What-Is-It-About-Music-That-Drives-My-Passion….A-Feast-Of-Songs-For-You!!..

What-Is-It-About-Music-That-Drives-My-Passion….A-Feast-Of-Songs-For-You!!..

April Love - Pat Boone

Before April runs away, I remember…..!
Earlier this month I asked my contacts on Facebook – Do you know any song titles with the word “April” in them? Please let me have your suggestions. Thanks to everyone who gave me some ideas on songs involving the word April! – here are some of your brilliant suggestions:-

April Love Pat Boone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgdHp8xsMB8

 

Simon & Garfunkel – April Come She Will   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J1tCJEYETk

Zdravko Colic – April u Beogradu – (Audio 1975) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BiZQnvcNsM
Sign of the Gipsy Queen – April Wine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l38CIbuOPHw
Al Jolson 1

 

Al Jolson sings April Showers 

Songs for April – regarding my request for song titles with “April” in them, this was part of a cunning plot on my part.
 
I was looking for a song to sing for April and the one I have chosen is “April Love” by Pat Boone.
 See below.
Thanks to all suggestees! Here is my rendition and I hope you like it. The song is certainly living up to its reputation! The weather I am talking about!

There I was digging for the recording of April Love when I saw a couple of other songs from years back – Moody River and Speedy Gonzales also by Pat Boone! Well did that bring back the memories! Pat Boone who supposedly never kissed the girls in his films! How times have changed!

I recorded April Love after two attempts and I thought this was good enough to publish and so I did! However, upon reflection, I was not totally happy with the end result.

Anyway, cutting a long story short, I decided to record April Love one more time and then I saw those other two songs by Pat Boone which gave me the challenge of also singing both Moody River and Speedy Gonzales!

Whatever you may think, I am here to entertain you and sing “April Love” and as they say “for better or worse!” http://www.redkaraoke.com/profile/noahsarkio/recordings/430696
Moody River 1

The other two songs now follow  –

Moody River is one of the loviest songs I know – the words may be dramatic but that haunting melody will always linger in my mind.

Here it is:

A beautiful song but a little difficult to sing! I hope you like it and I hear Speedy Gonzales may be arriving a little later.

Take time out and enjoy something you love doing. It may or may not be singing!
Speedy Gonzalis
What great fun that was! Singing, fun and entertainment – that’s what it’s all about! That is why I look forward to our Karaome evenings! That was the third song I recorded – it took a little time but it was a pleasure for me to do it. I hope you enjoy my trilogy of songs (These songs were actually recorded on GOOD FRIDAY!
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Every song carries a message, a memory or inspiring moment and the following is one I am sure that means so much to so many people!

You’re My Best Friend – This song is especially for my best friends! Of course parts of this song are not totally appropriate to all individuals! However, these good people have inspired me to record this song. I would just say that most of the words are relevant and convey my feelings especially in the words quoted below. Of course this song is totally relevant to my bestest friend! I have many good friends and this is “my way” of I saying “thank you very much” to you all. You know who I mean!

You’re My Best Friend – in the style of Don Williams,

Please click here:- http://www.redkaraoke.com/profile/noahsarkio/recordings/417263

“When I need hope and inspiration

You’re always strong when I’m tired and weak

I could search this whole world over

But you’d still be everything that I need.”

AND FINALLY… we end this short journey into different types of music with the recording of two songs which appeared on my Facebook on Good Friday proving that most songs will bring back great memories.

Easter time

Easter Parade — Easter Parade (Fred Astaire, Judy Garland)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKt54TFrxMc

Hallelujah – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge live performance of Handel’s Messiah 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3TUWU_yg4s

“I had to play the Hallelujah Chorus today (ie Good Friday). I remember going to the Royal Albert Hall on Good Friday when I was a teenager and into my early twenties! So uplifting and inspirational and even now I get quite emotional whenever I hear it!

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Was-That-Radio-Ga-Ga-Or-Radio-Niseko-The-Memories-Linger-On!!….

Was-That-Radio-Ga-Ga-Or-Radio-Niseko-The-Memories-Linger-On!!….

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Well yes? – today we have been listening to Radio Niseko from Hokkaido in North Japan where my son John presents a monthly radio request programme together with his son Jack!

We requested a song and this was played at the opening of the show by John! This was “Piano Man” by Billy Joel for our daughter Claire who is celebrating a very special birthday – it’s a closely guarded secret as to actual details!

The story goes that “Piano Man” was the very first Karaoke song which was sung by Claire on her very first visit Tokyo some 12/13 years ago! Last night at home here in Westward Ho! we had a ball – I mean a magnificent Karaoke evening! Of course Claire sang “Piano Man” together with Crazy, Material Girl, Yellow and many others. Here is the link for the Piano Man:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVKtL9VU8rQ

I sang a few songs and Janet sang even less. Claire kept on reminding us it was the first part of her birthday celebration time over the next few weeks!

Anyway, as some people may know, my memory wanders sometimes over the hills and away with the fairies! I was just able to sing “Beyond the Sea” in the loose style of Bobby Darin and my memories came flooding back! I thought of The Boathouse Restaurant, Instow here in North Devon where we are going for a celebratory birthday dinner and then someone said “Hello Sailor”  and I thought of my good friend, Ron E West. He loved sailing! All in all these circumstances inspired me to record a special song – here it is!

Bobby Darin - beyond the sea

 

“Beyond the Sea” in the loose style of Bobby Darin –

 

 

http://www.redkaraoke.com/profile/noahsarkio/recordings/426739

Another trip down memory lane – I have so many these days and recently I can blame Susan P Cooper for writing a wonderful blog which inspired me to look closely at myself – what am I doing and where am I going!

Michiko Prior

My son John knows Michiko Prior who lives close by in Hokkaido – she was runner up 2nd on the American Idol Smule Version! She will hopefully sing live on the show next month but in the meantime here is a recording on Radio Niseko of her song – Titanium:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjqikPCBFfQ

The next Radio Show will be on later in April – Radio Niseko FM 76.2 – click on TuneIn. For further details please email noahsark@uku.co.uk

 Who is that!Who is that!

Of course the last word rests with Claire who made a special request – how appropriate! “Don’t stop me now” by Queen. Here is the link: – https://vimeo.com/30126989

“There are times when the gods conspire against you and what you are doing, but sometimes you are so inspired you just have to go with the flow!” Quote by John Barton Snr

I hope you liked my fun type blog – so refreshing to get off the “dreadmill!”

