All posts by Kaye Townsend

Bourne End Rox – A new Bourne End group for local Children

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!

 

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Continuing with Gill’s Memories of Bourne End

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.

Gill Hoare

Facebook Group ~ Bucks Rocks

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 bucksvillagejournal@btinternet.com ~ Happy hunting!

Following Adam Elder’s Racing Career? Tune in to BBC 3 Counties Radio at 2pm Today

Tune in to BBC 3 Counties Radio at 2pm to hear Adam Elder & Luke Woodham, both local guys who often race together discuss “What is Gymkhana Grid?” with presenter Nick Coffer.

They will talk about the documentary, competing against each other & introducing the sport to those who aren’t familiar with it.

Just a few days to go before this offer ends…

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Gill Hoare Shares More Memories – Furlong Road

We are very lucky recently with people recalling their memories of the area…..Gill Hoare has sent in some more of her Bourne End memories, this time in the Furlong Road area as she does a mental walk through the village.

“Where were we with our walk through Bourne End?….Oh yes we have just visited Bourne End School and are turning into Furlong Road. So on the left hand side the School Masters House then the school playground while across Furlong Road is a small parade of shops.

Mr Cheek the Greengrocer, who my good friend David Birch who lived at that time in Brookfield Road in Wooburn, tells me, he remembers an incident when Mr Cheek drove his ancient open back truck which boasted a steering wheel not on the right hand side or the left hand side of the truck but slap bang in the middle and it was used as a mobile shop around the villages – one day on the steep Brookfield Road the vans brakes failed and the van careered down the road, over the main road, and into the River Wye shedding apples and potatoes etc to float down the river – gives a whole new twist to apple bobbing!!

Alex Television Shop…although back in the early ’50’s not too many homes sported a television, radio was the thing in the mornings “Workers Play Time, afternoons “Listen with Mother” and “Mrs Dales Diary” (she was alway worried about Jim!) Evenings were spent gathered around the radio listening to “Journey into Space” staring Lemmy and Co. Where on earth did I dig all that up from??!! However a lot of folk sported a tele when it was the Coronation in 1953. We didn’t have a television till many years later – always felt deprived!!

Next was Woodbridge the Ironmongers and Hard Ware shop, a mainstay of the village, if they didn’t sell it – it did not exist!

Next – if I remember rightly – was Mr Gray the men’s outfitters – and I could never work out why – but on the wall outside was a Chewing Gum Machine needing one old penny to get the gum, very handy for using a penny from the Sunday School collection money before going into the Methodist Chapel!

I remember a “Ladies Wear” shop called Lilla Palmer – was it run or owned by Mrs Bocock?

Macphersons was a grocery shop then a Co-op. Then a separate large building was the main Post Office run by the Voiseys and in more recent years it is an Aquarium.

On the left hand side was the School Canteen at the side of the school playground and next along was the Methodist Chapel (I remember going to Sunday School and the Sunday evening Service…..you will remember we didn’t have a television!!

Across the road a row of houses then Wilks the Nurseries with a lot of land for green houses. More houses to take you up to Recreation Road – the park was used by the school games and sports days.

Back to the left hand side where my grandparents lived at 2 Ingledale Villas one of a row of semi detached houses (which I notice are still standing) before the family moved to Chalklands in 1938. Long before my time I hasten to add!!

After the row of semi – detached houses was some waste land later used as a car park for Jacksons employees opposite the Mill site.

More houses filled the right hand side of the road up to the many buildings that formed Jacksons Millboard and Fibre Company with the two mighty chimneys, an important part of Bourne End with employment for over 800 people from the surrounding villages.
Fond memories of the Mill where I started work in the accounts office in 1959 getting £3 a week…..before deductions!! A lot of Bourne End people worked in the offices – some travelled from Marlow on the Marlow Donkey and some long distance from Wycombe!!

The payroll was huge about 850 people working in the various departments of the Mill and everyone was paid, every week, in cash. The payroll was processed in the Book Keeping Department once all the information had been made up and checked from the Time Keeping Office, the Bonus Section where calculations were done on slide rules, and all checked in the Comptometer Office. The vast payrolls were completed and checked and passed to the Wages Office. The cash was ordered from the local Lloyds Bank and collected from there and made up into Pay envelopes. One very memorable Friday morning staff arrived to find the safe where the pay packets were stored was open and empty the robbers had arrived overnight and taken the lot! The television people arrived and one of the Directors was filmed revealing the empty safe…..all that was seen on the News that evening was an arm pulling back the safe door…no instant stardom there!! Lloyds Bank was “done” the very same night. The village bussed with the happenings! Everyone got paid as usual thanks to a lot of speedy work!! As an after thought the Wages Office was moved upstairs!!!

Jacksons offered a huge sports ground so there was football, cricket, bowls and tennis the large canteen saw dances, Children’s Christmas Parties and served on Saturday evenings as a Bingo Hall. There was a Social Club which doubled as a Cricket Tea Room An annual Mill trip to the Sea Side with a fleet of 50 odd Coaches for mill workers and their families to enjoy the day.

It had all finished by the early ’70’s the Mill buildings and the chimneys gone I believe it is an industrial estate now and the lovely, vast sports ground is now a housing development”.

Well that was Furlong Road in days passed…..I hope you enjoy it!! More to come!

