TALE OF A TUMOUR

13th October, 2016: Update. I  have this day visited the Leicester General Hospital for my annual check-up. After a long absence, I was again to meet up with my Consultant, Mr Roger Kockelbergh, the very clever man who was to finally remove my bladder (Cystectomy)  in 2009.  He was there today to inform me that […]

IN THE MEANTIME …

A Little Local Mystery. bizarre little local story of Victorian times which has concerned me for a long time now, has recently reappeared in my searchings but I am still to discover a true and full picture of the events of the time. The little I do know is very tiny indeed, thus frustrating, so I pass my evidence […]

THE ‘BRIAN CLOUGH’ WALK

“I wanted to raise a few quid …” (This is a copy of a recent round-robin e-mail from my nephew Jamie Berry of Sheffield – with my red ink superimposed.) ‘Hi all,I’m doing a spot of fundraising for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Eliza Megan Berry My daughter Eliza was born in September with a cataract in her […]

A CYCLE PARADE

When the harvest is in … In 1896, at the end of yet another old English summer, the people of Melton Mowbray were invited to witness a grand fancy dress cycle parade.  A local paper published this little filler:- On Saturday evening a fancy illuminated cycle parade took place.  Mr. G. Johnson, secretary of the […]

A TIME TO REMEMBER

The Great Adventure of my Life’ 1963 – Brrr! For my latest posting I have to confess that I am about to take a personal and sentimental journey into my by now, extended past. I will perhaps remind you that I am now well embarked into my eighth decade but I can guarantee that I am sufficiently […]

WHO ATE ALL THE PORK PIES?

Maybe it was Santa Claus? As the twelve festive days of Christmas now fade away into memory and we start once again to work on our extended waistlines whilst wondering where we will spend our next holiday in the sun, let us spare a moments thought for the cash-strapped residents of a Melton Mowbray of […]

PIGEON PIE ANYONE?

A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”  –  (George Orwell, ‘Animal Farm’) As a concerned and conscientious senior citizen and local bird-lover to boot, I like to think that I perhaps do apportion my proper share towards supporting the avian population of my town during these increasingly cold […]

ALL FOR THE LOVE OF A FAIR LADY

‘Google’ problems have caused me the loss of illustrations to this post.  I am currently doing a re-write and renovation job for the near future. PART I – THE BALDOCKS OF CRAVEN LODGE An Unwelcome Visitor to the Lodge! As you might well be aware by now, the rejuvenated Craven Lodge which sits opposite my […]

A MOMENT IN TIME – Temperance

Brewster Sessions Rural life was fairly uncomplicated in the final years of Queen Victoria’s long reign and without doubt there was only really one form of popular entertainment for her subjects. Without the cinema or television to entertain them during their precious hours away from work, the great majority took their pleasure from the liberal consumption of alcohol in […]

METAMORPHOSIS!

Simon Johnson and Peter Burrows at Craven Court, PHOTO: Tim Williams (Melton Times) ONWARDS AND UPWARDS A year has already passed since I last waxed lyrically about the ongoing rescue and timely regeneration of Craven Lodge, the beautiful old house on Burton Road which was pretty well consigned to the fate of the demolition gang only […]