Sheepwash Chronicle Autumn 2016 edition


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

Issue 118 Autumn 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!

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

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

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We will both be delighted to hear from you. Our contact details are just below, so please get in touch.

The Cover Picture

The moody autumn morning picture on our front cover was created by Jane Jackson, joint winner of

this year’s cover picture competition.

Contents of this issue



What’s Been Happening? 3 A Day in the Life of an Air Traffic Controller 25

What’s Coming Up? 13 A Day on Lundy 26

Notices 18 Crunchie Toffee Cheesecake 28

Autumn Thoughts 21 Helping Hedgehogs 29

Talking Shop 22 Useful Contacts 46

The Wild Mink Invasion 24 Bus Timetables 47

Deadline for the next issue

(but the earlier the better!)

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18 th November, to ensure it is included in

the December (Christmas) 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.

• Telephone - Call Alison on 01409 231196 or Chris on 01409 231341.

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

Email Alison at or Chris at


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

Welcome to Sheepwash!

Welcome to Alex and Megan Senior and their children Sean and Bethan, who have recently moved into

1 Orchard Terrace in East Street.

We hope you’ll join in with lots of community activities and be very happy in our little village!

Dancing to Stick the Fiddle in the Jubilee Park

A great time was had by all at the Barn dance on 6 th August. Thankfully the weather stayed fine for us.

Once we had learned our left from our right the caller (Gordon) had us wheeling and doh-si-dohing

throughout the evening. Even if you did not dance it was great fun to watch - check out the photos on the

back cover of this Chronicle to get a flavour of the event.

Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, cooked food, supplied electricity, helped to raise the

marquees kindly loaned by Frank, and took them down again!

A beautiful pot was donated by Sven and now graces a village window, and Jo Filer-Cooper also donated

some very lovely sets of photographic work which were auctioned during the evening.

Altogether we raised over £900 which was divided between the Village Hall, the Community Shop and St

Lawrence Church, all of whom were very grateful!

Well done and thank you everyone, including all those we haven’t mentioned.

Anne and Denise

Sheepwash Lunch 7 th September

Thirty hungry citizens joined us for another happy lunch.

Anne and Martin had cooked us some delicious ham which helpers Linda, Jan, Margaret, and Maggie

helped to serve with an array of vegetables and gravy.

Plenty of desserts were provided by many helping volunteers and guests, and there was just enough to

provide a few takeaways for the “other halves” of the helpers who could not come to the lunch.

The raffle was well provisioned with more generous gifts from our guests.

Thank you to all the contributors for another great lunch.

We are now planning our Christmas Lunch, which will take place on Wednesday 14 th December.

See you then!

Maggie, Anne and Martin

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Hatherleigh Cricket Club

Another successful and enjoyable season has come to an end. The

1st XI played some good cricket during the latter part of the season,

culminating in a great victory in the last match against Budleigh


One of the highlights of the season has been the success of our 3rd

XI, who in their first season won the league and will be promoted

next year.

This has been the first time the club has played three teams on a

Saturday. To be able to put out 33 cricketers every Saturday for 18

weeks shows the strength in depth of the club.

Our ladies section goes from strength to strength. Having been promoted last year to the top league in

Devon they more than held their own.

The junior sides have all acquitted themselves well, with several of our younger members being selected

for both the North Devon District and the County teams.

We bade farewell to Matty Thomas, who has returned to New Zealand, where he will be playing and

coaching full-time for the next six months. The good news is that he will be returning to play and coach for

us again next summer.

Charles Inniss and David Manning

Table Top Sale

Saturday 17 th September

Once again the Table Top Fair in the Village Hall was well attended, and plenty of tea and coffee and hot

bacon rolls were served up.

It is a good get-together for everyone, as well as a chance to find that special plant or gift to buy.

£125 was made for Village Hall funds, which was excellent!

The next Table Top will be on 15 th October when I am sure some Christmas goodies will be appearing,

particularly Christmas cards and wrapping paper.

If you would like to book a table, or would just like more information, please ring Anne on 231231.

Anne Gray

Mair Prizes!

Eileen Jurd’s Yorkshire terrier Mair once again won prizes at the Buckland

Filleigh Family Dog Show held on August Bank Holiday Monday.

She was awarded:

Best Pedigree Bitch

Prettiest Bitch, and

Best Veteran of seven years and over.

Not bad for a little ‘un!


“Arriba! Arriba! Andale! Andale!”

Mexican cartoon mouse Speedy Gonzales used this phrase all the time. It means, “Get up! Let’s go!”, and

lots of Sheepwashers got up and went to the Mexican night in the Village Hall on 26 th August!

Linda Trace’s friends Rebekah and Robert had cooked an excellent Mexican meal for her a few weeks

earlier. Never one to miss a fundraising opportunity, Linda persuaded them to put on a Mexican meal for a

Village Hall full of Sheepwashers.

Disguises didn’t fool sheriff Gary. Margaret

and Paulette later claimed they were framed!

Bashing the piñata.

It was hot, it was spicy, it was a wild, noisy Mexican evening, and it was very successful - £280 was raised

for the village shop.

