BidefordA Selection of News Articles Related to Bideford

  • 1 Promise is kept after 18 years

    a promise made to a Bideford family, the Durants, is kept

  • 2 Start on five-year scheme at Bideford

    work to start on Post Office at North Bank

  • 3 Susan Petherick to meet Princess Margaret

    she will present a purse of money

  • 4 Buffaloism at Bideford

    several Brothers are raised to the second defree

  • 5 Dressmaking - Bideford Community College

    Members of dressmaking classes at Bideford Community College display outfits

  • 6 'Mothercraft', Bideford County Secondary School

    As a pupil at Bideford County Secondary School, did you take part in ‘mothercraft’ courses?

  • 7 Oak Beam - Bideford Bridge

    An eight foot oak beam found in 1968 within a demolished part of Bideford Bridge is thought

  • 8 Buffalo dinner in Bideford 1923

    Celebrating their anniversary

  • 9 Bideford’s Bridging Needs Petition

    On 23 February 1968, the Gazette published a picture of County Councillor Mrs Vivian Patt

  • 10 Bideford Plumber Wins Holiday Prize

    Unsure what prize he had won from Nibco Ltd until being called on stage by the compere

  • 11 Wedding of Kenneth Hocking, 1968

    In the Gazette on 16 February 1968, there’s a picture and article about the wedding of

  • 12 A Postman's Pilgrimage

    All along the route of his pilgrimage to Buckland Brewer on Tuesday in the steps of Bideford's

  • 13 Bideford Rotary Club Floral Piece

    This year's floral set-piece in Bideford's Victoria Park is the Rotary emblem with wording

  • 14 Hugh Henny Fined £2

    Three times asked - three times refused - Chips Paper on Pavement

  • 15 Dairy Employees Wed

    Two employees of Bideford Dairies, Ltd. were married at St Margaret's Church, Northam, on Monday

  • 16 Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when Bideford Casuals

  • 17 Kt Pedler raised to the 4th degree

    Primo W B Johns invested

  • 18 Blackmore's Diamond Wedding - 1965

    William Blackmore first began to date Florence Lee after Sunday evening service at Bideford

  • 19 Fun For Good Cause - 1972

    Two patrons of the Appledore Inn, Bideford, indulged in fun and raised £60 for a good cause

  • 20 Victoria Park Slide - 1947

    So great has been the demand that children wishing to use the recently erected slide

  • 21 Free Men - 1971

    Bideford will have five more honorary freemen if a unanimous recommendation of the Town

  • 22 Primo J Avery

    a wedding gift from Lodge

  • 23 Local Wills

    Kate Hewson Bate, 13 Park Avenue, Bideford, who died in August, left £5,213 gross, net the same.

  • 24 Buffalo banquet

    10th annual banquet

  • 25 Footballer's Bride At Bideford

    Bideford Reserves' goalkeeper Mr Michael John Hare, twin son of Mr and Mrs T Hare, 1 Milton Place, Bideford

  • 26 Bideford Wedding Day

    The wedding of Mr Paul Arthur Edward Day, only son of Mr and Mrs K Day of Trafford, Warren Road

  • 27 Rugby Chiefs Revenge

    The Chiefs made amends for their defeat at the hands of Sidmouth when at home they took control

  • 28 Post Office Presentations

    Certificates awarded by the Society for Prevention of Accidents for the year 1946 were recently presented

  • 29 Safe Door Weighing Two Tons!

    Arrival of a new strong room door at Barclay's Bank, Bideford

  • 30 Freemasons Guard of Honour

    Funeral of Mr Ezra George Laycock in 1955

  • 31 Summer visitors to Bideford

    Cardiff Queen

  • 32 Stella Maris Convent, Bideford - Oliver

    Music, Lyrics and book by Earl Bart

  • 33 Where Bideford rope makers walked

  • 34 Mr French awarded Degree

    Former Bideford Grammar Boy awarded Master of Letters Degree by Bristol University

  • 35 Marriage of Lang and Stevens

    Wedding at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

  • 36 What is secret of Bideford tunnel

    A mystery that has intrigued generations may be solved in the new year

  • 37 Town's Second Woman Mayor in 392 years

    Mrs Ethelwynne Brown

  • 38 Mrs V Patt

    First woman member of the North Devon Water Board in 1964

  • 39 Ronald Short is a Great Uncle at 17

    Few of us are uncles on the day we are born

  • 40 Mr and Mrs John Burnett celebrate their golden anniversary

    A family party was held at Instow

  • 41 Rev R H Parsons has been a Minister for fifty years

    Bethel Church, East-the-Water, Bideford, celebrate with him

  • 42 Mrs V Patt of Bideford is the first woman President of North Devon Master Bakers

    Has been in the bakery trade for 22 years

  • 43 Mrs F Patt of Bideford is on 'What's My Line' in 1954

    puts jam into doughnuts

  • 44 Kingsley Lodge hold successful concert

    RAOB

  • 45 Mr W Garrett is new bandmaster

    Bideford Town Silver Band

  • 46 Michael Polley pays for his sister to sail to Canada

    Janet Polley joins other family members

  • 47 Mrs Vera Cawsey stands in for Father Christmas for 2 days

    she donated a reward for her services to Broomhayes

  • 48 82 year old Mr Arthur Pearson has a remarkable record in the bowling fraternity