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When-I-Promised-To-Write-A-Blog-About-My-Irish-Connections!…

When-I-Promised-To-Write-A-Blog-About-My-Irish-Connections!…

I was reminded of my Irish connections by the blog written by Susan P. Cooper http://findingourwaynow.com/2015/03/irish-blessing.html – Irish Blessing: #Poem

I wrote in the comments box:- “Hi Susan, I have not been in touch for a while but delighted to read your blog.  Janet and I have some very special memories of Ireland –
honeymoon in Dublin and fifty years later back there to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary last year! I am thinking of writing a short blog featuring Irish music because of you!”

I have been to Ireland many times for both pleasure and business and the Irish always say   “If You’re Irish (Come Into the Parlour). Click this link:-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCueMl54FdQ

Well, I am pleased to tell you that my mother’s grandmother came from Ireland and I always feel a sense of wellbeing when I hear about the good times we have had in Ireland. Of course St Patrick’s Day is very special for the Irish, the world over! The New York Irish celebrations are legendary.

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Janet and I had our honeymoon in Dublin in 1964 and last year we returned there just before Christmas to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary! We visited the Guinness Museum and of course drank a pint each of the black nectar! Trinity College where the Book of Kells is housed; O’Connell Street with the timeless River Liffey with its famous bridges and Dublin Castle.

Guinness Museum

 

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Ireland / Scotland: Folio 285r, Decorated Text, Una autem sabbati valde. The Book of Kells, c. 800 CE

 

 

 

 

 

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Trinity College

 

 

 

“In Dublin’s Fair City…” as the song goes which has been associated with Dublin.

And don’t forget Molly Malone!…

We have visited many parts of Ireland over nearly 60 years and before I met my wife, my friends Peter Chantry and Gave Eggerdon and I went on holiday to Killarney and Sneem several times – what memories! Oh! and the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry Dancers!

In 1969 Janet, her mother and Aunt and I did a round trip all round Ireland in the August starting on the MotorRail link from London to Fishguard then over the Irish Sea to Rosslare, Dublin, Athlone, Donegal, Galway Bay, Limerick and all down the West coast to Killarney. travelling back through Macroom, Blarney Castle, Cork, Waterford and back to Rosslare! We got back to England well before October.

“Oh The Days Of The Kerry Dances” And now for something different!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZiFmOe4Mo

I remember attending a Conference and Exhibition in Dublin on behalf of the National Outdoor Events Association in the early 2000’s with Steve Warner, our President. It poured down with rain for four days and the major consolations were the lovely hotel where we stayed and pints and pints of Guinness!

Hold on there! Susan P Cooper has inspired me to write about the Irish on St Patrick’s Day! But I must stop if I am going to publish this blog on 17th March 2015. By the way it is the birthday of my niece Judy today! Happy birthday.

Finally one of mine and I am sure of you all, one of the best loved Irish songs of all time! It has been sung by so many well known singers but today there is is no contest who I chose to do the honours! Of course – Daniel O’Donnell – Danny Boy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9CKSLG5cck

By the way by now you may have guessed that I have kissed the Blarney Stone – yes TWICE!

Kissing the Blarney

 

 

 

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our Irish friends and neighbours around the world.

I hope you enjoyed my meanderings through my Irish Connections – it has been a ball!

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Are-You-Satisfied-With-What-You-Have-Done-In-2014?…

Are you satisfied with what you have done in 2014?

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Do you feel good about 2015? I know everyone has a crummy year sometimes!

What are your plans for December – the most important month of the year!

Plans are undertaken in 90 day cycles or quarterly so that there is order in the camp!

You have to think like big business; they run in 90 day cycles and issue quarterly reports. You can tilt the scales and have control in 2015 and take advantage of everyone else’s laziness!

Be straight up – “say it as it is” says Diane Hochman. Out of 1000 people say 4 are making real money, 30 on good money and the rest are not –  are they just lazy?

In December many people slowdown in their working schedules but everything still runs in cycles just like big businesses.

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Did you know that Facebook is changing many of its ways of working in January?

I believe that this will include the way Fan pages and Adverts will work.

Now the secret to everything you want is in building a community. The money you want is sitting in other people’s pockets! Facebook says people don’t like receiving loads of adverts but Facebook is paid for by ads! Now I hear them say you will be obligated to pay them if you wish to use Fan pages!

But if you build communities and relationships you won’t be affected.

Diane says that in December your biggest focus is meeting people, building relationships and creating communities. Security is in your network and not in business opportunities.

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What do you do now? – no, you don’t do cosy chats with people but find out how you can help them. So first of all develop your “Brain Dump” ie – list everything you can help people with and act as though your life depends on it in December! Then flood the market place with all this activity. By January people will say “who is this guy or girl?” You could have a serious number of people to show them how you can help them.

2015 depends on what you do in this month of December! By mid January everyone begins to wake up after the festivities and you will be well known by then. Of course people do get excited about the opportunities on offer at the start of the New Year but after a week or too disillusionment may well set in. You have to realise that a longer period is required for any real success but if work hard and smart you will achieve results. You become more visible.

You will never create a “buying frenzy” if you don’t build relations, create communities and get your name out there; of course you will have the option to pay for advertising – often quite expensive!

If you don’t think you can achieve your goals, you are going to lose money! You need to make a change to your mindset – then you can be successful.

You can do all that fancy stuff – videos, adverts etc but if you can build a buying group of people who know, like and trust you, you’re onto a winner! So when you recommend something people tend to react in a positive way and purchase it from you.

There is a psychological resistance to meeting people but when you stop doing the complicated stuff and concentrate on the simple stuff it will start to work!

New Year Resolutions

Make your plans and fix your goals now! Do you believe in New Year’s Resolutions?” Well many of us know that we rarely keep to them!

You just need to build a community on Facebook. You must meet people and build a community. A lot of people want a home-based business but often get inundated with different offers most of them as “Shiny objects!”

If you’ve got $30,000 Diane Hochman could introduce you to contacts to generate leads by advertising but of course most people starting out do not have that sort of money. It is better to follow the simple route. One guy decided to follow this simple plan a year ago and one year on he has achieved so much and paid off his car and now pays his monthly bills with ease and has money available to enjoy some of the good things in life! He followed someone who showed him this simple process and now has the quality of life he wants.

Aweber

 

There is just one thing you really need to purchase and that is an autoresponder such as Aweber. Buy it through someone as it attracts a small commission – why not!

 

Diehards will win! Things to do:-

  • You can make related videos introducing trainings and knowledge. Get their name and email address so you can capture them in your autoresponder.
  • The purpose is to promote content and here we are not talking about fancy stuff like Search Engine Optimisation, how to generate more leads etc.
  • You make a simple video and introduce a training. The more you do the more you will become recognised.
  • Then you will get emails saying your video was incredible and then you will know that you are getting to critical mass. And that is how you become a legend!

