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Editorial – Your Chronicle Still Needs You! Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on our last issue, and an even bigger thank you to all who have sent us contributions for this one! Remember, we need your input to make the Chronicle what you want it to be. You can do this in lots of ways:

• Give us your news – what has happened since the last issue, and what will be happening in the next few months. We want to hear about special birthdays, anniversaries, new arrivals and departures, forthcoming events - anything and everything that is of interest to you • Send us a contribution. We don’t want your money! We do want interesting articles, photographs, drawings, cartoons, jokes, puzzles, poems, and stories – anything that will help to make the Chronicle a “good read”. We accept contributions on paper, electronically, or even verbally! • Write a regular column. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to write a regular column on a hobby such as gardening or cooking, or country diary notes, or observations on village life, or anything else which will give our readers practical advice, or just bring a smile to their faces. • Give us your feedback. For years the Chronicle has been something we’ve all looked forward to receiving and reading, and we want to keep it that way, and make it even better. We can only do that if you tell us what you think of it, and give us your ideas. We will both be delighted to hear from you. Our contact details are just below, so please get in touch.

The Cover Pictures The picture on the front was taken by Jo Filer-Cooper, and the picture on the back cover is by Simon

Crossley. As always, please send us your own pictures - we always need more!

Contents of this issue: Christmas Greetings


Winter Thoughts


What’s Been Happening?


Fungi Foraging


What’s Coming Up?


Biggles Flies Again!


Talking Shop


Recipes - WWI Fruit Cakes


Your Letters


Short Story - The Boy Who Couldn’t Sing




Useful Contacts


Hatherleigh Market


Bus Timetables


Our Changing River


Deadline for the next issue (but the earlier the better!)

Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18th January, to ensure it is included in the February (Winter) issue of the Chronicle.

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Just tell us your news when you see us out and about. Send or drop off news and contributions on paper to Alison at The Glebe in West Road

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Telephone - Call Alison on 01409 231196 or Chris on 01409 231341. Email - We are very pleased to receive contributions or messages in electronic form. Email Alison at or Chris at

or Chris at Larcombe House in North Street.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! As is traditional at this time of year, the following people have asked us to pass on their best wishes for a good Christmas and a happy 2019 to all their friends and neighbours in Sheepwash.

From East Street: Charles Inniss

JoJo and Mark

Anne and Martin Gray

Pete and Sue Reader

Tony and Angela Jones

Bee and Gary Draper

David and Hilary Manning

Michael and Louise Francis

Simon and Helen Crossley

Jan and Jeremy Burden

Sheila Fox

From South Street: Linda and Don

Gary Ellwood

Sally and Asad Al Doori

From West Road: Pete and Jan Hayward

David and Alison Ansell

From The Square: Derek and Sally Pooley

Chris, Vinnie, Daniel, & Gemma

Eileen Jurd

Brian and Margaret Hall & family

Jennifer and Tony Gent

Jan and Paul Tomlinson

Debbie Flint

From North Street: Michael, Sandra, and Annie

Paul and Mary Wheeler

Jo Driver

Margaret Varley

Buster and Anna Jones

Bruce, Nikki, Albie, & Mabel Knight

Paulette Jackson

Cynthia Dufty

Martin King

Roger and Christine White

Jean Maxwell

Chris Bell

From outside the village: Erica and Gary Fisher

Louise and Patrick Graham

Maggie and Tim Harper

Barbara Laughton

Caroline and Margery Ousley

Svend Bayer


A New Medical Appointment Taxi Service During one of the recent fundraising lunches in the Village Hall, Roger White and I discussed how difficult it must be for residents of the village who have to attend a medical appointment when they do not have their own transport. We came up with a very good idea. Roger said he would be willing to co-ordinate a group of volunteer drivers who were willing to be called upon to offer a lift in their car to a doctor’s surgery, or even to a hospital further afield, in Barnstaple, Exeter, or Plymouth. It would work like this: If you need transport, phone Roger White on 01409 231418. This should be at least the day before your appointment! Tell him where and when your appointment is, when you need picking up, your name and address, and make sure he knows your phone number. Roger will then phone around his list of volunteer drivers, and find one who is able to take you to your appointment. Your volunteer driver will then phone you to confirm the arrangements. You offer the cost of petrol. I should point out that the service is not for shopping trips, just medical appointments! This must work out a lot cheaper and more convenient than public transport or a taxi, and will help villagers who do not have their own cars. Obviously, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to provide a volunteer driver, but the more people who volunteer, the more likely Roger is going to be able to find someone able to help.

So, we need volunteers who could offer this service. If you are able to offer even an occasional trip, please contact Roger on 01409 231418.

Mike Ritson

Table Top Sales in the Village Hall The Table Top sales in the Village Hall on 20th October and 17th November were well attended and £110 and £120 respectively was raised for Hall funds. th

Please come along on December 15 to our Christmas Table Top and pick up that last minute gift. A pair of hand-knitted socks or a pot of Sheepwash honey would always be well received! The Friends of St Lawrence will be baking for the event so expect some lovely cakes and goodies to be on sale. And when you’re not browsing the stalls, it is an excellent way to catch up with friends over a cuppa and a bacon roll. If you would like to book a table or have any suggestions for our future, please call Anne on 231231. It only costs £4 to have a table to sell whatever you like or to raise funds for a charity of your choice.

Village Hall Committee

Volunteers Needed If you would be willing to join the rota to clean the church, please contact me.

Alison Mayne Tel 231431 4

Tom Moys, Competitive Plumber! Many of you will have noticed the significant refurbishment work that is taking place at Lymath and Moys’ premises on West Road. My son Tom and I are keen to further develop the business, at least in part to take advantage of Tom’s obvious skill and potential as a plumber and mechanical engineer. We would like to thank Sheepwash residents for being patient whilst the work is carried out. We also apologise for any inconvenience with noise. Tom is studying an “Advanced Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services” at Petroc college’s North Devon Campus. He was put forward for the HIP UK Heating Apprentice of the Year competition by his lecturer Harvey Brades. He took part in one of seven regional heats, which was held at Petroc’s Future Technologies Centre in Mid Devon, to reach the final that was held at the ADEY Training and Conference Centre in Cheltenham. He came in first place in these regional finals. During the two-day competition Tom competed against the other regional winners, and he had to plumb in a boiler, shower, basin, toilet, and two radiators under a time constraint and the watchful eyes of the judges. In the end Tom was pipped to the post by Anthony Lacovazzo from City College, Norwich. “I did everything I could, but the standard was incredibly high. It was a big step up from the heats, but I’m pleased with my performance,” said Tom. “I would definitely recommend other students to get involved in competitions, as it ups your standards and makes you work very precisely and accurately.” As the runner-up in the Apprentice of the Year awards, Tom received £500 in prize money, a MagnaClean central heating system flush worth £400, a site laser level, toll bag, MagnaClean filter, and a Mira bar shower. The plumbing department at Petroc received £500 prize money, a Vaillant combi boiler, a WC, basin, and two radiators. Tom has since taken part in another competition - the World Skills Live Finals UK 2018. He competed in the South West regional heats in May, and reached the last eight of the national skills competition held at The Skills Show, the nation’s largest skills, apprenticeships, and careers event, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham from 14th to 17th November. Having said to his dad during the weekend that he felt a bit of an underdog, as the other seven competitors were more experienced, Tom went on to win the Bronze Medal! Tom was also the only candidate from the UK to reach the World Skills finals. “I owe a lot of this to my dad, who always keeps me driven, and the support of my lecturers at Petroc, who saw potential and believed in me,” says Tom.

David Moys 5

Molly Mayne Molly Mayne’s funeral was held at St Lawrence’s Church on Thursday 15th November, when I delivered the following eulogy. I felt very privileged to be asked to say a few words as a tribute to Molly. For over twenty years she was one of the team who helped my family run the Half Moon, and she became a loyal and trusted friend to all of us. I can describe her very easily: she was a lovely lady. Molly was born in 1928 at Woodacott, which is somewhere beyond Black Torrington towards Cookbury and Thornbury. She was one of a family of three, sister to Albert and Bill. She went to school at Holsworthy, presumably cycling to and from there each day. At the age of 14 she left school to take up employment as a live-in scullery maid at Upcott Avenel, which was then owned by a Colonel Carnegie. By the time she left, seven years later, she was the housekeeper. In 1949 she married Les and they moved to Sheepwash, living in South Street, very near her parents. In 1951 Diane was borne, to be followed by Sally and Colin. Shortly after Diane was born the family moved to the Old School House at Buckland Filleigh, and for the next twenty years Les worked for Cyril Squire at Lower West Heanton Farm. Life was not easy, with no electricity and a generator that was extremely temperamental. Molly could be heard cursing if it failed to start! All water came from the nearby well and had to be carried indoors in a bucket. As well as looking after the house, Molly had several part-time jobs to help make ends meet. She cleaned the village hall and the church, and she would never fail to visit her mum and dad in Sheepwash at least once a week. There was no car, so she either cycled or walked.

