Twenty-three members and one visitor
attended the Meeting on the 1st April when Mr. S. Hoddinett
gave a talk about the work of the North Devon Hospice.
In 1981, a local doctor stressed the need for
a local hospice.Subsequently Mr. Vivian
Moon offered Webbers Estate Agents' old offices at Deer
Park in Barnstaple
for this purpose and Mr. Hoddinett was in charge of
raising two million pounds for a bedded unit.
nurses at the Hospice require a lot of special training to keep up to date with
treatments and some are Macmillan trained.There are a variety of activities available on a day-care basis, from to 3.30
or patients can just sit together and chat.Individual patients can have a bath or massage and there is an art room,
pottery classes and an informal three course lunch.
the bedded unit there are 8 individual rooms and a guest room.There are 24 nurses in attendance for 8
patients and 8 community nurses for patients able to live at home but need
help.There are 5 doctors and trained counsellors.There is no charge for the care so the
donations raised by individuals and groups are very
Mr. Hoddinett’s talk there was an opportunity for
questions and then general “chat” over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits
before the end of the Meeting.The sales
table, run by the two Jenny's, is well supported each month and brings in extra
funds for the Club.
the 28th April sixteen members and friends enjoyed an outing to CastleDrogo, organised by Janet Gammon and Liz Paget.The weather could have been better but we
dodged the showers!The castle was
actually the 20th century home of self-made millionaire, JuliusDrewe (Home and Colonial
Stores) and was the last castle to be built in England.The architect was Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Carter took the Meeting on 6th May in Janet Gibbins' absence.She read a letter received from the Hospice
thanking the Group for the donation given last month and Janet had raised
£91.50p on the recent Night Walk, also in aid of the Hospice.
the 'business' part of the meeting, Mr. And Mrs. L. Tovey
put on their Combe Martin Gardening Club hats.Mr. Tovey showed some lovely slides of gardens
the Gardening Club has visited, which included Orchid Paradise near Newton
Abbot,Sutton Seeds' trial beds at Ipplepen, Bicton College Gardens,
Knightshayes Court,Rosemoor Gardens, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Marwood Hill Gardens - all well worth a visit.
The Gardening Club meets in Combe Martin
Church Hall on the second Wednesday of every month at a cost of £6 per
annum.Two outings per year are
chat and cuppa time, the raffle was drawn and won by
will be a visit to Chambercombe Manor on the 10th June at The cost will be £10.50p to include a
tour of the house and a cream tea.
speakers at the next two Meetings will be:3rd June - Mr. I. Lyndsay- Coastguards, 1st
July - Mrs. Helen Latham - Cheshire Homes.There
will be no Meeting in August.
Don't like shopping - it's a bore
Rushed to my car to open the door
Now what's happened, the key is stuck
Today I'm really out of luck
Turn it, twist it - all but kick it
My temper's rising by the minute
Through the window what do I see
Things inside don't belong to me
And now I do begin to whine
Because of course this car's not mine
Humble, furtive, I retreat
My own red I must seek,
Suspicious looks do come my way
Oh what a truly awful day.
Parked in Lane C by trolley shed
L registration, colour red
So out I trot with smile so smug
To enter car with elegant shrug
I don't believe it - what's with my head
A reg L Micra and its red!
It should be mine - it's by the shed
It's where I put it - like I said
Now what I see makes my face red
Lane D has a MicraL, and red
It's mine - it's been there all along
The one I'm breaking up is wrong
One senior moment is enough
But two of them is rather tough
Suspicion spreads and people speak
My case, I think, comes up next week!
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
Services were well attended.The Good
Friday 'Quiet Hour' was thoughtfully led by Reader Mike Taylor, a solemn time
for reflection before the joyous celebration of Easter Day.Once again the flower arrangers did us proud
- the church looked really beautiful.[Thanks again to all those who make regular donations towards the
cost.]It was good to see the
choir back with us singing Mozart's 'Ave Verum', and the hymn 'All for Jesus'.After Stuart's appeal, new members will
hopefully have been inspired to come along and swell the ranks.
summer approaching and a number of new people in the village, this seems a good
time to recap on our regular Sunday services.Firstly, all services begin at and last about an hour, with coffee and biscuits to follow and
time to talk.A Songs of Praise takes
place on the first Sunday of the month, with hymns chosen beforehand by members
of the congregation, ensuring sequence and keeping up the momentum.Strangely enough, although favourite hymns
are chosen at various times by different people, a theme always seems to emerge
and it is never the same.The Eucharist
on the second and fourth Sundays of the month follows the modern order of
service for the Church of England, called Common Prayer, and is meant to be
'user friendly'.Members of the
congregation take turns to read the lessons and sometimes lead the prayers.
third Sunday in the month is the Village Service - a simplified form of Morning
Prayer.The choir is present but when
numbers are too few they join with the congregation giving a welcome boost to
June there will be a special Evening Service on the 29th at 6.30
p.m. [St. Peter's Day] when Christians Together will be
coming to Berrynarbor for a United Service.Do come along if you can.Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Peter's Gift Day will be on Wednesday, 25th June this year, when the Rector and
PCC members will be at the lychgate all day, from 9.00
a.m. to 4.00 p.m., to receive your envelopes and exchange
news.Letters and envelopes will be
delivered round the village the week before.Looking further ahead, the church Summer Fayre will be on Tuesday, 5th August, with all the usual
stalls, etc.So please look out any
books, bric-a-brac, etc., that you no longer need.
Lunches at The Globe will be on Wednesdays 25th June and 23rd July.For anyone who would like to join us, my
telephone number is 883881.
