Macmillan Afternoon Tea

A Huge thank you to everyone who supported us at the end of September when we hosted a fund raising event for Macmillan at Lee, serving coffee, cream teas and delicious home-made cakes. There were local crafts for sale, a raffle and fun things to do for the children as well and it was lovely to see so many locals and visitors enjoying a chat over a cuppa and cream tea! We raised a fantastic £408.98 - thank you all so much, we could not have done it without your help!

British Red Cross

The Red Cross operating in the North Devon area is desperately short of volunteers and struggling to keep up with demand. The charity is appealing for people to help especially in the Ilfracombe area. Service Co-ordinator, Jen Kirk says, "We're actually having to turn people away. We don't ask for a huge time commitment from our volunteers and all expenses are paid so no one's out of pocket."

Care and Support Service volunteers offer practical support to people after a stay in hospital and can often prevent people going into hospital by offering similar support. The volunteers take clients home, settle hem in and help with such things as shopping or collecting prescriptions. The service is free but donations to the Red Cross are always welcome.

If you can help for just a few hours a month and really make a difference to some please contact Jen Kirk on [01271] 326662.

Don't Miss Out on your Bus Pass!

Please contact DCC if you have moved home since your pass was issued or if you would like a new photograph on your pass. The Majority of passes issued by DCC will expire on 31st March 2013. We are in the process of issuing replacements. If we do not know where you live then you will not receive new bus pass and if your photo does not look like you [!], drivers may refuse you free travel.

Contact us on [01271] 383688.

North Devon Theatres

On target to be the Queen's Theatre best ever Christmas Show - Robin Hood will be riding in to Barnstaple with much merriment and mirth from the 15th December. Based on the much-loved English folk tale, Robin Hood is to be an action packed show with stunning new costumes, fantastic live music, brand new script and the usual comedy mayhem you would expect from the Queen's Theatre Pantomime. Tickets are £12-£19, young person £11-£14.

For further information or to book, call the box office on [01271] 324242.



Escape to the Country

On Tuesday, 13th September, two men with professional-looking camera and a microphone muffle were noticed in the Square photographing the bus stop and our awards' sign. They repositioned themselves, stood at the corner of Miss Muffet's, facing the Village, and shouted 'Action'; a couple began to walk up the hill towards them. Equipment, crew and couple repositioned, standing on The Globe's car park. As they were feet away I asked them what they were filming. 'Escape to the Country' was the reply. Their participation will be shown 'sometime next year'.

No date can be supplied by those interested viewers of this programme. The Beeb's Customer Services don't have the relevant schedule for that series yet. All they could advise was to wait and watch.

Judith A. Flowerdew Cottage


The Men I Love

Diary Date: Wednesday, 23rd November, 7.00 p.m. Manor Hall - Beaford Arts production Barb Jungr 'The Men I Love'.

Another great night is expected when Barb Jungr, courtesy of Beaford Arts, takes to the stage of the Manor Hall and turns it into a candle-lit cabaret of love. Hot from New York, Jungr will give her unique rendition of an eclectic mix of popular classics including Dylan, Diamond, Cohen and more. Doors open at 7.00 p.m. with dinner and show starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £12 from the Shop.



Middle Age Texting Codes

ATD - at the doctor BFF - best friend fell

BTW - bring the wheelchair BYOT - bring your own teeth

FWIW - forgot where I was GGPBL - gotta go, pacemaker battery low

GHA - got heartburn again IMHAO - is my hearing aid on?

LMDO - laughing my dentures out OMMR - on my massage recliner

ROFLACGU - rolling on floor laughing and can't get up


Sea View [Newsletter No. 133]

Rosslyn Hammett has written to say that she understands that her father, Stanley Huxtable, was born there, but doesn't think that her family is the same as that in the article. She says her grandfather was William Henry and he farmed at Lower Rowes farm, where her aunt Florence Lilian was born, and then later at North Lee which he had bought from the Watermouth Castle Estates sale.


Can anyone put a date to this early photograph of Lower Rowes Farm?




Next year the plant sale will be held on Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2011. Please save some of your plants to donate to the sale. If you would like to book a table to sell your own items, please call

Kath Thorndycroft on [01271] 889019. [Proceeds to Berrynarbor Community Shop]


Can you help? John Broom of Roborough, Torrington, has become the owner of a 1957 Ford Thames Van. He is interested in researching its history. He knows that it was bought from Taw Garages in Barnstaple by a Berrynarbor Butcher. The cottage in Silver Street was, in 1957, a butcher's shop and the owner at that time was Les Thomas. Les was followed in the business by Reg Davies, Paul Lethaby and lastly Ivan Clark. What colour was the van, did it have any sign writing on it, etc? Can anyone help, or does someone by any chance have a photograph of this vehicle? If you have any information, please contact Judie on [01271] 883544. Thank you.


The two photographs in the October 'Old Berrynarbor' had some interesting and strong connections. There were at least four sets of parents and children: Ron Toms and Raymond,

Frank Huxtable and his daughter Rosemary, my Aunt Brenda Richards and her daughter Cheryl Layton, and my mother Vera Richards and her son John Sidebottom. Are there any more?

Jill Sidebottom



BERRYNARBOR TODDLER GROUP meets every Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall. For just £1.50 per child [aged 6 months to 3 years], mums and dads get a cup of tea while their children get a snack and play with children of a similar age.

For further details, please ring Naomi on [01271] 883708 or pop in one Friday morning and see for yourself what the toddlers are up to.

THE FIRST FARMER'S MARKET held At the Manor Hall on Easter Saturday was a great success and congratulations to organisers Louise Richards and Jane and Bobby Bowden. A sum of £134 was raised which will be split between the School, the Pre-School and the Toddler Group as well as the Community Shop.

Jane, Bobby and Louise would like to thank everyone for coming in their hundreds to support the event - some of the stall holders said it was the best farmers' market in which they had taken part and hopefully there will be another one, perhaps towards the end of May.

This year's Knit In: The Craft Group were joined by members of Berrynarbor Ladies' Group on the 11th February to knit strips for the North Devon Hospice, each knitter making a donation rather than seeking sponsorship.

Well refreshed during the afternoon, a bag of colourful strips was collected and taken with £100 to the Hospice.

A letter of thanks has been received thanking all the knitters for their support.



North Devon Branch of Epilepsy Action

Do you or a member of your family have epilepsy? Then you may be interested in coming along to the North Devon Branch of Epilepsy Action.

We are a friendly group who meet informally between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the

Henry Williamson Room at Barnstaple Library. Disabled access is available. For further information contact Steve on [01271] 863087.

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Berrynarbor joined this event, in a small way, on Friday 29th September at Cherry Hinton, Barton Lane. £75.30 was raised for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. Yvonne would like to thank all those who contributed and supported in so many ways. Great fun was had by all.




Jill and Rainer Jost have sold the Exmoor Brass Rubbing Centre at Lynmouth and we wish them health and happiness and their retirement. However, Rainer is only semi-retired as he continues with his successful flowerpot men, which can now be purchased at 'The Potting Shed', alias the 'Creamery and Dairy' opposite the church, or by mail order on www.flowerpot.man.com, or telephone [01271] 883785.

Rainer would like to thank the kind people who have dropped off corks and bottle tops!

Hunting Huxtables!

David Burrows has e-mailed the following: 'l read your newsletter with interest when the name Huxtable came to light. I am researching my family tree and have traced the family back to the Fremington, Holmacott, Barnstaple area.

Richard Huxtable [18211 of Holmacott married Ann and they had at least six children, one of whom was John. He married Lydia [nee Mock] and had two children, Samuel and Charles. At this point they moved to Swansea and had a further five children. I am the great grandson of Alice Huxtable. I have traced the line back to 1769 but should be grateful if anyone can help me further.

[If anyone can throw any further light on David's family, please do contact me. Thanks. Judie]

Get Well

Feeling down, in spite of the beautiful weather? Not so good, then we send you our very best wishes and hope you will be feeling better soon.

If the Cap Fits, Wear it!

With judging taking place for the Best Kept Village over the next few weeks, gardeners are asked to please remove the grass cuttings, etc., after they have strimmed or cut their roadside grass and banks, and everyone is asked to please pick up any litter lying around.


And one other quick reminder although much of the village falls within derestricted speed areas, please Kill your Speed, not someone or something.



A huge THANK YOU to all those people who contributed in so many ways to the World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Relief in The Globe on 26th September - to the many people from Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Combe Martin and the village who gave raffle prizes, bought Christmas cards and drank coffee. We raised over E250 and 41 people called in. The funds raised will go to the North Devon District Hospital's Macmillan Fund.

Diane Lloyd and Judy Hand

North Devon Bus Times: The winter timetable came into operation on 22nd September and free copies of the timetable are available. For all timetable enquiries in the Southwest, call Traveline on 0870 6082608.

Radio Devon Chestnut Appeal: An all day Christmas Fayre [10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.] will be held at West Torridge, Limers Lane, Northam, on Wednesday, 3rd December. Handmade Christmas goodies and cards, cake stall and raffle, El entrance to include coffee or tea and biscuits.




A reminder that a coin operated commercial washer and tumble dryer are available at Berrynarbor Park for any villagers wishing to avail themselves of these facilities. For more information, please contact Paul or Theresa on 882631.

Wine Circle

A good BBQ was held at Tower Cottage, despite the fact that for a short time it came on to rain.

