Westward Ho!A Selection of News Articles Related to Westward Ho!

  • 1 Women’s Institute’s 20th Birthday Celebrations

    In March 1968, the Gazette reported Westward Ho!’s Women’s Institute’s

  • 2 Follies Presents Pantomime at Kingsley Hall

    For the 18th successive year, Westward Ho! Follies presents

  • 3 Braddicks Amusements New Line of Go-Karts

    1968 and Braddicks Amusements Ltd is developing a new line of battery

  • 4 Letter to the Editor of Bideford Gazette in 1939

    Mr Inkerman Rogers' research

  • 5 Mr Yatman is told 'no'

    The Pines, Atlantic Way

  • 6 Westward Ho! Carnival

    Mr Jim Martin, joint honorary organiser

  • 7 Wedding - 1945

    There was much interest in the wedding on January 30th at the High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

  • 8 Between Beach Road and Avon Lane

    1962

  • 9 Mr Christopher Mitchell and Miss Sally Jones are married

    Reception at Kenwith Castle Country Club

  • 10 Bought privately

    3 November 1972

  • 11 John Beer passes on

    17 November 1950

  • 12 Peter Jenkins

    10 December 1954

  • 13 Country Fayre put on by WI

    2 November 1962

  • 14 Dick Whittington - Oh yes it is!

    4 January 1974

  • 15 Mr Kibbler gets a licence

    14 February 1958

  • 16

    14 February 1972

  • 17 Local traders object

    18 January 1963

  • 18 24 trees as replacement

    10 March 1972

  • 19 Mr Eric Hart applies

    1 March 1974

  • 20 Seasonal order

    10 March 1967

  • 21 Will be developed

    16 March 1973

  • 22 Fancy dress competition won by Miss Pat Baker

    1 April 1955

  • 23 People deprived of their view

    10 May 1974

  • 24 Three thousand miles to marry

    27 June 1958

  • 25 Entertainment from Plymouth

    18 April 1957

  • 26 Sandpiper

    24 May 1968

  • 27

    2 July 1918

  • 28

    13 July 1918

  • 29 New pavilion for Westward Ho!

    Loan promised from Northam council

  • 30 Westward Ho! golfer

    Trapnell

  • Women’s Institute’s 20th Birthday Celebrations

    In March 1968, the Gazette reported Westward Ho!’s Women’s Institute’s

    Women’s Institute’s 20th Birthday Celebrations - March 1968

    Women’s Institute’s 20th Birthday Celebrations
     

    In March 1968, the Gazette reported Westward Ho!’s Women’s Institute’s 20th birthday celebrations which were held in the Kingsley Hall. Seventy eight members and friends sat down to a 4-course dinner with guests of honour, Mr and Mrs Bob Mitchell. The cake, made by Mrs A Powell, was decorated with 20 red roses, one for each year.

     
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  • Follies Presents Pantomime at Kingsley Hall

    For the 18th successive year, Westward Ho! Follies presents

    Follies Presents Pantomime at Kingsley Hall - February 1968

    Follies Presents Pantomime at Kingsley Hall
     

    For the 18th successive year, Westward Ho! Follies presents a pantomime at the Kingsley Hall. In 1968 it’s Cinderella, presented in three acts with Ada Powell scripting, producing and directing this colourful and entertaining show. Jackie Turner’s dancing group members are in the Fantasia and Fairies ballroom dance. Decoration is by Kingsley Decorators.

     
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  • Braddicks Amusements New Line of Go-Karts

    1968 and Braddicks Amusements Ltd is developing a new line of battery

    Braddicks Amusements New Line of Go-Karts - March 1968

    Braddicks Amusements New Line of Go-Karts
     

    1968 and Braddicks Amusements Ltd is developing a new line of battery operated go-karts. Mr Graham Braddick (top left) hopes that this enterprise, which he sees as backing Britain, may be exported. The assembly line is at East-the-Water.

