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Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 25 May 1886


An entertainment was given last evening in the Recreation-room at the Topsham Barracks before a numerous audiences. The various contributors to the evening's programme acquitted themselves with credit, and won frequent marks of approbation. The following was the programme: - Pianoforte overture "Bolero Fanfare" (Bachoaann), Miss Rudd ; song, "Bay of Biscay" (F Davey), Mr Barker; duet, “Bitter sweet" (Parker), Mrs Martin and Mrs Holley; song, “The blind boy," Mr A Godsland; reading, Lieut-Col Hobart; song, " Two spoons " (Caldicott), Miss Nellie Rudd; step-dance, Driver Williams; song, “The deep blue sea," Sergeant Savage; song, "The Mulligan Guards," Driver Wright; quartet, Mrs Martin, Mrs Holley, Lieut Kerrich, and Lieut Chamier; instrumental duet (piano and violin), Miss Rudd and Sergeant Patterson ; song, " The newsboy," Mr A Godsland ; song, "Going to market" (Diehl) Mrs Martin; song, "The Skipper of St Ives," Miss Nellie Rudd ; step-dance, Driver Williams; recitation, Lieut Kerrich; song, Driver Wright; song, "Vicar of Bray" (17th Century), Mr Barker; song, "The Irishman," Gunner Rieley.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 24 December 1887


The first of a series of musical entertainments was given in the Foresters' Hall by the Lyn Lilies before a large audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the different items in the programme. The special features were the renderings of the choruses, the clever step-dancing of Mr. Heymes, and the admirable stump oration by "Brudder Bevan" with its local jokes. Mr. T. Bevan as "Tambo” and Mr. E. Hodges as "Bones" fully maintained their reputation, and kept the audience in good humour. The other performers were Mr. H. Medway, who sang "Take me again to your Heart;" Mr. J. Willshire, who gave "Hard Times;” Mr. F. Glanville, "Kiss me and wish me Good Night;" Mr. A. Allen, "Poor old Joe;" Mr. B. Pennicott, "Sweet Chiming Bells;" Mr. R. Medway, "Old Folks at Home; " and Mr. G. Pennecott, "Only a little pair of Shoes." The farce of "Barney's Mistake" was well played, the several characters being maintained in an efficient manner, each part being well represented. Among the audience were Captain- Hume, the Misses Hume, Mr. S. Hume, the Rev. W. E. and Mrs. Cox, the Rev. H. B. Clarke, Miss Lock Roe, and Mr. K. Riddell. The part of "Johnson" was well done by Mr. J. W. Holman and Mr. Downes presided the pianoforte. Tho proceeds were given towards reducing the debt on the Football Club.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 15 September 1891


Mr. Charles Hermann's Uncle Tom's Cabin" Company is paying a return visit to Exeter this week. Last night's performance was a highly creditable one, and the popular story is well depicted. Mr. C. Guilfoyl Seymour impersonated " Uncle Tom " in a manner that was highly appreciated, and more than one occasion was called before the curtain; while "Little Eva " was charmingly pourtrayed Miss Harriet Guilfoyle. In the plantation scene an entertainment of a varied description takes place including banjo Solos, step-dancing, and glees and choruses by the negro choir. A strong man also does some remarkable clever feats, for whioh last night wai warmly applauded. The principal actors are well supported by other members of the Company.



Western Times - Friday 07 November 1902


(Chagford) CARNIVAL. The annual Carnival took place on the Fifth. The weather was favourable and a large number persons from the adjoining parishes congregated to witness the proceedings.
There was the usual procession, headed by the Chagford Band tinder Bandmaster Jackmanh a bonfire lit the Square, a.nd very good display of fireworks. Amonest the guvs (which showed (falling off), the military and sporting element, was predominant. Compared with past years, the trade representations were inferior, both and quality. The decorated cycles, perhaps, were never more artistic, though here again there was a reduced number. The step dancing, performed on an elevated platform, was a great attraction, and source much amusement. It was noticeable the proceedings generally did not favouralbly compare with previous years, a fact explained by the management, being constructed to a too ' juvenile " committee. The loss of the services the late Secretary and several senior members the Carnival Committee has had its effect. However, perhaps another year the present Committee, with riper experience, will, by encouragement, surpass expectations. Dr. A. D. Hunt, and Mesers. A. Coe and G H. Reed acted as judges. Prizes were awarded follows:—
Best decorated cycles (males)—1. C. Endacott; 2. C. Sampson. Ditto (females)—1. K. Parsons; 2. B. Dicker. Guy comic (riding)—1. J. Webb; 2. C. Ball; 3, J. Higman. Ditto (walking)—1. H. Bolt.; 2. F. Collins; 3. W. Allen. Character (riding)—1. H. Osborn—2. W. Syddon: 3. H. Winkfield. Tableaux- William Endacott (Uncle Tom Cobley). Trade Tableux Sampson and Holmes (laundry). Organ grinder—l. W. Chard. Comic (driving)—1. H Berry. Stepdancing (local) — E. Finch and W. White divided first and second. Ditto (open)—1. Crocker (South Tawton): 2. Holman (South Tawton); 3. White (Drewsteignton).
During the evening £7 16s 8d was collected for the Chagford Nurse Fund and £2 19s 4d for the Football Club. Fred Sampson acted as Hon. Sec. and Mr. H. S. Thorn as Hon. Treasurer.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 16 August 1912


