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  • 1 The First Company Cavaliers

    13 November 1970

  • 2 Over £25

    17 April 1959

  • 3 Winners

    11 March 1977

  • 4 Clovelly and Appledore lifeboats called

    10 August 1937

  • 5 Entertainment

    9 May 1958

  • 6 Too many Joans

    4 January 1974

  • 7 Legacy left

    2 May 1958

  • 8 Profit made

    2 April 1965

  • 9 Sterling work

    3 August 1951

  • 10 Mr Willis takes the biscuits

    4 February 1955

  • 11 Sobering talk

    7 May 1951

  • 12 New experience

    7 November 1958

  • 13 Coach trips in June

    23 May 1958

  • 14 Pannier Market

    27 February 1959

  • 15 Held in Sutton Coldfield

    2 August 1957

  • 16 100 members and guests

    2 March 1951

  • 17 Be Loyal

    3 March 1950

  • 18 Appledore Mothers' Meeting

    3 March 1950

  • 19 A trip to Taunton

    19 February 1954

  • 20 Mrs Dwight is the winner

    30 March 1972

  • 21 Competitive!

    11 March 1955

  • 22 Concert party entertainment

    2 April 1971

  • 23 Thanks from the Parish Council

    19 April 1973

  • 24 Mrs Chantler reported on handicrafts

    1 June 1972

  • 25 Raised over 12 months

    16 February 1973

  • 26 Mrs Vaggers tells fortunes

    7 November 1958

  • 27 Pleated velour cushions

    5 March 1971

  • 28 Annual outing to Lyme Regis

    1 August 1958

  • 29 Income up and expenditure down

    6 May 1960

  • 30 Win a bottle of sherry

    3 March 1950

  • 31 Mrs Cade iced the cake

    10 February 1950

  • The First Company Cavaliers

    13 November 1970

    Torrington probably experienced the biggest ‘invasion’

    Torrington Blaze

    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

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  • Over £25

    17 April 1959

    Some members of the Appledore Boys' Brigade band,

    Appledore Boys Brigade

    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

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  • Winners

    11 March 1977

    Shebbear Young Farmers’ Club have just completed a notable double, giving them a flying start to 1977.

    11.3.1977 Shebbear YFC

    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

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  • Clovelly and Appledore lifeboats called

    10 August 1937

    Motor Cabin cruiser in difficulty

    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.

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  • Entertainment

    9 May 1958

    Annual meeting

    Hartland WI

    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

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  • Too many Joans

    4 January 1974

    Two hundred and seventy one years handle the knife for the cutting-the-cake ceremony at Appledore

    4.1.1974 Appledore Darby and Joan

     

    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

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  • Legacy left

    2 May 1958

    Westward Ho! Community Hall Development

    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

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  • Profit made

    2 April 1965

    A profit of £15 6s. was made as a result of a whist drive organised in the Village Hall by Alwington Conservative Association.

    2.4.1965 Alwington WI

    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

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  • Sterling work

    3 August 1951

    The thorough enjoyment of a packed audience of 270 reflected great credit on Westward Ho! Follies, who so successfully put on their ‘Grand Summer Festival Show’ at the Kingsley Hall on Friday.

    3.8.1951 WHo Follies

    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

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  • Mr Willis takes the biscuits

    4 February 1955

    Alwington Women’s Institute at their January meeting adopted a resolution

    4.2.1955 Alwington WI resolution

    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

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  • Sobering talk

    7 May 1951

    At the April meeting of Abbotsham WI, the president, Mrs K Vanstone, and members congratulated

    7 May 1971 Abbotsham WI

    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.

    Mrs Jewell,

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  • New experience

    7 November 1958

    Girls at Hartland are being invited to a meeting at Hartland School Hall on Tuesday evening to consider forming local units of the Girl Guides and Brownies.

    7.11.1958 Hartland Girl Guides

    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

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  • Coach trips in June

    23 May 1958

    Arrangement were made for a coach trip to Exeter and Exmouth in June at the May meeting of Woolsery Women’s Institute at which the President, Mrs C B Griffiths, presided.

    23.5.1958 Woolsery WI

    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

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  • Pannier Market

    27 February 1959

    Torrington women rally round

    27.2.1959 Torrington Guides

    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

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  • Held in Sutton Coldfield

    2 August 1957

    Jamboree Bound!

    2.8.1957 Scouts

    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

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  • 100 members and guests

    2 March 1951

    On February 21st the Langtree WI celebrated its second birthday by giving a party in the Old School where about a hundred members and guests assembled.

    2.3.1951 Langtree WI

    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

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  • 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’.
    High

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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.
    Gazette

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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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  • Pleated velour cushions

    5 March 1971

    The making of pleated velour cushions, which members of Parkham WI have long admired, was demonstrated at their February meeting by Mrs Westaway.

    5 March 1971 Parkham WI

    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

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  • Annual outing to Lyme Regis

    1 August 1958

    Congratulations were extended by Mrs R Rawle, presiding over the monthly meeting of Littleham Women’s Institute in the Parish Hall to Mrs E Hemmel on being chairman of the Education and Public Questions sub-committee of the Devon Federation.

    1.8.1958 Littleham WI

    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

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  • Income up and expenditure down

    6 May 1960

    Westward Ho! Community Association

    6.5.1960 WHo associations

    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)

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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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