     
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  • Letter to the Editor of Bideford Gazette in 1939

    Mr Inkerman Rogers' research

    Mr Inkerman Rogers’ Researches - 1939

    January 1939 Inkerman Rogers

    Letter to the Editor


    Sir, The pebble ridge along the coast around the bay extends from Hartland Point to Northam Burrows. The banking up of the pebbles in the rocky coves and against the base of the cliffs, and also the travel of the material along the shore are due to tidal wave action. The travel of the shingle is confined to the beach, and it is never found drifting where the water is deep. Frequently the shore is denuded of shingle by wave action accompanied by heavy ground swell from the great Atlantic, while in other

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  • Mr Yatman is told 'no'

    The Pines, Atlantic Way

    Mr J H Yatman of Westward Ho! has lost an appeal to the Minister of Housing and Local Government against the refusal of Northam Urban Council to permit him to build two pairs of holiday bungalows at his home, ‘The Pines’, Atlantic Way.

    1965 WHo planning appeal - The Pines

    The appeal was decided on the written representations of the parties and following a visit to the site by an officer of the Ministry.
    The Minister points out that ‘The Pines’ is a large, old house, with an associated area of about six acres, on the south side of Atlantic Way. The main access to the property

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  • Westward Ho! Carnival

    Mr Jim Martin, joint honorary organiser

    Proud Moment!

    1955 Jim Martin

    Everything is set. Thousands of spectators are lining the mile long route. The Carnival Queen is on her throne, and the attendant Carnival tableaux and characters have been judged and marshalled ... the procession is about to begin!
    Mr Jim Martin, joint hon. organiser for Westward Ho! Youth Club, kindly spares a moment for a snapshot. His gaily coloured straw boater is characteristic of the personal zest and lead he has given to the Westward Ho! Youth Cub section, and which helped to make the Carnival an outstanding success.

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  • Wedding - 1945

    There was much interest in the wedding on January 30th at the High Street Methodist Church, Bideford

    Bideford - Westward Ho! Wedding - 13th February 1945

     

    L.A.C. David Lang and Miss Daphne Stevens

    There was much interest in the wedding on January 30th at the High Street Methodist Church, Bideford, between L.A.C David Charles Blake Lang, R.A.F., eldest son of Mr F G and the late Mrs Lang, of 36 Old Town, Bideford, and Miss Daphne Grace Stevens, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs J Stevens, of 2 Eastbourne Terrace, Westward Ho!
    The Rev. T E Clarke officiated at the ceremony.
    Mrs. Cox presided at the organ, the hymns sung being "The Voice that breathed o'er Eden" and

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  • Between Beach Road and Avon Lane

    1962

    Recommendation by the Housing and Public Health Committee that an application for variation of planning consent to permit permanent occupation of chalets at the Golden Bay Hotel, Westward Ho! for Mr D R Norris, would be recommended for refusal was rejected by Northam Urban Council.

    1962 WHo new estate

    Instead it was agreed that a sub-committee should inspect the chalets although the Rev A E Green pointed out that every member of the Council had been invited to do so. ‘If they are interested enough they can see them, and if they are not that is that’ he said.

    When the committee recommended that

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  • Mr Christopher Mitchell and Miss Sally Jones are married

    Reception at Kenwith Castle Country Club

    Mr Christopher Eric Mitchell, elder son of Mr and Mrs Eric James Mitchell, of Homestar, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! on Saturday married Miss Suzanne (Sally) Jones, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Glyn Jones, of 59 Lime Grove, Bideford.

    1965 Mitchell Jones wedding 1965 Mitchell Jones wedding

    The bride is employed at the Bideford branch of Lloyd’s Bank and the bridegroom by Aircraft Marine Products Ltd, of Appledore.
    The Rev Ernest Adley officiated at the service in St Mary’s Church, Bideford, and the organist Mr J R Trigger accompanied the hymns. The bridesmaids were the Misses Josephine Little and Patricia Mitchell. Best man was Mr Frank Grimwood

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  • Bought privately

    3 November 1972

    The Cutty Sark, a lock-up gift shop at Westward Ho! was withdrawn from auction at £14,500 but sold immediately afterwards to a local buyer at an increased figure. 

