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Archive for December, 2012

Firstly, wishing all our friends and visitors a ‘Very Happy Christmas’ and a ‘Prosperous and Healthy New Year’!

Just in case you need a little respite from the ‘holiday celebrations’ I’ve included a bit of yesteryear for you to have a go at. Throughout the year we have tried to baffle visitors to Talk About Bletchley, however so far I don’t think we have posted a photograph that nobody has managed to get – anyway here goes, the best of luck! As well as naming the shop front (with painted-out facia) can you remember the location?December1

See you all hopefully in 2013!

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Jack Blane 1918 – 2012

My father Jack Blane died 8th December and his funeral will be 21st December at Bedford Crematorium. He will be very much missed by all his family.

Dad was a real Bletchley man and even after moving to Stewartby I think part of his heart remained here. One of 8 Blane children, and born in Brooklands Road, only his younger cousin Martin now survives.

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Ruston’s chemist shop

We’re going back a bit further now.  Ruston’s was one of a number of chemist shops in Bletchley.  It was situated at number 31 Bletchley Road, on the corner of Albert Street for many years – from at least the 1930s through to the 1950s.  These photos show a very different world from today’s high street pharmacies.  You can almost smell the potions.

Ruston Chemist

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Here’s another Bletchley Gazette photo.  This one is taken in 1967/68 in Wilton Hall at a Sound Parade event that seems to be sponsored by Philips.  The Town Council Chairman and the Bletchley Week Personality Girls are there.  Were you?  I haven’t researched this in the old newspapers yet but I’ll try to find out more in the next few weeks.

Sound Parade at Wilton Hall

Sound Parade at Wilton Hall

 

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Roman Bletchley

Most people know about the Roman Magiovinium site south of Fenny Stratford but does anyone remember the archaeological dig that took place in 1972 on Sherwood Drive?  It was where the ‘new’ council offices were to be built.  Our photo is one of a number taken for the Bletchley Gazette.  Did you visit the site or see any artefacts found there?  I know that recent digs in Milton Keynes were visited by local school children and I wondered if this sort of educational trip went on at that time.

Roman dig in Sherwood Drive

Roman dig in Sherwood Drive

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