Marshwood Mid-Month Special August 2020

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Marshwood+ August 2020 Mid-Month Special Issue

The best from West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon

No. 257 - 2 August 2020

UP FRONT One of the joys of putting together these Mid-Month Special issues is the trip down memory lane and how that sometimes informs thoughts of the future. In this issue we feature a story from nearly ten years ago when I went to Lyme Regis to meet musician and luthier, Marshall Stapleton. He had played with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain back in 1988 and it inspired him to begin making ukuleles. He even made a ‘Flying V’ version based on the famed Gibson guitar. Nowadays you can buy imitation copies on the internet, not anything like the quality. Thankfully, Marshall is still making stunningly beautiful instruments. Staying with wood, another story we revisited in this issue is about furniture designer John Makepeace who launched and ran his furniture design school at Parnham House outside Beaminster. Those were the days when Parnham produced beautiful furniture as well as brilliant furniture makers. More recently the house was at the heart of a tragic story when it burned down in 2017. But it may be that we can now look to a brighter future for the house. Newspaper reports in April announced that Parnham House has been bought by entrepreneur James Perkins. Once described as the ‘party king’ because of his involvement in the 90s rave scene, James is now known for his property development and restoration. He owns Aynhoe Park, in Northamptonshire, a mansion with 250 acres of parkland where he lives with his wife and children. Two of his properties Dowdeswell Park and the Round Tower, both in the Cotswolds, have received awards for their sensitivity and architectural ambition. James is known as a property developer with a taste for the eccentric. So it may be that Parnham is about to begin another exciting phase in its long and fascinating history.

Fergus Byrne

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A Bit of heavy lifting for Dorset Museum


orset Museum have marked a significant milestone as two of their largest artefacts are moved onsite in the next stage of the multimillion-pound transformation. A 108-year-old Dorset Box Wagon, known locally as the Yetminster Wagon, and a 2.6m by 3.3m painting of The Bond Family have been delicately airlifted by crane into the building. Due to their substantial weight and size, the star objects had to be placed in the Museum prior to the shell of the building being completed and the roof fitted later this summer. Dr Jon Murden, Director of Dorset Museum says: “This is a very exciting time for us all, as after nearly 4 years of moving objects out of the Museum we are beginning to move some back in. They are very fragile objects, so a lot of thinking and planning has taken place to ensure it’s done with great precision.” The objects will form part of the new People’s Dorset Gallery which will celebrate over 500,000 years of the county’s history. They are part of a collection of key items that are currently being conserved, made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Working closely with conservators Mark Holloway and the IFACS Bristol team, Director of Collections

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and Public Engagement, Elizabeth Selby, said: “We are very fortunate to be working with specialists in the industry to conserve a number of objects to help continue to tell the story of Dorset for many years to come.” The redevelopment of the Museum, which is due to open in 2021, was in full swing prior to the coronavirus outbreak, with areas of the site nearing completion. Overseen by the Dorset-based construction company, Acheson, the base build construction and floors are in, and much of the historic building has been restored including the new shop and café space. Jon continues: “Great progress has been made on the new Museum and it’s very exciting seeing it take shape. The health and safety of our staff, contractors, volunteers and local communities has been our priority during this time, and understandably, in common with the rest of the country we have incurred temporary setbacks. “I’m pleased to share that the build is underway again with great enthusiasm, and we very much look forward to welcoming you all to the new Museum next year.” To follow the progress, please visit https://

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What to do when IT’S ALL TOO MUCH


oisy neighbours, boundary disputes, blocked driveways and bonfire hazards are just some of the possible reasons for dispute between neighbours. And during lockdown the likelihood for flare-ups should be pretty high. At least that’s what you might think. However, according to mew research from Confused. com one in six UK adults have grown closer to their neighbours during lockdown, with one in four having helped their neighbours at some point over the past 20+ weeks. However, although many people have been enjoying the company of their neighbours, that doesn’t mean there has been no tension. So have produced a handy guide to help people deal with friction, especially advising how to stop things from escalating. Take Bonfires and BBQs for example. Garden bonfires and BBQs are legal. But if the smoke is hazardous to your health, or if it drifts onto the road, people could get a fine. And, if talking to your neighbours doesn’t work, the council can issue an ‘abatement’ notice. This tells them to stop or get a fine. If the issue is noise then it is considered antisocial noise if regular and persistent between 11pm and 7am. Mind you, music played at excessive volumes is considered antisocial at any time of day. The guide suggests it is usually easier to try and resolve things with your neighbours in an informal way first. Often, neighbours aren’t aware of how loud they are and how it affects others. And if you don’t want to approach them yourselves you could also use a mediator. If all else fails you can get in touch with your local authority. The guide suggests keeping a noise diary so you can prove that the noise is persistent. Sometimes just researching what you can do will help. For more of the guide visit https://www.confused. com/home-insurance/guides/neighbour-disputes

FROM THE ARCHIVES A Look back at some of the people we have featured in the Marshwood Vale Magazine

August 2005

Chris Marston, West Dorset, photograph by Peter Park in 2005

CHRIS Marston has lived at Charmouth for twenty two years. Her parents, originally from Leicester, came to farm in the Axminster area fifty years ago. Chris takes up the story. “I love living in Charmouth. The village is beautiful with it’s painted cottages and thatch, and the shops are quite delightful, well stocked and full of surprises. My home is by the sea, it must be one of the smallest cottages in Dorset, but it’s all I need, and I’ve been able to do most of the upkeep myself. The garden is small and full of flowers. I also look after my neighbour’s garden and get great enjoyment raising plants from seed, especially vegetables. There’s nothing like fresh food from a good garden, tasty and totally organic. But this year I’m concerned about the lack of bees and butterflies. I can’t bear waste. I try to recycle every thing possible, in fact, my dustbin wasn’t emptied for a month, due to oversight by the collectors. It was still only half full due to my neighbour’s wonderful composting system. As a child, brought up on a farm, I was aware that things were done according to seasons, ploughing, sowing and harvesting. I left school in 1949 to work as an under matron at a boy’s school. After bringing up my four children, I worked as a craft instructor for Social Services visiting people with disabilities, in their homes. When I first moved to Charmouth I got a job at the local Cheshire home for children. In 1989 I decided to look into the possibility of further education. I got a place on an access course at the Co-operative College in Loughborough. This was really enjoyable, and although I’d never thought about going further, I soon realised more was possible. I then went on to Brookes University to study Anthropology and Sociology and threw myself into the wonderful world of learning, graduating just before I was sixty. Although life in Charmouth is idyllic it has given me time to ponder. My university studies encouraged me to look at wider issues, and concerns that now affect us all - in particular the environment, the over consumption of the West, and the kind of world we are leaving for our grandchildren. Many of my friends share the same concerns. Simple pleasures are within easy reach, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Axminster are not far away - there always lots of things to do: yoga, swimming, and singing workshops can be a sheer delight. I’ve met some lovely folk and made some wonderful friends. People in this area seem to be non-ageist and non-sexist, which is just as well in the circumstances.”

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John Makepeace an adventure in wood THE many attractions of the West Country have drawn visitors for centuries. From visiting royalty to foreign tourists, the rustic beauty of the area has tempted many to enjoy the coastline and travel the vales. In recent years however, the economic structure of the area has changed. The ways in which we make our living and spend our leisure time have altered and many of the attractions are somewhat more sophisticated than in the past. The rich and thriving culture of the arts in the West Country and especially the area surrounding the Marshwood Vale has become an ever growing factor in the local economy. Last year’s Dorset Art Weeks is estimated to have brought over £1.1Million to the economy of West Dorset alone. The overall impact from nearly 9,000 visitors to the bi-annual event is quoted as more than £2.7Million. Along with others, Beaminster furniture designer John Makepeace can lay claim, at least in part, to helping to develop that economic factor, by attracting artists and craftspeople to the area. A founding member of the Government’s Crafts Council, he bought Parnham House outside Beaminster in 1976 and launched a school of furniture design that was to open up opportunities for many budding furniture makers and designers from around the world. Many of those that studied there share the opinion that Parnham College offered a unique platform for them to expand their knowledge and launch their careers. Today some of those that show Parnham on their CV’s include Viscount Linley, son of Princess Margaret, and Senior Carmichael Furniture Designers and Makers, whose current clients include the Marquess of Bath of Longleat. Although an already renowned furniture designer and the driving force behind setting up and running the school, John Makepeace left the teaching to the many visiting tutors that came throughout the course. “I never saw myself as a teacher,” he says “so much as someone creating a learning situation. Which was

