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  • 1 Evacuees 1940

    billeting officer 21 May 1940

  • 2 4,000 Evacuees 1940

    Arrangements for Bideford & Torrington Districts 11 June 1940

  • 3 Evacuees' Birthday Celebrations at Hostel 1941

    Evacuees at Queen Street Hostel 01 April 1941

  • 4 Evacuees' gift to Woolsery 1945

    Evacuees gift of oak seat to village 26 June 1945

  • 5 Child populaton rose hundreds overnight 1965

    25 yrs ago Bideford biggest influx 25th June 1965

  • 6 Happily playing, forgetting Blitz Terrors 1942

    Toddlers at Carleton House War Nursery 9 June 1942

  • 7 Christmas for the children in Bideford 1941

    3,000 schoolchildren free cinema show 15 Dec 1941

  • 8 Happy Plymouth Toddlers at Instow 1941

    Devon 72 detachment of British Red Cross 14 Oct 1941

  • 9 Re-evacuated - home 1945

    unaccompanied children returning home 3 July 1945

  • 10 Damaged homes left behind 1940

    appeal for offers of shelter 17 Sept 1940

  • 11 American Children's gift 1942

    Plaque was unveiled 6 October 1942

  • 12 Thrill for Youth 1941

    Bideford Evacuees keep fit 1 July 1941

  • Evacuees 1940

    billeting officer 21 May 1940

    If evacuees should come 21st May 1940

    If evacuees should come Evacuees: Bideford Borough is due to take 1,500 children and Bideford Rural district 1,000.  Mr W J Langford headmaster of Bideford Grammar School is chief billeting officer for evacuees for the borough and joint allocation officer for the two areas.

    Town clerk of Bideford Mr F C Backway, who is borough evacuation officer, Mr M J Durant, who is chief reception and billeting officer for the rural district, and Mr C S F Harding, headmaster of Bideford Senior Mixed School, who is detaining officer, he will be busily engaged with teachers, officials and

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  • 4,000 Evacuees 1940

    Arrangements for Bideford & Torrington Districts 11 June 1940

    4,000 evacuees children expected 11th June 1940

    4000 evacuee children expected The evacuation of children from greater London is to commence on Thursday and this means that Bideford and Torrington districts can expect, according  to the allocations previously announced, several thousand of these evacuees.

    This great London exodus, which involves about 120,000 children, will take six days to complete.  The majority will come to the Westcountry - Cornwall, Devonshire, Somerset and Wales.

    Bideford borough was instructed to make arrangements to received 1,500 children; Bideford Rural District, 1,000 children: Torrington Borough 200 children; Torrington Rural District 1,600.

    With the arrival of the children and the number

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  • Evacuees' Birthday Celebrations at Hostel 1941

    Evacuees at Queen Street Hostel 01 April 1941

    Evacuees' Birthday Celebrations at Hostel 1st April 1941

    evacuees Birthday Celebrations at Hostel A group of evacuees at the Queen Street, Hostel, Bideford on the occasion of a recent birthday celebration.  They were dressed in the costumes of many nations, had a special tea, and concluded with games, entertainment and dancing.

    The occasion celebrated three birthdays - those of Leslie Crisp and Jack Everard, two evacuees from London, and Nurse K Humphrey, daughter of the Master and Matron (Mr & Mrs F W Humphrey), who came from Bexhill.

    Costumes were made by the matron while others were loaned by members of the W V S.

    After

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  • Evacuees' gift to Woolsery 1945

    Evacuees gift of oak seat to village 26 June 1945

    Evacuees' gift to Woolsery 26th June 1945

    evacueesgift to Woolsery Woolsery has a permanent reminder of the happy friendships arising from the great war-time evacuation of 1940-45 for, at a charming little ceremony on June 13th a handsome new oak seat was presented by the evacuees in appreciation of the kindness and hospitality accorded to them by the village.

    In the top photograph the Dean Rural (Preb. I L Gregory, Vicar of Hartland) is seen dedicating the seat after having unveiled it.  Below Mr C B Griffiths (headmaster of Woolsery School and Billeting Officer for the Parish) is addressing the gathering prior to

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  • Child populaton rose hundreds overnight 1965

    25 yrs ago Bideford biggest influx 25th June 1965

    Child population rose hundreds overnight 25th June 1965

    child population rose 25 years ago Bideford and Torrington districts received the biggest influx they had ever known.

    Six consecutive nights long trains brough hundreds of children and helpers to the locality.  They were the first official evacuees to be received in the area.  Bideford Borough received about 1,100 evacuee schoolchildren in June, Bideford Rural district 750, Torrington Borough 280 and Torrington Rural district 1,220.

    Not everyone responded to the voluntary billeting appeal and in a few cases compulsory powers had to be used but, more happily, some people who had at first declined to

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  • Happily playing, forgetting Blitz Terrors 1942

    Toddlers at Carleton House War Nursery 9 June 1942

    Happily playing, forgetting Blitz Terrors 9th June 1942

    Happily playing Tragedy seems far from these happy groups of toddlers, but it cannot help being in the background.

    These pictures may serve as a reminder of the great part Devon and other reception areas are playing in caring for the younger generation from more vulnerable areas and of the fact that the war will leave us for many years to come a legacy of stricken lives in need of our warm and practical sympathy.

