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November 18th

My name is Reuben Charles Wood and I am the latest addition to the family. I am now 4 months old and I am really well behaved.


August 25th

Helly and Matt are now Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, congratulations to you both. It was a great day.

August 11th

2 weeks and counting to the wedding!

Reuben, Mum and Nanna at Widecombe on a rare hot summers day.


July 9th

Well he is here! Born this morning weighing 7lbs 6ozs, Reuben Charles Wood.  Mother and baby are doing well.



July 8th

Latest news: Briony has been admitted to hospital at 37 weeks and 3 days. It appears that Ruben will be induced very soon. 

Here is a picture of young Ruben taken last week.  Here you can clearly see his face and that he has his arms folded.


June 23rd

Congratulations to Robbie Lyell on getting a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Edinburgh Napier University. Proud dad Andy writes...Here's a picture from Rob's graduation at the Usher Hall. We then we went on to a reception at Craiglockhart Campus, which was nice and in a lovely setting. Tonight we're at home celebrating some more with Rob, plus Matthew and Helen, who are up for a long weekend.

Congratulations to Jo and Jamie Davis on the arrival of a daughter. Information is sketchy but I believe she was born on June 22nd. I have no names or weights sorry ladies!

Now for some sad news. Bunty's little dog 'Chance' was put to sleep yesterday following a long illness.  He was 13 years old and had a superb life. He was a great character and companion who will be greatly missed.

June 7th

Happy Birthday to Briony who is 19 today. Her baby is due next month!

Jamie and Jo Davis are expecting their next child any day now.

Higher Punchardon are back on-line at


May 13th

Happy Birthday to brother Andy and to mum tomorrow!

A photo just to remind us that we do get good weather occasionally.

This is the scene that greets me every morning as I drive to work. This is Plymouth Sound taken from Jennycliff.  To the right is the county of Cornwall and the Breakwater can clearly be seen just under the horizon. Note the blue sky and it is only 07.30 am.

Donna and Briony take the Midget out for a drive. It turned out to be its last for a while as the clutch 'went' 5 minutes after this picture was taken.


May 4th

Good news from New Zealand, see the New Zealand page for details.

April 8th

Every now and then I 'Google' subjects close to my heart to see if there have been any new news items. Well yesterday was a good day for it as I 'Googled' Donna's dad and found a crew picture of his old ship. When I reviewed it I found a young looking Jack stood in the back row. I showed the picture to both Donna and Briony separately and they both picked the same sailor. The test comes this afternoon as Bunty is coming to dinner. However last time she picked out a black guy!  The reason why this picture has surfaced is that an ex sailor handed over his photo album of HMS Garth to the New Zealand Archives.

The Crew of L20 HMS Garth

A young looking Jack 20-25 years old

April 7th

Hot off the press .....



April 2nd 2012

Hi everyone! Sorry I have been very late with updates, however I am now on a 2 week holiday and this was on my 'things to do' list.

What a start to the year.  Helly's wedding plans are progressing nicely with Donna and Briony getting more excited as each week passes.

The main news is that Briony and Joshua are to become parents!! The due date is July 26th and a scan has confirmed it is a boy. Preferred names are either Ruben or Reuben. I prefer my version of Whoobin.

 Ruben or Reuben

As a result of their pending parenthood they have moved into a 2 bedroom maisonette which is only around a mile from us.  Mother and baby are doing well.

Mum (Jean Lyell) has recently had a knee replacement operation and is well on the road to recovery. 

More news to follow.....


December 31st

Happy New Year everyone!

2012 is looking interesting already!


December 28th

A very belated Happy Christmas everyone!  Have a great New Year!


December 21st

Good News...or at least for me. I applied several months ago for QTLS status. This week I had an e-mail to confirm I have been awarded it.  QTLS is sort of a professional license to teach. 

Update on the Swanland is that 2 survived, 1 body was recovered but the remaining 5 crew have been listed as missing assumed drowned.


November 27th

Plymouth is not only a naval port but has a number of docks and wharfs served by a small coastal fleet. These ships take exports to many European ports and even as far as Russia and the Black Sea. One of these coasters is a ship called Swanland who is a regular visitor to Cattewater Wharf.  Last night she was in Workingham and set sail for Cowes.  It is therefore with great sadness that at just after 02.00am today she sank in the Irish Sea. Only 2 of her 8 crew have been found as of this morning.

Her last automatic positional message

Her last position

Here she is in 2008 on the River Plym collecting gravel. I believe she has since been painted blue and white. 

November 11th (11/11/11)

Remembering on this day Private George Lindsay Lyell 42473 of the 9th Battalion Cameronians KIA 25/04/1918 in Flanders Fields aged just 17 years.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.



October 31st

Sorry for the delay in recent postings only I have changed my PC and had to reinstall all the software then remember how to use it!!


September 3rd.

We have had an addition to the family with the birth of Isabella Ruby - daughter of Dan and his partner Jen on 3rd Sept. The photo is of Isabella and Julie - Dan's mother taken very soon after her birth.

This is a photo is of Sam and Sarah's daughter Sophie displaying the All Black's symbol on her cheek. It was difficult to remove in the bath that evening!

July 22nd

Congratulations to Helly and Matthew who announced last weekend that they are engaged! Congratulations to you both! xx



July 20th

Or ducks are growing away nicely and should be heading to the farm very soon.


June 4th

Thanks to everyone who has visited or phoned mum she really appreciated it. She continues to do well and should be home on the 10th.

We have ducklings again! We hatched 4 ducklings at the local primary school to let the children and staff witness the wonder of hatching a new life. It made quite an impact!

Here they are!

May 30th

Mum continues to do well and has left hospital to spend a couple of weeks in a local residential home called 'the Mount'.  She can be contacted on 01752 825423 and would really appreciate your call.


May 23rd, 2011

Just to let you know that mum had her hip replacement operation  this morning and it has all gone well. I saw her a few hours after the op and she was having her tea!


May 7th, 2011

Elaine does the double!

Elaine's chorus, the Forth Valley Chapter Chorus were crowned national champion again by winning gold in Newcastle England this weekend. This gives them automatic entry to next year's world championships in Denver USA.  Well done Elaine! xx 

Elaine (far left) pictured in 2010 on Britain's Got Talent.

April 27th

Following a successful interview today I have been offered a full time teaching post at City College Plymouth starting September 1st. I am really pleased with myself!



April 25th

Happy Easter Everyone!

I have just noticed that I have not updated this site since the New Year! This just shows how busy I have been! My excuse is that after rebuilding my computer's software I lost the program to amend and update the website. I now have it so we are back to normal.

Tuesday we visited Higher Punchardon and got the usual warm welcome. Barn Owls has gone 'Green' by mounting an array of Solar Panels on its roof.

Briony's boyfriend Josh went out on a fishing trip into the English Channel. He returned with a Cod and a larger Pollack. He promptly de-scaled and filleted it and the Cod was eaten for tea!


December 31st

Happy New Year everyone!  This year is the year of the Rabbit!









December 27th

Better late than never! This was the scene outside Andy and Elaine's house in Edinburgh about a week ago now.



December 26th

Belated news.........Just received pictures of Robin Hulbert and his fiancée Jenny. He proposed to her whilst on holiday in Mexico.  Welcome to the family Jen.

Jenny and Rob

Well Done Rob!

In October Rob picked up the North West Non League Footballer of Year Award which is received at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Also on May 8th Rob played in the FA Trophy Final held at the National Football Ground Wembley. They played Stevenage Borough and won after extra time.


Here are the post match celebrations (Rob is above the cup in blue)

Rob on the famous Wembley Turf.

December 18th

Kirsty and Dave have finally tied the knot!

Kirsty Davis married David Holmes yesterday at Plymouth registry office. Their reception was held at the Copthorne Hotel in the city centre. The bride was given away by her father Grant with Dave's brother acting as Best Man.

What a stunning wedding party with Eva and Robyn as the Flower Girls.

What a great family photo.


October 24th

Here is a belated picture of Helen Lyell at her graduation with proud parents Elaine and Andrew.  Well done Helly!!

More good news for Helly as she has been offered a permanent contract. 

October 17th

Elaine and her mum, Joy have flown out to Seattle. If you remember Elaine's chorus won the national championships and as a result they get automatic entry to the World Championships in Seattle USA.

Back in September yours truly had his graduation day on Plymouth Hoe. It fulfilled one of my ambitions, to wear a cap and gown.

2nd row from back, left of centre in white shirt.















September 6th

Lots of news since the end of June.

  • Elaine has successfully passed the Edinburgh 'Knowledge' to gain her Taxi licence. She starts her first day on September 11th.  We wish you well Elaine! xx

  • Helly had an accident in London but is now thankfully on the mend.