Sally and Diane remembered that if they returned from school and mum was not in the house she would almost certainly be searching the hedgerows for blackberries. There were no luxuries in the house, but Molly ensured there was plenty of love, warmth, and good food, for which her children have always been most grateful. Molly made sure they had a happy childhood. As a mother she was always firm but fair. They only went on holiday once - while Les stayed at home, Molly took her children to stay with a relative in Teignmouth. It must have seemed a world away for the children, having never travelled more than a few miles from their home. In 1971 Cyril Squire retired, and Les, Molly, and their family moved to Sheepwash to live at 4, High View in East Street. Until he retired, Les worked for the forestry at Buckland Filleigh and Molly came to work with my family at the Half Moon. Molly never let us down, and would unfailingly help out if needed at short notice. She became a very important cog in the wheel, often working long hours.

My brother Benjie and I used to do most of the cooking. Neither of us were the tidiest of cooks, and Molly, Doris, Annie, Vera, and Little Audrey would spend most of their time cleaning up behind us, as well as sorting out all the dirty dishes from the bar and dining area. When we were very busy I would turn my hand to helping them out. It was not long before Molly took me to one side. “Charles,” she said, “Do you mind if I have a word? Thank you for trying to help, but in truth you are more of a hindrance. We would rather you kept well out of the way!” Message taken, and I did not interfere again. After her husband died Molly stayed on at 4, High View until 2008, when she very reluctantly moved to Shebbear to be near her daughter Diane. Molly loved Sheepwash and regarded it as her real home, and when she left the village lost one of the real genuine Sheepwash folk. I enjoyed Molly’s company enormously. We all worked very hard, but we had much fun and laughter along the way. I have many happy memories. Thank you, Molly!

Charles Inniss 6

Sheepwash Remembered Sheepwash remembered the centenary of the end of the First World War with a display of 100 handmade poppies in the Methodist Chapel from Saturday 10th to Monday 12th November.

The donations from Meet Up Monday and the Poppy Exhibition held in the Methodist Chapel amounted to ÂŁ146, and this has been sent to the Royal British Legion Poppy Fund. Thank you to all who supported these events.

Jan Hayward

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Progress with St. Lawrence’s Church At our meeting in mid-November, the Friends of St. Lawrence came up with an outline plan for events in 2019, to hopefully raise the remaining funds for completing the repairs to the church tower. We are very grateful to all the Sheepwash and outlying residents for their continuing support. Our total raised this year has been a little under £2500 and, brilliantly, the money raised since the start has reached £22,663. Fantastic! St. Lawrence’s Church and its roof remain an icon in Sheepwash! Continuing gratitude and much deserved praise is due to everyone who has been kind and generous. I have not mentioned the total raised from the Harvest Lunch which Gina Tidball organised, cooked, chivvied, and co-ordinated. Including a raffle, £239.55 was the very pleasing sum raised after paying for hiring the Village Hall and wine from the shop. And now an advertisement for a repeat of a very successful concert in the church. Debbie Flint and Barry th Parsons are very kindly giving another concert on the evening of Tuesday, December 11 . Tickets are available for sale in the village shop. Their last concert was excellent, and I cannot help thinking that a considerable number of residents were sorry they could not attend. Perhaps they were nervous about the prospect of being made to “singalong”? No worries there! So…..don’t miss out a second time! Barry and Debbie are singing Christmas flavoured songs; there are refreshments in their interval…..and food. Details are on the posters and fliers - and in the What’s Coming Up? section of this Chronicle! Now, even though the dates are a little vague, here are next year’s plans:

Open Friendly Spring Gardens and Photography Competition (of spring flowers) - Probably the second weekend of May. (Sunday 12th is most likely.)

Gill and Richard’s Open Orchard Blossom Walk and Cider Tasting - Probably in May as well. Strawberry Tea in the Jubilee Park – In June, around Mid-Summer afternoon. Village and Church Fete – In August. Another Spectacular Auction of Promises - Saturday, October 5th. And we may be thinking of other activities. Of course, we also offer a cake stall in the Village Hall Table th Top Sale on alternate months, the next one being due on Saturday 15 December. It all keeps us busy! If there are any kind folk who would enjoy helping, or if you have more ideas about fundraising, please get in touch with me.

Mike Ritson Tel: 01409 231680 Email:

Sheepwash Takeaway! Did you know you can get a takeaway from the Half Moon? There is a comprehensive takeaway menu in our village pub, featuring: Cheesy Chips £3.50 Crispy Whitebait, crusty bread & butter £5.00 Beer Battered Cod Fillet, hand cut chips £6.00 Scampi, hand cut chips £6.00 Homemade Half Moon Burger, hand cut chips £6.50 Homemade curry, steamed rice £6.50 8

Safari Supper A wonderful time was had by eighteen “couples” at the Safari Supper held on the evening of Saturday November 17th. The fancy dress theme, for those who wanted to be fancy, was to dress as something beginning with the initial letter of your first or last name. So we had an angel, an anti-Trump activist, Andy Pandy, a bronco bull rider, a Bollywood star, Brother Cadfael, a champagne bottle, foreign currency, a geisha girl, Gru, a gardener, Judge Jo, King Richard the Lionheart, Loopy Loo, M&Ms, Medusa, a pint, a poppy, Prince, a scientist, Soo (as in Sooty’s mate), Tomato Saucy Jan, Trump, a vet, and a whoopee cushion. I do hope I’ve included all the dresser-uppers!

What with the charge of £10 per person (a very reasonable rate for a great evening’s eating and drinking, in my view) and money from the raffle held in the Village Hall at the end of the evening, a grand total of £418 was raised, which will be donated to the village shop. Finally, many thanks to Chrissie for organising another fun Safari Supper.

Alison Ansell


New Hair Salon in Okehampton Gemma Ditchburn and her sister Sam Cleave, nieces of Linda Trace, have bought Mikal’s Hair Salon in East Street, Okehampton, thanks to the generosity of their mother, Carol Timms. The first week under the new ownership was in midNovember. Gemma worked in The Salon in Hatherleigh until recently, and she has also been a mobile hairdresser, visiting a number of us in Sheepwash over the last (more than a) few years.

Michael and Diana Woodley owned and operated Mikal’s for the last 46 years, so retirement will be quite a change for them. They have been very helpful and friendly to Gemma and her sister and as a result the handover has gone smoothly. Most of Mikal’s existing clients have stayed on, as have the staff, who are helping Gemma and Sam with their new enterprise. Obviously, as well as keeping existing clients, Gemma and Sam want to expand the client base, so they are modernising and improving the services offered in the salon. Give them a try – ring 01837 52983 to discuss your requirements and book an appointment. Or you can find them on FaceBook – just search for Mikals.

Alison Ansell

Sheepwash Book Group Review Last month’s book has been reviewed by Liz, a member of the Sheepwash book group. An Otters’ Tale by Simon Cooper is a wonderful story of an otter and her family. It spans two years in the life of an otter that Simon Cooper observed from his home in an old mill on a chalk stream in Hampshire. Simon falls in love with the otters, even though they regularly deplete his trout pond! In the story he manages to weave a tale of real-life experiences with the history of the persecution of the otter. So many wonderful facts about the life of the otters, their struggle for survival and to find a territory of their own, and beautiful descriptions of the countryside and the changing seasons are written in an easy to read style. This is a book that will bring one of our top predators to life. An animal that we will probably never see is there with you as you turn the pages of a book that I thoroughly recommend. Please note that if you find a dead or injured Otter you should mark the place where you found it, then pick it up and take it home. Many otters are tagged, and lots of research is done this way, but more importantly there may be cubs that the experts can find and help. Call the UK Wild Otter Trust on 01769 540560 or 07866 462 820.

Jan Hayward 10

Sheepwash Rainfall

It has been an unusually dry summer and autumn. For the last six months the rainfall total was15.4 inches, compared to 24.5 inches for the same period last year. Interestingly, the summer and autumn have been characterised by long spells of dry weather interspersed with short very wet spells. October followed the same pattern, with virtually all the monthly rainfall falling in the three day period from the 11th to the 14th. Nature will probably right itself with a long wet and windy winter ahead!

Charles Inniss


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

More Songs From the Shows Following their very successful concert back in August, Barry Parsons and Debbie Flint will once again be singing together in St Lawrence Church in a special Christmas performance on

Tuesday 11th December, starting at 7.00 p.m. The performance will include carols, famous melodic pop songs, and Christmas classics, with a sing-a-long element as before. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the Village Hall during the interval. Tickets are ÂŁ7 in advance, available from the village shop, or from Debbie at The Court in the Square, or from Rod Bridges - phone 07444 411082. Tickets will be ÂŁ10 on the door, if any are left, but you are advised to get them in advance, not just to save money, but to ensure you get in - 25 of the 90 tickets available were already booked in advance before they went on sale! The show will form part of a two-day Christmas celebration with a Christmas Wreath Making workshop that Tuesday afternoon (see page 15 of this Chronicle for more details) and a special Vintage Christmas Tearoom at Retreats for You th the next day, Wednesday 12 December, from

11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you have any Christmas craft items you would like to sell that week, please let me know.

