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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 our front cover was taken by Chris at Bedruthan Steps. On the back cover, the butterfly picture is by Linda Trace, and the grass harvest was also taken by Chris, at the back of his house. We need more pictures from you, so why not get out with your camera while the weather’s good, and send us your best shots to use?

Contents of this issue: What’s Been Happening?


Nature’s Corner


What’s Coming Up?


High Summer Thoughts


Your Letters






The Torridge Salmon


Torview Wines Update


Useful Contacts


Talking Shop


Bus Timetables


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

Vera Slee Albert, Val, and family would like to thank everyone who attended Vera’s funeral, and for all the donations received for Marie Curie and the Sheepwash Baptist Cemetery Fund. We would also like to thank everyone for all the cards, kindness, and support during Vera’s short illness.

Albert, Val, and family

Fixing the Holes Where the Rain Gets In! Progress for St. Lawrence’s Church roof Firstly, more congratulations to those hard workers and kind people of Sheepwash who have donated energy, labour, effort, and imagination (as well as parting with cash!) during the fundraising events which have been held recently. The grand total of money in the bank now stands at £18,800. I think Martin Warren’s ambitions of reaching the £20K by Christmas will be achieved! So thank you everyone! Since the last Chronicle came out, we have had some big pushes. I handed over £200 to Dianne Smythe from collections made at the Friendly Open Gardens event held earlier in June. We had nine open gardens, some large-ish and some small. The range of interest was wide - some folk had a quick glance and headed for the scones, while others asked all sorts of questions about bog plants, shrubs, early harvested potatoes, and so on. Some folk swapped ideas and cuttings, and some swapped a chat and a laugh. It was all good! Great praise was heaped upon Norma for her deep-claretcoloured foxgloves and upon Thursa for her fantastic garden with rarer plants and her skills and effort in keeping such an exhibition garden under control! The last garden visited by most people was Gina Tidball’s, because she had arranged a barbeque, come rain or shine. As it was, the cooking was done in her and Graham’s garage, and great food was hurried into their conservatory out of the drizzle. Later in June, and again with rather damp weather, we held the Strawberry Tea in the Village Hall. Loads of cakes, bowls of strawberries, and cups of tea later, the select few who were able to attend should be pleased with the approximately £200 which was raised. It was a shame we were not able to get the tables and chairs into Jubilee Park - perhaps there is a connection between the church roof and rainy fundraisers!

Mike Ritson Tel: 01409 231680 3

Sheepwash Hedgehog Campaign A big thanks to all the folk who took the time to complete my questionnaires - it's greatly appreciated. Hopefully over time more people will take an interest in our declining wild hedgehog population - for both the hedgehogs’ sake and for future generations of humans. For those who participated, encouragingly 100% of you are happy to support the garden wildlife of Sheepwash. 10% have hedgehogs visiting their gardens - better than I had anticipated. 40% did have visiting hogs until 2014 - 2016, the top two reasons for their disappearance being unfriendly gardening and defensive dogs. Sadly 40% of our gardens are blocked off to hedgehogs, but on the flipside only 30% are using harmful chemicals. I understand we all have busy lives, so we can all aim to change just one thing a week within our gardens to help the hogs, thereby hopefully making a big difference to their little lives. To make sure your garden is hedgehog friendly, think health and safety for small spiny mammals: Cover swimming pools and any form of drains/holes overnight and when not in use. Bin bags left at ground level can attract curious hedgehogs, causing poisoning, injury or entanglement Ponds need escape routes - in fact any water container should have an escape route, to prevent accidental drowning of any species. Check for hedgehogs before using strimmers or mowers, particularly under hedges where they may rest. Check compost heaps for nesting hogs before forking over. The safest time to spread the heap is probably Oct/Nov when most babies have left their mother, and adults have not yet started to hibernate. Build bonfires as close to the time of lighting as possible. Use a proper incinerator, or move the pile to be burnt just before setting fire to it. Always check them thoroughly before lighting. Remove netting when not in use, to prevent hedgehogs becoming entangled and getting injured. Keep all pea-netting a foot above the ground so the hedgehogs can go under it and will not try to go through it and become stuck. The same applies to tennis nets, football nets, etc. Barbed wire should also be kept off the ground, and never left trailing or carelessly discarded. On sheds or outbuildings, do not suddenly decide to keep doors closed which have previously been left open for some weeks without first checking that there is no nesting hedgehog inside. Keep hazardous chemicals shut away, out of the reach of inquisitive creatures.

Lisa Butt Tel: 0785 496 7903


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Sheepwash Spotlighted! Many of you will have seen the delightful little feature about Sheepwash that was shown recently on the BBC’s South West news programme, Spotlight. In case you missed it, or if you want to see it again, we plan to have a link to it on the home page of the Chronicle website very soon - just go to to check it out.

Chris Bell

Table Top Fairs The Table Top Fairs in June and July raised £85 and £60 for Village Hall funds.

It is normal for attendance to be dropping off towards the summer months as there is so much more going th on, therefore we will not be having a Table Top in August. The next date will be September 16 . Ring me on 231231 if you would like to book a table – for only £4 – to sell anything you like for yourself or for your favourite charity.

Anne Gray

Sheepwash Rainfall May

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This is the first time for over a year that rainfall has been above the long-term average, but not not enough to spoil what has so far been a warm and quite sunny summer. Let’s hope it lasts!

