by many top sportsmen and women, ballet dancers, etc., where the many benefits of Pilates, including increased bone density and greater joint mobility apply. This creates fewer injuries and improves performance, plus a greater ability to deal with stress and a boosted immune system.
Our class, open to both womenfolk and menfolk, starts with a gentle warm-up, followed by toning and strengthening exercises, finishing with a cool-down and relaxation.
All you need is to wear loose fitting
clothing and bring a drink. For more
details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01271
343944. Otherwise just turn up ready to exercise at on Wednesday mornings at the Manor
Hall. Other classes are run throughout
We look forward to seeing you. Valerie May
NEWS FROM OUR
Well, our Community Shop is now in its seventh year! Thanks to Anita and Debbie, it is well stocked, a pleasant place to shop, and as promised, credit cards are now accepted.
Following requests, please note that as from 1st February there will be a change to the lunchtime closing hour, which will be [not ] Volunteers will still finish at
By now you should have had a note from the shop through your letterbox saying that the revenue is slightly down - probably partly due to the economic climate - but if every shopper spent just 50p more each visit,rather than spending it elsewhere, or if there were a few more shoppers, the shop would be much more viable
The committee is always thinking of ways to help:
* Kath and Anita are organising a
* Arrangements have been made with the two Tims to give us another presentation. Full details follow this article.
* Part of the first floor will be available to let shortly for individual sessions e.g. chiropodist, hairdresser etc. Please let Anita know if you would like to make use of it and keep your eyes open for what is on offer.
* Debbie is aiming to produce a 2012 Berrynarbor calendar in time for Easter, and needs J-peg photographs to select from [either e-mailed to her at email@example.com or on a memory stick] not later than the 26th February. So take a look at your local pictures [any season] and please submit them. You could well be 'flavour of the month'!
* FISH FRIDAY We can now supply you with fresh fish from the Fish Shop on the Quay at Ilfracombe. Order before on Thursdays, and collect any time after on the Friday.
We are currently looking very closely at the range of products we stock and are always looking for variations/changes to better cater for your needs. We shall be trying out more local suppliers and would welcome your feedback. There will shortly be a sale of the slow moving items that we no longer want to stock.
If you have any extra ideas, please let Anita or Deb know.
Incidentally, due to several requests, there is now an extended range of vegetarian products in our shop. Do take a look.
Before the next issue of our popular newsletter, Valentine's Day will have passed - and Mothering Sunday will be upon us. There will be suitable recipes in the shop and lots of chocolates to buy for the special ones in your life!
Happy Shopping! PP of DC
A YEAR IN THE GARDEN AT HARPERS
Wednesday, 23rd March, in the Manor
Hall, Tim and Tim will take you around the Garden at Harpers Mill through the
year, looking at the variety of wildlife that the far-flung reaches of the
They will take a light-hearted look at the challenges and opportunities of making a garden in a steep-sided valley on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the country! Does that sound familiar to anyone?
The Manor Hall doors will open at 7.00 for a start. Before the illustrated talk, you can have a go at a gardening and wildlife quiz and win a horticultural prize, and there will also be a raffle. A glass of wine or soft drink and nibbles are included in the ticket price of £5.00, which can be purchased from the
Community Shop or on the door on the evening. Proceeds from the evening will go to our Community Shop.
THE CRYSTAL SET
the '40's and living in
of these was for a
Not being able to resist for long, I decided to send for one.
I was on my way to the Post Office to get the necessary postal order to cover the cost when who should be passing our gate but Captain Adams from On-a-Hill garage. Now, as he had done some radio repairs for the family in the past, I asked him if he had any advice on the subject.
he said "All I can say is get the best possible aerial.
I thanked him and continued on my way to the Post Office. I knew it would be a few days before the crystal set arrived so I took the bus to Ilfracombe the next day. I lost no time in calling in at FRIENDS and they were very helpful.
"Oh, go on, you can have it for nothing", the lady in the shop said as she handed me the remains of a roll of bell wire.
As I sat on the bus travelling back to Berrynarbor, I was trying to think where I should string the aerial. It was just as I was about to open our front gate that a good [as I thought] idea formed in my mind.
Illustration by: Paul Swailes
I could get out of my bedroom window on to the lean-to roof. From there I could climb onto the mezzanine roof to the bathroom and from there walk up on to the main roof. I could then walk along the ridge and string the aerial wire around the chimney at each end.
The next day was dry so I carried out the rigging of the bell wire quite regardless of the danger of falling, and how stupid was that.
a few days there was a nice little package in the post from
I soon found out what the next dangerous thing was! That was going to sleep with the headphones on only to wake up and find the wire twisted around my neck. Do I need to say, "Don't do these things at home!"
