Winsford in Winter 2010

The grade II* listed Winsford Cottage Hospital is a fine example of Arts & Craft Architecture designed by the influential Arts & Craft designer Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857 – 1941). The Winsford Cottage Hospital was commissioned in 1900 by Maria (Molly) Webb-Medley in memory of her husband George for the community of Halwill and its surrounding 14 parishes.

C.F.A Voysey was a leading British architect of the Arts & Craft Movement born in Hessle, Yorkshire 1857. In 1882 Voysey set up his own practice in Westminster where in the early years he concentrated on his decorative forms, most notably textiles, wallpaper and carpets. In 1888 Voysey received his first architectural commission; a house for M. H. Lakin, Itchington this was the first of many notable country houses. His designs were published widely, exhibited at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society and were highly influential.

The Winsford Trust came into being in 1999 when the local community, led by the Winsford Hospital League of Friends, formed a committee in partnership with Age Concern Torridge, to secure the ownership and development of the building for the benefit of the community.

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Dr Ray Ward – Chair

Ray is Devon born and bred and has hiked and cycled over much of the county. He attended grammar school in Exeter and has a Ten Tors medal from his participation in the second ever event. For many years he was a member of the Sydenham Wheelers Cycling Club. An enthusiasm for cooking is a lasting legacy of study and research in chemistry at Bristol and Bath Universities. Subsequently, a career in the civil service included six years in the Laboratory of The Government Chemist, six years as the Scientific Secretary to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and twelve years in the headquarters of the Department of Trade & Industry. For eight years he was Chair of Governors of a primary school in Wimbledon. Latterly, he worked in the London Chamber of Commerce and undertook consultancy for the British Chambers of Commerce but is now fully retired.

Ian Sanders

Ian is a professional photographer. He was born in Welwyn, Hertfordshire and began his career in photography with Hawker Siddley (now BAe) at Hatfield where a passion for aviation was more than satisfied with flying as part of the job. In 1987 he became freelance, specialising in commercial and architectural photography. For six years he served as a school governor in St Albans. Despite moving to Devon in 2002 his business still takes him country wide to photograph mainly large industrial projects, both from the ground and the air. His interests include cooking, playing the trombone (a recent addition), astronomy, and the Southern Railway in North Devon. The former Winsford Cottage Hospital has been an enthusiasm since he first saw it and he looks forward to playing a part in its restoration as a valuable community resource.

Gaye Tabor

Gaye was born south west of London and has progressed steadily over the years towards Devon, which is the county of her ancestors. As the daughter of a London based developer and having worked for an Architect she has a lifelong interest in good design and build. She was attracted to the Trust through the Voysey connection.

Her background is in management at Board level and she is currently a partner in a firm of property consultants. She is a member of Torridge District Council. She sits on the boards of the following organisations:-

  • Biosphere Reserve Partnership
  • AONB Partnership
  • Leader 4
  • CPRE Devon Board
  • Planning Agents Forum
  • Lundy Marine Board

Lynn Barton

Lynn had early experience working in both local government service and the civil service. She then worked for many years with her husband in his engineering company which expanded into media services for the film and TV industries. Unfortunately this latter operation was overtaken by the advent of digital TV cameras, which required an investment that was beyond the company’s means. After a spell of “early retirement” in Madeira, she returned to work again in local government. After retiring once more, she was invited to take on the role of Company Secretary for the Trust, a post she held until the current members of staff were appointed. She then joined the Board of Trustees. Lynn is active in the local Gardening Club and organises an annual Halwill Open Gardens Day in support of the Trust.

Jenny Hardman

Jenny’s first career was as a civil servant in London for twenty years. When her late husband, a graphic designer, felt that he needed a career change, he and she moved to Somerset where they bought and ran a country pub. Jenny’s interest in all things ‘antique’ later led to running a Furniture Restoration & Upholstery business in Halwill Junction. Jenny also lectured in Okehampton & Bude. On her retirement, the business was sold. She is a keen traveller, an active member of the Halwill History Society and a Governor at the local school.