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A history of education for school's 140th anniversary

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The school playground

NORTHLEACH Church of England Primary School is celebrating its 140th anniversary.

Nostalgia piece: Haunted manor house to shut its doors to the public

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: View of the south front

NOSTALGIA piece: Woodchester Park, alleged rendezvous for hundreds of ghosts, has been acquired by Barnwood House, registered hospital for nervous and mental disorders.

When a royal visitor lifted Cirencester's wartime spirits

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Queen Mary with the Duchess of Kent (right) and the Duchess of Beaufort

FOR the second time in three months, Cirencester has been honoured by a Royal Visit.

Emotional letters from the war to a loved son's family

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Second-Lieutenant Wilfrid Joseph Clappen

Second-Lieutenant Wilfrid Joseph Clappen was the youngest son of William and Hannah Clappen of Forest Green, Nailsworth. He left for France in March 1916. Died of wounds, September 22, 1916, aged 24 years.

Five new John Beecham paintings to be hung in library

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Five new John Beecham paintings to be hung in library

FIVE PAINTINGS relating to Cirencester have been hung in the Reading Room of the Bingham Library, painted by the late John Beecham and lent to the library by his children Messrs JP, EM and Miss M K Beecham.

Malmesbury most interesting place in Wiltshire

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Malmesbury Abbey

FEW places in England and none in Wiltshire possess such a wealth of interest, historic, ecclesiastical and architectural as Malmesbury. Kings, saints and scholars have conferred upon it undying fame. And although much of its outward glory has departed it is still beautiful in its calm decay with a peaceful beauty that mediaeval destroyer and modern restorer have alike failed entirely to obliterate.

Experimental borehole is Cirencester's new water supply

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The two boreholes

CIRENCESTER'S new water supply – five million gallons a day more than 200,000 gallons an hour is the rate of flow from the experimental borehole at Baunton, sunk with a view to the augmentation and securing the safety of Cirencester’s water supply.

The Siddington Glass in Cirencester Church

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The Siddington Glass in Cirencester Church

HAVING recently visited the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, a paradise to ecclesiologists, it perhaps may be permitted to me, a complete outsider, but a general lover of ancient churches and an opponent of the transference of their contents, to offer a few remarks on the revival of a long-standing dispute between the great and noble church of Cirencester, and its much humbler, but ancient and interesting neighbour in the village of Siddington. The following, I believe, is a correct summary of facts relative to the stripping of Siddington of some of its most valuable adjuncts in favour of the far greater and richer fabric.

New cross for Cirencester's parish church

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: New cross for Cirencester's parish church

PREPARATIONS are already being made for the erection of the cross in the little churchyard adjoining the parish church which is being given in memory of the men and lads of Cirencester who have fallen in the war.

Cottages are relics of a turnpike age

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cottages are relics of a turnpike age

THERE still stands on the Cheltenham Road in Stratton a quaint old fashioned building with leaded window panes general referred to as the old Toll House. This is a is a relic of the old turnpike gate which stood on this site.

A look back at Cirencester's Abbey House

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Abbey House taken from the Parish Church in 1961 by Mrs Alwyn Watts of Pheasant Way, Cirencester. It wsa demolished in 1964.

ABBEY House, Cirencester was a country house that developed on the site of the former Cirencester Abbey following the dissolution and demolition of the abbey at the Reformation in the 1530s.

Celebrations of the coming of age of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, July 1937

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The WI jam making factory at Cirencester Park. Countess Bathurst in the centre. Standing are Miss Pearson, Mrs Hobbs, Miss Matthews, Mrs Trinder, Mrs Griffiths, Miss Cambray, Miss Ormond, Miss Mills. Seated: Mrs Scotford Harmer,

ON WEDNESDAY of last week many Women’s Institutes in the district held their own local celebrations of the coming of age of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Corinium Museum, November 1938

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Professor Trevelyan addressing the audience on Cirencester Roman heritage

THE work of classifying the exhibits in the new Corinium Museum at Cirencester being so far advanced as is possible until the delivery of the exhibition cases to be provided by the grant of the Cargenie Trust, the Museum was formally opened last Friday afternoon by professor George M Trevelyan of Cambridge.