 Helpful comments

  1. You don’t need to use a video camera,  just your webcam or mobile phone.
  2. Are you prepared to get over your ego and just go out there and teach?
  3. How many people know how to do google hangouts, seo’s etc – not many!
  4. Create a simple training and go out to people and say you’ve just produced something which may be of interest to them.
  5. It is all in the practice – the more you do the easier it becomes.

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You can use Screencast-o-matic or a similar tool if you wish. Once again buy it through someone as it attracts a small commission – why not!

You must have a call to action. – write your Brain Dump now!

It should only take an hour a day. Lots of people like the concept but how many are willing to work hard?

YOU MUST DO A DRAIN DUMP TODAY – Work hard now in December and you will develop a workflow for next year.

 Diane Hochman

Source of reference and inspiration – Diane Hochman

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Source of Reference – Diane Hochman for which many thanks.

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Inspiration-Caused-By-War-After-Nearly-100-Years!…

Inspiration-Caused-By-War-After-Nearly-100-Years!…

World War  John_McCrae_leaning_against_a_sundial In 20 minutes Lt-Col John McCrae, an Army doctor in May 1915, had written the following poem whilst war was raging and mingling with the wild red corn poppies that grew there, about his friends who had died around him:-

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place, and in the sky

The Larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, fell down, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

This immortal poem inspired the start of the corn poppy as the essence of remembrace of those who had died in the Great War and carries on today inspired by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper who arranged to install over 800,000 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to mark the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1 and the British soliers who died.

There are critics of this event but missed the point – it was not glorification of war but of sacrifice and humanity. The soldiers would never be forgotten, once they died, and their sacrifice would not be in vain. World war - Flanders fields Lt-Col John McCrae died of influenza at Boulogne in January 1918 and to honour him, comrades searched for poppies to lay on his grave but it was the middle of winter and they found none. However they ordered artificial poppies woven by French widows into a wreath from Paris. It was the first of its kind and the start of a lasting remembrance tradition. World war _moinamichael_jpg

A bit later it was Miss Moina Michael, a middle-aged American schoolteacher, now almost forgotten, who was inspired to write her own tribute to Col. McCrae:-

We cherish too the poppy red

That grow on fields where valour led.

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never die.

Moina had ancestors in Flanders and felt that the poppy, as she put it,  was her “spirit child.”  – the red poppy of Flanders was “the secrificial blood of ten million men dying for the peace of the world.” Others became inspired by her and they collected money to buy poppies but there were no real ones so 25 silk ones were bought from a departmental store. She pinned one on her coat and she gave out the rest and thus this mighty tradition was born. She also encouaged the poppy to be adopted as the memorial emblem for the Americans who had died in France and persuaded the national conference of  the American Legion to back her campaign.

At that time a well-connected French widow named Anna Guerin was inspired by what she heard and she promoted the wearing of the red poppy beyond America across all Allied nations. First of all Anna realised that there had to be a way of mass-producing simple poppies so she arranged war widows to make them and sold them to veteran associations around the world for the benefit of wouded soldiers and bereaved families.

She continued her inspirational promotional journey when she showed a sample of her poppies to the general secretary of the newly-formed British Legion in London. General Earl Haig was touched by them and soon nine million were ordered for the first Poppy Day to be held in London on 11th November 1921. People were just asked to make a donation. World war tower of london The poem of Col McCrae was printed with a pledge that “so long as our surviving warriors live, every effort must be made to keep them and their dependents from want.” There was some controversy over the origins of the poppy linked to a pagan flower from Greek Mythology – the opium plant to the corn poppy which of course is very different. No doubt there is still some confusion but now it was recognised as the flower of remembrance, “watered with the blood of soldiers,” a symbol that “neither poppies nor fallen soldiers would ever truly die.” This caught the imagination of the British public and with the support of  Earl Haig the first appeal raised £106,000, the equivalent of about £4.5 million today.

All this continued to inspire all those involved – British war widows now making the poppies, 30 million poppies were ordered in 1922 and the proceeds were doubled over the previous year and poppy posters appeared all over the country. The Remembrance Poppy Day had now become firmly established for all time – a red badge of courage, sacrifice and grief.”

Source of Reference – Nicholas J Saunders for which may thanks.

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The Northam Marina Project, Bideford, North Devon – What’s Going On!…

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Northam Marina – what’s going on! If ever a devil was born, without a pair of horns, it was you Marina! Something like that! This kind of “activity” is going on all over the United Kingdom so this is an example of what we are experiencing in North Devon. Be warned!

It is not surprising that we have  stirred up a hornet’s nest here!  This message is left here for your conscious and convictions to decide whatever you think is best. Funny enough I am not usually so concerned  about such issues but the Northam Marina  project struck a nerve with me. I have never  felt so passionate about such a project like this. I have tried to write a fair report based on the facts and figures taken from many sources. I am sorry for any errors or omissions but all the following have been said and/or reported on. “Warts and all!”

All representations for the Appeal Hearing must be received by 3rd November 2014.  For further details see below.

On 23rd September 2014 a letter was sent to a large number of residents in the Bideford area, extract as follows:- “Once again, the developers have lodged an appeal against the refusal of planning permission by Torridge District Council on the following:- Mixed use development comprising marina, hotel, medical centre, food store, community hall, Community hall, retail units/cafe, care home/dementia unit, assisted living units, up to 300 dwellings (including 20 local needs affordable) 80 holiday dwellings, play areas, open space, new access and ancillary infrastructure – AFFECTING A PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY Location – Knapp House Activity Centre, Churchill Way, Northam, Bideford.

At the time, there did not seem to be any major response to this news in the local newspapers or other sources. It appears that the first refererence was made in the website of a local newspaper on Saturday 4th October.

Read more by clicking the following link : http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/Controversial-Northam-marina-development-set/story-23043520-detail/story.html#ixzz3F9w7xPsx

At the last Public Hearing when the application was refused it was stated that “Of the 1,060 responses, just 13 people said they supported the development. However, LTPH Properties said the company had received more than 2,000 letters in support of the development. The Journal contacted LTPH Properties but the company did not wish to comment.” Reference had been made to the developers undertaking a straw poll around the streets of Bideford some time ago. Their question was something like: “With the Northam Marina attracting so many jobs to the area would you be in favour of it going ahead?” There were some 500 people in favour of it and that is partly where the reported support came from. This may only be a rumour but who knows?

Read more about the last time by clicking the following link:  http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/Council-refuses-Northam-marina-plans/story-20828120-detail/story.html#ixzz3HSt9n8XV  This was posted on 19th March 2014.

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IT WILL be a great opportunity for the developers and landowners alike to make a fortune to the detriment of hundreds of residents and businesses in and around Appledore. 

A beautiful part of the country will be ruined by years of building and creating chaos on the only bit of countryside which separates Bideford from Appledore!

The proposed Brunswick Wharf Marina would possibly affect the Northam Marina.

