Charles V. Nice to see another name come on line. Thanks for your input. I guess you, myself and perhaps two others really are wasting our time. Not one comment, GOOD, BAD , or INDIFFERENT in reply to your message containing suggestions that I sincerely thought had a lot of merit. For myself have long given up hearing from those of my times. I guess apart from National Service none of them ( males of course ) have strayed more than a few miles away from the confines of Tetbury. I guess it also applies to females as well. If any of them have moved with the times I picture most of them sit in a darkened room playing games on their latest X Box or whatever. A rolling stone gathers no moss, but most certainly a standing stone gathers no knowledge. Ho Hum ! another moribund Forum. Cliff.B.
Thanks Merlin, Appreciate at least one comment, but alas it is from one of the few dedicated. Hopefully looking to get some more !!!, can be complimentary or derogatory, I care not. I have a friend his given name is Richard. I wonder how the filter will deal with how he is more commonly known by all of his friends, " thingy ". WOW !! Filter advised me right away whilst I was checking spelling and looking at preview. Must remember to call him, Richard head in future when he does something silly. Back to you, all of our readers. Cliff.
Hi Merlin, As a contributor, known on another aspect as " Geriatric ", I agree with ALL of your comments. Unfortunately my technology was " cats whisker " Do not understand how, or what to do to improve, but will stick with it and contribute what I can.
To all our readers, here is something I wrote some years ago. It was appropriate then, are they still appropriate now ? TETBURY, THE PLACE TO BE
Tetbury proud, or so they say. Once noted for wool, beer cattle, hay, No longer the home of sons of toil, Tetbury has now gone very Royal.
A busy place is Long Street, Once kept tidy and so neat, If now is progress, oh what a lark ! Have you been out lately in the dark ?
A long time bakery, once owned by John, With old time bakers, now long time gone. Products are still good, I trust, Are they still eaten by the upper crust ?
Fox, Plough, Eight Bells, Drum, Once meeting places for all to come. Pubs were once so many, Where does one go now, to spend a penny?
Spire so tall above the rock, Now sports a gleaming gold weather-thingy. November Guy Fawkes' bonfires near and far, Now all year round, it's sopmeones car.
Your bosses, now in Cirencester be, They care not a jot, tis' plain to see. Little parking, yellow lines abound, oh what a lark. It costs a fortune, for short time to park.
Tetbury I left, since many a year, But in my heart, still hold it dear. Floreat Tetburia, was once the shout, Still a great place to live, or is there doubt.
Have slightly amended a couple of lines in the event of any one having come across the original. Back then signed " Anon " and finished :- Talented tabulating, terribly tired, tittilated, temporarilytongue tied, taciturn Tetbury Toad. Trying to tactfully tip toe through this tangled typewritten, tendentious twaddle, taunting technocracy. Had no reponse, but hopefully this time Cliff.
Hi Merlin, Andy, After many efforts I have come to the conclusion that flogging is a waste of time, the horse is DEAD. Been in Canada for last few weeks came home expecting to read at least some comments. Only this morning tidying documents, came across a parody poem I wrote several years ago.One day in the near future will enter it on this forum. It could stimulate some replies, especially from those who seem content with the "status quo" WATCH THIS SPACE. Terribly tired, Tetbury toad trying to tittilate the totally UNINTERESTED. ( Is there a word, printable of course, beginning with a "T" instead of uninterested ? )
Hi Merlin, Still confused about he various plane crashes. Vague recollection of Beverston/Babdown Spitfire ?? Certainly no connection of bombs and crashed plane off Coronation Road until some one comes up with anything concrete, Wilts & Gloucester Standard perhaps ?? Maybe not ,due to wartime reporting restrictions. Have you any idea where Police documents, books etc. for this period are held ?? are they accessible ?? Until the advent of computers, I feel sure that Gloucestershire Police like other Forces maintained a G.O.B. ( General Occurrence Book )in which happenings were recorded at or close to the event. Very often in copperplate handwriting. Are there any such books that are available in the Police Museum. I know I appear in one book, having found a wallet that belonged to Colonel MORRISON-BELL no less. With much trepedation I was called out in front of the assembled Boys Cof E school, where he presented me with a full half-crown for being honest. Inspired, together with a schoolmate pushed a ladies cycle with a flat tyre from Doughton to the Police Station, hoping for a reward. Sadly, later advised it had been reported stolen by a WAAF, having punctured on her way back to Camp. I really should be getting all of this rubbish recorded, a book, " Childrens War In Tetbury " Who knows ! Cliff B.
Hi Merlin, ( any other readers ?) Glad to see some interest in crashed plane/s . For myself only one is positive in my recollections. It was the one in the field on the left just beyond Coronation Road. There were no further houses. To the left were open fields to Hampton Road/Avening Tetbury Road, Fields to the right stretching to London Road, ( site of cow death ) Water Works tower was straight ahead, is it still there ? Council housing was built in this area shortly after the War ended. Still no positive answer to my query, look forward to any input. Cliff B.
Hi Merlin, Once again CORRECT about the White Hart ! Popular with the Polish flyers, the then Lady Licencee I think was married to a Polish pilot. With the name RADMILOVIC I am almost positive. She was always referred to as Mrs RADDY. Living in at the Hotel asStaff were a family from London (Evacuees ?? ) the READES. Went to School with their children Charles and Pat. Whatever happened to them ? I wonder if they ever come on Tetbury onl-ine ? The Poles had a very good football team, they played on a field entering the Camp on the other side of the road from the Airfield, entrance with a nice Cotswold wall entrance. Not much military discipline though, many of the players wearing hair nets (Ena SHARPLES) style or head bands. John STIPOLKOWSKI, one time pupil at T.G.S. and son of a Polish Officer was one of Monica's and mine classmates. I wonder if he remembers Tetburym, where is he now ? Allotted time here at anm end. Will keep ion touch. Cliff B.
