Posts Tagged ‘1981’

From the Easterton Echoes

February 14, 2016

The Easterton Echoes is a long standing news sheet serving, as you’d expect, Easterton. Much of the content is about events in the village but from time to time little extras creep in. This little snippet comes from the December 1981 issue. This was issue 79, the first having been in May 1975.

From the Easterton Echoes for December 1981

From the Easterton Echoes for December 1981

The magazine editor clearly wanted the readers to have some idea as to who composed this verse celebrating facets of the village. I’m afraid we don’t know who was 86 then, but they were born in 1895.

Of course, we of the 21st century can look back those 35 years and be amazed at the method of production. This was produced on a typewriter which was used without a ribbon to cut a stencil. The stencil was transferred to an ink spattering duplicating machine whish managed to press ink through the holes in the stencil made by typing and on to paper. If it was an ancient duplicator each sheet of paper would have been fed by hand and the rollers turned also by hand. More modern ones could pick up sheets of paper and may have had an electric motor to drive the mechanism.

What seems amazing is that the system worked albeit we can see that the e key didn’t cut the stencil quite as well as might have been liked. It looks too much like an o in many cases.

The Fairy Tale remembered

April 14, 2015

It was the fairy tale of 1981 – the wedding of future King, The Prince Charles and his beautiful young bride, Diana. The wedding was a big national event – one for which the world came to a stop as the couple tied the knot at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Around the country it was celebrated with street parties and also with church services. Market Lavington and Easterton certainly took part in many local events. Today we recall the church service at St Barnabas, Easterton, held to mark this occasion.

Cover of the St Barnabas Church  Order of Service marking the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981

Cover of the St Barnabas Church Order of Service marking the wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981

Thirty four years ago – but what a different world in terms of how we prepared and printed documents. This has clearly been done on a typewriter to cut a stencil. The Prince of Wales feathers have been hand cut on the stencil. Producing classy looking documents on your home computer was still something in the future. Let’s face it, having a home computer was in the future for most people back in 1981. This was the year that Clive Sinclair introduced his ZX81 computer.

So what order of service was deemed suitable for the occasion?

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It’s a very traditional service, fitting for a very traditional occasion.

But again, it is the style and quality of the little publication that marks out what a different world it was.

The Volunteer Arms

April 14, 2014

Time was, and not so long ago, that Market Lavington had four pubs. At the time of writing it still has two and one of them is up for sale.

Today we look at a newspaper ad for the old Volunteer Arms which closed in the 1980s. The advert dates from 1981 and was published in the Wiltshire Gazette.

1981 newspaper ad for the Volunteer Arms in Market Lavington

1981 newspaper ad for the Volunteer Arms in Market Lavington

Aah! Memories of past times! Lavington still had its own telephone exchange and we all had easy to remember four digit phone numbers in those days. And memories of a time when you could buy a three course Sunday lunch for just £3.75.

Pubs always need to look for fresh ways to encourage people in and here the pub, often just called the ‘Volley’ have hit on the idea of a Spanish evening. This was the era of package tours to the Spanish Costas.

The ad has a nice little sketch of the pub – rather nice as this was not a well photographed view.

As to the prices – that £6.50 is at least £20 in present day terms. Maybe it was not such a cheap night out.

The View from the Church

April 18, 2013

The title of this blog is also the title of a one year only display for 2013 at the museum. We are displaying fairly modern photos taken by Maurice Baker, a lifelong village resident who, sadly, died recently. As a bell ringer and one time captain of the tower, Maurice had access and, from time to time, climbed out onto the tower roof to record the changes in the village (much against his wife’s wishes, it should be added). The main part of our display features photos Maurice took in 1981 and then again in 2000. They show huge changes, particularly in the view to the North. Here’s the 1981 photo.

View North from Market Lavington Church in 1981

View North from Market Lavington Church in 1981

We look over the church yard and then into some fields which were a part of Grove Farm. To the left we have the woods below Canada Rise with a few Spin Hill houses just peering over the trees as well as some on Canada Rise. The bulk of the houses we see are on Northbrook and Northbrook Close. At the lowest level, in front of Northbrook we can see some houses and bungalows on Bouverie Drive. Beyond Northbrook we can follow the line of Drove Lane and see St Barnabas School.

And now to the year 2000.

A similar view over Market Lavington in the year 2000

A similar view over Market Lavington in the year 2000

The big change, of course, is that the Grove Farm estate has been built. We are looking over the churchyard at Roman Way and Saxon Close and can also see houses on Ladywood. Looking beyond, to Northbrook, at least one brand new house has been built, whilst others have been extended outwards and upwards.

There’s twenty years of tree and shrub growth too. Back in 1981 was not so long after the devastating arrival of the Dutch elm bark beetle, killer of elm trees on a savage scale. By 2000 the scene really doesn’t look short of trees.

Maurice’s photos cover all directions. We have on display 8 photos for the two years featured to represent each of the eight main compass bearings but just below the main display there are other photos from the same or earlier years so further comparisons can be made.

There are many different displays and new exhibits in the museum this year. You really do need to visit your local museum to see everything.

Another view from the church tower

December 5, 2012

Maurice Baker is a former bell ringer at St Mary’s Market Lavington. No doubt this gave him access to the tower which, of course, gives scope for semi-aerial views of the village. We have recently been given two series of photos taken by Maurice. One set was taken in 1981 and our chosen image for today comes from that set. We are particularly pleased to have this photo for it gives us a rare, and good view of the former garage sometimes known as the Spring Filling Station.

Grove Farm and Haines’ Garage from Market Lavington church tower in 1981

In the foreground we have the derelict buildings of Grove Farm. The house  has certainly lost some of its tiles and the farm buildings look to be less than weather proof in places.

That whole area has now been swept into oblivion and has been replaced by our wonderful Community Hall and its carpark.

Beyond we see the garage which, at the time was owned by Mr E J Haines. Later it became Shire’s Garage.

During Mr Haines’ time, the garage was an agent for Fiat cars and the showroom, at the right hand end no doubt had a goodly display of these Italian cars.

Next to that, under the slightly pitched roof there was the workshop where cars of all sorts could be repaired and serviced. The two storey building at the left hand end housed the shop with offices above. There were four petrol pumps on the forecourt. The price appears to be £1.50 (or so) but that is per gallon so that’s about a quarter of the current price – not that you can get petrol in Lavington any more.

At the front of the forecourt there are 2nd hand cars for sale. At thwe left hand end there’s a row of cars awaiting attention in the workshop. The three near the back of the building were probably in need of something major.

Now Shires Close stands on the site. Not a trace of a garage remains.