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I walked across this bridge four times every day, on my way to and from school (I used to go home for lunch). Home was Abberd Way, and the school was on the Green. I used to stop there to watch trout, and I can still recall the smell of flour from the mill. The 'pond' was actually the millrace, and a second stream joined the (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

Arrived after the August bank holiday in '62, I was 16. What a time, wine women & song - I'll never forget sleeping with WRAF in billet whilst the other 15 slept! Skiving morse class, nicking a motorbike to fetch bacon sarnies from Smokey Joe's. Of visitng Bonnie in the PBX for a warm-up, evading snoops to get in the WRAF block (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

I was at greenacres approved school in 1965. Miss Goldsmith was the headmistress. Wicked woman. I worked on the farm after coming out of the classroom at 15, Mr. Hayes was the teacher a Welsh man very nice. Miss trgenza was the in charge of the farm. I became a young farmer. The girls I remember from there are. Rachel craddock, (...Read full memory)

Does anyone remember the girls school which was called Greenacres on Curzon Street? It is now Springfields, I believe. It was a home office approved school in the 1950's and 1960's and girls from all over the country were sent there. Some of the staff were local people; is there anyone still around with memories of Greenacres?

I worked here when I was about 14-15, with Shelley (who is now my sister in law), Chris (can't remember his surname) and Tish (Letitia Orlandi). This was when The White Hart was owned by Giovanni Brandani or 'Johnny', as he was known. It may have been my age, but it has to be said, I had the best time!

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!

Does anyone still remember the Greenacres Approved School for girls which was on Curzon Street. I believe it is now called Springfields. I was there in the 1960s and loved Calne as it was then. Although not from the area, I have never forgotten the place.

I remember Mr. Wylie playing Bach on the organ in the late 50's here.