The Storm of October 2013

During the night of Monday 28th October an Atlantic storm of considerable and increasing intensity swept eastwards on course for southern England. The storm hit Fifehead Magdalen in the small hours of that morning and many villagers found their gardens in quite a mess although reports of costly damage have been absent despite a locally recorded gusts of up to 77 mph.  The church of St Mary Magdalen was (and some may say by the God's grace) narrowly missed by a large beech which, snapping off at some twenty or so feet above ground, dropped almost harmlessly across the path.  There was damage of course, but in the context of what might have been the damage has not been great: part of the path has been holed, the handrail and some of the stone wall is damaged and, when the brushwood has been cleared, there may be a sad looking yew tree.