For many years now, Newsletters have begun with the report from our Women's Institute. Sadly, as reported in the December issue, there has been a split.
early January, the members who wished to remain in the W.I. met and after much
deliberation were unable to form a committee.
A compromise was reached to join Woolacombe W.I. [on the 3rd Thursday in
the month]. We have already met with
them and have received a warm welcome.
The accounts balance has been sent to Linda Brown
We wish both groups luck and perhaps some time in the future, a W.I. will be re-established here in the Village.
The November Annual Meeting proved to be rather eventful in more ways than one! Members entering the Manor Hall were confronted by a smoke filled room. On closer inspection, the smoke appeared to be coming from a room at the back of the hall so it was decided to call the fire brigade. Fortunately for us, Edith from the Globe, kindly offered us the use of the family room, so twenty five ladies departed to the Globe, leaving the fire brigade to deal with the problem. Apparently the boiler had overheated and an instruction booklet lying on top had begun to smoulder. Please forgive me if I have got the wrong explanation!
The Meeting began with the Secretary, Marion Carter, reading the minutes of the last Annual Meeting which were then approved by members and signed by the President. Ordinary business was then conducted, which included final arrangements for the trip to Exeter on 5th December for shopping and attending the W.I. Carol Service in the Cathedral. Treasurer, Janet Steed, presented the Financial Statement which was adopted and then Marion read the Annual report, which recorded a full and interesting programme of events during the year.
The President thanked Marion, Janet and all members of the Committee for their help and support. Linda Brown and Beryl Brewer were thanked for manning the sales table each month, which had produced a substantial amount of income. The Annual Report was then adopted.
A certain amount of dissatisfaction had grown during the year regarding next year's subscription which has risen from £22 per member to £26 to include a new monthly magazine called W.I. Life. At present the Home and Country magazine is only taken by three members. Consequently, it was decided to hold a ballot to decide whether to stay in the W.I or leave and form an independent ladies' group. The outcome is that 11 members wish to stay and 18 members wish to leave.
At this point in time I am able to report that the 18 members will form an independent group - hopefully the 11 members will join too, but they may decide to form their own W.I. Group - more on this next time.
It is my fervent hope that the new Group will continue to be supported by present members and also attract new ones. We shall put together an interesting programme with speakers and support local charities. There will also be outings. One already put forward for the spring is a visit to the National Trust property, Tyntesfield, near Bristol. The raffle at the Meeting was won by Ann Hinchliffe and the "baby" competition by Marion Carter.
Our December meeting will be on THURSDAY 7th December. This will be a Christmas party when everyone is asked to bring a gift to the value of £3. These gifts will be distributed at the end of the Meeting. Norma and Tony Holland and friends will be entertaining us.
Doreen Prater - President
After the August break, it was nice to resume meetings and on 5th September a member of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust gave an interesting talk. There are now two helicopters operating from Middlemoor and Great Torrington, which means a helicopter can reach 50% of Devon within five minutes, and the remaining 50% within ten. The competition for an aerial photograph was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Ethel Tidbury.
At our meeting on the 3rd October, Michael Hesman, from Ilfracombe, showed slides of Around Great Britain which illustrated what a beautiful country we live in. The competition for a souvenir of Exmoor was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Inge Richardson. As usual, the meeting began with the business section and ended with tea, biscuits and a chat!
This year, the Autumn Group Meeting will be hosted by Loxhore W.I. on the 17th October. The Annual Meeting takes place on the 7th November, when new committee members and officers will be elected. How the year has flown by! The competition is for a photograph of a member as a baby.
We hope to arrange a minibus to go to the W.I. Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral on 5th December. There may be a few spare seats, so if anyone is interested in joining us for shopping, please 'phone either
Marion Carter on 882206 or myself, Doreen, on 589234. The meeting on the 7th December will be a Christmas Party, when we shall be entertained by Norma and Tony Holland. Please note this date is the first THURSDAY, due to the Carol Service on the 5th.
Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.
At our meeting on the 6th June, we were given a colourful and interesting introduction to belly dancing by Bernadette Smocznska and she explained the history of each dance as the afternoon progressed. Unfortunately, nobody took up her offer to 'have a go'!! The competition for the prettiest scarf was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Maureen Wonnacott.
Richard Eales, an Exmoor Park Ranger, spoke to us about red deer on Exmoor on the 4th July. His talk was illustrated by slides featuring firstly photographs of the different species of deer [not all living on Exmoor] and then the life of the red deer through the seasons. He brought along some antlers which the males shed each year. These are different shapes depending on the age of the animal.
The competition for 'a deer' was won by Ethel Tidsbury. She had brought along a charming soft toy. The raffle was won by
Sixteen members enjoyed a visit to Eggesford Garden Centre on the 10th July. Unfortunately, the proposed visit to West Hill Farm, West Down, was postponed due to the possibility of heavy showers - a cream tea was going to be served on the lawn!
As usual, there will be no meeting in August. We commence again on the 5th September when there will be a visit from a member of the Devon Air Ambulance. The competition is for an aerial photograph. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
Doreen Prater - President
Members were very interested to see the slides of Combe Martin "Then and Now" shown by Les Tovey at the April meeting. Some buildings have now disappeared or changed beyond recognition, whilst others have remained more or less unchanged. The competition for a photograph of a dog was won by Josie Bozier and the raffle by Margaret Andrews.
usual, the May meeting was devoted to discussing the two Resolutions on which
delegates will vote at the National Federation AGM in
The first Resolution urges the Government to legislate for the use of renewable energy technologies in all new buildings, re-building and renovation. The second Resolution urges the Government to recognise
that participation in sport is an essential factor in the creation of a healthy population; to ensure that sport is re-established on the curriculum in all schools and to reverse the decline in the availability of sporting facilities for all citizens.
All members present voted in favour of both Resolutions.
The competition for six cookies was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Janet Gibbins. At the end of the meeting, after the 'serious' part, there was a social time when tea and cookies were consumed!
The next meeting is on 6th June where there will be a demonstration of belly dancing and the competition is for the prettiest scarf.
An Exmoor Ranger will be talking to us on 4th July and the competition is for a deer. There will be no meeting in August.
All meetings take place in the Manor Hall on the first Tuesday of the month at Visitors and new members very welcome.
Doreen Prater - President
On 7th February, Alan Hedges, a retired Police Dog Handler, brought along his dog Fern. He explained the work involved in training a dog and handler, and spoke of various incidences in which he personally had been involved. The competition for an embroidered tray cloth was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Win Collins.
We were pleased to welcome Malcolm Pharoah, Head Gardener at Marwood Hill Gardens, on the 7th March. His slides showed the progress of the gardens over the years, started by Dr. James Smart in the 1950's, up to the present day. As well as a delightful garden, there is now a tea room offering lovely views over the garden and good food.
This month there were two competitions - a posy won by Linda Brown and a jar of marmalade won by Janet Steed. These two items, together with the tray cloth, are to be placed on a tray and entered in the Group Competition at Shirwell on 11th April. The raffle was won by Mrs. Naylor.
