NamesA Selection of News Articles Related to Prominent People

  • 1 The Braunds of Bucks and Elsewhere

    A cheery, breezy, virile soul blew into the office one day last week and shot a ray of sunshine

  • 2 New President of Rotary Club

    At Thursday's luncheon of Bideford Rotary Club, Mr W T Braddick, who for the last six years

  • 3 John Petheridge Downing

    Brass plate

  • 4 Mr Frank E Whiting

    new trustee of Bideford Bridge 1967

  • 5 Sir Richard Acland's Decision, 1942

    In political circles, the talk of the week has been the resignation of Sir Richard Acland from

  • 6 'Eighth Army News' Tackles Sir Richard

    Under the heading 'Think again, Acland,' a recent edition of 'Eighth Army News' has been hitting out

  • 7 Sir Richard Acland's Gift to Nation - 1943

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon, is presenting to the National Trust the largest single

  • 8 Edward Capern - Postman Poet - 1938

    Edward Capern was born in Tiverton, Devon on January 29, 1819,

  • 9 Prophet in Battledress - 1942

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon and now serving as a lance-bombardier in the

  • 10 Bideford Shot is Chosen for England

    Bideford businessman Mr Graham Braddick, Devon and Southern Counties clay pigeon shooting champion

  • 11 Bideford Gazette Appointment - R Balsdon, 1965

    Mr R G Balsdon, who has been appointed a director of Bideford Gazette Ltd. joined the Gazette

  • 12 The New Baronet - 1934

    Sir Richard T D Acland, Bart., J.P., M.P. for North-West Devon, who succeeds to the title on the death

  • 13 Gazette's Retiring Manager - R Balsdon, 1971

    Mr R G Balsdon, the retiring manager, joined the Bideford and North Devon Gazette straight from

  • 14 Fish Night, But No Frying

    Friday night is fish night at 'Cottesloe' Sandymere Road, Northam, the home of Mr Graham Braddick

  • 15 Twenty First Birthday TV Appearance

    A former Bideford girl who was taught to play the bass guitar in the Bideford home of her parents

  • 16 Death of Major J R Braddick - 1948

    Member of a well-known Bideford family, Major J R Braddick, M.C., youngest son of the late

  • 17 To Represent Bideford at World Convention - 1980

    Mr Cyril Braund, a past president of Bideford Rotary club and 30 years a Rotarian will be making

  • 18 Twelfth Visit to the US - 1977

    Back from his 12th visit to the United States is Mr Cyril Braund, of Green Gardens, Northam

  • 19 New vicar of Buckland Brewer 1947

    Reverend Leonard Woolcott

  • 20 Retirement of Bideford Railway official

    Mr C T Wesley senior

  • 21 Mr Frank E Whiting

    Death in 1968

  • 22 New vicar of Abbotsham 1953

    Reverend Leonard Woolcott

  • 23 Retirement of Bideford Railway official 1938

    Mr C T Wesley senior

  • 24 Bideford Bridge

    Mr Frank E Whiting

  • 25 Alderman Frank E Whiting

    Retires after 31 years service

  • 26 New Rector of Instow

    Reverend S Weaver

  • 27 Death of Rector of Instow 1941

    Reverend S Weaver

  • 28 Diamond Wedding at Westward Ho! 1951

    Mr and Mrs Wilkey

  • 29 Ex-president appointed Honorary Life Member 1962

    Mr Frank E Whiting

  • 30 Election surprises in 1937

    Mr Wilkey

  • 31 1937 Mr Frank E Whiting

    marriage to Doctor Florence Rhodes

  • 32 DSO awards for Appledore and Instow families

    Durnford-Slater and Valentine

  • 33 Doctor Desmond Valentine of Appledore

    RNLI award

  • 34 Lieut-Colonel A Valentine serves in Devon regiment

    storming Regalbuto

  • 35 We Landed in Sicily and Italy

    excellent and glorious story of the fighting Devons, intimately illustrated with maps and charts, written by its popular Commanding Officer, Lt-Col A W Valentine, DSO, CBE

  • 36 One of golfs immortals, J H Taylor, dies

    Worldwide messages of sympathy and tribute have this week poured into Northam

  • 37 J H Taylor's Northam home to be auctioned

    22 Castle Street, Northam

  • 38 Mr and Mrs Trapnell celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1958

    Here for the event are their five children and twelve grandchildren

  • 39 New heir to Stucley title

    The son of Mr Hugh Stucley and his wife Angela, of Affeton Castle, will be named George

  • 40 Reardon Smith memorial window

    Family gather at Appledore Baptist Church

  • 41 The Queen's Sheriff

    Major D F B Stucley

  • 42 Chairman of Bideford Rural Council

    Major D F B Stucley of Hartland Abbey, is elected

  • 43 Mr Jack Shutt dies in 1949

    He spent 45 years with Royal North Devon Golf Club

  • 44 Mayor and Mayoress are commanded to attend the Palace Garden Party in 1955

    Daughter, Rosemary, goes as well

  • 45 The family has been connected with the borough and held land in Devon for close on 1,000 years

    Followed by his eldest son, Major Dennis F B Stucley, of Hartland Abbey

  • 46 Bravery award for Alan Smith in 1979

    Presented with the Chief Constable’s certificate for good citizenship

  • 47 Mr A McTaggart Short

    Retains deep affection for Bideford

  • 48 G F Stevens-Guille OBE of Palmer House in Torrington

    Distinction of being first member of district to be honoured for services in the present war

  • 49 Mr Hugh Stucley comes of age in 1966

    Celebrations at Hartland Abbey

  • 50 Anthony James Scott is killed in 1940

    Grandson of the late Lord Eldon and the late Captain Stuart, RN, of Scotland

  • 51 Mr A McTaggart Short gives Bideford a valuable collection

    Presentation at Burton Art Gallery

  • 52 Mr Hugh Stucley marries Miss Angela Toller

    Guards Chapel is the venue

  • 53 Farewell to Mr W H Short

    Retiring from the Post Office

  • 54 Bideford Town Council receive deeds to riverside land

    Officially handed over by Sir Dennis Stucley

  • 55 Miss Christine Elizabeth Stucley marries the Hon David Lytton Cobbold in 1961

    Wedding at St Nectan's Church, Hartland

  • 56 Miss Rosemary Stucley is married at St Margaret's Church in Westminster

    The groom's great-aunt is HRH, The Princess Royal

  • 57 Miss Betty Stucley on her travels

    in the footsteps of Dr Johnson and Mr Boswell

  • 58 Infant son of Major and the Hon Mrs Stucley christened

    A peal of bells welcomes him to Hartland

  • 59 Mr Robert de Stapledon Stapledon appointed

    Son of the late Mr E A Stapledon of Northam

  • 60 Death occurred at Damerels in Northam

    Until retirement, has been a senior partner of a well known North Devon firm.

