Newsletter funds are looking pretty healthy, partly due to the continued
support of the Parish Council, the Parochial Church Council and advertisers,
but also to everyone who donates either via the Shop, Sue's of Combe Martin,
The Globe, The Sawmill Inn or by post.
you to the readers on the mailing list who have already renewed their annual
subscriptions and sent donations. February, however, is the time for postal
readers to renew their subscription and for those to whom this applies, a
letter is enclosed with this issue.
a different note, the Christmas greetings sent via the December issue raised a
sum of £187 for Manor Hall Funds. Many people since have said they wished
they had taken part, so it is hoped that there will be increased support next
Christmas. But don't forget, greetings must be with me by mid-November - a
reminder will appear in the October Newsletter and look out for posters.
I should like to thank Sue and Richard, not forgetting paperboy Dave, for
distributing newsletters with their round to those in receipt of a paper,
especially the Journal. Ed.
Party held on 4th December was enjoyed by all. Norma and Tony Holland
entertained us with songs and poems and everyone joined in singing Christmas
Carols. During an interval, there were sausage rolls, mince pies, chocolate
biscuits and sherry to enjoy! The raffle was won by Ursula Rouse.
sat down to a Christmas lunch at The Lodge on Monday 17th and it was, as usual,
"scrumptious". Our waistbands were decidedly tighter as we
on January 3rd was the AGM which was followed by a talk and slide show by our
Secretary, Marion Carter, entitled “Not Another Elephant!” She related her
experiences when on safari in Kenya last year, which were very interesting.
Chairman, Janet Gibbins, was unable to attend the meeting, Marion stood in for
her and she thanked each member who had had a particular roll during the past
year, all of whom were willing to continue during 2008, apart from Margaret
Weller, the programme secretary, who expressed her wish to resign. Marion thanked her for booking some interesting speakers over the last few years. We are
now looking for some one to take over this job.
decided to keep the individual yearly subscription at £12 plus 50p per meeting
to cover raffle prize and refreshments. Visitors would be asked to pay £2 per
and Jenny Cookson were in charge of the sales table, which brings in a welcome
amount of revenue each month. They, too, are willing to continue but request
the donation of more items as the table is beginning to look a bit empty! The
raffle was won by Joan Wood.
in the last Newsletter, Mrs. Cooke will be coming to demonstrate hedgerow
baskets on the 5th February; Gerry Marangone will be telling us about his
early years living in Italy on 4th March and representatives from the North
Devon Hospice will be with us in April. All these Meetings take place in the
Manor Hall at 2.00 p.m. Visitors or new recruits are very
ST. PETER'S CHURCH
in the midst of redecoration, the church was dusted and tidied ready for
Christmas. The crib, tree and the flowers appeared and suddenly everything
was bright and cheerful. All the windows were decorated again and Sue and her
team must be congratulated for their skill and imaginative arrangements.
Thank you once again to all those who made very generous donations, making it
the services were well attended. The Choir sang 'Ding-Dong-Ding' and 'In the
Bleak Midwinter' at the Carol Service - we could have listened to them all
night. On Christmas Eve, the service began with the age-old tradition of
Blessing of the Crib and the singing of 'Once in Royal David's City' -
Christmas had really begun! Visitors augmented the congregation on Christmas
morning, in spite of the earlier start at 10.00 a.m. Then it was back to
'family' on Epiphany Sunday, 6th January, the last day of Christmas when the
candles on the Advent wreath were extinguished. Finally, a big thank you to
our bell-ringers who turned up for all the services and also rang in the New
begins early this year with Ash Wednesday on 6th February. Mothering Sunday
will be celebrated on 2nd March, when we shall look forward to families in
church and spring posies all round.
Sunday will be on the 16th March, followed by Good Friday on the 21st and
Easter Day on Sunday, 23rd March. A reminder that all Sunday services start
at 11.00 a.m. and please look out for posters nearer the time giving more
Lunches will continue at The Globe the last Wednesday in the month - 27th
February and 26th March. Please ring me on 883881 if you would like to join
in. Everyone is welcome. We arrive any time after 12.00, order for
ourselves from the menu and pay as we go.
who knew Betty in any way, will know that sadly she died, after a short
illness, on the 22nd December.
not a resident of Berrynarbor, I should like to pay tribute to this very
special lady, a 'beloved Mum and Nanny to her family and Auntie Betty to
a great supporter of many of our village activities, art shows, coffee
mornings, lunches, etc., and since we began doing the teas at the Valley Open Gardens, helping behind the scenes. She would be there preparing scones,
cream and jam - there was always a discussion on which should go on first! -
and donning her pink 'Marigolds' to keep the continuous stack of dishwashing
under control. She was a keen reader of our Newsletter as well as a
contributor and repeated below is a favourite piece of hers that appeared in
the December 2005 issue.
youngsters, both girls and boys, were influenced by her, learning confidence,
discipline and self-belief through dancing at the Betty Blackmore School of
Dancing or one of her other interests. Betty herself was taught by the late
Esmé Preston as well as appearing for a short time as a Tiller Girl with her
sister Mary. Through Betty's annual dance shows, literally thousands of
pounds were raised for local and national charities and she was always a
welcome, smiling face at the local residential homes when they joined in with
her armchair keep fit sessions.
Parish Church was full to say farewell at a happy service in her memory - Nigel
Jackson-Stevens remarked that he had never heard so much laughter at a funeral
- and at the crematorium, Betty's final bow saw everyone singing, a standing
ovation and a well deserved round of applause!
you Betty for all that you have done, making a difference for so many people
over the years.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his
writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day he was walking along the shore and as he looked down the beach, he saw
a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone
who would dance to the day.
he began to walk faster to catch up. As he got closer, he saw that it was a
young man and the young man wasn't dancing but instead he was reaching down to
the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it
into the ocean. As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What
are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish into the ocean."
suppose I should have asked why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"
sun is up, and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll
young man, don't you realise that there are miles and miles of beach, and
starfish all along it? You can't possibly make a difference!"
young man listened politely. Then bent down, picked another starfish and
threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, "It made a
difference for that one."
by Betty, illustration Peter Rothwell
dull, wet morning but a warm welcome at Lee Lodge when I called to meet the two
new Joyce's, only to find that two other ladies had slipped through the
'welcome net'. So, to them all, the warmest welcome to the village, we hope
you will be happy in your new 'home'.
Atkins arrived at Lee Lodge last July, having lived at Milltown, Muddiford, for
six years and coming to Devon from Old Windsor. Pam, who worked for many
years in all areas of the retail trade, has two daughters - one who lives in
the area, the other in Tewkesbury - three grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren, Talullah [Tilly] having arrived very recently.
speaks very highly of Heather, the manager, and all the other carers at Lee
Lodge, calling them 'her friends' and 'wonderful'!
from Norah Bellot Court in Barnstaple two months ago, ninety-seven year old Amy
Noakes has a wicked sense of humour and a twinkle in her eye! A great reader,
she is a Devon lass born in Plymouth, but is a seasoned traveller, having lived
with her late husband all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand. Amy has a daughter and two grandchildren and shares her bed with an enormous
floppy dog named Barney! Walter [Canham] has been rather put out as he is no
longer the only male - Amy has brought with her, her blue budgie Nelson! He,
and his cage, are very comfortable in the lounge, amongst many friends who are
encouraging him to talk.