Thanks to Keith Walls for fetching a table umbrella and Alan Rowlands for providing an extra and new gazebo, which with helping hands was quickly erected, prompting the rain to stop from that point on! Alex Parke, our Chairman, has arranged a repeat visit to Camel Valley Vineyard, near Bodmin, on Friday, 29th August, which is now fully subscribed, with over 30 members and friends wishing to participate.


At the meeting on 2nd July, Malcolm Shepherd, Managing Director of Wessex Grain - an expert in bioethanol fuels - spoke on the topic "Transport Fuels from UK Cereals". He spoke about bioethanol production and of the help other governments were giving to encourage it. Wessex Grain are hopeful that through their continuous efforts at lobbying, etc., there could be a UK plant in the South West by 2005.

After a break, the next meeting will be on Wednesday, 1st October, 7.15 p.m. at The Lantern. The subject will be "Hemp".


Please think of your neighbours when you need to set fire to the garden rubbish. It can be very unpleasant on a nice sunny afternoon or early evening, to be 'smoked out'. Please delay your pyromanic enthusiasm!

Our Voice on Devon County Council [Combe Martin Rural]: Mike Knight, M.A. Tel: 882692, e-mail mhknight@devon.gov.uk. [Liberal Democrat)

Advance Notice: Soldiers of the Great War, 1914-1918

Memorial Exhibition and Workshop at Combe Martin Parish Hall on Saturday, 8th November, 10.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Refreshments in aid of Church Funds.

Focus on War Memorials in Combe Martin and Berrynarbor. A hands-on family and community History Day with the aid of Researchers and Millenium Award winners.

How did YOUR village cope through WWI? Is YOUR family name on your War Memorial?

Congratulations to our three new nonagenarians: Betty [Dudley-Ward] who celebrated her 90th birthday at the end of June; Ethel [Tidsbury] who celebrated hers in July and Daisy [Carter] who will be celebrating her birthday in August., Our very best wishes to you all.



North Devon Classic Motorcycle Club

Please note that the date of the August International Meeting and European Championship is Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 1 7th August [not the 19th 20th]. Further details in the August Newsletter.

North Devon Voluntary Action Forum Starts Work!

The Forum, which was set up by community and voluntary sector groups at The Conference at The Landmark in October 2001 is starting its work with the appointment of Penny Jackson as Development Co-ordinator. The Forum will be working to support voluntalY and community groups by providing training in North Devon, and by offering advice and support for groups to develop their capacity. It will assist groups to become organised in order to strengthen the sector as a whole in North Devon. This will enable participation by voluntary groups in the work of the community alliances. Voluntary groups who want to find out how they can be involved in their local alliance can contact the Forum for information [01271] 321 413.


Pensioners have saved thousands of pounds as a result of a free telephone call to a pioneering helpline for older people hosted by DCC. CAREdirect is a partnership that provides information and help to older people about a broad range of matters financial benefits advice, home safety, health, care and support at home, and more.

CAREdirect's freephone telephone number is 0800 444 000. The service can be contacted between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. on weekdays.



Berrynarbor Wine Circle: After Jan and Tony's evening in February and Kath Arscott's Rioja Wines in March, we continue in April with a presentation arranged by our Postmaster, Alan Rowlands. We complete our wine year in May with our AGM and a number of members presenting their favourite wine to all present.


Walk on the Wild Side! Is there anyone who is up for the shortest but most challenging of sponsored walks? This is the most exciting and stimulating event as you walk across either Hot Coals or Broken Glass! Yep, that's right, it is perfectly safe and just imagine telling your friends what you are doing to support your local hospice. It takes place on Monday, 5th May, at Atlantic Village. It will be an amazing event and there will be crowds of spectators to applaud your amazing 'feat'. Intrigued? Well why not give the Hospice 'Hot Line' a call and find out more or just seize the moment to register now for a place on what is guaranteed not to be a splinter group. Call 01271 344248.

The Menus Institute: At a recent meeting of the Institute, the following Officers were elected: Chairman Gordon Hughes, Treasurer John Hood, Secretary John Huxtable; Committee: Kevin Brooks, Ivan Clarke, Vic Cornish, Roger Luckham, John Mabin, Noel Stokes and Tony Summers.

Trans-Send [Sustainable Energy in North Devon]: Open Meeting at The Lantern on Wednesday, 2nd April, 7.15 p.m. to hear Mr. Brian Hooper, Water Conservation Manager of South West Water speak about recent developments in water conservation. Everyone welcome.

Studio Theatre, llfracombe College: Ilfracombe's Theatre group is offering the rip-roaring comedy, 'Alloy 7aIIo, at the Landmark Theatre on Thursday to Saturday, 22nd to 24th May, at 8.15 P.m. Tickets £7.00 [£5.50]. Written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft, the play is based on the popular BBC series by the same authors. The play follows the adventures of Rene, the hapless café owner, in wartime France, as he and his wife, Edith, struggle to keep for themselves a priceless portrait hidden in a sausage in their cellar. Add to that a wireless disguised as a cockatoo and a rumour of an unexpected visit of the Fuhrer himself, and you have a recipe for hilarious misunderstandings. [Is there something familiar about this?]

Combe Martin Open Gardens Week-end: Advance Notice 28th and 29th June, 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. Programmes, £2.50, available at outlets throughout the village and the Tourist Information Centre. Refreshments will be available at both ends of the village.



Thanks Our thanks to Alan and Nora for allowing us to put some holly outside the Post Office and for the kind donations which amounted to nearly £25. This has been given to CLIC via llfracombe College - the chosen charity for the year for our daughter's House.

Julie and Michael Parkin Bowden Farm

Trans-Send Sustainable Energy in North Devon. Monthly meetings recommence in the upstairs room at The Lantern [1st Wednesday each month, February to July, inc.]. The February topic is 'Healthy Buildings and Sustainability, the speaker, Clive Jones. Everyone is welcome. The meeting will commence at 7.15 p.m. and there will be tea or coffee available.

'Meals with Care' Are there tirnes when you [or a relative or friend] find the thought of preparing a main meal altogether too much?

If so, then the WIRVS could be of help ... we have recently introduced a new 'Meals with Care' service that is available to anyone living in the North Devon or Torridge areas. There are no assessments, no forms to fill in, just pick up the phone and ask for 'Meals with Care'.

We offer good quality, individually frozen, meals that are delivered direct to your door. We can even stock them in your freezer if you would like!

From the comfort of your own home, simply choose from our extensive catalogue, then phone or send your order to our Barnstaple office - diabetic and special diets are catered for too. Your meals will be delivered on a fortnightly basis by one of our fully trained volunteers, who will show you how to heat up the meals and answer any questions you may have,

'Meals with Care' offers you the flexibility of eating when you feel like it, without having spent hours in the kitchen first! Simply heat, serve and enjoy! For a special treat or when entertaining visitors, why not try our 'Millennium Specials' - an outstanding range of la carte menus.

If you would like to know more, please telephone Alison on 01271-3445010. I shall be happy to send you our full colour brochure and answer any queries you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!


OF THIS and THAT ...

Woof, Woof!

Well done, dogs, give your owners a pat, your 'dumping' has improved! However, just one more little plea, ask them to take home the little 'parcels' and not leave them by the wayside. Thanks!

Was it Walden or a Stag?

The end of October has brought strange noises to the Sterridge Valley. Chris tells me that the bellicose sounds are stags rutting. Certainly, from delightful sightings of up to twenty-one deer, including at least one big stag opposite Cherry Tree and Hillside cottages, who am I to argue? However, Chris has been known to imitate owls regularly as a greeting call, so if it turns out to be him, apologies to the stag. Some say that the stag has tried to incorporate the flowerpot men into his herd and maybe this explains the damage lor abuse] inflicted on some of our terracotta friends in the past. Food for thought.



On leaving the smallest room in the house there was a faint chink or tinkle on porcelain. I took little notice until I suddenly realised that everything was blurred and reaching up to rub my glasses my finger went straight through the hole on the left side. "Oh heck, it must have gone down the U-know-wot! "

An examination of the drains followed - lifting the lid on the first manhole and holding a broom over the 'out' pipe, the IJ-K.W was flushed! No luck - nor was there any luck from manholes two and three. At the end of the road, or drains, the optician was the only option.

The next morning, what fell out of my pyjama pocket? You're right, the missing lens. It must have been the screw and not the lens at all that made that tinkling sound! Hastening back to the optician with the lens to be fitted, we all had a good laugh.




Wash Day Blues

Paul and Theresa Crockett from Berrynarbor Park have kindly let it be known that there is a coin-operated commercial washer/dryer in their laundry, and anyone who is stuck with a washing/drying problem would be welcome to make use of the facility.

If you would like to take them up on their offer, please give them a ring first on 882631


The BBC [Berry Broadcasting Company] is seeking help with their wardrobe department. After ten years, they have accumulated a considerable selection of costumes and accessories and are hoping that someone might come forward to act as custodian. Help with either listing, setting up a loan scheme or providing storage space would be extremely welcome. To assist with the costuming for their forthcoming new season, the company would be delighted to hear from anyone who could help with sewing, etc.

If you could help in any way at all, or would like to learn a little more, please ring Gary on 883244, he'd be delighted to hear from you!

Get Well Wishes to everyone who has been or is in hospital, we hope you will be home again soon. Those wishes also go to anyone who has not been feeling too good. Our special wishes go to Betty and Les Parker [late of Higher Rows] as we understand that Betty has been unwell and in hospital.

Dogs for the Disabled Three of the Christmas Cards for Dogs for the Disabled this year have been designed by Debbie Cook. If anyone is interested in purchasing these cards and helping with this very worthy cause, 'flyers' of the pictures and order forms are available at the Post Office and Chicane.


