Edition 2 - October 1989
Artwork by: David Duncan
And at last have found our Shangri-La .
Such peace and quiet is hard to find,
The Lord above has been so kind.
Our garden's flat and oh! so green,
Bordered by a little stream.
The hills rise up, from the green lush ground,
Birds and bees are the only sound.
The little village is a real delight -
Miss Muffet's Tea Rooms on the right.
Down the lane, the Olde Globe Inn,
Tasty food, or a glass of gin.
The old church tower with the clock set high,
Chimes the hour as you pass it by.
The only thing it seems to say, is
"Do not worry, there's another day."
All along the leafy lanes, wild flowers nod and smile,
Then they wave us on again to walk another mile.
We wish the years would roll away, and make us young once more,
We should love to spend a life time here, before the closing door.
It is too late to spread our roots like the old oak tree,
But we know within our hearts, the best is yet to be.
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
The Harvest Service will be held on Wednesday, 11th October, at 7.00 p.m. This will be followed by the Harvest Supper, at approximately 8.00 p.m., when the Best Kept Village awards will be presented. Tickets for the Supper will be available from both the Manor Stores and the Post Office.
On Sunday, 12th November, the Annual Remembrance Day Service will commence at 10.30 a.m. followed by the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.
Woolscott Cleave [Sterridge Valley]
For several months the Council has received complaints that a person, or persons, have been depositing builders' rubble in the above woods.
To try and overcome this problem, the Forestry Commission fenced off the area. Unfortunately, the offenders are very persistent; failing to remove the fencing although it- has been severely flattened - they are now tipping rubble through the other access.
The Council are asking for the co-operation of parishioners in trying to trace the owner of any vehicle seen depositing rubbish.
Clerk to the Parish Council
BARNSTAPLE FAIR PEARS
You will need for 6 servings:
- 1/2 pint water
- 1/4 pint Port
- 2 lbs hard cooking pears
- 12 oz granulated sugar
- 1 " stick cinnamon
- 1 small lemon
- 2 cloves
If you are fortunate enough to come by some really hard cooking pears, do as our grandmothers did and bake them long and very slowly in port flavoured syrup. The resulting mahogany coloured pears were a speciality of Barnstaple Fair.
Put the water, port, sugar, thinly pared lemon rind, lemon juice and spices into a pan and heat gently until dissolved. Meanwhile, peel, halve and core the pears and drop them into the hot syrup. Bring to the boil, transfer to a deep casserole, cover tightly and cook in a slow oven [290 Deg F, 150 Deg C, Gas mark 1] until tender. The time will vary from 14 to 6 hours, depending on the pears, but cooking time can be spread over several days if more convenient. Serve cold with clotted cream.
After the summer break, how nice to welcome members and visitors to the September meeting, also the speaker, Mr. Ian Tansley [Area Librarian], who thanked US for giving him the opportunity to visit our beautiful village. His talk was informative and members hope to visit Barnstaple Library at a future date.
Our next meeting will be on 3rd October when the speaker will be one of our own members, Mrs. Joan McCallam. Her subject will be "Flowers for Fun". Entries will also be judged to represent our Institute at the Group Meeting to be held at Lynton on the 25th October - more about that in the next issue.
Members would like to compliment all concerned with the first Newsletter, and to wish it continued success.
Mrs. Jean Cumings During the year, members enjoy outings to many places of interest, and how nice it is to sit back in the coach - all arrangements made. Spare a thought though, for the groundwork, contacting venues, coach companies, etc., making lists of would-be travellers, last minute cancellations and the many 'phone calls to fill places. Our Jean is a WONDER, and we can but hope that this personal 'Thank You' will compensate for the headaches and sleepless nights.
Bless you Jean and THANKS
It is said that travel broadens the mind,
But sitting can broaden the 'beam',
W. I. have found the ideal answer,
"Keep Fit" with Joy and Jean.
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH [CHAPEL]
The Sunday Services will be at 3 o'clock starting on Sunday, 1st October. On Monday, 2nd October, our Women's Guild starts at 2.30 p.m. and we should welcome anyone who would like to come along.
We are holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday, 14th October, at 2.30 p.m. and should be pleased to receive any jumble or items for the White Elephant Stall.
Ron Toms would like to thank everyone who sponsored him for his walk for Devon Historic Churches - he raised £275.25.
If you enjoy a game of whist, why not join us for a friendly game on Thursday evenings at 7.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall? The prizes are modest, but the company is friendly and good-humoured. Any profits go to the Manor Hall Funds.
If you were in the village on Wednesday, 20th February, 1924, you may have attended the Whist Drive and Dance organised by the Liberal Association, when a profit of £1.15.9 1/2d was realised.
Apart from the usual arrangements for such a function, coal had to be purchased for the fire, oil for the lamps and "a band and/or singers" were to be engaged. The piano had to be brought from the Parish Room, probably on a hand-cart, for which a hiring fee of 10/- had to be paid. Mrs. Brooks received 2/6d. for services that evening, which included lighting the fire and tending the lamps.