Truly Regal: it was 1937 when the cinema opened, Decmber 1937

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The entrance to Cirencester's new Regal Cinema

DR H E GRAHAM and Mrs Graham were interested spectators at the official opening of the new Regal cinema at Cirencester last Monday and as they sat in the front row of the balcony they must have marvelled at the complete transformation which had taken place there in the last few months.

The day residents woke to find world encased in ice, February 1940

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Pendant icicles

NO-ONE remembered anything like it – not even the oldest inhabitant. We had gone to bed on the evening of January 27 happy to hear the rain beating against the windows with thought that the thaw which had set in the preious day would continue.

First turf of housing estate cut by council’s chairman, April 1938

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Mr A J Matthews chairman of the Urban District Council removing the first sod

THE first turf of the Cirencester Urban District Council’s new housing estate at Chesterton was cut by Mr A J Matthews, chairman of the council on Tuesday morning.

Parties, picnics and a war hero pigeon at The Bull

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Looking towards the Market Place,the Standard’s offices are immediately to the left of the Bull Inn just out of the photograph and the building with the gabled roof to the right is where the Gardiner Haskins Homecentre now stands

THE Bull Inn, situated next to the Standard's offices in Dyer Street, Cirencester, relocated to a site further down Dyer Street sometime after 1800. Trade was good but the need to have a second income was also present. An advertisement appeared in the Standard in July 1866 which read "To pleasure parties etc, a large and convenient tent capable of dining 150 persons may be obtained for picnic and other parties at a reasonable charge. Apply to Mr Blackford, The Bull Inn." In June 1870 another advertisement was for a general servant 'one who understands cooking' .

Cirencester Memorial Hospital, January 1987

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nostalgia Hospital and Standard

THE bustling town life of Cirencester in the 1930s was vividly brought back to life recently when authoress Olga Pyne Clarke made a nostalgic visit to the town after 50 years.

Sherston bellringers triumph, January 1987

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Sherston bell ringers pictured in the tower with their trophy

TRADITION has it that before 1979, the bells at Holy Cross Church, in Sherston, were last rung to celebrate the Relief of Mafeking in 1900 during the Boer War.

Whatever happened to budding Babes in the Wood thespians? February 1968

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Part of the cast of the pantomime by the Beeches Revue Group Babes in the Wood which is being presented at the Bingham Hall. Below the two principals Jean Carlin as Robin Hood and Lesley Scott as Maid Marian

WHEN the Beeches Revue Group decided to stage their pantomime Babes in The Wood at the Bingham Hall, they must have realised they would have problems.

No milk, no school, after blizzards cut off villages, January 1968

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A snow-plough at work clearing roads in Winson

Cotswolds Gripped by Snow and Ice. Roads are Blocked and Villages Cut Off

Hunters and hounds were undeterred even by fog

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brigadier W Selby-Lowndes DSO, Joint Master of the VWH (Earl Bathurst’s) Hunt, with hounds at the Boxing Day meet on the lawns of Cirencester Park

THE usual Boxing Day crowd of foot and car followers came to the Mansion at Cirencester on December 26 and were welcomed by Lord Bathurst and Lady Apsley.

The Cotswolds – The Way We Were

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Threshing Machine

IN THE late 19th – early 20th century, Joseph Arthur Gibbs and Alfred Williams documented everyday life in the villages of the Cotswolds. Within a few generations the way of life they described was consigned to history, but thanks to their efforts it has not been forgotten.

Church stalls are a sucess, December 1954

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A busy stall at Coates church fair

OUR ancient parish churches are part of our great English Heritage passed on to our care by pious benefactors in bygone centuries. But this sacred trust carries with it the responsibility of preserving the improving the fabric and furniture of each church. Incumbents and parochial church councils are are faced with the task of raising money for this purpose as at Meysey Hampton where the early 13th century church of St Mary with fine examples of work from the Decorative period requires constant care and attention.

Nurses receive prizes and certificates, November 1969

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nursing staff of Cirencester hospitals who received prizes and certificates at the prize giving at the King’s Head Hotel, Cirencester

NURSES who have passed the course at Cirencester Hospital State Enrolled Nurse Training School were presented with prizes and certificates by Cyril Staite, vice chairman of Cirencester Urban District Council at a prize giving and reunion at the King’s Head Ballroom on Saturday.