Charles Inniss

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!

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Race to the King

It was a windy, chilly, and damp Saturday morning when Vinny dropped off my sister-in-law Caroline and I at Slindon near Arundel for the start of our double-marathon 53-mile charity walk. The area was full of about 1500 men and women of all ages. Some ran the whole way in one day (the first man completed in 7 hours 13 minutes and the first woman took 8 hours 29 minutes - crazy!), some jogged, and others like us walked it over two days. We met up with the two other girls who made up our team, had a bacon butty, and were ready for our official start time of 8.15 a.m. It was pretty soggy underfoot, and the first few miles were hectic as joggers tried to get past the walkers on narrow paths, so we were thankful when it calmed down a bit and we were able to settle into a steady pace. The weekend before had been extremely hot, and there had been showers in the intervening week, so we were anxious about the weather, but we need not have worried - the skies soon cleared and the rain went away, leaving us with nigh-on perfect walking conditions! The organisation of the whole event was fantastic. There were pit stops every eight miles or so - usually after a steep hill. We were very grateful for the snacks and drinks that we were able to help ourselves to. Since March I had been following a rigid training plan, and working out my best sock and boot combination - or so I thought! After eight miles I could feel I had a blister under my big toe and I knew I needed to deal with it or the rest of the walk would be pretty painful. I had come well-equipped with blister plasters, and started to apply one at the first pit stop when a medic came over and took over the job of popping my blister and applying plasters and tape. So much for all that training - I can only put it down to the hard ground we were traversing! There were some fantastic views along the way, and some horrible hills - sometimes the descent was worse than the ascent. 6

The first day was 23.33 miles. We got to base camp at 4.00 p.m., and were pleased to see hot showers, trainee masseurs from Birmingham University, our tents erected and a hot meal all ready for us. Most importantly, there was also a bar for that well-earned pint! We were all shattered, and turned in by 9.00 p.m. My legs could not have carried me much further that day, so I was happy to lie in my sleeping bag and think about the final 29.79 miles the next day! We all woke quite early, keen to get going, so we had breakfast and then tried to convince our legs that they really needed to start moving, as shuffling was not going to be an option! We packed our bags and left our overnight bags at the drop-off point for them to be delivered to the finish line, and finally left base camp at 7.30 a.m. It was a tough day, with the worst climb being Butser Hill - an elevation of 271m makes it one of the highest points in Hampshire – but it afforded us great views from the top! After several more medics tending to my poor blistered feet along the way, we eventually made it to Winchester Cathedral at 5.00 p.m. and were greeted by Vinny, my brother-in-law Cameron, the other girls’ families, and (to my surprise) Anna and Buster, who had sneaked up to watch us finish our epic walk! It was very emotional, and those last few miles were tough, but there was no way I was giving up – the knowledge that so many people had sponsored us and were willing us to finish kept us going. So thank you so much for all the support and sponsorship we have received. We have raised £2145 so far with a few more donations still coming in.

Chris Vincent P.S. The blisters are now sorted, but I’m not sure I fancy taking it on again next year as some people are suggesting. Maybe someone else would like to have a go?!

Hatherleigh Cricket Club The club is having a most successful season! Our three Saturday teams are all top of their respective leagues in the Devon Cricket League, and our Sunday XI is top of the first division of the North Devon League. Having been promoted last year, our ladies are holding their own in their top division. All our colts teams are doing well, and two boys and two girls from the club are playing for their respective u13 County teams. Ruben Forrester has been selected to play for the Devon Lions (the County 2nd XI), a great achievement for him and the club. The highlight of the season has undoubtedly been the "All Stars" cricket coaching. 46 youngsters (aged 5 to 8) arrive every Saturday morning, complete with their own kit, to enjoy an active and fun introduction to this wonderful game, under the leadership of head coach Alex Presswell and his many helpers. It's a pleasure to be there and watch them! Fundraising for our planned clubhouse extension continues apace. If you feel you can help in any way, please contact Charles Inniss on 231237 or Dave Manning on 231176 . Above all, come and watch some cricket - you will always be most welcome! Fixture cards are available in the village shop.

Charles Inniss 7

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

Sheepwash Ladies Skittles Open Evening Practice Night Thursday 7th September, starting at 7.30 p.m., in the Village Hall. All ladies are welcome to come along and have a go – it’s great fun! For more information, please contact Sheila Fox on 01409 231649.

Iddesleigh Parish Walk Sunday 27th August, starting at 2.00 p.m. from Ash House, Iddesleigh, EX19 8SQ This years guided walk will be a circular one, starting promptly at 2.00 p.m. at Ash House Iddesleigh, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Khayat. Directions will be signed from Iddesleigh and Monkokehampton. Car parking is available, sensible footwear is advisable, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome! Participants should note that this walk is roughly four miles long, and we estimate it will take approximately two hours. The walk will include the River Okement, Mill Farm, Monks Mill and Weir, and the Old Mill at Monkokehampton. There will also be a chance to see some of the magnificent Ash Stud horses and stables. The walk will finish back at the impressive Ash House for a cream tea. Anyone unable to walk is still most welcome to come for a cream tea. Please come and join us for this unique opportunity to walk on PRIVATE land.