Davey, or Joyce 'D', lived at Braunton for 30 years before coming to
Berrynarbor. Originally from Ilford in Essex, Joyce, a midwife, helped with
the safe arrival of, as she says, lots and lots of babies. She also says that
a disadvantage of this career is that 'wherever you go, you are recognised'!
who enjoys reading, sewing and knitting, was no stranger to our village, having
stayed here when she was 13. She remembers a day trip to Bristol on the
steamer. Encountering stormy weather and having to batten down en route, they
didn't arrive back in Ilfracombe until after midnight, and then had to walk to Berrynarbor!
mentioned previously , Joyce is anxious to attend St. Peter's Church and would
love to hear from anyone who might be able to give her a lift there on Sunday
Clay, or Joyce 'C', is still settling in and sorting out her room, having only
arrived a couple of days ago. This lively lady, in her late nineties, has spent
the last 32 years in Mortehoe, where she and her late doctor husband retired in
1975. Dr. 'Alan' [Albert Arthur] Clay acted, for several years, as a locum
for David Dodds and other doctors in the local practice.
Joyce D, she was born in Ilford in Essex. Separated from Alan during his
service years in World War II, on his demob they moved to Newport Pagnell where
they lived for nearly thirty years, raising their three children, Vanessa, who
now lives in South Africa, Robert and Nicolas. Joyce's family now includes 8
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Sadly Alan died, but not before
they celebrated their Diamond Wedding.
very keen rubber bridge player, Joyce and her sister were taught by their
father when she was only 7 - and she has been playing ever since. If anyone
can help or put her in touch with other players, please do contact her on
 882030 or drop her a line at Lee Lodge, Berrynarbor, EX34 9SD. Joyce has high hopes and has even brought her card table with her!
It is nice to welcome, and sad to say farewell, to people, but such information
isn't always easy to obtain. If you, or someone you know, has either moved in
or left the village, please do contact the Editor on 883544.
last Council meeting was held on the 15th January but due to illness I was
unable to attend, so Vice Chairman Councillor Gingell chaired the meeting.
The Council welcomed a new member, Mrs Angela Boyd of Cherrydene, Sterridge Valley, to the meeting.
Crockett and I attended an Affordable Housing seminar on Saturday 19th
January. We were urged by Councillor Andrea Davis, the North Devon District
Council Portfolio holder for housing, to enforce our need for affordable
housing in our community. Anyone in this category should ensure that they are
registered with the local authority. There will also be a local housing needs
survey distributed in the very near future, which will be very important for
this community as the authority will then be able to ascertain the needs of
Berrynarbor, allowing the village to move forward.
District Council are also keen to bring any properties that have been totally
empty for a considerable time into the letting market, so if you know of any properties
that fall into this category, please let me know and I will forward the
information to the relevant department.
District Council Parks Department are being extremely helpful regarding the
refurbishment of the children’s playground and have requested suggested designs
and costing from 3 different companies for the village to consider, along with
help in securing some funding.
Gingell, Crockett, Richards and myself are trying to compile an emergency plan
for the village. Although this may seem to some unnecessary, it is a
requirement of this Council, so if you have any machinery that could be used or
any relevant skills, would you please contact me as soon as possible. This
information would remain confidential.
a result of the request in a previous newsletter, I am pleased to report that
Don Thirkell of St Columb Major, Cornwall has offered to donate a new bench to
go outside the Manor Hall in memory of his parents who lived in Berrynarbor for
many years. Thank you Don.
you have a problem or need to discuss anything, please contact me on 882916.
The answer 'phone is always on, so leave a message and I will get back to you
as soon as I can - if I don’t know about a problem, I can’t deal with it!
Sue Sussex -
Your local North
Devon District Councillor
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not take a visit to the Gardens? By the 1st March when they open officially,
there will be spring flowers and, of course, the Tea Room will be open for
warming hot drinks, home-made soup and other tempting light lunches and teas.
its sheltered valley, snowdrops and daffodils, camellias and 'Brigadoon', an
early flowering rhododendron, are already in bloom.
a look at this winter's two new arrivals - a pair of life-size bronze swans,
the work of sculptor Jonathon Cox - which are enriching the lower lake.
& CAERPHILLY CRUMBLE
Taken from the
Women's Institute Complete Christmas Cookbook
you're tired of eating meat, particularly turkey that may still be in your
freezers, this vegetarian dish is a delicious alternative. We love it even
though we're carnivores! It is a wonderful way of using winter vegetables and
is, in our opinion, the tastiest vegetarian dish we have ever eaten. You can
vary the vegetable to suit tastes and availability. Eat it on its own or served
with any cooked meat.
6. Preparation time 30-40 minutes. Cooking time 30-40 minutes
tablespoon Olive Oil
medium Onion, peeled & diced
Cloves Garlic, peeled & crushed
medium Leeks, trimmed and cut into thick slices
medium Parsnips, peeled and cut into 2.5 cm [1"] cubes
small Celeriac [or Celery] peeled and cut into 2.5 cm [1"] cubes
[9.5oz] Chestnut Mushrooms, halved if large
pint good Vegetable Stock [or a vegetable stock cube]
[1/2 pint] Dry White Wine
heaped teaspoon Cornflour, dissolved in water
[1/4] pint Single Cream
[4oz] Cream Cheese [I use garlic & herb cream cheese]
[3oz] Caerphilly Cheese, cubed [Lancashire could be used instead]
[2.5oz] Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
[2.5oz] Fresh Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
you use a large dish, you may feel that you need more breadcrumbs and Parmesan
1. Fry the
onion and garlic in the oil until soft but not coloured. Add the leeks,
parsnips and celeriac and cook gently for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms
and cook for a few more minutes.
2. Add the
stock and dry white wine, bring to the boil and then simmer gently for about 15
minutes until the vegetables have softened but still retain their shape.
preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190°C or fan oven 170°C. Stir the dissolved
cornflour in to the vegetable mixture and continue stirring until thickened.
Add the cream, cream cheese and Caerphilly cheese and stir until dissolved.
into a large ovenproof dish, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs
that have been mixed together, then bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until
the sauce is bubbling and top is golden brown.
Judith and Geoff Adam, Flowerdew Cottage
know I run the risk of criticism as soon as I mention foxes. I understand
that people either love them or loathe them. The rural fox has been blamed
for the killing of lambs and chickens. I can understand this, for a fox
raided my mother's chickens at Upminster where we lived at the time. It killed
ten hens and three ducks and not only were there carcasses in our back garden,
but some were strewn around next door.
the fox has realised that it can have an easier life by moving into suburbia
and living out of dustbin bags, food put out for birds or food put out by
sympathisers. Good note for gardeners, they also eat slugs and snails.
a canine, the fox is very dog-like in its ways. It sits exactly like any
other dog and its ways of moving into areas or even premises are fairly
dog-like as I can reveal.
