MAIDENCOMBE.NET AUTHOR Jim Campbell

MAIDENCOMBE.NET AUTHOR Jim Campbell
Maidencombe resident since 1960. Local historian and author of the 'Coves of Maidencombe'.
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COMBE WEATHER

TIDES

CURRENT MOON

KESTREL CALLING

BUZZARD IN MY GARDEN

The bowl of the coombe as seen from Sladnor heights

The bowl of the coombe as seen from Sladnor heights

Maidencombe point

Maidencombe point
as seen above Maidencombe cove.

Blog Archive

Sunday, September 30, 2012

DUMPING OF HAZARDOUS WASTE IN BRIM HILL

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Believed to have taken place between  approximately 1:30pm and 3pm Sunday September 30th.  Anyone with information please contact local police. Broken asbestos is extremely dangerous. Do not open or approach these bags.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Flashback to 2001 and 2003


 Extracted from

The Volunteers - http://www.stmarychurchdag.co.uk DAG


Maidencombe
The ancient settlement of Maidencombe is a picturesque long shore hamlet on the northern boundary of Torbay characterized by thatched buildings and open countryside with spectacular Red Devon cliffs reaching down to the sea. The settlement has a long history mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is one of the last few undeveloped Coombes in Torbay. Records show that the area, which boasts a beach cafe as well as a car park and toilets, has been popular with locals and tourist since at least the thirties. Residents have enjoyed the use of these facilities for decades and feel privileged to live in such a beautiful rural location, which lies in an area designated as a Heritage Coastline and through which the South West Coast Path passes.
Lack of investment and neglect by the previous leaseholder tenant (legal action resulted in the forfeiture of lease). Along with vandalism and a major landslide in 2001, the facilities at Maidencombe beach required urgent attention. Maidencombe Residents Association extensively canvassed residents as to future arrangements for the area.
There was overwhelming support for the transfer of the land to the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust managers of some coastal farmland in Maidencombe. The residents Association held discussions with councilors and the Trust. The idea was adopted and the transfer took place in April 2003. Maidencombe Orchard and Beach Project in conjunction with Maidencombe Residents Association, Torbay & Coast Countryside Trust, businesses and the local community
In 2003, Maidencombe residents, Torbay & Coast Countryside Trust helped by St Marychurch Action Group open up the vista view cleaned up the car park and watercourse. Large amounts of rubbish were removed and improvements appreciated by locals and visitors.

New to the combe

Popped by to welcome the new occupants to Coombe Close,  Diane and Kevin.  They're country folk and are very keen to find out everything about Maidencombe. I'll revisit when they've unpacked a few boxes!

Youngest occupant in the combe

However, on seeing me about 60 yards away, it became frightened and rushed to mum for protection.
Dear old dad was taking a keen interest in my filming and I slowly retreated.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Probably pushed

Upon closer inspection in daylight hours, it now appears more likely that the signpost adjacent to the bus shelter at Maidencombe Cross was pushed over rather than accidentally struck by a vehicle.  A sad state of affairs indeed.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Was it pushed or was it hit?

That is the question after I observed the stricken signpost adjacent to the bus shelter at Maidencombe Cross in the early hours of today.  It may have been struck by a vehicle as there seems to be part of a car on the ground nearby.  I'll try and replace it later, if  possible.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blackberry tart

And it tasted all the better for being free!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

First blackberries!

I'd been sampling the blackberries for a few days as they gradually ripen but there weren't that many to justify taking a bag.  However, yesterday So Cruise and I came across a section of hedge with enough for a  tart topped with good old quick jel.  No bag but after scratching my head, puzzling over the problem, I saw my cap in my hand!   And here's the result!  They're a tiny bit hard but should be ok in the tart.  Mum makes the pastry herself and a treat awaits this evening!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Comment in from concerned resident re safety issues

This already posted under a different post but highlighted as I've already had identical comment from other residents and I consider this an important issue:

As a new local resident, this is one stretch of road that needs some serious attention from the local council ! Having to cross the road outside Brunel Manor to get to the Torquay bound side in order to catch the bus in said direction, my wife and I have twice come close to being run down by motorists either coming up the hill towards Teignmouth or coming round the corner in the direction of Torquay ! Its also true to say that HOWEVER often and hard you look before crossing that road at that point, you can still be part way across the road when a car appears over the hill or around that corner at speed ! VERY DANGEROUS !

