Broad Street Wrington Website
Visitors' Book Entries 

Since the website started we've been receiving some fascinating feedback from readers in different parts of the world,  and indeed it was one of them who suggested it would be interesting to be able to read  what other people had said. Hence what follows - most recent first. There's also the Schmoose page.

It's the website's normal policy not to publish e-mail addresses of correspondents for security reasons. If you wish to make contact, e-mail the website, and it will be passed on.

Wendy Bailey -Hastings, Nebraska, USA - 7th March, 2020

My family were from Wrington so I enjoy all of the articles which describe the history and show photographs.
Surnames of my family: Bailey, Derrick, Vowles and Hazard.

Malcolm Brean - Wrington - 14th October, 2019

I was born here

Bill White - Cardiff, S. Glamorgan - 27th May, 2018

I am trying to trace my grandmother's relative , and came across a marriage certificate which gave my grandmother's name as Clark,née Jones, from this village in 1892. Anybody looking for their family tree in Wrington ? ..
Bill White

Cathryn Williams - Wembury, Devon -19th May, 2018

The website was recommended by my son who lives in Wrington. I am hoping to move to Wrington to be nearer to my son and family, and am interested in the Mothers' Union.Choir ?.

Jan - Congresbury - 15th May, 2018

Jane Robson - Boston, UK - 16th March, 2016

I spent my early childhood visiting my grandfather (George Brunker). I remember the Parsleys and the Lanes. My Grandfather married his 3rd wife, Elsie Brunker (née Lane). Used to walk at Red Hill and in Burrington Combe. I remember the Dring [Church Walk] and the Rec! Three relatives buried in Wrington..

Karl Meyers - Swansea, Wales, 26th August, 2016

Joycelyn Lewis [see Schmoose] was kind enough to confirm that a place where my ancestors resided (Paradise House) actually existed. However, there has been no information forthcoming about the family some moved to Bristol, but some may have remained and married into the community. The family in question is MILES

Mike Pringle - Chorley, Lancs, 23rd December, 2015

[I was] born in Bristol '53. Lived at White Cottage, Aldwick until 1970 with grandparents Henry and Vi Hargraves.

Keith Burnette - Mebane, North Carolina, USA, 15th November, 2015

[I am doing] ancestor research for Thomas Paschall or Pascall born 1583.

Lee Thorneywork - Wrington, 21st May, 2015

I was using the website for contact details of organisations.

Ralph Mellett - Yeovil, Somerset, 28th January, 2015

[I was] born 25/3/49 at 9 Lawrence Road, lived there for 21 years, played football for village (see team photo 1966, third from left back row) was also a fireman for about three years. [My] Mum, Mrs. Olive Mellett, passed away two years ago.

Hi to all old friends, still look for village football results in the paper. Many happy memories.

Anthony Waite - Llangoed, Anglesey, 10th January, 2015

[I was] researching Great grandfather's history (William Waite) d. Shepton Mallet 1926 after farming in Wrington.

Norman Owen (80+)- 18th October 2014

I have just come across your article on tying church gates. I was talking to a friend, 80yrs old, about when we tied the church gates at weddings. We lived in a small village in Lancashire and we used to tie the gates, and the best man had to throw a handful of pennies over the gate for us to open it. I had not heard of this custom anywhere else till I read your article. Google does come in handy, especially when old timers are reminiscing about the old times.

The church in question is St. James church, Brindle and the year, if I remember righ,t would be around 1942 onwards till I left school at 14. I don't know if the practice is still carried on. I also blew the organ for weddings, for which I was paid 9 pence, (old money).

Sarah Briscoe - Diss, Norfolk, 1st March, 2014

My late father's Aunt Gus ( Augusta) ran the Post Office in Wrington for many years. I have found an old post card of Broad Street, by Whitby's, Bridgwater. I assume someone else will have a copy, but if it is a rare find, then let me know.

Colin Foster - Bristol, 25th February, 2014

My Grandmother, mother, auntie and uncles were all Millards and owned the Boot shop in Broad Street. I used to stay for several months of the year in the fiftes.

Keep up the good work.

Ralph Mellett - Ashcott, Somerset, 6th February, 2014

I was born in Wrington in 1949, and lived there until 1970. in Lawrence Road.

René Vanhamme - Bruxelles, Belgique, 23rd January, 2014

J'ai visité votre beau village avec mon amie et je reviens sur votre site pour rememorer le souvenir et je me promène dans Wrington sur Google Map, merci pour votre site.

Janet Greeff - Sheffield, UK, 20th January, 2014

I'm trying to find out about Dorothy Wilson, who lived at Vosper Farm, Redhill, in the 1950s. As a child aged 10 living in Bristol I was befriended by her and stayed at the farm for short periods. I'm hoping someone might have information about her and where she went after the farm.

[Anyone with information, please email, and we'll pass it on - Ed]

Roy Gallop - Sydney, Australia, 23rd December, 2013

My family told me about the website. I lived in Wrington until 1967 when I emigrated to Australia. I still have happy memories of the time spent in the village.

David Ashley - Penkhull, Stoke onTrent, Staffordshire, 11th September, 2013

[I am[ researching the Ashley family in Wrington, Great Grandfather John Ashley, B:abt1853 in Wrington, son of John Ashley B:1825, father Robert Ashley, stonemason. Have records of my G/G to share with anyone who is researching the Ashley name and wants to add them to their tree.

Dave Richardson - Uxbridge, Middlesex, 27th August, 2013

[Found the site via] John Parsley. My mother was born in Priory Cottage. Her name was Catherine Parsley.

Janice Ann Sutherland - Redondo Beach, California, USA, 30th March, 2013

I found the website (very interesting) by looking up 'Wrington'. I lived in Wrington from 1946 until 1951

Claire Sharpe - Cardiff, 5th January, 2013

Found the website through researching my family history, as I am trying to find out about my great great grandfather Charles Viner (baker in Wrington, early 20th century) and his family, and Edgar Amor and John Sullivan, who married my great-great aunts Edie and May. Excellent website, full of so much information!

Marianna Cunha - Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 20th August, 2012

Ann Harvey Hope - Oakville (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada, 18th June, 2012

[I found this website] accidentally through "Mary Ann Vane" google.
I really enjoyed the archive of "John Vane's relatives" - never seen anything so easy to read! Thanks.

Rachel Patterson - Nottingham, 26th April, 2012

I wholly support your petition to keep the bells ringing. It is an essential part of a village community. Shame the complainants didn't bother to read the fascinating history of the church and its bells! I hear our local bells at night and they are reassuring, in a way - a 'constant' in a rapidly changing world

Patricia Beavis - Lake Stevens, Washington, USA, 30th March, 2012

[Iam interested in] the genealogy of the Bush family

Micky Owers - Sawyers Valley, Perth, Western Australia, 25th March, 2012

I lived in Silver Street (Lawrence Road) 1943-1965. It's interesting to know that a lot of my shool friends live all over world.

Michele J. Chiles - Haltom City, Texas, USA, 10th March, 2012

I was wanting to see where my family came from. The last name has been changed from its original "Childe".
I hope to one day come over there for a visit. It looks beautiful there.

Russell Crook - Colchester: Essex, 18th February, 2012

I was born in Wrington in 1932, left to join RAF 1951

Barbara Stewart - Bromyard. Herefordshire, 26th January, 2012

Rosemary McIntosh - Stow Bedon, Norfolk, 10th January, 2012

I am trying to find my Grandfather Rev A E Jones

Iori Hamer - Allbrook, Hampshire, UK 4th January, 2012

My wife's father was born and brought up in Wrington - Arthur Frederick PARKS, known as Fred. Descended from Henry Parks, and Frederick Parks who who were shoe and boot makers in the village.