Debbie Flint


Carol Singing Around the Village All are welcome to come carol singing around the village st on Friday December 21 . Please meet in the village square for a 7.00 p.m. start. Traditional carol sheets will be provided, but please bring a torch. Feel free to come for all or just part of the evening. We will again be collecting for Children’s Hospice South West. Those staying at home, please listen out for us - and maybe join in on your doorstep!

Hope to see you on the 21st!

Jan Hayward

Christmas Services in Sheepwash Sunday December 16th 2.45 p.m. Carol Service at the Baptist Church 6.30 p.m. Carol Service at St Lawrence Church

Sunday December 23rd 11.00 a.m. Carol Service at the Methodist Church

Monday December 24th 9.00 p.m. Christmas Communion and Carols at St. Lawrence Church

All are welcome!

Submission deadlines for the Chronicle in 2019 Here are all the deadline dates for 2019 – obviously, submitting before these cut-off dates is preferred, but these are the latest dates when we can guarantee that content will be included. For the Winter edition (covering February/March: 18th January

For the Spring edition (covering April/May: 22nd March For the Summer edition (covering June/July: 24th May For the Harvest edition (covering August/September: 19th July For the Autumn edition (covering October/November: 20th September For the Christmas edition (covering December/January: 22nd November

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Deadline for the next issue Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18th January, to ensure it is included in the February (Winter) issue of the Chronicle. 14

Meet Up Monday October saw even more folk come along for a natter. Some of us enjoyed friendly competition at bagatelle and darts, whilst others caught up on news of family and friends or reminisced about Sheepwash whilst eating homemade goodies. In November our Meet Up coincided with the Remembrance 100 weekend, so we had a change of venue so that we could be part of the village tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War. Donations from this occasion were given to the Royal British Legion. th


Our next Meet Up events will be on December 10 and January 14 in the Village Hall from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Unsurprisingly, the December Meet Up will have a bit of a Christmas theme!

We still have plenty of room for you if you haven’t yet had the chance to pop in. A warm welcome is extended to everyone.

Jan Hayward

Christmas Wreaths

Join Heather Eales, from Church Park Flowers, for an afternoon of festive fun, when everyone gets to make their own natural Christmas Wreath. th

The workshop will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 11 December, starting at 2.30 p.m. and

finishing about 4.30 p.m. Come and learn how to make a fresh foliage wreath using sustainable moss, local foliage, and decorating with natural and dried elements such as cones and oranges, cinnamon, and even feathers! Every wreath will be unique but can be hung with pride! The cost is only ÂŁ18 per person, and includes all materials and refreshments. Booking in advance is essential - call me on 07969 159895 or email

Heather Eales 15

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Half Moon Inn The Square, Sheepwash, Beaworthy, Devon EX21 5NE Telephone: 01409 231376 email: Firstly, thank you to everyone who attended our Black-Tie Dinner. A humorous and informative speech was given by former English Rugby Union player Graham Dawe, and a lovely evening was had by all. Now, with the winter days upon us, we have decided to offer a Winter Warmer menu. This is available on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes, and consists of a main course and a dessert for only £9.95! Please call to reserve your table. Please join us for our Twelve Days of Christmas st event. Just reserve a table between the 1 and the 12th December, and you’ll be entered into our prize draw - one prize is drawn each evening. Will you be the lucky winner?

With Christmas approaching fast, please join us for your Christmas party or family get together - book your table now to avoid disappointment. We have

an excellent Christmas menu! Finally, we would like to wish all our customers a, “Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!”


Hatherleigh Silver Band Christmas Concert The exceptional Hatherleigh Silver Band is performing their annual Christmas concert in the Hatherleigh Community Centre on Saturday 8th December, starting at 7.00 p.m. This is always a highlight of the Christmas season - a wonderful evening of music, including Christmas songs and carols, accompanied by mince pies and all manner of refreshments. It is a proper family occasion, guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit!

David Manning


Church and Chapel News St LAWRENCE CHURCH service times are displayed on the Church Notice Boards and the shop window. The Torridge Team LINK magazine is produced every month and is available in the church.

METHODIST CHURCH news and information about services can be found on Chapel Cottage’s garage doors, adjacent to the Church in South Street. We meet for worship most Sundays at 11.00 a.m. - a warm welcome to all.

BAPTIST CHAPEL Our usual Sunday service is at 2.45 p.m. – see the noticeboard for further details. On the first Sunday of each month (except November) we meet with the Anglicans and Methodists for a joint act of worship. You would be most welcome to join us at any of these services.

Friends of St. Lawrence’s Church For more information about the Friends of St Lawrence’s Church, phone Mike Ritson on 01409 231680, or email Martin at

Food Bank Donations Welcome A Food Bank box is situated at the back of St Lawrence Church. Tins of soup, baked beans, tomatoes, fish, meat, fruit, etc. will be gratefully accepted for people in crisis. All the items donated will be taken to Torrington for distribution.


Use Your Mobile Library! The mobile library comes to Sheepwash once a month on a Tuesday - all the dates and times are on the noticeboard in the Square, and in every Chronicle. About twelve to sixteen villagers use it regularly. We recently had a questionnaire to complete about various library services, how we use them, what we like and dislike, and what we would like in the future. After completing the form, I suspected that stopping the mobile library service was probably on the agenda. It may already be too late, but can I urge those of you who like books to come and try the service and use it for as long as we have it. You can choose up to eight books, and normally keep them for a month, although this can be extended with no fine. You can also order any book (as long as it’s in stock) for only 50p. “Talking books” are available, as are books on local history, art, crafts, gardening, and much more, and there are children’s books for all ages. The librarian is very helpful and knowledgeable. So why not come and try it out - it’s free, and here for now, so use it or lose it!

Sheila Fox

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Ladies Walk and Talk – Forthcoming Dates Meet at the bus shelter in Sheepwash Square. Start time: 1.30 p.m.

Saturday 1st December

Tea/coffee/cake in the Village Hall when we return.

Saturday 5th January

Any queries, please see Ann in the village shop, or email me.

Sunday 3rd February

Sally Pooley Email:

Quiz Nights at the Half Moon Quiz nights at the Half Moon are normally held on every second Sunday in the month, th th so the next two quizzes will be held on 9 December and 13 January.

The quiz starts at 7.30 p.m. - half an hour earlier than it used to - so make sure you’re there on time! It only costs £2 per person, and all of that goes to fund village activities. It’s a real fun quiz, so come and have an evening of pure enjoyment!

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

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The next date it will call is 18 December. At the time of writing, no timetable has been issued for 2019.

Sheepwash Snooker Club Perhaps those of you who have recently moved into the village are unaware that we have one of the best full-size snooker tables in North Devon. The Snooker Room is situated at the rear of the Village Hall. The club needs more members so that the facility is used more regularly. The table is always available for use, and in the winter we enter two teams in the local snooker league. If you would like more details, or even better would like to come and have a game, contact the Secretary, Charles Inniss, on 01409 231237 or e-mail Members practice every Sunday evening, so why not come along then? We look forward to seeing you!

Charles Inniss

Play Table Tennis in the Village Hall We have everything you need for a game of table tennis in the Village Hall. Only £5

for an hour. Great exercise and family fun. Phone Sheila on 231649 or Anne on 231231 to book. 19

Right On Safari Another very enjoyable Safari Supper took place recently and much fun and merriment was had by all who took part. The shop gives massive thanks for the wonderful £418 that was raised by the event. Well done and thank you to all those who took part and especially to the organiser Chrissie Vincent. I have a feeling that the freezer may need replacing next year, so this donation will be used to kickstart our equipment renewal fund.

Box Clever Ravaged by a hard winter and wet spring, the tops of the lids of the external storage boxes/seats were starting to look a little ragged. To the rescue stepped Gary Ellwood who promptly replaced the lids with oak boards. They now look a treat, and the super-smooth finish is cyclist friendly so no more spells in your lycra bottoms! (“Spell” – Yorkshire dialect for “splinter”.) Thank you Gary!

Have you seen the result? The shop is a community venture and is operated as an asset for the village as a whole. You may therefore be interested in knowing how the shop is doing financially. Our accounts for 2017-18 have just been completed, so I would like to share them with you. Here is a summary and the financial results for the year.

1st June to 31st May








Cost of goods sold



Business running costs



Net Surplus/(Deficit)



Trading Account

The figures in the table above show how the shop and Post Office have performed in the year to the end of May 2018. The previous year’s figures are shown for comparison. The good news is that your shop returned a trading surplus this year! This will be retained towards the cost of future equipment replacement and unforeseen costs. Although the good summer definitely boosted takings from visitors and cyclists, the improvement in 20

performance has continued throughout the year, which means that you, the residents, are buying a little more. Thank you for your continued support which keeps this community venture viable. There are a few new folk in the village, so can I just repeat that the shop is run as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The overriding aim of our shop and Post Office is to provide a service to the village and surrounding area, not to make profits for shareholders. It has an asset lock - in other words, no single person or entity may benefit financially. It has statutory clauses to ensure transparency, and it has to report to the CIC regulator.