It may create new jobs but many will be part time but then you will lose hundreds of jobs when the Appledore Shipyard closes down because of noise complaints by local residents. 

Many visitors will be discouraged from coming to the Appledore/Bideford region owing to the irreversible loss of the traditional way of life, peace and tranquillity.

As just stated over a thousand people said “NO” the last time that the developers put forward their plans! They are just ordinary residents and small business owners that wish to retain the charm and personality of their area not only for their benefit but for the tens of thousands of visitors who come here every year and for future generations.

No, it can’t be right for the hundred or two wealthy people to benefit from this development who may wish to buy a second holiday home here and making it even more difficult for young people to set up home.

There will be little access to Appledore down Churchill Way – extra 1000 vehicle vehicles per day at least. All this could be addressed with all sorts of promises but knowing the way many such schemes work these days the only way forward would be to address the aftermath of the chaos it would create!

The tidal system of the river – the logistics of building a marina could have far reaching and dangerous effects on many aspects of shipping, wildlife and local fishing and no doubt the interests of the Instow Yacht Club could be badly affected.

The costs of the frequency of dredging to keep the proposed Knapp Marina operable have been underestimated in the application. Would this cost fall on Torridge District Council?  What about the cost of excavating the proposed Knapp Marina site and cost of removal of soil? And who knows the cost implications of the rapid silting of the Torridge River after heavy rainfall?

Shouldn’t the site be left to act as a flood plain, especially in light of predicted more severe rainfall in the future? Could a development push flooding on to Appledore downstream? 

It is unclear in the application how the coastal footpath would stay open during construction and operation. (NB it is illegal to block a footpath).  The effect on wildlife of the development – the salt marsh is a Priority Habitat which would be destroyed and bats, badgers, overwintering birds and other  protected species would be severely affected. 

North Devon - Birds in flight

In 2012, The National Trust was concerned over the likely impact of  the development on the character and appearance of the remaining area of undeveloped coast between Appledore and Northam.  There is such tremendous support for the NO CAMPAIGN that a local group under Rule 6 has been/ about to be, formed  with the Planning Inspectorate and to engage a prominent ecologist to do a report for due submission.

 All representations for the Appeal Hearing must be received by 3rd November 2014.

For comments, go to the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing teamp11@pins.gsi.gov.uk OR post three copies to: The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN (recorded delivery?)

John Barton

Westward Ho!

Is it the Final Countdown!! – See the message at the end of the blog – I hope it is a bit of fun!”

Points raised in the past

1) Appledore Shipyard – Established shipyard: insufficient evidence submitted that it would not be detrimental to the local residential area affected by the noise, disturbance and odours thereby by creating a potential statutory nuisance.

2) Proposed dwellings would be adversely affected by  this nearby commercial activity givin the proxiimity of the dwellings to the  established commercial uses. also give a restrictive effect on the  future development and operations.

3) Projected low demand for such facilities  coupled with the narrow tidal “window” for accessed / existingthe marinawill be likely to adversely affect its viability.

4) A significant negative impact on wintering birds has been identified.  A significant negative impact on bats, caused by the loss of roosts  during construction, has been identified as well as a significant negative  impact on bats commuting and foraging. The new buildings will not provide  replacement roost structures. Replacement and foraging corridors are  unlikely to be used because of lighting issues. Overall, significant negative impact is expected on bats both during construction and operation of  the proposed development. The proposed development is likely  to cause significant negative impacts on protected species and habitats.

Appledore shipyard , Devon

5) The rapid silting of the Torridge after heavy rainfall e.g. the Shipyard experience regarding the channel used for launching ships

6) The non-viability of the Knapp Marina – who’d use it? Also, effect of noise from speedboats from the Marina on estuary wildlife and people.

7) The recent Trinity House caution to boat owners that there has been a significant reduction in depths in the approaches to the Bideford Bar, resulting in a new bank which dries at low water. The advice is ‘extreme caution’ when navigating in this area.

8) Reference to the flooding of the Marina site last winter. Should a development be built there? Shouldn’t the site be left to act as a flood plain, especially in light of predicted more severe rainfall in the future? Could a development push flooding on to Appledore downstream?

9) Unclear in the application how the coastal footpath would stay open during construction and operation.(NB it is illegal to block a footpath).

10) The applicants’ traffic figures – are they accurate? Volunteers to do a survey?

11) There is also the issue of the effect on wildlife of the development. The saltmarsh is a Priority Habitat which would be destroyed and bats, badgers, overwintering birds and other  protected species would be severely affected. The mitigation measures proposed would result in a significant net reduction in biodoversity, contrary to the requirements of the National Planning Framework an other legislation. The ecological surveys are out of date or haven’t been done. Documents on Torridge’s website stated that plans were partly refused because it was considered to “represent unsustainable development in the open countryside”. The document also said the plans were considered to have an adverse affect on the rural location.

Comments

  • “There was no reason not to refuse it. There was no major departure from the previous application.”
  • lots of people had campaigned against the “unpopular” development.
  • he felt there was hardly any difference in the latest application.
  • “I see no reason for me personally, and the other members of …. plans committee, to change our minds on any decisions made before.”
  • if yet another application was submitted then the town council would review the proposals.
  • “We will review any new application to see if there are any differences and make a recommendation to Torridge District Council.”

North Devon Appledore_Shipyard_on_the_Torridge_estuary_at_sunrise_-_geograph_org_uk_-_733121

A 1,000-signature petition was handed to Torridge District Council with just 13 signing in favour of the development. Various Comments

  • It is so sad that in a so called civilised group  there is a very small minority who think that by  bullying their way through life they think they  can influence and impress people! WRONG!  In fact this practice only  alienates so many people. Who liked bullies  at school? One should never get personal.
  • I truly believe in democracy and no doubt  the British public will come to the right decision so long as true democracy rules.
  • Funny enough I am not usually so concerned  about such issues but with the Northam Marina  project it struck a nerve with me. I have never  felt so passionate about such a project like this.
  • It was only the initial lack of news about this  third public appeal that got me going!  Sorry about that but I was not thinking about  our generation so much as to future generations –  will they thank us for what we are about to do?
  • I will leave this message for your conscious  and convictions to decide whatever you think  is best.

Sundry Comments and replies

1) Arguement is based on the fact he moved here 6 years ago to retire and doesn’t want it spoilt, forget the benefits to businesses, people and the local economy for enerations to come!!

2) I reckon your a down shifting whinger with not in my back yard attitude……with no care of local employment & business, .Just a hunch…

3) With loads time on his hands… 

4)Everyone is entitled to their opinions and their reasons.

5) Like to know more on Marina for & against as i can see both sides of argument …..Agree .. “bit harsh”

6) I look forward to wondering around a nice marina!!!!