Mortehoe, a friend of mine who lived on a farm was in the habit of leaving the
back door open. One day, upon returning home, he found to his surprise, a fox
curled up in his armchair. I don't know if it left any little friends behind
as it was shooed outside!
time ago, whilst walking the dog, I spotted a fox some yards away. At one
point it would run on ahead and then stop. Then it would repeat the actions
until it disappeared down someone's sideway.
winter in daylight, upon looking out into our back garden I saw a fox sitting
there looking at me. Presently it was off, over the six foot fence quicker
and easier than any cat! I could still see it in the neighbour's garden for a
while before it disappeared completely.
at our bungalow, we are visited by three foxes. We know there are three as
one has one ear up and the other down; number two is smaller and probably a
vixen; the last is larger and probably a dog.
this is where we are a bit naughty! In the evening we put food scraps in a
bowl and put it immediately outside the French doors of our sitting room.
Despite the curtains being wide open, the lights on and the TV going, our foxes
visit us for a feed. We watch them from a distance of about eight feet.
suddenly appear as if from nowhere and stand looking at us, first right and
then left, then they get on with their food. They are very nervous and easily
frightened by car noises, gusts of wind, fireworks, etc.
study these creatures at such close range is, to us, quite fascinating and a
sight many people would like to see.
comes the daft bit! One day I looked out to see two foxes on a shallow pitch
roof of a neighbour's garden shed. They were moving about and letting out
the most blood curdling howls. Not wishing any animal to suffer pain and not
knowing if they were injured or had been hit by a car, I rang the RSPCA.
man on the other end of the 'phone said, "Not to worry, they always make
these noises at mating time. It frightens quite a lot of people." I
did feel a chump!
Tony Beauclerk - Colchester
it seems an age ago, I should like to thank everyone who came to the Ball and
helped to make it a superb evening, not only did everyone appear to have a good
time, but the evening also raised £1,036 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and
£597 for the Ilfracombe Dogs Trust. Well done!
should also like to thank those of you who could not attend the Ball but very
generously still sent donations or raffle
Advance Notice: a Diary Date for the next Ball: Saturday, 28th November 2009
THE MANOR HALL
had another successful Christmas Card collection and delivery this year. The
children from the Primary School helped to sort the cards and distribute to
those addresses within the immediate vicinity of the Hall. We especially
enjoyed their singing for us in the Manor Hall on the Saturday morning, and
many enjoyed the mulled wine and coffee. Many thanks to all who supported
the event and those who kindly helped.
raised £373 and of this £187 was raised for us by the greetings via Judie and
the Berrynarbor Newsletter.
the coming year, we hope to purchase some new padded seats! We also hope to
resolve the problem of the leaking roof!
New Year to all our Hall users and thank you for your support.
Bob Hobson -
Chairman, Management Committee
SATURDAY, 23RD FEBRUARY
Stall Raffle Tea & Coffee
in aid of Local Charities
Please take items
to the Manor Hall on the Saturday morning from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m.
If you have any
problems, ring Lynn on 883246
Christmas meeting on the 12th December was extremely well attended and proved
to be a resounding success, under the able leadership and presentation given by
our own Tony Summers. The food was plentiful and tasty and the evening more
like a party than our normal meetings! Each table of six or twelve members
having previously arranged what delicacies they would bring, meant that
everyone participated instead of, as in the past, relying upon a lot of work by
just a few members. Tony's selection of wines, champagne and port went down a
treat and the evening closed with everyone wishing each other a happy and
Bluff again proved popular and helped to cheer up what has been an extremely
wet and miserable January. Chairman Alex gave a vote of thanks, in particular
to Tony, but also to the remaining two members of the Panel; Tony added his
thanks to Brett Stevens of the Fabulous Wine Company who had so ably assisted
by providing all the wines and also some of the scripts for each of the three
panellists to follow.
February Meeting, on the 20th, will be a presentation by Andy Cloutman of Quay
West Wines, and on Wednesday, the 19th March, Alex Parke will give a
presentation. A warm welcome will be given to any new members who should
contact the Secretary or Treasurer at least 24 hours before their first
attendance. Meetings are held in the Manor Hall, commencing at 8.00 p.m.
information can be obtained from: Alex Parke [Chairman] on 883758,
Tony Summers [Secretary] on 883600, Jill McCrae [Treasurer] on 882121 or Tom
Bartlett [Publicity] on 883408.
THE COBBLER'S SONG
from Chu Chin Chow
and cobble at slippers and shoon
rise of sun till set of moon.
and cobble as best I may
all night and cobble all day
sing as I cobble this soulful lay.
stouter I cobble the less I earn
soles ne'er crack nor the uppers turn.
better my work the less my pay
can only be done one way.
And as I
cobble with needle and thread
the world by the way they tread.
worn thick and soles worn thin
turned out and toes turned in
for thought in the sandal's skin.
prince and commoner, poor and rich,
need of the cobbler's stitch.
worry what lies before?
this life by a thread no more.
and cobble at slippers and shoon,
rise of sun till set of moon.
and cobble as best I may
all night and cobble all day
I sing as I cobble this soulful lay.
Asche's musical fantasy, based on the Arabian Nights tale of Ali Baba, was
first staged I believe during World War I, and an immediate success, being
especially popular with troops on leave, to whom, no doubt, it was a welcome
escape from the horrors of the trenches.
Some of you
may remember the TV version which the BBC produced [in mono-colour] soon after
World War II, with Jetsam [Malcolm McEachern] as the Cobbler.
'Mr. Oscar Asche
Chu Chin Chow'
have enjoyed a reputation [well deserved in my view] as philosophers. Some
years ago, when I bought a holiday cottage in North Wales, I was told of a cobbler
who plied his trade in a wooden hut at the bottom of the garden. The village
children used to come and watch him at work while he enlightened their minds
from his store of wisdom. Later on I took my shoes to a cobbler in Corwen and
had many interesting discussions with him. He was a philosopher without a
SHOW MUST GO ON . . . AND IT WILL
Phoenix rises! Be warned that on Friday and Saturday, the 28th and 29th
March, the NEW all singing, all dancing Berrynarbor Broadcasting Company will
be back in action!
cast, some old, some new, with polypeptides and anti-aging properties, will be
putting on a shrink-proof, ultra-concentrated Show, guaranteed to keep your
soap to end all soap operas. We even have a fat lady and she promises to
sing! Should you wish to take part, or lend a hand back stage, please contact
Fenella Boxall on 882575.
out for posters around the village. Tickets will be on sale shortly in the
shop. And the good news is that the Manor Hall Committee is promising to buy
some comfy chairs . . . so, instead of bringing your cushion, book early to bag
the soft seats.
will be in aid of the Manor Hall and other local charities.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON
- 28TH & 29TH MARCH 2008
GOLF to the FORE!
congratulations to our 'hole-in-one' golfer, Sue Wright, on her most recent
golfing triumph, with her partner Moira Styles. Well done!
will now put you in the picture:
and I have been playing as a 'pair' for the last five years in many both home
and away matches. Last year we were asked to represent Ilfracombe in the
Doris Willis - Little County Knock Out Foursomes. Although we reached the
semi-finals, we were knocked out by Holsworthy in the most atrocious conditions
at Torquay Golf Club.
days later we went off - a very relaxed pair - to play in the regional finals
of the Douglas Bader Moroccan Salver. The sun was shining, it was a day out
and we went with the attitude 'we've got nothing lose' after the thrashing we
received from Holsworthy! Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset and Dorset were represented at Okehampton and we won, with 39 points!