a rather marvellous social comment really—in that people who were employed in my workshop would sit down alongside students who were paying to be there. It was a mechanism that worked to everyone’s benefit.” That hands-off approach was another factor that allowed students to develop their own styles. John says “We didn’t want Makepeace lookalikes. Design tutors came from many different backgrounds so we would have up to 12 visiting tutors a year for one to two weeks at a time. By the end of a two year course students were ready to do something different.” As a furniture designer John says he also gained from the stimulation of being involved in the activity of education. His own innovative work has not only made him one of the most highly regarded furniture designers in the world but also gained him many prestigious prizes as well as an OBE. He has been called the ‘godfather of contemporary British furniture design’ and many of his pieces are viewed as icons of modern furniture. Today, while concentrating on working on commissions from clients all around the world, indeed working with past students to make some of the pieces, John is also helping with the development of next year’s Dorset Art Weeks. He feels that initiatives such as this and August Bank holiday’s Bridport Open Studios offer great opportunities, both for those that participate as well as those that visit. Writing recently in The Independent, Viscount Linley expressed his sadness that Parnham College is no more and highlighted it’s impact on his career saying ‘We are no longer teaching young people to make things that are beautiful and of very high quality’. If the future of craft training is, as Linley also suggested ‘in crisis’, then the legacy of at least one man’s initiative has already produced much to admire. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 11

FROM THE ARCHIVES A Look back at some of the people we have featured in the Marshwood Vale Magazine

August 2010

Yvonne Burton, photograph by Julia Mear in 2010

Julia Mear met Yvonne Burton at her home in Morcombelake, Dorset. This is Yvonne’s story: “I was born in the farmhouse at Westhay Farm, Stonebarrow, Dorset, in 1943, named Sylvia Yvonne, but I am known as Yvonne. My grandparents and great grandparents, on my mother’s side, farmed Westhay and Stonebarrow Hill between Morcombelake and Charmouth. They grew a lot of wheat on the land and milking must have been very hard work in those days – I remember how cold the cowshed was in winter, all the milking was done by hand. We had some wonderful times at the farm, the farmhouse was a special place full of character, and I always enjoyed visiting my grandparents with my sister and cousins. The house had a very dark passageway that went right through it which was a bit scary, there was no lighting in there but we had great fun exploring. Cooking was done by paraffin stove and on the open fire. There was a wonderful fireplace which you stepped up to with bench seats either side, with large logs burning. You could look right up the chimney and there was always a kettle and cooking pot hanging over the fire on hooks. The outside loo at the bottom of the garden had three different sized seats with a stream running underneath – it was very chilly in the winter. You certainly would not want to sit there and read the paper. My mother, Marjorie Austin was one of nine children, one of which died at an early age – so she had five sisters and two brothers. Sadly they have all passed away now. When my grandparents retired to North Chideock, nobody took over Westhay Farm from them, so it was sold to the National Trust. What upset the family most though was that the National Trust demolished the farmhouse. Their excuse was that the builders were sent in to pull down an old barn and pulled down the farmhouse by mistake! At least the farm cottages are still there today. I grew up in the nearby village of Ryall with my parents and younger sister, Sonia. We went to school at Whitchurch Canonicorum. We had to walk in all weathers as there were no school buses for us then, it was a mile each way and I was only five. My mother and her brothers and sisters must have had a tougher walk to school from Westhay Farm to Charmouth. Every year we would look forward to the local flower show in Whitchurch Canonicorum, making our miniature gardens out of berries and flowers we found in the hedgerows – mum would be fretting about us not eating any of the berries. The flower show was held in the Reading Room but that’s no

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August 2010 longer there now. Sonia went on to train as a teacher, she lives in Hereford with her husband Paul and are both now enjoying their retirement. In 1940 my mother, Marjorie Austin, married my dad, Edward Love, who was a motor mechanic at Star Garage, Morecombelake, everyone called him Ted. The garage later became Frodshams Motors – now that has gone too. The Love family owned the gravel pit on Hardown Hill, Morecombelake, where they sold the gravel they brought down by horse and cart. My grandfather, William Love, and his father were quarrymen and worked the pit – that’s where the name Love Lane originated from as their family lived in the cottages in the lane. Grandad was in India during World War I but returned to the quarry after the war. When the quarries closed he went to work as a baker at Moore’s bakery in Morcombelake – he delivered the bread to all the surrounding villages on a pony and trap. My great uncle Tom Hansford, who was my grandmother Lillian Love née Hansford’s brother, was in the navy and served on the Iron Duke during the Battle of Jutland in 1916. He used to ferry Admiral Jellicoe ashore, he had a lot of tales to tell about it – I only wish I sat and listened to his stories more as he is gone now. I left Lyme Regis Senior School in the late fifties and went to work in Charmouth, in the ironmongers shop owned by the Child family. In the sixties they took over Morgans Newsagents where I worked for 39 years. I finished in the late nineties and saw a lot of changes in ownership of this shop over the years. Working in the newsagents, I got to know nearly everyone living in Charmouth but Charmouth has changed so much now, lots of new houses have been built in the last 15 years – there aren’t many people there now that I remember. When I decided to retire from Morgans I thought it would be great not to be in a routine but it was not so good and I found life boring, so, I went to help out in the shop at Golden Cap Holiday Park, Seatown for two years. Then I went to help out in the card shop, Cards and Things, in Bridport and stayed there for seven years – now I’m definitely retired! I enjoy the quiet life at home and lovely walks with my border collie, Sam – there are so many beautiful walks around here. I cannot persuade my husband, Maurice, to retire – I don’t think he knows what the word means. Maurice has worked as a Plant operator for Axminster Excavators for the last 15 years – he’s 69 now. I have always loved animals from an early age having my own cat named Rustler. I remember one day mum sent me down to the farm at Ryall owned by Mr and Mrs Barnes to get some apples or eggs – they had some baby white rabbits so I ended up going home with one in my basket forgetting about apples and eggs. I was told very sternly that I would have to be responsible for feeding and cleaning it out and I always did. I used to take the cats for walks and one day we met the bull terrier from the bottom of the road – he rushed to get the cat so I picked the cat up quickly and the dog bit the back of my leg! Maurice and I met in Charmouth when we were both working there and married in 1964. We moved here to Morcombelake, we have a couple of small paddocks and since we have been here we have always had border collies, but over the years we have taken in all sorts of animals needing a home – ducks, chickens, ferrets, rabbits, goats, budgies, cats and a Shetland pony – Dobbie, that had been in the family from a young pony and lived with us for about 25 years to the ripe old age of 35. This meant we have not had many holidays. Dobbie had lived with my aunty and uncle in Evershot and was ridden by my cousin Carolyn, I am very proud to be godmother to Carolyn’s daughter, Kelly, she’s 21 now and they live near Dorchester. I am the only one from the Love and Austin families still living in Morcombelake. Westhay Farm and Stonebarrow is a very special place to me which is why I still live very near to it. I helped to set up the ‘Past and Present’ event at Whitchurch village hall in 2009, organised by Sylvia Creed Castle. It was so popular we ran it again earlier this year. It was full of photos and the histories of local families and farms around Whitchurch Canonicorum, Wootton Fitzpaine, Morcombelake and Ryall, so I had plenty to contribute. Three years ago I had a life threatening illness. Maurice found me collapsed on the floor in the night and called an ambulance. By the time I got to hospital my heart had stopped and they had to use the crash trolley to bring me back to life. I woke up in intensive care two days later – it was very scary and frightening. Then they moved me to a high dependency ward – the Coronary Care ward. After lots of tests I was taken to Bournemouth Hospital where two very good heart surgeons found what was wrong – they put hot wires in my heart and burnt out the problem – something they told me I was probably born with, but I’m still here to tell the tale. Someone from the hospital told me I have been given a second chance in life now and I should enjoy everyday, even if it’s just listening to the birds singing – which I thought was very nice, and I do.” Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 13

FROM THE ARCHIVES A Look back at some of the people we have featured in the Marshwood Vale Magazine

August 2010 In workshops throughout the world, inspirational craftsmen and women have been developing complex skills to create beautiful furniture. From elegant chairs and tables, to distinctive cabinets, desks and beds, their carving, sanding, tonguing and grooving has added both function and beauty to our lives. No less inspirational and fascinating is the world of the luthier, the maker of stringed instruments. Fergus Byrne visited Lyme Regis based musician and luthier, Marshall Stapleton, who is electrifying an ancient craft.

