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in its long history on bonfire night when thousands flocked to the Commons to watch what is being claimed as the world’s biggest Guy Fawkes blaze.
The First Company of Cavaliers, formed after May Fair as a charitable organisation, have seen to it that the name of Torrington has since been rarely out of the headlines. They built the 53ft high bonfire, and are applying for its inclusion in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’. That in itself was sufficient to ensure that roads in all directions from the Old Bowling Green at the Bideford…
which, as reported last week, helped to raise more than £25 towards the cost of a public shelter erected on the promenade at Appledore.
Back row: Lieut A Boyles, E Popham, M Taylor, Lieut W H Smith, H Mathews, M Curtis, D Cawsey, R Fisher, J Eastman, D Curtis, J Miles, D Hocking, D Powe, O Harden.
Gazette article dated 17 April 1959
Seen above are David Ley, Keith Hutchings, Mrs Glynis Pincombe and Michael Bridgeman, winners of the County YFC Brains Trust competition.
Earlier this year three of the team – Keith Hutchings and his sister, Mrs Pincombe with Michael Bridgman – won the public speaking cup. The last time such a club double was achieved was six years ago by Swimbridge.
Gazette article dated 11 March 1977
In full view of thousands of holiday makers at Westward Ho! at about six o’clock on Saturday evening the Appledore Lifeboat rendered assistance to a motor cabin cruise ‘Helen Mary’ of about four tons in difficulty about one and a half miles from Westward Ho! took her in tow and brought her to Bideford Quay where another large crowd, including many visitors, assembled. There were three occupants of the cabin cruiser, a Mr and Mrs McAlister and their son understood to be from Scotland and cruising around the coast. They came from Ilfracombe on Saturday.…
This colourful scene was included in the programme of entertainment presented by members of Hartland WI to the Atlantic Group of WIs, whose annual meeting was held this year at Hartland.
Seen in the photograph are: L Goaman, T Johns, F Webber, J Jeffery, J Pillman, W Cottle, S Heard, D Heard, A Short, A George, L Finch, I Pillman, P R Yeomans, A Cory, W Turner, L Jeffery, M Jeffery, G Heywood, F Thorne, J Clarke, E Davey, J Johns, R Johns, K Homewood, A Jeffery.
Gazette article dated 9 May 1958…
Left to right - Mrs Bridger, aged 91; Mrs Gayette, 90; and Miss Willard, 90.
The Appledore club has now been in existence for 16 years - but as with most clubs of this kind, there is a shortage of Darbys!
Gazette article dated 4 January 1974
Plans for laying a new floor to the Kingsley Hall and the construction of a new kitchen outside the main body of the hall were disclosed by the chairman (Mrs Doris Hudson) at the annual meeting of the Westward Ho! Community Association on Friday.
Last year a legacy had been left to the Association and, after careful consideration, it was decided that these two improvements were essential, added Mrs Hudson. ‘Application has been made to the Ministry for grant aid towards these improvements but I can give you no further information at the moment as…
Mr L G Elston was MC and Messrs J Hillman and J Wickett the door stewards.
Prizes were presented by Miss E Tickner to Mrs E M Cork; Mrs H Hillman; Miss P Beer; Mrs C Hedden; Mrs Gilbert; Mr J Withecombe; Mr R Boundy; Mrs E Whittaker; Mr D Daniel; Mr Parr.
Competitions were won by Mr S Brimacombe, Mrs J Hillman and Mr R Boundy.
Refreshments were served by Mesdames G Boundy, C Pickard, C…
The Kingsley Hall was the venue for many of the Westward Ho! Carnival Week events, of which this was one, but the audience on Friday must have been one of the happiest of the week.
Written and produced by Mrs K P Clarkson, who also accompanied at the piano throughout, the whole show went without a hitch and each item was presented with zeal.
A striking feature of…
that each year the Institute should seek to aid two charities and it was agreed that during 1955 the National Institute for the Blind and the British Empire Cancer Campaign should be helped.
Final arrangements were made for the Institute’s 24th birthday party to be held this month.
