Editorial no. 97 November & December 2011


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EDITORIAL No.97 November & December 2011

Our November issue is the time to remember our servicemen and women. I thought this reference to the Trafalgar Prayer would be fitting:

It is the morning of 21st October, 1805. The combined fleets of France and Spain are in sight and Nelson addressed his men – “May the great God whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in anyone, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature of the British fleet. For myself individually, I commit my life to him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen, Amen, Amen”
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

Dear Sir – I have arrived in Willand in the last year and I wanted to write to you to say how useful your Willand Magazine is and what a fountain of information it holds. Dates of events, ‘phone numbers, etc, wonderful. I would also like to thank those people who work hard behind the scenes and the kind people who deliver the magazine in all winds and weather. Well done, keep up the good work – I for one would be lost without this ‘little gem’.

God bless, Jennie Rutley

Just to say I would like to thank everyone who helped and donated to the Museum Open Day for Children’s Hospice South West on Saturday 27th August. A great day was had by all and £1300 has been sent to Fremington. This was the last Open day for Children’s Hospice, even though we will have a cream-tea event at Willand next year. Over the last seven years, nearly £3000 has been raised. Thank you very much. Glenda (Frostie) Frost.

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.


I hope you had a good Summer Break – Christmas is now coming up fast!

We seem to be making progress in several areas:

Weight limits in the village

The village is generally covered by a 7.5 Tonne weight limit, apart from Silver Street.  However, there is an uncontrolled access through Willand Moor Road and Orchard Way and we are seeing HGV’s using this route.  There is a need for a weight limit sign at the entry to Willand Moor Road to stop this heavy traffic.  We hopefully will have this in place in the next few weeks.  

Meadow Park

The road surface in Meadow Park is in a very bad condition and needs urgent attention, particularly as this is a bus route.  We have been working with Devon County Council and we believe that this road is now on the list for repair in the foreseeable future.


Muxbeare lane

Although very little of it is in our Parish, Muxbeare lane is very narrow and some stretches of it are in a bad state of repair.  In the near future we hope to see this changed to an access only route for residents and the road surface upgraded to become a walkway and cycle path.  This means there will be a cycle path from Tiverton Parkway with easy access to the Grand Western Canal through to Willand and through the village to our boundary with Uffculme.  The village part of the projected Culm Valley Trail is therefore complete and we look forward to working with the Culm Valley Steering Group to see this extended through Uffculme to Hemyock.


2 Sisters and odour problems in the village

The Parish Council has a regular meeting with 2 Sisters to review any problems relating to odours.  We know that on some days, problems are encountered which do not come from the company and which are caused by local farms.  Recently, we have had some problems and these have been reported.  2 Sisters have identified the cause of the problem and have put in place a plan to fit it.  The problem is more evident in hot weather and by the time we get to our next hot spell, we believe that the problem will be fixed. We have posted an update on the web site.


Fir Close

A planning application was made by Mid Devon Housing Department to build council (R.S.L.) houses and flats on the Fir Close car park.  We objected to this application as it would have resulted in major over-development and parking issues.  The local residents were also very much against this proposal. Fortunately, MDDC Planning Committee refused the application. I was extremely impressed by the way that the local community came together to object to this proposal.  This does not mean that we are against affordable housing but we do want to see sensible development which results in a good quality of life for our residents


Parish Plan

We are now looking to develop our Parish Plan and have started with the Emergency Plan and the Law and Order section. The Emergency Plan is complete and currently being reviewed before we carry out the final consultation with you to make sure that you support it.  Law and Order issues for the village were identified at a public meeting and we are currently starting the consultation process.  Please help us by completing our survey form and adding your ideas and views and also signing up to the facility for completing these surveys on the internet if you are able to do this.