    He joined the Club in 1919

  • 49 Triplets Are Two 1965

    The Waldron triplets

  • 50 Ruth Portus is Regatta Queen

    1967

  • 51 £127,000 Health Centre to open in October 1972

    designed by Ben Thompson

  • 52 Daughter of Mr and Mrs T G Ward of Bideford

    Came back with money to spare

  • 53 A surprise win by Bideford Reds junior crew

    1964

  • 54 Karen Pinnell takes Wibbles for a walk

    with Ulla the Alsatian

  • 55 Finished a month ahead of schedule

    Opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Lord Roborough

  • 56 A large load comes down the High Street

  • 57 A wedding at St Margaret's Church, Northam

    Charles Manning and Valerie Beswick

  • 58 Young children tramp 113 miles in a week

    Father charged with neglect while looking for work

  • 59 Known as 'fever hospital'

    3 November 1972

  • 60 1965

    Well known Bideford man

  • 61 Soloheim Mungaash travel to London

    10 November 1972

  • 62 Mr Sidney Rendle worked for 38 years at the Gazette

    Well known Northam family

  • 63 Mother's Christmas present lost 1959

    Carol Ellis lost her handmade Christmas present

  • Promise is kept after 18 years

    a promise made to a Bideford family, the Durants, is kept

    Promise is kept - after 18 years

    15.3.1963 Promise kept

    A promise made to a Bideford family has been kept - more than 17 years after. When, following VE Day, Mr Frank Willanneuva, a member of the United States Forces, returned to his home country, he promised Mrs M J Durant and her daughters Phyllis and Margaret, at whose home, 'Darracott', Abbotsham Road, he had been billeted for nearly a year, that he would 'write soon'. But then Mr Willanneuva, who hailed from Mexico, could write little English. Now, writing from 700 South Street, Tulare, California, he has invited Miss Phyllis Durant to visit him.

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  • Start on five-year scheme at Bideford

    work to start on Post Office at North Bank

    Post Office project at North Bank - 1960

    Bideford Post Office project at North Bank 1960

    Work began this week at North Bank, Bideford, on two Post Office projects, but it will be five years before workmen finally leave the site. Here are to be built the vehicle servicing department - to displace that at the rear of the former Post Office building in High Street - and the automatic telephone exchange. But whereas it is anticipated that the new workshops will be in operation by about September of next year, it will be 1965 before local telephone subscribers are able to dial the numbers they require.

    A Post Office spokesman

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  • Susan Petherick to meet Princess Margaret

    she will present a purse of money

    Susan (9) to meet Princess Margaret

    2.11.1962 Susan Petherick and Princess Margaret

    Happiest girl in North Devon on Saturday was nine year old Susan Petherick, of Northam Road, Garage, Bideford, for she won the right to meet Princess Margaret in London next month.

    She will present to the Princess, on behalf of the North Devon auxiliary of the London Missionary Society, a purse of money towards the Society's new missionary ship, the John Williams 7th, completed at a cost of £100,000. The first boat was built by John Williams, a pioneer missionary, who operated it in the South Seas, and who was martyred. Down the years

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  • Buffaloism at Bideford

    several Brothers are raised to the second defree

    1923 and an interesting event in Buffaloism took place at Ye Kingsley Lodge, Bideford.

    Buffaloism at Bideford 1923 Brother Harry Pickard, KOM, provincial grand master, raised several Brothers to the second degree. Knight Stacey of Ye Barum Lodge presided, and was supported by a large company of Barum Lodge brethren, representatives from the Capstan Lodge, Ilfracombe, being also present. The following Brethren were raised to the 2nd degree: Bros T Cleverdon, F H Bryan, J H Palmer and R Palmer of Ye Kingsley Lodge; Bros G E Davolls, J Tour, C W Shillum and N Pine of Ye Barum Lodge. The Sponsors were Bros

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  • Dressmaking - Bideford Community College

    Members of dressmaking classes at Bideford Community College display outfits

    Dressmaking, Bideford Community College - March 1968

    Dressmaking Bideford Community College
     

    Members of dressmaking classes at Bideford Community College display outfits they have designed and made at a mannequin parade. This was in the Gazette 29 March 1968.

     
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  • 'Mothercraft', Bideford County Secondary School

    As a pupil at Bideford County Secondary School, did you take part in ‘mothercraft’ courses?

    'Mothercraft', Bideford County Secondary School - March 1968

     

    As a pupil at Bideford County Secondary School, did you take part in ‘mothercraft’ courses? This picture was published in the Gazette on 22 March 1968 and shows fourth year girls learning to bathe a baby with help from Mrs J Davies and Mrs A Godfrey. The girls were also taught to make toys and clothes. Other practical sessions included transforming a classroom into a nursery with up to 20 young children attending.

     
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  • Oak Beam - Bideford Bridge

    An eight foot oak beam found in 1968 within a demolished part of Bideford Bridge is thought

    Oak Beam, Bideford Bridge - March 1968

    Oak Beam - Bideford Bridge
     

    An eight foot oak beam found in 1968 within a demolished part of Bideford Bridge is thought to have been a bridge support in the original 700 year old structure. In the picture, Mr R Finlayson, Mr Alf Walker and Mr Jim Wickham look on.

     
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  • Buffalo dinner in Bideford 1923

    Celebrating their anniversary

    To celebrate the anniversary of Ye Kingsley Lodge, no 4329, RAOB, a dinner was held at The Ship Tavern Hotel, The Quay, Bideford on Wednesday last.

