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From  the Bletchley Gazette January 5th 1957

Heavy rain on New Year’s Eve tended to dampen some of the traditional celebrations in Bletchley, but the new year received it’s customary salute from the whistles of every railway engine in the area.

Bletchley St. Mary’s bellringers, rang out the old year just before midnight and rang in the new after the clock had chimed.

Most churches held watch-night services, dances were crowded, and with many of the public houses having special extensions many toasts to the new year were drunk.

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Hi all

This week is a sad one for the volunteers at Bletchley Community Heritage. At the end of March we’re moving out of Bletchley library, which has been our home for almost 17 years. The library is closing soon for six months and when it re-opens it will be half its current size so there will be no room for us. Until we can find a new home in Bletchley we’re going to operate from Living Archive Milton Keynes, based at Milton Keynes Museum. we’ll work alongside Living Archive volunteers and will continue to post stories and photos to this blog. So please keep the memories coming, they are part of Bletchley’s heritage – the Bletchley you knew in days past – the Bletchley that new generations will learn about only from your stories and the collected documents and photos preserved by organisations like ours.

Thank you

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One of the highlights of the year in the town when I was a teenager was the Bletchley Show.

It was held in the Manor Fields on August Bank Holiday Monday and was a big event.

There were athletics events, Tug of war, Gymkhana, Flower, and Vegetable Shows, Cycle Races, and other events.

If you lived locally you could have the back of your hand stamped, go home for lunch, and get back in free.

It was a great day out for all the family.

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Butcher Boy.

When I was in my teens, in the 1950’s I was  delivery boy for Benford’s in Simpson Road Bletchley. My round took in Fenny Stratford, and part of Bletchley. I would start work at half past eight on Saturday morning helping make the orders up, then start delivering them at about nine.

In a building behind the shop I sometimes used to make minced beef in the mincer.

Another of my jobs was to go on my bike  down to Rowlands’ wood yard and fill a sack with sawdust  for the shop floor. I was paid the princely sum of 10 shillings (50pence)  per week which wasn’t bad  in those days.

 

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We have had an interesting request from a lady (Amiee) who now lives in the Old Bletchley C of E School in Church Green Road, many of you will know the school was converted into residential accommodation when the school was closed down. This was my first school and I started there in 1945, moving on to Holne Chase in the Buckingham Road.

Amiee wondered if we had any photographs and history of the school. Below are two photographs taken in the 1940s which hopefully will be of interest.

Happy children and helpers at the Christmas Party in the 1940s

Happy children and helpers at the Christmas Party in the 1940s.

Headmistress, Mrs Bailey with the school choir in the 1940s.

Headmistress, Mrs Bailey with the school choir also in the 1940s.


More recently a colleague and myself created a website called Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Schools, see the link below:

http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/bfss/mainframe.html

We do have a section in the website highlighting the Old Bletchley C of E School, within this you can see and read historical details about the school, plus memories of former pupils, Angela Gerry, Rosemary Evans and Peter Copperwheat, along with others. To help you navigate the site to access the above, click on the schools and memory buttons.

If you require any more help or details please contact us at the Bletchley Community Heritage, Bletchley Library, Westfield Road, Bletchley.

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