WEATHER OR NOT
first week of March was fairly dry and breezy but then things went downhill,
with the forecast of the severe storm for the 10th.Here in the Sterridge we got off fairly
lightly with the worst of the winds going over the top of us;hence, we only recorded a maximum gust
of 30 knots but our barograph dipped to the lowest point we have ever recorded
at 965mb.By on the 10th, 15mm [9/16"] of
rain had fallen and in the next 24 hours we recorded a further 15mm
[9/16"].The rest of the month was
fairly damp and there were only five days when we didn't record some rain.The total for the month was 108mm [4¼"]
which was above the average for March.The maximum temperature was 13.8°C, the lowest that we have recorded for
a March, although the minimum of 0.1°C was above average and the wind chill of
-11°C was normal.The maximum gust of
wind was 37 knots - not out of the ordinary.Chicane recorded 67.70 hours of sunshine which was down on last year's
73.44, but fairly average for previous years.
was a complete contrast to last year and was notable mainly for the cold wind
that kept the temperatures down although the maximum gust recorded was only 26
knots.Last year there were only four
days when the temperature did not reach 15°C and the maximum of 21.8°C.This year only eight days topped 15°C and
the maximum was only 19.9°C.The
minimum was 0.3°C and on the 6th we had a wind chill of -11°C.It was a slightly damper month than the last
two years but with a total of only 42mm [1 5/8"], it was still pretty dry,
although looking back through the records, April's rainfall has varied between
9mm [3/8"] last year and 171mm [6¾"] in 2000.So this is not unusual.The sunshine hours for April were 117.76,
down again on last year when we had 154.62.
hope that we get a better summer this year than last.
Simon and Sue
MANOR HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Chairman's Report 2007-8
has continued on updating the Hall to meet the requirements of current
legislation.New fuse boxes have been
fitted and the switches have been rearranged to enable easy access.The Men's Institute was also updated and
£100 was contributed by them to help with the expense.The wiring and lighting on the stage has
been updated and is now in a safe condition.
in the kitchen includes a new hot water heater and sink taps, and a new
electric cook with associated new wiring was installed.
ensure children could not scold themselves, a thermostat was installed in the
Penn Curzon area at the request of the Pre-School Group.
Christmas card distribution and coffee morning was enhanced by the Primary
School children singing carols.
the winter the roof leaked and one of the electric fans in the roof was damaged
and had to be replaced.The roof has
been temporarily repaired and more money needs to be spent on the problem.
fund raising continued in the year but the money did
not cover the cost of running the Hall this year.We are aware that interest in the Village
Shop this year has taken preference over the Hall, but we hope this will change
in the coming year.
Rooms - we are hopeful that a new lease will be signed shortly and that the
school, through the County, will be able to start work bringing the rooms up to
the required standard for the use of children.
the coming year a new heater replacement will cost over £1,000, we are working
toward the new CCD Hallmark Awards for Village Halls and hope to repair the
roof and redecorate the Hall.
thanks to all those who have put so much work into keeping our Hall going.
Bob Hobson - Chairman
once again supplying hand towels, tea towels and dishcloths for use at the
Hall, all of which have gone missing.Also, the new stapler has been removed.We regret that we cannot continue forever supplying these items.
Berry Revels will be on Tuesday, 19thAugust.Please make a note to keep this date free
in your diary.
Jenny and Robin have now left Middle Lee
Farm and are in residence at Hawksridge, the
in Barton Lane.We wish them good luck, health and happiness
in their new home.
good wishes go as well to our newcomers:Chris and Phil Brown, and Colin and Jackie Dewsbury who have moved in to
No. 15 Berrynarbor Park.
and Phil, who come from Kidmore End near Reading, have holidayed
here and when the opportunity arose, decided to change direction and take on
visitors, which they are now doing at Middle Lee.Teaching Assistant Chris and Chemical
Engineer Phil have four children, three boys and a girl.Two of the boys are now living in the north
- Aberdeen and Preston
- whilst the younger two are at university.No. 3 son is completing his degree at Southampton whilst their daughter
is studying at Brighton.
little time now to spare for hobbies, Chris and Phil enjoy gardening and
walking, and Phil enjoys a game of badminton.A no-pet family, they have now adopted Pat and Penny, the two little
Shetlands at Middle Lee.
watercolour of WindsorCastle from Coopers Hill
- on display at last year's Art Show in the Manor Hall and chosen by my late
mother as a wedding present in 1932 - was beginning to 'fox'.Now was the time to give it some tender
my surprise when the fine art conservator rang me and said, "I think I've
got some exciting news about your picture!"Still in its original frame, details of when
and where it was exhibited and its price - ten guineas - were on the back.On removing the picture from the frame, a
second watercolour by the same artist, unfinished and unsigned, had come to
light!Painted on strawboard, I was
told it was possible to split the board and I should then have two pictures.Twin watercolours - I agreed, and was
anxious to see the new one;all I knew was that it depicted a tree-lined lane going downhill
with a distant view.
work was scheduled to take some time, so it was a couple of months later that I
received another call."A third
picture has come to light!"Whilst
separating the board, the original of Windsor
had come away, revealing literally on its reverse a picture of a wooded
valley.This would now be 'double'
framed to allow both pictures to be seen.
trepidation and excitement I waited to see my pictures and was not disappointed
- three delightful watercolours all for the price of one!I now plan to have a print made of the
third 'find' so that all three can be on display together.Wall space has become a premium.
listed artist, William Redworth [1873-1945] studied
at the ChelseaSchool of Art and was a founder member
of the Slough Art Society.This was the
neighbourhood in which many of his watercolours, pastels and oils were painted.
believe that the second painting may be on the lane going down from Coopers
Hill towards Windsor,
but the third is a mystery.It would
appear to be more reminiscent of the landscape of the Hereford/Welsh
border.What do you think?
BERRYNARBOR UPHOLSTERY GROUP
Another year has gone by and the group
is still flourishing with countless chairs, stools and a chaise-longue all being completed during the year.Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to Nola
who has been a regular for about three years as she is moving house from
Lynton to the Taunton
area.Good luck from all of us.However, although we have lost Nola we have
gained one or two others.
Pat has rediscovered her interest
after over two years' break and is working hard to finish the iron framed hoop
back tub chair that she had started three years ago.It is going to look fabulous when it is done
being finished in rich purple antique velvet with deep buttoning on the back.