    1972 Cutty Sark

    Auctioneers were Messrs Price, Ogden and Stubbs.

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  • John Beer passes on

    17 November 1950

    With the passing of John Beer, Westward Ho! has lost one of its most interesting and popular personalities.

    1950 John Beer WHo

    It was amazing what a wealth of stories he could tell of past events – the old days when the United Services College occupied Kingsley Terrace; the erection of the Pier; the light railway along the cliffs – all these things and a host of others.
    But it is less for his knowledge of local history than for his cheery smile of greeting that we shall miss him. I am sure no one could meet and speak to him, as he travelled roads with

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  • Peter Jenkins

    10 December 1954

    Following in the steps of his elder brother Rodney, 17 year old Peter Jenkins, of Clonbur, Avon Lane, Westward Ho! sails for Australia in the Otranto on Tuesday under the ‘Big Brother Movement’.

    1954 Peter Jenkins

    Peter was born in Barnstaple and then the family moved to Kent before returning to North Devon to live at Westward Ho1 eight years ago. After leaving Bideford Secondary Modern School, Peter went on to the North Devon Technical College at Barnstaple where he studied agricultural engineering, which he hopes to apply to his work in Australia. 

    His brother who went to Australia at the age of

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  • Country Fayre put on by WI

    2 November 1962

    The Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! was transformed into an ancient barn for the country fayre held there on Wednesday week by the local Women’s Institute.

    November 1962 WHO Kingsley Hall November 1962 WHO Kingsley Hall

    The atmosphere was enhanced by the traditional costumes worn by the helpers at the attractive stalls and by country dancing by Anne Thurston’s group.
    Refreshments were served under the supervision of Mrs Cole and competitions were won by Mrs Goodall, Mrs Davy, Mrs Richards, Mrs Ware and Mrs Watts.
    Nearly £50 was raised for funds.

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  • Dick Whittington - Oh yes it is!

    4 January 1974

    It’s pantomime time tomorrow at Westward Ho!

    1974 WHo panto

    1974 WHo panto

    Latest in a long line of productions presented each year by the Westward Ho! Follies is ‘Dick Whittington’.
    Although the production largely follows the traditional story, produced Mrs Ada Powell has written in some interesting extras.
    In the pictures are Cathy Sales, Lesley Pugh, Julie Lamey, Elizabeth Meadows, Hanna Wrey, Linda and Caroline Eastman, Jackie Clements and Julie Hodgkins, Bill Thisby, Roger Beale and Des Pugh.
    The full Gazette article is 4 January 1974

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  • Mr Kibbler gets a licence

    14 February 1958

    Second application succeeds.

    14.2.1958 Grenville Arms WHo

    A new public house, to be known as ‘The Grenville Arms’ is to be established at Westward Ho! After a four-hour hearing on Monday, Bideford magistrates granted Mr John Edwin Kibbler’s application for a licence for premises now known as the Youngaton Private Hotel.
    For the applicant, Mr H E Park submitted that the present licensed premises at Westward Ho! were totally inadequate to cater for the demand which existed there.
    Mr Leslie G H Braddick, a caravan proprietor, of Vicosa, Westward Ho! stated that his camp was capable of accommodating over 700 people.
    A cafe proprietor,

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  • 14 February 1972

    Three of the cast of the forthcoming Westward Ho! pantomime 'Jack and the Beanstalk' hard at work on the costumes.

    14.2.1972 WHo play1


    From left to right - Jean Cockell, Jacqueline Wilkey and Judy Sherborne.
    Gazette article dated 14 February 1972

    14.2.1972 WHo play2

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  • Local traders object

    18 January 1963

    Second thoughts at Northam?

