Sheepwash Chronicle Summer 2016 edition


The Sheepwash Chronicle is a magazine for and about the residents of the little village of Sheepwash in Devon.

Issue 116 Summer 2016

Editorial – Your Chronicle Still Needs You!

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on our last issue, and an even bigger thank you to all who

have sent us contributions for this one!

Remember, we need your input to make the Chronicle what you want it to be. You can do this in lots of


Give us your news – what has happened since the last issue, and what will be happening in the

next few months. We want to hear about special birthdays, anniversaries, new arrivals and

departures, forthcoming events - anything and everything that is of interest to you and/or your


Send us a contribution. We don’t want your money! We do want interesting articles, photographs,

drawings, cartoons, jokes, puzzles, poems, and stories – anything that will help to make the

Chronicle a “good read”. We accept contributions on paper, electronically, or even verbally!

Write a regular column. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to write a regular

column on a hobby such as gardening or cooking, or country diary notes, or observations on village

life, or anything else which will give our readers practical advice, or just bring a smile to their faces.

Give us your feedback. For years the Chronicle has been something we’ve all looked forward to

receiving and reading, and we want to keep it that way, and make it even better. We can only do

that if you tell us what you think of it, and give us your ideas.

We will both be delighted to hear from you. Our contact details are on the back cover, so please get in

touch. The deadline for contributions for the next issue is 22 nd July, but the earlier you get them to us the


The Cover Photo

The picture of Christine, Roger, and Anna on our front cover was taken by Chris, to mark their retirement

from the village shop after many years of service. The poster on the back cover was created by Jo Driver.

If you take any good pictures this summer, please send them to us – one of them could be on next year’s

cover! And don’t forget to enter the annual Cover Picture Competition – details opposite.

Contents of this issue


The Chronicle Cover Picture Competition 3 Late Spring and Early Summer Thoughts 23

What’s Been Happening? 4 Pardon My French! 24

What’s Coming Up? 11 Rocking Horse Dreams 26

Chinese Recipes 15 Kindness Brings You Happiness 28

Talking Shop 16 Dates For Your Diary 45

Notices 18 Useful Contacts 46

Your Letters 20 Bus Timetables 47

A Good Ski Break 22 The Queen’s 90 th Birthday Celebration 48


Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 22 nd July, to ensure it

is included in the August (Harvest Special) issue of the Chronicle.


The Chronicle Cover Picture Competition

Yes, it’s that time again, when you need to dig out all your best pictures and

enter them into our annual cover picture competition. You can submit

anything that you think would look good on the front page of the Chronicle

photos, paintings, drawings, collages, or anything else you can come up with.

There is no special theme – your pictures can be of anything, or even be a

design or abstract. They just have to look good on our cover! Last year’s

winners are shown here, to give you some inspiration.

The Rules

Any photographs or other artwork you submit must be your own work.

Entry is free. You can submit a single picture or more, up to six pictures. We

also need your name, address, and a contact phone number.

All the pictures have to be in electronic form for publication. If you only have a print of a photograph, that’s

not a problem - just call Chris on 231341 and he’ll arrange to scan it onto a computer for you.

We will also need to scan artwork, or take a good quality digital photograph of it. Again, just call Chris on

231341 and he’ll arrange to do it for you.

If your images are already in electronic form, simply email them

to us at, or

Alternatively, give us a call on 231341 (Chris) or 231196 (Alison)

to arrange a time to call round to one of us at home with your

picture(s) on the memory card from your camera, or a CD, or a

memory stick, and we’ll download them in a couple of minutes

while you wait.

Get your entries in as early as you can, to make sure you don’t

miss the deadline.

The deadline for submission of pictures is midnight on Sunday 10 th July.

The Prize

The picture that is judged best overall will again win the

photographer or artist a picture of the Queen on a crisp £20


Of course, the real prize is getting your picture seen and

appreciated by the whole village, so the winning picture will

appear on the cover of the Harvest Special (August) issue of the


Runners-up will also have their pictures used, either on future

front covers or the back cover, or to illustrate an article inside the Chronicle.

And all entries will feature in a special gallery on our website


So, get busy with your camera or paintbrushes or pencils, or whatever other

media you want to use to create something new, or rummage through your

photo albums, art portfolios, and archives to find your old favourites, and

then send us your best pictures.

Have fun, and best of luck!


Lots of things have been going on in the village since the last issue hit the streets.

Table Top Fair and Plant Sale

The very cold morning did not stop you from attending the Table Top Fair and Plant Sale on 16 th April at the

Village Hall.

Jan and Jeremy’s plant sale outside the Village Hall raised £87.11 for the village shop and the Village Hall

benefitted from a really good £130.00 raised by the Table Top Sale inside.

Thank you for all your support and help with donated plants and items for sale.

Anne Gray

Village Hall Committee

Jan Burden, 28 th April 2016

What a day - Jan achieved her three score years and ten, with plenty left in

the tank!

We would like to thank everyone who rallied round under the orders of

Colonel A. Ansell and produced a sumptuous meal of many varied curries in

a superbly decorated Village Hall.

People came from far and wide - East Street, West Road, South Street, and

North Street, not to mention others from as far afield as Hatherleigh,

Bristol, and Hampshire. It was a great evening!

Thanks for all the presents I received. I’m sorry I haven’t thanked

everybody personally, but they got mixed up, so my apologies for not

thanking you before, but please accept this.

So now we’ll carry on with things in the usual way - eating, drinking, and

sleeping, and hopefully still misbehaving!

Jan and Jeremy Burden

Congratulations to Hatherleigh Silver Band

Hatherleigh Silver Band will compete

in the finals of the National Brass

Band Championships of Great Britain

after winning the regional final in


The West of England region is the

biggest region in the competition

with 83 bands competing in five

sections. Hatherleigh came out on

top in the 4th section.

The band will now play against the best 4th section bands from around the whole of the UK in a bid to win

the title at the Centaur in Cheltenham in September.


Goodbye and Best Wishes

We have been away from Sheepwash for almost three weeks as I write and

have had little time to reflect on the whirlwind of leaving and setting up a new


The recycling centre at Anvil Corner had become almost a second home to me

and now I am developing the same relationship with a site in Wilmington. If we

are not at home you may well find us there or at the Boston Tea Party in

Honiton where there is free wi-fi.

We are, of course, waiting on BT to put a line into our new house, but at least a

telegraph pole has arrived. We have had to deal with every imaginable

organisation from DVLA to EDF, removals, solicitors and Torridge. All have

been helpful and efficient, except BT - five hours of phone calls got me


We first found Sheepwash in 1975, when I began teaching at Shebbear College, so when we bought Wren

Cottage sixteen years ago it was so good to already have friends and acquaintances in Sheepwash,

Shebbear and Buckland Filleigh. Although some folk have moved away we have made good new friends in

the village and we have always known that we could rely on them when we needed help and advice. I hope

that we were able to offer something of the same in return.

As our plans changed and changed again, when we were about to move, we managed to say a few

goodbyes, but every thing seemed such a rush at the end and there were many people whom we would

have liked to have seen in the last few days. This is an opportunity to thank you all.

Here we are anonymous for the moment, although we are very fortunate again in our new neighbours.

Soon, I hope, we will feel part of this community and will look forward to happy times with friends and

neighbours as we did in Sheepwash.

Freddie is still not speaking to us because we assume he is missing his friends.

With every best wish to you all.

John and Rita Hampshire

And Welcome To ...

Welcome back to Jan and Paul Tomlinson, who are returning to live in Sheepwash (on a part-time basis)

because they missed it! Jan and Paul are moving into where the Hampshire’s moved out - Wren Cottage on

the Square. They also have a house in France.