    Buffalo dinner at Bideford 1923

    Primo E H Bryan was in the chair, supported by Primos T C Trengrove (Ye Barum Lodge), R Palmer, T Cleverdon, J H Palmer, and B Blanco. There were about 50 Brothers present. Dinner was served at 8pm by the hostess (Mrs Snell) and, judging by the happiness and smiles of all present, it was evident that the ‘good things’ were very appetising. After several toasts had been submitted a concert was given and

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  • Bideford’s Bridging Needs Petition

    On 23 February 1968, the Gazette published a picture of County Councillor Mrs Vivian Patt

    Bideford’s Bridging Needs Petition - February 1968

    Bideford’s Bridging Needs Petition
     

    On 23 February 1968, the Gazette published a picture of County Councillor Mrs Vivian Patt, accompanied by Mrs Kitty Blackmore, handing a petition about Bideford’s bridging needs to Mr Peter Mills. Over 15,000 signatures had been collected for the petition which went to the Minister of Transport.

     
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  • Bideford Plumber Wins Holiday Prize

    Unsure what prize he had won from Nibco Ltd until being called on stage by the compere

    Bideford Plumber Wins Holiday Prize - February 1968

    Bideford Plumber Wins Holiday Prize
     

    Unsure what prize he had won from Nibco Ltd until being called on stage by the compere at the presentation dinner, Mr W Grant, a plumber from Bideford, won an eight-day holiday, by jet, to Majorca. Mr and Mrs Grant live in Meddon Street, Bideford.

     
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  • Wedding of Kenneth Hocking, 1968

    In the Gazette on 16 February 1968, there’s a picture and article about the wedding of

    Wedding of Kenneth Hocking & Jennifer Rundle - February 1968

     

    In the Gazette on 16 February 1968, there’s a picture and article about the wedding of Mr Kenneth John Hocking of Bideford and Miss Jennifer Rundle from Northam. The wedding cake, made by the bride’s aunt, was decorated with 21 candles as the bride was also celebrating her 21st birthday. The bridesmaids, Misses Dawn Partridge and Ann Govier, wore white velvet dresses with red velvet trimming, and the pageboy, Jeremy Tolley, wore red velvet trousers and waistcoat. After a reception at the Durrant House Hotel, Mr and Mrs Hocking travelled

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  • A Postman's Pilgrimage

    All along the route of his pilgrimage to Buckland Brewer on Tuesday in the steps of Bideford's

    A Postman's Pilgrimage - 1975

     

    All along the route of his pilgrimage to Buckland Brewer on Tuesday in the steps of Bideford's 19th century postman-poet Edward Capern, postman Fred Fuzzens, of Windsor, was greeted by people coming out of their homes to shake his hand and wish him well. At Buckland, children from the village school specially assembled to greet him. Mr Fuzzens, who was wearing a postman's town uniform of the 1860s, read to them Capern's poem "The Rural Postman" and commented on some of the local references in it. Mr and Mrs Tom Boullier, of the sub-post office,

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  • Bideford Rotary Club Floral Piece

    This year's floral set-piece in Bideford's Victoria Park is the Rotary emblem with wording

    Bideford Rotary Club Floral Piece - September 1975

     

    This year's floral set-piece in Bideford's Victoria Park is the Rotary emblem with wording reminding that this year Bideford Rotary Club has celebrated its golden jubliee.
    On the far right is Mr Jim Shackleton, Torridge District Council's parks superintendent. With him is Mr Ron Smith who was president of the Rotary Club when it marked its jubilee by handing over a fully-equipped ambulance to Bideford and District St John Ambulance Brigade.

     
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  • Hugh Henny Fined £2

    Three times asked - three times refused - Chips Paper on Pavement

    Hugh Henny Fined £2 - September 1957

     

    Three times asked - three times refused

    Chips Paper on Pavement

    Three times he had asked a fairground attendant to pick up a fish and chips bag the man had thrown onto the pavement in Allhalland Street and each time the request was refused, Police Constable G Thrupp told Bideford magistrates on Tuesday. Before the court was Hugh Henny, whose address was given as c/o F Whitelegg's, The Fairground, Bideford, who pleaded "guility" to depositing litter on the highway in contravention of a Borough bye-law.
    Henny, who told the magistrates he had nothing to

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  • Dairy Employees Wed

    Two employees of Bideford Dairies, Ltd. were married at St Margaret's Church, Northam, on Monday

    Dairy Employees Wed - September 1957

     

    Mr W E Attwood and Miss C M Pursey

    Two employees of Bideford Dairies, Ltd. were married at St Margaret's Church, Northam, on Monday. They were Mr William Edward Attwood, eldest son of Mr and Mrs G Attwood, of 3 Pynes Lane, Bideford, and Miss Cynthia Marion Pursey, third daughter of Mr and Mrs J E Pursey, of 23 Morwenna Park Road, Northam.
    The Rev E B Bridger, Vicar of Northam, officiated at the service at which the organist, Mr F Hutchings, accompanied the singing of the hymns "Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us"

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  • Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when Bideford Casuals

    Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours - September 1961

     

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when Bideford Casuals met Pilton.
    The visitors set the pace when they rattled up 189 for 3 in the two hours before tea. Although the rate in the first hour was almost sedate, 55 runs only being scored, the advent of T Treloar (81, 15 fours) made up for this. Together with K Pedlar (58 n.o.) they put on 117 for the third wicket.
    Set to score 190 in two hours, Casuals took up the challenge, the

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  • Kt Pedler raised to the 4th degree

    Primo W B Johns invested

    Kt Pedler KOM raised to the 4th degree

    1903 Pedler

    On Thursday evening, the 'Rose Saltern' Lodge RAOB, Bideford, raised Kt Pedler, KOM, to the 4th Degree. The Barnstaple, Torrington and Northam Lodges were represented. Primo W B Johns, SP, invested Kt Pedler with the Degree of ROH, a beautiful gold 'jewel' being presented. The 4th Degree, the highest obtainable in the Order, has only on very rare occasions been presented to those outside the Central Grand Lodges.