Les Tovey will be showing slides of Combe Martin, "Then and Now", on the 4th April, and the competition is for a member's photograph of a dog. On the 2nd May we shall be considering and voting on the two resolutions - namely Renewable Energy and Sport for Health - to be voted on nationally at Cardiff on 7th June. The competition is for 6 cookies - to be consumed at the meeting!
New members and visitors are always very welcome at our meetings, which take place at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall.
Doreen Prater - President
At the meeting in December we welcomed Steve from the Exmoor Zoological Park. He brought along a few 'specimens', namely a large snail, slug, snake and skunk, which were viewed with some trepidation by a few members!
Also at the meeting were Viv and Steve Blackman. They had come to take part in the unveiling of the mosaic, which a few members had produced with their help. It was much admired and will be a lasting record of the W.I. in Berrynarbor. All who attended the meeting were offered Pimms and apple juice, sherry or tea with mince pies to celebrate the occasion, and Christmas presents were exchanged. The Pimms Winter Warmer was kindly donated by the producers - Marion Carter had sent them an e-mail, responding to an advertisement in 'Home and Country'.
Members, twenty-two in all, once again enjoyed a Christmas Lunch at The Lodge on the 19th December, and as usual Phil and Lynne produced a delicious meal which ended with a sing-a-long with Phil.
The January meeting, on the 3rd, was attended by 22 members and
2 guests. Three practitioners from the Bridge Chambers Health Practice gave an interesting insight into complementary medicine. The subjects were hypnotherapy, Chinese medicine and herbs and counselling. The raffle was won by new member Jenny Cox and the competition for a jar of herbs by Margaret Crabbe.
The next meeting will be on 7th February when the speaker will be Les Tovey with his slides of Combe Martin Shops in the Past. The competition - an embroidered tray cloth.
The Head Gardener from Marwood Hill Gardens will be our speaker on the 7th March and the competition a posy or jar of marmalade. Visitors and new members very welcome.
Doreen Prater - President
At our meeting in October, Carole Roberts gave a very interesting talk about the role of the Victim Support Service. The vote of thanks was given by Jenny Caswell; the competition for a comfort toy was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Margaret Crabbe.
The Annual Meeting took place on the 1st November, when nine members were re-elected on to the Committee. Edna Barnes, Josie Bozier and Linda Brown decided to stand down. Marion Carter agreed to continue as Secretary and Janet Steed as Treasurer. Doreen Prater was re-elected President with Margaret Andrews as Vice President. Marion read her Report on the meetings and activities during the past year and Doreen thanked the Committee for their continued support.
Viv and Steve Blackman brought along the mosaic for members to see and a few more pieces were added. The mosaic is nearing completion and it is hoped to have an unveiling ceremony in December.
As usual, Linda Brown and Beryl Brewer were in charge of the sales table - always a popular inclusion in the monthly meetings. The competition for gaudy earrings was won by Kath Arscott and the raffle by Jenny Caswell.
Twelve members are going to Atlantic Village on the 14th November to witness the unveiling of the knitted Christmas Tree by Tony Beard from BBC Radio Devon.
At the next meeting on 6th December, the speaker will be from the Exmoor Zoological Park and the talk will be followed by social time, with tea and mince pies and the exchange of Christmas presents. The competition is for a hand-made Christmas Card with an animal or bird theme.
The new year starts with a visit from members of the Bridge Chambers Health Practice speaking on complementary medicine. This meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd January, in the Manor Hall at 2.30 p.m. The competition is a vase of herbs. Visitors are always welcome.
After the August break, it was good to meet up again with members - and two guests - for our September meeting. Viv Blackman and her husband brought the amended picture of the proposed mosaic which was duly approved by members. Work starts in earnest on Monday afternoon, 12th September at 3.00 p.m. in the Manor Hall - and every Monday thereafter. Anyone from the village who would like to add a few 'tiles' would be most welcome.
The speaker was Mrs. J. Breeds who showed us some excellent slides of the wild flowers and grasses which grow on Braunton Burrows. The best time to see most of the flowers is in June and July and organised walks take place during the spring and summer. The raffle was won by Di Hillier and Vi Davies won the competition for a vase of wild flowers.
On the 4th October, Margaret Patten will be speaking on Victim Support and the competition is for a child's comfort toy - to be donated.
1st November sees the Annual Meeting again - where has the year gone?
Fifteen seats have been booked to see Holiday on Ice at Westpoint on 23rd February. This is for the matinee which starts at 1.00 p.m. There will probably be a few spare seats. Anyone interested in seeing this spectacular show should telephone either Marion Carter on 882206 or Doreen Prater on 882822. The price, including minibus, is £26.
The December meeting will be on the 6th when the speaker will tell us about the Exmoor Wildlife Park.
Doreen Prater - President
At our meeting on Tuesday, 7th June, our speaker was the Revd. Jim Bates who reminisced about his time as a Bevin boy, which meant working down a coal mine during the war. He illustrated his talk with his own sketches and a miner's helmet contributed by Berrynarbor's own Bevin Boy - Bernard Allen.
The vote of thanks was given by Janet Gibbins and there were birthday cards and gifts for Jenny Cookson for May, Vi Davies for June and Ursula Rouse in advance for July. This was because Ethel Tidsbury who has organised all the birthday cards and gifts for many years was to be on holiday in July. The competition - a Wartime Memento - was won byVi Davies and the raffle by Ursula Rouse.
At the July meeting, members were shown Viv Blackman's proposed design for the W.I. Mosaic, to be made by members with the help of Viv and her husband and to eventually be hung in the Manor Hall. It provoked a lot of interest and the many comments and ideas passed on to Viv.
Our speaker was Envoy Jean Tompkinson of the Salvation Army and her talk ranged from the very beginning of the Movement to the present day provision of mobile canteens at disasters, hostel accommodation for the homeless, meals for the elderly, work overseas and, of course, their searches for missing family members. Margaret Weller gave the vote of thanks.
The competition - six small decorated cakes enjoyed at the meeting - was won by Beryl Brewer and the raffle by Eileen Hobson, a very welcome guest.
As an extra event, we had a trip by horse-drawn barge along the Great Western Canal at Tiverton. The weather was glorious, the ride wonderfully peaceful and the cream tea delicious!
There will be no August meeting, our next meeting being on Tuesday 6th September, when our speaker will talk about the Braunton Burrows. Margaret Patten will talk to us about Victim Support at the October meeting on the 4th.
The renovation of the ship 'Kathleen and May' was the subject of the talk given by Mrs. Wendy Clarke at our April Meeting. It was very interesting to hear how the ship was purchased by her son and, with help, restored to her former glory. Wendy illustrated her talk with a video of the progress and subsequent visit to Ireland. Visits to the Kathleen and May, which is moored at Bideford, can be made at week-ends.
The competition for a sea view photograph was won by Kath Arscott and the raffle by Eunice Allen. Birthday cards and plants were given to Edna Barnes, Linda Brown, Margaret Crabbe, Liz Paget and Janet Steed.
