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CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations and best wishes to Great-grandparents Keith and Margaret, Grandparents Matthew and Karen and new parents Becky and Matt on the arrival of their baby boy.

A warm welcome to Jaxon Milo who was born on the 2nd April, Good Friday, weighing in at just over 7lbs.

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Our congratulations and very best wishes to Sarah and Chris [Townsend] who are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their latest family addition. A third daughter, Poppy Stella, was born on the 15th September weighing in at 7lbs 7oz, a sister for May and Rosie.

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Pat and Malcolm of Woodvale are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild. A son for their eldest daughter Karen and her husband Nick Hawke, Rhodri James was born on the 6th March weighing a healthy 8lbs.

Our congratulations to the proud parents and grandparents and a very warm welcome to young Rhodri James.

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WELCOME!

It is nice to be able to welcome baby George [Junior] who was born on the 2nd August weighing in at 7lbs 9oz.

George is the son of Kirsty Richards and George Kritikos of Combe Martin, both of whom have done tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congratulations to you both.

Congratulations also to the grandparents, David and Julie, great grandfather Norman and, of course, great, great granny Ivy - five generations!

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How nice to welcome new babies to the village.

A Christmas Day baby, young Alfie Jay, a son for Amelia Hulston and Seb Ferdinand was born on the 25th December weighing in at 6lbs 12oz. Our congratulations and best wishes to the new parents.

Sue and Alan Richards are delighted to announce the safe arrival of another grandson, a son for Louise and Karl Ozelton. Corey Jake, a brother for Tyler, arrived on the 19th February weighing in at 7lbs 111/2oz.

Our congratulations to Louise and Karl and to the grandparents, Sue and Alan and Edith and Don.

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NEW BABY

Yvonne is delighted to announce the arrival of her first great-grandchild. Grace was born on the 15th September, a daughter for Nicola and Gary, and granddaughter for Susan and Ian Kenworthy.

Our congratulations to great granny, the grandparents and parents and a warm welcome to the little one.

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Wendy is thrilled to announce that she has become a great-grandmother at only 63! Isabella was born on the 25th April, safely to Emily [her granddaughter] and Daryl Payne, weighing 7lbs 9oz. She is beautiful and looks just like a baby!


Congratulations Wendy - far too young to be a great-granny! Congratulations too, to the parents and grandparents and a warm welcome to little Isabella.


Chris and Melanie Ayres are delighted to announce the safe arrival, even if she was in a hurry, of their daughter Francesca Mae. Born at home like her siblings, Francesca weighed in at 6lbs 1oz on the 13th May, a very welcome little sister for Harry and Grace.


Our congratulations to you all and we look forward to meeting Francesca very soon.


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How nice to be able to give a warm welcome to some new babies and our congratulations to all the parents and grandparents . . .

. . . and in this case, great-grandparent ! Ron Toms is very proud and delighted to share the news that he has a new great-grandson. Shaun Tyler Bolt arrived on the 4th February, a second child for Darren and

Jane, a little brother for Sophie and a very welcome second grandchild for Sheila and Tony.

Jenny and Lee Beer are pleased to announce the safe arrival of Ollie Joe Sunny, who was born on the 20th January, weighing 6 lbs 101/2oz, a gorgeous little brother for both Louis and Ben.

Jenny and Lee wish to say a huge thank you to grandparents Anne and Brian for all their help, especially their 'meals on wheels' and we hope you enjoy your 4th grandson.

Michael, Alan and Anne are the very proud grandparents of new arrival Leeana Brooke Bacon. Matthew and Gemma are delighted to announce Leeana's arrival on the 31st January, weighing 9lbs, a little sister for Dylan, Lola and Summer.

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Jane and Keith Jones are happy to announce the safe arrival of their 9th grandchild.

Elliott David Trahar was born in Taunton on the 21st July weighing 7lbs 5oz., a son for Kim and Lewis. All are doing well.

Congratulations to all - grandparents and parents, and welcome to the little one.

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Val and David Hann are delighted to announce the arrival of their eighth grandchild. Rosamund Lucy Alexandra, a second daughter for Ben and Pip and sister for Penelope, was born on the 17th February, weighing 8lbs 13oz.

 

Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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A New Year Baby in the Valley! Sara and Chris Townsend are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their new baby daughter, Rosie Josephine, on the 1st January. A sister for May, Rosie weighed in at 7lbs 6oz.

Alan and Sue Richards of East Hagginton House are delighted to announce the safe arrival of a lovely granddaughter, Isobelle Lucy, on the 15th January, weighing 8lbs 4oz, a daughter for Nicki and Tim Schneider.

Our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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June Coleman is delighted to announce the safe arrival of her third grandson, William Giles, who was born on 8th October in Surrey. A second son for Charlotte and Ian, and baby brother to George Henry and cousin to Max-Lucas, he weighed in at 9lb 7oz. June says it's going to be an expensive Christmas!

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An ADAM addition - Thirteen days after her due date, Freya Emma Louise Adam arrived, finally, at 11.01 a.m. on Saturday, 23rd May, weighing in at a healthy 8lbs 12.5oz; no wonder first-time mum took her time! She is the first grandchild for Geoff and Judith, who are very proud grandparents, and are delighted that they have joined this special 'Club'.

Elaine and John [Fanner] are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their fifth grandchild, a daughter for Elise and Paul in Australia and dear little sister for Stanley and Sunny. Tilly was born on the 16th June, weighing 8lbs 4oz, in the tub at home, with Paul as midwife!

Sue and Alan Richards and Don and Edith Ozelton are delighted to announce the arrival of a grandson, Tyler James, to Karl and Louise on the 8th July, weighing 6lbs 11oz. All are doing well! Tyler is the second grandson for Sue and Alan, and fourth for Don and Edith.

Jan [Gammon], and her son Martin and his wife Simone, are very happy to announce that Elexaus, a sister for Tom, Ben and Alex, arrived safely on the 9th July weighing 9lbs.

Our congratulations to all the proud grandparents, parents and, of course, a warm welcome to the little ones.

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NEW ARRIVALS

There is stork news from Fuchsia Cottage. Maureen has a sixth grandchild, a little boy named Archie who was born on 3rd November weighing in at 9lbs 3oz. A son for her son Kevin and his wife Clare, and a baby brother for Megan [5] and Imogen [3].

Melanie and Chris are delighted to announce the arrival of their baby daughter Grace Olivia on the 14th November, at home, and weighing 6lbs 12oz. Grace is a little sister for Harry who is approaching his 4th birthday, another granddaughter for Carol and Dave Ayres and the first grand daughter, after four grandsons, for Chris and Glyn Evans of Combe Martin.

Our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Quarrels, tantrums, scolding, cuts, bruises, knocks and
teardrops
are the daily storms in a young child's life, but all
of
them are tempered by love, kisses and hugs to restore the sunshine
. Children are loud noises with arms and legs, they are sweet-eating bundles of kicks and shouts, they are damp laps,
they
are sleepless nights, they are precious, they are beautiful.
They are much-loved.

Wendy Barber

Val and David Hann [now living in West Sussex] are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their fourth grand-daughter in September. Penelope Alice Maria Hann was born on the 5th September weighing 71/2lbs, a baby daughter for Ben and Pippa.

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A further addition for the Bailey family. Anne and Brian are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Darcy Anne Ayres - their 4th grandchild, but first granddaughter. Darcy, daughter for Sam and Matt, was born after a very speedy delivery at Musgrove Park Hospital on the 23rd May, weighing 8lbs 7oz.

