I have been obsessed with this picture ever since I came across it while researching my history of C. & T. Harris book. It was taken in 1900 by the Rev Robert Wheeler, who was minister of Calne Free Church for fifty years, and lived at No 1 The Green, opposite the Almshouses where the… Read More The Eight Widows of Tounson Almshouses – Part 1
A newspaper or a book! Pleased to hear that another anthology of 100 flash fiction stories is being published by Christopher Fielden, and that one of mine has been accepted again. This time the stories are all inspired by news items, hence the title Topically Challenged Volume 1. About My story is called ‘Your call… Read More What’s black and white and red all over?
Happy smiling faces in 1970 – twelve years before the closure of C & T Harris in 1982. No irony then about the ‘Join Harris’ sign above the heads of the youngsters posing on the carnival float. All their parents or relatives worked at Harris’s, and perhaps their children would have wanted to follow in… Read More The beginning of the end
It all began with a scrap of a paper in Norman Beale’s late mother’s effects, with a name and address in Czechoslovakia neatly written on it. This turned out to be the family who had sheltered, at great risk to themselves, two escapees – Ron Beale and his friend Lloyd Randall, from one of the… Read More Hardship, brutality and hope in WW2 story
What a pleasure to find a rare early Harris-related document to add to the jigsaw of its history, tucked away among a load of a papers in a plain folder in Calne Heritage Centre. It’s only A5 size, printed and hand written in a beautiful script, dated 1866, and it’s either vellum, which was made… Read More The £2 gift
The text of the Illustrated History of C&T Harris (Calne) Ltd. is finished but I am still editing it – ‘tinkering ‘ I call it. Moving sections around, deleting bits, putting the bits back, and so on. I am on my fifth version, and I have to lose 1000 words and I still keep finding… Read More End of the line