Posts Tagged ‘1952’

Opening the Davis Field

August 23, 2016

These days the name ‘Davis Field’ is all but forgotten. The field is just called the football field. It’s the one at the top of Northbrook. This field was given to the football club and then volunteers made it fit for football. It was officially opened on August 23rd 1952. It’s good to say it is still needed and loved now it is 64.

We were recently given a copy of the souvenir programme for the opening to go with a photo we had of the opening party.


We see that the lucky number programme cost 6d (there were 40 of them to the pound). This is number 226 which sounds like a big attendance but back in 1952 we were before the age of mass TV ownership. Village events were a much appreciated diversion from post war austerity.


Here we get a brief history of the Lavington and Easterton United club and the programme of events including music by the band, speeches, a couple of matches and other competitions. There was a tea break and then a square dance in the Parish Room in the evening.

And here we have the main protagonists of the day – the players.


What a lovely document, to remind us of what was clearly a special day.

Boys at Broadwell

July 17, 2014

We have had a glorious spell of weather at the start of July. It was like the summers we remember (probably quite wrongly) from childhood. Then, in memory, the sun shone warmly from a cloud free sky and we were free to be out enjoying those carefree childhood days. That would be just like this group of lads back in 1952.

Boys at Broadwell in Market Lavington in 1952

Boys at Broadwell in Market Lavington in 1952

Our museum caption on this photo says the lads are outside the shed used by the band. Oh, the dangers of old captions. The shed and band are both long gone and so, alas, have some of the boys in the photo. The cartie that one of the lads has is sure to have gone.

This building was close by Broadwell and belonged to Merritt the blacksmith. John Merritt of that family was the band master for more than fifty years and he had the space here for the band.

Our caption gives us a list of names of the lads who appear in this photo – sadly it doesn’t attach names to individual people. What we have is:

Names: Maurice Little, Keith Arnold, Stan Andrews, Gordon Heywood, Johnty Gye, Jimmy Steele, Tim Gye

That’s seven names for nine lads Can you help us?

Let’s enlarge the lads to make it easier.



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