Guestbook July 2003 - March 2004


We are experiencing some guestbook problems at the moment. In the meantime please note my new email address.
Roger Stokes < rstokes@woodburydevon.co.uk>
- Thursday, April 08, 2004 at 20:09:12 (BST)


It is wonderful to read the tribute to Ann Templer who was a cousin of my father, David McLeod. I had only met her and Bob once and had but a vague knowledge of their story so this tribute will be a wonderful addition to the family history. I congratulate and thank Mrs Brighouse for the tribute and Roger Stokes fro the phot montage. Ian McL.
Ian McLeod < walk.tours@paradise.net.nz>
Christchurch, New Zealand - Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 21:17:07 (GMT)


Thank goodness we have someone as dedicated as yourself to keep everyone far and wide informed on Woodbury's progress through the years past present and future. Very interesting and informative.
Terry Conneeley < Conneeley>
Woodbury, England - Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 18:25:53 (GMT)
So refreshing to see peaceful Woodbury by this means. The webcam is visited daily! Paul
Paul Greenaway - Sunnyside < paulgreenaway77@hotmail.com>
Baghdad, Iraq - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 07:45:09 (GMT)
A most interesting and well presented site. especially the supurb photography. If there is a better one of it's kind on the web I have yet to find it. t ...............................................................................................................................................................................
John Goldsmith < OLLIEONGAR@.AOL.COM>
Epping Essex, England - Friday, February 27, 2004 at 22:37:06 (GMT)
A very well thought out and very interesting site. Congratulations. My mother Ethel Goldsmith nee Carter, was born in Woodbury in 1889. The daughter of William John and Mary Ann Carter nee Stoneman. One of her brothers Charles George Bright Carter's name appears on Woodbury war memorial. He was killed on the Somme and has no known grave. Sadly my grandfather killed his self in 1926. by slitting his throat with a razor in the garden of Cottles Cottage. where he was living at the time. Sorry to sound so morbid, but it is part of my family history and I refuse to let it be swept under the carpet.
John Oliver Goldsmith < OLLIEONGAR@.AOL.com >
Epping, England - Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 23:37:51 (GMT)
My step sister Patricia Holland has lived in Woodbury all her life,my wife and I have visited the wonderful village many times.Have lived in Australia since 1964 but return to the old country from time to time.Excellent web site ,gives us pangs of home sickness. Best wishes to everyone. David H
david hughes < borneo@pipeline.com.au>
belmont, australia - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 00:25:36 (GMT)
I am tracing the "Hole" family and managed to trace them back to William Hole (born Exton) married Eleanor Marshall (exton) - they later moved to Woodbury with there family 1800ish, i have read Ursula Brighouse's book and have gained some valuable info - I would love to hear from any one with any connections or can help me with my research.
Ruth Penhallurick < ruthpenhallurick@hotmail.com>
devon, uk - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 12:18:58 (GMT)
A very nice site. Well done. I look forward to being able to access the Woodbury News and all the local gossip while I am away on my regular trips to the Sahara desert. I know my Arab colleagues will be amazed at your pictures of our green and pleasant land!
Chris Lynch < cjlynch@cjlynch.eurobell.co.uk>
Woodbury, UK - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 09:54:07 (GMT)
Lovely site - we are relcoating to the area with our two young children and are trying to find a suitable family home - if anyone can help us please email me sales@motivacorporate.co.uk.
Julia McCracken < sale@motivacorporate.co.uk>
Cheltenham, England - Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 13:29:26 (GMT)
Hello, we have discovered your site from Google whilst trying to trace our family tree and are very impressed with the content of the site, Woodbury looks lovely and we are now considering visiting in the future. My great grandmother was Ada Clapp, who was born in Woodbury in c 1865 and on the 1891 census had the grocers shop. We think her parents were George Clapp and Mary Bright Clapp (nee Hitchcock). Mary's parents again we beleive were John Hitchcock and Sarah (Sally) Hitchcock (nee Hellings), and Mary was born in 1832 again in Woodbury. We would be most grateful for any help anyone could give us on the Clapps, Hitchcocks, Hellings and possibly Searles, or indeed any more information about life in Woodbury around the 19th century. Thank you in anticipation. Sally Holden
Sally Holden < f1.cat@virgin.net>
Chorley, England - Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 14:29:51 (GMT)
Am now a fairly frequent visitor to the site. The old photograohs are great. I am grateful to those kind people who have given me information on the Livermore and Ireland families of Woodbury. It wouls appear my last living relative in Woodbury was Granny Kate who lived opposite the village school.