Fifteen members attended the Resolution Meeting on the 3rd May. Secretary, Marion Carter, read the two Resolutions for members to consider, namely:
- W.I. members are urged to do all in their power to raise public awareness of the unfair difference between the retail prices of British milk and the price paid to the farmers.
- W.I. members are called to take further action to reduce waste and conserve resources in their own homes and communities. To lobby manufacturers, retailers and decision makers to reduce waste in the production, packaging and transportation of public and consumer goods.
After due consideration, a vote was taken and members were l00% in favour of both Resolutions. The delegate from the Lundy Group [of which Berrynarbor is a member for this purpose] will be attending the National Annual General Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in June and will vote on our behalf.
The raffle was won by Beryl Brewer and the competition for a spring flower was won by Marion Carter. Birthday plants and cards were given to Rosemary Gaydon, Eunice Allen and Marion Carter. The meeting ended with tea, cakes and chat!
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 7th June when the speaker will be the Rev. Jim Bates, his subject being 'Life as a Bevin Boy'. The competition is for a wartime memento. On 5th July, Envoy Jean Tompkinson will tell us about the work of the Salvation Army and the competition is for six small decorated cakes - to be consumed at the meeting - forget the calories!
As usual, visitors and new members are always welcome to our meetings, held on the first Tuesday in the month, 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall. There will, however, be NO meeting in August.
Quick Tips for Inducing Sleep:Starchy foods, such as banana, bread or biscuits, taken in moderation before bedtime, encourage sleep.
Take a teaspoon of honey in camomile tea.
Put two drops of camomile oil on your pillow.
A drink of warm fresh orange juice, sweetened with honey will help .
Put sprigs of dill on your pillow.
Lettuce is a natural sedative, so eat plenty in salads or try lettuce soup.
Doreen Prater - President
"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is 'soporific'."
Beatrix Potter, The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
Mr. Roy Goodwin, Ilfracombe Town Crier, was a very interesting speaker at our February Meeting. He recounted the history of town criers who were employed to make public announcements in the streets. He passed around photographs of previous Ilfracombe town criers with snippets of information about each one. One actually rode around the town on a horse. Roy will be representing Ilfracombe in the World Championships in Queensland, Australia later this year.
Beryl Brewer received a birthday plant and card, the raffle was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the competition for three decorated fairy cakes was won by Janet Steed. She will now enter three more in the Group Competition in Kentisbury on 4th April.
On 1st March, Anne Rhodes recounted her experiences teaching in a university in China during the 1980's. She was the only westerner in the area at that time and conditions were pretty grim. She could only manage to eat rice and noodles, so her digestive system suffered as a result of a poor diet. She found the people very friendly and anxious to learn.
Birthday plants and cards were given to Janet Gibbins, Inge Richardson and Doreen Prater who also won the raffle. A jumper knitted by Marion Carter was chosen to be entered in the Group Competition.
It was reported that members had enjoyed a trip to see "Holiday on Ice" at Westpoint, Exeter and some members had taken part in the sponsored "Knit In" on 8th February to raise money for the North Devon Hospice.
Nineteen members enjoyed the annual Birthday cream tea on 15th March at the Watersmeet Hotel, Woolacombe. This venue was particularly enjoyable because of the glorious sea view from the hotel.
The next three Meetings are as follows:
- 5th April Mrs. Wendy Clarke - renovation of the "Kathleen and May". Competition: A sea view photograph.
- 3rd May W.I. Resolutions. Consideration of two resolutions to be presented at the National Annual General Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June. Competition: A ;Spring flower.
- 7th June "Life as a Bevan Boy" - speaker Revd. Jim Bates. Competition: A wartime memento.
As always, visitors and new members are very welcome. 2.30p.m. in the Manor Hall.
Doreen Prater - President
Stop Press: Recently we applied for a Lottery Grant from "Awards for All South West" which is a joint Lottery Grants' Programme supported by Arts Council England, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Sports England. We have just heard that we have been awarded £1000 to make a mosaic depicting the W.I. and village life, to be sited in the Manor Hall. We have a working party set up and, with expert help, hope to commence the project shortly. Please contact Marion Carter or Doreen Prater if you would like to join us.
Tom Bartlett produced slides of postcards of old Berrynarbor at our December meeting. It was very interesting to see the village as it looked many years ago and the young children who are now our senior citizens. The competition for an old postcard was won by Maureen Wonnacott and the raffle by Barbara Gibson, a visitor, who will hopefully soon become a member.
The Christmas Lunch at The Lodge was enjoyed by sixteen members and our thanks go to Phil and Lyn, who always 'do us proud'.
Unfortunately Jill Westcott was unable to come to speak about complementary medicine at our January meeting. We were, however, pleased to welcome the Bratton Fleming Handbell Ringers, who agreed to come at very short notice. The five ladies entertained us with a medley of carols, songs and hymns, enjoyed by all members. Birthday cards and plants were given to Joan Wood, Kath Arscott and Judy Jones, manfully provided by Ethel Tidsbury, despite her still suffering from shingles. We wish her a speedy recovery. We were pleased to welcome a new member, Margaret Crabbe. The planned competition had been for a recipe for a remedy for an ailment but this was cancelled. However, the following recipe for a tonic - don't we all need one with this depressing weather - might come in useful!
Mrs. Thomas's Beetroot Tonic
This pick-me-up has been used by women in Mrs. Thomas's family for generations. 'The recipe,' explains Mrs. Thomas, 'was given to me by my grandmother.' Beetroot is traditionally thought to be good for the nervous system and it helps prevent fatigue and dizziness.
Wash 3lbs of fresh raw beetroot and slice, unpeeled, into a large bowl. Cover with 2lbs of brown sugar and leave to stand for 3 days, stirring from time to time. Strain through muslin into a clean jug and add a bottle of Guinness or Stout. Stir well, bottle and seal before storing [not too tightly or pressure will build up]. Drink one small sherry glass a day.
By the time you read this, our February meeting, when the speaker will be Roy Goodwin, Ilfracombe Town Crier, will have taken place. At the meeting on the 1st March, Anne Rhodes will recount her visit to China and competitions will be either a fancy knitted article or hand-made hat, using paper and/or card. The winners of the February and March competitions will be entered at the Spring Group Meeting, to be hosted by Kentisbury W.I. on 4th April. Our April Meeting follows a day later, on the 5th, when Wendy Clarke will be talking to us about 'Kathleen and May' [Bideford boats] and the competition will be for a Sea View photograph.
Visitors are always very welcome to attend our meetings, which are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.
Doreen Prater - President
We were pleased to welcome Patricia Stout, Curator of the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, to our October meeting. Her talk was very interesting and informative and we hope to arrange a visit to Arlington Court next spring to see the new building housing the carriage collection. The competition for a historic family souvenir was won by Maureen Wonnacott, the raffle by Win Collins and birthday cards and plants given to Jan Gammon, Di Hillier and Edith Ozelton.