Jim and Jean Constantine have another grandchild. Toby George was born on the 22nd June weighing 8lbs 13oz. A third son for Sue and Andy and brother for Charlie and James.

Elaine and John are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their fourth grandchild, a daughter for Ben and Sara, and sister for James. Harriet Holly Fanner was born on 27th June weighing 6lbs 11oz.

Amazingly, Harriet was born on the same day as her cousin Sunny, Elise and Paul's daughter [3 years apart], and two-year old James was born on the same day as his cousin Stanley, Elise and Paul's son [2 years apart].

We send our congratulations and best wishes to all the proud parents and grandparents, and a warm welcome to the three new little ones.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Sara and Chris of Woodlands Cottage are delighted to announce the arrival of their baby daughter, May Ellen. May was born on Friday, 16th April and weighed exactly 7lbs. For Chris's parents she is the third grandchild, but the first granddaughter, but for Sara's parents, she is the 8th grandchild!

Our congratulations and very best wishes to the proud parents and grandparents, and a very warm welcome to May Ellen.

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NEW ARRIVALS

Just like buses, after waiting for some time for one to arrive, two come along close together! That is just the case for June and Len Coleman who are delighted to announce the safe arrival of June's second grandson. George Henry was born to Charlotte and Ian in London on the 14th February, weighing 7lbs 13oz. With her first grandchild arriving on Christmas Day and George on St. Valentine's Day, June says she'll have no trouble in remembering their birthdays!

Geoff and Penny Gove are also delighted to announce the arrival of their second grandchild, but in their case it is two little granddaughters. Grace Beatrice, a daughter for Emily and David Thubron, was born in Plymouth on the 4th March, weighing in at 7lbs 14oz.

Our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Peter and Zoe Bowden are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their second grandson, Rory Hayes, born on the 9th September at St. Johns Hospital, Livingston, Scotland and weighing an eye-watering 11lb 9oz. A little brother for Jamie and second son for Vicky and Martin and a second nephew for Becky and Daniel.

June and Len Coleman are delighted to welcome the arrival of June's first grandchild. Weighing in at 7lbs 7oz, Max Lucas was born to Katharine and Chris in Romford on Christmas Day, 3 weeks early!

Colin and Doreen Harding are delighted to announce the arrival of their seventh grandchild, a fourth grand-daughter, a little girl for their son Guy and his wife Caroline. Romily Victoria was born on the 19th January, weighing 5lbs 4oz.

A warm welcome to the three little ones and congratulations to all the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles!

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Somewhat belated, we have two new babies to welcome and one very new one! Congratulations to Ann and Brian Bailey on the birth of their third grandchild. Benjamin Francis Beer, son of Jenny and Lee, was born on the 19th July, weighing 8lbs 4oz., a beautiful little brother for Louis.

We also congratulate Juliette and Pyers Cameron on the birth, on 9th August, of their daughter Isabella. A sister for Alex, Isabella weighed in at 6lbs 4oz.

Our Ron is delighted to announce that he has just become a Great Grandfather! His first great-grandchild, Sophie May, was born in Swindon on Monday, 12th November. Weighing 6lbs 3oz, a daughter for Darren and Jane, granddaughter for Sheila and Tony [Bolt] and niece for Craig. Our congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

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BABIES

Manchester, on the 13th April, saw the arrival, weighing 7lbs 31/2oz, of Ashley George Beer. Ashley, a brother for Samuel, is the son of Kate [Bridle] and Adrian and a second grandson for Phil and Lynne.

Keith and Jane are delighted to announce that Edward George Jones, a son for Mark and Emily, was born on the 29th July 2007. Weighing 8lbs 151/2oz, a brother for Katie and Lauren, he makes the eighth grandchild for Keith and Jane.

Bernard and June are proud grandparents once again and happy to announce that Keenan has a new baby brother, Cormac Regan Pickford weighed in at 71/2lbs on the 13th September, a second son for Clare and Justin.

We wish all the little ones a warm welcome and congratulate the parents and grandparents. Best wishes to you all.

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JUST ARRIVED!

It is lovely to welcome two new babies and to wish them healthy and happy futures and congratulate their parents and grandparents.

Jack Peter arrived at Fondi Italy, on the 26th March, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz to delighted parents Kim [nee Jost] and Mark Barber.

Big sister Sally has had a wonderful time celebrating her brother's arrival, Easter and her 3rd birthday, not to mention visits by her proud grandparents, Rainer and Jill.

Superceding baby Ruby as our youngest resident, Sarah and Terry are delighted to announce the arrival of Jed on the 12th May. Brother to Ryan, Keifer, Tia and Caolan, and grandchild No. 9 for Gary and Joyce, he weighed 6lbs 13oz.

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Chris and Barbara Gubb are delighted to announce the arrival of the first grandchild, A son for John and Sarah, Charlie John arrived on the 25th November 2006, weighing in at 8lbs 10oz.

Our belated congratulations to John and Sarah and the proud grandparents and a warm welcome to Charlie John.

Twins at Briar Cottage: Happy grandparents, Nora and Alan, announce the safe delivery of John, at 4lbs 11oz, and Emily, at 4lbs 5oz, twins to Kate and Tony Rowlands. Born at St. Michael's Hospital, Bristol, on the 27th February, the babies and mother are doing very well; father, despite fore knowledge, is still in a state of shock!

Double trouble! But congratulations and best wishes to you all.

A very warm welcome to Ruby May, currently the youngest resident of our village. Ruby May, a first child and daughter for Denise and Daniel of Venture Cottage, was born on the 10th March and weighed 6lbs 10oz. New home - new baby, and after a bit of a rough ride all is now fine. Well done!

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BABY

Congratulations to Sandy and Ann on the birth of their first grandchild. Lachlan Alexander Anderson, son of David and Amy, was born in Sydney on the 10th October, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz and Sandy and Ann arrived in Sydney to meet him when he was just three days old.

A warm welcome to the little one and best wishes to the proud parents and grandparents.

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A very warm, if somewhat belated, welcome to baby Alexander Michael Angus Cameron, born on the 8th August, weighing in at 8lbs 5oz, at the Hospital in Barnstaple. Congratulations to the proud parents, Juliet and Pyers and to the proud grandparents. Juliet's mother and father, Rose and Michael flew over from Canada to welcome the new arrival, whilst he took one of his first journeys up to Suffolk to meet Pyers' mother Jill. Now a 15lb cheerful chap, Alex is giving his parents a good night's rest by sleeping through. Our very best wishes to you all.

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• Neil and Katrina Richards are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter Amber on the 23rd April, weighing in at 7lbs 2oz.

A sister for Kaitlin and Jay, Amber is the 13th grandchild for Maureen and No. 3 for Sandra.

• Great Granny Phil and Great Uncle Chris Walden are very happy to announce baby Ruby's arrival. With her name already chosen, she managed to arrive on the 14th May, her grandparents' Ruby Wedding anniversary!

Weighing over 6lbs, Ruby is the second daughter for James and Beverley and sister for Gracie.

• The stork arrived at Monks Path on the 3rd July bringing baby Isabella Summer, who weighed 8lbs, a sister for Dylan and Lola. A warm welcome to the little one and best wishes to the proud parents, Matt and Gemma Bacon, the proud grandparents Mike, Anne and Alan, and the proud great grannies, Bett and Kathleen.