  • Josh is off to Bristol Uni on Sunday 12th September.

  • I have managed to get to teach a few lessons at the City College Plymouth starting next Wednesday 15th September

  • Briony is learning to drive

  • We have made contact with an Irish relative of ours living in Paignton (surname Irish that is). Janet's grandfather was Gran Bumpus's brother.  She was always led to believe she had very few relatives!! More to follow....

Nicki Bam and her partner Xavia, both from Australia, recently visited Plymouth. It was great to see them again.


June 27th

Happy 21st Birthday Robbie!!

Robbie Lyell gets the key of the door today. He is celebrating a day early with a party of friends and family. Jean Lyell made the 500 mile dash between parties so she could attend both Ian's and Robbie's.


June 25th

Today is my 50th birthday! To celebrate the occasion we had a small family barbie.




May 15th

Last night saw the largest gathering of the clans for many years and a great night was had by all. Willie and Elizabeth came down from Irvine to visit for the first time in 28 years!

Here are some pictures....

The birthday girl.

Elaine and Helly Lyell

Helly and Matthew

Yours truly!

Donna, Josh and Briony Lyell

The Easterbrook Clan

Mum with her two sons

The Stevenson Children

The cutting of the cake.

Elaine, Rebecca, Donna, Fiona and Debs enjoying themselves


May 14th

Happy 80th Birthday Mum!


May 13th

Happy Birthday to brother Andy. We had a good night last night at the Mountbatten Inn. Looking forward to tomorrow and the main event!


April 19th, 2010

We have received 61 acceptances so far with 1 outstanding.  Looks like it is going to be a good night.  Don't forget there is a buffet so only have a light tea!

Provisional times:

Doors open @ 19.00hrs

Buffet @ 21.00hrs

Disco from approx 21.30hrs


April 3rd, 2010

The family gathering on May 14th is gaining some momentum as Andy and I are delighted at having 51 acceptances so far!

Donna and I are off to Weston Super Mare tonight to see the UOGB!

January 31st, 2010

Family Announcement.

There is a gathering of the clans on Friday, May 14th 2010 to celebrate the 80th birthday of our mother, Jean Lyell.

Invitations will be sent out in February so watch this space for more information.


January 2nd 2010

Happy New Year everyone!

Robin Hulbert played for Barrow against Sunderland in the FA tie. The news stated...

Unfortunately they lost 0 - 3.


October 30th

Josh played his first ever public 'gig' last night as the drummer in a local 3 piece progressive punk band. They played to a huge audience of 40 teenagers and 10 of those were Josh's friends!!  He came home with a hangover having really enjoying the experience.  His next gig is on November 5th at Plymouth Voodoo Lounge.  

October 21st

Congratulations Kirsty and Dave on the arrival of their son Jacob who arrived at 17.20hrs today and weighed in at 8 lbs 2 ozs.  Robyn can't wait to meet her new brother!


September 1st

I start my new career tomorrow!!

I have added this picture for interest.  It is the sky at night for the UK for September.

Two bright planets frame September’s night sky this year, Jupiter in the evening and Venus in the morning. Jupiter, low in the southern sky after sunset, is outshone only by the Moon.

August 29th

I have managed to get tickets for Donna and I to see Heather Small at the Princess Theatre in Torquay on November 16th.  I can't wait.


August 26th


 Just in from Bideford!



Congratulations to Nicola (Luxton) and David Lester on the birth of their daughter Kara Rose. She was born on August 17th @ 06.48hrs and weighed in at 8lbs & 7ozs for all you ladies who like the detail!!

Josh's latest music video

August 24th

We have just spent a week based in a Gite in the North East of France.  From there will visited Belgium and even popped into Holland for a day trip. The weather was very good and we enjoyed ourselves.

I have added a new web page about my Great Uncle, George Lindsay Lyell. It can be found at

I start my new job on September 2nd!

July 3rd

Briony had her Leaver's Prom last night at the Duke of Cornwall in Plymouth.  Unfortunately it was raining so en route we stopped at the famous Mayflower Steps for a quick photo shoot.


Left to Right; Helen, Briony and Kayleigh.


Other News -

Josh Lyell has successfully completed his first year of his BTEC ND in Sound Engineering and Music Technology.

Briony Lyell, after a successful interview, has been offered a place at Plymouth's College of Art and Design doing a BTEC ND in Art and Design starting in September.

Ian Lyell has been offered a placement at the University and Local City College doing a Cert Ed starting in September also.


May 20th - Belated News from New Zealand - Check out the New Zealand Page.

May 9th

Elaine Lyell wins Gold!

Elaine is a long standing member of the Forth Valley Chapter Chorus in Edinburgh who attended the National Chorus Championships in Newcastle England this weekend with 20 other choirs competing.  At 17.00hrs yesterday the results were announced and Forth Valley were crowned the National Champions winning Gold!  This gives them automatic entry to next year's championships in Settle USA.

Well Done Elaine!!!

May 3rd.

Firstly Happy Birthday to my late father! 

Lots of things happened since March 9th.  Too many to address now but:

Ducks have hatched, ended up with 8 ducklings again!

Helen Lyell is producing? a radio show on Leith FM every Friday between 13.00 - 15.30hrs GMT. Click here and follow the 'listen' link at

I have an interview on May 14th to hopefully undertake a Cert. Ed. which looks like I will be teaching in the prison service!! I'll keep you posted.

March 9th

More Ducks!!  We visited Higher Punchardon on Saturday and got the usual warm welcome.  In the conversation was mentioned they were looking to get some ducks as they were told they do an excellent job of clearing vegetable crops of slugs and snails.  Apparently Kharki Campbells are the best and they lay around 350 eggs a year as well! This fitted in with a conversation we had whilst driving up to Winkleigh about the desire to rear more ducks. So this morning I have bought a dozen hopefully fertile eggs and dusted off the incubator! 

February 23rd

Josh and Liz have recorded another song this time in HR video. 

It is a must see at

February 15th

Josh had a great 18th birthday party with around 25 of his close friends.  Quite a musical night which went on until 04.45hrs!!

Here is one of the songs from early in the evening...


I found this website which I find fascinating as it shows what ships arrive and leave your home port. Where they have been and where they are going.  Have a go and zoom/move to your home port.


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February 10th

Several pieces of news.

Josh Lyell has his 18th birthday this Friday and is having 2 parties one with family & friends on the day and next week just friends.

Plymouth saw the arrival of a brand new ferry today she is called Armorique and will be dedicated to the Plymouth to Roscoff crossing.

I have still not heard anymore about my redundancy.  It is still going ahead but Wrigley's have not contacted me.  This is my 2nd week off work it's great!

February 4th

News just in from New Zealand......Noeleen writes......

On 24th January we attended Sam & Sarah's wedding in Christchurch.

It was a beautiful occasion for all their family and friends which you will see on the pictures I have sent. It was a very hot day with temps reaching over 30°C. It was a garden setting so we were able to find some shade before going indoors for the reception and dance which followed.

Sam had his 'stag outing' in Queenstown where he did a bungy jump at the Kawarau river and they dunked him twice. 

Now that's what I call a Barbie!  Now viewers in the Northern Hemisphere may also recall the season called Summer which is when the sun shines and leaves a shadow!!


February 2nd

We have just returned from a weekend away. We drove to a small village called Turville in Oxfordshire.  Many of you will know it by a different name, Dibley.  Yes the Vicar of Dibley was filmed there along with Goodnight Mr. Tom and the local windmill appeared in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!   Beautiful place but we didn't get to see the inside of the church as there was a service on.

January 16th

Well the Happy New Year didn't last long!  It looks like I am being made redundant along with 18 others after 32 years of loyal service with the Wrigley Company.  It looks like February 20th will be my last day working there.  Sad times..............

On an up beat note Josh and Liz are on the play list of a local Charity Concert.  They are following the main act!!!


January 10th 2009

Happy New Year Everyone!! 

Do you remember Josh's version of Wonderwall recorded with Liz Corish?  Well they are back playing again.  Their latest song is a cover version of Munich which can be found on You Tube at  Enjoy it!

December 30th

I took Donna into Hospital at 06.30hrs this morning to have an exploratory 'key hole' operation on her right knee.  Everything went well and she came home at midday!  She won't be dancing or playing football for 2 weeks but she is mobile. The operation confirmed that she has to have her knee replaced and the surgeon showed us the photos of the damage he saw, amazing technology. 

December 24th

Excellent news!  Just heard that Shaun (Hulbert) and Lucy have got engaged.  Welcome to the family Lucy.

December 12th

I have some very sad news ... Anne Cole passed away last night at 22.30hrs after a short illness.  What makes her passing so sad is she had such a sad life.  Our thoughts are with her husband Stuart and son Dale and this sad time.  

