TorringtonA Selection of News Articles Related to Torrington

  • 1 Devon's Tenth Health Centre

    Devon’s tenth health centre opened in March 1968

  • 2 Brown Owl of Torrington Brownies, Resigns

    After 9 years service, Mrs N Edgecombe, Brown Owl

  • 3 Mr and Mrs Newcombe celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary

    Married in 1908

  • 4 Torrington Badminton - 1954

    In the winter season just concluding Torrington Badminton Club have played 28 matches and won 20

  • 5 MacDonald MBE - 1959

    Photographed with his wife and daughter, outside Buckingham Palace last week, when he received from the hands

  • 6 Golden Wedding, Stapleton - 1957

    Next Sunday will be a day of memories for Mr and Mrs Arthur Stapleton, of 70a Calf Street, Torrington

  • 7 Torrington Blue Coat School - Hiawatha

    First Schools performance at The Plough

  • 8 Lieut-Col Joseph Eric Palmer chosen by Queen to be Sheriff of Devon

    Lives at Rosemoor, Torrington

  • 9 Member of Torrington Town Council and served on the Town Trustees

    Formerly employed at a local glove factory

  • 10 Mr Fred Vodden works for 50 years at glove factory

    William Vaughan and Sons

  • 11 Teachers wed:to make their home in Australia

    Starting new posts in Sydney, Australia

  • 12 Approval given to indoor swimming pool construction

    Estimated cost of £36,000

  • 13 Torrington Cavaliers accused of felling trees

    1970

  • 14 Torrington Church Fete - best babies 1954

    Mothers photographed with their babies under nine months

  • 15 Torrington Crier retires

    1971

  • 16 Torrington Almshouses to be demolished

    Replaced by flats

  • 17 W J Rawlinson Ltd has put in plans to build a factory on a site at Calvesford

    1970

  • 18 Miss Audrey Brunt

    District nurse in Torrington

  • 19 Mr Frederick John Allen

    Funeral service at St Michael's Church

  • 20 Torrington Babies1949

    Baby Show at Torrington

  • 21 Was this the last passenger train?

    9 October 1970

  • 22 Tercentenary of Torrington Howe Congregational Church

    2 November 1962

  • 23 Golden wedding anniversary celebrations in Torrington

    1 November 1957

  • 24 Torrington pool gets a new springboard

    1978

  • 25 Robin Tyler wins first prize

    The naval apprentice won the radio prize

  • Devon's Tenth Health Centre

    Devon’s tenth health centre opened in March 1968

    Devon's Tenth Health Centre - March 1968

     

    Devon’s tenth health centre opened in March 1968 in Torrington and as well as being the surgery for the local doctors it will house the County Council’s health visitor, district nurse, chiropodist, speech therapist, mental welfare officer and other social workers. The Centre cost £20,000 to build and equip, and has consulting rooms for doctors and County Council staff, a receptionist office, a waiting room and pram shelter.

     
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  • Brown Owl of Torrington Brownies, Resigns

    After 9 years service, Mrs N Edgecombe, Brown Owl

    Brown Owl of Torrington Brownies, Resigns - March 1968

    Brown Owl of Torrington Brownies, Resigns
     

    After 9 years service, Mrs N Edgecombe, Brown Owl of Torrington Brownies relinquishes her post because she is moving to Bideford. In this picture, Mary Warne is seen presenting a bouquet of flowers to Mrs Edgecombe

     
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  • Mr and Mrs Newcombe celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary

    Married in 1908

    To celebrate their golden wedding last week, a Torrington couple, Mr and Mrs Thomas Newcombe, of 199 New Street, had lunch at an Exeter hotel before going on to visit their only daughter, Mrs Doris Tickle, at Topsham.

    2 January 1959 Newcombe Golden Wedding

    The day’s expenses were met by their grandson, David.The day’s expenses were met by their grandson, David.

