Hallsands Centenary Commemmoration

Salcombe History Society was represented by Chairman Ken Prowse at an exhibition to commemorate the destruction of the majority of the village of Hallsands in a storm on 26th January 1917.

Various events took place to mark the occasion including the unveiling of a plaque by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, a walk from the remains of the old village to Beesands re-enacting the escape made by the villagers, and a service held at St. Michael's Church, Stokenham.

The exhibition, housed in St. Andrew's Church, Beesands, included newspaper clippings, many interesting photographs and even family trees.

Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette's report of the commemorative events may be viewed here.

Women at War

On Thursday 19th January 2017, Chairman Ken Prowse visited the South Milton branch of the Women's Institute to give a talk on 'Women in the Front Line'. The illustrated talk, researched by Charlie Lott, charted the contributions made by women through both World Wars, from working in munitions factories through to ambulance driving and even flying aircraft, although of course not in combat at that time, and finishing with modern day warfare in which women are now actively involved.

A Date with Silverhill WI

Salcombe History's Society's first engagement of the year was on Thursday 12th January 2017 when Chairman Ken Prowse gave a talk to the Silverhill (Malborough) branch of the Women's Institute. Ken spoke at length regarding the process of compiling the Society's popular calendar, explaining the process of trying to match old photographs from the Society's archive with the equivalent (or at least similar) modern day view.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thank you for your continued support. Salcombe History Society continues to go from strength to strength and we have had another great year during which our meetings have been well attended, here at HQ we have continued with the mammoth task of scanning and cataloguing the thousands of photographs and documents in our care, we have provided assistance with local and family history research and another beautiful calendar has been produced.

The enormity of what is needed in order for us to fulfil our aim of preserving the history and heritage of South Devon means that we are always delighted to hear from anyone who feels they have some spare time which they are willing to dedicate to the cause. Most recently, we have been engaged in digitising Salcombe Maritime Museum's fascinating collection of photographs and we have now been asked to assist with the scanning and cataloguing of some 10,000 items entrusted to the care of Bigbury History Group. If you would like to get involved (and it could just be an hour a month doing general tasks such as scanning and cataloguing or working on a specific project for a period of time), do please get in touch: info@salcombehistorysociety.co.uk .

Unfortunately, this year we have lost several valued members of the Society and the Salcombe community, but our memories of them will always remain.

We wish you a happy festive period and look forward to creating more memories together in 2017.