Decidedly autumnal

As ever,  people can seldom agree.  The start dates of the seasons is no exception.  There are those folks that go with the vernal equinoxes and those that desire simplicity - the seasons neatly packaged into the first of the month as in March April and May being spring and so on.  The vernal equinox system does have questions to answer such as why does summer start on June 21st and mid summer's day come one day later?   Being a good old country boy, my preference is for simplicity and the first of the month start date for the seasons.  It is a system favoured by the much maligned met office after all.  For a few nights we've broken the hot water bottles out of storage and talk of it still being summer is readily dismissed.  The air is crisper and the blackberries are ripening - all signs to combers that autumn is with us.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LAYBY

I've seen the emails regarding this and will contact Wednesday at 2pm.  Thanks P.

LAYBY DECISION

Further to the previous post, I contacted John Clewer, Senior Engineer - Highways Development & Traffic  for clarification of the ruling.
He states that there will be a report and discussion on October 25th.  I have the details of the five objectors to the proposed restrictions and they all cite the fact that they oppose the restrictions on the grounds that they use the layby for parking their cars in order to walk around the coastal paths.  
Mr Clewer said it would be valuable for a submission from concerned residents supporting the restrictions to be tendered by the end of this week.

It should be mentioned that at present - and how it has been for many months now - no cars can be parked in this layby at any time owing to the continued parking of the horse truck.  Whenever the horse box departs (usually at weekends) two vehicles are at hand to immediately take up position.
Residents have noted that when the horse box returns,  two occupants get out of the lorry and move the vehicles to let the horse box take up its original position - to the exclusion of any other road user.

For this reason alone, the objectors' statements have little validity as they are unable to avail themselves of parking in the layby at any time.  I will keep you informed of this ongoing saga.

LAYBY DECISION

There is feedback from a resident regarding the proposed waiting restrictions at the layby between the phone box and bus stop at Maidencombe Cross.
I copy the following open letter from one of our residents affixed near the bus stop:

RE:  ANTISOCIAL PARKING OF PINK HORSEBOX.
To: The 45 people who signed the petition to remove the (permanent parking of = my insert) pink horsebox.
Having consulted our local councillor he agreed to having an overnight parking restriction on our layby.  At the very last minute without any consultation it was altered by the highways department to 2 hours restriction.
I phoned on the closing day Sept 13th 2012, and was told by our councillor no objection had been received and enforcement would start within two weeks, as soon as signs were put up.
On the 14th September I was informed that 5 objections had been received and an extended period of consultation would be necessary.
I have now tried all legal means known to me to have the antisocial pink truck removed and I have failed. So please accept my sincere apologies for raising your expectations only to have them dashed on the altar of bureaucracy.  
Signed P Coxill

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Murder In Maidencombe!

We had only just ordered our drinks and sat down next to a blazing log fire at the Orestone Manor Hotel when a blood-curdling scream emanated from the restaurant.  Shortly afterwards, a stream of concerned diners filed past us towards the lobby.  Thereupon, a ghastly sight of a body sprawled face down between some furniture revealed itself to the horrified diners.  A plain clothes police inspector appeared and began to question the assembled dinner guests.  Clearly, a murder most horrid had been committed at the Orestone Manor ..

Well, not quite, you'll be relieved to hear.  Neal and I had inadvertently stumbled upon a Murder Mystery Night 'executed' by the cast of the Candlelight Theatre Company which continues to be an exciting night out, enjoyed by all who attend.  Some well-known residents were recognised among the diners.  I was quite taken aback to find that I knew the 'police inspector' well in 'real-life'.
I'll be posting details of forthcoming evenings when I get them.


Orders for the Maidencombe 2013 calendar

A big thank you to all the residents (and beyond) who have placed orders for the first ever Maidencombe 2013 Calendar.  Still a limited window to reserve a calendar but please do not delay as the print is imminent.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Brim Hill road repair Thursday Sept 13th at 11:45 am


Repairs to Brim Hill complete

Brim Hill open for traffic from 1 pm after new tarmac strip put in place to repair subsidence.

