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New art exhibition opens tomorrow

Two regular contributors to Exmoor Magazine have a new exhibition that opens tomorrow.

Friends and colleagues Trevor Beer, artist, and Endymion Beer, illustrator, are collaborating once again with an art exhibition of natural history studies. Trevor focuses on native wildlife surrounded by its appropriate natural habitat. His works are mainly in pen and ink, with also a splash of watercolour and the occasional use of mixed media. He has a keen eye for detail and a passionate love of nature that is clearly depicted in his work. He has written regularly on wildlife for the Western Morning News for more than 21 years, and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2002, for his work for the environment and journalism.

Endymion calls herself an illustrator rather than an artist. She is used to illustrating as part of her small business Naturama, but also voluntarily, for natural history educational projects as part of her work, as Hon National Youth Officer for the British Naturalists Association. She focusses on ‘portraits’ of her subject matter and ardently enjoys illustrating and nature. She is the first recipient of the Richard Fitter Memorial Medal.

Both artists have an eye for detail with a slight touch of humour at times. They write separate columns regularly for Exmoor Magazine and have also collaborated on several nature books together – mainly published by Halsgrove Publishers, based in Wellington in Somerset. For this exhibition they have joined forces to celebrate Exmoor Wildlife, and their joint love of nature.

Endymion says, “We hope that people will come to see our work at the exhibition. We will not be there all of the time, but photo calls and interviews can be arranged with a little notice.”

The exhibition with be held at Dulverton Guildhall Arts & Heritage Centre Gallery from 16-29 August.

For more information please contact 07846 752168 or email

ILLUSTRATION by Endymion Beer.


Reader Poem from the Netherlands

We love getting letters from readers, and this one really made us smile. It comes from Kitty van Hove in the Netherlands.

She writes:

Dear makers of ‘Exmoor’ magazine;

Last summer one of my sisters gave me the summer edition of ‘Exmoor’ magazine. She is very, very dedicated to the UK and especially to Exmoor. She is always trying to encourage me and my husband to join her and her husband to visit Exmoor together! My sister visits the UK a few times a year.

summer cover low resThe man on the cover of the summer edition inspired me to write some things about him. His figure gaves me a special idea of how it should feel or how life would be, just looking at the picture.

Sending you my kindest regards;

Kitty van Hove


About a man in Exmoor

‘I wish, that I was that man,
That I could be that man.
Wearing an old fashioned tweedcoat, tattered and a bit muddy
Being outside all day while it’s raining cats and dogs.
You get used to it, you don’t feel a bit of rain anymore,
In such a coat.
Always in clogs or in all weather boots,
Inside the house in socks,
Hanging in the evening before the stove, with the dogs,
Staring at the fire.
And will I have a wife?
Yes, an old fashioned sweetheart,
She is serving home-cooked meals,
Potatoes, beans, meat, cole, leek and she makes her own bread and cakes.
She is knitting those tweedsocks,
While I’m stumbling around outside.
Are we happy?
In our own way, yes.
I wish I was a man with such a wife.
I should alone spit and speak ugly, if she is not around.
And I should be nice to her and going together to church on Sunday morning.

Hilary Mary Binding Memorial

Dear Naomi and readers of the Exmoor The Country Magazine,

Hilary Binding made an outstanding contribution both to the village of Carhampton, where she lived for 33 years, and also to the wider community. As a result, the Parish Council and a group of her friends feel that it is only fitting that we respond with a permanent mark of our gratitude.

In 2007, Hilary compiled her Book of Carhampton and Blue Anchor (Halsgrove publications) and dedicated it to ‘the people of Carhampton and Blue Anchor past and present’. So we propose to use her book as the basis for a high quality and informative interpretation board in the centre of Carhampton. The board will be dedicated to Hilary. The content will headline the historic significance of the two villages and include links to a heritage trail. At key points on the trail, good quality information sheets will provide more details about those locations.

We have already made preliminary enquiries from a well-respected West Country design firm which is a member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation. It is likely that to design, construct and erect a central A1 display panel to the highest specifications will cost in the region of £2,500.

We hope that Hilary’s friends, neighbours, colleagues and readers will wish to join us in honouring her in this way.

Thank you for reading this and we look forward to hearing from you.

Keith Jones (on behalf of the Hilary Mary Binding Memorial group)

If you would like further information please contact:

Keith Jones, Tel: 01643 821620, email: or Susan Mew, Tel: 01643 821209, email:

Donations should be sent to the project’s treasurer:

Alison Mothersdale, Mameena, Blue Anchor, Minehead TA24 6JU

Please make your cheques payable to St John the Baptist Carhampton PCC and write ‘Hilary Binding’s Memorial Project’ on the back. Thank you.

