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  1.   The Yarcombe Inn
  2.   Are These Photos Yours?
  3.   The John Salter Award 2019
  4.   Yarcombe Wassail 2020
  5.   Metal Detecting in Yarcombe
  6.   Affordable Housing
  7.   Frank's Hobby
  8.   Missing Cat
  9.   Yarcombe's Old Railway Carriage Restored
  10.   Yarcombe's Defibrillator
  11.   Message From Overseas
  12.   Yarcombe Skittles
  13.   Your Wheelie Bin
. 14.   Oil Syndicate
       

 

 

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THE YARCOMBE INN

After a closure of five years our local has changed hands and after a short delay finally reopened on 30th August 2019.   This is great news and we wish the new owners Simon and Celine every success while offering a warm welcome to landlord and landlady Luke and Anie.   Let's do all we can to make sure we never lose our pub again!!

Hopefully you will soon be able to get the latest information from the new website www.yarcombeinn.co.uk but until then the Yarcombe Inn page on this website (www.yarcombe.net) will advertise events at the pub as they become known.   You can also consult the Yarcombe Inn Facebook account (just search for Yarcombe Inn).   The old Facebook account, used during the Community-run and shutdown periods is now defunct but you can continue to follow Seriously Bad Poems from Yarcombe on Facebook if you 'like' the page of that name.

 

October 2019:

 

Following the recent purchase and the reopening of the Yarcombe Inn, a celebration was held in the pub to thank the villagers who had worked so enthusiastically since June 2017 to do all they could to save their pub.

With support from the Parish Council, a campaign to ĎSave Our Unique Pubí, continued until it was bought by a local couple, Simon and Celine Penniston Bird. During this time there was a regular Pop up Pub held in the Yarcombe Jubilee Hall and a successful Crowdfunding campaign.

The new owners acted quickly and appointed Luke and Anie Davis-Keogh as their tenants who had successfully run two popular pubs previously.

The Yarcombe Inn reopened on Friday 30 August, when many people arrived and made the new tenants feel most welcome. Among the villagers and locals in the pub that night there were a couple from near Bath who knew the pub from holidaying in the area many years ago and had performed at musical evenings. They were happy to relive old memories of the Yarcombe Inn on the opening night as it coincided with the last evening of their 2019 holiday.

 

The celebration was a good opportunity for Luke and Anie to meet the people behind the Campaign, the fundraisers and the Pop Up Pub team. It was also the first time that food had been served in the pub for at least five years and Luke and Anie, having established a good range of beers and wines, are now progressing the development of their kitchen and food menus which are eagerly awaited.

The photograph shows some of the team enjoying a drink with Simon and Celine and Luke and Anie. The people in the picture are, left to right: Merv Edgecombe Luke, Anie, Sarah Jane Martin, Maggie Tompkinson, Lesley Pidgeon, Nick Randle, Clive Stone, Steve Horner, Miranda Gudenian, Suzanne Horner, Celine and Simon.  Other prominent team members had already made their way to the bar!

 


ARE THESE PHOTOS YOURS?

The new owners of The Yarcombe Inn have come across these photographs which may have been loaned to the pub during the Community-run days.   The seven photos, which are in four frames, are not originals and are probably scanned copies.   The images below have been enhanced and will enlarge in a separate window upon selection.   If they are yours please contact the administrator.

              

   

    


 THE JOHN SALTER AWARD 2019

   

John Carter accepts the 2019 John Salter Award for his outstanding contribution to the village.


YARCOMBE WASSAIL 2020

                                         

A very sincere THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 2020 Wassail at Moorhayne. Considering the recent weather, we were very fortunate that the event was held in dry though windy conditions. The local apple crop was very good last year and hopefully with another blessing it will be good again this season.

This year, Tony Wiggins, our Master of Ceremonies, was joined by fifteen of his fellow Taunton Deane Morris Men and after the assembled gathering were treated to an account of wassailing through the ages, the colourful procession, suitably attired in traditional tattered jackets and feathered headgear, proceeded to the apple trees of Higher Moorhayne. Here, Wassail songs were sung, one tree was blessed, had cider poured around its roots and cider-soaked toast placed in the branches as an offering. The bad spirits were warded off with much clattering and banging, as well as a shotgun volley. The Morris Men then danced, before leading the ensemble to Middle Moorhayne to repeat the ceremony, where all the trees had all been given their annual Wassail prune that very day.