Marion Carter also joined us and has completed a caned chair and is now looking
for her next project.We also welcome
this week another new member, Christine, who is going straight into a wing back
Jack Gingell has missed a few months due to his
house move from Berrynarbor to Combe Martin, but in the move has discovered a
load of items that need to be done, including a set of 8 dining chairs!As for myself, I finished my chaise-longue - some of you may have seen it as a prop in the
village variety show - and am now undertaking a nursing chair, a button backed
tub chair, Victorian armchair and chaise-longue for
my brother and his wife.That should
keep me going for a while!
We always welcome new members, so look
out that old chair or stool that would cost more to upholster than it would be
worth should you have it professionally done and come and join us.Between us we have a wealth of knowledge and
experience which we will be only too happy to pass on. The costs are minimal,
as we only have to cover the cost of the hall each week [if you don’t make it
one week you don’t pay] and we buy all our materials at trade prices.We will guide you through each stage of a
complete renovation and at the end you will not only have a superb piece of
furniture to be proud of, but like us you will probably be hooked!
At on a shining morn,
We start our little day.
And all day long
We're making meals
And clearing meals away.
We stoke the stoves
And butter the loaves
Then tenderly spread the squish,
And gently drop a porridge flop
In every waiting dish.
And it's "Orderly squish",
"Orderly tea this way."
Oh who would be an orderlee
Upon an orderly day!
When breakfast's done, we've but
Our weary round of work
And evil light upon the wight
Who tries his job to shirk.
One cheery ray lights up his day
If labour he would spurn,
That when he's played the scullery
The others will have their turn.
And its "Orderly squish",
"Orderly tea this way."
Oh who would be an orderlee
Upon an orderly day!
[Sung to the tune of 'Solomon Levi']
'Squish' is presumably jam, but what is 'Tosh'? Could some ex-squaddie
enlighten me [and others]?
A wonderful place is Berry,
The gem of the Devoncoast.
So I'll raise my glass of sherry
To the subject of my toast.
A beautiful green valley. A church that's high and old.
A place where people are pally A place with stories untold.
Sixty-two years on from my stay there,
Six and half years of my youth, I'll always find my way there,
It's wonderful, that's the truth.
THE EVACUEES - DAVE & TOM
Continuing the adventures of our two
evacuee friends during World War II.
Up at the cottage at Goosewell, Mary, Dave's
mother, shook the covers on his bed."Come on, Dave, I want you to go to Miss Cooper's."
Miss Cooper?" muttered Dave sleepily, opening his eyes slowly.
the Berrynarbor village shop, you chump," his mother replied."Take the ration books and get me some
sugar and butter please."
dressed and had his breakfast and got his bike out of the shed.He was just about to cycle off when,
"Hold on a minute," his mum called, "You'll need your
remember where I left it," replied Dave, it was his standard answer.He threw down his bike and went indoors to
look.It took a while before he
uncovered it under the usual pile of clothes in his bedroom.Meanwhile, although it had been raining
hard, it had now eased up.He made his
way along the road to the top of Hagginton Hill, gathering speed as he reached
the steepest part near the bottom.As
he did so, he pulled on his brakes, turning the bend to see a broken down
tractor and trailer completely blocking the road.
He tried his brakes again, but to no
avail.He was finding it hard to
balance by now, as his wheels slid sideways on some loose stones.Harder and harder he pulled and at last the
brakes began to bite.Suddenly, he
managed to veer to the left and pulled up at the bottom of Pitt Hill.
that was a close one!" he whispered to himself as he mopped his brow.Taking a deep breath, he began to push his
bike up the hill to Miss Cooper's shop, where he leant it against the wall.
we are out of butter and sugar until the next delivery", the lady in the
shop told him.As he left, who should
he bump into but his friend Tom.
are you doing today?" enquired Tom.
nothing now.They haven't got what I
came for.What about going down to Broadsands", replied Dave.So that was settled and off they went.
down to the beach was not too hard until they got to the last few feet of
shale.The tide was in and the sun was
shining and the water looked very inviting.They sat down and began, as boys do, to throw stones.
I can bounce a stone further than you!" said Tom.
on!" was the reply and the contest began.Each of them bounced stones up to seven times, but
that seemed to be the limit."You know what, the water is lovely and
warm," Dave remarked as he dipped his hand in."Wouldn't mind a swim but we haven't
got our trunks.""Why not our
underpants?" suggested Tom and so that was decided upon and into the water
they walked up the beach after their swim, Tom suddenly yelled as a rowing boat
appearedbetween the island and the beach, "Watch out, Ian Cropper's coming
in his boat!"Cropper was known
his bad temper andgetting into scraps in Combe Martin.
getyou lot!", he shouted as he
quickly landed his boat.At that, Tom
and Dave grabbed their
clothes, putting them on over their
wet underpants and running to the bottom of the cliff, as for no apparent
reason, other than his bad temper, Cropper started throwing stones at them.
boys discovered new energies as they scrambled up the cliff.Cropper was now enjoying their discomfort,
each one getting a gash as they were struck.Once out of range and with bravado they jeered back.It was not long before they were back up on
the old coast road and each lad making his way home.
"Did you get my sugar and
butter?" Dave's mother asked him when he got back."Sorry, they hadn't got any," said
Dave as he handed back the ration book."Got any elastoplast?"
that gash on your leg?" enquired Tom's mother as he arrived home."I think I caught it on a stone",
was the reply.
"Oh boys!"she muttered quietly, as she went to the
kitchen to get him something to eat.
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
Illustrated by Paul
LETTER FROM THE RECTOR
The Rectory, Combe Martin
There are some grandmothers of a
certain age to whom the word "Chippendales" does not denote a piece
of furniture!(Enough said!)
meaning of the word "gay" has changed dramatically.And if I said to you what do the words
"joint", "grass" and "coke" conjure up in your
mind, I expect I might get quite a few different answers!
Now, what does the word "Trinidad" conjure up in your mind?Some might think of a Caribbean
island with palm trees on a white sand sea-shore with soft gentle breezes fanning
your golden brown body.Some might
think of H.M.S. Trinidad from the Second World War.