    18.1.1963 WHo traffic

    Residents of Westward Ho! had written objecting about one-way traffic in the village, the Highways and Amenities Committee reported to Northam Urban Council. They had asked that the proposal be dropped and that restricted parking should apply in Nelson Road. The committee, however, recommended the Council to adhere to their previous decision.
    Mr W J V Lamey, who submitted the report, declined to move the recommendation. “I do not agree with it” he said. The Clark (Mr A Gardner) said he was expecting further information and he therefore suggested that the recommendation should be referred back.

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  • 24 trees as replacement

    10 March 1972

    Trees on land at Kipling Tors owned by Northam Urban Council had been felled by Braddicks in the belief that the ground belonged to them, members were told.

    10.3.1972 Braddicks

    The Council expressed concern and agreed that as 20 trees had been damaged, Braddicks should be required to finance their replacement and maintenance.
    It was suggested that the 24 replacement trees should consist of three or four varieties of pine and sycamore.
    What had happened was regrettable, said Mr P R Galliford, stressing that any doubts about ownership of land should be referred to the Council. The Trees sub-committee tried to preserve

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  • Mr Eric Hart applies

    1 March 1974

    A plan to convert the station hall at Westward Ho! into a beer garden style public house was approved by Northam Council – but only on the vote of the chairman, Mr John Smith.

    1.3.1974 WHo beer garden

    The outline planning application had originally been recommended for refusal by the council but the County Council disagreed with them. Mrs F M Hilder said she felt very strongly that the council had ‘missed the boat’ by not acquiring this property. She added ‘it would have been ideal for us, providing a much needed shelter which we have wanted in Westward Ho! for years and years’. Other

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  • Seasonal order

    10 March 1967

    Double yellow lines painted along a Westward Ho! road have no significance in the winter. 

    10.3.1967 WHo parking

    This fact emerged at a meeting of Bideford Road Safety Committee on Friday. Mr M Crosley had asked why the lines were there together with signs saying that there must be not parking ‘at any time’ when an official notice in the local Press had said that parking was allowed during the winter. This type of seasonal order, replied Police Sergt D Page, was made a great deal of use of in small North Devon coastal villages where there was an influx of summer traffic. 

    The Minister

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  • Will be developed

    16 March 1973

    The Westward Holiday Village in Westward Ho! has been sold for more than £250,000 to the Bideford based Woodsmith Group of Companies. 

    16.3.1973 WHo Holiday Village

    The selling agents were Messrs John C Webber and Son, of Bideford. Woodsmith intend developing the 19 acre site with holiday bungalows and flats. Twenty three holiday bungalows and 36 flats, built on part of the land by the previous owner are being renovated. 

    The first of the renovated bungalows are now on offer through agents John C Webber and Son’s Bideford office and Morris Dibben of Winchester. The purchase price of £3,500 for a 90 year lease (ground

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  • Fancy dress competition won by Miss Pat Baker

    1 April 1955

    Follies’ American Supper

    1.4.1955 WHo American supper

    There could not be gayer evidence of a need for a fully equipped community centre at Westward Ho! than the scene at the American Supper staged at the Kingsley Hall by Westward Ho! Follies on Saturday evening. As to be expected from a seaside town, there was the radiance of feminine charm, and high spirits from the men folk, and dances and competitions followed gaily on from the supper kindly provided by members for their guests, until the last beat of Leon Moore’s dance band. 

    A fancy dress competition, produced some attractive ideas, and the judges were Mr

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  • People deprived of their view

    10 May 1974

    A ban on buildings in Westward Ho! of more than two storeys was agreed by Torridge District Council development and leisure services committee on Monday. 

    10.5.1974 WHo limit2

    10.5.1974 WHo limit3

    Before them was an application by Mr F J Wilkey for 10 bungalows and five three-storey blocks of flats on the northern side of Golf Links Road, near the cricket ground. Cllr Mrs E M Hilder considered the council should try to buy the site, and Cllr J C Seward contended that no such development should be considered until a study had been made of the whole area. 