The Liberal Association, 1924
|Mr. Samuel Bowden|
|V-President :||Rev. Hayter|
|Chairman :||Mr. Fred Rice|
|Secretaries :||Mrs. Lizzie Bowden|
Miss Audrey Richards [Mrs. Bill Willis]
|Treasurer :||Mr. Reg Huxtable|
|Committee :||Miss Bessie Bowden
Miss Emmie Hancock [Mrs. J. Huxtable, Woolscott]
Miss Lilly Bowden
Miss Polly Huxtable
Miss Lillian Veale [Headmistress]
Miss Alice Huggins
Mr. R. Richards [my grandfather, Dick]
Mr. Fred Richards
Mr. Lyster Bowden
Mr. Claude Richards [Senior]
Mr. Len Bowden
|Monday||Keep Fit [afternoon]|
|Tuesday||2nd & 4th each month - North Devon Spinners, Penn Curzon Room, 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.|
|1st & 3rd each month Youth Club. 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. 7 - 11 year olds. 8.00 - 10.00 p.m. Seniors|
|2nd each month - Parish Council Meeting, 7.15 p.m.|
|Painting Class, 7.30 p.m. Penn Curzon Room|
|Wednesday||Ceramics Class - Old Court|
Brownies, Manor Hall, 6.30 - 8.00 p.m.
|Thursday||Whist Club, Manor Hall, 7.30 p.m. Details from Lorna Bowden |
|Friday||Spring and Summer - Sequence Dance Club|
'AT A GLANCE' DIARY
|1st||United Reformed Church [Chapel] commence Winter Services at 3.00 p.m.|
|2nd||U.R.C. Women's Guild, 2.30 p.m.|
Keep Fit 2.15 p.m.
Ilfracombe Community College classes commence this week
|4th||Ceramics Class starts. Enquiries to Jean Carter |
|10th||North Devon Spinners, 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.|
Parish Council Meeting, 7.15 p.m.
|11th||Mobile Library in Village from 12.05 p.m. |
Harvest Service, 7.00 p.m.
Harvest Supper, 8.00 p.m.
|12th||U3A Luncheon, Collingwood Hotel, Ilfracombe.|
|13th||to 15th Skips for Household Waste in Car Park|
|14th||U.R.C. Jumble sale, 2.30 p.m.|
|17th||Britain in Bloom 1990 Meeting, 10.30 a.m. Bassett Room.|
|18th||Wine Appreciation Group, 8.00 p.m. Manor Hall.|
|19th||Slide Show "In Search of a Canadian
Mrs K.Arscott, Manor Hall, 7.30 p.m.
Admission 50p Raffle, Refreshments
Proceeds for N.D. Scanner Appeal
|24th||North Devon Spinners, 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.|
|25th||Mobile Library in Village from 12.05 p.m.|
W.I. Group Meeting at Lynton
|1st||South Molton Recycling Collection|
|2nd||Wine Appreciation Group, 8.00 p.m. Manor Hall|
|7th||W.I. Annual Meeting.|
|8th||Mobile Library in Village from 12.05 p.m.|
|9th||U3A Luncheon, Pavilion Restaurant, Woolacombe.|
|12th||Annual Remembrance Day Service, 10.30 a.m.|
|14th||North Devon Spinners, Penn Curzon Room, 2.00-5.00
Parish Council Meeting, Penn Curzon Room, 7.15 p.m.
|22nd||Mobile Library in Village from 12.05 p.m.|
|20th||North Devon Spinners, Penn Curzon Room, 2.00-5.00 p.m.|
|6th||South Molton Recycling Collection|
Mobile Library in Village from 12.05 p.m.
DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD WASTE
Two small skips will arrive in the Main Car Park on FRIDAY, 13TH OCTOBER, and remain there until Sunday evening, for the disposal of large items of household waste. Please make good use of this facility.
RECYCLING OF WASTE
Following letters received from Linda Bulled and Barbara Simmons, as well as many enquiries and requests for the collecting of items to be recycled, arrangements have been made on a temporary trial basis with the South Molton Recycling Centre.
Suggestions for the siting of a bottle bank in the car park have been discouraged, since this land belongs to the District Council and going on the condition of such banks elsewhere, they are both unsightly and often surrounded by mess and broken glass.
The village is, therefore, looking for a dry, weatherproof place where recyclable items can be stored whilst awaiting collection - or, in fact, a collecting point. If anyone has a redundant garage, shed or barn [or an area that could be used as a collection point, once a month] that they would be willing to offer for this purpose, their generosity would be most appreciated. Please contact either Margaret King or Judie Weedon .
