The Sheepwash Golfing Society In the last issue, David Ansell told us about the Sheepwash Golfing Society. Although I rarely play these days I have been involved ever since the Society started. It all began when Brian Jones (Tony and Buster’s father) decided to take up golf and he persuaded his great friend, John Piper, to join him. And how they both loved those early days, struggling to master the game and making so many new friends on the golf course at Bude, and in the bar afterwards! I used to join them when I was at home, and for a bit of fun one Christmas we decided to play for a cup. It was literally the size of an egg cup, and had been given to me years before by Freddie Hodge, who used to live in the village. The year was 1970. There were five of us, and the first winner was Tom Danby, a teacher at Shebbear College. We decided that the winner should keep the cup but would have to present a larger cup the following year. Of course, that was okay for a time, but as the years rolled on the cup became larger and larger, and the glory of winning was tempered by the cost of purchasing a larger cup for the following year. A few years ago, reluctantly but very sensibly, the organising committee decided to change the rules, and the winner now receives the claret jug, which he proudly holds for a year. The Sheepwash Cup Day is now one of the major events of the year at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club. In 1972 we decided to arrange a golfing tour to Scotland. Eight intrepid golfers travelled on the night sleeper from Exeter, hired a mini-bus and played two rounds of golf daily for six days. That in itself was a test of endurance even without the excesses of the socialising, often long into the night! We were fortunate to be allowed to play at Muirfield Golf Club. Muirfield is one of the oldest and most famous courses north of the border, and is home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. In those days a round of golf cost £5: today it will set you back £300! I remember well the sign at the entrance: NO LADIES BEYOND THIS POINT AND DOGS ONLY ON A LEAD. We must all have been male chauvinistic pigs (I still am at heart) because we all clapped and cheered on seeing the notice! Indeed, it was only this week that the Muirfield members finally voted to allow ladies to join the club, so another male fortress has succumbed to public and media pressure. We toured every year for 26 years, playing some of the best courses in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Portugal, and Spain. The tour members included Brian Jones, John Piper, Graham Tidball, Roy Urand (Randy), Dudley Walters, Brian Duke, Roger Vick, John Spry, Geoff Stacey, Doug Alford, Colin Kidby, and many others. As a grand finale we flew to America in1987 and enjoyed an amazing week in South Carolina. They were wonderful holidays and left us all with so many great memories. In 2020 our Society will be celebrating its 50 th birthday, and no doubt the committee will be organising something very special. I can’t wait! Charles Inniss 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 22
Muriel’s Memories Muriel’s father was a farmer, and she grew up on the family smallholding, Carwithens, in the village of Langore. After completing her education at the Convent in Launceston, Muriel worked in the office at Unigate, walking the three miles from Langore to Launceston every morning and back home again in the evening. Unigate were wholesale grocers and, at this time - immediately after the war - supplies to all the retail outlets in the district were rationed. It was Muriel’s job to eke out the supplies fairly. In 1964 Muriel and her first husband, Donald, came to live in Sheepwash. Donald was a dairyman. He worked at Hele Barton, the home of the Luxton family, where he also helped look after the horses. They lived in South Street in the Methodist Chapel Cottage. Being a sociable person, and having worked since leaving school, Muriel didn’t want to sit at home, so she often helped Mrs Luxton at the farm. Before too many years had passed, Muriel got a message that Benjie and Charles’s mother, Ruth Inniss, wanted to see her – would she help in the kitchen at the Half Moon? Mrs Inniss batted away Muriel’s protestations that she knew nothing about hotel work - “I will teach you!” - and we know that she did that very well. And so started what Muriel describes as, “a wonderful time”. It was marred by the death of Donald and of Ruth Inniss in 1975. Both were in hospital in Exeter and died within a few days of each other. Charles and Muriel were of great comfort to each other at that sad and difficult time. Muriel continued to live in the cottage in South Street until 1980, when she moved into Shippens to look after Charles and his father. Shippens is the traditional name given to where cows were milked, and before the barn on one side of the Half Moon courtyard was converted in the early 1970’s, this was where the Half Moon herd was milked. There were two Guernsey cows, Starlight and Delilah, and these were first milked by Tom Barriball, whose family lived at Lake Farm, where Frank Cheshire now lives. Later, John Newcombe took over the milking, and finally John Harris became head dairyman. After Shippens was converted, a small dairy was built at the rear of the adjoining large barn. The herd provided all the milk and cream for the hotel until regulations were introduced that meant unpasteurised milk could no longer be used in the hotel. Charles and Muriel, and villagers who have lived here a long time, have all got delightful stories to tell about the “Inniss years” at the Half Moon. Guests became friends, and returned year after year with their children and grandchildren. There were fishing and shooting parties, and trips out from Appledore in Charles’s father’s boat. Quite a few famous people have also joined in the fun – Jeremy Paxman’s brother and his wife raved about the Half Moon, so Jeremy gave it a try, and was a regular visitor for many years. Noel Edmunds used to come here when he lived locally. Geoffrey Palmer, who is best known for his roles in British TV sitcoms such as The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Butterflies, and As Time Goes By, came to fish, and Roger Taylor, the drummer with Queen, brought a shooting party to the Half Moon. In 1992, Femme Fatale, a film starring Donald Pleasance, Simon Callow, and Colin Welland, was filmed in Sheepwash, and these film stars and their crew made good use of the Half Moon. Some readers may know of other famous folks who have dropped by – Barry Norman, the film critic, Sir Ray Davies of the Kinks – any more? Muriel and Charles retired in May 2000. Muriel remembers being so sad, with tears running down her cheeks as she left what had been her life for thirty years for the last time. They moved just a short step away, to The Beeches in East Street, and have continued to live there very happily. They put the icing on the cake on July 6 th 2015, when they got married in St Lawrence’s Church. Muriel Inniss was talking to Alison Ansell Don’t forget to visit our website – www.sheepwashchronicle.org 23
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