The Annual Meeting was held on 2nd November, when the Financial Statement was presented by the Treasurer and the Secretary read the Annual Report. Two new members were welcomed on to the Committee and after a ballot, I was re-elected President for another year. We were pleased to welcome our W.I. Adviser, Mrs. Elma Blackmore, to the meeting to guide us through the proceedings. The competition for gaudy earrings was won by Win Collins and the raffle by Inge Richardson.
Tom Bartlett will be presenting postcards of Old Berrynarbor at our meeting on the 7th December. This should prove to be very interesting, so please, ladies, come and join us. The competition will be an old postcard.
Our January meeting will be held on the 4th when we shall be welcoming Jill Westcott whose subject will be Complementary Medicine and the competition will be for an unusual recipe for a remedy for an ailment. The February meeting falls on the first of the month - in advance of the next Newsletter - and Roy Goodwin will be telling us of his experiences as Ilfracombe Town Crier.
Our Christmas Lunch will be at The Lodge on Monday, 13th December.
Doreen Prater - President
Seventeen members and three visitors met at the Manor Hall on the 7th September. In a change to our programme, our Secretary showed slides and spoke of a pilgrimage she had made to Singapore and Thailand. Marion was presented with a bottle of wine and the vote of thanks was given by Doreen Prater. Birthday gifts were given to Josie Bozier, Win Collins and Margaret Weller, and the raffle was won by Marion Carter. The competition for a horse brass was won by Jenny Caswell.
At our meeting on Tuesday, 5th October, Patricia Stout, the Curator of the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court, will be telling us about the Collection. So, ladies, do please come and join us - 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall. The competition will be for a holiday souvenir.
November will be our A.G.M. and nominations for Officers and the Committee must be handed in at the October meeting.
At our meeting in June, Judie Weedon gave an interesting insight into the Berrynarbor Newsletter and how it came to start. Members were then able to look around the exhibition. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Weller, the raffle won by Joan Wood and the competition for six small decorated cakes - which were then enjoyed with our cup of tea! - by Beryl Brewer.
Later in the month members enjoyed a cream tea at the Banbury's Garden Centre at Ashford, in remembrance of Bobbie Hacker. Bobbie had very kindly bequeathed a sum of money so that we could celebrate her birthday.
In July I was privileged to attend the Annual General Meeting of the W.l. held in Sheffield, and the singing of Jerusalem by 4,500 women made me feel proud to be a member and to be part of an organisation working for the good of other people and communities. It was interesting hearing the arguments for and against our three resolutions and being part of the voting process, end knowing that our Institute's vote really did make a difference. George Alagiah spoke passionately about keeping the BBC as an independent and trustworthy voice and about his role in the Fair Trade Campaign and how we can all make a difference. Esther Rantzen assured us that women can make a difference and that we should use the media to get our message across. The highlight of the meeting for me, however, was meeting so many W.l. members and hearing their views.
At our July meeting, Yvonne Davey and Patrick Hamilton told us about the role of the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency - what they do and their objectives for the future, including developing new community facilities and helping other organisations. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews. The raffle was won by Ethel Tidsbury and the competition for the oldest UK coin - 1890- by Janet Gibbins.
We don't have a meeting in August, so our next one will be on Tuesday, 7th September, when Patricia Stout will be telling us about the Arlington Court Carriage Collection. So ladies, do please come and join us.
At our April meeting, Janice Quinn gave an interesting demonstration of sugar craft using gelatine and sugar paste to make beautiful flower decorations. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews. Birthday gifts were given to Edna Barnes, Linda Brown, Liz Paget and Janet Steed, and the raffle was won by Maureen Wannocott. At our Group Meeting held at Bratton Fleming Village Hall on Thursday, 1st April, we came joint third in the competition. Several members also met at the President's home to watch the video of 'Calendar Girls', which we all enjoyed.
On the 4th May, 15 members and a guest met at the Manor Hall to discuss the Resolutions which prompted some lively discussion and our decisions will now go forward to the Annual General Meeting in June. Birthday gifts were given to Eunice Allen, Rosemary Gaydon and Marion Carter and the competition for a spring flower was won by Maureen Wannocott.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 1st June, at 2.30 p.m. when Judie will be talking about the Newsletter. The competition will be for six small decorated cakes which will be consumed at the meeting. On the 6th July, we shall have a speaker from the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency and the competition will be for the oldest coin from the U.K. Our President will also be holding a Coffee Morning at her home, Cherry Hinton, on Tuesday 15th June, 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
So, Ladies, please come and join us.
At our February meeting, Sharon White gave us a very interesting talk with slides about the Children's Hospice and told us about forthcoming plans to open a Children's Hospice in Bristol. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Weller. A birthday gift was given to Beryl Brewer, the raffle won by Liz Paget and the competition for a childhood toy by Janet Gibbins. We were pleased to have been able to take part in the North Devon Hospice 2004 Great North Devon Knit In on 24th February at the Manor Hall. It was great to be part of the community effort and was much enjoyed. Thanks go to Judie for organising it.
At our March meeting, Steve Wright from Care Direct gave a most informative account of the work they do to help those who are over 60 years of age to lead a good life. Win Collins gave the vote of thanks and Doreen Prater, Inga Richardson and Janet Steed received birthday gifts. Maureen Wonnacott won the raffle. We held a Birthday Tea at The Commodore Hotel at Instow on the 10th March. This consisted of a cream tea, which was very much enjoyed.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 6th April at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall when we shall have a demonstration of sugar craft by Janice Quinn, and our meeting on the 6th May will be discussing and voting on the Resolutions, which will go forward to National. So come on ladies, come and help influence government policy! We got things going on children's diet and the problem of obesity, so your opinion does matter. Then on Tuesday, 1st June, Judie will be telling us about the Newsletter and a speaker from the North Devon Volunteering Development Agency will be coming to talk to us in July.
At our December meeting, Linda Brown gave an interesting demonstration of some beautiful floral arrangements for Christmas. The vote of thanks was given by Josie Bozier and members then enjoyed tea and mince pies. The raffle was won by Judy Jones and the competition for a seasonal decoration by Di Hillier. On the following Monday, we very much enjoyed our Christmas Lunch at The Lodge, which ended with everyone singing carols and seasonal songs, ably accompanied by Phil on his keyboard. Several members also enjoyed attending the Devon
Federation Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral, and the Group Carol Service at Kentisbury Church, hosted by Kentisbury W.l. Just before Christmas, Di Hillier hosted an enjoyable coffee morning at her home, which raised a good sum for our funds.
In January we welcomed two new members, Janet Gibbins and Maureen Wonnacott, and then our speaker, Joan McCallam, brought along a selection of hats from her various holidays and spoke about the countries from which they had come. The vote of thanks was given by Rosemary Gaydon, the raffle won by Doreen Prater and the competition for a holiday photograph by Di Hillier.
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 3rd February, when Alison Berridge will talk about the Children's Hospice South West. The competition will be for a childhood toy. We are also hoping to support the North Devon Hospice's Great North Devon Knit ln.
