In this months Petrockstowe News:



In this months Petrockstowe News:
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In this months Petrockstowe News:
Pages 2,3,4,5 & 9 are packed with notices that you must put in your diary
A Goodbye letter from Phillip Collins on page 7
The annual Rec Ground AGM report on 8
Start at page 10 and read on through to page 12 for all the latest Church news
Its all history now on page 13
Review the Ladies Group page on 14
Read an interesting tale from a former WW11 evacuee on page 15
Dig down to page 16 for the gardening club latest
Page 17 & 18 for Great British inventions
For a quick guide to what's on go to the diary page on 20
Stuff to amuse you on pages 21,26 & 27
Cricket and football updates on page 22
News from the Parish Council on 24
Summer Produce schedule on pages 29 & 30
A Big Thank you from the Petrockstowe News and Lord Kitchener, we
now have 9 volunteers that are prepared to help with the distribution of
this Newsletter, we just need 2 more and we have the whole year covered.
So thank you again kind people for giving up some of your valuable time to
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HUGE thank you to all those who supported us by helping with the Vintage Rally at the
beginning of May. This year we have raised an astounding £8,000 for local causes in
Merton, Petrockstowe & Petersmarland – another record for the Rally (last year it was just
over £6,000) and it is due in no small part to the help and support we have received from
members of the community – you know who you are.
Thank you to all those who helped set up on the Saturday, to those who marshalled cars, parked cars, let us
use their land to park cars in, manned the gate, made hundreds of bacon rolls, manned the kitchen and the tea
tent, cooked in the kitchen, washed up, manned the bar, sold raffle tickets or bus and Rolls Royce ride tickets,
made cakes and turned up and enjoyed the day and then helped pack away in the evening – we are very
grateful to you all. Without you and all the exhibitors and stallholders we simply wouldn’t have an event.
It is now time for clubs/groups within our local community to submit their applications to be considered
for a share of the monies raised.
All applications must be in writing, on headed paper, and must include the following details:
Full Name of Club/Group.
Contact Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email address.
Amount Requested:
Brief Description of why the money is required and what it will be used for.
State the name that a cheque should be payable to should your application be successful.
(Please note: Payment will only be made to Clubs/Groups and not normally to individuals. You do not
need to be a charity to submit an application).
Applications should be sent to:
Merton Moncks, c/o Grange Lane, Merton, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 3ED.
Janette Newell, For Merton Moncks Committee
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KENNY HEAMAN : 01805 624025
LOUISE : 811155
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MERTS - Merton Exchange Rural Trading Scheme.
North Devon people have been enquiring about the new LETS
scheme set up here in The Clinton Hall through our market.
The North Devon LETS is called MERTS - Merton Exchange Rural
Trading Scheme.
This is how it works....... people can trade their skills, time, products
or experience for other peoples skills, time, products or experience ie a mutual exchange
scheme, but not just a swop between two people, it is between anyone on the scheme...... for
instance... Jenny would like her house painted. She finds a person, Tommy, offering this on the
MERTS scheme. Tommy will do the job for the cash cost of the paint and other materials and
his labour can be paid in MERTS. Jenny then decides she could do with her garden being
sorted out......she asks Dave who is offering garden services on the scheme and who wants
paying by half cash, half MERTS, She takes him on. In the meantime, Anne is looking for
someone to help her with her accounts . Jenny is pleased to be able to do this for Anne and
Anne pays her in MERTS. It works so well- it is an exchange system that perhaps supports
people who do not have a great deal of cash to get the things done in exchange for something
they can do, but find it hard perhaps to find a use for their service. MERTS can be used in
exchange for any LETS units (which are often called names related to the town) in the country
and indeed, we have also been trading with a LETS group in Australia!
Lots of people say to me 'I don't have any skills', but the greatest gift of all is time. Time is
something many working people have little of so someone taking the dog for a walk for them,
cooking a meal, doing their ironing, gardening, cleaning, taking in a parcel etc would be very
If you are interested in the scheme and would like to know more pop to the market on a
Thursday or go onto the MERTS website Welcome to MertsLETS or contact us on
[email protected]
s some of you are aware, I am a member of Okehampton
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Recently, I was lucky enough to have been nominated from
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oodbyeee Goodbyeee!
