Welcome to the Winter issue of Exmoor Magazine. It begins with a trip down memory lane with Gerald Down, well known to many at home on Exmoor and far and wide through his starring role in the film, The Land Girls! ‘Down Memory Lane’, devised by Sue South a year and a half ago, is proving to be a very popular section of the magazine and we are always keen to hear suggestions for others who you would like us to look at featuring.
Historical features also bring in lots of feedback and in this issue our history pieces cover the outer edges of our coverage area: Mary Siraut looks at three great houses of the Quantocks and Penny Bayer outlines the story of the Culm Valley cloth trade.
Back in the here and now, Gwen Bawden has also shared her memories, in conversation with Cindy Cowling, who went to chat to Gwen about 70 years of the Hawkridge Revel. Meanwhile, Meg Roach travelled east to meet felt artist Lucy Pendrick, Holly Wright headed along the coast to The Hunters Inn, Adrian Tierney Jones enjoyed a tipple of gin and cider respectively at Brendon and Watchet (it’s a tough job!) and Rosemary FitzGerald explored a very special garden at Witheridge.
These are just some of the journeys which our growing team of local writers and photographers have made by road and footpath to bring you tales and images of people, communities, flora and fauna across the area for winter.
We hope that you enjoy a good read by the fire and wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.
Naomi, Elaine & Sue