Bourne End Documentary Star In “The Road To Gymkhana” Which Premieres on 27th March

Adam Elder has cars in his blood or to be more exact….  fast cars. Growing up in Bourne End, many of us know Adam & would certainly agree he was born to do this.

You may have heard of drifting…. well Gymkhana GRiD involves a lot of “donuts”, tyre smoke & powerslides making it an exciting sport to follow so the documentary “The Road To Gymkhana”  which premieres on 27th March, could be an interesting film for you to watch. Four big names in the Gymkhana Grid world… Ken Block, Petter Solberg, Oliver Solberg & Shane Lynch (THE Shane Lynch of Boyzone), follow Adam & 5 other drivers during their everyday lives as well as their racing careers.  

The film highlights how young men who work fulltime in other industries, can race against the world’s best without coming from a wealthy & privileged  background.  The film crews followed Adam to work, to the garage where Tony Elder, his Dad helps with the mechanics & to his home, interviewing the family who have supported him in many different ways for the past 4 years.

The film details how with focus, determination & a lot of hard work, you can achieve success. It shows the difference between Adam who puts every spare minute & penny into working towards his success compared to young men who are on million pound budgets. Adam has managed to achieve a standard in 4 years that usually takes others 10 years. Adam said “I have to make great sacrifices in order to follow my dream but it’s all worth it although I couldn’t do it without the huge support I receive from my family & fiancé, Lindsay.”

In the days after the premiere he has been invited to appear on a radio show, photo shoots & there is a possible breakfast TV interview. Adam also has 2 businesses to help financially, he has a recovery vehicle & is on call for breakdowns & has just become a UK distributor for Zestino Tyres who are also one of his sponsors. Sponsors are incredibly hard to get but he has many including Competition Clutch, EBC Brakes, Everything Drift, Rock Tech Wrapping & Funk Motor Sport amongst others, not forgetting Bourne End Garages.

Competing in over 80 small races & 4 big events in-order to get this far, his first “big” event was Gymkhana Grid in Madrid, a European Event & more recently Gymkhana Grid in South Africa which was televised by Sky TV in December. When I asked what other racing interests him, he said he would love to compete in World Rally Cross events one day.

This all came about after a serious brush with the law over a driving incident made Adam stop & think about how he could channel his passion. After following another local man, Luke Woodham who Adam now often competes against, he realised this could be the ideal way to turn his passion into a legal career. Hard work & many of thousands of pounds later, here he is…. waiting to hear if he qualifies for the World Finals in South Africa later this year.

“The Road To Gymkhana” will become available shortly after the premiere on Amazon Prime. If you fancy watching Adam race, he will be competing in Coventry Motofest on 2nd & 3rd June 2018 taking place in Coventry city centre.

 

To follow Adam or if you are interested in Zestino Tyres you can contact him via his Facebook page.

Caitlin Rocks

 

At first glance you may just think “what pretty painted rocks”!….. but please take time to read Caitlin’s story behind these beautiful painted pebbles & why you may come across one.

On Caitlin’s “Just Giving” page you can read about her condition & why she is trying to raise funds for her chosen charity. Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caitlin-rocks

Thank you.

 

Vote For Hannah & Buttons

Hannah Gates & Buttons live in High Wycombe & now they are travelling to Birmingham to participate in the Friends for Life final at Crufts. 

Hannah has battled a serious illness with Buttons by her side providing love & support. But that’s not all, Buttons is a rather clever little dog.

   

People can vote for the dog they want to win by visiting the Crufts website, with the victor receiving £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust to donate to a dog charity of their choice and runners-up £1,000.

If Buttons is your 2018 Friends for Life winner – make sure you vote for her here: http://www.crufts.org.uk/ffl

Great Opportunity for 15-18 yr olds & Football Coaches, Looking For a New Team to Join.

Are You Between 15 & 18 yrs & looking For an opening to play for a football team with great prospects?
Widmer End Football Club are taking new players of all skill levels to form a strong team. The club have coaches that have an excellent track record in motivating the players & helping to improve their game.

Run by a committee , Widmer End United Football Club is focussed on building the club to the highest possible standards, both playing football and it’s environment. Speaking to the team Manager Liam O’Rourke this week, he told me the committee has plans to improve the club facilities as financial backing is strong. Liam is also looking for suitable coaches for this age group to join the team that is “Widmer End United Football Club”.
Liam has had a successful background in managing various age groups & as the new manager for Widmer End United, is keen to make a big success of this team too. Liam said although it would be ideal, it’s not vital that you live in the area, but if you can travel this could be a great time to get involved…as a player or as a coach.
If this is something that would interest you, please contact Liam O’Rourke on 0751 982 0273 or email: liamoace35@gmail.com to discuss in more detail. Meanwhile, take a look at the club website http://www.weufc.co.uk

 

Use this offer for advertising & also get 2 tickets for paintballing

Another great value, advertising offer!

First company to book your advert by midnight on Monday 5th March will get both half price advertising & paintballing tickets for 2 people.

As I’ve mentioned before, your advert won’t just sit on the website – there is a business gallery, business directory & we also share on a regular basis via flyers, twitter, monthly newsletters, LinkedIn & Facebook.

The Bucks Village Journal is rapidly growing, so don’t miss out, get in touch today!
All you need to do is email a jpeg/pdf of your artwork to bucksvillagejournal@btinternet.com & I can add it immediately & pop your tickets in the post.

No contracts to sign, just one invoice to pay at the time of arranging your listing.