Sheepwash Chronicle Harvest 2016 edition


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

Issue 117 Harvest 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 23 rd September, but the earlier you get them to

us the better!

The Cover Picture

The picture of seashells on our front cover was created by Helen Crossley, joint winner of this year’s

cover picture competition. The other joint winner (which will be used on our next cover) and the best of the

other entries are on the back cover – see page 3 for details of their creators.

Contents of this issue


What’s Been Happening? 3 Summer Thoughts 23

What’s Coming Up? 8 A Craving For Carbonara 24

Notices 15 War on Potholes 25

Talking Shop 18 Dates For Your Diary 41

Your Letters 20 Useful Contacts 42

A Passion For Cricket 21 Bus Timetables 43

Bally High Up! 22


Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 23 rd September, to

ensure it is included in the October (Autumn) issue of the Chronicle.


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

The Chronicle Cover Picture Competition

The number of entries to our cover picture competition was down on last year, but the quality was

probably even higher. Again, almost all the entries were photographs, but we also received a couple of

paintings, one of which was judged a joint winner and appears on the cover of this issue.

All the pictures were judged “blind” (i.e. without knowing who had submitted any particular one), so each

was considered on its own merit, regardless of any other pictures submitted by the same person.

The final decision was that there were joint winners:

Helen Crossley created the picture of seashells on this issue’s cover.

And Jane Jackson took an atmospheric picture of a misty November morning at Upcott which

will appear on the cover of our next (Autumn) issue – but you can see a small version of it on the

back cover of this issue.

So congratulations to Helen and Jane – they share the cash prize, winning £10 each.

We would also like to say, “Thank you very much!” to everyone else who took the time and made the

effort to enter.

The shortlisted pictures are on the back cover of this issue:

Angela Jones submitted the two pictures of a very unusual natural “ice sculpture” in the birdbath

in her garden.

Paulette Jackson took two very different pictures of flowers - Laura Jones’s bouquet, and a

clematis in her back garden.

The hummingbird painting was another entry from Helen Crossley.

Linda Trace submitted several pictures she took on her travels – the ones featuring the swans, the

flowering rape, and the peacock are all hers.

Jo Driver took a picture in the same place every month for a whole year, showing the changing

face of a barley field, and submitted the results as a calendar collage.

Jane Jackson took the misty November morning picture that appears in the bottom left corner. It

was judged the joint winner and will feature on the cover of our next issue.

In the year ahead, please think of the Chronicle whenever you create a good picture, and send us a copy –

we always need pictures to go on the cover and illustrate articles.

Advertising in the Chronicle is exceptional value.

Our advertising rates are:

Full page - £12 per issue, or advertise for a full calendar year (6 issues) for only £60.

Half page - £6 per issue, or advertise for a full calendar year (6 issues) for only £30.

Quarter page - £4 per issue, or advertise for a full calendar year (6 issues) for only £20.

We can even design and lay out the ad for you, at no extra charge!

To place an ad, just call or email us – see the back cover for full contact details.


The Queen’s Birthday Tea in the Square


The weather did not play ball for our outdoor tea party held in the Square on 11 th June to celebrate the

Queen’s birthday.

But being stalwart Brits we persevered, and an enjoyable late afternoon ensued, opened by our own

Charles Inniss MBE. An abundance of food, background music, hat competition, cake cutting, and a grand

draw all made it more than worthwhile defying the weather!

Thank you to all who helped, and those who attended. We managed to raise £326, which will be divided

between the Village Hall and Sheepwash Community Shop.

Anne Gray, Paulette Jackson, and the rest of the team

Sheepwash Lunch 31 st May

Guests gathered in the village hall for a delicious meal of chicken and vegetables, with fantastic desserts

provided by a number of regular contributors. We served thirty-four people, plus some takeaway lunches

for absent friends.

The tables looked decorative, and a raffle was held for prizes brought along by kind guests and volunteers.

This all helps to keep the price down to £5 per head.

Without the help of the faithful group of volunteers who have turned up and slaved for everyone’s benefit,

these great lunches just couldn’t happen. Thank you so much, one and all.

We hope you will come to the next lunch on Wednesday 7 th September – all are welcome. Look forward

to seeing you then, and thanks again!

Maggie Harper

Table Top Fairs

The Table Top Fair on 18 th June was well attended and the hot bacon rolls went down a treat.

Two new sellers came along – Liz from Hatherleigh, selling her handmade wicker work, and Tammy from

West Road, who was once a Body Shop consultant and was selling her surplus stock.

£108 was made for Village Hall Funds.

The Table Top Fair on 16 th July was even more successful – we even sold some furniture!

Plants were going out of the door like hot cakes, and we sold out of bacon rolls! Altogether, another £115

was raised for Village Hall funds.

Anne Gray


Sheepwash Rainfall

Rainfall in inches May June Yearly Total


Charles, East Street




Graham, Middlecott





Charles, East Street




Graham, Middlecott




There has been nothing unusual in the weather pattern.

Very often Atlantic westerlies become more prominent from late June onwards and a changeable pattern

of weather becomes established for the summer months, with any warm dry sunny spells being rather


Often this change occurs about the time of the summer equinox. This seems to be true for 2016.

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

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


Our Wedding

Saturday 21 st May

A big thank you for all the good wishes, cards and gifts that we received for our wedding. We had a truly

memorable day - sadly not great weather, but nothing was going to dampen our spirits!

The beach-themed cake was made

by my cousin Andrew Roberts.

the day with hundreds of beautiful pictures. We now

have the unenviable task of trying to choose which ones

go in the album!

After the ceremony we headed up to the Pier House in

Westward Ho! for the reception. The sun finally decided

to make an appearance, just in time to see it set!

It was a magical day – one we will never forget - and

thank you to everyone, too many to mention, who made

it so.

Laura and Matt Walker

(Formerly Laura Jones!)

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to those that braved the

elements outside the church and gave us such a lovely welcome

on our arrival!

I lived in Sheepwash until I went away to university, and have

always loved coming “home”.

I introduced Matt to country life – a bit of a culture shock at first,

but he very quickly fell in love with it, so there was never any

question of where we wanted get married.

Angela Jones led the decoration of the church with her floristry

skills. A friend of the family for many years, Reverend Stuart

Wilson, officiated the service and the very talented Nigel Taylor

was the organist. Thank you all for making it such a special


Jo Filer-Cooper and her friend Mel battled the elements,

capturing the

essence of

The car (from Taw and Torridge) is a 1927

Rolls Royce Phantom I. From 1931-1951 it

was at the White House and transported Sir

Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt

many times to the Presidents home!


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

Summer Barn Dance in the Jubilee Park

6 th August at 6.00 p.m.

There will be dancing to Stick the Fiddle, plus a bar, hog roast, and raffle.

Tickets are available from the Village Shop or Anne Gray on 231231. They only cost £8 for adults, and

children are FREE!

Raffle prizes suitable for hampers would be most welcome – there is a box in the Village Shop to collect


All proceeds will be divided between the Village Hall, the Village Shop, and St Lawrence Church.

Lots of fun for all the family!

Sheepwash Evening Book Group

New members or casual visitors are always very welcome.

Phone Jan on 231884 for more information.

We meet at 7.30 p.m. on the last Wednesday

evening of every month.

It’s all very informal and definitely not too highbrow!

Recent books we’ve read and discussed include:

Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

The Tent, the bucket and me by Emma Kennedy

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng

Death Comes To Pemberley by P D James

The Secret Life of Bletchley Park by Sinclair McKay

Our Horses in Egypt by Rosalind Belben

Can You Contribute Content to the Chronicle?

We are always looking for new content for the Chronicle.

Do you have a story you would like to share?

Is there a hobby or interest you have which you can tell us about?

Do you know any good jokes (suitable for a family audience!)?

Or is there something else you’d like to see in the Chronicle?

Please get in touch with your ideas – see our contact details on the back page.


Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 23 rd September, to

ensure it is included in the October (Autumn) issue of the Chronicle.


Meanwhile, in Black Torrington ...

Sheepwash Village Lunch

Come and join us in the Village Hall on Wednesday 7 th September at 1.00 p.m.

Everyone is welcome – and it still only costs £5!

Ring Maggie on 281223 or Anne on 231231 to book your place.

There will (of course) be a raffle!

See you there!

Anne Gray

Sales in the Village Hall

The next Table Top Fair will be on September 17 th , as we are having a break in August.

Ring Anne on 231231 to book a table to sell whatever you want to!

... and a different type of sale coming up

We are thinking of having a furniture-cum-garage sale in the Village Hall during the Autumn if people are

interested – maybe going on for a few days, and then an auction. Watch out for more information.

Anne Gray


Sheepwash Ladies Skittles

Thursday 1 st September

We would love to welcome new players this

coming season, and there will be an opportunity

to have a go at our open evening/practice night in

the Village Hall on Thursday 1 st September

from 7.30 p.m. - just come along and join in.

Unfortunately one or two of our regulars are

unable to play next season, so we really need

some new players – no experience necessary.

We are a friendly group of ladies, of all ages, and

we look on our skittles evenings as times of good


Each team plays with six people, and ideally there

will be a pool of eight or more players per team, so not everyone is required to play every Thursday

(September to March).

If you would like any more information, please get in touch with either Sheila Fox (231649) or Helen Orr

(231199). Hope to see you on Thursday 1 st September!

Helen Orr

Vintage Tea Party






Fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West.

Saturday 20 th August

Garden of Sheepwash Methodist Chapel

Everyone welcome!

2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Cream teas and cakes and special events - including activities for children - to mark the silver

anniversary of the charity.

Look out for posters giving further details.

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

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 14 th August and 11 th September.

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 23 rd August and 20 th September.

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 23 rd September, to

ensure it is included in the October (Autumn) issue of the Chronicle.


New Roof for St. Lawrence Church

Lawrence’s Church to apply for a grant for roof repairs.


We have had some fantastic news for our

church in Sheepwash.

You have probably seen what a dreadful

condition the roof is in on St. Lawrence

Church. The winter and spring winds have

done a lot of damage, blowing off slates

and cracking others. There are gaps, holes,

leaks, and places where loose slates have

begun their descent towards the gutters.

Rainwater is getting in.

Tony Jones and several other Sheepwash

residents, whose sharp eyes spotted an

announcement in the local paper about

grants for listed places of worship in need

of repairs, encouraged the Friends of St.

The Treasurer, Dianne Smyth, on behalf of the PCC (Parochial Church Council), applied for and received

confirmation that there will be a grant of £96,000 available for repairing the roof.

Martin Warren and Dianne Smyth, together with John Harris and Rod and Laura Bridges, will all be involved

with the next stage of appointing the Lead Consultant and the Ecologist who will be responsible for bat


The PCC have been meeting with the Church Architects and are working out full costs for completing the

work. Needless to say, it will be rather more than the grant - isn’t it always! The church has to come up with

£25,000 for itself. So this is where the hard work of fundraising continues. There is already a small amount

in the coffers, but a good deal more will be needed.

The Friends of St. Lawrence Church are arranging a coffee morning in the village hall at 10.00 a.m. on

Saturday 3 rd September, so that ideas can be put forward and plans can be made for raising such a

significant amount of money.

During August, envelopes for donations are going to be delivered to houses in the village so that kind gifts

may be collected. These may either be brought to the coffee morning on September 3 rd or posted through

Rod Bridge’s door. (He lives in the brick house which used to belong to Jenny and Ian Harris, in East St.)

Alternatively, donations can be sent to the Treasurer, Dianne Smyth, at Highlands, Dawlish Road,

Exminster, Exeter EX6 8EA. Any cheques should be made payable to “St. Lawrence Church Sheepwash”.

Dianne can provide Gift Aid forms so that 25% tax can

be reclaimed from the government on any gift if the

donor is a tax payer. St. Lawrence Church is now part

of the Parish Giving Scheme, details of which are

available from Dianne - telephone 01392 832130

or email

We will also apply to the Bridgeland Trust for help.

Please reserve the coffee morning date in your diary -

10.00 a.m. on Saturday 3 rd September, and, of

course, please attend! This is very good news for St

Lawrence Church, but without your further help and

kindness the slates and roof timbers may still make

their descent towards the graveyard.

Mike Ritson

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?

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


Holsworthy Rural Policing Update

Recent incidents:

Pancrasweek: Theft of security cameras.

Putford: Damage to “Stowford” sign.

A dog worrying livestock.

Bridgerule: Damage to a Village Hall window.