December 8th

On Saturday (6th) we joined the Ackland family for a family reunion surrounding Ray & Gerry's 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They rented a number of cottages in Dulverton and had a knees up over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The 15th Century 'Boot'

We arrived on Saturday and joined in the festivities at 'The Boot' which spilled out later in the evening into a nearby pub, The Lion.  On the Sunday the town was holding a sort of Christmas Fete.  Father Christmas turned up behind a couple of Suffolk Punch horses and he also enjoyed the; hot chestnuts, hog roast, silver band, mulled wine and mince pies.  The atmosphere was superb, one husband and wife team sat outside their house with an electronic keyboard and the people walking down the street just gathered around and sang carols. 

It was true to say it was cold and icy (down to -3.5C by late evening) but the cold, the smell of wood burning fires and the Christmas lights created a magical atmosphere.


We left Sunday afternoon and missed the carol singers and the fireworks but I understand the Acklands won the local pub quiz that night.


November 30th

I have added a copy of music files to the Music Page

November  29th.

For those of you who look at this site, you may have recently found it had gone.  This is because I forgot to pay the bill!!  I notice they have increase the permissible website size from 50Mb to 250Mb!!

November 17th.

Rebecca Davis has returned to Swansea for 4 or 5 months.  Before leaving, Josh and her recorded a version of Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

It can be found on YouTube

Briony is sitting her 'Mocks' at the moment and learning to play the Uke.


October 26th.

A few pieces of news:

Level 42 were excellent.

I forgot to mention that Rob (Robin) Hulbert scored a goal for Darlington FC recently.  Well Done Rob!

Becca (Rebecca) Davis is 21 next Tuesday, October 28th.

Ray & Gerry Ackland who are my best friends parents and I have known for 37 years are celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary on November 1st.  However there is a big gathering of the Ackland clan on December 5th, 6th &7th in Dulverton to celebrate the occasion as they live in France.  I can't wait, the only Ackland who can't be there is Ross who I believe is in Sudan.

Donna and Briony drove a 300 miles round trip on Thursday night to take Josh, Rachael (Josh's Girlfriend) and Becca Davis to Bristol to see a band called 'Does it offend you? Yeah' or something similar.

Also Donna, Briony and Niece Kelly have tickets to see Boyzone next June in Sheffield.


October 17th

Josh Lyell has passed his driving test! 

October 3rd

Where has the year gone?  Recently Briony has been our star having taken her combined science GCSE a year early and passed!  Josh is bored with his course but they did say it was very basic the first 5 weeks.  Donna had some bad news she has to have a knee replacement operation which was a bit of a shock. 

Donna and I are off to see Level 42 in Bristol on October 19th.


September 4th

Sadly Brian Leay passed away today. His funeral is on the 11th, our thoughts are with Rose and family at this sad time.

July 27th

We are off to Brittany for a few days.  We sail @ 23.00hrs on Sunday (today) and return on Wednesday @ 21.00hrs.  We are staying in a hotel this time and hope to visit Ray and Gerry who have Mandy and Vince staying.  Sounds like a Barbie is on its' way!


July 22nd

Click on this link to see a impromptu recording by Josh Lyell and Becka Davis!




July 12th

Congratulations to Donna Lyell who has passed her exams and the final interview to become a HLTA (High Level Teaching Assistant).  Well Done Donna!!

June 17th

The latest addition to our family......welcome to James Cole and congratulations to proud mum Katie. 

Sorry I have lost the e-mail with all the detail on.  But from memory he was a good weight just over 8lbs and I think he was born on June 10th (someone help me here!)

But here is our first picture of James.......


June 7th

Happy Birthday to Briony she is 15 today!!

Other news:  Dan, John and Julie Squire are visiting Plymouth next Friday (June 13th).  They are Luxton's all from 'Down Under', Dan is currently working in the UK.


May 26th

Sorry for the delay in updating the website.  Recent news.................

Andy (Lyell) turned the big 50 on May 13th!

Michele Hulbert got engaged to Stuart on May 23rd.

Our Bestman and best mate Mark and his wife Debbie paid a visit, their first in 18mths.  A great night with too much wine being drunk, mostly by Mark!


March 21st.

Happy Easter everyone!

Liz has pulled out of the Talent Show and let Josh down once again.  Josh is now actively trying to put a band together.  He has even had an offer of a singer!

Donna's cousins Linda and Roger Lea came to visit us last weekend and despite the weather seemed to enjoy themselves.  We took them on a tour around South Devon, visiting; Brixton, Kingsbridge, Slapton Sands, Dartmouth, Torbay, Cockington, Newton Abbott, Haytor, Widdecombe in the Moor, Postbridge, Princetown, Merrivale, Tavistock and Yelverton.  We saved the best until last and visited my work where we saw 40+ wild Roe Deer and 2 Buzzards.


February 21st

Josh, Liz and Matt have entered the Plymstock School Talent Show.  They used Wonderwall to get through the audition and are now working on a new song for the Show.  Feeder and Ash numbers are being considered.  Watch this space!


February 15th

Brother Andrew and Sister-in-Law Elaine sent me this picture of their son Rob (my nephew).

Here he is in a wicked blue shirt and red tie with Natalie and friends in a restaurant in Atlanta on their way to "homecoming".



February 14th.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Ideal news for Valentines Day although somewhat belated...............Congratulations to Mike and Sarah who recently got married in Tauranga, New Zealand.  See the New Zealand page for more on this.


February 13th

More birthday announcements...............

On the 9th it was Bunty's 83rd birthday and she celebrated the occasion with a meal at our house.

February 13th - Josh turned 17 and has his first driving lesson!  Initial worry turned into big smile when he stepped out of the car.

Talking of cars we have a new addition.  Our old Primera which we had for 10 years and never let us down has been put out to pastures new.  We travelled a 600 round trip to purchase our new car a Volkswagen Passat.  This is our little contribution to Global Warming as the Passat does almost twice as many miles to the gallon compared to the Primera.

January 20th.

On January 10th 'The Twins' Uncle Ian and Aunty Ann turned 70.  They celebrated the occasion on the day with a quiet family meal but on the following Saturday there was a family gathering at Debbie Toy's house.

Here they are 'The Twins'



December 27th

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and looking forward to the New Year celebrations.


The latest addition to the Lyell family is .................

a female Herman Tortoise belonging to Briony.

November 16th

This Website has moved to a new Host and can be found at either or



November 12th

Things are moving quicker than I had expected and as a result I have acquired our very own Domain Name which is and I am in the process of acquiring a new host.  So we could be back in business with a new site soon which should have some new features.

November 6th

Notice - At the end of this month this website will be going off-line until probably Spring 2008.  This is because I am changing my internet provider and as a result my e-mail address will be changing also. 


October 13th



England       France  

14    -    9

England       France



October 7th

A lot has happened since August 12th. 

Reported sightings of the pheasants continue to come in daily.  How people can tell them apart I do not know.  The security staff know our pheasants well as they have been feeding them.  They tell me they have only seen the dominant male who visits with an older male.  The other 3 have not been seen and could be anywhere given they have just released thousands of pheasants into the local woods!!  

Scotland was excellent as usual.  We managed to spend some time with Andy and Elaine before they shot off to Paris to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  Whilst in Edinburgh it was Festival week with the Fringe.  Josh, Briony and Alice loved it as wherever one walked there was some street theatre or band playing it was a great atmosphere.  We also went up Calton Hill and visited the; The Dungeons, The Craigs, Scott's Monument, The Forth Bridges, The Royal Mile and Princess Street. 

En route to Inverness we stopped off at Castle Donan which is where Monty Python's 'The Holy Grail' was filmed.  From Inverness we visited Kyle of Lochalsh and took a trip on Seaprobe which is a boat with underwater viewing windows.  We moved down to Fort William visiting Oban and Glencoe which was stunning.  On the return journey we visited Roger & Linda Lea in Chorley before heading home.

Well worth the trip!!

See some of the photos at

Password is still 1234    

England 12 Australia 10!

October 6th

Hello everyone!  Sorry I have been off-line for a while with pc problems.  A new dual core processor running at 3.6GHz has put things back on the rails however the website software was missing so I had to find and re-install which took me forever.  Anyway we are back!

News updates to follow.

August 12th

We are back from Paris and thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.  Paris was a lot cleaner than remembered or expected and the architecture is superb.  Donna and the kids went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (3 hrs!) but the highlight was Disney.  You can see some of our holiday snaps at using password 1234 at the prompt.

We are off to Scotland week commencing August 20th to meet Andrew, Elaine and Helly briefly before Andy & Elaine fly to Paris for 10 days to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Robbie will be in Atlanta so we will miss him altogether.  