After the traditional Wassailing of the trees we moved back into the stable and on to the other part of Wassailing, the Was Hal, the refreshments, where we toasted each otherís good health for the coming season. A splendid array of soups and buffet food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, were enjoyed, together with many varieties of cakes and other delights, all washed down with very local organic, nil-food-miles cider, hot cider punches and soft drinks. During the previous week Vicky and Paula had been preparing and cooking a selection of foods, restocking as the numbers were confirmed.

Here I would really like to say a huge THANKYOU to all those who offered to cook and\or provided food to be brought along on the evening. Thank you also to Complete Meats who supplied much of the meat. This all resulted in a mouth-watering feast which helped make this a special occasion.

Following on from previous Wassailing, all the apple trees at Moorhayne produced a good crop which was then converted to apple juice and subsequently to cider and cider vinegar. Enthusiastic sampling was also part of the enjoyment of the evening, whether as one of the natural or blended ciders or one of Vickyís very popular fortified hot mulled ciders. We had many compliments about the food and drink and try though people did, we ran out of neither.

Our thanks go to the Morris Men for their colourful appearance, their dancing talents, and for providing a near continuous musical atmosphere with their playing and singing, both during the feast and afterwards throughout the evening.

Our thanks also go to Steve Johns and Mark Stokes who temporarily extended the stable to provide more covered room for everyoneís comfort and to Derek and Iris Dyer who kindly provided the additional car parking, in an adjacent field, which had conveniently just recently been vacated by the Derrymanís sheep.

Keeping alive an age-old rural tradition, meeting up with friends, making new friends, enjoying good food and drink and raising money for local organisations are all part of the Moorhayne Wassail. There were fewer people this year enjoying the event and we hope that all those unable to join us due to winter illness are now fully recovered.

We are particularly grateful to those of you who were only with us in spirit, but sent generous donations and those who hired the Apple Day equipment, all of which greatly swelled the funds that we raised this year. Three deserving local organnisations: Voices, Yarcombe & Marsh Childrenís Fund and the Yarcombe Flower Show have each received £70 to help them with their much-appreciated community work.

We have one roasting tin which we would be happy to return to its owner!

Having run this event for several years, and before going ahead with preparations for next yearís Wassail, the Wassail Team would like to have your feedback on any part of the festivities. In particular we would welcome comments, or any suggestions for a future Wassail, and whether you would support the continuation of this tradition in Yarcombe. Would the possibility of starting earlier at, say, dusk be welcome?

Clive Stone and the Wassail team

   

METAL DETECTING IN YARCOMBE

In December 2018 our small Metal detecting club were detecting in Yarcombe and myself and a friend spoke to a lady from Yarcombe who was interested in our finds.   Apologies for not getting a name.   We chatted about a deserted village up from the church and also an old monastery that there was no longer any sign, these are two areas our club would love to go to and detect if agreeable with the landowners. 

Please see the images below of the finds we had.   (Click to enlarge)

       

Here we have a range of coins from Edward 2nd right through to George 6th, the first picture is a Queen Victoria Jubilee sixpence, we have a Queen Elizabeth 1st sixpence, Queen Elizabeth 1st 2 pence, Edward 2nd penny and a Queen Victoria sixpence (seen better days) and a George 3rd shilling.

Several sixpences and the odd shilling were also found dating from George V - George VI. 

We hope you like these photos and look forward to hearing from you regarding the opportunity to explore other areas within Yarcombe. 

Thankyou.

Graham Staddon (on behalf of the Mid Devon Searchers)

Miranda Gudenian writes:   These two gentlemen were in the village one afternoon a few weeks ago and I had a fascinating conversation with them.   I suggested that they please keep in touch via the website to log their finds from this Parish.  The metal detectorists gave me their finds so far that day: a selection of coins, very worn George II coins, two George V half pennies, a Victorian penny, and a minuscule pair of pliers, rather like a blacksmith's tool but obviously made for a child to play with. 

I spoke to them about Michael Hall, and how Ruth Everitt spent hours trying to uncover its whereabouts.   They had heard about the Medieval Village, supposedly destroyed by fire in a French incursion during Napoleon's time.   Ruth, whose metal detector was of course no match for the power of modern machines, did find a fragment of a French coin of the period at nearby Williambeer Farm. 

Carolyn Bacon some weeks ago wrote a fascinating piece about metal detecting for the February 2019 'In the Country' article in Yarcombe Voices.

Steve Horner adds:   Herewith a link to A Pro-forma Search Agreement between any landowner and the Detectorist, which may be of use to local landowners who are approached.

National Council for Metal Detecting website

Federation of Independent Detectorists website


AFFORDABLE HOUSING

September 26, 2018:  Last night a Public Meeting was held in The Jubilee Hall, Yarcombe.   The meeting, which was well attended by residents of Yarcombe and Marsh, had been called by the Board of Directors of Yarcombe Parish Community Land Trust (YPCLT) to explain the project to build six Affordable Homes in the Parish.