Our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Zoe and Peter Bowden are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild. Jamie, who was born in Edinburgh on the 25th April, weighed in at 9lbs 41/2oz, a son for Vicky and Martin.

A warm welcome to the little one and best wishes to you all.

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Robin and Naomi Hinchliffe are very happy with their Christmas present! Zinnia Gloria, a sister for

Reuben, arrived on the 29th December, tipping the scales at 8lbs 3oz.

Wendy and Alan Lord have a new grandchild! They are delighted to announce the arrival of a daughter for their daughter Melanie and her husband Rob. Elise Mary, a sister for Luke, was born on the 11th January weighing 7lbs 9oz.

Our congratulations and best wishes to parents, and grandparents, and a warm welcome to the little ones.

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Having slipped the net and the August newsletter, a belated warm welcome to baby Jacob Matthew.

Jacob, the son of Samantha [Bailey] and Matthew, was born on the 7th June weighing 8lbs 5oz. Samantha, a Detective Sergeant, and Matthew, a Chief Inspector, both in the Bristol area, live in Somerset. Jacob is the second grandson for Brian and Ann in less than a year, baby Louis, Jenny's son, arriving last October. Ann confesses that she was a frustrated grandmother but having waited so long, just like buses, two came at the same time! After living at Broad Meadow for the last year and a half, Jenny, Lee and Louis are now moving into their new home in West Down and we wish them luck and happiness there. Ann and Brian will find it rather quiet as they become 'Darby and Joan' again!

Elaine and John are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their two new grandchildren: Sunny, a lovely daughter for Elise and Paul, a little Aussie sister for Stanley, born at home in Nord's Wharf, New South

Wales, Australia, on 27th June, weighing in at 8lbs 11oz. Also, James Geraint, a first child for Ben and Sara, born on the 29th August [Stanley's 2nd birthday], weighing 5lbs 15oz. All are thriving!

On 17th August, Phil 'came of age' and became a grandfather and he and Lynne are very happy to announce the arrival of a 7lbs 13oz baby boy, Samuel, a son for Katie and Adrian.

A new home, a new baby! June and Bernard are delighted to announce the arrival of their third grandchild. Daughter Claire, a Modern Languages teacher, and Justin, a Consultant Project Manager, moved from Woodmansterne in Surrey to Combe Martin in early June and Keenan Shea was born on his due date, 21st August, tipping the scales at 7lbs 9oz. We take this opportunity to wish you happiness in your new home.

Bill and Jill are delighted to report the arrival of grandchild No. 14!

Oliver Tarun Christopher, the son of Bill's youngest son Philip and Dee, was born on the 20th September weighing 6lbs 6oz.

A very warm welcome to all the little ones and we send our congratulations to the proud parents and grandparents.

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A New Baby's Prayer
You've created the stars, the sun and the sea,
And now You've created a baby . . . that's me!
You've chosen my parents to love and to care,
And as part of our home will You always be there?
They'll teach me to love and give me a name,
From the look in their eyes, I'm glad that I came!

Melanie and Chris Ayres are proud and happy to announce the arrival of their baby son, at home at Parson's Pightle.

A 'water' baby, Harry tipped the scales at 7lbs 2oz in the early hours of Saturday morning, 12th February. Glen and Christine are delighted to welcome their fourth grandson, and Carol and Dave their third grandchild.

Our congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

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Maureen Scott-Nash is proud to announce the arrival of her fifth grandchild, a daughter for her son Kevin and his wife Clare. Imogen, a baby sister for Megan, tipped the scales at 9lbs 131/2oz on the 13th December.

Many readers will have happy memories of Miska and Gary Branch who ran the tearoom at Miss Muffets from 1994 to 1998; their marriage in December 1995 when Miska walked to her wedding - across the square - and Miska's very energetic keep fit class. Supporters of the early BBC Shows will never forget when they, together with Val and Neil, Les and Heather, Songbird and Harvey, brought the house down with their wonderful rendition of "If I was not upon the Stage"! It was, therefore, lovely to hear the news that they are now the delighted and proud parents of a baby daughter. Kianna was born in Eastbourne on Christmas Eve, weighing in at 8 lbs 8 oz. We send them our very best wishes.

Gemma and Matthew Bacon are delighted to announce the arrival of their daughter, a sister for Dylan. [Julia] Lola was born on New Year's Day tipping the scales at 8lbs 1oz.

Congratulations and best wishes to all the proud parents and grandparents and a warm welcome to the little ones.

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The stork has recently delighted three sets of grandparents.

Pip and Tony Summers are thrilled with the arrival of their fourth grandchild, Amelia Charlotte, a daughter for Graeme and Angela [nee Summers] and sister for Alexander. Amelia, who weighed 7lbs 14oz was born at St. Michael's Maternity Hospital, Bristol, on the 29th September.

Introducing their first grandchild, Brian and Ann Bailey are overjoyed to announce the safe arrival of Louis Lee Henry, who was born on the 26th October. Louis, who is the son of Jenny [Bailey] and Lee, tipped the scales at 9lbs 5oz.

A fourth grandchild, too, for Jean and Jim Constantine who are very happy to announce the birth of Alex Daniel. Alex, born on the 11th November, a son for Alyson and Nick and a brother for Hannah, weighed in at 8lbs 1oz.

A warm welcome to the new babies and congratulations to the proud parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

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Alan and Wendy Lord of Brookvale, are proud to announce two new babies in the family.

Luke Robert was born on the 30th November 2003. Weighing 6ibs 20z, a son for their daughter, Melanie, and Rob Grigorian.

A granddaughter, Olivia Grace, was born on the 11th April. Olivia is the daughter of their son, Matthew, and Sarah.

Janet and Tony Gibbins of the Coastguard Cottages announce the arrival of their fourth grandchild, Sonny, who lives in Ilfracombe.

Congratulations to Graham Andrews [and Margaret] on becoming a Great Grandfather. Matthew Philip weighed in at 71bs 5 oz on the 8th April. The first child for Charlene [Graham's eldest granddaughter] and Tony Peace of Yorkshire.

David and Louise Richards are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Joshua David Lewis. Joshua, a brother for Elyse, Kirsty and Kayleigh, a first grandson for Norman and a great-grandson for Ivy, weighed in at 8lbs 1oz on the 7th June.

Mike Richards is proud to announce the arrival of his second grandson. Justin and Care's son, Jay Liam, was born on the 11th June, weighing 6lbs 13 oz

June and Malcolm Davidson are delighted to announce the arrival of their first grandchild. Kitty, a daughter for their son William and his wife Louise, who jive in London, was born on the 3rd July and weighed 8ibs 1 oz.

A very warm welcome to all the new babies and congratulations to all the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

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Jane and Keith Jones are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their seventh grandchild. Laureen Emma, a second daughter for Mark and Emily Jones and a sister for Katie, was born on the 3rd April weighing 81bs 20z.

Rainer and Jill Jost are very happy to announce the arrival of their second granddaughter on the 18th April. Sally Francesca Barber, a daughter for Kim [nee Jostl and Mark, weighed in at the John Radcliffe at Oxford at 71bs 130z. Rainer and Jill are delighted to have a grandchild living a little closer to home!

Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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NIPPER NEWS

March has proved a very busy month for the stork who has left babies scattered all around the country, making five sets of village grandparents - Roger and Hilary, Bernard and June, Ken and Judie, Peter and Anne, and Alan and Nora- very proud and happy!