Paul is currently Head of Art at the Oratory School, Woodcote, near Reading, but is retiring at the end of

this term. They know all the “old gang” (Charles Inniss, etc.) but are moving back with an open mind and

fresh expectations that they will enjoy Sheepwash in its new guise.

John and Carol Ball, have bought Torridge House. They are moving up from Torpoint, and expect to move

in full time during the summer.

Mike and Sally Seaman have moved into 2 Cross House, South Street. Mike is a builder, and Sally is a

midwife. They say:

“We have been coming to Sheepwash to the Half Moon Inn for nearly thirty years – Mike is a very

keen fisherman!

“We have two French bulldogs (Pickle and Lilly) who were on television a few weeks ago on Vet on

the Hill.

“We live in Teddington, Middlesex. At the moment Cross House is a holiday home for us but we are

looking to retire in the next few years.”

Tammy and Bob Pettifer have moved from Bideford in to West Road Bungalows.

Brian Pickett and Leisa Cohen have moved into 2 Bank Cottages, South Street. Leisa has already been

active on the Sheepwash Sandwich Board!


Heard About Our Wedding?

Steve and I just wanted to share with you the lovely day we had, on

Saturday 23 rd April, at the wedding of our son Kevin and his beautiful

bride, Ruth.

The day started early as there were several last-minute things to do, and a

few stressful moments too! Our prayers were answered when the

weather was a vast improvement on the day before. The sun was shining

and there was some welcome warmth in it.

Ruth only kept Kevin waiting for three minutes, much to his relief. The

service had two hymns – All Things Bright and Beautiful and The Water of

Life, as well as a reading.

David, Kevin’s brother, was best man, and Wendy, Ruth’s mother, gave

Ruth away.

After the service we had a long journey to the Jubilee Park where we had

a marquee.

The Bride and Groom had a rustic/country style theme as they are both

big fans of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, which was reflected in the


Ruth and Kevin had thought of everything. There was a welcoming drink

on arrival, little souvenirs on the tables and nibbles for those who were

peckish, whilst photos were taken.

Around 4:30 there was a splendid hog roast, (the crackling

was scrumptious and made your mouth water).

There was vegetable lasagne for vegetarians as well as

new potatoes, coleslaw, ratatouille and olives.

Ruth’s mother made the wedding cake, and I had a Lord

of the Rings book cake made for them.

Ruth made a “cheese cake”, which I was expecting to be a

sweet pudding. As usual, I was wrong! Ruth had

assembled a real cheese cake, in three tiers – Yarg, Blue

and Brie - decorated with damson jelly cubes and fruit.

While the festivities were happening – guests chatting, the children running round playing on the swings,

photo shoots - Ruth and Kevin had arranged entertainment in the form of a very talented guitarist, who

sang and played quietly in the background. The bar was from Fire Brand Launceston (where Kevin works)

and they were brilliant too.


At seven o’clock The Horse

Band arrived to set up. By

then it was beginning to get a

bit chilly and some of the

guests had left. We were a bit

concerned that the remaining

guests would drift off too.

The band started to play at 8:00 p.m., with an opening song by Fleetwood Mac, then Bon Jovi, Kings of

Leon, and many more. From the moment they started playing people were up dancing - it was brilliant!

They even got the children up singing into the mics, which made their night.

Later in the evening Sue Edwards delivered five trays of her deliciously hot pasties, which went down a

treat. The atmosphere was electric – people singing and dancing and drinking and laughing. Everyone had a

wonderful time, so relaxed. I can't use enough superlatives to demonstrate how fantastic the day was.

To round off the weekend festivities, on Sunday morning around thirty of us went up to the Half Moon for a

fabulous breakfast. If you haven’t tried their full English you should - it was delicious and great value for

money. (Mind you, some of the guests were a bit under the weather and couldn’t do it justice!)

As Kevin and Ruth had travelled for six months last year, all around Asia –Bangkok, North and South

Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Cambodia - they didn’t have a big expensive honeymoon. They spent

a couple of days at the Half Moon, relaxing, and then went to the Two Bridges Hotel on Dartmoor where

they spent a few more days relaxing, before heading back to their home in Stratton.

Claire and Steve Heard


The weekend was marred somewhat when Steve went back to the marquee at 6.00 a.m. on Sunday

morning to start clearing up, to discover the door open. As Steve was the last one to leave on Saturday

night he knew that he had tied up the marquee door.

It soon came to light that someone had helped themselves to the bride’s mother’s bouquet of flowers,

which had been presented to her by her daughter Ruth, two rounds of Ruth’s cheese cake – the Blue

cheese and the Brie, over £50 worth - and a 25m extension cable.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, they had the audacity to return - sometime between Sunday evening and

Monday, before the people came to take down the marquee – when they stole another brand new (red)

50m extension lead belonging to the marquee company.

Very disappointing. How low can one get?

Treats For You?

I have always considered myself more of a writer than a cook. So, when

guests to Retreats for You, our Sheepwash based writers and artists

retreat, suggested that I write a cookbook, I was flattered – and amused.

However, they kept on suggesting it, in between saying nice things about

my cooking, and so eventually I did. Write a cookbook, that is.

Eats for You, the Retreats for You cookbook is full of recipes, pictures,

anecdotes and general foodie thoughts. It was fun to write, those who

have already bought it say it’s fun to use and of course it features a few

local names.

It costs £9.99, and if you’d like a look, try

Or pop round.

Deborah Dooley


Hatherleigh Cricket Club

It has been a good start to the season in quite difficult circumstances due to the over-running football

season. Many games that were postponed in winter are being played now, thus depriving the cricket club

of players. We have also had a couple of injuries to key players.

On the positive side, and in spite of this, we have managed to turn out three teams on a Saturday for the

first time in the club’s history. After Lewdown called off on 7 th May, the 3 rd XI finally started this historic

season on 14 th May with a win against Chagford.

Hatherleigh 3 rd XI – to mark the first time Hatherleigh has fielded three full teams on the same day!

Back Row:

Alex Presswell, Ian Stebbing, Andy Yelland, Kirt Forgham ( Capt.), Dominic Greenwood, Neil Bonner

Front Row:

David Manning , Tim Harper, Shane Leahy, Holly Presswell, Ian Bonner

Matt Thomas, our NZ player/coach, has settled in well after a sticky start and has proved his worth with

some great bowling performances, and last Sunday with the bat, scoring 141 not out in a thrilling last ball

win against Tiverton Heathcote.

1 st XI results so far:

Hatherleigh 156, Chudleigh 128 - Won by 28 runs.

Plympton 143-7, Hatherleigh 38 all out - Lost by 105 runs. Fasha (a Pakistan International) took 8

Hatherleigh wickets for 9 runs!

Hatherleigh 117, Newton Tracey 119-9 – Lost by one wicket in another exciting game.

Belstone 188-9, Hatherleigh 189-6 - Won by 4wickets.

Tiverton Heathcoat 267-9, Hatherleigh 271-7 – Won off the last ball by 3 wickets – a real thriller!


The Ladies section is thriving, and the team won their first league match in Division 1.

They practice on Monday evenings from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., so do come along if you are interested.



The club’s junior sides have had a great start to the season - both the u13 and u15 teams have progressed

to the quarter finals of their respective Devon Cup competitions.

The u13's have beaten Braunton and Chumleigh, and the u15's have beaten Sandford and Braunton.

Jasper Presswell scored 30 for the u13's last Thursday before retiring. The following evening he scored 50

for the u15's - and he is only 12yrs old!

