Stowford Paper Mill Scrap Book

SCRAPBOOK DATES:

1930 – 1990

Mainly sports activities

and social events

Cricket team 1930s

Portals Cricket Team

PORTALS CRICKET TEAM

In the 1930s the Paper Mill had two cricket teams, an ‘A’ Team and a ‘B’ Team operating in the United Churches League.

Funding for all the sports sections around the time of the Great Depression was tight. Committee members worked hard to ensure everyone had their fair share of money available.

Minutes from a General Committee meeting in 1935 details an offer from Devon Valley Mill of 6 used cricket balls, with an agreement from the committee that an offer of 15/- and not exceeding 20/- should be made. Further proposals were tabled for the purchase of two new sets of pads at a cost of £2-3-0, five pairs of batting gloves for the sum of £1-14-0, two new bats at a cost of £2-17-0 and a new cricket bag costing £2-1-0. With the committee in amenable mood, a Mrs Thompson reported a shortage of crockery for teas!

Stowford Paper Mill Scrap Book

SCRAPBOOK DATES: 1930 - 1990

Mainly sports activities

and social events

Cricket team 1930s

PORTALS CRICKET TEAM

In the 1930s the Paper Mill had two cricket teams, an ‘A’ Team and a ‘B’ Team operating in the United Churches League.

Funding for all the sports sections around the time of the Great Depression was tight. Committee members worked hard to ensure everyone had their fair share of money available.

Minutes from a General Committee meeting in 1935 details an offer from Devon Valley Mill of 6 used cricket balls, with an agreement from the committee that an offer of 15/- and not exceeding 20/- should be made. Further proposals were tabled for the purchase of two new sets of pads at a cost of £2-3-0, five pairs of batting gloves for the sum of £1-14-0, two new bats at a cost of £2-17-0 and a new cricket bag costing £2-1-0. With the committee in amenable mood, a Mrs Thompson reported a shortage of crockery for teas!

BONFIRE NIGHT 1951

A magnificent fireworks display and bonfire was provided by employees and staff of Stowford Mill Ivybridge to celebrate the 5th November.

A gathering of about 1,000 people witnessed the spectacle.  The proceedings started at 6.45pm with a torch-light procession from the village.  Guy Fawkes was escorted by the Ivybridge Cubs and Scouts.  On arrival at the mill, the prisoner was tried and the jury returned a unanimous vote of “Guilty”.

The mill manager, Mr H B Macnee, then lit the bonfire on which the unfortunate prisoner was deposited.  A grand fireworks display followed and the proceedings concluded with community singing.

NETBALL

The photograph depicts both netball teams from 1959.

Portals netball team was formed in 1959 and had a very successful first season. In March the team took on the ladies from Devon Valley Mill and defeated them 20-14. In 1960 Portal’s Netball first VII team gained 14 points out of a possible 18 in the Plymouth Summer Evening League.

A RIOTOUS EVENING

On Saturday 12th December Stowfordians and their friends, 150 in all, defied gale-force winds to foregather at the Torbay Hotel, Torquay, for the purpose of feasting and dancing, with a modicum of imbibing.

Miss Stowford winner

Undoubtedly the high spot of a riotous evening was the choosing of ‘Miss Stowford’ in, what is hoped will be a preliminary round of the competition to elect ‘Miss Wiggins Teape’.

 

Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) – 1964

FILM NIGHT AT THE MILL

Far more people than could be accommodated wanted to be present on a night in April when there was the additional attraction of a film show which was seen in four houses of fifty people at a time – a total of 200.

 

The cinema was the men’s dining room, not exactly up to Odeon standards, but the film Return to Lochaber more than made up for the lack of amenities.

 

Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) June 1969

SUCCESS AT ANNUAL SPORTS DAY FOR FINISHING STAFF

Flat Finishing Department.
In the summer of 1969 the ‘Flat Finishing Department’ at Stowford Mill, seen in the photograph with three trophies, almost swept the board at the Mill’s annual sports event. The department gained the overall trophy, together with the cricket and football trophies.

RIVER DART RAFT RACE - 1981

Raft Race in 1981

For the River Dart Raft Race organised by the Totnes & District Round Table which each year raises money for charity, Stowford Mill designed the “Stowford Special”. This raft featured a unique design with the possibility of low water in mind. The front and rear 45 gallon drums were fitted with axles to enable the craft to trundle happily through the shallows. This design feature however was not required on the day, as arriving at the start, some 10 miles upstream from Totnes, the team were greeted by the River Dart in full flow, after torrential rain.