The Gables

Your limited feed-back with regard to the future of the Gables indicated that you would want to see community services delivered with a particular focus on disadvantaged residents.  We have developed some ideas as to how that might be achieved and are starting discussion with Mid Devon and D.C.C.  We are also starting another consultation with the village to get support (or otherwise) for our plans.  We do need to get a substantial return from our survey so that we can properly represent the wishes of the village.  Just over 30 returns out of 1500 survey forms is not sufficient for us to move forward.


Diamond Jubilee

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will happen next June.  So far, we have had a couple of volunteers to help organise an event.  We need your ideas and your help.  There has been a suggestion for a village fete on the Parish field, with all the village organisations having a presence, some form of food and drink and games for the younger people.  Is this a good idea or do you have a better one?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we will be contacting the village organisations to see if they are interested in taking part in any way.  We will be considering this at our environment meetings on October 27th  and November 24th at 7:00pm.  Why don’t you drop in and give us your views?


There is a lot going on but I can only give you a summary in this article – maybe you want to become part of this exciting phase of our village development.  Just give me or Tracy, our Parish Clerk, a call.  In the meantime enjoy your preparations for the Christmas season. Ray Ursell

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people

appear bright until you hear them speak.

The 4th Historic vehicle show this year, held at Uplowman Hall, was a great success, partly due to the marvellous sunny weather and plenty of people. We have raised the magnificent total of over £1000 for the Royal British legion 90th Anniversary Poppy Appeal. We would like to thank all the helpers and exhibitors on the day, also the many people who donated to the Raffle. We could not do it without you. Lindy Astbury, Secretary


You’ll have read in the previous issue of the mag about Devon County Council withdrawing funding for weed treatment across the county. A lack of prior notification by them means many areas have become extremely neglected, not only in Willand but elsewhere, which have produced some undefined species growing up the wall of the Edinburgh Wool Mill shop in Fore Street, Tiverton. However, Ray Radford has provided some funding for our P.C. to buy relevant equipment to allow volunteers do the job. Unfortunately, the offers of help anticipated seems not to have materialised and the work has been done mainly by Nigel Crawford (and one or two residents, using their own initiative). So a word of thanks to Nigel for keeping at it at every opportunity – the two treatments he has managed to achieve are very much appreciated, although even that hasn’t solved the problem of the paving in Willand Moor Road. Perhaps the next time you have an amount of weed killer, Round-up, whatever, to hand, you might consider utilizing it on the public highway adjacent to your property. Removing the dead weeds afterwards would be great, too. Ed.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.


At the beginning of the new school year, we were glad to welcome Miss Williams in Year 4, Miss Ruffle in Year 2R and Miss Hamblett teaching Year 1H. Miss Hamblett says her class are, ‘fun and lively, full of interesting ideas, enthusiastic and have lots of energy.’ A child exclaimed that, ‘Miss Williams is the best teacher she’s had ever had.’ Miss Ruffle commented that Willand School is a much bigger than her old school, mainly because her previous school was an infant school. She also mentioned how much she loves, in particular, the cheerful atmosphere! We are happy to have such good teachers in school because they bring the best out of everyone. We appreciate the hard work that has gone into supplying all of our fabulous teachers so we can have a better education in life!

On 7th September, Ivan Brett, author of Casper Candlewacks in Death by Pigeon, came to visit the school and take workshops with Key Stage 2. One of the main things we did was make up characters together. We came up with some weird and exciting names and clothes for them to wear and came up with some whacky stuff. Then children volunteered to draw a made up character named Aaliyah Flapjack. We enjoyed making up a story for Aaliyah and her dog. The book is very wacky and it was jam-packed with funny ideas! Casper Candlewacks, the main character, has a baby sister called Cuddles and she literally eats everything! Ivan Brett recommended the book to people aged seven and above, especially if you like a good book full of laughs. The children had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Ivan Brett and get a book signed by him. Everyone had a great time with him!
On Friday the 30th September Willand School celebrated European languages day. European languages day is when we learn about different languages, cultures and religions. We asked children and teachers about the day. A child in Year 6 said that she enjoyed it because she liked learning different languages and found it extremely interesting learning about different cultures. Mrs Davison answered that she loved it because she had the chance to try Spanish food. Mrs O’Meara (the modern foreign language teacher) quoted, ‘I really enjoyed it because I got to see children from Reception to Year 6 presenting their language presentation.’ Overall this has been an exciting experience for us all!

