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We want Talk About Bletchley to be an informal, friendly site where information, memories, views and opinions can be shared in an open and respectful  atmosphere.  So all comments will be checked before publishing Рbut if you do notice anything offensive, inappropriate or just plain factually incorrect, please let us know.

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Many of the older residents of Old Bletchley were brought up with the brickfields around them and just took them as being just part of the local scenery. However, for some of the newer residents it became something of a shock to look out of their front windows and see on the horizon rows of chimneys. An old news clip from the Bletchley Gazette mentions this along with their first impressions of the area.


 

First snow of the winter!

By comparison to many parts of the UK we are so very lucky not to have suffered too much of the dreadful devastation caused by hurricanes Ciara and Dennis in 2020. Going back over the years though to my childhood the joys of the first snowfall used to raise spirits and children used to love getting the sledge out and build a snowman before it all melted. Looking back in our records at ‘The Living Archive’ I discovered this clip from the Bletchley Gazette which might bring back a memory or to.

Bumper to bumper!

Well here we are in 2020, the ever-increasing volume of cars on our roads plus the pollution they cause is nowadays a daily topic in the newspapers and the media; mind you looking at Bletchley Road in 1960 things didn’t look too good either.

Well and truly crowned!

It’s surprising what you can find in a scrap merchant’s yard! See the event below recorded in a 1977 edition of the Bletchley Gazette.

Quite clearly in 1972¬† the young ladies of Bletchley faced a dilemma, see newspaper clip from The Bletchley Gazette. For me I used to love going to the youth club, plenty of girls and the Saturday night ‘social’ was a real bonus; perhaps I’ve led a sheltered life. It would be interesting to hear from you where you went as a teenager for your enjoyment?

Smile please!

How many of you were taken down to Aylesbury Street to have your photograph taken when you were a child, quite a lot I imagine? The destination of course was Ray Lubbock’s photographic studio. The attached newspaper clip from the The Bletchley Gazette highlights Ray’s career from the time he arrived in Bletchley in 1945.

RAF Bletchley

Not too sure if everybody was aware but during the Second World War there was an RAF Camp in Bletchley, the location being at the end of Rickley Lane, Old Bletchley. Over the years we have had comments from visitors to Talk About Bletchley who were there during those troublesome times, here’s the Camp Column which may bring back memories to all those who were stationed there.