The best-selling new book about the village, The Houses of Lympstone, would make a perfect Christmas present, says Helen Dimond, Chairman of Lympstone Historic Houses Group. Send it to your friends and relations, and show them the glories of the village where you live.

This book not only gives a picture in words and photographs of Lympstone today, but it tells the story of village life in days gone by. One of the characters we meet in its pages is Harry Parsons, the village postman, who lived at Honeysuckle Cottage 100 years ago, and was a cousin of the great novelist, Thomas Hardy. Harry was also a musician, the church organist, and a member of the village band. He played for the Christmas Carol service, and his trio supplied the music for weekly dances, as well as organizing Saturday Night Penny Concerts, the Maypole dances and the Morris dancing for the Harvest Festival, choral performances in the church, and the Drill Hall concerts of World War I, when he persuaded many celebrities to come and take part. A one man Lympstone Entertainments, in other words.

You can buy a copy of the book for only £8.50 from Lympstone Post Office. And don’t forget – post early for Christmas.

Harland Walshaw