    Mr and Mrs Newcombe were married at St Michael’s Parish Church on December 23 1908 by the then Vicar of Torrington, the Rev Frank Emlyn Jones. Now aged 74, Mr Newcombe left school at Langtree at the age of 11 to work on his father’s

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  • Torrington Badminton - 1954

    In the winter season just concluding Torrington Badminton Club have played 28 matches and won 20

    Torrington Badminton - 15th April 1954

     

    Badminton Successes at Torrington

    In the winter season just concluding Torrington Badminton Club have played 28 matches and won 20. The Club, which was founded in the early post-war years, plays at the Secondary modern School, club nights being Tuesdays and Fridays. Mr Ken Dowding is the club chairman.
    Matches have been played against Okehampton, South Molton, Chumleigh, Winkleigh, Lynton, Ilfracombe, Pilton, Westward Ho! Chivenor and Bude.
    In the summer most of the Badminton Club members turn their attention to tennis, as members of Torrington Tennis Club. By jumble sales and other efforts the

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  • MacDonald MBE - 1959

    Photographed with his wife and daughter, outside Buckingham Palace last week, when he received from the hands

    MacDonald MBE - 13th March 1959

    13.3.1959   MacDonald MBE
     

    Photographed with his wife and daughter, outside Buckingham Palace last week, when he received from the hands of H.M the Queen, the M.B.E. awarded him in the New Year Honours List, is Mr T R MacDonald, of 'Viewfield', Torrington, head forester to the Clinton (Devon) Estate Co.

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  • Golden Wedding, Stapleton - 1957

    Next Sunday will be a day of memories for Mr and Mrs Arthur Stapleton, of 70a Calf Street, Torrington

    Golden Wedding, Stapleton - 1st November 1957

     

    A Day of Memories...

    Next Sunday will be a day of memories for Mr and Mrs Arthur Stapleton, of 70a Calf Street, Torrington - memories of fifty years of married life, for it is on that day that they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.
    A family gathering at their home will mark the anniversary.
    Mr and Mrs Stapleton were married in 1907, at Torrington Baptist Church by the Rev. Franklin Owen.
    They have four surviving children, three sons and a daughter, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One daughter died in 1914.
    The sons are

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  • Torrington Blue Coat School - Hiawatha

    First Schools performance at The Plough

    Torrington Blue Coat School production of 'Hiawatha'

    Torrington Blue Coat School performance of 'Hiawatha'

    Torrington Blue Coat Primary School's production of 'Hiawatha' was the first school production staged at The Plough. A total of £42 was taken at the door

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  • Lieut-Col Joseph Eric Palmer chosen by Queen to be Sheriff of Devon

    Lives at Rosemoor, Torrington

    The new Sheriff of Devon is to be Lieut-Col Joseph Eric Palmer, of Rosemoor, Torrington.

    1964 - J E Palmer  - Sheriff of Devon

    He was chosen by the Queen on Thursday of last week when she appointed the 1964 Sheriffs of England and Wales by pricking the roll of Sheriffs with a gold handled steel bodkin.
    At Rosemoor, Col Palmer farms 400 acres, the holding including some woodlands. Twice Mayor of Torrington, he is chairman of the local Bench of magistrates, a member of the Town Council and local representative on Devon County Council. He is a member of many local organisations and committees. For 30 years he

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  • Member of Torrington Town Council and served on the Town Trustees

    Formerly employed at a local glove factory

    Mr John Quick, who is a postman, was formerly employed for 30 years by a local glove factory.

    1943 John Quick

    He has given many years service to public work. During the last war he served with the 2nd Devons, being severely wounded at Neuve Chappelle in France in 1915. He is a past president of the local branch of the British Legion and for many years has been a representative on the Exeter and Barnstaple War Pensions Committee.
    For some eight years he has been a member of Torrington Town Council and he has served on the Town Trustees for about 15

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  • Mr Fred Vodden works for 50 years at glove factory

    William Vaughan and Sons

    Presentations have been made to Mr Fred Vodden, of 11 Mill Street, Torrington, to mark his 50 years with the Torrington glove firm of William Vaughan and Sons.. and he is still going strong.