Harvest is on its way! Every year this popular event happens and Year 6 pupils go around the village and give members of the community a gift from our school assembly on Thursday 20th October at Willand School at 9:15am.

This year the Christmas Fayre is to be held on the 2nd December. There will be games, food and drink, prizes, gifts, raffles and most importantly…FATHER CHRISTMAS!!! It starts at 6:00pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome so we look forward to seeing you there.
As we all know the Key Stage One plays in the past have been tremendous! So why don’t you come and see this year’s outstanding play? The dress rehearsal will take place on the 6th of December, at the school, when senior citizens can come for free. There are two other performances, on 7th & 8th, so we look forward to seeing you there. Drinks and refreshments will be available during the interval thanks to the PTFA. Thank you and Merry Christmas from the whole School! Lewis, Oliver, Jessica, Emily, Molly and Allana.
A day without sunshine is like, well, Night

I put a short article in the previous magazine highlighting two people who were willing to collect, free of charge, any metal items for disposal. One resident told me that they were not replying to ‘phone calls, so I checked and was told they are not allowed to provide this facility without permission from ‘the council’ – for which, presumably, a large fee is payable. Nothing’s simple.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.


For a number of reasons, the Willand Magazine is a very popular publication as far as small, local businesses are concerned. One of the ‘rules’ I have tried to adhere to is that there should be an equal number of text pages to those of advertisements. Consequently, the only way a ‘new’ business can place an advert is if someone else fails to renew theirs. This is the reason I have a waiting list, currently running at around twenty people, some of whom have been waiting nearly a year, which is not an acceptable situation.

Under these circumstances, I thought it would be of benefit, both to residents and to those businesses, to list them in the text pages. Perhaps not more than once or possibly twice a year but for the time being, it seems the best alternative. The alphabetical list of occupations and contacts is as follows:
Book-keeping & Secretarial Services: Kirsty Herriot 0844 875437

General Builders/Carpenters/Plumbers/Electricians

Peter Pickard 01884 840286

Tony Wharton 07598 986687

Len Braithwaite 01884 38578

Cast Aluminium House Signs: Dorothy’s Foundry 01823 672640

Child Care: Trevor & Claire Dancer, Uffculme 01884 841435

Dog Sitting/Walking Karen 07814 164465

Domestic Cleaning: Tracey Clarke topcleaningservices@live.co.uk

Addshine 01884 38179

Karen 01884 822894

Electricians & Solar panels: Glen Luscombe 01884 33348

Henry Pring 01884 32292

Florist: Joanne Marklew 01884 821283

Laser Engraving: Wendy & Nick Robinson 01884 34678

Logs: Chris Bale 01884 32940

Mobile Disco: Jason Lejeune www.ajdiscos.co.uk 07866 777758

Plumbing & Heating: Tim Parker 01884 821225

Pubs/Restaurants: The Merriemeade, Sampford Peverell 01884 820270

Residential Care Homes: Kent Farmhouse, Uffculme 01884 840144

Racquet Stringing: Jo & Paul Nelson 01884 33684

Tree Services: Four Seasons, Oliver Vernon 01884 820839
I hope this goes some way to addressing the situation. Ed.

If climbing stairs gets you down, the builder must

have had his plans upside down.

I recently saw a series of reproduced posters, outlining the introduction of postage stamps and thought each would make an interesting paragraph or two in the magazine. Here’s the first;




25TH April 1840

It has been decided that Postage Stamps are to be brought into use forthwith, and as it will be necessary that every such Stamp should be cancelled by the Post Office where the Letter bearing the same may be posted, I herewith forward, for your use, an Obliterating Stamp, with which you will efface the Postage Stamp upon every letter despatched from your office. Red Composition must be used for this purpose, and I annexe directions for making it, with an Impression of the Stamp.

