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Lacock 'Then' and 'Now'

Being retired, I have for the past three years been dabbling (for want of a better word) in watercolour painting. Recently while searching for inspiration I was browsing through an old photograph album belonging to one of my wife's long passed on relatives. This album dates from around the 1850's and has a lot of pictures of Lacock. We dated it because it contains a picture of the last broad gauge train to go through Swindon.

Looking at some of these photos I thought I should come back up to Lacock and make a few sketches and take some photographs, (after all my wife was born and brought up in Reybridge). Accordingly Reybridge was the first port of call, where we were amazed at how low the river was and the amount of reed growth that was evident. Having done the necessary with the thatched cottages, we pressed on into Lacock itself.

Our next stop was St. Cyriac's church. Again, sketches and photographs were taken, so we decided to look inside (and why not? We were married there after all by the Rev. Brocklebank). I didn't notice any difference but Mabyn (my wife) immediately noticed that some pews had gone and we spent quite a little time looking for the kneeler that she had embroidered when she was in the choir. We did not find it on this visit as time was pressing but we will have a more thorough look on our next visit (and there will be one!).

Feeling a little thirsty we decided on a cup of tea in King John's Hunting Lodge, where to our amazement the teapot contained leaf tea and was accompanied by a tea strainer! What a refreshing change in these days of tea bags. As I said, time was pressing, so regretfully we had to make our way back home to Bristol. One thing did strike me though, and that was except for the fact that the roads have been tarmaced and a flagpole erected in the churchyard, everything was basically the same as it was in the 1850's, except for the cars of course!

Ah well - time to get some pristine watercolour out and proceed to ruin it by drawing and painting on it.

Gerald and Mabyn Rees (nee Wootten)

Many of us will remember Mabyn Wootten when she lived with her family by the bridge at Reybridge, and sang in the choir.

And it used to be Eight Shillings a Week!

Poppy Appeal

One or two Collectors needed, please for Corsham Road. If you can help, please ring 730695.

THANK YOU

Dorothy Vowles

Flower Festival

I should like to thank all the flower arrangers, stewards and those who helped in any way to make this year's Flower Festival such a success. Although the weather was against us, we had many appreciative comment. It is only through the help of people like this that the event can take place.

Polly Moore

Lacock Village Fair

Help needed with the book and bric-a-brac stalls for the church on August 27th – any volunteers?

Thank You

Very many big thanks for all the kindness of friends to me, for all the cards and letters to get well, for all the really good things everyone has done for me since I have been home - it has taken all the worry away - for the friends who looked after my two cats so that I did not have to worry over them. Thanks for everything especially food. For me it has all been wonderful. I s hall soon be about again and fit.

Thank you very much all

Betty Jennings

Congratulations to Rowena Steward

Congratulations to Rowena Steward on gaining her Masters (with Merit) in International Studies from Exeter University.
Peggy Humphreys and family wish to thank everyone who donated money in lieu of flowers in memory of Frank. Peggy was delighted to see so many friends. We will be presenting one of Frank’s paintings to the Village Hall

Donations of £l46.76 have been sent to the local branch of the Alzheimers Society.

Help Needed Please

Do you enjoy washing and ironing?

We are very sorry to lose Timothy and Dorothy Cooke, who moved early last month for a new home in the Midlands. Timothy’s place as Treasurer has been taken by Mr. John Varley of Gastard. Sue Kneebone has agreed to take on Dorothy’s brass cleaning duties, but we still need a volunteer to look after the church linen. This involves laundering the altar cloths, credence table cloths and purificators.

If you can help, please contact Jo Parsons

Thank You from the Swinden Family

The Swinden family would like to thank everyone for their kindness following their recent bereavement.

A wonderful sum of £l073 was raised in Paul’s memory and divided between two charities close to his heart: The Wiltshire Air Ambulance Appeal and the RSPB.

Thank You the family of the late Margaret Davis

The family of the late Margaret Davis would like to thank everyone who gave kind donations to Margaret’s favourite charities, the RSPB and the RSPCA. The total amount collected was £214.99p.

Harvest Service and Celebrations

Lackham Harvest Songs of Praise and the lively auction of produce by Principal Terry Duggleby raised £240 for Christian Aid. The Harvest Supper was also great fun - with John Osborne sharing his poems and music with us - thank you to all who attended the various Harvest Services and brought offerings. These have been distributed to some local homes and mostly to The Sisters of the Church for their work with the Homeless in Bristol.
Thank you also to all who decorated the church.

Harvest Supper

Janet Doel would like to thank all those who helped by preparing and serving food at the Harvest Supper, and also all those who came.

We all enjoyed a very happy evening, and the entertainment by John Osborne with his poems and songs was outstanding.

A big thank you to all the organisers also.

A Request

I understand that in the past Bowden Hill has had its own Parish Magazine. Would anyone still have any?

Also, there was a North Wilts Church Magazine called The Sign, issued monthly, definitely in the 1950's - again would anybody have any?

Please contact Sue West on 730930 if you can help.

Thank you.

Thank You

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers & friends for the cards, gifts and best wishes I received whilst in hospital and convalescing at home. The kindness & thoughtfulness shown by everyone really speeded me back to full health and fitness.

Michael & I would also like to thank Flis, Mary & Sue for their continuing hard work and particularly for their patience and flexibility during this time.

