Continued from http://raleigh400.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh_61.html
As I’ve noted elsewhere, a small group of Budleigh people were making a massive effort in the late 1960s to bring Millais’ painting ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ back to the town. Some of the ways in which this was done were quite novel. Pun intended.
He spent much of his working life in London but had a had a deep attachment to this part of Devon, even though, like fellow-author R.F. Delderfield he rather enjoyed poking fun at its stuffier elements. He seems to have collaborated with Joyce Dennys in co-writing her first play, ‘The Cup that Cheers’, produced in 1927. In August 1939 he took part in a charity show ‘in aid of debt on the Public Hall’, acting in a sketch by Joyce Dennys called ‘Half Term’.
This hitherto unpublished framed cartoon looks very much like Joyce Dennys’ work, accompanied by Victor Clinton-Baddeley’s ditty:
No Case for the Police, featuring the donnish amateur detective Dr Davie is set in a village called Tidwell St Peter’s, for which we should obviously read Budleigh Salterton. He makes a return visit to the place of his birth to stay at a hotel called The Ottery Arms – for this read The Rolle Hotel on Fore Street. The building has now been transformed into flats.
We don’t know whether Victor Clinton-Baddeley came back to Budleigh Salterton to see the ‘Ambrose Faddle’ masterpiece at Fairlynch Museum. But he must have been amused and pleased to feel that he had contributed imaginatively to his Budleigh friends’ campaign to bring ‘The Boyhood’ back home.
Sadly he died in 1970, at the early age of 70. He was buried in the family plot in All Saints’ Church graveyard in East Budleigh.
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