Brief news on the pheasants.  They appear to be OK and split into 2 groups; 1 + 3.  Both groups have been spotted in the last few days.

I have started a new web page titled 'New Zealand' have a look at it for some interesting news & stories.

I am nearly up to date with news - next update will probably be after Scotland.


July 21st

Hi everyone still running a bit behind schedule with news.....

Donna and Elaine had a great time in Manchester at the Genesis concert.

Robbie Lyell is off to Atlanta Uni around August 20th.

We are off to France this coming weekend.

Some interesting news just in from New Zealand.  Hopefully I'll get it posted this week.

Our Pheasants are being released tomorrow morning. I have just taken this picture of them. We have 2 cocks and 2 hens.  They are being released at my work and I have informed the 100 or so office staff to keep a look out for them.  Unfortunately in one area of the grounds we have a vixen with 2 cubs, but with our 45 acres and the whole of Plymbridge Woods let's hope they don't meet each other!


July 4th

Sorry everyone I am a bit late with my postings so here are a few to catch up!

Various Proms.............

Robbie Lyell (Front Left) at his school prom.

Here's Robbie all dressed for the Prom.

Josh and Alice ready for their Prom.


May 30th

We have finally booked our holiday!  We have rented a house 30 miles NW of Paris. 

 Let's hope it is as nice as it looks!

May 28th

Here is a picture of the pheasants at 3 weeks old.  Compare their size with the teddy bear and then look at their earlier picture below. 

Haven't they grown.  They can certainly fly well and are constantly getting out.


May 20th

We are down to 4 now!  Another Pheasant has died, it appears to be the last one (the smallest).  I don't think it was picked by the others I just think it had a bug of some sort. 


May 15th

Elaine Lyell's choir came forth in the national championships last weekend.  Well done Elaine!!


May 14th

Here is the Marinade recipe I used for the steak last weekend...................


4 fl ozs of Light Soya Sauce

1 Garlic Glove

Black Pepper

1 tsp Dijon Mustard

2 tbs Lemon Juice

Marinade 1/2 to 3 hrs before cooking.  Enjoy...


May 13th

Happy Birthday to brother Andy today and Happy Birthday to Mum tomorrow.  Yesterday we had a gathering of the clan at Kelly Bray what an enjoyable day it was to.  Thanks Debs and Trev xx

Pheasants doing OK. Here is the latest pic............


May 8th.

We had a last minute surprise yesterday when a 6th decided to hatch on day 26 some 3 days after the first chick arrived.  Unfortunately chick #5 has died this evening so we are back to 5.  We have returned the last chick to the incubator to fatten him up for a few days before returning him to the brooder. The small chicks always get picked on by the bigger ones.

So hopefully that is it now as I have taken all the other remaining eggs out of the incubator.  They appear very easy to sex and from memory we have 2 cocks and 3 hens left.


May 7th.

Latest update is that we have 5 chicks.  3 hatched naturally, one we helped a little bit and one we helped a lot.  The first 4 are doing well, feeding themselves and having fun. The 5th is being nursed by Briony and is looking better this morning but still has a way to go before it can rejoin the others.  We are not expecting any more to hatch and we will open the remaining eggs to tomorrow to confirm our thoughts.

Here is number 4, called 'Little Dude' being given a drink by Briony.

For more pics follow the link with password 1234.



May 6th

As of this morning we have 4 chicks hatched and 3 more eggs pipped.  However they have been pipped for quite sometime so 4 may be all we get.  It is always difficult to know what to do, do you help them out of their shells or not.  I helped number 4 out a little bit but is it nature's way of natural selection and only the strongest hatch!  They still have 24 hrs to arrive so time will tell.



May 4th

Eggs due tomorrow!  Hopefully we'll get something.  I'll keep you posted.


Well a couple of hours after writing that note our first chick has hatched and another is on its way!



April 24th

We have candled the pheasant eggs and we appear to have 11 fertile and 1 yolker (infertile).  Good and bad news really, if all 11 hatch I will need a bigger run!


April 22nd


Debbi and Trev on their big day.

Well what a day! The weather was ideal and the venue was superb. 

More photos here

Password 1234


April 17th

This coming weekend is the biggie for Debbi and Trev as they have their Blessing.  Hope to see everyone there for the big occasion.


April 14th

The Pheasant eggs have arrived and are currently in the incubator.  I have posted the latest pictures on my photo website as it is easier to do and I have a lot more storage space to use there.  If you are interested try this link and use the password 1234 if asked.


April 10th - Big celebration - Nigel and Karen's 25th wedding anniversary.

April 1st

Josh's band advertised for a rhythm and bass guitarist last week and 13 lads turned up to audition.  Needless to say they are now a 5 piece and immediately auditioned for the school talent contest and got through to the big day - April 16th.  Hopefully I can take pictures of the performance to post here.  Josh's girlfriend Alice is also in the same contest, she is dancing with 13 other girls 'doing' the time warp!


Dino left us this week.  Dino was our caravan for the last 10 years.  Sadly the site fees increased to a level were it became uneconomic to keep it.


March 27th

The Chinese Ring Necked Pheasant - this year's project!

The eggs are being despatched from April 9th.  Once they arrive they have to be set (stored) for 24 hrs before incubating for 24 days.  Each day the eggs have to be turned 3 times and kept at a temperature of 37.7C @ 70% RH.  On the last 3 days the eggs are not turned in preparation of hatching.  We hope to document the process from egg to release as usual.  Possible release sites are over my garden wall, Higher Punchardon and at my work.  My work is possibly the favourite at present as there are 45 acres, a large pond all next the Plymbridge Woods and Dartmoor!


March 24th

Last year's project was the Mallard ducks this year's is something different.  We have just bought an incubator and a dozen fertile eggs! Find out what eggs they are very soon...............We will post the progress of our little project as it unfolds so watch this space!


March 23rd

Margaret Wilson (Lyell) has recently re-established contact. 

Margaret lives in Australia and is the cousin of Noreen Smith. Her Mother was Margaret Forrester Bullock Miller daughter of John Miller and Elizabeth Forrester, she was born in Glasgow 1905.

If I'm right (and I'm not the genealogist) I am directly descended from Margaret's GGG Grandparents, Henry Lyell and Mary Noble.  Margaret has put a pin on our Guest Map.  Nice to hear from you - Welcome Aboard !


March 19th

Great News - Robbie Lyell has passed his driving test at his first attempt!

Well done Rob!


February 17th

Lots of news to catch up on.

The Plymouth Hulbert Clan took the matriarch Bunty to the Rose and Crown at Yealmpton near Plymouth for a family meal to celebrate her 82nd birthday.

As you can see from the picture Bunty enjoyed herself. 


Last weekend Briony, Lucy (Briony's friend) and I drove the 150 mile round trip to Falmouth to see my favourite band Naz. 

Dan the Man on the 'pipes' during Hair of the Dog.

 The concert was excellent and even the girls enjoyed it.  I am now envious of my brother Andy as he gets to see them in Inverness next week along with Elaine and Helly.  Rob you don't know what you are missing! 


Steve Alexander

I heard some great news from Steve and Jen this week.  The e-mail read.......'The US have named a valley in Antarctica after me in recognition of my contribution to the US Antarctic Program'.

The valley is called.......Alexander Valley

Antarctica ID: 18723   Class: Valley   Latitude: 77.1730S   Longitude: 161.2200E

Description: A valley of 1.5 miles long between Mount Leland and Sponsors Peak in Cruzen Range, Victoria Land.  The lower end of the valley is ice free and opens to Victoria Upper Glacier; the upper portion is partly ice covered and is surmounted by Mount Issac, 1250m. Named by US-ACAN (2005) after Stephen Paul Alexander, USAP marine biologist in study of McMurdo Sound benthic foraminifer, six seasons 1985-1991; Laboratory Manager, Grary Science and Engineering Center, McMurdo Station, three seasons 2002-2004.   Date Entered:  01-Jan-05

What an honour!!  I am very pleased for him.


February 5th

Latest news is that the Naz concert is this weekend.  Josh is 16 next week!  Robbie Lyell has also been accepted at Atlanta University.

January 16th

Here are two of our girls.  Taken by Jean Lyell this past weekend.  They are Paddle and Dunker looking really good.


January 8th

Helly has arrived home safe and sound and really enjoyed her experience.


January 6th

Donna and Elaine Lyell have big smiles on their faces as they have tickets to see Genesis in concert on July 7th in the Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester.


January 5th

Just catching up with family news over Christmas.......

It's Girl!!

Dave and Kerry Dungay are proud parents of a baby girl.  I think the details were 7lbs 1/2oz and called Eva Marie.  Please tell me if I have got it wrong again (it's a man thing!)