  • 61 'Rosemary Stucley to wed Viscount Boyne

    second daughter of Mr and Mrs D F B Stucley

  • 62 'Bideford Town Council decide to offer Freedom of the Borough

    to two men

  • 63 A real outstanding personality in golf with a marvellous memory for faces

    Retired from the position of caddie master

  • 64 Councillor Mr A Inkerman Rogers resigns

    no previous intimation

  • 65 WW2 Bideford family commitment

    1941

  • 66 Mr Inkerman Rogers elected President

    1951

  • 67 An Old Boy of Bideford Grammar School and a Bidefordian

    Also been the secretary of Bideford Bowling Club and the old Bideford Football Club

  • 68 Lives at Kenwith Castle, Bideford

    Comes of a family that has many Parliamentary associations

  • The Braunds of Bucks and Elsewhere

    A cheery, breezy, virile soul blew into the office one day last week and shot a ray of sunshine

    The Braunds of Bucks and Elsewhere

     

    A cheery, breezy, virile soul blew into the office one day last week and shot a ray of sunshine through the gloom of 'inquest morning', and court-marshal follows court-marshal on the sins of ommission and commission of the preceding week. The visitor was Salvation Army Young People's Sergeant Major, merchant, and real estate agent, Justice of the Peace, R C Braund of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (where the Quaker Oats come from), and a direct descendant of the Braunds of Bucks. Directly I saw him I was struck with his similarity in build and

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  • New President of Rotary Club

    At Thursday's luncheon of Bideford Rotary Club, Mr W T Braddick, who for the last six years

    New President of Bideford Rotary Club, Mr W T Braddick

     

    At Thursday's luncheon of Bideford Rotary Club, Mr W T Braddick, who for the last six years has been hon. secretary of the Club commenced his term of office as president in succession to Mr M F Lee.
    Few can have been so closely associated, and for such a long time, with local government and other administrative spheres in Bideford and district than Mr Braddick, For over forty years he has been collector of rates for Bideford, a position he still holds. For thirty-five years he was collector of

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  • John Petheridge Downing

    Brass plate

    Joshua Petheridge Downing – Horwood, Devon - Brass Plate

    A steam roller brass plate and booklets were donated by Richard Sandercock on 6 January 2015. His great-grandfather was Richard Dingle (Dingles Heritage Fairground at Lifton) who had 3 sons (no issue) and 1 daughter who married a Sandercock.

    JP Downing of Horwood, Devon, ordered a Clayton and Shuttleworth steam roller (TA6236) from Dingles in 1913 – there was a legal requirement to have identification of the owner on the roller, hence the plaque.

    The Downing Family history is:

    1891 Census shows:

    John Petheridge Downing (aged 35) married to Cora S Downing

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  • Mr Frank E Whiting

    new trustee of Bideford Bridge 1967

    An unusual but happy turn of events took place at last Friday’s meeting of the trustees of Bideford Bridge.

    6 October 1967 Mr Frank E Whiting - Bideford Bridge trustee

    Mr Frank E Whiting has served in the town in many capacities, and in particular for the past 42 years as warden of Bideford bridge. He retired from this appointment that day and was immediately unanimously welcomed as a trustee of the Bridge. ‘Next time’ remarked Mr Whiting somewhat reflectively, ‘I suppose I shall be sitting at the bottom of the table as the youngest trustee, instead of sitting near the chairman and giving my usual report on the care and

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  • Sir Richard Acland's Decision, 1942

    In political circles, the talk of the week has been the resignation of Sir Richard Acland from

    Sir Richard Acland's Decision - 1942

     

    In political circles, the talk of the week has been the resignation of Sir Richard Acland from the Liberal Party. His decision created no surprise among the stalwards of Liberalism in North Devon. Sir Richard's speeches in this Division and in other parts of the Country and votes in the House of Commons, have made it quite obvious that he could not be firmly depended upon as a staunch Liberal. He was 28 years of age when he entered the political arena in the North-West Devon Division and his acceptance as the Liberal candidate

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  • 'Eighth Army News' Tackles Sir Richard

    Under the heading 'Think again, Acland,' a recent edition of 'Eighth Army News' has been hitting out

    'Eighth Army News' Tackles Sir Richard - 1943

     

    'Think Again, Acland'

    Under the heading 'Think again, Acland,' a recent edition of 'Eighth Army News' has been hitting out at the Member of Parliament for North-West Devon, Sir Richard Acland's knowledge of what the Army thinks. The article, an editorial, stated: 'Sir Richard Acland, a Member of Parliament, has been complaining in the Commons. He has been complaining that the forces - that's us - were not given the faintest idea of the subjects exercising the minds of the people at home. The Honourable Member for Barnstaple may be taking a popular line

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  • Sir Richard Acland's Gift to Nation - 1943

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon, is presenting to the National Trust the largest single

    Sir Richard Acland's Gift to Nation - 1943

     

    Estates in Devon and Somerset - Keeping them safe and unspoiled

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon, is presenting to the National Trust the largest single acquisition in its history - some 17,000 acres of his estates in Devon and Somerset, which have been estimated to be worth £250,000. The land consists of the Killerton estate in Devon and the Holnicote estate in Somerset. In addition, the National Trust is buying 1,000 acres of adjoining land. Of the estates, 6,000 acres are already leased to the Trust. Sufficient income will be derived by

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  • Edward Capern - Postman Poet - 1938

    Edward Capern was born in Tiverton, Devon on January 29, 1819,

    EDWARD CAPERN - POSTMAN POET - 1938

     

    Edward Capern was born in Tiverton, Devon on January 29, 1819, where, at nine years of age, he was sent to work in a factory. He afterwards learned to make shoes and later became a house carpenter. Then he took to portrait painting. By this time Capern had learned to read and write, and the office of letter carrier was obtained for him at Bideford.

