OH DEAR! Someone, in good faith, sent me a report outlining problems they claimed Brixham Heritage Museum was facing. The golden rule of journalism should have been followed; 'Before you write, make sure it's right!'
My sincere apologies!
Consequently, the museum's senior administrators contacted me and denied the published comments, making it clear that not only was the future of the museum secure, but they had the full support of the Arts Council England (ACE) and Torbay and Brixham Town Councils.
I was, therefore, anxious to make amends because, without any doubt, locals and visitors have come to respect the vast volumes of heritage information contained within the ancient building on Bolton Cross.
Plus, it would be almost unthinkable to consider the museum might have to close its doors.
Once again, sorry folks! Lesson learnt. In future I'll double check everything before pressing the computer keyboard.
AT a recent concert in Brixham Methodist Church, held in aid of the United Reform Church, it was disappointing how so few local people were in the audience.
The same thing occurred a couple of weeks ago at a concert in Paignton's St Andrew's Church to raise funds for the Brixham Fishermen's Mission.
On both occasions the church was half empty. Apart from Supt John Anderson, I couldn't see anyone in the audience connected with the Overgang mission, nor the fishing industry or any members of the Seafarer's Veterans' Club.
The lack of local support was kind of sad.
Plus, the men of the Brixham Male Voice Choir sang their hearts out on both occasions, giving time, energy and their music to help both causes.
Musically, both evenings were fantastic.
I can only hope that on October 19, again at Paignton's St Andrew's Church, when the Brixham choir raise their mature voices to sing in aid of the Salvation Army, there's more than a handful of folk listening.
Please, it's only Paignton… not the end of the world!
IT was encouraging to learn that several of the town councillors will be holding open surgeries at the town library on the third Monday of each month.
The surgeries will be on the ground floor, October 21, November 18 and December 16, from 10.30am to 11.30am, giving members of the public opportunity to address elected members with various questions.
Personally, I've always thought the short time allocated to the general public's speaking time at full council meetings was never long enough.
Therefore, holding separate surgeries can only be a step in the right direction.
To the best of my knowledge, the councillors taking part will be Matthew James and Lindsey Harrison.
Accepted, it's not the complete answer to various political or social problems that some people might have but perhaps it will lead to collective future gatherings, where ordinary members of the public can direct their thoughts and expectations regarding the place they live in, directly to elected members.
THERE'S an idea slowly gaining momentum through certain parts of the community that, 'if, or when' Tesco eventually build its new supermarket — together with the proposed town houses, car park and other commercial establishments — all within what is loosely called the 'town centre', Brixham will be without anything resembling a proper town square.
What's being considered is that, perhaps, the inner harbour's old fish market — at present used pretty regularly for various sales, exhibitions and musical events — could be extended further out into the harbour area and a new maritime town square established.
Various problems immediately spring to mind like where would the money to build the extension come from?
Are there any serious conservation restrictions?
Would the present owners of the Golden Hind be willing to move their valued tourist attraction just a little towards King Billy's statue?
However, having given it some thought, I could see the overall commercial and public benefit of such a plan.
That empty corner section of the inner harbour must contribute very little towards the harbour funds and I'm sure visitors and residents would welcome the increased space to maybe sit or perhaps just stand and take in the quiet splendour of our wonderful harbour scene.
But please! Before you start yelling, give it some thought.