Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

One of the highlights of the year in the town when I was a teenager was the Bletchley Show.

It was held in the Manor Fields on August Bank Holiday Monday and was a big event.

There were athletics events, Tug of war, Gymkhana, Flower, and Vegetable Shows, Cycle Races, and other events.

If you lived locally you could have the back of your hand stamped, go home for lunch, and get back in free.

It was a great day out for all the family.


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The first golf links in Bletchley appear to have been at Holne Chase in Buckingham Road.

There are records that show that the links existed in 1910. At this time Holne Chase belonged to Edward and John Freeman.

As can be seen from the map below, drawn by John (later Major) Chadwick, the town surveyor. The numbers of  the holes are a bit haphazard, but there appear be nine.

Golf course at Holne Chase

Golf course at Holne Chase

Next to Holne Chase was The Grange. This was originally a farmhouse called Brooklands. It was owned by Major Whiteley,who died in a tragic plane crash, towards the end of World War Two. Others who died in the crash were General Sikorski, the Polish Premier, and Victor Cazalet M.P. The cause of the crash has never been determined.

Some will remember the row of cottages on a bank on Buckingham Road, just west of Cottingham Grove (See Bletchley Photos story)  https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/bletchley-photos-47/. It is assumed that they were estate cottages. They were demolished when the Poet’s Estate was built.









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Our current display at Bletchley Library is loosely connected with the World Cup.

We may not have a Messi or a Sterling but we celebrate grass roots football with a look back at the sport in Bletchley and North Bucks during the past 100 years. Featuring some of the panels created for the launch of our book on the history of football in Milton Keynes, our display should bring back memories for all those involved.

LMS football team 1947

LMS football team 1947

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The FA Women’s Cup Final is to be held at the Stadium MK on 1 June this year.  
To link in with this we want to find out as much as we can about women’s football over the decades in this area.

Did you play women’s football locally in your youth?  Do you have photos and memories? Or even trophies? If so, please get in touch as we’d love to include as many stories and photos as possible.  You never know, they may end up on display at the big game!

We did find this photo in the 1969 newspaper showing the Bletchley Youth Club Ladies team. Were you part of that team or do you know any of the players?  It was their first game and they won 5-1!

Bletchley Youth Club Ladies football team 1969

Bletchley Youth Club Ladies football team 1969

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In response to a comment on talkaboutbletchley that mentioned a local footballer, Will Turnbull, one of our volunteers decided to do a little research in the local newspapers and in our own archive.  It just shows how a comment on this blog can lead us to interesting new discoveries about local people and their lives.

The result is an example of how it is possible to build a picture of a local person and their achievements, bringing their past to life with stories and photographs.  This kind of material can be a useful supplement to family recollections and anecdotes and is great for dating events and activities, particularly for genealogy and for school projects too.

You can read our research here:
w-turnbull-and-bletchley-football – Background and general information from Bletchley Gazette and W Turnbull’s family
W. Turnbull’s Football history-BG– Excel spreadsheet – extracts from reports in the Bletchley Gazette

Bletchley LMS team 1951-52  W Turnbull seated right

Bletchley LMS team 1951-52 W Turnbull seated right

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BCHI has recieved a new digital collection of sporting photos from one of our local West Bletchley residents.

Bob and Jenny negotiate a corner at the TT


Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Bob and Jenny Beales were speeding around the motor racing tracks of Britain.   From Brands Hatch to Mallory Park and The isle of Man, they competed in sidecar racing events on their highly polished Triumph.  They even made the national press.   But we have photos of them playing badminton at Bletchley Leisure Centre, too.  And being a multi-sportsman, Bob went on to coach for MK Athletic Club for many years and can still be seen cycling near and far.

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Green Bletchley?

Is Bletchley a green place?  Some may say it’s not but as Bletchley developed and many country walks were lost, new leisure spaces were created.  A golf course, sports grounds, play parks and a public recreation ground.   What’s your favourite green space or leisure area in Bletchley?

Ploughing contest before the Lakes Estate was built


A football match at Manor Fields in 1965

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