North Devon - dog walks

7) I like walking there with the dog

8) Well …It’s just my opinion…so whats the problem then 

9)  Hes given his opinion Ive given mine..If its frank & to the point..Well that’s just how I am…take it of leave it…

10) its about time north devon got a marina about the last place in the country to get one lol

11) so do others, but those that arent fortunate to be able to retire to north devon and actually have to live and work need a little more than a dog walking field. The proposals will offer a fair bit of employment during the build and after. As for all the other arguments that the OP has based his against vote they are nothing more than his opinion but put across as fact

12) Can’t remember where i read it but seem to recall that there was concerns on how it was being built & enviroment ? Not totally sure & will now drive me nuts

13) Well we will see what will happen ..Im a great believer in what will be will be …

14)  a little more diplomatic & less in your face would be nice

15) Affordable housing !! Jeez as if that ever happen ….i didnt say it was actually affordable lol, but a certain amount is being defined as affordable. Affordable to whom i’ll never know lol

16) Really …..Whos questioning me…Whos up tight..I made a comment..nothing more…you need to wind yer neck in. Par for course you having pop at me any how..Really

17)  The first people to build here, the hotels, seafield house and so on – they were all incomers, remember every single house / building here is on what was farmland just 200 years ago. Much of it less than 50 years ago. Compared to Northam, Bideford and beyond this is a very new place! It’s still growing up – and those that do live here are VERY lucky!!!

18)  of course the location is desirable which pushes house prices up but what good is it if only those of retirement age can afford to live there. The retired people will soon get fed up when no shop or services are open because there is no one below retirement age to operate them lol

19) …. up will you ..Didn’t say i didn’t like you …..I will say it so you can understand …You have a habit of saying things not quite nicely…but do you know what it’s boring …You dish it yet can’t take it

20) I can understand your concern about house prices going up but a lot of the new property being built now here in Westward Ho! is” Developers”……..the money goes to them not TDC.

North Devon - Westward Ho 2

21)  Yes .. its the way he called … a down shifting whinger. Rather rude and not necessary to judge people on their opinions.

22) Personally I am all for development as long as it’s done right, it’s then down to choice! If people choose to buy, live, work here it’s there choice, if it means more work albeit part time, summer time it’s still work! If we were all Nimbys then we wouldn’t even have had the shipyard built or any further housing or new shops! We do live in a beautiful place but we must keep looking forward and not live in the past! We shouldn’t be objecting, we should be working with the developers to make sure it’s built to suit everybody’s needs and wants, to make sure the infrastructure is in place to cope with the demand etc!

23) This can’t be allowed to go ahead until the developers give the locals a better deal.

  • road design particularly the Churchill junction.
  • people think there will be job gains, there won’t be.
  • the infrastructure is lacking no extra teachers doctors etc not good enough
  • this will all be mainly part time summer season jobs,
  • and there are absolutely no guarantees that the appledore shipyard won’t be forced to close..
  • people also think they will be able to walk around the marina, you won’t it is private.
  • Plus all the problems of dredging the river.
  • and not no where near enough affordable homes if you can call them affordable certainly not to locals anyway, in fact I’m mystified because I think the amount of affordable homes being built is illegal. To me this is just a rich man’s second home playground with a lack of facilities for local people.
  • it doesn’t mean more work at all. Appledore shipyard could well close.and currently there’s nothing planned for locals to use.
  • Id like to see more facilities for locals to be able to use the front and quay is well as the owners of the marina, at the moment it will be mostly private.
  • The appledore rowers might like to use it for example but at the moment there’s no facilities included for this.

there are currently no benefits at all on offer for locals if anything as it is now it’s taking facility’s away., or example the doctors surgery promised isn’t a full time surgery but a satalite surgery from northam meaning a doctor will be taken away from the northam surgery. Tthere’s no extra doctors being promised no extra school teachers or classrooms.in other words no extra infrastructure at all.

Northam Marina 2

 

 

The following Facebook page. It is worthwhile looking at:-https://www.facebook.com/NOtoKnappHouseDevelopment Say NO to Knapp House Development

  •  Have you investigated about the amount of affordable homes on offer being illegal. I’m mystified as to why no one has bought this up with the developers.
  • People seem to commenting on this subject without even looking at the plans or thinking about it properly.for instance theres 280 homes being built here that means potentially 280 maybe plus children. Where are they all gonna go to school? can you tell me!!!?
  •  In situations like this we need expert advice, enironmentalist and a barrister all of which were brought up at the Appledore Library meeting. 
  • The non-viability of the Knapp Marina – who’d use it? Also, effect of noise from speedboats from the Marina on estuary wildlife and people.
  • The recent Trinity House caution to boat owners that there has been a significant reduction in depths in the approaches to the Bideford Bar, resulting in a new bank which dries at low water. The advice is ‘extreme caution’ when navigating in this area.
  • Reference to the flooding of the Marina site last winter. Should a development be built there? Shouldn’t the site be left to act as a flood plain, especially in light of predicted more severe rainfall in the future? Could a development push flooding on to Appledore downstream?
  • Unclear in the application how the coastal footpath would stay open during construction and operation.(NB it is illegal to block a footpath).
  • The applicants’ traffic figures – are they accurate? Volunteers to do a survey?
  • There is also the issue of the effect on wildlife of the development. The saltmarsh is a Priority Habitat which would be destroyed and bats, badgers, overwintering birds and other  protected species would be severely affected. The mitigation measures proposed would result in a significant net reduction in biodoversity, contrary to the requirements of the National Planning Framework an other legislation. The ecological surveys are out of date or haven’t been done.
  • The scheme is not sustainable.  It is located in a protected area, adjacent to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and lies outside designated future housing development sites.  The local authority has identified, via public consultation, several sites located half a mile away from Knapp for future housing development and I request that the Planning Inspector takes this context into consideration. 11) When the Planning Inspector undertakes a site visit, s/he will see clearly why this area is considered an unspoilt area of countryside between the urban conurbations of Appledore and Northam.   Paragraph 109 of the NPPF clearly states that the planning system should contribute to and enhance the natural and local environment.  Torridge District Council’s ruling satisfies this guidance.
  • Finally, para 118 of the NPPF states that ‘a proposed development on land within or outside a Site of Special Scientific Interest likely to have an adverse effect on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (either individually or in combination with other developments) should not normally be permitted. Where an adverse effect on the site’s notified special interest features is likely, an exception should only be made where the benefits of the development, at this site, clearly outweigh both the impacts that it is likely to have on the features of the site that make it of special scientific interest and any broader impacts on the national network of Sites of Special Scientific Interest.’

