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Our first venture into cruising on Stuart Line’s ‘Tudor Rose’ proved to be a spectacular trip as far as the river Exe could take us in mid-July.  A few of us found ourselves wondering if we were really going to get under the modest arches of the Countess Wear bridge as we closed on it – fortunately, we did a u-turn before then, although it didn’t seem wide enough.  The Captain said we had 1’ below the keel.  We had perfect weather, good food, super jazz and all in all we may be asking Steven Jellyman who arranged it all, to do it again sometime.

Sixth AGM – Monday 19th October at 6pm at the Kingswood Hotel.   This has turned into an enjoyable social occasion after 30 minutes or so of business, with a complementary glass of wine and an opportunity to chat.  We hope to see you there again this year.  A Notice of Meeting and Agenda will follow by email.

Sunday 13th December 2015 – Noon.  Christmas Drinks at Trow Hall, courtesy of Nicki and Graham Davies.  More details will follow by e-mail in October.

Monday 7th March 2016 (150th anniversary of Sampson’s birthday) - Commemoration of Sampson, Arts Centre Grounds.   

The Developers of Mill Gardens are making preparations to move the Mill Stone to its new home this month.  Michael Gordon-Lee is continuing to work towards the Engraved Stone being in place in good time for our Memorial Stone Ceremony to be conducted by Rev Robin Laird on Monday 7 March 2016 in the Arts Centre grounds at 11.30, followed by a Drinks Reception at 12.00 in the Bar of the Manor Pavilion.  All members are invited and we will, in due course, be asking for numbers for catering purposes.  We are delighted to say that our membership secretary, Pamela Gordon-Lee, has prepared a distinguished Guest List including R W Sampson’s grandsons, all of whom have been asked to note the date, prior to formal invitations being sent.  Our Annual Lunch will be at the end of that week on Friday 11th March at the Victoria Hotel, so please note both dates.

Pledges – When we decided to go ahead with some kind of memorial to RWS, a number of members kindly pledged financial support to defray the cost.  Until the old Mill Stone has been removed from the site, so that we can see the condition of the foundation for the memorial, we cannot finally cost the project.  We are confident that we will be able to meet this cost without recourse to the Society’s limited funds.  We expect to be able to advise by the end of this year the amounts that we will need to call up from those members who pledged their support.

Appreciation Visit – We have been invited by fellow members to their home in May 2016 but if anyone would like to host an appreciation visit before then, please be in touch.

PROPERTY OF THE MONTH – The Scout Hut

New owners of the scout hut, Ruth and Ben Ray have joined the Sampson Society and the hut has been proved beyond doubt to have been designed by Sampson.  They have given us permission to include its history below. 

Back copies of the Sidmouth Herald and Directory for the year 1914 – researched by Martin Mallinson

7 March - Report of annual meeting of scout troop. Thanks given to Col Balfour for continued help by use         of the Manor Hall for drill and his park for weekend camps. Identified urgent need for suitable HQ and decided to have plans and estimates prepared. Anticipated cost £60 - 70.

9 May - Report of scouts jumble sale in aid of funds for proposed new HQ. Suitable site to rear of Manor Hall generously donated by Col Balfour.

11 July - Report of SUDC meeting - Sanitary Committee reported that they had passed plans submitted for the erection of buildings to be used as a scout HQ at Manor Road. 

28 November - New HQ of Sidmouth troop formally opened the previous Saturday by Mrs Johnston of Littlecourt who also 'entertained the lads' to tea. Major W H Hastings (scoutmaster) expressed thanks to Mrs Johnston who had made a generous contribution in fund raising. The hall which is 20ft x 30ft is constructed of timber on a brick foundation and is fitted with electric light, telegraphy installation, lockers for kit and a gymnasium.

Martin’s comment:  “Interesting that the Herald confirms the size of the original building, clearly shorter than it is at present.  Inside the structure there are curved roof trusses which are similar to those in the Billiard Room at the Sidmouth Club (also a Sampson design). These also establish the smaller size of the original building, which appears to have been extended at the southern end, the extension possibly replacing a previous veranda.”

Rab at the museum kindly sent Martin a copy of an article from 20 January 1915 (final page included below).  There are some interesting comments in the various speeches, reflecting on the wartime conditions of the day.  This article is reproduced in full on our website. www.rwsampson.com.

Final Page Extract from The Sidmouth Herald and Directory re formal opening (cannot be reproduced here). 

The following are drawings of the hall done in 1987 before some modifications were made (cannot be reproduced here)

 

COMMITTEE

Chairman, Derek Parry                        01395 516150 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chairman, Edmund Harrison          01395 514430 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer, Alan Weaver                       01395 519123 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary, Sylvia Brownlee                  01395 514011 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Members  Martin Mallinson                   01395 519070  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

Stephen Jellyman                               01395 513606 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Annual Lunch at the Victoria on Friday 13th March was well attended.  I think we can say, on behalf of everyone there, that we found Julia Creeke’s presentation on ‘Families That Made Sidmouth’ absolutely fascinating, resulting in a standing ovation!  Thank you to Julia.

