SportA Selection of News Articles Related to Sport

  • 1 Kangeroo blue

    15 April 1955

  • 2 Includes female players as well

    26 November 1954

  • 3 Clovelly v Morwentstow

    26 September 1958

  • 4 Overwhelming victory

    26 September 1958

  • 5 A first for Westward Ho! Tennis Club

    26 March 1965

  • 6 Nationals at Looe

    30 August 1963

  • 7 For the over 60s

    30 March 1972

  • 8 Maltscoop Inn

    29 August 1958

  • 9 No stopping Railway Hotel

    15 October 1965

  • 10 Bideford Regatta

    14 September 1951

  • 11 Bideford v Merton

    4 February 1955

  • 12 Torrington v Bideford

    3 February 1961

  • 13 B Team relegated

    10 June 1977

  • 14 Jack Rowe, native of Westward Ho!

    Presentation after 50 years service to Golf Club

  • 15 Bill Pascoe - Sport - 1968

    Mr Bill Pascoe, after being a member for over 50 years, is the new captain of the Bideford Amateur Athletic

  • 16 Mr Jack Rowe of Westard Ho!

    Founder member of Northam Artisans Golf Club

  • 17 Snooker Semi-Final - 1957

    It was a 'civic surprise' night at Bideford Conservative Club on Monday when the only second division team left

  • 18 Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when

  • 19 Ladies Football Match

    Ladies football match to be played the Sports Ground, Bideford, on 9 August 1975

  • 20 Bideford Chiefs - Rugby

    Bideford Chiefs haven't had a successful season. In the picture are R Bird, B Smale, C Balsdon

  • 21 Margaret Fulford

    Mrs Margaret Fulford, of Orchard Hill House, Bideford, wife of Mr Norman Fulford, has been elected

  • 22 B.A.R.C. Proudly Displays Season's Trophies 1954

    Bideford Amateur Rowing Club members

  • 23 Presentation at Bideford Ladies' Bowling Club Dinner 1951

    A shield was presented

  • 24 Bideford's New Bowling Green 1947

    Turf-laying ceremony

  • 25 The 1951 Bowling Season commences

    Opening day Wednesday April 25th

  • 26 War-Time Souvenir of a Most Successful Season 1939

    New Club premises for Bideford Amateur Rowing Club

  • 27 County President Visits Bideford Lady Bowlers 1953

    at Victoria Park

  • 28 Bideford Rugby Football Club present a tankard

    1965

  • 29 Northam Golfers at Jubilee Gathering

    1938

  • 30 Memento Picture of Golf Championship at Westward Ho!

    October 1952

  • 31 Northam Golf Jubilee 1938

    Great Reunion

  • 32 Westward Ho! Club to Close After 80 Years 1956

    Short history of the Union Club

  • 33 Victoria Park Ladies Bowling Club

    1 October 1965

  • 34 Prize winners evening

    3 November 1967

  • 35 100 Years of Women's Golf at Westward Ho!

    When they began it was a case of putters only

  • 36 Bideford Chiefs beat Tiverton

    3 December 1954

  • 37 2 of the crews under 16

    10 September 1965

  • 38 Football

    30 July 1971

  • 39 It's a draw!

    27 January 1961

  • 40 Family from Beaford

    21 January 1955

  • 41 Legs Eleven Football Club

    15 February 1974

  • 42 In the history books?

    2 March 1973

  • 43 Graham Fishleigh is successful

    3 April 1959

  • 44 Langtree County Primary School netball team

    7 April 1961

  • 45 Conservative Club win first 3 frames

    3 April 1959

  • 46 Mr and Mrs Clarke

    22 October 1965

  • 47 To be flown at every home fixture

    4 September 1964

  • 48 1869

  • 49 John Hocking wins

    24 November 1961

  • 50 1868

  • 51 Success!

    13 February 1959

  • 52 Stars of the future?

    27 February 1976

  • 53 Bideford versus Torrington

    19 February 1960

  • 54 Beaten by Camborne

    6 April 1951

  • 55 Successful season

    5 May 1972

  • 56 They beat Bude

    3 May 1957

  • 57 Closely fought competition

    11 March 1955

  • 58 Winners!

    27 February 1970

  • 59 Organiser very pleased

    13 February 1970

  • 60 Ladies and Men

    27 May 1955

  • 61 Bidefordian

    10 July 1964

  • 62 Mrs Plumtree presented the trophy

    16 June 1967

  • 63 Maltscoop Inn

    4 July 1958

  • 64 Going up a division

    11 April 1963

  • 65 Civic welcome

    11 April 1974

  • 66

    23 March1973

  • 67 On air performance

    1 March 1957

  • 68 Devoted experience and enthusiasm

    2 September 1960

  • 69 Ken Whitfield successful

    14 June 1963

  • 70 Sid Hosegood wins singles title

    18 April 1958

  • 71 Bernard Barnes scores 3 goals

    29 August 1958

  • 72 Exciting finishes

    8 August 1958

  • 73 Founded 1823

    1 September 1950

  • 74 A successful season!

    5 September 1958

  • 75 Bideford Regatta

    1 September 1961

  • 76 A family affair

    12 August 1947

  • 77 Bert Smale scores a try

    12 September 1969

  • 78 Excellent rounds

    3 October 1958

  • 79 A family affair in the football Club

    31 December 1954

  • 80 Supporters' Club in credit

    19 November 1965

  • 81 Mr Dave Jaggard

    10 October 1969

  • 82 Plans for Unique Rowing Reunion at Bideford 1962

    Golden Years Recalled

  • 83 New H.Q. for B.A.R.C. 1939

    £3,400 Scheme local appeal launched

  • Kangeroo blue

    15 April 1955

    Bideford Stock-Car Racing Entry Comes In Second

    15.4.1955 stock car Bideford

    Cheerful send-off impression of Mr William Jack Blight, of the Garage, New Road, Bideford, as he sets off for Plymouth Stadium to face over 13,000 spectators and to bash his way through to second place in his heat at the stock-car race meeting.

    The above car is a Ford V8 28hp saloon, ‘Blighty’s Blue Devil’. In the background is Old Ford Farm House where he lives.

    The full Gazette article is dated 15 April 1955

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  • Includes female players as well

    26 November 1954

    Throwing the first ball at the opening of Abbotsham’s new skittle alley 

    is Mr. C. A. Grant (Deputy Mayor of Bideford). Watching him, left to right, are: Messrs. W. James, W. Hockin, E. D. Williams (Chairman, Bideford and District Skittles League), Rev. L. Woolcott (Vicar of Abbotsham), Mrs. Dark, Messrs. E. Blight (Chairman, Abbotsham Skittles Club), C. Easton, S. Nicholls, J. Hockin, D. Trewin and Rev. W. H. Smith (former Vicar of Abbotsham).

    26.11.1954 Abbotsham skittles

    Congratulating Abbotsham Skittles Club and friends on their enterprise in building a fine up-to-date alley, the Deputy-Mayor of Bideford (Mr. C. A. Grant), who on Saturday evening

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  • Clovelly v Morwentstow

    26 September 1958

    Clovelly Football

    1958 Clovelly football

    Half-time refreshment for Clovelly football team at home on Saturday to Morwenstow in the Kingsley League, which the visitors won 6-2.

    Left to right: W. Robins, P. Littlejohns, C. Rowe (behind), C. Headon, B. Perham, A.Johns, R. Weeks, G. Shackson, P. Symonds, A. Goman, D. Squire.