Two May Courses with Exmoor Photography

Jack Clegg, who we are lucky enough have as one of contributing photographers, has two course coming up – both in May.

The first is the Beach Sea Scape Special Exmoor Photography Course, which takes place on 11 May. There are three spaces still available. Jack says: “We will be visiting Saunton Sands and Croyde Beach during our trip to this simply stunning part of the North Devon Coast line.”

Find out more by clicking here!

The second course, on 18 May, is the Cuckoo Special. Participants will be visiting several areas on Exmoor where Jack has regularly seen and photographed visiting cuckoos over the years.  The locations visited are not only good areas for cuckoos but also offer some stunning landscape opportunities too.

Find out more by clicking here!

These two courses cost £175pp (including lunch). The courses are both full days, beginning with ‘meet & greet’ (at 8am for the Sea Scape Special and 7am for the Cuckoo Special) at Exmoor Photography Gallery & Camera Shop in Porlock. The Sea Scape Special returns at  5pm and the Cuckoo Special at  4pm (times are approximate).

To book a place or enquire about other courses please contact  Exmoor Photography on 01643 862026; booking is on a first-come, first-served basis.



Hilary Binding Sadly Missed

As many people will already know, Hilary Binding, long-time editor of Exmoor Magazine, passed away very recently, following a short illness. As you can imagine, this is an extremely sad loss for the magazine and the office is just not the same without her friendship and her advice at the end of the phone, which I sought several times a week.

I have thought about it long and hard and I do not feel that she would have liked me to cover her life in any depth in a digital format, so I have reserved that for our spring issue.

Warm wishes



Down Memory Lane: Do You Have A Story to Tell?

We have received some very nice feedback about the piece about Jack Woollacott, written by Sue South, which appears in the current issue of Exmoor Magazine. People have told us that they very much like the cover too, which features an old picture of Jack.

We are very grateful to Jack’s family for talking to Sue in their kitchen back in the winter – and for lending us the two lovely pictures – which we took to Minehead to have scanned.

If you have a good story about the traditional way of life or characters of Exmoor which you think might be suitable for inclusion in the magazine please get in touch with us, via email, or write to us at Exmoor Magazine, PO Box 281, Parracombe, Devon EX31 4WW. Alternatively you can call 0845 224 1203. Please do not send precious pictures in the first instance as we would prefer to deal with any photos by hand than risk them in the post, unless by prior arrangement.

Stories will need to have a good picture or more to go with them. We were lucky enough to be trusted with the two pictures of Jack, which were taken apart by the expert team at Courtyard Farming so that they could be scanned and then put back together again, with new acid-free backs and spacers to keep them in good condition. If you have old photos which you need to keep safe it’s worth having them scanned, and checking the state of your frames – for example, it’s a good idea to make sure that the photos are not touching the glass, that direct sunlight is not likely to damage them and that the backs or mounts are not damaging the pictures. If you want advice we recommend taking your old photos into Courtyard on Friday Street.

Reader Letter from Mick Sandford

Thank you to Mick Sandford for emailing us with the following…

Heron_DSC0147We have been coming to Exmoor for the last 15 years in Spring and Autumn. Our favourite walk is from Rockford to Watersmeet and back, starting on the left bank & returning on the right. We have seen a heron on numerous occasions, but it has always spotted us and moved off immediately, so no chance of a pic. I suppose our Jack Russell Holly does not help, trying to photograph wildlife, but she loves the walk too. This May Bank Holiday we did the walk and, just below Crooks Pool, I spotted this heron, to my amazement it did not fly off and allowed me to photograph it over a 20-minute period, despite Holly being within 10 mtrs of it. I was so privileged to have this opportunity and have attached 3 of about 50 photos it allowed me to take. We always stay at Haxton Down Farm at Bratten Fleming, they always have the Exmoor Mag and I love browsing the pictures for inspiration.


Mick Sandford

Exmoor Magazine Summer Issue Out Now

summer cover

The issue has a nostalgic theme to tie in with the various anniversaries taking place in 2014 – not least the centenary of the start of the First World War and 60 years of Exmoor National Park.

We have been lucky enough to team up with both Ilfracombe Museum and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life – to look back at the Victorian seaside collectors, and at Mid Devon at home during the Great War.

