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Mr Richard Turpin who was presented his MBE by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the Grand Hotel, Torbay.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Devon 20th July 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Barnstaple welcomed royal visitors this morning as Prince Charles and Camilla descended on town.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived for a tour of Barnstaple Pannier Market shortly after 11am.

Guided around by Mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt and town centre manager Hannah Harrington, the Prince and Duchess met stall holders, including Gretta Greenslade, who has worked at the market since 1954.  They also met representatives from local charities.

HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, visited The Devon Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs new building in Cheriton Bishop, on Thursday, July 20, where he declared open the new building, tasted the traditional dish of Junket and had-a-go at decorating hand-made butter.

His Royal Highness met members from across the 38 Devon clubs and saw a range of activities including sheep shearing, street dance, flower arranging and stock judging.

During the visit he unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit and the formal opening of the Devon YFC Rural Hub.

He heard about the Devon YFC Farm Safety campaign which has recently been launched following the tragic death of two YFC members during the last year.

On arrival His Royal Highness was welcomed by the chairman of Mid Devon District Council, Peter Heal, local councillors, the chief executive of Mid Devon District Council, Stephen Walford and from Cheriton Bishop Parish Council, councillor Tim Vought.

Watch as Prince Charles unveils Devon Federation of Young Farmers Clubs new Cheriton Bishop building

By Lewis_Clarke @ Devon Live


Photo credit Ben Birchall/PA Wire, Matt Cardy/PA Wire &  Alan Quick of Crediton Courier


Ancient Water Ceremony honours legacy of Sir Francis Drake

Friday, July 21st, 2017

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth Wendy Foster and the Deputy Lieutenant of Devon Brigadier Simon Young CBE, were among the civic dignitaries and guests who were gathered to mark the Traditional Survey of the Waterworks and Fishing Feast at Burrator Reservoir, near Plymouth, on Saturday (15 July 2017).

The ceremony, believed to be one of the oldest in the UK, celebrates Sir Francis Drake’s role in first bringing a reliable water supply to Plymouth in the 16th Century. The annual event is organised and hosted jointly by Plymouth City Council and South West Water.

During the ceremony at the head weir, a goblet filled with water was handed to Dr Stephen Bird, Managing Director of South West Water. The goblet was then presented to the Lord Mayor, Councillor Wendy Foster who proposed a toast “To the Pious Memory of Sir Francis Drake.”

Passing the cup from one to another, each guest took a drink and repeated the same words. Another goblet was then presented to Tracy Lee, the Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, who drank the toast “May the Descendants of him who brought us Water never want Wine.”

The goblets used during used during the ceremony – known as “loving cups” – date from the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Stephen Bird, Managing Director of South West Water, said: “This historic tradition, which dates back over 300 years, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of Plymouth, its water supply and its reputation as a centre of enterprise and ingenuity.

“We are proud to play our part in ensuring that Plymouth continues to be known for its resourcefulness. The new Mayflower Water Treatment Works we are building north of the city will be the first of its kind in the UK, using state of the art treatment processes with fewer chemicals and energy.”

Councillor Foster, Lord Mayor Of Plymouth said: “We are very proud of Plymouth’s rich heritage and links with Sir Francis Drake and this annual event gives us a chance to recognise his important role in bringing fresh water to the people of Plymouth. As Britain’s Ocean City, here in Plymouth we are well aware of what a vital natural resource is to our health, wellbeing and to our local economy as a whole.”

HRH The Princess Royal visits Devon 14.7.2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017


HRH The Princess Royal visited as President to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Riding for the Disabled at Exeter RDA Group, Oaklands Riding School.

HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon at the Armed Forces Celebrations in Plymouth 24.06.2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon visits Madeira Bowling Club, Exmouth on 8th June 2017

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Presidents with Madeira Club Members and Officials


Madeira Bowling Club Coaching Team Leader, Sandie Cox offering advice to the Lord Lieutenant.

The visit celebrated the recent past and present Presidential Offices of Jacky Howle, Colin Healy and Keith Weeks for both Bowls Devon and the Devon County Indoor Bowls Association.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester visit to the Ardent Association 27th May

Monday, June 12th, 2017

HMS Ardent Association

HMS Ardent was launched in 1977 by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and after a short career she deployed to the Falklands in 1982 where she was sunk by Argentinian aircraft with the loss of 22 of her crew.