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  • Blackmore's Diamond Wedding - 1965

    William Blackmore first began to date Florence Lee after Sunday evening service at Bideford

    Blackmore's Diamond Wedding - 20th April 1965

     

    Bideford Veteran Sportsman's Diamond Wedding

    William Blackmore first began to date Florence Lee after Sunday evening service at Bideford Parish Church. On Tuesday, Mr and Mrs Blackmore of 20 Rockmount Terrace, Pitt Lane, Bideford, celebrated their diamond wedding.
    Mr Blackmore has always been a sportsman. He rowed for Bideford Reds before the first world war. Rugby also claimed his athletic attention, for some years he played for Bideford Scarlets at Sentry Corner. With advancing years, Mr Blackmore took to bowling, and it remains his main sporting interest.
    Mr Blackmore spent the whole of

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  • Fun For Good Cause - 1972

    Two patrons of the Appledore Inn, Bideford, indulged in fun and raised £60 for a good cause

    Fun For Good Cause - 14th July 1972

     

    Two patrons of the Appledore Inn, Bideford, indulged in fun and raised £60 for a good cause.
    Prompted by the landlady of the inn, Mrs Sheila Dinner, Mr Keith Eldridge dressed up and pushed his companion, Mr Tom Lobbett, who was disguised as a baby, through the streets of Bideford in a pram. 
    Customers of the pub sponsored them and they kept going all day despite heavy rain.
    The money will be used to take a party of local old-age pensioners on an outing in September.
    Mrs Dinner is no stranger to

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  • Victoria Park Slide - 1947

    So great has been the demand that children wishing to use the recently erected slide

    Victoria Park Slide - 29th April 1947

     

    Not Really Coupon-Free Slides!

    So great has been the demand that children wishing to use the recently erected slide in the Victoria Park have had to queue for a turn.
    "Patrons are requested not to loiter too long at the top, admiring the extensive views" - "Have a go, Joe, and you, Joan," and then a quick run round
    to join the queue again.
    Reporting on the installation of the slide at the April meeting of Bideford Town Council, Cllr R L Cock estimated that from 3,000 to 5,000 children had
    come down over

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  • Free Men - 1971

    Bideford will have five more honorary freemen if a unanimous recommendation of the Town

    Free Men - 17th December 1971

    17.12.1971 Free men
     

    Five More Honorary Freemen of Bideford

    Bideford will have five more honorary freemen if a unanimous recommendation of the Town Council's General Purpose Committee is adopted by the Council.
    They are Col Sir Michael Ansell, Ald. Lieut-Col R D D Birdwood, Mr Harold Blackmore, Ald. P J V Fulford and Dr I H Hewetson.

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  • Primo J Avery

    a wedding gift from Lodge

    Primo J Avery is given wedding gift from Rose Salterne Lodge 1903

    1903 Primo Avery gets wedding gift

    Sir John Pedler, on behalf of his fellow members of the Rose Salterne Lodge of Buffaloes, on Thursday evening at the Joiners Arms Inn, presented Primo J Avery with a beautiful eight-day timepiece on the occasion of his marriage.

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  • Local Wills

    Kate Hewson Bate, 13 Park Avenue, Bideford, who died in August, left £5,213 gross, net the same.

    Local Wills - 4th March 1977

    4.3.1977 Wills
     

    Kate Hewson Bate, 13 Park Avenue, Bideford, who died in August, left £5,213 gross, net the same.
    Winifred Alice Jarvis, of 58 Yelland Road, Yelland, who died in December, left £16,979 gross, £16,744 net.
    Ada Caroline Jutte, of Castle House Nursing Home, Torrington, who died in December, left £16,370 gross, £15,915 net.
    Mary Hannah Gibbons, Silver Threads, Instow, who died in December, left £8,908 gross, £8,728 net.

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  • Buffalo banquet

    10th annual banquet

    The 10th annual banquet of the Rose Salterne Lodge, RAOB, GSB, was held at Vicary's Joiners' Arms, Bideford, on Wednesday last, there being about 70 members and friends present.

    1.12.1903 Buffalo Banquet

    The chair was occupied by the Worshipful the Mayor, Mr E J Tattershill, JP and the vice-chair by Kt John Pedler, KOM, ROH, SP. Others present included Lieut Robert Newcombe, RN, TC (Devonport), Councillor Stanley Heard, Mr W K Wickham, Bro. W France, Councillor Bro. W H Friendship, Messrs W B Johns, Clarke, R Kivell, L V Rowe, W B Short, A Blight, D Harvey, J Colley, J Butler, E Northwood,

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  • Footballer's Bride At Bideford

    Bideford Reserves' goalkeeper Mr Michael John Hare, twin son of Mr and Mrs T Hare, 1 Milton Place, Bideford

    Footballer's Bride At Bideford - 1967

     

    Bideford Reserves' goalkeeper Mr Michael John Hare, twin son of Mr and Mrs T Hare, 1 Milton Place, Bideford, and Miss Hazel Thomas, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs F J Thomas, 29 Torrington Street, Bideford, were married at the Bethel Free Church, East-the-Water.
    Mr Hare plays cricket for Littleham and is a member of Bideford unit of Devon Fire Service. The bride's father is vice-chairman of Bideford A.F.C.
    Pastor F J Brignell officiated at the service, only the second, and the first white wedding to be held at the Church. Mr Peter Horn,

