Picture Past: January 15, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 18:05 13 January 2015

Company at Weston's fancy dress arts ball at the Winter Gardens.

Company at Weston's fancy dress arts ball at the Winter Gardens.


EFFORTS were underway to find a new tenant for a Weston factory, after hundreds of people were made redundant in 1965.

It was one of the stories published in the January 15 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

* There was a ‘bitter feeling’ towards a luncheon which was provided during Weston Borough Council’s mayor making ceremony, a councillor said. It was suggested the £200 lunch be dropped, and £25 added to the mayor’s allowance to pay for refreshments.

* The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation said efforts would be made to find a new tenant for the Henlys Factory on the Oldmixon estate. The ministry owned the factory, which repaired military vehicles, but production had ceased. Only 40 people were employed there, while at one point it had been several hundred. Only the Ministry of Works had shown any interest in the building, but this was not an option favoured by the borough council as only 100 people would be employed, compared to a capacity of 900.

* An imaginative scheme for a children’s playground was a necessity if Weston wanted to stay in the top 10 of seaside resorts, Ald D H Miller-Barstow said at a catering and entertainment committee meeting for Weston Borough Council. He said unless Weston did something imaginative, people would choose to go on holiday at holiday camps.

* Milton Baptist Church’s £14,350 expansion was officially unveiled. It included a new balcony, a new front to the church and a feature window.

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