Angela and Tony [Whelan], who live at Braunton, are delighted to announce the arrival of their first child JOSHUA THOMAS who weighed in at 6 lbs 12 oz. on the 2nd March.

Dominic and Julie [O'Reganl from Caddington, Bedfordshire, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter ELLEN SARATHA on the 7th March. Ellen, a sister for Louis, weighed 7 lbs 50z.

Emma and James [Weedon] of Milton Keynes have great pleasure in introducing their first child HARRY JAMES who tipped the scales at 8 lbs 12 oz on the 12th March.

Naomi and Robin [Hinchliffe] of the village, are very happy to announce the arrival of their first child REUBEN. Reuben also arrived on the 12th March, weighing a healthy 10 lbs 3 oz.

Kevin and Samantha [Rowlands] from Bristol are very happy to report that their third child ANNA FRANCESCA arrived on the 20th March. A sister for Matthew and Sarah, Anna weighed 8 lbs 3 oz.

Congratulations and very best wishes to all the proud parents and the new babies.

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It is lovely to again be able to welcome new babies and we send them our best wishes and congratulations to their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Jane and Keith Jones are very happy to announce the arrival of their latest grandchild, their fifth. Megan Lily was born on the 22nd September, weighing 61bs Iloz, a second daughter for Ben and Lisa and sister for Molly Jane.

Jean and Jim Constantine are delighted to announce the arrival of their second grandson. James Alexander was born on the 29th October and weighed 81bs 90z. A second son for Sue and Andy, a brother for Charlie and a cousin for Hannah.

Ivy and Walter White are very happy to announce the arrival of their latest great-grandchild - No.8! Finn Charles was born on the 30th October, weighing 81bs 140z., a son for Paula [nee Yeo] and Stuart Swanson and a welcome brother for Tilly Rosina.

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STORK DELIVERIES!

The stork has been busy and it is lovely to be able to welcome five new babies!

Keith and Maureen are very proud to announce the birth of their second grandson. Adam Ryan was born on the 23rd August, weighing 6lbs 14 oz, a son for Vanessa and Dean Cooper of Upminster, Essex.

and Martin Lancey of Cedar Lodge are delighted to announce the arrival of their second daughter. Willow Rose, a sister for Holly, was born on the 25th August and weighed 8 lbs 4 1/2oz.

Elaine and John are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild on 29th August - a beautiful baby boy for Elise and Paul. Stanley, born at home in Georgeham, weighed in at 8 lbs 2oz.

A warm welcome to Taylor Jasper who weighed in at 8 lbs 9 1/2 oz on the 3rd September, a third son for Sophie and Richard Bird and a brother for Tim, Tiffany and Tom. The family, who live in Combe Martin, are very much involved with the village. Sophie's sister Emma lives at the Old Court, and Tiffany and Tom are pupils at Berrynarbor Primary School, as was Tom before he began at llfracombe College this term.

Tony and Marilyn Mascall are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their latest grandchild, a baby girl for their daughter Jenny and her husband Steve. Jorga Louise was born on the 16th September and weighed 7 lbs.

Congratulations and best wishes to the parents, grand-parents and the little ones.

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On the 2 1st February, I became a Grandad when my daughter, Rachel, gave birth to Ethan John, who bounced into the world at 91bs 1 40z. Mother, baby, father Mark and grandad are all doing well!

Rector Keith

Gemma [nee Richards] and Matthew Bacon are delighted to announce the the arrival of their son, Dylan, on the 27th February, tipping the scales at 7bs 5 oz. Dylan is the first grandchild for proud grandparents Julie and Michael, and first grandson having had a granddaughter, Hannah, on Boxing Day for Alan and Anne.

Becky [nee Delve] and Adrian Green are happy to the arrival of their baby son, Thomas, on the March, weighing in at 8lbs. Thomas is the first grandchild for Marian and Ron, and nephew for Auntie Rachael.

Congratulations and very best wishes to you All.

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It is a pleasure to report that Alan and Anne Bacon are delighted to announce the arrival of their first grandchild. Hannah Rachel, weighing in at 7 lbs 70z, was born at 3.00 a.m. on Boxing Day at Leeds Infirmary.

Congratulations to the proud parents - Sarah [nee Bacon] and Andrew - and the grandparents and a warm welcome to baby Hannah.

Alan and Anne are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second grandchild, due in February.

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After quite a while, it is lovely to be able to welcome three new babies - all boys! Congratulations and very best wishes to them, their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

Brian and Angela Boyd of Cherry Dene are delighted to announce the arrival of Jack Ryan on the 1st August, who arrived a couple of weeks early and weighed 51bs 140z.

We then waited for news of the two Karen's ...

Karen and Wayne Rudd from the Old Sawmill Inn are happy to announce that Callum and Morgan have a baby brother. Roker Mallory Glasper was born on the 14th September weighing 71bs15 oz.

Karen and Matthew Walls, Becky and Alex are proud to announce the arrival of their son and brother, Sam Robert. Sam, who was in no hurry to arrive, was born on the 17th September and tipped the scales at 91bs 1 1/2 oz,

Poser: Why are baby boys dressed in blue and girls in pink?

Answer: [according to Brewers' Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Edition 151]

'Blue is a colour popularly associated with a boy, and pink with a girl. Blue has a link with the sky and with heaven, and hence in some cultures with males, who are or were regarded more highly than females. Pink, on the other hand, has more down-to-earth associations of flesh, warmth and gentleness, and as such has been linked with motherhood. The two colours are also complementary, representing the natural division of the sexes.

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February was obviously a busy month for the stork and new arrivals, and we send our congratulations and best wishes to all the new babies, their parents and grandparents.

Rita and David Duncan are very proud and happy to announce the arrival of their 4th grandchild. Robin Michael David, a second son for Fiona and Nick and baby brother for Patrick, arrived on the 5th February, weighing 71bs 40z. Rita and David send their love and best wishes to everyone in Berry.

Jill and Alastair Crighton are delighted to announce the arrival of their third grandchild. Louis, son of Kate and Greg, now has a baby brother, Elliot Luc, who arrived at the beginning of February.

David and Louise Richards are very pleased to announce the arrival of Elyse, who weighed in at 7 lbs on the 11th February. A baby sister for twins Kirsti and Kayleigh, Elyse is a very welcome third granddaughter for Norman and Angela, and another greatgrandchild for Ivy.

Anna and Bill Scholes are very proud and happy to announce the arrival of their first grandchild. William Scholes Moore, a son for Louise and Lee, was born on 16th February and weighed 7 lbs 5 oz.

None of these beautiful babies are, of course, like the one depicted in the following poem!

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On a much happier note, it I s good to announce a new arrival!

To Graeme and Angela Ogilvie [nee Summers], a bonny wee bairn, Alexander Callum, weighing in at 71bs 20z at St. Margaret's Maternity Unit, Bristol, on the 31st December 2001, missing the New Year by less than two hours.

Needless to say, grandparents Pip and Tony and great grandparents, Alma Summers and Cecil and Ina Hodkinson are ecstatic!

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Allyson and Mark Daglish are delighted to announce the arrival of a baby brother for Gemma. Jack, who weighed a healthy 81bs Iloz, was born on the 28th September, adding to the list of grandchildren for Sheila and Celia and Laurel.

