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Pilton with Ashford Magazine August 1993 - Pilton Festival Souvenir Issue


In August 1993 a souvenir issue of the Pilton with Ashford (Parish) Magazine, edited by Dr Howard Bluett, was prepared to record the brilliant events of the annual Pilton Festival held in July. It was clearly a particularly good year and also a good time generally, the 20 page magazine being crammed with 9 pages of advertisements, 2 pages of photographs of the Festival plus the usual parish and village news. A summary of the great time had came from the vicar, Rev John Spear, with descriptions of all the events, extracts from the Church registers, and Church notices for Pilton and Ashford Churches.

Here we record as many of the basic facts about names and stories in the magazine as we can sensibly glean, hopefully to help anyone searching for their family or themselves:

Pilton advertisers in the magazine included: Pilton School of Dancing run by Kathy Wellington, The Pilton Fish Bar, J Lake Builder, Dave Woolley School of Motoring, P F Friend & Son Limited, T Lynch & Sons Ltd Builders, P Clayton Painters & Decorators, Rawle Gammon & Baker, Pilton Stores, Pilton Videos, Dick Soper Plumber, Ace Motors Ltd, R & M W Cobley Newsagents, Pilton House Residential Home,The Pilton Physiotherapy Centre, Shampers, Fairview Stores, Don Hearn Electrical Contractor, Yeo Dale Hotel, Roach & Tucker Insurance Broker, John Emery Upholsterer, Janet Preston Curtain Making, Pilton Cabinet Works, Jean Elston Curtains, The Aycliffe Press, Cashmore's Wools and W E Hill Builders. There were also a lot of Barnstaple advertisers as well.

From the Pilton Registers came the following:

Baptism - Alice Nicola Bawden, Jasmine Tracey Sutton.
Marriages - Robert Gordon Shaddick and Sharon Handford, David Mark Wade and Sharon Lethaby, Jamie Richard Mathlin and Sarah Jane Thomas, Darren Charles Medland and Paula Jane Trodd, David Alan Sloman and Julia Kirsteen Mock, Steven John Short and Karly Anne Pither, Paul Stephen Tucker and Diane Joyce Richards, Mary Andrew Coles and Diane Elizabeth Sadler.
Deaths - Addie Carter, age 90. Ted Gosling, Charles George, Mike Dummett, age 52, Hadyn Morrish, age 47.

Also recorded are Kirsty Louise Burge who was.born in July and Mary Passmore who retired as Headteacher of Bratton Fleming County Primary School.

Other recorded Festival contributors were: Clarice Gee and Lucy Marsh who did the Flower Festival in the Church. Noel and Pet Harley who organised the Street Market, A Victorian Supper was held with music by Hearts of Oak. There was a children's concert by Pilton Infants School and Pilton Bluecoat School. Barnstaple Atheneum Museum organised a 'Pilton Tales' Exhibition and Pilton Art Group displayed their work in the Church Hall and, with the help of visiting children produced a panorama of the top of Pilton Street. A Victorian Evensong was held in St Mary's Church and included a genuine Victorian sermon of 1894. The London Music Makers Chamber Choir also gave an evening concert in St Mary's Church.
John Spear was Festival Coordinator. Hamish Patrick produced the Festival Pageant "All Change" Ian and Margaret Scott were the 'Mayor and Mayoress'. Sticklepath School did the Maypole Dancing in the street. Follow this link to see the colour photo:

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