As the Stamps will come into operation by the 6th of May, I must desire you will not fail to provide yourself with the necessary supply of Red Composition by that time.


Directions for Preparing the Red Stamping Composition.

I lb Printer’s Red Ink.

I Pint Linseed Oil.

Half-pint of the Droppings of Sweet Oil.

To be well mixed.

By Command

W.L. Maberly


(If you’d like to get your hands on one of the stamps posted on 6th May, 1840, you’ll need to visit auctioneers in Warwick this month. You’ll also need to have around £30,000 to spend. Ed)


Is it possible please, for people other than the usual subscribers to send me material for this magazine? Something you’ve read somewhere, been told, anything, so I can try to make the magazine the size and informative read it was initially intended. PLEASE. Ed.


In the queue at the supermarket, the cashier told an elderly woman that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have this ‘green environmental’ thing back in my day."

The cashier responded, "That's our problem - your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment." And he was right -- our generation didn't have the ‘green’ thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the shop. They sent them back to the supplier to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they were really recycled.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery shop and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower vehicle every time we had to go a two minute walk.
Back then we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from brothers or sisters, not always brand-new.

Then, we had one TV or radio in the house – not in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the City of London. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand, because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded-up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't start up a petrol engine just to cut the lawn. We used a mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we wanted a drink of water.
We refilled fountain pens with ink instead of buying a new one and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole thing just because the blade got blunt. And no sign of electric ones then.

Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power for a dozen items. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza take-away. Isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful the older people were, just because we didn't have the ‘green environmental’ thing back then?

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.

Back in 1998, there was a considerable amount of disquiet amongst the members of the Willand Branch of the Women’s Institute. Many of us had enjoyed such happy days with the W.I. but those "on high" changed so many of the rules that we found it difficult to accept a lot of these so-called “improvements”. The subscriptions were rising year on year, considerably more of this money was going to Head Office in London and consequently our numbers were falling - we only had about 28 members. The final breaking point was when we were told that we could no longer hold money-raising events for charity, although we had raised thousands of pounds over the years for charities of our choice.

After months of heart-searching, in December 1998, we reluctantly disbanded the W.I. which had been running in the Village for about 70 years and a small group of members, headed by Carol Allan, worked out a new constitution and in January 1999, CAMEO was born - Come And Meet Each Other. 

We have since gone from strength to strength and now have about 60 active members. We run CAMEO on W.I. principles - an efficient business meeting, followed by top-class Speakers and Demonstrators on all sorts of subjects, ranging from history, animals, weather and travel to name but a few. After a refreshment break, we then have quizzes, light-hearted discussions etc and general socialising, as this ties in with our name. We run various interest sub-groups within the Group each month- theatre/cinema, book appreciation, crafts, etc - something for everyone. We have outings to various places of interest, museums, theatres, pantomime trips, gardens and local places of interest – recently the ‘Ghosts and Legends’ guided walk around Exeter, and the Lavender Farm at Hartland next year.. We have a diners club, which meets every couple of months for an evening meal (supporting our local restaurants and pubs) and a very keen Skittles team. Our Walking Group meet every other Saturday, hiking around the countryside in Devon and Somerset, generally half-day rambles but occasionally an all-day excursion.
The "Singles Group" is for members who, for whatever reason, live alone and they meet in each other's houses once a month on Sunday afternoons for a cup of tea, a chat and a laugh. They have parties and picnics and outings and meals out too but, most importantly, a holiday away each year. This is an excellent support group for any member needing a bit of help. We are currently organising "interest" groups for water-colour painting, arts and crafts and a book and music appreciation group. We hold a large Coffee Morning every autumn, raising money for a charity of our choosing and a smaller effort each spring, both of which are well-supported in the Village. The monthly meetings are great fun, we listen, learn and laugh but most of all we enjoy the friendship that being a Cameo member brings. Betty Penberthy

Nothing is fool-proof to a sufficiently talented fool.