    Gazette article dated 26 September 1958

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  • Overwhelming victory

    26 September 1958

    Charlie Jenkins injured

    1958 Hartland football

    Hartland’s first home game on Saturday, against Shebbear in the Kingsley League, was marred after half an hour’s play by an accident in which the home side’s young centre-forward, Charlie Jenkins (see in the middle of the front row in the above picture, taken before the start of the game) fractured a leg when going into a tackle with the Shebbear right –half.

    Seventeen-years-old Jenkins was taken to Bideford and District Hospital by ambulance and later transferred to the Exeter Orthopaedic Hospital.

    At the time of the accident Hartland were leading 2-0 with goals by Chance, after

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  • A first for Westward Ho! Tennis Club

    26 March 1965

    Tennis Club’s First Woman President

    26.3.1965 Tennis presentation

    An inscribed table lighter was presented to the retiring president, Mr Eric Westoby, at the annual meeting of Westward Ho! Tennis Club.

    He has been actively connected with the club since its formation 20 years ago.

    The new president, and the first woman to hold the office, is Mrs Hazel Stephens, of Park Avenue, Westward Ho! She has been a member of the club for about 15 years and was a playing member until two seasons ago.

    Other officers elected were: chairman, Mr R H Clarke; hon. Secretary, Mr P Colwill; hon. Treasurer, Mr E

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  • Nationals at Looe

    30 August 1963

    Seven Appeldore-based members of the North Devon Yacht Club

    are participating in the national Redwing championships at Looe next week.

    30.8.1963 Appledore redwings2

    They are Messrs Benny Evans, a representative of the Redwing class on the Yacht Club committee, Ted Lamey, Peter Brannam, Richard Storer, John Baker and Arthur and Vernon Harris. Only Messrs Storer and Brannam have taken part in previous championships.

    Altogether about 30 local enthusiasts will be at Looe. Many are staying in caravans.

    As well as being an enjoyable sporting occasion it is expected to provide valuable experience.

    30.8.1963 Appledore redwings1

    Gazette article dated 30 August 1963

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  • For the over 60s

    30 March 1972

    Northam’s leisure centre for the over-60s will open, it is hoped early in May.

    30.3.1972 Northam sports centre

    Work on transforming what was Miss Elizabeth Thorold’s School in the Square is going ahead with Urban Council staff doing the decorations. Gas heaters have to be fitted in each of the three rooms. Although second-hand, they have had little use.

    There is a good kitchen from which, initially, voluntary helpers will serve light refreshments.

    But, said the chairman (Mr E C Beadle) it is hoped that ultimately, with RWVS help, a luncheon club will be formed.

    Almost £400 has been given by various people and

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  • Maltscoop Inn

    29 August 1958

    Bideford skittlers got their own back when they entertained a team from Bath at the Maltscoop alley on Saturday.

    29.8.1958 Bideford skittlers

    The game was a return contest for one held a week previously at Bath, which the home team had won by five rubs to one, the match being played under the rules operating locally.

    Ivor Jones, the Bideford League secretary, who captained the local side, Cyril Lyle, Arthur Edworthy and Eddie Glover recorded spares for Bideford.

    Details: Bideford - I Jones 48, C Lyle 51, Ernie Glover 44, J Cleverdon 42, T Johns 46, W Griffiths 46, L Elston 44, A Edworthy

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  • No stopping Railway Hotel

    15 October 1965

     Torrington Darts League

    Torrington Darts 1965

    The passenger trains have stopped but there was no stopping Railway Hotel in their opening game of Torrington Darts League when they visited Black Swan and changed the home team’s colour with a double whitewash.

    In the game Laurie Cudmore scored the season’s first hat-trick, and other scorers were Vernon Steer, John Lawrence and Tony Smithson.

    League champions Temperance Eight were also on form. They beat the Rook Shooters 5-1, dropping a point in the foursomes when T Beer scored a consolation double. Brian Sussex bagged two winners for the Temperance Eight and went out in one

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  • Bideford Regatta

    14 September 1951

    Bideford Regatta Foot and Cycle Sports

    14.9.1951 Bideford Regatta

    Messrs G W Blackman, P C Fryer, P J V Fulford, D Leftwich, E Tomlinson, E F Ellis and F A Pearson.

    Sitting in front is the Mayor of Bideford, Mr W H Copp.

    Gazette article dated 14 September 1951

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  • Bideford v Merton

    4 February 1955

    Bideford Blues smile confidently when photographed before their Kingsley League Northern Division game at home to Merton

    4.2.1955 Bideford Blues

    A few minutes later they were playing with equal confidence and finished the game outstanding winners by 11 goals to 0.

    Fine runs in local cup competitions have played havoc with the Blues’ League programme. They have games in hand over all their opponents and, although they are now lying in the second half of the league table, the good brand of football they play should ensure a rapid climb up the ladder. ‘Father’ of the side, Arthur Shute, will see to that!

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  • Torrington v Bideford

    3 February 1961

    Neighbouring Schools Are Rivals At Netball

    3.2.1961 netball

    As mentioned last week, Torrington County Secondary School junior netball team beat their Bideford County Secondary School counterparts 6-4 when they recently met at Torrington.

    The Torrington team was – Rosemary Squire, Pauline Tucker, Pat Parkhouse, Sandra Vanstone, Shirley Hutchings, Janet Tolley, Judith Fisher.

    Bideford – Joan Symons, Kay Shute, Sandra Johns, Rosemary Peacham, Sheila Bliman, Lyn Buckley, Barbara Davidson

    Gazette article dated 3 February 1961

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  • B Team relegated

    10 June 1977

    The reign of Westward Ho! Tennis Club’s B team at the top of the North Devon Tennis League is over –

    their place has been taken by the Westward Ho! A team.

    Tony Butterfield and Derek Hendersen lost to Dave Priddle and Peter Clarke; lost to Colin Freemantle and John Beaumont. Ian Mitchell and Alan Briggs lost to Priddle and Clark; lost to Freemantle and Beaumont.

    The clash between the Westward Ho! ladies teams ended in the same way with the A team winning 4-0, but Betty Stephens and Sue Ackland almost caused an upset before losing three sets to Sue

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  • Jack Rowe, native of Westward Ho!

    Presentation after 50 years service to Golf Club

    Presentation to Mr J Rowe

    Jack Rowe

    As a token of their appreciation of his fifty years’ service as professional to the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club, the members of the club have presented to Mr Arthur John (Jack) Rowe a handsomely framed illuminated address and an envelope containing War Savings Certificates.
    Mr Rowe, who is 72, is a native of Westward Ho! A founder member of the Northam Artisans’ Golf Club, Mr Rowe has been elected President of the club for the duration of the war. It was in 1888 that Mr Jack Rowe was the Westward Ho! representative who went

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  • Bill Pascoe - Sport - 1968

    Mr Bill Pascoe, after being a member for over 50 years, is the new captain of the Bideford Amateur Athletic

    Bill Pascoe - Sport - 8th March 1968

    Bill Pascoe Sport 1968
     

    Mr Bill Pascoe, after being a member for over 50 years, is the new captain of the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club. He joined the Club as a boy and specialised in bar and trapeze work. At 70 years old, Mr Pascoe is working full time for a Bideford garage

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  • Mr Jack Rowe of Westard Ho!