    He was a Rural Letter Carrier from Bideford to Buckland Brewer and its neighbourhood for seventeen years, covering a distance of thirteen miles daily (Sundays included) for which he received a

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  • Prophet in Battledress - 1942

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon and now serving as a lance-bombardier in the

    Prophet in Battledress - 1942

     

    Sir Richard Acland, M.P. for North-West Devon and now serving as a lance-bombardier in the Royal Artillery, is featured in a Christmastide interview by a special correspondent appearing in a current issue of the 'Methodist Recorder'. The article describes Sir Richard as a 'prophet of goodwill in battledress... bold enought to echo in the House of Commons the claim of the pulpit through many a year that only Christianity fearlessly and honestly applied can bring us peace and goodwill." Sir Richard is stated to be becoming known far beyond his native Westcountry. His books 'Unser Kampf' and

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  • Bideford Shot is Chosen for England

    Bideford businessman Mr Graham Braddick, Devon and Southern Counties clay pigeon shooting champion

    Bideford Shot is Chosen for England - 1970

     

    Bideford businessman Mr Graham Braddick, Devon and Southern Counties clay pigeon shooting champion, who has been selected as first reserve for the All-England team. He thus wins his first England blazer badge and joins in the team another Devonian, Mr Arthur Pickard, of Beaford, who has been a regular member for the past four years. The team meets Scotland, Ireland and Wales at Leamington Spa on July 17th and 18th.

     
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  • Bideford Gazette Appointment - R Balsdon, 1965

    Mr R G Balsdon, who has been appointed a director of Bideford Gazette Ltd. joined the Gazette

    Bideford Gazette Appointment - R Balsdon, 1965

     

    Mr R G Balsdon, who has been appointed a director of Bideford Gazette Ltd. joined the Gazette from Bideford Grammar School as an apprentice to journalism. During the war he joined with the Devons, was commissioned and saw active service as a captain in the Reconnaisssance Corps in Western Europe. Shortly after his return, he transferred from the editorial department to the commercial side as advertisement manager, gaining knowledge of all departments, and is now commercial manager.
    Aged 47, Mr Balsdon is a member of the Rotary Club, of which he was the

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  • The New Baronet - 1934

    Sir Richard T D Acland, Bart., J.P., M.P. for North-West Devon, who succeeds to the title on the death

    The New Baronet - 1934

     

    Sir Richard T D Acland, Bart., J.P., M.P. for North-West Devon, who succeeds to the title on the death last week of his father, Sir Francis Acland, P.C., M.P

    Of the three sons, the eldest, who succeeds to the baronetcy, is Mr Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, who was born on November 26, 1906, educated at Rugby and Balliol College, Oxford, and is a barrister-at-law. He contested the Torquay Division in 1920 and first fought N.W. Devon in 1931, winning the seat in 1935.
    The other sons are Mr Arthur Geoffrey Dyke Acland, of Staveley, Westmorland,

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  • Gazette's Retiring Manager - R Balsdon, 1971

    Mr R G Balsdon, the retiring manager, joined the Bideford and North Devon Gazette straight from

    Gazette's Retiring Manager - R Balsdon, 1971

     

    Former Journalist

    Mr R G Balsdon, the retiring manager, joined the Bideford and North Devon Gazette straight from Bideford Grammar School in 1935 and was apprenticed to journalism. After his military service during the second world war, from which he was demobilised as a captain, he returned to the Gazette office and shortly afterwards was transferred from the editorial department to the commercial staff as advertisement manager, and he was subsequently appointed commercial manager.
    In 1965 Mr Balsdon was appointed a director of the company which at that time was owned by members

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  • Fish Night, But No Frying

    Friday night is fish night at 'Cottesloe' Sandymere Road, Northam, the home of Mr Graham Braddick

    Fish Night, But No Frying - 1966

     

    Friday night is fish night at 'Cottesloe' Sandymere Road, Northam, the home of Mr Graham Braddick. People arrive from as far afield as Bude, Tiverton and Okehampton to buy and to talk about tropical fish. It all started when Mr Braddick was a schoolboy and his father brought home a can of fish from a London store. Now there is a thriving business which has particularly developed in the past two years and Mr Braddick, who is a director of the family furnishing and holiday accommodation firm, has 30 varieties in a collection

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  • Twenty First Birthday TV Appearance

    A former Bideford girl who was taught to play the bass guitar in the Bideford home of her parents

    Twenty First Birthday TV Appearance - 1977

     

    A former Bideford girl who was taught to play the bass guitar in the Bideford home of her parents by her boy friend is now with him in a 'punk rock' group that he formed and who were seen last week on 'Top of the Pops'. The group, 'Adverts' were heard singing their latest record, 'Gary Gilmore's Eyes' which was then 27 in the charts. The only girl member is Gaye Advert, better known locally as Gaye Balsdon, daughter of journalist Mr Ron Balsdon and Mrs Balsdon. Whatever the future holds for her

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  • Death of Major J R Braddick - 1948

    Member of a well-known Bideford family, Major J R Braddick, M.C., youngest son of the late

    Death of Major J R Braddick - 1948

     

    Member of a well-known Bideford family, Major J R Braddick, M.C., youngest son of the late Mr and Mrs J J Braddick, of Silford Farm, Bideford, died at Fairfield, St Agnes, on Tuesday. He leaves a widow. Aged 58, Major Braddick served with the Royal Artillery udring the first World War, when he was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in despatches. During the 1939-45 war he was also cited for gallantry and good service by the Commander in Chief, Home Forces.
    Following the 1914-18 war Major Braddick served in the Colonial

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  • To Represent Bideford at World Convention - 1980

    Mr Cyril Braund, a past president of Bideford Rotary club and 30 years a Rotarian will be making

    To Represent Bideford at World Convention - 1980

     

    Mr Cyril Braund, a past president of Bideford Rotary club and 30 years a Rotarian will be making club history when he flies to Chicago next week where he will attend the international convention and birthday celebrations being held to mark the 75th anniversary of Rotary. It will be the first time in the club's 55-year history that a member has attended an international convention.

    Some 18,000 Rotary clubs from all over the world will be represented at the event which this year is being held in the city where the international

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  • Twelfth Visit to the US - 1977

    Back from his 12th visit to the United States is Mr Cyril Braund, of Green Gardens, Northam

    Twelfth Visit to the US - 1977

     

    Back from his 12th visit to the United States is Mr Cyril Braund, of Green Gardens, Northam, with a new fund of experiences to draw upon.

    He and Mrs Braund have again been staying with their daughter, now in Kansas City. He had been there only three days and was sitting sunning himself in a temperature of 75 degrees when by chance an 'Eye Witness Report' television crew pulled up to obtain his views on that night's baseball match. More exciting was time spend with the police - but in the nicest possible way.