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  • Bideford Wedding Day

    The wedding of Mr Paul Arthur Edward Day, only son of Mr and Mrs K Day of Trafford, Warren Road

    Bideford Wedding Day - 23rd March 1967

     

    Mr P A E Day And Miss L M Brown

    The wedding of Mr Paul Arthur Edward Day, only son of Mr and Mrs K Day of Trafford, Warren Road, Dawlish, and Miss Linda Mary Brown, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs W Brown, 10 Brookfield Street, Bideford, took place at St Mary's Church, Bideford.
    The bridegroom is the lead guitarist of the Soul System pop group.
    The Rector Rev T Derwent Davies officiated and Mr J R Trigger accompanied at the organ.
    The bride was attended by Misses Janice Woodland and Janet

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  • Rugby Chiefs Revenge

    The Chiefs made amends for their defeat at the hands of Sidmouth when at home they took control

    Rugby Chiefs Revenge - 14th April 1967

     

    The Chiefs made amends for their defeat at the hands of Sidmouth when at home they took control from the start and did not let up until they had secured a confident 17-6 victory.
    Two first half tries by Roger Green and one from Pete Reveley left the visitors struggling. Mike Grigg was only able to convert one.
    Ex-Bideford player Barry Leyland pegged three points with a fine penalty. Barry Davies linked up with Ted Colegate who went over for a superb try.

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  • Post Office Presentations

    Certificates awarded by the Society for Prevention of Accidents for the year 1946 were recently presented

    Post Office Presentations - 11th November 1947

     

    Safe Driving Awards

    Certificates awarded by the Society for Prevention of Accidents for the year 1946 were recently presented to local Post Office drivers by the Head Postmaster Mr S A Talboys.
    Mr Talboys pointed out that the awards were not presented lightly. The Head Postmaster congratulated the drivers on their records and wished them many years of accident free driving.
    Mr W R Harris, Mr R D Whitefiled and Mr J Bale also congratulated the drivers.
    The awards were as follows: Gold Medal, F Butler, E A Colwill, R A Whitaker; Oak

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  • Safe Door Weighing Two Tons!

    Arrival of a new strong room door at Barclay's Bank, Bideford

    Safe Door Weighing Two Tons!

    1955 safe door Barclays Bideford

    Arrival of a new strong-room door at Barclay's bank in High Street, Bideford, last week attracted a crowd of interested sightseers.

    Weighing two tons five hundred weights, the door provided quite a problem when it came to taking it inside the building. The entrance door had to be widened by the sub-contractors, Messrs A F Beer and Son, of Bideford, and then steel rollers used to push the heavy door inside. The photograph shows Messrs Littlejohns' new 'Jumbo' mobile crane being used to lift the new doors. However, apart from one incident, when, describes an

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  • Freemasons Guard of Honour

    Funeral of Mr Ezra George Laycock in 1955

    Freemasons Guard of Honour - Funeral of Mr E G Laycock

    Funeral of Mr E G Laycock 1955

    Members of Lodge of Benevolence No. 489 (Bideford) of Freemasons, of which he was a Past Master and had been secretary for many years, were bearers and formed a guard of honour at the funeral at Bridge Street Methodist Church, Bideford, on Monday, of Mr Ezra George Laycock.
    Mr Laycock, who was principal of the Bideford School of  Music, Shorthand and Typewriting, at 25 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, died on January 5th, at the age of 78. For twenty years, until his retirement in 1946, he was secretary to Bideford and

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  • Summer visitors to Bideford

    Cardiff Queen

    Summer Visitors to Bideford

    1955 Cardiff Queen

    Saturday afternoon brough the first of the summer season visits to Bideford of Messrs P and A Campbell's pleasure steamers. It was the 'Cardiff Queen' and the warm welcome accorded was reminiscent of the occasion last year when she came to reintroduce pleasure trips by the firm from Bideford after a lapse of some thirty years. Bideford Town Band played on the Quayside and many of the crowd went aboard for a trip down the Torridge around Bideford Bay and back. Later she again left Bideford for Ilfracombe and her cross-Channel schedule. A series of trips

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  • Stella Maris Convent, Bideford - Oliver

    Music, Lyrics and book by Earl Bart

    Stella Maris Convent, Bideford - Oliver 1975

    4.7.1975 Stella Maris Oliver

    Stella Maris Convent, Bideford

    Oliver

    July 10 and 11 7pm

    Music, Lyrics and book by Earl Bart, produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Donald Alberry by arrangement with Evans Brothers Ltd and Stage Musicals of New York.

    Admission 35p Children 20p

     

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  • Where Bideford rope makers walked

    Where Bideford rope makers walked

    Where Bideford rope makers walked

    WHERE BIDEFORD ROPE-MAKERS WALKED

    From the above photograph most readers will immediately recognise the Strand but fewer will recall the wooden posts which formed part of the extension to 'Rope' Walk which ran from the foreground of the picture back past the bottom of Chingswell Street, across the bottom of Willett Street to the Quay end of Bridgeland Street.
    The ancient and principal ropewalk in Bideford, where ropes were made by hand, was owned from very early times by the Wren family, and later was acquired by Mr H M Restarick. It extended from the

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  • Mr French awarded Degree

    Former Bideford Grammar Boy awarded Master of Letters Degree by Bristol University

    Mr French awarded Degree

    10.2.1967 Alan French

    Mr Alan French, 25 , son of Mr & Mrs SJ French of 3 Union Street Bideford awarded Master of Letters Degree at University of Bristol. Old boy of Bideford Grammar School. Dip Ed Exeter University.