‘Tis The Season ... … to be merry, and maybe be merrier still with a Christmas tipple! Short of a drop? Then look no further

than your local community store where you will find a wide variety of wines, beers and spirits. Just for over 18s of course.

Now, for younger folk and elders alike, in the run-up to Christmas we will have some stocking fillers in the form of boxes of chocolates and sweets. Plus Devon fudge and local chutney always makes a welcome gift. There will be a special delivery of delicious mince pies from both Endacotts and Country Cottage just before Christmas Day. Watch out though, as there is usually a date for last orders. Once we know these, we will post them up.

Christmas cards, singular and boxed, are now on sale. There are some of last year’s popular Sheepwash cards left. Next year we hope to produce some new designs, so watch out for Helen prodding all you budding artists and photographers during the summer. Of course you will need to go out now and take pictures or paint your wintery scenes this year so they are ready for next! The Christmas opening hours have not been finalised yet, but we shall definitely be closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day, but we plan to be open, at least until lunchtime, during the period 27th to 31st December. Finally, watch out for the ever-popular Christmas hamper draw coming soon!

Simon Crossley

Deadline for the next issue Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18th January, to ensure it is included in the February (Winter) issue of the Chronicle.

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St. Lawrence’s Churchyard As you know there is very limited space for any more graves in the churchyard, so we would like to be able to use what space we have got as effectively as we can. There is an area in the middle which could be used, and it would be even better if we could move one particular gravestone. (Others have been moved before.) It is in memory of Ann and John Horn and dated 1810. Does anyone know of any living relatives or family connections who we should be in touch with before deciding whether we can move the stone or not? Any help appreciated. Thank you.

Martin Warren Tel: 281424

A Family Tradition Former Sheepwasher Chris Laughton and his wife Tracey have reason to feel proud of their son George, who has passed his Public Service Vehicle licence at the age of eighteen, following in the footsteps of both his Mum and Dad, his Grandad Tony, and his Uncle Mark, who all passed at the age of eighteen as well. George is now in his first term at Greenwich University, studying to become a paramedic. Good luck, George, from a very proud Nan.

Barbara Laughton

Thinking About Christmas Picking up a pamphlet called The Saints of Sheepwash in St Lawrence’s Church recently, I found myself remembering my Sunday School teacher drawing our attention to the East window. The window shows Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the apostles Peter and Paul, and it is the only window that doesn’t have halos around any of their heads. I often wonder why? As I write this, I’m looking forward to the village Christmas Lunch in the Village Hall. This is always a wonderful meal and a highlight of the Christmas season. So many thanks to Anne, Martin, Maggie, and all the others in the “lunch team” - your efforts are much appreciated, and long may you continue.

May your Christmas be happy, and your New Year merry!

Barbara Laughton


New Homes in Devon - The Real Number Needed There’s no denying that providing affordable homes in the right places is one of the greatest domestic challenges of our times. 160 people packed a seminar in Tiverton last month to hear the key findings of a major new independent report into Devon’s future housing needs, commissioned by our charity the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The study, by leading research company Opinion Research Services (ORS), revealed the stark truth behind “official” assessments of the number of new homes needed by people in both rural and urban parts of the county. The three main findings CPRE Devon takes from the report are: • Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade. • Most of these new homes are planned to be built on greenfield sites. • A staggering two-thirds of Devon’s planned new housing will be bought by people who have

moved into the county. Devon Housing Needs Evidence 2018 reveals that the number of new homes planned for Devon is a considerable over-estimate, based on a flawed Government methodology for assessing future housing needs. The research also contradicts claims made by the Greater Exeter Strategic Plan (GESP) - at our seminar in January - that the majority of Devon’s new homes (90% in the East Devon new town of Cranbrook) are being built to meet local housing need; by contrast, ORS found that two-thirds are being built to satisfy demand from inward migration. It also demonstrates that current Local Plans for Devon are failing to make provision for enough homes of the right type and in the right places. In many ways, these findings came as no surprise to us. As a local independent environmental charity working to protect Devon’s countryside, green spaces and landscapes for the benefit of all, we’ve long suspected the truth of this sorry situation. For years, the Government has consistently overestimated the number of new homes needed and local authorities are being forced to plan for them. Despite projections for the future showing lower rates of growth in the number of new households, Whitehall seems hell-bent on increasing the rate of housebuilding. It’s time to start building the homes that are needed in locations where they are needed, rather than the soulless housing estates that big developers inflict on us to increase their profits. And it’s high time our Local Planning Authorities took stock of what local communities really need - genuinely affordable homes on brownfield sites, wherever possible. Copies of our Devon Housing Needs Evidence report are available from us (free of charge to CPRE members) and should prove extremely valuable and helpful to communities and organisations, town/ parish councils right across the County. CPRE Devon’s mission is to protect our countryside in a way that underpins the local economy whilst maintaining the balance between necessary development and a tranquil, productive and beautiful environment. If you love the Devon countryside and support our aims, please join us! The Voice for Devon's Countryside If you care about Devon’s countryside and you are not already a member of CPRE Devon, please consider joining us and adding your voice to the thousands of others. You can help CPRE Devon make a difference for the countryside simply by becoming a member today.

Penny Mills, CPRE Devon Tel: 01392 966737 23

As Green as a Squid and an End to Chilblains! I’m not trying to make dear Sheepwash readers annoyed by their electricity bills, or by showing you the backside of my house. Honestly! You might have noticed the skips outside Merchants a few months ago, filling up with concrete and old mortar from under my big fat slate kitchen floor. This was the second time these enormous slates have been lifted since I moved into Merchants at the Millennium. I threw out the feeble, two-inch-thick foam insulation and dug out another six inches of subsoil and bedrock. The idea was to put an end to winter sore feet by fitting underfloor heating pipes, which were to work from my central heating system - not too expensive if I did it all myself. Insulation twice as thick, concrete replaced, screeds, and those “helluva” thick slates went back. I discovered that when well-insulated, cement-based screeds set around underfloor pipes which are filled and under pressure, then a good deal of heat is made. The floor became quite warm from the setting cement, and I was lucky that I was awake at 2.00 a.m. and able to release some of the pressure in the pipes. And at 4.00 a.m. And at lunchtime the following day! My big misjudgement in all this was that I was hoping that the central heating was going to heat the floor. Bad idea! Several friends explained that I needed a separate circuit, and that the oil-fired boiler in my shed would heat the floor too much while it was heating the radiators. An air-source heat pump was the thing! You know how warm the back of a fridge gets. An air-source heat pump works like a fridge running backwards, and a pump takes the heat from its pipes into the house radiators or under the floor or even into the hot water tank. The outside air gets colder (akin to the inside of the fridge getting cold) and is blown away across the garden. And airsource heat pumps work even when the weather is frosty. My first quote was from a company in Birmingham for the whole caboodle - £16,000. No! I had also heard that heat pumps use quite a bit of electricity to work their compressors to extract all that heat from the air, so I decided I would just leave the central heating on very cool, and make my boiler heat the floor. RGB tried at first to put me off the idea, reminding me that air-source heat pumps run at lower temperatures, typically 40 degrees centigrade, and I would need to replace radiators. However, the chilblains kicked in. I had already fitted the underfloor heating. And I reminded myself I had photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof which, on a sunny day, can make enough electricity to boil a kettle for free, for hours. They could work the heat pump! I needed to fit a thicker mains cable across the front of my house, (you might see the scar in the first photo), and change a few radiators. And the cost was now about half of that terrible earlier quote. Over a year, before the heat pump kicks in, (it is being installed as I write), electricity has cost me about £320, and EDF give me back about £1800-£2000 (called the Feed-In Tariff) for making 24

electricity which feeds the National Grid. (And yes, I know you’re going to tactfully mention there is no such thing as a free lunch, and energy bills have risen to pay for Feed-in Tariffs.) Did you know there are so many renewable energy devices that coal-fired power stations can be decommissioned? That must be saving the planet, even if electricity bills are rising! Energy suppliers can even let wind turbines have a rest on sunny days. My solar panels will mow the lawn, wash my clothes, grill cheese on toast, and heat my hot bath water. Even on a dull day the roof will work a bread maker, and a slow cooker will cook dinner right up to dusk! So, the plan is to drastically reduce using oil in the winter and make the roof do its best to work the heat pump. I am told that three times as much energy is collected from the air as goes into working the pump itself. By the end of November, radiators will be warm and the kitchen floor will be cosy to the feet, all with heat energy from the air. And green energy at that. Only on dull days and at night will the heat pump need mains electricity. My wacking heavy slates in the kitchen should have enough heat stored during the days, to let the heat pump rest during the night. Oh, I almost forgot. There is another feed-in tariff for heat pumps, called the Renewable Heat Incentive. Provided my house is insulated properly with “green as a squid” credentials - double glazed windows, low energy light bulbs, insulated floors, cavity wall insulation where possible, and (most important of all) loft insulation, then I should be able to pay off the initial costs in about five years with the Renewable Heat Incentive money. I will keep the Rayburn going….just to be cosy in the kitchen and to heat my water. (Ah! It’s well-water ... but that’s another story!)