Rosslyn Hammett [nee Huxtable] recalls from her childhood at North Lee Farm that the fields her father farmed had names, and she wonders if those names still exist. There was, she says, Pugsleys Meadow, Pitt Meadow, Peter's Meadow [which was supposed to have a curse on it!], Alfie's Meadow, Dry Meadow, Little Oakland, Stoneage, Square Field, Long-close, Sheary field, Rosy Park and Lag. One of the fields behind the farmhouse was called Betsy's Field, where in early autumn you could always find mushrooms and where the two cart horses, Prince and Tidy, usually grazed. Does this jog a memory or two? If so, please let us know.



Thanks: We should like to convey a very big 'THANK YOU' to all those involved with organising and running the Jubilee Celebrations in the village. Our guests, and ourselves, thoroughly enjoyed it, and all your hard work and effort made it a memorable day. Thank you, once again, to all those involved. Christine & Ian, Mill Park

Rural Reflections: Sadly, due to the ill health of his parents, Steve has not had the time to reflect recently. He sends his apologies and assurance that 'normal service will be resumed as soon as possible'. We look forward to his thought provoking articles resuming and in the meantime wish him and his parents well.

Berrynarbor Men's Institute: The Institute began life in the early 1900's, meeting at that time in Bessemer Thatch before moving to the Institute Room at the Manor Hall. Today it takes the form of a snooker club for members from the Parish and new members are always welcome. It is open usually about 5 nights a week according to whether a 'Bar Man' is present - and Juniors may join at 16, becoming full members at 18. The annual subscription is currently £5.00.

The proposed date of the AGM is Thursday, 26th September, for members only. However, if you live within the Parish of Berrynarbor and would like to join, please contact either the Chairman, Gordon Hughes [882580] or Secretary, John Huxtable [882402] who would be pleased to tell you more.

We wish Ellie and her family - Eloise, Lydia and Nathaniel - Good Luck and every happiness in their new home, having made the long-haul move next door, to Fuji on Hagginton Hill!

Wanted - a good home! Brand new, but slightly damaged, ceramic Belfast sink, for domestic or garden use. If interested, please ring Judie or Ken on 883544.

Favourite schoolkids' joke of the moment: What did the inflatable teacher say to the inflatable pupil at the inflatable school? "You've let me down, you've let yourself down and now you've let the school down."



Calling All Berrynarbor Bikers

How many people in the village ride motor cycles? Are there enough to warrant a 'get together' at The Globe for a chat, perhaps once a month? If anyone is interested, please give me a call on 882388.

Brian Hillier


Let's hope that we do not suffer another wet winter with its resultant flooding and all round depression. Cllr. Len Coleman has empty sand bags, so if you feel you might need to be ready to prevent flooding, please contact him as Swan Cottage or on 883763.

News from DCC

Barnstaple Library can now offer unabridged recorded books on CD's, or they may be ordered through other libraries.

The Council is making a new bid to reduce road accidents in North Devon by reducing the speed limit on some seven stretches of road from 40 mph to 30 mph [watch out on the approach road to Tesco's - it is now 30 mph!J, mainly in Barnstaple but also on the A361 at Knowle and the A39 near Shirwell.

Christmas Cards

Last orders are now being taken for Christmas Cover Cards. Please ring Judie on 883544 NOW if you have forgotten to place YOUR order.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who kindly contributed to my Stop and Takeaway Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses during Breast Cancer Awareness month, which raised nearly £40. The weather was dreadful, but the generosity very high from those who stopped.

Di Lloyd




Colin, of Bessemer Thatch, would like to invite all friends and acquaintances to his 50th Birthday 'bash' at The Globe on Friday, 16th November. Food and entertainment will be provided, but knowing the drinking capacity of certain villagers, drink will not!

History of Parishes Exhibition

To be held at Shirwell Village Hall on 6th October 2001. On display will be the Millennium Project: Soldiers of the Great War 1914-1919, which covers fifty Parishes and three Market Towns in North Devon. It includes a Book on the Parish of Berrynarbor, which will be of interest to many people.

Cheshire Homes Cards

There will be NO Christmas Cards for me to sell this year. The Volunteer who has made these cards for many years now has family commitments which prevent her from continuing with the excellent work that she has done. I should like to thank everyone who has bought so many of these cards over the years for such a worthy cause.

I am continuing to sell BIRTHDAY CARDS and all other GREETINGS

CARDS throughout the year and I do hope that you will all still give, as you have done in the past, your marvellous support in helping this worthwhile charity. Thank you.

Eunice Allen Tel: 882491

Neighbourhood Watch

Our Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, under the co-ordination of Ann Hinchliffe, is presently under review and the Police have asked for an up-to-date list of contacts. Unfortunately, the number of contacts is rather depleted, so, if you feel YOU could help, to keep an eye on your part of the village, PLEASE contact Ann for more details on 883708. New members would be very welcome and it is hoped to hold an informal meeting for everyone later in the year.



Thank You

I should like to thank everyone who called to sec mc on my 90th Birthday. It was lovely to see you and share a happy day. My home was filled with flowers and cards, and more teddy bears for my collection!

My eldest grandson, Steven, arrived from Australia a complete surprise to me. I had a lovely week catching up on all the family news.

Thank you, Sarah, for such a beautiful birthday cake you are always so thoughtful and kind.

Lucy Barten

Miss Muffet's Tea Room and Restaurant

Jeane and Bob would like to announce that their new season will begin on Good Friday, 13th April, so why not make a booking and enjoy a meal out! They look forward to seeing you.

Wine Circle

The Wine Circle meetings for April and May are on the 18th April, when Alan Rowlands will be presenting 'a most unusual meeting!' and the 16th May, when there will be a presentation by Chris Piper Wines from Ottery. As this is a specialist night, there will be a higher charge of £6.00 per tippler!

Ilfracombe Floral Art Club

Summer Outing to visit the EdenProject, St. Austell, on Thursday, 14th June, cost El 5.50. Pick up points at Ilfracombe, Berrynarbor and Combe Martin. Leaving Ilfracombe at 8.30 a.m. and departing Cornwall at 4.30 p.m. If you are interested in joining this outing, please contact Sue Wright on 883893.

FREE to a good HOME!

Sewing machine table with a drop down compartment [for machine] and another compartment for tools, cottons, etc. If anyone is interested, please contact Joan Berry on 883356.

READING and enjoying our newsletter is my friend Vi Baslow of Walthamstow. Vi and her husband came as visitors to Berrynarbor some 50 years ago, returning annually for many years, several times whilst I was living with my parents Mr. and Mrs. Toms - at Dormer House. Vi, who is 96 years old, is Godmother to my grandson and a wonderful friend to me. She looks forward to the newsletter and reads it from cover to cover before giving it to a friend to read.

Vi Goodman

CORRECTION - Pottery Workshops Please note that Anne marie's workshop is situated at Unit 6, Hele Bay Trading Estate, Ilfracombe [not Watermouth as was given in the February newsletter]. Anyone wishing to visit the workshop can arrange to meet her there. The contact telephone number is 2484.



Notes from the Parish Council

Planning Site Notices: Details of Planning Applications may be viewed on the Parish Council Agenda in the Post Office or in the North Devon Journal.

Sandbags: In the event of flooding, sandbags may be obtained from Len Coleman, Swan Cottage. They are empty when handed out and may be filled with earth as well as sand.

Driver Required

The Combe Martin and Berrynarbor Community Car Service is in need of a car driver who has an hour or two to spare occasionally and who lives in Berrynarbor. If this is YOU! would you like to help? If so, please ring Pauline on 883742 or Anna on 883438 for more details. Thank you.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Raffle at the Post Office. The sum of £31.20 was donated equally to the Salvation Army and the Children's Hospice. The winners were: Bottle: Derek Newton, Christmas Pudding: Sue Kemp, Fudge: June Marangone, Chocolates: Sue Wright and Queen Mother Books: Colin Applegate and Margaret Walls.



Barry's Farewell

A sum of over £250 has been collected as a thank you to Barry for his services to the village as our 'Postie' for many years, and the presentation of a picture of the village and a cheque will be made to him at the Manor Hall at 2.00 p.m. November everyone welcome. We wish Barry a happy retirement - we miss him!


Are you interested in playing bridge? Jane Davidson, from the Rectory, would like to stan a bridge evening say once a month to play bridge in each others homes. If you are interested, please ring Jane on 883870.

Jumble Sale

Vi would like to thank everyone who supported the Jumble Sale. Berry in Bloom and the Carnival Float have both received nearly £60.00.

Men's Institute

The Annual General Meeting of the Institute was held on 10th October, when a very enjoyable and successful .year was reported, including the Winter and Summer Leagues and the Cup matches. The Winter League 2000-2001 will begin shortly.

Officers elected were: Chairman Gordon Hughes, Treasurer - John Hood, Secretary -- John Huxtable, Committee Josef Belka, Kevin Brooks, Ivan Clarke, Vic Cornish, Roger Luckham, John Mabin, Noel Stokes and Tony Summers.

John Huxtable

Sacked for Bad Language!

Did you hear about Percy, the Amazonian green pantomime parrot, who was sacked last year for shouting obscenities? Having learnt his lines to perfection, at a final dress rehearsal perched on Long John Silver's shoulder, he should have squawked 'pieces of eight', instead he shouted 'p. off mate'. Whilst the cast dissolved into giggles, he chanted 'b. . . .. off, b. . . .. off! A replacement had to be found at very short notice!

