Yet more stuff on my beloved Metheringham !!

If you have not looked at the Original 'Visit Meg' page, I suggest that you click here to do so ! (and then return to here to see the continuation of talk about the lovely place !!

Out of the blue, I got an EMail - it was from Gwyn Chapman who has kindly given me permission to publish it, so here goes !!



Hi Pete,

Just found your page and would love to comment.

Just like you I was one of the "privileged" to attend Carres.
Remember me - Gwyn Chapman - You were 5th form when I was 1st or
second and as table monitor served me that delicious school grub
and as I remember used me as a guinea pig for your home made
elecrical shock machine.
Cheesy(Winterburn)Ned,Cretin,Charlie,Seedy - can't remember them
all.
Can you add to them.Great days.

I can just remember the Green Man.
We used to sledge down the railway bridge bank there.Mr Merryweather
used to live opposite in the railway house -what a character.

My Dad,Arthur Chapman signalman,told me a story about him coming to
Metheringham station booking office while he was manning it.
"You know Arthur that one good turn deserves another and that you
looked up the train times last year for Torquay,well can you look
them up for me this year for Bournemouth".

ytweantot Was Wiz saying "It will not hurt"

I can't answer many of your questions(Ithink your few additional
years have the edge on me and anyway I was bushbeating for Parkers.)

I think the oldest Company is probably Townsends.
Was Mr Barfield headmaster at the primary school.
He was when I was there and used to live in Mill Lane, - 1st house
before the Alfred Avenue estate houses.


Co- incidetally he taught my father out at Carlton Scroop and
Caythorpe when he was a lad.

I remember him telling us at school that he had been to the fish
shop (Cox's wasn't it)to ask if they would please put a few more or
less chips in their portions because he was fed up with finding
empty fish papers in his garden.

Can't remember the Dilley man but I can remember the roadman
Mr Judge from Hall Yard.

Other early memories - a chap that everyone called Jesus who lived
in a caravan at the old rubbish tip up Heath Road.
I used to get in trouble from my parents for asking him for bananas
as he passed our house from he shops,
and Jack Scott cycling up Mill Lane from one side of the road to the
other on his way to operate the mill.



Like you I could go on and on.

I am sure I have seen a picture somewhere of the Green Man but at
the moment cannot think where.
I will rack my brains and let you know if it comes to me.



                 All the best
                              Gwyn

Gwyn Chapman



Then I replied, the reply is interleaved with the original message.



Good Afternoon Gwyn

Thank you for your feedback to my web page
	http://www.sst-ltd.co.uk/writings/visitmeg.htm

I have interleaved my reply with your comments.





Hi Pete,

Just found your page and would love to comment.

Just like you I was one of the "privileged" to attend Carres.
Remember me - Gwyn Chapman - You were 5th form when I was 1st or
second and as table monitor served me that delicious school grub


I seem to remember a red headed guy that lived in the Dolls House
at the top of Mill Lane
Friends with Simon Smalley.
Isnt the world small
	your son worked for my brother George at Jackson Shipley
	for a while !!
	(I am told that he went to work in a shoe shop and then
	'took the Queens shilling')



and as I remember used me as a guinea pig for your home made
elecrical shock machine.
Cheesy(Winterburn)Ned,Cretin,Charlie,Seedy - can't remember them
all.
Can you add to them.Great days.

There were a few more - but they wont come to mind, apart from
Dingy Allot


I can just remember the Green Man.
We used to sledge down the railway bridge bank there.Mr Merryweather
used to live opposite in the railway house -what a character.


Your addendum was correct - it was Mayfield
He was a lovely, if slightly eccentric, man.
But he didnt live in the railway house opposite
	that was Ernie Oyes
	daughter Veronica
Mayfield lived at the fen side on the next block down
(on the right - opposite the Atkin's house)
(The Flintham's - I think - lived in the village side of the Mayfield
block !!)


My Dad,Arthur Chapman signalman,told me a story about him coming to
Metheringham station booking office while he was manning it.
"You know Arthur that one good turn deserves another and that you
looked up the train times last year for Torquay,well can you look
them up for me this year for Bournemouth".

ytweantot Was Wiz saying "It will not hurt"


"Why, it will not hurt" actually
Do you remember Wiz and my brother Ian ?




I can't answer many of your questions(Ithink your few additional
years have the edge on me and anyway I was bushbeating for Parkers.)

I think the oldest Company is probably Townsends.


You might be correct - but I think it is J A Andrews and sons
and anyway the 'Real' Townsends does not exist - hehehehe.




Was Mr Barfield headmaster at the primary school.
He was when I was there and used to live in Mill Lane, - 1st house
before the Alfred Avenue estate houses.


It was, and he did indeed



Co- incidetally he taught my father out at Carlton Scroop and
Caythorpe when he was a lad.

