Archive for November, 2017

The well-known local hostelry in Queensway is yet again changing its name. When the pub first opened its doors in 1870 it was called the Half-way House, then it was changed to The New Inn and finally the Bletchley Arms.

The New Inn, circa 1950.

Here’s a look at the tasty menu from its days as The Bletchley Arms.

The Bletchley Arms in 1975.

Now take a look at the link below to discover its new name:



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Unless you fall into the category of a ‘senior citizen’ you may not recognize any of the shop names in the Aylesbury Street Christmas advert. Nevertheless, all the shops seem to be very much in the spirit of Christmas, advertising all their wares much as shopkeeper’s do today.

This old clip was from the Bletchley Gazette, December 1955. I do wonder if Christmas possibly started a little later then, today you see hints of Christmas sometimes in September; I may be a bit of a ‘stick in the mud’ but getting older I prefer a bit more of a sedate build up to Christmas!

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In November 1957 Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church celebrated Gertrude (Trude) Bedford’s 20-years as church organist, she was also choirmistress for many years. Sixty choir members and friends sat down to a meal served by the committee of ladies. A celebration cake was made by Mrs L. Goodman.

Trude Bedford and the Rev Robert Ellis in 1987.

As a small token of the choirs appreciation a bouquet and box of chocolates were presented. Later on in the evening a film show of local photographs owned by various members were projected on a screen.

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On 17 November 1967  The Bletchley Gazette reported on the opening of the Dolphin pub on Abbeys Estate in West Bletchley:

‘By pulling the first pint, Cllr R Fisher, Chairman of Bletchley Council formally opened the Dolphin, the town’s latest public house on the corner of Whaddon Way and Melrose Avenue. The Dolphin had taken 11 months to complete and cost £33,000. Charles Wells Ltd. were able to obtain the site in exchange for that of the Three Tuns at Fenny Stratford, which is in the High Street and will be required in due course for road widening.’

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It’s good sometimes just to reminisce, believe you me we do a lot of that when we are working on Talk About Bletchley. Over the next few weeks I will be inserting some adverts we have found in old copies of The Bletchley Gazette, just to start off here’s a few from the Bletchley Co-operative Society in 1951.

For those of you old enough to remember the prices charged are all in the old currency obviously, £ s d, long before decimilization took place. Some may argue that you could purchase a lot more then for your money, others will counter that and say, ‘well our wages were a lot lower’! However you feel we cannot halt the passage of time, but it’s good to look back and see what things were really like 66 years ago!


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Brake Blocks Worn Out

From Bletchley Gazette 2/11/57

When P.C. Pike stopped a cyclist from Warwick Road, Bletchley, and examined his brakes, he found the rear brake block completely worn away.

At Bletchley Magistrates court the cyclist wrote pleading guilty and was fined £1 for cycling with inefficient brakes.


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Presentation in Studio Cinema foyer – 1984

A Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) presentation in the foyer of The Studio. This is the only photo we have of the interior of the cinema. Does it bring back memories for you? Do you have photos taken inside the building?

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