    Founder member of Northam Artisans Golf Club

    Mr Jack Rowe, the well known Northam golfer, who for 48 years has been professional at Ashdown Forest Club, told Bideford Rotarians recently of an incident with the famous British Prime Minsiter, Mr A J Balfour (later Earl Balfour), who used to play golf with him.

     
    He asked him once: 'What is there about golf that makes poeple like you take all this trouble when you so much to think about'. Mr Balfour replied: 'Let me tell you friend, if every question in the world was so easy to answer as that there would be no difficult questions at
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  • Snooker Semi-Final - 1957

    It was a 'civic surprise' night at Bideford Conservative Club on Monday when the only second division team left

    Snooker Semi-Final - 15th February 1957

     

    It was a 'civic surprise' night at Bideford Conservative Club on Monday when the only second division team left in Bideford Snooker League's knock-out cup competition, Town Hall, beat the Newsboys by 3 games to 2, to go into the hat for the semi-final draw. Town Hall team comprises members of Bideford Corporation staff, while the Newsboys are now back again writing headlines instead of trying to make them!
    Front row (left to right) - D Bidgway, D R F Arnold, R Cudmore, D Woolley, S Eastman; Back-row - B Hockin, P G Day, L S

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  • Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when

    Nearly 400 Runs in Under Four Hours - September 1961

     

    Nearly 400 runs were scored in under four hours at Bideford on Saturday when Bideford Casuals met Pilton.
    The visitors set the pace when they rattled up 189 for 3 in the two hours before tea. Although the rate in the first hour was almost sedate, 55 runs only being scored, the advent of T Treloar (81, 15 fours) made up for this. Together with K Pedlar (58 n.o.) they put on 117 for the third wicket.
    Set to score 190 in two hours, Casuals took up the challenge, the

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  • Ladies Football Match

    Ladies football match to be played the Sports Ground, Bideford, on 9 August 1975

    Ladies Football Match - 1st August 1975

    1.8.1975 ladies football
     

    Special Attraction - First Time in Bideford

    Ladies Football Match - Thame Ladies (Oxford) England League Finalists including Eight Full Internationals v Devon Representative XI

    Saturday August 9
    Kick-off 7pm
    Sports Ground, Bideford

    Followed by an OX ROAST, Various Side Shows, Brass Band, Refreshments and Bar in the Club House 
    Don't Miss This Unique Event!

     

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  • Bideford Chiefs - Rugby

    Bideford Chiefs haven't had a successful season. In the picture are R Bird, B Smale, C Balsdon

    Bideford Chiefs - Rugby - 10th March 1963

     

    Bideford Chiefs haven't had a successful season. In the picture are R Bird, B Smale, C Balsdon, R Grigg, R Spry, M Poole, W Hopkins, E Slade, C Davis, G Folland, M Stevens, R Moses, B Welford, W Lock, M Grigg, T Langbridge, P Colwill, R Johns.

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  • Margaret Fulford

    Mrs Margaret Fulford, of Orchard Hill House, Bideford, wife of Mr Norman Fulford, has been elected

    Margaret Fulford - 13th November 1970

     

    To Be Devon Women's golf Captain

    Mrs Margaret Fulford, of Orchard Hill House, Bideford, wife of Mr Norman Fulford, has been elected Devon women's captain for 1971.
    She is the first member of the Royal North Devon Golf Club since the war to be appointed to this position. She plays off a 16 handicap and with her R.N.d clubmate Mrs Peggy Fourt, this year reached the final of the county foursomes.

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  • B.A.R.C. Proudly Displays Season's Trophies 1954

    Bideford Amateur Rowing Club members

    B.A.R.C. Proudly Displays Season's Trophies 29.10.1954

     

    B.A.R.C. Proudly Displays Seasons Trophies 29.10.1954

    Sports. A representative gathering of members of Bideford Amateur Rowing Club photographed with some thirty cups and shields won during the past rowing season. Messrs A.Taylor; E.Down; G.Moore; J.Evans; R.Galsworthy; J.Day; J.Mitchell; C.Morris; J.Roy Ellis; H.W.Fulford; R.Hancock; E.F.Day; R.Lake; K.Day; N.Wiltshire; H.Shute; K.Hearn; J.Eastmond; G.Cox; F.R.Way; L.Bright; W.Lee; J.Edwards; N.Drew; R.Scoynes; A.Elliott; C.Fishleigh; C.Mitchell; M.Moore; C.Ashton; K.Mitchell; H.Shute; B.Shute; J.Conibeare; M.Scoynes; B.Tilke; T.Johns; B.Taylor; R.Longstone; C.Lamey; D.Rice; L.Lamey; C.Williams; B.Cole; R.Branch; P.Lee; A.Patt; T.Johns (junr); R.Day; E.Brown; F.Stevens; N.Beer

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  • Presentation at Bideford Ladies' Bowling Club Dinner 1951

    A shield was presented

    Presentation at Bideford Ladies' Bowling Club Dinner 30.3.1951 

    Presentation at Bideford Ladies Bowling Club Dinner 30.3.1951

    Sport. A shield was presented to Bideford Ladies' Bowling Club at a dinner held at the Rose of Torridge Cafe, on Wednesday March 21st. Arthur McTaggart Short, Edwin Short, Mrs AC Fulford, Mrs SF Jameson, Mrs SA Luxton

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  • Bideford's New Bowling Green 1947

    Turf-laying ceremony

    Bideford's New Bowling Green 9.12.1947

    Bidefords New Bowling Green 9.12.1947

    Sport. The Mayor of Bideford laid the first sod of Cumberland turf on the new bowling green being constructed in the Victoria Park and it was hoped the green would be completed in March 1948 at a cost of £1,831. Cllrs FT Upton, WH Chubb, JH Sharley, JH Bright, Mr FC Backway, Ald FE Whiting, Messrs Maxwell Hart, Mr Dunlop

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  • The 1951 Bowling Season commences

    Opening day Wednesday April 25th

    The 1951 Bowling Season commences 4.5.1951

    The 1951 Bowling Season commences 4.5.1951

    Sport. Opening day on Wednesday 25th April. SF Marshall, Mrs Marshall, EC Parr, CP Ashton, H Guard, G Bluett, J Lang, C A'Court, J Heal, J Burrow, Charlie the groundsman, Jimmy Huxtable

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  • War-Time Souvenir of a Most Successful Season 1939

    New Club premises for Bideford Amateur Rowing Club

    War-Time Souvenir of a Most Successful Season 26.9.1939 War Time Souvenir of a Most Successful Season 26.9.1939

    Sport. Group photograph of the Bideford Amateur Rowing Club to wind up a great season. G.Staddon; W.P.Cox; F.Stevens; J.Poole; R.Galsworthy; C.G.Metherell; J.T.Mitchell; H.W.Fulford; C.Morris; E.F.Day; F.W.Beer; E.J.Day; T.Lock; F.Johns; C.Dicker; J.Seldon; R.Walters; R.Lake; L.F.Ross; R.Day; J.Way; R.P.Blackmore; A.Day; R.H.Moore; J.James; S.A.Moore; E.G.Cawsey; J.W.Taylor; W.H.Taylor; K.J.Braunton; J.Fisher; R.Williams; T.Bird; G.Williams; R.Taylor; W.Chubb; D.Colwill; W.Headon; P.Bushen; R.Hancock; L.Colwill; K.Welch; D.Scott; K.J.Brend; W.Hocking; A.S.Cawsey; O.Reveley; K.Lesslie; T.Emberry; A.S.Moore; F.Short; M.Burnett; L.Rendell; R.Keates; J.R.Lake; A.Brend; J.Rees; E.Newcombe; E.B.Lemon; L.Daniell; D.Mills; B.Shute; R.Babb; H.Galliford; E.W.Budd; F.R.Lane; C.A.Metherell; W.Parsley; C.Littlejohns; C.Galsworthy; G.Dymond; W.Thisby; J.Day; R.Palmer; R.Day

