AssociationsA Selection of News Articles Related to Local Associations

  • 1 Be Loyal

    3 March 1950

  • 2 Appledore Mothers' Meeting

    3 March 1950

  • 3 A trip to Taunton

    19 February 1954

  • 4 Mrs Dwight is the winner

    30 March 1972

  • 5 Competitive!

    11 March 1955

  • 6 Concert party entertainment

    2 April 1971

  • 7 Thanks from the Parish Council

    19 April 1973

  • 8 Mrs Chantler reported on handicrafts

    1 June 1972

  • 9 Raised over 12 months

    16 February 1973

  • 10 Mrs Vaggers tells fortunes

    7 November 1958

  • 11 Win a bottle of sherry

    3 March 1950

  • 12 Mrs Cade iced the cake

    10 February 1950

  • Be Loyal

    3 March 1950

    Although the attendance was not so large as last year there was no diminution of the happy spirit of the reunion at the annual dinner of Abbotsham branch of the British Legion, held at Mitchell’s Café, Bideford, on Friday evening.

    1950 Abbotsham British Legion

    The chairman of the branch, Lieut-Col J C Basset, presided and was accompanied by the president, Capt S Bell, other officers of the branch and guests from Bideford.
    After the loyal toast had been proposed by the chairman, Mr W E Powell, vice chairman and hon secretary of the branch, proposed ‘The Legion’. Quoting the phrase ‘Live remembering us’ Mr

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  • Appledore Mothers' Meeting

    3 March 1950

    A very pleasant evening was spent at Appledore Church School by members of St Mary’s Church Mothers’ Meeting, assembled for a supper and social.

    1950 Appledore Mothers

    The supper had been provided by Mrs Kivell assisted by Mrs V Lesslie, Mrs R White and Miss Griffiths. Mr and Mrs T Screech gave general assistance.
    The Vicar, Rev H C A S Muller, presided and thanked Mrs Helen Muller, Mrs Skipwith and Mrs Ramsay for their great interest in a practical way in the Mothers’ Meeting, and those responsible for the arrangements that evening. He also welcomed the guests.
    After supper there was community

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  • A trip to Taunton

    19 February 1954

    January 31 was Parkham Women's Institute's 30th birthday but as this day fell on a Sunday, February 3rd was the day chosen to mark the occasion when 20 members gathered at 9.45am for a trip to Taunton by bus to see 'Puss in Boots' on ice.

    They stopped at Exeter for lunch and then proceeded to Taunton where they spent the afternoon shopping. In the evening they went to the show.
    Thanks are due to Mrs Gist and Mrs Pridham for arranging the trip so well, and to the driver of the bus. Owing to the weather conditions, the roads

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  • Mrs Dwight is the winner

    30 March 1972

    An amusing limerick about the WI was the competition subject at this month’s meeting of Parkham institute.

    30.3.1972 Parkham WI

    Winners were: Mrs S Dwight; Mrs P Priest; Mrs E Lang; Mrs E Ford; Mrs S Pickard.
    Visiting speaker was Mr Mounce who showed coloured slides of crests and of familiar places in the Bideford area, which members were invited to name.
    Mrs E Rowe thanked Mr Mounce for an enjoyable evening.
    Draw winners were Mesdames P Dunn, Smart, Heywood and M George, and Mrs Heywood won the penny bag competition.
    Tea hostesses were Mesdames H George and M Pickard.
    The Gazette article

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  • Competitive!

    11 March 1955

    First round contests of the Bideford Youth Road Safety Quiz, organised by Bideford Road Safety Committee, were held at the Town Hall last Friday evening, amid much enthusiasm.

    11.3.1955 road safety quiz

    Over 100 enthusiastic members of youth organisations in the town saw the Boy Scouts ‘A’ beat the Girl Guides by three points.
    Boy Scouts: William Denne, Derek May, David Hoare, Philip Lucas, Bernard Merrick, Michael Wadey.
    Girl Guides: Sandra Hitchcock, Janet Vallance, Margaret Rendle, Christine Davis, Evelyn Trick, Alice Davis.
    In an even more exciting match the girls and boys of High Street Methodist Youth Club beat the Boy Scouts ‘B’.

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  • Concert party entertainment

    2 April 1971

    Mr and Mrs Warren, owners of the Blue Dolphin fish restaurant, Bideford, entertained 70 members of the Original branch of the Senior Citizens’ Association to a four-course dinner last week.