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  • New vicar of Buckland Brewer 1947

    Reverend Leonard Woolcott

    The Rev Leonard Woolcott, rector of Langton Malton, Yorks, since 1929, has been appointed to the vicariate of Buckland Brewer, rendered vacant recently by the resignation of the Rev J F Beamish.

    11.3.1947 Reverend Leonard Woolcott

    A Devonian, Mr Woolcott received early education at the Episcopal School, Exeter. He was ordained in 1914. Writing in the March issue of Hartland Deanery Magazine, Rev. L Woolcott says ‘Although it will be some few weeks before I shall be officially inducted to the benefice of Buckland Brewer, I felt I would take this early opportunity of sending you, on behalf of my wife and myself, our

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  • Retirement of Bideford Railway official

    Mr C T Wesley senior

    Mr C T Wesley, Senior

    3 May.1938 Mr C T Wesley Senior retires from Bideford Railway

    After nearly half a century’s work in connection with the railway, Mr  C T Wesley, of Alton, Alexandra Terrace, Bideford, retired on Saturday from the position of senior good clerk at the Bideford South Railway Station, having reached the age limit of sixty. Well-known and highly respected by Bidefordians, Mr Wesley has been at Bideford for close on 27 years, actually coming to North Devon, in August 1911 as goods clerk, on what was then the London and South Western Railway. Born at Southwick, near Portsmouth, Hampshire, Mr Wesley joined the railway staff in the

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  • Mr Frank E Whiting

    Death in 1968

    Outstanding service to town and its bridge

    6 December.1968 Death of Mr Frank E Whiting

    Mr Frank E Whiting, who died on Monday at the Torridge Hospital, Bideford, aged 85, was Bideford’s oldest honorary Freeman. That is an honour never lightly bestowed, but few people can every have been more worthy of it. His active service to Bideford continued until October last year, when he retired from his position of warden of Bideford Long Bridge, which he had held for 42 years. But actually his association with that ancient monument and charity was ended only with his death, for the acceptance of his resignation was immediately followed by

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  • New vicar of Abbotsham 1953

    Reverend Leonard Woolcott

    Rev L Woolcott, who has been Vicar of Buckland Brewer since 1947, has been offered and has accepted the living of Abbotsham in succession to Rev W H Smith, who is retiring at the end of this year.

    9 October 1953 Rev L Woolcott

    Mr Woolcott received early education at the Episcopal School, Exeter, and was ordained in 1914. He was Temporary Chaplain to the Forces from 1914-19 and then, for ten years, was curate of Alverstoke, Hants. From 1929, until accepting the living of Buckland Brewer, he was rector of Langton Malton, Yorks. Writing in the October issue of the Hartland Deanery Magazine, Rev L

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  • Retirement of Bideford Railway official 1938

    Mr C T Wesley senior

    Presentation at Bideford Station 1938 - In connection with his retirement as senior Goods Clerk at Bideford Station, a presentation was made to Mr C T Wesley in the Waiting Room of the Station on Friday evening.

    10 May 1938 Mr C T Wesley

    On behalf of the staff and friends, Mr R J Trigger, the recently appointed Stationmaster, presented a handsome oak pendulum timepiece to Mr Wesley and mentioned that he had not known Mr Wesley very long but had already been impressed with his work and ability. Inscribed on a silver plate on the clock was the following: “Presented to C T Wesley by the Railway

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  • Bideford Bridge

    Mr Frank E Whiting

    Bideford and Barnstaple bridges were both threatened with annexation under the provisions of the Trunk Roads Bill early in 1946.

    13 June 1952 Mr F E Whiting

    When Mr J B Cruse, who is so well known to many of us in the Torridge district and carries with him our best wishes in his year of high civic office, was elected Mayor of Barnstaple reference was made to the part played in the life of that town by its Long Bridge, of which Mr Cruse is Clerk to the Trustees. From Bideford we emphasise the spirit of unity – ranking far above friendly verbal interchanges of bridge fame

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  • Alderman Frank E Whiting

    Retires after 31 years service

    Warm tributes were paid to Ald Frank E Whiting’s unbroken period of 31 years service on Bideford Town Council, when, at Monday’s meeting of the Council, he announced his decision to retire.

    14 March 1958 Frank E Whiting

    Members of the Council and official stood and enthusiastically applauded Ald Whiting, who is 74, as he left the Council Chamber on tendering his resignation. Announcing his decision Ald Whiting commented: ‘I do want to make it perfectly clear that my resignation has in no way come as a result of disagreement or difference of opinion with the Council’. The sole reason, he emphasised, was his age, ‘I

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  • New Rector of Instow

    Reverend S Weaver

    On Tuesday evening the Rev S Weaver was instituted and inducted as Rector of Instow, in the presence of the Bishop of Exeter (Dr C E Curzon), many robed clergy from neighbouring parishes, and a large congregation.

    21 February 1939 Reverend S Weaver

    The new rector comes to Instow from Milton near Gravesend, Kent, where he was Vicar of Holy Trinity Church. The parish embraced the headquarters of London river for Trinity House pilots and he is keenly interested in the sea and sailors which is a happy omen for his new incumbency which is also closely associated with the sea. The institution was performed by

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  • Death of Rector of Instow 1941

    Reverend S Weaver

    The Rev S Weaver, who has been the Rector of Instow for the past three years, died suddenly on Tuesday evening in the garden of Marine Cottage, Instow, while visiting Bishop Harmer, formerly Bishop of Rochester, who resides there.

    21 October 1941 Reverend Weaver of Instow

    His sudden passing was a great shock to the man friends he had made in Instow and district. Rev S Weaver was 59. He leaves a widow.

    Cremation took place at Plymouth. On Friday afternoon a memorial service was held at Instow Parish Church, the flag of which was flown at half mast. The memorial service was conducted by the Dean

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  • Diamond Wedding at Westward Ho! 1951

    Mr and Mrs Wilkey

    Many congratulations have been extended to Mr and Mrs F Wilkey, of Glen Eden, Westward Ho! who on Wednesday celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

    28 September 1951 Wilkey Westward Ho!

    For thirty-five years Mr Wilkey was a member of Northam Urban District Council and he was Chairman in 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1941. His public services were recognised by the award of a Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935. He is a past president of Northam and Westward Ho! Chamber of Commerce, which he helped to found. For forty years he has been secretary of Northam Burrows Committee. Mr and Mrs Wilkey were married at Barnstaple Parish

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  • Ex-president appointed Honorary Life Member 1962

    Mr Frank E Whiting

    Mr F E Whiting, who at the last annual general meeting of Bideford Camera Club was persuaded to continue as its President for one more year, relinquished that office at this year’s annual meeting and, in recognition of his services to the club, was elected an honorary life member.