IT’S fair to say that we live in a world where much is taken for granted. Milk comes from the shop, electricity from a switch, water from a tap and music comes from the stereo—or nowadays more likely a computer or iPod. However music, as most of us know, comes from a huge range of different instruments and finding out what makes these different instruments work was what started Lyme Regis musician, Marshall Stapleton, on a unique adventure in wood. He had played a guitar since he was 13. “Months of pleading with my parents was rewarded with a cheap and extremely nasty second hand plywood Spanish guitar”, remembers Marshall. “The thick and slightly rusty metal strings were about half an inch from the fret board until I thought of lowering the bridge, thereby rendering it playable. In retrospect this was a moment of epiphany.” Fifteen years and a lot of cheap guitars later, he had another moment of epiphany when he managed to buy a second hand Martin guitar—one of the top American makes. Although the experience of having an exceptional guitar helped him enjoy playing more, it reinforced his quest to find out what makes an instrument so good. So not only did he try to find out, he decided to try to make one. Enrolling in evening classes, he started to build a steel-string guitar under the tutelage of master craftsman Sam Palmer, famous for his Hurdy Gurdys.

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During this time he came into contact with George Hinchliffe, a muti-talented musician who had hit on the idea of forming a band playing only ukuleles—not at all hip in 1988. Marshall played with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain for a time and was inspired to begin making ukuleles. He made what must have been the first Flying V ukulele, modelling it on the Gibson electric guitar, much loved by the heavy metal fraternity. Today cheap, Chinese made copies of Marshall’s rock ‘n roll uke are all over the internet. He admits it’s not an easy shape to play and is really just a bit of fun. “However, now of course the ukulele scene is massive,” says Marshall. “It has become the people’s instrument, a reaction maybe to the greedy so called music business and soulless expensive modern technology. Groups have sprung up all over the world bringing people together to play these charming mini guitars.” Marshall continues to build musical instruments in his studio in Lyme Regis, making mostly tenor ukuleles, a bigger instrument, tuned the same but with more scope for a serious musician. “Many guitar players are discovering the ukulele has a serious side and is an instrument in its own right” he says. “I feel proud to have had a small part in its renaissance and long may they pluck!” He has also recently built a special electro-acoustic guitar which is to be sold at Axminster Music in Axminster.

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August 19, Furleigh Estate Nordic Walking in the Vineyard: Get fizzical at Furleigh Estate. Socially distanced, evening Nordic Walking class with Julia and Paul from The Garden Studio from 5.30pm. Cost £10 per person including loan of poles and glass of fizz to finish. See to book. August 20, Bridport Millenium Green AGM of Bridport Millennium Green, 6.30pm for the Trustees, followed by the Friends. It will be held in the open on the Green, members and public are welcome to attend, although there is only a maximum of 30 as the event has to be socially distanced. Chairs provided. More details Sandra Brown 01308 423078. Chard Camera Club It is anticipated that the club will remain closed during the month of August a period that they normally use as a holiday period but will use the time for distancing purposes under the current situation. Further updates as they are made can be viewed on the clubs website www. which is updated on a daily/weekly basis. Enquiries can be made by calling the members secretary Joyce on 01460 66885. Chard Royal Naval Association The association will remain shut down til further notice awaiting direction from their Head Quarters giving the go ahead for form of resumption. Any queries can be made with the branch secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978. Marine Theatre Marine Theatre: The Show Must Go On. Like all live performance venues, the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis is currently closed, given the restrictions of the Coronavirus crisis. While pubs, shops, and cinemas may be reopening, live entertainment is still not possible indoors under current rules. To keep in touch with its audience, the Marine has staged online events, such as the Sunday Sessions and a screening of the play written to celebrate its 125th anniversary last year. The Marine is also looking at whether a few outdoor performances are safe and viable this Summer. The Marine has been able to weather the crisis through its small reserves, generous public donations, and grants. It is possible that socially distanced live events may be allowed in the medium term. However, even at one metre

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distance, the capacity of the arts venue would be reduced by two-thirds, which is unlikely to make most performances financially possible. As a result, the Marine is reviewing costs and raising money, while looking forward to the lifting of restrictions that will make live performances more viable in the historic building. Members of the public are donating to its reopening fund, details of which are on its website at Director Gabby Rabbitts said: “We are working hard to raise funds and reduce costs, so we are confident that we will open again in the coming months. Like everyone, we are in an evolving situation where public safety is a priority and restrictions are out of our control. That makes it hard to predict a reopening date. I’d like to personally thank all those that have donated to our reopening fund, which is really helping us. Better times will come when we can welcome our volunteers and audiences back to enjoy music, comedy, and other performances, along with all the wonderful socialising that comes with those things.” Calligraphy Courses. Jenny Trotman plans to start a new Beginners’ Calligraphy course soon at her upstairs studio in Dorchester. 5 fortnightly lessons on Saturday mornings, 10 am – 12. Small groups, no more than 5 people £60.00. Tea and coffee as well! Phone: 01305 – 264568 for more details and to enrol. Bridport Museum Bridport Museum’s ropemakers are going ‘rogue’ this Summer. Whilst the Museum is closed they will be making rope outside each Thursday during the school holidays when the weather is good. Come along between 11.30 and 1pm on 30 July, 6, 13, 20, and 27 August at 3 September on the Arts Centre forecourt alongside Bucky Doo, and watch them twist their magic: you might even get a piece of rope to take away! For more details and times visit the website www. or follow the Museum on Facebook and Twitter @bridportmuseum. Seaton Garden Club Seaton Garden Club has had to make the decision to lockdown the Club until January 2021 when hopefully meetings and outings can resume. Forde Abbey Gardens Forde Abbey Gardens, Plant Nursery and Gift Shop. Over the past few months it’s been all hands to the trowel, and

the family along with Jo and Clem have been working away in the garden to ensure it is looking its absolute best. They invite you to come and enjoy the fruits of their labour in the fresh air and wide open spaces of the garden. Along with the shop and plant nursery full of seasonal inspiration, open daily from 11am. The loos are open, and they will have measures in place to ensure that all safety guidelines are followed. Open daily, from 11am. Tel: 01460 220231. Beaminster Museum Beaminster Museum plans to reopen for the 2021 season on Friday 2nd April 2021 at the earliest. Please check website for the latest information – www. It is hoped that the museum may carry on with some activities in alternative premises while the Museum itself is closed. Volunteers will continue to carry out curatorial and research work while closed. In the meantime, questions about the museum’s artefacts can be sent as usual using the details on the Contacts page of their website. AVDCS Axe Vale & District Conservation Society are sad to say that all of their August and September events have now been cancelled. They will not be planning their usual Autumn/Winter programme of events but, if it is possible to hold some, they will publicise them individually with as much notice as possible. East Devon Ramblers East Devon Ramblers are going to start walking again in groups of no more than six, including the leader. All walks need to be booked with the leader prior to attending a walk. Information about the walks that are on offer can be found on the East Devon Ramblers website. www.