More checks at Sladnor bus stop

All residents be aware of continued police checks on the stretch of road from Brunel Manor entrance to Maidencombe Cross.  Drive safely and within the speed limit of 30 mph.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

HOPEFULLY ONLINE TO POST THURSDAY

A quick line to say my modem blew up earlier this evening and internet connection lost.  Posting this from the Thatched Tavern free Wifi connection which has been a godsend - thanks Mick and Fiona. Booked an Argos emergency replacement from the pub.  Hopefully reconnected tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BREAK-INS DOWN STOKE ROAD

Received news today of reported break-ins down Stoke Road and Kirtons Road area.  Believed to have taken place in daylight hours.  All residents should ensure the security of their properties and be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously in their area. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

BRIM HILL CLOSED ALL DAY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 13:

 Weather permitting, the long awaited repairs to the top of Brim Hill (now has become dangerous) will take place by Highways. Exit from the village only from Rock House Lane. Unsure whether contractors to Brim Hill Villa will have a day off, if not, Steep Hill may suffer the same fate as the residents of Brim Hill with upwards of 15 cars/vans parking.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Maidencombe Calendar

Our first ever Maidencombe Calendar for 2013 is now ready to print and includes the Winner of this year's Maidencombe Photo Competition as well as submissions from other Maidencombe residents. Considerable support for this was noted at the last meeting of the MRA down at the Thatched Tavern. To enable us to decide on numbers for printing, we would be grateful for feedback as to requirements for this collector's item. You will appreciate that time is pressing and if you could reply promptly it would be most helpful. It is estimated that the cost per calendar - on near A4 (actual size US letter format) quality gloss paper - will be in the order of £6.50 each. Bear in mind that this would make an ideal stocking filler for family or friend due to its undoubted uniqueness. A previously unpublished 1935 photo is also included and is bound to surprise. If you would like to reserve one or more calendars, please email me at preconruiser@aol.com ... thanks, Jim Campbell

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Neighbourhood Plan and how it affects Maidencombe

Submissions by individual areas in Torquay have to be registered by the end of this month. A glance at the areas (see clickable link below) reveals that both Maidencombe and Babbacombe come under the St Marychurch ward segment though both will submit a separate chapter representation.

In each 'chapter', the area concerned should examine (succinctly) the needs of the community and what course it takes over the next 15-20 years. Areas for preservation/protection from development should be cited.
Without a submission, there would be an open invitation for developers to march in and earmark swathes of land for building upon.

It is most likely that each and every area in Torbay will put forward arguments why they should not have new housing imposed within their boundaries but nimbyism alone will not suffice to keep the developers at bay.

In conclusion, our submission will have to be a powerful and passionate document to provide a solid defence of our area.

The Maidencombe Residents Association is in the process of preparing our submission.

CLICK HERE for the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan Area


Sunday, September 02, 2012

Coastal path clear

The fallen trees/branches from last winter's storms have finally been cleared from the southern approach coastal path (Beach car park up to Goats Path) and the overgrowing hedge has also been cut back. A joy to be able to run around this section unhindered once more.

BURNING OF THE BAMBOO MAN JUNE 5 2016

SLADNOR PARK CHALETS

SLADNOR PARK CHALETS
Eerily shrouded in mist, two of the lower chalets of Sladnor Park.

AN ODE TO SLADNOR PARK

(sung to the tune of 'Home on the Range')

Oh give me a park where the badgers can roam
Where the deer and the wildlife reside
There never is heard the developer's word
To disturb where the denizens abide

Oh give me a park where the diggers are banned
And the architect can't earn his fee
Where the noise of the town
Is a far distant sound
And conservation is all it can be

For when houses are built
The council covered in guilt
And all the animals forlorn
Now the only sounds to be heard
Are vehicles absurd
And the cries of a motherless fawn

Jim Campbell

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THE ENDANGERED CIRL BUNTING - SYMBOL OF THE MAIDENCOMBE COMMUNITY GROUP

PUTTING MAIDENCOMBE ON THE MAP

PUTTING MAIDENCOMBE ON THE MAP

OUR LOCAL LINK

I came across this fascinating and informative guide to St Marychurch and Babbacombe recently. For many Maidencombers, these are our local shops and first 'port of call' before venturing into the urban jungles of Torquay. There's a local news feed which is regularly updated. Well worth a look. Here's the link:



CLICK HERE FOR BABBACOMBE & ST MARYCHURCH GUIDE WEBSITE

MOST VIEWED POST ON THIS SITE

MOST VIEWED POST ON THIS SITE
The old Toll House on the west side of the A379 Teignmouth Road, stands at the junction of Claddon Lane with the A379 about 50 yards from Ridge Road and the former position of the black and white Solomons Post sign (see side panel right). This early photo shows the open porch (lower left) - now blocked off and the blanked out toll-board recess (top right). Under the angled roof on the right, there is a small shop and working post office. The building probably dates from 1827 when the new road was built. Originally named Solomon's Post Gate when there was a gate across the road for the toll collector to open upon payment.