The Board introduced themselves as local people with a concern for local people priced out of the housing market.   The Board recapped the position regarding affordable housing on the Parish: the demand for a small number of new homes, the search for a site, the opportunity to join the CLT and the success of other CLTs such as those in Dalwood and Hemyock.

The Board also announced that a Heads of Terms Agreement had been reached with Jonathan Price to purchase the triangular site at the top of Marsh village adjacent to Tollers Farm which is set out in the map (right).  

 

Those present were asked if they would support the choice of site so that the project might move forward to the next stage: to appoint architects and other professionals to examine the site in more detail.   This feasibility study can be funded by grants now available for community-led housing projects.

If the project seems feasible, the CLT would apply for another grant to develop the design and consult further with the community; all with a view to making a planning application.

Those attending asked a series of perceptive questions and raised concerns such drainage, surface water, car parking, overlooking, the speed of traffic leaving the A303 and overall design of the site. The Chairman Philip Bearne addressed these concerns and explained each and every aspect would be thoroughly investigated by the professionals who would be appointed to conduct the necessary surveys and explore the viability of the site.

At the end of the meeting a show of hands from those present indicated clear support for the CLT taking the project to the next stage.

Steve Horner, Secretary
                                       PowerPoint Demonstration shown at meeting:     

 

November 2019:

Invitation to all members of the Community

To Members of Yarcombe Parish Council

Yarcombe Parish Community Land Trust Ltd is working on a feasibility study to provide six affordable homes to be built on a site that has been selected  in Marsh.   We have been supported by substantial grants from Homes England and the East Devon District Council  

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Yarcombe Inn at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 13th November 2019 and will be in two parts, the first will be  the formal session when  shareholders  will work through an agenda that has been circulated, thereafter any member of the public will be able to raise any questions or concerns and be able to look at the plans for the site  

Thus an invitation is extended to the whole community to attend this meeting starting at 6.30 pm ,the directors will be providing light nibbles and hope you will be able to come along and show support for this  project  

Note to District Councillors and County Councillors  

It is our stated objective that the Affordable Housing will be available for Yarcombe and adjoining Parishes ; you will  be very welcome to attend this meeting and learn of our progress and view the outline plans  

S J Horner  Secretary

 


FRANK'S HOBBY

 

Yarcombe wartime evacuee Frank Weeks, a welcome contributor to this site, has made the headlines in New Zealand.

It seems Frank is one of those individuals who are skillful enough to defy logic by putting large objects into bottles!


MISSING CAT

 

Until recently I lived at Lees Cottage in Yarcombe, and moved out last Tuesday- my cats went into emergency placement with Stanley in West Hill but sadly one of them escaped a week ago, and Iím thinking that she may eventually turn up in Yarcombe...

Bronwen is a neutered three year old tortoiseshell and white long haired cat, medium sized and quite shy but does come to Puss puss puss!!   She is micro chipped thankfully.

Would it be possible for you to spread the word through the Yarcombe Voices and the Yarcombe website?   Iím happy to make a financial contribution if required.

My contact number is 07584-666684

Many thanks,

Suyen
 


YARCOMBE'S OLD RAILWAY CARRIAGES RESTORED

Back in October 2005 two railway carriage bodies arrived at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, from a property in Yarcombe, where they had formed part of a bungalow named "The Coaches", since about 1935. The carriages were built for the London & South Western Railway (Saloon No.25) and the London, Chatham & Dover Railway (later South Eastern & Chatham Railway No.3188).

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The first of these carriage bodies is still stored, awaiting a start on its restoration (details here), but No.3188 is now in public service on the Bluebell Railway after complete restoration and fitting the body to a modified Southern Railway Parcels van underframe.   Over the last 5 years a team of about 20 volunteers in the Bluebell Railway's Carriage & Wagon department have worked each weekend to restore No.3188, which was built in 1897, to the condition it would have been in the early years of the 20th century.   The carriages are now owned by The Bluebell Railway Trust who provided funding for the materials used in the restoration.

On Saturday 18 June 2016 the volunteers who had undertaken the restoration celebrated the completion of the project with a special train,
formed of three carriages hauled by SE&CR locomotive No.592.   All four vehicles were built at Longhedge Works, Battersea.

Dave Clarke's album covers the 5-year restoration of No.3188 in detail, and Alex Morley's album shows more of the special train run on 18 June 2016 to celebrate he completion of No.3188, as also seen in the above photos.