After 12 years as elected member on Torridge District Council for the Clinton Ward
(Petrockstowe, Merton, Little Torrington and Taddiport, Buckland Filliegh, Huish and Peters
Marland) I decided not to stand so as to give more time to my business. Having been honoured to be
Leader of TDC for the past 2 years. As your elected councillor I have seen a lot of changes. The last
council made some significant decisions on how the future of Torridge will work, these briefly
include, rationalisation of buildings to have one (instead of 3) walking contact points at River Bank
House, more IT enabled information and payment etc., Modernising the way TDC works for officers
and members, Locality working with Towns and Parishes, a customer first approach - in general
trying to do more with less. Budgets are starting to be crushed but Torridge has a path set for the new council to navigate
as it sees best. TDC was rated as poor when I joined 12 years ago - but as a team, members since then have worked and
have improved the council into one that is seen as good by many other authorities.
So I take my leave of you and thank you for the many debates and discussions we have often had individually and in
meetings across the area and at numerous Parish Council meetings. What I especially value and consider needs protecting
so much is its very strong sense of community and friendship that I think is special to this area. I have had a life changing
experience over those 12 years and sincerely thank you for that opportunity.
I can truthfully say that I leave you and Torridge with a 'Wiseman' to take over our Ward.
A vacancy has arisen for a part-time Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial
The Parish Council comprises 7 councilors and meets bi-monthly, with extra
planning meetings when required. The Clerk will work from home for
approximately 3 hours per week and needs to be a good administrator, manager,
communicator and computer literate. A council laptop is provided for the work
and training will be available. A full CV and covering letter should be sent to be
received by 1st July to:
Irene Fisher,
Chairman Petrockstowe Parish Council,
13, Chapel Close,
The Winners
EX20 3HR
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Recreation Ground AGM 2015 held on 23 April.
he chairman reported very successful 2014/15, from the Sports Day which saw a virtually sell-out BBQ and
bar, six teams competing. The fete and dog show, opened by Ferne McCann was very successful, helped
along by Pip’s viral video of “Happy”. The Bonfire Night had a high turnout of 150 people, even though the
fire wouldn’t light, and the Burn’s Night ceilidh was as popular as ever. The band have been booked already
for next year.
The Chair thanked everyone for their continuing help over the last year, the village for their un-wavering support and announced that after being elected on 26th June 2008 thought it was time to relinquish the chairmanship, coming up to the age of 83.
Chris Hansen was elected as chair, Louise Hansen unopposed as secretary and Andrea Stairs elected new treasurer.
Sports Day will be held on Saturday 27th June, consisting of teams of 5 @ £10 per team. A full BBQ and bar
will be in attendance. For further information, see poster in Laurels or in this edition.
Village fete will be held on Saturday 18th July. There will be NO dog show this year unfortunately unless someone is willing to give it a go. If so give Louis a call on 811155, it would be a shame to lose such a popular event.
Anyone willing to lend a hand with running the Recreation ground or helping out with any events would be
more than welcome. Please give Louise a call on 811155. The meeting closed with Chris thanking David and
Maureen for all their hard work
The Recreation Ground Committee would like to extend a public and heartfelt vote of thanks to David Kelsey,
who stood down as Chairman of the committee, at theAGM last month.
David has worked tirelessly to make the rec what it is today.
I am sure Maureen will be glad to have her husband back again, although, he is staying on as the
representative of the Parish Council, so he won't get under her feet too much!
Cheers to a champion Chair!
As we have two lovely, new and expensive dog poo bins, and a volunteer who empties them every week, could
you pick up after your dogs, when using the Rec?
It is especially important now, as the cricket season has started. Nobody wants their game to be ruined, if they
encounter any uncleared mess.
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Advance Notice of a Horse Racing night at
the Baxter Hall
The date: Saturday 11th July
The time: 7.30 pm .
Food: There will be pasties and sausage rolls to buy.
Bar: Fully stocked and Open!
You can name a horse (at no extra charge) and can do that at the
Laurels Inn.
Lyn will give you piece of paper to write the name on.
It is £1 to bet on a horse on the night and you can bet on as many
horses as you wish.
