Monday, 3 January 2011

Budleigh Salterton - even older than you thought!

Rogue sign? "There isn't any Jurassic coast in Devon," says Budleigh's Cyril Shere

Budleigh Salterton, so they say, stands at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, proudly marketed as England's first natural World Heritage Site, ranked with the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.

But retired farmer Cyril Shere begs to differ. He will give a talk to the Friends of Fairlynch Museum about the Devonshire end of the World Heritage Site, with a special emphasis on Budleigh Salterton and its famous pebble beds.

His talk, entitled 'The Triassic Coast' will make the point that this stretch of coastline is a good 50 million years older than Dorset's.

Ladram Bay with its picturesque stacks, between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton, is one of the sights of the Triassic Coast

Mr Shere, a Budleigh Salterton resident for 23 years, is a former Chairman of the geology section of the Devonshire Association.

'The Triassic Coast' is on Monday 17 January 2011, at 7.30 pm in the Peter Hall. Entry is £1 for Friends of Fairlynch, £2 for non-members.

Geology students regularly visit Budleigh Salterton's pebblebed cliffs at Steamer Steps

The Friends of Fairlynch support and fund-raise for Fairlynch Museum. Annual membership offers unlimited free entrance to the Museum during opening hours, three newsletters annually giving information about the Museum, and a programme of winter talks at a reduced entrance price.

New members, at an annual subscription of £10 per member, are most welcome. Please contact Jan Harvey on 01395 444334

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