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  1. Although I've never contacted anyone else on Ancestry asking for information, a few have contacted me and I've aways replied and sometimes shared relevant information.  . The only thing I don't like is that, although my Ancestry tree is private, when I've shared information with people who do have a connection, some of them have then gone on to put some of my stuff on their public tree.  Then it's up for grabs for anybody to steal your hard work, photos, documents,  etc.   



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  2. Yes,  local government reorganisation, remember it well.  That's not why I left though, I had my daughter in 1974!  Yes, I remember most of those names.  Linda Bate!  So she married Alan Cropper in the end.  The one thing that sticks in my mind about little Beryl was one day the TC said to her "Have you seen yourself lately from the back, Beryl?" and quick as a flash she replied "Have you seen yourself from the front?"  


  3. Thanks for that, yes I was another grapeviner.  Very sorry to hear about Beryl as well.  She was a particular friend of mine but we lost touch a long time ago.  I actually got her job working for the TC  when she left.  Long time ago, but good memories.  My name was (and still is) Eileen Cox.  I worked for Bill Halsall and John Ellison, and then the TC and DTc after Beryl left.  I was there between 1966 and 1974.  


  4. DD, Thanks for the information. Yes, I think my Dad qualifies. He was on the Arctic convoys/in Russia for about 18 months. The MOD wrote to me in August last year asking for a copy of his death certificate and for me to complete a Next of Kin form. I feel a bit more reassured now that you've said it's a sign-for delivery. Our postal system in Spain is not the best and we don't get home deliveries, just have to keep going in to the post office and asking if there's any mail for us. If there is, and it's not claimed after a fortnight, it gets sent back to where it came from, but its very hit and miss. I'll just have to keep fingers crossed and wait and see. Glad you got yours all sorted.

  5. DD, I also applied for the Arctic Star for my Dad who was on the Arctic convoys as a stoker on HMS Chiltern. I got a letter in August, saying they were dealing with veterans and wives first and apologising for the delay, but I haven't heard anything else since then. Could you tell me did your medal come by registered post, as I am a bit worried about the vagaries of the Spanish postal service?

  6. No, sorry I don't think I know your cousin, Ollie. I was there from 1956 and left in 1961. I wish now I'd stayed on and done A levels but in those days all I wanted to do was start working and earn money. At least in those days there was no difficulty getting a job when you left school.

  7. Great links, Phyll. That certainly brought back a few memories. Yes, Ollie, I well remember the dark and dreary bottom corridor. Funny to see how the uniform had changed over the years, especially the mini skirts in the sixties and the trousers in the seventies and those awful green gingham dresses we had to wear in the fifties. Regulation length was below the knee, or at least touching the ground when you knelt down. Happy days, although I don't think we realised it at the time.

  8. Quite a lot of silk weaving was done in Leigh (which I suppose isn't that far away from Croft) in the late 18th/early 19th century. It was a cottage industry but I don't think it was particularly well paid. I agree, it's surprising what you turn up when you start to investigate your ancestors.

  9. I was at Parish Church from about 1951 to 1957. I remember Mr Tabern, who used to throw the chalk (and sometimes the board duster) at us. He gave us all nicknames - "Piggy" Bacon, "Porky" Pie, "Gus" Harris among others. He always used to call me Eileen Dover - I was a few years older before I realised the joke! Also remember Miss Bradbury, who I hated. We used to go to Gerrards Bridge for school dinners and woe betide you if you left anything. She used to have you in the school hall afterwards and make you stand in groups, depending on how much food you had left, and then give you a good telling off in front of everybody. My mum said I often used to go home with cabbage in my pockets. Happy days, eh?

  10. I agree with HJ. It was called the Cat's Whiskers in the 50s/early sixties when the amusements were there and the roller rink, and we used to hear the juke box over the loudspeakers on a weekend. I used to think it was great - don't think my mum and dad agreed. I remember one of the songs they used to play was "Lollipop" by the Mudlarks- so when was that - late 50's? How sad am I to remember that? Then it closed down and reopened as a night club with artists and bands on, possibly in the late 60s, early seventies.

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  11. I was interested to read this thread as I lived opposite Carr Mill dam from 1951 to 1969 and have very happy memories of playing round the dam, going on the little train, going to the bluebell woods, rolling down the grassy banks at Happy Valley and paddling on the steps. When we first lived there I can even remember the farmer walking his cattle along Carr Mill Road, taking them to the cattle auction that used to be near Burkhills cafe, I think. Happy days.

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