Mike Ritson

Don’t Leave Your Doggy-Do! A number of people have asked us to remind dog owners to pick up their dog’s poo, and to make sure that their dogs don’t poo on people’s front gardens and grass. This is becoming quite a problem in East Street, in particular. There are plenty of dog poo bins about, and big fines if you’re caught not “binning it”.

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Our Village Hall The Village Hall is available for all sorts of functions. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with plenty of china and cutlery. The hall is well heated during the winter months. The venue is not too large – it can accommodate about 70 people seated – which is usually adequate for most events. There is room for a small music group or disco.

The Hall is an excellent venue for birthday parties, Christmas parties, New Years Eve, fundraising events for your favourite charity, or even a very large family dinner party - the list of options extends as far as your imagination. You can also extend your event into the Jubilee Park behind the Village Hall, which has proved very popular for entertainment and wedding venues with marquees. We can obtain a licence for you if you wish to sell alcohol – this costs £21.00. Wine and beer is available to purchase from the Village Shop at a very reasonable price, and sale or return can usually be arranged. Draft beer can be purchased from Holsworthy Brewery, who will deliver and collect barrels. Do you feel able to run a craft group, or a flower arranging session? What about a gardening club, or a ladies group? Most things are possible. There is a regular skittles session on Thursday evenings, there are table top sales on the third Saturday of every month, and a Village Lunch about four times a year. Come and join in!

This is your Village Hall – use it if at all possible.

VILLAGE HALL LETTING FEES HOURLY - 1 to 3 hours - £8 per hour SESSION – 3 or more hours - £25 per session

Use of the kitchen is free of charge for teas/coffees and £5 per session for full use. All charges include heating and electricity.

TO BOOK THE HALL Please call Anne Gray on 01409 231231 or email Please settle your fees in advance if possible, and read and sign the Conditions of Hire when paying/ collecting your key. When booking, please advise if alcohol is to be served, and whether a license is required, and if there is to be entertainment at your event.

Sheepwash Village Hall Committee

Power Cuts To report an issue with your power, call Western Power Distribution on 0800 365 900. If you have a general enquiry, call 0845 724 0240 or email 26

Parish Council News This summary of the Annual Parish Council meeting held on 21st November is based on my notes of the main decisions made/actions taken. For all the details please see the full Parish Council minutes, which should be available on their website at Christina Penn has resigned as a Parish Councillor, so there was no need to vote on a proposed dispensation for her, due to ill health, until after the next elections in May 2019. However, members of the public still queried the thinking behind the proposal, as Christina left the village some months ago and now lives in Sheffield! They asked for an extraordinary Parish Council meeting to be held as soon as possible, with an item on the agenda to appoint a new Parish Councillor. There was a lot of discussion about installing Wi-Fi in the Village Hall. The general feeling is that it is not needed, but some villagers would definitely like training on using the internet and various software packages. (Editor’s note: Look out for news about this in the next Chronicle at the end of January.) Philip Hackett reported that the Local Plan is now finally complete and available to view on the Torridge District Council website - go to and follow the links. The rubbish for recycling was not collected in East Street on the usual day, due to the lorry being redirected for operational reasons. It was collected the following day, and villagers are advised to leave their recycling out for collection if this happens again. The new recycling regime is regarded as successful, as landfill waste has been reduced by 30% since it was introduced. The Village Questionnaire which was issued last year will be discussed at a public meeting. The new shed should have been erected next to the Village Hall by the time you read this (planned for 22/11/18). It was agreed to say, “No comment” about the “reserved matters” planning application at Eastfield in East Street. Three other planning applications have been granted, including the 26 dwellings at Lukes Farm in West Road. The lighting column for Devon Air Ambulance has been mainly paid for by grants. The Bridgeland Trust has agreed to pay half the remaining cost, so the Parish Council will only need to pay £393.79. Next year’s budget will be discussed in January. The Parish Council voted in favour of contributing £25 to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Barnstaple. Fine Memorials will rectify the mistake in the renewed lettering on the war memorial in the near future. County Councillor Barry Parsons reported that the responsibility for dealing with universal credit issues is moving from the District Council to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. He also said he was chasing Holsworthy about the slow-moving replacement of the Shebbear surgery facilities, and has also been working hard on getting the beds back into Holsworthy Hospital, including liaising with Stratton Hospital. Barry also mentioned the possibility of opening up a rail service from Exeter to Bude via Okehampton and Holsworthy - but don’t get too excited, as this is still very much in the idea discussion stage. Parish Council meetings will take place on the third Wednesday in the month, every other month. So the th th th dates for your diary are 16 January, 20 March, and 15 May. Additional meetings may also be required between these dates. th

The next Parish Council meeting will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 16 January in the Village Hall.

Chris Bell

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Holsworthy Rural Policing Update Recent incidents: Ashwater: Common assault – vehicle driven towards aggrieved causing them to fear for their safety. In charge of motor vehicle whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

Black Torrington: Theft of light from outside dwelling. Bradford: Theft from motor vehicle. Theft of wheelie bins.

Bradworthy: Dog dangerously out of control. Bridgerule: Criminal damage - cat found dead, by unknown means. Holsworthy Hamlets: Theft from motor vehicle. Damage to motor vehicle.

St Giles on the Heath: Theft of building materials from garden. We are aware that there have been a large number of thefts from work vans across the force as a whole, although we’ve had only one reported incident in Holsworthy and the surrounding parishes. We would advise anyone owning such a van, which contains valuable equipment or tools, to take appropriate security measures, and to report any suspicious activity to the police. Your local PCSOs, Emma Tomkies and Mark James are always happy to attend Parish Council meetings where possible, and welcome the opportunity to attend community events.

Contact us If you have a forthcoming event you’d like us to know about, please phone us on 101 or email us at If you have an incident to report, please don’t hesitate to call us on 101 for a non-emergency or 999 if you see a crime taking place.

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

PCSO Emma Tomkies and PCSO Mark James Holsworthy Police Station Well Park, Western Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DH

Saturday Morning Surgeries at Blake House Surgery Do you find it hard to get to see a GP or Nurse during your normal working week? There are now Saturday morning GP and Nurse clinics at Blake House Surgery. These are for pre-bookable, non-urgent appointments only, between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon on the following Saturdays:

Saturday 1st December 2018

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Saturday 26th January 2019

Saturday 23rd February 2019

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Hatherleigh Market For many of us a stroll round Hatherleigh Market on Tuesday mornings is part of the pleasure of living in Sheepwash. However, it seemed as if that pleasure was going to be denied us, with the announcement that the livestock market was to close in February this year and the site was to be sold to developers. Kingswood Homes has lodged a proposal to build 123 houses on the site, with accompanying infrastructure, including a market square, a market pavilion, business units, a doctors’ surgery, and a convenience store. The existing market buildings would be demolished. Although Kingswood Homes have purchased the site, planning permission has not yet been granted. For those opposed to the scheme, all may not be lost, as the Ruby Country Partnership, who have been running the market since February, have been instrumental in developing a counter proposal which would keep the control of the market in local hands.

A Community Interest Company (CIC) has been formed - Hatherleigh Community Market CIC - to continue to operate the market. A CIC is required to use its profits and assets for the benefit of the community rather than private gain. (You may recall that Sheepwash Community PO and Shop is a Community Interest Company.) The main object of establishing the CIC is to buy the whole market site, initially to reinstate the sale of livestock - there are already auctioneers interested in running that side of the market. The market would help to get people back into the town to make use of other businesses, but this is not the only reason to have a working market. The wellbeing of many people is tied to the market - it is a meeting place for country folk of all ages, which is good for mental health. The vision for the future of the market does not stop there. The ambition is to refurbish the pig market into a multi-use venue capable of holding events of many sorts, such as conferences, dances, and larger staged events that will not fit in the Community Hall and, of course, various types of market. Also, as regards the medical centre, the CIC would be open to discussion about providing a site. There is nowhere else in our part of Devon with ten acres of hard standing, making it suitable for so many events. Local organisations will be able to continue to use the site under the management of the CIC. Hatherleigh Community Market CIC have now embarked on the process of raising the funds to buy the site and to establish a regular programme of livestock and pannier markets. A sum of ÂŁ3million has been quoted, although that would only apply if planning permission is granted in the meantime, but whatever the outcome of that, a substantial sum has to be raised. They are hoping to raise funds by seeking donations and pledges, through crowdfunding, and by holding nd special events. The first of these will be a Christmas Market on December 22 , from 9.00 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. where you will be able to buy all your Christmas requirements. th

A second event takes place on Tuesday January 8 , when an attempt will take place to break the Guinness Book of Records for the highest number of auction entries! So, to all supporters of the market, please do your bit to keep it going. If you’d like further information, phone 01837 811808, call in at the Visitor Centre on the Square in Hatherleigh, or go to the new CIC website at

David Ansell


Our Changing River When my family came to live in Sheepwash sixty years ago I could walk beside the river along fields that had not altered for centuries. It was all meadowland grazed by sheep and cattle. There were many mature trees providing shade both for the animals and for tired fishermen. But the river has changed dramatically, with bank erosion causing many of those mature trees to fall into the river, leaving gaping holes in the bank. Nowhere is this more pronounced than the stretch downstream of Sheepwash Bridge, where in many places the river is half as wide again as it used to be. Originally there were two fir trees and three huge oak trees on the Sheepwash side of the river, with their branches hanging right out over the river and creating a tunnel-like effect. All have now gone, and there is not one tree for over a mile. This bank erosion has been the result of extensive land drainage in the headwaters. I remember as a youngster how, after heavy rainfall, the river would rise steadily and, having burst its banks, would remain in flood for several days. The locals used to call it “land waters�. How different these days. After heavy rain the river rises incredibly quickly, floods, and yet within the space of a few hours it is back within its banks. Not only are the banks being eroded at an alarming rate, but the gravels on the bed of the river (so vital as spawning and nursery areas for the salmon and trout) are scoured out and washed downstream. One has to look no further than under the arches of Sheepwash Bridge for evidence of this - where the river used to run freely, there is now a huge mound of gravel. The changes to the landscape of the river valley reflect the revolutionary changes in agriculture. The small family farms are finding it increasingly difficult to survive, and the Torridge valley is now dominated by large intensive enterprises. No longer do we just have meadows with cattle and sheep grazing, but instead the fields are ploughed and then sown with corn or maize to within a few feet of the river edge, to be followed the following year with rye grass, heavily fertilised to obtain three or even four cuts of silage. How valuable are the strip fields below Sheepwash Bridge, each no more than thirty yards wide, which stretch down from the village to the riverside? At least those fields and hedges will surely always be there to remind us of times past.

The single most dramatic change to the character of the river has been the spread of the invasive Himalayan Balsam. It has completely overtaken many parts of the riverbank. The flowers look attractive and are loved by bees, but the growth is so rapid that all other plant life is suffocated. In the autumn the seeds pop out, are washed downstream, and the following year they colonise another area of river bank. However, the roots are very shallow-growing and can easily be pulled out of the ground and left to die. A few years ago there was a gentleman from a nearby village who regularly walked the river. He was on a mission to eradicate the balsam and on every visit pulled up at least twenty stalks. Over a period of about two years it really made a big difference. So, please, every time you take your dog for a walk by the river, pull up a handful of balsam stalks. This will give the natural grasses, rushes, stinging nettles, and wild flowers a chance to re-establish themselves. This in turn will stabilise the banks and help prevent erosion.

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Winter Thoughts Is winter on its way, what with the current easterly winds we are getting? It’s actually been a pretty good autumn with mostly mild (nay, warm) days, and just the occasional period of rain, and although it’s going to get colder it’s only a month until the days start getting longer again! The starlings have arrived and are chattering away, and I’ve also seen quite a few snipe but I can’t say I’ve seen any fieldfares or redwings yet. Now that we’ve had a frost or two it’s time to lift the dahlias. Clean off any soil around the tubers and store them in a frost-free place, upside down initially to allow any moisture to drain away, but then the right way up in dry sand. I know I wrote of this last time, but it doesn’t do any harm to remind everyone when the correct time comes! You can start to prune your apple and pear trees, but NOT plums, damsons, or cherries - these need doing in summer. If pruned at this time of year they can become susceptible to a disease called silver leaf. Remember, when pruning fruit trees, or anything else for that matter, the fat buds are the flower buds and the thinner pointed ones leaf buds, so don’t cut off the fat ones! Digging can be done if the ground isn’t too wet or frozen, but it is often best to keep off the ground in the depths of winter.

However, a good warming job is to rake up the fallen leaves and bag them in a perforated sack, giving them a light watering. Then tie up the bag and store it for about eighteen months and you should have a lovely friable leaf mould for use around the garden. A word of advice here, don’t try raking up leaves on a windy day, it can be most frustrating, to put it mildly! Another job out of the weather is in the greenhouse, cleaning away the dead and dying leaves to avoid fungal disease starting. Water plants a little once a week, both indoors and in the greenhouse, and give them a light feed every couple of weeks to keep them going. There’s not really much more to say, so now my plan is to sit back and relax with a warming drink of some kind, and a seed catalogue, and dream of spring!

Have a good winter!

Jeremy Burden

Making Money From Used Stamps Even in this electronic era of emails and texts, we all still receive letters, many of which have stamps on the envelope. These stamps are still valuable, even though you can’t re-use them to post another letter – philatelists all over the world are keen to collect them. There is a box in the community shop where you can deposit your used stamps. All stamps deposited there will help raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West.

So please save all your used stamps, and drop them into the box next time you’re in the shop. All contributions will be very gratefully received, and this simple act can achieve a lot of good! 31

Fungi Foraging When I discovered that Mark Perfili is a bit of a fungi expert, I expressed an interest in going along on a foray. Autumn’s the time, so when autumn arrived, Mark and JoJo invited me along. The trouble is that fungi foragers’ foraging places are top secret. I drew the line at a blindfold, handcuffs, and being bundled into the boot of the car; we settled on the blindfold. We argued (a bit) about whether or not I should lie down on the floor in the back of the car. I won. I sat in the back blindfolded. After what seemed like an inordinately long time – I think our driver, JoJo, was engaged in diversionary tactics, as we looped the loop and doubled back – anyway, after what seemed like an inordinately long time, we arrived at a wood. I can say no more, except that it was a mixed wood, deciduous and evergreen. It was a lovely wood, with beautiful autumn colours and the sun shining down. Armed with knives and baskets, Mark led the hunt. The knives are important because you don’t want to pull up the fungi and disturb the mycelium under the ground - the fungi should be cut at ground level, leaving the mycelium undisturbed to prepare for next year’s crop. We used baskets – you don’t want to use plastic bags (who does these days) as the fungi would sweat and go soggy. We were searching for anything tasty and edible, not always the same thing - fungi can be edible, but they can also be very dull. Specifically, in this particular wood, thanks to Mark knowing what he’s talking about on the fungi front, we were looking for chanterelles, golden stem chanterelles, ceps, and hedgehogs. Spoiler alert - we found them all. We found masses, particularly the chanterelles – we must have brought home a couple of kilos of fungi. Frying them in a bit of butter, I cooked the four types that we found separately to allow us to taste the different flavours. I can tell you that toadstools on toast make a lovely lunch!

Alison Ansell Over to Mark for some expert info ... Foraging for wild mushrooms can be summed up quite easily. If you aren't 100% sure what you have picked, or you think you know what you picked but it was found outside of its usual habitat, DON'T eat it! Thankfully there are some relatively easy to identify varieties that also tend to be amongst the tastiest.

Chanterelle or Girolles, as they are often referred to in the catering industry, are one such variety. They tend to grow in mossy areas and, like many fungi, have a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding trees. They have a particular affinity towards Beech and Conifers. They can be found individually but most often are found in larger numbers which can run into the hundreds if you get lucky. More often than not if they are one side of a hedge they will also be on the other as 32

the mycelium spread throughout the soil. The largest mushroom in the world, armillaria ostoyae, or, as it’s been fondly nicknamed, the Humongous Fungus, covers 2,385 acres of the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. It’s considered the largest living organism, and from the way the fungus has been growing, it may also be the oldest organism. Humongous is estimated to be around 2,400 years to 8,650 years old. Whilst this isn't one single giant mushroom, its discovery has sparked a debate as to what constitutes an individual organism. It’s agreed that if a being has a set of cells that are genetically identical and communicate with each other, it can be classed as one single organism. So the Humongous Fungus fits the bill. I digress - back to the Chanterelle. They can be from 1cm to 12cm and sometimes more across but are rarely more than 10cm in height. Unlike common field mushrooms they don't have gills underneath but rather forked ridges or veins that run up the stem from just under the cap where it joins the stem and out to the edges of the cap.