Douglas Bader Foundation looked after the twelve pairs from all over the UK and we set off on a Monday morning from Devon at 8.00 a.m. to Heathrow finally arriving at the
hotel in Agadir the following morning at 1.00 a.m. The next day, after
meeting fellow competitors, we had the day to ourselves. Moira and I went
shopping, explored Agadir and relaxed by the pool, whilst the serious golfers
went to practise and walk the course!
and the practice round took place first in drizzle, then heavy rain and later
in a thunderstorm - we got soaked.
day, the weather was better, breezy but sunny. We were allocated local
caddies, who were excellent and we had an excellent round. On being told we
had won and to go and prepare our speech [!], we were driven back to our hotel
where we were, in our golf kit, thrown into the swimming pool - a tradition
following day we left the hotel at 8.00 a.m., returning to Berrynarbor at midnight, shattered but elated!
sponsors in 2008 and we go to Spain Desert Springs Golf Club to defend our
title - all expenses paid! Sue
My thanks to Clive
Bartram for allowing me to use his photograph. Ed.
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The Start: Just before Barnstaple Fair
Week, an old friend, Mitch Warburton, asked if I would be interested in making
some cider. As a few village worthies, myself included, had been thinking
about this for a couple of years, "Yes", was my reply.
next week, the Warburton Apple Processing Plant, Mk 2, was dropped off at Wild Violets.
The press, which is portable, was sited behind the weeping ash tree and after a
few site adjustments, was ready for use!
The Process: The apples,
delivered in trugs, wheelbarrows, trailers, plastic bags, sacks, etc., are
first cut into quarters. Then they are shredded, by an old garden shredder,
into a mash. This is then put in between layers of straw which are laid in
the barrel of the press ready for pressing when sufficient mash has been
made. When pressing takes place, the juice is collected in a bucket before
being strained into a barrel. The process is then repeated.
The Workforce: In part, the idea
of 'the press' is to bring people together. T'was truly international!
There were Combemartians, Barnstaple folk and, of course, a fair smattering of Berry people.
The children were getting the apples from wherever and taking them to the
ladies who were sitting around tables slicing them before they went through the
shredder, to the press and then to the barrel.
apples that were brought were loaded into a builder's trug [1
trug = 2 gallons], that way we were able to measure how much everyone had
it was the turn of the 'tasters' [the men took that in turns!].
The Result: After two days' work we had made
140 gallons of cider, not bad, eh? Each day finished with a BBQ and,
surprise, surprise, music supplied by our local musicians.
press was then taken to Barnstaple to do its job again.
The Future: Having surfed the net for
information on the keeping of cider we've found diverse accounts. Some say it
can be drunk after 3 months, others say leave it a year. One says it should
be drunk only after the cuckoo sings, and given the number of cuckoos I've
heard over the last few years, it could be some time! So, I think its going
to be up to the individual's willpower.
year's press has now been racked, so those of you who have yet to collect your
spoils, it's ready and waiting.
hope to make this an annual event, so if you have some apples or pears, even
better I think, and the inclination, bring them next year.
Songbird, on behalf
of the Berry Suiciders
and Zoe Bowden are pleased to announce the safe arrival of their second
grandson, Rory Hayes, born on the 9th September at St. Johns Hospital, Livingston, Scotland and weighing an eye-watering 11lb 9oz. A little brother for
Jamie and second son for Vicky and Martin and a second nephew for Becky and
and Len Coleman are delighted to welcome the arrival of June's first
grandchild. Weighing in at 7lbs 7oz, Max Lucas was born to Katharine and
Chris in Romford on Christmas Day, 3 weeks early!
and Doreen Harding are delighted to announce the arrival of their seventh
grandchild, a fourth grand-daughter, a little girl for their son Guy and his
wife Caroline. Romily Victoria was born on the 19th January, weighing 5lbs
A warm welcome to
the three little ones and congratulations to all the parents, grandparents,
aunts and uncles!
WEATHER OR NOT
we look back at last year, let's just have a look at the last two months in
was only slightly wetter than October and with a total of only 76mm [3"]
it was the second driest November we have recorded, in 2004 we had only 59mm [2
5/16"]. It was a fairly mild month generally with the maximum
temperature of 16.2°C, which was about average for the last few years. We did
have one sharp frost on the night of the 23rd/24th, when the thermometer
dropped down to -1.3°C. Winds were generally fairly light but picked up on
the 30th with a maximum gust of 29 knots as the pressure started to drop.
started off very unsettled. On Saturday the 8th, we had 18mm [3/4"] of
rain in about three hours, added to the previous night's rain this deluge
caused quite a bit of localised flooding on the roads. On Sunday the 9th, the
forecast was for winds up to violent storm 11 but we were sheltered here and
recorded a maximum gust of only 32 knots but in areas exposed to the wind, it
was very severe. By Monday the 10th we had recorded 112mm
[4 1/2"] which was more than any whole month since August. After that
the pressure rose and the weather settled right down and the week was a
complete contrast to the previous one. There were some sharp frosts overnight
with temperatures dropping to -3°C on the 20th. The last few days of the
month the temperature rose again and we had some stronger winds and more rain
with the 24th/25th being the wettest 24 hours with 28mm
[1 1/8"]. The total rain for the month was 167mm [6 5/8"] which was
probably about mid range for the Decembers that we have recorded previously.
The maximum temperature of 13.9°C was slightly higher than average, while the
minimum of -3°C was a bit below average. We also recorded a wind chill of
-9°C which was not unusual.
hours of sunshine were recorded in November which was less than the last two
years, Decembers 7.60 hours was about normal. These figures are very local to
the Sterridge Valley due to the low angle of the sun which means that it hardly
rises above the hills at this time of year.
was a year of extremes as far as rainfall went: January and February were
about average, March was dry and April was the driest month we have ever
recorded. This was followed by May and June which were up with the wettest
and July which broke our July rainfall record of 59mm [2 5/16"]. August
was average but September, October and November were again very dry, finishing
with average rain in December. As a result of all this, 2007 was still
overall a comparatively dry year with a total rainfall of 1308mm [51
1/2"]. It was also a disappointing year as far as temperature went; the
maximum recorded throughout the year was 26.7°C in June, which was the only
month to climb above 25°C. The minimum temperatures were not out of the
ordinary. There were only two days in the year when there was some snowfall
and they were in February. Looking at the barograph readings, we recorded a
high of 1037mbs in February and November and a low of 982kbs also in February.
should like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Simon and Sue
Ilfracombe Rotary Club’s ‘Startrek 2008’
The 17th annual ‘Startrek’ Challenge will take place on the
night of 1st March, over a figure of eight course on Exmoor. Teams of four to
six people (minimum age 16) are invited to enter and help raise sponsorship for
the North Devon Hospice, Children’s Hospice South West and other local
charities and organizations. Over £400,000 has been raised so far. Please
give one night of your time and add to the growing numbers who enjoy this
challenge - if you can't do the walk, then please sponsor some one who is.
Full details and application forms can be found at www.rotary-startrek.org .uk or ring Stan Westlake on 01271 863662.