Local couple to cycle 2500 miles for charity SIMON and Jude Hill are cycling 2500 miles to raise awareness of Postpartum Psychosis (PP) and funding for Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP). When their third daughter suffered from Postpartum Psychosis, after the birth of her daughter in 2018, Simon and Jude were so grateful for the support she received whilst in Leeds Mother and Baby unit (MBU). That support has continued to help her towards making a full recovery and now Simon and Jude are determined to try to help those that helped them. ‘We had been planning a long bike ride in the USA to raise funds for APP but that was shelved with the onset of the pandemic’ explained Jude. ‘We realised that whilst we have all been enduring the difficulties of lockdown, a small number of mothers, their partners and families have had to cope with the additional challenges brought on by PP. Raising money to facilitate the work of APP must not be delayed, to support future mothers who experience Postpartum Psychosis.’ Starting on 21st August, 2020, Simon and Jude will be riding from Lands End to John O’Groats and Simon will ride back ( Jude will be doing a few less miles as another Grandchild is due in late September!). Following mainly National Cycle Routes (SUSTRANS) to cover the 2500 miles, they will be camping whenever possible. ‘Our hope is to be back at our home in Somerset by early October’ said Jude. You can follow Simon and Judith on Instagram and Facebook or donate at their JustGiving page. Instagram: pedalling_for_pp_awareness Facebook: Judith.hill.9889 JustGiving:

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Classes are run by Ruth Bizley, a qualified teacher of lipreading to adults, and usually take place in Honiton, Bridport and Exeter. These sessions came to an abrupt end just before lockdown, when groups could no longer meet face-to-face. Since mid-April Ruth has been running sessions via Zoom every Thursday, with a choice of morning or afternoon. To try a Zoom session, or to be kept up-to-date with information on classes, contact Ruth by email: or text/phone 07855 340517. West Bay Discovery Centre Until 31st October. Exhibition ‘Down the track’. Looking back to a time when the railway ran between Bridport and West Bay. Open Wednesdays, Thursday & Sundays 11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm -4 pm. Please check website for opening times as they may be subject to change. Admission free, donations welcomed. Further details. http://www. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 17

Heritage Trails

walking through Bridport’s history


he countryside around Bridport and the Marshwood Vale offers some of the most beautiful walks in the area and with Government advice suggesting we all get out a little more to benefit out health, there is little excuse for not taking advantage of the local area. But there’s more than just beautiful countryside to enjoy. Bridport has a fascinating heritage and thanks to Bridport Museum it is possible to take a guided walk through the town with it’s heritage trails. The Museum has made its heritage trails available to download for free on its website www. Currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic the museum is pulling out all the stops to make more local history available online. The heritage trails guide the walker through some of the highlights of Bridport’s history. For example, did you know that the museum is on the site of an

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old castle, originally built to defend the town. The town was important as a transport route from West Bay and along the coast. The building dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, in the 1500s. At one stage, it was divided into three separate buildings. There were two houses at the rear, while the building at the front had different uses, including being the base for the Bridport Working Men’s Association. The fascinating trails are available for South Street and East Street and offer information on many of the town’s buildings. In South street you can imagine yourself in The Electric Palace in the 1920 when

it was built by Palmer’s Brewery as an Opera House for the town. It was one of the first buildings to have electricity. On the East Street trails you can look at The Chapel in the Garden. Did you know it used to be a pub called The Crown Inn? Museum Director Emily Hicks said: ‘We hope we are able to open the Museum later this year, but in the meantime, why not unearth the history right on your doorstep… you never know what you might discover!’ Bridport has a much history and the museum has it all to hand. To download a copy of the heritage trails visit www.

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Left: George Eyston, seated in an MG K-Type at Brooklands Below: Eddie Hall talking to Cecil Kimber

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Prized photographs coming to auction


awrences in Crewkerne prove to be a popular choice for collectors looking to sell their prized lots and in partnership with Transport Collector Auctions, they will be selling two celebrated collections on the 17th and 18th November. The John Maitland Motor Racing Photographic Archive and Library to be sold on the 17th November consists of about 1000 photographs of mainly 1920s and 1930s motor racing. Included in the collection is a photograph of George Eyston, seated in an MG K-Type at Brooklands estimated at £100-200. There is also an excellent library of mainly Motor Racing books and literature, with many unusual and rare examples being offered as part of the collection. The Bryan Goodman Social Motoring Photographic Archive and Library to be sold on the 18th November is a world renown collection comprising approximately 20,000 photographs of road transport dating between 1895 and 1949 and is being offered in lots of individual marques and themes. The collection also includes enamel signs and ephemera and a good reference library. The Brooklands scene was photographed at Brooklands on 6th May 1933 following the 3-hour Junior Car Club International Trophy. Standing in white overalls, talking to Cecil Kimber is Eddie Hall who had just finished 2nd in the race using the MG works K3 Magnette – the lady behind in the dark overalls is Mrs ‘Bill’ (Elsie) Wisdom who finished 3rd in her K3, and Earl Howe coming 2nd in the third K3, making a significant 1-2-3 class win for MG. Estimate £100-200. The two-day sale also includes automobilia and a one-owner Collection of Historic Cycling. Production is well underway. Be sure to contact Peter Card at Transport Collector Auctions if you wish to consign to this sale on 01460 55955 or

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Beer Quarry Caves NEW DISCOVERIES IN ANCIENT CAVES How can you find new things at a place as ancient as ours? The answer is that these caverns are like Alibaba’s treasure caves from the Arabian Thousand and one Nights; they always have something new to show us, because they always have something hidden away, something no one has seen before. A spot of fly fishing for salmon down there in the dark? It’s not as fantastic as it might seem. We can hear water running somewhere beneath and behind the west face of the workings. We don’t know where the water comes from and we don’t know where it goes but a great deal of the fun of Beer Quarry caves is trying to find out all the things we don’t yet know. A book, published around 1926 about walks in Wessex, warns that you shouldn’t enter Beer Quarry caves without a guide as they are full of water and you might drown. Right now the caves are dry, with only one puddle by the west face, close to where we can hear the water flow. You’d be unlucky to get the soles of your shoes wet. OLDER HISTORY STILL But why history at all? When visitors come to Beer Quarry caves its almost always to have a look at what preserved history looks like. Our walls bear the marks of almost 2,000 years of the men, women and children of Beer chipping away at the limestone seam in the caves. The first Roman cuts, then the Anglo Saxon, then the Norman are clearly visible and touchable. Much of what we discuss and talk about on the tours is this visible, preserved history. Why? Why bother with what the ancestors of the folk from Beer village had to do to survive over the millennia? The general answer is that we should study history so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. But there is also the sheer fascination in satisfying our curiosity by probing the unknown, in discovering the things that time has hidden. What can we learn from this extended saga of cruelty that cut the lives of the Beer miners to a span of less than 30 years, crippled by disease and injury? We can maybe learn that human lives, all human lives, matter and people should not, for economic reasons, be condemned to a mole like existence in the bowls of the earth, digging out stone, albeit stone that will later be part of the great cathedrals that are the historic legacy of the middle ages. As our founder the late John Scott emphasises in our CD recording of his key lecture tour, out of terrible toil rose buildings of enduring magnificence. The lesson for us is that we still benefit

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from the low wages and child labour employed in the developing world to have our cheap high fashion, and our £5 Tee shirts. The world has changed but not enough. Beer Quarry Caves, are not like a museum with the exhibits in glass cases. Here you can run your hands along the actual history, touch the walls the people of centuries ago worked and see the caverns they created. This is history ‘in your face, at your fingertips’. BEER HISTORY BEFORE THE ROMANS SHOWED UP We have already discovered from reviewing local archaeological records in the Beer area that before the Romans officially invaded Britain the second time in AD 43, they may have been trading with the people of Beer. In the digs on Quarry lane are some fragments of Roman pottery. This raises two questions. The first is what did Beer possess that the village could trade with? The second is what might the fishing village of Beer have looked like between, say 4000 BC and 50 AD? The answer to the first question is simple, if still substantially unstudied. Beer was the manufacturing centre at the heart of the flint industry in the South West of England. Based on flint records across ancient Britain and Europe, flint was the key tool for two things. Tools for cutting animals for food and clothing. And the components of fire kits, that were later standard issue with the Roman legions. Fire and food, that’s what flint was for. STONEHENGE AND BEER QUARRY CAVES The new and extraordinary discoveries at Stonehenge are important for Beer, Beer Quarry Caves and the Farway stone age necropolis. The details emerging in Wiltshire show a hugely different picture to the simple one so many of us grew up with. The site is not merely the group of well known vertical stones capped with horizontal blocks. It is a huge area, with paths down to the Avon river and a central array of newly discovered pillars 20 meters tall. It is in short a stone age city, perhaps Britain’s first ever city? It was a place that drew pilgrims from all over the country. It was a place for religious ceremony and to bury the dead. Just like Farway. We are looking at the links between the grave at Fir Cross and the three settlements, at Blackbury, Farway and Sidbury, and the as yet undiscovered stone age settlement in Beer itself, to see if what we have is a mini Stonehenge. Steve Rodgers. Curator and Manager. Beer Quarry Caves June 2020


AXMINSTER Arson attack

Police believe arsonists are behind a fire at a tattoo business in Axminster. Fire services were called out to attend a fire at Chris’s Tat Shack tattoo studio on Lyme Road, Axminster, at around 2am on August 9th. Police believe an accelerant was used to start the fire which damaged the door frame and interior but no damage was reported to the flats above the shop. A window was also smashed in the incident. A police spokesperson said that threatening graffiti was also daubed on the shop’s exterior and that spray paint was used to obscure CCTV at the front of the building. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at quoting CR/065418/20.