    September 1964 Fred Vodden
    On the right is the managing director, Mr Michael Vincent, who presented Mr Vodden with a cheque on behalf of the firm. From fellow employees, whose spokesman is on the left, Mr Vodden received a chiming clock.

    September 1964 Vodden

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  • Teachers wed:to make their home in Australia

    Starting new posts in Sydney, Australia

    Teachers wed: to make their home in AustraliaTorrington teacher and new husband emigrate to Sydney to start new jobs 1972

    Teachers, Miss Heather Buscombe, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Buscombe of Torrington, and Mr Robin Blackadder, son of Mr and Mrs Eric Blackadder of Loughborough, were married at St. Michael's Church, Torrington. In January, 1973, they will be emigrating to Sydney, Australia, to take up teaching posts.

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  • Approval given to indoor swimming pool construction

    Estimated cost of £36,000

    Swimming Pool Project at Torrington 1972

    Approval given for the construction of a heated indoor swimming pool

    The heated indoor swimming pool is to be on the cattle market site, at an estimated cost of £36,000

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  • Torrington Cavaliers accused of felling trees

    1970

    Torrington's charity group, the 1st Company of Cavaliers, have been accused of cutting down trees on the river bank that they had agreed to leave standing.

    Cavaliers 1970

    The Cavaliers have been clearing brush and trees from the area in preparation for the water carnvial to be staged during the October Fair and also to give a better view of the river from Castle Hill. Representatives of Torrington Anglers Association and the Commons Conservators met the Cavaliers on the river bank and it was agreed to leave certain trees. These were marked with a white cross.
    Now the Angling Association have complained that

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  • Torrington Church Fete - best babies 1954

    Mothers photographed with their babies under nine months

    Torrington Church Fete - best babies 1954

    Torrington Church Fete - best babies 1954

    Mothers are pictured with their babies up to nine months. Mrs Slade with Mary and Francis; Mrs Gilbert with Christine: Mrs Cooke with Janette: Mrs Colwill with Mary

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  • Torrington Crier retires

    1971

    Mr Bert Waldron, Torrington town crier and eight times British champion, has, at the age of 68, retired on health grounds.

    Town Crier October 1971


    His stentorian voice was first heard officially in1930 but five years later he gave up the job. In 1954 he made a comeback and two years later, at Hastings, he won his first national championship. The job took him to America and to the Continent as well as to radio and TV studios and plush hotels, and he was featured on a pop record.

    Gazette article dated October 1971 

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  • Torrington Almshouses to be demolished

    Replaced by flats

    On the site of the old Clinton almshouses in New Street, Torrington, which have been demolished during the past week, will rise blocks of new flats with modern amenities and intended to carry on the tradition of the site by being primarily for old people.

    1964 Almshouses in Torrington to be demolished


    The future of the old almshouses, which had seriously deteriorated in condition, has occupied much earnest consideration by the Town Council since it was intimated that the Clinton estate wished to offer them to the town. To meet legal requirements they came into the Council’s possession by nominal purchase from the Town and Alms Lands

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  • W J Rawlinson Ltd has put in plans to build a factory on a site at Calvesford

    1970

    A London bookbinding firm, W J Rawlinson Ltd, has put in plans to build a factory on a site at Calvesford, Torrington, but no definite decision to go ahead with the project has yet been made.

    Torrington Factory 16.10.1970

    If the firm decides to go ahead with it, it is understood part of the production will continue in London.
    At Torrington Town Council meeting it was stated that planning approval for the new factory had been given subject to three conditions, one of them being the provision of sufficient car parking space for employees.
    The Calvesford Road site was provided by the Council

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  • Miss Audrey Brunt

    District nurse in Torrington

    Among those nursing children wounded and ill in Amman following the Jordanian civil war is Miss Audrey Brunt who, from 1957 to 1960, was district nurse in Torrington.

