Letters August 2017

July 28 2017

Your views and letters

Thornbury Horticultural Summer Show

 Summer has come,the longest day has passed, flowers are blooming, fruit is ripening, veg is ready to harvest and Thornbury in Bloom has been judged. 

Thornbury Horticultural Society Summer Show 2017 is now here. If you are young or old you could enter or visit the show. There will be veg, flowers, floral art, cooking, handicraft, photographs and children’s classes if you are interested in any of these subjects please have a go. 

There will be tea and cakes for refreshment. This will be taking place on 12th August 2017 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Armstrong Hall Complex, Thornbury. 

Schedules available from The Garden Shop, Thornbury High Street, Owen’s The Plain, and Town Hall. Details also available on our web site : http://www.thornburyhorticulturalsociety.org.uk

Rex Davis,

Chairman Thornbury Horticultural Society

 

Looking Back At Policing

Dear Sir, I was interested in the article, View From Thornbury and District Museum about Thornbury police in the July edition of Thornbury Voice as I served as a beat officer in Thornbury from 1965 to 1972. Having been born and brought up in Severn Beach, the article was a reminder of my past.

During my time I was one of four constables, two sergeants, one inspector, one cadet and a civilian clerk/typist. I should also mention Mrs Else Davies, who was the station cleaner.

This establishment policed not only Thornbury but the surrounding district. We were aided by officers stationed  in Falfield, Alveston and Olveston. The officer at Cribbs Causeway  came under Filton. 

These officers gave the area a 24/7 cover and were well known by the local people. We also extended our area of cover at night to cover the area bounded by the village of Stone in the north to the Bristol boundary in the south and the River Severn in the west to the boundary with Wiltshire in the east. A formidable area to cover using a Morris J2 diesel engined personnel carrier. We did eventually 'modernise' with a Morris 1000 Traveller. The only other form of transport was an Ariel Leader motor cycle, of which at the time I was the only licensed/authorised rider.

During my time at Thornbury I also served as treasurer to Thornbury Youth Club, getting to know many of the area’s youth, good and bad. I was also instrumental in setting up cycle proficiency classes at local schools and youth movements. This led to an annual road safety quiz with teams of four taking part for a cup donated by a local business. 

Most of these activities were sometimes in addition to my normal duties. The benefit was that the local police were known to and formed part of the local community. Some of these activities would not have been possible without the help of many local residents.

This part of my police service, though very enjoyable, was hard on my wife and family as I could work seven different shifts in as many days. Also, after leaving my home for work, my wife would not know when I would return as in those days if you became involved in an incident you had to stay at work until you had finished dealing with it. No one ever considered telling a spouse what had happened. Out on the beat, an officer’s only means of contact if on foot was a whistle or, if lucky, a telephone box. If you had a police vehicle, you did have a radio.

As I had two children who were being brought up in a different world to what I had experienced ,I decided to keep notes on my life. This eventually led to me writing my life story. That publication, called My Life, From War Time to Spare Time can be bought through Thornbury Museum.

 

From Clive Washbourne, Thornbury