BRIDPORT Melplash Memories

With this year’s popular Melplash Show cancelled, Bridport Museum is working with the Melplash Show team to share Melplash photographs and objects from their collections. And they are asking others to do the same. You can share your favourite memories, anecdotes, memorabilia, photos or videos. Just post on their Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram @bridportmuseum using the hashtag #MelplashMemories. Or email and they can post it up for you. The origins of the Melplash Show go back to the day that Melplash church was consecrated in 1846. A ploughing match was held to resolve a dispute between two farmers. During the joint consecration and competition celebrations the assembled farmers and landowners formed the Melplash Agricultural Society and hold a ploughing competition which became an annual show.

LYME REGIS Anti social behavior hot spot Hopes for a local ‘rescue package’ for the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth have been dashed after a fundraising effort failed to reach its target. With current trading conditions beyond challenging, the hotel owners, Christian Guild, have placed the hotel on the open market. The Music Room in the hotel had hosted many concerts and following an appeal from a number of community groups the owners agreed to allow an effort by local people to come up with a rescue package. Using the slogan ‘Save Sidmouth’s Hidden Gem’ the group managed to raise over £250,000 towards their goal of £2M to pay for a phased refurbishment and relaunch of the hotel. All of those who pledged toward the appeal are to have their money returned.

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BEAMINSTER Appeal for witnesses Detectives investigating a reported burglary near Beaminster are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. It was reported that at around 10pm on Monday 3 August 2020 a caravan was broken into in Stoke Abbott and a Stihl 261 chainsaw and bill hook, which the owner uses for their work as a tree surgeon, were stolen. Following enquiries, a 24-year-old Poole man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and he has been released under investigation. Detective Constable George Graham, of Western CID, said: “We are continuing to investigate this matter and the property that was reported stolen has not yet been recovered. He urged anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area on that night to please contact Dorset Police avia email 101@dorset. or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200114733.

DORSET New tourist attraction Dorset has a new tourist attraction these days but it may just be temporary. The cruise liners, anchored off Weymouth Bay and other bays along the coastline have offered a whole new view for fascinated locals and tourists alike. They have now become a tourist attraction in their own right whilst also providing enterprising boat owners the opportunity to charge tourists for trips around the giant ships. BBC news reported that as holidays on board were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic the ships had nowhere to go so have anchored up to await instructions from their owners. According to the report there are about 100 crew currently on each of the P&O vessels off the south coast including crew, cleaners, electricians, chefs and medics.

Fleet Air Arm Museum to reopen in August


he Fleet Air Arm Museum, in Yeovilton, will reopen to the public on 14 August 2020 with a range of new safety measures in place The Fleet Air Arm Museum, which is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is based next to the home of the Fleet Air Arm, and one of the busiest military airbases in the country, the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. The Museum provides a crucial public connection to the 80 year old air base. It is also one of the top three tourist attractions in Somerset and plays an important role in the local tourism economy welcoming over 80,000 visitors a year. Due to the escalating Coronavirus Crisis, NMRN chose to close all of its sites, including the FAAM in March. Since then they have been clear about the devastating impact the loss of admission has had on their financial position. The General Manager of the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Marc Farrance says “We are so pleased to announce that the museum will be opening to the public again and we are very eager to welcome visitors back through our doors. The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on our finances, as even though we are a National Museum 81% of our revenue is generated through our visitors. Now that we are able to reopen we are excited to see what the rest of the year will hold.” When the Fleet Air Arm Museum reopens many of its signature exhibition spaces will be open for the public to explore, one of which boasts the historic Concorde 002 prototype as well as many other historic aircraft. However, some aspects of the museum will look a little different due to social distancing and safety measures. Marc Farrance describes one of these measures “We have been working hard to ensure that our museum will be a safe and welcoming place for visitors to enjoy.

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In order to do this we will be implementing a timed ticketing system and all bookings must be made online as this will ensure that we can accurately manage our capacity levels.” As well as managing capacities, the museum will also adhere to social distancing measures. Marc has expanded on some of the logistical issues stating that “COVID-19 safety measures have presented a unique challenge for us when we reopen. We are keen to ensure visitors that they will still have a great day out with us and their safety and enjoyment is our highest priority. In order to ensure their safety and make guests feel comfortable we will be introducing a one-way route, protective screens and cashless payments.” The museum has chosen to reopen on the 75 anniversary weekend of VJ Day, which marks the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. Visitors can come along to the museum and learn about the role of the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War. They can also see a variety of aircraft that would have been used during the period. As well as this the NMRN will also be marking this special occasion on their digital channels with a series of online virtual events in which they will be working in conjunction with the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum. The content for the commemoration will be announced over the coming days. On the rest of the year, Marc comments “We are looking forward to the rest of the year and can’t wait to open on this special date. We hope that this will bring more people to the museum so that we can share the incredible stories of the Fleet Air Arm.” For anyone wishing to donate to either Museum in support of their Covid-19 recovery, please visit https:// Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 25


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Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of our interview with Kathy Crouch

BENEFITS IN THE GARDEN Seth Dellow talks with garden designer Kathy Crouch


ontinuing on in our series of audio and video features, looking at different aspects of life in our wider local community, click on the links below to have a listen to Seth Dellow’s conversation with garden designer Kathy Crouch. Kathy, whose accolades include ‘BBC Gardener of the Decade’, ‘BBC Gardener of the Year’ and ‘Gold Medal Winner’ at the Chelsea Flower Show. Discussing the mental health benefits of gardening Kathy points out, that, disabilities and mental health conditions tend to mean higher anxiety and increased levels of stress. She sees Kathy Crouch gardening as having a ‘mindfulness’ effect. The sights, scents and peacefullness of a garden all contribute to a calmness that is hard to find in the world around us. And she also points out that, like everything else in life, things can go wrong. ‘It teaches you realism’ says Kathy. She says there will be failures, ‘there will be rabbits come and eat your produce, there will be slugs chewing at everything’ but she says this all teaches patience. And most of all ‘you have to put some effort in and hard work.’ To channel a famous quote from John F Kennedy, perhaps we should say: think not about what you can do for your garden, but more about what your garden can do for you. Click on the links below to listen to Parts 1 and 2.

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Seth Dellow is a University of Exeter student reading History & Politics, with a keen interest in political history and public policy. Aside from academia, he is active in the local community, regularly volunteering and has won the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards twice. His experience extends to the media sector and he enjoys interviewing people from a wide range of backgrounds, often to discuss the emerging themes of the day. You can learn more about Seth at

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orset Wildlife Trust (DWT) welcomes recent government announcements to invest in local nature conservation projects. However, there is deep concern about the threat to environmental regulations and massive spending on roads at a time when serious investment in nature could address the greatest emergencies of our time—climate change and nature loss—as well as providing jobs and improving people’s lives. In June, the Prime Minister announced a new deal for Britain “which puts jobs and infrastructure at the centre of the government’s economic growth strategy.” Despite promising a green recovery and to ‘Build Back Greener’ the announcement raised concerns about the future of environmental regulations that protect wildlife and the natural environment. In response to this, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, Brian Bleese said, “We must take this opportunity to put nature at the heart of all development. Degrading the environment in order to facilitate rapid building will only deepen the environmental and climate crises. We need investment in the future health of the natural environment, which will create jobs and stimulate economic growth. Economic growth and environmental improvements should not be mutually exclusive.” In his speech, the Prime Minister made specific reference to building fast and removing wildlife that

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presents an obstacle. DWT is extremely concerned that this is painting a false picture and blaming wildlife when development timescales depend on a whole host of factors, not least Local Authority capacity and the housing market. The Habitats and Birds Regulations have been reviewed by DEFRA numerous times and in 2012 were declared fit for purpose. There is already a new system in place for ensuring great crested newts are protected through development whilst speeding up decisions. Our wildlife is already heavily depleted and downgrading the small amount of protection it currently has will be counter-productive to our national wellbeing. DWT encourages the right development in the right place. Developers must take account of nature in the early stages of the planning process. In Dorset, DWT and partners have worked for many years to set up systems that give clarity for developers and speed up the planning process, whilst protecting wildlife. This is working for Dorset’s heathlands and Poole Harbour and Dorset Council run a well-established system to assess wildlife impacts of most applications in their area prior to registration. This has been welcomed by planners and developers and speeds up the process whilst protecting wildlife. Find out more about how Dorset Wildlife Trust is working to ensure a wilder future at www.

