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  • 1 Fancy Dress - Stella Maris School - 1954

    After a lapse of two years, the junior school fancy dress carnival was revived in all its colour and gaiety

  • 2 BGS Grenville Rugby

    After two weeks with no fixtures, Bideford Grammar School entertained Grenville College, and

  • 3 Bideford Grammar School

    First mention in a lease belonging to feoffees of Long Bridge dated 31 May 1717. Richard Dunnyng

  • 4 Edgehill College Junior Sports

    Dr R A Cooper wins the sack race for fathers and Mrs Dorothy Cleaver won the obstacle race for mothers

  • 5 For the first time since it was founded at Bideford 91 years ago

    Edgehill College is to have a man as Headmaster

  • 6 Rev and Mrs Richard Pyke celebrate their Diamond wedding

    Governor of Shebbear College for over 50 years

  • 7 Stella Maris Convent

    erection of new school

  • 8 Stella Maris Convent

    Swimming team

  • 9 Grenville College

    confirmation in school gym

  • 10 Massive shooting trophy

    Grenville College

  • 11 Boarder still critical

    Grenville College

  • 12 Woolsery Children's Coat of Arms in Sea shells

    Woolsery primary school

  • 13 Geneva School, Bideford

    Opens in 1903

  • 14 Geneva School, Bideford

    Opens in 1903

  • 15 Geneva School

    1959

  • 16 Boys School

    Between the World Wars?

  • 17 Old Boarding School

    Shebbear College Centenary

  • 18 Shebbear's new science block opened on Speech Day

    Shebbear college

  • 19 New school for boys at Bideford

    Grenville College

  • 20 Shebbear Reserves

    Still looking for a win

  • 21 Bideford Grammar School

    at loggerheads with Devon and Cornwall police

  • 22 Bideford's Secondary schools are concerned

    3 November 1972

  • 23 Work on Shebbear's sports hall begins

    Shebbear College

  • 24 Stella Maris Convent

    schoolgirls from many lands

  • Fancy Dress - Stella Maris School - 1954

    After a lapse of two years, the junior school fancy dress carnival was revived in all its colour and gaiety

    Fancy Dress Carnival - Stella Maris Junior School - 2nd July 1954

     

    Ready For A Tug After "Oranges And Lemons"

    After a lapse of two years, the junior school fancy dress carnival was revived in all its colour and gaiety on Saturday to resume its place in the life of Stella Maris Convent School, Bideford.
    Fairy, wizard and golliwog, Robind Hood, Bo-Peep and Contrary Mary and other characters from story book and nursery rhyme, mixed with nativesof other lands - the Indian prince, the Hawaian girl and the Texan - as nearly 200 children danced and played dleightfully on the sunlit lawn before

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  • BGS Grenville Rugby

    After two weeks with no fixtures, Bideford Grammar School entertained Grenville College, and

    BGS Grenville Rugby - 16th November 1962

     

    BGS beat Grenville College

    After two weeks with no fixtures, Bideford Grammar School entertained Grenville College, and chalked up their second win of the season by 18-3.
    Grenville took an early lead from a penalty, then BGS woke up and were soon on level terms when George Squires kicked a penalty goal. The home score was increased when winger Roger Geen touched down in the corner.
    After the interval the Grammar School were put further ahead by another penalty by Squires. Soon afterwards centre Chris Jeffery crossed the Grenville line for an unconverted try, and then,

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  • Bideford Grammar School

    First mention in a lease belonging to feoffees of Long Bridge dated 31 May 1717. Richard Dunnyng

    Bideford Grammar School - 1935

     

    History of the Grammar School

    First mention in a lease belonging to feoffees of Long Bridge dated 31 May 1717. Richard Dunnyng rented bakehouse near west end of Long Bridge from feoffees. 'with the great seller under the School House, late in the occupation of John Shurtle' who was, as it happened, one of the feoffes and probably a merchant. The boundaries of the property are given as Alhalwyn Street on the west, the ponyon end of the bakehouse on the east, the land of John Suzanne, gent, on the north, and the Broadway or

