Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Some 2015 events involving Fairlynch Museum

Make a note in the diary of the following events taking place during 2015 at your local museum.


Saturday 4 April  
Spring Opening 
Fairlynch garden.   12.30-4.30pm
Plant Sale,  hot homemade soup stall,  tombola, under 10s treasure hunt. Storyteller Steve Manning will perform as Sir Walter Ralegh. Will you be the lucky lady that he'll lay down his cloak for?

Just some of the plants on offer at bargain prices: Ajuga reptans, otherwise known as 'Bugle.' A useful grand cover plant with pretty blue flowers. Can be a bit invasive, but easy to grow.  

Iris ensata, otherwise known as 'Japanese Iris.' Hardy and easy to grow. Pretty white flowers with that splash of blue. Very reliable. 

Wednesday 29 April    
Friends of Fairlynch AGM
Peter Hall.  3.00-5.00pm
Tea and cakes, cake & wine raffle, information board display, talk by Maggie Giraud on Matisse


Find out about the many aspects of Fairlynch Museum.

 Then enjoy a talk by freelance art historian and curator Maggie Giraud about the French painter Henri Matisse, one of the most important figures who revolutionised art in the early 20th century.  

 Saturday 18 July   

Fairlynch Fun Day in the Museum Garden. 
Games, stalls, smugglers' stories, village stocks, cream teas

Stories about East Devon smugglers will make our model of Jack Rattenbury in the Smugglers' Cellar come ALIVE! 

Indulge yourself with a Devon cream tea

Monday 31 August 

Lions Club table top sale
Sea front.  10.00am-5.00pm
The weather will be perfect! 


   Plenty of books to buy...

and handmade crafts to admire.

Saturday 31 November   

Halloween in Fairlynch garden. 
 A spooky time for one and all.
Games, cake and produce sale, tombola.

Gorge yourself on eyeball buns and moon biscuits

Have a cracking time with these skeleton biscuits.


Or just let yourself be charmed by our witches' coven of museum volunteers.

Friday 4 December 

Late Night Christmas Shopping
Take advantage of the warm welcome from Budleigh businesses.  

Are you a Friend of Fairlynch? How about joining the High Street procession of stewards, trustees and other museum helpers dressed in ‘Victorian’ costume.  free bags of popcorn to children. 

Last year we had pride of place behind the Budleigh Salterton Carnival carriage. 

The only thatched museum on Devon’s World Heritage Coast

Guy Kerr, left, with OVA Chairman Roger Saunders at Fairlynch Museum 

You may have noticed that Fairlynch Museum changed its logo some time ago. We thought a dash of colour was needed, and that  Mediterranean shade of blue seemed just right.  Those Budleigh pebbles form an important part of our geological display. And of course we are the only thatched museum on Devon’s World Heritage Coast…

Hence the recent visit to Budleigh by Guy Kerr, who was appointed as Jurassic Coast Trust Community Coordinator last year. Roger Saunders, Chairman of the Otter Valley Association, and I met up with him at Fairlynch to find out more about his role. 

Q: You work for the Jurassic Coast Trust? Can you tell us something about it?
GK: We’re an independent registered charity which supports the delivery of science, conservation, arts, education and sustainable development programmes along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Q: And your job?
GK: My job is to bring local communities and residents together to engage with different aspects of the World Heritage Site. The aim is to make people care for and understand the Jurassic Coast, in a way that it can deliver benefits back to these communities.
Pic: Budleigh eroded cliffs
Q: Is it just the coastline that you’re concerned with?
GK: Technically, the cliffs and beaches are the main focus of the World Heritage Site as defined by UNESCO, but in practice we’re also concerned with material inland.
Q: Can you give some examples of how you set about your work?
GK: A good example is the training courses that the Jurassic Coast Trust has run at museums. We started with the museum staff and then opened up the courses to the public.  Another case was the Lulworth Estate in Dorset where we were asked to focus on Archaeology. We brought a range of organisations together including outdoor education centres and the South West Coast Path Association.
Q: What about holiday camps and caravan parks?
GK: Absolutely. We’ve worked with Highlands End at Bridport – part of West Dorset Leisure Holidays.  Nearer this area we worked with Oakdown Park near Sidmouth to develop their guided walks programme.


Two views of Budleigh Salterton from the sea, including our ancient Triassic red sandstone cliffs

Q: Do you have a message for local residents here?
GK: We’d love to see people from, say, Budleigh or the villages, putting themselves forward as Jurassic Coast Ambassadors. They might have a special project to do with the coast which we might be able to help with. For example, one of our Ambassadors is a Dorset journalist and photographer Steve Belasco, who has set himself the task of documenting the Jurassic Coast viewed from the sea. He gave a presentation of amazing photos with the talk fee donated to the Jurassic Coast Trust.   
Q: How can people find out more?
GK: We have a great website at www.jurassiccoast.org

‘Naked Ladies’ to appear at Museum plant event

 The trumpet-like flowers of Amaryllis belladonna

Costumed ladies and the occasional besuited gentleman are usually what people come to admire at Fairlynch. But on Saturday 4 April the museum’s opening event will offer visitors plenty of outdoor interest in addition to a range of displays in the exhibition rooms. And just in case the weather is unkind, Fairlynch now has its own marquee!
Hot homemade soup will be available, and there will be a treasure hunt and a tombola. For keen gardeners the Museum has organised a plant sale which will include specimens of one of the late summer flowering glories of Fairlynch garden as well as many other popular varieties.

Amaryllis belladonna – known by many as the ‘Naked Lady’ plant – is one of the items which are certain to be sought after, with their pink trumpet-like flowers.


Amaryllis about to flower with its 'naked' stalks in Fairlynch garden 

“They are a bit tender and do well really only south of Bristol,” says Fairlynch volunteer gardener Ann Hurt. “They do better in the ground than in pots.” The common name ‘Naked Lady’ comes from the plant’s pattern of flowering when the foliage has died down. 

Some of the other plants on offer are listed below.* 

 Visitors will also be entertained by a Sir Walter Ralegh lookalike in the person of professional storyteller Steve Manning. This will tie in with the opening of the Museum’s new exhibition about East Devon’s best known historical figure.     

Fairlynch Museum will re-open for the new season on Friday 3 April with in addition a display of costumes on the theme of ‘Fashion in the 1930s.’ A new Lace Room will show off special items including rare East Devon and Flemish lace, and the display ‘Past Times’ will feature some of the toys in the Museum’s collection. 

The refurbished Priscilla Carter Room houses geological and archaeological artefacts. The much acclaimed exhibition of ‘The Great War at Fairlynch’ will continue for a second year.  

Admission to Fairlynch is free. The Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 2.00-4.30 pm until 27 September. 

* Ajuga reptans ('Bugle')
Aster 'Red Ribbon' (Thompson & Morgan) Half-hardy annual
Buddleia Davidii x 1
Helianthus (Sunflower – ‘Little Leo’)
Iris ensata ('Japanese Iris')
Iris unguicularis (‘Algerian Iris’)
Pansy (Thompson & Morgan 'Colossal Flowered') Hardy perennial
Broad bean plants – ‘Aguadulce’
Courgette – ‘Verte de Milan’
Nasturtium – ‘Jewel Mixed’ and ‘Summer Carousel’
Pea – Meteor
Tomato plants – ‘Gardener's Delight’