Picture Past: September 20, 1968 – Not enough phone equipment to be installed

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 September 2018

The new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. Mr. R.E. Prescott, Rugby Union secretary, opening the clubhouse. Onlookers are Mr. W. Strachan (president), P.G. Dimery (chairman), Terry Hornett (captain) and J.J. Frankpitt (secretary)      

Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. Mr. R.E. Prescott, Rugby Union secretary, opening the clubhouse. Onlookers are Mr. W. Strachan (president), P.G. Dimery (chairman), Terry Hornett (captain) and J.J. Frankpitt (secretary) Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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A shortage of telephone equipment and vandalism made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the September 20 edition.

Members and friends of the Bristish Union for the Abolition of Vivisection organised a bazaar in aid of animal welfare at the Friends' Meeting House, Weston. Graham Ellsbury and his brother Brian, examine an old radio offered among jumble at the bazaar.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYMembers and friends of the Bristish Union for the Abolition of Vivisection organised a bazaar in aid of animal welfare at the Friends' Meeting House, Weston. Graham Ellsbury and his brother Brian, examine an old radio offered among jumble at the bazaar. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• Vandalism was costing Weston thousands of pounds every year.

Vandals were smashing toilets, wrenching pipes from the walls of the public conveniences, wrecking swings and play equipment, and slashing deck chairs and throwing them in the sea.

The Mercury said: “Another distressing aspect of this craze for destruction is the public are being denied the facilities the corporation (Weston Borough Council) would like to provide.”

• People in Weston who wanted to get telephones in their houses would have to wait.

The new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. 

Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

A spokesman for the General Post Office said there was a considerable shortage of equipment in Weston, and so no new telephones could be installed for private use.

However, businesses would still be able to get telephones.

• A fire destroyed a store at the light engineering firm Hares & Sons on the Oldmixon estate.

When firefighters arrived, the flames were ‘roaring’ through the asbestos roof.

The Rev. Mark Ellis, Mrs L. Jones and Mrs. H. Bailey serving at the harvest supper held by parishioners of St. Andrew's Church, Bournville.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe Rev. Mark Ellis, Mrs L. Jones and Mrs. H. Bailey serving at the harvest supper held by parishioners of St. Andrew's Church, Bournville. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

One eyewitness said the roof sheeting made exploding sounds, similar to machine gun fire.

• Several buildings in Weston were struck by lightning during a storm.

In one case, Weston Decorators Supply was hit, and Graham Wilkinson was thrown across the room.

• A new system of first and second class mail was working efficiently in Weston, according to the town’s assistant postmaster.

The new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. The Hornets and combined XV before the friendly match to mark the occasion.The new clubhouse that members of Hornets Rugby Club have built themselves was officially opened in time for the start of the new season. The Hornets and combined XV before the friendly match to mark the occasion.

• The Playhouse theatre would no longer re-open with a variety show, but instead would have a repertory company with a star name.

The changes were made by Weston Borough Council, as the theatre was being rebuilt following a devastating fire.

The Knightstone Theatre was supposed to have a repertory company, but it would have an old music hall feel instead.

• Worle was the fastest-growing area in Somerset, and there were warnings at an education meeting children would be left high and dry without school places if new ones were not built soon.

The burgee and County Colours paraded before the service of dedication held by the Ranger Crew of SRS Eagle at Christchurch Church.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe burgee and County Colours paraded before the service of dedication held by the Ranger Crew of SRS Eagle at Christchurch Church. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

• Three young members of the Axbridge Caving Group discovered a new Mendip cave at Nordach near Charterhouse.

• A weather forecast service, specifically for Weston, and available by phone was suggested by the council’s finance and general purposes committee.

Derek Hibbert and Andrew Carter looking items in the heat engines exhibition at Weston Art Gallery.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYDerek Hibbert and Andrew Carter looking items in the heat engines exhibition at Weston Art Gallery. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Allerton Harvest Home. Tapping a cider barrel are Messrs. J. Redman, B. Morgan and H. Hooper.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAllerton Harvest Home. Tapping a cider barrel are Messrs. J. Redman, B. Morgan and H. Hooper. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Allerton Harvest Home, company at the luncheon.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAllerton Harvest Home, company at the luncheon. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 20th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 20th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Front Page 20th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYFront Page 20th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ads 20th September 1968 Edition.     

Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 20th September 1968 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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