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Traditional Pub Lunch at The Royal Oak in Chipping Sodbury
It is so nice to discover an unspoiled pub that dates from centuries long ago. My wife Elizabeth and I frequently make long motorway trips from our home in Devon towards London and beyond. For a change from the dull and uninspiring motorway service stations we sometimes choose to turn off the M4 and seek out a nearby town for a lunch stop. On this occasion we found Chippng Sodbury, parked our car and sauntered long the wide pavements of the town's attractive High Street. And there it was - The Royal Oak! Probably unchanged from centuries earlier.
A lunch menu was by the front door and tempted us inside. We sat near a log fire in the stone fire place and enjoyed a roast lunch. So much better than a service station. We have since made this a regular lunchtime feature of our long motorway journeys north from Devon.
This is travelling as it must have been in the days of coaching inns... Read more
Fond Memories of Year Spent as Child in Chipping Sodbury
I was reminiscing today and started thinking about the year 1954, when I was sent to live with an Auntie on Hatters Lane in Chipping Sodbury. My most vivid memories are of attending school there and I see that a new school was built after I left. Also remember a little sweetie shop near the school and Hatter's Lane where I got to pick out a few things every week. My parents had sailed to America and my brother and I were left behind from March 1954 until December 1954 when I left to be reunited with them at age 10. I have never been back to Chipping Sodbury but have been back to the UK many times, so my plan for the future is to pay a visit to the little town and see if I can find my house..love the photos !
My name at the time was Ruth Keenan and my Auntie's name was Bella Long.
Whitethorn Morris Dance at The Iron Acton Folk Festival
The village of Iron Acton had both a Folk Club and a Folk Festival in the 1980's.
I remember a beautiful summer weekend - probably 1983 - when Whitethorn Morris were invited to the Festival. We camped in a field at the back of the village pub which may have been The Lamb Inn. The dancers and musicians took over all the field in our tents and vans! We made the pub the centre of our weekend's activities. It was hot and sunny and we needed the pub not just for a cool beer but also for washing facilities for all of us campers!
Whitethorn Morris looked good in their scarlet and blue kit and the Whitethorn Band sounded great with accordians, melodeons, drums and even a trombone and a penny whistle!
My memories of this are happy ones as I really enjoyed playing my Hohner piano accordian and leading the band. Even the local paper must have liked us as they ran... Read more
My parents, Fred & Marjorie La Touche, always took us to visit our great aunt & uncle Curtis,who lived at Cottage of Content in Harris Barton.At one time this was a pub, (perhaps someone has a photo of it ) but then it was a smallholding. Coming from the town of Swindon, it was marvellous to be able to go & pick plums from the orchard & tomatoes from the greenhouses. We used to arrive by train at Coalpit heath & walk from there under the viaduct & across the fields, which were always full of cows. Now there is a housing estate on the field. There were always gypsies camping at the back of the smallholding, down by the brook. They were always very friendly families & never caused any trouble. It was lovely to see them cooking round their fire.
My great uncle's home only had paraffin lamps, which gave a lovely atmosphere, slightly better than the old hole in the ground toilet in the back garden. It... Read more
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