At the March meeting, on the 2nd, our speaker will be Nina Parnell, Senior Adviser for Care Direct and the competition will be for six hot cross buns or a hand-made Easter card.
We look forward to welcoming any ladies who would like to join us.
At our October meeting, Kath Arscott told us about her holiday in the Falkland Islands. The vote of thanks was given by Mahon Carter, a birthday gift was given to Di Hillier and the raffle was won by Josie Bozier.
We held our Annual General Meeting on the 4th November, when Doreen Prater was re-elected Chairman, Rosemary Gaydon Treasurer and Marion Carter Secretary. The Committee was re-elected en bloc with the addition of Josie Bozier and Margaret Weller. Our Branch Scrapbook was brought to the meeting for members to peruse.
Di Hillier will be holding a Coffee Morning to raise funds for the W.l. and arrangements for our visit to Exeter and attendance at the Carol Service at Exeter Cathedral on the 9th December were finalised. Details for our Christmas Lunch at The Lodge on the 15th December were also discussed and finalised. The raffle was won by Joan Wood and the competition for a 'sparkly necklace' by Marion Carter.
At our December meeting, Linda Brown will be showing us how to make a seasonal decoration and in January, we shall be seeing some more exotic holiday slides. So ladies, come and join us!
Fifteen members and three visitors met at the Manor Hall on the 2nd September. The President paid tribute to Vi Kingdon, former President of Berrynarbor W.l. who had died recently, and expressed appreciation of all that she had done for the W.l. and the local community. Doreen Prater told us about her recent holiday in Eastern Canada and brought photographs and books for us to see. She was presented with a tin of biscuits and the vote of thanks was given by Josie Bozier. Birthday gifts were given to Josie Bozier, Win Collins, Ann Hinchliffe and Margaret Weller and the raffle was son by Jenny Caswell. The competition for a holiday souvenir was won by Di Hillier.
On the 7th October, our 'Intrepid Traveller', Kath Arscott, will be telling us about some more of her adventures and on the 4th November we shall be holding our Annual General Meeting. All ladies are welcome, 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.
At our June meeting, Graham Andrews - Chairman of Berrynarbor Parish Council - gave a most interesting account of the work and history of Parish, District and County Councils. Graham has been involved-in this work since 1967 and has obviously enjoyed serving the community in this way. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins, the raffle won by Di Hillier and the competition for a cuddly toy won by Win Collins.
In July our meeting was addressed by Viv Blackman who advised us on making a mosaic for the Manor Hall. Viv has already produced a mosaic for Berrynarbor Primary School garden, with the help of the children, and has offered to help us with our mosaic. Making one will involve teamwork and groups can work on different sections, so if anyone is interested and would like to come and help, please contact Doreen Prater or Marion Carter. We then all enjoyed taking part in competitions arranged by Margaret Andrews and Linda Brown. A special presentation was made to Ethel Tidsbury as she will be 90 this month. The raffle was won by Joan Wood and the competition for four small cakes by Linda Brown.
Members are looking forward to a visit to Chambercombe Manor on the 15th July, and as we do not have a meeting in August, our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 2nd September when Doreen will tell us about her Canadian experience. So, ladies, do please come and join us.
We were very pleased to welcome about fifty members from the Chichester Group to the Group Meeting on 1st April and we were well entertained by Jenny Goldsmith talking about her 'Life on the Wicked Stage'. We also felt that we had done very well by coming joint second in the competition.
On the 6th May, nineteen members met at the Manor Hall to discuss the Resolutions which prompted some lively discussion, and our decisions will now go forward to the Annual General Meeting in June. Birthday gifts were given to Eunice Allen, Rosemary Gaydon and Marion Carter, who also won the raffle, and the competition for a spring flower was won by Doreen Prater.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd June, at 2.30 p.m. when Graham Andrews will be telling us all about Local Government, and on the 1st July we shall be having a social afternoon. So ladies, please come and join us.
At our February meeting we were given a very interesting talk with slides by Mary Irwin on her visits to India with the Girl Guides. What made the talk so particularly interesting was that Mary went to parts of India that most other visitors and holiday programmes never get to see. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins. A birthday gift was given to
Beryl Brewer, the raffle was won by Josie Bozier and the competition for a floral decoration for the top of a wedding cake was won by Linda Brown.
But, ladies, where were you on the 4th March? The ladies of Berrynarbor W.l. had a wonderful afternoon when Debbie Lewis of 'Get Ahead Hats' brought along a selection of her beautiful hats and we had great fun trying them on! But what a difference it made for us having an expert, such as Debbie, with a good eye for colour and shape, so that even those who felt they were not 'hat persons', were converted. We all ended up feeling really elegant and looking stunning look out Ascot! The vote of thanks was given by Linda Brown; birthday gifts were given to Doreen Prater and Inga Richardson, who also won the raffle. The competition for a painting was won by Joan Wood and the simnel cake by Doreen Prater.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 1st April at 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall, when we shall be welcoming members from the Chichester Group and Jenny Goldsmith will be talking about her 'Life on the Wicked Stage' - sounds interesting! Our meeting on the 6th May will be discussing and voting on the resolutions which will go forward to National. So, come on ladies, come and help influence Government policy! Then, on the 3111 June, Graham Andrews will be talking about local government.
For our December meeting on the 3rd, we were very pleased to welcome our Group members to the Carol Service held in St. Peter's Church. Andrew Jones took the Service of Seven Lessons and Stuart Neale played the organ. Berrynarbor Primary School sang 'Christmas has started', which was very much enjoyed. The retiring collection of just over £50 was donated to the Peninsular Medical School Trust and after the service, tea and mince pies were served in the Manor Hall. Votes of thanks were given by Andrew Jones and Sheila Hale, Group Secretary.
In January we welcomed two new members and then Tim and Jill Massey gave a very interesting talk, with slides, on their holiday in New Zealand. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews and the raffle was won by Beryl Brewer.
Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 4th February, at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall when Mary Irwin will tell us about 'Guiding in India'. The competition will be for a floral decoration for the top of a wedding cake and we look forward to welcoming any ladies who would like to join us. The March meeting - same place, same time and again visitors are welcome - will be on Tuesday, 4th March. Debbie Lewis will be talking 'Hats' and the competition will be a simnel cake or watercolour.
Marion Carter - Secretary
Our October meeting commenced with a minute's silence to mark the death of Kath Waller, a former member who had served on the Committee. Then, after all the business had been dealt with, Chris Jesson spoke on weaving and her early life working in mental health and occupational therapy. The vote of thanks was given by Margaret Andrews, birthday gifts were given to Di Hillier and Nancy Vinden, Di Hillier won the raffle and the competition - for an autumn bloom - was won by Win Collins.
