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Stratford youth hostel trip

Post by kayinbaja » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:59 pm

I was there, in Stratford, as was Jean Flood. Don't remember who else, but do remember the aching feet especially during Lear. We saw a VERY young Alan Stanford in...can't remember what....Hamlet?
Also remember dropping my glasses in the river Avon, and getting smacked around by a swan when I tried to get them back.

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Graysons

Post by Alexandra Thrift » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:05 am

...oops,no sorry "Gravesons".....Yes you WERE close Munch......but I knew there was something awry......

What about the Hertford Bookshop that we used to hang around in? Maybe MaryMc can track that down?

Loved your Dad's slides and have written about them on the CH Photos thread where Julian posted them....please go and look.

Must go to bed.

Warm thoughts to MKM , Liz ,Caroline and all.So weird that all us Sixes lot are lurking here :D

btw Munch....Jean Kierans phoned me this evening and I was very relieved to hear from her !

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Post by MKM » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:30 am

Alexandra Thrift wrote:What about the Hertford Bookshop that we used to hang around in? Maybe MaryMc can track that down?
Is this it?
http://www.gillmark.com/

It seems to have changed emphasis, and now mainly does prints. It used to do arty postcards that we liked, but mainly books.

If we wanted a book, but couldn't afford it, then Miss Mercer would buy it and let us have first read.
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Foxes Holes

Post by MKM » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:42 am

While searching for the bookshop, I saw that there is now a "Foxholes Business Park" between Hertford and Ware. I expect this is the Foxes Holes that we used to go to on our walks.
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The Book Shop

Post by Angela Woodford » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:53 am

MKM wrote:
Alexandra Thrift wrote:What about the Hertford Bookshop that we used to hang around in? Maybe MaryMc can track that down?
Is this it?
http://www.gillmark.com/

It seems to have changed emphasis, and now mainly does prints. It used to do arty postcards that we liked, but mainly books.

If we wanted a book, but couldn't afford it, then Miss Mercer would buy it and let us have first read.
There it is! I loved that bookshop. It was where we bought confirmation cards, too. I recognised the staircase which led to the first floor! Although it looks disconcertingly bright and decorated now - it was appealingly dark and murky in our day...

Thanks, Mary Mc. A terrific memory of Hertford -

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The Bookshop....yes, I think that's it.

Post by Alexandra Thrift » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:23 am

Thanks Mary for finding the bookshop.It had a different name then though.

Is there still going to be a memorial service for Miss West ?.At one point is was projected tentatively for 16th September......but as it doesn't appear on the CHA events calendar , I presume it has been cancelled.......can anyone inform me?

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Memorial service

Post by Angela Woodford » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:27 am

Alex, I sent Kerren a pm a week ago asking about 16 September! No news yet -

Visited Jean on Thurs, and we hit the streets of Balham.

love, Munch
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Re: Memorial service

Post by J.R. » Sat Jul 14, 2007 2:06 pm

Angela Woodford wrote:Alex, I sent Kerren a pm a week ago asking about 16 September! No news yet -

Visited Jean on Thurs, and we hit the streets of Balham.

love, Munch
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Re: The Bookshop....yes, I think that's it.

Post by Mrs C. » Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:24 pm

Alexandra Thrift wrote:Thanks Mary for finding the bookshop.It had a different name then though.

Is there still going to be a memorial service for Miss West ?.At one point is was projected tentatively for 16th September......but as it doesn't appear on the CHA events calendar , I presume it has been cancelled.......can anyone inform me?
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A strange memory - ?

Post by Angela Woodford » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:11 pm

Does anyone remember a ritual of shaking blankets at the end of term? It's suddenly come back to me!

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Post by kayinbaja » Sun Jul 15, 2007 12:49 pm

I remember the bumps - getting bounced in a blanket on your birthday - number of bumps=years of age.
Probably pretty dangerous, great fun. Some people were harder to bump than others! And I think that blanket shaking at the end of term often degenerated into non-birthday-related bumps.
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Re: A strange memory - ?

Post by Katharine » Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:26 pm

Angela Woodford wrote:Does anyone remember a ritual of shaking blankets at the end of term? It's suddenly come back to me!
Definitely, charging up and down the school field at full pelt with a blanket between two of you. Were the days organised so that there was only one house out at a time - or, perish the thought, was it just us who did it?

What did the other side of the square do? Did they come across to ours or did they use the playground?
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Post by Vonny » Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:20 pm

I don't remember shaking blankets during my time at Hertford.
I do remember getting the bumps on a blanket though. I especally remember my 12th birthday. They always gave you an extra bump for luck and threw me so high on that last one that my leg crashed into the ceiling and I thought I'd broken it - can still remember the pain to this day :lol:
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Post by englishangel » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:41 am

We definitely shook blankets, up and down the playgoround as you surmised Katharine.
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Post by J.R. » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:21 pm

englishangel wrote:We definitely shook blankets, up and down the playgoround as you surmised Katharine.
Is this another of Josh's and Gemma's Tolkein words ?
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