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  • Edgehill College Junior Sports

    Dr R A Cooper wins the sack race for fathers and Mrs Dorothy Cleaver won the obstacle race for mothers

    Edgehill College Junior Sports - 19th June 1959

     

    Dr R A Cooper wins the sack race for fathers and Mrs Dorothy Cleaver won the obstacle race for mothers. The headmistress, Miss A M Shaw, distributed the prizes and was presented with a bouquet by Elizabeth Coham-Fleming.
    Highest number of points: 11 years - Ann Vince, Penelope Mole. 10 years - Jane Bush, Margaret Heywood. 9 years - Celia Barfoot, Sally Doe. 8 years - Janine Trapnell, Elizabeth Cleaver. 7 years - Belinda Cross, Sarah Vincent. 6 years - Richard McKean, Elizabeth Spinks. 5 years - Robin Trapnell, Philip Cleaver.
    Little visitors' race - Ann Stanbury.

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  • For the first time since it was founded at Bideford 91 years ago

    Edgehill College is to have a man as Headmaster

    Girls' College To Have Headmaster - 12th December 1975

    12.12.1975 Edgehill
     

    For the first time since it was founded at Bideford 91 years ago Edgehill College is to have a man in charge.
    When the present headmistress, Miss A Mary Shaw, retires at the end of the summer term she will be suceeded by Mr Joseph Shepherd, 46, of Wolverhampton.

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  • Rev and Mrs Richard Pyke celebrate their Diamond wedding

    Governor of Shebbear College for over 50 years

    Two of the best known of North Devon Methodists, the Rev and Mrs Richard Pyke, have just celebrated their diamond wedding.

    1960 Rev Pyke


    Mr Pyke was once a minister on the Barnstaple Thorne Memorial Circuit. He and his wife were married at the Bear Street church.
    He has been a governor of Shebbear College for nearly 50 years and was recently made a life governor.

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  • Stella Maris Convent

    erection of new school

    Bideford school pioneers new constructional method 15th February 1963

    bideford school pioneers new constructional method First school to be built in this country using a structure of aluminium girders is at present being erected in Bideford.

    New junior school for pupils of Stella Maris Convent being erected in the Convent's grounds near Mignonette Walk.  Main contractors for the work are the Bideford firm of A F (Colin) Beer & Son.  The use of new lightweight girders in the building trade is the idea of the designer of the school, Mr Bruce Martin, of London.

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  • Stella Maris Convent

    Swimming team

     Stella Maris third in S.W. catholic schools' swimming 28.6.1968

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    stella maris third in s.w. catholic schools swimming

    Seen above before a training session are the swimming team from Bideford's Stella Maris School.  After winning the North Devon area title of the Catholics schools' Swimming Federation, they competed at the South West area finals at Charlton Park, Cheltenham.

    Swimmers taking part.  Elizabeth Adlington; Linda Locke; Helen Cooper; Joanne Payne; Marilyn Cuthill; Karen Locke; Jean Cooper; Carol Booth;  Prudence Murray; Hilary Shaw; Kathrine Payne and Karen Cummings.

     

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  • Grenville College

    confirmation in school gym

    Confirmation in school gym 21st February 1964

    confirmation in school gym Two of 52 boys of Grenville College who were confirmed on Sunday morning kneel before the Bishop of Crediton (Right Rev. Wilfred Westall) who officiated at this, the first such service to be held at the college.  The Bishop was assisted by the school chaplain (Rev. D R Jones) and during the Communion, which over 200 took, two other priests assisted.  One of these was a great uncle of one of the candidates and the other, the Rev E G  Bevan (Vicar of Abbotsham), who is a member of the school's teaching staff.