Tony Beauclerk - Stowmarket
REPORT FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
At the December and January meetings, reports were received from the Police, County and District Councillors.
Parish Council continues to be in dialogue with the company who installed the
play equipment regarding the poor workmanship.
Arrangements have been made for the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents to inspect the equipment when they carry out annual inspections in
Other long standing items on the Agenda continue to receive attention with a view to satisfactory resolving matters in the near future. Responses have been made to Planning Applications.
The Council is in the process of revising the Standing Orders, a model copy of which has been obtained from the National Association of Local Councils.
There is to be a Public Meeting at in the Penn Curzon Room of the Manor Hall on Tuesday, 8th March, at which Devon County Council Public Rights of Way Officer, Alison Smith, will talk about the Definitive Map Review. It is expected that the meeting will last about half an hour
with the scheduled Parish Council Meeting commencing at Alison will be available after the Public Meeting to discuss issues with members of the public.
Arrangements are in hand to change the energy supplier for the power at the public toilets, for which the Parish Council is responsible. It had been noted that the Standing Charge and amount per kilowatt was high and a more competitive price has been given and accepted with another company.
Sue Squire - Clerk [01598 710526]
BERRYNARBOR HORTICULTURAL COMMITTEE NEWS
Newly formed Committee are: Linda Camplin [chair], Tracy and Darren Burgess, Kate Rees, Keith Thomas, Mick and Sandy Gadd
We should like to take this opportunity to thank the previous committee for their hard work over the past few years in keeping the Show a success.
for your diary: 16th April - Coffee
Morning in the Manor Hall in association with
Please keep checking the Newsletters for further information. Feel free to give Linda a call on 883322 if you have any queries.
On the wall of the dining room in a renowned Ilfracombe residential home is a notice posted for the guidance of residents. The notice is headed 'SEAGULLS'. The text reads:
Please do not feed the seagulls as
they are becoming a nuisance. Thank you.
Now, the population of seagulls in Ilfracombe consists of a bunch of highly sophisticated and educated birds, and those gulls have decided to retaliate!
Observers have seen flocks of birds gathering and then dive-bombing the home, leaving their marks on the windows. The local window cleaner is certainly kept busy!
Did Homer nod, or did I hear someone say 'tut-tut'? But after all, the birds have got to eat, haven't they?
Berrynarbor Community Shop is about to open its doors to a new venture - complementary therapies will soon be available. To start with, Liz Lillicrap will be offering Reflexology sessions and Valerie May Spiritual Healing.
Reflexology is an ancient healing art practised by the Egyptians, Chinese and other civilisations, and it did not come to the Western World until the 19th Century. It is usually carried out on the feet, as these, surprisingly, are more sensitive than hands, face or ears. It works on reflex areas of the foot, and on acupressure meridians, to bring about a 'balance' or homeostasis , helping to combat and prevent a wide range of conditions. If you would like more information, please contact Liz on  882179 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not tried Reflexology before and would like to, for a limited period half an hour taster sessions will be available at £10.00.
Healing is a very effective holistic form of healing. It is a gentle and unobtrusive therapy that clears the whole of the energy field in and around your body and re-balances and re-aligns the entire energy system to promote a speedy recovery and good general health. Natural healing opens up and increases the natural ability of the body to heal itself. Healing is effective for all ailments from emotional and stress related problems to joints and back, etc., ailments, MS, ME to cancer, or even just as a pick-me-up. For all ages, including babies. No religious or spiritual belief required. If you would like more details or would like to book a session, please ring Valerie on  343944 or e-mail: Valerie@may01.demon.co.uk.
"It's only just out of reach,
round the block, on the beach,
under a tree . . . "
We were standing on Grey Sand Hill at the edge of Northam Burrows watching groups of Brent Geese flying along the estuary to assemble on the Skern.
It was New Year's Day and a brutal wind was blowing; penetrating the wool of our gloves and making our fingers numb but these handsome geese are always a joy to observe whether on the water or on land. But in flight they make a fine spectacle.
The seaweed on the shoreline was moving. Closer inspection revealed several Turnstones flipping over the strands of seaweed searching for invertebrates. These small industrious waders, with tortoiseshell patterned plumage, are capable of tipping over quite large pebbles.
We followed around the edge of the Skern where there were a lot of Shelduck, a few Curlews and Widgeon. As we crossed the little bridge over the Pill, a flock of gold finches took off from the corner of a small paddock and below them something moved by the hedge. It was a Snipe, just a fleeting glimpse before it disappeared.
Illustrated by: Paul Swailes
From the lane we heard a hoarse rasping cry so crept back to look in the field again. There were Redwings and Lapwings and then between the horses, two stripy heads and long necks appeared above the tussocks of grass.