Eileen and Roy Mills - Sittingbourne Kent, 13th December, 2011

[Heard about the site] from my son

Hugh Mellett - Louth, Lincs., 31st August, 2011

[The website's been on my favorites for a long time.

I was born in Wrington 1960. l left in the eighties but still a regular visitor as my mum still lives in Lawrence Road.

Terri Woolf -Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, 26th August, 2011

[doing] family research

Dawn Harvey - Torpoint, Cornwall, 25th July, 2011

My father is Tony McCafferty. I am the grandaughter of Edna (née Millard) and Chris Wilkins. I spent a lot of my childhood in the village and enjoyed Sunday school at the URC chapel where I was baptised.

I really enjoy the old photos sent in especially when they include my relations

Donna Lerew - Berkeley, CA, USA, 7th June, 2011

My husband and I will be visiting relatives in Wrington from June 17th to June 27. I am a professional violinist hoping that there might be people interested in playing chamber music for fun.

John Hood - 10th May, 2011

Very much enjoyed looking at your site. Even spotted a photo of myself in the Wrington School 1963 photo (Bottom row, 6th from the right). I lived in Wrington from around 62 to 68 at Orchard Close. I also remember a lad in the photos called Robert Cox. Many happy memories of Wrington, congratulations on a wonderful site.

Vanhamme, René -Bruxelles, Belgium, 9th February, 2011

I have been visiting Wrington with my friend Gillian Massange, and her sister. For me [the website] is perfect and emotional, I remember the good moment with Gilly and Familly in your very beautifull country, thank you.

Robert W. Gormley - Glendale, Az, USA 11th December, 2010

Received this webpage from close friend, whose Mom was born in village.

David and Liz Parsons - Langton Matravers, Dorset, 8th October, 2010

The best village website I've met so far! Well done. The Revd Judith Malins has ministered to us here lovingly and faithfully, and we send you our blessing as she becomes part of Redhill and the wider community.

Felipe Gonsales - São Paulo, Brazil, 6th October

I was looking for John Locke's history

Laura Hillman - Wrington, 2nd September, 2010

Diane Langford - Birmingham, 31st August, 2010

My son lives in the area.

Pam Skinley - Wembury, Devon, 19th July, 2010

A wonderful web-site and a wonderful village which I visited last weekend. My father Anthony (Jack) Lane was born in Wrington in 1911 and his family had lived there for generations until 1930s. I managed to find my grandfather's grave in the churchyard but am interested to know where earlier burials might be found, from 19th century and before.

Bronwyn Ayres - Bendigo, Australia14th July, 2010

I was mentioned in an email to your site. I am interested in Cleeves family connections.

Kelly Humphreys - Feilding, New Zealand, 30th May, 2010

following up Chard family links

Theo Brooks - Bishop Sutton, Chew Valley, 13th May, 2010

[I was] born in Wrington in 1948, lived at 3 council house Station Road, now Butts Batch, until 1972.My mother was Maria Millard,known as Ria, my father Reg. My two brothers Rob and Des and me were all at one time or another members of Wrington fire brigade. Good times. My daughter and family live in High Street, and love the village.

Keep up the good work.

John Langford - Bristol, 7th May, 2010

[I lived in Wrington from] 1958-1961 with Mr +Mrs Parks, the Dring; worked at Lower Stock Farm, Langford for Mr Brown, brother of Les Brown, School Farm.

Audrey Phillips (née:Millard) - Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, 16th March, 2010

[I was] born in Station Rd. Married David Phillips of Langford. I left in 1961. [Came to] Australia 1964

Chris Walker - Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire (currently in Singapore) 26th February, 2010

[I was interested in] my niece's wedding pictures

Jörg Voigt - Brunswick, Germany, 24th February, 2010

In 1976 I stayed for a holiday at family Phillips at the Mill Farm (Mill Lane). In the backyard was a camping ground for the summer months.

James Thompson - 15th February, 2010

My parents live in Langford. Great that it is kept upto date so promtly.

Audrey Miles - Wrington, 14th February, 2010

Snow scenes were great fun. Lovely website. Thank You. Familiar names from faraway places .nostalgic and interesting memories.

Peter Maggs - Warlingham,Surrey, 27th January, 2010

Angela Quick - nr. Honiton, Devon, 14th January, 2010

[Found the website because] a friend told me it was the way to get Panto tickets! We lived on Broad Street, then Wiltons from 1982 - 1988; got married and had our children whilst living in this great village....happy days!

Richard Parsons - Plymouth, Devon, 29th December, 2009

I was born in Wrington in 1948. My brother told me of the website.

Peter Stamps - Epsom, Surrey, 17th December, 2009

[I found the website because of my] family history in Wrington. I have memories of family living in Wrington (Amor) and of visiting for family get togethers, would be great to hear from anyone who remembers me and my family. Regards

John Fear - Selby, North Yorks, 20th November, 2009

[I used to] live in Wrington

W F Rogers - Phillipstown, Gwent, 13th November, 2009

My grandmother was born in wrington in 1875.

Jean Mather - Glastonbury, Somerset, 1st November, 2009

I'm Jean, the lost member of the Wedlake family, living happily in darkest Glastonbury.

Edward Lawson-Kimberley - Gloucester, 10th October, 2009

[I am doing] family history. Unfortunately, I didn't find what I was looking for. Perhaps initial wrong information. A good website, thank you.

Julia Caple née Snell - Brockenhurst, Hants., 7th October, 2009

Fantastic website! I spotted my father, Fred Snell, in the 1926 school photo and would love to hear from anyone who knew him/his family. Now 97 he loves to reminisce to his great grandsons about the skittle teams and teaching himself to drive on the baker's van before driving for the Anson family.

Trevor Dewberry - 19th September

Lived at 11 Lawrence Rd all my life until I was 30, before moving to Hampshire. I attended the primary school and Churchill Comp. My Mother was a Perry from Redhill, my Father from Ireland, my brothers all still live in the surrounding area.

Philippa Golding - Weston-s-Mare, 8th August, 2009

Moved into Wrington in 1993 and left in 2006. Happy times and happy memories, but alas, house prices forced us else where. Have used the website for years, in fact was one of the first to leave a comment on the visitors' book a long time ago.

Peter Chidzey - Cilyfynydd, Pontypridd, Mid-Glamorgan, South Wales, 15th June, 2009

[I was] looking for info on my great great grandfather, William Chidzey, born in1848

Clive Holloway - Toronto, Canada, 29th April, 2009

My family ancestry involves the Bragg, Cook, Bond and Marshall branches.

Ron Robbie - Edinburgh, Scotland, 3rd March, 2009

I found the website] doing genealogy research on Harris family. This is one of the best web sites for a local area that I have seen.

Toni Wring - Henderson, Ky., USA, 1st February, 2009

[I am] researching "Wring" name. [Wrington]
looks like a beautiful place.

Norman Dewey - St. Martins, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 9th January, 2009

I lived in School Road and then Urchinwood from 1956 to 1988. Owned and ran Dewey Waters Company on Cox's Green for 36 years - man and boy !

Trevor Pilbeam - Weare, Somerset, 27th November, 2008

[I used to live in] Yeomans Orchard from 1987-1996. [I am a] former Chair of the Village Association. I look forward to using [the website] on a regular basis to keep in touch.

John Freeman - Bridport, Dorset, 13th November, 2008

I lived in Wrington at the end of WW2. My father was landlord of the Bell Inn (long since gone). I lived there from 2-8 years of age . Very happy memories of the village. It was a wonderful place to grow up. I would move back tomorrow.