Carriage No.3188 was built by the LCDR as a 6-wheeled 5-compartment third in 1897, had been converted by the SECR into a 3-compartment brake vehicle around 1911, and ran until 1935.   It was sold, along with LSWR Saloon No.25, and "The Coaches" in Yarcombe was constructed around them, and from where they were both recovered to the Bluebell Railway in 2005, when the property was redeveloped.

Between 1950 and 1978 the carriages were occupied by Nelson (who died in 1966) and Gladys Long, and the Bluebell Railway were pleased to have two of their nieces, Jenny and Mary, and Jenny's husband Diego, with them for the relaunch.   The sisters were able to share their memories of visiting their Aunt and Uncle, and hence these two carriages, in the 1950s.   Jenny Dal Bello is seen in the third photo above presenting Tony Clements and Dave Clarke with photos, provided by one of their cousins, showing the carriages at Yarcombe in 1977.

The first photo was part of the planning application made in 2005, showing the bungalow prior to demolition.

The second photo, taken by Richard Salmon, shows the carriage in the condition it was in when it arrived at the Bluebell Railway in 2005.


YARCOMBE'S DEFIBRILLATOR

The defibrillator is now 'up and running' at the Jubilee Hall, in a cabinet on the front wall to the right hand side of the main door.  Should you need to use it just go to the hall and collect it from the cabinet.  For more information about its use see the August 2016 issue of Yarcombe Voices.
 


MESSAGE FROM OVERSEAS

We are a couple of seniors from Canada, who visited the Yarcombe Inn quite by chance in August 2013 and did not at that time have the knowledge of the historical significance of the Inn.   We just learned of the closure of the Inn and we are absolutely devastated by it.   We found the Inn and the surrounding area incredibly beautiful.   Closing it is such a waste.

Alicia Dulce Santos

 


YARCOMBE SKITTLES LEAGUE

Do you enjoy a social night out, meeting others from around the village, light hearted banter and maybe catching up on bits of local news, and a little refreshment?   If you can answer yes to any of the latter you may like to join us next season.   If yes to more than three you definitely should!

Experience is not a requirement - all that is needed is the ability to chuck a wooden ball at a group of wooden stumps and of course if you can hit them all well and good.   We donít take our skittling too seriously (well not that seriously anyway) and play around once every two to three weeks.   The season starts around mid September through to March.

The 2014/15 season was the first time we didnít have our own Ďlocalí to play in and we have since used the alleys at The Sidmouth Arms Upottery and The Cotley Inn Wambrook.   It turned out to be very successful with warm hospitality and great suppers at both venues.   Not knowing the future of the Yarcombe Inn we plan on playing at the same venues until further notice.

If you would like to join us or have a chat about it please call me on 01404-861594 or email.

Jon Stockwell

Further information:    The Yarcombe Inn reopened in August 2019 and have revealed plans to reinstate the skittle alley in time for Finals Night in April 2020 !


 

YOUR WHEELIE BIN

Since introducing the new waste and recycling scheme East Devon District Council have advised us that they have had occurrences of side waste (waste not contained in the wheeled bin/gull sack) being put out and causing littering and some disquiet amongst residents who are working within the criteria set.

In order to address this they have started to place stickers on the wheeled bins/gull sacks. Unfortunately this will be placed on all bins which means even those who have been doing things correctly will have stickers on their bins. When this occurs on this first occasion all side waste will be removed so that householders have a clear base to start from on the next collection.

On the following collections side waste will be left and stickered. This will escalate with letters being sent, visits by waste officers and the possibility of fixed penalty notices being issued further down the line.

Householders have made fantastic effort in increasing East Devonís recycling which in the 1st quarter of this financial year was over 50% and also the amount of waste going to landfill has decreased by over 30% since the scheme was introduced.

Yarcombe Parish Council on behalf of East Devon District Council

 


OIL SYNDICATE

The Oil Syndicate is run by Colin Stewart who can be contacted by telephone on 01297-792538 or by email.

Orders can be placed by the 25th of each month with a view of arranging delivery at the beginning of the following month.   Please specify the quantity required in litres, whether or not a "top up" is requested, so that the oil supplier will have an indication as to the size of our order to obtain the most competitive quote.

During the summer months an order will be tendered once a month and demand will be guaged.   During the winter months it is intended to tender orders every three weeks or as demand dictates, therefore in addition to the deadline of the 25th there will probably be a further order deadline date possibly two weeks later.

Crude oil prices are continuing their very gradual upward trend and the price in May 2015 is just over $60 a barrel, corresponding to a domestic oil price of around 38p per litre.   It follows that the price we finally pay is determined by the size of our order.