Lyn Food Festival

Meeting – 7pm Tuesday 10th July

Lynton Town Hall

Calling  ALL Proprietors of Restaurants, Tearooms, Cafes, Pubs and Food Shops/Producers/Suppliers
and anyone else interested to attend this meeting!

You may ,or may not, know that the LCDT- Lyn Community Development Trust have decided not to host a food festival this year.
I don‘t believe that we can afford as a community to let this established event just disappear, so I have called a meeting for Tuesday 10th July at 7pm at the Town Hall to see if there is any enthusiasm to keep the food fest alive!

       Thanks Christine
– For more information please contact me at

Click here for – Lyn Food Fest Meeting Poster

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Next weekend its Goodwood Festival of Speed, our annual pilgrimage to drool over some of the best cars in the world and see them being abused by some of the best drivers in the world.

If you’ve never been 20 feet from Jenson Button or Lewis Hamilton doing doughnuts in an F1 car this is your chance, just don’t forget your ear plugs.


These are a few photos from the past few years at the event…

A manic week

On top of the usual chaos that is life here on Monday last week disaster struck.

I was collecting a full trailer load from The Exmoor Centre and climbing the steep rutted stoney track the Land Rover was uncharacteristically struggling for grip. Odd seeing as it is permanent 4×4 and has a Quaife limited slip differential in the back axle. A quick glance in the mirrors showed there was no drive going to the back axle. The difflock was not engaging as it should meaning just a single wheel spinning would result in loss of traction.

On a 1 in 3 narrow track with no possibility of turning around there was no option but to apply girt heaps of right welly and  use momentum to get up. Unfortunately in the process this started the demise of the front diff. Stupidly after dropping the trailer load and the top I decided to return the trailer to the bottom of the valley. Apart from the occasional nasty mechanical crunch all seemed OK until I went the climb out of the river crossing coming back. A loud bang and no drive. Bother. Now bang slap in the middle of the river I was properly stuck.

Luckily half a mile away a chap I know was doing a spot of walling so I trotted along and pleaded for help. We used his 4×4 to drag the Land Rover out of the river. Safely locked up I went to celebrate the Queens Jubilee and drown my sorrows.

Next day the mission to fix it began. A mate had volunteered to come out with his Discovery to drag the 110 back to base. This was a good plan right up until when he lost traction in the same place I had with the trailer the day before. Seems he only had front wheel drive too! We both set off up the the chap walling and dragged him away from his work again. We soon had the stricken Land Rover out of the valley on heading back to base.

Pulling the halfshafts revealed both were in fine fettle. Damn, definitely a destroyed diff then. A bit more time spannering and the old diff was undone, pulling it out I was hit squarely on the chin by a falling cog. Yep, definitely busted.

On the ground this is what I had.

I think a new one would be a good idea


Lots of sympathy and mickey taking ensued on the Land Rover forums, Facebook and Twitter before a new diff was found for £60.

With a crowd of mates arriving on Friday it was a marathon of dashing around to get everything I needed to get it all back together. Finally finished on Friday lunchtime.

A major breakdown that would cost a fortune on most cars and even write some off sorted by some mates and a few quid. Thats why I drive a Land Rover.


Blesma Challenge

On the weekend of 23rd – 24th June 2012 we will be undertaking a challenge at the Bristol & West Land Rover Show to form a mosaic of 1000 Land Rovers in the shape of a Land Rover

Held at The Royal Bath & West Showgound by Shepton Mallet, Somerset, this Land Rover Show will be the one to go to if you love Land Rovers, Off-road courses, double twists, and our Armed Forces.

To buy your ticket, register for the challenge or just more information, go to:

Click here for the 1000 Land Rover layout plan – 1000LR