Priscilla at a private view in the Brook Gallery with owner Angela Yarwood and artist Colin See-Payton
The town itself owes her a great debt for her work in ensuring that it retains much of the unspoilt character which people find so attractive today. One of the many projects for which she was responsible can be seen on the High Street at numbers 14-16: a plaque, pictured above, refers to the restoration in 1998-9 of what was probably the oldest surviving building in the street, now a pair of shops with a flat over.
George Carter had set up a small one-room museum in Budleigh Salterton’s coastguard buildings in the 1930s but the premises had been vacated with the arrival of World War Two and the Home Guard. In 1967 Priscilla, together with fellow Salterton residents the three Miss Gawnes, acquired the early 19th century marine cottage orné now known as Fairlynch. The building with its Gothic windows and thatched turreted roof is one of the town’s principal landmarks.
With Joy Gawne cutting a cake to celebrate Fairlynch's 30th birthday, watched by Budleigh Salterton's Mayor Lynda Evans
So she let the town rummage
Through mountains of grummage
For Fairlynch was feeling the pinch.”
Indeed it was for her common sense, along with her keen intelligence and her sensitivity to the needs of the town that Budleigh residents and Friends of Fairlynch Museum alike respected Priscilla.
Yet another of Priscilla's successful projects: Shandford Care Home
John described how just a few weeks before her death she was in her garden, which she loved. “She must have been considering the afterlife because she suddenly announced ‘If I were to be reincarnated I’d like to come back as a woodlouse’. When it was pointed out that she’d be at risk of being trodden on the instant reply was ‘ Well, I’d paint a red spot on my back so you’d know it was me’”.