Monthly Archives: June 2015

Sun 28th June 2pm – 5.30pm: British Red Cross Open Garden at Buckland Manor and St Brannocks House

RedCrossOpen Gardens offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public. On Sunday June 28th 2013, 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., Buckland Manor and St Brannocks House, St Brannocks Hill, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1HN will open in aid of the British Red Cross by kind permission of Mr and Mrs John and Henry Bury and Col. and Mrs Jeremy Smith-Bingham. This is a rare opportunity to view two private gardens which only open to the public every one or two years.  As part of the Open Garden, the restored Round House of Buckland Farm can also be viewed. This was the hub of the farm in the 18th/19th century where the barley would be threshed.

Start at Buckland Manor and walk around the rose garden, a rockery, and a wonderful Victorian walled kitchen garden. Then via a long wooded drive you reach St Brannocks House, built in 1805, to admire the flower and walled vegetable garden and the highlight of the tour, a magnificent Victorian greenhouse with the most interesting variety of tender plants and some rare tropical flowers from around the globe.

Two gardens for the price of one: The entry fee is £4 per adult and children under 12 are free. Refreshments, cream teas and cakes will be served. All the money raised from the open gardens contributes to the invaluable work that the Red Cross carries out in the UK and abroad.

Directions: By foot or by car follow the A361 through Braunton towards Ilfracombe. At the crossroads by the Braunton Fire Station turn left up St Brannocks Hill towards Georgeham. By car turn right after 400 yards through the pillars signed Buckland Barton. By foot turn right by the Catholic Church. It is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Braunton.

Limited wheel chair access. Suitable outdoor shoes are advised. Dogs welcome.

You can see pictures which were posted up for the last open garden day two years ago below.

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How Social Media Is Determining Personal Injury Cases

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Sarah Tombasso was involved in two car accidents, and claimed that she was suffering from depression, but lost thousands of pounds in compensation, when the court pulled almost 200 pages from her Facebook, showing her enjoying social activities with friends – they said that it wasn’t the behaviour of someone coping with psychological trauma. It’s that easy to lose a case, thanks to the online world you live in, so personal injury claimants need to be especially careful of how they portray themselves.

When making a personal injury claim, lawyers often advise their clients to eschew social media, while the case is in court. Although you may think that your Facebook profile is private, you need to think again. Whatever you post on social media can be used against you, in a personal injury case, and it can be hard to argue against any material that you have posted online.

Unfortunately, many of us like to project a positive depiction of our life on social media – regardless of personal pain – and yet any happy pictures of you online could be used as an example of you enjoying your life; undermining the impact of your personal injury claim, and any additional psychological claims. Even after you delete a post or picture, it’s still surprisingly accessible for anyone who knows where to look.

If you’re claiming a loss of enjoyment of life, appearing happy on your Twitter or social media accounts could be thrown back at you in a court of law. Showing pictures of you going out with friends and living your life could be used as evidence that your personal injury claims are insubstantial. Tread carefully online.

What Will Be Used In A Personal Injury Court?

Photographs

Lawyers will often search social media sites, to try to find evidence of you lying about the difficulties you’ve experienced with your personal injury. If you’ve claimed a back injury, which was your employer’s fault, if they can find an image (or evidence) of you lifting heavy things (such as, a child), or dancing the night away with your friends, they may deduce that your personal injury claim is false.

Comments

If they can access your comments somehow, and you have written anything that contradicts your personal injury claim, this will also be used as evidence against you. Leaving happy and upbeat social media comments can harm your case, and they may even use it to smear your character.

Applications

Videos of you, shared via applications, jumping around dynamically – or seemingly agile and well – will count hugely against you in a personal injury claim. It’s best to refrain from posting anything on the internet, until your court case has been settled. Deleting content may not mean that you can erase it altogether, and it will raise questions as to why you are attempting to cover your tracks.

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25 June – Braunton Library Film Club showing ‘The Bucket List’

 

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Sat 6 June – St Brannock’s Gift Day and Summer Fayre in the Parish Hall

  

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Pet Service at St Brannock’s this Sunday! All welcome

  

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