This site is a sort of museum in cyberspace full of odds and ends about life in Budleigh Salterton.
It celebrates among other things the connection between our corner of East Devon - birthplace of both Sir Walter Raleigh and Roger Conant, founder of Salem, Massachusetts - and the United States of America.
The site was inspired by the friendship link established in 2001 with the Cape Cod community of Brewster.
Young Fairlynch visitor Amelia
enjoyed trying out different hats from the Museum’s dressing-up box. But we
could do with many more for visitors, young and old, to play with. So I composed a little plea:
In Fairlynch Museum we’ve loads of old clothes, With
buttons and ribbons and collars and bows. We’ve
dresses, and trousers and many cravats, But we’ve
noticed a definite shortage of hats.
You can try
on old jackets, occasional smocks, And even wear
things like your grandmother’s frocks. But of
kepis and topees and bonnets and such, We have to
admit that there’s not very much.
I fear the museum has none, And
sombreros are rare: I doubt we have one. Of beanies
I’m sure that I’ve never seen any. And clearly
of fezzes there aren’t very many.
and homburgs it’s thought they are rare; Of
deerstalker hats there are none we can spare. A couple of
panama hats would be nice, And a
mortarboard...? Great! Just one would suffice.
Check out the old fossils on the Jurassic Coast Partnership's website at http://jurassiccoast.org/fossilfinder I mentioned ‘digital’ elsewhere a
couple of years ago on this blog
in relation to local businesses and their use of the internet. Since then, more
and more Budleigh people seem to be ‘digitally engaged’, and using social media
like Facebook and Twitter.
Fairlynch Museum's Nick Speare Image credit: Mo
Sandford FRPS For museums, digital engagement
can mean something pretty broad and quite radical, including the sensible way
in which visitors on the other side of the world are able to admire Fairlynch’s
artefacts. “Many museums are making much more use of the internet to
make their collections and catalogues available to the public and this is the
direction Fairlynch should be following,” says the Museum’s Treasurer Nick
Speare. A start was made in October 2013
with the arrival of the Jurassic Coast Partnership team in Budleigh, as I
reported at http://budleighbrewsteruni…
Car parking will be free for the time being at Budleigh Salterton's Upper Station Road car park Although I write mostly about Fairlynch Museum
matters I was happy to oblige when asked to mention Budleigh Salterton Music
Festival events. As
I’ve written elsewhere, more festivals means more visitors to the town, which
means more visitors to its museum... But of course more visitors are good for Budleigh businesses
So it’s excellent news, as reported in a recent edition of the Budleigh Journal, that East Devon District Council and
Clinton Devon Estates have met to discuss the issue of the free car park at
Upper Station Road Car Park.
Fully used: Budleigh's Upper Station Road Car Park Both parties, according to a joint statement made by EDDC and CDE, “understand
the importance of the car park to the town and want to ensure that the facility
serves the town for many years to come.”
“Consequently, the first requirement is to ensure that we fully understand the
patterns of usa…
Image credit: www.voces8.com Talking of music, which I do here Budleigh Salterton’s Music Festival will be celebrating
ten years of staging highly successful concerts by performers from all over the
world in 2015. The Festival, described recently by Richard Morrison
in the Times as a “nine-day wonder”,
started in July 2005 with Friend of Fairlynch Museum Roger Bowen as its first
Chairman. The main Festival takes place in the summer, but other
exciting events are staged at other times in the year. A ‘Carols by Candlelight’ concert will take place in
St Peter’s Church on 9 December. It will be sung by Voces8, seen above, an internationally
acclaimed group who were a great success at the Festival in 2013. They will
sing a new carol, composed by the winner of the Budleigh Carol Competition for
which there were 79 entries. The winner will be announced shortly and will
receive the prize, plus being invited to hear the first public performance of
the carol sung by Voces8 on 9 December. You can…
Valerie Dwerryhouse: admired by colleagues for her work behind the scenes at Fairlynch Museum Over the years Fairlynch has been fortunate in finding
many volunteers with a professional background in research, enabling the Museum
to maintain high standards normally found in much bigger institutions. The good
scientist’s ability to think critically is of special value and Dr Valerie
Dwerryhouse, a highly respected immunologist and Fairlynch volunteer for many
years, was certainly distinguished in that respect. She was born Valerie Stacey on 17 September 1933.
Brought up in the village of Holsworthy, in north-west Devon, she studied
Microbiology at Imperial College after graduating in Household and Social
Science at London University’s Queen Elizabeth
College. Some of the
inspiration and motivation for her studies came from the family doctor in
Holsworthy, Stuart Craddock, who had been a research assistant to Sir Alexander
Fleming at the time of the discovery of penicillin. It was Dr C…
A 1957 Budleigh Salterton Drama Club production for which Joan Bennett wrote the music Rare compositions of music from more than half a
century ago have found their way back to Budleigh thanks to a Friend of
Fairlynch Museum who revisited the town recently. They give an insight into the background of one of the
most successful and versatile composers of our times who was brought up in the area. Local jazz enthusiasts are among those who know of
Budleigh’s association with the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, creator not
only of jazz and classical pieces but also of film scores for box-office hits
like Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Four
Weddings and a Funeral.
The Bennett family in the garden of Lace Acre, in Budleigh Salterton's Boucher Road Sir Richard’s father, the children’s author Rodney
Bennett had come to know Joyce Dennys the artist and wife of a Budleigh GP. She
had provided illustrations for Rodney…