The three amigos – Linda, Robert, and Rebekah.

Thanks to everyone who came along, and to Linda, Rebekah, and Robert for all their hard work.

Alison Ansell


A Vintage Sheepwash Occasion

As a summer fundraiser a vintage tea party seemed like a good idea at the time, but the closer we got to

the day the more we wondered what we had got ourselves into - especially when the weather decided not

to cooperate.

Our hope was to raise lots of money for the Children’s Hospice and at the same time give everyone the

opportunity to enjoy the beautiful garden that hides behind the Methodist chapel. We liked the sound of a

vintage tea party and anticipated that it would really just involve using some lovely china and having nice


However, doubts began to creep in about the wisdom of our choice when the umpteenth person said, “Oh,

I hope that doesn’t mean we have to dress up!” We hadn’t even considered that idea and definitely got the

impression that asking guests to dress up would deter them from coming rather than enticing them in.

However, we did come up with an

additional way of attracting attention.

Surely a vintage car on display outside our

vintage tearoom would be of interest?

Luckily for us, after contacting the vintage

car association, a lovely generous couple

agreed to come and bring their

magnificent, recently refurbished 1971

Ford Zodiac Mark IV Executive.

Concerned that even that would not be

enough to draw a crowd, we hit upon the

plan for a display of teapots from the

village. It could be fun to see how many

different ones were lurking in cupboards

and perhaps it would help to involve more


So our quest began, and what a result! Fifty teapots of all shapes, sizes, and designs were brought along to

be displayed. Traditional china pots rubbed shoulders with elegant brass ones and hand-made unique

pottery. Novelty teapots in the shape of cats, an elephant, a cottage, and even a car were dusted off and


ought to the exhibition. We’d like to thank everyone who responded so enthusiastically to our request

for exhibits.

The British summer ran true to form, and the Saturday of the tea party was forecast to be wet and windy.

Reluctantly we decided to bring the whole event indoors. The front of the church was transformed into the

café with the help of some very pretty bunting, the piano was converted into a cake counter, and the

teapots were displayed along the top of the pews and in the windows.

Thank you to everyone for your support.

Jan Hayward

An amazing array of homemade cakes were arranged on the elegant

three-tier cake stands, alongside tempting trays of scones and jam and

cream. Customers had their tea served at their tables (or in the pews

when the space ran out) with the help of yet more teapots. From the

buzz of conversation it seemed that everyone enjoyed a good chat over

their afternoon tea.

Planned activities for the children had to be abandoned because they

were designed for the garden but luckily everyone was very

understanding. One of the youngest customers kept their granny busy

“doing laps” of the church.

The waitresses (who did dress up) were rushed off their feet. Willing

volunteers helped with the washing up, and lots of delicious cakes were

donated to help restock the shelves.

We need not have worried that the rain would deter people from

venturing out. The good folk of Sheepwash and the surrounding area

turned up in numbers in spite of the weather. Everyone gave very

generously and we raised the amazing total of £400 for the Children’s

Hospice South West.

Deadline for the next issue

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18 th November, to

ensure it is included in the December (Christmas) issue of the Chronicle.


Safari Supper

Thanks to everyone who took part in the Safari Supper on Saturday 23 rd July. Numbers were lower than

usual this time, with only twelve couples taking part, due to clashing with holidays and previous

arrangements. Nevertheless, £282 profit was made, and that went to the village shop funds.

The theme for those who like to dress up (totally optional) was, “What I want to be when I grow/grew up”.

[Editors’ note: We couldn’t find many pictures from this safari supper, so we’ve included photos from a

previous one, which show what we think people really want to be when they grow up!]

Some lovely food was served at all locations, and as there were a small number of us all the desserts were

served in the village hall, which made a pleasant change.

Thanks to all who took


If you haven’t yet had the

courage to join in then

look out for the next one

coming very soon - see

page 15 in this Chronicle!

Chris Vincent



shelter during the heavy downpours.

On a very wet Saturday on 3 rd September the

second annual Shebfarmfest was held at Allcott

farm near Shebbear.

Marquees were erected and several food and

drink outlets were ready for about seven hundred

hungry and thirsty customers. There was the usual

bar, a Pimms & Prosecco bar, Sajla's Taaza Curry,

burgers, hotdogs, chips, teas, coffees, cakes, steak

sandwiches, and (I'm reliably informed) a fantastic

pizza stall with its own pizza oven where they

prepared and cooked the pizza in front of you.

There were two music stages, one of which was

thankfully in a marquee which provided a bit of

The organisers had arranged some great bands to play during the day and evening, including Sham 69, The

Christians, 9 Yards, She

Drew The Gun, Tiny Folds,

The Room, The 5:15, Big Al

and the Wild Strawberries,

Almost Alice, and The

Ukulele Bashers.

For a small village in north

Devon it's quite amazing

how they put together such

a great little festival.

A group of forty of us went along from Sheepwash, and we had a great time. It was a shame the weather

wasn't as good as it could have been, but dressing in wet weather festival gear (wellies and waterproofs)

ensured it didn't ruin the day, and the hardcore were still dancing into the early hours!

