FOR three nights this month, West Mill in Welcombe plays host to one of England s smallest festivals. Run by Briony Lawson, the West Mill Festival will witness a night of poetry, classical music and jazz. Alongside the music by international artists, gu

FOR three nights this month, West Mill in Welcombe plays host to one of England's smallest festivals. Run by Briony Lawson, the West Mill Festival will witness a night of poetry, classical music and jazz. Alongside the music by international artists, guests will enjoy meals celebrating the foods of Italy, Greece and the West Country. Artists include harpsichordist Maggie Cole, flautist Philippa Davies, actor Joss Ackland and jazz ensemble Footprint. Briony Lawson has been running a small festival at West Mill every second year since 1987. Together with local help, she invites up to 80 guests into the house to sit and enjoy world class music and poetry. West Mill has been home to Briony's family since 1937 when her father, the poet and playwright Ronald Duncan, moved to North Devon.This year's festival runs from July 17-19 and starts with an evening of readings by Joss Ackland with food from the West Country. On Friday, July 18, Maggie Cole and Philippa Davies will be playing Bach's Sonata in G Minor, E Major and B Minor as well as pieces by Paul Reade, Mozart and Hallgrimsson, plus an Italian supper. On Saturday, July 19, the festival closes with an evening with Jazz Footprint encouraging guests to listen and dance and a Greek supper will be served.Tickets start at £20 a head and profits will be shared between Welcombe charities; call (01288) 331215 to book.