RAMBLING GROUP WRITE-UP OF WATCOMBE TO MAIDENCOMBE WALK

Found this interesting little site with a rambling group's write up of walks. CLICK HERE FOR MAIDENCOMBE WALK ARTICLE

MAIDENCOMBER SLADNOR VIDEO AND WRITE-UP

YOUR LOCAL WEB APPROVES DREAMINCOMBES

YOUR LOCAL WEB APPROVES DREAMINCOMBES
After scrutiny by a panel, this site has been added as a reputable source of information about Maidencombe.

ARCHIVE: MAIDENCOMBE TIMELINE EVENING AT THE THATCHED TAVERN

The first Timeline evening took place Wednesday evening March 20th at the Thatched Tavern. Local lad Ziggy Austin's brainchild, it was an endeavour to map out the history of Maidencombe on a ten metre paper scroll. The initiative was first mooted and widely supported on Ziggy's Maidencombe Residents Facebook page. Residents and non residents were asked if they could research local history on the area and bring along any material such as postcards or text to place on the scroll.
The first evening was well attended and as can be seen in the photos on the left, a great deal was achieved.
Longest residing villager, Alan Hunt attended to add his considerable knowledge and was supported by his 'young' student Jim Campbell with a mere 53 years of residence under his belt.
The pub opened up the restaurant area for the occasion and were most generous in providing sandwiches for the studious throng.


SOLOMONS POST AT THE JUNCTION OF TEIGNMOUTH ROAD & RIDGE ROAD

SOLOMONS POST AT THE JUNCTION OF TEIGNMOUTH ROAD & RIDGE ROAD
No known images of this iconic Maidencombe landmark. Post war and up to the late 1960's, sign posts were wooden posts painted black and white. This is a close reconstruction of the sign where buses would actually pull in to for passengers to alight or board.

A UNIQUE VIDEO

A video of one of my foxes being treated for Sarcoptic mange - taking the medication on the food by hand. She recovered completely and my thanks go out to the Derbyshire Fox Rescue who supplied the medication.

DRAMATIC EROSION OF THE SOUTHWEST COASTAL FOOTPATH

Worth a look as Maidencombe's section of the SWCP is also very much under threat.

From myfoxesandbadgers site

ARCHIVE: DANGEROUS STATE OF CLIFF FACE

ARCHIVE: DANGEROUS STATE OF CLIFF FACE
Photo taken from the beach cafe above Maidencombe cove and the arrows indicate the cause for concern. A minor land slip has already taken place and the Environment Agency had a look Christmas eve in case the cove had to be closed.

ARCHIVE: Entrance to Crossways at Maidencombe Cross

ARCHIVE: Entrance to Crossways at Maidencombe Cross
After a catalogue of antisocial behaviour displayed by motorists illegally entering a private area, the police recommended that the entrance be made narrower. A sad indictment of society.

THE FOLLY AT SLADNOR PARK

THE FOLLY AT SLADNOR PARK
Constructed between 1830-1833 by Mrs Groves who inhabited Sladnor Manor House at the time. The hexagonal tower and accompanying arched outbuilding were built of Devon red sandstone. A projecting castellated cornice crowned the gothic apertures and single faux crossbow slit at ground level. A most interesting aspect of the folly is the purpose-built pony and trap winding carriage-way which Mrs Groves carved through the north western woods of the estate to facilitate her passage to and from the folly. The structure is now in poor condition and it is earnestly hoped that Richmond Villages, the new owners of Sladnor, will be able to make safe the folly to enable residents to enjoy in years to come.

FEATURES OF MAIDENCOMBE

Some of the features we will be mentioning:

ROCK HOUSE GAZEBO
THE CASCADE
THE IRON STILE
THE CASTELLATED FOLLY
THE BAT RETREAT
THE PUMP HOUSE
THE PILL BOX
THE 190 OAK
SMUGGLER'S LANE

GRADE 2 LISTED ROCK HOUSE GAZEBO

GRADE 2 LISTED ROCK HOUSE GAZEBO
Circa 1850. Constructed of Devon red sandstone with unfortunately, as is the case with the Sladnor Folly, some cement patching. Sited at the eastern end of the garden, overlooking the sea. A single storey structure with faux castellated parapet. It has a one-window front incorporating a gabled porch on the front to left with a segmental headed and arched doorway. There is a matching arched window to the right. Reportedly, the structure had a flight of external steps for access to the flat roof with commanding views of Lyme Bay. The interior is clay-tiled laid.