Age Concern

Can we help you? Our office is open Monday to Friday, 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 1.30 to 3.30 p.m. We offer advice and information to all senior citizens. 6 Church Street, Ilfracombe Tel: [01271] 862131



Millenium Mugs - last call!

If you missed out previously but would now like a village Millennium Mug, please place your order at the Post Office NOW! This will be the last opportunity to purchase one.

The Duncans Drop In!

Although Rita and David keep in touch via the newsletter, it was lovely to see them here in the village again and we send our best wishes to you both and all the family.

Ceramic Classes

Classes - for the experienced and beginners have recommenced for the autumn. If you are interested and would like further details, please contact Julie on 882557.

Mast for Mobiles

You may be unaware that, with planning consent, equipment for mobile telephone companies is being installed on the television mast in the village. If you would like to know more, please ring Kath on 882805.

The Crop of Lupins

Richard Mabey in "The Flowering of Britain" 1980 wrote:

One new crop [an edible variety of the normally poisonous lupin] has been through the entire gamut that it is possible for a plant to play, beginning as a wildflower, then taken into gardens, escaping again as a naturalised 'weed' and now being deliberately grown as a source of vegetable protein.

It will be as fascinating to see how a field of lupin appears to us through this welter of associations as it will be to see which weeds turn out to be its close companions.



Welcome Visitors It was lovely to see Marion and Ray Bolton, on holiday from the Midlands, when they called to collect their Millennium Mugs, and it was good to see Ray looking so well following his accident last December.

Unwelcome Visitor! The female feline residents of Barton Lane are currently suffering from the unwanted attentions of what appears to be a stray ginger and white cat! Can anyone help, does anyone own him? If so, please ring me on 882901. If no one contacts me in the next couple of weeks, I shall try to rehome him.

Janet Knight - Cat Protection League

This Year's Crop Having watched with interest, over the last few years, what is being planted in the Smythen fields at the top of the Valley - swedes, blue flax and white flax - this year's crop is again different. The overall effect is pale lilac/pink and the smell is reminiscent of broad bean plants, but on closer inspection this is a variety of lupin. The growing of lupins, to supplement animal fodder, is a recent experiment and certainly this is a first in this part of the country.

The original Smythen Farm lay further down the hill and the remains of the outbuildings can be seen on the left as you go round the first sweeping bend. The later Smythen Farm, now the holiday complex, was the last farm to be built on the Watermouth Estate.

Traffic Notice: Please note that on Tuesday, 8th August, we are expecting delivery of a park home at Berrynarbor Park, approximately between 9.30 and 11.30 a.m. We apologise for any delays this may cause between Watermouth and the Park, particularly through 'two rocks' in the latter part of the journey.

Paul Crockett

Retirement Barry, our 'Postie', will be retiring very soon. There will be a box in the Post Office for any contributions you may like to make towards a retirement 'bonus' or gift to thank him for looking after us and delivering our letters, come rain or come shine.

Thank you May I thank everyone who supported The Cream Tea at The Knapps in aid of National Children's Home Action for Children on the 12th July. A sum of £200 was raised. Many thanks to everyone who helped to raise this marvellous sum for NCH.

Brenda Layton

Illustration by: Paul Swailes



Studio Theatre, Ilfracombe College - Following the very successful productions 'The First Noel' and 'Dracula Spectacula', Studio Theatre will be presenting, again at The Landmark Theatre, Peter Shaffer's 'Amadeus' from the 29th June to 1st July. Please put the dates in your diary and join them at the theatre.

Berry Revels Plant Stall - John's pleas for help with the plant stall, following the retirement of Bernard and Eunice, has borne fruit! This year Michael Lane, Vice-Chairman of the Manor Ilall Management Committee, and Peter Hinchliffe will be doing their best to run the stall. The Revels will take place on Tuesday, 15th August.

Will potential donators of plant6 please lay their plans and give any items to either of us nearer the event. All profits benefit the village, 60 please help us out!

Peter and Michael

Good Luck and best wishes to all students from the village at school or university - who have been or will be taking examinations over the next few weeks.

Berrynarbor Junior Youth Club wishes to thank the Millennium Committee for the kind donation of £50.00. This will go towards buying new equipment and repairing some old!



STUDIO THEATRE Ilfracombe College will, by popular request, be restaging two performances of Larry Fabian's 'The First Noel' at The Landmark Theatre on Thursday and Friday, 4th and 5th May 2000 at 8.15 p.m. Friday matinee at 2.30 p.m.

Also during May and again at The Landmark Theatre, Young Studio Theatre are presenting 'Dracula Spectacula', Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th May, 7.30 p.m.

Please put these dates in your diary and for further information see the posters.

LOSS OF TELEVISION TRANSMISSION In the event of a loss of signal from the aerial in the village, your help in notifying the fact would be appreciated. Please either ring Len Coleman, Chairman of the Parish Council, or report the matter to the BBC on 01752029201 or West Country [Carlton] on 324244.

VILLAGE NEBULISER During 1998 the Village raised money to buy 2 nebulisers, one of which stayed in the village for use by asthma sufferers. This has remained in my cupboard ever since it was delivered! Recently, while attending the asthma clinic with my children I discussed the use of home nebulisation with the specialist nurse who informed me that the current opinion is that if nebulisation is necessary, then the patient needs to be seen by a doctor, therefore rendering the nebuliser here useless and I expect the response from other surgeries would be the same.

In the 18 months I have 'housed' the nebuliser I have not been approached to loan it to anyone, and J feel that it is a waste of an expensive piece of equipment for which people kindly donated money.

I feel it would be more beneficial if it was donated [or loaned] to a local medical centre or hospital, but this is not a decision I can make so I should welcome any ideas or feedback from villagers. Please contact me on 883484, Nicola Cornish, Breezes, Barton Lane.

BERRYNARBOR TODDLERS Calling all owners of toddlers and/or babies! We should very much like to restart our Friday morning Toddler Group. We have a lovely big hall with lots of great toys to play with and coffee and biscuits for mums/grannies, etc. If you are interested, please ring Julia on 882783.

BERRYNARBOR PRE-SCHOOL would like to say a big 'thank you' to the Millennium Committee who very kindly donated £50 to the Pre-School. The money will be spent on a new carpet.

BERRY IN BLOOM The Jumble sale on 11th March for Berry in Bloom and the Carnival Float was very successful, raising the sum of £123. We should like to say 'thank you' to all who helped and contributed. We shall be having a planting up afternoon sometime in June and look forward to an army of voluntary helpers, as last year - but more about this in the next Newsletter.

BEST KEPT VILLAGE we have again entered this competition and everyone is asked to do their bit if we are to keep up our excellent record. Two reminders: dog owners, please remember to 'scoop the poop' or exercise your pooch in the field designated for this purpose. Recently there seems to have been rather a build-up of mess! Secondly, when clearing away the winter debris to tidy up, a plea to pyromaniacs! If you REALLY must have a bonfire, please give some thought to your neighbours and keep your fire raising to the evenings so that we can enjoy being in our gardens, especially on sunny days. Burn your sticks after half-six! [The legal time for bonfires] Thank you.



Congratulations to Michael Wyer, son of our Rector Keith, who has been awarded a Double First Class Honours degree in Maths and Computer Science from Imperial College. Also, to Francis Baddick, who had a good start to the new school year when he was presented with the Andrew Neale Trophy at Ilfracombe College's Presentation Evening at The Landmark Theatre in September. Francis received the trophy, presented in memory of Andrew who loved all sports, for his interest and enthusiasm for sport and in particular Cross-Country Running.

Get Well It is good to report that Jack Elliott of Goosewell is progressing well following his heart by-pass operation at the end of the summer, but put that spade down, Jack! Our best wishes to anyone not feeling too good at present - get well soon.

Sunday Services 11.00 a.m. St. Peter's Church: 1st and 2nd Sundays in the month - Sung Eucharist; 3rd Sunday - Family Service followed by a short Holy Communion; 4th Sunday - Sung Matins. Sunday School each Sunday at 11.00 a.m. in the Manor Hall [3rd Sunday in the Church]. Each Thursday, 10.00 a.m. Holy Communion.

L.E.T.S. Get Together! North Devon Local Economy Trading Scheme [LETS for short] was established over 5 years ago to enable people to exchange goods and services independently of the sterling economy. The range of things traded is enormous from foodstuffs, clothes, toys, books, etc., to things like dog walking, word processing and aromatherapy. The local group - Braunton, Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Lynton and Lynmouth, Arlington and Loxhore - encourages contact between members and provides a basis for the regular, social events. If you think you might be interested in joining and would like questions answered, please give me a ring: Steve Handsaker [01271] 882293. If you would like a copy of the introductory booklet explaining the workings Of the scheme, please call Elaine Merrick-Reed [01805] 624611 or Jenny Swan [01805] 623730. Happy Trading! Steve

Age Concern Ilfracombe & District, 6 Church Street, Ilfracombe, EX34 8HA. CAN WE HELP YOU? Telephone [01271] 862131, Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Recycling Don't forget our own recycling pavilion in the car park at Castle Hill - bottles, tins, plastic containers, newspapers, etc. For larger household items and garden rubbish, the Killacleave facility is now open 7 days a week.

Village Notelets A reminder that packets of Notelets depicting views of the village by Helen Armstead, Peter Rothwell and Nigel Mason are still available at E2.50 for 12 notelets and envelopes [2 prints of six designs] from the Post Office or Chicane. All proceeds to Newsletter funds and they make ideal stocking fillers or small gifts!