Winter storm approaching Valley of the Rocks, Lynton, North Devon and Exmoor

  • The area in question is adjacent to a SSSI and there is nothing exceptional about this proposal.  What has been proposed is nothing more than a massive housing estate that would damage the ecology of the area (particularly over-wintering birds), clog up the roads, impact on local residents’ quality of life, damage the local shipbuilding industry and leave the local taxpayer with the costs of maintaining an unviable ‘marina.’  Even the most sympathetic assessment would have to admit that the proposal would not address sufficiently the affordable housing crisis that the area suffers from.  
  • A significant negative impact on wintering birds has been identified.
  • A significant negative impact on bats, caused by the loss of roosts during construction, has been identified as well as a significant negative impact on bats commuting and foraging. The new buildings will not provide replacement roost structures. Replacement and foraging corridors are unlikely to be used because of lighting issues. Overall, significant negative impact is expected on bats both during construction and operation of the proposed development.
  • Temporary significant negative impact on the badger population has been identified.
  • Mitigation measures are proposed in the form of a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and in my opinion this plan should have been submitted with the application. The proposal is likely to cause significant impacts on habitats and protected species and planning permission should not be granted unless it can be proven that such impacts can be mitigated, reduced or avoided. 180 On page 89 it says that five additional bat surveys will be completed in 2010 but no additional information regarding these surveys has been submitted. There is a Wetland Bird survey in the Addendum to the ES (Volume 4), which concludes that ‘it is unlikely that there will be any significant negative impacts on the population of waterfowl using the Taw and Torridge Estuary SSSI’. It is recommended that monitoring should be undertaken in a five year period, during and after construction, and that such monitoring should be targeted towards high tide surveys during the late summer and early autumn (July – September). This means that wintering birds would be left out again. Wintering bird monitoring should be included.
  • Volume 3: Technical Appendices The documents are all from 2009. Ecological records are constantly updated and if the ecological report relies on surveys from 2008 or 2009 they are out of date and new surveys are essential. The ecological surveys should have been made available here.
  • Volume 4: Addendum to Environmental Statement The intertidal survey contained within this document was carried out in 2009 and does not appear to have been updated. The Maritime Archaeology and Palaeotopographic Assessment is also dated 2009.
  • Conclusion The Environmental Statement does not provide the survey data, such information should be made available. The ES does provide any evidence that the negative impacts on protected species and/or habitats would be sufficiently mitigated as it is proposed that a ‘Construction Environmental Management Plan’ is submitted at a later date. Again, this information should have accompanied the application form. The ecological survey data is largely from 2008 and 2009 and therefore out of date and cannot be relied upon. Ecological surveys that are not more than one year old need to be submitted. There are gaps in the information, i.e. paragraph numbers that don’t exist, information that has been omitted but is referred to etc. The LVIA information is inadequate and does not follow the Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LI, IEMA, 2002). The importance of the estuary as SSSI has not been adequately addressed and likely impacts assessed.  The proposed development is likely to cause significant negative impacts on protected species and habitats.

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Is it the Final Countdown!

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Inspiration-is-One-of-the-Greatest-Gifts-ever-offered-to-You!…

 

Inspiration - What inspires youWhen it seems impossible, when it seems like nothing is going to work, you’re usually just a few millimeters away from making it happen.” – Anthony Robbins

Dave Wood said once: “RIGHT NOWpay attention.  I want you to remember a time – remember a time when you were powerful…. remember a time when you made a decision that changed your life… remember a time, when in ONE MOMENT, you did something that altered time forever, that changed the direction of you.

I was thinking of great moments of inspiration such as:-

the way Great Britain achieved the almost impossible by bringing the Olympics and the Paralympics to London. As I reflect on those historical events at the time what could be a more fitting end to all the Games and Celebrations than the overwhelming Street Parade of several hundred participants of Team GreatBritain taking place in London. Their pride and joy in being so successful has touched the four corners of our Great Britain! All these sportsmen and women have been totally inspired to achieve all that they have done.

London Olympics Inspiration

Olympics Chairman Sebastian Coe said: “We’ve shared some wonderful days haven’t we? Days where incredible people have performed feats we hardly thought possible. The Paralympians have lifted the cloud of limitation.”

And with that goes the massive thanks to all the tens of thousands of volunteer helpers, police, military and security people and so many others to make these Olympics the most successful in history.

How do you define INSPIRATION? – when you make a life changing decision!

  • Set up a new business
  • A time when you decide to get married
  • Make a complete change to your current way of life
  • Feel the wonders of nature and life
  • Empower yourself into the future

WHEN YOU SEE THE LIGHT – imagine where you can go. It is a gift they let you have whereby you can start over again. “See the sights around you!  Feel the feelings going through your body! Breath the way that you were breathing – look at the sights around.   Feel the sound of the air – the beating of your heart, feel the SOLES of your feet…”

Inspiration – blog on subjects to mean whatever you want.

1)      The coming of the Messiah

2)      Reflections on the Olympics and Paralympics

3)      Stories from 9/11

4)      Putting the Great back in Britain

5)      Stories against all the odds

6)      And so much more!!

Make every blog meaningful and as a useful source of reference and inspirational.

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What makes you Happy!- Singing-Dancing-Or-What!!…..

HAPPY CAFEWhat makes you Happy!- Singing-Dancing-Or-What!!…..

Here’s a good start! Happy – the link is here:-www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

Why not click on here each morning to make you feel HAPPY!

 

John Denver, one of my favourite singers as people will tell you down at the “local hop!” My first song is “Take me Home, Country Roads.” I am doing a series of songs for various singers one at a time. You may ask why? Well, normally I get that “early morning feeling” – “you know what I mean ‘Arry!”

Singing is a great joy to me as many of you know and this cheers me up enormously. We all need something to get us going and inspire us to do great things “all night long” sorry whoops I mean “all day long!” – well, singing is mine. What is yours? I recorded this song only twice and set it up quite quickly. Okay no smart comments please!

My reason for doing this apart from enjoying what I do is:- LET ME HAVE YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS SO THAT I CAN IMPROVE MY PERFORMANCE! John Denver Country roads

I note that the background sound is a bit muffled but I am working on that! Anyway just let me know – I am also happy to consider “polite” requests!

 

Here is my first song of this new series:- http://www.redkaraoke.com/profile/noahsarkio/recordings/370586

That’s all Folks!

Cheers John :)

BY THE WAY FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN AND AROUND WESTWARD HO! NORTH DEVON DO YOU RECOGNISE WHERE I GET HAPPY.. VIEW THE PICTURE ABOVE!!I will buy a cup of coffee to the first person who gives me the correct answer!!!

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Scotland-Golf Ryder Cup-Gleaneagles-Origins of Golf-Old Tom Morris and More!!…..

