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  • 1 At Hartland Wedding

    Both bridgegroom and best man wore their light-keeper's uniform at the wedding at St Nectan's

  • 2 Bideford Grammar School

    The successful candidates at the recent examination for free places are as follows: R A H Hunkin

  • 3 Trader's New President

    Pictured is 33 year old Mr Basil Pidgeon, the new president of Bideford Chamber of Trade.

  • 4 Former Town Clerk Was 'Father of Bideford'

    The 'Father of Bideford' was how the Mayor, Mr A C Hooper, described Mr F C Backway, former Town

  • 5 Outstanding success for young birds

    Racing Pigeon Club

  • 6 Marjorie Marshall Cornwall

    Many thanks for your letter of the 12th March. Your arrangement with Mrs Striemer is a good one, I think

  • 7 Good For Appledore, But Even Better For Tom!

    It was a happy day for Appledore when young Tom Parsons arrived to take up his first teaching job

  • 8 An Appledore and Westward Ho! union

    23 October 1959

  • 9 Beryl Garth, 8 Rectory Park, Bideford

    8 December 1972

  • 10 Miss Gutsell is bridesmaid

    17 December 1954

  • 11 Vera Cummings and John Rendle

    15 December 1950

  • 12 Joseph Pilling and Constance Short

    23 December 1947

  • 13 Family reunion thwarted by the weather

    4 January 1963

  • 14 North Devon interest

    4 January 1963

  • 15

    5 January 1973

  • 16 Not quite what Mr Shute was expecting!

    2 January 1959

  • 17 PC John Ferris

    24 October 1975

  • 18 Northam House

    He would take possession as soon as the house becomes vacant and is made ready for his occupation

  • 19 Brenda and Janet Bartlett

    23 October 1959

  • At Hartland Wedding

    Both bridgegroom and best man wore their light-keeper's uniform at the wedding at St Nectan's

    At Hartland Wedding - 2nd March 1937

    Bridegroom And Best Man In Light-Keepers Uniform

    Both bridgegroom and best man wore their light-keeper's uniform at the wedding at St Nectan's on Saturday, of Mr Redvers Ewart, younger and only surviving son of Mrs Annie and the late Mr William Buckler, to Bessie Iverna R., younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Ernest W Pyne, of Blagdon. The weather cleared just in time for the ceremony.
    The Vicar (Rev Ivon Gregory, R.D.) officiated, Mr G Burrow being organist.
    The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress of white satin with

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  • Bideford Grammar School

    The successful candidates at the recent examination for free places are as follows: R A H Hunkin

    Bideford Grammar School - 2nd July 1929

     

    Winners OF Free Places

    The successful candidates at the recent examination for free places are as follows: R A H Hunkin - Torrington Council School; W A Cork - Abbotsham Church of England; R G Baldson and P S Kelly - Bideford Council; J H W Lamey and H Ford - Appledore Council; T D Hooper - Bideford Council; E C Griffey - Northam Church of England; H W D Blackmore - Bideford Council; R G Pomeroy adn R Nancekievill - Hartland Council; and J K Symons - Merton Church of England.

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  • Trader's New President

    Pictured is 33 year old Mr Basil Pidgeon, the new president of Bideford Chamber of Trade.

    Trader's New President - 5th April 1963

     

    Pictured is 33 year old Mr Basil Pidgeon, the new president of Bideford Chamber of Trade.
    An Old Boy of Bideford Grammar School, Mr Pidgeon is a director of Messrs Wickhams, the wine merchants, who he joined straight from school in 1945.
    He is a prominent worker for the Boy Scout movement and is secretary of the 2nd Bideford Boy Scout Group Committe and chairman of the Torridge branch of the B.P. Scout Guild.

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  • Former Town Clerk Was 'Father of Bideford'

    The 'Father of Bideford' was how the Mayor, Mr A C Hooper, described Mr F C Backway, former Town

    Former Town Clerk Was 'Father of Bideford' - 10th April 1959

     

    The 'Father of Bideford' was how the Mayor, Mr A C Hooper, described Mr F C Backway, former Town Clerk for 25 years, when, at Bideford's ancient Manor Court ceremony on Saturday, he presented him with a water colour of Bideford Town Hall and Bridge. Mr Backway recently retired for health reasons. The Mayor praising his work during 54 years of service to the borough, said that Mr Backway had been a member of 38 committees at the time of his retirement. 'We are all deeply sorry that he

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  • Outstanding success for young birds

    Racing Pigeon Club

    The longest distance young bird race ever attempted by Bideford fanciers proved an outstanding success for the Racing Pigeon Club.

