Sampson Society

No 20, May 2016

What an exciting day Monday 7th March turned out to be for our Commemoration of R W Sampson, held in the Arts Centre Grounds.

Michael Gordon-Lee worked tirelessly to have the Engraved Stone in place in good time for our Memorial Stone Ceremony which was conducted by the Reverend Robin Laird. The Sidmouth Herald did us proud and we seem to feature on 3 different pages! Thank you especially to stonemason Simon Stevens of Stoneycombe Quarry.

The event was followed by a short Drinks Reception in the Bar of the Manor Pavilion for members and invited Guests including representatives of EDDC, the Town Council, the Sid Vale Association and R W Sampson’s grandchildren, together with a National Council Member and two regional Chairman of RIBA.

We received many notes of thanks and our Membership Secretary, Pamela Gordon-Lee has made up the following Collage of Comments.

....Sincere thanks all of the Sampson Committee, it was a lovely occasion. And the sun even came out! I want to say how magnificent the stone is, all the hard work has paid off handsomely. It looks perfect, and a perfect place for it too - it looks like it belongs. (Society Member)

....A beautiful stone and perfectly commemorated with the sunshine bursting

out just after the reading from Rev. Robin Laird. A very fitting project for Keith Owen Fund support – I am glad it has gone so well. (Chairman of Keith Owen Fund)

It was a very special day for us , and I still find it astonishing that Sidmouth has remembered my Grandfather in the way that it has, and the society seems to go

from strength to strength... (Grandson) ------

...That was a very nice ceremony today and a convivial mingling afterwards. Well done. (Society Member)


....Rich praise is deserved for all the efforts that brought together the successful day.....even the sun came out just in time......

The future only comes from a single source and that is the is special indeed that the citizens of Sidmouth and the visitors to your fine town can rejoice at an architectural heritage so profound in its forging of community, so appealing in its timeless charm, and so cherished by the unstinting endeavours of your members.

The Memorial bears lasting witness to the architectural achievements of
R W Sampson and will excite interest and engagement in appreciating Sidmouth's built heritage......the man your Society honours has bequeathed you a legacy that in architectural terms is distinctive, harmonious and expressive of the spirit of the age in which he and Sidmouth prospered.......the hallmark upon which your oh so important visitor economy is founded and within which your strength of community resides...... (RIBA
Council Member)

To top the week, we had our Annual Lunch at the Victoria Hotel on the Friday

following where Miss Julia Creeke was our fascinating Speaker on the subject of ‘Salcombe Regis’.

Appreciation Visit – Thursday 19th May at 10.30am £2.50. John and Sue Maynard have invited the Sampson Society for an appreciation visit to their home, No 1, Lodge Orchard, Cotmaton Road. The original house belonged to Mrs Trump of grocery store, Trumps of Sidmouth and was converted to four flats many years ago. There is no parking available at Lodge Orchard, so it is suggested you park in Manor Road Car Park and take the following directions.

On leaving on foot into Manor Road, with your back to the sea, take the second lane on the left marked Orchard Close, Private Road leading to Runnymead etc. Proceed up that lane with Runnymede on the right hand side and take the Gate marked Private Road, No Public Access on which there will be a Sampson Society sign.

Proceed on the stepping stone path till it changes to earth only. On the right is a green fence with a gate, on which there will be a Sampson sign. This is the rear entrance to 1 Lodge Orchard. Open that gate, walk through the garden to the front door to the left of the house.


You can try and park somewhere in Cotmaton Road walk up, past Witheby and No 1, Lodge Orchard is on your left. To confirm, there is no parking available in Lodge Orchard.

Please e-mail Sylvia Brownlee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - preferred or telephone 01395 514011 to book a place for the Appreciation Visit. Numbers will be restricted to 30 and a note has already been sent to those on the waiting list left over from our last Appreciation Visit.


Summer Garden Party

Sunday 24th July, 3pm to 5.30pm. Members Tom and Laura Griffiths have invited us to their (Sampson) home, Greenway House, Greenway Lane, Sidmouth for a Sunday afternoon Garden Party. Details are still to be finalised, but please keep the date, as they say in USA. Tickets will be priced at £12.50 and will be on sale from Monday 13th June from Sidsoft in Church Street and Alan Weaver by e-mail (address below) or by post to Nutbourne, Boughmore Road, Bickwell Valley, Sidmouth EX10 8SH.

‘Property’ of the Month

It has to be our new Memorial Stone! The photograph below is of Simon Stevenson, Stonemason being presented with Sylvia Brownlee’s book ‘Sampson’s Sidmouth’ as a small thank you for his outstanding work.

The Secretary, 3 Fortfield Chambers, Sidmouth EX10 8NY

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