We have had a really good start to the season with some very interesting visitors to the Heritage Centre, a training session for volunteers and some new displays including our medieval merchant mannequin Ken – kindly supplied by John Forrester Addie.

We were visited by ‘Charlie’ who was a pupil of St Jude’s School, Southwark, London when the entire school was evacuated to Colyton for their safety during WW2.  Charlie was billeted at Colcombe Abbey Farm, then farmed by the Gibbins family.

It was a memorable day for Charlie and his family as they paid a visit to Mrs Queenie Collier, daughter of Mr Gibbins, who was delighted to meet him again and recall their days during those times. He said he would very much like to be interviewed and record his experiences as part of CPHS’s ongoing oral history project which we are in the process of arranging.