This year the organisers were raising money for North Devon

Hospice and Save the Children, so two great charities

benefitted from a great day out.

Full price tickets cost £25 this year, which is very good value

for money for many hours of entertainment, but if you fancy

going along next year look out for the cheaper “early bird”

tickets advertised on the festival website -

Chris Vincent


Tractors. Tractors, Everywhere!

The annual tractor run took place, and everyone who took part or came out to watch thoroughly enjoyed it

again, despite the soggy conditions, as you can see!


David Nelson Sayers

Of Old Court, North Street

I would like to thank all those who helped David through his long illness.

Thanks also to all those who helped at and attended the funeral, and for the

cards of sympathy.

Grateful thanks to everyone.


Sheepwash Rainfall

Rainfall in inches July August Yearly Total


Charles, East Street




Graham, Middlecott





Charles, East Street




Graham, Middlecott




A much drier summer than last year - in fact, apart from a wet spell in the middle of June, it has been

predominantly dry since April. For the five months April to August Charles recorded 17 inches in 2015 and

only 12 inches in 2016.

Charles Inniss and Graham Tidball

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


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

Or pop round.

Deborah Dooley

Don’t forget to visit our website –


Great Progress!


St. Lawrence should be pleased with the

efforts of Sheepwash residents so far.

Despite the £25,000 task ahead of us, the

Friends of St. Lawrence’s Church are very

pleased with the growing amount so far


The first Saturday of September saw the

‘Gift Day’. After house-to-house

distribution of gift envelopes for larger

gifts, and adding in to the total the money

raised during the coffee morning and cake

sale held to ‘sweeten’ the day, our total

is already approaching £3000.

Brilliant work, and many thanks to

Sheepwash villagers. Not least was the

donation from the Village Hall Committee with £323 raised from the Barn Dance. Lots of thanks for that.

Our second event was the Harvest Lunch, held in the Village Hall on Sunday 25 th September – too late for

a report to appear in this Chronicle. Gina Tidball was the brilliant chef, aided by many helpers, extra sous

chefs, table layers and washers up. I’m sure lots of folk enjoyed a wide menu, but I cannot say more

because at the time of writing the lunch has not yet happened!

Of course, there will be other fundraising events and activities during the coming months (and years - this is

going to be a long haul to raise £25,000). And of course we cannot expect to raise the entire sum from only

Sheepwashers. It would be brilliant if people can be encouraged and invited from outside our village to

come along and be generous.

On Saturday 29 th October, the ‘Friends’ are arranging a boozy party in the Village Hall. Entry will be free.

Finger food will be free. We will have a bar licence and lots of laughter. The idea is to hold an Auction of

Promises, where generous and kind folk offer either items or more adventurous promises of activities -

labour, work, helping hands, commissions, gardening, housework, car washes, repairs, lessons in painting,

pottery, carpentry, kayaking, surfing, days out on visits, and so on. You get the idea - your imagination is

your oyster !

Mike Ritson will collect your promises in advance and prepare an auction catalogue of all the ‘lots’ which

will be publicised ahead of the evening, so

you will know who is offering each ‘lot’.

We are arranging for a fun-loving and

professional auctioneer to be master or

mistress of ceremonies and it should be a

hilarious evening. Don’t forget to bring cash

or your cheque book for buying the items

or promises!

Fundraising will continue next year – a

Strawberry Tea, Friendly Open Back

Gardens, guided walks - all sorts of ideas

are being suggested.

Meantime, the ‘Friends’ would be delighted

to hear about any other fundraising ideas

and would love to hear from you.

Mike Ritson

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

Safari Supper Saturday 19 th November

The idea of the Safari Supper is to have a good social night and raise money for local charities along the

way. The cost is £10 per person.

You and the organizer will agree which course you are going to host (if you live outside the village a starter

is for you). You will then need to provide food for that course and drinks for yourselves and your four


Envelopes are delivered to each house on the day telling you where you will be expected for starters. You

will not find out where you are going for the next course till you get to your next venue.

At the end of the evening everyone meets up in the village hall to swap stories about where they went and

what they ate, and a bit of a dance can be had by those not too full and still able! And there will of course

be a raffle in the village hall, so any donations for prizes will be gratefully received!

It really is a very sociable and fun evening, and if you are new to the village it is a great way to meet people.

Optional Fancy Dress Theme –Black and White.

If you don’t do fancy dress, that’s’ fine. Some people do and some don’t, and you can do whatever you feel

comfortable with – there’s no pressure either way.

If you’ve not joined in before why not give it a try - you’ll be most welcome!

Let me know if you’d like to join in:

Chris Vincent

Text: 07799067012 Email : Phone: 231521

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Active Village Scheme

The Parish Council/Village Hall Committee have been approached to take part in

an Active Village Scheme where we can have six lessons of Yoga for only £1.50 a

session, as a taster.

If this goes well we could then carry on at the regular price or there may even be

funding for tasters of Pilates and Latin Dancing.

We have to confirm dates, but if you are interested please could you contact

Denise (tel: 231694) or Anne (tel: 231231) so we can make sure your name is

on the list.

This is a great opportunity so please come along and enjoy!

