Flashback: Scouting through memories of years gone by

Bury Scouts Bob-a-Job week in April 1983

Bury Scouts Bob-a-Job week in April 1983 - Credit: Archant

READERS have been scouting back through their memories after spotting familiar faces in our Flashback column.

Re: Venture Scouts

I AM sure when Mark Bradley reflects on his answer to the picture of the two Venture Scouts receiving their Queen’s Scout Badge Certificates, that it was not the late Fred Footer but is in fact Mr Richard Freeman who has confirmed to me it was him making the presentation in 1982 when he was the County Commissioner for Suffolk Scouts.

It is usual for the presentation of this, the highest award to a Scout, to be done by the County Commissioner.


Suffolk County Vice President,


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Re: An Easter egg hunt in Battisford in April 1983

I KNOW most of the children in the photo of the Easter egg hunt in Battisford. The fancy dress egg hunt was organised by Battisford Playgroup and the eggs were home made.

The children are from left to right: (first boy unknown), Andrew Davidson, Laurence Davidson, Hannah Read, Jeanette Bentley (eating her Easter egg) and Clare Rea.

I don’t know the two children on the right.



Re: Co-op prizegiving April 1974

MY father, Reg Lilley, is pictured (third from the right) and is able to name almost everyone else (some now deceased) in the photo as they were predominately his colleagues and mostly Stowmarket Co-op Dairy milk delivery men. They were receiving driving awards for not having had any accidents in their work vehicles.

When showing me the picture he also produced the medal he was given and the five bars that were added to it over the next five years as he retained his clean driving record. He thinks the scheme was then abandoned as he didn’t receive any more.

Dad (and mum) remain widely recognised in the area as he was the regular milkman for Stowupland (where we lived) and the surrounding area all throughout the 1970s. Such was community life then, I remember as a child, that everyone seemed to know my dad (and where he lived if they needed an extra pint!)

My brother and I often accompanied dad on his round in his electric “float” – that job certainly kept him fit as he jogged everywhere and unlike today, almost everyone in the village had a daily milk delivery. Dad is now retired.

Thanks for the “Flashback” my parents and I enjoyed a good chat remembering those days and faces.


Bury St Edmunds

Re: Flashback

THIS is a photo of Lady Somerleyton (right) presenting her silver rosebowl to Lady Stirling (left).

The race was won by Mr Flyer, trained by Libby Lees and owned by Elizabeth Stirling (now Mrs David Gordon Lennox – Lady Stirling’s daughter).

I wonder if the rosebowl is still being presented to the winner of, I think, the Open Race?


Great Saxham

Re: Farlingaye High School - March 1980

I WRITE about the photo titled: New Bibles.

At Farlingaye High School a presentation was made by the Lamb Foundation as a memorial to George Lamb, a former resident of the town of Woodbridge for many years.

Those chosen to receive had shown good attendance and good progress throughout their time at Farlingaye.

Names from left to right, I think, are: Front row - Elizabeth Baugh, David Richardson, Clare Fincham, Cilla Goodwin, Jane

Darbyshire, Caroline McLarty and Lynn Rattle.

Others in the photograph are Richard Battle, Karen Stammers, Douglas Baldock, Patricia Wightman and Nigel Grey.



Re: Flashback

WITH reference to your request for information, I can tell you from left to right: Michael Howard (retired electrician from CAV – now called Delphi) played for Long Melford Working Men’s Club; Rom Mumford (foreman at CAV) played for LMWMC, now deceased, good all-round snooker player; Bill Hemmett (CAV foreman) still trying to play snooker after all these years; Joe Simpson (welder) good billiards and snooker player, now deceased; Basil Fisher, played for Long Melford British Legion, now deceased; Martin Maxim, played for LMWMC, still going strong, a formidable opponent.



Re: Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society 1982

THE photograph of three dancers from the 1982 production of My Fair Lady, by the S.O.D.S, was performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. My daughter, Phillipa Collings, is the middle dancer.

Pip, as she is known, now lives in Berkshire, but still thoroughly enjoys performing in operatic and dramatic shows. She also belongs to two groups that sing in venues in the area.

Was it really that long ago?



Re: Pipes and drums at Thornham Magna family mini marathon, September 1986

I AM writing with reference to the Flashback picture in the EADT (April 8).

I can name all the people in the photo. Left to right: Fred Russell (a piper in the Glenmoriston Pipe Band), Lyn Lanchester (now Arnold), myself Marie Ruth (now Rose), Sylvia Avery (landlady of the Four Horseshoes).

The Four Horseshoes held a mini marathon in aid of the Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich. Here we were seen piping the runners back in at the end of the race.

Thanks for the happy memories.


Stonham Aspal