Len Phillips < len@phillips303.freeserve.co.uk>
Bideford, Devon - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 19:46:00 (GMT)
Our daughter Jo sent us your site address. The memories come flooding back. Spent a day with Bungays & Hurleys on their visit 'Down Under' to watch the World Rugby. (Great result England). Met Jane Logan & her husband on Christmas Eve at a neighbours house. Discovered they also lived in Orchard Close but at different times to us. Loved reading The Woodbury News. Have some back copies from our 10 years in that friendly and community oriented village. Will be a frequent visitor to your site.
Jean & Ron Holder < www.holder@smartchat.net.au>
Melbourne, Australia - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 06:58:57 (GMT)
I grew up in Woodbury with my parents, Jean & Ron Holder, and my brother Matthew. We lived there from 1967 - 1977, and I loved every moment of it. We moved to Hong Kong in '77, and then Australia in 1982. So cool to see the site from the other side of the world....brings back lovely memories of playing with Helen Stokes on the farm.
Joanne Holder < j.holder@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au>
Melbourne, Australia - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 02:32:09 (GMT)
Would anyone know where StThomas, Woodbury; or Thomas, Woodbury, is please? My thanks in advance, Paul Madge
Paul MADGE < madge_prp@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 11:50:03 (GMT)
The MADGE family has connections with Woodbury for over 200 years. I would be very interested, as the MADGE Family Historian, to hear from anyone who has some info on this. By the way where are the Woodbury Maps? Paul Madge
Paul MADGE < madge_prp@hotmail.com>
S.Petherton, Somerset - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 11:39:01 (GMT)
Nice to refresh our memories of Woodbury,you have done well Roger. For interest Glenda's dad came from Woodbury in 1914 he was J. H. (Harry) Stokes.
Don&Glenda Bell < b.jella@sasktel.net>
Dubuc Sask, Canada - Friday, December 19, 2003 at 04:06:09 (GMT)
Hi I am trying to trace my family history some of which comes from Woodbury but have come up against a brick wall.I have a mary (anne) MOORE who was born in Woodbury about 1831. I know she was married to Frederick BURCH and living in Plymouth in 1851 but cannot find details of her birth or marriage which I presume would have been in Woodbury.I have no further family details but would be grateful of any help. Thanks in anticipation and happy christmas to you all.
Paul SIDDLE < Magsinrio@AOL.com>
West London, England - Tuesday, December 16, 2003 at 21:34:55 (GMT)
What a lovely site! I have recently started tracing my family tree, and have traced my ancestors, by the name of Jarman/Jerman/German/Jermyn; Churchill; Vinicombe; Green and Wilkins to Woodbury in the 1700's and 1800's. Who knows - I may have some relatives still living there! Any info would be gratefully received! Hope to visit one day! Maggie
Maggie Watton < Magswat@ntlworld.com>
Bournemouth, Dorset, England - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 17:32:22 (GMT)
I would just like to thank Roger Stockes on a quick return from my message i posted on this board, i was very pleased to open my mail box and see photos of my ggggrandbother and other members of my family, those that are tracing their family tree will know the joy in this, its true what they say the internet is know connecting people like never before, once again i thank you,,, Rusell Down
Russell < russelldown@hotmail.com>
Wales, - Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 01:59:56 (GMT)
Having lived in Devon's best village for some years, and brought our daughters up there, it it great to be able to see what is happening on the web. It is good to see on the Parish Council news that the same issues keep coming up after all this time! Thank you to everyone who puts the effort into the website - it makes the Falkland Islands seem a long way away!