Denise Tubby

Flu Clinics at Blake House Surgery

It is the flu vaccination season again, and the clinics at Blake House Surgery are running on the following

days in October:

Thurs 13 th Oct 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon

Thurs 20 th Oct 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon and 2.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Alan Howlett

Sheepwash Evening Book Group

We meet at 7.30 p.m. on the last Wednesday evening of every


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

New members or casual visitors are always very welcome.

Phone Jan on 231884 for more information.

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 18 th November, to

ensure it is included in the December (Christmas) issue of the Chronicle.


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 9 th October and 13 th November.

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.


Sheepwash Remembrance Sunday Service

Sunday 13 th November

Starting at 3.00 p.m. at the war memorial in the Square for an Act of


The service will then continue in the Village Hall.

Refreshments will follow.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them."

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

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.

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 18 th October and 15 th November.


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


Firework Alert!

Please ensure you give all your

neighbours plenty of notice if you

plan to set off fireworks on or around

5 th November.

This will enable pet owners to be

prepared – many pets are seriously

alarmed by loud bangs and flashes.

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

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Parish Council Notes

Since taking over as Chairman in July we have had to deal with three planning applications, two of which

have been granted, with the third currently being considered by Torridge District Council (TDC). It would

help the Parish Council if you could let us know if you have any strong opinions for or against any

applications. You can, of course, go directly to TDC, but if you let us know it would help us to formulate a

response that is fully representative of the parishioners.

Over the last year, on behalf of the Parish Council, I have been chasing Devon County Council, with the help

of Devon Councillor Barry Parsons, over the condition of our roads. We appreciate that money is short, but

there seems to be no clear policy as to which roads are repaired. Nearly three kilometres of road running

eastwards from Filleighmoor Gate has been extensively repaired, whilst the main road into our village

remains untouched.

David Whitton (Head of Highways, Devon County Council) has now said:

“This road has become a candidate for resurfacing or reconstruction and is included and assessed

against other roads competing within the programme based on priority. The road condition will

continue to be assessed annually and will be included in a future programme.”

How they have “prioritised” three local minor roads with minimal traffic needs to be answered. I await a


On a positive note, there will be a major repair to East Street, outside Dave Church’s house, and work is to

start at Swardicott Cross in the next month. We shall see.

Requests to Council

1. Cars parked on the pavement exiting the Square on East Street are causing problems.

2. Could dog owners please bag up poo and ensure your dogs are regularly wormed, especially if they

go onto farmland.

3. Go direct to Devon County Council if your car is damaged by the state of the roads.

The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday 16 th November.

Michael Francis

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

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Autumn Thoughts

The weather has been a fickle jade this summer, with some

absolutely scorching and humid periods and then some awful

wet times - however, we must bear up and accept whatever


Our swallows and martins seem to have left, with never a fond

farewell - one day they’re there, the next gone, only a few

stragglers left. It is amazing, I think, that the youngsters leave

after the parents but still know where to go.

We now await the arrival of the winter visitors and all that can

be heard in the garden at the moment is the winter song of the

robin, the only bird that sings all year round to protect its


If you’re lucky you could be hearing the roar of stags (red deer)

and bucks (fallow deer) at rut, though I haven’t seen a deer, except the odd Roe, for quite some time. Along

the under road towards Totleigh Barton was a good place to hear the fallow deer, and south of the road to

Hatherleigh for red deer. (There is a place called Rutleigh in that direction - could this be significant?)

Whilst on wildlife, rabbits seem to be in profusion, and devastating some people’s gardens, but luckily not

mine or my allotment. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Unintentionally, that leads rather nicely on to gardening. Now is the time to harvest apples, and what a

crop it seems to be! Pears will be ready a little later. Thin out and trim summer fruiting raspberries and tie

them in to their framework.

The flower garden needs attention now, with the lifting and splitting of perennials, using the outside parts

of the clumps when replanting. Collect seeds from flowering plants when they’re dry, and store in paper

bags for sowing next spring. Lift and dispose of tired and dying summer bedding, fork over the areas, and

fertilise with a low nitrogen feed, as you don’t want excessive lush green growth going into winter, as this

can encourage disease.

Plant spring bedding. Also, plant daffodil bulbs now (tulips can be left until November). If need be, Acers

can be pruned at this time of year – if they’re left until spring they will bleed when cut – but be careful not

to tear the bark as this can let in disease.

In the vegetable garden, dig over bare ground for winter, incorporating compost or manure to be ready for

planting next spring. Garlic should be planted – each clove up to about two inches deep in October/early

November – and winter onion sets can be planted now, but not as deep, just under the surface will suffice.

Now is also the time to plant spring greens, six inches apart and one foot between rows, so that every other

plant can be used as spring greens and the others left to heart up, but if you’ve got a slug and snail problem

like I have it’s probably a waste of time, as you’ll only be feeding the blighters!

Continue checking winter greens for caterpillars, slugs, and snails. We’re trying nematodes to control the

slugs, and I’ve also set out some beer traps, which have succeeded in stupefying and drowning a lot of

slugs. I wish I knew of a similar way to control snails.