Doris the Duck Returns Home After a lovely summer holiday break, Doris and her family have returned home to the peaceful haven of Rose Cottage. Pitch fees have been duly paid in full -- pint of lager in The Globe - but Doris did feel that the level of care, particularly food, was down on previous years! She has declined the kind invitation to spend her Christmas holiday there, having heard the rumour that it may be hot and sticky around Christmas Eve. Is this true Brian?

For Sale Well-rotted Horse Manure and good quality topsoil. 50p per bag or by the trailer load. Can deliver. Please telephone [01271] 883538.

Charity Events The Post Office sponsored two successful Charity Events in October. Its local participation in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning was run for them by Vi Davies and John Weaver and raised the sum of El 32.40. Hot on its heels came a White Teddy Bear raffle for the Children's Hospice. {30.00 was donated and Ivy White was very happy to receive the bear, 'Paula', for her granddaughter.



The National Kidney Research Fund

"Thank you for carrying out a House to House collection on our behalf which raised the splendid sum of £60.00. This is a marvellous amount to have collected and we are most grateful. " Thank you to everyone in the Valley who contributed to this worthwhile cause.

Get Well

Best wishes to all our 'poorlies' we hope you will be feeling better soon. It is good to know that Mr. Homer of Little Sanctuary is now home again, recovering from his operation, and Val Hann from Crofts Lea is around and about again following an operation on her leg. We hope that Kathleen and Tom Tucker are on the mend and look forward to seeing you in the village soon. Pride comes before a fall, they say, but we were so sorry to hear that Phil [our hole-in-one golfer] had had a nasty fall in Ilfracombe and hope she is feeling less bruised now!

Happy Birthday

Congratulations to Robbie who celebrated her 91st birthday at the end of April and Una who will be 96 on the 31st May. Vi Goodman was 80 years young on the 16th May and we wish her many happy returns. Vi would like to thank everyone for the very many cards and messages she received to celebrate her special day.

Fish and Chips

Looking for a quick meal on a Wednesday? Don't forget Fred and his Fish and Chips are in the village each Wednesday:

6.15 - 6.45 p.m. Car Park by the Old Chapel

7.00 p.m. Berrynarbor Park, Sterridge Valley

Studio Theatre, Ilfracombe College

presents 'Haywire' by Eric Chappell 7.45 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 23rd to 26th June. Tickets £4.00 [£3.50 concessions] from the Chocolate Box, Ilfracombe, or the College on 864171.

A frantic and frusfrating medley of domestic crises! Haywire freewheels with wit and activity - it's hilarious!

Congratulations! Rolls Royce Award for Innovation & Technology Tony Rowlands, eldest son of Alan and Nora, has received a major award in recognition of his design innovation: to sweep back the paddle-like blades of aero-engines and thus increase efficiency and thrust. Now fully developed, the blades are a major factor in making the RR Trent the world's most powerful aero-engine.

Problems with Quality of TV Reception

Welsh TV transmitters have recently changed transmissions to digital and the new frequency is very close to the frequency currently used for TV reception in Ben-ynarbor. This has resulted in interference. If anyone is currently experiencing problems, please ring the TV

Transmitter Adjustment Programme' s Customer Services on Freephone 0800 092 1044. The TV TAP needs to hear from everyone who is experiencing the problem so that they can establish its extent.

Parish and District Council Elections

As the required nominations for the Parish Council had been received, no election was necessary. Our Parish Councillors, under the Chairmanship of Len Coleman, are Ray Ludlow [Vice-Chairman], Bobby Bowden, Paul Crockett, Richard Gingell, Anne Hinchliffe, Mary Malin, Bud Rice and Matthew Walls. As reported in the last issue, Graham Andrews has resigned and it was with much sadness that we learned that Lorna Bowden, after many years on the Council looking after our interests, has also stood down. We thank them both for their support of and commitment to the village.

Representing us for a further term of office on the North Devon District Council are Yvette Gubb and Peter Spencer.

Election Thanks

I should like to thank everyone in Berrynarbor who supported me in the recent District Council election. Although not successful, this time, it was a close run result which promises well for the future! I should also like to thank all Committee members, family and friends who worked so hard on my behalf.

Graeme Coombs

Berrynarbor Strawberries available July/August. Please ring 882696 with your order.

Berrynarbor [Britain] In Bloom

Volunteers required to help plant up baskets and tubs for the village. Please come and help!! Sunday, 13th June, 2.30 p.m. at the Manor Hall.

Can Anyone Help? Hands Across the Sea

Our village chapel in Pharr, Texas, sponsors a children's home in Matamoras, Mexico. The home is in need of craft items which the children use to make wonderful things to sell to raise money for the home and the medical clinic. Items needed: fabric of all kinds, especially cotton [red, white and black], buttons [all kinds], thread and scissors, lace [any size piece], ribbon, beads and small, round bells [as on jester hats]. Please leave donations at the Post Office or at Fuchsia Cottage. Thank you so much. Joy Morrow [88253 IJ



Ilfracombe Floral Art Club - Forthcoming Events

Spring Show "England, My England" will be held at The Lantern, Ilfracombe, on Saturday, 24th April, 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sales Table, Raffle, Produce Stall. Admission free.

Visit to Lost Gardens of Heligan on Sunday, 9th May. There are a few spare seats on the coach for non-members. Approx. cost E 10.00 for coach and entry to the Gardens. If you are interested, please see Sue Wright in the Post Office [Mondays or Tuesdays] or ring 883893.


to our Hole-in-One lady golfer, Phil Walden, who achieved this feat playing the 4th [the Quarry] in the February Medal Competition at Ilfracombe. It is understood that this achievement did nothing for the rest of her game that day!

To Peter Hinchliffe on being awarded a Degree by the Open University. Well done, Peter.

To Jenny, daughter of Tony and Marilyn Mascall, who must be the BBC's No. 1 fan! Jenny is a regular follower of 'Our Show', getting up at 4.00 a.m. to go to work and coming straight down from Corby in Northants to be here in time for when the curtain goes up. However, Natasha [Rozhdestvenka], our 'Honey Man's sister, claimed to have come the furthest - she lives in Moscow!


Mr. and Mrs. Woodley of King Street, Combe Martin, would like to thank Alex Wigmore, his wife and his workmen for coming to the rescue when their large window was vandalised early one Sunday morning - within 24 hours all was back to normal. Small businesses, like these, are needed because without the help from Alex [and the Police], matters would have been far worse. Thank you all.

Return Visit

After a longish absence, it was lovely to have Tom and Kathleen Tucker and Audrey visiting the village again recently - and especially good to see Audrey out and about again after her recent problems.

Crossword Corner

Crossword puzzlers will be very sorry to learn that Dave Beagley's supply of Puzzles is now exhausted! We shall miss them, Dave, and thank you for your many contributions and we shall live in hope for more sometime.

Fish and Chips

Don't forget that Fred, and his fish and chip van, can be found in the car park by the old Chapel on Wednesday evenings, from 6.15 to 7.00 p.m.

Easter Greetings

Ann [nee Billett] sends all her friends in Berrynarbor, especially in the Valley, her love and best wishes for Easter.



Berrynarbor Wine Circle

A reminder that the December meeting will be by ticket only and will be held a week earlier, on Wednesday, 9th December. Tickets for "The Stoke River Christmas Party" may be obtained by contacting Tom Bartlett [883408], Alec Parke [883758] or other members of the Committee.

Congratulations to Les Bowen who, for the second year running, has won the Best Small Garden Award in the Barnstaple in Bloom competition.

Concert - Advance Notice

On Saturday, 6th February 1999, the South Molton Music Studio Singers and Pupils [under the direction of Monica Ley] will be singing "Songs from the Heart" at St. Peter's, 7.00 p.m. Admission [and coffee] E2.50. Proceeds to church funds.

BBC Village Show 1999

Calling all thespians and anyone wishing to take part in the Show - there will be a meeting at The Sawmills on Sunday, 13th December, at 8.00 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Super Service Awards

On the 20th November, at The Commodore, Instow, the North Devon Marketing Bureau presented their 1998 awards, of which Berrynarbor is proud to boast three worthy recipients - On-A-Hill Garage, Watermouth Castle and The Globe. Congratulations to you all.




It was sad to say goodbye to Peter and Rachel Busch and their family, who have now moved from Wood Park to Woolacombe. Good Luck in your new home.

Parish Clerk

A warm welcome to our new Parish Clerk, Michelle Beaumont of Cross Cottage, East Buckland, Barnstaple, EX32 OTB. Michelle can be contacted on 01598 760416 in the evenings, on Thursdays or at week-ends, or please leave a message on the answerphone.

Badminton Club

The Badminton Club has now recommenced for the winter 7.30 p.m. onwards on Monday evenings at the Manor Hall. Newcomers will be very welcome. Please ring Nicky Ball [8837351 or Jill McCrae [882121] for more details.

John Gubb

It is good to have news of John Gubb of Southlee who, after 3 years study at Myerscough College, Preston, for a National Diploma in Horticulture [Turf Science and Sports Ground Management] has spent the last five months in America. John is at present on the Ohio Internship Programme training and studying on a golf course with the greens staff at Atlanta, Georgia, sponsored by the University of Ohio. He is studying golf course maintenance and construction and preparing for a PGA tournament in October.


The Spanish class suggested in the last Newsletter has got underway, the first meeting being held in the Penn Curzon room at the Manor Hall on Thursday, 17th September. There is still room for one or two more, so if you are interested, please ring Tony Summers now on 883600 [evenings].