Very good and informative site.

Brian Mathew - Lower Claverham, 2nd October, 2008

Really good to see Wrington's website, a model for others to follow

Bill Burrows - Bristol, 27th September, 2008

[Looked at] Iain and Lydia's wedding

David Horkan - Dublin, Ireland, 14th August, 2008

[I came across the website] through Rotary Club Dublin & Paul Temple Weston super Mare.

Ian Crook - MacMaster's Beach, NSW, Australia, 14th August, 2008

Trevor Strode - Dorset, 24th July, 2008

Bruce Harper - Themelthorpe nr. Dereham, Norfolk, 23rd July, 2008

I was married in All Saints' and we had a flat at St Mary's House, Broad Street.
It's one of the best village web sites I have come across. I wish I still lived in Wrington

Sarah Jane Bodell - Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 9th July, 2009

Just here researching towns near Weston-super-Mare. Thanks!

Samantha Coombs - Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, 8th July, 2008

My ancestors lived in Wrington, put into Search engine.

Ian Bowley - Yatton, 7th July, 2008

I was told about the website by a friend

Gary Morgan - USA, 3rd April, 2008

Thanks for the informative and excellent web site

Jan Green - Tewkesbury Glos, 26th March, 2008

What a positive and friendly site! I don't know the village, but it was the birthplace of my grandmother. I am trying to trace WILKINS ... I shall visit!!

John Hulbert - St Sampson's, Guernsey, 19th February, 2008

Lived in Wrington for 14 years, from birth in 1963 to 1977. Some of the pics [on the website] from the 60 + 70s are really emotive.

Nick and Lauren Crocker - Wrington (after 17th Feb) 13th February, 2008

Some really hard work has gone into this site and although I know Wrington well having been a local bobby in the 80's (Blagdon) the info is A1, it brought me right up to speed.

Anne Fear - North Yorkshire, 11th December, 2007

[I] lived in Wrington 40 years. [
I enjoy reading about] the bowling club, the Journal, artists, general news.

[I would] love to be able to access web addresses.

Anne - good to hear from you again. A number of people have understandably not wanted their e-mail addresses published for fear of receiving more spam. The website, therefore, early on adopted the policy of not giving out e-mail addresses without permission (some people actually give such permission when they write to the Schmoose page, for example).

When people ask about getting in touch with someone, we forward their e-mail to the other person, and leave it up to them. The only problem is they may have changed their e-mail address without letting the website know - so, if this applies to anyone reading this, please send your updated address, you may have an old friend wanting get in touch ! - Ed

Des Coles - Plymouth, 27th November, 2007

[I found the website while] tracing my grandparents. It's superb, I spend hours reminiscing. [see Des's entry on the Schmoose page - Ed]

Rebecca Devine ( née Dewberry) - Yatton, 22nd September, 2007

Clair Bos - Wrington, 3rd August, 2007

I really love this website. It is very useful especially as we are relatively new to the village. It is most informative about village life, organisations, the history of Wrington and much. I look at the website almost daily and always find something of interest on the site. I especially like reading the church notices on the website. It is great to see all the new pages and items that have been added since I first started looking at last summer when we came to Wrington.

I do think a hatches, matches and dispatches column would be welcomed. Perhaps we could have pictures with some of the notices if people are willing to post their family photos.

I write many letters to friends and family overseas and often find it very useful to send links to the Wrington website. It gives people a good idea of what life is like for us and proves how lucky we are to have landed in this lovely place. Thank you very much for this great website.

Samantha Kent-Webster (née Mellett), Weston super Mare, 17th June, 2007

[I found the website] through my Gran

Paul Stott - Sydney, Australia, 13th June, 2007

Grew up in Wrington until left for university. Mum and Dad still active in the village - even making their way into some W.I. pictures.

Great to be able to keep in touch and stay connected with my birthplace - a place I hold very dear. Mostly I use the site to keep up on news and gossip and to see the same old faces and names helping 'run' the village and make it such delightful place to live.

Vicky Palmer - Gandesa- Spain, 7th June, 2007

Lived in Wrington for approximately 9 years with my husband Neil and my children grew up there. We have now moved to Spain. Nice to see the site and keep up with your news there!

Noeleen Crack - Launceston, Australia, 21st May, 2007

[I was researching] family history - the Hill family

Jillian Veal - Shaftesbury, Dorset, 18th May, 2007

I was just browsing your site as this is where my father and siblings were evacuated during the second world war. I am interested in learning what it was like to live there; my father's sister married a local man who still has family there I think, and my dad often talked about his boyhood times there having come from London. Thank you

Michael Counsell - Birmingham, UK, 17th May, 2007

[I came acros the website] while researching Counsell family history

Margaret Calamatta - Sydney, NSW, Australia, 12th May, 2007

Friends live in Silver St. Wrington. Keep up the good work. Having lived in Bristol for 19 yrs and my mother having lived in Claverham I miss the beautiful English Villages and gardens.

Diane MacDonald - Glasgow, Scotland, 11th May, 2007

When I visit my grandchildren in Wrington, I am always made to feel very welcome by anyone I meet in the village. The website keeps me informed of what is happening down there.

Valerie Sweet - Weston-super-Mare, 7th April, 2007

Tom & Ann Ashdown - Romford, Essex, 5th April, 2007

Anne Fitzgerald - 28th March, 2007

Thank you so much for letting me see Wrington again.

Mike Rogers - Weston-super-Mare, N Somerset, 8th February, 2007

Tim Challinor - Epsom, Surrey, 23rd January, 2007

[I came across the site whilst doing] Leeves Family research .. William Leeves, previous Rector of Wrington

T. Wring - Kentucky, USA, 14th December, 2006

I have never been to Wrington, but would like to visit sometime. The scenery the website shows Wrington to be a very beautiful. I'm inquiring if there were any people with the last name: Wring

John Newson - Maungaturoto, New Zealand, 12th December, 2006

I used to pass through Wrington on my way to work in Bristol back in the 1980's. Always a pleasure to see such a grand Somerset village. Your site brings back the lost memories of a past time

Brian Gilfellon - Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, 7th December, 2006

R. Craig - Clawson, Michigan, USA, 2nd December, 2006

Elizabeth Nightingale - Ebbw Vale, Gwent, 25th September, 2006

My great grandparents came from here.

Jacqueline Gissinger - Thionville, France, 23rd July, 2006

Patricia Cross - Whitby, Ontario, Canada, 16th May, 2006

I look forward to visiting with you next year when my church choir will be visiting and hopefully singing in All Saints'.

Lynda Denier - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 9th May, 2006

Judith Georgetti - Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada, 9th May, 2006

Ann Asdown -Romford, Essex, 23rd April, 2006

Frank & Jen Bowen - Waharoa, Nr Matamata, New Zealand, 10th April, 2006

I was an evacuee [to Wrington] from London with my Brother Bill. We lived at Clock House. The site is one of the best on the net - thankyou for the contact.

Celia Fraser - Southampton, 30th March, 2006

My family lived in the area in 1850s

Mike Wool - Wrington, 30th March, 2006

My children living in South Wales, use the website and find it very good

David Powell - Wrington, 18th March, 2006

Margaret Stokes (née Coles) - Wrington, 18th March, 2006

Vicki Clohessy (was Nonni Smith) - Folkestone, Kent, 17th March, 2006

I am really impressed with the sheer volume of content on your web site. It must have taken a lot of work to put it together and it's all so interesting.