While on the subject of gastropods (that’s slugs and snails to you and me) I read a very disturbing article

the other week concerning slug pellets. I know I bang on about using the safer ferric phosphate and not the

metaldehyde ones (the blue ones), but this concerned dogs (I don’t know about cats). The blue

metaldehyde pellets are mixed with the same cereal base most dog foods are made of, which makes them

highly palatable. Half a cup (or 80 gms) is enough to kill a fully-grown Labrador, states Dr Ed Blane of

Natural England. One poor man in Norfolk lost three dogs in one day.

The pellets can spill out in piles as they are being spread on crops, so be aware and be careful when walking

around fields or using them around the garden. Maybe it’s time to accept that a few holes in the Hostas are

better than a dead dog.

Jeremy Burden


Sheepwash Community Shop and Post Office News

Summer of Plenty

August is traditionally a good month at the shop, and August 2016 gave us the best monthly sales figure for

three years! In summer, we benefit from the patronage of visitors to the village, many of whom have

passed favourable comments about the shop's appearance – indeed, we feature on several Dutch, German,

French and Canadian holiday snapshots!

Of course there are UK visitors too, and they kindly tell us how much they enjoy some of the local offerings

like Dunn's butter and the Cornish Farmhouse bacon - one family returned home with six packs of Green


Cyclists and walkers have also been seen regularly in the shop over the summer. We have tried to meet

their needs by stocking additional energy bars, cold drinks, snacks, pasties, cakes, ice creams and buns.

One poor young chap arrived worn out, having pushed his bike all the way from Yarde cafe with a puncture

– he was obviously never a boy scout as “Be Prepared” he wasn't! Luckily for him Simon was in the shop at

the time and soon had him back on the road. He wanted to show his gratitude by purchasing supplies, but

sadly he only had 55p in cash, and the Post Office was closed. However, he did have a credit card and so

was directed to lunch at the Half Moon. But this brings us to our next topic ...

Card Payment Facility

It has been unanimously agreed by the Shop Team members that it would be advantageous for the shop

and its clientele to be able to pay for goods by credit and debit card. Soon this payment machine will be

located on the shop-side counter and will be available whenever the shop is open.

This means that you will be able to purchase goods and settle accounts by card, and also obtain cash by

way of debit card purchase cash back. The existing Post Office cash withdrawal system and general banking

facilities will remain as well.

We see the new card payment/cash back system as a useful service to the community. There is a capital

cost for the purchase and installation of the equipment, and we are thrilled that this cost will be met by a

local council grant.

However, there will also be ongoing monthly fixed and variable transaction costs payable to the service

providers. Sadly, these charges are proportionally higher for small shop outlets, so we may have to make a

modest charge for the use of some of the services in order to get the system to break even.

Staff - New Faces and some Revived 45's

October will see the appearance of two new volunteer staff, David Manning and Bruce Knight. They will be

a very useful addition to the team and will make it easier for us to schedule cover for other staff on holiday.

Please bear with them as they train up with the shop systems!

You may have also clocked the occasional appearance of some shop elders in the shape of Roger, who can

be seen on Wednesday mornings, and Margaret and Paulette, who have provided occasional cover for staff

holidays, which was very much appreciated. You just can't keep a good man/woman down!

We are pleased to report that our expanded volunteer team is on target to reduce the reliance on paid staff

by 30% this year, which should help enormously in getting the shop to break even.


We are always on the lookout for more volunteers, so if you are able to give up a couple of hours a week

then we would give you a very warm welcome on board. Besides doing your bit in supporting this

community effort, you may find it socially rewarding, and of course you will benefit from being on the front

line of village news, gossip, and general tittle-tattle!

Goods and Services

Although lager and cider is sold, oddly we didn't have any traditional beers for sale. This serious omission

has been corrected and local beers from Holsworthy Ales are now on our shelves.


A traditional bitter, Muck 'n Straw (ABV 4.4%) is on

offer, as well as the popular Sun Shine (ABV 4%),

which has a lighter, fruity taste and suits being

lightly chilled, so is perfect for warmer days and

BBQ's. More ales and beers can be seen on the

brewery's website -

- so let us know if there is a particular

brew that takes your fancy, and we'll "get some in."

There are plans afoot to move products about a

little in the shop. We thought it may be more enticing if we made more use of the display facing the

entrance door by creating a snacks and treats section and a local goods area. The latter will feature

Vivian's honey, Miles tea and coffee, Westacott eggs, pickles, and local fudge and treats. In the process we

realised that we do not have any jams and chutneys, so we should be securing a supply of these soon.

New additions to our general range of products are quite diverse and include pan scrubbers, cheap but

decent toilet rolls in small packs, frozen ready-meals for one, pizzas, Rioja red wine, exotic loaves from

Teign Valley Bakery, guacamole dip, scones, and both fizzy and still mineral water.

Don't forget to order your fish for market collection on Tuesday mornings. This is fresh local fish from Dan

the Fish Man, caught by small boats in clean waters off the North Devon Coast. This is very good quality

fish. It will not beat the likes of supermarket frozen and large factory boat fish on price, but the quality is

superb. His prices compare favourably with the Devon and Cornish mail order fish companies, and of

course there is no delivery fee to pay. We are working with Dan on a "price per portion" guide which will

help us all in planning meals.