Whilst the design and construction of the raft did not result in a great turn of speed it was extremely stable, making negotiation of the weirs fairly easy. The raft successfully reached Totnes in good shape.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL COMPETITION

Football Team.

In 1992, Stowford Mill football team were fortunate to be one of the eight teams drawn from a hat to compete in “Le premier Concours Internationale de ArjoWiggins” literally the first International (inter-mill) Football Competition to be held at one of the company’s mill sites in France at Annonay. The event took place over the weekend of April 25th and 26th.

Ivybridge were drawn against the eventual winners of Papeterie de L’Aa in the first round of matches and were beaten 3-0. After a quick break for food and wine (when in France!) the team took on the team from the Paris central office. After heroically coming back from 2-0 to draw level, the team lost on penalties. This sadly meant Ivybridge were eliminated from the competition.

Sparkler

BONFIRE NIGHT 1951

A magnificent fireworks display and bonfire was provided by employees and staff of Stowford Mill Ivybridge to celebrate the 5th November.

A gathering of about 1,000 people witnessed the spectacle.  The proceedings started at 6.45pm with a torch-light procession from the village.  Guy Fawkes was escorted by the Ivybridge Cubs and Scouts.  On arrival at the mill, the prisoner was tried and the jury returned a unanimous vote of “Guilty”.

The mill manager, Mr H B Macnee, then lit the bonfire on which the unfortunate prisoner was deposited.  A grand fireworks display followed and the proceedings concluded with community singing.

The photograph depicts both netball teams from 1959.

NETBALL

Portals netball team was formed in 1959 and had a very successful first season. In March the team took on the ladies from Devon Valley Mill and defeated them 20-14. In 1960 Portal’s Netball first VII team gained 14 points out of a possible 18 in the Plymouth Summer Evening League.

Miss Stowford winner

A RIOTOUS EVENING

On Saturday 12th December Stowfordians and their friends, 150 in all, defied gale-force winds to foregather at the Torbay Hotel, Torquay, for the purpose of feasting and dancing, with a modicum of imbibing.

 

Undoubtedly the high spot of a riotous evening was the choosing of ‘Miss Stowford’ in, what is hoped will be a preliminary round of the competition to elect ‘Miss Wiggins Teape’.

 

Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) – 1964

Cine Film

FILM NIGHT AT THE MILL

Far more people than could be accommodated wanted to be present on a night in April when there was the additional attraction of a film show which was seen in four houses of fifty people at a time – a total of 200.

 

The cinema was the men’s dining room, not exactly up to Odeon standards, but the film Return to Lochaber more than made up for the lack of amenities.

 

Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) June 1969

Flat Finishing Department.

SUCCESS AT ANNUAL SPORTS DAY FOR FINISHING STAFF

In the summer of 1969 the ‘Flat Finishing Department’ at Stowford Mill, seen in the photograph with three trophies, almost swept the board at the Mill’s annual sports event. The department gained the overall trophy, together with the cricket and football trophies.
Raft Race in 1981
Stowford Special innovations

RIVER DART RAFT RACE - 1981

For the River Dart Raft Race organised by the Totnes & District Round Table which each year raises money for charity, Stowford Mill designed the “Stowford Special”. This raft featured a unique design with the possibility of low water in mind. The front and rear 45 gallon drums were fitted with axles to enable the craft to trundle happily through the shallows. This design feature however was not required on the day, as arriving at the start, some 10 miles upstream from Totnes, the team were greeted by the River Dart in full flow, after torrential rain.

Whilst the design and construction of the raft did not result in a great turn of speed it was extremely stable, making negotiation of the weirs fairly easy. The raft successfully reached Totnes in good shape.

Football kit

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL COMPETITION

Football Team.

In 1992, Stowford Mill football team were fortunate to be one of the eight teams drawn from a hat to compete in “Le premier Concours Internationale de ArjoWiggins” literally the first International (inter-mill) Football Competition to be held at one of the company’s mill sites in France at Annonay. The event took place over the weekend of April 25th and 26th.

Ivybridge were drawn against the eventual winners of Papeterie de L’Aa in the first round of matches and were beaten 3-0. After a quick break for food and wine (when in France!) the team took on the team from the Paris central office. After heroically coming back from 2-0 to draw level, the team lost on penalties. This sadly meant Ivybridge were eliminated from the competition.

