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  1. Aye, I've just got back to being able to access the forum hassle free, thanks to Andy!
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  2. Once the trees get to a height where they can fall onto the cables, should they be blown down in a storm, it's better to remove them. Large areas of Bedlington could be cut off if that were to happen. It's unsightly, I know, but believe me it's necessary. The cleared area will soon be filled with wild flowers planted by birds. You can help them out in their planting work by throwing out seeds collected from wild flowers when they themselves go to seed. Dumping your garden waste there also helps if it's allowed in the area. I've found that Coltsfoot, Cowslips, Milkweed and Rosebay Willow herb d
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  3. Vegreville is predominately settled with Ukrainian immigrants, mainly farmers, and the pysanka being their traditional way of decorating Easter eggs, the area is well known for its heritage preservation, music, dancing, singing etc and like many other small towns they like to advertise their clams to fame by erecting a large symbol, which also happens to be a wind vane! Grande Cache has a Grande Cache!
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  4. Tried it tonight and look what I got !!!!!!!! Thank you @Andy Millne
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  5. @John Fox (foxy) - lets hope Andy's question with McAfee gets you to a solution.🙂 Like Andy my next question (even though I have never used McAfee) would have been on the lines of - 'What 'Settings', if any, are set within the security software' and that would have been followed by - 'Try changing the settings'😏 Can't offer any other help😇
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  6. On further investigation it looks like they have an issue with the IP address which is shared with other web sites so it's possible there is another objectionable one. I have contacted McAfee for a review/more info.
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  7. Last time I looked it was Thursday so here are the answers to last week's quiz: 1. Shropshire (or Salop) 2. 4’ 4” 3. 17 4. Matthew 5. The Automobile association 6. Australia 7. Hindi 8. Lizard 9. Jealousy 10. Isaac Newton 11. The Hobbit 12. Fair Isle New quiz tomorrow.
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  8. Cheers @James - I will let Esme know about the Shiney Row house numbering☺️. I left Bedlington on the 5th of January 1969, to start work in London on the 7th January. Only came home for a long weekend in the summer of 1969 and I never heard anything about Women in Love - it was only about 5 or 6 years ago when stumbled across info online about the 'A' pit staging some scenes for the film :-
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  9. Yes former miners do receive free coal or most likely coke or its equivalent(nuggets). Ex miners who live out in the sticks are the only ones allowed to receive coal. In the towns it must be manufactured nuggets which are burned mainly on Parkray type inset fires/boilers which supply heat to a heating system as well as providing hot water to the taps. For many years the free fuel allowance could be swapped for a one off cash payment. A lot took this option and installed gas central heating. Because ex miners living in the sticks don't have mains gas they were allowed to burn coal. I don
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  10. Do former miners still get a 'free' coal supply? If they do what's going to happen now that the UK Government has banned the sale of coal to the public?
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  11. Shiney Row was numbered the other way; No 1 Shiney Row was nearest Glebe Row and No 49 was nearest the Doctor Pit. After making the Bedlington Miners Picnic in 1960, Ken Russell came back to Bedlington to film some scenes at Bedlington A colliery (The Aad pit) for his 1969 movie “Women in Love”.
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  12. Thanks so much Alan for your help👍
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  13. 1. In which English county is Much Wenlock. Shropshire 2. How wide apart are the ‘tramlines’ in tennis. 35ft 3. How many syllables are there in a haiku. 17 4. Who is the patron saint of tax collectors. Matthew 5. Which organization has the motto ‘Courtesy and Care’.Automobile Association. 6. For which country did David Campese play rugby union. Australia 7. From which language does the word ‘shampoo’ originate. Indian 8. What is a chuckwalla. Lizzard 9. What did Shakespeare des
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  14. Britain's first giga plant! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-56711116
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  15. Alan, the main part of that was always earmarked for commercial redevelopment since the days of WDC. I know Banks had wanted to build 300 odd hosues there but that scheme never got off the ground.
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  16. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Karaoke 2. Tom the piper’s son 3. Scilly Isles 4. Richard III 5. Roberto Baggio 6. Vodka, orange juice and Galiano 7. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens 8. 12 9. Diamond 10. Notts County 11. Butterfly 12. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle/ Washerwoman New quiz tomorrow, same time same place.