The ships company on their return from the Falklands started the HMS Ardent Association founded by Fleet Chief Tony Ray and Master at Arms Lenny Yeatman. They continued to flourish with the emphasis being on the memory of their fallen shipmates.

The Association management was handed over to Peter Brierley and Richard Gough in 2002 and they have continued to preserve the ethos of the Association. In 2011 they took 22 plaques to the Falklands and in 2015 Peter and Tony collaborated to move the ships anchor to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA).

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the loss of the Ardent and 250 ships company, family and friends will gather to remember the fallen.

Picture courtesy of Richard Gough

HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon meets North Devon’s unsung heroes

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Meeting the people at  Petroc’s

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon with former NDC chairman Jackie Flynn plus current chairman Sue Croft and members of Ilfracombe RNLI. Picture: Tony Gussin

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon has been meeting volunteers from a variety of places during a trip to North Devon

The Lord Lieutenant, RNLI crew, volunteers and guests at Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station. Picture: Tony Gussin

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon met up with some of North Devon’s unsung community heroes during a trip to Ilfracombe today (Wednesday).

David Fursdon and his wife Catriona visited Ilfracombe Lifeboat Station to meet members of the RNLI plus around two dozen volunteers from across the region.

The visit was at the invitation of former North Devon Council chairman Jacquie Flynn. The Lord Lieutenant is the Queen’s representative in Devon.

Earlier in the day the Fursdons visited Calvert Trust Exmoor and Lee Abbey.

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon greets Chulmleigh fundraiser Christine Smith. Picture: Tony Gussin

Mr Fursdon said there had been two reasons for the trip today: “Firstly to understand more about North Devon and the life up here, as part of my responsibility for all the people in Devon,” he said.

“Secondly, just to engage with volunteers and to thank the people that make communities work. It’s absolutely fantastic; the number of hours of voluntary work done by the people I have met is quite phenomenal.

“It’s also been a real opportunity to understand the lifeboat and to meet the crew, who are a real example of volunteering.”

Mrs Flynn added: “It’s been lovely to invite so many members of our community who do such good work but don’t often get spoken about – they are the unsung heroes of North Devon.

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon David Fursdon chats with Ilfracombe RNLI volunteers.

Picture: Tony Gussin

“It’s been a treat for them to meet him but also a treat for him to meet them as well.”

Mr Fursdon met several RNLI members from the boat and shore crew as well as fundraisers.

Others present included Duncan Withall from Northern Devon Foodbank, Tanya Hussell from the Filleigh Village Hall committee and avid fundraisers Sylvia Gibson and Christine Smith of Chulmleigh Old Fair.

Also in attendance were Brenda Rollingson of Rosebank Day Centre, Graham Ashelford and Philip Porter of Jigsaw and Nigel Cox and Nigel McCowen-Smith of the Abbey Gateway Club.

Anna Allsford from Combe Martin is 90 but still does a voluntary community hospital run for those who can’t get to appointments.

The Lord Lieutenant took the time to speak to everyone, which also included Combe Martin Museum staff Jan Jones, Olive Gallagher, Peggy Kelner and Pat Chesterton; Valerie and Alex McLeese plus Alessia Sheldon from Re:Store; Mary Wellstead and Derek Woodward from Ilfracombe Holy Trinity Graveyard Group and Hilary Burr of North Devon Voluntary Services.

PUBLISHED BY NORTH DEVON GAZETTE: 17:24 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:25 31 May 2017 – Reporter: Tony Gussin




HRH The Countess of Wessex attends the Devon County Show as President 18th May 2017

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Below are pictures of HRH Countess of Wessex meeting the farmers in her role as President.

Sampling Sophie’s Ale, Meeting Children, Young Farmers and Staff at Devon County Council stand.


HRH Earl of Wessex - Torbay 3.5.2017

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

HRH The Earl of Wessex arriving in Torbay greeting the High Sheriff of Devon,  he also visited Shekinah’s Growing for Life Project.

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