I remember him telling us at school that he had been to the fish
shop (Cox's wasn't it)to ask if they would please put a few more or
less chips in their portions because he was fed up with finding
empty fish papers in his garden.


It might have been the one before Tommy Cox, - maybe Bobby Blow.
I think Barfield might have gone before Tommy Cox arrived




Can't remember the Dilley man but I can remember the roadman
Mr Judge from Hall Yard.


The Dilley man was Johnny Flynn
Seem to remember he lived either in the Prefabs or on Station Road




Other early memories - a chap that everyone called Jesus who lived
in a caravan at the old rubbish tip up Heath Road.
I used to get in trouble from my parents for asking him for bananas
as he passed our house from he shops,


I didnt remember him as 'Jesus' - but Mother does
Brother George didnt either !!
I remember him as Herbert Elliot




and Jack Scott cycling up Mill Lane from one side of the road to the
other on his way to operate the mill.


Jack Scott - ah yes - Roger Dawson's GrandDad - lived at the corner
of Drury Street - I think that he owned the Bakery (a Newsagents
now - next to Joe Taylors house)
Maybe the obvious connection - bakery and windmill, confirms that
memory !!




Like you I could go on and on.

I am sure I have seen a picture somewhere of the Green Man but at
the moment cannot think where.
I will rack my brains and let you know if it comes to me.


Id love a copy - I put a load of old pictures in a safe place - so
safe, I cant remember where - hehehehe





                 All the best
                              Gwyn

Gwyn Chapman



Thank you for this 'Blast from the Past'
Would you object if I published this correspondence in a
supplementary web page ??

Where are you now ??
From your EMail address, I guess either 'Skellingthorp' or 'Skelly
Road in Lincoln!
Do you get back to Meg much ?
I visit Mother quite often - she lives in Mill Lane - opposite
Townsends !!

Im now a happily retired old fart living in Northolt Middlesex
(West London)
What are you up to ?


Best regards
Take care
Peter Byers

PS -	I have added you to a personal (used by me only) mailing
	list of my friends to whom I occasionally send messages on
	all sorts of subjects. If you dont want to receive copies of my
	occasional ramblings, let me know and I will take you off the
	list instantly



The third part in the series is Gwyn's reply to me. I have removed a few lines of personal information about Gwyns family which were of interest to me, but not really relevant to these 'Memories of Meg'.



Hi Peter,

Great to hear from you and that you are not bored with my ramblings.

You are right in guessing my whereabouts - Skellingthorpe - where 
I have lived since ' 75.

On leaving school I made a career in nursing spending most of my time 
as a mental health nurse ending with almost 20 years as a community 
nurse in Lincoln and around North Lincolnshire.

I retired 5 years ago (one of the bonuses of mental health nursing.)

I met my wife Christine,a Londoner from Stepney,in nursing after she 
had chosen to train in Lincoln and took the plunge in 1968.

Darren and Gareth being the result.



I left Meg in 1962 when my Dad took a new post at Woodhall Spa and 
moved to Baracebridge Heath in 1968. 


You may well remember the red haired lad in the Doll's House but 
whats left is white now. 


I visit Meg on occasions usually watching Gareth play football for 
Waddington and have been to several feast days since it was 
rejuvenated.

I remember one in particular of a few years ago when some of the 
stalls/exhibitions were held in the old school.

What memories that brought back.

I could picture Mrs Barfield,Miss Chaffinch,Miss Parker,Mr Tear 
at the front of each class as we moved from room to room.
And how small the rooms were and if I remember the two "big"ones 
were partitioned into two as well.  

I can't remember seeing any stalls /exhibitions as I was too enwrapped 
in looking where I used to hang my coat and where the girls did hand 
stands against the wall.

Heady days those.


I remember the Dawsons well.

I used to play cricket with Pete and John with Roger as wicket keeper 
behind their house on the Rec.on station road.

There would be a few broken windows now.

The clergy you refer to at St Wilfreds were probably just before my 
time but one in particular stands out from the fifties - Sam Radford 
who refused to bury or marry on Saturdays because he was a scout for 
Notts Forest.

You are very welcome to use my memories on your site but they are 
indeed just memories and some may have become blurred but I stand to 
be corrected by anyone who's recollections may challenge mine and I 
would love to hear any ramblings from you in the future.

Regards
Gwyn




Well thank you Gwyn, it was lovely to hear from you.

It would be good if any more of the old stagers cared to add their two pennorth - such names as John Long, Peter Dawson, Noddy Garlant, Doreen Chamberlain, Roy Andrews and loads of others (even Chris Gray - if he gets any time off from Andrews shop - and if the hits on the head with drumsticks have not impaired his faculties too much - giggle !!!)

I got a message from Roy Andrews reminding me that Chuck Walker was in the Chip Shop between Bobby Blow and Tommy Cox. It would have been him that Barfield spoke to.