    29 April 1962 Frank E Whiting

    Mr J D Philipp, chairman, presided at the meeting. The hon. Secretary reported a successful year, with an increase in membership, a very friendly spirit and a keen interest among members, and an increased number of monochrome prints entered in the competitions. He mentioned the club’s pleasure at the return of

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  • Election surprises in 1937

    Mr Wilkey

    Among the surprises of Westcountry Urban and Rural District Council elections last week was the fact that no less than four chairmen of councils lost their seats.

    1937 Wilkey Westward Ho!

    A possible explanation is that many former supporters felt so sure their men would be returned that they did not trouble to vote for them, and then when the results were declared were so disappointed that they felt like kicking themselves. Among those who failed to get returned were the Chairman of Totnes Rural Council, who had been a member of the Council for thirty years and chairman for about twenty, and the

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  • 1937 Mr Frank E Whiting

    marriage to Doctor Florence Rhodes

    The wedding took place quietly at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on Saturday, the Rev J C Lasham officiating, of Mr Frank E Whiting, of Littlecroft, Bideford, and Dr Florence M Rhodes of The Rookery, Braunton.

    July 1937 Frank E Whiting wedding

    Mr F G Kerry (brother-in-law of the bridegroom) was 'best man'. The bride was given away by her brother, Dr R Rhodes, of Grange-over-Sands, Lancs. A reception was held at the Savoy Hotel. Mr and Mrs Frank E Whiting will be leaving Bideford in a few days on a honeymoon trip to Capri. Among many telegrams was one with all good wishes from 'The Mayor, Aldermen

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  • DSO awards for Appledore and Instow families

    Durnford-Slater and Valentine

    Instow and Appledore are especially proud to hear of the gallantry and leadership in Sicily of two friends, both regular soldiers, who come from the twin towns of the estuary. Both have been awarded the DSO, in one case this being in the form of a bar to a previous award.

    7 September 1943 Valentine and Durnford Slater WW2

    A bar to the DSO he received for the Commando raid on Vaagso, has been awarded to Lieut-Col J Durnford-Slater, of Instow, a son of the late Capt L Slater of the Royal Sussex Regiment, who lost his life early in the last war, and the late Mrs Durnford-Slater

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  • Doctor Desmond Valentine of Appledore

    RNLI award

    The ‘courage and determination’ shown by two local men has been praised by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in announcing this week that their inscribed thanks on vellum are to be awarded to Dr Desmond Valentine and Mr John Pavitt.

    21 May 1971 Doctor Desmond Valentine

    The awards recognise the bravery shown by the two men when an injured seaman was taken off the ship Manchester Merit a few miles off the North Devon coast last January. At the time, Appledore branch secretary Mr Ivor Wickersham described it as ‘a hazardous operation carried out extremely well’.

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  • Lieut-Colonel A Valentine serves in Devon regiment

    storming Regalbuto

    ‘Ruddy faced 45 year old North Devonian'

    31 August 1943 A W Valentine

    Lieut-Col A W Valentine, CO of a battalion of the Devonshire Regiment storming Regalbuto ridge in Sicily – a report of which gallant action was published in last week’s issue – is the elder son of the late Dr and Mrs William Valentine of Appledore, and brother of Major Desmond Valentine, RAMC, who in peace-time resides at Appledore, being in partnership with Dr J G Youngman.

    There is a family tradition of service with the Devonshire Regiment for their late father held the rank of Major and served as Medical Officer with the 6th Devons

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  • We Landed in Sicily and Italy

    excellent and glorious story of the fighting Devons, intimately illustrated with maps and charts, written by its popular Commanding Officer, Lt-Col A W Valentine, DSO, CBE

    THRILLING STORY OF THE FIGHTING DEVONS – NOW ON SALE 2/6

    31 October 1944 Lieut Colonel A Valentine

    With Christmas approaching, readers in Bideford and throughout the Torridge District especially, are recommended to buy up every available copy they can of ‘We Landed in Sicily and Italy’, that excellent and glorious story of the fighting Devons, intimately illustrated with maps and charts, written by its popular Commanding Officer, Lt-Col A W Valentine, DSO, CBE. Priced at 2s 6d per copy, the publishers, Messrs Gale and Polden Ltd have been instructed by Lt-Col to pay all royalties direct to the Devonshire Regiment Old Comrades Association. Men of the 5th (Bideford)

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  • One of golfs immortals, J H Taylor, dies

    Worldwide messages of sympathy and tribute have this week poured into Northam

    MR J H TAYLOR, OF NORTHAM, DIES AT 91

    15 February 1963 J H Taylor dies

    Worldwide messages of sympathy and tribute have this week poured into Northam to the home of Mr John Henry Taylor, ‘one of golf’s immortals’, who died there on Sunday. He would have been 92 on March 19th.

    His home – ‘Wavertree’, Windmill Land, where in latter year he was cared for by a daughter, Mrs P Plumtree, overlooks the Royal North Devon golf club course where he learned the rudiments of a game that was to take him to the pinnacle of fame. The son of a labourer and entering the game as

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  • J H Taylor's Northam home to be auctioned

    22 Castle Street, Northam

    The Northam house in which Mr John Henry Taylor, one of golf's most famous players was born, has been put on the market

    10 July 1970 J H Taylor home for auction

    The news coincides with the start of the 1970 British Open golf championship which he won five times and was runner-up six times.

    Mr Taylor, who died in 1963 at the age of 91, began his career as a caddie on the Westward Ho! links. The house, No. 22 Castle Street, Northam, bears a plaque on the wall near the front door, erected by the Artisan Golfers' Association (of which he was founder member and president), giving

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  • Mr and Mrs Trapnell celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1958

    Here for the event are their five children and twelve grandchildren

    Best wishes to Mr and Mrs E H Trapnell, for many years esteemed residents at ‘Western View’ Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! who will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on Tuesday next.

    15 August 1958 Trapnell Golden wedding

    Already here for the event are their five children and twelve grandchildren: Mrs Freda Way, from Malaya, and her son Richard; Mr John Trapnell, bank manager at Wokingham, with his wife and three sons, Michael, Howard and Andrew; Mr Peter Trapnell and his wife with Martin, Janine and Robin; Mr David Trapnell, his wife, Della and Marion; and Mrs Pat Hunt, from Surrey, with her husband and

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  • New heir to Stucley title

    The son of Mr Hugh Stucley and his wife Angela, of Affeton Castle, will be named George

    A new heir to the Stucley title has been born.