Family visitors this Christmas were;  Brother Andy, Elaine and Rob (Helly in Columbia) and it was good to see 1st cousin Janice who was down in her grandmother role for Eva above!  Andrew, Linda, Tim and Sophie from Punchardon also spent a day with us. 

Also another 1st cousin who most of us have not seen for 25-30 years - Victor Easterbrook!!  


December 18th

I would just like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Latest update from Higher Punchardon is that out of our 8 ducks, 2 ducks remain in the farm yard, 3 drakes come and go as it suits them but sadly 3 ducks have died.  Still, 5 out of 8 is better odds than they would have got in the wild.

We are looking forward to Andy, Elaine and Rob coming down from Edinburgh to visit for Christmas.  Helly is hopefully off to Colombia for Christmas.


December 2nd

Noeleen and Goff in New Zealand have some news for us.................Noeleen writes.......

We have some very special news and that is we now have a darling little Great- granddaughter Ella Rose who was born on 2nd Nov. 


Ella belongs to Sarah our granddaughter and her partner Mike. As you will see by her photo she is a dear wee soul and dearly loved by all her family. Ella weighed in at 10lbs 6ozs.

Congratulations to Sarah and Mike from everyone in the UK.


November 13th

25 years ago tonight I was knocking on Donna's front door for the first time asking her father if I could take his daughter out for the evening.  The rest is history!! 

To celebrate the occasion we both drove to Bristol (125 miles away) to see Deacon Blue in concert.  They were excellent.


November 12th

Roger and Linda Lea celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary today (40 years).  Congratulations! we hope you had a great day.


October 6th

Sorry I am a bit slow updating the website only it has been manic here.  Just had to share some good news with brother Andy though!

Tour Dates 2007

February 7th


Queens Hall


February 8th


Rock Cafe 2000


February 9th




February 10th


Cheese and Grain






February 23rd


City Hall


February 24th




Need I say more!


September 7th.

I have recently subscribed to an on-line photo gallery service which can be found at use the password 1234 at the prompt.  While you are there have a look at my other photo galleries as their are 20+ galleries with 500+ photos to date.  More being added daily.


September 1st

We are back from our travels.  See some of our pictures Loire Valley

Debbie and Trev Walker have finally moved in to their new house near Plymouth. More on that soon....


August 6th

Roger and Linda are returning from Brittany tonight on the 21.30hrs ferry into Plymouth.  We are starting to prepare for our holiday leaving on the same ferry at 23.30hrs on Friday this week. 

We are staying in cottage in a small village called Breil in the Loire Valley.  I can't wait!


August 1st

Roger and Linda Lea have been to visit us before travelling across to Roscoff (France) on the ferry.  Sunday night saw a gathering of the Hulbert Clan for a barbeque at the Lyell household.  A great time was hopefully had by all!

Front row left to right; Linda Lea (nee Hulbert), Sheila Hulbert, Jane Hulbert and Bunty Hulbert. 

Back row left to right: Ian Lyell, Paul Hulbert, Gary Hulbert, Donna Lyell (nee Hulbert) and Roger Lea.

July 8th

It is official - Luke has been made Head Boy of Plymstock school - Well Done Luke!


July 7th

Breaking news - Rumour has it (from a reliable source) that Luke Bam has been appointed Head Boy of Plymstock School which is a very prestigious appointment indeed. Plymstock School has 1000+ pupils which is one of the biggest in Plymouth.  He was apparently 1 of 10 candidates interviewed for the post.    


Auntie Ethel's funeral is in Portsmouth next Thursday (13th).  Contact Auntie Anne for details.


July 2nd

We have had so much good news to date that it had to happen....some sad news................

'Auntie' Ethel Baser (Irish/Luxton) has died at the grand old age of 90 years old.  She died peacefully in her sleep after being admitted to hospital last Wednesday.  Her husband, 'Uncle Charlie' died many years ago and following his death she moved from Plymouth to be near her son Robert.  Our thoughts are with Robert and his family at this sad time.


July 1st

Jean Lyell (Mum), son Andrew and his wife Elaine and children Helly and Robbie have all gone to the USA for a 3 week holiday (starting June 27th).  Looking at the itinerary they plan to visit 8 states!


June 25th

The Bride and Groom have returned from their Honeymoon and have seen the photos.  Thankfully they are as pleased with them as I am.  Here are a couple of pictures, one of Hatherop Castle School where the reception was held the other is of the school choir who were brillant.



June 19th

The ducklings had better be staying as I have just bought a load of timber and wire to make a run for them.  I also believe I have found a good home for them.  A manager in work has a farm in North Devon and his neighbour has made a small lake hoping it will attract waterfowl.  Our 8 ducks would look very nice sat on his lake.  The advantages are many but at least they won't be troubled by other ducks and swans. They would also have secure accommodation and get the occasional feed.  Sounds good at this stage.

June 18th

Mother Duck has not returned so we are having to rear the ducklings ourselves.  They should be of a suitable size to release in around 8 weeks time so fingers crossed they make it.

June 15th

We had a surprise waiting for us when we got home yesterday - 8 ducklings and their mum sat on our small pond.  Unfortunately Mum flew off and hasn't returned to collect her brood, so in the meantime we have to take care of them.  Hopefully she will return for them but Briony is hoping she doesn't!

They do look cute though.


June 4th

Just back from the wedding.  What a day, what a weekend !!  The weather was superb, the location - Hatherop Castle School was an excellent choice.  The choir for the blessing was outstanding and the waiters were diamonds!  A brilliant day was had by all and it was great to see family faces again especially, Phil, Kelly and Will, Rob, Jack and Charlie.  Big thanks to Paul and Sally Easterbrook and family.

Here is an advance picture of the happy couple just after they signed the register.


May 27th

The Big Wedding between Gary Hulbert and Jane Easterbrook approaches! The date is June 3rd @ 12.00 Noon at Cirencester Registry Office, look out for the one way system in Cirencester.  Afterwards to Hatherop Castle School for the blessing and reception.  Hatherop School is 12 miles North East of Cirencester.  Suggested accommodation are the Travel Lodges at Cirencester or Burford unless you go B&B.  Don't forget to be good to the photographer!!   Check the weather forecast for the weekend click here

Find the Registry office @ Post Code GL7 1QW or to view the location click here

Find Hatherop Castle School on the map here

Hatherop School with Church, bottom right of picture.  Postcode GL7 3NB for those of you with SatNav!


May 22nd

Helly flys home on Wednesday arriving in the UK on Thursday.

May 17th

Have you seen the new page on the Home Page titled 'A Southern Journey'.  Noeleen and Goff have sent in another excellent account of a recent holiday.  Many Thanks.

May 14th

Well done Elaine!  Elaine's chorus picked up a silver at the UK Championships in Plymouth. 

The evening was topped by our family members being locked in the car park and I had to phone the Police to get them out in the early hours of the morning!!  What a way to celebrate a birthday!!  One for the family story archives which hopefully will become funny with the passage of time!

May 13th

Happy Birthday  to Brother Andrew and Happy Birthday for tomorrow Mum.


May 9th

Donna is back from Manchester and thoroughly enjoyed the Take That concert which went on for 2 hours!

Elaine is getting ready for the return of the UK and Ireland Sweet Adelines barbershop singing championship.   

More than 1100 women will be competing in two categories; Quartet and chorus competitions. The weekend gets under way on Friday 12th, when the quartet competition will be held.

The chorus competition starts on Saturday 13th at 12:30pm and is estimated to finish at 16:15pm. The chorus competition results are followed by a mass sing where all the competitors sing together outside the arena.

They then have their big Show of Champions concert at 7.45pm on Saturday night where all the quartet and chorus winners (Gold, silver and bronze medallists) are featured together with International guest artists.  The event promises to be a musical extravaganza not to be missed and will be a real treat for all music lovers !

Jean, Donna and Briony Lyell have got tickets!


May 4th

Donna is getting everything organised for the trip to Manchester on Saturday to see Take That in Concert.


May 3rd

Debbie Walker has got herself a new job in Tavistock -  Well Done Debs!


May 1st

Pinch is May already!  Birthdays this month are...........










Robert Lyell

Roy Johnson

Andrew Lyell

Jean Lyell

Kerry Davis

Rodney Stevenson

Gail Stevenson

April 30th

Excellent news is breaking that their is an expectant mum in the Stevenson/Luxton Clan.  More to follow........

April 29th

News from our Chorley Hulbert Clan - Michael Kelly has recently passed his driving test.  Well Done Mike! 

Another driving test success just heard that Luke Bam (Luxton/Stevenson) passed his test today.  Well Done Luke!


April 23rd.