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  • Massive shooting trophy

    Grenville College

    Massive shooting trophy is back at Grenville College 3rd July 1970

    Massive shooting trophy is back at Grenville College Second time in 3 years the magnificent 'News of the World' shooting trophy, open to competition by Army Cadet Forces throughout the country, is lodged at Grenville College, Bideford.  Mr Crabbe is headmaster of Grenville College.

    The trophy was presented by Major General J Douglas-Withers, General Officer Commanding South Western District.  The man behind the eight was again Company Sergeant Major Gerald Beer, of "E" Company, Wessex Volunteers.

    The eight comprised Sergeant Ronald Harris; Cadet Charles Cross; Lance Coproral John Treffry; Lance Corporal Simond Gifford; Cadet Adrian Forbes; Cadet

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  • Boarder still critical

    Grenville College

    Boarder still critical 25th June 1982

    Boarder still critical

    A Grenville College boarder who fell 60 feet down cliffs at Hartland was still critically ill in Freedom Fields Hospital, Plymouth.

    Julian Bairstow, 12, sustained serious head and internal injuries when he plunged on to rocks near Blagdon Farm west of Hartland Point.  Pupils Ashley Gray, Shaun Robins and Tim Leech kept him breathing until he could be stretchered aboard a helicopter from RAF Chivenor and airlifted to the North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple.

    The three boys were later praised by the Chivenor winchman.  He told the College's headmaster Mr David Powell-Price: "They did

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  • Woolsery Children's Coat of Arms in Sea shells

    Woolsery primary school

    Woolsery children's Coat of Arms in Sea-shells 12.07.1961

    Woolsery childrens coat of arms in sea shells Each summer term children at Woolsery Primary School make a study of various kinds of sea shells and sea weeds.  Mr C B Griffiths headmaster had a brainwave - "a picture of Bideford's Coat of Arms made from sea shells and painted, would be a good idea."

    Children seen in the picture, left to right are Michael Andrew, Michael Dark, Ann Piper, Joan Gorrell, Susan Bond, Pauline Gilbert and Sylvia Braund.  They are all aged 10.

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  • Geneva School, Bideford

    Opens in 1903

    For a number of years past there has been a steady growth in the size of Bideford.

    Geneva School 1903

    Houses have sprung up on both sides of the river with rather astonishing regularity, and being occupied as soon as erected, the natural result was an increase in the adult and juvenile population of the Borough. The consequence was that the accommodation provided for educating the children was first taxed to its utmost capacity, and then that the School Board had to face the serious report that in three instances schools were so overcrowded, and unless some steps were taken to amend matters,

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  • Geneva School, Bideford

    Opens in 1903

    Although the girls and infants have been using the school for about a fortnight, the formal ceremony of declaring it open did not take place until last Wednesday when in fine weather the ceremony was successfully performed in the presence of a large company.

    Opening of Geneva School 1903

    The School Board and Corporation assembled at the Bridge Buildings at 11.30am and forming into a procession headed by the Hungarian Band, marched to the School. The procession was as follows: - Police, Hungarian Band, Chairman, Clerk and Members of the School Board, Fire Brigade, Borough Mace Bearers, The Mayor – Mr E J Tattersill – Aldermen, Councillors and

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  • Geneva School

    1959

    You may have seen that Geneva School, Bideford, has been converted into apartments. Some of you may have been to school there. Here a selection of photographs taken in, what is believed to be, 1959.

    Geneva School 1959

    Geneva School 1959

    Geneva School 1959

    Geneva School 1959

     

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  • Boys School

    Between the World Wars?

    Boys’ playground with Ashley Terrace in the background

    Geneva SchoolDate unknown

     

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  • Old Boarding School

    Shebbear College Centenary

    Old Boarding School - Shebbear College Centenary 01.07.1941

    old boarding school 1941 marks the Centenary of the founding of one of the oldest Boarding School in the County of Devon.  On Lady Day, 1841, owing to the foresight of a group of members of the Bible Christian Church, Shebbear Proprietary Grammar School was opened, having as its first Headmaster or Master, as he was then called - Rev H C O'Donoghue, M.A. of St John's College, Cambridge, who was a Chaplain to His Majestry, King William IV.