     

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  • County President Visits Bideford Lady Bowlers 1953

    at Victoria Park

    County President Visits Bideford Lady Bowlers 4.9.1953

    County President Visits Bideford Lady Bowlers 4.9.1953

    Sport. President of Devon County Ladies' Bowling Association Mrs Broughton was entertained at the Victoria Park. Mrs B Elliott, Mrs H Lethbridge, Miss M Meredith, Mrs G Blackmore

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  • Bideford Rugby Football Club present a tankard

    1965

    An inscribed tankard, in recognition of his notable scoring last season when he created a new individual record of 252 points – over a hundred more than the previous best – has been presented by Bideford Rugby Football Club to Chief’s full back Mike Grigg.

    1965 Rugby Club Mike Grigg

    Mike, a 14 stone farmer from Monkleigh, has just completed his eighth season with Bideford, first playing for the Chiefs soon after leaving the North Devon Technical College.
    Before the club president, Mr Terence Bird, presented the tankard, the chairman, Mr Mervyn Bird, said of Mike’s score ‘It is a truly magnificent effort by any standard’. Proposing

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  • Northam Golfers at Jubilee Gathering

    1938

    Northam Golfers at Jubilee Gathering 7.9.1938

    Northam Golfers at Jubilee Gathering 7.9.1938

    Sport.  PH Andrews, CH Gibson, J Rowe, H Snell, E Slocombe, GH Cann, JH Taylor, N Sanders, H Heaman, T Shutt, FV Cole, JW Fulford, T Mounce, H Braund, RW Littlejohns, HJ Grantham, R Gale, T Jones, T Walters, G Harris, HC Squire, G Tuplin

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  • Memento Picture of Golf Championship at Westward Ho!

    October 1952

    Memento Picture of Golf Championship at Westward Ho! 10.10.1952

    Memento Picture of Golf Championship at Westward Ho 10.10.1952

    Sport. English Ladies' Singles Championship meeting at Westward Ho!.  Miss Greaves, Miss Ann Phillips, Miss Elizabeth Price, Miss Pamela Davies, Lady Katharine Cairns, Miss Holdsworth, Miss Jeanne Bisgood, Mrs Allen, Miss Rudgard, Mrs Bolton, Miss Gordon, Miss Halsted, Miss Howell, Mrs Dickenson, Miss Jane Redgate, Miss Jocelyn Davies, Miss Jean McIntyre, Miss Sheila Taylor, Miss Esme Taylor, Mrs DO Taylor, Mrs Lang, Mrs Richards, Miss Machin, Mrs Morland, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Armitage, Mrs Wright, Miss Anstey, Mrs Ferguson, Miss Nancy Jupp, Mrs FR Brown, Mrs Newton, Mrs Salmon, Mrs Shearman, Mrs

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  • Northam Golf Jubilee 1938

    Great Reunion

    Northam Golf Jubilee 27.9.1938

    Northam Golf Jubilee 27.9.1938

    Sport.  First of all Artizan Clubs, Northam Artizan Golf Club this year reached its golden jubilee. Special celebration programme. CH Gibson, Phillip Andrews, William Puncher, Tom Geen, Ernest Cawsey, Richard Burch, Charlie Cook, Jesse Braund, Louis Chapple, John Penhorwood, Alfred Stevens, Sidney Dymond, EJ Labbett, Jack Hutchings, Richard Davis, Charlie Cowler, William Worth, William Pursey, George Cann, JH Taylor, T Metherell, William Hutchings, Harry Williams, William Davis, Ernest Way, Jack Rowe, William Hearn, William Fulford, Samuel Fulford, T Glover, JW Fulford

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  • Westward Ho! Club to Close After 80 Years 1956

    Short history of the Union Club

    Westward Ho! Club to Close After 80 Years 13.07.1956

     

    Westward Ho Club to Close after 80 Years 13.07.1956

    Sport.  Short history of the Union Club originally for golfers. Capt SL Bell, Rev IH Gosset, Hon Denys Scott, Capt HJ Fletcher, Colonel Langley, Mr EM Allen, General Boyle, Mr GH Moorhead, Capt SL Bell, Col Stanley Smith, Mr RV Mitchell

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  • Victoria Park Ladies Bowling Club

    1 October 1965

    Members of Victoria Park and Ladies’ Bowling Club and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford after the Mayor (Mrs E J Brown) had presented the season’s cups and prizes at the Club on Thursday week.

    1965 women bowlers

    The doll, which the Mayor and Mayoress (Mrs L B Galliford) are holding, will be the club’s mascot. It was dressed and presented to the club by Mrs B Cupit, this year’s captain.
    Tea followed the presentations.
    Cupwinners were: Mrs L Elliott, Mesdames L Elliott and L Taylore, Mrs F Blackmore.

    1965 women bowlers

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  • Prize winners evening

    3 November 1967

    Tennis Club Prizewinners

    1967 WHTC1


    Prizewinners of Westward Ho! Tennis Club received their awards at the club’s annual dinner. The awards were distributed by Mrs Rendle, sister of the president, Mr Arthur Saunders.
    All former members who could be traced were invited to the occasion, which was the third annual function of its kind.
    Awards were: Wally Worwood; Mrs Rosemary Hughes; Miss Janine Trapnell; Donald Colwill; Fred Pittman; Mrs Margaret Petherbridge; Miss Margaret Mortimer; Derek Johns; Miss Pam Plum; Peter White.

    1967 WHTC

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  • 100 Years of Women's Golf at Westward Ho!

    When they began it was a case of putters only

    100 Years of Women's Golf at Westward Ho! 07.06.1968

    100 Years of Womens Golf at Westward Ho 07.06.1968

    Sport. The Royal North Devon Golf Club is celebrating the centenary of its associated ladies' golf club. Mrs Mary Hutchinson, Horace Hutchinson, Mrs Cicely Sparling, Rev IH Gossett, Lady Heathcote-Amory, Joyce Wethered, Bernard Darwin, Roger Wethered, Mrs Gladys Tamworth, Mrs Judy Dering, Judy Boyd, Mrs Argles, Miss Thona Newton-King, Mrs Margaret Sillem, Mrs Kathleen Grahame, Mrs Laura Scott, Laura Foster, Mrs AA Smalley, Miss Mary Justice, Mrs WB Wright, WJ Gale, J Long, M Barnett, PBF Brown, TJ Bonetta, GF Day, J Baglow, J Slocombe, AM Barnett, CR Mugford, M Elliott,

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  • Bideford Chiefs beat Tiverton

    3 December 1954

    Bideford Chiefs, 9pts – Tiverton, nil

    3.12.1954 Rugby Chiefs rugby

    In conditions which suggested forward play, the handling of the Bideford team turned out surprisingly good and, in fact, the tries came from handling movements and not from forward rushes as might have been expected.
    The clean, consistent hooking of G Woolf gave the Chiefs an initial advantage of which the backs made good use. C Davis, wing three-quarter played a fine game and scored two of the tries; the first coming from an orthodox three-quarter movement and ending when he threw off three defenders and touched down in the corner.
    Ray Sawtell, intercepting and

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  • 2 of the crews under 16

    10 September 1965

    Bideford was represented by three crews in the women's fours at the regatta on Saturday.