Yet others may think of Christopher Columbus
who in fact discovered the island.As
he sailed towards the island he thought hesaw three small islands, but as he got closer and closer he realised
that in fact it was three mountains on one island, which reminded him of the
Trinity, three and yet, one.Hence the
name for the island.
But the concept of the Trinity is
still a wonderful mystery, because it seeks to do justice to the revelation of
God as Father (as taught by Jesus); the Son (Jesus-God in human form); and
Spirit which is another way of expressing "God in action".The word "“God" can mean different
things to different people.Yet the
Christian doctrine of the Trinity tries to give as full a meaning as possible
to that word, while humbly remembering all the time that our finite minds
cannot grasp the full reality of an infinite God.
That is why Christians ask the help of
the Holy Spirit to guide and help them in their earthly pilgrimage of
discovery.Words never give the full
meaning of what we are trying to express, that is why actions speak louder than
words!That is why God came to earth in
With all good wishes,
Your Friend and Rector,
sound of the cockerel I awake every morn, The moon
up aloft looks very forlorn. My
faltering steps soon come to a halt When a
voice says quietly - "It's
all Walter's fault."
coffee is hot, the orange ice cold, 'Tis nice to have friends, when you're getting old, Tending
your needs with a fine single malt, While
hearing them say - "It's
all Walter's fault."
must come a time when all this will end With a
clamouring of trumpets, no money to spend On
things really interesting, I am quite distraught As the
voices keep saying - "It's
all Walter's fault."
end of the day when the curtains are drawn, I think
of the hours which have passed since the dawn, The time
has been pleasant, not a bad thought But that
voice is still saying - "It's
all Walter's fault."
seconds to minutes to hours to days, We all
settle down to Lee Lodge ways. When
things go right it's the pleasure we thought But,
when things go wrong - "It's
all Walter's fault."
lost 'S' in NEWLETTER - we thought 'twas
it on Judie, who has a clear mind. That
only one person should surely be sought, Would
you believe it? It's all
Walter's fault! [No.
actually it was Len's!]
you sign off a letter 'Yours sincerely' do you ever wonder where the 'sincere'
came from?Actually you have to go back
nearly 3000 years to find the origin of the word.When the early Romans were busy making
utensils for the storage of liquid, sometimes during the process of manufacture
a pot might be cracked.They did not
throw it away but filled the crack with wax, painting over the repair.But when warm liquid was poured in, the wax
melted and there was a leak.Good Roman
potters advertised that their goods were 'sine cera'
- without wax.And, as language has
developed, the Latin phrase has become 'sincere' which means that you are not
waxing over imperfections.
PARISH COUNCIL REPORT
The Annual Parish
Council Meeting was held on the 13th May in the Penn Curzon Room at the Manor
Hall.In attendance, together with the
Parish Councillors, were District Councillor Yvette Gubb and County Councillor Andrea
was pleased to be voted in again as Chairman and Richard Gingell as Vice
Chairman, for this next year and I thank my fellow Councillors for their
support.I look forward to the Council
completing the refurbishment of the children's playground in the very near
future, unfortunately the design of the first set of plans for the playground
were not acceptable to the Council, I hope to be presenting a revised plan at
the June meeting.
local needs Housing Questionnaire should be delivered to each household towards
the end of June, this is necessary to determine whether there is a shortage of
housing for local people.
behalf of the Parish Council, I should like to congratulate the staff and
children at the Primary School for their recent Ofsted
Sue Sussex - Chairman 
should like to thank my kind neighbours and friends for their good wishes and
help to me after my stay in hospital over Easter.
indeed sorry not to be able to help with the 'big move' to the new shop and I
do congratulate the Committee, the Shop Managers and the volunteers on a
wonderful achievement.It is a super
asset to our lovely village and long may it continue to flourish.I am glad to be back on the rota again!
also glad to know that you are fit enough Jill to be back in our shop and hope
that your recovery continues.
In Bloom & Best Kept Village
the whole it has been a cold spring, the advantage being that the daffodils and
primulas lasted longer in the planters, whereas last
year in the warm spring they were over in a flash.
This year we have added to the
containers of plants around the village with new wooden planters outside our
lovely new shop and post office.I hope
you agree that the little yellow violas and cheery red daisies (bachelor's
buttons) have added to the welcome.These will be supplemented with bedding plants for the summer.Thank you Jackie, Anita and the army of
volunteers for keeping them watered.
hanging baskets are due to arrive at the end of May and then the real work of
keeping them watered starts.We shall
also be changing the spring bedding to the summer display.
the moment we are waiting for tenders to go out for work to begin on Claude’s
had a donation of £100 from the barn dance in May and have donated this to the
school, as we like to support and encourage the children in the gardening
club.Last year the Britain in
Bloom judge voiced a request to meet the children, so we are hoping that this
year we can arrange it.
main fund raising event as usual will be the OpenGardens.
year they will be:
SterridgeValley, Sunday 8th June
teas at Chicane
thanks to Ken and Judie
Village, Sunday 6th July
with teas at The
Lodge thanks to Phil and Lynne
have one or two new gardens opening this year so let's hope for good weather
and please come along and support us.
a reminder that judging for the BestKeptVillage
award has already started.The judges
come unannounced from early May onwards and we rely on everyone to keep their
area tidy.One of the things they look
for, and for which they deduct points, are out-of-date posters and
notices.If you display such items
around the village, please make sure you take them down again once they are no
longer applicable - put them in the litter bins or despatch them to Room 101!
We have already had a couple of litter
picking afternoons followed by tea and cake (just a little bit of
bribery!)and are always grateful to
those who help in any way and always welcome new helpers.Just look out for our 'blooming' posters.
