Showing posts from May, 2012

It was a bright, bright Sun-Shiny day

Deputy Head Teacher and Music Co-ordinator David Perkins conducts Budleigh's young musicians

They could see clearly now the rain had gone, sang the children from St Peter's School Choir at Fairlynch's Family Fair last Saturday. And indeed it was the brilliant sunshiny day that everyone had been praying for.

This splendid 1890s dress cost five shillings or 35p when it was bought for the Museum at a jumble sale. It was on display at the entrance to remind visitors about Fairlynch's amazing costume collection.

Nine-year-old Sarah from Budleigh Salterton pointed out that wearing the dress would have made it difficult for her to do cartwheels.

People started arriving early and by mid-afternoon when St Peter's young musicians were ready to perform there was quite a crowd on the Fairlynch lawn.

"It was a pleasure to see so many children and parents, who all seemed to enjoy running in and out of the museum, commented Museum Chairman Roger Sherriff.

The musical entertain…

Another Simcoe Story from across 'the pond'

Shown above: John Graves Simcoe by Simcoe by Jean-Laurent Mosnier (1743-1808); A Huron-Wendat Hunter Calling a Moose, by Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872)

John Graves Simcoe's name is well known in Devon history and may be familiar to regular readers of this site via posts like

In Canada he's a truly celebrated figure in the nation's history says a correspondent from across the Atlantic. So celebrated that David Loaring, from Burlington, Ontario, told us a story that he wrote a couple of years ago for his grand-children. David got in touch partly because he has a keen interest in family history.

"In 1600 or so our family of Loarings lived in Awliscombe and Honiton," he explained. And of course, as Wikipedia will tell you, Wolford Chapel just a few miles from Honiton is the burial place of Simcoe, the first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. It's the property of the Canadian province of Ontari…

Fairlynch Family Fair

Win a Fairlynch Family Fair raffle prize and this could be you!

A Concert by pupils of St Peter's School, Budleigh Salterton, will be one of the highlights of FairlynchMuseum's Family Fair on Saturday 12 May 2012.

A Tea Party will be held on the lawn together with stalls, plant sales, games, and much more.
Another major attraction at the event will be a raffle offering a variety of fantastic prizes. They include a Downton Abbey Jigsaw signed by a celebrity and a free haircut at Budleigh Barbers along with gifts kindly supplied by A Slice of Lyme, Budleigh Wines, The Garden Shop and Otter Brewery. One of the prizes offers the chance of an adrenalin-charged session at a local raceway, described as the ultimate outdoor karting experience.
The Fair will take place from 2.00 - 4.30 pm. Admission is free, including entry to the Museum.