    Girl rowers 1965

    All of the rowers in two of the crews - A and B - were aged 16 or under.
    They are seen grouped together in one of the fun fair waltzers for their photograph: Rosemary Phillips, Judith Northcott, Jenny Robinson, Karen Witt, Gill Andrews, Julie Branch, Ann Shortridge, Ruth Portus, Robert King and Mervyn Symons

    The full Gazette article is dated 10 September 1965

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  • Football

    30 July 1971

    Mr Fred Patt's many years of service to the Hansen Cup competition were recognised at the annual meeting when he was elected president after having held the office of chairman for the past 12 years.

    1971 Fred Patt

    Mr Roy Day was elected the new chairman with Mr Ken Rookes as vice-chairman. Mr Frank Norman will once again be secretary and elected independent members were Messrs W Lane, B Newnham, W Griffiths, D Miller and D Mounce.It was reported that the competition had a balance in hand of £15.

    Next season's final was fixed provisionally for April 29 at Bideford Sports Ground, and

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  • It's a draw!

    27 January 1961

    With a goal in the dying seconds Bideford County Secondary School senior netball team managed to make it an 8-8 draw when, at Torrington County Secondary School, they met Torrington seniors.

    1961 netball

    The teams seen in the accompanying photographs comprised:
    Torrington – Marion Curtis, Valerie Tyler, Nina Rookes, Gillian Cox, Pat Van Laneker, Pauline Balkwill, Gillian Copp
    Bideford – Susan Hillman, Wendy Harris, Pat Rogers, Sandra Miles, Maureen Tithecott, Susan Slade, Sally Holliman.
    The full Gazette article is dated 27 January 1961

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  • Family from Beaford

    21 January 1955

    Mr Andrew Joynson, son of Col and Mrs N H W Joynson, of Yatton Court, Beaford, is seen above with the Michelmore Challenge Cup which he won when he retained the title of the Devon Junior Squash Champion.

    21.1.1955 Andrew Joynson

    Gazette article dated 21 January 1955

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  • Legs Eleven Football Club

    15 February 1974

    Some of the local girl footballers who tonight are competing for the title of North Devon Soccer Personality Girl.

    15.2.1974 ladies football1


    With the title goes a prize valued at £10.
    The occasion is the first annual dinner of the Legs Eleven ladies FC of Appledore, at the Westward Ho! Holiday Centre. An attendance of 450 is expected.
    In the picture are: Barbara Riley, Liz Lawrence and Diane Moore, who play for the Shammy Tigers; Rosalind Smale and Christine Hale, from Bell Bombers; Janet Pearson, Liza Stanbury and Anne Powe, of the Legs Eleven team. Another entrant, Juliet John, of Legs Eleven, was

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  • In the history books?

    2 March 1973

    In the golfing world, Northam has gained its own small niche in the game’s history books as the home of John Henry Taylor, one of the Great Triumvirate who was British Open champion no less than five times.

    2.3.1973 Northam golf

    But Northam licensee Peter Long believes that Northam has an even greater claim to fame golfwise by having provided more professionals for the game than anywhere else in the country. With the help of his customers at the Kingsley Inn, Northam, Peter has so far traced 76 golfers who left Northam to join the professional ranks. The list, an impressive one in size alone,

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  • Graham Fishleigh is successful

    3 April 1959

    One of three Bideford boxers who made the journey to Kingsbridge on Saturday, light-middleweight Graham Fishleigh, won his tenth bout in succession.

    3 April 1959 Graham Fishleigh boxing

    He twice sent his opponent J Flower to the canvas for counts of nine before the referee stopped the content in the third round. Six of Fishleigh’s verdicts have been secured inside the distance and he remains unbeaten. 

    David Found, having his second fight, also did well to get a judges’ unanimous decision in a lightweight bout against H Holden. L Cudmore, the junior member of the Bideford and District Amateur Youth Boxing Club party, shaped promisingly in his

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  • Langtree County Primary School netball team

    7 April 1961

    Played five, won five, is the notable record of Langtree County Primary School Netball team for the Easter term.

    7.4.1961 Langtree netball1

    The team wears the same colours as the school’s footballers and, like them, the girls appeared in new kit for their final matches. With the team is Mrs E Stone, a member of the school staff. Mrs E Stone, Josephine Huxtable, Pamela Ford, Winnie Box, Rosalind Gent, Eileen Vanstone, Patsy Sutton, Marilyn Gerry

    Gazette article dated 7 April 1961

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  • Conservative Club win first 3 frames

    3 April 1959

    Winners of Bideford Snooker League’s knock-out cup competition are Bideford Conservative Club. 

    3 April 1959 Conservative snooker1

    In the final at Bideford and District Club they defeated the District Club team by 3-2, although the issue had, in fact, been decided when the Conservative Club won the first three frames. Norman Gale and Albert Hedden staged an exciting finish, Gale winning after the black had been re-spotted, and thus starting the Conservative Club on their winning margin. 

    3 April 1959 Conservative snooker2

    Details: N Gale; A Hedden; W Headon; S Fishleigh; S Shute; K Seymour; G Jones; I Whitaker; F Dee; A Mills.

    The Conservative Club team, seen above, with Mr

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  • Mr and Mrs Clarke

    22 October 1965

    Tennis champion Bob Clarke received a singles trophy on Friday – from his wife.

    1965 Tennis Club

    Mrs Clarke presented the prizes at Westward Ho! Tennis Club’s first dinner in the absence of the president Mrs C Stephens.
    Awards: R Clarke; D Worwood; Mrs R Hughes; Mrs M Petherbridge; P Colwill; Mrs B Worwood; R Colwill and R Rendle; D Colwill and W Milton; Mrs M Beer and Mrs Ganstis; Mrs D Brown and Miss C Symons.
    Table tennis: W Milton, A Petherbridge; Miss S Cooksley, Mrs G Anstis.

    Gazette article is dated 22 October 1965

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  • To be flown at every home fixture

    4 September 1964

    Ex-Navy man Mr Les Mott, superintendent of Bideford Parks, stands ready to run up the Western League championship flag presented to Bideford Football Club during their mid-week meeting with Bristol City last week.

    4.9.1964 Mott Bideford1


    Watching the ceremony on the far left is Mr Ernie Hopkins, the club chairman, Mr Les Phillips, Bideford's representative on the Western League, and Mr George Templeman, donor of the flag and vice-chairman of the league.
    The flat will be flown from the Sports Ground flagpole at every home fixture this season. And next....?

    4.9.1964 Mott Bideford

    Gazette article dated 4 September 1964

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  • 1869

    On Saturday last the summer meeting of the Westward Ho! Ladies’ Golf Club came off on the Northam Burrows.

    The interest aroused by this game of skill is still on the increase, as was evident from the goodly number of ladies who came forward to compete for the prizes. Nine couples started, each couple attended by a gentleman associate member as scorer, while the friends of the players and other visitors looked on and enjoyed the gay scenes. 