John Walker - Langford, North Somerset, 16th March, 2006

[I was told about the website by] the Chairman of Wrington Vale Probus

Richard Newman - Barking, Essex, 5th March, 2006

[I was doing a] web search for John Gadsden

Shoba Broad - London, Islington, 3rd March, 2006

[I was] looking for Broad family in Bristol

Angela Marsh - Bristol, UK, 21st February, 2006

I'm doing family history research and my great great grandparents lived in died in Wrington, in Bakers Buildings in 1869. I wondered what the village was like.

Johnny Woolf - Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 20th February, 2006

My Father's lastname is Woolf, my Mothers last name is Visconti. I have plenty of information on the Visconti family now I am searching for the Woolf family name.

Christine Carpenter - Downside, Redhill, 29th January, 2006

Gwyn Richards - Caerphilly, Wales, 29th January, 2006

A great community web site for the community by the community.

Maurice Wright - St Austell, Cornwall, 7th December, 2005

I lived in Wrington 1950 - 1965

Daniel Murray - Teignmouth, Devon, 3rd December, 2005

Emiline - Churchill, 17th November, 2005

Andrea Maddocks - Ash Vale, Nr. Aldershot, Hampshire, 17th November, 2005

My son lives in Wrington now.

Colin Lawder - Highfields, Qld, Australia, 7th November, 2005

Barbara Trimble - Ontario, Canada, 5th November, 2005

Was looking for information on my Ashley Ancestors from Wrington - I found a few little snippets of info and also additional information about the history of Wrington

Terri Hutton - Nailsea, 24th October, 2005

[I found the website] through interest in Hannah more

Mary Fitzsimmons - Reading, Berkshire, 18th October, 2005

If there could be a regular slot for Redhill Village Community, I love to read about everything happening. It would be nice to keep in touch with all the new friends that I have made there.
I have e-mailed Mary to tell her that, in addition to anything about Redhill I am sent directly for including on the website, there is a page which collates everything referring to Redhill appearing in the Village Journal each month. There are icons leading to it on the Topical Index page, and the Journal cover page - Ed]

Steve Turner - Wrington, 15th October, 2005

Paul Crook - Auckland, New Zealand, 5th October, 2005

Heard [about the website] from brother George and cousin Alistair.

Stephen Josey (Crosthwaite) - Tauranga, New Zealand, 25th September, 2005

I lived in 31 Lawrence Road, 1977-79

Christopher John Naylor - Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, 7th September, 2005

George Collins - Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucester, 5th September, 2005

Lived in Wrington until age of 25
A model of how good a village web site can be

Nathalie - Mulhouse, France, 31st July, 2005

[Wrington is] living and lovely, not like in France.
I was to Butcombe, near Bristol when I was 19 (1979). I don't know Wrington

Chris Harlow - Gloucestershire, 20th July, 2005

Having lived all over England, I most liked Wrington, having lived there 1987-1990. Lovely village, nice area, friendly people. The website is one of the best I've encountered too.

Jeff Lappin - Wichita, Kansas, USA, 11th June, 2005

My wife and I are looking for homes to let in the area. We are moving to the area from the United States. There is a house near Wrington that caught our eye.

Ebb Smillie - Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 27th May, 2005

I have family who live in Wrington. Excellent site. Enjoy up to date news and pictures.5*

David Richards - Wolverhampton, 13th May, 2005

I lived in Merryn Cottage, West Hay Road 1968 - 1976

Sophie Sleight - 5th May, 2005

I was born there and moved away 3 years ago. I lived at Lawrence Road all my life till I moved. Some of my family still live there.

Geoffrey Tutt - Kingsland, Leominster,Herefordshire, 23rd April, 2005

Tracing my family tree I find that James G TUTT B.1816 in Wrington,George Manning TUTT B.18.10.1840 Wrington,William Henry TUTT B.1865 Wrington and many of their family were born in Wrington. I would appreciate any information available about these people or their family.

Sarah Ford née Kim Howse - Bristol, 23rd April, 2005

I lived in Wrington from 1963-1982 when I left to do nurse training. Mum and brothers still live there. I still visit often and call it home

Shauna Greed - Bracknell, Berkshire, 12th April, 2005

Lovely site!

Ann Wright - Stoke Bishop, Bristol, 11th April, 2005

[I lived in Wrington] for several years from 1964 and in three different houses with late husband, Michael and sons Guy, Ian, Jeremy and Simon, the best years of my life.

I think [the website] is brilliant - brought back so many happy memories.

June Perry - Victoria, BC, Canada, 21st March, 2005

My great-great grandfather John Porter and all his family were born here in 1814 and some Porters still live there. Interested in finding graves for the Porters

Anne Weller - Farnham, Surrey, 19th March, 2005

[I was] looking for the burial place of Hannah More, mentioned in an old book by Theodore Compton called " A Mendip Valley"

Becky Newell - Long Ashton, North Somerset - 5th March, 2005

I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was to look at your website. So
informative and very pleasing on the eye...

Marlene Dean - Dunchurch, Nr Rugby, Warwickshire, 24th February, 2005

Came upon this site by chance when looking for B & Bs. This is the best local website/diary/information we have come across. Congratulations

Diane Richard - Raleigh, NC, USA, 22nd February, 2005

I love the site ... came upon it researching my husband's family. The CHALLENGER branch seems to have originated in Wrington in the latter half of the 18th century. We only know that Mary CHALLENGER, born about 1778, married Robert Currey in Bristol in 1798 ... that's as far as that story goes right now!

Jim Bugler and family - Honiton, Devon, 27th January, 2005

Lived in Wrington for 45 years

Reg Summers - Bath, Somerset, 19th January, 2005

An extremely good and well laid-out site

Martin Taylor - Crossgar, Co. Down, N. Ireland - 15th January, 2005

Tony Sparey - Weston-super-mare, 5th January, 2005

[I was] born at the mill 1931 Left1960

Sylvia "April" Brooks - Titusville, Brevard, Florida, USA - 31st December, 2004

[I am] interested in more about the personal life of "John Locke". Marriages, if any, children if any, where he liked to live, what about his brothers, their families. His genealogy. Was he ever in America. What towns. Whom he may have visited.

[See report of the John Locke tercentenary events in Wrington, especially Dr Andrew Woodfield's talk about him. At least some of these questions are answered there. Go either to the webarchive index page (events of 2004), or the Locke birthplace icon on the Homepage - Ed]

Paul Hurley - Poole, Dorset, 26th November, 2004

see below]]
I dont know what to say!
Thankyou so much for your efforts in finding out all of this information and please thank Trevor for me. I would like to visit the village and church in the near future and hopefully "the barber shop" , well the house if it still stands. [It does - Ed]

Becky Simpson - Hanworth, Middlesex, 11th December, 2004

Linda Stevens - Leicestershire

Just discovered my ancestors lived for a while at Wrington. John Stevens was a carpenter and was living there in 1863 when his daughter Emily was born. He was born in Redhill. As interest in family history is booming, how about introducing a family history page? [See Personal Quest section for this - Ed]

I enjoyed the history section particularly. Keep up the good work

Paul Hurley - Poole, Dorset, 26th November, 2004

Would anyone remember Stanley Hurley (my great grandfather) who lived at 8 Station road. I think he was a barber and local postman. I am looking for any information towards researching my family tree. Also would anyone remember my grandfather Vernon "Jack" Hurley ?

[See information supplied by Trevor Wedlake on the Hurley page of the Personal Quest section - Ed]

Craig Lewis - Bristol, 22nd November, 2004

I am working on my family tree at the moment. My grandmother was Daisy Lane, her father wasWilliam Lane the blacksmith in Silver street (1900). I only have one picture of him outside the blacksmith's. Does anyone have any more? Or info on the old forge?

