All along, down along, out along lee
Approached by an avenue of lime trees planted in 1802, the church of St. Michael in Spreyton is built in granite with a tower that is a landmark for miles. A Latin inscription in the chancel roof suggests that the church was completed in 1451.
In the churchyard is a headstone to Thomas Cobley, gent., of Butsford in the neighbouring parish of Colebrooke, d. 1844, aged 82.
He was reputed to be the nephew of the famous "Uncle Tom Cobley" . Locals will perhaps tell you Uncle Tom also lies in this churchyard and that he was a substantial yeoman of Spreyton, who died at the end of the 18th century at a great age. His companions on the famous ride to Widecombe Fair all came are claimed to be from this district. There are various versions of disputes about inheritance and promiscuous behaviour which apparently led to the old uncle Tom being interred without a headstone.
Despite some doubts, Spreyton probably has the strongest claim on the story and was therefore a worthy choice for the Desperates to play in support of Devon Air Ambulance.
Jo, our clarinetist and musical director, has the honour of having a brother in Spreyton. Tony and his wife Judith organised the charity event and were kind enough to ask us to play for them.
Our venue was the fine village hall where we were warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic and hard working team of helpers. We converged from our wide ranging homes and set up our equipment.
|Our stage setup is a bit tidier than it used to be - we might be getting the hang of it.|
|The audience gathers...|
Then we had a cup of tea and awaited instuctions...
|The audience was kind to us|
|The rhythm section taking things very seriously|
We have to thank Tom Cook for sitting in for our usual drummer John who was busy with other engagements. Tom will definitely be added to our list of deps (as we jazzers call them).
We also thank Tony, Judith and the helpers for asking us along and treating us well. And all for a good cause.
|Debs and Rich show off their sax appeal|