    1961 pigeon pioneers

     

    Eight pioneers sent their best candidates to compete in this classic marathon held in conjunction with the West of England Continental Amalgamation. Some doubts expressed prior to the race, that the distance from Margate of approximately 245 miles would prove beyond the physical capacity of immature pigeons of about six months of age. Such was not to be the case, however.
    Race controller Waldron after consultation with liberator Hancock, decided to release the racers at 7.30am in ideal weather

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  • Marjorie Marshall Cornwall

    Many thanks for your letter of the 12th March. Your arrangement with Mrs Striemer is a good one, I think

    Marjorie Marshall Cornwall - 16th March 1946

     

    36 Cadogan Place
    SW1
    March 16 1946
    Dear Mr Stapledon
    Many thanks for your letter of the 12th March. Your arrangement with Mrs Striemer is a good one, I think, and I hope will work satisfactorily. Thank you very much for your kind trouble. With regard to Northam House, I do very definitely require the tennis court to be relaid as before with grass in the same state as Mrs Donnell took it over. I have now written twice to Mrs Donnell about this matter and asked her to pay over the cost

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  • Good For Appledore, But Even Better For Tom!

    It was a happy day for Appledore when young Tom Parsons arrived to take up his first teaching job

    Good For Appledore, But Even Better For Tom! - 10th April 1959

     

    It was a happy day for Appledore when young Tom Parsons arrived to take up his first teaching job, but it was an even happier day for Tom because that job led directly to the girl who, 50 years ago on Tuesday, became his bride. He and his wife recalled their first meeting when a Bideford Gazette representative talked to them at their home, Ferriwais, The Quay, Appledore. In Mr Parson's class at the Church School was girl named Gladys Tuplin. One day when he was going on

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  • An Appledore and Westward Ho! union

    23 October 1959

    Lifeboatmen’s Surprise for Coxswain and his Bride

    23.10.1959 Cann White wedding


    Mr Sidney Cann, 57 Irsha Street, Appledore, coxswain of Appledore lifeboat, and Mrs Ruth White of Cranford House, Westward Ho! who were married at Westward Ho! Baptist Church on Saturday had planned a quiet wedding, but members of the lifeboat crew had other ideas.
    Under the leadership of the engineer, Mr L G W Richards, they formed a guard of honour outside the Church and gave the couple ‘a roaring send-off’. Rockets soaring into the air set all the local dogs barking, Mr Richards told the Gazette, and indicated to Capt P Brennan,

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  • Beryl Garth, 8 Rectory Park, Bideford

    8 December 1972

    Tomorrow, is the golden wedding of Mr and Mrs John Robert Seed, of Beryl Garth, 8 Rectory Park, Bideford.

    8.12.1972 Seed golden wedding2


    For 22 years, until her retirement in 1958, Mrs Seed was headmistress of Bideford Church Infants’ School.
    Mr and Mrs Seed were married at St George’s Church, Barrow-in-Furness. Both were born in that district. Before her marriage Mrs Seed was Miss Myra Walker. At one time the two families lived in the same street – Storey Square. Both were Sunday School teachers at St George’s.
    Mr Seed is now 82 and his wife, 75. They are in good general health except for

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  • Miss Gutsell is bridesmaid

    17 December 1954

    Mr J H Mayne and Miss M Hooper

    1954 Mayne and Hooper wedding

    The wedding took place at St Mary’s Church, Bideford, on Saturday of Miss Margaret Hooper, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs K Hooper, 31 Clifton Street, Bideford East, to Mr John Henry Mayne, eldest son of Mrs and the late Mr Mayne, of Grimsby.
    The bridegroom is a lance-corporal in the RASC.
    The Rector of Bideford, Preb J A Durling, officiated at the wedding ceremony, assisted by Rev A Watson. Mr J R Trigger was at the organ. Miss Vivienne Gutsell was bridesmaid. Best man was Sgt Cliff Cooper, RASC, friend of

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  • Vera Cummings and John Rendle

    15 December 1950

    The wedding took place at Appledore Congregational Church on November 25 of Mr John Henry Rendle , eldest son of Mr and Mrs W Rendle, 32 Market Street, Appledore, to Miss Vera Ann Cummings, only daughter of Mr and Mrs G H Cummings, 14 Glendale Terrace, Bideford.

    1950 Rendle Cummings wedding

    The service was conducted by Rev J W Edge and the organist was Mr J Beara.
    Given away by her uncle, Mr L Randall, the bride wore a full length gown of white figured brocade and a veil held in place with a headdress of orange blossom. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations

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  • Joseph Pilling and Constance Short

    23 December 1947

    At St Mary’s Church, Bideford, the wedding has taken place of Mr Joseph Hoyle Pilling, son of Mr and Mrs Pilling, Bacup, Lancashire, and Miss Constance Joan Short, only daughter of Mr and Mrs A E Short, 6 Montague Place, Clovelly Road, Bideford.

