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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.

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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 https://www.bhp-pc.org.uk/others/, 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.

Bluntisham School 1957

Today we have added three new photos, all provided by Bev White, who appears in these photos. There is a list of the school prize winners for the year, along with one class photo and one of the entire school. There are some very familiar names in the photos, and there are some gaps, so if anyone can help with any of the missing names, then please get in touch. These photos can be found in the School 1950’s onwards gallery. Thank you Bev for letting us share these images.

We have also added in the last week a section of local archeology that contains some very interesting details about the area surrounding Bluntisham. Thanks to Peter Lusmore for adding all of the details.

As we continue with lockdown we are keen to include photos and articles about how you have faired during the lockdown in our Covid section on the website.

Covid-19

Easter 2020 update

COVID-19 who could have imagined that we would all be confined to our homes for the foreseeable future. Bluntisham has become very quiet. The pub’s closed, the school is closed and the playpark is padlocked and out of bounds.

To give you all something to do over the bank holiday weekend we have put together a Bluntisham general knowledge quiz. The answers will be published on Tuesday 14th April. No prize just a bit of fun!

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March Newsletter

It’s been a while since we published the last newsletter but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening. Lots of new pictures and maps have been added as well as a new section on local military history. Also, in this edition we remember two true Bluntisham “boys” who have sadly passed away this winter – David Godfrey and Eric Wallis.

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Tom Youd’s Tour 2002

Tom Youd

In 2002, Tom Youd took a series of photographs of the village. Unfortunately Tom passed away in 2019, but his relatives have shared with us more of his photos. This series of photos in the memories section of the website, give an interesting look at some of the landmarks of the village 18 years ago, most of them are still here, but some have changed radically, have a look through the 20 or so photos and see the way the village looked then.