    After playing one round of the golf links of 18 holes, the following were declared to the best score i.e. the smallest

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  • John Hocking wins

    24 November 1961

    Cross-country grit

    1961 Appledore athletes 1
    A course of three and three quarter miles, complete with a fence, a four foot stone wall and a two foot wall with a ditch, lay in store for the seniors of the newly formed Appledore Boys’ Sports Club when they set out on a cross-country run which took them over Northam Burrows on Saturday.
    For the juniors the course was shortened to one and a half miles, but they still had to combat the three obstacles. Winner of the senior section was 16 year old John Hocking, of 34 Tomouth Road, Appledore, with Ken Taylor second and

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  • 1868

    Mr G Gosset gets the Moncrieff Cross.

    The annual autumnal meeting of the members of the Royal North Devon and West of England Golf Club were held on Thursday and Friday last, when a competition took place on the Burrows – on the former day for Sir Hope Grant’s Gold Medal, and on the latter for the Silver Medal of the Club. The weather was not very propitious, nor was the attendance of distant golfers so great as on former occasions.

    Eighteen competitors entered on each day, and the six best scores stand as follows: - Thursday – Mr George Gosset, 105: Lt

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  • Success!

    13 February 1959

    Bideford schools swept the board when twenty-two teams from nine different schools in North Devon entered the North Devon netball rally, held at Edgehill College on Saturday.

    Winners of the senior section were the Stella Maris Convent school, Bideford. The intermediate section was played in two parts, the finalists being Stella Maris and Convent High school, Ilfracombe, and again the Stella Maris team won. Bideford County Secondary School were the winners in the junior section. 

    This is the fourth time in succession that Stella Maris Seniors have won the rally and the second time in succession that their intermediates have

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  • Stars of the future?

    27 February 1976

    Ten years old Patricia Johnson, of Westward Ho! described as an extremely promising players, get instruction from coach Bob Clarke during a session at Edgehill College.

    27.2.1976 tennis Edgehill

    Local youngsters who show an aptitude for tennis – and who perhaps have hopes of one day making the Wimbledon scene – get an opportunity during term time of improving their early technique by attending a series of local coaching courses run by Mr Bob Clarke, of Appledore.
    The scheme has been in operation now for eight years, with an average of 45 youngsters taking part each year. Every youngster makes a contribution towards the cost

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  • Bideford versus Torrington

    19 February 1960

    Friendly rivalry was keen last week when Bideford and Torrington County Secondary Schools met in football and netball games.

    19.2.1960 Friendly rivalry football

    The soccer score of 7-0 to Bideford was flattering, the game being closer than the margin suggests.
    Bideford County Secondary School football team: Michael Eastman, Kenneth Hocking, Dennis Pengelly, David Hare, Paul Ashby-Crane, John Lockyer, Keith Sowden, Christopher Sowden, Brian Fishleigh, Kevin Naylor, Tony Beer.
    Torrington – Christopher Jeffery, Rodney Nancekevell, Jeffery Rookes, Christopher Copp, Melvin Lee, Desmond Nancekevell, John Bryant, Lesley Hutchings, Arthur Jones, Gordon Glover, Melvin Wheeler.
    Full Gazette article is dated 19 February 1960

    19.2.1960 Friendly rivalry football1

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  • Beaten by Camborne

    6 April 1951

    This photograph of Bideford RFCs team was taken prior to last Saturday’s match with Camborne.

    6.4.1951 Bideford rugby

    Front row, left to right: M Woolf, B Lesslie, G Wren, E W Slade, G Woolf, C T Mill, M Bonetta;
    Back row: W Lock, D Lang, B Mead, E R Jones, C Davis, N Walker, J Tilley, A F Hoare, R Sawtell, M C Bird, R Bird, A J Lee, T Bird
    There were three absentees from the regular team – G Little, T N Trickey and D Bury
    The full Gazette article is dated 6 April 1951

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  • Successful season

    5 May 1972

    Two teams who have had a successful season in the Bideford Women’s Skittles League are the Tornadoes and the Coasters.

    5.5.1972 skittlers

    The Tornadoes, who play at Bideford Liberal Club, won the champion of champions trophy and the Division II championship in their first year together. They are: Mesdames E Beer, C Conebear, S Spry, M Clements, Miss E Jones and Mrs J Bell.
    The Coasters were runners up in Division I and took the J Venus Cup for the highest away aggregate as well as the Sally Braddick and Mother’s Pride knock-out trophies.
    But winning trophies is no new thing for

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  • They beat Bude

    3 May 1957

    Gazette article dated 3 May 1957

    Bideford AFC pictured with the Hansen Cup after they had defeated Bude 2-1 in the final at Bideford Sports Ground.
    Back row: Rivers, Heard, McElwee, French, Parish, Mr S Donoghue;
    Front row: Blatchford, Higgins, Hurrell, Pate, Harris, Trott

    3.5.1957 Robins win Hansen Cup

     

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  • Closely fought competition

    11 March 1955

    Bideford, Westleigh, Appledore and Fairy Cross

    11.3.1955 skittles1

    Winners of the Bideford and District Skittles League President’s Cup are the Penpushers, a Bideford side, who beat Westleigh at the Swan Inn, Bideford, last week.
    The team is: Charlie Mountjoy, Clarrie Metherell, Trevor Beer, John Cleverdon, Ken Brend, Bob Whitefield.
    Westleigh put up a strong fight. Their team was: Cyril Shaxton, Bert Gibbons, Henry Martin, Leonard Poole, Clifford Gillard, Alan Dart.
    Appledore British Legion ‘A’ go forward to the final of the Starkey Cup. Their team was: William Headon, Charlie Daniel, John Bailey, Jack Fowler, Bobby Bailey, Dave Hocking.
    Fairy Cross were the

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  • Winners!

    27 February 1970

    Husband and wife, Les and Jean Parnell, 9 Meadow Park, Bideford, who won the mixed doubles title at the Barnstaple and District Table Tennis League's finals nights.

    27.2.1970 table tennis

    27 Feb 1970 table tennis

     

    Bideford Triple Table Tennis Success

    Mrs Jean Parnell, of Bideford, won the ladies’ singles and doubles titles at Barnstaple and District Table Tennis League’s finals night, and, with her husband Les, added the mixed doubles trophy.
    Mr Parnell is manager of the Bideford branch of Messrs Curry’s in High Street.
    Mrs Parnell, with a fine exhibition of defensive tennis in the singles final, never allowed the powerful forehand of co-finalist Ruth Davey,

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  • Organiser very pleased

    13 February 1970

    Chairman Derek Preston, who is organising this year's individual championships of Barum Table Tennis League, was very pleased with the number of entries.

    13.2.1970

    A record 59 in the men's singles and 29 pairs in the doubles, together with bigger entries in all the other events, plus the new Veterans' competition, meant very tight schedules at the three venues.
    Finals night was last (Thursday) night at the YMCA, Barnstaple.
    In the Veterans' singles, finalists were Dennis Gibson and Bill Thisby.
    The junior boys' final was between holder David Lee and Alan Puddick.
    Gazette article dated 13 February 1970

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  • Ladies and Men

    27 May 1955

    Westward Ho! Tennis Club scored a double victory over Rock Park Tennis Club on Sunday, the men winning 9-0 at Westward Ho! and the ladies 7-1 with one match unfinished.