Meat eaters are not left out as we usually visit S Edwards Brickyard Butchers once a week and can supply

any cut or meat product to order. We also keep a stock of their minced steak, chicken breasts and sausages

in the freezer.

Post Office

As anticipated in the last issue of the Chronicle, the continuation of the Post Office has been secured by the

shop - hooray!

There were still some hoops to jump through in the form of staff training and further administration. Alison

and Jen spent time with the Post Office down at Plymouth, followed by more training by Post Office

support staff here at Sheepwash for Jen, and refresher content for Caroline.

At the time of going to press, Jen has been operating the Post Office under Caroline's watchful eye, but in

the near future should be able to fly solo whilst Caroline takes some long overdue and welcome leave.

During our initial Post Office interviews, mention was made of a government-sponsored Community Post

Office Grant Scheme that could provide funds for modernising and improving the Post Office structure -

and by default the neighbouring shop counter and general lighting.

Could the old Post Office "fortress" be coming down? We all hope so, and Alison is now in hot pursuit of

this funding. Watch this space ...

Simon Crossley

The Wild Mink Invasion

Those of you who walk beside our beautiful river at the bottom of the hill will occasionally see a wild mink

scampering along the bank. I sometimes spot a pair either side of Sheepwash Bridge - dark coloured, they

are very similar in size and shape to a ferret.

About fifty years ago a huge number escaped (or were perhaps deliberately released) from a mink farm

near Hartland and in no time the whole river was infested. Mink are vicious animals and kill for the sake of

killing. One morning, while fishing, I saw a whole brood of ducklings wiped out in a few seconds. Ducks,

moorhens, and coots were all easy prey.

Having purchased half a dozen cage traps, I declared war! Mink are inquisitive creatures, so trapping them

was not difficult. I used to camouflage the trap with grass and rushes, and when I returned I often found a

mink asleep on rushes they had pulled into the trap, seemingly quite content. I would bring the mink back

to the pub to be disposed of by my brother’s rifle.

The next port of call was Charlie Onion’s

greenhouse. A most likeable rogue called

Charlie Allin used to tend the Half Moon

gardens, and he had the nickname “Onion”

which suited him perfectly. Ever out to make a

quick buck, Charlie had visions of entering the

mink fur market. Having not long escaped from

the fur farm, the mink were in superb

condition, with glossy coats of shades varying

from silver to dark russet brown. Before long

the greenhouse door was decorated with the

fur pelts of mink he had skinned. However,

once they spent some time in the wild the mink

soon became thin and mangy and the pelts

were of little value.

It was imperative to check the traps daily so the

animals did not suffer. If I was busy I would ask

fishermen to check them. They would set off with all their fishing gear and an old plastic fertiliser bag, with

strict instructions to keep their hands well away from the cage, put it in the fertiliser bag, and bring it back

to the pub. Mink, like many wild animals, give off a horrible odour when cornered, and I am sure the smell

must have lingered in the boot of many a car for a very long time!

Arthur Hoffman, having returned from his day’s fishing, walked into the bar and proudly announced he had

caught two. I assumed he was talking about salmon, and opened the boot of his car expecting to see two

bars of silver. Instead, there were two mink - but horror of horrors, one had escaped from the cage and

promptly scampered onto the roof of the car, where it sat seemingly quite unconcerned.

I had visions of a mink running amok in the hotel. In no time the yard was full of onlookers, all offering

advice, while “Onion” waited in anticipation of another pelt to add to his collection. After what seemed an

endless time, attracted by the squealing of its mate, the mink peered back into the car boot, and with great

speed and forethought one of the guests slammed the lid of the boot shut and killed it outright. Great relief

all round!

Although I trapped many mink, I don’t think my efforts made much difference. Over the years their

numbers have steadily decreased, and today just the odd one is seen. Worst to suffer from the mink

invasion was the water vole, which is now extinct in many parts of the country, and few if any are left on

our river. Water voles are now being bred in captivity, but can only be released in areas where the mink has

been totally eradicated.

Charles Inniss


A Life in the Day of an Air Traffic Controller

Pete and Sue Reader live at The Whins on East Street. They

came to live in Sheepwash in 2011.

Like many boys, Pete was very interested in aeroplanes.

Unlike most, however, he went on to develop this into a

career. He responded to an advert for Air Traffic Controllers

and was accepted as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller.

The job of the assistant is to provide flight data for the

controller - the flight plan, type of aircraft, where it’s coming

from, where it’s going to, the desired speed and the route.

The pilot (or the airline company on behalf of the pilot) will

provide this information to the controller. For many

scheduled flights the flight data is exactly the same for each

flight – they will follow a particular airway, same speed,

same flight path time and time again.

When he first started as an assistant Pete was based at the

control centre at Preston, which was responsible for

northern England air space. Preston closed in the 1970s,

after which Pete moved to a joint civil and military control

centre at RAF Lindholme near Doncaster (now a prison!) where he was promoted onto a cadetship.

This took the form of a three-year training course at the Air Traffic College at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth.