Often, they vary from a pale apricot colour to bright orange, even when growing alongside each other. As emerging fungi they are dome-shaped but become more and more funnel-shaped as they increase in size and age. The flesh is firm with a mildly peppery flavour and every part can be eaten. Its less common, but nonetheless very tasty relative, the Golden Stem Chanterelle, or Trumpet Chanterelle as they are sometimes known, can often be found growing alongside Chanterelles, but they have the added bonus of fruiting later in the season and are commonly found in late November and even after the first few frosts. Another bonus is that they can grow in patches that exceed a thousand at a time. An untrained eye will readily walk past them even in these numbers, as they blend in perfectly with their surroundings - but once you spot one, suddenly you will see another and another stretching out around you, individually and in groups. The fungi itself typically grows anywhere between 3cm and 15cm in height, with the cap reaching up to 6cm across. As their name suggests they have a goldencoloured stem which is hollow. The cap can be light brown to almost black and, again, varies from domed when young to funnelshaped as they grow larger. As with the more common Chanterelles they have veins rather than gills that grow with the same characteristics. Whilst they aren't as substantial as their relatives, they more than make up for it in their numbers. Their taste is mild and slightly peppery/spicy, and again the whole fruitbody can be consumed. One of my personal favourites is the Wood Hedgehog fungus. This variety is almost impossible to confuse with any other fungi variety in the UK. It appears from August until late November and is once again found in the same habitat as the Chanterelles and Golden Stem Chanterelles. When they emerge they typically have a domed cap which is cream to almost white in colour and can vary from 1cm growing to 15cm across as they mature. The cap will often become flatter with bumps and irregular shapes and twists, alongside a colour change that can see them darken considerably to a burnt orange hue. 33

Regardless of these changes a key characteristic remains the same, which makes them easy to identify. The Hedgehog Fungus is without gills, but instead has little cream-coloured, soft spines or pegs on the underside of the cap. When young they are firmly attached, but as the fungi matures they grow larger, typically 2-6mm, and readily detach when being handled. Another less obvious characteristic becomes apparent when picking them in any quantity. As they contain quite large amounts of tannin it is common to end up with fingers stained yellow to brown and giving the impression of a hundred-fags-a-day smoking habit! Thankfully, the rewards when eating them far outweigh this minor inconvenience. Fleshy and firm, the whole fruitbody can be consumed, They have a mild mushroom-to-oatmeal flavour that offers a great accompaniment to any meat dish. Finally, the Cep (also called Penny Bun or Porcini), are considered to be probably the finest eating mushroom available. These are slightly more difficult to identify as they have many close relatives within the Boletus family. Many of these are also edible and taste excellent, but varieties such as the Lurid Bolete, Bitter Bolete, and Devil’s Bolete are not. Whilst none of these will kill you if consumed, they can lead to severe gastrointestinal upset, and the Bitter Bolete, as its name suggests, tastes appalling! Thankfully, the edible varieties are in most cases a delight to eat. When young they emerge completely dome-shaped. This shape can stay with them until they reach a considerable size, but eventually the cap tends to flatten out more. Sizes can vary from 3cm to 30cm across the cap, and typically 5cm to 30cm in height, with the stem being as large as 10cm across at the base, narrowing as it reaches the cap, with the largest single specimens weighing as much as a kilo. Again, the Cep has no gills, but a network of pores or tubes that are attached beneath the cap - when examined under a magnifying glass they look very similar to honeycomb in structure. Initially, this will be white in colour, but as it matures it turns yellow to green. When white, the pores/tubes can be eaten without issue, but as they start to turn from a light yellow to green they should be discarded, as they have an unpleasant texture at this point when cooked and can have a "purgative" effect for some people! Thankfully, they can be easily removed from under the cap by quite literally peeling the pores away from the cap by hand. The stem can also be eaten and often offers as great a quantity of food as the cap. The stem also has a distinct appearance in that the surface is reticulated and has the appearance of stretched fishnet stockings over the surface. When picked, Ceps have a wonderful sweet, woody, and mushroom scent. The flavour when cooked is sweet and nutty, both in the cap and stem, with the flesh being firm. The mushrooms above are just a few of the varieties that can be foraged and readily identified, taste good, and are safe to eat. Many others exist, but should only be picked when accompanied by someone with extensive knowledge who can guide you to their habitat and identification. A final word of warning. Don't EVER be tempted to work on the premise that some fungi looks and smells nice, or that insects or animals have clearly been eating them. The poison (Amanitine) in the deadliest varieties has no cure, and as little as a single specimen of a Death Cap, Destroying Angel, or the Funeral Bell can prove fatal, even with medical intervention.

Mark Perfili, with pictures by Jo Filer Cooper 34

Biggles Flies Again! It all started 45 years ago really. I was lucky enough to become an Air Traffic Controller back when gaining a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) was part of the initial stages of training for the job – they don’t do it today! And so it was that the twenty-plus members of No 29 ATCO Cadet course all arrived at Carlisle airfield for three weeks that autumn and were taught how to fly! Most days we went up once, twice, sometimes three times, and if the weather wasn’t good enough we concentrated on all the classroom subjects like aviation law, navigation, and meteorology, because written exams had to be passed too. For the next couple of years, until we qualified as controllers, the powers-that-be still funded our refresher flying in order to keep us current - unlike driving, if you don’t fly for an extended length of time your licence lapses and you’re not allowed to continue.

By the time they stopped paying for our flying I had got married and taken out a mortgage. As I was now responsible for paying my own flying costs it had to stop, and that was that. Fast-forward to last Christmas, when Sue bought me a present of a flight in a microlight! Great, but not necessarily something you want to do in January or February, so it was put on hold until the warmer weather. I think Sue had thought I would go for one of those microlights that looks a bit like a kite powered by a rubber band, but as they do actually make some that look (and behave) like real aeroplanes, I opted to go with the creature comforts! Suffice to say, I loved it, and realised what I had been missing all those years. After a bit of research, I discovered that there are different licences available these days. I could stick to microlights and go for a NPPL (National), but I thought that would be too restrictive . I decided to go for a relatively new option, the Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence, which would allow me to fly small single-engine aircraft with up to four seats (so scope to take three passengers), but with much less stringent medical requirements than the full PPL. So off I went to Bodmin Airfield, home of Cornwall Flying Club, thinking, “How hard can this be – I’ve done it before?” Harder than I thought is the answer! However, with perseverance and a deal of patience on the part of the instructors I was given the confidence boost of a solo flight after about six hours of dual training, which felt really good! Not only that, but when I filled in my flying log-book I discovered that it was 43 years to the exact day that I had last flown as pilot-in-command! The culmination came on November 12th, when I passed the flying skills test required to hold the licence again. If I thought that was difficult, I then I had to fill in the forms required by the CAA – the flying was definitely the easier part! So if one day soon you look up and see a small aircraft with what appears to be more than a passing interest in Sheepwash, give it a wave – it might be me!

Peter Reader

Deadline for the next issue Please get all your news and contributions to one of us by 18th January, to ensure it is included in the February (Winter) issue of the Chronicle.

Just tell us your news when you see us out and about. Send or drop off news and contributions on paper to Alison at The Glebe in West Road or Chris at Larcombe House in North Street.

Telephone - Call Alison on 01409 231196 or Chris on 01409 231341. Email - We are very pleased to receive contributions or messages in electronic form. Email Alison at or Chris at 35

First World War Fruit Cakes When I went to the recent display of handmade poppies in the Methodist Church, Jan Hayward “introduced” me to two fruit cakes she had baked from recipes produced during the First World War. They both tasted very good, so I asked her if she could send us the recipes to put in the Chronicle, and here they are - definitely worth trying alongside your more traditional Christmas fare.

Boiled Fruit Cake This recipe dates from an issue of The People’s Friend dated 7th January 1918, which means it is more than a hundred years old!

Ingredients: 150g (5½ oz) sugar 150g (5½ oz) raisins 150g (5½ oz) currants 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg 85g (3 oz) margarine A pinch of salt 300g (10½ oz) plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ½ teaspoon baking powder

Method: Place all the ingredients apart from the flour, bicarbonate of soda, and baking powder in a saucepan with 300 ml of water and boil it together for 3 minutes. Then put it aside to get cold. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, or Gas Mark 5. Grease and line a 900g (2 lb) loaf tin. Add the bicarbonate of soda and baking powder to the flour and mix it all together. Then sieve it all into the cold mixture and stir well. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin, and bake it in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool before tucking in!

Jan Hayward


Trench Cake During the First World War people in Britain would bake and post a fruit cake to their loved ones serving on the front line. This is the official recipe released by the government on June 17th 2014 to enable today’s bakers to bake the traditional cake sent to soldiers in the trenches during the First World War. There are no eggs in the recipe - vinegar was used to react with the baking soda to make the cake rise.

Ingredients: 225g plain flour 110g margarine 1 teaspoon vinegar 75g brown sugar A pinch of ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons cocoa ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 140ml of milk 75g cleaned currants ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Method: Grease a cake tin with butter. Add a greaseproof paper circle to the bottom. Rub the margarine into the flour with your fingers in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the vinegar and milk. Mix in and beat well. Pour the mixture into the tin.

Bake at 180°C for about two hours (N.B. mine took much less time than this). Allow the cake to cool before tucking in!

Jan Hayward

Smoking Bishop Finally, a traditional Dickensian Christmas drink.

Ingredients (for 15 to 20 servings): 5 unpeeled oranges 36 cloves 2 bottles of red wine

1 unpeeled grapefruit ¼lb (113g) of sugar 1 bottle of port

Method: Wash the fruit and oven bake it until it is brownish, turning it once. Put the fruit into a warmed earthenware bowl with six cloves stuck into each fruit. Add the sugar and pour in the wine, but NOT the port. Cover and leave in a warm place for a day. Squeeze the fruit into the wine and strain the liquid. Add the port and heat gently. DO NOT BOIL! Serve "smoking" warm.