    Torrington Nurse 970

    Always she spends part of her leave in this country at Torrington where she was a member of the Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher. She has addressed meetings about her work with the Save the Children Fund in the Middle East, and the Church has worked for her making and collecting clothes and blankets, which she has distributed.
    On leaving Torrington Miss Brunt trained as a health visitor in Bristol

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  • Mr Frederick John Allen

    Funeral service at St Michael's Church

    Many friends attended the funeral service in St Michael’s Church, Torrington, for Mr Frederick John Allen, 105 Mill Street, Torrington. Mr Allen, who was 68, was a retired policeman.

    1962 death of Mr Allen

    The service was conducted by the Vicar of Torrington, Rev P G Harrison, and the organist was Miss M L Wright.
    Principal mourners were: the widow, Dorothy and Steve, Pamela and Roger, Beatie and Gladys, Eddie and Cred, Mrs W Portman, Mrs Ivy Bryant and Hazel, Mr and Mrs T Mills, Mr Tony Avery.
    The bearers were Messrs E Lawrence, M Burke, T Hammett, W Newcombe, P May and B Copp.

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  • Torrington Babies1949

    Baby Show at Torrington

    Torrington Babies 1949

    Torrington babies 1949

    Prizewinning babies at the Baby Show at Torrington Church Fete

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  • Was this the last passenger train?

    9 October 1970

    Possibly the last passenger train to visit Torrington station did so on Saturday.

    Torrington Station1 9.10.1970

    It was full of railway enthusiasts from all over the country and was named the Exmoor Belle, travelling from Exeter to Ilfracombe and then to Meeth, via Torrington and back to Exeter.
    The trip was arranged on the last day of the operation of the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe section of line.

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  • Tercentenary of Torrington Howe Congregational Church

    2 November 1962

    Tercentenary of Torrington Howe Congregational Church was marked on Saturday when a supper was held in the Schoolroom to celebrate 300 years of worship.

    1962 300 years of worship

    Principal guests in a company of more than 70 were the Mayor and Mayoress of Torrington, Mr and Mrs F R Hodge; the Vicar, Rev P G Harrison; the Rev J R Legg and Rev S Shields. All brought greetings and congratulations.
    Greetings were also received from the Chairman of Devon Congregational Union, Rev R L Ackroyd and the chairman of the Northern Division, Mr S Griffen, of Ilfracombe.
    The Rev W Oriel James, who presided,

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  • Golden wedding anniversary celebrations in Torrington

    1 November 1957

    Next Sunday will be a day of memories for Mr and Mrs Arthur Stapleton, of 70a Calf Street, Torrington – memories of fifty years of married life, for it is on that day that they celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.

    1957 Golden Wedding Stapleton

    A family gathering at their home will mark the anniversary.
    Mr and Mrs Stapleton were married in 1907 at Torrington Baptist Church by the Rev Franklin Owen.
    The sons are Messrs Reg Stapleton of Torrington, Fred and Bill Stapleton of London, and the daughter is Mrs Rene Mills of Torrington.
    Mr Arthur Stapleton, who is 73, left school at the age

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  • Torrington pool gets a new springboard

    1978

    Proving a popular attraction at Torrington swimming pool is a new springboard, recently installed at a cost of £600.

    1978 Torrington pool

    Much of the money for the board, which is designed to fold back when the pool is too crowded for its use, was raised by pool superintendent Mr John Langmead and his wife.

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  • Robin Tyler wins first prize

    The naval apprentice won the radio prize

    Robin Tyler, naval apprentice wins first prize 1959

    Robin Tyler Torrington naval apprentice wins first prize

    Robin Tyler son of Mrs E Edworthy of Beam Lodge Torrington received first prize in the radio section at the passing out parade. The parade at the Royal Naval Electrical School marched past to music played by the Apprentices Volunteer Band.

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