Pickwick National School secrets revealed

Pickwick National School secrets revealed

In the 19th century head teachers were required to keep a logbook in which significant items affecting the school were recorded. Some wrote at great length and others only the minimum but all the logbooks have very interesting and sometimes surprising entries. When I...

Life and Work of the Rev Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911 – 1997)

Life and Work of the Rev Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911 – 1997)

On Saturday August 11th 2012, in the presence of his sisters Veronica and Hilary and their children, Christopher Awdry unveiled a commemorative plaque to his father, the clergyman and writer the Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry, at Lorne House, Box. Wilbert Awdry had lived at...

Memories of Humphries’ Wagon Works

Memories of Humphries’ Wagon Works

I recently discovered the photograph shown below, together with the document recording the start of my grandfather’s apprenticeship at W. H. Humphries’ Wagon Works, London Road, Chippenham. My grandfather, Reginald Townsend, born and educated in Derry Hill, was just...

Christmas message from chairman Michael Rumsey

Christmas message from chairman Michael Rumsey

Dear Friends, Twelve months ago I wrote that I, together with the rest of the membership, was looking forward to 2013, our Golden Jubilee Year, and now we are virtually at the end of it and what a year it has been. Apart from the terrible wintry weather that very much...