Picture Past: June 19, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2014
HONOURS from the Queen and grants were handed to Weston individuals and organisations this week in 1964.
Here are some of the stories reported in the June 19 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald:
* A man from Weston and another from Winscombe were both named in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Mr Reginald Edward Valentine Smith who was given an MBE for services to politics in Weston and Mr Walter Ernest House received a British Empire Medal for his voluntary work in the National Savings movement.
* A Weston man was involved in a 12-mile boat chase in the Bahamas as part of his work in the Navy. Michael Mayer was on the HMS Decoy, which seized a vessel with arms and ammunition.
* A grant to improve the inside of the Weston YMCA building was approved by the Ministry of Education. Chairman L S Stuckey said it would take a ‘superhuman’ effort to raise £800 towards the costs.
* In 10 years, Weston’s rateable value had increased from £443,897 to £1,893,800. The information came from a report by the borough treasurer, tracing the financial growth of the authority.
* The foundation stone of the new St Peters church in Milton was to be laid the day after the paper’s publication. The building was set to cost £45,000, of which parishioners had to find £10,000.
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