We have had a wonderful time in the village of Chagford, blessed by continuous autumnal sunshine. We had expected two days of peace and quiet in this remote location with a third as a day off, but were inundated with visitors on all three days.
The main purpose of our visit was to support the showing of Stephen Saunders’ film Bristol Scout – Rebuilding History and it was great to see him again.
The film was shown on the Tuesday night in the church, and if the numbers were a little disappointing, we weren’t downhearted as sales of the DVD were correspondingly high!
Mike Moullin was an enthusiastic visitor. His father learned to fly at Larkhill in the VERY early days and went to war in 1914 but was shot down shortly afterwards and spent the next four years in a POW camp.
On the Wednesday night Stephen showed his other recent film, War above the Trenches, which was commissioned for Channel 4. This, however, was the cinema version, and a distinct improvement in our eyes! Theo and Chill get a credit at the end as ‘Camera Prop’, for having made the replica camera that featured prominently.
We were booked to be there for the Tuesday and Wednesday, but since we were heading down to the Cornish border on the Friday and the weather was perfect, we simply stayed where we were, and a steady trickle of visitors came to see us.
We were just starting to dismantle 1264 when a family turned up and proved to be the most enthusiastic of the lot. Father is a Sicilian acupuncturist, mother is an English musician, and their two delightful children couldn’t be torn away from 1264. Dylan, the oldest, dressed up in the leather coat and sat in the cockpit, soaking up the atmosphere, while younger brother Dante looked on.
We were only just packed up in time for a delightful meal at the Three Crowns, next door to our hotel the Globe, run by Mary, who is also the driving force behind the amazing film festival. We were so sorry to leave; Mary and indeed the whole village could not have been more hospitable.
On Friday morning we headed off to Holsworthy on the Cornish border, where Stanhope Park was the scene of terrific activity preparing for their WWI event. We are situated at the entrance to the event in a marquee, and staying in the White Hart in the centre of the town.
In the evening we drove the short distance to Bude, where we had a delightful meal in the Olive Tree on the waterfront.