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PORTALS CRICKET TEAM

 

In the 1930s the Paper Mill had two cricket teams, an ‘A’ Team and a ‘B’ Team operating in the United Churches League.
Funding for all the sports sections around the time of the Great Depression was tight. Committee members worked hard to ensure everyone had their fair share of money available.
Minutes from a General Committee meeting in 1935 details an offer from Devon Valley Mill of 6 used cricket balls, with an agreement from the committee that an offer of 15/- and not exceeding 20/- should be made. Further proposals were tabled for the purchase of two new sets of pads at a cost of £2-3-0, five pairs of batting gloves for the sum of £1-14-0, two new bats at a cost of £2-17-0 and a new cricket bag costing £2-1-0. With the committee in amenable mood, a Mrs Thompson reported a shortage of crockery for teas!

BONFIRE NIGHT 1951

 
A magnificent fireworks display and bonfire was provided by employees and staff of Stowford Mill Ivybridge to celebrate the 5th November.
A gathering of about 1,000 people witnessed the spectacle.  The proceedings started at 6.45pm with a torch-light procession from the village.  Guy Fawkes was escorted by the Ivybridge Cubs and Scouts.  On arrival at the mill, the prisoner was tried and the jury returned a unanimous vote of “Guilty”.
The mill manager, Mr H B Macnee, then lit the bonfire on which the unfortunate prisoner was deposited.  A grand fireworks display followed and the proceedings concluded with community singing.

NETBALL

Portals netball team was formed in 1959 and had a very successful first season. In March the team took on the ladies from Devon Valley Mill and defeated them 20-14. In 1960 Portal’s Netball first VII team gained 14 points out of a possible 18 in the Plymouth Summer Evening League.
The photograph depicts both netball teams from 1959.

A RIOTOUS EVENING

 

On Saturday 12th December Stowfordians and their friends, 150 in all, defied gale-force winds to foregather at the Torbay Hotel, Torquay, for the purpose of feasting and dancing, with a modicum of imbibing.
Undoubtedly the high spot of a riotous evening was the choosing of ‘Miss Stowford’ in, what is hoped will be a preliminary round of the competition to elect ‘Miss Wiggins Teape’.
Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) – 1964

FILM NIGHT AT THE MILL

 

Far more people than could be accommodated wanted to be present on a night in April when there was the additional attraction of a film show which was seen in four houses of fifty people at a time – a total of 200.
The cinema was the men’s dining room, not exactly up to Odeon standards, but the film Return to Lochaber more than made up for the lack of amenities.
Gateway (the internal magazine of Wiggins Teape) June 1969
Flat Finishing Department.

SUCCESS AT ANNUAL SPORTS DAY FOR FINISHING STAFF

 

In the summer of 1969 the ‘Flat Finishing Department’ at Stowford Mill, seen in the photograph with three trophies, almost swept the board at the Mill’s annual sports event. The department gained the overall trophy, together with the cricket and football trophies
Raft Race in 1981

RIVER DART RAFT RACE -1981

 

For the River Dart Raft Race organised by the Totnes & District Round Table which each year raises money for charity, Stowford Mill designed the “Stowford Special”. This raft featured a unique design with the possibility of low water in mind. The front and rear 45 gallon drums were fitted with axles to enable the craft to trundle happily through the shallows. This design feature however was not required on the day, as arriving at the start, some 10 miles upstream from Totnes, the team were greeted by the River Dart in full flow, after torrential rain.
Whilst the design and construction of the raft did not result in a great turn of speed it was extremely stable, making negotiation of the weirs fairly easy. The raft successfully reached Totnes in good shape.

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL COMPETITION

 

In 1992, Stowford Mill football team were fortunate to be one of the eight teams drawn from a hat to compete in “Le premier Concours Internationale de ArjoWiggins” literally the first International (inter-mill) Football Competition to be held at one of the company’s mill sites in France at Annonay. The event took place over the weekend of April 25th and 26th.
Ivybridge were drawn against the eventual winners of Papeterie de L’Aa in the first round of matches and were beaten 3-0. After a quick break for food and wine (when in France!) the team took on the team from the Paris central office. After heroically coming back from 2-0 to draw level, the team lost on penalties. This sadly meant Ivybridge were eliminated from the competition.