Wartime Fowey Talk
November 3rd 2018
Local Voices - An Evening of Music
November 1st 2018
Red Store Charity Day
November 1st 2018
Ladies Dining Club's outing to Lostwithiel
October 29th 2018
On Thursday 25th October, twenty-one members of the Lerryn Ladies Dining Club made their way to the King’s Arms in Lostwithiel to enjoy a meal in their Indian restaurant. Although the King’s Arms Indian restaurant had been opened for over a year, none of us had ever had a meal there. You often ignore what is on your doorstep!
We enjoyed a lovely feast of Indian dishes served by two very friendly and efficient waitresses. We all agreed that it was a restaurant that we would go back to.
WI report - October meeting
October 28th 2018
TALES OF A SUPERINTENDANT REGISTRAR
Shortly after her appointment to this post, Kristin Hunt told Lerryn WI and their guests, she was enthusiastically greeted by a man in the street, and her companion asked who he was. Kristin struggled to remember at first, but finally recalled, “Oh yes, I remember him now: I married him last Saturday.”
The Registrar is a public servant, but is responsible for conducting and recording the births, deaths and marriages that form major landmarks in the most personal aspects of our lives. This can create ambiguities in the way the person doing the job is perceived. When Kristin first started, she used to carry with pride the official briefcase with ‘EIIR’ stamped on it – until she was asked by an anxious-looking client, “Are you from the VAT?”
This ambiguity was often reflected in the titles on the envelopes addressed to her, which ranged from ‘Care Manager’ to ‘Head of Nails, Screws and Fixings’ and – her favourite – ‘Regeneration Officer’.
An increasingly demanding aspect of the work is responding to the enquiries of people pursuing their family histories. The compulsion towards family history research can be defined, Kristin said, as “the only disease that gets worse the longer you have it.” Dealing with an innocent request to trace the birth certificate of someone called John Smith who was “born in your area – sometime around 1850” can involve a lot of work.
Such work does not always produce results, or not the anticipated ones. Although births should be registered within 42 days, this does not always happen and the information given on birth certificates is not always accurate. One elderly lady seeking her first passport in order to visit family abroad found herself in need of her birth certificate for the first time in her life. When this document was with much difficulty located, the lady had to be told that she was in fact illegitimate. Because her parents had delayed the registration of the birth until after they were legally married, their child had also inadvertently been robbed in her old age of two years of her pension rights.
Sometimes parents’ attempts to ‘get round’ the official systems can result in some interesting detective work later on. One man needing a copy of his birth certificate presented problems because none of the records exactly matched the information he was providing, and the only child born to the parents he identified as his had a first name different from his own. A very sad story finally emerged: two sisters, both pregnant but one unmarried, gave birth at about the same time. Life would have been very hard indeed at that time for an unmarried woman and her baby. However, the legitimate child died in infancy, so the family simply swapped babies. The married couple brought up their nephew as their own, lovingly supported by the child’s ‘aunt’, who lived nearby. Had the child never needed a copy of his birth certificate, their secret would have remained safe.
Some people, without any attempt at subterfuge, simply refuse to comply with the system and the general expectations. If people die away from home, returning the body for a funeral can be an expensive business. One old lady died in Looe while visiting her grandson there. He duly registered the death, but refused the services of the undertakers who were ready to transport the body back to the midlands. “I’ve got the old lady in the back of the van,” he said firmly.
Changes in the law that allow marriages to take place in venues other than registered offices have made weddings a more entertaining event for some families, but have also opened up new potential for chaos. Kristin vividly remembered standing with the Best Man on a castle drawbridge one fine morning. When he checked in the traditional way, just to be sure that the rings were there and safe, he dropped the bride’s ring and they both watched in horror as it rolled for a second before disappearing through a gap in the planking and into the moat below. Luckily, the moat was dry and the registrar had great presence of mind. She kept her eye on the spot where the ring must have gone down while the Best Man scrambled down among the weeds and litter below, following her directions on where to look. While Kristin was still silently planning improvisations that might at least get them through the ceremony, he found it.
Occasionally, the registrar is in a position to guide people away from too-obvious mistakes. The father who wanted to give his baby son a name that would remind him of his place of birth was persuaded that ‘Martin’ would be a sufficient reminder without naming the child ‘St-Martin-by-Looe’. It was too late however to dissuade Mr and Mrs Oliver from calling their son Oliver – or to suggest to the Bottoms that their daughter might be named something other than Rosie.
October 22nd 2018
Let's Play Bridge
If anyone is thinking of learning to play bridge, or wants to brush up on their play,
the following information may be of interest
(We also have a small group here in Lerryn, who play on Thursday
afternoons in The Red Store)
October 17th 2018
Most people know by now that the police were in attendance last weekend to a burglary in Lerryn, and there has also been some particularly blatant thieving from Vicki's little shop.
Please be alert and keep all property, including out-buildings, locked at night.
AUDITIONS FOR LERRYN PLAYERS' SPRING PLAYS 2019
October 15th 2018
The Players will be showing two one-act comedies on 12th and 13th April next year, and rehearsals start after Christmas. If you are interested in taking part, please come along to the auditions being held in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 18th October.
One of the plays, The Bathroom Door, will be directed by Richard Halliday. The other play is What's for Pudding? and will be directed by Annie Singer. The rehearsals will not overlap, so nothing prevents you from auditioning for both plays if you would like to.
We look forward to seeing you on the 18th October.
Fowey Estuary clean up by Kayak
October 14th 2018
October 14th 2018
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