Christmas Plays, December 1969

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Members of the Miserden Playgroup

Members of the Miserden Playgroup who took part in a nativity play in Duntisbourne Abbots village hall on Tuesday.

Hospital Christmas, December 1950

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Dr J H Grove-White carving the turkey at the Cirencester Memorial Hospital on Christmas Day,  assisted by the Matron, Miss A M Boxall

IN THEIR traditional manner, matrons and staff of Cirencester hospitals endeavoured to give the patients as happy a Christmas as possible away from home and they devoted their time and energies wholeheartedly to this end the result being a very happy Christmas both for patients and for staff.

Crowds flock to annual church bazaar opened by Lady Howard, November 1954

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Visitors to the Fairford Church Christmas Fair held in the Palmer Hall

ENTHUSIASM and co-operation shown by the many helpers who worked amicably together in preparation for and at the actual sale was mainly responsible for the successful financial result of the annual bazaar held in aid of the funds of St Mary’s Church on Saturday.

Parade, pride and joy as colours the focal point of respect and tradition, celebrating self-sacrifice and devotion to duty, May 1946

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: British Legion women receive their standard

LAST Sunday, the streets of South Cerney were bedecked with pennants of blue and gold. Nature more lavish lent the full range of the gentle hues of her spring palette to grace the scene; chestnuts ablaze in pink and cream, wisteria festooning cottage walls, and hawthorns red and white loading the air with the fragrance of their closely clustered blossoms.

Presentation of Standard: a historic day in village, November 1946

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The parade marshalling for the march past

SUNDAY last was a historic day in the lovely Cotswold village of Chedworth, being the occasion of the Presentation and Dedication of the new silken Standard given by the Men’s Section to the Women’s Section of the Chedworth branch of the British Legion.

Roof top rescue at Cirencester, November 1952

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A section of the crowd gathered in the market place to see the incident staged as part of a Civil Defence recruiting campaign

ENTERTAINING as the civil defence incident in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday afternoon may have been, its object was of course far more than that of providing entertainment for Saturday afternoon shoppers. Rather it was to provide a demonstration of equipment ready for use in any future emergency to impress upon the people the part Civil Defence would play in any future war and the urgent training in the various branches of the corps.

Histories of Cricklade based on 100 tape recorded interviews

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Left to right front row are: Mrs Tebbs (extreme left), Mrs Vickers and Frank Vickers (with cap, who ran Cricklade Post Office) and Mrs Ashley (wearing hat with bow) next to him. Mrs Francis (with necklace) stands between the Vickers, and Mrs Thursa Giles

CRICKLADE REVEALED is a series of nine booklets, to date, which gives a first-hand account of local life from the early twenties right through the Second World War and its aftermath, to the 1950s.

Remembrance Day Services and Parades, November 1965

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Earl Bathurst taking the salute at the march-past which followed the Remembrance Day Service in Cirencester Parish Church on Sunday

 

Sex discrimination and rule with a rod of iron, October 1980

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Ernest Fletcher with the old Ampney Crucis School admission register

SEX DISCRIMINATION, personal feuds, and rule with a rod of iron – it’s all in the past at Ampney Crucis Church of England Primary School.

We came, we saw, we conkered the Americans, November 1987

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The American conker team from the USAF base at Fairford appear to be outnumbered by The Little Swingers team from Cirencester

THE Standard has done it again, After three swinging hours in Cirencester Police club on Friday evening last week a team from the Standard shattered their way to victory in the annual charity conker match.

Memories of Daglingworth

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Daglingworth Primary School with head teacher Miss Barker (centre) taken in 1967.  Photograph supplied by Wendy McCormick of Daglingworth

3:02pm Thursday 24th October 2013

A SMALL group of villagers are gathering information about Daglingworth – its houses, the people who lived in them and events that took place – to be presented at a social evening in the village hall on November 30, at 7pm.

Do you know mystery couple?

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Mystery photo discovered in Cirencester charity shop

11:02am Thursday 17th October 2013

DO you recognise this happy couple pictured on their wedding day?