    Replying to a comment by the chairman, Cllr

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  • Three thousand miles to marry

    27 June 1958

    Westward Ho! bridegroom now with Canadian Air Force

    27.6.1958 WHo Beer

    As the coastline of Canada appears on the horizon from the bows of the liner, Empress of England, so the wedding day for 20 years old Miss Rosemary Beer, 25 Meddon Street, Bideford, will be nearer both in days and miles.
    Rosemary, who is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs F Beer, will commence her 3,000 mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Liverpool, a fortnight today, July 11th.
    She and her fiancé, Mr Terry Powell, aged 24, elder son of Mr and Mrs W Powell, 2 Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho!

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  • Entertainment from Plymouth

    18 April 1957

    The Southern/Western National Social Club, Bideford

    Grand Double Easter Ball At the Westward Ho! Holiday Centre Ballroom

    18.4.1957 Easter Ball WHo Holiday Centre

    On Easter MondayApril 22 1957

    From 8pm to 1am

    Frank Fuge and his Orchestra (Plymouth)The Arcadians

    Tickets 6/6

    Licensed Bar Refreshments

    Free transport from Bideford 7.45pm, 8.30pm, 9.15pm Free transport from Appledore 8pm and 8.45pm

    Returning at 1am

    Gazette article dated 18 April 1957

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  • Sandpiper

    24 May 1968

    Latest addition to the night life of Westward Ho! is the Sandpiper discotheque, opening on Saturda and featuring disc jockey Mr Kazoon, back from Expo 68.

    24.5.1968 Sandpiper disco

    In the future top ten groups will be booked as well as local talent.

    Open every night of the week throughout the summer in the old Station Hall, which has been transformed at a cost of £1,500, it will cater for 200-250 people. Man behind the scheme is Mr Geoff Thompson of Barnstaple. 

    Gazette article dated 24 May 1968

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  • 2 July 1918

    Westward Ho!

    2.7.1918 Westward Ho

    On Wednesday, the 26th, tea was given by Mrs Hammersley to the wounded soldiers from “The Commons” and Torrington Hospital, at Westward Ho! followed by a concert organised by Mrs Cutbill, assisted by many well known local artists.
    Cigarettes were handed round to the men during the performance by Miss Mary Granville and Miss Jane Smith, who also made a silver collection amongst the rest of the audience in aid of the ‘Westward Ho! Wounded Soldiers’ Tea” Fund which realised £10
    Gazette article dated 2 July 1918

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  • 13 July 1918

    Westward Ho!

    13.7.1918 Westward Ho

    On Friday last, at Northam Churchyard, the funeral of the late William Henry Norman, of Westward Ho! took place, the service at the church and graveside being conducted by the Rev Gerald G Payne Cook (Vicar). The polished coffin, with brass fittings, bore the inscription ‘William Henry Norman, died 30th June 1918, aged 74 years’.
    There was a large number of wreaths, and a large attendance. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr N Allin, of Northam.

    While fishing with a rod and line from the rocks at Westward Ho! last week Mr A W Heard was

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  • New pavilion for Westward Ho!

    Loan promised from Northam council

    New pavilion for Westward Ho cricket 1972

    4.2.1972 WHo pavilion

    Bideford Littleham and Westward Ho! cricket club are planning a new pavilion. A loan from Northam Urban Council of £2000 was promised by Mr Ralph Evers.

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  • Westward Ho! golfer

    Trapnell

    True Westward Ho! golfers - 1959

    Westward Ho! golfer - David Trapnell

    It was a pleasure to see Mr and Mrs E H Trapnell walk into the Royal North Devon Golf Club the other evening to see their youngest son, David, now aged 41, receive the Devon amateur open golf championship cup for the fourth time, for Mr Trapnell himself used to be an enthusiastic golfer. That dates back to the days of the friendly 'Sabbath Breakers Club' when official RND Sunday golf was taboo, and the flags were removed from the greens. The late Johnnie Vile used to go ahead and mark the greens for the

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