November brought our Annual General Meeting when Doreen Prater was elected as Chairman, Rosemary Gaydon as Treasurer and Marion Carter as Secretary. Details for the Group Carol Service to be held in St. Peter's Church on Tuesday, 3rd December, and our Christmas Lunch at The Globe on 16th December, were discussed and finalised. Margaret Andrews announced that her Accreditation Service will be held at St. Peter's on the 8th December, and all W.l. members were invited to attend. A birthday gift was given to Joyce Elliot and one will be taken to Vi Kingdon, who is in hospital. The raffle was won by Rosemary Gaydon and the competition for a 'sparkly brooch' was won by Edna Barnes.
For our January meeting we are looking forward to welcoming Tim and Jill Massey who will be talking about their visit to New Zealand. Any lady who would like to join us at our Carol Service or January meeting will be very welcome.
After many years as President of our W.l., Vi Kingdon has had to stand down due to ill health. We send her our very best wishes and thank her for all that she has done for the W.l. over the years.
Until the August Newsletter, Vi had written the W.l. Report - from the very first issue, 13 years in all - and always accompanied by one of her little 'ditties'. In her first report, Vi paid tribute to the late Joan Adams, 'a member who quietly sets to work every month preparing Birthday Posies for our members, who now number over 50. With our changeable climate, no easy task, but recipients' pleasure and surprise is reward enough for this very special lady. Thank you Joan' and the accompanying ditty:
Which bind those who care,
Flowers are the sweet scented breath,
Of wishes that we share.
Thank you, Vi, another very special lady.
it was nice to see a few more members at the September meeting when the speaker was Mr. OLeary, whose subject was 'Ship in a Bottle'. He explained how this was accomplished and brought numerous exhibits of his work. Nimble fingers are necessary for this skill!
Apologies were once again received from our President, Vi Kingdon, who is still in the Tyrrell Hospital. A number of members have visited her and she keeps cheery. We were sorry to hear Eunice Alien has broken her wrist and wish her a speedy recovery. Our exhibit in the North Devon Show W.f. marquee came 10th out of 23 entries. The title was 'Glorious Devon', so it was decided to take as our subject 'Apple Day at Rosemoor'. All the groups made a tremendous effort.
The competition for an unusual bottle was won by Win Collins and the raffle by Edna Barnes. The next meeting will be on the 1st October when Chris Jesson will be speaking on Arts and Crafts, in particular on the art of Weaving. The November meeting, on the 5th, will be the Annual General Meeting.
Our members for the July meeting were rather thin on the ground, due mainly to holidays. Our President, Vi Kingdon, has rarely missed a meeting over the years, but unfortunately she has had to have an enforced rest in the Tyrrell Hospital! Members hope she will soon be back in the village and able to attend meetings again.
The 'Birthday Girls' this month are Joan Berry, Sally Fry and Ethel Tidsbury. However, as Ethel kindly donates the birthday plants, she was given a box of chocolates by the Treasurer, Rosemary Gaydon, who took the meeting in the absence of the President and Vice-president.
The Secretary, Doreen Prater, reported that at the NFWI Annual General Meeting, which took place this year in Brighton, voting on the two resolutions were as follows: support for local abattoirs 97.7%, stricter controls on importation of foodstuffs 99.7%.
Our speaker this month was Mr. Hendy, whose talk was entitled 'Turning a Hobby into a Business'. He had become interested in 'magic' when he was in his twenties and has built up a successful business as a magician over the years. It was a most interesting talk and Win Collins gave a vote of thanks. Norma Holland won the raffle.
Our next meeting will be held on the 3rd September - no meeting in August - when the speaker will be Mr. G. O'Leary, whose subject will be 'Ship in a Bottle'. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
So start it with a smile
Enjoy the art of living
Do things that are worthwhile
Like loving and forgiving
And having time to spare
To make some person happy
By showing that you care.
The 2nd April saw a late President creep sheepishly into a well attended meeting entertaining our Guest Speaker and his wife. Apologies to one and all, yours truly had not progressed into Summertime ... well time goes quickly enough anyway!
The Audio Video shown by Mr. Tovey was of the holiday he and his wife had spent touring through the Canadian Rockies. The views were majestic, beautiful and colourful and it was a pity that our journey had to end. However, a few slides of Glorious Devon brought us back home again. A most entertaining afternoon, as Rosemary echoed in her Vote of Thanks. Mrs. Tovey kindly judged the Competition entries, with class wins for Linda, Beryl and Sallie.
A party of us went to the Chichester Group Meeting at East Down on the 16th April Arlington being the hosts. I felt at home straight away, the Hall clock had not progressed into Summertime! So there was no heating but with a good attendance the room was soon cosy. The Speaker was most amusing and attracted attention from outside - a cow and her Phoenix-look-a-like calf. The speaker even turned some of the props that she had brought round so that they would not get bored. However, with the sky darkening, off they went to bed whilst we were served with a mouth-watering supper. Arlington were the worthy Competition winners but all entries were excellent and the judges had a difficult task. All credit to Linda and Beryl for their hard work which earned good remarks from the judges, and Rosemary and Josie won raffle prizes. Thank you, Arlington, it was a really enjoyable evening.
The Chichester Group is the collective name for 5 North Devon Institutes - Arlington, Berrynarbor, Bratton Fleming, Kentisbury and Shirwell. There is a Group Secretary and we meet two or three times a year, to compare notes, compete and have a speaker or entertainment.
Our May meeting held the day after a Bank Holiday, usually means a few absentees, but the Discussions, to be brought forward as Resolutions at the Federation General Meeting in Brighton, were well thought through and voted on unanimously.
Doreen gave an interesting account of the Spring Council Meeting at Exeter which she, Marian and Win had attended and at which one of the Speakers was Jennie Bond, the Royal Correspondent.
Reviewing our future programme, and hoping for full support at the Coffee Morning on the 16th May, it was with regret that I had to tell members that we should not be entertaining members of the llfracombe Disabled Association this year - a tradition for many years. Owing to illness, depletion in numbers and the serious lack of carers, it was felt that they could not make it. Great disappointment was expressed but we wish them well and a speedy recovery of membership. I'll keep in touch. A speaker has been booked so we shall meet as usual that Tuesday. Win Collins won the Competition with a flamboyant parrot tulip and Joyce won the raffle.
There will be no meeting in August but we shall resume meeting on Tuesday, 3rd September.
Vi Kingdon - President
June - the month for roses
Their perfume fills the air,
'Elizabeth', 'Jubilee' bursting forth
In gardens across the nation.
A colourful duo just right
For a Royal Jubilee occasion.
Have fun everyone.
A well-attended meeting on the 5th February included a welcome return of Hedi Belka and two visitors - Mrs. French, daughter of the late Jean Cumings. How like her mother she is! In fact, seeing her sitting there reminded me of those many years when Jean was a member - a lovely lady, always full of fun. Her daughter wanted to give a donation in memory of those days, for members to have a tea or outing. It was opted for the tea for the 40th Birthday in March. Mrs. Fry, the other visitor, has since joined us, so we are pleased to welcome her, not only to the Institute but to the village as well.