    Headmasters, Thomas Ruddle, B.A. who directed its fortunes from 1864 to 1909 and John Rounsfell B.A.B sc. who

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  • Shebbear's new science block opened on Speech Day

    Shebbear college

    Shebbear's new science block opened on Speech Day 21.07.1961

    Shebbear new science block opened on Speech Day Prof. Charles Coulson, F.R.S. professor of mathematics at Oxford University declared at the opening ceremony of the new £20,000 science block on the morning of speech day at Shebbear College.

    shebbear science block "I declare the building open," he added, "and I hope all who work there will have happiness and joy in the work they do."

    Architects of the two storey building, are Messrs Yorke, Mardall and Rosenberg of London.  It was designed by Mr Roger Tomalin and built by Messrs J E Stacey, of Holsworthy.

    The headmaster, Mr J B Morris, said

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  • New school for boys at Bideford

    Grenville College

    New school for boys at Bideford 16th July 1954

    new school for boys at bideford Grenville College is the name of a new independent boarding school and day school for boys between the ages of 9 and 17 announced as taking over premises being vacated at the end of this Summer term by West Bank School for girls which is moving to Sidmouth.  The headmistress is Miss Hewlett.

    Mr N. A. Dromgoole as headmaster.  He was a former headmaster of Belmont College, was educated at Dulwich College St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he gained his B.A. (Hons.) degree.

     

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  • Shebbear Reserves

    Still looking for a win

    Still looking for a win 30th October 1970

    still looking for a win looking for a win So far this has definitely not been Shebbear Reserves' season in the North Devon League division three, for they are bottom of the table, and did nothing to raise themselves on Saturday when they lost their 7th match out of 7, this time to Bideford Youth Club.

    Shebbear Reserves' team; back row - Bill Lewis, John Kelly, Barry Whiting, Max Piper, John Heard, Roy Fursdon.  Front row - Brian Heddon, David Bailey, Ray Sluggett, Ian Harris, Bill Parish, Bill Lashbrook.

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  • Bideford's Secondary schools are concerned

    3 November 1972

    Fears that the high price paid for half an acre of land near Bideford Grammar School may now prejudice the availability of playing field space for the town’s new comprehensive school were voiced yesterday by Mr Peter Fletcher, chairman of the governing body for Bideford’s secondary schools.

    1972 BGS land

    He has called a special meeting of the governors for next Wednesday to consider the situation.
    At a public auction attended by about 50 people at Bideford on Tuesday, the half acre of land concerned, belonging to the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority, was sold after a five minute spell of bidding for

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  • Work on Shebbear's sports hall begins

    Shebbear College

    Work on Shebbear's sports hall begins 9th March 1973

    shebbear sport hallshebbears sports hallWork on a sports hall for Shebbear College has begun.  The project is part of the college's programme of expansion.  It will compromise a full size sports arena, two squash courts, three recreation rooms, a table tennis balcony and two changing rooms, and it should be completed by the end of the year.  Headmaster Mr G W Kingsnorth,

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  • Stella Maris Convent

    schoolgirls from many lands

    Schoolgirls from many lands

    schoolgirls from many landsThe above charming group of girls from many lands was taken the other day at the Stella Maris Convent School, Bideford, on the occasion of the feast day held in honour of the Reverend Mother.

    Girls starting at the back with Marion Pringle; Emma Ritter; Munira Gatami; Yvette Stragier; Felicity Baker; Beatrice Van Waes; Maria Massaquoi; Cecelia de Yanes; Suzanne Froozan; Brenda Alcala; Danielle Caproni; Rositta Aidinzantz; Sylvia Sagrario; Frieda Diponogoro; Jessie Dreyfuss; Cynthia Behnan and Ajibabi Dekalu.

     

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