Red Lion - Not just a good pub: Having inadvertently locked myself out last Monday I thought I would take refuge in the Red Lion knowing Sandrine holds a French course. I was welcomed in by one of the bar staff and offered coffee. Ten minutes later Mark arrived, offered me coffee, the daily paper and spectacles. That’s what I call a good neighbour.
A Merry Christmas and A Happy New year,
To all our friends we hold so dear.
Instead of cards from we four Lucks,
To a Cancer Trust we pledge some bucks.
Best Wishes from Steve, Shena, Ali and Andy
Style Acre House
The following is an extract of a letter, too long unfortunately to include here in its entirety. It documents the history of Style Acre House and its many changes. The full text can be read on this web site, in the History section under "Reminiscences" (click here to go directly to this article). It has been passed on also to the village History Group:
I refer to the article in The Villager ‘The Style Acre family – Born in Brightwell’. May I take your readers back to the true birth of Style Acre which was as long ago as 1895 when Alan and May Morphew built the house as their family home…….
… In 1959 Style Acre was acquired by the St Birinus Hospital Group and began to function as an NHS Hospital for mentally handicapped men (as they were then known) ……In 1980 the role of Style Acre changed again and it began to offer training and rehabilitation to the residents with progression into the community if appropriate. The old house had been allowed to fall into a serious state of disrepair over the years…
….. in 1985, Style Acre was sold, with the residents in it, to be run as a private hostel, reverting to a 'family home' … The residents were totally involved in the decorating and up-grading of the fabric of Style Acre. In 1995 the house was sold once again.. but has since been completely demolished. Style Acre, as remembered by many, was certainly born at Brightwell, but it died when the house was destroyed, although, no-one can destroy the happy memories of so many.
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