Half the proceeds raised will go to Macmillan the other
half to the Baxter Hall
Hunkin Coaches
The Mystery Trip this year will be on Tuesday August 4th. To
book a seat ring me on 01805 601287. Please make sure I
have your name, as I make a new list each year
Alan Hunkin
The result of the Quiz held on Tuesday 5th May was won by
1st. Red Hot Silly Peppers - 2nd. Full Complement- 3rd. Universally Challenged
£73 was raised for the Cricket Club
The next quiz is on 2 June in aid of the Children's Hospice
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Services at Roman Catholic Churches
evices at Sacred Heart, Bideford are: Saturday at 6.30pm and Sunday at 11.00am
The Torrington and Okehampton details are unchanged.
Torrington: The Holy Family, Gas Lane (served from Bideford) - Mass: Sunday 9.15am
For further details telephone 01237 472519
Okehampton: St Boniface, 95 Station Road - Masses: Saturday 6.00pm,
Sunday 11.00am
For further details telephone 01837 52229
St Petroc's Church - Team Clergy
eam Clergy:
Revd Martin Warren: 01409 281424
Revd Susannah Metz: 01837 810621
Ann Luxton: 01837 810280
Services for June at St Petroc's
June 7th Trinity Sunday
11am. HC
June 14th Trinity 2
6.30pm EC
June21st Trinity 3
11am United Service
June 28th Trinity 4
6.30pm. HC
A beautiful evening saw Susannah lead our Rogation Service in Richard and Ruth's barn at
After singing some joyful hymns and thoughtful prayers and
readings we went out to the fields to bless the crops. This
was followed by a welcome cup of tea and scones and cream. Thank
you to the PCC and the Kelsey family. The collection will be sent to
RAIB a framing charity.
Please keep Friday June 26th clear and come to the Baxter Hall for
an evening of food and entertainment. The Littleham Howlers, an
all male close harmony group, will be singing some popular songs. Ploughmans and Puddings
will be served.
Starting at 7.30p.m book your tickets with Ann 810280 or Maureen 810796. All proceeds are
for church funds.
Flower and cleaning May 30th-June 6th Marion Steer, June
13th-20th Ann Luxton, June 27th- July 4th cleaning Sandra,
Flowers Josie Jeffs.
It was good to see our wild flower meadow in the news. Well
done Susannah and Chris.
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From the Team Rector
Martin Warren, tel: 01409-281424
ear Friends,
Well, there you have it. The billboards can put to bed for a few years. The
elections are done and dusted. The knock at the door will certainly now not be a politician. (One person
spoke of their relief to discover the person at the door was a Jehovah’s Witness!)
So it’s all back to normal. We can forget about our representatives – be they in Parliament, or on the
District or Parish Council. Except, that is, for when we need someone to blame.
Actually they need our support. Whether we voted for them or not, they are acting on our behalf. We
need to be engaged with them, sharing ideas, thinking things through, encouraging and challenging. It
is all too easy for the bureaucracy to take over; they need us to keep them grounded in everyday life.
I gather that as soon as election results are announced, you, as the winner, are presented with an envelope which determines your timetable for the next few months. (Well, maybe it’s not quite like that for
parish councillors.) But still life can get very busy, and you can get sucked into the bureaucratic machine. We’ve all seen ‘Yes, Minister’. You can feel suddenly terribly important – a class apart. A sense
of service can go down the drain. There are a lot of ego trips out there.
Leadership is all about service. Jesus lived it to perfection: ‘The Son of Man came not be to be served,
but to serve’. And of course, it can be costly: it took Jesus to the cross. Hopefully, it won’t be that costly
for our councillors and MPs, but it won’t be easy at times.
Support them, encourage them, pray for them (if you do), and help them hang on to that crucial idea of
Martin Warren.
Methodist Chapel
Services for June
Flower Rota
C Cottle
D Andrews
7th 11am L.A
14th 11am Mrs R James
21st 11am United Service at Church
28th 11am Mr A Hicks
J Skinner
Grateful thanks to all who supported our cream tea afternoon, and
the many people who helped to make it a very successful afternoon.
Thank you all so much.
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he St Petroc`s graveyard was visited by a television camera team from BBC Spotlight on
Tuesday morning April 28 on the occasion of Chris Smith being presented with a
Complimentary plaque by Devon Wildlife Officer Lisa Schneidau, in recognition of his work
planting a wildflower area on part of the graveyard. The Rev Susannah Metz blessed the plot
before being interviewed on television and by Radio Devon. Her interview and pictures of
Wild orchids and Pink Campion were shown on television later in the day
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n May 8th we joined with Merton for a visit to Torrington Museum.