    Photographs show some of the 30 toddlers at Carleton House War Nursery, Buckleigh, where they are being cared for

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  • Christmas for the children in Bideford 1941

    3,000 schoolchildren free cinema show 15 Dec 1941

    Christmas for the children in Bideford 15th Dec 1941

    christmas for the children in bideford 3,000 schoolchildren - native and visitors - will have a free Cinema show this Christmas.

    Bideford Entertainments Ltd, Strand Cinema and Palace Theatre, Bideford Ltd are repeating their kindness of last year and are giving the whole accommodation of both houses on the morning of December 20th and 24th for this purpose.

    The home towns have not forgotten their children evacuated here and to encourage children to remain in reception areas the L.C.C., Metropolitan Boroughs, Croydon, Bristol and Plymouth are all sending financial help for Christmas treats.  The local teachers have generously accepted

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  • Happy Plymouth Toddlers at Instow 1941

    Devon 72 detachment of British Red Cross 14 Oct 1941

    Happy Plymouth Toddlers at Instow 14th October 1941

    happy plymouth toddlers at Instow Devon 72 Detachment of the British Red Cross Society which is the Instow branch of that organisation, has been busily engaged for some months in assisting with the care of some fifty children whose ages range up to 5 years and whose homes have been bombed in Plymouth.  In the charming settings of Tapely Park, the residence of Mr John Christie, these children are receiving care and attention watched over by a matron and trained sisters.

    The Instow Red Cross nurses, under the capable supervision of Miss W Dobbs, Commandant, have given

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  • Re-evacuated - home 1945

    unaccompanied children returning home 3 July 1945

    "Re-evacuated" home 3rd July 1945

    Re evacuated home A mixed atmosphere of happiness excitement, tears and sorrow prevailed on Bideford station when the last big "re-evacuation" this time of "unaccompanied" children returning to their own homes, took place.

    The Borough children assembled at the Bethel (by kind permission of the Rev. R H Parsons), where the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford (Ald. and Mrs H W Fulford) addressed them, saying that it was "Au Revoir"  and not necessarily "Goodbye."  The Chief Billeting Officer of the Borough, Mr A R Blackwell, wished them god-speed and then called for three cheers for the Mayor and

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  • Damaged homes left behind 1940

    appeal for offers of shelter 17 Sept 1940

    Damaged homes left behind 17th September 1940

    damaged homes left behind From the bombed areas of London and the south-east coast have come in scores of people to seek haven in this part of the Westcountry.

    Some have come under the official schemes - such as mothers with young children - others have come because they have relations or friends in these parts, and there are also those who have come quite unofficially.

    Offers of shelter should be addressed to the Mayor of Bideford through the Chief Billeting Officer (Mr W J Langford), Town Hall, Bideford.

    Mrs R I Smith, of Peckham, has come with her

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  • American Children's gift 1942

    Plaque was unveiled 6 October 1942

    American children's gifts 6th October 1942

    American childrens gifts Another symbol of the ties uniting the English speaking people of America and those of this country, is the plaque at the Queen Street evacuee hostel, Bideford, commemorating the gifts sent to the children of this country by the youth of America.  The plaque was unveiled by Mayor of Bideford, Mr G H Braddick.

    Mr  E Blackwell (Chief Billeting Officer) said the plaque was given by the British War Relief Society of the USA, and commemorated sending £25 worth of toys and gifts from America.

    Special praise is due to Mrs Scali for her

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  • Thrill for Youth 1941

    Bideford Evacuees keep fit 1 July 1941

    Thrill for Youth, Bideford Evacuees keep fit 1st July 1941

    Bideford evacuees keep fit"Mens sana in sano corpore" (a sound mind in a sound body) is a motto taken to heart by Peckham Central School, nearly 250 pupils of which were evacuated to Bideford a year ago and have found wartime school premises at Bideford Baptist Schoolrooms.

    Photograph above show a practice on the lawn outside the Baptish School buildings, and it will be seen that movement and thrill are inseparable from their exercises.

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  • 1 Bideford Gloves - 1971

    The Worshipful Company of Glovers, one of the ancient guilds of London

  • 2 Wynne Olley Success - 1962

    Young hairstylists from the salons of Mrs Wynne Olley, of Bideford, Barnstaple, Torrington and Winkleigh

  • 3 Sudbury Glove Factory For Sale - 1937

    The old established glove manufacturing business of F A Sudbury Limited.

  • 4 A presentation to Bideford from Rola Ltd

    A tribute to the contribution made

  • 5 Sudbury Glove Factory Opens - 1947

    The new Appledore Glove Works at New Quay will be officially opened by the Chairman of the Northam

  • 6 Torrington Glass Factory -1970

    On Saturday, at Dartington Glass Factory, Torrington, which has many Swedes on its staff

  • 7 1947 and glove employees go cruising down the river

    annual outing surpassed all their previous outings and parties

  • 8 Mr D Garland Funeral - 1965

    The funeral took place at St Mary's Church, Bideford, of Mr Desmond Harold Garland of 6 New Street

  • 9 Insurance including Zeppelin risks - 1917

    Advert for cover including Zeppelin risks during world war one

  • 10 SOS Body Shield - 1918

    Advert for body armour that will allegedly protect a soldier on the battlefield

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