Good News.  The Walker Family are another step closer to relocating back to the West Country.  On Friday Trevor successfully passed an interview for a job in Plymouth starting in late May.



April 17th.

Near Plymouth is a small village called Yelverton.  During the war there was a fighter airfield located nearby called RAF Harrowbeer.  A friend of mine is one of the web masters for their site where I read the following article which tickled me.  This could only happen in England, remember it is wartime..................

Sqdn Leader Derek Leyland Stevenson (DFC) of 175 Hurricane Squadron

"As we took off at first light, we got into the routine of starting our engines and warming them up prior to dawn breaking. I was sitting in my Hurricane on the Crapstone side of the airfield, when I suddenly heard a tapping on my cockpit. On sliding back the hood, I was amazed to see an elderly gentleman, wearing pyjamas and a raincoat and holding a brolly standing on my wing!. He demanded to know what all the noise was about and did we have to rev our engines so much as it woke him up! He had apparently climbed over the nearby fence and wouldn't be placated by the traditional "Don't you know there's a war on!"


April 16th

I forgot to apologise for the musical additions to the Home Page and Latest News Page.  I was just checking to see how it was done and I have not removed them.

Just had a call from from Bunty to say she is home (Birkenhead).  They really enjoyed themselves.  Plenty of photos so watch this space! 

April 14th

Happy Easter Everyone!

We have just returned from our travels around the North of England.  It started a day late due to the curse of the toothache!  I finally had the tooth removed on Friday but when it 'woke up' from the anaesthetic it was not happy!  So a sleepless night and pain killers delayed our start.

We had a great time visiting family. In Morley we visited Kelly, Phil and Will before moving to Chorley with a long overdue visit to see Roger, Linda, Angela and Katie.  We had a great time catching up on family news and seeing family faces again, some for the very first time!!

I took a few photos en route..........

Josh on trial at the York Dungeons - He defended himself and was found Guilty!

A street statue in York

Josh having his hair painted - Yes you guessed it - Lilac!

Holme Moss in the middle of 'Last of the Summer Wine Country'

Josh & Briony have a snowball fight!

Our Guest House in Betws-y-Coed, North Wales.  Ruth the landlady is always pleased to see us.

The rapids at Betws-y-Coed, an ideal view whilst eating your Fish 'n' Chips!

Caernarfon Castle where Prince Charles was crowned The Prince of Wales.  


April 6th

We are off on our travels tomorrow.  Heading for Morley (Leeds) Friday evening and staying for 3 nights.  Visiting York on Saturday with Kelly, Phil and Will.  Monday we drive over to Chorley and visit Roger and Linda Lea and Family.  Tuesday we head for Betws-y-coed in Snowdonia for a couple of nights. Then we head home before the Easter break.


April 4th

Happy Birthday to Elaine and Danielle.  Kelly and Will came out to see us today.  I took the following picture of Will having his afternoon nap after a feed.


April 1st


Happy Birthday to Helly from everyone on Lyell Web.  Other birthdays include:-









Helen Lyell

Danielle Walker

Elaine Lyell

William Henry Luxton (Uncle Harry)

Sheila Hulbert (Leeds)

Nathan Walker 

Ann Cole

March 29th

I have had some news and new pictures from Helly in Valdosta.  As soon as I have some time I'll post them.



March 28th

She has finally left!!  Bunty left for Liverpool this morning on the train.  She flies out with her niece Rose Leay on Saturday to join their cruise ship in the Caribbean.   

March 25th

We drove to Birmingham on Saturday to see a band called Feeder.  The Kids and Donna really enjoyed it.  Here are some pictures...


March 11th

Debbie Toy and Auntie Annie came out to see us last night and today Janice, Kirsty and Robyn came out.  There is now a picture of Robyn on their announcement below. Take a look........

March 1st

It's a boy!!

Congratulations to Kelly (nee Hulbert) and Phil Kenyon who are now the proud parents of a baby boy called Will.  Will weighed in at 7lbs 5ozs which was a super weight given he was a couple of weeks early.  Mum and baby are very well and were allowed home on March 2nd.    


We woke up this morning to snow!  

A small herd of Fallow Deer where I work in Plymouth

Looking North towards Dartmoor


February 23rd 

Good News!!  On February 16th @ 11.55am Kirsty Davis gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  She has been named Robyn Kerry and weighed in at 8lbs 15ozs.  Both Mum (Janice) and sister Kerry were at the birth, Janice 'cut the cord'.  


February 12th

An unexpected visitor calls!

For many years my daughter Briony has had a Lepricon called Paddy McGinty as a room mate.  Mr. McGinty (as he was known) became a popular member of the family and would go with us everywhere we went.  He really enjoyed travelling.  However last year during our holiday to Scotland and 'The Lakes' he vanished without trace.  He never even left a note.   

Paddy on a trip to France early last year.

We were obviously very concerned for his safety but were helpless to do anything.  Time is a great healer however just as we were getting over his leaving there was a knock at the door.  When we opened it we found a good friend of Paddy's had come all the way from Ireland to visit him.  We invited him in and told him the sad news, he was of course devastated.  

Dermot Delaney.

However one good thing has come out of all this sorrow is that he has agreed to stay with us.  So we are delighted to introduce our new family member - Dermot Delaney.

There have been several unconfirmed reports that Paddy has been seen tied to the front grill of a lorry on the M1 motorway!  If true, he is certainly getting to travel a lot more these days!


February 10th

We drove down to Falmouth last night, a round trip of 150 miles to see my favourite band Nazareth.  This time Donna, Josh and Briony came to the concert with me.  The doors opened at 8.00pm and the support band (SuiteNoir) started at 8.30.  They were a Grunge band I am told.  The main act (Nazareth) appeared on stage at 9.30 and played until 11.15pm.  What a show, on leaving I asked Donna what she thought of it and she said 'I am amazed to say this but I really enjoyed it.  I would go again'  That is a result for me as it opens up all sorts of possibilities!  They are playing in Austria later this year!


January 30th

Have you seen the new page entitled 'Cape Kidnappers' written by Goff Squire in New Zealand.


January 28th

Sorry everyone I have been busy decorating and something has to suffer.  We have just started decorating Briony's room, then we have new kitchen doors coming Feb 24th.

Nazareth concert is looming (Feb 9th) and kids are off to see Feeder on March 25th in Birmingham.  

Mum (Jean) is holidaying with Andy & Elaine around February 10th in a cottage west of Aberdeen somewhere near Huntly.

Bunty Hulbert is getting all excited about her Caribbean Cruise and there is still 9 weeks to go!   


January 16th

Donna Lyell and Bunty Hulbert have made contact with Anne Cole (Nee Jewell),  Aunty Di's daughter.  They are planning to visit her this coming weekend in Yelverton.


January 9th

At Christmas I sent out the website details with some of our Christmas cards.  As a result I have recently been in contact with Angela Kelly (Nee Lea) and also her mum Linda Lea (nee Hulbert)  They have given me an update on their respective families.  It is great to be in contact again. 


January 7th

Luke Bam came round tonight to show us his new car.  It is a lovely Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX 3 door.  He is still having driving lessons but even his Dad Nigel looked really relaxed in the passenger seat!!


January 6th

For those of you in the UK - Don't miss watching a programme called Inside Out @ 21.30hrs on Monday 9th January.  It is wildlife programme about the deer and badgers at my work place.  In fact the badger set is 150 mtrs from my desk!  


December 27th

I hope you have all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year celebrations.  Helly flew back to Atlanta today.  Later in the week she is flying up to New York where she will be celebrating the New Year in Times Square.  We have the Winkleigh folk coming to visit on the 29th.

I have added a couple of local pictures to the 'Pic of the Week' page. I took these whilst walking off all that food one eats at Christmas.

December 14th

Helly flies back to Bonnie Scotland for Christmas. She flew back to London this morning and arrived in Edinburgh around Lunch Time.  Welcome back Helly.


December 10th

See Helly's latest on the Valdosta page.


November 26th

Have you heard the latest songs from Robbie Lyell and his band mates, 'Raise the Stakes'.  They have made professional studio recordings of 'Lost and Out of Luck' and 'Second Chance'.   They are both worth a listen to on their website.  Well done lads!! 


November 19th

The local paper tonight......


November 17th



Napier City Council's promotional contest, "Win A Dream Job" was won by a couple from Kent. Duncan Burrows, 34, a carpenter and wife Lindsay, 29, a dance and drama teacher are excited at being chosen out of 3,230 other entrants. After compiling their 50 word statement on why they would like to shift to Napier, New Zealand, they effectively forgot about it. It was a welcome surprise to be among the finalists for interviewing. Duncan, who will be assistant to the winemaker at Church Road Winery for six months said there will be no more 4.30 am alarm rings and the two hour commute to work in London.
Fifty people who had entered but missed out had already booked travel to Napier anyway. As well, about eighty people with skills and trades being sought here had shifted to the region following last years "Win A Life" competition and a similar number are expected to do the same this year.
A very warm welcome awaits Duncan and Lindsay.