The museum has moved to new premises and is in the process of getting funding to
improve the facilities as the building is old and there are several floors.
We saw an eclectic mix of items which were very interesting dealing with the history of Torrington and its industries. Many bringing back memories of times past.
The museum are always glad of volunteers if you have time and are interested please give
them a call.
In June we are going on an outing to Fursdon House, Cadbury, Exeter one of Devon's oldest family homes. The date for the trip to Fursdon House is Thursday June 18th
The cost is £12 to include visiting the house and gardens and a cream tea. Please let me
know on 01837 810280 as I have to give numbers.
Cars to meet in the hall car park to share lifts to be at Fursdon for 2p.m. and I'll collect
money then. Let's hope for a nice sunny day.
The next Village Coffee Morning
will be on Wednesday, 17th June.
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aul Rendell was the speaker on Tuesday April 28 and his
subject was Princetown and Dartmoor Prison. Princetown
was developed in the late 1700’s and the prison was built to
house 5,000 French and American prisoners because the
holding of the prison ships was insufficient for them. The figure soon rose to 11,000 with
many dying due to lack of food and water. Many of the cobbled pathways around the county
were laid by these prisoners including the path to St Petroc’s Church, here in the village.
After the war, the prison was designated Grade A for rapists and murderers, but it is now
Grade C for milder crimes such as burglary. The prison is enclosed by a circular stone wall,
one mile around, leaving no corners in which prisoners could hide. The whole aspect is
dark and grim and often lost in heavy mists which suddenly come down over the moor.
There is a small but interesting Prison Museum opposite the entrance to the prison.
Ann Tomkins gave a vote of thanks to Paul for his most fascinating, illuminated and factual
On a beautiful sunny day in May ( yes there were some! ) eight of us , including new
member Jane Birks, went for a stroll at Fremington Quay, in the direction of Barnstaple.
The warm sunshine showed off the lovely wildflowers and there was plenty of wildlife to
admire. The afternoon was rounded off with a delicious cream tea at the Fremington Quay
Advance Notice of Events.
Our June meeting will be at the Baxter Hall where we will be welcoming a representative of
Guide Dogs for The Blind.
The speaker, who is himself blind, will be accompanied by his own guide dog so it should be
an interesting evening.
That will be on Tuesday, 23rd , all welcome.
Don't forget Ladies, Friday, 7th August is PIMMS time! Put it in the diary!
We are looking for a temporary home for our cat. If interested, please contact Bernadette on
[email protected]
A big thank you to all the kind people who have sent cards and flowers made phone
calls and visiting in hospital and home, after having a hip replacement.
Very much appreciated
Many thanks
Rosemary Askew
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A Evacuee story
aving read the fascinating account by Harry Flack I
thought I would add my own similar experience
In the early summer of 1942 aged about 10.1/2, due to the
increasing no. of random V.E.1 strikes I was despatched
together with six other Surbiton lads (two sets of brothers &
two close friends) by train to N.Devon under the National
Evacuee Programme
At the end of a long tiring journey we arrived at Winkleigh
& bedded down in the village hall & next morning went
thro’ the selection process. For reasons never fully
explained by lunchtime there were only seven of us left ! &
were duly transferred by car to Petrockstowe. I believe the
two sets of brothers were settled with farming families & the
friends with two spinster ladies just down the lane from
North End.
I cannot vouch for them but ending up being taken in by
Mr & Mrs Harris was a wonderful & rewarding experience,
prompting me to keep in touch with Mrs Harris & Peter
including visiting a number of times over the years with my
family until she passed away. You will see from the photos
posted she kept us both spick & span & was very proud of
her garden.
At the time of my stay Mr & Mrs H & Peter lived in the r/hd
cottage (as shown) & Peter’s grandparents in the other
half. I remember an outside privy & water which had to be
drawn from a well at the bottom of the rear garden. Most
mornings I was despatched to the farm across the road
with a jug & returned having watched the farmhand squirt
it straight from the cow to container! There were early w/
end walks across the fields helping Mrs H collect field
mushrooms the size of dinner plates. Also, being sat on a
carthorse with a back so broad my legs were forced out at
right angles !
Best of all when harvesting began, together with G’pa
Harris & his pair of whippets we would wait at the edge of a
field watching the harvester gradually reducing the area of
standing wheat until at last the rabbits
broke out. In
a flash the dogs streaked away & brought them down. On
one memorable day I was despatched home with ten on a
pole, anticipating rabbit pies to come.
Mrs H was not too pleased to see me arrive bare chested
with dried blood all over my torso with which I was hoping
to impress the local girls!
On Sundays in agreement with my Mum who was also a
staunch Baptist, I was required to attend the chapel four
times (two Sun. Schools & morning & evening services). I
did not find it a great trial as being right at one end of the
village it was a good place to socialize with other children
At that time there wasn’t even a pub & just one tiny gen.
store in the immediate area. Public transport ran once a
week leaving Sat morning for Torrington & returning mid
afternoon. Miraculously, G’pa Harris had retained a large
family car and enough fuel for us all to pile into some
Saturdays, visiting Torrington, Bideford & once or twice
Westward Ho! This being a new experience for me I was
usually carsick on way out or back
All in all a wonderful time cut short by a visit from my
Mum & Auntie then home sickness kicked in. I got home
around Sept/Oct just about the time the V.2 rockets started
arriving. Peter & I have kept in touch & I hope somebody
might remember
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NEWSLETTER No 209– June 2015
he Gardening Club were treated to a very interesting evening on Tuesday 12
May, when the speaker was Ronald Skinner and his subject: ‘Vegetables’. The
speaker is an organic gardener working for the Duchy College at Camborne. His main topic was growing
vegetables to use for showing at Garden Shows.
He asked the 30 members of the Club to fill in on paper how certain crops were grown using various systems,
such as raised beds, double-digging and compost making. This resulted in several amusing answers. Ronald
pointed out that all root vegetables should be washed prior to exhibiting, he also showed many well illustrated
slides of prizewinning exhibits and then handed round lists of vegetables suitable for showing plus the names of
specialist seed merchants.
Chris Smith thanked Ronald for giving the Club a very entertaining evening.
It is Derby Day on 6 June which is the traditional day for clipping box. Trim other evergreen hedges too,
such as privet and Lonicera.
If your clematis is struck by wilt, cut the stems to the ground and burn them. Watering in fungicide may
help to encourage new shoots.
To encourage fruit setting of tomatoes, tap the flowers lightly to release pollen. Spraying the plants lightly
with a mist of water each day to increase the humidity around the blooms will assist pollination.
If you have bindweed in the garden train it up a cane to keep it away from other plants before applying
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50 Great British Inventions.….Numbers 13 to 18
Invented: 1772
Inventor: Joseph Priestley
18th century clergyman and scientist Priestley invented carbonated water when he suspended a bowl of water
above a beer vat at a brewery near his home in Leeds. In 1772 he published a description of how to make carbonated water and just a few years later Johann Schweppe set up Schweppes and began manufacturing fizzy
drinks using Priestley’s method.
Invented: 1853
Inventor: Alexander Wood
While the syringe itself has been known since ancient times, Wood’s innovation was to design a syringe that
would allow drugs to be administered intravenously without the patients skin having to be cut first. It is said he
found inspiration in the sting of a honeybee. The hypodermic syringe was a breakthrough in anesthetics.
Invented: 1668
Inventor: Isaac Newton
As a fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, Sir Isaac Newton took the idea of a reflecting telescope and turned it
into reality. This huge leap forward in telescope technology made astronomical observation much more accurate.
Patented: 1876
Inventor: Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell (right) patented his telephone model just hours before a rival inventor. The telephone
came about thanks to a discovery that a thin metal sheet vibrating in an electromagnetic field produces an electrical waveform that corresponds to the vibration. The invention was first publically demonstrated in 1876 at the
Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia.
Invented: 1965
Inventor: Owen Maclaren
Maclaren, the man who during WW2 helped design the Spitfire’s folding undercarriage, solved the pram problem after seeing his daughter struggle with an unwieldy pushchair. Today, a modern version of his light-weight,
foldable buggy is sold in more than 50 countries.
Invented: 1884
Inventor: Charles Parsons
After the invention of the electrical motor – which transforms rotation into electrical power – the next step was to
find a device to drive it. Piston engines vibrated too violently, so the steam turbine was the answer. Three quarters of the world’s power stations still use steam – and whether steam-powered or not, every station uses the
theory behind Parsons’ innovation.