As they emerged, the cream stripes on their backs could be seen clearly. We watched them jabbing their long bills into the ground for worms. Snipe are shy birds, often staying hidden but they tend to be more conspicuous in cold weather. The collective noun is a 'wisp' of Snipe.
A man had arrived with a telescope so we pointed out the Snipe to him. He told us he had only recently started watching birds having been active in a group which studied moths. A fellow member of the group had encouraged him to extend his interest in natural history to include birds.
When out walking and there's a sudden movement on a beach, up a tree, in a field, under a hedge - it's always worth a second look. It could be something special. Who knows?!
A GOOD READ FROM THE VILLAGE
winter I've felt I was in
had previously read 'The Lost Heart of Asia' by Colin Thubron, an account of
his travels through 'the Stans' [
Thubron's journey of 15,000 miles took him through bleak and desolate
terrain; mountain ranges, vast forest
and ice fields. He endured the harsh
climate but most interesting were the people he met along the way, each with a
story to tell, strange poignant, tragic - against the upheavals of the 20th
century; revolution, war, the Stalinist
era and the break up of the
When Thubron travels he travels alone believing that taking a companion insulates and protects you, preventing close encounters with the inhabitants. As a lone traveller he is befriended and given hospitality by a great variety of people who share their hopes and disappointments, opinions and beliefs.
I see the 'bad book' Robin Ince donated to the village shop, when he presented his 'Bad Book Club' show in the Manor Hall in November, is still there unsold!
But there are plenty of good books too, so have a browse.
Genius of Electricity
book, written by Henry Ford, the motor magnate, contains a paragraph in which
the author recalls visiting a business acquaintance in
Their host asked them to sign his guest book. As well as names, the book had columns for 'Home Address', 'Occupation' and one headed 'Interested In'.
The great car maker watched as Mr. Edison duly signed. In the final column he wrote without an instant's hesitation, 'Everything'.
What a wonderful way to really live a life!
We all make them. And there's no denying, it can be a painful process. If, like many of us, you have made one recently, here are a few encouraging words to keep in mind.
Samuel Smiles wrote: He who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
And George Bernard Shaw had this to say: A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
Sir Walter Scott
In his final days, Sir Walter Scott cast his mind over the many volumes he had written and was comforted by the thought that, in his work, he had 'tried to unsettle no man's faith, corrupt no man's principles and written nothing I could wish blotted out.'
Those of us who write can all aspire to follow his code.
The old story about Pandora tells how she was sent to earth with a box which she had been instructed to guard but never open. Curiosity got the better of her. She lifted the lid and out escaped all the evils and sorrows of mankind.
What is often forgotten is that something remained safe inside the box. It was Hope, and it has been here to see us through all our troubles ever since. That is the real lesson of the myth of Pandora's Box.
John William Waterhouse
English Pre-Raphaelite painter most famous for his depictions of female characters from Greek and Arthurian mythology
AGATHE JOHANNA ERWINA GOBERTINA VON TRAPP
[The real oldest daughter of Baron Georg von Trapp]
I had in mind to write about yet another male 'Mover and Shaker' when it was whispered to me, "What about the Wimmin?" What justified criticism! I had notes in my file of three noteworthy females - and then I read the obituary of Agathe von Trapp - just after the annual Christmas showing of 'The Sound of Music' [first seen in 1965].
So she's the one for this newsletter.
known as Liesl [played by Charmian Carr] in the film, she was born on
The Sound of Music was based loosely on the first part of a book written by Agathe's step-mother, Maria, published in 1949, and entitled The Story of the Family von Trapp Singers.
Maria Augusta Kutschera joined the family in 1926 from nearby Nonnberg Abbey as tutor to one of Baron von Trapp's sick children, who had been too ill to go to school. Her contract was for ten months. She and the children got on so well, that she was asked to stay as governess to them all. Georg then fell in love with her, asked her to marry him and be a mother to his children. She hesitated because she liked him but didn't love him and was also reluctant to give up her religious calling. However, she loved the children and the nuns advised her to do God's will and marry him. Later, in her autobiography, she confessed that having married him for the children, she 'learned to love him more than [I have] ever loved before or after'. They married in1927 and had three children.
Maria was not the pretty and kind mother portrayed by Julie Andrews. She had a very forceful personality, although caring and loving, she could fly into rages, throw things and slam doors - very unsettling for her family, particularly her husband. Fortunately, as her eldest step-daughter said: "She had a terrible temper . . . we were not used to this. But we took it like a thunderstorm that would pass, because the next minute she could be very nice."
case you think that her husband was like Christopher Plummer, when the film was
first seen by Agathe, she burst into tears because of the way he had been
portrayed as a strict and distant disciplinarian, although she admitted that if
the film had been about another family, she would have enjoyed it. In an attempt to put things right, she
dedicated a book to her father, called 'Memories before and after the Sound of
Music', which was published in 2004. He
was shown as a gentle, warm-hearted parent who enjoyed musical activities with
his children. Born in1880 in Zadar [now
the mid '30's, they lost most of their money following the world depression
when their bank failed. To cope, Maria
dismissed most of their servants and took in lodgers. The family had always sung as a hobby and
now considered singing as a profession.
