One hundred years ago – May 1918.

The Ministry of Food announces that it can release considerable additional supplies of frozen meat. Therefore from Sunday last until further notice 8 pence worth of uncooked meat may be purchased in respect of each 2 coupons in the ration book per week. It has also been announced that meatless days in restaurants will no longer be compulsory.

The Local Food Committee has met and announced to farmers, dairymen and the public that The Cream Order 1917 will still remain in force until further notice despite relaxation in other supplies. No cream may be used or sold except as directed under the Order.

Northam Choral Society has been re-formed by Mr Clifford Grout and has given a concert in the Northam School Room. A varied programme of choral, instrumental and solo performances were enthusiastically received and all proceeds are in aid of War Funds.

Property for sale.

An extraordinary amount of property has been advertised for sale during the month. On May 21st at the New Inn Bideford on the instructions of G H Fairbrother; Lots include “Riverview”, Yeo Vale, near Whitehall 3 beds; “Little Whitehall” also 3 beds and attic box rooms; 2 dwelling houses 1 & 2 Bellevue each with 3 beds and “West View”. All the foregoing have river views and large gardens.On the last day of this month at the Friendship Hotel, Market Place, Bideford, an interesting and varied estate that was the property of Mr James Prouse (dec’d) is offered at auction. Lots 1 & 2 are blocks of shares in Bideford Gas & Coke Co. and Torrington Gas Co Ltd. Lot 3 is a freehold detached house “Rocklea”. Lot 4 is a factory and store, Tan & Lime pits known as Westcombe Tannery Bideford together with 2 dwelling houses and gardens. Lot 5 is a block of freehold property at 3 High Street, Torrington, comprising a shop, dwelling house and a newly erected building at the rear and fronting onto Church Lane and being used as a cinema and extensive yard. Lot 6 is two leasehold cottages with gardens at Caddywell Torrington.

(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 or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk.)

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