Other news from New Zealand...........



The bronze statue of Pania (Pah-nea) sited in the gardens of Napier's beautiful Marine Parade has been there for 51 years. Sculptured by an Italian craftsman, Pania is to Napier what the Little Mermaid is to Copenhagen. Maori legend tells that Pania lived in the sea but left to dwell on the land with her human lover. When called by her people to return to the sea for a final visit, Pania was trapped and was unable to return to her lover on the land.


On the morning of 27th October this year Napier citizens were shocked to learn that their beloved Pania had disappeared. She had been stolen in the dead of the night. Following "routine enquiries" the police found her 10 days later in a shed at the rear of a suburban house - she was covered with an old blanket. Fortunately she had suffered only minor scratches. Three people have appeared in court charged with theft.
Today, the 16th November, has her restored on her plinth having put on much weight and more securely anchored and guarded by a Maori warden. This evening at 5.30 pm she will be unveiled by Mayor Barbara Arnott. A brief service of re-dedication conducted by a Kaumatua will be carried out. The joy on the return of our icon will be sounded by the pealing of the bells of the nearby Napier Cathedral.


November 12th

Rumour has it that at the annual Plymstock School awards ceremony last night, Luke Bam picked up 4 awards including 2 cups.  The cups were for the highest GCSE exam results and for the highest maths result as well awards for German and IT.  Well done Luke!!


October 30th

Here's a promo pic that has been taken of Raise the Stakes for the Edinburgh finals of the East Meets West battle of the bands. 

Robbie Lyell is on the far right and he writes............

We are up against seven other bands that also got through with us including our rivals, JaKil and the metal band, Agankhast. We are also releasing an e.p., if you are interested I will send it down to you.  Hope Josh is having fun with his guitar. See ya, Robbie

I am not sure when the next round is but Good Luck Robbie!!  

p.s. Yes please to the E.P!



October 22nd

Jason Gascoigne has announced that he and Tracy are soon to get engaged.  Not sure when but it is imminent!!!  Well done you two!!  


October 16th

New pages added!  

Goff Squire has very kindly written and submitted a page about a his wife's recent birthday party and updated us on the 'Job of a Lifetime'.  

I just had to add another picture to the article - sorry Goff.

I have also added a page about Robert Gibson - see what he was up to in 1949! 


October 9th

After a flurry of family activity it has now all gone quiet!  Surely someone has something to tell us all!

September 27th

Has everyone heard of Skype?  Skype is a free piece of downloadable software which if 2 users have it installed on their computer, it enables them to talk to each other free of charge from anywhere in the world.  If only one of you has Skype then you can phone the other on their usual phone at local phone rates (normally).  We use it to speak to family and friends in France and USA at 1.2p/min!!  It has the advantage over MSN Messenger in that it links into the normal 'landline' system.  MSN is still good for the video link.

September 24th

Donna and Briony (plus friends) have all gone to Manchester to see Mc Fly in concert tonight.


September 19th

Kerry and Dave have returned from their Honeymoon and have collected their photos.  Kerry was really pleased with them so I can sleep soundly tonight.

The happy couple on Plymouth Hoe with Smeaton's Tower (Lighthouse) in the background.


September 13th

Ceri Gascoigne got married today at the Plymouth Register Office.  Her Best Man was her 9 year old son Donovan.  

She married Matty in a small private ceremony attended only by their immediate family.  Congratulations to you both.


September 11th

Helly has sent an e-mail about her latest adventures.  Go to the Valdosta page and see what she has been up to.


September 10th

Goff in Napier, New Zealand has e-mailed me with a question. Who wants to Win a Dream Job?  Napier in New Zealand are offering the job of a lifetime.  Click on this link to find out more > 


September 2nd.

Well they have done it!  Dave & Kerry have 'tied the knot' at last.

The Happy Couple snapped on Plymouth Hoe, taken between the Service and the Reception.  Congratulations to you both.

The wedding pictures should be ready on Wednesday morning (7th) so I'll either be a happy man or leaving the country!! 


August 18th.

See you all in a week's time...............

August 16th

For those of you fortunate people who are in Plymouth at the moment - I hope you are all going up to the Hoe area to see the National Fireworks Competition tonight.  It is staged over 2 nights,  3 displays/night.  It is quite a show!! 

August 14th

We are starting to get ready for our mini UK tour.  This coming Friday (19th) we are off to Leeds, York, Edinburgh, Ayr, Troon, Mauchline, Kendal and Liverpool.  Other than Andy and Elaine's we are staying at B&B's en route.  The plan is to see as much family and local sights as possible.  We will let you know how we get on when we return.

August 13th

Info about Kerry and Dave's Wedding.............  

Service is 11.30hrs, meal is set for I believe 13.30hrs at the Astor Hotel.  The distance between the two places is a 5 minute walk.  I suggest parking near the Astor and walking back to the Registry Office.  Parking is 'pay and display' but if you go to the reception of the Astor Hotel you can buy an all day ticket for £2.50p.   I have heard they have a really good photographer doing their photos!!  I also believe that the first ceremony is at 11.30hrs so if you get there early parking should not be a problem as there may not be a wedding in front of ours.

August 12th

Janice Davis (nee Bam) with daughters Kerry and Kirstie came out to see us last night for a barbie and to discuss the wedding photos.  A good evening was had by all!  

August 2nd

Helen flew to Atlanta at 09.30hrs this morning.  She lands at around 22.00 hrs BST (17.00 hrs local time).  

July 22nd

We are off to Normandy first thing tomorrow, sailing Portsmouth - Cherbourg.  Therefore don't expect any updates for a week!

School's broke up today.  Josh & Briony both came home with very good reports.  

Josh was awarded the 'Certificate of Achievement' by his school's Science Department for having one of the highest Science SATs result out of the whole year of 195 pupils.  Well done Josh! 

July 20th

There is some good 'Hulbert' News in the pipeline.  Watch this space!

July 16th

We had a barbeque today with Reg & Joy Boyd, Jean, Elaine, Robbie, Helly, Ian, Donna, Josh and Briony Lyell.  The only immediate family Lyell missing was Andy.  A good evening was had by all.  We even set up a Video link with Andy but unfortunately due to technical problems could not establish audio.  Earlier the same day Josh attended a birthday party on Mothecombe beach and Helly and Robbie went up to Jennycliff to see the World Power Boat Championship taking place in 'The Sound' 

July 11th

The Lyell Clan from Edinburgh (minus Andy) have arrived in Plymouth after a record breaking 17 hr journey.  On a good day the trip could take only 7.5 hrs!  They are here for the week staying with Granddad Reg & Grandma Joy and later in the week Nanny Jean.

July 3rd

New pages to be added in the coming weeks / months are:

Georgia Gazette - A page to update and report on Helen Lyell's visit to Valdosta University in Georgia.   

Normandy Beaches - My family are spending a week in a cottage on the Cherbourg peninsular near Omaha Beach.  Whilst there we plan to do the D-Day experience.  There is a family connection as Donna's father operated a landing craft on D-Day. 

A visit to Scotland - Including stops en route to Leeds, York (Shopping, Cathedral & National Railway Museum,) Edinburgh and the famous Tattoo, Ayrshire including; Troon, Irvine, Ayr, Croy Brae and not forgetting Mauchline. On the way home we are stopping at Kendal for a couple of days to visit The Lake District.  Then we head for Liverpool to give some of Donna's relations a surprise call! 

Your suggestions for other pages are most welcome.

July 1st

Did you know that our oldest known ancestor is a Hugh Luxton who died in 1598.  He married Alice and had 4 children.  Their children lived around the Winkleigh area of Devon.


June 30th

Lucy Lyell's page has moved to the Lyell Family Page.  

A new page has been added - William Luxton who was originally from North Devon but emigrated to NZ in 1875.


June 24th

I have been persuaded to enter a number of photos in the BBC 'Picture of Britain' competition.  'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' as they say!  All I need now is for someone to vote for them!

Clicking these links should get you to the pictures.

Picture A  Picture B  Picture C  Picture D  Picture E


June 17th

This weekend sees the gathering of the Hulbert Clan in Plymouth.  Rob, Michelle, Jack and Charlie have made the trip down from Telford to spend the weekend with dad Gary.  Kelly and Billie (The Boxer) are making a surprise visit tonight. Phil has had to stay in Morley as he has a gathering of his own - his band.

This was Billie this afternoon looking rather apprehensive about meeting Granddad Gary.  

