Fairlynch Trustees

Martyn Brown


Martyn moved to Budleigh Salterton with his wife Lyn in 2013, having spent most of his working life in museums. He read Geography at Cambridge and has a Degree in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth. He was responsible for creating the Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, as its first curator. He then spent three years as CEO of the Jersey Heritage Trust and Director of Museums on the island. For 23 years he was a senior manager with Oxfordshire County Council, responsible for management and leadership of museums and heritage services. Martyn now applies his curatorial skills at Fairlynch. He is a keen artist.

Michael Downes


A local resident since 2008, Michael Downes is a former French teacher. As Budleigh’s biggest blogger ( he was invited to help Fairlynch with publicity. He introduced the Museum to Facebook and Twitter, and also writes the occasional booklet for Fairlynch as well as editing our newsletter The Primrose. He is married to Anthea, with three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys gardening and many of the other usual retirement things

Chris Fry


Chris was born and brought up in Bedfordshire. She moved to London to study Biology and Education, and taught sciences at Holland Park School, a comprehensive of 2600 students, where she became Head of Biology. Her last teaching post was at an Exeter High School also a comprehensive, where she was Head of Science. She has been Secretary of the Devon and Cornwall Branch of the Royal Society of Biology (formerly Institute of Biology) for 26 years, organising events and liaising with universities and other organisations. In 2009 she was awarded the President’s Gold Medal at the Royal Society in London for meritorious service to Biology. She is a member of the Exe Sailing Club and enjoys sailing; has kept and ridden horses for many years, enjoys literature, theatre and the arts, and is a Friend of the Royal Academy of Arts. In Budleigh she is ‘an enthusiastic member of a Literary Group, a book group, and dabbles in a life class, having but little talent!’


‘It is a privilege to serve as Trustee and Steward at Fairlynch,’ she says. ‘This lovely museum is a gem in Budleigh’s crown and I hope to serve it well. It is a joy to work with such a wonderful team of volunteers, who like me, want it to prosper and be valued by the wider community.’


Betty Hebditch


Betty was brought up in rural Gloucestershire. She trained as an Occupational Therapist and enjoyed a long career working with disabled people of all ages in their own homes. She lived in the USA for a few years with her family and also, for a short time, in Japan. Through her involvement with the WI, Betty became an Adult Education tutor and taught dressmaking, soft furnishings, patchwork and quilting all over Gloucestershire. She has taught 100s of people to sew and has produced several instructional videos on YouTube. An accomplished dressmaker and quilter herself, her quilts have been exhibited at many of the larger UK quilt shows

Betty moved to Budleigh Salterton in 2013, with her husband David, to spend some time in his boyhood town. On moving to Budleigh she volunteered at the Fairlynch museum as a steward but soon became involved with the costumes and textiles section where she is happy to be putting her knowledge of textiles to good use. Betty and David have three children.


Roz Hickman


Roz is a native of Otterton where her family has lived since the 1750’s, and for over 10 years served as a Parish Councillor for the village.


Now living in Budleigh Salterton she has been researching local history for the past 30 years with special emphasis on the people of the lower Otter Valley. Currently is head of Local History at the Fairlynch Museum.


Since 1998 she has been a volunteer for the Devon branch of GENUKI, a charitable Trust maintained to collect and share genealogical information and is also a regular contributor to the Otter Valley Associations history section.

Chris Searle


Chris is a local born and bred. On leaving Exeter College where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering, he served nearly eight years as a ‘Jungly’ Aircraft Engineering Mechanic in the Fleet Air Arm. Between 1992 and 1995 he was attached to the United Nations on operational duties during The Balkan War.


Discharged from the Royal Navy in 1997, he spent a year (with his future wife) ‘backpacking’ around the world experiencing diversity and culture previously only read about in books!


He returned to the area where he studied at Rolle College, Exmouth as part of the University of Plymouth graduating with a Bachelor of Education degree before working locally as a Primary School Teacher for 10 fantastic years until circumstance offered a change of direction.


He now lives and works in the town - COAST Wealth Management - and when not volunteering his services locally as the Treasurer for the Museum and with other organisations, he spends quality time with his 4 young children and ‘attempts’ to keep active through various sports.


Trevor Waddington OBE


Our Chairman, Trevor Waddington, retired to Budleigh Salterton with his wife Diane in 2012 after a 35-year career in the Royal Navy followed by 17 years of running an antique clocks business in Bradford-on-Avon. He is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. In 2014 he gained a History degree from the Open University. He’s a steward at the National Trust’s A La Ronde, Exmouth, and also organises the Exeter Flotilla’s annual Trafalgar Service at Exeter Cathedral.



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