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My Holidays

When I was a child my dad and mum took my brother on holidays to my grandparents' house in Cherhill, the house was called Holly Mount. W loved going to stay in the village. From the bedroom window we could see the hill where the white horse and monument was. We used to go for long walks around Cherhill. I wonder if anyone remembers my grandparents when they lived there, their surname was Scott. My aunty Kath also lived in the village, her husband worked in the Harris factory in Calne. I have a lot of fond memories of Holly Mount, playing in the garden. I am sure the house has changed over the years. I have a photo of the house as it was. My dad's name was Herbert John Scott, his brother was Alf, his sisters were called Lucy and Kath Scott. Auntie Kath's married name was Lawrence. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers my relations. My name is Glynis Smith (nee Scott), my brother's... Read more

Puppet Show

The Town Hall c1955, Calne
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We went to a puppet show inside the Town Hall - organised by Sharpe's Toffees I think. It has to be around 1955 - 58. My father worked at RAF Yatesbury and we lived in Curzon Street. I can remember this view of the Town Hall quite clearly as I think the Calne Junior Infants went to school to the right of the building so we walked this way back from the church. We walked a lot on our own as well and I believe that the library was opposite this building, but that may be a false memory!


Harris's Factory c1960, Calne
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I worked in Harris's factory in the early 70's, first in the sausage room then in the pre-pack bacon, then into the tinned ham room. Not the best job I have had but it kept the wolf from the door. My! how Calne has changed since then!

White Hart Hotel, London Road Calne

London Road c1965, Calne
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I worked for Jo & George Thomas (George & the Dragon) at the White Hart in Calne in the 70s. I often had to run up and down between 3 bars to work them all, and sometimes helped in the hotel by cleaning. Jo would say there's only 4 or 6 sheets today Sheila so not worth putting the washing machine on so wash them in the kitchen sink. This was a huge Belfast sink in the outhouses at the back. They had 3 parrots out the back that were quite scary and you daren't put your fingers near them. Although Jo was a bit of a dragon I had some fun there. Sometimes working until 2 or 3 in the morning when they had a lock-in. I made friends with many people including Doug Brittain, Heather & Tony Beamish, Barry Bryant, Bill Pellow and many more too numerous to mention. Oh! to be young again.

Long Service

Station Road c1950, Calne
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I remember as a child being taken to see my uncle Ewart who was employed at Calne Railway Station for 55 years. My cousin Jean (his daughter) told me that he also used to use a long pole to put out the gas street lamps when on his way home. As a lad he had worked for Angells greengrocers but had always wanted to go the railways. Sadly the station has now been demolished, probably the demise of the Harris bacon factory played its part. The Harris factory had been a major employer in the town and had made good use of the railway to move its products.

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