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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SANKO MINERAL - PROPHETIC WORDS & A RUSTING $21 MILLION 'ASSET'

Sanko Mineral:  A rusting $21 million 'asset'
Posted here January 15th this year after the Sanko Mineral had been moored here for four months:

'The results of the two incidents are not known but it is evident that the Sanko Mineral cannot proceed at this time and may well be a vessel with neither destination nor home port for the forseeable future.'

A further four months elapsed before the vessel finally departed on May 23rd - but only to another 'bolt hole' off the Lizard peninsula.  It appears that serious questions about the vessel and the welfare of the crew had made it expedient to move to pastures new.

A month has passed and our prophetic words still hold true. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A BENCH CALLED VICTOR

A bench called Victor
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A charming little video taken out at Owlacombe near Ashburton a year or so back when I was out for a Teign Valley Hash.  Put up to remember a beloved resident, the addition of a cast iron box to hold diary comments from visitors is a lovely touch.  Something like this would be ideal for placement for us in Maidencombe, don't you think?

Monday, June 23, 2014

JUNE 21ST THE LONGEST DAY

9:45 pm
Apart from resizing the header photo (above) both photos completely untouched or enhanced.  Remarkably, a photo taken a minute later (below) and the light had degraded  quite noticably.
9:46 pm

Saturday, June 21, 2014

HONORARY MAIDENCOMBERS ALL

The lads from left: Roy, Ian & Kevin
Well, they made the Thatched Tavern their very own 'local' for their two week stay and Roy, Ian and Kevin have enjoyed the hospitality and beer greatly.  Ian (above centre) is a keen runner and has certainly got around the combe on his many training runs.  He even managed to locate the celebrated 'Gazza' - hitherto unknown to the Maidencombe Residents Association committee - and brought his greetings to Jim back to the pub. 
They departed back home this morning to St Neots, Cambridgeshire and we wish them safe journey.
Honorary Maidencombers all, cheers lads!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MTS VICTORY AND TOWS

A flurry of information in today following on from the video posted yesterday of the tug operation moored off the Ore Stone.  Martin Pols informs that the MTS Victory left Rotterdam last Friday with two hulk tank barges in tow with West Africa their destination.

I was wondering what on earth the Victory was towing as I zoomed in on the camera.  The two hulks, Nic and Breeze were alongside each other.

Graham has also contacted me with good information and links.  He says that 'MTS Victory is owned by Marine & Towage Services which is the Falmouth based company that as well as running a substantial fleet of tugs and work boats also own and run the shipping agency and pilotage operation at Brixham. I see that the tug’s AIS destination has now changed to Las Palmas (presumably for bunkers) so I would guess she will be sailing shortly – Brixham to Las Palmas is 1447 nautical miles.'

Graham is spot on with his info - the MTS Victory left her mooring off Tor Bay mid morning and is  proceeding south at around 5 knots.

MTS Victory leaving Rotterdam last Friday With the hulks Breeze and Nic. (photo courtesy of Martin Pols)



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TUG OPERATION IN BAY

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Saw this tug operation off Maidencombe yesterday.  MTS Victory with some sort of hulk in tow.  Repositioned off the Ore Stone today.  Is this another dubious operation following on from the Ferox and More tows to Nigeria? Let's hope not.

Friday, June 13, 2014

CYCLIST ACCIDENT ON MAYFIELD BEND TUESDAY

More news coming in on the serious accident on Mayfield bend below Brunel Manor last Tuesday.
The cyclist was in collision with a stationary van queuing at temporary traffic lights above and below scaffolding beside Little Priors, Watcombe Hill.
From what we can gather, the cyclist received serious head injuries and was treated at the scene for about an hour before being taken to Torbay Hospital. His condition is not known at this time. The van was extensively damaged by the impact.  The road was closed for a further two hours whilst police investigated the incident.
There is a possibility that warning signs may not have been in place at the time of the accident.

Monday, June 09, 2014

CV IRENE FROM THE ROCK FLATS

The CV Irene, as seen from the Rock Flats after Labrador Twin Cove North.  She is framed between the Ore Stone (left) and the Lead Stone off Hope's Nose.

Friday, June 06, 2014

COVES TAKE ANOTHER BATTERING

On my final outing and assessment of the stretch of coastline between Maidencombe and the Ness at Shaldon, I was dismayed to see the extent of subsidence that had taken place since my last excursion on September 2nd 2013.

The most shocking damage was evident at the tiny Blackaller's Cove (above) where a whole section of cliff has given way and slipped down almost onto the cove itself.

It was the same story at eight of the fourteen coves that make up this hitherto beautiful section of coast which can be glimpsed from the South West Coast Path directly above.


Bundle Head, to the south of the Ness,  has had more subsidence and, given the height of the cliff, could conceivably give way completely.  This would effectively sever the link from all coves to the south.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A LOVELY PLACE TO MOOR OFF ...

video1500 metres offshore yesterday, the CV Eems Spring has now drifted in to less than a kilometre away today.  Presumably awaiting loading from Teignmouth docks, she is, nevertheless, pretty close in.
You know they're close when you can see the crew!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

ROM MEETS HIS FATHER

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My two 'Fox kittens' are settling in and fully recovered from their unfortunate start to life (see the video at:  http://www.maidencombe.net/2013/10/rom-remy-fox-kittens-very-strange-story.html)
Rom (left) and his semi feral father (right)
However, the past few weeks have seen them being 'terrorised' by a marauding, semi feral tom cat from the upper reaches of the combe.  He has been coming into my garden and there have been skirmishes - frightening Remy badly.  The kittens have two different fathers and Rom or 'Whitey' as my Mum calls him, is the smaller of the kittens.
Today, it was both reassuring and fascinating to see Rom and what is clearly his father, sit down together to have some father and son time together with no 'fisticuffs'.
At the start of the video, Remy can be seen observing the meeting with some trepidation - after all, it's not his father and he has no intention of getting involved.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

MAIDENCOMBE SCARECROW WEEK

A SCARY SCARECROW

COMES IN FROM THE FIELD
FOR A QUICK PINT

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.