The cost, which includes a cream tea, is only £6 for adults and £2 children, payable at the start. We will also be holding a Grand Draw. All proceeds go to the Friends of Iddesleigh. For more information or queries, please call me on 01805 804347.

Sue Folland

Can You Contribute Content to the Chronicle? We are always looking for new content for the Chronicle. Do you have a story you would like to share? Is there a hobby or interest you have which you can tell us about? Have you taken any photographs or made a drawing or painting or sculpture you think other people would like to see? Do you know any good jokes (suitable for a family audience!)? Or is there something else you’d like to see in the Chronicle? We want to see as many villagers as possible in the Chronicle. Please get in touch with your ideas – see our contact details on page 2. 8

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Surely the St. Lawrence’s Church Fete will be blessed with fine weather on Saturday 5 August! It begins at 3.00 p.m., hopefully in the Jubilee Park. Stalls and events include skittles, clothes sales, bric-a-brac table, pole lathe demonstration (and have a try yourself), two treasure hunts, a lucky dip, a prize draw, a golf competition, a photography competition, ice creams, cream teas, a bottle stall, a cake stall, and a plant stall. Details of many of the attractions are on the Sheepwash Sandwich board, but some may need a little more information here:

Photography Competition Please deliver your photos to Mike Ritson’s house at Merchants. I am going to display them in the church. There is no entry fee. Photos should be no larger than A4 (10” x 8”) in size, and should have your name and contact details on the back. Please only bring up to five photos which you must have created yourself. Categories for the photos are: Portraits, Nature, Sheepwash, Animals, and Landscapes. Jo Filer Cooper has agreed to judge the photos in each category for a £5 prize for each winner. We hope to collect donations inside the church when you visit during the fete so, photographers, please take great pictures!

Clothes Stall Gina is willing to run this section. Please could you give her any clothes you would like to donate to the cause, but only things which are clean and in good condition.

Bric-a-Brac Terry invites you to take up his challenge - he says he can sell anything! Please deliver items to his bungalow (1 East St) or to my house (Merchants) - any items of bric-abrac you can spare. Terry will be able to sell jewellery, furniture, ornaments, books, crockery, glasses, microscopes, or stuffed owls!

Two Treasure Hunts You might remember the game of battleships, choosing squares which guess the position of enemy shipping on a grid. On the “fateful” day there will be two treasure chests buried under Jubilee Park, set out in a grid system rather like grid squares on a map. For £1 a go, you can guess at squares where the treasure could be buried. The closest guesser will be given a trowel to dig up the loot. A chest of £20 worth of new pound coins will have been buried. I may need to lend you a metal detector to save my replacing metres of turf! I will know where the coins are hidden. The second treasure of £10 will also buried, but should be easier to find. For this you will need to collect clues from the village once you pay £1 to register. The clues will provide the grid position for another go with a trowel. So this treasure is a race to find it! Nearer the time, I shall display a plan showing the grid system to whet your appetite. There will be lots happening - something for everyone - so bring your family, bring your friends, and come and have a great time with your fellow villagers!

Mike Ritson Tel: 01409 231680

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Book early for the Harvest Lunch to be held on Sunday 24 September in the Village Hall. Tickets only cost £10, and reservations can be made only at the village shop. You can pay then or when you arrive on the day. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Gina Tidball is organising the food. Her menu includes roast turkey and beef, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, a range of vegetables and a selection of desserts. The cost includes a glass of wine, and you can then buy extra drinks as you wish.

Mike Ritson Tel: 01409 231680

Sheepwash Book Group One of the liveliest discussions we have had recently was about Spies, a psychological novel by Michael Frayn. It had not been on our chosen list, but was a substitute sent by the library as none of our choices were available that month. Most of us started by saying we had not enjoyed it or found it easy to read. However, once we began to discuss the book it became apparent that there were many aspects that had intrigued us, left us with questions about the characters and the plot, and given us food for thought about social issues, both then and now. Set in wartime, the descriptive passages were extremely evocative, conjuring up vivid memories for many of us. The events are seen through the eyes of a young person (no specific age is mentioned), and it emerged that we had each interpreted certain sections in a different way, or seen alternative meanings, which added to the interest. Our overall judgement was that it was well worth reading, but probably not one we would rush to recommend as a “light read”. Last month we continued to fill in some blanks in our literary experiences by reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Although this has become a modern classic, and has been studied in schools for many years, surprisingly the majority of the group had never read the book. Our verdict-was it is a wonderful book and well worth reading. This month we tackle Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster. Our July meeting is also the time when we make our selection for the coming year. Of course, our reading is not restricted to the “set book”, and we often exchange books we have enjoyed as well as having a good natter!

Jan Hayward

Buckland Filleigh Family Dog Show Monday 28th August at Buckland Filleigh Village Hall Entries from 12.30 p.m., judging from 1.30 p.m. BBQ, Refreshments and Raffle. All proceeds to the Buckland Filleigh Village Hall and St Mary’s Church.

Bank Holiday fun for all the family! For more information, contact Emma Anderson on 01409 231294. 10


Charity Events For Medical Detection Dogs Saturday 16th September – Jazz at the Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington Fancy an evening of fabulous songs with a jazz and swing theme? Debbie Flint, Sheepwash resident and owner of Retreats For You – the writing retreat in the Square - will be singing old favourites like That Ole Devil Called Love and What a Difference a Day Makes, as well as more “songs from the shows”.

