Somerset County Herald 27 Jul 1946 includes Eric Stanley Bruce OATEN Valetta Glenthorne Road Taunton and Mr J. E. OATEN East Combe Farm Bishops Lydeard

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Somerset County Herald and Taunton Courier Saturday 27 Jul 1946

Page 4 Column 7



Among the victims in the Palestine bomb explosion was Pte. A. TREBBLE, Royal Warwickshire Reg., of Pontispool Cottages, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton, who was killed.


Taunton Borough Magistrates on Wednesday, granted protection orders for the transfer of the County Inn, Shuttern, from Mrs. ROSSITER to Mr. Leonard John EDWARDS, and of the Crown Hotel, High-street, from Mr. Archibald Thomas GREENSLADE to Mr. Frank MARSHALL.


Devon and Cornwall's delegates to the Council of the Motor Agents Association for 1946-7 have been appointed. The South-Western section includes, Messrs. C. WALLBUTTON (Burnham-on-Sea) and Douglas SEATON (Yeovil), with Messrs. C. ALLEN (Taunton), and A. G. WALL (Bridgwater) as substitutes.



Rev. W. J. DAVIES, M.A., of Stoneleigh, South-road, Taunton, left £23,378, with net personalty, £19,130 (duty paid, £2,522). He left his property to his wife for life, with remainder to his son, Dr. Hugh W. DAVIES, of 5-6, Lancaster Gate, W.2 Probate has been granted to his wife and son.


For lighting offences with pedal cycles, the following were fined £1 each at the Borough Sessions on Wednesday: Douglas BULPIN, 24, a railway worker, of 9, York-terrace, Taunton; Sheila Myrtle SCOTT-CONLEY, 19, a typiest, of “Charlemont,” Haines-hill, Taunton; Eric Stanley Bruce OATEN, 18, surveyor, of “Valetta,” Glenthorne-road, Taunton.


Captain F. C. GODDARD, of the Wiltshire Regiment, the well-known Taunton and Somerset rugby player, has received a decoration from the Netherlands Government. Captain GODDARD, who fought all through the campaign in North-West Europe with the 43rd (Wessex) Division, had already been mentioned in dispatches


The Mayor of Taunton, Councillor S. H. PAYNE, has received a letter from a 13-years-old Brisbane, Queensland, Australian girl asking for a pen friend in the Taunton area. She states that her grandmother was a native of Longridge. Anyone of the same age who wishes to write should communicate with the Mayor's Secretary, Municipal Buildings, Taunton.


To the Editor of the Somerset County Herald.

SIR, - With reference to the recent notice you so kindly inserted in your paper in connection with our “Cancer Week in Taunton,” I would respectfully like to draw your attention to the fact that our correct title is the British Empire Cancer Campaign. - Yours very truly, R. VICTOR HOWELL, National Appeal Secretary, 11, Grosvenor-crescent, London, S.W.1.


Messrs. W. R. J. GREENSLADE & Co., of Taunton, held a sale of 81 registered British Friesian cattle and 500 registered and cross-bred Dorset Down sheep on Friday for Mr. J. E. OATEN at East Combe Farm, Bishops Lydeard.

Biddings were keen, especially for the younger cattle. The average price for the whole herd was 71 guineas, and the highest price was 145 guineas for a cow born 1941. Registered Dorset Down sheep:- 6-tooth owes up to 123s; 4-tooth ewes to 129s; 2-tooth ewes to 140s; lambs, 96s; rams, 7 guineas to 12 guineas.


The Army Mechanised Demonstration Column will come to Taunton on September 3rd. Consisting of every type of vehicle, from scout cars to heavy exhibits, which travel on transporters, at least 1,600 square feet are needed in order that its functions can be adequately appreciated by sight-seers. Priory-avenue, Lambrook-road, and Leycroft-road are being used for the Taunton “circus,” which will be open from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A marching column of 200 men is also taking part. The Mayor (Councillor S. H. PAYNE) and members of the Corporation will attend.


Young Conservatives from surrounding branches met at the Parade Rooms on Saturday evening. After informal table tennis games between members of different clubs, Mr. HOPKINSON, the prospective candidate gave an address on the organisation of the Opposition and emphasised the important tasks which the Young Conservatives were called upon to perform.

The evening continued with dancing, during which Mr. and Mrs. HOPKINSON started a snowball waltz, Mrs. STARK provided refreshments.

The first indoor meeting of the summer session will be held on the last Tuesday of this month.



At the annual meeting of Taunton Men's Whist League, on Monday evening, Mr. W. OUSLEY, who has held every office I the League, was elected a life member in recognition of his long and zealous services. Mr. J. P. MOYLAN (hon. treasurer) made the proposal, which was carried unanimously. The meeting, which was well attended, was presided over by Mr. W. LARWAY (president).

Presenting his first annual report, Mr. W. J. THORNE (hon. secretary) explained that during the year the League comprised 16 teams, playing in two sections. Division I. Shield was won by Rowbarton Blues, with the Labour Club team two points behind as runners-up. The wooden spoon went to the Casuals. Division II, provided an especially interesting game, the ultimate shield winners having been the T.A.S.C. Blacks. The runners-up were the Stragglers, two points behind.

Kingston received the wooden spoon of the division, but retrieved their honour when they reached the final of the knock-out competition. The Colonel Gault Knock-out Cup competition was won by the Conservative Club, who also won the Post-office Engineers' competition.

After mentioning that the presentation of the trophies whist drive was a great success. Mr. THORNE said at that event the opportunity was taken of presenting Mr. OUSLEY with an electric clock, in appreciation of his faithful service to the League.

Mr MOYLAN reported that there was a balance of £13 8s.

Regarding the entrance fee, the decision was made to revert to the pre-war charge of 5s. Members agreed to again hold during the year one whist drive for League funds and another for charity purposes. The dates will be decided by the Emergency Committee.

The question of entertaining members of the Forces in Musgrove-road Hospital was raised. The general opinion was that the individual teams could arrange to play games with them.

Mr. THORNE and Mr. MOYLAN were re-elected secretary and treasurer respectively. The Emergency Committee were elected and treasurer respectively. The Emergency Committee were elected en bloc, with the addition of Mr. Charles ESCOTT, Rowbarton Blues.

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<NOTES: Eric Stanley Bruce OATEN son of Stanley Olive OATEN and Amy BOLEY, married Mary Madeline WALL

John Edward OATEN son of Edward Clarke OATEN and Sarah TAYLOR, married Ethel Mary GLANFIELD>