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Bletchley photos!

Before Bletchley had a swimming pool many people had to make do with either swimming in the river or possibly the gravel pits just off the Watling Street. Wherever you went it was far from ideal, today’s ‘health and safety’ would have frowned because of the inherent dangers that most of us chose to ignore! This prompted a group of public-spirited people who decided they would fund-raise for a ‘proper’ swimming pool; one of those being one of our BCH volunteers the late Eileen Corden.

I’m not too sure if everybody knows where the first pool was, in fact it bordered the Central Gardens just off Bletchley Road (Queensway). Initially, this was an outdoor pool and very much restricted to Summer use, then they put a roof on which provided all-year swimming. This provided a valuable resource, however after a few years it was decided to build a purpose-built leisure centre with a new pool included. In the photograph below you will see the old pool in the foreground to the right, to the left of this was the new leisure centre, the swimming pool being situated in the glass pyramid.

The two pools stand side by side, the covered walkway in the background leads to the leisure centre entrance..

The two pools stand side by side, the covered walkway in the background leads to the leisure centre entrance.

Now of course the pyramid has gone, in its place we have a lovely new centre plus a new pool; wouldn’t the old stalwarts who fund-raised all those years ago have been proud?

 

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Bletchly photos!

Recently a lady wrote in to BCH with a query about the clothing factory W. O. Peake, her mother having worked at the factory for many years; in later years the firm was taken over by Rodex. The event was the 21st Birthday Celebration of the company.

Does anybody recognise any old faces from c.1957

Does anybody recognise any ‘old’ faces from c.1957

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Bletchley photos!

It was lovely to hear all your comments about Freeman cottages  and the surrounding area (see link), https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/bletchley-photos-47/

It also brought back a few memories to me when Robin mentioned about Mr Baker giving chase when he tried to take short-cuts across some of his fields, I too remember that and can confirm that although Mr Baker was not a young man at the time he did have a ‘good turn of speed’! Sandra also mentioned her favourite horse ‘Starlight’. this prompted me to have a look in our archive at BCH. Well Sandra, here’s a picture of Mr Baker at Bletchley Railway Station, the horse he is riding has a white flash on his forehead, could this be ‘Starlight’?

Mr Baker welcoming Father Christmas!

Mr Baker welcoming Father Christmas!

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Bletchley photos!

I wonder if anybody recognises these cottages, every day on my way to school I used to pass them? If it helps I can tell you that they no longer exist.

Days gone by!

Days gone by!

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Bletchley photos!

Freeman Memorial Methodist Church over the years has encouraged and supported many ‘youth groups’. Nowadays, activities are on the church premises in the Buckingham Road; this was not always the case, the first club was in the ‘old’ Wesleyan Chapel in Albert Street. If anyone is unsure of that location it was at the side of the old Bletchley Co-operative Society building in Queensway.

Three hungry members lining up for refreshments!

Three hungry members lining up for refreshments!

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