BELSTONE SHOW. THE full prize list. The 24th annual exhibition of the Sampford Courtenay, Southtawton, and Belstone 1 Cottage Garden Society was held at Belstone, in field lent by Mr. Ralph Burch| The exhibits, both as regarded quality and quantity, were above the average. The Northtawton brass band was in attendance. ! In the evening a dance was held in the . village hall. There were sports amusements of different kinds, including skittling for a pig. The judges, whose ! awrds gave general fiat if'fact ion, were:— Vegetables, flowers, and fruit; Mr. Bray (Okehampton) and Mr. Powell (headgardener to General Holley, Oaklands, sewing and dairy produce: Mrs. Knapman, Mrs. Belve, and Miss Seward. The awards were as follows: Cottagers.—Potatoes, round, white: Powlesland, J Arseott, S Northam- Ditto, round, coloured: T Powlesland. J Arscott, Osborn. Ditto, kidney, white: | Osborn, S Northam, T. Powlesland. 1 Ditto, kidney, coloured : T Powlesland, J Arseoit, S Northam. Cooked potatoes: S Mallett, Mrs Hussey. Peas: m 3 " Northam, J Hollier. Broad beans: JJawe, Northam, R Brimblecombe. ners: J F Arseott, T Powlesland. i Cabbage: J Knanman, J Brimblecombe, Taylor. Carrots": L Taylor, J Hellier, T i 7 a .-,. Parsnips: L Taylor, T Powlesland, , Hellier. Turnips: T Powlesland, S Mal| Tom Johns. Onions: T Daw, 1 Osborn, R Brimblecombe. Potato onions: jWm Lake, J Pnare, Northam. Leeks: 1 1' Taylor, J Knapman, J Brimblecombe. I Eschalots: J Phare. J knapman. 7'arsley: T Powlesland, J1" Arscot_, •' BrimTjleconibe. Vegetable marrows: fc> Malletr, S Northam, 3' Taylor. Lettuces. Taylor, J Hellier, S Northam. Cucum- Ws: J Finch. J Brirablecombe, hite. Rhubarb: -T Brimblecombe, L laylor, J Brimblecombe. Special prizes for best dish . of cooking apples: T J Brimblecombe, T Special prizes tor collection of ! vegetables: L Taylor. W Osborn, J Knap- I man. Special for collection ot vegetables: T Powlesland, S Northam, J Knapman. Gooseberries: Mrs W Osborn. Mrs Eliza ' Brimblecombe, Mrs J Finch. Raspberries' Mrs J Arscott. Mrs Hussey. Black currants : Mrs Hellier, Miss Mallett. White currants: Mrs T Whit?, Mrs J Arscott. Special prize for 3 pot plants. Miss Mallett, Mrs Kelly. Mrs Sleeman- Di/tito, ditto, for best bouquet of flowers grown by exhibitor: Mrs .T F Mrs .J Finch, Miss Mallott, Mrs J Hellier. Ditto, for best ! arrangement wild flowers: Mrs J j Kelly. Collation window plants: Miss Mallett. Mrs .1 Finch, Sleeman. nosegay flowers grown exhibitor: Miss Mallett, Mrs A Tucker, Mrs J Hellier. Speeial prizes for children under 14 years for basket wild flowers: Elsie Yeo. Ida Parker, liussey. Special for Echool children , est T ounch of sweet peas: Herbert laylor, Ivnapman, Willie Harvey. Best cultivated garden : L Taylor. J Knapman, PowJesiand, ,T Brimblecombe. S Mallett. Couple of trussed fowls fit for market: Mrs I J , Mrs J Helper, Mrs J Brimblc: t 'S,? s: Mre Finch Green). Mrs u, 1 ? Brown. Home-made jam: . Mi > Mrs Hussey, Mrs J Finch. Comptit iticun.—Potatoes, round white: E Stan,bury. T Powlesland. Ditto, coloured: E Stanbury, T Powlesland, Taylor. Ditto, kidney white: Stanbury, S Northiwu, Powlesland. Ditto, kidney coloured: T Powlesland, J Arsoott. E fc&anbury. Peas: S Northam, Stanbury, T Powlesland. Broad beans: "Stanbury, S Northam, .7 Hellier. Scarlet ruinnuers: J Arecott, S Northam, Jos. Hellier. Cabbages : L Taylor, J Knapman. Carrots; M J Arscott. Jos Hellier. L Taylor, Parsnips: L Taylor, James Finch. Tur-j Stanbury, Jap Urimblecombe. Taylor. Onions: Taylor, Briruble-| combe, Jno Ward. Potato onions: J Leeks: L Taylor, JllO Knapman. Mrs Fewins. Eschalots: J I'j Arsoott. Pliare, S Northain. Parsley: L Tavlor, Mrs Harvey, Jas Finch. Brace cucumbers: Finch, Mrs Tay-! lor. Rhubarb: 1 and 2, Jno Knapman; 3,1 J Finch. Vegetable marrows: E Banbury,, Tavlor S Northam. Lettuce: Hel-1 or J Brimbleoombe. Jas huKi. Collecion of vegetables: L Taylor E Stanoury, Northam. Collection of potatoes. E J Wm Osborn. Fiowers. —Collection flowering plants le« than 6 varieties: Mrs Jas. FuS Spwiai tor M per! a Fto3 1 annraals: Mrs Fewins, . urs' ! Sweet T>eas. six varieties in colo . . Miss Mallett, J F Arscott, Mrs Fewins. , Butte and Cream.—Roll of ! Jno Knapman, Mrs S owlesLan Mrs M J Reddaway. lib. clotted cream. . Mix Ernie White. Mrs M J Reddaway, Mrs S Powlesiand. Open. Competition.—Collection of fruit not lese than 4 sorts: Mrs M J Arscott. Cut blooms, not less than six varieties: Miss Sinclair. Mrs Fewins, Mrs J Finch. Arrangement of wild flowers: Mrs Hussey, Jno Kelly, Smolair. Collection of vegetables. varieties: W Thomas, Credifon: H Maries, Creditom; Bert T>ee, Northtawton. Staging of plants: Bert Lee, Mrs Burch, J Finch. Collection of potatoes: W H Thomas. Mrs Stanbury, W Northam. Sewing and Knitting.—2o years of age and under, making plain blouse or overall: Nora Cooper. "Under year s - knitting pair of rtockings: Lily Woods, Maud Vera Hooper. Ditto, making shirt. Maud Dorothy Yeo. Under 10 years, sew;r,„. Hilda Wonnacott. Darmng: Mrs Cooper. Patching: Mrs Cooper. Sports.— 150 yards boys mider 16: S Crocker. Bassett. Half-mile flat race, confined to three parishes: Holman, S Crocker. High jump under vears: Hooper, Reddaway, W Pike. 150 yard?, to three parches: T Holman, L Giltert, S Crocker. Zig-zag cycle race, open: L Gilbert, H Lake. High jump, opera: C Rioe (sft. lin.), Holman. J Crocker. Relay race: T. Holman, C. Holmes. Mile race, open: Ford, Gale, C Holmes. Bun eating contest.: L Gilbert, L Liiideman. Mile cycle raoo. open: Ford, T Wrigiit, H Lake. Pony race. 13-2, open: Jno Reddaway, m Powlesland. Step Dancing: J Holman, T R Cooper. Pony race: G Johm Reddaway. Skittling for a pig: W Lee. Southtawton.


 Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 25 July 1913


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Exeter and Plymouth Gazette- Friday 25 July 1913

WINKLEIGH TOPICS. The local patrol of Boy Scouts attended a church parade under Scoutmaster Saunders, at St. Michael and All Angels Church Hollacombe, on Sunday. The Rev. E. W. H. Pains was the preacher.

On fair Thursday there was skittling for a pig, which was won by Mr. Long of Bondleigh. A second prize of a couple of ducks was won by Mr. A. Friend of Dolton. The result of the weight guessing is not yet known.

Miss Edith Boundy has been successful in winning a scholarship offered by the Devon   Education Committee. This makes the second in the Boundy family, Miss Boundy’s brother winning a similar one about two years ago.
Under the auspices of the South Molton Division Unionist Association an open-air meeting has been held here, and an address given by Mr. B. Hillcliffe. The arrangements were made by Mr. J. C. Francis, the energetic Conservative Agent.
A cricket match has been played against Dolton, when the principal scores were as follows; - Winkleigh, 57 Rev. E. W. H. Paine 56, not out, Messrs J.T. Lane, 5, A. Hey, 3, G. H. Dickason, 31; Dolton, 40 Mr. J. Friend, 11, Reb. Hull, 6, Mr E Her, 51.

A meeting of the Lightening Association has been held in the Castle School, under the chairmanship of Mr. W. Newcombe. A vote of condolence with Mrs. H. Bremridge and family was passed. The late Rev. Henry Bremridge was Chairman of the local Lightening Association.
Those interested in the welfare of the Bowling Club are no doubt wondering why up the present, no matches have been played against neighbouring teams. The Hon. Secretary, Mr. W Harner, has worked hard in trying to arrange matches and we hope shortlly to have some fixed. The competition for the Moore Cup takes place next month.
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The winding up of the annual fair took place in the Square, when sports were most successfully carried out by an energetic Committee composed of Messers. F. Moore, B. Chambers, E. Isaac, A. W. Harvey, and the Rev. E. Q. H. Paine. The duties of Hon. Secretary were ably carried out by Messrs T. K. Dingley and R. Robins. The judges were Mr. Hey (Wembworthy), Mr. Ford (Northtawton), Messers,. Borne and R. W. E. Saunders. The Winkleigh bankd, under Bandmaster Dulling, played selections during the evening, and kindly gave their services as in previous years. The competition was very keen, and a large concourse of people were present. These additional sports were instituted several years ago, and they are eagerly looked forward to. Shooting galleries and other amusements were in a field at Newtown, while the stalls, etc., in the Square were brilliantly illuminated. An interesting challenge race took place between Mr. R. Lane and Mr. E. Isaac, the latter being the sucessful competitor, and he was carried shoulder high through the crowd to the strains of “See the Conquering Hero comes” by the band. The step dancing competition was very good, and the tilting of the bucket was most amusing. The results were as follows:- Boys under 10: P.Lane, G. Francis, D. Scadding,. Boys under 8: C. Mitchell, B. Davey, T. Wonnacott, Boys under 7: F. Mitchell, H. Davey, T. Saunders. Boys under 12: H. Dulling, H. Davey, J. Turner. Girls under 12: K. Boundy, E. Wonnacott, P. Lane. Boy Scouts under 14: H. Ford, F. Baker, B. Davey: ditto, over 14: B. Mitchell, E. Ware and W. Baker (equal). Boys under 14: H. Dallling, H. Ford, R. Luxton. Girls under 14: K. Boundy, G. Francis, E. Wonnacott. Boys under 9: E. Francis, S. Inch, , H. Davey. Gils under 9: E. Ford, G. Francis, D. Scadding. Dog race: G. Lugg, F. Baker. Singing conteste: J. Friend (Dolton), G. Ford, J. Middleton> Marathon race round town: G. Ford, A. Horner, W. Knight. Step dancing: Penfold (Chulmleigh), J. Palmer, Penfold (Chulmleigh). Waltzing competition: Mr and Miss Horner, Mr. G. Ford and Miss Dymond. Winkleigh couples: 1. Mr. Palmer and Mrs Spiller; 2, Mr. and Mrs Horner; 3, Mr. Spiller and Miss N. Davey. Potato race: G. Ford, A. Stapleton, W. Knight. Egg and spoon race for ladies: Miss N. Davy, Mrs. Spiller. Tilting the bucket: F. Horner and W. Knight; A. Horner and F. Davey, Mrs Spiller. Three-legged race for men: F. Horner and W Knight, E. Ware and B. Knight.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette- Friday 25 July 1913


SOUTH ZEAL FETE: UNIONIST SUCCESS. NAVAL AFFAIRS. Under the auspices the South Zeal Branch of the Mid-Devon Women's Unionist and Tariff Reform Association, fete was held in a field placed at their disposal by Mr. W. Wedlake. Not only were the adherents to the cause present in force from South Zeal itself, but the announcement attracted many from the neighbourhood. The weather was ideal- a nice day of sunshine, interrupted now and again by light clouds, and accompanied by a pleasant breeze. The Sports were the prime attraction, but besides these there were roundabouts, strength-testing machines, shooting galleries, etc. The Committee had evidently spared no pains in ensuring completeness in the arrangements, and they are to be congratulated upon the success which attended their efforts. The officials were;— Judges. Messers M E Jobling, J. Wright, sen., J G Dyer and J Yeo; starters, Messrs J Endaeott, and Grendon; Gate Committee, Messrs Clements, J Wright, E Endaoott, T         Wright, J Wright, jun., R Dyer, and A Wonnacott; judges for dancing, Mrs Crocker and Messrs May and Dart; Dance CommitteeMessrs T Holman, T Wright, W Wedlake, W Cottle, G Knapman, J Jackman, C White, R Darch, C Endaoott, and. R Powlesland; Bowling for Pig Committee: Messrs J Westaway, W Harvey, W Cann  and T Wonnaoott. 

