Picture Past: May 31, 1968 – Did ancient law allow free fishing?

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 June 2018

Christine Arden making friends with one of the baby donkeys on Weston beach.

Christine Arden making friends with one of the baby donkeys on Weston beach.

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An ancient right to fish for free and a belief people could save money but were instead ‘overeating’ made for some unusual stories in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in May 50 years ago.

At the Weston Angling Association's junior tea, president Mr. E.F.J. Day presents J. Reasons with the Abbis and Roach Cups. also pictured is N. Reasons who won the Bradley (Chester) Ltd. trophy.At the Weston Angling Association's junior tea, president Mr. E.F.J. Day presents J. Reasons with the Abbis and Roach Cups. also pictured is N. Reasons who won the Bradley (Chester) Ltd. trophy.

• Did parishioners in Bleadon have the right to catch fish for free on Fridays under an ancient law?

That was the unusual question put to Bleadon Parish Council, which promised to look into the matter.

Rumour had it permission to fish in the River Axe for free on Fridays came as part of an ancient right.

• Delegates at the North Somerset District Conference of the National Savings Committee heard it was ‘nonsense’ people were not able to save money.

Winners and judges of the contests held at the Ted Burroughs fourth anniversary old-time ball at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.Winners and judges of the contests held at the Ted Burroughs fourth anniversary old-time ball at the Winter Gardens Pavilion.

The district commissioner acknowledged there was a credit squeeze but said this did not mean people could not save.

He said: “People are overeating and having weight problems, are patronising football pools and betting shops more than ever.

“People do not realise how grave the economic situation is.”

• In five years, 15 garden walls in Weston had been demolished by cars crashing into them in a part of Locking Road.

Hill Road Methodist Church annual Spring Time bazaar. Andrew Ford and Andrew Flood with guinea pigs they bought at the bazaar.Hill Road Methodist Church annual Spring Time bazaar. Andrew Ford and Andrew Flood with guinea pigs they bought at the bazaar.

Residents living on the corner of Corondale Road and Hillview Farm were petitioning for something to be done to prevent overtaking, or warnings to be installed about it being a dangerous corner.

• Nearly 100 Weston hotels were fully-booked ahead of the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.

• Weston’s newest approach to the seafront was completed.

The seafront could be reached through Walliscote Grove Road, and the work had cost £800.

Hill Road Methodist Church annual Spring Time bazaar. Cubs and Scouts enjoying the games on offer.Hill Road Methodist Church annual Spring Time bazaar. Cubs and Scouts enjoying the games on offer.

• People in Axbridge were warned they had a month to change their ways when it came to parking, or double yellow lines would be painted through the town.

Drivers were reportedly parking outside shops and businesses on the narrow roads.

• A new school for training apprentices was unveiled.

It was built at the Westland Helicopter factory on Weston’s Oldmixon estate, and was equipped with new machinery.

The machine room of the new appentice  training school at Westlands Helicopters Ltd Weston-super-Mare. The school has been enlarged so that can train 30 apprentices.The machine room of the new appentice training school at Westlands Helicopters Ltd Weston-super-Mare. The school has been enlarged so that can train 30 apprentices.

It could accommodate 30 apprentices, compared to the 10 it could train originally.

• A demonstration of colour TVs was to be given at Weston’s Grand Central Hotel by the 
UK’s largest television rental company.

• Street lights going on and off at different times, sometimes during the day, was the subject of complaints in Banwell.

The parish council said it had contacted the Electricity Board, but had not received a response.

Apprentices at the new training school, larger than the former school and equipped with modern machinery, which is now operating at the Westlands Helicopters Ltd.'s Weston-super-Mare Division at Oldmixon.Apprentices at the new training school, larger than the former school and equipped with modern machinery, which is now operating at the Westlands Helicopters Ltd.'s Weston-super-Mare Division at Oldmixon.

Picture Past: May 31, 1968.

Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.

Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.

Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.Ads 31st May 1968 Edition.

Front Page 31st May 1968 Edition.Front Page 31st May 1968 Edition.

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