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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KESTREL CALLING

BUZZARD IN MY GARDEN

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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

Monday, August 31, 2015

PING PONG DERBY EXTRAVAGANZA GETS INTO GEAR

The 'runners' for the Ping Pong Derby numbered & crated inside the Thatched Tavern.
Sign on the village green for the short-sighted!
All the ping pong balls (280) are numbered and crated inside the Thatched Tavern.   You can own a 'runner' for the day for the lowly price of £1.  Prizes for the first three past the winning line.  A fun fund-raiser for a vitally serious addition to our village - a defibrillator.  Supporting features are a dog show with many different classes to enter.  Brian's organising the event and is arranging for a judge from outside the village.  Bottle and cake stalls - see the posters around the village for details.   Helpers on the day urgently needed, so please contact the Thatched Tavern (01803 329155) if you can lend a hand on Sunday 13th September.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BIRTHDAY PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH AT THE THATCHED TAVERN

Mum and son at the Thatched Tavern (photo courtesy of my sister)
My thanks to Mick, Fiona and staff of the Thatched Tavern for looking after my dear old Mum on her birthday today. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

PING PONG DERBY STAKES

Mick takes charge of the 'contestants' for the upcoming Ping Pong Derby.
Coming to the village this September - the Ping Pong Derby.  Full details to come from the Thatched Tavern.

Friday, August 07, 2015

NATURIST ON NATURE RESERVE

Here's a Huffington Post type story regarding the RSPB Nature Reserve at Labrador Bay.  I have encountered a male naturist on several occasions and always within the confines of the RSPB reserve.
On the first occasion I was a little surprised to come across a gentleman wearing only a haversack as I was out running. On another day, I espied him from some way off up on a higher trail.
Yesterday I encountered him again as I climbed the field beside Commons Plantation (Suicide Wood) the most southerly field of the reserve. He was standing a little way down from the summit and admiring the views over Babbacombe Bay.  From afar, it looked as though he was wearing beige shorts.
Naturists on a Nature Reserve?
Fortunately I knew immediately who it was and chatted to him as I went past. He was holding a strategically positioned item in front.  I had wondered why I had never seen him on my journey back from Labrador bends. This time I did.  He was fully dressed (must have had his haversack nearby) and was, presumably, about to quit the reserve via the Teignmouth Road.
I thought this amusing little story may be useful information to ladies who perchance may come across this gentleman and subsequently not be unduly alarmed.
A naturist on a nature reserve - no, surely he cannot have his wires crossed ...

LYDIA D & TOW STILL GOING IN CIRCLES

Well, I thought that the Lydia D and her tow were safely en route to Las Palmas until I checked and saw her progress - or rather lack of  - as indicated in the map above.  After going round in circles (in fair weather) she must have burned a few thousand gallons of fuel which is not cheap.
The Lydia D is currently about 8 miles southeast of St Austell.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

LYDIA D FAILS TO MAKE LANDFALL

The meanderings of the Dutch tug Lydia D and her tow have been curious.  She had been marking time in fair weather off Weymouth and the entrance to Lyme Bay since Sunday, prescribing a series of large circles.  Now five days later, the operation is currently some 30 miles south of Salcombe, making 4 knots en route for Las Palmas.  The AIS is intermittent and the vessel does not show with other vessels - a search of the name has to be punched in to reveal her position and track.
'Straightforward' is a word seldom used for these operations ...

Sunday, August 02, 2015

DUTCH TUG AND TOW APPROACHING

The Netherlands flagged tug Lydia D and her tow the renamed tanker Vaishnavi (formerly Nelson) are currently off Weymouth on a heading for Torquay.  Their destination is given as Las Palmas, presumably for bunkering but my most reliable source has indicated that there may well be another Dutch tug and tow also heading this way, perhaps for a link up.
Despite increased security and preventative measures by the Nigerian government, the highly suspicious trade in aged waterway tankers with their shallow draught continues.  The vessels are able to ferry stolen oil from pipelines out into deep water for transfer to ocean going tankers.  Keep you posted on developments.

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.