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50 Great British Inventions continued….Numbers 19 to 24
Invented: 1761
Inventor: John Harrison
Accurate navigation at sea has always been critically important but, until the invention of the marine chronometer, it was extremely difficult, if not impossible. In 1714 the British government announced a £20,000
prize – worth almost £3m today – for anyone who could solve the problem. John Harrison devoted his life
to the task and finally got his reward in 1773.
Invented: 1925
Inventor: John Logie Baird
It’s hard to credit just one person with the invention of television, but it’s indisputable that John Logie Baird
was the first to transmit moving pictures in October 1925. But his mechanical system ultimately failed –
with a rival being developed at the same time able to produce a visibly superior picture. Baird, it was said
at the time, was “doomed to be the man who sows the seed but does not reap the harvest”.
Invented: 1856
Inventor: William Perkin
William Perkin was studying Chemistry when he discovered how to make synthetic dye – mauveine. He
was using alcohol to clean up some chemical residue when he suddenly saw an intense purple colour appear. At that time, purple dye was one of the priciest. Perkin worked out how to produce his new colour,
patented it and set up a company to produce it.
Invented: 1962
Inventor: John Charnley
British surgeon John Charnley designed the first hip joint and, in 1962, performed the first successful hipreplacement operation. His design used a femoral stem and ball made of steel and a hip socket made of
Teflon, glued together using acrylic bone cement. Many improvements have been made since but Charnley set the standard and today 80,000 hip replacements are performed in Britain each year.
23. PASSENGER RAILWAY (recommended by Dan Snow)
Invented: 1825
Inventor: George Stephenson
While working as a miner, George Stephenson established an aptitude as a mechanic and was allowed to
build machines at his colliery. At the time, carts pulled by horses were used to take coal to the ship yards.
Stephenson used steam engines to replace horse power and this lead to a series of world firsts – including the passenger railway.
Invented: 1914
Inventor: Ernest Swinton
The idea of the “tank” was first thought up by Britain’s official war correspondent, Ernest Swinton, who
suggested the crawler tractors used to pull artillery on the Western Front could be used as offensive
weapons with the capability to climb a five-foot obstacle, span a five-foot trench, resist small arms fire and
travel at 4mph.
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Colouring Fun...bit of a challenge this month !
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Venue: Half Moon, Sheepwash
Depart from Old Orchard 12.40pm
Venue: Old Orchard
Date:11th June
Time: 2.30pm
Dates for your Diary
Future Dates for your Diary
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Subject: Police Stop at 2am
Ron Chestna 89 years of age was stopped by the police
around 2 a.m. and was
asked where he was going at that time of night .
Ron replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol
abuse and the effects
it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying
out late."
The officer asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?"
Ron replied, "That would be my wife."
Why Teachers DRINK
A.. Keep it in the cow
These are genuine answers (from 16 year
olds…...American students…..not picking on your
fellow countrymen Susanna, it’s just where the article came from...Honest!)
Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised
(e.g. The abdomen)
A.. The body is
consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and
the abdominal
cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax
contains the heart
and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five
bowels: A,E,I,O,U
Q. Name the four seasons
A. Salt, pepper,
mustard and vinegar
Q. How is dew formed
A.. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes
them perspire
Q. What is the fibula?
A.. A small lie
Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist
A.. If you are buying a house they will insist that you
well endowed
Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections
A.. Very important. Sex can only happen when a
male gets an
Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
A.. Nearby
Q. What is the most common form of birth control
A.. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a
Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section'
A.. The caesarean
section is a district in Rome
Q. What are steroids
Q. What is a seizure?
A.. A Roman Emperor.
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs
Q. What is a terminal illness
Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty
A.. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his
A. When you are sick at the airport.
Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A.. Benign is what
you will be after you be eight
Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A.. Premature death
Q. What is artificial insemination
A... When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the
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Both the 1st and 2nd teams finished the past season
in the lower halves of their respective Leagues..
The first games of the season were played in cool windy conditions on Sunday May 17th when 3 teams from Petrockstowe, Clinton
Estates and Merton Football Club
competed in a series of 6 a-side matches. The top run scorers were
Gary Toop 57, Lawson Tremellen 41 and Liam Brend 30. The ultimate winners were
Merton Football Club
who were awarded their trophy by Club Captain Ken Heaman.
