|WOLFGANG PUBLISHING (BOOKS & MAPS) & WINDWHISTLE STUD
( LOP RABBITS)
WINGS, Court St., is the home of two quite separate enterprises run by Paul and Monica Smith. Paul (retired farmer, private air pilot , artist, writer and broadcaster ) after graduating with the Open University (natural sciences and modern art) at age 73 has concentrated on Desk Top publishing books.
' Whither Winsham' has sold out and is shortly getting an updated edition. His illustrated "Wars are wot you make 'em !" (his seven years as a soldier in the
RA(Survey) and REME (Radar). Two local books of Short Stories and Poems for other writers. Now, 'Landing Gently'- his early years , 1919 to 1939 , on a Winsham farm is out in October. This time with 120 coloured sketches. His ambition is to use his electric bicycle to do a detailed book on local country lanes again with his coloured drawings.
His printers are Rapid Print of Chard and sales agents, Comerow Publications of Winchcombe , Glos. are expanding to cover all English counties. Paul has also done a monthly column (with cartoon) for the last twelve years for the Joint Parish Magazine. He has recently produced laminated Winsham maps (scenic, footpaths and views) on sale to benefit our older Winsham residents in Davies Close.
Monica -after school in France, Egypt and study at the Cannington Farm Institute was working in
Paris (being bi-lingual) before she joined Paul (as his wife) in 1950. She did tractoring , milking ,stock management and clerical work ( babies permitting !) . As a hobby she has been breeding
pedigree show rabbits for the last twenty five years ... now as Windwhistle Stud , in conjunction with
her daughter Jenny Kearl. She was Secretary of the Somerset & Dorset Rabbit Fanciers Club for eight
Windwhistle rabbits have been prize winners at most of the West Country agricultural shows and a
large number of specialist rabbit shows. There is a case of cups and other trophies at Wings as well as
rosettes. Breeding stock have been sold as far as Scotland , Wales and over England.
Windwhistle rabbits have long been a feature of Winsham festivities such as the Street Fairs and