The course covered the three phases of air traffic control - aerodrome, approach, and area control, and

involved navigation, meteorology, aviation law, radio and radar theory. During this time he also undertook

practical training at Birmingham airport.

Air traffic controlling is complicated by the fact that each operating position is unique – so, for example,

training at Birmingham doesn’t mean that the controller is able to operate at Gatwick. Each operating

position requires specialist, specific training.

Nowadays controllers tend to specialise – they either do aerodrome, approach or area control. Depending

on their role, they are based at an airport or control centre. There used to be three control centres –

London (West Drayton), Preston and Prestwick in Scotland, but now there are only two – London (which is

actually at Swanwick, near Southampton) and the Scottish centre at Prestwick.

Pete qualified as an Air Traffic Controller in 1976 and his first posting was at Prestwick – aerodrome and

approach control – where he stayed until 1982.

The area and approach controllers who are guiding planes into or out of Heathrow are actually sitting in

Swanwick. It’s only at the initial or final stage of a flight that the aerodrome controllers in the tower at

Heathrow take over control of the plane – these people can see the planes, and are responsible for aircraft

on, approaching, or leaving the runways.

Think of air traffic controlling as a giant 3D computer game in which the job of the controller is to keep all

the aircraft apart. Controlled air space is divided into geographic and vertical sectors, and within these

sectors are airways, some of which intersect. In an airway, planes must be a minimum of 5 miles apart

horizontally and 1,000 feet vertically.

Because different aircraft fly at different speeds – a jumbo jet goes 40-50 knots faster than a 737 - this is

not a simple process, and of course aircraft speeds vary during the course of the flight. Then there’s the

business of landing – the landing speed drops down to about 120 knots, compared with a cruising speed of

around 420 knots.

Despite the huge responsibility borne by an air traffic controller, with hundreds of lives at stake, Pete says

that he did not find the work stressful for the most part, but it was demanding. Intense concentration is

required, and for that reason shifts are short - no more than two hours without a break, a minimum of


three days off consecutively at least twice a month, and no more than six consecutive days without having

time off.

Pete also points out that when you come off shift you can enjoy your time off without worrying about

things that you didn't finish, or have to complete later. Work and leisure are distinctly separate.

NATS Holdings, formerly National Air Traffic Services and commonly referred to as NATS, is the main air

navigation service provider in the United Kingdom. Air Traffic Control over our skies is paid for out of

airport taxes and NATS now has to make a profit for its shareholders. For this reason Pete thinks the nature

of the job has changed - and some of the enjoyment has diminished.

Since his retirement in 2009 Pete has developed his interest on ornithology and travels all over the world

bird watching. He is also a keen sea angler. And he is also to be found, not infrequently, enjoying a pint in

the Half Moon!

Pete Reader was interviewed by Alison Ansell

Didn’t We Have a Loverly Time ...

... the Day We Went to Lundy!

“Thirty years of living in Devon and we haven’t yet been to Lundy Island!”

The MS Oldenburg, that stalwart of a ship

docked proudly against Bideford Quay all these

years, and driven past without so much as a by

your leave, constantly beckoning and promising

the possibility of a magical voyage to a

mysterious island, ignored and spurned for all

this time.

We both nodded in agreement after agonising

about where we were going to take our

grandson Henry during the summer break.

“Let’s do it!” we said, and the bullet was bitten

and the phone call was made, and our tickets


We collect the tickets from the Oldenburg office

on the quayside on the morning of the voyage. Soon the bulk of the passengers begin to arrive and we

board at around 10.00 a.m. and are under way. We pick our seats on the top deck in the middle bit, where

the pitch and roll was deemed to be less by those who know these things, but we don’t need to worry as

the sea forecast is “slight” for the day.

Passing sedately under the new Bideford Bridge we

soon reach Instow and the Appledore shipyard. A

water skier swerves into view and a yacht race further

on feels the wake of the Oldenburg.

The Oldenburg was fitted with two new engines and

the saloon bar re-furbished back in 2000. The onboard

facilities are surprisingly good. A constant supply of

food and drink is provided by friendly and

professional staff throughout the voyage at

reasonable prices in a pleasant environment. Our

passenger count is around 150, which is just about

right for the number of seats and tables available,

although the actual capacity can be up to 250. (We’ve heard that it can get rather crowded and difficult to

find a seat on some occasions.)


An hour into the outbound voyage we are leaving Bideford Bay and into the Bristol Channel with the north

Devon coastline now left far behind on the horizon. Ahead there is the first glimpse of Lundy in glorious

isolation. Another hour and we are approaching the rugged precipitous cliffs of the south edge of the

island. The dock is in sight and soon we are pulling alongside for disembarking.

Our first stop

is the Marisco Tavern for lunch, and what a welcome rest

that is! At this point I decide that the island and buildings are

very reminiscent of the highlands and islands of Scotland,

with a strong pioneering feel. Lunch is appetising and

reasonably priced, and washed down with a glass of dry

white wine. All refreshed, we continue our exploration of the

table top of the island.