    27.5.1955 WHo Tennis Club

    Details of the matches were: E Westoby and D Colwill beat Collyer and Sprague; beat Jewell and Hender; beat Bursem and Hunt. L Prust and D Johns beat Collyer and Sprague; beat Jewell and Hender; beat Bursem and Hunt. D Worwood and G Hippisley beat Collyer and Sprague; beat Jewell and Hender; beat Bursem and Hunt.
    Ladies’ match: Mrs Morris and Mrs Stephens beat Miss Smithson and Mrs Cheetham; beat

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  • Bidefordian

    10 July 1964

    A new racing four, paid for by the tombola section of the club, was named and launched by Bideford Amateur Rowing Club (the Reds) on Saturday afternoon.

    10.7.1964 BARC racing four2

    It was named Bidefordian and will be used by the club’s senior four.
    The naming ceremony was performed outside the clubhouse by the Mayoress of Bideford, Mrs Hart, who was accompanied by the Mayor, Cllr Eric Hart.
    Introducing the ceremony, Mr Tony Way, vice-captain, spoke of the wonderful support that had enabled the money for the new boat to be raised.
    Mr Cyril Lamey welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress. A bouquet was presented

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  • Mrs Plumtree presented the trophy

    16 June 1967

    The first game for a historic golf trophy was played over the Westward Ho! links on Friday.

    16.6.1967 J H Taylor trophy

    Competing in the two-ball foursomes Stableford were members of a newly formed golfing society, centred on the King’s Head Hotel, Northam, who include some of the elite among local players.
    The trophy was presented to the society by the relatives of the late, and great, J H Taylor, the Northam golfer who five times won the Open championship. It commemorates at four-ball he played with other ‘giants’ – James Braid, Alex Herd and Harry Vardon.
    Behind the new society is landlord Mr J L

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  • Maltscoop Inn

    4 July 1958

    From the Maltscoop Inn alley in Cooper Street, Bideford, tomorrow evening what is believed to be the first direct broadcast skittles match in the BBC West Region will take place as part of the regular sound broadcast feature ‘Sport in the West’.

    4.7.1958 Skittles Bideford


    It will be provided by a light hearted challenge match between a team representing Bideford and District Skittles League, playing on this alley, and the Bath and District Skittles League, playing on an alley in Bath. There will be a BBC commentator at each alley, Mr Tom Salmon, undertaking these duties at Bideford.
    In the photograph the local

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  • Going up a division

    11 April 1963

    The light in these men’s eyes is not supplied by the Electricity Board, by whom they are employed, but by the knowledge that next season they will be playing in division IV of Bideford Skittles League after a successful season in division V this year.

    11.4.1963 skittles1

    11.4.1963 skittles2

    They are the SWEB B team who won the division V championship this season with a record of 20 victories and one draw out of 28 games played.
    The team is Messrs G B Johns, R T Brimacombe, S Bowden, A Mitchell, P Cudmore and R Brimacombe.
    The photograph was taken by Mr John Peacham,

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  • Civic welcome

    11 April 1974

    Two Bideford wives are preparing to greet their husbands this weekend at the end of the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race.

    11.4.1974 Round the World


    They are Mrs Jean Smith, Heale House, Littleham, and Mrs Fiona Myatt who with her young family is staying with her parents, Brigadier and Mrs T P Keene, The Gables, First Raleigh, Bideford.
    Mrs Smith’s husband, Alan, is on board the Burton Cutter, which is a joint entry by him and Leslie Williams, who is the skipper.
    Mrs Myatt’s husband James, a Lieut-Colonel in the Royal Artillery, joined the Army entry, British Soldier, as skipper for the last leg of

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  • 23 March1973

    Two Bideford boxers whose array of trophies testifies to their prowess in the ring.

    23.3.1973 bideford boxers

    On the left is featherweight Dave Kersey, who recently became Three Counties ABA champion, but who lost his Six Counties final against Mike Lawrence (Bristol). On the right is Bob Ellis, a widely experienced boxer who has won many representative honours.
    Ellis used all his experience and punching powers to outpoint Exeter’s Bob Curry after three gruelling rounds in the Bideford club’s 21st anniversary tournament at the Royal Hotel. Kersey, however, lost his bout against Teignmouth’s Colin Ebdon on points.
    In a junior bout, C Gumbley

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  • On air performance

    1 March 1957

    Torrington Entry in Broadcast Darts

    1.3.1957 Torrington darts

    Congratulations on a very fine performance to John Hocking, the Torrington and District Darts League representative, who was the runner-up in the ninth round of the BBC West of England Darts tournament. On the air in the Plymouth Studio on Saturday, John scored 5,680 with 143 throws in the allotted time of 15 minutes, an average of approximately 40 per throw.
    Returning to the league games: Buckingham Arms shook the league championship aspirants, Union Inn, when they held them to a draw in the pairs competition. The scrumpy boys were unfortunate in losing by the

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  • Devoted experience and enthusiasm

    2 September 1960

    Congratulations from Trainer Herbie Shute for Bideford Amateur Rowing Club's novice (under-20) crew, this year's champions of W.E.A.R.A.

    2.9.1960 Sport Rowing1

    It is some years since the club won the novice championship.
    Left to right: F Hutchings, G Tithecott, S Liddiat, D Elliott, Trainer Shute, and A Blackmore.
    All the young rowers are from Bideford, with a strong representation from East-the-Water. They will be rowing
    in the Glenburnie tomorrow.
    When his own rowing days were over, Mr Shute devoted his experience and enthusiasm towards the training of
    other rowers. One of the highlights of his success in this sphere was being trainer of

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  • Ken Whitfield successful

    14 June 1963

    Barnstaple bank manager’s second win in three years

    14.6.1963 golf

    Neville Jutsum, a 50-year-old Barnstaple bank manager, on Monday won the South-Western Counties’ amateur golf championship, for which the Royal North Devon Golf Club was host and continues so for the allied county matches during the week.
    In perfect conditions, high summer weather, Jutsum recorded a morning round of 73 and in the afternoon he returned clinching a 70 – two strokes below the course par – to give him a total of 143 and his second win in three years.
    Jutsum’s 143 was three better than runner-up George Irlam. Both players are from

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  • Sid Hosegood wins singles title

    18 April 1958

    Appledore Darts League Division 1 title holders, Champion B, crowned an outstanding season when they retained their two team trophies at the League’s annual ‘finals night’ held at the Appledore Hall on Friday.

    18.4.1958 Appledore darts

    The powerful Champion team, led by skipper Ralph Marshall, repeated the success they achieved at last year’s event. Champions’ opponents in both the finals of the team knock-out cup and the Salmon Cup were the Royal Artychokes. Other members of the team are: Jackie Marshall, Andy Bowden, Reg Jeffery, Fred Seath and Eric Johnson.
    For the first time the name of Sid Hosegood will appear on the

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  • Bernard Barnes scores 3 goals

    29 August 1958

    Bernard Barnes, the young ex-Plymouth Argyle footballer who was persuaded by Bideford player-manager Sam Booth to return to the Bideford club could well become one of the Western League’s top goal scorers this season.

    29.8.1958 Bideford football1

    Barnes snapped up three goals in Bideford’s 4-1 victory over Frome Town in the Robins’ opening match in a way which augers well for the future.
    However, a big question mark hangs over this talented youngster’s future. Barnes finishes his training at Aldershot this week and he said on Saturday that he did not know where he would be posted.
    Colin Beer, Booth’s new centre forward

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  • Exciting finishes

    8 August 1958

    For the first time for several years parents had the pleasure of watching their children compete at the annual sports of this year’s Langtree County Primary School.