Frazer Hammond - Bramton, Ontario, Canada, 22nd November, 2004

I grew up in Wrington and left when I was 13, in 1982

Nick Martin - Clevedon, 12th November, 2004

I am extremely interested in local history, archaeology and metal detecting.
I logged onto your website a couple of months ago and there was an article about detecting which I found very interesting, especially the information about Roman occupation in the area.

I was intending to contact the gentleman but his article has been removed from your website. [Actaully, it's still there - you can reach it either by the icon on the Village Archive index page, or under 'metal detecting' in the Search Page list (button on Homepage) - Ed]
Last year I found a hoard of 125 Roman coins in the Gordano valley. 95 of the coins are currently with the British Museum being identified. I would love to meet the gentleman as it is obvious that he is a mine of information on the subject and I don't really know anyone who has the same passion as myself.

Would it be possible to give me a contact name and number? [Done - Ed]

I would very grateful for any help you can give me.

Donald James Mathlin - Perth, Western Australia, 10th November

My Great Great Grandfather Jeremiah Mathlin was born in WRINGTON in 1831.
I am researching my family tree so I found your website very interesting.

Jeremiah's Daughter Louisa was born in Wrington in 1859 . Alice and Melinda 1864 John 1855.

John Herbert - Wrington, 6th November, 2004

Please consider including all streets in the various parish maps. Living for 26 years in Baker's Lane, it is rarely if ever included as part of the parish. As I understand it, Langford Brook marks the parish boundary.

Point taken. Will make amends ASAP - Ed]

Roy Phillips - Frome, Somerset, 6th November, 2004

Christine Evans - Claverham, 27th October, 2004

I was delighted to read the news from Valerie Clarkson as I taught with her for several years at Yatton Junior School. It's good to know that she is well and happy and that she married Neville

Emma Smith - Dorset, 15th October, 2004

My family lived at Woodview Kennels from 1989 for 13 years

Russell Crook - Camulodonum (Colchester) Essex, 11th October, 2004

I was born in Broad St 04/01/32.Left 1951 to join RAF. Would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.

Lorraine Hajjar - Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia, 11th October, 2004

Steve Griffiths my brother in Wrington told me about the website. I've visited a number of times visiting Sally Dunn & Steve Grifiths of Wiltons

Richard Spence - Bildeston, Ipswich, Suffolk, 23rd September, 2004

I moved to Wrington in 1981, went to Churchill School and moved away in 1986. Got to know some good friends.

Alan Jennings - Tayport, Fife, Scotland, 9th September, 2004

I lived in
Ladymead when I was very young. 1965. John and Silvia Jennings, Ralph and Mark.
I was j
ust browsing. Thinking of visiting. Checking for B&Bs. I was in Congresbury recently.

Joan Schroeder - Wrington, 8th September, 2004
see Schmoose page]

Daniel Manweiler - Wytheville, VA, USA, 6th August, 2004

Lovely news source ! Amazing that such a tour of a wonderful town (and a wedding) is just a click away, if you know where to look !

I will pass the link along. Perhaps one day I can be so fortunate as to visit.

Lucy Piersey - Washington, USA, 24th May, 2004

Hello. I am very impressed with the website. I like the information you give out about the history of Wrington and the organisations. I am very impressed - keep up the good work, well done.

I lived here for about 4 years before I moved to America. I really miss it - nice to have found a home site.

Trent Crewe - Wytheville, VA, USA, 12th May

My friend Allan Reed told me of [the website]. I was checking out the "Wytheville link".
Glad all's well "across the pond". I hope to visit you some day. Meanwhile, we'll enjoy our connection!

Sylvia "April" Brooks - Brevard,Titusville, Florida, USA, 30th April, 2004

Vera Perry - Wrington, 25th April, 2004

Margaret & Brian Stevenson - Lymington, Hampshire, 15th April, 2004

found the site] through our friend and previous pastor, Rev Nicholas Maddock

R G Puzey - Weston-super-Mare Museum, 3rd April, 2004

I .. have enjoyed your site, it was quite an eye opener

Nelly Calascione - Taunton, 17th March, 2004

I found the site] through our present vicar, Nicholas Maddock. Very impressive, well done!

Islay Jadayel - Hunnington, Worcs, 13th February, 2004

[I found your site] by looking for John Rubidge

Martin Richards - Bristol, 29th January, 2004

I was born in School Road in 1956 and left around 1980. My parents are still there.

Linda F Jones - Newton-Le-Willows, 4th January , 2004

Gordon Wren - Cowfold, Sussex, 23rd December, 2003

My cousin lives in Wrington and told me about the website. Excellent.

William Gill - Bootle, Merseyside, 20th December, 2003

My brother and sister-in-law live in Wrington.

It's a wonderful website, keep up the good work.

Stacey Gilligan - Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 26th November 26, 2003
Used to live in Wrington. Moved about 1 year ago. Used to live in The Old Clockhouse.
Went to URC and the Wrington youth club. Went to Churchill school.

Owen Herbert - London - 24th November, 2003
Arrrr! I now lives in London town I do! But me old dear she still live in Wringworm with me 'ol man and arr pup Sian. I does still visit though and I am a regular down at the Golden Lion with arr Sian for a pint o the finset zider! Arrrr!

Stephen Mulvenna -Glasgow - 21st November, 2003
[Found site] through my good friend Owen 'Erbert 'Arrrr! I likes zider I do and me old mucker took me back to Wringworm for a pint of zider 'ee did!! Arrrr!

Jim & Linda Young, Manitoba, Canada - 3rd November, 2003
Saw Alistair Crook's items and know him and his family very well. Paul Crook and I emigrated to NZ in 1967 and even though my wife and I returned to England have kept in touch with Paul and Simon Crook and families. Our family moved here to Canada in 1982. My mother Mrs. V. Young and my brothers still live in Redhill of course, and my sisters close by.

Linda Spendley, Stronsay, Orkney - 24th October, 2003
My parents live in the village

Chris Meadows - Weymouth, Dorset - 23rd September, 2003

Julie Sawtell - Worle, 20th August 2003
Born in Wrington and lived in village until I was 19

Bob Hunt - Coleford, Glos, 18th August, 2003
I was born in West Hay Road Wrington & lived in the village between 1950 & 1970. I then moved to Bristol until I moved back into Wrington five years later.
I lived in the village again until 1990 when I had to leave due to my work. I then moved to Ross-on-Wye until two years ago when I moved to Coleford.

Sarah Farrar - Henley In Arden, Warwickshire, 10th August, 2003
Lived in Wrington f
rom aged 7-ish to leaving home for University 14 years ago. Parents live in Village and I am a very regular visitior. I am getting married in Wrington this month. I was Baptised in All Saints and used to attend the village Brownies many years ago!

Georgina Richards - Wrington, 5th August, 2003

Alex Finnen - Tirana, Albania, 29th July, 2003
I own a house in Garston Close which is currently let, but am looking forward to coming back to live in it, and in Wrington

Angela Rosser - Thornbury, South Glos, 26th July, 2003

Alistair Crook - Hamilton East, New Zealand, 29th July, 2003
I was born in 1937 and lived at 1 Lawrence Road, Wrington, before emigrating to New Zealand in 1958. My parents were Eleanor and Alfred Crook who are now buried in the All Saints graveyard.

Ian J. Skone-Rees - Studio City, California USA - 29th July, 2003
My parents lived in Wrington for approximately 18 months in the cottage opposite the church gate on Station Road, called Priory House. My father worked in Bristol, and I was away at school in Plymouth and only visited Wrington during the holidays. If my memory serves this would have been around 1965. My wife and I visited Wrington in March 2003 and I found it much the same as I remember. Congratulations on a very comprehensive web site, I've enjoyed it.