The 12 to 15 year olds practice on Friday evenings from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., and the younger children

practice on a Saturday mornings from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. If you have children who would like to

have a go at cricket do bring them along.


Watching Cricket at Hatherleigh on a lovely summer’s afternoon or evening is a pleasure not to be missed.

You will be made most welcome.

Social Membership, which gets you full use of the bar and catering facilities, is only £5 per year, payable by

31 st May.

You can get a full Fixture List in the Sheepwash Stores or contact Charles Inniss or myself.

Let’s hope the weather turns and provides us with another year like 1976!

David Manning

01409 231176

Sheepwash Rainfall

Rainfall in inches March April Yearly Total


Charles, East Street




Graham, Middlecott





Charles, East Street

Graham, Middlecott





March and April are often two of the driest months of the year when the Atlantic influence is checked by

blocking high-pressure systems over the Continent.

There were small amounts of rain on several days in April, and the land is still quite wet, but there has not

been any prolonged rainfall for over six weeks, and the river is already approaching its summer level.

Charles Inniss and Graham Tidball



Torridge Reflections

A memoir by Charles Inniss

Although primarily about the Torridge River and the Half Moon, the book also

recalls the many village characters and visitors to the inn who have enriched

Charles’s life, creating so much fun and laughter. It is factual, historical, and

above all, anecdotal.

Any profit from the book sales will be given to fishery and local causes, such

as the community shop and the Village Hall.

If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Charles on 231237


When Prince William Was Lucky Enough to Meet

Charles Inniss

Due to popular demand, Charles arranged to show the DVD

of the investiture of his MBE at Windsor Castle, which took

place on 17 th September 2015. The film show took place on

Friday 8 th April in the Village Hall with about seventy people

in attendance. Muriel very kindly provided some delicious

food and Charles was in charge of light refreshments.

It was a great DVD, showing aerial views of Windsor and the

Castle, and included lots of tall men in very smart black

uniforms with red cummerbunds and stripes down their

trousers, and the preparations and instructions for the

investiture ceremony, all accompanied by stirring music.

The DVD was tailored to show specific shots of a not-so-tall

man, Charles, looking very smart in his morning suit. We

even got to see Muriel sitting in the front row, and next to

her was a particularly handsome chap – oh! It was Adam!

Prince William presented Charles with his MBE. What did

they talk about? Cricket and fishing, of course.

After the film Charles answered questions from the

audience, and did a very funny skit, jumping on and off a

chair: on the chair he was Prince William looking a long way

down, off the chair he was Charles looking a long way up!

There was no charge for this event, but Charles and Muriel had said that donations would be appreciated -

£100 was raised for the shop and another £100 for the Village Hall.

It was an excellent evening. Many thanks to Charles and Muriel.

Alison Ansell

Stop Press

As this issue of the Chronicle was

being put together, a wedding

was taking place in St Lawrence


Laura Jones (spinster of this

parish) married Matt Walker

(who’s been here a lot as well).

Alison grabbed these photos of

the bride and groom as they left

the church.

No doubt there will be more on

this in our next issue!

Don’t forget to visit our website –


There are lots of things happening over the next couple of months.


Table Top Fairs in the Village Hall

Table Top Fairs are usually held in the Village Hall on the third Saturday in the month, so the next one will

be on Saturday 18 th June.

Ring 231231 to book a table to sell anything you like!

Tea and coffee and hot bacon rolls are always available (and very popular!).

Anne Gray

Buckland Filleigh Family Dog Show

Monday 29 th August at Buckland Filleigh Village Hall

Entries from 12.30 p.m., judging from 1.30 p.m.

BBQ, Refreshments and Raffle.

Bank Holiday fun for all the family!

For more information, contact Emma Anderson on 01409 231294

Sheepwash Ladies Skittles

The skittles season finished at the end of March, and once again all of us had thoroughly enjoyed all our

Thursday evening get-togethers.

A couple of weeks ago the Club held its AGM at the home of one of our players - thank you Sue.

The highly-prized June Church Memorial Cup was awarded to Wendy Head. This special award is

presented to the player with the highest number of spares in the season, and Wendy had a wonderful 42.

The following shields were also awarded:

‘A’ team highest score - Wendy Head 73

‘A’ team highest average - Wendy Head 54.8

‘B’ team highest score - Chris Thompson 68

‘B’ team highest average - Helen Orr 50.59

Well done to each of them, and to ALL our players who play week by week - every point counts!

Once the business meeting was completed, the evening continued with us all enjoying a sumptuous “bring

and share” supper.

Within the Holsworthy League Division Two, our overall scores meant that our ‘B’ team finished 20th out of

24, while our ‘A’ team was awarded the Wooden Spoon. It's just as well we all enjoy playing, no matter

what the scores!

If any ladies are interested in playing skittles, please speak to Sheila Fox (231649) or Helen Orr (231199)

- it would be great to welcome some new players as one or two of our regulars are unable to play next

season, which begins in September. We really hope that we will have enough players to carry on the great

tradition of fun with Sheepwash Ladies Skittles.

Helen Orr

Don’t forget to visit our website –


Quiz Nights at the Half Moon

Quiz nights at the Half Moon are normally held on every second Sunday in the month, so the next two

quizzes will be held on 12 th June and 10 th July.

It only costs £2 per person, and all of that goes to fund village activities. It’s a real fun quiz, so come and

have an evening of pure enjoyment!

Sheepwash Snooker Club

Perhaps those of you who have recently moved into the village are unaware that we

have one of the best full-size snooker tables in North Devon.

The Snooker Room is situated at the rear of the Village Hall. The club needs more

members so that the facility is used more regularly. The table is always available for

use, and in the winter we enter two teams in the local snooker league.

If you would like more details, or even better would like to come and have a game,

contact the Secretary, Charles Inniss, on 01409 231237 or e-mail

Members practice every Sunday evening, so why not come along and join us. We look forward to seeing


Charles Inniss

Play Table Tennis in the Village Hall

We have everything you need for a game of table tennis in the Village Hall. Only £5 for an hour.

Great exercise and family fun.

Phone Sheila on 231649 or Anne on 231231 to book.


Mobile Library

The mobile library now calls once a month. It arrives in the Square on a Tuesday at 1.55 p.m. and

departs at 2.40 p.m.

The next dates it will call are 28 th June and 26 th July.

Food Bank Donations Welcome

A Food Bank box is situated at the back of St Lawrence Church. Tins of soup, baked beans, tomatoes, fish,

meat, fruit, etc. will be gratefully accepted for people in crisis.


All the items donated will be taken to Torrington for distribution.

Church and Chapel News

St LAWRENCE CHURCH service times are displayed on the Church Notice Boards and the shop

window. The Torridge Team LINK magazine is produced every month and is available in the church.

METHODIST CHURCH news and information about services can be found on Chapel Cottage’s garage

doors, adjacent to the Church in South Street. We meet for worship most Sundays at 11.00 a.m. - a warm

welcome to all.

BAPTIST CHAPEL Our usual Sunday service is at 2.45 p.m. – see the noticeboard for further details. On

the first Sunday of each month (except November) we meet with the Anglicans and Methodists for a joint

act of worship. You would be most welcome to join us at any of these services.

Friends of St. Lawrence’s Church

For more information about the Friends of St Lawrence’s Church, phone me on 01409 231680, or email

Martin at

Mike Ritson

Making Money From Used Stamps

Even in this electronic era of emails and texts, we all still receive letters, many of which have stamps on

the envelope. These stamps are still valuable, even though you can’t re-use them to post another letter

– philatelists all over the world are keen to collect them.

There is a box in the community shop where you can deposit your used stamps. All stamps deposited

there will help raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West.

