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Holdom’s window was worth a look

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Anyone remember this from the 1970s?

Information Stand in Queensway

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Hi all

This week is a sad one for the volunteers at Bletchley Community Heritage. At the end of March we’re moving out of Bletchley library, which has been our home for almost 17 years. The library is closing soon for six months and when it re-opens it will be half its current size so there will be no room for us. Until we can find a new home in Bletchley we’re going to operate from Living Archive Milton Keynes, based at Milton Keynes Museum. we’ll work alongside Living Archive volunteers and will continue to post stories and photos to this blog. So please keep the memories coming, they are part of Bletchley’s heritage – the Bletchley you knew in days past – the Bletchley that new generations will learn about only from your stories and the collected documents and photos preserved by organisations like ours.

Thank you

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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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Christmas Greetings!

christmas-greetings

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I was asked recently for some photos of the inside of the leisure centre. Try these:

Squash court

Squash court

32446f OAP class at Leisure Centre Dec 1983

OAP class in the pool

34212 Break dancers Bletchley June 1985e

Break dancers perform in the hall

LG 21612e

Stylish bowling

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East West Rail

East West Rail is a scheme to re-establish a rail link between Cambridge and Oxford to improve rail services between East Anglia, and Central and Southern England, with enhanced connections to national mainline rail services.

Most of these lines existed prior to the Beeching Report in 1963, but they disappeared during the cuts. All that remains running from east to west in the Bletchley area is the Bletchley to Bedford service.

We were thus deprived of our service to Oxford and Cambridge and  the towns and villages in between.

GSM P 001 Aerial Bletchley Station 1938

The above photograph shows Bletchley station in 1938. The line to Bedford and Cambridge can be seen on the left, and the one to Oxford on the right.

Bletchley Fly-over

          Bletchley Fly-over and Railway Bridge

When the East West Rail scheme is finished, there will be two new platforms at high level, connected to the existing station by a foot bridge giving access to trains using the fly-over.

The above photograph was taken when the new bridge was being built. The old foot tunnel can be seen next to the old railway bridge.

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