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The discoloration of  the Bletchley water supply on Sunday and Monday was not due to any fault at the water works, but is presumed to have been caused by the vibration of a Bucks Water Board contractor’s mechanical excavator near Bletchley’s old eight-inch main near Sandhouse.

At Tuesday’s Council meeting Cllr. S. Maycock stated: “When it was apparent the discoloration was widespread and not confined to a particular area of the town, tests were made of the water being pumped to the reservoir, and of water in the reservoir. The former was perfectly clear, whilst that from the reservoir was somewhat discoloured.”

The problem was eventually solved, and a supply of clear water was obtained.

A local reservoir feeding a railway pumping station

A local reservoir feeding a railway pumping station

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Proposal to start Council meetings with prayer

You may have seen press coverage recently about Parliament considering a proposal to allow councils to start their meetings with a prayer. As far back as 1951, Bletchley Urban District Council received just such a proposal.  Seems the town has always been ahead of the game.

In April of 1951 the local Deanery asked councils in the area to ‘start your meetings with prayer’. In May of that year (after the local elections) the Chairman, Mr H Price, gave notice that he would move a resolution that the council should comply with this request. However, at a lively meeting on 26 May, fully reported in the Bletchley Gazette. the proposal met with strong opposition and the resolution was withdrawn.

Newspaper headline, May 1951

Newspaper headline, May 1951

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Roman Bletchley

Most people know about the Roman Magiovinium site south of Fenny Stratford but does anyone remember the archaeological dig that took place in 1972 on Sherwood Drive?  It was where the ‘new’ council offices were to be built.  Our photo is one of a number taken for the Bletchley Gazette.  Did you visit the site or see any artefacts found there?  I know that recent digs in Milton Keynes were visited by local school children and I wondered if this sort of educational trip went on at that time.

Roman dig in Sherwood Drive

Roman dig in Sherwood Drive

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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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