The Cricket Club Committee held their pre-season Meeting on Thursday May 14th when
it was reported that all League matches this year will start at 1.30pm and will only
consist of 40 overs per side. The Chairman said that he is working on the Square and
hopes to have 5 wickets in use. All the facilities have been cleaned and made ready for
the first match of the season on May 17th, also a new 4 burner BBQ has been purchased
by the Recreation Ground Committee to be used at some of this year`s matches.
Thurs 4th Edgehill College
Sun 7th North Devon
Sun 14th Dulverton
Sun 21st Bideford
Sat 27th Sports Day
6.15 pm Start
1.30pm ..
1.30pm ..
1.30pm ..
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Contact details:
Torrington Station
EX38 7BX
Crime Stoppers 0800 555111
Non Emergency 101
[email protected]
Little Otters Pre-School, at The Clinton School, Merton
Opening times: Term time- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays, 9am till 3.30pm, with a lunch club 12pm
– 1pm.
£3 Per hour
We aim to provide a safe and stimulating pre-school environment and to work within a framework, which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families.
We believe that early year’s education is much more than teaching sounds, colours, numbers and letters. It is
about developing strong, curious and confident children. Our aim is to make learning fun and for children to
enjoy learning as they start their journey in life.
Your child is entitled to 15 hours, funded , the Term after they are 3 Years. We are also able to provide 2gether
funding for 2 Year olds.
For more Information please contact the school on 01805 603357 or email [email protected]
Little Otters ‘stay and play’ session, every 1st & 3rd Thursday of each Month.
A chance for Parents, Siblings and young families to spend time within our fantastic facilities and see the interesting activities we have on offer. The sessions will run, during term time, from 9am until 10am. For more information please contact Joelle on 01805 603357
Little Otters Baby & Toddler Group, Merton
Where-The Clinton Hall, Merton
When- Every Friday, 9am - 11.30am
Price- £3 per child, £4 per family
(Under 6 months free)
Little Otters Baby & Toddler Group, Merton provides all kinds of fun and stimulating activities for children aged
0-5 Years. Activities available vary from messy play, story/singing sessions, role play to small world play and
much, much more!!
A chance for Parents/Carers to have a catch up, while your children play in a safe environment. A snack & milk
will be provided for the Children and tea/coffee and biscuits for the Adults.
Please come along to the Clinton Hall, where you will be warmly welcomed!!
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ARISH COUNCIL met in the Baxter Hall on Monday May
11th at 8pm.
Present: Cllr Irene Fisher, Cllr Julie Harris, Cllr Josie Jeffs, Cllr
Alan Hunkin,Cllr Malcolm Busby and Cllr David Kelsey.
Apologies were received from Cllr Brian Cameron. Also in
attendance was the newly elected District Cllr Richard Wiseman
who was given congratulations by the Council members.
ELECTION of OFFICERS: Cllr Fisher was elected as Chairman with Cllr Harris as Vice Chairman
Cllr Jeffs to serve on the Play Area, Cllr Harris as representative on the Baxter Hall Committee and
Cllr Kelsey to serve on the Recreation Ground Committee.
The Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday March 17th 2015 were read, confirmed and signed.
Matters Arising, Cllr Jeffs reporting on the Play Area said that a considerable sum had been
received from the Lottery and other various grants
although still more was needed towards improving the equipment and facilities. It was reported that
over 60 people have booked for the Charity
Chinese Evening on Saturday June 20th, more helpers were needed for this event.
Cllr Harris reported that new T shirts with the Baxter Hall logo had been ordered for use by the Hall
Bar staff.
Cllr Kelsey reported on Recreation Ground Events this Summer, starting with the Sports Day on
Saturday June27th and the Village Fete
and Dog Show on Saturday July 18th when the major attraction this year will be The Hatherleigh
Bashers Ukulele Band.
Cricket is starting on Sunday May17th .
FINANCIAL REPORT. The Chairman signed the new audited accounts and agreed that copies be
given to all Council Members.
A.O.B. There was a query with regard to the TAP Fund, as to whether it could be used towards the
Play Area fund. A plant is to be given to ex Cllr
William Luxton in recognition of all his
past work on the Council.