There is a guide available as we wander up the gradient to

the main footpath, but we decide to explore on our own

using the useful map provided by the Oldenburg. We start

our ascent along the steep and winding path up to the

village on the top of Lundy. The weather is fair but sticky,

and frequent rests are required along the route. We pass

Millcombe House, the fine Georgian residence of a former

owner of Lundy. The narrow track then turns into a series of

stone steps up to a field where we turn to the west and

approach the stern grey stone walls of the village buildings.

We move on to Beacon Hill and towards the Old Light, a now

redundant lighthouse converted into holiday

accommodation. The tower rises above and we all agree to

ascend to the top for that special photo opportunity. The top of the tower

is crowned with a bronze weathervane that was made by a company in

Torrington that I worked for as a consultant back in the mid-nineties.

After the lighthouse, a walk to the Battery, a

remnant of old defences on the west coast,

with fabulous views and another welcome

resting point. (I should point out that no

puffins are seen on this trip, apart from me

when out of breath!)

This is the extent of our walk and, with just

four hours on the island soon over, we head

back to the jetty where the Oldenburg awaits.

The return voyage, relaxing in the saloon bar, takes us back along the north

Devon coast to Ilfracombe, where the tide is still high enough to dock at 5.00

p.m. Verity looms above as we tie up and disembark, and a waiting coach whisks us back to Bideford and

our car for the journey back to Sheepwash.

Paul Wheeler


Day return to Lundy on

the MS Oldenburg


Child under 16


Family ticket

(2 adults and 2 children)


Each additional child £10.

Infants free of charge.

Crunchie Toffee Cheesecake

This luscious, creamy treat seemed to go down pretty well at the recent Mexican Night. There's nothing

particularly Latin-American about it - unless you count the chocolate - but, funnily enough, nobody seemed

overly concerned about that.

All the ingredients are usually available from the village shop, and it's really easy to make, so, all in all, it's

rather diet-crashingly convenient. And if you're not tempted to polish the whole thing off in one glorious,

gluttonous sitting, it also freezes very well.

It's a big cheesecake so you'll need a 25cm / 10" flan tin, preferably with a loose base. And use either the

ounces or grams here or the proportions will be wrong - though I’m sure it will still taste pretty damn good!


220g / 8oz digestive biscuits, crushed (roughly half a pack)

110g / 4oz butter or margarine, melted

220g / 8oz Philadelphia cream cheese (so get two 180g packs)

284ml / 10fl oz double cream (a large carton)



110g / 4oz caster sugar

135ml / 5fl oz toffee yoghurt

4 large Crunchies

1. Melt the butter/margarine in a microwave and mix it with the crushed biscuits.

2. Press the mixture into your tin to make a base.

3. Beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth.

4. Whip the cream and then fold it into the cheese and sugar mixture.

5. Stir in the toffee yoghurt.

6. Bash up the Crunchies and fold those in too.

7. Cover the base with this mixture and leave it in the fridge to firm up.

Tell no-one else it's in there ...

Helen Crossley

Helping Hedgehogs!

With autumn here, you may start to notice young hedgehogs in your garden who are old enough to be

away from mother but too small to hibernate!

We can help prepare these hedgehogs for hibernation by providing food stations that they can visit


Hedgehog stations come in many forms - a cheap method is to use a plastic container, either with a lid or

flipped upside down. Cut a 13cm x 13cm (5”x5”) hole in one side and securely tape around the edges of this

opening to prevent injury. Place a brick on the top to prevent the container being knocked around.

Put food bowls inside this container to prevent other animals eating the food.

Hedgehogs can eat meat-based cat or dog food in jelly NOT gravy (and avoid fish, as this upsets their

stomachs). Mix it with a little cereal, Weetabix, or bran to give it some bulk, but NO MILK - they are lactose


Meat-based cat biscuits are good for their teeth. Other titbits include:


unsalted chopped peanuts

small pieces of fruit

cooked potato

plain biscuits

cooked chicken

raw mince

They will also need fresh water, especially during

dry spells and after eating dry cat biscuits.

The autumn juvenile season starts in early September and ends around November, at which point they will

go into hibernation. Some hedgehogs will struggle on until the end of December to April (all weather

dependant). Meantime, let’s give nature a helping hand!

Lisa Butt

For more information:



For urgent advice:

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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!






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Dr Francisco

Fernandez Guillen

01409 281913

Holsworthy Police

(station answer

phone and other


Emma Tomkies

PCSO 30538

Community Support


01409 259461 or

call 101 for all

non-urgent Police



To report a crime

Emma Tomkies

PCSO 30538

01409 259461


Mobile Library 01409 253514


Chronicle Editors

Alison Ansell 01409 231196

Chris Bell 01409 231341


Correspondent for

Okehampton Times

and North Devon


Snooker Club


Vera Bryant 01409 231373

Charles Inniss 01409 231237


Description Person Telephone Email

Village Hall Bookings Anne Gray 01409 231231

Village Hall Chair Denise Tubby 01409 231694

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

the shop price, and guaranteeing your extra copy – the shop sells out fast!

The Sheepwash Chronicle is printed by

Hedgerow Print Ltd, 16 Marsh Lane, Lords Meadow, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1ES.

Telephone: 01363 777595. Web:


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