    23.12.1947 Pilling Short wedding

    The Rector of Bideford (Rev J A Durling) officiated.
    The bride was attended by two friends as bridesmaids – Misses June Lewis and Shirley Clarke. The bridegroom’s brother, Mr Leslie Pilling, discharged the duties of best man. Mr Eric Whittaker and Master John Short were ushers.
    At the reception, which was held at Tanton’s Hotel, Bideford, guests expressed

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  • Family reunion thwarted by the weather

    4 January 1963

    Golden wedding of Mr and Mrs H A Edwards.

    1963 Edwards Golden anniversary

    A veteran Bideford bellringer, who was once described as the youngest in the country, celebrated his golden wedding on Sunday.
    He is Mr Herbert Allan Edwards, 10 North Road, Bideford. In 1912 Mr Edwards married Miss Marguerite Louise (Daisy) Paddon, his employer’s daughter, at Bideford Parish Church, and the couple still live at the same house from which they were married.
    A native of Petrockstowe, Mr Edwards served his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner with the firm of Adams and Paddon, and lodged with his employer at North Road.
    Both

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  • North Devon interest

    4 January 1963

    Three names of special local interest were included in the New Year honours list.

    1963 Honours list

    Mr Thomas G B Cocks, the Clerk of the House of Commons, who is to be made K.C.B, is a native of Northam, and son of the late Mr J H Cocks, of Reed House, an Appledore shipbuilder.
    Col (Acting Brigadier) John Richards, Royal Marines, who is appointed C.B.E, came to live in the Torridge area when he was chief instructor, for several years in the early post-war period, at the Officers’ School white it was at Bickleigh and Plymouth.
    Major Nigel Speller, who was in

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  • 5 January 1973

    In the Gazette edition dated 5 January 1973

    1973 bmd

     

    Births
    Newton – On December 12th 1972, at NDDHMU to Pauline (nee Auberton) and Paul, a daughter, Hayley.
    Wright – On December 18th 1972, at the Grenville Nursing Home, to Jeremy and Anna (nee Cross), a son, Barnaby John, a brother for Toby.

    Engagements
    Bond-Petherick – Both families have pleasure in announcing the engagement of Susan, daughter of Mr and Mrs R Petherick, 8 Stanhope Terrace, Bideford, and Philip, son of Mr and Mrs F G Bond, ‘Homeland’, Bucks Cross.
    George-Grills – Mr and Mrs J Grills, of Sessacott, Putford, have pleasure in announcing the

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  • Not quite what Mr Shute was expecting!

    2 January 1959

    2s 6d Label Inside Egg

    2.1.1959 Mr Shutt egg
     
    A surprise awaited Mr Ernest Shutt of 9 Rockmount Terrace, Pitt Lane, Bideford, when he sat down to breakfast. He cracked a boiled farm egg open with a spoon and as he picked off the shell he found a label with the price 2/6d marked on in ink.
    'I ate the egg, of course, and enjoyed it, too' said Mr Shutt, who is a tailor
    The Gazette article is dated 2 January 1959
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  • PC John Ferris

    24 October 1975

    A Bobby on a bike is a rare sight these days – altogether too rare, many people think.

    1975 John Ferris

    But PC John Ferris and his cycle are a common and often comforting sight to the people of Appledore – where he lives – Westward Ho! and Northam. When, on his transfer to Bideford from Newton Abbot, Chief Supt Reg Goldsworthy offered him this country beat he jumped at the chance. 

    The full Gazette article is dated 24 October 1975

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  • Northam House

    He would take possession as soon as the house becomes vacant and is made ready for his occupation

    Northam House - 28th February 1946

     

    28 February 1946
    Messrs Smyth-Richards & Stapledons
    Bideford
    Dear Sirs
    Northam House
    He would take possession as soon as the house becomes vacant and is made ready for his occupation.
    He would pay a rent of £125 per annum and would of course pay the rates.
    He would take the house for a term of 7, 14 or 21 years but nevertheless determinable at the Tenant's option at the end of the 7th or 14th year.
    After the house has been put in good and tenantable repair he would make himself responsible for internal

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  • Brenda and Janet Bartlett

    23 October 1959

    Bideford achievement

    1959 Queens Guide

    Less than a year after her sister Brenda was made a Queen’s Guide, Janet Bartlett, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs W E Bartlett, of 8 Meadowville Road, Bideford, has achieved a similar distinction.
    This ‘double’ is believed to be unique in local Guide companies, although Bideford and District Girl Guides’ Association now has two mothers on its committee each of whom has had two daughters as Queen’s Guides – Mrs Bartlett and Mrs Dymond.
    Janet, who was 16 last month, is a pupil of Edgehill College. She is a member of the 1st Bideford Company of Girl Guides

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