She will be accompanied by the jazz trio who played with her at a big event in Chiswick last November, where they raised a lot of money for African charities. A little bird tells us that a local singing councillor may also be taking part, TBC! There is also a meal deal available if you want to make a night of it in the impressive venue in Torrington town centre. And you'll be supporting the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington as well as Medical Detection Dogs, so it will be an all-round winning night! See the full page ad opposite for full details.

Sunday 17th September – Pop-up Vintage Tea Room We’re opening our doors for another pop-up vintage tea room at

Retreats For You in the Square, from 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. Do join us if you can for some delicious tea and cakes.

Debbie Flint

Quiz Nights at the Half Moon Quiz nights at the Half Moon are normally held on every second Sunday in the month, so the next two quizzes will be held on 13th August and 10th September.

It only costs £2 per person, and all of that goes to fund village activities. It’s a real fun quiz, so come and have an evening of pure enjoyment!

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

departs at 2.40 p.m. The next dates it will call are 22nd August and 19th September.

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Jazz Night! Debbie Flint and The Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio

Author and TV presenter Debbie Flint will be singing a selection of light jazz favourites, including That Ole Devil Love and What a Difference a Day Makes, accompanied by the superb Eric Gilchrist Jazz Trio, who have most notably played at the Albert Hall. The event will also feature local support acts (to be confirmed). The evening is to raise much-needed funds for Medical Detection Dogs (, a charity which trains dogs to detect human disease, and also for the Plough Arts Centre.

TO BUY YOUR TICKETS Phone the Box Office on 01805 624624 or book online at £16.00 Full

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£12.00 Supporter

Ladies Walk and Talk – Forthcoming Dates Meet at the bus shelter in Sheepwash Square.

Sunday 6th August Saturday 2nd September

Start time: 1.30 p.m. Tea/coffee/cake in the Village Hall when we return. Any queries, please see Ann in the village shop, or email me.

Sally Pooley Email:

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.

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.

PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ANY PERISHABLE FOOD. All the items donated will be taken to Torrington for distribution.

Torridge Reflections A memoir by Charles Inniss Although primarily about the Torridge River and the Half Moon, the book also recalls the many village characters and visitors to the inn who have enriched Charles’s life, creating so much fun and laughter. It is factual, historical, and above all, anecdotal. Any profit from the book sales will be given to fishery and local causes, such as the community shop and the Village Hall. If you would like a copy of the book, please contact Charles on 231237 14

Born in Sheepwash My name is Graham Lucas, and I was born in the front room of the cottage called Cross House in South Street in 1942. I lived there with my mother Gwen, and my grandparents, Frank and Flo Harvey, until my father returned from the war in Burma. In 1947 my parents moved to what is now known as Damson Cottage, also in South Street, before moving to Okehampton in 1948. Being an enthusiastic genealogist, I have traced the Harvey family back to 1600, when my ancestral grandparents married into the Barkwill family in Sheepwash. The Harvey family moved from Shebbear to Sheepwash in 1878. My great grandfather, William Harvey, his father Thomas, and my grandfather Frank were all village cobblers, and William’s wife was a glove maker. Both William and Frank were also trustees for the Bridgeland Trust. On my father’s side, his mother Emma Hutchings was born in Petrockstowe in 1897, and she worked at the Half Moon from the age of fourteen. I believe Val or Vera Hutchings still live in Sheepwash, and I also knew Percy and Gladys. My uncle Bert Piper also worked at the Half Moon (many years after Emma) as bailiff for the Innes family. Graham with grandfather Frank in 1945. I have recently been in contact with Barbara Laughton, and I have sent her a number of old photos showing Sheepwash folk, hoping that she may be able to identify some of them, so if any of your readers are interested, please let her know!

Graham Lucas

Water Dry Summer! Do you remember the long hot summer of drought in1976? A Drought Act was passed in Parliament, Denis Howell was appointed Minister for Drought, there was widespread water rationing, and public standpipes were set up in some areas. Like the rest of the country, Sheepwash was short of water, so a decision was taken to repair the village pump in the Square, to provide more water. The late Flo Barriball (my Mum) was chosen to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. The picture shows Flo pumping the first water, with the late Charles Trace grabbing the first drink. A young but instantly-recognisable Annie Pedrick can be seen in the background, looking thirsty!

Barbara Laughton


This Could Save a Life In Our Village An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock when someone’s heart has stopped (cardiac arrest). You can use an AED on adults and children over one year old. Ambulances have them on board, but using an AED in the minutes before an ambulance arrives can double someone’s chances of survival.

A defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall in East Street. It is on the external wall just near the front door – it’s in noticeable green casing with a green sign above. The unit is up and running and has been registered with the Ambulance Service. The idea is that when you have an emergency you first ring the Ambulance Service and they will give the caller the access code. This is standard procedure. However, all the Parish Councillors have the access code and sealed envelopes with the code will be put in the pub and in the Village Hall. Also, if there is a particular person in the village who is at risk it may be worth them also having the code.

