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1904 Classic Maritime Heritage Oyster Boat “Bessie”

This 1904 classic, maritime heritage, Oyster boat, “BESSIE”, has just arrived at Clovelly . She has been restored by Cockwells Boats, Mylor, for Clovelly Estates.  On completion of the main works at Mylor, she was then sent by road to Instow to have her finished off and launched before she could be sailed to Clovelly on 23rd August last.     It is the ultimate intention that ‘Bessie’ be sailed

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Teacher, Sadie Davies, is the first woman to swim to Lundy and be returned to Clovelly

24-August Sadie Davies, a teacher, is the first ever woman to complete the 15 mile swim from Hartland to Lundy in under nine hours.  She was raising money for the environmental charity, ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and was returned to Clovelly. The island was a very important place for Mrs. Davies, as she spent lots of time in her childhood there with her father, who was a scuba diver. When her father died,

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The Clovelly Cup Yacht Rally, Sat. Aug. 3, by Nick Peace

Each year the Clovelly Estate has the “Maritime Festival”, based around the harbour area, to celebrate both its past and modern times and connections with the sea. The Festival attracts a large number of holiday makers and of course the people who live in the local area. This is the fourth year running the Clovelly Cup Yacht rally. We have a new winner! The weather forecast was very good, although

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Judging for 2019 SW National Britain in Bloom competition, 23 July. Ellie Jarvis

Judging for the 2019 RHS South West Britain in Bloom competition. The weather was glorious, the village looked splendid and the judges seemed to be very pleased with what they saw. We won’t know the results until the award ceremony in October, but our fingers are firmly crossed.  Judges visited the Court Gardens first, then to the VC to see the Yarn bomb and complimentary planting.   Then on into

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Kingsley Bicentenary photos, Richard Gardner

Charles Kingsley’s Bicentenary (1819-2019), held on 12-16 June, was very much appreciated.  It was mainly based on his famous novel, The Water Babies, published 1863, said to have been inspired by Clovelly.  The programme included plants and colour schemes, yarn-bombing displays, Kingsley Museum mural and story images, an actor, Bradley Brunsdon, telling stories of Kingsley’s life and his inspiration to write the novel, plus Become a Water Baby Art Trail, live music,

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A Ray of Sunshine, by Stephen Perham

One of the most distinctive sounds of my childhood was the unmistakeable buzz of a ‘Seagull’ outboard engine.  Two local fishermen, Si Headon and his son Norman, ran boat trips in much the same way as I do today, but they used two 18ft picarooners “Sunrise” and “Sunshine”. Si and Norman worked every tide they could loading from the steps when the sea was high or using a wooden boarding

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Britain in Bloom 2019, by Ellie Jarvis

Following on from their success in last year’s regional and national Britain in Bloom competitions, the Clovelly Community Gardening Group, headed by Su Maddocks, have extra special plans for their 2019 project.  They aim to fill the heart of the village with hundreds of beautiful flowers, with an emphasis on sustainable planting. But Clovelly is unlike any other village, its steep landscape and access means that gardening is a major

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Visitors to Clovelly Harbour, by Stephen Perham, Harbour Master

Harbour maintenance revealed a cannon The sleepy harbour of Clovelly occasionally receives the out of the ordinary visitor.  Fred Partridge and his swing shovel made a very welcome appearance early in the spring to help the Harbour Master replace some of the wooden piles that help protect both the Quay wall and the boats that lay alongside.  It is essential maintenance that we try and keep on top of every

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‘Harbour Master Sailing Challenge’ by Stephen Perham, Clovelly Harbour Master

While on passage to Clovelly the yacht “Good Dog”, a Nauticat 34, overheard a vessel in trouble talking with the coastguard about the possible need for a lifeboat. Skipper Mark Ashley-Miller was in sight of the vessel so turned the “Good Dog” around and gave the vessel a tow to the safety of the harbour. Mark had set out from Dartmouth on March 29th on a 2 year voyage to

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