Editing the issue has provided me with a mini series of fascinating history lessons, so much more interesting than reading a dry tome at a desk because it has felt like living history, made real and meaningful in the names, landscape and architecture of our every day. I hope that you, too, will find this, as you take time out to put your feet up with the magazine.

I don’t think that I will look at a footpath sign in quite the same way again after reading Tony James’ interview with Exmoor’s first warden (ranger), Jim Collins, nor will I enjoy a glass of wine at the Top Ship under the archway without thinking about Jack Woollacott’s wily pony and his adventurous rides home!

How Jack came to be the star of our cover is something of a long story involving very difficult decisions as we had several strong contenders for the issue. The news at the last minute that the photo had in fact been taken for The Field magazine ‘back in the day’ threatened to scupper plans through fear of copyright issues. Luckily, they very kindly agreed to its use, which allowed us to take the plunge and have an old photograph on the cover for the first time; I hope that you like it. Of course, the lambs have now all arrived and are out in the sunshine, so Jack is very much a ‘dawn of summer’ image.

Readers tell us that they enjoy seeing such pictures because they are a vibrant reminder of true Exmoor and if you have similar stories – and the photos to bring them to life – we would love to hear from you.


The Artist & The Illustrator: Joint Exhibition by Two of Our Magazine Contributors, Trevor Beer & Endymion Beer


Endymion's ‘Uncle Willow’ series in Exmoor Magazine is a family feature based on Willow the dog’s adventures in the countryside.
Endymion’s ‘Uncle Willow’ series in Exmoor Magazine is a family feature based on Willow the dog’s adventures in the countryside.

Endymion Beer, Illustrator, and Trevor Beer, Artist, have joined forces to present a joint exhibition of wildlife art based on the flora and fauna of the West Country. The exhibition, which was previously shown at  the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, is now showing at The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, until 12 April.

Endymion’s illustrations have been used in several books, some of which she has written herself.  She is also well known for her ‘Uncle Willow’ series in Exmoor Magazine, a family series based on Willow the dog’s adventures in the countryside. The series is aimed at young people following willow’s exploration of various wildlife habitats which also has projects for youngsters and their mums and dads to do each issue. Endymion is the national Youth Officer for the British Naturalists Association.

Trevor Beer’s highly detailed pen and ink and watercolour work depicts wildlife in its natural environment, often with a humorous edge to it.  Trevor has written every day in the Western Morning News for over 20 years and also writes nature columns for the North Devon Journal as well as a ‘Country Matters’ feature for Exmoor Magazine. He has written several books on nature subjects and a number of wildlife tourist guides with Endymion.

Winter issue is out now and in the shops!

winter cover low resPhew, all deliveries are now done! Exmoor Magazine is in the shops. Our gorgeous cover photo is by Chris Triggs from North Devon. It is also available as a Christmas card from St Margaret’s Hospice shops so we hope that this publicity will result in lots of shop visits for the charity. The stags were photographed in January 2013 at Simonsbath. Chris is a new member of our team of local photographers. He moved to North Devon in 2000 after growing up in Berkshire and instantly fell in love with the moors and open countryside. He took up photography as a pastime in 2008 and now spends most weekends on Exmoor photographing deer and birds all year round. You can view his website at

With this issue we reach our seventeenth birthday and, again, to reflect Hilary’s editor’s letter from Winter 2009, I am also delighted to find that we are still proving the sceptics wrong! Far from being at a loss as to what to cover next, I have in front of me content plans for the next year. The enjoyable headache, if there is such a thing, continues; how to fit it all in?

In this issue our newest contributor, Holly Wright, meets a family – the Waley-Cohens – who will leave you impressed, in awe and, perhaps, feeling slightly inadequate. But never fear; you can console yourself with some warming winter game recipes care of Streamcombe Farm, indulge in a little armchair ‘hashing’, get lost in Jane Mares’ touching tale of two robins and delve into the past of the Hoar Oak Valley, home of the famous Hoar Oak Tree from which we take our name of course (Hoar Oak Publishing).

At the end of the magazine there is an extensive diary of festive events to help you plan your Christmas calendar. So, put the kettle on, sit back, relax and enjoy the issue, with a tea or a coffee using our free samples from DJ Miles. This is part of our ‘Tea and a Read’ winter offer. Look out for special packs of Miles Tea – inside you will find a voucher which entitles you to save 10% on a one-year subscription – the perfect opportunity totreat yourself or a friend for Christmas.

As ever you can view the contents spread of this issue (together with the back issues) in full on our website to see what is inside. Go to to find out more.

Happy Christmas and good reading!

Naomi, Editor