Monday, 25 April 2016

In? or Out? asks Budleigh in Business

'Have you decided which way you will vote in the EU Referendum on 23 June?' asks Cllr Alan Dent on behalf of Budleigh in Business. 

'If not why not come along to our “Open Meeting’ at 3:00pm on Saturday 7 May in the Budleigh Public Hall.

We’ll have two local MPs one in favour of ‘Remaining’ - Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) and the other in favour of leaving - Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbott). We can listen to their views and ask them any question we like to help us make up our minds.

This is a strictly non political exercise designed to give us some answers to many of the questions that simply don’t appear in the press or on TV.

Entry is free and there will be teas and coffees as well as a cash bar to help digest the information! Any money we make from this and a raffle will go towards the cost of hiring the Public Hall and the PA system.

It should be an informative and fun event. We look forward to welcoming you.'

Saturday, 23 April 2016

What are museums for?

This area is reasonably well provided with museums, which is only right for such an interesting and historic part of Devon. They all have their special appeal.  Some are luckier than others in that they are financially well endowed; others will tell you that they operate on a shoestring budget.

But what are they for? That’s the question that Friend of Fairlynch and museum enthusiast Mike Wilson will be trying to answer in a talk he’s giving to the Woodbury Local History Society on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 7.30 pm in Woodbury Village Hall.

Mike and his wife Margaret have been involved in preparing exhibitions at both Topsham and Fairlynch Museums, and spend a fair bit of time in retirement visiting places all over the world, including museums of course.  Always happy to ruffle a few feathers, Mike enjoys speaking his mind on a wide range of issues. It promises to be a thought-provoking evening. 

Admission charge: £4 for non-members. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Fairlynch Museum 2016 Exhibitions Preview: Thursday 24 March

At last, some pics of the jolly occasion when Fairlynch Museum's centenary exhibition in honour of former Budleigh resident and much-loved entertainer Reg Varney was opened by his daughter, Jeanne Marley. 

The preview was attended by Friends of Fairlynch and invited guests, including the Mayor of Budleigh Salterton Councillor Courtney Richards and people from the world of entertainment who had appeared with Reg in 'On the Buses'.  

Fairlynch Museum AGM Thursday 5 May at 3.00 pm

Friday, 1 April 2016

Fairlynch Museum's Object of the Month for April 2016: Coprolite

Click on the image to make it bigger.
The science behind the verse will be explained in a forthcoming post! 

Monday, 28 March 2016

Otter Busyness

Congratulations to Fairlynch volunteers Mike and Margaret Wilson, looking pleased with themselves, as well they might, for completing their display in the Museum’s Local History Room.

I wondered whether they would make the deadline of the Museum’s new season opening. After all they’re only just back from Australia where the temptations of all that winter sunshine might have distracted them from serious matters like preparing displays on how the River Otter has changed its course over the centuries.

The River Otter panel at the entrance to Fairlynch’s Local History Room has been deliberately placed to emphasise that the Museum is supposed to cover the whole of the Lower Otter Valley, rather just the town of Budleigh Salterton.

Back in 1967 however, when Fairlynch first opened, it was known by the title of Budleigh Salterton Arts Centre and Museum.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Would you like to buy an original Reg Varney painting? (1)

River scene with bridge, with two figures on a path, a red brick wall and two cattle grazing. Oil on canvas, framed, signed by the artist.   490mm W x 400mm H (approx.)

From today, you have the extremely rare opportunity of owning an original painting by Reg Varney and supporting a wonderful local charity. 

The star of The Rag Trade and On the Buses was a talented artist as well as a successful actor and gifted musician.  In his autobiography he reveals that his dream as a boy was to go to art school, but he failed the maths test.  The above sketch of two dogs was done by Reg at the age of 13. 

As part of Fairlynch Museum’s exhibition ‘Our Little Clown’ his paintings are being offered for sale by his family to raise money for The Children’s Hospice South West.

To buy a painting, choose one you like. Make a note of its number. The one featured here is Number 1.  Seven paintings are being sold and the best way to see them is to visit Fairlynch Museum where they are all on display.


Email your bid of £…  by 30 October 2016 to  Please add your contact details: name, address and phone number.

The results of the ‘sealed bid’ auction will be declared at the beginning of November 2016 and published on the museum website at   Successful bidders must make their own arrangements and pay for collection of the item from Budleigh Salterton.