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Archive for July, 2015

A Maternity Home . . .

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A Hospital to end the journeys to Aylesbury and Northampton. . . . a real hardship at the moment for the elderly who have to wait about for transport home . . .

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A ‘diagnostic centre’ where illnesses could be treated, there is some doubt as to whether a hospital would be feasible because of the lack of trained staff . . .

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Some bungalows for the elderly, possibly with a warden to look after them . . . at the moment many elderly people are extremely isolated in their homes . . .

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A wide open space where people could gather and take their babies and know they would meet other people there . . .

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Business needs!

A first-class café, a cut-above the usual but not too expensive and not too grand to attract students, somewhere where you could get a good poached egg on toast and not be ashamed to take your visitors . . .

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A good launderette where ‘hard working residents’ could take their washing . . .

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Golden Rules for bringing up Junior!

Understanding your child is important, not forgetting kindliness and patience . . .

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There has been a cult in the past to call parents by their Christian names, not good and ‘far too matey’ . . . very important to have a respect for God! . . .

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More patience with other peoples children . . .

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Mothers should not take too seriously what they read in books, or listen too much what health visitors say about bringing up their children . . .


You may well ask yourself what on earth this is all about? Well in March 1959 the Bletchley Mothers’ Club held an ‘Any Questions’ evening, on the panel was a College Principal, a Methodist Minister, a Schoolteacher and a Health Visitor. Some of the panels comments are above, you may agree with some, however after 56 years you may argue that some of their thoughts are outdated.

Maybe of course you have your own views on how Bletchley has developed, or in fact what is needed now as we head for 2016!

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We’ve just received an interesting request from Claire Hounsham (see attached link below):

https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/what-do-you-remember-about-the-brick-making-industry/

This prompted us to look into our photographic archive. We hope Claire that the aerial photograph we have found is of your grandfather’s house at Skew Bridge. Also, you can view the current area on Google Earth, this shows a large house but I think it may be the same site but a new house; this supports the view that the original house may have been pulled down.

In the 1930s the old house at Skew Bridge was pretty isolated, nowadays of course the Lakes Estate and the Newton Leys development practically surround it.

Skew Bridge Villa

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Four Bletchley men, Mr C. Wellings, Mr. W. Clifton, Mr E T. Williams, and Mr M. Pilgrim,  will soon have different jobs now that it  has been agreed to dispense with the ‘knocking-up’ of railwaymen working pre-arranged terms.

These four have done most of the knocking-up in Bletchley and are on duty from midnight to 6 a.m.

On ordinary nights some 50 to 60 drivers, firemen and guards are called, but a good many prefer not to be called.

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