Hosta luego!

Congratulations to Nigel, one of our 'artists in residence' and judged first in the Art Section of our Horticultural and Craft Show, who turned judge himself when he picked out his favourite drawings in The Landmark's Big Top Art Competition for children's impressions of the musical, Barnum.

Barnstaple Mobile Library - Library Assistant: Jacqui Mackenzie Sandy Cove, 11.30 to 11.45 a.m.. Barton Lane, 11.50 to 12.05 p.m. The Square, 1.15 to 1.40 p.m. Sterridge Valley, 1.45 to 2.05 p.m.


Manor Hall, Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 p.m. £3.00 per session



Where are they now?

Sadly, the request from Hilppa Loikkanen from Finland for news of her mother, Jon Marjorie Nyholm, and her half-sister, Sarah Lindsay, has had no result. On her behalf, one final plea to anyone who can help to contact Judie on 883544.

I recently had the pleasure of Mr. and Mrs. Pugsley from Kingsteignton, frequent visitors to North Devon. Mr. Pugsley's mother was born in Berrynarbor but sadly he has no other information. Does anyone have any recollection of the Galliford family, and Phyllis who was born here in 1902? [I believe the family later moved to the North Molton area.] If you can help, please again ring me on 883544.

Special Constables

There is a current need for Special Constables and if anyone feels they could help or would like more information, please contact Ilfracombe Police Station.

Spanish Classes

Is anyone interested in Spanish Conversation classes over the winter months? If sufficient people are interested, it is intended to run the classes in Berrynarbor on a weekly basis. The emphasis would be on pronunciation and speech but with sufficient grammar and vocabulary to give the ability to speak and understand sufficient Spanish to add a little extra to a Spanish holiday. If the interest is maintained, classes would continue each winter to allow students to improve to whatever level suits them.

Anyone interested should please contact Tony Summers on 883600

Silver Street Closure

Please note that Silver Street [in the vicinity of the Post Office] will be closed for one day on Monday, 1st September, for repairs by South West Water.

Quick Quote: "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people."

Victor Borge



Good Luck to all students - to those taking their GCSE examinations and to those taking their A Level or University examinations. Best wishes to you all.

Belated Birthday Wishes with congratulations and love to three of our Una [95], Loma [94] and 'Robbie' [90].

Get Well Wishes to Win Sanders following an eye operation and Win Collins who has not been well and is temporarily housebound - we hope you, and anyone else who is currently 'below par', will be feeling better very soon.

Congratulations and best wishes to Edward Bowden who will be 'Passing Out' from Pirbright following his initial ten week training in the Coldstream Guards.

Parish Council Meeting - please note that the July meeting will be on WEDNESDAY, 15TH JULY, at 7.30 p.m.



British & International Sailors Society

This regional office would be grateful to hear from anyone interested in participating in their house-to-house collection fund-raising in March. Please contact the office on 01823-334405

Post Office Christmas Raffle

Thanks to everyone who participated in the raffle the £115 raised being donated to the Salvation Army and Macmillan Nurses, both of whom have sent letters expressing their appreciation. The 35-year-old bottle of Port [donated by Vi Kingdon] was won by Tom who is now awaiting the appropriate occasion on which to open it! The cake, providing a nice welcome to the vilage was won by Colin and Wendy of Bessemer Thatch, and the poinsettia by Carol at Tree Tops.

Get Well

Get well wishes to everyone who has not been well just recently - we hope you will be feeling soon.

Twinning Invitation - 1st - 4th May

Bernadette Richards [evenings - 882221] or Jill Sidebottom [evenings 8823371 would welcome about the 20th Anniversary visit to Cormelles Le Royal, Normandy. The fare, coach and ferry, will be about £60 and accommodation is with host families. A few words is helpful but not essential. The fare includes travel insurance and the French Committee meet any sight-seeing group expenses. It is courteous to take English-made gifts to one's hosts. Because of the particular anniversary, it promises to be another very enjoyable visit.



We say Good-bye to Sam and Em who have left Cutts End for a new home in Bideford.

100 Years Ago - Report from the Ilfracombe Chronicle dated 13th February 1897:

'Berrynarbor - Mrs. Bassett, Watermouth Castle, has kindly given hot dinners to all the children attending the village school during the cold weather, and is continuing her thoughtful kindness, which is much appreciated.'

Elaine and John are delighted to announce the Engagement of their daughter, Elise, to Paul Smith of New South Wales, Australia.

News Items It is not always possible to keep up with village news, so if you, or someone you know, has something to celebrate, be congratulated on or has not been well, please let us know by popping a note in the box at the Post Office.

A Reminder [and this is not a hint!] that the Newsletter has its own account with Nationwide in Ilfracombe, and any cheques should be made payable to 'Berrynarbor Newsletter'. Thank you.



The Post Office Christmas Raffle raised £51 which was donated equally to the Children's Hospice South West and the Salvation Army. The prize were: Brian Mountain, Peter West, Anita Cornish, Ian McCrae and the Salvation Army, the winning ticket for the Christmas pudding being in the Arm's name! Thank you for your support.

Thanks from Ray and Marion Bolton of Erdington, readers on our mailing list: "A few lines to thank you for the lovely news that comes to us, and the pictures - all of them are lovely. It is so nice to keep in touch with somewhere you are welcome and have a lovely holiday as well. "

Congratulations to the new Principal of Ilfracombe College, David Humphries, who took up his post at the beginning of January. David, his wife Hilary and their three boys are moving from Cumbria and we welcome them and hope they will be very happy here in North Devon.



Berrynarbor Primary School The Coffee Morning raised £230.80 and the Book Fair a further £43.32. Many thanks to everyone who contributed in some way.

Wanted Small matchboxes, and does anyone have a foot spa/massager they would care to led me? Please call me on 882531.

Joy Morrow

I have also ordered a directory of 'Who wants What' entitled "Waste Not". If you want to know where to send unwanted cards, used stamps, etc., to be put to good use, please ring me for details [882531].

VILLAGE COFFEE MORNING will be a Village Coffee Morning in the Manor Hall on Saturday, 17th February, from 10.30 a.m. Everyone welcome. Cake stall, Raffle, Bric-a-brac.

A Berry in Summer Congratulations to Fanmor Productions and Neil Morris on the charming video portrayal of Berrynarbor last summer. This 25 minutes' viewing is a MUST, so if you have not been able to obtain a copy for yourself, DO find someone who has and borrow it!

North Devon Conservative Association - Berrynarbor Branch extend to you a cordial invitation to their Coffee Morning to be held in the Manor Hall on Saturday, 10th February, at 10.00 a.m. This will be followed by the 1996 A.G.M. at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome.

Christmas Raffle The Christmas Raffle at the Post Office was a great success with nearly £60 being sent to the Salvation Army and Children in Need. Angela Lev.is was in luck again and won the Harrods Teddy Bear Biscuit Tin kindly donated by Debbie, and the other winners were Sue Wright, Mary Leckie and Joan Wood. Thank you, Debbie, and thank you Alan and Nora.

Thank You I should like to express my thanks and appreciation to all who supported the Charity Sale held on 9th December. A sum of El 83 has been donated to animal welfare.

Mrs. K. Bond



COMBE MARTIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Methodist Hall, Thursdays, 7 30 p.m

BERRYNARBOR WINE CIRCLE Manor Hall, Wednesdays, 8.00 p.m.

New members very welcome - ring Tony Summers [883600]

THANKS Ron Toms would like to thank everyone who sponsored him on his annual church walk, when he collected the magnificent sum of £700 for our own United Reformed Church. His thanks, also, to Josef for 'chauffeuring' him to the far ends of his long walks whilst collecting the sponsors. Well done, Ron!

CHARITY SALE There will be a sale of good clothes, books, toys, bric-a-brac and gifts, at the Manor Hall on SATURDAY, 9th DECEMBER, 1995, at 2.30 p.m. Please come along and buy - all proceeds to animal welfare. Mrs. Bond, Ludleigh House [882507]

APOLOGIES to Rainer [not Riner!] Jost and if you imagined him in his sand yacht lying flat on his tum, you'd be wrong. In fact he would be almost flat on his back! [Ed.]

BERRYNARBOR U.R.C. will be holding their Christmas Bazaar at the Manor Hall on SATURDAY, 2ND DECEMBER, at 2.15 p.m. various stalls, Raffle, Refreshments, etc.

BRITAIN IN BLOOM The Committee would like to say thank you to all who helped with their contribution in keeping the village blooming this year.

Special thanks go to Les Levy, Gary Branch, Edna Barber, Josef Belka, Grace Slade, Ann and Dave Beagley, Nora Rowlands, Mrs. Neale [Snr.], Pip Summers and John Hood, whose efforts helped to keep the public displays watered and tended.

Anyone interested in joining the committee? Please ring Vi - 882696.



Get Well Soon Best to Peter Hinchliffe and Marion Billett, both of whom have had recent spells in hospital, and to Betty Davis, currently having what we hope is only a short stay at the "Pilton Hilton"

Academic Success Congratulations to all students from the village on their recent successful G C.S.E. and 'A' Level results, and to Mark Greenslade of Barton Lane, who has gained a 2:1 Law degree from the University of Anglia. Best wishes for the future to you all.

A Plea to Pyromaniacs! If you really must have a bonfire, please give some thought to your neighbours and confine your fire-raising efforts to the evening or when the sun has gone down and we can no longer sit out or work in our gardens. Thank you.

