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The Friendly Pub

We used to live in the house opposite the Horse & Groom, it was called Yonder Cottage, I wonder if it is still there, it was a very friendly public house, and we spent many happy hours in the company of friends, which I will always remember.
The highlight of the week was the dance at the village hall, when the soldiers came from surrounding camps - we did'nt mind their boots!    Happy days and fond memories!

Catching Newts

The Green c1955, Tylers Green
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That building to the left with the little spire was my school when I was 11 in 1966. I have spent many hours catching newts in that pond in the foreground. It was partly surrounded by a brick and concrete wall and they would tuck themselves into little caves.

A Hundred Morris Dancers in The Village Hall at Tylers Green !

St Margaret's Church c1955, Tylers Green
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The villagers of Tylers Green got a shock on Saturday 12th November 2011 when more than one hundred Morris Dancers arrived for an intensive day of music and dance practice in their village hall. We came from all over the country to attend a workshop led by the two well known "sides" of Whitethorn Morris and Old Speckled Hen Morris.

This suburban village not far from High Wycombe boasts an immaculate willage hall with lovely new floors, furnishings and kitchens and it is really impressive. We filled their car park and overflowed into neighbouring roads as we arrived soon after 9 o'clock ready for a whole day of fun. Elizabeth and I came up from Devon and were pleased to meet so many friends there. Elizabeth danced and I went on stage and sat with the band to provide music for the day. Although no longer the band leader for Whitethorn Morris I was still familiar with most tunes of the common repertoire of Morris music. so... Read more

Totteridge in Buckinghamshire, Happy Times

We moved to High Wycombe just after the war when Dad came home and he went back to work for the London Transport at the bottom of Marlow Hill. We lived at first in Suffield Road and I went to the Church Of England School just off Suffield Road, then we moved to Ship Street and finally up to Cambridge Crescent in Totteridge and I went to Hatters Lane School from age 11 years. I also went to the Baptist Sunday School which was on the corner of Wingate Avenue and I have a group photo taken there. When I finally left school I worked at the Marsh Paper Mill as a Paper Sorter. Then when Murrays Shop was knocked down and Marks & Spencers was built I worked there for nearly 10 years until the family came along. My hubby worked in Georges Ironmongers in the Frogmoor and we then lived at Highfield Road in Booker, when the second child was due we moved up to back up to... Read more

Whitethorn Morris Dance at The Red Lion Coleshill

Red Lion c1965, Coleshill
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For many years morris sides danced in the road in front of the pub garden of the Red Lion. This has been a popular venue to celebrate May Day morning at dawn. Whitethorn Morris and their Whitethorn Band made this a really exciting way to kick off the "dancing season" in the dark pre-dawn, with a slowly growing crowd of sleepy Coleshill villagers emerging from their cottages to come and watch.

I played my accordian and sometimes had to shelter under an umbrella to keep my keyboard dry! The jolly landlord came out and passed around a hipflask of strong liquor to encourage both the musicians and the dancers! As dawn broke the music and dancing became more vigorous - helped by the drink no doubt.

Our dancing companions from Grand Union Morris and our Whitethorn Band and Whitethorn Morris Dancers then go into the Red Lion along with scores of villagers for a traditional English cooked breakfast! I don't know how the landlord and... Read more

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