Joanne Wiseman - Tauranga, New Zealand, 21st July, 2003
My dad (Bill Crook) told me about this site, he grew up in Wrington

Martin Richards - Bristol, 14th July, 2003
My parents still live in Wrington in School Road.

An excellent site brings back a lot of memories of my chidhood playing with Mark Edwards, William Millard, Patrick Flood, Alan Dors. A lot of my cousins and uncles still live in Wrington - the Coxs that live in Lawrence Road, the Paines that live in Kings Road.

Louise Sandy (née Collins) - Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset - 21st June, 2003
Born 1959 and lived at 'Broadstone' until 1978 when I went to College in Cheltenham to do Teacher Training. Parents are Mackenzie and Eveline Collins. I have one brother George Collins. Maternal Grandparents owned S.O.Kingcott the garage and Paternal Grandparents worked and lived at Court Farm.

I thought the World Day was an excellent idea and should become an Annual event. It certainly encouraged me to add something to the web site, whereas before I merely read other peoples messages!

Marlene Shaw née Chard - Bargoed, Mid Glamorgan, 11th June, 2003
Tracing my family tree I have found that my Great x4 Grandparents were born and lived in Wrington: Charles Chard b.1810 also his Father William Chard.

I was really happy to see the village via the website has I had no idea of what it was like up until now. I am hoping to visit it in the near future and and walk in my Grandparents shoes, to see the place of their birth etc. The site is really interesting and informative.

John King - Alveston, South Gloucestershire - 2nd June, 2003
My main interest is Family History. I am a great grandson of George and Rachel PARKER of Havyatt. I have extensive knowledge of the family including some original documents. I would like to make contact with
anyone else interested. [see Schmoose page - Ed]

Darren Dyer - Yatton, 28th May, 2003
I was born in Wrington, at 18 Lawrence Road, and lived there with mum and dad till I was about 16.
My date of birth is 31/08/1971

Hedley Plummer - Nailsea, 22nd May, 2003
[I was] recommended [to the site] by a friend who lives in Backwell

Alan Gassor- City of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada - 22nd May, 2003
[I have a] relative living in the village. My wife & I lived in Gloucestershire prior to moving to Alberta in 1976.
We have visited this area (2002). Like most of the southwest of England, it is very beautiful.

Stacey Gilligan - Trowbridge, Wiltshire, 5th May, 2003
I didn't live in Wrington long but I was there for about 2 years. I loved it and made many friends and I miss them all expecially all the people I knew that are at U.R.C because I got to know them all well and settled in and had to leave again.

Ken Creamer - Suffolk, Virginia , USA - 13th December, 2002
You have a beautiful website, my great great grandad is buried there by Hannah's grave

Ruth Ball - Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Cambs - 27th September, 2002
I was born 22nd December, 1939 and lived in Gladstone Villa, Station Road until 1952
Then Brooklyn House, Station Road until 1960

My Parents were Win and Howard Yeates. My Mother's parents Florence and Tom Parsley who lived in the other half of Gladstone Villa

Issy Plunkett - Tasmania, Australia, 23rd September, 2002
We stayed with my sister Ann Dale for several months and [our] boys went to the primary school.
[The website] is a pleasure!

Helen Williams (née Lyons)- Cohuna, Victoria, Australia - 16th September, 2002
Many years ago I corresponded with a relative of mine who was then Sue Tinknell of Station Villa, Station Road, Wrington, but I do not know her married name. I was in Rowberrow this time last year visiting the Bisdees, relatives Sue and I have in common.
I tried to make contact with her, unfortunately without success. Should a reader of this know Sue, I would be most grateful if they passed this message to her. I can be contacted at - - should anyone wish to follow up this message.

Regards and congratulations on a great site

Isobel Gray (née Cumming) - Clevedon, North Somerset -10th September, 2002
I've just spent an enjoyable hour looking through the excellent Wrington Web Site.
I was born 1955 to parents Ken & May Cumming - lived in Lawrence Road for a few years before moving to Lloyds Bank House, Broad Street and then to the Old Manse, Chapel Hill before marrying David Gray and moving to Clevedon.

I work for the veterinary hospital associated with the branch in Wrington !

Charles Young - Manchester - 1st September, 2002
My Grandfather, also Charles Young is shown on the 1881 census to have either been born or lived in Wrington sometime after his birth in about 1872. His mother Sarah Young, maiden name unknown, married my great grandfather, George Young, she gives her origin as Wrington also on that census. At that time they appeared to have moved to Dial Hill in Clevedon.

I think your website is excellent, especially for people like myself who have ancestors from Wrington. You do a great service to people and the site does you credit. The village looks beautiful, Many thanks.

Mike Pringle - Chorley, Lancs. - 26th August, 2002
Born Bristol 1953. Lived in Aldwick with grandparents, grandmother is buried in churchyard. Went to Redhill Primary 1959 to 65. Then to WSM Grammar

Caroline Pass (née Smythe) - Sturminster Newton, Dorset - 25th August, 2002
Moved to Wrington in 1966 (6 months old!) Left in 1984

Tony McCafferty - Ratby, Leicester - 22nd July, 2002
Having spent a large part of my life travelling about the world there are many places that hold an interest for me. I have yet to find a website as detailed and professional as this one.

Angela Curtis - Highbridge Lane, Danville, California, USA - 21st May, 2002
The site is fantastic for people like us who used to live in the village and want to know what's happening. Seeing all the familiar faces on your web does make you realize what a unique village it is.

Wendy Marshall - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - 21st May, 2002
My sister, Lori Peacock, e-mailed to say that she and her children were in some of the web site's photos. What a thrill it was to see them in glorious color! You have a wonderful site - we visited Wrington about 10 years ago - and seeing the photos brought back great memories. I shall certainly check it out on a regular basis. Keep up the good work

Diana Richter - Howick, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, 25th April, 2002
I lived in Wrington from 1973 to 1995 (22 years) and my daughters were brought up there.
I miss the village tremendously and am delighted to be able to keep in touch and find out about old friends through the site.

Stewart Ralph Mellett - Durham, 24th April, 2002
I lived in Wrington 1949 to 1970. Olive Mellett is my mother. I was a member of the village football team, also a local firefighter.

Lois Ellett - Hove, East Sussex 22nd April, 2002
My mother was born in 1926 at 14 Station Road in Wrington - and stayed there for holidays with her grandmother - Mary Anne Hollier. My mum and I enjoyed visiting your web site - as she is very sentimental about Wrington! Interesting site

I am interested in finding out more about the name Hollier in the Wrington area - my grandmother's maiden name - Violet May Hollier

Michelle Brattle - London
I lived in Wrington until I was 18 before
coming up to London to university 8 years ago where I've stayed, but often come back to visit my parents and sister who still live in Garstons.
The site's brilliant!

Peggy M.Bradbury - Capistrano Beach, California, USA - 5th December, 2001
My newfound cousin Josephine Smedley and I descend from the Woolf family [see Personal Quest pages - Ed]. She told me about the website. Love the All Saints' Church pages. Love the whole website.

Denise Dixon - Rome, Italy - 28th November, 2001
"My parents used to live in Wrington and I lived there as a baby. Through this wonderful website I was able to trace my mother's grave. I then visited Wrington and was touched by the friendliness and warmth of the community. I was also able to talk to some local people who could remember my family. It was lovely to see such a picturesque village and beautiful countryside."

Jo Gillions - Wrington
Have looked it up frequently .. I particularly found the schmooze pages interesting, especially finding out more about the history of the village and those familiar names that have lived here over the years. I even found one entry relating to the home I grew up in which was great.

