This time a walk around The Green.
Here we go with part 3!
Here are a few more to keep you going!
With the idea of showing how the area has changed, Anna & I spent time photographing certain parts so you could see the comparison between now & “back in the day”.
All old photos are courtesy of “The Way It Was” series of books which you have probably seen but we wanted to put together the now & then so you can see some of the small details that have lasted over the years or have perhaps been added, not to mention buildings that have disappeared altogether.
To get us started here is a couple from Well End & through the village but will also share photos of other parts of Bourne End & into Wooburn Green.
We tried to stand in the same position as the original photographer to capture the difference over the years but as you can appreciate some of the angles would mean standing on a busy road, so we have tried to re-create the view as best we can.
Although it was a beautiful sunny day we have changed the photos in black & white. We will share the photos over the next week or so. See how many original features you can spot & which buildings are still present along with how small trees have grown into mighty oaks!
Hope you enjoy taking a look…. Kaye & Anna (Day)
This looks interesting, on tomorrow night (8th May)…
Many of us wander around churchyards and cemeteries, tracing family members or just out of interest. This illustrated talk by Kevin Varty explores the sometimes hidden meanings of the symbols which are often carved into the headstones, revealing a lost language from the past. The talk also shows how these symbols have been used by the funeral business, especially during Victorian times.
Just think about what we will lose & how we will cope with the extra people using our facilities, roads, schools etc. If you don’t know where to start, read some of the other objections first to help you put your thoughts into action.
Please go to the Wycombe District website & share your objections however small (or big!)… time is running out.
We are running out of time to save our beautiful Slate Meadow
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Saturday 26th May 2018
FUN DOG SHOW
Show starts 2.30pm. Entries accepted from 2pm
Entry £2 per class. Rosettes and prizes in kind to 3rd place
• Most handsome dog
• Prettiest bitch
• Veteran – 8 years and over
• Best 57 varieties dog – most crossed crossbred
• Best child handler (under 12 yrs)
• Irish Pair – most unlikely combination – make up on the day!
• Musical Mats
• Dog the judge would most like to take home –
for dogs which have not won a 1st, 2nd or 3rd rosette
For more information: 01296 651961, or 07713 158659
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Wonderful Photo by Nathan Stone
Use your local businesses…. it’s important to support the people that offer products & services that we take for granted.
After weeks of problems with the original email address, I have decided to completely remove it.
Please would you now use firstname.lastname@example.org & that way I can be sure I am receiving all emails. Meanwhile, if you have tried to contact me & had no response, I apologise & ask that you try again with the new email address.
Pebble & rock painting is becoming a popular way to tap into your kids creative talents as well as getting them outside to hide & hunt for other painted rocks. The idea is so simple & couldn’t be a cheaper way to entertain the children…. & adults enjoy getting in on the act too. Various groups have popped up on Facebook but we now have our own Bourne End group, Bourne End Rox. The group has been set up by local children Leon & Summer, under the supervision of their Mum Kelly & are will be hiding their first batch of wonderful painted rocks today. Keep an eye out for them, it’s such a lovely simple idea… to make you smile.
The Facebook page has the following description so you know what to do…..
Good morning everyone ☺️ my lovely Children Leon and Summer decided that they wanted to create Bourne End’s very own rock finding page ‘Bourne End Rox’ so during the wet weather of the Easter holidays we have been painting pebbles from the Riverside to hide around Bourne End and make people smile. When you find one of ‘Bourne End Rox’ can you please post a picture on here for me to show Leon and Summer and then re-hide it for someone else to find 🤗 we will be hiding a batch today and will continue to make regular Rock drops. Keep your eyes open!
Have fun & perhaps send a few pictures in for the Bucks Village Journal to show, have fun!
Here is Gill’s latest jottings of her memories in & around Bourne End… enjoy!
Right! Ready to continue our walk around Bourne End? Let’s go!
Furlong Road was the last walk and having gone past the well remembered Jacksons Mill…wait…where is the bus shelter that sat on the roughly triangular green…where and when did that go? Across the road, now an Antiques Shop, was The Crossing Stores, sweets, groceries all things useful, presided over by a lady called Joan, a must go to from Jacksons office.
