CommemorativeA Selection of Commemorative News Articles

  • 1 1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal.

  • 2 Coronation Letter From the Mayor

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir, I am sending you herewith for publication

  • 3 Coronation - Abbotsham - 1937

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be held in the Church at 8am.

  • 4 Coronation - Alwington - 1937

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony

  • 5 Coronation - Appledore - 1937

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for.

  • 6 Coronation - Bucks Cross - 1937

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible

  • 7 Coronation - Clovelly - 1937

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation

  • 8 Coronation - Northam - 1937

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived

  • 9 Coronation - Parkham - 1937

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed.

  • 10 Coronation - Putford - 1937

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true

  • 11 Coronation - Westward Ho! - 1937

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense

  • 12 World War 1

    2 April 1918

  • 13 World War 1

    16 April 1918

  • 14 World War 1

    23 April 1918

  • 15 World War 1

    13 April 1918

  • 16 World War 1

    27 April 1918

  • 17 World War 1

    20 April 1918

  • 18 Coronation - Woolsery - 1937

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal

  • 19 Hospital Decorated for Coronation 1937

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given

  • 1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal.

    1911 Coronation Medals in Bideford

     

    I went to see Mr David Wright about the Westward Ho! Railway exhibition and during our conversation he produced this medal. He said he was interested in how and why it had been minted.

    Some research by Mr Paul Morrish, one of our volunteers unearthed the following which explains how and where these medals were given. I am attaching the transcript from the Gazette dated 27th June 1911.

    Bideford Mayor’s Medals

    DISTRIBUTION TO THE SCHOOLCHILDREN

    The Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Mr J. U. Fulford accompanied by Rev.T NEWTON LEEKE, M.A., Alderman T Goaman

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  • Coronation Letter From the Mayor

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir, I am sending you herewith for publication

    Coronation Letter From the Mayor - 1911

     

    To the Editor of the "Bideford Weekly Gazette"
    Dear Sir,
    I am sending you herewith for publication a Balance Sheet giving the amounts received by me, the payments made through the Committee, and showing a credit balance of £5.
    It is my intention very shortly to call a public meeting with a view of suggesting the desirability of providing iron gates and railings for the Victoria Park as a permanent memorial, and if this idea is adopted the above balance could be applied to a special fund to be raised for this purpose.

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  • Coronation - Abbotsham - 1937

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be held in the Church at 8am.

    Coronation - Abbotsham - 11th May 1937

     

    Abbotsham

    Coronation Day will commence early at Abbotsham where a service will be heldt in the Church at 8am. School children will be presented with mugs in the morning, and at 2pm sports for adults and children will be held. At 4pm a football match will be played. A free tea is to be provided for all parishioners at 5pm, and half-an-hour later a skittles competition will take place. A social in the Parish Hall commences at 7pm and at 10pm the huge bonfire will be lite and a display of fireworks given. Funds were

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  • Coronation - Alwington - 1937

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony

    Coronation - Alwington - 11th May 1937

     

    Alwington

    Arrangements have been made at Alwington for all to listen-in to the broadcast of the Coronation Ceremony in the Day School. Over £20 were raised by subscriptions and the committee, of which the Rector (Rev. R W Groom) is chairman, Mr J Wickett, hon. secretary, and Mr Stanley Beale, hon. treasurer, have been able to draw up a fine programme of events, which will make Coronation Day, 1937, a memorable one for parishioners of Alwington. At 2.15pm there will be a service in the Church, followed at 3pm by children's sports in a

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  • Coronation - Appledore - 1937

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for.