Margaret Hammond - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (10th October, 2001)
Lived in Wrington on West Hay Road from 1974 - 1982 then left for Canada

Spencer Hammond - Barrie, Canada (8th October, 2001)
I moved to Wrington in 1974 at the age of eight and lived there until 1981 when I moved to Canada. I've been looking for information on Wrington for a while now and had the good fortune to stumble across your web page.

Barbara Redman Carroll- Exeter, Rhode Island, USA (6th 0ctober, 2001)
[This follows e-mail correspondence tracing the Redman family back to the Round House on Felton Common]
Thank you so much for the wonderful photos! I am thrilled beyond words! My
whole family will be so excited. I have a brother in Maine who has two Redman sons and two Redman grandsons, and I cannot wait until tomorrow so that I can send him copies.

I certainly will write something about our Redmans for the Schmoose page. Your efforts with the website and with my search are tremendously appreciated.

My head is spinning with this excitement - it has been 110 years since my great-grandfather left England, and here, at last, you have led us back to our roots! Thank you so much again.

Laurent Orazio - Bordeaux, France (30th September, 2001)
I went in Wrington when i was younger, and i have a very good memory about it.

Diana Silk - Stoke St Gregory, Somerset
We were delighted to find photos of my son's wedding to Lucy Densham - and I've now emailed that address to all our friends worldwide who will be equally pleased to see photos of what was a great day ! Thank you very much, an excellent site !

Paul Frappell - Bruton, Somerset
Browsing through all the web looking at surnames, looked at schmoose and photographs of Wrington Primary School, noticed my cousins in a couple of them, as my father Joe is an old Wringtonian.

Very good interesting site, as Arnie says "I`ll be back", excellent

Lynn - Columbia, South Carolina, USA
Wanted to see what Wrington was like and where it was as I had ancestors from there. It is just a "perfect" place. I would love to come and visit someday. Loved the photographic "walks". I will be back! Thank you for the lovely website.

Lyndley Havyatt - Sydney, Australia
I heard about this great website from Yvonne Spratt, a friend from New Zealand, who is a former resident of Wrington and who has corresponded previously on this page. [see further entry on Schmoose page - Ed}
The Visitors' page and Schmoose pages are really great to be able to access

Mark Lodge - Homer, Alaska, USA
Found the site through Google search engine.
My Great-Grandfather, James Bartlett Lodge, was from the Wrington area. Just checking on any information on the Lodge Family

[If you have please contact the website ]

 Philip Whitehouse - Belgrave, Victoria, Australia
I stumbled across the WRINGTON site purely by accident;- pure serendipity indeed.

Although my father died two years ago, my mother is still very much with us and has many fond memories of Wrington - the Church, the Choral Society , playing the role of Hannah More in a pageant etc etc.

She will be delighted to learn of your site and, being a keen net surfer herself (at the age of 85) will soon be paying a visit.

Apart from stimulating my own recollections, it will-like nothing else could- give my own, very Australian, offspring some idea of the place where "The Old Man" spent some of his youth.

[see Philip's Schmoose page entry - Ed]

Don Summers - Wrington
Was married at The Congregational Church (now URC) 1945. I live with my wife in School Road. I went on the Internet end of January this year and found this site immediately. My wife and I call it up at least once every week.

Joycelyn (Jo) Lewis née Edwards - Plymouth, Devon
What a wonderful trip down memory lane. VG Stores, Buglers Off-Licence, Village Newsagents, Richards Garage and Stores and much more! I don't get home as much as I would like and this site made me feel as if I was there. I found the messages in the visitor's book very interesting especially as I recognised some of the names e.g.Pauline and Christine Mellet with whom I went to school! I shall certainly be visiting often. Keep up the good work!

 Errin Walker - Castalia, Iowa, USA
[I was] referred here by my cousin, Andrew Taylor. Interesting web site! Hello to my relatives Barrie and Dierdre Taylor who live in Wrington

John Organ - East Wellow, Romsey, Hants
My Great, Great, Great Grandfather Reuben Organ lived in the village and is buried in the church. I believe that he and his family lived at Beam Mill. I visited the village last June with my brother for the first time and found it extremely interesting to visit the place where my ancestors lived over 200 years ago. I learned that someone who must have been a distant relation of mine, also related to Reuben lived in the village until his death a few years ago. I thought the website was of an excellent standard for a village of this size.

 David Peerless -
Rosemary Hodges sent me a couple of back issues of the Village Journal and I decided to look up the webpage. I was delighted to see several photos that I well remembered from my two-year stay in the village, about thirty years ago, when I taught in the school.

At that time there were great plans for a new school so it was amusing to see the same school in place and know that lunch is being still served in the same room where I taught
for my first year. (I recall the smell of fish filling the room in the period between the containers being delivered and lunch time.)

The second year I had the first portable classroom, which was set up in the playground and, we were assured, was only temporary.

I enjoyed seeing several familiar names in the Village Journal and send my best wishes to everyone who was in the village during my stay.

 Barry Johnson - Pickering, Ontario, Canada
"I was evacuated to Wrington from London during WW11. I've just got on the internet. It is wonderful to see Lillian Millard's book on the World Wide Web. I stayed with the Millard family 1940-1945. My love to Olive Mellett if you should see her (Lillian's sister) [I rang her as soon as I saw this. Ed]. I'll be spending a lot more time at this site in the future."

 Jude Tomlinson - Auckland, New Zealand
"We've lived in Wrington for 12 years.We left 8 weeks ago to live in Auckland for a year. We still have a house in Wrington and my husband's company Architen is still there. I looked at this site when it was first started and thought it was a great idea. It has progressed alot since then and is a brilliant way of keeping up to date with what's going on. We missed the village fete for the first time this year so it was lovely to see photos of it. "

 Issy Plunkett - Tasmania
Lived in Wrington "for one year! In 1987.. Lance and Garth went to the primary school and had a great time...Jethro went to Burrington..Makes me wish I was back there...such a lovely community feel about the website."

Antony (Tony) Loach- Vancouver, Canada
"I lived in Wrington from about 1933 to about 1943. I went to Wrington with
my family when I was six years old. I think your Web site is terrific. A great job, well done."

[Tony has sent some fascinating reminiscences to the Schmoose page, together with a photo of the Paradise Hotel in around 1938. Ed]

Philip Aliband - Shanghai, China
"I lived in Wrington from 4yrs to 18. Try and get back every year for Christmas. I always enjoy finding out what's going on in Wrington from wherever I am. I'm now in the
Internet cafe of Xiamen Airport, China waiting for a delayed flight back to Shanghai.
Thank you for all the effort to create this site.

PS: How about installing a webcam in Broad St.?"

[My ambition - just waiting for free internet telephone lines ! Ed.]

Neil Dawkins - Undy, Monmouthshire
"I lived in Ropers Lane from 1957-1975. I was born in Germany and moved with my parents to Wrington when I was 3. I did not go to the local schools and left when I got married.
I played football for the village and captained the youth team and was on the commitee for a number of years. I also played cricket for the 1st team.

My last visit to the village was 2 years ago to attend Arthur Clements funeral."

 Megan Campbell - Wales
"I'm really impressed with the site, it's an excellent representation of Wrington and gives a strong sense of the friendliness and closeness of the community. My mum, Miche Campbell (see the photos of Timegate and One O'clock From the House!) lives in Wrington and although I technically live in Wales, at university, I am glad to consider Wrington my home. This website is a good way for me to remember some of the happy times I have had there."