Apple cakes are
always popular and this one is moist and very more'ish.
butter/margarine plus extra for greasing the tin 350g/12oz Self
Raising flour 2tsp cinnamon 175g/6oz light muscovado sugar 3 medium eating
apples such as Cox’s 100g/4ozdates
halved, stoned and finely chopped 50g/2oz-blanched
hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/Gas 4.Lightly butter a deep 20cm/8inch loose based
or spring form tin.Line the base with
baking parchment.Melt the butter in
the microwave on high for 30 seconds to a minute.Cool the butter for 5 minutes.Crack the eggs in to the butter and beat
well.Mix the flour with the cinnamon
and the sugar.Core and cut 2 of the
apples (unpeeled) in to bite sized chunks.Mix the apples in to the flour along with the dates and the first
50g/2oz of hazelnuts.Pour the egg and
butter mixture in to the flour mixture and gently stir together.Pour in to the prepared tin and smooth the
top.Now thinly slice the remaining
apple (unpeeled) in to circles, discard the pips, and arrange over the top of
the cake.Rub together the crumble
topping flour and butter and add the remaining hazelnuts and Demerara
sugar.Cover the apple circles on the
cake with the crumble mix.Bake for 50
minutes to 1hour until the cake is risen and cooked.Check it is done by pushing a skewer in to
the centre.Cool in the tin for 5minutes
and then continue the cooling on a wire rack.This cake will keep for up to 3 days.
Note:This cake will be the item at the
Horticultural and Craft Show to be made to a given recipe - so try it out now
and keep practising!
you tried to make the Tomato Soup cake in the last issue I forgot to list the
fat in the recipe!Sorry cake makers but
the recipe should have listed 3oz of white Flora type shortening.This should have been creamed together with
the sugar.I don’t think many of you
have tried this one as no one has commented to me on the omission!Hope you all enjoy the apple crumble cake
AND SHAKERS - No. 15
24th September 1725– 23rd January 1803
Founder of Guinness
Porter [the black stuff!]
‘bedside reading’ at the moment is a fascinating account by Ian Marchant of his and his friend’s month-long mapping of the
British landscape in booze – from The Turk’s Head on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly,
to the public bar of the Baltrasound Inn on Unst, the most northerly of the Shetlands.Called ‘The Longest Crawl’, he not only
tells amusing anecdotes, but also gives lots of information about, for
instance, Plymouth Gin [made unlicensed and duty-free by gin-drinking William
III], Burton on Trent ales [very hard water to produce light bitters] and
London Porter. Eighteenth century London
porters and stevedores favoured a mix of 3 beers: strong London beer, light London beer and Burton pale ale.This drove the potboys to distraction and in
1722, Ralph Harwood came up with a brew that combined all three.He called it ‘Entire’, but so popular was it
with the porters that by the 1740’s it had been renamed.It was almost black and heavily hopped to
increase the bitterness and soon was imported to Dublin.
And so we come to
Arthur Guinness.His friends thought he
was quite mad when on the last day of December 1759, at 34 years of age, he
signed a 9,000-year lease for £45 a year rental on a near derelict brewery in Dublin’s St James’s
Street.They would have been proud to
know that next year, Arthur Guinness and Sons will celebrate 250 years at St
James’s Gate.It is no longer the
largest brewery in the world [although the largest stout brewery] but it
is certainly one of the most modern, and all brewing for Europe
has been moved back there. It is also Ireland’s most visited tourist
father was land steward to Dr. Arthur Price, the Archbishop of Cashel.He brewed
beer for the estate workers, although it was his wife’s family who had the
brewing expertise.When Price died in
1752, he left Arthur and his younger brother £100 each.It is thought that this encouraged Arthur to
lease, four years later, a brewery on the upper reaches of the River Liffey in Co Kildare.
three years, he left the brewery in his brother’s care and took over the one at
St James’s Gate.His new brewery was no
more than average, as with most of the 70-odd breweries in the capital.When import regulations favouring the London
Porter breweries were extended, he took a gamble on public taste and produced his own version of
porter.He produced a darker beer by
adding roasted barley, and by 1769 his first export of 6½ barrels of Guinness
beer left for England.By 1799 he decided to stop producing ales
and concentrate solely on porter.
Guinness is brewed in 35 countries around the world, but all overseas breweries
must contain a flavoured extract from St James’s Gate, so that all of the 10
million glasses drunk daily still contain something of that special brew.Interestingly, when Arthur moved to his
first brewery he took brewers' yeast from his father’s brewery.This, unlike bakers' yeast, goes on growing.He then took it to Dublin, and it is quite likely that present
day Guinness still contains some of the original yeast.
what else is in it?Well, the specific
recipe is closely guarded, but is made from roasted barley, malt, hops - and
the yeast. Added to this is a unique mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide that
separates the black liquid from the creamy ‘head’.If you watch a good barman pouring Guinness,
he will tilt the glass at 45 degrees, pour in ¾ of a glass, leave it to stand
to let the surge settle, and then top it up. The whole process ideally will
take 119.5 seconds – but worth the wait!On the other hand, you can buy from our shop a can of draught Guinness
with a ‘widget’ in the base.This
gadget first appeared in 1998 and produces the creamy ‘head’.Three years later the ‘widget’ won the
Queen’s Award for Technology Achievement.
1761, Arthur Guinness married Olivia Whitmore.Together they produced 21 babies, but sadly only 10 of them reached
adulthood.When Arthur died in 1803,
his three sons took over and continued his work.He and Olivia founded a dynasty, which has been
eminent in Ireland
for generations, as parliamentarians and benefactors.
Tick tock goes
Tick tock goes
the clock that sits beside my bed. Tick tock goes
the clock that echoes in my head. Tick tock goes
the clock which puts my head in a lock. Tick tock goes
the clock which makes my body want to rock.
On and on goes the clock 'til I give it a knock with my sock!
Now it starts to chime and it's nearly !
Tick tock goes the clock . . . .
Just a line to say 'thanks' for this and every day.
Your dawns and sunsets are just great,
bang on time,
Thank you Sun.
