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Our current display at the library features photos of some of the local youth organisations through the years. This is to support a display of Guides and Brownies material celebrating the Big Brownie Birthday. Yes, the Brownie section is 100 years old this year! As well as celebrating, they’re looking to publicise the organisation as a volunteering opportunity. So if you’re interested, check out their website at:  www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved.

Do you know anyone in this photo?

Guides and Brownies presentation 1968

Guides and Brownies presentation 1968


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Bletchley Community Heritage in action
In the past few weeks we’ve had visits from over 80 children who attend two Bletchley schools to study aspects of Bletchley’s past with us.

Living Archive Education Officer, Helen O’Hara, led three sessions using our archive material here in the library. The first group investigated the stories of local men who took part in the First World War. We even had a memorial plaque from the old Spurgeon organ which had the name of one of the people they were researching. A big thank you to Doug Sellers for bringing that in.

The next two groups were looking at Bletchley since 1945 and we displayed a load of old photos to give them an idea of how things were and how they had changed. The also studied maps of the town. Three of our volunteers then sat with the children, answering their questions and sharing their memories of local life.

All of the children were a credit to their schools and I hope they enjoyed the sessions as much as we did.

Bletchley Road (Queensway) 1960s

Bletchley Road (Queensway) 1960s

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If you read this blog regularly you may be interested in:

Free Events in our area 12-15 September – please check publicity for details


Bletchley Park – free entry to those with MK postcode

Bletchley Community Heritage – exhibition on Bletchley’s trade and industry

Adult Continuing Education – exhibition of photos of local heritage sites

The Viewfinder Project – public participation drawing at Rectory Cottages

Stadium MK – Ring of Steel open to the public

MK Council Archaeology Department – Walking tour of Ouzel Valley

And there’s lots more throughout Milton Keynes – pick up the 2013 events listings booklet at Westfield Road Library.

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This year, our hosts at the library in Westfield Road are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their building, which was opened on 17th December 1962.  We’re putting together a display of photos and memories to help with the celebration and we’re looking for your stories.  Do you remember visiting the library as a child?  Do you remember the first time you brought your children to this library.  Or perhaps you’ve attended some of the events held there over the years.   You may have been a regular visitor  – do you remember a particular member of the staff?

Bletchley Library Playgroup in 1982

Any thoughts or memories will be welcome.  These are the stories that will bring the display to life.  You can comment here or send an email to bchi.info@gmail.com.  Or call in at the library with your memory on a piece of paper.  However you get them to us we’ll try to incorporate as many as we can in the exhibit in the library during December.


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This weekend – 6th to 9th September – is the national Heritage Open Days event (www.heritageopendays.org.uk).  In Bletchley Library BCHIhas a display of photos and memorabilia related to Local Government.  From the early days of the old UDC to the new Parish Councils Bletchley’s leaders have negotiated major changes and directed development on a huge scale.

Bletchley UDC Chairman’s chain of office

We are proud to have the UDC Chairman’s Chain of Office as the centrepiece – probably the first time it’s been displayed in Bletchley since the council was disbanded in 1974.

Don’t forget that Bletchley Park is also taking part in the HOD event and  Milton Keynes residents get free entry on the four days (with proof of postcode).  You can get more details about Bletchley Park  on the internet at www.bletchleypark.org.uk.

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  • BatteryDisposal Box
  • Bletchley Community Heritage Initiative ~ holds thousands of articles & photographs of local interest, copies available for a fee
  • Citizen’s Advice Bureau ~ by appointment only. Tel:604475
  • Faxing, Laminating, Photocopying, Printing, fees apply
  • Nextstep ~ access to careers advice, course information, training opportunities. Tel: 0800 100 900
  • Royal National Institute for the Deaf  drop in~ 1st Friday in every month 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Storytime ~ every Thursday 11-11.30am
  • Thames Valley Police Workshop ~ “Have your Say!” ~ 1st Tuesday in every month 5-7pm
  • FREE WiFi for all
  • Pick up pink recycling bags

With a library membership card you can;

  •  borrow books for free, CDs & DVDs for a small charge
  • have access to a computer & the internet FREE for half an hour (a small charge for extra sessions)
  • for those interested in your family tree you can have a FREE hour on Ancestry.com daily

If you are not already a member it is easy to join! Bring some I.D. with you such as an up to date utility bill or bank statement and something with your signature on and you can become a member straight away.

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Bletchley Library on the present site at Westfield Road was opened on Monday 17th December 1962 by S.W. Lord, the Chairman of the County Council. This building replaced the two rooms library which was situated within Holne Chase School which had opened in 1950. The total cost of this new building was £36,425.

Bletchley Library
Bletchley Library in Westfield Road

There were 25,000 books, a staff of ten and storytimes for the children took place for the first time. Among the first visitors were four headmasters from local schools. Maybe some of you will remember one or more of them?

Mr D. Halewood from Bletchley Grammar School (I remember him well)        

Mr H Harding from Holne Chase  Junior School

Mr D Bradshaw from Bletchley Road County Secondary School. I remember him so well as he lived in the same village as me & his daughter who was a little older  used to walk me to junior school!

Mr V Jones from White Spires School

In 1973 plans were approved to double the size of the initial building but  these plans had to be shelved due to the government of the day telling local councils to cut their spending! Much as today then! However a couple of years later these plans did finally go ahead giving us the building much as we see today.


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