Memory Lane

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

75 years ago The Christmas festivities at Sidmouth Victoria Cottage Hospital will reach their climax on Tuesday afternoon next, when the youngsters who have been patients during 1933 will have their annual tea and entertainment. The latter this year will

75 years ago

The Christmas festivities at Sidmouth Victoria Cottage Hospital will reach their climax on Tuesday afternoon next, when the youngsters who have been patients during 1933 will have their annual tea and entertainment. The latter this year will take the form of a Punch and Judy show, with, it is hoped, a conjuring entertainment to follow.

A new Junior and Preparatory School for boys and girls is to be opened at Woolbrook on January 18th. The project has been brought to fruition during the recent Royal visits to the town and has been happily called Connaught School, so that it has a name to live. The building, specially constructed for the purpose by Mr L E Russell, is situated at the bottom of Alexandria Road on the main bus route to Sidmouth and is built upon a corner site which is a perfect sun-trap.

50 years ago

The Rev. R. H. Maliphant, formerly minister of Honiton, Ottery St. Mary and Sidbury Congregational Churches, is to be minister at Martock for the second time. He was previously there from 1938 to 1945. For the past two years, Mr. Maliphant has been minister at Tunabuna, Trinidad.

Sidmouth Rotary Club's Tree of Goodwill, which has been erected in the High Street, was inaugurated and the tree lights switched on by Mrs. Alice S. G. Brown on Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Brown, who was introduced by the President, Mr. F. Cole, appealed for generous support for the collection being made to provide Christmas parcels for deserving local residents and for charities in which Rotary has a special interest.

25 years ago

The Christmas bells jingling in Sidmouth were those of the shop tills in the town, for this year the general opinion of traders is that the festive season has been a busy one. Once again the town's traders surpassed themselves with attractive window displays and a splendid array of colourful illuminated Christmas trees.

The police campaign to discourage drinking and driving is having its effect. Local publicans have noticed an increased awareness among customers, who are either being careful over the amount they drink or are sticking to soft drinks. This has been seen in both public houses in Sidmouth and those out of town.


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