Bluntisham – A new village sign

September 23rd 1984 Provided by Sylvia Smith

The village sign was designed and built by Harry lee, and this photo shows its unveiling on 23rd September 1984, almost exactly 37 years ago. The sign still sits on the same spot and was renovated a couple of years ago, but this is the original unveiling. Its even before the Willow trees were planted, its that long ago.

Its a great share and we would like to thank Sylvia Smith for sharing it with us. All we need now is a list of all the people in the photo. We have some names, but a re keen to fill in the gaps. So far we have, from the left – Sylvia Smith, Majorie Ward, Geoff Mitchell, Chris Morris, xx, David Searle, Jill Nixon ( Miss Hunts Post), Veronica Waldock, Jackie Daniels, Jill Gorski, ,John Mehew, Margaret Lumb, David Godfrey, front row – Denise Daniels, Nicki Wade, Rebecca Waldock, Joanne Sugden

So just one more name needed ….

Thank you to everyone who helped with the names, here is a list of those village sleuths … Amanda Large, Dave Glover, Brian Richardson, Joanne Cleaver, Gordon McMillan, Debbie Jones, Beverley Barlow, Sarah Hartley, Sharon Read, Sophie Day, Jamie Smith, Julian Hunter, Rachel Wade and Harry Potter – thank you.

BBQ Weather ?

It’s a beautiful sunshine filled September day today. Some of us may be thinking of having a BBQ and popping down to the butchers for some suitable BBQ fare. The photo in this post is of a bill from H.Purchas, the old village butcher in 1923 for meat supplied to the Tebbutt family. It was probably their bill for Christmas but in today’s money this was roughly £105

So if you are having a BBQ today, see what the price is for a pound and a half of sausages, in today’s money this is about £4 and roughly half of the cost of sausages today, depending on how fancy your sausages are!

We are in the process of adding lots more details to the site, so more updates to follow in the near future. In the meantime if you have discovered anything that you would be happy to share with us please get in touch.

This photo was provided by Frances Tebbutt.

Butcher’s Bill – Mr Tebbutt 1923

Remembrance Day 2020

As we are all more than aware, the second lockdown of 2020 means that we are unable to mark remembrance day as we would do in normal times. However, with huge thanks to Marian Land we are able to share with you the opportunity to access her research in to the former residents of Bluntisham who served in World War One. Marian has written an introduction to her work, provided an example of research folder and a list of all the people for whom she has created a file. We hope that this will allow us all to recognise Remembrance Weekend during this lockdown . Thank you Marian for all your hard work and for allowing us to share this on the Heritage Project. Please click this link to access the research

New images

Check out new photos provided by Helen Starling showing some old images of the playground. For those who don’t remember where the playground used to be it was located where the outdoor gym is now. The football pitch was on the cricket pitch, they shared facilities from the early 1970’s. See the photo provided by John Wadsworth of the football team who were the first to play in the new location (previously football was played on a pitch in Wood End)

Bluntisham also had its own tennis courts, these were also located in Mill Lane and were on the right hand side, houses now replace the old courts. Helen has also provided some pictures of Presses Close.

So what are you waiting for…..get searching.

The Barograph

Welcome to Autumn. If you are looking to find something interesting to do on this very wet Sunday afternoon, can I suggest that you have a look around the Heritage website. In particular have a read of the new article on the Barograph. All residents of Bluntisham, both past and present will be familiar with the Barograph that stands at the top of the High Street. I am not sure how many will know who, why or when it was erected and who looks after it now. Hopefully this article will give you a taste of its history and inspire you to have a look at the readings next time you are passing.

Click here

New Photo’s Added

With thanks to Nora Crick, we have added some new photos today. This one is of the St Helen’s Dinner Ladies, back in the 70s. On the back row are Mary White, Nora Crick, Marilyn Clements. On the front row are Anne Ward, Joy James and Joyce Dighton. Nora also shared with us a great photo of a snowy back garden in Presses Close, with nothing but orchards backing on to the garden where today you would find The Poplars. To see more please look in the following galleries – Presses Close, the Baptist Chapel, Parish Church, Short Lane and Colne Road. Thank you again Nora for sharing more photos with the Heritage Project.

Proper Old School

July Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2020 Newsletter and hopefully as you read this more restrictions on daily life have been lifted. The three month lockdown has been a unique moment in the history of the village and one that we have tried to record in the Covid section of the website. Thank you to everyone who sent in their photos to be included on the page.

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Boxing in Bluntisham

During the last couple of months we have been adding video, articles, photos and press cuttings covering the history of boxing in the village. The Laud brothers enjoyed success on a National level and they trained in a gym at Heath Farm on Wood End. We even had our very own boxing promoter in Fred White, who along with trainer Andy Smith, managed and promoted their fights. Joe Bugner, was also part of the Andy Smith stable and spent time training in the Bluntisham Gym.

Treat yourself to half an hour, and look through these articles, get yourself a cup of tea or perhaps something stronger. Please follow this link, for a tour of the pugilistic past of our village.

With thanks to Bev White, the Laud family and Shirley and Tim Rose for all of their efforts in contributing the details and a big shout out to Malcolm O’Neil for all his efforts in putting it together.