Scotland-Golf Ryder Cup-Gleaneagles-Origins of Golf-Old Tom Morris and More!!….. Tom Morris - the beginning of golf In the beginning….Everyone knows golf originated in Scotland, right? Well … yes and no. It’s definitely true that golf as we know it emerged in Scotland. The Scots were playing golf in its very basic form – take a club, swing it at a ball, move ball from starting point to finishing point in as few strokes as possible – by at least the mid-15th Century. In fact, the earliest known reference to golf by name comes from King James II of Scotland, who, in 1457, issued a ban on the playing of golf and football (soccer). Those games, the king complained, were keeping his archers from their practice… Learn more so visit the link below:- (Source of reference “About Sport”) http://golf.about.com/cs/historyofgolf/a/hist_golfbegin.htm

AS EVERYONE KNOWS THE RYDER CUP IS BEING HELD AT GLEANEAGLES THIS YEAR (2014) – Golf’s Ryder Cup: Foursomes and Fourball Explained

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSgFp9SILtk

BUT THE REAL PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG IS TO RECORD THE EVENTS IN VICTORIAN TIMES WHICH REALLY PUT THE MODERN GAME OF GOLF ON THE MAP! Recently I wrote and compiled three blogs about all this – it is the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the first English Golf Club – Royal North Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho! in North Devon. Royal North Devon Golf Club (Westward Ho!) - 2   The influence of Scotland and Old Tom Morris and Young Tommy Morris will be forever entwined in the annals of golf around the world and may I say our local golf club – the Royal North Devon! Now if you wish to learn more about what I have written let me give you the links to my recent blogs as follows:-

http://john-barton.com/old-tom-morris-often-went-straight-down-the-middle-many-times-pioneer-professional-golfer-part-1/

http://john-barton.com/did-you-know-that-old-tom-morris-was-a-pioneer-of-professional-golf-part-2-contd/

http://john-barton.com/young-tommy-morris-family-dynasty-final-part-3/

I hope you enjoyed my reflections on golf at this time of The Ryder Cup – you are welcome to leave a comment below. In order to complete my Golf Story I would like to introduce you to four final references which I hope you will enjoy!!

1. Does the word “golf” originate as an acronym “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden!”?     Visit this link:  http://golf.about.com/cs/historyofgolf/a/hist_golfword.htm

2. “Tommy Honor” – a book about Young Tommy Morris – a great read which should be made compulsory reading by all golfers! 

Tommy's Honor bookVisit Amazon to purchase a copy of the book -“Tommy Honour” and/or “Tommy’s Honor”!!

AND NOW!!!

3. A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BASED ON THE BOOK “TOMMY’S HONOR” – THE STORY OF GOLF’S FOUNDING FATHER AND SON

This major motion picture, set in late 19th century Scotland, is the true story about the forefathers of golf; old Tom and young Tommy Morris. The full-length historical drama is currently in pre-production with plans to begin filming in the fall, 2014. More news and updates will be coming soon. Please visit their site to keep up on all the latest news about this amazing project. Visit the link as follows:- http://www.tommyshonor.com/home.html

4. To end on a perfect note – Golf in a song which I am sure old Tom and young Tommy Morris would have enjoyed! Nothing better than “Straight down the Middle!” Bing Crosby – Straight Down The Middle

Bing Crosby’s enjoyable recording of “Straight Down The Middle” from 31/12/1957. The song was written for a short 1948 film called “Honor Caddy” with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. It’s thought that this was the first ever song written about golf.

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Main Source of Reference –  Wikipedia for which many thanks.

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Young Tommy Morris – Family Dynasty – Final Part 3

 

Royal North Devon Golf Club - Molesworth picture

Westward Ho!
The Molesworths, father and three sons, returning from the Iron Hut, with Major Hopkins, the golfing artist, in the forefront.

It is reported that there was a great golfing family from Westward Ho! playing splendid golf. The family patriarch was Captain George Molesworth of Westward Ho! a wealthy amateur who played with only three clubs: a driver he called Faith, a cleek known as Hope and a putter called Charity. He challenged any other father and son pair to play him and finally in the autumn of 1875 he challenged Tommy Morris who accepted – continued below.

For those who want to know more about the history of golf you are thoroughly recommended to read the above book in ebook format – the link is as follows:- Please copy and paste. Download This eBook and read this book online: HTML

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Royal North Devon Golf Club - First Captain of the Open 1919

The writer , Horace G. Hutchinson, the first English Captain of the Royal and Ancient, buying back, according to custom, the ball struck off to win the Captaincy. 1919

The following is extracted from the book – “The Project Gutenberg EBook of Fifty Years of Golf,” by Horace G. Hutchinson.

CHAPTER VI

HOW MEN OF WESTWARD HO! WENT ADVENTURING IN THE NORTH

This adventure came about owing to an idea very prevalent, though I hardly know whether it had existence in fact, that Young Tommy had a standing challenge open to back himself at odds of a third against any amateur. Captain Molesworth took it[Pg 44] up on behalf of Arthur, and to St. Andrews they went again, in the dreary month of November, to bring the matter to an issue. Altogether they played for six whole days, two rounds a day, and all through the piece Young Tommy had the better of it. I cannot believe that in this match Arthur Molesworth did himself full justice. It is true that during the latter days snow lay on the ground, so that the greens had to be swept and the game really was not golf at all, but then it is no less true that Tommy held the advantage just as consistently in the days when real golf was to be played as on those when the snow spoilt it. An onlooker did indeed tell me that Young Tommy showed his skill wonderfully in lofting off the snowy ground to the small circles that had been swept round the holes. “Molesworth could loft there just as well,” he said, “but Tommy, using his niblick, made the ball stay there as if it had a string tied to it, whereas Molesworth’s ball was always running off on to the snow on the other side.” But, be that how it may, and crediting Young Tommy Morris with a full measure of that genius for the game which all who have seen him reported, I am not going to believe that the golfer ever was born, be his name Morris or that of any Triumvir, who could give a third and a sound beating (for it was no less than this that Young Tommy accomplished) to Arthur Molesworth when he was playing his true game—and this, with all due allowance made for Tommy’s knowledge of his home green. There was a peculiar pathos attaching to that match and Young Tommy’s triumph, for it was his last. His wife had lately died, and interest in life, even in golf, had gone out for him. It was in November that he was thus beating[Pg 45] Arthur Molesworth, and on Christmas Day of the same year he followed his young and loved wife. His memorial, recording a few of his greater victories—he was four times in succession open champion—is in the St. Andrews’ graveyard.

Royal North Devon - Harry Vardon

Indisputable was his genius for the game; impossible to calculate is the comparison between his skill and power and that of Harry Vardon, let us say, to-day. Doubtless he was a far better putter, for while he was so good at all points of the game he was at his strongest of all on the green. I do not think we shall get a better account than that which Leslie Balfour gave when an Englishman asked him how he thought Young Tommy would compare with the heroes of to-day. Leslie thought a moment, and then he said, “Well, I can’t imagine anyone playing better than Tommy”—and at that I think we had best leave it.

