NorthamA Selection of News Articles Related to Northam

  • 1 Bank official's retirement

    Mr Ellis of Windmill Lane, Northam, retires

  • 2 Women’s Inter-Service Rifle Competition

    2nd Lieutenant Judy Harman, 19 year old daughter of Northam’s

  • 3 Northam School - 1972

    Winners of a new under 12 years old section of Northam urban district road safety quiz were

  • 4 Northam School Netball

    These young pupils of St Margaret's School, Northam, have plenty to smile about

  • 5 Bid To Protect Memorial From Vandals

    News that the flagstaff at Bonehill, Northam, is to be repaired was welcomed by Northam Urban

  • 6 1964 marriage of Edwin Davies and Pauline Lane

    Wedding at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

  • 7 Marriage of Hyne and Hook

    Wedding at St Margaret's Church Northam

  • 8 Northam children interview Berni Flint 1978

    Named schoolchildren with TV Star

  • 9 Donald Ellis and Ann Staddon marry

    St Margaret's Church, Northam

  • 10 Those who lost their lives in World War 2 commemorated

  • 11 Resident of Fairlea in Northam

    October 1972

  • 12 Jean Maudling requests a record

    for her grandparents

  • 13 Northam windmill

    memories of old windmill

  • 14 Northam loses thatched cottage

    thatched cottage landmark

  • 15 Coronation year medallion

    Picture of members of council

  • 16 Northam main strret 1870

    Picture of Northam Street

  • 17 Council buy farm for £25,750

    Burrough Farm, Northam, acquired by Council

  • 18 Northam Methodists' celebration day

    New vestries set each side of the church

  • 19 Northam Landmark

    Victim of progress

  • 20 Miss Davis

    1 December 1972

  • 21 Robert Stevens is fined

    1 December 1972

  • 22 Mr Peter Fletcher leads the opposition

    20 January 1967

  • 23

    2 February 1973

  • 24 Miss Margaret Pollock's idea

    February 1962

  • 25 Lived in Northam

    18 January 1963

  • 26 A story passed down through the years?

    27 February 1959

  • 27

    9 February 1973

  • 28 Property sold

    4 May 1918

  • 29 £2 fine

    7 February 1958

  • 30 Mr Northcott lays the stone

    12 July 1968

  • 31 Good wishes for the future

    14 August 1964

  • 32 Prize winning Ayrshire

    10 August 1951

  • 33 Mr Marsh buys it

    12 May 1972

  • 34 Mink Farming at Northam

    Mink farm at Northam Burrows

  • 35 Lenwood plan goes ahead

    Work started on connecting a £400,000 holiday bungalow development at Lenwood Country Club, Northam

  • Bank official's retirement

    Mr Ellis of Windmill Lane, Northam, retires

    Bank official's retirement

    5.3.1965 Mr H W Ellis retires

    Mr Howard W Ellis, of 'Mill Lodge', Windmill Lane, Northam, for many years a member of the staff of Bideford branch of Lloyds Bank, and whose banking career included some year at the Helston branch, has recently retired.

    In addition to golf his social interests have included horticulture, and he is a past president of Bideford and District Horticultural Society and a vice-presidnet of that society and of Northam Horticultural Society. He is also a past president of Bideford Grammar School Old Boys' Association and a former captain of Bideford Amateur Athletic Club of which he has

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  • Women’s Inter-Service Rifle Competition

    2nd Lieutenant Judy Harman, 19 year old daughter of Northam’s

    Women’s Inter-Service Rifle Competition - March 1968

    Women’s Inter-Service Rifle Competition
     

    2nd Lieutenant Judy Harman, 19 year old daughter of Northam’s sub-postmaster, Mr Alan Harman, is seen practising for the Women’s Inter-Service Rifle competition. Judy is based at Bordon, Hampshire and is Secretary of the Rifle Club.

     
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  • Northam School - 1972

    Winners of a new under 12 years old section of Northam urban district road safety quiz were

    Northam School - 10th March 1972

     

    St Margaret's School

    Winners of a new under 12 years old section of Northam urban district road safety quiz were St. Margaret's Scool, Notham, "A" team, seen here with the plaques they received to mark their success. Left to right - William Peacock, Kim Bernard, Carol Moorefield and Beverley Tutton.

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  • Northam School Netball

    These young pupils of St Margaret's School, Northam, have plenty to smile about

    Northam School Netball - 13th May 1977

     

    These young pupils of St Margaret's School, Northam, have plenty to smile about.
    Since the 11-year-olds formed a netball team last September they have played some 20 matches and they have won them all.
    Their latest success came in Torridge District Schools football and netball rally at which they won the netball trophy with a 13-10 victory over East-the-Water School, Bideford in the final.
    The team comprises: Lindsay Warmington, Alison Jarvis, Julie Chattey, Sandra Maxfield, Carolynne Moore, Suzanne Holder, Polly Hughes with Harriet Peacock and Cerys Parry as reserves.

