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The Bletchley Gazette dated June 22, 1957 reported that the County Cinema in High Street, Fenny Stratford was closing down.

The building was originally High Street Methodist Chapel which was converted into the County Cinema in 1911.

The cinema had  various names over the years including King Georges,and was one of the oldest in the country outside London.

Like many children in Bletchley I went to “Saturday morning Pictures” at The County every week. The programme consisted of a serial, a cartoon and a “big picture”, usually a cowboy film (e.g. Roy Rogers)  or a comedy (Laurel and Hardy). It was good value at 6d in the stalls, or 9d in the balcony.

 

 

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Many thanks to all those who attended the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Council’s Midsummer Madness event on Sunday 28 June.

We had a wonderful afternoon sharing photos, memories and information about Bletchley’s past in a very warm marquee.

Viewing the display of old photos

Viewing the display of old photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this photo was a particular delight for one young lady who recognised her father as a teenager in the lead at ‘We Are the Champions’ at Leon School in 1975.

We Are The Champions - inter-school competition on television

We Are The Champions – inter-school competition on television

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We’ve been asked to post some local photos from WW2. Unfortunately there aren’t many around but here’s one of a convoy passing through the town – arriving at the crossroads of Aylesbury Street and High Street. It had been suggested that these were Canadian troops.

Military convoy in Aylesbury Street

Military convoy in Aylesbury Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have photos, memories or memorabilia, please tell us about them.

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In the Gazette…

Some  enthusiastic singing was heard at the Spurgeon Memorial Church on Saturday evening at what was hoped would be the first of a series of annual choral festivals.

There was a choir of about 200 voices drawn from the Free Church choirs of North Bucks, and the festival took the form of three anthems, selected hymns for the choir, and two congregational hymns.

Perhaps the best singing was heard in a new setting of the 23rd Psalm, composed by the festival’s conductor, Mrs. Gertie Bedford, ARCO. The tune was pleasing and the singing dignified and unhurried.

The singing was enjoyed by both the choir themselves, and by an appreciative audience.

Mr Eric Alderman made an efficient organ accompanist, and also played a number of pieces before the start of the service.

Choirs represented were the West End and Wesley Methodists Wolverton, Wolverton Congregational, New Bradwell Baptists, New Bradwell Methodists, Loughton Baptists, Drayton Parslow Baptists and the Bletchley Free Churches.

Spurgeon Baptist Choir

Spurgeon Baptist Choir c1950

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Changes on the Canal

Narrow Boats in Fenny Stratford Lock

Narrow Boats in Fenny Stratford Lock

The photograph above shows a barge (which is the motorised boat) and the butty  (which is the boat it tows), in the days when the canals were used by working boats.  They are travelling north, carrying their cargoes, possibly coal, up to Birmingham or beyond.

Now, most of the boats are converted to pleasure craft. Some of them are used as travelling shops, selling books, sweets and even walking sticks.

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Bletchley Picture

ECOP148 Mrs Munday's shop, High Street

Mrs Munday’s shop on Fenny Stratford High Street was one of many shops between Victoria Road and Aylesbury Street which have sadly disappeared.

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One of our regular contributors to this blog, Sandra Waite, visited the library today with a photo she’d been given but couldn’t work out where it had been taken. We couldn’t help at the time but said we’d try to get an answer.

Directory Enquiries. Names please?

Directory Enquiries. Names please?

Just 30 minutes after she left, a visitor was looking at our current display so I asked him to have a look at the photo to see if it ‘rang a bell’.  He was immediately able to tell us that it was the Directory Enquiries section at the GPO in Tavistock Street.

Apparently this was in a large Terrapin hut.  He didn’t know the names of the three people though, or when the photo was taken – any ideas out there?  Perhaps you might know someone who worked there who might be able to identify the faces.

We’d be delighted to see more photos like this of people at work in Bletchley and Fenny Stratford.

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