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Mysterious Walls explained


cross Somerset there are a number of mysterious walls which are divorced from buildings and serve no obvious function. These may be as high as 25 feet with a width of 15 feet or so. At the recent meeting of the Ilminster and District Probus Club Dr John Ashton explained that these were relics from a game that used to be widely played by the youth of the county. The game of “Fives” is believed to have been brought to Somerset by French monks building Hamdon Priory and is based on the Basque game of Pelota. Adopted by the young men of the County is was frequently played against the walls of churches until damage to these buildings made it unpopular with the authorities. Local inns and public houses often constructed special Fives Walls as a way of attracting custom and some eleven of these may still be found across the County. Good examples can be found in Shepton Beauchamp, South Petherton (pictured) and

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Stoke-sub-Hamdon where it is still associated with the local pub, the Fleur de Lis, linking it right back to the French monks. The Ilminster and District Probus Club, part of the world-wide Probus organisation, draws its members from local retired and semi-retired businessmen and professionals and enables similarly minded people to make new friends and expand their interests. Monthly meetings generally include talks by invited speakers which cover a wide range of topics. Other recent talks have included prospecting for minerals in the Rocky Mountains, Dowsing and the rôle and development of regional newspapers. There are also occasional “away days” to places on interest and occasional social functions which include members’ partners. Anyone interested in the Club should contact the President on: 01460 74007, who will provide further information.

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Let the Sunshine In! By Helen Fisher

CREWKERNE £650,000

A 1920s Mediterranean-style villa set centrally within its beautiful, mature gardens. Well presented, with 5 bedrooms and views from every room. Dining room lit by an atrium and large sliding doors to decking area. Large basement for storage. Acre garden with water feature, trees, shrubs and 4 outbuildings. Garage and ample parking. Knight Frank Tel: 01935 808648

LYME REGIS £300,000

A spacious ground floor apartment in a elevated position with sea and town views, with plenty of natural light. Original features inc: large bay window and fireplace with coal effect gas fire. Beautifully kept lawn communal gardens plus a range of mature shrubs and trees. With allocated off-road parking and visitor spaces. Symonds and Sampson Tel: 01308 422092

BEER £650,000

A beautifully presented 3 double bedroom former farmhouse close to the sea. Set in a quiet location yet very easy access into the village. Spacious with high ceilings and plenty of natural light. Family bathroom with roll-top bath plus family shower room. Fully enclosed garden with 2 small trees, summerhouse and timber shed. Private garage and parking. Gordon and Rumsby Tel: 01297 553768 32 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 Tel. 01308 423031

UPLODERS £450,000

A very well maintained detached south-facing bungalow with 3 bedrooms, set in an attractive village. With uPVC double-glazed windows and doors and modern kitchen and bathroom. Beautifully landscaped private, secluded gardens with paved terrace and flower and shrub boarders. Garage block and off-road parking. Kennedys Tel: 01308 427329

CHIDEOCK £775,000

A detached Arts and Crafts-style 4 bedroom house in a stunning rural yet convenient position. Recently extended and improved with classical and modern styling. With bi—folding doors & roof lantern in the kitchen/family and room triple aspects in many rooms. Secluded, well stocked gardens with carport, garage and workshop/studio. Ample parking. Stags Tel: 01308 428000

WEST BAY £365,000

A stunning elevated ground floor apartment with 2 double bedrooms and views across the harbour. High specification contemporary accommodation and spacious open plan living area with ample natural light. Built in wardrobes, under floor heating and an under lit bath. Allocated parking in a gated parking area. Goadsby Tel: 01308 420000

Increase in buyers coming home from Europe WITH a sharp move towards Brits holidaying at home the next question is will Brexit and Coronavirus drive retirees away from their dream homes in Europe? The news from retirement property specialist, Cognatum, seems to suggest so. The company has experienced a significant increase in enquiries from UK nationals currently based in Europe, as well as from their families who are based in the UK. In the local area Cognatum has retirement properties on the market in Ilminster, South Petherton and Iwerne Minster. Speaking of the enquiries, John Lavin of Cognatum says, ‘The vast majority are from UK residents who left the UK to retire to European countries.’ John explained that historically there are many reasons for a return to the UK. ‘For some people, the life that they’ve looked forward to for years simply doesn’t live up to the expectation’ he said ‘or it runs out of appeal after a few years—holidaying somewhere is very different to living there full time.’ He said that a significant concern for many of those returning from abroad is their physical wellbeing, which has been sharply brought into focus by the coronavirus pandemic; living overseas as a fit seventy-something

is very different to remaining in a foreign country as your health deteriorates, especially for those who don’t speak the language. ‘In the UK, the Welfare State picks up the slack if finances don’t run to full-time care, but this isn’t the case in most European countries. There are also those who are widowed, or concerned about becoming so. And of course on a more positive note the lure of grandchildren shouldn’t be underestimated, people do tend to develop a greater desire to be near family.’ He stated that statistics show that around 30% of those retiring overseas return within three years. ‘But our expectation is that, as a result of Brexit and coronavirus, this figure will rise considerably over the next year or two.’ His advice to those who are considering a move home is not to panic, but equally not to delay. A move for those relocating country requires more complicated logistics than for those moving within the UK. Cognatum, an independent not for profit company and, has 60 retirement estates across central and southern England. For more information telephone 01491 821170 or email To view their properties visit

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Popular landlords moving to run the Pymore Inn


AT a time of enormous insecurity for the hospitality industry, local businesses are doing everything they can to keep trading. However, with social distancing rules those with outside space are doing better than others. Two pubs around Bridport that have managed to make space for visitors in their gradens, The Ilchester arms in Symondsbury and The Pymore Inn in Pymore, now have an unexpected link. Electric Pubs, the Dorset based independent pub and restaurant operator, have announced that Will and Holly Good, currently running the Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury are to become the new landlords of the Pymore Inn. The Pymore has undergone a very significant refurbishment over the last year, and now has the largest pub garden in the Bridport area—beautifully replanted in the spring of this year. There is a new outdoor bar and kitchen offering food from a new garden menu and a wide range of local beers, ciders and wines. On sunny days the pub does a roaring trade with sensibly distanced tables for table service only. Steve Killingbeck, Operations Director at Electric Pubs said ‘Will and Holly are well known in the Bridport area, having successfully run the Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury for the last few years. We are delighted that they have agreed to join our group and we look forward to them starting at the Pymore Inn in the Autumn.’ Will Good added ‘Holly and I are really excited to be running the Pymore Inn. It’s one of the best pubs in the area, with enormous potential. We look forward to welcoming all the locals when we arrive’. For more information about The Ilchester Arms telephone 01308 422600 or to book a table at The Pymore Inn telephone 01308 422 625.

SOMERSET-based cider family, Sheppy’s Cider, has been awarded 5 Taste of the West awards for its signature drinks, which includes 4 Gold and 1 Silver. Sheppy’s Vintage Cider, Sheppy’s Classic Cider, Sheppy’s Cider with Raspberry, and Sheppy’s 200 Special Edition all received Gold, whilst Sheppy’s Low Alcohol was awarded silver. As one of the oldest and most respected cider families in the world, with a long history that goes back more than 200 years, Sheppy’s is extremely proud to add these accolades to its expanding list of awards and further reinforce itself as a well-respected produced of premium cider in the South West. Through more than 200 years of making real premium craft cider, six generations of the Sheppy family have weathered the ups and downs of combining farming with cider-making by embracing change and opportunity. In recent times they have created brand new production facilities, freeing their lovely old brick buildings for development. They ferment their ciders using the naturally occurring wild yeast from the apples and then mature some of them in oak vats, many of which have been in the family for almost 100 years. Taste of the West is the largest independent regional food group in the UK and promotes the incredible local food and drink that comes from this region. To receive such great recognition and praise at its awards highlights the truly exceptional nature of Sheppy’s Cider products and the maintenance of incredibly high standards.