A very interesting film show was given by Mr M Woolf and Mr L Hoare, of the South Western Gas Board, showing the development of cooking by gas. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs Glover.
The President, Mrs N T…
Mrs Courtney on her election to the Devon County Executive Committee.
Mrs Courtney, a VCO, is secretary of the Bideford Group of WIs, and a past president of the Abbotsham Institute.
A sobering talk on the work of the Samaritans was given by one of them. Mrs Trapnell gave an entertaining report on her course at Denman College.
A competition was won by Mrs K Vanstone, Mrs Worthington, Mrs Beer. The flower of the month competition winners were Mrs Beckley, Mrs K Vanstone, Mrs Arthur.
If such a group is started it is believed it will be the first Guides’ pack ever formed at Hartland.
It will be a new experience, too, for Mrs. M. Holmes, of Shamrock Cottage, Hartland, and Mrs. M. Heywood, of 10, Fore Street, who have offered to take over the leadership of the group. Neither of them has ever been either a Girl Guide or a Brownie.
“Invitations to all the girls at…
Members who attended the group meeting at Hartland gave reports of the proceedings and the President congratulated two members, Miss Hooper and Mrs Cardew, who secured prizes there.
An interesting talk on rug-making was given by Miss Mattinson and she was thanked by Mrs N Allin. The speaker was entertained by Mesdames K and N Allin, who also served tea to the gathering.
The penny bag competition, run by Miss…
Days of hard work by a party of Torrington women had a sequel last night when Torrington’s newly formed company of Girl Guides moved into their headquarters at the old Boy Scout rooms in the Pannier Market.
Tonight the contingent of Brownies, which has also just been formed, will hold its first meeting there.
Four years ago Torrington Girl Guides were disbanded because of a lack of Guiders. But last November, at a meeting of parents of girls, and other women interested, it was decided to try again.
So the adult committee, of about seven, has…
The Bideford contingent of Boy Scouts, who left on Monday for the World Jamboree at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.
Left to right are: Michael Hoare, Bill Denne, Brian Bale, Michael Balls, Norman Hopkins, Mr L Pegram (Assistant Scoutmaster), Scoutmaster Jack Sinclair (who is in charge of the North Devon Groups at the Jamboree), Christopher Gibbs, Cubleader M Ellis, who is in charge of a first aid post. GSM Hopkins, who is in charge of a transport park at the Jamboree, and his son, Brian, an official messenger, left North Devon last Friday.
Gazette article dated 2 August 1957…
Before the supper Mrs G Hearn (President) made an appropriate speech in which she referred to the work done by the WI in the past and to its plans and hopes for the future.
Mrs Hearn extended a warm welcome to the guests, especially to those who had helped in various ways during the year and to whom an invitation was extended as a token of appreciated. Special reference was made to Mrs Scott…
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
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
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
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
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’.
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
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.
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
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
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…
Mrs Priest thanked her. Mrs Heywood won the penny bag competition and Mrs E Lang a competition that occupied the social half hour, which was run by Mrs Priest and Mrs Glover. She remembered 23 of 25 items that were displayed for a short time.
Mrs Blackwood and Mrs Tucker were hostesses.
Gazette article dated 5 March 1971
It was decided to hold the Institute’s ‘Austrian’ meeting early in October. Mesdames I Olins and W Johns discussed arrangements with the members. The secretary, Mrs D Hill, organised the annual outing which was spent at Lyme Regis and a tour of the South coast.
The speaker was Miss Ruby and her subject was smocking. She demonstrated many stitches and brought many…
Excluding the cost of the renovations programme the year could be summed up as ‘Income up and expenditure down’ reported the treasurer of the Westward Ho! Community Association, Mr E N Westoby, at the annual meeting, held at the Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! on Friday. This position he described as ‘a very healthy state of affairs’.
During the year, the Kingsley Hall had undergone a great improvement, and the total cost was £1,005 towards which there was a grant of £239 from the Ministry of Education. ‘To finish the year with a balance in hand (£63)…
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
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