Sussex - Ilfracombe Rotary Club
Dial-a-Bone with Barking Happy
my name is Debbie. I live in Berrynarbor and if you own a dog which has been
to training classes in Chivenor, you may well have met me at the Canine
Etiquette’s dog centre. I have been a
helper/trainer at the North Devon dog training behaviour and education centre
for several years, since attending classes with my own dogs. Canine Etiquette
offer puppy socialisation classes, beginners classes for adult dogs, advanced
courses and behavioural work. They also provide free educational talks on
responsible pet ownership to local schools, clubs, various events and run
regular puppy parties at local vets giving up much of their valuable time.
was so impressed with the work at the centre that I offered my help. Directors
and highly qualified Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Tracey Berridge and Sally
Ansell, took me under their wing and with their combined experience taught me
lots about our four legged friends.
Last year I
went on to qualify as an assessor for the ‘Pets as Therapy’ charity and I am
currently studying a C.O.A.P.E. (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) companion
animal course and learning lots more.
fund my fuel costs as a volunteer at Canine Etiquette, and buy books for my
courses, I created a company called Barking Happy, selling essential pet
products at reasonable prices. Barking Happy proved very popular and has now
expanded into a pet product home delivery service offering all types of pet
commodities, cat, fish, rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, chicken and wild bird, not
just dog. We supply food, treats, grooming equipment, training gear, activity
toys, leads, food bowls, cleaning sprays, cat litter, fish flakes, tick
removers, natural remedies and lots more. We deliver free of charge to
Berrynarbor, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, West Down and surrounding
villages. Orders can be placed by 'phone or e-mail and must be received by midnight Monday for delivery that week. Orders will be confirmed and a suitable delivery
time arranged. If you need something urgently please call, we may have it in
stock and will do our best to get it to you as soon as possible.
at Barking Happy, we try our best to be competitively priced, and offer a
prompt efficient service to keep pets and owners happy! If you have a pet we
hope you will give us a try. Tel:  883773
We are pleased to welcome Anna, Zoe, Indiana, Freya and Bradley to our
Reception intake for January. We should also like to welcome James to our
Year 5 group. We hope they will all be happy and fulfilled during their
education at our school.
our temporary Kitchen Manager, has finished her temporary position with us and
we thank her for our lovely school dinners - Sarah has returned from maternity
leave and we look forward to more lovely school dinners! George has now
relinquished his post as temporary Caretaker and we are grateful for all his
hard work, we will miss him. We say 'Hello' to William, our new Caretaker,
and hope he will be happy with us.
Dudes Christmas Meal - once again, this was a great success. 35 senior
dudes came along for the Christmas evening. The children prepared and served
the wonderful turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, and sang carols to our
guests. Some memorable photos of the event are here for you to see.
Spring Term 2008 - The children all
returned from their Christmas break full of excitement and enthusiasm.
Unfortunately, we have been hit by the much-publicised flu virus which seems to
have dragged on a bit and our numbers have been somewhat depleted. We are
looking forward to some improved weather to get us all back on track again.
We have received many enquiries from parents and residents within the village
and help at school on a voluntary basis. All our volunteers are CRB cleared
to enable them to be involved in working with children.
2, 3 and 4 are embarking on their 10 sessions of swimming instruction this term
and Reception and Year 1 will have their tuition during the Summer Term.
Swimming is part of the curriculum and it is vital our children know how to
swim living in a seaside locality.
Fire Service will be coming in to give a safety talk to our Years 2 and 5/6. We've
had lots of wet weather playtimes and the children are hoping for snow . . .
not something I'm sure you are wishing for!
from us all at Berrynarbor School.
Sue Carey -
Good News & The Bad News!
The Good: Thank you to everyone who helped
us raise just over £300 at the children's Christmas Nativity Coffee Morning.
It was a huge success and enjoyed by all. It was a delight to see all the
young children performing and a big thank you must go to Emma and her staff for
all their hard work.
The Bad: Unfortunately, during the
Christmas holidays we have had two of our ride-on toys stolen from the shed.
We have informed the police and the North Devon Journal but if anybody has any
further information or can help us in either locating the people responsible or
assist us in replacing the stolen items, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jenny Beer [nee
Bailey] - Chairperson
AND SHAKERS - No. 13
October 5th1902 – January 14th 1984
Builder of the McDonald’s Hamburger Chain
last Christmas, Alex and I “sloped off” to Prague for 3 days. The excuses?
To have a rest before the onslaught of festivities, to see the Castle and
Christmas Markets - and [what the hell!] for me to fulfil a long held dream.
Prague had all the answers! It also had a few surprises such as Tesco and MacDonald’s.
knew a bit about the starting of Tesco, but nothing of “Big Mac”, other than
the outlet on Barnstaple’s “Tesco” road, so on our return, I checked
“Google”. McDonald’s Corporation all started with a Mr. Kroc in the
Albert Kroc was a former piano player, who after ambulance driving and a few
other jobs, became a salesman for the Lily Tulip Cup Company [selling paper
mugs] for 17 years, ending up as Sales Manager for United States Middle West.
But then, approaching 40 years of age, he felt it was time he was on his own.
He mortgaged his home and invested his life savings to become the exclusive
distributor of a machine that could prepare 5 milk shakes at a time: the
1954, now aged 52, Mr. Kroc heard about Richard and Maurice McDonald who in
their fast-food emporium in San Bernardino, California, were using eight of his
machines. As a milk shake expert, he later said in a memoir published in the
New York Times, "I had to see what kind of an operation was making 40 at
had never seen so many people served so quickly! He seized the opportunity to
suggest to the brothers a franchising scheme based on their restaurant, thinking
initially that he could then sell eight machines to each one. However, he was
an entrepreneur. He struck a deal, became their first franchisee and opened
his first McDonald’s in Des Plaines, Chicago within the year. This is no
longer a restaurant, but their Museum, containing memorabilia and artefacts –
including the Multimixer.
motto became: Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value. Within 5 years there
were 228 restaurants, and just two years later, Ray Kroc bought all rights to
McDonald’s from the McDonald brothers for $2.7 million. So what was the
reason for his success?
Kroc was born in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, the son of an unsuccessful
real estate man whose family were from Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. He pioneered automating and standardising
in what was a fiercely competitive multi-billion dollar fast food business.
He concentrated on opening outlets in suburbs, where family outings to the
local McDonald's became almost like tribal rituals. He chose his franchised
owners to manage the new outlets with great care, looking for, as he said
later, "Somebody who’s good with people, we’d rather get a salesman than
an accountant or even a chef." What he wanted were people like himself –
driven by a never-ending urge to build and to excel.
want someone who will get totally involved in the business”, he said, “If his
ambition is to reach the point where he can play golf four times a week or play
gin rummy for a cent a point, instead of a tenth, we don’t want him in a
trained his franchisees at his “Hamburger University”, where a training led to
a bachelor of Hamburgerology with a minor in French Fries! Instruction covered
grill cleaning, flipping hamburgers and how to tell if a hamburger was done,
“It starts browning around the edges.” He stressed quality, but then to keep
operating costs down, he made innovative use of part-time teenage help. He
also advertised a lot.
Kroc was an impressive man in appearance. His thin hair was sleeked down, his
made-to-measure blazers impeccable, and his eyes were constantly on the alert
for any dirt in his restaurants!