The results of the various competitions were as follows: - 100 yards, boys under 12 years—l, A Johns; 2, H May; 3, P Wonnacott. 
Ditto, girls.—l, Winnie Hooper; 2, Ivy Hooper; 3, Rose Lenten. 

100 yards three-legged race, any age.—l, Powlesland and Gilbert; 2, T Wright and T Holman; 3, H Vigers and P Tucker. 

High jump, men.—1, T Holman, 4ft. 9in ; 2. W J Crocker; equal 3, T Wright and L Gilbert. 
Ladies' race. 100 yards.—l. Mrs Connibeer, 2, Miss N Counter; 3, Miss P Wedlake 

Pony race, under 13 hh., open, 1½  miles.— 1, J Knapman; 2, W White; 3, L Gilbert. 
Donkey race, open, about 220 yards.—l, S Holman; 2, W Marchant. 
Cycle potato race, local.—l, T White; 2, T Hodman; 3. S Wonnaoott. 
Steeplechase, about two miles.—l, T Holman 2, S Wonnacott; 3. E May. 
Waltzing competition.— 1, J Holman and Miss Mortimore; 2, T Holman and Miss A Powlesland; 3, J Powlesland and Miss A Cottle. 
Tug-of-war.—Ten ladies v. six men. Won easily by the ladies. 
Cheese race, girls under 16.—1, Miss Northcott. 
Horse race any height.—l, W Lenten; 2. W Wedlake 3, T Holman
Step dance.—l, T Holman: 2, J Holman, Sticklepath; 3, J Holman, South Zeal. 
High jump for horses.—l, W Wedlake; 2, E Sampson; 3, W Lenten. 
Bowling competition.-—l, W Bevans, Haverford West; 2, G Sampson; 3, J Westaway. 
The prizes were subsequently distributed by Mrs
J Endaoott. 
During the afternoon visit was paid by Captain E. F. Morrison Bell, the popular 
member for the Division, and Mrs. Morrison Bell, and an interval was allowed in the programme for political addresses. The onair was occupied by Mr. .M. E. Joblang, who, having thanked Captain and Mrs. Morrison Bell for their kindness in coming to South Zeal, asked the member to address the meeting. 
Captain Morrison Bell, having returned 
for the hearty reception accorded his wife and himself, gave a review of the political situation, dealing at first with the Navy question. Mr. Winston Churchill had made a statement connexion with the new scheme introduced by the Admiralty—the utilisation of oil as fuel. The matter required careful consideration and thought, and the assurance that there had been no dealings in oil shares was not a little amusing. Perhaps, the Captain parenthetically, it was deemed advisable by reason of the Marconi revelations (Laugnter and applause.) However, there was doubt the statement was reassuring, and the electorate had the consolation of knowing it was free from such trammels as the Marconi business. The country could only hope that Ministers would realise that they were paid £5,000 a year to keep them from gambling. (Hear. hear.) Turning to the Insurance Act, Captain Morrison Bell said that the twelve months' operation of. the Act had revealed many points requiring revision. It had given cause for a great deal of dissatisfaction. A measure had now been brought into the House of Commons for amending some of the clauses of the Act. But this would not have been necessary had the original scheme been treated in a proper manner. The complaint of the Conservative Party had been, was, and would be that the Act, which affected every person in the country, should have had a fair and serious consideration. Instead, it was forced through the House in order that the decks should clear for Home Rule and Welsh Disestablishment. One the amending clauses proposed include persons over 50 years of age and under 70 at the same rate of contribution as younger people. But would it prove favourable to these? The younger people, in the long run, would have to pay for the older people. Another important point was that when employment ceased it was proposed that it should only be necessary for the unemployed to pay their own contribution instead having to discharge their employer's liability well. It was seen now that the Friendly Societies were being called upon tp a much greater extent than hitherto. The claims upon the Societies were going up by leaps and bounds, and anxiety was felt regarding their resources. Referring to Home Rule, the Captain said that, whatever we said or whatever the Government said. The Ulstermen were determined never to be separated from England. We had no right to turn them adrift. Were we going to send British soldiers to coerce them? If so, there were many officers and men in the British Army who would resign their commissions and throw down their arms, and refuse to fight those whose only desire was to remain loyal to the country. (Hear, hear,) 

On the proposal of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. J. S. Dyer, the gallant member was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. 


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 27 January 1928


OLD FOLKS. SIDBURY—SIDFORD EVENTS. The fourth annual supper and entertainment for the old folks of Sidbury and Sidford held in Sidbury Village Hall, proved a pleasant and successful affair, and the Committee (Lady Cave, the Misses Hortcn, Tyrrell, W. Darnell, and Dr. Evans) can be heartily congratulated. The work of the Committee was much helped the ready and generous response of the parishioners to the appeal for funds to carry out the function. About 50 guests accepted invitations, and. in welcoming them, Lady Cave expressed pleasure seeing so many present, and hoped they ivould 6pend pleasant evening, was sorry Sir Charles Cave would net be able to be present, as his doctor had forbidden him to go out at night. He sent them his cordial good wishes for happy time.

The Rev. J, A. Prendergast proposed hearty vote of thanks, "both to the Committee and all who had in any way helped to make the gathering possible. He thought all would like to send a kindly message to Sir Charles, expressing regret that he was not able to present, and a hope that he would soon be restored to his. normal state of health. This was heartily endorsed.

During supper excellent selections of music were given by small orchestra consisting of Mrs. Spiller, Messrs. Miller, and Butteris, jun.

