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Summer holidays Enjoyed

April 15, 2010 by  
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Reading about the summer holidays you guys enjoyed , I thought you might like to hear about my childhood escapades. Camping seems to be something enjoyed by all, sleeping bags, tents, must have been like living in a first class hotel. Our tent consisted of an old tarpaulin sheet, held up at both ends by […]

Playground Romance

April 15, 2010 by  
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That day started so well as we talked in the playground, we were young and innocent and you smiled as you gave me your pen. “You may borrow it for a while to improve your writing” at least that’s what you said, or was it perhaps you knew that I could not afford to buy […]

Never Look Back

April 15, 2010 by  
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Living in retirement has its compensations.We now have time to do what we want,when we like, without complications. Whilst on our way back from a visit, I thought it would be nice to have a look at my old home,”Waterloo Cottage”. Had it altered or changed in any way? The picture started to form in […]

Drinking Cider Through A Straw

April 15, 2010 by  
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In the late 1920’s whilst still attending the local village School. An episode occurred, which could have ended with three of us getting into serious trouble, however we were lucky enough to get away with it. It is an event that I am rather ashamed of today. It all started with our usual lunch time […]

Clodding

April 15, 2010 by  
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In the 1930’s almost the only means of transport was the bicycle. Everyone had one. A few older people rode their horses and it was still possible to see an old farmer leave the pub on a market day, climb into the saddle, fall asleep and allow his horse to take him home quite safely. […]

The School Sweet Shop

April 15, 2010 by  
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Between the cross and the school an enterprising elderly lady had converted her front room into a sweet shop, the front window suitably altered to offer a display of sweets to tempt and tantalise the children on their way to school. It seemed there was always a group of children gazing and pondering what their […]

Ted Meredith – Timber Merchant

April 15, 2010 by  
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Before the rise of the ubiquitous pine forests, and the advent of power, the timber trade thought in terms of large trees of Oak, Elm and Beach – and for power they relied on horses. It was a grand sight to see four or five huge trees laying along a timber carriage, this was a […]

Nellie Well Oooh!

April 15, 2010 by  
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In the area of Manthrig Lane, there lived an elderly lady who everyone called “Nellie Well OOH”. The nickname came about because of her habit of exclaiming ‘Well OOH!’ continuously throughout her conversations. She made a precarious living selling shoes from her front room, often on credit, many a harassed mother was glad to take […]

Johnnie Bag O’ Wind

April 15, 2010 by  
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On leaving school, aged fourteen years, one of my first places of employment was with a village farmer whose farm buildings were situated opposite the school, adjoining the auction yards. His land, however, was down a lane at the junction of Severn Street and Chapel Street, this meant that the animals had to be driven […]

Jack The Clocky

April 15, 2010 by  
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At the end of the bridge, facing onto Severn Street, with a view right down Bridge Street, stood a galvanised building with a shop window in the front. This was the home of Old Jack the clock repairer. He could be seen sitting in the window, working away on his watches and clocks, almost every […]

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