Next the railway line…cut no doubt by Dr Beeching…always busy between Bourne End and Wycombe, the big gates that were closed manually when a train was due to pass, by the railway man in the little hut and opened again when all was clear. So across we go and on the right New Road. Just up New road on the left hand side was the Red Cross Hut. I remember joining and on Saturday afternoon we used to meet – had great fun bandaging people up and each November a very important date was Remembrance Sunday and, dressed in our Red Cross Uniform, we marched to Wooburn Green to take part in the service at the Cenotaph.
A few steps along the main road was a fish and chip shop (Harley’s) very convenient for a bag of chips following a visit to the Cinema, it later morphed into Bourne House Restaurant and right next door the Telephone Exchange.
The Telephone Exchange always ways seemed a huge, imposing building and a great mystery. I guess back in the ’50’s not too many folk had a telephone – so what a joy when I worked at Jacksons and I learned to operate the switchboard! A 10 + 50 which meant ten outside lines to the exchange and 50 internal extensions, vast in those days and back then not automated – people picked up the phone and asked me to get a company, I had to look up the number, ask the exchange to get the number wait on the line till the call was answered, get the right person on the line, then announce to my caller. How things have improved since then!
I loved it and so enjoyed working the break times, lunch hour cover and Saturday mornings on the switchboard. I remember a few people from the office were invited over to the Telephone Exchange some time in the early ’60’s to see life from the other side of the fence. That was brilliant meeting the “number please ladies” and understanding how the next stage worked. I have never forgotten it!
Highfield Road next on the right some of the original houses in Bourne End. The left hand side of the road was allotments and railway land before a very few private houses. On the left hand corner where Penny’s Corner is now was a row of old cottages.
Where St.Dunstans Church now stands, the Community Centre and the Library was all spare land….it has all been there many years but not as the Bourne End when we were children. That area plus the bungalows for the older people and the vast area that is filled with Council Housing was all “The Field” used once or twice a year for when the fair came to Bourne End or for Bonfire Night with an enormous bonfire!
The now defunct Lloyds Bank building stood on the corner (I wonder what that will become?)
Next was the small Parade of shops including Louise Ladies Hairdresser where the lovely Jean Peasley worked, Babette the shop for ladies needs, Edward Gray Estate Agents. A Dry Cleaners, Donald’s the sweet shop and the very important Royalty Cinema (beloved by teenagers in Bourne End,)
Now the Royalty Cinema, I could write a book ……..but perhaps not now. The Cinema closed in 1959. Used to go there in the front three rows. – reserved for kids – on a Saturday afternoon, where, for your nine pence (9d) you’ve got a big film, small film, Pathe News and any number of advertisements…good value eh?
I forget at what age the admission went up to one shilling and sixpence but being old enough to pay that, at about 13, also meant we could change to Friday nights, still in the front three rows but it did mean we were also old enough to have a boyfriend to sit and hold hands with during the film – it gave the usherettes extra work to do keeping order! Then when the film was over we all went to the chip shop to finish the evening!!
Such a shame when the Cinema closed there was not much else to do in Bourne End and certainly not many of us had televisions to watch. The Cinema then became Townsends Furniture Shop so, funny really, we who spent so many hours in the Cinema came back to spend our money in the furniture shop to set up home….the wheels turn!
Across from the Cinema Bourne End Motors and behind that The Regent Cafe, oh joy! Complete with a juke box, the first one in Bourne End, we learned to make a drink last for hours to listen to the latest hits!
Then “The Field” right along to where Tesco is now where the Police Station was. Yes Bourne End had a police station with P.C Dennis and P.C. Claridge very much in control of what went on!
So good people of Bourne End that completes my tour around the village from a few years ago….people come and go, shops change, but memories stay with us and how good it is to be able to think about life as it was back then.
I became aware today of a Facebook Group called Bucks Rocks. I had been painting rocks to brighten my garden but after sharing Caitlin’s story, “Caitlin Rocks” & joining this group combined with seeing local photos of Nickartstherapy rocks, I think I will start hiding them.
Bucks Rocks describe them as kindness rocks & people seem to be having a lot of fun both painting & hiding rocks, & finding them. It is a very therapeutic hobby & a great way to entertain the kids too. I hope to get my granddaughters involved with painting, hiding & finding.
Let me know if you find any by sending a photo in to email@example.com ~ Happy hunting!