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Pastures new!

As many of you know the Bletchley Community Heritage used to be based at the Westfield Road Library. We were given notice that the Bletchley Library was to close for refurbishment, when finished there would no longer be any space for BCH; in consequence we were ‘homeless’ so to speak. Finding a suitable new home proved difficult in Bletchley, however, BCH being part of The Living Archive we were fortunate that we were able to be accommodated with them at The Milton Keynes Museum at McConnell Drive, Wolverton.

I’ve included the link to the Living Archive and hope you will find it interesting, it does contain a section about Bletchley and also a wider selection of interest throughout Milton Keynes.

http://www.livingarchive.org.uk/content/category/local-history/areas/bletchley

We do have an active following to our Talk About Bletchley website and we thank you for this and hope that will continue, so please keep in touch! Although not being in Bletchley now we can still be contacted at: bchi.info@gmail.com

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Of course, mentioning ‘The Milton Keynes Museum’, this if you don’t already know is ‘always’ well worth a visit!

Bletchley photos!

Over the years Bletchley has faced criticism over the decline of Queensway, many shoppers much preferring to travel over to ‘big brother’ Milton Keynes. Unfortunately though, like many other smaller towns Bletchley has also suffered from out of town shopping precincts and this too has not helped encourage larger stores from coming to the town; having said that we must not forget the smaller traders in the town who are doing a ‘great’ job in providing goods for those not wishing to travel further afield.

Shoppers enjoying the ‘light and airy’ Brunel Centre in 2002.

The debate about the old Bletchley & District Co-operative Society site goes on, whether it would be better to pull it down, then develop an area that would be more attractive to both locals and visitors alike. Whatever the outcome it is up to the ‘powers that be’, hopefully one day we will hear some good news.

It would though be interesting to hear your views, hopefully positive rather than negative about how you would like to see Queensway develop.

Anyone remember this from the 1970s?

Information Stand in Queensway

Bletchley photos!

Now here’s a picture of a man ‘sweating over a hot stove’! Many of you will remember Mokaris cafe at the entrance to the Central Gardens, possibly even called in there for a refreshing cup of coffee after the weekly shop. I have recently found this photograph captioned Mokaris baker, Fred Kingaby, the picture was taken sometime in 1974; if anybody can confirm that the photograph is of Fred please let us know.

Fred mopping his brow!

Also, please let us know if you were a regular at Mokaris, as many of us know they certainly made a lovely cup of coffee!

These two old photographs of Fenny Stratford show just how idyllic the area was. You cannot halt progress, however, with the ‘hustle and bustle’ of everyday life perhaps a little quieter lifestyle is something we could all do with sometimes!

Looking down The Denbigh Road from Stag Bridge.

Water Eaton Lane, Fenny Stratford.

 

 

County Cinema

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.