I’m sure Jonathan will also remind everyone of this but the new telephone number for NON-emergency calls to the police is 101. This number applies to everywhere in the U.K. Calls to 101 will cost 15p, irrespective of how long the call takes and applies to both land-line and mobile ‘phones. If a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened, dial 999. IMMEDIATELY. Ed.

The things that come to those that wait, may be

the things that were left by those who got there first.

A Mid Devon Charity would like to hear from people interested in joining a new Volunteer Team that offers support to Carers. This may include:-

Home Visits, Carer Outings, Essential Journeys, Telephone Support.

MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY! Training provided and expenses reimbursed.

Please contact: Lara Pope 07773 446928, or lara@unitemd.org.uk
If you don’t practise what you preach, you’ll

get into an unholy mess

Forthcoming Events:

Friday 25th November: ‘The Way We Lived Then’ - in words & music - an entertainment by Joan & Robin Bridge-Taylor. In the Old Stables at the Mill, 7 for 7.30pm. Admission £6, includes buffet supper (wine & soft drinks available). All welcome. Park in Mill Yard.

Saturday 26th November: CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR at the Mill. 10am-4pm. Local producers with wool, felt, textiles and a variety of other goods with Christmas in mind and the Mill Shop will be open to purchase Coldharbour Mill products and our usual range of locally sourced crafts goods.

Saturday 3rd December: the Friends of the Mill Christmas Coffee Morning 10-12am in the Old Stables at the Mill, with Bring & Buy and Raffle.
Saturday 31st December & Sunday 1st January 2012:
NEW YEAR STEAM UP! 10.30am-4pm each day, with engines in steam from 11am. Mill tours, restaurant, picnic areas, shop - a great family day out ! For more information about the Mill's steam engines, or to volunteer to join the Steam Group, visit the website: www.coldharboursteam.org.uk or phone 01884 840960.
Model Railway: we are currently looking for volunteers to help maintain our Culm Valley Model Railway layout – if you are a knowledgeable enthusiast & available on a weekday in Mill opening hours, please contact Peter Fisher on 01884 840960 (9.30am-1pm).
Opening days & times: until next Easter, apart from special weekend events, the Mill & the Mill Shop are open weekdays only, i.e., Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, but closed for a break over Christmas, except for New Year Steam-Up. The Gill Box Restaurant at the Mill is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. Phone free on 0800 389 3859 for more information or to book for Christmas meals in November & December. Susan Wasfi
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.


Remembering is a vital aspect of living. We use our memory day in and day out from the moment we awake in the morning to the moment we go to sleep at night. We remember what to do and where to go as we set about our daily activities.

Sadly, in some instances, a person’s memory can deteriorate to such a degree that their life becomes very difficult, if not virtually impossible. But most of us do have a memory, thank God, albeit that as we grow older it might not be quite as sharp as it once was.
The month of November brings with it Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday. Remembrance Day itself is on the 11th and this year, Remembrance Sunday is on the 13th. On the Sunday there will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial in the churchyard, which will start a few minutes before 11.00 am. The names inscribed on the memorial of those who died in action will be read out, there will be a two minutes silence and wreaths will be laid. It would be good to see a large number of people there to remember and be thankful for those who gave their today so that others could have a tomorrow. The Act of Remembrance will be followed by a Remembrance Day service in the church.
Another date to remember in the coming months is of course the 25th of December, Christmas Day. It is the day we celebrate that God’s Son, Jesus, came to earth to be our Saviour. Or to use the words of the carol, Once in Royal David’s City,

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;

Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
In the lead-up to Christmas Day, there are a number of special services to which everyone is invited:

