Four generations attend family gathering in Buckland Brewer

08:00 20 August 2014

Around 130 people turned out to the Heal family reunion. Pic: Graham Hobbs

Around 130 people turned out to the Heal family reunion. Pic: Graham Hobbs

Archant

Around 130 people joined together at East Hele, near Buckland Brewer, in the largest Heal family gathering.

FOUR generations of the same family – some travelling from as far away as New Zealand – gathered in Buckland Brewer for a family gathering this month.

Around 130 descendants of John Heal and Mary-Anne Fry, who bought West Hele Farm in 1880, were united on August 3 at East Hele.

John and Mary had nine children, who were the starting point for the family to trace back relatives and gather together the generations.

The eldest member of the gathering was Emily Heal (nee Bealey), 89, the great granddaughter of John and Mary.

The youngest was Edith Beer, who was born in July this year, the great, great, great granddaughter of John and Mary.

Family member Lorna Hicks said five family members had also travelled from New Zealand to be at the meeting.

“It was a joy to be able to meet with so many of our family, many of who are spread around the world,” said Lorna, John and Mary’s great, great granddaughter.

“We last met together in 1987, though not such a large group as this time we went back two further generations.

“When we searched back, it was a surprise to discover the family relationship with friends we have always known.”

Anyone who thinks they may be a Heal descendant who missed out on the gathering, can contact the Gazette to be put in touch with the family.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

12:10
Recycling collections are set to resume in Torridge next week.

Service ‘as normal’ from Monday, says district council.

Read more
14:51
The Shannon is recovered after its first shout. Picture: RNLI Jane Perrin

Stricken yachtsmen picked up in double quick time as new Shannon class heads for her first rescue

Read more
11:43

Police want to hear from a woman who helped a teenage girl after an alleged attack near Bear Street Cemetery

Read more
08:00
The proposed Lidl store in Bideford.

Proposals have gone in to Torridge District Council for Clovelly Road site, with consultation event tomorrow (Wednesday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

Victim left with facial injuries following Bideford assault.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:51
Scenes from Barnstaple Elephant Day.

Crowds turned out to enjoy a busy Barnstaple Elephant Day on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:37
The boat on fire at Instow on Saturday. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Witnesses sought after estuary-side blaze on Saturday night

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Barnstaple Race for Life 2015. Picture: Andy Keeble

All smiles in Barnstaple as cancer fundraiser starts with showers but ends in sunshine.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The coastguard cliff rescue team brings the casualty to safety. Picture: RNLI

Dramatic night time rescue for Clovelly RNLI, coastguard and the Chivenor helicopter

Read more
Saturday, July 4, 2015

Two people taken to hospital following ‘head-on’ collision’.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder