One hundred years ago – December 1914/ January 1915.

In early December the well-known local song “The Lads that are away” is published by Vernon Boyle and Keal Parkhouse as a tribute to all who have volunteered for the war effort and are now spread as far as India and around the world. Copies were available at 7d from Mr Parkhouse at his home in Lime Grove and the newspaper suggests that it will make a “timely and seasonal gift”.

We had been warned last month to expect shortages of goods that have to be imported and the traditional plum puddings and Christmas cakes might have been in jeopardy. However, Farleigh’s Stores in Old Town are now advertising fresh stocks of: Stoneless Raisins 6½d per pound; Currants from 3½ to 5d per pound; Sultanas from 6d to 7d depending on quality; Candied Peel, orange, lemon and citron from 3d per pound; Barbados sugar at 3d per pound. If you are unable to make your own cake Mr J Madge of 40 High Street Bideford (29 years in business) will make and decorate it for you at his new Hygienic Machine Bakery.

The latest Bideford recruits to have taken the King’s shilling and volunteered for the New Army are Frederick George Colwill, John Baker, Alfred Lewis, Ernest Violet and John Harris. In addition, volunteering for the 6th Devon Territorials are Herbert F. Fulford, Hedley James, Howard Cameron Hart and Jason Giddy.

Messrs. Toller, Oerton & Balsdon have written to the newspaper to refute the rumour circulating that a nursing sister, Miss Constance M Schmidt, is a German. Miss Schmidt’s father was a naturalised Englishman for 30 years before his death. Her mother is Scottish, she herself was born here in Bideford and her brothers are now serving in His Majesty’s Navy.

The first edition in January 1915 has a banner advert on the front page for Bideford Motor Works. The all-British ‘Swift 10’ motor car has all modern accessories and a spare wheel and costs £200 on the road.

Heywood & Heywood, 1-2 Grenville Street will be closed on Friday 8th January to prepare for their Sale the next day prompt at 9.00 am . They promise that no article will be taken from the window display until 9.30am on Saturday.

A.H. Butler Esq will be giving a lecture entitled “The Great War to Date” with lantern slides, including the latest photographs from the seat of war, in the Church Institute. It will be chaired by the Mayor, S. R. Chope. No start time is advertised but tickets for the front row will be 2/-, the 2nd row 1/- and a limited number of 6d tickets will be available on the door. Profits will go to the War Fund.

Several inches of snow fell overnight on Bideford on the 22nd January but, as usual, it had melted quickly during the following morning.

Dairymen and milk sellers in Bideford give notice that on the 1st February the price of milk will increase to 4d per quart.

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