Showing posts from September, 2014

Fairlynch... visited by millions! or even billions!!

Give your day a smile! Visit

We obviously couldn’t manage to fit them into our tiny little museum, so the headline is only a dream. But it’s a dream that can be easily realised thanks to the Internet.
That’s what the obvious conclusion was at the end of a day’s workshop in Exeter at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s offices with Claire Sully and John Brunsdon from Bristol-based Tickbox Marketing
The firm has been commissioned by the South West Museum DevelopmentPartnership to “deliver digital engagement consultancy and training” to museums across the region.
That just means explaining to museum workers - volunteers included - how things like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a load of other things that we read about today can be used to show the world what riches we have in even the most modest of our museums.
The audience is already there. Figures released by the International Telecommunication Union in May 2014 indicate t…

Kids’ wheelie good view of Tour from Fairlynch lawn

It was standing room only for children from Budleigh Salterton’s St Peter’s School when they came to Fairlynch on Thursday 11 September.
The Museum receives regular visits from schools, but on this occasion key stages took a back seat in favour of Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain.

At 11.00 am riders left The Strand in Exmouth, making their way to the race start at Clyst Hayes, just outside Budleigh. At 11.15 am off they went with 177.3 kilometres to go before the finish on Exeter High Street.

The first of many police motorcycles to arrive

Here they come!

There they go!

Austrian cyclist Matthias Brändle won the stage with a time of 04:32:03.

Budleigh in Books: Part 4

After my survey of Budleigh as used by so many authors as a ‘small town’ setting I’m left wonderingwhat the future holds. I was going to stop after Part 3, but a friend told me the other evening that he’d enjoyed my rambling in previous instalments so much that I thought I’d now go a bit imaginative in this one. If you haven't seen my previous postings they are  here  for Part 1, here   for Part 2 and  here  for Part 3.

The St Bartholomew's Day Massacre, 23-24 August 1572. Painting by François Dubois, a Huguenot painter born circa 1529 in Amiens, who settled in Switzerland. Although Dubois did not witness the massacre, he depicts Admiral Coligny's body hanging out of a window at the rear to the right. To the left rear, Catherine de' Medici is shown emerging from the Château du Louvre to inspect a heap of bodies.  Image credit: Wikipedia

For example, will the budding creatives who gave us Summer Storm transport us back to the age of Sir Walter Raleigh in next year’s publi…

Rhyncosaur Day Success

Families admire the completed mosaic

Fairlynch’s Lego Dinosaur Day on 28 August was a great success, with 40 children busily making a two-dimensional model of a Rhynchosaur.

A life-size version of the strange dog-like creature which lived 240 million years ago was lent by Clinton Devon Estates and had pride of place on the Museum lawn for the day. Bones from the Rhyncosaur were found in the cliffs between Budleigh and Sidmouth in the late 19th century.

Bright Bricks expert Joe Perez, seen above, was on hand to give advice. The organisation is one of the world’s most inventive design companies, creating unique models, mosaics and events from LEGO bricks. 

The day concluded with the creation of a large mosaic model on the lawn, with each child receiving a limited edition Rynchosaur Lego kit. 
The event raised £415 for the Museum, and was featured in the Budleigh Journal

The Dinosaur Day is just one of the items of news covered in the Autumn 2014 issue of The Primrose, a newsletter publishe…

Delderfield Plaque unveiled

Visitors to Fairlynch who enjoyed the R.F. Delderfield Centenary Exhibition in 2012 will be pleased to know that the author, pictured above, has been honoured with a blue plaque at the house where he lived from 1918 to 1923 in Addiscombe, Surrey.

The Addiscombe & Shirley Park Residents’ Association funded the plaque to commemorate the distinguished novelist and dramatist who later moved to East Devon.
The plaque, at 22 Ashburton Avenue, was unveiled on 4 September by the Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, by kind permission of the present owners of the house and in the company of members of the Delderfield family.
R.F. Delderfield’s The Avenue novels, comprising The Dreaming Suburb and The Avenue Goes to War, were directly based on his life in the Addiscombe area and were later made into the successful London Weekend Television series ‘People Like Us’ (1977-8) starring John Duttine. He also wrote about the area in his autobiography, Overture for Beginne…