Sarah Prentice  Glenbridge
& CRAFT SHOW
"Come up to the Manor Hall for lunch," said mum.So we did.Little did we know it would be so entertaining!
was the Gardeners and Crafters Lunch, organised to
raise funds for the Horticultural and Craft Show in August.When we arrived, the hall was pretty busy,
though I guessed we were some of last to arrive to eat.We ordered our lunch and drinks and all
seemed fine - the food was good and wholesome and I was enjoying the light chit
chat with locals I’d not seen for a while.Over in the corner dad was busy helping Sally sort the raffle tickets
ready for the big draw, and this is when the fun started.There seemed to be several books of tickets
being used, at least two of the same colour . . .
hmmm.Sally had been writing the names
on the backs of the top ticket but not all the way down the strips . . .
hmmm.The prizes had all been allocated
a specific number . . . hmmm.
the draw began and the gentleman who was invited to draw the first ticket drew
. . . hmmm . . . his own ticket!Oh
well, it’s just a little village raffle, no bother and he took his prize.Next up, 'Oh it’s a blue ticket', 'Oh there
seem to be two winners' . . . Oh there are 2 sets of blue tickets!Don’t panic, they are slightly different,
look the numbers are printed differently.There then followed a steady stream of tickets, consultations, 'It’s
mine, oh no it’s not', that went on for quite some time, there were loads of
prizes.On my table Doreen was getting
quite anxious, she didn’t seem to be winning anything, then hey she did, a pink
pig in a bath thing-um-er-me-whotsit!
was wonderful, I laughed and laughed, I felt as if I was in a scene from a
pastoral sit-com, a sort of Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem mix up.Thanks Berry
folk, I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday lunch in the Manor Hall.
successful Lunch - in more ways than one it seems!Thank you to everyone who supported the
event - a very welcome sum of £250 has boosted the Show's account.Thank you, too, Jan and Sally for your help,
and Jackie and Anita for donating the beautiful basket of fruit.
you made a note of the date of the Show?Saturday,30th August in the Manor Hall.Details of the Art and Photography classes
were given in the April newsletter [if this has been mislaid and you would like
details, please ring Judie- 883544] and
the full Schedules and Entry Forms will be available with the August newsletter
or from the Community Shop.
The Show is open to residents and non-residents
of the village and we hope there will be lots of entries and prizes for the
Junior Sections - for which entrants must be under 14 on the 1st January 2008.
we're not looking for perfection, just some fun, so go on have a go and think
about what YOU might enter.
Vi, Yvonne, Pip, Tony, Janet and Judie
NEWS FROM THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
SATs tests took place during the week commencing 12th
May.This is a stressful time for our
pupils and for a special treat they went to the Go Kart Centre in Barnstaple at the end of their tests.During SATs week
we also received a visit from the Ofsted Inspectors.
the 10th June we shall be having a whole-school photograph taken.It's manyyears since the last one and we are
hoping for a nice, sunny day!
Toms kindly came in to meet Classes 2 and 3 because we had been learning all aboutvillage life,
past and present.We took photographs
and recorded his visit.We had a lovely
afternoon and the children were really interested and listened intently.
have this year's leavers reunion with last year's
leavers on the 11th June.They have
party food and lots of fun, and chat and share experiences about their life at
secondary school since they left Berrynarbor.
Our older children
will be going on their annual residential trip to the Exmoor Centre for a week
on the 16th June, and they are all looking forward to a week away from
school!Lots of exciting activities
planned - part of the time they will be sleeping indoors and the remainder of
the time they will be camping.
clubs are well supported.This term we
have Football [Scott Balment and Joe Ivan] until
June, and then Athletics takes over;Recorder [Maria Howell]. Guitar [Mack
Gray] and Gardening [Julia Fairchild].
are well underway for the School Fete on Tuesday, 15th July.If anyone would like to run a stall
at the fete, please contact the school office on  883493.Thank you.
pencil drawings of Spring Flowers are the work of pupils in Reception and Year
Susan Carey - Headteacher
Elyse Richards 
Disnie Thornton 
Ella Gibson 
Kitty-May Barten 
Ellie Saxby 
News from our Community Shop and Post Office
is great to be reporting about our NEW Shop and also telling you that thanks to
everyone, sales are up on this time last year, in both the Shop and Post
Office.This is much appreciated,
because although we have the lovely building, we also have a mortgage to
clear.The second May Golf Day, organised
by John Boxall, brought in a useful £570;the wedding ‘do’ in Sloley barn on 26th April £100 and another £100 came
from the Barn Dance held on 3rd May – a great total of £770.Kath Thorndycroft’s
Plant Sale on 5th May was also a success and yielded about another £500.Thank you John and Kath.Any other ideas for raising funds would be
very welcome - please give your suggestions to Anita or Jackie.
Thanks also to the ‘Berrynarbor in Bloom’
group who have supplied the Shop with the splendid troughs of flowers.
No doubt we all appreciate the easy
parking.Walkers have those few extra
uphill strides, but then it’s easier on the way down with all the shopping!
Sales of the personalised shop bags are
going well.Hopefully, when British
Telecom can sort out the problem, the Shop will get its old phone number back,
but in the meantime you can reach it via the Post Office number - 883100.
New products are arriving weekly,
including a delicious range of jams and chutneys, local ‘goodies’, a wide range
of Soya products and new varieties of cans of beans [perhaps because Anita was
told yesterday by her supplier that there is a national shortage of small cans
of Heinz baked beans!]
Thank You from the Shop Treasurer
Well, your new shop is up and running
and I should like to give a personal thank you to all the good folk who have
contributed money in any way at all.
raffles, events, books and the box on the counter,
have raised a staggering £5,000 since we launched the appeal.This is an enormous contribution toward the
cost of the building and all its equipment, to say nothing of additional stock.
should also mention the people who bought Shares - this has raised another
£4,000 and it is so rewarding to know that people have sufficient confidence in
the business to invest their hard earned cash.
course, we now have additional overheads and the on-going support of all the
villagers, and visitors, is vital to meeting these costs.So, to
all of you, enjoy the facility which you have helped to create and thank you
WALKS - 108
'On the Road to Marazion'
a distance, the string of figures making their way across the causeway to St.