Community singing, conducted by Mr. W. J. Froome, then took place, and the party joined heartily in well-known songs and choruses. A concert, organised Mr. E. Cave (who was responsible for the whole of the musical arrangements) followed. Those taking part wore: Mrs. Clarke (Salcombe the J. A. Preadergast (Devonshire story), Messrs. Knight, Pearce, Pinn, Morish (songs), and Butters (violin eoio). Special mention must made to the two items contributed by Mr. W. Morrish, who, although a veteran of 73 his two songs and accompanying step-dances with the vigour and enthusiasm of many man 50 years his junior. Mr. Morrish was one of the old band Sidbury Christy Minstrels, so popular the parish over years ago, and his rendering of two of their old songs, gave much pleasure his colleagues.

The singing of "Auld Lang Syne brought pleasant evening to a close.


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Exeter and Plymouth Gazette
 - Tuesday 24 January 1928


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 17 June 1930



TALENTED JUVENILE. "The Merry Side oi Life" at Exeter Hippodrome. There need be no fear for the future vaudeville while there are youngsters like Wee Jean, who is appearing in "The Merry Side Life" at tlie Exeter Hippodrome this week, to carry on the old traditions. She is adept at ballet and step dancing, sings in a clear piping voice, and adds just the right touches of sentiment to scene without sentimentality. And yet she does not give the impression of being unduly precocious. She is as child-like as any other youngster of her age, and should far on the music-hall stage. The other artistes, too, set a high standard. Humour is a predominant feature the show, and in t'ho capacity of fun-makers Ted Cowley and Will distinguish themselves. Whether motor cyclists or hospital patients, they are equally funny. The " hospital" scene provides an opportunity for some witty crosstalk, and in the scene "Outside the Theatre" Cowley excells the commissionaire, who is unable understand what a French patron (Will Halton) saying, but endeavours to provide answers which seem to fit the questions. "A message from Mars" and "All Sea" are other humorous sketches in which this talented combination do splendidly. The charming leading lady is Ethel Manners, whose voice admirably suits the majority her members. She keeps the chorus together well and assists in the burlesque sketches many occasions, notably when she takes the part of a Lancashire lassie in "On the Embankment." A Dutch study and a scene board ship are chosen by Marie Mayo to display her talent as a step-dancer. Her light pattering movements and her ability to dance at high speed for long periods won her great deal of applause last evening. The Ceciliaiis, youthful chorus of grace and beauty, prove mistresses «f spectacular and beauty, prove mistress spectacular and acrobatic dancing, and Leslie Buxton's Roving songs are sung with vigour.


 Western Times - Friday 18 August 1933 Cheriton Bishop


CHERITON BISHOP REVIVAL. Flower Show Held After Twenty Years’ Lapse

Mr Holman of S Zeal was the judge.


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Sports Results
The sports results were:- Girls’ egg and spoon race: 1, M. Stevens; 2, I. Shelston; 3, A. Parkhouse. Boys’ egg and spoon race; 1, J. Rowe; 2, G. Tully; 3, J. Conllings-Wells. Three-legged race: 1, J. and J. Davidson; 2, D. Davy and J. Powlesland; 3, M. Stevens and D. Davey. Potato picking on cycles: 1, W. Haydon; 2, R. Stanbury; 3, F. Burridge. Open step dancing: 1, W. Holman; 2, W. Powlesland; 3, S. Saffin. Ladies’ cigarette race: 1, Mrs. Powlesland; 2, Miss Morish; 3, Miss Courtier. Half-mile race:1, G. Ching; 2, J. Powlesland; 3, E. Saffin. Open skittling: 1, W. Saffin; 2, S. Powlesland; 3, J. Gillard. High jump: 1, W. Saffin; equal 2 and 3, F. Rowe and E. Saffin. Rings competition: 1, F. Burridge; 2, F. Murrin; 3, F. Cullens. Missing words competition: Mrs J. Cornish.



 Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 02 August 1935


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Step-Dancers at Village Sports.
Step dancers of repute from all neighbouring parishes tripped the light fantastic on a farm waggon at the annual sports of Whiddon Down, held in a field lent by Mr. J. Mortimer, of Venton, on Saturday. This was an ingenious feature of the day's proceedings and helped to make the event the greatest success of recent years. There was a record attendance.
Music for the step dancing was provided by a "solo orchestra" provided Mr. George Cann, who, perched at one end of the waggon and wearing seraphic smile, jigged away merrily on a concertina and nearly went to sleep while doing it for the day was very hot and the contestants so evenly matched that the encounter took nearly threequarters of an hour to decide. The rhythm they maintained was amazing and the final choice was a popular one.

The sports programme was well varied and the horse and pony races were well fought out.
The officials were: —President, Mr. A. E. Endacott; Vice-President, Mr. G. Holman; Chairman and Hon. Treasurer, Mr. A. Hellier; Hon. Secretary, Mr. Tom Brown; Committee, Alessrs. W. Saffin, A. Brock, T. Wonnacott, Sid Wonnacott, E. White, W. White, and E. Gidley. The starter was Mr. W. Dyment, official measurer Mr. J. Mortimer, and the judges Messrs. A. E. Endacott and G. Hofman. Prizes were presented by Mrs. A. E. Endacott (wife of the President). The North Tawton Band, under their conductor, Mr. .H. Lee, played in the afternoon and also provided the music for the dancing in the Schoolroom in the evening, which was well attended.