Royal North Devon Golf Club - Old Westward Ho! Group

An Old Westward Ho! Group.
From left to right: Mr. P. Wilmot, Mr. T. Oliphant (of Rossie), Major Hopkins, Hon C. Carnegie, J. Allan, Admiral Thrupp, General Maclean, Sir R. Hay, General Sir Hope Grant, Mr. T. MacCandlish (putting), Rev. T. Gosset, Colonel Hutchinson, Mr. J. Brand, Mr. Peter Steel, Mr. R. Molesworth, Mr. Lindsay Bennett, General Wilson, Mr. Eaton Young. Sitting: Mr. Baldwin, Colonel Hegan Kennard, Mr. George Gosset.
Mr. John Dunn (driving), Captain Molesworth, R.N.

This second extract from a new book, Tom Morris of St Andrews, The Colossus of Golf, recalls the rapid descent of a golfing hero after the terrible loss of his wife and child

David Malcolm and Peter E Crabtree

The Observer, 

Young Tom Morris, golfer

A memorial marks the grave of Young Tom Morris near St Andrews. Morris Jnr died aged 24 months after his wife and newborn baby perished. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

There was no Open Championship in 1871, because of the death of one of its biggest supporters and lack of an organiser, and when it was staged again in 1872 Tommy won it for a fourth successive time, a feat never since matched.

Royal North Devon - The Claret Jug

His was the first name engraved on the new prize, the Claret Jug, commissioned at a cost of £30 and still awarded to the winner today.

Some say that Tommy never achieved the heights of his Championship years again – but soon after his fourth victory he had other things on his mind. He was courting his future wife, Margaret Drinnen, the daughter of a Lanarkshire miner who was 10 years older than Tommy. She was apprenticed in the lace industry at the age of nine, was one of 10 children and, like two of her sisters, she gave birth to an illegitimate child. To the pious, church-going Morris household, this, if they had known, might well have been a significant obstacle to their approval of her. The infant, born when Margaret was 25, died after eight weeks.

Tommy’s parents, Tom and Nancy, did not make the journey to the wedding in Whitburn. Did they disapprove of Margaret? They would have known her well enough, for she arrived in St Andrews in 1871 to work as a housemaid. There were no wedding photographs, nor indeed any other pictures of Margaret, which is curious given that St Andrews was well furnished with photographers and Tommy was photographed several times alone and with his father and sister. This, and the fact that neither of his parents attended the wedding, remains a mystery.

The fine house that Tommy acquired for his bride in Playfair Place attests to the financial wellbeing of Tommy and his independent attitude. He clearly did not subscribe to the Scots Presbyterian ethos that someone from the working classes simply did not flaunt new-found prosperity.

On Saturday, 4 September 1875, Tommy and his father played against Musselburgh’s Park brothers, Willie and Mungo (not the explorer of the same name) at North Berwick in a match that had been talked about for months. They began play at 11am: in St Andrews that afternoon, Margaret died while giving birth to a stillborn child.

Drama has been added to the tragedy by a multitude of scribes since, but the most accurate report is probably that in The Scotsman two days later. According to this report, when the match was over and the Morrises declared the winners, a telegram was handed to Tommy “announcing that his wife was seriously ill and requesting that he should get back to St Andrews with all possible haste”. A summer resident in the town offered to sail them across the Firth of Forth in his yacht moored in the harbour. The yacht had just left when a messenger reached the pier with a second telegram stating that both mother and child were dead. Tommy’s friends agreed to allow the yacht, within easy hailing distance, to sail “without acquainting those on board with the distressing news, fearing that the shock to the unhappy husband would be too great”.

Royal North Devon - map of St Andrews

Tom Morris added this Scotsman report to his scrapbook of cuttings, and although he lived another 32 years, it was the last entry he would ever make.

The absence of any notice of Margaret’s death in the St Andrews news columns is hard to understand. After her death there would appear to have been no further contact with the Drinnens of Whitburn, and Margaret’s family descendants today knew nothing of their connections with the famous Morris family of St Andrews. There is no evidence whatsoever that anyone in the town had any knowledge of her background or that she had given birth to a child out of wedlock. Was Margaret not altogether accepted by the Morrises, or was the tragedy of her short marriage too painful a subject to be dwelt upon? We may never know.

Tommy was devoted to Margaret and was distraught. It was said that he had to be persuaded to play golf again: when he did, his sparkling form deserted him.

Talk in St Andrews is that he never recovered from a brutal challenge match, against Arthur Molesworth, played in November over six days of bitter cold, with high winds and snowfall. Men armed with brooms and shovels had to clear the St Andrews greens of snow on the Saturday, and on the Monday and Tuesday morning there was three inches of snow on the links, with some drifts of up to two feet. Tommy won, and for his efforts he made at least £100 for his friends and backers.

Through a combination of ill health and unhappiness, he began drinking heavily. Extravagant statements since claim that he drank himself into an early grave, but there is no evidence that drink played any part in what was to follow.

Tommy was reported to have become “seriously unwell” in October, though the nature of his illness is unknown. He died on Christmas Day, 1875. The available evidence suggests that he died from some cardiovascular disaster, probably a ruptured aneurysm of one of the main arteries at the back of his chest. He was 24 years old.

But the family dynasty continued until the death of Old Tom Morris in 1908. But the names of Old Tom Morris and Young Tommy Morris live on today where ever golf is played around the world today.

Final thoughts – I hope to have captured in three short blogs the essence of what they achieved against all the odds and challenges in their lifetimes. Golfers everywhere owe them so much gratitude.

Royal North Devon - today

AND through it all the Royal North Devon Golf Club, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2014,  has been closely associated with the Morris family. No wonder thousands of visitors come to the club at Westward Ho! every year here in North Devon from around the world to re-live its history – the very first golf course established in England.

 

Footnote about Horace G. Hutchinson

“When I arrived at the age of five, we went to live at a house called Wellesbourne, in North Devon, about halfway between Bideford and Northam. Westward Ho! in those days did not exist. There was one farmhouse where all the houses of the watering-place now are. The very name belonged only to Charles Kingsley’s fine book, and was only taken for the name of the place a year or so later than this. Captain Molesworth, to whom English golf was to owe a big debt, lived at a house called North Down, just at the entry into Bideford, and it was in this house that Charles Kingsley was living while writing Westward Ho! That is the story of how the name came to be given to the place, and Borough House, by Northam, was about half a mile from our Wellesbourne. This Borough House, since restored, is where Mrs. Leigh, with her sons Frank and Amyas, were placed by the novelist.”

Royal North Devon - J.H.Taylor

 

And never forgetting J.H. Taylor of Westward Ho!

 

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