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.

BELOW ARE SOME OLD PHOTOS OF THE BRADNINCH SALVATION ARMY BAND THAT I HAVE COLLECTED
 
The Bradninch Salvation Army Band in 1928, under Bandmaster William Greenslade

 

1928
The two officers without instruments seated at the centre of the front row are Major and Mrs. Major W. H. Osmond who were stationed at Bradninch at the time (Thanks to A.T. Salter and Family for the information)

 

 

Just a note to say Bradninch S.A Band 1928 features on ' Internet Bandman's Everthing Within' . Those interested to see the photo may like to visit www.ibew.co.uk , then Click on the panel at foot of the page 'VINTAGE BRASS BANDS. Up will come a list and among the Bands you will find BRADNINCH.

 

1936



 

Date unknown to me BUT at a guess it could be1936 looking at the old cars outside the Police Station opposite Mr Joe Alsop's house... The local Milkman.... and good Cornet player too, I might add .( Brass I mean not Ice-cream, Smile)  On the back of the picture I see stamped :

 Photograph by: E. C HARRIS, Bradninch Devon.

 


 

The Bradninch Salvation Army Band 1950, about to journey to South Wales for a special event.

 

1950



 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TO:
Donald Bibey
10 Baldwin Drive
Okemoor Park
Okehampton
Devon
EX20 1UH

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