Holsworthy Hamlets: Theft of a ballcock from a water tank.

Keep dogs under control

We have experienced several reports of dogs not being under proper control, and either worrying livestock

or causing members of the public to feel unsafe in the past few months.

Please be a responsible owner and make sure that your pets are correctly handled.

If you have any issues of this nature that you wish to report, please speak to the Torridge District Council

Dog Warden – 01237 428810.

Neighbourhood Watch

We are regularly looking to set up new Neighbourhood Watch groups within our rural areas. If you would

be interested, then please do not hesitate to contact PCSO EMMA TOMKIES by one of the methods


Public Events

PCSO Tomkies will be attending many of the public events being held in Holsworthy and the surrounding

villages throughout the summer. If anyone is aware of any events that might benefit from our presence,

please get in touch with details.

Contact us

The non-emergency telephone number is 101.

999 still applies in emergencies, but to call about any other issues or for any enquiries please use 101.

If you would like to contact your local PCSO directly please call 101 and ask for PCSO 30538 Emma

TOMKIES or alternatively email

I also now have a mobile phone number that you can use to contact me when I am on duty. This is not to

report emergencies, but can be used to contact me directly – 0771 857 5465.

PCSO 30538 Emma Tomkies

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

Parish Council Notes

The most important piece of news is that the Parish Council has a new Chairman – Michael Francis.

The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 th September.

Meantime, don’t forget to look at the new Parish Council website. You can find it at

Penny Clapham

Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer



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

Do You Care About Your Community?

What organisation was trusted enough to help set up the United

Nations, but has our local Mayor as a member?

What organisation helps provide clean, safe water to drought-ridden

communities around the world, but doesn’t forget the needy in our

local community, here in North Devon?

What organisation helps provide ShelterBoxes to areas all over the

world in the immediate aftermath of disasters, but also provides help to those in need in our local

community, here in North Devon?

What organisation has run an initiative that has almost completely eradicated polio

from the world, but also funded defibrillators in our local communities here in North


What organisation provides scholarships to educate exceptional graduates all around

the world, but also strongly supports all our children in local schools, here in North


The answer is Rotary.

With the support of the community rotary makes a difference.

If you would like to make a difference, why not come and join us. We are just a group of ordinary men

and women who care for our community - no other qualification, just a desire to make a difference and

have fun doing so.

David Large, Secretary Torrington Rotary Club

Tel: 01769 560556 Email:

See or our Facebook page - The Rotary Club of Torrington

Blake House Surgery

New surgery opening hours from 1 st August 2016

As of the week commencing 1 st August, the surgery will remain open until 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The surgery will no longer close at 1.00 p.m. on Fridays.


Sheepwash Community Shop and Post Office News

Thank You Margaret and Paulette!

Many thanks to Margaret Hall and Paulette

Jackson for their many years of service as shop


They stood down at the beginning of June.

Generous donations from lots of people in the

village and parish meant that we were able to

present them with bouquets and dinner and

drinks vouchers for the Half Moon as some

measure of our thanks.

Lots Happening in the Shop

Jen Rowlands started working for the shop in the middle of June. She acts

as Caroline’s assistant and works for ten hours a week. She also volunteers

for another couple of hours a week. Jen has a lot of retail experience, both in

running her own business and working for larger retailers. She and her

partner and family moved down here, to Buckland Mill, last January.

We’ve now got Paul Wheeler, Jan Hayward, Sue and Pete Reader, Simon and

Helen Crossley, and Alison Ansell as volunteers, and Bruce Knight is training.

And, not to be forgotten, Roger continues to volunteer – call in to see him

first thing on Wednesday mornings, particularly if you like to chat about


What we want to do in the shop is sell what you want to buy at reasonable prices.

We’ve made great progress with buying online from our main wholesaler, Bookers. Buying online means

that we take advantage of offers – come in and you’ll see lots of price-marked goods at very competitive


We are grabbing offers elsewhere when we see them, and looking at offering local beers. The wine range

has expanded, and now includes Vina Sol and Prosecco, and we stock a bigger range of cheeses including a

Cheese of the Month!