Nick and Alex Sanders < nick.sanders@horizon.co.fk>
Stanley, Falkland Islands - Monday, November 17, 2003 at 12:33:54 (GMT)
Lovley place my family came from woodbury back in the 1800 and eairler there names are down/Duncan/sanford/sanders. maybe some are still living here, would love to hear from you
Russell Downe < russelldown@hotmail.com>
Wales, uk - Sunday, November 16, 2003 at 16:09:29 (GMT)
A lovely "find". My parents retired to Woodbury and after 18yrs of making good friends my father sadly died last July. My mother remains in your friendly village. It was great to read your vllage news remotely and see my parents house from the church tower - Your villages panoramas are a great idea.
Christopher Merriman < chris@cmerriman.co.uk>
Wiltshire, England - Monday, November 10, 2003 at 20:28:09 (GMT)
Fantastic to be able to see my old home and catch up on "The Woodbury News" - Thankyou Katie Evans
Katie Evans < agrade@hotmail.com>
Nottingham, uk - Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 05:21:47 (GMT)
I am looking into my familt history. My Great grand mothers family originated in Woodbury.
John Chard
Penarth, u.k. - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 16:45:06 (BST)
I have just discovered your site. Very interesting as I am trying to trace my mother's ancestors who lived in Woodbury 1890 -1938 their names were LIvermore and in 1901 lived at the Court. Any information would be helpful. Thanks Len Phillips
Len Phillips < len@phillips303.freeserve.co.uk>
Bideford, Devon - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 23:26:18 (BST)
This is a great website. The old postcards show that some areas of the village have not changed much in 100 years!!! Although my wife and I live in the USA, Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton is still home for us. It pulls on our heart-strings seeing the webcamera and reading the Woodbury news. Keep up the good work and please add some information on Woodbury Salterton.
Charles Smith < charlessmith@siemens.com>
Orlando, Florida - Monday, September 08, 2003 at 14:56:48 (BST)
My mother Elsie Knott was born and lived in Woodbury until 1924 when she came to Australia. They lived in Church Stile. I heard about this web page from a resident of Woodbury when I contacted her about bobbin lace. How exciting it is to have found the site. I am of course very interested in information about the family.
Margaret Jaggar < mjaggar@bigpond.com>
Keiraville 2500 NSW, Australia - Sunday, September 07, 2003 at 12:14:29 (BST)
My mother Elsie Knott was born in Woodbury and lived in Church Stile. I heard about your page from a woodbury resident after I had contacted her about bobbin lace. How exciting to view the old postcards.
Margaret Jaggar < mjaggar@bigpond.com.au>
Keiraville NSW, Australia - Sunday, September 07, 2003 at 11:59:56 (BST)
As my family lived in woodbury during the late fifties, early sixties and I went to the village school with my brother Colin I found this website very interesting and it brought back many memories.
Anita Isaac ... ( Ballamy ) < kevin.isaac3@btopenworld.com>
Romsey, Hampshire, - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 11:06:05 (BST)
I have just moved to Woodbury and am settling down, and have flown my powered hang glider from your field a few times. It's a lovely village, friendly and laid back, and has a rich and interesting history as well. I have just moved with the Met office from Bracknell in Berkshire. I hope to get some more flying soon, maybe I can give you some aerial shots for the website. The web site is superb, keep up the good work. Simon.
Simon Fuller < simon.r.fuller@metoffice.com>
Woodbury, - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 09:24:46 (BST)
I have recently come across this web site thanks to another woodburyite Rose Hazell and enjoy once a month looking through the updates, the panoramas bring back some great childhood memories, my only query is " why do I never see any people on the web cam "?
penny phillips nee vickery < pennyphillips1@bigpond.com>
maroochydore sunshine coast, australia - Wednesday, August 06, 2003 at 10:11:34 (BST)
I visit this site weekly and enjoy keeping up-to-date with the goings-on in Woodbury. Thanks.
Joanne Arrowsmith (Davey)
Brisbane, Australia - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 05:55:01 (BST)
Very interesting site, looks a really nice village. Look forward to visiting shortly.
Peter Cottrill < peter@pcottrill.fsworld.co.uk>
Sutton Coldfield, England - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 16:29:13 (BST)