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  • Bid To Protect Memorial From Vandals

    News that the flagstaff at Bonehill, Northam, is to be repaired was welcomed by Northam Urban

    Bid To Protect Memorial From Vandals - 13th January 1967

     

    News that the flagstaff at Bonehill, Northam, is to be repaired was welcomed by Northam Urban Council.
    The surveyor, Mr Clive Barber, reported that although £125 had been allowed in the estimates for such a repair, it would probably cost a good deal more. Mr A C Saunders hoped that not only the flagstaff but the whole memorial would be restored.
    Most of the seats had borne brass plates indicating that they had been placed there to commemorate the golden jubilee in 1887 of Queen Victoria but several of them

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  • 1964 marriage of Edwin Davies and Pauline Lane

    Wedding at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

    Holder of the Black Belt for judo, and PT instructor of junior leaders at Dover, L/Cpl Edwin John Davies, of Northam, married at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford, Miss Pauline Susan Lane, of Bideford.

    1964 Davies Lane wedding

    The bridegroom is the only son of Mr and Mrs E Davies of Littlecote, North Street, and the bride, who was employed in the office of Heard Brothers, Bideford, is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs H Lane, 19 North Road. The minister Rev J O Clutterbuck officiated. She was attended by her cousins, the Misses Beverley Turley and Jayne Denton, and as page, by

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  • Marriage of Hyne and Hook

    Wedding at St Margaret's Church Northam

    Marriage of Hyne and Hook

    10 April 1959 Hyne Hook

    Marriage of Miss Valerie Ann Hyne, daughter of Mrs F Hyne of Northam was married to Mr Charles Richard Hook son of Mr and Mrs Charles Hook of Camberwell. Bridesmaid was Miss Gaylies Kelsall. The Vicar was Rev E B Bridger. Given away by her uncle Mr Reginald Hyne. Best Man was Mr Colin Powell

     

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  • Northam children interview Berni Flint 1978

    Named schoolchildren with TV Star

    Northam Children Interview Berni Flint 1978

    10.11.1978 Berni Flint  at Westward Ho! with Northam school children

    St. Margaret's school children interview Berni Flint for BBC radio programme while he was appearing at Kingsley Leisure at Westward Ho! Interviewees included Steven Lockyer of Appledore, Lewis Andrews of Northam, Gary Clarke of Westward Ho!,David Harris of Northam. Also Mandy Colwill, Hayley Holman, Susanna McKenna, Sacha Hall, and Lesley Cook.

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  • Donald Ellis and Ann Staddon marry

    St Margaret's Church, Northam

    Northam Bride

    1964 Ellis Staddon wedding

    On Saturday at St Margaret’s Church, Northam, the wedding took place of Mr Donald Reginald Ellis and Miss Ann Staddon. The Vicar, Rev J M Lucas, officiated and Mr F J Hutchings being at the organ.
    The bride was given in marriage by Mr Norman Hurford, her godfather, home for the occasion from Sydney, Australia. Bridesmaids were Misses Sheila Ellis and Wendy Sanders. Mr Martin Cooke as best man.
    A reception was held at Northam Church Hall.

     



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  • Those who lost their lives in World War 2 commemorated

    At Northam’s 1914-18 war memorial on Sunday afternoon an additional stone plaque in memory of those from the ecclesiastical parish of Northam who gave their lives in the 1939-45 war was unveiled by the Chairman of Northam Urban District Council, Mr H Ford, in the presence of men and women of the local branch of the British Legion, members of Northam Council and other parishioners.

    1950 Northam plaque

    It was a ceremony impressive in its reverent homage and simplicity against a symbolic setting of autumnal winds and rain, and leaves falling from the trees.
    The British Legion, with their standards, marched down from

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  • Resident of Fairlea in Northam

    October 1972

    Mrs Mary Branch, who will be 90 in January, and is a resident at Fairlea home for the elderly at Northam won a colour TV set with a ticket she bought in a draw made at North Devon Liberal Association fete at Barnstaple.

    1972 Mary Branch

    Next day Mr Jeremy Thorpe, MP for North Devon and Liberal leader, presented the set to her at the home and in his capacity as chairman of the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged announced that he would personally arrange for the Fund to cover the cost of installing the special aerial required, and also the annual

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  • Jean Maudling requests a record

    for her grandparents

    Record request .... and their golden secret was out. A top ‘pop’ record ended a Northam couple’s thoughts of keeping their golden wedding a secret.