There are some DIY bits and bobs, new energy bars, tasty fishcakes, Green & Black's chocolate, doggy

biscuit treats, proper Schweppes tonic, coleslaw, tartare sauce, and lots more! Most of these are either the

same as you would pay in a supermarket or only a few pennies more. In fact, sometimes we are cheaper -

our Happy Shopper antibacterial handwash is better value than Asda’s own brand!


Are there products that you’d like to see in the shop that we’re not selling? Let us know and

we’ll see what we can do.

We think that locally sourced goods are important to you. Is that true or not? Here are some of our local


Hallwood Veg – we have a regular order from Hallwood, but why not come in and have a chat

with us to find out what’s in season from Hallwood. We can order it for you – they deliver Tuesdays

and Fridays. They also do veg boxes, which you can order regularly or occasionally.

Our bread, pasties, cakes and pastries come from two suppliers – Endacotts and Country

Cottage. We obviously can’t stock everything that these bakers offer, but you might like us to

order something new or special – come into the shop to see their brochures, or have a look at their

websites - and

Fish – Dan the Fish Man is at Hatherleigh Market every Tuesday. You might want to visit him

there, or you can order through the shop – we collect your fish, and you pay exactly what you

would if you went to his stall.

Cheese, salami, pate, taramasalata and humous are ordered from Hawkridge. They offer a

wide range of other things that you might like to try - pop into the shop to see their brochure, or

have a look at

Our bacon and ham comes from the Cornish Farmhouse Bacon Company. There might be

other things from them that you fancy trying – again, there’s a copy of their brochure in the shop,

or visit their website at

The yogurt and ice cream that we stock comes from Stapleton Farm at Langtree, near

Torrington. We can order some different flavours, so have a look at their range in their brochure in

the shop, or have a look on their website at

Keeping you informed

We want to keep you up to date about new products and improvements in the shop. The best way for

you to do this is to come into the shop, have a chat, and look around.

We’ve also got this Talking Shop page here in the Chronicle, which is great when an issue comes out, but

that’s only once every two months.

For Facebookers we’ve got a Shop Facebook page. If you don’t do Facebook, don’t despair - we’ll regularly

put notices up on the village notice boards.

In the Post Office

We were successful with our application to run the Post Office in Sheepwash. Sorting out the contract with

the PO Ltd has taken longer than we hoped (forms, red tape, and bureaucracy, and forms - did I mention

forms?). The plan is that the branch will transfer to Sheepwash Community PO and Stores CIC (Community

Interest Company) on 9 th August, after which the PO Ltd will provide six days of on-site support.

By the way – here’s some info about some of the services that our Post Office offers.

With many high street banks closing, it’s more and more difficult to deposit cheques – if you bank

with Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nat West, or many others, you can deposit cheques at Sheepwash PO.

Similarly, withdrawing cash is easy, whoever you bank with. Just ask if you’re not sure – the answer

will probably be, “Yes”!

Foreign exchange – euros are available on demand. For other currencies, if we haven’t got it in

stock, we can get it the next day. And if you don’t spend all of the currency you withdraw, you can

exchange it back without paying any further commission!

If you need to budget, consider using a PO Budget Cardplus. You can save whatever you like, from

as little as £2 at a time, and use the money to pay a multitude of utility bills, council tax, or road

fund licence. And from November until the end of January it is accepted at a whole host of major

retailers like Argos, Currys, Boots, etc. – very handy for Christmas! Full details are available at the

Post Office.


Never Before Described As “Retiring”!

So that my message reaches all those kind folk who contributed donations and

wished me well on my retirement from shop duties - my belated thanks!

I enjoyed my sixteen years and hope my efforts helped to keep the shop ticking


I wish the new team all the best in keeping this valuable asset going.

Paulette Jackson

Much Appreciated!

I would like to thank everyone who kindly contributed to the gifts

presented to me on my retirement. They were totally unexpected

but very much appreciated.

I shall miss being behind the counter in the village shop but 16 years

is a long time and age catches up with us all!

I wish the new shop team every success.

Margaret Hall

Thank You!

We would like to thank everybody who donated to our leaving gifts when we retired from the shop, It was

very generous and much appreciated.

We also wish the takeover team the very best for the future running of the shop.

Best Wishes!

Roger and Christine White

A Message From Laura and Matt

We’d like to thank everyone in the village who gave us cards and presents to mark our wedding day on 21 st

May. Despite the weather, it was a truly fantastic occasion.