    1 January 1970 George Stucley

    The son of Mr Hugh Stucley and his wife Angela, of Affeton Castle, Worlington – the Stucley historical North Devon family seat – he will be named George after a 19th century ancestor, Sir George Stucley. It is the first time since the Civil War that a male child in direct line of accession to the Stucley title has been born to a couple living at Affeton. The child was born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Boxing Day.
    Mr Hugh Stucley is the only son of Sir Dennis and Lady Stucley of

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  • Reardon Smith memorial window

    Family gather at Appledore Baptist Church

    A special service in connection with the unveiling of a beautifully coloured Memorial Window, bearing the inscription ‘In memory of the daughters and granddaughters of Elizabeth Reardon Smith, erected by members of the Family’, was the object of the large gathering on Wednesday last.

    1 February 1938 Sir W Smith

    Rev J Sidwick (Pastor) conducted the service, and his theme was appropriately taken from 54th chapter of Isaiah. Miss Mitchell performed the unveiling ceremony. Other members of the family present were Mr and Mrs Lilley, and Mr and Mrs W Smith (Cardiff). Mrs Carter beautifully rendered ‘Open the Gates of the Temple’, Mrs Evans accompanying. The congregation

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  • The Queen's Sheriff

    Major D F B Stucley

    The first person to be presented to Her Majesty on arrival at Barnstaple by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, after
    Lady Fortescue, was the High Sheriff of Devon, Major D F B Stucley wearing the traditional dress of
    this high office, in which he was presented.

    1 May 1956 High Sheriff of Devon D F B Stucley

    In a secondary capacity he was also the first Mayor of North Devon to be presented. Major Stucley is the 38th member of the Stucley family to hold the office of Mayor of Bideford, from which this month he retires after two years service.

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  • Chairman of Bideford Rural Council

    Major D F B Stucley of Hartland Abbey, is elected

    Mr D F B Stucley's New Appointment

    1 June1956 D F B Stucley, Hartland Abbey

    A representative of Hartland Parish since 1937 and vice-chairman of the Council for the past seven years, Mr D F B Stucley, of Hartland Abbey, was elected Chairman at the annual meeting of Bideford Rural District Council on Tuesday. Mr Stucley who last week relinquished office as Mayor of Bideford, a position he has held for the past two years, is the present High Sheriff of Devon.

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  • Mr Jack Shutt dies in 1949

    He spent 45 years with Royal North Devon Golf Club

    45 years with Royal North Devon Golf Club.

    1 July 1949 Mr Jack Shutt


    Well known to golfers throughout the district and further afield, particularly among the older generation, Mr Thomas John Shutt, former caddie master at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, died early yesterday (Thursday) morning. Mr Shutt had been ill for some considerable time. He was 83.
    Born at Appledore Mr Shutt had always lived in Northam parish and for many years past had lived at 3 The Square, Northam. He spent his earlier days on a farm and was then appointed a greensman at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and subsequently

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  • Mayor and Mayoress are commanded to attend the Palace Garden Party in 1955

    Daughter, Rosemary, goes as well

    The Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford (Mr and Mrs D F B Stucley) and their daughter, Rosemary, have been commanded to
    attend the garden party at Buckingham Palace on July 14th.

    1 July 1955 Royal Garden Party for the Stucley's

    They would feel very honoured to represent Bideford on that occasion said the Mayor at Monday's meeting of the Town Council when it was unanimously agreed to record formally the Council's congratulations.

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  • The family has been connected with the borough and held land in Devon for close on 1,000 years

    Followed by his eldest son, Major Dennis F B Stucley, of Hartland Abbey

    Representatives from many spheres of county and local life attended the funeral service at Bideford Parish Church on Monday for Sir Hugh N G Stucley, Bart. to whose death at the age of 83 at his Bideford home, Moreton, reference was made in last week’s issue.

    1956 Hugh Stucley Funeral

    Sir Hugh, who was Bideford’s senior honorary freeman, had upheld a family tradition of long and valued service to the community. For generations the family has been connected with the borough and had held land in Devon for close on 1,000 years.
    The fourth baronet, succeeding to the title in 1927, he is followed

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  • Bravery award for Alan Smith in 1979

    Presented with the Chief Constable’s certificate for good citizenship

    Bideford businessman Mr Alan Smith of Heale House, Littleham, has been presented with the Chief Constable’s certificate for good citizenship.

    March 1979 Alan Smith

    The award was made as a result of Mr Smith’s action when he went to the aid of a man under attack at the West end of Bideford Bridge.
    Two assailants, who were armed with a metal bar and a hammer, drove off after Mr Smith had snatched away the bar but he managed to make a note of the car number which he gave to the police. The two men concerned were both given 18 months suspended sentences at Barnstaple

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  • Mr A McTaggart Short

    Retains deep affection for Bideford

    Mr Arthur McTaggart Short, of Penylan House, Cardiff, another son of Bideford, but who has found success in other parts, has retained a deep affection for his native Borough to which he has given generous and practical expression on many occasions.

    May 1956 Mr Arthur McTaggart Short


    Born in 1896, Mr Short left Bideford some forty years ago and in Cardiff was introduced to Hire Purchase Sales, acting as organiser and secretary to a combine of twelve retail shops for drapery, millinery, etc. working up sales, developing branches and generally placing the business upon a sound financial basis.
    Some years later, following service in the Welsh

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  • G F Stevens-Guille OBE of Palmer House in Torrington

    Distinction of being first member of district to be honoured for services in the present war

    To Commander (..Captain) G F Stevens-Guille OBE of Palmer House, Torrington, and son of the Rev H G Stevens-Guille,
    now of Chope Barton, Northam and connected with Little Torrington, befell the distinction of being the first member
    of His Majesty’s forces in the Bideford and Torrington districts to be honoured for services in the present war,
    at the outbreak of which he was employed on convoy escort.