Pony race, not exceeding 13 h.h. (One mile): 1, Mr. G. French's Stella (Chagford); 2, Mr. H. Finnamore's Ginger (Whiddon Down); 3, Mr. A. Wonnacott's Vanity (Chagford). Also ran Mr. E. Bromell's Whitesocks. Mr. R. Holland's Darkie, Mr. J. Lentern's Sinner and Mr. G. French's Michie. A neck; the same. Horse race, any height (open), 14 miles: 1. Mr. J. Endacott's Peter (Chudleigh); Mr. C. Hill's Lady Emily (Chagford); 3, Mr. H. Finnamore's Why Not. ½ length; distance.
Horse race, 14.2 h.h. (li miles): 1, Mr. J. Endacott's Pete-; 2, Mr. C. Hill's Lady Emily; 3, Mr R. Dunning's Billy (Throwleigh). 2 lengths; distance. Consolation race, for horses not winning lst or 2nd prizes (One mile): 1, Mr. G. French's Mickie; 2, Mr. A. Wonnacott's Dainty; 3, Mr. E. Bromell's Whitesocks (Throwleigh). Also ran Mr. J. Holland's Darkie and Mr. J. Lentern'a Sinner. 1 length; 3 lengths.
Musical chairs for horses (open): 1, Mr. L. Hill (South Zeal); 2, Mr. W. Wedlake (South Zeal); 3 Mr. G. French (Chagford). Also ran Mr. ft. Holland, Mr. H. French (Chagford), Mr. B. French (Chagford), Mr. R. Lentern (South Zeal), Mr. J. Endacott (Chudleigh), Mr. H. Scott (Chagford), and Mr. G. Scott (Chagford).
Potato picking on horseback: 1, Mr. G. Scott's Darkie; 2, Mr. L. Hill's Tommy; 3, Mr. h Scott's Charley Chaplin. Also ran Mi. J. Lentern's Sinner, Mr. G. French Stella and Mr. j. Endacott's Peter.
Girls' race, under 11 and up to 14: 1, M. Bolt; 2, F. Webber: 3, B. Wonnacott.
Boys under 11: 1, Spencer Tucker; 2, E. Pike; 3, D. Webber. Boys under 14: 1, A. Mortimer; 3, R. Kingsland; 3. D. Webber.
Quarter mile flat (open): 1, E. Fowler; 2, H. Drew (Okehampton); 3, N. Blight (Okehanipton).
Musical chairs on bicycles: 1, H. Drew; 2, G. Hooper (Whiddon Down); 3, J. Holman (South Zeal).
High jump (open): 1, H. Drew; 2, E. Fowler; 3, N Blight.
Three-legged race: 1, H. Drew an.d G. Ching; 2, Blight and Williams; 3, Fowler and Salter.
Motor cycle race, open (3 miles); 1, A. Heasler (North Tawton); 2. L. Powlesland (Cheriton Bishop); 3. Taylor.
One mile flat, open: 1, Fowler; 2, H. Long (Chagford); 3, W. Ellis (Drewsteignton).
100 yards, open: 1, C. Fowler; 2, H. Drew; 3, C. Wonnacott Chagford).
Motor cycle race, local (3 miles): 1, E. Berry (Chagford); 2, L. Powlesland.
Step dancing open: 1, R. Cann (Drewsteignton): 2, R. Cooper (South Tawton); 3, E. Gillard (Throwleigh).
Tug-o'-war: A team representing Whiddon Down single men beat a mixed team of married men by two pulls to one.


Step dancing, open: 1. R. Cann (Drewsteignton); 2. R. Cooper (South Tawton); 3. E. Gillard (Throwleigh)


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 23 July 1937

Ancient and modern were combined at Whiddon Down Sports on Saturday. In addition to such time-honoured events as horse and foot races, there was a thrilling motor cycle event, in which O. Williams, riding " L "-plated machine, careered home victory half a lap ahead of his rival. A novel item was the step-dancing contest, in which stalwart countrymen showed remarkable lightness of foot to the tune of old English jig played on a concertina. This year's programme was somewhat curtailed owing to a loss on last year's event, due to bad weather.

Under 11.-Girls: 1. M. Wonnacott; 2, B. Garish: 3, E. Bolt.
Boys: 1. Phillpott; 2, C. Aggett: 3 S. lucker.
Girls under 14: 1, M. Wonnacott: 2, J. Knapman; 3, B. Garish.
Men-Half mile: 1, A. 2 A. J. Wright; 3, E. Bright
Mile: 1, B. Wright 2, A. Dodd: 3, E. Bright
Pony - race, under 13.2 h.h., 1* miles: 1, W. W'edlake; 2, A, Wonnacott; J. Manders. Horses, any height 1 ½ miles: 1, Captain Grigg; 2, W. Wedlake; 3 A. Wonnacott. Horses, 14.2 h.h. and under : 1 A Wonnacott; 2. W. Wedlake; 3, J, Madders.
Musical posts with horses: 1, J. Madders: 2, W. Wedlake; 3, A. Wonnacott.
Cycle race one mile: 1, N Drew: 2, E Bright; 3, T. Hutchins.
Motor-cycle race, three miles: 1, O. Williams; 2, B. Denham.
Step dancing: 1, E. Bolt; equal 2, J. Gillard and R. Cooper.
High jump: 1, E. Bright; 2, C. Wonnacott; 3. M. Jury.




Exeter and Plymouth Gazette- Friday 29 July 1938




Whiddon Down annual sports on Saturday attracted a large crowd. A feature was a step dancing competition, with a farm waggon as the stage and with Mr. George Cann merrily playing on his concertina as " the orchestra." 

None enjoyed himself more than 84-year old J. Butt, of Hittisleigh, whose footwork and poise shamed more than one of the younger exponents and who, although not a winner, crowned his “feet" with glory. The champion was Mr. J. Holman (South Zeal), but he was run very closely by Messrs. E. and B. Bolt, of Whiddon Down, who finished second and third in that order. 

The sports attracted a large number of entrants and there was some keen rivalry. Notable among the horse events was the success of Mr. E. Hill (Torrington) who practically swept the board. Arrangements were made by Mr. A. Hellier (Hon. Treasurer), and an energetic Committee. Other officials were: President, Mr. R. Messel; Messrs. T. Brown and F. Martin, Hon. Secretaries; Mr. S. W. Dyment, starter; Mr. G. Holman, judge. Prizes were distributed Mr. A. Hellier. Skittling was in charge of Mr. S. Wonnacott. 



Ponies, 13.2 h.h.—1. E. Hill, Torrington; 2, W. J. Wedlake, South Zeal; 3, A. Wonnacott, Chagford. Musical posts, horses.—l, A. Wonnacott 2, L. Bromell, Chagford; 3, E. Hill. 

Water carrying (mounted).—1, E. Hill; 2, W. Haydon, Hittisleigh ; 3, Miss Perryman, Whiddon Down.
Horses, any height, open. 1 and 2, E. Hill; 3, W. J. Wedlake. 
Potato picking (mounted). —1, E. Hill; 2, W. Haydon; 3, L. Bromell. 
Ponies, 14.2 h.h.—1, and 2, E. Hill; 3, W. Wedlake. 
Girls, under 14.—1, M. Wonnacott; 2. B. Garrish; 3, E. B. Bolt. Ditto, boys.—1, equal R. Slee and H. Scott; 3, W. Bolt. 
100 yards, open.—1, B. Wright; 2, E. Beer; 3, C. Wonnacott. 
Cycle, one mile.—1, N. Drew; 2, R. Gidley; 3, E. Ellis. 
One mile, flat.—1. W. Teague; 2, H. Long; 
3, B. Wright. 
Musical posts, cycle.—1, C. Wonnacott; 
2, N. Drew; 3, J. Scott. 
Flat race, men over 40.—1, W. Slee, Okehampton; 2, W. J. Wedlake; 3, S. W. Dyment, South Zeal. 
High jump.—1, C. A. Rayer, Okehampton practice camp (5ft. 6ins.); 2, F. E. Beer; 
3, N. Tolley. 
Pillow fight.—1, D. Williams; 2, E. Ellis; 3, A. Mortimer. 
Relay, men, cycles and horses.—J. Hill's team; 2, A. Wonnacott's; 3, W. Haydon's. 
Darts competition.—Mr. Aplin. 
A well-attended dance followed in the Club Room.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 14 October 1938


Concern the apathy post-war youth towards the crisis was expressed Col. G. B. Oerton, of Barnstaple, speaking, on Saturday, at the annual dinner of the old Company, 16 Devons, held in the Drill Hall, Okehampton. It was almost 24 years ago to the very day that the company sailed on the " (laleka " for India (October 9, 1914.) and many were the memories recaptured. Old comrades were present from Loudon. Barnstaple, Bideford, reigamoUth, Braunton. Exeter, Honiton, Cornwall, and from the surrounding district. Earlier the evening the company's annual shoot for a silver cup was won by Private T. Reynolds. Hatherleigh. Lord Sidmouth presided. Proposing "Old 'B' Company," Col. G. B. referred to the loss the company had sustained during the year by the death of Sergeant S. J. Rich late Mayor Okehampton). and, dwelling on the crisis, said although possibly only the repercussions had been felt tn this part of the world, was indisputable fact that never since 1914 had they been so close to war. the grace of God they were not involved, at any rate for the moment, but there was a bulk grave thinking opinion which hinted that the ovil day was only postponed and which asserted: "Well, will trust Hitler, but we will keep our powder dry."

MOST GHASTLY CRISIS. Continuing. Col. Oeiton said would venture other opinion beyond it rating that the country had passed through a most ghastly crisis. Whether were sufficiently prepared meet that crisis and face what might have had to faced not tor to say," went the Colonel, "but I am certain, heart, the country itself was sound. One the reactions of the crisis however, one which hurt very much indeed, was the apathy of the post-war youth that crisis. 1 do not say for one moment that these young lads are cowards but I do say they were apathetic. | do not say they lacked patriotism or bravery. but "they "did not really appreciate what went through. One they might have a very rude awakening as did in 1914 but we not want our youth to have that wakening 1 urn perfectly convinced that a strong Britain means peaceful Euiope. are prepared, foreign power will dare interfere wilh us. Interference will only come when are weak. have inherited a glorious heritage, the the world has ever known, but as free democratic people cannot have those privileges without being prepared to make some sacrifices in service for our country. " EVERYTHING TAKEN FOR GRANTED." The crisis has brought us face face with the fact that there are many in this country who take everything lor granted, and are not prepared to share in whatever duty may devolve upon them. But certain theii attitude is due to apathy and not cowardice lad; of patriotis n. the facts can only brought home them. certain that our boys would never experience what went through." he concluded. Caotain 1). H. Rs*iA. Exmouth. responded. Submitting "The Devons," ex-Sgt.- Major Swain. Exeter, expressed the desire to see some form compulsory service for men from the age 18-25. Had the system been in operation hp believed the recent emergency would never ha\e occurred.

EXCELLENT ARRANGEMENTS. Replying. Col. D. A. Bullock, the O.C. said during the lad four years had consistently worked the system of embodiment, so that what happened last week did not take them surprise. We in the battalion," proceeded, "have studied the whole question of embodiment and mobilisation down the last detail, and the arrangements made were really excellent. 'Mie question of numbers is our only weakness, and in that respect he favoured the natural flow ami supply rather than the artificial method recruiting It one had to mobilize or embody, the Change in modern warfare brought about by the air would such that there would be no time for things to done leisure! must get up to strength." went on Col. Bullock. " but how we are going do it is another problem. Some say conscription is the solution, but we have been told by the Prime Minister that there is to no conscription. In any case, I am not at all sure that conscripting men in the Territorial Service i| a good thing. Voluntary service, I believe, is batter, and has a greater power stopping war."

Arrangements for the dinner were made by Sgt.-Major S. Ham And, the following entertained the company:—Ex-Sgt. Tucker, Bridestowe; Sgt. O. Ypo, Exeter; Q.M.S. Worth. Barnstaple; and Privates J. Powlesland, South Zeal. H. Blakeley, Bridestowe (songs). Private W. Tavistock (step dances), and Mr. R. Webber, the son an old member the company (accordian and piano).


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 17 June 1938


On Monday, in connection with the Okehampton and District Cottage Hospital fete, the Borough Band paraded the main street playing the Furry dance, and young and old joined the fun. The party afterwards adjourned to Mr. Tom Wright’s field, where there were step-dancing and waltzing competitions. The former was won by Mr Albert Crocker, with Messrs J. and T. Holman equal second. The latter was won by Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Pilliyant. with Mr. and Mrs. Gale, of Okehampton, runners-up.
The judges for the step-dancing were Messers. J. Cottle and G. Holman, and for the waltzing Mrs. W. Day, Mrs. Beavan, and Mr. G. Kemp. Mr. Temby gave the prizes for the step-dancing, and the Major (Mr. S. Rich) for the waltzing.


Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 20 June 1941


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What Sir John Kennaway-described as Ottery's very fine War Weapons Baby," who needed at least 20,000 doses of nourishment, turned out so lusty that more than three times that amount was required. When the final figures were announced on Saturday it was found that over 66,000 doses had been given, the amount raised being £66,972, as compared with a target" of £20,000. The original sum aimed at was reached on the Monday after only eight lending hours." A small crowd in Broad-street loudly applauded Mr. W. D. Badcock tne hon. organiser, as he painted the figures on the indicator. The day's final figure of £24,009 was announced at the social held in the Instiiute, organised by Mr G B Mrs. Owen and Mrs. Bull, with' numerous helpers. cabaret show included sones by Mr. W. Dunster, Mr. S. Stewart and Mils Sylvia Wood, a song and step-dance by little Stella Welsman, and a step-dance item by Barbara and Pamela Wilson and Jean Bridle. There was a very large attendance.


On the Tuesday evening a concert was held in the Institute, which, as on other occasions throughout the week, was loaned free of cost by the Vicar (the Rev B C Jackson). The Flutterbyes Concert Party of Exeter, also gave their services and a full house enjoyed a variety programme of instrumental solos, dances songs and sketches The committee responsible tor this effort was Messrs. F. Stuckey G Carter J. Leary, and R. Gibbings, Mrs.' Bull and Miss W. Manley. ' dUQ LET US DOUBLE IT. w f ? ll i da 7 o nisers, Messrs. W. D. BadcocK and R. Hake, acting on the advice that, the big money now being in it would be an eftort for the district to reach £40,000, drew an appeal with a new slogan: "We have hit the bull's-evelet us double But the handbills had not even been delivered when the new figure Sh . p i nt0 u th J e indicator, and by the end that day had arrived at £41,362. In the afternoon the Congregational Schoolroom. .i nd ' A en j the trustees and the Rev. C. C. Broadwater, was crowded for a jumble sale, organised by Mrs. C. Lovell and Mrs. W. R. T. Temple. The sale took the form of an auction Mr. Hugh Miller. well-known firm of Messrs. H. Miller and Co.. gave his services, and £15 4s 2d was raised and handed to the Executive Committee A suit of clothes, bought for £>s by an auxiliary fireman the Bridgwater A.F.S., was handed back and sold again for a bigger figure. A football match, Ottery v. Royal Artillery, drew a large attendance to the King's School Sports Ground at Cadhay, lent by the school authorities. On the Thursday there was a fair attendance a concert given by the Sid Vaie Male Voice Choir from Sidmouth. Tne programme was of the popular type, and included an exceptionally line rendering oi Doris Arnold's Kentucky Minstrel arrangement of Sullivan s "The .Lost Chord." patriotic tone was given the still bestselling hit " There'll always be an England and Parry's " England." in both of which items Mr. E. E. Whitton was the soloist, and by extra verses written by W. J. D. Tucker Ortenbach's. Gendarmes' Duet." sung by Messrs. G. H. Richards and E. E. Whitton. which earned a well-deserved encore. The choir, accompanied by Mr. Freddie Whitton. was conducted by Mr. Harold Selwood, who proved a humorous compere. Firm favourites were Messrs. S. Jones and C. S. Tooze with their tenor and bass duet, Passing By." Of the half-dozen part-songs given, in which the choir was heard to advantage, perhaps the pick were "The Minstrel Boy,". " Sally in our Alley." and Brahms' Lullaby." Amusing interludes were provided by " Widdicombe Fair," with Mr. W. E. Weekes as the soloist, and by the quartette (Messrs. S. Jones, G. H. Richards, E. E. Whitton, and C S Tooze) in Little Tommy went a-fishing " (J. C. Macy) and A Catastrophe," by Percy Jackman. Arrangements were made by Messrs. W. Westlake, H. G. Stuckey and W. G. Down,- Mrs. C. F. Lovell, and Miss W. Manley. "CERTIFICATE MAN HUNT." Friday saw the culmination of the Certificate Man Hunt " Originated and organised by Mr. Jack Leary, the subcommittee responsible were Mr. W. Westlake, Mrs. W. G. Down, and Mrs. F. Bull, with the following working party;—Mesdames E. G. Stewart, W. Clapp. and Hewett and Miss Autin. The entrance fee was a War Weapons emblem. Nearly 2,000 were sold, the total amount obtained from this source being £27 2s 7d The possession of an emblem entitled the holder to challenge the Certificate Man " during Friday evening. The chase did not take long, and a lady visitor succeeded in running him to earth and securing 15s Savings Certificate. The Institute main hall was crowded for a whist drive. It was a non-stop drive, and the winners received Savings Certificates and Savings Stamps. A remarkable feature was that all the winners were ladies, many playing as gentlemen. They were:—Gentlemen- l (15s Savings Certificate). Mrs. L. Bull Ridgeway; 2 (10s Savings Stamps), Mrs W. Venner, Millstreet; 3 (5s Stamps) ' Mrs. K. Cleverton, Winters-lane; consolation (2s 6d Stamp), Mrs E. Bartlett. Mill-street; miniature (2s 6d Stamp), Mrs Venner. Ladies: 1 (15s Certificate), Miss Edna Salter, Ridgeway; 2 (10s Stamps), Mrs. Hester Totterdell, 38, Sandhill-street; 3 (5s Stamps), Miss N. Phillips, Mill-street• consolation (2s 6d Stamp), Miss V. Retter. Bro ?, d '^ Te ? '- miniature (2s 6d Stamp), Mrs. E. H. Marks, Yonder-street. Previous to the prize presentation Mr. D Badcock told those present he had good news for them and announced the d&v's figure as i.M,Ji^. A surprising last-day rush earned the total well over the treble-aim mark, being shown on the indicator at 6.15 p.m.. an average of £13 per head of the population. The final night dance at the Institute proved to be celebration night, ana a very large attendance found dancing The gathering was addressed by the President. Sir John Kennaway who congratulated the town and district on i s great effort, and the organisers on tneir results. Messrs. J R. Makeig-Jones. jj. Badcock. and R. Hake suitably responded. This event was arranged by the Otter Dance Club (Mr. G. B Prigg. Mrs E. Owen. Mrs. L. Streat. and Miss W. Manley). A thanksgiving service tne *;ansn Church on Sunday was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. B. C. Jackson.


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