So please save all your used stamps, and drop them into the box next time you’re in the shop. All

contributions will be very gratefully received, and this simple act can achieve a lot of good!

Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 22 nd July, to ensure it

is included in the August (Harvest Special) issue of the Chronicle.


Chinese Spiced Fish


1 trout

1 tablespoon of ginger, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of garlic, finely chopped

Finely chopped chilli to your own taste

5 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of Chinese vinegar

(Chinkiang vinegar)

5 tablespoons of Chinese light soy sauce

(Pearl River Bridge)

1 tablespoon of corn starch, with 5 tablespoons of water



Rub a small amount of salt into the fish, all over, and leave for 20 minutes.

Whilst waiting for the fish, mix the corn starch and water together and set the mixture aside for later.

Heat a wok and put the oil in. Once the oil is hot enough, place the fish in the wok.

Once the bottom of the fish is nicely cooked, turn it over to cook the other side.

Add the ginger, garlic, chilli, vinegar, and soy sauce, making sure you cover the fish well with the

ingredients. Turn the fish over again, to cover the other side as well.

Cover the fish with the water and corn starch mixture. Turn it over once more, and serve.

Chicken and Cashew Nuts


Cut the chicken into half inch cubes.


400g chicken

100g cashew nuts

1 tablespoon of ginger, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of garlic, finely chopped

4 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of Chinese vinegar (Chinkiang vinegar)

5 tablespoons of Chinese light soy sauce (Pearl River


1 tablespoon of five spice

Heat a wok and put the oil in. Once the oil is hot enough, add the chicken and keep it moving.

When the chicken is almost cooked, add the ginger and garlic.

Add the soy sauce, vinegar, and five spice, still keeping the mix moving.

Add the cashew nuts, give it all another good mix, and serve.

Yan Ping


Sheepwash Community Shop and Post Office News

Most important of all – thank you!

Many thanks to Christine and Roger White for all their hard work in the shop and Post Office over the last

ten years. Tuesday 31 st May was their last day - you may have heard their whoops of joy?

Many thanks also to Anna Jones. As well as being a volunteer shop assistant (one of the best!), Anna has

done a huge amount behind the scenes, including overseeing the finances, accounts, PAYE and paying

wages. Anna stepped down a few weeks ago and has handed over her duties to Simon Crossley.

Thanks to all of you who have signed their Thank You cards and donated to bye bye gifts.

Our cover photo shows three happy people, two of them holding lovely bouquets and one of them holding

two lovely girls. Your donations allowed us to buy the bouquets, a bottle of posh Prosecco for Anna, a Half

Moon dinner and drinks voucher for Chris and Rog, plus framed versions of our cover photograph for Chris,

Rog and Anna to keep as lasting momentos. (Or perhaps to remind them that they are now free - cue more

whoops of joy.)

What’s happening with the Post Office?

With Christine’s resignation, we have had to reapply to contract with the PO Ltd to run the Post Office in

Sheepwash. On Friday 20 th May we heard that the application for Sheepwash PO and Stores CIC Ltd to

operate Sheepwash Post Office had passed financial assessment. We’re almost there.

The final stage is that we will be invited to interview (in Exeter, we think). As a Director of the CIC Ltd,

Alison Ansell put the bid to the PO Ltd together, and our plan is that Alison, Simon and Caroline Moast

attend the interview. We’re not sure if the three of us will be invited, but that’s what we’ll aim for.

If we’re successful at the interview, Caroline will take over from Christine as the Sub-postmistress with

effect from 1 st June 2016. That is how things stand as this Chronicle goes to the printers on 23 rd May.

A new beginning – 1 st June

So, all being well, the new team takes over both

the shop and the post office on 1 st June.

In addition to the existing team of shop assistant

volunteers - Paulette Jackson, Margaret Hall, Pete

and Sue Reader and Alison Ansell - Simon is now

trained up and flying solo, and Paul Wheeler will go

it alone for the first time on Wednesday 25 th May.

A number of others are taking the training plunge

over the next couple of months - Linda Trace,

Bruce Knight, Lee Newby, Jan Hayward, David

Manning and Helen Crossley (when she’s up and

running again - she’s out of action with a broken

leg at the moment). Some of these folks are also

helping backstage - for example, with buying and


Several others are helping out too – the Vincent

family, Michael Francis, Sheila Fox, and Hillary


Vivat Our Shop

(not forgetting the Post Office)

Congratulations! Ye who volunteered

A sinking ship to save. Without delay

Twelve yeoman hearts stood by to find a way

Despite the scoffs of those who friendly jeered

And even now, goods are securely stacked

In tidy order, customers to tempt,

By sight appeal, though no sense is exempt.

E’en envelopes in tidy sets are packed.

So what is now the future for Our Shop?

Will snaily-buns be there for us to buy

And satisfy our hungry mid-morn flop?

Yet if of money one has come bereft

The Post Office all our small needs will meet

Wherewith to ease our shopping, with some left.

Raymond Snow

Manning, and Jo Driver is helping with marketing.

No doubt many of you will have seen the adverts for a paid position at the shop. Why do we need paid

staff? The answer is simply that the volunteer shop assistants cannot cover all of the opening hours in the

week. We have been able to reduce the number of shop paid hours by around a third, but we still need a

paid shop assistant for about 10 hours per week.

Why isn't the shop a charity?

A few folks have raised the question of why the shop is a business and not a charity - after all it was created

to serve the community, not to make a profit. The answer is surprisingly simple - the law does not allow it.

In fact, it was only fairly recently that the government recognised the need for a new kind of company

structure that would suit all the community-minded enterprises that were popping up everywhere - a

structure which would allow them to trade like a business but act like a charity.

This didn't just apply to village shops like ours but also all those organisations that wanted to raise funds for

their own charitable causes. Oxfam, for example, is a charity, but it has to have a completely separate

trading arm (called Oxfam GB) to manage its retail business.

By law, a charity can only raise funds via donations or by running a temporary event like a fete - not a

permanent enterprise like a shop. Furthermore, charities can only exist for a charitable purpose as set out

in the Charities Act - for example, for the relief of poverty, or the advancement of education. In other

words, a charity exists to raise funds (or provide services) and distribute them.

So, in 2005 the government introduced a new legal entity - CICs (Community Interest Companies) - which

would allow non-profit making organisations to trade, but be regulated in a similar way to charities.

However, our shop was re-launched as a community enterprise in 2001 - before CICs came into effect. So it

became a Company Limited by Guarantee - the only option then, for a not-for-profit venture. We have

recently successfully applied for CIC status, and converted the shop to it.

What exactly is a CIC?

The main aim of a Community Interest Company is to directly benefit a community. So, the overriding aim

of our shop is to provide a service to the village and surrounding area - not to maximise profits. It has an

asset lock - in other words, no single person or entity may benefit financially.

It has statutory clauses to ensure transparency, and it has to report to the CIC regulator. Furthermore, if the

business is ever wound up, all assets must pass to a nominated charity. In our case, we felt the Bridgeland

Trust would be most appropriate.

Further information can be found at:

So what happens to the profit from what is sold in the shop?

Profit, of course, is only made when overheads have also been accounted for. This means we have to make

enough to pay things like the electricity bill, insurance, and the wages of paid staff, etc.

The shop's CIC conditions now state that anything left over must either be re-invested in the shop, or

distributed to other village causes. In fact, we need to make a profit just to stand still - to maintain the

fixtures and fittings.

Sadly, it was a lack of profits in the past that demanded some nifty fundraising activities. And a big thank

you to everyone involved and those who supported these fun events.

We hope that the explanation above clearly sets out what exactly our shop is and what it exists for. If

anyone has any other queries about this, please get in touch with Helen Crossley,

( and she will do her best to address them.

We’ll keep in touch

You’ll see some changes to the shop and what we offer as we get established, and we’ll be letting you know

about new products and services on the notice boards, on the Shop Facebook page, and in the Chronicle.

We hope that there won't be any hiccups during the handover. We are all busy learning the ropes and

hopefully, with your support, we can keep the good shop sailing!


This Could Save a Life In Our Village

An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock when someone’s

heart has stopped (cardiac arrest). You can use an AED on adults and children over one year old.

Ambulances have them on board, but using an AED in the minutes before an ambulance arrives can double

someone’s chances of survival.

A defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall in East Street. It is on the external wall just

near the front door – it’s in noticeable green casing with a green sign above. The unit is up and

running and has been registered with the Ambulance Service.

The idea is that when you have an emergency you first ring the Ambulance Service and they will give the

caller the access code. This is standard procedure. However, all the Parish Councillors have the access code

and sealed envelopes with the code will be put in the pub and in the Village Hall. Also, if there is a particular

person in the village who is at risk it may be worth them also having the code.

How do I use a defibrillator/AED?

Nigel Hutchings is arranging some training. When we know the training day we will publicise it on the

noticeboards and on the Sheepwash Sandwich Board.

However, you can use an AED with no training. The machine analyses someone’s heart rhythm and then

uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step.

First, make sure someone has called for an ambulance, and, if the AED isn’t immediately available,

give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until someone can bring you the AED.

As soon as you’ve got the AED, switch it on. It will immediately start to give you a series of visual

and verbal prompts informing you of what you need to do. Follow these prompts until the

ambulance arrives or someone with more experience than you takes over.

Take the pads out of the sealed pack. Remove or cut through the patient’s upper body clothing and

wipe away any sweat from their chest.

Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to their chest.

Place the first pad on their upper right side, just below their collarbone, as shown on the pad.

Then place the second pad on their left side, just below the armpit. Make sure you position the pad

lengthways, with the long side in line with the length of the their body.

Once you’ve done this, the AED will start checking the heart rhythm. Make sure that no-one is

touching the person. Continue to follow the voice and/or visual prompts that the machine gives

you until help arrives.

You can watch demonstrations of using a defibrillator/AED at the following links: or

Denise Tubby

Power Cuts

To report an issue with your power, call Western Power Distribution on 0800 365 900.

If you have a general enquiry, call 0845 724 0240 or email


Parish Council Notes

The most important piece of news is that the new Parish Council website is live! You can find it at

We now have a new councillor - Christina Penn.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 13 th July.

Penny Clapham

Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer


Holsworthy Rural Policing Update

Recent incidents:




Security camera and gate stolen.

Large bird cage stolen.

Criminal damage - granite post damaged.

Please remember to security mark your property and take note of the SERIAL

number or IMEI number. All items can be registered for free on


Don’t hesitate to ring the Police on 101 for non-emergency or 999 if you see a

crime taking place.

If you would like to contact your local PCSO directly please call 101 and ask for

PCSO 30538 Emma TOMKIES or alternatively email

PCSO 30538 Emma Tomkies

Holsworthy Police Station, Well Park, Western Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DH

Tel: 01409 259461 or call 101 for all non-urgent Police enquiries.

Join us on Facebook - Holsworthy Neighbourhood Police.

Fire and Rescue

At Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service we recognise the vulnerabilities of our rural communities.

Please see below some links to our website home page and a link giving our free home safety visit number

(0800 05 02 999) which also offers a free alarm.

Our website is

You can find the number for the free home fire safety visit and free alarm at:

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Government Organization is at:!/Dsfireupdates

Fire Kills Government Organization is at :!/firekills?fref=ts

Caroline Anderson

Crew Manager Bideford Group

Tel: 01237 423859 Mobile: 07800 555340

Central Command (Bideford Group), Bideford Station, Old Town, Bideford EX39 3BH


Standing Down From the Parish Council

At the meeting of the Parish Council on 23 rd March I informed Councillors that as from that evening I was

standing down as Chair and as a Councillor. A number of people have asked why I decided to do so at this

juncture so I thought it only fair to explain.

The first reason was that I did not agree with the way the Council was going, and in particular the way that

financial support for outside bodies and the manner in which the last rise in the precept was arrived at. It

was my view that we did not need to raise this by over 20% this year as this was not necessary.

Equally, the Council is now running well, and my colleagues are well able to continue into the future. I have

been a Councillor for over seven years, and feel that I have done my bit for the Parish to the best of my


I would like to thank my colleagues for all their help, and all those in the Parish and beyond who have

helped me and the Council in any way to do this ever more complex and difficult job.

I would also wish to thank our Clerk, Mrs Penny Clapham for all her help, advice and hard work, and I would

urge you all to continue to support her in this role in the future.

Melvyn Elliott

Thank You!

I’d like to say a big thank you to family and friends for their gifts of flowers, cards and presents for my 80th

birthday on 10 th April.

Special thanks to Valerie for the lovely tea, which was enjoyed by all.

I had a lovely day. Thank you all once again.

Vera Slee

What Every Village Needs

I would like to put forward a different view to the comments made by Nic Scorrer (estate agent) in the last

edition of the Chronicle.

He stated that our village shop is a valuable amenity, which I totally agree with, but I don’t agree with his

ideas about what makes people pick village life when buying property in rural areas.

When we moved here approximately eleven years ago we picked Sheepwash because the village had a

lovely pub and a thriving shop - to my mind, these are vital aspects of a rural way of life. High speed

broadband would not be a priority for me, but I appreciate that others may think it is important.

A couple of years ago I happened to visit Buckfastleigh, a small town on Dartmoor. The local shops had

closed down; the factory, which originally made leather coats, had shut down; and the three pubs had all

closed. To me, it was like a ghost town.

Similar things have happened to other towns and villages in the West Country, with banks, pubs, and shops

all closing down. I am sure that situations like this affect people when they’re choosing where to live in


Roger White


Time to Retire

As you all probably know by now, we are retiring at the end

of May after running the village shop/Post Office for the last

ten years – with a lot of help from others.

We have enjoyed our time there, and will miss our chats

with the customers. But we will have more time to visit

family and see parts of Devon and Cornwall that we haven’t

had time to visit.

We also wish Anna, Paulette, and Margaret a happy


We hope you will all support the new team who are taking

over, as we need our village shop – we will still be in there

regularly, but on the customer side of the counter!

Finally, we’d just like to say a very big THANK YOU to all our customers and staff.

Christine and Roger White

Doing Good With Used Stamps

Over the years, we have raised a lot of money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. But we recently

received the following letter from our local contact:

Dear Mrs Jackson

Thank you very much for your last package of stamps. A big thank you, also, for your support for

our fund over the years.

Unfortunately, and with much regret, we are no longer collecting stamps. We are having to close

our branch as we only have four somewhat elderly members left. I know the Children’s Hospice can

take the stamps, and also the Adult one, I think.

We have made many friends over the years through our fund, including yourself, for which we are

grateful. Our thanks and best wishes to you all.


Barbara Terrell

So from now on the stamps that we collect in the shop will be sent to the Children’s Hospice South West.

We have already had a letter of thanks from them:

Dear Mrs Jackson

I want to thank you for supporting the work of Children’s Hospice South West during our special

Silver Anniversary year. Your gift of used stamps will make such a difference to the children and

families we serve.

Throughout 2016 we will be reflecting on our founding story and marking the care and support we

have provided to thousands of children and their families during this time.