Congratulations to Phil Walden on attaining Great Grandmother status, and also to Gr'uncle Chris! Gracie Jane, who arrived on the 4th October, daughter of James [Phil's grandson and son of David and Ivy of Lynton] and Beverley, weighed 7 lbs 8 oz.

No more Dinky toys - Barbie dolls are in! Having had two son - Andy and Gerald, and two grandsons, James and Dominic [Andy and Christine's boys] June and Gerry Marangone are thrilled to be able to announce the arrival of a girl in the family! Molly Anne, daughter of Gerald and Kerri, was born on the 16th October weighing in at 6 lbs 6 oz.

Keith and Margaret Walls are very happy to announce the arrival of their fourth grandchild, a second son for Louise and David. The stork delivered Nathan's little brother, Isaac, on the 17th October its bundle weighed 6 lbs 6 oz.

Congratulations to all the generations and best wishes to the babies and parents. We hope you won't be suffering this in a few months time!

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I hope my children look back on today,
And see a mother who had time to play!
Children grow up while you're not looking,
There'll be years ahead for cleaning and cooking,
So quiet now, cobwebs, dust go to sleep,
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

Helen [nee Hannam] and Mark Payne are delighted to announce the arrival of their second daughter, a sister for Alice. Eve Rebecca Rose, who weighed in on the 13th July at 6 lbs 30z, is a fourth granddaughter for Val and Neil.

Joan and Mike Harte are absolutely delighted to report the arrival of their first grand-daughter, Imogen May, born on the 22nd August to their eldest son, Craig, and daughter-in-law, Wendy. Joan was thrilled to be asked to stay for a week in Newbury with them, shortly after Imogen's birth.

Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Oh life, deal tenderly with those 60 young.
In dreams let them be folded with a song.
Tread all their days till childhood forsake them,
And, since you must, gently to sorrow awake them.

Belated good wishes to Linda and George Camplin on the birth of their second grandchild, and a second great-grandchild for Ethel. Caitlin Elizabeth, a daughter for Tracy and Darren Burgess, was born on the 27th April. weighing 6 lbs 13 oz.

Bill and Jill of Riversdale Cottage are very happy to welcome their latest grandchild, a daughter for Wendy and Gary. Leah Sophic, a baby sister for Dominic, was born on the 27th of May and weighed 9 lb 11 oz.

New arrival - to Janet and RJ, a beautiful son - Fergus Norman McLean- born on 4th June, weight 8 lbs 7 1/2 oz, a bonny red-headed brother for Rory and another very welcome grandson for Grannie Sally B.

Tom and Inge Bartlett are proud and happy to announce the arrival of their second grandchild, a baby girl for their daughter Angela and her husband Jainal, Liyana, a sister for Omar, weighted 7 1/2 lbs when she was born on the 8th of June out in Singapore.

Jean and Jim Constantine are delighted to announce the arrival of their second grandchild, a son for Sue and Andy. Charles Andrew, to be known as Charlie, was born on the 28th June and weighed 7lbs 3 oz.

Keith and Jane of Rose Cottage arc pleased to announce the arrival of two granddaughters. Katie Ellen [Jones] was born on the 27th May, weighing 9 lbs 10 oz to parents Mark and Emily. Molly Jane [Haynes] was born on the 11th July, weighing 7 lbs 8 oz, a daughter for Ben and Lisa.

Our congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

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Keith [Redwood] and Natalie are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their baby daughter, Antonia Katherine, on the 2nd March in Luxembourg, where Keith works as a Computer Programmer. Antonia, who weighed in at 8 lbs 7 oz, is the third grandchild for Carol and third great-grandchild for Kath. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations and hello to Aaron Lee Packham from his grandparents Jane and Keith of Rose Cottage, another grandson born on the 14th March 2001. Aaron is nephew to Kris and not so little, 9 lbs 2 oz!, brother to twins Kegan and Connor.

We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of a second son for Karen and Wayne Rudd and younger brother for Callum.

Morgan James Luke Rudd, born on 22nd March 2001, weighed in at 81bs 80z. Granddad Don [Ozelton] was home from China for two weeks over Easter to see his second grandchild, and Grandma Edith is staying on a little longer to help out before returning to China in August. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

Love and Congratulations to Eleasha on your adoption to Allan and Pat Robinson on the 9th May 2001.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations and best wishes to Tanya Walls who has gained the Degree of Master of Arts with a commendation in the subject of Archaeology at Bristol University. One of Tanya's pieces of work appeared in Newsletter No. 65 last April - The Castle, Berrynarbor's First Farm. She has since researched and completed an article about the settlement on Hillsborough in Ilfracombe.

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Congratulations to all new parents and grandparents, and a warm welcome to four little ones - three girls and a boy.

Stuart and Paula [nee Yeo] Swanson are delighted announce the arrival of their daughter on the 22nd January 2001. Tipping e scales at 9 lbs 7 oz, Tillie Rosina is the seventh great-grandchild for Ivy and alter, and fifth grandchild for Marlene and Dave. Tillie is named Rosina after her great-great grandmother, the late Rosie 'Granny' Bray of Rectory Hill.

Weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz, Vanessa and Dean Cooper and proud grandparents, Maureen and Keith of Byways, Barton Lane, are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Christopher Dean on the 23rd January.

Louise and Peter Howard of Wood Park are the proud and happy parents of baby Annie, who arrived safely on the 27th January, weighing 6 lbs 14 oz.

Jean and Jim Constantine are thrilled at the arrival of their first grandchild! Hannah Lucy, a daughter for Nick and Alison of Kings Coughton, was born on the 7th March and weighed 7 lbs 6 oz.

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You've created the stars, the sun and the sea, and now You've created a baby ... that's me!

You've chosen my parents, to love and to care, and as part of our home will You always be there? They'll teach me to love and give me a name, from the look in their eyes I'm glad that I came!

Sarah [Redwood] and Clive are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their baby daughter. Dionne Margaret, a sister for Liam, second grandchild for Carol and the second great-grandchild for Kath, was born on the 11th December 2000 weighing in at 6 lbs I0 1/2 oz.

Congratulations to you all.

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Over the last few issues, preceding the welcome to new babies has been a verse from Wendy Barber's 'The Nature and Natures of Children'. Since, on this occasion we don't appear to have any babies to welcome, the last verse has been added and the piece printed in full. We've been able to cnjoy Wendy's delightful observations of children through a reader and Wendy's colleague. Thank you both.

The Nature and Natures of Children

Children are sometimes like butterflies, flitting from one blossoming idea to the next. At other times they are more like bees, delving thirstily into the flower-heads of knowledge, filling the pockets of their minds, little mouths full of 'Why', 'How', and 'What for'? They are much-loved.

Eyes as clear as summer skies, breath as sweet as spring flowers, hair like whispy clouds, lips soft as rose petals, little arms making a loving garland around me. Downy necks to nuzzle into, tummies to tickle, fingers and toes to count, and countless places to kiss better. They are much-loved.

Clumsy little fingers trying to fit square pegs into round holes, frowns of concentration, howls of aggravation, toys thrown in frustration then gradually widening smiles of triumph as problems are overcome. They are much-loved.

Quarrels, tantrums, scoldings, cuts, bruises, knocks and teardrops are the daily storms in a young child's life, but all of them are tempered by love, kisses and hugs to restore the sunshine. Children are loud noises with arms and legs, they are sweet-eating bundles of kicks and shouts, they are damp laps, they are sleepless nights, they are precious, they are beautiful. They are much-loved.