    Exciting finishes were a feature of the sports.
    Michael Tucker won the over-10 age group high jumping with a jump of three feet five inches – a height equal of the over-11 group winner, Barbara Dove.
    The ‘green’ team retained the school championship with 90½ points, seven more than nearest rivals, the ‘blues’.
    Results were:
    Flat race: Group A – Margaret Sutton, Diane Hearn, Terry Vanstone,
    Group B – Michael Tucker, Leonard Ford, Judith Fisher
    Group

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  • Founded 1823

    1 September 1950

    North Devon Cricket Club is fourth oldest in country

    1.9.1950 Instow cricket club

    Only three other clubs in the country can boast a longer period of continuous play and support of the game than the North Devon Cricket Club whose ground is at Instow. The Club has always been a centre of keen, friendly sportsmanship, whether it be in the Minor Counties championship or a more casual afternoon occasion. The top hats and the frilled skirts have gone but the old tradition is still there.

    The Club was founded at Barnstaple in 1823 with ground acquired at Pottingdon for pursuit of the game. In

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  • A successful season!

    5 September 1958

    It’s A Great Year For Bideford Blues

    Junior Champions of the West this season - this Bideford AAC (The Blues) crew comprises G Evans, M Fisher, D Bowden and C Davis with R Hopkins -

    5.9.1958 Bideford Blues

    The Blues Under-18 crew hold the unofficial WEARA championship for that class – S L Craner, P Cox, J Sanders, J Evans, M Evans. Both crews are undefeated so far this season.

    Of the four crews Bideford Blues have been entering at regattas this season all the rowers come from Appledore except two, and those two are members of Bideford families with Appledore association.

    Gazette article dated 5

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  • Bideford Regatta

    1 September 1961

    Performing a ‘lap of honour’ at Bideford Regatta on Wednesday will be Bideford Reds A crew (top) who have already made sure of the junior championship of the West of England.

    1.9.1961 Bideford rowing1

    This is the same crew that won the novice championship last year.Left to right: John Lott, David Hutchings, David Elliott, George Tithecott and Albert Blackmore.

    The Bideford Blues senior crew (below) are runners-up in this year’s senior champtionship, and as such have been invited to row at Deal in the Coast Championship Regatta. They are (left to right): Clifford Davis, Leslie Slade, John Evans, George Evans. Cox is John

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  • A family affair

    12 August 1947

    Finding themselves together at the BAAC boathouse recently, members of the Cole family decided to have a ‘family outing’ on the river. In the photograph they are seen seated in a gig ready to set out.

    12.8.1947 Cole family gig

    Mr Harry Cole, who is a well-known and versatile personality in local sporting circles, sits proudly in the coxswain’s seat facing his four sons: Cyril, Sydney, Ronald and Laurie.

    Mr Cole senior first rowed for the Club in 1909. He is now, and has been for many years past, the Boating Captain of the Club. His sons followed in his footsteps, and the three

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  • Bert Smale scores a try

    12 September 1969

    Bideford Rugby Club’s new £10,000 clubhouse was officially opened on Thursday evening of last week by Cllr P J V Fulford, who was Mayor of Bideford when the building was constructed.

    12.9.1969 Sport rugby

    Cllr Fulford welcomed the agreement between the rugby and soccer clubs over use of grounds and he wished the Rugby Club all success in their splendid new headquarters.

    Afterwards Cllr and Mrs Fulford, accompanied by the present Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Cllr and Mrs C G Metherall, inspected the building and were guests of honour at a celebration match between Bideford Chiefs and a strong North Devon representative

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  • Excellent rounds

    3 October 1958

    Stanley Taggart, the 39 year old professional now in his fourth season with the Royal North Devon Golf Club, won the Devon open championship at Churston on Sunday.

    3.10.1958 golf

    Two excellent round of 73 and 72 in conditions made difficult by cross winds, gave him victory over more than fifty amateur and professional players. He won by three strokes from two other professionals, Norman Sutton of Exeter, and Jack Green (Torquay).

    The RNDGC amateur E D Trapnell did well to share seventh place with returns of 80 and 75, only tow other non-professionals finishing ahead of him. Another amateur from the

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  • A family affair in the football Club

    31 December 1954

    Two brothers and a cousin, George and Allan Larkworthy and Godfrey Larkworthy, are included in Shebbear’s football team.

    31.12.1954 Shebbear football

    The father of the two brothers is a member of the committee and his brother, Godfrey’s father, was one of the prime movers in the formation of the club and its original secretary. The club has the unusual distinction of having a woman secretary, Mrs D Bridgman, who succeeded her husband in this office.

    Chairman of the Club is the Vicar, Rev H A Robins, and Mr F Pett has been treasurer since 1948. Skipper of the side for the past three

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  • Supporters' Club in credit

    19 November 1965

    Torrington Football Supporters’ Club agreed at their annual meeting, held at the New Inn, to give the parent club £100 ‘to help them through the season’.

    Torrington Football Club 19.11.1965

    Two payments of £150 had already been made during the year.

    The accounts revealed that the Supporters’ Club had a credit balance of £168, plus investments of £400, but the secretary, Mr L J Hutchings, warned that it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise money.

    He appealed to playing members to help by selling the weekly lottery coupons, which provide the main source of income for the Supporters’ Club.

    It was decided to leave

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  • Mr Dave Jaggard

    10 October 1969

    Wins by one point!

    During the visit by the North Devon branch of the Royal Marine Association to the annual reunion at Eastney Barracks, Southsea, one of their members, Mr Dave Jaggard, of 7 Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho! won the individual .22 rifle competition, beating the previous three-year holder, of Portsmouth RMA, by one point.

    Thirty-three-year-old Mr Jaggard has made marksmanship a hobby since boyhood. He spent two years’ National Service in the Royal Marines and represented them at Bisley. He equalled a record while at Exmouth by winning the snap and rapid firing competitions two years running there.

    He

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  • Plans for Unique Rowing Reunion at Bideford 1962

    Golden Years Recalled

    Plans for Unique Rowing Reunion at Bideford 30.03.1962

    Plans for Unique Rowing Reunion at Bideford 30.03.1962

     

    Sport. A unique rowing reunion is being planned for Easter Saturday at Bideford. It is the idea of Mr E.Frank Day, former secretary of Bideford Amateur Rowing Club (the Reds)  Messrs J.James; Stan Rendle; Desmond Moyse; P.Oke; M.Holm; J.Mitchell; J.Bale; Walter Johns; Harry Johns; P.Oke; C.Morris; S.Rendle; A.K.Chope; N.Wiltshire; R.Hocking; W.Eastman; F.Montague; C.Hammond; R.Kellaway; F.Gayette; S.Moore; R.Moore; A.Day; W.Thisby; S.Cawsey; L.Lamey; I.Lamey; D.Moyse; M.Holm; F.R.Way; C.Lamey; R.Hancock; G.Tithecott; W.Lee; L.Bright; J.Edwards; B.Taylor; K.Hearn; F.J.Evans

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  • New H.Q. for B.A.R.C. 1939

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    Sport. £3,400 Scheme - local appeal launched. Provision of new headquarters, specially designed and equipped with all the latest "Keep Fit" appliances, is announced by the Bideford Amateur Rowing Club. The National Fitnress Council have made a grant of £1,000. Sir Hugh Stucley; Messrs C.Morris; J.T.M.Mitchell; C.G.Metherell; E.Frank Day; Reg Galsworthy; C.Dicker; E.J.Day; J.Tilke; Sergt.-Major Johns

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