How do I use a defibrillator/AED? You can use an AED with no training. The machine analyses someone’s heart rhythm and then uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step. First, make sure someone has called for an ambulance, and, if the AED isn’t immediately available, give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until someone can bring you the AED. As soon as you’ve got the AED, switch it on. It will immediately start to give you a series of visual and verbal prompts informing you of what you need to do. Follow these prompts until the ambulance arrives or someone with more experience than you takes over. Take the pads out of the sealed pack. Remove or cut through the patient’s upper body clothing and wipe away any sweat from their chest. Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to their chest. Place the first pad on their upper right side, just below their collarbone, as shown on the pad. Then place the second pad on their left side, just below the armpit. Make sure you position the pad lengthways, with the long side in line with the length of the their body. Once you’ve done this, the AED will start checking the heart rhythm. Make sure that no-one is touching the person. Continue to follow the voice and/or visual prompts that the machine gives you until help arrives. You can watch demonstrations of using a defibrillator/AED at the following links: or

Denise Tubby

Power Cuts To report an issue with your power, call Western Power Distribution on 0800 365 900. If you have a general enquiry, call 0845 724 0240 or email 16

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! The Village Hall Committee are hoping to approach local builders this year with a view to having a new toilet block built with disabled facilities and better storage .We will be seeking Lottery Funding for this project. We hope to have more news on that in the next issue of the Chronicle. 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. 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

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! 17

Questions, Questions – Now Some Answers Finally, the responses to the village questionnaire, which ninety residents returned, have been tallied and analysed by the group of people who volunteered to help. We were pleased so many villagers were helpful and positive about answering the questions. The analysis is going to be presented to as many villagers as possible in a special gathering in the Village th Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6 September. We want to celebrate your involvement and thank you for being patient in waiting for the presentation of the general feelings of the village. There will be cider and wine. There will be food. However, there will be no boring speeches. What there will be is a series of displays of the data, together with some statements. Sticky note papers and pencils will be provided at each display for you to write down comments, observations, objections, or agreements. The aim is to reach a consensus about a future Parish Plan for Sheepwash, so that we can protect the village, and have ideas about its future development. (Was it Abraham Lincoln who said that you can please some of the people, some of the time?) Do please make an effort to come to this gathering, so your contributions can be heard. It is important for the village. And also enjoy the food and drink!

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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Torview Wines Update Cheers! That is the word we are beginning to hear more frequently as our Friday tours are starting to take off. We’ve had interesting conversations ranging from engineering to politics, from holidays to the latest extreme sports – it’s amazing the people we have met over the last few months. These tours have mainly come about from the “buy a gift” vouchers that people have received as presents, and whilst we benefit from these vouchers we’re also pleased to hear that most of our visitors have made a night of it by staying in local hotels, so hopefully the wider community benefits as well. Outside of the tours, we have been kept on our toes by the vines’ continual growth, requiring the shoots to be tucked into the wires. In the next week or so we will need to trim the shoots, to encouraging better fruit growth. In the last article, I mentioned the damage caused by the frost we had in May. I’m pleased to say that, despite that small setback, there appears to be plenty of fruit in both fields, and hopefully, if the weather gods continue to shine on us, the harvest will be a good one. July is also the time of year where we bottle all the previous year’s wines. Three different wines were bottled yesterday to the eclectic mix of Dire Straits, The Worzels, Abba, and a variety of French pop songs supplied by our intern. I won’t admit to who the Abba fan is! Being the “chief wine taster”, I had to sample the wines, and although some may say that I am biased, I think 2016 was a good year - but you can judge that for yourself if you are able to come up to our wine tastings. Now that the wines are bottled we can prepare the winery for the harvest later in the year. It seems like months away, but we know the vineyard husbandry and the tours will keep us very busy and make the time fly past. It is still too early to tell when harvest will begin but normally the last week in September is a good estimate. As ever, volunteers are very welcome, and there’s always coffee and cake on tap for those who come to help us pick. If you fancy helping out over harvest then please drop me an e mail at or call on 0794 000 7837 or 01409 231198. I’ve mentioned in previous articles that, in return for our volunteers help, we make a contribution to a charity of their collective choice – generally, Devon Air Ambulance is a popular choice. I will send a group email out as we approach harvest, to let everyone know which date we will be picking, and if you can make it – great! We’re also still open on Fridays from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. for sales , with a tour and tasting at 2.00 p.m. Alternatively, if Fridays don’t suit you, please give us a call and we can arrange an alternative time. It would be great to have you over sometime.


