Picture Past: March 22, 1968 – vicar accidentally overhears other people’s phone calls

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 March 2018

One of the latest and most popular developments in the catering industry,

One of the latest and most popular developments in the catering industry, "Convenience Foods" formed the subject of a three-day exhibition staged at the Winter Gardens Pavilion. Technical College catering students Anne Jones, Colin Waterton and Janet Bailey preparing for a demonstration.

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A budget was blown out of the water 50 years ago – and so were some anti-submarine bombs. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in March 1968.

Members of the Brownies, Guides and Rangers who took part in the pageant at Knightstone Theatre to mark a new chapter in the history of the Girl Guide movement.Members of the Brownies, Guides and Rangers who took part in the pageant at Knightstone Theatre to mark a new chapter in the history of the Girl Guide movement.

Hutton vicar HR Haines complained that when he tried to place calls from his home, he could often overhear other phone conversations from around the village.

A villager told him this would no longer be the case when the Weston exchange was completed.

• Weston was set to be greatly affected by proposed tax laws, announced in Government budget proposals.

The borough council was facing up to the fact its budget for the year would not be adequate in light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement.

Weston Girls Grammar School hockey team who tied 0-0 with Nailsea in the final of the Somerset Girls' GS championship. They are :- Back row (left to right): Susan Hatcher, Sara Andrews, Deirdre Walton, Marion Ashford, Linda Young, Margaret Overy, Sally Hargest. Front row: Frances Williamson, Anne Wilson, Margaret Short, Natalie Booth.Weston Girls Grammar School hockey team who tied 0-0 with Nailsea in the final of the Somerset Girls' GS championship. They are :- Back row (left to right): Susan Hatcher, Sara Andrews, Deirdre Walton, Marion Ashford, Linda Young, Margaret Overy, Sally Hargest. Front row: Frances Williamson, Anne Wilson, Margaret Short, Natalie Booth.

The proposals included increased tax on confectionary, a rise in fuel tax and cost of vehicle licencing. It was forecasted some Weston hotels would close for part of the year unless they could get some relief.

• The M5 motorway section being built between Edithmead and Avonmouth would be delayed for a year because contracts had become too bunched together, the Minister for Transport announced.

Weston’s MP David Webster, who was a front bench spokesman on transport for the opposition, said it was a sign motorists were being issued with considerable taxes, but the motorway programme was being slowed down.

• Strong winds and changing tides halted efforts to clear a large number of missiles from the area between Birnbeck Pier and Sand Bay.

Dancers who attended the barn dance held at Weston Grammar School by the local branch of the English Folk Song and Dance Society.Dancers who attended the barn dance held at Weston Grammar School by the local branch of the English Folk Song and Dance Society.

Some had already been found and destroyed, including 10 anti-submarine bombs.

• Letters sent just two miles away from Wrington were taking two days to be delivered. Complaints were made to the parish council about the length of time it took.

• Bleadon appeared to have lost the latest round in the fight to prevent the re-opening of the South Hill Quarry.

Church Commissioners said they were willing to give a lease to a company which wanted to extract limestone.

Members of the 1st and 4th Weston Boys' Brigade rehearsing for the annual West of England display to be held in Torquay at the weekend.Members of the 1st and 4th Weston Boys' Brigade rehearsing for the annual West of England display to be held in Torquay at the weekend.

The parish council said it would keep trying to prevent it from happening.

One parishioner said: “I know we have big money against us, but the parish council have 99 per cent of the village behind them.”

• There was urgent need for a breakers’ yard in Weston to break down motor vehicles.

• Rock group Procol Harum was due to perform at the Winter Gardens.

Ads 22nd March 1968 Edition.Ads 22nd March 1968 Edition.

Ads 22nd March 1968 Edition.Ads 22nd March 1968 Edition.

Front Page 22nd March 1968 Edition.Front Page 22nd March 1968 Edition.

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