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We have lots of photos of bands and musical groups of various times in our archive.  Here’s an image of Bletchley Town Band, probably in the 1920s.  The town band has been mentioned at intervals through the years to the 1950s in the Bletchley Gazette – many times in desperate calls for people to join when numbers were falling or for instruments when times were good.

Bletchley Town Band

Bletchley Town Band

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Bletchley’s Open Spaces

Do you have memories of Bletchley’s open spaces?  Did you play in Leon Rec? Did you walk along the canal? How about putting or tennis in Central Gardens? Or did you sneak off to the Blue Lagoon or the Newfoundout without your parents’ knowledge?

We’re planning a display about how people have used the leisure areas of Bletchley and we’d like your memories to add a bit of ‘colour’ to the story.  Of particular interest would be the adventures in the informal play areas like the Blue Lagoon. So please share your memories, either by adding a comment to this post or by email to bchi.info@gmail.com.

Boys will be boys - The Blue Lagoon in 2002

Boys will be boys – The Blue Lagoon in 2002

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Bletchley photos!

Many people in Bletchley and Fenny Stratford know of the name Rowlands Brothers, timber merchants. Since 1874 the firm was located at its sawmill in the Simpson Road, employing many staff over the years, a familiar face was delivery man Bill Willis.

On the way back to the timber yard!

On the way back to the timber yard!

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We have recently had a request at BCH for any information regarding the Bletchley Working Men’s Club, see link: https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/bletchley-working-mens-club/ Looking through our archive today I’ve found this old photograph showing the club to the left of the picture.

Now, a question to some ‘older’ Bletchley residents? To the right of the picture looks very much like a butcher’s shop. I do remember the Bletchley Co-operative Society having a butchers next door to the Park Hotel, is this it? It’s funny really because as a child you tend not to remember too much detail, what I do remember though are the animals they used to unload into the yard at the back destined for their ‘untimely demise’!

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Reminisencies of a Bandsman

Many years ago I was a bandsman in the Bletchley Salvation Army Band (which no longer exists). We were based in the S.A. hall in Church Street, and were quite a busy group participating in a number of activities.                                                                             

We held weekly ‘open air’ meetings outside Angel Dindol’s shop, (which later became Mokaris Cafe then Blockbusters) in Bletchley Road (Queensway).These used to take place on Saturday and Sunday evenings. We also held meetings in various streets in Bletchley on Sunday mornings and afternoons. The band was also on duty in the meetings on a Sunday morning, afternoon and evening, and on Monday evenings, and then there was band practice on Wednesday evenings.

We used to conduct concerts (or festivals) at many churches in the surrounding area during the year, as well as playing at garden fetes mostly in the local villages. 

Christmas was a particularly busy time as we used to go ‘Caroling’ in virtually every street in Bletchley during December on a weekday evening.

A particular highlight was when we traveled  by coach to places such as Portsmouth, Abingdon and South Wales for the weekend to play in a festival on the Saturday evening, and conduct open air and indoor meetings at the local corps on the Sunday.

We were kept very busy, but enjoyed our Christian service with the band.  

 

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The FA Women’s Cup Final is to be held at the Stadium MK on 1 June this year.  
To link in with this we want to find out as much as we can about women’s football over the decades in this area.

Did you play women’s football locally in your youth?  Do you have photos and memories? Or even trophies? If so, please get in touch as we’d love to include as many stories and photos as possible.  You never know, they may end up on display at the big game!

We did find this photo in the 1969 newspaper showing the Bletchley Youth Club Ladies team. Were you part of that team or do you know any of the players?  It was their first game and they won 5-1!

Bletchley Youth Club Ladies football team 1969

Bletchley Youth Club Ladies football team 1969

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Can you help?

We’ve had a request for assistance from someone who is doing research on Bletchley Working Men’s Club.  She’s looking for photos, memories and information about the club, its members and its history. The club has been an important part of Bletchley people’s leisure for a long time and it would be great if we could build up a picture of its whole history.

If you can help with this project, please let us know via this blog or by email on bchi.info@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with the researcher.

Just to jog a memory or two, here’s a photo from 1967.

Working Men's Club 1967

Working Men’s Club 1967

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