Children are uninhibited, untidy, unruly, unworldly, never unloved. God has blessed each and every one them with a whole mouthful of kisses to give away, and this they do - innocently, stickily, lovingly and unstintingly. Such is the nature of children. They are much-loved.

Wendy Barber

Born in London at the start of World War Il, Wendy was grammar school educated and started her nurse training in 1958. She married and has five children and now nine grandchildren.

Following her second marriage, she and her husband came on holiday to South Devon, using it as a base to tour all round. They stood on Ilfracombe Pier, fell in love with the ruggedness of the surroundings; went home on the Sunday [to Kent], put their cottage on the market on the Monday and ... 'here we are!'

Since then Wendy has had various [and in her words, nefarious] jobs, but has been at Pinehurst Rest Home for the last eighteen months. Now 61, she very much wishes she could retire!

[Wendy's words to paper, 5th Tune, in her little house built by her father!]

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Quarrels, tantrums, scolding, cuts, bruises, knocks and
teardrops are the daily storms in a young child's life, but all
of them are tempered by love, kisses and hugs to restore the
sunshine. Children are loud noises with arms and legs, they are
sweet-eating bundles of kicks and shouts, they are damp laps,
they are sleepless nights, they are precious, they are beautiful.
They are much-loved.

From the Nature and Natures of Children by Wendy Barber

Paul and Theresa Crockett are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter, Katy Jane, on the 25th April. Katy Jane, who weighed 7 1bs 2 oz, is a new sister for Jack, Rosie and Nicola.

June and Bernard O'Regan are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild. Louis Krishnan, a son for Dominic and Julie who live in Dunstable, was born on the 30th April weighing in at 7 lbs 1oz.

Yvonne and George Davey are happy to announce that their latest grandchild, Katherine May has arrived safely. Daughter of Alison and Mark [Freeman] who live in Romsey, Hampshire, Katherine May - a sister for Eleanor - was born on the 6th May, a 9 lbs 4 oz bundle.

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Eyes as clear as summer skies, breath as sweet as spring flowers
hair like whispy clouds, lips soft as rose petals, little arms
making a loving garland around me. Downy necks to nuzzle into,
tummies to tickle, fingers and toes to count and countless
places to kiss better. They are much-loved.

From The Nature and Natures of Children - Wendy Barber

A warm welcome to twins Macy and Oliver, born on the 8th December 1999 weighing in at 6 lbs 6 oz and 5 lbs 5 oz. Macy and Oliver, a brother and sister for Daisy and Jemma, are the children of Kate and Joe - both of whom have taken part in our Village Shows as members of the BBC. Kate and Joe are Stewards at Ilfracombe Golf Club.

Congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

From the last babies of the old millennium to the first baby of the New Millennium - Congratulations to baby Spear born on the 18th January 2000. Congratulations, too, to Emma and Iain, the proud parents, on the birth of their second son, Hugo, who tipped the scales at 6 lbs 4 oz, a brother for Oliver. Mother and baby are reported to be doing well and we send our very best wishes.

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Children are sometimes like butterflies, flitting from one
blossoming idea to the next. At other times they are more like
bees, delving thirstily into flower-heads of knowledge,
filling the pockets of their minds, little mouths full of 'why',
'how' and 'what for'? They are much loved.

from The Nature and Natures of Children - Wendy Barber

After an early start, twins Connor and Kegan, who weighed in at 3 lbs 2 1/2 oz and 5 lbs 5 1/2 oz on the 13th October, have recently left hospital and the proud parents, Emma and Neville Peckham, from Surrey, are delighted to have them home. Equally delighted are grandparents, Jane and Keith [Jones] and a very proud Uncle Kris.

Karen [nee Ozelton] and Wayne Rudd are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their son, Callum Martin Jay, on the 30th October, and would like to thank everyone for their cards and good wishes. Callum, who weighed 8 lbs 7 oz, is the first grandchild for Edith and Don and fourth grandchild for Pat and Keith of Ilfracombe.

Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Congratulations and best wishes to Jason and Tracey [nee Yeo] on the birth of your baby daughter, Scarlett Erin, on the 27th June. Scarlett, who weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz is the fourth great-grandchild for Ivy and Walter and the fourth grandchild for Marlene and sister for Dylan, Vashti and Devon.

Congratulations Karen and Ian on the birth of your beautiful baby boy, Kelan. It was really wonderful to see him only six hours after he was born. Congratulations, too, to Mum - Anne Hookway -you 're a Nan now and Laura you made it to Aunty!

Lots of love to you all - Jacqui, Simon and Sophie

We also send our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Celia and Laurel Draper are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their latest grandchildren, twins for Lisa and Mark Willis. The twins, Ellie Marie and Troy James were born on the 13th May, weighing 5 lbs 13 oz and 5 lbs 7 oz, a sister and brother for Hollie.

Louise [nee Walls] and David Powers are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Nathan Robert, on the 6th June. Nathan, who weighed in at 5 lbs 9 oz, is the third grandchild for Margaret and Keith and first grandchild for Audrey and Bob.

Tania and Graham Mugleston of Bodstone are happy to announce the arrival of Joe, who tipped the scales at 7 lbs 10 oz on the 17th June, a brother for Sophie and Kate.

Our congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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The stork has been busy over the last couple few months and our Congratulations and Best Wishes to all parents, grand-parents and the new babies.

Jack and Joyce Elliott of Goosewell are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their grandchildren Nos. 4, 5 and 6! Josh was born on the 30th December, weighing in at 8 lbs 5 oz, a son for Krista and Steven. Ellis and Zack, identical twin boys for Karen and Clive, were born on the 19th January, weighing in at 6 lbs 14 oz and 6 lbs 15 oz.

Joyce and Gary Songhurst's grandchildren have recently risen by a third, bringing their total to 8 - 4 boys and 4 girls.

Kelsey, a third daughter for Nicola and Graham arrived on the 14th January, tipping the scales at exactly 9 lbs - a sister for Stevie, Jessica and Zak.

Coalin [pronounced 'Kaylin'] arrived just two weeks later, on the 1st February. Not quite as heavy as his cousin, at 7 lbs 3 oz, he is the third son for Sarah and Clive, a brother for Ryan, Keifer and Tia. It was lovely to see the two mums and some of their offspring 'treading the boards' at our Show. Well done!

Val and David Hann of Crofts Lea are delighted to announce the arrival Of their first grandchild, a daughter for Simon and Philippa, who now live at Southwater, near Horsham. Baby Millie was born on the 20th January, weighing 6 lbs 11 oz.

Hilary and Roger Stevens are delighted with their new grand-daughter, a daughter for Lisa and Adrian. Her name is Claudia Jane and she arrived on the 25th February weighing 6 lbs 14 oz - a little sister for Jae.

Finally, congratulations to John H. whose first baby [lamb] this year was born on the 16th December! ! Weight unknown.

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See yon stripling! When a boy,
A mother's pride, a father's joy!

Sir Walter Scott

In the true tradition of Bowden Boys, young Thomas put in his appearance on the 9th January. A son for Richard and Jane [nee Cox], Thomas weighed in at 8 lbs 6 oz and is, with Samuel, Anna and Jonathan, a fourth grand-child for Lorna and Michael.

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It is good to have news, through Olive Kent, of Joy Pringle and we are delighted to be able to congratulate her on the birth of her grandchild - the first to bear the name Pringle - a son, Auban Wessley Gordon, for Ian and Sheila. Our best wishes to you all.

