I got a lovely letter and photograph from a boyhood friend that I have not seen for years. From his letter, it seems that we still share lots of opinions.

There are wonderful memories in my memory of a lovely childhood frequently shared with him. I dont think that I am ready to share them with the public yet ! BUT BUT but, I do some occasional after dinner speaking and in several, I do reminisce about my childhood in a Lincolnshire village. (I dont mention any names though !!).

I didnt know that I had had a mention in the MACLA magazine !! I will have to have a poke around and see what it says.

You can bet your bottom pound that the next time I visit my beloved Meg, I will no longer be 'frit' to look out my boyhood mate !!

Next task is to put all of the stuff from him into the aboutMeg page.

The picture at the bottom of the page is very good and brings back some seriously good memories (even though I cant remember all of the names.

I hope that we two Old Farts can continue to communicate - you betcha I do !!!

THANKS MATE, YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY !!


Hi Peter
 
Remember that day in September 1952? You and I turned up at the War Memorial, clad in our brand new Carre's Grammar School uniforms, to catch the bus for our first day at a new school. Pretty daunting, as I remember!
 
I was delighted to come across your contribution in the Winter 2008 edition of the MACLA news magazine and even more delighted when I logged on to your website byers writings. It evoked a lot of good memories and the realisation that to grow up in Metheringham, especially in Drury Street, was a wonderful experience. Alas, that age of innocence has long gone. The late forties and early fifties were austere times when a banana or an ice cream were a rare treat. Nevertheless, there existed  great community spirit and a respect for other people that sadly seems lacking today. Many of the names and places listed in your index are quite meaningful to me and I would like to comment on a few of them, starting with folk who lived in Drury Street.
 
Don Dykes' Dad - Bill Dykes was my uncle, married to my mother's sister Gladys. Our 'yard' in Drury Street consisted of three dwellings. Dykes lived one side, we lived the other side and Mr and Mrs Pattinson lived in between. Bill Dykes was a Londoner. He joined the RAF and was stationed at Digby Camp. There he met my aunt, Gladys Carr, who at that time lived in a cottage opposite the Camp post office. They married and moved to Drury Street where they lived for many years, with my grandfather Charles Carr, before finally moving to Limetree Avenue. During his service time he was a fine track athlete, I think as a sprinter. After leaving the forces Bill worked until his retirement as a buyer for British Crop Driers. He was probably best known for being a long-time Secretary of Metheringham Football Club. In those days, if Metheringham played a Cup Final at Sincil Bank a fleet of buses were laid on for the supporters. Bill kept immaculate records in exercise books and I remember fans calling at the house begging him to get them on one of the buses. Don, his son, went on to play for Lincoln City and there was no prouder father than Bill watching from the stands.
 
Slam Wright  - Miss Wright, known as 'Slam' because the name of her house was Salaam, was a good friend of my family, living just around the corner at the entrance to the old doctors' surgery on Church Walk. She would often pop in to our house and would sometimes have meals with us. In turn we would occassionally visit her and I remember going to her house one christmas for a meal. I was probably about ten at the time but was allowed one glass of port (Pilgrims). I have loved port ever since and still enjoy it even to this day. Miss Wright had a very domineering personality, she held strong opinions and was not afraid to air them, which sometimes made her very unpopular. She was a staunch church-goer, having close connections with Metheringham church all her life. In later years she took in a companion, her name was Miss Levesley.
 
George Sewell  - George lived in Drury Street with Mrs Strawson (grandmother of Roy Strawson) and as far as I am aware was Metheringham's only ever bookmaker. I sometimes got the job of taking my father's bets to him. I cannot recollect picking up the winnings very often!
 
Tommy Tripp  - Mr and Mrs Tripp lived in a cottage (now demolished) opposite Mrs Strawson. They had a huge garden with a corner stacked with wood which bordered the long extinct Drury Street chapel. Being of similar age I was friendly with the three sons, mainly Tom and Eddie. John, I seem to recall, was a bit older. The cottage had no electricty supply and I remember being in the house on dark winter nights playing by the light of tilly lamps - very special. I think Tommy worked on the farm for Harry Barker at Blankney, but I may be wrong.
 
Claude Oliver  - Claude and Mrs Oliver lived in one of the red brick houses the other side of the old chapel. Either Claude or possibly Mrs Oliver taught piano. I was offered the chance to go for lessons with Roy Strawson and Gony Wilson, I declined prefering to be outside playing sport (a decision I was to bitterly regret in later life). Gony Wilson became very accomplished and in later years the place to be on a Saturday night was the Londesborough Arms where Gony played to a very enthusiastic audience. As a youngster I was friends with Hilary Oliver and in my teenage years became very friendly with Ted Oliver mainly through football. In later years Claude and Mrs Oliver took over the running of Metheringham Post Office.
 
I hope these recollections may have filled in some gaps regarding the history of Old Meg and that you may have found some of them at least of interest. If you wish to use any of the information on your site please feel free to do so. I wish you well with your project and
I would be more than happy to contribute more ramblings if you feel they would be of use.
 
On a seperate issue I am attaching with this e-mail a school photograph from our days at Carre's. Do you have this photograph? I can recall all the names except two (back row six and seven from the left). Brumpton and Donnison come to mind but I cannot be sure - can you remember? I read with interest the letter from Gwyn Chapman some time ago, he mentioned masters names, I can add a few more, but will leave that for another day as I must have bored the pants off you by now.  Fantastic to be in touch again after all these years I sincerely hope we can continue to communicate, two old farts reminiscing about Old Meg.
 
Take care and best wishes for the festive season and a New Year of inspired writings.
 
Rodney Garlant

 

 

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