One hundred years ago – June 1917.

Many of the items of interest in this month’s editions are centred around agriculture and the implications the War is having on local businesses and farms.

Heard Bros are advertising Avery Farm Tractors for sale with additional tractors on their way “by Rail in this Country from America”.

Tattersills, grocers in Bideford, announce that growers of fruit may apply for sugar for preserving their produce. Special arrangements have been put in place by the Government and to obtain a supply you must apply in writing to Mr C. S. Rewcastle, Mincing Lane, London.

With the advent of some fine weather and the stopping of the Bideford to Appledore railway, there has been a considerable renewal of boating between Appledore and Bideford for marketing purposes. On Tuesday last over 20 boats brought marketgoers from Appledore and were moored near the flagstaff on Bideford Quay.

In local news, at Appledore 12 boats fishing in the estuary took 100 salmon ranging up to 23 lbs each on one tide.

At a meeting held in Hartland School and chaired by W.T. Braddick, a scheme for food production was discussed. Of 150,000 acres in Devon in food production, 60,000 are in North Devon and 5,000 additional men would be asked for from the government. 100 motor ploughs could be needed to achieve the target but ploughing small fields would be a problem.

In the editorial columns local soldiers are mentioned. Private W.S. Panter, Bideford, promoted to Corporal at 1/6 Devonshire Regt HQ. Gunner Henry Hopper of Meddon Street, Bideford, wounded. Two sons of Charles Northcott, Clifton Street, Bideford, promoted. Gunner Turner, Kingsley Terrace, Bideford, recently gassed, is now in hospital. Gunner Wilfred Foley, Cornwall Terrace, Clovelly Road, awarded DSM. Sgt Edward Hoooper, the third son of Thomas Hooper, Geneva Place, was missing is now confirmed dead. Randolph Goodenough of Meddon Street, passed away in France. There are six more reported deaths in the village and district news columns in one week alone.

Men aged between 41 and 50 are no longer considered for conscription but fit men will still be able to enlist.

Property for Sale: 11 Milton Place, Bideford, tenanted by Mr George Violet, 12 Milton Place, tenanted by William Verran and 13 Milton Place tenanted by Miss Nancekivell. Woodbine Cottage, Cross Street, Northam. A pasture field of 3 acres known as East Lamb Park adjoining Commons Farm, Northam.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

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