Taunton Courier 24 Jun 1936 Cheddon Fitzpaine Kingston West Monkton Curry Mallet

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Taunton Courier. Bristol and Exeter Journal, and Western Advertiser Wednesday 24 Jun 1936

Page 6 & 7


HORTICULTURAL PHENOMENON. - Green roses are considered something of a rarity; in fact, the number of people who can claim to have seen one are extremely few. A reporter of this paper was shown one on Thursday evening. It was a small bloom fully formed, and the petals were of a deep rich green colour, only paling slightly towards the centre. These roses can be seen growing in the garden of Mr. WARREN at Hill House, Cheddon Fitzpaine, and the original cuttings are supposed to have come from a rose bush at Cannonleigh Farm, Westleigh, Wellington.





A right-of-way dispute between two neighbours was mentioned at Taunton County Sessions on Saturday, when Victor HAINES, steward, of Kingston, was accused of threatening to assault Walter James DOBLE, a retired police-inspector.

Mr. C. M. B. KITE, representing complainant, stated that the parties occupied adjoining houses that the parties occupied adjoining houses and had a common right-of-way to a well. Recently HAINES had erected a gate, with padlock, at the end of the right-of-way, so that DOBLE could not walk down there and go to the well. The padlock had been broken several times, the last occasion being on June 11th, when HAINES used very bad language and threatened to “throw Mr. DOBLE, his wife and daughter into the dipping well.” They were really afraid of the man and asked that he should be bound over.


Complainant, giving evidence, said that after retiring to bed on June 11th he heard defendant, at about 10.45 p.m., shouting outside the house. He alleged that defendant stated. “DOBLE, you old ---, come down, I'll knock you into --- bits and throw you into the dipping well.”

In reply to defendant, witness denied threatening to shoot HAINES, but admitted that he asked his wife to hand him his revolver, which she did, after defendant had threatened to smash up his property.

I always keep a revolver in my bedroom.” said DOBLE, in answer to another question.

The Chairman (Mr. A. E. EASTWOOD) asked, “Was the rest of the discussion carried on when you were armed with a revolver?”

Complainant: I was in the bedroom and he was downstairs.

The Clerk (Mr. Robert W. YOUNG): Was the revolver loaded? - No, sir. I have ammunition in the house.


DOBLE, when further questioned, stated, “I shouldn't have shot at you – I hope I have more sense than that – but I might have shot over your head if it had been necessary to frighten you.”

Defendant said he did not think the Court should allow DOBLE to have a revolver.

Mrs. Rhoda DOBLE and Miss Edith Irene DOBLE, wife and daughter of complainant, stated they lived in fear of what might happen, and asked that defendant should be bound over.

Victor Dennis BROWN, a newsvendor, who was called for the defence, said when HAINES was told that the padlock on the gate had been broken he asked DOBLE to “be a man and come downstairs,” and he replied, “Go to ---.” Witness heard complainant say he would shoot HAINES with his revolver.

The Clerk: Why did you think Mr HAINES wanted him to come down? - To tell him about the gate being smashed.

Couldn't he have told him where he was? - Witness did not reply.


BROWN stated, in reply to Mr. KITE, that he heard HAINES say to DOBLE. “ I will knock you into bits and throw you in the dipping well.” It was afterwards that complainant called for his revolver.

Defendant did not give evidence, but commented, “I strongly object to being threatened to be shot with a revolver. It is not the law of this country for a person to be permitted to threaten, and I think I was perfectly justified in any action I took against this man. I think he is an abject coward. I did not want him to fight but to come down and discuss the matter peaceably.

The Bench bound over both parties in the dispute to be of good behaviour for 12 months, the recognisances being fixed at £10 each.


COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER INJURED. - Peter Norman BARBER, aged 19, commercial traveller, Lynton, Trentham Stoke-on-Trent, was conveyed by ambulance to the Taunton and Somerset Hospital on Sunday suffering from shock and abrasions. He was driving a motor van, which apparently skidded, and collided with a telegraph post near Walford Cross, on the main Taunton-Bridgwater road.


WOMEN'S INSTITUTE. - The June monthly meeting on Friday, usually one of the most enjoyable of the year, was marred by wet weather. At the invitiaton of Mrs. Howard CHEDZOY, the meeting took place at Stowey Farm. It was intended to hold it on the lawn, but this had to be abandoned to the shelter of the house. Mrs. S. BAKER (vice-president) presided. Members were pleased to hear that Mrs. J. BURT was recovering from a severe operation, also that Miss Peggy DIBBLE had successfully undergone an operation. Mrs. HICKS, who attended the N.F.W.I. meeting, London, as delegate, gave an interesting report. Arrangements were made for the conveyance of visitors and exhibits to the Tetton House show. Miss REES-MOGG gave a very interesting talk on Kipling's poems, and was thanked by Mrs. MALE. A competition for dressing a doll was judged by Mrs. WARD and Mrs. AUSTIN, who awarded ten marks each to Mrs. B. PREW, Misses P. DIBBLE and M. KEATES. The judges were thanked by Mrs. YARDE. Tea, which was given by Mrs. CHEDZOY, was followed by a game. An enjoyable afternoon ended with a hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Mrs. S. BAKER, to Mrs. CHEDZOY for her hospitality. Members are requested to bring their earliest photograph to the July meeting (at Mrs. PREW's house), for a competition.

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