PUBLIC SESSION A planning application was put
forward with regard to renewing the windows of The
Old School House and also the construction of a
wooden shed.
The new Milking Parlour at Hele Barton was passed
with no objections. The local Plan was also
Lastly, the Clerk Mrs Heather Harris announced
that she will be retiring at the next Parish Council
Meeting on July 21st.
The Chairman thanked everyone for their
attendance and closed the meeting at 9.05pm.
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Results as follows:
1st Josie & Barrie
Sid Martin
Dave Hulks
Mobile Library Timetable 2014/15
The Mobile Library will be at Baxter Hall arriving at 15.20 and departing at 15.50 on the following
June 1st & 22nd 2015
July 20th 2015
August 17th 2015
September 14th 2015
October 12th 2015
November 9th 2015
December 7th 2015
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Pasta was not eaten in the UK.
Curry was a surname.
A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
All potato crisps were plain; the only choice we had was whether to put the salt on or
Rice was only eaten as a milk pudding.
Calamari was called squid and we used it as fish bait.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Fish didn't have fingers in those days.
Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
People who didn't peel potatoes were regarded as lazy.
Indian restaurants were only found in India.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognised food.
"Kebab" was not even a word, never mind a food.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly, muesli was readily available, it was called cattle feed.
Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more
than petrol for it, they would have become a laughing stock!
The one thing that we never ever had on our table in the fifties .....
"Elbows Or Phones."
A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he
waited, he was approached
by a man who asked, "Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?"
The little boy replied, "Certainly! Just go straight down this street for a couple
of blocks and turn to your right."
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town. I'd like
you to come to church on Sunday...I'll show you how to get to Heaven."
The little boy replied with a chuckle. "You're kidding me, right? You don't even
know the way to the Post Office!”
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Art Group
Keith Rooke **
[email protected]
01837 811885
Baxter Hall Bookings
Paul Everett (Temp)
[email protected]
07749 200758
Baxter Hall Secretary
Malcolm Busby
[email protected]
Baxter Hall Treasurer
Ken Rayner **
[email protected]
01837 810778
Children’s Play Area
Heather Harris
[email protected]
01837 810261
Ken Heaman
Gardening Club
Neil and Carol Squires**
01805 624025
[email protected]
01837 810567
[email protected]
01837 810803
01837 810280
Chris and Doreen Smith
History Group
Ann Luxton
Methodist Chapel
Jessie Skinner **
North Devon Journal Correspondent
Recreation Field Secretary
David Kelsey **
[email protected]
01837 810796
Louise Hansen
[email protected]
01837 811155
Senior Circle
Joan Walden
Skittles (Ladies)
Marion Steer
Skittles (Men's)
Mike Stapleton
St Petroc’s Church
Martin Warren
[email protected]
01409 281424
Team Vicar
Susannah Metz
[email protected]
01837 810621
Ladies Group
Caroline Pink & Ann Tomkins
[email protected]
01837 810810
[email protected]
01837 810501
01837 810810
01837 810468
01837 810732
[email protected]
01837 810671
01805 601776
Neighbourhood Watch
Caroline Pink **
Ward Councillor
Cllr Philip Collins
01805 603656
The Royal British Legion
Poppy Appeal Organiser
Member of Parliament
Mike Banks
01837 810504
Mr Geoffrey Cox MP
[email protected]
01237 459001
Parish Councillors
Irene Fisher
[email protected]
01837 811097
Vice Chairman
Julie Harris**
[email protected]
01837 810898
Malcom Busby
[email protected]
01837 810902
Alan Hunkin
[email protected]
01805 601287
David Kelsey
[email protected]
01837 810796
Stevenstone Hunt
Brian Cameron
Parish Clerk
01837 810222
Josie Jeffs
[email protected]
01837 810493
Heather Harris
[email protected]
01837 810261
Keith Rooke
David Kelsey
[email protected]
[email protected]
01837 811885
01837 810796
Petrockstowe News
Contact details for Petrockstowe News
Email: [email protected]
Or by post to:
Petrockstowe News
5 Townland Rise
EX20 3PQ
Baxter Hall Keyholders**
Gerard Jones — Carol Squires
David Kelsey — Ken Raynor
Jessie Skinner — Keith Rooke
Graham & Caroline Pink
Julie Harris
** See Contact Details Above**

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