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Things are Looking Good for the Community Shop and Post Office It’s just about a year since the new group took over the running of the shop and Post Office. We’ve been providing regular updates about the shop and Post Office in each issue of the Chronicle, but here’s a summary and the financial results for the year. We registered Sheepwash Community PO and Shop as a Community Interest Company (CIC) – a structure that would enable us to trade like a business but act more like a charity. The main aim of a Community Interest Company is to directly benefit a community. So the overriding aim of our shop and PO 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. Furthermore, if the business is ever wound up, any gains from the disposal of assets must pass to a nominated charity. In our case, we felt the Bridgeland Trust would be most appropriate. You may recall that we had to reapply to contract with the PO Ltd to run the Post Office in Sheepwash. We were successful with that application, and the contract is now between the CIC and the PO Ltd. The CIC employs two people, for a total of 32 hours per week – Caroline Moast and Anne Gray. As you may know, Caroline started as a volunteer many years ago and since then has worked in the shop and Post Office. As well as working in the shop, Anne has recently completed the necessary PO training and she is now able to deputize for Caroline. In practice, they share the PO hours, but having two people trained to operate the PO also provides holiday and sickness cover. A team of volunteers covers the remaining 15 opening hours – Jan Hayward, Sue and Pete Reader, Paul Wheeler, David Manning, Debbie Flint, Bruce Knight, Simon and Helen Crossley, and Alison Ansell, and Paulette Jackson and Margaret Hall still help out in emergencies. On average, each volunteer runs the shop for a couple of hours a week, so it’s not a huge time commitment, and quite sociable – volunteering is a good way to meet village people and visitors. Other volunteers also help with “back office” tasks – cashing up and stocking up – Pete Hayward, the Vincent family, and Michael Francis. We’re always looking for people to join the volunteer team – if you’re interested, please visit the shop and have a chat to find out more about what’s involved. The figures in the table below show how the shop and PO have performed in the year to the end of May 2017. The previous year’s figures are shown for comparison.

1st June to 31st May






Cost of goods sold



Business running costs



Net Surplus/Deficit (-)




Turnover has increased by 10% to £78,005. The cost of goods sold has also increased – we’ve had to buy more to sell more – but only by 5%. The outgoings also included reducing supplier and administrative debts carried over from previous years by almost £2,000, so that now our current liabilities are limited to the monthly accounts that we have with four or five of our suppliers. Besides buying goods for sale, we have to meet normal business running costs such as electricity, wages, licence fees, maintenance, and repairs. When these are also deducted from turnover, this gives the net surplus or deficit for the shop year. You can see that the operational deficit has reduced substantially from -£4,421 to close to zero (-£52), very near to breakeven on this year’s activity, so things are looking more secure. Ongoing, we are continuing to chip away at operating costs. Insurance is down from £460 to £196; electricity has reduced by £1,000 and should continue to reduce now that we have a day/night tariff; business rates have reduced from £117 to zero - a rare government show of support for small rural businesses; and accountancy fees were halved last year from £1,100 to £458 and will be zero in future as the Directors have taken over the responsibility for VAT returns and preparing the accounts for the CIC. Not included in the figures above are donations of £4,400 that the shop has received in this financial year. In accounting terms, these are treated as additions to the CIC's reserves, and so in effect offset historical losses. The excess has been used to purchase a new chiller, the card payment machine, the air conditioning unit, the costs of sending staff on licensing and PO training courses, and for replacement external storage boxes (under construction). We are extremely grateful to the bodies and persons that were involved in this fundraising, which for a community shop like ours often makes the crucial difference. So thank you to the folk behind the Chinese and Mexican evenings, the Safari Supper, the Barn Dance, the QE2 celebration, the pub quiz, and the Christmas Draw, and also to the Bridgeland Trust and Sheepwash Parish Council. We hope that this explanation is helpful. All figures are extracted from our annual accounts, but presented in a more readable fashion. The formal statutory accounts can be seen at And don’t forget, we’re always pleased to receive suggestions about how we might be able to improve the shop and Post Office, to make this an even better year.

Alison Ansell and Simon Crossley

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Nature’s Corner Food is plentiful at this time of year so don't be alarmed if your garden birds seem to have disappeared they'll be feeding off natural resources. Continue to top up the feeders as necessary, and always provide fresh water - it is essential on those hot days. Soon our garden birds will be moulting. This is a vulnerable time for them, so don't be worried if you see a few scruffy-looking birds hiding deep within gardens. Bats will be moving from maternity colonies to mating roosts, and the young ones will be out fending for themselves. Bats are great indicators of a healthy environment. Sadly, like hedgehogs, sparrows, song thrushes, and stag beetles, bats are forever in decline - a worrying thought. These small creatures have big appetites -tiny common pipistrelle bats can eat around 3,000 midges, mosquitoes and other small flies in a single night. Let’s help bats by producing gardens rich in insects by providing lots of pollen and nectar plants (particularly the evening scented plants).Plants which encourage night flyers into your garden include buddleia, jasmine, silver ghost, tobacco plant, evening primrose, hebe, verbena, heavenly blue, globe artichoke, honeysuckle, bladder campion, and night-scented stocks. So put down your harmful chemicals - insecticides and pesticides have no place in a thriving wildlife garden. Let nature eliminate your unwanted garden visitors. Try and avoid artificial lighting. Bats are nocturnal animals and are adapted to low-light conditions, so artificial lighting can be very disturbing to them and other nocturnal wildlife. You might also consider putting up a bat box, an artificial roost designed to encourage bats into areas where there are few roosting sites. There are various designs available and even integrated bat boxes that can be built into walls - different species need different spaces. Again, keep artificial lighting away from these sites, including along the flight paths to and from the roost. If you find a sick or injured bat, call the bat helpline on 0345 1300 228. The Bat Conservation Trust’s website provides lots of great advice on these majestic night flyers – go to

Lisa Butt Tel: 0785 496 7903


P.S. If you haven’t already seen it, see page 4 in this Chronicle for information about the Sheepwash Hedgehog campaign, including feedback from the questionnaires people kindly completed recently.

