Angela Perkins

As some of you may know, Angela Perkins (formerly of Gaters Sandford) died in mid December after a stroke.

The funeral was held at Sandford on 20 December. 

Angela and her husband Richard (Dick) joined CAHMS in March 1993. Angela was part of the archive group that worked at North Street sorting out the society's records. The team then moved to Downes where John Heal remembers working with her on a rickety table in the kitchen. Angela was a very good researcher and mainly worked on the Sandford papers. She helped with the society's newsletter, contributing articles and printing it on the Sandford Parish Church copier.

During World War Two she was a Wren at Plymouth. Her job was decoding messages, but she never spoke in any detail about her work.

Before moving to Sandford she and Dick lived in Surrey where she wrote a history of her town. Whilst in Crediton she compiled an index to Venn’s book, a much needed addition. She also wrote a short book (unpublished) on the diary of William Snell, a 19th century Crediton Tanner and Currier.

Dick Perkins sadly died in 2001 but Angela continued to help at Downes on the archives until she had to give up driving her car.

29 January 2013