3,000th restaurant was opened in London in1974, and in1990 a Russian McDonald’s
was hailed as "an emblem for the new friendships between our people".
1955, Ray Kroc had made himself President of the Mcdonald’s Corporation, by
1968 he became Chairman, and in 1977, now aged 74, he was Senior Chairman.
Kroc had a stroke later that year and soon after, entered an alcoholics
treatment centre in Orange, California because, he said, “I am required to take
medicine which is incompatible with the use of alcohol.” He died aged 81 in
Ray Kroc in 1978
whilst waiting for your ‘Big Mac’, you know it really shouldn’t be called that,
but would it sell as well if it was called a “Big Kroc”? Still, he was one
PP of DC
LETTER FROM THE
that we are into 2008, will it be a good year or a bad year? Are you an
optimist or a pessimist? George Bernard Shaw said we need both optimists and
pessimists in society. An optimist invents an aeroplane. A pessimist
invents a parachute.
is a lovely story about two brothers who wanted horse riding lessons for
Christmas. When they rushed down to the Christmas tree on Christmas Day
morning, they did not find the usual presents all wrapped up neatly beside the
tree. Instead they found two buckets of manure and a fork.
no!” said the first brother, ”Where are all the presents and the money to go
horse riding? No one ever listens, and no one cares! How rotten! This is
the worst Christmas I can ever remember. All we have is a bucket of manure to
put on the garden.”
be so silly.” said the other. “Can't you see? If there is a bucket of
manure, then there must be a horse somewhere. We've got a horse each for
Christmas! Come on, it must be outside waiting for us.”
we are in the middle of events, it's sometimes hard to see the wood for the
trees. For many of us, it's only afterwards that we discover the silver
lining in the storm clouds. But so often when we look back, it seems as if
there was a pattern, or plan, in what happened, and sometimes we reluctantly
(or happily) see that things have worked out for the best.
often we feel pessimistic, but when we realise that we are in God's hands, then
we have grounds for optimism.
With all good
Your Friend and
RURAL REFLECTIONS -
morning in late February. The wind swiftly moved patches of blue across the
sky; a cold wind, but one worth tolerating, the bright day a refreshing change
to recent mild but wet and cloudy weather. Heavy rainfall is reflected by the
quaggy earth around the style beside St
Brannock's Road. A little stream flows beneath the style, its water
originating out of the moss opposite. The moss blankets a high rock face,
providing shelter for both red campion and herb robert to grow.
brighter day has encouraged birdsong to be heard once again on the Cairn.
Blue tits and great tits whistle their merry little tunes within buddleia which
lines St. Brannocks Road, whilst in the trees of Bailey's Wood two robins are
having conversation with each other. The birdsong competes with the noise of
the traffic so, with my folding seat over my shoulder, I headed up through
Bailey's Wood to seek a place to sit and listen to the birdsong. As I set
off, the sun peered through one of the breaks in the cloud. It's good to see
the sun once again creeping over the hills, sending its rays into the Score Valley. What a lovely time of year this is, knowing that each day the sun
will rise a little higher in the sky and hopefully bring with it a little more
warmth. I stood to let the sun's glow hit my
cold cheeks. For a moment I was tempted to take off my gloves and woolly hat,
but no sooner the sun was behind a cloud again, the wind blowing to send the
temperature plummeting. At least the weather was dry and bright and the birds
felt the same.
As I headed up through the woods, the cooing of a pigeon added to the whistling
tunes of the robins, blue tits and great tits whilst further up rooks squawked
loudly. But it was a sight at ground level which brought a smile to my face;
coltsfoot and the first lesser celandine were in flower on the Cairn. Their arrival
showed that spring really must be around the corner, bringing with it other
spectral delights. Climbing some steps, I admired the coral-spot fungus
growing on branches put in place for path protection. Their orange colour
enhanced by another burst of sunlight, reflecting on the shiny leaves of harts
tongue fern which dominates the ground.
gradually left the sound of the traffic behind and heard instead the melodic
tune of a song thrush. It was coming from the summit of Bailey's Cleave, out
of sight but still managing to throw its voice for all to be heard. As I
neared the top of Bailey’s Wood the trees gave way to blackthorn. Dense in
places, a small opening allowed me to open up my chair which, having cleared it
of ivy and debris, enabled me to get it in a comfortable and level position.
A branch running along my right hand side made the perfect armrest, which in
turn curved downwards and then in front of me, to make an ideal foot rest too.
made myself comfortable, I prepared to enjoy the surrounding birdsong. It was
only then that I realised the wood had gone silent, but for the "teacher-teacher"
call of a great tit down in the buddleia bushes. Its call became faster
and harder to hear as the wind increased and caused the blackthorn's branches
to clatter. I peered through the branches above and noticed the sky fast
turning black. As the wood darkened, the great tit’s call became desperate as
though about to take its last breath. Then it stopped. For a moment, all in the
wood went quiet.
silence was broken by a drop of rain hitting one of the nearby branches. One
by one, the drops increased until the wood became a deafening deluge of rain.
The surrounding branches offered little protection and I wondered whether I was
better off staying put or getting on the move. Yet before I had the chance to
make a decision, the rain came to an abrupt halt. As it did so, the great tit
began its call once more, soon followed by the blue tits, the robins, the
pigeon and finally the song thrush. Through the branches I watched the black
cloud move off to the south, the sound of a seagull following on behind the
my right, I sensed movement. At first I took it to be the wind disturbing the
decayed leaves, but the sound was more distinct. Suddenly a blackbird came
into view, just a few feet away from me, overturning the rotted debris in
search of food. I was keen to observe its activities but another sound to my
left distracted me. Clearly, something was hopping from branch to branch.
Minutes passed by and the sound gradually got louder. All at once, the
branches close by began moving. I wondered if, like the blackbird, this
creature would become aware of my presence. Then, for a fleeting moment, the
source of the noise appeared just a few branches away. It caught sight of me
and immediately fluttered off through the blackthorn. However, the size of
the bird and its unique little upturned wing, were all I needed to see to
recognise the bird species.
then became aware of other steps. Heavier this time, I guessed they were
unlikely to be that of a bird. I was right. Rather than the feathered
variety, this was a species of the four-legged variety. Having caught my
scent, a collie dog had made its way through the little opening and, with
little space for both of us, had its wet nose virtually touching mine.
Panting heavily and excited with his find, I could tell he desperately wanted
to bark in order to inform his owner. I instinctively put one finger to my
closed lips (as if the dog was going to understand). It clearly took my
action as a sign for some sort of game. With that, both of his front muddy
paws came up on to my chest and pushed me off my seat. By now its owner was
calling its name, and all I had wanted was to find place of solace to listen to
birdsong! Time was against me. The owner’s call was getting louder. In a
desperate attempt to divert the dog's attention, I pointed to the opening, gave
my face a surprised expression and whispered "Look!" It was
something I did with my own dogs to send them away, although the command also
led them to bark extremely loudly. Thankfully, this dog turned his head and
decided to go and look for what I had said. And didn't bark!
considered staying put but then realised that when the owner walked past, the
dog would merely come in through the opening again. Thoughts of what the owner
might think having found a strange man sprawled out among bushes on a cold
February day, made me hastily decide to get out from under the blackthorn.
Having managed to pull myself to my feet before both dog and owner appeared
from the summit of Bailey's Cleave, I began walking through the woodland as
though nothing had happened - although I did place one arm across my chest to
cover up the two muddy paw prints. As we passed on the path, we bid "Good
day" to each other. It appeared that the owner was none the wiser.
are you doing in there?" I heard the owner ask. I turned to find him
trying to get his dog out from where I had been sat. "It's okay," he
said to me, "He loves foraging about in the undergrowth." I smiled
and went to walk on. "By the way, does this belong to you?" I
turned to see his collie stood beside him - his tail wagging frantically -
having become the proud finder of a collapsible chair!
Watermouth Cove Footpaths update
The County Council is holding a public consultation on an
application by Berrynarbor Parish Council to record paths at Watermouth Cove as
public rights of way. Notices have been put in the North Devon Journal, posted
on site and on local notice boards, with details sent to user and landowner
groups, the landowners and made available for the public to see at the Civic
Centre in Barnstaple, at Bideford Station and at County Hall in Exeter. The consultation provides an opportunity for any evidence to be submitted in
support of or against the application. That will be considered,
along with evidence submitted with the application and from other
research, for a report to the County Council's Public Rights of Way Committee
later in the year, leading to a decision on whether or not an Order should be
made to record the routes as public rights of way. The consultation is open
until the 14th March 2008. For further information, contact the County Council
on (01271/01392) 382856.
Sussex - Chairman, Berrynarbor Parish Council
News from our Community Shop
Our new shop is progressing at an excellent rate. The roof is now complete and
work is underway on the inside. We don’t yet have an opening date but hope
that it will be in April.
The other news is that before Christmas, Jackie decided that she would like to
job-share preferably being in charge of the Post Office with someone else
managing the shop. Following interviews, Anita Abbott was appointed and she
and Jackie are working together at the moment as Anita needs to know how to run
the Post Office when Jackie isn’t there. Then, after a previously booked
holiday, she will manage the shop and Jackie will have her wish to run the Post
Office. Each will work half time and will cover for each other for holidays,
sickness etc. We wish both of them every success in their new roles and thank
Jackie for all she has achieved in the shop.
generosity of the village is amazing! Since the last newsletter, over £2000
shares have been bought. Added to that was £412 from the delightful Christmas
Market organised by Brian Hillier. Congratulations, Brian – we all enjoyed
it! These combined figures make the target we set for funding from the
village almost there.
mustn’t forget to urge everyone to use the shop as much as possible. Winter
months are not easy, and some items are cheaper at our shop than in
Ilfracombe. So maybe a walk there instead of a drive in to town may do both
purse and body a good turn.
Happy 2008 everyone! PP
BLOOM & BEST KEPT VILLAGE
to report at present, but once again we hope you enjoyed the Christmas Tree in
the village, kindly provided by John and Fenella and decorated and lit by Berry
won't be long now before we need to plan for planting and baskets for the
spring and summer. There will be an open meeting, probably towards the end of
February, so please look out for the posters and we hope you will be able to
join us for 2008.
Upside Down Ginger
February is probably one of the coldest months of the year, comfort food is
called for. This dark, sticky gingerbread can be served hot from the oven as
a pudding or cooled and eaten as a cake.
For the Base: 2oz [50g]
Butter or Margarine at room temperature
[75g] Demerara Sugar
tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Bramley Apples [12oz or 350g after peeling & coring]
For the Gingerbread:
[450g] Plain Flour 6oz [175g] Black
[225g] Soft Dark Brown Sugar 6oz [175g] Golden Syrup
[175g] Butter or Margarine
instead of syrup and treacle, substitute 12oz [350g] dark syrup]
slightly rounded teaspoons of Ground Ginger
teaspoons Baking Powder 8 fluid oz [225ml] Milk
teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda 1 Free Range Egg beaten
the oven to Gas Mark 3 [325°F or 170°C ]. You will need a tin or dish
measuring 8" x 12" and at least 2" deep, lined with baking
prepare the base of the tin or dish by creaming together the butter and
Demerara sugar with the lemon juice. Spread this mixture over the lined tin
or dish. Next cut the peeled and cored apples into quarters, thinly slice and
lay all over the base.
for the gingerbread. Sieve the flour, spices, baking powder and bicarbonate
of soda into a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan warm the golden syrup,
treacle, sugar and butter together until they are all melted but not too hot.
In another pan warm the milk and beat the egg in to it.
pour all the liquids in to the flour mixture and beat together until all are
well mixed. Pour over the apples in the tin/dish and bake for 1 hour. Leave
in the tin/dish to cool for 30 minutes. Turn it out and carefully peel off
the paper. Or just eat it hot with custard or chilled with pouring cream.
Happy New Year -
BERRYNARBOR PLANT SALE
Save the Date . . .
Bank Holiday Monday, 5th May
keep tending your excess plants for the sale. If you are planting seeds this
spring, can you do a few extra for the sale please? We hope to have plants
from all categories, including:
Trees & Shrubs,
Herbaceous Perennials, Fruit & Vegetables
Indoor & Pot
plants, Bedding and Annuals
will also be some space for stalls connected with gardening and plants. If
you would like to have a stall to promote and advertise your business or cause,
please contact Kath Thorndycroft on  889019.
All proceeds to
Berrynarbor Community Shop
WALKS - 106
the swell born somewhere in the Atlantic
rising and falling,
rising and falling
wave on wave on the
long shore . . . "
was my sixty-first birthday so we had gone to Woolacombe for lunch; kleftican
of lamb - shoulder cooked very slowly in red wine with coriander seeds and
oregano, served on a bed of couscous with a Greek salad.
chance of a walk afterwards did not seem likely as the weather forecast had not
been good; a possibility of severe gales with winds gusting up to seventy
miles an hour along the North Devon coast. [Later it was reported that
Donegal had achieved winds of an incredible 107 mph.]
it is rare that we don't have a pair of binoculars and warm hats stashed away
in the car 'just in case', so as the rain had not yet arrived we set off at a
brisk pace along the sea front to Mortehoe.
showed clearly and beyond it Harland Point but Lundy was only an indistinct
blur on the horizon. The big waves thundered in, crashing over the grey rocks
at Barricane Beach.
was not until we turned back that the wind had strengthened and was roaring in
our ears. We were sheltered by the high walls composed of thin slivers of
silvery slate, arranged in a neat herring-bone pattern, which are such an
attractive feature of Woolacombe. The broad slate gate posts splay outwards
builders of the Edwardian villas adopted a variety of architectural styles and
interesting features, many of which survive today. All along the esplanade
the hebes were still in abundant flower although it was early January. A large
unseasonal bumble bee was 'working' the purple blooms.
Woolacombe received some good publicity from an unusual source when two young
characters in 'The Archers', who had just fallen in love, selected Woolacombe Bay for a romantic winter break. The resort was described in glowing terms.
little way up the hill leading out of Woolacombe, the Church of St. Sabinus is well worth a visit. Sturdy red sandstone on the outside with its stocky
tower; light and airy inside with a saddleback roof. Built in 1911, the
church is dedicated to an Irish saint who was shipwrecked at Woolacombe.