    5 March 1940 G F Stevens Guillle of Torrington

    He was promoted to Captain and received the Distinguished Service Order on the last day of last year. The honour afforded considerable gratification in Torrington and district with which the family has long been

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  • Mr Hugh Stucley comes of age in 1966

    Celebrations at Hartland Abbey

     

     

    Coming-of-age presentations at Hartland Abbey

    7.4.1966 Hugh Stucley

     

    Last (Wednesday) evening Sir Dennis and Lady Stucley entertained some 150 tenants and employees to supper at Hartland Abbey to celebrate the coming-of-age of their son, Mr Hugh G C B Stucley, who is a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues).
    On behalf of tenants and employees of Hartland, Affeton, North Molton and Moreton estates, Mr Tom Allin, who farms Stoke Barton (540 acres) at Hartland, presented Mr Hugh Stucley with a gold watch and bracelet and three cases of vintage port. A film and slides of Sir Dennis’ agricultural tour

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  • Anthony James Scott is killed in 1940

    Grandson of the late Lord Eldon and the late Captain Stuart, RN, of Scotland

    The deep sympathy of many friends is extended to Capt the Hon. Denys Scott and Mrs Lillian Scott, of the Holt, Appledore, in the death, as a result of enemy action in the South-East of England, of their youngest son, Anthony James Scott, aged 19, whose attractive personality had won him many friends.

    1940 Anthony James Scott

    He was the grandson of the late Lord Eldon and the late Captain Stuart, RN, of Scotland.
    Educated at the Grove, Harrow, he was a keen sportsman, taking an active interest in football, rifle shooting and golf. On leaving school he was articled to a famous aircraft

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  • Mr A McTaggart Short gives Bideford a valuable collection

    Presentation at Burton Art Gallery

    At the Burton Art Gallery, Mr A McTaggart Short, of Cardiff, formally presents to his native Bideford his valuable and unique collection of 1,000 Victorian card cases.

    September 1958 A McTaggart Short

    Seen facing the audience (left to right) are: Mr A McTaggart Short (standing), Mr T Burton, the Mayor of Bideford (Mr D F B Stucley), Cllr Mrs E M Cox, the Lord Mayor of Cardiff (Ald Frank Chapman), the Town Clerk of Bideford (Mr F C Backway).

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  • Mr Hugh Stucley marries Miss Angela Toller

    Guards Chapel is the venue

    When Mr Hugh Stucley, only son of Sir Dennis and Lady Stucley, of Hartland Abbey, marries Miss Angela Toller, nine of the 10 bridal attendants will be his nephews and nieces – sons and daughters of his four sisters.

    1969 Hugh Stucley gets married

    The ceremony takes place in the Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks where 24 year old Mr Stucley, heir to the baronetcy, was stationed when a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards. He is now studying farm management in Hampshire preparatory to embarking on a three-year course at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He will then return to North Devon where Sir Dennis

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  • Farewell to Mr W H Short

    Retiring from the Post Office

    The opportunity was taken at the gathering to take an official farewell to Mr W H Short, who relinquished his duties at the end of June. Speeches of appreciation and reminiscence were made by various members of the outdoor and indoor staff, the Mayor also adding his good wishes.

    1945 W H Short retires from the Post Office

    Mr Short, as man and boy, has completed over 46 years in the Post Office service. He commenced his adult employment at Bideford in March 1901 being appointed to the establishment in September 1905. He was promoted Inspector in September 1941.
    Mr Short served in the Army during the first Great

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  • Bideford Town Council receive deeds to riverside land

    Officially handed over by Sir Dennis Stucley

    Deeds of the riverside land that he gave to the town to commemorate the addition of his name to the roll of honorary freemen were formally handed over by Sir Dennis Stucley at Monday’s meeting of Bideford Town Council.

    February 1971 Sir Dennis Stucley hands over deeds


    Sir Dennis, who is a former Mayor of Bideford, told members that he was glad that they were prepared to take over this area of the East-the-Water coast of Bideford. He felt that in the future it would be of great value to the borough. He recalled that almost 40 years ago he offered to dedicate the Spekes Mill area of

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  • Miss Christine Elizabeth Stucley marries the Hon David Lytton Cobbold in 1961

    Wedding at St Nectan's Church, Hartland

    Nearly 400 guests, including employees and tenants, attended the wedding at St Nectan’s Church, Hartland, on Saturday of Miss Christine Elizabeth Stucley, third daughter of Sir Dennis Stucley, Bart., and the Hon Lady Stucley, to the Hon David Lytton Cobbold, of Knebworth House, Hertfordshire.

    1961 Christine Stucley gets married

    There was a large attendance of other well wishers extending greetings to the wedding couple who, with the ten bridesmaids in blue followed by the choir in their crimson robes, made a charming and colourful picture as they came slowly down the aisle to the west door after the signing of the register.
    Unfortunately the weather

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  • Miss Rosemary Stucley is married at St Margaret's Church in Westminster

    The groom's great-aunt is HRH, The Princess Royal

    HRH, the Princess Royal, great-aunt of the bridegroom, and the Earl and Countess of Harewood, cousins of both bride and bridegroom, were among those attending the wedding at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on Wednesday of Miss Rosemary Anne Stucley, second daughter of Mr D F B Stucley, High Sheriff of Devon and Mayor of Bideford, and the Hon Mrs Stucley, of Hartland Abbey, to Viscount Boyne, of Burwarton House, Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

    1956 Rosemary Stucley gets married at Hartland Abbey


    Also present was the bride’s grandmother, Lady Poltimore, who had flown from Rhodesia to attend the ceremony.
    Miss Rosemary Stucley is well known locally as a keen horsewoman and

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  • Miss Betty Stucley on her travels

    in the footsteps of Dr Johnson and Mr Boswell

    Miss Betty Stucley on her travels.

    Miss E Stucley goes travelling in 1952

    James Boswell, the biographer of Dr Johnson, who was born at Edinburgh, early showed a penchant for writing and an admiration for literary men. He fell in with the famous Dr Johnson on a visit to London in 1763 and conceived for him a most devoted regard. He made a tour of the Hebrides with him in 1773, the ‘Journal’ of which he afterwards published.
    At the present moment, a Bidefordian, Miss E F (Betty) Stucley, literary minded daughter of Sir Hugh N G Stucley, of Moreton, is following in the footsteps taken by

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  • Infant son of Major and the Hon Mrs Stucley christened

    A peal of bells welcomes him to Hartland

    The child was named Hugh George Coplestone Bampfylde.

    1945 Hugh Stucley christened

    The infant son of Major and the Hon. Mrs Stucley was christened at Bideford Parish Church on Saturday afternoon, February 17th. The Rev Prebendary W Manning, Rector of Bideford, officiated. The child was named Hugh George Coplestone Bampfylde. He wore the family christening robe, the lace of which was made at Philham, Hartland. The godparents are Lt-Col the Hon. Denzil Fortescue, Major David Wills, Mrs John Ward and Mrs David Barbour.