Michel's Mount appeared to be walking on water.This is only possible when tides allow.At other times the island can be reached by
As well as the magnificent former
Benedictine Priory, with its perilously steep sub-tropical gardens, there are
cottages, a church and small harbour.Returning to Marazion over the old stones,
shaped and weathered by the action of the waves, we saw a few Guillemots dotted
about the water, still in their winter plumage.
away, and diving frequently, was a larger bird - about the size of a goose -
mostly black with a white breast.We
suspected what it might be but for confirmation, when we'd reached the
'mainland', we continued along the coast to a jetty which brought us closer to
the bird - a Great Northern Diver;an
oceanic bird and scarce passage and winter visitor, also known known as a loon!
went back through the town and along the coast road to Marazion
Marsh, an RSPB Reserve, enjoying as we walked the view of Penzance,
Newlyn and Mousehole to the
west and The Lizard peninsula to the east.MountsBay claims to be one of the most
beautiful bays in the world.
the beach stood a small flock of whimbrels, like curlews but smaller with
stripes on the crown and their downwardly curved bills shorter.They are most usually seen in spring and
was late April and a good time possibly to see birds of passage stopping off at
the wetland on their spring migration.As we arrived at the nature reserve
we were told about two interesting and attractive birds which had been observed
there that week.
was a male Blue-Headed Wagtail, Motacillaflavaflava, a sub-species of the
Yellow Wagtail, Motacillaflavaflavissima [flava meaning
yellow, so flavissima being most yellow].
did not think there was much chance of seeing the small bird but scanned the
Pied Wagtails and Wheatears on the grass alongside the Red
River, which runs through the reserve.And there it was, among the flag iris leaves
at the water's edge!It was the
buttercup yellow plumage and long flickering tail which drew our
attention.The slender bird had a slate
blue head with a white superciliary stripe, an olive
back and brownish wings.It flew on to
a reed, slid down it, tried again and clung on for a while.It was a beautiful and
graceful bird, a treat to watch.
crossed the bridge over the railway line to Longrock
Pool and there, among a flock of Sand Martins was the other bird to which we'd been
alerted, a Black Tern - about twice the size of the martins.It put on quite a show, exhilarating to
watch, its buoyant aerobatic flight a few feet above the water, then suddenly dipping to skim the surface of the pool.The Black Tern frequents freshwater habitats
such as ponds, lakes and swamps and unlike the various sea going terns, it does
not plunge into the water when it hunts for
food.It was a very striking bird with
a black head, neck and breast and slate-grey forked tail, back and paler grey
wings.The forked tails of terns led to
their country nickname, 'sea swallows', or Morwenna
Marazion Marsh is the largest freshwater reed bed wetland
in Cornwall and
has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest with more than a
thousand different species having been recorded there - two hundred and fifty
of these being birds, five hundred plant species, five hundred insects and
eighteen different mammals.
by Paul Swailes
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.
CAR BOOT SALE
BLACKMOOR GATE MARKET
The Old Station House Inn]
SUNDAY, 27TH JULY
Sellers:from £5 per car/Buyers:from 12 50p
to Kentisbury W.I.
A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION
last, having patiently waited for nearly three years, it had come!The letter announced:I am
pleased to be able to tell you that His Royal Highness, The
Prince of Wales, would be delighted for your party to tour the Garden at Highgrove on 21 April 2008 at Hurray!
that day, as 'specially invited guests' our party of 25 set off on what turned
out to be a magical day - worth every minute of the long wait.
well thought out and carefully planned, atmospheric Garden was a delight and
exactly what one would have expected from His Royal Highness.Our excellent volunteer guide was not only
knowledgeable about the many species and varieties of plants, shrubs and trees,
but gave a heart-warming insight to the support and work of the Prince's
Charities.A garden to visit at all
times of the year - if only that were possible!
James and Patricia
coach turned into a small, insignificant driveway without any indication where
it was, except to say it was 'Private'.Rounding a bend we were met by security who were aware of our visit and
after careful 'checks', we were directed to the reception area where we were
introduced to our guide, who proved to be very knowledgeable about both the
sights and plants in the Garden.
her we found ourselves in a very quiet, peaceful and natural garden, in fact
many gardens as the grounds were broken up into different areas, about 15 in
all.Each one had its own particular
theme, from a wild flower meadow to topiary, a very elaborate tree house to a
I had to choose a favourite one it would be the Walled Garden with its many
different features of not only vegetables and fruit trees, but ornaments,
plantings and perfume [evident in many parts of the garden].
Royal Highness has used the myriad gifts given to him over the years to
decorate his gardens, be they urns, statues, carvings, along with things he has
collected from all over the world.These, mingled with the architecture of the plants, archways, gates and
buildings of all kinds, make it a most interesting, tranquil and much loved
nearly two hours, we were treated to tea and biscuits, beautifully served, and
an opportunity to view the paintings of His Royal Highness.
Highgrove was a very delightful experience.
His Royal Highness's own words, it is 'a garden which delights the eye, warms
the heart and feeds the soul', and certainly there was a warm feeling which
grew stronger as our excellent guide told us anecdotes and snippets of
information, such as the fact that children and their families from CALM
[Children's Cancer & Leukaemia Movement] were entertained here and at
Christmas were invited to decorate the Christmas trees.
favourite area?Difficult to choose
but the Stumpery was fun and fascinating, whilst the
Arboretum and Sanctuary, with its delightful bronze statue of the daughters of Odessa, peaceful and
Highgrove visit will almost certainly feature as one
of the main highlights of 2008.
is difficult to pick out any favourite of the many gardens created as they were
all very different but appeared to work on the same green theme.This is to work with nature to create
a concept that enhances the surrounding countryside - something I have been
trying to do at Riversdale for the last ten years, perhaps not as successfully.
should also like to pay tribute to the staff there, particularly our guide for
the tour who was both patient and very knowledgeable.
think the biggest surprise of the day was the very modest entrance to the drive
- one could easily drive past and not realise that the heir to the throne lived
there.The house itself was also very
modest and plain - a real home rather than a stately one.