    Coronation - Appledore - 11th May 1937

     

    Appledore - Gala Day for the Children

    At Appledore, Coronation Day will be gala day indeed for the children, who are especially being catered for. The Committee responsible have seen to it that there shall be a full day's programme, in which the children are prominently featured. Proceedings commence early at 7.45am, with peals on the Church bells; and at 8.30am maroons will be fired. At 9am the children will march in procession
    from the Marine Parade to a united children's service in the Congregational Church.
    At 9.45am, Officials, Councillors, British Legion, Lifeboatmen, Guides and Brigade

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  • Coronation - Bucks Cross - 1937

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible

    Coronation - Bucks Cross - 11th May 1937

     

    Bucks Cross

    Parishioners of Bucks Cross are going to celebrate the Coronation in true spirit. The Committee responsible for the arrangements, of which Rev. G S Whitaker (Vicar) is Chairman and Hon. Secretary, and Mrs Cary Elwes, Hon. Treasurer, were greatly encouraged by such a generous response as £25 by public subscription, and have drawn up a splendid programme of events. The proceedings commence with a religious service at 2pm followed by sports for children, free teas for children and adults, sports for adults, after which mugs will be presented to all children

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  • Coronation - Clovelly - 1937

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation

    Coronation - Clovelly - May 1937

     

    Clovelly

    Parishioners of Clovelly are sending a telegram of loyalty and good wishes to the King to-morrow as part of their Coronation celebrations and it will be sent on their behalf by Mr J C Hilton, chairman of the Parish Council. Between £35 and £40 has been raised by public subscriptions towards the celebrations. The Rector (Rev. P J Somers Cocks) is chairman of the committee and the hon. secretary is Mr John Clements with Mr T E Finch as hon. treasurer. At 2pm there will be a service in the Parish Church. Children's sports

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  • Coronation - Northam - 1937

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived

    Coronation - Northam - 11th May 1937

     

    Northam - Pageant of Empire

    The pealing of the Church Bells, at an early hour, will let residents of Northam know that the great day has arrived. From then until late at night a splendid programme of events has been drawn up by the Coronation Celebrations Committee, with Mr C E Palmer as Chairman, Captain F C Barton M.C. Hon. Secretary, and Mr B G Billingham, Hon
    Treasurer. Councillors, officials, British Legion and other bodies will march in procession to the Church at 9.45am for a united service at the close of which the Coronation Ceremony will

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  • Coronation - Parkham - 1937

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed.

    Coronation - Parkham - 11th May 1937

     

    Parkham

    Public subscriptions amounting to £40 have been raised at Parkham and a varied programme of events will be enjoyed. Chairman of the Committee is Mr G A Jacob and Messrs H D Dack and G E Honey are the hon. secretary and hon. treasurer respectively.
    The programme commences at 3pm with a short service in the Parish Church. At 3.45pm there will be a meat tea for the children in the Rectory room and there will be a similar tea for all other parishioners at 4.30pm. After tea there will be sports for the children

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  • Coronation - Putford - 1937

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true

    Coronation - Putford - 11th May 1937

     

    Putford

    Putford Church bells will be rung at intervals throughout Coronation day, when all the parishioners will participate with true Coronation spririt in the day's events. A united service in the Parish Church at 2pm will be followed by sports for children and adults which will last throughout the afternoon and early part of the evening, with a break for a free tea for all. At the tea, mugs are to be presented to all children under school leaving age.
    The King's speech will be broadcast at Churston Barn at 8pm and from then until 1am

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  • Coronation - Westward Ho! - 1937

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense

    Coronation - Westward Ho! - 11th May 1937

    11.5.1937 Coronation Westward Ho Wilkey     11.5.1937 Coronation Westward Ho
     

    Westward Ho! - Making Local History

    To-morrow, when Westward Ho! joins in the Empire wide celebrations of the Coronation, local history will, in a certain sense, be made. It will be the first time that the popular little seaside resort has conducted such celebrations entirely on its own. Usually it has been joined with Northam. The general committee responsible for the arrangements, under the chairmanship of Mr F Wilkey, with Rev. Cecil Eman as Hon. Secretary and Lieut P C Humbby as Hon. Treasurer, have drawn up a splendid programme of events, so that Westward

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  • World War 1

    2 April 1918

    The day school has been visited by Mr W Butler, HMI, who expressed his pleasure at the good work being done.

    2.4.1918 Langtree

    A plot of ground has been provided, and the boys are busy gardening.

