A 1957 Budleigh Salterton Drama Club production for which Joan Bennett wrote the music
Sir Richard’s father, the children’s author Rodney Bennett had come to know Joyce Dennys the artist and wife of a Budleigh GP. She had provided illustrations for Rodney Bennett’s books and it was at her suggestion that the Bennett family moved to the town in 1939. Their famous musician son lived there until 1961 before moving to London.
A local Women’s Institutes entertainment in the 1950s included an item performed by the East Budleigh and Bicton WI entitled ‘Jam Today’, for which she wrote the music with lyrics by Pamela Macdonald.
Meg Peacocke, in Budleigh October 2014, with a Japanese Acer Palmatum 'Osakazuki'
A distinguished poet herself, Meg came back to Budleigh to give a talk to Friends of Fairlynch and the Otter Valley Association about her memories of the town during World War Two.