This vital network of care that Children’s Hospice South West provides at our three hospices in our

region is only possible thanks to your generosity.

The co-founding vision 25 years ago was that no child in the South West would live more than 90

minutes away from a children’s hospice. That dream is now a reality as we extend the hand of

friendship and support across our region to those families facing a fragile and uncertain future.

Thank you for helping us make the most of short and precious lives.

Warmest wishes,

Emma Perry, Senior Fundraiser, Little Bridge House, Children’s Hospice South West

So well done everybody, and please keep saving the used stamps from letters you receive and dropping

them into the collection bin in the village shop – it really does make a difference!

Paulette Jackson


A Good Ski Break...

First of all, I would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards or their good wishes to me for my broken

leg. I have been really touched by everyone's kind words.

As anyone who is already painfully familiar with a broken limb knows, it feels like a long, slow road to

recovery. But, magically, the bone does grow back and, hopefully, life gets back to normal. Not that I'm

missing my chores, of course - being a leg less is not without its silver linings. Breakfast in bed is another

treat. And I do believe Simon's fitness regime has benefited no end from running up and down stairs for


I still can't believe I fell so badly. I rarely fall - my advanced case of piste-paranoia ensured I skied with the

utmost care, concentration and control - in other words, I was always at the back. And then there was the

personal-slope-space-anxiety brought on by a fear of crashing with other less diligent slope users, which

necessitated a self-imposed “no-fly-zone” for several metres around me. This proved particularly tricky to

maintain amid a swarm of Goretex, moving at varying speeds and in mostly random directions - at one

point, I became convinced someone had stuck a target on my back!

But in the end my nemesis was an easy little run, down an empty piste. My only consolation was that, for

once, Simon was behind me and witnessed my (in his words) “pretty unspectacular” somersault.

Three hours later, my heart sank when someone mentioned I had to be admitted overnight. Overnight?!

Surely, it wasn't that bad ... Four hours later I found myself outside the theatre doors, prepped for an


In the meantime, Simon had grabbed me some almonds, thinking I might be hungry. Most of you will

probably spot that eating something at this point was most definitely NOT a good idea. The faces of the

anaesthetist and surgeon said as much. They conferred in a corner for a worrying length of time and

eventually agreed to do an epidural instead. Great.

As the drugs slid comfortably into my system, the anaesthetist asked what I did for a living. Clearly, I had no

intention of missing a second opportunity to be thoroughly annoying, and said what anyone would say as

someone hovered over them with a sharp pointy instrument. One of the most inflammatory words in the

French language at the moment - retrait (retired). As the gasps ricocheted around the theatre, I sank

deeper into a fuggy, druggy half coma, idly wondering exactly what revenge they would extract on this dozy

English lady of leisure.

The answer, of course, was none, and an X-ray at North Devon Hospital confirmed they had done a great

job. The op was followed by a week in a hospital bed, with glorious views of the mountains, twice daily

four-course meals, and a steady stream of (mostly) young and attractive male nurses to attend to my

various needs. Don't form a queue though, ladies, unless you're a big fan of bed pans. I soon learnt the

vocab for that.

The hospital discharged me with a large sheaf of prescriptions -

including one for a nurse. Enquiring at the pharmacy later, Simon

was delighted to be handed a card for Nurse Natalie ...

In fact, it was Nurse Claire who duly appeared at our door the next

morning. Simon eyed her jeans and jumper disappointedly. But I

was somewhat alarmed by her noticeably shaking hands. Did I

mention my needle phobia? Fortunately, Nurse Claire was very

gentle. More worrying was the news that, once home, it would be

down to Simon. So good job that Nurse Claire also turned out to be a very good teacher.

The consultant tells me that, by mid-June, I should be able to walk again. I suppose that means I'll have to

make my own breakfast then.

Helen Crossley

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Late Spring and early Summer Thoughts

Is this not the best time of year? When the sun is shining and

the days are warm and the beech trees wave their green

silken handkerchiefs above a carpet of bluebells, and the

blackbird sings the finest of songs, what could be better? I

think the cathedral-like avenue of beech near Mike Wye’s

Yard at Buckland Filleigh is enchanting.

The roadside banks are now full of bluebells, pink campion

and stitchwort, making them beautiful as they progress from

the primroses and daffodils, to be followed by foxgloves.

All the trees and shrubs look so fresh in their different shades

of green at this time of year that it is all a joy to behold. The

swallows and martins are back now, though maybe not in

quite the numbers of previous years, but I haven’t seen a

swift as yet, nor heard a cuckoo, something I haven’t heard

for a number of years. Our blackbirds are now well into

rearing their second nest - will they go for a third?

Slow worms, what of them you may ask. I have seen quite a few this Spring, and Jan tells me there are

several in our garden. Unfortunately I have also seen two squashed on the roads in the village in the last

couple of weeks. They are beautiful old-gold-coloured legless lizards that eat slugs, which makes them

extremely beneficial animals, particularly this year following the mild winter, which did nothing for the

control of these hateful slugs and snails. (Should you use slug pellets to try and control the pests, do use

ferric phosphate not metaldehyde pellets, as they are less damaging to wildlife.)

There also seem to be quite a few yearling roebuck about, unfortunately some dead at the roadside. I

assume they have been driven off by their mothers, who are about to give birth to this years’ young, and

are now trying to find their own territory.

Gardening! Well, it’s a busy time of year at last. After a slow, cold, wet start, when nothing seemed to be

happening, it is suddenly all go! You can sow your Runner, French and Borlotti beans direct into the ground

now, although don’t forget to put up supports for the Runners and Borlottis before you plant!

Parsnip, carrot, beetroot and peas should be sown now. With parsnips, always use fresh seed each year as

the viability falls off very quickly. Salad crops can also be sown and, of course, the easiest of all, the tasty


Feed strawberries, raspberries, and black and red currants with a good dressing of Growmore. (For those

amongst you who questioned the term “feed” in my last article, this is an old favourite fertiliser of basically

1:1:1 ratio of N, P, and K. I also hope you know that N means nitrogen, P means phosphate, and K means

potash!) Tomato fertiliser can also be used.

Potatoes may need earthing-up, but mine are only just starting to show. Some of you are much further

ahead I notice, so you may need to earth-up should we get a late frost.

In the flower garden, prune or cut back your camellias, flowering currants, and forsythia after flowering so

they have chance to put on new growth that will flower next year. Clumps of primulas can be split using the

outer pieces of the clump to replant and extend your patch, the outer parts being more vigorous than the

older inner parts.

Don’t cut back the leaves of daffodils which have finished flowering - they need the leaves to put some

energy back into the bulbs. Harden off the Summer bedding outside during the day for a few days before

planting out. Also prepare supports for perennial plants that may flop over as they get bigger.

Another tip is to scatter pelleted chicken manure over the borders as a general feed. It may smell for a day

or two but the plants will love it!

And that’ll do for now – good gardening to you all!

Jeremy Burden


Pardon My French

Everything You’ve Never Really Wanted to Know About the Tour De France

Can I write an article about some different coloured jerseys?

My sister, Helen Crossley, thinks that you readers require

enlightening about some tight jerseys being worn in

midsummer France, zut alors! So I'll try to squeeze in some

journalism for you while watching today's Giro d'Italia Stage

10 speed across the beautifully lush Tuscan-Emilian

Apennines on my Eurosport Player TV app.

While I'm watching the different traditional pink, blue, red,

and white jerseys being defended and attacked during this

three-week race staged through Italy, I'll try explaining the

yellow, polka dot, green, and white jerseys that you'll see

worn in the more famous Tour de France in July.