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  • Marriage of Lang and Stevens

    Wedding at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

    Marriage of Blake and Stevens

    Marriage of Blake and Stevens 1945

     

    Marriage of David Charles Blake Lang RAF son of Mr F G Lang and late Mrs Lang of Old Town Bideford, and Miss Daphne Grace Stevens daughter of Mr and Mrs J Stevens of Westward Ho! Rev T E Clarke officiated. Best Man was Frank Babb

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  • What is secret of Bideford tunnel

    A mystery that has intrigued generations may be solved in the new year

    What is secret of Bideford tunnel - 1975

    What is secret of Bideford tunnel - Ford House

    A mystery that has intrigued generations of Bidefordians may be solved early in the New Year when an opening is made in the bricked-up wall of a cellar at Ford House, the oldest house in the town and possibly in North Devon and once owned by Sir Richard Grenville's family. Tradition has it that a smugglers' tunnel runs from the cellar several miles westward to Abbotsham cliffs. Even if no tunnel is found the existence of a big man-made cave as a secret hiding place is a near certainty. The house stands at

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  • Town's Second Woman Mayor in 392 years

    Mrs Ethelwynne Brown

    Town's Second Woman Mayor in 392 Years - 1965

    Town's Second Woman Mayor in 392 years

    Bideford's new Mayor will be a woman, only the second in the town's long history - its charter was granted in 1573. She is 61 year old Mrs Ethelwynne Brown, a widow, who has been a member of the Town Council for nearly four years. Former Alderman Mrs Muriel Cox, who resigned from the Council last December, served as Mayor in 1954. News of the invitation to Cllr Mrs Brown to become Mayor-designate was announced at a meeting of the Town Council on Monday. Mrs Brown said: 'I hope that in so honouring

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  • Mrs V Patt

    First woman member of the North Devon Water Board in 1964

    Mrs Vivian Patt, of Bideford, has become the first woman member of the North Devon Water Board. She is a representative of Devon County Council.

    1964 V Patt

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  • Ronald Short is a Great Uncle at 17

    Few of us are uncles on the day we are born

    Ronald Short is a Great Uncle at 17 - 1955

    Ronald Short is a Great Uncle at 17

    Few of us are uncles from the day we are born, but Ronald Short of 30 Bowden Green, Bideford, not only acquired such distinction but now, at the age of 17, has the added status of a great uncle. Ronald, who is a farm worker, and lives with his mother, Mrs Stanbury, is the 'baby' of her family of ten boys and three girls, all of whom survive. His mother, who at 59 became a greatgrandmother, married twice. Her first husband, Mr Tom Short, was accidentally killed and she subsequently married

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  • Mr and Mrs John Burnett celebrate their golden anniversary

    A family party was held at Instow

    Service is Golden 1972

    Mr and Mrs John Burnett

    Mr and Mrs John Burnett celebrated their golden wedding anniversary

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  • Rev R H Parsons has been a Minister for fifty years

    Bethel Church, East-the-Water, Bideford, celebrate with him

    Fifty years service as a minister has just been completed by the Rev R H Parsons, of Bethel Church, East-the-Water, Bideford, and the occasion was celebrated by a family social gathering at the Bethel on Monday, November 4th.

    1946 Rev Parsons


    Beginning his career in 1896 as an Evangelist, Mr Parsons took over a Mission Hall at Sudbrook, and later returned to London to join the Lectures Department of the National Sunday School Union, and worked with the Mission at Paradise Row, Stockwell. In 1905 he was appointed secretary of the All Nations Missionary Union, and in 1906 he was baptised and ordained,

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  • Mrs V Patt of Bideford is the first woman President of North Devon Master Bakers

    Has been in the bakery trade for 22 years

    Mrs Vivian Patt, former Mayor of Bideford and now a member of Northam Council, has been elected the first woman president of the North Devon branch of the Master Bakers’ Association, and is among the very few women in the country to have held such office in the association.

    1972 Mrs Vivian Patt

    Devon, in fact, now has two women branch presidents, Mrs Matthews at Torquay and Mrs Patt in North Devon.
    At the annual general meeting of the North Devon branch Mrs Patt was unanimously voted to succeed Mr Colin Dudley, of Combe Martin, in the office.
    For 22 years in the bakery

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  • Mrs F Patt of Bideford is on 'What's My Line' in 1954

    puts jam into doughnuts

    Mrs F Patt, of ‘Raleigh View’, Bideford, failed to beat the ‘What’s my line’ television panel on Sunday evening’s programme.

    1954 Mrs F Patt of Raleigh View


    The panel were up to their last two questions when they discovered her occupation which she gave as ‘putting jam in doughnuts’ – ‘giving them a hypodermic injection’ as panel member David Nixon described it.
    Earlier Gilbert Harding had made a geographical guess that Mrs Patt might be ‘a Cornish pastry filler-upper’.
    Mrs Patt, who said she had brought to the studio a very nice cake from the people of Bideford, invited the panel – David Nixon, Lady Barnett, Gilbert Harding and

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  • Kingsley Lodge hold successful concert

    RAOB

    Members of the Kingsley Lodge of the RAOB held another successful concert and dance, which was well patronised at the Church Institute to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

      Kingsley Lodge RAOB

    The room was beautifully decorated with the silver bells and festoons and the crests of the RAOB in gold, painted by Brother Long. Brothers Glover and Hoblin are to be congratulated on their artistic designs in decorating the room. The concert proved a great success.

