Posted Monday 31st August 2009

Malcolm Harvey from Melbourne, Australia, used to work with ex-Brightwellian Dick Thomas, and would like to be put in touch. He writes: "It's been 20 years since I saw Dick, and he was in his 50's then - just wondering what had become of him. I used to visit him in his home and your web images of the village reminded me what a very special place it is."

If you can help, Malcolm's email is

Posted Thursday 2nd July 2009

Brightwell Brownies in 1970

Jane Luton (Charlton) has sent us this photograph of the Brightwell Brownie pack, taken – she thinks – when they were gathered for the St George’s day parade in Wallingford in 1970.

Jane – who has written elsewhere on this page, with memories of her father, Fred Charlton – has lived in New Zealand for seven years, but still visits the village. She wonders whether anyone can remember other names in the picture?

She writes: “The Brown Owl at right of picture is Mrs Lay, whose husband ran the lay orchards, strawberry farm –Five Acres? I think the helper at left of picture is Mrs Lay's sister in law or sister who used to live in a large house at the corner ofBakers lane at the bottom of Bell Lane.

“The girl second from right on the back row I think is Dianna Eggleton? Next to her on our left, tall blonde is Laura Brown whose mother was my mother's best friend. Along the row third from left (of faces that can be seen) is Janet Large whose father kindly did the organ for my father's funeral in 2005. I think I may be the unseen face at the back. I recognise other faces but cannot remember names.”

If you can fill in other names, please let us know. E-mail

Posted Friday 25th January 2008

We have been contacted by Amanda Doster (née Lane), with some memories of Brightwell in the 1960s and 1970s. She writes:

"I was sorting through items from the attic and fell upon class photos at Brightwell School from the 60s. I spent a very happy childhood in Bell Lane, Brightwell until 1971 when I moved to Wantage Road, Wallingford - my father still lives there. I still cycled to Brightwell to see friends and attend Guides. Although I now live in Cheltenham, Glos I still remember so much about our lives in 1960's Brightwell as being wonderful.

"I read through Mr Heyworth's account of Brightwell with interest and remember him so well - smoking his pipe in the school grounds! Did any one mention that the Kews used to make little bread rolls called Tommy loaves that we used to race down to the bakery to queue up for? If there were none, left Mrs Kew usually found a bag of broken biscuits.

"All this seems like sentimental reminiscing but as I approach 50 I realise when I tell these things to my children that these memories form part of our social history. How about a 'Down Memory Lane' web page that residents and former residents could post snippets on?"


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