    1964 Pacey golden wedding

    The record ‘Have I the right?’ a No. 1 hit by the Honeycombs group, was played on a Saturday morning request programme.
    It had been requested by 16 year old Jean Maudling for her grandparents, Mr and Mr Arthur Pacey, 8 Bay View Road, Northam, who celebrated 50 years of married life on Monday week.
    Commented a happy Mrs Pacey, aged 75: “We thought we would keep it quiet and not tell anyone, but Jean, bless her,

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  • Northam windmill

    memories of old windmill

    Do you recall the old windmill at Northam? 28th November 1952

    Northam windmill Memories of the old windmill which once stood off the road between Northam and Appledore, have been revived in the minds of older residents in the Northam district by the recent demolition of Chanter's Folly.

    In 1922, the late Mr G H Cork of Watertown Farm, Appledore, on whose land the mill stood, contracted with Mr Jim Beer, of Appledore, for the tower to be taken down.  Mr George Cawsey had owned the field when an attempt had been made to blow up the tower and a portion had

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  • Northam loses thatched cottage

    thatched cottage landmark

    Northam loses thatched cottage landmark 24th October 1958

    Northam loses thatched cottage landmark A pile of rubble, about nine van loads of straw and some scrap iron are now all that remain of what was Northam Square's only thatched cottage.

    Miss Muriel Moulton, owner stated that "we believe that it was one of the oldest cottages in the district."

    The cottage was the home of Miss Moulton, her sister and aunt, until three years ago when the aunt died.  A new cottage will be erected on the site and when it is completed Mr K Moulton, will move in with his family.

     

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  • Coronation year medallion

    Picture of members of council

    Coronation year medallion added to Northam Chain 22.01.1954

    coronation year medallion To commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II a medallion to add to the chain of office worn by its Chairman, Mr John Heywood, was presented to Northam Urban District Council.  The presentation was made by Mrs M W Dark, chairman of the ladies' section of the committee.

    Commending the gesture of the Northam Coronation Committee, Mr G W G Hutchings said they were following in the steps of the Northam and Westward Ho! Chamber of Commerce who had presented the original ribbon and medallion to the Council many years ago.

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  • Northam main strret 1870

    Picture of Northam Street

    Northam's Main Street in 1870 11.01.1929

    Northams main street What changes nearly 60 years have wrought.  We are indebted to Mr Philip Andrews, of Northam, for this old photograph taken in 1875.

    The house with the high chimney is the site of the present National Provincial Bank.  On the left of the picture stands Mr Tom Kelly, Miss Emma Williams, Mrs Susan Williams standing outside the old Kingsley Hotel.

    The little shop below was a grocery business and was kept by Mr Abraham Barrett, father of Mr W S M Barrett.  Proprietor of KIng's Head is Mr John Penhorwood.  The man in the

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  • Council buy farm for £25,750

    Burrough Farm, Northam, acquired by Council

    Council buy farm for £25,750

    26.3.1965 Burrough Farm

    Burrough Farm, Northam, was acquired yesterday by Northam Urban Council for £25,750. The farm comprising a five-bedroomed house, farm buildings and 64 acres stretching down to the river Torridge, was sold at a public auction at Tanton's Hotel, Bideford. Before it was put up for auction, the farm had been offered to the Council by one of its members, the owner, Mr C C Diwell, for a figure believed to be around the £20,000 mark. The auction was conducted by John Lewington and Company. Bidding began at £15,000. The final figure was £150 more than

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  • Northam Methodists' celebration day

    New vestries set each side of the church

    Northam Methodists' Celebration Day 18th April 1957

    Northam methodists celebration Proposals first conceived nearly 20 years ago became reality at Northam Methodist Church when two vestries - one for use by the Minister and the other for use as a committee room were officially opened.

    The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs L Heywood, of Bradford, who was introduced by the Minister of Northam Church (Rev C F Burdon Hunter) to the crowded congregation.  A solid silver key, which she will keep as a memento of the occasion, was handed to Mrs Heywood to unlock the vestries by the builder, Mr Cyril Cox, of

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  • Northam Landmark

    Victim of progress

    A Northam landmark. Victim of progress 28th July 1936

    Northam landmark hidden in obscurity Probably dating back to the seventeenth century, when men of Northam joined with those of Bideford in making the North Devon port one of the most important in the kingdom.