Sitting quietly by the door were five flowerpot men and one flowerpot lady, waiting to be introduced by their creator, Rainer Jost. Introductions over, he explained how every model is an individual - one of them had come prepared to do some painting, with his own ladder, brushes, etc. A lot of thought and energy goes into getting the right outfits and one wonders why these inoffensive folk who only want to give pleasure and raise a few smiles, have been damaged in and around the village. 'POTRICK', now living in Sheffield, was quite upset to hear what had happened to some of his friends. He has been in Yorkshire two years and finds everyone most friendly he loved Berrynarbor as well and can't believe what has happened ... kidnapping as well ... dear, oh dear! Rainer also showed us some of the brasses used for rubbing at his Centre in Lynton - another interesting hobby that attracts visitors. The vote of thanks, in conclusion, wished Rainer and his little folk Good Luck for the future, and lots of visitors to love them.
News for the knitters . Five boxes have been packed for collection: all in all, over 120 items .. jumpers, socks, blankets and teddies. Since we started knitting the latter, we have now reached the 600 mark - many thanks ladies, members and friends.
Members met at the Sandy Cove Hotel on the 5th March to celebrate the 40th Birthday. With ideal weather, it made a picturesque setting and the staff helped to make it a very enjoyable afternoon - a splendid tea and a beautifully decorated birthday cake. Many thanks to everyone.
Only one notice to give out to remind members of the Group Meeting at East Down on the 16th April. Would-be competition entrants were asked if they would bring their efforts to the meeting on 2nd April, when they would be judged by the other members as to who will be our representative at the meeting. There were raffle prizes and then it was time to go home - time flies when you are having fun! Hoping that one and all will have a Happy Easter - it doesn't seem possible that it's here again!
Vi Kingdon - President
Vivid against prolific earth,
The daffodil contrasts;
And tulips swaying straight and slim,
Yes, it is matchless, timeless,
Members welcomed Mr. Green, our genial speaker from the North Devon Library, to our December meeting. As always, he gave an interesting insight to 'Christmas Past' , reading from his collection of interviews with senior citizens, bringing back many memories for members who added their own anecdotes the fun of stirring the puddings and making other goodies, and not forgetting the colourfuJ paper chains which were not put up too early for fear of them coming unstuck and adorning someone. My poor bad was a victim once and he was not amused until he looked in the mirror - he did look rather sweet! Money may not have been plentiful, but there was no shortage of love, laughter and faith.
A special tea followed, with cakes and mince pies, the latter by way of the competition. But they were so good that everyone was voted a winner and the fact that there was not a crumb left in sight, spoke for itself! Even the Christmas decoration was won jointly, by Win Collins and Beryl Brewer - congratulations, ladies! So, with a gift to take home to put under the tree, the afternoon made a lovely start to the festive season.
The annual lunch at The Globe was, as always, a treat, with warmth, friendship and an excellent lunch. Our thanks to Phil and Lynne and all the staff. There were five raffle prizes to be won and good wishes were read out from Betty Parker, Brenda Walton and Jean Oxley. A tribute was given to Olive Kent, who was celebrating her 89th birthday. However, we also remembered two members who had recently died - Gladys Toms, who together with her husband Ron, was always a keen supporter of village activities, and Jean Cumings, remembered well by non-members for her Keep Fit classes. A lady full of enthusiasm who loved to involve everyone - some of us remembered our acting parts in her 'Captain Beakey and His Band i playlets! Of course, we sympathise with their passing, but are grateful for the privilege of having known them as WI members.
Our speaker, on the first day of the new year, Mr. Peter Sanders, explained the activities of the Prince's Trust. Many questions were asked, which proved the interest shown, especially considering the late night that most had had welcoming in 2002! Marion Carter gave the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to Mr. Sanders for giving up his Bank Holiday to visit us. He, like us, welcomed a hot cup of tea, particularly as the Hall, minus two heaters, was not very warm. Joan Berry won the raffle another first timer.
At our next meeting on 5th February, we hope to learn more about our friendly Flowerpot Men from their creator, Rainer Jost. Visitors are always welcome, the Manor Hall at 2.30 p.m.
The March meeting, on the 5th, will be our 40th Birthday - details of the afternoon will follow.
Vi Kingdon - President
The very best of fortune
Be with you everywhere.
It is always a pleasure to welcome members and on the 2nd October more so, as Eunice Allen, Joan Berry and Norma Holland were back after spells of NHS treatment. There was also good news of Key Webber, who is making an excellent recovery after her second hip operation. Our speaker, Mr. Pat Barrow, with slides re-enacted the Rapparee Cove shipwreck of 1773. Being an archaeologist, he has been one of the team endeavouring to preserve the site where human remains, fragments of iron handcuffs, coins, etc., have been found. There is a Fund which it is hoped will make it a Commemorative Area for all to visit in the future, especially overseas visitors. In this way, the slaves and convicts on board would be remembered, together with the ship's company and the locals who tried to save them. The vote of thanks was given by Win Collins; the raffle won by Doreen Prater and the competition for the oldest coin an 1817 Crown - by yours truly'.
The Chichester Group Social evening at Kentisbury on the 22nd October was not a very nice evening, weatherwise, but the journey was well worth making and the rain had stopped by the time we were ready to go home. Sheila Hale made her first introduction to the Group as Secretary, having taken over from Margaret Huxtable, who had served for 15 years.
Margaret was given a warm Vote of Thanks and a Commemorative Plate for such devotion to duty. The guest, Peter Christie, was as entertaining and interesting as ever, speaking on Victorian History, and this was followed by excellent refreshments, a word competition and not forgetting the raffle! Thank you Kentisbury for an enjoyable evening and good luck wishes to Sheila.
It was ACM time again on the 6th November and members welcomed Elma Blackmore, our VCO - now renamed 'Friendly Advisor'. After a hearty rendering of 'Jerusalem i , general notices and dates for diaries were dealt with, and also birthdays, of which there were four - two this month and two in December [as Ethel will be away] - have a lovely time. The Minutes of the last ACM were read and Doreen gave her Secretary's Report -- very concise and well documented. This was followed by Rosemary's Treasurer's Report and audited Accounts - as always, a credit to her capabilities of juggling our finances! We certainly need to organise some events in 2002 to make some money. With the Reports proposed, seconded and adopted, I have a short 'Thank You' address to all members who had given help during the year, as well as the Committee who have done an excellent job and without whom the Institute could not function. Last but not least, the members themselves for their support - we can but hope that 2002 will be a satisfactory and happy year for everyone.
Elma Blackmore then too over the meeting and complimented us all on our busy year. Voting then took place: President me again! The Committee was then re-elected 'en bloc' with the addition of Marion Carter. So welcome, Marion, we hope that you will enjoy working with the gang! During tea, Elma managed to chat to several members and told me how much she had enjoyed the afternoon. There were no entries for the competition, but surprise, surprise, I won the raffle - first time ever - so if you have never won, don't give up hope!
Our next meeting will be on the 4th December - a light-hearted afternoon with Mr. Green, a special tea and if you remember, a wee gift for another member to take home. The competition is Mince Pies. Our Christmas Lunch at The Globe, always a happy occasion, will be on Monday, 17th December.