Berry Revels The Manor Hall Management Committee would like to thank all who helped mth or supported the Berry Revels, which was very successful and raised approximately 750 pounds

Wanted! Any surplus 1lb [or near] jam jars with lids. Will collect. Contact Joy Morrow - 882531.

Man [or Woman) Friday! Help needed with housework or other little jobs? If anyone in the village, especially the elderly or sick, has any occasional need for such help, please contact Joy Morrow - 882531.

Five at Watermouth Fans, young and old, of Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" may be interested to know [or perhaps you were there] that at the end of July, the intrepid Julian, Dick, George and Anne, and not forgetting Timmy, were at Widmouth, Watermouth, filming the 13 part series of some of the original 21 stories [first published 51 years ago] which as "Five Have Plenty of Fun" will be shown on ITV this autumn.



Last issue's front cover line drawing of the village by Peter Rothwell has caught the attention of the Community Council of Devon at County Hall, who have asked to use it within the text of their Annual Report. well done, Peter, you 're putting us on the map!

Congratulations to Sharon Toye who hag gained a First Class Honours degree in Social History from the University of Exeter.

From Thursday, 14th September, the Community Department of the College will be running a term' s Waterpainting class under the direction of Della Riley. Anyone interested should enrol through the College. The informal Thursday evening Painting Group will start again after Christmas.

Lammas Day, as shown in the Calendar, is on the 1st August. The word Lammas is the medieval form of the Anglo-Saxon Loaf Mass. This was a religious ceremony during which a loaf of bread made from flour derived from the first-ripened wheat of the season, together with a sheaf of that wheat, was consecrated. Though now a religious ceremony, it undoubtedly originated in pre-Christian times when seed-time and harvest were recurrent mysterious features of the community's life and vaguely associated in the communal mind with fertility rites and the worship of the life-giving sun. Inevitably it later came to be associated with the institution of the Harvest Festival, the older name for which wag Festival of First Fruits.



Goodbye and Hello! Farewells have sadly been made to Rita and David Duncan and family who have returned north to Yorkshire, but we extend a warm welcome to the Parkers who have moved from Ilfracombe, and also moving in from Ilfracombe are Sally and John Baddick and their daughters, Kirsten and Hannah. Many will already be familiar with Sally through her very successful Demi Dance School and John t an avid motor-cyclist, is in the Police Force, stationed at Ilfracombe. A warm welcome, too, to Alan and Pat Robinson and their daughter, Eleasha.

We hope you will all be very happy here in Berrynarbor.

Congratulations to Elaine Gubb on successfully completing, as part of the Ilfracombe College team, the gruelling Ten Tors 45 mile expedition. Elaine completed the 35 mile expedition two years ago.

Good Luck to all students from the Village who are either about to start, or have already started, their 'A' Level and G. C. S.E. examinations, and those university undergrads taking their end of year or Finals exams.

Badminton Club has now finished for the summer. The Club will recommence on Monday, 4th September.

Happy Birthday and very best wishes to Bobbie Hacker on making it FOUR score years and ten!

Sincere Thanks to Joy Morrow who, after ten years, has stood down from the Manor Hall Management committee. Joy has done so much for our village and her keen interest in the Parish properties and organising skills for so many events will be missed. Thank you, Joy.

The new Manor Ball Management Committee, under the Chairmanship of Brian Mountain, is Vi Davies [Secretary], Lorna Bowden [Minutes Secretary] , Ginny Neale, Ann Hinchliffe, Pat Sayer and Dave Beagley, the new booking clerk.



Farewell and Welcome Having been in a state of flux for some time, sadly Steve and Margaret King have now finally left the village, returning to their earlier haunts of West Sussex. We wish them and their family all the very best and look forward to return visits soon.

We welcome to The Haven, John and Marion Hood. John is interested in Reflexology which he says is "generally accepted as an excellent way of relieving stress. It is also a complementary therapy which can have beneficial effects with other, often long-standing, complaints. " If you think reflexology may help you, or if you would like to know more about it, please 'phone John on 883105.

Berrynarbor Playgroup would like to thank Julie Parkhouse, "Top to Toe" mobile Hair and Beauty therapist, for the Demonstration and Fundraising night which raised £12.00.

Get Well Wishes Bett Brooks is now well on the way to full recovery after a spell in hospital. She would like to say: "Thank you to everyone who visited me while in hospital and since I have been home, for all the cards, presents and good wishes." Win White is home again having spent five weeks in hospital following a fall in which she broke her hip. She, too, is progressing well. Also in hospital are Mrs. Melhuish [Newberry Farm, late of The Haven] and Grace Slade, who has had a hip replacement op in Bristol. Get well soon. If you saw Pete Newell on the stage recently, you might be forgiven for thinking he'd been "swinging the lead". It is great to see you back in action, Pete, and in fine form when "Berry Went to Sea".

A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Valentine's Day Lunch so successful. £285.OO was raised on the day and an additional £80 given in memory of Eva Morrow made a total of £365 to be donated to Cancer Research. Thanks to Gerry Marangone & "Uncle Reg" for the super entertainment; to the ladies in the kitchen and on the draw, Ray and Margaret Ludlow for their support in planning the event and Phil and Lynne for the loan of crockery and cutlery. Berrynarbor is wonderful! Thank you.

Joy Morrow

Berrynarbor Pre-School If you would like your active three year-old to join a Pre--School, why not consider Berrynarbor? Supervised by two fully qualified staff, a maximum class of 12 pupils enjoy a pleasant, caring and friendly atmosphere. Contact Jackie and Hilary: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 .15 to 11.45 a.m. Spaces available for January 1996. Early registration advised.

J. Duncan-Hughes, NNEB, Supervisor

The Lodge As a result of our Charity Opening Night and Jumble Sale, £310 was presented to Ilfracombe Lions Club for the Roy Castle Cause for Hope Appeal. The appeal target is £12 million, of which £3 million has already been raised. The building of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool will begin this summer. We should like to thank everyone who gave Prizes and jumble and supported us for what we think is a very worthwhile cause. THANK YOU.

Judith, Doreen & Alan



Refuse Collection Changes are being made in the refuge collection service in the area. Our day of Wednesday Over the remains unaltered, but the time may change.

next few weeks the new schedule should settle down and from then on the collection time should remain constant. However, for the time being, we are advised to make sure that sacks are out ready for collection by 8.00 a.m.

A Charity Bric-a-Brac & Jumble Sale is to be held at The Lodge on SATURDAY, 4TH FEBRUARY, at 2.00 p.m. Raffle * Cake Stall [please donate a cake] * Refreshments. If you have any unwanted quality items or donations for the raffle, please contact Judith on 883246. Proceeds in aid of the Roy Castle Cause for Cancer Appeal.

North Devon Conservative Association - Berrynarbor Branch The A.G.M. will be held on SATURDAY, 11TH FEBRUARY, 1995 at the Manor Hall, commencing with a Coffee Morning at 10.30 a.m., followed by the A.G. M. at 11.30 a.m. Our members, members' friends and all others are invited to attend.

Academic Success Congratulations to:
Sean Padden of Hilarion, Barton Lane, who has graduated from Bournemouth University with a HND in Business and Finance, and Keith and Ian Redwood. Keith is at Huddersfield University undertaking a Masters degree in Computer Science, having been awarded a 2:1 B.A. Hons. degree in Sociology and Psychology, also at Huddersfield. Ian is on a 2-year Masters degree [combining work with study) at the University of Westminster, where he gained a 2:1 degree in Combined Studies [Business, Marketing and Advertising) last year.

Miss Muffet Tea-Rooms & Garden

We shall be introducing a small selection of crafts to the Tea-Rooms thig season, and where possible would like to keep a 'local' theme. If you have anything you make that you would like to sell, please contact us on 883209.

Miska and Gary



May Day Bank Holiday An early reminder to anyone organising an event or planning a long week-end away, the Bank Holiday for this year only has been changed to the second Monday, 8TH MAY, to coincide with V. E. Day celebrations.

Manor Hall Bookings As from 1st February, all bookings for the Manor Hall should be made through Dave Beagley, Brookside Cottage [next to Post Office], Tel: 882002.

Comings and Goings Our good wishes go with David and Olivia Rockingham, who were sad to leave Berrynarbor for a new home in South Devon, and we welcome to Watermouth Cottage, Anna and Bill Scholes . We hope you will both be very happy in your new home.

A belated warm welcome to newcomers, Rod and Hazel, who are now settled in at Langleigh House.

Engagement Another belated message - one of very best wishes - to Samantha [Sam] Bailey and Justin Sadler-Smith on their engagement. Sam is a W. P.C. with Avon and Somerset Police in Bridgewater and Justin a P.C. with the Gloucester Police force, based in Gloucester. Both have recently passed their two-year probationary period and will be taking the first part of their Sergeant 's examinations in March. Good luck to you both and best wishes for June when wedding bells are planned.

Keep Fit Having spent the E 's for Christmas, how about spending the lbs gained! Come along - young and not-so-young, and join Migka at the Manor Hall on Wednesdays, 3.30 to 4.30 p.m. for a general work-out, or on Fridays, at the same time, to attack the "bums and tums"! On Wednesdays, at 3.00 p.m., there is the time to "weigh up" and chat over diets in general. £1.00 per session.



H.M.S. Pinafore Ilfracombe College Musical Society's G. & S. production this year is H.M.S. Pinafore, to be performed at the Pavilion Theatre, from Thursday, 1st to Saturday, 3rd December, 7.30 p.m. Tickets [E4 and E 2] available from the Chocolate Box, High Street, Ilfracombe or the College [863427].