gardens were delightful in their simplicity and informality.Our guide was very knowledgeable and
informative and obviously very fond of the Prince.His love of gardening and the environment
was evident everywhere;stones and
recycled wood used for paths, fences and edging;gifts he had received and sculptures from the
Prince's Trust studios, incorporated into interesting and unexpected
features.I loved the way paths
meandered around corners and the numerous seats - it is obviously a garden to
be enjoyed.I could just imagine
sitting in the shade on a lovely summer day with a Pimms
and whiling away the hours.
sure that like everyone who visits the gardens, I should love to go back
another time to see a different aspect - when the wild flowers are blooming for
example - and see the gardens in all their glory.Sadly, it will be a once in a lifetime visit
as visitors are asked not to go again so that other people have the
were so many special features that it is hard to recall them all and, of course,
photography was not allowed [we should have been there for hours!].However, one of my favourite areas was the stumpery - the arrangement of the old tree stumps was
fascinating, particularly as the shapes would change as and when the wood
rotted away.I had never seen anything
quite like it before.A real wild life
haven, as was the whole garden.
a result of my visit I've now stopped digging up the weeds in between paving
slabs - if it's good enough for the Prince, it's good enough for me!
really special day out - do go if you get the chance.
OLD BERRYNARBOR - VIEW 113
Briary Cave - Views at Ilfracombe III
time I have chosen an upright multi-view postcard published by The Pictorial
Stationery Co. Ltd. of London around 1904 under their "Peacock
Brand" Trade Mark, All four views are in colour with the card having been
printed in Saxony (Germany).In the bottom right corner we have BriaryCave,
Watermouth.We should remember that in
the early part of the Twentieth Century, Ilfracombe was one of the premier
resorts in the U.K.
and visitors would travel out to Watermouth and Berrynarbor in a two or
four-horse drawn coach as shown in the second picture I have used.
At Watermouth the
visitors would visit the caves, entrance 2d per person to view both Smallmouth
and BriaryCave, and often take the small ferry
across to Broad Sands beach.
Such a horse drawn coach would leave
each day from outside the Runnacleave Hotel,
and the trip would cost 2/6d per person, which was quite a lot of money in
those days.The billboard on the coach
reads "Sterrage Valley by the New Barnstaple Road Through the Woods returning via
Berrynarbor & Watermouth Castle At
2.30pm Return Fare 2/6".
This particular photographic postcard
was by Philipse and Lees of Ilfracombe, taken on July 13th 1908 and upon the
coach's return to Ilfracombe, these postcards would be offered to the
passengers at 1d each.This was in the
hope they would wish to purchase several postcards each and send them off to
all their family, friends and work colleagues.In those days, each card could be sent off by post at just one ½ pence,arriving first thing the next day anywhere in
the U.K., not like the postal service offered to-day!
Returning to the 'Views' card, the other
three pictures show the "Capstone Steps" down to CheyneBeach, and "The Admiral Rodney, Old
Ilfracombe", which was situated off Broad Street at the foot of Fore Street and is
where the Amusement Arcade and the New Lifeboat House are now situated.
The original sign for the Admiral
Rodney, which was closed down in 1913 when the magistrates failed to renew the
Licence, can still be seen in IlfracombeMuseum.
The final picture shows "Hele Mill,
near Ilfracombe"which until
recently operated and produced organic corn meal for sale.The postcard itself was posted from
Ilfracombe at on
April 10th 1905,
it has a “Thimble” postmark and was sent to a Miss Chawter
at The RectoryParracombe Barnstaple.
Tower Cottage, May
IN THE PAPERS 150 YEARS AGO
July 15th1858BERRY REVEL. – On Wednesday, last week,
Henry Webber, carpenter, (an ex-policeman of the Bristol Force.) of the parish
of Berrynarbor, was brought in custody of Police Constable Hodge, before N. Vye, Esq., and the Rev. S.T. Slade-Gully, at the rectory in
that village charged with having brutally assaulted, Jane Berry, wife of a
labourer on the 6th instant. Berry Revel begins on the Saturday, and
lasts several days including the Sunday.On the night in question this young wife had, very indiscreetly gone to
the dancing-room of the “Globe” Inn, where
between 10 and ,
she was met by the defendant who is a single man. Being it is understood, old
acquaintances. And complainant not being accompanied by her “natural
protector,” defendant proceeded to take unbecoming liberties with her, which
she resented by giving him a push or a blow, telling him “to keep his hands
off.” He, brute as he was, flew into a rage and made a furious attack by her
with his fists, struck her about the face and eyes, and when she was leaving
the house he knocked her down and otherwise maltreated her, swearing in the
most horrible manner that he would be “the death of her.”The complainant carried the evidence of her
ill-usage in her face, she had a dreadful pair of black eyes and other marks of
foul treatment. The charge being proved, the magistrates fined him £3 with 11s
6d, expenses, with the alternative of a month in Prison.the money was paid.
July 1858 A
Fearful Fall. - Early on Monday morning a terrible accident happened at
Berrynarbor to a young man, about 18 years of age, named Philip Lancey, as he
was going down to Watermouth in search of crabs. The youth and his
step-brothers, William Hicks, are the sons of a poor widow in the village,
named Margaret Lancey, who render her by their attachment and labour, important
comfort and assistance in the up-hill struggles of life. On the morning
mentioned, a relation who had been paying them a visit being about to leave,
the brothers went down to the shore to get some crabs or lobsters to gratify
their departing friend. Many of the pots for trapping these crustances,
are fastened to staples secured in the rocks, as the unfortunate youth was
descending Ditch Cliff, opposite to WatermouthCastle, he fell a height
of some fourteen feet on a ledge of rocks below, and from thence he rolled into
the sea. His step-brother saved him from a watery grave, but it was found that
a terrible wound had been inflicted on his head. The Surgeon was immediately
sent for from Ilfracombe, who discovered an extensive laceration of the scalp
and fracture of the skull.It does not
appear to have affected his mental faculties, but serious apprehensions are
entertained of a fatal result.The case
is in the able hands of Messrs. Stoneham and Foquet.
NBPlease note that theseextracts
from the papers are reprinted exactly as published.