We’d also like to thank everyone who contributed to our special day, particularly Anna and Buster, Tony

and Angela, and Chris and Vinny.

Matt and Laura Walker


A Passion for Cricket

For many of us the love of the game extends beyond playing

and the sound of bat on ball. At most cricket clubs there is a

group (usually those whose playing days are over) who gain

much pleasure and take great pride in looking after the

ground. And this is certainly the case at our local club in


Twice a week Graham can be seen meticulously cutting the

outfield; then there’s Jim who keeps the surrounds

immaculate; I cut the

grass on the square and

mark out the pitch ready

for play; and there’s

Roger rolling for hour

after hour to ensure that the playing surface is fast and true; and any

detail that has been forgotten - sightscreens, boundary rope, clock, bell,

etc. – will be attended to by David.

When all is done we sit on the clubhouse veranda sipping a cup of coffee,

secretly complimenting ourselves on jobs well done.

The ground was originally a farmer’s field, but for over sixty years has

been the home of Hatherleigh Cricket Club.

Several years ago I attended the funeral of a great

friend, who loved his cricket. On the back of the

service sheet was printed this poem, which really

sums up our passion for this wonderful game.

Charles Inniss


The Cricket Field

Fortunate indeed this field

Its destiny is not to yield

A harvest made with wheat and corn

But cleared of lump and stump and thicket

Is set aside for playing cricket

In winter gentle sheep may graze

Preserving turf for summer days

A picket fence thrown around the square

Should hoof or human trespass there

Some say we should share and use the land

Clearly they don’t understand

This field shall always take its name

Only from England’s noblest game

Despite its level disposition

And most favourable condition

Football posts shall not be found

This is no recreation ground

Four generations maybe more

Since long before the First World War

Cricketers long gone and those to come

All sow unmixed the seeds of cricket

And harvest only run and wicket

Bally High Up!


In June I found myself perched on a cliff

overlooking the ocean enjoying an

amazing performance of South Pacific.

Listening to that evocative song Bali Hai

with the sea as scenery and the crashing

of the waves on the rocks as special

effects was quite magical.

I had been prized away from my garden

for a birthday treat and had no idea of

what to expect other than the

information that we were going to

Cornwall and that I would need to pack

my waterproofs!

Having driven down in a leisurely fashion,

enjoying lunch at Lostwithiel and an

expensive hour in a very good kitchen shop in St Austell, we spent a delightful evening enjoying a delicious

meal and very comfortable accommodation at Trengilly Wartha Inn, near Constantine, a few miles from

Falmouth (highly recommended). This was followed next morning by the presentation of an envelope at

the breakfast table (whilst Pete enjoyed an excellent cooked breakfast).

Imagine my surprise and delight when I found it contained tickets for a performance of South Pacific at the

Minack theatre that afternoon. A while ago I had been fascinated by a television programme about Rowena

Cade and how she had created the theatre from the cliff face, and I had expressed a wish to go there and

see a production, without any real expectation of it ever happening.

To see the place for myself was ten times better than the telly! Of course, it helped that we were blessed

with good weather - not too hot and not too cold - but simply experiencing the sheer scale of the

construction and appreciating the vision that had driven her to create such a unique venue, along with the

glorious plants that flourish there, made it an occasion to remember.

It may have been an amateur production,

but all the soloists had great voices, and

the rest of the cast were equally proficient

and supported by a first class orchestra. It

is hard to imagine spending two and a half

hours sat on a turf-covered rocky ledge

with just a cloth seat support and being so

entranced that the time just flew by, but

that is what happened - even Pete, who

doesn’t really like musicals, thoroughly

enjoyed it. Classics such as, I’m gonna

wash that man right outta my hair, Some

enchanted evening, Happy talk, and There

is nothin’ like a dame left me humming all

the way back to the B & B with a huge

smile on my face.

On a practical note, investing £1 hiring the seat support was worth every penny, and at busy times it is

certainly worth arriving in plenty of time as the parking and access is limited.

I would thoroughly recommend a visit to the Minack if ever you get a chance. It was really interesting to

spend time looking round the site and visiting the exhibition of Rowena Cade’s life, but watching a

performance there helps you to truly appreciate her extraordinary vision and achievement.