    2 April 1971 Senior Citizens Association

    This is the second treat – with wine – that they have provided for older people. The secretary of the branch, Mrs F M Rendall, presented flowers to Mrs Warren and Mrs Spencer thanked them and the staff who gave their services.
    The chairman, Mrs Jim Jenkins, presided and the Rector (Rev T Derwent Davies) said grace.
    The meal was followed by an excellent entertainment by the Edwardians concert party, with Terry

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  • Thanks from the Parish Council

    19 April 1973

    Abbotsham Women's Institute have supported the 'Plant a tree in 73' campaign by planting five!

    19.4.1973 Abbotsham WI

    The president, Mrs Vanstone, planted a silver birch on the grass verge by the signpost in the village and in the churchyard, the Vicar, Rev R A Ford, accepted from her a blue cedar that she planted with the aid of Major Giles Lomas, churchwarden.
    Later Mrs Worthington, Mrs Shekleton and Mrs Courtney, committee members, each planted a larch beside the lay-by near Rickards Down.
    Operations were watched by a number of people.
    The Vicar thanked the Institute on behalf of the Parish Council.

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  • Mrs Chantler reported on handicrafts

    1 June 1972

    At the May meeting of the Bideford Bridge Townswomen’s Guild, Miss Phyllis Babb gave a very interesting talk about Jamaica, where she spent a holiday and where she had previously been a teacher.

    1.6.1962 TG

    She also showed some beautiful and very colourful slides of the sunshine island. Mrs Harding voiced the thanks of the guild.
    Mrs Jewell, who was in the chair, said some members had paid a visit to the Broomhayes Nursery at Westward Ho! and also reported how much the visit to the exhibition at Fulford House had been enjoyed. Mrs Harding said the drama group expected to present

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  • Raised over 12 months

    16 February 1973

    A cheque for £500 was presented by Bideford Round Table, at their meeting at Tanton’s Hotel on Thursday week, to the new ambulance fund of Bideford and district St John Ambulance Association.

    Round TAble 16.2.1973

    The money was raised by the tablers over the past 12 months, and includes proceeds from their Christmas carol float and the donkey derby at Westward Ho! which have become regular features of local community life.
    Handing the cheque to Major E Hill, chairman of the St John Ambulance Association, the chairman of the Round Table, Mr Martin Burdick said how much they had enjoyed raising the money

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  • Mrs Vaggers tells fortunes

    7 November 1958

    The Autumn Fayre organised by Westward Ho! W.I. at the Kingsley Hall on Wednesday of last week, proved a most successful occasion, proceeds amounting to £83.

    7.11.1958 WHo WI Autumn Fayre

    It was opened by Mrs. M.P. Ansell, of Bideford, who was introduced by the President, Mrs. Hilder. On behalf of all the Institute members, Mrs Joan Moore, W. I. Secretary, presented Mrs. Ansell with a bouquet.

    Mrs. Robson, with willing helpers, was in charge of the Handicrafts stall, on which was displayed some very beautiful work. Mrs. Babb and her helpers dispensed the teas, Mrs. Lake ran the draws, the Cake and Produce Stall

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  • Win a bottle of sherry

    3 March 1950

    In aid of the Institute, a dance was held there on Thursday of last week.

    1950 Woolsery WI

    Door stewards were Messrs R Chapple and J Phillips. Mr A C C Moore gave a bottle of sherry for a competition, which was organised by Messrs H S Thomas and J Phillips. Mr W Perkins was the winner.
    Miss G Prance and Mr H Allin assisted with the arrangements and refreshments were served by Mesdames Blythe, Cardew, Law and Raffe.

    Gazette article dated 3 March 1950

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  • Mrs Cade iced the cake

    10 February 1950

    Members of Bideford Torridge Townswomen’s Guild and friends spent a very enjoyable time at the Guild’s first annual birthday party.

    1950 Bideford TG

    It was held at Bridge Street Methodist Assembly rooms on the evening of January 27th and was organised by Mrs Cox and Mrs Pridham with the help of an ad hoc committee.
    Red, white and green, the colours of the Guild, formed the theme of the decorations of the hall and were also embodied on the birthday cake which had been iced by Mrs Cade. Mrs H W Fulford, president of the Guild, cut the cake and spoke of the

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