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  17. A post about the Bedlington Memorial on the Front Street at Bedlington was posted on the Bygone Bedlington site recently. The North East War Memorial Project (NEWMP) web site has compiled short stories of the soldiers listed on that Memorial however, several soldiers have not yet been identified, these are W Burns, G Crozier, R Hunter, E Martin, A Mitchison, R Peebles, G Peebles, W Sanderson and J Gilby (Gilroy). If anyone has information about these brave soldiers can you please make contact so the NEWMP can complete the stories for this Memorial. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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  18. I have been helping the North East War Memorial Project providing research and stories of Soldiers who died in the Great War. The names I listed are the ones I can not positively identify. Unfortunately, we only have an initial to work with which adds to the difficulty. I have tried all the the usual sources. I was aware of the Poppy Map which was a great initiative, but not sure if they have any detail behind the names. I was hoping a family might recognise some of the names.
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  19. 1. Which Japanese word (English spelling please) translates as ‘Empty Orchestra’?karaoke 2. Who could only play one tune – Over The Hills And Far Away?Tom, the Piper's Son 3. Off which group of islands would you find Bishop Rock lighthouse?Isles of Scilly 4. Which English monarch had a horse called White Surrey?King Richard III 5. Who missed the last penalty in the 1994 football World Cup?Roberto Baggio 6. What are the three ingredients of a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail?Vodka, Galliano and orange juice. 7. Whic
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  20. 👍! All done and dusted and so far no ill effects. This week's quiz: 1. Which Japanese word (English spelling please) translates as ‘Empty Orchestra’? 2. Who could only play one tune – Over The Hills And Far Away? 3. Off which group of islands would you find Bishop Rock lighthouse? 4. Which English monarch had a horse called White Surrey? 5. Who missed the last penalty in the 1994 football World Cup? 6. What are the three ingredients of a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail? 7. Which British architect design
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  21. 1. Of which instrument was the sackbut a forerunner? Answer = 2. Which Riviera fishing village was an independent republic from the 15th to the 17th century? Answer = 3. What are young grouse or partridge called? Answer = Cheeper 4. Who invented the steam turbine in 1884? Answer = Charles Parsons 5. What is your philtrum? Answer = 6. Arch, whorl and loops are all part of what? Answer = 7. Which fruit was discovered by Christopher Columbus in Guadeloupe in 1493? Answer =
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  22. You're welcome, Heather. It filled a few hours of a grey, rainy day for one confined to barracks waiting for the Covid vaccination to come my way. The Trotter's do seem to be an interesting family and I'm posting the entry from Burkes Family Records, compiled in 1897, where you (and anybody else interested in the family) can see the development from Robert, the father of the three Dr Trotter(s). It's Robert who is the subject of the main entry and as spouse names and children's names are entered there are lots of ways forward for research. Burkes records the geneology o
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  23. Hi again, Heather, I had a look at various documents to see if I could find any son named John for Dr James Trotter. He does not appear to have had a son of this name from either of his marriages. Both wives were called Jane which complicated the matter. I believe John is a brother. John Erskine Mar Trotter, to give him his full title, appears as the five year younger brother of James Trotter, then aged 8, in the Scottish census of 1851. He is the youngest in the family. In 1861, when John EM. Is 11 yo, James has started studying medicine but is still living at home with his pa
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  24. Anther comment on the Bygone Bedlington group :- Sarah Cochrane My Mam worked as a domestic at the hall. While I was studying A level art she got permission for me to sit in one of the top rooms to draw the view. Whilst looking out at the amazing view from up there I got a birds eye view of patients having a sly cigarette or taking short cuts when they should have been walking full circuits around the hall after a while some grown men started sqealing and pointing to something. I didn't know what all the fuss was about until these said men burst through the door and int
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  25. Alan suggested that Dr James Trotter had a brother who lived in the Guidepost area. I hadn't heard that but I do know there were several doctors in the family. A short while ago I posted that I'd found, in the 1911 census, one of my relatives working for Dr Robert Samuel Trotter at Brewery house, Front Street Bedlington. I have to report that this wasn't THE Dr Trotter, as later resarch has shown. Dr Trotter of 'monument' fame died in 1899. However, both he(on the 1891 census) and Robert Samuel Trotter (on the 1911 census) lived at the same adress. I'm assuming therefore that the latter i
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  27. Now, I'm not one for taking credit where credit isn't due BUT did you notice how Andy had fixed it within a few minutes of my advice/suggestion?