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Hand sanitiser for ShelterBox DEVON’S award-winning Salcombe Distilling Co has announced the launch of its luxury hand sanitiser, with every bottle purchased providing a matched sanitiser donation to ShelterBox. The distillery has teamed up with the Cornwall based disaster relief charity ShelterBox to launch the ‘Hand 2 Hand’ campaign, helping those around the world who need it most by donating 100ml of ‘Safe Harbour’ hand sanitiser to ShelterBox staff and volunteers, with the purchase of every 100ml bottle. Now in its 20th year ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters. Where traditionally hand sanitisers are purely functional and unscented, Salcombe Distilling Co.’s ‘Safe Harbour’ is not only crafted according the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved formula but also delivers an exceptional smell and luxurious feel, making it the perfect handbag and household essential. The hand sanitiser is available to purchase from select premium retailers and independent venues across the country and is also available for home delivery from

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Guest Recipe

Sally Clarke Sally Clarke is one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. Trained in Paris and London, she moved to California in 1979, where she worked in the kitchens and dining rooms of Michael’s and West Beach Café. It was while in California that she met her mentor Alice Waters, chef and proprietor of Chez Panisse, and that her love of disarmingly simple cooking based on the freshest local ingredients was born.


INGREDIENTS • 650 g ripe tomatoes, plum, beefsteak or heritage variety • 1 medium red onion • 2 ripe nectarines • 200 g feta or ricotta • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar • Salt and pepper • 4 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp roughly chopped parsley • Flower blossoms such as nasturtium Serves 4


Sally Clarke: 30 Ingredients by Sally Clarke (Frances Lincoln)

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1. Take three or four different types of tomatoes, chosen for their colours and shapes. Cut them in slices or wedges and scatter them over a flat serving dish.

2. Slice the nectarine from the stone in wedges and place them in and around the tomatoes. 3. Cut the red onion in half and then in paper thin slices across, making half rings. Sprinkle this on top and add shavings of feta or crumbled ricotta. 4. Place the mustard, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk with a fork until blended. Gradually add the olive oil until it is to your taste. 5. Spoon this dressing over and around the salad and scatter with the chopped parsley. Finish with beautiful blossoms if you have any and eat as soon as possible.

Guest Recipe

Prakash K Sivanathan Niranjala M Ellawala

CARROT SAMBOL Spicy carrot relish



• 3 medium carrots, grated (shredded) • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced • 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped • 2 tbsp freshly grated or desiccated (shredded) coconut • 1 tsp ground black pepper • 1 tsp Maldive fish

1. Put the grated (shredded) carrot into a bowl. 2. Add the onion, green chilli, tomato, coconut, pepper, Maldive fish (if using), lime juice and salt. 3. Mix it all together well. 4. Taste for salt and lime and serve.

(optional) • juice of ½ lime • ½ tsp salt

Prakash and Niranjala opened the Elephant Walk restaurant in London in 2004. It won the coveted Cobra Good Curry Guide Award in 2006 for the best Sri Lankan Restaurant in the UK and became much celebrated in a city where authentic Sri Lankan food was very hard to come by. Prakash and Niranjala retired from the restaurant in 2013, but their passion for the food of their country is as strong as ever, and they continue to pass on their knowledge to others.

Variation: For Beetroot (Beet) Sambol, follow the method for Carrot Sambol, but use beetroot instead of carrot and exclude the coconut. Sri Lanka: The Cookbook by Prakash K Sivanathan and Niranjala M Ellawala ISBN-10: 0711238588 ISBN-13: 978-0711238589

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with 18 specially pre-recorded classical concerts starting in August


espite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19, classical music charity Concerts in the West is delighted to be in a position to invite its audiences to enjoy some wonderful classical music online in 18 unique pre-recorded concerts, giving people a taste of future live concerts. The online concerts feature a fantastic line-up of top class musicians, including those who were due to play for Concerts in the West audiences this year, had not the pandemic sadly forced their cancellation, as well as those who have been invited to play in 2021 and 2022. All these musicians have made a tremendous effort to perform together and record their music especially for Concerts in the West’s exciting series of virtual concerts. A short video explaining why Concerts in the West decided to create its Online Series can be viewed on You Tube: Ranging in length from 30-45 minutes, the performances can be viewed from 20 August to 22 October 2020 - for one month from the date of transmission - on Facebook, YouTube and www. Concerts in the West’s website: www. - go to videos, the concert videos will be available on the date advertised You Tube: UCesxFzxz-ooM3gnLB7hZCJg?view_as=subscriber Facebook: Catherine Maddocks, the founder and director of Concerts in the West, has been working hard throughout lockdown organising the digital concert series, as well as rebooking this year’s musicians to play in 2021 and even in 2022. So audiences will still have plenty of live performances to look forward to. Catherine remains positive about future concerts, saying: “It is wonderful to be able to start thinking ahead and we can’t wait to welcome the musicians and

our audiences back again to our quirky and individual venues. In the meantime, we hope people enjoy our online series, which is being funded from our own resources. We aren’t selling tickets, so it would be lovely if our audiences could donate to support us and the musicians.” Details of how to donate can be found on the Concerts in the West website: https://www. Catherine is passionate about keeping the classical music concerts going despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19: “Shock, sadness and fear clutched at everyone in March 2020. Gradually we adapted to the life we were being asked to live. For many, the thought that live music would disappear from our lives was appalling and so we have been working on what to do about it. “As we gradually came to realise that live venue performances in the UK were going to take some time to get going again we had to make the decision to cancel 2020 and start again in March 2021. We are optimistic that we will be able to. “In the meantime we want to keep music alive for our audiences and have therefore decided to create an online series, which will run over several weeks in the late summer and early Autumn. Riccardo Pes has been helping us with this, particularly on the technical side. He organised the Andrà tutto bene Festival early in the lockdown so is very active and knowledgeable in this field. “We are delighted that a lovely group of musicians has agreed to take part. They have worked hard to find venues to work in safely and have only recently managed to get together under the Government guidelines.” Riccardo Pes, Technical Director, said: “It is thanks to organisations like Concert in the West that the music is surviving during this unprecedented time.”

CONCERTS IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 20 August - 6pm - Carmenco - Emily Andrews (flute/ voice), David Massey and Francisco Correa (guitars). Programme: Ian Clarke, Amos Coullanges, Tarrega, Bizet, Garcia-Lorca, De Falla, Ravel, De Narvaez www.carmenco.


24 August - 6pm Solem Quartet - William Newell violin, Amy Tress violin, Stephen Upshaw viola, Stephanie Tress cello. Programme: Rimsky-Korsakov, Byrd, Schumann, Gabrieli, Bartók, Adès 27 August - 6pm Mariela Shaker violin and Riyad Nicolas piano. Programme: Schubert, Mozart, Maias Alyamni www. 3 September - 6pm Colin Scobie violin, Manuel VioqueJudde viola, Zéphyrin Rey-Bellet cello. Programme to include Dohnányi Serenade In C www.maxwellstringquartet.

Solem Quartet- click on the image to watch video

7 September - 6pm Savitri Grier and Olivier Robin violins. Programme: Bartók, Leclair - Wieniawski - Pleyel www. 10 September - 6pm Linos Piano Trio - Prach Boondiskulchok piano, Konrad Elias Trostmann violin, Vladimir Waltham cello. Programme: Debussy, CPE Bach, Beethoven 14 September - 6pm Askew Sisters - Emily and Hazel Askew, voice and multi-instrumentalists. Programme: together they rework and reinterpret English folk music songs and dance tunes.

Riyad Nicolas - click on the image to watch video

17 September - 6pm Consone Quartet - Agata Daraskaite violin, Magdalena Loth-Hill violin, Elitsa Bogdanova viola, George Ross cello. Programme: Beethoven www. 21 September - 6pm Katharine Dain soprano, Sam Armstrong piano. Programme: Debussy, Messiaen, Dutilleux, Kaija Saariaho www. 24 September - 6pm Emma Halnan flute and Eblana String Trio - Jonathan Martindale violin, Lucy Nolan viola, Peggy Nolan cello. Programme: Mozart, Sibelius, Andrew Norman 28 September - 6pm Pelléas Ensemble - Henry Roberts flute, Luba Tunnicliffe viola, Oliver Wass harp. Programme: Rameau, Bissill, Ravel