Hi Merlin & Monica, As is my usual, here in the Library, hit on Tetbury on line for an update, got two, unfortunately , regulars ! No input from our dedicated readers. Remember the cattle getting bombed in the field just off London Road, a Saturday night/Sunday morning ?? six bombs, not far off hitting the gasometer. somewhere in what is now entrance to the School in St Mary's Road. Visited, collected some shrapnel, general consensus was a plane chased off from raid on Bristol dropped its bombs whilst escaping from night fighters. Really would like to know the details of the crashed plane/s, were there two at different times ?? Again visited this site, but kept some distance away by military/Police. Trolley WOOD in a memoir I read some where, was sure it was a Spitfire. With the grant of the Duchy of Cambridge to Prince William being current news, any one out there, (Monica excepted) remember Lady CAMBRIDGE living at Estcourt Grange during the war? Her Daughter Mary who was one of the Queens train bearers at her Wedding/Coronation ? Again welcome any input, Cliff.B.
Hi Merlin, Monica, & any others, Before the days of Supermarkets, deep freeze and plastic packaging, produce in Tetbury was in the main fairly local. Monica mentioned a fourth Butcher she was unable to name. I feel sure it was Les VICK who had a shop almost next door to PEGLARS Garage/Shop. Back in my early days he could always be seen at the Wednesday Live stock market. Dressed in a long white coat, in the cattle pens, prodding and checking a prospective purchase. Once he had decided, he clipped a code with a sharp pair of scissors into the hair of the beast. I guess this was to prevent the identity numbers stuck on with an adhesive being swapped. PHILLIP'S' Bakers, used traffic cone shaped blocks of salt, weighing 20lbs plus in bread making. Collected and delivered by a Mr NEWMAN, (a Phillips employee) on an open horse drawn cart covered with straw, from a goods van in the GWR yard, no Health and Safety worries then. There were two bakers in Long Street also, PEGLARS and LEWIS'. Question for Merlin. Have you a pub that was called The Black Horse in your list ?. It stood just off West Street on the rough lane going down to the Arches if my memory serves me right. Still standing when I were a lad. Question for any one else. What was the make of the plane that crashed in the fields just above Coronation Road ? I have always thought it was an Avro Anson. Another source says it was a Spitfire Be pleased to see any thoughts, Cliff B
Hi Merlin & Monica, Sorry Monica my reply to your last communication ( eagerly awaited no doubt) has again gone the back burner. As usual, I check Tetbury Website first, so glad to see some interest from others. Always willing to contribute. NOSTALGIA a much nicer word than APATHY. Just a quick one, following the mention of PHILLIPS' . I guess at some time in my youth I was either an Errand Boy or helped out at several business' in Tetbury. PHILLIPS' being one of them. Albert EVANS was the Head Baker, after the War with his Son. Tisty NEWMAN a General Handyman/Baker,he was also responsible for the Horse and bread delivery cart. still in use in my day. He also collected salt from the rail goods yard in blocks similar in shape to road cones, and about 20 lbs in weight. All loaded direct on to a straw covered flat cart. I wonder what the h Health and Safety would think today. Hot cross buns, now readily available 365 days of the year, only baked on Good Friday with a queue before the shop opened, can remember one year a complete sellout and a second baking to supply demand. Further reminiscences another time. Have some memories of the shops Monica mentioned. Any one interested ? Like Merlin will try and answer where I can. I only wish that some of those from my school days would drop a line sometime. Trotch, Ticker, Biffer, Gobby, Sparrow, come on !. Cliff B. aka Cookie.
Hi Merlin, With informants like you have you could solve the outstanding crimes in Tetbury at a stroke. CORRECT ! The Canteen was at the White Hart, with an entrance alongside the double gated entry at the end of the Picture House. When last in Tetbury it now appears to be a Restaurant/Tea Room with no diret entry off the street. As The Canteen it was always regarded as a bit rough. When the GI's were in the district it was off limits, except for whites. Fights ? never actually witnessed any, but there was talk. The banned GI's were billeted in the house next door to the Grammar School Headmasters' house. Since burnt down?demolished now an Antique outlet. Keep it coming folks. Cliff B.
Cliff B. I remember my Grandmother when aged 60 plus , in the 1940's , cycling to Leighterton to place flowers on graves there. I was not of an age then to wonder why ?, or know the date. I guess it would have been Anzac Day. I also remember food parcels securely sewn into hessian/sacking arriving from Australia during the War. I guess I must have benefited from these parcels, but all I was interested in were the stamps. No idea who sent the parcels, a relative ?? Family of someone befriended during 1914-18 ?? A name GOULDING/GOLDING springs to mind. One thing about the Aussies she told me, were the celebrations at Armistice. The White Hart over the coche- portere being painted blue, and petrol being poured along the street gutters and being ignited. The paint used must have been of good quality, as I recall parts of the animal were still blue in the late 1940,s. Unable to say exactly what the parts are as the auto filter will change same. Anyone else out there have memories of any such incidents passed on by relatives?? Would be nice to see a few comments. Cliff.B.