In 1960 the village Secondary Modern School said goodbye to its Headmaster Mr. R.J. Pullen and welcomed Mr. Desmond Foster who had been Deputy Head at Pitmaston Secondary Modern School in Birmingham. Mr. Pullen had been the youngest Headmaster in Somerset when appointed at Chewton Mendip in 1924 and took over at Timsbury in 1940. To mark his retirement Mr. Pullen was presented with an inscribed gold wrist watch, a cheque and an illuminated bound book containing signatures of the whole school and many past pupils. The presentation was made by Deputy Head Mr. Brian Robbins.
Mr. Pullen was an active member of the Community and Chairman of the British Legion for whom 1960 was a momentous year. They moved from their premises in South Road to their present site in Newmans Lane after exchanging properties with the Church. The Branch Chairman Major R.E. Bartelot said that the new Legion Headquarters would be welcomed by Timsbury people in general and would provide a new meeting place for social and other events.
Timsbury suffered a major blow in 1960 with the decision of Somerset County Council to close the Timsbury St. Johns Ambulance Brigade Station which had been operated by volunteers. The village District Councillors Mrs. Molly Herbert and Mrs. Gladys Smith both spoke out against the move which intended to transfer the ambulance to Midsomer Norton with a full-time paid driver and attendants. They fought in vain, however, and the plan was adopted by Somerset C.C. on grounds of efficiency and economy on March 31 1960.
Timsbury Football Club celebrated one of the best seasons in their history. I remember travelling to Taunton to see the First team beat Dulverton 3-2 in the final of the Somerset Junior Cup on a wet miserable day and they then completed the double by winning the Second Division of the Bristol Suburban League. Meanwhile the Reserves won the Third Division of the Bath and District League with that ace goal snatcher Denzil Barnes helping himself to 57 goals in the season. At the celebration dinner held at the YMCA Hall the M.C. was Mr. Jack Cox and the music was supplied by Mr. Ted Robinson on his radiogram.
The annual concert of Timsbury Male Voice Choir attracted a large audience to the Secondary Modern School. The conductor was Mr. Ken Janes and the pianists were Mrs. Ann Stride (daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Jim Hucker) and Mrs. Ann Herbert (daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Raymond Tavener). The Silver Ring Choir of Bath also appeared in the village at the anniversary services of the Tabor Church Christian Endeavour.