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High Summer Thoughts Heat! Quite a lot of it recently, with high humidity, which I personally don’t like - the humidity that is! It’s meant we’ve had very dry conditions, and watering the garden has been the order of the day, but done sparingly and early in the morning before it gets too hot. The vegetable plot should now be providing an abundance of produce - new potatoes, peas, broad beans, courgettes - I could go on, but then you’ll just think I’m bragging! But watch out for attacks of blackfly on the broad beans, and pinch out the affected tops and destroy them.

Also, now is the time for cabbage white butterflies to get active, so look out for the clusters of orange eggs on the underside of brassicas, particularly Brussels sprouts - I check them daily, and crush them. Blight on potato haulm can be a problem now. If you see any of the top growth browning off and wilting, cut it out completely and destroy it to stop any blight spores getting to the potatoes. I personally cut all the haulm off my new potatoes a few weeks ago, not only to avoid the danger of blight, but to stop the potatoes growing and getting too big - I like hen’s-egg-sized and smaller, not great big specimens! When I mentioned cabbage whites, I was assuming you will have planted out your winter greens, but if not, it’s not too late. I’ve planted my Brussels, which are currently looking like young palm trees, and also some sprouting broccoli, but I’ve still got January King and Savoy cabbages to do. After producing the crop, summer raspberry canes that bore fruit should be cut down to ground level and the new canes tied in to the training wires, and any growing between the rows need to be got rid of. Then water and feed them. Blackcurrants, once harvested (and it seems to have been a bumper year for them), need their fruiting stems to be pruned so the new growth this year will produce next years’ fruit. And again, feed them. If you haven’t picked the redcurrants by now you’re probably too late - the birds love them! After harvesting strawberries, you should cut off all the old foliage, rake off the old straw, and weed the bed. In the flower garden, cut back unruly geraniums that have finished flowering, feed them, and you should get another flush later. Dead head all flowering plants as necessary, to keep them flowering, and pick up any diseased leaves from under the roses which show signs of blackspot, and destroy them. Feed the flowering plants regularly to encourage their continued growth. Of wildlife, I haven’t much to say - Wimbledon wasn’t that wild, but it was very entertaining and timeconsuming, so not much wildlife spotting was done! However, I have found several Elephant Hawk moths (unfortunately dead), which are very beautiful, with their pink, green and black markings. I’ve seen very few butterflies - only the occasional peacock, red admiral, or tortoiseshell, plus the ubiquitous cabbage whites - and bees, bumble or honey, are not around in the numbers one would hope for. Could it be that, as I read in an article the other day, many of the flowering pollinating plants on sale now contain insecticides and fungicides, which are obviously no good to pollinating insects? So, although it is probably too late this year, do be careful next season. Try growing from seed or buying organically anything to help what seems to be the ever-diminishing number of beneficial insects.

I’ll leave you with that thought!

Jeremy Burden 23

Andigestion A group of us from the village made a most interesting visit to a local company on June 24th. Jo Driver works as an administrator for Andigestion Ltd in Holsworthy, and she organised the (one-off) visit. Thanks to Adam Green, the Plant Administrator, who conducted the tour – he was a mine of information. Andigestion Ltd operates and designs commercialscale anaerobic digestion plants in the UK. They process commercial and municipal food wastes and effluents to create renewable energy and a nutrientrich fertilizer in the form of the digested sludge (digestate). Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material (e.g. food waste) in the absence of oxygen. One of the end products of this is biogas, which is combusted to generate electricity and heat, or can be processed into renewable natural gas. As Holsworthy isn’t on mains gas the biogas produced is burned in large engines to generate electricity, which is fed into the National Grid. Nationally, the capacity of AD plants can provide power for a million homes. An average tonne of mixed food waste produces 396 kWhs of power and 900 kgs of fertilizer, compared with 190 kWhs and 830 kgs of fertilizer in the case of composting, and 19 kWhs and no fertilizer in the case of landfill. It is estimated that 7.3 million tonnes of food waste is produced each year in the UK - that amounts to approximately a quarter of a tonne per household. Currently, much of it goes to landfill or composting plants, but it can be processed through AD plants at one-third of the cost. The Holsworthy plant generates approximately 3.5MW of power, exporting around 70,000 kwhs of electricity to the grid each day. In very general terms, this is sufficient to provide power to approximately 6000 homes.

The food waste delivered to the Holsworthy plant comes from local authorities, waste contractors, and industrial-scale food producers. Torbay, Teignmouth, and West Devon Councils collect and deliver food waste to Andigestion, but Torridge DC doesn’t collect food waste separately yet. Andigestion hope to persuade them. Other food waste which is a natural result of the manufacturing process, or which doesn’t meet quality standards, comes from companies such as large commercial bakeries, ingredients manufacturers, animal feed and pet food manufacturers, blood from abattoirs, off-spec milk - in short, any biodigestible food products. The total amount of food and liquid processed is 60,000 – 65,000 tonnes a year. Some food wastes are more desirable than others - the more calorific, the better the quality for making power. Dried pet food waste and pastry, for instance, are “good” wastes. These are mainly “bulk” wastes, but in order to pick up much smaller quantities of food waste from 24