Jan Hayward

Summer Thoughts

As I write we are enjoying (?) a mini heat wave, but

the weather has been somewhat mixed, with cold

nights and wet days, which does not encourage

growth of vegetables or flowers.

Hopefully things are improving, but some of my crops

have been a bit of a disaster. My shallots, garlic, and

red onions have been very disappointing, and my

runner beans, which admittedly were a little late in

being planted out, are still only half way up the sticks!

Most of you have them at the top and in full flower,

with some beans being produced (chiz, curses, etc.!).

However, my peas are looking good, with plenty of

pods which have yet to swell, and my broad beans are

cropping very well - beware of blackfly on the growing

tips and pinch the infestation out if you see it.

New potatoes are ready to be harvested now. You can

cut off the haulm, which will stop further growth and

avoid the danger of blight, and they can then be lifted

as needed.

Winter greens, such as cabbage, Brussels, kale, and purple sprouting can still be planted out, as can leeks.

(Some of the leeks I planted out only a couple of weeks ago have gone to seed already! Is this the

weather?) When planting they will all need watering in, but thereafter they must find their own moisture or

they will not put down strong deep root systems.

Pick blackcurrants and prune them after picking - the growth they make this year will produce fruit next

year. Also do redcurrants now, provided the birds haven’t beaten you to it!

The tomatoes in our greenhouse seem to have tough skins despite loving attention from Janet. Could it be

the weather affecting them?

In the flower garden, cut back the straggly growth of hardy geraniums, water and feed them, and they will

then come again and should give another flush of flowers. Keep dead-heading everything to promote

continued flowering, and feed the roses and clematis and any shrub that has finished flowering. Also water

them in this hot dry weather to help reduce the risk of mildew on roses and clematis.

Take semi-ripe cuttings of lavender, thyme, and rosemary, and cut bunches of lavender flower stems to

hang up and dry to perfume the house or wardrobe.

Talking of plants like lavender, thyme, and rosemary, amongst other nectar-rich flowers, brings me to

butterflies! The only one I have seen today is a cabbage white - not terribly exciting, or one that you would

want if you are growing winter greens, particularly Brussels. Where are the other butterflies? There were

many types that used to frequent our gardens but are rarely seen these days.

If you are interested in counting the butterflies that visit the garden you can join the Big Butterfly Count,

which will help the Butterfly Conservation Charity, and is sponsored by Waitrose and John Lewis. To take

part in the survey or download a butterfly identification chart, visit

On a final note, I mentioned last time that I hadn’t heard a cuckoo in years. Well, I can correct that now - I

heard one back in late Spring over towards Chilla!

Jeremy Burden

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A Craving for Carbonara

My first attempt at this Italian equivalent

of our national breakfast was as a hungry

student. Sharing a big, crumbling terraced

house in Manchester with five other girls,

we took it in turns to feed each other and

the part-time cat.

When my turn came, I was keen to

impress - no Bird's Eye Crispy Pancakes on

my watch! I spent some time consulting

the extensive library of women's

magazines I had amassed over the

previous week. My eye alighted on a

recipe for Carbonara and, having already

spent some of the long summer holiday

getting acquainted with beautiful

northern Italy, I found myself longing for a large helping of this slippery, salty dish of spaghetti heaven.

You may recall that, back in the early 80s, pasta which

didn't come out of a tin was still quite a novelty for much

of the population of Britain. And Prosciutto was pretty

much unheard of, even in the relatively cosmopolitan

conurbations of the North like Manchester. (It never

occurred to me that I could have just used Danepak from

the corner shop. In any case, I wanted total authenticity.)

Helpfully, Yellow Pages led me straight to a wonderfully

cramped little deli near the Dutch Pancake House in the

city centre. There, several tissue-thin slices of the finest,

sweetest, softest Prosciutto were removed from a hulking

great ham and laid reverentially on wax paper for my

admiration. I handed over close to the entire week's food

budget with a very different feeling in the pit of my

stomach to the one I'd had coming into the shop.

I can only say it was a crime to cook that delicate and delectable Parma ham. Even worse, it was me doing

the cooking - me, whose greatest culinary achievement up to that point had been bananas in parcels.