The most iconic jersey colour of Le Grand Boucle (the Large

Loop, the Tour de France) is, of course, yellow, or le maillot

jaune. This is worn by the jolly chap who finishes all the

stages in the fastest overall time.

These days it is won by good time trial (TT) racers who also

excel in climbing, and vice-versa. It is usually lost by poor

tactics or sheer bad luck. However, team tactics can involve

using their own riders or even bartering with other teams to

deny a competitor getting results towards any particular

jersey. A combination of all this enabled the Sicilian, Vincenzo Nibali to win the 2014 Tour eventually, not in

France, but in Sheffield during the first week.

The yellow jersey is, like the pages of the famous telephone directory, the colour of a newspaper that

originally sponsored the Tour de France.

Meanwhile I'm watching a pink jersey on TV worn today by the Giro d'Italia leader, Gianluca Brambilla, in

homage to the race's founding newspaper sponsor, La Gazetta dello Sport. Brambilla lost the pink jersey,

but tactically to his ambitious Luxembourg nationality Etixx-Quick Step teammate, Bob Jungels.

The polka dot jersey in the Tour de France is awarded each day for

the officially nicknamed King of the Mountains. Why it is polka dot, I

cannot remember.

Mountains are graded with different quantities of points in relation

to their difficulty to reach the peaks. Whenever iconic mountain

roads such as the Col du Galibier and Col d'Izoard, located in the

Briançonnais, feature in the Tour, they reward lots of King of the

Mountain points because they are so high.

Four stages finish this year atop each of the Andorre Arcalis (10 July),

Mont Ventoux (14 July), Finhaut-Emosson (20 July) and Saint-Gervais

Mont Blanc (22 July).

As with all normal (non-time trial) stages, this year valuable time

bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds are awarded towards the yellow

jersey claims for the first three riders over the line at each of those

four mountain finishes.

The green points jersey is for the musclemen, made famous in Britain by Mark Cavendish's thrilling

campaigns. Points for the green jersey are chased at the finish line each day and topped up en-route at

intermediate sprints. The best sprinters this year have been the Germans - Andre Greipel (of the Lotto-


Soudal team) and Marcel Kittel (of Etixx-Quick Step).

White is the jersey for the best youngster, aged under 26. It was won last year by the Columbian, Nairo

Quintana, who is astoundingly good for his young age. (He's 26 this year.) This jersey is obviously a good

advert for some young bucks to attract bigger contract fees. However, Quintana is already long proven with

the Spanish Movistar team, having won the gruelling Giro in 2014.

As in any sport, always look for the money. The tour's yellow jersey isn't nicknamed the Golden Fleece for

nothing. However, there is a twist to this story, because whoever finishes last in the Tour can expect to be

rewarded with handsome attendance fees for taking part in subsequent local races.

While the Tour de France is the biggest money-spinner in bike racing, there are much, much, much more

rewarding pleasures to be indulged on Eurosport TV throughout the racing calendar. Each of the other two

grand tours, the Giro d’Italia in May and the Vuelta Espagne in September test the riders with much steeper

mountain roads

The one-day Spring classics, such as the cobbled Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, are more

aggressive. The weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race, won in March by the Belgian, Greg Van Avermaet, usually

has the sexiest podium girls (although, on this critical issue, you'll see the margins are frustratingly tight

between all of the Italian races).

The Tour of Norway in May is the best for fjords.

And the season-closing Giro di Lombardia in October usually proves that

those Norwegian popsters a-ha were incorrect back in the ‘80s, because

the sun doesn’t always shine on TV cycling. But rain never stops play.

If you like a giggle, indulge yourself in the banter of Eurosport's

commentary jewel, Carlton Kirby. (Warning: may contain nuts - Carlton

Kirby is from Sheffield.)

The Tour de France begins from Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy on 2 nd

July and ends in Paris on Sunday 24 th July.

Rob Leslie

(Rob – pictured right - sells bikes, and is a professional journalist from Sheffield, whose literary

accomplishments include writing for the North Devon Journal, Parking News and Roofing magazine. Rob is a

member of the North Devon Wheelers cycling club.)

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Rocking Horse Dreams

Last autumn, Mary told me how much she would like to keep horses again, as we did when we lived in

Riddlecombe, back in the eighties. A discussion ensued and we quickly realised that this was not going to be

possible now on our retirement budget and lack of acreage.

The conversation jokingly turned to rocking horses. “Perhaps we can have one of those instead?” we

pondered. “Think of the advantages, no grooming, feeding, mucking out, extortionate vets bills, etc., and

what about that dream of owning a painted wooden antique Victorian rocking horse in our living room, for

the grandchildren to ride during their visits to Sheepwash?”

Little did we know then that this dream would soon turn to a reality. Not just the owning and admiring of

an iconic child’s toy, but the complete restoration from start to finish of a beautiful early twentieth century

rocking horse.

From this ... through this ... to this.

We knew virtually nothing about rocking horses, apart from their long ancestry going back to the early

nineteenth century, so we embarked on a bit of research. We made contact with a company not too far

away that helped us with the basics and the provision of materials and accessories. We were also advised

to read up on the subject, and we subsequently sourced some excellent historical books on manufacturers

and the identification of their hand carved horses. We soon felt confident enough to start looking for our

first horse.

In the middle of October last year we found what we were looking for, a small horse up for auction at a sale

in Scarborough. From its shape and fittings we identified the manufacturer as Lines Brothers Ltd, who were

based in Merton (south London), and who started making rocking horses just after the First World War.

We were the lucky bid winners at the auction (we bid online), and we arranged for a courier to deliver him

to Sheepwash. He arrived a few days later, not much worse for the travelling, and we set about deciding

how we were going to restore this creature back to his original glory.

“Merrylegs” we called him, after one of the horses in Black Beauty, and he was in a bit of a state. His mane

had long gone and his tail was now just a few strands sticking out from his rear end. He was painted a very

pale blue, which is traditional, but the dappling on the body and legs was not as it should have been. Some

bits of his bridle and reins were damaged or missing and his saddle was the wrong type. The stand he was

mounted on was original, and bearing the manufacturer’s round name badge, but unfortunately it was

painted a garish red over the original beech wood.

It was obvious to us that someone had already attempted to restore this horse, and although it would have

been functional, and no doubt given many a child a great ride, it did not have that traditional look. This was

the task we set ourselves - to restore Merrylegs to his original look.

What are rocking horses made of?

The body is usually made of Tulip wood, sourced from American pine forests, and chosen because it does

not contain knots that could interfere with the carving process. The legs are made of beech wood for

strength and durability.

The stand, back in the earlier Victorian period, used to be the big bow rockers, but by the end of the

nineteenth century they were generally replaced by the “safety stand”, a patented design from America.


Although the bow rocker stands looked wonderful, they tended to take up a lot of space, crush tiny hands

and feet, and often crashed into walls. The later design took up less floor space and lowered the centre of

gravity of the rider on the horse, making it far more stable, virtually immovable, and with no pinch points

for hands and feet.

The stand for Merrylegs was made of beech wood, but more often than not they are of pitch pine. The

fittings to hold the swinger bars were wrought iron, and the simplicity and stability of the action is

remarkable. Although there were other versions of stand, this one has stood the test of time for over a

hundred years without modification, and is a testimony to Victorian engineering and design.

The Restoration Process

The first thing to do is separate the body from the stand, and then strip off all the paint, a very labour

intensive process. This is then cleaned up using wet fine wire wool, allowed to dry, and sanded back to a

clean and fresh finish. A final coating of wood oil to bring back the richness of the beech wood colour

completes the process, and produces an authentic patina to the wood surface.

