February 2014

PROSPECTS FOR COULSDON IN 2014 The bypass opened in December 2006. Gone was the perpetual traffic crawl through Coulsdon town centre but some thought the town was dying. Then came the regeneration giving us new paving stones and narrow traffic lanes to make the centre more attractive. Following an abortive Sainsbury scheme on the Pinewood […]

January 2014

A CHANGE OF EDITOR AT LAST    David Cameron’s Big Society envisages an army of volunteers willing to champion every good cause and take power away from politicians and give it to people. Maybe small businesses can be established as social enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals or charities to undertake local programmes for the benefit of society […]

November 2013

WEATHER     “How beautifully blue the sky, the glass is rising very high”, as W S Gilbert wrote to Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music well over a hundred years ago, that is if my memory still serves some sixty years since I took part in several of their operettas.     I introduce this page with […]

July 2013

PAPERWORK? UGHHHH! Yes, I suppose I am adding to it with my monthly Newsletter: another tree bites the dust; more money to be spent at the local stationery shop, but I look around me in my home office and wonder what on earth it is all about. There are six filing drawers just about full […]

June 2013

ELIZABETH II, BY THE GRACE OF GOD QUEEN I cannot help it, I have again been caught up in the Diamond Wedding ceremonies commemorating Her Majesty’s reign.  On Sunday last I turned my TV on at 10 a.m. to the BBC Parliament channel (I would never watch that rubbish usually) to sample the copy of […]

May 2013

ICARS What would we do without our cars?  This Sunday morning, when I pulled back my bedroom curtains, there were twenty-three cars belonging to the eight houses immediately surrounding mine in Bradmore Way, all belonging to the house owners and recognisable as such: no visitors included. How things have changed in my lifetime.  I recall […]

2013 Spring Cruise

On the weekend of the 19th April Coulsdon Probus went on a cruise along the Gloucester Ship Canal. After a dreadful winter and a foul first part of April we were a little apprehensive regarding the weather for our cruise, but the clouds parted and we had the whole weekend in glorious sunshine. On Friday […]

April 2013

THE MISSING MEDAL By Roger Brunton Some of my wife’s ancestors were wealthy enough to live in a large house with its own private chapel in the parish church.  No such luck for my lot, but there is an ancestral portrait in possession of my cousin’s son who is the latest in the line bearing […]

February 2013

LOCAL HISTORY The back page of this month’s Newsletter has a version of national history as understood by Jim Mulvey and I am happy to print it, not because I agree with Jim’s version and not because it is national;  I took eleven A-level exams and failed just one:  History.  No, it’s local history that […]

January 2013

A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR __Another year starts, the 86th time for me, though I don’t remember the earliest one or two.  As always it comes immediately after a splendid Christmas, even though it was wet.  What made it so good for me, as always these days I had the pleasure of gathering available […]