Thankfully, I didn't put too much carbon into the Carbonara. It tasted fine, even if it wasn't quite the divine

culinary delight that I remembered from so many memorable meals in Milano. But I did take my turn with

the Crispy Pancakes after that.

Anyway, I like to think that after all these years I've managed to perfect this recipe now. It's not a

particularly authentic version - I think bacon works better than Prosciutto - but it's one of our absolute

favourites. Plus it's so quick and easy to crank out once you know what you're doing. Most importantly,

these days you're likely to have all the ingredients you need in your cupboard already. And if not, they're

certainly up at the village shop - and won't bust your housekeeping for the week ...

Ingredients for two people:

3 large eggs

4 or 5 rashers of bacon

250 - 300g spaghetti (or other pasta)

depending how hungry you are


About 100g Parmesan cheese

A little oil

(I don't add salt as there is already plenty in the cheese and bacon.)

Freshly ground black pepper



Boil the pasta according to the instructions

on the packet.

While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon in a

little oil until nice and crispy.

While the bacon is frying, finely grate the


Once the bacon is done, remove from the

pan and cut into bite-sized pieces. (I find it's

much easier to do this after it's been

cooked, and I use scissors for speed.) Return

the bacon to the frying pan and put to one


Briefly whisk together 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg. (I use the spare egg white to make meringues as they

store very well in an air-tight container.)

Stir two-thirds of the grated cheese into the eggs and add black pepper to taste.

Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it, leaving it slightly wet, then add it to the frying pan with the

bacon. (A little bit of water helps make a silky emulsion for the sauce.

Put the pan back on a medium heat and mix well for a minute or two. Then remove it from the heat and stir

in the egg and cheese mixture, making sure all the pasta is well coated.

The egg will gently cook as it comes into contact with the hot pasta, but you will need to work fairly quickly

to avoid the eggs scrambling on the bottom of the pan and the sauce becoming too dry. The aim is to get a

good silky coating on the pasta, so it should take only a minute or two before you're done.

Tip the mixture onto warmed plates and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Buon appetito!

Helen Crossley

War on Potholes

Speaker or MP, JP or jury,

However high your status in this land

Entreat we, stand not upon shifty sand

E’er long, lest we people rise in fury.

Potholes. Potholes are the cause. When will ye

Waken from your dreams of this pleasant land?

Awake! Wake up. Drive for yourselves your grand

Sports car at speed along our lanes. No? Silly?

How come you never saw, ‘mongst rain and mud

A pothole big enough to break your car?

That pothole could be cause of shedding blood.

What say you? “I’m all right, Jack”? Do you not care

About the disgusting state of our lanes?

Rise up! Get up! Or of our wrath beware.

Raymond Snow





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Summer Barn Dance in the Jubilee Park

See Hear on Wheels in the Square

Quiz night at the Half Moon

Vintage Tea Party in the Methodist Chapel garden

Mobile library in the Square

Buckland Filleigh Family Dog Show

Sheepwash evening book group

Ladies Skittles Open Evening/Practice in the Village Hall

Coffee morning for St Lawrence Church roof in the Village Hall

Sheepwash Village Lunch in the Village Hall

Black Torrington Family Fun Day

Quiz night at the Half Moon

Parish Council meeting in the Village Hall

Table Top Sale in the Village Hall

Mobile library in the Square

Sheepwash evening book group

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Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 23 rd September, to ensure it is included in

the October (Autumn) issue of the Chronicle.

• Just tell us your news when you see us out and about.

• Send or drop off news and contributions on paper to Alison at The Glebe in West Road

or Chris at Larcombe House in North Street.

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• Email - We are very pleased to receive contributions or messages in electronic form.

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Nigel Hutchings 01409 231586

Mike Ritson 01409 231680

Gill Trace 01409 231291

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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.

For further information about bus routes and timetables, call Turner’s Tours on 01769 580242.


A copy of the Sheepwash Chronicle is delivered free to every house in Sheepwash.

Extra copies are available in the community shop on a first come, first served basis,

at a cost of £1 each.

However, if you would like one or more extra copies of every issue in a year

(perhaps to send to family or friends), please let us know and we will deliver them

with your free copy. We only charge £5 a year for each extra copy, saving £1 on

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