Berrynarbor Youth Club Would anyone be interested in re-starting the Village Youth Club, one evening per week? Support would be available from Ilfracombe College, together with training if required. For further details please ring Dave Rafferty [865824] or Ann Davies [864171]

For Sale a 2' 6" bed and mattress. Make an offer! Joy Morrow, Fuchsia Cottage [882531].

Wanted Small match boxes and old Christmas cards and any surplus Christmas decorations. Joy Morrow [882531]

Joy would also like to hear from any ladies who would be interested in joining/ forming a Women's Discussion Group, or if anyone has any ideas for classes that would be of interest and be supported in Berrynarbor.



Praise Indeed! "As a Berrynarbor lady by birth, I wish to pass out a bouquet to your car park and conveniences, which I visit frequently. They are a great credit to your cleaner and village." Kathleen Joslin, Ilfracombe. Kathleen's grandparents were Tom and Bessie Toms and her mother, their daughter Ethel - an old Berrynarbor family.

Why not take your family to the Pantomime this Christmas? Fairy tale magic and the romance of Christmas combine in CINDERELLA, a traditional pantomime to be held at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple from 23rd December to 7th January. Tickets, from £6.00 [£5.00] obtainable from the Ticket Office [24242) daily, Monday to Friday. Performances 7.00 p.m. and matinees, 2.30 p.m. most days.

Keep Fit [low impact aerobics] Young or not-so-young, why not join Miss Muffet on Wednesday afternoons in the Manor Hall, 3.30 to 4.30 p. m? £1.00 per session. Just bring a towel or floor mat and enjoy yourself toning up.



The Primary School will be holding their Harvest Service in St. Peter's Church on Wednesday, 5th October, at 9.30 a.m. Everyone welcome.

Advance Notice - The United Reformed Church will be holding their Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 3rd December at 2.30 p.m. in the Manor Hall.

He's Done It Aqain! Yes, our Ron [Toms] has not only once again taken part in the Historic Churches Trust Walk but has surpassed his sponsorship total - this year he collected over £616 and half of this amount will be given to the Berrynarbor U. R. Church. Ron would like to thank everyone for supporting him and his especial thanks to Josef Bel ka for ferrying him to the far flung ends of his collection patch. Well done, Ron!



A poster in the Poet Office advertising an "Apple Day" at Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington, set me thinking about the old orchards that have all but disappeared from Berry.

Not so very long ago, every farm would have had its orchard and every cottage its apple trees. It would be interesting to discover how many orchards remain and what kind of fruit trees are still growing there.

Everyone who went to Berrynarbor School perhaps 10 or 20 years ago [I'm not sure when the last one was felled], would have played around, up or under three very old apple trees, in the bottom playground [or school garden if you are coming up 60!].

One was a Tom Pots [or Pits in other part of Devon] ; another was a "Norood" or North Wood to those of us without the true dialect. The third was the Devonshire Quarenden, "known before 1650 and possibly French in origin. It has a deep crimson fruit, with a white juicy flesh". These three old trees were part of an old orchard called The Splatchet, which ran down the valley to Peter's Meadow, on the left-hand bank of the stream. Some old trees still grow here, gnarled and propped up but still bearing fruit.

If they could talk, perhaps they would tell us of the ancient ceremony of Wassailing, which took place on Old or New Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. It was the custom to appease the Spirit of the tree by anointing the roots with cider and placing toast and wheat cakes or roast apples in the branches. This would encourage the tree to produce a bumper crop the next year. To ensure this, people would chase away evil spirits by shouting, banging on pots and pans and shooting guns into the branches.

In spite of their efforts, they knew the trees might still be in danger on Franklin's Night or Francimass, the 17th, 18th and 19th of May [in some places the 19th, 20th and 21st], which are always cold and frosty - the Devil's attempt to destroy the blossom.

Another old orchard was located in the area of Helen Armstead's garden. It was around here that the Rev. Churchill's brother died suddenly whilst they were out rabbiting. A stone memorial was placed where he died. I wonder if it's still there?

My favourite old orchard has disappeared. As children, North Lee was our adventure playground. The overgrown orchard, the old track round the "bridge", the old leat, the moostidge [I don't know how it's spelt] , the cartlinhay and stables with their pallets and the shippens provided a wealth of hiding places for games like Pip, Squeak or 'olly - a local version of hide and seek. Bessie Huxtable, bless her heart, less than five feet tall and having to run the farm herself because of her husband's long, serious illness, never once grumbled at us or sent us away. Sadly, all that's left of this little piece of history is half of one wall of the old cartlinhay.

Lorna Bowden - with a lot of help
from my friend Lorna Price.



Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to funds: via the collecting box in the Post Office or as payment for advertising in the Newsletter. The account is currently quite healthy, but towards the summer a strawberry and cream tea or coffee morning might have to be on the cards!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Hinchliffe of Castle Hill who will be marrying Fiona Wyatt from Ilfracombe at St. Peter's Church on Saturday, 5th December - his birthday! Many happy returns, Mark, and best wishes to you both for your future happiness together.

DID YOU KNOW that as an experiment, British Telecom are charging ALL calls (except international calls) at local rates each Sunday, from 3.00 p.m. to midnight until Sunday, 27th December? Phone those far-flung members of the family on Sundays!!

BELATED CONGRATULATIONS to Mark Greenslade of Barton Lane who obtained an A grade in Law at 'A' Level and is now studying for a Law Degree at Anglia University.

It was sad to see the demise of the three, large ash trees on the public footpath across the corner from Rectory Hill to the Valley, but it is understood that they were no longer safe. I wonder what tales those trees could have told! However, it is good to see work being carried out on the steps to the Church and to know that the cobbles are being repaired and replaced.

GET WELL WISHES to Ivy Richards and Kathleen Richards who have both recently had brief spells in hospital.

It is algo good to know that Margaret Kemp is back home again after four weeks in four different hospitals. We hope the injury to her back continues to improve. Margaret writes:

"May I say a sincere thank you to all my many friends in Berrynarbor for their great kindness following my unfortunate accident in Scarborough. I received so many cards, letters and gifts, and on my return to Ilfracombe so many enquiries and visits - I was quite overwheImed . You all helped me keep cheerful, especially whilst I was in Scarborough, where the postman's daily visit brought me much delight. I am getting better and hope before long to be as good as new. "



GET WELL Get well soon and best wishes for a speedy recovery to anyone who is 'under the. weather' but especially Betty Davis, Gordon Hughes and Michael Morrow. We also hope that Bobby Hacker has recovered from her unfortunate accident when the wind blew her overo Get well wishes, also, to Terry Bebbington, who with his wife and family regularly visits and stays in our village for holidays.

RETIREMENT Happy retirement wishes to Lorna Bowden who has retired from teaching, having taught at Combe Martin Primary School for the last 20 years. However, Lorna is not putting her feet up yet and has taken up part-time work of a different nature for the summer season.

GOOD LUCK! Good luck and best wishes to all students from the village who are taking G.C.S.E., 'AS' or 'A' Level examinations over next few weeks.

HOSPICE CARE Hospice Care have two forthcoming events: A Strawberry Tea at Middleton [home of Dr. and Mrs. Eames] Combe Martin, 3000 to 5.00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, 19TH JUNE; and on WEDNESDAY, 3RD JULY, Coffee and Ploughman v s at Scaena [home of Joan and Donald McCallam] Combe Martin.

UNITED REFORM CHURCH Sunday Services during the summer now start at 6.30 p.m. Anyone welcome. A Coffee Morning will be held in the Manor Hall on THURSDAY, 27th JuNE9 10.00 to 12.00 noon. Cake stall, bring and buy, raffle. Admission 50p. Proceeds in aid of, church funds.

BADMINTON CLUB Badminton Club has now finished for the summer and will recommence on Monday, 9TH SEPTEMBER.

THANKS Betty Davis would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the many cards, beautiful flowers and best wishes she has received during her stay in hospital.



Who went for an "Autumn Break" holiday and broke her wrist!? Glad to know, PP of DC, that it is well on the mend.

And who gave everybody, especially his family and fiancee, an awful shock when he was blown off the roof he was repairing? We are delighted, Richard, that you are now fit and well again and ready [?] to return to work.

We are delighted to report that as a result of his 'A' Levels, Alan Froud is at Plymouth Polytechnic studying for an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering [and not at the N.D. College as stated in the October Newsletter]. At the same time, our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to mum, Dorothy; who has had a short spell in hospital. [A change for you. to be 'nursed' Dorothy!]

A REMINDER from the Management Committee: Users of the Manor Hall facilities - please make sure the lights and heaters are turned off before you leave, and stack chairs in blocks of 4 ONLY. This helps us to help you!

Young Women's Group: Would anyone be interested in forming Young Women's Group [and wives and mums] in the Village? If so, please contact Jacqui on 883782 in the first place to see if something can be got off the ground.



Best Kept Village Once again we have reached the finals. Thanks to all who do their 'bit' to keep it so nice. Let's hope we can go one better this year, and make it a FIRST!

Sunday School The outing on Sunday, 15th July, was to Watermouth Castle and what a wonderful time they had - panning for gold, down in the dungeons, waffles and tea and lots of fun in the music room. They would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Haines and their staff for making the visit so memorable and such fun.

Congratulations to Ivan and Bill Huxtable of Woolscott Farm who are justifiably proud to have sold a small herd of 10 cattle [8 Devons] to Mr. Thomas of Brightley Barton, Umberleigh, who was the Champion Cattle Judge at the Royal Smithfield Show.