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Cricklade WW1 letters – Local boy, Sidney Hamblin Hewer saved for the Cricklade Museum.

Cricklade WW1 letters of Local boy, Sidney Hamblin Hewer (in 1911, a grocer’s assistant) was brought up by his Grandmother, Hannah Hewer in Church Street, Cricklade. During WW1, he served with the British Red Cross mainly in France. He was very worried about leaving his 80-year-old  Grandmother on her own, but was reassured by promises of friends that she would be well looked after in his absence.

Family History: Sidney, born in 1888, one of at least 8 children, to Charles Hamblin (a Hackney Carriage Proprietor) and (Harriet) Jane Hewer, KingsHead02living with Charles’ Parents, Frederick and Hannah, at the Kings Head Inn, High Street, Cricklade (now closed, but it was on the corner of Church Lane), where Frederick was a “Licensed Victualler” (i.e. the Landlord). Sidney was baptised at St. Sampson’s, Cricklade (almost next door), By 1901, Sidney’s Grandfather had died and his Parents and siblings had moved away to Manchester Road Swindon, leaving Sidney living on his own with Hannah in Church Lane.
During the war, in which he served as an orderly in the British Red Cross Society & Order of St John (29.9.14 – 15.1.17), he was awarded the Victory, British War and Mons Star Medals.
After the war, Sidney safely returned to England, and on 19th July 1931 married Elizabeth Maney Ellam also in St. Sampson’s. Elizabeth, nee Everett, had previously married Alfred O. Ellam in 1916, but been widowed in 1927. His Grandmother Hannah, lived on after the war, dying in 1927, aged 94.
He died in Swindon, in 1971, aged 85. We have found no trace of any children born to the couple.]
A collection of their correspondence (60-plus letters/envelopes, plus one photograph) throughout the war have been withdrawn from  sale  by the Eype History Society. The auction of these items were to be held on January 5th 2015 at the Bridport Auction House. The good news is that they have been purchased privately and will be given to the Cricklade Museum/Cricklade Historical Society, to join their collection of materials on this local man. the Eype History Society decided to withdraw them because they will now be in the public domain, so that everyone who is interested will be able to see them, instead of selling to the highest bidder, who would possibly keep them in a private collection of wartime ephemera, and possibly wouldn’t have any connection with Sidney.
A great result from one historical society to another.

Informant details: Janet Allen, Eype History Society.



Cricklade Community Lights up on Saturday 29th. November from 6.00pm.


Cricklade Town Festival – It’s the “DADDY”

CrickladeFTOT04Cricklade is holding it’s annual Street festival on Sunday 15th. June 2014  from 11am to 4pm in the High Street. which will be closed from its junction with Calcutt Street to its junction with Abington Court Lane.

The Festival is one of the West’s largest street events attracting thousands of people from all over the area.  With an aim of providing a totally free day out for all the family, the festival offers a truly fun-packed day of entertainment every June. Where else will you be able find a whole day filled with live music, dancers, street entertainers, magicians and children’s entertainers – without having to spend a penny!

Do come along and enjoy the fantastic free entertainment . 


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The 437(T) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force attends the Cricklade Royal British Legion Remembrance Day Parade.

RBL90logo1The Cricklade Branch of the Royal British Legion  are holding their Annual Parade and Remembrance Parade and Service this weekend. The 437(T) Sqdn, Royal Canadian Air Force, (formed at Blakehill Farm in 1944)  will join with the Cricklade Royal British Legion, Crickladelogo302 Band, Civic and uniformed groups on Sunday for the Remembrance Day Parade and wreath-laying service. Continue reading

Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Children’s Centre’s exciting project

Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Children’s Centre are participating in an exciting project with the National Literacy Trust and Wiltshire County Council. Continue reading

Report says “Walking Works” – Breaking News from Walking for Health

wfh2013_logoWalking works, and we have the proof! We’ve launched our Walking Works report, an extensive overview of the mounting research into the life-threatening consequences of inactivity, which concludes that walking is the answer. It’s officially released on Monday 7th October, but we wanted to let you know about it now.
Produced by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, who run Walking for Health, and supported by Public Health England, this new report demonstrates walking is the solution to getting the nation active, and shows how Walking for Health is already changing people’s lives for the better.

Cricklade Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run is on Sunday 6th. October 2013

The Half Marathon and 10k are fast, attractive courses over country roads with electronic chip timing. The Fun Run is a 1.5 mile route within Cricklade.

Separate starts for all three races – all finishing at Cricklade Leisure Centre (300m from the start). St Sampson’s CE Junior School

Registration, toilets, changing facilities, first aid, refreshments will be available at the Leisure Centre, Stones Lane, Cricklade.
Trophies in Men’s, Ladies and Vet’s classes. Medals for all finishers.
Visit the Cricklade Half Marathon website for any further information.

Vice Chair Vicky McIntosh OBE. recognised for fund raising efforts to save the Cricklade Jenner Hall

Cricklade-Jenenr-Hall-award-300x225Vicky McIntosh OBE, Vice Chair of the Cricklade Jenner Hall Community Trust in Cricklade, was recognised by Community First for her role in raising almost £200,000 to pay for various improvements at the hall, the most significant of which was £169,000 to replace its roof. Continue reading

Cricklade’s Health Walking Group celebrates its 2nd. Anniversary

Cricklade Health WalkingThe Cricklade  Health Walking Group celebrated their 2nd. anniversary by a walk through Waylands, Fairfield Meadow, Millenium woods , the Thames Path and over Eysey Bridge.
Returning to the United Church for refreshments.
A few members had baked some cakes for all and the four Walk Leaders were presented each with a special large jam/cream cake in appreciation of their voluntary efforts. Continue reading