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Three children singing heartily at the Freeman Memorial Methodist Church carol service in 1957. This newspaper clip was taken from The Methodist Recorder.

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Quite often somebody asks, ‘when did Bletchley Road change its name to Queensway’? Well, I can tell you it was in 1966, to commemorate the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to Bletchley. If I recollect it was not a particularly warm day although the Queen looked pretty snug in her limousine! Schoolchildren and members of the public waved flags along the route as the car travelled along Bletchley Road.

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For a full report on the days busy schedule have a look at the link below:

http://clutch.open.ac.uk/schools/eaton-overspill00/Queens_visit.html

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For those of us who have faced redundancy it is a very unsettling and daunting prospect, I can certainly confirm that; fortunately for me and most of my work colleagues we were soon able to find employment.

In December 1981 though Scot Meat Products were facing a most uncertain future, just days before the Christmas break! The Milton Keynes Express newspaper clip below shows the determination of Scot’s staff to try and save the company.

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One of the much-loved stars from the ‘Carry On’ films was Sid James. Here are two photographs of Sid opening Walton’s Menswear shop in Bletchley. Are you one of the happy shoppers queueing up for Sid’s signature?

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Fenny Stompers!

A good friend of the Bletchley Community Heritage is Dennis Vick. Dennis a very talented musician and one of the founder members of The Fenny Stompers, a great group of entertainers who have held numerous events locally, not to forget of course the I Love Bletchley days!

Fenny Stompers at The Bletchley Bowls Club.

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As many of you know because of the refurbishment at Bletchley Library we know longer have a home there. I’m pleased to tell you now though we are all over at the Milton Keynes Museum, along with our fellow volunteers from The Living Archive. Here’s an old photograph from our days at the Library in Bletchley.

Some of our Friday volunteers, left to right: Michael Grace, Alan Kay, the late Eric Kilsby (a good friend who visited us often), Peter Copperwheat.

 

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During this cold spell it’s nice to look back at the ‘good old warm days of summer’! Here’s a picture taken at the West Bletchley Carnival and it looks quite lively with plenty of action; not too sure who the victor was but the two knights in blue seem to be getting a real pasting!

An anxious referee looks worriedly from his stand.

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