On November 11th, 2018, the community of Bishopsteignton, Devon processed along the stunning Road of Remembrance , past the new memorial bench to St John’s Church to witness a moving commemoration service acknowledging the lives of all those who were lost in World War I. This service marked the culmination of four years of Bishopsteignton events and research marking the centenary of the Great War which are recorded here.
So here we are in a New Year and a new lockdown! But fear not, boredom will not be a problem! Here at BH we have devised a whole raft of new projects for you to get involved in and keep your mind active. Check out our 2021 projects here; https://www.bishopsteigntonheritage.co.uk/category/research/current-and-planned-research-projects/
Or maybe you have some ideas of your own about subjects you would like to investigate. Please do let us know. We are hoping to announce a regular Zoom slot for you all to come together virtually and talk to us about what you would like to research. To kick everything off we are researching the history of Bishopsteignton Football Club. The Club had its centenary in 2020, so we would love to hear from anyone who played for the club or any photos or stories you know of. Let’s make the most of this lockdown and get investigating! Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom.
A gem of early 20th Century village History, captured by a local family.
2020 marked the centenary of the Bishopsteignton Football Club. In order to celebrate this we would like to collect material associated with each decade of their existence. We have material in the archive that is being digitised and identified, but there must be people in the village who have their own collection of memorabilia that we could tap into.
Were you once in the team? Or your father or grandfather? Do you have photos or memories to share? if you are interested in exploring this topic or contributing to the project in some way, please let us know. We are looking for people with enthusiasm for research, storytelling, or photography and digitisation. A variety of skills are needed to put the story together, and make a really interesting article.
The January 2021 edition of Who do you Think You Are? magazine features an article on Bishopsteignton Heritage and what we have been achieving over the past two years. This gave us the idea that we should start our own quest to uncover the history of houses in the village and who their previous occupants were. At our inaugural meeting in 2018 quite a few residents brought along the deeds of their properties, which could uncover the story of the dwelling. Now, after some investment in equipment and a newly equipped HUB, we are in a position to digitise and copy such deeds, as well as photographs of the buildings, then and now. The census records we have, up until 1939, can reveal which buildings are still in situ, which have been renamed or rebuilt, and who lived there in the past. This project would be of great interest to anyone with an enquiring mind, photographic skills and a love of telling that story.
We are very excited to be helping with this project, which is to be part of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme undertaken by one of the Explorer Scouts. Many of the artefacts and photographs of scouting memorabilia that had once been in the Bishopsteignton Museum are now in the possession of the Scout group, and we shall be assisting with the project in terms of training in researching, archiving, interviewing, scanning, and uploading onto the Bishopsteignton Heritage website.
In 2023 Bishopsteignton Primary School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in its present building. Of course the school itself has been in existence for much longer and the building that is now the Community Centre and HUB was the home of the school for many years. We are intending to trace the development of the school and the history of it in the former building. We hope to encourage the involvement of the present pupils, parents and staff of the Junior school. If you can contribute to the story of the school, or would be interested in researching the topic or presenting the project in a way that would encourage the participation of the students, please do let us know.
2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Twinning Association, which could not be celebrated. With the death of Maggie Sullivan, a founder member, her collection of documents and memorabilia has gone to the Association so we are intending to put together a suitable memorial and celebration of the history of this popular Village group.
If you are interested in the Twinning Association or are a past or present member with stories to tell, or photographs of your own experience, please get in touch and join the research team on this project.
The next village festival will take place in 2022 with fundraising events planned for 2021 if circumstances allow. Before our present biennial festival the residents of Bishopsteignton put on some amazing carnivals over many years and there is a lot of photographic evidence in the archive and in villagers’ photo collections.
We are hoping that residents with memories or photos of the past carnival processions will be tempted to join in this project and help us tell the story of this great village tradition. If you have had any involvement with the festivals or the carnivals, please do join us in our attempt to bring these occasions alive again on the website.
Here at BH we have several photo albums in the archive of past Players’ productions, along with the the history of the children’s theatre, several programmes and photos. Many villagers are still living who participated in the productions and may have more photographic evidence in their own collections.
The first Players production was in the 1960s so there could well be another anniversary coming up! Meanwhile, the current Players are still going strong, and have even managed to stage a production outdoors, during the pandemic.