    Northam's old Vestry Room, a prominent structure, with its familiar flight of external stairs, has had to yield in the name of progress.  Workmen were engaged in removing the old flight of steps and putting in a new window with certain other alterations to the accommodation.  Mrs Prosser, of Westward Ho! the owner of the property, has stated that other than

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  • Miss Davis

    1 December 1972

    Celebrating her 95th birthday on Sunday was Miss C M Davis, former sub postmistress of Northam.

    1.12.1972 Miss C M Davis

    Although her health does now permit her to venture beyond her home, The Cairns, Windmill Lane, Miss Davis continues her alert interest in local affairs. Five years ago she published a history of her native Northam.

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  • Robert Stevens is fined

    1 December 1972

    In a letter to Bideford magistrates on Tuesday a 21 year olf Northam shipwright, Robert Sydney Stevens, of 6 Honey Street, asked why Princess Anne was let off with a caution for speeding instead of receiving the punishment he would probably receive.

    1972 Robert Stevens

    'We may not be high-class or Royal Family, but that does not mean that she should not receive the same punishment as I and other citizens will probably get' he added.
    The magistrate did not answer his question, but fined him £20 and endorsed his licence for exceeding the speed limit at Instow on his motorcycle.

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  • Mr Peter Fletcher leads the opposition

    20 January 1967

    Objectors may fight on ‘over a principle’

    20 January 1967 Durrant House Hotel

    Although Durrant House Hotel at Northam has been refused permission to develop, people living in the locality who opposed the scheme to extend it are still to meet Mr Peter Mills, MP, today to discuss the matter.
    Mr Peter Fletcher, who led the opposition, told the Gazette that the main point to be considered was the principle involved. ‘Many of us’, he said ‘are not happy, and we are going to try to press this matter that people can be affected by a planning decision and have no right to demand an inquiry.’

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  • 2 February 1973

    It is being recommended to Northam Urban Council Finance Committee that provision be made in the forthcoming estimates for additional seats in the Square as a memorial to the Rev Alfred Green, a long serving member and former chairman of the council.

    2.2.1973 Memorial seats Northam

    It is also recommended that £3,000 should be allocated to widen North East Street.
    Gazette article dated 2 February 1973

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  • Miss Margaret Pollock's idea

    February 1962

    A tablecloth, measuring four and a half feet square, containing 156 signatures, is shortly to be sent to Melanesia, a group of Pacific islands north-east of Australia.

    Tablcloth 23.2.1962

    Responsible for this unusual gift is Miss Margaret Pollock, of Tor View, Lakenham, Northam. She thought of the idea about nine months ago and since then she has visited the majority of parish church members and her personal friends, who in turn inscribed their signatures on the tablecloth under the heading ‘Passenger list’. The signatures were then expertly embroidered by Miss Pollock, who is secretary of the Northam branch of the society.
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  • Lived in Northam

    18 January 1963

    Service In Borneo - Meets fellow officer from Northam in Singapore

    1963 Borneo

    18.1.1963 Borneo

    A 27 year old RAF officer from Northam, Flight-Lieut Peter Sands, has recently been serving with the British Far East Forces engaged fighting rebel troops in Borneo. 

    Last week Flight-Lieut Sands, son of Mr and Mrs Reginald Sands, of Restharrow, Higher Clevelands, Northam, returned to Singapore where he was posted in Traffic Control 18 months ago, and where he was accompanied by his wife, When he returned from Brunei he found he was living in the same block of flats Flight-Lieut Henry Hopkins, son of Mr and Mrs Hopkins, 9

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  • A story passed down through the years?

    27 February 1959

    A 21 year old Northam girl, Miss Annie Glover, vowed that she would never marry anyone younger than herself. ‘Of course you won’t’ her ’21 year old’ boyfriend, Mr Ernest E Copp, a mason, assured her.

    27.2.1959 Glover Copp golden wedding2

    27.2.1959 Glover Copp golden wedding3

    They were married within a short while, but Miss Glover did not realise until she signed the register at Northam Parish Church, on her wedding day, that her husband was, in fact, only 19. This happened 50 years ago ‘but I forgave him long ago’ Mrs Annie Copp, now aged 71, of 3 East View, Meddon Street, Bideford, told a Bideford Gazette reporter.
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  • 9 February 1973

    Northam Urban Council has its youngest member – at least for many years.