Saturday 18th July 2015 – Stuart Line Cruise on board “Tudor Rose”, departure time 18.30, boarding from 18.00.  Pay and Display parking available on Exmouth seafront – the boat will have to leave at 18.30 regardless.  Tickets £22 to include 3-piece jazz band and cold buffet.  Return to dock at 22.00.  This event is taking the place of a garden party this year. 

Steven Jellyman has arranged a 59 seater coach at a cost of £5 a seat.  Please book at the same time as your ticket.  Departure point and time to follow.

Tickets will be on sale from Friday 1 May to Friday 3 July at Sidsoft in Church Street or by post from Alan Weaver.  Due to a limit on numbers to 65, your membership Number will be required as the event is restricted to Member and Spouse/Partner.  A Reserve List will be started for those wishing to bring a guest (1 Member, 1 Guest).  If you do not know your Membership Number, please contact Pamela Gordon-Lee, details at foot. 

Commemoration of Sampson – Planning Approval has been granted, the choice of a suitable Devonian limestone memorial stone is next and the Developers of Mill Gardens are making preparations to move the Mill Stone to its new home.  Michael Gordon-Lee has continued to work tirelessly, along with Martin Mallinson on this project.  Thank you to both.  It is intended to ‘unveil’ the Memorial Stone in March 2016.

House Histories Guide – Martin Mallinson has prepared a House Histories Guide. A number of members have expressed interest in researching the history of their own houses. Some general guidance is given attached as a Document to this e-mail on sources of information which might help in this process.  We can vouch that this is a fascinating document in its own right!

Date for your Diary – Christmas Drinks at Trow Hall, courtesy of Nicki and Graham Davies – Sunday 13th December 2015.

 

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Chairman            Derek Parry              01395 516150  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chairman    Edmund Harrison      01395 514430  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer            Alan Weaver             01395 519123  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary             Sylvia Brownlee        01395 514011  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Sec  Pamela Gordon-Lee  01395 578267  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members             Martin Mallinson      01395 519070  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                           Stephen Jellyman      01395 513606  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There follows a quick round up since our last Newsletter – Our AGM was another convivial event and our latest Appreciation Visit was oversubscribed by 50% at Diane and Colston Herbert’s home, Southway in November.  Christmas Drinks at Trow Hall, courtesy of Nicky and Graham Davies was as wonderful an occasion as ever!

Friday 13th March – Annual Luncheon at The Victoria Hotel, 12 noon for 12.30.  Our Speaker will be Jane Bennett on ‘Theatre in the 60s’. Tickets for a 3-course lunch including coffee and mints will be £25 and will be on sale from Friday 6 February to Friday 6 March at Sidsoft in Church Street or by post from Alan Weaver using the form at the end. 

Saturday 18th July 2015 – Stuart Line Cruise on board “Tudor Rose”, departure time 18.30, boarding from 18.00.  Pay and Display parking available on Exmouth seafront – the boat will have to leave at 18.30 regardless.  Tickets £22 to include 3-piece jazz band and cold buffet.  Return to dock at 22.00.  This event is taking the place of a garden party this year. 

Tickets will be on sale from Friday 1 May to Friday 3 July at Sidsoft in Church Street or by post from Alan Weaver.  Due to a limit on numbers to 65, your membership Number will be required as the event is restricted to Member and Spouse/Partner only.  A Waiting List will be started for those wishing to bring a guest (1 Member, 1 Guest).  If you do not know your Membership Number, please contact Pamela Gordon-Lee, details at foot. 

Commemoration of Sampson – The Committee, with Michael Gordon-Lee’s assistance, has approved a modestly sized Devonian limestone memorial stone to mark the 150th Anniversary in 2016 of Sampson’s birth.  His initials on the proposed stone will match those at the top of this Newsletter which were taken from the façade of Fortfield Chambers.  It is planned that the mill stone presently on site will be returned to its original home in Mill Gardens.  We are now going through the Planning process, so will keep you informed!

Websitewww.rwsampsom.com - you may enjoy looking up some of the house histories or having a look at the many photographs thereon.

 Plaques – We have a few remaining at £35 each, available from Stephen Jellyman, contact details below. 

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Chairman            Derek Parry              01395 516150  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chairman    Edmund Harrison      01395 514430  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer            Alan Weaver             01395 519123  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Secretary             Sylvia Brownlee        01395 514011  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Sec  Pamela Gordon-Lee  01395 578267  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members             Martin Mallinson      01395 519070  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                           Stephen Jellyman      01395 513606  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.