Dave Blencowe 1960 - 2024. RIP

Published: 13th May, 2024

During the preparation for the first day of the Members' Weekend on Saturday (11th May), we were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Blencowe on the Friday evening.

Dave Blencowe

It was a great shock to all who knew him when we heard that Dave had died on the evening before the AGM this month. It was totally unexpected.


Dave was a great supporter of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and tackled any task that needed doing. Recently he had been working at Woody Bay several days each week on accounts, wages, shop, controller – the list goes on.


In 2007 Dave arrived at the AGM and made his presence felt. He became a working volunteer in 2008 and then a director of the CIC from 2010 until 2019 when his working life became more demanding. Last year he found that he was able to spare time and stood as a director again. He was – of course – elected and then took over as managing director this year when Malcolm Smith stood down. His commercial experience was very helpful to the L&B.


Dave was also a guard and re-qualified again last year.


With Dave’s passing we have lost a dedicated member, director and friend. He will be deeply missed.