25 years ago

January 28, 1999

Age Concern is to publish a workbook developed by Bude care trainer Georgina Ikamba, for the use of students all over the country.

A  multi-faceted new market may spring up in Launceston as the new century grows from infancy. The market — probably on a new site away from the former once thriving cattle and pannier markets at Race Hill — would cover a broad spectrum of buying and selling.

Camelford Town Trust clerk, Pam Penwarden and some of the members — Francis Bennett, Peter Prior, Alan Ball, David Moore, chairman Stan Adams and Dennis Batten — queued up for an uplifting experience during the opening of the lift installed in Camelford Ton Hall for users of the library.

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40 years ago

January 28, 1984

Mr Victcor Perse has retired after 44 years on the staff of the Ambrosia milk factory at Lifton, latterly as maintenance manager. He was presented with a colour teletext television set, and a retirement dinner was held at the Bedford Hotel, Tavistock, bidding farewell to the factory manager (Mr Rex Davy), while Mrs Perse is presented with a bouquet by Mr J F Budsworth, group production director of Bovril, the parent firm.

Mr Gordon Smale, owner of Glebewin herd of British Friesians handed over a specially selected foundation cow (heifer) to the Director of Agricultural Education for Cornwall (Mr Ian Hoyland) for the newly established Duchyfarm Herd to be based on the Duchy Home Farm, Stoke Climsland, as part of the development of training farms in Cornwall.

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50 years ago

January 26, 1974

Mr Leslie Uglow, of Tintagel Dairies, has won a trip to Munich for this year’s World Cup match on July 8. Mr Uglow had one of the biggest increases in milk sales in 1973. He is one of a number of winners in a competition run by the Milk Marketing Board. 

Presentations were made to Mr Bill Barrett on Wednesday to mark his retirement after 46 years as carpenter and joiner with Devon Trading Co Ltd Launceston. The company’s long service awards went to Mr R P B Lyddon (the Launceston manager), Mr G Haywood, Mr L Uren and Mr F Stoneman. 

Bude councillor Richard Willoughby wants to be paid mileage expenses for attending meetings over the past four and a half years. He wants to give the money — about £11 — to the funds of the Heated Indoor Pool Project Organisation at Bude. Mr Eric Chadd described the request as “Abominable”.

Messrs Seldon and Cory had 103 cattle on offer at the Bradworthy January auction and prize day. The judges were Messrs H Thorne (St Giles) and W C Hopper (Holsworthy) with the class winners being Messrs T A Wickett, Hockridge and H Facey.

In view of the ban on heating, Mrs B Setchell (president) offered the use of her home for the monthly of Delabole Women’s Institute.

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60 years ago

February 1, 1964

February Launceston Agricultural Association is looking into the possibility of acquiring a new site for its annual show. Mr William Stanbury a vice-president of the Association, claimed that the show expanded its present site at Hurdon. Mr Stanbury then suggested a site situated between Compass and Kennards House on the A30 trunk road.

Holsworthy Urban Council was told unofficially at its meeting on Tuesday that 70 railwaymen would become redundant under the Beeching Plan to close Okehampton-Wadebridge and Okehampton-Bude branch lines. Mr O S Taylor said 90 men would be affected by the proposals, but 20 were to he absorbed into other railway employment. The figures, Mr Taylor claimed, were given at talks between staff and management at Plymouth. “This is a very serious situation,” he declared. “Everything possible should be done to press for the retention of the lines.”

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70 years ago

January 30, 1954

Butter, cheese, margarine and cooking fat rationing will end on May 8, but butter and cheese may then cost more.

Mr G Brown, of Tresmarrow, near Launceston, was elected first chairman of the Launceston and District British Friesian Club.

The sixth annual party for the over 65s held at the Town Hall, Launceston, on Wednesday, was an unqualified success. Last year about 135 guests were expected, and because of the fine weather 145 eventually turned up, but this year exactly the opposite happened. Over 200 were catered for, but because of the sudden cold snap only 120 attended.

Launceston, the capital of the Duchy of Cornwall, became on Friday for one day the agricultural capital of the county as well, the town being host to Cornwall Farmers’ Union for their 48th annual meeting. The county annual meeting, held at Launceston for the first time for 21 years, marked the conclusion of the term of office of Mr N H Rundle, of Newton, Launceston, as county chairman, and was held in his home district as a tribute to him.

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80 years ago

January 29, 1944

After a surprise landing at Nettune, behind the German lines in Italy, Allied Troops are now within 20 miles of Rome.

At the invitation of the RDC, Camelford parish council has been discussing plans for the post war reconstruction of the town. The chairman, Mr S J Biddick, commented that they had missed the boat in 1931, but would now have chance to catch up. The main plan will be to improve the sewerage system and to take piped water to the villages of Helstone, Trevis and Tregoodwell.

In the Launceston borough and district Book Drive, the target of 10,000 volumes has been smashed and the following children have gained the rank of ‘Field Marshall’ in the Book Recovery Army, by collecting 250books of more each: Launceston (National) school — Donald Farrell, Roy Cobbledick, Alan Emmett, Eric Langman, Gordon Avery, John Keast; Bolventor — Audrey Courts, Eileen Hooper, Mary Parkyn, Doris Parkyn; Egloskerry — Keith Dicker, John Gynn, Harold Finnemore, Sheila Moffat, Mervyn Lampey; Lewannick — Sylvia Crowells, Valerie Crowells, Kathleen White, Christine Davey, Dorothy Vanstone; Luckett — Brenda Greaves; South Petherwin — Mary Edwards, Maureen Bidwell, James Creber, Alfred Cheeseworth; Tregadillet — Gordod Quick, Sydney Prout, Malcolm Merry; Warbstow — Alfred Walker; Lawhitton — Anne Buckingham.

Police Inspector W F J Westlake, of Calcutta, an old Morwenstow boy, has written to the editor offering hospitality to say local men now serving in that theatre of war.

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90 years ago

February 3, 1934

Thousands of pounds worth of damage was done by fire to the premises of Mr W J Jasper, near The Bridge, Camelford, in the early hours of Tuesday, Bodmin and Wadebridge Fire Brigades were called and when the Wadebridge fire engine was on the way back it overturned, pinning two men underneath. They were take to hospital.

About four tons of machinery crashed to the ground at the Cornish De Lank Granite Co’s quarry at St Breward, on Monday, pinning the foreman, William Webber, aged 56, beneath it. He was extricated and taken to hospital with a fractured leg.

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100 years ago

February 2, 1924

Launceston residents had the opportunity of experiencing the delightful sensation of flying through the visit of the bi-place now in the town. Our representative has been able to take the first aerial pictures of the town during the flight. Mr James Fry, of Western Road, was knocked down by a horse while watching the aeroplane on Friday.

Mr Amos Gabriel was seriously injured while working at Delabole Slate Quarry on Wednesday.

Bude Operatic Society this week produced ‘The Mikado’. The principals, all worthy of high praise were Messrs E Pearce, Alf Cook, Harold Barrow, S W Whately, Dr A M Braund, Mrs H L Butler and Miss Marshall.