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A picture of William Gould, in 1936 an octogenarian Landkey resident, who reminisced about his life in the village and church over a period stretching back as far as the late 19th century. A newspaper article written in 1936 is reproduced on the website (see News Blogs) and we are grateful to Eric Price for providing this clipping. Image courtesy of Eric Price 5th January 2018.
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From Charles Waldron on 5th January 2018:Subject: A glimpse into life a long time ago

Landkey residents might be interested to read this article which appeared in a 1936 newspaper (the identity of which is not known) and which offers a glimpse into life in the village and church dating as far back as the late 19th century. Thanks are expressed to Eric Price for providing this clipping.

Oldest Inhabitant Looks Back

(From a 1936 newspaper)

Landkey, an old-world village near Barnstaple, retains much of its charm, for it is still mainly dependent on agriculture.

With an Acland in the House of Commons for the Barnstaple Division, Landkey is proud of being the birthplace of that distinguished county family.

Here is situated Acland Barton, now a farmhouse, adjoining which are the remains of the ancient family chapel, erected about 300 years ago.

The oldest male inhabitant is octogenarian William Gould, the carpenter who fixed the clock in the ancient parish church in commemoration of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria [June 1887].

Among Mr Gould's most vivid recollections are those of Landkey Revels, last held 70 years ago, and the wrestling matches for silver spoons - one local champion went to church with his trophies fastened to the band of his hat. Church services then were renowned for the accompaniment of the singing on lute and bass violin.

Then there were the challenging sermons of the famous sporting parson, the Rev. Jack Russell, of the nearby village of Swimbridge, who would often go straight from morning service to prepare for the hunt.

Mr Gould remembers the coaches rumbling to a brief halt before the Ring O'Bells; the first train on the Barnstaple-Taunton line; and the obsolete industry of lime-burning at Venn, a neighbour hamlet. Efforts are being made to revive this.

Mr Gould recalls the time when there was one newspaper per week for the whole village. Two landowners shared the copy and read it to their employees, who kept the parish supplied with news of international affairs and local gossip.

A picture of Mr Gould appears on this site (see Village Events - Events Gallery).

From Charles Waldron on 18th December 2017:Subject: Christmas Tree Festival and Nativity Play

The nave of St Paul's church took on a festive feel when 10 Landkey organisations contributed decorated Christmas trees to be put on display from 15th - 17th December 2017 as part of the church Christmas Tree Festival.

A great deal of work had been put in to make the trees look festive and this was appreciated by the visitors who came along to inspect them and then to cast a vote for their favourite.

The presence of the trees added to the seasonal feel at the church Nativity Play on Sunday 17th December. Led by Angela Bellamy, this was an unrehearsed retelling of the story of Jesus' birth but Angela ably involved members of the congregation to take the various parts and the result was a production which was thoroughly enjoyed by the congregation which numbered at least 60.

The star of the show, though, was Coco the donkey, who was kindly loaned for the occasion by Emma and Adrian Ley. Joseph Ley played the part of Joseph and led Coco, ridden by Isabelle Ley as Mary, into the church at the appropriate moment.

The organisations who contributed trees to the Festival were: Landkey Brownies, Landkey Guides, Landkey WI, St Paul's Mothers' Union, Landkey United Fellowship, Landkey Horticultural Society, Landkey Village Hall, Landkey Primary School, Landkey Parish Council and Swimbridge Nursing Home. Lyncroft Stores made a financial contribution. Thank you to all for helping to make this a successful event.

From Charles Waldron on 12th November 2017:Subject: Landkey remembers

There was scarcely a seat to spare in Landkey village hall on 12th November 2017 as local residents came together to pay their respects to those in the armed forces who have been killed or wounded while defending our nation.

In a break with tradition, the 2017 Remembrance service was held in Landkey village hall, rather than in the church as has been the custom in previous years. This change was made to avoid the necessity of making the long walk up the from church to the war memorial after the service. Local residents seemed to feel that this was a helpful alteration.

The service was led by Chris James, who forms part of the clergy team which serves the group of churches which includes St Paul's, and his sermon included readings of poems by local poet, David Prowse. There was a feeling of enthusiasm for the occasion among those gathered and this was expressed in the volume of the hymn singing, which could surely have been heard from outside the hall!

More village residents joined those making the short walk up from the hall for the Act of Remembrance after the service, swelling the number of those wishing to pay their respects to at least 80. A wreath was laid on behalf of Landkey Parish Council by children, Izzy and Sam, pupils from Landkey Primary School. A wreath was also laid on behalf of St Paul's Church while individuals also laid crosses.

From Marcia Clayton on 6th November 2017:Subject: Daffodil Planting - 11th November 2017

Many villagers will have noticed and enjoyed the lovely Spring daffodils that were planted around the village by the Parish Council and Horticultural Society last year. The Society would like to add to this display and has purchased more bulbs to be planted. However, we really need some help so if you can spare an hour or so we would be really grateful.

We will be meeting at the lower end of Bakery Way at 9.30 am on Saturday, 11 November and hope to see as many of you there as possible.

From Charles Waldron on 8th October 2017:Subject: Remembrance

On Sunday 12th November, St Paul's church will, on behalf of the village, be holding the annual service to remember all those men and women who have died while serving in the defence of our nation.

In a break with tradition, though, the service this year will be held in the village hall rather than in the church. This change has been made to make it more convenient for those attending the service to then be present at the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial at 11:00 am by avoiding the need to make the long walk up from the church after the service ends.

We hope that as many parish residents as possible will feel welcome to join us at this important time.