Empsons Garage my Years
I left Sandye school in 1970. We lived in Potton and I started work at Empsons garage as a trained mechanic. They also repaired lorrys there too - mainly Commer. It was owned and run by Bill Empson and Steve Whitbread worked there as a mechanic. His snooty Son Geoffrey Empson also worked there - they had a dog called Tatty Bitch. When the miners strike was on and we had power cuts, we would wind the petrol [national benzel] and the dieslel from the tanks for the customers. Grace would work in the reception booking in cars etc and I would work on cars lorries and all things under Steve's eye. There was quite a large area behind the garage with greenhouses and old buildings and I would hunt in there to see what I could find Bill and his wife were very nice people and although the money wasn't great he looked after you in other ways. Bill would have a small office just off the... Read more
Memories of going to school in Gamlingay will never be forgotten. I grew up in Graveley, so rode the bus to school through all the villages. I went on the school site and saw the netball team, but can't remember some of my teammates. A reunion would be wonderful. Graham Harding is also digging around for info.
LARGE MATERIAL STORE
Quite a number of years ago I visited your village and stumbled accross a large warehouse that sold all kinds of materials from the roll, and then which I used for a while. Can anyone tell me if it is still there please? Kind regards, Iris
The War Years
I lived in a cottage in Long Lane, beyond Church End as a child during the war. I have vivid memories of my life here. The snowy winter of 1943 when the snow reached up to the cottage windows. We had no neighbours except Dick and May Norman, who lived next door. I remember "Uncle Dick", as I called him, digging a path from our door to the well - for the only source of water then was the well, and wonderfully fresh it tasted too.
I went to the village school, the head teacher when I started was a Mr. Acker (spelling) and later Mr. Robinson came. I was in Miss (Mrs?) Arnold's class. At that time the school had children up to the age of 14, and I clearly remember my first day there and being picked up by one of the "big" girls and cuddled and carried round the playground. I used to walk from the house in... Read more
Living in Church End
I lived at number 14 for about 11 years and I miss it greatly. My parents moved from Cambridge and I was born at Mill Road in 1968. I remember long summers and playing in the fields just outside the village boundary. Neighbours were Joy and Andrew, Olive and Ray and across the road in the farm opposite was Ricky the Alsation dog. My mother had MS and my parents seperated in about 1978 when my Grandparents bought the cottage to look after my mum. They missed Anglesey too much and in 1979 we left. I still miss the place greatly and try and return for a look around every couple of years. I was in the local cub pack and after attending primary school went to the Village College briefly. I remember a family garage business called Norman's which I see has long gone and I had a friend called Edwin Bristow who lived in the big house near the church. The bakers shop has gone I see but... Read more
Working at The Bakery in The 1950,S
I was born in my grandma's house in Church St, didn't have a number in those days, when it did it was #13, which was good because I was born on the 13th. I enrolled at the Gamlingay Old School in 1946 in Miss Cades class then Miss Almonds and Mrs Arnolds followed by Mr Ashton which took me up to my 11 birthday. It was the days of school dinners and outside toilets. Many school mates that I never have seen over the years having left Gamlingay in 1959. John Allen, Alan Barford, Pat Orford, Pam Bedford, Naome Jakes, Richard Harris to name a few. Graduated from the old school in 1957 and went to Cambridge Tech for 3 yrs. My first job was with Watsons Bakery in 1955 and worked the delivery route with Richard Busby. Always lots of good things to eat working at the bakery. My time at Cambridge was spent at the bakery school, Sid Lindsay had since purchased the bakery.... Read more
Memories of Bedfordshire
How I Found Abbotsley
My Dad, a countryman born and bred, went to London in the late 1920's for work - since there was a huge depression in his type of country work (farm labourer). He met my Mum, and I was born in Thornton Heath, Surrey, in 1930. On December 21st 1934, we moved to the gorgeous little Huntingdonshire village of Abbotsley - I adored it from day one. We lived at No 7 New Row (now some unimaginative 'High Street' address. I went to Abbotsley school from September 1935. I should not have started until after Christmas but I was so eager to go to school with my new found friends, that Mum went to see the headmistress, Miss Everett, and got me in early. I left in December 1944. I used to attend church for Sunday school with Miss Everett's disabled sister, as teacher, and I sang in the choir at other services. I thoroughly enjoyed my church-going when we had a vicar called Bromley Birkbeck Walker. He was an ex-army... Read more
My first husband, David Beames, and I, moved into Eynesbury House in July, 1968, and our first son, Andrew, was born at Mill Road Hospital, Cambridge, a few weeks later. William was born in 1971, also at Mill Road. Both boys went to St. Mary's Primary School, Eynesbury. (They are now both married and living in America. I have two lovely grand-daughters, Mary and Catherine (Andy's children). Will married a nice girl called Janna two years ago, but so far no sign of children.) I joined the St. Neots Musicmakers a short time after Andrew's birth. We all found St. Neots a very friendly place, and were happy there. Unfortunately my husband had to move North when his office closed, and we went to live in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in 1976. I still remember the people who were so kind to us when we moved in: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cambers, John and Joyce Chapman, and Jill and Roger Henthorne to name but a few. We also became friendly with Reg... Read more
When L Was Little
Hello, I was born at Paxton Park in 1948. My mum was Sheila Shepherd, daughter of Lilian and Percy. Mum married Horace Hermitage who was stationed there, they married and went off to live in Kent but she came back to St Neots to have my sister Carole. I remember so well the train journey from Kent to go and stay with Nan 'n Grandad, they lived in Ferreres Avenue, as did Aunty Ursula and her husband Gorden Jackson. Nan did cleaning for Joe and Doris Wiles who ran the greengrocers in St Mary's Street. Aunt Ursula worked for years at Kayser Bondor, Carole and I always had the most beautiful undies as presents from aunty. We had lots of playmates, Margaret Jacobs, Nigel and his sister Bobby Ball, Jonny Barry and Rosie Chamberlain. I still have a photo of us all sitting on a coal bunker. I thought St Neots was the best place in the world. Sadly Nan, Grandad, and Aunt Ursula Gordon have all passed away now. Myself and my... Read more
My Great-Grandfather The Papermill Manager
My great-grandfather Ogilvie Bricknall was the manager of this mill at the turn of the century. He was a great papermaker and had moved to St Neots with his family from Longforgan in Perthshire. His son James was assistant manager in 1911 and the mill employed his two daughters as clerks.
I Attended Here in The Late 50s And Early 60s
I remember St Marys when Mr Naylor if im right was the headmaster when i left to go to Longsands in 1962. At easter and Christmas we use to go to St Marys church opposite for services. There was some prefab classrooms at the back and you still had ink and milk monitors, i cannot remember the name of the teachers so if any one can please add them to this memory. Many thanks David Matzk age 56.
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