    A successful concert, in aid of the YMCA, took place. The artistes were wounded soldiers from Torrington, Sergt Hector, Ptes Bracewll and Arden, the Misses Webber and Lile, Mrs H Vincent (Torrington), Miss Tanton (Marland) and W E Crosse, the Revs Wyer Honey (Marland) and W E Crosse-Crosse (Petrockstowe), Messrs F J Weber and J H Sillifant (Torrington). There was a crowded audience and the total

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  • World War 1

    16 April 1918

    At the King’s Head Hotel yesterday afternoon Mr A W Cock FAI sold by auction No 4 Bay View Terrace, the purchaser being Mr G H Cork at £385. Messrs Hole, Seldon and Ward were the solicitors for the vendor. 

    16.4.1918 Northam

    At a meeting of the Northam Urban District Food Control Committee on Wednesday there were present Messrs W T Charlewood (in the chair), S Fulford, P K Harris, J B Penhorwood, W B Quance, T Slade and Miss I Pickard. The business transacted included the consideration of a number of applications for sugar for jam making (some of which were

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  • World War 1

    23 April 1918

    Support the Bideford and District War Supply Depot today by buying a St George’s Flat or a St George’s match-box cover which will help you to take care of your matches.

    23.4.1918 Bideford War Supply Depot

    Your generous help is needed in order that the splendid work which the Depot is doing for our soldiers and sailors may continue. Remember how greatly our soldiers appreciate the comforts sent them from the Depot, and remember how great is the need of the articles that are being sent out every week to the military hospitals and casualty clearing stations. The women workers cannot make the garments unless

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  • World War 1

    13 April 1918

    Only formal business was transacted at Bideford Manor Court on Saturday. 

    13.4.1918 Manor Court

    The proceedings were of brief duration, but the Mayor (Mr A R Adams) who presided and thanked the members of the Council and jurors for their attendance, reminded them that the Court was no empty form and had been used for legal purposes, even with regard to the late railway on the Quay. Although at the present moment its duties were light, the time might come again when it would serve some good purpose.

    The Manor Court dinner would be held at the same time and place as last

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  • World War 1

    27 April 1918

    Miss Lucy E Andrew, a Devon County Boarding Scholarship winner from the day school, is doing herself and parent school credit at Barnstaple Grammar School.

    27.4.1918 Langtree

    In her Easter examination she came first in her form, and secured 79 per cent of the aggregate total of marks obtainable. She secured full marks for arithmetic and algebra. 

    A very pleasant whist drive in aid of club funds, was held in the Church Room on Thursday last. The Committee responsible for the arrangements were Messrs W Furst, B Box, W Ford, W Brownscombe and H Walters. The winners were Mr J Huxtable, Mr

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  • World War 1

    20 April 1918

    A handsome alms dish has been consecrated by the Vicar.

    20.4.1918 Frithelstock

    The inscription on the dish is 'given for the service of Almighty God and in loving memory of Lieut. Raymond Hogbin, aged 21, who died for his country, September 21 1917'.

    Gazette article dated 20 April 1918

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  • Coronation - Woolsery - 1937

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal

    Coronation - Woolsery - 11th May 1937

     

    Woolsery

    Fifteen sports events for children and fourteen events for adults at 2.45pm and 6pm respectively are among the principal features of the Woolsery Coronation Celebrations. At 2pm there will be a service in the Parish Church. The children's sports follow the presentation of Coronation mugs. At half past four there will be a free tea in the Parish Room followed by the adult's sports. The day will conclude with a free concert in the Institute, commencing at 8pm. The Vicar (Rev. E L Lewis) is chairman of the Celebrations Committee with Mr G E Mullard

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  • Hospital Decorated for Coronation 1937

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given

    Hospital Decorated for Coronation - May 1937

     

    At Bideford Hospital gay decorations in the wards commemorated Coronation Day and the patients were each given a copy of the souvenir programme of the National ceremony to which they listened-in. There was a special meal in celebration of the great day. Some of the patients able to go out watched the Bideford Pageant. On the Thursday the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford (Mr and Mrs T A Goaman) visited the hospital wards wearing their chains of office and distributed Coronation beakers to the children.

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