Val and Neil have much pleasure in announcing the safe arrival of Val's second grand-daughter, Alice Mary May, who was born on the 23rd September. Weighing in at 6 lbs 1/2 oz, a daughter for Helen [nee Hannam] and Mark Payne. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Pretty Joy!
Sweet joy but two days old,
Sweet joy I call thee:
Thou dost smile,
I sing the while,
Sweet joy befall thee!

William Blake [1757-1827] from Infant Joy

Congratulations to Chris and Sam Bowden on the birth of their son. Continuing in the almost unbroken tradition of 'Bowden Boys', Jonathan James weighed in at 9 lbs 10 oz on Sunday, 2nd August - a first grandchild for Maureen and Graham and third for Lorna and Michael. Best wishes to you all.

Since the early hours of 3rd August, Harpers Mill has echoed to the happy baby sounds of young Alfie Bartholomew, who tipped the scales at 8 lbs 3 oz. Alfie, first grandchild for Jan and Ian, is the son of their eldest daughter, Lucy and Dave, who is currently in his second year of a Communications and Media Studies degree at Loughborough University. Congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

Jean, one of our Ilfracombe readers, is delighted to announce the arrival of her latest grandchild, a son, Jake [7 1/2 lbs], for daughter Katrina and Paul. Having known Trina since she was a knee-high talented dancer with Betty Blackmore, it is a personal pleasure to congratulate them all and send our best wishes.

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Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for its living,
And a child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is merry and bright and good and gay.

Trad.

Jack

Congratulations to Nathalie Denzey and Christopher Draper on the birth of their
son, Jack, on the 5th April, weighing 7 lbs 15 1/2 oz.
Love to you all - Dad, Mum and Nicolle

Abby Louise

Vi Goodman is delighted to announce the arrival of her fifth great-grandchild
born in Brunei on the 29th March. Abby Louise, who weighed in at 7 lbs 6 oz
is the daughter of Susan and Mark Jones.

Georgina Monique Pearl

Congratulations to Georgina Monique Pearl Alcock of Woodlands House, for
winning the Ilfracombe Boots Brave Baby Award 1998.

This is a national competition with each individual branch of Boots making an award. The winners are entered into a National Final. Baby Georgina is now better, but since she was born at the end of last August, she has spent a lot of time in and out of hospital. We wish her luck in the Final and hope to hear good news when the results are known in the near future.

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The world has no such flower in any land,
And no such pearl in any gulf the sea,
As any babe on any mother's knee.

A.C. Swinburne

Sarah Redwood and Clive Blackburn are delighted to announce the safe arrival of Liam Robert on the 29th January, weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz a first grandchild for Carol and John and first great-grandchild for Kath.

Colin and Doreen Harding are proud to announce the arrival of their sixth grandchild on the 1st March. Olivia Alice a second daughter for Debra and Gary and sister for Lauren and Alexander, tipped the scales at 9 lbs 2 oz. Colin and Doreen now have three grand-daughters and three grand-sons!

Congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

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CHRISTMAS COLOUIRNG COMPETITION

"Christmas at Hollow Tree Cottage" was certainly bright and cheerful and if entries were lacking in quantity they were certainly not lacking in quality! Thank you to everyone who got colouring.

With an age span from 6 to 84 years, making a decision on the winners was extremely hard, but with the help of Paul, our 'Illustrator in Residence' and other colleagues at the College, the prize must go to Lil Moyle - 84 years young! Lil is Gladys Toms' sister who used to live in Ilfracombe, a regular visitor to Berrynarbor until she and her late husband moved to Farnborough some ten years ago to live near their four sons. Gladys sends her the Newsletter which 'she looks forward to and reads from cover to cover. Congratulations Lil!

Other winners who must also be congratulated on very fine efforts were:


 
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Little Boy, Full of Joy,
Little Girl, Sweet and Small,Merry voice, Infant noise
Merrily, Merrily to welcome the Year.

William Blake

Saffron and [Granny] Jan Alcock are delighted to announce the arrival of Georgina Monique Pearl on the 27th August. Georgina, who weighed in at 6l bs 5 oz, was Christened at St. Peter's Church on the 11th October.

Rob and Julia Fairchild [nee Hannam] are very happy to announce the arrival of a little sister for Ella Kate, Lucy Florence, who was born on the 1st November weighing 6 lbs 3 oz.

Just a few lines to let you know of our latest 'arrival'. We were all delighted when Sarah, our youngest daughter, and her husband Paul, who have two lovely daughters, Gabrielle and Hollie, were advised by the 'can' that they were expecting a third little girl. But surprise! Surprise! On 25th October, little Charlie Paul William arrived, weighing in at 7 lbs 14 oz. Everyone was thrilled to bits!! We are looking forward to next February, when our eldest daughter, Nicki, and her husband Paulo expect their fourth baby, a brother or sister for Luca, Joseph and Rosie, our seventh grand-child - wonderful!

We are both well and enjoying renovating our new home. We send our best wishes to all Berry friends and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

Jackie and Paul Lethaby

P.S. We'll be in touch when the stork has called in February!

Congratulations and very best wishes to all the new babies, the proud parents and grandparents.

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When the first baby laughed for the first time,
the laugh broke into a thousand pieces
and they all went skipping about,
and that was the beginning of fairies.
 
J.M. Barrie

Ken and Judie Weedon are very happy to announce the arrival of their new grandson, Jamal, on the 20th July. Jamal, a third son for Helen and Kamal and brother for Joshim and Korim, and sixth great-grandchild for Barbara, weighed in at 6 lbs 12 1/2 oz.

Celia and Laurel Draper are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their grand-daughter, Lucy Jade, a daughter for Lana and Wayne. The stork has been busy calling recently - in just under a year [by 1 day], baby girls have been delivered to Allyson [Gemma, 2nd August, 1996], Lisa [Hollie, 27th December] and Lucy on the 1st August weighing in at 81bs 80z.

Sally Barten is delighted to announce that her daughter Janet and husband R.J. have giV31 her a second grand-child, a little boy, Rory Devon, born at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, on the 23rd August, weighing 81bs 90z. And a very warn-I 'welcome home' to Rachel, Jonny and baby Molly, who are currently over from Australia.

Nicola and Derek Matthews of Middle Lee are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter, Sally on the 25th August. Sally, sister for William and grand-daughter for Clifford, tipped the scales at 8 lbs 6 oz.

Congratulations and best wishes to the proud parents and their new off-spring

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Congratulations to Emma and Iain Spear of Manor Cottage on the birth of their son, Oliver, on 19th June, weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz. Best wishes to you all and to grandparents Dinah, Barry and David and Jill.

Pip and Tony Summers are delighted to announce the arrival of their grandson, Samuel James. Samuel, who weighed in on the 27th June at 10 lbs 4 oz, is the son of Caroline and Andy, and brother of Jasmine. Congratulations to you all.

Claire and Michael Prentice of Summerhill are proud to announce the safe arrival of their daughter, Olivia Ellen. Making an early appearance, on the 30th June, Olivia weighed 6 lbs. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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Warmest congratulations to Maggie and Graham on the birth of their twin son and daughter, Jake and Halli [Foster-Ramdsen] on the 23rd October. Jake weighed in at 4 lbs 5 1/2 oz and Halli topped him by 1/2 oz at 4 lbs 6 oz. Maggie, who is the violinist with the 'Parcel of Rogues', now has two more strings to her bow!