    A reception was held after the ceremony at the New Inn Hotel; the guests included employees of the Affeton Castle, Hartland Abbey

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  • Mr Robert de Stapledon Stapledon appointed

    Son of the late Mr E A Stapledon of Northam

    Next month Mr Robert de Stapledon Stapledon, youngest son of the late Mr E A Stapledon and of Mrs Stapledon, of Damerels, Northam, becomes Governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria.

    Mr Robert de Stapledon Stapledon


    On appointment to his new post, the Queen has given direction for Mr Stapledon to be a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, of which Order he was made a Companion last year.
    Mr Stapledon and his wife, who is a daughter of the late Col and Mrs R H Radford, of Stanwell, Westward Ho! are at present on leave and are staying at a

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  • Death occurred at Damerels in Northam

    Until retirement, has been a senior partner of a well known North Devon firm.

    The death occurred at ‘Damerels’, Limers Lane, Northam, on Sunday of Mr Ernest Allen Stepledon who, until he retired in 1946, had been the senior partner of the well known North Devon firm of land agents of Messrs Smyth-Richards and Stapledon for many years.

    Death of Mr E A Stapledon 1952

    Mr Stapledon, who was 80, was a son of the late Mr William Stapledon, of Lakenham, Northam, and was educated at the United Services College at Westward Ho! and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

    Mr Stapledon first entered into partnership with the late Mr J Groves Cooper under the title of Groves Cooper and Stapledon. On

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  • 'Rosemary Stucley to wed Viscount Boyne

    second daughter of Mr and Mrs D F B Stucley

    Miss Rosemary Stucley engaged to Princess Royal’s great-nephew.

     
    News of the engagement of Miss Rosemary Stucley, second daughter of Mr and Mrs D F B Stucley, of Hartland Abbey, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, was received with interest and pleasure in Bideford and Hartland districts on Tuesday.
    She is to marry Viscount Boyne, great nephew of the Princess Royal, who received the news by cablegram as she was returning across the Atlantic after her visit to Canada. 
    Viscount Boyne, who is 24, is at present serving as a lieutenant with the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. His
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  • 'Bideford Town Council decide to offer Freedom of the Borough

    to two men

    Bideford Town Council, at their meeting yesterday (1947) decided to offer Mr Inkerman Rogers, author of the newly published ‘Ships and Shipyards of Bideford, Devon’, and Ald F E Whiting, former Mayor, the Honorary Freedom of the Borough.

    May 1951 Mr Inkerman Rogers

    At the September meeting of the Council, the General Purposes Committee was instructed to consider bestowing upon Mr Rogers some fitting recognition of the Borough’s gratitude for his valued services. At yesterday’s meeting the Committee recommended, and it was approved, that the Council should invite Mr Inkerman Rogers to allow the Council to confer upon him the Honorary Freedom of the Borough

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  • A real outstanding personality in golf with a marvellous memory for faces

    Retired from the position of caddie master

    45 years with the Royal North Devon

    1938 Shutt

    Golfers in several lands will read with interest and affection that Mr Jack Shutt, described as ‘the genial dictator of the caddie world’ has just retired from the position of caddie master at the Royal North Devon Golf Club. His retirement means that the Royal North Devon Club loses the services of the last of a great triumvirate. There was Mr C Gibson the professional, who died in 1932 at the age of 71, after 44 years work for the Club, Mr Philip Andrews who retired from the stewardship, the same year, after

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  • Councillor Mr A Inkerman Rogers resigns

    no previous intimation

    A member of Bideford Town Council Mr A I Rogers, dropped a bombshell when without any previous intimation he announced at yesterday’s meeting of the Council that he was resigning his membership immediately. 

    1940 Inkerman Rogers

    Towards the end of the meeting Mr Rogers said that would be his last meeting on the Council and he was vacating his seat forthwith.
    Mr G H Braddick: What for?
    Mr Rogers said he would give his reasons in his notice to the Town Clerk the following day.
    Mr Braddick: We cannot accept it without a reason.
    Mr Rogers: I do not want you to accept anything.

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  • WW2 Bideford family commitment

    1941

    Mr and Mrs J Symons, of 30 Torrington Lane, Bideford, have seven sons at present serving with HM Forces.

    1941 Symons Seven Sons

    William is a driver in the MT section of the Army, John is a driver in the Royal Corps of Signals, Frederick is serving with the Royal Marines, Edward is a gunner in the SL section of the RA, Alfred is a War Reserve Constable, Frank, a Flight-Sergeant in the Royal Air Force, and Lance-Corporal Percival a driver in the AMPC.
    Well done!

    1941 Symons

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  • Mr Inkerman Rogers elected President

    1951

    Bideford branch of the Devonshire Association was inaugurated at a public meeting at Bideford Town Hall on Wednesday evening, April 25th.

    1951 Mr Inkerman Rogers

    Mr Inkerman Rogers being unanimously elected President.
    Com. A W B Messenger, of Bideford, President-elect of the Devonshire Association and President of the North Devon branch, presided over the early part of the meeting until the election of Mr Rogers.
    Proposing Mr Roger’s election, Mr R Harper said there was no-one more suitable for the office. Seconding, Mr Vernon Boyle said nothing gave him greater pleasure “I have been, in a way, one of his pupils and he has

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  • An Old Boy of Bideford Grammar School and a Bidefordian

    Also been the secretary of Bideford Bowling Club and the old Bideford Football Club

    Co-ordination of Local Food and Shelter Schemes

    F A Pearson


    Responsible Officer for co-ordinating arrangements for the food and shelter schemes in conjunction with the local Councils, to meet war time emergency demands on Bideford Borough, Northam Urban and Bideford Rural District, Mr F A Pearson, Relieving Officer and Registrar for births, marriages and deaths for the area, brings to the task wide experience in organisation and essential local knowledge based on some twenty two years as relieving officer in the locality.
    A Bidefordian and an Old Boy of Bideford Grammar School, Mr Pearson originally entered the teaching profession and was for five

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  • Lives at Kenwith Castle, Bideford

    Comes of a family that has many Parliamentary associations

    Brigadier Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto, of Kenwith Castle, near Bideford, formerly MP for the old North West Devon Division, was born in February 1897, and is the second son of the late Sir Basil Peto, first baronet, and grandson of the late Sir Morton Peto, Bart.

    Brigadier C H M Peto

    Educated at Harrow School, he subsequently entered the Army as a regular soldier and was commissioned in the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers in 1915. He was seriously wounded in 1918 and was mentioned in despatches.
    During the recent war he was again wounded while leading the 9th Lancers against a German position during the

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