The iron fittings are similarly stripped of old layers of paint and cleaned with wire wool. At this stage it is

important to look for manufacturing marks stamped into the surface, and sure enough, Merrylegs had a

mark that indicated it was a horse from the Lines family.

The badges on the stand were of the “Triangtois” range, positively identifying it as a Lines Bros Ltd horse, as

opposed to their father’s company, G&J Lines Ltd. Three of the sons of George Lines who worked for his

company, broke away from him after the First World War, and set up on their own. They thought of a name

for their new company by using the theme of three lines, one for each brother, to form a triangle for their

new company logo. This was to be the first “Triang” range of toys. Triang went on to become a great

international company - the largest toy manufacturer in the world - until its demise in 1969. The badge on

the stand and other features date Merrylegs manufacture to 1921.

The next task is to remove all the remnants of mane and tail and all the old saddle and tack. The body is

then closely examined for old nails and pins used to secure saddle and bridle, and these are removed one

by one. The original eyes were glass, so these need to be checked, and if damaged they should be removed

and replaced. In the case of Merrylegs they were just slightly scratched so we decided to retain them.

Traditionally, old wooden rocking horses were painted with an under surface thickness of gesso. The use of

gesso goes back to medieval times, where painted wood used for the frames of religious icons was given a

coat or two, prior to guilding. Some picture frames today are still made in this way. Gesso is a mix of water,

“rabbit skin glue” and whiting (a fine white mineral powder). The glue is first dissolved in hot water and the

powder slowly added until it achieves the consistency of Devon double cream. This can then be painted on

to the surface of the wood, allowed to dry, and then the process repeated, applying up to eight layers. This

provides a beautiful white shiny alabaster type finish ready for the top coats of finishing paint.

The latter stages involve applying two further layers of acrylic undercoat, two layers of acrylic top coat, and

then the traditional dappling of the areas of the body to match the original factory patterns. This can be

done with authenticity, using period photographs, and from existing rocking horses still retaining the

original paint.

Obviously, it’s desirable where possible to retain everything original. However, the old paints would have

contained lead and other toxic elements so they can’t be used as they’re not child friendly - modern paint

no longer contains these elements, so is safe for children.

The last painting stage is to apply two coats of acrylic semi-gloss varnish prior to fitting a new mane and

tail, and then the replacement leather saddle and tack. The manes and tails are either real horsehair or

cowhair, and can be purchased online from a variety of sources. The leather saddlery and tack are

handmade by Margaret Spencer Rocking Horses, in Halwill.

Finally, the body is re-assembled on the safety stand, and the horse is ready to ride and provide fun for

future generations of young children for another hundred years!

Paul Wheeler


Kindness Brings You Happiness

Says “the World's Happiest Man”

If being kinder is a goal for you, Matthieu Ricard has

some good news. Kindness leads directly to

happiness, says the 69-year-old Buddhist monk.

Ricard, often called the "happiest man in the world,"

has undergone hours of MRI scans during which

scientists found unusually high levels of upbeat

activity in his brain— the highest ever recorded, in


Ricard's secret to happiness? Putting other people


"I don't know if it's surprising or paradoxical but the

best thing people can do to be happy is to do

something for others," he says.

The French-born Ricard earned a doctorate in

molecular biology in the 1960s while also studying

Buddhism. Eventually, he left his career and moved to

the Himalayas to live as a monk. Yet, his research

never stopped.

His interest in the connection between kindness and happiness led the publication of several books

including his 2015 international bestseller "Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself."

An altruistic revolution

Acting with other peoples' welfare in mind can transform us one by one, until ultimately we create an

"altruistic revolution," Ricard says.

He defines altruism as simply, "the wish that other people may be happy."

"There have been many studies that have shown that people who give are significantly happier," Ricard

says, citing Canadian psychologist Elizabeth Dunn's study of adults who were given large sums of money.

One group was instructed to spend the money on themselves. The other group was asked to share the


"Some brought presents for children they knew, others bought lottery tickets and handed them out to

strangers or they bought coffee and sandwiches for homeless people," Ricard says.

At the end of the day, the people who spent the money on themselves were no more or less happy than

they were originally. Meanwhile, the people who spent the money on others were significantly happier

than they were originally.

Of course, self-centred people who put themselves first may get what they want in an immediate sense,

but that kind of happiness doesn't last, says Ricard. They're soon miserable again, with new reasons to put

themselves first and so the cycle continues.

"For them, emotionally it's me, me, me all day long. It makes you not really happy, and quite miserable

some times."

"The worst case is you will behave in ways that most people will not find very kind and open and

benevolent, so your relationships will be degraded," says Ricard.

"And we know that the quality of our human relationships is one of the major factors of wellbeing and


Want to live a life filled with kindness and happiness? Ricard shares the following tips.


1. Cultivate warmer, more benevolent relationships with others.

The key to being happy is to care about others so much, we put their happiness first. Ultimately it makes us

happier, too.

2. Develop a cluster of positive inner qualities.

There is no happiness centre in the brain. Happiness results from a certain number of basic human

qualities, says Ricard. He calls it a "flourishing" of good qualities like compassion and empathy.

"It's an inner freedom," he says. "Freedom from animosity, freedom from greed, freedom from craving —

all those toxins that poison your own happiness and that of others."

3. Focus on the intrinsic value of things.

Enjoy a beautiful view for what it is, he says. "Enjoy a moment at home when you are just sitting quietly, or

if you are in the big city and you see all the lights, the blue skies — anything beautiful."

4. Get out in nature.

We are connected with nature, says Ricard. Being too far away from nature for too long makes us

depressed. Ricard cites a study of hospital patients recovering more quickly when they could see trees and

other nature outside of their windows.

5. Teach yourself to meditate.

Studies show that meditating for 20-25 minutes a day for just eight weeks has been proven to boost

empathy and reduce stress. But first, demystify the process of meditation.

"Meditation is not emptying your mind or blocking your thoughts and just relaxing. That's bound to fail,"

says Ricard.

It's more about cultivating loving and kind thoughts. He compares it to doing physical exercise for 10 or 15

minutes, or any other process you have to gradually get into.

"Thoughts will come to the front of you mind and that's OK, just let them come and go. Don't fixate on

them. Don't run after them. Let them pass."

Once the stressful thoughts pass, you'll be able to fill your mind with positivity and love.

Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know About Mount Everest

Although Mount Everest is the Earth's tallest mountain at 29,035 feet when measured from ground

level, Mount Chimorazo in the Andes is the tallest when measured from the centre of the Earth. This is

because the Earth is not a perfect sphere and bulges around the equator.

Over 1,100 people have climbed to the top of Mount Everest. At least 170 have died in the attempt.

Only one person has ever slept at the summit - Sherpa Babu in 1999.

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Buses to and from Sheepwash

Turner’s Tours of Chumleigh operate the following bus services to and from the village. All buses pick up

and drop off at the bus shelter in the village square.

On Mondays (to Bideford):

Bus No. Departing from Time Arriving at Time

642 Sheepwash 9.30 a.m. Bideford 10.35 a.m.

642 Bideford 1.30 p.m. Sheepwash 2.35 p.m.

On Wednesdays (to Holsworthy):

Bus No. Departing from Time Arriving at Time

639 Sheepwash 9.52 a.m. Holsworthy 10.30 a.m.

639 Holsworthy 1.30 p.m. Sheepwash 2.08 p.m.

On Saturdays (to Okehampton):

Bus No. Departing from Time Arriving at Time

631 Sheepwash 10.00 a.m. Okehampton 10.37 a.m.

631 Okehampton 12.30 p.m. Sheepwash 1.07 p.m.

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