Celia and Laurel Draper are delighted to announce the arrival of their second grand-daughter, Hollie Lauren, who was born on the 27th December and weighed 7hlbs. Hollie is the daughter of Lisa and Mark Willis who live in Combe Martin. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

Congratulations to Barbara and Colin Fudge who have joined the ranks of grandparents with the birth of their first grand-daughter, Alexandra, on the 2nd January, weighing 71bs. Alexandra is the daughter of Barbara and Colin's son, Rick, and his wife Jill, who live near Liverpool. Our best wishes to you all.

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Hillary and Roger Stevens are delighted to have become grandparents with the birth of Jay Emery on the 20th October. Jay, son of Lisa [nee Stevens] and Adrian, weighed in at 6 lbs 10 oz.

Steve and Odette Chivers are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter, Skye. Bom at Hammonds Farm - like her brother Kyle - on the 7th November, she was a 71b 3 1/40z bundle for stork - Sally Barten - to deliver!

Steve and Odette send special thanks to Sally now happily on her visit to Australia to meet her grand-daughter, Molly -for her wonderful help and kindness.

The 7th November was also the birth day of Tia Jasmine, a sister for Ryan and Keifer, who weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz. Tia gave her parents, Sarah and Barrie, grandparents Jo and Gary and great grandmother, Vi, a worrying time at first, but thankfully she is now doing well.

Doreen and Alan Prater, now back from their holidays in South Devon and sunny Spain, and living at Venture Cottage [Il], are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their second grandson, Liam Charles. Liam, son of Judith and Charles, arrived on the 13th November, weighing 61bs 6 1/40z - mother and baby are doing fine.

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Congratulations to Mark and Allyson on the birth of their daughter, Gemma Louise, on the 2nd August. Gemma weighed in at 7 lbs 1 oz and is the first grandchild for Laurel and Celia Draper and Sheila and John Brain. Best wishes to you all.

Linda and Fred Brown are delighted to announce the arrival of their latest grandchildren, twin boys born on the 17th September. George [the 'giant'] weighed in at 6 lbs 11oz and Thomas at 5 lbs 1oz., sons for Jill and Paul and brothers for Hannah, Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

Not a new arrival, but an unexpected one! Jill and Rainer Jost could not believe their eyes recently when their daughter, Tanya, and their new granddaughter, Courtney, arrived unexpectedly from Fiji - what a wonderful surprise!

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Jill and Rainer Jost are delighted to announce the arrival of their first grandchild, a daughter for Tanya and Mark [Hill]. Courtney Talei was born in Fiji General Hospital on the 14th June, and weighed in at 3.27 kilo. Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

Congratulations to Jason and Tracey [nee Yeo] on the birth of their daughter, Vashti Rose, on the 17th May, just tipping the scales at 6 lbs; a sister for Dylan, a grand-daughter for Marlene and Dave and great granddaughter for Ivy and Walter White. Best wishes to all.

Best wishes and congratulations to Alan and Alf of Bowden Farm on the birth of their daughter on 11th July.

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The stork has been busy with three new arrivals and reports that mothers and babies are all doing well.

After some twenty years of male heirs, the Bowden family were delighted to welcome Anna Jane on the 17th March [Mother's Day], weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz, a daughter for Bobby and Jane, sister for Samuel and second grandchild for Michael and Lorna and Barbara and Dennis.

Korim Thomas, a second son for Helen and Kamal and brother for Joshim, tipped the scales at 7 lbs 14 oz on the 20th March. He is the third great grandson for Barbara, and second grandson for Ken and Judie.

Outstripping the other two babies at 9 lbs 9 oz, Alex, a brother for Becky and a son for Karen and Matthew Walls, was born on the 2nd May, a second grandchild for Margaret and Keith.

Congratulations and very best wishes to all the proud parents and their offspring!

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Anne and David Beagley are delighted to announce the arrival, on the 22nd of February, of their grandsons, Jack and Liam 16 lbs 11oz and 6 lbs 13 oz], twin sons for Clare [nee Beagley] and Kelvin Turner, and brothers for Jade.

Lauren Victoria, weighing 8 lb 6 oz, clocked in at 11.25 p.m. on the 29th February - a Leap Year baby for Debra [nee Harding] and Gary Baddick, sister for Alexander and new grand-daughter for Colin and Doreen.

Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

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From Devon to Darwin fly love and congratulations to Rachel [nee Fanner] and John Kroes birth of their special little girl on 2nd December, 1995. Her name is Molly.

From a very proud Grannie Sally B and Godmother Janet

May we, too, congratulate Rachel, John and Sally and also new grandparents Maureen and Keith Cooper and Sandra and Jim Jackson.

Maureen and Keith's granddaughter, Bobbi, weighed in at 6 lbs 2 oz on the 30th October, and Sandra and Jim's granddaughter, Sharron Rose, at 9 lbs 2 oz on the 9th December.

Congratulations, too, to the proud parents, Jackie and Neil Cooper and Dorne and Andy Satchwell.

News has just been received of the arrival of Rita and David Duncan's granddaughter, Ella, born, 3 weeks early, on the 14th January, and weighing 4 lbs 2 oz - mother, Angela, and baby are doing fine and so is the proud father, Lance.

Our very best wishes to you all.

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HATCHED

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Ella Kate, daughter of Julia [nee Hannam] and Rob Fairchild. Ella, who weighed in on the 19th November at 6 lbs 12.5 oz, is the first grandchild for Valerie and Neil of Little Orchard. Our congratulations and very best wishes to you all.

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HATCHED

Greetings and congratulations to the following new arrivals and their parents:

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ARRIVALS

On a happier note, there is news of three new babies.

First, congratulations and best wishes to Great Granny Marion [Billet) of Riversdale, Grandparents Ann and Roger and proud parents Sally and Brendan on the birth of Rebecca Frances on the 29th November. Rebecca was so anxious to be in time for Christmas, she arrived unexpectedly five weeks early, weighing in at 51bs 40z, and now, having passed her ' sell by' date, tips the scales at 6 1/2 lbs.

On the 2nd November, another ex-resident of Riversdale Cottage, Tracey (Yeo) and her husband, Jason, who now live in Plymouth, proudly presented Marlene and Dave with their first grandchild. On arrival, baby Dylan William weighed 7 1/2 lbs, but already he has shown his future potential ag a basketball player - like his dad - gaining in length and doubling his birth weight. Congratulations and best wishes to you all, not forgetting Great Granny Ivy [White].

Doreen and Alan Prater are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild. Congratulations to Sarah [Bowen] - another ex-resident of the Valley! - and Richard on the birth of your son, Shane Ashley on the 10th January. Shane, a third grandson for Stella and Les, weighed in at 7 lbs 2 oz. Best wishes to you all.

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NIPPER SNIPPETS

We are delighted to learn that baby Charlotte [Mummery] is now home with mum and dad, Rob and Shirley, and is rapidly gaining weight - now well over the 9 lbs mark!

Congratulations to the Village's youngest set of twins, Kayleigh and Kirsty [Richards], who celebrated their first birthdays on the 3rd November.

Congratulations also to June and Ivan Clark on the birth of a second son, Shane [6 lbs 9 oz] - a brother for Ben on the 7th November.

[P.S. Apologies Ivan and John Clark(e) for muddling you up in the last Newsletter!]

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