Showing posts from August, 2012

Craft Fair at Fairlynch

Crafty collage: Glimpses of the attractive items for sale made by local artisans at past Budleigh craft fairs FairlynchMuseum is holding a Craft Fair on Saturday 8 September 2013 from 12 midday to 4.00 pm.There will be between eight and ten craft stalls and plants for sale. Tea and coffee will be available. Now that we have free entry for all the family how about popping in for a look? You never know what you might discover in the way of a special Christmas present!

Happy for snaps at Fairlynch

In line with a growing tendency by UK museums to allow the use of cameras on their premises Fairlynch has decided that photography by visitors will be permitted under certain circumstances.
For many years there has been a ban on any kind of filming in galleries and museums but with the growing use of technology such as smartphones many institutions have abandoned the attempt to impose an absolute rule.
The Tate galleries, the National Museum of Wales and the NationalMaritimeMuseum are among institutions which permit non-flash photography without the use of a tripod for personal use only.
Others, like Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute, rule that photographs taken by visitors must not be reproduced or published in any form, including on the internet, without permission. Nearer home, the RoyalAlbertMemorialMuseum in Exeter is even more liberal in permitting flash and tripods, although consideration for other visitors is expected and a ban on photography still applies in some …

Friends united in love of their Museum

A recent survey conducted among Friends of Fairlynch has made for encouraging reading.
"We're really grateful as Museum Trustees to all the Friends who took such trouble in answering our recent questionnaire," said Chairman Roger Sherriff.
Thoughts about the Museum's role in the community have been stimulated by the recent abolition of admission charges. The decision to allow free entry has been approved by virtually all those involved with Fairlynch, particularly in view of the fivefold rise in visitor numbers.
Confirmation of the benefits of the new policy came at a recent meeting of the Museum's General Committee with Roger Sherriff's announcement that shop takings had doubled. "Taking into account all cost factors we found that income for a set period before free admission amounted to £740, and for the equivalent period after abolition charges the figure was £800," he said. "So far it's clearly been a success."
Wanting to know why …

A home that Hatchard-Smith built: Lavender House

Lavender House, one of no less than 50 houses in Budleigh Salterton designed by Hatchard-Smith
Instantly recognisable with their red and white decoration and their front doors set within brick arches, the houses built by architect William Hatchard-Smith (1887-1987) are still sought after and appreciated by their owners for their elegance and comfort, their sturdy construction and their attention to practical detail.

Plans for one of the houses designed by Hatchard-Smith
Lavender House, on Moorlands Road, is a four-bedroomed detached family residence built by Hatchard-Smith in the late 1920s when it was originally named Lavenderhay. Set within what are described as beautifully landscaped gardens of approximately an acre it has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme while retaining much of the original charm and character.

The stained glass memorial in Budleigh Salterton's St Peter's Church dedicated to Col Hatchard-Smith and his wife
Colonel William Hatchard-Smith…

People from the past: 5. Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson, right, with his rowing partner Ran Laurie

With the wonderful news of British sporting success in the 2012 London Olympics it seems right to remember some Budleigh residents of the past who may have inspired today's champions.
John Hyrne Tucker Wilson, known as Jack Wilson, was a British rowing champion and Olympic gold medallist whose family lived at Elvestone on Fore Street Hill. Born on 17 September 1914 in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, to British parents, he was educated in Texas and ShrewsburySchool in Shropshire, before attending PembrokeCollege, Cambridge.
While at Cambridge, he rowed in three successive Boat Races (1934–36) in which Cambridge defeated Oxford. During the 1935 and 1936 races, he rowed alongside Ran Laurie, father of the actor Hugh Laurie, who became his rowing partner after Cambridge and a life-long friend.
After graduating from University, Wilson took a post as a District Commissioner with the Sudan Political Service, missing an opportunity to partic…

Good Fellows of Budleigh and Sidmouth

With the Carter bicentenary approaching in 2013 and that of Peter Orlando Hutchinson (1810-97) still fresh in local minds where better to go than to Sidmouth Museum, seen above, to discover how a town only a few miles along the coast from Budleigh commemorated one of its best known characters from the Victorian age.

For P.O.H., though born in Winchester, is very much part of Sidmouth's local history. And the town clearly cherishes its illustrious former residents which include four past Fellows of the Royal Society.

Sir Ambrose Fleming (1849-1945) worked with Marconi, and invented the diode valve.

Sir Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), shown above, discovered helium and the spectrum of the sun, and was Editor of Nature for 50 years from its foundation.

Sidney George Brown (1873-1948) was an inventor and engineer who devised the gyro-compass. His company S.G. Brown Ltd was based at Watford.

And finally there was Frederick Lindemann (1886-1957) who was Churchill's scientific adviser, hono…