Finally a big ‘Thank You’ to Betty & Reg (Mum & Dad) without whom both home and business would have ground to a complete halt

Thank you

Emma Hands
To all friends and neighbours who sponsored me on May 6th on the 26 mile Sarsen Trail walk. It took 7 hours 57 minutes and raised £151 for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

Thanks again.

Rex Davis

Bring on the Double Yellow Lines

Broken, all over the place, dirty, tatty and unsightly, lets get rid of the cones and have more double yellow lines in place. Especially along by the cemetery and the abbey wall by the play park and tennis court. The movie makers always put down dirt or sand so it would make no odds to them, but would certainly tidy up the village.

Community Spirit!

Having just read the Parish Magazine I notice that there is support for the High Street to be closed off for vehicular traffic at the Hither Way junction. I also note that the National Trust car park and overflow car parks are to have solar Pay & Display parking ticket machines, no more free parking. The result of these two proposals should they both go ahead will be to turn the High Street and neighbouring streets into the village car park! Can you imagine the chaos in the summer months and when children are dropped off or collected from the school in the High Street. Yellow lines on the Town Bridge, what a great idea and how may one ask will this restriction actually be enforced? Whatever did happen to Community spirit, those submitting such proposals have undoubtedly appeared to have lost it that's for sure.

Double Yellow rather than Cones

Surely the village would be better off and a lot tidier having double yellow lines painted along by the cemetery and the Abbey wall, rather than those cones which constantly look tatty, out of line, fallen over or even broken. The filming almost always puts sand and earth down so would it really deter movie makers...No!, but it would tidy up Lacock an awful lot.
This year's street fair was a resounding success - even the weather was kind to us (There's always a good reason to get the vicar involved!). It was great to wander the streets of Lacock and see so many families (and individuals!) enjoying themselves. As hoped for, there was a much calmer, more family-friendly atmosphere than previous years, which I hope the local residents appreciated.

A big 'thank you' should go to the small team who were determined to save the fair after it had initially been cancelled (due to lack of local support). Despite only having a few months to get everything organised, things seemed to go very smoothly, so smoothly in fact that many of the stall holders commented that it was the best organised Lacock Street Fair they had ever been to, despite the previous night's rain washing away all the carefully chalked out pitch numbers! Well done to Katherin Self who stepped in at the last minute as booking secretary.

Special thanks also to Graham Heard at the National Trust for his help, and of course to Sally and the Friends Of Lacock Church, without whom the fair would never have happened.

Let's hope a goodly sum of money was raised towards the Church Roof Appeal!

The only fly in the ointment was the traffic chaos on the roads around the village caused by those who didn't want to cough up the £2 parking fee!

Lacock Working Men’s Club

I write to express my sincere sadness at the closure of Lacock Working Men’s Club. The key to a thriving village is its people. Friendships within a community develop when people are brought together by working or socialising. The church, the school, the playgroup, the village shop / post office, the village hall, the local pub create the structure of a pulsating heart that keeps the village buzzing with activity. Lacock Working Men’s Club, was a small piece of that pulsating heart.

Over the years, like a local pub, people old and young enjoyed its simple pleasures… a game of darts, skittles, cards, pool, music on the juke box, a music function. A meeting place to talk about the weather, to compare notes on whose runner beans were up first, to catch up with or even create the village gossip! It was an uncomplicated meeting place, always there, in the background...

I write to thank all those, past and present, who did their bit to keep the doors open. In particular my dad, Alfie Filkins, who was loyal to the club for over 60 years. He spent many, many hours in the place and can tell you a few tales...

I write this on behalf of all those people who enjoyed good times, who saw, like me, its uniqueness... it was unpretentious. Many will say it was a smoky ole place; like no other place - my clothes stank when I got home... but call me a romantic, I loved it! It saddens me greatly that I am not in a position to change its fate.

Over the years, the changes in people’s social expectations and lifestyles marked the beginning of the end. The Club’s lack of finance make it impossible to make the necessary alterations... it is sadly a victim of progress.

Teresa Cambell

Request

Has anyone got any old or new ‘House for Sale/Rent’ details for within Lacock Parish, i.e. Notton, Showell, Corsham Road, Reybridge, Bowden Hill?

Think before you throw them away - they’re part of Local History.

Thanks

Sue
(01249 730930)

Smile!

Every laugh that’s echoed purely
Makes the world a better place,
You’ve a smile about you surely,
Why not wear it on your face.

Winter Warmer

Logs to burn, logs to burn,
Logs to save the coal a turn.
Here’s a word to make you wise
When you hear the Woodman’s cries.
Never heed his usual tale
That he has good logs for sale,
But read these lines and really learn
The proper kind of logs to burn.

OAK will warm you well if warm and dry.
LARCH of pinewood smell, but sparks will fly.
BEECH for Christmas. YEW heats well.
SCOTCH is a choice for anyone to sell.
BIRCH will burn too fast, CHESTNUT scarce at all,
HAWTHORN are good to last if cut in the Fall,
HOLLY burns like wax, you should burn them green,
ELM logs are like smouldering flax, no flame to be seen.
PEAR and APPLE will scent your room,
CHERRY smells like flowers in bloom.
But ASH, all smooth and grey, burn green or old.
Buy all that comes your way, they’re worth their weight in gold

(Contributed by Jo Parsons)

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