Carol Singing in the Village Hall December 4th at 6.00 pm

Carol Service in St Mary’s December 11th at 6.30 pm

Crib & Christingle in St Mary’s December 24th at 4.00 pm

Midnight Communion in St Mary’s December 24th at 11.30 pm

And on Christmas Day, we have a special service at 10.15am, when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. I hope you remember to come and be a part of these special occasions! Revd Rob Wilkinson


The Village Hall Carol Service, organised by the churches in Willand, is on 4th December, at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome - come to sing carols chosen by groups from the village. Hear the nativity story and enjoy the mince pies afterwards.

The talk this year will be given by Rev Rob Wilkinson from St Mary’s and the service led by Rev Paul Booth. Each year this is a wonderful occasion as the Village Hall is packed with people singing carols to prepare for celebrating the coming of the Christ child. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Culm Valley Methodist church – Gables Road, will also be holding a Carols by Candlelight service on 18th December at 4 pm, you will be very welcome. Rev. Paul Booth

Over the last few weeks we have received a number of complaints regarding some of our younger residents riding their motorcycles in an anti-social manner. So far we have visited a number of riders from the village and surrounding areas. Road safety advice and warnings have been issued and we will be taking a very robust approach to tackle this problem and section 59 notices (Police reform act 2002) may be issued along with seizures to repeat offenders.
Over late September & early October, we have had two burglaries in the village. items of jewellery, cash and a laptop were taken. Please make sure your property, windows and doors are secure when not at home and to report any suspicious activity to the Police immediately.



Regards PCSO 30384 Jonathan Sims
The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in the dark.

Our annual Flower and Vegetable Show in August went well. Thank you to all the contributors and to Willand Art Group for putting on such a good show of paintings. Mrs Sylvia Statham and Mr Brian Carlson took home about 8 cups between them, Mrs Statham mainly for vegetables and Mr Carlson for flowers. A new member, Mrs Cherry Hinton, won two cups and also the Certificate of Horticulture for a magnificent blemish–free cabbage. The Flower Arrangement Cup was won by Mrs Marjorie Chapman, and the Craft Cup by Mrs Joy Salter.

We held a coffee morning in September, where we raised enough money to offset the Flower Show losses. Thank you very much to the couple who donated some giant Daturas for us to sell. We will be having our annual club meal at the Halfway House on 1st November, an occasion enjoyed by us all! We are the hosts this year for the annual inter gardening club quiz for the Pottinger Cup on 25th October.
At our September meeting we were shown slides of colourful plants for autumn and winter and the RSPB will be at our October meeting to talk about birds in our gardens. Our November meeting’s speaker is talking about canals in the South West and our AGM is in December.
For further details about the Garden Club please email me at candrallan@talktalk.net or phone me on 01884 33828.

Carol Allan, Garden Club Secretary


By the time you receive this, we will have celebrated our own Harvest Thanksgiving Service. The Rev. Rose Barrett, from Plymtree, conducted the service, after which all the Harvest goodies, donated by the members, were auctioned off, the proceeds of which were decided by them to be for the benefit of our own funds.

Our last outing this year was to Barnstaple on October 24th. We have been so lucky weather-wise with all our outings this year, which certainly makes a difference. We would welcome any non-member who would like to join us on our trips – next year, now! Also, it would be nice to see a few more people join our Club, as we have some very interesting and varied speakers – come along to any of our meetings and see what we are about!
We would like to thank everyone who has supported our Coffee Mornings this the year – there’s another on November 19th! Margaret Atherton.
If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

At last we have had our solar panels installed – just in time for the lovely sunny days at the end of September / beginning of October. We hope this will help us with our fuel bills. We will be replacing the flat roof within the next few weeks too, with the help of grants from Uffculme Environmental and Devon County Council.

