PICTURE PAST: June 13, 1969 - Library looks 'pretty grim'

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 June 2019

Ron Brooks, Gillian Murray and Kevan Chamberlain looking over some of the work they have prepared for an exhibition by Weston Technical College students.     Picture: WESTON MERCURY

Ron Brooks, Gillian Murray and Kevan Chamberlain looking over some of the work they have prepared for an exhibition by Weston Technical College students. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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The entrance to Weston's library was described as being 'pretty grim in parts'. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

Presenting certificates for Scripture examinations to award winners is Mr. Kenneth Stork new president of the Weston-super-Mare and District Christian Education Council.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYPresenting certificates for Scripture examinations to award winners is Mr. Kenneth Stork new president of the Weston-super-Mare and District Christian Education Council. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The merging of Weston and other North Somerset councils under a new Bristol and Bath authority was up for consideration.

Discussions begun to set up a Somerset authority which would also include parts of Dorset.

- A Weston man wielding a knife tried to stop a police officer arresting his brother by holding his back door against one of them.

The man was fined £5 after pleading guilty to obstructing the police.

Ads 13th June 1969 Edition.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 13th June 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The detectives tried gaining entry to the house through the back door to speak to his brother but the defendant pushed against the partially open door with a knife in his hand.

They gained entry and were faced with both brothers with blades in their hands.

- The second stage of repair work on the 15th century church at Wick St Lawrence began.

Work had been completed on a new lead roof and new timbers were necessary in the tower. New gutters and soak-aways were also fitted.

Ads 13th June 1969 Edition.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYAds 13th June 1969 Edition. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

The re-painting and repairing of stonework on the tower had then begun and was set to cost around £800.

- A day centre for the elderly was proposed for Worle in part of a rose garden at the corner of High Street and Coronation Road.

The Weston Old People's welfare committee made the suggestion in the hope of building a single-storey building.

Cllr P F Hess said: "Elderly people find it expensive to take the bus in and out of Weston.

Weston Technical College sporting success. The soccer team, who won the league trophy, with their captain, Keith Cross, and Mr. B. Dewar.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYWeston Technical College sporting success. The soccer team, who won the league trophy, with their captain, Keith Cross, and Mr. B. Dewar. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

"In any case the Weston centre is already becoming overcrowded."

- The entrance to Weston's public library was described as a prison when a plea was made at the council's libraries committee to have the building redecorated.

Chairman D A Edwards said: "It is pretty grim in parts and it has not been decorated since 1950.

"I think the entrance is deplorable, and anyone going in there would think it was a prison."

The children of Worle Junior School entertained their parents to an evening of music and dance which illustrated the varied work they do in a normal school term.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYThe children of Worle Junior School entertained their parents to an evening of music and dance which illustrated the varied work they do in a normal school term. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

- The future of the proposed Weston Winter Carnival was in grave doubt.

There was a lack of support, both financially and personally, and no interest among the town's people to revive the once popular and traditional event.

The lack of interest was reflected at a special open meeting to discuss the carnival where only a dozen people were present, and the majority of those were members of Weston Lions, who sponsored the event.

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