premises like schools, pubs, restaurants, and care homes, Andigestion recently set up a wheelie-bin collection service to ensure that as much food waste as possible is recycled instead of going to landfill sites. The bins are exchanged on every visit and replaced with a fresh clean bin, meaning there is no mess, no smell, and no bin-liners. Food can be placed directly in the bins, including packaged or unpackaged, cooked or uncooked, peelings, out of date food, plate scrapings, damaged stock, and frozen or chilled foods. One of the businesses that have joined this scheme is the Half Moon. Unpackaged (known as “clean”) food waste can be tipped directly into the Reception Pit, but separation processes enable packaged waste to be handled as well, so more or less any kind of food waste can be accepted (apart from bone and shell, which cannot be digested). The de-packaging equipment separates the packaging from the food, then the packaging itself, which originally had to be sent to landfill, now goes to the incineration plant MVV in Plymouth, which also turns waste into energy. Andigestion is licenced by the Environment Agency and by APHA (formerly DEFRA). The plant runs 24/7, and therefore the team of engineers is on 24-hour call. The engineers are alerted to any issues outside of normal working hours by alarms which they receive on their phones and iPads, most of which can be resolved from their home remotely. From a large Mixing Tank, the food waste, now a sludgy brown colour with a consistency like double cream, is passed through a chopper pump and pasteurised, to kill salmonella, e-coli, and other pathogens. From there it is fed into the four digesters, which is where the biogas generation takes place. You can see from the gas flows and the pressure readings in the digesters how much gas is being produced. The digesters react very quickly to a feed of fresh pasteurised sludge (who wouldn’t?!), and there is a rapid surge in gas production. It’s like feeding a baby or a puppy! At the end of the digestion process, what is left is a nutrient-rich biofertilizer, which is high in nitrogen. It takes the form of a black liquid, similar to the thickness of gravy. It is used by many local dairy farmers, who need the nitrogen for grass growth and use digestate as an alternative to mineral nitrogen. Mineral nitrogen is both expensive and energyintensive to manufacture, but it is a natural byproduct of the anaerobic digestion process. It also completes the loop whereby all the food waste inputs into the plant are either converted to power or returned to the land in crop-accessible form. Andigestion at Holsworthy also produces dry woodchip fuel for boilers as an associated activity. The woodchip is force-dried by blowing waste heat from the engines into special skips with false floors, which allow the air to pass up through the wet woodchip and provide dry chips in just a couple of days. For all those of us living in this beautiful part of the country, it is good to know that here is a local business doing its part to keep it that way. For more information have a look at

David Ansell (with help from Adam Green and Jo Driver) 25

The Torridge Salmon In the last issue of the Chronicle I explained how the number of salmon entering the river is sadly only a fraction of the numbers fifty years ago. The reasons are many and complex. In the late autumn, each hen will deposit up to 8,000 eggs into a hole she has prepared in the gravel (a redd). Only a very small number of these eggs will hatch, and for the next two years they are prey to many predators - trout, herons, cormorants, goosanders and many more. The few that are left then migrate downstream to the Bristol Channel and travel thousands of miles to their feeding grounds before returning one or two years later to spawn again in the river where they began life. In the 1950s, it was discovered that salmon from Europe and Canada congregated to feed off the coast of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Very quickly, a profitable and unrestricted commercial fishing operation sprang up, with nets scooping up vast quantities of fish. The effect on all rivers was catastrophic, as numbers returning to breed fell dramatically. It was Orri Vigfusson who led the campaign to save the wild Atlantic salmon. A keen angler, he saw firsthand the collapse of the salmon stock in the rivers in Iceland. He had made his fortune selling his own brand of Icelandic vodka to the Russians, and he decided to use his wealth to establish the North Atlantic Salmon Fund (NASF), which went on to raise millions of pounds from conservationists and anglers. His aim was to use the funds to compensate commercial fishermen not to net, and help them find alternative employment.

In the 1990s, he negotiated agreements with the netsmen both in Greenland and the Faroe Islands. He next persuaded the Irish government (with matched funding from the NASF) to buy out the drift netters off the west coast of Ireland, who were decimating salmon stocks bound not only for the Irish rivers but also the rivers of South West England and South Wales. In 2002 he met the Taw/Torridge salmon netsmen and persuaded eleven of the fourteen to stop netting, in return for compensation. With support from the NASF, anglers and fishery owners from both our rivers funded the buy-out. It is estimated that in the last thirty years, directly as a result of his initiatives, over five million salmon have been saved to return to their rivers of birth. Sadly, Orri died a month ago, but the work of the NASF will continue.

It was Orri’s belief that for the Atlantic salmon to survive all high seas and estuarial netting must cease and this is exactly the view of our own Torridge Fishery Association. The conservation aim is for more salmon to breed to regenerate the stock. Our Association encourages all rod anglers to adopt catch and release, and there has to be a strong argument that catch and release should be compulsory. Equally important is to continue to improve the water quality of our river. Farmers must be encouraged to prevent farm waste and nutrients from seeping into the nearest watercourse. A report published this week highlights the fact that many sewage treatments plants in the South West are not operating efficiently. South West Water need to urgently address this problem, particularly with the projected rapid population increase in North Devon. For our own part, the Torridge Fishery Association manages its own small salmon hatchery, and each spring we release upto 30,000 young salmon into the headwaters of the catchment in the hope that some of them will return four years later as adult salmon, having not been plundered by high seas or estuarial netting - and to hopefully find our river with good water quality.

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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.

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