    The programme was under the control of Brother Heal and consisted of the following: Overture, Brother Squires; songs by Misses Cleave, Crocker, Langbridge and Judd, and Messrs

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  • Mr W Garrett is new bandmaster

    Bideford Town Silver Band

    New Bandmaster at Bideford in 1964

    1964 new bandmaster


    At the week-end Mr W Garrett, who was president of the Southern Counties Brass Band Association for 11 years, commenced his appointment as bandmaster of Bideford Town Silver Band. His appointment fills a long standing vacancy.
    Mr Garrett comes from Guildford where he was bandmaster of the Godalman Borough Band and conductor of the Westborough Ladies' Choir. He has also been bandmaster of Weymanns Works Band and the Miles Aircraft Works Band.
    He will be pleased to welcome any players of any age, and anyone wishing to learn, at rehearsals held in the band room

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  • Michael Polley pays for his sister to sail to Canada

    Janet Polley joins other family members

    Brother’s success means Canada trip for Janet.

    October 1963 Janet Polley

    An exam success gained by a 30 year old Bidefordian now living in Toronto, Canada, has also meant a ticket to adventure for his younger sister.
    When Bideford Grammar School Old Boy Michael Polley qualified as an insurance company manager it brought a pay rise. From this, together with earnings as a part-time lecturer in drama, he has saved up enough to pay for a passage to Canada for his 17 year old sister Janet.
    Until Tuesday Janet, a shop assistant, lived with her parents, Mr and Mrs George Polley, at 8 Kenwith

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  • Mrs Vera Cawsey stands in for Father Christmas for 2 days

    she donated a reward for her services to Broomhayes

    Woman stands in for Father Christmas 1972

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    Mrs Vera Cawsey became Father Christmas at a local shop for 2 days. She donated a reward for her services to Broomhayes Children's Centre.

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  • 82 year old Mr Arthur Pearson has a remarkable record in the bowling fraternity

    He joined the Club in 1919

    Veteran chairman of Bideford open bowling tournament committee, 82 year old Mr Arthur Pearson was as active as ever in his duties at this year’s event.

    Arthur Pearson

    His is a remarkable record for he has been associated with the tournament throughout its 42 active years – it was not held in the war years. In the first tournament in 1927, he was runner-up in the singles championship to that Torrington bowler of renown, the late Mr Reg Hodge.
    Arthur, who joined the club in 1919, is not its senior member and his services to it in many ways, notably as secretary, were

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  • Triplets Are Two 1965

    The Waldron triplets

    Triplets Are Two 1965 

    Triplets Are Two 1965

    The Waldon triplets of Bideford were two years old on Monday. A tea party was held and Jackie, Donna and Tracie posed for a celebration picture (contact us for that picture). The girls are the children of Mr and Mrs Brian Waldon of East the Water. The triplets are the first born at Bideford for 12 years.Their sister Patra is 3 months old.

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  • Ruth Portus is Regatta Queen

    1967

    This year's (1967) Bideford Regatta Queen is 16 year old Ruth Portus, a laboratory technician at Bideford Dairies.

    1967 Bideford Regatta Queen


    Ruth, daughter of Mr and Mrs W Portus, 36 Clovelly Road, Bideford, was chosen last week at the Royal Hotel, Bideford. Judges were guests at the hotel - Mr and Mrs J Houghton of Billericay and Mr and Mrs Webster of Sheffield. She was invested with her sash of office at the London-Bidefordian Reunion dinner at the New Inn last Friday.

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  • £127,000 Health Centre to open in October 1972

    designed by Ben Thompson

    Bideford’s £127,000 health centre in Abbotsham Road, which will accommodate all the existing general practitioners in the town, is to open on October 2nd.

    1972 Bideford Health Centre to open

    It has nine consulting and examination suites and it will also accommodate the local health authority services, which will be transferred from the sub-standard clinic accommodation now in use in Coronation Road. In addition to accommodation for chiropodists, health visitors and the local authority doctor, there will be a health education room and facilities for ante-natal and child health sessions, cervical cytology, ophthalmic and speech therapy, and family planning advice.
    The centre will also have a

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  • Daughter of Mr and Mrs T G Ward of Bideford

    Came back with money to spare

    Grand tour left money to spare!

    1967 Grand Tour

    A Bideford girl and her friend who left this country two months ago taking little more than a small tent and two sleeping bags have just returned after having seen quite a bit of the world.
    And each brought back a few pounds of her travel allowance.
    Miss Pat Ward, daughter of Mr and Mrs T G Ward of Clovelly Road, Bideford, and an Old Girl of Edgehill College, and Miss Veronica Smith of London, having passed their final examinations as medical laboratory technicians, decided they had earned an extended holiday. They set out

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  • A surprise win by Bideford Reds junior crew

    1964

    This Bideford Reds junior crew caused one of the major surprises of Saturday's regatta by beating West of England champions Torquay.

    1964 Bideford Reds win


    The oarsmen are Terry Palmer, Len White, G Kelly, Owen Sims and Dave Curtis.

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  • Karen Pinnell takes Wibbles for a walk

    with Ulla the Alsatian

    Wibbles the lamb likes dogs and dog biscuits.