 Belinda Kelly (Hodges) - East Barnet, Herts
"I lived in the village until I went away to University aged 18. My parents still live in the village so I visit often. Most people know my mother, Rosemary Hodges."

Yvonne Spratt (Chard) - Mauku, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
"We have just spent a few hours perusing your web page. What a great website.
I lived in Wrington from my birth in 1954 until 1972 when I left to live in New Zealand. [Hope the website encourages] contacts of people interested in Wrington Village history/stories, that could maybe be published into a book form. My father has lots to share of his memories of Wrington which would make interesting reading.

Ian Hogg - Newent, Glos
"The site was mentioned by a Wrington resident on Classic FM programme. I did not live in Wrington.   Was Mobile Youth Worker for Somerset Education.  Commenced Youth Club in village 1967.  I had a very enjoyable year working with (then!) many great young people of Wrington.   I still have a tankard inscribed by the club, when I left towards the end of 1968.  Great web site.   But then Wrington did everything well, even thirty years ago!!   Best wishes"

Jacq Parkes - Sydney, Australia
"I did enjoy seeing the daffodils and will visit again to hopefully see other seasonal photos. We don't notice the seasons change so clearly here in Sydney. The surfers pad past my house all year round!"

Pauline Osborn (née Mellett) - Langley B.C. Canada
"Absolutely first class.  No suggestions. 
I have just got back from a lovely visit home.  The pictures of the daffs a perfect reminder of my visit.  Picked up my own copy of Wrington book.  Shame it wasn't longer I really enjoyed it.  Great to see old friends again.  Look forward to another visit later in the year.
It was great to see photos of my sister Peta Meadows thanks to Mrs Hodges."

Ros Koch (née Avery) - Cape Town, RSA
"I am really most impressed by the whole website - there's lots to browse through, so much so that I feel I ought not make any suggestions now in case my recommendation has already been acted upon and I've not yet discovered it!

Perhaps the "schmoose" page could have a slightly different lay out to make it easier to read - maybe so that just one message shows at a time. (I got a bit confused with the two columns!) [Consider it done ! Ed]

And perhaps there could be a notice board for people to advertise their needs and offers?
(Not that I want to take any business away from Mr. Birch at the Post Office!)
[If anyone wants this service, it can become part of the News page - like the job advert - Ed]
Thanks very much - I really love the idea of being kept in touch with Wrington, whilst I'm so far away from home!"

Andrea Stott - London, UK
"Upto age of 18. Went to the primary school then churchill comp.  I was born in the house my parents still live in on School Road."

Gill Key - Wrington
"Terrific - at long last can send pictures of village to friends on other side of world. Well done!"

George Crook - Auckland, New Zealand
"Born in Wrington 64 yrs and lived there until 1958. Last visited 1966 however my 6 year old grandaughter and her mother came last year. Read Village Journal since first published. Recently visited by friend from Australia who was an evacuee during WW2 & who once lived in Rectory Cottage.

Have lots of good memories of childhood in Wrington and really enjoyed your site. Will tell other ex Wringtonians living out here about it"

Helen Holtby - Bristol
Learned of site from "uncle George in New Zealand .. When I was Five I lived with my Gran and went to the local school briefly. It was in 1974 or there abouts. I have some happy memories of going down the "wreck" as we called it. Thank you for putting together this web. Its really nice to see the community and the beauty of Wrington."

Uwe Jahnke - Bad Arolsen, Mengeringhausen, Germany
"I stayed in Wrington twice for only a few weeks in case of a pupil exchange between Bristol and Hannover. Now I am vicar of a protestant parish in Hessen (Germany). I am glad to see Wrington again by this way and wish you all good feedbacks and joy for your work."

Pauline Osborn (née Mellet .Lawrence Rd ) Langley, British Columbia, Canada
"I was born and raised in Wrington and although after I married I came to Canada I still call it home. I am fortunate to be able to return home for visits on a regular basis. 
Last year my trip coincided with the W.I. slide show 40 years in Wrington.  A lovely evening of memories and familliar faces. 
The pictures  you have included show what a really beautiful village Wrington is. Canada is a beautiful place to live but there really is no place like home  .... I love the pictures of the village."

Bill Crook - Cambridge, New Zealand
Learned of site from brother Alistair. "I was Born in Bridgwater in 1943 Moved to Wrington 1945 Immigrated to New Zealand in 1963. I would like to contact anyone from the village who were there during my childhood."

George Crook (again !)
"Must say it was an absolute thrill to me travelling in cyberspace, to see Wrington school once again. Been telling everyone here about it. Clearly remember my first day there almost as if it were yesterday, 4 Nov.1940 !

Both my nieces & granddaughter have visited Wrington recently so guess Kiwis are not as rare as they once were. 

All the very best & thanks for your effort in getting this site up & running. If you learn of any Wringtonian visiting our City of Sails and who would like a look around perhaps you'd let me know."

Alistair Crook - Hamilton New Zealand
Learned of the site from George Crook
"I was born in Wrington in 1937 and was Christened in the All Saints Church. I attended the village school until I left to go to Churchil Secondary School. On leaving school, I worked for the late Ted Owens at Stepstones Farm, until leaving for New Zealand in 1958.

I visited Wrington while on holiday in England in 1996 and found it still as enchanting and beautiful as I remember it in my childhood. It was lovely to be able to wander through the woods and enjoy the beautiful bluebells. 
We were also privileged when walking down Wrington Hill to hear the church bells ringing out in the distance. Sadly I wasn't there long enough to enjoy village life as I remember it.

My wife also accompanied me on my visit and was impressed with the village. She teaches over here and is interested in making contact with the village school with an eye to establishing e-mail communication between her students and students at Wrington School. She thought it would be a good way to maintain links with the village and enabling students in New Zealand the opportunity to learn about village life in England, as well as giving the students in Wrington an opportunity to correspond with students in New Zealand. 

Bronagh teaches at Marian School,  which is a full primary school - with students from Y1 - Y8. Her class is a Y6 class; should the school wish to correspond with students at other levels she could also arrange it.

We look forward to visiting your site on a regular basis."

Philippa Golding - Wrington
"We have lived here for 7 years .. My husband and I were married in All Saints in May 1995. I think that this web site is great and have passed on the address to friends in Canada who will be very interested.
Would love to see some more up to date photo's from the church tower as well as the old ones. (and some of the Golden Lion to make my husband feel at home!)"

[Going up the tower with camera when weather improves ! - Ed.]

Suki d'Angremond - Lake Jackson, Texas, USA
"I didn't have much time for reading through this time but I really enjoyed what I read. This web site is an excellent link to the community, old and new and I will find the time to come back and have a more detailed look through.

It's also nice for the children to see where Grandma and Grandpa are living and what their friends might be doing !"

Russell Filby - Nailsea
"My mother Christine Filby née Mellet was born in Wrington in 1946 and lived there till married in 1967, My grandparents Olive and Ernie Mellett live in lawrence road.

I really enjoyed the site and will pass the link on to others. It would be nice to be able to view coments left in the guestbook by others."

Dave Garland - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
"I was born and raised in Bristol and have visited Wrington during trips back to see family. I was there in July '99 and stayed with my sister in Orchard Close (Elizabeth Lacey). I have always admired the Village and especially the church and also enjoyed a beer or two at the locals.

What a great idea to put yourself on the Web!"

Suki d'Angremond (second message)
"I was born in the village in 1968. What about a message board for old and new inhabitants?

I took alot longer to read the contents this time and I am impressed by the content. 
I have added the site to my list of favorites so that in the future I can get to the site immediately.

My oldest son is also taking an interest in reading the pages as well and suggests a youth section for the kids of the village?