    9.2.1973 Joe Need Northam

    He is Mr Joseph Thomas Need, aged 29, of 2 Darracotts Court, Appledore, who has been elected to fill the Appledore seat vacated by the former vicar, Rev Royston Dixon.
    Mr Need had a 166-vote victory in Thursday week’s election over a fellow employee of Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd, Mr Philip Bale Waters.
    Mr Need is the youngest member of Northam Burrows Committee and of the committee of Northam Residents’ Association. He is also a member of Appledore Preservation and Conservation Society. A joiner, he is social organiser of

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  • Property sold

    4 May 1918

    Northam

    4.5.1918 Northam World War 1

    At the King's Head, Northam, on Monday afternoon, Mr A W Cock FAI, sold by auction the dwelling house and garden, cottage and store at the corner of Lennard's Road, as advertised.

    Mr W Heaman became the purchaser at £242. Messrs Bazeley, Barnes and Bazeley were the solicitors for the vendor. 

    Gazette article dated 4 May 1918

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  • £2 fine

    7 February 1958

    Gazette article published 7 February 1959

    7.2.1958 Richard Walters

    He drove 40,000 miles a year covering the South-West and had held a clean driving licence for 30 years and it was galling to be summoned for an offence at home, wrote Richard Colin Walters, of Glengarth, Durrant Lane, Northam when he pleaded ‘guilty’ by letter at Bideford Magistrates Court last week to parking a car on the highway without lights in Bideford on January 4th.
    The Bench imposed a fine of £2.

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  • Mr Northcott lays the stone

    12 July 1968

    The foundation stone of Northam’s new junior school, the starting date of which was brought forward to be included in the 1967/68 building programme following pressure about conditions at the existing school, was laid on Tuesday by Mr George Northcott, chairman of the Northam Urban Council, who was a pupil at Northam school over 60 years ago.

    12.7.1968 Foundation stone St Margarets

    To be known as St Margaret’s and sited in Seaview Road, the new school is expected to be ready by next summer.
    The new school will be an educational show piece when completed – “We are thrilled with it” said the headmaster, Mr George

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  • Good wishes for the future

    14 August 1964

    Members of the indoor and outdoor staffs of Northam Urban Council have presented a gold travelling clock and premium bonds to Mr Michael Glover as joint farewell gifts.

    14.8.1964 Michael Glover Northam

    Mr Glover, who has been employed in the surveyor’s department for the past 16 years, leaves at the end of this week and towards the end of the month will join the staff of the East Devon Water Board at Honiton as an accountancy assistant.
    The gifts were handed to him by the Surveyor, Mr Howard Bishop, coupled with his good wishes for the future. Other speakers included Mr Reg Harris and

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  • Prize winning Ayrshire

    10 August 1951

    Mr Eric Withecombe, of Bone Hill Farm, Northam, and his prize winning Ayrshire which won the Fulford Challenge Cup for the best exhibit in the dairy cattle section at Instow Show on Saturday.

    10.8.1951 Instow Northam

    The trophy is being handed over by Mrs Gamble, wife of the President of the Show, Lieut-Col H Gamble.
    Gazette article dated 10 August 1951

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  • Mr Marsh buys it

    12 May 1972

    Brambleberry, Limers Lane, Northam, a 12 year old four bedroomed detached bungalow, was sold for £19,500 at an auction conducted by Messrs John C Webber and Son. It was bought by Mr H Marsh of Harrow.

    12.5.1972 Limers Lane

    Bidding for the bungalow, described as having delightful gardens overlooking the Torridge estuary, began at £15,000. The vendor was Miss J E Fulford.
    Gazette article dated 12 May 1972

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  • Mink Farming at Northam

    Mink farm at Northam Burrows

    Mink farming at Northam 24th August 1956

    Mink farming at NorthamOne of the lesser-known but none the less interesting enterprises in the district is a mink farm tucked away in a field just off Northam Burrows.

    The farm has been built up by Mr W J Pearce of Church Park, Fairy Cross, and Mr J Pitschmann (Jimmy), an ex German P.O.W. who has settled down happily in England and whose wife was formerly Miss Norah Bishop, of Northam, where they now live at 2 Tower Street.

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  • Lenwood plan goes ahead

    Work started on connecting a £400,000 holiday bungalow development at Lenwood Country Club, Northam

    Lenwood goes ahead - 1976

    Lenwood goes ahead

    EMBARGO REPORT SOUGHT

    £400,000 LENWOOD PLAN GOES AHEAD

    Yesterday work started on connecting a £4000,000 holiday bungalow development at Lenwood Country Club, Northam, with the mains drainage system. Mr Harry Capper, site agent for the developers, J and R Rooff Ltd, of West Ham, who are replacing 17 former Service huts with 59 fully furnished bungalows told the Gazette "Obviously we have got the necessary permissions otherwise we would not be able to do the work." At Torridge District Council's Planning Sub-committee this week, Cllr Lieut Cdr Michael Sumner siad that to allow Lenwood to connect

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