FORWARD BY DONALD BIBEY
I am at Okehampton, now retired having lived in many UK locations.My return to Devon took place three years ago. However, let me share with you a little background on my links to Bradninch. Firstly, my Mother and Father once lived in Hen Street around the year 1927/8. having moved there from South Wales. My Uncle and Aunt followed them to the town a some years later. They were Tom and Lily Nicholas who with their family lived at the top right (last house in 1942) at Westfield, next door to a lady whose name has just flashed to my mind, named Mrs Tree. My Cousins included Ray Nicholas, a very keen Scoutmaster at Bradninch for many years., and his sister Glen, who's married name was Mrs Meadows. And Terry, he was their younger brother. ALL with their father Tom (Paper Union chief, I think) worked and had positions in the Wiggins T. Papermill at Hele.
My own father Wilfred Bibey, acquired the Coal Merchants business at Hele, from the Acland family in 1949. Friends of my family in those far of days included, Mr Joe Alsop, the local Milkman, Mr Bill Miller, of Passmore Road, The Hannabus brothers, Mr Gordon Pidgeon who lived at Westfield, and Mr Billy Haydon. Not forgetting the three Greenslade Brothers....... Bandmaster William, Gilbert and Percy. Older folk ( people in the 65plus age group) will recall that Mr Gilbert Greenslade became The Mayor of Exeter.
Photograph by: E. C HARRIS, Bradninch Devon.
10 Baldwin Drive
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