An early start and we wended our way to the Methodist Church in Buckland Brewer for our exhibition. Many thanks to Dave, himself a Braund descendant, who helped to set up the church and make us so welcome, as well as manning the technology. We now have too much memorabilia to display all at once but a good selection was on view and you can see some of the items in our Virtual Museum, which we will be adding to over time. President Keith cut the ribbon to formally open the proceedings and paid tribute to the society's founder Cyril Braund and Len Braund, the society's first historian.
There were two enjoyable talks. The first was about the Clovelly Lifeboat from Stephen Perham, the Harbourmaster. Several Braunds and Braund descendants were amongst the crew and Stephen had brought a medal awarded to William Braund with him. We enjoyed some traditional Devon pasties, then local author and historian Liz Shakespeare told us about her research for the book Song of the Skylark, which is set in Buckland Brewer and reflects the experiences of many of the Braunds who worked on the land, or worshipped in the Bible Christian chapels in North Devon.
In typical Braund tradition, more eating followed, with cream teas and 40th birthday cupcakes. Then everyone lent a hand to make the exhibition disappear before some of us found room for yet more lovely food in the wonderful setting of the Hartland Quay Hotel.
Day 3 will bring a combination of in person and virtual events. Hope to see you there.