South Molton Recycling have agreed to visit the village on the first Wednesday in each month, provided that there is sufficient for them to make their journey worthwhile. Their first collection will be on WEDNESDAY, 1ST NOVEMBER during the morning after 11.00 a.m. For this occasion ONLY, the Management Committee have kindly agreed that items may be taken to the area on the left of the drive up to the Manor Hall, immediately at the side of the Penn Curzon Room, on either Tuesday, 31st October, or the Wednesday itself. Items MUST NOT be left there either before or after these days. Please keep the area as tidy as possible.
The following items may be used again :
- Milk Bottle tops and cooking foil, etc. Drink cans [coke, beer cans, etc.] and food and pet food tins. Please ensure they are thoroughly washed out
- Newpapers and magazines, but please NO telephone directories or mail order catalogues. Paper should be kept as dry as possible and may be collected in cardboard boxes, bundled with string or in black sacks.
- Bottles, glass jars, etc. [again thoroughly washed]
South Molton ask that glass be placed in cardboard boxes ONLY [not sacks], and tins in sacks.
It is very much hoped that everyone will take advantage of these arrangements to keep our village 'green' and that a storage site will be forthcoming. Details of the next collection on the 6th December will be given In the next Newsletter or displayed at the Manor Store and Post Office.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Judie Weedon.
DAVID BERNARD GOODMAN [1917-1987]
Born and brought up in Greenwich, 'Dave' enlisted on the 2nd August 1932 with the Royal Engineering Corps at the Duke of York's Military School at Dover, having left school at the age of 15. He had an impeccable service record, remaining with the Engineers until his retirement, 25 years later, in July 1957, with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Dave's first involvement with Berrynarbor came during the War when he came to Watermouth with the PLUTO project - Pipe Line Under the Ocean. The pipeline was laid across the Bristol Channel, from Wales to Watermouth Harbour, and finally up towards Mill Park, where the fuel lines ended and fuel oil originating in Wales was drawn off into road tankers for distribution. It was during this time that Dave met and married Vi Toms in St. Peter's Church. Based on the success of the Pluto project, a pipeline was laid across the English Channel to France, which assisted our troops after D Day, when Dave and his battalion were torpedoed and he and just a few comrades became the only survivors. His only son, Terry, was born in 1949 and attended our local school before going to Combe Martin. Following in his father's footsteps, Terry studied engineering and worked in Kuwait, but now lives locally with his wife and three children and has a very successful business in Barnstaple.
Upon leaving the Engineers, Dave spent some time at Liberty's in Regent Street, before returning to Berrynarbor in 1960. He then spent probably four of his happiest years teaching children to swim at the Ilfracombe Swimming Baths, which at that time were behind the Holiday Inn [llfracombe Hotel] both buildings having now been demolished. Leaving this job in 1964, he commenced employment with Mr. Norman in building and doing odd jobs around the village, but in the early '70's, he joined EDL Engineering, Where he remained until his retirement in 1984.
Dave Goodman served the Berrynarbor community unstintingly as a Parish Councillor from about 1970 until his sad death on the 3rd April, 1987. He must have been the Chairman of the Footpaths Committee for the majority of the time he spent on the Council, and his highlight was receiving an official invitation to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party during his year as Chairman of the Parish Council. Dave was a keen member of the local British Legion, and Remembrance Sunday was a very special day for him, when he would act as Standard Bearer - displaying his War medals - and more often than not, presented the Legion's wreath of poppies at the War Memorial just inside the church lych gate. An act he performed with great pride.
Dave often gave his time and energy to assist the youngsters of the village in sports, etc., and often acted as an informal "special constable".
He was always interested in gardening and originally tilled and grew flowers and vegetables on the plot of land beside the Manor Hall, and when it was converted into a children's playpark, he took over the large plot of land behind the Chapel, where he grew prize flowers and vegetables. His gardening gave him great pleasure.
Sadly, shortly after his retirement, illness struck Dave and for the next three years his health was very 'up and down' often with him having to fight for his breath.
Dave will always be remembered by the many visitors for his cheerfulness and willingness to help and speak to them, and he was sadly missed from the village centre.
Note : I again apologise for any inaccuracies in the above article, and would welcome any further information. I am now looking for information and any pictures/ photographs of "Uncle" Jack Draper, for a similar profile in the Christmas issue. Thanks .
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW NO. 1
This view, one of many taken between c1904 and 1934 by the accomplished Bristol photographer, Garratt, shows the village street 'with the edge of a thatched Bessemer Thatch on the left, and Dormer House in the foreground. Dormer House is where David and Vi Goodman lived and brought up their son Terry.
POSTSCRIPT Very many thanks to all contributors to this, our second Berrynarbor Newsletter. The response has been most encouraging and there are even an article or two in hand for the next issue.
The next issue, due out in early December, will be our Christmas Issue. So seasonal articles, poems, recipes, etc., please by WEDNESDAY, 15TH NOVEMBER, via the Manor Stores, Post Office or direct to Margaret King or Judie Weedon. We should also like news of the different activities in the village and don 't forget to make use of the "Sales and Wants" column.
Keep those contributions coming!