Chris Bell 37

The Boy Who Couldn’t Sing A Chronicle Story For Christmas The Village Hall reverberated with the sound of a dozen excited eight-to-twelve-year-olds gathered around their Kids’ Group Leader. Jane Smith often marvelled at the way such a small group of small people could still sound like a medieval army storming a breach in a castle wall. “Right, quiet down now, and line up in two rows!” she ordered, smiling as they jostled into position and stood waiting expectantly.

“First of all, well done, and thank you for coming out on a wet Monday evening. As you know, it’s only two weeks till Christmas, so we’ve only got tonight and next Monday to practice before we go carol-singing round the village on Christmas Eve. But you don’t need to learn all the words, because they’re all in these booklets – hand them out, John – and I’ve got the music on my iPad. So let’s make a start with Once in Royal David’s City.” Jane tapped her iPad and it played the introduction to the carol. Then she nodded and waved her hand as the cue to begin, and all the children sang. When they finished the first verse, Jane stopped the music, looking thoughtful. “Someone’s off key. All right, let’s try the next one.” She tapped the iPad, nodded again, and they sang, “In the bleak mid-winter, frosty wind made moan – ” Jane stopped the music abruptly, frowning suspiciously at each child in turn. “Someone is definitely ‘making moan’,” she said. Two girls in the front row turned and pointed to the boy behind them. “It’s Michael!” exclaimed Barbara. Michael was taken aback. “What?” he said, blushing deeply. “I’m afraid so, mate,” said Brian, sounding pained. “You sound like a toad getting trodden on,” added Gary. Michael stared at his so-called mates. Jane, seeing his embarrassment, intervened sympathetically. “Don’t worry, Michael, we can deal with this. Why don’t you just whisper the words for now. You can take your booklet home later and practice the carols for next Friday.” Michael nodded and looked at his feet. The rest of the practice went well. The two best voices were chosen to sing solos and four others were paired up to do a couple of duets. “We’ll all sing the first verse, then we’ll have a solo or duet for the second verse of some of the carols, then we’ll all sing the rest,” explained Jane. “So have a practice at home, and I’ll see you all here again next Monday evening.” The children left quickly in twos and threes, chattering noisily. Jane glanced at Michael, who was trailing behind disconsolately. She wondered if he would show up next Monday.




The next Monday, Michael did show up, although three others didn’t, including one of the soloists. But Jane refused to be discouraged. “We’ve still got plenty of people for a choir. You’ll just have to sing a bit louder!” She tapped her iPad, and 38

nodded her head to cue them in. “God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay - .” Jane stopped the music again. Michael had taken her at her word, and joined in with gusto. Despite the words he was singing, all the other children were looking dismayed. “I think it would be best if you whisper the words again, Michael,” said Jane. It was Michael’s turn to look dismayed. He was really looking forward to carol-singing round the village, helping to get everyone’s Christmas off to a lovely traditional start. But now he would just be a passenger if all he could do was whisper. Jane could see his disappointment. “However,” she said, “I have a very important role which needs a lot of concentration – someone has to carry the lamp on a long pole, so we can see to read the words while we’re singing. It could be difficult to sing as well as concentrate on holding that in the right place. Would you be able to carry the lamp, Michael?” Michael’s slumped shoulders straightened and his chest expanded again. “I definitely could, miss!” he said, positively beaming. All the other children looked more cheerful as well. The rest of the practice went very well, and Jane was in high spirits when she gave them her final instructions as she sent them home. “Very well done, everyone! Don’t forget to practice during the week, and we’ll meet here again next Monday evening – Christmas Eve! – at half past six sharp, and set off round the village. Make sure you wrap up warmly, because the weather forecast says it will be very cold – it might even snow!”




It did snow - heavily enough to cause packed ice and deep drifts which made a lot of roads impassable. Jane had gone to spend the pre-Christmas weekend with her brother and his family, and found herself unable to get back to the village, so she rang each of the children’s parents to cancel the carol singing. Michael answered the phone at his house. “Cancel? No, miss! We can still do it - we know all the carols!” “But you can’t si - I mean, there aren’t many of you left in the choir ...” “Don’t worry, miss, we can do it! We can’t let the village down. I promise you, the carol singing will go ahead!” He heard Jane chuckle. “Then good luck, Michael. I’ll be thinking of you!” Michael arrived at the Village Hall just before half past six. The door was locked, as Jane wasn’t there to open up, so he stood outside, hunched up inside his thick jacket, the hood pulled up over his woolly hat for warmth. In one gloved hand he clutched the pole with the lit lamp on the end, and in the other he held the booklet of carols. Then he waited to see who else would turn up.

Brian and Gary announced their arrival by pelting Michael with snowballs. With both hands full, he stood resolutely until they stopped, like an emperor penguin in an Antarctic storm. “You’re late,” he mumbled. “Oh, come on!” groaned Brian. “Give it up, mate! We can’t go now. We only came to bring you back to my house for the Christmas Eve party. Your Mum and Dad are already there.” “I promised Mrs. Smith,” said the emperor penguin. “Come on, let’s get started.” Brian stared at him in disbelief. “What? Only us and you? Actually, only us and a whisper, really. Sorry, Michael. Come and join us at the party when your brain starts working again!” Michael watched them walk off into the dark. He suddenly felt very lonely. But a promise was a promise, so he took a deep breath and trudged along to the first group of houses. Planting the end of the lantern pole into the snow, he crooked his elbow round it so he could use both hands to turn the pages of the booklet to find a carol he knew best. Then he started to sing.

“Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the feast of Steven. All the snow lay round about, cold and crisp and even. Brightly shone – “ 39

Curtains twitched in all the houses. Then a door opened and a large lady yelled at him, “We don’t want any logs! Haven’t you got a home to go to?! Just clear off and leave decent folk to enjoy their Christmas!” Then she banged the door shut before he could say anything to correct her misunderstanding. At the next stop, he belted out Joy to The World, We Three Kings, and O Christmas Tree. Nobody opened their door, so he continued to the next road and repeated the same carols. Again, he got no response at the three stops in that road, so he moved on to the next road and tried Silent Night. “Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright – “ An upstairs window opened, and a cardboard box came spinning down, bouncing off Michael’s head. A young woman leaned out and shouted at him, “I had just got the baby to sleep! Now, I’ll have to start all over again! Clear off!” Michael cleared off. But he was determined to cover every road in the village, so he kept stopping and singing, with very similar results. Sometimes faces appeared at windows, then quickly disappeared again. Lights that were on were turned off, and lights that were off were turned on, but the only people who came out to speak to him were a somewhat confused lady who asked if he was selling roast chestnuts and a bad-tempered man who said he’d called the police. At last, with cold hands, frozen feet, and a sore throat, he arrived at his final stop, a detached house at the end of the last road in the village. He decided to sing The First Noel. “The first Noel, the angel did say, was to certain poor shepherds in fields …” A movement-sensitive security light went on, and then a face appeared at a window. It was an old man cupping one hand above his eyes, peering out at him. “… where they lay, in fields where they lay keeping their sheep …” The front door opened and the man and his wife came out.

“… on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.” They stood and watched while he finished the carol. “Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.” Michael braced himself for another barrage of complaints, but to his amazement they clapped! They liked it! He quickly turned the page and sang Deck the Halls with renewed enthusiasm and vigour – and received another generous round of applause! While he was finishing off his performance with We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the old lady disappeared back inside and returned with a carrier bag full of sweets, mince pies, and other Christmas treats for him! For a moment, he was speechless. Then he thanked them both profusely, receiving wide smiles in return, and headed off to the Christmas Eve party. When Michael rang the doorbell at Brian’s house, he had a chocolate in his mouth and joy in his heart. He had kept his promise, in spite of everything – and maybe his voice was not so bad after all. Back at the last house, Margaret touched her husband’s arm to get his attention, then her fingers flashed and her arms waved expressively. Charlie smiled again, and signed back, “Yes, it was lovely to see a carol singer, even if he was on his own. It’s certainly put me in a good mood - the real spirit of Christmas!”

Robert and Chris Bell



















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Buses to and from Sheepwash Turner’s Tours of Chumleigh operate the following bus services to and from the village. All buses pick up and drop off at the bus shelter in the village square.

On Mondays (to Bideford): Bus number 642 leaves Sheepwash at 9.30 a.m. and arrives in Bideford at 10.35 a.m. Bus number 642 leaves Bideford at 1.30 p.m. and arrives in Sheepwash at 2.35 p.m.

On Wednesdays (to Holsworthy): Bus number 639 leaves Sheepwash at 9.52 a.m. and arrives in Holsworthy at 10.30 a.m. Bus number 639 leaves Holsworthy at 1.30 p.m. and arrives in Sheepwash at 2.08 p.m.

On Saturdays (to Okehampton): Bus number 631 leaves Sheepwash at 10.00 a.m. and arrives in Okehampton at 10.37 a.m. Bus number 631 leaves Okehampton at 12.30 p.m. and arrives in Sheepwash at 1.07 p.m.

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

01769 580242

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Sheepwash Chronicle Christmas 2018  

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

Sheepwash Chronicle Christmas 2018  

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