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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.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon presented British Empire Medals at County Hall on 20.4.2017

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The British Empire Medal


HM L.ord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon said: “It has been a real pleasure to acknowledge and recognise the commitment of those people in Devon who have been honoured for being true community champions.”

“All the men and women awarded their British Empire Medals today were honoured for their work in different areas but all share an unwavering commitment to improving their community through voluntary work or through their support of a charitable cause.

 “Through hard work and dedication they have all changed their communities for the better and I congratulate all of them, they should be very proud of their achievements.”

 To be decorated

Mrs Jaqueline Avery, from Appledore for voluntary Service to ex Service Personnel – Secretary of North Devon & Torridge Division of SSAFA

Peter Bromell, from Tedburn St Mary for service to the community on Tedburn St Mary area.

Mrs Angela Chant, from Kingsbridge for service for Young People in the South Hams area.  Project Director of Spiritulized

Barrie Charlesworth, from Braunton for services to Life Saving in North Devon

Mrs Jeanette Courtman, from Plymouth for services to Education and the community in Devon . After School Club Chair, Pre School Chair and Breakfast Club Chair

Mrs Maureen  Gilbert, from Brixham for services to the community in Brixham

Mrs Melissa  Middleton, from Teignmouth for services to charity in Kenya and the community of Devon

Norman F Pullen, from Shillingford St George for services to Exeter Cathedral and the community in Exeter.

Podcast for Radio Devon; it starts 2.30 through the programme.


Sir John Evans attends Devon County Council Civic Service

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Best foot forward at StarTrek 2017

Monday, March 20th, 2017

The 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge included VIPs, wind, rain, mud and good humour.

Walkers braved wind, rain and mud last night (Saturday) for the 25th anniversary of the Rotary StarTrek Challenge.

The night time charity walk on Exmoor was this year based at Hunters Inn near Parracombe.

It saw hundreds of walkers set off into the darkness to take on an orienteering challenge of 16 or eight miles along a route that took them on roads and cross country.

The walkers were set off by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon and his wife Catriona.

As ever, North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West were the beneficiaries, with Devon Air Ambulance as the third chosen charity.

It is organised by both Ilfracombe Rotary clubs and StarTrek chairman Paul Williams said an estimated £35,000 had been raised this year.

He added: “All of the volunteers – more than 100 of them – did a sterling job in supporting the event. The walkers were phenomenal completing the course with determination and raising that amount of money for the charities.

“There was a real buzz at base camp with the Lord Lieutenant spending a great deal of time talking to volunteers and walkers. He toured the facilities as well as visiting two outer checkpoints showing a good interest in the event and the people. We are now looking forward to next years event.”





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