Great News!

Great news here at BH! We have had a successful result in our Heritage Lottery Fund bid for our VE Day programme. We can now plough ahead with our proposed year of events, talks, displays, workshops etc. Hopefully we can produce a programme by the end of February to publicise what we are hoping to achieve in the village this coming year.

Many volunteers have come forward with amazing suggestions for research and events like meals, music, films, gardening, dance, dressmaking, knitting and much more, all on a wartime theme. We are still looking for ideas and projects and, to that end, are holding another meeting on Friday Feb 7th, from 10 until 2pm at the HUB, for anyone who would like to join in. Come along and meet other people with great ideas. If you can’t make it please contact us and come and meet us on another day. This is going to be a very busy and exciting year for us, and for the Village of Bishopsteignton. So its full steam ahead for VE 2020!


Quantick Family

HOORAH! We have reached our 100th published post, after just a year of being live. Thank you so much to all our researchers and authors and all the input you have had.
Our latest publications include one on Edith Quantick, in her own words.…/mrs-e-quantick…/

Another of the relatives of the Quantick family…/quantick-famil…/

Also two new servicemen from our village war memorial
Raymond Sidney Evans…/raymond-sidney…/

and John William Beer…/john-william-b…/

Plus one on the fascinating history of Delamore House…/his…/delamore-2/

So that should give you lots to keep you interested over the Xmas holiday. Merry Xmas and see you on the other side!

John William Beer

John William Beer was born June 1922, in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of Willam Henry Beer and Mary Jane Beer (née Roberts). He served in the 4th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) as a Private, 5682633. He died in the Battle of Normandy, France on 6th July, 1944.

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Raymond Sidney Evans

Raymond Sidney Evans was born July 1924 in Crediton, Devon. Son of Sidney and Rosie Evans (née Syms). He served in the 7th Battalion of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry as a Private, 14579711. Sidney died in Italy on 4th September, 1944.

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Merry Xmas !

Xmas Social BH 2019

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and researchers who came to our Xmas social yesterday, and thank you to Michael J Smith and the team at the Old Commercial Inn for making us so welcome. It was great to catch up with you all and to introduce new people to our trustees and to each other. It certainly got the Heritage chatter going full speed.
We are in the process of publishing the start of our WWII Commemoration year. There are lots of really interesting articles about our Bishopsteignton servicemen on the website, to give you something to get you thinking over the Festive season. Here’s a taste;

Lewis Back

We have also published Maggie Sullivan’s film of the Millennium Celebrations and the book that accompanied it here;

The Millennium Celebrations


We are available at the HUB until Fri 20th Dec, and then again from Tues Jan 7th, so please come in and see us. Happy Xmas!

Lewis Back

Lewis Back was born 6 August, 1905 in Bishopsteignton, Devon. Son of John Back and Lavinia Mary Back (née Widdicombe); he married Ivy Lillian Taylor in December 1928 in Newton Abbot, Devon. He served on H.M.S. Colombo, H.M.S.Furious, H.M.S. Terror and H.M.S. Renown in the Royal Navy as a Chief Stoker, D/K 62978. He survived WWII and passed away on 18 March, 1984 in Exeter, Devon.

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John Michael Dixon

John Michael Dixon was born April, 1922 in Epsom, Surrey. Son of Harold and Lena Dixon (née Whitmarsh). He served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, as a Flying Officer (Pilot) in 145 Squadron, 173908. John was killed when his aircraft came down on 16 September, 1944.

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