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  28. I usually tried that on a Thursday night after departing the Red Lion about 11.45 pm and sometimes it worked, however Boris stopped all that a few months back so now it's all down to Andy to sort out!
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  29. A forgot all aboot the 'hoojackapivvy' - divin't tell me kids, they'l think am gannin senial😲
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  30. Have you tried twiddling the hoojackapivvy on the whotsit? Failing that a good old slap to the thingamyjig might do the trick! No need to thank me lads.
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  31. Definitely not, Heather! We love any historical challenge! Welcome to the forum. I've had a look at the names but there's nothing that rings any bells except Trotter and that's because of Bedlington's connection with Dr. Trotter. It's an interesting, if gruesome, bit of history though and nothing I've ever heard about. Thanks for sharing it.
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  32. Answers to last wek's quiz: 1. Boer war 2. Wuthering Heights 3. John Cannon 4. Goldie 5. 15 6. Patella 7. Silicon 8. Zephyr 9. Poliomyelitis 10. Barbara Streisand 11. Yearling 12. Telephone (dog and bone – usually shortened to ‘dog’) New quiz tomorrow!
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  33. That is my Dad! He is called Ray Chaytor and was gardener/ head gardener there for over 50 years. Badminton was his game, he and my brother Paul were great players in their day.
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  34. @Jammy - but was the Grey Lady 👤 a physio? A good question that I cannot answer. I don't think any of the female physio's were old enough unless they could change their appearance for daytime use! Residents could leave the hall every evening after tea but had to be back by 9.30. Our choice for brown hydration was Guide Post club on a thursday evening. It was easy to get to using the United bus outside the hall to the doors of the club for opening time at 6.00 with the reverse journey reaching the hall at 9.25 for lights out at 10 if I remember correctly. Everyone went home on a fri
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  35. Hi @Rigger. I have a photograph of the handwritten inquest report - from memory it’s about four pages and I think William Johnstone’s name is mentioned three times. I am happy to upload the pages here, as they may be of interest to others...it’s local historical stuff, after all. I’ll do this tomorrow. Thanks for your reply.
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  36. Thanks Alan. Yes, I saw that first time I looked at this forum a year or so ago....and in fact it is the same person. When I looked again at the inquest record, and at the spelling of the name of the landlord - host of the inquest and also on the inquest jury - it’s Johnstone 👍 This is indeed one of the men who judged how little Charles died. Shout out to @Riggerin case he has any family knowledge. A murder inquest, esp for a child killed by his mother, would be a huge event in the village at that time, and likely to be remembered for a while, anyway, even after the death of the nex
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  37. I Remember Joyce Miller.
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  38. 1. Second Boer War 2. Thrushcross Grange, 3. The Cannon family 4. Goldie 5. 22 6. Patella 7. Silicon 8. Zephyr 9. Polio 10. Barbra Streisand 11. Yearling 12. Telephone
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  39. It looks like they let the sixtownships website domain name expire. I have removed the link and added one to Past Times History Group in its place. Thanks for pointing this out.
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  40. https://www.facebook.com/321013641645017/videos/594982757700108 https://www.facebook.com/321013641645017/videos/430688474219411 https://www.facebook.com/321013641645017/videos/808093089689613 https://www.facebook.com/321013641645017/videos/344153499769027
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  41. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. A traditionally decorated Ukrainian Easter egg 2. A bilby 3. Dairy products 4. Peter Carl Fabergé 5. The pagan goddess Eostre 6. Rebirth 7. Burials 8. Germany 9. Rutherford B. Hayes 10. To set a fixed date for Easter 11. No 12. 30 days 13. 2,589 kg (5 lb 11.36 oz) ostrich egg laid in Borlänge, Sweden 17 May 2008. 14. Pancake Day. Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday are also acceptable 15. Chile 16. April 16 17. Maundy
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  42. He opens it by himself CL, after taking the suet cake from the end section, but he didn't go in for that.
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  43. Merry Xmas - 2018 - a chimney is cleaned oot :-
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  44. I posted these last year: Dark Day for Bedlington.mp3 The Bedlington Murders.doc
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