The above two projects have depleted our reserves dramatically, so we will have to look hard at increasing our income through fundraising. If this does not work, we will have to look at our hire charges, which are very competitive when compared with other halls in the area. Willand residents may hire the main hall for private functions for only £8 per hour and the smaller rooms for £3.50 per hour - this includes use of the kitchen. Mrs Margaret Dennis is organising a Christmas Fair for the Hall on 10th December to help us in our fundraising efforts. Please contact her if you would like to participate.

Our Secretary, Hazel Newman, would like to retire at the AGM in May. If anyone would be interested in the position, please contact Hazel or me for more details. Hazel has indicated that she would be willing to work alongside a new secretary for a few months to give him / her a chance to learn the ropes.

If you would like to make a booking or obtain more information about the hall, please contact Hazel Newman, our Booking Secretary or me. You can also print off a booking form online – just Google Willand Village Hall.

Carol Allan, Village Hall Treasurer


Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its annual neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words. The winners are:

  1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs

  2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

  3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

  4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

  5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

  6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown

  7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

  8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavoured mouthwash.

  9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

  10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

  11. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

  12. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when

you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright

ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little

sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

3. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the

person who doesn't get it.

4. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

5. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

6. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

7. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these

really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like,

a serious bummer.

8. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day,

consuming only things that are good for you.

9. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

10. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when

they come at you rapidly.

11. Arachnoleptic fit (n..): The frantic dance performed just after you've

accidentally walked through a spiders web.

12. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your

bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

  1. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit

you're eating.
When you go into court, you are putting yourself

in the hands of twelve people, who weren't

smart enough to get out of jury duty.

First of all, a plug for our annual local history exhibition on Saturday 26th November 2011 – from 10am to 12 noon in the Club Room of the Village Hall. Once again this will run alongside the Willand Methodist Church coffee morning in the main hall, so there will be teas, coffees, cakes (and plenty more) close on hand.

The main theme of this year’s exhibition will be Willand In 1911. Drawing from many historical sources – old photos, maps, newspapers, trade directories, the 1911 census, etc. – the display will present a portrait of Willand a century ago: what the village looked like, who lived here (and where), if possible what they looked like, what they did for work and how they enjoyed their leisure time. From there, the exhibition will explore how the appearance of Willand has changed since 1911; this will be done using many of the photos we took during our ‘Village Walk’ this summer, to compare past images of the village with how it looks now – as you can the guess, the contrast is often quite staggering! There will also be a display concentrating on the famous Willand Sports (c.1900-13) – with newly discovered images and documents – a lively and popular event that attracted crowds of thousands from all over the Westcountry.

Other sections will look at the settlement that was around Tiverton Junction Railway Station (much of which is now underneath the M5), as well as information on the History Group and our on-going projects. Everyone is welcome, so come along and learn about what Willand was like 100 years ago – and see how much it has changed since!!

In addition to preparing for the exhibition, we have recently been invited by Philippe Planel of the Devon Record Office to take part in their Tithe Map Apportionment Transcription Project, our role being to transcribe the returns for Willand – but details of this will appear in a future magazine. We have acquired several new items for the Willand Archive, including an interesting photo of the Willand Sports Committee (c.1910) and a family photo of the landlord of the Railway Hotel, William Baker, with his wife Agnes, daughter Jean and son Peter. We have also received the generous donation of an almost complete set of Willand Parish Magazines, as well as many other fascinating documents relating to Willand’s recent history – including St Mary’s Church Magazines, annual programmes for Willand Square Dance Club, Willand Women’s Institute and booklets of Willand ‘Organisations and Activities’. These were in the possession of the late Ena Pengelly and we would like to thank Tina for kindly passing them on to us for the Archive.
Finally, one snippet of information we have recently discovered is that circa 1950, Spratford House was inhabited by a Mr W Reed, a member of the management at Duchess of Devonshire Dairy. Spratford House was a residence that no longer exists and was located close to the Dairy (now Skins International) on the Halberton Road. If you can tell us more about this house, Mr Reed or any other aspect of Willand’s past, please get in touch. See you at the Exhibition! James Morrison, 01884 250057 (jamorrison@supanet.com)
Torch: A case for holding dead batteries.