The Baron was dubious, feeling it was below their dignity. However, they did sing and they did
win the Salzburg Music Festival in 1936, achieving fame singing Renaissance and
Baroque music, madrigals and folk songs around
and Maria's last child, Johannes, was born the next year. After their 6-month visa expired, they did a
the early 1940's they bought a farm in
Enough of the family. What of Agathe? The singing troupe continued until1956 by which time Agathe was 43. Later she declared that until then she had never been independent, had never made a 'phone call nor written a cheque. So how did she cope?
to her brother Johannes, "She was a very private person and also a
talented sketch artist." She
established a kindergarten near the family home, but in 1958 moved to
died at the end of last month at the age of 97 and will be buried in the spring
at the Trapp Family Lodge in
they left the
Now, if you look up Villa Trapp on Google, you can 'sleep in the family's rooms' [even the Baron's suite] in this villa 'maintained in the style of the period' [1923- 38].
family, incidentally, didn't gain much from the huge profits of the film. Maria sold the film rights to German producers
who made two films, one in 1956, 'Die Trapp Familie' and two years later, 'Die
Trapp-Familie in Amerika'. The German
producers sold the rights to
PP of DC
is fun, we should do it more often!" said a knitter at the first North
We meet each Monday afternoon in the Manor Hall, from onwards, bringing with us our knitting, beading, embroidery and other crafts, and enjoying tea and coffee and choccy biccies [even cakes on occasions] all for just £2.00 a session.
September we enjoyed a day out visiting The Cheristow Lavender Farm in the
morning, and Hartland Abbey in the afternoon.
Once again we all enjoyed a Christmas Meal at
New 'crafters' are always welcome - there is always room for more. Why not come along and see what we are up to.
We shall again be supporting the North Devon Hospice Knit In and this year plan to knit at the Manor Hall on Monday, 14th February from onwards. Everyone is welcome to join us to knit strips on size 8  needles, with double knitting wool and 20 stitches. It is hoped there will be many colourful strips to be given to the Hospice for turning into blankets for deserving charities including Age Concern, the Dog'sTtrust, the David Rundle Rwanda Trust and Amigos. Rather than collecting sponsorship, knitters are asked to make a £5.00 donation to the Hospice.
OLD BERRYNARBOR NO. 129
This photographic postcard was taken and
published by A.H. Hawke of Helston around 1928. Albert Herbert Hawke was a well-known and
highly acclaimed photographer and postcard publisher. He carried out his business from a studio and
Manor Cottage, 53 The Village, was included in Lot 45 of the Watermouth Estates Sale of 17th August 1920, with completion set as 25th March 1921:
'also a conveniently
arranged Five-roomed Tiled Cottage, with potato house and wash house, No. 53,
situate adjoining the grounds of Court Cottage [The Old Court] as now in the
occupation of Mr. T. Latham as a quarterly Tenant. The apportioned Tithe on this lot is
4s. The Timber to be taken in the sum
of £5.0s.6d. There is a water-tap, W.C.
In the same
'Lot 45 A charmingly situated Slated Detached Private Residence known as Court Cottage, situate in the Village of Berrynarbor, in the occupation of Mrs. Harris, whose Tenancy expires at Michaelmas next, comprising:
A Porch Entrance,
Entrance Hall, Morning Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Back Lobby, Kitchen,
Larder, Pantry, W.C., Five Bedrooms, Two Dressing Rooms, Two Boxrooms, Upstairs
W.C. &c. Lawn, Flower and
[A rood is a measure of land, 40 sq. poles or a quarter of an acre. This term varies locally, especially as a loose term for a small piece of land.]
Lot 45, Court Cottage [The Old Court - not shown on the postcard] and Manor Cottage sold for £850.
'A very desirable Grist Mill and Dairy Farm, comprising Slated Dwelling-House containing: Sitting Room, Kitchen, Back Kitchen, Dairy and Four Bedrooms, with Garden, Mill and Water Wheel, Tiled Six-stall Shippen, Dutch Barn, Tiled Piggery, Tiled Shippen, Slated Two-stall Stable, Tiled Calf House and about 16a.2r.29p. of Rich Watered Meadow, Pasture and Woodlands, as now in the occupation of Mr. C.H. Burgess, as a Yearly Michaelmas Tenant.'
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage
Manor Cottage, with Court Cottage
Illustrated by: Nigel Mason 1996