Mariela Shaker - click on the image to watch video

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August 13 - 31. The Gallery, Symondsbury Natural Forms. Lyme Bay Arts CIC will be welcoming back visitors to the Gallery in Symondsbury with its first post-lockdown exhibition entitled Natural Forms. The Gallery has re-scheduled its postponed Contemporary Crafts exhibition to run from 3-21 September. The Gallery will be open Thurs-Mon from 10.30-4.30 (closed Tues/Wed) and will be complying with relevant social distancing. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Symondsbury, Bridport DT6 6HG. August 1 - 29. The Arts Stable Contemplation. Ceramics by Adam Buick, Nel Faulkner, Jonathan Garratt, Ali Herbert, Nigel Lambert, David Roberts, Jason Wason, with furniture by Matthew Burt. Curated by Cigdem Baker Open Thur - Sat, 10am - 3pm. Kelly Ross Fine Art, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB Tel: 01258 863866 Until August 12. The Malthouse Gallery Immersion. Joe Webster. Exhibition of breath-taking new artwork by acclaimed Southwest outdoor painter Joe Webster. 11am -4.30pm Sunday-Wednesday 11am-8pm Thursday-Saturday Artist in Gallery. The Malthouse, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Until August 13 Four Contemporary Landscape Painters. Hester Berry, Day Bowman, Rita Brown and Sam Travers. Guggleton Farm Arts, Stalbridge, Dorset. DT10 2RQ. https://

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August 14 - 26. The Malthouse Gallery Richard Kaye, Recent Work 2017-2020. Featuring works by Richard Kaye, including Painting, Printmaking and Drawing. Opening times: 10.30-4.30. The Malthouse, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. Until September 12 The Summer Exhibition. A delightful showcase of diverse Artworks feature in this annual popular mixed exhibition. The show will include brand new oil paintings by the President of the Pastel Society, Jeannette Hayes and long awaited paintings by Kathy Little, a Gallery Artist that has exhibited with Artwave West for nine years. Regular visitors will also be familiar with Suchi Chidambaram’s dramatic palette knife paintings and will not be disappointed to see her new small paintings in the gallery. There will be numerous other artists and, as customary for this season, the exhibition will be constantly changing as pictures leave for their new homes and different pieces fill the gaps! Open Tues-Sat 10-5. Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY 01297 489746. Until September 13 Never and Always. David Inshaw. Recent paintings and works on paper. the consummate painter of the English landscape, peopled by dreamlike figures, birds and animals. Called ‘perhaps the greatest living proponent of the English Romantic tradition’ (Spectator), Inshaw invokes the powers of nature, the moon, trees, stars, birds, animals, men, women, ancient landscapes and the sea to create his powerful intensely personal paintings. Sladers Yard Gallery and Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 01308 459511.

Explore Art in the Creative Cabin


helma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Wild East Devon have announced the launch of a new travelling creative space—the Creative Cabin. This innovative, intriguing and inviting cabin is taking nature and culture on tour, coming soon to a neighbourhood near you! The Creative Cabin is a fun, creative and safe space to explore art, culture and nature. It will set off on tour starting in Exmouth on 29 August. Throughout the autumn there will be a broad range of art activities, projects, talks, performances and workshops, to support health, wellbeing and respond to the local environment. It draws together the skills and knowledge of East Devon District Council’s culture and countryside teams, who have developed activities to suit a wide variety of groups in both urban and isolated rural communities. As well as individuals and families, the cabin will bring activities to groups most in need including schools, colleges, Memory Cafés, Devon Recovery Learning Community, Devon Young Carers, Refugee Support Groups, Devon Insight, and Headlight— an Action East Devon service for young people encountering mental health issues. The Creative Cabin is an outcome of THG’s Culture + Climate 2020 programme, which sought to question

our complicated relationship with nature and help identify new ways to coexist. The programme was launched in February with ARTIST ROOMS Richard Long, an exhibition of works by the Turner Prize winning artist, Richard Long, whose acclaimed career at the forefront of conceptual art has investigated the relationship between people and nature. Continuing to explore the themes of the exhibition, the Creative Cabin has been made possible by ARTIST ROOMS with the support of Art Fund, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Community Fund. Ruth Gooding, THG Curator said: “For 2020 we had developed a really dynamic programme - Culture + Climate working with our partners Arts and Culture, University of Exeter, East Devon AONB and ARTIST ROOMS -National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. We are delighted we can now take this activity on tour to our local communities and continue to explore our relationship with nature and the climate emergency. “This is a critical time for East Devon’s cultural recovery and we are responding to the needs of our communities by providing access to exciting creative activities and events in a safe way.” For upcoming events near you, visit: thelmahulbert. com/creativecabin and follow #ourcreativecabin on social media Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine August 2 2020 41

Health&Beauty Reducing social disparity could reduce costly diseases


team of researchers from Queen’s University Belfast has found signs of faster ageing related to stress among people with asthma. The research has been published in Thorax. Most people will experience a chronic disease, such as asthma, in their lifetime. In the UK approximately a quarter of people aged over 18 years are currently being treated for multiple chronic diseases. Chronic stress has been identified as a risk factor in the development or worsening of many of these conditions. “Allostatic load” is the concept used to measure early ageing or “wear and tear” on the body which accumulates when an individual is exposed to chronic stress in everyday life. Luke Barry, Research Fellow from the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and first author on the research, said: “This study provides objective measures of a relationship between stress and asthma. Understanding this stress-disease link is important for the management of asthma and in potentially reducing its lifetime burden. “Our aim with this research is to encourage clinicians to consider stress resilience as part of an individual’s healthcare plan or treatment.” The researchers suggest that active management of stress or policies which aim to remove or reduce social disparities, such as income inequality, which contribute to chronic stress, may delay how early an individual experiences chronic disease in their lifetime or the rate

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at which their condition worsens. Professor Liam Heaney, Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast and corresponding author on the research, said: “Modern lifestyles and social inequalities are important drivers of stress-related disease, which, as our research above demonstrates, includes asthma. “Stress resilience may be something that could help patients in their daily lives to reduce the effects of chronic disease, and potential worsening of pre-existent chronic conditions. Practices, such as mindfulness-based CBT have been shown to promote stress-resilience and may be an important way to protect against the impacts of chronic disease.” The next step for the research is to develop a more robust causal understanding of the relationship between stress and asthma through, for example, the use of genetic markers in a person with asthma. The research was made possible using data from Understanding Society. Understanding Society is an initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and various Government Departments, with scientific leadership by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, and survey delivery by NatCen Social Research and Kantar Public. The research data are distributed by the UK Data Service.

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Undergrowth LIFE in the Undergrowth is a project Fiona Campbell has developed during lockdown as a new way of looking at the world, and making art linked to nature and environment. ‘In isolation, I began taking life at a slower pace, sowing veggie seeds, and mending things. Appreciating, observing and attending to nature seemed vital.’ Fiona’s garden, until then somewhat neglected, became her world and route to wellbeing, providing a sense of peace and purpose. ‘Life in the Undergrowth’ was inspired by small hidden worlds in a garden that often get overlooked. It became a circular process— garden feeding art and art feeding garden. ‘While resurrecting my veggie patch, a fascination with the entanglement of roots, worms and shoots in upturned turf led to experimental responses using to-hand materials and found objects’. Fiona drew knotted clumps of earth and turf and worked through different processes. Dried duckweed from her pond, bleached by the sun, became paper; handmade tools from plant debris generated drawings and sculptural works evolved. Fiona explains: ‘I find something poignant and vital in these entangled knots—lines of interconnectedness, ‘entwined in myriad unfinished configurations…’’ (she quotes Donna Haraway). While digging the earth to make space for an outdoor studio bay, Fiona found a glut of old rusty nails and other found objects to use in her work. She sold her soil locally—creating a circular economy. Encounters between Fiona, her garden and nature helped her form a stronger bond with all that comes and goes. ‘Witnessing transformation, life and death, it has been emotional at times. Communing with small creatures, incidents happen, some wonderful, others very sad’ says Fiona. The deep seclusion allowed her time and space to process, surrender to the moment, and create awkward objects through a gentle tacit dialogue. During this time Fiona has improved her digital skills and is making a film about the project. She has published free online creative demos and launched a new online 5 week sculpture course (starting 3 August). If you’d like to enrol, visit: http:// . These projects were enabled by the Art Council Emergency Response Fund.

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Video to ease shoppers concerns ROBERT Muhl, Managing Director at Ocean Bathrooms and President of the Bridport Business Chamber, talked to Dorset Council about what his business is doing to keep customers safe and why people should have no fears about shopping in Bridport. His comments come in one of a series of videos, many featuring local businesses, explaining how businesses are getting back to work and welcoming customers safely and according to the latest COVID-19 regulations. Rob said: “As President of the Bridport Business Chamber, I would like to tell everyone that Bridport is open and ready for business!� Click here or on the image below to view the video.

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