Nanny (Bunty) Hulbert along with my family will be adding to the Hulbert numbers on Father's Day as we have been invited out Gary's for lunch.  


June 14th

Auntie Anne (Toy) is driving up to the Gosport/Southsea area.  While there she is planning to call in and see Auntie Ethel Baser (Née Irish). I believe I last saw Aunty Ethel at my wedding which is some 16 years ago now.  When did you last see her? 

June 12th

I have received an e-mail from Steve and Jen Alexander.  They are both well and back in Denver after spending several months in Antarctica.  They write....

'Had a great trip to Fiji for a month on Sojourner. We sailed the western islands of Fiji (the Yasawas) and enjoyed some great diving, huge lobsters on the BBQ and lots of sunset cocktails. Wish we could do that all the time!'

Don't we all!!!!!!!!!!


June 10th

Helen Lyell has been awarded the school DUX award.  This is awarded to the top pupil for academic achievement.  She will receive the award at a ceremony on June 29th where she will be collecting another 3 awards for English and Music.  Well Done Helen we are all very proud of you.

I have removed the picture quiz page as very little interest was shown in it.

I have added a new page titled Lucy Lyell which shows pictures of her recent 90th birthday celebrations, 'down under'.

June 5th

We arrived back from Blue Anchor yesterday.  The weather was kind to us the first 5 days but the last 3 days weren't that bad either.  Have a look at some of my pictures posted on the 'Photo Album' web page under 'Exmoor'. 

Had a minor problem with website today.  Lost all the pictures!  Hopefully everything is back to normal again now. The lesson I learnt is never consume red wine whilst uploading your website.  After several glasses you believe you are an IT expert and can fix any IT problem.  Thankfully I had taken a back up copy! 

May 28th

We're off to Blue Anchor holiday park for the week.  The West Somerset Steam Railway runs straight through the park and steam trains run every hour or so. Whilst there we plan to visit Wachet, Butlins Holiday Camp,  Exmoor,  Lynton & Lynmouth.  We will let you know how we get on.

May 27th

Nigel Bam who is never happy with the performance of his Supra has just bought a new upgrade kit for it.  It comprises of one large turbo which replaces the two he currently has.  This addition will take the horsepower rating from the current 500 or so to a staggering 700 HP! Next step is to put wings on it and fly!!  

May 14th

Elaine has won a second place in the chorus section of the UK and Ireland Sweet Adelines barbershop singing championship.  Well done Elaine!!

May 14th

Happy Birthday to Jean Lyell


May 13th

Happy Birthday to Andy Lyell 

Andy's wife Elaine is currently in Plymouth at the UK and Ireland Sweet Adelines barbershop singing championship.   Her mother, Joy is also taking part.

More than 1100 women will be competing in two categories; Quartet and chorus competitions. The weekend gets under way on Friday 13th, when the quartet competition will be held.

The chorus competition starts on Saturday 14th at 12:30pm and is estimated to finish at 16:15pm. The chorus competition results are followed by a mass sing where all the competitors sing together outside the arena.

They then have their big Show of Champions concert at 7.45pm on Saturday night where all the quartet and chorus winners (Gold, silver and bronze medallists) are featured together with International guest artists.  The event promises to be a musical extravaganza not to be missed and will be a real treat for all music lovers !


May 12th

Lucy Lyell's 90th Birthday - Born Peterborough, South Australia May 12th, 1915.  Happy Birthday Lucy!!


April 7th

Birthdays this month are:-  Helen Lyell, Danielle Walker, Elaine Lyell & Nathan Walker.  Happy Birthday to you all.  

Helen spent her 18th Birthday in the USA.


April 6th

We have just returned from a long weekend in the Cotswolds.  It was our first visit and we thought it was over rated.  We must be spoilt living in Devon with Somerset and Cornwall close by.  We did enjoy Stratford on Avon though which is well worth a visit.  


March 31st

Check out the new 'Picture of the Week'!


March 29th

We drove up to visit Higher Punchardon today.  We arrived around 12.30 and didn't get home until 00.30hrs the following day.  Everyone was fine and they were busy as usual with lambing and sowing seeds, although the shop was closed for the day.  Whilst we were there 2 lambs were born. Josh and Briony got the opportunity to bottle feed and hold the orphan lambs which by the expression on their faces they really enjoyed! 

This lamb was a couple of days old.  The orphan lambs are put under an infra red lamp for warmth.


March  27th

Easter Sunday - Happy Easter Everyone!!


March 7th

Added another new page - 'Picture of the Week'.  Send me your pictures for posting here.  They don't have to be masterpieces just fun interesting snaps.  


March 6th

New page posted about William Stevenson (Pom Pom) written by his eldest daughter.


March 4th

I have had a couple of my pictures voted 'Picture of the Month' on the Widecombe-in-the-Moor website.   A number of our ancestors came from Widecombe,  namely the Irish family (Gran Bumpus).


March 4th

Gail Stevenson is now married and her reception is tomorrow March 5th.  Congratulations to Gail and her new husband from the 'Stevenson Clan'.

February 25th












It was well worth the 400 mile round trip.  

They played:- Hit The Fan, Open Up Woman, Razamanaz, Kentucky, Messiah, Dream On, Bad Bad Boy, Love Leads To Madness, My White Bicycle, Hearts Grown Cold, Shanghaid In Shanghai, Hair Of The Dog, Broken Down Angel, Love Hurts.

Their encore consisted of Night Woman, Teenage Nervous Breakdown & This Flight Tonight.

February 22nd

I have booked to see Nazareth in concert at JB's in Dudley near Birmingham.  We planned to stay at the Station Hotel which was featured on Most Haunted but there was no room at the inn.  The concert is fair exchange for a day's shopping at the Bull Ring!


February 20th

Gail (née Stevenson) is getting married either this month or next.  She is marrying abroad somewhere - I was told when and where,  but too much red wine affects memory retention!  Congratulations to Gail and her partner, it goes without saying that we all wish them both the very best for the future.   


February 18th

Hot off the press - Latest pictures taken tonight of Robbie Lyell's band 'Raise the Stakes' playing in 'The Battle of the Bands' at Studio 24, Edinburgh.  

Robbie is on the right playing Bass. 


February 14th      

Ian, Donna, Josh & Briony whilst visiting Cardiff for a long weekend popped over to see Janice, Rebecca and Levi  Davis in Bynea.  A long overdue visit which everyone enjoyed.


February 6th         

First picture of the latest family addition - Billy!!

February 5th

Phil Kenyon's Band has changed its name from 'Four Stroke' to 'The Authors of Malicious Code'.  They have played several gigs with new band member Patrick on lead.  They play the Pubs and Clubs around Morley, Leeds.

February 4th


   Good News from Edinburgh!



Helen Lyell has just heard that she has won a scholarship to go to Valdosta University in Georgia, USA.  It is located just inside the southern border of Georgia half way between Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.  I have fond memories of both locations.  She has also been accepted at Edinburgh and Belfast Universities.  So when she returns she has to make a choice whether to read English or Music.   Well Done Helly!!

p.s. A belated well done also for passing your driving test.


January 29th 


  Good News for the Davis's



Congratulations to Jamie Davis (Janice's Eldest Son) on passing his BSc Degree with 1st Class Honours in Computer Systems and Networks.  Jamie attended Plymouth University and his graduation day was on December 13th, 2004.

Also more Bam / Davis news....

Kerry Davis (Janice's eldest daughter) recently got engaged to a nice young man called Dave.  They plan to get married on Friday, September 2nd, 2005 in Plymouth.




January 28th     Message Forum Added to the site


January 23rd  Debbi Walker's (Toy) big 40th Birthday is on February 10th.



January 22nd    Bunty Hulbert's 80th is on February 9th

We are planning a surprise party for her on February 5th (19.30hrs) at Old Mother Hubbard's Restaurant at Yealmpton near Plymouth.  An interesting choice as there is family connection with Old Mother Hubbard.   Thankfully she does not have a computer!!


January 21st     Kelly and Phil Kenyon have a new puppy called Billy.  He is a red and white boxer.


January 15th     Lyell Web first posted

January 14th     Josh has his first Drum Lesson



Ethel Baser (Aunty Ethel) 


Just before Christmas Ethel made contact with my mother Jean Lyell.  She has been ill recently but is now back on her feet. She is in her 90's !! 




Children's Party 1969 Audio CD.

Remember the Children's party of 1969 !! I have recently converted the old tapes to CD.  Not the best of quality but priceless material.  The cast included:
Betty, David, Janice and Nigel Bam
Robert, Jean, Andrew and Ian Lyell
Ann, Debbie and Chris Toy (Occasional Ga Ga's in the background)
Florence Stevenson - Widecombe Fair!!

If you want a copy e-mail me.