    1967 Wibbles the lamb


    Jolly good pals are the alsatian dog, Ulla, and the lamb, Wibbles, pets of 11 year old Karen Pinnell, of Pinecroft Kennels, Gammaton Road, Bideford.
    In the picture Wibbles is seen on her evening walk with Karen and her friendd, Denise Guttridge, who always accompanies them.

    1967 Wibbles the lamb

    Article from the Gazette in 1967

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  • Finished a month ahead of schedule

    Opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Lord Roborough

    NEXT WEDNESDAY'S OFFICIAL OPENING AT BIDEFORD - LEAVING HIGH STREET AFTER 73 YEARS
    Next Wednesday afternoon, a month ahead of schedule, Bideford's new Head Post Office building, a handsome addition to the Quayside frontage, will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Lord Roborough.

    3 April 1959 Post Office Bideford

    That night the doors of the High Street buildiing where local people have transacted their Post Office business since 1886 will be closed to the public until some other use is found for the premises.
    It was in the summer of 1939 that the first plan for a new post office on the new site

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  • A large load comes down the High Street

    Gently does it, and with other traffic held up, to allow this long load to travel down the 'one-way up' High Street at Bideford.

    3 March 1972 High Street Bideford

    The temporary suspension of the normal traffic flow in High Street for this load was caused by the closure of the main road at Torridge Hill for repairs and the narrow corners of the alternative route.
    The 62-feet beams, manufactured by Laminated Wood Ltd, of Clovelly Road, Bideford, were beginning the long journey to the Newcastle upon Tyne area where they will become part of a swimming pool building.
    Gazette article dated 3 March 1972

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  • A wedding at St Margaret's Church, Northam

    Charles Manning and Valerie Beswick

    Mr Charles John Manning, only son of Mr and Mrs C Manning, Ashleigh Farm, Bridenstowe, Okehampton, and Miss Valerie Ann Beswick, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A Beswick, 21 Glenfield Road, Bideford, were married at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

    1972 Manning and Beswick wedding

    The Vicar, Rev J M Lucas, officiated and Mr W E B Cox was the organist. There were three bridesmaids, the Misses Amanda and Lucinda Colwill and Carol Bardens. Best man was Mr John Green-Price, and the ushers were the bride’s brother Keith and the bridegroom’s cousin, Mr Jim Woodmason.
    A reception was held at Durrant House Hotel. The bridesmaids’

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  • Young children tramp 113 miles in a week

    Father charged with neglect while looking for work

    Young Children Tramp 113 Miles in a Week 11th October 1910 Young Children Tramp 113 miles in a week

     

     

    A widowed father was charged with neglect for leaving his children so that they had to be taken into the Workhouse. George Babbs said that he had tried to make arrangements for the children while he was working on the doubling of of the railway at South Molton Rd.  He also explained that on one occasion his whole family had walked 113 miles in search of work. 

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  • Known as 'fever hospital'

    3 November 1972

    The latest indications were that Kingsley Hospital at Bideford would close under the reorganisation programme, confirmed the Medical Officer of Health for Bideford Rural Council, Dr N Bowring Betts, at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

    1972 Kingsley Hospital
    He told Mr Jack Prince: ‘It is not being used to capacity by any means’. He thought, however, that the hospital might be used more for the care of older people who needed a rest but could not get a hospital bed. He pointed out that it was planned to use the Bideford and District Hospital for geriatric cases.
    When Mr Prince said he hoped this did

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  • 1965

    Well known Bideford man

    From 1936 to 1943 bandmaster of Bideford Town Silver Band which, under his direction, built up a wide reputation, Mr Josiah (Joe) Heal, died suddenly at his home, 12 Chingswell Street, Bideford, at the age of 70.

    1965 funeral of Joe Heal

    In his musical interest he followed his father’s footsteps. He was a member of the 6th Devons Territorial’s and of their band, he served overseas with the battalion in the First World War. In between the world wars he played with the Torquay Military Band and subsequently became a member of the Torquay Municipal Orchestra taking part in many broadcast programmes. His principal

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  • Soloheim Mungaash travel to London

    10 November 1972

    Well known local jazz band Soloheim Mungaash are travelling to London next month to make their first record at SRT studios.

    1972 local band to make record

    Afterwards they will play at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, regarded as the ‘Mecca of British jazz’.

    The band, who have been together for only 15 months, hope that their record will be released some time in the New Year.
    Five of the six members – Gordon Hunt, Malcolm Hurrell, Pete Finn, Derek Redmore and Eric Moss come from Bideford. Odd man out is John Shillito, formerly a top professional trumpeter who was with the Johnny Bastable Chosen Six.

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  • Mr Sidney Rendle worked for 38 years at the Gazette

    Well known Northam family

    38 Years with Gazette

    1964 Rendle

    Mr Sidney G Rendle, of 14 Coldharbour, Bideford whose death occurred on Sunday in Bideford Hospital, retired in February of this year after 38 years as billposter and storeman with the Bideford Gazette.
    Aged 65 and a member of a well known Northam family, he volunteered for the Army in the First World War at the age of 16, joining the Devonshire Regiment. In four and a half years, he served in Mesopotamia, India, Salonika and Italy. After the war he was for four years engaged on the construction of Bideford Sports Ground and as a

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  • Mother's Christmas present lost 1959

    Carol Ellis lost her handmade Christmas present

    Mother's Christmas present lost 1959

    Carol Ellis lost her mother's Christmas present on the way home

    Twelve year old Carol Ellis made her mother an embroidered table centre runner for Christmas but lost it on the way home, sadly it was not found and returned.

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