Seasons Greetings to all Readers from the W.L
Vi Kingdon - President
Christmas - a time for giving
Remembering days of yore,
Pretty cards with a welcome letter.
Bringing postman to the door.
So spread the word, both far and wide,
May Happiness and Good Health abide
To welcome in a Bright New Year.
Outing, 17th July - Weather Forecast: Wet and Windy
Eighteen hopefuls set off from Berrynarbor, Exmoor bound and hoping to find the sun! For once the forecasters were right, Exmoor looked quite ghostly, shrouded in mist with lots of white spectres, that is sheep, moving about; one, a keen jogger, pacing itself in front of our coach but eventually turning off to join the flock. However, we did meet it again later. There were dark, eerie shapes, cattle we presumed, and in a clearer patch four ponies and two foals. Making our way to Hunters Inn, we were stopped when approaching a corner by a colourful cockerel and his family crossing the road, homeward bound. Apart from another coach and an odd car, the roads were quiet. I wonder why?!
At Hunters Inn we enjoyed that welcome cuppa' and an excellent cream tea, followed by a quick visit to the National Trust shop, where some sales were delayed because of a till fault - and we thought we had left those ghostly sprites on Exmoor!
Well, the weather could have been better, but with the expertise of the driver and the genial company, members and friends had an enjoyable afternoon and who knows, we might have seen a future marathon winner .. Baa!
The Horticultural and Craft Show
The Show took place on 1st September and I was privileged to present the Cups to the worthy winners of the various sections. [I was pleased to see that more WI members had participated.] Standing there, I recalled an earlier September, in 1978, when Jenny Taylor and my Derrick pioneered the first Show. The Hall was not so well furnished then, so it was a case of borrowing tables, etc. 112 items on the schedule tempted the would-be competitors, of which there were many. There were no cups, just the satisfaction of getting the highest points in each section and maybe recouping your entry fee 5p per adult entry and 2P per child entry. Jenny, Derrick and their helpers generated so much enthusiasm it was infectious, and everyone had a great afternoon. On behalf of those pioneers, I should like to say 'Well Done' to our Linda Brown and her helpers for working so hard to keep a village tradition alive, and a personal 'thank you' from me for helping to revive some very happy memories.
After a summer break in August, it was nice to see so many members on the 4th September, but we were sorry to learn that several absentees were unwell. Get better soon' was the message and cards have been sent.
Our excellent speaker, Peter Christie lecturer at the North Devon College and a long-running columnist in the North Devon Journal, covering all ranges of history - captured everyone's attention with his graphic tales of Squire Bassett of Watermouth Castle. A fair and just man doing battle [with words] with the Church of that period for the benefit of Berrynarbor many of the articles being recorded in the Journal ... Peter had an original with him, yellow with age, but well read and all in print, there were no pictures in those days. Members were interested to know how they could look up items of history for themselves. The Barnstaple Library, where the very helpful staff will point you in the right direction, is the place to go.
A personal thank you to the teamwork of members dealing with the tea and attendance book, and also the knitters who brought jumpers for Operation Sunshine [Africa]. Another consignment will soon be on its way, following the three dozen already sent.
Our next meeting will be on 2nd October, when Mr. Barrow will be telling the tale of the Rapparee Cove shipwreck. Also in October, on the 22nd, the Chichester Group Meeting will be having a social evening at Kentisbury. This will be followed in November by our Annual Meeting.
Your Committee needs you, so don't be shy!
Vi Kingdon - President
Tapestried Bronze, Gold and Red,
Crisp textured carpets laid ...
For knife-edged winds shred
To serve as food for hungry earth.
Illustrated by: Dave Walden
On 5th June, members welcomed Mr. Michael Bale a lifelong lover of Lundy Island - as their speaker on that subject. Together with slides, both past and present, he gave a most interesting description of its ruggedness and beauty. The Norse word Lundy means puffin, a resident bird but sadly in decline owing, it is thought, to rats poaching their eggs. The RSPB are hoping to solve this problem for the remaining pairs. If you love walking or want a tranquil holiday, Lundy is the place to visit! A well-received talk echoed in the vote of thanks given by Kath Arscott. Win Collins won the competition for Flower of the Month, and Ethel Tidbury the raffle.
The 7th June was Election Day and our Coffee Morning. Many thanks to all who supported the occasion and for the generous gifts given for the stall and raffle; also to the helpers, especially those in the kitchen. At the end of the morning, and after expenses, we raised £120 for funds and Eunice did well her Cheshire cards.
Four doggies decided that the WI should be represented at the Pets' Service on the 1st July, so Margaret, Marian, Di and myself sallied forth to keep them company. A most enjoyable event thank you, Rector Keith Wyer, for organising it.
The years certainly seem to fly by because once again it was our pleasure, on the 3rd July, to welcome members of Ilfracombe Disabled Association to their annual tea. As always, members excelled themselves with the variety of sandwiches and cakes, but not forgetting the favourite scone, jam and cream! The floral table decorations, all beautifully made by Linda Brown, set the scene. There was a raffle prize for everyone, Ethel provided a Nearly New stall and Eunice had the Cheshire Home cards always popular with the ladies. Happy smiling faces waving from the coach and everyone saying how much they had enjoyed the afternoon, made it all worth while. My thanks to all the members who worked so hard to make it all possible.
Our outing on the 17th July will be our last meeting until 4th September. However, I expect we will see each other at the various fetes, where an extra hand is always welcome. The knitters will be pleased to know that 3 dozen jumpers and some socks and teddies have been sent on the first leg of their journey ... thank you all.
In conclusion, every good wish to all readers, enjoy the summer and may it be a successful time for all events.
Gannet's Rock Illustration by: Peter Rothwell for C.R. Chanter's
'Lundy Island a Monograph'
August - the holiday month,
Children home from school.
Carnivals, summer fetes, cream teas and barbecues
To be enjoyed by all.
Gardeners busy, lawns to be mowed,
Produce nurtured for entering September's Village Show.
Vi Kingdon - President
Looking around the July meeting, I noticed several visitors and I sincerely hope that they enjoyed the afternoon. We certainly had two good speakers, Mrs.E. Huxtable from Lee W.I. who represented us at the London A.G.M., and Mrs. D. Antoniazzi, who spoke about the Citizens Advice Bureau. We have no meeting in August, but by kind permission of Mrs. Ivy Richards, we shall be holding a Coffee Morning at 'Southerly' Castle Hill, on Tuesday, 22nd August, 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. ALL WELCOME. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 5th September, when the speaker will be Mr. Ian Tansley, Area Librarian.
Mrs. Joan AdamsA member who quietly sets to work every month preparing Birthday Posies for our members, who now number over 50. With our changeable climate, no easy task, but recipients' pleasure and surprise is reward enough for this very special lady.
Thank you, Joan.
Which binds those who care,
Flowers are the sweet scented breath,
Of wishes that we share.