From the Wilts and Glos archives, October 1913

12:01pm Thursday 3rd October 2013

FROM THE ARCHIVES

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The seven children from Sherston Primary School are Nicola Greaves, Colin Page, Beth Harris, Clare Williams, Timothy Greaves, Eleanor Hawarth and James Harris. The cheque was received on behalf of the association by David Pickett (a former pupil) with his

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Standard, September 26, 1986

Cricklade Show Highlights, August 1984

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Paul Vick (11) with his pony Lightning pictured prior to taking part in the gymkhana

CARS queued, people hustled and bustled, horses neighed, cattle mooed and Cricklade’s annual show – billed as the "only country show on your doorstep" was a sell out!

Cirencester Hospital Carnival, August 1923

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Aubrey Cooper, Sir Kreemy Knut ( a popular advertising character for Sharp’s toffees) first prize,  juvenile pedestrian costume

WITH the weather much as it is this week, the Cirencester Hospital Carnival which took place in August 90 years ago was voted a great success, thanks to the hard work of the dedicated committee.

Looking back on the changing face of Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Demolition is proceeding at a rapid pace in the section of Dyer Street which adjoins the Forum Car Park where a block of new shops and living accommodation is to be built.

WITH a planning application submitted for Brewery Court for a four screen cinema, student accommodation, restaurants and cafes, shops, a multi purpose arts facility and refurbished public realm, the controversial plans to build up to 2,500 homes in Chesterton and the re-design of the Market Place, the Standard looks back to the changing face of Cirencester in May 1964.

The Cirencester Hospital Carnival of August 1923

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Aubrey Cooper, Sir Kreemy Knut ( a popular advertising character for Sharp’s toffees) first prize,  juvenile pedestrian costume

WITH the weather much as it is this week, the Cirencester Hospital Carnival which took place in August 90 years ago was voted a great success, thanks to the hard work of the dedicated committee.

Malmesbury Carnival, 1983

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: All dressed up in her crown is the 1983 Carnival Butterfly Queen Denise Florence (8) with her attendants left to right: Sharon Walker (5) Karen Ashford (5), Amanda Sanderson (8) and Jessica Scanlon (5)

PUPILS of Malmesbury Primary School had the taste of sweet success on Saturday when they not only won their class in the town’s fantastic colourful carnival but they also took the championship trophy as well.

Looking back to previous cricket success

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The winners, Bibury from the left, back row: T Goodall, J Randall, W Brown, W Brockbank, T Day C Proctor Front row: R Hopkins, D Williams, D James, N Hopkins, L Wenban

THIS is shaping up to be a wonderful summer for English cricket with the home side already 2-0 up in the Ashes Test series over the not-so-mighty Australians after victories at Edgbaston and Lord’s.

Tracing Cirencester's changing pubs

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Book cover

This fascinating collection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Cirencester pubs have changed and developed over the last century

Standard opens its archives to sports days in the 1960s

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Competitors and spectators at Malmesbury area Junior School sports day which took place on Wednesday afternoon (Standard, July 7, 1967)

WITH schools sports days fresh in the memory, the Standard opens its archives to the 1960s.

Standard looks back at the changing face of Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Demolition is proceeding at a rapid pace in the section of Dyer Street which adjoins the Forum Car Park where a block of new shops and living accommodation is to be built.

WITH a planning application submitted for Brewery Court for a four screen cinema, student accommodation, restaurants and cafes, shops, a multi purpose arts facility and refurbished public realm,  the controversial plans to build up to 2,500 homes in Chesterton and the re-design of the Market Place,  the Standard looks back to the changing face of Cirencester in May 1964.

Standard archives tell of Cirencester's coronation celebrations

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A group of fancy dress competitors at Northleach where the children paraded through the town to the market square for judging

A SUCCESSION of brief but heavy storms, followed at night by a steady downpour from about 9 o'clock onwards and a far from June-like cold wind accompanied the celebrations of Her Majesty's Coronation in Cirencester and district. But it would have taken more than unfriendly elements to dampen the ardour of those who, in town and village, had been preparing for the day in a thousand different ways.

Memories of Prince William's birth from Tetbury

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: All smiles at the Prince of Wales public house as they waited for the news. Colin Dyer, his wife Sue and daughter Sammy (14) kept themselves and customers up with the latest news by having a television in their public bar

Tetbury welcomes Royal son






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