Because of runway repairs, the repatriation of servicemen and women moved from RAF Brize Norton to RAF Lyneham in April 2007. The British Legion and the Mayor of Wooton Bassett initiated the 167 ceremonies honouring 345 men and women, which became a tradition of the town, the last of which took place on August 11th. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written the following, entitled ‘Repatriation Day’:

“Young men and women in their flowered cars, silent,

coffined, uniformed, are drawing near.

The drinkers in the Cross Keys leave the bar,

the tenor bell of St. Bartholomew’s begins to toll and by

the War Memorial, veterans and soldiers hold the line.

The bride’s a widow and the child is fatherless.

Meat in the empty butcher’s shop weeps blood.

Repatriation Day – a journey in reverse, when war gives back the dead the love which waits, six deep, in the High Street, ‘til the hearses come.

No words, but ‘Up’ for the salute, then ’Down’.

A decent place to live in if you could, this ordinary, quiet, English town.”

  • which itself was honoured by the Queen on October 16th Ed.



Tuesday 1st Willand Rovers Bingo W.V.H., 7.30pm

Thursday 3rd Methodists Coffee Morning/Bring & Buy 10,00am

Thursday 3rd CAMEO, R.Lambert – Shelterbox. W.V.H., 7.15pm

Monday 7th Culm District Flower Club W.V.H., 2.00pm

Tuesday 8th Willand Village Hall Bingo 7.30pm

Wednesday 9th Willand Garden Club RSPB W.V.H., 7.30pm

Thursday 10th Over 60’s Club W.V.H., 2.15pm

Thursday 10th Folk Dance Club W.V.H., 8.00pm

Saturday 12th Willand Folk Dance Club Dance, W.V.H., 8.00pm

Monday 14th Blood donors afternoon and evening W.V.H.

Tuesday 15th Willand Rovers Bingo W.V.H., 7.30pm

Tuesday 15th Whist Drive, Willand Church Hall, 7.30pm

Friday 18th Cowgirl Twisters Line Dancing W.V.H.

Saturday 19th Over 60’s Club Coffee Morning W.V.H., 10.15am

Thursday 24th Folk Dance Club W.V.H., 8.00pm

Saturday 26th Methodists Christmas Fair W.V.H., 10.00am

Thursday 1st Methodists Coffee Morning/Bring & Buy 10.00am

Thursday 1st CAMEO Christmas Party, W.V.H., 7.15pm


Friday 2nd Primary School Christmas Fayre, W.V.H., 6.30pm

Saturday 3rd Bramblehaies Surgery coffee morning W.V.H.

Sunday 4th Village Carol Service, W.V.H., 6.30pm

Tuesday 5th Culm District Flower Club W.V.H., 2.30pm

Tuesday 6th Willand Rovers Christmas Bingo W.V.H., 7.30pm

Thursday 8th Over 60’s Club W.V.H., 2.15pm

Thursday 8th Folk Dance Club Xmas party W.V.H., 8.00pm

Saturday 10th Village Hall Coffee Morning 10.15 – 11.30am

Sunday 11th St. Mary’s Church, Carol Service 6.30pm

Tuesday 13th Village Hall Christmas Bingo 7.30pm

Saturday 17th Willand Folk Dance Club Dance, W.V.H., 8.00pm

Sunday 18th Whist Drive, Willand Church Hall, 2.30pm

Tuesday 20th Willand Rovers Bingo W.V.H., 7.30pm

Saturday 24th St. Mary’s Church – Crib & Christingle 4.00pm

Saturday 24th St. Mary’s Church - Midnight Service 11.30pm

Saturday 31st Folk Dance Club New Year Celeb. W.V.H., 8.00pm


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