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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A collection of their correspondence (60-plus letters/envelopes, plus one photograph) throughout the war have been withdrawn from  sale  by the Eype History Society.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 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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Cricklade Rugby Football Club continues to Fund Raise for New Changing Rooms


CRFC_BannerCricklade RFC are continuing to raise fund to construct changing room facilities  next to the Fairview Fields pitch in Cricklade. More information on the project can be found on our main website using the link . We’ve carried out many fund raising events of which we’re very  grateful for the support we’ve received. This is the latest fundraising project and whilst donations are always gratefully received but we’d like to give you something back for your money .  . 
We’re offering the chance for you or your company to sponsor a brick or a number of bricks, for your sponsorship your details will be displayed on our website with a link to your company site if applicable. You will also receive a certificate of purchase and your name and will be displayed on a plaque in the changing facility’s once  complete. This is an opportunity for everyone to get a permanent place in the history of the changing facilities at Cricklade RFC. Buy your bricks today and please encourage friends, family and businesses to be a part of our history.     Buy A Brick  Facebook  Twitter

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Have you seen this Van in Cricklade / Swindon ? – Please support


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The Cricklade Bugle celebrates its 4th. Anniversary on February 20th. 2014

             Cricklade BugleYes it’s true the “Cricklade Bugle” has been publishing its Online Community and Event Website for 4 years.BirtdayCake5a
 CrickladeFTOT04Cricklade is a Saxon Town situated on the banks of the River Thames on the northern border of Wiltshire between Swindon and Cirencester close to the Roman Ermine Road.
The “Cricklade Bugle” has been supported by many Organisations – Talk about local website www/  /
@TalkAboutLocal  and individuals -@getgood @willperrin @mike_rawlins @Media Trust @hill_wheeler @CrickladeLeis  @CrickladeTC . And all Cricklade Clubs and followers of the site and twitter. Thank you again for your support.
Currently the Website is hosted on but thanks to an offer of it is moving to self-hosting using . This may take a little time to develop the site.
Media Trust ( ) have sent an invitation to apply to join their our Local360 Network  interested in becoming a beacon. The intention is to apply.The future looks good.

Contributors and Guest bloggers are welcome to offer their topics for publication. Please contact at .

Cotswold TV presents Cricklade Town.

Cotswold TV presented a Video
To see more about why Cricklade is popular with visitors see

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Cricklade is a quaint small town situated on the banks of the River Thames on the northern border of Wiltshire. The Centre of the town lies within what used to be a Saxon stronghold built by Alfred the Great to help defend the Kingdom of Wessex.
You should visit Cricklade – you know it makes sense !

Acknowledgement to Cotswold TV.

Cricklade Town Guide can be found HERE…


Cricklade Health Group – Starters for Eleven

wfh-accredited-scheme-2013Following the success of the Cricklade Health Walking Group, the “Get Wiltshire Walking” inspired a starter group to be formed. This is a great way to begin to be more physically active. Last Friday the 7th. February, meeting at 10.00am the first starter walk enrolled eleven members.

Registration with Viv Tomkins (Qualified Walk Leader)

Registration with Viv Tomkins (Qualified Walk Leader)

After registration each received a free ICE  (In Case of Emergency)Card.
Everyone should be independently mobile and able to meet the demands of the walk, which was a level stroll along Waylands and up the High Street  along Calcutt Street to The United Church Hall for refreshments.

The regular walking group met  at 9.30am on Friday at the Cricklade Town Council Offices to walk for approximately an hour along Stones Lane to Hailstone House and then returned to the Cricklade United Church for refreshments with the participants of the Starter Walk..


Everyone is welcome, providing you are independently mobile and able to meet the physical demands of the walk. It’s free and fun. Just turn up at Cricklade Town Council Offices  on Friday at 9.30 am/10.00am for the Strollers), or contact the walk leader below. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the walks.
Rosie Golding 07917 599964



Volunteers for Community Emergency Planning required by Cricklade Town Council


Royal British Legion (RBL) Riders Branch visits Cricklade for a public PRESENTATION – Wednesday 19th February 2014 at The White Hart Hotel

 RBL.Logoa01The Cricklade branch of the Royal British Legion is to hold a General Meeting on Wednesday 19th February commencing at 7.15 pm in the White Hart Hotel  Cricklade (Members only).
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New Cricklade Starter Walk – Commencing February 7th. 10.00am – Town Council Offices