Most years the bushes and shrubs of the Sterridge Valley play host to a rather
special little bird and this winter was no exception; a firecrest making an
appearance in the Valley several times in late November and December.
smallest bird [measuring three and a half inches] and related to the more
common goldcrest, the official status of the firecrest in Devon is that of a
scarce [mainly autumn] passage migrant and winter visitor. It is more often
observed on the south coast and on Lundy than in North Devon.
its cousin the goldcrest, the female has a yellow crest and the male has an
orange one bordered by a black stripe on each side. But the addition of a
broad white supercilium and below black eye stripe, gives the tiny firecrest a
vibrant and unmistakable appearance.
shoulders glow with a golden bronze iridescence which the goldcrest lacks, and
it is constantly active
in search of insects and spiders.
little egret has also been frequenting the valley this winter, dabbling its
yellow feet in the stream beside Ruggaton
and landing several times in the River Sterridge.
IN THE PAPERS 150
COMBE MARTIN PETTY
Monday Jan. 4th 1858
[Present - The Rev.
S.T. Slade-Gully and J.C. Roe, Esq.]
ASSAULTS - Ann
Williams, of Berrynarbor, was charged by Maria Huxtable, of the same place,
with assaulting her on the 23rd ult. Some disagreement arising between the
two parties in this case, about their boys, who had been playing outside their
dwellings, when the defendant gave the complainant a slap in the face and
several other blows, and then threw a pitcher of water over her by way of
finish. Fined 5s, with 11s.6d. costs.
William Adams was charged by A.D. Bassett, Esq., with trespassing on his coach
road, at Berrynarbor, it being private property, on the 1st instant. Robert
Lovering saw defendant on the road with a horse and cart, and told him not to
go on, but he persisted in passing over it. Sentenced to pay 6d damages and
inst., [January 1858] at Berrynarbor, by the
Slade-Gully, Charles Henry, son of William Williams, Esq., Tregullow, Cornwall
to Harriet Mary, eldest daughter of Arthur Davie Bassett, Esq., Watermouth, Devon.
HORTICULTURAL & CRAFT SHOW 2008
can't be that time again!" you can be heard to be exclaiming, but the
organising group are already thinking ahead to this year's event - contacting
judges and gleaning ideas for classes - which will take place on
of subjects in the Art and Photography classes should be available in the April
Newsletter, giving you all time to start painting, drawing, etc., and getting
just the right photograph.
in April, on Saturday 12th, to raise money to help with the costs involved in
running the Show, there will be another Gardeners' and Crafters' Lunch at the
Manor Hall. Come along for a coffee and stay on for a lunch of home-made soup
and a roll and filled jacket potatoes.
make a note of this date in your diary and keep it free. Look out for posters
nearer the time.
WOT, NO PANCAKES!
for the first time in many years, there will be no Pancake Coffee Morning on
Shrove Tuesday. Thank you Sally and all your many helpers for keeping us
supplied with delicious pancakes over the years - we'll be having withdrawal
symptoms! - as well as raising funds for the Sunday School and Church.
what about the Knit In this year? Over the last four years, the pancake
morning has been host to our North Devon Hospice's sponsored Knit In. During
that time, the knitters have raised an astonishing £2,335 for the Hospice!
these knitting and nattering gatherings, the Monday Craft group was formed.
Meeting on Monday afternoons at the Manor Hall, from 2.00 o'clock, the group spends time 'doing their own thing'. Some embroider, some make cards,
others do beadwork, knit, and quite a few have learnt to make lace as well as a
lovely patchwork quilt that had been on the go for some time, being
completed. If anyone is interested in giving yourself time to relax and
indulge in a pastime, just bring whatever you are working on.
Monday, 11th February, the group will be putting aside their own
projects and knitting strips for the Hospice [size 4 or 8 needles,
stitches and double knitting wool]. Rather than seeking sponsorship from the
same ever-generous friends, it has been agreed that each knitter will give a
donation of £5 to the Hospice.
you would like to join in - and EVERYONE is welcome - come along to the Manor
clock with your wool and needles [there will be some spare if you haven't got
any]. To assist with the knitting and nattering, tea, coffee and biscuits
will be available.
more the merrier, so hope YOU will be there!
OLD BERRYNARBOR -
St. Peter's Church,
postcard I have chosen this month is a sketch of St. Peter's Church by the
artist Harley Miller. Harley Miller had his pen and ink sketches reproduced
as postcards by Harvey Barton, the postcard publishers of Bristol. I believe
he came to the village around 19971-3, and as a result, this card, and one of
Ye Olde Globe and looking down Pitt Hill, were published. Through the
internet and Google, I have managed to contact Harley Miller, who now lives up
in the Scottish Highlands. He was born in Surrey in 1934 and moved, around
1961, down to Sidmouth, Devon, where he worked as an architect and artist. As
the latter, he had commissions with the South West National Trust and produced
many pictures for them. In 1971, in partnership with the Maritime Trust,
Harley published a Maritime Calendar featuring twelve fine line drawings of
their collection of historic ships and boats and through this work was
introduced to the Bristol publishers Harvey Barton, who were so impressed with
his work that they retained him for a period of approximately three years,
1971-1974, to give them the first opportunity to print any of his pictures as
postcards. In 1974, Harley moved away from Sidmouth to Horning in Norfolk and three years later moved to the Scottish Highlands.
told me how he would visit certain villages and towns and as well as producing
a rough sketch, would also take a photograph, with an old black and white
camera, and the produce the true sketch in his studio.
myself, have eight of his postcards, six printed by Harvey Barton of Bristol
and two of The Bowd Inn, near Sidmouth, by Sydney Lee [Exeter] Limited. The
other four cards in my collection show Exford [Crown Hotel, etc.], the
Chichester Arms, Bishops Tawton, St. John the Baptist Church, Bishops Tawton
and lastly the card below showing an old boat with 'YH89' on its bow.
From this particular card I worked out the 'YH' as being Yarmouth and
fortunately someone has written on the message side: "Lydia Eva, Steam
Herring Drifter, built Kings Lyn 1930, now at Great Yarmouth". Harley
informed me that this postcard was reproduced from the 1972 Maritime
Calendar. Anyone who has the opportunity to go on the internet can go on to
Harley Miller's website www.harleymiller.com.
will immediately realise what an accomplished artist he is and how from his
base in Moray, he is encouraging fellow artists to fulfil their dreams through
his personal mentoring and articles. He will also, on the 27th January,
present a talk entitled 'A Proper Living from Your Art' at the Moray Arts
Centre, Findhorn Bay.
Tom Bartlett, Tower Cottage,
Hartley Coleridge [1796-1849]
punctual to the time, thou'rt here again,
still thou art: though frost or rain may vary
icicles blockade the rockbirds' aery,
sluggish snow lie heavy on the plain,
thou, sweet child of hoary January,
here to harbinger the laggard train
vernal flowers, a duteous missionary,
cold can blight, nor fog thy pureness stain.
the dripping eaves, or on the slope
cottage garden, whether mark'd or no,
meek head bends in undistinguishe'd row.
upon thee, gentle bud of hope!
Nature bless the spot where thou dost grow -
life emerging from thy kindred snow!